In Stamping Mode

Monday, October 20, 2008

A tisket a tasket...

...a Christmas gift basket! That's my best attempt at coming up with a clever title for this blog entry, hehe. The other day while I was perusing through Michael's, I came upon the cutest little white tin basket and it was only 2 bucks! It literally was screaming at me to "take me home and embellish me...PLEASE!" Ok, probably not, but it was a good excuse to buy it at the time. I knew that I wanted to play with my punches and decided to make some holly. I thought that I could just easily do this with an oval punch and the scallop edge but that....didn't work. :) Anyway this post will be long and with lots of pictures if you are interested in seeing how I made my holly leaves. Here's the picture of the tin basket though!

A close-up of the holly

And I just had to make a card to match!

A picture of them both together

I think this would make a cute gift for someone. You could fill the basket with candies or cookies, or ...a gift from Tiffany's? Throw me a bone...a girl can dream! :)

All supplies Stampin' Up! on the card. I finally whipped out my Handsome Hunter...he's so handsome but oh so neglected!
Stamps: Best Yet
Paper: Handsome Hunter, Whisper White
Ink: Riding Hood Red
Accessories: Button Bouquet, Riding Hood Red taffeta ribbon, Build a Brad, Seasonal Sayings rub-ons, Dazzling Diamonds

Read on for instructions on the holly:

Cut your cardstock to 1 3/4" x 3 1/2" and fold in half lengthwise like so

Take your shiny new 1 3/4" circle punch and slid folded cardstock in punch such that 1/4 of the inside is not shown (make sure that the top of the fold is NOT in the center of your punch) Punch on both ends.

Open up your cardstock and it should look like this

Then grab your 3/4" circle punch and center it along one of the sides and punch a small sliver out like so

Make 2 more additional punches on either side rounding out the straight edges

Do the same on the other side and you end up with this!

I hope this is a technique new to you because I have never seen it before! I'm sure it's been done though...what hasn't?!

Happy Stamping!


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Anonymous said...

This is too cool! Thanks for the instructions!

Donna Baker said...

I've never seen punched holly leaves before! tfs - oh and I saw this cute tin at HL last week and never could think of what to do with it, though. LOVE what you made - esp the card (unique berries)

Andrea said...

Wow! That is awesome!! I've got to try this! Thanks for sharing!!

Anonymous said...

what a cute set - am going to go home and try the holly thing

Robin Perry said...

Thank you for the holly leaf tutorial!

Liz Goldhawk said...

The card and tin are fantastic! Thanks so much for the holly leaf tutorial!

Angie said...

I love the way the basket and card coordinate. How cute! You a super job with the instructions. TFS!

Amy J said...

What a great idea to make the holly! Very ingenious!

Amy J

Two Happy Stampers said...

What a wonderful idea! Thanks so much for sharing the idea and providing directions!

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love your holly leaf. It's so crisp and pointy ... just like a holly leaf should be. I also love the way you frosted the edges. Thanks for sharing your great punch idea!!

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