12 Days Blog Hop: Free Printable Gift Card Envelope

Thanks so much for coming back for MORE awesome 12 Days of Christmas inspiration, freebies and more!

First, let’s catch up on everything that has happened so far!  Be sure to click over to check out these awesome posts!

And today, I have a FREE Mini Gift Card Envelope Printable!  Just click the image to download it to your desktop, then print it out on 8.5×11 paper on your regular printer.

I used the Fan Freebie mini kit by Laura which you can pick up for a VERY limited time on her Wishing Well Creations Facebook page!

Looking for another great Freebie gift card holder, check out the Fan Freebie over at the Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs Facebook Page!

Go grab it for a limited time!

Don’t forget to keep coming back for more 12 Days of Christmas blog hop inspiration!

12 Days Blog Hop: December Album Inspiration and a HUGE Digi Giveaway!


Head on over to Laura’s blog at Wishing Well Creations to hear about a digi girl making a paper album and then giving away a HUGE lot of digital scrapbooking goodies!  You are sure to be inspired!

Her awesome album cover (she talks through her process):

Laura’s ginormous giveaway:


You must enter on Laura’s blog post!!

And, don’t forget to enter to win a HUGE lot of traditional scrapbooking goodies by an official My Mind’s Eye designer, Mari Koegelenberg herself.  Pick up a free advent calendar template while you are there (it’s totally not too late!!).

Finally, don’t forget to enter to win the Jesus Storybook Bible here on my blog, and get some advent inspiration as well!

We’re having fun bringing you the 12 Days of Crafty Christmas!!  Keep checking back for more crafty inspiration!

12 Days Blog Hop: My Mind’s Eye Giveaway and Free Advent Calendar


Head over to Mari Koegelenberg’s blog to enter to win an amazing pack of paper goodies that she created for My Mind’s Eye.


While you are there, pick up a FREE Advent Calendar template!


Don’t you love what we have for you so far?  

Keep an eye on our blogs as we continue the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop!

And, don’t forget to enter my Jesus Storybook Bible giveaway!

12 Days Blog Hop: Jesse Tree Advent with the Jesus Storybook Bible

This giveaway is over!  Congratulations to Barbara!  I’ll send you your Bible right away!

Welcome to the 12 Days of Crafty Christmas Blog Hop!  I have teamed up with 5 other fabulous designers, and we are excited to be bringing you some crafty inspiration to help you celebrate this Christmas season.  Look forward to some wonderful project ideas, tutorials, freebies and giveaways brought to you by Mari Koegelenberg, Pamela of Keeping Life Creative, Laura of Wishing Well Creations, Melissa of Domesticated Lady, Jen of Girl Boy Girl Designs and myself, Kelleigh Ratzlaff.

I’m excited to get the ball rolling today and show you what I have been working on!

Read all the way to the bottom, because I have a giveaway!!

Several years ago, I heard about the Jesse Tree Project, which is an advent retelling of God’s plan to rescue His children.  It comes from Isaiah 11:1 – “A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse: from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.”  This verse refers to Jesse, the father of King David, who was in the lineage of Jesus Christ.

It’s important to our family to keep Christ in Christmas and pass on a strong tradition of celebrating what the birth of Jesus Christ means for our salvation.

Jesus didn’t stay in the manger.  He lived a life that we should try to live, he died a death we should have died, and he rose again so that we can live forever with him!!

Last year, I discovered the world’s greatest children’s Bible:  The Jesus Storybook Bible.  I had heard many, many reviews from trusted friends and pastors recommending this Bible, so I purchased one for our family.  Now, I must say that we have several kid’s Bibles.  Like, maybe 6?  A lot.  What I love about this Bible is that the subtitle is so true:  Every story whispers his name.  And, it’s true!  Every story written in the Jesus Storybook Bible concludes with a paragraph that points to Jesus.  All throughout the Old Testament and the New Testament, everything points to Jesus.  It is such a great survey of God’s Plan, and a wonderful reminder to adults and children alike.  I get choked up every time I read from the Jesus Storybook Bible!  Plus, the stories are short enough that we read one story each morning while waiting for the bus to come.  If you have 5 minutes, you have enough time to have a meaningful family devotion time.  Not kidding.

I loved the idea of a Jesse Tree, however I wanted it to be very accesible to my children, plus I was a little intimidated by the whole project.  I needed simple, understandable and cute!!  But, I knew that this was the year I was going to do the Jesse Tree!

At the same time all of this was running through my head, I discovered that someone had put together an Advent Reading list using stories from the Jesus Storybook Bible!  I was giddy!  A match made in heaven!

I asked my sweet friend, Pamela of Keeping Life Creative to create some printable ornaments using her felty talents, and she agreed!  I was so excited with what she came up with.  Check out her blog post to see how she put her ornaments together.  It’s a lot easier than what I did, so those of you who are intimidated, please don’t be!  You can do this!  Pamela’s printable set is geared toward the actual Jesse Tree tradition and contains Bible story passage references from that tradition.

However, I bugged her again, and she agreed to create a FREE little add-on set just for those of us who are doing the Jesus Storybook Bible Advent!!  YAY PAM!  You are so wonderful, my friend.  Thank you very much!!

I love how my ornaments turned out!

 This is what I did. Some of it is technical, but for those of you who are familiar with Photoshop, it will be no biggie.  I’ll include some “basic version” directions, too.

First, I had to pull Pam’s PDFs into Photoshop.  I simply went to File>Open and selected the PDF file.  I left everything on the pop up screen as-is, and imported all of her files.  They opened on the screen as if they were jpg images.

Next, I selected (Rectangular or Eliptical Marquee tool) each image and cut it (ctrl X), then switched to Silhouette Studio  and pasted it onto a blank screen (ctrl V).  It comes in ginormous, so I clicked and dragged the corners to resize it to inky-dinky.

Next, I set up my Silhouette screen like this (and hopefully you will figure it out by just looking):

And I used the print and cut feature.  Love that feature!!

Basic Version:  Open the PDF document and go to your print dialog box (so, click the printer image).  Then, on the next screen under “Pages to Print” type in 7-10 (the pages without the dashed lines) and under Size Options, click “Shrink Oversized Pages”.   Now, look toward the bottom and click the Page Setup box.  Scale the image down by a %.  Your setting will vary, so I’m not even going to guess what you would put in there, but you could start with 40%, print it out and see what you get.  Your ornaments could be larger than mine or smaller!  The idea here is to shrink the page down so that when you punch the image out with your paper puncher, it will fit nicely in the punchout area.

I added ribbon to the back of the little wooden disks I found at Michael’s.

And then glued the pictures to the front.  I plan to mod podge them one day, but today is not that day.  Mama’s tired.

I knew I would forget which picture went with which story, so I made little punch-out (or cut out) labels for the backs, too!  I created mine in Silhouette Studio, but I re-created it here for you!  Click on the image below to download my basic sheet in a fully editable psd file (for Photoshop users) and two PDF files:  one with circles and one without circles.

I am so excited about the way this project turned out.  It’s simple, easy to use, and it will definitely help us to focus on the reason behind the season.  My kids can’t wait to start pulling them out of the box one by one, read the story and hang them on a miniature Christmas tree!


And now, for the giveaway!!  I recently found the The Jesus Storybook Bible for a seriously awesome price, so I bought a couple of extras to give as gifts.  I’m still waiting for the box to arrive, but as soon as it does, I’d like to send one Jesus Storybook Bible to one of my blog readers!! I’ll be choosing a winner on December 24th, so you have plenty of time to send your friends over here to enter.

To enter, simply leave a comment on this blog post.  Do you have an advent tradition?  I’d love to hear about it!


Merry Christmas, everyone!  

Don’t forget to keep coming back and hop along with us as we continue the 12 Days of Crafty Christmas!!

Quick Gifts! A Blog Hop Round-Up and New Releases!

If you missed out on the limited time 12 Days grab bag that I put together with Mari Koegelenberg, Pamela Donnis and Melissa Wilson, don’t fret! NOW, you can pick up JUST the pieces you really had your eye on, in our individual stores!!  Love Mari’s bold papers and elements?  Did you think Mel’s soft and sweet mix was more your style?  How about Pam’s funky vintage look?  Perhaps you needed some quick print and assemble gift ideas from me!  In any case, this is your chance to grab what you want!!

Check out my store at The Digichick where I’ve listed my three contributions, and put them ON SALE for New Release Thursday!!

PLUS, you can still pick up all of our freebies and peruse the tutorials that we put together for the fabulous blog hop:

I’m STILL needing some more ideas for the Wish Baskets we are giving to the boys.  Can you think of some fun, inexpensive, family oriented activities to list on their coupons??  I need help!