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G45 Let it Snow Tea Party in a Box Folio Tutorial

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G45 Let it Snow Tea Party in a Box Folio Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  It’s Throwback Thursday and I  have a sweet Graphic 45 Let it Snow Tea Party in a Box Folio Tutorial to share with you.  It’ slightly different from the Stamperia Winter Valley TPIB that I shared with you last week, but has some of the same deep blues that I love so  much.  I’m still working on last minute Christmas gifts for friends and family, and I have one more thing I want to get made, but the clock is ticking away every available minute!  Do you think I’ll get it all done?  I dunno….it’s gonna be a close one this year!

Reneabouquets Snowflake Frame and Pine Branches

I’ve featured two of my favorite Reneabouquets winter beautiful board pieces on the cover.  First, heat emboss with shabby blue Stampendous Frantage Enamel, it is the perfect shade of winter blue.

Next, I emboss the lovely pine branches with a clear holographic powder.  Then add some Deco Art Snow Tex and glitter to create snowy branches.  The flower cluster is made with Reneabouquets roses and poinsettia.  I tucked in a tiny Woodland Tree and some bits and bobs from my stash to fill it out.

A Peek Inside

The color palette of this collection, along with the darling songbirds, won my heart.  It’ so perfectly vintage, and a little bit Americana, too.

Pockets and box pockets and loads of goodies can be found within.

And since the holidays provide lots of great photo ops, I added in a big pull out mechanism to house them.  The magnetic closure keeps everything neat and tidy.

Look at all the room for photos!  The pull out is 5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″, so you can even fit larger photos inside with ease.

Of course, once the hot cocoa, tea bags, chocolate, cookies and candy have been enjoyed, you can fit a lot more photos inside the box pocket!

G45 Let it Snow Tea Party in a Box Folio Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to check out this project, I hope you’ll grab a cuppa and join me over on my YouTube channel for the tutorial.


I hope I’ve shared lots of ideas for Christmas crafting with you this month.  Now I  need to get serious about getting my own holiday in order!


There may not be another tutorial until after Christmas.  Family comes first here, and I have a long list of things to get done to make a Merry Christmas for my grandchildren, children and others.

So if you don’t hear much from me over the next week or so, please don’t worry.  Just know I’m in the  kitchen whipping up some cookies, or wrapping presents, or making a last minute gift.

Cleaning house?  Bah, humbug!

Wishing  you all the most joyous, love filled, peaceful and Merry Christmas yet!

With love, hugs and gratitude…




**Please note, Throwback Thursday products are often out of stock or discontinued.  I’ll link where I can, but if an item is not linked, it means I could not find it in my usual sources.  Thanks!


Ciao Bella Sparkling Christmas Explosion Box Tutorial

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Ciao Bella Sparkling Christmas Explosion Box Tutorial with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  Today we’re thinking inside the box with an easy to make Ciao Bella Sparkling Christmas Explosion Box Tutorial.  This is one of those projects that you can dress up or dress down.  Either way, it’s gonna look great, and make a wonderful Christmas gift or home decor item.

Explosion boxes are usually 4″ x 4″ x 4″ cubes with either a surprise or little pockets on the inside.  The lid of each box holds the sides up, but when it is removed, they fall flat to reveal the interior of the box.  I wanted to make a taller box so that I could use the beautiful images from the Sparkling Christmas A4 Creative Pad.

After a bit of “mathing” and experimenting, I came up with the plans for the 4″ x 4″ x 6″ box.  Not gonna lie to you…I’m very happy with the way this one turned out! First of all, the papers are stunning!  Ciao Bella has such good quality papers.  They are just the right thickness for paper engineering projects, cut cleanly, and score without cracking.  I’m a fan.

Traditional Elegance

Green and gold is such a classic, elegant color palette for Christmas, and it works beautifully in this paper collection.  I’ll take you on a tour of the various paper pads before we embark on the tutorial.  If  you haven’t seen this collection yet, hold on to your piggy bank.  It’s a stunner!

Each of the 4 faces of my box features a different image from the collection.  This means you can turn the box each week so that you have a new  image to enjoy.  Just move the front of the lid as you rotate the box.  It’s almost like getting 4 projects in one!

Because the image are so lovely, I did very little embellishing.  This makes the  project come together quickly and with minimal mess.  So it’s a great “last minute” holiday project.

Put a Lid on It

The lid is maybe the most important part of the box because it holds everything together.  While the sides are simple, I added a few more bells (jingle bells) and whistles to the design. I also add an extra score line, so that when the sides are folded, there are no raw edges.  This also makes the box extra sturdy.

Reneabouquets White Poinsettias and First Snow Snowflakes add wonderful texture and dimension to the box cover.  Star anise, sugared beads, and glittering stars look right at home on top of it all.

Ciao Bella Sparkling Christmas Explosion Box Tutorial on YouTube

If you’d like to join me as I create this lovely project, please grab a cuppa and enjoy.  You’ll get to see the paper collection, the finished project and all the lovely papers…and a surprise inside the box, too.

Did you enjoy that?  Have you ever made an explosion box?  They make such a great gift item, and I love how they double as home decor.  I’m giving this one away to a family member this Christmas.  Shhh…don’t tell!

You’ll find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!




Vintage Christmas Mixed Media Card for RRR

Vintage Christmas Mixed Media Card for Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hello, Friends!  Our recent spell of chilly weather inspired this Vintage Christmas Mixed Media Card.  You can almost feel the wind howling outside the frosty windowpanes when you look at these young ladies bundled up against the blast of winter winds.  If my mother was anywhere near these two gals she would exhort them to “put on a hat and some gloves for heavens’ sake!”

The deep blues, teals and grays of this card speak of winter, and cold, blustery winds and rosy cheeks.  I’ve warmed up the color palette with a pop of red from Really Reasonable Ribbon Christmas Plaid Ribbon and a bright red poinsettia.

A Bit of Mixed Media

To add to the frosty feel of this card, I layered die cut foliage behind the large poinsettia.  This was dry brushed with white chalk paint to give it more of a wintry appearance. Machine stitching, paint spatters and a bit of distressing create a nice vintage vibe.

A Peek Inside

Of course, I added a pocket with tea, chocolate and a honey stick to finish the interior of the card.  The flip page has a cute vintage image and a blank sentiment panel hidden behind it.

This paper is from the retired Authentique Solitude collection.  I mixed in a bit of Tim Holtz Idea-Ology Ephemera to bring in more pops of color.  It suddenly occurs to me that this is a red, white and blue Christmas card.  I’m not sure I’ve ever done that before, but I think I like it.

That’s it for me today, friends!  I have my granddaughters coming and I need to get ready for baking and crafting with them.  Then this weekend I have to get busy with the December Card Kit for Button Farm.  Oh, what a busy time of year!  At least I am never bored!

No supply list today, friends.  I’ve linked to the ribbon, but the other items are retired, so I cannot link to them.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend!




Stamperia Winter Valley Deluxe Tea Party in a Box

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Stamperia Winter Valley Deluxe Tea Party in a Box with Reneabouquets

Hello, Friends!  I’m popping in quickly today to share this Stamperia Winter Valley Deluxe Tea Party in a Box.  This was not a planned project.  A funny thing happened while cleaning up my work desk.  I was putting these lovely papers away one moment, and the next thing I knew I was knee-deep into creating this sweet project.  What can I say?  These papers are delightful, and I could not resist another play date with them.

While there is no tutorial for this project, I did create a little project share video where I’ll share tips and techniques with you.  I’ll add the basic folio measurements in the details box below the video on my YouTube channel.

Winter Moon

This time, I invited some Reneabouquets Printed Beautiful Board to the party.  How precious is this scene with the children and the deer?  It was such a good match for this paper collection that I just had to invite it in.

A Reneabouquets Holly Corner helped to frame this sweet winter scene.

A Peek Inside

Although I created this to serve as more of a lap book, I did make sure to provide some photos and journaling.  This paper speaks to me of winter creatures and starry skies that I just wanted to let it tell a story.

Loaded with flaps and pockets and even a pop up page, this interactive folio is really fun to flip through.  You’ll see all the details in the video below.

So if  you still have this paper out on your desk, here’s another fun idea to help you bring it to life.  It’s probably one of the sweetest collections I’ve ever worked with, and I wish I’d bought more!  Does that ever happen to  you?

Stamperia Winter Valley Deluxe Tea Party in a Box Project Share on YouTube

If you’d like to walk through this darling project with me, I hope you’ll enjoy this project share video.


If you missed yesterday’s Stamperia Winter Valley Mini File Folder Album tutorial, you can find it HERE.

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks so much for stopping by friends!  Stay cozy!





Simple Stories Baking Spirits Bright Cookbook Cover

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Simple Stories Baking Spirits Bright Cookbook Cover and Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

Hello, Friends!  I thought I’d pop in today and share how I put together this Simple Stories Baking Spirits Bright Cookbook Cover.  Last year I decided I really needed to update the “made from scratch” cookbook that I’ve been using for the past 30+ years.  Many of the pages were falling out, the spine was crumbling and it was just a general mess.

While I was editing the recipes, I decided I wanted to have 2 separate binders: one for my everyday recipes, and one dedicated strictly to my holiday recipes.  Christmas baking is a very big deal in our family.  When our first son was born, I started a tradition of baking each family member’s favorite cookie at Christmas time.  Not a big deal, as our family consisted of just Dale, Peter and myself.  But then along came Liz…followed quickly by Kimberly and Andrew and finally Joel.  Oh, and my mom moved in with us, too.  So that meant 8 different kinds of Christmas cookies each year.

Then, the kids got married, so their spouses had to have their favorites…and then…the grandchildren…so you get the picture.  I make about 12 different kinds of Christmas cookies every year.  And of course there are the special breads and main dishes and sides that we enjoy at various parties and holiday meals.  See why I  needed a separate cookbook?

Double Duty Kitchen Decor

The cookbook looks super cute displayed in the vintage hutch that sits in the eating area of our kitchen.  The Simple Stories Snap Binder even matches the color of the hutch!  When Sophie and I were decorating for Christmas yesterday, she said, “Nan, you really should decorate the cover of this recipe album and put it in the hutch.”  So I did.

Because this is a “working” binder, I kept the embellishments a little simpler.  No big bows or fancy floral displays on this creation.  Just a few stickers from the paper collection, some cute kitchen embellishments and a simple ribbon border dress the cover up nicely.

Here’s a look at the spine.

TIP: Cut chipboard to fit inside the  metal label frame.  Now you can adhere the cute sticker to the chipboard and dress up the spine.

The ribbon border runs all the way around the base of the album.  And I could not resist adding this sticker to the back cover.

Simple Stories Baking Spirits Bright Cookbook Cover Process Video on YouTube

This isn’t really a tutorial, because I don’t really teach you anything.  But I do invite you to watch me dress up the cookbook cover.  If you’d like to join me, please enjoy this video on my YouTube channel.


My Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipe

Since we’re talking Christmas and cookies and all things yummy, I thought I’d share my favorite Christmas cookie recipe with you.

Gingersnaps:  Soft and chewy, old fashioned flavor.  I like to double the spices.

  • 1/2 cup softened butter
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup molasses (I like Grandma’s Molasses)
  • 2 1/4 cup Unbleached All Purpose Flour
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • Coarse sugar like turbinado for rolling
  • Mix shortening, brown sugar, molasses and egg thoroughly in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients except granulated sugar. Cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours.
  • Heat oven to 375°F. Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Shape dough into 1 1/4-inch balls. Dip tops in granulated sugar. Place balls, sugared sides up, 3 inches apart on cookie sheet.
  • Bake 10 to 12 minutes or just until set but not hard. Remove from cookie sheet to wire rack.

I hope you enjoy!  What’s your favorite Christmas cookie?

You can find a linked supply list below this post.

Thanks for stopping by, friends!