The perfect hanging basket!

HydrangeaBasketI love hanging baskets and every year I promise we will have really splendid ones as you see in commercial places like pubs and shopping centres. I have discovered my problem – they all rely on an automated watering system, hence the beautiful and prolific blooms. I, however, have to rely on a Richard watering system, which although wonderful, amazingly hard working and… (what else should I say?) – just doesn’t seem to want to water the hanging baskets many, many times a day and do you blame him? He did try suggesting we had plastic flowers in the baskets this year – and I said I felt my Mother would send down a bolt of lightning onto him if he did that!

This card shows one of many ways to use our brilliant Signature hanging basket die, together with the Signature Busy Lizzie die and the Signature Sabrina Lace Border. The embossing folder is called Tied Together and must, I am sure, have been one of the best-selling embossing folders of all time.

Layer some embossed white card over a gentle mustard or mid-green card. Layer a smaller panel of white card with the same green and some pink. Assemble the card with the embossed layer, then some Sabrina Lace, then the smaller panel. Now put the hanging basket in place with the filling/soil made by cutting out some beige card or white card coloured with pens.

Now cut lots of the Busy Lizzy flowers and colour those with pens too, you could cut them out of pastel card if you hate using pens. Attach the hanging basket to the smaller panel using glue gel to raise the basket slightly. Now arrange your flowers and leaves as shown.

As an important embellishment, there is a self-adhesive pearl on every visible junction of the embossed card and a little dot of glitter in the centre of the flowers. Add the chains from the die and a ribbon bow and you’re all set!

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  1. Jan Bennett says:

    Wow Joanna love this card and thank you for the tutorial always appreciated. Really enjoy reading your blog as there are some very amusing bits in it and I can usually compare it to what goes on in and around me. Keep up the good work hugs xxxxxxxx

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  2. Lorraine says:

    I have the same problem with hanging baskets. The only time I’ve had a real success was the year of my son’s late September wedding. I wanted the garden to look especially nice for the pre-nuptial photos and worked really hard on keeping the baskets blooming till then. I have a different brand watering system, it’s a Patrick!

    I’m enjoying reading your blog Joanna, and thank you for the many different card samples. I’ve become a bit stale recently and needed some inspiration.

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