Sunday, February 21, 2010

Easter Basket (Oval Scallop + Box #2)

I'm kind of on a roll with the Big Shot this weekend...I realized that the skinny width of the Oval Scallop Frame is the same width as the assembled Box #2, which makes a lovely Easter Basket in a snap:

Yes, I realize you could bling the tar out of this thing, especially with the Eggcellent Eggs Kit, and all its embellishments. But, I think it's important to show how simple and cute it is on its own merits. I'm not going to do a tutorial right now on this, because it's so super easy. But I'll give you some tips.
  1. Pick one sheet of 8-1/2"x11" card stock for your basket. Cut this in half to two pieces measuring 8-1/2"x4-1/4". Then cut just ONE of those strips in half again, to get two pieces measuring 4-1/4"x5-1/2". You'll have three pieces of card stock.
  2. Place the 8-1/2"x4-1/4" strip over the Box #2 die, and don't worry about the top flaps, but make sure you cover everything else. Run that through the Big Shot, and trim away the top flaps, using the score lines of the die cut as your guide.
  3. Run both the 4-1/4"x5-1/2" pieces through the Big Shot with the Oval Scallop Frame die. You may need to set your card stock at an angle to cover the whole die image. (if necessary, trim away a couple corners of the card stock to ensure it runs through the width of your Big Shot) Only the scalloped pieces are needed, you can set aside the ovals for another project, like an egg card that is hinged with a brad.
  4. Here's the only part where you may need a visual--I can post one later if you really need it. Trim each of the Oval Scallops across the bottom...the perfect place is if you look at very end/bottom scallop, and imagine it is a 'u'. Cut across an imaginary line that goes across the top of the 'u'.
  5. Each scallop oval then sits centered flush at the bottom of the box and is exactly the same height as the other--no measuring needed! I like to put a little SNAIL on the front of the scallop oval "handles" to keep them in place, then punch a little hole and put a brad through each side (as shown in the picture above) for reinforcement.
  6. The "easter grass" is just a 3"x1" strip of green patterned paper, with the edge snipped down a little with Paper Snips. The paper is from the Sale-A-Bration Designer Series Paper Pad called Welcome Neighbor, which you can get for FREE when you spend $50 through March 31st. The green egg stands from the Eggcellent Eggs Kit would also work wonderfully.

Like I said, you can bling the daylights out of this box, and the Eggcoutrements stamp set and coordinating Spring Floral wheel can make that effortless. But these are cute even when decorated quite simply, and it's much easier to make them to multiply like rabbits, when it's as easy as roll, stamp, punch, assemble. And, let's face it, you'll need the supplies to make these for your kids' school classes and teachers, your co-workers, your neighbors, the milkman, etc., and simple means affordable! (Just do yourself a favor and buy one Eggcellent Eggs Kit before this limited supply item is out of stock, so you can bling up several of these baskets, and other projects--oh, and I guess some eggs, too--for the super special folks on Peter Cottontail's list!)

Stampin' Supplies: Eggcoutrements stamp set, Kraft card stock, Very Vanilla card stock, Soft Suede card stock, Mellow Moss ink pad, Welcome Neighbor DSP, Big Shot, Oval Scallop Frame die, Box #2 XL die (you'll need extended cutting pads for this, and I recommend the extended crease pad), Wide Oval Punch, Designer Label Punch, 1/16" hole punch, Vintage Brads (Antique Brass), Whisper White satin ribbon, Medium Cello Bags, Sticky Strip or Mini Glue Dots (to adhere the box), Paper Snips.

~Kimberley Morris
Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator since 1994
Colorado Springs, CO (SHOP ONLINE NOW!)


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