Saturday, December 22, 2012

Cookie Cutter CHALLENGE & A Cutter Give-Away

I asked a bunch of my cookie decorating friends to join me in a COOKIE CUTTER CHALLENGE! Oh my gosh, it was so much fun! I sent each of them a cookie cutter and I asked them to make a cookie of whatever they envision using that cutter. It was so fun to see all the entries come in. What? You want to see them? I bet you do. I made my friends wait a couple weeks before seeing everyone's photos, but you think I should share them with you NOW? Well, ok then! Make sure to see how to win your own cookie cutter at the bottom of this post.
And many of my friends went beyond one cookie. They made several different designs using the cookie cutter. They are all so creative and fun so make sure to stop by their blogs and Facebook pages to see all of their many different designs! There is a story behind each of these cookies. Like #4 Ansa had a bunch of designs she tried to get me to choose from, but I wasn't having any of that responsibility, #8 Kim had help from her son with her cute design. And #10 is named Abigail the Snugglebug. #11 is so cool, but you have to see Lene's other designs because my favorite isn't even shown here. #13 Laura has lots of designs to show you and tell you how she ate a little girl cookie, #15 is a sketch from Karen because a storm kept her from making the actual cookie. Now go see all the extra designs, there are even some giraffes and fish and...


Cookie Cutter Challenge Participants:

#1 - Aymee of Wacky Cookies - www.wackycookies.com
#3 - Tiffany of Tiff's Tasty Cookies - www.facebook.com/tiffs.cookies
#4 - Ansa of Sweet Treats by Ansa - www.sweet-treats-by-ansa.com
#5 - Shannon of The Sweet Shop Cookie Company - www.facebook.com/thesweetshopcookiecompany
#9 - Margaret of Decorated Cookies (dba Edible Canvas Creations) - www.facebook.com/ediblecanvascreations
#11 - Lene of Not Your Everyday Cookie - http://notyoureverydaycookie.wordpress.com
#12 - Tammy of Fluffybutt Cookie Emporium - http://www.facebook.com/pages/Fluffybutt-Cookies/272728056090697
#13 - Laura of Laura's Cookies - www.facebook.com/laurascookies
#14 - Flaget of Cookies with Love by Flaget - www.facebook.com/pages/cookies-with-love-by-flaget/242124942466772
#15 - Karen of SugarDeaux Cookies & Cakes - www.facebook.com/sugardeaux

Here's the cookie cutter that I sent to each of them and asked them to envision a design:
 and here's my cookie from the cutter:
and a few more penguins so my penguin wouldn't be lonely
Want to see the inspiration behind my penguin? My sweet granddaughter Abigail.

I used lots of colors to make my penguins.
Want a tutorial on how to make my penguin? Start by getting your very own penguin cookie cutter here at my Etsy shop. The first thing I did was to outline the design of my penguin:
Then I filled the penguin face with white and let that completely dry. After there was no wet icing, I added grey icing to the ice skates and immediately put Silver Disco Dust on the skates for extra sparkle.
 
 Let me warn you right now that Disco Dust is VERY messy. That stuff gets EVERYWHERE. Another option that isn't as messy is to use silver sanding sugar. Notice in the photo above that I added the disco dust early in the decorating process and in the photo below, I added disco dust as the last step in decorating my penguin. It's up to you. Either way, you have to make sure that no icing is wet. 
Then I used my paint brush to clean off the excess disco dust.
ooh sparkly
Fill in all the sections of your penguin with colors that you choose or copy any of the penguins that I have shown in the penguin platter.
 Then I cleaned up all the mess from my penguin project.
 The penguin was the first cookie cutter I ever made. I changed the design to personalize it a bit. I made her legs thicker and the skates larger and the bow stand out more. I absolutely love these penguins and look forward to making them again. My daughter, Mellissa, says we should frame the cookie from our first cookie cutter.






Abigail is invaded by penguin cookies
 Thank you to all my friends that played along in our first Cookie Cutter CHALLENGE! You all did such an amazing job and I'm so jealous of the incredible vision and creativity that each of you possess! I plan on doing more of these challenges. For now, I would like to choose one lucky winner to receive their very own penguin cookie cutter, although I guess I can't call it a penguin cookie cutter since everyone came up with so many other designs for it! ;-) All you have to do to enter is say something nice on the Rafflecopter giveaway :-) One winner will be chosen on Friday and I will ship out your new cookie cutter.



For those that didn't win the give-away and still wants their own cutter, you can find it here: www.etsy.com/shop/cristinscookies


Penguin blog background for today:

39 comments:

  1. I love all the creativity that is out there in cookie land!!!

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  2. Thank you so much Cristin for letting me join in this fun project...it was soo much fun! I love them all..and I can not wait to see more of your cutters...I just know each and everyone of them will be super cute

    Hugs
    Kimmie

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  3. The cookie is cute but the grandbaby is adorable. I'll take one of each please!!!

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  4. What cute cookies. Thanks Cristin

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  5. So adorable!!! I love baking cookies and my son is so into penguins and birds right now. I wanna be part of the next cookie cutter challenge super cute idea!!! I love your cookies and designs.
    Sarah

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  6. These penguin cookies are adorable! You have amazing talent!

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  7. Cristin! Can i tell you how nice it is to read a blog today? I feel like I have been buried under cookies for weeks, no time for anything else. I love your fun penguins and all the fun things everyone came up with!

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  8. Thanks for inviting me to play along Cristin! Your Abigail penguins are gorgeous! :-)

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  9. Cutest little penguin ever! Really a cool challenge! I love those kinds of challenges, seeing how everyone envisions something different!

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  10. Aww, the penguin cookies are cute; but not as cute as your granddaughter.

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  11. Thanks for inviting me to participate in this challenge Cristin. Your penguins are so adorable but not as adorable as Abigail. She always steals the show!

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  12. this cutter is so cute and has so much potential...sure hope i get the chance to work with it (-:

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  13. Super cute cutter and cookies!

    Nicole Burris
    Sugar and Stitches

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  14. so much wonerful talent. All the cookies are wonderful

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  15. Your cookies cutter is soooo cute. Love your design inspiration. --Katy

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  16. Love this - how cute and innovative everyone's ideas are. Fantastic collaboration!

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  17. What a fun challenge. Everyone did a fabulous job!!

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  18. What a fun challenge! I love all of the cookies.

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  19. Very cute! How can others choose t participate in challenges? I'd love to take part.

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  20. Absolutely adorable!! The cookie cutter/cookies, too!! This is my first visit to your site. I look forward to exploring your archived posts!!

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  21. I am relatively new to cookie decorating and am having a blast!! My daughter decorates alongside me when she has time and we have lots of fun together. I'm a snowbird, spending half the year in Atlantic Canada and the other half in TX with her.

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  22. Love the colors Nd creativity :)
    Carla pereira

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  23. wow! everyone is so talented...gorgeous cookies.jane n.

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  24. What a fun concept to launch your new cookie cutter Cristin! Abigail will be very proud one day! Lovely designs contributed from everyone, such talent! Looking forward to 2013 and more lovely designs! Thank you so much!
    Sweetly,
    Susan, Chocolatier
    siasforsweets@q.com

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  25. Super cute penquins. Great choice of cookiers for your challenge. Merry Christmas.

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  26. So very cute. My best friend LOVES everything penguin, she would completely flip out if I made these for her! LOL

    Cindy
    Bakingmomof4@hotmail.com

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  27. No matter what sahpe you make, Cristin, your cookies are always cute and delicious!

    Happy Holidays,

    leslie Gagne

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  28. Your grand daughter is PRECIOUS! As is her little shirt. My first grand is scheduled to arrive in February. Can't wait. Love your work. I need to investigate further how you made a cookie cutter!!

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  29. I SO look forward to you blog posts! I don't know what I get more excited about. New pictures of the beautiful Abigail, news of how you and Nick are handling college, and of course your COOKIES!

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  30. I love your cutter and I love love love your inspiration for it. Abigail is adorable! I loved all of the cookies that came from this one cutter. Hopefully I can participate in your next cookie cutter challenge.

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  31. Love your cutter! And your granddaughter is the absolute cutest!!

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  32. I'm brand new to the cookie world and am absolutely in awe of your talents and the talents of so many other designers out there! Thank you for the opportunity to win such an awesome cutter!!

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  33. There's a whole lot of talent in this cookie cutter challenge - it's hard to choose a favorite!

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  34. Love the cookies! and Abigail is too cute :)

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  35. Such an adorable cookie cutter!

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  36. Hope I'm not too late
    tupperladynez@aol.com

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  37. Yeah!!!! I am so excited to have won!!! I can't wait to have fun with my cookie cutter!

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Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment! I love hearing from you! Cristin