Building a Better Basket

Stampin up scandinavian basket

It baffled me at first.  Stampin' Up!'s Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL Die (113484) was capable of producing adorable baskets (think table settings, small holiday gifts, wedding or birthday favors). However, the assembly directions were leaving me with inconsistent results.  I admit "engineering" is not my strength.  I "get it" now.

So how do you build a better basket?  Let's break it down.

Here's the Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL Die.  It's considered "XL" because it's extra long at 6" x 13 3/4".


Another benefit of this extra long die is that it includes die cuts for flowers and a gift tag, too.  Wonderful with chipboard.  TIP:  You don't need to cut all the shapes (and waste paper) every time you run it through a die cutting machine.  Simply isolate what you want to cut, as I have done here with Whisper White.


Once I cut what I needed with my Big Shot Die Cutting Machine, I dolled up the Whisper White (both sides) with a charming little stamp from Scandinavian Season, inked in Pacific Point.  TIP:  When you don't have just the right colors in Designer Paper, small stamps make delightful, color coordinated patterns.


TIP:  When making 3-D objects, you will need a strong adhesive.  I chose Sticky Strip (104294) to avoid any "wardrobe failures."  Both basket pieces should be facing the same direction with the flap on the same side.  Add Sticky Strip to one flap.


Attach the two basket templates as shown.


Flip over and add Sticky Strip to the inside of the base.


Bend the tabs of the base piece.


Attach the base, tabs facing down to create a "dixie cup" type bottom, starting on the side without the remaining unattached flap TIP:  Roll the base carefully along the adhesive at the base of the basket template, lining up the tabs with the bottom.


Before reaching the final, perforated flap, add a piece of sticky strip to the outside of the remaining flap. 


Attach the final base tabs and flap (tucked inside the basket) and you're done.

TIP:  To create custom packing confetti to fill your basket (or boxes), I run coordinating card stock through my Crimper.


I next slice the crimped card stock the opposite direction of the crimps with inexpensive shredding scissors, bending and playing with the pieces for a touch for funky texture.



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Stamp Set:  Scandinavian Season (111774)
Paper:  Whisper White (100730), Pacific Point (111350), Certainly Celery (105125), Basic Gray (108692)
Ink:  Pacific Point (111837)
Cool Tools:  Big Shot Die Cutting Machine (113439), Baskets & Blooms Bigz XL Die (113484), 1 1/4" Circle Punch (104403), Scallop Square Punch (112081), Crimper (101618), Shredding Scissors
The Perfect Touch:  Pacific Point 5/8" Striped Grosgrain Ribbon (111370), Silver Elastic Cord (109866), Season of Cheer Rub-Ons (112843)

Scandinavian season


  1. Jennifer Caputo

    Oh wow! This is so cool! Thanks for the tips. I’ve never seen scissors like those either, crazy! But I love the crimper tip, I’m definitely giving it a shot!

  2. Sweet basket! Clear and easy instructions!
    Hugs and smiles

  3. colleen kramer

    Excellent tutorial! SU should use your thorough, yet easy to follow instructions. Thanks for all the time to put this together!

  4. Cute basket. I have had fun using this die. Thanks for sharing how to make your own design paper.

  5. Great tutorial! I don’t have that die yet, but it’s tempting Mary.

  6. Donna Coffman

    Thank you so much for the wonderful blog.
    You are talented and amazing as well as generous.
    I just signed up to be a demonstrator and you will be such a wonderful source of information and inspiration.
    Thanks a million

  7. love it! that snowflake is wonderful!! i love those shredding scissors..havne’t seen anything like that here…on my wish list for sure!!


  8. I had never seen such scissors before! They’re quite impressive – and somewhat scary! I’ve been doing my own “packing confetti” with the crimper and regular scissors. This looks a lot faster!

    I don’t have the basket die yet. I think it looks so cute, but I know I don’t *need* it.


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