It’s Tuesday and this week I remembered to make a card for Beate’s Inspiration Challenge! Yay!! Both the topiary and the sentiment are from my new “Siberian Iris” set from Flourishes.

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Sewing is not my thing. (I’ve been told that some people actually do it for enjoyment!) But I decided to give it a try on this card. Well I can say that at least I love the look if not the process of the real stitched border. The topiaries are stamped directly onto the designer paper. Oh and before I forget here is Beate’s inspiration piece. It is a print from Coldwater Creek.

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Stamps: “Siberian Iris” from Flourishes
Papers: Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip, Basic Grey DP
Inks
: Chocolate Chip, Jet Black Stazon and Markers in Ruby Red, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Sage Shadow, Handsome Hunter, Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel
Accessories: White Gel Pen, Ribbons, Clip

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My “Siberian Iris” set from Fourishes arrived yesterday! Couldn’t wait to play with it! I made a couple of fun little baskets.
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I took some pictures along the way in case anyone wants to make one, too.

First decide what size and shape you want your “basket” to be. Here are some examples or ideas. I also included a template with each section numbered 1-7.

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You will need to make and cut out a template of your desired basket shape. Then trace around it 4 times placing each one side to side. On the 5th section do only 1/2 (or a little less) of the basket shape. Then do one more full basket shape and finally a 7th section which is just a tab for gluing. This 7th section should be less than 1/2 the width of your template (and the same width or less of section #5). Be sure to add a couple of tabs on sections #2 and #6 with the #6 tab being a little taller. If you want to have three decorated sections, add another tab to section #4. This tab should be the tallest of the three as it will be the back row. Cut out your basket and score all the sides. Fold the basket so that the tracing lines will be on the inside of the basket.

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To add patterned paper, make another template that is 1/4″ less in height and width than your basket template. Trace 4 of this smaller basket shape on the back of whatever patterned paper you are using. (This step is optional. You can, of course, stamp images on the basket or even leave it plain.) Turn your cut out basket over so that all the tracing marks (if you have them like mine does…) and adhere your patterned paper to sections #1-4.

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Apply adhesive to the outside of sections #5 and #7.

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Adhere section #7 to the inside of section #3 to form a rectangle. (If section #7 is smaller than section #5, make sure it is glued on section #3 far enough away from section #4 so it equals the measurement of section #5 and forms a rectangle.)

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Adhere section #1 to the outside of section #5.

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Make sure that your sections will fold flat for mailing.

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Decorate as desired!

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Basket 1 – Celebrate
Stamps: “Siberian Iris” and “Many Sentiments” both sets from Flourishes
Papers: Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla, DP is SU! “Prints”
Inks: Jet Black Stazon, Always Artichoke Marker, Reinkers in Always Artichoke, Old Olive, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Elegant Eggplant
Accessories: Eggplant GG Ribbon, Rhinestone Brad, Butterfly Punch

Basket 2 – Happy Mother’s Day
Stamps: “Siberian Iris” from Flourishes
Papers: Always Artichoke, Lavender Lace, Very Vanilla, DP is SU! “Prints”
Inks: Always Artichoke, Lavender Lace, Always Artichoke Marker, Versamark, Chalks in Lavender Lace, Almost Amethyst, Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy, Always Artichoke, Old Olive
Accessories: Black Embossing Powder, Rhinestones, Prima, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Ticket Punch

**These little baskets were designed using a folding technique from a card in my mother’s vintage collection. It was a Hallmark Historical Collection card and was a reproduction of a card printed in the late 1800’s by Raphael Tuck & Sons, London.**

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There is a new feature to the Weekly Inkling over at Splitcoaststampers. It is the “Product Review” and I have been asked to be a part of the review team! The first review came out today and features the Unity Stamp Company. You can read the Product Review here.

Here are a couple of cards I made using two different sets from the Unity Stamp Company.blog47aunitywithwm.jpg
The first card is from a gorgeous set called Gratitude=Joy. On the main image I colored the bamboo with Chocolate Chip, Close to Cocoa and Creamy Caramel markers directly on the rubber. The leaves were colored with Certainly Celery, Old Olive and Always Artichoke.

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This second card uses a set called Smiling Paisleys.

Card 1
Stamps: Gratitude = Joy (Unity Stamp Company)
Papers: Always Artichoke, Whisper White, DP is Penny Black
Inks: Chocolate Chip and Markers in Creamy Caramel, Close to Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Accessories: Brad, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon

Card 2
Stamps: Smiling Paisleys (Unity Stamp Company)
Papers: Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, DP is Basic Grey “Boxer”
Inks: Night of Navy, Ruby Red
Accessories: Rhinestones, Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals

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