Happy Friday and Happy Cupcake Day! I should really say Happy Cupcake Weekend because Jon and I have tickets to the Los Angeles Cupcake Challenge on Sunday! I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a single event (well, except our wedding). We’re heading to the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel to taste and judge at least 34 different cupcakes from 18 bakeries in Los Angeles! Can you think of a better way to spend a day!? We might end up in a sugar-induced coma, but it would be totally worth it! *grin* I’ll definitely be back on Monday with all the details! To kick off my ‘cupcake weekend’ I pulled out A Year of Sweets 2 for the sketch challenge. The image is stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers. I used Crystal Stickles, Tiny Twinkles, and a Red Rain Dot to dress up the image. I added a sentiment from A Year of Sweet Sentiments and lots of flowers from my stash. The bright and fresh patterned papers are from the SEI Dill Blossom collection. And now I’m so excited to introduce you to the Featured Cupcake Sampler this week! Heather Pulvirenti caught my eye last week with this simply stunning creation. All of her cards are so sweet and simple with the perfect balance of layout and embellishment! She decided to give this week’s sketch a new look by flipping it vertically and I love the gorgeous creation that she came up with! The soft pink and blue is perfect with a pop of black. You can check out all of the details on this card and more of Heather’s beautiful work on her blog {Witty Title Here}. Thanks for sampling the sketch this week, Heather! Now it’s your turn to to try the sketch! I’ll choose 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. You’re not required to use cupcakes for the challenge, but if you got ’em why not use ’em!? If you’re uploading to Splitcoast use keyword TECC61 (for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge 61). I’m also giving away a free Tiny Twinkle to one random winner from among all the people who upload their sketch challenge cards to PaperCraftPlanet using the same TECC61 keyword. So while you’re uploading your card to SCS and your blog, hop over to PCP and enter yourself in the fun there! Then come back here and leave a link to your blog post or gallery upload using the Mr. Linky service so I can check it out! You must have your cards uploaded by Monday, March 30th at 8am PST to be eligible for the featured cupcake sampler. Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Stay tuned on Monday for a full report on the Los Angeles Cupcake Challenge!

And you don’t want to miss the sketch challenge inspiration from the Cupcake Crew: Donna Baker, Jackie Pedro, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Vicki Chrisman, Ana Wohlfahrt