Cricut Design Space Offset Tool

Apr 12, 2021

In our last post, we talked about the Silhouette Studio offset tool. If you are a Cricut Design Space user, there is no need to worry, you now have access to the same tool! It has just been added recently with a few other new updates. In this post, we will be discussing the offset tool, where you can find it, and what you can do with it when you are designing stencils in Design Space. 

Offset tool: What is it? 

The offset tool is used when you want to create a larger layer or border around the outside of your design. It helps to give your design a shadow, or decorative edge, which is really helpful when it comes to creating things such as stickers and layering vinyl designs, but it is also super helpful for stencil designing. We can use it to thicken fonts that are too thin and also for widening lines in PYO stencil designs. We use it for cookie cutter design too, but that is going to have to wait for another blog post. There is so much this software can do when we...

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The Silhouette Offset Tool: What It Does and How to Use It

Mar 24, 2021

There are many tools that can be used when creating stencils in Silhouette Studio. Whether you are just starting out with the software or you have been using it for quite some time... anyone can easily say there is ALWAYS something new to learn! I am writing a few blog posts about some of the important tools in Silhouette Studio and how you can use them. Let's start with the offset tool. It is one of my favorites!

Where can I find the offset tool? 

The offset tool can be located in the right sidebar.  It is the fifth symbol from the bottom. It is in the shape of a star, and if you hover over it, it will say offset panel. 

What is the offset tool? 

 

The offset tool is used to create a line around an the outside of an object or inside of it. You can create an outer offset like pictured above or an inner offset.

 

Why do I need the offset tool? 

The offset tool can be used in a few different ways. It can be used to add a white border to objects...

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Spring Cookie A Thon 2021 Sponsors

Mar 11, 2021

We would like to thank all of our wonderful sponsors for supporting such a fun event for cookiers around the world!  Their generosity and support of Cookie-A-Thon is much appreciated by all! 

Listed below are all sponsors and links to help you find them. Click on their business name to visit their website and show them some COOKIE LOVE!

 

 Bee’s Baked Art Supplies

Creative Cookier

The Colorful Cookie

The Colorful Cookie Club

Cookie Nip

CookieCad

DoughEZ

Icing Images

BRP Box

LorAnn Oils

Truly Mad Plastics

Shore Cake Supply

Sprinkles N Stuff

Stencil Expressions

Summer's Sweet Shoppe

Sweet Sugars

Community Bakers

Digi Dough Designs  

Grafix, Inc

Red Velvet Cookies and Baking Co LLC

Sam’s Cookie Company

Sweet Bite App

Sunflower Designs

      

*some of these items may be affiliate links... this just means we may receive a small percentage of the sale for sharing the products with our customers. But your price will be the same :0)...

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Spring Cookie A Thon 2021

Feb 28, 2021
 

It's that time of year again.... SPRING COOKIE-A-THON 2021!  It is going to be  AMAZING!! I don't know about you, but this is always one of my favorite times of the year. It is such a great time watching all of the outstanding cookie artists who are members of The Colorful Cookie Club come together online to share their cookie decorating tips and skills with us. I love watching and learning from each tutorial. If you are new here or don't know about Cookie-A-Thon, this will give you all the information you're needing to make your Spring Cookie-A-Thon 2021 day EXTRA SWEET! 

When is it? 

Spring Cookie-A-Thon will be held on Saturday, March 13th, and Sunday, March 14th

Where is it? 

The Cookie-A-Thon LIVE tutorials will be shown to you free of charge in the Cookie-A-Thon Facebook group on Saturday, March 13 and Sunday, March 14.

How much do I have to pay to attend?

Spring Cookie-A-Thon 2021 is FREE when you are attending ...

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Dough Sheeter for the Win!

Feb 16, 2021
 

 

Wow! I have never used a dough sheeter until I bought this one. Besides being able to design custom cookie stencils and cookie cutters for decorated sugar cookies, this is another BIG game changer!

This dough sheeter is AHH-mazing! If you decorate sugar cookies, it is perfect! The sheeter rolls many thicknesses from thin to thicker sugar cookies and it is fast! Save those hands, wrists, arms and elbows! This sheeter way less than the cost of trips to the dr office or surgery from rolling too much dough. Instead of rolling too much dough manually, this will literally help you be "Rolling in the dough!"

Customer service is excellent and if you have questions, Denys is quick to respond and help you. He has given The Colorful Cookie readers a $25 off coupon! I can't believe how easy and fast it is to roll the perfect thickness of cookie dough! If your least favorite part of cookie decorating is rolling dough or you need to make tons of cookies quickly, this dough sheeter is for...

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Decorate Your Arkon Mount!

Feb 03, 2021
 

 

I decided to decorate my Arkon Mounts! Why not??  We are decorators. We love to decorate things! Mostly cookies :0) Things are always more fun when we add our own personal touch to them. I love my Arkon Mounts even more...if that is possible! I could not do what I love to do without them and that is teach cookiers new and fun things like designing cookie stencils and cookie cutters!

I went LIVE in The Colorful Cookie Club Facebook group and showed club members how to cut the template on a cutting machine and decorate one of my mounts. Then I went LIVE in the Cookie-A-Thon Facebook group with Aaron, The Arkon Man, and showed how to assemble a mount, connect a pico, talked about how I use my mounts to go LIVE and record designing tutorials for The Colorful Cookie Club. Then I showed how to cut the vinyl on my Cameo that I used to decorate my mount and applied it to my Arkon Mount. If you decorate your Arkon Mount, be sure to tag @thecolorfulcookie and @arkon so we can...

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LIVE with Chef Tiffany! French Macarons for Kids and Beginners

Jan 27, 2021

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Chef Tiffany from The Kids Cooking School joined The Colorful Cookie for a Facebook LIVE with a French macaron lesson.

Chef Tiffany is the founder of The Kids Cooking School, a non profit cooking school for kids. Her mission is to teach kids to love cooking with real food. Anything that helps kids learn new things, offers encouragement, and builds their self esteem is a win in my book! I am a former elementary teacher and I love kids so much! 

You all know I love cookies too! One of my favorite cookies is the French macaron, NOT to be confused with the macaroon cookie made with coconut and egg whites(I love those too though!) The French macaron is one of the most delicious cookies on the planet, besides decorated sugar cookies, of course! Macarons are crunchy on the outside and fluffy soft on the inside. To top it off, they are chewy, come in a pair and filled with yummy buttercream! 

 

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Inspirational Cookiers and Fun Cookie Tools

Jan 27, 2021

Over the years, I have met tons of amazing people through my Kansas City Cookier Facebook group, The Colorful Cookie Facebook page, my Cookie-A-Thon Facebook group, online teaching in The Colorful Cookie Club, and in person classes and meet ups at CookieCon. It is a fun time to be a cookier! So much information is available to help you learn to decorate cookies!

I have met some of these pages and cookiers listed below in person, some I have met virtually, and some I have never met, but I have purchased from them or follow their helpful blogs or YouTube channel. We all have people who inspire us: blogs, Facebook pages, Instagram pages, and YouTube channels. This is a list I have compiled for you to have so YOU can find them and be inspired by them too. And as a bonus, some of them offer us special coupon codes!

These have been alphabetized and are linked directly to to their websites, Facebook or IG  pages, Facebook group, or YouTube channel. We continually add to this...

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Thermoflex Frosty Plus Glossy Clear HTV Vinyl

Jan 15, 2021
 

Cookiers! The time has finally come! A heat transfer vinyl that is fantastic for cookie stencils! Let me tell you a little bit about this htv, which one you're looking for (it's easy to grab the wrong one) and what's so special about it. Cookier, Oralia Lloyd told me about it and I am going to tell you. Thanks Oralia!

I did a video tutorial to teach Colorful Cookie Club members how to edit photos using multiple ways to design a cookie stencil and also a coordinating cookie cutter from a black and white image. I used a photo of myself to create my stencil. If you want to learn to design cookie stencils and cookie cutters, consider joining us! 

                                               

What is this product? 

This heat transfer vinyl is called Thermoflex Plus Frosty Clear Glossy. It is a mouth full, especially when you're trying to say it over and over...

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LIVE Tutorial with Katrina from Dots and Bows Designs

Dec 17, 2020

On December 9th, I went LIVE with Katrina from Dots and Bows! What better way to share the Christmas spirit than to participate in her 12 Days of Christmas? We talked about designing a silk screen stencil in Silhouette Studio using Katrina's artwork. 

In this LIVE we covered so many different things that are useful whether you are new to silk screen stencils, need a refresher, or even just looking for some new tricks. We go over uploading an image, tracing, and adding to a stencil frame. We also discuss cutting, weeding, and heat pressing! 

We used Katrina's cute little moose to turn it into a Merry Christmoose stencil. Download the free Merry Christmoose silk screen stencil from this link on Dots and Bows website. It is a silk screen stencil that doesn't require any bridging and can be used as a PYO or a piping guide!

We also discuss different types of silk screen materials that you can use as well. One of the newest and my FAVORITE is the Thermoflex Plus...

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