Monday, January 22, 2018

Miniature Popcorn Snowman Tutorial 1/12" scale


This is a very tiny snowman.  He is 1 inch without the hat, 1-1/4" with the hat.  Very easy to make
You can see how tiny he is on top of the Chrysnbon hutch that was completed this weekend.  It is not sanded or painted.  I think it will be painted for my Daisy Hill Shabby Chic kitchen in maybe a while and green
To make the tiny popcorn snowman you will need, Styrofoam pellets smallest size from Dollar Tree.  I know Christmas is over but you all got some of these for your stash, right?  A hat from my stash purchased from   a Baking shop.  If you don't have a tiny hat a paper punch and bead on top painted black will do.

The sharp end of the tooth pick needs painted orange for the nose.  The 3 beads need to be in graduated sizes and fit over a tooth pick.  I do not have a sizer for beads and these were out of my junk jewelry box.  The clear flat bead in the picture is a jewel find and  is being used for the base of the snowman.  Glue the 3 beads together onto the toothpick.  Cut the orange painted end off for the nose, leave any extra tooth pick for now to hold onto to complete the snowman.  We are talking tiny here  so the extra room will be needed to work with.  I used tacky glue applied on to bottom layer, then rolling into a cap full of the tiny snow pellets from Dollar Tree.  Let this layer dry for about an hour.  Push the space on the top of the bead indenting it in a bit, then repeat with glue and pellets for the middle layer.  Let dry about an hour and indent and define the ridge between the layers again.  Finally do the head the same way.

You may ask, why not do all the layers at once.?  Trust me, static cling of Styrofoam rolling around in glue.  We won't go there.  Doing one layer and moving on to the next right away  creates a mess and you will have to fix the other layers countless times before you are done.

 After all layers are dry, fill in any empty spots of your snowman.  Glue to a base.  The eyes are tiny black beads glued on.  The mouth and buttons are painted on with the end of a toothpick.  The scarf around the neck is thread.  The nose is from the end of the orange painted toothpick glued on.  The hat glue on in desired position.  The tiny arms are from German Statice that was in a floral arrangement..  This popcorn snowman was inspired by one I made a long time ago.

In the early years of my Domestic life when everything was new and exciting, I worked with a woman that was crazy about Christmas and loved to bake cookies.  She had 2 boys and invited me over to bake cookies with her and the kids.  It was a great time and she decided to make pop corn balls.  We made small popcorn snowmen for the boys and made larger ones for ourselves for table decorations.  What a great day and I was just in love with that snowman proudly displayed on my kitchen table.

I have mentioned before that my starter house was an old one being remodeled.  It was not sealed real well and in the middle of the night I awoke to a crunching sound.  There were no  children or pets in the house but it was definitely popcorn crunching sound being heard.  Brave I was not, but curious I was.  Turning on the light the culprit, a tiny mouse ran under the cupboard.  I later caught him under a bowl and gave it mercy by letting it go outside.  MR. Snowman had lost his right side.  I had to throw it away, but never forgot what a  delight it was. 

The next year  another popcorn snowman was made  and stored  on a shelf in my pantry.  Spring time came and there were ants everywhere.  I followed the tracks to the pantry and they were enjoying Mr. Snowman.  I have never made another until this one being posted today.  No sugar syrup just glue, it's probably safe.    I am proud to say many decades have passed and knowledge about ants, mice  have come in handy.  Same house, no more mice or ants.

The hutch is from a Chrysnbon Kit from about 10 years ago.  These kits came out in the 1970's and are wonderfully detailed. Handley House in West- Virgina  took over the rights to this brand after Dee's Delights retired.  Their web site has a list of everything they carry  and they do have the complete line.  I also went on EBay and found people wanting $80.00 for this very kit.  Do not be duped just because its been around a while.  No date was on the packaging, this stuff is timeless, good quality and a number of web sites sell this at about $11.00-$13.00 for the kit.  Before your shell out good money for something that is supposedly RARE, check by a search for that item.  If its anywhere on the Internet it will come up.  The only glue that will really hold on this plastic is an airplane type glue.  Now they have a glue at model shops with a very thin spout for tiny channels.  The thick Tacky glue does not adhere for long on this type plastic.    It can be stained, painted and sanded.  I love the old fashioned kitchen stove and potbelly stove in this line.  They also have a pink, red, jadete, green and white dish and glass sets that are so real looking.  My next kit to finish in this line is an old fashioned pump style organ resembling the one that I played with as a child in this very house on the sun porch.  It will have its place as well in my Daisy Hill remake.






Saturday, January 13, 2018

Miniature snowman without the cold and ice tutorial

Red truck- Snowman- 3-3/4" tall 

Snowman made from Dollar Tree Styrofoam balls.  3-3/4" tall and very easy to make.
Hat is a cork from some bottle that I saved and painted black.  The scarf is fringed trim from doll clothes stash, buttons are from Jo Anne Fabric.  These buttons came with stars and hearts all very small,  I painted them black.  The arms are from statice stems in a floral arrangement that I borrowed from.  Carrot is a bead.  This picture does not do him justice.  I can hold him in the palm of my hand.  While the snow is still flying out side I can use it for decorations.  These would be cute ornaments for Christmas or perhaps a tiny button heart for Valentines Day.

Styrofoam balls purchased from Dollar Tree in craft area.  My dollar tree had packs with 6 in them 3 of each size.  Look to be sure because they have other packs with other sizes.  The small ball is 1 inch, 2 inch for the next size and 3 inch for the bottom.  You will have to roll them to get them the size we need.  True Snow for Aleen's I purchased at the craft store in the paint aisle.  They usually have this year round.  You will also need glue, a tooth pick, paint brush and sparkle glitter, but this is optional.

The 3 inch ball needs rolled on a hard table top surface to decrease in size.  I got mine down to 1-3/4".  Decrease the middle ball the same way, it will decrease to about 1-1/2".  The head is OK just as it is.  Shave with a razor blade a little off the bottom snow ball so it sits flat. Remove a tiny sliver on the top of the ball as well.  Inset the tooth pick in about half way in the center and apply glue around the tooth pick.  Top off with the middle layer ball and finally repeat the procedure for the head.  Each layer goes onto the center of the tooth pick with glue for extra support.  Let this dry for a couple of hours before proceeding.

Next apply the True Snow with a paint brush.  I did mine with rough patches to make  it look like it was rolled in the snow.  Before it dries sprinkle with a little sparkle glitter.  Let dry overnight.
 
When resuming, shake or brush off any excess glitter.  Glue trim, ribbon, yarn or pipe cleaner around the neck for scarf.  The buttons are glued on.  The statice arms were glued next and then the Carrot nose.  One time beads were in the shape of fruits and vegetables, just right for miniatures.  I still had quite a few of these left.  If you have no carrot perhaps an orange pipe cleaner or roll a piece of paper in a small cone shape around the end of a toothpick.  Or a tooth pick painted orange and cut to size.  

If you don't have a similar cork for the hat a small round of black paper and a round bead all painted black would work.  Or perhaps a small cork on a circle of paper.

The Aleenes True Snow has a whipped creme texture to it.  It takes only a short time to dry.  I was impressed with the coverage and will be experimenting with this in a cake decorator for maybe icing and decorative tip design.  Perhaps some future cakes in miniature.


My normal view from my office window is quite different than the last one I shared with you.  We are under a weather advisory for days.  So much snow has come down, rain, wind.  I am glad to be making a snowman inside.  I have no where to go so this is like a retreat not having to go out unless I want to.  Be safe, hope its warm where you are, perfect weather for mini making.


Sunday, January 7, 2018

Building a three tier glass Snowman mini scene





Clear glass snowman 25" tall filled with mini delights
I enjoyed building snowmen as a child, it  was a favorite pastime. As was ice skating, sled riding and snow fights.  As each decade has passed I like snow a little less in real time than in past time. 

Snowmen still find a way into my heart.  With that in mind I built these  3 tier mini snow globes to decorate the house until spring decides to visit us once again.

It started with a visit to Michael's after Christmas when everything was 75% off.  The mini figures were included in that and got my brain to thinking about the glass globes that were purchased a long time ago after seeing on Pin a 3 tiered  snow globe with mini scenes topped off with a snowman hat.
Six figures, a bunch of trees and bushes, fences and light posts were added to the cart for less than $8.00.  The painting on these were  excellent and nothing needed to be done to any of it.  The rest of the day at home  was spent searching for items to add to the scene and of course the 3 glass bowls.



Sorry about the windows glare but this is glass and we have very few light days out this winter.
This is the smallest bowl on top.  It is 24" round and 7" high. I used paper clay glued to the base and glued the figures onto them.  The tree is a wire tree, the 2 boys are having a snowball fight after building a snowman.  "The snowman was repainted and once had the life of an ornament.  The angels wings were broke off.  After everything dried a thick layer of glue was applied everywhere I wanted snow. Snow  (shredded white plastic) purchased at Christmas time for village scenes was sprinkled on in abundance and tamped down with a small sponge paint brush.  Left to dry overnight , the sweeper hose and tiny area attachment cleaned out the excess snow.  It has been subzero weather here and the static from heating created a lot of snow sticking on the sides.  Its OK, this makes it look like its snowing.  The top edges of each of these bowls are beveled and is perfect for fitting one on top of another without them being tipsy.



The second bowl is 29 inches around and 9" high. Two snow clad trees are in the back ground and one green one in the truck.  I used the same procedure of paper clay stuck to the glass and gluing and smashing the items into it.  The packages are wrapped and placed next to a mailbox filled with Holiday mail.  The truck is a child's toy remake.  I found this at a thrift store and painted it red.  Tinsel and a wreath covered up the teeth hidden underneath.  Thick layer of glue on the bottom and snow tamped down, let dry and use sweeper to remove off excess.



The largest bowl is 38 " round and about 10" high. This one has snow covered trees and street lights, a fence and assorted bushes, and a family of 4 carolers.  Mom and Dad and 2 children.  The item that makes this unique is the backdrop.  From Dollar Tree I purchased a few flat gift box for 1/2 off.  There were 4 to a package and inside was the street scenes.  I had a hard time deciding which one but used the one with the moon showing and  a horse drawn sled in the background. It  was cut to fit the height of the bowl and curved and set inside of a string of glued down paper clay.  While still wet I smashed the mural with glue on the bottom into the clay.  All the items  were glued down onto paper clay .  Let dry overnight and apply glue to everywhere you want snow, then sprinkle an overabundance of snow, tamp down with a sponge brush.   Use a vacuum with tiny article attachment and sweep up the excess snow.  If you find some bare spots a little snow can be added to those areas.

Since the edges are beveled I did not attach one to the other.  The black felt hat is one purchased after Christmas on sale.  A couple of pipe cleaners  twisted together was used  for the scarf.



There you have it a snowman snow globe, another item crossed off my bucket list.   It could be a Christmas decoration  yet left out all winter.   I had originally wanted to put 1/12" scale into these but after putting in these figures the bowls would have been too small to accommodate that scale


Friday, December 29, 2017

Dollar Tree mini finds and See the Possibilities in useless things

Dollar Tree self contained wine glass turned into a self contained dome. Not 
 too much design was done  here but only the basics to show what could be possible.  This wine glass has a screw on stem that is self enclosed inside.  It makes its own pop on base.  The stem could be cut off but I will wrap  red and white to make a candy cane or cover with a Christmas tree.  This one has a wreath around the screw on stem part and topped with a jewel bobble.  Very heavy clear plastic and one to a package for $1.00.  Usually found hanging up on side posts or end cap with descending hooks.

The Dollar Tree also has the short plastic glasses on the left no base,  5 to a package with a swirl to it.  Turned upside down over a mini scene the base becomes a flat table for a tea candle or a cookie or cupcake next to a dinner plate.  The one on the right is the self enclosed wine glass above.  The stem is screwed into the bottom and a tea candle, place card, candy or tiny gift could be placed on that bottom, now the top as well.  A base of cardboard covered scrapbook paper could be made with mini scene, tree, house inside.

Base that the glass snaps into when not in use.

Dollar Tree in the school or teacher supplies.  50- 3/4" foam blocks that are just the perfect stability for boxes to wrap up for faux mini  gifts .  No cutting up wood or building a package.  Just wrap and glue.  Hard foam very compact.  These could also be carved and painted if you need blocks for landscape.
Dollar Tree Christmas erasers 50% off.  You see Erasers, I see lots of mini cakes that could be enhances with 3-D puffy paint for icing and sprinkles with no hole beads.  

This was the best  one in  there,  I got several packages just because of this red truck.  It will be a 3-d cake when I get done with it.  So tiny and so cute.

This was not purchased at Dollar Tree but another store similar to it called Ollies.  This is a large pill container with 7 days worth of compartments, each with 4 dividers in them.  Look at the colors and see shelves in a child's play area or play room.  Each container is 2 x 2-1/2".  Each compartment is 1 inch in size.  Painted with plastic primer I see stack able book shelves for a library with Industrial studs filling up the holes for the lids.  The lids are clear with writing on them but they could be painted with silver and make good cookie baking pans.  This was about $3.00.  The bright colors drew me right to it.

This is a Dollar Tree purchase.  Such a big improvement of the turkey basters of old.  This is a flavor injector.  If you do resin this is a must have.  Look where the injector is, on the side.  Perfect  for tiny molds and more control of the resin.  This has a plunger for more control and it is heavy plastic which is easier to clean with the resin.  This could be used for wood glue when doing shingles and larger projects.  Glue would stay fresh because it has suction and a vacuum to it.  Definitely a must have.

These were purchased this at Michael's in the scrapbook area.  This is made by BoBunny and is laser cut  chipboard.  Very detailed and just the right size for 1/12" projects.  All clock faces and have a lot of possibilities.  This line of scrapbook items have a lot that can be used in miniatures, paper, Ephemera.
Found at the Goodwill pound store.  Next to nothing in cost.  Someone took the lace off and tossed the holder away.  I see heavy plastic window frames for Shabby Chic decorating.

These are very small plastic dishes with a slant to them.  They are covers from shaving razors(found at Dollar Tree)
These will be nice for trays in the bakery.
This was my most exciting find of the Christmas Season.  I'm not one to like to take time to  wrap packages.  But this year the stops were pulled out.  The wrapping party had to stop to fuss over this unusual core from the ribbon that was finished off.
It is plastic and the 2 cores on the side were in the holes.  The size of the grey heavy plastic is about the same size of the gum container that were used for the Fairy Houses  in last months blogs.  If you remember the calculator that got ran over  with all the keys that look like windows on the back side, they fit into these 12 openings like a glove.  I can see a cupola on the side of my next gum container Fairy house.  Of course I had to find the items right away and the package wrapping was put on the back burner until 2 days later.  When inspiration hits you have to give into it.!

It doesn't take much to make me happy!    Happy New year!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year -wrapping up 2017

These Grand pups will certainly bring a smile to your face.
Santa Claus brought me some lighting for my work space.  Led 2000 day light lumen's.  15 watts  and LED life of 50,000 hours. This really makes a difference in my pictures and area lighting in my work space.

Red truck with area spot lighting, had a yellow tinge. 

Red truck with the 2,000 lumen LED work light.  Small and portable plug in  There is really a big difference.  Not saying too much about the Red truck because those items are still being worked on.  The only thing I will say is turning a green truck into a red truck did have its bad points.  A calm sunny day with bright candy apple red spray paint turned into much more than I bargained for.  There was no wind when I went out onto the deck.  I pushed down onto the nozzle and a wind tornado went through just at the moment, contained in it smoke and residue from a neighbors leaf burn off.  The spray from the paint went all over the place including my hair.  It was now  blonde with bright red streaks in it.  Also my face looked very sunburned until I scrubbed it.    All the silver paint was painted on with super fine brush and silver alcohol ink.  

Before putting my Christmas room boxes back to bed, I decided to take pictures of them.  This one is a Victorian Engagement.  The wallpaper and lovely pictures do not show on the back wall because they are attached to the cover that needed to be taken off to take the picture.

1950's waiting for Santa Claus.  This was inspired by the Kobachers Department store in our town in the 1950's.  They had a small door entrance just for kids to see Santa Claus and purchase items for your parents.  No adults or big kids got to go into it.  I remember really being put out the first time I was refused entrance.  The aluminum trees became popular at that time and I was fascinated by the color wheel that turned to change the tree different colors.  This one was made from silver tinsel pipe cleaners and glued into a foam cone.  The sleigh next to the tree was a remake from thrift store.  

Santa's workshop room box.  It looks pretty congested in the picture, a lot going on.  In real life it is just right .All the toys are from a life long of collecting and classes that I have taken over the years.

Detail of the left corner  All the dolls were made by me from molds by various doll artisans

Back side of room box.

Santa taking a resin bath.  Water looks pretty dirty.  This is my first lesson with resin.  If you are putting it into metal coat it first with glue or Mod Podge and let it dry.  The heat and chemicals will react with the tin in the metal.

This is my favorite manger set.  The animals are from the Dollar Tree this year.  Just before Christmas they got in boxes of farm animals and Circus animals, lots of horses.  The faces are so cute on them and really made well.  The sheep and donkeys aren't showing and the circus animals will come in handy with a future project.  I certainly hope they continue to get these animals in.  The tiny children are about 1/12" scale and were designed by Julie Good-Kruger.  The detail in these are fantastic.  Little Girls and Boyd's Pageant Series it is called.  Probably not available now since the Boyd's Bears Company is out of business.  I got them about 15 years ago when I visited the Boyd's barn in Gettysburg, Pa., also closed.  Such a tragedy, it was a great tourist destination.  I met Patty Duke my childhood TV idol there one time as she designed Bears for them.
The manger itself was a real find at the pound store.  It was a little beat up and had made in Germany on the back.  Looks like it has had some adventures in its time and I really liked it.  
The story behind the designer of these little dolls are inspired by the many school Christmas pageant's in which the designer's children performed.  They all have sneakers on their feet.  It appealed to me because I also designed the costumes for children's pageants at Church.  The fidgeting that went on to get them to co-operate.  It was the high spot of Christmas!


I treated myself with a  Die cutter to Cut Sizzix  dies with for Christmas.  Tim Holtz has created a series of tiny houses that are adorable.  To see all the neat items that can be made go to search on You tube Tim Holtz Village houses.
I have had a Cricket cutter for about 10 years and a lot of soft ware for it.  One of the puppies chewed the cord  and it has sat waiting for a new cord to come into stock.  I recently found some one that fixed it and I have been reaquainted with the cutter and the soft ware.  Isn't it funny that 10 years ago there was a red truck on the soft ware as well as architectural details and fences that can be made in to 1/12" miniature scenes.  It really was like Christmas rediscovering all the items boxed away.  The excitement of a new toy came back to me.  I look forward to all the new possibilities for these items and the creative things that can be made with them.



Saturday, December 16, 2017

Christmas ornaments, Dollar Tree mini Mason Jars, Seeing the Possibilities in throw away items




Christmas Cookie Ornament up close.

Made Three more cookie ornaments from left over cookies from last weeks tutorial.

These are being given as gifts.  

Small picture frames for miniatures used as the back drop, added a piece of Christmas paper on the back and glued a ribbon loop in between the paper for a hanger
  
This was a gingerbread house that I did a Tutorial on earlier in December.  I made 5 more and found these small plastic mason jar ornaments at Dollar Tree.  A heavy cardboard base was cut out to insure the fit.  The houses were glued and allowed to dry on the rounds before inserting them into the jar.  After inserting the house, holding it upside down , tacky glue was applied around the lip on the opening and then drop the round with the house on top of that.  The hanger on the top needs taken off so you can put a long piece of flexible wire in from the top to tap all along the sides to seal down the cardboard.  When dry the top can be put back on and the lid screwed on.  A little pine was added with Holly and berry's at the top and pine pipe cleaner around the lid area.  I made 5 of these for gifts and found a tall gift box at Dollar tree of a Gingerbread cottage to put them in.  They had a whole village of gift boxes in old style buildings.  Sold out within 2 days.


See the  Possibilities in the trash.  I am real excited about this one.  As I was waiting for pictures to download I happened to look into the trash can and see a large hand held calculator that  had been  purchased at Dollar Tree.  It has large keys for visual, but I got it for the large keys, those small ones don't cut it with my fingers.  It had fallen on the floor one day and I forgot to pick it up.  My office chair accidentally rolled over top of it and broke the back.  Disgusted with myself and not the chair, the calculator was thrown in the trash.  Rediscovering it and with plenty of time while waiting for the pictures to download, I retrieved my mini screwdriver and tore this thing apart.   Inside was  found about 14 mini baking pans with sections in them, or small mini windows for my fairy cottages with paper clay.  The cellophane circuit board is really neat and the top component has a few mini bulbs and wires on it.  Of course the button battery inside fits my watch.  The top cover I see a screen door and several window frames.  The best part is the rubber sheet of circle dots.
I found a cork which has a shape like a carry out coffee cup.  The little button cut out fits right on top and looks like a lid of coffee.  Same indentation on the outside and the inside.  A slot and flap could be made and cut out of the excess plastic on the rest of the pad.


 

Side view on a cork. Its cut  out a little crooked, could not find my micro  cutters.    Print out some labels and make card stock cups, latte to go!  All these items for only a $1.00.  Also in the tear apart there were about 15 tiny screws that can be used in mini doors and furniture.  
   
Stopping at McDonald's for the Seasonal soup they have new carriers this year.  I cut out the interesting shapes. from the bottom.  Plus the sides on each cup have textured  areas that are large enough to get several stones for a walk way out of.  Several years ago I did a work shop making floors out of textured cardboard cartons and egg trays.  Cut out the shapes you want, drop in water with paint added and them drop the cardboard in.  The paint soaks in very well.  Take out of the water and put between paper towels to  get rid of excess water and immediately apply glue to the area to be covered and glue the wet tile down.  Apply a book with paper underneath to weight it down.  Let dry overnight and take off the book .  When completely dry apply a waterproof varnish over top, let dry and then if  you left cracks between the tiles, grouting can be added with a sponge and wiped off.  We used Spackle between the cracks.  It has been 5 years or more and the tiles are still just like they looked when made.  Several pans of different color water were used to give the look of natural stone tiles.
The center  of this carton is a stone looking pedestal and would great in a garden with a stature on top of it. 

This wood truck  found this at a craft store.  It is not miniature but  3 of them were made for gifts.   I am going to put them on a Burlap frame for the door.  It was unfinished wood, and a lot of time went into painting each one.  A Welcome sign will be added to the top along with a  rustic tie of cord.

I also made an ugly Sweatshirt this week for my Daughter.  It was the Leg lamp from the Christmas Story.  Leg was made out of paper clay.  Did not get a picture, but Dollar tree supplied the tinsel, the lighted leds for the lamp and 2 necklaces that light up to look like old fashioned Christmas lights.  They continue to get in some of the neatest things to Craft with.  I went back to get more Mason jars and 3 Dollar Tree in our area were out of those.

My Grandson and Grand pup are coming this week and we will be making a few mini crafts that  will be  shared with you.  If  time  runs out  for the rest of the tutorials  that were  promised, we  will just pick up after Christmas and finish them off.

Have a great week!  Cold and Snowy here so don't feel guilty at all about not being outside.


Friday, December 8, 2017

No bake cookie baking tutorial and ornaments

Ornament made from 3" Christmas picture frame.  A small table of thick cardboard was made to stick out from the bottom of the frame.  The Heart of the Home is from scrapbook items from my stash.  Glued to the top of the table is a bowl of chocolate chip cookie dough from paper clay and colored with paint, dotted chocolate chips on with paint.  A turned tooth pick painted red on the end is inserted before the clay dries.  A gingerbread button cookie, wooden spoon, rubber blade, rolling pin 3 candy canes and tree cookie cutter are glued on the top of the table.  Underneath the table an apron was glued on with 2 pot holders and towel.  This gives the table extra support.  The gingerbread men are from the apron material, reinforced on the back with Mod Podge and cut out, glue onto material folded into a towel shape.  Fray the ends.  The back of the apron has a card stock sticker to reinforce the material front and make it rigid.  It has a saying on it about the kitchen.  Forgot to take a picture of the back.  Silk ribbon was attached and tied on the back into a pretty bow for apron strings.  I believe the back should be as pretty as the front.  I was taught that at a young age when learning to sew.  The seams are just as important and the rest of the item.  I look at the construction of a handmade item or garment, just a habit.



Another 3 inch picture frame to go with the one above.  This one was made into a cookie tray with all the cookies I made this year and some from other years.  Both of these are ornaments with red sheer silk ribbon in the molded ribbon on the top.  These ornaments were just plain gold and to change the look were dry brushed green and wiped off so that the green went into the veins.  On the back I covered the frame hole with a hard card stock with embossed designs on it.  Then bronze alcohol inks were applied on the back and the molded ribbon.  I do have a red truck cookie in there but I will cover that in another tutorial.
Now on with the no bake cookies:
I made these from paper clay and cut them out with Kemper cutters found in the clay area of any craft store.  For the round ones you could use erasers cut in thin slices, or take eraser out of a pencil and use the round metal to cut the cookies out or shape the metal into a star form.  You could also use paper punch outs in different shapes out of foamie sheets or  card stock.

From the circles I made:
Chocolate Chip -paint tiny chips on cookies and dust with baked looking chalks

Peanut butter cookies-while still wet cross hatch the clay with a tiny fork to resemble peanut butter cookies.  Use a golden brown chalk dusted on top for  the right look.

Snow men-The color of the clay is white.  I used puffy paint for the icing and applied tiny black beads for the eyes and puffy paint for the nose.

Reindeer-the ears are tiny shells glued on to the top.  In between the ears are antlers made from the gold centers  flower picks of poinsettia tutorial of 12/07/2017.  Glue on top between ears.  Grape stems dried out have interesting antler type texture.  Paint brown and when dry apply beige muff.  The eyes are tiny white beads with a toothpick dot of black paint to the center.  Top it off with a tiny red bead for a nose.  Grape stems dried out make unusual plant bases and don't break apart.

The stars: I used white puffy paint on the ones next to the snowmen and topped while still wet with no hole gold beads.

Poinsettias on top right corner-Red paint and tooth pick striped yellow  from center out while red paint was still wet.  Gold no hole bead glued to center

These tiny wood animals are from a bag of assorted size animals found in scrapbook area at Joanne 'Fabrics.  There are about 4 sizes, the smallest size is by the toothpick.  These would make great cookies painted in detail and icing with Mod Podge.   Joanne's Fabrics  also carry a package of assorted people in unfinished wood.  The tinest could be used on a rest room door in miniature.  Markers or paint could be used.  I prefer the 3-D puffy paint because it has height to it and also a small applicator makes it easy to do small areas and looks just like Royal Icing when dry.