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If there’s one thing I live my life by, it’s to be grateful and/or appreciate various things in my life every single day. Whether it’s the smell of a lilac, the playfulness of the neighbor kids, hearing my kids laughing together, or just the way the clouds look in the sky….there is always something to be grateful for.

When you have that kind of attitude it’s amazing how you  feel! Looking at the positive is so much more empowering than dwelling on the negative.

That’s why I love the title Laura has chosen for her page. Being grateful for family is, of course, number one on my gratitude list–as I’m sure it is for most of you.

i love these people of mine.

Let’s take a look at this cute family Laura took pictures of.

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KBS_LauraVegas_GratefulEverySingleDay2[ DesignsGrateful (grateful) / Background Basics (circle background) / XOXO (heart) ]

wow.

All those layers are just ever-so dreamy.


Here’s a bit from Laura:

Every few months, I take photos of my cousin’s adorable little family. I’ve gotten into the habit of printing out a few of my favorite photos each time, and creating a layout with them, and this layout is from our most recent photo session. I wanted to keep this layout fairly simple in design, and knew a white-on-white background would make a great backdrop for my photos and a big, bold title.

I went to my all-time favorite circle background cut, from Kerri’s Background Basics kit, and cut it from white textured cardstock. I adhered the background piece onto another sheet of white textured cardstock and then spritzed the entire piece with green and black misting spray. I cut out the center of the text patterned paper and matted it on top of my cardstock background, to create a frame of sorts around the outside edges of the page. I cut my title, “grateful”, from a black diagonal stripe patterned paper and added a subtitle using some skinny alpha stickers. A few hearts, cut from coordinating patterned papers and topped off with either a button, jewel, or enamel, made for simple embellishments on a simple page.  

There’s nothing like enjoying your favorite things. Whether you’re at home or on the road, we all have our favorites.

And that’s just what Layle is showing off today using the brand new Around Here kit!

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[ Designs | Around Here (favorite things) / Say What #4 (love tab). Stamps | Time Again (date) ]


I love all the itty bitty details…especially how she made her top and bottom page borders! yummy. I guess you might say, it’s my favorite. ;)


Here’s what Layle has to say:

I recently skipped town for an impromptu getaway with a friend and her daughters.  We ended up stumbling on a Kate Spade Outlet while we were gone which was awesome because I’m a BIG Kate Spade fan.  BIG!  So when I saw this artwork on the wall behind the counter as I was checking out (had to treat myself to a few things!), I snapped a photo because I thought it was so clever.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but all of the objects are real & stuck to the wall – the shoes, the umbrella, the money, everything!

I used my Epson large format printer to print the photo 12″ wide.  I backed the ‘favorite things’ saying with different colors of patterned paper to tie in with the different colors in the photo.  I used the fun ‘love that’ tab at the top of the page & ended up cutting out a few more because they’re so fun to use :)  After I’d used the tab, I noticed the teeny tiny leftovers from the cut, they were so cute I had to use them – I just put a little liquid glue on a piece of scrap paper & dragged the letters lightly through the glue and stuck them down in the lower left corner .  To wrap things up, I used the Time Again stamps in the lower right corner.  I love these stamps!  They fonts are so clean – they pretty much go with anything.  And they stamp SO crisply, especially those small letters – gotta love good quality stamps with great design!!
 

  • Tracy - April 14, 2015 - 3:03 pm

    Very cool. What an awesome wall! Gotta love Kate Spade ; ) and you gotta love that layout!!!!ReplyCancel

  • susan smith - April 14, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    what a fabulous idea…..great layout…..love it..ReplyCancel

It’s been a long time coming and I’m so excited to finally announce the brand new class, Custom Made!

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This is the second class in the Silhouette series and it’s all new

New ideas. New projects. New freebies.

Whether you want learn how to alter a design or create a design, this class will take you beyond the very basics of Studio so you can–at the risk of needing a maniacal laugh here–have the power.

The power to custom make what you need…or would that be want?

I tell ya what, there’s a wonderful feeling of freedom when you have that power.


Now, I know one of the biggest questions I’m going to get is:

I took Oh The Places You Will Go, do I need to take this class?

My answer to that is that it depends on what you feel your skill level is. If you feel like you’ve got a pretty darn good handle on how to use the software…then you probably don’t need it. But here’s some perks to taking the class in case you think you want it:

  1. It’s all filmed in version 3. That means we’ll be utilizing its new features and tips+tricks. While many features are still the same between v2 and v3, there are some fun new things in v3. So it may be a good refresher course with a cherry on top.
  2. New projects are definitely in store.
  3. It has all new freebies, which is a $10 value in and of itself.
  4. Purchase by Sunday, April 19, you can get the all-new Around Here handwritten kit for free!
  5. Purchase by the class date and you save $5, making the class price just $21. That’s less than a Dr. Pepper a day–especially when one gets it ‘dirty’. (That’s adding coconut, in case your mind was wandering ‘elsewhere’.)
  6. There’s a bonus video. We like getting something…er…another something for free, right? I’ll be sharing my method of implementing my handwriting into Studio.
  7. It’s just gonna be plain ol’ fun.:)


And in case you sped-read through the list, if you sign up by April 19, you get the brand new Around Here kit for free!

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So let’s do some math, shall we?

Class cost: $26.
Sign up by May 18: – $5
Sign up by April 19, get free kit: – $4
Savings on freebies: – $10
                                              

Total cost for class: $7


Whoa…whoa…whoooooaaaaa…
What did I just do???

Just like the grocery store….it adds up fast. Only I’m usually spending, not saving. ;) But those savings won’t last. So, sign up today folks so you won’t forget…like I keep doing these days. :)

It’s going to be a fun class and May 18 will be here before we know it!

  • Lola - April 11, 2015 - 10:52 pm

    Do we need design 3 for this class?ReplyCancel

  • Lola - April 11, 2015 - 10:54 pm

    do we need to have the newest updates for this class?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 12, 2015 - 7:25 am

      It’s best that you do have version 3. This particular class will utilize features only found in version 3. While you can follow along with much of the class and create many of the items we’ll be making, there will be some features or tips+tricks that you won’t be able to do. So you could still sign up for it, but just know there there will be a handful of things that you won’t be able to do if you’re still using version 2.

      Hope that helps. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - April 12, 2015 - 9:16 am

    So excited! I love your classes! I just want to make sure that I don’t have to have the Designer Edition of the software. I just have the freebie from the site. Will I still be able to do most of the things you are teaching?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 12, 2015 - 10:35 am

      Nope…no Designer Edition needed. :)ReplyCancel

      • Tammy Davis - April 12, 2015 - 10:43 am

        Woo hoo! I am all signed up! I love your math, Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - April 12, 2015 - 11:49 am

    I’ve learned so much from your classes. Thank you for sharing your expertise! I’m off to sign up for the new class. Yippee!ReplyCancel

  • marcy e - April 12, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    So looking forward to this class… I especially love your tips and tricks! Thanks, meReplyCancel

  • Colleen - April 12, 2015 - 1:38 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your classes, Kerri. I spread the word as much as possible!

    Is this a self-paced downloaded class or do we need to be on-line for it? Just want to be sure before I purchase. Thanks for always bringing us your best!

    ColleenReplyCancel

  • Colleen - April 12, 2015 - 1:46 pm

    Oops! Answered my own question affter I read the class description in your on-line store. :0) I love that it’s self-paced. You’re terrific at this! Thanks again.

    ColleenReplyCancel

  • Sally - April 13, 2015 - 7:33 am

    I can’t wait for class to begin! This looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Patti Wnek - April 13, 2015 - 2:27 pm

    You made me laugh so hard when you did the math to show the class only cost $7! I love your resasoning and it worked! I just purchased the class plus bought some other goodies on your site with all the money I saved!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - April 13, 2015 - 6:38 pm

    YAY!! All signed up for classes 1 & 2! Finally I’ll know how to use my Cameo : )ReplyCancel

When I looked up the definition of dilapidated, it said: disrepair as a result of age or neglect.

I hope the City of New Orleans is never allowed to touch the walls of Lafayette Cemetery. I don’t believe the walls are actually neglected–I think they are a result of time. The time it takes for this to naturally occur? It is truly amazing. Obviously it has been ‘repaired’ and worn again through the years. Now it is perfect. And even more remarkable is the plant life that finds a home in the cracks and crevices of the bricks. How can it do that?

I love all things old. There is beauty in it all.

Dan had me take several photos of the walls so that if the need ever arises to make something similar, then he’d have a great ‘live’ reference.

I could go back to New Orleans again just to take more photos of this place.

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  • Michelle Bradtke - April 9, 2015 - 11:55 am

    About 5 years ago, we stayed at a bed and breakfast just down the street from this cemetery. I took lots of photos, but no close-ups of the crumbling walls. Clearly, I should have! Want to go back to savannah, anyway. Loved everything about it – except for the humidity in late June!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - April 9, 2015 - 6:33 pm

    This is beautiful, love how life takes hold even against the odds. Have put New Orleans on my bucket list of places to visit after seeing your photos :-)ReplyCancel

One of my favorite parts of our trip happened on the very first day. We started off at 5 a.m. and wound our way through canyons and ‘deserts’, through Moab and down into Cortez + Durango, Colorado on our way to Albuquerque.

Finding radio stations to listen to isn’t always easy when you’re in the middle of nowhere, but I happened along a station that was playing classic country in Durango.

I loved country in the 80s. And even enjoy the classics of Waylon, Willie and the boys. A good Don Williams or Ronnie Milsap are pretty awesome too.

They played all sorts of great songs, including Barbara Mandrell’s ‘I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.’ Who remembers watching the Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters?

Anywho. I was in heaven.

I had a roommate from South Dakota in 1987 that introduced country as a staple into my diet. It was the year I met Dan. And I even had another roommate–that actually introduced me to Dan–who’s brother played with Chris Ledoux.

Country dancing Thursday nights at The Star Palace was also a favorite.

I continued to listen to country–adoring artists such as Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and into Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and such. But when my children started getting tastes of their own? Country was no longer allowed.

I would occasionally listen to country when I was alone, but it slowly dwindled out of my life…just listening to a few albums from time to time, like Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts. And then recently Jordan remembered how I used to listen to country and wondered why I never listened to it anymore. I said, ‘Kids wouldn’t allow it anymore.’ But she is now actually starting to like country herself.

So on our trip we found several stations along the way that played classic country and I was in heaven. Driving through the south we were inundated with country stations. I tried listening to current country, but I just couldn’t get into it! I enjoyed a song here and there, but for the most part, it started driving me nuts.

I missed listening to my good stuff that I already owned and so wished I’d had it in my iTunes…along with other songs that I’d purchased on our trip. ;)

Hello Dwight Yoakam. When Dan and I were dating, he played at the county fairgrounds which is just down the road from his house. We sat in the house and listened to our own little concert. Good times.

So when I got home, I needed to get my old CDs out and get that music back in my life.

First up…Clint Black.

And I kind of got stuck on that one, enjoying the heck out of his greatest hits.

I’d forgotten.

It’s amazing how much music can lift your spirits and help you remember good times.

Thanks Clint.
I’ve missed ya.

Glad that you and the rest of your classic country buddies are back in my life.

And this was my theme song from that day, mostly because of these lines:

Ain’t it funny how a melody can bring back the memory
Take you to another place and time.
Completely  change your state of mind
It can make a right from a wrong, it can make you fall in love
It can get you singin’ along
Chase the clouds away and make the sun shine above.

And here it is for your listening pleasure.

  • Julia Ruetten - April 8, 2015 - 9:31 am

    Kerri – I am right there with ya. I love 80s/90s country, but find it harder to really get into the current country. I actually live in Albuquerque and a new station started relatively recently that plays 90s country and I’m in heaven. It’s the only station I listen to consistently. I love when a good Trisha or Diamond Rio song comes on. No shame here, I sing at the top of my lungs! #CarIdolReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 8, 2015 - 9:33 am

      I love it! You and me girl… :)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - April 8, 2015 - 4:59 pm

    Thanks for the story and video! I have always loved country music but thanks to my kids can only listen to it when I’m alone at home or in the car! lol If you haven’t tried listening to Luke Bryan give him a try – he reminds me a bit of Clint Black and George Strait (and he’s pretty good eye candy too! :))ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - April 8, 2015 - 5:13 pm

    That’s funny, because my kids got me into Country Music, I was pop rock all the way. I have to say that I like more the current stuff because it isn’t too far from my rock roots!ReplyCancel

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Well, folks. The second class in the Silhouette series, Oh The Places You Will Go, has been in ‘retirement’ for much too long due to a terrible unforeseen situation that occurred towards the end of last year. Needless to say, the last couple months of the year–when the new class was to be prepared–was instead spent with family and friends. Family will always be the number one priority for me. That being said, it  doesn’t do much for a business plan. :)

But you’ll be happy to know I’ve begun work on the new class, which replaces this one, using Studio version 3. It will have all new projects and tips and freebies and all sorts of goodness. This is a whole new class, not an update like the first Silhouette class.

There’s just TWO MORE DAYS to get this class before it goes away for good and you can pick it up at 50% off.

That’s just 15 smackaroos.

(Please note: If you’ve purchased the class, you will still have access to it forever and ever.)


And if you missed the social media news yesterday, you can now get the physical stamps art in the form of digital stamps, using ABR (PS/PSE brushes) and PNG files!

There’s just these two in the store so far, but I’ll be adding more as time goes along.

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  • Ramie - April 6, 2015 - 3:42 am

    YAY!!! Thank you for the digital stamps! Going to purchase now!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleB - April 6, 2015 - 3:45 am

    So glad you’re making the digital stamps too! The class is showing up at $18 instead of the $15? I think I’m going to splurge and get this one!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 6, 2015 - 6:53 am

      Hey Michelle! Make sure you refresh your screen because it is set to $15.
      It may be picking up an old cache and displaying the $18. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lancene - April 6, 2015 - 9:02 am

    Thank you, thank you. I’m going to grab these right now!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - April 6, 2015 - 1:11 pm

    Okay dumb question…yeah so I STILL haven’t gone through my class, so when I finally get around to doing it… will I still be able to do it in version 2 or will it be the new version?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 6, 2015 - 1:41 pm

      The class you have access to is the class you purchased–which would be the one using version 2. :)ReplyCancel

With all the photos being taken this weekend, this fun little 3×4 freebie card might just come in handy.

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Comes in thee usual cut files so you can alter in digital cutting programs, such as Silhouette Studio. Also includes a larger PNG  image without a back so you can use it in digital scrapbooking.

To download this–forever free–click HERE.


Happy Easter everyone!


P.S. Dont’ forget about the photo template sale going on
right now to help you organize all those Easter photos.
Sale ends tomorrow!

  • Andi Walsh - April 4, 2015 - 10:10 am

    Hi Kerrie!
    Hey, I have a question about the photo templates. Which do you recommend for the pocket page scrap booking? Can I open these in PSE and just ‘dump’ my photos in?
    I guess I need some ‘how to’s if they are available:)ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 4, 2015 - 10:21 am

      Hey Andi! I have some tutorials under the Tutorials link on my site that can help you. There are some templates that are designed with 4×6 or 5×7 in mind. The ‘Snapshots’ series fit that. That being said, you can really resize them all to use a layout that you’d like. Just know that it might alter the width or height to accommodate a change that doesn’t match the proportion in size. Also, make sure you do that before you put your photos in, so those won’t get warped. :)

      Hope that helps. :)ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - April 4, 2015 - 4:52 pm

    Thanks so much Kerri, and happy Easter to you too xReplyCancel

  • yolande k - April 6, 2015 - 4:41 am

    Merci beaucoup Kerri ! Joyeuses Pâques !
    bisesReplyCancel

I’m so excited to bring you the next round of stamps from Kerri Bradford Studio! This month I wanted to mix things up a little and create a sentiment style as well as a spring style. And then I soooo needed to start fulfilling my alphabet cravings.

Please note: Due to somebody taking some kind of extended vacation–and that person shall remain nameless (okay, it was me)–these are on PREORDER. Shipping should begin by end of next week. Additionally, I’m working on international ordering, so be patient with me on that.

So without further ado, here is the April stamp collection!

FOR YOU

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BEAUTIFUL DAY

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KRAMER

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 ANNIE

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(Kramer is just over 1/4″ and Annie is just under 1/4″)


My favorite part about designing stamps is making it so they can work together. 
Here’s a little sampling on how you can combine them to make beautiful new designs.


Use the two tiny alphabets together to make creative titles.


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Combine it with a couple of dotted stamps from Line By Line To
create another fun version.


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Mix and match the conjunctions and little words
to get wonderful looks like these.


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Combine words within the For You stamp set to create your own sentiment.


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Combine the Beautiful Day icons and words like these…that I just adore.


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Or again, mix and match stamp sets, including using the alphabets
and Line By Line arrows.


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As you can see, the sky’s the limit. So many possibilities!

  • Sally - April 1, 2015 - 7:40 am

    I’ve been waiting to see what you would come up with next- and you did not disappoint! I love them all! Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanene - April 1, 2015 - 8:03 am

    Another home run Kerri! Any idea if/when you might release your stamps digitially?ReplyCancel

  • Amy A. - April 1, 2015 - 8:46 am

    Love these sets Kerri! Time to start saving. Definitely on my wish list. Love how you showed how they can be used together. You sold me! HA!ReplyCancel

  • Lancene - April 1, 2015 - 9:31 am

    I love all these sets but I am the world’s worst stamper – I’d also like to know if they’ll ever be available digitally.ReplyCancel

  • tracy - April 1, 2015 - 3:28 pm

    Oh for the love!!! Any chance your next alphabet might be an open block like in the “Hey” stamp?

    Wishing I hadn’t sub’d to another stamp so i could indulge in all of these…..have to think hard to choose which i can get! Keep them coming Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - April 1, 2015 - 6:59 pm

    Another gorgeous and versatile release, love them.ReplyCancel

  • ami - April 4, 2015 - 10:50 am

    I’m drooling! Any chance you will offer cut files to go along with these?ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - April 4, 2015 - 12:03 pm

    Loving your new sets and I’m very ‘patiently’ waiting for the digital release.ReplyCancel