For Goodness Sakes – In the Basket

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!" 
                                    ~Robin Williams




I've wanted to learn how to weave baskets since, yep, the 70's when basket weaving was really cool. There was even a class at the local university, but you had to be an art major and I was a business major. (Huh? Me, a business major?).  Paper Craft Planet ran a 3-D challenge (3D52) at the beginning of the month that included some links with great tutorials. Snap! I had to try it!

Here are some of my favorite tutorials for paper baskets: Just a Basket Case, and Splitcoast Stampers' Woven Basket.

I added just a little extra color to the basket by weaving some May Arts ribbon and matching paper into the basket. I also added some more tea-stained lace . . . you can see a little better from the back.


I made the basket to match this card.



This is my sequel to the Paper Garden Projects' Birthday Challenge #3 that us to herald in Spring or Easter, and Cardvarks who challenged us to add Lace. 

Here's a close-up of the bunny tag and the Copic markers I used to color it.





I used Nestabilities Classic Scallop Circles Large and Standard Circles Large to cut the tag, added a Stampin' Up! eyelet and tied it up with Stampin' Up!'s silver cord. I sponged the tag with Tim Holz/Ranger Old Paper distress ink, and added Tim Holz/Ranger Rock Candy distress stickles around the edges.

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And, the rest of the ingredients . . .

  • Embellishments – Chatterbox paper flower, Stampin' Up! brads and eyelet
  • Fibers – May Arts ribbon, Stampin' Up! silver cord, tea-stained lace, tulle, and Bridal Spray (the pearls, from the Hobby Lobby wedding isle)
  • Ink – Memento Tuxedo, Copic Markers (see above), Tim Holz/Ranger Old Paper distress inks, Spica Buttermilk glitter pen
  • Paper – Neenah Classic Crest Baronial Cardstock. Stampin' Up! Textured Vanilla and Blush Blossom Card Stock
  • Stamp: Penny Black's cling stamp, For Goodness Sake
  • Tools: Nestabilities
  • Misc.  – SU Pretty in Pink and Blush Blossom Stampin' Pastels, Tim Holz/Ranger Rock Candy distress Stickles

Oh yeah, and some Cadbury mini eggs were definitely involved!  Free Smiley Courtesy of




Sweet Comments

  1. Wow that is GORGEOUS – well done!!  :-)

  2. Wow! Your basket and your card are both gorgeous!

  3. These are simply beautiful Easter projects!  So sweet-  I just love them.

  4. Oh my!  This is the coolest!  I've done basket weaving, but I think I would enjoy using my paper 10x's more after seeing your creation.  Way to go! :)

  5.  I LOVE your paper basket and how you've embellished it. 
    So sweet!

  6. shelly p says:

    wow, your project is so great.  The basket, the coloring… everything!

  7. These are fabulous!!  I love what the lace adds to the basket.  Thanks for joining us at Caardvarks!!

  8. Absolutely beautiful!  You are so talented and I am so excited about being on the PGP DT with you!

  9.  I LOVE your paper basket and how you’ve embellished it. 
    So sweet!

  10. Oh my goodness, this is gorgeous, Linda–and thanks for sharing your secret Cadbury weapon!

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