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Inspiration Challenge: September {Pirates}

Aaarrrggghhh I can’t believe that another month has come and gone! Where does the time go? It’s time for another inspiration challenge. This month’s theme is pirates. When Stephanie {Ellie’s Bites Decorated Cookies} and I were discussing themes I mentioned that I kept seeing this commercial on TV saying that September 19th was International Talk Like a Pirate Day. I looked it up and found that according to this website of bizarre and unique holidays that it was indeed true. This is how our theme for September came to be. You may want to bookmark this site if you’re ever looking for inspiration to make cookies.

I wanted to do a tutorial for this post but if you read my personal story then you know that I’ve been dealing with some pain in my wrist. It was a struggle to get through these cookies so today I’m sharing pics of the finished cookies. No worries, as soon as I get fixed up by my doc I will be back doing tutorials. I’m working on a special project that you’ll see later this month so I’m going to try and get one tutorial done before I go in for another injection next week and have to rest.

Anyway back to the cookies. International Talk Like a Pirate Day kept replaying over and over in my mind so I decided to go with a literal take on where the inspiration came from. I made a pirate with conversation bubbles saying some popular pirate phrases. My goal was to make a realistic pirate since a lot of pirates I’ve seen are cute ones for kids. Faces are such a pain for me but with the help of facial features from clip art I was able to make the pirate look how I wanted him to. The pirate cutter was custom made by Plastics in Print.

I will show you a small tutorial. In case you’re wondering how I made the conversation bubbles they are made by trimming one tail off of a balloon cutter. I alternated the tails I cut off.

Also, in case you’re wondering what font I used, I used the font Treasure Map Deadhand from Font Space. You can learn more about how I like to write on cookies using a Kopykake here. For great ideas on how to write on a cookie or decorate a cookie without a Kopykake check out this post by SweetSugarBelle.

Now it’s time for you to walk the plank and go check out the amazing cookies that Stephanie has designed. You can see them here. Be sure to share any pirate cookies that you have made here on our link party.

With Halloween approaching next month’s theme is “Halloween Candy”. We’re going to challenge ourselves to make something other than candy corn but it’s okay for you to share candy corn cookies you have made. 

Happy decorating friends 馃檪


  1. Awesome Pirate, Matey!!!! I love the balloon for thought bubble, that is genius!!!!! I really hope you feel 100% soon.

  2. Melissa! They look great! I love the conversation bubbles…what a great idea! Love the pirate too…you did a great job on the face details…you nailed it girl!


  3. Melissa these are awesome. And yes, I agree with your husband, I think you should have thrown in a wench saying!! LOL

  4. Melissa, I love the aged/rusty look u gave to the bubbles. Made the set even more piratey (is that a word??)!

  5. balloon to conversation bubble = genius!!!

  6. Great looking pirate! As difficult as these cookies may have been to complete with your sore wrist, you did a wonderful job.

    Hoping that your issues with your wrist heal sooner rather than later for you.

  7. As always you amaze me with your skills and talent. I hope that you will find the treatment that works for you so you can decorate to your heart’s content. I can’t wait to see what cookies you make up next.

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