Paper Bag Popcorn | simplykierste.com

Paper Bag Popcorn

We are huge popcorn fans at our house. HUGE. I won't tell you how many bags of popcorn kernels we have in our basement! It's the  yummiest snack, and who can watch a movie without popcorn?  With Thanksgiving and Christmas just around the corner, I was thinking of  fun gift and party favor ideas, and I knew Paper Bag Popcorn would be perfect! Not only are they SUPER cost-effective, but they're totally adorable!

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DIY notebook paper treat bags | simplykierste.com

DIY notebook paper treat bags

I was at Target (of course) and saw the cutest notebook paper treat bags. I immediately thought how fun they would be for all things school, and at first thought I would buy up a bunch to keep for throughout the year. But I would have to spend a fortune to do it, and I didn't really want to do that. Then I remembered I already had some plain white treat bags at home, and realized it would be super easy for me to make my own DIY version, anytime I needed them!

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An easy way to create circular text in Photoshop Elements | simplykierste.com

An easy way to create circular text in Photoshop Elements

I love making cute customized tags and stickers for different projects and gifts, and I've used Photoshop Elements (referred to as PSE from here on out) for many years to do just that. It's also a great photo editor, but even though I use different software for editing photos, I still love PSE for creating printables.  It's a pretty reasonable cost (affiliate link--you can download it on Amazon for $69), and there is just so much you can do with it! I love it, and use it often. I think it's one of the best values you can get for your money!

One of favorite things to do is to create circular text around the outside of my tag or sticker. I think it's SO cute!  It looks hard, but it really is so easy! In just a few steps, you can make your own text circle, and I'm going to show you how! Here's the one I whipped up for this example...it literally took me less than 10 minutes!  I'm currently using the most recent version of PSE, but I've used this technique for a long time, on much older versions--I think as far back as PSE 5 or 6--so hopefully if you have an older version you will be able to as well!

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You are sweet Valentine's Day treat jar | free printable | simplykierste.com

You are sweet Valentine’s Day treat jar {free printable}

 This darling "You are Sweet" Valentine's Day treat jar fits into my favorite simple + cute category.  With my free printable tag, you can put it together in just minutes!  

You are sweet Valentine's Day treat jar | free printable | simplykierste.com

This cute gift is perfect for friends, neighbors, co-workers, teachers, and more!  It would also be a great favor for a Valentine's Day party.  Anyone would love to receive this fun jar, so if there's someone in your life you want to thank, or let them know how special they are to you, this is a good place to start.

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Easy Football Paper Sacks |Game Day Idea| simplykierste.com

Easy football paper sacks

I know many of you are looking forward to this weekend's Super Bowl, and getting together with family and friends to watch the game, eat, and hang out.  However, I am looking forward to this weekend for a completely separate and superior reason...my husband will be home from a two week international trip.  I think a massage is calling my name, and probably a pedicure too.  We are all so ready to have him home! That said, we are a football family, and love watching games together.  Of course snacks and food are involved, and I'm all about simple .  One of my kids' favorite snacks is popcorn, and it's a popular and fun thing to munch on during a game.  In my quest to come up with something cute for the popcorn to go in, I made (seriously) the easiest and most adorable football paper sacks to hold popcorn and snacks.

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Cupcake Liner Treat jar | simplykierste.com

Easy Cupcake Liner Gift Jars

If you've been reading my blog for very long, you know that I'm all about simple ideas that pack a big punch--small things that don't take a lot of time, but look like you did.  :) I try to always have simple packaging items on hand, in case I need to quickly put together a gift for someone. Mason jars, milk bottles, bakers twine, and jute are a few, but I'm going to let you in on a little secret about one of my favorites...cupcake liners! They fit perfectly on the top of mason jars, and dress them up to make an easy and adorable Cupcake Liner Gift Jar.

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Isn't that SO cute? And it literally took me three minutes.  THREE!

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favorite & free back-to-school fonts | simplykierste.com

Favorite & FREE Back-to-School Fonts!

Hello, my name is Kierste, and I'm a total fontaholic. I LOVE finding and using different fonts in all my projects, and while I have purchased several fonts I adore, I'm always on the hunt for FREE and FABULOUS fonts. Of course I want to pass on my finds to you, and with the start of school quickly approaching, I thought it would be fun to share my most favorite and free Back-to-School fonts!

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Sweets for the Sweet Friend Gift Idea & Free Printable | simplykierste.com

Sweets for the Sweet: Free Printable Birthday Gift Tags AND Birthday Gift Blog Hop (100+ ideas!!!)

I'm excited to share today 101+ Birthday Gift Ideas for your Friends, including my Sweets for the Sweet Gift Idea & Free Printable! I am joining forces with Kristen Duke in her Birthday Celebration Week along with over 100 talented bloggers sharing lots of inexpensive ideas and free printables! SO fun, seriously!! This is a fabulous collection of gift ideas and printables that are absolutely perfect for the wonderful friends and family in your life...and it's all here in one place!

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Silhouette Washi Sheets & Specialty Media Promo!!

This post is sponsored by Silhouette. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I so love pretty packaging ---to add ribbon, bows, tags, twine, and other embellishments to fancy up gifts and cards. I also love quick and simple, so when I find awesome products that help me accomplish all of these things, I am thrilled. I've recently discovered Silhouette Washi Sheets, and I ADORE them!

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Washi Sheets??? Oh, yes! Have you ever wished that washi tape was wider? Or bigger? It is now!!!

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You Can Do It! Encouragement for Kids & Families

One of my goals as a mom is to foster an environment where my kids not only love each other, but actively support and encourage each other. I've been thinking a lot about what I could do to really help them to do this--something that even the littlest ones could participate in--and I came with an idea that I'm really excited about.  It's called You "Can" Do It, and I LOVE it!!!
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Halloween Treat Jars

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You guys!!! I am SO SO excited to introduce Silhouette's newest product...stamping material!    I am seriously in love with the fact that I can make my very own stamps using my Silhouette. I really think I've found my new favorite product! It took me just a few minutes to cut out over 10 Halloween and fall stamps to create these darling Halloween treat jars.  LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!

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Paper Sack Mother’s Day Card: a Child’s Q&A

At my church, I get to work with the Primary children (kids aged 3-11), and I LOVE it. Mother's Day is just a few short weeks away, and this week I designed a super fun card that I think all their moms are going to love! I wanted to make a card where they could each express some favorite things about their mom.  I was talking to one of my best friends this week, and she reminded me of an idea that I have actually loved for a long time...in fact, my oldest son wrote a card like it for me when he was in preschool, and it's one of my most treasured possessions.  Asking a child questions about their mom--some funny, others serious--and putting it all together in a cute package was just what I was looking for! .

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