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Thursday, February 3, 2011

Best Year Yet

Remember that cupcake set that I resisted for a really, really long time?  Well, I am LOVING it now!! I know, crazy after not even liking it for forever!

Well, today's post is all about a sweet little aqua colored cupcake...(making you hungry yet?)


This is such a fun color combo to work with. 


I added dimension to this card by popping the icing up on the cupcake and also popping up the frame as well and then of course, by adding the pretty little paper rose.  I used the linen impression plate on the frame to give it some texture.

I really like how this card turned out, so I couldn't just stop there.  So I made...


...another notebook.  This one is from a notepad pack from Alco.  You get 5 pads of paper in one package for $1!!  What a deal!  They had Hawaiian Shores, pink, yellow, orange & purple packs to choose from!  Score!!  They measure 3 1/2" x 5" but are just as cute as the longer, skinner ones from my post yesterday.


Here the notebook cover is opened slightly so that you can see the notepad peaking out.

And I couldn't stop there either.  So I also made...


...another custom-sized bag to hold the notebook! 

I made this the same way as I made the ladybug notebook bags here.  Cut my white lunch bag down to size, sewed the sides (and bottom this time) with a straight stitch (also different since I used a zig zig stitch before), cut off the excess and then punched a half circle at the top to be able to easily get the notebook in and out.


On each of the cupcakes I used my spica clear glitter pen to add glitter around parts of the frosting.  What a difference a little glitter makes!!  I also used my embossing folder to emboss the entire band that I wrapped around the bag.  And, yes those Lacey Circle Nesties again for the cupcake to sit on!  (Yes, Amy, you NEED these, lol!!)

Here's the trio together.


What a fun (and colorful!) gift that was super fun to make!

Have a great day everyone!! Thanks for stopping by! 

Edited to add:  Cathy emailed and couldn't find Alco online to buy the notepads.  Alco is an old, old store and it seems like they might just be in smaller rural areas.  I looked online and found this source for the notepads (perfect match!).  The only catch is that you have to buy a case of 48 (which means you get 240 notepads, LOL!)! But they are still just $1 for 5, so if you wanted to split them with a friend you could!  I also found them here but they are more expensive if you go that route.  You can try googling "Mini Writing Tablets" too to see what other options might be out there!
Supplies (all PTI unless noted)
Stamps:  Cupcake Collection, Signature Greetings, Mat Stack 3, Big Birthday Wishes
Paper: Kraft, Rustic White, Hawaiian Shores, 2009 Bitty Dot Basics
Ink: Aqua Mist, Dark Chocolate, Palette Landscape
Other: Cupcake Collection Dies, Linen Impression Plate, Mat Stack Die, Aqua Mist Button, Twinery Twine, Quickutz Embossing Folder, Pearl, Lacey Circle Nestie, White Lunch Bag

25 comments:

  1. Well, isn't this little trio just so yummy? I'm glad you didn't resist this set any longer because you are doing such cute things with it! (and I couldn't resist the dies any longer either :)) I love how you have embellished your cupcakes with the teal pearl and that fabulous rose (that's a neat idea BTW)!!

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  2. Jen these are adorable!! I love that color combo! Thanks for sharing that! And those cupcakes? LOL! You held out forever! Now do I need them too? Soooo cute!!

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  3. So now I am immediately going to google Alco for those notepads. I love the new size you showed us today. I love that you described them in PTI color names! Very cute cards and notepad today. I love those cupcakes. You are making such great use of that set Jen.

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  4. Jen, you are killing me with cuteness! I didn't think I liked these cupcakes either, but this is the "sweetest" ensemble. Love the color combo! You have definitely inspired me to make some of these notebooks, too!

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  5. Oh, my! These are ADORABLE! I love your color combo. How can you go wrong with Hawaiian Shores! Love all the little details you added.

    BTW your previous post got me hooked on glimmer mist. I didn't even realize I had any! As always, thanks for inspiring!

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  6. These are wonderful Jen! LOVE the color combo. I really like the layout of your card. Perfect placement for the cupcake on the die cut.

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  7. Oh my! Just look at the color combo!!! I am in love. I was blown away by the first card and my jaw hit the ground as I scrolled to the second. I am a sucker for a stamped background like that. LOVE!!!! Thanks for always posting such great things!

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  8. They are both super cute! Love the colors. I really need to start using this set too!

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  9. OH MY ....... the colors are just so so yummy ..... and yes you are making me want a cupcake ....... I adore cupcakes ....... so perfect the right amount of icing for each bite ....... thankfully I have homemade apple dumplings in the house to help me out later after reading this post!!! SERIOUSLY LOVE IT ALL~~

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  10. What yummy fun Jen!! Love the packaging.

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  11. wow...those colors are great...love that skinny ribbon with both colors on it.....perfect!

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  12. This is totally delightfully delicious Jen! Seriously great, I love that set!

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  13. sooooo cute!! I havent used my dies yet and you make me want to get themout!!! cute color combo too

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  14. Fantastic! You sure have put that stamp set to great use. I love the colors and the subtle added textures. The Linen IP is perfect here. You'd do any cupcake proud.

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  15. Ah cupcakes! Great color combo..I don't have (yet) any of the cupcake dies or stamps but maybe I'll break down soon and order some..especially after seeing what you have done!

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  16. Cute and so yummy looking! Love the colors you have going on all three. Great notepad and the bag to hold them is super too. Wow, you are all ready to give a gift when the need arises!

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  17. This so cute! I never even looked twice at the Cupcake collection, but this is definitely turning my head. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  18. So, so, so, so CUTE! Love this little set, and these colors have to be some of my very favorite! :)

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  19. Oh my, what a darling set! Great colors.

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  20. These are FABULOUS Jen, love those colors, love the cupcakes (really love the cupcake background you did!)

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  21. Wonderful, wonderful set you have created. I am resisting the cupcake set too, and you aren't helping any! I love the flower on top of the icing! Very pretty.

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  22. LOVE THIS!!! and I love the idea of stitching the lunch bag. Thanks for the great idea!

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  23. Really gorgeous! I love the cupcake stamped background the most, the almost have a chalk/water color look, if that makes any sense! LOL

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  24. These are super cute! Glad I scrolled down so I didn't miss them. :)

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