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.

KirstenBrownGiftCardHolders .

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. 

    gc4 copy1  gc4 open copy

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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!!
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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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