Kim Kesti

Kim Kesti

I feel really lucky that my turn to write a blog post fell on this exciting Cards & Gifts Week. Creating gifts for my friends and loved ones never gets old to me. It’s so fun to see their faces light up when they receive such a gift.

Sometimes creating a gift for a neighbor, or someone you don’t know as well, becomes more of a challenge. When in doubt, I take a humorous turn. Every loves a giggle. I created this gift set with a new neighbor in mind. It would work equally as well for someone who has recently been ill, or just for someone who needs a pick-me-up. Hey! Did you know it’s Administrative Professionals Day today? How fun would it be to give this gift to an awesome co-worker?

Popcorn Gift Set by Kim Kesti

Popcorn Gift Set by Kim Kesti

SUPPLIES:  Cardstock: (Candy Apple, Midnight, Splash) Bazzill Basics Paper  Patterned paper: (Itinerary from Travel collection) American Crafts  Color media: (yellow, pink chalk) Pebbles Inc.; (black pen)  Accents: (white staples)  Stickers: (Rootbeer Float alphabet) American Crafts  Fibers: (black and white striped ribbon) May Arts  Font: (Comic Sans) Microsoft  Adhesive: (foam tape)  Other: (wire basket, candy bar, popcorn sacks)  Finished sizes: joke book 5 3/4″ x 6″, tag 3″ x 4 3/4″, candy wrap 5 1/2″ x 3 3/4″


1 Make card from cardstock. Print jokes, fold, and insert in card. Staple at fold. 2 Print joke on cardstock; mat with cardstock. 3 Cut popcorn shapes from cardstock, chalk, draw faces, and cut and adhere cardstock shapes for eyes. Adhere to joke piece with foam tape. 4 Adhere joke piece to patterned paper, staple, and adhere to book. 5 Affix stickers to spell “Jokes”.


1 Cut tag from cardstock; mat with cardstock. 2 Punch hole at top and tie on ribbon. 3 Trim strip of cardstock, affix stickers to spell “Hi!”, and mat with patterned paper. 4 Staple to tag.


1 Cut cardstock to fit around candy bar. 2 Cut strip of cardstock; mat with cardstock and patterned paper. Affix stickers to spell “Yum”. 3 Staple to cardstock wrap. 4 Punch hole and tie on ribbon. 5 Adhere around candy bar.

Let’s get to the yummy giveaway! Since today is all about having fun with food, leave a comment telling me your favorite food to wrap up and give as a gift. Three random winners will receive a copy of 225 Cards & Gifts and the American Crafts prize package seen below. And guess what? It’s the same product I used to create my Popcorn Gift Set! All comments must be received by midnight (MST) on Friday, April 24.

Three lucky winners will take home these American Crafts goodies!

Three lucky winners will take home these American Crafts goodies!

Hope you’re enjoying this fun week of tips, tricks and giveaways! Make sure you hop on over to Moxie Fab World today. Five top contributors will share their perspectives on paper crafted gift giving. And each designer will give away one of their projects from the special issue!

Good luck winning the lovely stash of American Crafts products!

Kim Kesti, Paper Crafts Pro

P.S. It’s time to announce the three winners from Monday’s Meet Maren Benedict post! Here they are in no particular order: 

1.  Heidi Myers (April 21, 8:43 a.m.)
2.  Kristi K. (April 20, 7:13 a.m.)
3.  Margie (April 20, 11:22 a.m.)

Congrats, winners! Each of you will receive a Tiny Trinity stamp set from Unity Stamp Company! I’ll be e-mailing you shortly for your mailing addresses. Thanks to all who left comments for Maren!