Saturday, December 29, 2012

Baby's First Christmas

We celebrated Abigail's First Christmas. I'm sure that she didn't care in the slightest, but we were all pretty excited for her :-) I made a special cookie cutter to celebrate the event.

Baby's First cutter available HERE
Download Tutorial Cards HERE
I made a somewhat fancy #1 shape and then added an area on the right to say first.
 I decorated it in two different ways and I'm still not sure which one I prefer. How about you? Do you like the one on the left with the buttons or the one on the right with the white fluffy middle?


 It will be fun to use this cookie cutter for Abigail's first birthday!
If you want one of these "1st" cookie cutters, you can find them HERE
 Merry Christmas to Abigail!
 First Christmases are special, don't you think?!
I hope you all got wonderful gifts filled with love and joy!


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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Cookie Cutter CHALLENGE!

Are you ready for our next Cookie Cutter CHALLENGE?! Only the first 11 people will be allowed to play along. Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to create a design using this cookie cutter:


I can't wait to show you my cookies, but we will share them together. After you create your cookie, send me ONE photo of ONE cookie. I will create a collage and send it to all the participants. Together we will share the collage and everyone's awesome creations.

To order your cookie cutter, go to my new Etsy shop by clicking on the photo below:

I can't wait to see what everyone creates using the new Cristin's Cookies mystery cookie cutter! There should be lots of options on this one!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! What was your favorite present?

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Monday, December 24, 2012

Uh-Oh The Snowman Is Melting!

I made a new cookie cutter the other day and I asked everyone on Facebook what they thought it was. Most people thought a clown, some saw a princess, another saw a chicken. No one guessed it. What do you see?
 Well here is what I saw....
 I made a few extra of these cookie cutters since so many have been asking for them. You can find them here: www.etsy.com/shop/cristinscookies 

Here in my part of sunny California, we don't have many snowmen. If we did, they would definitely look like these cookies ;-)
 I stayed up til 6am decorating these and some other cookies last night. I'm really looking forward to some sleep after Christmas. And since I've had so many requests, I might start selling some of my cookie cutters. I haven't decided for sure yet. It's hard to imagine how to fit more activities into my bulging schedule. If I do, here's a tutorial on how to create your own melting snowman... Outline your design onto your cookie.
 I love sanding sugar. You can start with the part that will have sanding sugar, like I did below or you can save the area that will have sanding sugar for the last step. If you save it for the last step, you have to make SURE that the rest of the parts of your decorated cookie are completely dry otherwise the sanding sugar will stick to those areas too. If you start with the sanding sugar, you have to make sure to clean off ALL little specs of sanding sugar from the other areas of your cookie or it may bleed from bits of the colored sugar. So challenges both ways.
 After you've cleaned all the excess sanding sugar off using a new paint brush, then fill your snowman with white icing and drop in two candies for the eye balls or you can add eye balls using icing later after the white has fully dried.
 Then fill the sections of your scarf. If you decorate little areas like my scarf below, then you may need to use a toothpick to move the icing within the small section. This will help alleviate any craters or little holes after the icing dries.
 After the white icing is completely dry, then you can choose to write "uh-oh" on your melting snowman. You can use icing with a very small tip or use an edible marker pen. I did this one with edible marker. And then I added some swirlies for the snow on the snowman.

Also add an orange carrot nose to your dry snowman and using an edible marker or icing, draw a sad face on your snowman. I used an edible marker for the mouth.
 On this snowman (and the others), I used icing with a number 1 tip to write uh-oh.
 I had a lot of fun with all these melting snowman cookies!
Ready for a cute story?
Mom to 18-year old son: Want to open a present?
Nick: Can it be one of your cookies?
Mushy Mom: awww... and then the tears start.
Love my kids!
Merry Christmas everyone! Santa Claus comes TONIGHT!

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree

You know the song, "Oh Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree"... well today we have Christmas tree cookies. Lots of Christmas tree cookies. I only made two designs this year, but I made a whole bunch of them.
 Are you ready for Christmas? I'm not. At all. I usually try to have all my Christmas shopping done by Thanksgiving. I am not a shopper. I mean, really not a shopper. I hate shopping. I'd much rather be spending time out on my bicycle or decorating cookies. 
 This year I fell really behind. I did some shopping online, but for those that I didn't know what I wanted to get for them, I had trouble knowing what to search for and it seemed to be taking longer than if I just went shopping.
 So yesterday my daughter, my granddaughter and I went out and braved the crowds. I can't imagine doing it without Mellissa. She is my little angel and kept me calm while people were pushing into us. I hate shopping.
 We went to the busiest mall and the bummer is that I still came up short. I have a few people on my gift giving list that are IMPOSSIBLE to shop for. 
 So late last night I baked 74 MORE cookies. They will get cookies. I know everyone loves cookies and they always appreciate them, but after how many I made in the last two weeks, buying a gift would have been a lot easier and less time consuming. But it is what it is.
 So I made my very own cookie cutters and they will receive cookies that no one else has. That will make them extra special. I have a lot of cookie decorating to do tonight, so I better get back to it.
 I hope you and your families have a WONDERFUL Christmas filled with love and joy and peace!


 Remember I told you my Nicky is sick? He has Mono. He is home from college for a month and I'm trying to get him well. Eddie is helping me by keeping him down ;-)
 Good boy Eddie!
I received a package in the mail the other day from my cookie friend, Aymee, at Wacky Cookies! What a sweetie huh! Excited for Christmas!
Merry Christmas everyone!

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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


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