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Manu was my helper for this fun challenge! I love her 3D cookie creations and usually would approach a set like this with fondant, but I wanted to learn from Manu how she would (using her style) do the same set. She was wonderful! She took my sketch and cut it out and gave me a very helpful tutorial on making this set with cookies and little triangles to hold the cookies up. It was a super challenge but so much fun! Thanks Manu for being so helpful! I remain a fan! Kim

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Kim, I love your teachable attitude and how you reach out to others with questions ♥. And the result is awesome .  I have found cookiers on this site to be incredibly helpful in answering questions and I greatly appreciate everyone's generosity of their time and experience!!

Happy New Year to Everyone here at CC...warm hugs ♥♥♥

Cookies Fantastique by Carol posted:

Kim, I love your teachable attitude and how you reach out to others with questions ♥. And the result is awesome .  I have found cookiers on this site to be incredibly helpful in answering questions and I greatly appreciate everyone's generosity of their time and experience!!

Happy New Year to Everyone here at CC...warm hugs ♥♥♥

Thank you, Carol! This was a really hard challenge for me because it's hard for me to ask for help and be reliant on another person. But how cool of Christine to think of such a team building exercise! And Yes, cookiers here are very generous with there wisdom in sharing how a thing is done. xoxo Happiest of New Years to you as well!

If you look at Kim’s portfolio, you will notice her personal style in giving depth and perspective to her cookies. I like the feeling of looking at some of her cookies as it could be possible to “enter into them”. It is like looking at beautiful landscapes from behind a window. At the same time in some of her cookies people, animals, birds, flower, branches, leaves, seem to try to come out from the cookie to catch the attention of the observer.

I was happy when I received Kim’s message, I love collaborations. She told me that she had gotten a theme in my “style of clean, 3-D art that would totally be a challenge for her to try”. I wondered in which way I could have helped her, (a technique? a skill?) as she is so talented and a veteran participant to the PBP Challenges! Then she sent me a sketch of what she had in mind, and she asked me suggestions on how I would have approached the three cookies.

I know how difficult is to transfer an idea into a sketch, and infact she told me that usually what she sketches and what she ends end up with are rarely the same! (Same for me)

My approach was to made a 3D model with paper. I always make models like this, for different reasons: to have a better idea of the volumes; to see what works out and what doesn’t; to see what can be done to make the project look as lighter as possible; to see how the project fits in the photo and if the photo gives justice to it.
My advice was to re-think the shapes of the pedestals from rectangles to plaques or to ovals, or even to “bean shapes”, to add dynamic and to make them look less pedestals and been more part of the scene that she wanted to represent.
The project apparently was easy to assemble, with the right consistency of what I call “Julia’s glue” (very thick royal icing) but I suggested her to use little cookie triangles to hold the cookies up for more stability. And last, thinking about how she uses wafer paper in her projects I thought that she could have used wafer paper to make the fireworks (and she did!).

Kim did a great job, and it was really a surprise to see her entry from sketch to cookies.

I got to know @Kim Damon on Cookie Connection in the past two years, being her also an active PBP participant, and I loved to have connected with her even more through this challenge. I will ask her for advices on the use of  “perspective” in cookies in her own style. That’s what I like about the cookie world. Thank you Christine @Bakerloo Station and @Julia M. Usher for connecting cookiers!

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If you look at Kim’s portfolio, you will notice her personal style in giving depth and perspective to her cookies. I like the feeling of looking at some of her cookies as it could be possible to “enter into them”. It is like looking at beautiful landscapes from behind a window. At the same time in some of her cookies people, animals, birds, flower, branches, leaves, seem to try to come out from the cookie to catch the attention of the observer.

I was happy when I received Kim’s message, I love collaborations. She told me that she had gotten a theme in my “style of clean, 3-D art that would totally be a challenge for her to try”. I wondered in which way I could have helped her, (a technique? a skill?) as she is so talented and a veteran participant to the PBP Challenges! Then she sent me a sketch of what she had in mind, and she asked me suggestions on how I would have approached the three cookies.

I know how difficult is to transfer an idea into a sketch, and infact she told me that usually what she sketches and what she ends end up with are rarely the same! (Same for me)

My approach was to made a 3D model with paper. I always make models like this, for different reasons: to have a better idea of the volumes; to see what works out and what doesn’t; to see what can be done to make the project look as lighter as possible; to see how the project fits in the photo and if the photo gives justice to it.
My advice was to re-think the shapes of the pedestals from rectangles to plaques or to ovals, or even to “bean shapes”, to add dynamic and to make them look less pedestals and been more part of the scene that she wanted to represent.
The project apparently was easy to assemble, with the right consistency of what I call “Julia’s glue” (very thick royal icing) but I suggested her to use little cookie triangles to hold the cookies up for more stability. And last, thinking about how she uses wafer paper in her projects I thought that she could have used wafer paper to make the fireworks (and she did!).

Kim did a great job, and it was really a surprise to see her entry from sketch to cookies.

I got to know @Kim Damon on Cookie Connection in the past two years, being her also an active PBP participant, and I loved to have connected with her even more through this challenge. I will ask her for advices on the use of  “perspective” in cookies in her own style. That’s what I like about the cookie world. Thank you Christine @Bakerloo Station and @Julia M. Usher for connecting cookiers!

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You are so talented (and kind). Thanks for all your sweet comments. And I love the photo colloge as well! Blessings and cookie respect, kim

Kim Damon posted:

Manu was my helper for this fun challenge! I love her 3D cookie creations and usually would approach a set like this with fondant, but I wanted to learn from Manu how she would (using her style) do the same set. She was wonderful! She took my sketch and cut it out and gave me a very helpful tutorial on making this set with cookies and little triangles to hold the cookies up. It was a super challenge but so much fun! Thanks Manu for being so helpful! I remain a fan! Kim

Great collab!!! Many congrats to you both 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Evelindecora posted:
Kim Damon posted:

Manu was my helper for this fun challenge! I love her 3D cookie creations and usually would approach a set like this with fondant, but I wanted to learn from Manu how she would (using her style) do the same set. She was wonderful! She took my sketch and cut it out and gave me a very helpful tutorial on making this set with cookies and little triangles to hold the cookies up. It was a super challenge but so much fun! Thanks Manu for being so helpful! I remain a fan! Kim

Great collab!!! Many congrats to you both 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Thank you (so much), Evelin! 

Kim Damon posted:

Manu was my helper for this fun challenge! I love her 3D cookie creations and usually would approach a set like this with fondant, but I wanted to learn from Manu how she would (using her style) do the same set. She was wonderful! She took my sketch and cut it out and gave me a very helpful tutorial on making this set with cookies and little triangles to hold the cookies up. It was a super challenge but so much fun! Thanks Manu for being so helpful! I remain a fan! Kim

Going 3-D takes pre-cookie sketching to a whole new level!  I love Manu's 3-D creations too!

Kim Damon posted:
Manu posted:

If you look at Kim’s portfolio, you will notice her personal style in giving depth and perspective to her cookies. I like the feeling of looking at some of her cookies as it could be possible to “enter into them”. It is like looking at beautiful landscapes from behind a window. At the same time in some of her cookies people, animals, birds, flower, branches, leaves, seem to try to come out from the cookie to catch the attention of the observer.

I was happy when I received Kim’s message, I love collaborations. She told me that she had gotten a theme in my “style of clean, 3-D art that would totally be a challenge for her to try”. I wondered in which way I could have helped her, (a technique? a skill?) as she is so talented and a veteran participant to the PBP Challenges! Then she sent me a sketch of what she had in mind, and she asked me suggestions on how I would have approached the three cookies.

I know how difficult is to transfer an idea into a sketch, and infact she told me that usually what she sketches and what she ends end up with are rarely the same! (Same for me)

My approach was to made a 3D model with paper. I always make models like this, for different reasons: to have a better idea of the volumes; to see what works out and what doesn’t; to see what can be done to make the project look as lighter as possible; to see how the project fits in the photo and if the photo gives justice to it.
My advice was to re-think the shapes of the pedestals from rectangles to plaques or to ovals, or even to “bean shapes”, to add dynamic and to make them look less pedestals and been more part of the scene that she wanted to represent.
The project apparently was easy to assemble, with the right consistency of what I call “Julia’s glue” (very thick royal icing) but I suggested her to use little cookie triangles to hold the cookies up for more stability. And last, thinking about how she uses wafer paper in her projects I thought that she could have used wafer paper to make the fireworks (and she did!).

Kim did a great job, and it was really a surprise to see her entry from sketch to cookies.

I got to know @Kim Damon on Cookie Connection in the past two years, being her also an active PBP participant, and I loved to have connected with her even more through this challenge. I will ask her for advices on the use of  “perspective” in cookies in her own style. That’s what I like about the cookie world. Thank you Christine @Bakerloo Station and @Julia M. Usher for connecting cookiers!

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You are so talented (and kind). Thanks for all your sweet comments. And I love the photo colloge as well! Blessings and cookie respect, kim

What a fabulous collaboration!  I am so glad you too made such a fruitful connection!

I am totally in love with the 3-D aspect of this set, and I really like the back-and-forth of ideas that occurred in this collaboration. The finished entry is neither completely Kim nor Manu, but definitely a combination of your two styles.  Outstanding!

If you have a picture, I would love to see the backsides of these cookies and those triangle cookie supports.

Bakerloo Station posted:

I am totally in love with the 3-D aspect of this set, and I really like the back-and-forth of ideas that occurred in this collaboration. The finished entry is neither completely Kim nor Manu, but definitely a combination of your two styles.  Outstanding!

If you have a picture, I would love to see the backsides of these cookies and those triangle cookie supports.

Attached is the photo Manu sent me (of her cookie) and the back of each (in my set) were done in exactly this manner. The upright cookies were very stable and I will use this method again.   Christine, I do what I call "drive by cleaning". And tossed these cookies out, so I can't photograph the back. They were fragile (because of the wafer paper) and I felt (by the experience of learning a new cookie technique) they served their purpose. hehe 

You are right about the cookies not being exactly my style. At one point I just stopped, and realized, they didn't need to be. But honestly, w/o the (self imposed)  New Year deadline I might have continued working on them. I really wanted them clean though, so I guess the mission was accomplished. hehe

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Thank you Christine and thank you again Kim. I agree with Christine about the combination of the two styles. And I understand what Kim said about the New Year deadline. Very often after I finish a project I find myself thinking “I could have done this or that”. But I am glad to have stopped and to have kept those ideas for the next time. 

In Kim’s entry I can see “something” of  the cookies I made for Zara, of my Easter project and of the bare clean style of my DAD cookie box. She really went through my portfolio.

Kim, I like that you took a picture in your signature style. Taking a pic is the hardest part of a 3D project because it is not easy to fill all the space. I studied the angle and perspective that you gave to the photo and I will treasure that when taking pics of my future project.

 

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@Bakerloo Station @Kim Damon

Thank you Christine and thank you again Kim. I agree with Christine about the combination of the two styles. And I understand what Kim said about the New Year deadline. Very often after I finish a project I find myself thinking “I could have done this or that”. But I am glad to have stopped and to have kept those ideas for the next time. 

In Kim’s entry I can see “something” of  the cookies I made for Zara, of my Easter project and of the bare clean style of my DAD cookie box. She really went through my portfolio.

Kim, I like that you took a picture in your signature style. Taking a pic is the hardest part of a 3D project because it is not easy to fill all the space. I studied the angle and perspective that you gave to the photo and I will treasure that when taking pics of my future project.

 

Thanks again, Manu!  (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚

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