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I switched over to GREEN this week. It's been so fun. 

Check out this sparkling shamrock video! It shows the new EDIBLE Jewel Dust. We now carry 20 colors in our shop!

 

 

This photo has no filter (or editing)...and the sparkle is so beautiful. 

The little bottle in the video is called a dust pump. We have a small and large size. Check them out here (you'll have to scroll down just a bit to see them) - https://www.flourboxbakery.com/collections/decorating-tips It's just dust in there, no extra liquid. 

If you're planning to regularly use the jewel dust it might be a good investment. The dust pump is helpful, but not necessary. If you don't want to invest in one, you could also dip a paint brush in the jewel dust and tap it off over the cookie to shake on the sparkle.

After posting this video, I got a lot of questions about the projector. It's a pico, and it's the same projector I posted in the last video (the Snuggle is Real cookie). 

Here are a couple helpful links.

This is the pico I'm using, available on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/AAXA-Technologies-KP-101-01-Projector-built/dp/B005TAXDPK/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1519321984&sr=1-3&keywords=pico+projector

(FYI....my pico a few years old, and there are more models. So, do your research. Mine still works great, so I haven't updated/upgraded)

I use this tripod (also available on Amazon) - https://www.amazon.com/Limostudio-Camcorder-Digital-Cameras-Camcorders/dp/B005CRKX3K/ref=pd_bxgy_229_img_2?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B005CRKX3K&pd_rd_r=6NZM2HZZJGT3MVVJA5RE&pd_rd_w=9nmAe&pd_rd_wg=C6A9j&psc=1&refRID=6NZM2HZZJGT3MVVJA5RE

I hope you enjoyed a closer look at the Jewel Dust and the projector! 

Also, mark your calendar! I'm planning on decorating Easter baskets and eggs LIVE on facebook on March 1.

 

 

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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My friend Julie just had a baby girl and I'm so excited for her family. I wanted to make her some special cookies to celebrate all the new snuggles that are about to happen! Snuggling babies in footie pajamas might just be the best thing this side of heaven. 

I recently used this footie pajama cookie cutter from Ann Clark cookie cutters and fell in love. And to go with the footie pajama cookies, I added a plaque (and a little wit) with 'The Snuggle is Real' cookie.

I will be demonstrating this footie pajama and the baby bottle LIVE (noon EST) on facebook today Feb 13th. But, I think it might also be helpful to show the Snuggle plaque and give some tips on piping text.

When using a really specific font like this, it is helpful for me to use a projector. (This font is Magnolia Sky, available on dafont.com, but is for personal use only. Be sure to donate to the author if you use it) In this video I'm using a Pico Projector. I have a small USB drive that I use with my Pico Projector. Click here to find the projector, tripod,and hdmi plug on Amazon. 

**You won't see this in the video...to set up the projector, I save the graphic on the drive and then plug it into the Pico (but many decorators use the mini HDMI adapter to plug directly into an iphone or ipad). Usually before I decorate I need to:

(1.) flip the projection image (in settings) so it's not upside down. 
(2.) adjust the focus. 
(3.) make minor tweaks to the height of the tripod (to size correctly on the cookie).

For more details on Pico projectors check out Baking Sweet Hope. Anita is the cookie gadgeteer and has lots of helpful cookie gadget videos, including an in-depth Pico tutorial - click here to watch her YouTube video!

Are you ready to check out the video and see this cookie in action?

How to Pipe Text on a Cookie - YouTube

Consider these factors for piping text...

The two BIGGEST factors when piping text is hand pressure and icing consistency. The graphics in the video share when when to use strong hand pressure and light. The icing is a medium/soft peak piping consistency for nice icing flow.

Tip Size Matters...

Also, I'm using tip #2 because this is a large cookie. If I was piping in a smaller area I would size down to a #1.5 or #1 (still using varying hand pressure and medium icing consistency) These recent 'I a-dumbledore you' cookies are a great example of a SMALL cookie with a BIG word...so I used tip #1 (and my pico) to pipe these.

 

Let's talk projectors a little bit more...

I like the Pico compared to the KopyKake because it is BRIGHTER. I can use it with the lights on. It's also small (such a space saver). And, it is generally cheaper than a KopyKake. Now don't get me wrong, I still love my KopyKake. It is often easier for me to use with one of my own sketches (it's so low tech and EASY). But this Pico definitely wins in a lot of important categories.

If you like how the 'Snuggle' text looks, you can click and download a version here. Use it with your Pico or print and use with a Kopykake.

And don't forget to join me TODAY (Feb 13) on the Flour Box Bakery facebook page for a LIVE demo to the bottle and pajama cookie. I'll add this video to YouTube as well and post a link here too.

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: deep pink (for both shades of pink), sky blue, golden yellow, and bright white. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

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My girls and I just finished reading Harry Potter book 3 and I wanted to make them some really special cookies for Valentine's Day. I had such a blast making these 'I a-dumbledore you'.

How to Decorate a Wizard Cookie - YouTube

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: to make the robe and hat color I mixed violet, a tiny dot of black and white. I used fleshtone for the face. And used bright white for the hair/beard and super black for the details. That yellow is a few dots of yellow with white to keep it pale and buttery looking. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

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I love the new Geometric Cutter Set from Sugarbelle! The size and shape of the cutters is perfect!

Check out the video to see how I freehand these diamonds. No projector needed! 

How to Decorate a Diamond Cookie - YouTube

 

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: to make the diamond color, I mixed a few dots of sky blue and leaf green. Then made the gray using super black + bright white for the gray. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

Sometimes the trick to getting consistent cookies when decorating multiple without a projector is using GUIDE DOTS (if you watch my videos, I do this all the time.) Freehand is always faster for me!

I love the silver highlight from the Crystal Color Bright Silver. Just one coat = a beautiful silver finish.

I'm using an ultra fine SILVERWHITE brush #0 to add the accents. The come in three sizes 0, 00, and 00000 (this is the smallest of the crew). Click here to view them in the shop!

You can find the Sugarbelle cutter set here - click here to view in shop.

Happy Decorating!

Anne

 

 

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These are cookies that ROCK! I made them for a birthday party, but they could also be super fun for Valentine's Day...as in "Valentine, you rock!"

This is a design that looks impressive, but with a little patience isn't too tough to accomplish. Check out the video and use the graphics to learn what tips to use and when to dry the icing.   

How to Decorate an Electric Guitar Cookie - YouTube

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: sky blue, bright white, buckeye brown, super black, and super black + bright white for the gray. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

I like the Ann Clark electric guitar cutter best because it has a wide neck allowing for 6 guitar strings. You can find it in our shop - click here!

The trick to the strings is using a thinner piping icing with a tip #1. I practice a few straight lines before jumping on to the cookie. Takes a little patience and steadiness. This is one of those designs that becomes easier with repetition.

 

In the end, the results are awesome!

Happy Decorating,

Anne

 

 

 

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Sometimes I get so excited about a cookie idea that I get butterflies when I'm rolling the dough. Really, I just can't wait for the cookies to be baked.

I already have an idea of what I'm making because I sketch my ideas first. And I knew I wanted to use those new Wilton bow candies. I didn't bother coloring in the sketch, just a rough idea of my plan.

These were SUPER fun to make!!

Check out the video. Use the graphics in the video to get extra tips about decorating this design. 

[insert video]

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: Christmas red, deep pink (just a dot to get the pastel pink), ivory (for the white chocolate), buckeye brown (for the milk chocolate), buckeye brown + black (for the dark chocolate), and bright white. See the full collection of liqua-gel colors - click here

Let's talk about the royal icing transfers. Making those candy pieces ahead of time was a big time saver. 

I slipped a pattern sheet under parchment paper and using a tipless bag, quickly piped the candies. 

I let them dry for 12 hours before peeling them an using them on the cookie.

You can download this chocolate pattern sheet here:

[insert download]

Since those chocolate boxes were a little more time consuming, I made simple, mini accent cookies using the new Sugarbelle Mini Chocolate cutter set.

Easy and cute - my favorite kind of cookies!

We carry several double hearts in our shop, but this large 5" version works the best for this project!

The one detail that takes this cookie to the next level is the cute bow on the box lid. I know I could have piped it myself, but these Wilton bows are so cute and perfect and, well, EASY. We also carry these in our shop - click here to check them out!

I plan to give these cookie sets to the teachers at my daughters' school. (the cookies are in the freezer until Valentine's Day).

I packed ONE chocolate box and 6 minis in a 9" BRP Box Shop white window box. You can find them HERE! Looking for more tips on packing cookies. CLICK HERE Check out this BLOG POST to get all my tricks for wrapping, boxing and shipping cookies!

I can't wait to give these out for Valentine's Day <3 

I hope you enjoyed this closer look at how to make a Chocolate Box cookie!!

Happy Decorating!

Anne

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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!

How to Decorate a Heart Flower Pot Cookie - YouTube

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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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.

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!

How to Decorate a Koala Cookie - YouTube

DOWNLOAD THE KOALA SKETCH to use with your projector. 

 

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: 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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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.

How to Decorate a Stand Mixer Cookie - YouTube

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: 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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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.

How to Decorate a Christmas Cactus Cookie - YouTube

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 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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