It's All in the Details...

I wanted my 30th Birthday party to reflect me & all the things that I love, so I chose a colorful, citrus-scheme, cupcake theme.{ooh that rhymes!}  I designed the main decor around cupcake presentation and added a few details along the way.

One thing I knew I wanted was depth and varying heights for the cupcake displays.  I have the 3-tier cupcake holder (that everyone has) but wanted to do something a little more authentic.  I came up with an idea to make a tray out of a few things I picked up.  My goal was to keep it inexpensive & upcycle.  I found these square, white trays at Joann's on sale after 4th of July for under $4 each.  Then I stopped at the Goodwill store where I purchased the milk-glass bud vase for 99 cents!  A little glass/plastic adhesive and I was in business.

I wanted the opportunity to use the tray again without a permanent color scheme, so I cut paper to just lay on the bottom of the tray.  Then I used scallop circle nestabilities to die-cut various pattern papers & scattered them around tray & table for some texture.  

Just add cupcakes and wala!

I will add more about my birthday table menagerie another day!  Thanks for checking it out, hope it inspires you.



  I wanted to use some of my favorite products & techniques in a card, and had an opportunity with this graduation card.

  I've been resorting to white cardstock bases for the most part, and making 5x7 cards lately.  I used a lot of Papertrey Ink supplies {cardstock, ink, stamps} in this one.
  One of my favorite products I purchased at CKC last year, was this Color Me paper by Hot Off the Press.  I used the silver stars for this one and colored it with Papertrey Ink's True Black dye ink.

 After inking it up, {any ink will do} wipe the embossed part with a tissue to return to silver, white or a variety of colors they sell.
For the details, I embossed a "Celebrate" stamp {Clear & Simple stamps) with clear embossing powder.  

I used a star from Papertrey Ink's Star Prints stamp set, and masked a small punched circle for a phrase from Tiny Tags II stamp set.  With the numbers on the star, it so happens there was "12" I highlighted with gold Stickles for "2012". 

To finish, I edged with some Momento Silver ink and attached some gold ribbon to the star.  
A relatively simple card, but with some details that take a little more time to put together.  

Here's the Father's day card I made this year using Papertrey Ink's Rhythm & Soul stamp set.

I used some Coredinations cardstock, embossed with a musical notes Cuttlebug folder.  Add America Crafts ribbon under the sentiment and popped with glue dots.