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Twelve Days Of Christmas | Day 11


Oh my! We are down to the final two days of our Twelve Days of Christmas! *gasp* That actually means that Christmas Eve is tomorrow. Holy cannoli! Are you ready? I’ve got a few itty bitty details that I need to take care of.

Well, let’s get this show on the road so I can go finish up those itty bitties. :)

Here is today’s freebie. In typical KB fashion, I couldn’t decide what I liked best, so….include them all. Something different for several designing possibilities.


To download this for free–today only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.

And now, a little sneak peek at what Layle has been doing with her December Daily on her blog using a few KBS goodies. I’m in love with her use of the new Holiday Magic card from the B+W Christmas kit! She also used the freebie Love This Photo, the December Additions: The Pages, and December Additions: The Dailies.


For details on all her pages, check out her blog HERE.

Renee G - December 23, 2013 - 10:00 am

Kerri, thank you so much for sharing your time and talents with us again this Christmas. You are awesome, Merry Christmas to you and yours.

Marilyn in Michigan - December 23, 2013 - 10:25 am

Thanks, Kerri! I can’t pick a favorite either!

Heather - December 23, 2013 - 11:59 am

Thank you! Love the skinny version.

Wendy - December 23, 2013 - 12:23 pm

You are so incredibly generous. I really love today’s free cut. Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

vicki - December 23, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Thank you so much for the free files – you are very generous! Wishing the Blessings of the Season to you and your family.

Dolly - December 23, 2013 - 12:46 pm

Thanks Kerri! Like you, I like them all…if I had to pick I think the tree is cute but five minutes from now I may pick another! LOL

SiskiyouSue - December 23, 2013 - 1:11 pm

Thanks. Your freebies have been lots of fun. Happy holidays!

Sandy_in_MD - December 23, 2013 - 2:56 pm

Great set – thanks for giving us all three ways!

Cindy - December 23, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Thank you for today’s freebie……….it’s my all-time favorite Christmas song.

Lindy - December 23, 2013 - 8:16 pm

Thanks so much, Kerri!!!

Karrie - December 23, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Thanks for all the great freebies! I can’t wait to open my Cameo from Santa ;) and start using my new files!

MizDenise - December 23, 2013 - 10:06 pm

VERY nice- Thanks!!

Cindy Burke - December 24, 2013 - 8:18 am

Merry Christmas Kerri
Many many thanks for all your AWESOME AWESOME blogs and creative ideas. You are so inspiring for the newbie on Silhouette and I like many others, thank you for your generosity. Hope you have a fabulous Holiday and that 2014 is a fabulous year for you and your family.

Laurel - December 24, 2013 - 11:02 am

Drat! I missed this one, but I can’t find it in the store to buy it. Can you help me out with a link? Thanks so much for all the awesome freebies! :)

Kerri - December 24, 2013 - 11:14 am

It’s out there now. :)

Laurel - December 24, 2013 - 11:15 am

You’re the best, Kerri! Merry Christmas! :)

new freebie, new kit, new tutorial, new winners

It’s one fabulous day of newness here at KBS!
Lots of stuff going on today, so let’s get to it.

I think we shall start off with today’s freebie, shall we? This is totally inspired by what I see every time I walk through my front door during Christmas–a lovely red hollyberry wreath. It makes me smile when I look at it on my white door.

It just had to become a design to use. Had to.


To download this file for free–today only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can find it in the store.


Next item on the agenda is a new kit! Finally! Only been working on this one for a while. Well, I started it a while ago, but then the whole ‘Jordan going on a mission’ thing sort of ruled my life for a bit. But it is now completed and here for your using pleasure.


Now, I just have to add my two cents here because the overall feeling of this kit is a little different than what you normally see from me–in that you’re used to seeing things in color. I’m a huge fan of black and white. Love it. Love the simplicity and basicness (yeah, it’s a word) of it all. And when I was making this retro-looking kit, all I could think of was black and white. I just loved the way it looked…but maybe it’s just me. ;)


Even though it comes in black and white–just as you see in the above image–you can modify it to any color scheme you so desire. Which is true for any PNG file, really.  I showed you one way you could do this in the Love This Photo video tutorial. I simply used the paint bucket tool to fill in a couple of colors. But as with everything in life, there is more than one way to do something like this. And because there is a bit more to many of these images, I thought I should show you another way.

And that leads me to today’s new tutorial.

So as you can see, it’s super simple to alter a color of any PNG files like this. Now, go play with it and have some fun!

Oh yeah, and I was using Photoshop Elements 10…just in case you were wondering.


Okay then, let’s pick some randomly drawn winners of the CZ Cool Yule greatness!

CHRYSTAL - DECEMBER 20, 2013 – 9:21 AM
Chrystal from Houston, TX. My favorite thing is to send packages to my office address so my husband can’t peek!! :)

LOIS - DECEMBER 20, 2013 – 12:39 PM
As usual, Cathy has designed something killer. Thanks for the chance to win.

Congratulations ladies! Email me at and I will get you on your merry way!

And I so loved reading your favorite ‘cool yule’ things to do. That was awesome!


And now, one last thing. I had hoped to have an actual automated, fancy shmancy, gift card procedure in place in my store by now, but it just didn’t happen. I know that there are many of you who were wanting to give gift cards, so we’re going to do it the old fashioned way–the way that I know how to do and how we did it in my old store.

These are perfect stocking stuffers to redeem for classes and other KBS goodness. Especially for those of you who are getting a certain cutting tool (aka: Silhouette) under the tree this year!

FYI, gift cards are never on sale :)

You can purchase a gift card in three values:  $15, $25 and $50. 


For your recipient to redeem it, all they need to do is email me along with your name (the person who bought it) and I will get them all set up.

lynne - December 22, 2013 - 3:00 pm

Thank you so much for the wreath!

Linda V - December 22, 2013 - 3:18 pm

Thank you Keri for the great free designs and the wonderful tutorial!!! Happy Holidays!

Sandra ltb - December 22, 2013 - 3:24 pm

lovely – thank you!
Sandra ltb

Jocelan - December 22, 2013 - 3:33 pm

Thanks Kerri for the lovely cut file.
May your family have a very blessed Christmas.
Blessings Jocelan

Sheila Miller - December 22, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Thank you so much for the Berry Wreath. I love it! Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Sandy_in_MD - December 22, 2013 - 6:06 pm

Thanks for the lovely wreath!

Lindy - December 22, 2013 - 11:50 pm

Thank you for the Hollyberry Wreath! There are so many cool elements to your Black + White Christmas set!

Trish - December 23, 2013 - 4:52 am

I was fascinated by the photoshop tutorial, Kerri. I am thinking I need to spend some time and learn photoshop. Thanks for the jumpstart. And I love the berry wreath, can’t wait to cut it! Happy Holidays to you and your family. May it be sweet.

Dolly - December 23, 2013 - 6:40 am

Thank you so much Kerri!! You’re such a doll!

Twelve Days of Christmas   |  Ornaments

Just popping in with a quick share of the ol’ free shape today!

A couple of fun ornaments to deck your 2D halls.


To download these ornaments for free–today only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.

Oh, and two more things. One, don’t forget to enter to win some CathyZ goodness in yesterday’s post. I’m drawing a winner tomorrow. And two, there’s another fabulous giveaway going on Becky’s and Lisa’s blogs…not to mention the most awesomest of sales on HSN! Go check them all out!

LouAnn V. - December 21, 2013 - 8:55 am

These are so cute! Thanks Kerri!

Judy W. - December 21, 2013 - 9:26 am

So cute! Thanks.

Dawn McF - December 21, 2013 - 9:33 am

Thank you! Merry christmas!

Kimberly Pate - December 21, 2013 - 9:41 am

Another great file! Thank you so much!

Cindy - December 21, 2013 - 9:43 am

Thanks Kerri, I’m really enjoying your freebies!!

Kris - December 21, 2013 - 10:04 am


Margot Perry - December 21, 2013 - 10:52 am

Hi Kerri,

I was wondering if you knew how to edit or update a studio file to add your name as the designer or artist? When I download your files, I typically drag and drop them into my open Silhouette Studio Designer Edition. However, when I do this it does not keep your name as the artist or designer.


Tammy Davis - December 21, 2013 - 10:56 am

Thank you! These are so cute!

Vanessa L - December 21, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Thanks for the freebies!

Ruth G - December 21, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Fun designs! Thanks again for sharing!!!

Pam S - December 21, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Thank you for all the wonderful freebies. Merry Christmas

sherrygrove - December 21, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Kerri, Merry Christmas to you. And thank you so much for your free Christmas cut files. I love your designs!

Sandy_in_MD - December 21, 2013 - 2:36 pm

Thanks for the freebie set!

MizDenise - December 21, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Thanks for another great gift – hope you are having a good day today!

Kathi Z - December 21, 2013 - 11:42 pm

Thanks Kerri! Happy Holidays!

Lindy - December 22, 2013 - 1:09 am

Such cute ornaments! Thanks, Kerri!

Lana Graham - December 22, 2013 - 10:44 am

Thanks so much for the free files. Merry Christmas

freebie AND giveaway?

Oh yeah baby!

That’s right…you heard me!

Not only is there the Twelve Days of Christmas freebie today, but we also have a giveaway from that lovely, ever-so talented and very witty, Cathy Zielske!

So let’s start with the freebie.


To download this for free–today only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can find it in the store.


And now, check this out!


Totally love this!

The Giveaway:
Two blog readers will win Cathy’s entire Cool Yule Digital Collection, nine packages in all including printable cards and labels, layered journaling cards and an assortment of hip, holiday digital brushes. The collection is perfect for documenting your 2013 holiday memories.

To Enter:
To enter, share this post on Facebook and then leave a comment on my blog with your name, where you’re from, and what your favorite ‘cool yule’ thing to do is each holiday season. I will draw a winner Sunday.

About Cathy:
Cathy Zielske is one of the elder stateswomen of the clean and simple scrapbooking movement. She believes in removing as much crap from scrapbooking as possible. (You can read her personal crap-removing mission statement HERE. She is passionate about great design, beautiful typography and telling authentic stories about her everyday life.

Connect with Cathy:  
Website | Facebook | Twitter

I tell ya. This girl is pretty darn amazing. Not only is she crazy talented, but I love her style and her wit. And she’s a pretty sweet thang to boot. Just reading her blog on a daily basis will put a smile on your face….or make you spit out your Dr. Pepper.

[ this contest is now closed. ]
Colleen VanderLinden - December 20, 2013 - 6:09 am

Thanks for the chance to win!

P.S. Kerri you are amazing! Merry Christmas!

LindaH - December 20, 2013 - 6:10 am

Two pretty cool gals at work! From SE Wisconsin where it looks like we will have a white Christmas this year–very traditional events here–favorites are to decorate the tree and have Christmas music playing nonstop.

Karen S. - December 20, 2013 - 6:10 am

Karen, Plano, TX
I love looking at the christmas lights!
Thanks for the freebie and for the chance to win!!

Ruth G - December 20, 2013 - 6:18 am

I love the sassy nature of the “no peeking”! I think I might just have to use that a bunch!!!

I live in Winfield, Illinois (Chicagoland)

My favorite thing “cool yule” thing to do is go to the Christmas concert that my daughter performs in. The cool factor got even better this year with her starting high school! <3'd it!!!

Deonne - December 20, 2013 - 6:23 am

Love to get out candles and twinkle lights every season!
Lansing, MI

LinhC - December 20, 2013 - 6:33 am

LinhC from Birmingham; favorite cool yule thing to do: make sugar cookies with the kiddos

Angie C. - December 20, 2013 - 6:38 am

My favorite ‘cool yule’ thing is making a special handcrafted gift for everyone each year. I usually pick one unique idea I have seen and make it for my friends.
This year it was your ‘Jingle All the Way Frame’, Kerri! Loved how it turned out and even kept one for myself! Fun to make! And thanks for the opportunity on Cathy Z.’s Cool Yule collection. Love her, too! I am from South Georgia.

Jennifer - December 20, 2013 - 6:38 am

I am from Wisconsin (just south of Green Bay). My favorite cool yule thing to do is Christmas craft projects with my girls. We try to pick something new to create each year. Thanks for all the great cut files, I love them!

Kathleen D - December 20, 2013 - 6:46 am

Oh gosh I would love to win this! Have been “pining” for the rest of this collection. My favorite “cool yule” has to be opening presents on Christmas Eve with my kids.

St. Augustine, FL

Cindy S. - December 20, 2013 - 6:46 am

My name is Cindy and I live in Heppner, Oregon. Our favorite “Cool Yule” thing to do is feed and photograph the deer in our front yard.

Lori Y - December 20, 2013 - 6:49 am

Lori from Adel, IA
My favorite ‘cool yule’ thing – baking Christmas goodies with my kids.
Thanks for all the great cut files – I’m enjoying them all.

Ann J - December 20, 2013 - 6:55 am

My name is Ann and I live in South Dakota. Every year the SD State Capitol Building in Pierre is turned into a Christmas wonderland. The entire building is filled with decorated Christmas trees. The trees are decorated by businesses, charities, schools, state agencies, etc. It is a sight to behold! I love going every year to see the trees and put myself in the Christmas Spirit!

Carrie Sheridan - December 20, 2013 - 6:57 am

Hi, I’m Carrie from Michigan. My favorite part of the Christmas season is our church Christmas and Carol Light service. I love singing Christmas hymns and this evening service is especially beautiful.

Christine Villacarlos - December 20, 2013 - 7:02 am

Hi. I’m Christine, from California.

My fave cool yule activity is buying gifts/shopping as well as wrapping them up and adding creative tags. So much fun! I also love baking goodies with the kids.

Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

Regan - December 20, 2013 - 7:03 am

Regan from Leander, TX.
I love selecting just the right gifts for people and decorating cookies with my daughters!

Ashley C - December 20, 2013 - 7:06 am

Seeing Christmas Lights.

Melinda Greer - December 20, 2013 - 7:09 am

Melinda from Midland, Mi
Cool Yule thing- hanging the ornaments on the tree, I have bought all 4 kids an ornament every year that has something to do with things going on in their life. Their ornaments completely take the tree over (kids are 17, 15, 6, 5). That’s a lot of ornaments. Every ornament has a memory and I cry every year (mostly from joy) but is is an event I look forward to every year.

Tami - December 20, 2013 - 7:10 am

I add one new appetizer recipe and one new treat recipe to our Christmas Eve dinner each year. Doesn’t sound “cool” but it livens up our old favorites and keeps me from trying to make ALL THE THINGS I see on Pinterest. I’ve tried that kind of crazy in the past, and that was not a cool yule!

Thanks for a great give away. Seriously love Cathy!

Donna - December 20, 2013 - 7:14 am

Donna, Elk Creek, Virginia

Decorating the tree is my favorite ‘Cool Yule’ thing. The ornaments represent memories of past trips, events, occasions, milestones, etc., of my family. Getting them out each year is like reuniting with old friends. <3

Susan - December 20, 2013 - 7:16 am

Vernon Hills, IL

My favorite cool yule: making cookies and banana bread for friends and family as presents.

Thanks for the 12 days of freebies. Love them all.

Amanda @ Click. The Good News - December 20, 2013 - 7:16 am

Amanda D in Houston, TX

I really want to start more traditions, but my favorite so far is blueberry muffins on Christmas morning.

Cathleen - December 20, 2013 - 7:19 am

Cathleen…from Atlanta…I guess our cool yule tradition is fried pecan chicken for Christmas. The family did an intervention a few years back and told me to forget traditional ham or turkey…they LOVE my fried chicken and that’s what I should make!

Jane - December 20, 2013 - 7:20 am

Hi Jane here from MA

My favorite is decorating the house! I have some go to items each year but also like to change things up each year.

Of course my KB Christmas Past This and That is on display ;)

Sally - December 20, 2013 - 7:21 am

I love to see the lights at Temple Square in Salt Lake City. My kids get so excited.
Woods Cross, Utah

Britiney - December 20, 2013 - 7:31 am

Boise, ID

I love baking and Christmas cards!

Carol - December 20, 2013 - 7:45 am

I’m from Iowa. I love absolutely every Christmas activity you can think of so it’s pretty hard to pick a favorite. But I really love watching my kids’ faces as they open their presents. It’s so much fun!!

K in PA - December 20, 2013 - 7:48 am

Thanks for the freebies, Kerri. Lovin’ them all so far!

My favorite cool yule activity is hosting our annual reindeer games competition. Want to play too? Put on a pair of antlers and check it out here:

sunni - December 20, 2013 - 7:48 am

I am from Colorado..and I love the magic of the season, the twinkle lights in the snow, and the general feeling of hope and joy. And, thank you for sharing your talent.

Gypsy - December 20, 2013 - 7:50 am

Kerri thanks for the cut files! I have nothing to cut them with yet… but there’s always one day! CathyZ Rocks she is super funny! I’m in Perth, Western Australia. We have a yummy cooked breakfast on Christmas day- Bacon and French toast with maple syrup and my husband and 4 kids eating outside= awesome!

Sheryl - December 20, 2013 - 7:51 am

I found your blog through Cathy’s blog. Love her stuff and your’s too. Merry Christmas!
I love to listen to Christmas music.
Sheryl, London, Ontario, Canada

Katee L - December 20, 2013 - 7:53 am

My name is Katee and I’m from Maine. My dad and I always make and decorate Christmas cookies together on Christmas eve!

Maribel - December 20, 2013 - 7:54 am

I’m Maribel from Rhode Island. I love listening to Christmas music after Thanksgiving!

Debbie S - December 20, 2013 - 7:55 am

Hi Keri! Debbie from Pearl River New York.
My favorite Cool-Yule thing to do is sit in front of my Christmas tree and take in all the twinkling lights and decorations and just reminisce and think of all the things that I am grateful for! Thanks for the chance to win.

Lida - December 20, 2013 - 7:55 am

Tallahassee, FL

Favorite thing to do, make cookies with my girls.
Thanks for a chance to win!

And thank you for your 12 days of freebies.

Jeannie L - December 20, 2013 - 7:58 am

The cool Yule thing to do here is to head downtown to look at the different Christmas decors done up by different stores. Thanks so much for the beautiful freebies and this giveaway. Love Cathy’s work too.

Jeannie from Singapore

Kimberly - December 20, 2013 - 7:58 am

Kimberly from wonderful Las Vegas, NV. Holiday tradition is setting up the tree right after thanksgiving.

Mary R - December 20, 2013 - 8:00 am

Mary Rogers
Au Train, MI

our cool yule thing to do is spend the holiday weekend at the ice rink watching our son play hockey. It is such a festive time.

Carrie - December 20, 2013 - 8:01 am

Loving all these new files!!!

Hello from wintery Brampton, ON Canada!!!!

Love decorating gingerbread with the kids and baking the family recipes – turds, no cook cookies, tortiere, mincemeat brownies…oooohhh getting hungry!

Thanks for the change to win! Love Cathy and her no-crap approach!!

Judy Stiles - December 20, 2013 - 8:01 am

Thanks, Kerri, for the freebie and this awesome giveaway! I’m from Tucson, Arizona, and one of my favorite things to do is to ride through Winterhaven with family to look at all of the Christmas decorations and lights!

Christine - December 20, 2013 - 8:01 am

Christine from St. Catharines, ON

My favourite cool yule thing to do is watch White Christmas on Christmas
Eve with my hubby!

Suzie D - December 20, 2013 - 8:03 am

I live in Northern California and my favorite Yule thing of the season is to have my family here for the holidays!!

Robyn - December 20, 2013 - 8:03 am

Robyn from St Michael, Minnesota. My favorite tradition is eating my Grandmother’s lasagna for Christmas dinner. It just completes the holiday – especially now that she’s gone I still feel a big part of her with us!!

Carla - December 20, 2013 - 8:05 am

Oh wow, thanks for the freebie and the opportunity to win CZ’s kit! I soooo need to get better with the “crap removal”!!! :)

ArlaMo - December 20, 2013 - 8:06 am

My favorite thing to do this Yule is SKYPE with my missionaries!! Love Cathy, love Kerri! Thanks for all the freebies :)

Grace - December 20, 2013 - 8:07 am

Oh Yeh! I’m Grace, originally from the Bahamas but now in NC. Fav ‘cool yule’ activity is for all of us to pile in the car and drive around all neighborhoods in our area to see the house lights. We rate from them from 1-10 and the coolest, best-est, most wow! lights we see each season we leave a small gift at their door.

Elizabeth - December 20, 2013 - 8:07 am

I’m in Washington – Cathy’s beautiful home state (Hi Cathy!!) Cool Yule @ Christmas time….hanging with my boys, we had a day of crating last weekend that was super fun, being with family is my favorite!

Carla - December 20, 2013 - 8:08 am

oops, disregard my previous entry! I’m Carla from NC and my favorite “cool yule” thing, to do every Christmas morning, is make Monkey Bread for my hubby and I. YUM!

Steph - December 20, 2013 - 8:08 am

I love Christmas with my son, my husband & I have a reason to be goofy kids now!

Marcie L - December 20, 2013 - 8:08 am

Marcie from Willoughby Hills OH
My favorite thing is seeing my kids’ sing at their respective school concerts. I look forward to them every year…when they are both out of high school I will probably still attend the concerts!

Michelle - December 20, 2013 - 8:10 am

Hi, I’m Michelle from Michigan and my favorite thing is decorating the Christmas tree with Christmas music playing in the background. And then I love sitting in front of the lit Christmas tree with my husband and son, drinking hot chocolate (with candy canes for stirring).

Jett - December 20, 2013 - 8:11 am

Hi Kerri… Thanks for all the awesome freebies.
I’m Jett from Texas. I’m starting a new “cool yule” thing this year… a sleepover with my nieces (6 and 8yr olds) with a full day of Christmas crafty time.

christi in ma - December 20, 2013 - 8:12 am

I am Christi in MA and my favorite “cool yule” thing to do is go see The Enchanted Village

Kyla - December 20, 2013 - 8:12 am

Kyla from Cross Timbers, Missouri. My favorite cool yule thing is making ornaments with the kids and baking sugar cookies. Lots and LOTS of sugar cookies. ;)

Wendy - December 20, 2013 - 8:12 am

I’m from Seaforth, Ontario…a small town of 2200 people…one of our favourite things to do is to go to the Christmas Eve Church service and see all the joy in people’s faces…it gives me goosebumps singing the Carrols. After leaving Church we do a driving tour to see all the lights around town.

Vivian - December 20, 2013 - 8:12 am

Send hand made cards to people who least expect it. Thank you for the chance to win.

Laura L. - December 20, 2013 - 8:13 am

Laura from Post Falls, ID
My favorite thing is wrapping presents while listening to Bing Crosby Christmas songs.

Kate - December 20, 2013 - 8:14 am

Bring on the Christmas music! Even better listening in the glow of the beautiful lights. It’s sleeting and snowing here in Wisconsin – first school snow day of the season :)

Cheryl - December 20, 2013 - 8:15 am

I live in Kansas. My favorite thing to do during this season….random acts of kindness. During this time of year I try to accomplish this at least once a day – I actively seek out and sometimes even create these opportunities. (During the rest of the year I let the opportunities present themselves – but during the holiday season I challenge myself to find/create these opportunities multiple times each day) And yes, my personal challenge is not to call attention to myself. It brings such warmth to my heart knowing that someone felt a little more special that day.

jeannie Boudet - December 20, 2013 - 8:15 am

Jeannie Boudet from Wellington, Florida
I always look forward to our Christmas Eve dinner all together with my elderly dad.. thanks for the opportunity and Merry Christmas to you and your family!

susan dingess - December 20, 2013 - 8:16 am

I live in Port St. Lucie, FL

My fun thing is taking my granddaughter to see The Nutcracker!

Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Judy W. - December 20, 2013 - 8:21 am

Judy from North Texas. Our favorite ‘cool yule’ thing to do is to attend some special Christmas themed play or activity with our kids during the Christmas holidays. Big fan of Cathy Z. She’s how I found out about you!

susanna boyd - December 20, 2013 - 8:21 am

What a fantastic giveaway! I do want it all.. and some free time to use it all! (ha ha). Favorite thing to do this time of year is watch Elf with the family, drink wine and bake cookies.

Our family also shoots rockets on Christmas day and that’s always a blast.

Laurie Tangney - December 20, 2013 - 8:22 am

I love the weather we have in Wisconsin. Our favorite thing to do for the holiday is get together for family baking. The kids love coming over and baking. We also sit around and make ornaments – love this time of year

Carol F. - December 20, 2013 - 8:23 am

Carol from Nebraska

I love cutting down our family Christmas tree every year. Thanks for the chance to win!

Jessica Dougherty - December 20, 2013 - 8:24 am

Hello! I am Jessica Dougherty from Texas. My favorite Christmas activity is Christmas Eve service at church. I love singing all the beautiful songs & singing Silent Night by candlelight. Merry Christmas!

Joy - December 20, 2013 - 8:25 am

Hi, it’s Joy from California! My favorite cool yule thing to do is wrap presents!

Aja - December 20, 2013 - 8:30 am

One thing I love to do for every holiday is make something personalized that I can give to someone else. That includes unsuspecting neighbors, family members, and the little ones in my life. I’m learning more and more about my creative abilities each day. KB and google are a big help!

Kelley Sweitzer - December 20, 2013 - 8:30 am

Kelley from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

My favorite thing to do at Christmas is bake cookies but I have to admit, my husband and I have been having lots of fun with our Elf on the Shelf.

Becca Hill - December 20, 2013 - 8:33 am

Merry Christmas from Becca Hill on the Oregon coast! My ‘cool yule’ thing to do is listening to Handel’s Messiah! Can’t get enough of that and I miss performing it every year. I really miss living in a big city….

Melissa Oyler - December 20, 2013 - 8:36 am

My favorite things is making Christmas cookies w/ grandma & going to her house for Christmas dinner. :)

Melissa Oyler - December 20, 2013 - 8:37 am

Oh, & I’m in IN.

Deborah - December 20, 2013 - 8:37 am

Deb from Texas. My favorite thing is decorating the tree. We only hang the special ornaments. Hand made or collected on travels. Its a special time and brings back memories of loved ones and fun times.

Kristiann - December 20, 2013 - 8:41 am

Love Cathy Z! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kristiann in San Jose, CA

I love getting time off to spend with my family.

kelly - December 20, 2013 - 8:42 am

My favorite thing to do at Christmas is playing board games and cards games with my family while listening to Christmas music and maybe have an adult beverage of two. Such fun times together!

Ruth Tacoma - December 20, 2013 - 8:45 am

Well double the fun today! :) Not sure if we are cool or not but I still fill my grown kids stockings with kitchy stuff and fun goodies. They will always be my kids and since there are no grandchildren yet, we have lots of fun with this!

Ruth Tacoma, McBain, Michigan

DenaZS - December 20, 2013 - 8:48 am

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DenaZS Columbus OH

We set up trains around the Christmas trees this year! A tradition has started!

Sue Treiber - December 20, 2013 - 8:49 am

I love CZ and all her stuff.

Beth Boroff - December 20, 2013 - 8:53 am

Just started following you because I am getting a cameo this year. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kristi - December 20, 2013 - 8:57 am

I’m from MN, just west of where Cathy Z lives :) I like to sit in front of the house that has the lights timed to the music on the radio. However, no one else in my family likes to go. Scrooges. LOVE Cathy’s set!

Beverly Cherry - December 20, 2013 - 9:04 am

I love attending Christmas programs at local churches. I live in Vidalia Ga.

Linda A - December 20, 2013 - 9:06 am

Shared on Facebook. I think our Facebook group – Craft Buddies will like your link.

I am from Kansas. My favorite Christmas activity is breakfast and gift opening with our children and grandchildren. New baby this year that lives 4.5 hours away. I am so excited.

Carla Hundley - December 20, 2013 - 9:07 am

Carla from Utah!
We go out and look at all
the pretty Christmas lights.
One house has thousands of
lights on it every year.

Nola Grotegut - December 20, 2013 - 9:07 am

I am Nola and I am from Orem, Utah. My favorite “cool Yule” thing to do each year is our Family dinner on Christmas Eve. We spend time with a nice dinner (then I don’t have to cook on Christmas)and then we watch “Christmas Eve on Sesame Street”. We have done this since our children were little and they still don’t want to change the tradition even now when they are adults. I love the family time.

Lynda Callan Griffith - December 20, 2013 - 9:09 am

I always make tree ornaments for the grand children, so they can have their own collections. Thanks for the give away, from Ixonia, Wisconsin

Michelle P. - December 20, 2013 - 9:10 am

I am Michelle from Canada… our favorite thing is to go out and cut down our own tree. And of course have hot chocolate and treats too!
Thanks for the chance to win!!

Christie E. - December 20, 2013 - 9:16 am

Hi from Keller, TX! My Cool Yule tradition is hanging an ornament every year of my boys’ Santa Visit.

Nancy Barnes - December 20, 2013 - 9:18 am

Nancy from Phoenix, AZ – my cool yule is checking out all the Christmas lights.

Chrystal - December 20, 2013 - 9:19 am

Houston, TX

My favorite thing to do is send all my Christmas packages to my office so that my husband can’t see what’s coming! :)

Brandi Hennessy - December 20, 2013 - 9:20 am

Brandi…from California (but living in Washington).
My favorite thing around Christmas time is making cookies and candy with the kids and my mom.

Chrystal - December 20, 2013 - 9:21 am

Chrystal from Houston, TX. My favorite thing is to send packages to my office address so my husband can’t peek!! :)
(sorry if this posted twice).

Arlene D - December 20, 2013 - 9:21 am

Baking with my daughter is my favorite thing to do for the holidays! Thank you so much for your beautiful designs and for introducing me to Cathy’s work!

Jeannie - December 20, 2013 - 9:24 am

my cool yule thing is the making of “treats” that I don’t make the rest of the year!!! (and eating them too of course)

Jeannie - December 20, 2013 - 9:25 am

Oh yeah and I am from Indiana

Hester - December 20, 2013 - 9:29 am

love your 12 days of christmas, thank you I wish you a very merry christmas for you and your family. the yule has great designs, thanks for the chance, greetings from a grey and cloudy netherlands

Erika - December 20, 2013 - 9:29 am

Great giveaway. This year one of my favorite things to do is turn on the holiday music and have it playing while I’m working. This year I’m really enjoying it.

Karen - December 20, 2013 - 9:37 am

Thanks for the gifts, Kerri! I love each and every one you have shared with us!! And thanks for a chance to win Cathy’s Cool Yule! I’ve been drooling all over it and her December daily! I shared this twice, LOL, I didn’t see the share link here so went to your post on facebook and shared that. Then I shared this one!! Double coverage, LOL!

Dawn McF - December 20, 2013 - 9:38 am

You both are so awesome! I love both of your designs and posts and follow both of you on FB, lol. Love the no peeking today, thank you! And I have been wanting the cool yule collection since the first ones.

Dawn from SW Wisconsin. Something ‘cool yule’ I love to do is check out all the lights around town especially the rotary lights down by the river. And Christmas music playing everywhere. And cooking and making gifts. And….I love it all!

Patti T - December 20, 2013 - 9:40 am

We go out bowling as a family the day after Christmas!

Karen - December 20, 2013 - 9:41 am

Oh I forgot to say:
I’m Karen from Springerville, AZ. My favorite cool yule thing to do is drive around oohing and aweing at the beautiful light displays in town.

Shared on facebook.

Laura T. - December 20, 2013 - 9:46 am

Hi, it’s Laura T. from North Canton, Ohio. What a great giveaway. The thing I look most forward to every Christmas is taking out the advent calendar and having my children hang ornaments on the Advent tree every year.

Loydene - December 20, 2013 - 9:53 am

Thank you SO MUCH for all of your 12 days gifties! I don’t think there is any design of yours that I haven’t liked … and if I actually break down and get A.N.O.T.H.E.R cutting machine, it will be because of your designs!
With that said …
I’m Loydene – from Kansas City, MO. My “cool Yule” thing is baking … I love to bake … tea breads, cookies, dessert bars … love it!

Joan - December 20, 2013 - 9:53 am

There’s a Hill Country Christmas Light Trail here in south Texas that is our family tradition. We pile into the car, now we bring along the boys’ girlfriends, and drive through the small towns along the way, stopping for dinner and taking pictures. We play Christmas carols and have hot chocolate and coffee.

cindy c - December 20, 2013 - 9:55 am

i’m in los angeles–
one of my favorite holiday activities is the gathering of the women in my family to make tamales– this will happen tomorrow– my 7 year old niece will be initiated this year–
i love cathy’s stuff– thanks for the chance at winning her holiday bundle–

Shanon - December 20, 2013 - 9:58 am

Hi, I’m Shanon from St. Louis (recent transplant). My new favorite Cool Yule thing to do is to visit St. Charles, MO’s Christmas Traditions festival. I love all of the different costumed Santas and the Gingerbread House competition is incredible.

Cindee Ellenbarger - December 20, 2013 - 9:58 am

Hi there!

I’m Cindee from Turlock, CA

Our favorite thing to do is ice skate up the hill. We go every single year.

Merry Christmas!

Cherri - December 20, 2013 - 10:02 am

Cherri from Memphis, TN here. Love all the Christmas music and singing along. Thanks for the chance to win!

Cindy Boyd - December 20, 2013 - 10:05 am

This is awesome! We always have our big meal Christmas Eve and then when all the kids and grandbabies come Christmas day it’s a day of grazing, games and movies( honestly it’s probably more nap than movie!) LOL

Julie Learned - December 20, 2013 - 10:07 am

Hi, I’m from Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. One of our favorite things to do is bake lots of yummy cookies along with spending time with our family! Thanks so much for the chance to win.

Happy Holidays!

Missy - December 20, 2013 - 10:12 am

Missy from Houston! My favorite cool yule is to drive around looking at everyone’s Christmas lights!

Vigdis Aass - December 20, 2013 - 10:13 am

Love Cathy’s stuff. Thanks for a chance to win. Live in Norway – and at the moment no snow where I live ;( – relaxing is the coolest thing I do.

Rhadonda - December 20, 2013 - 10:15 am

I agree Cathy is amazing, she makes me smile for sure. I would say breakfast with the fam on Christmas morning equals Cool Yule. Thanks for all you are sharing and your posts make me smile too!

Tracy - December 20, 2013 - 10:18 am

Yes please!

Becky Garoutte - December 20, 2013 - 10:18 am

I start Christmas music as soon as I can. Love to decorate the house and tree in Boise, ID. Merry Christmas everyone!

Michelle - December 20, 2013 - 10:19 am

Michelle from Johannesburg, South Africa.
My ‘cool yule’ thing to do at Christmas is decorating our tree and putting out all my Christmas ornaments that I’ve collected over the last 10 years or so.
Thanks for all the wonderful freebies and all the best over Christmas to you and yours!

CindyM - December 20, 2013 - 10:20 am

What a wonderful collection! Thank you for the chance to win it!

CindyM - December 20, 2013 - 10:22 am

Got so excited, I forgot to say where I am from or my cool Yule thing to do! LOL

Smithville TN USA

We love to drive around and look at all the Christmas lights with our grandson! Christmas through 6-year-old eyes is sooo much fun!

Thanks again, for the chance to win!

Glenda Thorne - December 20, 2013 - 10:24 am

I have been following Cathy’s blog for many years and enjoy her wit and insight. She makes me laugh & cry and I feel I know her and her family like good neighbours. Spending Christmas morning with our 3 grand daughters is a big highlight and of course the baking. I live in Hampton New Brunswick Canada. So I hope you can still send the prize my way, please & thank you. lol
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Candy - December 20, 2013 - 10:25 am

Would love the chance to win these designs. They’re so clean and simple. Love them! Thanks for the chance!

Kym - December 20, 2013 - 10:26 am

I didn’t share on fb because I’m on a no social media holiday, I hope that’s okay. My favorite thing to do for a cool Yule is drink hot chocolate (with an adult kick, because why not!) while watching movies. That’s the stuff!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Rosa - December 20, 2013 - 10:26 am

I love all of Cathy’s work!
Rosa from Maine. Favorite cool Yule thing to do is to play and have quality hang out time with my kids and family.

Becki - December 20, 2013 - 10:27 am

Thanks for the chance to win, I love CZ~
My favorite thing to do is simple but has become tradition over the years. I have created special wrappers for Hershey’s nuggets from address labels that say Merry Christmas from the Wrights. A few go with every gift we give. :)

Dani R. - December 20, 2013 - 10:27 am

Dani R.
Hilltown PA

My favorite is staying in my jammies with my family on Christmas Day, just hanging out together all day ; )

Lisa - December 20, 2013 - 10:28 am

This is beautiful and I would put it to good use!

Jessica - December 20, 2013 - 10:30 am

Knoxville, TN
My favorite is blowing glass ornaments for our tree every year!

hannah - December 20, 2013 - 10:30 am

Hannah from London UK. My Cool Yule is to take many bus rides around the city looking at Christmas windows and lights

Jodi - December 20, 2013 - 10:31 am

I’m Jodi from Floodwood, MN. Love Cathy’s designs! My favorite Christmas thing to do is spend time with the family on Christmas Eve

Cindy - December 20, 2013 - 10:31 am

Cindy from Oshkosh, Wisconsin

You and Cathy are my secret gems I discovered this year! You both are so talented and have taught me so much, thank you!!! My cool yule is to attend church every Christmas Eve and at the end of service they turn down the lights, we all light a candle and sing Silent Night. It makes Christmas Christmas for me and fills my heart to the brim! I had the flu last year and had to stay home and SO missed that. Then we all go to my inlaws and play games with all generations!!

Deb Rymer - December 20, 2013 - 10:37 am

Love CZ’s collection and all your great designs, too. Thanks for the opportunity!

Ami - December 20, 2013 - 10:39 am

A gift from you of Cathy’s art to go along with my learning. How perfect.

Ami - December 20, 2013 - 10:44 am

I am Ami and I forgot to mention that I am from Bellevue, Washington USA. My favorite Cool Yule thing to do is taking pictures of the neighbors for them to share with their families.

Sharon Chandler - December 20, 2013 - 10:47 am

I’m Sharon from Houston, TX … where it is way too warm to feel like Christmas today … almost 80!

My cool yule is that my family always has very untraditional dinner for Christmas day. We’ve had enough turkey & dressing at Thanksgiving or other relative’s holiday meals, so we go for something different. We’ve had mexican food, lasagna, steak … all kinds of different things.

A longtime fan of Cathy’s work and happy to find your’s through her. Merry Christmas!

Linda W. - December 20, 2013 - 10:47 am

from Chesterfield, Mo. Love you and Cathy….have been fans for many years.
My favorite “yule” hope is having all my children here with me for Christmas. They are all over the country and looks like it won’t happen again this year :( Oh well, maybe if I win, I can spend the day scrapping with Cathy’s collection. Thanks, so much and Happy Holidays to all :)

Sarah Fitzgerald - December 20, 2013 - 10:48 am

favorite ‘cool yule’ thing to do is each holiday season is eat cookies and watch Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol.
I am from San Antonio.

Renee G - December 20, 2013 - 10:52 am

Would so love to be a winner of this package!

Gina Martin - December 20, 2013 - 10:53 am

Hi! Gina from sunny Oceanside, CA. My favorite ‘cool yule’ is to take my little dogs for a long walk and admire the Christmas lights and decorations in the neighborhood.

Karen Walker - December 20, 2013 - 10:58 am

I’m Karen from Rochester, NY. Gathering with family (25 this year!) on Christmas night for the family band, gift exchange, and dinner is always the highlight of the season!

Kathy - December 20, 2013 - 11:00 am

Greetings from the Mitten State! My favorite Cool Yule thing to do is the same thing I like to do all year. Taking lots of photographs!! White snow, twinkly lights, kids making cookies, and school holiday celebrations just make it more fun!!

CZ is an inspiration!! Thank you!!

Angie R - December 20, 2013 - 11:00 am

I am from Edmonds, WA where we have a snow day today! Love watching elf while baking yummy Greek treats during Christmas time!

Dianne - December 20, 2013 - 11:00 am

Dianne, Corvallis, Oregon. My favorite thing is sitting by the fire on Christmas Eve, eating cookies, and listening to my sons play carols on the piano.

Nicole - December 20, 2013 - 11:03 am

I really enjoy the tree decorating. The quiet of the house, the glow of the lights. So peaceful.

Maureen L - December 20, 2013 - 11:05 am

My favorite thing to do is spending time with friends and family. And also photographing it :) Thanks for the chance

ekaterine - December 20, 2013 - 11:07 am

Yule isn’t Yule without all family at home and some hot drinks… I love Cathy’s style, so thanks for a chance to win!

terry billman - December 20, 2013 - 11:08 am

thanks for the chance to win! I love to drive through the town looking at Christmas lights.

Marina Delgado - December 20, 2013 - 11:10 am

Shared. I’m from Los Angeles, CA. My favorite holiday thing is sending and receiving cards. Love how they are a built in decoration for our wall and love seeing bright shining faces of family and friends each day

kathryn young - December 20, 2013 - 11:14 am

Love to make cookies and fudge with my kids every Christmas!

Katy Young
from West Columbia,SC

brigitte - December 20, 2013 - 11:15 am

thank you very much!! i love your design and the american scrapbooking. i would be very lucky if i win this package!
i am fan of Cathy work.
merry Christmas.
hello from france.

Stacia - December 20, 2013 - 11:16 am

Favorite holiday tradition: making frosted sugar cookies with the kids. Every year, no matter what else is going on! Love your stuff AND Cathy’s, thanks for the giveaway chance (and all the great freebies you’ve been sharing this month!).

Kirsty Davies - December 20, 2013 - 11:23 am

Kirsty from England.
My favourite cool Yule thing to do is make Christmas cupcakes & handmade presents for people though with a newborn at the moment its nt happening right now! LOL!

yanina - December 20, 2013 - 11:28 am

Woodbridge, VA

love, love twinkle lights

Beth M. - December 20, 2013 - 11:33 am

Beth M from Fitchburg, Wisconsin. It’s hard to pick a favorite thing. Decorating the tree and remembering the stories of so many of the ornaments that go on is one of the favorites.

Caroline M. - December 20, 2013 - 11:34 am

My name is Caroline from Montreal, Canada. My favorite cool Yule thing to do with my kids is baking cookies for Santa. This year, we also enjoyed finding out what our elf on the shelf has done during the night… Thanks for this great giveway !

Samantha Andrews - December 20, 2013 - 11:36 am

Samantha from Charlotte, NC

My favorite cool Yule thing to do is to sit down and write personalized Christmas cards to everyone. I love taking extra time and writing all the things i’m thankful and appreciative for them. It usually turns out as long as a letter. But I enjoy it and love seeing their faces as they read them.

Julie Corrigan - December 20, 2013 - 11:38 am

Hollister, CA
Love the give aways and love Cathy too! My favorite cool yule thing to do is to drive around looking at the lights with my family and my mom. We cram as many as we can in the Suburban and go out for an hour or so listening to Christmas music. Tradition every year!

Jacque - December 20, 2013 - 11:40 am

Jacque from TN. Our fav. thing about Christmas is our unique way of wrapping presents that gets more in depth as the kids grew. its basically a hide and disguise the gift thing. we have even had exploding packages! (not so anyone got hurt…just NY’s poppers)

karen k - December 20, 2013 - 11:41 am

Awesome prize. Thanks for the chance to win.

Donna H - December 20, 2013 - 11:47 am

Donna Hooper here from sunny Lower Hutt, New Zealand. We don’t have a ‘cool Yule’ last year it was near 40 degree’s C – it certainly would be very special to have snow at Christmas! My favourite thing to do at Christmas is to have a traditional Christmas Lunch and then listen to family sitting around talking on the deck, taking in some sun. Merry Christmas everyone.

Katrina H - December 20, 2013 - 11:48 am

Sandy, UT

I love simply spending time with my family. Thanks for the chance to win!

Paula - December 20, 2013 - 11:51 am

Paula from Albuquerque. I love to go to the shopping center, not to shop but to look at all the beautiful decorations!

Liz - December 20, 2013 - 11:56 am

Dutifully shared as requested! Love the clean and classic look of this giveaway! Thanks so much for the chance to win it!

Liz - December 20, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Liz from Rhos on Sea in the UK! I’m loving the colours! Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway!

Jennifer - December 20, 2013 - 12:03 pm

Here in Atlanta we love to wear crazy Christmas sweaters all season. It makes my kids crazy! Thanks so much for the chance to win!

Lee Price - December 20, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Thanks for giving us the chance to win! I love designing christmas cards for the holidays!

Ruby - December 20, 2013 - 12:12 pm

Thanks Kerri for the chance to win this giveaway. I love making homemade Christmas cards and decorating gingerbread houses with my grandsons. Ruby in Fairfield Bay, AR

Elena - December 20, 2013 - 12:15 pm

Pick me! Oh Pick me! (My hand is up in the air and waving madly)

Rachel H - December 20, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Here in the Pacific Northwest (I’m in Oregon), we don’t get a lot of snow to celebrate, so I spread cheer by participating in an online Secret Santa program through Google+. I pick a recipient from the database, check their Amazon wish list, and send a little cheer to brighten someone else’s holidays.

Carla Prock - December 20, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Hot Chocolate,Fireplaces and Christmas Carols.

Jill B - December 20, 2013 - 12:18 pm

I love Cathy Z! Thank you for the freebie.

Casie - December 20, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Casie – Wis.

One of my favorite things to do this season is watching “It’s a Wonderful Life” with the whole family.

Kathleen - December 20, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Thanks for the chance to win.

A silly tradition around here is having the kids wrap and stuff each others Christmas socks. Our family is so big I could never manage without their help. We draw names for gifts and the name they get is also the stock they stuff. This takes SUCH a pressure off me.

gleeful - December 20, 2013 - 12:20 pm

Fave cool yule thing is to host a cookie exchange party. So great for just us girls to get together, drink champagne, play games and laugh, laugh, laugh!
Love CZ, thanks for the chance!

mitchmac - December 20, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Our family tradition is to build a chocolate house (since none of us like gingerbread) which the kids get to smash on Christmas Day.

Liz Lumsden - December 20, 2013 - 12:22 pm

I shared! I love to drink eggnog and watch old Christmas movies….

Lisa - December 20, 2013 - 12:25 pm

My name is Lisa and our “yule” tradition is to drive a few towns over to a neighborhood that goes all out with their decorating! It’s fun to see how different the displays are year after year! Thank you so much for this giveaway – I love Cathy’s work!!! MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Deiga - December 20, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Deiga – California

Awesome giveaways. We go look at the Christmas lights.

Tammy Davis - December 20, 2013 - 12:27 pm

Tammy Davis
Altus, OK
I guess my favorite tradition is taking those family pictures by the tree. I have so much fun with that! And I love the 50 year history that I have of those pictures! Thanks so much for the chance to win! Love all the freebies, Kerri! Merry Christmas!

Beth M. - December 20, 2013 - 12:29 pm

From snowy Wisconsin- We love to bake and our family favorite is Pfeffernusse.

Jennifer - December 20, 2013 - 12:30 pm

I am not sure I could pick this year. This is the first year our son really GETS Christmas and he is so INTO it. We’ve been baking cookies and making gingerbread houses and doing Christmas art. He sat with Santa and has been helping pick out and wrap Christmas presents. It has been an awesome season so far.

jen N. - December 20, 2013 - 12:32 pm

Jen, Spokane WA
Oh if i must choose, baking and wrapping presents.

Jan - December 20, 2013 - 12:36 pm

ELDER STATESWOMAN??? Can’t wait to see how THAT goes over with CZ, LOL. My favorite cool yule thing is our Advent boxes that we use in different ways each year to focus on the anticipation and outreach aspects of this special season. Thanks for this opportunity!

Lois - December 20, 2013 - 12:39 pm

As usual, Cathy has designed something killer. Thanks for the chance to win.

Shawni Reynolds - December 20, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Love this so much! Thank you for the giveaway!!

Sheena Mawson - December 20, 2013 - 12:45 pm

What a fabulous giveaway.

Robbie Wagner - December 20, 2013 - 12:50 pm

Thanks for the chance to win.

Susan F. - December 20, 2013 - 12:51 pm

My favorite thing is to drive around and appreciate all the Christmas light displays. Thanks for the chance to win:)

Liz H. - December 20, 2013 - 12:51 pm

Liz H.
Villa Park, IL

My favorite “cool yule” is to make cookies with the kids and leave some for Santa.

Lauren Hershey - December 20, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Lauren H.
Boise, ID

The Coolest-Yulest thing I do during the holidays is MAKE STUFF! Baking with my daughter, scrapbooking, making gifts for family members and friends, and memories. Yep. That’s what I make.

Kris - December 20, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Would love to win!

Raelee - December 20, 2013 - 1:00 pm

What an amazing collection! My favourite Yule tradition is dragging out our elf in the shelf ‘Rumple’ and getting up to mischief with him for the kids :-)

Dawn F. - December 20, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Thanks for the chance. Merry Christmas!

Megan W - December 20, 2013 - 1:05 pm

Merry Christmas! Perfect way to start the weekend!

Jan - December 20, 2013 - 1:15 pm

Love Cathy! I live in South Louisiana and our favorite tradition is to make gumbo on Christmas Eve and watch a Christmas movie or two.

Isabel Moisés - December 20, 2013 - 1:15 pm

My favorite cool yule thing to do his make every year the sweets and food with my mom for christmas.
Isabel Moisés,PT

Em - December 20, 2013 - 1:33 pm

One “cool yule” thing I like doing each year is photographing anyone I can (and my cats too) wearing a Santa hat. As you can imagine, I have more or less success each year? ;)

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Em from France

Jennyfer L - December 20, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Hello, I’m Jennyfer fro Ontario, Canada. My favorite activity to do for Xmas is baking cookies with the kids and take pictures with Santa :-) I know, I know that makes 2 but I couldn’t choose lol

Kathy T - December 20, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Thanks for the great giveaway.

My favorite thing at the holidays is seeing how happy Christmas morning makes my kids. Of course, I only get about 12 seconds of that before the bickering begins, but ah, it’s a great 12 seconds.

Seriously, I love telling people “Merry Christmas” and seeing their response. It’s almost forgotten in this day of political correctness, so i try to buck the trend.

Merry Christmas!

MizDenise - December 20, 2013 - 1:39 pm

Thanks for this great design & chance to win. I’m Denise from Augusta, GA & my favorite is wrapping presents in cool new ways – love manipulating paper!

Karen - December 20, 2013 - 1:43 pm

Awesome giveaway. I’m from Auckland, New Zealand and love driving around at night looking at Christmas lights.

SarahJane - December 20, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Dubuque, IA
Favorite thing: Our elf on the shelf bring SO MUCH JOY for our 2 and 4 year old boys! Love the MAGIC of Christmas!!!

Jenell S. - December 20, 2013 - 1:49 pm

Hi, I’m Jenell from St. Louis, MO. The cool yule thing to do this holiday season is to hang out with my granddaugthers (4, 3, and a newborn) as they really have the Christmas Spirit.

You and Cathy are both definitely a talented designers. You gals are great. Thanks for the opportunity for the giveaway and thanks for all the freebies you have offered during the 12 Days of Giveaways.

Jeanine Carson - December 20, 2013 - 1:49 pm

My name is Jeanine Carson. I’m from Brunswick, GA. My favorite Cool Yule thing to do at Christmas is watch the movie “A Christmas Story” all day on Christmas!!!

Kimberly - December 20, 2013 - 1:53 pm

Eden Prairie MN

I love picking out a tree and decorating it with my boys!

Robin Walston - December 20, 2013 - 1:59 pm

southern Indiana

We always put up a small tree by the front door and decorate the tree with little Volkswagen Beetle lights. We have owned a ’68 Beetle since 1975 – my first car. We get lots of comments on the tree.
Thanks for a chance to win.

carmen - December 20, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Is wonderful to have the opportunity to win this design!

Maureen - December 20, 2013 - 2:04 pm

Maureen in Annapolis MD

Putting up my White House ornaments is a favorite because that is one part of holiday prep that my dh does! He’s taller!

christy boyd - December 20, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Love watching ELF with my girls and they are now 14 and 20! Would love to win!

Melanie Routhier - December 20, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Love Cathy’s products! And I’m so glad to find a new blog to follow. My favourite ‘cool yule’ thing to do would be finding the perfect tree and then decorating it. That and Christmas baking!

Karen - December 20, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Hi, My name is Karen . I am from Cleveland Ohio and My favorite Cool Yule thing to do at Christmas is to watch Christmas shows on TV.

Kim H - December 20, 2013 - 2:25 pm

Kim H
Lawton, OK

I love going through the neighborhoods to look at the Christmas lights. I went to the daycare last week to make ornaments with my little guy and then I let him put them on the tree himself. It was so fun that I know we will have to make that a tradition so that may be my new favorite ‘cool yule’ thing to do. :-)

Lynn - December 20, 2013 - 2:28 pm

Oh Oh I am first timer on project life and I chose the I think cinnamon core…LOVE it…and Cathy…well she is just fab

Karen Freeman - December 20, 2013 - 2:29 pm

We love to decorate our real Christmas fun as a family and go out to see the Christmas lights all together. Thanks so much Kerri for all the holiday goodness you have given us ans well as your generosity through out the year. I’m glad you think that Cathy Z rocks. I do too and have followed her for years. She’s awesome, so you two together. That rocks!

Karen Freeman - December 20, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Opps forgot to say I’m from Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand. :)

Sue Alg - December 20, 2013 - 2:33 pm

Sue from SE Wisconsin. We’ll be getting together with family for a traditional celebration and making Christmas cookies

Jocelyn Fredine - December 20, 2013 - 2:38 pm

Airdrie, Alberta, Canada

By far, my favourite is baking (and more importantly, eating) my grandma’s mincemeat pie!

Karen W - December 20, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Karen from Mebane, NC

Jan - December 20, 2013 - 2:49 pm

Calgary Alberta Canada

I love anything Cathy designs, writes, etc. It would be awesome to win this.

Delina Wille - December 20, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Hi! I am Delina from Wyoming! My favorite Yule Thing is to decorate my tree with my kids on Thanksgiving- it just starts everything off right :) Hope you have a Merry Christmas and thanks for this great giveaway!

Nina Douglas - December 20, 2013 - 3:05 pm

My favourite ‘cool Yule’ thing are glittering lights. This year I’m having Christmas in Australia where it’s summer, so it’s light until late and also quite warm! It doesn’t really feel Christmassy! It’s fun, but in a different way!

kim - December 20, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Cathy I can’t weight (LOL) to get started on her class and Keri now I hope to finish the class I purchased from way back in the summer cause if it didn’t get done by now (Christmas projects) it ain’t gonna now. Have a Merry Christmas everyone!!Looking forward to the New Year.

Cathy - December 20, 2013 - 3:08 pm

Eggnog, there is no Christmas without eggnog! Thanks for the opportunity, love these cards!

Susan C - December 20, 2013 - 3:10 pm

Susan from the Gold Coast Australia

My favourite Christmas thing is to look at Christmas lights. Here its warm,so instead of going home for hot chocolate at the end, we might go to the beach for a late night ice-cream.

Jennifer Myers - December 20, 2013 - 3:14 pm

My favorite cool yule thing to do is fix a huge breakfast on Christmas morning, complete with biscuits and gravy, eggs, sausage, bacon, hash browns, and toast. My kids look forward to it every year!

Robbin - December 20, 2013 - 3:15 pm


My favorite ‘cool yule’ has always been loading up the kids and going to check out the lights in the neighborhood. It is now only my husband and me and I sometimes request the north end of the county or to go to another city to check out the lights! Gotta love ‘im!

Beth Anne in PA - December 20, 2013 - 3:16 pm

Thank you so much for all of the fun freebies…you’re awesome! Our fav ‘cool yule’ activity would have to be our little town’s Light up Night the night after Thanksgiving. I’m from W.PA and there have been some pretty cold ones lately, but we love it, and we all follow the tail end of the parade down the street to church where the live nativity settles in and we enjoy our steaming hot chocolate, cookies, and friends…that’s how we kick start our Christmas Cheer. Merry Christmas All!

Leigh F - December 20, 2013 - 3:18 pm

I live in Coos Bay, OR.
I love making presents for people at Xmas. It’s always great to see their face when they realize I made it.

Kristina V - December 20, 2013 - 3:24 pm

Wow, I just received my Silhouette and would be so excited to win this collection! Thank you for the chance!!!

Linda Johnson - December 20, 2013 - 3:46 pm

I am off to a scrapbook Christmas party. That’s my favorite “cool yule”!!

Anita Tribuzio - December 20, 2013 - 3:57 pm

My favorite Cool Yule tradition is making gingerbread houses with my kids and I LOVE Christmas lights.

Beth - December 20, 2013 - 3:57 pm

Beth from Noblesville, IN

I love decorating the tree with the kids while listening to my favorite guilty pleasure: N’Sync’s Christmas album!

You two girls are my absolute favorites of the scrapping world, and I want to thank you both for sharing your talents with all of us!

Helen High - December 20, 2013 - 4:02 pm

My name is Helen and I live about 30 minutes south of Chicago. The thing I enjoy the most about the holidays is spending time at home, watching holiday movies and just enjoying the spirit of the season.

PS: I also think Cathy is super awesome and I would love to get her digital package!

Happy Holidays!!

Christi Conley - December 20, 2013 - 4:05 pm

My favorite cool yule tradition is having holiday dinner with my family :) We are spread around the USA, but I am lucky because I followed my mom & brother out to Colorado from Connecticut – I live in Aurora. My sister lives in Florida and will call during dinner from the pool :) Awesome giveaway & thanks for the freebies ~~

Karin - December 20, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Blaine, MN

My favorite this to do is to go and look at Christmas lights at night.

Susan - December 20, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Our favourite Christmas tradition is to cook and serve dinner at the teen homeless shelter on Christmas Eve.

Amy Mezni - December 20, 2013 - 4:23 pm

I am from Titusville, Fl. I miss the snow – for about 1 day;) We enjoy making and decorating roll out sugar cookies every Christmas break! We also play games and just hang out during that time, as we do not commit to plans outside of the house during break. Just totally do what we want as a family:D

Lydia S - December 20, 2013 - 4:25 pm

awesome giveaway, thanks for the chance.

Melissa - December 20, 2013 - 4:29 pm

I’m Melissa in Florida.
My fave “cool yule” thing will sound odd: Looking at canal lights.

In Florida, some areas have seawalled canals; usually they lead to a larger body of water like a river, harbor, Gulf or Atlantic. In the wintertime people who live along the canals will sometimes decorate their back yards, boats, docks, etc. with Christmas lights. Obviously these can’t be seen well from the road, so people take their boats up & down the canals to look at the lights much as you’d drive a car around your neighborhood. FUN!!!

Annie Samuels - December 20, 2013 - 4:33 pm

I’m from Concord,NH and every Christmas I make Norwegian Christmas
bread, “Julekake.”

Mollie Miller - December 20, 2013 - 4:34 pm

I am from Kent, Ohio. My favorite ‘tradition’ is to come up with funny ways to wrap gifts. This year my kids (who are grown) will get open a gift with a map of a room in the house and they will have to go find the gift in that room! Can’t wait to hear the laughter!

Heather Parry - December 20, 2013 - 4:41 pm

My favourite tradition is having the whole family together for a big breakfast early Christmas morning. I’m from Prince Edward Island, Canada. Thanks for the opportunity to win this fantastic gift.

Beth R - December 20, 2013 - 4:44 pm

Beth R
Ice covered, Michigan

Favorite cool yule?
Baking cut out cookies then climbing in the car with my daughter, fresh sugar cookies & hot cocoa looking at the Christmas lights.

Barbara - December 20, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Cathy Z is awesome! I love her simple style. I bought all of these so I don’t need to win but wanted to relate how much I love all of them. Still working on my December daily and these help!

Kathleen - December 20, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Love love LOVE Cathy Zielske’s aesthetic and her Christmas collection is the coolest!! Thanks so much for the opportunity to win!

I’m from North Carolina and my favorite tradition is Christmas Morning mimosas ( (sparkling juice for the kiddos) and breakfast casserole while we wait for everyone to arrive to open gifts.

Tricia - December 20, 2013 - 4:49 pm

I love Cathy Z. She is one I my scrapbook gurus. We are really enjoying elf on the shelf this year. Can’t wait for my sister to come home for the holidays.

Siân - December 20, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Thanks for the chance to win. Love Cathy’s stuff.

Siân - December 20, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Should have said I’m from Scotland and love to go to the pantomime on Christmas Eve.

EllyMae - December 20, 2013 - 5:00 pm

EllyMae from Sacramento CA. Love making new holiday traditions with my family.

Carrie Pangborn - December 20, 2013 - 5:18 pm

Carrie Pangborn from Fremont, California.

I love to go to a couple of neighborhood light displays and watch It’s A Wonderful Life on the big screen!

Steph r - December 20, 2013 - 5:26 pm

OH I would love to win. What a great gift. Thanks

Chris K - December 20, 2013 - 5:38 pm

Thanks for the chance to win!

I am Chris in Texas.

My fave cool yule activity is attending the candlelight service at church with my family.

sandi m - December 20, 2013 - 5:43 pm

Wichita Falls, TX. Wrapping 25 books for my 3 yr old grandson – so they can open and read one each night before bed until Dec 25th. Even though I can’t be there, I feel that part of me is =) Merry Christmas!

Phyllis - December 20, 2013 - 5:45 pm

Shared on Facebook. My favorite is our annual Mario kart competition. We have a blast!

Cheryl :) - December 20, 2013 - 5:46 pm

…and I have spit out my Dr. Pepper. She’s a hoot. Love both of your designs. I’m from Missouri and three years ago we started a “garland” of favorite pictures from the past. They are stapled (with my tiny attacher) on some jute twine and start in the hallway and wind their way around the house. Every year we add 5-6 new pictures of “memorable moments” from the current year. Between the pics we’ve stapled Christmas cutouts with our Silhouette… like stars, toys, ornaments,etc…

Thank you for the chance to win this set and have Very Merry Christmas!

Shana - December 20, 2013 - 5:49 pm

Thank you for the chance to win!

Cindy Bonvissuto - December 20, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Love the freebie…..thank you!

Melissa W - December 20, 2013 - 5:55 pm

Thank you for a chance :)

Carolyn HP - December 20, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Thanks so much for the chance to win! Love Cathy’s attitude and her products! Glad you heard that your daughter arrived safely.

Kate Fortune - December 20, 2013 - 6:09 pm

Thanks for this opportunity, it’s a lovely collection. I live in Spain so no snow in this particular part of the country! I love baking and listening to Christmas carols.

Yvonne - December 20, 2013 - 6:30 pm

Yvonne, Austin, TX
Our fav Cool Yule thing is to hand out higher than normal tips to people who wait on us and to purchase meals for our soldiers in uniform who happen to be eating in the same restaurant in which we are eating. LOVE doing those things!

Thanks for the opportunity to win this great collection! Merry Christmas!

Barb Mcb - December 20, 2013 - 6:33 pm

Barb Mc
Olympia, WA
We are a family with many traditions. The youngest, who is 24, is the keeper of all traditions and woe to anyone who does not abide by them! I love our Christmas jigsaw puzzles!

Diane S - December 20, 2013 - 6:43 pm

I love the color combination on this collection. Merry Christmas everyone!

Susan P - December 20, 2013 - 6:45 pm

What a neat collection! I love all the Christmas baking and eating! I always fix WAY too much though. :) Thanks for the chance to win this collection!

Juli Meyers - December 20, 2013 - 7:26 pm

I’m Juli from Vista, CA where we are still wearing shorts and flip flops on Christmas day! Nothing beats decorating the tree and remembering all the stories that belong to each ornament. :) Thanks for the chance. Love Cathy Z and can’t wait for her class in January!

Roberta - December 20, 2013 - 7:28 pm

LOVE Cathy and her humor! Thank you for the chance to win. Fav Cool Yule thing = decorating the tree and watching Christmas shows/movies.

Trish - December 20, 2013 - 7:28 pm

I just went over to Cathy’s blog and subscribed- love her clean streamlined style. (And that beautiful collection)Thank you Kerri for another great freebie. Our family takes a lot of time putting together fun stockings for each member of the family, adults and children. We put all kinds of things in from kitchen implements to magazines to nail care items. We love seeing each other empty them out one by one.

Roberta - December 20, 2013 - 7:29 pm

oops, forgot to mention Roberta from Maryland

Monda DeWeese - December 20, 2013 - 7:49 pm

Monda, from Ohio – Christmas Tree Campout, watching holiday DVD’s and the whole family sleeping under the Christmas Tree!

justasiam - December 20, 2013 - 7:51 pm

My name is Bernice and I am from a small town in southern Alberta, Canada. I love to make my kids’ favourite Christmas goodie: a snack mix called “nuts and bolts”. Yum!

Kris Weber - December 20, 2013 - 7:53 pm

I love making cookies. Thanks for the chance to win….

Priya Mohan - December 20, 2013 - 7:54 pm

Thanks for the chance to win!

Amanda Mueller - December 20, 2013 - 8:09 pm

I so enjoy the time with my family, playing games and laughing!

Kerri Arthur - December 20, 2013 - 8:14 pm

Kerri – Clayton NC

OMG! Totally loving Cathy and her work! Always happy to find another great lover of all things typography!

Love your stuff to Kerri (and your name too ;)

Thanks for the chance to win!

Michelle H - December 20, 2013 - 8:23 pm

Hi there!! Checking in from Oregon!! whoo hooo!! My favorite yule thing to do is probably watching Charlie Brown with my kiddos each year. It is just such a classic! :)

Shirlee - December 20, 2013 - 8:26 pm

Wow, what a great giveaway Kerri. Thank You! I’m from Burton,Michigan where we have plenty of white snow for our Merry Christmas this year. I love, love, love the Cathy Z. Cool Yule line but I’ve had to put my wishes behind others’ this season. Her design style is clean and simple which suits my tastes to a T. In my family we make time to sit down and watch Christmas movies together even though some of us have our own homes! We watch White Christmas with Bing Crosby-my fave-and the original Miracle on 34th Street as well as National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, and bringing up the rear is Home Alone. Who doesn’t love that one?
I’m sending you my wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

karen - December 20, 2013 - 8:34 pm

I’m Karen from Georgia, the peach state. Our cool yule tradition is to open one present each on Christmas eve.

Teresa D - December 20, 2013 - 8:36 pm

I live in Appomattox, Virginia.
A favorite Christmas thing for me is seeing how excited and happy the kids are.

Mari - December 20, 2013 - 8:36 pm

Mari from MA here!
One of my favorite things is trimming the tree. I love to hear the stories of all the ornaments!

Marianne - December 20, 2013 - 8:43 pm

Yup! Love this!

Lycia - December 20, 2013 - 8:46 pm

Thanks for the opportunity to win some really cool stuff!

Our favorite “cool yule” thing to do is visit Santa Land – a drive thru Christmas park with tons of Christmas light displays.

Pam - December 20, 2013 - 9:15 pm

Pam from Wisconsin

Cool Yule thing to do: lots of baking, Christmas movies and music playing all the time! Love these Cathy Z. files!!

Lori Lilley - December 20, 2013 - 9:21 pm

From Lucan, Ontario. My favourite tradition is fondue with family and friends on Christmas Eve.

Rhody Bartel - December 20, 2013 - 9:35 pm

My cool Yules are to bake my mom’s Spritz green Xmas trees and just staring at our twinkling decorated tree. My daughter, who is 14, just told me these are her favorites too, unsolicited, by the way. She is the coolest kid

Alicia - December 20, 2013 - 9:37 pm

Christmas cards! My favorite part of the season is giving and receiving Christmas, especially photo, cards.

RobinKP - December 20, 2013 - 10:40 pm

I love Cathy’s work. This is just what I need!

Debbie D - December 20, 2013 - 10:49 pm

I am from San Jose Ca, i love baking and sharing Christmas cookies!
I love Cathy’ s designs and she is an awesome instructor!

Michele - December 20, 2013 - 11:07 pm

Cypress, CA

I love tubing with my family in the snow :)

Linda - December 20, 2013 - 11:33 pm

I’m from Holland and I love decorating the tree with my husband and two kids. The kids grow up so fast (sigh…). We must enjoy every minute. Merry Xmas everyone!!!!!

Quinna - December 20, 2013 - 11:35 pm

Olympia WA….our cool Yule is making my grandmothers potatoe soup! It is a once a year treat. Been doing this for60 years!

Karen Peterson - December 20, 2013 - 11:41 pm

Karen from Eagle River,AK and my favorite thing to do during this season is to watch the snow fall…so peaceful

Amy Hathaway - December 21, 2013 - 12:16 am

Amy Hathaway – Dublin, CA

I love to style my gift wrapping! All the coordinating packages look so nice together piled under the tree.

P.S. I adore Cathy Zielske’s blog. Such fun and so witty!

Marie - December 21, 2013 - 12:27 am

Hello Kerry, I’m Marie from France, leaving near “Chateaux de la Loire”. my Cool Yule thing each year is to decorate the tree and to prepare nice DIY gift wrapping.
Thanks for the chance to win ! Merry Christmas !

Mara - December 21, 2013 - 12:28 am

Mara from Canada.

My favorite holiday thing is getting the family together on Christmas Eve for a buffet and Christmas movie marathon.

Merry Christmas!

Mary Myers - December 21, 2013 - 12:56 am

What a wonderful giveaway!! Thank you Cathy!!
Thank you too, Kerry, for the awesome freebies you have for everyone!
Have a wonderful Christmas, and a very Happy New Year!! :)

Tonja Trump - December 21, 2013 - 2:49 am

What an awesome giveaway and a cute freebie too! Can’t wait to use this! :)

Kukky - December 21, 2013 - 4:26 am

Love this giveaway. Thank you so much.
Merry Christmas !!

Sara Miller - December 21, 2013 - 4:48 am

Thanks for the chance! Merry Christmas!

Janis Taylor - December 21, 2013 - 5:01 am

Love the Cool Yule package! Thanks for this opportunity!

Melinda Wilson - December 21, 2013 - 6:19 am

In the evening, I love to only have on the Christmas tree lights on with some good sappy Christmas music. It’s a great way to relax and reflect on the real reason of the season.

Kristy Stewart - December 21, 2013 - 6:42 am

Kristy from Chattanooga!
My favorite think to do during the season is listen to Christmas music by the fireplace with my kiddos.

Kerry - December 21, 2013 - 6:47 am

Kerry from Cleveland. Thanks for the daily download and the chance to win!

My favorite thing to do each year is add to my holiday decor-by making something crafty. I’m loving putting my Cameo to use and each year I love seeing how my style changes-although I do try to keep things somewhat coordinated. :)

Christine - December 21, 2013 - 7:03 am

I’m Christine from St Catharines, ON. Thanks for the chance to win!

My Favourite thing to do is play in the snow with my boys – when we have snow:)

pat sloan - December 21, 2013 - 7:14 am

Herndon VA
My cool yule is trimming out the house the day after thanksgiving to keep it merry as early as I can.

CandaceW - December 21, 2013 - 7:30 am

Count me in on this giveaway from Texas.

Julie Brack - December 21, 2013 - 7:32 am

Love Cathy’s style, love to win!

Kathryn - December 21, 2013 - 7:42 am

What an awesome giveaway! Would be a treat to win. I just can’t get over those adorable trees! I love picking a tree every Christmas and have fallen completely in love with Fraser firs.

Sandra deBrito - December 21, 2013 - 7:45 am

Cathy’s designs rock! I would love to win, thanks for chance!

Nancy - December 21, 2013 - 8:28 am

Central Connecticut! Thanks for the giveaway!

Kim from Canada - December 21, 2013 - 8:33 am

Our holiday traditions have family, food, church, music and gifts! We are all together for the first time in 3 years so it will e a holly jolly celebration!!

Jen V - December 21, 2013 - 8:33 am

Thanks for the fun freebie! My favorite “cool yule” thing to do is to grab a thermos of hot cocoa and drive around looking at all the Christmas lights.

Jen V.
Dayton, OH

penny white - December 21, 2013 - 9:09 am

Carol concerts!

Sandy - December 21, 2013 - 9:15 am

I like to share a beverage called Tom & Jerry with my family. We love the whipped topping that tops the drink. Marshall, MI

Beth P - December 21, 2013 - 9:38 am

Loving these files by you and Cathy – awesome !!

rita timmons - December 21, 2013 - 1:04 pm

last night we hosted a hayride around our neighborhood to look at christmas lights. It was a lot of fun! Greetings from Houston, TX

Carolyn - December 21, 2013 - 2:29 pm

Love these!

Our favourite cool yule tradition is to have the entire family over for dinner on Christmas Eve before we all head out to church. Can’t wait!

Blythe Shupe - December 21, 2013 - 2:52 pm

Would love these! Thank you!

Kinjal - December 21, 2013 - 3:35 pm

My favourite cool yule tradition is to go to the really posh department store in central London and enjoy all fancy chairs, expensive decor, and purchase a yummy hot chocolate. Bliss! We also make gingerbread houses!

Christa Dunn (Krebs) - December 21, 2013 - 4:06 pm

I shared on FB:

I’m from Western Colorado and my family enjoys making cute little DIY holiday decor together! It’s what I most look forward to doing during the holiday season! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! Love your site!

Donna U - December 21, 2013 - 4:34 pm

I’m from AB Canada
I favourite is visiting with friends and family!

Linda McGregor - December 21, 2013 - 7:23 pm

My favorite “cool yule” thing to do each holiday season is to watch my children, and now my grandchildren, open their gifts on Christmas morning, then fix breakfast for everyone.
Linda McGregor
McMinnville, Tennessee

Diane McKenzie - December 21, 2013 - 8:51 pm

I would LOVE to win this. Thanks for the chance!

Diane McKenzie - December 21, 2013 - 8:57 pm

Oops, I should read things first. I’m Diane from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Our favourite cool ‘yule’ thing is….every year we buy each of our daughters a nutcracker and ornament. This way, when they are out on their own, they will have a furnished ‘Yule’-tide home.

Karen - December 21, 2013 - 9:33 pm

I am from north eastern PA. We love having family around. We also choose names on Thanksgiving for secret Santa gifts.

Lorretta Shughrue - December 21, 2013 - 10:31 pm

I love these Cool Yule Christmas designs! Beautiful! A Cool Yule thing my family does at Christmas is we bake cookies and send each other special tea bags in the mail so that we can have “cookies and tea” together (even though we all live far away!) It makes us all feel close.

Linda Matthews - December 22, 2013 - 4:17 am

My favorite is putting our son’s handmade star of David on the top of our Christmas tree each year. Our son is now 16 yrs old.

Julia - December 22, 2013 - 6:40 am

Hi! I’m from Singapore and we can never have a white Christmas because we’re on the equator. My favourite is decorating the X’mas trees together with my children. This collection is really cool, thanks for the generous giveaway. :)

Brandy S - December 22, 2013 - 6:40 am

Brandy S from Sioux Falls, SD
favorite “cool yule” thing this year is having my kids find their Elf on the Shelf each AM and trying to explain why he didn’t leave his spot from the day before:(

JoLynn - December 22, 2013 - 8:19 am

Oooh, I would love to win. Cathy’s materials are always quality. It would he me going on getting some holiday scrapbooking done. Thanks!

JoLynn from IL

Christine H. - December 22, 2013 - 8:29 am

My name is Christine and I live in Pearland Texas. My favorite thing about this season is seeing my daughter’s face on Christmas morning when she sees what Santa brought her! Thanks for the chance to win!

libbywilko - December 22, 2013 - 1:54 pm

Elizabeth Wilkinson from Brisbane , Australia. Love Cathy’s style and love Christmas so I would adore to win! Thanks for the chance ladies! Also shared on Facebook

libbywilko - December 22, 2013 - 2:01 pm

Forgot to add my cool Yule thing we do, with the kids and their cousins we drive around the neighbourhood on Christmas Eve’s Eve looking at all the beautiful Christmad lights listening to Christmas music.

Twelve Days of Christmas  |   Merry Christmas

Day 7. Day 7!

Okay, that’s kind of freaking me out a little bit. I’ve been so absorbed in getting Jordan ready to go on her mission that I really haven’t done a whole lot of shopping. I guess I need to go do that this morning, eh?

Here is the freebie for today. I was feeling very swoosh-ee last night.


To download this freebie for today only, click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.


And thank you for all your support for my baby leaving the nest yesterday. I thought I’d share one more photo of Jordan and one of her best friends–who happens to be going to Tampa on her mission in February.  They are so close to each other! Kass took the photos, but this is Jordan’s ‘Instagrammed’ version of it.


These two and one other friend sang a song in church during Jordan’s farewell (talk). Another friend happened to record the audio on her phone and so I thought I’d share that with you too. You can listen to it HERE. Jordan is the one that sings primarily on ‘I Know That My Redeemer Lives’ and the two friends primarily sing ‘I Feel My Savior’s Love’. But then they all blend together in different parts. :)

I had hoped to get the three of them to get together before she left so I could record it again with some video, but alas, we just didn’t have time.

Have a lovely day!

lynne - December 19, 2013 - 8:52 am

Thank you very much for the freebie! Love “swooshes”!

Jess - December 19, 2013 - 10:11 am

Thank you for the freebie!!!

CLR - December 19, 2013 - 11:52 am

Thanks for all the freebies, but thanks for sharing your daughters music the most. I really enjoyed the song, it put a smile in my heart for the day. I wish her a wonderful experience in her mission.

MizDenise - December 19, 2013 - 12:35 pm

Thanks for the swooshes – perfect for my mom! And I know just what you mean about shopping – plus, I’ve gotta make a “lightly lined” fleece blanket (queen bed sized with college logo fleece) for my son. He popped in for a few days after exams and all my focus was on getting ready & then hanging out with him. Now I’ve gotta get moving to get caught up, huh?

Donna - December 19, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Love your new freebie! Thank you so much!

Trish - December 19, 2013 - 1:17 pm

Kerri, What beautiful voices these girls have! Do you have any (happy) tears left? What a bright light your Jordan is for the world! I send her and your family a heartfelt thanks for making our world a better place!
PS Thank you for this swoosh-ee sentiment. You make beautiful swooshes!

Ruth G - December 19, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Thanks for all the wonderful freebies and hugs while you watch your baby take flight!

Sandy_in_MD - December 19, 2013 - 4:50 pm

Thanks so much for today’s freebie and thanks so much for sharing the song – they sounded great together.

Dolly - December 19, 2013 - 5:54 pm

Thanks so much Kerri! And a very Merry to you!

Lindy - December 19, 2013 - 7:02 pm

Beautiful file – thanks, Kerri!

Lois - December 19, 2013 - 7:15 pm

Love the swooshy

Marcia Dehn-Nix - December 19, 2013 - 7:18 pm

Love it when you feel swooshy! Thanks!!

Lg56 - December 19, 2013 - 7:42 pm

Thank you a lot for a nice file.

Sherri - December 19, 2013 - 8:47 pm

Thank you so much for the freebies Kerri. I’ve been d/loading them all. Today’s has been my fave so far, it is going to be put to good use :D

Melinda Greer - December 20, 2013 - 7:14 am

Melinda from Midland, MI
Cool Yule thing- hanging the ornaments. My kids are 17, 15, 6, 5 and every year I have bought them an ornaments that reflects something going on in the life’s (personality wise or accomplishment wise). Their ornaments have total taken over our tree. Each one has a story to go with it and I cry happy tears every year and we laugh a lot to.

12 Days of Christmas |  Star+Hollyberry Border

We’re off to a late start on today’s freebie. So much going on in the Bradford home. Just sent my daughter into the Missionary Training Center (MTC) today to prepare for her mission in Jacksonville, Florida. She’s going to be an awesome missionary! Here’s a few photos from today.



We went to the Provo Temple, which is just up the hill from the MTC, to take some pictures. It was soooo bright!

We’re sure gonna miss her, but for whatever reason, 18 months seems like it’s gonna go by so much faster than Zach’s 24 months. I think time will fly. I hope. ;)


And now for today’s freebie, which will be available for free today and tomorrow since it’s up later than usual. Just a sweet little holiday border for ya. 


To download this for free–today and tomorrow only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can find it in the store.

Now, back to my cozy blanket and jammies.
And yes, I realize it’s still the afternoon, but at least I’m not in bed. ;)

Sally - December 18, 2013 - 4:46 pm

Big hugs to you Kerri! It’s so bittersweet to send off a missionary.

Rhadonda - December 18, 2013 - 4:58 pm

Thanks for taking the time even with special family things going on. Is there a rule about blankets and jammies? I think not!

MaggieAlvarez - December 18, 2013 - 5:04 pm

I live in México City and served a mission in California Ventura. I spent 2 Christmases in the field and I still remember them as my most wonderful Christmases. Now enjoy the privilege of being a missionary mom.
Hugs all the way from Mexico.
Maggie Alvarez

Sandy_in_MD - December 18, 2013 - 5:05 pm

What a special time in your daughter’s life! I hope her 18 months goes quickly for you. Thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to create these awesome Christmas freebies.

Susan Miller - December 18, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Your pictures of your family are beautiful! Good luck–I’m sure it will go by fast, but not fast enough for a Mom!

Melanie A. - December 18, 2013 - 5:29 pm

Hugs to you and her. I know she will have a wonderful experience just as Zach did, but I know you will all miss each other as well.

peggy dannel - December 18, 2013 - 5:39 pm

thinking of you in the days to come .Its hard on momma’s

Cindy - December 18, 2013 - 5:48 pm

What beautiful country you live in; the backdrop on your photos are gorgeous! I’m sure the time will zip right by for your daughter, but for a mom, it’s always hard when your baby is so far away. It will be an amazing adventure tho!!
Thank you for taking the time to post a great freebie!!

LinhC - December 18, 2013 - 6:16 pm

Aww, sweet family photos! Thanks for the awesome Christmas freebies. Also, your daughter’s bow tie blouse is awesome. May I ask where she got it from because my daughter LOVES all things bow-ties and would adore that blouse!

Gwen Lords - December 18, 2013 - 6:24 pm

Oh this is such a happy and sad day!! She will be an incredible missionary and touch many lives I am sure. We adored our sister missionaries and they were amazing! Good luck to her and bless you all!

Kerri - December 18, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Thanks for all the sweet comments!
And we got her bow tie blouse at Kohls. :)

Cynthia B. - December 18, 2013 - 7:37 pm

Thanks for the cut file! I’m sure she’ll do great!

Jocelan - December 18, 2013 - 7:40 pm

Lovely pictures,I haven’t seen the provo temple when we have been down in US.Thanks for the great cut file.
Blessings Jocelan

Terri Marchbanks - December 18, 2013 - 8:33 pm

I know you will miss her Kerri, but what a proud Momma you must be…STUNNING PHOTOS What an Awesome job of raising children into wonderful adults…xoxoxo
ps Thanks so much for the Fab border HUGS

MizDenise - December 18, 2013 - 8:53 pm

Thank you for the freebie – and fir sharing your precious family time with us! Lovely photos!

Kathi Z - December 18, 2013 - 8:56 pm

Thanks Kerri~~

Phyllis B. - December 18, 2013 - 9:56 pm

You should have just skipped today! She will do well, you know… I think it is harder on mom! Enjoy your PJ’s!

Tiffany - December 18, 2013 - 10:44 pm

Please do not even apologize for a late freebie!! Your family comes first; freebies are far down on the list of ‘must-do’. I appreciate your freebies–so nicely made. And as far a I’m concerned we should all live in our jammies and have a cozy blanket with us at all times! ;-)

Lindy - December 18, 2013 - 10:50 pm

Thanks for the file, Kerri! Wishing your family all the best!

SusanE - December 18, 2013 - 11:29 pm

I am enjoying your freebies…thanks so much.
I recently read this definition of a sister missionary. Perhaps you already know of it. Sorry that I cannot give proper credit, but it is tender, beautiful, and true, so thought I’d share. “A sister missionary is one who leaves her family for 18 months so others can be with their family for eternity.”
My best wishes to both mom and missionary.

j - December 19, 2013 - 1:10 am


twelve days of christmas  |  holiday labels

We’re on Day 5 of our
Twelve Days of Christmas Event!

And here’s the lovely little freebie for today.


To download this freebie for today only, click HERE.

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.

You can bring the PNG image into Studio and use it as a Print+Cut, or just print it from there. Or, you can even overlay it onto a photo–in Studio or another photo editing program. You could make a little something like this:


Sally - December 17, 2013 - 9:42 am

Thanks so much Kerri for all you do. Love this file!

Jessica Dougherty - December 17, 2013 - 9:43 am

thank you for the fabulous free files! Merry Christmas!

Sherry Eckblad - December 17, 2013 - 9:45 am

How do you do the white line around the photo and then insert the circle? Would you do a small tutorial on this?

Kerri - December 17, 2013 - 10:01 am

I will do q quick video for ya. Perhaps tomorrow evening–after I take my daughter to the MTC to start her mission. Sadness.

Nancy Cissell - December 17, 2013 - 10:03 am

Thank you so much, Kerri! These files are all so awesome and you are so generous to share them with us for free! Thank you!!!

Sara - December 17, 2013 - 10:06 am

LOVE!!!! I wish I had the time to create. I’d never be as talented as you – but I’d sure enjoy it… (I see a new years resolution in the making!)

Judy Stiles - December 17, 2013 - 10:25 am

Thanks, Kerri, for another great freebie! And thanks also for offering to make a tutorial for us newbies! So sweet of you!

Gilda - December 17, 2013 - 10:30 am

Thank you so much for the lovely files you’re so generously giving. They are just awesome!

Kitty - December 17, 2013 - 10:34 am

THANK YOU love it

Brenda - December 17, 2013 - 10:47 am

Thank you for all the files that you do for all of us!

Brooke - December 17, 2013 - 10:53 am

Thanks for being so generous! Merry Christmas

LisaM6 - December 17, 2013 - 11:09 am

Kerri~ Wow, thanks for all the great files you provide and wonderful tuts along the way. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Terri Marchbanks - December 17, 2013 - 11:22 am

Thank you so much Kerri xoxoxo

Sue Drake - December 17, 2013 - 11:26 am

Love the files! Don’t know how I did it, but only have 4 of the 5

DawnMcF - December 17, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Love them! Thanks so much!

Wendy - December 17, 2013 - 12:13 pm

Hi Kerri…I’m really enjoying your generous free files…fabulous designs. Is there any chance you can send me today’s file in svg or eps format? I thought I could convert it myself but I’m having trouble…thanks!

Kerri - December 17, 2013 - 12:40 pm

Well, it’s not a cut file, so that’s why it’s only in PNG.
It’d be way too teeny tiny to try and cut. :)

lisa - December 17, 2013 - 12:41 pm

these are cute… I plan to use for teacher gifts this week. would love to see a hanukkah version next year, hint hint :-) You are so generous!

Betsy - December 17, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Love, love, love these! The photo is wonderful with the tree in the foreground and the snow in the background.

Rebecca - December 17, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Thank you for all of these amazing freebies, Kerri!! Good luck tomorrow! :)

Lisa (ThePurplePlace) - December 17, 2013 - 12:58 pm

—What a stunning tree!! Sure wish I had one that lovely, if so, I might even put it up!! I’m so not into the Holidays, but do HOPE that next year will be better!!

Thanks so much for sharing another really awesome cut file!! I appreciate you kindness and generosity very much!!


kath - December 17, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Thank you Kerri. Love the file and the tree!

Sandy_in_MD - December 17, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Great labels – thanks so much!

Phyllis B. - December 17, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Adorable, Kerri! Thanks so very much! My best wishes for your daughter’s upcoming trip and mission journey. I know you will miss her terribly, but you also know that she is doing good work! My good wishes to her and to you as her mom.

KathyW - December 17, 2013 - 1:48 pm

Thank you so much for your generousity!

Karen L - December 17, 2013 - 1:58 pm

Thank you so much for all the Christmas “gifts”. You are so kind. Hope you have a wonderful Christmas

Debbie S - December 17, 2013 - 2:00 pm

Thanks so much Kerri! I look forward to your posts each day. Love these little give-aways. Merry Christmas!!

Donna - December 17, 2013 - 2:17 pm

Kerri, thank you so much for the free file! Can’t wait to use them.
Love the files and your gorgeous tree!

K in PA - December 17, 2013 - 2:31 pm

Would love to see the photo tutorial as well. Thanks, Kerri!

MizDenise - December 17, 2013 - 3:14 pm

Thanks! Thinking of you & your family today.

Jennifer - December 17, 2013 - 3:52 pm

Thanks so much for the giveaways for the 12 Days of Christmas! You are so very sweet.

Jennifer Nielsen - December 17, 2013 - 4:00 pm

Thank you!

Anna - December 17, 2013 - 4:01 pm

Hi Kerri! So sorry that I don’t come daily to say thank you, I just wanted you to know that I love all the beautiful gifts you give and the wonderful inspiring ideas! Thank you so much! The use of the holiday labels on that photo was just gorgeous :) By the way, is that your tree? It’s spectacular!! Big hugs and many thanks again

Barbara - December 17, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Thank you Kerri – I love all 5 – today is my favorite! Can’t wait to use it.

Lindy - December 17, 2013 - 5:14 pm

These are AWESOME!!! Thank you so much, Kerri!

Karen Varney - December 17, 2013 - 6:03 pm

Thank you so much for these labels. They are very pretty. Merry Christmas.

Karrie - December 17, 2013 - 6:39 pm

Awesome freebie, thank you. I believe Santa will have a Cameo under the tree. I hope to put this file to good use soon.

lynne - December 17, 2013 - 7:14 pm

Thanks so much, Kerri!

Cynthia - December 17, 2013 - 9:25 pm

thanks so much for the freebies, Kerri, they are fab…Happy Holidays to you and your family….and all the best for a healthy and happy new year…

Adinda - December 18, 2013 - 1:55 am

Thank you so much for FABulous freebies and easy conversation x

stephanie - December 18, 2013 - 5:37 am

Love these! I’m really enjoying the twelve days, THANK YOU!!!

Trish - December 18, 2013 - 9:08 am

Thanks Kerri for another great freebie! I am thinking of you today as you send Jordan off to her MTC. I know you are so proud of her and will miss her dearly.

Barbara Ford - December 18, 2013 - 11:19 am

Kerri, thank you so much for your generosity. I know the pain of being separated from family members who are following God’s will. Even though you know it’s right, it still hurts. I am thinking of you. I would also appreciate a tutorial. I am so new, and only in reading this post did I realize you can bring a photo into Studio and I even figured out a way to place the PNG image on top of a photo. Not sure I did it the best way.

another day, another freebie

The Twelve Days of Christmas continues with this fine ‘today-only’ freebie! You know me and variety. My motto is, ‘When in doubt? Include both.‘ Double the fun, right? :)

I liked the tall and skinny December, but then thought it would also be cool to do a 3×4 version to put into your December Daily or Project Life.


To download this for free–today only–click HERE.

This design is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.


And yesterday was quite a day! Jordan and her two friends sang a song in church and it was beautiful. Then Jordan gave a very enthusiastic and lovely talk. Our bishop–knowing Jordan and anticipating her enthusiasm–’called an audible’ (as he said) the night before with our music people and wanted to sing Called To Serve and he had us all stand. That was a first and it was pretty darn cool.

Lots of food. Lots of family and friends. Great day. And we ended it with a little puzzle fun. We put Harry Potter 5 on my iPad (hooked up to our Bose bluetooth speaker, of course) and listened to it while we began this adventure. The puzzle we picked up in Vegas at the Coca Cola store. It’s a doozie!

good times.


LouAnn V. - December 16, 2013 - 8:23 am

Thanks Kerri! I think I’m going to use this in my December Daily this week.

Rhadonda - December 16, 2013 - 8:42 am

Thank you so much. Family times are always special and the best!

Carol W. - December 16, 2013 - 8:48 am

Thank you for the wonderful freebie!

Sally - December 16, 2013 - 8:49 am

Thanks Kerri! This is great.
It sounds like you had a wonderful day yesterday. Good luck this week!

Marilyn in Michigan - December 16, 2013 - 8:54 am

Thanks, Kerri!

Nashonne - December 16, 2013 - 8:59 am

Did you complete the puzzle?

Kerri - December 16, 2013 - 9:02 am

Oh good gracious no. lol Progress. But not much.
That is one massive and complex puzzle. Can you say ‘red’? ;)

Laurie Tangney - December 16, 2013 - 9:40 am

Thank you for this freebie!! Love it

Kimberly - December 16, 2013 - 9:49 am

This is a great one . . so many fun uses!

JudyJ - December 16, 2013 - 10:00 am

Love this. Thank you

kimmik - December 16, 2013 - 10:03 am

What a wonderful time of year for your family. Let Jordan know my next door neighbor is going to the same mission! She leaves in February. Can’t wait for you to meet her. We’re in Burley, Id and I remembered you have a connection to Burley. I’ve told our neighbor about your blog so she will know who Jordan is when she arrives.

Octavia - December 16, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Thank you Kerri! I love this one.

MizDenise - December 16, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Our family has a puzzle tradition as well – small world! Thanks again for the freebies!

vicki - December 16, 2013 - 2:01 pm

thank you for the great freebies!

Kathy - December 16, 2013 - 2:02 pm

I love your style. Thank you so much!

Cynthia B. - December 16, 2013 - 2:54 pm

Thanks so much for the file. And we love puzzles too! Sounds like a great family day. :)

Lindy - December 16, 2013 - 4:19 pm

So cool! Thanks, Kerri!!!

Sandy_in_MD - December 16, 2013 - 4:36 pm

Thanks for today’s freebie. Good luck with your puzzle – it looks like a tough one.

Karen - December 16, 2013 - 5:23 pm

Thanks Kerri! Love, love the Decembers! Seeing your puzzle reminds me of my childhood. We always put a puzzle together sometime during the holidays, fun memory!!

Ruth G - December 16, 2013 - 5:47 pm

Thanks so much for the cut file! I think both designs are wonderful!!!

That looks like one incredible puzzle! I can’t wait to hear how long it took to put together! Enjoy!

Lindsay - December 16, 2013 - 7:42 pm

LOVE THIS! Thank you!

Dawn N - December 16, 2013 - 7:45 pm


Beth - December 16, 2013 - 7:46 pm

Love, love, love this cut file! Thank you for sharing your wonderful talent with us!

Traci Severson - December 16, 2013 - 8:07 pm

Thank you for the download. Merry Christmas!

Bev - December 16, 2013 - 10:57 pm

Hi Kerri,
Did not get your merry + bright freebie downloaded in time, and I went to your shop to find it and I was unable to locate it. Thanks for any help!

Vero - December 17, 2013 - 12:07 am

Thank you so much for sharing your work
Best Regards from France (South West)