Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Let's Sail Away~Boat Basket Pattern

Remember the Boat Basket from Sunday?  As promised, today I have the instructions and pattern so you can create your own "Boat Basket."  I hope you enjoy ~ there are a lot of pictures, so grab a cuppa and let's get crafty.

Here's the original I made for hubby's Easter Basket. 

Finished Basket is 3-5/8" wide x 2-1/2" deep x 4-1/8" tall

Keep in mind that I don't do a lot of tutorials ... most of my papercrafting is trial and error. So, if something seems off in the pattern or instructions, leave me a comment and I'll update/fix the pattern and/or instructions.

Refer to the pattern for cutting and folding guidelines. Solid lines are cut lines (although I fold all the lines, then cut what needs to be cut).  The dotted lines are fold lines only.  The shaded triangles are cut away, as are the 4 small rectangles at the top and bottom of the pattern.

Basket Base: 6-3/4” square cardstock
> Score at: 3/4;  1-1/2;  2-1/4;  4-1/2;  5-1/4 and 6 inches
> Rotate the cardstock 90ยบ & score at 2-1/4 and 4-1/2 inches
> Fold and crease all fold lines.
> To create the triangle, place a mark on the outside edge, between the folds, at 1-1/8” (this will be the tip of the triangle).  Cut from the mark to the corner of the first fold. Repeat for the other side and for the 2nd triangle.
> Cut all lines on either side of the triangles stopping at the first fold line (see pattern). Cut ¼” off the end of the 2 strips on either side of the triangles.  Do not cut anything off the 4 end/corner strips.

Your Basket Base should look like the photo below after all the folding and cutting is done.

Cut the following out of Decorative Paper:
   10 pieces 2-1/8” x 5/8”
    8 pieces 1-7/8” x 5/8”
    1 piece 2-1/8” x 2-1/8”
    2 pieces 2-1/8” x 2-1/8” and trim to triangle shape, allowing 1/16" border

Sponge all edges, if desired.  Then attach all decorative pieces.

**Put all “slats” together starting with the bottom and working your way up to the top of the basket. The triangle will get attached after the slats are in place.  Each "layer" is placed inside the previous layer, not on the outside.
Notice how the two tips/edges of the bottom row (above) and middle row (below) touch?  Angling the pieces this way will help keep the Boat Basket shape. 

The last two pieces line up even, not at an angle.

Below you can see the upper two pieces from the inside of the basket.

Flip the triangle piece up and glue it to the basket.  The point of the triangle will extend past the top of the basket.

Repeat the steps above from ** to finish the other side of the basket.

For the Handle, cut a piece of cardstock 7” x 1” (basket color or coordinating color)

  Cut a piece of Decorative Paper: 5-3/8” x 7/8”  ~ this will allow the solid color to show all around the handle edges by 1/16” when the handle is glued to the basket.  Although you can't see this once the sentiment and bow are glued over this area, especially if one forgets to take a picture of this step LOL.  Sponge the edges, if desired.
Stamp the sentiment and punch/die cut a decorative piece.
Attach the handle to the inside of the basket.

Attach the sentiment and decorate as desired.  

I added a ribbon bow to the other side.

There you have it . . . my Boat Basket Pattern and Instructions.  If you make one, I'd love to see your creations.  As I said in Sunday's post, I didn't create this idea, I only created the pattern/instructions because I wasn't able to find them anywhere on the Internet.

I hope you have a blessed day and thank you for stopping by today.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Happy Easter

Wishing all my friends a Happy Easter as we celebrate our Risen Lord and Savior.

And, yes, it might seem strange to be showcasing a Christmas Card on this Easter Sunday.  However, we have a new week, so that means a new challenge at Christmas Card Challenges.  This week the optional twist is a Color Challenge (with a photo, so I had to add the berries LOL).

I decided to begin making my "gift" Christmas Cards.  I use them to add a gift card or some homemade goodies ~ it's my 3-dimensional "card."

I saw something similar a while back on Pinterest, but when I searched the internet, I couldn't find a pattern or instructions anywhere.  So, I created my own.  I'm not sure if it's the same size as the one I saw, but it works great and comes together faster than I expected.  I'll share the pattern and instructions in another post in a few days (I created an "Easter Basket" for hubby and I have pics and instructions for that basket).

I call this my Boat Basket because I think it resembles a boat. Lots of cutting and sponging, but it's well worth it.

I hope you stop by the Christmas Card Challenges blog to see what the other Designers have created for your inspiration this week.  And, you might as well begin your Christmas Cards now ... Christmas will be here soon and you'll be happy you have a few cards in your stash.

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Christmas Card Challenge #16

Another Sunday, a new Christmas Card Challenge.  I hope you'll join along with the Design Team this week and link up a card creation ... we love to see your cards and this week we have a :
Photo Challenge ~ Kraft and White (ornaments).  
Although the only real requirement is that you make a Christmas Card.

Here's the inspiration this week:

I had SO much fun creating this card. I wanted to make a tri-shutter card this week ... BUT I wanted to use 5-1/2" x 11" cardstock and not the typical 5-1/2" x 12" piece.  I have a lot of 8-1/2" x 11" cardstock and would rather use that size up rather than cut into my 12" x 12" cardstock.  So, I tweaked the pattern and came up with a finished card that measures 5-1/2" x 4" and fits nicely into an A2 envelope.

The card base is Kraft Cardstock.  I stamped the wood pattern (SU!) onto Natural cardstock using Crumb Cake ink (SU!) and trimmed it to fit the front panel.

The inside was decorated with DSP from The Linen Closet Stack (DCWV).  I tried out additional die-cuts, embellishments, ribbons, etc. to fancy up the card, but decided in the end that less was the best look for this card.

The sentiment is a "no name" stamp I've had for ages. The ornaments and snowflake are from Memory box glued to kraft cardstock (which was fussy cut to create a "shadow").  I added twine to the front ornaments...well, because there was twine in the Inspiration Photo.

Now, for the pattern.  Begin with cardstock cut to 5-1/2 x 11 inches.  I found it easier to cut my inside lines first, then score so I would know where to stop and start my score lines.  Each cut line will be 1-1/2" from the long edge ~ you'll cut from 2" to 9". Then, score from the top to the first cut line at 2", 3-1/2", 7" and 9".  Score between the 2 cut lines at 4" and 7-1/2".  I then found it easier to rotate my cardstock and score from the top to the cut line at 2", 4", 7-1/2" and 9".  

Yes, the score lines may seem a bit wonky, but it works in the end.  Refer to the picture below and hopefully this will clear up any confusion.  I've marked the Mountain and Valley folds on the pattern also.

The front of your card will fold up even all around ...

while the back of your card, when flipped over, will be 1/2" shy of matching the front ... so be sure you know which is the front and the back before you begin decorating your card.

However, as you can see in the finished card above or especially once the card is opened, you can't tell the back is a bit short.

Please stop by the Christmas Card Challenges Blog to see what the other Design Team members have created this week. Then grab your kraft and white card making supplies, and join along. I can't wait to see what you create this week.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Christmas Card Challenges #14

Life has dealt my hubby and me another twist the past few weeks; but I thought I would de-stress by joining my fellow Christmas Card Challenges Design Teamies.  I wanted to get a little creative with a fancy fold card ~ however my original design just wasn't coming together, so I tweaked it and came up with the following card...

...based on the following Color Challenge

I used the peachy-rose, taupe and aqua blue colors in the color palette. The card folds to 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" so it fits in a standard A2 envelope.

The digi-stamp is from Digistamp Boutique (Simply for Christmas) and the sentiment is self-created, which I printed in taupe.  The snowflakes are Whimsy Stamps dies.

Stop by the Christmas Card Challenges site to see what the other DT members created this week.  We love to see your creations, so grab your supplies and join along. Papercrafting really can be a great de-stresser !

I've included the sentiment as a freebie. It's a PNG file with clear background and taupe in color. You're welcome to change the color.  If you use it, all I ask is that you give me credit. Thanks.