Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cupcake Inspirations

Just gorgeous!  and inspiring...

How's this cupcake for inspiration?  It's gorgeous isn't it?  This is the inspiration photo for Cupcake Inspirations challenge CIC98.  This week the challenge is sponsored by Flourish with a Bling.  You have got to go over there and check out the beautiful embellishments they have for sale.  You'll get to see some samples on the challenge blog.  I don't have a sample to show simply because I became a member of the design team after this challenge was set up.  Technically my official first challenge will be next week but since I had some free time Rachel invited me to join the rest of the DT with a post.  You can check out what the girls have made with the flourishes here, there'll be links so you can leave them a little love on their blogs.  We all love reading your comments.

After you've drooled over those flourishes, you can avoid eating a piece of cake by getting your stamping supplies out and making a card or project inspired by this gorgeous cupcake and orchid.  At least for me one of the few times I don't eat is while I'm crafting.  Well, most of the crafting time...

I went hunting for a paper that has lots of flourishes on it and I've discovered that when I put all my layers on you can't see them.  I also drew some curlicues on the cupcake and the material she's sewing.  The colors for the icing and cake are inspired by the photo. 
Since this cuppie is sewing it seemed imperative that the card have some stitching, but I got too lazy to bring out the machine so I did a little faux stitching around all the edges.  Of course I had to add some stickles, and a charm. 
Last but not least there's the inside.  Don't forget the inside.  It gives the card so much ooomph (highly technical cardmaking term).  Seriously, you don't have to go crazy and if you don't have a lot of paper you can just add a little strip, when you're slicing the paper for your front hold onto those scraps so you can add something to the inside.  If you're a "Clean and Simple" designer well you can stamp a shadowy version of your main image and/or a sentiment on the inside.  Whatever you come up with, that inside deserves a little love too!

don't forget the inside
 Here's the deets:
stamp - Taylored Expressions "Crafty Cuppie"
ink - Memento Tuxedo Black; VersaMagic "Spring Pansy" for sentiment and inside
paper - Stampin' Up "Pale Plum" cs for base and mats; SU "Cottage Wall" dp; scrap of green cs for mat; Georgia Pacific white cs
miscellaneous -copics;  twine, charm; stickles; rick rack; SU "Orchid Opulance" marker; nesties; SU circle, scalloped circle, double slotted punches

Here's the challenges:
Cupcake Inspirations CIC98 - photo
A Sketch For You to Try - February sketch
Freshly Brewed #34 - Use a charm
Paper Variety - Cupcakes
Crafty Creations #105 - Three Little Words
Sugar Hollow Creek - Non-Traditional Valentine no pink or red  (OK I snuck in the red cherry, but no hearts or pink)

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you'll come back again and I hope you'll join us in the Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, if you do I'll be by to leave you some love.


  1. Love it!!! Adoeable image and I love the details! And the inside, SO important, you are right!!

  2. Okay I will forgive your red cherry! LOL!
    What an adorable card.I like the charm that goes with the cupcake sewing. Thanks so much for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
    Hugs, Heide

  3. Super cute card! I love the detail on the inside of your card. Welcome to the CIC team! :)

  4. Love the baker's twine and charm. Very cute! Hope to see you again soon at Sugar Creek Hollow.
    SCH DT

  5. Yummy!!! Adorable! Thanks for playing with us this week! Hope you will back again soon!
    SCH DT

  6. Very cute little card. Love the colours and the finishing on the inside. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.

  7. What a unique, fun card! Thanks for playing at The Paper Variety! :)

  8. Oh how delish! Love the baker's twine and those fabulous colors! Thanks so much for joining us for this week's Sugar Creek Hollow Challenge and we hope you will come back and join us for next week's exciting challenge!

  9. Your card is just adorable! Thank you for playing along with us at Sugar Creek Hollow!


  10. Cute card. Fun colors and image. I just love that charm - perfect finishing touch. Thanks for joining us at Sugar Creek Hollow.
    SCH DT

  11. Love the charm - so cute! Great card!


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