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Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cupcake Card

Hello, my cherished friends! After a week away from crafting due to a nasty bug, I'm so happy to be back! I celebrated non-dizziness by making a card and playing with lace. :o)

My first day back to my sparkly self coincided perfectly with March 1st... the day we hear about the new monthly recipient for the I Feel the Love Project. Each month the marvelous Madison of Funky Cards highlights a particular person, family, or organization in need of extra love and sunshine. In turn, we have the honor of creating for them by using our passion for a far higher purpose. :o) You all know my dedication and love for this cause. I couldn't wait to get started.

This month we are crafting for a 4-year-old sweetheart named Claire who was diagnosed with bone cancer just after Christmas. Before I get started on fun kiddo creations for her, I had it on my heart to do something else...

I wanted to bless her parents, Sheila and Patrick, so I made a fancy cupcake card to send them sweet wishes and prayers. :o)
An angled view to show the layers of ruffles and pop-dotted elements:
I created the shaped card base with the Silhouette software, welding together two cupcakes from a Silhouette cut file. The pretty papers are from Echo Park's Be Mine collection, which I paired with black sparkly Core Couture paper. My photos don't capture that glittery paper very well.. the flourish sparkles, as does the layer beneath the black lace. Twinkles of joy shimmer so much more beautifully in person.

I wanted the frosting to be fancy and textural. :o) I layered three rows of black lace (which is a whipped deep, dark chocolate ganache), topped it with two layers of white American Crafts lacy ribbon (a generous dollop of whipped cream), and finished it off with a sweet pink strawberry. The lovely strawberry is a free cut file I found from Custom Creations by Tamara Bennett, which I accented with a Wild Orchid Crafts blossom. Sporadically placed pearls, in graduating sizes, are nestled within the frosting swirls because their sweet treat needed sprinkles. :o)

The sentiment is from My Craft Spot's Tiny Tags 2 stamp set, which I stamped upon Kimberly's coordinating metal dies. I always have such fun with these! :o) I affixed the tag to some Blossom twine, also purchased at My Craft Spot, and wound it around the cupcake wrapper base. The flourish whimsically dancing across the cupcake is the Fancy Flourish die from My Favorite Things, which I adorned with black pearls.

The Echo Park papers (inside and out) are inked with Victorian Velvet for extra definition. If I could, I would bake Sheila and Patrick a confection from my heart and encourage them with words of faith. Since I can't, I opted to make a cupcake card which will be filled with loving promises from our dear Lord. I pray they like it. :o)

Challenges entered:
 *Craft Us Crazy~ Anything Goes
 *Crafty Ribbons~ Anything Goes with Ribbon
 *Cupcake Craft Challenge~ Shaped Cards
 *Delightful Challenges~ 3's a Charm (3 layers of black lace)
 *Divas by Design~ Anything Goes
 *Flourishes~ All that Glitters (Glitter and Shine)
 *Fussy and Fancy~ Pink and Black
 *Make It Monday~ Anything Goes
 *My Craft Spot~ Pop It Up! (Pop-dots for the berry and layered the lace to make it naturally pop)
 *Simon Says Stamp~ Anything Goes

Thank you for visiting me today! I wish you a weekend of sparkling cupcakes and joy unspeakable. :o)


  1. This is so beautiful Karen I love the papers you chose and what a pretty cupcake!Have a great weekend
    DIANA L.

  2. My sweetest friend, this is absolutely stunning!! What a gorgeous card!! How creative to use lace for the frosting!! And the pearls are the perfect accents!! The paper is beautiful...the black flourish just pops against it!! Claire's parents will treasure's amazing!!

    I am so glad you are finally feeling better and were able to craft :) I hope you are having a fabulous first weekend in March (how is that possible??!!) It's cold and snowy here, very depressing :/ Spring can't get here soon enough!! Happy Saturday my dear friend!! HUGS :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  3. Hello dear Karen.
    I am sorry to hear that you have been unwell, I do hope that you are feeling loads better now and continue to make a good recovery.
    Your card is stunning. I adore the cupcake design with the wonderful layers of lace topped with a delicious looking strawberry. Your choice of beautiful papers is perfect and the swirl looks fabulous.
    Take care my special friend
    Hugs Sue

  4. Wow Karen, what a GORGEOUS card! You put so many delicious layers onto this fun shaped card! I love the rich dark chocolate ganache and the dollop of whipped topping...yummy! That, looks so amazing! You always do such a beautiful job on your creations!
    Don't you just love My Craft Spots tag die's and stamps? You did a fabulous job of showcasing beautiful my friend!
    Have a great day!
    Also, thanks so much for joining us at My Craft Spot's challenge!!
    Sherrie K

  5. My Sparkly friend is back!!!!!!! I hope you kicked that bug so far that he landed in outerspace... I am so delighted you are feeling much like yourself again, trust me it shows in your creativity and your heart I might add!!! How sweet of you to do this most elegant cupcake I ever seen for Clarie's parents, they are certainly traveling a hard road.. I couldn't even imagine, my heart goes out them. So back to the cupcake!!! I am stunned... how clever you are to use lace for the elegant cupcake!.. I love the dimension and wow the colors are super fantastic along with that flourish. I think you should have been a writer , you have the most awesome way of describing your creations... I love you and your big heart. Hugs (and lots of them!!!!)

  6. Glad to hear that you are feeling up to par now, not fun being laid back feeling yucky!
    Love your beautiful card you made for the parents, love that cupcake and black lace trimmings with that yummy strawberry topping...
    TFS Karen - you are one amazing crafter and you always detail your work with love and generosity.

  7. I'm really sorry to hear that you have been struggling with a nasty bug but glad to hear you are on the mend.

    You have such an sweet incredible soul to reach out like this. We need many more of your kind in our world and it is nice to see an organization that supports and reaches out to those who need encouragement. Thanks for providing the links, I'm going to go check them out.

    Your card is absolutely stunning. All that pink and black is just so beautiful together, the paper is divine and all that lace is gorgeous.

    I was so happy to see you pop by today and thanks for your sweet birthday shout out to both my mom and 'niece'. I am actually in the midst of putting a message together forwarding all the birthday wishes to my mom. I am also glad you liked the sentiment. Take care and stay well.


  8. Karen this cupcake card is adorable and I love the lace for the icing :-)

    Thanks for joining us over at Fussy and Fancy for our pink and black challenge, good luck!

    XX Happy crafting and glittery hugs xx


  9. Beautiful shaped card,thanks for joining us at Cupcake this week.
    Louise xx

  10. Beautiful shaped card. You used such a gorgeous lace and it really gives something extra to the cake icing :-)

    I stopped by from Make it Monday. My projects are 77 and 165 if you'd like to sneak a peek too.

    Have a lovely day.

  11. So glad you are feeling better Karen. I love this sweet cupcake card, very clever. I must take a fresh look at my files to see what else I could make welding 2 together. You've decorated it beautifully, almost feels real enough to eat. Hugs Polly x

  12. Stunning and yummy card with lovely details...thanks for sharing with us at Divas by Design!
    xxx Margreet

  13. Karen, this card is soooooo beautiful. Talk about a piece of art. The textures and colors and details are amazing. What a blessing for Claire's parents. Thank you so much for another thoughtful creation. I am so happy to hear that you are feeling better.
    Love, ~Madison

  14. Absolutely GORGEOUS card Karen! That lace is frilly and girly! The strawberry is adorable with that tiny flower and I love the flourish! Beautiful job! Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot!

  15. Beautiful card Karen - love the use of the lace for the chocolate and cream :-) So well thought out and all the little attention to details as always. So sorry to hear you have been poorly - so many bugs around at the moment! Glad you are feeling better though. Hugs and have a great week, Karon.

  16. I'm so sorry that you'd been so unwell, Karen - but am thankful that you are up and about once again!

    Your card is stunning! The wonderful details are all so perfectly placed and I love the look of the varied layers you've added to your cupcake card. It's gorgeous!

    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

    Small Bits of Paper

  17. This is so pretty and creative. Thanks for joining Delightful Challenges.


  18. Hmm? I wonder who could have possibly designed this beyond gorgeous ultra pretty super perfection cuppiecake? *tries hard to think* Could it be, MY SUNSHINE!?!?!??! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!! *faints*

    OMJ!!! SIS!!! This is seriously the most gorgeous cupcake that has ever existed. Can you imagine eating a real one that looks like this?! GASP! It would be wayyyyyyy too pretty to eat! SQUEEEEEEE!!!

    I am just crazy about the lace, sis. How do you think of these gorgeous designs?! *drools* My fav is the happy little strawberry. TEE HEE! It is just sooooo precious that I want to huggler it forever. I LOVE YOU MR. ADORABLE STRAWBERRY!!!!!!! WHEEEEEE!!! (or is it a she strawberry)? TEE HEE HEE!

    Only a heart as stunning as yours sis would think to make the sweet parents of precious Claire something so incredibly special. It will make their hearts soar to know that they have so much love, support and blessings from beautiful souls like you carrying them through these difficult times.


    *forever sparkling cuppiecake hugglers for my Cuppiecake Cutie* WHEEEEEEEEEE!!!
    ~~~ Christina :)

  19. Karen so glad that nasty bug didn't hurt your creativity. Your cupcake is so scrumptious every layer each detail heavenly. Karen

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  21. I will spell correctly this time :) Karen I just adore your cupcake card. Claire and her family will love this. Hugs and happy crafting <3-Kim

  22. So pretty and elegant! Just lovely! Thanks so much for playing with us this week at My Craft Spot!!!

  23. Hello my Angelic friend,
    Aww...sorry to hear that you were sick.I am HAPPY to know that you are better.I wsih I was there I would HUG you so much and buy you some mint chocolate chip ice cream.That always makes me feel better.:-)
    Your cupcake card is Simply Elegant and BEAUTIFUL!Love the touch of the lace,the cute and yummy strawberry,Lovely pearls,and A very pretty tag!Youknwo ..Cupcakes are one of my Favorite treats!
    Claire's parents will love it!I DO!!A very SWEET thoughtful card!
    Sending a HUGE amount of my love,hugs & smiles my friend,
    your angelic friend

  24. This is beautiful. Love it. Thank you for sharing it with us at Diva's by Design.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  25. Wow! Gorgeous card!! It looks good enough to eat!! Love it!

    Thank you very much for joining us this week at the Simon Says Stamp Challenge Blog!


  26. Aw this is just so cute! - good enough to eat - thank you for playing along at Delightful Challenges this week hugs JUdith x

  27. Delicious card Karen.Just love the lacy frosting.Hope you are feeling much better.Hugs.
    Jayne x

  28. Oh how fun! Love the cupcake shape of this card!

    Thank you for participating in the Craft Us Crazy Anything Goes Challenge!

  29. So sorry you were not feeling well, Karen! Glad you are feeling better! This is adorable! I love how you used lace for the frosting and the paper you used for the wrapper is awesome! I'm sure Claire will love this sweet card! :)


  30. Wow this is so clever! Hope you are feeling better :-) Thank you so much for joining us at Crafty Ribbons, hope to see you again soon :-) Elaine DT -xxx- ps I have new candy if you would like to pop by and enter :-)

  31. Congratulations Karen you've been hand picked in our top 5 over at Fussy and Fancy. Please pop over to the blog to pick up your bsdge hun.

    xx Sazzle xx


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