Countdown to WCMD...a challenge and a giveaway!

Why limit your card-making supplies to items you can find on the scrapbook aisle? It’s much more fun to mix creative mediums.

On this birthday card, I hand-stitched brown flannel fabric onto my cardstock base to create my cupcake top. But before I finished stitching, I stuffed the cake with fabric scraps to give it a bit more dimension. To add to the sweet look, I cut a real cupcake cup (Martha Stewart Crafts) in half and stitched it to the card. I first tried adhering it with glue, but its no-stick surface wouldn’t cooperate, so needle-and-thread it was.

Here’s a little card challenge for you: Create a card using something other than the scrapbook basics. Maybe that’s making a cupcake card of your own, using beads as sprinkles. Perhaps you forget the chipboard letters and spell out a sentiment with yarn instead. Or, one of my personal favorites, use fabric in place of patterned paper. If you decide to take me up on this challenge, please let me know where your project is posted so that I can check it out.

OK, on to what we’ve all been waiting for, today’s World Card Making Day giveaway...

Leave a comment on this post, stating one of your creative outlets. You don’t have to be a card maker to be creative. Maybe you can play a phat guitar lick. Maybe you express yourself through watercolor. Maybe baking is your expression of choice. Whatever it is, I’d love to hear about it.

From comments I receive by this Friday, October 3, I’ll randomly select a winner to receive a box full of craft-store goodies. I’ll throw in some fun fabric pieces, a few sparkly beads, even some yarn – tasty things to consider using on your next creation. Yum!

Funny story about where the inspiration to create my card came from. I baked these cupcakes. OK, that's not so "funny" unless you know me well enough to know that I don't really get along well with kitchens. Baking and cooking are not exactly strengths of mine. These small cakes in cups look easy enough, but they actually took me hours to complete. Why? Because I didn't want to drip any frosting. Transporting frosting from a bowl to a cake top without drips is a looong, slloooow, ridiculous process that I wouldn't recommend. Good thing the end result was a sweet one. :)