Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Crafter’s Workshop/Balzer Designs Blog Hop

If you have arrived from Julie's blog - welcome!
I am so thrilled to be a part of Julie Balzer's blog hop to showcase her new line of stencil designs for The Crafter's Workshop. I've been using Crafter's Workshop stencils for a long time and loving them. Julie's designs for them are fantastic and feature her signature patterns and style.

Here's the stencil I got to work with; the Wedding Ring stencil:

I loved this pattern as soon as I saw it. It's traditional feel of a classic quilt pattern mixed with Julie's modern, graphic patterns is a perfect combo. You might recall a post from the holidays in 2010 where I made some cookies with stamped images for Julie's Handmade Holidays blog hop. Well, she asked if I might be able to employ this stencil on a cookie project and I was happy to oblige!

I started with my favorite shortbread recipe cut into some simple shapes I thought would complement the pattern in the stencil - circles and squares:

I iced them with a base of white royal icing then I amassed my supplies. I tried a few different techniques before I realized I got the best results with the 'spray mist' technique.
I filled some *clean, *unused Ranger Mini Misters with some super concentrated food colorant and a small amount of water. I arranged the dry iced cookies on a baking sheet lined with parchment and covered them with the stencils. Then I sprayed them with the food color spray. The less spray, the more defined the pattern. The more spray, the more slubby and 'imperfect' (I prefer the imperfect ones, personally.)  Here are some photos of my results - I piped on the white accents after the spray color had dried & really like how they turned out:







I loved working with this stencil to make these cookies. Typically, iced cookies take a long time - the reason I haven't been making very many of them lately. But this stencil was such a great alternative to my traditional method & a huge time saver. Looking forward to making lots of these this summer.

Now there is plenty more to see! Julie has organized a very creative group to share more projects with this cool stencil - and if you leave a comment on her blog you can win one. Here's the list in case you've lost track.
Valerie Mangan (you are here!)
Thanks so much for stopping by today!

** Important Note: When using craft supplies for food projects, please make sure they are new or unused. The chemicals is inks & paint can be very harmful if ingested even in small amounts. Better safe than sorry - use brand new!

42 comments:

PaulaJ said...

those cookies are gorgeous! I never would have thought to use my stencils with cookies! Great job!

Jaime Echt said...

So pretty!! Thanks for playing along on our blog hop...did you ever think to "roll" the stencil onto the dough? Or scrape frosting through the stencil?? Please share photos if you ever explore those possibilities!! -Jaime, www.thecraftersworkshop.com

Jane Wetzel said...

wow these cookies are incredible and doesnt Julie have such a way with finding the best inspirational bloggers? lol this blog is no exception! tfs :)

Anonymous said...

How cool are those cookies!
Super way to use the stencil that I never would have thought of myself.
Sue Clarke

Valerie said...

I will definitely give those techniques a try, Jamie!

Christine said...

I loved your cookies!! So creative and beautiful!

texasbarb said...

What a YUMMY idea for using Julie's stencil!! I would never had thought to do this.

Miriam Prantner said...

Love this stencil! And such a great idea to use it foe cookies! These look wonderful!

Lauren said...

Stunning!!

Linda said...

oh my-your cookies are DIVINE!!!! What a beautiful hostess gift these would make!

Lisa said...

O.M.G.!!!!! I loved your cookie guest post on Julie's blog, but didn't expect her mentioning it in the Stencil Hop post was a little teaser for today's gorgeousness! B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L!!!

Meghann said...

OMG. Valerie, you just blew me away! You are so incredibly creative!

Barbara L. said...

What a great use of the stencil. And don't those cookies look too beautiful to eat? Nah, they look yummy.

Moongirl said...

Oh, my goodness, these are awesome!

Anna said...

Oh Val, you are so clever! Those cookies looking amazing!

Bunnyfreak said...

Stunning cookies. I like the imperfect look too.

StacyC said...

Wow very creative use with
the stencil... Love the cookies...

Jennifer said...

You are amazing!!!

cal8007 said...

Such yummy cookies! Thanks for the inspiration. Now when I use my stencils I'll have to think about cookies and decorate them!

Thanks!

Marianne said...

These are just lovely!

Marianne said...

There are absolutely beautiful. What a great idea!

Flo S. said...

Your cookies are beautiful, I love everything about them. I have never thought about using a stencil on them. Thank you for the brilliant idea.

Bast said...

What a wonderful idea. Those cookies just look gorgeous (as well as delicious)! Thanx so much for sharing! :)

KimMJ
bast830@comcast.net

Barb Smith said...

Stencils AND cookies . . . be still my heart. Julie's stencil is a perfect design for paper as well as cookies - luv it.

Tammy said...

Wow!! I cannot even imagine making these. Wonderful. To answer the stencil Hop Question--I would like to learn more about Lettering. After seeing these cookies though...I should learn how to bake! Tammy

Lisa said...

Yummy! Love this idea.

milkcan said...

Absolutely amazing (as I knew they would be) -- you are so awesome! Thank you for being a part of the hop!

*Paula* said...

Oh my goodness Valerie, you are AMAZING! So very, very creative! Beautifully done

Catherine said...

This is the coolest thing I have ever seen done with food and craft supplies, do you ship? :-)

soapHOUSEmama said...

OH MY WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
AMAZING!

jbonomo said...

Yum! What a fabulous idea! You are the Genius........thank you for the inspiration to think outside the box.

sharon g said...

What a creative idea. I love it. It would be great to make those for a wedding shower.

Jan B said...

Are you seriously serious??? These are aMAZing!!! I'm totally in love!

emilysnan said...

hiya hopping over from julies blog , omg you had me at cookie , I am your newest follower and I just love what you created with the stencil , scrummy looking x tfs
xmaggiex

Carol Gibson said...

They look so pretty.

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

These are fabulous! I'm too lazy to take the time for something like this, but they sure are pretty.

Christa said...

Gorgeous Valerie!! Love how you used these stencils on those delicious cookies!

Joye Meyer said...

Yum! Those cookies look scrumptious! And the stenciling msde gorgeous designs along with the piping! Love it!

~jan said...

You creativity knows no bounds, my friend! These cookies (and that stencil!) are a m a z i n g.

contadinak said...

oh my word! these cookies are art! gorgeous!

Anonymous said...

this makes me want to start cooking. I think I will try this out for the grandchildren, they will love me even more than they do now LOL
DianneT in Australia

karenelr said...

How exquisite! Thank you for sharing--I do so love this Wedding Ring stencil!