March 3, 2015

Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration - Color Inspiration

Hello! Hello! We're here with the second Inspiration Challenge for our Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration! Today's Inspiration Challenge is a color challenge and our inspiration images today is tons of fun! 

Today's card showcases some fun goodies from Meljen's DesignsOddball Art Co.Sparkle N Sprinkle, and Your Next Stamp. (Sponsor product is linked at the bottom)


I HEART UNICORNS. I just thought I should get that out there before we get started. Hehehe! Meljen's Designs has some of the cutest unicorn images ever and this one is no exception! I had such a blast coloring her! (If you know me, I dislike coloring! HAHA!) I used the Coastal Cabana Stampin' Blendabilities for her mane and tail and some Daffodil Delight for her horn and hooves. A teendy bit of Blush Blossom was the perfect pink for her cheek and ears. Oh! She's so cute! I originally left my unicorn plain white, but she just didn't look right to me. She didn't look "unicorn" enough, if that makes any sense! Sparkle N Sprinkle came to the rescue with their gorgeous Silver Pearl Embossing Powder. This stuff is so lovely! (I could probably use a little more practice with this stuff, but I'm happy with how it turned out). I used a VersaMark pen to color in the spaces that I wanted embossed and then sprinkled on the powder. Once the whole area was covered, I used my heat tool to melt the powder and give my unicorn this beautiful pearly look. And then of course, I added a little sparkle to her horn, mane, and tail with my Wink of Stella Glitter Brush Pen from Your Next Stamp. (I hope you can see that bit of sparkle!) The background had to be something fun and magical, so I used part of an image from Oddball Art Co. This is actually the "spraypaint" from the Big Eye Graffiti Artist image. Perfect for unicorn land, right? I added some more fun hearts with a cute border die from Your Next Stamp. The sentiment from Apple Blossoms was perfect and I stamped it on some Summer Starfruit Cardstock, then embossed it in white. I cut it in a tag shape, but maybe I have it down a bit too low to tell... I hope you like it!

Paper: Pool Party Cardstock, Summer Starfruit Cardstock, Whisper White Cardstock
Stamps: Apple Blossoms, Big Eye Graffiti Artist Girl Aya with Tag (Oddball Art Co.)Unicorn's Rest (Meljen's Designs)
Ink: Stampin' Blendabilities - Coastal Cabana; Stampin' Write Markers - Blush Blossom, Daffodil Delight, Summer Starfruit
Embellishments: Silver Pearl Embossing Powder (Sparkle N Sprinkle)Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush (by Zigg from Your Next Stamp), White Stampin' Emboss Powder
Tools: Awesome Borders Dies Set One (Your Next Stamp), heat tool, Stampin' Dimmensionals, VersaMark Pen

Get your shop on and get some lovely unicorn images (or whatever suits your fancy) at Meljen's Designs! They are offering 20% off this week! Use the code MDheart20, good until March 8. 

Plus Your Next Stamp is offering 20% off as well, with the code YNSCI20 (also good until the 8th)!

March 2, 2015

Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration - Sparkle Inspiration Day 2

Happy Monday! Today is day two of our amazing 300th Challenge Celebration over at Cupcake Inspirations! We're starting off the party with this amazing SPARKLE Inspiration.

My Sparkle card for today is a much more subtle sparkle. I'm showcasing A Day for Daisies and product from Your Next Stamp today. (Sponsor product is linked at the bottom)


A Day for Daisies has been one of our sponsors for ages. They are always coming out with these gorgeous images. This Basset reminded me of my pup, Molly, and I fell in love immediately. I colored her with some Baked Brown Sugar and Basic Black (for her nose). So cute! I used Stampin' Blendabilities for the flowers - Daffodil Delight and Old Olive. I didn't do any blending here except on one little flower, but I like how the flowers all fall in the same color palette. I recently purchased this lovely Hello Script die from Mama Elephant and thought it would be perfect for this card. I decided to do a negative cut and allow for the card base to show through. This is the first time I've used Hello Honey and I'm kind of loving it! It reminds me a lot of Crushed Curry (which is actually what I planning to use for this card), but it is a much warmer, buttery color. I added a few fun wood butterfly embellishments from Studio Calico at the top as a finishing touch. So, where is this Sparkle, you ask? On the pretty flowers that this pup is carrying! I used the Wink of Stella Glitter Brush, which, Hello! I am LOVING! I ordered this awesome tool from Your Next Stamp and now I want to add a wink of glitter to everything! I tried and tried and tried to capture it on camera, but it was soooo difficult. I'm sorry! I promise it's there, though!

Paper: Hello Honey Cardstock, Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock
Stamps: Flower Fairy Dog (A Day for Daisies)
Ink: Stampin' Write Markers - Baked Brown Sugar, Basic Black; Stampin' Blendabilities - Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Embellishments: Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Brush (by Zigg from Your Next Stamp), Wood Veneer Butterflies (Studio Calico)
Tools: Hello Script (Mama Elephant)

Get a Wink of Stella Glitter Brush for yourself (or some other fun goodies) at Your Next Stamp with a 20% off discount! Use the code YNSCI20 (expires March 8)!

March 1, 2015

Cupcake Inspirations 300th Challenge Celebration - Sparkle Inspiration

Hello dear friends! You're in for a treat this week because we're having a PAR-TAY over at Cupcake Inspirations to celebrate our 300th Challenge! YOWZA! What a big milestone! 

Can you believe that I've been with Cupcakes since 2010? It's crazy how long it has been! I've loved being Sponsorship Coordinator and Creative Director (a name I creatively made up for myself - but hey! It's my job, right?! Haha) It really challenges me in a different way creatively and I've met so many great people along the way.

When the 300th challenge was coming along, I knew we would want to do something SPECTACULAR! So I came up with THREE fabulous inspiration images, rounded up THREE new Sweeties (more info to come next week...) and invited THIRTY fabulous sponsors (who are providing $600 worth of prizes -WOW!) who will be providing THREE huge-a-mongous prize packages for THREE super lucky winners! PICK ME! PICK ME! (just kidding!) I sure hope you have fun this week!

Are you excited yet?!? Check out our amazing lineup of sponsors for our celebration! Did I mention they are giving away $600 worth of prizes!?!


So let's begin, shall we? Our first Inspiration Challenge is SPARKLE! I'm loving today's cupcake. Isn't it so fabulous with the heart shaped sparkler on top? :)

And here's my Sparkle card! Today I'm showcasing four of our wonderful sponsors - DRS DesignsNewton's Nook DesignsPolkadoodles, and Sparkle N Sprinkle! (Sponsor product is linked at the bottom)


I wanted to make the lovely WPlus9 die a glittery focal point for this card, so I started by diecutting some Silver Glimmer paper. This stuff is such a glittery mess, but it looks so fabulous! I used some Smoky Slate for the card base to offset the shimmer. I love this Polka Dot Background stamp from DRS Designs. It looks great when stamped in VersaMark ink, like I did here. What better way to make the sentiment a focal point than frame it, right? The Around the House stamp set from Newton's Nook is so fun (don't be surprised if you start seeing me framing everything on my cards! Haha!) I inked it up with some Chocolate Chip on white cardstock and carefully cut it out. I totally cheated because I knew my cute Polkadoodles bear would hide the bottom corner, so I cut from there. I love the little hanging ribbon stamp that goes with the frame and stamped it right on the card with VersaMark ink. Isn't Winston Bear a cutie-pie? I stippled him with some Creamy Caramel and Blush Blossom Stampin' Write Markers and colored in the heart with some Blushing Bride. I added a little more shimmer with some Silver Dreams Glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle. Their glitter is super fine and fabulous! I'm honestly not a huge glitter fan because it makes such a mess, but their glitter is so fine it hardly makes a mess!

Now won't you come celebrate with us over at Cupcake Inspirations? And don't forget to come back every day this week for more 300th Celebration fun!

Paper: Neenah Solar White 80# Cardstock, Silver Glimmer Paper, Smoky Slate Cardstock
Stamps: Around the House (Newton's Nooks Designs)Polka Dot Background (DRS Designs), Winston Bear Heart of Gold (Polkadoodles)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, VersaMark, Stampin' Write Markers - Creamy Caramel, Blush Blossom, Blushing Bride
Embellishments: Silver Dreams Glitter (Sparkle N Sprinkle)
Tools: Hand Lettered Thanks Die (WPlus9), Stampin' Dimensionals

By the way, Newton's Nook Designs is offering FREE SHIPPING to help us celebrate our 300th Challenge. Use the code CUPCAKE300 until March 7th!