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1  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Re: Gingerbread Horse Farm on: January 13, 2015 01:57:14 PM
Thanks so much for your comments.

Yes, that's basically my pattern-making process. Often I can find cute store-bought cookie cutters that will serve a purpose in a gingerbread project, but mostly they're for decorating touches (stars, hearts, trees, etc). Everything else is from scratch.

After deciding what the gingerbread project will be, I draw it out and make a complete mock-up by taping together what I cut out of cereal boxes. These then become the patterns. When deciding on smaller patterns, I try to keep these designs really simple. First I draw them on white paper which I glue onto the inside, non-colorful side of the cereal box, then cut them out with scissors. Manicure scissors can be helpful for tiny details.

The shiny side of the cardboard pattern, liberally dusted with flour, is placed onto the rolled-out cookie dough, and a sharp knife, also liberally dusted with flour, is used to cut around the pattern. Understandably, the larger parts are relatively easy to cut out, while tiny things, like kittycats, not so much. But with patience and a little luck I usually end up with something I can use, and everyone seems to enjoy nibbling up all the "mistakes".
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Re: My first gingerbread house on: January 12, 2015 05:16:09 PM
Fun is what it's all about, and I love all your sweet designs and decorations.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Re: The gluten-free gingerbread house on: January 12, 2015 05:13:40 PM
This is truly precious, and unlike the other entries it will be enjoyed for many years to come. A clever pattern and a very nice job!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Re: Gingerbread Horse Farm on: January 12, 2015 05:07:50 PM
Thanks everyone!

Dulcet, I used a cookie cutter for the foal, but didn't have anything that suited me for the grown horses and cats and all the different poses I wanted. So making my own out of good-old cereal boxes worked pretty well, even though it's rather painstaking to cut them out. Oddly enough, when the tiny cats got over-baked, they resembled cute little Siamese.
5  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Re: Home Sweet, Very Sweet Home....Dessert Included on: January 10, 2015 11:17:34 PM
I love it! It's adorable with such a cozy woodsy setting.
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Re: I wish ... on: January 10, 2015 11:15:04 PM
Very tropical, very creative and very cute!
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 106 ENTRIES / Gingerbread Horse Farm on: January 10, 2015 11:11:50 PM
This year's creation was a lot of fun.




We had six horses and a foal in and around the stable.




Even a jumper



The brown m&m's and shredded Mini Wheats added the special barn touches we needed:

But my favorites were all the little barn cats hanging around the stable and under the apple tree:


And as usual, every single bit was deliciously edible. Oh, and each horse had a name: Ginger, Sugarlump, Cookie, Butterball, Mr. USA, Seabiscuit, and Gumdrop.
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 82 ENTRIES / Re: Vintage Gingerbread Circus Wagon on: January 19, 2013 04:32:11 PM
Congratulations! You did an exceptional job and deserve a lot of praise for creating something so  pretty and meticulous. you provide a lot of inspiration through it.
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 82 ENTRIES / Re: Gingerbread Island on: January 12, 2013 08:29:22 PM
Many thanks to everyone who's posted a comment. It's fun to know what's caught your eye ---and your imagination.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Just tea for two, and two for tea... on: January 12, 2013 07:28:27 AM
Thank you for sharing. It has so many layers and points of interest. Seems that I see something different about it with each look. Have just discovered old books for my own papercraft and I love this.
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