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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Colors of Love: Whimsical Wednesday Challenge!

Happy Wednesday, my sweet friends! I hope your week is fluttering along beautifully! :o)

This week's Whimsical Wednesday challenge is all about the colors of love! Include the colors red, white, and a third color of your choice on your LO, card, or project to play along with us!

I decided to make a cupcake box this week! I hadn't made one in far too long and it was perfect timing to celebrate a loved one's birthday. :o)

"Sprinkled with love"
Cut from Sweet Tooth Boxes, I made a sweet little cupcake box swirling with love. The red flourish paper is from Echo Park (corrected from my original post date... not sure why I thought it was MME!) and I kept waiting for the perfect project to use it. Who doesn't love a swirly cupcake wrapper? Since this project is sprinkled with love, I used mini-hearts paper for the frosting. I pleated two layers of crinkle ribbon and attached them to the top of the base to fancy it up... plus, I like how it somewhat resembles fluffy frosting. :o)

The actual cut is topped with a cherry, with slits to make it 3D. I wanted to top mine with love, so I cut out two Gypsy Wanderings hearts instead and slid them together. (Sadly I didn't photograph this at the proper angle due to rushing. I meant to show the hearts more accurately.) The red heart layers are embossed and they're centered with a tonal-flourished pale yellow paper. Why yellow as my third color choice? Because the most beautiful hearts are bursting with sunshine. I surrounded them with Wild Orchid Crafts roses to replicate the pretty flowers on fancy celebratory cakes. (I honestly do not know why I couldn't properly photograph this project.)

For the tag, I wanted to incorporate additional embossed hearts... you can't have too much love, especially when a cupcake is involved. I cut out two more (the same as the topper) and layered them to be cascading love. I secured them with Peppermint Stick Trendy Twine and a sweet heart button. I had to force myself to refrain from adding more pretties throughout.. after all, this needed to be functional! While simple, it was very much loved by the one who inspired it. :o) The Sprinkled with love Whimsical Designs sentiment is one of my favorites, found in Stephanie's With Love stamp set. A must-have for all of my sappy creations. :o)

Regarding the contents of this box, after a couple of months away due to family situations, I am ecstatic that I finally returned to the kitchen! Sweet Saturday returns with a flourish, so check back this weekend if you'd like to see the delicious treat. Though not topped with red hearts, it's topped with a different form of love: Oreo whipped cream frosting. The family felt the love. ;)

The entire stamp set that I seem to grab with most every project of late:

I hope you'll join us this week by linking up your Colors of Love project to the Whimsical Wednesday challenge post, where you'll also find information on this week's prize. I am excited to see your work. :o) Be sure to flutter on over to the rest of the Whimsical Designers' blogs to see their inspiring projects!

Thank you for visiting me today! I wish you a day sparkling with love and cupcakes. :o)

Challenge entered:
 * My Craft Spot~ Valentine's! (Valentine's card or treat packaging)
 * My Sheri Crafts~ Love Is In the Air (At least two hearts)
 * Sentimental Sundays~ Feel the LOVE (Anything lovey!)

Key Recipe Components:
 * Cricut cartridges: Gypsy Wanderings, Sweet Tooth Boxes
 * Cuttlebug embossing folder: Swiss Dots
 * Sentiment stamp: Whimsical Designs~ With Love
 * Paper: Bazzill, Canvas Corp, Echo Park
 * Crinkle Ribbon: Prairie Bird Boutique
 * Twine: Peppermint Stick Trendy Twine
 * Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts
 * Button: Dress it Up~ Love Potion



  1. What a pretty cupcake box, the papers are just perfect for the theme too... I'm sure the cupcake must be just as delish as the outside... LOL!!
    Have a super day Karen~

  2. Just beautiful, Karen! The colors are so rich and yummy and once again, your attention to detail hasn't missed a single (<3 heart <3) beat! :)

  3. I LOVE IT!!! Who wouldn't like to be the recipient of such a beautiful package? And I can just imagine what's inside (so excited for Sweet Saturday's return!). I *love* the paper - swirly paper that reminds me of swirly icing, with heart sprinkles on top. Oh YUM. And you're right, the crinkle ribbon DOES look like fluffy frosting! AS always, you've thought of everything, right down to the heart-shaped tags and the *twine*. :)

    You are amazing, my friend. :) I love how your put all your heart into every project, big or small. :)



  4. OH WOW!!!! This is beautiful Karen!!! I love the fabulous papers you used and the gorgeous ribbon around the center. The sentiment is PERFECT with this super sweet cupcake box! Now I have to try one of these!!!

  5. Beautiful cupcake box Karen.The ribbon really does look like frosting and gorgeous papers.
    Jayne x

  6. Oh Karen, this is so elegant and GORGEOUS!! The papers are so beautiful (I'm a huge My Mind's Eye fan!!) and the pleated crinkle ribbon is so creative and fabulous!! You always pick the perfect papers for your creations!! That's the hardest thing for me sometimes...I will know what I want to do but can't decide on the right paper (and believe me, I have wayyy to much paper, so it shouldn't be a such a problem!) This is just bursting with love and the all the little details that make a project fabulous!! Love it my sweet friend!! You should also definitely link this up with the FCCB challenge this week!!

    Hugs, Lisa :)

  7. I am always just speechless when I come to have such an awesome gift of creating beautiful projects and such a beautiful way of explaining them.. This is just GORGEOUS. I am like Lisa, I always have a hard time picking out the paper.. Thank you for always leaving such sweet comments on my blog... They truly have have meant a lot to me, you have a very special gift of encouraging people..
    Love and hugs from Ukiah

  8. Hi Karen, First I just want to say as I was reading this I couldn't help but remember Sweet Saturday and thought about the sweets on the inside of the gorgeous box, and there it the bottom of the post those sweet words "I finally returned to the kitchen" oh sweet music to my ears:) Can't wait!!!
    Ok, so how precious is this cupcake box. What gorgeous paper! The crinkle ribbon does look like ribbons of frosting just waiting to be scooped off by a very lucky little finger! Thank you for bringing us such treasures!!
    All my best to you and the family!
    Big Big Hugs!

  9. *peekers inside beyond gorgeous box in search of yummie treats made by my Sunshine*

    Hey! Someone beat me to the treats! ARRGGG!!! I though you were gonna save me some!!! TEE HEE HEE!

    OMJ!!!!!!! Do you know how incredible your cupcake box looks sis?!?!?!! My eyes are still trying to recover from this sensory delight! GASP! Just look at how intricate the design is. I would give anything to be able to make a box like you sis. Your creative gift is just surreal. From the colours you chose for this masterpiece to the flawless folds, this is truly a work of art at the grandest scale. I couldn't think of a more gorgeous Valentine's Day present than this...except getting to huggle the sunshiny heart who made it. *squishers the sunshiny hearts on top because they are identical twins with my sis's sparkling sunshiny heart* WHEEEEEEEEE!!! it Sweet Saturday now sis? SQUEEE! I seriously cannot wait any more. Post now instead, ok? We don't mind if it is Sweet Thursday instead, right everyone? TEE HEE HEE!

    *oodles and noodles of Valentines hugglers for our master designer Karen*

    P.S. I can't stop smiling...know why? I see your TOP 3 WINTER WONDERLAND award blinking away sooooooo happy sparklie! AHHHHHHHHH!!! Sooooooo crazy proud of you Sunshine! *cries happy tears cause you make us all so very proud every single day* God bless you my precious sis!!!


  10. Wow, this is awesome Karen! I have been wanting to make one of these. It is on my to do list...your papers are fabulous and love the 3D heart and beautiful ribbon:) Nice work my friend!
    You should pop over to FCCB and enter it in our challenge this week:)
    Sherrie K

  11. This is too cute! I love the papers you used and the crinkle ribbon! Very pretty! Oreo whipped cream frosting?! Sounds amazing! Can't wait until Saturday! :)


  12. ooh karen i am so loving this. what a great way to use the crinkle ribbon and i love the papers.thanks for the pale yellow advice i tried it together and LOVE it :) have a fantastic day :)

  13. Fabulous project. Thanks for joining the Sentimental Sundays Challenge.

  14. How creative. Love the box and colors you have used. Thanks for playing along with us at sentimental sundays.

  15. Omgoodness! Your little love box is just gorgeous! Love the papers you used.
    Thanks for playing along at My Craft Spot!

  16. Gorgeous cupcake box! Fabulous papers and so many beautiful details! This Cricut cut is on my to do list. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Thanks for sharing with us at My Sheri Crafts.

  17. Love this Box it is 2 Cute! Thanks for playing along with us @ My Sheri Crafts!

    Letillia, DTM


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