Monday, October 18, 2010

Giggles and Ginko

As I posted in my previous note I promised a summary of 'Naked Cupcake Night'. As one of six dormitories (okay - so these days they are call 'residence halls...') floor 'parents' to 40-some young men and women it is our 'duty' to come up with an activity or two every term (unlike MOST colleges we don't use a semester based calendar - we use a trimester system). Once per term we host 'Naked Cupcake Night'. Each of us 'parents' bake 2 dozen cupcakes leaving them unfrosted (naked). The students then spend the evening frosting, decorating, and eating cupcakes. There is an assortment of food coloring, sprinkles, other toppings and chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla frosting.

We have been hosting this event for three years now and it doesn't need explaining even to the freshman. Word quickly spreads that if you live on 4th floor Alverno - you have the good fortune of looking forward to 'Naked Cupcake Night'. It never ceases to amaze me and never ceases to tickle me to see these 'kids' squeal with delight when they look in the lounge to see what's going on - only to realize it's cupcake night. Some of the students decorate cupcake after cupcake - handing them off to students who would rather have a cupcake designed just for them without having to lift a finger. Some of the students decorate one - pop it in their mouth - decorate another one.... Some stop by - slather on an inch of frosting, heap on sprinkles and M&M's and run to an evening class or to the library to study. They jibber-jabber the whole time, there is always lots of giggles and of course there is oooohhhhhing and aaahhhing over their confectionery creations.

I think I look forward to cupcake night as much as the students do. To check out more pics check out the Briar Cliff University Facebook page. Here are three of my favs.

Next on the floor parent to do list - candy in each of their mailboxes for Halloween. Students ALSO love finding goodies in their mailboxes.

And now for a couple of cards. It started with wondering what using Copics on Kraft paper would look like...the color isn't nearly as vibrant as it is on white cardstock but for an autumn look I think it worked out well.

Rustic Leaves
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink Vintage Cream~Layer of Basic Grey Archaic
~Strip of Basic Gray solid from Archaic collection - edges smudged (distressed) with black ink
~Layer of rust color cardstock with edges curve punched and distressed using black ink
~Layer of PaperTrey Ink Kraft cardstock
~Image is from Stampcraft Maple Leaf - colored with Copics and topped with Inkssentials Crackle Accents
~Image layer of cardstock run through Cuttlebug using Swiss Dots embossing folder...I ran it through upside down so instead of  'outies' I have 'inies'...I was really planning on bumps not dimples - but what they hay...
~Image layer also die cut using one of the label dies from Spellbinders and the Cuttlebug - I didn't want it to be as large as the die was so I chopped off about a third of the bottom and curve punched the two edges
~Rust colored sheer ribbon (which I must say if DIFFICULT to find) threaded through two small punched holes and tied into a simple bow
~Copper colored metal maple leaf brad in left upper corner
Corrosive Challenge - Get Rid of the White
Paper Players - sketch
Basic Grey - use one BG item and autumn theme
C4C - fall/autumn theme

Pulling Leaves
~Base card - PaperTrey Ink - Aqua Mist
~Layer of PaperTrey Ink - Kraft - edges dredged through Versamark then embossed using Stampendous Wintergreen Pastel embossing powder (this is DEFINITELY from the "I actually BOUGHT this stuff?" pile
~Layer of PaperTrey Ink Vintage Cream - stamped with real leaves using Stampabilities Baby Blue and Versamark Polar Blue inks (Believe me - fall is certainly here - it wasn't easy finding leaves green and pliable enough to use)
~Center image cut from a background stamp (Stamps Happen - Ginko II) stamped using Versamark and embossed with Ranger Enamelware embossing powder
~Ribbon is the coolest thing ever - I ordered some from Paper Temptress where I get my FAVORITE cardstock for Copic Coloring (CryogenWhite Iridescent) - the Pull-It ribbon was ON SALE! It has a ready made pull string - so you just cut, cinch - and there you have it a perfect ribbon flower!
Play Date Cafe - color theme - beige, pale blue, and pale 'mint-ish' green
Craftalicious - anything goes

I'm off to bed now...have to travel to Indianola, IA tomorrow for the day. Seven hours in the car for a five hour meeting..
All good wishes,


  1. Hi Nancy,
    I enjoyed reading about Naked Cupcake Night...I am happy you explained how it worked...LOL!! I love the idea and think it would be a riot. Might have some friends over to play soon! Now onto that fabulous card, I just love what you did with the sketch. The colours are so pretty. Thanks for playing with the Paper Players this week!

  2. wow naked cupcake night would pull me in and the copics on the kraft looks so warming and just perfect for the autumnal feel. Thanks for the Pete's Dragon song, although I do not remember it but do have a video somewhere in the loft and may have to find time to watch it again
    Hugs Kate xx

  3. Beautiful cards, love that ribbon bow! Looks like they had a blast at cupcake night! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

  4. I loved reading about your naked cupcake nights, what fun!!! Lovely cards too, your first one with the autumnal colours and the second for our challenge is so lovely the way you've done the background. Thanks for joining in the fun with us at the PDCC!

  5. Fantastic cards, I love autumnal images. Cupcake nights sound brilliant :)

  6. Gorgeous,I so love those autumn leaves,they are so very lovely.x

  7. Beautifully made card. Love how you worked our colors and that gorgeous ribbon treatment at the bottom. Just lovely! Thanks for playing along with us at the Play Date Cafe!

  8. WOW! That flower on the second card is FAB! LOVE the softness of the card:) Thanks so much for playing along and joining in the fun at the PDCC:)

  9. great card! thanks for playing at the corrosive challenge blog:)

  10. What a pretty project! Thank you for sharing and inspiring! It's time for another challenge at Papercraft Star and we hope that you will consider using your creative talents to join us for our "Thank You" theme! We are currently accepting applications for our Design Team too and It's also not too late to sign up for our $25.00 gift certificate drawing! Hope you visit us today!

  11. Beautiful cards! Love how you used the PDCC colors. Cupcake night sounds fun! Thanks for playing along with us at the PDCC.

  12. I enjoyed the story as well as your beautiful card! I love the soft colors! Thanks for joining The Paper Players this week!

  13. Nancy, sounds like you all had a fun night!!! The cupcakes sure look yummy :) !!! Both of your cards are beautiful!!! You rocked the C4C challenge...thank you for joining us!!! Hugs ~S~

  14. Lovely card!
    Thank you for entering our challenge over at Basic Grey Challenges.

    Sandra and the BGC DT


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