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Friday, December 30, 2011

Cupcake Christmas Card

Happy Friday, my sparkly friends! :o)

I made this Christmas card last week for the wonderful owner and sweet employees at my local cupcake bakery. They opened earlier this year and I am thrilled they are (presumably) doing well. They always greet me and my sweetie with big smiles, know my favorites, and have been overly generous on many occasions. Making and delivering this little card is one of the highlights so far of the holiday season. :o)

"Elves at WORK!"
A giant cupcake card of swirly frosting, adorned with red, burgundy, and green rhinestone sprinkles. :o) I chose to make the "wrapper" out of fancy Christmas paper since they make fancy cupcakes. The Whimsical Designs sentiment is from the Snow Much Fun stamp set, which I love. The adorable digi stamp is from The Paper Shelter, titled Santa's Cute Helper... and the instant I saw this image I knew the sentiment was perfect for it. I colored her with Copics, added Stardust to all of her trim and sled, used tiny rhinestones for her buttons, tied some Peppermint Stick twine around her sack of goodies, and used a slathering of SnowTex for her sledding surface. (And it looks like whipped cream! Perfect!) I attached the sentiment with twine and placed it at the end of the pretty branch of holly berries and pinecones, almost like the branch is holding it. :o) The workers at the cupcakery are kind of like elves all year round!

Not only did this turn out to be one of my favorite cards, but when I delivered it on Christmas Eve it was a lovely moment. The owner was so surprised to receive this tiny gift and it was such a delight to see a smile light up her face as she kept looking at it. :o)

And THEN it was my turn to be surprised... when I went back this week for yet another one of my favorite Apple Cider cupcakes, guess what was sitting out? This card! What a shock. I am positively thrilled that she likes it so much she wanted to set it out. :o)

Thank you for visiting me today! I hope you have a wonderful and sparkly New Years weekend! Can you believe it's here? I look forward to a new year of crafting with you all. :o) Extra hugs and blessings (and cupcakes!) for another holiday weekend!

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridge: Create a Critter
 * Cuttlebug embossing folder: D'vine Swirls
 * Spellbinders Nestabilities: Labels Four
 * Sentiment stamp: Whimsical Designs~ Snow Much Fun
 * Digi Stamp: The Paper Shelter~ Santa's Cute Helper
 * Coloring Medium: Copics
 * Paper: Core'dinations, K and Company
 * Twine: Trendy Twine (Peppermint Stick)
 * Miscellaneous: Rhinestones (Recollections), SnowTex



  1. Hi Karen~
    Thanks so much for hopping over to my blog and leaving such a sweet comment....I'm here browsing at all your creative projects you've made and just love them all.... You are sure one talented crafter...
    I'm also your newest follower too.
    Have a great Friday and also a very Happy New Year!

  2. Karen what a super fun card. I am not surprised at all that they would set this out! I am sure it will be a permanent fixture at the cupcake factory. You did an amazing job making this little elf come to life! Really looks like she is sledding down the cupcake. Another magical creation, and wonderful display of my sentiment. Hugs!

  3. I love your card the elf is just adorable and the swirl for the frosting top it off.

  4. Hi Karen, What a fabulous and fun card its just brilliant:) Sandra H

  5. Hi Karen, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! You are just about the sweetest bloggy gal I know, so very sweet to give a beautiful creation such as this! This card is just gorgeous, from the fluffy snow and fancy paper to the shiny gems and the cherry on top :) It's just marvelous!
    I hope all is well and your mom is feeling better:) All my best!

  6. Oh Karen, i am not at all surprised that she had the card sitting out on the counter for all to see... your work is so beautiful... and what a perfect card, i am sure she was tinkled to death. i am glad to hear your mom is improving each day, you are so blessed. i am excited to see what God has in store for us all next year... i have been so blessed by your beautiful friendship. Thank you for all of your sweet comments you have left on my blog... hugs from ukaih

  7. Yummy card Karen!! I love this adorable little gal and the sledding surface does look like whipped, love the look. I am not surprised the bakery set it out for everyone to see. It is beautiful! Great job once again:) Hope you had a wonderful Christmas...Happy New Year!!!! Can't wait to see what you create in 2012!

    Sherrie K

  8. Karen, it's a double-delicious treat! That snowy frosting looks good enough to eat! :) You always seem to have the cutest images for your projects. Love the gem stone sprinkles too. Wish I had elves hard at work here baking me some yummy cupcakes.

  9. SQUEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!! *eats my screen* TEE HEE!

    OMJ! Sunshine!!! It is sooooooooooooooooooo beautiful!!! SQUEEE!!! Honestly sis, I would have given anything to have been there when they saw your card for the first time! Only a heart as gorgeous as yours sis would even think to give such an amazing gift. I know without question that it was a highlight of their Christmas season too, sis. *squees tons cause I get so excited everytime I think about them putting my Sunshine's card on display* SQUEEE!!! SO EXCITING!!!

    I seriously want a real cupcake that is as pretty as yours, sis. Just look at how sparkling perfect it is! SQUEEEEEEEEE!

    *grabs you and gives you giant elfness hugglers* TEE HEE!

    Happy happy New Years and Cuppiecake hugglers for the Sunshine of my 2011 AND 2012!!!

    *devours cupcakes with my sis to celebrate when midnight rolls around* YAY!!!!!


    Super sparkling forever squishies...
    ~~~Christina :)

  10. This is such a cute card! What a perfect gift for a bakery! The little elf girl is adorable! Love the embossing and the bling on the cupcake too! I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! :)


  11. How absolutely adorable! I love the shape of course, and the embossing is perfect for the frosting adorned with sparkles! The little "elf" is so sweet in her Santa outfit.
    I love how you brought this to your favorite Cupcake Bakery Karen! You are always so thoughtful and I am not surpised at all that she had it displayed. I am sure the owner will keep it forever. Hugs my sweet friend and Happy New Year! Wishing you much good health and happiness in 2012!

  12. This is sooo GROGEOUS Karen,BEAUTIFUL job!Happy New Year my friend!:)

  13. Well, I can definitely see why the bakery owner displayed this card -- it is simply awesome!! And what a sweet and thoughtful thing to do!! You are amazing, Karen!! :) The little sledding girl is so adorable and the snow is fabulous!! I just love this!!

    More New Year's Hugs!! Lisa :)

  14. This card is yummy! Love the digi image as well.
    Happy New Year my sweet friend.
    Jayne x

  15. This is so adorable! I love that sledding elf, and I LOVE the way that you added rhinestones to the embossing! :)

  16. Stopping by to say hello and Happy New Years!
    This is a really cute card. I am not at all surprised the shop owner loved it and left out for all to see.

    I pray your Christmas was wonderful! And your new year will be wonderful too!

    Thank you for being my friend, I so appreciate you and your sparkly words you leave for me on my blog. I smile with every post you leave, and my day gets brighter!

    Hugs, Pam


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