Cupcake Inspirations #381

cic381It is Sunday which means it is time for the start of another challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations.  This week we have another fun theme challenge going on, and this week we are looking for the theme of “Get Well”.  How fun is that!  And take a look at those cupcakes, how cute are those?

This week we are sponsored by Bugabobugaboostampso Stamps who is offering up a $21 gift certificate to one random participant this week.  That could mean one random participant can pick up to 7 ultra cute digis  (or even more if you catch one on sale).

This week Bugaboo passed out some super cute digital stamps to the design team, and I went with the Teddy Bear Topper image since nothing says get better than a team of teddy bears.

I, however, made one fatal mistake when I sat down to design this card.  I was out of printer ink.  That, for me, is the one big draw back for digi stamps, your printer has to be working just fine for these kind of images.  I was however, just out of black ink, so I decided to print the image in some light brown ink.  What a mistake…well, sort of.  When I realized that the brown ink was as light as it was I realized I only had one option…no line coloring.  I’ve done some no line coloring in the past, but your attention to detail that is needed to do it well is so high it is always hard and a little time consuming.  But I started down this path, so I went for it.

I decided not to opt for the pink pallet that was in the inspiration photo since this was a theme challenge and not a color one.  Instead I went for a brown pallet since I knew from the beginning I was aiming for a masculine card for my daddy who has been under the weather lately.

So off to the no line coloring path I went.  If you have never done it, try it.  It really makes you a stronger colorist when it comes to shading.  It just takes a lot longer then a normal lined image.  I colored this time with my copics and really played with the shadows so things never got confusing in this detailed image.  It think it worked.

I will however tell you that I had two different ink blobs happen from an a) new pen, and b) a recently filled marker.  Let me know if you can figure out where they happened.  It took way too long to figure out how to fix the blobs, but I think I did it.

I pulled out some burnt umber/rich brown card stock and a great world map printed piece of paper and assembled the card with no fuss and muss.  I finally pulled out a sentiment from another stamp pack (Art Impressions) and stamped it onto the card.  The sentiment is normally for a funny card, but I think it worked with this sentimental one just as well.


I hope my dad appreciates the amount of work that went into this card.  I’m sure he will at least enjoy that I sent him a little ‘I love you’ note.

If you have a couple of minutes, go see all the other amazing designs done by the Design Sweeties this week.  They are really super cute, and there is a vast array of awesome digis from our sponsor.







Now I don’t normally do this, but this week I am going to link up this card to the Bugaboo Stamps weekly challenge Catch The Bug.  I didn’t know it at the time of coloring that they were having a color challenge that matched my card, but it just worked out that way, so it must have been meant to be.

That’s all for today, but I can’t wait to see what you whip up for our theme challenge.  Till then have fun creating.



  1. Oh my EK, I was just scanning the CIC blog and I HAD to stop by and say, your card is absolutely adorable!!! Your coloring is amazing, looks like it came out of a children’s book, so warm and lovely! And I love the world map paper on the back, it’s unexpected but works so well!!! Fabulous card!

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