Friday, 22 April 2011

All my eggs in one basket

Hello everyone, I hope you are all well and looking forward to a pleasant Easter weekend. I have just typed out my whole blog post, inserted all the photos and then managed to make the entire thing disappear! So this is my second attempt.  I don't make many Easter projects, just a couple of things for challenges, and that is how I came to make this Easter basket. My friend Sheila (Docrafters may know her as DippyDog) challenged a few of us to make a basket, and I used Lena Katrina's tutorial over at Just Magnolia as my guide.  I have to say that although it is not the type of thing I'd usually choose to make, it was really enjoyable and then of course there was the fun of decorating it. 

It took a whole sheet of 12x12 double-sided paper to make the base and the handle, so no wastage. It was all cut up into 2cm strips which were inked at the edges and then woven together. I used an image of Tilda that I'd coloured up last year, added some punched border strips, ribbon, seam binding, leaf diecuts, scalloped circle, lots of pearls and flowers that picked up the colours from the paper. Although there is no pink in the paper, I inserted a pink napkin into the basket simply because it was a pretty spring-like colour and then happily realised it matched the pinks in the sugar-coated eggs. They were purchased specially for the photo, so now I get to enjoy them as a treat!

Also used in the basket are some recycled bits....the rose leaf diecuts were made from some of that card that you get between sheets of NCR paper to prevent the writing from marking too many sheets. And all the white punched borders were made from some letterhead notepaper that a company was throwing away (shock! boxes of them chucked in the bin when the company went bust). It's textured and pretty and I use it a lot in cardmaking.

I couldn't decide which photos to use, so I've include ones of every side. Hope you like it.

The opposite side looks the same as this one

The inside of the basket showing the pattern on the other side of the paper

Image: Magnolia Wrapped Up Tilda (with her bow cut off)
DP: K&Co
Flowers: Wild Orchid, Prima
Magnolia Doohickey rose leaf die

This is being entered into these challenges:
2 Sisters - Bingo (I've gone for Ribbons, Pearls and Flowers)
Kaboodle Doodles - Thoughts of Spring/Easter
Lexi's Creations - Anything But a Card
Creative Card Crew - Recycle Something
Top Tip Tuesday - Open Challenge
Try It On Tuesday - A bit of upcycling
Belli Challenge - Eggs/Bunnies (my old forgotten item is the ribbon, for which I had to search through boxes until I found something in the right shade of green. A happy find because it's silky and so pretty)
C.R.A.F.T.. - Flowers
Pile It On - Smells like Rubber
Magnolia Down Under - Easter challenge

Wishing you all a peaceful and happy Easter.

Happy crafting!

Carole x


Janette said...

Hi Carole, WOW, what a gorgeous basket, I would be so pleased with myself for making that little beauty....

Have a fab Easter week-end..xx

Doreen said...

Oooh Carole this is simply stunning, well done

Dotty Jo said...

This is gorgeous Carole! Have a happy Easter, Jo x

Vicky said...

It's beautiful Carole...such a lovely project and fabulous image too hun..

have a lovely easter...hugs Vicky xx

Lisa Jane said...

what a beautiful little basket and all the more special as it uses recycled materials
Thanks for joining in my recycle challenge at MAWTT this week
Lisa x

Valerie-Jael said...

Lovely basket. I thought you would be sticking Tilda in somewhere!

Anonymous said...

Hi Carole, this is gorgeous. Have a lovely Easter. Sue x

angelwhispers said...

Such a pretty Easter basket just love it and the colours so perfect for the cute Tilda!! Happy Easter Carole. Love Chanelle xx

Dolly Daydreams said...

Wow what a wonderful project and so pretty. How many times have I erased my blog post and had to start all over again and it's usually after the long ones.

Have a great Easter.


Pami said...

What a gorgeous little Easter box Carole! Those eggs wouldnt be in there long if I was around! Thanks for joining in with us at MAWTT this week, good luck. Pami x

Mani said...

What a beautiful little basket. I love the image and the flowers on the sides. Just gorgeous.
Thank you so much for sharing and joining us at Penny's Challenges. Good Luck.

tilly said...

what a sweet basket lol,wish it was coming my way.....lovely colours

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful Basket Carole,Thank you for joining in with us this week at C.R.A.F.T Challenge, good luck.
Happy Easter
Kevin xx

Stamps and Paper said...

Gorgeous Easter baskets Carole...I'm sure they will been enjoyed...


Deb said...

Beautiful basket, it is so scrummy!
Many thanks for joining in the Cute Card Thursday Challenge this week!
Happy Crafting, Debxx

Alice said...

wow! gorgeous basket! love all the details and your coloring! fabulous work!

Jill said...

Gorgeous basket and so beautifully decorated! Thanks for sharing at Kaboodle Doodles this week. Jill

Jackie said...

No Easter holiday break for me, but looking on the bright side, I have a whole extra week off when I want it with working BH Mondays!
Your basket is brilliant Carole, and so beautiful :o)
Jackie xx

Lynne in NI said...

Ohhh Carole, what a pretty basket! (...and the contents looks pretty yummy too!)

Karen W said...

Beautiful basket, thanks so much for the inspiration at Creative Belli!!

Renkata said...

Carol your basket is very delightful.

Carole S said...

Wonderful Basket, brilliant, love it, I found the weaving fiddly at first, but really enjoyed doing mine, Dippy set us a great challenge, love "HER", Carole x

Jennie said...

Gorgeous Carole! Can I nab a mini egg hehehe! Love that woven basket too! You are so clever!! xxx

**Farrah** said...

Absolutely wonderful!! Such an amazing creation!
Thanks for playing at Kaboodle Doodles and good luck!

Joan Ervin said...

Hi Carole....first, I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Easter...Hope the holiday weekend is sunny and warm!!! Your Easter basket is sooo adorable...every little detail is just beautiful, especially the adorable little Tilda!!! I was really excited to see your name in the Belli lineup...thanks for joining us and sharing this lovely Easter basket with us!!!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Glad you took the time to repost- what a gorgeous project- I love the weaved basket and the sweet Tilda! Thanks for joining us at the Belli challenge.

Trimgym said...

Great project , thank you for joining us at CRAFT Challenge this week and good luck! Don't forget to check back with us again on Thursday for our new challenge and to check if you have won or made our Top3.

Jo and Tigerlover.

Betty said...

Gorgeous basket
Thank you for joining us at C.R.A.F.T this week.
Betty x

GDT for the month of April.

Gem said...

a lovely creation! Thanks for taking part in our Flowers challenge this week over at CRAFT! Gemma :)

Cazro said...

Such a sweet Easter basket, well done on using re cycled materials for it. The colours are so fresh and spring like. Thanks for taking part at TIOT recycle challenge. Well done. Caz

carol said...

carol this is so cute and brillant, well done... thanks for playing along with CRAFT, Happy Easter, x carol

Bron said...

A lovely Easter basket, Carole, which you should be very happy with! I have also managed to grab boxes of paper being thrown out by various business, but none were textured, more's the pity! Hope your Easter break was wonderful. Bron

Agnieszka M said...

Hi, your easter basket is adorable!!! I love your details!
Thanks for joining us at CCC this week and good luck!

Beth Norman said...

So very cute and so very pretty. Lots of love went into your basket.

Thank you for visiting us at the Creative Belli Blog Challenge. Good luck.


Annika said...

Oh I DO like it - and it warms my heart to read how many things you have reused or just used creatively!
And beautiful colouring too! What do you eat, girl, that you're so talented?

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ah this is really sweet, thanks for joining in on MAWTT With our Recycle Challenge this week, Love Hazelxox

Teresa said...

Oh WOW! Carole how beautiful is this, I just love it, absolutly gorgeous. Thank you for the lovely comment on the sugar nellie blog, I really appreciate it, hope you've had a good easter. hugs Teresa xx

chrissy xx said...

It's Fabulous Carole. You always, always come up will such lovely surprises lol. I just LOve it.

Crystal said...

this is amazing! so inspiring & absolutely precious! thanks for playing along with us at Pile It On! & hope to see you again soon! hugs

Brenda Brown said...

What a fabulous recycling project Carole, I love the design, the colours and the use of the recycled papers, especially the borders.
Glad you could recycle something for Earth Day and join in our challenge at MAWTT as well.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Paddington fan said...

This is so pretty, thank you for joining us at CRAFT this week for our Flower challenge & good luck, love Jacky x

Debs said...

Very pretty basket - great project!
Thanks for joining us at LC this week.
Good luck.
{{Debs}} xx

Lou Mac said...

Gosh - this is gorgeous!! So intricate - isn't it amazing what you can achieve with a few strips of paper?!
The colours are gorgeous and that Tilda is super cute! I love the bunches of flowers too! WOW!

Thanks for joining us over at Lexi's Creations this fortnight in our 'Anything but a Card' challenge - good luck.

xo Lou Mac.

China said...

A beautiful basket Cobs - not been on KK much so I missed your effort I think. Glad I got to see it here though. Love those yummy eggs too.

Lynne said...

A beautiful Easter basket very pretty. Lynne x