Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nutcracker Cupcake Ensemble

My seven-year-old niece Mary is performing in the Nutcracker, and I'm going to see her performance today.  I had a lot of fun making a little gift for her.  I love how once you've built up a collection of Cricut cartridges, you can pretty much find anything you need for any occasion!  I'm submitting this in the Cricut Circle December Monthly Challenge, in which we were asked to make some personalized holiday gift wrapping!

My parents saw the performance the other night, and my mom sent me a picture of Mary in her little cupcake costume.  Using my Gypsy, it was easy to recreate the costume with a girl from Everyday Paper Dolls.  I didn't bother saving the size and cartridge details for my card, as I'm sure there aren't many of you that need to create this particular card!  

The cupcake box is cut at 9" from the Cricut Sweet Tooth Boxes cartridge.  I just followed the instructions in the handbook and added a little ribbon around it.

Inside the cupcake box is an ornament I made for Mary as a keepsake of her Nutcracker experience.  I got this idea from my friend Liz, of Liz's Paper Loft, who has an awesome video tutorial on making this type of ornament.  It's really not hard to do, and now I want to make more!  I used a clear glass ornament from Michael's.  Inside is a 2 1/2" circle cut from clear cardstock that has a 2 1/4" cupcake on it cut from the Cricut American Alphabet cartridge.  I added some fake snow and some ribbon.  To make the tag, I printed "Nutcracker 2011" on my computer, and then die cut it with the Papertrey Ink Double Ended Banner die.  After stamping the polka dots from Papertrey Ink's Ribbon Tails stamp set, I tied it to the ornament.

The ornament is so pretty in person, but I just don't have enough daylight right now to get a good picture.  Time to head off to the performance!

Recipe (for cupcake & ornament):

Papertrey Ink Dark Chocolate, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy & Clear Cardstock
Bazzill White Cardstock
Patterned Paper from Stash
Celebrate It! Solid Glass Ornament
Papertrey Ink Sweet Blush Swiss Dot Satin Ribbon
Buffalo Snow Flakes (from Michael's)
Papertrey Ink "Double Ended Banner Die"
Papertrey Ink "Ribbon Tails" Stamp Set
Papertrey Ink Aqua Mist Ink


  1. there awesome, and what a cute idea for a gift, she will love it, I'm sure!!!!

  2. o my goodness Katie this card is super cute and your wrong i would love to make this type of card, my daughters nickname is babycakes(cupcake, i can figure out the measurements thought!! i love the box and ornament so pretty!!

  3. omigosh, this is so stinkin cute! Your niece is going to adore you! :)

  4. Oh this is as cute as can be...
    be sure to enter it into this weeks weekly challenge at She's A Sassy Lady. You could win a stamp set or if you prefer a monogramed note card set just for linking up!

  5. GREAT projects! I bet your niece is super cute too. Enjoy the performance.

    Happy Holidays,
    Carson's Creations

  6. Katie,

    What a special keepsake!!! :) And I love the card and packaging!

    Thanks so much for sharing,

    partridgelu at yahoo dot com

  7. This is adorable and what a great keepsake it will make.


  8. What a fabulous keepsake. You are so clever and creative.

  9. You are so special to make this for your niece--I love your creativity!

  10. I love your little cupcake girl... And the ornament t is just awesome .. I am sure she is going to love it all, what a great Auntie u are...

  11. Fabulous! Your ornament is beautiful, the card is adorable & the box is cute! TFS:)

  12. Wow Katie!!! That is awesome! And the ornament is so beautiful! Hope she loved it. And I would totally vote for you in the challenge :)


  13. You're so very creative, love the ornament!!!!!

    Brenda W.

  14. awesome project Katie, I bet she loves it, the cupcake outfit is the cutest idea :)how did the recital go?
    hugs :)

  15. You are the most thoughtful aunt! I bet she absolutely LOVED this. The cupcake girl is ADORABLE clear down to her cherry headband. And the gift container holding the personalized ornament is gorgeous! I can not get over this! Beautiful job! Hugs- Glora

  16. katie, how did I miss this?! the whole presentation is just AWESOME! I hope your feeling better soon!

  17. OMG I love the Cupcake Girl. I'm giggling right now!

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