Monday 11 April 2011

Sweet & sour cupcake birthday

Doesn’t sound like a great combination does it? I think it works though in this bright & fun birthday card I made for friend of Cara’s... & is also my entry for Keesh’s latest sketch challenge #65.
The sweet & sour combination comes from my new ‘Create a Cupcake’ stamp set & matching punch (from the new Autumn/Winter Mini - yay!), teamed with some Sweet & Sour Specialty DSP.
The card was hugely inspired by this fabulous card by Krista, from which I took my colours & cupcakes. I just found Krista’s blog & love her sense of colour & style, so please check out her creations.
Here’s the fab sketch from Keesh for Inkspirations #65, which I just stretched into a regular sized card - inspired by design team member Renee’s stunning creation.
The card needed to hold a gift card, so I added a panel to the inside left, to slide the card in & then decorated the right panel to match. By the way, the base is peach parfait, which I generally prefer to pumpkin in large doses:
Here’s one final pic of it together with the matching stamped envelope & little handbag, which I made for a stall I ran at Cara’s school at Christmas. 
The handbag was based on a fab swap that a demo friend received at the last SU convention. I don’t have the swap to tell you who made it, but if you know who did, or it’s you, please let me know & I’ll credit & link your creation.

Edited 11/4 6:20pm - I have found out that the handbag swap was made by the lovely Julia Leece.  You can see her original swaps here - I just used the scallop envelope die for the top, but otherwise it's the same. Thanks heaps Julia.

Some final tips....
- The choc chip scallop circle around the die cut circle (circle b/s die)was made using the regular scallop edge punch. Just punch a strip of scallops, then cut a slit between each scallop, which enables you to bend the strip around the circle. If it doesn’t quite fit, just add an embellishment or ribbon to cover. My join is hidden by the bottom of the pumpkin cupcake.
- The button is a clear ‘itty bitty’ one (from the Summer Mini) with a matching punched rose red flower adhered with 2-way glue. These buttons & matching punch are still available on our carry-over list if you missed getting them.
- I wanted to add some texture to the rose red front panel, but not make it look busy, so I used textured cardstock instead of smooth.
- the sweet & sour dsp is made with some glossy embossed sections, which adds a lovely touch.

Thanks heaps for popping by & hope you liked the cupcakes....I'm sure you'll be seeing lots more. If you have any questions about anything, just drop me a line, or leave a some comment love. I’ll be back next time with a project I’ve been doing for our Mother’s Day school activities.
Inky wishes, Di

Card/Paper: peach parfait (base), rose red textured, whisper white, choc chip card, sweet & sour specialty DSP
Ink: rose red, pumpkin pie, choc chip ink pads
Accessories: pumpkin pie taffeta ribbon, itty bitty buttons, linen thread,
Tools: big shot, circles #2 die, build a cupcake punch, scallop edge punch, itty bitty shapes punch, word window punch