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Friday, April 15, 2011

It's A Basket Case Blog Hop!! Day 1 -- More than just your ordinary Easter Basket... (and Blog Candy!)

Welcome, welcome, welcome to Day 1 of the "It's a Basket Case" Blog Hop presented by the very-talented Rhonda of Scrap Happens!!  I am so excited and honored to be a part of Rhonda's very first blog hop (thank you, Rhonda!)!!  If you are hopping along with us today, and you've arrived from Serenity Scrappers, then you are in the right place!!  If you've just happened upon my blog by chance, you'll definitely want to START HERE to hop along with us and see all of the amazingly creative projects my blogger buddies have designed for you today (if you get lost along the way, you can find the whole Blog Hop list below)!!  Be sure to leave a comment if you like what you see, as I have some Blog Candy for you to win (details below)!!  Now onto my project...
I wanted to create an Easter Basket since it is, after all, a basket case blog hop...   But this one has a special SURPRISE!!
The basket top can be removed to reveal...
It's an Explosion Basket!!  :)
The weaving brought me back to my elementary school days and Art Class (which I loved)...  I weaved 1x4 strips of Clay cardstock into 4x4 squares and attached them to the four outside panels of the box...  Each strip of cardstock was inked with chocolate to give it a little extra dimension...
I made the lid for my explosion box and then added the 1.5" strips all the way around...  This created a little 'lip' to hold the grass and chocolate eggs (the top of the lid only comes to where that center strip is)...  I used brads to attach the handle -- this made it much easier to lift the basket top off and reveal the inside...  The-Girl-Child told me it really needed those punched flowers, so those were a late addition to my project -- She was right!!  Those little flowers added a cute touch!!  :)
When the box is fully open, there is plenty of room to add little pictures or mementos -- I had so much fun adding the ribbons and embellishments to each layer...  If you placed just one picture on each decorated square (excluding the 'woven' outsides), you would have room for THIRTY-THREE pictures!!  What a GREAT way to show off your Easter pictures!!  :)
Since there obviously needed to be a few more surprises (hee hee), I also added four tag pockets (complete with tags) to the outside layer...  That's room for EIGHT more pictures (one on each side of the four tags) or some journaling!!
There's even plenty of room to add a small gift or gift card to the center of the box (or maybe some more chocolate???)...
When you're all done showing off your pictures, it folds right back up into a basket...  And did I mention that while I did use several punches and some of my favorite embossing folders, there is not a single Cricut cut on this project???  When I realized that, I was kind of amazed...  So if you don't own a Cricut, YOU can make one of these (be sure to come back tomorrow for a special announcement about my Explosion Box tutorial!!)...
I hope you have enjoyed my project for the first day of Rhonda's Hop...  Now...  What's a Hop without some Blog Candy???  Well, I have some for ya!!  Unfortunately, I've reached my photo limit on blogger for the moment, so I'll be back to post a picture of the goodies in a bit...  But you can enter to WIN my Blog Candy by leaving a comment below!!  You do not have to have a blog to win, but please leave a link if you DO have one, as I'd love to stop over and see you too!!  While I don't require you to be a follower to win my candy, I'd love for you to do so if you enjoy what you see here...

Remember to stop back tomorrow to see what I've created for Day 2 of the "It's a Basket Case" Blog Hop and for another chance to WIN some Easter-themed blog candy!!  :)

Next, you're off to the talented LIZ at Tryin' to 2 Craft (trust me, she's succeeding!!)...  So hop, hop, HOP, and I'll see ya tomorrow!!  Until then, may your day be Hoppin' Grand!!  :)

In case you get lost along the way, here's a list of Rhonda's talented participants:
** Now for the small print (it's always here, isn't it???) -- To be eligible for my "It's a Basket Case" Blog Hop Candy you need to leave a comment on this post (if you don't know how to get to the comment box, CLICK HERE)...  For a second chance to win, please come back tomorrow and leave a comment on the post for Day 2 of the "It's a Basket Case" Blog Hop too...  The winner will be selected and posted on April 18th (later in the day rather than sooner, cuz I'm pretty useless before I've drowned myself with caffeine!)...  Selected winner will have SEVEN (7) whole days to claim the prize or it will be re-gifted, possibly to the Easter Bunny, even though it contains no actual food candy, though he probably has enough of that, but probably to another comment participant...  This drawing is held in happy spirits with good intentions, so please enter with the same...  Here ends the fine print. :)

62 comments:

BunnyFreak said...

Love the explosion basket.

phstennisfan said...

Great Job! love the work.

Kel said...

WOW.. absolutely gorgeous.. even BEFORE you open the exploding box.. great work.. absolutely fantastic!

Trish and Treasure said...

Hi, I'm just popping in to meet you. I'm already a follower and I'm here on the Love Link Up Party from K Andrews.Have a great day. Hope to see you over at mine!
Hugs from Gold Coast, Australia
Trish Munro
http://trishandtreasure.blogspot.com/

Darlene said...

WOW!! oh my! That is one fabulous basket and box!

Darlene
desaucier at bellsouth dot net

Rhonda Emery said...

wow friend you out did yourself this is so beautiful and creative love it.

Kathy said...

... your idea is so cool - creative plus innovative. I love the way I learn new, different ideas from blogs such as this!!!

Gloria Westerman said...

Oh I love this....became a follower so I wouldn't miss anything you create.....b/c this is fabulous....and I want to learn how you made it.....will be back tomorrow for your tutorial....just in time for Easter.....yippee....tfs

jrugg said...

WOW-what a great idea! Very creative-love the basket!

Jean said...

This is great!! Love all of the details.

Sherrie K. said...

Oh, Wow!! i just gotta make an explosion box! This is fantastic. I love the colors and everything about it!! Thanks for sharing..awesome job!!
Sherrie K
http://sherriescraps.blogspot.com

Judy Evors said...

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!TFS

Esther said...

WOW, that basket is just awesome!!! Love it!!

Minta's Creations said...

Wow! this is awesome...
Great to be hopping with you today!
Hugs,
Minta

Carol said...

Fabulous explosion box! Great hopping with you today, TFS

Flamenco92627 said...

Oh my gosh that is so freakin AWESOME!!! I love that idea! It is beautiful and I love the weaving too.

Tammy said...

This is fabulous explosion box. I love how you made it a basket...wowzers!
Enjoying the hop with you.
smiles....Tammy
tamminniesdesigns.blogspot.com

Tanya said...

Absolutely love this!!

Tanya
phenis2031 at yahoo dot com
http://scrappylandusa.blogspot.com

Audrey Frelx said...

What a great idea -- an explosion basket!!! Love it! tfs!

Paper Panther and Rayna said...

Holy Crap this is AMAZING!! It blew my mind- great work :) Paper Panther

Besthobbyeva said...

Wow, this is something else. Fantastic really!! Just amazing!! Your detail is unreal! It fun hoppping with you!!

Laurie
serenityscrappers

Liz said...

Love love love this basket,,er explosion box, er basket?? LOL I am going to have to find a tutorial on how to make these.

Lizabratt(at)comcast.net
www.tryin2craft.blogspot.com

K Andrew said...

hahah! i love IT!
Thank you so much for linking up to my party--I hope it brought you lots of new bloggie friends!

Big Cricky Hugs,
K Andrew of Getting Cricky!

Sheila said...

Wow!! I don't think I've ever seen a more elaborate explosion box! That's so awesome!

http://2pawprints.blogspot.com

{PaperCrafterAnonymous} said...

WOW! Fantastic doesn't even begin to describe it.. Wonderful, I am intimidated by explosion boxes..
New Follower, thanks for visiting my blog.

4kids4 said...

Oh, this is terrific! The basket is lovely enough...but the surprise inside is equally stunning! I love that you inked it with "chocolate" ink! LOL I remember weaving paper strips too...oh, the memories! TFS!

~Sharon C.

alwayscharlie said...

It's wonderful! I love the explosion box but the surprise basket makes it even better!

Lara said...

This is stunning! What an inspiration!lclass003 at gmail dot com

Janet said...

This is absolutely beautiful I love hoe you created the basket weave. I would never have guessed it was an explosion box . I love it. TFS
http://ladyluvbug.blogspot.com/

pruttybird said...

That is one incredible explosion box. What a treat :) TFS

pruttybird at comcast dot net

missrantsypants said...

I love that explosion basket! Havent seen anything like it.


clarkmurdock@yahoo.com

CraftyJAR said...

That is just beautiful! Lots of pretty paper!

Kaitlin said...

Love your explosion box!:)

Kaitlin
angel1694@comcast.net
http://cupcakesandcards.blogspot.com/

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

This is amazing! Great work!

Kris said...

Aren't you the clever one! Love the explosion basket! Sweeeeeeeet! TFS!

Kris in Alaska
funamom at yahoo dot com

McVic said...

wow- this is amazing!! Cant wait to see how you made it!! Ill be back for that for sure!
kacee
mcvicwif@yahoo.com

Cricut Design Chicks SWARM said...

awesome.. i have never made an explosian box -perhaps it's time! became a new follower.. will be back to search out more inspiration
parkernana5@cox.net'
http://mybugandmecreate.blogspot.com

Rhonda Emery said...

love the jellybean jar. you really out did yourself on this hop. such beautiful projects. thank you for being apart of my first blog hop. Also thank you for your help it means alot. hugs

Kate said...

WOW!! I was super impressed with the woven basket to begin with, but what an amazing surprise to find it's an explosion box too!! It looks fantastic! What a labour of love this must have been - but well worth the effort!
(I never knew there was a photo limit on Blogger. Thanks for the heads-up.)

Tami B. said...

Amy, this is fantastic! It sure had me fooled.

Celeste said...

Oh woww such great projects

Scrappy Beads said...

"Momo Sent Me"... Just poppin' in to say "Hi"... and take a look around. My first time here and a new follower... *Ü*. I'm looking forward to visiting with you often.
**Lots of Hugs**
Deborah
http://www.scrappybeads.blogspot.com
P.S. I ♥ your creativity... *Ü*!

Michele's Scrapy Creations said...

love it! I so need to make one myself after seeing your and everybody else

shersl84bed said...

Wow, that is awesome. I never would have guessed by the outside of your basket that it was an exploding box. That is fabulous. Great job.

Smiles Sher
ShersL84bed@aol.com

Cyndi S said...

Love your explosion basket.
cstephenson at q dot com

Babe O'Mara said...

What a great explosion box. Nice job. Thanks for sharing.

Babe
youiesmom@att.net

Lynne said...

What a wonderful combination. I really like how you have draped the candy.

Just A Pac Rat said...

Beautiful basket but look really complicated. Thanks for sharing it with us.

circlebenterprises.blogspot.com

Tara said...

Oh my goodness I was lovin' it thinking it was a basket and then once I read on and saw that pictures my mouth dropped open! Such an amazgin project :)

Sandy S. said...

Wow..... absolutely beautiful! Look forward to seeing more of your creations. I found you through Made by Momo's blog followers post. Following now! =)
Sandy
http://thecraftycreationspot.blogspot.com

jengd said...

Wonderful idea! I'm running a bit late but trying to finish popping through the Getting Cricky hop.

pennyd said...

Amy, thanks for the kind words about my explosion box. I love your explosion basket! I look forward to the tutorial. I've become a follower of yours as well!

Ginny said...

OMG this is FANTASTIC!!!!

sharon said...

This is SO SO COOL!!!!! :)

sonyaeverding said...

ok I decided on the easter basket box as my favorite. YOU ARE SO CREATIVE!!!!! I love these ideas, the pool was adorable...and the birds nest is absolutely beautiful.

Suzanne cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com said...

How cute is that! I am definitely going to be watching what you do next. They are all amazing.
cricutcraftingrammyblogspot.com

Eva said...

Wow Amy...You are so creative...I am sorry I missed this hop but gald you linked to this basket for the hop I am on...how awesome and inspiring...I so want to try one of these now.
Eva :0)

Pammie Kay said...

Amazing! so glad I found you (thanks Yolie!) here from How neat is that hop

Judy said...

This is so, so , so wonderful!! Wouldn't it be fun for the grandkids!

rhayhurst said...

WOW! The basket explosion box is absolutely AMAZING!!

Lady Fair said...

Wow, this is awesome, and a great way to hide a special treat.
TFS!

lflinesatcomcastdotnet

Laura (tweetyb) said...

Holy Moly!! ANOTHER amazing project!! Absolutely gorgeous!!
♥ Laura ♥
tweetyb@satx.rr.com
http://laurascraftsandmore.blogspot.com/

 
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