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Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #25 & note to locals July 18, 2008

Happy Friday everyone.  It is time for another one of Taylor’s challenges.  You do not have to use cupcake images to participate.  Check out her site to learn how you could be next weeks featured sampler (and sometimes she even gives away goodies).

I usually try not to work with flowers, but when I saw this weeks sketch, I had the perfect images in mind for it.

Yes, I will be heading to the store today to pick up some new blades for my paper cutter before I start my swap cards for convention.  When a blade goes bad, it seems to add way too much character to the cut lines of all the thinner papers….that wouldn’t be acceptable on my swap cards:)
Check out more sites for samples of Taylor’s Cupcake Challenge:
This weeks featured cupcake sampler is Donna Baker.  You can see her creation at Serenity in Stamping.
Tomorrow, Saturday the 19th, I am selling all the Stampin’ Up! cards* I’ve made and you’ve seen here on my blog.  If you are interested in my work, I will be at Tree Of Life Lutheran Church located at 1492 Linglestown Road (Susquehanna Township, Harrisburg Pennsylvania, Near Mountaindale community).  I will help in the fundraising efforts for an upcoming Guatemala Mission.  Starting at 11am, there will be food, baked goods, a car wash, ……my cards, and all of my retired stamp sets. 
*angel policy guidelines followed 
all supplies stampin’ up!
STAMPS:  Big Flowers, Little Flowers, A Beautiful Thing, Ginormous Flowers
CS:  Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, So Saffron, Whisper White; Cutie Pie DSP
INKS:  same as CS
ACCESSORIES:  Build-a-Brad, Bashful Blue striped ribbon, Vintage Brads
PUNCHES:  all circles 1/16″, 1/4″, 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″, 1-1/4″,  1-3/8″; 5-petal flower
Have a wonderful weekend.  Okay, I have no idea why the content of this post looks messed up after the picture…lol

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #24 July 11, 2008

Happy Friday!  So much to share and I’m going to try and post it all here this morning.

First up is Taylor and her awesome sketch this morning on her blog Taylored Expressions.  Remember, you don’t have to use cupcake images to play along.  She also has a summer sale going on right now.  You could be next weeks featured cupcake sampler:)  How’s that sound?

Here is what I came up with for the sketch:


How funny of a sentiment for the theme of this card.  The wording is from SU! Many Happy Returns set.  I took the set of 3 stamps and cut it into a set of 34 sentiments that I mounted on wooden blocks.    


Check out more samples for Taylor’s Challenge from the Cupcake Crew:

Ana Wohlfahrt, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Stephanie Hargis, and Vicki Chrisman

This weeks featured cupcake sampler is Terri Dodd at Simply paper and stamps

Now, about the scallop edge punch.  I received many questions on how to create the scalloping inside of the frame. 


  This is what I mean about “punch fitting into”

  Lined up (the size used in pic is 3-1/2″ with 2-1/2″ opening)

  Here is what reverse side looks like.  I always work with punches upside down…botton side…KWIM

  A punched inner frame.  You will find that the punch will not let you get into the corners of the inner frame. 

  Finished frame.


Scallop Edge Punch Introduction July 9, 2008

Here you have it!  You are seeing some creations here first!  Some more punch ideas with the newest SU! punch that will be available this August.

I actually didn’t purchase this yet.  I wanted to play with it first to see if I really need it.  Could it take the place of my corner rounder/slit punch? 

Here is placement of paper in punch for perfectly rounded corners:


Here are Squares created with the punch:


Here are the measurements you need for creating the squares:

2 scallops to a side = 13/16″ square piece of CS

3 scallops to a side = 1-3/16″ square piece of CS

4 scallops to a side = 1-1/2″ square piece of CS

5 scallops to a side = 1-15/16″ square piece of CS

6 scallops to a side = 2-5/16″ square piece of CS

7 scallops to a side = 2-3/4″ square piece of CS

8 scallops to a side = 3-1/8″ square piece of CS

9 scallops to a side = 3-1/2″ square piece of CS

10 scallops to a side = 3-13/16″ square piece of CS

AND SO ON!!!  ETA….the measurements above are estimates due to where and how you line up the scallop punch.  For the measurements I listed above, do not slide the piece of CS all the way in till it stops.  I just found it easier (and lined up better) if I lined up the cs with the bottom edges of the scallop punch. 

Here is a pic of rectangles I made perfect for sentiments:

 No specific chart for this due to you creating whatever size rectangle you need for an image or sentiment.

Here is a pic of some frames:

 Tips for the frame on the right — omit to top and bottom inner punch and thread some ribbon originals or large twill tape through; insert a squared piece of cs into all the slots; to punch inside to create scalloping border within a frame for the image on the left….HAS TO BE 2-1/2″ OR GREATER SO IT FITS OVER THE PUNCH.

Here are some pics of frames, borders, and photo corners:


A small flower, the top of a cupcake, a turtle, a bumble-bee, and how about some braces border to cheer up the kiddo who just had them placed:)

Here is the base image for the cupcake and turtle:

Now, get busy with this punch and see what you come up with.  AND WAIT TILL YOU SEE WHAT I HAVE TO POST TOMORROW!!!!  SO COOL.


Taylor’s Cupcake Challenge #23 July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!!  I hope everyone has a safe and fun-filled holiday.  For this Friday I thought I would make two cards with totally different styles….one for the holiday and one for my daughter who thinks I put stamping before her (“you never take me to the mall because all you care about is stamping!”).  I guess she knows just what to say to kick in the guilt factor.

You don’t have to use cupcake images to participate in Taylor’s cupcake challenge…but if you have them, why not use them. 

I never thought I’d be making a 4th of July card with this Stamping Bella image Cuppacakeabella.  Once I found a good sentiment from MFT’s Let’s go for a walk and some patriotic colors, I think it turned out very nice.  I created the background paper using Whisper White CS, SU Star and Large Star Punches, Crystal Effects, and Dazzling Diamonds glitter.  The image was colored in with Prisma Pencils.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum.  The ribbon is SU! Jersey Ribbon Originals.

Here is a close up:

 The cupcake icing was created with a layer of Baby Blue Stickles, covered with Crystal Effects, and finished with a fine dusting of Dazzling Diamonds glitter. 

Here is the second card that I made for my daughter.

For this one I used BasicGrey Two Scoops PP Paper Pad and SU! stamp set Seriously Sassy.  The main center rectangle is a sheet of metallic vellum with a border created with Pretty in Pink CS and Faux-stitching.  Flowers are from the Pretties Kit with flower punches from Boho Blossoms Punch.  Added pink adhesive rhinestones throughout card.  Ribbon is May Arts.

Check out what the other Cupcake girls have created:

Ana Wohlfahrt, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Stephanie Hargis, and Vicki Chrisman

This weeks featured cupcake sampler is Michelle from Just Painting Around.  Make sure to check out her creation for today as well.

Enjoy your holiday weekend and thanks for stopping by:)