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Witch Set Winners

6 Oct

We have some winners! The winners of the Wilton Witch Set cookie cutters are:

Isabel:

I love it!! thanks a lot from Spain,

Jen:

Those look like fun. For the cauldrons what about having it bubble over in electric green bubbles with luster dust? It could be a spooky brew!

Emily:

I think I say this about all of your cookies but these really are some of my favorites. Have so much fun at cookie camp!

Congratulations to all the winners! I have sent you all emails, so check your box, or send your mailing address to contact at karenscookies dot net.

A Cookie Camp recap coming up…

Off to Cookie Camp! But before I go….

27 Sep

I’m heading off to Cookie Camp! I’m going to Tennessee tomorrow to meet with some awesome cookie decorators and see if I can be a better one.  I’m very nervous and feel quite inadequate.  I’m trying to conquer my nervousness.  I’m not sure if there is internet available at Cookie Camp, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to give you updates, but I’ll be sure to catch you up when I get back.  I promise I’ll take lots of pictures! :)  In the meantime…

I told you when I came back after my summer hiatus that I wanted to fill the blog up with fall cookies… and so far I haven’t delivered. Until now!

One of my favorite new Wilton sets is this cute Witch-Themed Cookie Cutter Set. I love the boot, especially. I think it could pass for a Victorian boot, which I’ve tried to do before by hand cutting around a stencil. I was going to try one and show it to you, but my 3-year-old ate it. I’ll still try it sometime.

I wish I could say it was my 3-year-old that stuck her finger in that swirly purple boot.  It was me. I do that a lot. Meringue Powder Buttercream is really pretty sturdy, but if you nick it in the first couple of hours, it’ll leave a mark. As demonstrated.

The brooms made me chuckle.

I try not to look at examples of decorated cookies when I’m thinking up my own designs– I don’t want to be influenced by other cookies.  So I didn’t look at the example pics that came with these cutters before I started decorating. When I got to the brooms, I was  like “What in the heck kind of design is this?” I could NOT figure out why it had such a large ring-thingy between the handle and the main part of the broom. I did the best I could, and after I was done, I went and looked at the packaging.

Ohhhhhhhh…….   Right.

Hmm. I guess I’ll know for next time.

There’s also a cute witch’s hat.

(Insert apology for bad photography here).  I’m hoping the cookie ladies at cookie camp can help me with photography. I need it!

And lastly, the cauldron.

I was really lacking in the creativity department when I did these, and it shows. Sometimes cauldrons are uninspiring for me. The one on the right was a bad idea that seemed good at the time. I wondered if I made purple swirls in the black, and then sprinkled the whole thing with black disco dust, if the purple would be very subtle and look cool.

Not really. Just made it look blotchy. But that’s ok. I like to show you the failures as well as the successes because if I only showed you the successes, it would be a pretty short blog.  Ha ha… oh, and also because I don’t want you to make the same mistakes. Let’s just go with that one.

All together now…


It’s a fun set.

I’m going to give a set to three of you. Just comment on this blog and you’ll be entered. I’ll go ahead and run it till I’m back from Cookie Camp– comment by midnight Sunday October 2nd. I’ll use our friend Random.org to choose 3 of you at random to win. Please enter only once. Good luck!

Hello Kitty Winners!

27 Sep

We have some winners! Thanks to all who entered. It sounds like there are a lot of Hello Kitty fans out there.  As always, I wish I could send a set to everyone who entered.  But since I can’t, I used our friend Random.org to choose the five winners. And they are…

Judy R

I would love to win these cutters. My best friend Lisa and my granddaughter Skylar both LOVE Hello Kitty.

Michelle Ly at Cookie Counter

My little baby cousin LOVES Hello Kitty!!! She is already collecting things and she is only 3! I am sure she would love some of these cookies!! So adorable!

Linda

Yes Please I’d like to be entered !!!!

Nan

The cookies are so cute! Love Hello Kitty!!

Donna

These are adorable……love the many styles you gave to Hello Kitty.

Congratulations!! I’ve sent all of you emails, so just respond to the email with your mailing address or email me at contact at karenscookies dot net, and we’ll get your cutters sent right out.

Another giveaway coming right up…

Oh, and a few of you asked about doing a tutorial on these. I really hope to do that soon. I learned a few tricks while doing these that I’d love to pass on to you. Hopefully I can get that done soon. Keep bugging me about it if you don’t see it up in the next couple of weeks. :)

Hello Kitty!

22 Sep


I had the best idea. I had two sets of cookie cutters that I wanted to showcase– One was the Summer Set, and one was the new Hello Kitty set from Wilton. So I thought “Hey! Goodbye Summer…. Hello Kitty! I’m a genius!” So I planned on doing one post right after the other so you could catch the cute play-on words…

Fast forward two weeks. I’m finally getting this post up, and I have to point it out to you. Goodbye Summer… Hello Kitty. Get it? Cute, right?  Sigh. My life is full of good intentions. :D


But hey– Wilton has a new set of Hello Kitty cookie cutters! I was SO excited to get these, because we used to get asked ALL THE TIME about Hello Kitty cookie cutters, and there just weren’t any available. Till now.


We had 48 of them in our first order and they were gone in no time. But we have more now.


These were fun. It was like playing with paper dolls, choosing different outfits for Kitty to wear.  And they were simple and easy, too, which is always a plus! If you do a quick google image search for “Hello Kitty”, you’ll find all kinds of cute outfit ideas. I liked substituting flowers for the bow, too. Fun.

Does someone you know love Hello Kitty?

You should make them some cookies!

Comment on this post and I’ll choose 5 at random (using random.org) to win a set of Hello Kitty cutters.

Contest closes Sunday, Sept. 25 at midnight (wherever you are!). Please only enter one time. Good luck!

Summer Cookie Cutter Set Winners!

19 Sep

Oops! So sorry for the delay in announcing the winners! I guess I’ve fallen right off the blog wagon… but I’m hopping back on! I have some fun cookies to share with you!

But first, here are the winners of the Wilton Summer Cookie Cutters:

Brenda

This year was a lazy, hazy days of summer. Here in Texas we spent the summer trying to stay COOL. Glad you are back, we missed you

Jenn J

Did a little baking…using some supplies I order from y’all :) Enjoyed the time outdoors, grilling, hanging out with friends. Glad you’re back and glad to year you enjoyed your summer like I did!

Beth

I spent most of my summer baking and decorating cookies lol!

Thanks for the great contest!

Julieanna

Sounds like you had a great summer!!! I worked and gardened all summer. Loved the gardening!!!!!Great to see your posts.

Carmen

So excited to see your post again, Karen! This summer was the most exciting one for us (as parents) – my boys have gotten over the fear of water finally, and spent a lot of time in our friend’s pool. I was jumping up and down with joy seeing them so eager to get into the water instead screaming and crying their hearts out! lol…

Congratulations ladies! I’ve sent all of you emails, so look for that, or email me your address to contact at karenscookies dot net.

Sounds like everybody had a good summer. I was so happy to hear from all of you, and enjoyed reading your comments!  Thank you for welcoming me back (and sorry I disappeared again! I’ll get the hang of this blog thing sooner or later!)  Look for another post and giveaway SOON! :D

 

Goodbye Summer

9 Sep

It’s no secret to those who know me, or those who have been getting my newsletters for a while, that I love fall! I can’t wait to fill this blog up with fun fall cookies because they’re definitely my favorite.  But since I’ve kinda sorta been missing in action all summer, I figured I’d better at least nod towards summer. Briefly. And then we’re moving on to pumpkins and leaves, ok?

Apparently I forgot how to take pictures over the summer. Sorry these are so dark and shadowy.  I think I need a refresher course. Miiiiike!?

Wilton came out with this fun new set of cutters over the summer.

I didn’t get them until summer was almost over, but they were still fun to decorate.

I love the sunglasses.

I’ve really been wanting some larger sunglasses. The ones we have are teeny tiny, and the company who makes them disappeared off the face of the earth this summer, so we really needed a replacement.

The margarita glass is a cute size and shape.

Can you see the “Heat Green” disco dust on that margarita glass? It’s so hard to photograph. And along with that pesky fact that I forgot how to take pictures over the summer… I didn’t get a very good picture.  Maybe this angle is better?


Hmm. Not really. It’s so pretty in real life.  Guess you’ll just have to trust me on that one.

The flip flop is cute. I like it’s round-y-ness. (Yeah, that’s a word alright).

Here’s a pink set. Because pink is fun.


I liked how the sunglasses turned out in this one. I used some white non pareils from the Jumbo Rainbow Non Pareils as accents on the glasses. I pulled a bunch out of the jar with my accent tweezers, and then looked for two big ones and four smaller ones. They all vary in size slightly, but it works out well for stuff like this. The jumbo non pareils come in handy for so many things.

These were fun cookies to decorate. I’ll be excited to decorate more next summer– or maybe during the winter if I need a little summer back in my life!

So anyway, I feel bad that I totally neglected the blog this summer. I hope I still have some readers out there! I have 3 school-age kids and one preschooler, so I decided to take some time off and enjoy them this summer. We enjoyed swimming lessons, camping trips, family reunions, and lazy days reading books. It was a good summer and flew by.

How did you spend your summer months? Let me know in the comments section and I’ll randomly pick 5 of you to win a set of the Wilton Summer cookie cutters. Contest ends Monday night (Sept. 12) at midnight– wherever you are.  Thanks for sticking with me!! Hope you had a great summer! (Or winter if you’re in Australia…)

Patriotic Stars!

21 Jun

Here’s a fun little tutorial on decorating some simple patriotic stars.  Just in time for Independence Day coming up!  Enjoy…

 

Patriotic Stars Decorated Cookies

Bake a batch of star cookies using one of our recipes or your own. For every 24 large star cookies, make a batch of frosting using one of our frosting recipes.

Divide frosting into thirds. Color one third white using white coloring. Color the second third red, and color the final third blue.

Prepare 3 disposable bags, inserting a coupler into one bag, and #2 tips into the others. Fill the coupler bag with half of the red frosting. Fill the #2 bags with about a third of the blue and white frostings. Place a #2 tip on the coupler and secure with ring. Close all bags with rubber bands.

Turn remaining frosting into glaze by adding water, a few drops at a time, until it is a thin consistency. A few drops of glaze should disappear into the mass by the count of 6 or 7. The amount of glaze you need will depend on how thin you make it. If you run out of glaze, you can squeeze some of the frosting from your bags to make more.

These instructions include steps for two styles of star cookies, each having 5 steps.

STYLE 1


Pipe a wavy line across the middle of the star with blue frosting. This will make a dam for the glaze.


Glaze the cookie blue above the piped line. Allow to dry briefly, then glaze the remainder of cookie white.


Using tip #2, pipe a series of evenly-spaced vertical red lines on the bottom of the cookie. Switch to a #4 tip and fill in between every other set of lines to create broad stripes.


On the blue section of the cookie make several staggered blue dots. While the dots are still wet, use accent tweezers to place a white accent star on each dot.


Finish the cookie by adding a small blue bead border along the line where the blue and striped areas meet.

STYLE 2


Use red frosting with #2 tip to pipe a straight horizontal line across top 3rd of the cookie. Glaze top portion red down to that line. Allow to dry for a few minutes.


Glaze the next third of the cookie white. Push the glaze up neatly against the red line. Don’t worry about your precision at the bottom, as it will be covered in the next step.


After white glaze has dried, pipe a blue line over the white glaze, approximately 3/4 of an inch below the red line. Glaze below this line blue.


Pipe five evenly-spaced white dots across white section. Alternating colors, use accent tweezers to place red and blue accent stars on wet dots.


Outline star with white frosting. Finish by piping white bead borders on top and bottom of white section.


That’s all there is to it! Try out other fun patterns and designs. These are perfect for the 4th of July, a soldier’s care package or home coming, or any other patriotic occasion. Swap out colors to decorate for other countries. Have fun!

Sew cute!

2 May

Yeah, cheesy, I know! :D  But I thought I’d share this idea for Mother’s day. If you have a mom or grandma who sews, you might try a group of these cookies for Mother’s Day. (And they don’t require very many special shapes!)

I made these for my sister a few months ago, and I was going to share them with you then, but now I’m kind of glad I waited because I think they’re a great Mother’s Day idea. (And that makes me feel better for not doing it earlier… so I’m going with it).

My sister Shannon is an amazing seamstress. She has sent me things she has made, and it blows me away. Sometimes she follows patterns, but sometimes she just makes stuff up! Like from nothing. Out of her head. Plus she has five kids and the oldest is 8. She’s amazing. So I made her some cookies.

I got my inspiration from Lisa the Bearfoot Baker. I think it was Sweet Sugarbelle who referenced these cookies a while back, and I thought they were so cute. So I took her ideas and added a few of my own and came up with this little group.

I used the second-largest rectangle from the Fox Run Rectangle set for the spools of thread.

I really wish I would have done some step-by-step photos of these. I still don’t think like a blogger, but I’m getting there! Anyway, I just drew the spools on the rectangles. I did a super simple design. I outlined and filled in the base of the spool with runny purple and green, and then let that dry. After it was dry, I went back and added stiffer lines over the top to make the individual “threads”. If you look closely, you’ll see that most of the color you see is actually the background solid-filled base, and there are relatively few thread lines on top.

The buttons were fast and easy. I just used an assortment of mini cutters– hearts, circles, flowers, stars– for the buttons.

Outlined, filled in, then added the rim and “thread” after the base was dry.  These are fun. I like buttons. :)

For the thimbles, I used the smallest oval in the Fox Run Oval set and cut a sliver off the bottom of each to make them flat on one side.

Woa. These are big pictures. You can see all my little mistakes.  Lucky you! :D  I used gray icing (mostly Bright White coloring, with a teensy bit of Super Black). I made the whole thing smooth by outlining and filling in. After that was dry, I went back and added the lines and dots. When everything was completely dry, I brushed them with Nu Silver Luster Dust to make them look metallic. I thought they were pretty cute and super simple.

For the tomato pin cushion, I used the largest oval from the Fox Run set. I really wanted to come up with a different type of pin cushion for this set so that I wasn’t totally ripping off Lisa’s ideas. But I just kept coming back to it because it is so iconic! Every seamstress I’ve ever known has had the tomato pin cushion! So I just did my own take of the design:

I happened to have two different colors of red, so I used the darker one to outline and the lighter one to fill in. I liked how that looked, so made two different shades of green so I could do the same with the “stem” (only opposite– outline with lighter, fill in with darker). My green and red kind of reacted to each other. I might have done the green before the red was dry enough. I was sad that they got kind of yucky looking. But it still worked ok.  I did the pins with gray icing and brushed them with the Nu Silver after they dried.

Then  made a little sign to put with them:

This cookie got a little funky on the bottom. Sometimes they do that!

I boxed them all up and sent them across a couple of states.

I thought it made a cute little set. I also included a bag full o’ button cookies. I sent these in February during a super cold snap (20 below zero!), and they got pretty messed up in shipment. They turned blotchy, and I’m sure it’s because they froze so hard. I was sad about that. I’m not sure how to avoid that in the future– maybe I could have insulated the box better or something. Anyway, live and learn.

But now it’s May! So it probably won’t freeze, so you should make these and send them to your mom (or grandma or sister or friend or cousin)!

Sew cute!

I really wanted to give away some Oval cookie cutter sets with this post, but we are sold out!! I’m hoping to have some more soon, and we can revisit this post, along with some other fun uses for the oval cutters.

Have a happy Monday!

Stencil Winners

26 Apr

We have some winners! The three winners of the stencils and Gourmet Writers are:

Lindy:
Those are soooo cute, Karen! Always fun to see what you are up to!

Tatyana:
I love your beautiful cookies. May be mine will look like yours one day ;)

and Elena:
So cute! A new and great idea to decorate. Thanks again…

Congratulations everybody! Sorry I didn’t have the winners announced in time to get them to you by Easter, but you should have them in time for Mother’s Day! And possibly May Day if we hurry. :)  Check your email and respond with your mailing address. If you don’t see an email from me, send me an email at contact at karenscookies dot net.

Thanks to all who entered! More posts and giveaways coming up soon!  Hope you’re all safe from tornadoes, floods and other havoc that is being wreaked across the country. We have snow here today, but I guess I won’t complain!

Using Stencils as Templates

18 Apr

A couple of months ago, we got a whole bunch of new stencils in our shop. I got to work right away playing around with them (it’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it!)  Over the next few weeks, I’ll show you what I learned.

I probably shouldn’t start with my favorite– I should probably save it till last– but I can’t help it. I love these. They are done with the Mini Spring Garden stencils.  Which really aren’t all that “mini”, by the way. They are made by a company who is used to doing large cake stencils, so they call most of the cookie stencils “mini”. They are a great cookie size.

There are a few ways to use stencils. One is the traditional way that they were probably made for. You can see Mike show you how to do that here. (It was his video debut. I think he should do the rest from now on… :D)

Another way to use stencils is to use them as a template. I really like using them this way because it’s easier to get lots of colors on there. Sometimes it’s pretty tricky to get multiple colors using the traditional stencil method.

I made the four rectangle cookies without taking any step-by-step pictures, because I’m forgetful like that. So I had to go back and do the tutorial on an egg cookie that I had sitting around. But you’ll get the idea.

First you’ll need to bake and glaze (or outline and fill in) your cookies. I used the largest rectangle from the rectangle cutter set. Let them dry completely.

You’ll need some edible markers. I like the Americolor Gourmet Writer 10-color set. Choose marker colors that match the color of frosting you’re going to use. For this one, I was making red tulips with green leaves, so I used the red and green markers.

Use the template to outline each section.

Finish all of your outlining during this step. Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until the first part dries before you can replace the stencil to outline the next section. I know that’s just common sense, but I think it bears mentioning since I may or may not have forgotten to do that on one of these cookies.

So here’s what your outlined design will look like:

You’ll probably notice that there are some little blotchy spots. Sometimes that happens. Not all the time, but sometimes. Why? I don’t know. But don’t worry about it if it happens to you. You’ll be piping over it anyway.

Next, you’ll want to have some runny-consistency frosting. Meringue Powder Buttercream is what I used here (watered down a little bit so that it is pretty soft), but you could also use Royal Icing or Corn Syrup Glaze. Just use what you’re comfortable with.

Outline each little section with your frosting using a small tip. I used a #1 here.

You’ll want to stay just barely inside your marker guidelines, because when you fill in there will be a tiny bit of spreading.

While outlines are still wet, go back and fill in using the same frosting and tip. After I fill in, I use a boo-boo stick to even out the frosting and to pull out sharper corners and tips.

Continue on with all colors.

Try to get your frosting colors the same consistency. My green was a little bit thicker than my red, which is why the tulips look more smooth than the leaves. But hey, it adds texture. Yeah. That’s it.

Then you can add a cute border to the cookie.

They actually make pretty cute Easter eggs.

Here they are on the original rectangles that I did:

These were really fast and easy, and I loved how they turned out. It makes me think of spring… which is still pretty elusive here in Idaho.

So today I’m giving away a set of the Mini Spring Garden Stencils

and the 10-color pack of Americolor Gourmet Writers

To THREE winners. I’m tired of only having one winner. So just comment on this post by midnight on Wednesday, April 20th, and I’ll choose three winners using random.org. Good luck!

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