Crazy for Cupcakes

Stampin up crazy cupcake

The Stampin' Pretty Pals (my Stampin' Up! demonstrator group), began our first Pals challenge this week.  Kris, from Kween Bee Kreations, found these wonderful aprons at Anthropologie to inspire all of us.  I chose this delicious cupcake apron . . . and combined it with this marvelous sketch by Taylored Expressions (Cupcake Challenge #33).  Yum 🙂

The cupcake is inked in Basic Brown and stamped on Watercolor Paper.  TIP:  Basic Brown, Basic Black and Basic Gray Inks are waterproof inks, a good choice when you plan to watercolor.  With an Aqua Painter, I added Pink Pirouette and Chocolate Chip to my little confection. TIP:  I squeezed my closed ink pad to create a little pool of ink on the inside of the lid . . . just right when I flip it open for watercoloring.

Stampin up crazy cupcake close
For a few decorative accents, I used bits of Riding Hood red card stock, Micro Brads and White Liquid Applique.  The cherry is simply a 1/2" circle punch with a little paper divot removed with my Paper Snips. For the stem, I scissored a curved sliver of Chocolate Chip.

The cupcake is adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals (to clearly remain the center of attention as such a sweet thing should) to a Whisper White Oval (die cut and embossed with Nestabilities Ovals and a Big Shot).  The Scalloped Oval was shaped similarly using a Pink Pirouette pattern from Holiday Happenings Designer Series (Hostess Level 3).  The charming Chocolate Chip Polka Dot pattern is also from Holiday Happenings and is layered on Riding Hood Red.

The background panel uses the Pink Pirouette designer paper again, layered on Chocolate Chip.  Both were created with Nestabilities Rectangles and my Big Shot.  The cherries are from the Tart and Tangy stamp set.  TIP:  To create a two-colored cherry, I inked up the entire stamp in Riding Hood Red.  Next, the red was carefully removed from the stems with a rag and recolored with a Chocolate Chip Marker.  They were stamped on Whisper White, cut out and found a happy home in the top left corner.  The card base is 4.25 x 5.5 Whisper White Textured card stock, scored at the top.

The sentiment begins with a strip of Chocolate Chip Textured Card Stock and crisp, white text from Chit Chat Rub-Ons.  I then popped out 1/4" circles from my scraps and lined them up for a finishing touch.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

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Stamp Set:  Crazy for Cupcakes, Tart and Tangy
Paper:  Holiday Happenings Designer Series (Hostess Level 3), Whisper White textured, Chocolate Chip Textured, Riding Hood Red, Watercolor
Ink:  Basic Brown, Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Chip Marker, Riding Hood Red
Cool Tools:  1/4" and 1/2" Circle Punches, Nestabilities Ovals and Rectangles, Big Shot
The Perfect Touch:  Chit Chat Rub-Ons, Stampin' Dimensionals, Micro Brads (Antique), Liquid Applique


  1. This is super yummy, Mary! Love the combination of colors, papers, and embellishments you used! It was so fun to see your take on the sketch!

  2. This is hands down the cutest card I’ve seen with this set (and I’ve made a few myself). LOVE the sprinkles you created. Simply fabulous!!

  3. any chance you would want to move to now-where Saskatchewan, Canada, would ya, so we could stamp together!!!

    This one is awesome,

  4. Love this wonderfully delicious looking card, Mary!

  5. That cupcake looks so realistic – so realistic that I’m looking around for a cupcake to eat. 🙂 Love the way you added texture and dimension to the cupcake top. You may actually be to blame for the pound that will miraculously appear on all of your readers. J/K 🙂

  6. Fantastic card, Mary! I keep staring at that cupcake. It looks so yummy, my mouth is actually watering! Love the way you added sprinkles and frosting!
    I might have to bake today because of you. LOL
    Hugs and grins

  7. Mary, this is just as sweet as can be!! Love the cherry on top!!

  8. So so cute, Mary!!

  9. This card looks good enough to eat. I love all of the detail and dimension you added to the cupcake.

  10. Fabulously YUMMY card! I love all the details on the cupcake, looks like candy sprinkles. I just love cupcakes! Great job.

  11. This turned out awesome! Love the textures on the cupcake – it looks good enough to eat! The cherries were a nice addition, too! And I love the row of circles at the bottom – it’s a nice finishing touch.

    Cindy 🙂

  12. Now this cupcake looks super real – I’m ready to eat it all up – that’s how yummy it is!!! Aweome card – Mary!!!

  13. Congratulations….I’m hungry, now!! lol
    So beautiful, as always!

  14. Super delicious card!!!!

  15. Colleen Kramer

    Ooh so many luscious layers! Who doesn’t like a cute cupcake? Love your layout, too! What darling aprons…still have some very similiar from my grandmother. She was from the generation of women who wore a dress every day and so she always had very pretty aprons to wear while she did her housework.
    Thanks for the card (and a sweet trip down memory lane!)

  16. You’re making me hungry. That is so lifelike. Cute card. You’re so creative.

  17. OH, WOW — LOVE this card — the cupcake looks good enough to eat!! 🙂

  18. I love this card! Nice clean colors and design.

  19. Mary, this is so pretty! Or should I say yummy, love what you did with the cupcake!
    Blessings, Maria

  20. Yummy yummy! The frosting and sprinkles looks so real Mary! Great job!!!

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