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I love just having a simple little decor for Valentine’s Day. Like I say, it’s not a holiday we go overboard with, but it’s fun to show a little love around the home, right?

That’s why I adore this decor by our Miss Maggie…who is in the same ‘love boat’ as me. :)

simple. sweet. love.

Maggie…take it away darlin’!

Hey everyone!

I’ll be honest, Valentine’s Day is not my favorite holiday ever. I mean, it’s OK…but it’s not my favorite. I do enjoy having little subtle love-themed decorations up in my house this time of year, though…so I made some with a few of Kerri’s awesome digital stamps! Yay!

I started by pulling up the XO digital stamp set in my Silhouette Studio software and doing a Trace on the Love and heart PNG images.

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I enlarged the designs to fit inside my paper and cut them out – easy peasy!

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My next step was to run this darling little word through my Minc machine to add some beautiful rose gold foil.

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And done!

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I hung this up on the chalkboard wall in my kitchen…and I LOVE it. It’s the perfect little decoration.

Next up! I created a little paper banner with another stamp…here’s how I made it:

The first steps are the same as above – I traced the XO and heart to create cut file.

Because I wanted to turn these design into banner pieces I decided to add the little stringing holes to the designs so that the Silhouette could cut them out for me.

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To do this I simply “drew” little circles right into the designs with the ellipse tool…that was it. So easy, right?

I duplicated the shapes a number of times…

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…cut out the shapes and strung my banner…

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…and I couldn’t be happier! That little XO makes me smile…

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Ahhh…sweet Maggie! It’s darling! The perfect little banner decor.

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And be sure to go check this banner in use on Maggie’s blog where she used it with a darling ensemble for a hot chocolate bar featuring goodies from Heidi Swapp! Here’s a little peek at it to tantalize your tastebuds…literally. :)

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Valentine’s Day. It’s never been a big holiday in our household. But I always like to do a little something for my family. Sometimes it’s candy. Sometimes it’s a little gift. Sometimes it’s heart-shaped cookie.

Just a little something.

And now I’m thinking…what ‘little something’ can I put into a box like these from Nichol?!

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[ Designs | Santa’s Workshop: Toys Only (box+tag).  Stamps | XO ]

 

Absolutely adorable, right? Simple. Sweet. Perfect for a little something. 

Here’s a little something from Nichol:

The gift box from the Santa’s Workshop kit is probably my favorite dimensional die cut ever. I sized my box pretty big so that I can fit lots of sweet treats inside for Valentine’s Day! I cut the bottom of the box from one 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock and the top of the box from another. I cut an assortment of cardstock and vellum tags and stamped images from the new XO Stamp Set on each tag. I love how the words and phrases mix and match to create such fun custom designs! I used both stamping and embossing and also dye inks, depending on the tags/design. I threaded a bit of colorful twine through each tag, wrapped each box with some pretty chevron ribbon and added a tag to each one.

Simple, easy and oh-so-“love”ly! I love Valentine’s Day! Not only do these make great gift boxes for gift giving but they would make lovely decorations too.

Oh yes indeed! The would make ‘love’ly decorations!
Great idea Nichol!

  • Dolly - February 3, 2016 - 6:09 am

    They are lovely and that cookie…well it goes from ordinary to EXTRODINARY if it gets housed in a lovely box like this!! (though a silk scarf for your DD and a silk time for DH might be nice??) I’m sure whatever it gets used for is just all the more special in these lovely packages!ReplyCancel

less house more home

There’s something about this phrase that resonates with me.

What makes a house a home?

Is it the things in it?

Maybe to a certain extent.

But it’s not the furniture or the big tv or the dishes necessarily.

It’s time spent sitting on the couches talking. Watching a movie together. Eating Sunday dinner.

It’s more about what you’re doing together with those things. More about the comfort.

You don’t need a big home or lots of things…it’s about the time you spend with loved ones–friends and family.

It’s about the memories.

It’s about not worrying that your house may be messy or that you don’t have the most up-to-date furniture.

It’s about spending quality time with one another — or even quality time with your self in the comfort of your surroundings.

It’s the little things that make your house a home.

What makes your house a home?


(this phrase in store now.)

  • Renee G - February 2, 2016 - 5:10 pm

    Great commentsk9v5ReplyCancel

That’s how the song goes, right?
Well, it’s the way it’s goes for me today.

February.

So excited to see you, old friend.
It’s been a while since I’ve seen you…maybe a year perhaps?

February is really a month of love here. Not just for the big love day, but hubs and I celebrate our wedding anniversary in this month. 

28 years this year.
Yeah. I know, right?

So of course I needed to make some ‘love’ly stamps for y’all.

Say hello to XO.

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Some really fun options here! I especially love how you can use the ampersand design with the Maxwell stamps!

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And if you mask away the petal and stamp one separately, look how cute the Love Me. Loves Me Not. works with the flower.

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If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ll have seen these couple of sneaks. Looove using it with my Minc with the digital stamps. I’m addicted! And like I mentioned above, it goes great with alphabet stamp sets too!

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Used with Lincoln Outline here.

Just so much fun to be had in this cute little bundle.

Aaaaand, you can save 10% today and tomorrow only!

  • Dolly - February 1, 2016 - 8:41 am

    it is awesome to see some of my favortie cutting files are now in stamp form!! TFS!!ReplyCancel

  • Candy - February 1, 2016 - 2:08 pm

    40th Anniversary 2/21/16. Holy crap!
    Congrats to you!
    Love & AlohaReplyCancel

  • Barbara - February 2, 2016 - 6:02 pm

    Hearts are always my favorite of anything!! I may have to order these!!ReplyCancel

Love is in the air. The love of sunshine. The love of slightly warmer temps. The love of a spark of color. The love of love.

The big love day will soon be here and I thought it would be fun to make Valentine’s Day version of the Jingle All The Way.

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A quick little somethin’-somethin’ to make with just a frame, some shiny gold vinyl, and a few wooden hearts…and a little paper and sequins too, of course.

Here’s the main pieces of what I used. Click on the image to take you the website. Frame from Michaels, Hearts from Amazon, and the variegated paper is Teresa Collins. (I bought my paper from Scrapbook.com.)

love heart frame frame     love heart frame wooden hearts      love heart frame tc paper

Additionally I used gold sequins and wooden arrows from Studio Calico and clear sequins from Teresa Collins. There are hearts that come with the SC wooden arrows that I contemplated using, but they were too small for an 8×10 ‘canvas’. They’d be great in a 5×7 frame though. The shiny gold foil I get from SignWarehouse.com HERE. It doesn’t ‘look’ shiny smooth in their photo, but it is. And then, of course, the All You Need Is Love phrase from Seasonably Said.

Unlike the Jingle All The Way, which requires a deep-set frame, this project needed some depth, but not the same depth needed to house bells. It was only housing thin wooden pieces.

Because I bought the frame before getting the hearts, I decided on a double matted frame from Michaels, which still ended up working great, because I just kept the mats and removed the foam tape between the two sections. But you could probably get away with a single matted frame…I think. :)

I used my Silhouette to cut my title from the gold vinyl. Before cutting, I did widen the image just a little to take up a little more of the frame width-wise. If you have a Cricut or another digital craft cutter, you can still use the Seasonably Said kit as long as you can use SVG, DXF or PNG files for cutting.

If you don’t have a cutter, you can print it in black onto a transparency–either at home if you have the supplies or take the PNG image to a copy center and have them do it for you. Even more awesome? If you happen to have a Minc, use that toner-created image (laserjet or copy center) with some gold foil and run it though your Minc. If you don’t know what a Minc is, be sure to check out this post HERE. Also, THIS post shows you an example of where I printed it on a transparency.

I’m addicted to the Minc. It’s true. I totally admit it and completely fine with it.

Once my image was cut, I weeded away the excess vinyl, laid down my transfer tape, picked up the image, and placed it on the outside of the glass. (For a vinyl how-to, check out THIS post.)

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Next, I poured in a few arrows + hearts (there are a lot in the bag), added some sequins and arranged them how I would like for them to be. I’d seen some other plain wood hearts that you’d paint, but I wanted ones with that burnished edge because it just added that ‘oomph’ to the hearts. The plain ones were too boring for me. :) It might be even cool to paint a random heart or two a white-washed white or pale pink.

Although not shown in this photo, I added adhesive to the back of two sequins and placed them upside down next to the all so that when I laid my paper down, they stuck to the paper.

And oddly enough, those clear sequins are danged staticky! They kind of float in the frame without any adhesive assistance. I also made sure that all my sequins were turned upside down, so that they reflect more light. You know, shiny side up and all when looking at it on display.

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Once I got them arranged as I liked, I trimmed the variegated paper to 8×10–cutting more off the fairest side and leaving more dark pink on top. I laid in the paper and the two mat pieces (with the foam tape that came between them removed).

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I added the back and voila! Piece of cake! I just loved the pale pop of pink color combined with the earthy burnished-edge wood and shiny gold and sequins all surrounded in a lovely white frame.

It’s happy.

It’s love-ly. :)

  • Sally - January 29, 2016 - 7:40 am

    Absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Julie C - January 29, 2016 - 8:10 am

    Love this!ReplyCancel

  • rhonda - January 29, 2016 - 2:10 pm

    OH my heck! so stinking cute!!!! Love love love it!ReplyCancel

This morning I stumbled across a video about taking photos with your smart phone–and in this case, an iPhone 6S/6S Plus. (I will neither confirm nor deny that I was avoiding work.)

We are taking so many more photos than ever before, which I think is amazing! And what I found fascinating is that with all the bells+whistles of the latest+greatest in cameras, you can still tell a most amazing story with the one you most likely already have in your hand….your smart phone. It’s quiet. It’s discreet. People are used to seeing smart phones out. And it’s pretty much always with you.

But when you pull out the ‘fancy’ camera (aka, dSLR), it’s more noticeable, maybe even clunkier. You kind of feel more on-the-spot if you’re taking photos on the streets. For example, I was taking photos on the streets of New Orleans with my Canon 7D. I liked the look down this sidewalk, but then within a second of preparing my shot, this man walked out of the coffee shop.

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It’s one of my all-time favorite photos I’ve ever taken. I had loved all the nuances of the location–the bikes, the pipes. the sign, the ornate railing above the sign, the glare of the freshly washed-off sidewalk. I even wanted people in it, but didn’t necessarily want to be obvious about it. But when this man came out in his light-colored clothing, it just popped. It completed the shot. A serendipitous moment that I wasn’t expecting. Those are the best, right?

Lucky for me it all happened in an instant. But had he been walking down the sidewalk towards me, I would have felt very funny ‘focusing in’ on him and would probably have waited for him to walk by. Had he been walking down the street and I had my iPhone out…it wouldn’t have bothered me.

But how many times have you been in cramped quarters with your ‘fancy’ camera? Unless you have a wide angle on it, there’s no way in h-e-double hockey sticks that you’re gonna get the shot. As was the case with this shot.

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There was literally about three feet between the wall and the glass counter. Enough space for people ordering and for people waiting to order. And even with my iPhone, it was still hard to get the shot. Now, even if I’d have had a wide angle lens on my big mama camera, I still would have felt odd taking the shot and still wouldn’t have used it. But subtlety abounds with a smart phone, right?

It may not be the sharpest– it’s low-lit and she’s in motion so she’s a little blurry–but doesn’t that add to the energy of the photo?

So I guess what I’m saying is, there is purpose for all your ‘tools’. I still love a dSLR, but I also love the subtlety of my iPhone.  But when all is said and done, the best camera you have is the one you have with you. And nine times out of ten these days, it’s your smart phone. It’s pretty much always with you. And you can take amazing photos with it! It’s an amazing story-telling tool.

I think the best representation of this is done in the video I watched. Here it is for your viewing pleasure. The photos he took were awesome…and, I’m sure, edited….but still. A very fascinating look at a professional photographer’s opinion on using an iPhone. And if you’re interested in another one from the same two guys, check out THIS  one.

 

  • Julie - January 29, 2016 - 7:40 am

    Whoa that close up of the candidate was amazing. So crisp….
    Interesting video
    JulieReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - January 31, 2016 - 4:53 am

    I’m waiting for the moment case and wide angle to come back into stock, so excited about the prospects. Love the idea of a dslr like trigger on my phone, plus they look so cool, lol. A little pricey but hey, the memories are priceless :-) http://momentlens.co/shop/ReplyCancel

Remember yesterday how I said that my brain was swirling with Valentine adaptations for cards in the Hello There class (that’s on sale until Thursday).

Yup.

this happened.

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Using the soon-to-be-released bee stamp image with my Minc. A lovely combination, if I do say so myself!

One note. I might Minc it before doing your Silhouette Print+Cut. I did it after and so the cut affected the toner on the bee. In the end I’d prefer a nice smooth gold, but in the essence of conserving my precious gold ;), I opted not to redo it.

hmmmm…..now what else can I make?

  • Vonda - January 26, 2016 - 12:30 pm

    Is the Hello There class Silhouette only? I have an Explore Cricut and I am interested in it. I have used the mincReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 27, 2016 - 5:38 am

      Yes, it’s for Silhouette only. Sorry. :)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - January 27, 2016 - 10:09 am

    sooo I’m assuming you used a digital stamp here and printed normal to use your mink?…not a regular stamp and ink pad ink?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - January 27, 2016 - 12:04 pm

      Yep. Digital stamp. Printed on my laser printer and minc’d away. :)ReplyCancel

The other day I was perusing some photos and came across photos from the Hello There Silhouette class from a couple years ago. My mind started swimming with ideas for Valentine’s Day! What you learn in the class can be adapted for any occasion, any color scheme, any…whatever.

Take a look at these two renditions. The aqua is one Nichol made, the orange is the version from the class.

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This pinked-edge paper bag Print+Cut is one of my very favorite designs we make in the class. The possibilities are endless!

And in case you wanted a bigger peek at the projects? Check these out.

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Yes, you learn how to make it all! In fact, there are ten projects total! And FYI, that ‘cardelope’ (zip away) is my other favorite in the class. ;)

And then let’s not forget all the beautiful freebies, right?

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Now, through Thursday, you can save 25% off this glorious class and learn to make 10 cards with envelopes.

Check out all the details HERE. It’s a great time to learn!

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  • Monique van Duren - January 25, 2016 - 2:42 pm

    Love this class. Such fun projects you get to make and so versatile!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl :) - January 25, 2016 - 6:19 pm

    Have had this on my wishlist for a while now. Thank you Kerri!ReplyCancel