Canning Lid Flashcards

Apr
16
6
Canning Lid Flashcards | simplykierste.com

My girls are in second grade, and have started learning their multiplication tables. The only way to really learn them inside and out is repetition....and A LOT of it.  I really wanted to come up with a way to help them practice through the school year, and into the summer, preparing them for third grade next year.  I love flashcards, but the paper ones never seem to last long at our house. I don't know if you can relate, but it seems like some of them get bent, torn, or lost.  A younger sibling may get a hold of them, and well, that's the end of the flashcards.  So...I used some extra canning lids I had sitting around, and created my own durable and adorable Canning Lid Flashcards! I … [Read more...]



Bunny Tail Bingo {FREE PRINTABLE}

Apr
10
12
bunny tail bingo | simplykierste.com

Ah, spring is in the air and what's more springy than sweet bunnies? I created a darling Bunny Tail Bingo game that's perfect for entertaining kids in the classroom, at parties, or at home during this spring and Easter season! We've already played this several times at our house, and my kids beg to play it about a million more.  They all love the candy, of course, but I love that it's also teaching my cute four year old boys their numbers. I play it during the day with them, and I can add in more educational aspects. It's also just FUN.  This would be a perfect game for a classroom party, Easter party or gathering, entertaining kids while Easter dinner is being prepared, or just … [Read more...]



ST. PATRICK’S DAY FREE PRINTABLE GIFT TAG {KISS ME, I’M IRISH}

Mar
14
2
Kiss Me I'm Irish | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

  Looking for a fun St. Patrick's Day gift idea? I've got an easy one for you... a "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" St Patrick's Day FREE PRINTABLE gift tag that when paired with a bunch of green & silver Hershey Kisses, is simply adorable! This is perfect for friends, people you visit, teachers, neighbors...anyone!  It's super easy to put together, using the free printable I created.  I bought the Easter Hershey Kisses, and picked out all of the silver and green ones--which is actually most of the bag.  It's really nice of them to put out Easter candy in time for St. Patrick's Day, don't you think?  ☺ The pink and blue ones I can save for Easter.  If they make it that long.  ☺  You can put the … [Read more...]



Friendship Gift Tags {FREE Printable}

Mar
10
12
Friendship Gift Tags | Free Printable | simplykierste.com

It's the 10th day of the month, which means the 10 Bloggers Blog Hop!  I've gathered my creative blogging friends, and this begins our 11th month with this collaboration. We had so much fun with it the past 10 months, we decided to take it another round. One friend needed to part ways, so we added the amazingly talented Chelsea from Two Twenty One to the mix. If you've missed the past ten months of fun, please check them out! This month we came up with a PASTEL theme to create projects around, since SPRING is upon us!  I created some darling Friendship Tags in fun spring colors, and you'll find all the details below! Are you ready to get into SPRING mode?  All of these darling projects … [Read more...]



{favorite chalkboard fonts + making your own chalkboard printables}

Feb
24
10
favorite chalkboard fonts | simplykierste.com

I jumped on the chalkboard bandwagon wholeheartedly, and I hope it's around for a long time to come!  I love creating chalkboard printables, and the key ingredient is...the fonts!  If you love the chalkboard look too, I've got my favorite chalkboard fonts for you today! I create all of my printables in Photoshop (you can use Elements too), but if you don't have it or know how to use it, I'm also going to show you how easy it is to do in PicMonkey--a free online photo editor. Aren't they lovely???  ☺ Here's the list of where you can find them: Birmingham, Contribute, Chalk Hand Lettering, Grutch, Return to Sender A Song for Jennifer, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Iron Furnaces, Poor … [Read more...]



{easy valentine idea…o “fish”ally!!} FREE printable included!

Feb
11
2
easy valentine idea | o"fish"ally | DIY, crafts, printables & more | simplykierste.com

Are you looking for an quick and easy Valentine idea?  I've got one for you, plus the FREE printable! I first saw this "fish" idea over on eighteen25 several years ago, and loved it!  I also thought it would make a darling Valentine...and it does! This is SUPER easy, and won't take long at all!  Just download the printable, and print as many as you need--onto white or cream cardstock.  I created the color border around it, so there's no need to mat it on any other paper!  Cut them out, punch a hole in one corner, and tie on to a bag of Swedish fish, or even goldfish crackers.  I used clear treat bags, and bakers twine, but ribbon would be cute too! I found giant bags of Swedish fish at … [Read more...]



{you take the cake valentine gift idea}

Feb
07
3
you take the cake valentine | simplykierste.com

  I love giving cupcakes as a gift, a "thank you", or even a "thinking of you". They are the perfect size, and make the most fun package. Whether you make cupcakes or buy them at your favorite shop, tie on this darling tag, and you've got a Valentine for anyone in your life that "takes the cake". SO cute! This would make a fun Valentine for friends, neighbors, teachers, or even as party favors! Wrap up your cupcake in a cute takeout box, on a fun heart or valentine plate, or even nestled inside a wide, clear plastic cup.  Leave it as a surprise for your postal worker, or on the porch for a friend.  We love going to "heart attack" people as a family in the weeks before Valentine's Day, … [Read more...]



{clothespin valentine} FREE PRINTABLE!

Jan
17
14
clothespin valentine | simplykierste.com

I was going through my Valentine's Day files this week, and came across a valentine I did almost five years ago. I was so excited, and quickly remembered how much I loved it.  It's very simple, but so fun...a Clothespin Valentine! See! SO cute and easy! They're perfect not only for classmates, but anyone! You might be thinking that I was being a little chintzy on the M&Ms, but these are actually from five years ago, and I didn't have any on hand when I took these pictures.  There's definitely room for more! Here's how to make your own Clothespin Valentines! {supplies} -clothespins -adhesive -scrapbook paper -cardstock (three colors) -ribbon -mini plastic bags (I used little … [Read more...]



{primary birthday tags}

Jan
04
3
happy birthday primary tags | simplykierste.com

I'm so lucky to work in Primary, which is with our church's young children, ages 3-11.  Today I'm sharing a fun birthday tag--I made them for our birthday gifts this year, and thought I would pass them along in case someone else can use them! and for the teachers... I created a PDF file that's a full sheet of the tags--just print on white or cream cardstock, cut out, punch a hole in one corner, and tie it on! DOWNLOAD birthday primary tags presidency teacher tags … [Read more...]



{guest welcome basket} FREE printable included!

Dec
18
6
guest welcome basket | simplykierste.com

We LOVE having guests come, and we've been lucky to have quite a few people visit this past year. As part of their welcome, I like to leave them a Guest Welcome Basket in their room, on the bed, so they'll see it right away. It lets them know how glad we are that they are with us, and gives them a few comfort items for their "home away from home".  If you're having holiday guests this year (or anytime), consider putting together your own Guest Welcome Basket! I personalize for it each guest that comes, although some of the items remain the same, but I always add things that I know they love.  For a family that recently came, I stocked it with dark chocolate and fruit flavored water, since … [Read more...]