May 8, 2010

Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenge - A Basket

What a great challenge the Friday before Mother's Day. I wish my mom lived closer, I already sent her card.....too late to send this lovely basket I made. So let's see I started yesterday. LOL! The only reason it took me so long is I ran out of white thread and I stopped often to take care of my kids and eat and ya know sleep. Really it may have only taken me a couple hours to complete. Yesterday afternoon I went upstairs to my craft table and began to "design" my basket. My Cricut was my best friend yesterday. LOL! I don't use Cricut cartridges I have the SCAL program where I can design whatever I want in Inkscape and import it to SCAL and voila, a basket. Let's go ahead and show the basket and then I will explain. I have a couple different shots.

Ok so I am only "allowed" to upload a few pics. The first couple are before I added the handle and stamped sentiment. I feel bad because this basket has such minimal stamping but with all the quilt type pattern, I wouldn't know where to put stamped images. The basket is busy enough already.
So anywhoo, I used PP from American Crafts May Bouquet collection. In addition to to PP I cut coordinating squares out of cardstock, So Saffron, Old Olive and Pumpkin Pie. I used my Cricut to cut 2x2 in squares. WOW it took no time at all. I used my sewing maching to stitch the squares together.
Then the coolest thing is I used my Bind-it-All to assemble the basket. I used 3/8 in O-wire in silver and connected all 4 sides. I saw this basket the other day on the Bind-it-All blog and just a few short days later I got a chance to get crafty and make one of my own.
Ok so I used Old Olive cardstock which you can't really see and made the handle. Since I didn't have a piece long enough I had to adhere two pieces together using a piece of May Bouquet PP to "hide" the seam. Also from the May Bouquet collection I used 2 glazed brads to attach the handle. To complete the basket I used a couple extra cardstock squares and layered them and inked "Happy Mother's Day using a Colorbox Chalk ink, Olive Pastel.
Oh for the flowers I made each one of those with Kleenex. That probably took me the longest. Have you ever made those type of flowers. I remember making them in elementary school. I can't believe I remembered how to make them. They are super easy and look like fully bloomed roses. I inked the edges with red and pink ink to give them a little color.
So there you have it, my basket.
Stamp: misc Happy Mother's Day stamp I bought off eBay
Ink: Olive Pastel (Colorbox Chalk Ink)
Paper: May Bouquet (American Crafts), Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron and Old Olive (SU)
Misc: glazed brads from May Bouquet collection (American Crafts), Bind-it-All, silver 3/8 in O-wire
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Happy Crafting!!


Jackie Randolph said...

WOW! this is just fabulous!!! The shape, the look of quilted material and the wires holding it all together. Great project! LOL!! those flowers bring back so many memories!!! You really did an amazing job! Thanks for playing with us at Fussy & Fancy May basket challenge.

Jennifer said...

What a beautiful basket. Thank you for playing at Fussy and fancy.


Lori said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful work with us at Fussy and Fancy!
Love and hugs ~

Stampin Mindy said...

WOW!!! I love this, this is amazing. The papers and shape of the basket sre beautiful. It's hard to believe it's paper!

Thank you so much for joining our May Basket Challenge!

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a cleverly designed and gorgeous basket! Thank you for joining us at Fussy and Fancy Friday!