Smeared and Smudged Ink April Member Blog Hop and my DT debut!

That’s a lot of responsibility to put on one little post, huh? The challenge for the month was to use METAL somehow in your project and, as always, to use stamping somewhere. I added another layer of difficulty by trying to reduce, reuse and repurpose or recycle. But first the pics 🙂

Who you callin' cotton tail??

Peek a boo Bunny

Bunny Tude detail

I’m not sure where this project came from except that: a) I like bunnies, and b)I’ve been sleep deprived! HA! Seriously, the basket is constructed of the end of a roll of some window screening, cut, folded, gathered and shaped, and gusseted together with thin crafting/jewelry wire. (Two words of advice: USE GLOVES!). This was a piece that would do in a pinch but you’d probably need to go buy another roll to get the job done. To create the handle, (I decided several years ago that if I had to wrestle umpteen of these a year to get my kids toys open, they HAD to serve another purpose!), I used the plastic covered twisty ties that are the bane of parents of toddlers everywhere, attaching thru one side of the basket, wrapping around the two ends until the other side and attaching there. The ribbon says “Spring” and was a bit leftover from a swap. The image & sentiment are from the Lil Grumpies’ occasions set at (If you have never used these stamps before, there is kickin’ detail and none of that wimpy rubber you see in a lot of unmounted stamps. This is the real deal, thick red rubber, sturdy and gonna take a lot of abuse.) The sentiment was stamped on cardstock scrap, torn to deckle edge, punch with a Cropadile and tied on with leftover twine. The basket is filled with pink tissue paper that covered a gift I recently received. And Bunny Grumpie with a ‘tude is stamped twice with Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink onto a Walgreens Pharmacy bag, cut (then you should color but I didn’t), glued with Elmer’s Craft Bond dual tip glue pen 3/4 of the way, stuffed with the cutting scraps, glued closed and trimmed with my Cutterbee scissors. THEN I decided I didn’t like it as white after all so I colored it in with Staedtler Triplus markers since they were handy with my art journal supplies. As you can see, he’s fairly slim but has a commanding presence.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project. Now please go check out all the great projects created by other members and the design team at
Here’s the blog roll
Lady Brayton
Black Dragon
Kymberly http://
Paula (you are here–thanks for stopping by!)
(Be aware that you might encounter some art that is not appropriate for all viewers or that some may find offensive as everyone’s method of expression varies.)

As for me, some sleep then finishing out a few more projects and taking pics to share. Happy crafting! paula


11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sugar
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 11:06:25

    love this.. very creative!


  2. tiffany
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 11:38:36

    wow- a basket out of window screen, that is sooooo cool!!!

    Breakfast at Tiffany’s


  3. Alex
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 13:04:30

    This is great. I agree with you on those stupid twist tie things. They are EVIL! Love the basket and the items you used to create with! Looking forward to seeing lots more inspiring things! Congrats on the DT, you are a fabulous choice!


  4. Croms
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 13:13:24

    This is so cool. Love the idea of that basket. I know you’ll enjoy your DT position, congrats


  5. Kelli
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 14:10:17

    Twist ties are EVIL!!!!! I love the basket out of screen idea though!!! Wonderful project and I think a wonderful debut as well!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  6. Jane
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 14:56:34

    Looks fantastic a very clever idea
    Luv Jane xxx


  7. judi beggs
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 18:24:39

    wow, I love grumpies and yours is so cute. I love the idea of the basket and the handle is oh so smart, we throw them out by the ton and now another way to use them.
    very neat project.


  8. Alison
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 21:01:18

    I LOOOOVE this! That basket is flipping amazing! I would have loved to have watched you construct that! It is so cool! Your bunny rawks too…but that basket…wow! Awesome. Thank you also for your kind words on my blog. Your words were perfect for how I feel.


  9. lady b
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 23:15:31

    Extremely clever use of metal! Color me impressed! I love the creativity of your project! The last time I tried to work with wire I got a huge piece lodged into my finger. Ouch! Glad you weren’t injured in the making of this piece. LOL.


  10. Dianne
    Apr 14, 2011 @ 23:49:41

    Wow! Your wirescreen basket is freaking awesome, Paula! Love how you colored Bunny Tude on a recycled bag & how you used those annoying twistie ties for the handle of your basket. WTG!


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