The Violet Cake Shop™

Sharing inspirations for my designs, and tips I've discovered along the way in my caking journey! <3

My New Class on Craftsy (I know right? Pinch me please)!!

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WOW…I seriously am still on cloud 9 and in disbelief that I received THAT email back in mid February, asking me if I’d like to contribute and pitch an idea for a Craftsy cake decorating class!  Since then, it’s been a whirlwind of a few months.  I went from that email to developing a concept for a class, to drawing up sketches and design ideas in just a few short weeks.  Then my class concept was approved and I was scheduled to go out to Denver with just a few weeks to prepare!

I am SO grateful for this opportunity though because I never in a million BAJILLION years ever thought I’d be teaching anyone anything about cake decorating and now I am set to launch my first ever Craftsy class on the world’s best known crafting site!  Seriously pinch me now yikes!  It seems that the days are inching by so slowly though since I got back from filming as it’s about a two month lag time after filming wraps, until the class is launched so they can complete the post-production work on the class.

But still, there is so much to do and so little time to do it.  I have to prepare a picture tutorial for a part of the class that we weren’t able to shoot while I was in Denver due to time constraints, but which is included in almost every design, my stylized lotus flower, which we want to offer every student who buys the class.

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Picture tutorials contrary to some people’s belief, is actually a VERY time consuming endeavour due to all the editing and watermarking and layout work that needs to be done, not to mention the captions that are needed and making sure it is all cohesive and thorough enough to follow.  But the class is jam PACKED with info and my most valued tips and tricks!!

There are the four designs I came up with for Craftsy, which I walk you through during the class, that shows you how versatile the techniques I commonly use, really are.

 

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There are 6 lessons in total with one being devoted to some of my best used colour tips as well as a discussion on where I draw some of my design and colour inspirations from.  Next, I go into the technique specific lessons starting with tiling which is creating geometric shapes or patterns using simple cutters and how I apply them in an eye catching way.

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The rest of the technique specific lessons include my tips on how I incorporate quilling in some of my designs and tips I’ve developed that make it easier to do, as well as a lessons on how I use onlays and silicone molds and my tips and tricks that work for me.

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The last lesson focuses on my signature two-toned petal technique which will show you numerous ways I’ve used them already, how easy they are to make and another new application for it that I’ve not yet used before.

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This experience has definitely been a highlight of my caking career!  I had the most fun even though I was nervous as heck the entire time!  The Craftsy team treated me like a star even though I felt like a total newbie who just flubbed line after line after line on the first day.  They kept me relaxed and focused!

Clif my producer, was such a big sweetheart…so patient and encouraging.

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Caitie the cake assistant was just the BOMB!  She was SO efficient and organized…I wanted to steal her and take her home with me lol.  Could NOT have done it without her!

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A truly stellar crew they have there and the camera guys were so much fun as you can see in their pose.

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My first contact was amazing also and I was fortunate that I was able to have dinner with her my last night there.  She is amazing and knows so much about the decorating world even though she is a self-professed “dabbler” in it.

All in all, an experience I will NEVER forget and which I hope I get to repeat one day soon…even though I STILL pinch myself because I cannot believe it!  These pics are proof though that I was NOT just dreaming it all up haha!

Oh and before I forget, here is a link to a giveaway that is running until June 14th, for a chance to win my Craftsy class for free: Cakes in Vivid Color Class Giveaway

I will also be sharing some discount links on my Facebook page once the class launches so if you do not already follow me there, you can click on the Facebook widget in the right hand column to “Like” my page and get updates.

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(proof I was really there!!!)

So I hope you will join me in my class and if you do, I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed creating it!

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Author: The Violet Cake Shop™

Hi, I'm Violet, currently a full-time stay-at-home mom of two and part-time cake designer/decorator! I first discovered my love for cake art in early 2008 when researching how to make a cake for my husband's milestone birthday. I consider myself "internet or community taught" having found and learned as much as I could from the many helpful sites, blogs, YouTube videos, tutorials around the net, where people were willing to share their craft. I used every family occasion to practice after that and soon, friends and family were asking me to make their cakes and I have been busy creating cakes part-time ever since. I took an extended break after the birth of my daughter, to spend time more quality time with the kids. I now spend my time creating one-of-kind pieces for special projects and personal occasions, taking the odd order here and there. I currently maintain a popular Facebook page, Twitter and Pinterest accounts and this blog where I share my insights, tips and free tutorials as well as any new creations. I have had the honour of being part of several special Facebook cake community collaborations, with more to come. My cakes have been featured in print in Edible Artists Network and American Cake Decorating Magazines in the US; in Cake Masters, Cake Craft Guide's Party Cakes and Cake Craft Guide's Wedding Cakes & Sugar Flowers Magazines in the UK; and in Australia's Sweet Magazine. I've also been featured online as 'Edible Art of The Day' at Edible Artists Network's blog, as Satin Ice's Cake of the Month for January 2015, and in online magazines or blogs such as Cake Wrecks' Sunday Sweets, the Craftsy Blog, 'The Cake of the Week' on FB, Pretty Witty Cakes' online Magazine, American Cake Decorating's Blog, Satin Ice Showcases, Australian Cake Decorating Network's online Cake Magazine (Joomag) and in Cake Geek Magazine. I've recently begun teaching via online video tutorials having filmed for Pretty Witty Cakes in the UK and Craftsy in the US. I am also a proud member of the Satin Ice Artists of Excellence team. I am constantly inspired by all things around me, particularly fashion, geometric prints, home décor trends and of course, other sugar artists!

2 thoughts on “My New Class on Craftsy (I know right? Pinch me please)!!

  1. Excellent, Violet! I can’t wait for the class to launch. Front row seat for me!

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