CIC 500 | Birthday Celebration – PRIZES | Varada Sharma

We’re having a huge celebration over at Cupcake Inspirations because it is our 500th Challenge! In honour of the occasion we chose the theme of Birthday Celebration, so now is a great time to catch up on making birthday cards. Plus we have 13 sponsors offering 16 prizes between them for a total value of over $200! The team (myself included) have been very busy preparing as we’re sharing inspiration daily throughout the challenge in order to feature each of the fabulous sponsors, so we hope you’ll check back for those too. For today’s feature post we’re highlighting Varada Sharma, who are offering their July release as a prize!

I spent quite some time creating an arrangement using various digis. I used a variety from CelebrationHanging Banner Background, and Cupcakes, Cake Slices and Toppers. I edited the background banners to be washed out, whilst keeping everything else full strength. 

Once I was happy with the arrangement I printed it directly onto a card base and colored with my Spectrum Noir Illustrator markers. The top and right hand side hadn’t printed all the way to the edge so I sketched in the missing portions of the banners with a pencil. Where the icing and glass ball would reflect colour because of being shiny I added some of the colours from the nearby elements of the design. I’m not sure how well it came across, and I think it worked better in my head!

After finishing my colouring I used a Sakura Gelly Roll Glitter Gel Pen to add some shine to areas of the cake stand. I also used a white gel pen to add some highlights.

Finally I added a wood grain style table surface to complete my scene. I created it by swiping across the card base with Frosty Pink and Rose Quartz Altenew inks. I also added a slight shadow below my image with a pink marker.

I hope this inspires you to come and play along with our challenge. Again, we have a lot of prizes up for grabs if you come and play along. You can find further inspiration from the rest of the team over on the launch post, any of the feature posts (Day 2, Day 3, or today’s Day 4), or directly on their blogs via the links below. Plus we’ll be sharing each day throughout the rest of the challenge to further inspire you. I hope you’ll join us!


Lady Joyful

*Affiliate links may have been used in this post. For more details on affiliate links as well as other ways to support me, visit this page.*

Challenges included:

Classic Design Challenge – Anything Goes

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge – Birthday Celebration

Digi Choosday – Anything Goes

Dragonfly Dreams – Anything Goes

SheepSki Designs – Anything Goes

Check out what the rest of the DT made:

Charlotte (that’s me!)






Sue N.

Sue T.


10 thoughts on “CIC 500 | Birthday Celebration – PRIZES | Varada Sharma

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.