I don't know if you have ever searched for cupcake cross stitch patterns, but if you have then you know how popular this subject is. I had no idea how many designs were out there. I wanted to stitch one for a birthday card and found so many charts I didn't know how to pick one. The first one I tried just didn't work out.. way too much back-stitching to get the right effect and I gave up. I finally settled on this French pastry-style cupcake by Veronique Enginger. Some back-stitching, but just enough to enhance, not overwhelm. It came with two different suggested color palettes, and I used a combination of the two. I liked them both, but I thought this version would be best for the birthday girl. It's stitched over-two on Dames of the Needle 35-ct Peep's Lost Sheep linen. I wanted a darker background to make the icing pop.
There are just as many cupcake stickers for sale as cupcake x-stitch patterns, so I picked a few and found that cute cupcake ribbon as well. I think it all makes a pretty cool birthday card.
Here is my October installment in the Joyful World SAL. No changes to the suggested colors. Just a cute little hedgehog and his snail BFF. I might delay doing the November piece since I have the urge to knit a pair of fingerless gloves now that the weather has turned cooler.