Saturday Spotlight: Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #22 Recap

 

By a show of hands, how many of you have been spending lots of extra time here on Cookie Connection as a respite from all of the crazy news out there these days? [EDITOR'S NOTE:  Me!] 

Certainly, for me, the most calming thing I can do (next to actually decorating cookies) is to sit in front of my computer ogling the amazing handiwork of lots of talented cookie artists! And this week, especially, I was happy to have the distraction of sorting through all of the fabulous entries from Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #22 - Wafer Paper. So, put down your Twitter and join me, as we walk through lots of cookie awesomeness.

Let's begin by talking about the unbelievable prize for this challenge! The one and only @Evelindecora has very generously donated four (4) sheets of completely original, handpainted, and signed wafer paper, specially created as a prize for this Practice Bakes Perfect challenge. Take another look at the gorgeousness of this literally priceless prize:

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This prize will be awarded to one lucky challenge entrant who has been chosen, at random, from among all of the entrants. The prize also includes, as always, free worldwide shipping!

And the randomly chosen winner of these incredible works of art by Evelindecora is . . . @carouselselsel! The more times you enter the challenge, the better your chance to win, and carouselselsel submitted THREE entries to this challenge! Of these entries, this one was the favorite of our judges:

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Our judges liked the stark simplicity of this entry, as well as the monochrome presentation and photograph staging. "Less is more" is the phrase that kept coming up with this entry, and I agree. With the white-on-white, you can really appreciate the many delicate layers of wafer paper that comprise the flowers. Congratulations, and well done, carouselselsel! Your prize will be shipped directly from Italy by Evelindecora to you in Bulgaria. ENJOY.

Without further ado, let's look at our other spotlighted entries (in no particular order).

 Butterflies Take Two by Nikki CarriereButterfly 2

A couple of things struck me about this entry. First, I really liked how the wafer paper wings of the largest butterfly echo the colors and patterns of the royal icing base below. That detail, coupled with the perfect angles of the wings, gives the butterflies such incredible dimension and motion. And second, I love how Nikki used this challenge as a vehicle to try different techniques and a medium she was previously unfamiliar with - that's what these challenges are all about!

Story of "The Grateful Crane" (Tsuru No Ongaeshi, Japanese Title) by Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.zentai

This entry impressed all of our judges. Said one, "[Ryoko] doesn’t only use wafer paper, she lets the material tell us a story. The amazing hairdo of the old man, the delicate swan feathers, the paper screens . . . just everything about this set is so original and draws me deeper into the story and bewitch[es] me . . . I find the different wafer paper techniques extremely well executed. A real pleasure to take a second, third, and fourth look!" I would also add that I am doubly impressed by the origami crane, which I could not make from regular origami paper, let alone wafer paper! To learn the story of "The Grateful Crane" and many more details about the specific techniques that Ryoko used, please check out her description and photos in the comments to this entry here.

Good Day, Little Red Riding Hood by Fernwood CookieIMG_2040

I love this deep, dark, mysterious take on the Little Red Riding Hood tale. This was one of those entries where the wafer paper played a critical, but supporting role to the theme of the set. We thought it was brilliant how Fernwood layered cutout wafer paper forms over airbrushed backgrounds to create seriously excellent expressions of depth, especially in the forest scene and mushroom cookies. This entry was just a well conceived and deftly executed set of cookies.  

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"Organic and lifelike," "incredible painting and composition," "The woman . . . seems to talk through her eyes." These are some of the many apt descriptions from our judges in reference to this incredible set by Kim Damon. Additionally, we loved how Kim so effortlessly incorporated her wafer paper elements into the larger composition, and how she used so many different techniques so harmoniously. Perhaps this entry represents the culmination of skills acquired through participation in so many past Practice Bakes Perfect challenges, Kim?!

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The Practice Bakes Perfect "Patience Award" for Challenge #22 goes to Alison Friedli! I simply cannot even imagine how much patience it took for Alison to quill all of those tiny bits of wafer paper. I thought this set was really elegant and clever for its use of black-tinted dough, which so perfectly sets off the white wafer paper quilling. But the most clever thing about this set is how Alison softened the wafer paper by placing it in an airtight container with a cut apple (a tip learned from her mom, who did the same to soften gingerbread)! This tip is invaluable because, as anyone who attempted this challenge knows, trying to bend dry wafer paper can often result in a cracked, crumbly mess!  

Mujeres Que No Fueron Tapa by Sil Quiroga *Homemade Cookies by Sil*PicsArt_03-30-04.12.29

Based on an original work of collage art by Lala Pasquinelli (used by permission), this entry by Sil Quiroga stood out for its creative use of teeny tiny bits of wafer paper to create a collage effect similar to the original artwork. You can see in the process photos (in the comments that accompany this entry) that it was no small feat to accurately place all of those tiny wafer paper triangles! We judges also loved the symbolism/irony of Sil cutting up a piece of wafer paper printed with the image of a licensed character to create this new work of cookie art!

Steampunk Set by Andrea Costoya3

We just loved the overall composition of this steampunk set by Andrea Costoya. The lacy wafer paper "frame" in the center cookie, and the layering of that frame over the stamped base, really stood out to the judges. And we were impressed by the many different wafer paper techniques that Andrea tried with this set, as shown in all of the little details: roses, butterflies, feathers, ruffles, and hair, all highlighted in gold for extra pop!

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In this second highlighted entry by Kim Damon (congratulations, Kim!), I was totally crushing on that center, 3-D garden cookie. I love the really delicate petals of the tall sunflower, and how they are perfectly bent and shaped. I also like the shades of green in the grass and how their shapes complement the flower so well. Finally, the little toadstools and lady bugs, while not made of wafer paper, are a really delightful touch in this set.  

Israel Independence Day by NoaaIMG_2115

I am a sucker for doodles, and the hand-doodled wafer paper sheets that Noaa created for use in this entry are gorgeous! I love the contrast between the serene all-white doves with their wonderfully delicate feathers and that very busy, doodly blue wafer paper. Finally, I am very impressed by those tiny, fringy wafer paper flowers on the heart in the foreground of the picture - I am still not quite sure how Noaa managed them!

And with that, we wrap up Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #22. But, before we go, I would encourage everyone to answer our Practice Bakes Perfect Feedback Survey, which asks questions about how we can improve these challenges and increase participation. These challenges are not meant to be contests, but rather vehicles for improving your cookie skills and base knowledge. So, in that spirit, we would love to get your input. Please answer our short survey TODAY! 

Our next Practice Bakes Perfect challenge will post in approximately one week, on or about May 28, 2017, so stay tuned!

Christine Donnelly began her professional baking career at 16, when she was hired on the spot at her local bakery to work the counter and decorate cakes. After detours to college and law school, she worked as a trial lawyer in Chicago for many years, ultimately leaving that career to become a stay-at-home mother to her two children. In her “retirement,” she continued to bake at home, at last finding her preferred artistic medium in decorated cookies. In February 2013, Bakerloo Station was born with a presence on both Facebook and Instagram. Christine makes cookies to balance her left brain, to inspire and share creative ideas, and to feed those needs that only art can satisfy. 

Photo credit: Christine Donnelly

NotePractice Bakes Perfect is a bimonthly Cookie Connection blog feature written by Christine Donnelly that poses inspiration or challenges to get you to stretch as a cookie artist - for practice, for prizes, and for fun! Its content expresses the views of the author and not necessarily those of this site, its owners, its administrators, or its employees. Catch up on all of Christine's past Cookie Connection posts here.

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Congratulations, Zara, you got the prize!!!  Wow.  Three entries made me impressed a lot and you got the prize.   And congratulations to every participant who made beautiful cookies.  

Thank you, Christine, this challenge was really fun to try.   I forgot to write the followings in my own comment (I guess they were noticed but...), since the trapped crane became a woman, I put black on her kimono to let us remind the black feather of crane and because the rolls of cloth were made with her feather, the design of the cloth and origami feather parts are the same pattern.   This story is well known to Japanese and origami is our culture, I am very glad that I could introduce a little of our culture.  Thank you for the opportunity.  

Congrats to all of Challenge #22's honorees, and to all of the entrants this month. Such spectacular and creative displays of wafer paper in every single entry! Thank you too to @Evelindecora for so generously donating her gorgeous, handcrafted art for our prize this month. Invaluable! And, last but not least, thanks to @Bakerloo Station for making these challenges happen time after time!

P.S. I'd like to echo Bakerloo's request for you to fill out our VERY short challenge feedback survey here. Our goal with it is to better meet your needs, and to make these challenges more fun and productive learning experiences for you. Thanks in advance for your input.

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:

Congratulations, Zara, you got the prize (again)!!!  Wow.  Three entries made me impressed a lot and you got the prize.   And congratulations to every participants who made beautiful cookies.  

Thank you, Christine, this challenge was really fun to try.   I forgot to write the followings in my own comment (I guess they were noticed but...), since the trapped crane became a woman, I put black on her kimono to let us remind the black feather of crane and because the rolls of cloth were made with her feather, the design of the cloth and origami feather parts are the same pattern.   This story is well known to Japanese and origami is our culture, I am very glad that I could introduce a little of our culture.  Thank you for the opportunity.  

It was purely the luck of the draw that Zara got the prize this time too, but it certainly helps that she entered a few times. Our overall number of entries was lower this time, which helps the odds too! 

Congratulation Zara!!!

Thanks Christine, this challenge was fun, i love it. By the way I wrote a comment  in the challenge itself' about how i made the tinny flowers. i will pass it here again. Sorry you did not see it.

Thank you very much Christine. Here is how I made the white flowers on the heart cookie.

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It's so fun to see all the different things that can be created by the same elements! From Evelin's @carouselselsel stunning white flowers, to the dark story of Little Red (done with class) by @Fernwood Cookie each a treat to behold! I was wowed by the story of the Crane by @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave (I'd love to know more of your techniques on folding wafer paper!) And enjoyed @Nikki Carriere's experimenting and growing with her set as well as Sil Quiroga *Homemade Cookies by Sil* abstract art (I always feel an allure and respect for this style). My zen-tangled heart was charmed by @Noaa (loved those wispy feathers too!!!).  @Alison Friedli blessed my heart with her rolled paper set (I've always wanted to try that!) so well done. And @Andrea Costoya I love steam punk and the way you used so many different techniques to bring about this set was fantastic! I learn something from each of you as I enjoy your art. Thanks @Julia M. Usher and @Bakerloo Station Christine for the honor and treat of participation! God bless you both ~Kim

OMG!!! I was baking some cookies when I saw I actually won the prize...again...had to finish baking and I still can't believe I actually won the prize...again!!! For the third time...!!! Unbelievable! And what a prize....priceless!!! All I can say now is OMG...again!!! Thank you, Julia, Christine, Evelin, all...again!

Noaa posted:

Congratulation Zara!!!

Thanks Christine, this challenge was fun, i love it. By the way I wrote a comment  in the challenge itself' about how i made the tinny flowers. i will pass it here again. Sorry you did not see it.

Thank you very much Christine. Here is how I made the white flowers on the heart cookie.

Thank you, Noaa @Noaa! I liked your enrty so much! I'll try to do some wafer paper flowers your way one day Thanks for sharing!

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:

Congratulations, Zara, you got the prize!!!  Wow.  Three entries made me impressed a lot and you got the prize.   And congratulations to every participant who made beautiful cookies.  

Thank you, Christine, this challenge was really fun to try.   I forgot to write the followings in my own comment (I guess they were noticed but...), since the trapped crane became a woman, I put black on her kimono to let us remind the black feather of crane and because the rolls of cloth were made with her feather, the design of the cloth and origami feather parts are the same pattern.   This story is well known to Japanese and origami is our culture, I am very glad that I could introduce a little of our culture.  Thank you for the opportunity.  

Thank you, my dear Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.!!! What a chance to win again, I'm still speachless...

I love your entry so much - the story, the precise and perfect execution...everything!

Kim Damon posted:

It's so fun to see all the different things that can be created by the same elements! From Evelin's @carouselselsel stunning white flowers, to the dark story of Little Red (done with class) by @Fernwood Cookie each a treat to behold! I was wowed by the story of the Crane by @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave (I'd love to know more of your techniques on folding wafer paper!) And enjoyed @Nikki Carriere's experimenting and growing with her set as well as Sil Quiroga *Homemade Cookies by Sil* abstract art (I always feel an allure and respect for this style). My zen-tangled heart was charmed by @Noaa (loved those wispy feathers too!!!).  @Alison Friedli blessed my heart with her rolled paper set (I've always wanted to try that!) so well done. And @Andrea Costoya I love steam punk and the way you used so many different techniques to bring about this set was fantastic! I learn something from each of you as I enjoy your art. Thanks @Julia M. Usher and @Bakerloo Station Christine for the honor and treat of participation! God bless you both ~Kim

Thank you, Kim @Kim Damon ! I love your gourgeous entries too! 

Julia M. Usher posted:

Congrats to all of Challenge #22's honorees, and to all of the entrants this month. Such spectacular and creative displays of wafer paper in every single entry! Thank you too to @Evelindecora for so generously donating her gorgeous, handcrafted art for our prize this month. Invaluable! And, last but not least, thanks to @Bakerloo Station for making these challenges happen time after time!

P.S. I'd like to echo Bakerloo's request for you to fill out our VERY short challenge feedback survey here. Our goal with it is to better meet your needs, and to make these challenges more fun and productive learning experiences for you. Thanks in advance for your input.

Thank you, Julia! This was another wonderful challenge, I've learned so much and had so much fun ( and we'll have so much meringues to eat thanks to it )

All the entries were amazing, I love them all!!! Congrats everyone!

Julia M. Usher posted:
Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:

Congratulations, Zara, you got the prize (again)!!!  Wow.  Three entries made me impressed a lot and you got the prize.   And congratulations to every participants who made beautiful cookies.  

Thank you, Christine, this challenge was really fun to try.   I forgot to write the followings in my own comment (I guess they were noticed but...), since the trapped crane became a woman, I put black on her kimono to let us remind the black feather of crane and because the rolls of cloth were made with her feather, the design of the cloth and origami feather parts are the same pattern.   This story is well known to Japanese and origami is our culture, I am very glad that I could introduce a little of our culture.  Thank you for the opportunity.  

It was purely the luck of the draw that Zara got the prize this time too, but it certainly helps that she entered a few times. Our overall number of entries was lower this time, which helps the odds too! 

I told you I am the luckiest girl!  

carouselselsel posted:
Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:

Congratulations, Zara, you got the prize!!!  Wow.  Three entries made me impressed a lot and you got the prize.   And congratulations to every participant who made beautiful cookies.  

Thank you, Christine, this challenge was really fun to try.   I forgot to write the followings in my own comment (I guess they were noticed but...), since the trapped crane became a woman, I put black on her kimono to let us remind the black feather of crane and because the rolls of cloth were made with her feather, the design of the cloth and origami feather parts are the same pattern.   This story is well known to Japanese and origami is our culture, I am very glad that I could introduce a little of our culture.  Thank you for the opportunity.  

Thank you, my dear Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.!!! What a chance to win again, I'm still speachless...

I love your entry so much - the story, the precise and perfect execution...everything!

When you receive Evelin's wafer paper, tell me what you are going to do with them.  Just Don't Eat!!    

Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
carouselselsel posted:
Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:

Congratulations, Zara, you got the prize!!!  Wow.  Three entries made me impressed a lot and you got the prize.   And congratulations to every participant who made beautiful cookies.  

Thank you, Christine, this challenge was really fun to try.   I forgot to write the followings in my own comment (I guess they were noticed but...), since the trapped crane became a woman, I put black on her kimono to let us remind the black feather of crane and because the rolls of cloth were made with her feather, the design of the cloth and origami feather parts are the same pattern.   This story is well known to Japanese and origami is our culture, I am very glad that I could introduce a little of our culture.  Thank you for the opportunity.  

Thank you, my dear Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.!!! What a chance to win again, I'm still speachless...

I love your entry so much - the story, the precise and perfect execution...everything!

When you receive Evelin's wafer paper, tell me what you are going to do with them.  Just Don't Eat!!    

Oh, Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave., how can I eat them?! I'm framing them for sure and put them on one of the walls, or maybe one day at my shop What would you do with them?

carouselselsel posted:
Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:
carouselselsel posted:
Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. posted:

Congratulations, Zara, you got the prize!!!  Wow.  Three entries made me impressed a lot and you got the prize.   And congratulations to every participant who made beautiful cookies.  

Thank you, Christine, this challenge was really fun to try.   I forgot to write the followings in my own comment (I guess they were noticed but...), since the trapped crane became a woman, I put black on her kimono to let us remind the black feather of crane and because the rolls of cloth were made with her feather, the design of the cloth and origami feather parts are the same pattern.   This story is well known to Japanese and origami is our culture, I am very glad that I could introduce a little of our culture.  Thank you for the opportunity.  

Thank you, my dear Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.!!! What a chance to win again, I'm still speachless...

I love your entry so much - the story, the precise and perfect execution...everything!

When you receive Evelin's wafer paper, tell me what you are going to do with them.  Just Don't Eat!!    

Oh, Ryoko @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave., how can I eat them?! I'm framing them for sure and put them on one of the walls, or maybe one day at my shop What would you do with them?

Oh I love the idea "one day at your shop"  that's wonderful, Zara.  Me?  Those are very precious so I am going to hide them especially from my husband and later on I'm afraid I am going to have very difficult time to find them.....  So, I am very glad you won them.   

Noaa posted:

Congratulation Zara!!!

Thanks Christine, this challenge was fun, i love it. By the way I wrote a comment  in the challenge itself' about how i made the tinny flowers. i will pass it here again. Sorry you did not see it.

Thank you very much Christine. Here is how I made the white flowers on the heart cookie.

Yes, I missed your earlier comment.  What a terrific technique.  Thank you for sharing it here!

Kim Damon posted:

It's so fun to see all the different things that can be created by the same elements! From Evelin's @carouselselsel stunning white flowers, to the dark story of Little Red (done with class) by @Fernwood Cookie each a treat to behold! I was wowed by the story of the Crane by @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave (I'd love to know more of your techniques on folding wafer paper!) And enjoyed @Nikki Carriere's experimenting and growing with her set as well as Sil Quiroga *Homemade Cookies by Sil* abstract art (I always feel an allure and respect for this style). My zen-tangled heart was charmed by @Noaa (loved those wispy feathers too!!!).  @Alison Friedli blessed my heart with her rolled paper set (I've always wanted to try that!) so well done. And @Andrea Costoya I love steam punk and the way you used so many different techniques to bring about this set was fantastic! I learn something from each of you as I enjoy your art. Thanks @Julia M. Usher and @Bakerloo Station Christine for the honor and treat of participation! God bless you both ~Kim

I am always so thrilled with your many, many entries to each and every challenge, Kim. Your artistry and enthusiasm for learning new things shines through every time.  You are a joy to have as a participant.  

Julia M. Usher posted:

Congrats to all of Challenge #22's honorees, and to all of the entrants this month. Such spectacular and creative displays of wafer paper in every single entry! Thank you too to @Evelindecora for so generously donating her gorgeous, handcrafted art for our prize this month. Invaluable! And, last but not least, thanks to @Bakerloo Station for making these challenges happen time after time!

P.S. I'd like to echo Bakerloo's request for you to fill out our VERY short challenge feedback survey here. Our goal with it is to better meet your needs, and to make these challenges more fun and productive learning experiences for you. Thanks in advance for your input.

Yes, to all of this...  Thank you @Evelindecora for providing such an incredible prize for this challenge.  I was amazed all over again as I loaded the pictures of your wafer papers into the PBP recap post!  They are truly works of art.  THANK YOU.

Thank you, Julia for hosting these challenges, and for putting together the Practice Bakes Perfect Survey, which I hope EVERYONE here will answer.  It's a quick one, I promise, but will really help us to make these challenges as fun and educational as possible.

And of course, thanks to all who followed and participated in the challenge. These challenges would be nothing without your enthusiastic participation!  

Congrats Zara, and congrats to all the participants.

I love these challenges and it is always a pleasure to see the gallery with all the entries and to read through the comments to see how each one has been inspired, the difficulties met in using the materials, the tips and tricks to overcome them. A great moment to share. Every set could be inspiring and be the sparkle for a new project. Participating it is always an experience and a chance to discover or improve a technique, or work with materials that we wouldn't have probably tried otherwise, and learn. 

As always I am looking forward to seeing the next Challenge that Christine has thought for us!

Manu posted:

Congrats Zara, and congrats to all the participants.

I love these challenges and it is always a pleasure to see the gallery with all the entries and to read through the comments to see how each one has been inspired, the difficulties met in using the materials, the tips and tricks to overcome them. A great moment to share. Every set could be inspiring and be the sparkle for a new project. Participating it is always an experience and a chance to discover or improve a technique, or work with materials that we wouldn't have probably tried otherwise, and learn. 

As always I am looking forward to seeing the next Challenge that Christine has thought for us!

Well said, Manu!

Manu posted:

Congrats Zara, and congrats to all the participants.

I love these challenges and it is always a pleasure to see the gallery with all the entries and to read through the comments to see how each one has been inspired, the difficulties met in using the materials, the tips and tricks to overcome them. A great moment to share. Every set could be inspiring and be the sparkle for a new project. Participating it is always an experience and a chance to discover or improve a technique, or work with materials that we wouldn't have probably tried otherwise, and learn. 

As always I am looking forward to seeing the next Challenge that Christine has thought for us!

Thanks, Manu! I so much agree with you.

Oh myyyyy! Really Julia? You are so lovely! I saw you liked this work and really it is so representative regarding character cookies, really is!

Thanks for featuring the cookies of Lala Pasquinelli's cookiefied art! I will tell Lala, write away!!! Wooow! Stunning!

I am just so happyyyy!!! Thank you and congratulations for @carouselselsel for that lovelyyy prize from @Evelindecora!!! I didn't know you were from Bulgaria! My virtual rolling pin friend, Velina, is from there! You are so lucky to be near to heeer! Perhaps you know her? Less is more is really something, it is always my objective but fall always in details. Simple things are magical and your all white work is so lovely! 

As always, @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.'s work is outstanding and each featured work is lovely, congratulations all and also congratulations to all the participants. This challenge is such an inspirational work! 

Thanks @Bakerloo Station and @Julia M Usher for the opportunity you give us to challenge ourselves to discover new techniques we wouldn't use if it was not for you asking us to participate in them!

Sil

 

 

Sil Quiroga *Homemade Cookies by Sil* posted:

Oh myyyyy! Really Julia? You are so lovely! I saw you liked this work and really it is so representative regarding character cookies, really is!

Thanks for featuring the cookies of Lala Pasquinelli's cookiefied art! I will tell Lala, write away!!! Wooow! Stunning!

I am just so happyyyy!!! Thank you and congratulations for @carouselselsel for that lovelyyy prize from @Evelindecora!!! I didn't know you were from Bulgaria! My virtual rolling pin friend, Velina, is from there! You are so lucky to be near to heeer! Perhaps you know her? Less is more is really something, it is always my objective but fall always in details. Simple things are magical and your all white work is so lovely! 

As always, @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.'s work is outstanding and each featured work is lovely, congratulations all and also congratulations to all the participants. This challenge is such an inspirational work! 

Thanks @Bakerloo Station and @Julia M Usher for the opportunity you give us to challenge ourselves to discover new techniques we wouldn't use if it was not for you asking us to participate in them!

Sil

 

 

Oh thank you, Sil.  I am very happy to know my cookies are seen by you.  Thank you.

Congratulations, carouselselsel! Such a beautiful entry! Oh, now I've got some time! I love the Challenges and I love seeing all the wonderful pieces of work everyone submits. Not only are they gorgeous, but they inspire me to do more and hopefully become as polished as so many others are! 

I love the simplicity of yours carouselselsel. Congratulations again.

 

Nikki Carriere posted:

Congratulations, carouselselsel! Such a beautiful entry! Oh, now I've got some time! I love the Challenges and I love seeing all the wonderful pieces of work everyone submits. Not only are they gorgeous, but they inspire me to do more and hopefully become as polished as so many others are! 

I love the simplicity of yours carouselselsel. Congratulations again.

 

I am so happy to read this Nikki!

I can easily relate, because I joined the first challenges with your same spirit and inspiration to do more. And with this same spirit I keep joining them now, participating with my "non-entries".

Sil Quiroga *Homemade Cookies by Sil* posted:

Oh myyyyy! Really Julia? You are so lovely! I saw you liked this work and really it is so representative regarding character cookies, really is!

Thanks for featuring the cookies of Lala Pasquinelli's cookiefied art! I will tell Lala, write away!!! Wooow! Stunning!

I am just so happyyyy!!! Thank you and congratulations for @carouselselsel for that lovelyyy prize from @Evelindecora!!! I didn't know you were from Bulgaria! My virtual rolling pin friend, Velina, is from there! You are so lucky to be near to heeer! Perhaps you know her? Less is more is really something, it is always my objective but fall always in details. Simple things are magical and your all white work is so lovely! 

As always, @Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.'s work is outstanding and each featured work is lovely, congratulations all and also congratulations to all the participants. This challenge is such an inspirational work! 

Thanks @Bakerloo Station and @Julia M Usher for the opportunity you give us to challenge ourselves to discover new techniques we wouldn't use if it was not for you asking us to participate in them!

Sil

 

 

Thank you so much, Sil @Sil Quiroga *Ricas Cookies*! I like your entry very much, such an intersting one. Pls tell me more about your Bulgarian friend, which city she is from and she also does cookies I guess?

Nikki Carriere posted:

Congratulations, carouselselsel! Such a beautiful entry! Oh, now I've got some time! I love the Challenges and I love seeing all the wonderful pieces of work everyone submits. Not only are they gorgeous, but they inspire me to do more and hopefully become as polished as so many others are! 

I love the simplicity of yours carouselselsel. Congratulations again.

 

Oh thank you so much Nikki @Nikki Carriere! I appreciaate it. Your entry was very beautiful too!

Manu posted:
Nikki Carriere posted:

Congratulations, carouselselsel! Such a beautiful entry! Oh, now I've got some time! I love the Challenges and I love seeing all the wonderful pieces of work everyone submits. Not only are they gorgeous, but they inspire me to do more and hopefully become as polished as so many others are! 

I love the simplicity of yours carouselselsel. Congratulations again.

 

I am so happy to read this Nikki!

I can easily relate, because I joined the first challenges with your same spirit and inspiration to do more. And with this same spirit I keep joining them now, participating with my "non-entries".

Absolutely agree with you both @Manu and @Nikki Carriere! And also practice is the key!

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