DIY 3 Tier Stand Tutorial

DIY Cupcake Stand
   Hi friends sharing a 3 tier cupcake stand I made for my daughter's Frozen themed Party [you can read about some of our other Frozen theme party decor here : DIY Frozen BirthdayParty]. 
         Store bought stands are very expensive and I dare say not so pretty or personalized! You can make these stands in 2,3 or more tiers to display not only cupcakes but all kinds of party food or even to beautifully display your handmade crafts for your next craft exhibition or to simply sit prettily in your room to display little knick-knacks! 
DIY 3 tier Stand
          To make your tiered stand you need to cut out squares or circles from thick cardboard [or thin plywood if you have access to it].I recycled the packaging from a fan to make my tiered stand. Squares are easier to cut out but if you want to cut out circles you can use circular plates or trays to trace around and cut.[ My circles are 12 inch, 8.5 inch and 6.5 inch in diameter]
 Cupcake Stand Tutorial 
Apply normal white glue or preferably a  decoupage glue such as mod-podge [ you can read about Modpodge here : Mod Podge Tips and Secrets] on the non-glossy surface of your cardboard / wooden shapes and stick pretty paper.
If you use a foam brush you can quickly and easily apply a uniform thin coating of glue [which is essential to prevent wrinkling and wrapping up of your lining paper].
Cupcake Stand Tutorial 
For pillars of your stand you can recycle tins / card board tubes  or even plastic containers like I did here.
Cupcake Stand Tutorial 
           Tins cans are quite sturdy as pillars but I couldnt find one which fitted the height requirement I wanted for my base [yes we creative souls are sometimes finicky to the centimeter!] so I stacked several plastic containers to get the height I wanted and still keep the base sturdy!
Cupcake Stand Tutorial 
Wrapped and hot glued silver glitter foam around the stacked containers and the yellow rectangle you see on top is double sided foam tape I added to help level the top and easily stick it to my cardboard piece.
Cupcake Stand Tutorial 
You can wrap your tin /cardboard pillars with  pattern paper or foam like I did here.The easiest adhesive for this is the red tacky tape[ Read more about Red tacky Tape here: 12 Uses of Tacky Tape]
Cupcake Stand Tutorial 
Not only do I love the look of glitter foam , the reason I used foam in this project was that if you hot glue foam you will get a very strong adhesion!
Cupcake Stand Tutorial 
Here is how my 3 tier stand looks un-embellished.
Cupcake Stand Tutorial 
Covered the raw edges with a Joy Crafts die cuts and added lots of silver Cheery Lynn  die cut butterflies interspersed with tiny blue plastic butterflies.
DIY Cupcake Stand
I used blue ruffled ribbon on the pillar base[ also serves to hide glue blobs!] and also  added tiny pollen bunches on the pillars to deck them up a bit!
DIY Cupcake Stand
Since this particular stand was for our Frozen theme party I added a glittery snowflake on top.
DIY Cupcake Stand
The snowflake was attached to a wooden skewer attached to the top tier of the stand using air dry clay.
DIY Cupcake Stand
I used Spellbinders and Sizzix dies to cut out my snowflake from glitter foam [what I like about foam in such 3 D projects is that it is light weight yet dimensional and easy to adhere with hot glue !]
DIY Cupcake Stand
Here is the aerial view of the easy to make 3 tier stand. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial
Supplies : Dies : Sizzix  Winter, Spellbinders Snowflake, Joy Crafts lace border, Cheery Lynn  butterfly
Edited : This tutorial was featured at Totally Tutorials!


Ribbon Woven Card + Resin Experiment

Ribbon Weaving
           Hi friends sharing yet another simple card I made to showcase the gorgeous Martha Stewart beaded ruffle border punch from Crafters Corner.
Parchment flowers
           The huge handmade flower was made by stamping and heat embossing on Parchment and is very similar to the one I shared in the Leaf tutorial except that I made the petals concave instead of convex and embossed using white and blue embossing powder.
Handmade Resin Fairy
       The best thing about crafting as a hobby is there are so many new techniques and products to  experiment with and the resin fairy you see is the result of my first experiment with resin! It was so thrilling to mix up 2 liquids, pour it into a mold and un-mold to reveal a solid translucent object .My resin fairy's features are not very well defined in this picture but it looks so lovely to see the light shine on it! 
Border Punch Card
        Ribbon weaving to make this card was super simple- I popped up 2 panels with punched borders on double sided foam tape and wove a ribbon through the punched area.
         I think I am in love with resin![will soon share more of my resin experiment if you guys are interested]
Supplies : All from Crafters Corner
Martha Stewart Beaded Ruffle Border Punch from Crafters Corner, Heartfelt creations Classic Leaf die,  Heartfelt creations Sun kissed fleur stamp and die set, DCWV paper stack
Linking to BGC


Parchment Flowers + Easy Leaf tutorial !

Parchment Flowers
            Dear friends sharing a simple card with silvery embossed parchment flowers. Cut a beautiful glitter textured DCWV pattern paper into 2 panels and used a Martha Stewart beaded ruffle border punch on the adjoining areas and layered it atop ivory card stock.
Parchment flowers
          The flowers were made by stamping and heat embossing with silver embossing powder on  Parchment paper  and later die cut with my favorite Heartfelt creations Sun kissed fleur die.The cute mottled pink center of my handmade flower is a thermocol ball!
Jazzed Leaf
The tiny pear on my floral bouquet is a find from the local market..doesnt it look yummy?!
A lot of newbie crafters visit my blog and so sharing this simple mini tutorial on jazzing up leaves for your handmade projects
Leaf tutorial
Punch/ die cut or hand cut your favorite leaf design . I have a lot of leaf punches and dies but the 2 shown above are my all time favorite which I reach to again and again! [ Jef medium leaf and Heartfelt creations Classic Leaf die set]
Leaf tutorial

  • ink pads [ shades of green, brown etc] 
  • fine tip sketch pens/ pencil 
  • white gel pen / correction pen.

Leaf tutorial
Sponge your leaf - aim for uneven shading or giving shading more at the edges and tips
Leaf tutorial
Draw veins randomly on your leaves- dont stress out about being perfect- remember nature abounds in imperfections!
Leaf tutorial
Looks good now itself but if you want to have more fun add a speckling of white dots using your favorite white ink. I didnt have any good white gel pen so used a correction pen!
Leaf tutorial
Either emboss your leaves using embossing tools and a mousepad/ embossing pad or for a quicker option simply pinch the leaves using your fingers!
Leaf tutorial
Oh and if your paper is white underneath dont forget to ink it too!

Leaf tutorial
I confess I am obsessed with leaves...I cant resist buying leaf punches and dies and also keep on experimenting with ways to get different  leaves with my existing supplies too!
Leaf tutorial
Here are 2 more leaf tutorials shared earlier :
Parchment Flower
I hope you liked my simple card!

Supplies:  All from Crafters Corner
Martha Stewart Beaded Ruffle Border Punch from Crafters Corner, Heartfelt creations Classic Leaf die, Marianne Leaf, Heartfelt creations Sun kissed fleur stamp and die set, DCWV The Snack paper stack
Linking to BGC


Pop Up Cake Card

Pop Up Cake Card
           Dear friends,I know you have heard this many times...I love Pop Up cards! I enjoy spending hours designing pop up cards but of late I have found its equally enjoyable taking a short cut and making pop up cards using my favorite Pop up die designer Karen Burniston's dies [earlier creations " Spinning Pop Up Ball Card and Pop Up Accordion Die Projects]
Pop Up Cake Card
           The pop up cake can be made without using dies and if you google up you will find a couple of tutorials but needless to say I found it much easier to make with Karen's die[ a Sizzix one].
           I am still not completely over  the "blue and white " phase courtesy all the crafts we did for my daughter's Frozen theme birthday celebration and hence all the white and blue inked parchment and vellum flowers. Since I dont have any tutorial sharing a few crafty tips!
Parchment Flowers
Tip 1 : You need not always match the colors of your floral embellishments to your background .Here the stripes on my stamped and heat embossed flowers [Heartfelt creations sun kissed fleur stamp -die set] match the striped flowers in the background pattern paper [ DCWV].
Those little pink centers on my flowers are not fancy beads but thermocol balls!
Parchment Flowers
Tip 2: I found flowers stamped and heat embossed on the thinner vellum more pliable [ the blue one you see above is a vellum flower] while the white parchment flowers retained the convex shape I embossed on the petals despite being squashed flat on closing the pop up card!
        So if you want your handmade flowers to retain their shape opt for parchment paper instead of vellum .
Pop Up Cake Card
          I hope you liked my Pop Up Cake card.
If you would like to make a simple pop up cake card....do visit these tutorial links
Easy Pop Up Cake Card tutorial
Easy Pop Up Cake Card 2 tutorial  - Vertical design
Supplies: Dies : Sizzix Pop Up Cake Die, Spellbinders Shapeabilities Lace Hearts ,Spellbinders  Shapeabilities Asian Accents S 5 -123, Spellbinders Borderabilities Curved Borders 2, Nellie Snellen Scalloped Heart, Heartfelt creations  Sun kissed fleur , Cheery Lynn  fanciful flourish 


Pop Up Scrapbook Album

Pop Up Scrapbook Album
           Dear friends Thank you so much for all the love and wishes you showered on my daughter's Frozen theme birthday post !
           Sharing a pop up mini album featuring my daughter from her toddler years.I am literally in love with Karen Burniston's Pop Up Oval Accordion die. Using the die it was so easy to make this pop up scrapbook album
Paper flowers
The Heartfelt creations sun kissed fluers were inked with distress ink and a few strokes of wink of stella.The white flowers were stamped & heat embossed on parchment and the leaves were stamped and embossed on parchment and inked with mowed lawn distress ink.
The dragon fly was made with a golden textured paper and glitter foam using a Cheery Lynn  die
Glitter Foam Honeybee
My daughter helped make the glitter foam honeybee [ again with a Cheery Lynn die]
Felt Sunflower
Used fabric leaves for felt sunflowers made using Cheery Lynn  die again.
Stamped Flower
Added Wink of Stella for a subtle shimmer on this Hero Arts stamped flower.
The cute castle is a sticker I had been hoarding for ages!
Pop Up Scrapbook Album
Made a this parchment flower [stamped and heat embossed] and tinged it pink to match the lacy pink frock my daughter is wearing in the photo!
Glitter Foam Dragon fly
The Cheery Lynn   dragon fly has become and favorite and I love how glamorous it looks in glitter foam!
Glitter foam ladybird
The Cheery Lynn  die cut ladybird has multiple layers of glitter foam and metallic gold paper!
Pop Up Scrapbook Album
       This is my first mini album of sorts and kept it simple by just mixing and matching the pattern papers and embellishments to match the colors in the photos!
Pop Up Album
This beautiful epoxy sticker was gifted by my friend Lisa! Thank you so much for your generosity Lisa!
Pop Up Scrapbook Album
          This view shows the accordion folding and pop up elements in the pop up album and the best thing is it can be folded flat and stored away!
Pop Up Scrapbook Album
I hope you like my first mini scrapbook album
Supplies : Dies : Heartfelt creations Classic Leaf, Heartfelt creations Sun kissed fleur [ used to make the buds][Crafters Corner]
Cheery Lynn  Butterflies, Tiny things with wings,Sunflower, Grass, Love
Papers : DCWV, Prima Introspection [Crafters Corner]
Wink of Stella[Crafters Corner]

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