It Was the Best of Dies, it was the Worst of Dies

I think I finally mastered the Baskets & Blooms die!  I'm so thrilled.  I found two patterns last night that use the die – but they make cute little bins and baskets without having to add the basket bottom.  You can't imagine my relief that I can finally use this die without worrying about losing my "G" rating!  Not that I ever said anything I shouldn't have, but I was tempted a few times.  It's a great die; I just had trouble with it.  But no more!

This pattern came from Christine Grygar, a demonstrator is Minnesota, and making it accomplished two challenges this week.  The first was the "Color Challenge'' on splitcoaststampers.com.  The colors in the challenge were Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight and Pear Pizzazz.  The other challenge was a personal one – to finally use that die and have fun with it.

Basket1 This basket is so, so simple.  You just cut the sides of the basket using the Baskets & Blooms die, and cut a piece of card stock to 8 1/4" x 5 7/8".  Score the card stock 2 3/4" from each short end, so it folds into thirds.  This makes the sides and bottom.  I ran it through my Big Shot with the basket weave Texturz plate.

You need to score the "unflapped" side of each of the basket pieces.  I think it's 3/8".  Then just adhere the sides to the basket.  Done!

I added a little Greenhouse Gala designer series paper for decoration.  Here's the side.

Basket2 I used the Hostess In Color paper stack for the die cuts.  The ribbon is retired, but it's easy to die white ribbon with our classic ink refills.

Here's the complete supply list.
Stamp:  Just Believe
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz, Concord Crush, Daffodil Delight stampin' write markers
Paper:  In Color DSP (Concord Crush – hostess), Greenhouse Gala DSP, Concord Crush card stock
Other:  Baskets & Blooms die, Big Shot, Perfect Details Texturz plate, silicone rubber, impressions pad, heart border punch, stampin' dimensionals, ribbon

About buffycooper

Among other things, I am a musician who enjoys papercrafting (specifically with rubber stamps), a Stampin' Up!® demonstrator, Christian, wife and mom to two great boys.
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