Happy Friday and Happy Cupcake Day! My little St. Patrick’s Day cuppie from A Year of Sweets 1 has been begging to be inked and today’s sketch provided the perfect opportunity to ink my stamp and use some of my glittery St. Patrick’s Day paper. I decided to color the image with Prismacolor pencils since they’ve been gathering dust in the corner lately. I covered the rainbow with Crystal Stickles, added some Tiny Twinkles to the pot of gold, and some of the glittered foam clovers I picked up at Michael’s. The Happy St. Patrick’s Day sentiment fit perfectly underneath my image. I used the horizontal slot punch to make room for the Apple Green polka dot ribbon. The image was cut out with the oval classic and scalloped Spellbinders dies and popped up on foam tape. I picked up the pre-glittered Best Creations patterned paper at my LSS. Pam Varnell, our Featured Cupcake Sampler this week, caught my eye with her cute valentine last week! Pam decided to flip the sketch for her adorable sample this week. I love the color combination and all the little details she added… check out the pearly necklace, the paper pieced hat, and the little rhinestones adorning each scallop in the background! You can check out all of the details on this card and more of Pam’s beautiful work on her blog: The Stamping Addict. Thanks for sampling the sketch this week, Pam! 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 TECC56 (for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge 56). 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, February 23rd at 8am PST to be eligible for the featured cupcake sampler.

I have one more announcement today! I’ve uploaded tons of new products to the store. If you subscribe to our newsletter, you’ll be receiving all the details soon. If not, go sign up and then head over to the store and check out the new Swiss Dot ribbon collection, Saddle Stitch bundles in Bright & Natural, polyester twill bundle, accordion stretch ribbon, houndstooth ribbon, new trims, and the super cool Taylored Expressions Perfect Package! We also have a special limited time offer for you: Now through February 28th – All orders for any product at Taylored Expressions over $30 (before shipping and tax) will receive a FREE BUNDLE of 1/4″ Solid Grosgrain Ribbon (colors of our choice). Simply type “Free Ribbon Please” in the comments section of your order. The Ribbon Bundle will NOT show up in your shopping cart, but rest assured our awesome shipping team will be sure to include it in your order! Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Shopping!

Don’t forget to check out the sketch challenge inspiration from the Cupcake Crew! Donna Baker, Jami Sibley, Jackie Pedro, Vicki Chrisman, Stephanie Hargis, Ana Wohlfahrt, Monika Davis, Sherrie Siemens. We’re also welcoming a familiar face back to the Cupcake Crew… Lynn Mercurio! Don’t forget to stop by her blog and see her fabulous sample!