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11  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Gingerbread Hogwarts on: January 05, 2010 02:14:44 PM
What a MONSTER project!  Looks like you guys really went for it and had a lot of fun on this one, I'm sure this took-over at least one room in your house if not 2 or 3. Great job!
12  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Ever seen a gingerbread mobile home before? on: January 04, 2010 08:47:49 PM
Great gingerbread house and story behind it.  It's simplicity and attention to details make this a nice looking and clean piece of art!  Thanks for sharing it with us!
13  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Our First (Gingerbread) House Together! on: January 04, 2010 06:36:09 PM
I'm not sure what's cuter... you two... or your gingerbread house!

Nice work... I like the heart in front.

Built with true love!
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Something beautiful came out of the '80s on: January 04, 2010 06:33:10 PM
One of the best!  I like the interior, very detailed!

Great work!

BTW - Don't worry about the taste... just bake yourself some cookies...
15  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: EE's secret toadstool gingerbread house with snails! on: January 04, 2010 06:29:39 PM
The hardest part(s) I have had with bent or formed gingerbread is finding the right recipe to use, how thick to make it, how to keep it centered on your form and finding a form that is 'oven proof' that matches the shape you need.... just a few (yet major) problems.

My recipe tends to 'melt' like a toll-house cookie when baked so I end up with the bread sliding down the sides of the form (think 1/2 cylinder with dough laying over the top) and I end up with 2 lumps of gingerbread laying on both sides of the form, instead of a nice 1/2 cylinder at the end of the 12 minute bake cycle....

Forming gingerbread is not something I have mastered yet.
16  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Front Row Seats on: January 04, 2010 06:16:45 PM
Looks like a winner to me... loads of cute detail in there with your ski sticks and such... I also like your ski run... your perspective on the hill makes it look larger that it really was and added to the illusion of the house sitting down at the bottom waiting to warm and shelter the skiers.

Great Job!
17  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Christmas Cottage :) Picture Heavy on: January 04, 2010 06:12:09 PM
Patterns... pretty patterns... I like patterns... nice roof!
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: UP Inspired Gingerbread House for Big Brothers, Big Sisters Auction on: January 04, 2010 06:06:57 PM
Rajawa, the mail box is there next to the gate on the fence, can you see it? I admit I did not put the hand-prints on it however... also it's not made with any cake, it's made out of gingerbread... there is no cake in it at all...

The structure is 100% gingerbread with gum-paste shingles, siding and bricks.

The yellow fish-scale shingles on the front dormer were made from fondant (they were the first set and I realized that they were too soft and fragile, but admittedly would have tasted better, but I decided to switch to gum-paste for the rest).

The grass was coconut, baked until it was golden brown and crispy.  It was colored with food coloring then mixed in a blender until it was a powder.

Windows were made from gelatin sheets and window covering (drapes) were made from rice paper colored with food coloring pens.

Royal Icing was used to hold it all together.

The foundation and doors were all gingerbread with markings sprayed on with an air brush and black food coloring.

I tried to make it as close to the original as I could, none of my reference photos showed the hand-prints on the mail box...

This was my first gingerbread house that used gum-paste, air brushing, gelatin sheets and rice paper.

Next time I'll get it right!
19  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: Pink and White and Peppermint Cottage on: January 04, 2010 03:22:08 PM
I love the slanted walls!

What's going on in the last photo?  Are you eating your wonderful piece of artwork!
20  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES / Re: EE's secret toadstool gingerbread house with snails! on: January 04, 2010 03:02:21 PM
Building rounded or curved gingerbread is not easy so this is very impressive for a first project in this medium.  One thing I notice about your piece is that you allowed some gingerbread to be exposed on the gills of the mushrooms... This is something I learned the hard way on my first gingerbread house.  The more places where you can allow the gingerbread to be featured the more people seem to like the pieces.  Very nice work!

Here is an example of gingerbread doing a peek-a-boo as the window frame of my UP House:


Below is an example of my favorite piece from our local gingerbread show and auction that was somewhat overlooked by the judges.  The Space Shuttle was mainly constructed from gingerbread (curved gingerbread) by Christopher Julian.  I felt it should have won an award but I think the judges didn't realize it was gingerbread!


So my words of wisdom for you are make sure you keep strategically exposing your gingerbread on your pieces and you will be 1st place gingerbread maker in no time!

You can see more photos of the Gingerbread Space Shuttle and Gingerbread UP House at these links.

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