Wednesday, November 30, 2011

3000 Facebook Fans Celebration Blog Give-Away! (Giveaway Officially Closed)

Dec 1 Update: International Entries are Allowed. The sponsors have graciously agreed to ship internationally. :)

This is it.....the biggest blog give-away Cookie Crazie has ever had.
You're gonna love it.
I'm kinda wishin' I could enter it. lol

Knowing that CookieCrazie and Cookies With A Mission FB page was about to hit the 3000 fan mark....I started lining up a very special set of give-away prizes from some really awesome sponsors.

The FB page went over 3000 fans yesterday.....so here we are. Yippee!

OK......are you ready?
Hold onto your hats because these prizes are going to blow you away.....and combining them all together makes it ultra special.

(Can you tell I"m excited?!)



You can head over to The Decorated Cookie blog and see the awesome cookies she made with these cutters. :)

Next.....a $50 gift certificate to Spices, Etc to buy natural flavorings (like I mentioned in this recent post) or any other item they offer......and trust me, they have some AMAZING products.




You're going to LOVE their selection. I have tons on my "want to buy from Spices, Etc" list. :)

(OH.....and EVERYONE can benefit now..... using the discount code CCL with Spices, Etc to get 15% off their purchase. No minimum order. Time to go shopping. ha ha)


 For those that just can't get enough cookie cutters.......Sweet Art Factory is offering 30 (yes, you read that right.....THIRTY) cookie cutters of your choice. I can't think of a better Christmas present for a cookie decorator than to let them browse SAF's selection of over 500 cutters and select THIRTY of them!!



Sweet Art Factory is a special friend and long time partner with Cookies With A Mission. I'm so glad that their generosity is spilling over to my amazing blog fans. :)



And last.....but certainly not least......and really, I'd call it the icing on the......errr  COOKIE......


Karen's Cookies is offering a complete airbrush system along with a box of twelve Americolor Airbrush colors! Wow......I'm in awe of this generous gift from Karen & Mike. 




I just got an airbrush from Karen two months ago. Here's my blog post about my first try at it. I am still learning to use it......but just the little I've done says it will be a huge time saver.....plus add awesome effects to cookie designs.
I'll definitely be bringing you more posts on airbrushing as I continue to play with and get it figured out.

(Oh.....another bonus for everyone.....Karen's Cookies is offering a 15% discount if you use the code "crazie15" on your order. More shopping.......)

Can you believe this line up of prizes?! 

And one of YOU is going to receive all of these incredible gifts right before Christmas. Yeah!

OK.....so here's TWO ways to enter the giveaway.


·         1) Become a Facebook fan of Spices Etc, Sweet Art Factory, Karen's Cookies, and Cookie Crazie
If you are already a Facebook fan, please encourage your friends on FB to become fans. Then return here leaving me a separate comment (on THIS post) telling me you did it.
P.S. If you're not on FB, tell someone about this blog and ask them to take a look.
Then return here leaving me a separate comment on how you shared Cookie Crazie blog with others as your first entry.


2) Send a link about this give-away through your Facebook or Twitter wall.
Return here leaving me a comment (on THIS post) on how you shared the news of the give-away with others.

·         P.S.S. If you're not on FB, send out an email message telling others about this blog giveaway for your second entry.



  I'll need some form of contact information in order to connect with you if you win.


·         Make sure each entry is a separate comment in order to count as two entries.

·        
Entries will only be accepted as comments on this particular blog post "3000 Facebook Fans Celebration Blog Give-Away!". Comments on any other blog post, FB page, or email will not enter you into the give-away.

Each person is only allowed TWO entries into the give-away as outlined above.

The acceptance of entries ends at midnight (CST), Monday, December 5, 2011.

·          

·         I will use random.org to choose the winner.

Ready....Set....Go!


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The winner of the "3000 FB Fan Celebration Blog Give-Away is:





This blog give-away is officially closed.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Random Cookies....No Christmas Cookies Yet....sigh

Here's a bunch of random cookies for you.....I've been saving them up over the last few months since the seasonal cookies won out for time reasons. 
o now we go back to September/October for some cookies I've not shown you.

Here's a plaid coneflower made for a very special friend.....

Here's some cookies I made for Cookie Camp using the "Cookie Queens" theme.....



A honey cookie from Haniela that I decorated for her to see. 
 A letter "A" that I did for a special project.....

I've got the house decorated for Christmas.....so hopefully I can start working on some Christmas cookies this week. Can't wait!!!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Thanksgiving Football.....Roll Tide

I thought it would be appropriate to show football cookies two days after Thanksgiving. I'm not a sports lovin' person....but made these for a good friend. I know football enthusiasts are watching football for four days over the Thanksgiving weekend. :)

These were probably the toughest cookies I've ever decorated. I saw Sugar Envy's incredible take on Alabama football cookies a couple of months ago. I showed them to a good friend who is a HUGE Bama fan, and he immediately asked me to make some for him and his BIL for the big game over Thanksgiving weekend.

It's a good thing he's a good friend.....because even though Sugar Envy made them look relatively easy, they were NOT. Oh my.....nearly in tears at one point. But some how they all came together and I was OK with them. I told my friend I had a love/hate relationship with the cookies. ha ha


PLEASE NOTE: These cookies are not for sale. I make it a point not to sell logo cookies.
 
 I hope you're having a lovely holiday weekend. Our house is bustling with all the kids home.....and today we'll put up a bunch of Christmas decorations....including our 12 foot tree. Yippee!

Can't wait to start Christmas cookie decorating next week. :))))))))))

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

On this day where we seek to acknowledge all we are grateful for......I wanted you to know that I think you all are extra special. Thanks for comin' around on a regular basis and allowing me to share something I'm so passionate about. :) I count it a privilege to share with all of you.

Here's my final Thanksgiving cookies for 2011. I know I've probably over done it a bit....but then I keep telling you, I AM Cookie CRAZIE. ;)









Happy Thanksgiving!

Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. Psalm 100:4-5

Monday, November 21, 2011

Thanksgiving Pie, Anyone?

Another fun project.......Thanksgiving pie. Yum!
Probably the best part of the Thanksgiving meal.....

So here they are in cookies.





One last Thanksgiving post comin' up in a few days.

In case I don't say it enough....I'm thankful for all of you!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving Cornucopia

I've been wanting to do a cornucopia grouping for Thanksgiving for quite some time. I had a wonderful time designing all the different elements and then arranging them together for  my 2011 Thanksgiving collection.




I made three cornucopia sets. One was sold at our Ukraine fundraiser auction last weekend. The second is to take to work on Thanksgiving Day (I have to work at the hospital for the holiday) to cheer everyone up when they have to work on such a special holiday. And the last group I've got on my own dining room table to celebrate Thanksgiving with my family. Every time I see it, I smile. :)

Here's the grouping at the auction.


And here's the "official" photo of my cornucopia collection. :)


Believe it or not.....I still have bunch of Thanksgiving cookies to share. I've been busy busy busy.


Thursday, November 17, 2011

Airbushed Autumn Cookies

Here they are.....my very first airbrushed cookies. Expect to see many more using this technique. :)







I've got a bunch of Thanksgiving cookies to show you now. Only ONE WEEK until the holiday. Woah....how does this happen? A month seems like a few days, anymore. sigh.....

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Airbrush!

Just got a new tool that I saw demonstrated at Cookie Camp.....an airbrush! So exciting. 

I've only used it once.....so I'm no expert, but I already can see quite a potential for its uses.


I received my airbrush from Karen's Cookies. She already sold out of her first order of airbrushes, so she is waiting for a new order to come in. Hopefully by the time they arrive, we'll have these tools figured out enough to write some tutorials and then maybe others will take the plunge and get one too. :)

I decided that fall leaves would be a good first project with the airbrush. The application tends to be a bit splotchy (if you direct to do so).....so that worked well with leaves since they are never actually one solid color in nature.

I outlined and flooded all my cookies with a "off white" or ivory type color to start off with. White works just fine.....but I wanted them to have a more earthy tone to start off.



The instruction that come with the airbrush are minimal.....so it was kind of funny to try to put it together. Mike (Karen's Cookies) helped me out. Unfortunately I took these photos when I didn't have it set up correctly.....so don't look too closely. lol



I decided to paint on a little more detail with some Americolor gels after the airbushing session dried some. 


Next post.....I'll show you the end results.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Mmmmmm.....Flavoring Cookies

Fall is a great time to add special flavors to your cookie assortment. A few weeks ago, I did an experiment. (My friends and family love it when I say I need them to try my experiment. ;o))

I have bought several natural flavorings from Spices, etc in the last year.....and wanted to try them out fully within my cookies AND icing. In my experiment (being the CRAZIE person that I am!), I made THREE types of dough and icing........great....THREE TIMES the work! lol

Caramel flavoring in my caramel apples that I've already shown you in this previous post:



Then pumpkin pie spice flavoring in my pumpkins......


And chocolate and coffee flavorings in my leaves and acorns (along with cocoa as described in my FAQ)......


Everyone enjoyed sampling my "experiment"! Yum....


I've got great news for you!
 Spices Etc is offering free shipping on ANY size order until Sunday, November 20. Go to their site and sign up for their newsletter (top left of home page....enter your email address) for the code.  Be sure to become one of their FB fans and let them know I sent you.
(I'm trying to get them to do a blog giveaway on CookieCrazie.....so maybe this will entice them. ;))

I hope you'll try a few flavors. I had a blast experimenting with them.....and everyone enjoyed the flavors. I have plans for different flavors for each holiday. Mmmmmmmm
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