Monday, December 3, 2012

Mission: Homespun Tree Cutter

cutter can be purchased here at Karen's Cookies
I received the following message at 9 hundred hours from Agent CC (Cookie Crazie):

Good morning, Ms McGoo. Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to create a cookie design using the above cookie cutter designated "Homespun Tree Cutter" that I have created. You may select any color scheme and it is not essential for it to be "Christmasy". Though you are a civilian, I have found you to be a highly capable cookier.  You have forty-eight hours to complete your design and submission.  As always, should any member of this collaboration be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow all knowledge of your actions.  This message will self-destruct in five seconds.....  
KA-BOOOOM! 

Okay... so Pam didn't send me that message exactly...  and my computer didn't blow up exactly... but she DID create that cookie cutter, and she DID invite me to make my own design for her collaboration, and all of the proceeds DO go towards a mission, just a different kind of mission.  You see, all the proceeds for Pam's cookies go directly towards her yearly missions to the Ukraine.  Isn't that wonderful?  That includes all the proceeds from these cookie cutters, so go and get your hot little hands on one and help support an amazing effort.    

Pam really gave us several weeks to complete our cookies, but 672 hours just didn't sounds as impressive as 48 hours.  I, of course waited until 8 hundred hours of the day they were due to get mine together!  I tell myself it's because I do better under pressure, but it's really just because I was busy and a procrastinator.  

I was inspired by those scrappy trees you've been seeing.  You know the ones where people make use of their stash of scraps to make a cute Christmas tree?  Like this one:

from Little Page Turners
Cute, right?  So that's what I cookie'd.  A scrappy tree:


The truly rad part about this cookie is that it is supposed to be wonky.  In this case the wonkier = cuter. I love it when that happens because then there is no worrying about it being perfect or stressing.  You just have fun piping on perfectly imperfect long rectangles, let it dry, and then have fun painting patterns with a paintbrush and food coloring or you could even cheat and use markers.  I like to think of the scraps as wrapping paper scraps.  What designs would you see on wrapping paper?  Just have fun with it!  

The beauty of this cookie cutter is there are sooo many things you could do with it. I am NOT one to see lots of possibilities within the confines of a cutter, but I had several ideas I could have done, and if I could do that: I know it's a good multi-purpose cutter.  Besides that... you can see for yourself all these incredible ways this cutter was purposed:


Aren't they gorgeous?!  And the best part is that none of the collaborators were caught OR killed so no one was disavowed...  
For a closer look at all the beautiful cookies, check out the links below.

2 CeCe – Tactical Baker
3 Laurie – Cookie Bliss
4 Andrea – Cupookie
5 Christine – Sugar Cravings
6 Heather – Sugar Nosh Treats
7 Lorraine – Lorraine’s Cookies
9 Nancy – Seasons of Joy
10 Kim – The Partiologist
11 Maryann – Cookie Artisan
12 Jen – Posh Pastries
13 Jennifer – Cookie Cutter Creations
14 Tricia – The Cookie Loft Girls
15 Elizabeth – Lizy B Bakes
16 Stephanie – Ice My Biscuit
17 Melissa – The Baked Equation
18 Liz – Arty McGoo

Now that I have recruited you and given you this top secret message, you know what happens next?  Yep... that's right:  5... 4... 3... 2... 1!

14 comments:

  1. Fabulous design, Liz! Off to see everyone else's awesome cookies!! :)

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  2. Adore these!! :) Your painting is superb as always! :)

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  3. I just love everything you do and this is no exception! Its like a topsy turvy cake - only a tree, with the most beautiful colors and combinations of patterns!
    Bravo my dear friend! Merry Christmas to you and your family!
    Maryann - Cookie Artisan

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  4. Nobody does scrappy and wonky like you! :) Love, love, love your tree!!!

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  5. Love the way you cookied this card, in fact I love the way you cookie every cookie! :)

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  6. Hi Liz I love your design for the tree cookies. You are amazing
    Best wishes

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  7. I adore your cookies. You definitely do thrive under pressure. Aren't cards awesome? They inspire me so many times!

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  8. Very cute! It's like that card was made for this mission! Also, love "cookie'd" as a verb! Kristina

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  9. I love this cookie so much, Liz. It's one of the kind of cookies this cutter was made for. Last year when I cut the shape by hand.....I did different "scraps of fabric. Your version is similar.....so can I now say that my mind works like yours......PLEASE. haha Hardly! But I'm absolutely honored that you would take the time to make a cookie from the new cutter shape. Thank you. And have a very very blessed Christmas. ♥♥

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  10. Just adorable, and so fun! I loved doing this with all the talented artists, wow! And I agree, Melissa, cards inspire me, often!

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  11. I love Pam, her cookies and now her designed cutters. I also love what you made with this tree cutter. Very sweet patterns and I love the tree trunk!

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  12. Absolutely incredible and what a fun blog post. My eyes popped out when I thought Pam really did give you only 48 hours to design your cookie ;-)Your design is absolutely adorable! All of the entries on the group project are amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  13. Your cookie version is so awesome; I love it!

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  14. Love the scrappiness, wonkiness, and awsomeness of your cookie!! Tricia @The Cookie Loft Girls

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