A Tale of 3 Recipe Boxes


I recently participated in a partnered recipe box swap with a group recipe card swap.  Each participant made one box for a partner and one recipe card for each member of the group of 35.  At the end of the swap, each participant had a decorated box and 35 holiday or winter sweet recipe cards to fill it.

Box 1 above used Bo Bunny papers and Lettering Delights’ “Eskimo Pie” collection.  I added a few cut files from the Silhouette Online Store to add canisters, tools, and a gingerbread cookie to the sled. The “recipes” title brads are from Farmhouse Paper Company.

On one of the sides, I used another cut from the Eskimo Pie collection and cut off the fishing pole and replaced the fish with more gingerbread men.


As I did on the front die cut, I used my Copics to add the skin tones and fur texture and a Uno Signo-Ball white pen to add the icing details.

For the second side, I used Lettering Delights “Jan’kufuudo” cut set to add the hot chocolate mug.


And finally, the inside of the box using some of the Bo Bunny die cuts, some foam, tape, and chipboard:


Box 2, below, is a winter steam punk trunk with an adventurous Echo Park penguin from the Silhouette Online store.  I cut several penguin layers in different patterned papers to create his trousers, vest, and cravat, and shirt and then hand-trimmed to make him the little gentleman penguin that he is.  I purchased his vintage doll house binoculars from Etsy and added a chain.  The trunk features Tim Holtz buckles, brad nails, and Theresa Collins paper.  I added Prima flowers, kitchen charms, gears, a clock key, and a mixer from the Farmhouse Paper Company Kitchen metals brads to finish the box front.


The penguin’s map, of Antarctica,  is cut from an October Afternoon 12×12 map page and folded.


Metal handles from Kaisercraft are adhered to the sides of the trunk.


Box #3 uses Graphic 45’s Tropical Travelogue and Prima flowers.  I also added some metal butterflies, a lock, and key to add a little more G45-like elements to the box.  Most of the design elements were hand-cut from 12×12 paper.  I learned that it is possible to fold the metal butterfly wings up to add a little more dimension.


The inside of the third box is the most interesting of the three and included several layered G45 elements adhered on chipboard for added dimension.


The boxes I received in return are amazing.  Many thanks to my friends, Esther, Amy, and Ashley, for the beautiful boxes that each made for me.

Tea Time Scones with an Irish Twist

Another page completed in the recipe page swap with the fabulous Diane at A Day in the Life of A Horsebunny.

The theme for this year’s swap is holidays and celebrations and I selected Saint Patrick’s Day for this round.  Using Lettering Delights “Sheep Shape Year” for the central character, I made a 6″ by 6″ recipe page with the Irish sheep and added a bunch of clover and a tea cup from the Silhouette Online Store.  I used the Silhouette Designer Edition software to make the little title tag.  The plaid paper in the background is from Jillibean Soup and is appropriately titled Irish Farmhouse.  And that and some embossing, dimensional foam tape, Copics, and Chestnut Roan ink about wraps it up.


Take A Number Birthday Card – Silhouette Cameo Project

I used Lettering Delights “Millions of Mums” to make a birthday card for a friend’s milestone birthday.   I love this cut-it set as all of the bits and pieces can be swapped for a personalized “mum.”


I used a lot of bright colors to celebrate both my friend’s South Florida residence and Spring.  It was a lot to fun to create her tropical outfit from Basic Grey’s Sweet Threads 6″ paper pad.  I used a Copic marker to add her “highlights” to her blonde hair.

The cake display case is from the Silhouette Online Store.  I added a layer of acetate to the case after assembling the case (with the cakes) by placing the case on top of the acetate and hand cutting a rectangle to size.  The banner is  from the Silhouette Online Store and I used the print and cut feature to create the “Take a Number” sentiment on patterned pink paper.  The banner and buntings are also from the Silhouette Online Store.  Now is a great time to shop there as all die cuts are on sale for 50 cents through 2 May!

This card is also a T-slide.  When you pull on the “ticket” at the side of the card,  a surprise message pops up on the side.  The interior of the card is fairly simple with another print and cut label and a small birthday cake.  I added the patterned paper to both sides of the card, and I have to say, I really like the look of it.


Bee and Sunflower Birthday Card

It’s nearly Spring so it is time to add a few yellows and blues to the birthday card palette.


I used Snapdragon’s Snippets Sunflower card from the Silhouette Online Store as the base design element.  As designed, it is a super fun card, but I wanted to add a little more texture and pattern to the card.  The first step was to scale the entire (grouped) file to 8.0″ inches tall.  While setting up the file for cutting, I also added a circle for my sentiment and sized it to fit the center of the flaps cut.  I moved it off of the cutting mat, and saved it until I was ready to make the sentiment using the Print and Cut feature.

This card is designed with a right and left flap and right and left petals (they are not symmetrical).  I cut the center base flaps twice.  To make sure the same patterned paper was on the inside of the flaps, I horizontally flipped one of the base flaps before cutting.


  I also wanted a little extra dimension to the petals and I cut two petal sets as well.


Assemble the sunflower by gluing together the flap base pieces with the yellow and white pattern facing outside.  Then adhere the left and right petals together by gluing the circular areas only.  After that, attach the petals to the circular areas of the flap base.  Do not adhere the petals so they can curl.  Add the half circles to the circular area  (in brown).

Cut the stem and leaves and adhere to the background patterned paper.

Before adding the sunflower to the card, use a Crop-A-Dile to set a grommet in the brown centers for the ribbon tie.  Cut a 18″ piece of ribbon and run it through the grommets.  Align the ends.


The base of the sunflower cannot be directly adhered to the background paper as the petals need room to open and reveal the inner message.  To enable this, I cut two squares of 6mm foam, layered them, and adhered them to the back of the sunflower and then to the card.


To complete the card front, I print and cut two small bees from Lettering Delights Kawaii Kalendar.  I also cut and print a little birthday party hat and used foam dots to attach the hat and the bee to the flower.  I like to combine all of the print and cut elements on one sheet of paper to print and cut at the same time.  So I also included added a sentiment to the circle I sized to fit the sunflower and made two larger bees for the inside of the card.

I adhered the sentiment directly on top of the ribbon running through the grommets.  The ribbon is not glued into the interior of the card.


After adding a few more layers of paper to the front of the card, I adhered it to my 5.25″ square card base from Papertrey Ink’s  fabulous cardstock.  The interior of the card includes more patterned paper, a label in the “sunflower” patterned paper, a Penny Black Stamps sentiment, and the double layered (with foam dots) bee and her party hat.


Of course, she will be headed out in the Lori Whitlock mailer (best 99 cent investment ever).

Make A Little Bird House Favor Box

Lori Whitlock is a crafting genius!  And her latest 3d bird house favor box (available at the Silhouette Online Store) is no exception.

I used some Christmas paper  I found on sale for the red faux bois bird house base (Jillibean Winter Tortellini and Spinach Soup Paper) and My Mind’s Eye Sweetest Thing for the roof.

3d Bird House Favor Box Assembled

The crafty bird is from Lettering Delights Crafty Bird cut it set.  The bird measures about 1.25 inches tall.  I printed and cut two birds with a small offset.  I attached one bird with a thin foam square to the box and placed the second bird directly on top of the first with a thin foam square.

3d Bird House Favor Box

Assembling the box was relatively easy.  After I folded all of the score lines, I cut a 24″ piece of ribbon.  The ribbon keeps the roof attached to the house.

3d Bird House Favor Box Ribbon

Run the ribbon length through the two slits on the box.  Making sure the ends meet, add ScorPal tape on each side of the ribbon (inside the box) and on all of the flaps.  First, adhere the flaps to the right and left of the center.  These flaps should align perfectly on the bottom and completely cover the ribbon loop on the inside of the box.  Next, fold in the flaps and adhere when once you are satisfied that your sides are square to one another.

To assemble, simply put the ribbon through the slits in the roof and tie in a bow.  Trim ribbon as desired.  I also added a small tag (from the Silhouette Online Store).  I used the Print and Cut feature to add the sentiment.

3d Bird House Favor Box Roof