Friday, February 28, 2014

Sprinkle Monster Cookies! {Tutorial on SugarEd Productions}




When my Mother (AKA sprinkle mule) brought me my last batch of sprinkles, she included a load of these "Jimmies". They are like sugar sprinkles, but more like bits of icing and long and thin. I thought what in the world would I do with them all? And when I say ALL, I mean ALL! There are actually two more bags, orange & green.


Then it dawned on me that these would make super easy, fuzzy monsters!

But when it came time to bake, I just couldn't decide on what shape to use. So I took it too Facebook. I asked my "friends" to name a cutter. Not knowing what they were for. I got LOTS of comments. 146 and still counting ;) The most I have actually gotten on a post interestingly enough! 

So, I decided to use only the ones that were mentioned. Of course I did have to limit it. I couldn't bake 146 cookies for one tutorial. So here they are. And yes, Lynda, I did get your Dinosaur in, even though it was late and you were offended. I made it! Just for you!  (That is my sister so don't think I am mean to random posters.) 



A DINOSAUR



A DRESS




A BUTTERFLY



A POT OF GOLD & FLIP FLOP


A LIGHTHOUSE & CASTLE



A BEAR



HEARTS & AN ICE CREAM CONE


These were so much fun to make! It was nice not to get bogged down with icing consistency and piping lines. Just plain fun!

The full tutorial is available on SugarEd Productions Online School
(The tutorial also includes how to make these royal icing eyes)

Not a member? Check them out. I am a regular contributor to the site. It has fantastic cake and cookie decorating tutorials and even photography tutorials!

Click HERE for more information!

Thanks for playing!!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Easy Leprechaun Face Cookie Tutorial




It's that time of the year again for those silly Leprechauns to make an appearance. This year I decided to put an older design in my shop and give you all a preview of some upcoming tutorials.

I have added the 3 Smiling Leprechauns to Drawn's Etsy Shop, with an extra bonus of a free tutorial!!

Since the cookies were already made from a previous post, I decided to try an illustrated tutorial instead. 
If you like these, let me know! I would be able to provide you all with twice as many tutorials to go along with my designs. So please let me know your thoughts.



These are the cutters I used. But feel free to mix it up with any top hat and round if you don't have these particular cutters.


Supplies Needed:

Decorating Icing in Green, Flesh tone, Black, Orange, Yellow and White
Petal Dust for cheeks
You can always use Royal Icing transfers or Candy eyes, which can be purchased at the local craft store or in the craft isle.

For a great tutorial on how to make these "franken-cookies" actually stick together while baking, LilaLoa has a fantastic post HERE!

Here is an example of what my Tutorials will look like:

Page ONE will be the photo tutorial. Either illustrated or actual photos. Keep in mind that this is on the "easy" spectrum, others may be more detailed depending on complexity of design. However, my goal is to break it down, into simple managable steps.


Page TWO will be the written directions. 




This Leprechaun is available in 3 Fun Faces on the Drawn With Character Etsy Shop





~SPECIAL~ 

Purchase the "3 Smiling Leprechauns Design Set" and you get a copy of the printable tutorial FREE!

Check out the Etsy shop for more information!!


For more Leprechaun Cookies check these out:


Have a fun!! 

Friday, February 14, 2014

Simple Valentine's Bear Tutorial

Happy Valentine's Day! 

I decided to try my hand at my Friday Freebie from last week. Drawn with Character's Valentine's Bear that fits on the Wilton Baby Bear cookie cutter.


There are really many ways to approach this cookie. I chose to work in sections from "back" to "front."
Letting each section dry depending on thickness of icing and type of icing. Drying time can be anywhere from 10 mins to 1 hour. 




Finishing with a little Food Color Marker for the eye brows and words. 




As I said, there are many ways to approach this cookie design.  This was another attempt at him. My icing was not co-operating that day but I wanted to give it another shot. This time I tried flooding the entire head brown and them putting the white muzzle on top, leaving a space for his nose. 

As Pete the Cat says…. "Its all good!"

Check out my Facebook Page for more awesome Cookier's pictures of this Valentine's Bear!
Click HERE

Happy Valentine's Day!! xx

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Friday Freebie- Wilton Bear Valentine Share!

Ok, I am here again, tail between legs… so sorry for not posting this sooner here. I totally forgot.

So here it is, lets just "pretend" its Friday! ;) Here is a Valentine Bear that I designed to fit perfectly on the Wilton Bear from one of the baby sets.


Now... it is super duper short notice… however, if the mood strikes you and you would like to try this little guy out, fantastic! He can be downloaded HERE

On Friday, Valentine's Day I am going to a Valentine's Share on my FB Page and blog. I would also like to put up a few links to what you all have come up with! So here is what you do:

2. Cookie him, anyway you want. It doesn't even have to be on this cookie cutter shape. Put him on a round, plaque or snowflake! Anything goes.
3. Friday, post your picture + a link to your shop/store etc to my Facebook Page
IF you don't have FB send it to cookieswithcharacter@yahoo.com
I will then include it in my blog here and and on FB!

Spreading a little love!! 

Have fun!!!!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Cupid on a Girl Cutter Tutorial



I will be the first one to tell you, when I start any project, either drawing or cookies.  I have to have a  little freak out first! "I can't do this!  Where the heck do I start?!"  Well, with this post I am hoping to break it down for you in the simplest way possible. Just a  little planning can go a long way. To help out, I will put a download link at the end of this post, for the tutorial picture and the instructions. 

For this tutorial I am using my Got Ya Cupid from my Etsy site Drawn with Character. The image can be purchased HERE.
The cutter I used was the Wilton Girl cutter. However Truly Mad Plastics makes a very similar one. 

Supplies:
Icing in whatever shade you want, red, white, yellow
Consistency 15-20 seconds
Pedal Dust in pink and gold
Marker or black and blue gel



Directions:
  1. Use whatever transfer method you wish, either a projector such as a KopyKake or the Tissue Paper Transfer Method. This can be found on my blog HERE
    I started with a girl cut out, on a white flooded cookie. Dried for 12 hours
  2. Start by trying to analyze which areas are the farthest away, (behind). I started with the face and ears. Piping with a 15-20 second icing. That way the hair and heart will look like it is ontop of the face
  3. Alternating shapes that are going to be “beside” each other, such as the legs, giving each one time to dry
  4. Pipe on wings and diaper (underwear, knickers, what do you call the pants of a Cupid?) Section by section, letting each section dry for a bit. Hair and arms. Don’t worry about little hair curls. You can add those when you detail. 
  5. Pipe on a thick, full of icing, heart.  Now let dry 2-6 hrs
  6. Pipe on arrow, hair details, black eye dots, nose, fingers and tiny toes. Use either a marker or paint for eyebrows, mouth and knees.  Now this is where everyone’s preference comes in. You could have flooded the base a blue for sky, a pink or even used a naked cookie. I chose to paint a subtle blue background on the white, so the character would pop. What I ended up with is an overworked background that I tried to dry brush clouds on. Didn’t really work. But not all cookies are a masterpiece, right?!
  7. Now for the details. You may choose to do this or not. Outline the hair, heart and pants. You can outline it all or none- it is all up to you! I then painted the arrow a gold for shimmer and a little pink pedal dust for the cheeks. 
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I hope this give you a better idea as how easy it can be to approach any design, mine or any piece you may draw or find. If you think in layers and isolated shapes, it will be much less intimidating!! 

Download "GotYa Cupid" Tutorial HERE

Other Tutorials with Drawn's with Character's Templates:










Polar Bear and Ornament-Using Clipart and hand cutting a cookie









Some Bunny Loves You- Transferring image without a KK







Love Birds by Sweet SugarBelle- How to use one image on various shapes 









Cupid's Arrow by Jill FCS- Two ways to use one image

Check out these awesome sites for more of "Cupid's Love":

Lila Loa's Cutie Cupid Cookie

Make Me Cake Me's Girl Cupids- from a snowman cutter! 

Klickitat Street's Cupids

Artfully Delicious' Blue-eyed Cupid







Monday, February 3, 2014

Valentine's Day Cupid Cookies

I know it's February 3rd and Valentine's Day is just a few days away, but I wanted to introduce you to my newest templates in the Etsy Shop… Valentine's Day Cupids. 



Aren't tiny toes the cutest? 


This Cupid Template is designed to fit the Wilton Girl cutter. I know a lot of you have this cutter thanks to a recent quest for them in the cookie world. As far as I know, Wilton has discontinued this cutter... 


…However, lucky for you, a Cookie Cutter Company, called Truly Mad Plastics, has just released a girl cutter that would fit this Cupid Template perfectly. To purchase this cutter, visit their Facebook Page HERE.



If you are interested in this little Cupid dude, hop on over to my Etsy shop. I have 3 new Cupid additions!!! 


Thanks for stopping by!! 

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