Sunday, March 22, 2009

Cupcake in the Oven...Thanks to Lauren Meader!

I am always in awe of the creativity and talent of some people. Three lovely ladies in particular, Kathi Carlson, Lauren Meader and Becca Feeken. I wish I had an ounce of their creativity. But since I don't, and they share so generously, I just copy what they think up! Right now I'm indulging in a Lauren fix since she just released some fun new templates on Papertrey Ink. Yesterday I shared the Captured Card Case and my version of the cards she shared in a blog post. Today I copied another idea she shared here on her blog. I really had fun with this one!

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Honestly, this may not be the most practical gift, but it sure is cute! I decided to make the packaging the "card" as well. I picked up three pairs of socks so I can make a second cupcake if I want. I thought it would be fun to have a swirled frosting look by using two different colors of socks. I like how the colors look together. Because I am on a polka dot kick, I stamped polka dots on white cardstock in Holiday Red and Bubblegum. I needed something to decorate the top of the holder and chose to make a paper pieced cupcake using a Hero Arts set called, appropriately, Cupcakes~it comes with the sentiments, too.

To make the cupcake, I used Bamboo cardstock and stamped the bottom part of the cupcake with Desert Sand ink. I wanted to add a little depth to the image I produced, so I pulled out my waterbrush and was reminded yet again why I don't like the thing. I have 3-4 different waterbrushes, each bought with the hope that it was the waterbrush that was the problem and not the operator. Unfortunately, it must be the operator, because the same thing happens every single time I try to use one. No matter how well I brush off the water from the bristles, no matter what I use to brush off the excess water, I get, time and time again, blobs of water onto my project. I have to face the fact that I am indeed waterbrush challenged. Thankfully, the excess water drops didn't appear to mess up my image too much. I used paper from the Spring Stack by DCWV for the frosting on the cupcake and added some Stickles for extra bling.

The rest of the project is pretty straightforward, I think. Watch Lauren's video on her blog to see how to make the cupcake. It's not hard at all, but you may find yourself fiddling and futzing with it a bit.


Stamps: Cupcake (Hero Arts), Polka Dot Basics (PTI)
Paper: Bamboo, Bubblegum, Holiday Red, White (CTMH), Spring Stack (DCWV)
Inks: Bubblegum, Desert Sand, Holiday Red, Black (CTMH)
Accessories: Stickles, Zig-Zag border punch (EK Success), rhinestone bling, Ribbon (Michaels), toddler socks (Target), waterbrush (grrrrr...)

Thanks again for stopping by...there is a slight chance I could be back yet again today...we'll see how it goes. If not, have a great start to your week. The girls are on Spring Break this week, so I'll be busy keeping them entertained and may not have much time to create. Just a heads-up for you.



Alanna said...

Sooo cute Jeanne. And please don't sell yourself short. You have more talent than I would know what to do with. I am in awe.

Kim Burmeister said...

Jeanne, this is fabulous! I love the packaging! Your cupcake looks good enough to eat. Great colors that match the socks. AWESOME!

Kathi Carlson said...

Oh, what fun! I saw Lauren's post and might have known you'd be the one to give it a whirl. You did an awesome job. So danged cute!! Now about my name in the same sentence as the other two ... That's like sticking a six (at best) with a pair of 10s. I just spend a lot of time trying. LOL. Nevertheless, I'm tickled that I provide you with a little inspiration once in a while. That door swings both ways!

Sarah said...

I saw this on Laurens blog...You have totally done it justice! OMG I love it. You are VERY talented!

Barb W said...

This is fabulous! Great colors, great idea, great packaging.

-Julie said...

That is your cutest creation yet! That would be just adorable in my chocolate themed NEED an etsy shop!

stampmonkey said...

Oh! I saw Lauren's video tutorial on this and thought it was sooo cute! I'm glad you gave it a try -- yours is super cute too! I'm sure the recipient loved it!!