I have been baking since I was really little – as soon as I could convince my mother that I wouldn’t lose any fingers in the blades of the electric beater!
I loved my mums cupcakes and the retro icing designs she would use. A combination of chocolate and white icing to make zigzag patterns or checkerboard.
It was only natural that this early love affair would continue and I enjoy being as creative when baking as I do when paper crafting.

Cupcakes give me the opportunity to enjoy both by adding coordinating wrappers and toppers.

These are a really easy way to coordinate (I did mention this was one of my favorite things!) a party theme as you can use extra invitations or paper plates to get the designs you want.  If you have themed stamps even better!
To create toppers you will need the Circle punches and scalloped circle punches. I imagine the square and scalloped square will also make a fabulous topper and so they are high on my wish list! You can use popsticks or even straws cut to length as the sticks to hold the poppers.

The cupcake wrappers are easy to make and there are loads of printables online, here is one I have tried – Template.

When you personalise them then the fun really begins!
As my focus has been on Big Top product Suite I have used the Big Top Birthday DS paper and Under the Big Top stamp set.
These have a scalloped rim which makes them royal or in this case, reminded me of the shape of a big top tent!


For the Lion I used the Curley Label Punch on Tempting Turquoise and then stuck it on Real Red with snail adhesive. I cut a thin border free hand to create the frame. The Lion was stamped on Very Vanilla and coloured using ink from my Stampin’ Spots picked up with a blender pen. I promise to do a post on this because it’s a easy technique and really cost-effective 😉
The star paper has been “BLING-ED” with Dazzling diamonds – not that easy to see in the photo but it looks so pretty.
The seal was stamped on Very Vanilla and then cut with 1 1/4″ circle punch. Punched Tempting Turquoise in the 1 3/4″ circle and punched a Scallop Circle 2 3/8″ in Real red. Layered and glued together with Snail adhesive.

To close the wrappers I used Sticky Strip as I wanted something strong to hold it together.
And here is the effect once you put them all together on a Cupcake tree!

Happy baking and crafting!