Well... it's official! Yesterday was my last day of work. It was a busy day tying up loose ends and taking time to say goodbye to my colleagues who have become my friends over the past four years. I'm excited to see where this journey leads and I think they're genuinely excited for me too! This weekend Jon is performing the wedding ceremony for two of our friends, JulieAnn & Robert. They've been a big part of our lives during the last year and we're so excited to see them tie the knot on Saturday. We're heading north today for the rehearsal dinner and then the wedding celebration is on Saturday night! And in the midst of all this transition, today is my birthday! I can't believe I'm another year older! A couple years ago I was complaining about being a quarter of a century old, and now I'm beyond that by two years. Ah well... I have a lot to be thankful for and the older I get the more resigned I become to the fact that I'm getting older. Did that make any sense? Jon took me out for my birthday dinner last night and gave me my gift. I got tickets to The Fray concert!! Yippppeeee! I can hardly wait! Any other Fray fans out there!? As if all of this weren't enough to make it a great day, it's also Cupcake Friday! I have to be quick today because I still need to pack and get out the door to make it to the rehearsal tonight! I decided to use the Beach Bum stamp set and the Beach Bum Key Ingredients for my card. This image makes me want to head to the beach...it's been way too long since I made a sandcastle! I colored the image with Copics and covered the sand with a touch of Sparkly Fluff in brown sugar. This week I've got another awesome stamper to introduce you to, but you probably already know her fabulousness! Our Featured Cupcake Sampler this week is Bonnie Sharp! She caught my eye with this wonderful creation. The bright, fun cards she makes match her bright and fun personality! I just love the pink and green combo on her sketch card this week... and the lollipop looks so yummy covered in Crystal Effects! You'll definitely want to check out all of the details on this card and the rest of Bonnie's awesome stuff on her blog: The Lucky Clucker. Thanks for sampling the sketch this week, Bonnie! Now this week I have something special for you... even though it's my birthday I want to offer you a present! I'll draw one random name from among all the participants this week to receive a $25 gift certificate to the TE Store! Just create a card using this sketch and link your creation below with Mr. Linky by Friday, June 19th. I'll also choose the cutest creation from the submissions to be the Featured Cupcake Sampler. Your design and blog will be featured on my blog during Cupcake Friday. You're not required to use cupcakes for the sketch challenge, but if you got 'em why not use 'em!? Can't wait to see what you all come up with!
The Cupcake Crew has more sketch challenge inspiration to show you... don't miss it! Ana Wohlfahrt, Donna Baker, Jackie Pedro, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Sherrie Siemens, Stephanie Hargis, Vicki Chrisman