A Hybrid Christmas: MORE Ideas for Your Last Minute Cards, Gifts and Decor {Blog Launch-Day 3}

Are you all ready for a few more hybrid ideas to help you put the homemade in this year’s Christmas?  Well good–because these few ideas are quick, simple and beautiful–however I can’t take all the credit for that last part!

If you remember I promised you another great gift from our friend Anna Aspnes and here it is:


Download WinterMint Add-on Here

This beautiful add-on kit is available exclusively to those of you joining me for my blog launch party–so you’ll want to be sure to download this extra special gift from Anna today!  In addition I’ve prepared a few project ideas below for you, using some simple steps and the beautiful elements in this add-on kit!  So now that you have everything you need–let’s get started with some quick and fun hybrid crafting!

Christmas Postcard 

This is a simple yet personal way to send out Holiday Greetings this year to your closest family and friends.  And with less expensive rates and faster arrival times sending personalized postcards can help you to save time and money too!

Follow these steps to make your own designer postcards:

  1. In order for USPS postcard rates to apply, you should use a printing aid or template to help establish the appropriate measurements for your postcards–there are some available for purchase or the FREE template that I’ve used for my postcards  is available here.
  2. Design the front of your postcard to your liking and according to the dimensions of your template.
  3. Print both sides of your postcards, cut them apart and now they’re ready to send off with a special holiday message for your  family and friends.

CD Ornament

CD ornaments are a fun way to re-purpose your old CDs and dress up your tree at the same time!  They sparkle just right when the light hits them and they’ll showcase both your memories and digital talents too!  And once you are through with the ornaments for the year you can assemble them in a fun mini album for storage.

To create your own CD ornaments:

  1. Create a 4.5 inch circle clipping mask in Photoshop.
  2. Design your ornament image inside your circle mask using your photos and the elements in your mini kit.
  3. Print out your image and adhere it to an old CD and hang it from your tree!


Winter Recipe Cards

These can be a fun way to share some of your favorite holiday recipes as a gift or simply a nice touch in your own kitchen to celebrate the season.

Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Open a recipe card template or printable  like the one I used here in Photoshop and re-size if necessary or design your own recipe card layout from scratch.  I’ve used a size of 5×7 to accommodate my large handwriting–but other common sizes for recipe cards are 4×6 and 3×5.
  2. Layer the frame from the mini kit over top of each of your recipe cards and add any other finishing touches, such as text or additional elements.
  3. Then print your finished recipe templates out, cut the individual cards apart and start filling them with great holiday recipes!


And of course you can always use this mini kit to make a great holiday page!

If you love this add-on then chances are you’ll love these coordinating products too:

Thanks for stopping by today and thanks again to Anna Aspnes for sharing this wonderful gift with us!  See you tomorrow for another fun freebie!


17 Thoughts on “A Hybrid Christmas: MORE Ideas for Your Last Minute Cards, Gifts and Decor {Blog Launch-Day 3}

  1. Loving all these wonderful ideas you are sharing. Great idea for the CD!

    Thanks to you and Anna for the gift. It is like Christmas come early.

  2. askings on December 14, 2011 at 7:56 am said:

    Thanks Kathy! Glad you are enjoying the ideas!

  3. Wow! Great ideas! Thank you Amy!!
    And thank you for this great freebie, Anna!!

  4. Thanks so much for the ideas and the freebie from Anna is beautiful.

  5. Linda Bailey Bizjak on December 14, 2011 at 8:27 pm said:

    Amy, these ideas are so pretty. Such creativity from both you and Anna.

  6. Thank you so much for the Anna freebie, I just love her stuff…….your ideas are awesome too and I may use one of them.

  7. What a great new website! Thanks to you and Anna for some wonderful ideas and goodies.

  8. Jacqueline on December 15, 2011 at 6:43 am said:

    Inspiring, creative a wonderful new blog, Amy.
    Thanks for sharing your creativity and thanks to Anna for the beautiful freebie!
    Congratulations! Will be visiting you often.

  9. What wonderful ideas you’ve shown us and I love Anna’s little mini! Thanks so much Anna :)

  10. Thanks so much for the freebie from Anna; it is lovely!

  11. askings on December 23, 2011 at 9:53 am said:

    You are very welcome–thanks for stopping by!

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