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Christmas Gift Basket Idea

****FAMILY MEMBERS: Don’t look at this one please :)!****

Here’s an idea I have been wanting to try ever since I saw it on Kayla’s blog last year around this time: homemade caramel dip! I was amazed that you can make this great treat right in the can without ever even opening it :). You just remove the labels from some cans of sweetened condensed milk, put them into a deep pot, and completely cover them with water, then boil them for three hours (adding water when needed). The milk turns into a caramel-y type sauce – who knew?? But I learned after the fact that it can be dangerous because the cans will exploded if the water level drops below the tops of the cans! Good thing I remembered to keep adding water :)!!! Despite the risk, I will be making more of these – I tested some, and it is YUMMY!

Christmas Gift Basket Idea

Here’s a gift basket idea: Decorate cans of homemade caramel dip (I used printed papers from Chrstmas Heart), add some apples, candies and bags of nuts and you have a sweet gift to  be enjoyed by all … I hope ;)!

Today Only Quick Page SALE :)!

It’s time for another Sunny Sunday Sale! The Christmas Heart Quick Page set is on sale for only $2 today – that’s more than 50% off :)!

Christmas Heart Quick Pages

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Christmas Heart Quick Pages Details

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Starburst Paper Tutorial, Plus Another Chance to Win!

Firstly, I wanted to let you all know that there is a contest going on at Sunshine Studio Scraps with a chance to win my Christmas Heart kit :)! Click Here to Check it Out :)!

I have been so focused on hybrid crafts that I haven’t talked much about digi scrapping lately. I finished up another page for my scrapblog book today, so I thought I’d share a quick tutorial :)!!

Scrapblog Christmas Book Page

Credits: Christmas Heart kit and Christmas Heart quick page, by Jess Gordon, available here. Fonts: Cry Kitty and Problem Secretary.

Create a Starburst Look with Solid Papers

Papers with a starburst pattern on them are so fun, and they’re great for emphasizing part of your page, as I have done in the layout above. To get this look using a simple solid paper I followed these steps:

  1. Open the solid paper in photoshop.
  2. Using the Polygonal Lasso Tool, draw out some selections for the “rays” for your starburst. Draw the first ray, making a closed shape (it will have marching ants around it when you are finished). Holding down the shift key, draw the rest of the rays. You only need to draw the lighter colored rays. You can be a perfectionist and make sure all the rays meet perfectly in the center, or you can just make rough shapes like I did :).
  3. After step 2, you should have all of your light colored rays selected (outlined with marching ants). Right click inside one of the selections, and choose “layer via copy”
  4. Change the blend mode of the new layer you just created to “screen”, and adjust the opacity to your liking (I used 63% for this example).

That’s it – have fun :)!!!

Hybrid Ideas From Christmas Past

Meeeeeeerry Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!! I was browsing through last year’s posts about my hybrid Christmas projects, and I thought I’d share some of the pics again in case some of you are newer readers. There are some fun ideas here I plan to borrow from for this year’s gifts :)! If you click the images, you will be taken to the original post, which has more information about each project. All of these projects were made with either Shabby Princess, Shabby Miss Jenn or Weeds and Wildflowers digital designs. If you like these, you will LOVE their new designs for this year even more!!! But I’m pretty sure all of the designs from last year are still available in their stores as well :).

Shabby Princess 2 Page Calendar

Have you made any hybrid Christmas gifts this year? Do you plan to? I’d love to hear what you’re making, so please share – I still have more people on my list to make things for ;). And if you have pics online, please link us up :)!!!

Christmas Heart One Day SALE!

The Daily Scrapper has a fun daily advent calender going on this month with a new kit on sale every day  – today’s special is my Christmas Heart kit which is on sale for just $3 – that’s a 45% savings! But this sale is for one day only, so don’t miss out :)! *Click Here to Visit My Store*

By-the-way, have any of you ever used scrapblog? I am just starting a fun Christmas book on there, and here’s the first page I finished :)! I plan to print my book for a Christmas gift when it’s finished – has anyone tried them for printing? I’d love to hear about your experience with them…

Scrapblog Page
Credits: Christmas Heart kit and Christmas Heart quick page, by Jess Gordon, available here. Font: Cry Kitty.

More Christmas-y Freebies :)

Not much time for posting tonight – but I did want to send another freebie your way! These templates coordinate with Christmas Heart, and even have a few real elements in there too :)! I loved these quick pages I made for Doris Castle (with her GORGEOUS kit, Snow Drift) so much that I decided to make a template set from them, to put in the store – but I ran out of time, so here are the two I did finish. Enjoy!

Christmas-y Templates

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Another Christmas Craft Tutorial :)!

Hybrid Gift Card HolderOK, show of hands: who out there has a “difficult to shop for” friend or family member? As much as we love to give handmade or personalized gifts, there are times when the best gift is really a gift card (especially if you also sometimes forget to pick up a gift until the last minute like I do – LOL)! That’s why I looooved the idea of these crafty little gift card holders!  They dress up the gift card and add a touch of handmade to a usually boring looking gift. PLUS, you can add a little handle to hang them on the Christmas tree with – TOO CUTE!! I made this one using the Krafty Christmas Gift Couture Printables by Melinda Staley, she has lots of great printables in her store, including some cards and gift tags. This project is in The Daily Scrapper Christmas Edition as well - click HERE to see the tutorial and full credit information!

Freebies, Giveaways and Sales, Oh My!

Merry Christmas!!!!!! I have lots of news today, so let me just get started :)! First, I wanted to let you know I put a new option in my store for buying all of my Christmas Heart goodies. You can now save $5 on your purchase if you get the bundle, which includes the paper pack, elements, printable projects and the quick pages :).

 

Update: This kit is now a freebie! *Click Here to Download*

Giveaways!

Next, I wanted to let you in on a few giveaways going on right now – you have a chance to win one of the Christmas Heart Printables sets right here at DST’s 12 Days of Christmas, and there is also a gift card up for grabs at Emily Giovanni’s Blog-a-versary celebration – plus a bunch of other awesome prizes!

Sales!

Sunshine Studio Scraps has a really cool sale every week called Sunny Sunday. Everything in the Sunny Sunday category is $2 or less :)! So I decided to join in the fun this week – all of my templates are only $2 this Sunday only 12/7/2008!!!

Real Flower Templates

Real Flower Templates

Layered Shape Templates

Layered Shape Templates

Autumn Shapes

Autumn Shape Templates

My Favorite Things Templates

All My Favorite Things Templates

Did you think I forgot the freebies? LOL – of course not :)! Here’s one I made using elements from my Christmas Heart kit :). I have some more freebies in store for you too – but I will save them for a future post. If you grab this freebie, please spread the Christmas cheer by leaving a Christmas-y comment on this post :)!!!

Christmas-y Cluster Freebie

*Click Here to Download Freebie!*

Christmas Heart Hybrid Inspiration

Oh boy, I’m SO EXCITED! I have teamed up with the super talented hybrid genius, Kelleigh Ratzlaff to offer you these new printable projects :)! Kelleigh has a whole store over at The Digi Chick filled with fab hybrid templates, and I am thrilled that she has agreed to use her craft creating skills to make these fun projects with my designs.

Aren’t they beautiful? I think they would be PERFECT for filling with candy :). Maybe for a teacher gift, or to give to your favorite neighbor :)? Can’t wait to make one!

UPDATE: These are now available as freebies :)! *Click Here*

Christmas Heart Printables

I also put together a quick page set using Christmas Heart, which is now in the store:

Christmas Heart Quick Pages

Here’s a close-up view , so you can see the details:Christmas Heart Quick Pages Details

Besides Kelleigh’s awesome boxes, I have also been wanting to share some other hybrid projects created by my Christmas Heart “One-Kit-CT”. I never asked them to make something hybrid, so imagine my surprise and delight when I saw these :)!!!!

Brooke made a really sweet card – love the quote on this one :)!

Brooke - In Oregon

Brooke - In Oregon

And Wendy made a whole bracket album – isn’t it fantastic?? I really enjoyed looking at all of her wonderful family photos :)!

Wendy

Wendy

Have you made any Christmas-y hybrid projects? I love to see them, so please share!

Free Hybrid Photo Box with Tutorial

Yay! I can finally show you the project I made for the December 2008 issue of the DST Insider :). Every member (even the free memberships) of digishoptalk.com can download the free monthly ezine – so if you aren’t signed up already, I highly recommend it! You will join over 18,000 members who already have access to everything the DST Insider has to offer. This month’s issue is of course exploding with Christmas craft ideas – HYBRID HEAVEN :)!!! I have a few projects in there, plus this free project download created with papers from my Christmas Heart kit.

Update: Since this was a free download from the 2008 issue (no longer available) I have uploaded the link for you:

Link Expired, Sorry! *Click Here for the Free Printable Photo Box Download Page*

The project is a little paper box which opens up to reveal tiny scrapbook pages :). You can place single photos on the pages or size-down your favorite digital scrapbook pages to put on there. You can also easily turn this box into a Christmas tree ornament like I did in the example below. What fun :)!

Hybrid Photo Box

Credits: Free printable project by Jess Gordon, flowers and gems by Prima.

Open Hybrid Photo Box

Hybrid Photo Box Tutorial

Hybrid Photo Box Step 1Photo Box – Outside

This is the outside of the box, it just needs to be printed. If you print it first, before getting started on the box inside it will have a chance to dry before you print the opposite side.

IMPORTANT: Before printing, be sure to select “printable area: center” in your page set up (wording may be different depending on your printer), so the edges will line up when you print the other side. Do not cut this shape out until you have printed the other side of the page!

Tips: for best results, print on double-sided, matte photo paper. To save ink and paper, you can draw a white box over the text on this and other pages before printing, using your photo editing software.

Making the Inside Pages
Hybrid Photo Box Step 2

Step 1 – Open the .psd file called “JG_Hybrid_Photo_Box_Layers.psd” in your photo-editing software. These are the photo pages. Place photos or tiny layouts resized to 2”x2” behind the frames in the spaces indicated. Turn off the text layers before printing. You can make as many or as few of these layers as you like – two color options are available :).  They look best if the images are all facing toward the center.

Step 2- Print all of your pages. If you use double-sided, matte photo paper, you can print on both sides – just make sure to choose “center” in your printer settings so that the pages line up properly, and do not cut the shape out until you have printed the other side of the page!! If you decide to print on both sides, at least one set of pages should be printed on the opposite side of the striped outside layer.

Hybrid Photo Box Step 3
Step 3 – Cut out all of your pieces. Fold each page upward to create a box shape.

Step 4 – For multiple pages, attach each new page layer to the one below with a bit of adhesive around the center.

Making the Photo Box Lid

Hybrid Photo Box Step 4Print, cut out. Cut along solid lines, fold along dotted lines. Adhere the little flaps at the corners to the insides of the box edges using tape or any other adhesive. Note: If you plan to make the box into a Christmas tree ornament, you may want to punch holes in the centers before folding.

Christmas Ornament Variation

Follow steps 1-3, except punch a hole in the center of the lid and all pages before folding. If you have multiple pages, adhere them at the centers, carefully lining up each hole. Thread a looped piece of ribbon, yarn, string, etc through the box base and lid, allowing enough room so that you can lift the lid easily without removing it from the loop, then knot at the bottom of the box.

There you have it! I hope you get a chance to make one of these – I really love how mine came out :). Remember, this project is a free download as part of this month’s DST Insider :)!

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