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It’s funny how things work out. I love the word serendipity for that very reason.

A fortunate accident.

Something that happens just out of a mere accidental moment.

That’s what happened to me last night when I accidentally put the transparent image over the top of the photo. It turned out like this and by golly, I thought it was rather fun!

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So then that spurred these little bits of magicalness (yeah, it’s a word) with these random photos on my computer.


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So yeah. Next time you want to add a little bit of magicalness to a photo? Throw a shape on in a row and see what kind of fun you can have!

yolande k - April 23, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Tes effets sur tes photos sont superbes ! J’adore !
Biz’

allergies. say what???

I’ve heard the tales.

I just couldn’t ever believe it.

I’ve never had allergies in my life. I mean, heck, I practically grew up on a farm, spent many summers there as well.

Never had a problem.

As I’ve gotten a little more seasoned, I find that I’m just a little more ‘achoo-ee’ lately in the spring.

It couldn’t be allergies. I’ve never been allergic to anything.

But this year seems to be the kicker.

I walked out of the mall into a courtyard of white blossomed trees and the sneezing began. Not intensely, mind you, but enough to draw attention to the fact that I could put 2+2 together and get 4….aka…allergies.

Not the answer I was looking for.

I don’t know if the pollen is just insane this year or what. I mean, our cars are covered in it. But all I know is when the windows are shut, sneezing is very minimal.

Open ‘em up?

The sneezing and minor sniffling commences.

What the french toast???

I’m 47, for cryin’ out loud. They say you can get them as an adult, but I just didn’t believe it.

I’m not digging it.

But at least I can breathe in this explosion of loveliness–deeply, mind you–without any external reaction besides ahhhhhhhh.

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Just Me - April 22, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Allergies are typically a sign of immune deficiency. Build up your immune system and you’ll be surprised how your allergies will disappear. Hope you get to feeling better!

Kerri - April 22, 2014 - 12:22 pm

Interesting…. Would probably help if I ate a little better. ;)

Michelle - April 22, 2014 - 12:24 pm

I just read that in the afternoon or evening is the best time to have windows open.Make sure you wash your hair every night.And wash clothes as soon as possible including pillowcases!.This season could be the worst!.Beautiful flowers by the way!.

Ruth G - April 22, 2014 - 12:39 pm

Sorry to hear that you’re getting allergies. I have had an allergy to animals since I was 7 and that has grown into a number of others, including seasonal. I had an older man once tell me that at age 40 his asthma and allergies went away! All I have to say is “lucky him”, mine just got worse, sigh!
I will enjoy your lovely lilac ohotos, though! Just gorgeous and the smell is heavenly (BTW – if you look at allergy forecasts, it’s for trees that don’t have showy flowers. If the flowers are showy, then the insects do the pollinating. If there aren’t bright, colorful flowers [think oaks, maples, most conifers] the tree has to release all sorts of pollen in the hopes that it’ll find another tree!)
I hope you feel better soon!

lorene holbrook - April 22, 2014 - 1:56 pm

I am so sorry to hear this, but welcome to the club! earlier this year I lost my voice for 3 WEEKS! finally went to the DR and he told me the same thing. you have allergies! geeze oh pete! I don’t have allergies and was born and raised here. a friend of mine told me they looked up pollen count and for AZ. this is the highest pollen count since they started recording it. thank you very much! Hope you don’t suffer too much. a little medication and I am doing much better. hope it goes well for you.

Candy Bryant - April 22, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Dear Kerri, Try adding probiotics to your daily supplements. Theralac from the health food store is one of the best. Hope they help. Hugs & Aloha.

Kimberly - April 22, 2014 - 3:54 pm

Same here. Developed allergies in my 30′s. Baa humbug!

easter freebie + new kit + sale ending

It’s Easter weekend. I miss the days of basket-filled sweets. Tiny little surprises. Hiding baskets in unusual places the night before–like the dryer or hanging from the ceiling fan. Something fun for the kids to do that morning when they wake up.

I think I’m feeling nostalgic this week for the younger days of my kids…not that I want to go back, mind you, but they are sweet moments.

So instead, today I share some sweets with you.

Let’s start off with this cute little Easter freebie. I call it a funky bunny. I like a little quirky from time to time. :)

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And of course there needed to be two–one floppy and one not.

To download these cute little fellers–forever free–click HERE.


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Next up. A brand new kit. Miss Laura asked me for a 6×8 photo template kit at the same time I was working on my travel album for the Here There Everywhere class. Obviously we were on the same wave length here. :)

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And you know how I like to mix things up, this brand-new kit of 14 templates is 20% off through Sunday, April 27. So be sure to get yours today while it’s on sale.

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And last but not least, the sale on the Hello There Silhouette card class ends tomorrow.

We had a fabulous week with Nichol’s renditions, did we not?


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Well, that’s it for today folks. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, whether you celebrate Easter or not.

And I’d like to leave you with this video because it’s pretty amazing. My missionary daughter pointed me to it and not only is it a powerful message, but also, all the ‘old scenes’ with Christ were made by my hubby when he worked on ‘building Jerusalem’ a couple years ago. It looks pretty darn authentic, wouldn’t you say?

Happy Easter!

 

Tammy Davis - April 19, 2014 - 8:37 am

Thank you, Kerri! These are SO cute!

Lenise Braziel - April 19, 2014 - 8:43 am

Thank you – Happy Easter!

Jen L - April 19, 2014 - 9:13 am

cute, cute bunnies. thank you!!

Karen Clinkinbeard - April 19, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Thank you so much for the cute little bunny freebie! It will be fun to use. Have a blessed Easter.

Teryl - April 19, 2014 - 8:29 pm

So adorable! Love the bunnies–thank you!

Gilda - April 20, 2014 - 8:47 am

Thanks so much for the cute bunnies! Looking forward to the new class. Happy Easter, Kerri.

LisaM6 - April 20, 2014 - 12:40 pm

Thanks! These bunnies are too cute. My daughter can’t wait to get them cut out. Thanks!

Debbie - April 20, 2014 - 9:16 pm

Thank you, these bunnies are so cute!

Sally - April 21, 2014 - 11:07 am

Thanks Kerri! I love it all!

j - April 23, 2014 - 1:47 am

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hello there  • graduate card

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You know, it’s been strange this year not having any kids in–the traditional sense of the word–school. You don’t think about the holidays when all the kids are out. Spring break? Yeah, when’s that? No graduations to attend or have your kids go to for their friends. You kind of become oblivious to it all which is really weird when it was a part of your life–or rather, pretty much all  your life for like 20 years or so.

It’s really weird.

But, it is that time of year and has Nichol got the grad card idea for you! This pop-up card was originally the one that said ‘Thanks.’ Awesome that you have the skills (said in my Napoleon Dynamite voice) to create your own sentiment, eh?

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Turned out fabulous, darling!
Can you imagine the oohs and aahs over receiving that grad card?


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I changed the greeting for the “thanks” pop up card to “graduate” and used the freebie design “congrats” for the outside of my card so that it reads “congrats graduate”. I added a graduation cap from Kerri’s Graduation Kit to the letter “o” in “congrats”.

A note about cutting the inside pop up: I had originally tried cutting the pop up from cardstock however I found it a bit too bulky to work with and liked how the patterned paper I ended up using looked instead. :) I used stamping to accent the die cut elements on my card.


It is divine, Miss Nichol! Thank you so much for sharing your card talent here with us this week!


Don’t forget, the Hello There class will be on sale for 20% off through the rest of the week!

Bernice J - April 18, 2014 - 8:27 am

This card is great, but how cute would it be to hang a little mini-tassel toward the side off the horizontal piece above the word (it looks so much like the flat part of a mortarboard)on the first card!

hello there  •  hello flip card

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I don’t know ’bout you, but I have soooo been enjoying Nichol’s cards this week…and this one is no exception. I love her take on the flip card, especially her adding the white-on-white flower background to it.

love.

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All her touches with the stamps and flowers and such makes this pop in a whole new way! And I think I need to get my hands on that stamp that says, ‘Definitely Not Junk Mail.’ That is darling!

Here’s some words from Nichol: 

I loved learning how simple it can be to create my own flip cards! While I kept to Kerri’s class lesson and used the circle “flip”, I can see how easy it will be to create many other shapes of flip cards! I used Kerri’s freebie designs from the class (flowers, “hello”) for my card and also used a background design from her Background Basics kit to give my card base some “texture”. I used the same color of cardstock as the flip card to not take away from the flip design! I love combining a large die cut word (in this case the “hello”) with a stamped phrase for a card greeting. :)


Sooooo very adorable!

And in case you were wondering what the freebies were in this class–the ones that Nichol keeps using, here they are:

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Lots of fun sentiments and itty bitties to help you with your card-making fun.


Just one more day of card shares (class sale ends on Sunday though).
I can’t believe it’s Thursday already!!

Melissa Owen - April 17, 2014 - 2:04 pm

Love the sentiment freebies from the class. Is there a way to purchase those without the class?

Pat - April 17, 2014 - 2:17 pm

I would love to know if these could purchase these too since I didn’t take the class. Thanks.

Kerri - April 17, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Because they are a ‘perk’ of taking the class, they aren’t normally for sale. However, I do recognize that others don’t need or want to take the class so there are two or three times that I offer them for sale…usually around ‘big’ days, like Black Friday/Cyber Monday and others…. You never know what might appear for any big scrapbooking ‘holiday’ that might be coming up soon. ;)

Kimberly O. - April 17, 2014 - 5:01 pm

O.M.G. How did I miss this flip card in the class?! Seriously. I would have bet money that I had completed all the lessons in this class but OBVIOUSLY, I must have missed a few. (How did THAT happen?!) No.. instead I buy a metal die to make this kind of card. Okay, so the die IS cool… but I could have saved myself $30! Oh well, at least I know I have a class or two to catch up on. :)

hello there  •  floopy flower

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Our week-long showcase on the Hello There Silhouette card class continues with Nichol’s rendition of this sweet ‘floopy’ flower card.


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Love the color choices and the stamped sentiment on the banner. All the extra bits and baubles are just icing on the cake.

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I added stamping detail to the ‘floopy flower’ card using a background stamp and tone-on-tone ink. Next, I stamped a circle design on a contrasting cardstock and added it for the flower center and then added a stamped/embossed vellum banner across the front for my greeting. I then used a light yellow for the inside of my card and backed the front with vellum. For the coordinating envelope I stamped a cute little greeting near the bottom.


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And if you happened to miss this on Facebook yesterday? Here’s another sneak peek at the Here There Everywhere class that starts May 19. (But if you sign up before that date, you can save $5 on the class.)

I’m just a wee bit excited. ;)

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Tammy Davis - April 16, 2014 - 12:37 pm

This is beautiful! Love these examples of different ways to use the cut files!

Candy Bryant - April 16, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Aloha Kerri,
I was wondering if it was possible for you to teach us how to make an envelope to fit any size card? Maybe in the new class or a tutorial on the blog. Silhouette wasn’t very helpful when they replied to me to use the scale window?!? I have ruined envelopes and know there must be an easy way to create one. Hugs & Mahalo.

Kerri - April 16, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Hey Candy!
One of the easiest ways to do it is to draw a rectangle the same size as your card and then size your envelope so that that rectangle fits in the designated card-holding space.

I think I did bring that up once in one of my classes…can’t remember which one.

If you’re talking a square card with an already-created rectangle envelope, then you can do the same thing, but then you’d need to worry about making the envelope fit a square space, if that’s what you’re wanting. Sometimes just moving the side handles, changing just the width (or height) to make it more square can work, but that can alter the design of the envelope too. If the points are few in number, you can always grab the points and move them in on each side.

But that first option is a pretty sure-fire way to make sure your card and envelope pretty much match up.

Does that help at all?

hello there  •  paper bag + envelope

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Okay, so you may have seen me get confused previously about which designs are my favorite from the Hello There class–and the confusion obviously continues. This paper bag is one of them…too. I can never truly decide. ;)

I love Nichol’s use of it here!

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I love the all the accents she’s added here.

And the color scheme?

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Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I used a couple of the freebie designs from the kit to decorate the paper bag. I changed the greeting on the card insert from “friends” to “hello.” and added a stamped sentiment on the card, leaving space below the stamping to handwrite a greeting. I used a clear glitter marker to add some sparkle to the heart and the word “hello”.


Love the versatility of these designs. This would also make a darling pocket with a journaling card on a page too! Not just for cards. :) And what you learn to design the paper bag? Oh, the fun you can have with that!


Don’t forget, you can get this class on sale all this week for 20% off.


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And one last reminder, if you were interested in the new Here There Everywhere class, today is the last day you can get the Let’s Go for free when you sign up.

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Sandy R. - April 15, 2014 - 10:44 am

There is such a thing as a clear glitter marker!?!- OooooH!

yolande k - April 15, 2014 - 1:02 pm

C’est sublime, j’adore ! !

hello there  •  week-long showcase

I think that one of my all-time favorite classes here at KBS is the Hello There card class. Okay, maybe it’s a toss-up with Just Add Color and Design Secrets. (We’ll see if Here There Everywhere class takes over as number one eventually. ;) )

The class shows how to create ten fabulous cards that not only are fun to make, but what you learn adds to your Silhouette repertoire of design skills that you can use on any project, not just cards. 

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That’s why I though it would be fun to do a little showcase on the class with the help of our good friend Miss Nichol Magouirk. Now, I don’t know if you’ve noticed lately, but she’s been on a total card kick lately. I am constantly in awe of all the amazing cards she’s been creating. You’ll have to go check out her blog to see what I’m talkin’ about.

Her mission:  Take what was learned in class and make something new. 

Yowza. So much fun!

Wanna see what she has for us today?

Alrighty then!

Up first today is a darling Easter card. It is just around the corner…like Sunday!

Seriously? Did I just say that?

Anywho, let’s first take a look at Nichol’s adaptation on the original cupcake card.

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A few added sprinkles to the cupcake, a change of sentiment, and voila! She’s made it her own.

And now here’s a look at the Easter card.

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Looooove this! 
This is one of my favorite cards from the class.

Let’s hear what Nichol has to say about these little beauties. 

I made one card almost exactly like the class project (just changed the front greeting a bit). I added some white “dots” to the cupcake with an opaque white gel pen and some gitter to the flag banner with a giltter pen.

Then I had the idea of taking the chick from the This+That: Spring kit and filled it with color to make an Easter card. I made “eggs” from ovals (nothing fancy). I cut some cupcake boxes from a design in the Silhouette store, punched a hole in the corner of the tags and tied them to the cupcake boxes!


Egg-cellent.

Sorry. I couldn’t resist. ;)

And now, if you’ve been thinking about taking the class,
this would be a good time to do so!

You can save 20% on the class through the end of the week.

(The price is reflected in the store.)


This is just the beginning of a very fun week! Can’t wait to see what other fun stuff Nichol has up her card-making sleeve. :)

Connie O. - April 14, 2014 - 7:15 am

Cute cards…Look forward to the rest of the week!

yolande k - April 15, 2014 - 1:05 pm

J’adore l’idée de Nichol, c’est génial !