Going out on a limb and admitting….this gal has quite a fondness for snowmen. No really…quite!

One peek around our home this time of year and it’s a bit white…with snowmen!

Designer Patti Milazzo has a sweet holiday gift set that with a few instructions and Therm O Web supplies will have you looking smart and sweet when you hand off this gift to someone special!

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Snowy Card and Gift Box by Patti Milazzo

Therm O Web Supplies:

Therm O Web Mini Runner – Sticky Dot
Therm O Web Zots – Small
Therm O Web Zots – Medium
Therm O Web Glitter Dust – Iridescent
Therm O Web 3D Adhesive Foam – Squares

Other:

Paper mache cylinder box; acrylic paints; ribbon, buttons, winter/holiday coordinating pattern paper

Instructions:

  1. Basecoat sides paper mache box with blue acrylic paint and let dry.  Paint top of lid white and let dry.  Use a stiff bristle paint brush to splatter white acrylic then use the handle end of paintbrush/foam brush to “stamp” the box with white dots.  Let dry thoroughly and spray with clear acrylic coat.
  2. Use rose chalk for blush of snowman’s face.  Add eyes and mouth using black acrylic paint – paint brush handle end works well.  Let dry.  Cut out a small triangle from pattern paper for nose and adhere to face using Therm O Web Sticky Dot Mini Runner.

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  1. Once the lid is dry, spray the top of lid only with Therm O Web Iridescent Glitter Dust.  This not only adds sparkle but seals the painted design well.  Set aside.
  2. Cut a length of ribbon to tie around the bottom of the box.  Use Therm O Web Medium Zots to help secure the bow as it’s being tied.

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  1. Use additional Medium Zots to attach the button and gem to the knot of the bow.
  2. Create a simple 5” square card from cardstock and pattern paper.  Adhere the pattern paper as shown to the card using Therm O Web Sticky Dot Mini Runner.
  3. Use Therm O Web Zots (Medium and Small) to attach the button and snowflake accent to the card.  Apply Therm O Web 3D Adhesive Foam Squares to the back of a circle punch to frame the snowflake.

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  1. Apply decorative rub-ons and sentiment sticker to complete the card.

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As mentioned this week we’re sharing some of our favorite family recipes that play an important role in our family holiday celebrations! This one comes from me (the Social Media “Glue Girl”) for Therm O Web.

Almond Poppy Seed Bread Recipe

Poppyseed Bread from Julia Sandvoss

This recipe is one of those that if I do not show up at the holidays with it in hand…I’m almost asked to leave and go home and bake it! It’s simply THAT good!

Ingredients

  • 2-1/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons poppy seeds
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons almond extract
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups 2% milk
  • GLAZE:
  • 3/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

  • In a large bowl, combine the sugar, oil, eggs, poppy seeds, lemon juice and extracts; beat until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; add to sugar mixture alternately with milk, beating just until moistened.
  • Pour into two greased 8-in. x 4-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Combine glaze ingredients until smooth; drizzle over warm loaves. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks. 
  • Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).

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