Monday, September 27, 2010

WTW - Tootin About Treat and Gift Holders

Fabby Treat Holder challenge. Loved the example and will making some soon but as I had some cookies to package up I made my Treat Holder bigger.

Used one of my fave anya stamps and coloured the hair using a technique from colour me copic,

I seem to have lost one of my circle nestie so had to use a smaller one which made the scallop frame too big.... hunph bet the nestie is hiding with my extended bigshot plate AND my gypsy to cricut lead BAHHHHH!!!!

As an aside, I love love LOVE copics but a lot of mine dried out and many are on their way out, with limited cash, earlier in the year I thought I'd try promarkers, now I had tried them in a shop but they didn't blend in to each other..... so I thought but I realised months later that I hadn't waited till the ink dried to see the finished results.... how silly did I feel??? very haaaaaaa
Can't believe all the deals I passed up at craft shows ahemmm.
Anyhoooo.... as I was saying, earlier in the year the promarker 5 sets were on a bargain offer and I thought "Why not try them??" so I did, now I love the results you get from them and have lots of colours but I still LOVE my copics... so I use them both.

I started to try different effects using both markers to compare.

Here's the "feathered hair" look:

copic on bigger piece, promarker on smaller. I must say, the copic "skin" colours are nicer than promarkers, I find PM's make skin look dull.

Daring Bakers!

The September 2010 Daring Bakers’ challenge was hosted by Mandy of “What the Fruitcake?!” Mandy challenged everyone to make Decorated Sugar Cookies based on recipes from Peggy Porschen and The Joy of Baking.

I am sooooo happy I got to play this month, I have been MIA form the DB challenges because of my silly ankles, I was so happy to see sugar cookies are Septembers challenge!!

So erm..... It didn't go too well.. Firstly we are super strapped for cash this month and have no eggs in the house so I used one of the egg free recipes for the cookies and my own egg free recipe for the icing, No butter so used Margarine instead, no lemon juice so left it out. I also added a little marge to the icing because I didn't want the icing to set rock hard as the kiddies like softer icing.

I decided to make cookies at late o'clock... after 1am, and was tired - mistake number 1 -

I dont have an electric mixer so decided to warm butter... in the microwave... forgot it in there and it melted.... I decided to use the melted butter as it was the last bit... without letting it harden - mistake number 2-

Added the other ingredients but of course the butter made the dough toooo wet as it was liquid arrrggghhh!!! LOADS more flour needed I had already added almond essence I decided to add ground almonds to the mixture and stop it becoming tasteless with too much flour, also had to use more sugar - saved!! -

erm decided to work on some other projects while they were in oven.... forgot to set timer - mistake number 258 heee -.... yep over baked cookies... gahhhh!!! put second batch in oven.....

sooooo.... time to ice..... couldn't go wrong?? er.... yes it could, mixed red and yellow colouring to make orange.... more like salmon... add more yellow.... nice colour but more sorbet that bright.... decide I like the colour anyway.
Right.. time to ice, where's my piping stuff???!!! arrgghhhhhh ok, use greaseproof paper and roll... overfilled.... tired brain = shakey hands and UGLY iced cookies ugh!! Can't even tell they're pumpkin shaped can ya LOLOLOL

almost didn't upload them but here they are, I must say they do taste delish and kiddies certainly love them so I'm happy on that count :o) :
{{bah!! just noticed I forgot to turn my daylight lamp on before taking photo...... sorry about dark picture}}

Almond Sugar Cookies,
used pumpkins as my september theme as september means begining of autumn and change of seasonal produce, pumpkins defo mean that to me... reminds me of harvest time at school and church as a young girl lol