Happy Friday and Happy Cupcake Day! Guess what else is happy about today!? Jon is coming home! And guess what else!? It’s Memorial Day Weekend! Today is a good day. I even did laundry last night so my panty drawer is full again. 🙂 I used Partygirlabella paired with Notebook patterned paper from the Crate Paper Katlin Collection for today’s cupcake card. I colored the image with Copic markers and added lots of bling in the form of pink and yellow rhinestones and Stardust Stickles. The Bubblegum twill is from Taylored Expressions. I’ve been so excited to tell you about my fun cupcake challenge announcement. I decided to ask a few awesome ladies to join me in sampling the sketch challenge each week! They are all amazing in their own unique style! I’ll link each of their blogs at the end of this post and you’ll be able to check them out for even more inspiration! I always find it inspiring to see many different interpretations of the same sketch. I also wanted to give you all a fun way to get involved with the sketch challenges. Each week, I plan to have a Featured Cupcake Sampler! The cutest and most creative sample from the previous week will receive the featured cupcake sampler honors. The winner will receive the sketch ahead of time in order to create a card that will be featured along with a link to your blog on Cupcake Friday! Jennifer Meyer is starting us off as the first Featured Cupcake Sampler. This is her adorable card using the sketch this week. Make sure you check out her wonderful blog Jennifer’s Sweet Designs! I will also continue to give away a prize to one random winner from all the submissions. Finally (kudos if you’re still with me!)… here’s the sketch challenge: You’re not required to use cupcakes for the challenge, but if you got ’em why not use ’em!? 🙂 You’re welcome to create something other than a card, just stick as closely to the sketch as possible and you’ll be eligible for the prize drawing! If you’re uploading to Splitcoast use keyword TECC17 (for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge 17). Leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post or gallery upload so I can check it out! I will draw one random entry from among all the participants to receive two yards of each of the yummy new velvet ribbons from Taylored Expressions! And one card will be selected as the Featured Cupcake Sampler next week! Feel free to email me if you have any questions! You must have your cards uploaded by Monday, May 26th at 8am PST to be eligible for the prize drawing. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! Jon and I are off to Santa Barbara for a fun little vacation. I’ll be back on Monday (or maybe Tuesday) with the winners and pictures from our trip! I hope you all have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend!

Don’t forget to check out the beautiful creations from the cupcake challenge samplers:

Stephanie Hargis: Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff
Sherrie Siemens: Card Creme
Jami Sibley: More is More
Mary Jo Albright: Beauty Lies Within
Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper
Lynn Mercurio: Stamperosity
Ana Wohlfahrt: Ink A Stamp