Friday, January 13, 2012

Caramels + GIVEAWAY

You may be done with candy making until next Christmas (or maybe you’re vowing never to do it again), but it may just be the perfect creative venture for Valentine’s Day. There are quite a few basic caramel recipes out there, but let me share you mine along with some tips learned from A LOT of personal mistakes. For the past three Christmases I have undergone a caramel-making frenzy, and I’m confident in saying I have made every feasible mistake. It can be frustrating to read caramel recipes that make it sound so easy. Let me ease the minds of any of you who have never made caramels, or who have tried and failed, by saying, “You’re not an idiot: it is hard!” Or rather, it’s easy to make a mistake. The trick is to know what the possible mistakes are so you can avoid them. In this post I’m including an attached recipe document because it’s way too wordy for the blog! I hope this helps rather than confuses you. Download the recipe here.





I've shown a packaging idea here using a tag from my print-it-yourself The Paper Nut Valentine's as well as some fun bits of paper and die-cut accents from the Promise Me collection.


Thanks for perusing my posts this week! As a thank you I'm offering a 10% off any purchase from my shop. Enter "10PERCENT" at checkout.


Thank you so much, Jeanie! Those caramels look delicious. We love how you used the sheer die-cut accents with the bead to make a little gift tag bobble. Really, all of your ideas were fabulous!

Readers, would you like to get your hands on some of those sheer die-cut accents and pretty pink Promise Me papers? All you need to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment on this post. Tell us what you would create with the products if you won. The giveaway will end Sunday and we will announce the winner Monday.

58 comments:

Beth said...

I would make valentines cards, of course! Seems like perfect timing.

Kelly Massman said...

I would make valentines cards and sweet layouts! Thanks for a chance to win! Beautiful stuff!

Charlotte Brochu said...

Perfect for all those great Valentines projects that will be coming soon! Thanks for the chance!

Scrapycandy said...

I would make dozens of cards...as I missed Christmas completely this year. People are wondering if I'm ok! Thanks for such a gorgeous line.

Shirley said...

gorgeous creations!

jengd said...

mmmm... caramels! :) Beautiful line- I'd love to make some cards from this!

Lisa Morgan said...

I would love to make Valentine cards and pretty pink layouts of my girls with this beautiful collection.

Mary Jo said...

How will I make these beautiful creations with my sticky caramel fingers!?!?!

cin2273 said...

I would create some beautiful Valentine and Mother Day Cards!

lizardhad said...

I'm excited to try the caramels. Wish me luck. I've never made a good batch yet.

scrappinsmiles said...

Would love to make a soft page with my granddaughter's pic and some homemade flowers!!

Charisma3103 said...

I know exactly what I would do I would alter my Advantus - Tim Holtz - Idea-ology Collection - Configurations - Framed Box 4

LynnSevillana said...

I would love to have this line! My son's birthday is Valentine's Day so it's our favorite holiday! I would make Valentine's cards and perhaps scrapbook some photos from family birthday parties. Thanks!

kaw1963 said...

I would make mini album valentines for all my friends and family!

bfran55 said...

I would do layouts of my four granddaughters.

sleigh said...

I would love to make valentine cards while snacking on some yummy caramels!!! Love anything that includes 'caramel - caramel latte, creme caramel, chocolate caramels and...'

SWEET PAPER TREATS said...

MMM...Caramels are yummy and so is that paper collection!! If could get my hands on that I would definitely make a mini scrapbook and maybe some cards with the scraps left over. Thank you for the chance!! Karrie O.

April said...

How pretty!! I can see some layouts in my future if I was to win. ;)
- April W

Shanna Fugate said...

I would make some pretty stationary for my Niece, who loves to write letters!

Jill said...

Beautiful pages about my 7 daughters is what I would make...ohhh or even a mini book/album of them with black and white photos.....oh how pretty it would be!!!!!

Kim M said...

I would love to make some layouts about my girls, those pink papers are perfect!

Emily Keaton said...

Wow, great post! I'd love to win those great products. I'd turn them into the prettiest Valentines you ever did see!

Linda said...

I would make some really special Valentines for friends and family.

Nathalie said...

Since I didn't send any Christmas card this year, I would love to make lots of Valentine cards and send them to our far away friends and relatives!

Diana Waite said...

wonderful, valentine cards would be fun to make!

heyitsamanda said...

I would use these beautiful papers for my scrapbook for the year of 2011 which I haven't started yet!

lynda said...

I would probably use the goodies to make some layouts of my daughter. She's my main excuse to use pink!

brenlubrant said...

I would make a beautiful Valentine door hanger for my little 3 year old granddaughter. She would love it.

Marcia Dehn-Nix said...

I am thinking I need a Valentine Banner to help hubby remember, lol.

cster44 said...

I would love to make some cards and maybe a layout or two.

Stef said...

I would Start Scrapbooking again ;) I keep buying all these cute supplies, Now I need some Motivation ;) Pick Me
Stef
love4literacy@netscape.net

.:| Angela |:. said...

I'm thinking making little valentines for my sons' classes. These would be perfect! Thanks for the chance.

Scrappy Rat said...

I'd make some valentine songbirds to hang up around the house. So festive! :)

KerryTerrell said...

I think I'd make gift boxes to fill with treats for my coworkers to show them how much I love having them around. Of course, I'd also help my son make a Valentine for his kindergarten girlfriend :-)

Gail B. said...

This would be great for making scrapbooking pages of my daughter.

Anonymous said...

I would make very very cute cards and scrap pages, i love the mermaids and fishies and seahorsies, I have some chicago aquarium pics I could use !

amy dudrey

amydudrey@yahoo.com

Sherry F said...

I would create a purse box and card for my Mom for Mothers' Day.

ChickaDo said...

Carmels are for anytime I say. But for the paper I would love it to modge-podge on to some wood letters for some home decor for Valentine's. Would love it.

Hattie said...

Beautiful line - I would make layouts and cards. Thanks for the chance!

hattieshaven.blogspot.com

bryansgyrl said...

It would be really fun to make valentines with those papers! :)

Marcia Scantlin said...

I think this paper would be fun to use for Valentine's Day or a young girl page and that's what I would do when I win this.

Linda B said...

I have never made caramels before but I make killer candied pretzels (much easier)! I love your bead accents on the package, really adds that extra something to make it special! Thanks, hope I win - would love to make some cards with that beautiful paper!

Tigerberry said...

I believe some of these papers would be perfect for pages in my family history books I am working on. They remind me of the wall paper in my grandmothers' home. The papers cry out for card making and I love the tag idea.

Judy said...

Perfect timing...I would so love to be AHEAD of the holiday this year with homemade cards! Thank you.

Lori K. said...

I love the ideas. Such wonderful creativity. If I won, I would be making valentines for the family, ATCs and inchies for my trading group!

Jo4Him said...

All those fun things would be perfect for some spring cards. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Lililand said...

I would make a beautiful Valentien's card for my mom who lost her one & only valentine of 59 years this past year when my dad died.

Jennifer said...

Valentines day cards! Plus a birthday card for my valentine, his birthday is a few days before Valentines.

Rebecca W said...

I would use them on our 10th anniversary album layouts.
rlovew1976 at yahoo.com

Shannon said...

I think it would make great wall art! Hope I get picked and I'll show you!! :)

Carol said...

So pretty! I would make some Valentine's Day Cards.

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Angela said...

I would make some adorable Valentine's Day cards and little tags to go along with a sweet little gift...hummmm maybe caramels!!!!! Gosh they looked yummy!!!

Carol E said...

I'd make layouts and valentine cards. Thanks for the chance to win.

Shawninaz said...

Lovely Valentines cards such a pretty collection!

jan said...

Layers and layers of hearts, sewn through the middle to make a dimensional and beautiful valentine's card! I make friendship cards every year for valentines and would need lots!!!! :)

connie said...

I would create Valentine LO's! Thanks for the chance to win.

Laura Stewart said...

great stuff!

Mtika said...

I would love to make a beautiful scrap "book"! Love it!

 

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