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Hybrid Project

One of my favorite things to try with my digiscrap designs, is anything hybrid! I love combining what I do on the computer with real life things I can hold and touch. This idea was first inspired by the website Digital Scrapbooking 101. I tried their template, but it didn't work for what I was wanting to do, so I created my own!

The first thing I did was go to the store and buy several cans of Sweetened Condensed Milk. I bought the Nestle Carnation brand, but the other brand there was the exact same size, so either will work for this template. Then, I filled up a big pot with water, peeled the labels off the cans and put them in the water. Yep, they're still sealed and everything. I did 5 cans, but I could fit more and will do more next time.

I checked on them periodically and added water to make sure that water covered all the cans. I boiled them like this for 3 hours. At the end of the 3 hours, I opened one of the cans to try it myself and it was the best caramel dip, I've ever tasted. (I've been informed by my husband that this is actually a very popular south american treat called dulce de luce) but for me, it tasted like caramel! And it was so creamy and smooth!

Anyway, with the remaining sealed cans, I used the template I made by measuring the label, printed it out, cut it out and applied it to the cans. I also made cards to match. Didn't they turn out so cute? I can't wait to give these out to our friends and neighbors with a bag of apples!

So, for today's freebie, I have included the template for the label (2 on the page) and a template for the card. Plus, I included the pieces of the blue card so that all you have to do (if you want to make one yourself) is print it out on cardstock (I used my plain old $30 printer from Wal-mart), cut out the pieces and glue together! I hope you enjoy this and find a use for it as well! Oh, and the card is the size that will fit perfectly in a regular invitation envelope that you can buy in bulk for just a few dollars!

Download TEMPLATES here


Unto Us a Child is Born

Tonight's Word Art was inspired by the darling play I attended. My oldest son and my 7 yo daughter were both cast in the play. It's one of my absolute holiday favorites..."The Greatest Christmas Pageant Ever". I adore this play and the message taught by the dirty Herdmen children! My oldest played the oldest Herdman boy and that made it extra special! He played Joseph in the pageant, even if his character was a very unlikely Joseph.

But, I have to say, the show was stolen by the youngest Herdman child, Gladys. She was the Angel and had so much energy and excitement. When she jumped out, and with all the vibrance inside her, exclaimed "unto us a child is born" and then proceeded to shove the shepards toward the stable, it was not only darling, but a bit touching!

I have a picture of the cast. My son is the dirty boy, gathered around the manger in the cream shirt. My daughter is one of the baby angels in the background! It was a wonderful evening!

Download Word Art HERE


No Room in the Inn

One of my favorite parts of the Christmas story is how there was no room in the inn for Mary and Joseph. Having delivered 5 babies, with #6 coming this spring, I can't even imagine what it would be like to deliver in a stable with only the animals to oversee.

But, perhaps my favorite thing about this part of the story, is how it applies to me and my own life. Do I make room in my inn? Or am I too busy and too overwhelmed by life, to make room for the most important things. I hope this quote will help remind each of us, as we go about this busy time attending plays and parties and concerts and fit in the shopping--let's remember that making "room" for the important things is what we will remember most!

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Picture a Christmas

I just finished designing my new kit, called "Picture a Christmas". I loved every moment I spent on this kit! It is my favorite part of this season, and to be able to work on it a little bit every day, really has made this time of year, that much more special!

In releasing the kit, I am going to have a freebie every day, for the next week, that coordinates with the kit! They will be pieces that aren't included in the kit! So, you can pick these up, buy the kit and have it all! This kit comes with 27 papers and 40 elements. Plus, inside each freebie download, I will have a coupon for something special in my store! Tonight's coupon is for 50% off the kit! That can be on top of the 25% off the kit will be from now until Christmas, so you really can't beat getting this kit for 75% off it's original price! To pick up this gem, visit my store by clicking HERE.

Also, tomorrow I will have a new poll up for my build-a-kit! This got put on hold for a bit because I got so consumed in creating this new kit! But, we will be back on track tomorrow!

Click HERE to download!


Elephants on Parade

I have two freebies to give away tonight! I finished my new baby kit, "Elephants on Parade" and made a quickpage and Word Art to give to all of you! I'm still looking for theme ideas for the color palette to the right, so feel free to leave any ideas in the comment section here!
So, here is a layout with my baby girl (okay so she's almost 3!) right after she was born! I love this picture. It seems to capture a certain amount of vulnerability and innocence!
I turned this layout into the following quickpage. I also did the word art show here, separately, in case you'd like to use it on different layouts! You can pick up both below!

This kit is currently on sale for 50% off, in my shop HERE. Also, if you buy and download this kit, I snuck in a 50% off coupon for future orders into the element pack! Plus, don't forget that you can earn this kit or any of my other new kits just by choosing the winning theme for my new "build-a-kit".

Download Quickpage

Download Wordart


Free Paper Pack

Tis the Season to give, give, give! I love sharing freebies on the Web, and I thought this little paper pack would be perfect to share with you all! I made this awhile back for a challenge and I love the way the textures turned out! I LOVE rich papers! I hope you enjoy this as well!

Also, the poll is about up for the color palette, but now I need help with a theme! It looks like the first palette has won! So, post a comment here about a theme you can picture with this palette. If you theme idea is chosen, I will send you any one of the 4 kits posted on the side from my store! You choose your favorite! Here's what you do...Post a comment with a theme idea and which kit is your favorite. If I choose you, I will email you the download links for the kit and use your theme idea in building my new kit! Sound fun? I hope so! I love doing kits this way! I can't wait to see the ideas!

Click HERE and HERE to download my "French Countryside" paper pack!


Brownie Supreme Bake Off--Ct Call

Check out all the details HERE in our forum! This is going to be so fun!


CU Sampler for FREE

How can you beat 5 FREE CU products at once!!! I've got some fun CU packages in the work and thought I'd share a piece from several of them! For the preview, I included them colored, to give you some ideas, but each CU item comes desaturated and ready for any color you want to add!

While you're downloading, check out my poll on the side and choose a color palette! Also, leave a comment or two about any ideas you have for use of your favorite color palette!

Check back tomorrow for more fun things!
Download HERE


31% off ALL my products

Click on any of the kits to the side to visit my shop and look through my product! In honor of my 13th wedding anniversary today, I'm putting everything in my shop on sale for 31% off! This sale is on top of the 25% off sale I have for my holiday kits!


Freebie Quickpage and "Build-a-Kit"

For the Freebie today, I have a quickpage I made from my new kit "Perfect Dreams". I created this kit for the baby book of my daughter I am working on.

You can pick it up below!

I came up with a fun idea yesterday and I'm really excited to try it out! I love designing kits, but sometimes I do best when I have a reason to create it! So, here's your chance! Not only can you all help me "build-a-kit" but you will also have the chance to earn the kit for free-before it hits the store!

So, here is how it will work. I'm going to post a poll (look to the side) between several color palettes. You get to vote and the winner will be the palette I do the kit with. Also, when you vote for your color palette, post a comment here, letting me know ideas for themes! Once I get those two pieces of information, I will create the paper pack and give you all a chance to download for free! Next, I'll look for input on elements, word arts, etc. to go with the kit. Again, I will design it and then give a 24 hour period to download for free! Lastly, I will seek ideas for names for the kit and the winner of that will win a coupon to my shop!

Sound fun? I hope so! I'm looking forward to this!

Download Quickpage HERE


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