Friday, April 11, 2014


This week at Just Add Ink, Kim has challenged us to make an Easter bag, box or basket.

Easter really hasn't been "on my radar" this year, as hubby and youngest son are following the Paleo eating plan.  Refined sugars, and chocolate, are off the list altogether.  My eldest son is way past the age of appreciating cutesy Easter packaging, so this challenge spurred me on to make a somewhat unconventional Easter basket - one with a masculine twist.

I created a basket, using Early Espresso Core'dinations cardstock, following this fabulous tutorial from Deb Valder.  Stampin' Up!'s Envelope Punch Board is FANTASTIC for those of us who are 3-D challenged!  I decorated parts of the basket with Soho Subway Designer Series Paper, and added ribbon and brads in co-ordinating colours.  The basket handle is embossed with the Square Lattice embossing folder - a favourite of mine, for masculine projects.

Here's the basket, filled (for display purposes only!) with chocolate bunnies that will be eaten by me at Easter:

The sentiment is stamped on an Easter Egg-shaped (ie, oval, LOL) label:

The back of the basket is simply decorated, with DSP and a (retired) brad:

.....  and my final photo is of the handle, created using the Small Scallop Rotary Cutting Blade (on my Stampin' Trimmer), and Square Lattice embossing folder.  A couple of ribbons tied together add a bit more detail, without too much 'fuss':

Stamps: Delightful Dozen, Polka Builder Wheel
Card: Early Espresso Core'dinations cardstock, Naturals Ivory
DSP: Soho Subway Designer Series Paper
Ink: Early Espresso, Island Indigo and Summer Starfruit stampin' pads
Other: Envelope Punch Board, Small Scallop Rotary Cutting Blade (in Stampin' Trimmer), Square Lattice embossing folder, XL Oval punch, sponge dauber, In Color brads (retired), Summer Starfruit stitched satin ribbon, Early Espresso 1/4" stitched grosgrain ribbon, glue dots, Multipurpose Liquid Glue

The rest of the Just Add Ink Design Team have come up with some adorable Easter projects, so make sure you take a look here.  We hope you'll play along with us!


  1. I love the shape of this box, Christine! It would work so well for so many things. The contents look pretty good too... LOL

  2. I love the rich dark colour Christine - makes me instantly think of chocolate - lol. Although the bunnies in there may have helped ;)xxx

  3. Christine, The basket looks very nice, and the bunny very yummy,Enjoy, have a great easter with the family.

  4. I love that you went with a masculine theme Christine. So many of our Easter projects end up pretty and cutesy - because it's easy I guess. Loving the Lindt bunny family hehe. x

  5. Wonderful, lovely lady!!! HELLO!!
    WOW your basket is totally awesome!! I love the depth of colour and that DSP is one of my fav's!!! Gotta hand it to you that the chocolate is for "display purposes only!!" FUNNY!! YUM YUM!! Enjoy your Easter dear Christine,
    Smiles SHarnee :)