Hi friends! I'm thrilled to be here today with this week’s T.G.I.F! I’ve been having so much fun working on Christmas cards, tags, and crafts! I’ve had the idea for this card swirling around in my mind for a while and it’s always fun to take it from my brain and execute it! Ha ha! This card was inspired by photos I’ve seen of beautiful wooden boxes of cookies and sweets with greenery and things tucked here and there! I love that products from The Greetery makes it possible for me to recreate something like this, but in paper form!To begin, I got to work creating all kinds of cookies using the Hug in a Mug Sweet Treats die collection. I’m amazed at how realistic they look once you add a little bit of ink blending, Nuvo Crystal Glaze, sprinkles, and glitter! They look good enough to eat, don’t you think? I set all of the cookies aside to dry and got to work on the “box”. The new Curio: Divider and Details II die was the perfect choice to showcase all of these cute cookies! I die cut it 4 times from Kraft cardstock and glued them together using liquid glue. I wanted it to be very dimensional so that it would really look like the cookies were inside.
Once it was glued together, I added some Brushed Corduroy ink around the edges where each point met another. I was trying to achieve a stained wood look, so I didn’t want it to be all one color. I glued it to a 4 by 5 ¼ inch panel of Kraft cardstock that had ink blending around the edges. Once it was glued down, I added some additional ink over the top of those points again. I used the cute layering dies and pattern paper for the inside of each section, minus two; the super tiny one, and one that had a cookie completely covering it.Next it was time to get to work on the greenery. I used the BotaniCuts Pine Bough dies to make both the pinecones and the pine sprigs. I die cut them from Rustic Cream cardstock and then used Distress 0xide ink to color them. The pinecones also got some colored pencil details for added interest. I just love how realistic everything looks; that really is the key to executing an idea like this….all of the perfectly designed products from The Greetery.One of my favorite sentiment sets is the Written in Ribbons Stamp set and I knew it would be the perfect choice to have decorating this box of Christmas sweets! I stamped the Merry portion using red and scarlet ink. The “Christmas” portion of the sentiment is stamped in black and then die cut using the must-have Sentiment Suite Basics die collection. Once that was done, it was finally time to put it all together!I added the cookies here and there using foam squares and liquid glue to give them just the right angle to look like they are propped in the box. I layered the greenery and pinecones over the top letting the sprigs overlap the cookies. The sentiment is adhered to the greenery and pinecones using additional foam squares. The cute little gingerbread boys are actually buttons from my holiday stash. They had two big holes on their tummies so that they can be sewn to something, but I decided to add these micro-sized buttons over the top of the holes using liquid glue. I think I squealed out loud once they were all dressed up!I tucked them here and there along with one of the candy canes from the embellishment kit that was released last year. I also scattered some snowflakes and stars that are die cut from the Frosty Corners die set. I adhered them with liquid glue and then gave them a sprinkling of glitter along with the pinecones and sprigs! The entire “box” was glued to a top folding red card base using liquid glue. I was thrilled at how nicely this card came together…I still have a TON of cookies left over, but that can only mean one thing….more crafty projects featuring these sweet treats! Thanks for joining me today and enjoy your holiday crafting time! Thanks for fluttering by!