Monthly Archive: April 2015

Pals Paper Art Challenge

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Here’s my submission to Pals Paper Art challenge PPA247.  I struggled with using the three purples together.  The basket is made out of  Elegant Eggplant.  The big butterfly is Perfect Plum and the small butterfly is Blackberry Bliss.  I made this basket with the intent of putting one of my purple african violets in to give as a gift, however I didn’t like the blue rim of the pot messing with the purple color scheme.

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I also tried the butterfly on top of the handle.  My husband, Steve, liked the first picture the best, so that’s what I went with for the challenge.  Have you tried the Pals Paper Art Challenge?  If you haven’t you should.

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Double Berry Basket Directions

I’ve been making lots of baskets with the new Stampin’ Up! Berry Basket Bigz L Die.  This weekend I decided to make one for my dear friend and her family who was hosting us for Easter.  They are a family of seven and I couldn’t fit all the Reese’s eggs and other candy I wanted to give for seven people, in one Berry Basket.  I decided to “double” the basket and tried different variations of making a larger basket.  Here’s the final variation of the Double Berry Basket.

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To make this Double Berry Basket cut out three of the main basket pieces and three of the scallop trim pieces and one handle piece.  To add extra support for the basket cut two extra pieces 5 3/4 x 2 3/4.  I used DSP for the trim and smaller butterfly, but cardstock for the basket and handle to make it sturdy enough to hold that much candy!  I used Tombo Mono Liquid Glue for this project.  Glue the three trim pieces together in a line.  Don’t worry about folding any of the score lines.  Cut one of the main basket pieces in two so you have an end piece at each end of the basket.  Glue one end piece to the bottom of each of the two main basket pieces.Set the other two main pieces beside each other and glue one of the extra 5 3/4 x 2 3/4 pieces on the top of the two pieces and one to the bottom of the two main pieces.  To add the trim, start at one end and leave one scallop off the edge of the end piece.  Hold a minute while the glue dries.  Leaving the one scallop apply the trim to the side piece and again leave one scallop off the next edge.  Continue around the basket and cut off the extra after leaving a small overlap.  I attached the handle using brads.  I glued the butterlies bodies to the handle.  Please let me know if you have any questions.  This is actually very easy to make.

April Pals Blog Hop

Pals Blog Hop:  Earth Day is Every Day

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April where every day is Earth Day. This month we are showcasing projects that use recycled, reused or other earth inspired elements and colors. We hope you enjoy the Pals creative projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from

on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all the projects.

As I considered what projects to make with a recycling theme, I kept thinking of “can” projects.  My first project involved filling the need for a cute pencil holder for my desk.  It started as a LA Smoothie can which was transformed with Painted Blooms DSP, one of the Butterflies Thinlits Dies and a Blackberry Bliss Butterfly.  Quick and easy!                                                            photo 1 (27)photo 3 (21)


With May Day coming soon, I thought I would show you one of my favorite May Day can recycling projects.  It involves purchasing your favorite canned fruit, or in my case purchasing my son Keegan’s favorite peaches with the pop top lid.  I use a Pampered Chef can opener and open the bottom of the can.  Keegan happily eats the peaches and I wash out the can.  I fill the can with May Day candy and seal the bottom of the can by replacing the bottom tin using Tombo Liquid Glue.  I used the opposite side of the Painted Blooms DSP to cover this can.  I cased Elisha Smith’s cute tag idea to finish off the front.  When you deliver the cans on May Day, the kids and their Mom’s will wonder how you ever got the candy in the can without opening up the pop top.  This will improve your standing in the “Mother of the Year” contest!


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Please stop back tomorrow to get instructions on how to make a Double Berry Basket.

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on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

  1. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  2. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery’ s Owlery
  3. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You
  4. Becky Volpp at
  5. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  6. Jackie Diediker at Stampin’ Jackie
  7. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  8. Kim Jolley at Stampin’ Artfully
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Site
  12. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  13. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  14. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  17. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains