Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Cupcake anyone?

Hi everyone,

Sorry for the lack of post last week – I wish I could say I had been laying in the sun relaxing – which I wasn’t and I would only have gotten sunburnt if I had –so it’s just as well;) Since Makeesha Byl extended her last challenge deadline I decided to concentrate on the cards I was making for an upcoming workshop. The hostess, an old friend from my Miss 5’s playgroup asked for cards for tween boys, which I have interpreted as about 10ish to 14 may’be? I finally got some designs worked out but not before a comment on my first effort from my DH along the lines of “for a boy? – you’ve got to be joking!”

Today’s card is not for a tween boy! Since I’m still pressed for time I decided to try and combine two Aussie based challenges. First a sketch challenge from Makeesha Byl and a colour challenge from the Just Add Ink ladies. Details for both are below.

The bold colours weren’t too scary as I have been using a lot of Pink Passion plus Turquoise or Green Galore for my daughters age group already – although adding the Saffron in took some thought. The inclusion of Pink Passion in the colour palette definitely meant I was heading for a girl card. To get some inspiration I flicked through my stamp folder (I photocopy the labels sheets for all my stamps before I mount them and put them in a little ring binder – a fantastic idea I picked up a few years ago from Tracy Harp) and found the perfect stamp – and here’s the result.

I started with a Pink Passion base, layered that with Tempting Turquoise and then Whisper White that I had stamped with Polka Dots in Pink Passion. (I wanted to balance all the strong colours with lots of white). The central panel features a paper pieced cupcake, with a So Saffron button and hot pink rhinestone as its finishing touch – oh and glitter of course on all the little dots on the pink cupcake top. Some hot pink taffeta ribbon tied in a knot and the sentiment stamped in Turquoise finish off the panel. Like the base it was matted on Turquoise and Pink Passion. Some more texture and bling are added to the card with a horizontal border of Turquoise layered with scalloped and crimped Green Galore and then a lovely band of glitter. Up in the top right are two punched Saffron flowers finished off with large pink rhinestones.

The inside was just finished off simply to match.

Hope you like it – thanks for visiting,


Recipe: All SU unless otherwise noted
Stamps: A Little Bit of Birthday Cheer, Polka Dots, Baby Button Bits (PaperTrey Inc)
Cardstock: Pink Passion, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Green Galore
Ink: Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise, Pink Passion
Accessories: DSP – Kaleidoscope, Petals and Paisley (R), from Petal Party scrap kit, Button Latte, Spring Bouquet (R) and Scallop Edge punches, pink rhinestones (Kaiser), pink taffeta ribbon from local craft shop, crimper, Tombow multi, Stickey Strip, Two way Glue Pen, Double sided tape, SNAIL adhesive, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds.


  1. So bright and pretty - the cupcake is just adorable. You've done a fab job.

  2. The added bling with the Dazzling Diamonds, the cupcake and cute accessories go so well with the colour combo. This is a lovely card. Thanks for playing at Just Add Ink!

  3. Beautiful card Kim! Love the bling.


  4. So much detail, and it's balanced so well. Beautiful! Thanks for playing!

  5. Gorgeous, Kim! Such a beautiful, happy card. Love the crisp look of it, the paper piecing, the glitter, and, oh, well, just EVERYTHING about it!

  6. absolutely beautiful kim! I am loving that cupcake, and great use of those colours too. thanks so much for playing. Love Keesh x


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