Monday, February 25, 2013

Easter Basket made from Envelopes found on your Cricut Cartridges

Hi Everyone!
Happy Monday!

I am hosting a project this month in the FB group called Play Along.
While I was searching and racking my brain trying to come up with an idea for my project
I saw this cute little Easter box made from Envelopes on YouTube from 
Craftincarolinas  and was inspired!
You can see her video by clicking HERE

I thought her box and bunny were so adorable that I wanted to recreate it but
I do not have that die nor do I have all those punches but I do have a Cricut and I wanted to try and make mine into a little basket so
I set out trying to recreate her adorable bunny and box from shapes that I found on my Cricut cartridges.

Here is what I came up with:
*warning: photo HEAVY!*

I cut out 4 envelopes at 4.25" using my Artiste Cricut Cartridge.
The envelope that I used is on page 73 in the handbook (Card Shift feature)

 After they were all cut out, I lined up the notches on my score board and started scoring.
I folded as if I was making an envelope except for the flap you would typically use to seal the envelope. 
That got folded over in the opposite direction:

Then I added a strip of score tape to only one flap on each envelope:

I then adhered a taped side to a non taped side to connect the envelopes:

After all 4 sides are adhered:

To make mine into a basket, I simply laid it down and cut a one inch slit with my craft knife right along the score line of the flap.
I did this to 2 opposite sides:

Then I added adhesive to the bottom flaps. It needs to be a strong adhesive to support the weight of the goodies that are going to go inside. I used Scrappy Tape.
You want to adhere the adhesive on the outside of one flap, then the inside of the next flap, outside then inside again. 
Important! Do not take off the liner for your tape yet!

Before I assembled the bottom flaps and the handle, 
I wanted to put my patterned paper on my basket.
I cut 2 strips of patterned paper that measured
2.75" wide by 12" long. There was an overlap, but I didn't mind that.
This is the size that I found worked best for my size basket,
you may need to adjust yours depending on the size of your basket.

Now it is time to remove your adhesive liner and adhere your bottom flaps together to form your basket:

I then attached my handle.
My handle measure 1" wide by 11" long.
I added some strong adhesive to the inside bottom of the handle on each side and slipped it through the slit that I had cut previously:

I added a little foam adhesive to each flap so that they would lay down somewhat but still have some dimension:

Now it is ready to decorate:

On Craftincarolinas YouTube Video, she made the cutest bunny using punch art.
I don't have very many circle or oval punches so once again I turned to my cricut.
Here are the sizes that I cut out using George & Basic Shapes Cricut Cartridge:
I assembled my bunny the same exact way that she did in her video HERE

Here is my finished basket:

I think it came out so darling! 
I would like to thank Craftincarolinas for the wonderful inspiration!
If you would like to play along, feel free to join our little group on facebook.
You can find it HERE

Thanks so much for stopping by today!
I hope you have a great crafty day!
Cricut Cartridge: Artiste, George & Basic Shapes
Card Stock: Pink Pirouette (SU!), White (Georgia Pacific)
Patterned card Stock: DCWV
Stamps: Trendy Trees & Well Scripted (SU!)
Inks: Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz and Melon Mambo (SU!)
Die: Labels 4 (Spellbinders)
Misc.: Tulle (Celebrate It), Foam Adhesive, Scrappy Tape


snappy scrappy said... fab and creative!!! Lee-Ann :)

Rose said...

Wonderful! Love it! thank you for sharing!
Such talent! Never would have thought to do that.

Staying Crafty said...

Very creative! It looks great :)

Boots And Bling Time said...

Super cute!!! Cannot wait to try it!

Marilyn said...

OMG!!! that is soooo adorable

Design Originals by KC said...

Love the basket and LOVE that bunny running off with the carrot. Didn't watch the included vid because you did such a great job with YOUR project to inspire me :) Thanks! Kathi

mum of two said...

Love this Stacey! I am going to try to play along - I will have to figure out what cartridge I can get a appropriate envelope off... TFS :)

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