There's nothing like a little challenge to get the creative juices flowing and to push oneself to new design heights! With five Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge entrants and one Cake International gold award-winner on this week's hot list*, this Spotlight is certainly testament to this fact. But, regardless of whether you were competing or just decorating for fun when you created these cookies, you all impressed me with how you pushed the boundaries of cookie decorating this week. Well done, honorees!
Now, buckle up, everyone else! You're in for an exciting ride, as today's featured cookies are more spectacular than ever.
#1: Vintage Lambeth by GinkgoWerkstatt [EDITOR'S NOTE: The first of the five Practice Bakes Perfect Challenge entries on this list.]
#2: Forest Cookie Display by Vanilla & Me [EDITOR'S NOTE: The Cake International winner - as you can see why!]
#3: Quilled Flowers by swissophie [EDITOR'S NOTE: The second challenge entry this week!]
#4: Antique Clock with Lambeth Overpiping by Annelise (Le bois meslé) [EDITOR'S NOTE: The third challenge entry!]
#6: Spring Cookies by Evelindecora [EDITOR'S NOTE: These cookies are making their second appearance in a Spotlight; they first appeared here last week! Way to go, Evelin!]
#7: Quilled Peacock by swissophie [EDITOR'S NOTE: Our fourth challenge entry, and what a beauty!]
#8: Little Bunny House by Teri Pringle Wood
#9: In My Easter Bonnet by Teri Pringle Wood
And, what you've all been waiting for . . . our fifth and final Challenge entry . . .
#10: Traditional Building with Lambeth Overpiping by Dragana
Congrats again, honorees! Really remarkable work.
Now . . . while we're on the topic of challenges, please humor me as I pause for a brief PSA about my 3-D cookie competition at the Show Me Sweets show in July. As you've probably heard by now, it's going to be a landmark event for cookiers everywhere. All who enter have the chance to win $5000 in prizes and to appear in a documentary on a MAJOR TV network! But regardless of who gets on TV or takes home the goodies, everyone wins by virtue of rising to the occasion, trying something new and different, and learning (hopefully) a lot along the way. If the thought of this competition intrigues you, don't delay . . . casting for featured spots in the documentary is already underway and closes on May 1. For more entry details, please read the poster below.
'Til next week, I challenge you to step out of your comfort zone by trying a technique or medium you've never used before! Then please share your creation with all of us so we can ooh and ahh!
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