3-D Construction Q&A

Want to give your cookies a lift - literally?! Here's the place to share the ins and outs of getting cookies to stand up and into other 3-D shapes. This is an especially good place to post questions related to gingerbread houses and other gingerbread constructions.

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Another Stencil Sale Starting on Friday, April 26!

Julia M. Usher
To celebrate the arrival of spring, get 25% off stencil orders of $100 or more on my partner Confection Couture Stencils ’ site. Offer runs from 4/26 to 4/29. Just apply the coupon code SPRINGFLING when you’re done shopping. And don’t forget to check out my latest bridal shower and Mother’s Day Dynamic Duos ™ sets while you’re there. They’re my latest faves! Shop here: https://www.confectioncouturestencils.com My latest Mother’s Day sets: https://tinyurl.com/y2eden69 My latest bridal shower...Read More...

You Have What It Takes - Submit Your Casting Materials Before May 1!

Julia M. Usher
I KNOW YOU’VE GOT WHAT IT TAKES , so don’t delay! The deadline for casting in my televised 3-D cookie art competition is fast approaching (May 1)! Remember: if you enter, you have a chance to be on TV and to also win part of the $5000-plus (cash and product) prize pot, awarded to first, second and third place winners! To read more about the competition, click here . To be considered for casting, just follow this simple two-step process: (1) Register to enter my 3-D cookie art competition...Read More...

The Judges for Julia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition™

Julia M. Usher
Hello, everyone! I trust you've heard by now about my cookie decorating competition?! If not, it's called J ulia M. Usher’s Cookie Art Competition ™, and it's being held this year at the Show Me Sweets Show in my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri, USA on July 13-14, 2019! Its aim is to celebrate our amazingly talented cookie community and to help cookiers take their skills to the next level! People sometimes panic at the sound of "competition", but I like to remind them that winning top prize...Read More...
REALLY incredible news, everyone! The poster pretty much says it all, but for more of the exciting details, please read my related blog post here . For more competition and registration info, please also visit my competition page on the Show Me Sweets site . (Lastly, please note that my competition includes BOTH 2-D and 3-D categories, both with great prizes, but this opportunity only relates to the 3-D category.) I can't wait for you to meet me in St. Louis, as the saying goes! BTW, if you...Read More...
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How to Edit or Delete Your Own Content

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, I've been receiving an unusually large number of questions about how members can edit or delete their own content. It's super important for you to know how to do this, as I typically do not edit posts for people, unless I happen to see a misclassified image or other typo. It can also take me several hours to days to respond to site inquiries like this, as I work several other jobs. That being said, your surest bet for getting a quick answer is to familiarize yourself with our site...Read More...
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Important Reminder about Copying and Posting Characters without Permission

Julia M. Usher
Hi, all, regrettably, I've recently had to delete some images from challenges and other areas of the site due to lack of compliance with Rule #8 of our posting guidelines, which states that artwork (including characters, from Disney, Hasbro, etc.) cannot be copied and posted here without permission from the creator : http://cookieconnection.juliau...READ-BEFORE-YOU-POST In response to those deletions, some members have asked me why so many licensed character cookies exist on the site,...Read More...
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Adjusting Your Email Notifications and Onsite Alerts

Julia M. Usher
We all have different message-reading tastes, so Cookie Connection has been designed to allow for everyone's individual differences! The site's default email and onsite alert notifications are set to show you most of the site info that you could get notified about, just so you're aware of the site's full functionality. But I recognize that this amount of info may (or may not) be overkill for you. That said, I recommend that you edit your "Notifications" settings as soon as you join the site...Read More...

Posting Images - Please Read Before You Post!

Julia M. Usher
Read in Japanese (日本語はこちらから) (Last Translation: August 25, 2017) ________________________________ Hi, all! Before posting images or videos to the Clips area, please review the site's Terms of Use , as well as all of the following posting rules. They are designed to give your images more visibility on the site, to make sure artists are given proper credit for design inspiration and/or source artwork, and to avoid copyright violations. I'll start with the easy cataloging stuff first . . . 1.Read More...
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3-D Physical Mock Ups

Cookies Fantastique by Carol
I'm finding it more and more important to make physical mock-ups of 3-D cookie art. What is the best way (materials, etc.) to create a mock-up of a 3-D piece? I'm not great with Photoshop or Illustration programs on the computer and have also found myself to be better at visualizing something I can "hold in my hand". Drawing on paper gives a flat dimension which is great for practicing airbrushing designs with accents (appliques, fondant molds, etc.). However, it's very difficult to see...Read More...
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Why is Gingerbread the Go-To 3-D Dough / What Am I Missing?

Hi, there! I’m a hobbyist baker admittedly lacking a thorough understanding of the science behind recipes so have a question: I’m attempting a fairly large scale 3-D project and was originally planning it with gingerbread (Julia’s recipe via http://cookieconnection.juliau...t-cookie-gingerbread ) but my pieces are drooping and ultimately breaking. My previous 3-D project with it produced a similar result, although more manageable as the piece was smaller. With that one I found being kept in...Read More...
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Small (2"x2") Gingerbread Construction

Icing and Spices
Hi! This is my first foray into 3-D construction, and I am attempting what will amount to a miniature open box, 2" x 2" on the bottom with most of the sides shorter than 2". I am using a standard gingerbread recipe (the one from "Cookie Craft" by V. Peterson and J. Fryer). Am I right in thinking that a small-scale box will be easier to assemble than a large one? Or is this a situation where working larger will help me?Read More...
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