Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April SOTM Blog Hop

Wow it is already April, Man how the time flies!!!

If you have come here from Annette's Blog you are on the right track, you can find the complete list at Helen's blog, this is a circle hop so just keep hoping until you get back to where you started!
Now are we ready for some spring fun? I think so after our long long winter it is really nice to see all of the flowers starting to bloom! This months stamp set is called flowerpot and it is so cute!!!!

This month I decided to make a little treat bag this would be perfect for a shower bridal or baby, a party, I will have a tutorial on this at the bottom of this hop keep reading after the link to the next blog and there will be a tutorial on the favor bag

I also made 2 mini cards 4X4 also used caboodle paper pack, and my threading water border punch by fiskars, bitty brads, flowerpot April Stamp of the Month

Thanks for stopping by now you will hop on to Michelle's blog!
Have a great day

Favor Bag tutorial
  • I started believe it or not with a 5X7 card blank
  • scor pal or any scor tool
  • adhesive
  • stamp set
  • inks
  • a boarder punch (I used threading water punch by fiskars)
  • Sissors
  • Crop-o-dile
  • ribbon
  • treats for the inside
  1. if you start with a card blank like I did, you will want to cut your card down, the width should be 4 inches and the length 10 inches (open) you could of course start with a blank piece of cardstock and cut it to 4X10
  2. score paper on the 4 inch side at 1/2 inch on both sides
  3. on the 10 inch side score at 5 inches (if you start with a card base this will be done for you) and then again at 5 1/2 inches
  4. fold all of your score lines and use a bone folder to make the folds crisp
  5. take your border punch and punch both sides on the 4 inches
  6. place some adhesive(permanent is best, I use provo craft sticky strip, (red)) on one of the side flaps and the bottom flaps and then press your fingers to secure the side shut
  7. repeat step 6 on the other side
  8. punch small holes on both sides and place your ribbon through(you can leave this off if you want a box and not a bag)
  9. fill with a gift card, candy, small treat and enjoy!
Thank you
Happy Stamping
Danielle C.
Cupcake Stamper

Remember the first Cricut Friday post this Friday

Monday, March 29, 2010

What I have been working on

Anniversary cards for my Aunts parents they will be celebrating 60 years of marriage this summer wow that is awesome!!! She asked if I could come up with some invites and thank you cards for this event(their children are planning a surprise party for them)
I was honored to get the chance to design an invite for them

I decided to use childhood portrait and soul mates with that's Amore paper pack all from close to my heart

The couple has been together 60 years, so I wanted to showcase that by using the cute image of the little boy and girl with the saying and they lived happily ever after

For the inside I typed up all the information then made matching thank you notes that her mom and dad can send out to their guests after the celebration is over

Then I got a wild hair and decided to make a little gift bag(the idea came from other CTMH consultants)

The package was complete I delivered them to my aunt on Friday she loved them, I wanted to share with you... inspiration or just to let you know what I have been spending my time on

Keep in mind these are very simple in comparison to other cards but I had to make 50 so I wanted something not too difficult but sometimes simple is elegant I think I achieved that!

The image on the gift bag was also from childhood portrait the frame was from true friends (Jan SOTM)

Thanks for stopping by

Happy Stamping
Danielle C.
Cupcake Stamper

Saturday, March 27, 2010

My other passion

The Cricut!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay if you have a cricut you know exactly what I mean, or at least I hope you understand... I love my bug(s) yeah I have 2, I use them all the time, I am learning more and more about the cricut every time I turn my bug on! I don't know how I scrapped without it all those years! I am currently saving my money for the Gypsy oh yeah then I think my little family will be complete I want to start a new blog program called Lets get Buggy Cricut Fridays, I will post a new cartridge, a new project, a tutorial, organization, my cricut station, and some inspiration, maybe some contests so you will want to be sure to stop by here on Fridays.... Yes I know today is Saturday but this is just a preview, next Friday will officially be the start of my Lets get Buggy Cricut Friday's Today I wanted to showcase two embellies I made last night using the new Paisley cartridge (Oh I love this cart)

Owl # 1 page#-42 cut at 5 1/2 inches
Owl-I used heavy cardstock (CTMH textured) for the base so I used the multi-cut function on the E with my pressure at medium, speed at medium and blade housing at 5
I cut all of my layers and used my zig glue pen for the bigger pieces and my X for the smaller pieces like his feet and stripes!
I used American Crafts pattern paper for his wings

Zebra page #-71 cut at 8 inches
Zebra- I used heavy cardstock for the base (CTMH textured) I used the multi-cut function on the E with the pressure at medium and speed at medium blade housing at 5
The car was cut with light cardstock from HL so I removed the multi-cut function and just cut it out once with all the rest of the settings the same- the flower is CTMH textured cardstock the same color one side is darker than the other so I used the lighter side as the center of the flower
Look closely at the zebras face you may see a little sparkle a nose ring( I am not a big fan of nose piercings personally, but I thought this zebra looked like she needed one, it totally works for her) I used bitty sparkles from CTMH

Perfect for a sweet 16 card or layout or a new car layout

Check out her bling... I can only imagine her rocking out in her new car to some fun music!

Both images were cut using my Expresssion

This cart is great for card making and layouts I think the images are very chic and girly but I can see some of the images being used for boy projects just change the colors!
I hope you enjoy today's little projects be sure to come back next Friday to see the first installment of Lets Get Buggy Cricut Friday's

Happy Crafting
Danielle C.
Cupcake Stamper

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Out of the office

Just a note to let my customers know I will be out of the office on Monday March 22nd! A much needed day trip away for a day I will be back on Tuesday!


April 24th- 4X4 card workshop RSVP by April 12th (limited to 12 people)

Through the end of March-Accepting Applications- See post you wont want to miss the wonderful opportunity

If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact me via e-mail at

Happy Stamping
Danielle C.
Cupcake Stamper

Friday, March 19, 2010

Caboodle and a little boy

My church has been praying for this little boy who was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor, he is only 6 or 7 some of his family comes to our church. Our Sunday school class decided to make a little care package for the little boy, I received a phone call on Saturday asking me if I could make a card that was for the care package I said sure, When I got off the phone with her I went straight to my studio and created these, they chose two one for the little boy and one for his family.

I had so much fun creating these cards, when I got this stamp set I had no idea what I was going to do with it as I don't have any little boys around, other than using them for workshops and home gatherings I thought I would never use these stamp sets oh how I was wrong, and look it even went to a good cause I loved them all but they chose the top two cards! I have the third in my for sale pile!
All supplies CTMH
Stamps used
playin' hard
exclusive stamp set in the You rock WOTG
exclusive stamp set in the caboodle WOTG
God loves you retired stamp set
Crystal Blue
Sweet Leaf
Caboodle paper pack
bitty brads

Happy Stamping
Danielle C
Cupcake Stamper

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Currently accepting applications!!!

Yeah you heard that right I am currently accepting applications For talented scrapbookers, and stamping queens!

- no experience needed
-on the job training
-a love for crafting
-need to be willing to Create at any hour of the day
-Enthusiasm and excitement

Application process
-e-mail me at
- tell me a little bit about yourself
- I will give you all the information you need in order to apply
-you can apply right online in the comfort of your own home
-you can mail a hard copy to corp

I am looking for enthusiastic stampers to fill different spots in my team

current openings

- A Business leader- this position needs to be filled by someone who loves CTMH, and is ready to get out there and build their own team, going Straight to the Top, holding regular workshops and gatherings!

-A party girl- this position is for the consultant that does more than the average amount of home gatherings in a month this is the heart of her business!

-A teacher- this position needs to be filled by the consultant whos business is solely run by workshops and classes that she teaches, she will have hostess clubs and will succeed by holding workshops and maybe a few gatherings!

-A website Diva- this position is open to any consultant that wants to sell Close to My heart products while earning her commission, and succeeding in her business, but also be able to work a full time job outside of the home, She will run a website she can hold workshops and virtual parties, and sell directly off her MYCTMH website!

-A studio J artist- In our brand new Studio J department we are incorporating digital scrapbooking to our products and services we offer to our customers and clients, this position is for that hybrid or digital scrapbooker that wants to earn a living doing something she loves!

-A hobbyist- This position is open to anyone who wants to recieve a discount on her purchases but does not want to have the responsibility of running a business!

As you can see there is something for everyone Contact me today to see which position you will fill!!!!

It does not matter if you live in Huntington WV, Charleston SC, San Diego CA, Denver CO, Dallas TX, Tampa Bay FL, or somewhere in between I would love to have you be a part of my team!

I would have to say working for this company has been very rewarding to me personally~ They reward their consultants and treat us like little Queens or Kings:)

They actually just returned from their annual consultant cruise~ yeah that is right I said annual cruise and YOU COULD BE ON THE NEXT CRUISE!!!!!

Why would you not want to join a company like CTMH?

Consultant kit 99.00 ($300.00 Value)
scrapbook add on 60.00 ($160.00 Value)
card making add on 50.00 ($150.00 Value)
FREE GIFT (march 1-31)- 4 FREE stamp sets ($91.80 value)
My bonus GIFT(March 1-31)- ($12.95 value)
For only $209.00(plus s/h&tax) (all three options) you are going to receive over $700.00 worth of CTMH products!!!! WOW WHAT A DEAL!!!!!!!!

Look at what you get!!!!!!!!!!!

Close to My heart is giving you

$91.80 Value!!!!!

I am including A My Acrylix Organizer

$12.95 Value!!!!!!

You will not only want to have one of these but you will need one, this can hold your stamps, double scrubber, or you can alter it to hold cards or just about anything you wish!!!

Contact me today
Happy Stamping
Danielle C.
Cupcake Stamper

Friday, March 12, 2010

Out of commission

My plans for adding some artwork will have to be postponed until next week, I am having sinusitis and not feeling well, but hopefully by early next week I will be back in my studio creating!
Until Next time
Cupcake Stamper

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Next Workshop

Okay we are about 1 month away from the next workshop and I am getting so Excited!
April 24th 12:00-3:00

The next workshop for Cupcake stamper and her sprinkles;)
Is going to be making 6~ 4X4 cards using the technique class I will be teaching (how to use Liquid Glass)! I am closing this workshop out at 12 people so be sure to RSVP ASAP! before the spaces are filled up! RSVP date is April 12th by 2:00PM you can e-mail me at

Examples of the cards you can make are below...

I will be teaching a Liquid glass technique class
Participants will be making 6 4X4 cards using
-whooo loves you
-Delightful things

Emporium paper pack... yes I absolutely love this paper pack
I have pre-cut all of the supplies the guests will have their own workshop kit when they arrive

I wanted to share on this blog so they can come and see how cute the project will be and also to inspire other consultants to do a similar workshop! They are so much fun to do

Required materials to bring:
-paper trimmer(you may need to trim your pieces)
- a snack to share with the group

Happy Stamping
Cupcake stamper

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Back from the RETREAT

And were we CREATIVE!!!!

So much fun I got 14 double spread layouts finished, it was a blast but boy am I tired~
There was 22 ladies and we all had so much fun catching up from last year, getting our scrap-booking done, and planning next years Retreat! We got a welcome gift, 1-2 door prizes everyday, 1-2 gifts everyday normally as we came in the next morning there was something else on our tables!
I want to plan a Huge retreat from Friday through Monday (right now this is a dream but maybe some day) with
-1 class on Friday evening
-2-3 classes on Saturday
-2-3 classes on Sunday
-1 class on Monday
-crop time
-at the end to give each participant a "diploma" for completing all the classes
-the price would include Food for dinner, lunch and dinner Saturday, Brunch and dinner on Sunday, and on your own on Monday
-30-40 croppers
-separate crop space from make and takes and from eating room
-cabins would be great but even at a lodge or hotel
lets see I can see all of this it is just the actually coming true part but we are working on it!! It will probably be a couple of years away I have a lot of planning to do~

Until Next time
Happy Stamping
Cupcake Stamper

Friday, March 5, 2010

Be Creative Retreat

For the weekend of nonstop Creative Sessions, Crop Time and just time with the Girls!!! I am so excited from Friday-Monday I will be Creating and Being "Creative" I received the last postcard reminding me to pack(yeah I need to get on that, nothing like waiting until the last minute) She told us to get prepared for a fun relaxing weekend with a surprise!!! oooohhh what could it be? Oh well Guess I will have to wait until later to find out! I will be back on Tuesday with an update

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Time to Create

I have always liked to alter things but I really like to take something old and make it new! My uncle gave me a brand new clock for my studio, really cute lime green (It will go with my lilac walls) but it had a prescription drug logo on the face of the clock, he said can't you make something for it, I thought about it and so I came up with this...

I cut an oval out using my CM cutting guides, Charm uppercase, dream big, I covered up the name of the drug and still have a really nice clock face!!! and in my studio it is always time to create!

Happy Stamping
Cupcake Stamper

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

color Me Monday 2/15/2010

Yeah I realize I am almost a month late but I have had this project laying in my studio waiting to be photographed so it has been done for a couple of weeks just not posted!

This week was so neat it was blues and green I thought the project turned out really neat, I added a touch of hollyhock just to make the image pop!

I made a binder to hold my office supplies for this color me Monday combination!
I hope you enjoy the project

Dreams everyone has one but do we realize that they are possible through some determination and a little hard work! I have realized several of my dreams come true, and I have some more that are coming true!

Color Combination: Crystal Blue, outdoor denim, Garden green, twilight( I added the hollyhock just to make it pop)

Stamps used: gown with love, Dream big, charm uppercase

Happy Stamping
Cupcake Stamper