Special Treats For Mum!

Hi readers! Happy Saturday! I’m so excited to be sharing our second DIY feature (click HERE if you missed the first one), with you this month that might just make you a little hungry and inspired after reading if you’re anything like me! ;)



Hello, Debby here with a Simon DIY post to create a project using my supplies outside of the craft room! In my family if we aren’t in the craft room then we are in the kitchen! This was a great family effort with my daughter helping me; we rolled up our sleeves and put on our aprons and prepared cookies to give to my Mum. The end result was three generations of women enjoying spending quality time together :)

To start, my daughter made a lovely crumbly shortbread dough and used one of the larger hearts from a heart cookie cutter set to press out the cookies.

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Once baked and I’d got a few cookies to experiment with I picked out an icing syringe. There are lots available but I chose the Tala one as it had a lovely retro feel to it and I’m sure my Mum had one of these when I was growing up!

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I mixed up a thick sugar icing to create a piped outline around the heart edge and then used a thinner mixture and a wider nozzle to flood the area with icing. I also experimented with rolling out some ready to roll fondant and using one of the smaller heart cookie cutters from the set to cut icing to fit on the cookie. I left the cookies overnight to allow the icing to really set and harden and then they were the perfect canvas for decorating!

I often browse through the cake decorating section of our local store and I’d previously noted that you can buy stencils to add pearlescent powders to your baking. Hmmm, that got me thinking – stencils – I love stencils! Now usually when I use stencils I reach for Wendy Vecchi white embossing paste ……. which is often described as having a texture like fondant icing! Yes! I now knew that I could use my supplies to create stencils for smearing icing onto my cookies much in the same way as I would smear embossing paste onto my cards!

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I chose the String Of Hearts die due to it’s simple but recognizable shapes and well, it’s cute and I wanted to tell my Mum how much I love her, so a score on all points :) I backed a piece of white card with baking paper and then die cut through both layers; the baking paper meant that the stencil wouldn’t stick to my cookies. I mixed sugar icing with food colouring until I had a lovely lavender colour. Then I set the stencil over the cookie and, using a palette knife, smeared the thick paste over the stencil.

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I think the results are really cute! I can see me icing lots of cookies in the future with all sorts of designs! The possibilities for using my Simon dies really are endless :D

For my table setting I added a string of die cut hearts using the Large Holiday Shapes die, a milk bottle with Stripy Straws and a matching Tag and finally a card. I kept to the same colour scheme throughout – white, lavender (in the form of Simon’s new colour in both Card and Ink) and silver from some DCWV silver glitter card. I must admit that the table looked lovely; don’t you think that white, lavender and silver are such a classic combination?! I liked using these colours with the hearts; taking them away from Valentine’s day and yet still portraying love :)

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Here’s a closer look at the card and tag. Although I adore a white table cloth it can make photography tricky! Here you can see more clearly that I cut two String of Hearts, one from Lavender and one from silver and mounted them onto a large die cut heart from the Hearts & Spoons set. The sentiment from Mother’s Day was so appropriate for this project with 3 generations involved in the making and the eating! Stamped in Lavender it says

‘The only thing better than me having you for a Mother is my children having you for a Grandmother’

Perfect for this joint collaboration! I added a silver Mum die cut and mounted the panel onto a Lavender card base.

For the milk bottle, I popped in some Stripy Straws – straws make everything better in my opinion! I also added a touch of food colouring to the water too. Then added a tag cut using the Medium Tag die set and layered a white circle (Tri Circle) and a Lavender heart (Large Holiday Shapes) on top.

OK, so who’s going to be baking cookies today? My mouth is watering writing up this post so I think I might just run up another batch!


Thanks for reading today and thanks to much to Debby for this gorgeous & delicious looking inspiration! Meet you all in the kitchen? ;)


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  1. Any Mum would love to receive this special group of of gifts including the card and the homemade shortbread. Yum!

  2. How cool is mixing up scrapbooking/card making with cake decorating? My sister-in-law is using my wish blade today to cut a shape of a boy and girl silhouette kissing to cut out of fondant to go on a engagement cake. Will have to show her this post. I love how this concept opens up so much in the way of making matching items for baby showers or engagement parties or weddings. Wow has this got me thinking!!!!!!!!! Thanks for this post!!!!

  3. Fun post Debby. I love the saying about grandmothers….and I totally agree and I am at the age where I am also “Thankful that MY grandchildren have my Parents as their GREATgrandparents!!

  4. Really neat idea! I love that Simon Mum die. And the colors Debby uses are always wonderful. Beautiful and I am sure tasty cookie. Great job. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

  5. Wow! I never thought about using my dies to create stencils for food decorating. Debby is so creative!

  6. What a *lot* of work went into this post – thanks for the great inspiration, and the feast for the EYES! :)

  7. You are brilliant everything is gorgeous and I love when the elements of a gift match it’s also great when you find a new use for supplies you already have tfs your talent and creativity!

  8. Wow, what a talented woman. Great creation of card, decorations, baking and photographer. Everything looks yummy like purple icing.

  9. Fantastic ideas Debby! I love how you used the string of hearts as a stencil for the icing. The lavender, white and silver combination is gorgeous.

  10. What a great mother daughter project. I cherish the memories of baking with my daughter when she was younger. Soon she will be 30! Beautiful card and tasty looking cookies anyone would love.

  11. Oh WOW !! This is such a great idea to make with my handicapped children at school for mom’s day !!!!

    Thanks, thanks, thanks for showing the versatility of dies in such a cute and tasteful matter !!

    greetings from belgium

  12. CONGRATULATIONS Tracy MacDonald!!!
    … SO CLOSE, we have the 1st six letters in common :)

    What a SWEET TREAT Debby – LOVE your pretty cookie, BEAUTIFUL card and DELIGHTFUL scene with your garland & tag too!!!
    THANK YOU for sharing your CREATIVE INSPIRATION and AWESOME stencilling technique!!!

  13. I love the colors you picked and how you used the same heart stencil for the cookies and the card. Very pretty. I know your Mum will love it all.

  14. Your cookie & card are beautiful Debby!! Having multiple generations in the kitchen is so fun & fulfilling! My Mom, myself, my daughter & granddaughter used to get together & bake/cook for holidays! Those memories will last forever!

  15. “Sweet” idea, Debby. I think you have come across a brand new concept! How fun. Thanks for sharing this clever idea. Mums everywhere will love it.

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