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Say it ain’t so!

This week has seriously gone way faster than I ever expected. I have a feeling the rest of the year is going to do the same.

Sometimes we just need to slow down our pace of life. I think I’ve been better about that this year, but I have my moments still. A little too many lately, it seems.


Okay, that being said, we have a full day ahead! :)

Today I’m sharing a couple projects that I worked on for this week. I wish I could have made the rest that are in my head. I expect you may be seeing more from me over time. I’m not done yet. ;)

Thought I’d give the box from Boxed Up  a little decor makeover using the gold vinyl and a handwritten word. To place the vinyl, I used a small piece of transfer tape. I might use a slightly larger one next time because the vinyl is floppier than it seems. I wasn’t sure how the tape would react to the cardstock either.


I also printed a little ‘It’s Your Birthday’ to go along with Heck Yes (which is a freebie you can get HERE). I also wanted the Heck Yes to be slightly thicker, so I added a .03″ internal and external offset and then welded it together. If you want to know how to thicken handwritten words, read this post.

And then finally, I made my white paint and postal paper tag. This is one of those things that has been in my mind to do for months now. Seriously.

It’s using a tag shape that will be coming out in a kit soon.


To make it, I cut a ‘stencil’ out of cardstock and found some obliging paint and foam brush. To create the stencil, type your words over the top half of the tag. I wanted mine to be larger than the tag so that it extended ‘off the page’, so to speak. 



I used some repositionable adhesive (Herma) and tacked the tag to a piece of paper. I slid and tacked down a small piece of cardstock between the tag halves so that when I painted it, it wouldn’t go onto the bottom half. Next, I adhered the stencil on top.


I painted the letters, without putting it on too thick. I didn’t want it to dry and stick, so I peeled off the stencil while it still had a smidgen of tackiness.


Add a ‘handmade reinforcement’ (aka, a silhouette cut set of circles) and a little twine and voila! You’re done!


Next up, it’s time for Flash Friday!


This week it’s all about Photo Templates.

Buy any two or more photo template kits
and save 35% on them.

Use code PHOTO at check out.
(Discount applies only to photo template purchases.)

This is a flash sale and it’s available for today only.


And now, it’s the final giveaway of the week. 

My own little ‘birthday gift’ to you, so to speak.


I’m giving away a $25 gift card to three lucky people! 

You can get several chances to win using the options below. 
This is open to everyone! :)

And I just want to give a shout out to all of you for making this week so wonderful! 
There’s nothing like spending your birthday all week with friends.


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  • Tammy Davis - September 19, 2014 - 6:49 am

    Tammy Davis – Altus, OKReplyCancel

  • Angeline Choo - September 19, 2014 - 6:50 am

    Happy birthday Kerri !! Your brown packages are awesome and the cut files just made it pop! Have an awesome time celebrating.

    Angeline – MalaysiaReplyCancel

  • Robin - September 19, 2014 - 6:52 am

    From TexasReplyCancel

  • Ruth Tacoma - September 19, 2014 - 7:03 am

    Ruth Tacoma from McBain MichiganReplyCancel

  • Theresa - September 19, 2014 - 7:05 am

    Thanks for all the inspiration this week – great ideas and projects.
    Theresa from Ohio.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Trimble - September 19, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Happy birthday! I check your blog every morning for inspiration! Then hurry home to try things out. Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - September 19, 2014 - 7:14 am

    Sterling, ILReplyCancel

  • Kate Hungerford - September 19, 2014 - 7:16 am

    I’d LUV to receive the $25 gift card!! There’s so much I want to buy in your shop. Thanks for the opportunity.

    Kate Hungerford
    Bethany Beach, DelawareReplyCancel

  • Lynda Callan Griffith - September 19, 2014 - 7:19 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri. Love, love your stuff!!ReplyCancel

  • Karen S - September 19, 2014 - 7:22 am

    Karen S
    Cleveland OHReplyCancel

  • Kathy Meredith - September 19, 2014 - 7:32 am

    Hi Kerri! I’m Kathy from Desert Aire, WA – the middle of everywhere, but it takes us an hour to get anywhere! I love your products and mostly love you as a teacher!ReplyCancel

  • Debi Vintinner - September 19, 2014 - 7:40 am

    Hope you have enjoyed your birthday celebration!! Thank you for the chance to win!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - September 19, 2014 - 7:46 am

    Pinehurst, NCReplyCancel

  • Jane Tiefenthaler - September 19, 2014 - 7:46 am

    Thabnks for the awesome giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hall - September 19, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Amanda Parham
    Simpsonville, SCReplyCancel

  • Karen Wilhelm - September 19, 2014 - 7:51 am

    Happy Birthday week Kerri! Hope you had a great one!! I love your creations and it would be so fun to win the gift card!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy W. - September 19, 2014 - 7:55 am

    A $25 gift card from your shop would be an awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.
    North TexasReplyCancel

  • Miriam Prantner - September 19, 2014 - 7:58 am

    What a fun week! thanks for all the great giveaways and inspiration!

    Miriam, Arlington VAReplyCancel

  • LouAnn V - September 19, 2014 - 8:12 am

    LouAnn from Chino, CAReplyCancel

  • Nashonne Newman - September 19, 2014 - 8:29 am

    Nashonne from Crete, ILReplyCancel

  • Samantha Clark - September 19, 2014 - 8:46 am

    Hi! Samantha, now from Fruita, Colorado. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Kim H - September 19, 2014 - 9:00 am

    Leavenworth, Ks

    Happy Birthday Week Kerri. The ideas you have shared this week have been amazing along with teh giveaways you’ve offered. Thanks for the cnance to win!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura T. - September 19, 2014 - 9:03 am

    Thanks for all the giveaway changes this week.

    Laura T.
    North Canton, OHReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - September 19, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Thanks for the week full of lots of eye candy!! Hope you had a wonderful Birthday week :)ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Bronson - September 19, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Marilyn from Mebane, NC! It has been a fun week — thanks for the opportunity to win.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - September 19, 2014 - 9:28 am

    Beautiful projects Kerri!
    Saratoga Springs, UtahReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - September 19, 2014 - 9:29 am

    Carolyn E
    Middleburg, FloridaReplyCancel

  • Brenda - September 19, 2014 - 9:35 am

    I have really enjoyed this week – love anything kraft!! I’m Brenda from Dove Canyon, CAReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - September 19, 2014 - 10:09 am

    I’ve enjoyed the week with all the inspiration. Thanks for the fun week and for the awesome giveaway.

    Jeannie from hot & humid SingaporeReplyCancel

  • Carla Hundley - September 19, 2014 - 10:10 am

    Carla Hundley
    Orem, UtahReplyCancel

  • Jessica Dougherty - September 19, 2014 - 10:17 am

    thanks for all the chances to win! hope you have a fabulous birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Stanczyk - September 19, 2014 - 10:33 am

    Thank you again Kerri for the “gifts” this week. I feel we should be gifting you, it’s your birthday! Your little boxes are so cute. Hope you had a great birthday.ReplyCancel

  • PaulaJean Kirby - September 19, 2014 - 10:33 am

    My name is PaulaJean (PJ …no one ever remembers PaulaJean unless I’m getting in trouble!) I’m from Douglas, MAReplyCancel

  • Melanie Stanczyk - September 19, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Melanie Stanczyk
    Custer, WisconsinReplyCancel

  • Kendra - September 19, 2014 - 11:04 am

    Kendra Grande
    Parker, COReplyCancel

  • Amy M. C. - September 19, 2014 - 11:05 am

    Amy Cooley, Indianapolis, INReplyCancel

  • Kelli W - September 19, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Kelli W.
    Cedar Park, TX

    thanks for the chance to win!!!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - September 19, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    Anacortes WAReplyCancel

  • Angela K - September 19, 2014 - 12:35 pm

    Angela K
    Holbrook, AZReplyCancel

  • Karen Peterson - September 19, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Karen Peterson, Eagle River, AKReplyCancel

  • Lynette Ballard - September 19, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    Lynette Ballard
    Hurricane UT

    I have to say, your little trick of adding an offset if you want words thicker/thinner, totally saved me yesterday! I had a skinny font that I knew wouldn’t weed very good…so I just made it fatter! Your tricks and classes are sooo helpful! :) I hope you’ve had a good week, it’s been fun to see all the fun ideas!ReplyCancel

  • christi - September 19, 2014 - 1:22 pm

    Christi from MassachusettsReplyCancel

  • Ruthie Lopez - September 19, 2014 - 1:23 pm

    Great idea!! Thanks for the chance to win!
    San Diego CA :)ReplyCancel

  • carrie - September 19, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Happy Birthday! And thank you so much for sharing all this magicalness during your birthday :)
    Seriously, great fun ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Torrie - September 19, 2014 - 1:37 pm

    Happy birthday Kerri and thanks for including us in the celebration! Torrie from Surprise, AZ.ReplyCancel

  • Cari - September 19, 2014 - 1:39 pm

    Hagerstown, MD

    Such cute ideas this week!
    Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • mitchmac - September 19, 2014 - 1:51 pm

    Yay – something for international fans – thanks so much for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Margie Visnick - September 19, 2014 - 2:18 pm

    Thanks for all of the fun inspiration this week! Margie Visnick, TNReplyCancel

  • Deborah Northcutt - September 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Happy Birthday, Kerri! Love all the great giveaways! Thank you so much!!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry T - September 19, 2014 - 2:31 pm

    Thanks for all the chances to win this week…from Dodge City, KS.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Whiteman - September 19, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    Keri I love love love your stuff. Thanks so much for the Friday freebies.ReplyCancel

  • Julie Whiteman - September 19, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    Kerri I love love love your stuff. Thanks so much for the Friday freebies.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie Smith - September 19, 2014 - 3:07 pm

    I just discovered your blog! Well so much for cleaning today- I have been reading your blog and watch tutorials.ReplyCancel

  • RPomeroy - September 19, 2014 - 3:20 pm

    Coeur D’AleneReplyCancel

  • Christine M - September 19, 2014 - 3:42 pm

    Love your ideas so talented you are!ReplyCancel

  • Amber M. - September 19, 2014 - 4:13 pm

    Happy end-of-birthday week! The silver lining is that today is FRIDAY :) Thanks so much for a great celebratory week with wonderful inspiration and amazing giveaways!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - September 19, 2014 - 4:26 pm

    Your tag is so cute! Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • a - September 19, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    Oh…you want a specific comment. I’m Angie – I’m from the Seattle area!ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Elmont - September 19, 2014 - 4:27 pm

    Thanks for all the wonderful stuff you create for us to enjoy! Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie/scrapchick - September 19, 2014 - 4:28 pm

    Hope you had a Great Birthday week! Thanks for all the cool ideas & chances to win!

    Carrie in WisconsinReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant - September 19, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    Wishing you a very happy birthday! Thanks for offering such fun party favors this week! :)
    Denise Bryant from Penn Valley, CA.ReplyCancel

  • Katie B. - September 19, 2014 - 5:13 pm

    I hope you have had a great birthday week! Thank you for sharing it with us. And for spreading the love with all of the wonderful giveaways. Love the gold letters wrapping around the edges!

    Katie B. from Western MarylandReplyCancel

  • Angela - September 19, 2014 - 5:13 pm

    Angela from IndyReplyCancel

  • Debbie S. - September 19, 2014 - 6:02 pm

    Love reading your blog. I find lots of valuable information here.ReplyCancel

  • Lenore - September 19, 2014 - 6:05 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Barrett - September 19, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    Jessica A. from west Tx! This site is full of AWESOMENESS- HAPPY birthday have amazin talent!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - September 19, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    It’ been a fun week Kerri following all these blog posts. Once again, Happy Birthday and may this year be filled with joy, happiness and abundant love.ReplyCancel

  • Gracie Williams - September 19, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    Gracie Williams
    San Antonio, TexasReplyCancel

  • Marcia Dehn-Nix - September 19, 2014 - 7:09 pm

    Marcia from Minnesota. Love your cut files and the inspiration here. Happy Birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Stacie D - September 19, 2014 - 7:20 pm

    Happy Birthday week!ReplyCancel

  • lisa - September 19, 2014 - 7:34 pm

    loving the contestReplyCancel

  • Amy Coose - September 19, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    Amazing inspiration, and thanks for the chance to win!

    Amy in VAReplyCancel

  • julie - September 19, 2014 - 7:49 pm

    thanks for the chance to win!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina H - September 19, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win! I hope you had a fabulous birthday week!!ReplyCancel

  • Sue T - September 19, 2014 - 8:33 pm

    Sue Taylor, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Thanks for the fun week Kerri :)ReplyCancel

  • Alysia H - September 19, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    Alysia from Utah but living in ArizonaReplyCancel

  • heather - September 19, 2014 - 8:49 pm

    Heather from OR.ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay F - September 19, 2014 - 9:00 pm

    Coming from Salt Lake City!ReplyCancel

  • deb pereira - September 19, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Amy O - September 19, 2014 - 10:08 pm

    Hi I’m Amy from Central IL, USA!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - September 19, 2014 - 11:24 pm

    Happy birthday Kerri. I’ve been enjoying your celebrations from Scotland.ReplyCancel

  • Bernice J - September 19, 2014 - 11:49 pm

    Bernice from Alberta, CanadaReplyCancel

  • Cindy B - September 20, 2014 - 12:12 am

    Cindy B from beautiful NW MontanaReplyCancel

  • Patty G.p - September 20, 2014 - 8:09 am

    Wowsers! A gift card would be well used! Love all your designs! Thanks for sharing your birthday with us!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne K - September 20, 2014 - 8:15 am

    Love your stuff! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Patty G. - September 20, 2014 - 8:17 am

    Whoops! Couldn’t edit my comment for my typo! Thanks for the chance!
    Frenchtown, NJReplyCancel

  • Kelly Humby-Tulk - September 20, 2014 - 8:28 am

    I’m from Tennessee.ReplyCancel

  • Tana - September 20, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Sweet…would love this

  • Nita K. - September 20, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Nita from Austin, TexasReplyCancel

  • Tami - September 20, 2014 - 9:07 am

    I am loving the simple embellishments that you are showing for birthday gifts!ReplyCancel

  • Tami - September 20, 2014 - 9:09 am

    Sorry, I forgot to leave where I’m from – Kansas!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - September 20, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Salt Lake City, UTReplyCancel

  • lindsey - September 20, 2014 - 9:30 am

    I could put these to good use for sure!ReplyCancel

  • laura mm - September 20, 2014 - 9:35 am

    These are gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaways :)
    Laura from FLReplyCancel

  • rita timmons - September 20, 2014 - 10:44 am

    what a clever idea! imagine the possibilities by using the cutouts as stencils as well.ReplyCancel

  • Melissa S - September 20, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri! Thanks for the fun week and chance to win :) Melissa – Halifax, NS, CanadaReplyCancel

  • Cindy - September 20, 2014 - 12:18 pm


  • Ellie Augustin - September 20, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Cause who doesn’t love your kits!!! Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl :) - September 20, 2014 - 3:59 pm

    Cheryl – Keytesville, MOReplyCancel

  • Jean Nielsen - September 20, 2014 - 4:49 pm

    You’re awfully nice to be giving away gifts for YOUR birthday! Hope you had a really nice birthday…ReplyCancel

  • Sarita - September 20, 2014 - 5:58 pm

    San Diego, CAReplyCancel

  • kathy anderson - September 20, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    Kathy Anderson from Sparks, Nevada.
    Happy Birthday Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah W A - September 20, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    The generosity just keeps on coming! Thanks for all the great stuff being given away this week. Hope your birthday rocked!ReplyCancel

  • linda - September 20, 2014 - 7:53 pm

    Cool You have the birthday and we get the gifts! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Lara Read - September 20, 2014 - 8:35 pm

    Hope you had a great week! Happy Bday! lara read in PG UTReplyCancel

  • Tara - September 20, 2014 - 9:49 pm

    Happy Birthday week!
    Tara M from Lewisville NCReplyCancel

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We’ve been having such a grand week so far. Could it get any better?

Uhhh…can I get a big ol’…

…heck yes!

We have some more absolute awesomeness coming from Layle today. She was one busy gal concocting up all these goodies! I’m gonna let all the work speak for itself first and then I will speak at the end. Because…um…wow?


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[ Design | Feathers ]

Layle says:  I love these feathers!  I wanted the package to be fairly neutral, so I cut the feathers from white card stock.  When I laid them down on the front of the package, I thought it was far too boring, so I added a little glitter to the tops of the feathers to spice things up a bit :)  This package could be used for virtually any occasion.

I painted a thin layer of Mod Podge on the top of each feather and then dumped glitter on top.  Super easy technique that packs a punch!

cloud paper

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[ Design | Happy Camper (clouds) ]

Layle says: This was such a fun project to do!  And in keeping with the theme of my post & projects, another easy one to do.  For this project, I created my own wrapping paper by painting clouds on the paper itself.  I started by creating a stencil in Silhouette Studio using the clouds from the Happy Camper kit.  I ungrouped the clouds and then moved and rotated them so they would be randomly spaced/placed when I painted.

I used a white Martha Stewart acrylic paint along with one of her Foam Pouncer Tops.  You just screw the pouncer top onto the paint, dab it on a piece of scratch paper a few times to get the paint flowing, and you’re off to the races

A few recommendations if you want to do something similar:
  1. Keep your stencil to a manageable size.  The one I created here is 4.5″x12″.  I wouldn’t recommend going much taller than 4.5″ or it might be hard to hold onto the stencil when you’re painting each shape.
  2. Use a sturdy material to create your stencil.  I used regular card stock, which was no problem considering this was a ‘one and done’ project, meaning I don’t have plans to use this stencil again.  If you think you might want to reuse a stencil, use a heavier material so the design keeps it’s shape over time.
  3. Paint from the outside of the design in towards the center.  That’s especially helpful if your design comes to a sharp point in places, so your stencil retains it’s shape and doesn’t lose those points.  It will also help prevent paint from bleeding under your stencil.
  4. Rotate your stencil.  Rotating your stencil in different directions on the paper gives it more of a random, whimsical, handmade look.
This would make a great craft project for kids!  With a little supervision (mainly to help hold the stencil in place with one hand while trying to paint with the other hand), the options for creating custom wrapping paper are limitless!

love you card

 [ Design | Just Because (love you) ]

Layle says: When I started sketching ideas for this month’s projects, I pulled out a bunch of different kraft colored products I had in my stash, including a kraft card.  I love Kerri’s handwritten words and thought it would be fun to make a quick card using ‘Love You’ from the Just Because kit.  Again, I used white cardstock because I love the stark contrast against the kraft background.  I inked a wood veneer heart to add a bit of color.  Quick and simple design, you could make up a bunch of cards like this for all occasions to have on hand.  Hey, I need to take my own advice and do just that!

Okay, did I say wow already? I think it bears repeating, yes? The gold tipped feathers? Oh so divine. The ‘happy little clouds’ (please excuse the Bob Ross reference–couldn’t help it) are so sweet–and perfect–with that big blue ribbon. And the love you card? I want one. :)

Layle, you outdid yourself this week girlie! A bundle of inspiration for sure!

We’ve got another giveaway today!

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This one comes from that sweet thing Heidi Swapp. And I have to tell you, when I opened the package to take a photograph, all I kept wondering is, would anyone would notice if I kept it for myself?  ;)

Her new September Skies line is to die for! I need a whole pack of that grey+white stripe myself.

And you know…September is my favorite month of the year. It may have something to do with it being my birthday month, add school starting, fall coming…it just all rolls up into one month of awesomeness in my book. So when Heidi came out with her new September Skies line, I knew already I’d like it, site unseen. ;)

Thank you Miss Thang for helping me celebrate this week!

Here’s a bazillion ways you can enter. The more you do, the more chances you have to win. U.S. residents only please. 

If you haven’t had a chance to enter in the other giveaways this week, be sure to do that. All contests will end Sunday and winners will be announced Monday.

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  • Denise Bryant - September 18, 2014 - 6:13 am

    great projects today!
    favorite thing about September… the coming on of fall, with that cool, crisp feel in the air.ReplyCancel

  • Amy M. C. - September 18, 2014 - 6:19 am

    My favorite thing about September is picking out lots of mums and pumpkins to decorate my front porch…it’s my favorite time of year!ReplyCancel

  • Shermi - September 18, 2014 - 6:20 am

    I’m not sure I have a favorite thing… I like that it starts cooling off this month (finally) after all the hot summer weather.ReplyCancel

  • Donna Silber - September 18, 2014 - 6:20 am

    My favorite thing about September is somewhat cooler weather!!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Mc - September 18, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Great projects, Wonderful giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Kerri McClinton - September 18, 2014 - 6:21 am

    Love the idea for the card! Just bought a ton of plain card bases that technique would be perfect for!ReplyCancel

  • Katy young - September 18, 2014 - 6:21 am

    I love Sept because Pumpkin Spice Lattes are back at Starbucks!ReplyCancel

  • Keianna - September 18, 2014 - 6:23 am

    Fave thing about September? It’s my birthday month and I love fall!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa - September 18, 2014 - 6:24 am

    Gotta love September for the start of High School Football and Marching Band season!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda C. - September 18, 2014 - 6:28 am

    September is the perfect month with perfect weather and tons of fall festivals! Love all of today’s projects!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - September 18, 2014 - 6:35 am

    I love the cool crisp mornings in September. Such a refreshing change from the hot humid days of summer.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Tacoma - September 18, 2014 - 6:36 am

    I love *everything* about September!!! I love when the weather slowly changes to fall. The colors are more vibrant, the air becomes crisp at night, but beautiful during the day, soccer gets in full swing, I decorate the house fallish, my favorite coffee shops start brewing pumpkin flavored coffee drinks….I love it all!ReplyCancel

  • Karen S - September 18, 2014 - 6:37 am

    I love September because back to school means a return to a scheduled, organized time. It’s almost like a new year with resolutions and all!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste B - September 18, 2014 - 6:43 am

    I love the cooler morning and evenings and crisp blue skies.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea - September 18, 2014 - 6:51 am

    My favorite thing about September is FOOTBALL! I love everything that comes with this time of year and Scrapbooking during the games is perfect!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Hynes - September 18, 2014 - 6:53 am

    Love September…my boy was born this month 19 years ago next week. Going through mommy sadness as he’s off to college this year. The project is gorgeous and love the new Heidi Swapp September Skies line.ReplyCancel

  • Diane Reyes - September 18, 2014 - 6:57 am

    You are so amazing!! Inspirational ! And, this is a fabulous giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Cari - September 18, 2014 - 6:58 am

    I love September for the cooling weather and birthdays! Both my daughter and my husband celebrate this month so it’s always fun!ReplyCancel

  • Denise Luscan - September 18, 2014 - 6:59 am

    Really pretty projects! I think my fave about September is the weather (here in Fl) starts to slightly change and gets me excited about some cooler weather.ReplyCancel

  • Lenore - September 18, 2014 - 7:00 am

    I love the cooler weather in September and the anticipation of apple and pumpkin picking.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Trimble - September 18, 2014 - 7:02 am

    So much fun! Fave thing? Almost Halloween!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy - September 18, 2014 - 7:04 am

    September = sunshine, spring and awesome days!ReplyCancel

  • Gisele Chastain - September 18, 2014 - 7:05 am

    Gorgeous giveaway…totally drooling over this one!!

    Favorite thing about September…the smell of pumpkin bread cooking in my oven. :)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Olea - September 18, 2014 - 7:05 am

    Love the feathers! And what a great giveawayReplyCancel

  • Michelle Gallant - September 18, 2014 - 7:06 am

    This prize is amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - September 18, 2014 - 7:12 am

    My favorite thing about September is knowing that cooler weather is close! Love the excitement of anticipating all of the fall holidays!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy_in_MD - September 18, 2014 - 7:12 am

    My favorite September thing is fall’s arrival, with all of the beautiful fall leaf colors.ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - September 18, 2014 - 7:17 am

    My daughter’s bday!ReplyCancel

  • Jane - September 18, 2014 - 7:17 am

    I love September so much that is why I got married in September!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Walker - September 18, 2014 - 7:21 am

    LOVE all these projects, and would love to win that Heidi Swapp package—awesome!ReplyCancel

  • LionaChinky - September 18, 2014 - 7:22 am

    This is a lovely way to start projects! Thanks for this lovely giveaway! <3ReplyCancel

  • Marcia Dehn-Nix - September 18, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Gorgeous wraps and card! My fav thing is that the leaves start changing colors. My favorite time of year.ReplyCancel

  • Kate - September 18, 2014 - 7:32 am

    September is a wonderful month. The weather is gorgeous. Can hardly wait to use Heidi Swapp’s September Skies!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alexandria - September 18, 2014 - 7:34 am

    My favorite thing about September is that fall is right around the corner, and it leads into MY favorite month – October! =]ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Q. - September 18, 2014 - 7:35 am

    My favorite thing about September is the beautiful weather. :)ReplyCancel

  • Erinaaaa - September 18, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Love, love, love the clouds!ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hall - September 18, 2014 - 7:37 am

    Cooler weather!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - September 18, 2014 - 7:42 am

    I love the new beginnings of a new school year and the coolness and changing leaves of fall! September is awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Yanira - September 18, 2014 - 7:43 am

    Love the little giveaway. Its so cute.ReplyCancel

  • Erin - September 18, 2014 - 7:43 am

    Great use of brown paper! I almost always use brown packages for wrapped gifts.ReplyCancel

  • Yanira - September 18, 2014 - 7:44 am

    Nice giveaway. I love heidi swapp stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Tifany Jahn - September 18, 2014 - 7:44 am

    I love September for the start of crisp air and changing leaves.
    Also my birthday month ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - September 18, 2014 - 7:47 am

    Happy September! I love the cooler temps in the morning.ReplyCancel

  • ginger voth - September 18, 2014 - 7:53 am

    not gonna lie, i {heart} sweats, hoodies and slipper socks!! gorgrous golden sunlight and pretty foliage aint too bad either :) sigggh, ok i love it all!ReplyCancel

  • Judy W. - September 18, 2014 - 8:00 am

    September brings cooler temps and one looks forward to that when living in Texas. : )
    What a fantastic giveaway & Happy BDay to you!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - September 18, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Such an awesome idea of just glittereing the top of the feathers!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - September 18, 2014 - 8:04 am

    Love your blog Kerri!.Thanks for the giveaway.Also love Heidi’s products!.Good stuff.ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - September 18, 2014 - 8:05 am

    I’m CDN so don’t count this comment but I just wanted to tell Layle how FABULOUS I thought her projects were!
    I think DD and I will make our own PP this Christmas!! TFSReplyCancel

  • Kendra - September 18, 2014 - 8:06 am

    Everything. I like everything about September! Cool weather, fall leaves, crisp air. It’s perfect.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri V - September 18, 2014 - 8:08 am

    Thank you for sharing such great ideas and projects!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - September 18, 2014 - 8:09 am

    Love those clouds! I think I know what we’re doing for our Christmas wrapping paper!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Fech - September 18, 2014 - 8:13 am

    I love everything! Those wood accents are awesome. The stamps are great! The banners are adorable! The papers are fab!ReplyCancel

  • LouAnn V - September 18, 2014 - 8:15 am

    The best part about September is that the kids are back in school!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Stiles - September 18, 2014 - 8:18 am

    Cooler temps … a good thing in Arizona! Although this year it still seems pretty warm! This has been such a fun week … have enjoyed seeing all of the cool projects! What a great giveaway today … would be awesome to win!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Alger - September 18, 2014 - 8:20 am

    My favorite thing about Sept is the weather. Hot weather is gone and cooler (and less humid)air here.ReplyCancel

  • Gretchen Henninger - September 18, 2014 - 8:22 am

    Awesome techniques and a fabulous giveaway opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Tessa Buys - September 18, 2014 - 8:26 am

    I love those feathers! So cute! And, of course, I’m drooling over September Skies! I share your sentiments about September, although my birthday is August 31st ;).ReplyCancel

  • Merrit - September 18, 2014 - 8:32 am

    It would have to be my little sister’s birthday :)ReplyCancel

  • Angi MakingMayhem - September 18, 2014 - 8:44 am

    Great inspiration! I am so in love with feathers these days…I don’t ever want this trend to go away! (and I love Bob Ross’ happy demeanor…)

    My favorite thing about September? Cooler weather…means more hot chocolate, more sweaters, fleece & flannel…it’s cozy time!

    Thanks for asking! ;)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Spiegel - September 18, 2014 - 8:45 am

    love love love this new line… So excited to create with it!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Abernathy - September 18, 2014 - 8:45 am

    I love September because it’s my birthday month and I love the color changes of fall that start to happen.ReplyCancel

  • Aurelie - September 18, 2014 - 8:51 am

    What an amazing prize!! September is my favourite month of the year, too! It’s the true start of the year… The cooler air, the cozier sweaters, the shorter evenings – perfect for scrapping with friends!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura T. - September 18, 2014 - 8:53 am

    One of my favorite things about September is digging out my sweaters, hoodies, and warm jammies.ReplyCancel

  • Mayra R. - September 18, 2014 - 8:55 am

    I think my favorite part of September is that it marks the beginning of change — the leaves start turning, the weather starts getting a little cooler.. :)

    Those feathers are absolutely beautiful by the way! I’ll have to give it a try. :DReplyCancel

  • Karalyn Burnside - September 18, 2014 - 8:57 am

    Thanks so much for the great blog, inspiration and the giveaway!!ReplyCancel

  • Ardyce Seabrook - September 18, 2014 - 8:58 am

    This would be so lovley for me. thanks for the chance!!!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia - September 18, 2014 - 8:59 am

    What a great package!! So very excited about your app release too, what an awesome accomplishment – CONGRATS!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Quincey - September 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

    I LOVE September because it’s the beginning of Fall, which I LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • heidig - September 18, 2014 - 9:01 am

    Great project and giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - September 18, 2014 - 9:15 am

    There packages that Layle created are gorgeous. September is a great month because it brings us one step closer to Christmas time which is my favorite time of the year! I really hope to win this kit and I hope that you had a wonderful birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Larson - September 18, 2014 - 9:15 am

    Love the cute idea of the glitter on the top of the feather diecuts. Super cute on top of the package. Thanks for all the sharing of your wonderful projects.ReplyCancel

  • Jen Miller - September 18, 2014 - 9:16 am

    Salted Caramel Mocha Frappucinos! ;DReplyCancel

  • LisaM6 - September 18, 2014 - 9:19 am

    What great ideas. Love the feathers. Thanks for sharing with us. :)ReplyCancel

  • Debbie House - September 18, 2014 - 9:23 am

    Beautiful!! She’s done it again!! Fabulous!!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Bryant - September 18, 2014 - 9:25 am

    What a fantastic prize. I love all you great tips and ideas, thanks for sharing and thanks for a chance to win the great Heidi giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Raechelle Bellus - September 18, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Fantastic projects! I am a newbie toy your blog and can foresee that I will be scoping it out quite often. My favorite thing about September is that is the month of my youngest daughters birthday. She was born 9/9/99. Thanks for the chance to win this awesome prize!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy L. - September 18, 2014 - 9:38 am

    Love the feathers!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - September 18, 2014 - 9:45 am

    My favorite thing about september is the cooler weather and the beginning of the feeling of fall in the northeast. Happy birthday to you!ReplyCancel

  • GB - September 18, 2014 - 9:46 am

    My favorite thing about September: it’s cool enough to finally turn the oven on again!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn McFarland - September 18, 2014 - 9:48 am

    WOW! Love all the projects so far this week! My favorite thing about fall is the colors.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Greer - September 18, 2014 - 9:54 am

    I love the cooler mornings and the leaves starting to change.ReplyCancel

  • Ann Kapusinski - September 18, 2014 - 9:58 am

    What a treat!ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne Newman - September 18, 2014 - 9:58 am

    My favorite thing about September is that it’s Fall (my favorite season).ReplyCancel

  • Candi Rasko - September 18, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Warm days with cool September nights, and Kerri Bradford’s new Silhouette class coming in a few days! Yeah!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carri Powers - September 18, 2014 - 10:22 am

    Cooler mornings mean fall is on it’s way.ReplyCancel

  • Cannycrafter - September 18, 2014 - 10:25 am

    I love September because you can start wearing cozy sweaters!ReplyCancel

  • Carla Hundley - September 18, 2014 - 10:29 am

    These ideas are
    wonderful and so
    easy! Love the
    feathers. And I
    like that the
    leaves start
    changing colors
    in September!
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - September 18, 2014 - 10:29 am

    The beautiful color of the changing leaves!ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Thonoson - September 18, 2014 - 10:32 am

    I would love to win. This looks like a great collectionReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - September 18, 2014 - 10:33 am

    I love when things start to cool down a bit and windows can be opened and I can enjoy a hot tea in the morning! Yep, that’s usually what makes September wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Sally - September 18, 2014 - 10:33 am

    My favorite thing about September is back to school time. My kids need the structure of school and the social outlet it provides.ReplyCancel

  • Cherri - September 18, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Love it all. Thanks for a chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Leslee Cotterell-Barrow - September 18, 2014 - 10:46 am

    Favourite thing about September. There are a lot- love the smell of wood smoke when there are some cooler temps. Love that the leaves start to change.ReplyCancel

  • Leann - September 18, 2014 - 10:59 am

    I love every durn thing about September – cool weather, sweaters, warm blankets, apples, pumpkins, bonfires, comfort foods, baking, making applesauce, EVERYTHING!

    Plus it’s my birthday month!


  • Nonni - September 18, 2014 - 11:08 am

    Love the stencil idea and the cards! Love September because it is my grandson’s birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Liz H. - September 18, 2014 - 11:10 am

    This is a great giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Kelli W - September 18, 2014 - 11:11 am

    My favorite thing about September has to be that my first daughter was born in this month – matter of fact, today is her birthday (18th) and she is turning eleven :)ReplyCancel

  • Miriam Prantner - September 18, 2014 - 11:16 am

    Love back to school, such an exciting time of year!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie/scrapchick - September 18, 2014 - 11:21 am

    I love September because the kids go back to school! hehe Honestly I LOVE Fall and September means less humidity, beautiful changing trees and baked apple pies! YUM!ReplyCancel

  • TJ Jay - September 18, 2014 - 11:36 am

    Love a giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • angela - September 18, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Kids in pumpkin patches and caramel applesReplyCancel

  • Kelly Humby-Tulk - September 18, 2014 - 12:04 pm

    I love the cool, crisp weather!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Sohan - September 18, 2014 - 12:07 pm

    Hmmm my favorite thing about September —–well this September my youngest daughter started college at SCAD, something she’s been excited about since junior year of high school. Miss her but I know she’s having a blast finally being at art school. And our son who is Autistic, started his very first job this week !!! and it RAINED!!!!!! And the temps are FINALLY under 98 degrees.ReplyCancel

  • steph d. (a.k.a. sweetcraftychick) - September 18, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    awesome awesome awesome giveaway! i loooove heidi swapp! love the wood veneer words and the acrylic words! perfect embellishments for any project. thanks for the chance! *hugs* and much aloha, steph :) (Steph Sweetcraftychick on Facebook)ReplyCancel

  • benessi - September 18, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    Loving these giveaways. Happy week!!ReplyCancel

  • Jillian Cabandong - September 18, 2014 - 12:11 pm

    My favorite thing about September is the weather change!ReplyCancel

  • Janet T - September 18, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Awesome projects!ReplyCancel

  • Amy O - September 18, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    I am loving the projects today! Does anyone know if that Martha Stewart Spouncer fits on other brands of acrylic paint? So easy!

    Really loving this giveaway, too. Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Amy O - September 18, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    Sorry, didn’t know there were special instructions until after I posted. My fav thing about Sept. is the cooler weather.ReplyCancel

  • salley - September 18, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    Cool crisp days!ReplyCancel

  • Misty Olsen - September 18, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    Wow! Amazing! Thanks for a chance to win!I love the smell of fall in the air and the color of the leaves changing!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley C - September 18, 2014 - 12:18 pm

    The changing colors of leaves.ReplyCancel

  • pam - September 18, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    My favourite thing about September is it leads into October !!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - September 18, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    Let me see, my favorite part about September has got to be the clear blue skies, the colors all around plus it also happens to be my birthday month as well as my daughter’s and daughter-in-law’s. What a great September it would be to win this awesome prize package as well! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Georgann Templeton - September 18, 2014 - 12:21 pm

    So glad to find your website!!ReplyCancel

  • gina o - September 18, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    wow so amazing of you to give this away! Happy birthday to you too!

    hope the Kerri/Heidi gods are smiling down on me! :D


  • ruth - September 18, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Yay, more goodies!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alison L - September 18, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Very fun pkgs today. And a very fun giveaway! My favorite thing about September is getting out the fall decorations!ReplyCancel

  • gina o - September 18, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    got so excited I forgot to tell you what I love about September

    I love that all the kids are back in school and that the rainy season starts :D

    thanks again

  • Debbie Gauvin - September 18, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    One of my favorite things about September is apple picking and the taste of fresh apples.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - September 18, 2014 - 12:34 pm

    Love all your giveaways Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - September 18, 2014 - 12:37 pm

    So much to love about September: fresh apples start to hit the supermarket, cooler mornings, leaves start to change. Thank you for the chance to win this super collection!ReplyCancel

  • betty lou - September 18, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    Love the glitter feathers! Love the giveaway! Love September…fave thing is the beginning of Fall!ReplyCancel

  • Tara Chaussee - September 18, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Behind Sunner, Fall is my favorite season! Still hot days and crisp, cool nights and getting to pull all of my boots out of the closet!ReplyCancel

  • Kim H - September 18, 2014 - 12:48 pm

    I love the cool weather that September brings.ReplyCancel

  • Becca Bonneville - September 18, 2014 - 12:49 pm

    My favorite thing about September is the changing of the seasons! I LOVE Fall and when the weather starts getting cooler. So many fun activities and projects come Fall time too!ReplyCancel

  • Paula B - September 18, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    Oh, I have to win this. This is so awesome! Thanks Kerri for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry T - September 18, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    OMGoodness….now that’s a prize package…me, me!!! LOLReplyCancel

  • susan - September 18, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    so much funReplyCancel

  • Jane R - September 18, 2014 - 1:01 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win! Love this collection!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Dougherty - September 18, 2014 - 1:08 pm

    Awesome projects!!! And I love me some Heidi Swapp!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Deborah Northcutt - September 18, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    Thank you for this awesome giveaway! Love me some Heidi Swapp!ReplyCancel

  • Arielle Berceau - September 18, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    Awesome giveaway. Favorite thing about September…kids are back in school!!ReplyCancel

  • RPomeroy - September 18, 2014 - 1:15 pm

    I love the cooler nights.ReplyCancel

  • Karen C - September 18, 2014 - 1:17 pm

    Great projects! Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Annie Nguyen - September 18, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    My favorite thing about September is the weather! It’s not too hot and not too cold, perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Lewis - September 18, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    You are amazing and I love your blog and everything you do.. So inspirational. And this is such an amazing giveaway, thank you for so many opportunities!

    My favorite thing about September would be the crisp, cooler air and how refreshing everything feels. Also, pumpkin/apple everything! Happy Birthday and pick me! :pReplyCancel

  • Sherry Anderson - September 18, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    My favorite thing about September is we are that much closer to Christmas!!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Mortimer - September 18, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Love your blog and thanks for a chance to win an awesome giveaway! Love Heidi!ReplyCancel

  • Lucie Hale - September 18, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    My Favorite thing about September is the days are not quite so hot, but yet still warm enough to enjoy the outdoors!ReplyCancel

  • kelly may - September 18, 2014 - 1:34 pm

    ^^KELLY LEWIS/ @krafternoondelight (via instagram) *sent me :) Your blog IS great, I cannot believe I just came across it and this amazing giveaway, I would absolutely love everything! September is all around amazing, but I really love watching the trees change colors here in MI (but hate it when they’re all gone).
    Thanks for the opportunity for your giveaway, I sure hope I win! ..oh & Happy Birthday as well! <33ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - September 18, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    My favorite thing about September is everything fall related. The reds and oranges all over. The pumpkins. It all means beauty and fun!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Jacobs - September 18, 2014 - 1:36 pm

    Love the inspiration I always find here on your site…and the great giveaways are pretty darn cool too!!!ReplyCancel

  • Janet Cobb - September 18, 2014 - 1:38 pm

    My favorite thing about September is that it is the beginning of my favorite season!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tatiana Rialto-Rossi - September 18, 2014 - 1:43 pm

    My favorite thing about September…sunny, but cooler weather!!ReplyCancel

  • Carol W. - September 18, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    Gosh there are so many favorites in September: mine & my daughters birthday (same day), football, rodeos, cooler temps & Beginning of Fall weather!ReplyCancel

  • Erica - September 18, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    September = PSL. Enough said :)ReplyCancel

  • Anna Lockhart - September 18, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    Love this kit and have checked out your work on pintrest and FB.
    Very talented. Would love an opportunity to win.ReplyCancel

  • christi in ma - September 18, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    I love the crisp air and bright blue skies of September.
    Happy belated birthday Kerri!!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Barnes - September 18, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    My favorite thing about September is having all the students back on campus and meeting all the new students from around the world.ReplyCancel

  • Betsy - September 18, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    How creative of Layle to use Kerri’s cuts on such interesting projects
    That prize package is to die for. Please pick me!ReplyCancel

  • Alison - September 18, 2014 - 2:04 pm

    Thanks for the great ideas and the awesome give away.ReplyCancel

  • Grace P - September 18, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    oh the mother load has arrived! This keeps getting better and better I love all the new stuff. Kerri, hats off to you it must be so difficult to have to part with such beauties. lol Thank you Grace xooxReplyCancel

  • rita timmons - September 18, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    love the great inspiration.

    Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Karen McNamara - September 18, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Amazing giveaway! Love the glimmer sprays the best.ReplyCancel

  • Tausha Rondeau - September 18, 2014 - 2:28 pm

    Pick Me! Pick Me! Pick Me!
    I would love the chance to win!
    I LOVE anything Heidi Swapp!
    Tausha RondeauReplyCancel

  • Nathalie O - September 18, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    New to your blog…love itReplyCancel

  • Tausha Rondeau - September 18, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    Pick Me! Pick Me! Pick Me!ReplyCancel

  • Tausha Rondeau - September 18, 2014 - 2:32 pm

    My favorite thing about September is the weather getting a bit cooler & I can snuggle up with my family in our minky blanket.ReplyCancel

  • Lysa - September 18, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    AMAZING giveway! Thanks for a chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney - September 18, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Found your blog thanks to Heidi Swapp on Facebook. Such gorgeous projects! I can’t wait to see more!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole McNamara - September 18, 2014 - 2:46 pm

    That is one amazing looking collection!!!
    My favourite thing about September is my Mums birthday and Fathers Day, except when they fall on the same day…ReplyCancel

  • kathy anderson - September 18, 2014 - 2:49 pm

    My favorite thing about September, besides my birthday :), is school supplies!ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - September 18, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    What an amazing give away! Pure yumminess!

    September always feels like “new beginnings” to me. Just love it!ReplyCancel

  • julie nish - September 18, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    my favorite thing is sleeping with the windows open and extra blankets on my bedReplyCancel

  • Liz Lumsden - September 18, 2014 - 3:06 pm

    My favorite thing about September is that it is when Fall begins!!!! Hurrah! Love those big feathers and the package looks so purty with all those clouds. Of course Kerri’s “love you” is purty too!ReplyCancel

  • Melitta Ball - September 18, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    Hi Kerri!

    My favorite thing about September is starting to take classes! I try not to during the spring & summer so I can turn all my attention on my husband and daughter still at home, but come September I give myself a green light! I enrolled last week into your Silhouette #3 & #4 classes and I’m just about to get started!! I’m so very excited to settle into routine, classes and cozying up with a glass of hot ice tea! I have both a Canadian & USA address so I hope that you will let me participate in your giveaway!
    Many Blessings,

  • Vanessa Babin - September 18, 2014 - 3:09 pm

    Love September because a) granddaughters birthday, b)football season, and c) fall begins which is my favorite time of the year! :)ReplyCancel

  • debbie standard - September 18, 2014 - 3:19 pm

    I like the slightly cooler temperatures but here in Texas that’s not saying much! I love that here in Texas we can still go and enjoy the coast in September because it’s still warm enough for that. I love this giveaway – it looks absolutely awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Daniela Dobson - September 18, 2014 - 3:21 pm

    September is awesome because the weather is cooler and the colors change.ReplyCancel

  • Torrie - September 18, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    My favorite thing about September is that it’s kinda starting to cool down here in AZ.ReplyCancel

  • Dana H - September 18, 2014 - 3:26 pm

    September Birthdays! What a great kit and prize!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly O - September 18, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Such an awesome giveaway… Love September… cooler weather… mums…. fun stuff!!ReplyCancel

  • Audrey Volt - September 18, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    The aspen trees!ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - September 18, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    This year, September means my baby will be in here in a month! So I’m loving that it’s September. :) Also, I love that my garden slows down and starts giving up on me, so I can give up on it. :) That sounds awful, I know, but man, our garden kinda rules our summer! :)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Stanczyk - September 18, 2014 - 4:37 pm

    September is my wedding anniversary month. 17 years already!!!

    I love the fall weather here in WI, the trees start to turn. I change my summer flowers over to fall mums.

    That Heidi Swapp kit is AMAZING!!!ReplyCancel

  • Memoriesbymanda - September 18, 2014 - 4:42 pm

    September is spring here in New Zealand so everything seems fresh, bright and new. Plus I have 3 birthdays of people I love very much so it is a month of celebrating. I love HS September Skies collection. I have ordered a few pieces but I can’t afford the lot. This prize is amazing – thank you!
    I follow on instagramm now: Memoriesbymanda
    I follow on Facebook: Amanda BirchlerReplyCancel

  • Beth Holly - September 18, 2014 - 5:03 pm

    I absolutely adore all things Heidi Swapp. I use to follow you when you were with Jessica Sprague but lost touch when you left. September Skies is such an awesome color combination and I just love all the items shown so far.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - September 18, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    I love your blog!ReplyCancel

  • Cristina - September 18, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    Pumpkin Spice Latte! :)ReplyCancel

  • Laura K - September 18, 2014 - 5:15 pm

    Usually I love that the weather begins to cool down. Would someone please let the weather people know that it isn’t supposed to be 90 in the middle of September in Northern Utah?!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah W A - September 18, 2014 - 5:21 pm

    My favorite thing about September is the changing (cooling) temperatures and how that translates to a crispness in the air.ReplyCancel

  • Maria - September 18, 2014 - 5:40 pm

    My favorite thing about September is the weather.ReplyCancel

  • Mary K. - September 18, 2014 - 5:46 pm

    My birthday is in September!!! Lovin’ Heidi Swapp’s September Skies collection too!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Bohman - September 18, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    Oh, to win this would make my birthday complete!!! Favorite thing about September is that it is my birthday month too. Here is crossing my fingers, toes and anything else that would bring me good luck. Thanks for this awesome give-away. Happy Birthday to you too, I’d even share some of the collection with you.

  • Amber D. Liva - September 18, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    I could really use this cool new line!!!!! I can honestly say that I luv her stuff, but don’t have much of it. Please pick me!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Amber D. Liva - September 18, 2014 - 6:27 pm

    I forgot to add my favorite thing about September is my birthday which falls on the 30th.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - September 18, 2014 - 6:35 pm

    Love this giveaway!! September is my son’s birthday month…so it’s always been special to me as well!
    Happy Birthday Kerri! I’m one year older than you…and yes, 50 does sound strange but girl we will ROCK it!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Joan - September 18, 2014 - 6:36 pm

    Love, love, love Kerri Bradford studio and Heidi Swapp!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angela K - September 18, 2014 - 6:43 pm

    My youngest son was born in September. I love the fall the colors and smells.ReplyCancel

  • Juli - September 18, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    Wow. It’s so pretty!! Thanks for sharing it and not keeping it for yourself!!!xoxoReplyCancel

  • linda marie - September 18, 2014 - 6:45 pm

    thanks for the giveaways! love it all :0ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - September 18, 2014 - 7:06 pm

    LOVE projects with kraft!! And, I LOVE Heidi’s new line!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina H - September 18, 2014 - 7:08 pm

    Great projects! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Gisele - September 18, 2014 - 7:34 pm

    AMAZING prize!! Sure would be fun to play with!!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa S - September 18, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    Happy Birthday Kerri! I would love to win Heidi’s things. Both you and she have taught me many new ways creative ways to use my Silhouette.ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Baldwin - September 18, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    My favorite thing about September I my birthday! :) I’ll be hitting a new demographic (those dreaded surveys when you have to check off a new age range!)
    Thanks for sharing Layle’s fab projects, and thanks for the chance to win from Heidi!ReplyCancel

  • marnie - September 18, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    wow i never would have found you if not for the Heidi Swapp give away , but boy am i glad i did ! thanks for the chance to win !ReplyCancel

  • Jenn B. - September 18, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    My favorite thing about September is the weather!ReplyCancel

  • Stacie D - September 18, 2014 - 8:45 pm

    September is a month of back to school for our whole family. Lots of fun birthdays this month, as well! Love this collection by HS!!ReplyCancel

  • Bernice J - September 18, 2014 - 9:09 pm

    My favourite thing about September is the great fresh vegetables that can be harvested from the garden…yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Marryl - September 18, 2014 - 9:11 pm

    Awesome Giveaway! Thank you Heidi Swapp!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - September 18, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    The slower pace after summer—chance to get caught up!ReplyCancel

  • Dee Cummins - September 18, 2014 - 10:25 pm

    I love the chance for cooler days, but we don’t get many of those in Texas in September! Happy birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Cat Jones - September 18, 2014 - 10:39 pm

    Who can pick just ONE THING?!? I’m a total paper hoarder, so I’ll probably go with any and all papers as my faves. That and ephemera. Oh, and the stickers and Color Shine.ReplyCancel

  • josmary flores - September 18, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Love September sky too. Happy birthdayReplyCancel

  • Sara Amuso - September 18, 2014 - 10:53 pm

    I love September because Fall is my favorite season… The crunchy leaves, cooler temperatures… Yumm!!ReplyCancel

  • Diana Hudson - September 18, 2014 - 10:59 pm

    Fall is my favorite time of the year! September is extra special because my daughter was born in September!ReplyCancel

  • deb pereira - September 18, 2014 - 11:30 pm

    LOVE Heidi Swapp! her products are to die for.ReplyCancel

  • L McCarty - September 18, 2014 - 11:37 pm

    Split Pea soup w/ham bones. Ah, fall!!! I love you so.ReplyCancel

  • Crystal Strumberger - September 18, 2014 - 11:42 pm

    Glad to have come across your blog and site. I was directed thru a from Heidi, but it’s always nice to see what different touches others put in their creative talents.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - September 18, 2014 - 11:46 pm

    Thanks Elizabeth Lumsden for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Zadik - September 19, 2014 - 12:24 am

    PUMPKIN SPICE LATTES….fall is almost here!ReplyCancel

  • Katie B. - September 19, 2014 - 1:24 am

    The things I love about Sept. are the cooler air and the fact that my sister and I are the same age for a couple of weeks. Love the cloud paper! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie M - September 19, 2014 - 1:25 am

    So many things…the cooler but yet still warm weather, the leaves starting their color change, the kids back in school, the days are still somewhat long but the sun comes up later in the a.m., and vacation rentals are cheaper!ReplyCancel

  • Lindi - September 19, 2014 - 1:56 am

    don’t know what’s going on this will be my 3rd attempt so maybe I’ll keep it short and sweet. love love your blog I’ve come onto it from Heidi Swapp and i’m glad I have very generous prize I adore Heidi’s products they have such a vibrancy about them.. I have only joined social media and owned a lap top in the last few months as I have been confined to home unable to drive and poor health and I tell you it’s been my savior all the amazing papercraft sites I have discovered and how much more reasonable the prices have been compared to here in Australia as our dollars are basically the same, just some of the postage is a killer but most is reasonable.. I’M GOING TO FINISH OFF NOW AS I DON’T WANT REDO AGAIN, HAVE A LOVELLY DAY…..ReplyCancel

  • Peggy Freedman - September 19, 2014 - 3:56 am

    I’m a huge fan of Heidi Swap, and a new fan of yours. Thanks so much for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Peterson - September 19, 2014 - 4:14 am

    Favorite September thing is the changing of the leaves and termination dust on the mtns ;)ReplyCancel

  • Trish - September 19, 2014 - 4:40 am

    My favorite thing about September is that there is a quietness about it. School has started, there is no major holiday, the gardening duties are winding down, so there is time to have some lazy days sitting on the porch swing with a good book. Ahhh!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - September 19, 2014 - 4:44 am

    P.S. Layle, your projects are just wonderful. I LOVE the glitter tipped feathers and all that brown paper with white, YUM!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie S - September 19, 2014 - 5:31 am

    My favorite thing about September is that fall is in the air! The cooler weather, leaves are just beginning to change, and we’re headed for all the winter holidays. Yep, it’s a great time of year. What an AWESOME giveaway! Thanks for the chance! I follow Heidi’s blog daily–just like I do yours! What a couple of amazing and talented women!!ReplyCancel

  • Shirlee - September 19, 2014 - 5:41 am

    My favorite thing about September is that it’s the start of the colorful season for me in Michigan and I Love Fall! This colors are so intense and when you get a sunny day the golds shine so brilliantly and the reds are just awesome in all their glory. It’s also the month when we put on our warm sweaters and can see our breath in the earlier morning air. I love the change of Seasons and September starts it all.ReplyCancel

  • Angie M - September 19, 2014 - 6:52 am

    I love this line! What an amazing giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Hussena - September 19, 2014 - 7:04 am

    Love the beautiful projects shown here .thank you so much for a chance to win the gorgeous goodies !!ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - September 19, 2014 - 7:15 am

    I love clear blue skies and crisp air and fire pits.ReplyCancel

  • Sveta Fotinia - September 19, 2014 - 7:43 am

    It’s my birthday in September – how can I dislike it?))))ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - September 19, 2014 - 9:30 am

    My favorite thing about September would have to be my oldest son’s birthday :)ReplyCancel

  • Wendy A - September 19, 2014 - 9:32 am

    I love the fall season and September is just the beginning of it (course FL doesn’t seem to understand this idea!).ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Amend - September 19, 2014 - 10:31 am

    My favorite thing about September is when the aspen leaves change! (I live in Colorado!)ReplyCancel

  • PaulaJean Kirby - September 19, 2014 - 10:35 am

    I love that it’s the beginning of fall!!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - September 19, 2014 - 11:15 am

    My favorite thing about September is the beginning of fall! Cooler temps & changing leaves!ReplyCancel

  • Traci - September 19, 2014 - 11:56 am

    Great projects and ideas for this time of year!ReplyCancel

  • Renee Joy - September 19, 2014 - 12:08 pm

    Happy Birthday, Terri!! I hope that it is awesome!! Thanks for the chance to win these goodies!!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Vernon - September 19, 2014 - 1:21 pm

    My favorite things about September: crunchy leaves, caramel apples, cooler nights, hot chocolate or cider, new notebooks, football, longer evenings to scrapbook!ReplyCancel

  • Ruthie Lopez - September 19, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    Great giveaway!!!
    Happy Birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • Margie Visnick - September 19, 2014 - 2:09 pm

    I love the cooler weather and my sons football games!ReplyCancel

  • Sheri Elmont - September 19, 2014 - 4:33 pm

    I love bringing in the harvest from my garden and making marinara sauce, salsa, and lots of freezing.ReplyCancel

  • Angie - September 19, 2014 - 5:42 pm

    Here in Seattle September is typically one of our most beautiful and pleasant months of the year. It’s more like summer than June usually! That’s what I love about September.ReplyCancel

  • Alysia H - September 19, 2014 - 7:50 pm

    I like the weather starting to get cooler and seeing fall decor go up in September .ReplyCancel

  • Sue T - September 19, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    Fav thing about September is my wedding anniversary; 28 years on 20th September :)ReplyCancel

  • lindsay f - September 19, 2014 - 8:50 pm

    The colors are so goodReplyCancel

  • Julie - September 19, 2014 - 9:46 pm

    My favorite thing about September is the changing of the colours of the trees and that crisp fresh air moving in!ReplyCancel

  • Linda G. - September 19, 2014 - 10:42 pm

    I love September because the weather is always unpredictable. It can be warm or cool. It is a surprise every day!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy B - September 20, 2014 - 12:11 am

    My favorite thing about September is watching our grandson play football!ReplyCancel

  • Chrystie DeSmet - September 20, 2014 - 2:42 am

    Getting back into routines.ReplyCancel

  • Patty G. - September 20, 2014 - 8:13 am

    My favorite thing about September is the change to fall weather. Cool mornings and bright sunny afternoons to walk in and enjoy!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Taiariol - September 20, 2014 - 8:42 am

    Love this!! Great prize package!ReplyCancel

  • Tami - September 20, 2014 - 9:19 am

    A few of my favorite things about September are…
    My brother’s birthday, two nieces’ birthdays & it’s fall & one step closer to the cooler months ahead!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam Cooper - September 20, 2014 - 9:24 am

    Happy Birthday! Would love to win this HS package!ReplyCancel

  • lindsey - September 20, 2014 - 9:31 am

    I’m drooling. Oh that color shine!ReplyCancel

  • Monika Mitchell - September 20, 2014 - 9:33 am

    Simply stunningReplyCancel

  • laura mm - September 20, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Favorite part of Sept is the fall colors! Sure miss it living in the the south…never feels like fall. Thanks for the giveaways-such beautiful projects, TFS :)ReplyCancel

  • Erin S. - September 20, 2014 - 9:43 am

    So much cool stuff!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - September 20, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    Blue Skies and Sunshine, with a little bit of fall colors on the side.(Plus more crafting time)ReplyCancel

  • Ellie Augustin - September 20, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    OH I’m hyperventilating but I know it’ll be like 99.99% chance I wouldn’t win so SQQQUEALLING for the winner & congrats! Happy Birthday to you!!ReplyCancel

  • Laura BC - September 20, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    This would be a hard one to give up! Love all the inspiration this week.ReplyCancel

  • Sarita - September 20, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    I love September because is the beginning of the school year.ReplyCancel

  • linda - September 20, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    Cool weather and pumkin anything!!ReplyCancel

  • Beverly - September 21, 2014 - 5:17 pm

    Awww bummer…..I’m Canadian, but some lucky person will have this and what a sweet prize!ReplyCancel

  • […] paired the gold word with glittered gold feathers – I made some of these a few months back here and loved them so much that I made them again for this […]ReplyCancel

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Wednesday already.

Three days in to our little Brown Paper Packages event.

I can’t even believe it.

You know what I can’t even believe more than that? Those cute girls over at Eighteen25 shared a ‘100 Days ‘Til Christmas’ ABC Family photo on Instagram yesterday.

What the french toast?

It’s comin’ folks.

It’ll be here before you can say ‘Bob’s your uncle.’

I know there are tons of you getting ready for Christmas, whether it’s decorations or gifts, there’s been a lot of Christmas stuff flying off the ol’ KBS shelves lately. ;)

Well, this week is the perfect time to start thinking of some fun Christmas ideas in the ‘Brown Paper’ genre. Take a look at what Layle has made!

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[ Design | Happy Camper (deer) ]

Layle says: Although this deer cut file is part of the Happy Camper kit, it screamed Christmas to me, so I decided to use it for a Christmas tag.  In fact, I cut the head directly on the tag itself, making the tag come together quickly.  A little washi tape, Christmas stickers and red bakers twine – it really couldn’t get any easier than this!

I couldn’t agree more Layle! I am in love with this tag for so many reasons. The simplicity. The negative space head. The kraft tag. It’s just wonderful! Awesome for a gift or in your Christmas album…or both. Why choose?


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[ Design | Happy Camper (tree) ]

Layle says:
A neutral package and another cut file from the Happy Camper kit used for Christmas!  I cut the tree from a woodgrain piece of paper, glued a doily to the top of the package, added the tree along with a wood veneer star at the top and wrapped it up (literally & figuratively!) with the tinsel trim.

This is fantastic! Simple, but so festive! Love the look of the tree cut in the woodgrain paper. And wrapped with tinsel? It’s the finishing touch–like putting the star on top of the tree…for which I do love the wood star on top of this tree. :)


And now it’s time for another giveaway!

We’ve got a fabulous Birthday package from the folks at Simple Stories…and that means Layle too.  :) Oodles and oodles of fun, brightly colored cards and stickers and such. Perfect for those birthday pages and pocket scrapbooking!

Here’s a plethora of ways to enter. U.S. residents only please.

If you haven’t had a chance to enter in the other two giveaways this week, be sure to do that. All contests will end Sunday and winners will be announced Monday.

(p.s. I’m loving reading all your comments!!)

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  • TJ Jay - September 17, 2014 - 6:58 am

    Love the tag so cute! What a great idea to cut the deer into the tag. I glued about 100 last year!!ReplyCancel

  • Erinaaaa - September 17, 2014 - 7:09 am

    Awesome giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Amy M. C. - September 17, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Biggest birthday surprise…well, it didn’t quite work out as planned, but I was trying to get my husband to a restaurant at a certain time to be surprised by family. A football game was on and he could not figure out why I was in such a rush to leave. Anyway, we made it and he was definitely surprised! Thanks for the fun giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • julie - September 17, 2014 - 7:36 am

    LOVE this tag!! Love the Simple Stories line also! :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - September 17, 2014 - 7:38 am

    Love your blog!.Thank you for the chance to win!.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - September 17, 2014 - 8:14 am

    Love that dear tag! Might have to make that for my gift tags this year :)
    Thanks for the inspiration and the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Maddie - September 17, 2014 - 8:25 am

    The biggest birthday surprise is a surprise party, of course!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina H - September 17, 2014 - 8:25 am

    I love that tag! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Karen S - September 17, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Love the tag and Simple Stories line!

    My biggest birthday surprise was for my 50th birthday. My wonderful husband planned a party and had all my family and friends there, complete with picture boards and a fabulous cake!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie/scrapchick - September 17, 2014 - 8:33 am

    Love the Reindeer tag!!! SO cute! The biggest surprise was a party when I turned 40…including out of state family! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda C. - September 17, 2014 - 8:39 am

    I’m thinking these would be PERFECT for card making!! Such bright wonderful colors! Love them!ReplyCancel

  • jpscraps - September 17, 2014 - 9:01 am

    Lovely projects! I don’t think I ever had a “birthday surprise”ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - September 17, 2014 - 9:12 am

    A bike when i was 16, though i would rather have received a car at least my parents got me some transportation ( :ReplyCancel

  • Judy Stiles - September 17, 2014 - 9:13 am

    Such a cute tag and love the package decoration as well! I’m all for simplicity and these would be so quick and easy to make, but still have a big punch! Birthday surprise? Can’t say that I recall any big “surprises.” Just happy to be able to share them with my family!ReplyCancel

  • Carla Hundley - September 17, 2014 - 9:19 am

    My husband gave me a
    pair of diamond earrings
    on my first birthday with
    him! Small and dainty,
    just wonderful!
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • Kris M. - September 17, 2014 - 9:52 am

    What a great giveaway! Love all things ‘Simple Stories’. So easy to use all types of projects.

  • Amy O - September 17, 2014 - 9:56 am

    Im seriously thinking about CASEing that tag. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Dougherty - September 17, 2014 - 10:05 am

    loving the packaging ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne B - September 17, 2014 - 10:18 am

    Love, Love, Love that tag! It is going on the definitely need to make this list.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne B - September 17, 2014 - 10:21 am

    Love that tag! Definitely going on the need to make that list!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Bronson - September 17, 2014 - 10:22 am

    Yikes, I am so not even thinking about Christmas yet!! Love the tags and the giveaway is awesome. Thanks for all the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • angela - September 17, 2014 - 10:38 am

    Finding out I was pregnant!ReplyCancel

  • Lori P. - September 17, 2014 - 10:45 am

    I couldn’t believe store’s here in Michigan had Halloween & Christmas items out in August. Wow! I hope you are having a GREAT birthday week.ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne Newman - September 17, 2014 - 10:47 am

    My biggest birthday surprise was my 40th birthday party thrown by my husband.ReplyCancel

  • Nonni - September 17, 2014 - 12:10 pm

    Love, love the simplicity of this tag and Simple Stories!! I am a big fan of yours. Thanks for the inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - September 17, 2014 - 12:13 pm

    Happy Birthday week Kerri!! My biggest birthday surprise was a diamond heart necklace.ReplyCancel

  • Sally - September 17, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    I love it all! I hope you enjoyed your own birthday celebration yesterday!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - September 17, 2014 - 12:16 pm

    Love, love, love all the projects this week… and thank you for the giveaways too!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - September 17, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    What a wonderful tag! So creative! thanks for the chance. My biggest birthday surprise was when I was 9. My sister had made me an entire wardrobe for my doll. Beautiful clothes.ReplyCancel

  • Lalitha - September 17, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    Love the tag and all the projects you do. Thank you for a chance at this giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Lara Read - September 17, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    Love when you can use the theme kits in different ways! Thanks for the ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - September 17, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    The biggest birthday surprise…hmmm…I think it was probably me knowing my friends were going to be hiding in my room when I got home from dinner with my family on my 13th birthday. It was kind of a tradition with out friends. We would decorate each other’s rooms and hide out til they came in. I wrote a note to them that said, “Thanks for coming!” They all couldn’t believe I knew their plan. :) It was fun to surprise them.ReplyCancel

  • Miriam Prantner - September 17, 2014 - 1:20 pm

    My sister and hubby threw me a surprise birthday party when I turned 25, totally not expecting that!ReplyCancel

  • Becky - September 17, 2014 - 2:01 pm

    I was turning 50 and having lunch with all my kids and this young man was our waiter. He was “firting” with me (to get a good tip. It worked), and one of my girls said, “She’s older than she looks!” We all just about laughed ourselves off the chairs. Kind of a backhanded compliment, but a lot of fun.

    I totally love this tag! Gonna go right out and make one/a bunch up!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Craig - September 17, 2014 - 2:12 pm

    I always love to read your blog posts and love your work.ReplyCancel

  • RPomeroy - September 17, 2014 - 2:29 pm

    My friends throwing me a surprise birthday party in middle school. They were great friends and middle school was hard, so I am glad that I had them.ReplyCancel

  • Judy Parma - September 17, 2014 - 2:50 pm

    My grandson has his 3rd birthday next week, this would be perfect, thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Theresa - September 17, 2014 - 3:00 pm

    Love the tag with the deer head. Definitely going on my to-do list.
    hmmm, biggest birthday surprise….I can think of biggest anniversary surprise, biggest Christmas surprise, but got nothing for biggest birthday surprise!
    Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Liz Lumsden - September 17, 2014 - 3:25 pm

    Great tag and package! Still celebrating strong!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Lumsden - September 17, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    Oops! Forgot to tell my biggest BD surprise! It was a party given by my sister last year for my 60th BD and all 3 of my grown children were there!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie S - September 17, 2014 - 4:11 pm

    Happy Birthday! We’re big on celebrating birthdays, but not too much on surprises. But this is great-YOU have a birthday-and WE get the surprises! Thanks for the chance! LOVE the deer tag–and the calendar tag from Monday!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia B. - September 17, 2014 - 4:39 pm

    Wonderful giveaway! My biggest birthday surprise was for my 40th…my husband had planned a cruise, just for the two of us! He’d arranged for my sisters to watch my kids and everything. Total surprise in the best way. :)
    Thanks for the chance to win! I love Simple Stories.ReplyCancel

  • Amy R - September 17, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    Another fun give away! Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • bernicej - September 17, 2014 - 4:40 pm

    The biggest birthday surprise I ever got was a bouquet of 48 red roses. That would not seem surprising to most people, but if you know my husband, it certainly would. He NEVER buys flowers; occasionally plants, yes, because they “last longer”. But even for the births of our kids, he didn’t buy flowers. So it was a totally extravagant gesture on his part.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant - September 17, 2014 - 4:52 pm

    I love those awesome tag ideas!
    Biggest surprise…. when I was little, we visited my grandparents in Santa Barbara. Went out for midnight mass on Christmas Eve, and when we arrived back at the house, Santa had come and left a lot of beautiful presents! Did not expect him to come til later in the night while we would be asleep, so that was a huge surprise!ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - September 17, 2014 - 6:06 pm

    Surprising my daughter with her first car!ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Hayden - September 17, 2014 - 6:25 pm

    I love making my own gift tags. These are adorable!

    I love the bright, fun colors of the Birthday package from Simple Stories!ReplyCancel

  • Betsy - September 17, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    Ahhh….can’t think about Christmas yet, but that tag sure is precious. Had to save it as an inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Angela K - September 17, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    One of my son sent me flowers. It was such a surprise as he had never sent me flowers before and was really good at keeping it a secret.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - September 17, 2014 - 7:29 pm

    My biggest birthday surprise was when my Mom brought my Godmother up on the train to celebrate my birthday. I rarely am truly surprised so it was a great gift!ReplyCancel

  • stacie d - September 17, 2014 - 7:30 pm

    My husband planned a surprise birthday party at our house with all of my friends. It was quite a surprise to walk in the front door and see our house full of all my fave people! Love this birthday week on your site and Simple Stories is fab, too!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Stanczyk - September 17, 2014 - 7:59 pm

    I love the inspiration-Layle projects are awesome! The giveaway is pure eye candy sugar with a cherry on top! The colors are so cheerful. I have the perfect home for the collection! I have 3 children and have years and years and years of birthday pictures to scrap. Which, brings me to a thought…your happy birthday cuts would be a perfect match!ReplyCancel

  • Tricia - September 17, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    I love everything about the set. The colors are so fantastic and the bike is adorable.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy B - September 18, 2014 - 1:37 am

    My biggest birthday surprise was diamond earrings on my 50th (and also the day I retired!) from my sweet husband!ReplyCancel

  • Janet T - September 18, 2014 - 5:00 am

    Great birthday celebration, love the kraft ideas!
    Not sure don’t get too many surprises on my birthday…although my 6 kids make it fun!
    ~God bless~ReplyCancel

  • Susan - September 18, 2014 - 5:30 am

    Clever idea with the deer tag! Thanks for a chance to win this awesome prize!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth Tacoma - September 18, 2014 - 5:44 am

    I just threw a 50th birthday party for my husband and invited 100 of our friends for a pig roast. We had a wonderful time & he was certainly surprised!ReplyCancel

  • Janet - September 18, 2014 - 6:39 am

    My husband proposed to me on my birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Walker - September 18, 2014 - 7:23 am

    Simple Stories is one of my fave companies. Thanks for a chance to win. Layle’s reindeer tag is simply wonderful!ReplyCancel

  • Marcia Dehn-Nix - September 18, 2014 - 7:33 am

    LOVE these, especially that stag’s head tag! Biggest surprise… hubby actually remembered my birthday and bought me a gift one year! I’ve become very good at buying my own gift ;)ReplyCancel

  • Traci - September 18, 2014 - 7:48 am

    Best birthday surprise ever was a new car on my 17th birthday!ReplyCancel

  • LisaM6 - September 18, 2014 - 9:21 am

    Love the kraft tags. Washi tape and just a little to make them sparkle. :) Great ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Greer - September 18, 2014 - 9:57 am

    My biggest birthday surprise was a new car for my 40th birthday. Completely unexpected, but we certainly needed one.ReplyCancel

  • Amy O - September 18, 2014 - 12:23 pm

    When I was sixteen my mom planned a surprise party for me. All my friends squeezed into our tiny bathroom. my mom asked me to go get her a tissue and boy was I surprised when I opened the door!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Barnes - September 18, 2014 - 2:02 pm

    My “boyfriend” at the time threw me a surprise birthday party! It was so sweet but I really thought we were going to a movie!!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole McNamara - September 18, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    My biggest bithday surprise: for my 21st birthday my mother made me a simple scrapbook and just after that I found out I was pregnant with my first. Hence I now scrap her and the him that followed shortly after.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - September 18, 2014 - 2:59 pm

    “What the french toast!” You crack me up Kerri. Love, love, love that reindeer tag and love Simple Stories.

    My biggest surprise was at my 50th birthday when I got an iPad. Usually I’m the last one in my family to get the latest and greatest iAnything. So I was shocked when they gave me the most recent version.ReplyCancel

  • Melitta Ball - September 18, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    The biggest birthday surprise I was able to pull off….told my husband that we needed to stop over at a friends house to drop something off…when we walked into the back yard all of his friends and family were there to surprise him! He had absolutely no idea, and the icing on the cake was that the children and I gifted him a set of golf clubs that he had been eyeing at the pro shop for years! He was still using the ones he had as a teenager and technology had come a long, long way! Kerri I have both a USA & Canadian address so I hope you would allow me to participate in your giveaway!
    Many Blessings,

  • Alison - September 18, 2014 - 4:08 pm

    Prefect for catching up on my pocket scrapbooking and making birthday cards for my daughter’s friends.ReplyCancel

  • Jenn B. - September 18, 2014 - 8:28 pm

    My biggest birthday surprise was a trip to Disney World. Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Katie B. - September 19, 2014 - 1:26 am

    Love the tinsel, christmas tree and doily wrapping! Forgot the question… Thanks for the giveaway! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Peterson - September 19, 2014 - 4:18 am

    My husband threw me a 40th bday party!ReplyCancel

  • Celeste B - September 19, 2014 - 5:08 am

    My biggest birthday surprise was a trip to Italy for 2.5 weeks for my 50th birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Jane Tiefenthaler - September 19, 2014 - 7:48 am

    Love the packages.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - September 19, 2014 - 9:06 am

    Wonderful tag! So awesome to have the reindeer’s head and I love the great layered parts of the tree tag! Thanks so much for sharing and inspiring!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - September 19, 2014 - 9:34 am

    My biggest birthday surprise was many moons ago, my DH and I were out in the boat on my birthday. And he said he needed to go to the bathroom, so we were going to stop at his sister’s house…okay. As we were walking from the dock I noticed lots of familiar cars, he threw together a surprise party for me :) He’s done that many times over the years, and has always surprised me!ReplyCancel

  • Ruthie Lopez - September 19, 2014 - 1:26 pm

    Beautiful work!
    Thank you for the chance to win!!ReplyCancel

  • Margie Visnick - September 19, 2014 - 2:22 pm

    My biggest birthday surprise was a pair of diamond earrings from my hubby!ReplyCancel

  • Alysia H - September 19, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    My biggest birthday surprise was the year my parents bought gave me ruby and diamond necklace. ❤️ReplyCancel

  • Bethany - September 19, 2014 - 9:01 pm

    My biggest birthday has to be for my 40th birthday when my cute husband surprised me with an awesome totally surprise party !! It was so fun and he totally got me !!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay F - September 19, 2014 - 9:04 pm

    I’m loving the reindeer tag!ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Humby-Tulk - September 20, 2014 - 8:31 am

    My biggest surprise was recieving my cameo for my birthday last year!!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne Kramer - September 20, 2014 - 8:35 am

    Love that tag! So cute!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - September 20, 2014 - 9:15 am

    Sadly, I can’t think of a birthday surprise! Thanks for all the fun giveaways!ReplyCancel

  • Tami - September 20, 2014 - 9:30 am

    Love these tag!

    My biggest birthday surprise or the biggest birthday surprise you’ve blogged? Hmmm…

    Yours, in giveaways, are probably the giveaways! They have been awesome! Thank you for sharing your birthday with us! : )

    Mine, on the other hand, is hard to pinpoint. I’ve had a lot, but one of the funniest is the year both my husband & my dad gave me a birthday cake! Neither of them ever do that, but the year each decided to, they both did! (communication…ha!) *Now, if I see my mom on my birthday, she’ll always make me one! ; )ReplyCancel

  • Erin S. - September 20, 2014 - 9:46 am

    I love Simple Stories. can’t get enough of them!ReplyCancel

  • Erin S. - September 20, 2014 - 9:49 am

    My biggest surprise was years ago on my fifth birthday. My dad was in the Air Force and had been up in Nome, AK for three weeks and wasn’t due home for another three. He switched with someone and drove 7 hours home to Anchorage in Feb. to be there for my birthday party. I had no idea he was going to be there.ReplyCancel

  • Samantha Clark - September 20, 2014 - 10:28 am

    My biggest surprise was from my hubby. He got tickets to Michael Buble for us. He wrapped them in multiple boxes so there was no way I could guess beforehand.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - September 20, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Surprise spur of the moment trip for my birthday to NYC and spent my birthday on top of the Empire State building at midnight! Priceless.ReplyCancel

  • Laura BC - September 20, 2014 - 6:01 pm

    Love the colors!ReplyCancel

  • Sarita - September 20, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    On my 21st birthday my parents gave me a surprise party.ReplyCancel

  • Linda - September 20, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    Great tag. Got me thinking of new ways to do this cutting machine stuff!ReplyCancel

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It’s happened.

Goodbye 47.

Hello 48. 

I’ve been digging my 40s. Not had a problem with them at all. It’s a good time in life. Kids are a bit older. The pace of life begins to slow down a bit…kind of. It still has its moments, but that may be more self-inflicted due in large part to owning my own business.

At any rate, other than this funky shoulder and getting ‘older vision’, I can’t complain too much.

It’s ‘turning 50′ that I think will get to me somewhat. I always looked at those people in my neighborhood that were that age, and I have to say, it just seemed on the ‘old’ side. Not old, but just a whole different decade of life. Don’t know that I’m ready for that…even though hubby is already 52. ;) Thankfully I still got two years to prepare though.

Can I just take two 40s instead?

But birthdays can bring good things. Great things. For example, our Brown Paper Packages event continues today with some darling bags by our Miss Laura!


[ DesignsHappy Birthday (happy birthday) / Something To Say (celebrate) / Feathers / Banners  / This+That: Spring (daisy) ]

How fun is that? Totally customized brown paper bags with a pop of color and foo foo. Love the mix of textured paper feathers with real feathers! 

Laura says:

I always have a stash of kraft gift bags on hand, for easy and quick gift giving. It doesn’t matter if I’m giving a birthday gift, a baby gift, a Mother’s Day or Father’s Day gift, or even a Christmas gift … a kraft gift bag is neutral enough to use for any occasion. I always have intentions of decorating the bag, but 10 times out of 10 (not even kidding), I end up handing over a plain kraft bag. When Kerri brought up the idea of “brown paper packaging”, I knew it was the perfect push to decorate a few of these kraft gift bags.

I played around with quite a few of Kerri’s designs, before finally settling on the feathers and the daisy. I have a large supply of feathers from Bella Blvd, and I knew I could work them in right along her cut files. I ran the die cut feathers thru a chevron embossing folder to add some texture, before adhering them right along with a few of the real feathers. For the die cut daisies, I cut 3 of the flowers, in varying sizes, so I could layer them together. I also added some quick pen lines around the edges of the die cuts, just to break up all of the white and bring in a small touch of black.

Soooo…like, Laura, my birthday is today??? (wink wink)

And now, the giveaways continue!  

I enlisted the help of Laura with some Bella Blvd goodies to give away this fine birthday week! Take a look at this set….it’s sooooo awesome! I do see some feathers in there so you can make your own foo foo brown paper packages. :)


This giveaway is limited to U.S. residents only please.

Here’s how you can win. All contests this week will end Sunday and winners will be posted Monday. Good luck!

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  • Barbara Dundas - September 16, 2014 - 7:13 am

    I love giving gift tags.ReplyCancel

  • Dolly / scrapthat - September 16, 2014 - 7:24 am

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY (again) Kerri!! :D
    Awesome projects Laura!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy_in_MD - September 16, 2014 - 7:32 am

    It is difficult to pick one favorite, but I made a scrabble board with all of the extended family names for my parent’s anniversary one year (Their family room/game room area had old board games instead of pictures on the wall.) It was fun putting it together for them.ReplyCancel

  • Mel H - September 16, 2014 - 7:36 am

    I gave my mom a scrapbook of photos of my dad as a child at Christmas with some special paper ornaments he had saved from his early Christmas trees included. It made her and me cry.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie/scrapchick - September 16, 2014 - 7:48 am


    I think best gift I gave was to my oldest son at 18 – an album I made with quotes, lyrics and messages of just everything I hope he remembers through life.

    Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Lumsden - September 16, 2014 - 7:50 am

    I gave the same thing to both my girls when they turned 21, a trip to Las Vegas! Of course me and a couple of their aunts went too!ReplyCancel

  • Amy M. C. - September 16, 2014 - 7:52 am

    The best gift I every gave…hmmm…I would say it’s my baked goods that I package with cute seasonal decorations.ReplyCancel

  • Jane - September 16, 2014 - 7:55 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri! Don’t worry about the 50’s they are just fine. Stay young in heart and in your head and you will rock the 50’s!ReplyCancel

  • angela - September 16, 2014 - 7:56 am

    I made a scrapbook album for my parents of our wedding. They loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Gwen Lords - September 16, 2014 - 8:03 am

    love the gift bags, I am always looking for fun new ways to make gifts cute!ReplyCancel

  • Sally - September 16, 2014 - 8:03 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri! Enjoy your day and thanks for celebrating with us!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Stiles - September 16, 2014 - 8:18 am

    I made the adorable mini album in your “Getting to Know You” class and gave it to my daughter for her birthday last year! She absolutely loved it! Made my eyes teary when I saw how much she appreciated it! Happy Birthday, Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Judy R - September 16, 2014 - 8:18 am

    I hand crocheted a baby blanket and matching booties when my daughter was pregnant. They were the “first” Christmas gifts for my grandson on the way.ReplyCancel

  • Karen S - September 16, 2014 - 8:30 am

    The best gift I ever gave was flying my brother-in-law and mother-in-law down to FL as a surprise for my husband’s 50th birthday. He had no idea and it’s the first and only time I’ve seen him speechless!!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Larson - September 16, 2014 - 9:12 am

    These bag so flipping cute! LOVE!ReplyCancel

  • marcy e - September 16, 2014 - 9:15 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri… I must say, every one of your posts is like a little present to me… LOVE YOUR STYLE!!!
    My Grandma, who lived to 103 years 11 months always said her favorite age was the one she was that day!!!
    Just think of the adventures that await you…
    Thanks for sharing so many of them with those of us who are not quite as creative…
    God’s Blessing today and always…ReplyCancel

  • 3kidmama - September 16, 2014 - 9:47 am

    Such lovely ideas! I am totally going to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Carla Hundley - September 16, 2014 - 9:51 am

    Happy Birthday!! I’m
    54 and still going
    strong!! Best gift
    I gave was a package
    of 12 x 12 pattern
    paper, clear stamps
    and holder and
    embellishments to
    my Mom. She loved
    getting them!
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • Laura K - September 16, 2014 - 9:55 am

    Hands down the best gift I have ever given was to my sister. I quilt and she wanted to learn how to quilt too. She is 11 years younger than me so she was probably only 14 or so when I taught her. She picked the fabrics and I showed her how to cut and sew them and once she got the top finished she decided she didn’t like quilting and the top sat in her closet for years. So one year I snuck it out and finished the quilt for her. She cried when she opened it on Christmas. It was fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica Dougherty - September 16, 2014 - 9:58 am

    last Christmas I made my sister a scrapbook of our family heritage. she was floored!ReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant - September 16, 2014 - 10:30 am

    Love the festive gift bags!
    Best gift I gave… My Mom wasn’t expecting me to come for her 80th birthday party because I live a distance away from her, and I showed up as a surprise.ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - September 16, 2014 - 10:44 am

    That’s a tough one. I feel really good when I make card sets for others to use – that always feels like a pretty awesome gift (although I tend to get comments that they want to just keep them all for themselves…) I think the shadow box I made for a hubby a couple of years ago might be the best gift, though. He loves geocaching and there have been some interesting finds and rewards that a small enough for a shadow box, but too bulky for a scrapbook page so I included those trinkets as well as photos. It was so much fun putting together and everyone loves to look at it!
    Hey, happy birthday! I think 50 will be the new 40 or something like that, whenever you get there…ReplyCancel

  • RamonaP - September 16, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Throwing a party for my parents anniversaryReplyCancel

  • Cindy Trimble - September 16, 2014 - 11:16 am

    I had someone make quilts for my kids, my dad, my brother, my sister in law and me of all my mom’s clothes the Christmas after she passed away. Best gift ever!ReplyCancel

  • Kate Hungerford - September 16, 2014 - 12:13 pm

    Ew, Ew, EW, handing waving in the air-pick me, pick me, puhleeeeeeze!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Nonni - September 16, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    Happy Birthday Kerri! Best present I have given is a small sewing machine to my 6 yr old grandson . He wanted to sew on paper.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry T - September 16, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    Wow what a great prize package from Bella Blvd….Love the Brown Paper Bags…flowers and feathers and script–oh my!!!…LOL.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - September 16, 2014 - 12:26 pm

    I think the best present I ever gave was to my sister. She collected Carousel horses. I made one with cross stitch and then my husband made a frame that looked like a carousel. She loved it! Thanks for the chance & Happy Birthday to you!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - September 16, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    The best present I ever gave (now that’s hard!) I think is the album I made of my grandma for my mom shortly after my grandma’s death. It had photos of her from a little girl up until just before she passed and had photos of just the 2 of them together along with photos of her with other family members (and with her parents!)ReplyCancel

  • Kele Wilson - September 16, 2014 - 12:31 pm

    The best give I ever gave was a handmade baby album to my cousin for her first baby girl. I combined my scrapbooking and mixed media techniques and came up with an album that I was so in love with I almost wanted to keep it for myself. I love giving handmade gifts. It makes me and the recipient both feel very special.ReplyCancel

  • Michele Geraci - September 16, 2014 - 12:36 pm

    I took my granddaughter to see her first concert! She is just 12 1/2, and in LOVE with “1 Direction” so my husband and I saved to buy tickets and took her. To see the joy on her face was priceless!ReplyCancel

  • shawn Box - September 16, 2014 - 1:07 pm

    Love how you designed the paper bags. TFS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne - September 16, 2014 - 1:12 pm

    The best gift I gave was an iPad.ReplyCancel

  • Amber M. - September 16, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    Ummm, wow!!!!!!! I love. Yes, LOVE, these shabby chic kraft bags!!! Every detail of them is amazing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Susan P - September 16, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    What a fun package of goodies! Thanks for the chance to win it. I just love what Laura did with a regular old Kraft bag – I think I have some of them in my stash…. By the way – Happy Birthday Kerri! Just to let you know – 50s aren’t so bad – kids are out of the house and I can have fun with all my crafts. I think as long as your health is good, you will enjoy your 50s too.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne B - September 16, 2014 - 2:11 pm

    I love this! What a great way to dress up a gift bag.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - September 16, 2014 - 2:24 pm

    The best present I ever gave…hmmm. That’s a hard one to pick a favorite. Probably the wall art I made for my sister in law that used your “Let’s just do today,” art. She is expecting her first baby and a big change in her husband’s employment in the next few months. It turned out gorgeous, but I know she appreciated that thought too!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Rowland - September 16, 2014 - 2:45 pm

    I LOVE giving gifts. I am inspired by your gift bags and am going to try to recreate a number of them, so I always have some on hand. The best gift I ever give is for the family we adopt each year for the Christmas holidays. My family joins with me to shop and purchase everything on their wish list. We’ve been doing this for years, and I can’t describe how rewarding it is to know that we made a real difference in someone’s life!!

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this AWESOME package of goodies!!


  • PaulaJean - September 16, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! I think the best birthday gift I ever gave was a small party for my daughter at American Girl when she was smaller. So happy to see her face light right up!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Bohman - September 16, 2014 - 3:23 pm

    What a great idea, Happy Birthday, we share the same birthday week.
    Have a fun week!!!!!

  • Vanessa Babin - September 16, 2014 - 3:27 pm

    The best present I ever gave….hummmm that’s tough. I guess the Frozen dress I made for my granddaughter. She absolutely loved and the look on her face was priceless.ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly aka SamsSissy - September 16, 2014 - 3:58 pm

    These gift bags are gorgeous! Going to have to get me some feathers!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly aka SamsSissy - September 16, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Best present?? Probably the Sister scrapbook I made for my little sister.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - September 16, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    Happy Birthday – may the celebration continue!!
    My 40’s were good but my 50’s are even better so adjust your thinking, girl! For some odd reason, when YOU are 50, it doesn’t seem old at all ;)
    Best gift I recently gave was to my husband – it was a collection of framed b&w photos (I had taken) for his office. They made him tear up — always the sign of a good gift.ReplyCancel

  • Katrina H - September 16, 2014 - 6:04 pm

    Happy birthday! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Shari Dancer-Thomas - September 16, 2014 - 6:12 pm

    Thanks for this! Love the bags and feathers!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Peterson - September 16, 2014 - 6:49 pm

    That’s a hard one; I must not be a a very good present giver…I loved giving the moms in my family a canvas photo of my kids (their grandkids).ReplyCancel

  • Tina Joergens - September 16, 2014 - 7:13 pm

    Happy Birthday! Love what you share! Thank you and best-ever-birthday wishes!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie B. - September 16, 2014 - 7:23 pm

    Brown paper never looked so good ;- ) Thanks for sharing such great inspiration!ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - September 16, 2014 - 7:46 pm

    a hand crochet scarfReplyCancel

  • Stacie D - September 16, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    The best gift I ever gave was framed photo collage prints for my parents along with a digital scrapbook from scanned pictures of their wedding. It made them teary eyed for their 40th wedding anniversary.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Ke - September 16, 2014 - 8:24 pm

    I gave my mother-in-law a blanket collage of pictures of her pets. She loves her pets so and a couple have now passed but she still has them close with her blanket.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Stanczyk - September 16, 2014 - 8:27 pm

    What a beautiful rainbow of goodness!!!!! I love all the bright happy colors!!

    What a great birthday celebration! Thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Pat - September 16, 2014 - 8:44 pm

    Love all the goodies, but I also love your posts!ReplyCancel

  • Amy O - September 16, 2014 - 9:30 pm

    I was just looking at feather cut files – how timely! :) Just adorable.ReplyCancel

  • susan h. - September 16, 2014 - 10:32 pm

    Best gift I ever gave was giving some young broke girls at work a bunch of my scrapbooking supplies! I’m going to make some of these gift bags for my son so he has bags when his kids go to a bday party! Love them!ReplyCancel

  • Torrie - September 16, 2014 - 11:39 pm

    What was the best present I ever gave? Wow that’s a tough call. I love to give jewelry or scarves to people, because that is something we don’t buy ourselves very often. Happy Birthday and thanks for including us all in the fun.ReplyCancel

  • TJ Jay - September 17, 2014 - 7:00 am

    So Cute! Love the feathers.ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - September 17, 2014 - 9:14 am

    A scrapbook album i had put together to give to my mother-in-law.ReplyCancel

  • Kris M. - September 17, 2014 - 9:49 am

    Absolutely LOVE these gift bags and the feathers are to die for!

  • Marcia Dehn-Nix - September 17, 2014 - 5:20 pm

    Happy Birthday…. 50’s not that bad. It happened to me last year :)ReplyCancel

  • Janet - September 18, 2014 - 6:44 am

    The album I made my great niece for her graduation gift.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Luscan - September 18, 2014 - 7:08 am

    I think the best present I ever gave was a trip for me and my Mother. It was just a car trip to Miami when I was 22 but it was a somewhat pricey trip, a wonderful surprise for my Mother, and a load of fun…just the two of us. Good memories.ReplyCancel

  • LisaM6 - September 18, 2014 - 9:26 am

    What a great idea for decorating plain bags. I think the best gift I ever gave was a mini book of my dad after he passed to my mom. She has a way to see how loved he was and still is.ReplyCancel

  • Leann - September 18, 2014 - 10:54 am

    Funny – I just turned 48 last wee and Mr Op is 52. I have shoulder and eye issues too! We must be twins separated at birth (wink).

    Thanks so much for all the inspiration!


  • Amy O - September 18, 2014 - 12:32 pm

    A bunch of friends pooled our money together to get a digital camera for our friends when they were having their first baby. That was pretty fun to give (and a surprise for them!)ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Barnes - September 18, 2014 - 2:07 pm

    My “boyfriend” at the time was very into acting and doing community theater. I wanted him to know I thought he was a star and could do anything and go anywhere. I had a star (a real astronomical star) named after him and gave him a certificate of “ownership” that listed the star’s official name and heavenly location.ReplyCancel

  • Melitta Ball - September 18, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    Hi Kerri!

    Ok first, the best present I ever gave was to take my Mom to Disneyland! Our dad had promised to take us in 1980 but just weeks prior to going, my mom had a stroke. Just 8 short years later my dad passed away at 52 due to a massive heart attack, so that trip just wasn’t going to happen. My mom was a super, super Disney fan and so when my husband and I renewed our wedding vows on our 10th anniversary in 1994, we took mom on our honeymoon (never had one when get got married) to give her that all expenses paid dream trip that she always wanted! Right up until my mom passed in 2012, she talked all the time about that trip, about meeting Mickey & Minnie and she kept in a Disney Photo Frame next to her chair, a photo of her in the front seat of the Splash Mountain ride!! It still sits next to her chair in our living room! I wish I could show you the photo! Yup, absolute best gift I ever had the privilege to give! Secondly, I have an address in both the USA & Canada so I hope you would still allow me to enter your give away!
    Many Blessings,
    Melitta BallReplyCancel

  • Alison - September 18, 2014 - 4:12 pm

    Wow! Great stuff, my ten year old daughter is looking over my shoulder drooling.ReplyCancel

  • Katie B. - September 19, 2014 - 1:28 am

    Best present I ever gave…a scrapbook to my mom! Loving the feathers!! Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.ReplyCancel

  • Celeste B - September 19, 2014 - 5:10 am

    Love the Bella Blvd embellies.ReplyCancel

  • Jolene Johnston - September 19, 2014 - 6:10 am

    For my husband’s 40th birthday I threw him a get-together with his guy friends complete with playoff football on a giant TV, poker, lots of food, cake, scotch, and cigars. It was a hit! Thanks for the giveaways!ReplyCancel

  • Maryfrances - September 19, 2014 - 6:34 am

    Just love all the bright colors. Just perfect for a birthday surprise.ReplyCancel

  • Amanda Hall - September 19, 2014 - 7:53 am

    I gave birth to our 2nd son, 9 days after my hubby’s bday & he said it was the best belated bday gift ever;)ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - September 19, 2014 - 9:39 am

    The best present I ever gave…well by the reaction of my oldest DS, it was the BMX bike he really wanted for his birthday last year. He about fainted!ReplyCancel

  • Ruthie Lopez - September 19, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    Love the bag with the feathers!!ReplyCancel

  • Alysia H - September 19, 2014 - 8:25 pm

    I love giving handmade gifts.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Humby-Tulk - September 20, 2014 - 8:34 am

    An inspirational religious vinyl wall decal. My friend actually cried!!ReplyCancel

  • Tami - September 20, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Happy Birthday! I have to agree – I’m loving my 40’s as well! Can’t explain it, but am really lovin’ this decade!

    Best present I ever gave…well, from my point of view, they are things the person really wanted & didn’t know I was getting them – surprise! I’ve done several of those for my hubby over the years. One being a HO scale train when we were first married (really young & no money). We both love to do the surprise thing with gifts (neither of wants to know what we are getting before we open it!).ReplyCancel

  • linda - September 20, 2014 - 8:16 pm

    Happy Birthday! Age is the number of years we have lived! Not how we have lived them or how we are living now, just a number!

    We have the choice each year how to live the coming year, so yes, celebrate and live and enjoy! (A little philosophical cause I just passed a big number…hint…more than you!)

    Thanks for including us in on your celebration.ReplyCancel

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This song has literally been in my head for months.


At the beginning of this year I bought a roll of brown postal paper. Oh, the thoughts I’ve had in my head for using this.

Hence, the song.

I see the roll. I see something in kraft. I hear the song.

I knew I wanted to personally do a post around this theme, but could never seem to get my ‘packages’ in a row.

Until now.

There’s a reason for everything and I’m so glad I could never make it happen just for me because it just got sooo much better! I decided to invite my creative team to help play all week long with the Brown Paper Packages theme on account-a it’s my own little birthday this week. (Tomorrow, to be exact. Hello 48.)

It couldn’t have been better timing!

So this week we are going to play!

Brown paper packages, tags, gifts, whatever the girls could think of using this theme.

I am soooooo excited!!!

Let’s take a look at Maggie’s creations.




[ Designs | Tiny Details: Calendar / Grammar School: The Pronouns (yours) ]

While it is all sooooo beautiful, I adore the 27 tag!!! I never would have thought to do that as a kraft tag. See what I mean about ‘things happen for a reason’? This event of Maggie’s is going to be fantastically decked out. Hello???

Here’s a bit from Maggie:

There is just something so elegant about the mix of kraft paper and bright white cardstock. Although they may seem plain & simple when they are used alone…they become just gorgeous when you pair them. I’ve created two different tags that I’m using to dress up some packaging for an upcoming event I’m co-hosting …and I love the way they add so much to the look of the items I’m using them on.

For the first tag, I used Kerri’s Tiny Details: Calendar. I really love to use parts or pieces of a file and then manipulate it to fit when I need. The date of our event is the 27th…so I used that number from the calendar. I cropped the entire file down to just the 27th, recolored it in PSE12 and brought it into my Silhouette software where I traced the number and created a tag around the calendar graphic. I cut everything with my Silhouette and added hole reinforcements and some seam binding to my tag. Then I simply added these tags to the little muslin bags that will hold some of our supplies. I LOVE this look!

For my second tag, I used the ‘yours’ file from the Grammar School: The Pronouns kit. I was unbelievably inspired by Kerri’s All That Glitters is Golden post from September 3rd…so I decided to cut the file from plain kraft paper and use the negative of the cut (everything that was left over), backed with bright white cardstock as my tag. I reinforced the tag holes on these as well, and added some baker’s twine. Then I simply tucked them behind a little bow on our utensil packages…so cute (and elegant!), right?

You are so right, darlin’!

FYI: There is always more than one way to do things and so I thought I’d mention that while you can recolor the PNG files in PS/PSE and bring it into Studio like Maggie did, you can also add the needed color to the cut files and work with it that way too. :)

Now, as part of this whole ‘brown paper packages’ theme,
I have got the cutest little kit for you!



I obviously cannot get enough of these fabulous little boxes and have been having waaaaay too much fun! You’ll see more from me and these little guys this week during our little week-long party.

These cute little buggers could be use to give earrings or gift cards. Put a circle inset into it yourself, line it with a transparency and fill it with candy. And how awesome would they be for an advent for Christmas??? All done in fun Christmas paper and stacked on display? My mind is a-twirlin’.


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I am so excited for this week! Not only is there going to be great gift ideas, but I have got ‘gifts’ for you all this week too!

I’ve enlisted the help of some great friends in this industry to bring you some great giveaways this week!

Can I get a yahoo!

I believe it is much better to give than receive. ;) And besides, it’s my party and I’ll give if I want to, give if I want to, give if I want to….

First on the menu, who would like to win this amaaaaazing class from our sweet friend Cathy Zielske?! (I’m thinking that is a rhetorical question, yes?)

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I seriously need to go sign up for this class, but I think it’s a wonderful idea! And Cathy  is so much fun…it’s a bonus! :)

Here’s how you can win. All contests this week will end Sunday and winners will be posted Monday. Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Tara Chaussee - September 15, 2014 - 9:22 am

    This class looks amazing! I would never think to document my own life (just me!) but now I am totally motivated!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte Brochu - September 15, 2014 - 9:23 am

    I would love to win this class! I think it would be a great start to scrapping about myself, which I hardly ever (OK never) do! But I do think it’s important and would love to start on it!ReplyCancel

  • Judy R - September 15, 2014 - 9:26 am

    My best birthday present EVER was a trip to Paris on my 50th!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - September 15, 2014 - 9:27 am

      Oh Judy…I want your bday present for my 50th!
      Don’t know if I can wait two years though. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Judy Stiles - September 15, 2014 - 9:42 am

    Looks like an awesome class! I never scrap about myself, but such a great idea!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole - September 15, 2014 - 9:47 am

    LOVE Cathy and her classes! Always so much fun :) Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanene - September 15, 2014 - 9:51 am

    I would love to win and love how Maggie used your files. Happy early Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • hgauvin - September 15, 2014 - 9:54 am

    Love anything Cathy Zielske puts together – including classes!ReplyCancel

  • Sue - September 15, 2014 - 10:01 am

    Love CZ, what a wonderful giveaway; thanks :) My fav birthday present was probably my 50th; my husband booked a surprise trip to Shanghai for us and our two children. After a few days there, he said we would be moving on (on my actual birthday) and handed over tickets for a cruise to Japan and Korea. It was amazing, and even more so because he had done it all in secret, even hiding his tux :)

    Happy birthday week Kerri, hope you get some great surprises too!ReplyCancel

  • Kristen Caraccio - September 15, 2014 - 10:07 am

    I’m already registered for this class. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for awhile. Cathy is fabulous!! Looking forward to it … even better to get it for free!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - September 15, 2014 - 10:17 am

    I always love your birthday week! Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Ashmore Arrowood - September 15, 2014 - 10:18 am

    trying again since it said it didn’t get my comment :( I always love your birthday week! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Lumsden - September 15, 2014 - 10:20 am

    Happy happy joy joy to you!!!! Luv you, girlfriend…ReplyCancel

  • Paige - September 15, 2014 - 10:39 am

    Kerri, You are so generous. Thank you for an opportunity to win Cathy’s new class.ReplyCancel

  • Angela Daly - September 15, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Love Cathy style and personality. Great class, Happy Bday to you!!
    thanks for the chance to winReplyCancel

  • julie - September 15, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Love this !!! happy birthday to you!

  • Sally - September 15, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Thanks for the giveaway and have a very Happy Birthday!
    My best birthday present was graduating from high school on my 18th birthday. My friends even convinced the commencement speaker to call me up before his speech and my class sang to me.ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - September 15, 2014 - 10:44 am

    My best birthday present ever? Hmm…I think having my son (he’s 2) picking out modeling clay for us to do together has been pretty fun this year. It ties with the snow cone machine I got also! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - September 15, 2014 - 10:49 am

    Happy Birthday!!! So excited about your give-a-way.ReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn Thompson - September 15, 2014 - 10:50 am

    Only thing better would be a class you collaborated together! Love Cathy Zielske and Kerri Bradford! That would be a fabulous!ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne - September 15, 2014 - 10:51 am

    My best birthday present was my dad flying in just to have lunch with me for my 40th birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Bronson - September 15, 2014 - 10:51 am

    Happy Birthday and I would love to win a spot in this class. Cathy Z has an amazing
    online personality and great humor and I’m sure her class will rock.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Alg - September 15, 2014 - 11:01 am

    My favorite birthday present was all my grandkids present at my birthday and signing “Happy Birthday”ReplyCancel

  • Melanie - September 15, 2014 - 11:07 am

    I would love a seat in this class! Thanks!

    My favourite present… too many to mention, but one that I really loved was given to me when I lived in Japan. A moss ball with a fern sticking out of it and a bell hanging from it. Hard to explain but it was the coolest thing ever.ReplyCancel

  • Karen S - September 15, 2014 - 11:15 am

    What an awesome giveaway! Thanks for the chance! You know what? I think it would be even more awesome if you and Cathy Z teamed up for a class!ReplyCancel

  • Karen S - September 15, 2014 - 11:17 am

    Oops. Forgot to wish you Happy Birthday! My favorite birthday gift was a trip to NYC for my 50th!ReplyCancel

  • Laura BC - September 15, 2014 - 11:23 am

    This class looks so awesome! I’m having a tough time deciding whether to make it just about me, or about the family at this moment in time.ReplyCancel

  • benessi - September 15, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Happy happy birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Walston - September 15, 2014 - 11:53 am

    My best birthday present ever was an etching/water color that was done by a 10th grader at the school where my cousin teaches. I loved it as soon as I saw it at the school’s art show but was told to “get in line” when I said I wanted to buy it. My cousin surprised me by giving it to me for my birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant - September 15, 2014 - 12:01 pm

    Best birthday present ever… was a birthstone ring my Mom bought for me when I was about 12! I still have it, and it’s really special to me!ReplyCancel

  • debbie susee - September 15, 2014 - 12:19 pm

    Happy happy birthday to youj!!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - September 15, 2014 - 12:25 pm

    Thank you so much for the chance to win a spot in CZ’s class! She is awesome and so are you!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Pettigrew - September 15, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Thank you for the opportunity to win this class! I have always loved kraft paper and have used it many times as my Christmas wrapping paper. I’ve stenciled on back in the 80’s and most recently used it to draw doodles especially for each recipient! I use it for birthday wrapping too! I love KRAFT paper.

    Thank you for sharing more ideas on using Kraft paper!ReplyCancel

  • Ramie - September 15, 2014 - 1:00 pm

    Best Birthday present was a bicycle that my dad “rebuilt”. Painted it my favorite colors, got new handlebars and a new seat. Loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Kris M - September 15, 2014 - 1:02 pm

    Since my mom passed away I know that I need to document my life for my children and grandchildren. There is so much that I wish I knew about my mother’s life that I could pass down to my children. This class seems ideal to help me jumpstart this process.

  • Jean - September 15, 2014 - 1:11 pm

    I think taking this class would be a way for me to get to know myself more. I’m a mother of 3 children, and one will graduate from high school next year. My mind is full of “stuff”, and I think this class will help me “categorize” my “stuffs”…and put it on paper. Then I will be able to read what I’ve recorded…and see how far I’ve come.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry T - September 15, 2014 - 1:13 pm

    I love prizes…LOL. Happy Birthday Kerri…Will be a fun week.ReplyCancel

  • Kim H - September 15, 2014 - 1:18 pm

    This class looks amazing. Just what I need to finally write about me. Something for my son to read when he gets older. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Amber Mansur - September 15, 2014 - 1:25 pm

    My favorite birthday gift is when my Mom and I went out of town to go to several scrapbook/rubber stamp stores and splurged like crazy on ourselves- she doubled whatever I intended to spend so I got lots of goodies!! :D
    Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • mitchmac - September 15, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    What an awesome giveaway – thanks for the chance to win! It’s by birthday this month too – hope you have a great one.ReplyCancel

  • Megan K. - September 15, 2014 - 1:27 pm

    First, Happy Happy Birthday!!! :D
    Second, thanks for sharing the celebration with us! I can’t wait to see all the fun you have in store for usReplyCancel

  • scrapchick/Carrie - September 15, 2014 - 1:28 pm

    Happy (almost) Birthday! Love the boxes and tags! My best present was a surprise Cupcake themed party – nothing better than to be surrounded by family and friends! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette C - September 15, 2014 - 1:33 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway and happy B-day!

  • Amber M. - September 15, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    Happy birthday, Kerri!!! Thanks so much for your breath-of-fresh-air design style and inspiration – I get super excited each day when I see your blog post message in my in-box :) And thank you very much for the great give-away … I love CZ!!!ReplyCancel

  • Monda - September 15, 2014 - 2:00 pm

    I took the A to Z class in full 12 x 12 at CKU years ago. Would love to do it again now, with a different perspective in time in PL. Love your work Kerri – thanks and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!ReplyCancel

  • Lara Read - September 15, 2014 - 2:15 pm

    love Cathy’s style, humor and I can see why you are friends ;) Hope you have a very happy bday!ReplyCancel

  • Mickee - September 15, 2014 - 2:17 pm

    Happy birthday Kerri! Thank you for a fab giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Rach Leeke - September 15, 2014 - 2:19 pm

    Cz sent me! Thanks for an awesome giveaway. Happy birthday lovely xxReplyCancel

  • LindaH - September 15, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    One of the best was a weekend with my sisters–fun time together.ReplyCancel

  • Simply Sonya - September 15, 2014 - 2:38 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win a seat in Cathy’s class!ReplyCancel

  • Melitta Ball - September 15, 2014 - 2:43 pm

    Love, love, love the things that swim in your head!! Brown paper packages is one of my favorite things too! Happy Birthday and big, big hugs!

  • AngieS - September 15, 2014 - 2:46 pm

    Thank you for the chance to win this great class!ReplyCancel

  • JeriP - September 15, 2014 - 2:57 pm

    Happy Birthday! Adorable little boxes. Would love to win Cathy’s class I could figure myself out from A to Z.ReplyCancel

  • Dionne - September 15, 2014 - 3:02 pm

    My best birthday present ever was my son, he was born on my 27th birthday.ReplyCancel

  • angela - September 15, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    happy Birthday!!!!
    A day all to myself to scrap, best birthday present ever.ReplyCancel

  • Lenore - September 15, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Happy Birthday and thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Vanorio - September 15, 2014 - 4:32 pm

    As always so “Krafty”, love Maggies Tags and those cute, cute, cute krafty boxes.ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Bowman - September 15, 2014 - 4:45 pm

    I was born on the 4th of July. So every birthday is a fun birthday! When my kids were little I had them convinced they did the fireworks just for me! I always wondered why they didn’t wonder when it was there birthday, why they never got fireworks either, hmmmm. :)ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - September 15, 2014 - 5:01 pm

    Soooo fun! Love Cathy!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Bell - September 15, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    This most recent birthday was pretty special and not because of any presents. I’ve been struggling with depression and anxiety for a couple of years now and this year I actually celebrated my birthday! HUGE for me! :)ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - September 15, 2014 - 5:12 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday! I hope 48 is a wonderful year for you!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Stanczyk - September 15, 2014 - 5:13 pm

    I have never taken a class by Cathy Z, but always heard awesome things about them. I would be so thrilled to join her class. I just watched the video and love it! I’m just getting into PL so I think it would be a great place to start.

    Happy Birthday Kerri!!!!!!!! Thank you for sharing your birthday with us!ReplyCancel

  • Brek - September 15, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    My bestest bday present ever would have to be the year that my hubby took me to see Les Mis! I was 8 1/2 months pregnant with our first and just feeling awful. It was nice to get dressed up and enjoy a night at the theater!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Wilhelm - September 15, 2014 - 5:41 pm

    Thanks for a chance to win Cathy’s class!ReplyCancel

  • Susan P - September 15, 2014 - 5:45 pm

    Love theses sweet tags! The new boxes set looks like fun too! Thanks for the chance to win this class by Cathy Z – my kids have been after me to document my life.ReplyCancel

  • Andrea Grzech - September 15, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    Happy birthday! Thanks for a chance to win!!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Warne - September 15, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    OMG! I’m loving the tags & boxes…the creative juices are flowing :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan - September 15, 2014 - 6:22 pm

    So excited to make the boxes! Thank you for a chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Sheena Mawson - September 15, 2014 - 6:23 pm

    My beagle baby…21st birthday present. She is still my first baby and I love watching her with my real babies now!ReplyCancel

  • nancy wolff - September 15, 2014 - 6:40 pm

    Happy Birthday! I just celebrate my birthday on the 10th. Sounds like a fun week.ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - September 15, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win the class!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - September 15, 2014 - 7:18 pm

    My best birthday present was my Silhouette!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - September 15, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    My best birthday present ever was an SLR camera that my husband gave me for my 30th birthday. Thanks for the opportunity to win a spot in Cathy’s class.ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany Hayden - September 15, 2014 - 8:02 pm

    Yahoo! I’d love to win a seat in Cathy’s class. My best gift…a new house for Valentine’s Day.ReplyCancel

  • Amy - September 15, 2014 - 8:12 pm

    This class looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for the chance. My bestest birthday present ever was concert tickets to see my favorite band for my 16th birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Dell Richards - September 15, 2014 - 8:17 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway!!! My birthday is next month. That would be a double whammy of a win!!!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - September 15, 2014 - 8:19 pm

    Wow, sounds like an amazing class from Cathy! I love your little brown boxes. I wish you the happiest of birthday’s Kerri. I hope it is a great one.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Trimble - September 15, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    happy birthday! My best birthday present ever was my daughter!ReplyCancel

  • ConnieC - September 15, 2014 - 8:22 pm

    It was an early present. My little girl was born 5 days before my birthday. And she has been the best gift. We had years of infertility, so she was a blessing.ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - September 15, 2014 - 8:32 pm

    My *bestest* birthday gift ever wasn’t even a gift for me (it was actually given to my husband as a bonus at work) but it happened to fall on my birthday! It was a free weekend in Las Vegas (included air fare, hotel, tickets to Cirque & Blue Man, and spending money too!!!). It was a birthday I’ll never forget! Happy Birthday Kerri :)ReplyCancel

  • Julie P - September 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    I’ve been eyeing up this class for a week and so want to take it but it’s not in the budget this month. I would LOVE to win!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis B. - September 15, 2014 - 8:36 pm

    (Just commented on the wrong entry…Sorry!) My best birthday present was the birth of my youngest daughter, just three days before my 34th birthday. Have a Happy, Happy Birthday, Kerri! Absolutely love your “Brown paper packages tied up with string…”ReplyCancel

  • Kelli W - September 15, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    Happy birthday! You are so generous and that class would be amazing to win! As cheesy as it sounds, just getting handmade cards and hugs from my girls is the best birthday present ever. Oh, and when I read the title of the blog post (before reading the actual post) I sang along in my head :)ReplyCancel

  • LaurieM - September 15, 2014 - 8:53 pm

    I’m excited for your birthday week celebration and excited for a chance to win a spot in Cathy Z’s class! It’s already starting off to be a great par=tay! Woohoo!ReplyCancel

  • Kim T - September 15, 2014 - 8:54 pm

    Happy, happy Birthday Kerri! You are so sweet to make us a part of your birthday celebration.
    Take care. :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan - September 15, 2014 - 9:05 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win. Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - September 15, 2014 - 9:21 pm

    This class looks awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah W A - September 15, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    Happy Birthday, Kerri! I’m super glad you were born, so you could live this life you were meant to, married to Dan, mom to your trio, and designing all this yumminess!ReplyCancel

  • Toni Berry - September 15, 2014 - 9:33 pm

    what a wonderful class! My birthday is in a few days…what a great gift to myself if I win!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara Santee - September 15, 2014 - 9:49 pm

    I actually just purchased a cameo because I love all your creations. I’ve just finished the four class package. Loved loved loved them – learned more in a months time from you about my new toy then I knew the 10 years I’ve had my cricut. Now my fun can really begin. Thanks for being you!!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda S - September 15, 2014 - 11:17 pm

    Would love to win this class!!! My best birthday was
    when I ordered a silhouette & a bunch of scrapbook
    stuff and then my husband asked what I wanted I wanted
    for my birthday. I told him I already has it covered
    and had ordered what I wanted & it wasn’t cheap!
    He laughed & then bought me two outfits & shoes.
    Yeah he’s a keeper!! Very blessed!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle S - September 15, 2014 - 11:20 pm

    Thanks for the chance! Pandora bracelet was
    my best gift & a total surprise!ReplyCancel

  • frances - September 15, 2014 - 11:34 pm

    sadly my scrapbooking is grossly lacking in me!
    So I would love to do this course of Cathys so there is proof of me.ReplyCancel

  • Shirlee - September 16, 2014 - 2:31 am

    Who doesn’t like to win something? Anything? Yippee,Thank You and Happy Birthday to you Kerri.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - September 16, 2014 - 2:32 am

    Happy birthday Kerri. 48 is a great age! Hope your year is magical and blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - September 16, 2014 - 6:16 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri! Your site is one that I visit every morning with my cup of coffee in hand. I’m always eager to see what new things you have up your sleeve.ReplyCancel

  • Beth Martinson - September 16, 2014 - 6:32 am

    Those boxes are super cute, I just hope I don’t get the song caught in my head now ;) Cathy’s class looks like another good one. Happy Birthday week!ReplyCancel

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  • Nicole Patterson - September 16, 2014 - 7:31 am

    Happy Birthday! Have a wonderful – fantastic Birthday …. Thank you for all your wonderful products – ♥ReplyCancel

  • SherriS. - September 16, 2014 - 7:38 am

    Even though I have a scrapbook about me I haven’t updated it in years. I would love to take a class with Cathy! Happy Birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • Erinaaaa - September 16, 2014 - 7:39 am

    Awesome giveaway. Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Fernanda Moisés - September 16, 2014 - 7:58 am

    Happy Birthday! My your new year bring you happiness and many blessings. I love to win Cathy´s class my birthday was in the first week of the month. I was to give a present to me but because of health problems and to have money for my consults I can´t buy the class I whant to do this class so much.ReplyCancel

  • Carla Hundley - September 16, 2014 - 9:57 am

    So fun! I got a
    pink laptop from
    my husband for my
    best gift ever!
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • Patricia Bowman - September 16, 2014 - 10:53 am

    My bestest birthday present EVER was when I was 10 years old and my dad gave me my very first camera! A whole new world opened up around me!ReplyCancel

  • Shell - September 16, 2014 - 12:30 pm

    Cathy’s class looks like EXACTLY the thing I need to get back into my craft space again! It would be totally amazing to do that’s for sure. p.s. Happy birthday :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Bohman - September 16, 2014 - 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this class, I’ve been eyeing it and would love to take it. Happy Happy Birthday. This past week was my birthday and am loving sharing it with you. Love all your tutorials and great cut files. Have a very happy birthday and hope all your wishes come thru.
    Thanks again,

  • Barbara - September 16, 2014 - 5:10 pm

    The boxes are adorable – I will be purchasing before Christmas!!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina H - September 16, 2014 - 6:13 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Peterson - September 16, 2014 - 6:57 pm

    Best birthday present ever was my camera ;)ReplyCancel

  • stacie d - September 16, 2014 - 8:08 pm

    Favorite gift was a surprise trip to Hawaii. My husband gave me small thematic gifts leading up to the tickets. I was so confused and shocked.!ReplyCancel

  • ana roat - September 16, 2014 - 8:48 pm

    I love kraft and I love KBS. Happy Birthday Kerri!

    PS CZ seriously rocks too!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy B - September 16, 2014 - 9:38 pm

    I love Cathy’s classes! Thank you for this giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn McFarland - September 17, 2014 - 7:30 am

    You know, I don’t really have a besets birthday gift. They have all been pretty darn good! Crossing fingers here, I would love to be in Cathy’s class.ReplyCancel

  • Angie F - September 17, 2014 - 6:00 pm

    LOVE birthdays, but others better than my own. :) Homemade presents from my girls are the best! Thanks for the chance to win Cathy’s class!! I really wanted to take it!ReplyCancel

  • Janet T - September 18, 2014 - 5:02 am

    Not sure the best birthday gift maybe my laptop!
    ~God bless~ReplyCancel

  • Angi MakingMayhem - September 18, 2014 - 8:54 am

    My bestest birthday present ever is a set of mixed media canvases that my kids created for me. I love how free the art is and how each represents that child. Every few years they make me a new set!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Mortimer - September 18, 2014 - 1:41 pm

    Hmmm…best birthday present? Definitely my daughter, born 4 days b4 my bday! ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Barnes - September 18, 2014 - 2:14 pm

    My bestest present ever was the year I got my Kindle for my birthday. We were broker than broke and I knew I would be very lucky to get the cake I really wanted. I had told a work colleague that I really wanted a kindle but I knew that just wasn’t going to happen. But it did!! I was so surprised! I cried! I use it all the time and have over 200 hundred books stored on it and another 200 (or more!) that have been put in my archives. Definitely best birthday present ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • kathy anderson - September 18, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    My best birthday present was a party on my 40th birthday with all my girlfriends.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - September 19, 2014 - 9:41 am

    My bestest present would have to this year, everyone was home! I got to spend the day before with my two sister, shopping and pampering ourselves. And then my birthday I got to spend relaxing, then got taken out to a wonderful dinner (no cooking!), then shopping for a new tablet!ReplyCancel

  • Alysia H - September 19, 2014 - 8:29 pm

    A purple poncho that my mom crocheted was my bestest birthday present ever.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Humby-Tulk - September 20, 2014 - 8:35 am

    My cameo!!ReplyCancel

  • Nita K. - September 20, 2014 - 8:48 am

    A surprise party for my 35th birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Nita K. - September 20, 2014 - 8:49 am

    A surprise party for my 35th birthday! A surprise party for my 35th birthday was the best!ReplyCancel

  • Marionh - September 20, 2014 - 8:54 am

    What an amazing birthday surprise thank u for sharing this class with us!ReplyCancel

  • Lindsay - September 20, 2014 - 9:19 am

    Any time my mom comes to visit for my b-day is the best! Happy Birthday Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • lindsey - September 20, 2014 - 9:32 am

    Her classes never disappoint.ReplyCancel

  • Erin s - September 20, 2014 - 9:54 am

    Best birthday present ever….my son. He was a belated gift …exactly one month after my 30th birthday. :) big present for a big milestone birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - September 20, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    Having all my family together for my 50th birthday, from as far away as Alaska and Minnesota! What a surprise and gift!ReplyCancel

  • Linda - September 20, 2014 - 8:20 pm

    happy birthday to you
    happy birthday to you
    I love your brown paper packages
    and would love this class too!ReplyCancel

  • Angie - September 20, 2014 - 11:36 pm

    Hmmm. My husband is really good about thinking up gifts. It’s hard to choose. This year he gave me a new zoom lens for my camera…it’s awesome!ReplyCancel


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  • Phyllis B. - September 15, 2014 - 8:26 pm

    Have a Happy, Happy Birthday, Kerri! Absolutely love your “Brown paper packages tied up with string…”ReplyCancel

We are all unique individuals.

We all handle situations differently.

To be able to express–or not express–our feelings and emotions is how we cope with these situations.

Neither way is right or wrong.

It just is.

It’s who we are.

It’s what makes us these incredibly unique creatures living here on this earth.

Recently, my sweet friend, Cathy Zielske, sent her first child off to college. Sending your first child away is hard…period. And it has been tough for her like for so many of us.

I have sent two children away under much stricter circumstances than college. Sending them on an LDS mission is without a doubt one of the hardest scenarios ever. And there are varying levels of that as well. Luckily my kids were state-side. I can’t imagine having them go to Africa or Argentina or some place where they eat chicken feet. While they are gone for two whole years (18 months for girls), you only have one email communication with them a week and two phone calls a year–Mother’s Day and Christmas. No daily phone calls. No Face Time. No Snap Chat or watching their activities via Instagram. No weekend trips home. Nada.

Gone is gone though. And it’s all tough.

It doesn’t matter if it’s a situation like mine, a child going into the military, one getting married, or sending them off to college. Decreasing your household size by losing one of its people–your people–is hard.

Last week someone made a comment to Cathy about toughening up (read her post yesterday). Obviously that was how this person handles her emotions and that’s alright for her. Other people are different in so many ways and other people are the same. But remember….we are all unique.

The desire to express your thoughts and feelings is only natural. It’s how many people process a situation.

I am not a cryer, but does that make me any less feeling of sending my kids off to be on their own?

Not even. 

After that had happened to her last week, I sent her these two pages I’m sharing today from when Zach left on his mission (below). She had created some similar pages or writings of her own on Aidan leaving. She insisted I share these pages (again) in light of ‘many mamas’ who are sending their child to some far-off land where they can’t even make their child comfort food when they have a bad day.

It’s an emotional time, whether you physically express them or not.

I can tell you–without a doubt–that five+ years later I am so glad that I wrote this and created these pages.

It was crazy when Jordan left right before Christmas. And while I did take photos, I did not write down my feelings at that time. It hasn’t even been a year, but I don’t feel the same things or have the same thoughts that I did at the time she left.

Cathy, my dear, and other parents out there going through this new chapter in your life, write about it. Photograph it. It is important to remember what you are feeling at that moment, however you may be feeling it. It’s the same when losing a loved one. I lost my mother ten years ago and while it took me almost a year to recount the story, I finally did it. Those particular feelings were still fresh, but I knew they would fade as would the memories of those last few months of her life. You think you will remember for ever…and you don’t.

Additionally, social media is a place where you can commiserate…uhhh…I mean feel like you are not alone. And it’s okay to express–or not express–your feelings on your own social media. It is, after all, an extension of who you are and how you retain these thoughts and feelings.

Truly, it’s comforting to know that you are not alone and can receive support among friends and those who may be going through the same chapter.

And that’s a good thing, especially when the number of people in your home just got smaller…and it got a whole lot quieter.



  • Cindy - September 10, 2014 - 7:55 am

    Love you Ker, and loved this post. I am missing my girl a lot this week and it helps to know I’m not alone. I need to take some time today to write a few things down. Loved your thoughts and beautiful layouts, thanks so much for sharing. :)ReplyCancel

  • Audrey V - September 10, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Thank you for sharing. I sent my oldest son to college 2 weeks ago and it’s been a tough transition for my husband and I. We just miss him so much! I know that children are supposed to grow up and move out, but it’s hard to take care of someone everyday for 19 years, and then there are just gone! Thank goodness for my scrapbooks, so I can relive the good memories. I’m happy that he is in a good place, but the selfish me wishes he was still here at home.ReplyCancel

  • Renee G - September 10, 2014 - 9:25 am

    Beautiful Kerri, very well said, caught the emotions.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - September 10, 2014 - 1:32 pm

    Oh my gosh – those pages are beautiful. I have a big lump in my throat. I do remember when my first one left — the first time I set the table for three instead of four, I sobbed.ReplyCancel

  • angela - September 10, 2014 - 1:55 pm

    Love your writing and especially this post. I spent a number of years working at a college, receiving those children you sent to us for higher education. While I am old enough to have kids in college, I have little ones at home and it will be many years before I have to send anyone off. Really appreciate your sentiments. There are so many big moments we need to write about: births, deaths, moves, goodbyes and hellos.
    And Kerri, can you tell us who the missionaries of LDS stay with while they are on their missions? I have always wondered. Do they stay in a apartments or with other missionaries or with LDS families who serve as their hosts?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - September 10, 2014 - 3:32 pm

      Hey Angela!
      Missionaries often stay in their own apartment–at the minimum in groups of two, sometimes there can be a group of three or four. Occasionally there are families that have a separate living space in their home, like a mother-in-law apartment, and so while they are technically with someone, they are pretty much on their own. Where Jordan stayed in the Palatka/San Mateo area in Florida, there weren’t really apartment buildings. So they stayed with an elderly widowed lady in her 80s (a little spitfire) and she fed them when other members weren’t feeding them. The place she stayed in the first six weeks was an apartment with another sister missionary. When you start getting into the foreign countries, sometimes they’ll even have a ‘maid’ of sorts that does the cooking for them because the food gets iffy and hard to access in remote areas. So having the church pay these women to make the missionaries good food is better than them trying to find food that could make them sick. Think jungle scenarios or poverty stricken places. :) That’s why I’m glad my kids were stateside.ReplyCancel

  • angela - September 10, 2014 - 3:46 pm

    Thanks so much for answering my question :)ReplyCancel

  • Peggy W - September 10, 2014 - 5:55 pm

    This is a very fitting blog post. I just sent my baby daughter off today to the MTC. She is headed to Germany. She is the youngest of 4 and all have served missions. It is very bitter sweet. I have been praying all day to keep my emotions in check. Thanks for your uplifting words. I think I will go have a good cry now and maybe eat some ice cream and then I will be good for 18 months. Thanks again. PeggyReplyCancel

  • Barbara - September 10, 2014 - 7:10 pm

    My oldest moved out a year ago, went through her first year of college, decided to stay there for the summer, get her CNA and work along with taking additional college classes and started her second year of college a couple weeks ago. I miss her terribly – I still have one daughter at home however, since she is a senior in high school, she is busy and I rarely see her. I have been given a taste of empty nest syndrome. While I sympathized with others when they had it, I had no idea how tough it is to go through and how easy it is to say “Get a grip” to someone else. I even say it to myself but it doesn’t change anything – I’m still lonely and miss my daughter. My world revolved around raising these two girls to be responsible, strong and independent women. I guess I did too good of a job (well not really – they still call me when they need help).

    I love your pages – I think documenting these times would help me. Thank you for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • MaryGW - September 11, 2014 - 6:24 am

    I love this post and what you wrote about the way we express ourselves, or not. Wonderful insight!ReplyCancel

  • heidig - September 11, 2014 - 7:33 am
  • Pau lab - September 11, 2014 - 7:38 am

    Thanks Kerri for sharing. My daughter left for vacation for a month and I walked around like a zombie. Wanting to,pick up the phone every morning and gab but wanting her to enjoy time away from home. It will be another three years but this is a reminder to document the journey in writing.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - September 12, 2014 - 8:53 am

    I have not read Cathy’s page. I will have to do so. I am dumbfounded, daily, at how blunt (trying to be nice) people are. I can’t believe someone would tell her to toughen up, or whatever they said. It’s like people seem to open their mouth and insert their foot so much more. Where is the compassion for other people? Like you said, everyone handles things differently. No two people are the same, and it would be a really boring world if they were.

    My oldest graduated from high school eight years ago. Still find that so hard to believe, and impossible because it feels like yesterday. When she moved out two years after that, it was HARD! She has stayed in the same town. But still, it was hard. To not see her everyday. To wake up daily and especially on holiday mornings and her not be there. Our household felt so incomplete. It wasn’t the best of circumstances that she moved out on either. It was one of those, I don’t want to follow the household rules and being completely disrespectful, so we told her she needed to find a place of her own. So the strain in our relationship didn’t help. I am so glad things have become better, and she has grown up. Now, in two more years, I have another wanting to move out. She talks of moving across country. I just can’t even think about that one or even deal with that one. I would have a harder time with that than when Laura moved out. To not be there to help them when they need it, I just can’t imagine. Apparently, I need to toughen up too.ReplyCancel


Y’all know what a big fan I am of maximizing my art, right?

Well for the past couple weeks or so, all I could think about is what could I do with designs from the This+That: School kit (on account-a it is the season), a few 3×4 rectangles and a little bit of text.

And this is what came to fruition.

school project life 2

(The large clock face is a printable and comes in the full kit.
The rest of the designs are cuttables or PNGs and come in the full kit or the ‘Just Shapes’ kit.)

Um. I don’t think it can get much easier than that to make your own set of cards! You get to be the boss of the art. You can choose what colors you’d like, the placement, the size, the background….whatever.

You can do this in Silhouette Studio or Photoshop/Elements.

You are in control.

And that’s pretty sweet.

I’m a bit of a control freak myself. ;)

  • Kathleen D - September 9, 2014 - 7:09 am

    These are great Kerri. I love seeing examples of how to “stretch” the kits!ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - September 9, 2014 - 10:44 am

    You are AMAZING!ReplyCancel