Stamperia Pink Christmas/Sweet Christmas The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio
Hello, Friends! Oh, the countdown for Christmas is truly on! But I still have time to share this darling Stamperia Sweet Christmas/Pink Christmas Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio with you. I made (and sold!) a lot of these this Christmas season, but I am still not tired of them. The 4 3/4″ x 5 1/2″ size makes them perfect for gifting. I shared a YouTube tutorial for building this base earlier this week. If you missed it, this gives you another chance to find it. The base for this one is scored at 5 1/2 instead of 5″, so the front flap is a little short. It’s so easy to vary the dimensions for the base simply by scoring. That is one of the things I love about this design: it’s very adaptable. The antique bronze bulldog clip helps hold the cover closed. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?
The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: Making the Nest
Meet Edith Squirrel. She’s the chairwoman of the village Christmas party. She is frantically decorating her nest for the holiday Christmas House competition. And she is wearing her favorite pearls as she decorates. Her nest is a vintage drawer pull that she found abandoned in the meadow. It’s a bit corroded from lying in the wet grasses, but still looks very festive surrounded by pine cones, flowers, Spanish Moss, and a wee sisal tree. If she wins the competition, Father Christmas will have tea with her. Here is how she decorated her nest.
- Start with a ButterBee Scraps Antique Bronze Drawer Pull. Dry brush it with a little white gesso. Let it set for a minute then wipe it away from the edges.
- Next, randomly tap with Versamark Ink and sprinkle with Seth Apter Patina Oxide Baked Texture. Heat emboss.
- Dry brush another very light coat of gesso over the embossed areas. Tap the raised areas lightly with Weathered Wood Distress Paint.
- Now turn the drawer pull upside down and fill with Spanish Moss, painted mini pine cones, a sisal tree and other goodies like berries that you might have in your stash.
- Die cut a circle from patterned paper and adhere to the back of the drawer pull. Then adhere the drawer pull on the lower edge of the folio front. Surround with Prima Christmas in the Country Flowers and holly sprigs.
- Add ribbon and Glass Globe Charms in the opposite corner of the folio front.
The Squirrel’s Christmas Party Gift Box Folio: A Peek Inside
The inside of this folio is filled with interactive features.
I built a magnetic flap/flip page on both the top and the bottom.
The middle panel is a sweet little accordion style folio.
And of course it has pockets and tea and tags!
it looks like Edith won the Christmas House competition because here is Father Christmas to have tea with her!
TIP: Score and fold large images to fit inside the folio. This is how you make a big piece of patterned paper fit in a small space.
The box pocket on the bottom holds a little wrapped parcel decorated with a vintage carved wooden candy cane.
Edith must have been a very good little squirrel this year, as Father Christmas has brought her lots of lovely treats! This envelope is a cut apart image from the paper collection. I simply folded and tied with ribbon. But if you have an envelope punch board, you can make your own envelope to tuck inside. I’ve done that as well on other projects.
So that is my Christmas offering for you today. I hope I 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. Now I’m back to the kitchen to finish baking my Christmas cookies!
Thanks for stopping by!
Never too late to tell you how much I love your designs, Kathy. This is another delightful one from that great Stamperia paper set. Hoping to find it somewhere online. Til then I’ll be dreaming up how to use some of my stash to create this box folio in the new year. Happy New Year! Hugs.
This is just too cute!!! Luv your beautiful card!!! And you know how I luv your stories! Adorable! And P. S. I sure do luv how Edith decorated her ‘nest’ …she’s one clever little lady!!! Enjoy your holiday! Big hugs, Suzy Q
This is really beautiful Kathy. I hope to make it one day. I have just started on cards. Merry Christmas to you and your family. Xx
Wow, we got a two for one today, with a gorgeous folio and a story to go with it! I love both!!! Thanks again Kathy. You made my day!!!
Holy smokes, this is gorgeous! I love the paper and all the little details you used to create! I’ve been in a slump and hoping to be inspired! Have a very Merry Christmas!
An adorable box – I did the tutorial you gifted us as a Merry Christmas gift – I have yet to fill and decorate – I had some errors but I am good – it is my tester hehe – It was a great tutorial and this box is super duper fun with the story and all and Edith the Squirrel –thanks for sharing your art – have fun baking cookies. Blessings
Very pretty. Love how the squirrel decorated her nest.
Edith Squirrel has had some help from her “interior designer”! Kathy, what a sweet story to match the sweet folio. How about a children’s craft storybook as your next venture?! BTW, the countdown has almost reached “Last Minute” status and the small paper envelope gift square is perfect as a little gesture for neighbors and coworkers. Thank you again Kathy and Merry Christmas.
Great storyline and of course a simply beautiful gift box. Your creative mind is incredible!!!
I never doubted for a moment that Edith Squirrel would win with her beautiful and festive decorations! What a delight to read and see all of the wonderful additions to this sweet folio. While the base may be the same, each one of your creations is so unique and special. Love to you this wonderful Christmas season!
I love your thoughts and comments about the squirrel getting her nest ready for Christmas – cute story and what a way to get your creative juices flowing to move your imagination into the story to make it come to life – beautiful work!!
Love this, I do like those wee squirrels, the dogs like to chase them, they have never caught one, don’t think they could, there are so many trees, they squirrel always does a clean getaway. Really like the insides, love the papers!!!!! Happy Saturday. I haven’t even begun baking. ;(
Kathy, I never get tired of these darling boxes. This one is so beautiful and the little squirrel on the front is just precious. The beautiful colors and images from this Stamperia collection cannot be rivaled. The interactive elements are fantastic as well as all of the sweet surprises inside. Loved the story about Little Edith Squirrel. So cute. Thanks for sharing another gorgeous creation! Hugs!
So so beautiful! I love that paper and what you’ve done with it
WOW….you create so many beautiful things I can’t keep up….I want to make them all for myself…going to try to make some of these projects in the new year for sure…just beautiful work!!!
Wow awesome creation Kathy. Lovely stamperia papers too.