On the Bermuda cruise I learned two fun new things to share. The pretty flower embellishment was demonstrated by the fabulous Pam Morgan of Stampin' Up and the little baskets were shared by demonstrator Jeanna Cable at our late night demo share event (a very fun time). I decided to combine the two into a May Basket that can hang on a door knob. The basket is so much easier than it looks once you make one. I lengthened the handle so it could easily hang on a door -- and trust me, it's been chocolate tested and holds several pieces of candy just fine. I also loved the flowers Pam showed us when she was talking about the upcoming Sweetbella Style Watch that will be a shabby chic look in the new Fall/Winter SU catalog due out August 11.
I always add a few tweaks here and there to make projects as "stamp club friendly" as possible -- meaning can a crowd of stampers easily duplicate them? And my clubs proved this month that these fit the bill. So grab a cup of coffee, and get ready for two photo-packed how-tos with my tips thrown in as well.
First the scallop punch posies:
Punch three scallops – I like using Designer Series Paper as it’s more pliable, but card stock works also, you just may need to work it a little with a bone folder first to make it more bendable. I used the Spring Fling DSP here (for my flowers and my basket.)
• Bottom petal (on the left of the photo): Cut just a slit between two “petals” of the scallop.
• Middle petal: Cut out one “petal” in the scallop shape
• Top petal (right side of the photo): Cut out three “petals"
FYI -- this is the combination of cuts that gave me the posie shape I liked the best. Experiment with different combinations and papers to get your favorite.
Gluing the petals:
For each scallop you've punched and cut, overlap the two scallops on either side of the slit or gap and glue them together with a small dot of Tombow Multi Purpose Adhesive. (This contains Latex, FYI.) It takes just a tiny drop and a quick squeeze when you overlap the scallops and it's stuck! I am a glue fanatic so loved discovering an easy way to make these flowers -- and make them very permanent.
Next is a trick I thought up for easy assembly -- a small brad, paper piercer and our SU Taffeta ribbon are the ingredients. First, slightly flatten the bottom center of each petal -- just put your thumb or finger inside the pointed part of the assembled scallop "petal" and push down a little to flatten. Use paper piercer from Crafter’s Tool Kit to pierce a hole in center of each layer. Push a small brad through the center of a 4” piece of Taffeta Ribbon -- THEN --thread the brad legs below the untied ribbon through the petals, starting with top one, then center one, then bottom one. Spread the brad legs to secure the flower and shape as desired. I promise this is easy -- and again, permanent and a great solution for holding these 3-D layers together. I thought I was pretty clever when I came up with this in my desperation to avoid having to stick mini glue dots down inside all those flower points.
Tie the ribbon to hide the brad, just once if attaching a halfback pearl from the Pretties kit over the knot with a Mini Glue Dot. You can also just knot the ribbon twice to hide the brad and not add a pearl -- you'll have a pretty French knot center. You could also substitute a pretty brad, such as a rhinestone one, for the whole ribbon and brad trick. Bottom line though -- I think a brad is the way to go with assembling these as they look best with a pretty center anyway.
Now on to the basket directions -- SUPPLIES you need:
(4) ¾” by 6” strips of Designer Series Paper (I used Spring Fling)
(1) ¾” by 6½” Strip of Card Stock (I found that I prefer SU’s Textured Card stock for its pliability)
(1) ½” by 12” Strip of Card Stock for handle (again, I used Textured)
Sticky Strip, brads (I used soft subtles colored ones), 1/16” Circle Punch
Here's where Sticky Strip goes on the BACK of the RIM strip of card stock. Peel off the long piece of red liner tape and start adding strips -- here it is with one added staring flush with the left edge of the strip with the paper just covering the stick strip. You want the right side of the paper -- the side you want to be the outside of your basket -- against the tape!!!
And here it comes with all four strips attached, side-by-side, right side of the paper against the sticky rim -- looks like a little half hula skirt at this point.
Now comes the fun and the trick to just do this and not think too much or make it more confusing than it has to be -- you are not weaving anything, just taking the other end of the first strip, twisting so you can stick the RIGHT side of the strip just to the right of the last strip that is already stuck there.
Remember -- do not over think this. Here are pictures in a row as I do the same thing with strips, 2, 3 and 4 - -making sure to just bend the strip around whatever is already in the way, I'm not weaving through anything on my way to stick that other end to the rim, right side down, flush against the last strip you had stuck there.
So now all four strips have been twisted and stuck in place. Time to peel off the tiny piece of red liner on the extra little piece of Sticky Strip you put down before you started.
Overlap the basket rim and voila -- you have a basket! You can adjust your strips now to get the shape you want and I've found that pushing the basket's bottom gently against the table makes everything fall into place. I use mini glue dots to put the Posie right over the seam on the basket rim which hides it. I add my handle using the 1/16" circle punch and the colored brads so it moves freely out of the way as needed.
Think of this also as a little chef's hat or hot air ballon! Lots of possibilities for this cute idea. This is a VERY long post so thanks for your patience and hope it all makes sense. Email me or post a comment if you have a question.