Baskets and Blooms and Boxes, Oh My!

Stampin up bigz xl all

No templates allowed!  This adorable basket, pillow box and scallop envelope were all created using the Big Shot and Bigz Dies, available to order on-line here, beginning September 2. Click here to download the Big Shot Brochure and pricing information.

Just a few easy turns of a handle and your done.  Not only is it a complete blast to produce these little babies, you could do party favors, gift cards, table settings and more incredibly quickly.  Did I mention it sets the score lines for clean folds, too?  My hero. The patterned paper for all these projects is from Stamin' Up!'s Parisian Summer.  Run with it.  It's tr?s cool!

I set up Big Shot 101 to help readers and customers sift through all the information (and misinformation) about the Big Shot and the release of Stampin' Up!'s exclusive dies. I am personally testing each product (I'm a "show me" kind of girl) for use and compatability. 

I have updated "101" since my last post to include information and tips on using the Bigz XL die for today's projects in both the Big Shot and CuttlebugClick here for Big Shot 101.  If you are interested in or own the machine (or a Cuttlebug) and/or dies, please bookmark Big Shot 101 for future reference.

Stampin up bigz xl basket

Using Stampin' Up!'s Bigz XL Baskets and Blooms die (6" x 13 3/4" x 5/8" thick–longer than the Bigz Dies which are 5.5" x 6" x 5/8" thick)), I produced this charming basket (approximately 3.5 " high).  It pops out in two pieces with small folds that you adhere and are hidden in the seam.  You next pop out the circle base in the same or a contrasting color.  The tag is also part of the Baskets and Blooms die.  I'm thinking hostess gifts, bridal showers, holiday table settings. 

BRIGHT IDEA:  Make your own coordinated paper shreds.  I simply used scraps of Bravo Burgundy, ran it through my crimper for some texture and converted it to slivers with my nifty shredding scissors.  Bingo!

Paper:  Parisian Summer Designer Series, Bravo Burgundy Textured, So Saffron Textured
Cool Tools:  Big Shot, Baskets and Blooms Die, Boho Blossoms Punch, 1/4" Circle Punch, Crimper, Shredding Scissors
The Perfect Touch:  Stampin' Dimensional (between the Boho Flowers), Gold cord (coming back in the holiday mini . . . shhhhh), and Vanilla Organdy Ribbon (retired Stampin' Up!)

And the other projects in the photo?   Details to follow on my next post.  Stay Tuned.

Hugs and Pretties . . . . Mary

items listed above are current in Stampin' Up!'s Fall Winter 2008 Idea
Book and Catalog (over 200 pages).  You can download the entire catalog
(click the butterfly photo) for free on my right side bar or
click here to order your own copy


  1. This is so nifty! I am glad to hear of the shredding scissors, I made those filler shreds last time with a cutter-bee scissors and it took forever (blushing). lol Cute project! tfs!! Hugs, Monica

    Hi Monica:

    Another little tip . . . I bend a few small pieces of non shredded card stock (matching) to help create more fill before adding the shredds . . . cuts down on “manufacturing time.”



  2. Wow, Mary!!! that is gorgeous! I’m adding this to my list. I love the collection you put together. I’ve bookmarked your FAQs so I can use the dies with my CB. I’m sorry I’ve been quiet with my comments lately as I’ve been ill and out of town. Thanks for the continued inspiration and enabling. =D

  3. I’m speechless, and you know how I love to talk. I want every one of those pups. You are awesome with you ideas, love them. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I love the cute little basket. This would come in handy during the holiday season when you just need to give someone a little something. Cute, cute, cute!!!!

  5. Mary – these look fabulous!!! I like each and every project!!! The DP looks beautiful – great contrast!!! I’ll order some stuff again tomorrow and the pillow box is also on my list….thanks for sharing your fabulous talent!!!

  6. I can’t wait for your next posts! I’m hoping that there is a die to make the ‘thank you’ tag, popping off of your little box; I love that shape!

    Hi Kathy:

    That little cutie tag was created with the new Curly Label Punch and stamp set. It’s not a die. (p. 189 of the Fall/Winter catalog). Isn’t it darling! M

  7. Always so pretty and beautiful!!

  8. Oh Mary, I think you pushed me over the budget edge – I was on the fence, but this did it!!!

  9. Gorgeous projects, Mary!
    I thought though that customers couldn’t order Big Shot items until October first. I had called demo support and asked.

    Hi Beate:

    Thank you for your comment. The Big Shot is available for customer order beginning September 2. I sent you the details on a private email. The Holiday Mini customer order period begins October 1 and the holiday mini catalog includes the Big Shot. I think that is where the confusion lies. Hugs M

  10. Love each of these creations! Wonderful! The basket is awesome!


  11. Colleen Kramer

    Wow! What a gift collection. Can’t wait to get my hands on some of these big dies. I especially love the envelope! I have been asked by several people to make a set of “gift cards”. It seems you can’t hardly find the small gift cards and envelopes anymore. This will be so useful!

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