Sunday, August 16, 2009

Cupcake Inspiration Challenge #20

Happy Sunday everyone!

Before I talk about this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge, I wanted to let you know about lots of fun new stuff now available in the Hope Stamps Eternal store! There are a whole bunch of new stamps from The Greeting Farm - lots of fun coloring opportunities! And you MUST check out the new stuff from Cosmo Cricket! I am in love with that Jolly by Golly paper, and that's just one of 3 new collections in the HSE store. Go check it out now!

Ok, now onto this week's Cupcake Inspiration Challenge. How beautiful is this cupcake?? It's a work of art! I LOVE cupcakes and I think even I would have a hard time eating this one!

I took inspiration from a few elements here - the purple, which is not a color I use often, and the butterflies. And the fondant almost looks like it's embossed, so that inspired me to use a Cuttlebug folder on the base of my card.

The butterflies were made with the Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch and then I put two small clear gemstones from the Zva Creative Crystal Wheel along the "body" of each butterfly. Only the center of each butterfly was adhered to the card, allowing the wings to sort of float freely.

The medallion was created using paper from the English Garden collection by Marks Paper Co. I used a 1 1/4" punch to punch out a circle from one of the sheets of paper. Then I cut out the flower shape from the center of another one of the circles and mounted it slightly offset using foam adhesive dots. I curled up the edge of the flower to give it some more dimension and finished it off with a clear crystal dot from the Zva Ceative Crystal Dot multi-pack. I love the variety of sizes you get with that pack!

The last thing to note is that the main panel was stamped with the PTI set Background Basics: Text Style using silver Encore ink. I debated with myself for quite a while whether or not I should leave the panel blank or add the text, and I think I like my final decision!

If you would like to play along with this week's challenge, add a direct link to your creation to the Mr. Linky widget on Rachel's post. The top 5 entries linked up by next Saturday night will be featured in next Sunday's collage!

Now before I send you off to check out the beautiful creations from the other HSE Sweeties, I want to extend a warm welcome to Maureen Wong. She is the very first Guest Sweetie playing along with us, and I encourage you to go check out her amazing work!

Ok, now you can go and see what the rest of the team has done with this week's challenge. Enjoy!


Stamps: PTI Background Basics: Text Style
Ink: Silver Encore
Paper: PTI white, SU Elegant Eggplant, English Garden collection by Marks Paper Co.
Other: Zva Creative Crystal Wheel, foam adhesive dots, Martha Stewart 3-in-1 butterfly punch, Stylized Flowers Cuttlebug folder, Zva Ceative Crystal Dot, 1 1/4" circle punch


  1. GORGEOUS Jessica!!! Love all the cuttlebugging (very technical term!) and very cool how you used the Text background!

  2. OH WOW...So pretty! Love the added text, great decision, the details are so wonderful!!!

  3. This may be a double post...but I felt as though I just lost my last just in case...your card is BEAUTIFUL JESS!

  4. beautiful!! I love the embossed background!

  5. Gorgeous!! Love the layout and the medallion! Thanks for the welcome and your kind words!!

  6. Beautiful card, Jessica! I LOVE how elegant this is!

  7. What an elegant, pretty card! I think adding the text was a great idea!

  8. How very pretty. The embossing is a lovely touch and I like the little medallion.

  9. LOL, her CC paper is all gone now, I had to buy some the other day, it's amazing paper! Your card is lovely and elegant, pretty how you did the main part.

  10. AMAZING! Jess, that is SO cool!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Stunning, stunning, stunning in every way! Love the embossing and the black butterflies just pop - beautiful take on the inspiration!