Friday, June 12, 2009

Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge #72

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




74 comments:

Donna Baker said...

Happy Birthday, Taylor! Fun & Safe travels to you & Jon! I love your Sand Castle Building Cuppie card! so cute

Karen Motz said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY Taylor!!!!!!!! Have a wonderful weekend! LOVE this sketch...it was so fun with all the elements.

Sherrie said...

Happy Birthday to you Taylor! Sounds like some birthday traveling fun...enjoy some time away with your sweetie!
and.....
love the card!

eggette said...

I knew it was your birthday and that is why I made that card "especially for you"! uhmmmm.....I didn't know but Happy Birthday and I hope you find time to have a great day! Thank you so much for featuring me today....it was a fun sketch!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

Happy Birthday, Taylor! Hope you have a WONDERFUL day! Big HUGS!

Jenn Balcer said...

Taylor, hope you have a great day and a fabulous weekend with friends and at the concert, too! Love the Fray!
Big birthday hugs!

Karen Giron said...

Have a VERY happy birthday, Taylor!! How fun to go see Frey! I love them - you guys will have such a great time. Enjoy your day!

Paper doll said...

HaPpY BiRtHdAy !!!! Sounds like your going to a have a fabulous day and weekend. So happy for you and wish you the best in your new journey. We have never met but I feel like I know you, your blog is a daily read for me. I feel like you have been living in my backyard (that old saying) as you dont live far from me. I look forward to your going away celebration! Sounds FUN!! I have invited a friend along and hooked her to your blog as well just days ago, shes hooked:)

Lori said...

Happy happy birthday day Taylor!!! I hope you have a fantastic day!!!!

mjalbright said...

Happy Birthday Taylor. I hope you have a wonderful funfilled day!
You have a lot of exciting things happening in your life recently----so happy for you girl!
HUGS!!!

Charmaine (CharmWarm) said...

P.S. I forgot to say how much I LOVE your card. . .just gorgeous!

Jodi Collins aka Kharmagirl said...

Happy Birthday Taylor!!! I hope you have a FABULOUS day and a blessed happy year!! I wish you all the happiness your heart can hold! Enjoy your day!!

Erica said...

Ok, this is too weird! Happy birthday by the way. You are so accomplished in your craft and business that I had no idea we were the same age...and I mean exactly the same age because today is my birthday too. Hope you have a fabulous one! Love the Fray too. I got No Doubt tickets for my birthday. Funny! Again have a great day and safe travels. If you are ever in the KC area when you move, let me know. Only a couple hour trip for you :)

Lynn Mercurio said...

#1) HAPPY BIRTHDAY

#2) It's always a little difficult to say goodbye to co-workers, but what a fun adventure you have ahead of you.

#3) This card totally ROCKS - but all your cards ROCK!

Have a fantastic day.

Angel said...

Such a cute card today! Happy Birthday, Taylor!! And MANY MANY More! {{hugs}}

Laura said...

Happy Birthday Taylor!!! I hope your day is as special as you are and I hope you have a wonderful time at your friends wedding this weekend. Another great sketch! I hope to have some time to play after the weekend (going camping with the hubby after work tonight). Big (((HUGS)))

Carolina said...

Hope you have an amazing, wonderful birthday!!! Love the sketch and your card is just darlin' - such wonderful summer colors!!!

Safe travels to you and Jon! Hugs & Smies!

Summerthyme Studio said...

Have a wonderful Birthday Taylor and here's to an excellent year ahead with lot's of prosperity in your new full time Venture!

Hugs,

Vicki

Cambria Turnbow said...

Your cards are all awesome! Have a wonderfully SWEET birthday my friend!

Nancy said...

Happy Birthday, Taylor!! Fill your day with everything you love, including cupcakes!!
~Nancy

Dana White said...

Happy Birthday Taylor - have a great weekend & love the sketch

Lori Craig said...

Happy Birthday, Sweet Taylor. I love you bunches, and I can't wait to see you soon! :) Have a wonderful, wonderful weekend! HUGS!

Vicki C said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SWEETIE!!!!!!!!!!!

Jami said...

Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful weekend! Your beach card is adorable!

Joy said...

Happy Birthday my sweet friend!!!!

Yvette said...

Happy Birthday Taylor!!! :)

Debbie Olson said...

Happy Birthday, my friend!

Daisy & Joy said...

Hoping all your birthday wishes come true! Hope you day is filled with friends, family, and lots of cupcakes!

Valerie said...

Sweet birthday wishes, Taylor!

Jackie Pedro said...

Happy Birthday, Taylor!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!! Oh, and Bakersfield is about four hours away from me!!

diane mcvey said...

I am SOOOO excited for you, to have had your last day at work!!! That's not to say you still won't be working~~a lot~~but just in a different venue!!!
I wish you every success, and I hope you have a GREAT weekend! And by the way, HAPPY BIRTHDAY, too! Today is our 33rd anniversary...boy, does that make me feel OLD! I hope your birthday is the BEST EVER!!! Enjoy the wedding, too!!! :D

jan farnworth said...

hi taylor happy birthday and i hope you get moved into your house okay. I love your beach bum card is it available to purchase? It just darling.

Laurie Schmidlin said...

Taylor, I'm SO happy for all the wonderful things that are happening for you right now!! It's all amazing!! And today, I hope your day is "knock your socks off" wonderful!! Happy, happy birthday!!

Monika/Buzsy said...

Happy Birthday Taylor! Enjoy your day... fantastc sketch and card! Good luck with the move!

Debbie Lee said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Taylor!! Sounds like you've already have a fab birthday and you're not done yet! :) I think that leaving a job is difficult, but you have such a wonderful positive attitude that I'm certain you will absolutely succeed in all your endeavors w/ Taylored Expressions!
Oh, and did I mention that I LOVE today's card and I have seen some incredible adorable ones using your sketch already!

Alex said...

Your cards are really fun Taylor!!! I just love the bright colors!!

Happy happy birthday!!! Enjoy the Fray concert, I would LOVE to see them in concert!!

I will contact you once you are settled after the move about sponsoring our new challenge site, I did not want to bother you right now while you are transitioning!!

*STAMPIN HUGS* Alex

LisaVB said...

Happy Birthday Taylor!! Hope you're having a great day!

Amy said...

Happy Birthday to you, sweet cupcake queen! I'm so excited for the road of ahead of you, especially because it's bringing you back to the midwest. Blessings and sweet roads ahead for you and Jon!

Hugs,
Amy

Claudia said...

I hope you have a GREAT birthday! I love your cards and have followed your blog for a long time. I am also very happy for you about the move and working full time on your business. Have a wonderful day!

StampinCathy said...

Happy Birthday. Your card is just to cute and love the colors. Have a fun and relaxing trip.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthda Taylor!! Love your blog and your wonderful stamps and kits! Just got my first kit yesterday in the mail - super fast shipping to Canada! Love it!

Safe travelling!

Deborah

Anthonette said...

Happy Birthday, Taylor! It's mine also.

mimiburroughs said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! Love your blog!

Lisa Nagata said...

Happy Birthday Taylor.Have an awesome day!!!! Awesome sketch.

Libby Hickson said...

Happy Birthday Taylor!! You have accomplished SO MUCH at such a YOUNG age!! (and you better stop thinking you are old bc I'm 11 or so years older than you and I don't appreciate reading that, young lady!!) ;-) And big congrats on your last day of work, I know how sad and exciting that can be, all at the same time!! Take care, have a great weekend and here's to continued success!!

Doris Snyder said...

Happy Birthday!! I hope you have a wonderful time celebrating. And may God abundantly bless your move business.

Jami {sgtStamper} said...

Hope you have an amazing birthday Taylor!!! Love the Fray - what a great gift!! Hugs...

Silke Ledlow said...

Happy, happy birthday Taylor!!! I hope it will be a sweet one?!?!

Big birthday hugs ~Silke~

Nancy Riley said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TAYLOR! What a fantastic sketch you've provided us this week!

My apologies ... my Mr. Linky #28 entry is incorrect. My only entry for this challenge is #29. I'm not sure how to go about deleting #28.

Carol (HB) said...

HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAYLOR!
I am so excited to read you are moving to the mid-west! Iowa is neighbors to MN ya know! :o)
Have a fabulous weekend!!!

Jackie said...

Happy Birthday Taylor! Super cute card and sketch, as always. Hope you have a great birthday lady!

Crystal said...

A super Happy Birthday, to you, Taylor ! And of my , those gorgeous cards here as well as all those birthday cards to you !

Dawn Easton said...

Happy Birthday Taylor! Sorry I'm late to the party...worked all day :(

Great card and great sketch...I enjoyed playing along!

Amy Sheffer said...

Happy Birthday, Taylor!! Hope you've had a fantastic day!

MaryBeth said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAYLOR!!!! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the concert too!

soccerboyzmom said...

Taylor,

Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and a great adventure.

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday Taylor!!! Sounds like you have a lot of wonderful reasons to celebrate! Good luck with it all!

My lifes inky escape and more said...

Happy Birthday Taylor!!!!! I hope you have a wonderful day you deserve it!!

Big Hugs
Renee

Barb said...

I hope your birthday was great!

scrappingnana said...

Very cute cards and nice sketch. Hope your birthday was great.

Amber (bambi64) said...

Happy Belated Birthday. Hope it was a great one!

Stephanie Hargis said...

Aw yay! I am finally able to send you some much deserved birthday greetings! I hope you know how much you are appreciated from us cupcake girls! We just adore you! :D Thank you for everything!

P.S. I almost forgot to tell you how stinkin' adorable your card is! I LOVE it!

stamper girl said...

Hi Taylor!
Good luck on your move.
Check out my TECC#72
http://stampergyrl.blogspot.com/2009/06/pheobe-tecc72.html

leenda said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TAYLOR!

Margaret de Witt said...

Belated Happy Birthday Taylor. I hope you had a wonderful weekend.... The Fray tickets - wow - that's a great gift. I hope you have a great time at their concert.

Katie Skiff said...

Happy Birthday!! Good luck on the move!! How fun for you two!! I am so happy to be playing with the Cupcake Challenge again!

Allison said...

Super sketch, super creations and a super birthday to you!

Tracy said...

I hope you had a wonderful birthday Taylor!

Hugs,
Tracy

Lisa said...

Happy *belated* Birthday, Taylor! Your card is super cute(as ALWAYS)!!! Thanks for the inspiration :~)

**Nancy** said...

Great sketch and cards!!! I love this blog!! I finally was able to participate in one of the challenges! Thanksf or the inspiration!!

Joy said...

Hi! Thanks for letting me play, i really enjoy these sketches, I gives me some inspiration and direction!

Aloha,
Joy

www.tamikos.net

tmcc4 said...

Thank you so much for letting me play!!! everyone's creations are fab.. Happy Birthday and be safe with your move...
Mandy

Tasha said...

Happy Birthday Taylor - gorgeous sketch by the way. Good luck with the move
love tasha xx

Karen T said...

Happy Birthday Taylor! Thanks for another fun sketch challenge.
http://www.splitcoaststampers.com/gallery/photo/1386369?cat=500&ppuser=205135