Sneak Peek Cupcakes

What is it about cupcakes that is so charming for birthday cards?  Stampin's Up!'s The More the Merrier stamp set (Hostess Level 3, available July 1) offers a row of five sweet cupcakes, darling lined up or separated as individual elements.  My color inspiration is from Splitcoast Stamper's Color Challenge CC224 (Pacific Point, Tangerine Tango, Summer Sun).
  • I added VersaMarker directly to the rubber of three of the five cupcakes (one at a time) in the cupcake row stamp.  Each was stamped and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.  They were cropped into 1 1/4" squares of Pacific Point and Tangerine Tango.
  • The squares were layered over 1 3/8" squares in contrasting colors. TIP:  Having both these square punches means perfect layers in seconds.
  • The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, a set of 24 versatile phrases, new for the Stampin' Up! 2009-2010 Idea Book and Catalog, available July 1. 
  • I used a Boho Blossom Punch and 1/4" Circle Punch to produce the layered flower accent for the sentiment.
  • The four squares were layered on a single piece of Whisper White and matted on Summer Sun card stock.
  • Pacific Point 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (Now 25% Off) dresses up the base.  Click here to see the current list of the Stampin' Up! Last Chance Accessories (scheduled to retire June 30) & Sale.
  • I mixed and matched more Boho Blossom Flowers and 1/4" Circle centers along the bottom.
  • The 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Whisper White card base is scored at the top.  I cropped the bottom corners with a Corner Rounder Punch.  TIP:  Whisper White keeps things looking crisp when using a vibrant color palette. 


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Stamp Set:  More the Merrier (115322, Hostess Level 3), Teeny Tiny Wishes (115370)
Paper:  Pacific Point (115350), Tangerine Tango (111349), Summer Sun (103124), Whisper White (100730)
Ink:  Pacific Point (111837), VersaMarker (100901)
Cool Tools:  1 1/4" (104400) and 1 3/8" (103375) Square Punches, Boho Blossoms Punch (110711), Corner Rounder Punch (109047), 1/4" Circle Punch (retired), Heat Tool (100005)
The Perfect Touch:  Pacific Point Double Striped Ribbon (111370), White Embossing Powder (109132)


  1. Love the simple, clean lines.
    Simplicity is powerful!

  2. Love how crisp your color combos always look. Thanks for another way to use some of the current in colors!

  3. I enjoyed the article about you in Stampin’ Success!!

  4. Love the combo of old and new! What a great idea to switch up the last square. I never would have thought to do that, and it looks awesome.

  5. You are just amazing! That’s the word…amazing. I thank you for all your hard work and talents because you are certainly my inspiration! As a fellow demo, I have always wanted to try a .com blog, but just don’t know were to start and I have to say…am a bit scared. I read the Success article! Again, amazing!

  6. So beautiful–everything about this card! You’re amazing!

  7. Another beautiful and amazing card!!

  8. Enabler – I have to have this set now 🙂 I was going to try this challenge but just drew a blank – I love what you did, so cheerful!

  9. Perfect and creative as usual! Love it!

  10. These colors are so cute together!

  11. Love this sunny card!!

  12. Denise January

    So unexpected and delightful!

  13. Mary, your awesome. *smile* Love what you do with color. Wow. I love bright cards. Some day mine will grow into that. *smile*

  14. Perfect for summer!

  15. What a fun card. Love the vibrant colors. Can’t wait for the new catalog!

  16. colleen kramer

    Great take on the color challenge! What a fun birthday card. You always remind me how gorgeous stamps can be using simple embossing! This is a great birthday card to have in your stash.

  17. Mary, I haven’t gotten a chance to do this SCS challenge yet, but planning on it. I knew these colors would feel happy together and they certainly do as evidenced by your card! Feels fun, summery and just happy! Love it!

  18. I just recently found your blog and love it so much that its bookmarked can you please have a tutorial on useing Versa Mark? I have a stamp pad no idea what to do with it.
    Thank You so much

    Hi Renee:

    I don’t have anything planned for a VersaMark tutorial in the near future. However, if you find my search tool on my blog (left hand side at, you can add “VersaMark” in the field and past projects and tips on using VersaMark should pop up.



  19. Love this card – so colourful!

  20. Mary….Love this card. Love the placement but mostly the colors. I didn’t like that Level 3 set now you make me want it!!!! TFS

  21. WAY too cute, Mary! Love it!

  22. SO bright and fun! I LOVE it!

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