Surprise Guest Designer ~~ Brooke Gorrell

     Posted by Lori on December 18, 2011

I am so pleased to announce and congratulate Brooke Gorrell on being chosen as our guest designer for December.  Brooke has been a big fan of the Love is in the Details packaging and goodies departments since they opened last spring.  I asked her if she would like to be our guest designer highlighting some of her favorite products from these departments.  Brooke graciously accepted, chose her products and got busy creating.  I am so excited for you to see all of her amazing creativity and designs.

Quoting Brooke ~~ “The LIITD packaging goodies are perfect for any kind of gift wrapping! I also wanted to show how the products could be used as embellishments on scrapbook pages and cards.”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “The white leaves, bakers twine, music note paper, doily, and white tulle are from the packaging line.  I hand threaded the mini heart banner and layered some cardstock, patterned paper, a doily, tulle, and vintage sewing patterns. The light yellow strip of chevron paper behind the photo is a free “patterned paper printable” that I found online then printed out on cardstock.”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “A simple Christmas card using a chipboard snowflake from the LYB half pack that Lori has made available.  The Sentiment is “Merry Christmas” in German. (The card is for my boyfriend’s parents, who are German.)”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “I have an unusual love of glassine bags.  I love that LIITD carries 3 sizes! This is the 3 3/4 by 6 1/4 size. The doily, tulle, music paper, satin ribbon, and twine are from the packaging line. And does anyone recognize that flower?? Yup, one of Norine’s gorgeous creations.”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “A closeup of the details and layering. Silver paint has been my best scrapbooking friend lately. I love the homespun, imperfect look it gives to edges.”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “My sweet cousin Mila’s Christmas gift. I made the cream flower from die cut felt flowers and a vintage button. The doily, tulle, scrunched seam binding, and twine are from LIITD. I love every shade of the seam binding! It’s so rich and makes ANY project look more polished.”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “A closeup of the silver edges and the stacked packages. Anyone want to guess what’s in the packages?”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “Pillow boxes are so perfect for little gifts and goodies! I used the Kraft corrugated box and lightly sponged some silver paint over the ridges. The flower was made using various sized scalloped circles that I cut with my Slice machine.”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “The detail of the scrunched flower.”

Quoting Brooke ~~ ” Doily, manila tag, olive seam binding, satin ribbon, snowflake and tulle come from LIITD. I love the manila tags because they are so versatile. Perfect as a neutral on any project!”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “This is a “peekaboo” gift because I didn’t really think my dog would be offended by seeing her present before Christmas. ;) Mini puppy cupcakes!”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “Another scrunched text flower. This one measures 4 inches across and was also made with my Slice. This would definitely work with circle punches or other circular shapes! Twine, tulle, and white leaves are from the packaging department.”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “Close up of detail/tulle.”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “Scrunched seam binding adds that perfect bit of texture to projects. I had just finished wrapping this package and just felt that something was missing, and it was too plain for my taste. I tied a small length of Java seam binding to the twine bow and immediately loved it. :)”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “Tulle, taffeta ribbon, small white doily, music note paper, and white leaf are from LIITD. I think that it’s worth it for me to buy the packaging goodies JUST for the gorgeous vintage sheet music pieces! I love that stuff.”

Quoting Brooke ~~ “Another one of Norine’s creations with a pearl adhered to the middle. I stickled the edges of the circles for added texture.”


Wow, wow, wow Brooke, your creativity ROCKS!  Everything is so beautiful and the details are just outstanding.  I absolutely love each and every item, your layering techniques are amazing, your scrunched flower is just freakin’ fantastic, the card, the pillow box, absolutely everything ….. everything is just fabulous and gorgeous.  Thank you so much for being our guest designer, you truly are so very talented and an inspiration to all.  I just have to say it one more time ….. Wow, Wow, Wow Brooke!  Your creativity is stunning!


To continue with December blog posting tradition, I asked Brooke to send us a recipe of one of her most favorite Christmas goodies.

Quoting Brooke ~~ “This is the recipe for my Baba’s Christmas cookies that are famous in our family. She makes a huge batch every year and sends them to us at Christmas time. (with a lot of red and green sprinkles!)”

Baba’s shortbread cookies
1 lb butter
1 ¼ cup icing sugar
3 cups flour
1 cup cornstarch
Beat butter until frothy; slowly adding icing sugar. Sift flour and cornstarch together several times and fold into butter and sugar dough.
ROLL INTO LONG ROLLS and refrigerate for 2 hours. Slice and place on cookie sheet. Bake at 275°F for 15 to 25 mins. Cookies should NOT brown.


Enjoy your Sunday ….. only one week from today and it’s Christmas!

16 Comments so far

  1. Chelsea December 18, 2011 7:26 am

    BEAUTIFUL creations, Brooke!!  I love the natural look of everything, and you make things look like they were made to go together!  And yummmmy I love shortbread!!

  2. Nola December 18, 2011 7:46 am

    Brooke, you do an AMAZING job! Everything is fantastic!!!!!

  3. AmberD December 18, 2011 8:20 am

    OMG Brooke you did such an awesome job! Your creations are all stunning!!!!

  4. Lorna December 18, 2011 8:31 am

    Amazing creations you have put together Brooke! WTG!

  5. Kim December 18, 2011 8:32 am

    Brooke, WOW you have done an amazing job, I love looking at all of your work !!   I love how everything works and looks  together !!!!!  I am trying to think what could be in the one package, a set of cards or photos ???

  6. Brooke December 18, 2011 10:46 am

    Thanks ladies!!
    And a big HUGE thank you to Lori for asking me to design. :)

  7. Mom December 18, 2011 11:11 am

    What an amazingly talented daughter I have. These creations are truly works of art.
    Way to go Brooke! Absolutely beautiful!

  8. Jeanie Gorrell December 18, 2011 11:13 am

    very proud of our neice..Brooke you are very talented!

  9. Haleigh December 18, 2011 11:19 am

    Way to go Brooke! Love you so much! You are the most talented sister ever! <3 <3

  10. Baba - Jacki Jennings December 18, 2011 11:24 am

    Brooke you are amazing. What a beautiful collection of work. I am so proud of you. I started to cry when I saw that my cookie recipe was included in your work (this year’s are on their way with Haleigh).

  11. LisaT. December 18, 2011 11:57 am

    WOW!!  Brook all your creations are absolutly gorgeous!!!

  12. Tammy B December 18, 2011 12:19 pm

    Great Job Brooke…April tagged me so I could see them. All awesome designs and great recipe too

  13. Bonnie Friesen December 18, 2011 12:32 pm

    Brooke I am in awe of your work! You are so talented and God has really blessed you! I am proud to know you! Keep on creating!

  14. Laura December 18, 2011 3:36 pm

    Gorgeous work Brooke!!

  15. Peggy December 18, 2011 3:43 pm

    Stunning work Brooke. Everything looks absolutely amazing! Wonderful for the lucky recipients of your gifts.

  16. Rhonda Smith December 18, 2011 7:28 pm

    Creativity must run in the family…beautiful work!

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