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It’s a cupcake celebrating friday! January 23, 2009

Today, Taylor is celebrating the one year anniversary of the Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge (tecc)!  Each of the weekly cupcake crew has designed their own sketch to celebrate this occasion.  I’m featuring Taylor’s sketch challenge today and her Love Is Sweet set


The idea of the folded back patterned paper from the center focal point was inspired by Amy Sheffers DD gallery favorite for this month.  She is so amazing.  Take a moment to browse and see her work.  All the layers and texture will leave you speechless.

You can check out Taylor’s sketch on her blog and find out about the PRIZE you can win for participating.  There’s also a GRAND PRIZE for one person who participates in all of the 9 sketch challenges! 

The following ladies are also featuring Taylor’s sketch.  Hop on over to see more samples:  Terri Dodd, Mary Fish, and Laura Fredrickson.

I will eat a cupcake or two today as I’m celebrating my birthday.  My parents are going to watch the kids so me and John can enjoy a dinner out alone.  We will return home and have cupcakes, cake, and enjoy time with the kids. 

Have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!


28 Responses to “It’s a cupcake celebrating friday!”

  1. Taylor Says:

    Happy Birthday, MJ! Yes… eat several cupcakes today! 😉 Your card is so adorable! I love the folded back pieces on each side… such a cool idea!

  2. Terri Says:

    Darling card, love the stitching and the color combination. Beautiful coloring, tfs!

  3. Angela Knopf Says:

    Love how the paper is folded back and held back with the buttons. Genius I say! Great take on the sketch challenge!!

  4. Happy Birthday to you!! I love your card with the flap openings…and the soft pastel colours! Beautiful!

  5. Tamara Says:


    I love the way the paper is folded back, so clever. And the colours are soft and soothing.

  6. Renée Says:

    oh, Happy Birthday, Mary Jo!! Have a wonderful day and a fabulous dinner with your hubby!

    Wonderful card, I love the folded back paper! Great colours, great paper, tfs!!

  7. Angela Lemmons Says:

    Happy Birthday! My birthday is Monday, but I celebrated a little early today with a CUPCAKE from The Cupcakery – Peanut Butter Cup! Sinfully delicious!! Enjoy your night out.

  8. Happy Birthday, MJ!!! This card is super-SWEET, girlie!!!

  9. Mary Jo….I love your softer colors totally suiting! Great triangle pattern and stitching with the fold outs too! such an original use of the sketch!

    Happy Birthday too!

  10. I hope your Birthday is filled with joy and happiness that lasts you all through the year. Love cup cakes, love birthdays, love your card. Have a great one!!

  11. What a great card! I love the little peekaboo reveal too. Awesome!

  12. Rachel M. Says:

    Happy Birthday MJ! Love the card! Have fun and enjoy your day:)

  13. Angie Tieman Says:

    Happy Birthday!!! Super cute card too!

  14. Karen Says:

    Cute card! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!

  15. Lisa Brown Says:

    Happy Birthday, MJ! Love your card…so precious and the colors are yummy!

  16. Regina Says:

    wowzer, this is adorable…your work is so stunning……..

  17. Conniecrafter Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday!!
    very cute card, hope you enjoyed the real thing last night 🙂

  18. Mary P Says:

    Such a cute card. HB to you!

  19. Heather P. Says:

    What a sweet card!

  20. Ali Manning Says:

    Super card! Have a very happy birthday!

  21. Steph K Says:

    Beautiful card! Love the adorable cuppie and all the details!

  22. Cindy Major Says:

    All my best birthday wishes to you!!! I hope you have a terrific day.

    Thanks for sharing your beautiful cupcake creation, it looks great!


  23. Chris Olsen Says:

    Beautiful Card!!! Happy Belated Birthday!!!

  24. Monika/buzsy Says:

    Happy Belated Birthday! Hope you enjoyed your dinner. :o)
    Great card. Love the colors, the BG, the clear bubbles… TFS!

  25. Mary Says:

    How cute! I love cupcakes!

  26. Kristine Says:

    This is so very CUTE! 🙂 Love Taylor’s stamps, and your buttons and oval and dp–cute cute card!

  27. rose kerry Says:

    This card is so stinkin cute!

  28. […] Happy Friday and Happy Cupcake Day! Today is a very special day here at Taylored Expressions! We’re celebrating a year of cupcake challenges! I set out to make this the yummiest day in blogland with the help of the Cupcake Crew and my past Featured Cupcake Samplers! I’ve asked each of the ladies on the weekly Cupcake Crew to design a sketch challenge for the occasion. And all of the past featured cupcake samplers have made a card using one of their sketches! Even with 9 fun sketches and lots of yummy eye candy, it wouldn’t be a party without you! For each sketch you participate in you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a $10 gift certificate to the Taylored Expressions store! If you’re a big party girl and you participate in ALL 9 sketch challenges you’ll be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for your choice of the 5 January stamp set releases or a $75 gift certificate to the Taylored Expressions store! All of your entries must be posted to Splitcoast using the appropriate keyword. You’ll find the keywords on each hostesses’ blog. If you upload a creation for all 9 sketches, send me an email at and I’ll enter you in the Grand Prize drawing! Since there are so many fun sketches to play this week we’re giving you some extra time. Your entries must be uploaded by the evening of Thursday, January 29th. Each of the hostesses will be doing their gift certificate drawings that evening as well as the grand prize drawing. I’ll announce all of the winners on my blog next Friday! Now that you have all the yummy details, here’s my sketch challenge! I created this card using the February calendar image from A Year of Sweets 1 (now back in stock at the TE Store). I colored it with Copic markers and added Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles to the cherry on each of the cuppies and in each of the scallops layering the image. Yes, you read that right… Taylor’s Tiny Twinkles are back! You’ll have to stay tuned until the end of this message to read more about how you can get your hands on these little sprinkles of goodness! I embossed the background with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and chalked the raised dots with white ink. The red felt buttons and the red polka dot ribbon are also from the TE store. I punched the scalloped border with my Fiskars threading water punch. I’m so excited to introduce you to the Featured Cupcake Sampler this week! Not only did Christine impress me with her adorable creations last week, but she was so clever in telling a little tale of cuppie. And she’s wowed me with another cute cupcake creation this week! I love those yummy colors and the cute paper pieced cupcake linings! You can check out all the details of this card and more of Christine’s beautiful work on her blog: Christine Creations. Thanks for sampling the sketch this week, Christine! Now it’s your turn to to try the sketch! I’ll choose the most clever, creative, and cute creation from the submissions this weekend to be the Featured Cupcake Sampler next week. Your design and blog will be featured on my blog during Cupcake Friday. I’ll also choose one random winner from among all the participants in my challenge to receive a $10 gift certificate to the Taylored Expressions store. You’re not required to use cupcakes for the challenge, but if you got ’em why not use ’em!? You must upload your creation to Splitcoaststampers using keyword TECC52TV to be eligible for the prizes. Leave a comment below using the Mr. Linky service I can check it out! You must have your cards uploaded by Thursday, January 29th at 8pm PST to be eligible for the featured cupcake sampler. You’ll find more inspiration using this sketch on these past featured cupcake sampler blogs: Mary Fish, Terri Dodd, Laura Fredrickson, and Mary Jo Albright! […]

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