Saturday, March 28, 2020

Today is Much Love Sara's Birthday! Woo Hoo!

Today is my good friend Sara's (Much Love Sara) birthday!  We couldn't have a traditional birthday celebration because we are all in lockdown here in Idaho for the Coronavirus, so we had to get a little creative. Benjamin, my baker, is home, continuing virtual school here, so we made cupcakes for her.  


 Ben and I drove over to her house.  I put the cupcakes at her door,  rang the bell 3-4 times and took off running for the car.  We waited for her to come to the door, then we honked the horn, yelled Happy Birthday and made a scene.  She was slightly embarrassed as her neighbors were outside...but they loved it!


I had purchased the wooden pedestal and faux plant from Target ahead of time with a completely different idea in mind for her, but today it became a cupcake stand. 
I created a Happy Birthday topper using the die from The Stamp Market called, Jumbo Happy Birthday  The star is from Honey Bee Stamps Stacking Stars Die Set cut in Neutrals Glitter Paper from Concord & 9th. I glued the topper to a skewer and poked it in the plant. 


 The cupcakes were delicious.  I found the recipe on Pinterest and it was not a fail!

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes with Coffee Buttercream Frosting
Yields 18 cupcakes 
Moist, sweet and irresistible chocolate coffee cupcakes made with cold brewed coffee and frosted with coffee flavored buttercream. 
10 min Prep Time 20 min Cook Time 1 hr Total Time

Chocolate Coffee Cupcakes
1/2 cup (113 grams) room temperature butter
1 cup (200 grams) sugar
2 eggs
1 cup brewed cold coffee
1 3/4 cup (210 grams) all purpose flour
1/4 cup (20 grams) unsweetened cocoa
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt

Coffee buttercream frosting
3/4 cup butter, room temperature
3 cups powder sugar
1 tbsp brewed cold coffee
2-3 tbsp heavy cream

Instructions
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1. Heat the oven to 350F. Line two cupcake pans with 18 paper liners.
2. In a mixing bowl cream the butter and sugar for 2-3 minutes until light and fluffy. Add the eggs, one at a
time, beating well after each addition.
3. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt. Add the flour mixture alternately
with the cold coffee to the creamed butter.
4. Mix until just combined.
5. Scoop the batter into the prepared cupcake pan and bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the
middle comes out clean.
6. Leave the cupcakes in the pan for 5 minutes before placing them on wire racks to cool completely.
7. When the cupcakes are completely chilled, make the frosting.
Coffee buttercream frosting
8. In a mixing bowl whisk the butter for about 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
9. Add the powder sugar, 1/2 cup at the time, whisking well.
10. When all the sugar is incorporated add the cold coffee and enough heavy cream to reach the desired
consistency. Whisk for an additional minute.
11. Spoon the buttercream into a piping bag and frost the cupcakes.
12. Grate some chocolate on top or sprinkle some crushed candy (optional)


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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Spring and Easter Decor

I shared these photos in my Instagram stories as I was decorating. It was so refreshing putting up the spring and Easter that I could not wait!   Be sure to follow me over there as I often post things I don't blog about. 


My tiered tray is now full of  Tea Party gnomes, bunny things and a little coffee.  The small letter board that you can only see the back of is HERE. These are the perfect size for trays!


The Tea Party gnomes are from Shop Me & Mama on Etsy.



 The circle coffee sign says Love You a Latte and is from The Pink Hutch on Etsy.


The books are hand painted and stamped by my BFF Kim.
The off white bottle brush trees are from Hobby Lobby. 


 My cubby is from Houzz.  
Hunny Bunny is a Rae Dunn piece from TJ Maxx and the Eat sign on top is from Detail 2 Enjoy.

Top row: Plant is from Hobby Lobby, pink gnome was made by my friend Dani Dziama, Espresso cup is a Rae Dunn mini and I made the whip topping for it, flower pots I painted and distressed myself.

Second row: Truck with interchanging holiday pieces for the back  is from White Ash Sign Company on Etsy. Love you sign was at a local eatery called Kneaders, Marshmallow cup is HERE, Cafe cup is a Rae Dunn mini

Third row: Ampersand from Hobby Lobby, Bunny sign is from Cotton Stem Cottage on Etsy I think, tiny white cup and birds nest in pedestal I've had for years.

Bottom row: Rae Dunn cup from TJ Maxx, plant from Hobby Lobby, Bunnies are from my BFF but probably from TJ Maxx and the wooden cup with felt flowers I made myself.


The bunny sign is from Cotton Stem Cottage on Etsy.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Technique Tuesday March Release

I have a couple of cards to show you from Technique Tuesday's March Release, Alluring Orchids and Pretty Peacock.
Check out the entire release HERE.


I stamped the orchids in Memento Black ink and colored with Copic Markers.  The background is a Distress Oxide blend of Seedless Preserves and Shaded Lilac.  I have a strip of Gold Mirror Paper on there as well as the sentiment and 'with love' die cut from the bundle.


Next up is the Pretty Peacock Bundle.


I cut strips of cardstock and placed them on the diagonal to help this peacock stand out.  The peacock is colored with Copic markers and the sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder on black cardstock.

These are just two sets from the release, be sure to check out the entire Technique Tuesday release HERE

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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Crazy Shopper Card

In light of all the toilet paper hoarding, I have a fun card for you today.  This is a free digital stamp from Paper Nest Dolls called Crazy Shopper. All you have to do is add it to your cart and check out.  It is FREE, but you still have to go through the process to get the download.


We don't need any just yet but I can't find any toilet paper for when we do.  The Target on my side of town has been out for weeks.  I may have to venture out if we get desperate.  I bought what we needed for a month or so...then the boys came home because their universities are now virtual.  I should have told them to being their stash with them. *Ü*

I colored this with Copic Markers and then cut it out so I could pop her up on foam squares. The sentiment is from Ellen Hutson and is called It's All Good.

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Friday, March 20, 2020

Crafty Friends Blog Hop Featuring Pinkfresh Studio

Welcome stamping friends to the March Crafty Friends Blog Hop featuring Pinkfresh Studios.  


Be sure to scroll down for the Blog Hop list and follow along to get tons of stamping inspiration with Pinkfresh Studio products.


Today I am using the Leafy Envelope Die and Lovely Blossoms Stamp Set and Dies.
I've done an ink blended background with Distress Oxide inks in Worn Lipstick and Tattered Rose.  The flower is embossed in clear on the background, but you can barely see it in the photo.


I cut a slit in the envelope and stuffed all the flowers and leaves in there.  Super easy to do.


Use code CRAFTYFRIENDS20 at check out for 20% off.  
This excludes the NEW category and anything that is already on sale or bundled.  
They have absolutely beautiful products, you will not have any trouble finding something to stamp with!


This card uses Lovely Blossoms Stamp Set and Dies and the sentiment set called Scripted Bold Sentiments 1
I cut the card panel on the diagonal and ink blended the card with Tattered Rose on the top and Bundled Sage on the bottom.


Please follow along the Blog Hop and uncover all kinds of Pinkfresh Studio inspiration!

Becky Roberts - you are here

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Spring Peony Cards

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw a couple of other peony cards I made with a slightly different red color combo for the 30 Day Coloring Challenge.  Here is my second version using different reds (listed below).


I used the Spring Peony Stamp Set & Dies and the sentiment set called Thanks A Bunch all from Honey Bee Stamps .


I colored the images in Copic markers and use a little ribbon and a few Black Gem Stickers.






 Copic Markers used: 
R14, R22, R20, R21, R20, R00
YG97, YG95, YG93


I love the stark contrast of the bright colors against the white.  This sentiment is die cut and popped up on Foam Squares.


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