Sunday, September 6, 2009

helloooooo again, cupcake!

welcome back to the new CAARDVARKS challenge, sponsored by and featuring *fab* rubber stamps from DRS designs! today i've used the second of the three awesome sketches my uber-talented colleague heidi van laar's devised for this challenge:

i wanted to make a fun card for nephew matthew which would coordinate with the minibook i made for his birthday...without being i grabbed up scraps from some of the papers i had originally used, plus a few more that sort of went nicely, and made the central block out of strips. i stamped the birthday greeting on some old basic grey polkadots and cut it out, substituting a strip of dymo labelling for the "happy" to make it show up a bit more prominently. i paper-pieced the cupcake out of more scraps, highlighted the pieces with colored pencils, and popped them up on foam tape for added dimension.

(rubber stamps: extended birthday and cherry top cupcake by DRS designs; patterned paper: kaiser, basic grey,sei, bam pop, imagination project, dcwv, doodlebug, ctmh & corrugated blue paper that was packaging of some kind; diecut journaling box: sassafras; inks: colorbox & staz-on; pencils: prismacolor; other: stars cut from vintage game tokens & dymo labeler; adhesives: tombow mono runner, 3m foam tape)

yes, i have paper-pieced the cherry top cupcake again. here's a small confession for you: sadly i am *NOT* one of those fabulous artistic colorers who can blend and do shading and come up with utterly professional-looking stamped images. plus, you'll have noticed that i really REALLY like pattern-on-pattern... (my mother is an avid quilter, and though we work in different media, we do tend to approach design in eerily similar ways!) nine times outta ten, if i want a stamp to look rather *FAB* i'll paper-piece it.

as usual, all the info you need to partake of the festivities (and have a shot at a rather cool prize!) can be found on the CAARDVARKS blog, so by all means surf on over there and check it out! if you'd like to see *ALL* the amazing cards made by our crew, check out the special DRS Designs Crew Gallery!


  1. My gosh, don't apologize for not being a perfedt stamper - jeez, your paper piecing is awesome! I'm thinking oh my gosh, she pieced this together!?!?! WOW

    A lot of hard work went into this card and it shows, it really came out cool.

  2. Wow! Love bothe of the sketch cards, but this one is AWE-SOME!! Totally perfect for a young man - Guys likes cupcakes too ;0). Love your take on the scalloped edge - so fun!

  3. OMGoodness, lOoOoOoVe this one! So much fun...I ♥ how you mix pattern!

    (-: Heidi

  4. Magnificent Lauren!!!!!!!! Gotzsta love the cupcake!

  5. This card is precious! I love it! You have a wonderful sense of style and mixing and matching papers that just work beautifully! In my opinion, you can never have too many cupcakes!

  6. OMFG! This is one outstanding card girl, it rocks!

  7. I do not have the hang of shading either, and I do like the look of paper piecing, though it can be a bit time consuming. It is usually worth the effort in the end, and your card is no exception :)


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