Stampin’ Up! Birthday Sale

Stampin up crazy for cupcakes

Yes, it's me.  New photo and new blog makeover.  Still Stampin' Pretty.  Veronica of VK Design Co. gets credit for the charming, boutique style artwork and for having the patience to deal with all my "little tweaks."  Thinking about a blog or a redesign?  Veronica is extraordinary and reasonably priced. 

Important Stampin' Up! News!!!
  The new Holiday Mini is now available to click and download on the right side bar.  Don't miss my Holiday Mini Idea Gallery.  Styled Vanilla Hodgepodge Hardware is  ready for purchase (p. 185, Item #112454).  And, Stampin' Up! is celebrating their 20th Anniversary with a 20% off sale on the following select birthday stamp sets (with a minimum $20 purchase of regular priced items).  Today's post features Crazy for Cupcakes, one of the birthday sale items! 

Order Stampin' Up! On-Line Here (or check out my rockin' new order button on the right.  Ooo la la!).

Item # Page # Description  Retail Price   20% Off Price
109439  62 Big Bold Birthday  $27.95  $22.36
112895  62  Cumplea?os genial y divertido (Spanish Big Bold Birthday)* $27.95  $22.36
111532  63  Party Hearty* $26.95  $21.56
110994  64  Bitty Birthday $12.95  $10.36
111618  64  Crazy for Cupcakes* $23.95  $19.16
111546  65  Simple Birthday Thanks* $17.95  $14.36
111702  65  Time to Party* $16.95  $13.56
108559  68  Crab & Company $27.95  $22.36

*Die Cut Stamp Sets

D?cor Elements has released
Phase 2, which includes more beautiful vinyl wall coverings (and beyond–have you seen the Spooky Spider)? Discover new colors (Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Certainly Celery, to name a few) and cool designs like Nursery Necessities and Park Avenue Ornaments (a couple standouts for me).

Today's card begins with the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp, inked in Jet Black Stazon and stamped on Stampin' Up!'s watercolor paper.  TIP:  SU's watercolor paper has an ivory tint to it so I recommend pairing it with Very Vanilla rather than Whisper White.

Stampin pretty crazy for cupcakes close
Ruby Red and Basic Black markers, combined with a Sparkle Gel Pen add some jazz to the delicious cupcakes.  My Big Shot Die Cutting Machine and Nestabilities Rectangles cut and embossed the sides of the image panel, Ruby Red (adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals) and Baja Breeze layers.

The background gets sumptuous texture using Cuttlebug's Divine Swirls embossing folder and my Big Shot.  It's layered on a 4.25 x 5.5 card base of Ruby Red (scored on the side).  The sentiment pops against a Ruby Red Designer Label Punch and Scallop Circle in Baja Breeze.  A Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware Label Holder and coordinating brads add the final dash.

(yep, the signature is new, too).

So what do you think of my new look?  Please leave me a comment at the end of this post.  I have made leaving a comment easier than ever 🙂

Stamp Set:  Crazy for Cupcakes  Paper:  Watercolor, Ruby Red, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla  Ink:  Jet Black Stazon, Ruby Red and Basic Black Markers  Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Punch, Designer Label Punch, Cuttlebug Divine Swirls Embossing Folder  The Perfect Touch:  Ruby Red Button (Earth Elements Buttons), Silver Cord, Styled Silver Hodgepodge Hardware and Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sparkle Gel Pen.

Crazy for cupcakes


  1. We do have the same taste – LOL – I just ordered this Set the other day….You have made your card look delicious!!!

  2. Very eye-catching, I really like the new look! Also the new picture and the little history of it… loved seeing the pets peeking out the door. Although I haven’t been commenting lately I’ve still been keeping an eye on you here. Keep up the good work!

  3. Cindy Lawrence

    Hey Mary~

    LOVE the new look…the polka dots are FAB! I REALLY love your new pic too…gorgeous!

    Awesome card, as always…love the swirly background and fresh colors!



  4. Very nice site! I love the look of your blog. It does have a chic boutique look. Great photo too. I love the cat and dog looking out the door. LOL So cute.

  5. Love the new look Mary! It’s really trendy. I also love your work, you’re so good at what you do. Keep the inspiration coming (please!).

  6. Tres’ chic! Love it, love it, love it!

  7. Love the new look and the new pic!!!

  8. I LOVE the new look! It’s so bold and fun! Great job!

  9. Woohoo Mary! I love the new look! So fresh and your card is so sweet. Keep up the good work. It’s inspiring!

  10. gorgeous. you are definitely an artiste!

  11. Fantastic card! I LOVE how you layered the sentiment. I Love the dry embossed background.
    Hugs and smiles

  12. Marie Donnelly

    Mary!! The new design is beautiful!! I love it!
    The polka-dots on the new banner are great, and mixed with the blue…. so eye-catching. Yeah, you done good, girl! :o)

  13. i love the new look,

  14. Love the new look, the new picture and or course the new signature. and I especially love the striped cupcake liners. Your attention to detail is spectacular!

  15. Mary, the blog is fabulous!!! Love the polka dots and the black and white with the ‘wedgewood blue’ color – so fresh!!! Love the new fresh face too and I see you match 🙂 Your just too cute!

  16. Love your new photo and the new look, Mary! Love the Crazy for Cupcakes card, too.

  17. Mary, I loved your website before but now you’ve really outdone yourself. This photo makes you look even younger?not that you looked old before. Love your card samples as well as tips and techniques. You are on the top of my Favorite Bookmarks. Keep up the great work and keep your Stamping 911 alive. Thanks for sharing!

  18. Wow, Mary! Love the new look! It definately is CHIC! Sorry I haven’t commented lately, your cupcake card is gorgeous! Hugs and smiles, Monica

  19. Annette Pagnusat

    Mary, a great big WOW for your new look! So chic…both you and the blog!!

  20. Elizabeth Fortuna

    Wow! Love your new pic and love the look of your blog! Very chic! keep up the awesome work! 🙂

  21. I really like your new blog look, and i really like your new picture. It’s all got charm. I also need to mention I noticed your beautiful turquoise bracelet on your pic. I will definitely be taking advantage of those 20% off stamps.

  22. I love your new look. Very eye-catching!

  23. I love your new look, I’ve only been a reader for a few weeks but your blog has become one of my favs. Great job!

  24. I love the new look of your blog!

  25. Oooo! What a beautiful card! I’m loving all the new cupcake stamp sets!

    Great new profile picture too!

    Thanks for sharing!

  26. WOW!!! It seems to be a consensus. WOW, I almost didn’t know where I was at first. This is gorgeous and so fresh. LOVE IT!!

  27. LOVE the new look! You look more ‘real’ [does that make sense?], more approachable.

  28. Love your beautiful blog makeover….what a fun polkadot and scalloped header!! Such a cute card with the adorable cupcake image… have given it an *ice cream parlor* look!! LOVE it!!

  29. Your photo is FABULOUS and so is your blog. Everything you do is a cut above and I just don’t know what I’d do without your beautiful creations to admire and inspire! Thank you!

  30. Well, it’s all wonderful. I love the new picture of you. Very flattering. And the website is terrific…especially the header. I’m sending it to my son who is studying Graphic Art in the School of Advertising at Virginia Commonwealth U. He could learn something for sure.

  31. Mary, Mary….you have WOW’d us again with your creativity and beauty. I love it all…. TFS, Teri in SO. CA

  32. So sharp, Mary!!! Love your sight!!!

  33. I love the new look Mary! Awesome card too! You’ve got it going on my friend!!!

  34. I love it all. The card, the new design, the new picture.

  35. Love the new look! You’re always my first stop in the morning your site and projects are the best! Love it all!

  36. Super duper new look Mary!!!! I love your new blog design.
    Your card is so pretty too!!!

    God bless

  37. Oh my, LOVE it Mary!! Fabulous design, awesome new pict-gorgeous!

  38. Love it… making me want to change mine!
    Oh and the card is GREAT too they always are.

  39. LOVE your new look! Terrific! And you are just as pretty as you can be! Love the card too!


  40. i noticed the new ‘do right away! looks great 🙂 and, love your card too!

  41. Congrats on your New look! woow pretty!

  42. I LOVE the new look of your blog. And isn’t that a new pic of you too?!?! Love it too!

    That cupcake card is fitting with your new “look”. Great card…great blog. Yeah you!!!

  43. You are one of the “big dogs” now (you have been for some time).

    Your blog looks SO professional, crisp and clean. I absolutely LOVE it.

    What a fabulous card to share to kick of the month of October. Hold on to your hat – I can see a busy month coming for you!

  44. Susan Lankford

    How wonderful! I love your new look…so boutiqueish!

  45. WOW! Mary, I love your new look. How exciting, it looks wonderful. Great new pic too! I just have to tell you I love your hair, so cute.
    And for the card! WOW! Great colors, great details, I love that hardware you placed around your sentiment. I don’t use a lot of hardware myself, but I would like to try incorporating more of that into my projects.

  46. I love your card, as your beautiful and new picture of you!

  47. I love your new blog design and it is a great picture of you. Thanks for all the info you give on your site and the inspiration, too. Have a fun and wonderful week…

  48. Bravo! The updates are awesome. Love to visit your blog!

  49. Wow – what a refreshing and elegant change. I love the new look of your blog and your updated photo rocks. The cupcake card is adorable.

  50. Colleen Kramer

    Wow!!! Everything is fantastic! Love the blog look, very clean and easy to read…Love your new look–elegant and chic…and love the card, so many fun layers and texture. I admit, I had to just look over everything for awhile to soak the goodness up!

  51. wowsers!!! beautiful new look to your blog. love the updated look, clean and crisp – just like your cards…also love the cupcake card. very striking! i was thinking hard about that set – now am thinking harder!!! you are right on about the ivory tint to the wc paper – love the use of the cuttled vanilla. and, as usual, love your use of the english language in your descriptions. your words sort of *caress* the card samples … does that make sense??
    blessings, jo ann.

  52. Wow! Great job all around Mary!!! Love the look, yours and the blog!

  53. oh my….that new photo of you is TOO cute!! love the new look, it’s prettyliscious for sure!! the polka dots..a fave of mine!!

  54. Not only does the blog look gorgeous, but so do you! Love the hair ?
    The cupcake card is pretty cute too!

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