I love these cupcake decorations. They are original and imaginative. They also aren't that difficult to make, even for a beginner, like me. Most don't require tools I don't already have. ALL are fondant-based decorations, none are frosting based. (Although you could probably copy some of the designs in buttercream or make them part buttercream, part fondant).
As a beginner, I selected the "Baby face" design and it was (literally!) an all-day project for me to make the 36 cupcakes--even though this looked like the easiest baby project in the whole book. (Although there are several more generic designs that anyone can breeze through). I didn't have to buy anything extra for the baby faces other than the fondant and a small ball tool.
I found it awkward that the ingredient list is given for one (1) cupcake. It's iffy enough to triple the ingredients for three dozen, but to figure out how much I should have for 36 is awful. The instructions are easy to follow (once you get past figuring out how much you need, which isn't easy--I overbought to be safe). I don't recommend that your first try at fondant decorations be for a real event (with a deadline), or that you tackle more than one or two at a time.
The last cupcake was a lot more professional-looking than the first. I had seen a friend work with fondant and handled it myself previously, but this was my first solo attempt. After a few eye misplacements (which required starting over!) I found that it helped to make a template for eye/nose/mouth placement so my babies would look cute and consistent. (Although other templates are provided in the back pages, this one wasn't). I wish I'd been able to mix the skin color for all 36 at once. As it was, some had a deeper tan than others but, on the whole, I enjoyed myself, got many compliments, and had a great time.
From now on, each time I make cupcakes, I'm going to set one or two aside to practice on without pressure, and I hope to work my way up to the animal faces eventually.