Sweet Cupcake for PPA304

Lisa Ann Bernard is hosting this week’s sketch challenge at the Pals Paper Arts, and she’s got a fun layout for us.  I flipped her sketch on its side, which gave me to opportunity to play with the super-fun, ginormous cupcake from Sweet Cupcake.  What fun!  Here’s my card for this week’s challenge:

Sweet Cupcake, Cupcake Cutouts Framleits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA304

And here’s the banner for Lisa Ann Bernard’s sketch that inspired my card:


But here’s how this fun sketched worked best for me:

PPA-304 2

Tips, Tricks and Reminders

  • Sweet Cupcake Bundle.  While the Sweet Cupcake stamp might look a little abstract at first glance, the giant cupcake builds perfectly and is a wonderful accent for a card front.  The sentiments that accompany this cupcake are really great, too, and can be used with other images.  Don’t forget to check out the Framelits that accompany this set – two great Thinlits words (“sweet” and “wish”) and some great accents (look at that cute curly-cue die!):

    Sweet Cupcake Bundle, Stampin' Up!

    Sweet Cupcake Bundle, Stampin’ Up!

  • Build-a-Cupcake.  There are so many ways to build a beautiful cupcake with this stamp set – each piece layers right on top of the others to make you look like you spent all day.  Just look how festive the three cupcakes are in the sample above – what fun!  I used a combination of colors that worked perfectly for my card – a pink mound of icing and a cupcake liner that matched my Designer Series Paper to a “t”.Sweet Cupcake, Cupcake Cutouts Framleits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA304
  • Festive Dots.  The focal panel of this card features a piece of paper from the A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack – a Smoky Slate base with random, white dots.  I punched some Flirty Flamingo dots from the Owl Builder punch (the teeny-tiny dots on the right side of the punch below) to add a little extra splash to the paper – customizing the paper made it a one-of-a-kind that pairs perfectly with my sweet cupcake.
    A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin' Up!

    A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack, Stampin’ Up!

    Owl Builder punch, Stampin' Up!

    Owl Builder punch, Stampin’ Up!

Stamp Sets:  Sweet Cupcake  Papers:  A Little Foxy Designer Series Paper Stack, Basic Gray, Flirty Flamingo, Thick Whisper White  Inks:  Pink Pirouette, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Sahara Sand, Smoky Slate, Archival Basic Gray  Accessories:  Cupcake Cutouts Framelits, Owl Builder punch, Stampin’ DimensionalsSweet Cupcake, Cupcake Cutouts Framleits, Stampin' Up!, Brian King, PPA304

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I hope you’ll pop over to the Pals Paper Arts site to see the cards by the design team members and to play along with this week’s challenge.

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  1. I love everything about this card – the colors, the layers, the placement – everything!

  2. Love the pink and gray color combination. Cute card. Can’t wait to start playing with the Sweet Cupcake stamps and Framelits. Thanks for the inspiration!

  3. So cute ! I love the icing on the cupcakes in this stamp set !
    Thank you for pointing out the “DOTS” on the Owl Punch !!
    I love being able to find multiple ways to utilize my punches . Of course that Owl has been used in many different ways .
    I call that “More Punch from your Punch “!

  4. Sweet surprise! I was not expecting you to rock this cupcake! awesome card!

  5. Absolutely adorable. I love how you added the Flirty Flamingo dots to the DSP for a pop of color!

  6. This is a really fun BIG cupcake. I really like your card with the polka dot background and the BIG “Sweet”. Adding the Flirty Flamingo dots is genius!

    I’m really loving it , I want that one , love how you did all the greys,and Sahara sand ,👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼👍🏼, ok I said I love it all !
    Tfs , hugs Frenchie

  8. Once again I must admit how much I admire your artistic abilities. Just turning the sketch on it’s side created an entirely new look and feel. Not sure how you see that immediately but I think I must try to envision sketches with a “Brian Eye” once in a while. You are one amazing talent.

  9. Cindie McDuffee

    Does using “Brian’s Eye” require sending a nickel?

    Seriously, those dots from the Owl punch were a stroke of genius……

  10. You ARE the clever one Brian! 🙂

  11. Love this BK! You might just swing me to the cupcake side.

  12. Ginger Toivonen

    This is just about as sweet as that luscious looking cupcake!

  13. LOVE LOVE LOVE all the colors you combined for this fantastic card.

  14. what an absolutely delicious card Brian. wish I had your artistic eye. hopefully following your blog will help me think outside the cupcake wrapper more!!!

  15. Fun card, Brian! Thanks for sharing the colors you used for layering.

  16. I love how you use the graphics to show how you work your magic! Sweet card for sure!

  17. Darling and oh so creative. Love it!

  18. Judy in Maricopa

    YOU are SO creative! Love how you turned the sketch on the side, LOVE how you showcased the card on top of the ink pads, the beautiful combinations of COLOR and the Cupcake…. Fabulous! TFS!

  19. Robbye Hamilton

    What a sweet card. I love how the different shades of pink pop against the Smoky Slate and the Foxy DSP. Awesome project Brian

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