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altering the freedom circle freebie shape

As promised, here is the video on how to add your own word to the
Freedom Circle Freebie that came out for the Fourth of July.

So now you can . . .


Take a look!

Ruth G - July 16, 2013 - 3:04 pm!!! I hand-placed letters around a circle previously and while it turned out wonderful, the way you did it is so much quicker and I’m sure more accurate! Thanks so much for sharing this! I will be sharing this post wherever I can!

Gwen Lords - July 16, 2013 - 7:07 pm

Thanks so much for this tutorial Kerri, I love how you explain things.

Roberta - July 17, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Wow, I learned a lot from your tutorial-thank you! You’ve got some serious skills!

Christine - July 17, 2013 - 9:31 pm

Thanks Kerri! You have a gift of teaching!!

I am off to try new skills :)

Nashonne - July 18, 2013 - 6:44 am

Thanks for the video! I learned something new about the software I never used before (Make Compound Path).

Margaret R - July 21, 2013 - 5:19 pm

Hi Kerri,

I just stumbled upon your blog via Nichol. Your videos are awesome! I can’t wait to put these techniques into practice. I received my Silhouette Cameo (present) on the 17th – opened the box on the 18th and had a go. It’s so much fun.

fresh picked summer goodness

If there’s one thing summer is known for, it’s fresh fruits and veggies.


Is there anything better than a fresh picked apple or tomato or red potatoes dug up from the garden? Or if you don’t have your own garden, do you hit the local farmer’s markets just to have that sweet taste of something so fresh, that buying them in the store just isn’t really worth it?

I guess that’s why when Naomi showed me her page, I could soooo totally relate. Being able to pick off a fresh strawberry or gather raspberries to put on some ice cream was a regular summertime treat growing up for me. One tends to get a little spoiled when one has fresh fruits and veggies a short walk out the back door.

[ Shapes| Escape (good) / More Background Basics (circles) / Weathered Door Alphabet (title) / Label It (fancy label) ]


Love the colors Miss Naomi used on this page…especially how they have been intertwined into the circles! Great summertime page!

mmmmmm . . . .


Dolly - July 15, 2013 - 7:34 pm

Fabulous LO!! Great! Now I want strawberries and unfortunately they are NOT just outside my door! LOL

Kathi Z - July 15, 2013 - 9:58 pm

I LOVE this! Bravo! Love the circles and the distressed letters and the sewing through it. Excellent!

Stacie d - July 16, 2013 - 7:04 am

Love the circles! Great layout for summer yum!

look what’s new!

Just in case you didn’t see this in the store or on Facebook yesterday,
got some fun new single summer shapes for ya! :)

Dolly - July 13, 2013 - 11:16 am

Thanks Kerri! They are ADORABLE!!

DawnN - July 14, 2013 - 8:30 pm

These will be great for my summer beach pics! My silhouette is coming this week! I cant wait!!!

friday freebie  |  go see do

I feel like summertime is all about going, seeing and doing.
So what better title could you have for all your summertime activities than this?

To download this free file, click on the image or click HERE.

Now get out there and do some going, seeing and doing! :)


{dawn} - July 12, 2013 - 7:13 am

Ohhh…this is very cool! Thanks, Kerri!

Dolly - July 12, 2013 - 7:18 am

Thanks so much Kerri!!
My DD’s first words each morning lately are “What are we going to do today Mom?”
I’m sure to have pics to use this with this summer! LOL

Cindy - July 12, 2013 - 10:08 am

Thanks Kerri…….this is GREAT!!

Robin - July 12, 2013 - 10:33 am

Thanks for the freebie. I really enjoy your designs.

Gwen - July 12, 2013 - 10:57 am

Thanks Kerri for the freebie!

Sonia Y - July 12, 2013 - 12:22 pm

Thank you so much for the freebie Kerri!! It’s great!!

Pam S - July 12, 2013 - 12:34 pm

THANK YOU, love your freebies!!!

Cynthia B. - July 12, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Thanks so much for the cut file! I love this phrase, and it certainly applies to my family for this summer! :)

Judy Stiles - July 12, 2013 - 6:14 pm

Thank you, Kerri, for the freebie! Very sweet of you!

Mary Ann Jenkins - July 12, 2013 - 6:26 pm

Thanks Kerri! Can’t wait to use it!!

Rhadonda - July 12, 2013 - 6:58 pm

Love it! Thanks so much.

Trish - July 12, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Thanks Kerri! This sentiment is very timely and am doing all three with my grandchildren for the next few weeks-life is GOOD!

Barbara Albrecht - July 12, 2013 - 7:36 pm

Thanks Kerri! I really like this freebie!!

MichelleB - July 13, 2013 - 4:40 am

Love this! Thank you!

Andi Walsh - July 13, 2013 - 11:37 am

Thank you for the Friday Freebies!!!!!!

Kat - July 19, 2013 - 11:38 am

I just wanted to thank you for all of your great free files :)

LWal - August 7, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Thanks a bunch for your Friday freebie!!

yolande k - February 24, 2014 - 2:48 am

J’adore !!!! Merci beaucoup Kerri !

recipe  |  cookies + cream popcorn

It’s been a while since I shared a recipe and since this is a new hit in our family, I thought I’d best be sharing it. This is the batch Kassidy and her cousin made it while we were in Idaho last week.




  • 9 cups popped popcorn
  • 20 Oreos finely crushed
  • 24 oz. White Vanilla Almond Bark


  • Melt white vanilla almond bark according to package directions until completely melted to a smooth consistency.
  • Drizzle almond bark over popped popcorn.
  • Sprinkle finely crushed Oreo crumbles evenly throughout the popcorn.
  • Allow almond bark set.
  • Now, eat!


Dolly - July 10, 2013 - 8:27 am

um…yum…Thanks…I think LOL
Is almond bark a ready made Candy?? in other words is this another recipe I have to make first?

Lynette - July 11, 2013 - 11:10 am

Almond bark is pre-made stuff. It’s wonderful. It comes in chocolate flavor, or just the white stuff (which is in this recipe). It’s basically chocolate you can melt and dip, or drizzle over things. It’s in the baking isle, and the stuff I buy is packaged in what looks like an ice cube tray. So you just pop out a couple cubes and melt as you need them.
And Kerri, this looks so yummy. I may need to pick up some oreos and almond bark for our date night treat! I love fancy popcorns, but some recipes call for thousands of things I don’t have. I can handle getting these two! :)

i love being in a place . . .

If you follow me on Facebook, you will have seen this photo yesterday:


While we were together on our family farm this past holiday week, I heard my brother say, ‘Let’s go into town’ and the thought came to me, I love being in a place where you can say ‘let’s go into town.’ The thought of  being far enough removed from civilization was just lovely.

Of course, as I sat there in the front room with the morning sunlight beaming in through the leaves of the trees and bushes, I thought about being in that place at the time . . . about how I love being in a place like that . . . and so much more:

I love being in a place where you can say, ‘Let’s go into town.’

I love being in a place where you can see miles and miles of perfectly squared fields of wheat, potatoes, sugar beets and all sorts of glorious crops.

I love being in a place where you can drive up to the mountains and still smell the sweet smell you remember as a child with your mom and grandparents.

I love being in a place where you can sit outside and hear mourning doves talking to each other.

I love being in a place where the unexpected can happen (like a freak wind storm).

I love being in a place where you enjoy the silence.

I love being in a place of peace.

I love being in a place where you can grow things and make things pretty.

I love being in a place where you see tiny evidence of good food to come.

I love being in a place of family history (like almost 100 years).

I love being in a place of beautiful sunsets.

I love being in a place where people work together to make something better.

I love being in a place where cousins and family sit around at night talking, sharing stories, and laughing–and occasionally get made fun of.

I love being in a place where kids fight over who gets the hide-a-bed.

I love being in a place where you can constantly hear water running, like the ditch all day and especially in the evening and while going to sleep . . . or in the early morning.

I love being in a place where things are simpler and slower.

I love being in a place where the chandelier hasn’t changed in 40 years.

I love being in a place where the trees are as old as the property.

I love being in a place where bunnies, squirrels and owls are part of the ‘family.’

I love being in a place I’ve known my whole life.

Yup. That pretty much sums it all up about our family farm. Now your challenge is to to do the same thing and create a page with it. Take photos of a favorite place that you love to be, write what you love, and make a page. This place can be anything–from a room in your house, to a place in town, to a your grandparents’ place, to wherever. There’s lots of things to share when you write about being in a place you love.

Sue Alg - July 9, 2013 - 9:49 am

This is a great idea. I’m going to use in my PL pages this week.

Sally - July 9, 2013 - 12:23 pm

I LOVE this idea! I grew up in a small farming community in Idaho and now live in SLC. I miss the quiet at times and especially the darkness. There were no street lights and you could see so, so many stars at night.
Now I just have to get the kids to bed so I can go make a page…
Thanks Kerri!

Cindy - July 12, 2013 - 10:25 am

Sadly, I didn’t grow up on a farm (just 2 acres), but to a kid that was plenty to mow (with a push mower) and rake! My dad did raise a cow that we named and then refused to eat; several pigs I had NO problem eating (one bit my knee – was black and blue for SOME time); we even had a pony until he bucked my brother upside down in the water trough. My grandparents lived next door on another 2 acres. Granny raised chickens (LOVE fresh eggs) and my Grandpa always had a garden and wild grapes. As children we would chase lightening bugs at night, played baseball in the vacant fields, hide ‘n seek, etc. Kids today just don’t know what they’re missing. WHERE are all the lightning bugs? I’ve not spotted on in years!
All that said, it really does remind one of how fortunate we are to live where we do and all the beauty that surrounds us. Sorry to ramble on, but it’s raining out and there’s not much else to do, but clean…..and that can wait!

kimmikaye - July 12, 2013 - 12:05 pm

That’s my town! So glad you could visit and appreciate the goodness here. Yes, that July 4th storm was sudden. But we still had fireworks.

Andi Walsh - July 13, 2013 - 11:39 am

I love this post!!!! This is my life as well. Small town, agriculture, great community and all things wild.


july 4

So did you all have a wonderful holiday? Did you take a plethora of photos? Need a little help in the getting-’em-scrapped department? Check out what Layle did!

[ Shapes | July Four (Stars + July 4) / Summertime Icon Freebie ]

Love the stars with the spatters, mixed with the ‘summertime’ icon and topped with a really big ‘july’. And put it all on some notebook paper?


Here’s what Layle has to say:

A few weeks ago I was working on a mini book for a class I was teaching that included some of my favorite summer photos over the years. As I was looking through literally thousands of photos on my Mac, I came across photos I’d taken of our boys on the 4th of July in 2005.  Oh my gosh – that was 8 years ago!  To say the boys have grown would be an understatement.  They’re so cute and small here.  And I say ‘small’ because our oldest is now 15 and stands 6’4″!  I added a few of the photos to my mini book and that was that.  Or so I thought!  Then I saw Kerri’s FUN July 4 set.  The cursive words floated around in my head along with the thought of scrapping at least one of those photos from 2005 until I finally created this layout today.  The free Summertime icon was the perfect touch to ’round’ out the layout. :)

U.S. friends – I hope you had a great 4th!  And took lots of photos. And if you did, make sure to check out the July 4 set – don’t let those photos sit on your camera card or computer for 8 years, like I did, before you get around to scrapping them!

Jo - July 8, 2013 - 12:37 pm

What a gorgeous layout! Love this photo and love the “July” cut… TFS!

♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

Caroline - July 8, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Oh! I absolutely love it! The big swoopy “july” is perfect! And I just came across some Kerri Bradford stars last night (but I don’t think they’re the same ones I have) and I marked them to use sooner rather than later. Now that I know for sure how good they look, I’ll have to get on it!

the friday freebie  |  freedom

I hope you all had a wonderful 4th of July! Ours was definitely out-of-the-norm. I’ll be sharing those details with ya next week. But I did actually spent a little time unplugged, which was nice. Didn’t even look at a computer all day on the 4th. Talk about freedom.

It was lovely.

That’s not to say I didn’t think about work and feel a little guilty though. ;)

But I’m plugging in for just a few minutes to bring you today’s Friday Freebie.

To download it for free, click the image or click HERE.

You have two choices on this one. I made the one with the ‘Freedom’ word, but then I thought it might be fun to have an open one where you could add your own word. So watch for a new video tutorial on how to add your own word next week.

Anywho, better jet. Still with lots of family and all that.

Have a spectacular weekend!


Tammy Joyce - July 5, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Ty and very pretty. Can be used for lots of stuff. Hope your weekend has been great.

Jacqui Bailey - July 5, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Thank you for the spectacular freebie!

Marilyn in Michigan - July 5, 2013 - 3:04 pm

Thanks very much! Love it.

Rhadonda - July 5, 2013 - 3:36 pm

Thank you so much! I love it. I wonder if i could request a jpeg image so when i do my organization in lightroom i have a picture? When i right click on the image to “save image as” it comes up as a png which my version of lightroom doesn’t work. Just wondering ( :

Val Court - July 5, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Thanx again for the freebie Kerri. Enjoy your weekend with family & friends. being in Australia I will find other uses for your great freebie Cheers Val :-)

Dolly - July 5, 2013 - 5:05 pm

Thank you Kerri!!

D Grant - July 5, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Thanks for the freebie! Looking forward to tutorial on adding our own word!

Kim Thomas - July 5, 2013 - 5:53 pm

Thank you for the awesome freebies! You rock Kerri!!! Have a great holiday weekend. Take care. :)

Pam S - July 5, 2013 - 6:22 pm

Thank you, so cute!

{dawn} - July 6, 2013 - 6:38 am

Thanks, Kerri! Love the freedom freebie! So happy you and you family had a great Independence Day!

Trish - July 6, 2013 - 2:55 pm

Thanks Kerri for this patriotic cutting file! It will be great for OWH AnyHero cards. Continue to enjoy your holiday weekend. Time unplugged is precious!

labbie1 - July 6, 2013 - 5:46 pm

Thanks! Happy 4th weekend!

Jo - July 7, 2013 - 3:36 am

Thanks so much for the wonderful freebie!!! I hope your 4th was great!!

♥ Jo’s Scrap Shack ♥

j - July 15, 2013 - 12:45 am


lynne - July 16, 2013 - 6:59 pm

Thanks so much!

Donna E - July 16, 2013 - 9:48 pm

Thank you! I missed this but saw your you tube video about it today so thank you so much for keeping it there still. :) Donna