Stenciling your Sugar Cookies

Last week I posted about making Sugar Cookies, and using Sprinkles to put on the top of it.

If you would like to fancy it up a bit, you can use Stencils!

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Here is the post on how to make Sugar Cookies

After you make the cookies it is time to flood the cookies.  Here is an amazing tutorial on how to do that!

This is the recipe that was used in the Cookie Class:

Cookie Crazie Glaze Icing Sugar

3 3/4 cups powdered sugar or 1 lb.

1/4 cup corn syrup

1/2 tsp clear vanilla extract

1/4 tsp almond extract

1/8 tsp butter flavouring

approx 1/4 cup water

few drops Americolour Bright White Gel

Mix all ingredients together on lowest mixer setting.  mix well for at least one minute.

Notes:

This recipe covers approximately 20-25 medium cookies.

With no perishable ingredients it can be kept for a week or two at room temperature.  You’ll have to work with its consistency if it sits for a time.  The flavorings are upir preference.  You can mix it up any way you like it’s important to use CLEAR vanilla extract to avoid influencing inching color. (remove almond for those with nut allergies.)

I highly recommend adding Americolour Bright White Gel since it makes such a difference not only in white icing color, but in all the other colors.  Be sure to keep your mixer set on low setting to prevent excessive bubbles.  You’ll need to cover the icing (I use plastic wrap) to prevent crusting and thickening.

I use to adjust the icing to a good consistency right away, but I’ve learned to wait and work with each smaller bowl of color, since some colors need more gel than others.  This way you ensure the right consistency for each bag of icing.  To add water you only use drops, a little water makes a big difference, don’t go crazy with the water:)

Reference: www.cookiecrazie.com

Now to the fun part, Stenciling!

Here is what I used:

DSC_0401Get your cookie, and an stencil, this stencil was found here.

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Grab your icing and a piece of paper or cardboard that is strong and sturdy.  Put your paper in the icing.  Hold down the stencil with one hand and the other hand swipes the icing over the stencil.  You have one try to get it right.  Good luck, it gets intense!

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Life up the stencil, and see your creation. It gets a little addicting…

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And it is hard to stop!
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To make the snowflake cookies that you see on the left. All you need is a flooded cooking, some tips, use your smallest tip, icing, and then you make a criss cross pattern.

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I was so grateful to be a part of this cookie class. It is so much fun to learn new things!

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Tales of the Shop:

Growing up my mom made a lot of cookies. But only one day of the week and that is on Sundays. For one reason only, it was oven day. My mom has a rule that you can turn on the oven if you have at least three other things to cook. So on Sunday we usually had a turkey, rolls, cinnamon rolls, and cookies or some other dessert. I still have the mentality that in order for you to turn on the oven you need to cook a million things, which is why when I have an oven day, my kitchen looks like this! But at least there are a million items to eat right? It just takes hours to clean up! I really should rethink my strategy…

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How to make Earrings for your Perfect Necklace!

The other day I got an unexpected, urgent, knock on the door.  Inside rushed my neighbor who needed my jewelry tools and wire to make the pair of perfect earrings for her amazing necklace.  She had a wedding for her brother to prepare for and she wanted everything to be perfect.

I loved the necklace she chose. WOWZERS:)

DSC_0051She then went to Michaels to choose out some beads to go along with her necklace. Luckily she found the perfect match.

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Using Pliers and French Hooks (I bought these French Hooks for sale at Michaels, but there are a lot of tutorials on how to make a French Hook)

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She was able to create these stunning pair of earrings:

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Now she has the perfect set!

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So next time you have found the perfect necklace and wonder how in the world you can make earrings to go with the set. Just find some beads, wire, and pliers and you can make anything!

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My neighbor was kind enough to give me a pair of the exact earrings.

That is also the beauty of finding a set of beads, instead of one pair of earrings you could make several pairs of earrings as gifts!

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Tales of the Shop:

I will miss not being able to spend Christmas with my family this year. The farther we move away and the more kids/blessings we add to our family, the harder it is to travel. But I am grateful to have such an amazing family and thankful for Skype to make them seem not so far away.
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We love to see my husbands family during thee holidays. But this year we will not be able to go. Luckily we will be able to see everyone this summer for a HUGE family reunion.

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This year it will be just my little family, we shall see how it goes:)

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How to roll out perfect Sugar Cookies – FINALLY!

I LOVE Sugar cookies, they make me happy.  I have tried a lot of recipes that claim to be the best sugar cookies, and I tried to make them, and failed.  This is what would happen.

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I would roll it out onto parchment paper, Continue reading

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Add beads to your Hoop Earrings!

My family loves hoops, we even named our business after this amazing piece of jewelry.  Until recently I just thought that the hoop earring was enough.  It is after all simple, elegant, classy.  But there are times when you want to spice things up a bit, and that is where beads come in.

This is just one example of what you can add to a hoop earring.  The options are endless, or not, depending on what you have in your house:)

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The tools that you will need are: Continue reading

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What do you do with Thrift Store Jewelry?

I LOVE thrift stores.  Being the wife of a student for eight going on nine years, and not seeing it end any time soon.  I have learned to love Thrift stores, the price is just right:)

There was a time when I thought that Thrift stores were not my thing. Then I went to church and saw one of my buddies wearing the cutest skirt.  I had to know where she got it.  She said she got it at a Thrift store, and since then, I have not been able to stop going.  One of my favorite combinations of all time is a thrift store with half off days:)

I love the color turquoise.  I found these strands of necklaces at the Thrift store for $2.00 and could not resist.  I didn’t really like the look of the single strand necklace that reached super low and had the tendency to get caught in everything, kids included…

So with the genius of my neighbor she found a way to make it shorter and cuter!

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Making a ring with an Earring!

My neighbor came over about a month ago to learn about how to make jewelry.  We had been talking about making jewelry for over a year and we finally did it.

I asked her what she wanted to learn.  And she said that she just wanted to borrow my tools and wire and use them to make up her own designs.

I was more than thrilled because I was able to learn from her.  I have never worked with beads before.  It never occurred to me that beads could and should be used in jewelry designs.

So instead of me teaching my neighbor, she taught me.

Here is a beautiful ring she made, using a post of an earring and wire.

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Halloween Traditions!

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I love Halloween, it is my third favorite Holiday.  The other two favorite holidays are Christmas, My Birthday and then Halloween.

Dressing up has never been my strong suit…but I will do it for Candy!  Which is why the Pop Challenge has been so difficult, because Sugar is my weakness and love. Continue reading

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How our Etsy shop is doing!

Our etsy shop has been opened for a little more than two years.  It has been so fun to see our Etsy shop grow and have more products added to it.  Every time we have an order, I still get SUPER EXCITED.  And I have a feeling that will never change:)  There are so many wonderful jewelers and products out there, that it is a blessing every time someone chooses us.  All I can say is Thank you! Continue reading

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The Pop Challenge – aka our new health challenge

Growing up my parents tried to teach us good habits, like exercising, eating right, not drinking soda, etc.  For the most part all of us try hard to follow suit.  More often than not we drop off the band wagon and we have our marathon running sister Nicole help us get  back on the health track.

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So she sent out this e-mail:

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Classic Jewelry – Like Grace Kelly and Cary Grant

These past few weeks have been weeks full of jewelry, and I have enjoyed it immensely.

When my mom came to visit me she was able to bring jewelry to me to give to my wonderful Canadian friends who have helped me so much.

What surprised me the most is what they chose.  They did not choose my dads sculptural earrings like this:

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