Saturday, September 8, 2012
Hi everyone…Kylie here!! :o) Hands up if you LOVE cupcakes!! ;o) Me. me. me – I do!! LOL!! So, last week, Rosy shared a wonderfully delicious cupcake recipe…mmmm yummm! – orange cupcakes!! Have you tried them yet? - trust me, you’ll love them! Today, I’m continuing with the cupcake theme and sharing how I made this gorgeous (& party perfect, I might add!) hybrid CUPCAKE STAND project!!
Using a wide foam brush, I painted each individual piece with a white ‘undercoat’ and let them dry. I then assembled the pieces and continued to apply the rest of my coats of paint – three coats of acrylic in my chosen colour (antique white), one coat of matte varnish & one coat of sparkle mod podge…a girl needs a little sparkle from time to time!! ;o) Each coat didn’t take too long to dry and all up it took a bit over a day to finish the painting. Just read the instructions on your paint and sealers to determine how long between coats etc.
Now for the FUN bit!! …the DECORATIONS!! :o)
Using the an affair to remember digital kit as my starting point I chose three different papers to decorate each of the scalloped cupcake tiers. I then measured the perimeter of each tier. You will find using a flexible sewing measuring tape the best thing for this as you can work your way easily around each scallop. I then did a few calculations on how many 5cm-wide (2 inch-wide) strips I needed to wrap around each tier. With this major mathematical feat achieved (LOL!!), in photoshop, I created long rectangular strips (side-by-side) at the required size, clipped my papers and printed each page. I used a thick (120gsm) textured paper with a slight lustre…not quite cardstock but a thicker gsm than your regular printing paper. That was just my preference…feel free to go with what you like to use!
While I was in photoshop I also worked out what other bits and pieces I wanted to print out…these goodies came from:
The PERFECT PARTY PACK is the best! I love, love, love it! …and it perfectly coordinates with my an affair to remember cupcake-party-for-two theme! I printed out a couple of party hats and an invitation – just for fun! But the pieces I had to have to really make my cupcake stand a winner were the gorgeous little cupcake wrappers and circle candy covers to use as cupcake toppers. I put together the wrappers, made my little toppers using a large tooth pick and two circle candy covers each, decorated my party hats with flowers & ribbons and customised my mock invitation!
Along with my printed Shabby Shoppe products I also used a few pink ribbons I already had in my stash and some pretty fabric flowers from HERE. I then dug out my double-sided tape, glue dots, scissors, punches, scorer etc etc…to support my cupcake stand mission! I used a fancy edging punch to pretty up my paper trims and then attached them around the stand with double-sided tape. If you are looking for a more permanent decoration then I would probably go with a good craft glue and not the double-sided tape. I then added my ribbons, flowers and some smaller candy covers discs from the Perfect Party Pack to finish off with a flourish.
…and voila, my cupcake stand was complete!! Well almost…can’t forget about the all-important cupcakes!! Mmmm! …strawberry, lemon, cookies & cream, and mini chocolate ones! :o)
Hope you enjoyed my cupcake celebration post today! I certainly enjoyed making it for you…and for me, too!! A special little gift I made myself for a very special day! ;o)
THANKS for dropping by today…enjoy your weekend…and see you back here on Monday for another Layout of the Week instalment. Bye for now, my dear sweet friends! XO