Monday, August 17, 2009

BIG Caardvarks Core'dinations Basket set (birdy approved post)

This very long post is part of Cardvarks first ever
blog hop-with Core'dinations!...

...and it's birdy approved! heeheehee.

Seriously! The strangest thing happened when I was photographing this: a whole flock of Starlings roosted in the giant cedar beside out balcony and sang their hearts out! It was lovely. Then, as soon as I stopped photographing, they all flew away. Weird. Either I have strange bird powers, or Starlings just enjoy being appreciated through the making of tiny paper decoys (well maybe?) ;o)

1...Caardvarks Blog Hop-with Core'dinations! templates: a big basket & chunky scallop trim make the basket
4...techniques: colour tinted Coredinations embossing...
..........(making the handle & sides)
5...Digital stuff: flying birdies (embossed on Whitewash)
6...Medallion sentiment (You can Customize the type!)




What? Caardvarks first ever Blog Hop
When? August 17th, 18th, and 19th
Partnered with? Core'dinations

Ready to hop?
Please start on Jenyfur's blog

(so you can see her amazing work and
so you don't miss the talented Miss Lauren too)

Jenn B.

How to win one of the big prize packs
of Core'dinations Goodies:

A) Follow and/or subscribe to the participants: Please "Follow" and/or subscribe to the newsletters of Caardvarks and Core'dinations' blog and the blogs of Caardvarks Crew ladies too (linked above).

B) Hop & Comment: Visit each DT member's blog and leave a comment on the Blog Hop posts, each day.

C) Let us know you did: Return to Caardvarks to comment that you've completed the hop each day. :o)

Then you will then be entered in a drawing to win a Super Assortment Package of Core'dinations product (retail value $68.00) One prize package given away for each day! Best of Luck! :o)


for a BIG Basket

(or click the photos for JPG versions):

I printed this one with no dotted lines right onto the
Coredinations cardstock for this project:

I don't know how "BIG" you may find this basket, but it is bigger than any template I've made (or maybe even used before) but it's smaller than a breadbox... :o) Hope you can use it!

When finished, it measures:
  • width: 6" (at the basket top) and 4 2/8" at the basket bottom
  • height: 2 6/8" (for the basket height) and (7" high, with the handle)
  • depth: 2 1/2" (from basket front to basket back)


...make the Core'dinations basket
(with high sides)

Core'dinations Cardstocks:
-Black Magic Collection (12x12) (Lost Ruby BM020)
-Roy G. Biv Super Assortment (Lavendar shades)
-Whitewash (Weather Vane WW530 for the medallion)
-& Whitewash to emboss the birdies too (Picket Fence WW760)

-Embossing folder (Floral Fantasy) & a Sanding block
-Scissors, Tim Holtz design ruler & homemade embossing tool
-M.M. paper piercer, needle & embroidery thread
-Double-sided tape
-Clear embossing powder (to emboss digis on Whitewash)
-Copic markers (Amethyst V17, New Leaf YG23, Canary Yellow Y02, Black)

Step 1) Print the basket template

Step 2) Score it

A) To form basket bottom/main shape: score where dotted lines indicate (on the template above)

B) To make the scallop trim: Mark 1 and 1-8 inch down & score a parallel line-where blue arrows & blue dotted lines indicate in this score guide below:

Step 3) Print the scallop trim template. I printed it on the cover of the coredinations 12x12 package to save cardstock...

Step 4)
Cut the scallop trim template out

Step 5) Cut the basket out & trace the scallop onto the tops of the basket box

Step 6) Sand the front & back of the box

Step 7) To get a big basket template to fit on a standard piece of paper (for your printer) I added side pieces.

Make side pieces
by cutting 4 pieces of cardstock to measure 2 and 6-8 inches and just under 2 and 1-2 inches & sand them (They'll be attached with the handle later...)

Step 8) Add adhesive to the four tabs

Step 9)
Put the box together

Lining the tabs up with the edge of the front & back will...

...give you a nice angle to your sides :o)


colour tinting Core'dinations
(using Copics or other markers)

the handle:

Step 10) Cut a handle from the Black Magic Core'dinations to measure 12 x 2 inches & emboss it

Step 11) Sand the embossing

Step 12) A fun way to get colour variation (and match your Copic marker or ink colours too): tint the sanded area by colouring with a Copic marker (this is Amethyst V17.) The broad tip-or chisel end is handy for that.

No Copics? No problem! ;o) You could any colouring medium--inks, paints, etc.-- to add any shade you like.

Step 13) Sanding the core'dinations again after colouring it with the marker (or what-have-you) removes a little of the colour and leaves you with some of the original Core colour as well as the colour you added.

Step 14) Stitch the handle, if you like, & line it with another piece of the 12x2 inch core'dinations

Step 15) Add the handle: Adhere the handle to the inside top of one of the 4 side pieces
& attach that to the side of the basket box.

Step 16) Adhere a second side piece in the inside of the box-to sandwich the handle (this also makes the higher sides.) If you want no handle just omit it & add sides only.

Step 17) Print the scallop trim pieces directly on the Lost Ruby Black Magic cardstock & cut them out. (There's no wasted cardstock with the extra printed template bits like the writing and long scallop, since I used the piece for the card & the pink side doesn't show.)

Step 18) Repeat the embossing, sanding, & copic colouring process with the scallop trim pieces of Black Magic & stitch it, if you like.

Step 19) Stick the scallop edge down onto the box

Step 20) Adhere the scallop trim to the box

The bows...

...were added to the side of the handles by
stitching them on with button centers:

A) Putting the needle & thread through the button, the bow & the basket handle.

B) Bringing it back out again through to the other button hole & tying a doubel knot

C) Hiding the white stitch with a black Copic marker



Ever since stumbling on the fun fact that you can emboss digital images on Core'dinations Whitewash (even easier than with stamping) I can't stop myself! The thicker the line of the image, the bolder the embossing. (Warning: it's highly addictive!) :-D

How to emboss on Whitewash:

1) Print your digital image
(on a piece of Whitewash cut to 8.5 inches wide)

2) Quickly sprinkle clear embossing powder on & heat it
(just avoid burning) :o)

Please click this link to
download the bird PDFs

(or click the pictures below for JPGs)

Hope you like these birdies. I've always wanted some flying bird outline stamps (and always wanted to be un-broke, haha) So for now, I'll just draw stuff to share with you (my fellow broke crafters?) ;o)

The PDFs of these small birds will print birds that are 1 and 2/8" long from beak to tail tip:

Here's a whole flock of small birdies:

The PDF of these LARGE birds will print birds that are 2" long from beak to tail tip:

to make the flying birdies:

Step 1) Make the birds:

A) Prepare clear embossing powder
B) Print the LARGE digital birds on Whitewash Core'dinations cardstock ( I like fast or standard setting, depending on your printer
C) Emboss them: Sprinkle with clear embossing powderm as soon as they print & heat set it
D) Shade with Copic markers if you like
E) Cut them out...

Step 2) Make the flying apparatus:

A) Cut the birds out (they are mirrored pairs so they can be double-sided)
B) Adhere silver thread to them (and check to see if they hang how you like)
C) Add the matching bird on the back to sandwich the thread

Step 3) Attach them to the basket (using beads):

A) Pick a needle that will fit your beads & pierce a hole in the basket handle.
B) Thread the silver threads (attached to birdies) into the needle
C) Use the needle to pull the threads in through the hole in the basket handle
D) Slide a bead onto the needle
E) Tie a knot around the bead to hold it all on

There's a bird on the candle too:

the card:

The card has the little birdies on it and...


Customizable Martha Stewart
Favour Label Template is here

It's a PDF form & You can type anything you like in the boxes
(but you can only print the text not save it.) Too cool, hey?


with Core'dinations

This is a Copic trick that I learned from the always Brilliant Dawn:
Colour your cardstock with Copic markers...

It works wonders with Core'dinations Whitewash. You get the fantastic
woven texture & can get any custom colour you want.

Layering marker colours will give you an exact shade. (The embroidery thread I was matching had more yellow than the New Leaf Copic YG23, so I layered with Canary Yellow Y02.)

The ever talented Tanis is
the next stop on the hop!
(her stunning card has me pea green with envy!)

I hope you can join us in our first ever hop;
the Ladies on the Caardvarks Crew have made some AWEsome Core'dinations projects!

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Tanis said...

It always AMAZES me how much detail you put into your posts!!

BEAUTIFUL projects :)

Jenn said...

WOW! you put a lot of time into this projects and it shows

Unknown said...

Gorgeous Mel! I thought just the card was amazing, but now that I see the whole set together...WOW!

froggygal81 said...

I love this...great job !

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

My goodness what an awesome post!!!! Thank you for all the work you did - the tutorial, templates and how to's!

LOVE that black with purple core'd paper! YUM!!!!

Josephine said...

You put so much effort into showing how you achieved your result. Thank you! It's beautiful.

Candy said...

Great job!! You put so much into your directions!! Thank you!!

Pamela Smerker said...

Another absolutely AMAZING project and step by step!

Unknown said...

Another WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I bookmarked this and will be back often. Thanks

Eva said...

WOW, WOW and more WOW....Mel, you amaze me and you have to be the most generous crafter giving away all your templates...Love everything you create and I mean, EVERYTHING!!!

Betty said...

what an amount of work you put into this and the instructions and visuals are so detailed - this is definitely bookmarked. thank you! Betty

Nathalia Castellon said...

WOW! Amazing! Though I'm not shocked, you always manage to give me the nicest surprises when I come to you blog. I'm definitely going to be using your basket template, it's wonderful! :)

Sarah J Moerman said...

WOW!!! What a GORGEOUS card and STUNNING gift basket!!! Thank you for all the detailed instructions. I'm blown away!

June Houck said...

Beautiful! How long does it take you to post? I am awed and thankful for your thoroughness :)

Love the bird story *almost* as much as your lovely projects!

Michelle said...

WOW!! Thanks for the details, tutorials, and templartes!

Lydia said...

Wow holy smokes that is a a whole class of info, Great projects love the basket!

Unknown said...

You amaze me, Mel! Fabulous job!

Celeste B. said...

WOW!!! Gorgeous project and I love all your tutorials and patterns.

Priscilla said...

I'm hopping. Love your blog,Mel. This Bird gift set is amazing. You are incredible.

Shawninaz said...

What an amazing post, thank you!!!

Nicole Maki said...

Wow. There was an incredible number of tips, giveaways, ideas and inspiration in this post.

Thanks to you, I embossed printer ink for the first time and I think it may be my favorite technique ever.

Love the basket and card - think I might make one.

Ewik21 said...

WOW! you put a lot of time into this projects! Thanks Ewa

Shawna said...

WOW! I am speechless. WONDERFUL projects and so detailed! Can't wait for more!

Julie said...

What fantastic projects! Thanks for the tutorials and templates, and all the work you've put into them.
Julie x

Kim Etherington said...

Love the purple with blk with purple showing through. That Thank You Martha medallion is a neat idea. Love the purple stitching and pretty birdies.

Heidi said...

wow! what an incredible post! so much useful information! thanks for sharing and this all looks really beautiful!!

Steph Jacobson said...

Wow! I am amazed at how many projects you were able to complete. They're all fabulous! (And thanks for all the tutorials!)

*Alison* said...

HOLY MOLY!!! WOW!! I can't believe how amazing this is.. You can tell this took a lot of talent to come up with.. Your time is appreicated..

Dragonlady said...

Wow Mel

This is an amzing tutorial with everything we need for that absolutely fabulous creation.

I love it.

Ali x

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

LOVE the fact that you are always so willing to share everything! I do appreciate it! This is a great project.

noora said...

Thank you for the instructions!! Beautiful!

Unknown said...

Wow that was long but awesome. Thanks so much for the tutorial!

Teri said...

Amazing! And downloads to boot! Too good to be true! Thanks!

connie said...

I have to agree with some of the others - your work is so detailed. Beautiful projects and thanks for the tutorials!

Katy said...

beautiful! I love the birds and can't wait to try your tutorial! You put a lot of work into this!

csroyal said...

Amazing creations! Amazing directions and tips! Thanks, Mel! You Rock!

Gina said...

So cool!!!! lOVE the template! Great post! Be back tomorrow!

Shauna K said...

looove it! that Martha Stewart template is fab :D

Yelowflower said...

WOW the details you have shared are Awesome!!!

wonderful project! thanks for sharing!!!

Marijke said...

Wow Mel, this post is amazing! So nice you show us how to do these gorgeous projects!

Hilde Aaslund aka Scoobie said...

Thank you for the really great tutorials. Love them!

Patricia said...

I love it thanks for the tutorial

Sarah A said...

Wow, you are so talented! These projects are gorgeous!!

Sarah x

Unknown said...

Oh My Goodness...awesome tutorial.

cal8007 said...

Awesome as always Mel! I love coming to your blog to see what's new or modified LOL. Thanks for the opp to win Core'dinations paper!


Amanda Profumo said...

W.O.W. Very nice and super creative. Thanks so much for the patterns and tutorials!

Maxene said...

Oh mi goodness.... you are the Queen Mother of Papercrafting!!!!

nannette13 said...

Great projects! Thank you for sharing the templates and directions with us! The starlings just wanted to visit with your brilliance! lol

Scrappinology said...

Thank you for the tutorials on such a great project! I just love the basket and I get so excited when I see your emails in my in box because I know it means something good!


Alice said...

love the basket so much!! it's so pretty, thanks for the magnificent project!!

reen said...

WOW! My first trip to your blog. Let me say it again, WOW!

Karen said...

Beautiful card and basket. Love the colors. Your blog is always such a wealth of information. I appreciate all the time you must put in to be able to share so much with us.

Sue McRae said...

Wow, what a great tutorial! It's so nice to have that many pics for visual aid!

SchuCo Designs said...

love the hanging birds and the detailed how to!
Thanks for sharing.

Carey said...

So Great! I love the whole project.

Tricia said...

holy moly you have some stunning projects here today! I just love what you did and the color combos ROCK MY WORLD! Thanks for the templates too!

Kimberly's Krafts said...

Awesome work and such beauty! Great job and thank you for the tutorial's!! You Rock! :)

StacyC said...

Wow, what an awesome job... Thanks for the tutorial on how to make it and for the template...

shawnte said...

amazing!!! love th colors and detail. can't wait to try this.

Rona said...

What a great tutorial!! I love Core'dinations paper and I have never tried coloring after I sanded so I will definately have to try that. What great tips!! Can't wait to get my hands on some whitewash so I can try the embossing as well. Wonderful projects! thanks for the inspiration!!

Michelle said...

What a fabulous project! Love your basket and card!

pat15 said...

Beautiful! So much detail. I love it.

Steph Zerbe said...

Holy moly you are my kind of poster. Many pics! I love it! And all the details you give us are awesome! Beautiful projects. I love the colors and all the embossing and sanding. Great job.♥

KyJeJe said...

Very nice basket set. Thank you for also posting the instructions.

Tiffany Heilman said...

Love those birdies hanging from the basket. much work went into these projects.

Jamiecrafts said...

holy cow that is awesome, i will so be back here!!!

Echo said...

As always, another super cool super eye catching project! I love your blog and have been following for a while now. I am so super inspired by you!

Marla said...

Very cute basket!!!!!!!!!!!

Susan Grapengater said...

WOW! This is so detailed, about how you do your projects! Thanks!

Tina said...

Beautiful projects! TFS.

cindy said...

Great technique and step by step instructions! Great project, can't wait to try it myself!

JessicaK said...

Wow! 1) AMAZING set! 2) Thank you so much for the visual tutorial. 3) You totally rocked this!

Allison Rankin said... your birdies! I know you worked so hard on that box but I find the card striking. Love the mix of elements and the layout here!

java diva said...

Holy wowzers! I love your templates, but this is the best yet! All the detail! I want to try this so bad. And I can't believe how many great tips I got out of this. Thank you!!

Allison Cope said...

Holy crow... no pun intended! That's fabulous Mel! Love all the elements,tutorials and templates! Thanks!

Dawn T said...

WOW - thanks for all the lovely tips and tricks for making these wonderful cards etc. Awesome!!! Bookmarking your site so will be back

Irit Shalom said...

great tutorial!! thans!! see you tomorrow

Anne said...

OMG this is astonishing! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Basket, birds and that amazing text thingie - wow!

Connie Neal said...

As always I learn so much from your posts! You have amazing talent

Jane said...

gorgeous! love it!!

Nancyroo said...

gorgeous project! thanks for the step by step and templates!

dstandard said...

What genius work! You totally rocked the core'dinations and you little projects are just awesome!

cheryl l. said...

Love the colors! Very, very nice!

Melody (lacyquilter) said...

Wonderful projects and great tutorials.

Diana said...

Oh my gosh, what fabulous projects in purple and great post. Thanks!

Michelle said...

gorgeous project and fantastic tutorial! TFS mel!

Wendy K. said...

I love that basket and the details on your card are amazing!

Anonymous said...

WOOOOOOOWWWW! Where were you when I needed help with wedding favors? LOL! I bow down to the master...

Karen AKA Soccerboyzmom said...

wow thanks for the tutorial and the basket. I think that can make a nice gift.

Carrie Gaskin said...

WOW Mel - how long does it take you to make a post? Holy dinah!

Kathlene said...

If I can't be your very best buddy/next door neighbor, I'd at least like to be a tiny little (friendly) spider on your wall to watch you create these amazing works of art! This little basket is sooooo cute! Also, thanks to your inspiration, I STITCHED on a card (it's on my blog--can you tell I'm proud LOL!) Thanks so much Mel for your generous sweet self.

Julie said...

great tutorials....

Cathy said...

Oh my word! Beautiful project and an amazing tutorial!

kathy s said...

wow- these projects are amazing and that paper looks so great with the colours coming through- those little birds are so sweet and thanks for all the patterns etc.

♥ Sonja Bekker ♥ said...

hAI MEL,o I JUST LOVE WHAT YOU HAVE MADE WITH YOUR IDEAS FOR CAARDAVARKS!!! My goodness what you can make with the lovely Core’dinations.this is just what I needed for my blog,that is soooooo boring.thanks for your projects.

big hugs