Decorated Woodland Deer Cookies Tutorial

How To Make Decorated Woodland Deer Sugar Cookies

I'm kind of loving this whole "woodland" thing going on right now. I mean... I get to use colors with great contrast, and do no end of internet research on "the cutest little animals that ever existed." Seriously...I lost hours of my life with that one google search. (Don't say I didn't warn you!) I mean... who KNITS a sweater for a tiny mouse... and how in the world did you get that on him?! And some people may argue WHY in the world... but I'm not a judger. And the little tiny monkey sucking his thumb? Stop me now - I'm getting sucked back in.

The point is - I love a good internet research project. And I was ready for this one. I pre-heated my electric blanket and spent 20 minutes squeezing real, actual lemons for the best lemonade that ever existed. (I do NOT take internet researching lightly. Artificial lemonade would have been an offense to its very soul.) I got my kids in bed and stacked up extra pillows on the couch that faces away from the disaster that also goes by the name of "my kitchen" and started my researching.

But someone needed a toast. And someone else forgot about his book report that was due the next morning that was supposed to be an accordion-type pamphlet made out of cardboard and hand crafted drawings of a book that he may or may not have even started reading. And someone had cold toes that needed "just a minute" under the electric blanket. And somehow I ended up in the corner of my disaster pouring myself a lemonade that tasted like peanut butter. Peanut butter. Of all things. How does that even happen?! WHO sees a pitcher of perfectly squozed (Squeezed? Squozen?) lemonade and thinks, " I know just what this needs -- PEANUT BUTTER." Someone at my house. That's who. I'm not sure which loss I mourned more -- my perfect lemonade or my internet researching oasis. But in the end these adorable little creatures came from it... so it couldn't be all bad, right? (Except the lemonade. That was 100% not okay.)

PS -- Have you guessed which cutter I made the deer from yet? IT'S A DOUBLE HEART!!!

How To Make Decorated Woodland Deer Sugar Cookies

1. Use a medium consistency cream icing with a #2 tip to outline and fill the face and tummy area. I find it easiest to start at the nose and pipe the face area first. Let it dry for about 30 minutes.
2. Add the body with medium consistency brown icing and a #3 tip. While the icing is still wet, add 3 dots to the back end of the deer. Let it dry for 15 minutes.
3. Add to upside down V shapes for ear and pipe some feet with black icing.
4. Pipe brown detail lines with thick brown icing and a #2 tip. Fill in the ears with cream icing. Pipe a small dot on the face for an eye and another on the front for the nose.
5. You could totally stop at step four...or you can soldier on and make it the cutest thing ever by painting pink food coloring on the cheeks and ears and then draw a tiny little eyebrow with a black food color marker.

How To Make Decorated Woodland Deer Sugar Cookies


The FOX tutorial is in MY BOOK. 
Inspiration for the little girl cookie came from THESE ADORABLE COOKIES by My Nana's Nibbles.  (She makes the best cookie faces ever!)

How To Make Decorated Woodland Raccoon Cookies

Decorated Woodland Raccoon Cookies Tutorial

 I basically live in fear of faces. Not like real faces with mouths that move and eyes that... actually, you know what? I'm creeping myself out just talking about this. My whole point here is that I hate making cookie faces. Eyeballs I'm okay with. I mean... you guys were with me during my whole "Eyeball All The Things" phase, right? But noses and mouths and all terrifies me. Cookie faces just have so much potential to be both unbelievably adorable...or a complete and total train wreck. And really, I have no idea which way it will go.

What we need is some kind of Encyclopedia of Cookie Faces. Or maybe we can convince all those adorable cookie face making people to join forces and get to work on I mean...seriously, help us all out, will you?

I'll contribute these raccoon faces. Because against all odds... I'm kind of in love with them! They are SO adorable!! I just want to squish them! Want to make some?

Decorated Woodland Raccoon Cookies Tutorial

1. Grab some medium consistency white icing and a #3 tip. Pipe a vague M shape in the middle of the face.
2. Immediately put your tip on the point of the M and squeeze. You should end up with a puffy dot of icing in the middle of the face. Outline and fill the tummy area. Let it dry for 30 minutes.
3. Use medium consistency gray icing and a #3 tip to fill in the top of the head and the body area. Let it dry for a couple of hours.
4. With black icing and a #2 tip, fill in the bottom portion of the face. Outline the tail and pipe some black stripes. Let it dry for another 15 minutes.
5. Fill in the remaining stripes on the tail. Add some upside down V shapes for the ears and pipe some arms on top of the body. Let it dry for at least an hour.
6. Use the black icing to pipe some little balls of icing for the hands and a tiny triangle for the nose. Add the eyes by piping dots of white, black, and then the tiniest ever dots of white on top. Use a black food color marker to draw his bashful little smile and fill the ears with white icing.


Grab the raccoon cutter HERE.
I used THIS cutter for the mushrooms. 
Use Sugarbelle's mushroom tutorial if you don't have the cutter. 
See Semi Sweet's tutorial for the moss look HERE.

Fantastic Find Friday -- CRAFTSY!!

I know this isn't exactly a NEW find... but it's totally new-ISH. I actually didn't know anything about Craftsy before they asked me to film a class with them last summer. I'm guessing most of you don't have that problem...but I want to tell you all about them anyway. Because... I could NOT love my experience with Craftsy more!! They were incredibly organized and SO SO nice. Like... beautiful hotel, they brought in food, and I did not open a single door for myself the entire time I was there...nice. And for a mother with 4 small can imagine...I almost thought about moving in with them. SUCH a great time. Can I tell you about it for just a minute? Please, please, please??!!! I promise I'll tell you all about Craftsy Classes in just one second.

I spent most of my 3 days with the Craftsy team in this room. They called it a looked like a kitchen to me.

Actually, if I'm being completely honest... THIS is what the room looked like to me. See that door in the back? It's a real-live DRESSING ROOM. For me. Like...with my name on the door and everything.

Also...not that it has anything to do with cookies...but look at my fingernails! I got the first manicure of my life for Craftsy. Seriously...grown up talking for 3 whole days AND a manicure? It's no wonder I love Craftsy.

Back to cookies. I made a bunch of cookies for my class...and sadly -- didn't take pictures of any of them! It's like I've never had a blog before! My new friends sent me this picture of my favorite set. I **NEED** another reason to make those cute little pirates now!

Okay... so for real... let's talk about Craftsy classes. Craftsy offers online classes for pretty much everything you can make -- Food, Jewelry, Quilts, Knitted Things.... you can even learn how to WEAVE. I am not kidding you. I would not kid around about something like weaving.

Once you sign up for the class, you can watch it instantly on your computer. There is nothing to download. You watch it on the Craftsy website. It's available ALWAYS. You can watch it as many times as you like. There are a few things I absolutely LOVE about their platform.
1. At the top, you can quickly jump to any lesson and any chapter inside that lesson.
2. They have a 30 second repeat button. For when you need to see that technique just one more time...or in my case....when one child starts screaming at another right when they said something important. It just jumps back 30 seconds and plays those 30 seconds on repeat until you turn it off.
3. You can change the SPEED of the video! You can watch it at .25, .5, normal, 1.5 or 2 times speed. Even if you don't need to... you should totally play around with that because it's hilarious. But it's also nice to go quickly through something you know or to be able to watch it happening in super slow motion so you can really get it. (Like with those lightning fast knitting ladies. You *know* who you are!)
4. You can also add notes at the bottom of the video. They are just for you. No one else can see them.
5. You can ask questions!!!! At *any* point if you are confused or need some help, just click on the "Ask a Question" button and ... you know... ask your question. The question and answer will come up at the exact same moment for everyone who watches the your question and answer can help everyone else too!

So in summary:

* Classes for basically every type of craft ever.
* 24/7 access to those classes
* You can watch as many times as you like.
* You can watch it in your jammies. With an electric blanket.
* Ask questions and get answers from the actual instructors.
* Most classes are around 2 hours... that's a lot of learning.
* Sales! There is always something on sale. 

* Price. Most cookie decorating classes are about $40.
* There just aren't enough cookie decorating classes!!!

Want to take a class? I've LOVED these ones!!

Mallory Mae's Piping Cookies that Pop! 
Autumn Carpenter's Decorating Essentials (The BEST beginner class I've ever seen!)
Sweet Ambs' Sweet Elegance
Basics of Digital Photography (I'm still watching this one...SUCH good information!)

These two are next on my list --
Silhouette Saavy (I'm hoping to figure out how to make my own stencils!)

And if you haven't signed up for my class yet... do you want to? Just click on the ENTER button on the widget below for a chance to win one of my Craftsy classes!! Giveaway ends at midnight on Friday, February 5, 2016. Open worldwide.

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And if you can't wait to see if you've won... you can use THIS LINK to get half off right now! My class is all about designing cookies inside cutters you already own... how to see new designs, how to fit them in, how to find the right cutter for a vision you already have...cutting away and adding to cutter shapes and make some amazing cookies while you do it all.