Monday, December 5, 2011

Blog Hop Blog Candy Winner

The winner of the Blog Candy is ......   Vickie Steele!!
I have sent you an email, please respond back with your address so that we can get your goodies out to you!

Everyone that joins the new and exciting upcoming event - SCORE!! - with "Special Holiday Pricing" will be entered into a Drawing to win 1 of 3 FREE Passes for an ENTIRE YEAR of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events!!
You read that right!!
YOU could win a whole year of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events FREE!!

***Special Holiday Pricing of just $19.99 ends Dec 8th***

Winners will be announced on Friday, Dec 9th.
Click the Blinkie below to join SCORE!! with Special Holiday Pricing
and a chance to win a FREE Year of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events!! 
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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Up on the Rooftop Blog Hop

Welcome to the UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Up On The Roof Top 2011 World Showcase Holiday Blog Hop.
If you have been following the Blog Hop from the beginning, you have just checked out Monika's fun Counting Down to Christmas card set.  Monika's project is a blast and I can't wait to involve my kiddos in the activities!  If you are just joining the Blog Hop, no problem, as you can start at any point. All the Designer's Blogs are linked together so you will be able to see ALL the FABULOUS projects we have for you.
My project is a Love and Joy Stocking banner. As soon as I saw the Stocking Builder Punch and coordinating Holiday Stocking Bigz die in the Holiday Mini catalog I knew that I needed to make a banner using them both.

Each stocking is unique just like the stockings our family has, each unique to its owner.  The letters sparkle right off of the stocking in person as they are coated with a few layers of Dazzling Details glitter glue.  Of course all things at Christmas need to be tied up with pretty bows, so each stocking is hung with care by a bow. 

 The ends of the banner are anchored with a shimmery snowflake poinsettia.  

 As a Special Thank You for stopping by my blog I am giving away BLOG CANDY!!
Please leave a comment about my project to be entered for a chance to win a great goodie bag of current Stampin' Up! products. I will randomly select a winner to be announced on Tuesday, so please check back to see if you are the lucky recipient!
AND there's MORE...LOTS MORE!!

  • You have the opportunity to get the downloadable PDF Tutorial for my project FREE!! It's a GIFT from UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! Woohoo!! See the blinkie below to access the FREE Blog Hop Website.
  • In the Spirit of the Holiday Season, you have the opportunity to get in on "Special Holiday Pricing" for the upcoming UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! SCORE!! Event. The Stampin' Up! Simply Scored Tool is HOT STUFF and SCORE!! will feature 40+ projects, all created using the Simply Scored Tool. SCORE!! is a MUST NOT MISS Event!! See the blinkie below to join and get in on the Early Bird savings.
And now for the most exciting giveaway of the season...
Everyone that joins the new and exciting upcoming event - SCORE!! - with "Special Holiday Pricing" will be entered into a Drawing to win 1 of 3 FREE Passes for an ENTIRE YEAR of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events!!
You read that right!!
YOU could win a whole year of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events FREE!!

***Special Holiday Pricing of just $19.99 ends Dec 8th***

Winners will be announced on Friday, Dec 9th.
Click the Blinkie below to join SCORE!! with Special Holiday Pricing
and a chance to win a FREE Year of UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! events!!
Click the blinkie below and you will be taken to

Of course it's ***FREE*** to join and
there you will find the tutorials for ALL the blog hop projects,
PLUS live chats, challenges and more prizes!!

You will even have an opportunity to be considered for a spot as a Guest Designer!!
Yes!! It is all FREE, so tell all your friends and
join the fun with UStamp with Dawn and Friends!!

AND last but certainly not least, it's time to hop on over to the next Designer's Roof Top, so please click the NEXT BLOG button, where you will find Caroline ready to share a delightful Holiday project with you.If you would like to hop back to Monika's Roof Top, please click previous blog.

Thanks again for stopping by and Happy Holidays to YOU!!

Oh and if you are interested in the Treat Boxes on the shelf above the banner, no worries all of the tutorials are still available in the I the Holidays!! session of Ustamp With Dawn and Friends!!
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Well Hello There!

It sure has been a long time since I have been here, but I am back and have some great stuff to show you as well as a blog hop that starts tomorrow!!!  This is always a crazy time of year with the Holidays and all, and then I have 3 of my kids birthdays mixed in so it gets even more crazy.  I have been working on a lot of my holiday crafts in advance so that I could get them done before things got too crazy to get any of them done.

If you missed Ustamp With Dawn and Friends Knock Out Punches, you sure missed some live fun but it is not too late to access all of the great projects!  This is one of my projects.  This is a fun project for the Birthday Child, it is a ballpark vendor style party favor container. lead1 copy I don't know about your kids, but my kids just love handing out the goody bags at the end of the party.  They usually cant hold them all without dropping them and getting confused and it turns into a big hassle.  Well this is one way to solve the situation!  I am enjoying the 1x8 cello bags from Stampin’ Up! a little too much.  They are so much fun to work with and decorate.

lead2 copy In this shot you can see a glimpse of some of the toppers.  The different toppers are listed below with what I filled each treat bag with.  Hope you enjoy!

Elephant- DSP Wrapped Pencil, Snow Cone- Vanilla Bean Jelly Bellys, Punched Clown- French Burnt Peanuts, Popcorn Tub- Buttered Popcorn Jelly Bellys, Whale- Red and Yellow Swedish Fish, Lion- Yellow and Blue M&M’s, Owl- Sunflower Seeds, Monkey-Corn Nuts
Birthday Bear- $1 bill, DSP Clown- Sour Gummy Bears

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Friday, October 21, 2011

Gotta love the hostess sets!

I really love almost all of the hostess sets in this years catalog.  I love how they are all so achievable.  I was always bummed about atleast one of the level 3 stamp sets that I would never be able to earn.  Now I can earn them all!  I really like the images in the hostess set Aint Love Grand.  I have pulled it out a couple of times but have had a hard time using it on a card.  This is the first attempt that I am actually happy about.  lovegrand I stamped the plane image with stazon ink on some watercolor paper and then colored it with an aquapainter.  I used Lucky Limeade and Pool Party for the water coloring.  The paper is from the Spice Cake DSP in the Holiday Mini, it is my all time most favorite paper yet from Stampin’ Up!  I’ve got a busy weekend ahead but a fun one, have a great weekend!

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Thursday, October 20, 2011

Up, Up and Away

I have had a lot of fun with the Up, Up and Away stamp set.  I have always loved hot air balloons and watching them in the sky.  In fact I remember one time as a child, playing in the backyard with my siblings and seeing one float over our yard, close enough for us to shout “hello” at the people in the balloon and have them shout back at us.upupandaway This card is super simple but could be used for a variety of different occasions, (I love to have those type of cards around.)  The colors are Pool Party, Rich Razzleberry, Wild Wasabi and Concord Crush, and were inspired by a dress my daughter was wearing. 

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Monday, October 17, 2011

UStamp With Dawn and Friends!! Paper Parade project #2

Who wouldn’t love a 3 in 1 gift?  This is a fun Nesting/Stacking trio of boxes. KirstenBrownNestingStackingBoxesLeadAlthough the live event it over you can still get access to all of the projects from the Paper Parade session of UStamp With Dawn and Friends, which include this tutorial.

I think my favorite part of this project is the card.  I just love the look of the quilling on the strawberries.

cardcloseupstrawberry  2 nested 3 nested box1

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Ustamp With Dawn and Friends!! Paper Parade project one

Well in my blogging absence I had two projects post on UStamp With Dawn and Friends!!.  The live even is now over but you can still join and have access to all of the 50+ projects and ideas.  My first project was centered around the little stamp set Merry Winter.  I just love the little snowmen.  I just love snowmen in general, probably because I grew up in sunny warm San Diego, the land of no snow (except Christmas Eve 1987, I was 8 and it snowed, but of course melted as soon as it hit the ground).  I just cannot get enough snowmen.  KirstenBrownMerryWinterCardSetLead I don't know about you, but I always seem to be reaching for a quick card around the holidays, whether it is a quick note to give with a baked good, or a thank you for some kindness from someone else etc, I never seem to have enough cards around or I have to go digging through stuff to go find one that will work at the last second.  I came up with this cute guy to have out and hide my card stash at the same time. 

snowman I can keep my snowman out as a decoration and he is a card holder at the same time.

DSC_0066I will have cards at my fingertips when I need them,  And I will also know when I am out and need to go make more.

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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Trick or Treat

Wow, I cannot believe it has been a whole month since I have posted here to the blog.  Each of my 4 kids added one new activity to their schedules this school year.  When they asked about these activities I really only thought how it would affect each of their individual schedules and not the big impact on me.  Boy was I not thinking!  Then my DH and I went out of town on a business trip a week and a half ago and I think I am finally caught up on all of the chores.  I miss all of my time, but it is all worth it.  I guess that I have learned that I am going to have to actually physically try to schedule in a specific time to work on my blog and set some posts up in advance.  Or at least that is my goal to get something here to you on a more regular basis.  The good news is that I do actually have some things to share with you!

Today I have a card featuring the Trick or Treat Letter Press Plate for the Big Shot.  I really like the look of the de-bossed, inked image.  A picture will not do it justice.

trickortreatI sure had a hard time getting the plates to work right, but after I watched the video on the Stampin’ Up! website and actually followed the instructions, it worked great!

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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Field Flowers

Goodness, I have had the hardest time with this blog and finding stampin time lately.  Well at least for now things have finally slowed down a bit and we have had some of out problems solved an figured out so there is a lot less stress in our lives over here now.  If only it could stay this way a while, please, I might actually get time to stamp and post on here.

During my absence I celebrated my birthday and I like to offer blog candy on my birthday so I will have to go find something to offer up and probably post it here tomorrow!

I love the new Field Flowers stamp set.  You just can’t go wrong with this set.  It creates beautiful cards in a matter of moments.  I made this card a few weeks ago when I had less than 5 spare minutes and took them to stamp.  It took more time to get out the supplies than to make this card.  DSC_0043I’ve got to go run and get caught up on stuff like laundry and mopping the floor.  Have a stamperific day!

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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Christmas Gift Card Holders

My second project for Ustamp With Dawn and Friends!! went live yesterday so I can share it with you.  It seems that each year I give more and more gift cards vs. actual gifts.  I always feel guilty about giving a gift card even if it is what the person really wants and has asked for.  So this is my way to ease some of that gift, fun homemade gift card holders.  All 5 items in this picture are different gift card holders.

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My favorite one to give is the candy bar.  That way the recipient gets something sweet while they are waiting for the opportunity to go spend their gift card. 

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Monday, August 29, 2011

Christmas and New Years Treat Boxes

School is back in session and we can stick to a schedule!  Hopefully that means more stamping time for me at nights. 

I have a few more sets of treat boxes to share with you.  Christmas was the most fun season yet.  There were so many things to create.  And you know the best part about all of these treat boxes is that if you make a set for yourself to keep and reuse each year, they fold up completely flat.  This Christmas set folds up into a set, that I keep together with one of those black binder clips, so depending on how many are in a set you have a stack that is only 1-2 inches thick. 


It is really hard to pick a favorite out of this set but I think that these have a slight edge over the others.

GingerbreadmanGingerbread house  Toy SoldierHere is the New Year’s Set:

KirstenBrownNewYearsTreatBoxes LeadI really like how Father Time and The New Year’s Baby turned out

Father Time New Years BabyI have had too much fun with this Candy Wrapper die and the whole project in general.     

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Paper, Paper and more Paper!!

UStamp with Dawn and Friends!! has implemented a new FAST AND EASY way for everyone to join as a member and you no longer need to wait for Opening Day to receive and invite!!
BIG YAY on that one!!
What do you think of the new banner...I LOVE IT of course...hope you do too!! 
Are YOU a Paper LOVER?? Who isn't, right??!!
Paper Parade will be focusing on showcasing Stampin' Up! Paper from the USA/Canada 2011 - 2012 Idea Book & Catalog as well as the 2011 Holiday Mini Catalog!! Obviously not all papers are available in all the Stampin' Up! countries, so Designers from the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand will be showcasing the Paper Designer Series Paper Stacks
(which by the way are some of my FAVES!!).
This is a HUGE Challenge to cover all the papers in 40+ projects...but all the Designers are way excited and are more than up for the challenge!! Keeping in mind that the most important element is the AWESOMENESS of the project, each Designer is working MAGIC with the Stampin' Up! Papers!!
Here is the list of all the Stampin' Up! papers that the Designers will be covering...
In Colors (10)
Brights Collection
Subtles Collection
Regals Collection
Neutrals Collection
White Vellum
Glimmer Paper
Waffle Paper
Watercolor Paper
Specialty Designer Series Paper
Designer Series Paper
Paper Stacks
Simply Scrappin'
Since our focus this round is PAPER and not just the upcoming Holiday Season, we  have a VAST VARIETY of FANTASTIC Projects!!
Come join us and take advantage of the Early Bird Savings!! ONLY $19.99
Click the blinkie below to start the payment/signup's E*A*S*Y*!!

The Paper Parade website is OPEN NOW,
so you will not need to wait for an invite on Opening Day!!
Remember, with the implementation of the new payment process allows YOU to enter the website as soon as you make your payment!! Woohoo!!
Hope you join us...I will "see" you over at the Parade Parade Website!!

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Friday, August 12, 2011

Thanksgiving Treat Boxes

I am addicted to the candy wrapper die.  I just love it. Ok I have to admit that when I first bought it and cut out the first few boxes I wanted to pull my hair out and run away screaming.  I just could not get the folds right and the ends were bent and messy and the whole thing was just a mess.  So I put it aside and didn’t think twice about it.  After a few months of staring at my expensive dust collector I decided that I would tackle it again and this time I would be the one that came out on top!  I figured out the best way for me to assemble the die (see the current session of UStamp With Dawn and Friends!! for a video tutorial.)   Once I mastered the basic box I saw all of the potential these little cuties possessed.

KirstenBrownThanksgivingTreatBoxesLead My favorite out of this bunch is the corn.  It is just too cute?  My wonderful husband suggested making several sets of these as place cards at the Thanksgiving table with after dinner mints inside.  Brilliant! 

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Thursday, August 11, 2011


I have some computer time and something to share.  Boy this summer has been a chaotic one for me.  I like being able to have everything planned out in advance and a set schedule but that is just not even coming close to happening.  It has just been busy with all of the little things this summer and I have loved the time with the kiddos.  But the good news is that school starts back in a week and a half and I am looking forward to some regular stamping time and a schedule.

Exciting Breaking News!!  Dawn has opened up the current session of UStamp With Dawn and Friends!! a day early!  ustampholidays11final450

And to top it off one of my projects was shared today so I can share it with you!  It is a set of 10 Halloween Treat Boxes made from the Candy Wrapper Die.

KirstenBrownHalloweenTreatBoxesLead  I had so much fun making these and it has been so hard to not spill the beans to anyone about them.  These are my 2 favorite:cat Dracula

To get all of the details to make the 10 boxes head over to to sign up!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Diva Coffee Break Designs Challenge #238



Dont forget to head on over to the Diva Coffee Break Designs blog to check out some other samples from the Diva’s Design team and link your creation too so that we can oooh and aaahh over it! 

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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Quick Gifts

I needed a bunch of quick little gifts to give to some people who attended an event.  I just LOVE the Candy Wrapper Die because it is just perfect for occasions like these.  I made up a ton of these little guys.wonderful candy You can get 4 boxes from one sheet of designer series paper and if you are careful about how you cut them out you will have scraps left over for card making too!  I did lots of these as a way to use up some of my retired paper stash but these are two from current paper.  This is from the Paisley Petals Designer Series Paper.  For these I used Cherry Cobbler seam binding to tie bows around each one.  The label is made from the Decorative Label punch and the Extra Large Oval punch.  The sentiment is stamped from the Friendly Phrases stamp set.  I then poked a little hole and attached them to the bow using the Espresso/White Bakers Twine.

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