Happy Friday and Happy Cupcake Day! I’m sure am looking forward to the weekend! I’m going to spend some time at my parent’s house this weekend… dinner at Outback (where my sister is a waitress) and a trip to the thrift store in the morning (I love thrift stores!). I have lots of things to share with you today so I hope you’ll stay with me to the end! I decided to use my Sweet Spring stamp set for today’s sketch challenge. Cuppie sitting on the Easter egg fit perfectly! I colored the image with Copic markers, added a red rhinestone to the cherry, and some White Opal Liquid Pearls to decorate the egg. I also added green Tiny Twinkles to each scallop and some pink stitched ribbon. The patterned paper is from the Tiny Dancer Collection that comes with the Easter Key Ingredients. The cardstock is Razzleberry Light, Razzleberry Medium, Frosted Kiwi, and Choice Buttercream. And now I’m so excited to introduce you to the Featured Cupcake Sampler this week! Jen Tapler caught my eye last week with her whimsical Branching Out creation and she’s captured the whimsy of this set with another gorgeous creation! I love the bright colors and patterns she used and the cute addition of buttons in the corner! You can check out all of the details on this card and more of Jen’s beautiful work on her blog Jen Tapler Designs. Thanks for sampling the sketch this week, Jen! 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 TECC60 (for Taylored Expressions Cupcake Challenge 60). Beginning this week we’ll be 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 TECC60 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 23rd at 8am PST to be eligible for the featured cupcake sampler.

Don’t miss the sketch challenge inspiration from the Cupcake Crew: Donna Baker, Jackie Pedro, Jami Sibley, Lynn Mercurio, Monika Davis, Sherrie Siemens, Vicki Chrisman, Ana Wohlfahrt

This week you’ve also heard about our new Key Ingredients Subscription Service and seen some of the creations I’ve made using elements from the kit! The subscription service is a great value with lots of added benefits exclusive to subscribers. You can read all about it on this blog post. You can buy the subscription at any time, but if you purchase the 6 month subscription on or before Sunday, March 22nd you’ll receive free shipping on your first month’s kit and any additional items you add to your order!

Today also marks the day when the kit is available for purchase in the store for those of you who do not want to subscribe. To kick off the release with a bang, half of the Baker’s Dozen and I are making “anything but a card” to showcase elements from the March Key Ingredients kit. I wanted to use one of our new Alterable Date Stands for my creation. I started by spraying the entire base with Brown Maya Mist. I love the way it turned out and it was so much easier than getting out the paintbrush and stain! I covered the shelves of the stand with patterned paper from the KI kit. I also covered a pencil with the same paper to match. I added the red twill and buckle as a background embellishment. And I decided to customize it by adding my own monogram to the pad of paper with the JustRite Brayton font. It needed just a touch of something else so I added strips of clear crystals to accent the lines of the stand. I can see myself making lots of these for gifts… they’re good year ’round no matter when you give them!

You definitely don’t want to miss the rest of the KI Kit inspiration from these Baker’s Dozen ladies: Charmaine, Donna, Ana, Karen G., Jodi, and Laura. I’m know they’re gonna knock your socks off! Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!