Back in January when the Spring Mini Catalogue first launched, I couldn’t wait to get started with the simply yummy Create a Cupcake stamp set and co-ordinating Cupcake Builder Punch……… So that’s what my first class of the year was based around – 5 cards showcasing all of the things you could do with that stamp set and punch……. and there’s a lot!
I can’t believe I haven’t posted about these long before now, especially as all Spring Mini products are only around until 30th April………. after this time you cannot order them, unless of course they make a re-appearance in the main Ideas Book and Catalogue 12/13 when it launches in October. That’s a long time to wait, so don’t delay in getting your hands on this lovely duo :o)
As I’ve been such a bad blogger of late I am going to try and make up for it by posting all five cards we made in one hit!
So first we have a cute little basket of flowers. This is a 4” x 4” card base with a layer of DSP. One of the cupcake wrapper images has been stamped in Marina Mist, then punched out for our basket. The flowers were stamped and hand cut, and I used a Mini Glue Dot to adhere each button over the top. Notice the little leaves still poke out from behind. I used the sprinkles image to stamp around the edge of the Rose Red layer, which has been double punched with the 2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch. The simple sentiment has been inked in Rose Red and punch out with the Word Window Punch.
Next up we have three lovely handbags! Each of the handbags is made from an upturned cupcake wrapper. I stamped the wrapper image in Melon Mambo and Elegant Eggplant onto the same coloured card stock before punching. The handbag flap is made from the Small Oval Punch and the handles from the Medium Oval Punch, with a Mini Brad for the fastening. The handbags have been mounted onto a piece of card punched with the Scallop Square. I finished the card of with a strip of Elegant Eggplant Dotted Scalloped Ribbon and the sentiment stamped in Melon Mambo ink directly onto the Crumb Cake card base.
The ballon card is one of my favourites and would make a great boys card! I used a scrap piece of card and punched a cupcake topping, then used this as a mask for the clouds which I daubed into the Whisper White Top Note piece with Pool Party ink. The basket of the balloon is a cupcake wrapper punched out of Soft Suede card and then run through the Big Shot in the Lattice Square Embossing Folder. The balloon is 3-dimensional and made from 5 punched 1 3/8” Circles – 2 x Daffodil Delight / 3 x Real Red. I linked the two up with Linen Thread and stamped the Happy Birthday in Real Red ink.
I love the colour combination for the ice-cream card :o) Pool Party / Island Indigo and Pretty In Pink, with a splash of Chocolate Chip thrown in. The cone was punched using the Pennant Punch, though you could easily cut a triangle for the cone. This was embossed like the balloon basket, then I sponge daubed over the edge to give it a more life like quality. The ice-cream scoops are actually cupcake toppings! The two 2 3/8” Scallop Circles help the highlight the ice-cream, and I’ve mounted it all onto a piece of Pretty in Pink that’s been embossed with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. Add some Island Indigo Ruffled Ribbon, tie a bow, and pop in an In Colour Printed Designer Brad and your done!
Finally we have my favourite card – Cupcakes as Cupcakes, looking very yummy and ready to be eaten! The base is Crumb Cake, with some scrumptious So Saffron Designer Paper layered on top. The windows were made from a piece of Soft Suede card topped with 4 Blue Bashful squares punched with the 1 1/4” Square Punch. A little lazy as they’d be easy to cut, but if you have the tools you may as well use them! The awning was made with a strip of Regal Rose card, scored twice and folded, then I used the Scallop Border Punch along one edge. I did the same with the table piece, which was a Regal Rose piece punched with 2 3/8” Scallop Circle Punch. Then I had fun with the cupcakes, using different wrapper stamps and colours, adding multi coloured sprinkles, a cherry and some of the tiny Basic Pearls.
I really love how versatile this stamp set and punch are. The sentiments are cute and I love the actual font, it’s delicate and refined.
I you have been pondering on getting these items, then I hope seeing these cards might have helped you realise you NEED them! I sincerely hope they make it into the Main Catalogue in October.
Have a fabulous Saturday