Good morning, friends! I've been so eager to share today's card with you! I fell in love with the Fall Basket Dies from Pretty Pink Posh the moment I saw them. One of the reasons I liked it so much is that I knew that it could be used all throughout the year. I've been having tons of fun using it for autumn cards, but I knew right away that I wanted to make a Christmas basket.
This card represents a lot of memories for me. My mom used to have a red and green apple basket, so that's what I did here using Concord & 9th's Poppy and Clover cardstock. The filled basket reminds me so much of the trimmings for our Christmas tree. In fact, I covered one of the branches from the Fall Basket Dies with white glitter to look just like some of the leaf picks I use.
But even more than that, this basket reminds me of my mom and my grandma. They both decorated the most beautiful Christmas trees each year. Long before Pinterest or Instagram or anything of the like, my mom and grandma were changing color schemes each and making pin-worthy works of art. Unfortunately it was also before phone cameras or many photographs in general so I don't have pictures of them, but I cherish the memories. One of my sisters has the same talent. I do not, and so the basket on this card makes me smile because there have been lots of years that my mom has showed up with a bag of picks or ornaments or just a little something extra that my tree "needed". She's great at elevating what you have. :)
Okay, so a little bit about how the card came together. I started by stenciling the background in Dove ink with the Falling Branches Stencil (easily one of my favorite stencils to date!). Then I assembled my Fall Basket and started die cutting fillers.
The white leaf sprig is from the Fall Basket Dies. The berry branch comes from the Fall Foliage Dies, and I cut it with C9's Poppy and Evergreen cardstock. Then I cut several of the Pine Sprigs Dies using Sprout Cardstock and blended Parsley Ink and Evergreen Ink on the pines for some color variation.
I added a squiggly strip cut with the Nature Essentials Dies across the bottom of my card front. I think it is supposed to be grass, but the positive and negative cuts together reminded me of stitching on a table cloth, so that is how I used it. I placed my filled basket on top and finished my card with a sentiment from the Holiday Scripts Stamps Set and Dies.
Thanks so much for reminiscing with me today. I hope you are headed into a lovely weekend!