Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Basket of Flowers

Inspiration

Welcome to another Heartfelt Creations' Wednesday! February in Texas can sure be a lot like spring, and this week is proving it! Dallas will be 75 degrees today, and 80 tomorrow! Along that spring-time theme, the Floral Cross Collection provides lots of images to put you in a spring state of mind. Today, I'm sharing a basket bursting with Clematis bloooms. I found the basket idea on Creations by Patti. I've drawn a template to assist you in creating one - it's really pretty easy.

Don't forget - HC has a design team call going on right now (details are HERE). Heartfelt Creations is a fabulous company to work with - supportive and generous! If you are interested in being part of a wonderful sisterhood of crafters, I encourage you to apply.

LilyBasket

Ingredients

Heartfelt Creations Products

Paper

Soft Suede (SU!)5 1/2" x 5 1/2", and
3 1/4" x 3 1/2", and
3/4" x 7 1/2"
Mellow Moss (SU!)4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Cryogen White text weight paper (Curious Metallics)5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Ink

Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko)
Soft Suede (SU!)

Accessories

Foliage Shapeabilites (Spellbinders)
Grand Calibur (Spellbinders)
Glue dots
Brads (Paper Studio)
Gelatos (Faber Castell)
Watercolor brush
Small gauge green wire
Orange Peel Stickles (Ranger)
Crop-a-Dile (We R Memory Keepers)
Sew Ribbon (We R Memory Keepers)
Ribbon (Hobby Lobby)
Styrofoam
Paper piercer
ATG (3M)
Scor-Pal
Rotary Trimmer (Fiskars)

Instructions

BASKET

Cut three pieces of brown card stock with these measurements: 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" (basket), 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" (lid), and 3/4" x 7 1/2" (handle). Stamp all three with the basketweave background using matching brown ink.

BasketTemplate

Using the 5 1/2" square piece, score at 5/8", 1 1/4", and 1 7/8" from each end. Turn the square 90 degrees, and score it at 1 3/4" from each end. Cut on the 5/8", 1 1/4", and 1 7/8" score lines in up to the 1 3/4" score line all the way around the card. On the wide middle area, measure 1/2" in from each scoreline, and cut diagonally into the inside corner (see the template). Throw away the parts you clip out.

Fold along all the score lines. Gather the clipped card stock on one side, making sure the top edge of the basket is straight, and punch a hole in the top center of the side. Do the same on the other side. Use glue dots to hold the layers together, then slip a brad through each hole, but don't open the prongs yet.

BasketLidTemplate

LID AND HANDLE

Using the 3 1/4" x 3 1/2" piece, score the long edge at 1/2" along each side. Turn the card 90 degrees, and score at 1 1/2" from each end. Cut out the rectangles from each corner - the lid will have two tabs. Punch a hole in the center of each tab.

Using the 3/4" x 7 1/2" strip and the Sew Ribbon tool, punch along the handle. Thread the ribbon through the handle and secure the ribbon on each end with tape. Punch a hole in the center of each end of the handle.

Pull the brad out of one side of the basket, and push it through the handle, then the tab on the lid, then one side of the basket. Open the prongs on the inside of the basket. Do the same on the other side. Tie a double-loop bow and attach it above the brad.

FLOWERS

Stamp flowers on white paper in black ink, and use the matching dies to cut them out. Use a yellow gelato to partially color the petals, and blend with your finger. Use a damp watercolor brush and orange gelato ink to lightly add some color to the petals. Use the paper piercer to punch 2 holes in the center of each flower. Put a piece of wire about 6" long through the holes to form the stem, and twist it to hold the flower. Cover the wire in the center of the blossom with orange Stickles.

LEAVES

Stamp the leaf image in green ink on green card stock. Cut out with the matching dies.

ASSEMBLY

Put a piece of styrofoam inside the basket. Use the wire stems to stick the flowers into the styrofoam, so they look like they are bursting out of the basket. Add the leaves, using a straight pin into the styrofoam to hold them in place.

HC Blog

Be sure to head over to the Heartfelt Creations blog for lots of beautiful creation inspiration from the current design team!

Thanks for stopping by!

Orange_Green

5 comments:

GLENDA BROOKS said...

Lisa, this is lovely! Such a labor of love!

Lisa aka Raining said...

Such a creative and innovative project! LOVE it!

Candy said...

Such a great idea! I love the basket filled with flowers! You are so creative!

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

Lisa look at you!!! I didn't know you share the directions for this basket-it is so awesome girl!!! This is captivating. I just loved it when I saw it on the HF blog. You go girl. I might have to make one and send it to my Mom for Easter. Thanks so much for the lovely tutorial. Your the best!

hlm said...

Beautiful basket of flowers!

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