It’s a new month, so we have a new hostess for the CAS Colours & Sketches challenge – Louise. It’s a colour challenge this week and she has chosen a bright, zingy combination to get us going. Here’s the challenge banner:
I love Melon Mambo and really like the colours she has paired it with. Initially, my thoughts went to flowers, but for some reason I moved on to cupcakes! I’ve used the cupcake builder punch and Sprinkles of Life stamp set a few times recently, so it just popped into my head, I think. Here’s my card:
I used the punch to stamp out all the elements in different DSP and cardstock and played around until I had a combination I liked. Initially I just used DSP but it was a bit too busy so I decided to use cardstock for the icing part of the cake and to add texture to it. The Tangerine Tango DSP is from Schoolhouse, while I used the Elegant Dots TIEF to add texture to the icing. The Melon Mambo DSP is from the Have a Cuppa DSP stack, and I also punched the cherry out from it. The final cupcake of the trio is punched out from cardstock and then stamped in Daffodil Delight and Tangerine Tango using stamps from the Enjoy the Little Things stamp set. I’m so glad I bought this set – it’s really versatile and has some great sentiments too. I used a mixture of card and DSP for the candles, topping them all off with a flame in Daffodil Delight. I stamped the sentiment from Beautiful Ride in Melon Mambo on Whisper White and then constructed my cupcakes using tombow and the finetip glue pen (a lifesaver for small, fiddly sticking). I added a skinny Daffodil Delight mat and used a base of Melon Mambo.
Finally, I stamped the envelope in Melon Mambo with the #imbringingbirthdaysback stamp – a recent stamp brought out in answer to massive demand! Shannon West, an SU! employee in the US, posted on her Facebook page to say she would send a birthday card to anyone that provided their details to her, expecting her friends and family to sign up, but it went global! She has many, many names on her list. Shannon named her initiative #imbringingbirthdaysback, as her aim was to send more handmade birthday cards instead of using social media for messages. She hand carved a stamp (I wish I was that talented!) and started to send cards out in their droves. It caught on – lots of SU! demonstrators around the world have embraced the idea and said how much we loved her stamp. So SU! got involved and decided to produce a limited amount (and decided to keep Shannon’s design). Only it sold out in minutes when they released it in the US! So for the time being, it’s a permanent addition to the stamp inventory. I got mine recently and decided this was the ideal card to start my campaign with.
So, if you want to receive a handmade card from me on (or near) your birthday please sign up! You can contact me through my blog, or at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll happily add you to my list.
Hope you’ve liked today’s card.