Mini Easel Card Gift Box

Tuesday, November 30, 2010



Oh dear, oh dear... it's the last day in November already!!! Sorry, but it'll probably be nothing but Christmasy things for me from now on until Christmas...and probably beyond that...LOL.

I’ve made this Christmas mini easel card (tutorial here) for a blogging friend. I also wanted to send her some little things to go with the card, so I’ve made a little gift box/drawer to put them in. Then I combined the two--glued the card on top of the box.

I used the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four for my easel card this time.

I had initially created one of those 4-drawer boxes to go with this card. That box is 6 inches square. But when I centered the mini easel card on top of the box, the card looks sooo… miniscule in comparison. The card and the box were out of proportion—just didn’t look right. So I had to downsize the box. I played around with my Nesties and found that the largest size from the the Labels Eight die cuts would look just right for the base. Then I just made the box/drawer to fit.

This is my entry to the following challenges:

Paper Sundaes Challenge #46 - Adorn those corners.
Creative Inspirations Challenge #48 - Christmas Gift.
Charisma Cardz Challenge 47 - One for the Girls.
Stamping for the Weekend Challenge 51 - Winter.
Crafty Catz Challenge 60 - Christmas.
Die Cut Dreams Christmas Club Challenge 45 - Use a Diecut.

All the images here are from Magnolia. I chose this oldie but cutie Tilda with Wreath (from the Winter & Christmas Supplements 2007). I’ve had her for long time, but you know I actually can’t remember if I’ve ever coloured her before now. I’m ashamed to admit that I have several stamps that are like that—agh!!! I need more time to play with them all…LOL.

And in the background is my charlie brown christmas tree...hee's actual Fir in Snow from the So Jolly & Under the Mistletoe Collection 2009. You can purchase Magnolia images from Diana's online store Magnolia-licious. If the item you want isn't in stock, you can ask Diana to order it in for you.

I've added glitter to Tilda's wings, gloves and all the white trimmings of her hat and coat. Also used some white glue to add some snow to the tree branches and then sprinkled glitter on them too.

So, this is going out to a friend who I hope will be surprised to receive it. Not surprise of the card/gift box itself—'cause she’ll probably see this on my blog...LOL—but surprise that she’ll be the one getting it.

December tomorrow! Lots more to make and do!

Thanks for dropping by. I really appreciate your visit. And thanks ever so much to you who left me comments. I do so love reading them—they give me a boost whenever I'm feeling down. Enjoy your day!

Stamps: Magnolia Tilda with Wreath and Fir in Snow (available from Magnolia-licious on-line store). The sentiment is computer generated.

DP's: from SEI Wintersong Paper Pad.
Tools: Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels Four and Eight, Big Shot Machine, Cuttlebug Dies Vintage, Marvy Uchida Scallopped Oval Punch, Colluzle Oval Template.
Misc.: Recollections brad, wooden button/plug, Martha Stewart crystal fine glitter, Tim Holtz distress ink pad vintage photo .

Advent Calendars


 Advent Calendars

The first Advent calendars were based on 24 days with Christmas Eve as the last night to either put up a picture or take a candy. Today, the traditional German calendars still show 24 days, but in the United States, it's not uncommon to also find ones with 25 days -- the last opening to occur on Christmas Day.  ( )

My mom had made and advent calendar out of felt. It was a Christmas tree with little pockets at the bottom containing ornaments to decorate the tree.
My sister and I would fight over who got the last day (the 24th) because that was when you got to put the star at the top of the tree. 
It was similar to this one;
I found so many different and fun advent calendars that I wanted to share, I had a hard time narrowing it down…..
There are some vintage ones;

Some that look old, vintage or shabby chic;
Some already made and some you can do yourself;

And of course don’t forget that miniature one for the dollhouse;

Just a little FYI…I got the original advent calendar that my mom made, and we put it up every year for my girls. My mom made another one for my sister and her boys, but I got the good star for the 24th day  (*snicker*)


Twelve cookies, one dough recipe


 3D Magical Snowman I didn't realize this, but I'm sure that a lot of you who bake cookies already know this , but just in case, I was browsing and found out that you can make 12 different cookie recipes with one dough mix. I will admit, I'm not a baker, and I always order delicious cookies from a lady named Shirley. YUMMY!! But here are the twelve cookies and you can find the recipes for them here...

1. Sugar cookies
2. Peanut butter cookies...yum!
3. Candy Pillow cookies
4. Pistachio-Cranberry Biscotti...oh, I would enjoy that one!!
5. Peppermint cookies
6. Lemon Meringue cookies
7. Linzer Bars
8. Chocolate cookies with cherries & marshmallows
9. Orange chocolate chip cookies
10. Toffee candy
11. Triple Ginger cookies
12. Almond cookies...yummy!

So there you have it and they all look soooo good!!

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Images Elite Vol.16 - August 2010


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A Day At The Antique Glade


Janet Stevens is the Proprietor of The Antique Glade. She`s a real sweetie! Her antique store is full of beautiful displays and antique items. Janet has a way of taking vintage items, displaying them, then making it look like it came out of a magazine! Here`s some photos of her store:

This piece has my name on it. Painted a chippy white? Do you love all those drawers with those knobs!!

Janet is a true collector like most of us who love all the bling and baubles!

The Antique Glade is located at: 147 Public Square Lebanon, Tn.

If you`re ever in the Lebanon,Tn. area stop by the square and take a walk through The Antique Glade for a glimpse of vintage finds and beautiful antique jewelry and furniture.



Here’s a little peek at my mantel in my own home.  I tend to decorate with simple and classic lines at home, so as you can see, my mantel is done the same way.

I’ve linked this post up with Layla’s over at The Lettered Cottage and I’m just getting my mantel in under the wire.  So now go check out all the other beautiful holiday mantels, by clicking on the button below.
I believe that every space can be comfortable, warm, elegant and beautiful. I would love to help you achieve your beautiful space! Email me at or if in the Ottawa area call me at 613-762-0818.

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