Saturday, November 8, 2008

Hey Sweetie



Happy Saturday! Before I get to today's card, I want to thank everyone who has been praying for the Schmidlins. Here's the SCS thread again if you want to keep up with the updates. On a lighter note, thanks also to those who left 40th birthday wishes on my friend Marcy's blog. She DID see them and says thanks!

Okay, so today's card ... it's my sample for both Jen's Sketch for You To Try and the Saturday challenge over at Our Creative Corner.

Head over to i{heart}2stamp to see this week's sketch, Jen's sample, and guest designer Becca Feeken's sample. For even more inspiration, visit Amy, Carole, Shannan, and Susan.

The challenge this week at Our Creative Corner is an inspiration challenge based on this completely delicious looking photo from the Martha Stewart website:



Be sure to visit Our Creative Corner to see what the rest of the OCC designers put together. While you're there, you can give a super warm welcome to our special guest this week, Taylor VanBruggen. So glad you could join us, Taylor!!

As usual for me, I went with a fairly literal interpretation of the inspiration piece, pulling in the colors, the cupcake theme, and the red and white polka dots. Most everything is pretty straightforward, but I'll point out a few details. The pink frosting on the cupcakes is coated with Crytal Effects and the red cherries are dotted with Christmas Red Stickles. The gorgeous ribbon is from May Arts. Instead of knotting it or tying it into a bow, I just wrapped it around so that the ends overlapped slightly, then cinched it in the middle with some silver cord. The tag, cut with Stampin' Up's word window punch, hangs from the cord by a jump ring.

To stay true to the sketch, I had to get a little creative with the Cuttlebug and piercing. Let me show you what I mean. Here's the sketch:



I tried a bunch of different things for that top band, but they all overpowered this light and delicate image. So instead of adding a band, I dry embossed the Celery background, leaving about an inch unembossed (is that even a word?). I used a Scor-Pal to create a line at each edge of the dry embossing, then scored two additional lines in the center. I then accented with some paper piercing.

Back to the challenges for a minute ... you are warmly invited to participate in either or both. The SCS keywords are SFYTT for Jen's Sketch For You To Try and OCCC for Our Creative Corner. If you've never played before, just jump right in. You'll be addicted soon enough!

Hope you have a fantastic weekend!



Stamps: What's Up Cupcake (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Basic Black, Certainly Celery, Real Red (SU!); Papertrey White
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Christmas Red Stickles, Crystal Effects, Certainly Celery Marker, paper piercer, dimensionals, May Arts ribbon, silver cord, word window punch, Martha Stewart border punch, D'Vine Swirls Cuttlebug folder, Scor-Pal, jump ring

36 comments:

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

LOVE this!! Those colors are amazing! I love what you did with the scoring/piercing/embossing! Too cool!
hugs, Jami

Dawn Easton said...

Fabulous Amy! Love those yummy looking cupcakes and the embossing adds so much to the card...FANTASTIC girl!

Amy said...

Love, love, love what you did with the cbug, scorpal and piercing tool for the background and that top bad--so subtle, so cool! The ribbon is just perfect--punchy and sweet!

marcyh said...

Hey Amy...love the cuttlebug work. Cupcakes look yummy enough to eat.

Where do you buy your stickles? I can't find them at Micheal's or AC Moore.

All the birthday wishes on my blog inspired me to update..so thanks :-)

Michelle said...

This. Is. ADORABLE!!!! I LOVE how you did the band, that is so creative!! I love these colors together, & well...cupcakes...need I say more??

Maureen said...

Amazing card, Amy! I love the cuttlebug technique and piercing. Thanks for sharing your talent!!

Jennifer Meyer said...

Beautiful card Amy, LOVE all of the fun elements from the inspiration picture. Have a wonderful weekend, Jennifer :)

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Very pretty, Amy!

Jackie Pedro said...

Seeing this card was truly a *THUD* moment for me!! Love the colors, the embossing, the piercing, the ribbon....LOVE IT ALL!!

Alison Anderson said...

Once again... awesome job! You are truly the best ever!!!

Catherine said...

another stunning card from you, Amy :)

hope you have a great weekend!

Desire Fourie said...

This elegant creation is absolutely gorgeous and the colour combo yummie. Warm regards

Jessie/knightrone said...

Totally cute Amy....I love those MFT cupcakes!! The way you did the embossing rocks too!!

Michelle said...

Great card, Amy! Such fabulous design and gorgeous details!

Cindy Haffner said...

Beautiful Amy lovin it, so yummy!

Susan (susiestampalot) said...

VERY NICE, amy!! i love it and it's got my favorite colors and cupcakes!!

Anonymous said...

This is such a pretty card!
C Burke

texasjodylynn said...

Beautiful card!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh so pretty, I just love your embossed and pierced background, so neat to do something different with the templates, love the punched border and ribbon too!

Laurel said...

Fabulous! So yummy looking!

Lisa Graves said...

Your card is absolutely beautiful... the colors, the embossing... everything!

Denise said...

Oh Amy, this is sooooo pretty! I love the colors, and the embossed/pierced celery is a gorgeous touch~ FANTASTIC!! :)

Susan said...

What a creative idea to Cuttlebug and leave a space to use with the Scor-Pal!! I did a double-take when I first saw it and couldn't imagine what it was until I read the post....love this and will attempt to use it! Love your blog and your cards are soooo lovely!

joyk said...

Just beautiful! I love how you attached the ribbon, much less bulk for mailed cards!

Bev said...

Yum! Love the unembossing trick! :)
I'll have to make it a point to do the OCC this week!
-Bev

amazingpapergrace.com said...

My word, you are a creative genius!!! I love the embossing and the vertical panel. This is charming, dainty, sweet card!!
--Becca

Lynda Benden said...

Wow Amy, this is awesome! I love the colors and the way you "unembossed" is fantastic!

Nancy Riley said...

Absolutely gorgeous!!!!

Shi said...

Love the colors! Really like the way you used the embossing folders. Very pretty and fun.

Sandra Smart said...

oh Amy, this card is sooooo very pretty! I just love it, and I love the way you split up the embossing!

Sophie said...

Wow!!! It's fabulous!!! I love it!!!

Angel said...

This is so adorable and the cupckaes look good enough to eat. Great work with that inspiration piece!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Awesome card! Love the colors, the very detailed background... the cute image. TFS!

busickhall said...

I just love how you can take something so straightforward - like the embossing folder - and modify it to get creative. You are so much fun to follow!

Maria Gurnsey said...

this is a very cute card, i bought this scallop punch because of you :)

Silke said...

Fabulous cupcake card - Amy!!! The icing looks awesome!!!

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