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I just wanted to share some cute projects by Cindy Schuster 2014–2015 Artisan Design Team


I know what you’re saying! “Spring???” But it’s never too early to start thinking about springtime to help get you through the winter blues. All you have to do is open the Stampin’ Up! occasions catalog and you can find all kinds of products to get you excited for spring

photo 1I created two spring garden-themed projects using the Berry Basket Bigz L Die (item # 137366),From the Garden Stamp Set (item # 137139), and Handpicked Framelits Dies(137361).
My first project showcases the adorable berry basket. It’s really easy to make! I used Kraft card stock (item # 133674) because its heavier weight was perfect for holding my potted violets. Be sure to watch the instructional video    to learn how to put the basket together.
I used Fast Fuse (item # 129026) to adhere the Hello Honey 3/8” Satin Stitched Ribbon (item # 133671) to the top edge of the basket. Then I finished it off with Tea Lace Paper Doilies (item # 129399) and striped banners made using Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (item # 137784) and Rich Razzleberry card stock (item # 115316). I stamped the adorable little garden marker image using Rich Razzleberry (item # 126950) and Wild Wasabi (item # 126959) ink. Then I cut it out using the Big Shot (item # 113439) and the Handpicked Framelits Dies.

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photo 3I also used the Berry Basket Bigz L Die to create a card/tiny gift that would be perfect for a vegetable or flower gardener. For the background, I used the Wild Wasabi striped pattern in the Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper
First, I cut one side of the basket from Kraft card stock and added an additional score line 1/4" below the original score line. Then I cut a piece of Whisper White card stock for the basket’s scalloped edge trim. I added a couple of additional score lines using my Paper Trimmer (as shown). Be sure to have 11 scallops in between with two scallops on each side. Next, I stapled them together, using Fast Fuse to adhere the tab to the card.

photo 4This side view shows you how to a form a card pocket. It’s large enough to hold up to two seed packets. I wrapped each seed packet with a Tea Lace Paper Doily and Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (item # 134586).
I made the little garden markers from the same stamp set and Framelits Dies using Hello Honey (item # 133643), Rich Razzleberry, and Wild Wasabi ink.

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photo 6I hope that these projects inspire you to snap out of the winter blues and embrace spring. It’s just around the corner!
Cindy Schuster
2014–2015 Artisan Design Team

Thank you Cindy- If you have questions email me at sandragrimes@tampabay.rr.com or want to order go to www.sandragrimes.stampinup.net 

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