Good morning! I've seen some of these little baskets around and I don't know how other people have put them together but I discovered an easy, quick way to make these that doesn't require figuring out complex angles and fancy cutting! You begin with the Big Shot and the Baskets & Blooms Die and cut just the two Basket images. I used the fabulous Sweet Slumber Specialty Designer Series Paper for this project. It's textured, cover-weight cardstock that has a different design printed on each side. It's perfect for this type of project and makes it an even easier and faster project to put together!
Cut the little perforated tab off the side of the basket Die-cuts, you won't need it for this project. Cut your cardstock (I used Baja Breeze) at 6 x7" and score 2" from each edge. Trim along the score lines from the edge to the crossing score line on two parallel sides and use your Bone Folder to crease along all score lines. Click on any photo to see a larger image.
Next, apply sticky strip along all four edges on the back side of your basket (what would we do without Sticky Strip?). Fold all the flaps up on your box so that just the middle flap (the one that will attach to the inside of the Basket), is out (this will keep the flaps from sticking where you don't want them to stick - trust me, I speak from experience). Remove the red backing tape from the Sticky Strip, stand the Box Die-cut up and, making sure everything is level and centered, attach the first flap of the box to the back of the Die-cut.
Now, and this is the fun and easy part, simply match the angles of the two side flaps on the box to the angles on the Die-cut and stick them down to the Sticky Strip. How cool is that! Instant angles without having to do the math! If the corners of the box show through the handle of the Die-cut, simply clip them off just a bit. Apply another short piece of Sticky Strip to the edge of the flap that is on the top and stick it all down. Now, you do the very same thing for the other side of the Basket!
How fun is this!!! I told you it was quick and easy! Now, you just decorate however you desire. I used another pattern from the DSP pack to make the Flower Daisies #2 and layered all three of them, topping them off with a fabulous Corduroy Jumbo Brad in Baja Breeze (from the Occasions Mini Catalog). Also from the mini, I stamped the sentiment using the Oval All Stamp Set and punched it out with the Large Oval and Scallop Oval punches. I tied on a bit of Riding Hood Red 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon and ... viola! Finished basket, perfect for gift giving of all kinds I definitely will be making more of these little gems!
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I've got to go! Happy Thursday, everyone! I hope you treat yourself to some stamping and creative time today!
Until next time -- Blessings, Gretchen