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I was perusing through some past Halloween ‘candy’ on the site and thought it might be nice to share a little flashback with y’all today. Hopefully it will help you get your boo on.

Click on the image to go to the full blog post and see the rest of the ‘candy in the bowl.’ :)





shari carroll halloweek cards


  • Trish - October 12, 2014 - 11:35 am

    I love these blasts from the past! They still feel very fun and current!ReplyCancel

  • Wanda - September 25, 2015 - 8:21 am

    Boy do I miss Nichol’s layouts. I’m not a card maker. Nichol come back to us.ReplyCancel


It’s time.

It’s time to say goodbye to an oldie, but a goodie.

It’s time to begin anew.

It’s time for new projects.

It’s time for new lessons.

However, it’s not quite time for the announcement of this new class.

But it is time to offer up an awesome retirement sale on the current second class in the Silhouette series.

If you’d like to take this amazing class and learn all the goodness it has to offer using Studio version 2, you can pick it up now–through November 30–for 40% off. 

Lots of great stuff to learn.

Great projects to do.

All for an amazing price of $18.

Retirement can be a good thing.

And in case you were wondering–and I know you are :) –the new class that will be announced before the end of the year will not be an update of this class like the first class, Getting To Know You. It will be a brand new class with new ideas and new projects all in the ‘new’ (can we still call it that?) version 3.

You will always have access to this retired class too, unlike the first class, which was an update since the class content was so similar.

So if you have a friend who’s been thinking about taking the class, you might want to tell them so they can take advantage of this deal.

  • Dawn Howells - October 8, 2014 - 8:12 am

    I learned so much through taking this class. This has been my favorite. I must have made 5 variations of that “otis” page. So many useful techniques to ignite your creativity in this class!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 8, 2014 - 9:05 am

      Thanks Dawn! Glad you liked it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Wallace - October 8, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Can you do all of the features in this class with an “original” machine?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 8, 2014 - 10:40 am

      Yes, you can. It’s all about the software and not the cutting machine itself. So it doesn’t matter what machine you have, everything you learn can be used for any of them. The only difference is that you can’t make something 12z12, but we don’t make anything specific to 12×12, so it’s not an issue. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Wallace - October 8, 2014 - 10:41 am

    Excellent – thanks! I guess I will have to just reload version 2 and I’m good to go. Looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

  • Marsha - October 8, 2014 - 11:28 am

    I have version 3 do I have to uninstall and get version 2 to take the classReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 8, 2014 - 11:36 am

      I don’t know that you necessarily need to reload v2. I think so much of it is still applicable and works the same way in both version. It’ll mostly software aesthetics.

      I actually have both v2 and v3 on my computer, so I can switch between the two. If you give it a try with v3, and find there there are some discrepancies, it’s pretty easy to reinstall the programs. You might even try and see if you can just install v2 in addition to v3.

      Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Magner - October 8, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    Hi, I just got the Silhouette, and know nothing about it, haven’t even opened it yet, is there a V1 class I should be taking first? Or is that not available? Also, if V1 is not available will this V2 help me or confuse me? I have never taken a class either so I don’t know how they work, Thanks for any help you can give me. I appreciate it. Tracey.ReplyCancel

  • Donna C. - October 8, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Kerri I am wondering if you know yet when V3 will be up on JS? I down loaded the new update and am lost and so want to do the class.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 8, 2014 - 2:33 pm

      Sorry Donna…I’m still not sure.
      I’m working on it.
      I will post when it’s available.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - October 8, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Hi Kerri,
    I have never taken an online class so what do I do? Download files, or log into your site to “attend”? I purchased Get to know your Silhouette and now have time to start the class just need to know what to do. Us “newbies” have to start some place :-)

    • Kerri - October 8, 2014 - 2:33 pm

      Hey Kathy!
      So when you purchase a class, you’re given a link to the classroom as well as you can access the classroom online. In the classroom you’ll see an intro, what to do before you get started–including downloading any files–and then you’ll have the video links. Everything you need is all right there on that page.

      Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - October 8, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    I loved this class. Any class by Kerri is fantastic and you will learn a lot. I had never taken an online class before this. My Silhouette sat in the box until I took Keri’s classes.ReplyCancel

  • Kari - October 9, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Is the updated version of your first silhouette class going to be posted at Jessica Sprague? I’m trying to decide whether to update to v.3 and thought seeing it in action in your class would be helpful. Love ALL your classes!ReplyCancel

  • Martha - October 10, 2014 - 5:35 am

    Hi Kerri: when will the Version 3 class be available? I didn’t see it on

    I have been waiting for it!! there is so much is version 3 I don’t understand and I learned so much from your other classesReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 10, 2014 - 7:13 am

      Hey guys! It’s being worked on.
      I don’t have a date just yet.
      I’ll announce it when it’s there. :)ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - October 10, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Hi Kerri. I came to your blog because I JUST got a Silhouette and you are the one I have heard the most about taking the “how to” classes from. I know pretty much nothing, so I do want to learn. I have version 2.5.9 installed in my laptop. Where do I begin? Do I take your combo class which includes this class? Thanks for any direction you can give me on where to begin!ReplyCancel

  • angi - November 4, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    I see this is necessary before taking the Christmas class. However I don’t see a link to click to purchase the class. Also, is there info on what is covered in the class? I may know enough to bypass it for the intermediate Christmas class.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 4, 2014 - 7:46 pm

      Hey Angi!
      You can click on the image in the post or on the image at the right. Both will take you to the class info in the store. You can also find it in the store too. All the details on the class is there. Hope the helps. :)ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago we took a Sunday drive up to the Mirror Lake in the Uinta mountains. We hadn’t been there for a few years and I’d been really wanting to go back.

I’d taken both my dSLR camera and my iPhone. I’d never planned to take a panorama photo using both my dSLR and my iPhone 5, but just so happened to have done both. As a result, I found this the perfect opportunity to show a comparison.

With a dSLR, you need to take three photos (or so) to create a panorama photo later on in Photoshop using the Photo Merge feature. With an iPhone, you can just do a ‘flip of the switch’, so to speak, to change modes to a Panorama feature.

Here’s my results.

The dSLR Version

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I did enhance this photo a little in Photoshop. Brightening it slightly, adding a little contrast, and enriching the blue sky a little. Overall, not much. But just made it look a little better.

Because I could take three photos, I could get more into my panorama than the iPhone. I was afraid to go too far from side to side with my iPhone in the event it would ‘warp’ the photo.

An SLR will always produce better quality, especially if you increase the size but I was fascinated by the color difference.

The iPhone 5 Version

mirror lake panorama iphone lg

An interesting observation. When my son saw me post the iPhone version on Instagram, he’d automatically assumed that I’d used HDR–a feature also in the iPhone that enhances all aspects of a photo to provide the best representation of the colors in a photo.

I had not.

I was amazed at how blue the sky had turned out.

I can’t decide which one I like better. I really like the blue and white of the clouds and sky in the iPhone version. But I think the quality is better in the SLR. I also think that the coloring in the SLR version is probably a more accurate representation.

What’s your two cents?

  • Christine - October 7, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Love the composition of both, and I’m jealous that you live so close to the mountains! I just don’t have the same opportunity here in the midwest. My 2 cents – I like the richer, warmer colors of the dSLR. Compare the mountainside and grass in the foreground. And the clouds in the dSLR are not overexposed – you’re not losing details in the brightest parts. The iphone is a nice shot for a small panorama, but the dSLR is the clear winner.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - October 7, 2014 - 7:55 am

    I agree with Christine. iPhone color looks way cooler and I’ll definitely stick to my DSLR. I stayed in Idaho previously for 3 years and I enjoyed visiting Utah. Missing the different places so much.ReplyCancel

  • Audrey V - October 7, 2014 - 8:08 am

    I just discovered the pano. feature on my iphone 5 and I’m loving it. I’m impressed with the photos that my phone takes, they just keep getting better. I would have never thought I would scrapbook with phone photos, but I do. And I leave the d-slr home more often.
    I like both of your photos. If you were going to enlarge and frame a photo, then d-slr for sure. But for snapshots, fb and instagrams and even small enlargements, photo photos rock!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene - October 7, 2014 - 10:09 am

    At first glance the sky color in the iPhone version pulled me in, but if you look at the detail in the trees, grass and water, I think the DSLR is the winner.ReplyCancel

  • Karen S - October 7, 2014 - 10:22 am

    What a neat experiment! I like the color of the grassland in the foreground of the dSLR image better, but prefer the definition of the pine trees in the iphone photo. How’s that for a non-answer?ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - October 7, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Oh how I love these side-by-side comparisons! At first glance I love the bright vivid colors of the iPhone photo but when you look at the details the DSLR wins hands down. It’s really amazing how far camera phones have come! It’s definitely a good photo if that’s all you had with you but the “big” camera still takes better quality photos.ReplyCancel

  • Ana Balcarcel - October 7, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    My opinion: dSLR definitely. I think the iphone took a great picture and would will be handy when you forget or don’t take your camera along but when I was looking closely, the iphone pic had more noise in the sky area. Not as crisp as the dSLR. Great picture!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - October 7, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    I like them both, but the iPhone pic is “flatter” than the richer dSLR oneReplyCancel

  • Brenda - October 7, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    I like both photos but I prefer the coloring in the dslr photo – just seems to be a bit more depth of color in it but that’s just my 2 cents. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - October 8, 2014 - 6:45 am

    I am a huge fan of the DSLR, however I think the iphone did a great job. I still think far better detail, more capabilities when using a camera vs iphone. Love the picture!ReplyCancel

Last Friday was quite a treat. Lisa Bearnson texted me early in the a.m. asking if she could come by to visit with a friend…and to bring me a surprise. Because I had to go up that direction to get my ‘mono-vision’ set of contacts, I told her I’d come meet her at her house instead.

The lovely New Zealander, Mandy Blake, was in town visiting Lisa for a few days while on her U.S. vacation.


This girl is truly as genuine as they come. She’s the real deal. I’ve come to know Mandy through my side of life too and I always love hearing from her. So when Lisa said she was coming to town, I sooo wanted to meet her! I was thrilled that I got the opportunity to do just that. If you follow Lisa, you’ll know that Mandy has been such an amazing friend to her and her son Collin while he is in New Zealand for his LDS mission.

I could have sat and listened to her talk all day. Love the New Zealand/Australian accent. Seeing NZ is definitely on my bucket list. Some day… Maybe I’ll come visit you Mandy! :)

And part two of the treat included a literal ‘treat’…or rather…’trick or treat’ as well as a haunted house. 


(FYI, the haunted house front slipped in transit, but the background just looked like a shadow. Still looks cool though. :) )

This comes from the talented Michael Lazorchak. You have probably seen his work when Lisa is on HSN. He’s done many projects for her and I’ve been privi to see them first hand when I’ve been helping her with the show.

Well, this time he sent me a little somethin’-somethin’ in addition to a little somethin’ for Lisa. Check out the lighting that he added to Lisa’s haunted house. Holy cow! That’s incredible! I love that idea!


Love the twist on the Jingle All The Way frame from last year. And before you freak out, that is a rubbery bug on the window. It’s movable. It’s awesome. :)

Thank you, Michael, for the Trick or Treat frame! I love it and it has been added to my Halloween motif at home. :)

What a great day, eh?


  • Sue Alg - October 6, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    Of course, you know we must have directions for creating these fabulous shadow boxesReplyCancel

  • mandyb - October 7, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    hee hee love this post… nice to meet you too
    and yes come visit NZ anytime xxxxxReplyCancel


I have this thing with numbers. I love incorporating numbers in different ways and more importantly, making them have significance.

Several years ago I used a tiny domino in a frame sequence for my family. And it then translated to a diecut domino for the This+That: Love kit.

One thing my kids remember about their Grandma Maxwell, who passed away ten years ago, is playing dominos with her.

So is it any wonder that I would have a desire to make a large domino…one that represents the number of our family?

I also thought it would be a wonderful idea to do with our women’s group at church because really, it’s kind of an easy thing to do. And it’s not exactly something you see…except…well…now…you’ll probably see it in a few homes in our neighborhood. ;)

Wanna make one?  It’d make an awesome–and fairly inexpensive–Christmas gift. So unique and so fun. And you could make these as big or as small as you’d like. How awesome would this be on a big board and put in a game room? Or the family room?

Here’s how:



Gather your supplies: acrylic paint, sand paper, foam brush, narrow paint brush and wood. This particular piece of wood is 7″ wide, so you want to double the width and cut a board that’s 14″ long. If you have the ability to groove it in the center, do that. Home Depot can cut a piece of lumber into various widths, but they won’t groove the center. My niece has wood cutting tools, so she’s done this for me. Ain’t she awesome? :) Use the sand paper to smooth the edges and groove.



Using the foam brush, paint white over either the whole board or where you know there’ll be a dot, if you want to save paint. I kind of liked the idea of painting the whole board so that when you sand it, white or wood may appear. I like layers. :) Let this dry before moving on.




Cut THIS template the same width as your wood using something like Silhouette Cameo. With this template you can use any arrangement of dots. I kept mine within the 1-6 values. I know there are double-twelves dominos, but I kind of like the standard simple domino look. I also made my circles on the template just slightly larger than the vinyl dots that I eventually use so that the pencil marks get covered with paint.


Cut vinyl dots using the same circles in the template file. Make them just a fraction smaller than the template circles so that when you place they vinyl dot in the center, the outer pencil circle will get covered by paint. Make sure you get all parts of the vinyl down or it will get paint underneath. As you can see in this photo, I didn’t get it all the way down and yes, I got a ‘hickey’ (printing term) of paint. Silly me.


Paint black over everything, including the vinyl dots. Make sure you go with the grain of the wood (do the same with the white too). In retrospect, I should have painted the groove using a narrow paint brush before painting the rest of the board because it makes it much easier to just paint full across the board and not have to worry about cleaning up paint ‘overage’ from painting the groove. Paint the sides of the board too. I didn’t worry about painting the back.


After the paint has mostly dried, use something like a paper piercer to carefully catch the edge of the vinyl and peel it up so that you can get enough of it up to catch with your fingers and remove. Once it’s all truly dry, use some sandpaper to expose some of the white and wood underneath around the edges, including the center groove.  And you’re done!

FYI, when I first made this, I did it late on a Saturday night and couldn’t run to get some black acrylic paint. Zach had some from an art class and let me borrow it. It’s definitely a higher quality and doesn’t dry near as fast as the typical .99 acrylic paints, like the white that I used. I used what I had at home, which was Oyster White–a slight ivory color. I thought I would have wanted white-white, but I think that slight ivory color gave the domino a more vintage feel.

I’m totally loving this new home decor item in my home!

domino-set1(p.s. this is a sample domino i made for our church group. i haven’t decided where I want my ‘five spot’ dominoto go yet. :) )

  • Michele - October 3, 2014 - 12:46 pm

    Hi Kerri,

    I always love the things you do, so creative and fun. I am in LOVE with the framed saying in the back…….I assume that is in your store, but I’m wondering how you made it look so dang awesome…I love the weathered look on the background and in the writing!


    • Kerri - October 3, 2014 - 12:54 pm

      Hey Michelle! Yep, the phrase is in the store. And I found some free chalkboard PSD file that I used with the saying to make it. Gosh…I don’t know that I can even remember where I found it now. Maybe do a search and see what you can find. I’ve seen stuff like that out there. It’s just been a few months since I made it and I can’t remember what happened five minutes ago. lol Seems like I may have added some other distressing to it too. Not much help. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Katie - October 3, 2014 - 12:59 pm

    This domino just so happens to be perfect for my family…two parents, five kids. I made the connection when I saw the picture on FB, and now *need* to make one! Thanks for the tutorial!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - October 3, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    LOVE The Domino idea!! Sooo Cool!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus - October 4, 2014 - 8:05 am

    Found your “Jingle all the Way” craft from last year via Pinterest this morning. Pinned it and pinning this! Love it.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 4, 2014 - 9:02 am

      Welcome to my neck of the woods Ashley! :)ReplyCancel

  • Traci - October 4, 2014 - 9:31 pm

    Love the domino idea! What a great decor item and thank you so much for the tutorial!!!ReplyCancel

Just three months left in the year.

I know I say this all the time, but seriously…flying by.

That’s all I’ll say.

So in honor of October making its first appearance in our lives this 2014, here’s a brand new handwritten kit for all your fall splendiferous projects…and then some. Several of those words can be used for many other projects.


And at the risk of sounding cheesy…

happy fall y’all. :)

I’ve been a tag and clip collector for years.


I have quite the pile…or rather, baggie full of assorted bits of paper and piles of various clips. I’ve collected all shapes and sizes and they’ve been sitting there-mostly collecting dust–as a constant inspiration to my little creative world over time. A few have come to fruition here and there and some have been waiting for this day.




When it takes me a while to create a certain subject, I ask myself, ‘Why didn’t I get this done before?’

I guess it’s just a matter of priorities and that sweet little baggie is out of sight, out of mind much of the time.

I have been playing with this fun little kit over the past month while it sat on the back burner yet once again, waiting for me to wrap it up, while I was preparing the Getting To Know You class. You may have seen these sneak peeks on social media though.


I love these ‘take a number’ pull tabs! Use it with or without stripes. Color it. Add your own text to document the event, including using the month as the letter and the date as your number. That S14 tab is getting stapled on a page about our trip to Mirror Lake on September 14.



I think some of my very favorite shapes are the personalizable (yeah, it’s a word) paperclips and tags. You can use them plain, add typed words, or better yet, cut the words like for this On The Way page. FYI, we learn how to make that kind of paperclip in the Here There Everywhere class, if’n you’re interested in knowing how to make you’re own styles. :)

And don’t even get me started on the bread tag! That particular one is reserved for my birthday page. :)

A great tip on these paperclips and tags like the bread tag is to cut them from a glossy photo paper vs. a cardstock. The glossy gives the illusion of plastic and when you double it up with a second layer? Then it looks even cooler!

And then you may remember this hexagon tag during our Brown Paper Packages week.



This tag folds in on itself at the top to keep the full shape of the hexagon, keeping everything as one piece. Love that!

And then the sock tag (top left)? One of my all-time faves…created years ago for another project. Waiting for this very day. Hey, it was out of sight, out of mind. But now it’s here.

So many things to point out. Did you notice the paperclips that say ‘fill in the blanks’? These are awesome for adding your own words! A customizable paperclip. Sweet!  I included a couple of words, but now you can make your own. Add a child’s name, your location, an exclamation…the sky’s the limit!

This little bundle of joy has so many stinkin’ possibilities, I can hardly stand it. Cut up a bunch and make yourself some print+cuts just to have on hand.

And it’s on sale right for 20% off through Friday only.
So now is an awesome time to pick it up!

  • heidig - September 30, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Very cool! Working on your Silhouette classes now. I’m not sure I’ll ever be as proficient at making things as you are but I can definitely take advantage of what you make! Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - September 30, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    So many possibilities! Thanks for sharing them!ReplyCancel

Friday is upon us and that means it’s a great day for handwritten words!

Save 30% on orders of $10 or more on all handwritten goodies.
Use code WRITE at checkout.

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This is our last Friday in September. 
I can’t even believe it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

  • Lois - September 26, 2014 - 10:30 pm

    Hi Kerri, I’m trying to purchase “A Dog’s Life” and “Click” with the coupon WRITE, but for some reason I’m unable to do so tonight? I found both of these during a search of “handwritten” in the store category section. I’d still love to be able to buy them if possible? Thank you – Have a wonderful wknd!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - September 27, 2014 - 8:51 am

      Hey Lois!
      If you click on the Flash Friday image or click on the Category for Handwritten Words it’ll come up with the items that are on sale. A Dog’s Life doesn’t have any handwritten words, but Click does. The coupon is still valid for a little bit this morning, if there’s some other combo you’d like. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lois - September 27, 2014 - 6:38 pm

    Thanks Kerri. Sorry about my mistake thinking “A Dog’s Life” was listed under the Handwritten category – that’s what I get for shopping late at night! I’m guessing that is why the sale wasn’t working for me. Thanks for the quick reply! :)ReplyCancel