Yes you read right - this card is full of not just any cupcakes but vanilla cupcakes (link is the recipe) from the famous Magnolia Bakery in NYC. I spent forever decorating each one! Allan thinks I am just a little...obsessed. Maybe? Hey I love to bake cards and cupcakes! I think the results were worth it and I had so much fun. I had to make a really great card because my friend Kim in Halifax, who introduced me to stamping, sent me my very first Flourishes Stamps set, Sweet Treats, for my birthday. I just love her. She is off to Poland soon on a mission with her church - she is not even taking her stamps with her!
Onto the card details: the sketch is from Julee's Mojo Monday Challenge 45. That girl makes the coolest sketches.
Since this card is full of cupcakes, I thought it fitting to use BasicGrey Cupcake patterned papers. I don't normally work with reds, yellows and oranges but the papers have pink and pastels in them too. The yellow base is Bazzill Bling cardstock in Hollywood. The orange mat is DCWV in Harvest and I am not sure what the red is. The aqua mat is DCWV in Robin. The scalloping was done with Fiskars' new punch called Threading Water. Dew Drops in Flame were added as textured polka dots - the patterned paper has dots of color here and there. I liked the happy, festive, confetti like result. The ribbon is by A Muse.
First I stamped the tiered tray in Ancient Page Chocolate to get a nice, dark brown. I colored the trim with Copic marker R29 Lipstick Red.
I stamped out a bunch of large and small cupcakes in VersaMagic Sahara Sand, then colored them in with my Copic markers again - the cupcake liners were colored in E53 Raw Silk and shaded with E13 Light Suntan and E33 Sand.
For the large cupcakes, I cut the tops off for depth, gluing the bottoms to the tiered tray and putting the frosting part on pop dots.
Papier Finish ($5, bought from my LSS Carousel) was used on all the cupcakes to give them a shiny frosting appearance. Stickles stood in for sprinkles; a few dollar store tiny flower crystals were added as well.
Note for Canadians: Carousel in Halifax NS just got in their Copic Original Markers and they do ship! They are $5.95 each and you get a 20% discount if you buy 6 or more. I received mine in two days.
So what do you think? Am I nuts? Come on I know you spend days on cards too - if so spill! Would love to see a picture of a card that took you forever to do :)
I want to thank everyone who sent me a card and goodies for my birthday - the SCS BRAK and Amuseaddicts bombed me with cards and I LOVE it! My friend, mentor and former boss Dejah at Carousel sent me the most lovely book on how to watercolor with markers as well as stamps and Copics oh my.... When you see my coloring skills improve you can thank Dejah! I will post some pics tomorrow :)
Thanks for stopping by!