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Saturday Spotlight: Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #41 Recap

 

Summer may be coming to a close, but it continues to live on through the stunning array of floral masterpieces submitted for this challenge. From the traditional to the unexpected, our entries showed that cookiers know no bounds when it comes to creating their unique botanical designs. As you will soon see, these entries are as equally impressive as they are diverse. 

But before we get to our spotlighted entries, I would like to remind you of the fabulous prize for this challenge. One lucky winner, who was chosen entirely at random from among all entrants, will receive a collection of Sugarin® products donated by Cookie Connection host @Julia M. Usher. This set of goodies includes three packages of Anna Austin's modeling paste, one bottle of bakers' spirit, one bottle of edible glaze, one bottle of edible glue, one Petal Palette by Patty with 12 stunning colors of compressed petal dust, six containers of edible petal dust, six oil powder colors, and five icing paste concentrates!

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And the randomly drawn winner of Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #41 is . . . @Heather Bruce Sosa! CONGRATULATIONS, Heather! I am sure you will put all of those amazing products to good use!

Cata's Birthday by Heather Bruce SosaCata's Birthday

In this entry, Heather combines soft hues and gently shaped petals to beautifully capture the delicacy of her flowers. The contrasting blue background is the perfect complement to her flowers. And having a cookie that doubles as a cake topper is definitely a clever idea!

And now, here are our spotlighted artists for Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #41. In no particular order . . .

Herbarium by PUDING FARMHerbariumPUDING FARM's entry is an excellent example of how an arrangement does not have to be three-dimensional or "traditional" in order to create an impact. The standout for this entry is Timea's creative use of media and techniques to replicate an incredibly realistic looking herbarium. Lucky for us, Timea has also included a detailed photo tutorial to help explain how she expertly crafted the intricate details of her flowers. I highly recommend viewing the tutorial to gain a better appreciation of her work. My fellow Cookie Connection contributors all agree that this is a fantastic entry. And bonus points go out for creating such convincingly real (and movable!) royal icing scissors!

 Floral Arrangement on Cookie by Szalony Cukiernik Floral Arrangement on Cookie by Szalony Cukiernik. 08.2020
This entry is one of those where photos do not do the cookier's work justice. Szalony Cukiernik has a short video posted in the comments that offers us a full 360-degree view that is worth a look. It is here that you get a true sense of the strong artistic composition of this botanical work of art. There are many wonderful elements in this entry that caught my eye, such as the unconventional quilling of the poppy juxtaposed against the lifelike daisies and clover; the bold red color contrasted against soft pinks and greens; and the two- and three-dimensional elements that are arranged and combined to create a wonderful sense of depth and dimension. This entry is definitely worthy of being a cookie showpiece!

Forget Me Not by Kanch JForget Me Not This cookie is one of two spackled icing (aka sculptural painting) entries by Kanch J. Both are equally beautiful, but it was this entry with its arrangement of flowers and infusion of bold color that really stood out. The large roses and wild sunflowers are balanced perfectly by the bellflowers and forget me nots in both color and size. I love how Kanchana tried something completely new for her entries, and experimented and learned from it all. "Sculptural painting" is a technique not typically used on cookies, but Kanchana's entry has shown us that it is beautifully suited for cookie decorating!

Patio Trasero de Galleta by Yazz RossPatio Trasero de GalletaThis miniature backyard garden scene was certainly an ambitious entry by Yazz Ross, who drew her inspiration from @Julia M. Usher's 3-D Garden Arbor Cookie. There are so many incredible details to marvel at. I love how Yazz's tiny flowers are so vibrant and colorful, and how they fill the planters, and adorn the walls and ground. One judge commented, "Her centerpiece potted plant with the tiny yellow flowers is my favorite part." Its deep blue "glazing" also serves to create an interesting focal point. The garden trellis, wrought iron window grill, and clay pavers provide wonderful Spanish influences that add charm and character. There are also some great photos in the comments that offer close-up views of the techniques and media that were used to bring this garden to life!

Lilies of Summer by Cookies FantastiqueLilies of SummerThe first thing I noticed about this entry by Cookies Fantastique was how beautifully arranged the flowers were and how polished everything looked. Carol's calla lilies are exquisite, and her royal icing lilies and blossoms add a wonderfully delicate touch. Arranging the flowers on plaque cookies brings a sense of formality, and each of Carol's designs reminds me of a corsage or boutonniere worn at a formal event. These flowers look stunning against the dark blue background (which is a perfect color), but they are equally elegant against the white background. All around, this is a fantastic entry!

Flower Wreath Cookie by ZeenaFlower Wreath Cookie
The sheer number of flowers in Zeena's entry is quite impressive. Add to that the many different types of flowers - created using multiple colors, media, and techniques - and you have a noteworthy and stunning floral creation. Zeena did an amazing job of arranging the flowers on her wreath. Her mindful placement of color, scale, and flower type all played a role in creating balance and harmony. I also like how Zeena explored the use of wafer paper flowers for the first time. Her purple clematis, along with the rest of her flowers, are simply outstanding!

Always a Bridesmaid . . . by LisaFAlways a Bridesmaid . . .
This entry is one of three submitted by LisaF. A lot of detail and effort went into each of her entries, but the flowers in this entry stole the show. Lisa has created a beautiful bouquet filled with pink and green hydrangeas, ranunculus, and peonies that complement each other nicely, and are set off by a white calla lily. A top view of this bouquet is shown in the comments, and really shows just how much texture there is in these flowers. It also highlights the amount of effort that went into crafting the individual petals of each flower. In the comments, Lisa also explains how she cleverly crafted her bouquet, and it's worth a look to see the structure beneath the flowers.

Flowers Served by Petra FloreanFlowers ServedOne of the reasons for these challenges is to encourage members to explore new techniques and media that they might not have otherwise. Petra Florean embraced this opportunity by learning from three different videos to create her own royal icing clematis, and wafer paper rose and peony. I really like how Petra's flowers have such a delicate look, and how the rich hue of the rose adds a wonderful pop of color. The blue stenciling with white background adds charm and nicely ties everything together.

Potatoes, Tomatoes, and Peppers by SheaPotatoes, Tomatoes, and PeppersThis entry by Shea is a perfect example of outside-the-box thinking. To quote my fellow judge, "Firstly, the concept of miniature veggies with their respective flowers is wonderful in its own right. The execution is also flawless. Shea's modeling chocolate potatoes look like the real thing." The tomatoes and peppers are also impressive in their own right. Looking at the close-up photos in the comments, one can see the fine details that were added to the flowers to give them such lifelike qualities. The presentation of fruits and veggies contrasts perfectly against the dark background of the cookies. All of the elements combined to truly make this a standout entry.

Flowers in White Hanging Vase by Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.Flowers in White Hanging VaseNo detail was overlooked with this entry by Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.. As one judge noted, "Thanks to her mini tutorials, you can tell that Ryoko used an impressive number of techniques to create her entry. Her flowers have a beautiful lightness and delicacy to them." It took Ryoko six hours to make one five-petal kikyo - to give you an idea of just how much work went into this entry. Ryoko's white cosmos is another flower that really impressed the judges. I would also add that the delicate white lace is an ideal backdrop to the richly colored flowers. Also, I could not help but notice Ryoko's comment confessing that making three different types of flowers was "way too much" for her, which was then followed by a description of how she so expertly handcrafted no less than five different types of flowers! It was wonderful to see Ryoko embrace the spirit of the challenge by stepping out of her comfort zone and stretching herself to achieve beyond what she first thought possible.

And that concludes another Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge. It was wonderful to see so many unique and creative floral arrangements. It was also fantastic to see so many entrants offer step-by-step instructions along with insight as to what they learned along the way. Make sure you check out the whole clip set to see all of the amazing botanical arrangements. Thank you to everyone who participated, liked, and commented on the entries. Make sure to look for our next challenge, which will post on or about September 13, 2020.

ChristineCROPPEDChristine Dutcher's journey as a cookier began in early 2013 when an online search led her to the amazing world of cookie decorating. After spending countless hours learning all that she could, Christine decorated her first set of cookies in October 2013. In 2016, she decided that she would begin to focus on perfecting her skills, challenging herself each time to create more detailed and progressively complex pieces of cookie art. In 2019, Christine became one of the very first sugar artists from around the world to be named as an "Honourary PME Five Star Sugar Artist" by Knightsbridge PME. You can learn more about Christine's work here on Cookie Connection, and by following her Facebook and Instagram pages.

Photo credit: Christine Dutcher

Note: Practice Bakes Perfect is a bimonthly Cookie Connection blog feature written by Christine Dutcher 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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  • Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge #41 Banner: Photo by Steve Adams; Cookie and Graphic Design by Julia M. Usher
  • Sugarin® Prize Collection: Photo by Julia M. Usher; Prize Donated by Sugarin® and Julia M. Usher
  • Cata's Birthday: Cookie and Photo by Heather Bruce Sosa
  • Herbarium: Cookie and Photo by PUDING FARM
  • Floral Arrangement on Cookie: 3-D Cookie and Photo by Szalony Cukiernik
  • Forget Me Not: Cookie and Photo by Kanch J
  • Patio Trasero de Galleta: 3-D Cookie and Photo by Yazz Ross
  • Lilies of Summer: Cookies and Photo by Cookies Fantastique
  • Flower Wreath Cookie: Cookie and Photo by Zeena
  • Always a Bridesmaid . . .: 3-D Cookie and Photo by LisaF
  • Flowers Served: Cookies and Photo by Petra Florean
  • Potatoes, Tomatoes, and Peppers: Cookies and Photos by Shea
  • Flowers in White Hanging Vase: Cookie and Photo by Ryoko ~Cookie Ave.

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😱😱😱😱😱😱Nooooo, I can’t believe it!!!!!! I have such a huge mix of feelings right now, and mostly, overwhelmed!!! But above all so grateful! This challenge has been amazing for me personally, led me into a whole new world in cookie decorating and I enjoyed it so much. 
Thank you very much, dear Julia and Christine for helping us move out of our comfort zones, especially at this time of craziness.

And a huge “Congratulations” to every single entry. Each one has been awesome and we have all learn so much from each other. 

Im still shaking!!! From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much♥️

Congrats to you Heather and to all spotlighted artists. Unfortunately I missed this amazing challenge (flowers are my among my favorite things😞) Looking forward to discovering the next on September 13!!! 😊😊😊

Antes que nada felicidades a Heather ♥️🌹🌹🌹hermosas flores. 
mil gracias a Julia y Christine por este espacio maravilloso y estos retos increíbles. 
aprendí kilos de este reto, sobre todo a diseñar y enfocarme en un estilo propio y a no darme por vencido nunca, y también a perder el miedo y hacer galletas 3D estoy muy feliz de estar en los destacados mil gracias y felicidades a todas. 
y también es un honor formar parte de esta paguina de cookie connection ♥️♥️♥️

@Yazz Ross posted:

Antes que nada felicidades a Heather ♥️🌹🌹🌹hermosas flores. 
mil gracias a Julia y Christine por este espacio maravilloso y estos retos increíbles. 
aprendí kilos de este reto, sobre todo a diseñar y enfocarme en un estilo propio y a no darme por vencido nunca, y también a perder el miedo y hacer galletas 3D estoy muy feliz de estar en los destacados mil gracias y felicidades a todas. 
y también es un honor formar parte de esta paguina de cookie connection ♥️♥️♥️

Muchas gracias, Yazz! Y felicitaciones para vos también, tu trabajo es impresionante! Sí, hemos aprendido mucho♥️

Congrats to you Heather and to all spotlighted artists. Unfortunately I missed this amazing challenge (flowers are my among my favorite things😞) Looking forward to discovering the next on September 13!!! 😊😊😊

Thank you very much, dear Manuela! I’m sorry you missed it but looking forward to seeing your entries in the next one!♥️

Huge congratulations to Heather!, and to all the other wonderful artists in this challenge.  I feel truly privileged to be included.  A great concept, great feedback, teachers and support!  Thanks so much to Christine and Julia.  It is wonderful to be in this community, always, but especially now!  We all need community and creativity.  All forms of art are essential for well being.   Can't wait for the next challenge!

@Shea posted:

Huge congratulations to Heather!, and to all the other wonderful artists in this challenge.  I feel truly privileged to be included.  A great concept, great feedback, teachers and support!  Thanks so much to Christine and Julia.  It is wonderful to be in this community, always, but especially now!  We all need community and creativity.  All forms of art are essential for well being.   Can't wait for the next challenge!

Thank you so much, dear Shea. Your entry was awesome!♥️

😱😱😱😱😱😱Nooooo, I can’t believe it!!!!!! I have such a huge mix of feelings right now, and mostly, overwhelmed!!! But above all so grateful! This challenge has been amazing for me personally, led me into a whole new world in cookie decorating and I enjoyed it so much. 
Thank you very much, dear Julia and Christine for helping us move out of our comfort zones, especially at this time of craziness.

And a huge “Congratulations” to every single entry. Each one has been awesome and we have all learn so much from each other. 

Im still shaking!!! From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much♥️

@Heather Bruce Sosa So glad you liked the challenge, Heather! And a huge congratulations on your prize win! 

Wow... I'm utterly surprised to be included in such a phenomenal group of cookie art! The work presented is so uniquely creative and it was very exciting to see each entry in the challenge. So many cookiers participated with beautiful work. 

Congrats to each spotlighted artist! A special congratulations to Heather for winning this fabulous prize 😉. And another special thanks to Christine and Julia for your hard work.  Your gift of time is very generous indeed!! Like so many others I love this site ❤❤❤.

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@Shea posted:

Huge congratulations to Heather!, and to all the other wonderful artists in this challenge.  I feel truly privileged to be included.  A great concept, great feedback, teachers and support!  Thanks so much to Christine and Julia.  It is wonderful to be in this community, always, but especially now!  We all need community and creativity.  All forms of art are essential for well being.   Can't wait for the next challenge!

@Shea Thank YOU for participating, and for sharing your wonderful cookie art!

@Yazz Ross posted:

Antes que nada felicidades a Heather ♥️🌹🌹🌹hermosas flores. 
mil gracias a Julia y Christine por este espacio maravilloso y estos retos increíbles. 
aprendí kilos de este reto, sobre todo a diseñar y enfocarme en un estilo propio y a no darme por vencido nunca, y también a perder el miedo y hacer galletas 3D estoy muy feliz de estar en los destacados mil gracias y felicidades a todas. 
y también es un honor formar parte de esta paguina de cookie connection ♥️♥️♥️

@Yazz Ross Thank you for participating in the challenge. It is really nice to know that you you learned so much from this.

Wow... I'm utterly surprised to be included in such a phenomenal group of cookie art! The work presented is so uniquely creative and it was very exciting to see each entry in the challenge. So many cookiers participated with beautiful work. 

Congrats to each spotlighted artist! A special congratulations to Heather for winning this fabulous prize 😉. And another special thanks to Christine and Julia for your hard work.  Your gift of time is very generous indeed!! Like so many others I love this site ❤❤❤.

Thank you so much, dear Carol! ♥️

Wow... I'm utterly surprised to be included in such a phenomenal group of cookie art! The work presented is so uniquely creative and it was very exciting to see each entry in the challenge. So many cookiers participated with beautiful work. 

Congrats to each spotlighted artist! A special congratulations to Heather for winning this fabulous prize 😉. And another special thanks to Christine and Julia for your hard work.  Your gift of time is very generous indeed!! Like so many others I love this site ❤❤❤.

@Cookies Fantastique So glad that you participated in this challenge. Thank YOU. ❤

@Heather Bruce Sosa So glad you liked the challenge, Heather! And a huge congratulations on your prize win! 

Thank you again dear Christine, for all the work you did and the time you dedicated behind the scenes to put it out for us to enjoy (and get frustrated, and try again, and cry, and grow!) Know that we truly appreciate it. As well as your generosity and constant encouragement, dear Julia @Julia M. Usher. ♥️♥️

@Heather Bruce Sosa  Congratulations, Heather❣️ These are another great prize and your entry is so elegant😍 I am looking forward to more flowers from you.  

Congratulations to all participants and especially to the featured artists.  I usually do not look at others' works for the challenge until I finish making mine.  Looking at all entries after I did my entry made me think "Should I make another one?".  All of flowers are so delicate, petals are thin, very unique, many techniques, pretty colors and soooo many flowers (how could they make that many!?)  ❣️❣️

I am very glad I could make it, what a relief!   Thank you.   Christine @Sweet Prodigy if I didn't participate this one, I really didn't pay attention to the structure of flowers and plants and I didn't try to make flowers.   When I see flowers of my strawberries and blueberries, I am going to say "hi" to them instead of thinking "are you going to be yummy?"  

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Congratulations to you Heather. It was such a fun, beautiful and creative challenge. Thanks to Sweet Prodigy and Julia for giving us a platform to be creative, learn, enjoy, encourage and share.

@Heather Bruce Sosa  Congratulations, Heather❣️ These are another great prize and your entry is so elegant😍 I am looking forward to more flowers from you.  

Congratulations to all participants and especially to the featured artists.  I usually do not look at others' works for the challenge until I finish making mine.  Looking at all entries after I did my entry made me think "Should I make another one?".  All of flowers are so delicate, petals are thin, very unique, many techniques, pretty colors and soooo many flowers (how could they make that many!?)  ❣️❣️

I am very glad I could make it, what a relief!   Thank you.   Christine @Sweet Prodigy if I didn't participate this one, I really didn't pay attention to the structure of flowers and plants and I didn't try to make flowers.   When I see flowers of my strawberries and blueberries, I am going to say "hi" to them instead of thinking "are you going to be yummy?"  

@Ryoko ~Cookie Ave. Glad you are taking the time to notice flowers. It shows in your work that you paid good attention to them. 👍

@Zeena posted:

Congratulations to you Heather. It was such a fun, beautiful and creative challenge. Thanks to Sweet Prodigy and Julia for giving us a platform to be creative, learn, enjoy, encourage and share.

@Zeena Thank you for such nice words. And than YOU for participating!

😱😱😱😱😱😱Nooooo, I can’t believe it!!!!!! I have such a huge mix of feelings right now, and mostly, overwhelmed!!! But above all so grateful! This challenge has been amazing for me personally, led me into a whole new world in cookie decorating and I enjoyed it so much. 
Thank you very much, dear Julia and Christine for helping us move out of our comfort zones, especially at this time of craziness.

And a huge “Congratulations” to every single entry. Each one has been awesome and we have all learn so much from each other. 

Im still shaking!!! From the bottom of my heart, thank you so much♥️

Many congratulations! 🌸🌸🌸

@Heather Bruce Sosa So glad you liked the challenge, Heather! And a huge congratulations on your prize win! 

Huge congratuations dear Heather @Heather Bruce Sosa,I'm so happy for you,well deserved,your creation is awesome and so delicate❤️