Saturday, August 25, 2012

Something A Little Different This Time!


I may have mentioned it before but many years ago when I retired in 2001 I had no clue that I would be making art out of paper.  I first started making boxes and bags.  I used to belong to Groups where some of the members drew templates and they would share them with us.  But in order to make anything with them I had to learn a new program.  So I chose Paint Shop Pro (PSP).  After a couple of years I wanted to learn how to draw templates so I taught myself how to draw using PSP.  So I did this for about 6 years.  I have drawn many templates.   And would love to share them with you.

I wanted to start off easy so I used a container that I call a basket that will hold whatever you like that is light in weight.  I made two of them.  One is using a Halloween theme.  And the other has more of an Asian flair to it.  I made two for each theme so that the inside is decorative too plus it makes them more sturdy.  I will show you photos of them with nothing in them.  And photos with Halloween snacks and Potpourri.  I will also share all the details with you below the photos.

If you are interested in the template you can go to my personal blog to get the download link for the template and  the instructions on how to put it together.   It was fun deviating from making a card to making these containers.  I have to do this type of crafting  more often in the future.

Halloween Basket

Halloween Basket Front view

Halloween Basket Inside

Halloween Filled Basket


Potpourri Basket


Potpourri Basket Side View

Potpourri Basket Long View

Potpourri Basket Filled

Products used:  Stickles Glitter Glue, Glitter Dust, Glitter Tape*, Papers and wooden beads for the legs are from my stash.  I painted the wooden beads using Adirondack Acrylic Paint Dabbers (Citrus and Watermelon.

*Purchased from Cutters Creek as a monthly club purchase.  You can contact Kim Bush of Cutters Creek if you are interested in purchasing the Glitter Tape or joining some of the clubs.    This pr0duct is amazing!

 I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects and how versatile the basket is for many things. And Cutters Creek sells beautiful papers that may inspire you to make one of these baskets or something similar.  Check out all the beautiful papers.  Here are a few for you to view:  Graphic 45, My Minds EyeTim Holtz.  And if you want to add some awesome dimension to your projects check out the NEW Cherry Lynn Designs.  In addition, go and see all the new CHA 2012 New Releases!

Thank you for stopping by,

fran red


  1. Fran those trays are fabulous! I will visit your blog tomorrow to look for the templates.

  2. OMG, these are just TERRIFIC!!!!! I love the idea, and the paper choices. The glitter is fabulous!
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. I am SO SO GLAD to see you "crafting" more... This is fabulous! We got back from our trip for the funeral, and I started my new job the very next day. I am truly having a difficult time finding crafting time for myself so I am enjoying the inspriations you are sharing! THANK YOU!!

  4. What gorgeous projects- I love the baskets and the papers you used! Off to visit your blog.....

  5. Wow, these baskets are so cool!!! You are very kind to give the templates!


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