Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Nautical themed wedding cookies, and Gum Paste Tutorial

There are people in this life that do nothing but spread happiness to others, they walk into a room and light it up with their smile and positive attitude.

Keith and Amy are two of those people in this life and I am so happy that they found each other.

I was thrilled to make some wedding cookies for the two of them and share a bit of my love with them during this amazing journey in their lives.  The two of them are getting married soon in the tropics thus the beach theme of the cookies.

 This set gave me the opportunity to use a new technique, Gum Paste!  I used ModPodg molds to make all the different shells and then airbrushed, petal dusted and hand painted the dried results.

Making GumPaste decorations is now my new favorite thing to do in the evening, it's quick and easy and I can do it while watching TV or chatting with the hubby. 

I was so surprised how easy it was to make these little decorations.  All you have to do is buy some powdered gum paste and follow the directions to mix up the gum paste, then you can work with it straight away or keep it in the freezer for later use.  

Once your GumPaste is mixed and kneaded I make small pea sized balls and push them into the molds.  I let the GumPaste sit in the mold for a few min. before popping it out.  Any silicone mold will work just be sure to wash it before use and dusting it with powdered sugar helps keep the GumPaste from sticking.  

Once the GumPaste pieces are removed form the mold I use and exacto knife to cut off any of the scraggly bits and smooth up the edges.  Be sure to do this before the GumPaste dries otherwise you will be hacking away and the edges the next day and may end up breaking your lovely pieces you just made.

I let all the decorations air dry for about 3 days and then store them in a small tupperware.  Be sure to let the pieces dry out before sealing them away or they could cause already dried pieces to melt.  Same goes for painting your decorations, if you are not applying them to a cookie right away let them dry for a day or so before sealing them up with other decorations.  

Comment or e-mail if you are interested in a full tutorial on making GumPaste decorations.  I would be more than happy to make a photo tutorial or even a video if their is interest in it.  

Stay Sweet Everyone and Congrats Amy and Keith <3

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Corporate Marketing Cookies

More often than not I am making cookies for baby showers or birthdays, however every now and then it is fun to switch things up.  

I made these cookies for a local caterer in town to help them advertise to local businesses.  

If you have a business you want to market your services to, or you are hosting a corporate event be sure to hit me up.  I would love to make you some cookies with your business logo on them.

If you are in the Mankato area and want to check out some of these local businesses you can find them out at the links provided below.  
And if you are in the area and want some amazing food catered for your next event be sure to place an order from Najwa's Catering!

Stay Sweet Everyone!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Chevron Baby Shower Cookies

How sweet is the name Oliver Watson K,  it just warms your heart, and if you could see the little guy your heart would be even warmer, he is a cutie!

This is one of those sets that got me really excited because I finally had a chance to make a chalkboard cookie......and I got to use my super cool new contraption for tracing difficult designs (more about that in a later post)

When I was commissioned for the set I was asked to make cookies to match with a chevron, chalkboard and teal themed baby shower highlighting the baby's name.  From there I had creative freedom to come up with whatever I wanted.

I opted to airbrush a few chevron cookies, do a K cookie to match a beautiful metallic K they displayed at the baby shower and the highlight of the whole set was a chalkboard cookie that matched the birth announcements.

This set allowed me to use a few techniques that I normally don't get to try out, like making my own K transfers and using (non homemade) stencils to airbrush patterns on a cookie.  

My all time favorite cookie of this set was the chalkboard cookie.  I was really excited about this one not only because I had the chance to finally make a chalkboard cookie but I also go the chance to use my Camera-Lucida app on my tablet and the new cool holder my hubby made for me so I could finally use the app.  I will do a nice write up about Camera-Lucida and how to make a stand for it some time soon.  For those of you like me who don't have a kopycake it is a great way to keep things consistent on cookies.  If you are itching to know more go and check Klickitat street for an awesome tutorial.  

Stay sweet everyone!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Funky Sock Cookies

I can't even begin to tell you all how excited I was to get this order.  I love funky socks!  When I go to Korea one of the first things on my list (besides eating lots of Korean food) is to buy crazy Korean socks.

When this order came in for a set of crazy sock cookies for a surprise 18th birthday I was thrilled!

The birthday boys mom sent me photos of some of his favorite funky socks and I replicated them in cookie form.

Hope you all get as big of a kick out of these cookies as I did.

Stay sweet everyone!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Forest Themed Baby Shower Cookies

I always love making a set of cookies where I have free creative reign.  This set was an absolute joy to make.  I was given a theme and a price range to work within and this is what I came up with.
These cookies were for a baby shower and the theme was forest...from there I got to run with it.
I got to try a few new techniques on these cookies and am excited to try them again.

The first new technique I tried was an antique china crackle technique.  You can find a brilliant tutorial from the brilliant sweetambs.  I changed up the technique a bit because I didn't have fine enough petal dust to go into the etches I made.  On the first cookie pictured I made the etches extra deep and panted on the petal dust with a wet brush and then rubbed off the excess with a damp paper towel.  On the second cookie pictured I did lighter etches (which the petal dust didn't stick in very well) glazed it with corn syrup, let the corn syrup dry over night and then etched that again and added more petal dust.  This application seemed to work the best, the petal dust stuck in the etches made in the corn syrup.  If I do this method again I think I will only etch the corn syrup and skip etching the icing.  

The next technique I tried was making "moss" covered cookies.  I followed the wonderfully simple tutorial by Mike at Semi Sweet I opted to add the crushed up graham crackers to wet icing instead of letting it crust over (Like mike suggests) because I was concerned with the crumbs flaking off.  It worked perfectly.  I added some dimension to the cookies by adding a second layer of icing to the rabbit ears and tail and the squirrel's tail.  The finishing touch was to add cute little bow-ties to these topiary critters.  

Finally I did a reverse silhouette cookie, nothing fancy just a cut out of two adorable deer, sprayed over with a gold.  I am thrilled with how easy these were and how elegant the cookies turned out.  It is a technique that I will be revisiting some time soon.   

The following are a few closeups of each of the individual cookies.  What are your thoughts on this set?  Are there any new techniques out there that you want to try?

Hand painted toadstools and a  dapper topiary bunny 

Close up on those happy toadstools

Airbrushed tree with glittery gold heart leafs

Some spotted toadstools

Hand painted owls with gold detail and the china crackle birds

The whole set together on a nice wooden platter

Hope you all enjoyed this set.  Now go out there and try some new cookie techniques.  Let me know how your experiments turn out. 

Stay sweet everyone!!!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Holiday Baking

Better late than never right?  Between moving cities and starting a new career I still had time for a few cookie orders.  I had a lot of fun with these sets and had a chance to put my airbrush to good use. Up first is warm and cozy mitten themed set of cookies.

This set included fuzzy warm mittens, shiny bronze stars, wreaths, trees and a few hand painted winter scene cookies. 

Doesn't this set just make you want to curl up in front of a fire place with a cup of coco for dipping the cookies in?

Now that you are all warm and cozy how about a fun romp out in the snow.  The next set included snowflakes, hand painted winter scenes, and a few trees for good measure.  

The snowflakes were an assortment of airbrushed snowflakes with silver and gold sugar pearls, Sugar sprinkles snowflakes and shiny silver snowflakes.

The hand painted cookies have an airbrushed background with hand painted trees and cottages.

Finally one of my favorite parts of the holiday season...all the greenery.  I love putting up a Christmas tree each year and seeing all the evergreens outside covered in snow.  

I tried to capture the whimsy of the greenery during the holiday season a few different ways.  I did some decorated brush work tree cookies, wreath cookies, brushwork pine cone cookies, holly and a few lacy trees.  My favorite were the lacy trees, I just loved how they turned out.  

Just to round things off here are a few detail shots of the cookies. 

Hope you all had a wonderful holiday season, and a Happy New Year to you all!

Stay Sweet everyone <3

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cookie Birthday Cake

I have always wanted to make a tiered cookie cake and finally had the chance!
This cake was a blast to make, plus it is a surprise cookie cake, the middle two tiers are hollowed out and filled with candy.

This was a super easy cookie to make, over and done with in one day.  The nice thing about a stacked cookie like this is you don't have to let the icing dry for 24 hours like your regular sugar cookies.  I have actually found that stacking after about 30 min of a set time helps the structure say together while still keeping it easy to take a cookie off .
Hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it.

Stay Sweet Everyone!