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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!  (insert the sound of one of those crazy, loud party horns here)

Christmas 2012I hope you had a fantastic holiday time with your family and friends. We had a great time, busy, but not too busy to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas....Jesus' birth, our salvation, the love of our family and friends.

I've been crafting and baking away over the holidays, and since I'm a firm believer in taking time for my family, I've held off on blogging about every little detail here.  And frankly, I just needed a little break! If you follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instgram, etc you probably have a pretty good idea of a lot of the things I've been up to anyway LOL.

I've also been crocheting a lot at night when we're just relaxing, or watching a movie...like Elf (one of my faves!!!)  I hope to get photos edited of those projects sooner or later and I'll post all about them here on my blog...and to tide you over here's a photo of my niece wearing her new hat I made her.  :)  She's adorable!

Kaela - Crochet Baby Hat with Flower
Here's the pattern I went off of for it.  I'm loving how it turned out and that I had the perfect button in my stash to add to the flower's center!  

 And here's how the hat looks off her precious little head.  

Crochet Baby Hat with Flower2
Crochet Baby Hat with Flower1

Lastly, before I go I wanted to share with you a few things I want you to know.

1. I'm so blessed to have you all in my life!  It's truly fun to chat with you online and I always love whenever we meet up in person!  (So if you see me out and about say hi!!)

2. Just a reminder that the True Scrap 4 classes are now available individually!  So treat yourself!!  Speaking of classes, I'll be teaching a workshop at CHA this year, and also at 21 Secrets of Art Journaling 2013 online this next year!  So excited!!

3. If you letterpress...Lifestyle Crafts is having a 50% off sale!!  Use coupon code "ERIN" for an additional 20% off your order of anything on their site (even non-letterpress stuff)!!




A Bunch of Crafty Projects!

I'm so excited to share with you some really fun spring time projects I've been working on for Lifestyle Crafts.  {Remember you can save 20% off your order by using code "ERIN" at Lifestyle Crafts.}

First up is a card I made with my Letterpress.  I used some of the NEW Blossoms printing plates to letterpress a piece of A7 white cotton paper with the background print...using the hot pink ink of course.  :)  I then letterpressed a white mini card with one of the phrases that comes with this set.

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom - Card1

I love the rich texture that letterpressing gives!  It truly is in a class by itself!  :)

Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom - Card1

Here's a close-up of how I raised up the top of my embellishment pile configuration.  I tend to do that a lot on my cards and scrapbook layouts.

Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom - Card1

Supplies: Letterpress; A7 Paper; Mini Tag; Ink; Blossoms Printing Plate Set; Patterned Paper - Basic Grey, Sassafras Las; Flowers - Prima; Cardstock - American Crafts; Button & Pin - MME; Stamp - Unity 10/2011 kit; Staples - Tim Holtz; Washi Tape - Hambly



I also made a quick and easy framed art piece.  I seriously think this took less then 10 minutes to do!  

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom - Frame1

I just die-cut the butterflies using the NEW butterfly die and my Epic 6  and then inked their edges, put them together, and topped them off with twine and buttons.  I then just grabbed an Ikea frame that I had and added a piece of patterned paper, a quote, and a bit of trim and put everything together. 

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom - Frame

Supplies: Frame - Ikea; Butterfly Die DR0296 - Lifestyle Crafts;  Patterned Paper - MME, American Crafts, Basic Grey; Quote - Authenique; Trim; Ink - Clear Snap



And lastly, I made this cute little milk carton that I'm going to fill with candy for a little Easter gift.

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom Milk 1

I used the milk carton die, the NEW spring flowers die, and the NEW bird die to make it...and I stole the little banner I used on a bird house project I did a while ago and added the bird to that.  I love it even more now!

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom Milk 6

To make the flowers I just took some cute coordinating patterned paper and die cut 12 flowers in order to make 6 flowers.

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom Milk - DIY2

And then I folded each of the flowers up on the perforation and hot glued two of them together and added a button to the center.  I also used bits of green trim for the leaves.

I used a white mini clothes pin to close up the milk carton so that way it will be refillable. 

 Erin Bassett - Lifestyle Crafts - Blossom Milk 4

Supplies: Milk Carton die, Spring Flowers die, Bird die - Lifestyle Crafts; Patterned Paper - MME, American Crafts; Banner - Imaginisce; Pin - Heidi Grace; Bling; Trim; Buttons;


You can check out more of the brand NEW spring release from Lifestyle Crafts HERE and on their blog.

Want 20% off your Lifestyle Crafts order????  Enter the coupon code "ERIN" at checkout!


Sponsor: Lifestyle Crafts






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Sign up for 15 amazing classes (including my Mixed Media Home Accents class), 5 make and takes, and 1 incredible speaker!!  

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{FYI: Each of the teachers is given an affiliate code for registration and get a percentage of the enrollment fee. So, of course, I would totally appreciate and love it if you would use this link if you're planning to register for True Scrap3.  :)  Thanks!}




Jewelry Making: Fall Broach

Happy Thanksgiving!  I hope that you are able to focus on all the blessings in your life this week as you celebrate with friends and family.

Erin Bassett - itop Thanksgiving


Since I'd rather you be off relaxing and enjoying yourself, I'll keep this short. Here's a broach that I made out of a silk flower that is perfect for wearing at Thanksgiving. I just ripped out the center of the flower and then created a button out of burlap using my iTop 2.0 with the XL Button Daddies (don't forget you need the X-LG head to make that size button) and hot glued it in place. I then added tulle, twigs, and a chain (which, in real life, is more copper colored) to it and then glued a pin to the back.

If you need to see how to use the iTop 2.0 check out this video tutorial.

Super simple, yet cute!!

Now, go off an have some fun!



Sponsor: Imaginisce



After working on this layout I'm totally wanting to go back to Hawaii.  It's been too long since we've been there!

Erin Bassett - Zig - Quick Quotes - Reminisce - Island Escape

I was assigned this Reminisce line for one of my DT projects at Remember When and was happy to remember that I had these Quick Quotes Frosted Flourishes that I wanted to use on something sooner or later.  The flourishes are made out of a thin, frosted acrylic and have a couple of pieces of bling on them.  I knew I didn't want to leave them "as is" so I figured I'd doodle on them.  

I used my Zig Painty FX pen (1.5mm) pen on them...here's a short video of how I did it:



I needed to use the stickers for my assignment, so I decided I'd sew a border around each of them. I also used my Distrezz-It-All to distress the edges of each of the photos, and a healthy splattering of Glimmer Mist too.

Erin Bassett - Zig - Quick Quotes - Reminisce - Island Escape CloseUp1

For the flower, I took two of the large Prima paper flowers and painted them with various shades of pinks and orange Glimmer Mist...layered them & put a sticker in the center...and then sewed them together.


Sponsors: Kurtake/Zig, Quick Quotes, Remember When, Zutter



Scrapbooking embarrassing moments

Remember When is having a "Everything Tim, but him" crop coming up & so the design team has been busy creating store samples with his newest products.  Here's one of the ones I made: 

{click on photos to enlarge}

BLOG Erin Bassett - Tim Holtz - PJ's

I searched through my pics trying to figure out what I was going to do & came across the photo of my girlfriends & me at Inspiration Unlimited's pj night...we made matching jammies...which was a cute idea....until we actually put them on & had to walk through the casino.  -Embarrassing!!!  I'm sure we wound up on some type of what-not-to-wear website.

Here's some close-ups of the page...

BLOG Erin Bassett - Tim Holtz - PJ's - CloseUp1
BLOG Erin Bassett - Tim Holtz - PJ's - CloseUp1

I created the flower by gluing the light bulb to a circle scrap of paper...then taking a sheet of glassine paper and stamping on it with Stazon ink & this number stamp...then I crinkled it all up & tore it into circles (which I ended up tearing in half)...I then rubbed distress ink over them and used a paper towel to remove the excess (the ink will only color the torn or wrinkled areas).  I then just bunched up each "petal" and adhered it around the light bulb with my cordless hot glue gun.

I also glued the metal wings on so that they formed leaves for my flower....cute if I do say so myself.  ;)
BLOG Erin Bassett - Tim Holtz - PJ's - CloseUp1

Some other design note...I used my Cricut to cut out the brown background shape, my Distrezz-It-All to rough up my photo, my i-rock to add that adorable metal heart in the title (that's heart is Imaginisce too!), and of course my sewing machine for the stitches around the page.

Sponsor: Remember When, Imaginisce, ProvoCraft, Zutter