Re-use, reduce, recycle

I was in search of a bigger basket, one that would be sturdy enough to hold more than a couple of pieces of chocolate.  I found a beautiful example on Mary Jo Albright’s blog, complete with a tutorial:

Mary Jo Albright's scallop envelope basket 1

  • Elements of Style stamp set
  • Marina Mist and Rose Red card stock
  • Springtime Vintage Designer Series Paper
  • the stiff white 12 x 12 sheets that come in the back of the Stampin’ Up! DSP package
  • Marina Mist Classic ink pad
  • Victoria Crochet Trim;  Tombo the Wonder Adhesive
  • Vintage Flowers Adornments; brads
  • Big Shot and Scallop Envelope and Fun Flowers Bigz dies

You read that right – this basket is made from the Scallop Envelope cut out of the stiff white sheets from the back of the package of the DSP.  I stamped on them to disguise them , and I was pleased with how strong they made the project.  And it’s so green!

I really need to go back and give this basket a little step-up treatment.  It was a club project, and I knew we would be challenged to finish in the amount of time we have, so I left the handle pretty plain.  We did make a layered flower to put on the top, but it looks a little lonesome sitting there by itself.

Scallop Envelope basket 2

I wanted the bottom to be finished, and I also wanted to stabilize the base to make the basket sturdy.  I cut a hexagon from Marina Mist to put inside, and a second one to finish the bottom.  Wow.  It looks so simple, written like that.  Have you tried to cut a hexagon lately?  A nice, symmetrical one?  Let’s just say it’s been a long time since geometry!  I tried a number of techniques, but in the end I do what I generally end up doing:  I winged it.  And for being winged, I thought it came out pretty well:

Scallop envelope basket 3

Ha – oops, you can see my stitches.  I get teased all the time because I like to sew things on.  I hate it when things fall off!!  Just don’t look too closely at my hexagon, ok?



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