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Saturday, July 9, 2011

Retro Cupcakes

For the last 3 weeks or so I haven't been able to play along in the Tuesday Trigger Challenge or any other challenges till now. I love the little bit of doily used as a table cloth in the card that is the inspiration for this weeks Tuesday Trigger which you can find here
This cute card can by found on page 134 in the Stamp It! Cards and was created by Tina Fussel. Besides the doily I also really liked the pastel colors.

Later I ran across this card sketch on Jen Tapler's blog. The sketch is from Verve Stamps. As soon as I saw this sketch cupcakes came to mind. 

I wanted the card to feel like the cupcakes were sitting in a bakery shop. I went with the pastel colors of the TT card but just a shade or two darker. I gathered up my Martha Stewart cupcake punch, all the doilies I had and ended up using a square card for the base of my card. The pattern paper is an old old paper pack from Creative Memories called Cabana. It is very retro and not really my style but you know what I ended up liking it alot after all. I made some scrapbook pages for my daughter's Freshman Dance as the blues and tan matched her dress. Now I am making a card with it.

I had intended using the blue and yellow pattern paper as the background but I cut it too small and I didn't have another piece large enough. I was determined to make it work so I made a mat out of kraft cardstock to go under it .

 I chose to cover the center of the doily with a yellow paper circle to make the four kraft squares stand out more. I originally had just the doily squares but there was still too much white and they ended up getting lost. So I just backed them with a larger square of kraft cardstock.

 Each of the cupcake liners are of a different color and for the icing I used dark brown cardstock. A pop up dot was used to give a little dimension to the frosting while the liners are adhered right to the doily square. I also filled in the brown cardstock icing with Glossy Accents. I love how it made the frosting shiny and gives even more dimension making it look like real chocolate icing. I wanted to add some seed beads for sprinkles but was afraid it might ruin it so I left well enough alone. Maybe next time.

For the last square I was going to stamp the sentiment "it's your birthday" directly on the square but I first stamped it on a scrap square and layed it on top to see if it balanced out the card. I decided I liked the layered look of the two kraft squares and used pop dots to adhere the smaller square. I then stamped "eat cake" in brown ink on a white banner and trimmed it down to fit and was done. 

I am really pleased with how the card turned out. Now for some reason I'm hungry for a cupcake!


  1. I love how you used the circle background stamp on the cupcakes (I have it and have been dying to use it)! So many fun design elements in this piece, great job!!

  2. What a SWEET card!! I really like the way that it turned out!! The colors that you used and just the style is really cute!! THANKS for sharing and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  3. I really like how you used the colors and the layout Teresa. Very sweet card. Yum!

  4. Hey Teresa! Thanks for linking this up to this week's Tuesday Trigger in the Moxie Fab World! I'm so glad you joined in on all the fun! :)


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