Saturday, March 2, 2013

Cupcake Inspiration challenge #200

Hi everyone!  Welcome to the Cupcake Inspirations 200th challenge!  Some of you may remember 3 years ago I was on my friend Rachel's Hope Stamps Eternal DT and every week for a year I played along with a Cupcake Inspiration challenge.  (Here is a link to all my old blog posts playing along.)  When Rachel closed her store and I left the team, we were at CIC59.  Well, the challenge lived on and has been thriving ever since!!

As a former Cupcake Sweetie, they invited me to play along with the DT in a special blog hop to help celebrate their 200th challenge!
There are prizes offered along EACH stop of the blog hop AND there is a GRAND PRIZE of over $200 worth of goodies for one lucky challenge participant!  For this week's challenge, your card can be based on any of the past cupcake inspiration pictures.  All the details of this week's challenge and PDFs of all past cupcakes can be found on the Challenge Blog.
So on to my challenge, if you came from Michele's blog you are on the right track, otherwise you can head back to the CIC challenge blog for a master list of all the hoppers.  I chose Cupcake #12 for my challenge.  Isn't it beautiful?
Here is the original card that I made for this challenge back on June 21, 2009!  Man, that seems a lifetime ago!  I even noticed my old watermark on this photo.
And here is the card I made for today.  I kept the same basic layout, but changed the papers, flowers and sentiment. I love how the papers and flowers on this perfectly match those beautiful cupcakes!
The prize I have up for grabs is 5 free digi images offered by Paper Pretties!!
 Here is a little info from Paper Pretties:

Paper Pretties – Where YOUR Creativity Comes To Life! 
Paper Pretties is an online stamp boutique, and home to Zac, Lily, Sophia and Cooper – the cutest kid stamps around! (At least we think so).   We have many exclusive stamp lines, from elegant to whimsical, sweet to clever; there is something for every stamper in our Prettie Boutique! In addition to our high quality clear stamps we also have a wide variety of digital images.  Now located in Madison, WI, we are pleased to offer you amazing customer service and faster/cheaper shipping.  All orders are shipped within 24 hours.

To be entered to win my prize from Paper Pretties, leave me a comment here on this post.  I will chose a winner next Saturday, March 9th at noon.
*Note: to be eligible for the $200 grand prize, you will need to make a card inspired by a past cupcake and link your creation to the CIC blog.

So now head on over to Nina's blog and see what delicious creation and prize she has for you!!
Thanks for stopping by!  Good luck and I'll leave you with a close up picture.
Card Deets:
Stamps - JustRite Papercrafts: For All You Do
Paper - Doodlebug Designs: Sugar and Spice 6x6 pad
Accessories - Spellbinders: Classic Scallop Edgeabilities and Charmed I'm Sure; Want2Scrap: Say it With Pearls hot pink; May Arts dotted organdy ribbon, Prima flowers from Whisper collection and washi tape (all found at The Stamp Simply Ribbon Store)

Before I go, some of the sponsors are offering special deals during the blog hop today:
Fresh Brewed Designs is offering a 10% off discount with the code "CUPCAKE"
Stamp and Create is offering a 10% off discount with the code "cupcake"
Pink Cat Studio is offering a 50% off discount with the code "cupcake" expires March 5
Roberta from Prairie Fairy, who is also celebrating her birthday, will have some fun giveaways on her blog



  1. Michelle, Your card is lovely, I like the refreshing color scheme you used and your pretty flower embellishments. It's an honor to be a part of the hop with you.

  2. Such a beautiful card :) I love the layout and the colours are fab :)

  3. hey chckie, hope you are well...your cards are amazing...such sweet details...I am part of the hop...have a fabulous day!

    enjoy *~*

  4. Cute, cute, cute! I love how you did a take on your original card. Both are beautiful!

    Erica (in the hop, no prize for me!)

  5. Ohhh I love them. Simple and beautiful.
    Christine Dt Sister

  6. Like the edge punches & embellishments you used. Has an elegant look. Enjoying the hop. I host a wkly challenge at Mark's Finest Papers Simple Salutations in which the challenge this wk is Anything Goes. Membership in MFP is free. Please join, enter (multiple times allowed) & let them know I sent you.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"
    MFP SS Hostess

  7. Michelle, it's beautiful!! I loved seeing your 2009 version and wow what a makeover for 2013. The flowers capture the colors of the cupcakes perfectly and that gorgeous bow tucked in between is wonderful. A fantastic card for the Cupcake Birthday party.
    Loving the hop and thank you so much for this opportunity.
    Lisa x

  8. Michelle! I love how you CASEd your original creation! What a clever idea! :) I'm so glad you were able to join us in this fun celebration!

  9. What a lovely insight to see your inspiration pic and the cared you made at the time alongside the new creation - I love the both but really adore the colours you chose for the new card :)
    Thanks for the chance to win this fab prize :)
    ((hugs)) Suzie xoxo

  10. wow! those flowers on both of your cards are just fabulous! :)

  11. Love the soft colors and lace used on your cards. The flowers are gorgeous!

  12. Both of your cards are so pretty! I really love the one you made for's just awesome! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!!!

  13. WOW, this is how I found your blog, was on the Cupcake Inspiration blog, I have so enjoyed following it over the years!!!
    Your past and present cards are beautiful! I so enjoy following your blog and creativity!!!
    Thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to create and share with all of us!
    I can't wait to see what your next project is!

  14. Two lovely cards, Michelle. Love the scalloped border on the first and the colour combo. Lovely springy colours on the second.

  15. Fantastic! I love how you showed your original card from before! Love those gorgeous flowers on your new card! Again fantastic!
    CIC DT

  16. Love your interpretation of the cupcake picture! Great card!

  17. Your cards are beautiful and LOVE that pink flower!

  18. wow. how fun to take a trip down memory lane ;) two beautiful cards based on that one inspiration photo. happy hop day, Vanessa CIC DT (no prize)

  19. Love the card ,gorgeous colours, congratulations on 200 challenges
    Hugs Julie P

  20. Both your cards the old and new are equally lovely I really like the flowers and paper on the new one xx

  21. Love both cards, the flowers on the second one are so pretty!

  22. Both your old and your new cards are super pretty. I love the colors on both. And the flowers are beautiful! I need to hunt down some of these cool flowers!

  23. Both cards are beautiful, but I ADORE the second one. So gorgeous!

  24. Fabulous card. Love your flowers. TFS

  25. Terrific card. So soft and sweet.

    Isn't if fun to see how much you have improved?


  26. Beautiful flowers and layout on both cards (but I especially love the "Just Because" one). Love the DP you used.

  27. Such a pretty card! Just goes to show you that you can always take something old, update a little, and you have something new! :) Nancee

  28. great card, those flowers are beautiful.
    I'm so glad you were able to come back and be a part of the design team again.

    chris v (CIC sweetie, no prize for me)

  29. Wonderful cards, both so romantic! Just posted my card to play along with the 200th challenge at Cupcake Inspirations...

  30. Hi Michelle!~
    You did two absolutely beautiful creations. My fav is the 2nd one creation.. thanks for your inspiration. Super Great JOB!~

  31. I love how clean this card looks. The background paper is cute especially with the flower embellishment. Thanks for letting us know about the discount codes. A bonus for today, hooray!

  32. Your cards are so pretty! Thanks for the inspiration:)

    Peace, Love, & Cricut Hugs!
    Monica L.

    moni023 at yahoo dot com

  33. Both cards so pretty, but I truely enjoy the colours of the second card! So bright and happy!

  34. I think that both cards are great, but the second is so much brighter and cheerier. Very nice. It is neat I think to look back and see how far we have come in our creative design.

  35. Both your original and your new take on this cupcake image are lovely!

  36. Your card is soooo pretty!

  37. Both cards are ABSOLUTELY Gorgeous!
    Have a wonderful day,

  38. Both cards are beautiful!! I really like both color schemes. You fit the inspiration cupcake perfectly.

  39. What a cute card!
    Love the colors & that adorable image you used!
    Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful talent with us!!
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  40. Oh wow love the inspiration cupcake I missed that challenge but love that you added your original card! LOVE your take on the challenge and love both cards, thanks for a fun stop on the hop, hugs me x

  41. Beautiful lovely card Michelle.
    Gr Elly

  42. Both very lovely cards Michelle.

  43. Stunning, both cards are great! Ruby x