Let Them Eat Cupcakes!

Stampin up taylor cupcake challenge 2

Guess who's this week's Guest Stamper for Taylor Van Bruggen's Cupcake Challenge?  I'm simply tickled be chosen by a stamper I admire so much!  Check it out!

TECC40_(sketch) I continue my cupcake brigade from yesterday, as a reminder that today's the final day (October 31) of Stampin' Up!'s Birthday and Aqua Painter promotions.  Today's card models itself on Taylor's Cupcake Challenge sketch (TECC40) to the left and inks up the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set.  I'll post another cupcake card  later today.  Stay tuned!

I stamped the cupcake on Very Vanilla and Baja Breeze card stock (Chocolate Chip Ink). The Baja base and candle were pieced on the vanilla version.  A little color accents the sprinkles and candle tip, created using a Stampin' Up! So Saffron Marker, Blender Pen and Baja Breeze Ink.

After running a piece of Chocolate Chip card stock through my Big Shot with the Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder (hands down my favorite folder), I adhered the cupcake with Stampin' Dimensionals and matted on So Saffron card stock.  Three designer brads from the Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware Kit say "powie" in the 3 corners.

The vertical panel is a strip of Baja Breeze Textured card stock and the top horizontal panel is Very Vanilla Textured card stock.  TIP:  Textured card stock adds such a big dose of polish to any project.  The 4.25 x 5.5 card base is Baja Breeze.  "Celebrate" is from Fundamental Phrases and is inked in Chocolate Chip, stamped on So Saffron and matted on Chocolate Chip.  TIP:  Fundamental Phrases is my "little black dress" of sentiments.  The lower background panel is a sweet So Saffron polka dot pattern from the Parisian Summer Designer Series.

The lower right sentiment is from Stampin' Up!'s Celebrate Everything stamps–Chocolate Chip ink on So Saffron Card stock. TIP:   It's easiest for me to mount the circle on a Stampin' Dimensional first,  before topping it with a delicious Vanilla Hodgepodge Label Holder.  TIP:  Many of  the Styled Silver and Vanilla Hardware kit label holders coordinate with Stampin' Up! Punches.  So cool.  I used the 1" Circle punch to pop out my sentiment and tuck it neatly in place. 

TIP:  For a little fun, test your imagination by layering punches.  I backed my label holder with a Scalloped Circle Punch in Baja Breeze.  The possibilities are amazing!

DON'T MISS my Exclusive Fall/Winter Idea Book & Catalog giveaway, with a $99 product order (thru October 31).  Stay tuned for another cupcake challenge card later today.  Plus, get ready for a Stampin' Pretty blog candy giveaway to celebrate my 200,000th visit to my blog.  I'm at almost 197,000 as I finish this post.  I can't believe it.  I feel like we just celebrated 100,000 🙂


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Stamp Set:  Crazy for Cupcakes, Fundamental Phrases, Celebrate Everything
Paper:  Parisian Summer Designer Series, Baja Breeze Smooth and Textured, Very Vanilla Smooth and Textured, So Saffron, Chocolate Chip
Ink:  Chocolate Chip, So Saffron Marker, Baja Breeze
Cool Tools:  Scallop Circle Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Big Shot, Blender Pen, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder
The Perfect Touch:  Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware (label holder and brads), Stampin' Dimensionals

Crazy for cupcakes
Fundamental phrases

Celebrate everything


  1. Wow is all I can say! This is absolutely gorgeous Mary! I was so excited when Taylor informed us that you had been picked to be this week’s sampler! I admire you and your work so much! You are definitely one of my biggest inspirations! I am continually impressed by your work! Anyway, congratulations on being the featured sampler!


  2. You have been a busy girl stamping… just popped in to say “HI”! Love the colors on your card. I should start more Happy Birthday cards as my brain has been on Christmas cards…LOL! Smiles 🙂

  3. wow looks great Mary, I have been so busy with the farm ,I have missed so much on your blog, good thing I will have lots of time now to keep caught up, I really need to get making some cards of my own, hopefully I will find some insiration here!!

  4. Congrats, Mary! How special! Love the yummy cupcake cards! Great work with the sketch! Hugs, Monica

  5. Susan Lankford

    What an honor, Mary…but not a surprise…your cards are so lovely! Susan

  6. What a great card! Love the colors, the images, the way you did the circle element… TFS!

  7. WOW! Mary, congrats! I just love Taylor, I have always admired her work as well.
    You did a fabulous job on this card! I love those colors together! I am always so inspired by you Mary…thanks for sharing.

  8. The color combo is just perfect for this! Love the layout, too! You are SO CASE-worthy!

  9. YAY, Mary! Thanks so much for featuring the sketch this week! You’ve done a fabulous job as always!

  10. Mary,
    Another beautiful card! I love the cuttlebug embossing folders. I have the dot one on my wish list. Congrats on being guest stamper!

  11. Colleen Kramer

    200k? It was just August wasn’t it, when you hit 100K? Now Taylor’s guest stamper??? Wow…you are moving on up! And it couldn’t happen to a sweeter stamper. (Just about as sweet as this yummy cupcake card!)

  12. Congrats Mary – you are so deserving… as anyone well knows and you totally rocked this challenge! Love it!!

  13. Congratulations on being this week’s Featured Stamper for TECC! It’s so very deserved. Again love your stuff!

  14. Congratulatons, Mary! This is an honor that is well deserved!! You know how much I admire you work – it is great to have it on display for others to see as well! You go, Girl!!

  15. I agree with Kris. You are an inspiration for all of us. I love your work, a true artist. It’s not a wonder you were picked, you’re the best. I can’t wait to see your other card. I need to make some of those cupcakes, they don’t have any calories.

  16. Great job Mary & congrats!

  17. Congrats on being today’s Featured Stamper – love your card – especially the color combo and the use of hardware. I also really love the card you posted yesterday!

  18. Wonderful card Mary!!! Love it, Congratulations!!!
    You should be in many DT, your job is amazing.

    God bless

  19. So cute! I’ve snooped around your blog…it is fabulous! You do such pretty designs! Congrats on the cupcake sampler this week!

  20. I was just admiring your card on Taylor’s blog. It is so pretty. I really love those colors together! Nice work!

  21. Congrats, Mary. What an honor to be chosen to be the guest stamper over at Taylored Expressions.

    On Cupcake Friday, no less!

    You are such an inspiration to me – not only as my Aunt, but also as a fellow card maker. I wanna be just like you when I “grow up”.

    Dear Kris:

    You are very grown up and I admire your work in return. I’m so touched by your comments.

    Love Auntie M

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