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How to Decorate FOUR Ugly Sweater Cookies

posted Wednesday Dec 06, 2017 at 07:03 AM by Anne Narber — 2 comments

Every holiday season I love to decorate Ugly Sweater cookies. Here’s a new twist on an old favorite. 

Watch the video and learn how to create FOUR unique sweater designs! To create these cookies I used the following Chefmaster colors: Sky Blue, Super Red, Bright White, Super Black, Leaf Green, Neon Green, and Deep Pink. Click here to see all our colors in our shop!

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 sweater cookie cutter, available in our shop for $1.99.

On the Christmas lights sweater, I used the neon green Chefmaster airbrush color and the Christmas lights stencil. This design was the quickest and easiest of the four cookies.

My favorite design of the four cookies was the sweater with the scalloped collar. In the video did you notice that I used icing guide dots to help with spacing? I do this all the time to get consistent cookies, and eliminate the use of a projector.


I used the tree from this Christmas four Stencil...

The Rudolph sweater showcases the wet-on-wet technique. While the base blue icing is still wet, the brown for Rudolph's face is added. Then a big red nose is added with a swipe of white for a highlight. 

And finally the v-neck cardigan...do people still wear v-neck cardigans? They should! This cookie features tip #301 (it is a small, flat tip) for the sweater trim. It's like the #44, but mini!

So are you looking for MORE Christmas sweater fun?!?!

Here's a set I did a few years ago! Check out the video. And if you're looking for more details on these sweaters, you can get all the fun details on this blog post - CLICK HERE!

Happy Decorating!!!



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How to Decorate a Santa Penguin

posted Thursday Nov 30, 2017 at 06:48 AM by Anne Narber — 0 comments

This Santa Penguin is ready to help hang the lights on the tree! Watch the video below to see how to decorate this cookie using the NEW Ann Clark Cute Penguin Cutter. 

And Mr. and Mrs. Clause are made with the same cutter!! I have a video coming soon for them too. <3 

Check out the video and use the graphics to learn when to dry icing and what tips are used. 

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:

Do you like the rosy cheeks? I like to use the Crystal Color Carnation Pink to make rosy cheeks. It's FDA approved edible and so cute! You can find it in our shop - click here.

I love this cutter so much that I've already used it several times for a few different holiday designs. But, I know this penguin cutter will also be great for winter collections. 

I love working with the team at Ann Clark Cookie Cutters. They make some of my favorite shapes! Recently, I asked the team if they would consider a Cute Penguin design for this holiday season. Within days, the design was created and ready for production! I think they have a few Super Heroes working for them! Days! I love working with a team that is responsive and open to new ideas! And the cutters are the BEST price (only $1.99 in our shop!!!), good quality, and made in the USA! Doesn't get much better than that!!

And this cutter is just so adorable! Here's one more look at the penguin, wearing a cute blue scarf!

I can't wait to see what you make with the new cutter!

Are you looking for more holiday decorating inspiration? Check out our Christmas/Winter video tutorials page for more than 25 videos!!

Here's just a look at some of the fun videos you can watch!! Click here to check it out!

Happy Decorating!


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posted Monday Nov 20, 2017 at 10:46 AM by Anne Narber — 0 comments


AVAILABLE AT MIDNIGHT (EST) NOV 24THThis BLACK FRIDAY Cookie Countess Airbrush BUNDLE has everything you need to start airbrushing, a value of $160 for only $119.99! It includes our two best-selling stencils: the Fair Isle Sweaterand Small Quatrefoil. The Sugarbelle Stencil Snap kit which, includes an adjustable magnetic stencil frame, silicon work mat, and icing scraper. And, four metallic Chefmaster airbrush colors, silver, gold, pearl, and red. The Cookie Countess Airbrush System is the perfect decorating tool.  Easy to assemble and use, this airbrush system will bring your decorated treats to the next level!  It features a 25 PSI compressor (most small systems only give you 16), single action gun, 04.mm nozzle, moisture trap, and integrated holder.  This system includes a one year warranty. Plus, order on Black Friday and get FREE SHIPPING!! See our stencil bundle deals below!!! LIMITED QUANTITIES. Cannot be combined with any other offers. No coupon code required! CLICK HERE TO ORDER!


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Sugarbelle Holiday Bundle

AVAILABLE AT MIDNIGHT (EST) NOV 24THSave on this Sugarbelle Holiday Bundle! Get 8-cutter Christmas Basics set and 3 specialty sets for only $26.97! Plus, order today and get FREE SHIPPING on all U.S. orders over $25 THROUGH CYBER MONDAY! **limited quantities. while supplies last. CLICK TO ORDER!

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DEAL AVAILABLE AT MIDNIGHT (EST) NOV 24THThis cutter and tool set has a value of $45.99, but until NOON (EST) on Black Friday, it's only $25!!! Sweet Sugarbelle's Shape Shifters Cookie Cutter Set is more than just an assortment of basic cookie cutters. The set includes: 18 cookie cookie cutters, 40 templates, 2 edgers, 11 instruction cards, 3 recipe cards, 12 piping bags, 2 bag ties, 1 (#2) icing tip, 1 coupler, 1 food marker, 1 2-in-1 tool, and 2 4oz bottles. Plus, free shipping on orders over $25 on Black Friday! CLICK HERE TO ORDER!



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AVAILABLE AT MIDNIGHT (EST) NOV 24THThis ULTIMATE DECORATINGbundle has EVERYTHING you need to start your cookie adventures! Includes the recipes, basic tools, colors, and ingredients for a great start in cookie decorating. This kit has a $101 value, and is only $79.99 (20% savings)! It includes an 8-color Chefmaster food gel kit, 100 tipless decorating bags, and 4oz of meringue powder. PLUS, this bundle includes the Sweet Sugarbelle Basic Tool Kit. Kit includes: 25 piping bags, 4 tips, 4 couplers, 2 large bottles, 2 small bottles, 4 cookie cutters, 8 templates, 1 instruction card, offset spatula,(2) 2-1 decorating tools, cookie/food pick, bottle spatula, 8 bag ties, spray bottle, and 2 food markers. FREE SHIPPING through CYBER MONDAY! No coupon code required! CLICK HERE TO ORDER!

Stencil Starter Kit, Now only $59.40 for 12 Stencils!

Buy the bundle and SAVE on this Stencil Starter Set that features 12 of our most popular stencils will get you off to a great start. Buy this stencil starter set and SAVE 10% regular price $66.00.  Only $59.40! This set includes the following 12 stencils: Chevron, Small Quatrefoil, Small Dots, Narrow Stripe, Buffalo Plaid, Harlequin, Diagonal Thin Stripe, Scattered Hearts, Lovely Damask, Preppy Stripe, Quatrefoil, Snowflakes. Design sizes are approximately 2" and 2.85" Overall size is 5.5" x 5.5". PINK sections in image are the open sections. Stencils are 5mil Food Grade plastic, washable and reusable. ORDER HERE!

Hooray! This weekend, Craftsy is offering ALL CLASSES for $17.99, including my NEW online class, Smart Cookies! Black Friday Sale runs Wed., Nov 22 through Mon, Nov 27!

Smart Cookies is all about navigating the cookie process better, faster and more efficiently! It covers so many topics including: designing cookie sets, creating a cookie timeline, planning for icing, saving time with quick techniques, all while keeping the JOY in decorating! Plus, it is packed with lots of fun cookie demos!!!




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How to Decorate a 'Cutie' Pumpkin Pie Slice

posted Wednesday Nov 08, 2017 at 01:40 PM by Anne Narber — 1 comments

Just in time for turkey dinner, create a 'Cutie' Pumpkin Pie Slice. Add a smile and a dollop of whipped cream and your Thanksgiving guests will be delighted. Enjoy the video of this simplified design inspired by @SemiSweetMike. Use the cake cutter from the Lilaloa Cookie Companion Set (20% off through Friday) – find it here  https://www.flourboxbakery.com/products/the-cookie-companion-cookie-cutter-set

Check out the video on how to make this cookie. Use the graphics to learn what tips are used 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:

I used the cake slice with candle cutter from the LilaLoa Cookie Companion Cutter Set to make these pumpkin pie slices.

It's not a secret that I love this set of cookie cutters! Check out these other photos and tutorials using this cutter set:

Here's a video of a cute bird:



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How to Decorate a 'Fall is in the Air' cookie

posted Wednesday Nov 01, 2017 at 06:53 AM by Anne Narber — 0 comments

Typography art is everywhere! And, I'm ok with that, because I love how it looks and it is fun to translate it to a cookie. Check out this 'Fall is in the Air' cookie that is created with a stencil. I decided to use two techniques (airbrushing and royal icing stenciling) to bring it to life on the cookie.

I added a few whimsy flowers and vines (with antique gold accent) to finish of the cookie.

Watch the video to see my trick for using Press n Seal to mask off areas of the stencil to create this look.

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:

The star of this show is definitely the stenciled cookie. I used the 3 1/4" square cookie cutter to fit the stencil. You can find this awesome 'Fall is in the Air' stencil in our online shop - click here.

Since the stenciled cookie had a few steps, I kept the 'accent' cookies simple. Some pumpkins, acorns, and polka dotted leaves. 


I use the pumpkin and acorn cutters from this Sugarbelle set (click here to view it in the shop)...

I also used the new Oak Leaf with Stem Cookie Cutter from Ann Clark (only $1.99 here).

And, finally, let's chat a little about these fun fall colors. I mixed IVORY with these Chefmaster colors to create pretty, muted fall icing colors: sunset orange, sky blue, buckeye brown, super red, golden yellow, and leaf green. 

Check out our full line of Food Gels - click here!

We have a few more fun autumn tutorials coming soon...and the it's time for Christmas!!

Happy Decorating,


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