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Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card

Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card for Frilly and Funkie

Hello, Friends!  With Christmas right around the corner, you’re going to love the new challenge up on the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog.  I’ve made this Stamperia Vintage Christmas Kitchen Easel Card for the “In the Kitchen” challenge, which is hosted by Suzz.  We’ll take a look at it in a minute, but first let’s find out what Suzz has to say:

Challenge Theme: In The Kitchen
This time of the year we find ourselves in the kitchen either preparing food for family and friends or just gathering around with family who is visiting at the kitchen table.  Your challenge is to incorporate the kitchen somehow in your project.  You can use an object from the kitchen in creating your project or you can use a sentiment or image that reflects the kitchen.  You decide how to represent being in your kitchen in your art.
Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Inspiration

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 01

Baking cookies is a Christmas tradition I’ve loved for decades!  My mom used to bake enormous batches of her Traditional Scotch Shortbread every holiday season.  I can still see her sitting in a chair, my grandmother’s old soup pot clenched firmly between her knees as she worked the butter and sugar together with an old wooden spoon.  These simple and delicious cookies are part of our Christmas tradition every year, but I use my KitchenAid Mixer to cream the butter and sugar.   The whole house smells like Christmas when these buttery cookies are baking!  And it makes me feel connected to my mom, which is a wonderful thing indeed!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Design

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 02

I decided to go big for this challenge, so this easel card base measures a whopping 7″ square.  The large size and easel card design are great for display in the kitchen during the holidays.  It also gave me loads of “real estate” to play around with.  The front cover is actually a pocket that’s been stuffed with loads of kitchen themed goodies.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: How to make a miniature cookbook

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 03

Stamperia Vintage Christmas is a wonderful collage page filled with delightful cut apart images.  This recipe book page was fun to turn into a miniature book.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First, cut out the 3 1/2″ ” x 2 1/2″ recipe book page, then ink and distress the edges.
  • Next, spritz it very lightly with water and crumple it up into a ball.
  • Cut 3 more 3 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ book pages from scraps or copy paper.  Give them the same treatment.
  • Now, carefully open the crumpled book pages and smudge them with Vintage Photo Distress Ink.  You can always find the tried and true recipes in any cookbook by looking for the smudged and soiled pages!
  • Fold each page in half down the center just like a real book.  Then use a bone folder or the side of a ruler to curl the pages to give them a used, dogeared appearance.
  • Run a thin bead of glue along the fold of each page and stack the pages together.
  • Next, adhere just the “spine” of the book “cover” to the card base.
  • Then,  when the glue has set, sort of push the outer edges of the pages toward the spine while adhering the corners of the book “cover” to the card base.  I added a small dab of adhesive here and there to keep the pages from flying open.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 04

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: The Wooden Spoon

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 05

Dressing this wooden spoon up for the holidays was a blast!  It was a yard sale find that cost me a whole quarter!  For some reason, the spoon has a normal sized bowl, but is only 6″ long.  I can’t imagine what it would have been used for, but now it decorates my card.  Here’s how I did it:

  • First cover the spoon with a layer of Aged Mahogany Distress Stain.  I still have the dabber top stains, but you could use the spray stain as well.
  • Now, dry the stain with a heat tool.
  • Next, open the top of a Ranger Emboss It Dabber and pour a dime sized puddle in the bowl of the spoon.  Then use a paint brush (or your fingers, which is what I did) to spread the embossing ink all over the front and sides of the spoon.
  • Then place the spoon in a funnel tray or on a clean sheet of paper and cover with Seth Apter Vintage Beeswax Baked Texture.  Tap off the excess, and put it back in the container.  Then heat emboss.  This transformation is so much fun to watch!
  • When the spoon is fully embossed and cooled, randomly paint the edges, handle and bowl with more embossing ink.  Don’t go for full coverage!  Just light coverage and random strokes.
  • Then cover the spoon with Seth Apter Ancient Amber Baked Texture, tip off the excess and heat emboss.  The end result is so lovely!

I decorated my spoon with ribbon, die cut Tim Holtz Holiday Greens, Little Birdie Crafts Elsie Florals, Rusty Jingle Bells, Gold Twine and Sherry Shimmer Satin Ribbon.  When I had everything arranged to my taste, I tapped greenery and bells with Distress Grit Paste to resemble snow.  So fun!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: Pocket Inserts

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 06

I used images from the Vintage Christmas Scrapbooking cards to create a couple of 4″ x 6″ recipe folios to tuck in the front pocket.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 07

The recipes for Mom’s Shortbread and our favorite Gingersnaps are written inside.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card: A Peek Inside

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 08

In this photo, you can see that the “stopper” for the easel is also a pocket.  Isn’t that fun?

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 09I created a little tea bag wallet to tuck inside, along with a pretty ephemera card.

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 10

There’s room on the back of the ephemera card to add another recipe.  And you just have to have a cup of tea with a Christmas cookie!

Christmas Kitchen Easel Card Folio by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Stamperia Christmas Vintage Photo 11

Here’s a peek at what the card looks like when it is not standing up for display.  That’s something I love about an easel card.  You can fold them down for storage or mailing, then stand them upright for display.

Now it’s YOUR Turn!

I hope you’ll play along in this sweet “In the Kitchen” challenge.  To do so, simply link up your vintage or shabby chic kitchen themed project on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:59PM EST on Tuesday December 18th.

The winner  of this challenge will earn the chance of a Guest Designer spot  at Frilly and Funkie, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. In addition, the Design Team will select three further outstanding entries and those creators will receive a Top Pick badge to display on their blogs!

I can’t wait to see what you make!

I hope I shared some tips, techniques and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial

Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial for Frilly and Funkie Harvest of Gratitude

Hello, Friends!  I once read that thankful people are the happiest people and I believe that to be true.  So every year as the US Thanksgiving holiday draws near, I like to create a new gratitude journal.  This year I have a Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial to share with you.  Perhaps my tradition will catch on with you.  I’m also the hostess for this 2 week challenge on the Frilly and Funkie Blog, so before I share the gratitude journal with you, I’ll share the challenge guidelines:

Challenge Theme: A Harvest of Gratitude
There is always something to be thankful for.  In this gratitude themed challenge we are asking you to create a vintage or shabby chic project that portrays something that fills your heart with thanksgiving. Use harvest colors and be sure to tell us how your project reflects your thankful heart.
French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: The Inspiration

Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 01

The older I get, the more thankful I am for the gift of memory.  Often while I am in the process of creating, my mind wanders back through time.  I remember people, places, and events that have enriched my life.

This 5 1/2″ x 4″ journal reminds me of an old, old book of Bible stories that my dad used to read to me when I was just a very little girl.  The book was on my grandmother’s shelves and had an embossed cover.  The photos were all black and white prints of wood engravings on thick papers with unevenly cut edges.  I would curl up in my father’s lap (I couldn’t have been more than about 4 years old) and he would read to me in his deep, smooth voice as I snugged in as close to him as humanly possible.

Those books are now in my possession. They are one of my great treasures for they remind me of the comfort, warmth, joy  and safety of those moments in my father’s lap so many years ago.  I wanted to capture that memory and the thankfulness I feel for it in this little volume.

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: The Album Base

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The base of this gratitude journal is a 13″ x 4″ strip of heavy kraft cardstock.  I buy this in bulk at envelopes.com.  But you could substitute Dina Wakely’s Media Kraft Cardstock from The Funkie Junkie Boutique and achieve the same results.  The album base is my own design. Page tabs and cover are made from the same strip of kraft card.   You’ll learn how to do this in the video tutorial below.

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Old books fill my heart with joy.  I wanted to capture the worn patina and elegance of a truly ancient tome.  I cut two pieces of the same heavy kraft card to measure 4 7/8″ x 3 7/8″ to layer over the front and back covers.  A third piece (4 1/2″ x 4″) was scored at 1 1/2″ and 3″ to serve as a cover for the spine.

Add texture by placing those pieces inside the amazing Sizzix/Tim Holtz 3-D Botanical Texture Fade Folder.  I am so happy that I purchased this folder, and I can’t wait for more to be released.  Then perform a bit of paper alchemy with Seth Apter Baked Textures, Emerald Creek Embossing Powders, Distress Paints and Distress Mediums.  You’ll see all of this in the video as well.

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial:  A Peek Inside

Before you add the pages to your gratitude journal, distress and ink the edges.  To make quick work of this, use Ground Espresso Distress Stain.

I’ll add measurements below the post for your convenience.

Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 04

The front cover is a pocket with a little insert folio.  Page one is a pull out/side pocket page.

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These tip in pages have some fun surprises built in.

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Here’s a peek inside the right hand tip in page.

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TIP:  To add extra layers to your pages without adding extra bulk, line the edges with Tim Holtz Design Tape (washi tape.)  I also used this to cover the kraft spines, and I love the wonderful finished look and vintage feel this creates within the album.  It’s a small detail, but it makes a bit impact.

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Both page units follow the same design “recipe”: pull out page with pocket,  double tip in page, side pocket, flap/insert page.

Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 09

The insert pages look like a flap page, but actually pull out from between the kraft pages.

Graphic 45 French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial by Kathy Clement for The Funkie Junkie Boutique Photo 10

Throughout the album, I’ve added sentiments from Tim Holtz quotes stickers.  These little folios, tags and inserts provide space for small photos and journaling spots.

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial on YouTube

This is a rather long video, but it takes a while to build an album from start to finish.  I’ve edited to make it as concise as possible.  Even if you don’t want to build an entire album, you will find lots of techniques and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  I hope you enjoy!

Now it’s YOUR turn: Harvest of Gratitude Challenge at Frilly and Funkie

You are cordially invited to play along in this Harvest of Gratitude Challenge at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  To do so is easy: simply create your own vintage or shabby chic project that follows the challenge theme and guidelines.  Then link your project up on the Frilly and Funkie blog by 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, November 20th.

The design team will invite the creator of our favorite project to join us for a Guest Designer spot at the Frilly and Funkie Blog.  Our top 3 favorites will receive a badge to display proudly on their blog.  And, everyone who enters and follows the challenge guidelines will be entered into a drawing to receive a $25 shopping spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique, the sponsor of the challenge.

You can find all the challenge guidelines and link up your project HERE.

Thank you so much for joining me today.  I hope I’ve shared some tips and tricks that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

And, if you are interested in purchasing this gratitude journal, or any of my other creations, I invite you to visit my Kathy by Design ETSY shop.

Cheerio,

kathy

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French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial Other Products:

Little Birdie Fall Flowers: Micro Roses, English Roses, Beaded Micro Petals, Monocle from my stash (Canvas Corp?) Petaloo Botanica Pearl Sprays, Little Birdie Craft Twine, Mustard Seeds

French Country Gratitude Journal Tutorial: Page Measurements and Score Lines:
  • Cover: 17″ x 4″: Score at 5″.  Then score every 1/2″ all the way down to 11 1/2″.
  • Inside Covers: 4 7/8″ x 3 7/8″
  • Pocket for front cover: 5 7/8″ x 2 1/4″
  • Page Units: 2 sheets of kraft cardstock cut to 9 1/2″ x 7 1/2″
  • Accordion/Pocket Page: 12″ x 3 7/8″ scored at 4 1/2″, 9″
  • Tip in Pages: 7 1/2″ x 3 1/2″.  Score left hand page at 3″ .  Score right hand page at 4 1/2″
  • Insert Pages: 4 1/2″ x 3 7/8″
  • Inserts and folios: 4″ x 7 1/4″.  Score at 3 1/2″

Graphic 45 Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio

Graphic 45 Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio

Hello, Friends!  Has Graphic 45’s new Imagine Collection found its way to your area yet?  Ooh la la, how I love these fabulous papers.  I was fortunate enough to receive these papers well before the release date.  The minute I opened the package, I was smitten.  This collection has inspired so many ideas and projects for me.  The one I’m sharing today was sent to the Graphic 45 offices to be used in a Facebook “release party.”  G45 also shared it with the fine folks at AFCI , and they posted it on their blog earlier this month. (Creativation) .  I haven’t been able to share it with you until now.  This is one of my all time favorite folio designs and I’m hoping you will be inspired by it, too.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 01

Graphic 45’s sumptuous Imagine collection is so deliciously whimsical and steampunky and playful that my mind immediately began to race with ideas.  Maybe I could fussy cut some of the fabulous images. Perhaps I should dig into those tantalizing patterns and layer up a card.  Or, I could focus on one of the enticing collage images on the cut apart page. At the end of the day, I opted to do all of the above, and worked up this whimsical trifold folio to share with you today.  As you can see from this photo, I chose to work with the butterfly motif…and it does make me oh, so very happy!

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 02

Don’t you want to live in this house, perched high in the air?  Imagine the view you’d have of these hot air balloons! I just fell in love with this image and decided to spotlight it in a fun shaker style frame.

TIP: To cover the adhesive edges of this shaker frame, I cut out two of the same image.  One served as the base. I cut the center from the 2nd image and set it aside for use later.  This left me with the frame, which I adhered to the shaker element top, neatly hiding the foam adhesive from view.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio: Fussy Cuts and Florals

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 03

This handsome Staples Metal Lion’s Head Door Knocker looks perfectly at home on the folio cover.  I’ve added a gorgeous cascade of Little Birdie Flowers and a wreath of fussy cut elements to frame the front cover.

TIP: Fussy cut butterflies add great movement and dimension to the cover design.  I’ve cut between the top and bottom wings to add more lift. Then I gently bent the top wings upwards to give them a more dimensional look. I adhered them with dimensionals to add height.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 04

This folio measures 5” x 7” with ¾” spines and a ribbon closure.  I’ve tucked all kinds of interactive features inside.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio: A Peek Inside

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 05

If you love flips and flaps, pockets and tags, and fun surprises then this folio will be your cup of tea!

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 06

TIP: Ephemera cards are a quick way to add flaps to a folio.  I make a hinge by cutting a 1.5” wide piece of paper slightly shorter than the height of the card.  This is folded in half lengthwise to create a hinge with two ¾” wide flaps. I adhere one flap under my ephemera card (matted on kraft cardstock)  and the other to the folio base. For a top-loading flap, simply cut the hinge slightly smaller than the width of the ephemera card, and repeat the process.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 07

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio: Tips and Tricks

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 08

ATC Policy envelopes also make great flaps!   Dress them up with a Staples Antique Bronze Clock Key and labels from the Imagine collection.  Hold the flaps shut with a custom paper clip embellishment.  

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 09

These are quick and easy to make: just thread banner flags cut from patterned paper through the paper clip opening and secure with adhesive.  Then top with a button, a flower, or as I did here, a gear.

TIP: Make custom covers for the “buttons” on your Policy Envelopes by punching ½” circles from patterned papers.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio: Pockets and Word Tags

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 10

The center pocket in this folio houses a trio of G45’s Laser Cut Square Tags.  Each tag has a laser cut sentiment down the right hand side.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 11

It’s really quick and easy to dress these tags up with paper scraps and small images from the 12×12 collection. 

TIP: Use your G45 Square Tag and Clock Dies to cut brown cardstock to line the back of each tag.  Use this area to mount 4″ x 4″ photos.  As a bonus, the paper liner really makes the laser cut words POP!

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 12

TIP: Create mini folios to top your tag!  Score a 5.75” x 4.25 rectangle in half on the long side.  Fold to make a folio. Line with patterned papers and adhere to tag front.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio: Creating Borders, Pockets, and Waterfalls

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 13

TIP: Turn a wide border strip into a pocket by adhering it in a “U” shape.  Then fill it with 3” x 4” mini folios. This gives you a great place to add wallet sized photos or journaling.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio by Kathy Clement for the Funkie Junkie Boutique Product by Graphic 45 Photo 14

TIP: A waterfall feature allows you to load lots of pictures in to a small space.  It’s a great addition to any folio. Each individual element in this one measures 3.75” x 5”.

Imagine Castles in the Air Interactive Folio YouTube Video Tour

To help you get a feel for the way all these moving parts come together, I’ve prepared a short YouTube Project Share.  Enjoy!

 

I hope I’ve shared some tips, tricks and ideas that you can use in your own crafty adventures.  If so, I’d love to hear from you in the comment section below.

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial

Hello, Friends!  Happy Saturday!  I’m up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog today with a Saturday Step x Step.  For your convenience, I’m also posting the White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial here on my blog.  This is the project I  made for the Most Memorable Gift Challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  You can find the original post HERE.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag Snapguide Tutorial by Kathy Clement Photo 1The tutorial focuses on the steps I used to create the shaker window element, prepare the tag base and add the basic layers.  I hope you enjoy!

Check out How to Create a Christmas Shaker Window Element by Kathy Clement on Snapguide.

Wishing you an oasis of calm and rest in the midst of this busy season!

Thanks for stopping by!

Cheerio,

kathy

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White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag

Frilly and Funkie Most Memorable Gift Challenge: White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag

Hello, Friends!  It’s time for another great challenge over at the Frilly and Funkie BlogSuzz is our hostess, and the theme is Most Memorable Gift.  I’ve created a frosty White Christmas Etcetera  Shaker Tag to share with you today, but before we get into the details on that, let’s see what Suzz has to say about this challenge.

Challenge Theme: Most Memorable Gift

December for many of us is a time where we give and receive.  That had me thinking about the most memorable gifts I have received over the years.  These including a signed book from one of my favorite authors, handwritten notes from my children, a singing hot dog condiment stand and the first gift my husband gave me when we were dating.  Since this is the season of giving I want you to be inspired by a memorable gift and use that to create a vintage or shabby chic project that captures the inspiration from that gift.  You can make a card, a tag, share a journal entry or any kind of project you desire. Just be sure to mention the memorable gift and how it inspired your creation.

White Christmas Etcetera Tag

I have been pondering this challenge for a long time.  When I finally settled upon my most memorable Christmas, the gift became clear.  This White Christmas Etcetera  Shaker Tag sets the stage for the story, so I’ll share it first, then tell you the tale of my Most Memorable Gift.

White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag by Kathy Clement for Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog Photo 1

The year was 1969.  The weather in Central Vermont was unseasonably warm and there was not a single flake of snow to be seen.  Our sleds stood idle on our porches, and even though Main Street in our small New England town was dressed up in holiday lights, it just didn’t feel like Christmas. Where, oh where was the snow?

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This strangely warm weather pattern continued all the way up to Christmas Eve, which fell on a Wednesday that year.  How well I remember trudging in to the Christmas Eve candlelight service with green grass all around.  Dad remarked on the way through the doors, “Looks like it’s going to be a green Christmas this year.”  My 13 year old heart sank at the thought of a Christmas without snow.

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There was no time to worry about the situation, however.  I had to don my white Junior Choir robe, tie the black bow tie and get in line for the processional down the aisle.  Warm, soft candlelight filled the sanctuary as choirs and congregation sang the sweet familiar Christmas hymns.  We wriggled impatiently in our pews as the pastor shared a short Christmas sermon.  Then we all traipsed downstairs to the fellowship hall for Christmas cookies, coffee and a visit from Santa.

A Christmas Miracle

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What I failed to realize was that while we were singing carols and munching sugar cookies, a Christmas miracle was taking place outside.  Snow was falling…and not just a little!  Huge fluffy white flakes of snow filled the now crisp wintry night.  The snow came up over the tops of my shoes and coated the top of my head.

It snowed all the way home.

It snowed the whole time we opened our presents.

Snow fell all night long while we slept.

And when we woke in the morning, over 3 feet of snow had fallen…and it continued to snow.

A White Christmas to Remember

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This was an epic snowfall.  No one could make it to the top of the steep hill where our home lay blanketed with snow.  I still remember the serenity and the silence of that wonderful scene.  Not a car engine to be heard anywhere.  Everyone on the hill and in the town below was tucked up inside where it was warm and cozy.

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Since my dad and mom served as the manager/treasurer for our small community credit union, our home was always filled with local people coming to deposit, withdraw or make payment on a loan.  We almost never had a day when we had our parents all to ourselves.

But this Christmas, the snow was so thick that we had 3 whole days where not a single soul braved the icy roads.  Three whole days to play games with Dad, eat Mom’s good cooking, and enjoy being a family.  That snow storm was the most memorable gift I’ve ever received.

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The Best Gifts Don’t Come in a Package

Little did we know at the time, this would be Dad’s last Christmas with us.  He died suddenly the following spring.  When I think of Christmas past, this is the one that comes to mind. The memory of those precious hours spent as a family are worth more to me than any gift I’ve ever received.  The laughter, the love, the fun and games of that Christmas held me through the darker, less joyous ones to come.

The timing of that snowfall could not have been more perfect or more miraculous.  It was a gift from Heaven, and like most of life’s best gifts, it didn’t come in a package.

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I haven’t shared any tips, tricks or techniques for this project in this post.  That’s because I’ll be doing a Step x Step tutorial on the Frilly and Funkie Blog on Saturday, December 9th.  You will learn how I prepared the base for this White Christmas Etcetera Tag.  You’ll also learn how to create the shaker window element.  I hope you will join me on Saturday.

Now it’s YOUR Turn

We’d love to see your Most Memorable Gift project, and invite you to share it with us over on the Frilly and Funkie Blog. Simply create your own vintage or shabby chic style project following the challenge theme.  Then link it up on the Frilly and Funkie Blog before 11:55PM EST on Tuesday, December 20th.

The Frilly and Funkie team will choose our top four picks. Our favorite pick will be invited with to join us as a Guest Designer  at Frilly and Funkie.  The next three favorites will receive Top 3 badges to display on their blogs. Everyone who enters and follows the rules will be entered into the draw to have the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

This is our last challenge for 2017, so we hope you will find time to play along.  We’re all going to enjoy a nice Christmas break and be back for the first challenge of 2018 in January.

Thanks so much for letting me share this White Christmas Etcetera Shaker Tag with you, and for taking the time to read the story of my Most Memorable Gift.

Wishing you all a Christmas to remember!

Cheerio,

kathy

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