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Thursday, 22 September 2016

Meet Our New Design Team Members


We are very happy to announce the new line up of our Cake Design Team. There are plenty new faces and lots of returning members that we're sure you'll recognise. We'll be sharing pics from the team very soon. In the meantime you can get to know our Design Team members a little better, read on to meet them all!


  

Lareefa Ghazaly - Lankan Cake Craft

I'm Lareefa Ghazaly and I'm a British citizen. I moved from the UK and settled in Sri Lanka in 2012. After I moved to Sri Lanka, I started admiring cake decorators and then completed my PME diploma and Wilton courses in an institute in Sri Lanka. Later, I started a company named  Lankan Cake Craft and I'm presently doing cakes for orders, cake classes and also selling cake decorating equipment such as moulds and lace mats.

My facebook page is Lankan Cake Craft



  

Julie Rogerson - Julie's Cake In A Box

I have always enjoyed arts and crafts, although my drawing skills leave a lot to be desired, so usually stick to the crafts and sewing side of things!

Baking has always been a big part of my life, both as a child with my mum and then later with my own 3 children as they were growing up. It seemed like a natural progression to combine my 2 interests and from there my passion for decorating cakes began.

I attended a cake class at a local cake shop, where I decorated my first cake 4 years ago. A year later I started my business, Julie's Cake in a Box, which I currently run alongside my job as a nursery nurse in a local primary school (often found at the playdough table making models and flowers!). I am, however, working towards my goal of being a full time cake designer.

As much as I love a well decorated cake, I firmly believe that cakes should always taste as good as they look!

I am so thrilled and excited to be joining the Katy Sue Design Team because I love using moulds, they are so versatile and easy to use. I think Katy Sue moulds are the best in the market, both in quality and choice of designs. I cannot wait to get started!

Take a look at Julie's Facebook page Julie's Cake In A Box


  

Sue Pinnick - Yummy Cakes By Sue

I've been a self-employed cake decorator at home for over 10 years and I absolutely love my job.  I’ve been married for almost 13 years and have 2 wonderful children.  My daughter Zoe is 12 and my son Andrew is 10.

I’m a fully accredited teacher and demonstrator using Patchwork Cutters and this has allowed me to demonstrate and teach around the UK and in Europe.

I get invited by Cake World Germany to demonstrate and sell their products at all of their cake shows.  I've been learning German for 2 years so I can demonstrate in German.  I've been to Hamburg, Friedrichshafen, Copenhagen, Austria, Hanover and the Cake & Bake show in Dortmund.

I've had an article published in Cake Craft and Decoration magazine and had loads of my customer cakes published in Party Cakes magazine.

I recently participated in an 80’s themed collaboration and would love to be part of another one.
Why do I love Katy Sue products?  That’s easy…. Not only are they all beautiful, but they are so easy to use and they are affordable.

Visit Sue's Facebook page Yummy Cakes By Sue



  

Victoria Lockhart - Cherrylicious Cakes

I have been decorating cakes for the last 6 years and set up my business about 4 years ago. I then gave up my day job about 3 years ago and my sole income now comes from my cakes.  I am completely self taught and although I have no official qualifications I have an absolute passion for my work.

I would love being part of the Katy Sue Design Team not only because they produce such amazing high quality products but also to show people how to look outside of the box and completely utilise your moulds, 

Take a look at Victoria's Facebook page Cherrylicious Cakes



  

Zoe Smith - Bluebird Cakes

I’m a mum of two from the North East who fell into cake decorating about nine years ago. Now I’m obsessed! I have an art/fashion background and always have to be creating something.

I came second last year at the Cake and Bake show in Manchester, the first time I’ve competed and also have had tutorials published in Cake Decoration magazine this year, two had the front cover of their supplements. Also had a two page interview in Squires cake decoration magazine. I also have over 680k followers on Pinterest.

I love Katy Sue moulds (use the bunting lettering mould lots).

Visit Zoe's Facebook page Bluebird Cakes



Guest Design Team Members 
You will see from time to time we have  special guests on the team, maybe there is a particular theme or style that we wanted to share with you.



Georgie Godbold

I have always been a sugarcrafter, I just love working with sugar and trying all the new ideas decorating cakes, but my overall passion Is designing. (Note book and pencil always ready in my handbag and beside table!!!!)

I created my quirky 'Sugar Wobbly' characters in 2010 and my first book was published in 2012. I demonstrate my work home and abroad.  And will be travelling to New Zealand at the end of October to give workshops and demonstration. My sugarcraft creations have been shown in many magazines and I have also demonstrated on Cake Academy and Create and Craft Television.

I am a busy person, retired early and have never stopped designing and creating. You have to love what you do and that is me.

See some of Georgie's work on her Facebook page click here





Jayne Burt

I am a cupcake designer and mum of 2 based in Cornwall, I discovered a love for cake decorating after attending Cake International with my partner as he had entered. Since then I myself have entered 3 times and achieved 2 golds and a silver, I also entered the Big Cake show at Exeter and was awarded first place for my cupcakes.

Visit Jayne's Facebook page Cornish Cupcake Wench



    

Pennie Revell - Lady P's Cupcakery

I'm a mum to 3 crazy kiddies  - oh and a house wife.  I just suddenly started taking an interest in cupcakes a few years ago and since then my passion has grown - along with lots of equipment! ;) Which is shocking as I don't think I'm particularly creative! 

I prefer doing cupcakes ... I think! I don't know, maybe I'll get the big cake bug and start loving them!!! 

Cupcakes or big cakes, the whole "cake world" is addictive - very addictive!!! But its also a lovely place where I've made friends for life - over discussing the merits of this fondant over that one,  or who is more handsome Mr Ross Poldark or Daniel Craig! Caking has brought me some firm friends, a new talent I didn't know I had and who knows, maybe I'll have the confidence one day to stop baking for fun and start a business.

My Facebook page is Lady P's Cupcakery!


We would also like to give a BIG welcome back to all our returning Design Team members and introduce them to any first time readers of our blog. We look forward to seeing many more inspiring creations from you all.

    

Sarah Harris - The Cupcake Range
I have a passion for baking which I have had since being a child, but more recently I enjoy mostly decorating cupcakes. A few years back I went on a basic cupcake decorating course and I loved it so much I have continued with it ever since.

It is a hobby, I bake only for family and friends, often as a surprise gift to commemorate an occasion such as a birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day or baby arrival. My family are strong believers in celebrating each birthday with a cake and I have never missed out myself in receiving a birthday cake each year. I have made a birthday cake for my Mum pretty much every year since I was a child and she is now in her 70s! 

I have two sons, one now has a place of his own some distance away from our home, but I still made sure he got a homemade birthday cake last year which I sent him through the post! During the day I work as an Audit Manager in local government. I have worked for the same organisation since the year I got married which was in 1988.

Last year due to encouragement from friends I set up a Facebook page and called it The Cupcake Range.




Teresa Antonowicz Teresa's Sweet Creations

I’m stay at home mom … of two (PATRICK & NATALIE) I’ve got no fancy pastry schooling background. I graduated Marketing and Management  University in Poland . I love craft things . One day, I decided I wanted to start making my kiddos some cool birthday cakes….because my little princess didn’t like any from my local bakery 😉

I looked up some YouTube videos/books … starting dabbling in a li’l bit o’ this and a li’l bit o’ that… and I did my first fondant cake in 2012 for my daughters second birthday ….everybody loved 😊  and here I am 😊 I love cake decorating ….I love to see  kids smile - when they see birthday cake …during this time I got more…and more orders … I hope  one day ..my hobby/small business …will turn into the  big one 😊   because I love what I do 😊

Teresa's Facebook page is - Teresa's Sweet Creations


     

Lisa Speck Ponty Carlo Cakes

My name is Lisa and I am the owner/founder of Ponty Carlo cakes in Pontypridd in South Wales. I have always loved cooking and baking and my cake decorating  journey all started when my daughter was coming up to 18 and I decided  that I decided that I wanted to make her a birthday cake.

It wasn’t as easy as I thought it was going to be, so I ended up just making cupcakes which I decorated with some flowers that I made from fondant. They went down so well, that I was asked on that day to make cupcakes for a friends daughter’s wedding. I said yes and between that time and the wedding, the thought occurred to me that maybe I should get some lessons. That was 6 years ago. It was another year before I took some lessons and the rest is history.

I very quickly became totally obsessed with cake decorating, and  the orders came flooding in. I have always been artistic and creative, and have always been able to draw and  paint, but it quickly became very clear that this craft was encompassing my love for colour, art, baking, making something quickly that you could also eat, and of course my love of cake. I absolutely love what I do. I am now a full time baker and decorator.

Lisa's Facebook page is - Ponty Carlo Cakes


     

Sarah Thomas The Cupcake Oven

A former City lawyer, I decided to change career when I realised that my childhood pastime of baking, and my adult hobby of sugar artistry was far more enjoyable! I have taught sugar art and baking skills to students from around the world for over 7 years and love sharing my knowledge.  I run over 30 different classes ranging from basic cupcake, cookie and macaron classes, to full on three day intensive wedding cake courses. I am based in Essex, UK.

I have won many awards for my baking and sugarcraft, including 6 Gold Awards at Cake International (being placed 1st, 2nd and 3rd on four of those occasions); as well as being awarded several British Sugarcraft Guild Trophies. I am a regular contributor to Cake Masters Magazine, including full tutorials and also taking part in their two sugar artist collaborations (Fabergé Egg 2015 & Hot Air Balloon 2016).

I have always loved the Katy Sue products since their launch a few years ago. I think they enable complete beginners to achieve professional results with the minimum fuss and bother, proving that anyone can enjoy cake decorating from (and until!) any age. I am excited to be a part of the Katy Sue Cake Design Team and look forward to seeing what new ideas they have to share this year.

Sarah's Facebook page is - The Cupcake Oven


    

Doreen Thompson Katy Sue Designs

I am part owner and Creative Director at Katy Sue Designs. Technically I’m retired but I find myself in the craft room with Noreen virtually every day J I have always been creative and have done most crafts from sewing to card making and particularly enjoyed the 10 years plus our company had making porcelain Dollshouse Dolls for collectors all over the world. About 3 and a half years ago I retired and started taking the online cake decorating classes with Craftsy and found a whole wonderful world of cake decorating and cookie decorating. I’m still learning but I am thrilled to be part of the product development team here at Katy Sue…it’s a sheer joy to be playing with so many wonderful products.

Doreen's Facebook page is - Katy Sue Designs Cake Decorating


  

Gilles Leblanc Les Gâteaux de Gilles

Born and raised in Montreal Canada, Gilles Leblanc was the youngest of six children. His interests in the arts were present at a very young age, and very much encouraged by his mother who shared similar interests. His pastimes as a child were always based around the arts, whether sculpting or painting, he enjoyed experimenting with different materials. As time passed, his passion and curiosity grew and Gilles Leblanc wanted to pursue a career. Being a perfectionist, he enrolled in a well renowned jewellery school, to better perfect his knowledge of the various metals. It wasn’t long after that Gilles work was exhibited in various art galleries and featured in different magazines. Electroforming, bronze, silver and even gold gave Gilles Leblanc’s pieces their originality, and unique quality.

Gilles Leblanc eventually had to put his sculpting and career on hold, but his passion for the arts never died.  He later discovered the art of cake decorating, and his passion was renewed. Gilles Leblanc’s talent in sculpting, and original ideas succeeded in creating many diversified cake pieces. Gilles Leblanc has also taken part in many cake collaborations, and has been featured in various magazines, earning him the admiration of his peers.

Gilles Facebook page is - Les Gâteaux de Gilles


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Ornamental Moulds Peacock Project by Karen Seal


For this project I used polymer clay which you cook in your own oven following instructions on the packet. Polymer can damage work surfaces so I suggest you work on a glass or ceramic tile. Choose a deep picture frame for this project, I've chosen a 4x6 inch and removed the glass (you will build your picture on this glass).

You will need:


Step 1
Draw a rough outline of a Peacock so that it will fit within the frame. If you are no good at drawing you may be able to get some royalty free clip art from the Internet. Place your picture beneath the glass and use it as a guide for building your Peacock.


Step 2
Here you can see I have used the Ornamental Drops mould to make about 10 to 12 droplets. Arrange them to make the tail, starting from the bottom and working up the tail. Make sure you leave a small gap around the edge of the glass so that it will fit back into the frame.


Step 3
Using more polymer clay and with the drawing still below the glass build up the body, neck and head of the bird. Mark out the area of the wing.


Step 4
Using the Leaf Flourish mould make some feathers for the wing. You can see from the picture which 3 leaves I used.


Step 5
Place the leaves within the area of the wing to simulate feathers. I then used two different size drinking straws to make the texture on the Peacocks body. Use a small glass bead for the eye and roll two tiny snakes of clay around the eye to keep it in place. Use a needle tool to mark the beak. If you want you can give the Peacock some fancy feathers on his head.

At this point I ran a tissue blade under the bird to carefully lift the Peacock off the glass. Place him safely to one side whilst you work on the background.

For the background you need to roll out a thin sheet of polymer, either with a rolling pin or using a pasta machine (one which is intended for use with clay). This sheet then needs some texture, which can be done manually or with the use of rubber stamps or embossing folders. You may need to spray the clay with a little water first to act as a release and stop your stamps etc sticking.

Once textured place this clay sheet back on the glass and cut to size. Remember to leave a small border around the edge.  Carefully place your Peacock back in place and press him down a little to stick. Now you need to make him a couple of legs and I used the Leaf Flourish mould to give him a branch to sit on. 

I also used the Leaf Swirl mould to give some interest to the corners. At this point you can roll some clay to fill in blank areas with vines and you could add flowers if you wish.


Step 6
Using the mica powders carefully brush the Peacock and the background to give colour.

Finally bake using the instructions on your polymer clay. For me it was 30 mins at 110 degrees in a fan oven.

When the time is up, open the oven door but do not touch the glass until it is fully cooled.  Lastly replace your glass back into the photo frame. The clay should stick to the glass but if it comes loose, glue with some superglue.

Hope you enjoy making this as much as I did.


You can see more ideas from our Design Team on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KatySueDesigns


Saturday, 30 July 2016



Katy Sue Designs are looking for talented Cake Decorators to join our Design Team. This call is for a 6 month term from September 2016 with possible extension through December 2017.


As a Design Team member you:
Will use our latest products to create fantastic cake and or cookie designs and send us high quality photos of your designs 
Will promote Katy Sue Designs on your social media sites and blog
Will contribute to the Katy Sue Designs blog 3-4 times per year
May be asked to create projects for magazines
May be asked for instructional videos which would be uploaded to the Katy Sue Designs YouTube channel


What you will get in return:
All our new releases free of charge
Frequent promotion of your business/work on the Katy Sue Designs Cake Decorating Facebook page
A design team blinkie to display on your  blog/website/social media sites
A dedicated Design Team Pinterest board to showcase the team (coming later this year)


We’re looking for:
Talented Suagrcrafters who are enthusiastic about Katy Sue Designs products
You must have the time and energy to devote to our team (products arrive at short notice  and on average you will only have 2-3 weeks to make your contribution J)
You must have a good understanding of social media and are active Facebook 
You may also have a following in the cake world or write for a magazine or blog but this is not essential.


How to Apply:
Please email us at marketing@katysuedesigns.com with:
Your Name, Email, Phone Number, Address including Country
3-5 photos of your best work, some using moulds if possible
links to your blog, website, social media sites – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest etc
a short bio and why you want to be part of the Katy Sue Design Team



Wednesday, 27 July 2016

Katy Sue welcomes Gilles to our Design Team


We would like to give a big welcome to Gilles, our new Design Team member. His first task was to make something beautiful with our new Ornamental Moulds and boy, did he deliver. The three tier cake above is simply stunning! It uses our Ornamental Cherubs, Ornamental Drops, Piped Shell Border and Leaf Flourish Moulds plus a floral cutter from Blossom Sugar Art. Visit Gilles Facebook page where you'll be a able to see lots of his other cakey creations click here.

Born and raised in Montreal Canada, Gilles Leblanc was the youngest of six children. His interests in the arts were present at a very young age, and very much encouraged by his mother who shared similar interests. His pastimes as a child were always based around the arts, whether sculpting or painting, he enjoyed experimenting with different materials. As time passed, his passion and curiosity grew and Gilles Leblanc wanted to pursue a career. Being a perfectionist, he enrolled in a well renowned jewellery school, to better perfect his knowledge of the various metals. It wasn’t long after that Gilles work was exhibited in various art galleries and featured in different magazines.  Electroforming, bronze, silver and even gold gave Gilles Leblanc’s pieces their originality, and unique quality. 

Gilles Leblanc eventually had to put his sculpting and career on hold, but his passion for the arts never died.  He later discovered the art of cake decorating, and his passion was renewed. Gilles Leblanc’s talent in sculpting, and original ideas succeeded in creating many diversified cake pieces. Gilles Leblanc has also taken part in many cake collaborations, and has been featured in various magazines, earning him the admiration of his peers.  

Gilles continues to participate in charitable causes for children through his cakes. A cake artist, a sculptor, a Dad and husband, Gilles Leblanc has many roles, but whatever he does, his talent and passion are always present.

"Why do I want to part of the Katy Sue Design Team? Is simple, what an honor it would be to be part of such a group with great products." Thank you Gilles, we are thrilled to have you on board.

Gilles had a great time using our new Ornamental moulds this month. Take a look at more of the beautiful work he produced.