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Easter Basket from Cricut Easter Cartridge

Isn’t this pretty?  What a nice design!

To make this, I used a 12×12 piece of cardstock and the Fit to Page button on my Cricut Expression.  I’m looking at the finished product from across the room right now and I’d say the basket part is about 4″ tall, not including the handle.  It turned out so well I put it on a lighted bookcase I have in our den.  I love it!

Notice the top of the handle next to the flower? There are little leaves on both sides of the flower. I didn’t even notice them until after I had applied the flower, so I just left them unadorned. About the flower I added…it’s just 3 paper flowers that are layered and are attached with a blue jeweled brad. There is a hole already in the top of the handle which is just part of the cut. I did use my Crop A Dile to cut holes in the paper flowers because they didn’t already have holes cut in them. That surprised me. Every time I’ve bought them before they’ve had holes in the center already. Well, punching a hole in a paper flower is no big deal for a Crop A Dile. They can even cut through tin.  Hey, remember when I made this ribbon box?  I used the Crop A Dile Big Bite for that.  I love those things.

Well, I’d like to say that this little basket went off without a hitch, but that wouldn’t be true.  This thing was a PAIN to score because it was so hard to tell where the score lines were.  So, I did you a favor. 😀  Next, I will post a tutorial about where to score this cut.  I can tell you that I’ll be referring to it again the next time I make a basket from this cartridge.

Things you could use this basket for…lining a table with little treats, festive napkin holder, Easter Basket (duh, LOL), gift bags, etc.   Later, I’ll show you something else I did with it!! 😀

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    1. Hey Jan, Thank you! :D I did have a good b'day. I'm looking forward to having more family over tonight for my "official" party. I'm not looking forward to cleaning up the 1/2 Craft though. LOL! The Half Craft The only thing in here that doesn't need cleaning or straightening is that vinyl on the wall!! :P Have a great weekend!! ~Joy~
  1. I just bought my cricut/expressions yesterday evening. i had so much fun playing with it last night and have already made a (basic) card for my caughter. I have an unrelated question: What glue do you use to glue letters and shapes onto the front of cards, etc.? Thanks!
    1. Hey Wondering, :D I use a variety of things: An ATG gun with Scotch Gold adhesive, Zip Dry Glue, pop dots and other dimensionals and a Zig 2 Way Glue pen. Those are my favorite things. You can find most of them at your local craft store. I hope that helps!! :) ~Joy~ P.S. Congratulations on your new Cricut Expression!! Woo hoo!
  2. Thanks for the reply Joy. I've enjoyed looking at your blog. All the stuff you've shown on here is SOOO helpful! It's like having an experienced friend over to work with you (almost). My pad is VERY sticky. Do you recomment I let it sit out overnight to collect a little dust to make it more workable? (This is advice I got from someone where I purchased it.) Also, Have you ever used wrapping paper for crafting? Is it just too thin?
    1. Hey Wondering, Thank you!! I feel like this is my neighborhood and I'm talking with friends here too! :) It's a crazy game with those mats. Half the time we're wishing they were stickier because they're not holding paper anymore, but when we first get them you could pick up a small animal with one. :P If you use a thick cardstock you might not have too much trouble with the mat in its current state. I don't suggest you rub it on the carpet (which some folks do). I think it will lose its stickiness pretty soon after cutting and removing some thick cardstock. However, if it's just not working out it's not working out, right? Try letting it sit out. I haven't done it, but it seems like the least damaging thing to try. I'm sorry I can't be more help. I have had that problem in the past, but I just kept using it (and tearing paper) until it loosened up a bit. They're not all as sticky as that, I noticed. I haven't used wrapping paper with the Cricut or really with other crafts, but people do. It comes in so many pretty colors and patterns. If you'd like to try something similar, consider wallpaper remnants. You could cut them with the Cricut and probably find some interesting closeouts in places. Hope that helps! ~Joy~
  3. Wallpaper remnants - what a great idea! I'm going to try the wrapping paper today and see what it's like. Have a great day!
  4. If your mat is too sticky, I recommend giving it a hug! Make sure you have a clean cotton T-shirt on without a lot of decals and stuff, and hug your mat to your chest. (Give it a good hug, squeeze it and rub its back a little! lol) The mat picks up "just enough" of the cotton fuzz on your shirt so it won't tear your paper, but not so much that it loses its general stickiness any more quickly. Plus, it only takes a second...no leaving it out over night to collect dust! Give your mat some love!

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