Happy Friday and Happy Cupcake Day! The sun is shining and I get to eat cupcakes this weekend so I’m one happy girl. Jon and I don’t have any plans for Labor Day weekend… maybe we’ll head to the beach for the first time this summer! Can you believe it? We haven’t been to the beach all summer! Do you have any big plans for the holiday weekend? Hopefully your plans involve the cupcake sketch challenge! *wink* I grabbed my Cuppacakeabella for this sketch. She is colored with Copic markers and I added Crystal Stickles to the frosting. The cupcake lining is paper pieced with the KI Memories patterned paper. The sentiment is from Papertrey’s Faux Ribbon set and the 5/8″ Pomegranate grosgrain ribbon is from Taylored Expressions. Now let me introduce you to the Featured Cupcake Sampler this week. Nancy made this adorable cupcake card last week! I have long admired Nancy’s sweet style. She made two of the cutest cupcake cards using this week’s sketch. I love the red and brown color combination she used on this card, and you’ll have to check out her blog: Paper Smiles to see the other cupcake card! Thanks so much for sampling the sketch this week, Nancy! Now it’s your turn to try the sketch! I’ll chose the most clever, creative, and cute creation from the submissions this weekend to be the Featured Cupcake Sampler next week. Your design and blog will be featured on my blog during Cupcake Friday. And let me just say that next week is going to be THE BEST Cupcake Friday *ever* for reasons I will divulge next week! 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 and Featured Cupcake Sampler honors. If you’re uploading to Splitcoast use keyword TECC31 (for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge 31). Leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog post or gallery upload so I can check it out! You must have your cards uploaded by Monday, September 1st at 8am PST to be eligible for the featured cupcake sampler. I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

And you definitely don’t want to miss the wonderful inspiration from the Cupcake Crew this week!

Stephanie Hargis: Steph’s Stampin’ Stuff

Jami Sibley: More is More

Monika Davis: M.A.D. Stamper

Lynn Mercurio: Stamperosity

Mary Jo Albright: Beauty Lies Within

Sherrie Siemens: Card Creme

Ana Wohlfahrt: Ink A Stamp