Picnic Treats

Stampin' Up! picnic-themed goodies and handmade card - paper picnic basket with Wood Textures dsp stack, treat container, basket weave, watermelon, Cool Treats, Tabs for Everything - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Here’s my final Creative Crew project for July. Make sure you check out the Creative Crew gallery to see everyone’s projects for the month. It’s a great gallery!

For the Inspired to Create challenge, I started with the picnic basket from this inspiration photo.

Stampin' Up! Wood Textures dsp stack, basket weave paper picnic basket, watermelon candy treat container, Tabs for Everything

For the picnic basket, I started with 1/2″ strips of one design of the Wood Textures dsp stack. I wove these together until I thought I could make a basket out of it. I glued the ends so the woven paper would stay in place, then cut off any excess paper. I cut flaps, as if making a box, folded it all together, and adhered with Tear & Tape. Then decorated the basket.

Stampin' Up! Wood Textures dsp stack, basket weave paper picnic basket, watermelon candy treat container, Tabs for Everything

The doily has to go on first. Then I cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler cardstock for the bottom of the inside of the basket and one for each of the short ends (this is mainly to cover up the doily scraps on the inside of the basket, because the doily is folded in). I cut 1/2″ strips of a contrasting paper (the same paper I used for the handle) and curved these around the outside corners (to hide uneven holes in the basket weave and reinforce the basket).

Important! Fill your basket with treats before giving it a handle — it’s prettier this way (I tried it the other way). After the treats were in, I added a 1/2″ x 6″ strip of the contrasting paper for the handle. Then I put the ribbon around the top edge of the basket with Tear & Tape. I put the largest size of Clear Faceted Gems on where the handle meets the basket.

For the treat bag inside, I used a 3-3/4″ x 6″ cello bag (not SU). I put it inside the basket to fill it to make sure I didn’t end up overfilling it. I tied it closed with the ribbon. For the tag, I used strips of Whisper White cardstock and the wood paper. The gingham print on the tag is from the Tabs For Everything stamp set (the stamp with a bunch of horizontal lines — stamp it once, then turn it 90 degrees and stamp again). The watermelon rind is a scalloped circle stamp from Tabs for Everything. I colored it in with the Flirty Flamingo marker. Then I stamped the watermelon seeds (candle flames stamp from Tabs for Everything) in Memento Tuxedo Black and punched out the watermelon with the 3/4″ circle punch. “You’re Sweet” comes from Sweet Cupcake.

Stampin' Up! simple watermelon candy treat packaging, Tabs for Everything, 1/4" Double Stitched Ribbon - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts


This cello bag is done mostly the same as the one in the picnic basket, but the “Fresh Treats” comes from the Wood Words stamp set.

Stampin' Up! handmade card, Cool Treats, watermelon & picnic table paper piecing - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

I made the card last, just for fun. I decided to stay with the same colors, even though Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy, and Flirty Flamingo don’t jump out at me as “hey, great color combo!”. For the picnic table cloth, I started with 1/4″ strips of Cherry Cobbler cardstock and glued down the vertical strips first (those are 2″ tall, spaced about 1/2″ apart). For the horizontal strips, I started with the top one and worked my way down. I glued the last strip to the bottom of the card and then cut off the excess.

The watermelon is cut using the Stitched Shapes framelits. I free-cut the seeds with Snips.

I hope my Creative Crew projects have inspired you to go make something! It’s going to be hot today; you might as well stay inside and craft. #onlyfourmoremonthsofsummer


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Colorful Day

Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons bundle with Color Theory and Wood Texture papers - shaker card - handmade retirement card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

Hey, there! It has taken me a good week to get back on my feet after my stupid stomach decided to freak out on me. I was on the couch for several days, but then it took several days to catch up on things around the house. So I’m finally back, feeling fine and ready for lots more papercrafts.

Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons bundle with Color Theory and Wood Texture papers - shaker card - handmade retirement card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

This was my final Creative Crew project at Splitcoaststampers for June. The challenge here was to make a project using strong summer colors. Yes, please, and thank you. Bold brights are my favorites! I wanted to use the Color Theory suite from the new catalog for my card. I’d barely touched this suite, and it had been calling my name. A few weeks ago, I’d tried to make a surprise shaker card that was very similar to this, but I wasn’t happy with the result. So I re-made the card, changing the colors and discarding the “surprise” part.

The window frame and the wood floors are both made from the Wood Textures DSP stack. I cut the window using the Hearth & Home framelits. I’ve had these for probably a year and a half and never used them! I just couldn’t come up with anything, so I’m glad I finally had an idea for them.

The wall is a Crushed Curry ombre piece from the Color Theory DSP stack. Everyone has ombre walls, right?

I made the curtain rod from Silver Foil, and the curtains are made from several strips of Berry Burst 1/2″ Finely Woven Ribbon. I adore this ribbon. I cut several lengths, then taped them together with Tear & Tape, and finally wrapped the top edge over the top of the curtain rod, tacking it down in the back with Tear & Tape.

Through the window, I sponged Bermuda Bay ink on with the Sponge Brayer, also ombre to look like both sea and sky. I stamped the branch and the flowers (they fit together perfectly) from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and added the Adirondack chair. What a nice place to sit.

The sequins are from an old Paper Pumpkin kit (I love the sequins that sometimes come in these kits! They are always so good!), and I also stamped and fussy cut some of the flowers to add to the shaker.

Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons bundle with Color Theory and Wood Texture papers - shaker card - handmade retirement card - Sarah Fleming - Prepare to Dye Papercrafts

These stamps are all from the Colorful Seasons stamp set as well. It’s such a beautiful set with beautiful sentiments.

You can see all of the Creative Crew projects for June in this gallery at Splitcoast. Check them out, there are so many inspiring creations!

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