Saturday, December 8, 2018

Saturday Showcase - Christmas Sugar & Spice

It is Cec here and I am presenting the Saturday Showcase this week.

I wanted to create something that followed the theme of the current challenge In The Kitchen so I have made a simple Christmas folio card using many types of products that can be found in The Funkie Junkie Boutique.

Please note that the Graphic 45 papers I used (St. Nicholas and A Christmas Carol) were from my stash because new product I ordered has not arrived due to postal issues at my end.  I will link below to Graphic 45 Christmas papers that would be perfect alternatives.

I also utilized my computer to create some paper with dancing gingerbread men and to create the Sugar & Spice text.  Both were inked with some Old Paper and Vintage Photo Distress Inks to age them.

I made my finished folio card 5 1/2" square with a 1/2" spine but you can create yours in any size you wish.  I cut my mats and papers 1/8" smaller than the previous layer - except for the red mat strip across the front where I had a senior moment and made it a bit wider.  Here is how to put this folio card together - there are lots of steps so hang in with me.

The folio base

  • Cut two pieces of heavy card stock and score each piece at 1/2" on the long side
  • Adhere the two 1/2' sections together and bend - this forms a spine

  • Cut four pieces of red card stock and adhere to the front and back and inside and outside of the folio
  • Cut four pieces of patterned paper, ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and add to the red card stock
  • Cut two pieces of red card stock and adhere to the outside and inside of the spine
  • Cut two pieces of patterned paper, ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink and add to the red card stock on the spine

The pockets

  • From the same card stock as the folio blank, cut two pocket sections and score at 1/2" on the short side
  • Cut four hinges (gussets) for the pockets 1" wide and score in half lengthwise
  • Clip the ends of the hinges on an angle  Note: You should do the same with the 1/2" section of the pocket base - I forgot
  • Add Scor tape to both sides of each hinge and to side of the 1/2" section of the pocket base that will folded towards the inside of the pocket
  • Cut two pieces of red card stock and adhere to each pocket base and then top with patterned paper
  • Add hinges to both sides of the inside of the pockets with the folded edge to the outside and remove the tape
  • Fold the bottom to the inside, remove the tape and add the pocket to the card on the inside top and bottom

The embellishments

Using the Holiday Greens die.cut greenery and holly leaves from green card stock

  • Cut the word Sweet from red card stock using the Alphanumeric die
  • Cut chevrons from Christmas paper and Metallic Gold paper and ink the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink
  • Emboss the gold chevron with an embossing folder or texture fade

  • Dye a length of seam bin ding with Aged Mahogany, Candied Apple and Vintage Photo Distress Ink and dry crumpled up

  • Alter a silver Christmas tree charm with a Peeled Paint Distress Crayon

  • Alter an Idea-ology pine cone with Ginger Alcohol Ink

  • Add the two charms along with a mini Idea-ology jungle bell to a length of chain with small jump rings
  • Create a loopy bow with the dyed seam binding and tie with a length of burlap string that has the charm chain threaded through it

To assemble

  • Add greenery and chevrons to the front of the card
  • Add patterned paper to a strip of red card stock and adhere across the card
  • Add Sugar & Spice text, the loopy bow, a little poinsettia, some retro ephemera and a gingerbread man button

  • On the inside, add the holly leaves and red gems along with the word sweet to one pocket front
  • Add recipe card and tea bags to the pockets
This would make a great little gift for a friend that you don't normally exchange gifts with.  I hope you make one and have fun creating.


  1. Oh Cec I love it! Such a beautiful way to turn a card into a gift - it's delicious!!!

  2. Such a sweet card...and everyone loves to receive a tried and true recipe! And you know I love the addition of the teabags!

  3. Beautiful! I love the pockets inside with the recipe and spices! Sweet and charming card a treasure to receive!

  4. Really so many wonderful details like that adorable little tree charm you colored!! Beautiful vintage feel and love all the pockets and gingerbread men!!! Adorable!