Monday, November 19, 2018

Being Thankful Basket

Happy almost Thanksgiving to my USA readers! I always try to be thankful as a matter of course but this time of year gives us extra reason to pause and really take a look at all we have to be grateful for. For my November Eileen Hull project, I created a fall themed Basket as a table decoration. It holds blank cards that people can take out and write what they are thankful for on. I've done this before at Thanksgiving dinners and it makes for a great family snapshot and memories. I have so many things to be thankful for – a snug house, family close by, lots of love… I could fill up a whole basket of cards myself!

Check out the how-to:

Step 1 – I used the Lumber 3-D Texture Fade Embossing Folder to texture the matboard before I cut the basket out of it. First I misted both sides of it with Distress Spray Stain. While it was still a little damp I ran it through my Big Shot in the embossing folder. The texture you get with the folder is amazing!

Step 2 – Tim Holtz has recommended using Distress Crayons as one method of coloring the embossed texture so I gave it a try. I did it in sections so the crayon wouldn't dry before I blended it. I scribbled on Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain crayon and then blended it with a wet finger. When it was all dry I cut out the main parts of the basket.

The top piece has the blended crayon done.
Step 3 – I wanted the handles to be lighter so I used Eileen's Golden ColorBox Blends ink to color another piece of matboard. I stamped it with a  wood grain texture stamp on one side and then cut the handle pieces out of it.

Step 4 – I assembled the basket and glued it onto an oval of patterned paper covered matboard for a base. I added a strip of grass cut with Eileen's Grass die.

Lastly I added all the plants and flowers. I used the Funky Foliage and Funky Floral 3 die sets to cut them all out. I think I am love with the little mushrooms in the Funky Foliage set!

Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to visit Eileen's blog and check out the other posts for this month! I am also entering this in Frilly & Funkie's current challenge, A Harvest of Gratitude. Check out their blog too!

Eileen Hull Sizzix
Basket ( Sizzix / SB )
Journaling Cards, Flowers & Leaves ( Sizzix / SB )
Grass ( Sizzix / SB )

Tim Holtz - Funky Foliage Sizzix / SB )
Tim Holtz - Funky Floral #3 Sizzix / SB )
Tim Holtz - Movers & Shapers Sized Ovals Sizzix )

Eileen Hull ColorBox Blends Ink - Golden
Tim Holtz 3-D Texture Fade Embossing Folder, Lumber ( Sizzix / SB )
Ranger Archival Ink - Pale Ochre
Distress Inks - Forest Moss, Ground Espresso
Distress Spray Stain - Tea Dye, Vintage Photo
Sizzix mat board
Distress Crayons - set 3
Tim Holtz Chitchat Seasonal stickers
Tim Holtz Memo Pins

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  1. Oh, my goodness, Lisa, this little basket is just so darling! I love that gorgeous wood grain and those Funkie Foliage die cuts have never looked better! Gorgeous! Thank you so much for sharing this clever idea and what you are grateful for with us at Frilly and Funkie! Hugs!

  2. This is not only an adorable centerpiece, but it’s also the coolest idea for sharing important thankfulness for things too hard to say aloud... helping give EVERYONE a chance to join in. I’m betting that gathering at your home is a pretty cool event to look forward to!!
    U really did GREAT on this - the wood had me fooled that it was a basket you decorated. Seriously; I did a double-take seeing the basket was PAPER!!
    I’m finally gonna have my chance to play w that wood 3D, but after reading thru, I’m also going to need some of those TH Crayons, afterall. Thanx for the tips!!

  3. Lisa this is totally fabulous!!!!! Love the combination of Tim's Funky Foliage dies with Eileen's cute basket. Beautifully designed and executed as ever. Thank you for joining us at Frilly and Funkie xx


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