Today I want to show you an Easter Basket that I made to feature some of the Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower dies. I just love flowers, and I love how easy it is to make very lifelike flowers (ones that don’t fade or wilt) using my Susan’s Garden dies. My basket features the Tulip dies and the Narcissus/Paperwhite dies (there is actually a separate Daffodil die, but I don’t have it).
This was such a fun and easy project! I started by making 3 pink tulips and 3 yellow daffodils. I used my Sizzix Big Shot to cut the pieces. I love how quickly you can cut the pieces by taking advantage of the extended platform, etc. I don’t have the Susan’s Garden Daffodil die, but I did have the Narcissus/Paperwhite dies and I thought that they would be close enough for this purpose. I think that both flowers turned out great. I previously did a post using the narcissus/paperwhite dies. You can find that post here. The tulips were super simple to make. They are a little different in that the calyx actually ends up inside the flower (as opposed to the outside). This is very easily done. You need to dry the partially-completed tulip upside down in a Susan’s Garden flower pot to achieve the usual tightly cupped shape. Also to make the life-like stamens for both flowers, you need to dip them into a “pollen” (orange for the daffodils, yellow for the tulips). Please see this short video for a few tips on how to complete the tulips.
As always, the Sizzix website contains detailed instructions (including a video) on how to complete and assemble the flowers. The instructions are great and the steps are easy to follow. Be sure that you have a good tool kit – I like the Sizzix tool kit — it contains all of the tools and all of the mats that you need to make the flowers. My only concern with the dies is that the small dies very easily “leak” from the cute envelopes that Sizzix packages them in (both the old and new styles). For extra security, I place my dies on small magnetic sheets (pre-cut to be business card sized), and I enclose those in a small zipper top bag inside the Sizzix envelope. I’m not taking any chances! Note that most of the Susan’s Garden dies are thinlits dies, and so they will work in almost any die cutting machine.
Once the flowers were fully dry, I attached stem wire. I’m sure there are many methods to do this — mine was very simple. I cut a short length of 20 gauge stem wire, and a 1/2″ circle of paper (the same green as I used for the leaves and calyx). I punched a hole in the center of the circle with a 1/8″ hole punch. This was more than large enough to accommodate the wire. I wrapped the wire tightly around a pair of needle-nosed pliers to create a little “knot” that wouldn’t be able to pass through that 1/8″ hole, and then I placed a piece of 1/2″ Scor-Tape on top of the circle (on top of the knot too), and attached the stem wire to the flower head. The 20 gauge wire is firm enough to hold the flower upright, but also easily bent to allow adjustment in the flower. This is a picture of the flowers attached to the floral wire
Once the flowers were on stems, I created a little “bundle” with the flower and some leaves and buds that I purchased to go with them. I knew that I would need some green “filler” for my basket, so I purchased something with similar leaves, etc. to what would be found on a tulip or daffodil. The stems I purchased were much longer than what I needed, so I had to cut them back accordingly. This is a picture of one of the bundles that I created –
I assembled the basket by first placing the eggs and the “critters”, and then adding flowers where it made sense. Here is an early picture of the basket
Note that it took only six of the flower bundles to make the basket look full without over-filling it — I wanted each flower to show and to not get “lost”. I added the small violet groupings (I separated flower picks to make them) to tie everything together. (I wanted to use the Susan’s Garden violets, but they were just too large.) I added a bow and a banner to complete the project.
To make the banner, I cut the small eggs using the smallest size in the set of Docrafts Egg dies and my Sizzix Big Shot. I also cut a small flag for each egg. I needed a total of twelve flags — one for each letter needed to spell out “Happy Easter”, plus an additional center flag to separate the words. I stamped the letters using the “Banner Alphabet” stamp set by My Favorite Things and Espresso Truffle Memento ink. The butterfly was punched from a Martha Stewart butterfly punch. I folded the butterfly in the center to make it dimensional, and added a couple of rhinestones for interest. I attached each egg to a banner using low dimensional adhesive. I punched two 1/8″ holes at the top of each flag, and strung them together on 1/8″ ribbon. I thought it looked best to push the flags together and overlap them slightly. The banner was a better fit for the basket this way. Pictures of the banner are below –
The banner was easily attached to the basket with the extra ribbon (I tied it to the handles). I used a few glue dots to keep the individual flags in place.
Once you are able to complete the simple tasks needed to create any of the Susan’s Garden flowers, they really do go together quickly and easily. There are unlimited uses for the flowers, and I know that you’ll enjoy finding new and creative ways to use your favorites.
Supply list –
Sizzix Big Shot
Sizzix Susan’s Garen Tulip and Narcissus dies
pink, yellow, black and green heavyweight smooth cardstock
Scotch quick-dry adhesive
Sizzix Susan’s Garden Tool Kit (contains the tools and mats needed to make flowers)
Sizzix Susan’s Garden flower pots
Yellow Pan Pastel
Yellow and Orange Woodland Scenics pollen
Copic Marker – 100 (black)
Scor-Tape by Scor-Pal
20 gauge stem wire
Styrofoam block for center of basket
easter eggs (mine look like they are wrapped with burlap string)
purchased stems with leaves and buds, violet stems, bunny and chick
assorted cardstock for banner
Docrafts (X-Cut) Egg dies
Verve small banner dies
My Favorite Things “Banner Alphabet” stamp set
Memento Espresso Truffle ink
1/8″ hole punch
thin dimensional adhesive
Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!