Bear in Mind

Theodore R M was born on February the 11th! Happy, healthy babies are a great reason to celebrate! These cookies are for a bit belated baby shower celebrating Teddy (that’s what they are going to call him!). Naturally, a teddy bear theme was perfect for the occasion.

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The teddy bears (panda bear cutter from Bobbi’s Cookie Cutters) started with a base coat of brown. Using Lila Loa‘s book for guidance, I mixed chocolate brown with purple to achieve the desired color.  Once that was dry, I dabbed on some spots of same color icing and stippled with a stiff brush to achieve the “teddy bear texture.”

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I let that dry for 1 hour and added the arms, nose and feet. After drying overnight, I stippled the arms and added hands.

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Simple eye and nose details were added last, along with the rosy cheeks. The flower was made using  wafer paper and a Martha Stewart (I think) Recollections punch (from Michaels).  I painted them silver with a blue center (to match other cookie highlights ).  Flowers were incorporated to match the invitation.

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The stencil airbrushed on the 2 other cookies can be found at Killer Zebras.

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Boy, Oh Boy

There are some people in life that you just HAVE to admire.  These cookies are heading to a baby shower celebrating the coming of their FOURTH boy! Holy testosterone! (As you can tell, we have a mere two children.  And I was pretty happy to have the energy for them….).

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Blue and the number 4 were interwoven throughout the set. I added a little silver bling because everybody deserves a little bling (especially a mom of four!).  The “4” cutter is part of the zebrawood cutter set from SheyB ! They have such fast and friendly service!

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This little outfit cutter is my current favorite.  Can’t get over how adorable it is. Thank you Kaleida Cuts (so many designs to take advantage of!)!!! The clever technique is from the genius Tammy Holmes.  Utterly brilliant design.  Utterly delicious eye candy.

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Every boy in this family has a name that begins with the letter “C.” The fourth will as well. And heaven forbid that I not take advantage of a chance to word play.  I knew love was in the foreseeable future…

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Pardon my French

This set was made for a French teacher who is welcoming a little girl into their lives.  The client wanted some french words; as I do not know French and sometimes question my English, I hope I got it right.  The struggle is real.

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Auto.matic Love

It’s always about the story… Long ago, the parents vacationed in Italy and got to tour the Ferrari auto factory.  As they heard the whole story, they fell in love with the name Enzo.  Two lovely little girls later, along comes their beloved Enzo… aaaand the car and driver themed baby cookie set. I hope Enzo Ferrari would be proud.

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PS:  Everyone should learn how to drive a manual transmission.  So much fun.  Really, really.  DSC_0661

Oh Boy!

Something in the water.  Lots and lots of baby boys lately.  For this 20 cookie order, I was given some wonderful details with which to work.  Like the fact that Caelan had arrived on his actual due date.  I cannot remember that last time I heard of that happening.  Thus, the cookie in the back (sorry, forgot to take an individual pic) had 3 speech bubbles: due date: Apr 7  arrival date: Apr 7  ‘this boy already has his act together’.  You know how I love a good play on words.  This resulted in the SONshine cookie.  I wanted to use springlike colors so I used a nice robin egg blue with a happy Easter egg yellow as the color theme.   Cute, eh?DSC_0656 DSC_0654 DSC_0646 DSC_0650 DSC_0676 DSC_0672

Pink, Grey, and White Baby Shower

There is nothing finer than a request for a color themed baby shower and a flexible client.  This customer was so incredibly lovely and she was willing to let me take the design reins!  I hope she enjoyed the special day with her daughter(s) and the cookies!

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With pink, grey, and white as the underlying theme, I started with glaze (powdered sugar and water) for the onesies.  I love the complete.melt.in.your.mouth effect of glaze on a sugar cookie.  As long as your design in uncomplicated and you have the drying time, a glazed cookie will offer a little slice of heaven.

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I used royal icing for the balance of the cookies.  Goodness knows there are a multitude of baby carriage designs out there, all beautiful.  But this is how I  approached the cookie for this order.  Started with a dried white outline.  Filled in the pink body and added the grey and white lines while the pink was still wet (immediately after each cookie was filled).  Then filled in the grey buggy cover.  Later came back to add black details.

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Next I worked on the plaque cookies where I wanted to show off the baby’s name.  The general idea came from an IG @sara_sweetsmiles (facebook: Sweet Smiles).  You can follow the steps below.  The grey stripe/dots  and stamping (super black Americolor thinned with almond extract- see conversation hearts post) were added when base was dried 6 hours.

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Georganne Bell is a cookie goddess.  The LilaLoa website is a feast for the eyes and this creative “pinned to your heartstrings” cookie idea is totally hers.  Can’t say enough times how inspirational she is.

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I always like to make some “personalization” for presenting a platter so I used a popular bunting method to announce Miss Savanna’s coming.  I have seen it so many places now that I don’t know who to credit for the original idea.

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The request was for 50 cookies and I think it is always interesting to see how folks plate their cookies for presentation.  Here’s a glimpse of the layering as I went…

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