Handmade Paper Basket Tutorial

Handmade Paper Basket
          Dear friends Thank you so much for the sweet encouraging words on my daughter's Stamping Fun post -- blogger friends are the best !! My little girl sat on my lap and read each and every comment last night! She was beaming!
Now back to big girls' fun - sharing yet another easy paper basket made with the flower punch board.
Paper Basket tutorial
        My paper basket is decorated with 3 butterflies which were stamped and heat embossed in sparkling gold embossing powder.Added gold liquid pearls to the center of the butterflies and added some sparkling gold and diamond chains [ recycled from a torn dress and also  used in the Felt Sunflower layout]

How to make a Paper Basket

       I was so encouraged by the wonderful comments on the Paper Basket tutorial I shared earlier. This version of the paper basket is actually quite roomy and can be made in different sizes using the flower punch board. The basic idea is the same as the Paper Daffodils tutorial  
Materials Required
  • Flower Punch Board -If you dont have a flower punchboard you could even free hand cut the scallops and follow the rest of the tutorial steps.
  • Scissors, Glue
  • Pattern Paper / Chart Paper , Card Stock
  • Optional : Punches, Dies, Embossing powders and Stamps to embellish your basket
Take a 12 x 3 inch Pattern paper / chart paper and punch  out a strip aligning the score lines at “S” mark on the flower punch board.Score only the straight lines, don't score the diagonal lines at each punch.
Paper Basket tutorial 
 You will get  a 8 petal  scalloped strip as shown
Flower punch board tutorial 
On the reverse side of your punched paper strip , score at 1 inch from the straight border using the flower punch board or a scoring board such as a Scorpal. If you are using the flower punch board line the scalloped edge roughly midway between the “L” and “M” marks on your flower punch board and score.
Flower Punch board tutorial 
At this stage if you wish you can further jazz up your paper strip by stamping and embossing like I did using a flourish stamp and sparkling snow WOW embossing powder.You can also add further interest to your paper basket  by inking  the edges of your petal strip using your favourite inks .
Paper Basket tutorial 
Once you have inked, embossed or glittered up your punched paper strip ,fold the strip at the score line as shown above
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Paper Basket tutorial
Cut on the vertical score lines to reach the folded line just like you did for the paper daffodil tutorial [ but no need to snip off triangles this time].Curve and fold the paper strip and stick the last two petals together
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Paper Basket tutorial
You will get a 7 petal cup shaped flower when you evert  the petal edges using the shaping tool of your flower punch board [ you can also use your fingers to evert the petal edges].
To close the gaps in the center and convert your flower into a basket ,either stick a circle on the under-surface or within the flower cup or add a punch-craft flower like I did.You can make a 3 inch diameter “ XXS” flower using the flower  punch board and stick it to the center of your cup shaped flower to make a flower basket.
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Paper Basket tutorial
Your flower baskets are actually ready. If you like baskets with cute handles  you can have even more fun designing fun handles for your handmade baskets
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Paper Basket tutorial
 I used a 10 and 3/4 inch x 1 inch pattern paper ,inked the edges and added a poppy stamps swirly curve die cut  on it and stuck it inside my flower baskets.

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Paper Basket tutorial
Here is the finished basket with sparkling gold embossed butterflies and golden chains.Love how the light reflects from all the gold!
Handmade Paper Basket
I had lots of fun trying out different ideas on the basket handles.On this cheerful orange yellow version of the  paper basket I added a Martha Stewart punched pattern paper strip and a pom pom centred flower made using the flower punch board.
Paper Basket 1
Handmade basket
Stuck the flower basket on a larger flat version flower again made using the flower punch board. Since I used green pattern paper to make the larger flower I think it looks like leaves dont you think!
Handmade Paper Basket
This has been a super long post but I didnt want to miss any detail so that anyone wishing to try making their own paper flower baskets would find it super easy!
Handmade Paper Baskets
          I hope you enjoyed this tutorial --from the comments to my previous posts I understand the flower punch board is a fairly new crafty tool and not many have it but the main purpose of this tutorial is just to give some fun ideas to create a 3 D basket plus give enough details to help those who already have / are planning to buy the  flower punch board !
Do tell me how it is...hopefully didn't put you to sleep!!
Punches : Flower Punch Board [ from Crafter’s Corner],  Martha Stewart Daisy,Martha Stewart  Vintage floral, Martha Stewart  Double arches
Dies : Sizzix stamp and die-cut Butterflies 657773 , Poppy Stamps swirly curl border
Stamps : Hero Arts Butterfly, Inque Boutique Monarch
Embossing : Sparkling snow WOW embossing powder, Metallic Gold sparkle WOW embossing powder, Ranger heat gun
Papers : DCWV Fresh floral stack, DCWV Four Seasons,DCWV Day to day Photo real stack,
Misc : Gold Liquid Pearl [ from Crafter’s Corner]


Stamping Fun !

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            Dear friends this is just another fun post to share my little girl's stamping. You will be wondering "Oh so Dr Sonia is teaching her daughter to stamp?!" Well.....its the other way round... I have a somewhat cowardly bad habit of not wanting to try something unless I know " all about it !!" [Anyone there with the same traits....?] My daughter on the other hand has to play with a new craft supply the moment we get it!!
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Stamping Fun
This stamped musical show is my 8 year old's work...her sketch pens acted crazy according to her so the smearing in parts [ She has not yet heard of copics so I am saved for now!!]
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Stamping Fun
Here is a photo to make you smile!! How many of us look so happy with our crafty projects!!
PS : my dashboard has been acting real crazy and so I 'm having difficulty in catching up with blogs---I'm able to drop by friends who leave comments.I hope blogger acts better real soon!!
Please do leave some encouragement for my little girl
Edited : This stamped project got honorable mention at Creative Moments animal theme challenge


Easy Paper Basket Tutorial

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Paper Basket Tutorial
           Hi friends Thank you so much for the supportive comments  on my Felt flowers layout - I hardly scrapbook so each and every feedback was so important to boost my confidence!
        This month I am reviewing the  Flower punch board for one of my favourite Craft supply stores Crafter’s Corner and I wanted to try out different projects to make with this punchboard
Here are links to 2 projects I had already shared using this new type of Punch board
          Some ideas are "accidental" discoveries and when I found that the 7-  petal flowers made with the Flower punch board tend to stand upright , that gave me the idea to make flower baskets with them.
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Paper Basket Tutorial

These Paper Baskets are quick and easy to make and will look good as home decor or party favours. I can just imagine filling up the baskets with little trinkets or candy as return gifts for parties!

How to make easy Flower Baskets

Materials Required
Flower  Punch Board - manufactured by We R Memory Keepers
Flower Punch Board
Glue , Scissors
Pattern Paper /Chart paper and Cardstock
Optional - Ink pad to ink the edges of your flower petals ,Stamps ,Embossing powders to jazz up your paper even more

If you missed the Easy flower making tutorial do read it first to get familiar with the basic steps of how to use the flower punch board .
Flower Basket tutorial
Punch and  fold a  5 inch [S ] and 3 inch [XXS ]flower. The shimmer on the flowers is because I stamped and embossed the paper strips before making them into flowers
Flower Basket tutorial
          Make a 7 petal flower from the  folded strip you made for the 5 inch flower .Gently roll down the flower petals using the shaping tool included in the Flower punch board.Even though the flower can actually stand upright like a basket  you can make it  sturdier  by simply adding a cylindrical base to your flower basket .
Flower Basket tutorial
To make a base : Fold a 7 x 1 1/4 inch paper strip in half lengthwise[ you don't have to exactly follow this measurement!]. Glue the ends of this strip to get a paper ring. 
Flower Basket tutorial
Glue this paper ring base on to the under-surface of the flower.You need to be quite generous with the glue in this step and be patient to let the glue dry while holding the parts!
Flower Basket tutorial
Make a 7 petal 3 inch diameter flower following the Flower punch board tutorial and stick it inside your larger flower. If there is still a gap in the center just add a punched circle to the center.
Flower Basket tutorial
Make a handle using matching card stock - again no hard and fast rules about the measurement [I used 11 x 1 inch strip] and taper the ends as shown in the pictorial above to allow easy gluing into the basket.
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Paper Basket tutorial 
I inserted the tapered ends of the handle under my smaller flower [ better to glue on the handle before you glue on the smaller flower!]
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Flower Basket tutorial 
The picture above shows the Flower basket on its stand. I couldn't resist adding a Resin flower on the handle of my flower basket!
Resin Flower
Adding the resin flower tended to make my basket topple over [Oops!!!]
So salvaged the project by adding a bouquet of flowers to the basket!
Foam flowers Mulberry Flowers
Poked foam flowers [ these are store bought ones but here is the handmade foam rose tutorial link], mulberry flowers and pollens [ these are normal pollens dressed up with floral tape] into play-dough [ instead of floral sponge!!] and added them inside the flower basket.
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Paper Basket Tutorial
Using the same tutorial steps you can make baskets as large as 12 inches in diameter using the flower punch board!
I hope you enjoyed the easy basket tutorial ....do tell me how it is.
Flower Punch Board,Embossing : Versamark Watermark , WOW Embossing Powders , Ranger Heat Gun,Dies:Spellbinders Floral Oval ,PoppyStamps Swirly Curl border,Embellishments : Resin Flowers [from Crafters Corner]Paper : DCWV Floral stack
Edited : This Basket tutorial was featured at Monday Handmade Linkup Party--- Thank you Judy


Felt Flowers in Sunny Layout

Sunflower Layout
         Dear friends I am so overwhelmed at the kind comments on the Mummy and Me post ...Thank you so much ! Sharing a simple summery layout I made for a swap with crafter friends in my city Bangalore--I somehow don't scrapbook much [Made only 3 layouts so far ! : Tulip tutorial ,Interactive Scrapbook, Foam in Scrapbooking ]but had to rise to the challenge as I didnt want to miss out on meeting my crafty friends !

Felt flowers
I love the Cheery Lynn  Sunflower die [ more projects using it : Fairy Land Pop up Card , Paper and Sola Flowers, Paper Flower tutorial, Paper Flower Romance ] and used it to make these felt sunflowers.I layered 2 sunflower diecuts atop each other and added chunky glitter to the center. The edges of the felt sunflower petals sparkle as I added diamond dust too. And I couldn't help adding ny Heartfelt creations leaves[ You can see them on most projects I make these days!!]Made a 3 D vase using the Wild rose floral frame die which I heat embossed after inking with distress ink.
Heat Embossing
Though I have been crafting for 4 years ,I only bought a heat gun recently so this layout has a lot of heat embossing! The Die cut frame for the photo was inked and heat embossed - I love the sparkle clear embossing powder gave the frame.Added golden liquid pearls in random on my embossed frame. In keeping with the theme added the word " Sunshine" in gel stickers.
Heat embossing
The theme of the layout was "colorful" so made my heart tricolor .I love to look at scrapbook layouts with fabric so added a crinkly ribbon bow and a bit of recycling too ![The 2 white berries on a branch were salvaged from an old earring !]. The " love " on both the heart and the journal mini card were stamped and heat embossed!
Distress Inks
       Made a Journalling mini card in the same tricolor color scheme using  a Wild Rose floral frame die sent to me by blogger friend Kate.I felt particularly pleased with the twine bow on my journalling card--how is it folks?[ I rarely attempt bows or work with twine!]

Cheery Lynn  Butterfly
Added a golden Cheery Lynn  Butterly inside the journalling card
Felt Sunflowers
I always feel like a smug cat when I can recycle something unique ! The sparkling crystal stone stems of the sunflowers were salvaged from an old dress !
I seem to be in love with yellow of late- there is something so cheerful and summery about it!
I hope my layout has not come out too badly and I hope my swap partner likes it ---input needed!

Supplies : Dies : Spellbinder Majestic Labels 25 , Spellbinder Classic Leaf ,Spellbinders Shapeabilities Lace Hearts,Cheery Lynn  Butterfly , Cheery Lynn  grass,Cheery Lynn Sunflower , Poppy Stamps swirly curl border, Wild Rose Studio Floral frame;Paper : DCWV,Stamps: Heartfelt creations leaf, Kaisercraft Porcelain Rose,Embossing : WOW embossing powder , Ranger Heat gun .Misc : Liquid pearls [Crafters Corner]


Mummy and Me !

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Mummy and Me !
        Dear friends I know some of you remember that we had an Egyptian theme Birthday party for my daughter's 8th birthday [see Scroll Shaped Invitation Card and King Tutankhamen Picture Frame tutorial ].The Egyptian Mummy prop we made was the big star of the party - not only did my daughter have days of fun making it- I think we made memories for life!
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How to make an Egyptian Mummy
I dont know how useful our Mummy making steps will be to you -  maybe it will come in handy for a school project or a party or ......just sit back and enjoy a little girl's enthusiastic preparations for her birthday party!

 Here is How to make your own Mummy

Materials Required
Newspaper- lots and lots!
Cellotape--lots and lots!
Tissue paper rolls - one
Gauze - from our clinic! - 2 to 3 rolls
Little helper-such as shown below -essential  for success of project!
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Mummy Crafts
Roll up lots and lots of newspaper to make the body, hands and feet of the mummy.Stick the rolls with cellotape
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Mummy crafts
Scrunch up more newspaper to make Mummy's head.Make a big mess in the kitchen and forget about cooking!
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Mummy Crafts
Recall /discover special surgical skills to fit Mummy's head to body !

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Mummy and Me !
Test out Mummy's joints by having the birthday girl dance with him!
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Egyptian Mummy Crafts
Beautify Mummy with lots of tissue paper + sticky tape
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Mummy Crafts
     Perform a bit of orthopaedic manoeuvring to improve Mummy's height ----if the birthday girl demands Mummy has to be exactly as tall as her even to the nearest centimeter!
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Egyptian Mummy
If height matching doesn't quite succeed ,distract birthday girl by taking Mummy out into the garden to get acquainted with the dog !
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Egyptian Mummy 
Convince little girl that best friends are not always the same height!
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Mummy Crafts
Give Mummy a  gauze roll over to make him more handsome + stronger so that he would survive the birthday party with dozens of little girls and boys inspecting him!
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Mummy and Me
Let the birthday girl make cute eyelashes and eyes for her Mummy! And the Mummy is ready to Party!
Egyptian themed Party
So here is Mummy sitting in our hall near King Tutankhamen's picture with the Golden Birthday Banner awaiting the arrival of guests!
Egyptian themed Party
And that's the birthday girl posing in front of her Pyramid [we made it from chart paper and painted it Gold], Hieroglyph Stone which spelt her name [made with salt dough], homemade Birthday banner and the Mummy!
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Egyptian Mummy
My little girl became quite attached to her Mummy giving her a big " Umma" [ translates to Kiss] !
Our Mummy was a big hit at the Party and the kids even had a "dance with the Mummy"session [which mummy survived]!!
Hoping our Mummy could bring a smile to your day!

Linking to All Crafts Aug
Edited : This tutorial was featured at Craft Gossip Party Ideas.....thrilled!!
And was declared winner at A girl who crafts !

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