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I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Soooo much food! And leftovers. Gotta love that! We started our day off with caramel french toast as well as eggs, sausage and hashbrowns…topped with a little OJ. Yum! And for our big family dinner on Dan’s side? I made cheesy potatoes, sweet potato souffle, apple spice cake and pumpkin bars. More yum!

This time of year I think we all take more photos at any given time throughout the year. So many fun activities and memories to record! That’s why I thought a sale on photo templates would my fun little contribution to the big ‘sale’abrations going on this weekend!


These are such a quick and easy to capture a lot of memories!
Check out what Nichol did for a Christmas page last year! And this was just for one event!

For more details on this page, click HERE


To see all the templates available–with their sale price–click HERE.

The sale ends Monday night!


Have fun shopping these next few days . . . wherever your shopping may be!
I personally avoid all crowds when possible. :)


ETA: My Silhouette classes on JessicaSprague.com
are on sale for 20% off too!

Click HERE for the classes.

Mary - November 26, 2012 - 10:13 pm

Ahh, I just squeaked in and got Just Add Color. Woo Hoo.

Kerri - November 27, 2012 - 7:48 am

Yahoo! :)

it’s almost over baby!

 


It’s been an amazing week! Looks like there  oodles and oodles of you who have taken advantage if the ‘Incredibly Grateful’ sale this week. But today is the last day, so if you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of it yourself yet? Best be doin’ it today. :)

 

a place to write your gratitudes

I’m in love with this idea. I love having a little place where your family can write down what they are grateful for . . . in an open place for all to see.

Take a look at this marvelous frame that Robyn made!


 [ Shapes | Giving Thanks ]

Here’s what Robyn has to say:

I have always been so inspired by a framed project that Becky Higgins has shown on her blog before of a frame and the kids write what they are grateful for on the glass throughout the month. I wanted to re-create that great idea for our own family this Thanksgiving. As soon as I saw the new kit from Kerri, Giving Thanks, I knew it would be perfect for this project. I cut a few of the words from the kit, each with a different piece of paper, and layered them on top of a vellum banner with an orange cardstock banner beneath. I glued it all to a fun piece of patterned paper from Crate Paper and placed it in my frame – sandwiching it with two pieces of glass.

I placed a Sharpie above the frame so that the kids can write things that they are grateful for thoughout the month of November. This hangs on the wall in our entryway so we see it daily. It is such a great reminder of the large and little things that we have been so very blessed with! Thanks for looking and Happy Thanksgiving!


What kinds of out-of-the-ordinary things do you think your family would write? Mine? I’m thinking cameras would be one. Cheesy potatoes maybe? (Yes, I especially make them for the holidays.) Maybe our dog + cat since we never had animals their whole lives? Maybe if you have youngins yours might say Legos or Barbies?

I think there’s some fun to be had there. And of course when the holiday season is over, you must take a picture of it before it’s erased. And how fun would it be to compare those writings from year to year?

Great idea Robyn! Thanks for sharing it!




And now, our Incredibly Grateful Holiday Celebration week is quickly coming to an end. If you haven’t had a chance to take advantage of the sale yet? You might want to do that pretty darn soon . . . it ends Sunday!


And now let’s do some more of this!

Today’s flashback comes from the holiday stylings of Shari and Robyn.

There’s that snowflake again! :) How great would it be to make up some of these gift cards to have on hand to give to people over the holidays. Starbucks+iTunes are always people pleasers there.

(For more information on this, go HERE)



And how about another ornament like this one Robyn made to go with the snowflake that Nichol made in Wednesday’s flashback?

(For more information on this, go HERE)

taking photos at thanksgiving

You know, this is always hit and miss for me. Sometimes I will–like if we go to California or something–and sometimes it just seems to be the same ol’ ‘family gathering’, but with more food, so I don’t think to take my camera. I need to be better about that and I do believe I’m going to make it a goal to do just that in a week.  (holy cannoli…a week!)

And I love the twist that Laura did here. Let’s check it out . . .





[ Shapes | Giving Thanks (words) / Signed.Sealed.Delieverd (envelope) / This+That: Autumn (leaves) ]


Getting little ‘grateful’ notes from everyone is a wonderful idea! It’s something you can keep as a momento forever . . . a little piece of time all tucked into an envelope. Great idea! And I love those colorful leaves too!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

A few years back, on Thanksgiving day, I had asked each member of our family to write down what they were thankful for. I also took a photo of each person. My plan was to create a mini album that had each persons photo and their handwritten paper next to it, and it could be something that we take out each year on Thanksgiving. I have started and stopped working on this little album several times over the last few years (this was from back in 2009), and have just never been able to finish it. I decided that instead of the mini album, I would simply make a two page layout to hold everything. I chose an envelope from Kerri’s Signed.Sealed.Delivered kit, and cut it from two different patterned papers, which I used to hold all of the handwritten papers where everyone wrote what they were thankful for. I love the cursive, handwritten titles in Kerri’s new Giving Thanks kit, and used a few words to create my title and embellish the envelope. I added some simple leaves, from the This And That: Autumn kit to embellish the spread. I cut all of my words and leaves from white cardstock, in addition to the patterned paper and brown cardstock, and layered them together.




And now, how’s about we take a look at another flashback idea from last year. With this gift-giving idea, Laura made a bunch of little cards and put them in a jar to give as a gift. This is a fabulous gift idea!

 ( For more information on this idea, click HERE.)

Natalie (QSOgirl) - November 15, 2012 - 12:26 pm

Love Laura’s layout! I don’t have time to make another mini album (already have one that has been waiting since July!!), and I don’t really ever know where to put them when they actually get finished… But I love the idea of preserving notes like these– and this way they’re right with my normal 12×12 albums! Thanks for the inspiration. :)
~Natalie

grateful for you

Before we get to today’s project, I just wanted to put out a little reminder about this going on . . . in case you didn’t see Monday’s post.

 

This is the time of year when our hearts turn to being grateful.  Grateful for what we have and who we have in our lives. It’s just natural with the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays at hand. So of course now is the time take a few moments and create a page about the people you are grateful for like Miss Naomi did here:



[ Shapes | Giving Thanks (grateful) / Need Directions? (arrow tab) / Modern Nature (pussy willow) / This+That: Summertime (leaves) / inFORMS (post card) ]


I was amazed at how many shapes were on this page! Everything is so subtle yet put it all together and you have a page full of gorgeousness. And I love the post card image printed on kraft cardstock. Looks so old fashioned. And how Naomi added text to the arrow tab . . . and the vellum leaves? love.

So this is my challenge to you today:

Take a moment and right down ten things you are grateful for and why.

If you don’t do a page with it soon, at least you’ll have those thoughts ready to go when you are.
I’ll be making my list as soon as I press Publish. :)


And now, for a little flashback showing a couple fun things Nichol made last year!

( For details on this project, look HERE. )


And how about this one?

( For details on this, look HERE. )


Hmm . . . There’s that snowflake again!

thanksgiving ideas

So. Are ya havin’ the big food party at your house next week? Gotta be the one cookin’ the turkey? Have ya got all the tables and chairs ya need? Am I stressing you out now?

How’s about  place cards? No? Don’t have any ideas for that? You know Thanksgiving is next week, right?

Well rest your pretty little self, Shari’s gotcha covered there! Take a look at these!


[ Shapes | This+That Autumn (leaves) ]


That girl has got a way with her inks and sprays and mists . . . oh my! Those leaves are amazing!

Now, have you taken care of an Thanksgiving cards or invites that you need to send out? Need yourself an idea for that one too? Well, Shari’s got that one covered as well! Check it out:


[ Shapes | This+That: Autumn (leaves) / Giving Thanks (title)


Another fantabulous card! Love how she's coordinated the leaves and banner of the card with the place cards so that you can keep a repeating theme. And how cool would it be to make a little banner with just those leaves and string them up like garland? Or sprinkle them on your table? Maybe write a little message on the flipside of the leaf so that when people pick them up they can read a little message of gratitude. So fun!

Some amazing ideas here Miss Shari! Love 'em!

[For more on how Shari made these cards, check out her blog HERE.]



And now I thought it might be fun to show off some fun ideas that we’ve seen in the past here at KBS.

Right now a lot of you are thinking about preparing an advent calendar or your December Daily. You might remember this fun little *ehem* number from last year. And there may be those of you who weren’t around last year and may not have seen this one. Hence, the flashback. :)




This is the Christmas Countdown kit that you can use in box or tag form or both! If you want to read all about it, check out this post HERE. And no, I still haven’t bought my frame, wire and clips to hang these cute little boxes. I knew I wouldn’t get it done this week either, so I’m sharin’ it anyway. :)

And see that snowflake there on day 16? Yeah, see what Shari did with that snowflake here.
(I think that snowflake is one of my favorite shapes….)

Wouldn’t that make a simple holiday gift or decoration?  Totally love. As you can see, the kit is so versatile for any holiday project!

Chris - November 13, 2012 - 9:40 am

Wow,amazing ideas. Love the placecards. I’m new to the Silhouette but have already purchased the Christmas Countdown. I’m a little intimidated but I am going to try it!

{dawn} howells - November 13, 2012 - 9:41 am

Another super cute project by Shari! And, I like that it relatively simple, and do-able along with all the other holiday preparations! Love it!

Rhadonda - November 13, 2012 - 11:03 am

Always great projects. Loved the flashback. Wow some people get fancy for the holiday, cool! Still working on downloading my files i just got. I guess my PC will not let me do the batch change for DXF so i am doing them one at a time into a studio file and then it will let me move them over into my library. It is all worth it ( :

Kerri - November 13, 2012 - 11:18 am

Hey Rhodonda!
Make sure you’ve updated to the most recent version of Studio. There were a couple of versions where it wasn’t working, but all should be well now! :)

cindy - November 13, 2012 - 4:52 pm

Darn………I meant to order that and forgot! Oh well, maybe later.

‘incredibly grateful’ holiday celebration

It’s that time of year.

The time of year where we start preparing for gatherings and gift giving and having hearts full of gratitude for all our many blessings. And eating. Lots of eating. Lots.

So what better way is there to kick off a holiday season than having a sale? Oh, I know, also having a week full of fabulous ideas from the creative team!

So let’s start with this:


That’s right. Because I am so grateful for all of you, I’m having a sale to help you with your holiday goodness. I know there are many-a projects to be done. I know a lot of you give the This+That line for Christmas, so this is a perfect tim to stock up on those!

And speaking of projects, you must see what Nichol made! Check it out!



[ Shapes | Here Comes Santa Claus (reindeer) / Christmas Countdown  (holly) ]

Two words: freakin’ adorable!


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Used Silhouette Sewable Fabric Interfacing on the back of the fabric to sew the die cut shapes in place before machine stitching them to permanently secure. I chose to just stitch around each shape instead of embroider them as I won’t mind the bit of fraying that will come from wear or machine washings. I think it will add character to this particular project! ;) Instead of using the die cut eyes, I  used buttons instead. After ironing and sewing the appliques in place I finished the pillow front with a patchwork border and then I quilted the front. It would probably be easier to quilt first and applique second but this was more of a learning project and I kind of “learned as I went”!

And here are the dimensions for the project — in case you were feeling in a crafty mood yourself!



I bought some of the Silhouette fabric interfacing and blade, but haven’t had a chance to use it yet. So inspired by what Nichol made!


And now, how’s about a new kit on this fine sale week!


You know, each time I do this I tell myself that I get a little out of control with it. So many words and all.

Um.

Yeah.

I think this one takes the cake. :) 29 shapes in all in this bad boy, but oh so versatile beyond Christmas, ya know. I have visions of using ‘twinkle’ on a baby  page. But I think you could just about get all parts of Christmas with this. Great for December Daily or Project Life!

 
Okay….whew! I think that’s enough to start off our fine celebration week for today! The sale goes through Sunday, so be sure to stock up on your favorite goodies.

Dolly - November 12, 2012 - 7:05 am

AWESOME KERRI!!! Thanks so much! I’m gonna be all over this bad boy! :D

Terri Marchbanks - November 12, 2012 - 7:08 am

Well I am speechless at the sheer “Fabulousness” yep thats a Kerri word, Yall are freakin wonderful. The two of you outdid yourselves 4 sure this time. Loooooooove the new kits and that pillow CAN WE ALL SAY WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Off to buy me some Kerri Bradford Fabulousness now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!xoxo

{dawn} howells - November 12, 2012 - 8:09 am

Nichol’s pillow IS so “freakin’” adorable!! But, since I am so not into sewing anymore and fabric stores are scarce around here, wouldn’t it also make an adorable scrapbook page? That huge reindeer head with a template grouping of photos. And cute coordinating Christmas papers “quilted” around the border. And, to top it off, a cute Kerri handwritten title…

Cindy - November 12, 2012 - 8:53 am

I saw a sneak peak of the reindeer and wondered what it would turn out to be, but I was sure of one thing………..it would be fabulous. AND, I’m happy to say, I was right!! Since Ms. Nichol went all out with the dimensions, I’m actually going to try to make one myself, IF I can dust off my sewing machine and get it to work – HA!
Thanks for the sale Kerri, I’ll be in the shop momentarily!

Katrina - November 12, 2012 - 9:19 am

I love the kit and the pillow!

Have you ever thought of doing the numbers 1-31 written out like the twenty-five in this kit? I love how it looks with the block letters of December. I would love to put something like that on my Project Life photos or all the way through my Decemeber Daily.

Thanks for the sale! I need to take advantage of it!

TeriBeri - November 12, 2012 - 9:21 am

Just LOVE what Nichols has done ♥♥♥ She’s amazing.

I will definitely be getting a few kits. I especially love this one for my December Daily!!

Hugs, T

Connie O. - November 12, 2012 - 9:41 am

WOW WOW……Ok first I love this new kit will be getting it later this week …and Wow Nichol that is adorable almost makes me want to buy a sewing machine and learn to sew! You gals ROCK!

Rhadonda - November 12, 2012 - 11:42 am

So GRATEFUL for this sale and have once again completed my stash of Kerri Bradford. Love it! Thanks.

Christine - November 12, 2012 - 6:59 pm

AmaZing as usual. I’m very excited for the December Twenty Five kit as I’m starting/getting my December Daily album ready this week. I will definitely be getting this later this week, thanks!!

Beth R - November 14, 2012 - 1:03 am

Good Morning Kerri,
I have to thank you once again for letting the amazing ideas out of your brain and into your store, for the rest of the creative world to enjoy. Your designs have taken my pages up 10 notches on my pefectionist scale :) After scramping (stamp & scrap)for over 10 yrs I had gotten a little lazy/bored with the same ole same ole. I had never really developed “my style” and couldn’t really put my finger on that last little thing and often felt my layouts were lacking …..something.But you have lit the spark again, I am once again excited and constantly thinking about when I can get away and create .I have fallen in love with scrapping again! I had never really developed “my style” and couldn’t really put my finger on that last little thing and often felt my layouts were lacking …..something. Over the last year or so I find that I do have a style of my own and I can finally recognize it. I am a very linear and graphic scrapper and find I use cardstock, small amounts of patterned paper, die cutting and 1-3 oversized photos with bold saturated color ,minimal embellys,small tags and always the journaling. Always. I now love every layout I complete and that little “something” is no longer an issue.
For that I am grateful, if you keep the ideas flowing I will keep buying :)
Beth R

Kerri - November 14, 2012 - 10:32 am

Beth dear…that is just awesome! I’m so happy you have found your style. And I love that you love scrapping again. That is all just music to my ears! Thanks so much for sharing that. I really appreciate it! :)

xoxo
k