Cupcake Invasion

Have you indulged in the latest trend? I'm talking about the popularity of cupcakes, not that I'm complaining. It seems that the love of cupcakes has become an obsession for some, and why not, they are delicious, decadent and in some cases tiny works of art. Which brings me to this latest post. If you are a cupcake lover then you are in for a treat.
This is an invatation I created for a friend's baby shower. Her nursery is based on cupcakes and is the sweetest thing to see (pun intended).
For this card I really wanted the cupcakes to appear as decadent as their real life counterparts so I used several fun products to acheive the look.
  • The pink cupcake has "Cotton Candy" Stickles on it to mimmick sugar sprinkles. If you remember the old "Puffy Paint" phase from a few years back-you basically have it reincarnated with a new name-Stickles.
  • The vanilla cupcake has white Liquid Applique for a 3D frosting appearance. Liquid Applique is a product that when heated with a heat gun puffs up. It is awesome to work with and comes in numerous colors. The cherry is covered in Crystal Effects by Stampin' Up! When this product dries, the liquid hardens for a clear "glassy" appearance.
  • The chocolate cupcake is done with Stampin' Up!'s Watercolor Pencils and softened with a blender pen. This is one of my favorite techniques because it gives the image a softer look than straight markers. Blender pens can be used with chalk, pencil or Watercolor Wonder Crayons. The base is done in the same way and polka dotted with "Black Diamond" Stickles.

    The scalloped bottom is created using the new scallop edge punch from Stampin' Up! I LOVE this punch. It is soooo easy to use!

    All Products Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted
    Stamps: Cupcakes (Unity Stamps), Sentiment (Stampendous)
    Paper: Textured Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Whisper White
    Ink: Chocolate Chip, Rose Red, Versa Mark
    Accessories: Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Write Markers, Blender Pen, Scallop Edge Punch, Stickles, Crystal Effects, hole punch, ribbon (Michael's) Liquid Applique (Marvy), Stamp-a ma-jig, black embossing powder, heat tool
Here are the thank you cards that I gave as part of my gift. It is a really nice touch, I think. And I could coordinate them with the invite. I made them a bit more simple and mature as they would be coming from the mom.
Cupcake thank you
This flourish is from the Barouque Motifs set from Stampin' Up! which I love, love, love. It is by far my favorite. I stamped it with versa mark and embossed it with black embossing powder. I used the Scallop Circle punch for the sentiment. I was really happy with how they turned out. Very classy and feminine.
All Products Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Baroque Motifs, Borders and Corners Circle-stamped circle and Shapes By Design-sentiment (Papertrey Ink),
Ink: Basic Black, Versa Mark
Paper: Textured Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Whisper White
Accessories: Scallop Circle Punch, Scallop Punch, hole punch, Circle Punch, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool. polka dot ribbon (Michael's)
And finally, the bag I created that held my gifts. I got this idea from the Stampin' Up! convention. The minute I saw this stamp set demonstrated there, I knew it would be one of my first purchases from the new catalog.
Cupcake bag
I purchased a white gift bag that are available at almost any store (this one is from Michael's). I used Stampin' Up!'s new stamp for the main image. I staped it on Pink Pirouette paper and cut it out, then stamped it again on Parisian Summer Designer series paper. I love this paper. It is gorgeous, very girly and elegant. The cherry was stamed on Riding Hood Red cardstock and covered with Red Chunky Essentials glitter. The stem is cut from Chocolate Chip cardstock. The cupcake has dots created with Stickles.
All products Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted:
Stamp:Simple Birthday Thanks
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Chocolate Chip, Parisian Summer Designer Series Paper
Ink: Rose Red
Accessories: Stickles (Marvy), Chocolate Chip Taffeta Ribbon, Red Chunky Essentials Glitter, Crystal Effects

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