Because her work is always eye-catching and site-banner-and-backdrop-worthy, our August 2022 site artist is no newcomer to this monthly feature. In fact, she was most recently honored as our July 2020 artist for her very fabulous and festive Fourth of July cookies. This time, we honor Carol Mattison of @Cookies Fantastique for these fabulous florals, first posted to the site in August 2020 (here and here):
HUGE congrats to Carol once again! She became a Cookie Connection member in January 2014, and has ever since brightened our lives with her beautiful work and incredibly generous support. Carol is well-known here for leaving thoughtful and encouraging comments under members' posts - and I love her for that. Of course, thanks as well to Gabi of @Icingsugarkeks for arranging Carol's photos into the banner and backdrop forms that you see above and now also gracing our site. If you look closely at the banner, you'll see that Gabi has worked her magic again by making the water lilies sway in rippling waves!
Because I interviewed Carol not long ago, I'll leave you to read her past Cookier Close-up and her updated bio below if you would like to learn more about her and her work - which I am sure you do! Thanks again, Carol, for your marvelous contributions to the site; I look forward to seeing many, many more!
Carol Mattison, aka @Cookies Fantastique, first became interested in cookie decorating after volunteering to make finger desserts for her niece’s wedding. Not long before the wedding, she hit a major health challenge that necessitated leaving a much-loved career as an account manager. She needed to find something that captured her interest as her life had significantly changed. Her niece’s wedding gave her the opportunity to try something totally different. In her search, she came across pictures of beautifully decorated sugar cookies and realized that there can be more to decorating cookies than adding sprinkles. A new world was opened to her! Watching cookie videos created by Julia M. Usher, Amber Spiegel, and Marlyn Birmingham increased Carol’s interest. Never one to do anything halfway, she threw herself into this new challenge and has never looked back!
Carol quickly received requests to make cookies for special events and, within a year, Cookies Fantastique was born! She is now in the process of collaborating with another cookier to create a website! A dream coming to life!
Carol continues to challenge herself to improve her skills and increase her knowledge of various techniques. She has discovered that the world of cookiers is beyond special! Cookiers are amazingly talented artists who are kind, encouraging, thoughtful, and so very generous. She became involved with Cookie Connection in 2014, and has found that the friendships developed among cookiers on the site are close and very special.
One of Carol’s greatest joys comes from encouraging others! Life can often present difficult challenges. A kind word of appreciation and encouragement can bring a much-needed smile to someone’s face.
To see more of Carol's cookie work, please visit her Cookie Connection portfolio and Facebook and Instagram pages. And be sure to stay tuned for her new website! I can't wait to see what it looks like!
Cookie and Photo Credits: Carol Mattison
Last but not least, for those of you who are wondering how to get featured, it's easy! Simply read these posts here and here. Remember: Site artists not only get their work featured prominently for a full month, but they also get profiled in a forum post like this one and in an in-depth Cookier Close-up interview. All considered, it's a lot of great free PR in exchange for photo sharing! When preparing your site art, please bear in mind that I already have artwork through September 2022, so I am specifically looking for art for October 2022 and beyond. Please also remember that @Icingsugarkeks, our Site Art Stylist, is available to help you get your photos in the right format, so do not hesitate to contact her if you need assistance! You can send her a PM right here on Cookie Connection by clicking on her name (in pink) above.