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I can’t believe it!

The new Design Secrets class begins in a week! Yowza! I feel like Santa in his workshop as I’m trying to get everything finished and ready to go for next week.

But I thought I’d take a minute and pop in today and share a [digital] sneak peek at another one of the projects we’ll be doing.

mint. yellow. grey.

Kind of makes me happy. :)

I’m always just amazed at how powerful Silhouette Studio can be.
It’s pretty awesome.

And in case you wanted a sneak peek at some of the freebies in the class?
I do believe I can accommodate.

One last note here . . .

The sale price only lasts until the class starts,
so it’s a-goin’ away come Monday, September 2.

If you wanted to save a few dollars–even if you just saved the class like you save some chocolate in a drawer for when you have a craving–you’d best be doing it now because it won’t be on sale again until who knows when.

I’m all about saving a buck when possible. :)

  • Cathy Weber - August 26, 2013 - 7:51 am

    My friend Kim and I are taking the class together and are really looking forward to it. I have loved all of your other silhouette classes and can not believe how much I have learned from you. I would not be using my silhouette nearly as much had I not taken your classes!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - August 26, 2013 - 8:33 am

    I am going to sign up now! This sounds exciting! I cant wait to learn all the tips and tricks!ReplyCancel

  • M'tika - August 26, 2013 - 1:23 pm

    So sad… I would LOVE to take your classes, but I don’t have a Silhouette but have an Eclipse.ReplyCancel

  • Karen L - August 26, 2013 - 2:21 pm

    Have already signed up and anxious to get started.!!I will be counting down with you.ReplyCancel

  • Clairewa - August 26, 2013 - 5:36 pm

    Kerri, that page looks AWESOME! I’m REALLY looking forward to this class :)ReplyCancel

  • Paula Atkinson - August 27, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    Hi I’m Paula from over in the UK. I have just signed up! I am so excited. I totally love my silhouette but don’t feel I know enough designer tips to get the best from it. totally love that colour scheme & the lemon paper is divine.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy R. - August 28, 2013 - 8:04 am

    Chocolate?!? In a drawer?!?!! Chocolates here for a good time, not a long time… Unlike your classes which are both LOL!ReplyCancel

Summer is winding down. Many kids have even started back to school already. So crazy! But I have to admit, I’m getting anxious for fall! I bought me some new jeans and I just kind-a wanna wear ‘em. Okay, so I have worn them this week, but I wasn’t really going anywhere so it wasn’t too hot for me. ;)

So we’re winding down on the big ol’ Summertime Friday Freebie. Again, can’t believe it! Just one more regular Friday Freebie after this. Oh, they will still make their appearances, but probably won’t be every week. :)

So today’s Friday Freebie is all about the ‘amazing’ summer adventures you need to record. Of course, it’s perfect for many more projects than just that.

To download this file click the image or click HERE.

And so speaking of amazing, check out what our darling Miss Naomi has made with a previous summertime freebie. Great page! Love all the photos that she has using the photo template!

[ Shapes | Storyboard 8 / Summertime icon / In Transit (Summer) ]

Such great photos! And love the use of the ‘subway’ art with it!

Here’s a few words from Naomi:

The storyboard is so easy for lots of vacation photos!! Love them!!!!!!!! I placed the sweet summertime free circle graphic in the center of the storyboard with a pop dot. And I used the Summertime subway art from “InTransit” and then misted and painted different colors over it and then added some sequins to the top.  :)

Next week, September is on the calendar.


I said it.

And I’m excited for it. I’m not gonna lie.

Don’t forget to enter in the Rad Lab contest in the previous post! It ends at midnight!

  • Dolly - August 23, 2013 - 6:31 am

    AWESOME page!! it just screams summer fun. :D
    Thanks for all the AMAZING freebies Kerri!! :DReplyCancel

  • Trish - August 23, 2013 - 1:14 pm

    Thanks Kerri for this wonderful freebie. I can’t wait to join your amazing self for class next week Oh Boy!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - August 24, 2013 - 12:20 am

    Amazing, I love this page, the colours and style are perfect. Thank you for your freebies Kerri, they are awesome.ReplyCancel

  • kendell - May 5, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Thanks ever so much for sharingReplyCancel

You know, as I wrote that title, I was just beside myself! We have quite a day in store today!

A couple weeks ago I shared my love for Rad Lab in this post. Rad Lab is a plug-in from Totally Rad that works with Photoshop, Photoshop Elements and Lightroom.

It’s awesome.

It’s a life saver.

As I said previously, it can rock your photo world . . . and that’s no lie.

I’ve been using the actions and Rad Lab from Totally Rad for several years–give or take and they make photo editing a breeze. Check out the video I made in that previous post.

I thought it might be fun today to share some more photos and ‘recipes’ that I used to edit them to see just how many fabulous versions you can make on a photo.

This photo just makes me want to go back to Amsterdam . . . bad. I loved how all the bikes and cars just harmoniously rode together on the streets. That was rush hour. And if you live in Amsterdam and it’s really otherwise, don’t burst my happiness bubble. ;)

As you can see in the After photo, the changes made just added a whole different vibe to the photo. Kind of gave it a more nostalgic look.

Here’s a screen shot of the changes I made:

I’m kind of afraid to know what BAMF stands for on the B+W filter I used (lol), but it’s seriously awesome and probably appropriately named. And you’re thinking to yourself, ‘Wait, that photo ain’t no black+white.’ Well, that’s the beauty of some of these filters . . . you can change the Effect Strength so it only uses a partial part of the B+W filter.


Now let’s take a look at some of that B+W in a whole other way.

New York City. Is there any town more iconic? The energy that resides there–day and night. There’s nothing like it. That’s why I loved changing the look of this photo that I took out of the front window of the bus to this contrasty, grungy, black and white photo. It says NYC to me.

Here’s a look at the changes I made to it. Again, hovering over the Stylets available gives you an instant view of what will happen if you choose it. And the beautiful Rad Lab will allow you to alter various parts of that Stylet.


Last, but not least, here’s an engagement photo of my nephew and his (now) wife.

This was seriously one of the most fun photo shoots I’ve done. It makes it easy when you have a great location combined with two theater people and several . . . ehem . . . ‘costume’ changes.

With this photo I wanted an old + faded vintage look. Rad Lab to the rescue! Just a few clicks and voila!

Again, changes in intensities gets me exactly what I want–just a little slider. It’s so easy. You can see I added Skinny Jeans and unchecked it because it didn’t achieve the look I wanted. I want ‘skinny jeans’ any time I can get, but as a Stylet it just wasn’t workin’ for this photo.

Seriously. Love this little program. The Totally Rad guys are geniuses! :) And if you haven’t gotten their Pic Tap Go on your iPhone/iPad? You are seriously missing out! (check out my review HERE)

And because of this passion for this little program, I decided to become an affiliate with them. I never promote anything I don’t believe in much less put a link for it on my sidebar. But I love this program that much.

And becoming an affiliate has its perks. (insert great big smile here)

If any of you are interested in this fabulous program–or any of the other fun things that Totally Rad has to offer, I have a coupon code for 15% off for you to use! Yahoo!

Just use the code 1543KERRI at checkout and you just saved yourself some bucks. 

love that.

But wait. It gets better!

Guess what else I have today!



That’s right boys and girls!
One lucky person will win their
very own copy of Rad Lab!

Great googlie mooglie! How awesome is that???

Here’s how you can get multiple chances to win.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I’ll draw a winner Saturday morning.

Thanks Totally Rad!
You guys rock!

  • Marilyn Bronson - August 21, 2013 - 4:01 am

    Loved the engagement photos you took and if Rad helped with those I’m all in. Thanks for the opportunity to win.ReplyCancel

  • Sue Alg - August 21, 2013 - 4:44 am

    Sue A
    Mukwonago, WIReplyCancel

  • Barb Mc - August 21, 2013 - 5:34 am

    I would love to win RADLAB! Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Margie Visnick - August 21, 2013 - 6:24 am

    Margie Visnick
    Humboldt, TNReplyCancel

  • Cari - August 21, 2013 - 6:42 am

    Love the pic tap go app! I bought it after you recommended it! I would love to be able to use the filters with Photoshop Elements! Thanks for the chance to win, Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - August 21, 2013 - 6:49 am

    These examples are just beautiful! Thanks so much for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - August 21, 2013 - 6:51 am

    Very sorry! I just saw the question!
    Tammy Davis
    Altus, OKReplyCancel

  • Natalie (QSOgirl) - August 21, 2013 - 6:53 am

    Natalie in Ellicott City, MDReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - August 21, 2013 - 7:07 am

    Ever since you previewed Rad Lab I’ve been yearning for it. It would be super awesome to win it!

    Kathleen D
    St. Augustine, FLReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Fellows - August 21, 2013 - 7:11 am

    Thank you so much for a chance to win! I think Radlab would be awesome to have! P.S. you don’t want to know what BAMF stands for. Just enjoy the effects. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Fellows - August 21, 2013 - 7:14 am

    West Valley City, Utah.ReplyCancel

  • SusanP - August 21, 2013 - 7:23 am

    This program looks awesome! I’d love to win a copy!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Kopp - August 21, 2013 - 7:24 am

    I would love to win this for sure!! The picture of your nephew and his wife is stunning, it’s just like they were in the 40’s on the Oriental Express. Too Cool!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn N - August 21, 2013 - 7:41 am

    Huge fan of what Rad Lab can do – and your pics look great! It just hasnt been in my budget. I will be keeping my fingers crossed! Great giveaway – and always something fun happening over here.ReplyCancel

  • Jacqueline R - August 21, 2013 - 7:43 am

    These edits look amazing!


  • Roxane F. - August 21, 2013 - 7:49 am

    Looks amazing! Thanks for a chance to win!
    Roxane F.
    Elburn, ILReplyCancel

  • Julie Learned - August 21, 2013 - 7:53 am

    Julie from Cottage Grove, WIReplyCancel

  • Alice Isenbart - August 21, 2013 - 7:55 am

    I totally love my PicTapGo app! Hoping I’ll be able to add RadLab to the ‘ol aresenal!

    Alice I.
    Marriottsville, MDReplyCancel

  • Tiffany H - August 21, 2013 - 7:59 am

    Tiffany H
    Metairie, LAReplyCancel

  • Lynda Callan Griffith - August 21, 2013 - 8:09 am

    Thanks for a chance to winReplyCancel

  • Michele Geraci - August 21, 2013 - 8:16 am

    I love all you do; it is so creative and fun, and I get so many new ideas from you. I would love to win the Rad Lab so I can try some of the things you have taught me, plus experiment with my own ideas.
    Thanks so much.
    Michele from MichiganReplyCancel

  • LinhC - August 21, 2013 - 8:17 am

    Linh from birmingham, alReplyCancel

  • Sandra M. - August 21, 2013 - 8:18 am

    Luv all your photos … and the way Rad has enhanced them! Thanks for the chance at a fantastic giveaway!

    Sandra from Vancouver, B.C.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn McF - August 21, 2013 - 8:29 am

    I love the pic tap go app! And would love to win this for photoshop!! Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Dawn M - August 21, 2013 - 8:31 am

    Dawn M from Georgetown Texas would love to win RadLab! Thanks for the giveaway!ReplyCancel

  • Beth - August 21, 2013 - 8:38 am

    Beth from Noblesville, IN

    I use PicTapGo on my phone, but having this on my computer would be AMAZING!! Thanks, Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Kenna P. - August 21, 2013 - 8:39 am

    Kerri, Rad Lab is fantastic! Just what I was looking for to add character to my photos. Thanks for the opportunity to win in Bolivar, Missouri!!ReplyCancel

  • Debi N - August 21, 2013 - 9:04 am

    I would love to win RadLab! I need all the help I can get with my photos! Thank you for the opportunity to win in Little Elm, TX!ReplyCancel

  • Judy Stiles - August 21, 2013 - 9:16 am

    What a great giveaway! Would be awesome to win RadLab! Your “AFTER” pics are AMAZING!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - August 21, 2013 - 9:20 am

    LOVE it!! I especially love the NYC photo!!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Q - August 21, 2013 - 9:21 am

    I’ve been looking at RadLab for ages!ReplyCancel

  • Lynne - August 21, 2013 - 9:22 am

    Would love to win – thanks for the opportunity.ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Q - August 21, 2013 - 9:23 am

    I’m Sarah and I’m from near Newark, DE!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Stich - August 21, 2013 - 9:32 am

    I love what you can do with RadLab. Hope to win because I’ve been looking at it forever! Thanks for a great giveaway.
    Cindy from Cantrall, IL.ReplyCancel

  • becky h - August 21, 2013 - 9:32 am

    I want this program so much. I love Pic-tap-go on my phone and I know I will love this.ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - August 21, 2013 - 9:38 am

    Dolly from BC
    This looks TOO FABULOUS!! please pic me!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - August 21, 2013 - 9:51 am

    This looks so cool! I love it when you can make an original look so different.ReplyCancel

  • Pam Claeys - August 21, 2013 - 9:58 am

    If this posts twice, so sorry. That’s how anxious I am to make sure I’m entered for this awesome product! Thank you!

    Pam Claeys
    Malden, MOReplyCancel

  • LauraM - August 21, 2013 - 10:19 am

    RadLab looks awesome – thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy Barnes - August 21, 2013 - 10:23 am

    Nancy Barnes
    Phoenix, AZReplyCancel

  • Rhadonda - August 21, 2013 - 10:29 am

    Rhadonda, Sterling, IL Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • ConnieC - August 21, 2013 - 10:42 am

    Connie C
    Greenwood, SC

    Very nice giveaway. It’s a great program, I loved the trial.ReplyCancel

  • Kristen V - August 21, 2013 - 10:52 am

    Kristen from Kansas!ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis B. - August 21, 2013 - 11:47 am

    This must be great fun to play with…ReplyCancel

  • Simmone D. - August 21, 2013 - 11:54 am

    I am so excited to have a chance to win RadLab. I have heard great things about it.ReplyCancel

  • Amber b - August 21, 2013 - 12:11 pm

    Would love this — perfect timing as I have a girls scrapping getaway this wknd!!!ReplyCancel

  • Machelle - August 21, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    Looks like loads of fun! Hope I win!ReplyCancel

  • MelissaW - August 21, 2013 - 12:18 pm

    Representing Michigan, here! Would love to win this filter set!ReplyCancel

  • Machelle - August 21, 2013 - 12:20 pm

    Just saw I’m supposed to say where I’m from! Oops! California.ReplyCancel

  • Karen L - August 21, 2013 - 12:22 pm

    Would love to win this…..sounds fabulousReplyCancel

  • Trina - August 21, 2013 - 12:24 pm

    Trina, CaliforniaReplyCancel

  • LisaM - August 21, 2013 - 12:25 pm

    What a neat program. WOuld love something like that. Thanks for the great chance to win it.

    Stevensville, Montana :)ReplyCancel

  • Sandy R. - August 21, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    Wow! would love to win! Sandy R. from North Bay Ontario CanadaReplyCancel

  • Jeannie Lafaye - August 21, 2013 - 12:40 pm

    I am just learning Photoshop, and I’m having so much fun! Radlab looks like it would be such a cool addition to my Photoshop tools.My name is Jeannie, and I’m from White Rock, BC, Canada.ReplyCancel

  • Debra B - August 21, 2013 - 12:54 pm

    Debra B

    San Marcos, CAReplyCancel

  • KathyL - August 21, 2013 - 1:35 pm

    I love their actions and use them a lot. This would be great to win. ThanksReplyCancel

  • Kristy - August 21, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    I would love to win RADLAB. Thanks for a chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • CLR - August 21, 2013 - 2:12 pm

    This looks.very interesting. Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - August 21, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    Ashley from Lehi, UT.ReplyCancel

  • CLR - August 21, 2013 - 2:14 pm

    From Colorado.1ReplyCancel

  • Candy - August 21, 2013 - 2:23 pm

    Maybe my eyes aren’t working right, but I like all those photos before you did anything to them. Call me funny, wait, you already did! Hugs & Aloha.ReplyCancel

  • Rhonda O - August 21, 2013 - 2:45 pm

    Rhonda O
    Bend ORReplyCancel

  • Cheryl :) - August 21, 2013 - 4:38 pm

    Rad Lab look like so much fun. Thanks for the info and giveaway!!!
    Cheryl – Keytesville, MOReplyCancel

  • Tania K - August 21, 2013 - 4:53 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE those actions! Have wanted them forever! Your edits are spectacular! Thanks for the chance to win!!!ReplyCancel

  • Angie Kaczynski - August 21, 2013 - 4:56 pm

    Angie – Milwaukee, WIReplyCancel

  • Nashonne - August 21, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    This is an interesting app. Thanks for the giveaway!

    Crete, ILReplyCancel

  • Deenas - August 21, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    Deena S, Wilmington, NCReplyCancel

  • Brandy S - August 21, 2013 - 8:37 pm

    This program looks great!ReplyCancel

  • Bernice J - August 21, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    Bernice Janssen, Alberta CanadaReplyCancel

  • Kathy N - August 21, 2013 - 9:52 pm

    Rad Lab looks totally awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Tonia - August 22, 2013 - 2:21 am

    I would love to win RADLAB! Edits to the photos are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa S - August 22, 2013 - 6:32 am

    Teresa S.

    Nashville TNReplyCancel

  • Julia - August 22, 2013 - 7:33 am

    Hi!!! this is Julia from Staunton. I am so excited for the opportunity to win.ReplyCancel

  • AmyMpls - August 22, 2013 - 8:41 am

    Amy – Minneapolis

    Sounds like a really cool program that I would love to try!ReplyCancel

  • Carol F. - August 22, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Carol F. - August 22, 2013 - 9:52 am

    forgot to add where I’m from – northeast Nebraska.ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 22, 2013 - 12:41 pm

    My name is Karen and I am from Cleveland Ohio. Thanks for the chance to win. I would love to have this program.ReplyCancel

  • Mariann - August 22, 2013 - 1:03 pm

    Love this. Mariann – Rødekro, DenmarkReplyCancel

  • Charlene - August 22, 2013 - 1:05 pm

    Love your edits. Charlene from Austin, TexasReplyCancel

  • Elaine J. Bowman - August 22, 2013 - 1:39 pm

    Love Rad Lab! I use some of their Actions.
    Elaine B.
    Kanab, UTReplyCancel

  • Mitzy - August 22, 2013 - 3:33 pm

    Love it! Mitzy from Dallas, TXReplyCancel

  • Robin - August 22, 2013 - 4:16 pm

    Wow! Your pics are awesome! You make it look so easy!
    Atlanta, GAReplyCancel

  • Heather - August 22, 2013 - 5:43 pm

    Love how you’ve changed the whole feeling of the photos!

    Prince Edward Island, CanadaReplyCancel

  • Amber - August 22, 2013 - 7:22 pm

    I’m Amber from Arizona and I’d love to win this! Thanks for the chance, Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn M - August 22, 2013 - 9:20 pm

    What a great giveaway. Love your blog.ReplyCancel

  • Jodi Ellis - August 22, 2013 - 10:04 pm

    Looks like this could become another favorite photo app!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Daviner - August 23, 2013 - 8:35 am

    Fantastic giveaway, thank you :)ReplyCancel

  • Gina Nathan - August 23, 2013 - 9:20 am

    I had a trial version of Rad Lab and loved t but couldn’t afford to buy it. Thank you for the chance to win it.ReplyCancel

  • Audrey V - August 23, 2013 - 10:25 am

    Audrey, Kremmling, COReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ BeeTreeStudios - August 23, 2013 - 12:46 pm

    Amazing photographs! I love PicTapGo and I’ve been wanting to try out RadLab, I’ve only heard good things about it!

    Stephanie C.
    Newport News, VAReplyCancel

  • Nicole - August 23, 2013 - 1:42 pm

    Pinehurst, NCReplyCancel

  • Diane - August 23, 2013 - 2:34 pm

    Hi I’ve heard so much about this, but its not in my budget right now. I’d love to win it!ReplyCancel

  • Ginger - August 23, 2013 - 6:25 pm

    Thanks for always inspiring me!!

    Ginger Voth

  • Jean - August 23, 2013 - 6:28 pm

    It would be awesome to win this!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - August 23, 2013 - 6:30 pm

    Looks great Kerri, thanks for the giveaway! Teresa, Melbourne, Australia.ReplyCancel

  • Vera W Yates - August 23, 2013 - 6:48 pm

    This looks fun to play with. Thanks for the giveaway.ReplyCancel

  • Dana - August 23, 2013 - 7:17 pm

    I would totally love to win this!! Thanks so much for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Jenny Rosen - August 23, 2013 - 7:20 pm

    Jenny R
    Tucson, AZReplyCancel

  • Donna - August 23, 2013 - 7:28 pm

    Thanks so much for the opportunities to win this program! It sounds awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Lola Fields - August 23, 2013 - 7:50 pm

    This looks like fun! I’m going to check it out. Thanks for the chance to win!

    Creative Hugs,ReplyCancel

  • Lacey - August 23, 2013 - 7:56 pm

    Lacey here from Albion, Nebraska! Thank you for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Chris - August 23, 2013 - 8:38 pm

    Thanks for a chance to win. Awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Suz - August 23, 2013 - 9:34 pm

    This looks so cool. And your pictures came out amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Karen P - August 23, 2013 - 11:53 pm

    I downloaded the trial after reading your other post. I have been having lots of fun. To win would be great, but if not I’ll take advantage of the discount! Thanks!
    I am a neighbor to the west in Idaho.
    OMG I didn’t get the CAPTCHA correct! what a dorkReplyCancel

. . . this starts.


Are you signed up yet? :)

The sale price goes away on September 2,
so if you wanted to save a few bucks?
Now would be the time.

  • Candy - August 19, 2013 - 11:25 am

    My Mom said not to wish your life away, but I can’t wait for 9/2!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - August 19, 2013 - 6:53 pm

    I have just the basic Cameo with the blade. Do I need to get the pens, etc. to be able to do all of the projects in this class? (Maybe there is a supply list and I am blind?) I have plenty of paper & embellishments, but I was not sure what special items we might need.
    Thanks – looking forward to this class and going back over the “old” classes to refresh!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara D. - August 20, 2013 - 4:36 pm

    Is this the Silhouette: Designer Edition 1 class?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 20, 2013 - 4:59 pm

      Barbara, this is a brand new class that is for the standard or designer editions. It isn’t the Designer Edition 1 class. You can read all about it + the requirements under the class link in the store.

      And Tammy, you don’t need any pens or anything. Just the basic stuff. :)ReplyCancel

  • Barbara D. - August 22, 2013 - 3:52 pm

    Thank you for the clarification……I’m in the class (I just need to get my glasses cleaned, so I can see the screen properly!) I have had the original Silhouette forever,but I never really used it much until I took your classes. Can’t wait to learn some more. Thank you.ReplyCancel

This past week we did our annual girls camp. Love this time. Love spending some QT with my daughters and my dear friends–Lisa Bearnson + Kristy Banks–and their daughters.

It’s always an adventure and we never seem to have enough time. Games, food, laughing, crafting . . . it’s all good fun up in the mountains getting away from the cares of it all.

Of course we don’t rough it. Yes, there are 5th wheels with kitchens, showers, tvs and plenty of beds. But all that just adds to the glamping experience of it all. And how on earth would we be able to make these fun sweatshirts without my trusty Silhouette, heat transfer and an iron.

Everyone had black sweatshirts and a good chunk of them wanted the designs with The Deathly Hallows on the front and the ‘I solemnly swear I am up to no good’ on the back–thanks to Jordan’s original request (she’s been waiting for it for a while too). It was a simple enough task for me to design and I think they turned out rather fun. I would share a photo of them wearing them, but considering we didn’t get to do them until late last night and I know that they won’t want me to post their ‘I just woke up and have been camping all week’ photo for thousands of people to see, we’ll just go with these. :)

(like i said, it was night when i was ironing.)

That phrase goes across the bottom of the backside of the sweatshirt and it looks so danged cute! Then they placed the Deathly Hallows symbol about 9″ wide on front. Lisa, who isn’t considered a Harry Potter fan, was seriously thinking about having one because they were just so danged fun!

I also designed these shirts for Kristy’s daughter and her little friend.

The phrase (that Kristy wanted) says, ‘My favorite number of the alphabet is purple.’ And the quirkiness of the whole thing was topped off by the fact that I only had white and green heat transfer, so we put ‘purple’ in green. (ha ha) And then we added their names on the back side.

So the whole time I was cutting these out, all I kept thinking was, ‘My readers will want this once I show it.’ :) Therefore, I bring  you today’s Friday Freebie!

To download it, click the image or click HERE.

This also includes just plain footprints so that if you wanted to
add your own phrase, you could do that too.

I just don’t think we got to spend near enough time. It just flies! So I guess for now I’ll just have to look at some photos like this one and dream of being there.

Until next year….


  • Cynthia B. - August 16, 2013 - 4:30 pm

    So cute! My daughter will have me buying some transfer paper now (something I haven’t done before). Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy_in_MD - August 16, 2013 - 4:41 pm

    Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Evans - August 16, 2013 - 5:07 pm

    Just wayyyyy to cute. You always amaze me.ReplyCancel

  • Kathi Z - August 16, 2013 - 6:05 pm

    Very cute! Thanks for sharing Kerri! :)ReplyCancel

  • cari - August 16, 2013 - 6:50 pm

    So cute, Kerri! Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Ruth G - August 16, 2013 - 7:25 pm

    I love these designs! They are so super fun! Now I know why I didn’t scrap my daughter’s Harry Potter party from so many years ago ;-)! Thanks so much for sharing!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - August 16, 2013 - 7:35 pm

    Very cute!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie @ BeeTreeStudios - August 16, 2013 - 9:22 pm

    You rock, these are AWESOME! Thanks =)ReplyCancel

  • Phyllis B. - August 17, 2013 - 2:38 am

    So, so cute! Glad you had such a fun trip! Thanks for the Freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Renee - August 17, 2013 - 5:01 am

    Love it! Thank you so much.ReplyCancel

  • Mary - August 17, 2013 - 7:01 am

    What could be better, spending time with family and friends, surrounded by nature, and crafting! Thanks for the freebie.ReplyCancel

  • vicki doyle - August 17, 2013 - 9:44 pm

    Thank you so much for this file — it’s perfect for my HP fan daughter and niece! My daughter is leaving for her first year in college – this will make a great care package gift!

    I met your friend Lisa several years ago. CK sponsored a contest and a friend of mine from Buffalo won it. The grand prize was a scrapbook retreat at Lisa’s home in the mountains. So off we flew to Utah and had the time of our lives! We shopped our socks off, laughed ourselves silly — and were able to scrap the wedding pictures of a friend of Lisa’s who’s husband was very sick. Great trip!!
    My fav memories was Lisa throwing ice cubes at me at lunch when I was pretending to know her friend in Rochester NY – when I confessed that I really didn’t know her friend, she pelted me with ice cubes LOL!ReplyCancel

  • SiskiyouSue - August 18, 2013 - 5:41 pm

    Hi. I’m new here, just signed up for your e-mail post. Love your files, especially this one! And enjoyed reading your post. Thanks for sharing.ReplyCancel

  • Heather - August 20, 2013 - 9:48 pm

    I LOVE this! My nephew and I are HUGE Harry Potter fans. I could think of all kinds of things we’d use this for!


  • RobinD - October 14, 2013 - 12:30 pm

    THANK YOU. Your t-shirts and the Harry Potter file made me smile!ReplyCancel

  • notoes - October 15, 2013 - 8:08 pm

    I haven’t tried the heat transfer material yet, does it come out as a vinyl-ish feel or like a t-shirt knit feel? I’m currently using a white knit fabric with an iron on adhesive to give a white background base for dark shirts since I spray paint the stencil designs I cut with my Portrait. I need the softer knit feel to hold the paint.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 15, 2013 - 8:11 pm

      It actually comes in a vinyl-ish feel as well as a fuzzy-feel. The ones on the shirts I made are fuzzy. But Silhouette also has fabric paints that work with stencil material. So I don’t know if any of that works for you…ReplyCancel

  • notoes - October 15, 2013 - 8:16 pm

    The fuzzy feel might work for me. It’s so hard to figure some of the materials out when none of the stores nearby carry any of the Silhouette stock. I’ll have to looking the paints, there are times I like to just use the spray can and times I like to get “hands on” with things.ReplyCancel

  • Lisa - October 16, 2013 - 8:34 pm

    Do you have any tips for using the heat transfer vinyl? I’ve made 2 shirts and both of them have had places that peeled up after washing and I didn’t even put them in the dryer. I don’t want to use it to make gifts if I feel like it’s only good for one time wear. :(ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 16, 2013 - 9:30 pm

      Hey Lisa!
      All you need to do is iron it down again. I’ve had that happen and just did another iron on that spot and all was well. Even after many washes, it will still iron down. All it means is that it just didn’t quite get that security in the heat that it needed. When I iron them, I like to put down a thinner-ish bath towel (not a big fluffy one) on my bathroom counter and then use a thin dish towel over the top of what I’m ironing on. I like the hardness of the counter combined with a bath towel. It seems to work well for me.

      Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • TessC. - October 18, 2013 - 11:28 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn - November 8, 2013 - 5:31 pm

    I have never Done anything like that. All new to me. Am a newbie to all this. Beautiful. Am slowly learning. Am disabled and can only sit a short time before my back starts. So am from Antioch, California. Good luck ya’ll


  • mary - December 18, 2013 - 8:25 am

    I absolutely LOVE this!! Love HP! But I have questions…I don’t have a silhouette so is it possible to do this without one? I haven’t done anything like this before either. So, any guidance you can give would be awesome!
    Thanks! :)ReplyCancel

  • […] year we made these sweatshirts, and so I thought it only appropriate that we continue our shirt-making tradition this year. Last […]ReplyCancel

  • […] we make bracelets (and I still have every one of them) and last year we made Harry Potter shirts (see here) using the Silhouette Heat […]ReplyCancel

Because Nichol rocked those sunflowers in Monday’s post,
I’ve been getting requests for the 30-petal flower shape,
which is only available in the ‘Oh The Places You Will Go’ class freebies.


On occasion I put the class freebies up for sale for a limited time so that those of you
without a Silhouette can use them with other cutters or even to use digitally.

Well, now is the time to pick them up because
they are in the store today and available through Sunday only.

The last time these were available were during Christmas last year, 
so who knows when they’ll be up again. :)

  • Sue Alg - August 14, 2013 - 8:56 am

    I’ve taken these classes and highly recommend them. The files included with the classes are worth the price of admission.ReplyCancel

While the handwritten words work pretty darn well because Silhouette cuts so beautifully, occasionally you may want to cut them smaller or on something more paper-like where it will require them to be thicker.

Did you know you can thicken ‘em up yourself?

It’s sooooo easy.

Take a look.


(‘blue skies’ word is from the bloom kit) 


Did I say easy or did I say easy? ;)

Please note: If you are working with the DXF file like I am here, turn your image into a compound path first by selecting all parts of the word, right clicking and selecting Make Compound Path.


  • Ann - August 13, 2013 - 6:34 am

    Great tip. What font is that?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 13, 2013 - 6:37 am

      It’s actually my handwriting. :)ReplyCancel

      • Stephanie - April 6, 2015 - 12:03 pm

        I love you handwriting!! How did you transfer it to the Cameo?ReplyCancel

  • Beth - August 13, 2013 - 7:32 am

    Thank you!! I knew to use the offset, and I’ve done that a lot, but I always did the offset and then removed the “inside” shape. This is just THAT much easier!!ReplyCancel

  • Julie Learned - August 13, 2013 - 8:17 am

    This is great! Thank you! Now, how about a tutorial on how to get our handwriting as a font. Yours looks awesome!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Janay - August 13, 2013 - 8:19 am

    Thank so you so much for making this tutorial!! I love your handwritten words but I couldn’t for the life of me figure out how to thicken them. =)ReplyCancel

  • kelly thompson - August 13, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    cha ching- I have been wanting to know forever- how to thicken letters! The fonts are so pretty but when I go to cut them they are too thin! thanks a bunch!ReplyCancel

  • Lisa (ThePurplePlace) - August 13, 2013 - 2:58 pm

    Thankfully, I did know that and it’s because I learned it from YOU or from taking one of your Silhouette classes!

    Very excited for the new class and I’m already signed up and raly to learn some more wonderful tips/hints!! You work that machine like you designed it!! Amazing!!

    Thanks for sharing your wisdom with all of us!ReplyCancel

  • vicki - August 13, 2013 - 4:44 pm

    THANK YOU! OMG – I am a fairly new Silhouette user – this info is so helpful! You just saved me hours of fussing — and I am very appreciative.ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Evans - August 13, 2013 - 5:20 pm

    You are so amazing. Thank you for the tip Kerri.

  • Amanda S - August 14, 2013 - 1:27 pm

    Thank you! I was doing it with more steps than this – perfect!ReplyCancel

  • Jes - August 23, 2013 - 6:29 am

    Many thanks for this tutorial! very useful!!

  • Sheila - November 28, 2013 - 12:34 am

    Thank you for this information. I just bought the Silhouette Cameo with expectations to cut fabric appliques using my machine embroidery patterns. I started with one that has block numbers.

    The designs I use provide a ‘tack down stitch’ which can be used to create a .jpg outline the Cameo can open. But the applique needs to be slightly larger than the tack down stitch, otherwise the machine stitching won’t hold it in place.

    I followed tutorials specifically for using the Cameo for this purpose and they all talked about resizing to add anywhere from 1-2mm. None of these tutorials mentioned the offset function. The resizing doesn’t work for this purpose because it stretches the design which doesn’t always move the outline in an outward direction.

    I googled Silhouette Cameo Resize Issues, and saw your information on thickening. The offset design thickens the outline moving all lines an equal distance out, and that is exactly what I needed. Great information and very much appreciated.ReplyCancel

  • Sophia Allison - February 10, 2014 - 5:11 am

    Thanks for sharing , what a great tip…ReplyCancel

  • […] Need help  using Offset to thicken letters? Check out this tutorial HERE. […]ReplyCancel

  • yolande k - April 26, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    Génial ! Merci kerri !

  • Liz Fox - August 10, 2014 - 9:58 am

    Thank you Sheila,
    That is exactly why I bought the Cameo. Embrilliance update (July 2014) added the ability to save the cut line of an appliqué as a Studio file (or SVG). I haven’t tried it yet, but this might save having to do the offset. Besides it’s a great embroidery app for the MAC!ReplyCancel

  • Nancy - January 21, 2015 - 11:16 am

    Love this!ReplyCancel

I remember on our farm,  we had a couple of those ‘way taller than you’ sunflowers. You know the kind…the ones with those great big seeded centers that are not only taller than you by a couple feet, but the flower is bigger than your face….and hair….and hat if you have one?

And it completely baffles my mind how a flower can actually follow the sun. How does it do that?

Of course, as we are headed into the latter part of August, going towards September, longing for fall, you can’t help but think of sunflowers. How they look so pretty and golden in the evening sun.

So when Nichol shared these with me, I was absolutely delighted–to put it mildly. :) I was even going to save them for later this week and decided I just couldn’t wait. 

[ Shapes | This & That: Autumn (sunflower, “sunflower”) / A Very Retro Christmas (tag) / Oh The Places You Will Go Class Freebies (30 petal flower) / Simplicities: Loving Life (7 petal flower) ]

Um. Yowza, right? Sometimes I just get so amazed at how paper crafting can look so good! :)

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I love adding floral arrangements to my home decor and switching them out for every season to add a fresh pop of color to our home. However some of those beautiful florals can be super pricey. I have been fascinated with the handmade paper flowers I’ve seen online and have pinned many to my pinterest board hoping to create some of my own using layered die cuts. I thought Kerri’s awesome sunflowers from the This & That Autumn kit would make the most gorgeous sunflowers when paired with a 7 petal flower (for the “leaf” base”) and the 30 petal flower (layered in the center). I used floral wire inserted through the middle of my arrangement and Tim Holtz Distress Glitter finishes off the center of each sunflower.
If you’re interested in re-creating these flowers for your own Fall home decor here are the measurements I used for my florals:
  • Sunflowers – 5″
  • 7 Petal Flower (leaf base) – 4.8″ tall
  • 30 Petal Flower LARGE – 2.98″ tall
  • 30 Petal Flower MEDIUM – 2.46″ tall
  • 30 Petal Flower SMALL – 1.76″ tall


Love them my dear!

For more detailed instructions, head on over to Miss Nichol’s blog HERE
  • l - August 12, 2013 - 8:02 am

    Wowzers!! Those are amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Susan Kopp - August 12, 2013 - 10:08 am

    Those are beautiful and I look forward to ordering them at the end of this month when I order your new class. I love sunflowers and will be making these for sure!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - August 12, 2013 - 3:27 pm

    Awesome job! Gorgeous :D I am sooo not surprised!ReplyCancel

  • Jeanie @ create&babble - August 12, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    Perfect timing! I’m in the middle of making a wreath and I need sunflowers. How perfect!ReplyCancel