Friday, January 23, 2009

Celebrating a Year of Cupcake Challenges!

Happy Friday and Happy Cupcake Day! Today is a very special day here at Taylored Expressions! We're celebrating a year of cupcake challenges! I set out to make this the yummiest day in blogland with the help of the Cupcake Crew and my past Featured Cupcake Samplers! I've asked each of the ladies on the weekly Cupcake Crew to design a sketch challenge for the occasion. And all of the past featured cupcake samplers have made a card using one of their sketches! Even with 9 fun sketches and lots of yummy eye candy, it wouldn't be a party without you! For each sketch you participate in you'll be entered into a drawing to win a $10 gift certificate to the Taylored Expressions store! If you're a big party girl and you participate in ALL 9 sketch challenges you'll be entered into the Grand Prize drawing for your choice of the 5 January stamp set releases or a $75 gift certificate to the Taylored Expressions store! All of your entries must be posted to Splitcoast using the appropriate keyword. You'll find the keywords on each hostesses' blog. If you upload a creation for all 9 sketches, send me an email at tayloredexpressions@gmail.com and I'll enter you in the Grand Prize drawing! Since there are so many fun sketches to play this week we're giving you some extra time. Your entries must be uploaded by the evening of Thursday, January 29th. Each of the hostesses will be doing their gift certificate drawings that evening as well as the grand prize drawing. I'll announce all of the winners on my blog next Friday!

Now that you have all the yummy details, here's my sketch challenge! I created this card using the February calendar image from A Year of Sweets 1 (now back in stock at the TE Store). I colored it with Copic markers and added Taylor's Tiny Twinkles to the cherry on each of the cuppies and in each of the scallops layering the image. Yes, you read that right... Taylor's Tiny Twinkles are back! You'll have to stay tuned until the end of this message to read more about how you can get your hands on these little sprinkles of goodness! I embossed the background with the Swiss Dots embossing folder and chalked the raised dots with white ink. The red felt buttons and the red polka dot ribbon are also from the TE store. I punched the scalloped border with my Fiskars threading water punch. I'm so excited to introduce you to the Featured Cupcake Sampler this week! Not only did Christine impress me with her adorable creations last week, but she was so clever in telling a little tale of cuppie. And she's wowed me with another cute cupcake creation this week! I love those yummy colors and the cute paper pieced cupcake linings! You can check out all the details of this card and more of Christine's beautiful work on her blog: Christine Creations. Thanks for sampling the sketch this week, Christine! Now it's your turn to to try the sketch! I'll choose the most clever, creative, and cute creation from the submissions this weekend to be the Featured Cupcake Sampler next week. Your design and blog will be featured on my blog during Cupcake Friday. I'll also choose one random winner from among all the participants in my challenge to receive a $10 gift certificate to the Taylored Expressions store. You're not required to use cupcakes for the challenge, but if you got 'em why not use 'em!? You must upload your creation to Splitcoaststampers using keyword TECC52TV to be eligible for the prizes. Leave a comment below using the Mr. Linky service I can check it out! You must have your cards uploaded by Thursday, January 29th at 8pm PST to be eligible for the featured cupcake sampler. You'll find more inspiration using this sketch on these past featured cupcake sampler blogs: Mary Fish, Terri Dodd, Laura Fredrickson, and Mary Jo Albright!

Make sure you check out the hostesses of the other 8 Sketch Challenges we have for you this weekend!


Just a few more things to share today so hang in there! While we're away at CHA scoping out all the newest products in the world of papercrafting we want to celebrate the spirit of INSPIRATION and CREATIVITY that CHA represents by offering you two CHA Specials. These specials are valid for all orders placed in the Taylored Expressions Store Friday, January 23 through Wednesday, January 28th.

Special #1 - Buy 2 packages of Taylor's Tiny Twinkles and Get 1 FREE! No coupon code is needed for this offer. For every 2 packages on your order, you will receive 3. It's that simple! Over 1200 rhinestones for just $7.98. There is no limit on this offer - just make sure you order in multiples of 2.

Special #2 - FREE SHIPPING on all orders over $40. Simply use coupon code FREESHIP0109 (all caps, no spaces) upon checkout. Now is the perfect time to peruse all the different departments at TE to see everything we offer as well as pick up those items you've been eyeing for awhile! Please feel free to share this coupon code with your friends! Orders will continue to ship during CHA.
And last, but certainly not least... thank you all for your sweet comments on my new blog design! Are you wondering who won their very own blog design from Nancy? The lucky winner is.... Kristie Larsen from The Kristie Sessions! Kristie, send me an email at tayloredexpressions@gmail.com and I'll put you in touch with the fabulous Nancy!

80 comments:

Stephanie Hargis said...

Your card is absolutely adorable Taylor! I LOVE that color combination! It just rocks! :D Those felt buttons are fabulous too! Thanks for putting together such a yummy day here in blog land! I know I had fun! :D

Sharon Harnist said...

What an adorable card and wonderful sketch, Taylor! Happy one year anniversary!

the whimsical butterfly said...

Wow this is going to be FUN!!!

I am excited about all the great sketches...I just checked them all out :) Will the drawing be random or based on the card? Just curious ;) Have a wonderful time at CHA!

Sherrie said...

Let the funnest day in blogland begin! Thanks Taylor for the extra joy you bring to Friday's! Love your card, cute as ALWAYS! Looking forward to seeing you!

Laura (scrapnextras) said...

Love your card Taylor; those felt buttons are so cute...never seen them before! Christine's card is darling too! Thanks for letting me be a part of your big celebration! All the best to you and congrats on a fabulous year of sketches!

Carolina said...

Adorable cards Taylor from you and Christine and a huge congrats on your one year of amazing sketches!!! Can't wait to see what everyone turns out...how very fun and thanks again for letting me be part of it! HUGS!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

Oh what fun!! Darling sketch and design Taylor!! Have fun at CHA!

Jennifer Meyer said...

Super cute card Taylor! Thanks for inviting me to play!

Have fun at CHA!
Jennifer :)

Becky in East Tennessee said...

I agree this is too awesome!

Jackie Pedro said...

Oh my goodness, this is so fun! Happy Anniversary Taylor and thank you so much for asking me to be a part of this amazing team!! Your card is FANTASTIC! Beautiful coloring!

Congrats, Christine! I love your card!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Super cute card Taylor. Love the colors and the felt buttons. Have fun at CHA!

Terri said...

Darling card, Taylor...your coloring is beautiful! LOVE those felt buttons, must go check them out! Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your big anniversary...congrats!

Steph K (booga3) said...

Love your sketch and your card is fabulous, Taylor! I love how you colored it! Congrats on the anniversary!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

ADORABLE, Taylor! Love your sketch and your card is just DELICIOUS!

The Plaid Elephant said...

Congratulations on reaching the 100 mark!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Happy ONE-YEAR Anniversary!!

Karen Motz said...

Taylor, this is such a fun reason to celebrate! Congratulations on one year of Cupcake Challenges. I adore participating in your weekly challenges. Thanks for including me in the sampler celebration. I can't wait to get started on all the fabulous sketches...it's gonna be a busy stamping weekend.
Your cuppie card is super adorable. I love the colours and how you made it look like they're on a grassy hill. Too cute!

Silke said...

Happy Anniversay - Taylor!!! Well you already know how much I adore your site and you :)!!!

Congrats on your first year and I know there many, many more to come!!!!

Have fun at CHA and I can't wait to see what you'll have to show us when you get back!!! Hugs ~S~

Silke said...

I had to come back - LOL and tell you that your card is awesome - tooo darn cute!!!

Congrats to Christine for being you FS Cupcake girl!!!

ChristineCreations said...

Thank you again Taylor for the great opportunity it was very fun :) And congrats on a big milestone. What a great celebration you've given everyone!

Fabulous card too. Perfect colors and those buttons are amazing! I might like buttons if they were felt! :)

jan farnworth said...

cute sketch

Carolyn Mustopa said...

Love the sketch! Gonna try and do as many of them as I can this weekend -- I think you got my mojo goin' again!

Dawn Easton said...

Thanks for including me in your celebration Taylor...it was a lot of fun! I'm hoping to play along this weekend with all the other sketches as well!
Enjoy CHA!

Lynn said...

Taylor Congratulations on your one year Cupcake Challenge Anniversary!
Your card for the sketch is absolutley adorable! Love the twinkly cherries and fantastic coloring!
Christine's card using your fun sketch is wonderful as well!
Thanks for including all of us as you celebrate today!

cheiron said...

Congratulations Taylor on your first year! Your challenges are always fun and inspiring. LOVE your card this week! What a cute scene.

Eulanda said...

Well this is my first time posting a card to a challenge and what a great one to do it on. Congrats on all your success. I love the blog and your designs! Thanks for the sketches! :)

Sharon Holden said...

Happy Anniversary Taylor! Thanks for the great sketch.

Elena said...

Congratulations on your One Year Anniversary, Taylor!
I love your new blog look!
Thank you so much for your great challenges and beautiful sketches!

Stephanie said...

Adorable cards, I just finished my first and I plan on working on them most of the day, after errands of course...

Patti Gingrich said...

What a fun celebration Taylor! Thanks for sharing your anniversary with us! Your blog was one of the first that I came across and it quickly became a favorite. Your work is lovely and your stamps simply adorable. Wishing you all the best in the year ahead~ Patti

stampndeb00 said...

Taylor your card is soooo cute! And I agree Christie's card looks beautiful. I love all the colors you both used and using the felt buttons was a great idea. Although I can not participate in the challenge, because I just started I thought I would still make one. Thanks for the wonderful ideas!! Hope you all are having fun at CHA.

Kerry said...

Congratulations on a year of Cupcake Challenges! I just discovered your blog/store and what an exciting time to do so! I am working on all of the sketches and just linked up my card for your sketch. Your card is adorable...love those felt buttons!!!

Gwen said...

Happy Aniversary Taylor!! I LOVE this sketch!!!! have fun at CHA!!!!!

staff2 said...

This was my very first challenge ever. It was fun! I didn't use cupcakes because I was doing valentines - but I do love cupcakes and love your cards!!

Jenna said...

This is fantastic!! I am new to you challenges, but I have fallen in love with these adorable stamps. I'm up for the challenge!

Abra Leah Cross said...

I'm going to try to do the 9-card challenge! *gulp*

Kim said...

Great sketch! I can't wait to work on the other sketches!

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Savor the Journey said...

OMGosh!
Taylor!!! Happy Anniversary!
I'm happy dancin' in Texas for ya! (Just as well that you can't really 'see' that! haha)

9 sketches? I need to get a move on!

Enjoy CHA! Take pictures! Thanks for the opportunity!

Kathi Carlson said...

Happy Anniversary, Taylor! Another great sketch! Thank you!!!

Kristie said...
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Kristie said...

Congrats on one year of Cupcake Challenges.

Here is my sketch: http://kreativekristie.blogspot.com/2009/01/ribbons-butterflies.html

katrina said...

Congratulations Taylor....

Michelle said...

This was a fun sketch, Taylor! Thanks for the challenge and thanks for the chance to win. Happy anniversary!

Andrea said...

Another great sketch! No cupcake this week, I'm on a diet!

Tiffany said...

Congrats on your one year! Fun sketch! I need to get to work.:)

Dana Grothaus said...

Just added my card to Mr. Linky! Great sketch and congrats on one year of fabulous sketches!
Dana

Janet said...

love this sketch!! i have added mine:) Hope you like him ;)

Paper doll said...

OH bummer, I just noticed that my link didnt stick to Mr Linky Widget and it disappeared. Well the sketch was another favorite of mine.

Betty aka ZacksNana said...

Lovely cards everyone! I just posted my first one now only 8 more to go! LOL

Steph said...

Congrats on a whole year of Cupcake Fridays!
I don't know if I'll be able to complete all 9, but I've done 3 :)

Marisa said...

Love your card and the sketch. Here is my card for this challenge.

http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1209525?cat=500&ppuser=152925

Marisa

Rose said...

Hi Taylor! Happy Anniversary! I love your card and love these adorable sketches! I've been a happy observer of your challenges and finally made it in time to play in this one!

Laura said...

Congrats on a year of challenges Taylor. It's been a blast participating in your wonderful challenges over the past year and this week was no exception.

Anjou Krelovich said...

What a cute challenge! I had so much fun with this, I'm going to try some of the others too!

Sankari W. said...

Congratulations on this awesome anniversary Taylor! I always look forward to your cupcake challenges and adore the SASI cuppies :) I had so much fun doing your sketches this week! Hope you had fun in CHA! Best wishes always,

Hugs and Cupcakes :)
Sankari :)

Melody said...

Congrats on one year of challenges. I have enjoyed doing many of them and reading your blog.

Kristin Bueter said...

Thank you for another wonderful sketch! Your card is gorgeous!! I love your colors (as usual) and the embossed, brown cardstock. The contrast is fabulous!!

Congratulations on your successful first year, and best wishes for many more!!

Kristin Bueter

Missy D said...

Thanks Taylor for putting this together! I am having such a fun time working on the projects and checking out all the gorgeous work other peeps have done :)

http://crazymsd.blogspot.com/

JenMarie said...
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JenMarie said...

Oops, I'm #94, LOL!
GREAT sketch!

tyrymom29 said...

Congrats On your One yr anniversary!!!

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Check out my blog Anna Banana Creations
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Heather said...

Wonderful examples and sketch, as usual! Thanks for all the great opportunities this week as well!

Heather

Renée said...

wonderful sample and sketch, Taylor!! Love the celebration :)

Mr and Mrs. Bee said...

nice card sketch. i just come across your blog, can i just check if the sketch can be d/l at Splitcoaststampers?

Mary said...

I won't get all 9 done but I am happy with the three I finished! Thanks for the great opportunity. You can see my card for this sketch here:
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1212397?cat=500&ppuser=133130

Alanna said...

I had a blast this week playing in all 9 challenges. I did email letting you know I participated in all of them. Thanks for all the inspiration.

Tori Wild said...

Congrats on the year of challenges and thanks for letting us all play along with you!! Hope you had a blast at CHA!

Christi said...

Congrats on your anniversary!! I love this awesome challenge!!!

Mary said...

My husband has taken our camera on a business trip to Florida (where it is 70 degrees), leaving me without a camera to snap pictures for posting (and while buried under 6 inches of snow, no less)... :( Anyway, it's hard to believe that one year has passed -- I was following your blog when you started these challenges! I would have LOVED to participate, but I just wanted to mention that the sketches your team put together were just terrific!! Congratulations!

Carol Weimer said...

Happy Anniversary Taylor, I've had a ball doing all nine of these challenges. Can't wait to see what you found at CHA.

Meredith said...

what a fun sketch!!! I have fun playing along :)

papelytijeras said...

This was a fun challenge. Thank you so much. I'm sorry I linked twice but I got the SCS gallery working for me. Enjoy! All the other cards are quite inspirational.

Joan Ervin said...

Congrats, Taylor, on your anniversary!! I finished all nine sketches this afternoon..Whoohoo!!! I am looking forward to seeing everything you found at CHA!!1

Doris Snyder said...

Love this sketch. I used the cupcake on my granddaughter's cap for the inspiration for my cupcake. It was perfect...especially since I don't have many cupcake stamps...yet!
I'm hoping for "cupcakes" for Valentine's Day.

Janine said...

Well done on your anniversary. Long evening getting these all done!

Pam Varnell said...

Love this sketch and your sample is just too cute.

SentimentsbyDenise said...

I'm late coming to the party, but I wanted to let you know I participated in your sketch - my first one! I love your sketches and have tried a few more. I'll be linking those, too!

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