Monday, May 2, 2011

A Makeover, New Cupcakes, Au Revoir, I spy and HCBH!!

Does that sound like some kind of reality TV Show?! Morning All. We've got it all going on here today; we're unleashing our fabby New Cupcakes, Louise, Poppit, Rachel and Sari, we have our usual weekly challenge AND we've a sneaky little Hello Cupcake Blog Hop. So get a cuppa (and a cupcake), get comfy and enjoy, this is one MONSTER post!

As you can see, we've given Cupcake a little makeover to coincide with our new Design Team line up. Thank you Jo, for doing such a fantastic job. (BTW, if you love these Cupcakes as much as we do, you can buy your own from Jo.) There are new badges for you to snag and to win, as we're ditching our Top 5 and replacing them with Cupcake Cuties.

But before I tell you about this weeks challenge, even though I know Catherine won't be happy with me, I can't let her leave us without taking this opportunity to thank her for everything she has done for Cupcake. Catherine, we will miss you and your wonderful creations.

So, let's get this show on the road! For this weeks challenge, we'd like to play a little game! I spy, with my little eye...

...Something Beginning with 'C'...

We'd like you to include something beginning with 'c' on your work; cupcakes, cherries, cars, circles, cerise, cyan, choklit, Christmas, clean and simple. You name it, so long as it begins with 'C', you can play it! Don't forget to tell us what your 'C' is in your post.

You have until 8pm GMT on Sunday 08 May to place your entry for this challenge. Have fun!


But that's not your only chance to get your mitts on some scrummy stash, this week. Oh no!

Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn

Completely separate to our challenge prizes and to introduce you to our gorgeous new Cupcakes, we're having a

Hello Cupcake Blog Hop

sponsored by Hayley from Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn (who is also Guest Designing for us this week).
Additionally, if you use the following code: CUPCAKEBH during checkout at Funky Farm Scrapbook Barn anytime up to midnight, GMT, on 09 May, you'll get a 10% discount on your shopping basket.

Wanna win this candy? Here's what you need to do:

Leave a comment on each Blog in the Hop, starting at, and including a comment:

Here at Cupcake


Just before you leave Hayley's to head off to your craft area, pop your name, with a link to your Blog, with the Mr Linky there. Simples!

A winner will be randomly chosen from Mr Linky at Hayley's and announced in our post next Monday, 09 May.


We're bursting at the seams with winners today!

We have a new winner for Challenge 138, as the original winner didn't come forward, there are three Winners from our Fluffy Bunnies Challenge last week, our April Icing on the Cupcake Winner and we’ve also chosen our very first Cupcake Cuties...

So, here goes:

Re-drawn Challenge 138 Winner

chosen at random;

I don't do straight

Congratulations Fiona, you win a £10 Gift Voucher to spend at Crafty Emma's Store. Could you please e-mail me by Sunday 08 May so I can arrange for you to claim your prize! If the prize is not claimed by then another winner will be chosen!

The first Challenge 139 Winner

chosen at random;

Mia Scott
A Little Bit Of Sparkle

Congratulations Mia, you win the gorgeous stamp set from Make The Day Special. Could you please e-mail me your address details by Sunday 08 May so I can arrange for you to receive your prize! If the prize is not claimed by then another winner will be chosen!

The second Challenge 139 Winner

chosen at random;

It's my mess... and I love it!

Congratulations Hayley, you five digital images of your choice from The Stamping Boutique. Could you please e-mail me your choices by Sunday 08 May so I can arrange for you to receive your prize! If the prize is not claimed by then another winner will be chosen!

The final Challenge 139 Winner

chosen at random;

Scrappinmad - Karien

Congratulations Karien, you win your choice of either one rubber stamp, or two digital images from Tickled Pink Stamps. Could you please e-mail me by Sunday 08 May so I can arrange for you to claim your prize! If the prize is not claimed by then another winner will be chosen!

Our April Icing on the Cupcake Winner,

chosen at random;


Congratulations Carol, you win a £15 Gift Voucher to spend with last month’s sponsor, Bunny Zoe's Crafts! Could you please e-mail me by Sunday 08 May so I can arrange for you to claim your prize! If the prize is not claimed by then another winner will be chosen!

Our Cupcake Cuties are;

Lorraine A
Dawn B

Congratulations girls, you can pick up the Cupcake Cutie badge below...we hope you will display it on your Blogs with pride! :)


This week, we welcome back our regular monthly sponsor, Simon Says Stamp. We're delighted that Simon Says Stamp continue to sponsor us. They have an incredible selection of crafting stash in their on-line store and they stock lots of scrummy goodies that can't be purchased here in the UK.


Simon Says Stamp are offering one lucky winner the opportunity to win a $20 Gift Voucher.


The beginning of the month, of course, means we have a change in sponsors! This month, Icing on the Cupcake is joined by Crafts U Love!

Crafts u Love

Crafts U Love are offering one lucky winner, chosen at random:


This week, The Cupcakes are joined by Jen, who is our Cupcake Cutie Guest Designer for May. Check out their gorgeous work...

A Few things to remember!
Please leave a link to your blog post and not just your blog!
Make sure that 'Cupcake Crafts' are linked in your post... if you don't mention us in your posting you will not be eligible for any prize(s) offered by our sponsors! Please only link to new entries - it isn't fair to backlink to older posts!


Helene said...

All my favourite things begin with C - cake, chocolate, cute kids. Great challenge idea.

Sandra said...

Hi girls....fab new look!

Congrats and welcome to the new DT :0).

Sorry you're leaving Catherine :0(.

And brilliant challenge this week!

Have a lovely BH Monday
Take care
San x

Suzie Q said...

Loving the new look and what a fab blog hop so much talent x
Suzie Qx

Lorraine A said...

Congratulations to the new DT girls but sorry Catherine's leaving :-(

Thanks for choosing me as a cupcake cutie !! :-) I will pop the badge on my blog with pride :-)

congratulations to the winners and to the other cuties :-)

Lols x x x

Margreet said...

What a fab new look....lovely blog hop with all those gorgeous cards!
xxx Margreet

Yvonne Peel said...

A great blog hop - wow there are some very clever ladies out there.
Yvonne xx

Hayley @ said...

Just off to start the blog hop! Thank you all so much for having me this week - It feels very special to be a Guest Designer on your new look blog! Best of luck everyone xxx

Kitty said...

Fabulous cards girlies!
Loved this challenge! Kitty xx

Chantal said...

What a nice Bloghop! I am going to start it now!
I really love the DT's beautiful cards!

xxx Chantal

Mervi said...

Congrats to the new ladies,
great challenge theme;-))m

Vick said...

Hi Guys, This is the first time i have entered your challenge and hopefully have done everything you ask, what i have done is linked to this blog in my post and mentioned what the challenge criteria is and what my 'c' is, but i will say here incase you don't see it, on my posting although it is there, anyhow, my 'C' used is Cherry Blossoms! good luck to everyone
hugs vick xxxxx

Cat said...

Starting Blog Hop NOW! Yippee!!

Ciara said...

Yay for my friend Poppit joining the DT, she makes fab cards - cute & quirky :-)

I shall get my thinking cap on & 'C' what I can come up with (sorry for the terrible pun!)

Heidi said...

This is a fab challenge am off to make a card now! Hugs heidi x

Cherry said...

Great new look and stunning DT work to inspire. Good luck. Thanks for the fun. Hugs Cherry XXx

Fiona said...

wow Faye...I'm glad I did go for a the new layout it is totally cupcakalicious!! Jo has made an excellent job!! Gorgeous cards by those cupcakes too!!

Will try to enter later in the week.


Tammylee said...

I still can't get into your linky thing! What a bummer to have to do this all the time, but it hasn't stopped me! So here is my card. Coffee is in the image!

Sue U said...

Wow, great challenge, off to start the hop now
:-) Sue xx

hilda said...

Off to start the blog hop now... Great challenge!

paper fun said...

Great DT cards. I'm excited to be hopping.


Karien said...

Hi Faye
My e-mail addy is
I have sent you an e-mail but to
I'm so excited that I won!

Linda said...

Just completed the blog hop and there are some really fabulous cards...thank you ladies for sharing your creative talent!!

Sarah said...

Can't find Mt Linky so here's a link to my card. Beautiful DT work ladies xxx

Anonymous said...

Hi girls, TOTALLY LOVING THE NEW LOOK! Congratulations, winners and welcome to the new Designers

Love this weeks challenge, have a great week everyone, hugs Samantha :0)

Merry said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful challenge. What great creations from the DT.

Dee said...

love the new look. i have my cup of tea, quiet in the house and looking forward to your blog hop. lets get started.

Sonia said...

Totally Gorgeous card, very inspirational!
Congrats and welcome to the new DT
Great challenge.

Rachel said...

Love the new look ladies - its gorgeous! Fab challenge and gorgeous DT cards. Need to find time to join in the blog hop now! Welcome to the new ladies - I'm looking forward to seeing your cards each week. Wedgie xxx

ileana said...

Thank you for the chance to play with the challenge, all DT cards are great inspiration, thanks again!

Jovi said...

New to the challenge world... But thanks for this Chance... Simple Interpretation... C for Cherry on the Cake... The inside words go "You are the CHERRY on my CAKE"... hope u guys like it...

Hayley said...

Ooh I love the new look!
Goodbye and Good Luck to Catherine, welcome to the newbies!

And thankyou for choosing me as a winner! This is the first online challenge I've won and I'm so chuffed!!
Hugs Hayley xxx

Vicky said...

Lovely candy - thanks for the chance to win! :)

Georgia said...

Such a great challenge and gorgeous DT creations! My 'C' item was a criss-cross pattern on my backing paper! xx

Cazza said...

Loving the new look Ladies and a fab challenge this week too! A couple more weeks to go and fingers crossed I'll be able to play along too! :o)

Rachel said...

I did it in two parts, but I've finished the blog hop and what gorgeous cards I've seen on my travels! Wedgie xxx

Stacie (craft-princess) said...

Great insiration!! I'm off to hop!

Lorraine A said...

fabulous cards and creations from the DT ,, quite a few tips I picked up along the way too ! :-)
I had a lovely time hopping along and admiring all your lovely work :-)

Thanks for the hop :-)

Lols x x x

Linda Wescott said...

Beautiful DT Projects Ladies, thanks for the inspiration and the challenge. Hugs Lin

Debbie said...

Lovely thank you Debbiexx

Debbie said...

Lovely thank you Debbiexx

craftingsue said...

Thanks for the cool cupcake craft "c" challenge - did I use the letter c enough LOL. Anyway, as usual thanks to the DT for all the great inspiration and for the chance to win something.

Simone said...

Gorgeous cards from the DT! Great job! And what a fab blog hop! There are so many talented ladies out there!!!

Inkypinkydelights said...

Thanks for another lovely Challenge and great DT inspiration. Judy x