Thursday, March 31, 2011

Gardening in a Box :)

Here's another one of my boxed sets......gardening this time.





I hope you have a sunny spring day no matter what the weather looks like!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Chicks and Bunnies :)

I took the same two cookies and decorated them two different ways. Fun.

I used edible glitter on both of these....


and my standard plaid on these.

Stay tuned for eggs tomorrow......

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Box of Mini Easter Cookies :)

Karen of Karen's Cookies gave an awesome idea on her blog. She made mini cookies and put them in mini cupcake liners and set them in a 1/2 lb. candy box. What an awesome presentation!!!

I've been itchin' to try this every since I saw her post. So I made three different sets to put in three different boxes. I made 8 different cookies per box with 2 of each cookie.....so 16 cookies per box. Fun!

Here's the first set I did........mini Easter cookies.





I'm anxious to show you the rest.....but I'll practice patience and wait. :)

Monday, March 28, 2011

Cute N' Colorful for Easter

I tried a cute idea I saw from MadAboutCookies using nonpareils to cover lambs. My daughters went crazie about them......they loved them. :)


I just saw some that a friend did with a chocolate cookie and they are adorable. I'm going to have to try that next. :)

And I can't do a holiday without doing something quilted or stitched. I've done eggs before......but am always adding the new and improved techniques. 


Happy Monday everyone!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Spring.....I Think I've Forgotten What it Is!

I'm just kidding.....of course I have not forgotten what spring is. But this dippin' back into winter is really fueling my spring fever.;) We got about 3-4 inches of snow yesterday. CRAZIE!!!!

Here's some flowers to brighten your day.

I attempted daffodils. They're not such a great attempt.....but I learned a few things for the next time.


And a very large coneflower that I pieced together. 


I've got lots more SPRING and EASTER to show you this week.

Oh Happy Sunday!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Hole in One.....or Three......or Six or TEN!

Last of the golf cookie photos......




I promise to bring you SPRING cookies when I post next....... (typing this while huge snowflakes are falling from the sky.....with more snow in the forecast on this SPRING  day of March 25!).

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Golf Ball in the Grass (Tutorial)

Making a simple cookie of a golf ball sitting on a tee in the grass is fairly easy.

You start off with two basic shapes. 


"Cut & Paste" as shown. ;)


Decorate as follows....


After short periods of drying time.....keep adding more grass until your happy with it.

And here's the finished cookies..........


We're back to wwww.......it's hard to say the word.....winter. :( It's cold and rainy with possible freezing temps these next few days. Enough is enough. Bring on spring with all it's green glory. :)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Need Some Grace....Things Don't Always Turn Out As Planned

I have to admit......I tend to only show you my best side. Who wouldn't? With complete control over which words are written....and which photos are shown on a blog, why would anyone show their "less than perfect (ha!)" side.

Well.....contrary to the words and images here that may give you the impression that every cookie I touch turns out OK.....you must know that there are plenty I don't show you. So forgive me for making you think I've got this cookie decorating thing all together. I do not. I work hard.....make lots of cookies, have learned LOTS.....but I certainly don't have success in all the cookies I do.

To prove it to you.....I'll show you my attempt of the gopher in the movie "Caddyshack". (Note to self: Just because you have a photo of an image doesn't mean you can recreate it on a cookie......even with a KopyKake!)

So here's the image I was given for reference. (I'm showing you this so that hopefully you can see a little similarity. lol)


And here's my attempt. I'm CRINGING as I'm downloading this. Please don't laugh!



Ugh! :(

All I can say is I've learned a lot from these cookies......what NOT to do.....and even what TO do. The main thing I learned is not to try to emulate a actual photo of an animal or person. This shows how much I am NOT an artist. As I've heard Callye say in the past, and I believe about myself.....I'm a replicator........but only of drawings and clipart. ;)

So.........to try to save face, I'll show you one of my better cookies from the golf set. I did these golf carts two years ago.....but I think I improved them quite a bit.

Here's the golf cart from 2009 (sorry for the not-so-good photo):

And here's the 2011 version:



OK....I think I've stopped cringing now. :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Golf Greens 'n Shirts

More golf.......

Here's some golf scenes complete with sand trap. lol



and shirts.


I hope to work on some Easter surprises today and tomorrow. Yippee!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Making Golf Tees (Tutorial)

Expect to see golf related cookies this week......just warning ya. ;)

I wanted to do golf tees.....a nice simple cookie. I've seen a few other cookie decorators do them, but I had not seen a cutter. Since I had a specific shape and look in mind, it seemed like a time to pull one of Sweet Sugar Belle's tricks and reshape a dog bone cutter. I have several on hand "just in case".

I reshaped a dog bone cutter into a golf tee cutter. Yes, I realize it doesn't look like one from the cutter, but it will when I get done with it. :)


I outlined in black.....and then filled with color.


Once the tee is filled with color, add the black "circle" to the top while it is still wet.


And then add more lines to finish it with a black food color marker.



I'll catch you at "tee time" tomorrow. ;)

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Coming Down the Tracks......

As promised......the rest of the trains. :) I love these little cabooses.


I had a hard time deciding which full train pic to use. I finally decided on this one.


I'm hoping for some "play time" with spring/Easter cookies this week. We'll see if I can squeeze it in. ;)

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Choo Choo......

I got some great train cutters from SweetArtFactory here & here a while back.....but never had a reason to use them.......until now!

A very sweet customer asked for train cookies for her grandson last week. I was thrilled when she was willing to let me experiment with all three cutters.....engine, boxcar and caboose. :)

I cannot begin to tell you how much I enjoyed doing these cookies. And the colors made it even more fun.

Here's the engines.......


and the boxcars.... 


I'll save the cabooses for tomorrow. :)

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Birthday Cookie Cake

Someone asked me to make a birthday cookie cake for their daughter. I had never made such a large cookie before, and I was a bit nervous.

Since it was so large (about the size of a small pizza), I was concerned that it would not get done in the middle. And then there was the issue of what to bake it in and then how to present it to the customer. I finally settled on buying a disposable aluminum pizza pan....and everything worked out fine.

Decorating such a large surface was very new to me. I know it is like decorating a cake, but I had never done it before. And let's just say, I wasn't very good at making enough of the main colored icing that would cover the majority of the cake. I had no idea it would take that much! Also....the icing dries faster than you want when you are covering that big of an area. I ended up with a "dry line" down part of the middle area. :(


This was the first time I've used my KopyKake.....finally! I wanted the writing to look nice, so I jumped over that hurdle of using a new contraption (sometimes that is hard to do). I was pretty happy about how the writing turned out. And now that I've used the KK.....I anticipate I will use it more often. Somehow I had to get over the "fear & unknown" of using it. Must have worked....because I used it yesterday for some tricky golf cookies I am working on. :)

For presentation of the cookie cake, I chose the window box I'd gotten from BRP Box Shop. How cool that you could see the majority of the design. :)


Coming up this weekend..... I'll show you some train cookies I did last week. Another first for me......I hadn't done trains before and they pure joy to decorate. :)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Spring Has Sprung in Bluebirds

Oops.....yesterday just flew by when I wasn't looking.....and I never got to post on the blog. Oh well.....there's always today, right?

 I have one more set of funky bluebirds to show you. These are my faves. :) You know me....and buttons. lol

And all the sweet birds and their residences. hee hee


For a tutorial on some of these birds, go HERE.

Today the forecast is sunny and 70. Awwww.....at last.......

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Making Sweet Tweets :) (Tutorial)

Along with flowers, snow, cookies, snowmen, and a few others.....I love birds. :) And you know by now, that when I love something, I will try to make it into a cookie. lol

Today I want to show you how I made some fun bluebirds. They are a little "wonky".....as my 17 year old daughter would say. :)

First I took some basic cutters to make all the parts. The wings are made from a pushed out dog bone cutter (courtesy of Sweet Sugar Belle and her brilliant ideas!). The beak is made from a small leaf cutter. 


Push all the pieces together to come up with this:

Once baked.....you have to make the choice to either outline it in black or not. I did one of each.

I chose to do two different designs.....and hope that a few photos will show you what steps I took to decorate them.

I love the simplicity of the one on left....and the cute pattern of the one on the right.

And here's the final pic of those two cute birdies. :))))) Simple, yet sweet.

See the finished designs HERE.

I hope your day is filled with sweet tweets. :)

Monday, March 14, 2011

Twenty Cutters Richer..........

Wow......your response to the March Blog Give-away was overwhelming! I am so humbled by all of your entries and your very kind comments. What a blessing to know that you are enjoying the blog and gaining much from it. THANK YOU everyone for your enthusiasm, kindness, and support.

It gives me much pleasure to share with you in lots of different ways......including sharing some of my favorite cookie decorating suppliers. Even if you haven't won the blog give-away.....many of you have "won" by learning about Sweet Art Factory for the first time. I consider her little shop a huge gift. :) She has stuffed it full of lots of cutters and supplies that we all could use (or WANT!) and she's just as sweet as she can be. I hope you will look Jill @ Sweet Art Factory up the next time you have decorating needs. 

Now......on to the main reason you are reading this post. ;)

The winners are:

Congratulations to both of you!!! You'll be receiving an email from both me and from Jill. If you don't receive anything from Jill, email me and I'll make sure you get connected.

I couldn't end this post without sharing a cookie pic. lol Even though we have heavy snow falling right outside my window (can you believe that???......and it was barely predicted that we would get a touch of snow this morning!)..........here's some bright cheery (rather spring looking, lol) fishies that I did for my friend's granddaughter's 2nd birthday. :)


Keep thinking spring. It is going to come eventually. :)

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Home SWEET Home

To finish out the birdhouse cookies.......



More birdhouses HERE
The whole bird/nest cookie collection HERE
Tutorial on my "wonky birds" HERE

Last chance to enter the March Blog Give-Away.......20 cookie cutters of your choice from Sweet Art Factory!
Deadline is tonight, Sunday, March 13 at midnight CST.
 
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