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The Serendipitous Case of the Captured Criminal

A couple weeks ago we encountered one very strange afternoon.

It was about 2:30 when I was up on my bed, trying to work through a couple emails. I’d gotten behind on work because I’d been camping with the girls. I was deeply engrossed in looking for something when my husband came up and asked, ‘Aren’t you going to go get Zach’s check?’

Our son was gone for two weeks for a university photo class in Capitol Reef and had asked us to deposit his paycheck. Since it was now Friday, we figured it was time to do that.

I just needed to get this one thing done first.

Feeling annoyed that my husband had interrupted my train of thought and feeling that he thought my nose was always in the computer (it may be true, but It’s called work folks…it’s what I do), I was agitated as I closed my computer, task not finished, and bustled off down the stairs, grabbing the keys on my way to the car. I felt the need to express my annoyance in my irritated voice as we both walked out to the car.

I also decided to drive and this shoulder problem I have made itself known as I backed out of the driveway, turning the wheel, and I let out a low ‘Ow.

We proceeded down State Street and arrived at Zach’s place of business, which happens to be near the Orem City Center–the location of the library, police station, ball parks and stuff like that.

With check in hand, we headed off to the bank at the north end of town.

On our way down State Street, Dan gets a call from the 911 police dispatch. Apparently he’d somehow ‘butt-dialed’ the ‘Emergency’ 911 button on his phone. He still doesn’t know how he did it because his phone was locked.

We have no idea when he’d called or how long they were listening, but they must have at least heard me using my irritated+annoyed voice. There was no yelling on either part, just typical husband and wife irritated bantering. And who knows, maybe they heard me say ow.

So if you are unaware, when you call 911 and no one responds, they call you back and make sure everything is okay. He assured them it was all good and then we arrived at the bank.

While I ran into the bank, he gets another phone call informing him that the police were on their way to make sure things were okay.


Okaaaay. They asked where he was, he replied, and we were told to wait.

We moved over under the trees and within a couple minutes we saw the police officer. As he was walking over, we saw another police officer on the side street.


Apparently they’d just had domestic abuse training and were instructed to check out all possible cases.

I think they could tell from our laughing and waving as they were walking over that we did not fit into that mold, but still, it had to be confirmed.

Each officer took us aside and we shared our stories. Dan even told his police officer ‘she could take me.’ (ha ha) He also mentioned that our old neighbor of many years was so-n-so. He is also a police officer. If there was ever any evidence of inappropriate behavior, he would have known. You can hear everything. ;)

What we didn’t know, until I was talking with my officer, is that they were watching us via the GPS on his phone the whole time. I think the most hysterically ironical part of this whole story is that we drove just shy of the police station to pick up Zach’s check, which is across the street.

I can see how that might cause some concern when you don’t know what’s really going on. Perhaps I was driving to the station because of the ‘alleged abuse.’

I mean, really. What are the odds??? I’ve never picked up Zach’s check for him.

But here’s where it takes another strange turn of events. While I was talking with my officer, he had his hand up to his chest and was talking. I asked him what he was saying and then realized he was talking to dispatch.

After Dan and I had given our names, birth dates and phone number, we all got together and began chatting. Dan’s officer said, ‘What was this about a warrant for her arrest.’


In total disbelief, and with my hand to my chest, I exclaimed, ‘For me??!!!’ I’ve never even had a speeding ticket!

Imagine my relief when I found out it was someone my officer had just seen walk into the bank.  A person that they’d been on the lookout for.

How crazy was that???

I think Dan + I were just floored at that hour of time.

Our ‘dispute’ (can’t really even call it that) had led to the capture of someone they’d been looking for.

It doesn’t get much more serendipitous than that.

I’m just happy that we could do our civic duty.



And now, because I feel naked without a photo in a post, here’s s picture from our weekend in Idaho Falls for Dan’s niece’s wedding.

This was one of the many views of the walk along the Snake River. If I could have just sat on a bench here in the shade of the trees and listen to the falls of the river, I would have been a happy camper.


Rebecca - August 20, 2014 - 7:21 am

Wow! What a crazy experience for you both! I’m glad everything turned out well in the end, including getting a REAL criminal off the street!

Peggy D - August 20, 2014 - 10:11 am


Lisa Bearnson - August 20, 2014 - 1:50 pm

What a crazy, crazy story, Kerri!!! Wow–that tops even tops the money/inlaws/Zach story!

Kerri - August 20, 2014 - 2:24 pm

BAH ha ha ha! I know how you love that story Lisa!

Trish - August 20, 2014 - 4:26 pm

That is THE funniest story! But I still want to hear the money/inlaws/Zach story….

Nashonne - August 20, 2014 - 4:37 pm

Wow, what a story!!!

Kerri - August 20, 2014 - 5:20 pm

It’s not really a funny story, but Lisa thinks it is because of all that happened. Here’s the post about it from 3 1/2 years ago:

Melanie A. - August 20, 2014 - 7:56 pm

Oh heavens!! They would have been in for a treat with my DH and I. We are always going back and forth. Our best friends just shake their heads and laugh at us lol. We provide unlimited entertainment :D So very glad you guys weren’t in the bank when they went in after the person who had the warrant out on them!

Kathleen D - August 21, 2014 - 5:31 am

What a CRAZY story Kerri!

Lynette - August 21, 2014 - 10:18 am

Oh, this story was just fabulous! How funny, and sort of embarrassing at the same time! Way to go to get a criminal captured! :)

Diana Waite - August 21, 2014 - 11:12 am

well that was EXCITING!

Trish - August 21, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Oh my GOODNESS! I just read the Zach scam story and that just infuriates me, but beyond that, some criminal knew way too much about your family! I am glad that there was a happy ending and that you were kind enough to spread the word about that horrible scam.

Elaine S - August 22, 2014 - 2:03 pm

I saw that this post wasn’t craft related and started to move on. But being a fan of the mystery genre I kept reading. Thank s for sharing your story. It brought a smile to my face.

Becca - August 25, 2014 - 11:29 am

I read this with a giant smile on my face. Sometimes things happen for just the right reasons. I’m glad it wasn’t you with a warrant, that would have been awful.

This story reminds me of an incident that happened when I was little. My friend said that if you called your phone number backwards, something cool would happen. Then she started dialing her number in reverse. Well, the last four digits of her number were 8119. So she dialed 911 and it automatically called emergency who sent out a firetruck. She learned a good lesson that day, but it was even better that the firemen were there because 5 houses down, a house fire had started while no one was home to even call 911. Lesson learned and house saved at the same time.

Kerri - August 25, 2014 - 11:40 am

Wow! That’s a crazy story too!
Everything happens for a reason. :)

Two-Fer Tuesday: All About Family

It’s Tuesday, which always mean something fun is happening here at KBS! Do you realize we only have one more Two-Fer Tuesday left for summer???

Where has summer gone?

Well, this week we have a little ‘family’ theme goin’ on.
Let’s start off with the brand new kit that you got a peek at yesterday.

Plenty of words for all your family needs. You can even use ‘love at home’ individually, if’n ya needed to.

FYI, you can get this kit for free–through this week only– if you sign up for the updated Getting To Know You class–if you don’t already own the class. (See all the juicy details in yesterday’s post.)

And now, for the 2.99 sale items!

Remember, these are on sale for today only.

More Love, Gratitude and Family happenin’ here… :)

family_web    family-shapestt_love1    love-shapesGratitude-image    gratitude-shapes-2

Click on each image to be taken directly into the store.

( Please note, you do not need both versions of these kits. If you want all the art, including the printables, just choose the ‘tray’ kit. If you don’t fancy making the tray and just want the diecuts, choose the ‘Just Shapes’ version. )

Ruth G - August 19, 2014 - 8:29 am

Talk about timely! The kids are going back to school this week and I’m all about enjoying these last precious days before they’re gone all day everyday! These kits just remind me how much I love them and how proud I am of who they are growing to be! Thanks so much!

Kim A - August 19, 2014 - 9:28 am

Kerri, I’ve always loved your gorgeous creations. Do you know if anyone still carries these trays? I did a quick search and see that 7 Gypsies is still making a tray, but it is sized to fit ATCs.

Nicole - August 19, 2014 - 11:39 am

Love these brush script words Kerri! I plan on stocking up on a few today :) Any plans to make a set with Months or Weekdays? I have been looking for a great month set for my Project Life Title cards, and love your style!

Kerri - August 19, 2014 - 1:49 pm

I actually do have that in the works. :)

Nicole - August 19, 2014 - 2:13 pm

Great!! I will be (im)patiently waiting!! :) :)

Announcing ‘Getting To Know You’ for Studio Version 3

That’s right folks! I know many of you have been waiting for this and now…it’s coming!


The Getting To Know You Silhouette Class will be available using Silhouette Studio version 3 on September 22.

Can we get a yahoooo?!!!

I really wanted to make sure that most of the kinks had been worked out of the new software and that the majority of enhancements had been added to create the best learning experience. Therefore, now is the time. :)

Here are a few Q&As.

Q  |  If I have previously purchased this class–whether at KBS or–will I already have access to this class?

A  |  Yes. You will have access to the updated version of this class. No need to purchase it again. (Please note: If you purchased it at, that’s where you will have access to it.)

Q  |  Is the overall content and project the same?

A  |  Basically yesMuch of what we did in the original class is still relevant and fun, so it will remain the same. But we’ll cover the basics of new enhancements or features in the new version too. It’ll be a great overview of what the software can do, especially if you’re just starting out.

Q  |  Will I have access to the class for the old version if I buy the class now? Can I watch version 2 videos now?

A  |  Yes. You will have access to the classroom and message board for the previous class that used version 2. When the updated class goes live, both classes will still be available. You can choose which one you’d rather take. (I know that some people have preferred not to update yet.)

  |  If I already own the class at KBS, how do I access it once it becomes available?

A  |  You will access it just like you normally would through your Getting To Know You classroom link. You will have a choice to use the Version 2 or the Version 3 set of videos. Those accessing the class via will follow the links there.

If you have not purchased this class and would like to: 

You can save 20% on the new, lower-priced, class. The sale price is in affect until the first day of the new class.

Class prices in the combo packs have also been adjusted to accommodate the lower price and the sale price for this one class.

But wait, there’s more! 
(You know i love to say that.)

If you sign up by the end of the week (that’s Sunday), you can get this week’s ‘Two-Fer Tuesday’ kit for free! (This is not in the store until tomorrow…Tuesday.)

You can also get the kit for free if you purchase a combo pack through Sunday.


It is the perfect addition to the album we’re creating on family and/or being together.

To sign up for the class, use the Store link above for all class choices or click HERE

So excited!!!

Danni Perez - August 18, 2014 - 10:18 am

does studio version just mean doesn’t have the designer upgrade on the cameo?

Kerri - August 18, 2014 - 10:20 am

You don’t need the Designer Edition to do the class, but if you do have it, it will all still apply. :) We just won’t be covering any of the DE features.

3kidmama - August 18, 2014 - 10:40 am

THANK YOU, Kerri! I’ve been reluctant to upgrade to the new software, because I wasn’t sure if I’d be lost with all the changes in the new version. I am not very tech savvy and your classes have been a fantastic resource in helping me get the most out of my Silhouette! I find myself referring back to them all the time.

I’m counting the days till Sept 22!

Lynn Mercurio - August 18, 2014 - 11:59 am

This is awesome news. It’s so nice that I won’t have to purchase the class again to get the updated information….this is AWESOME of you!

Carla - August 18, 2014 - 12:05 pm

So if we have purchased the combo pack in the past ( i have 1-4) do we still get the All In The Family kit free? Thank you for all you do!!!!!

Kerri - August 18, 2014 - 12:08 pm

The ‘All In The Family’ kit applies to new purchases this week only. :)

JParma - August 18, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Kerri, thank you, thank you, thank you! I actually upgraded
and was so frustrated and having so many problems, that I downgraded back. Thankfully, that was an option. Anyway, I’m so excited that you are updating the class and making it available to us that took it originally.

Patty G. - August 18, 2014 - 12:26 pm

I’m so happy about this! Been waiting to re-download v. 3.(Yes, I had it early on and reverted back!) So if we already purchased the earlier version of this class, we do nothing, right?

Sandy Evans - August 18, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Awesome Kerri, I purchased this class over at Jessica’s… so how would I be able to get into this class.. so excited. Still haven’t completed any of your classes, BUT I have them all. Some day I will have the time.
Sandy from ukiah

Karen Walker - August 18, 2014 - 1:42 pm

If we purchased this through Jessica Sprague (I purchased the first two Silhouette classes there), will we have access to the updated class here or there? This is so timely, I was just about to go back and review the lessons again.

Tammy JOnes - August 18, 2014 - 1:56 pm

I purchased the classes from Jeassica Sprague also just before you moved. I sure hope that we will have access to them. I have not downloaded v3 yet. I am waiting to make sure it is safe to do so.

Chris - August 18, 2014 - 1:57 pm

Awesome news! I took your earlier classes at Jessica and the newer ones here. I didn’t want to update until I knew more about the new version, especially with all the problems. I always recommend your classes to all my Cameo friends. You are the best!

Trish - August 18, 2014 - 1:59 pm

Thanks Kerri for the upcoming Studio 3 lessons in this Getting to Know You class. I have loved the other classes I have taken from you and just purchased this one for the new info on Studio 3.I am one of the enthusiastic users of the new upgrade, so much goodness. I can’t wait to learn more of you in Sept! PS thanks for the beautiful, wonderful Sll in the Family kit!

Lycia - August 18, 2014 - 2:29 pm

This is such good news and you are very generous for allowing us access to the new material if we’ve previously purchased the v2 class!!! I’ve been waiting for you to have a class (or just give your blessing to Version 3) before I upgraded. Thanks so much!!!

Kerri - August 18, 2014 - 3:13 pm

Yes, as was stated in the Q+A, if you purchased it at, you will have access to the updated version over there as well.

shelly - August 18, 2014 - 4:26 pm

I have been using the silhouette for awhile now. Have figured out how to make stencils and cut vinyl for tee shirts. I am not a scrapbook person. I use the machine in my fiber art work. I have the pens to write with but have never used them. I would be interested in the print and cut..I think. What classes should I sign up for. Thank you, shelly grappe

Kerri - August 18, 2014 - 4:41 pm

Hey Shelly!
Print+Cut is mainly covered in the second class, Oh The Places You Will Go. So I would suggest that one. I’ve heard from many people that felt like they had a good understanding of Silhouette Studio and still took the first class (GTKY) and learned a ton. It’s hard to determine what level you are, but if what’s listed in the class description sounds like some of what you’d like to see, then I’d sign up for the class combo 1+2.

While projects done in the class may be ‘scrapping’ related, anything that you learn can be applied to any project.

Hope that helps. :)

Kimberly O. - August 18, 2014 - 5:37 pm

WOO-HOO!!!!!! I just love your classes and I’ve been patiently hoping you’d have an updated version for 3. :) YIPPEE!!!!!!!! I’ve learned so much about the Silhouette program from your classes. Way more than I had figured out on my own. “What would Kerri do?” LOL

Jane - August 18, 2014 - 6:35 pm

Hi Kerri I am confused…so I took the class when it first came . I can take it again…no charge and it includes the new features but NOT any of the DE features? ….and I still have to register correct?

Kerri - August 18, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Hey Jane!
No, you do not need to register again. This is the same class you’ve taken, just updated using version 3. It will be accessed via the same classroom link that you already have. And just like the first go around with GTKY, it does not include the Designer Edition features.

Hope that helps. :)

Marina - August 18, 2014 - 9:03 pm

Awesome! Thanks for letting those who’ve already purchased access the updates version. Looking forward to checking it out :)

Pat - August 19, 2014 - 3:43 am

Looking forward to the version 3. Thanks for providing this for us Kerri!!

Sophikins - August 19, 2014 - 8:12 am

Your classes are the best!! I had been disappointed that there wasn’t a class for v3, so now I am so excited to see you have one, and that it will be available to us who purchased GTKY. Your explanations are fantastic, and I can’t believe how much MORE there was to learn, even for someone like me who had been using my Silhouette for a year before I took your classes. After I bought the first one I was hooked and had to get the rest of them!

Ruth G - August 19, 2014 - 8:45 am

Wow! What a great deal! Less than $17! I shared this with a Beginning Silhouette group on Facebook.
I love the features of version 3 and will be glad if more people can get comfortable with it! Thanks so much for sharing your know-how!!!

Cathy R - August 19, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Kerri, Thank you, thank you, thank you!! I purchased the bundle you offered after the Lain Ehman Scrapinar thingey. It is one of the best crafty purchases I have made. Your style and the clear graphics make everything so understandable. I can’t wait for the new GTKY vids. Thinking about them make me smile!

Melitta Ball - August 23, 2014 - 7:36 am

Hi Kerri,

I’m very excited about this updated version as there is a bit of a learning curve with this version 3 as you know…I purchased this and Oh the places you’ll go through Jessica Sprague site and so I went over today (August 23/14) but it still says you need version 2.5 and I don’t see any links to updated videos/info…could you tell me if the links have been provided elsewhere, perhaps they are not available yet or more likely I’m blind and totally missed them (LOL)? Any help would be greatly appreciated Kerri! Loved those two classes and will purchase more through your site now that I have found it!
Many Blessings,
Melitta Ball
BC Canada

Kerri - August 23, 2014 - 9:51 am

Hey Melitta!
Getting To Know You starts on September 22. :)
This class should be available to view on after that.

Melitta Ball - August 25, 2014 - 7:28 am

OMG! I totally read August LOL. Ooooops my huge bad! Thanks Kerri! *sheepishly burning my head in shame

Yamilka - September 26, 2014 - 2:18 pm

This is wonderful. I also bought Getting To Know You and Oh the places you’ll go on when they came out. I learned much with both of them so I am sure I will learn much too with the newer version as I have not even played yet with v3. When will the classes be available to us?
Thank you very much!

Friday Freebie | Elsewhere

It seems that summers are full of being…


Whether it’s in mind, body or soul, you can’t help but welcome elsewhere. 

So it seemed only fitting that we include this in our Summer of the Friday Freebie series.


To download this–forever free–click HERE.

And now, I’m off to my own little elsewhere. 
Not exactly the elsewhere I would pick, but elsewhere it is.

great weekend, y’all.

Karen Clinkinbeard - August 15, 2014 - 11:58 am

Kerri, Thank you so much for your generous giving of these summer freebies. I love your work and so enjoy using these in my scrapbooking layout. I don’t have a cutting machine yet but hope to get one someday! Thank you for your kindness and generosity.

Sally - August 15, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Thanks a million Kerri! This is perfect!

Melissa Johnson - August 15, 2014 - 10:36 pm

Thank you so much for this file. Very nice of you.

Laura Davis - August 17, 2014 - 12:23 pm


yolande k - August 18, 2014 - 1:52 pm

Merci beaucoup Kerri !

Screen Printing | KBS Style

One of the fun parts of girls camp is having some crafts. Often 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 Transfer.

While doing heat transfer is fun, cutting and weeding that many and ironing them took quite a bit of time that day.

This year I was on a quest to see if screen printing would be any better. While we could have used a vinyl and fabric paint route, there were itty bitty details in the design I wanted to use that were not conducive to vinyl on fabric. On top of that, I’d have to cut xx many to make it work for everyone.

That was not an option. Too time consuming and tedious.

So that wonderful thing called YouTube came into play and I found various methods of screen printing.

What to do. What to do.

I knew I didn’t want to go the emulsion route. Chemicals. Messy. Blech. I won’t explain it in detail if you don’t know what it is. Just look it up. You’ll understand. :)

We were camping after all. It needed to be simplified. Cleaning needed to be easy.

In my quest, I found this video. Not only did she use her handy dandy Silhouette, her project was amazingly detailed. And the thought of making a screen from sheer drape fabric and an embroidery hoop? Genius! That way you can save your screens!

Since this was all new to me, I thought it best to use a Speedball Printing Screen, which I purchased at Hobby Lobby with my 40% off coupon. I thought it would be more durable for all the shirts we were doing and such. I also purchased the Speedball paint in black and white.

I think we found our new yearly craft in the t-shirt genre. My mind is already spinning with ideas for next year’s image. :)

One of the biggest tips I can share about this project is:

Make sure you have the right vinyl.

I had some Oracal 631, which I think was the regular old, original-style Silhouette vinyl. I was a bit panicked when it was bubbling when transferring from the tape to the screen. It just wasn’t sticking to the screen. There was no way it would work. Using Oracal 651 or the Premium Silhouette vinyl was the ticket. Luckily Lisa had some on hand because the Premium Silhouette vinyl was nowhere to be found in this valley.

So here’s what worked for me.

This was my first time screen printing, so if any of you have tips or tricks, please share them in the comments. I’d love to hear your experiences of what did or didn’t work for you.

1.  Design your image and cut it in ‘the good stuff’ vinyl (Oracal 651 or Silhouette Premium). I used Silhouette Studio and my Cameo.

Remove the part you want in color.

Repeat that mantra. Refer to your image. You will forget. You want to leave all the negative space.

I used the camper and the ‘CAMPER’ from the Happy Camper kit. The ‘Happy’ is different because it’s a free font…and I can’t sell a free font. :)



2.  Add your transfer tape.  On something like this, I like separating the end and laying that as even as possblie on the end and then slowly pull it away, smoothing down the part that’s getting covered as I go.



3.  Get your screen ready. This is the one that I used. Notice the translucency.



4.  Lay down the vinyl/tape combo onto the inside of your screen. Make sure your image is as straight and evenly placed as possible. It just helps when placing it on your shirt. Smooth it on with a scraper to secure it to the screen.



5. Carefully remove he transfer tape. If a piece comes up, use your finger or the spatula to rub the tape/piece back onto the screen.



Doesn’t it look so pretty? And in case you are wondering about what the bottom two lines mean….3B stands for the three ‘B’ families that go–Banks, Bearnson, and Bradford. And we started this tradition in 2009.



6.  Add blue painters tape around the open outside edges so that no paint will go through.



Now you can see through the screen and where the paint will go.



7. Prepare your shirt. I used a large cutting board as my shirt surface, placing the shirt over the cutting board, like it was being worn by a person. I also used some brown postal paper between the top of the shirt and the cutting board so the paint wouldn’t go through. I had secured that with duct tape on the edges prior to placing the shirt. I didn’t have a paper bag, but I did have that.

Use some kind of ‘binding device’ to hold the shirt and screen in place. I bought some cheap clamps at Harbor freight. Some tiny ones to hold the shirt and some bigger ones to hold the screen. I think I may have spent under $7 on those. Worth it.

You need a pliable scraper. After looking and looking, I opted for this tool in the wallpaper section at Lowes. Speedball does make a squeegee, but I wanted something a little more pliable and smaller so I could work with the smaller bits and not worry about them getting pulled up. It may have still worked, I just opted for this method….and it was only a dollar-something as opposed to the $7 squeegee tool.



8.  Lay the paint and spread. I forgot to take a picture of this, but I took a plastic spoon and just dabbed a line of paint across the top, middle and bottom parts of the image. A little goes a long way! I don’t think I used much more than a teaspoon.

Once you have the paint down, start pulling paint smoothly and evenly with your ‘spatula’ device, working all the angles to be assured  it going through the screen.

To clean, just run your screen under water and use your hands gently over the surface of each side. You will probably want to clean it after five or six shirts because the paint can start drying in the image and then it won’t pull through as well



This would be on the back side of your shirt or on your cutting board had you not had the buffer. :) Looks kind of cool though, eh?



9. Ready to set. Remove the screen and voila! It”s awesome! Take a hairdryer and get it dry to the touch.

Iron it for 30 seconds over the whole thing on a Cotton/300 degree setting. We placed parchment paper over it and ironed on that.

Kass has washed hers and the paint softened, but seems to look good. This is our first time doing this, so we hoped we’d done it right for wash and wear. :)



And look how pretty it is on Kristy’s pink hoodie! I loved seeing it on all the colored shirts that Lisa and Kristy had brought!



If you have a zippered hoodie, secure the zipper as flat as you can and add painters tape over the zipper. I aligned one edge of the tape and gently used an x-Acto knife to cut the other side for a nice even strip of tape.



I’m not sure why mine didn’t set as evenly. The screen was slightly different, the zipper could have affected it, or the fact that we made a grey from combining black and white could have done something. I want to do this on a green zipper hoodie that I have with just white paint, so we’ll see how that goes



All in all, we had a blast doing this. We had a nice set screen and our own little sweat shop going in Kristy’s trailer. Please note: Do not run the AC and the hair dryer at the same time in your trailer…you can blow a fuse. ;)

Love this bunch of girls! 
(Kass forgot her shirt and Jordan was at work this day)


Elaine B. - August 13, 2014 - 1:00 pm

I love all the ideas you come up with to use the Cameo. I’m definitely going to give this a try!

Diane - August 13, 2014 - 1:22 pm

All I can say is WOW! Those shirts look great! I haven’t tried screen printing so I can’t add any advice but it looks like you have figured it out quite well. Awesome job!

Rene - August 13, 2014 - 2:47 pm

I can’t see step 7

Kerri - August 13, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Oh whoops. That’s just me misnumbering. :)
I shall correct it.

yolande k - August 13, 2014 - 4:12 pm

Woaw !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Merci pour ce tuto !!!! Vos tee-shirts sont trop beaux !!!!!!!

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Clairewa - August 13, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Well, you made THAT look easy! Your shirts look great – and have inspired me to have a go. Thank you so much for the awesome visual tutorial :)

Kristin V - August 15, 2014 - 7:37 am

My cousins, sisters, moms, and I all get together every year to have a great big craft weekend. I’d love to make some shirts like this for our next one. Do you have any kits like your camping kit that would be great to use for a crafting weekend shirt?

Diana Waite - August 15, 2014 - 3:03 pm

this looks AWESOME! I’ve been wanting to do something like this but haven’t gotten on it–couple of questions. Can you reuse the speedball screen print frame? And do your shirts have to be 100% cotton? Thanks!

Patty - August 18, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Fantastic job! I love it!

Ruth G - August 19, 2014 - 8:49 am

OK, now I wanna do this! My daughter always has loved quirky things, so I’ve made so many things for her parties over the years. Now that she’s a teen I think she and I could make some great t-shirts to show some of her passions to the world! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m pinning this for sure!

Two-Fer Tuesday | Happy Camper + Happiness

As you may have heard, this last week I spent the week with my dear friends Lisa Bearnson and Kristy Banks and our girls camping….uhhhh….I mean glamping up in the wilderness (*ehem* five minutes from civilization) up past Midway, Utah. It was a lovely little spot and we had a grand ol’ time playing games and talking and eating and even staying an extra day.

Last year we made these sweatshirts, and so I thought it only appropriate that we continue our shirt-making tradition this year. Last year we used the iron-on transfer, but this year I thought I’d try my hand at silk screening. I will share all these details in tomorrow’s post, but that was the catalyst for this kit….of which I’m very excited to use for recording our trip!


There are seventeen sets of images to play with–and they can go beyond the scope of camping too. You could also have a little fun by taking the ‘That’s Called Nature’ and turning it into a Print+Cut, printing the words and cutting the leaves. Or take it one step further and cut the word ‘Nature’ too! They could look something like this:


I think that would be such a cool element on a page…or Project Life, even!

And now, for the 2.99-er sale items!

Remember, these are on sale for today only.

I was continuing on after my happiness of last week and picked a few kits that kind of revolved around the whole escape/happy theme. In other words…happiness.

 escape     love_every_little_thing    happy-birthday     happy

Here’s hoping you have a happy day too! :)

Ruth G - August 12, 2014 - 10:48 am

I love the new happy camper collection! Makes me a happy camper thinking about all the ways I could have fun with it!

Our Last Day Of The Party

Can you believe our birthday week has come to an end? Our Creative Team has shared some wonderful stuff, have they not? It’s been such a fun week and we still have one bit of amazingness to share from Miss Laura today.

She had a vision to create some great home decor items that you can use for your own home or make pieces for your friend and give them as a gift. She asked if I could write her some delectable words for this project and I was happy to oblige…and the Tasty kit was born.

Check it out!


[ DesignsMagicalness (overlays: chevron, polka dot, diagonal stripe, hearts), Tasty (breakfast, lunch, dinner, tasty, yummy, food, get in ma belly), Happy Stuff (be yourself), Something To Say (gotta love this), Design Secret Class Extras (hand drawn box), Love: Every Little Thing (yellow patterned paper)

Don’t you just want to let out this high pitched AAAAAH!!!!? I especially love the 18×24 prints on her wall!! And what just makes it all even more so cool is those backgrounds. You may recognize the designs from the Magicalness kit. How awesome is that?

Here’s all about this project from Laura:

When Kerri asked us to “think outside the box”, my mind immediately went to wall art. I have quite a few walls that need a little something to complete them, but I decided to focus on the kitchen instead. Well over four years ago, I re-did my kitchen, and I picked out a ton of picture frames to display in the area above my kitchen cabinets. It’s taken me forever to actually fill those frames, and up until this week, half of those frames were still empty. Yes, they were up there completely empty for FOUR years! I’m so glad Kerri inspired me to work on getting them all filled up.

I put in a request to Kerri for a kitchen/food themed kit of her fabulous hand written, brush script words, and she came back a few days later with her new Tasty kit. Because these frames sit high up in the kitchen, I knew that I really didn’t need to spend time cutting out the words and piecing paper products together to fill those frames, as no one would be seeing them up close. So I decided to make some digital prints, using the PNG files of her designs.

I love the chalkboard look that is so trendy right now, and knew that the hand drawn brush script words would give that sort of chalkboard look I was going for. I also love adding in black and white prints, canvases, and photos in my home décor, since I have a lot of light oak furniture that I can’t do much about right now. Adding in lots of black around my home has helped balance out those lighter items. I pulled up two different black digital papers to use as my backgrounds and created the “canvases” I’d be working on, depending on the size of the frames. I added one of Kerri’s overlays from her Magicalness kit to each background as well, lowering the opacity to about 20% to add a fun, subtle touch. I then added my word of choice to the center, changing the color overlay to white and adding a small drop shadow to the word as well. Once I was done, I flattened my layers and uploaded my final prints to Costco to order.

I love how simple and easy these were to complete. Because I stuck to the same basic idea, and used lots of the same elements (the same black digital patterned papers, the overlays, and hand drawn brush script words), I was able to create these in just minutes once I had the idea down. I also created two BIG prints for my family room, using the exact same ideas. I went with two 18×24″ prints, and I just love how they turned out. Knowing that you can use Kerri’s cuts as digital files as well opens up a world of possibilities for creating your own wall art and home décor!

I think this is a brilliant idea! And just making it a print so you don’t need to cut? Fab. I think she definitely thought outside the ‘birthday’ box on this one. :)


And now for the winners of the Project Life goodies:

Winner of the Cinnamon Kit:   Ginger Kentzell
Winner of the Turquoise Kit:   Erin Stevenson
Winner of the Overlays:   Stacie Dietz

Congratulations ladies! I have forwarded your emails on to the fabulous people at Becky Higgins and they will get you hooked up with your goodies!


Thank you all for helping me celebrate this birthday week!

It’s been so much fun and I’ve had a blast. I also want to give a shout out to my amazing Creative Team. They always do such amazing things and I’m lucky to have them be a part of each and every month sharing their talents here.

And just one last quick reminder: Today is the last day of the sale.  :)

Stacie D - August 13, 2014 - 5:53 pm

Love the kitchen art ideas! Thanks for the birthday giveaway! I was so excited to get my email today about the overlays!

Gifts for Teachers

School is coming upon us.

Shut the front door.

It doesn’t affect me so much these days…having three kids in college…wait…maybe I take that back. It does affect me in other ways due to three college kids in college. Oh the agony of paying for it all…  Okay, so they do help out, but still……..three kids in college. 

Anywaaaaaay, I think some kids have started school and most will be starting soon.

Crazy, right?

Well, now would be a great time to start thinking of gifts for teachers–whether it’s a birthday gift, a first day of school gift, a Christmas gift or a thank you gift, Naomi has an awesome idea for just such an occasion!


[ Designs | Hello There Class Extras (hello) / inForms (library cards) / This+That: School (123, ABC, apple, alphabet background) ] / You Got This ]

I just want to take all those cards and squeeze ‘em or put them on a page or something! They are freakin’ adorable! I am quite partial to the alphabet one. Simple, but sooooo speaks to me. They are all amazing!

Naomi says:  I started with empty Ball Mason Jars, added some coffee beans and instant Starbucks Via Lattes,  attached some tags and burlap twine to the jars!

That really is a wonderful idea! Would be great with hot cocoa and chocolate chips and/or marshmallows in the bottom too!

Not that the weather is ready for hot chocolate…but I may be. ;)

Just one more day after this and then our birthday week is over–or more importantly…the sale will be over. Hope you’ve had a chance to stock up on goodies or classes or all of the above.

Ruth G - August 9, 2014 - 5:29 am

Wow! Quick, easy, thoughtful and clever designs! What more could you ask for! Thanks for the inspiration!!!

Nashonne - August 9, 2014 - 10:40 am

Absoultely LOVE this idea! Will have to do this for my son’s teacher(s).

yolande k - August 9, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Très jolies petites attetions, Karri ! J’adore !