Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Scrap Basket

I made this sweet card for a friend who LOVES bears. The little guy is holding a heart in the original digi, but I wanted him to instead deliver a basket of colorful Easter eggs. The basket was fun to make with scraps of kraft brown paper. I decided to make a tutorial of how to make the basket… partly because it will help me to remember the steps the next time I want to make one! It is really a pretty simple 10-step process and the basket is actually a pouch, that you can fill with eggs, hearts, a teabag, gift card or possibly chocolate?!  (You can find the instructions in a posting on my blog HERE.) I did a bit of fussy cutting of Stanley, then used an Exacto knife to trim around his hands so I could lift them and slide the basket underneath. Also cut several of the pretty eggs from patterned paper, added a bit of adhesive along the bottom edges and slipped them into the basket.  The final touch was to add a bit of sparkly by tucking some iridescent Easter grass down into the little basket! (I want to share one additional tip that I learned years ago from a Stampin’ Up Demonstrator. Since I fussy-cut a lot, this simple tip has saved me lots of frustration. Before cutting, add a strip of transparent tape to the underside of any little section that you might easily accidentally snip through. Stanley's ears are examples. The tape on the underside provide additional support and strength to the thin base of those little ears.) 
I’m entering this card into several challenges including Simon Says Monday “E is for…”(Easter and Eggs), Simon Says Wednesdays Mood Board (Easter Eggs and floral background), Power Poppy’s Creative Confetti- Spring Blooms (featuring the colors Yellow, blue and Green in the eggs), and Path Of Positivity Challenge- #79 (This card reflect a bit of my style as I like to “extend” the use of a digital or stamped images by adding/swapping out an item. In this card I covered the heart with a basketful of eggs.)
·    Bear Digi (printed on Kraft Brown)- Beccy’s Place Digital Set (Loving Stanley)
·    Inside Sentiment- Beccy’s Place Digital Set (Easter Joy)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Easter Egg paper- Hobby Lobby
·    Upcycled piece of vinyl wallpaper, a scrap of vellum, strips of kraft paper and bit of easter basket straw
Entered into: 
Simon Says Monday Challenge- “E is for…”                                          
Power Poppy- Creative Confetti- Spring Blooms   
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge- Spring Mood Board                       
Polkadoodles Challenge-Week 15 Anything Goes                                   
Pixie's Snippets-Week #375                                                                              
2craftycrittercrazies Challenge- April 2020 #37                                    
Beccy’s Place Challenge- April      
Digi Doodle Studios Blog- Challenge #26 Easter/Spring
Path Of Positivity Challenge- Challenge #79 (Optional Twist- Style)

The next card also required some fussy-cutting. My friend and artist, Sherry West, is working on a whole line of these cute little Poppi Pokkadott characters. On this one, she has a little Duckie friend. I had fun pairing the little Miss with bold Spring background paper, and set a few of the butterflies a-flutter with my little EK Honeybee scissors. And the inside sentiment, from a Beccy’s Place Digi set, named The Button Collector, is the perfect fit!
·    Digi- Sherry West (Poppi Pokkadott and her Duckie)
·    Inside  sentiment- Beccy’s Place Digi Set, The Button Collector  (You Give My Life Color)
·    Colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted background papers from my stash
Entered into: 
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends- #129 Anything Goes
Lemon Shortbread Challenge- Anything Goes #117
The Sisterhood of Crafters- Kid’s Cards
Bugaboo Stamps- April Spring Fling       
Crafty Catz Challenge- Anything Goes #501 (Optional twist- Colour Board)  
Stamplorations- April Theme & Photo Prompt Challenge: Citrus Fruits/Stamps & Flight 
Crafty Hazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- April                                

A while ago I found a video tutorial by Dina Kowal that I loved! She used a cup die to create a stencil for this card. Gently adhered to the card front, a beautiful clear stamp from Stampendous provides a beautiful wintry scene.  When the stencil is removed, color is gently added with chalks and a few watercolor markers. A sentiment stamp from a Lawn Fawn set is tied to the cup handle with a scrap of sheer ribbon.  So lovely!
·    Dina Kowal Tutorial can be found HERE.
·    Snowy Scene- Stampendous Clear Stamp (Snowy Postcard)
·    Front Sentiment- Lawn Fawn Winter Fox (Warm Winter Wishes)  
·    Colored with Decorative Chalks, Tombow Markers and Sakura Gelly Roll white gel pen
·    Assorted papers and strip of sheer ribbon from my stash
Entered into:  
Word Art Wednesday Challenge- #434-435 Anything Goes                   
Outlawz Challenge- Festive Fridays                                                       
Christmas Crafts All Year Round- Anything Christmas/Winter Holiday
Let’s Craft and Create- #158 Anything Goes (April option- Through A Window)


  1. Awesome projects! Thanks for joining our Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends. I hope join us again real soon!
    Hugs, Joy
    Joyfully Stamps
    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

  2. Three great cards, love what you did with Stanley. x

  3. Gorgeous cards and I have to say I love the basket. Thankyou for sharing with us at CraftyCatz this week.x

  4. Stunning card for a child and love the image and design. Many thanks for joining us in our current challenge of KIDS CARD at The Sisterhood Of Crafters Challenge..good luck with your lovely entry.[aNNie design team member for The Sisterhood of Crafters Challenges

  5. Adorably cute card and the little ducky is so precious!! Thank you for joining our challenge at The Sisterhood!
    Diane TSH DT {Nellies Nest}

  6. Hi Kathy your cards are gorgeous. I love them all. Take care. Hugs Jackie

  7. Very nice a picture with winter scene, Kathy. Thanks for sharing with us at CCAYR. We hope you will join us for future challenges. Martina - DT

  8. Wonderful Christmas card. Thanks for joining us at the CHNC Christmas Weekly this week for our "Anything Goes, optional snowman" challenge.

  9. I love what you did with the Stanley image Kathy, what a wonderful idea! I'm always a big fan of extending images to cover multiple occasions. Thanks for the great tip about the tape too... I'll have to remember that one.
    Your second card is super cute, what a great little image! Love the sweet duck too. As always, you've done a beautiful job with the colouring, your highlighting and shadowing are awesome.
    The last card is wonderful. What a great idea to stamp through a stencil to make it look like a pretty cup. The soft colours definitely help give the impression of bone china. Lovely!

  10. OMG she is so sweet with that little duckie! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Sisterhood of Crafters challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.

    Please stop in for a visit!

  11. Great tip about the transparent tape. Will have to remember that!
    Love your fun card and he's so cute holding that basket.
    Thanks so much for joining us at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.

  12. Love your Easter basket card. Thanks for joining us at Digi Doodle Studios challenge- Patsy

  13. How lovely an Easter bear and a cute one at that. Great woven basket too. Thanks for joining us this months challenge at Let's Craft and Create and good luck. Stay safe Michelle DT x

  14. Lovely card and a good idea swapping out the elements to make the image more versatile. It's a technique I have used myself in the past. Thank you for sharing at Path of Positivity. Pippa DT

  15. Really clever card Kathy! I love how you tinkered the image about! Clever.

    Hope all is well.


    Di xx

  16. Amazing card. Thanks for playing with us at Polkadoodles. DT Beata

  17. Cute image and lovely card. Thanks for joining in with the STAMPlorations Theme and Photo challenge.

  18. Such a sweet card. Thanks so much for joining our theme and photo prompt challenge over at STAMPlorations this month xx

  19. Love how you stamped on the teacup die shape. Thanks for sharing with us at CCAYR.

  20. Totally adorable! I love how you used decorative paper to add eggs to your bear's basket -- too cute for words. The image is adorable as well!

  21. Beautiful cards!!! Thank-you so much for participating in our CHRISTMAS CRAFTS ALL YEAR 'ROUND challenge. Hope to see your beautiful creations in our next challenge!! 😊 Have a happy crafty day!!!
    Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper


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