The Colorful Cookie Studio came about because of my desire to learn how to design and cut my own cookie stencils. Not long after I started my own cookie decorating company, The Colorful Cookie, I purchased several stencils for orders. Stenciling made the cookie decorating process quick and easy, but I had to plan in advance to order custom stencils. Sometimes there was not enough time to wait for them to come in the mail. That is when I decided to buy a Cricut Explore Air and a Silhouette Cameo to design and cut my own stencils. After learning how to use the software and sharing what I had learned with others in Facebook groups and The Colorful Cookie Studio Blog, I decided to open an online shop for downloadable SVG files that allows for quick and easy stencils. So many people often say, “I don’t have time to design stencils. Would you sell me the stencil or the stencil file? I’d love to be able to buy the stencils or stencil files so that I can cut them on my machine.” Now you can easily cut your own stencils on your cutting machine. The design work has been done for you. All you need to do is download the file and cut the stencil.
For those of you that want to learn to design your own stencils, The Colorful Cookie Club is the thing for you! Whether you decorate cookies and cakes as a business or a hobby, it is important to me to help and encourage you.
Consider joining us in THE COLORFUL COOKIE CLUB! It is a monthly membership club. There are software tutorials for both Cricut Design Space and Silhouette Studio that cover all of the tools in the software, how to use your cutting machines, support through a club members only Facebook group, a members only email address for answers to your questions, themed stencil set tutorials each month that are step by step and easy to follow, a 20% discount on every item that you purchase from the online shop and free stencil downloads. You can also be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card in our monthly contest. It is a great way to be part of a community of bakers who are learning to cut custom stencils, share their knowledge, and inspire each other. If you would like to learn more about the club and join, click HERE.
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Decorated sugar cookies were something I had wanted to try for a long time. I started searching online for blogs, video tutorials, Facebook groups, and any kind of helpful tips that would help me learn this new craft. I stumbled across so much information that my brain was on overload! I didn’t mind that because I was learning something new at every turn. I had not realized that there were so many different cookie and royal icing recipes, tools, techniques, and famous “cookiers” out there. Cookie Land is huge!
One thing I love about Cookie Land is that so many of the “cookiers” share so much information with others. They are very generous with their knowledge! Their helpful tips and tricks are priceless when you are new to sugar cookie decorating.! It took lots of practice to find a cookie recipe that I liked. I have tried more recipes than I can count! It was the same for finding a royal icing recipe, let alone learning to get the consistency just right for piping, outlining, and flooding. That’s a whole different set of skills to master. There were times when I thought that I was never going to figure it out. I was determined though! After a lot of practice and many failed attempts, I finally found recipes that I liked. Then it was time to master the decorating process.
As for the decorating process…well that took lots of practice too. I had never held a piping bag before, had no idea what I even needed to get started. That’s where all of the video tutorials came in handy. I practiced and practiced until my hands hurt. LOL! I am not a pro, by any means, but I enjoy it. I am a perfectionist, which can be a bad thing at times. I have learned to let some of that go because if I didn’t, no cookies would have made it out the door. My neighbors loved me because they were the recipient of a lot of “OOPS” cookies. That’s what I call the ones that aren’t perfect ;0)
These are my first batch of cookies. I never finished decorating them. It took forever for me to get this much icing on them!
After I felt comfortable decorating sugar cookies, I began to want all of the fun tools to try new techniques with the royal icing. I wanted more cookie cutters, Dough E-Z mat, Pico projector, airbrush, cookie stencils, Stencil Genie, and all the other gadgets that I saw my mentors using. That’s when my interest in stencils began. I ordered from several stencil vendors. Then I realized that I could cut my own custom stencils with a personal cutting machine and I started off on a new crafty adventure. I joined a stencil group on Facebook and learned a few things about what cutting machines can do. I bought a cutting machine, started to learn the design software, and began sharing my knowledge with the group. They were learning from my posts and I was really enjoying answering their questions.
That led me where I am at today. I am known for being crafty. I am one of those people who see something and say, “Why do I need to buy that, when I can make it myself?” These are famous last words on so many projects that I have attempted. I still buy a few stencils if I love the design, but I make most of my own now.
I enjoy sharing the stencil making process with people who want to learn. I love to see it when someone has one of those “lightbulb” moments and really understands it. If you want to learn, you have come to the right place. I promise to save you lots of frustrating moments and the urge to throw your computer and cutting machine out the window! Come along, join The Colorful Cookie Club and you’ll be cutting your own stencils in no time!