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How to Decorate a Heart Flower Pot

posted Wednesday Jan 24, 2018 at 01:59 PM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

Just in time for Valentine's Day (or any day)! If FRIENDS were FLOWERS I'd pick YOU!

First, let's take a look at the video. Use the graphics in the video to learn what tips to use and when to dry the icing!

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

 

These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: super red, bright white, leaf green, fleshtone (flower pot), and super black. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here.

Do this cookie shape look familiar? It's the LilaLoa cake stand - upside down!!

I like to sketch my cookies first. :)

Because the heart and leaves are relatively small icing ares, I used 20-second icing with a PME tip #1.5 (20-second icing is a hybrid, to too thick and flows smooth, but not too thin that it holds shape).

I thought the individual cookie was cute, but then I added in a bunch of mini hearts to make the bouquet look full. 

We now have an entire line of mini cutters. Click here to view them in the shop!

 

More fun valentine's ideas coming this week - hooray!

Anne

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How to Decorate a Koala Cookie

posted Thursday Jan 18, 2018 at 10:16 AM by Anne Narber — 0 comments

There is an amazing NEW cutter set that just released. It has 17 animal cutters designed by some of the world's best decorators!! And the best part? Both Sweet Elite and Flour Box Bakery are donating 100% of the net profit to Tender Hands Inc., a charity based in India that helps train under-privileged women in the baking industry to find meaningful work and earn a living wage. Learn more about Tender Hands (or donate) - click here!

So here are the amazing cookies that were created from this new cutter set. You can find it in our shop - click here to view and buy!

And here are the cutters...

I designed the Koala Cutter <3 I had so much fun making these cute cookies!!!

Watch the video and learn how to make them! **Note, I use a KopyKake projector to help guide the outlines. You could also use a Pico Projector (it's smaller/compact, brighter and cheaper - but requires a little tech saaviness). Or, if you don't have a projector, you can cute the template out in paper and trace the image with a yellow. This cookie could also be freehand, but I decided to use the projector to make the cookies as consistent from cookie to cookie.

DOWNLOAD THE KOALA SKETCH to use with your projector. 

 

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These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: The koala fur is sky blue PLUS a teeny tiny dot of black. Then I used super black and bright white for the details. The little flower is deep pink (only a tiny dot to keep it pastel). See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here.

I used the foodoodler ultra thin black marker for the eyelashes.

Check out all the cutter designer's Facebook pages for tips and tutorials on their animal designs:


From left to right, top to bottom (click on business to find them on Facebook!):

Penguin Cookie Cutter - Chapix Cookies

Giraffe Cookie Cutter - LilaLoa

Owl Cookie Cutter - The Cake Cottage

Sloth Cookie Cutter - Butterwinks

Flamingo Cookie Cutter - You Can Call Me Sweetie

Koala Cookie Cutter - ME! Flour Box Bakery

Flying Squirrel Cookie Cutter - Arty McGoo

Goat Cookie Cutter - Jill FCS

Cat/Tiger/Panda Cookie Cutter - Autumn Carpenter Designs

Snail Cookie Cutter - Blyss Cookies

Whale Cookie Cutter - The Cookie Cowgirl

Bear Cookie Cutter - The Bearfoot Baker

Polar Bear Face Cookie Cutter - Sweet Sugarbelle

Donkey Cookie Cutter - My Little Bakery

Hippo Cookie Cutter - The Hungry Hippopatamus

Peacock Cookie Cutter - Tunde's Creations

Elephant Cookie Cutter - Cookie Crazie

I can't wait to see what comes from this set! And, I'm so excited to learn of the good ways this is going to help Tender Hands Inc.!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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How to Decorate Baking Cookies: Mixer, Piping Bag, and Rolling Pin

posted Monday Jan 08, 2018 at 11:18 AM by Anne Narber — 4 comments

We have teamed up with Ann Clark Cookie Cutters to bring you 3 ADORABLE new baking cookie cutters!! We are super pumped about the release of these cutters: a Rolling Pin, Stand Mixer, and Piping Bag. See the video on how to decorate the mixer (below) and pick up the new cutters here - shop now!

Watch the video to see how to decorate the mixer cookie. Use the graphics in the video to learn when to dry the icing and what tips to use.

Now learn how to make the rolling pin and piping bag in this video!

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These are the Chefmaster colors I used in this set: Bakers Rose, Burgundy Wine, Super Black (just a touch to make the gray), and Buckeye Brown. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here.

We also carry the tipless bags that are featured in the video. 

You can find them in the shop - click here. They are super cheap and disposable! 

The video for the rolling pin and icing bag will be posted very soon. We use the new Wood Grain stencil to make that rolling pin ultra quick and easy!

We love these new cutters so much, that you can expect more versions of them to come out!! Can't wait. Until then, Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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How to Decorate a Christmas Cactus

posted Friday Dec 15, 2017 at 08:30 AM by Anne Yorks — 0 comments

One of my best friends (and college roommate) moved 2000 miles away to Arizona. I miss her so much! So I decided to send her some fun Christmas cookies!!

Merry Cactus, Kelly!

My favorite of the bunch is the Santa Cactus. Check out the video and see how to make him. Use the graphics in the video to learn when to dry the icing and what icing tips are used.

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Let's take a closer look at making these fun cookies. I am using this ADORABLE Sugarbelle Cactus Cutter set, available in our shop for $4.99.

The colors I used to make the cookies are all Chefmaster: The cactus is leaf green (just a light and dark version of the leaf green), Super Black, Bright White, and Christmas Red. You can see the full line of Chefmaster Liqua Gels - click here.

I love that this cookie is relatively quick and easy.

The fun detail that I love is the scarf and the hat 'fur'. This is rich with texture thanks to Wilton Star tip #13 - in our shop here!

I hope Kelly loves her special cookies. Nothing says thinking of you at Christmas like a box full of cookies!!

Merry Cactus ;)

Anne

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How to Decorate Four Christmas Wreaths

posted Friday Dec 08, 2017 at 02:22 PM by Anne Narber — 1 comments

I love hanging wreaths. Making a wreath tutorial has been on my list for a few years. And I'm so happy I finally made time to do one this year. I had so much fun making these!

This set features these Chefmaster liqua-gel colors: Super Red, Leaf Green, Deep Pink, Bright White, Sky Blue, Buckeye Brown, and Neon Bright Green. Check out our full line of food coloring gels - click here.

I made four designs. Check out the video tutorial to see how they come together! 

Are you new to decorating? Before starting your first project, check out our FREE videos! Click here to check out our 'getting started' tutorials for videos on how to:

Let's take a closer look at making these fun cookies. I am using this Ann Clark Wreath cookie cutter, available in our shop for $1.99.

My favorite design of the group was the Joy Wreath. Since Joy is only 3 letters, I decided to freehand it, but you can use a projector if that is easier.

I used the 2 piece wreath stencil from Killer Zebras. This is available in our shop here - click here to view in shop! I airbrushed the twigs and then used icing to stencil the leaves. I love the dimension of this layered approach. Then I add some whimsy berries and a cute bow to finish the design. 

The easiest of the group is the Polka Dot Wreath. This is a wet-on-wet design. While the base green icing is still wet, add dots of icing in an accent color. It's super easy and super cute!

This is another branchy style wreath with a peppermint bow <3 I like this design because it is minimal flooding. So as soon as the branches were piped, I added the bow.

This next wreath doesn't require any flooding either - just piped leaves. I like this version with the alternating colors. This wreath looks impressive, but is so easy to make. 

Use the Wilton Tip #352 to create those quick piped leaves. We carry this tip in our shop - click here.

You can also do it in solid green, too!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! I have a few more coming this holiday season!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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