Tip Toe Through the Tulips

April 2, 2012


It didn’t even feel like Spring where I live in Pittsburgh – nor did it feel like Winter come to think of it. I think we went from a partial Winter right to Summer when just a few weeks ago we experienced 80 degree weather for about a week. My oldest son was actually the first one to notice the beautiful daffodils opening up all around the neighborhood and then the red bud which opened up into a luscious tulip right in our garden. Which is a fitting segue into the awesome project I am honored to be a part of Hani’s : Let’s Smell the Flowers. Coincidentally, I was asked to create Tulip cookies. I was motivated by so many techniques and ideas that had been brewing in my mind for some time that I used the tulip as a canvas to try some of these techniques – I tried a quilted tulip, a lace tulip, a stamped tulip with ruffling and a brush embroidered tulip.Funny enough, the tulip reminded me of a silly song “Tiptoe Through the Tulips” a popular song originally published in 1929. The song was written by Al Dubin (lyrics) and Joe Burke (music). Some more trivia: The song was revived in 1967 by the California rock group The Humane Society and in 1968 by Tiny Tim, whose version charted at #17 that year.

I hope you enjoy smelling the baked tulips on my site and get some inspiration of your own. Please check out my tutorials -( please be kind it is my first time ever taking pictures for a tutorial) – and those of the other incredibly talented cookie artists that were a part of this linked up party. I cannot wait to try out their tutorials to recreate some of the beautiful flowers they represented as well. Please check out the links at the bottom of this post. Again – A million thanks to you Hani for including me among such talent!!!

Tutorial: For the tutorial I used a stenciling technique I learned from Sugarbelle!!! This week however I learned another useful tip on stenciling and Wilton spray that I wish I knew about at the time I made these cookies. Check her post on Delft eggs for more information on that. For the tulip stenciled cookie I – 1) took a flooded cookie that had dried overnight. 2). Place the stencil where I wanted it on the cookie. 3.)Holding the stencil down the best I could, I sprayed my color mist in as steady a stream as I could. Practice a bit spraying the can on a piece of paper towel or wax paper or anything you have around that is disposable- I found that this really helps tremendously. Next, holding the stencil in place for a couple of more seconds so as not to blur or smudge the stencil image while drying , slowly lift it off- and voila! – your image should look pretty good.

 


1. Black Eye Susan by Lisa,; The Bearfoot Baker
2. Carnation by Meaghan, The Decorated Cookie
3. Cherry Tree Flower by Pam, Cookie Crazie
4. Daffodil by Georganne, LilaLoa
5. Daisy by Stephanie, Ellies Bites
6. Dogwood by Marian, Sweetopia
7. Gerbera by Paula, Vanilla Bean Baker
8. Hyacinth by Amber, SweetAmbs
9. Hydrangea by Kim, The Partiologist
10. Iris by Cristin, Cristin’s Cookies
11. Lavender by Liz, Arty McGoo
12. Lily of The Valley by Hani, Haniela’s
13. Lotus by Marlyn, Montreal Confections
14. Morning Glory by Glory, Glorious Treats
15. Orchid by Ali, Ali Bee’s Bake Shop
16. Pansy Nicole, Life’s A Batch
17. Poppy by Callye,  SweetSugarBelle
18. Sunflower by Bea, Cancun Cookies
19. Tulip by Lorriane, LorrainesCookies

{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Paula April 2, 2012 at 7:36 am

Your tulips are beautiful and your needlepoint and brushed embroidery techniques are stunning. Everything is. Great photos and a great tutorial ;)

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admin April 2, 2012 at 8:07 am

Thank you so much Paula for reading my blog post and your wonderful comments!!! I am glad you enjoyed it!!!

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meaghan (the decorated cookie) April 2, 2012 at 8:11 am

LOVE all the purple! So happy and pretty, sigh, and now I have to try this mist thing again…

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admin April 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

Thank you so much Meaghan – I love, love, love your carnations and am going to have to try those as well. I would love to see your color mist stenciled cookies – it just takes practice getting the right distance to spray the cookie from.

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cookiecraziePam April 2, 2012 at 8:28 am

Pretty, pretty. I love tulips and I love purple……so these are a winner. :)

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admin April 2, 2012 at 8:50 am

Pam thank you so much – your comments mean so much coming from someone as talented as yourself!!! Your work is an inspiration to me!!!

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Marlyn April 2, 2012 at 9:46 am

Pretty cookies! If you like the spray you should invest in an AB save you some money.

Take care, Marlyn

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admin April 2, 2012 at 9:57 am

Thank you so much Marlyn – I love your tutorials and watch them frequently – they are so helpful. I am considering the airbrush – how long have you had yours? Your cookies are sensational!!!!

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Glory/ Glorious Treats April 2, 2012 at 10:17 am

Such beautiful and creative variations on one of my favorite flowers! Gorgeous work!!

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admin April 2, 2012 at 11:29 am

Thank you so much Glory – your morning glories are wonderful!!!

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Bea @ CancunCOOKIES April 2, 2012 at 10:39 am

Love all your Tulip COOKIES, Lorraine! I chose White and Yellow Tulips for my Wedding… this are among my favorite flowers… yours are very pretty!

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admin April 2, 2012 at 11:28 am

Thank you so much @Bea – your cookies are amazing also.

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Sweetsugarbelle April 2, 2012 at 12:20 pm

You have nerves or steel trying out the lace technique, but what a wonderful result!!! These are creative and fun, Lorraine!!!

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admin April 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Thank you so much Callye – cannot wait to try the poppies!!! I love poppies!!!!

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Ali Bee's Bake Shop April 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm

Very cute! Tiptoe through the tulips! How adorable!! :)

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admin April 2, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Thanks so much AliBee – your orchid is breathtaking!!!

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Nicole (Life's a Batch) April 2, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Lorraine, these are so sweet! I wasn’t even thinking spray when I first saw them, but what a better way to knock ‘em out! I also have only tried spray once (red & orange), but not the pearl sprays. I’m amazed at such beautiful results, and the purple was a PERFECT backdrop choice – it really made the cookie design shine!

Love, love, LOVE these, my sweet friend! ♥

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admin April 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm

Thank you Nicole – but the only spray I used was on the stenciled tulip – I used so many different techniques I couldn’t do a tutorial for all of them. I am glad the other ones looked shiny!!!

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Stephanie (Ellie's Bites) April 2, 2012 at 3:14 pm

I love them. Lorraine! The brush embroidery is beautiful. Stencilling is next on my list of things to try.
It’s funny that these reminded you of the song. The whole time I was making mine I had a song running through my head, too!! (Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do….something something bicycle built for two, lol) :)

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admin April 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I loved your daisies Stephanie!!! It’s funny about the songs isn’t it?

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The Partiologist April 2, 2012 at 4:35 pm

I love how you deccorated these cookies – the lacework is just beautiful!!!

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admin April 2, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Thank you so much @Partiologist!!!! I love your cookie style tremendously and am a big fan of yours!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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The BearFoot Baker April 2, 2012 at 6:14 pm

I love your cookies! They look amazing! I totally want one:)

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admin April 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Thank you so much BearFoot Baker. You are the sweetest!!! I love your post and cannot wait to execute it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Marian (Sweetopia) April 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm

What an array of awesome cookies, Lorraine! I’d love to tiptoe through those, by tasting them! ;-)

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admin April 2, 2012 at 8:14 pm

Marian thank you so much – your dogwood sugar flower is exquisite as well as your honeycomb. I love them so much. Thank you for your compliments and for checking out my post!!!!

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haniela April 3, 2012 at 3:54 am

Tip toeing through the tulips…they are beautiful, I love the variety and your lace cookies are precious.
Thank you Lorraine for making the time to make all these.

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admin April 3, 2012 at 5:33 am

Thank you so much Hani!!! I am so honored to have been a part of this project. <3

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Liz @ Arty McGoo April 4, 2012 at 3:57 pm

That purple is amazing! Are those little ribbon roses on the corners? Love the sweet tulips and all the different techniques you used. You are amazing! I have tried the mist and I don’t know what I did wrong, but it was disastrous!

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admin April 5, 2012 at 11:19 am

Yes those are little simple ones I make Liz – thank you so much!!!

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Cristin (Pinkie) of Cristin's Cookies April 6, 2012 at 2:25 am

Lorraine these are so beautiful! How fun to try so many different techniques and share your experience with us! There are so many! My favorite is the quilted pink tulip, but all of them are so fun. I think I have to try that spray technique with a stencil. I bought a bunch of stencils a while ago and then realized it’s pretty much impossible with glaze icing. The spraying idea might just do the trick! Thanks so much for sharing all your beautiful creations!

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admin April 6, 2012 at 6:55 am

Thank you so much Cristin that is so nice of you!!! I hope you enjoy the stenciling technique – I learned it from Sugarbelle – it is not original but has helped me create some fun looking cookies.

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