Thanks for all of the responses about your card making - it's always nice to hear what other people do. It was funny to see how many of you had questions about the folder and the pansy image. I usually give so many details in a post that I worry it may be overkill - but if I don't, there are always lots of questions! So today I have a long post with all of the details about the projects we made in the class and a little surprise too...
The original idea for the class was to make a May Basket. Traditionally, a May basket is filled with flowers or treats and left anonymously on a neighbor's door. I don't know if many people do this anymore, but the ladies in the class knew the tradition.
The basket is from the Easter 2010 seasonal Cricut cartridge. I cut it at 11 inches. This size will fit on the 12 x 12 mat but there is one little trick to make it work. The basket and handle are all one image (two pieces that add to the mat in one box). When the basket is this large, the handle extends just a bit into the "uncuttable zone" at the edge of the mat. To solve this problem and get as large a basket as possible, I made two pages in the file. In the first, I centered the basket on the mat and hid the handle and for the second, I centered the handle on the mat and hid the basket. You just load the mat and cut one page and then the next page without unloading so you only need one piece of 12 x 12 cardstock for each basket.
This basket is designed with small circular holes in the scallops. I have used this basket before and I wasn't happy with the way the circles cut.
They tend to slant into an oval shape and were off center to the "bumps" of the edge design. The simple solution was to hide the circles and just leave the decorative edge. I also hid all of the scoring "tick" marks. I think they make the folds looks very sloppy. If I am not sure about the scoring, I will cut a sample with the marks in ugly paper and score it to use as a pattern.
The only interior cut lines I kept were the two side slits for inserting the handle. If I wanted to delete all of the scoring marks, including the handle slits, I could have simply checked weld. I would still have to hide the little circles but this doesn't take very long. The baskets were much faster to cut without the circles, which was a help for making a larger quantity.
I decided that it would be best to do the scoring at home. The angles are a little tricky and I wasn't sure it anyone would have used a scoring tool before. Since we had limited time to work, I also added pieces of Scor-Tape on the flaps for assembling the basket.
The handle has a flower and leaf shape at the center but there are no layer cuts on the cartridge to add to the top. I used a Martha Stewart Rose Leaf punch to punch two light and two dark green leaves from glittered Core'dination cardstock (Core Couture). I also punched a scalloped circle from purple Core'dinations Gemstone cardstock with the Creative Memories scallop circle maker punch.
One leaf of each color on each side fits nicely over the cut shape of the handle.
The scalloped circle covers the stems and the flower shape on the handle.
The white flared flower from Creative Charms adds a nice sparkle to the top of the basket.
I was concerned the the handle might pull out easily if the basket was loaded with goodies, so we punched out hearts and flowers from adhesive cardstock to secure the ends on the inside of the basket.
Some of the ladies chose to add the sticky shapes as reinforcement on the outside of the basket as well (this photo shows the Martha Stewart Cosmos punch shape on the inside).
I gave them some crumpled tissue paper to fill the basket and a mini chocolate bar as a start on the goodies to go inside! We also added tags punched with the Creative Memories Tag Maker and secured the tag to the basket with a small butterfly brad from Creative Charms.
The sets that include these butterflies are on the inventory clearance sale now at Creative Charms.
I knew that the baskets would be fairly quick to put together, especially since I did all of the scoring and taping ahead of time, so I decided we should also make a card.
The pansy image I chose is from the Art Nouveau Cricut cartridge. The style of the flowers on this cartridge is so appealing to me. I made several of the flowers for part of the display for the center's gallery. I decided to add the "thanks" sentiment as an option since most people can always use a thank you card.
Here is the location of the image on the keypad. I cut all of the layers in groups to be more efficient for making up kits.
I hid all of the guideline marks again. These shapes are very simple to assemble and If the lines show, they can look a little messy. It also made the cutting go more quickly. I arranged the shapes with Design Studio to fit as many as possible on the mat. I labeled all of the mats with the color, the number of images on the mat and, if the mat needed to be cut more than once, I added "X2" to remind me.
I played around with the colors a little in another file. I lined up all of the layers and filled them with colors approximating the color I would use. Since each mat will only preview in one color, you need to make quite a few pages in the file and move the images into position to get an approximation of the completed card. This "Thank You" is from the Martha Stewart Crafts All Occasions Cakes cartridge.
In the end, I opted to use the Cuttlebug "With Gratitude" die to cut the sentiment.
There are five layers for the pansies and they are easy to assemble (but you do have to watch out for the tiny lighter green strip that layers to create a woven effect for the stems).
The background layer of the card is cut from heavy watercolor paper. This paper takes the embossing very nicely. I centered the piece of watercolor paper, cut at 5 1/4 x 4 inches, in this checkerboard embossing folder which creates a basket weave effect.
I could not find the name of the embossing folder. It was part of a set that was exclusive to Oh My Crafts with stripes, bricks and a tile pattern. I think these came out in 2009 and I don't know if they are available anywhere now. (Thanks to Debbie who left a comment with the names for the folders - Checkerboard is the one I used and the other three are Pajama Stripe, Brickyard and Window Panes. Hers came in a promotional set with the Cuttlebug machine)
Since the folder is 5 x 7 it was easy to line up the design with my trimmed piece of cardstock to get an nearly perfect edge.
A single gem sticker in the center of the flower finishes off the image. Some of the ladies chose to use this as a general note card and centered the flower shape on the card front.
The card base is a deep purple Bazzill cardstock, so we needed a liner to be able to write legibly inside the card. I cut some plain white cardstock to 5 1/4 x 4 inches and punched one long edge with the Martha Stewart Pansy Punch Around the Page border punch. I centered it carefully to make the pansies come out evenly.
I made this quick digital page with the photos of the class. I'll drop off an 8 x 8 copy at the center for their bulletin board. I used Creative Memories StoryBook Creator 4.0 to make this page and I'll have more details about the page another day. Remember, the software is on sale for 35% off (making it only $42.22) until the end of April. (You can click HERE to go to the page for the software on my Creative Memories site).
There is also a three day sale on Mother's Day digital content for 30% off - this sale ends on Saturday the 21st. There are many items included - basically anything flowery or feminine! Here is a LINK to the sale page on my site. Some of the Creative Memories digital content is now available in universal format so you can use it with other programs - be sure to check the format in the description (most of the universal format items are at the end of the list).
As the mother of two Eagle Scouts, I have learned over and over to "Be Prepared." I made sure to have plenty of kits for the class in case someone came unexpectedly or there was a piece missing or a part was damaged before the card was put together.
If you have read this far - it must be a slow morning for you! By now you know that I like the number three, and I have three complete card kits (just the card, not the basket) that I'd love to send to three readers. This card would be pretty for Mother's Day with the appropriate sentiment added.
If you'd like to receive a kit, just leave a comment on this post. Please be sure to leave a way I can contact you if your name comes up in the random draw. I'll pick three names next Wednesday (a week after the class) and post them on Thursday.
Please tell me in your comment a favorite crafting tip - a tool you love, a site that inspires you, a source of unique items to use for your projects, or a way that you organize your craft space. It's much more interesting to read tips than a series of "please pick me" posts and it will be helpful for other readers too!
I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
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