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The Fourth of July is just around the corner–about a week away. Are you ready with all your red white + blue decor? Need a fluttery idea?

Well, I think Nichol has something you may just want to do . . . I know I do!

[ Butterfly ShapesFlower BouquetThis & That: LuckyThis & That: Summertime / Designer Edition: Class Extras (exclusive class shapes) ]

To die for.


Maybe she’ll just give me this none and I won’t have to make one myself. ;)

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

One evening while perusing Pinterest I came upon a UK flag created from paper butterflies and I immediately knew that I wanted to recreate the effect on a canvas I’ve had sitting around here forever just begging for some die cutting goodness! After a lot of mistakes (thank goodness canvases are fairly forgiving and you can cover up boo-boos with an additional layer of paint, mist, gesso, etc.) I decided on a “wood-like” background with bright, colorful red, white and blue die cut butterflies making up the design of the American flag. Now, I didn’t get real technical with my flag. No 13 stripes (I ran out of room) and I didn’t do 50 “stars” either but instead I went for a more abstract artistic approach (read…I am lazy and had already cut the butterflies and didn’t want to waste them or more paper by cutting them smaller!). I know that the look was achieved when my youngest exclaimed as I was putting together the arrangement on top of the cabinet in the entryway, “I know what that is! It’s our flag! COOL!”

While the look is fairly straightforward and simple…. the execution took a few hours! Gluing all those individual pieces in place and then the bright idea of adorning each with gemstones, buttons and baubles…. it took awhile. I glued every piece with a strong liquid adhesive so that I didn’t have to worry about the pieces deciding to make an exit anytime soon! The effort was worth it, though, and the sense of satisfaction of creating my own summer holiday decor made me super happy!

I incorporated lots of older Doodlebug specialty paper that I’ve been hoarding saving for quite some time. The glitter cardstock and flocked cardstock cut beautifully on the Cameo when using a higher blade setting like a 5 or 6. Clean, crisp cuts. Not one of these fluttering beauties needed to be double cut!

Happy Summer!

For a closeup of Nichol’s holiday dress form, go HERE.
  • Keianna - June 25, 2013 - 7:38 am

    I gotta say this is seriously awesome.ReplyCancel

  • emily pitts - June 25, 2013 - 8:07 am

    oh that is super cute! love the idea!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - June 25, 2013 - 8:17 am

    Nichol is so awesome! This is a fantastic project! Thanks so much for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • labbie1 - June 25, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    Cute! I really like the blocks and star too! :)

    PS, I can’t wait for this week’s prompt on the History Project! :) I think I am hooked! :PReplyCancel

  • Cindy - June 27, 2013 - 5:12 pm

    Absolutely stunning, as usual Nichol. The entire display looks AWESOME!!ReplyCancel

It’s true.
The wait is finally over and I can hardly stand it!

Oh, happy day!

It’s been a loooong time coming and I’m ever-so excited.
And this is so much more than just a store.

Take a look at what else is here!

Ooooooh, I’m just giddy with excitement!

So, yeah. All my Silhouette classes?
Yep, they are here and ready for the taking!

And just to clarify, any classes you purchased from will always be there. Any new classes you purchase from me, will always be here.

There are also private message boards for each class as well as a general message board to talk about all things KBS related. I’ll be posting frequently asked questions there as well, so hopefully if you need an answer, it may already be there (well, not yet, but some time :)).

Of course you’ll have many great new classes to look forward to as well! I see a new Silhouette class coming in the very near future. And not too long ago I got me some SCAL, so watch for some fun things about that too! And who knows what else I may have up my little educational sleeve.

Now here’s a little disclaimer for the day…or week…or month….

With all things new, there’s bound to be a hiccup here and there, so if you happen to get a case of those hiccups, please email me at and I’ll get ya a tall glass of water you can drink upside down to get rid of them.

Additionally, expect some tweaks and minor changes here and there as we get settled into our new home. As with most new locations, there’s always some rearranging that needs to be done to make it truly feel like home. And that always takes some time, right?

Okay then, what would a big shindig like this be without a little ol’ sale?

Oh yeah baby! Did you see?
That includes the classes too!

Yeah, you heard me. Classes too!

It’s all on sale through the end of June–that’s a Sunday night folks!

And just when you thought this day couldn’t get any better . . . it is Friday, ya know.

 I thought it would only be appropriate to have this be our freebie for today. :)

You can use this on so many fun pages . . . Christmas, a trip, seeing a family member . . . you name it!

To download it, click HERE.


Okay, so one last thing. 

For those of you currently enrolled in The History Project, watch for an email that will explain how you can get all set up here on . . . with access to the private class message board too!

Great googlie mooglie! What a day, eh?

I see exciting things a-happenin’ here on
Hope you’ll be with me through this new adventure.

Oh, and you may want to help spread the word that the Silhouette classes are back!  :)

Have a wonderful weekend!

  • Melissa - June 21, 2013 - 4:01 pm


    I’ve been stalking. ;)

    Exciting stuff :DReplyCancel

  • sherry - June 21, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    Awesome! I’m happy for you … and for THP!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Joyce - June 21, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    AWESOME GF. but let me ask you. what about us that have taken silhouette classes at JP site. Will they still be available to us there or here. TY. Can’t wait for some new classes. Yeah go Baby.ReplyCancel

  • Judy - June 21, 2013 - 4:47 pm

    Congratulations! So glad that you are now in one place with your classes etc. Were any changes made to the Friday Freebie? In the past I have downloaded it with no problem. Today my Silhouette told me near the end of setup in the Library that it did not support the type of file I was trying to download?!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - June 21, 2013 - 5:39 pm

    Wheeee!! Congratulations Kerri!!
    Thanks for the freebie also :DReplyCancel

  • Susan Kopp - June 21, 2013 - 7:09 pm

    Congratulations!! I am so glad you are now up and running and I can once again recommend everyone to come here for their Silhouette needs as well as all your other wonderful goodies. Way to go Kerri!!!ReplyCancel

  • Terri J Marchbanks - June 21, 2013 - 7:13 pm

    Well let me send you a “Big Ole Congrats” Kerri this is so exciting I could not be happier for you…Thanks so much for the fab freebie… Hugs my FriendReplyCancel

  • Nashonne - June 21, 2013 - 8:20 pm

    Great news Kerri!

    I have a question: if you bought a class on the other website, will you have access here and will you be a part of the private message board for the class?


    • Kerri - June 21, 2013 - 8:22 pm

      Any classes purchased over on will forever be over there with all the support of those amazing girls and mentors. Any new classes purchased here will have all the message board and support here. :)ReplyCancel

  • Carol - June 21, 2013 - 9:11 pm

    Just had a question..what did you mean by “SCAL” I’ve been racking my brain trying to figure it out? Either way all the news is very exciting!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 21, 2013 - 10:03 pm

      Hey Carol! It stands for Sure Cuts A Lot. Something I know many people use. :) It’s kind of like Silhouette Studio in that you can design and manipulate shapes for cutting machines.

      Hope that helps! :)ReplyCancel

  • Stacey - June 22, 2013 - 8:28 am

    Hi Kerri! Congratulations on all the new exciting parts of the website!

    I have a suggestion for the store. Can one of the sort options be by date added? Just a newest releases to oldest, it doesn’t have to be a specific date selection. It was really handy to see everything released since I’d last purchased. Then I knew I’d be up to date. I never remember the names of the kits so it’s hard for me to find things at the moment without searching through everything.

    Thanks and congrats again!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 22, 2013 - 1:01 pm

      Thanks Stacey! Actually that’s one of those things on my ‘refinement’ list. I like to sort them that way too. :) Thanks for the suggestion!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Larson - June 22, 2013 - 9:35 am

    Congratulations! It always feels great when a plan comes together. YEAH!!!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - June 22, 2013 - 12:50 pm

    Your new home is GORGEOUS! It is well planned, beautifully illustrated and so easy to follow and read. I love it! And I am so happy to hear that you have new Silhouette classes coming up; Is the Designer Edition Class the most advanced one you have? And thank you for the freebies!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - June 22, 2013 - 1:02 pm

      Hey Trish! The DE class is pretty advanced, but Just Add Color uses some features beyond the ordinary too.
      Hope that helps! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lillian - June 22, 2013 - 2:11 pm

    This is GREAT news, Kerri !
    Yes, I will follow you ( lol ) can’t wait to see all that is coming, and all that there is to do right now.
    Thank you for the freebie as always !ReplyCancel

  • labbie1 - June 22, 2013 - 2:39 pm

    Wow! Congrats! Darn! Just bought your History Project class last week! A week too soon, but SO worth it anyway! :) Having a great time with that class!ReplyCancel

  • Suzzi - June 22, 2013 - 3:55 pm

    Thanks so much and congrats on this newer store/endeavorReplyCancel

  • Jo - June 23, 2013 - 6:42 am

    Kerri I am so happy for you!!! This is awesome news! Will you be offering classes other then for the silhouette?

    Lots of best wishes!!


  • Lynette - June 23, 2013 - 6:11 pm

    Kerri, Wow! I’m so excited for your classes. I love that they will always be available to us, and that there’s not a time frame associated with them. They are also very affordable too, and I really appreciate that! I just bought the designer edition of studio yesterday, and am trying to decide which class to sign up for. I’ve read through the descriptions and have done most of the list on “Oh the places you’ll go.” The only thing I haven’t done a WHOLE bunch of is weld, but I have used it for text manipulation. Do I absolutely need to take that class before the designer edition class? Also, do we actually make projects in the “Oh the places you’ll go,” and “Designer edition,” classes, or are they more instructional classes?ReplyCancel

  • Trish - June 23, 2013 - 6:58 pm

    Hi Kerri, Thanks for the info about the DE class; I enrolled, am half way through and learning so much. I have been using DE for a few months and you have added considerably to my knowledge. I can’t wait to get to the next lesson! I am having such FUN!ReplyCancel

  • AnnieB - June 24, 2013 - 7:29 am

    Doin’ the happy dance here! Silhoutte class here I come! :)ReplyCancel

  • Penne Beckett - June 24, 2013 - 9:56 am

    Signed up for all 2 Sil classes, and I don’t even have any idea what to do with DE, so yeah, thats why I signed up! Been waiting on this since I got my Cameo!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - June 27, 2013 - 1:43 am

    Thank you for this discount code – it’s given me the “push” I needed to get to know my Silhouette better! Can’t wait to start learning from you!ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - June 27, 2013 - 1:49 am

    Thanks so much for this code! It gave me the push to sign for your Silhouette classes! Can’t wait to learn from you!ReplyCancel

  • lemondedis - June 30, 2013 - 10:11 am

    merci pour le partage… j’ai créé un lien ici :

….that is the question.

So I’ve been considering doing Instagram on a regular basis. I created an account about 2 1/2 years ago before Instagram was so incredibly popular, but never did anything with it. I’m struggling at the mere thought of joining the ranks of hashtagdom (yeah, it’s a word). Everything has a hashtag these days and it drives me a little batty. It’s kind of out of control, if you ask me. So much so that it makes me not want to do it.

So here are some questions that I’d like to chat about:

  • What do you do?
  • Do you go all hashtag crazy?
  • Do you not include them?
  • How do you feel about Instagram?
  • Do you follow a lot of people or do a lot of people follow you?
  • Do you feel like you waste too much time there?
  • Do you find it helpful?
  • Do you feel like you need to share the photo Facebook as well?
  • If you do both Facebook and Instagram, which do you prefer?

I always felt like Facebook was enough for me. But it’s been kind of funny to hear my kids start talking about my friends–like Lisa Bearnson–because they follow her on Instagram. They may know something about her before I do.  :)

I’d love any insight you have to offer!


  • Deneen - June 17, 2013 - 10:36 am

    I have both facebook and instagram however I am not much of a poster on either one LOL. I like them both for different reasons and I only just recently started using hashtags although sometimes I don’t use them at all. My girls however love instagram and hashtag so much I am always laughing at their hashtags. I have mine set up that only approved people can follow me. I love to see little bits and pieces of peoples lives through instagram. I say just do it Kerri :)ReplyCancel

  • Amy - June 17, 2013 - 10:43 am

    I do Instagram more in the summer than any other time. (Teacher here…so there’s a lot more stuff that happens in the summer vs others times of the year.) I instagrammed my vacation to the beach last year. I love looking at those pics so much. I do hash tag things. I have instaweather and it adds a ton of hash tags on its own. I think it’s fun to search and see what others are posting with the same hash tags. I don’t have a ton of followers and I don’t follow a ton of people myself, just a couple family members and some scrapbookers I like. I’d follow you for sure!

    I say, go for it Kerri! Instagram away! Hash tag until your heart’s content because you’re #awesome. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - June 17, 2013 - 10:56 am

    I do really enjoy Instagram, but I don’t go super crazy with it. If I take a fun picture that could use a little jazzing up, (or that I think my ‘followers’ aka my ‘family and friends’ will enjoy) I will Instagram it. I do always share to Facebook and Twitter as well, as I have different people who have all or some of those feeds who I would like to share with. When you are clicking to ‘share’ your finished photo to Instagram, you can click to share to those social media feeds at the same time, so it is super simple.

    I ALSO like to use other apps before I head to Instagram occasionally, including PicFX, A Beautiful Mess, Diptic, ColorSplash, Bokehful, and Phonto (not all together, but they each do different fun things that Instagram doesn’t).

    Hashtags I am in-between about – sometimes I use them, sometimes I don’t. When I do use them they are usually made up ones that pertain to the picture, rather than trying to tie into a major social media one that is ‘current and trendy’ that day.
    Hope this helps!ReplyCancel

  • Mandee - June 17, 2013 - 11:48 am

    I love Instagram. It is my go-to place for inspiration and encouragement. I follow so many positive & creative people on Instagram! I love my Insta-Friends!ReplyCancel

  • Mary - June 17, 2013 - 12:12 pm

    I guess I am the only one who does not do Twitter or Instagram. I do not have time or desire to figure out a new site, even though I have had an account for a long time. I am lucky to get FB done. I check your site due to your FB posts. If you only do Instagram I am know I will miss something fun, but that is the hazards of being old fashion and having only one place to check or (insert faint here)actually taking time to talk on the phone or in person to people.ReplyCancel

  • elisabeth lind - June 17, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    I have a personal and a business one. My personal one is private and my photography/scentsy/project life one is not. I rarely hashtag unless I want it to show up under something special.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki - June 17, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    I check FB daily but forget all about Instagram — although my teenaqed daughter loves it.ReplyCancel

  • Deb Taylor - June 17, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    I love instagram! It’s my most go to app. I love to follow fellow scrapbook’ ers – but must admit I get a bit fed up when they post loads of pics on one day – to promote their stuff. If you do decide to instagram – please don’t go mad with it – 1or 2 a day is fine!ReplyCancel

  • Amy Ulen - June 17, 2013 - 3:28 pm

    For purely selfish reasons, I say go for it, because I want to follow you! When I post to Instagram, I do also link it to my FB and Twitter because it’s so easy to do. I also use a plugin on my website that cycles through my Instagram feed.

    I do use hashtags, but they have to have a purpose! #peoplewhomakereallylongandlamehashtagshavenopurpose! The goal of a hashtag is to make your images or tweets easy to search. One or two keywords is ideal.

    As far as limiting the number of posts per day, I disagree. It depends on your purpose. For instance, I took Stacy Julian’s 12 last year and posted at least 12 photos on the 12th of each month for the entire year. I used those Instagram photos and the journaling (including the hashtags!) on my scrapbook pages. If you went to a trade show or behind the scenes event, as a follower, I would hope you would post lots of photos. Of course, if you are apprehensive about it, just do it for yourself and don’t include it in your marketing plan. That way you won’t feel an obligation to sink a bunch of time into it.


  • Sue - June 17, 2013 - 10:06 pm

    I really got into Instagram when I took a class on it; it was fun to add the class hashtag to it and see what everyone else was doing! My enthusiasm has waived a bit now, but I still enjoy checking the posts of those I follow. I rarely use hashtags otherwise, which makes my teenage daughter roll her eyes because it apparently gets you “more likes” which I could care less about, LOL!

    I rarely use Facebook and I find Instagram quick and easy and its a fun addition to my Project Life. Also I love using all the apps to enhance the photos; I think this is the fun part for me.

    Its possible that people share more on Instagram than Facebook as its just so easy and convenient, its cool to see snippets of people’s everyday lives.

    The only downside really is that you need to keep an eye on who is following you (but its easy to block people); I too get fed up when people only start to follow me so that they can promote their business. They are clearly not interested in my photos.

    I also love that my teenage daughter loves Instagram, which means I get to see tons of pictures of her being natural and seeing what is important to her; plus I have access to those photos too, which is a real bonus!

    It would be lovely to see you on Instagram!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleB - June 18, 2013 - 4:24 am

    I love instagram – it’s all about the photos for me! I no longer go to FB unless forced LOL! I just wanted a place to post pictures of things that made me smile and instagram fills that need. I use some hashtags, but I don’t go crazy with it. I’ve “met” some cool people all over the world through sharing pictures and I get to see what daily life looks like all over the world too. I enjoy instagram much more than I ever did FB or Twitter or any other social network.ReplyCancel

  • Suzzi - June 18, 2013 - 4:42 am

    I do think it is a cool program, my only worry is the copyright issue that they had in the past about ownership, plus Facebook did purchase them awhile back, so privacy issues for me as well.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanine - June 18, 2013 - 3:21 pm

    I love Instagram! I have Facebook but it has become a bore because so many people repost the same quotes, etc. all of the time. I love taking pictures and posting them to Instagram. I love looking at pictures other people post. I get a lot of inspiration from those pics. I don’t do the hashtag thing, my Instagram is private. Very rarely do I post the pics from Instagram to Facebook. There are some friends I follow on both FB and Instagram and they post the very same thing to both sites, boring! If you decide to use Instagram, please don’t do that!ReplyCancel

  • Caroline - June 18, 2013 - 10:13 pm

    I really enjoy Instagram, but I’m not really a hashtagger and I would say that I’m turned off by their overuse. That said, I love sharing what I’m seeing and doing. I love being able to share funny, weird, pretty things. Last week while running errands in a town I’ve lived for a long time I discovered a family of cement elephants. Instagram. Last night (while preparing to move next week) I spent 5 hours going through all my pictures and ripping up all the blurry, under-exposed, unflattering shots…so I took a quick picture of the BAGS of pictures that I had tackled and shared it on Instagram.

    And I love seeing things that I probably wouldn’t have seen otherwise. My daughter goes to school 4 hours away, so it’s fun getting a glimpse of what she’s up too. My family is 6 hours away, and I love seeing pictures of my goofy niece and nephew. I follow my boyfriend, who sees light like no one else I know and takes gorgeous pictures.

    I see Facebook and Instagram as two different things. FB is word/thought based, while Instagram is the visual side. Each one is appropriate for different things. Occasionally I’ll share an Instagram photo on FB, but since most of my “followers” (not a fan of that term) are also my “friends” I don’t want to be redundant.

    I probably spend more time on FB – it’s just so much easier to interact there – but I enjoy them equally.ReplyCancel

  • Charlene - June 18, 2013 - 10:17 pm

    Starting over since I was typing and blank went the screen so if this is repeated twice I’m sorry. YES! love it for the instant photo with great caption. I am not a big hastag person. Its getting over used on every media site and its annoying. I love that foxgrams prints your instagram photos in 3″ and 4″ square photos. I am in love and it comes in the blink of an eye in the mail. They are amazing… Love having he square format to work with.ReplyCancel

  • Audrey V - June 19, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    I starting using Instagram last fall because I liked the frames and effects. I really didn’t care for anyone to see them besides me. I was planning to use the photos in scrapbooks. I stopped using Instagram when the company announced that they could do anything with your photos. While they have backed off of that policy for now, I still have a huge problem with either Instagram or Facebook using my photos for anything. I follow a few people, but I rarely look at Instagram, no time. I would go back to it for the fun of it if I knew that my photos were private.ReplyCancel

  • Nikki - June 19, 2013 - 5:27 pm

    I like IG, but I don’t go crazy with the hashtags – sometimes they annoy me when there’s like 10 of them and/or the hashtag is a sentence that I have to read and re-read to figure out. LOL! I enjoy being able to see friends and designers stuff. It is a fun mix.

    I say do IG YOUR way! Whatever works for you. :)ReplyCancel

  • Nadia ( - June 24, 2013 - 9:09 am

    Love Instagram! I have mine set to ‘private’ though because I really only want to share those photos with people I know personally– family and close friends. For that reason, I don’t hashtag– that is really just to get more followers. I find that posts with more than three hashtags are too hard to read, so I never read those comments.

    My Facebook page has “friends” that are from all the parts of my life so I find that the posts and pics there are more guarded. Instagram is like freedom!

    I follow friends on Instgram, but don’t spend too much time there. Just quick checks, share the love, and to post! I have also enjoyed using a printing service for some of my very favorite Instagrams! (I use Printicular if you are looking for one.)

    I think it adds to my creativity and mixes up my photos a bit with the 4×4 orientation and filters.

    Best wishes on deciding what you want to do!ReplyCancel

  • Nicky H - June 24, 2013 - 12:38 pm

    I like Instagram. It’s a fun, quick way to share photos. I have mine public but don’t share pictures of my kids at all. I don’t remember to hash tag very often. When I hashtag something broad like #Vegas, I get a lot of views but sometimes I make up stuff to be funny, like a 4-photo pic of my dog following me that I called #StalkerDog. I use the app to post to Twitter (because I don’t really use it for anything else) and Flickr to have an extra place to save the photos.
    The only issue I’ve had (with IG AND Twitter) has been that my name is the same as a hip hop singer in New York, and some establishments have tagged me a few times. I cannot sing, and certainly don’t sing hip hop. Lol.
    I think it’s fun so I say “Go for it!”ReplyCancel

Our summer of Friday Freebies continues this week with a fun little cut file for Father’s Day.
Are you ready for Father’s Day? ;)

Oh, and because with one switch of a letter, it makes this a whole other universal phrase? Yeah, had to include that too.

To download these two free files, click the image or HERE.

Have a beautiful weekend!

  • lbraziel - June 14, 2013 - 5:45 am

    Wish everyday were Friday – thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Patti Painter - June 14, 2013 - 7:08 am

    Thanks Kerri, this is sweet. I also want to thank you for the freebies associated with your History Project and pointing me towards eighteen25 in your email. Hope I win one of your classes.
    hugs, PattiReplyCancel

  • Dolly - June 14, 2013 - 7:45 am

    Thanks Kerri!!
    and now I have a silly question…was there an Studio file for this missing? or no?
    Not that I can’t convert the DXF it’s just you do so many things in Studio that I thought it may have been left out by accident?
    At any rate….Thank you so much!! I DO NOT have Daddy covered yet so this will help me greatly! Thank you!!ReplyCancel

  • Janell - June 14, 2013 - 8:05 am

    Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Lancene - June 14, 2013 - 8:17 am

    Thanks as always Kerri. You’re the best.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - June 14, 2013 - 9:33 am


  • Marilyn in Michigan - June 14, 2013 - 9:37 am

    Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • judi - June 14, 2013 - 10:48 am

    Thanks Kerri! YOU are the best ever!ReplyCancel

  • kathy northup - June 14, 2013 - 1:00 pm

    thank you for the freebie……love these and your classes, too!ReplyCancel

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  • Ruth G - June 14, 2013 - 1:17 pm

    This is really wonderful! I especially like that you included best day ever, since we can’t celebrate the best dad ever every day…Wishing you a fabulous Father’s Day!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - June 14, 2013 - 2:01 pm

    Thanks for the free cut file – it’s amazing!!ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - June 14, 2013 - 2:16 pm

    Thanks so much. You are the best “gal” ever (changed 2 letters)ReplyCancel

  • Margaret - June 14, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    Thank you so much, Kerri. After watching your tutorials your DXF files automatically convert to studio files for me. Woo hoo!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - June 14, 2013 - 3:17 pm

    Thanks for this best day/dad ever file. And now I know DXF works in Designer Studio! Yea! Happy weekend and thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Pam S - June 14, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    Thank you for the freebie, awesome file, it’s going to be a fun summer waiting for “Fridays”!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - June 14, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Thanks so much for the freebies Kerri……they’re awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kment - June 14, 2013 - 8:42 pm

    Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Hoffmann Smith - June 14, 2013 - 10:52 pm

    Thank you, Kerri! Love your designs!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - June 14, 2013 - 11:21 pm

    Thanks for the freebie! Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Patty G. - June 15, 2013 - 9:21 am

    Another great file! Thanks for sharing!ReplyCancel

  • DawnN - June 15, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Thank youReplyCancel

  • lemondedis - June 30, 2013 - 10:12 am

    j’aime beaucoup !… merci pour le partage… j’ai créé un lien ici :

  • yolande k - February 24, 2014 - 2:55 am

    Merci beaucoup Kerri !ReplyCancel

Pic.Tap.Go. is by far my favorite ever since it came out. I’ve been a huge Totally Rad Action girl for a few years now. And then when they came out with Rad Lab…I had to get that too (although I didn’t get it immediately). But now that I have it, I love it…even though I have all their actions too. But that’s a post for another time. :)

Then when they released Pic.Tap.Go….I knew it was a match made in heaven for me. What I love most about it is how you can layer the different photo filters on top of each other in addition to changing the intensity. It’s very user friendly. Oh yeah…and you like the way you edited the photo? You can save it as a Recipe! That is so awesome! And one more fabulous thing…it knows what you like and has a tab for ‘My Style’ too. How smart is that?

I thought it would be fun to show you it in action with this photo I took of Jordan with her sweet friend after she was in Spitfire Grill (in ‘old lady’ stage makeup, mind you).

It was out in the high school hallways, the lighting was awful, and let’s face it, the overall photo sucked. They are cute though and so I wanted to make it look good.

As you can see, there are a plethora of filters that you can choose from…and those are just the ones that you can see on the screen at one time. Much, much more! To get to them, all you do is swipe your thumb and they are below the photo. If you are already familiar with Totally Rad Actions, you’ll recognize most of those names. And because the photo was so bad coloring-wise to start with, many of the filters don’t look so great.

To start with, I changed the photo to a simple black and white.


 Next I lightened it a little. If you notice the slider there in the center, that’s where you can change the intensity–or opacity–of the filter.


Next up, a little Vanilla Kiss to give it a slight vintage feel.


I felt like it needed a little sharpening, so I added the Crispity layer.


At this point, I felt like it still needed a little bit of lightening, so I added a little more of Lights On.


A bit of a burned edge to add to the overall feel and voila! I was done!
Much better than the original, don’tcha think?

That’s what it can do on a bad photo. Imagine what you could do on a good one!


So I’ve ‘Pic’d my photo, ‘Tap’d my filters, and now comes the ‘Go’ part. As you can see, you have several options here, but the one I want to point out is the Save Recipe. If you click on that, you’ll get this:

You can save the recipe and use it on more photos. It’s also great because you can save the recipe information or send it on to someone else. I also like just taking a screenshot of it to keep on file if I really like it and want to remember what exactly I did.

 And in case you are wondering, did you know you can take screenshots on your iPhone by pressing the top right button and the center button at the same time? I think you can do it on other mobile phones too, but I love that feature! I used it to screen capture maps and other important data that I might have needed while in NYC. Much easier to pull up a photo than worry about getting it online. ;)

So yeah. That’s Pic.Tap.Go. in a nutshell.
Totally worth the price of an app!

(From the makers of RadLab. Which is awesome!)


  • Cristina - June 13, 2013 - 9:19 am

    I love this app, too! I used to never, ever buy any paid apps. I was missing out. Now I have a few photo apps and they make such a difference. My photos look better than when I use my real camera! Granted, I suck at using my real camera.. but still.ReplyCancel

  • keianna - June 14, 2013 - 12:08 pm

    Thanks for these reviewsReplyCancel

  • Brenda - June 16, 2013 - 8:00 am

    It’s very addicting. Love that app!ReplyCancel

We have a few new friends visiting here today from the Eighteen25 blog. For those of you who already friends here, have you heard of these girls? They always share such amazing and fun things–crafts, clothes, and most importantly…food.

This month I am one of their sponsors and today they are doing a giveaway on their blog for three spots in my History Project class! That’s right, you heard me…three.

So to add some fun for all those visiting today?

I’ve got a special freebie for y’all today!



This 3×4 card is only being offered for free through this week only, then it goes into the store. So you’d best be picking it up today…and then head over to those lovely girls at Eighteen25, if you haven’t been there already. :)

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can pick it up in the store. :)

Welcome all you Eighteen25 fans!

So happy to have you stop by for a visit!

  • Jennifer Scull - June 11, 2013 - 7:27 am

    thank you so much for these fun cards! :)
    enjoy your day!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Alg - June 11, 2013 - 7:29 am

    My favorite childhood memory is going to the public swimming pool everyday with my cousins. It only cost a dime and we would swim for hours.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanne J - June 11, 2013 - 7:40 am

    Thanks for the great download! Love your work! My favorite childhood memory is fishing with my dad! A wonderful memory that keeps getting renewed each season!ReplyCancel

  • Adriane - June 11, 2013 - 7:41 am

    My favorite childhood memory is playing in the sandbox my dad had made for me in our backyard. It was the best sandbox ever!! :)ReplyCancel

  • June - June 11, 2013 - 7:42 am

    Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley C - June 11, 2013 - 7:43 am

    My siblings and I had a special club in preparation for Christmas morning complete with code words and a plan for each step of the way to see our gifts!ReplyCancel

  • June - June 11, 2013 - 7:45 am

    Sorry .. childhood memory. 7 kids, one bike. :) And I was the 6th so the bike was a little big for me.ReplyCancel

  • Shawn B! - June 11, 2013 - 8:08 am

    Picking raspberries…ReplyCancel

  • Shelley D - June 11, 2013 - 8:23 am

    My favorite childhood memory is of my 8th birthday. I got to have a party and invite all of my friends and got a 10 speed….it was a great day!ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - June 11, 2013 - 8:46 am

    My fave childhood memory is of eating watermelon by a cold mountain stream for the 4th of July.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline R - June 11, 2013 - 9:03 am

    Thanks for this freebie and the chance at the giveaway!

    Some of my favorite childhood memories are the two weeks I would spend with my aunt and uncle every summer. It was always a time I looked forward to and made the summer seem so much more magical.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi S - June 11, 2013 - 9:04 am

    My favorite childhood memory is spending time at the lake in the summerReplyCancel

  • Jeannie - June 11, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Thanks you so much for this class. Hoping it pushes me to record some memories! One of my favorite childhood memories is going to the drive-in movies in our pajamas, eating popcorn on the hood of the car and then watching the fireworks!ReplyCancel

  • Melinda T - June 11, 2013 - 9:17 am

    My favorite childhood memory is summer vacation! We’d drive down to see my grandparents for a couple weeks! So fun…I miss those days!ReplyCancel

  • Rebekah Woosley - June 11, 2013 - 9:39 am

    thank you for the freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Mel H - June 11, 2013 - 10:01 am

    Thanks for the giveaway…my favorite memories are playing under our weeping willow tree.ReplyCancel

  • Beth - June 11, 2013 - 10:04 am

    My favorite childhood memory is just being…hanging out in the summer playing softball and kickball and bike riding…ReplyCancel

  • Becca Hill - June 11, 2013 - 10:19 am

    Been following you for awhile. I LOVE this idea.ReplyCancel

  • Liz K - June 11, 2013 - 10:49 am

    One of my favorite childhood memories is picking raspberries in our backyard with my dad. :-)ReplyCancel

  • Colleen - June 11, 2013 - 11:47 am

    My favorite childhood memory is so basic. Its going to the park with my family and being pushed on the swings by my dad. It is my favorite memory above Disneyland, Sea World, etc. It goes to show that we don’t need to spend a fortune on our kids to make lasting memories.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Thompson - June 11, 2013 - 11:55 am

    My family had a cabin on the lake when I was growing up… So many wonderful memories there: swimming, camping out, laughing and playing.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy B - June 11, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    My favorite memory is the road trips we took every summer!ReplyCancel

  • Gina - June 11, 2013 - 12:43 pm

    Love the cards! My fav memory is sliding down the snow covered hill with all my friends!ReplyCancel

  • Berniek - June 11, 2013 - 12:58 pm

    I love the card and this idea of the history project is just great! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • michelle - June 11, 2013 - 2:40 pm

    all of my fave childhood memories include my sister… roller skaking, fort building, and talking untill we fell asleep at night!ReplyCancel

  • Karen S. - June 11, 2013 - 2:50 pm

    Thanks for the card!ReplyCancel

  • Trish R - June 11, 2013 - 3:04 pm

    Thank you for this freebie! My gratitude “needs no explanation”… Seriously you are the best!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney M - June 11, 2013 - 3:34 pm

    I remember playing with my brothers in cottonseed on the farm. Cottonseed is like snow, only not cold!ReplyCancel

  • Lenise - June 11, 2013 - 4:49 pm

    Thanks for the freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Jett - June 11, 2013 - 5:21 pm

    I’m already a huge fan of yours, and love all that the girls on the Eighteen25 girls do. Love when my scrappy world and crafty worlds collide!ReplyCancel

  • Alysia H - June 11, 2013 - 5:45 pm

    Riding my purple bike with banana seat and basket that had plastic flowers on the front!
    Thanks for the cute freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne Newman - June 11, 2013 - 6:10 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity!ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne Newman - June 11, 2013 - 6:13 pm

    Riding my bike down the street I hit something, was thrown off, and the left pinky fingernail (the entire nail bed) came off. It took months to grow back.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly - June 11, 2013 - 6:31 pm

    My favorite childhood memory hard to choose. Probably spending the summers at the beach with my brother, learning to surf (and watching him fall off again and again!).ReplyCancel

  • Jen T - June 11, 2013 - 7:18 pm

    Christmas Eve and going shopping with my Dad on that day :)ReplyCancel

  • Karyn - June 11, 2013 - 8:02 pm

    One of my favorite childhood memories was going to the lake with my parents and family friends! So much fun!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Weber - June 11, 2013 - 11:19 pm

    Love your blog Kerri…my favorite childhood memory is spending the night at my grandma and grandpa’s house…they let us do all the messy things my mom never had time for. We baked cakes, took walks, grandma told us stories she made up…I really miss them!ReplyCancel

  • Sheri E. - June 12, 2013 - 12:37 am

    With warm weather here I always think about those summer nights of riding bikes and playing outside until 9 PM! Whoa!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleB - June 12, 2013 - 3:16 am

    Love this! Thank you! A favorite childhood memory is staying at my grandparents’ house on the lake and riding my bike with my brother around to see our friends the summer camps around their house and picking wild raspberries for snacks. Good, good times!ReplyCancel

  • sigrid - June 12, 2013 - 5:10 am

    My best childhood memory is riding vintage bicycles up and down my streetReplyCancel

  • Brenda - June 12, 2013 - 5:24 am

    My best childhood memory is of a Christmas morning when I received an organ that I had wanted.ReplyCancel

  • Vicki I. - June 12, 2013 - 5:51 am

    I have wonderful childhood memories of our neighborhood. We spent a lot of time outside playing tag, riding bikes, playing in the creek, playing four-square…ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - June 12, 2013 - 6:40 am

    I remember laying on the sidewalk or driveway watching for shooting stars with my mom and dad. Wonderful memories!ReplyCancel

  • Diana - June 12, 2013 - 7:28 am

    I have great childhood memories of my neighborhood. Playing hide and seek at night and then everyone scattering for home when the “siren” blew. Easy way to give a child a curfew.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Groh - June 12, 2013 - 8:54 am

    I have a lot of childhood memories. Some good and some bad. I think the best times were when we would make Barbie land out of my back yard during summer vacation. We would spend hours making our homes and then driving our cards to each others houses for dinner or to pick up a cup of sugar. You know you have to change Barbie’s clothes for each visit or wash the car. It was such a blast.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel - June 12, 2013 - 9:05 am

    Thanks for the freebie! Jumping on the trampoline with the sprinklers underneath…that’s my childhood summer memory that “needs no explanation” :)ReplyCancel

  • Lillian - June 12, 2013 - 9:19 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your Freebie’s.
    Best childhood memory is of my grandfather taking me to the zoo and us having so much fun.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn N - June 12, 2013 - 10:15 am

    your site is new to me – and the project is something I have been meaning to start – Thanks 1825 for helping me find you –
    Best childhood memory is making home-made snow cones.ReplyCancel

  • Terry - June 12, 2013 - 10:37 am

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Labbie1 - June 12, 2013 - 10:39 am

    Wow! Thanks for the freebies to get us started!

    I was blown away when I visited the blog about the History Project! It is just perfect for everyone, but I have a keen interest in Genealogy and did the same Sprague course that you did. It was fun but yours looks like really a lot of fun and your excitement is truly contagious! Please pick me!!!!! :)

    Thanks for allowing us the opportunity to join in! :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen - June 12, 2013 - 11:10 am

    Thanks for the freebie:)!ReplyCancel

  • Marty Larson - June 12, 2013 - 12:15 pm

    The History Project sounds so appealing. Telling the stories is something that is always interesting to so many. Thank you for the kickstart.ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Barnes - June 12, 2013 - 1:13 pm

    I have vague recollection of an Easter parade from when I was 4 or 5. I remember making my Easter bonnet.

    Would love to win this class!ReplyCancel

  • Crystal - June 12, 2013 - 2:49 pm

    Thanks for the free printable!! One of my favorite childhood memories is when my grandparents had come to visit us. My grandpa would get up and we (my two older brothers & I) would play cards before the school bus came. It was so much fun and made my day special!! He is where I get my love of card games from :)ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Monroe - June 12, 2013 - 5:40 pm

    Making and eating homemade Grapico ice cream is my favorite childhood memory.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - June 12, 2013 - 8:30 pm

    Popsicles. I still remember licking the juice as it ran down my arm.ReplyCancel

  • McStamper - June 12, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    Thanks for the freebies and a chance to win the great class.ReplyCancel

  • Teresa Blue - June 12, 2013 - 9:37 pm

    Playing Batman and Robin with my brothers….I was Cat Woman. This was in the 1960’s!ReplyCancel

  • Terressa T. - June 12, 2013 - 9:47 pm

    going camping each summer with my family for our extended family reunion. what’s so great is that I get to share that same tradition with my own six kiddos each summer!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - June 12, 2013 - 11:41 pm

    Thanks for the fun!ReplyCancel

  • Angelica - June 13, 2013 - 5:35 am

    What an awesome idea! I’d love to be a part of it!ReplyCancel

  • Angelica - June 13, 2013 - 5:37 am

    Playing Barbies for hours with my best friend!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - June 13, 2013 - 5:39 am

    Thanks for the freebie- how we ALL love those- and a chance at a great sounding class!ReplyCancel

  • Kathy Salazar - June 13, 2013 - 5:43 am

    When I was 89 my Mom & sisters went to midnight service on Christmas Eve- When they got home they finished up whatever needed to be done then woke me up & we had Christmas at 2 in the morning! It was great! My friend called early the next morning to see what I got and was surprised that I was still sleeping-ReplyCancel

  • Nicolle S - June 13, 2013 - 8:03 am

    Cute freebie! Thank you. :)

    I remember always playing with my little brother at my grandma’s house while she baked for us. So much fun and memories I’ll treasure.ReplyCancel

  • Shannon Kelso - June 13, 2013 - 11:14 am

    We had a mulberry tree in our backyard. I would spend hours in the summer sitting under the tree with a book and eating sun-warmed berries.ReplyCancel

  • Dee Taylor - June 14, 2013 - 7:26 am

    Thank you for this fun freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Dee Taylor - June 14, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Spending hours playing in our treehouse with my sisters.ReplyCancel

Over the past little bit I’ve been stocking up on some photo apps. Okay, maybe ‘stocking up’ is a bit of an overstatement, but when you are fairly new to the iPhone world (finally got one in December), any multi purchase of apps is stocking up, right?

Not only that, when things are free or only $1.99 it makes it soooooo easy to just get it and play. That being said, I’m still particular about what I take up space on my phone with. :)

So this week I thought it might be fun to share some of these apps.

Here’s the first app that’s been tickling my fancy of late:

Camera Noir

This is my very most recent addition. Zach showed it to me after seeing it on Flipboard (another fun app). I took a gander at it on the App Store and decided it just looked too danged cool to pass up. It’s brand new so the initial reviews on it working weren’t exactly good. But it looks like within a few short days that they’ve already worked out some bugs. So far, I haven’t had any problem with it, but I haven’t taken photos with it…only modified ones that I’ve already taken.

It pretty much only does the B+W at three levels. So it’s not necessarily jam-packed with capabilities. But it’s pretty cool anyway. Sometimes less is more. :)

Here’s some before and after shots–straight out of the iPhone camera and using the Camera Noir app. Of course I had to use some NYC shots because I thought that just looked awesome with the city.


Is that just not the coolest??? It makes it look like you took it in the 40s or something. And just for the sake of showing it on something other than a city shot…here ya go:


me likey.

  • Susan W - June 10, 2013 - 12:59 pm

    Very nice….I’ll have to check it out.
    A friend of mine…a professional photographer…told me about Snapseed…another iPhone app. You can do very cool things with it too and it’s free! I likey free…. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - June 10, 2013 - 2:02 pm

    I just brought it and likely it already. Thanks.ReplyCancel

This summer we are gonna have some fun!

And part of all that fun includes a freebie every Friday through August 30!
What’s that you say?

‘Tis too true…every Friday expect to see a new freebie just for you.

So to kick off our summer of fun, I thought it only appropriate to have a summer-themed icon that you can use just about anywhere.

It comes in six different colors, because you never know what you’ll be needing it for, right?

To download it forever free, click HERE.

  • LinhC - June 7, 2013 - 6:10 am

    Love it! I look forward to Fridays even more!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - June 7, 2013 - 6:28 am

    Thanks so much Kerri! Wow that kicks off the summer in style! TFSReplyCancel

  • Susan Kopp - June 7, 2013 - 6:36 am

    Thanks so much Kerri, your goodies are always wonderful and this didn’t disappoint!ReplyCancel

  • Natalie (QSOgirl) - June 7, 2013 - 6:37 am

    Thanks for the freebie! It’s going to be a great summer :)ReplyCancel

  • {dawn} h. - June 7, 2013 - 7:06 am

    How exciting! Another something to look forward to on Fridays, and all summer long! Yeah!! This printable is adorable…can’t wait to add it to “My Story” for this week! Thanks, Kerri!!ReplyCancel

  • Sylvia - June 7, 2013 - 7:28 am

    Love IT! thanks for sharing :)ReplyCancel

  • Susan - June 7, 2013 - 7:33 am

    Thanks so much Kerri! Love it!ReplyCancel

  • Rosalie - June 7, 2013 - 7:36 am

    very nice Thank-youReplyCancel

  • Veronica M. - June 7, 2013 - 9:45 am

    Thank you! I always look forward to your freebies.ReplyCancel

  • Bec Kilgore - June 7, 2013 - 10:14 am

    Thanks for being so generous!ReplyCancel

  • Pam S - June 7, 2013 - 11:10 am

    Thank you!!! I will be looking forward to Fridays all summer! YEAReplyCancel

  • Marilyn in Michigan - June 7, 2013 - 11:10 am

    Great way to kick off summer! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Stacy Tucker - June 7, 2013 - 11:16 am

    Thank you so much!! Another reason to love Fridays!ReplyCancel

  • judi - June 7, 2013 - 11:28 am

    What sweet goodness! Thanks so much Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Marcy E - June 7, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    Thank you… Gotta love a freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - June 7, 2013 - 12:31 pm

    Thank you for the free goodie!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Gilbert - June 7, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    As always, thanks so much for the freebies! Its like your birthday every Friday all summer long! YipppeeeeeReplyCancel

  • Angie - June 7, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    So cute! Very much looking forward to these Friday Freebies! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis B. - June 7, 2013 - 2:03 pm

    Thank you, Kerri! Happy Summer!ReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - June 7, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    This is going to be so fun. Thanks so much. Look what that new office space did for you and for us! ( :ReplyCancel

  • Judy Stiles - June 7, 2013 - 2:33 pm

    Thanks for the freebie … so very cute! Can’t wait to use it!ReplyCancel

  • Christine - June 7, 2013 - 3:50 pm

    Thankyou so much, you are such a sweetie to do this! It is winter here (in NZ) so was nice to be reminded about summer!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Weber - June 7, 2013 - 4:23 pm

    Thank you so much…what fun to look forward to!3ReplyCancel

  • Michele - June 7, 2013 - 5:26 pm

    Thanks so much. Another reason to look forward to Fridays.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - June 7, 2013 - 5:46 pm

    These are AWESOME Kerri! Thanks so much for the Friday Freebie.

    Have a wonderful weekend!!ReplyCancel

  • Jewel - June 7, 2013 - 7:49 pm

    Thank you for the awesome freebie! Really gets me in the mood for summer. Now if the weather would just warm up in my neck of the woods, we are all set.ReplyCancel

  • Gilda - June 7, 2013 - 8:25 pm

    Thanks so much for the freebie. I really appreciate them and how exciting to see more each Friday through the summer.ReplyCancel

  • Nashonne - June 7, 2013 - 10:27 pm

    Love the freebie! I finally figured out the Print&Cuton mmy cameo, using these files! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - June 7, 2013 - 10:59 pm

    Thanks so much for the freebie! Have a great weekend!ReplyCancel

  • Suzzi - June 8, 2013 - 5:46 am

    Thanks – just love these.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly M - June 8, 2013 - 11:03 am

    Thanks Kerri! You are so sweet to give us freebies.ReplyCancel

  • Lorita - June 9, 2013 - 1:04 pm

    Thanks so much. I will use these a lot.ReplyCancel

  • Cheri Goldsmith - June 9, 2013 - 1:24 pm

    You are so sweet to share with us. Thank you very much.ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Orme - June 10, 2013 - 10:40 pm

    Thanks so much for the darling summertime freebie…I LOVE it!ReplyCancel

  • Patty G. - June 15, 2013 - 9:22 am

    I can’t wait to use these–thanks for the freebies!ReplyCancel

  • lemondedis - June 30, 2013 - 10:01 am

    j’aime beaucoup : merci pour le partage !… j’ai créé un lien ici :été-freebies/ReplyCancel

  • lea - September 22, 2013 - 4:40 pm

    Thank you so much!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Johnson - May 28, 2014 - 9:26 pm

    Thanks so much. Will be looking forward to Friday’s even more now!ReplyCancel

  • janet - June 17, 2014 - 9:37 am

    Found your site through Simple Stories! Love it! Thanks so much for the freebies. Love your stuff!ReplyCancel