Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Treat Baskets

Hi There!  I'm sharing some fun treat baskets with you today - these projects all feature products from our April Spring is in the Air Creative Cafe' kit, and the Add-on stamp set "Happy Spring"! 
 The baskets - are made primarly the same- my finished sample in white I used a punch from Martha Stewart that I think looks like a pretty fence with a scallop top.  I cut my stripe about 2 3/8" wide and punched one side than flipped my paper lined it up and punched again meeting up with my previous punch. Joining the ends - I adhered my bottom piece to create a finished basket.  To make the handle, I twisted the washi tape included in the kit.
My pretty bows on this are also so fun-  they're made from 2 different graduated oval punches which I share more details on below. So dimensional and fun.
I made the blue basket to show you how you can do this by cutting a strip of paper and scallop punch the top edge.  Same construction process for both baskets. I scored in about 1/2" on the bottom and cut out triangles to make it easier to ease my basket into a circle join the ends and adhere to a 2 1/2" scallop circle for the bottom.  The smaller 2 1/4" circle I adhered to the inside to cover the exposed edges.
Here's a closer look -
I've tucked a sweet little tag - which I am featuring the cute little bunny image tucked into a basket of his own! More washi tape for the tag ribbon, and some enamel gellies, and a punched butterfly finish it up.
Here are my basket and bow parts-  2 3/8 " x 8  1/2"
1 scallop circle and a smooth circle for the inside about 2 1/4"

The bow parts- make 2 bows, the green scalloped ovals, I used on my cone carrot treat holder and the 4 blue smaller ovals make up my double bow for my baskets.
To put together the bows- I just used a glue dot to ahere the ovals together- I used my finger nail to help the ovals start to curl and softly bend each in half with a glue dot to join each one.   I overlapped each folded oval and adhered with another glue dot.  I had cut a 5" stripe of green, and ribbon cut each end.  Taking my bow I adhered it in the middle of the stripe.  Than bending each end in towards the center I adhered again to create my 'tails'.  See the image below from the back.

The blue double bow,is made the same way I just layered the smaller two joined folded ovals over the larger pair as you can see in the picture below. 
I finished my blue bow in the same way by attaching to a 4-5" strip and bending back to create the tails of my bow.  Here theyare all that is left is to embellish the centers.*  I used the blue enamel dots from the kit for the blue bow, and layered buttons for the 2nd. 
hint:  you could also cut a small strip of matching paper and wrap it around the center to look like a knot.
Here's a closeup - as it sits on my basket handle!
To construct the cute carrot cone- I used one piece of patterned paper from the Doodle bug pad included in the kit - and started shaping my cone.  This works easiest using a square piece of paper.  So using a piece from my Doodlebug pad in kit was perfect. 

Here's some photos of the cone as it takes shape.  I connected my ends by stapling in the back top with my mini- stapler from Tim Holtz.
And as I tightened the bottom part of the cone- I flattened it and stapled the end as well.  I added a little adhesive along the side to avoid it from lifting. 
Here it is - all joined and I've started to add my grass.  I also added a piece of looped ribbon and stapled in from the top at the back of my cone.  I'm going to place my green single layer bow over this to finish it and cover the staple.

For my grass in both treat containers, I used my Grass Sizzlet stripe die from Tim Holtz here you see just 1/2 of it - I love the long blades on this!  If you don't have this die - you can also take about 2" wide strip and just start cutting blades in leaving about 1/4".
Here's a look at my basket - with a layer of grass. I added a second layer into my white basket - but you want to be sure to leave room for goodies too!

That's it!  I hope you'll be inspired to give these a try.  The carrots are especially quick how cute would that be on each of you place settings for Easter dinner!
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo Ink
Adhesives:  The Rubber Cafe' - Scrap Happy Glue; Glue dots
Embellishments:  Ribbon; blue enamel dots; washi tape and buttons from the kit
Tools/Dies: Stampin'UP! Sm/ medium; large scallop Oval punches; Spellbinders scallop and classic circle dies; MS wide lace punch; scallop edge die; Tim Holtz mini stapler; Grass Sizzix sizzlet long die