Brown Paper Packages Comes To An End? (+ Giveaway and Flash Friday)

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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.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

2017-05-20T07:46:29+00:00September 19th, 2014|cards, projects|106 Comments


  1. Tammy Davis September 19, 2014 at 6:49 am

    Tammy Davis – Altus, OK

  2. Angeline Choo September 19, 2014 at 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 – Malaysia

  3. Robin September 19, 2014 at 6:52 am

    From Texas

  4. Ruth Tacoma September 19, 2014 at 7:03 am

    Ruth Tacoma from McBain Michigan

  5. Theresa September 19, 2014 at 7:05 am

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

  6. Cindy Trimble September 19, 2014 at 7:13 am

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

  7. Rhadonda September 19, 2014 at 7:14 am

    Sterling, IL

  8. Kate Hungerford September 19, 2014 at 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, Delaware

  9. Lynda Callan Griffith September 19, 2014 at 7:19 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri. Love, love your stuff!!

  10. Karen S September 19, 2014 at 7:22 am

    Karen S
    Cleveland OH

  11. Kathy Meredith September 19, 2014 at 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!

  12. Debi Vintinner September 19, 2014 at 7:40 am

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

  13. Nicole September 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Pinehurst, NC

  14. Jane Tiefenthaler September 19, 2014 at 7:46 am

    Thabnks for the awesome giveaway.

  15. Amanda Hall September 19, 2014 at 7:50 am

    Amanda Parham
    Simpsonville, SC

  16. Karen Wilhelm September 19, 2014 at 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!!

  17. Judy W. September 19, 2014 at 7:55 am

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

  18. Miriam Prantner September 19, 2014 at 7:58 am

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

    Miriam, Arlington VA

  19. LouAnn V September 19, 2014 at 8:12 am

    LouAnn from Chino, CA

  20. Nashonne Newman September 19, 2014 at 8:29 am

    Nashonne from Crete, IL

  21. Samantha Clark September 19, 2014 at 8:46 am

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

  22. Kim H September 19, 2014 at 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!!

  23. Laura T. September 19, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Thanks for all the giveaway changes this week.

    Laura T.
    North Canton, OH

  24. Carolyn E September 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

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

  25. Marilyn Bronson September 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

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

  26. Sally September 19, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Beautiful projects Kerri!
    Saratoga Springs, Utah

  27. Carolyn E September 19, 2014 at 9:29 am

    Carolyn E
    Middleburg, Florida

  28. Brenda September 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

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

  29. Jeannie L September 19, 2014 at 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 Singapore

  30. Carla Hundley September 19, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Carla Hundley
    Orem, Utah

  31. Jessica Dougherty September 19, 2014 at 10:17 am

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

  32. Melanie Stanczyk September 19, 2014 at 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.

  33. PaulaJean Kirby September 19, 2014 at 10:33 am

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

  34. Melanie Stanczyk September 19, 2014 at 10:36 am

    Melanie Stanczyk
    Custer, Wisconsin

  35. Kendra September 19, 2014 at 11:04 am

    Kendra Grande
    Parker, CO

  36. Amy M. C. September 19, 2014 at 11:05 am

    Amy Cooley, Indianapolis, IN

  37. Kelli W September 19, 2014 at 11:46 am

    Kelli W.
    Cedar Park, TX

    thanks for the chance to win!!!

  38. Claire September 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    Anacortes WA

  39. Angela K September 19, 2014 at 12:35 pm

    Angela K
    Holbrook, AZ

  40. Karen Peterson September 19, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    Karen Peterson, Eagle River, AK

  41. Lynette Ballard September 19, 2014 at 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!

  42. christi September 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Christi from Massachusetts

  43. Ruthie Lopez September 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

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

  44. carrie September 19, 2014 at 1:27 pm

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

  45. Torrie September 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

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

  46. Cari September 19, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Hagerstown, MD

    Such cute ideas this week!
    Thanks for the inspiration.

  47. mitchmac September 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

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

  48. Margie Visnick September 19, 2014 at 2:18 pm

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

  49. Deborah Northcutt September 19, 2014 at 2:30 pm

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

  50. Sherry T September 19, 2014 at 2:31 pm

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

  51. Julie Whiteman September 19, 2014 at 2:59 pm

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

  52. Julie Whiteman September 19, 2014 at 3:04 pm

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

  53. Jeannie Smith September 19, 2014 at 3:07 pm

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

  54. RPomeroy September 19, 2014 at 3:20 pm

    Coeur D’Alene

  55. Christine M September 19, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Love your ideas so talented you are!

  56. Amber M. September 19, 2014 at 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!

  57. Angie September 19, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Your tag is so cute! Happy Birthday!

  58. a September 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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

  59. Sheri Elmont September 19, 2014 at 4:27 pm

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

  60. Carrie/scrapchick September 19, 2014 at 4:28 pm

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

    Carrie in Wisconsin

  61. Denise Bryant September 19, 2014 at 4:52 pm

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

  62. Katie B. September 19, 2014 at 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 Maryland

  63. Angela September 19, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Angela from Indy

  64. Debbie S. September 19, 2014 at 6:02 pm

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

  65. Lenore September 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday Kerri!

  66. Jessica Barrett September 19, 2014 at 6:41 pm

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

  67. Kathleen D September 19, 2014 at 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.

  68. Gracie Williams September 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Gracie Williams
    San Antonio, Texas

  69. Marcia Dehn-Nix September 19, 2014 at 7:09 pm

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

  70. Stacie D September 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Happy Birthday week!

  71. lisa September 19, 2014 at 7:34 pm

    loving the contest

  72. Amy Coose September 19, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    Amazing inspiration, and thanks for the chance to win!

    Amy in VA

  73. julie September 19, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    thanks for the chance to win!!

  74. Katrina H September 19, 2014 at 8:18 pm

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

  75. Sue T September 19, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    Sue Taylor, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

    Thanks for the fun week Kerri :)

  76. Alysia H September 19, 2014 at 8:35 pm

    Alysia from Utah but living in Arizona

  77. heather September 19, 2014 at 8:49 pm

    Heather from OR.

  78. Lindsay F September 19, 2014 at 9:00 pm

    Coming from Salt Lake City!

  79. deb pereira September 19, 2014 at 9:11 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  80. Amy O September 19, 2014 at 10:08 pm

    Hi I’m Amy from Central IL, USA!

  81. Janet September 19, 2014 at 11:24 pm

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

  82. Bernice J September 19, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Bernice from Alberta, Canada

  83. Cindy B September 20, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Cindy B from beautiful NW Montana

  84. Patty G.p September 20, 2014 at 8:09 am

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

  85. Lynne K September 20, 2014 at 8:15 am

    Love your stuff! Thanks for the chance to win!

  86. Patty G. September 20, 2014 at 8:17 am

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

  87. Kelly Humby-Tulk September 20, 2014 at 8:28 am

    I’m from Tennessee.

  88. Tana September 20, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Sweet…would love this

  89. Nita K. September 20, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Nita from Austin, Texas

  90. Tami September 20, 2014 at 9:07 am

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

  91. Tami September 20, 2014 at 9:09 am

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

  92. Lindsay September 20, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Salt Lake City, UT

  93. lindsey September 20, 2014 at 9:30 am

    I could put these to good use for sure!

  94. laura mm September 20, 2014 at 9:35 am

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

  95. rita timmons September 20, 2014 at 10:44 am

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

  96. Melissa S September 20, 2014 at 11:24 am

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

  97. Cindy September 20, 2014 at 12:18 pm


  98. Ellie Augustin September 20, 2014 at 12:27 pm

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

  99. Cheryl :) September 20, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    Cheryl – Keytesville, MO

  100. Jean Nielsen September 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm

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

  101. Sarita September 20, 2014 at 5:58 pm

    San Diego, CA

  102. kathy anderson September 20, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Kathy Anderson from Sparks, Nevada.
    Happy Birthday Kerri!

  103. Sarah W A September 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm

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

  104. linda September 20, 2014 at 7:53 pm

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

  105. Lara Read September 20, 2014 at 8:35 pm

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

  106. Tara September 20, 2014 at 9:49 pm

    Happy Birthday week!
    Tara M from Lewisville NC

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