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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / Re: Cookie Mama (Recipe Included!) on: October 07, 2010 09:42:19 AM
Thanks! You're welcome! If you want to make some icing for them, I usually just mix confectioners sugar and milk and put it on top like sort of a thin glaze. I would have done that for the contest if I wasn't completely out of confectioners sugar!
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / Re: Cookie Mama (Recipe Included!) on: October 04, 2010 01:41:07 PM
Thanks! Getting there is half the fun. I think it's always important to show how you did something, especially in this type of community. Never know when any of it could come in handy!
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / Re: Cookie Mama (Recipe Included!) on: October 04, 2010 10:59:19 AM
Yeah, I wish! The neighbor came to play with my kittens while I made it and said I should mail my cookies to every because they were so good. I said I'd just give everyone the recipe and they can make them! They make great Christmas cookies!
4  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: 8-bit Jewelry on: October 04, 2010 07:10:03 AM
Thanks for all the lovely comments! I do have more jewelry, but all the old pictures I took are really bad! I need to take some new ones of everything. Some are on my DA if you really want to see.

While it's not jewelry...I can show you my coin box!


I'm taking new pictures of this, too, since I tweaked a few things on it to make it better.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 55 ENTRIES / Cookie Mama (Recipe Included!) on: October 04, 2010 07:05:41 AM


My entry for the crafting contest is a pixelated Cooking Mama made out of sugar cookies! Cooking Mama becomes Cookie Mama! I had wanted to do Cupcakes, but I only found out about this contest a few days ago and just didn't have time to make the cupcakes. As it was, making the cookies took forever!

First thing I did was I drew out my plan in Photoshop.



I first thought of doing a beaded Mama out of Perler/Hama Beads since that's what I already do, but I figured that a lot of people would think of that and would probably make much bigger ones than I could. I only have two trays for the beads and a limited supply of beads, so I just wouldn't be able to do a large one! I made one anyways which I used for my cookie reference!



When I decided on cookies I pulled out my favorite sugar cookie recipe. It's for the kind you roll out and cut into cute shapes (In my case hundreds of squares). Whenever I make my cookies I use half butter half margarine. Since margarine is oil it makes the cookies softer. I love soft cookies! Works best with chocolate chip - Mmmmm!

Ingredients

* 3/4 cups butter, softened
* 3/4 cups margarine, softened
* 2 cups granulated white sugar
* 4 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 5 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt


Directions

1. Mix together butter, margarine, and sugar until smooth. Beat in eggs and vanilla. Stir in the flour, baking powder, and salt. Cover and chill dough for at least one hour (or overnight).
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Roll out dough on floured surface 1/4 to 1/2 inch thick. Cut into shapes with any cookie cutter. Place cookies 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
3. Bake 6 to 8 minutes in preheated oven. Cool completely.

For this I ended up cooking 11 minutes. I also rolled my cookies out on to wax paper that I cut to be the size of the pan.



I cut my dough into thirds and did it in three batches just to make baking a little easier. The first patch I cut with a pizza slicer before it went in the oven so I had lines to follow when it came out. Since stay on those lines was really hard, I only cut the second two after I cookied them. Measuring always became taking to long and the pizza slicer didn't want to follow lines anyways, so I eyeballed it for the most part.



Since I didn't know how much dough it would take for all my colored pixels, I decided to die the cookies after. I was REALLY low on ingredients (I had only 4 eggs for the cookies!) so I didn't have enough sugar to make frosting. Instead, I took food coloring and put it in water, then dipped the cookies in. The tops got a little soggy, but they dried fine! For the whites I just covered them in sugar.



After all the colors were dipped, I assembled my Cookie Mama!






6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Secret Santa Swap Party Round 2 (Signup closed; Sendout Nov. 27) on: September 30, 2010 11:49:05 AM
This looks like it would be so much fun! It's really too bad that there are rules against new members participating since I just found out about this site. I suppose it's for the best, though, so no one gets ripped off. I hope everyone participating enjoys their swap, though! Good luck all!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Avatar the Last Airbender rnd 2 swap gallery on: September 30, 2010 11:42:48 AM
That's so awesome! I'm jealous! On the plus side, now I really want to participate in swaps!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Mini Fedora Hat on: September 30, 2010 11:41:22 AM
I agree - that hat color with your hair color looks amazing! I would weird it around all the time XD
9  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Epic Cake for 21st B-Day (image heavy) on: September 30, 2010 11:40:12 AM
You would be the best mom in the world if you made this for me! I'm sure he was really happy.
10  COOKING / Dessert / Re: sugar paste flowers on: September 30, 2010 11:36:58 AM
I can't believe you were able to make those from just one class! I think I just might have to invest in taking one. Was it from a culinary school or was it one of those courses offered at craft stores?
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