Thursday, October 2, 2008

Crazy For Cupcakes!

Mmmmm....how about a cupcake? Okay, if we can't REALLY have cupcakes, then how about a couple Crazy For Cupcakes cards? What's your favorite kind of cupcake/cake? Mine changes from time to time, but today, it's chocolate cake with fluffy chocolate frosting!! Yum!!! I'm excited to share these delicious cards with you, including 2 of my SWAP cards. These are made entirely with Stampin Up supplies. For me, it's always fun to do SU swaps, because I LOVE my SU supplies, I really do! I have to tell you, the star of these projects are Crystal Effects and Chunky Sprinkles (chunky glitter). I'm always looking for new ways to add shine, dimension and sparkle to my images and these two products really take the cake (excuse the pun!), lol!!
I made 10 of those cards for my Ink For Brains, new catalog swap (plus I made a few extras...I never seem to have enough birthday cards). Here are a few of the supplies I used ~ And here's a close-up of that image so you can see some of the sparkly, shiny details ~To get this effect, it does take several steps, but the steps are all really easy and the end result is so worth a little patience. I colored the image with SU Markers...the cherries are Real Red, the frosting is Regal Rose & Pretty in Pink, and the cupcake bases are Close to Cocoa, Creamy Caramel & Chocolate Chip. The tray is Bashful Blue & Brocade Blue. After coloring the cupcakes, I applied Crystal Effects to the frosting, then sprinkled on some clear (white) Chunky Sprinkles. The Crystal Effects adds Dimension along with shine, so it's just perfect for the frosting. After that dried (about 30 minutes), I carefully added Crystal Effects to the cherries, to make them shiny :) !

And the inside of the card...the perfect finishing touche for a birthday card ~And here is my Great Swaps Girls 2, new catalog swap card! I selected the Heard From the Heart set for my swap card, and I used Crazy for Cupcakes for the image. I kept the same color palette for both swap cards, Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pirouette Pink & Whisper White, along with the Sweet Always Designer Paper.I made 14 of these cards (plus a few extras for my birthday card stash)! This was my first GSG2 swap and it was so fun to receive those swaps in the mail last week!! My GSG2 girls did an awesome job on their swaps and I'd love for you to see every single card. I think they've been uploaded to SCS, but I'm having a little trouble locating the gallery (sorry!)...as soon as I find it, I'll be sure to pass that along to you so you can check out all those super swap cards!
And...how cool is this? During the month of October, while Stampin Up celebrates their 20th birthday , you can get this Crazy For Cupcakes set along with a selection of Birthday sets at 20% off! You can check out those sets and all the details right HERE! Wooo-hooo!! Great discount on some great stamp sets!!!

I hope you enjoyed seeing the cupcake cards! I sure enjoyed sharing them with you...I also enjoy hearing from you. For those of you who faithfully leave comments...THANK YOU very much :) !!! I appreciate the encouragement! For the rest of you, don't be shy...I really would love to hear from you!! I'm coming up on my one year anniversary of starting my blog and I've been thinking about what to do with my blog for this coming year...goals, ideas, etc. These posts, the links, and listing the supplies all take quite a bit of time and I can tell by the counter that lots of you stop by everyday, so I'm guessing you like what you see? If so, then it's worth it. But honestly, I can't be sure if you don't leave comments. Soooo, you'll have to leave a comment now & then...tell me what you like, tell me what don't you like (be gentle, lol!). Or just say hi... You'll make my day ;) !!!

Supplies for the first card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes Paper: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Whisper White, Sweet Always DP Ink: Black Stazon & Chocolate Chip SU Markers: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Bashful Blue, Brocade Blue Tools/Accessories: Photo Corner Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Silver Brads, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-majig, Crystal Effects, Chunky Sprinkles, 1/4" pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon

Supplies for the second card (size 4 1/4 x 5 1/2) ~ Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes Paper: Chocolate Chip, Regal Rose, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Sweet Always DP Ink: Chocolate Chip SU Markers: Regal Rose, Pretty in Pink, Pumpkin Pie, Chocolate Chip Tools/Accessories: Ticket Corner Punch, Scallop Edge Punch, , Silver Brads, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-majig, Crystal Effects, Chunky Sprinkles, 1/4" pretty in pink grosgrain ribbon, Paper snips, Paper piercing tool/mat pack

19 comments:

Elena said...

Very cute cards!Love the coloring! Those cupcakes look so yummy! Love your blog! It is very good that you are giving the recipe card! Very helpful for beginners like me!

Anonymous said...

I like, I like!! What I don't like? I don't have my cupcake stamps yet!!
I love your work. Keep it up, it inspires me.
Thanks,
Debbie

Kim said...

I love my cupcake card. Oh, and I love you too!

Pauline said...

Hi, Nancy, your cards are always great and I just love stopping by. These cards are so yummy I can almost taste those cakes ;o)

pescbrico said...

Beautifuls cards! :) They really look yummy! :)

Tiffany said...

Gorgeous cards! I love the sparkle on them. Very, very pretty!!!

Have a great weekend!

Mary Lou said...

These cards are incredible!!! I will definitely be CASEing you for my October stamp camp. My gals will love them. Your blog as well as your faith are an inspiration. I'm guilty of visiting but not commenting so I'll try to do better. I truly appreciate all the time you invest with the projects, supplies, ideas, etc. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

Mary Lou

Tonya said...

These are both so cute. I have one of the first cards and I love how there are layers and layers, how much depth it has without feeling like too much! Perfect balance!

You are my coloring queen Miss Nancy!!! I aspire to be as great as you are someday!

Angel said...

Oh wow. Your cupcake cards look absolutely delcious. I think I may have to buy some pink frosting and sugar this weekend! Yumm. My fave cake is carrot cake. :-)

Carly S said...

Hi Nancy,

I love your cards! I think I'm going to need that cupcake set. I'm sorry I never leave comments, but I want you to know I love to check and see if you have a new card posted. It's a highlight of my day! You have been so good to me. I really appreciate all that you do! Have a great weekend!
Carly

Terra said...

Thank you so much for all of your work and time. You a great inspiration and I love everything you do! You have made me want Copics desperately, but I just can't afford them at this time, so I was thrilled to see you do also use the SU markers. I love this post and love when you use SU stamps and supplies. Thanks again!

Mary Fish said...

all "delicious" takes on Crazy for Cupcakes. fabulous job!

Jackie Pedro said...

Wonderful swap cards, Nancy! I love this set from SU! I may just have to get myself some chunky glitter, too!!

I love your blog the way it is!!

Kadie Labadie said...

Nancy: Your cards are BEAUTIFUL. Love everything you post and have to say-you are one talented lady. Keep up the great blog-and looking forward to another year of great post and fun ideas. Kadie

Kristie said...

I love these cards! I am crazy for cupcakes lol.

You have a great blog!

Nancy Riley said...

Look at you! ... workin' your magic with the Crazy for Cupcakes stamp set! FANTASTIC stuff, Nancy!

Lori Barnett said...

OK...that's IT! I've had this stuff on my wish list...now it's all your fault that I'm gonna place ANOTHER SU order!! LOL Thankfully I'm a demonstrator - I can use that as my excuse why I need to get the stuff...it's business related! ha ha ha ha CUTE CUTE CUTE CARDS!!

nancy littrell said...

Denny and I got home yesterday from a month of trailer camping with gorgeous hikes in the mts of Nevada and canyons of Red Rock country in Utah. What a thrilling surprise to come home to my gorgeous and glittery cupcake Wishes card from my girlfriend Nancy. I just LOVE my card Nance. It is crisp, glittery and filled with love and happiness....just like you :-) Your friend always, Nancy

Charlene H. said...

I was not going to get that DSP - Always. After seeing your card, I now have to have it. I like the multiple layering on your card. It is really beautiful.