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The Domino


I have this thing with numbers. I love incorporating numbers in different ways and more importantly, making them have significance.

Several years ago I used a tiny domino in a frame sequence for my family. And it then translated to a diecut domino for the This+That: Love kit.

One thing my kids remember about their Grandma Maxwell, who passed away ten years ago, is playing dominos with her.

So is it any wonder that I would have a desire to make a large domino…one that represents the number of our family?

I also thought it would be a wonderful idea to do with our women’s group at church because really, it’s kind of an easy thing to do. And it’s not exactly something you see…except…well…now…you’ll probably see it in a few homes in our neighborhood. ;)

Wanna make one?  It’d make an awesome–and fairly inexpensive–Christmas gift. So unique and so fun. And you could make these as big or as small as you’d like. How awesome would this be on a big board and put in a game room? Or the family room?

Here’s how:



Gather your supplies: acrylic paint, sand paper, foam brush, narrow paint brush and wood. This particular piece of wood is 7″ wide, so you want to double the width and cut a board that’s 14″ long. If you have the ability to groove it in the center, do that. Home Depot can cut a piece of lumber into various widths, but they won’t groove the center. My niece has wood cutting tools, so she’s done this for me. Ain’t she awesome? :) Use the sand paper to smooth the edges and groove.



Using the foam brush, paint white over either the whole board or where you know there’ll be a dot, if you want to save paint. I kind of liked the idea of painting the whole board so that when you sand it, white or wood may appear. I like layers. :) Let this dry before moving on.




Cut THIS template the same width as your wood using something like Silhouette Cameo. With this template you can use any arrangement of dots. I kept mine within the 1-6 values. I know there are double-twelves dominos, but I kind of like the standard simple domino look. I also made my circles on the template just slightly larger than the vinyl dots that I eventually use so that the pencil marks get covered with paint.


Cut vinyl dots using the same circles in the template file. Make them just a fraction smaller than the template circles so that when you place they vinyl dot in the center, the outer pencil circle will get covered by paint. Make sure you get all parts of the vinyl down or it will get paint underneath. As you can see in this photo, I didn’t get it all the way down and yes, I got a ‘hickey’ (printing term) of paint. Silly me.


Paint black over everything, including the vinyl dots. Make sure you go with the grain of the wood (do the same with the white too). In retrospect, I should have painted the groove using a narrow paint brush before painting the rest of the board because it makes it much easier to just paint full across the board and not have to worry about cleaning up paint ‘overage’ from painting the groove. Paint the sides of the board too. I didn’t worry about painting the back.


After the paint has mostly dried, use something like a paper piercer to carefully catch the edge of the vinyl and peel it up so that you can get enough of it up to catch with your fingers and remove. Once it’s all truly dry, use some sandpaper to expose some of the white and wood underneath around the edges, including the center groove.  And you’re done!

FYI, when I first made this, I did it late on a Saturday night and couldn’t run to get some black acrylic paint. Zach had some from an art class and let me borrow it. It’s definitely a higher quality and doesn’t dry near as fast as the typical .99 acrylic paints, like the white that I used. I used what I had at home, which was Oyster White–a slight ivory color. I thought I would have wanted white-white, but I think that slight ivory color gave the domino a more vintage feel.

I’m totally loving this new home decor item in my home!

domino-set1(p.s. this is a sample domino i made for our church group. i haven’t decided where I want my ‘five spot’ dominoto go yet. :) )

Michele - October 3, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Hi Kerri,

I always love the things you do, so creative and fun. I am in LOVE with the framed saying in the back…….I assume that is in your store, but I’m wondering how you made it look so dang awesome…I love the weathered look on the background and in the writing!


Kerri - October 3, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Hey Michelle! Yep, the phrase is in the store. And I found some free chalkboard PSD file that I used with the saying to make it. Gosh…I don’t know that I can even remember where I found it now. Maybe do a search and see what you can find. I’ve seen stuff like that out there. It’s just been a few months since I made it and I can’t remember what happened five minutes ago. lol Seems like I may have added some other distressing to it too. Not much help. ;)

Katie - October 3, 2014 - 12:59 pm

This domino just so happens to be perfect for my family…two parents, five kids. I made the connection when I saw the picture on FB, and now *need* to make one! Thanks for the tutorial!

Barbara - October 3, 2014 - 6:03 pm

LOVE The Domino idea!! Sooo Cool!

Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus - October 4, 2014 - 8:05 am

Found your “Jingle all the Way” craft from last year via Pinterest this morning. Pinned it and pinning this! Love it.

Kerri - October 4, 2014 - 9:02 am

Welcome to my neck of the woods Ashley! :)

Traci - October 4, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Love the domino idea! What a great decor item and thank you so much for the tutorial!!!

Hello October

Just three months left in the year.

I know I say this all the time, but seriously…flying by.

That’s all I’ll say.

So in honor of October making its first appearance in our lives this 2014, here’s a brand new handwritten kit for all your fall splendiferous projects…and then some. Several of those words can be used for many other projects.


And at the risk of sounding cheesy…

happy fall y’all. :)

Tag! You’re It!

I’ve been a tag and clip collector for years.


I have quite the pile…or rather, baggie full of assorted bits of paper and piles of various clips. I’ve collected all shapes and sizes and they’ve been sitting there-mostly collecting dust–as a constant inspiration to my little creative world over time. A few have come to fruition here and there and some have been waiting for this day.




When it takes me a while to create a certain subject, I ask myself, ‘Why didn’t I get this done before?’

I guess it’s just a matter of priorities and that sweet little baggie is out of sight, out of mind much of the time.

I have been playing with this fun little kit over the past month while it sat on the back burner yet once again, waiting for me to wrap it up, while I was preparing the Getting To Know You class. You may have seen these sneak peeks on social media though.


I love these ‘take a number’ pull tabs! Use it with or without stripes. Color it. Add your own text to document the event, including using the month as the letter and the date as your number. That S14 tab is getting stapled on a page about our trip to Mirror Lake on September 14.



I think some of my very favorite shapes are the personalizable (yeah, it’s a word) paperclips and tags. You can use them plain, add typed words, or better yet, cut the words like for this On The Way page. FYI, we learn how to make that kind of paperclip in the Here There Everywhere class, if’n you’re interested in knowing how to make you’re own styles. :)

And don’t even get me started on the bread tag! That particular one is reserved for my birthday page. :)

A great tip on these paperclips and tags like the bread tag is to cut them from a glossy photo paper vs. a cardstock. The glossy gives the illusion of plastic and when you double it up with a second layer? Then it looks even cooler!

And then you may remember this hexagon tag during our Brown Paper Packages week.



This tag folds in on itself at the top to keep the full shape of the hexagon, keeping everything as one piece. Love that!

And then the sock tag (top left)? One of my all-time faves…created years ago for another project. Waiting for this very day. Hey, it was out of sight, out of mind. But now it’s here.

So many things to point out. Did you notice the paperclips that say ‘fill in the blanks’? These are awesome for adding your own words! A customizable paperclip. Sweet!  I included a couple of words, but now you can make your own. Add a child’s name, your location, an exclamation…the sky’s the limit!

This little bundle of joy has so many stinkin’ possibilities, I can hardly stand it. Cut up a bunch and make yourself some print+cuts just to have on hand.

And it’s on sale right for 20% off through Friday only.
So now is an awesome time to pick it up!

heidig - September 30, 2014 - 11:38 am

Very cool! Working on your Silhouette classes now. I’m not sure I’ll ever be as proficient at making things as you are but I can definitely take advantage of what you make! Thanks Kerri!

Ruth G - September 30, 2014 - 4:10 pm

So many possibilities! Thanks for sharing them!

Flash Friday • Handwritten Words

Friday is upon us and that means it’s a great day for handwritten words!

Save 30% on orders of $10 or more on all handwritten goodies.
Use code WRITE at checkout.

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This is our last Friday in September. 
I can’t even believe it.

Have a great weekend everyone!

Lois - September 26, 2014 - 10:30 pm

Hi Kerri, I’m trying to purchase “A Dog’s Life” and “Click” with the coupon WRITE, but for some reason I’m unable to do so tonight? I found both of these during a search of “handwritten” in the store category section. I’d still love to be able to buy them if possible? Thank you – Have a wonderful wknd!

Kerri - September 27, 2014 - 8:51 am

Hey Lois!
If you click on the Flash Friday image or click on the Category for Handwritten Words it’ll come up with the items that are on sale. A Dog’s Life doesn’t have any handwritten words, but Click does. The coupon is still valid for a little bit this morning, if there’s some other combo you’d like. :)

Lois - September 27, 2014 - 6:38 pm

Thanks Kerri. Sorry about my mistake thinking “A Dog’s Life” was listed under the Handwritten category – that’s what I get for shopping late at night! I’m guessing that is why the sale wasn’t working for me. Thanks for the quick reply! :)

Birthday Moment #38

Last week I had many great birthday moments.

Like this one.

Flowers from a friend, that still look like this even almost a week later…as I was so admiring this morning.

That’s happiness in a bunch.


Cynthia B. - September 23, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Beautiful! Happiness indeed. :) So glad you had many wonderful Bday moments.

Marilyn - September 24, 2014 - 5:55 am

Beautiful flowers! Hope you’ve enjoyed your birthday!

Alison - September 30, 2014 - 3:19 am

Lovely fresh flowers. Hope you have enjoyed alot and made this birthday memorable.

Baby, It’s A Brand New Day • Color Theory Coupon • Winners

Well, it’s official.

Getting To Know You Silhouette Version 3 class has begun!

Not only is it a freshly updated class, but the classroom has a fresh new look. Goin’ clean and simple and trying to streamline.

Take a look.


The first section is a little introduction. The second section is what you need to know before you get started. The third section are links to lessons or videos. If you select the lesson heading–like Lesson 1–it will take you to the full content for that day’s lesson. If you click on the links listed below, it will take you directly to that video. And because much of what we do builds off the task before, going in order is highly recommended. :)

You know when you do a bit of cleaning and organizing and you just go ahhhhhh? Yeah, that’s what I’m feeling like with the new classroom. :)

Today is the last day to get this on sale!
You can find it in the Store.

If you purchased the class over the past 2 1/2 years–including from–you have access to this update. The classes will be available on Jessica’s site some time after this week.


And now, if you aren’t the Studio Calico Color Theory winner below, never fear, because I have got some savings just for KBS fans!


Oooooh yeah. Mama likes!


And now, let’s pick some winners!

Cathy Zielske’s class: Me, The Abridge Version
Heidi Gauvin

Bella Blvd Goodies
Melitta Ball

Simple Stories Birthday Package
Madison Broeker

Heidi Swapp September Skies
Angela Keene

KBS $25 Gift Cards
Karen S
Linda Johnson
MzErika Smith

Studio Calico Color Theory Inks
Karen (with an email that’s something like kaaareennn–give or take. lol)

All winners will be contacted via email.

And I said this on my social media this weekend, but I also wanted to say it here…


Thank you to all the fantastic companies and friends that made last week so wonderful. I loved reading all your comments and the giveaways we had were just so amazing.

So blessed to be in this industry surrounded by great, great people.

Jocelan Perry - September 22, 2014 - 12:23 pm

Where do I find the price of the class? I couldn’t find the price on Jessica blog.Thanks for your help.
Blessings Jocelan

Kerri - September 22, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Hey Jocelan! It’s not available to purchase on anymore. I moved them to my site a year ago. So you can find them in the store:


donna c - September 22, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Hey Kerri! Exciting news! I purchased via jessica quite a while ago, and wanted to say THANK YOU so much for allowing us access to the update! Very generous of you (you always are!)
happy dance!

Debbie S - September 22, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Thanks for all the Birthday Week surprises! It was really fun to check in everyday and see what you had up your sleeve. Congratulations to the winners! Thanks Kerri for all the inspiration I get from you and your website every day! Hope you had a GREAT birthday!

Melinda - September 24, 2014 - 10:01 am

You noted that if previously purchased on Jessica Sprague’s site it would be available in about a week. How will I be able to tell its the updated version? Will there be some sort of notation in the description or a whole new link?

Kerri - September 24, 2014 - 11:23 am

Hmm. I’m not sure on that one yet.
I will post about it though, so keep an eye out. :)

Melitta Ball - September 26, 2014 - 12:50 pm

Kerri I can’t thank you enough for your generous spirit & excellent teaching skills! I have completed both Getting to know you (old version but staring over with new ;)) and the 2nd one places you’ll go! I have purchased the 3rd & 4th ones as well and enjoy every single minuet in your class! And now I won a prize?!!? What ?!?! how did that happen ?!?! Thank you & Many Blessings!


Gina Nathan - October 12, 2014 - 11:50 am

Hi Kerri. Is the update up on Jessica’s site yet? What do we need to look for please.

A Birthday Surprise • Studio Calico Giveaway!

Now, you just know we couldn’t have this massive birthday week without a birthday surprise, right?

We may be done with the Brown Paper Packages, but…

…we still have one more giveaway to…well…giveaway!

Those fabulous folks at Studio Calico have given me some fun stuff to share with one lucky person. Check out these amazing new additions to their Color Theory Inks line!

studio calico color theory

Someone, somewhere, in this beautiful colorful land is going to get this fun little bundle.

Those colors are so cheerful, it would totally make my day to see it in a Studio Calico box upon arrival and openage (yeah, it’s a word) at my home. Okay, so maybe I did just have to order me a few and have some fun plans for it soon! Can’t wait!

Here’s how to enter. You’ll have until midnight Sunday on this one. Don’t forget that the other contests end tonight at midnight! U.S. residents only please.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Katie Jones - September 20, 2014 - 7:12 am

Thanks for the chance to win! Love these gorgeous colors!

Daniela Dobson - September 20, 2014 - 7:16 am

Beautiful colors!

Lynn M - September 20, 2014 - 7:16 am

My favorite color is orange so if it’s a Crayola color it would be Orange Fandango. Thanks for the chance to win.

Margie Visnick - September 20, 2014 - 7:16 am

Turquoise-and I am sure some one has used it, but- Deep Ocean Water

Sheila - September 20, 2014 - 7:19 am

Ohhhh…yummy colors.

Keianna - September 20, 2014 - 7:26 am

My fave color is turquoise.

Judy Stiles - September 20, 2014 - 7:26 am

Quite a birthday celebration … you celebrated in style! Thanks for all of the giveaways …. such a fun week!

LaurieW - September 20, 2014 - 7:27 am

Love these colors!

LaurieW - September 20, 2014 - 7:28 am

oh, and my favorite color is bright pink!

Amy M. C. - September 20, 2014 - 7:32 am

My favorite color is green! I think I would name it “Amy’s Glorious Green”!

Lana Russell - September 20, 2014 - 7:39 am

if I could make my name a crayola color it would be sky blue because blue is my favorite color and sky blue is gorgeous!

Fran Servoss - September 20, 2014 - 7:52 am

Purple Rain, but then I love purple, my favorite color.

Victoria C - September 20, 2014 - 7:54 am

Love these! They would go to a good home with me. I adore the Purple Rain color. Thanks for the chance to win them!

susan - September 20, 2014 - 7:57 am

so pretty! love them all.

Claire - September 20, 2014 - 7:59 am

Lovely colors.

Sue Alger - September 20, 2014 - 8:01 am

My favorite color is teal

Carla Hundley - September 20, 2014 - 8:02 am

Wonderful birthday gift!
I’d like my own color of
Passionate Purple Glory
Carla from Utah

Kathleen D - September 20, 2014 - 8:03 am

I have been wanting to try out these new SC color inks! Thanks for the chance to win! What a fun week this has been. THank you Kerri.

Patty G. - September 20, 2014 - 8:05 am

What a great birthday week!That purple! Sigh….

Pepper - September 20, 2014 - 8:06 am

Mint Green!

Tammy Davis - September 20, 2014 - 8:08 am

I love the deep blue of the sky as the sun sets. Maybe Dusky Sky Blue? Thanks for the chance at this and all of the other giveaways!

Karen Peterson - September 20, 2014 - 8:08 am

love the color red; candy apple red crayon (and it would be scented;)

Michelle - September 20, 2014 - 8:18 am

Woot! Thanks for the chance to win!

Kelly Humby-Tulk - September 20, 2014 - 8:25 am

My favorite color is aqua. I would call it sea aqua paradise!

Jeanette - September 20, 2014 - 8:25 am

Thanks so much for a chance to win the amazing giveaways. Happy happy birthday!!

Toni Berry - September 20, 2014 - 8:26 am

Love the colors!

Renee - September 20, 2014 - 8:29 am

So pretty!

Nita K. - September 20, 2014 - 8:35 am

I love purple. I would name it Royal if I could create a crayon.

Monica Jordan - September 20, 2014 - 8:35 am

Love the color Red… if i had to name it… Lipstick Red!!
Thanks so much for a chance to win!!

Tami - September 20, 2014 - 8:48 am

Happy Birthday!!!

Thank you for celebrating with us this week!!

Amie Lamm-Griffin - September 20, 2014 - 8:51 am

Glad slipper is my new fave. It would be a great crayon color as well.

Julie Whiteman - September 20, 2014 - 8:54 am

Beautiful colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

Tami - September 20, 2014 - 8:55 am

I forgot to say which color is my favorite! I’d say Glass Slipper, but I really like Lime Light because I don’t have anything close to that color already!!!

Thanks again!

Marie Q - September 20, 2014 - 8:58 am

Love the colors & SC!

Teresa beg - September 20, 2014 - 9:00 am

Thank you for the chance to win.

Lindsay - September 20, 2014 - 9:06 am

I LOVE glass slipper!!!

Tammy Joyce - September 20, 2014 - 9:10 am

This would be an awesome win. Just to get a chance to see if u like them or not. Thanks Kerri.

Sherry T. - September 20, 2014 - 9:18 am

Love surprises….great colors.

Lynette Ballard - September 20, 2014 - 9:19 am

I have lots of favorite colors! But we just painted our baby-on-the-way’s door a “Mickey’s Garden,” green type of color. (ok so the name said “palm tree,” but I’m thinking landscaping in a cartoon is a bit closer). So that is my current color these days. :) Thanks for the giveaways and fun week here at kbs!

Katrina H - September 20, 2014 - 9:20 am

I have been wanting to try their ink! Thanks for the chance to win!

Lindsey - September 20, 2014 - 9:25 am

Talk about a colorful birthday!

Carrie - September 20, 2014 - 9:37 am

What an awesome surprise!

Ruth Tacoma - September 20, 2014 - 9:39 am

Not sure what my favorite color is….probably aqua blue…..and it sort of already has a crayola name. :)

Andrea D. - September 20, 2014 - 9:49 am

My favorite color is a golden yellow. I’d probably call my crayon color sunset yellow.

Alison - September 20, 2014 - 10:03 am

Love these colors and your giveaways!

Amber - September 20, 2014 - 10:13 am

Oh how I would love these inks! It’s my birthday week, too, so happy birthday us! Yay!

Nitasha G - September 20, 2014 - 10:20 am

My favorite color is teal and If I could make it a Crayola color it would be simply “Tranquility”!

Samantha Clark - September 20, 2014 - 10:23 am

Definitely turquoise. I might call it happiest blue.

rita timmons - September 20, 2014 - 10:42 am

i love all these new colors. Hope you had a great birthday week!

LinhC - September 20, 2014 - 10:57 am

My fave color is red. I’d name it Red Delicious.

Brenda - September 20, 2014 - 11:03 am

Oh my favorite color is any shade of blue but if I have to narrow it down and name it I would say a dark blue (almost navy but not quite) and name it evening sky.

Karen Walker - September 20, 2014 - 11:04 am

Fabulous colors, and a palette of colors I don’t have many of!

Miriam Prantner - September 20, 2014 - 11:10 am

My favorite color is red, fire engine red.

Kathy Meredith - September 20, 2014 - 11:32 am

Thanks for the chance to win! My favorite color is lime green!

Betty Smeltzer - September 20, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Love the lime green. Thanks for sharing your birthday with us!

Cindy - September 20, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Favorite color is gold and I would call it Gorgeous Glittery Gold!

Tiffany Hayden - September 20, 2014 - 12:16 pm

What a fun birthday week! My fave color? Depends on item–sometimes red, sometimes pink, sometimes turquoise. I tend to favor bright bold colors. No pastels for this girl. ;-)

Hussena - September 20, 2014 - 12:17 pm

These ink colors are simply fabulous. Thank you so much for a chance to win them.

Ellie Augustin - September 20, 2014 - 12:25 pm

YAAAYYY For birthday fun! These colors are yummy thanks for the fun.

Karen C - September 20, 2014 - 12:29 pm

Love these! Want these please! Thanks for the giveaway.

Ana Balcarcel - September 20, 2014 - 12:34 pm

These colors make me HAPPY! Would love to get them! :)

Melitta Ball - September 20, 2014 - 12:36 pm

My favorite color is that of the Caribbean sea and I would call it tenacious teal because the water grips your gaze and it’s hard to look away from it!!
Happy Birthday again and thank you for all the great shares! I have both a USA and Canadian Address so I hope you will allow me to participate in your giveaway!
Many Blessings!

Ana Balcarcel - September 20, 2014 - 12:37 pm

Sorry for the double post. Just realized I had to pick my fave color and rename it if it was a crayon. WELL, I love the the LIME LIGHT and if it were a crayon I would call it SOURY LIME. It just looks sour to me…lol

Jennifer B - September 20, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Thanks for the chance to win. Glass Slipper is my favorite!

Donna C. - September 20, 2014 - 12:41 pm

I love all shades of blue. Thanks for the chance to win these great ink pads

Nashonne Newman - September 20, 2014 - 12:41 pm

My favorite color is blue. I would make a crayon color Midnight Blue.

Tracy - September 20, 2014 - 12:45 pm

I’ve never tried Color Theory Inks and I would love to! Awesome colors!

Lisa S - September 20, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Love the colors!

angela - September 20, 2014 - 1:07 pm

Love the ink colors.
Magenta is my favorite color and I am pretty happy with that name.

Carrie/scrapchick - September 20, 2014 - 1:21 pm

Hope you had a fantastic week! Thanks for the chance! My favorite color is Turquoise and I would name the crayon Peacock Feather! lol

Angela K - September 20, 2014 - 1:28 pm

I love purple so it would have to be purple passion.

Laura K - September 20, 2014 - 1:31 pm

My favorite color is purple. Any shade from the lightest lavender to the darkest plum. If I had to pick one Crayola name I guess it would be Lilac Fields.

Kelli W - September 20, 2014 - 1:40 pm

I love purple and if I could name a Crayon, it would be Grape Juice :)

Tersa Ramos Ramirez - September 20, 2014 - 2:00 pm

Going Green
The crayon name I choose: Lemon Green

Trish - September 20, 2014 - 2:03 pm

The colors are gorgeous. Of course the greens are speaking to me, that Going Green especially! Hmm, it’s Crayola color name might be Leaf Bud Green? I know, it’s lame…

Torrie - September 20, 2014 - 2:06 pm

My favorite color right now is royal blue. I have always wondered who gets to name crayons. Mine would be toasted marshmallow, it should smell like it too.

Betsy - September 20, 2014 - 2:27 pm

What a pretty palette! Thank you for the opportunity. Would be very happy to win!

Liz Lumsden - September 20, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Look at all these yummy colors! Hope your birthday week was the bomb, Kerri!

Joan - September 20, 2014 - 2:39 pm

Black is a strong favorite (maybe rename it “night”) but not as fun as that bright, turquoise blue of Caribbean water that I’d name “Virgin Islands”.

bernicej - September 20, 2014 - 2:45 pm

My favorite colors are the fall colors, especially orange. Perhaps I would call it “burnt flame”.

Celeste B - September 20, 2014 - 2:46 pm

Ruby Red

Erinaaaa - September 20, 2014 - 2:49 pm

Happy Birthday week!

Susan P - September 20, 2014 - 2:51 pm

Oooooh! These colors are yummy! Thanks for the chance to win them! What a great week it has been on your blog – I enjoyed checking in each day!

Debbie S - September 20, 2014 - 3:04 pm

My favorite color these days is purple. These colors look fabulous! Thanks for the chance!

Becca Bonneville - September 20, 2014 - 3:26 pm

Would love a nice pink color called Tickled Pink! Thanks for the chance!

Michele Clay - September 20, 2014 - 3:34 pm

Turquoise & if I could name it for Crayola, it would be Hilton Head Island. A fun name for a fun color! I’d love to try out these inks by Studio Calico. Thanks, Kerri!

SherriS. - September 20, 2014 - 4:06 pm

Gorgeous colors! I haven’t purchased any ink pads in a long time so these babies would be great to have:)

SherriS. - September 20, 2014 - 4:07 pm

Sorry I commented before I checked the rafflecopter. My color would be Purple Passion Flower!

Judy - September 20, 2014 - 4:15 pm

Beautiful colors, thanks for the chance to win!

Jean Nielsen - September 20, 2014 - 4:46 pm

What a fun birthday giveaway!

Cynthia Baldwin - September 20, 2014 - 4:47 pm

My favorite colors lately have been shades of blue/green and turquoise. :) I love the ink colors of glass slipper and going green, if that says anything.
Not sure what I’d call my colors? Maybe winter fresh or mint blue?

Teresa - September 20, 2014 - 5:15 pm

I love green… Maybe I would call my Crayola crayon Grassy Knoll. :) thanks for the glorious giveaway!!

LisaM6 - September 20, 2014 - 5:21 pm

What a fun giveaway. Thanks for the chance to win.
My favorite color would be a deep winter blue.

Angela Daly - September 20, 2014 - 5:32 pm

My fav is Lime Light, all the the colors are delicious, thanks Kerri for the chance to win !

Janet T - September 20, 2014 - 5:43 pm

Would love to try these out! Although then I might get hooked ;0)
~God bless~

Dawn - September 20, 2014 - 5:50 pm

Kerri these colors are awesome. I’ll have to check your sight for CTMH product colors and order some additional colors I need. Thank you for the chance to win & good luck ya’ll.

Katie B. - September 20, 2014 - 5:52 pm

Wow, really pretty colors! I have heard about these inks but have not gotten to try them. My favorite color is aqua. I would name it ocean sound. :) Thank you for the giveaway.

Katie B.

Sarita - September 20, 2014 - 5:54 pm

my favorite color is blue.

Cindy B - September 20, 2014 - 6:02 pm

I love pinks! I’d name a Crayola “Pink Tulle”

kathy anderson - September 20, 2014 - 6:19 pm

My favorite color is green and if I named it as a crayon I would call it Ivy.

Sarah W A - September 20, 2014 - 6:37 pm

More goodies? Wow. Thanks a lot, to Kerri and to Studio Calico.

Tina Michael-Dahlmann - September 20, 2014 - 7:05 pm

I love Halloween so I would name the orange Crayola crayon “Jack O Lantern”. Thanks for a chance to win.


Rebekah - September 20, 2014 - 7:32 pm

I love coral- so my Crayola color name would be Coral Crush

linda - September 20, 2014 - 7:43 pm

My fav color is teal, so my Crayola would be Real Teal!

Amy O - September 20, 2014 - 7:51 pm

Turquoise/aqua, anything in that range of bluish greeniness. How about “Tropical Wave”?

Kim H - September 20, 2014 - 8:27 pm

What a great way to end a fabulous birthday week. Those colors are gorgeous!! Thanks for the chance to win.

Lara Read - September 20, 2014 - 8:32 pm

I always loved the green bluish crayons. I always picked it out first when I got a new box. I can’t remember the exact name but turquoise would be great too.

Kary H. - September 20, 2014 - 8:36 pm

My favorite color is blue, and I would call it Wave-tossed Waters.

Melanie Stanczyk - September 20, 2014 - 8:36 pm

Right now my favorite color is green, like lime green.

I’d call it….lime surprise (the surprise would be pearlized glow in it.)

I would love the try out the SC inks! Thanks for the chance.

Michelle - September 20, 2014 - 9:00 pm

How fun. I love the lime green and the teal color! I have never tried their inks before. I am glad you had a great birthday, Kerri!! :)

heather - September 20, 2014 - 9:04 pm

Powder Blue if I could name it I would name it heavenly skies.

Dana Lines - September 20, 2014 - 9:20 pm

Thank you for treating us when its your birthday!!!

Denise Bryant - September 20, 2014 - 9:31 pm

Favorite color is yellow… so bright and cheery!

Tara M - September 20, 2014 - 9:39 pm

Beautiful colors. Thank you for a great giveaway!

Judy W. - September 20, 2014 - 9:48 pm

Thanks for the giveaway. I tend to like blues and greens. I’d have to pick a color like a bright blue sky and Crayola color name would be “Wide Open Blue”.

Lillian M - September 20, 2014 - 9:50 pm

Would be so nice to try these products :)

Barbara Santee - September 20, 2014 - 10:08 pm

As always what a nice surprise. Thanks for the chance to win!

Chrystie DeSmet - September 20, 2014 - 11:15 pm

My favorite color is pink. My Crayola color would be flamingo pink!

Angie - September 20, 2014 - 11:33 pm

Green. Grass Green. It’s the best! (They probably already have that, huh?)

Candi - September 21, 2014 - 12:47 am

Blue/green sort of. Deep like the sea yet clear as an emerald. call it soul blur.

Dawn - September 21, 2014 - 1:22 am

Hello Kerri. OK how do you register with Insta Gram? This is the only one of all that I’m registered with and can’t figure out Insta Gram out. Could you help me please. I’m using my nieces for now but I want one for myself. Thank you if you can help. =)


kaaarrreeennn - September 21, 2014 - 3:16 am

Favorite is Glass Slipper. If it was a crayon color I would call it “True Happiness.” Happy Birthday!

Lucinde | Lucilight - September 21, 2014 - 4:45 am

The colors are beautifull! And uhm… my favorite color is purple, like in the passionflower so it would be something like passion purple or just passiflora

Jeanene - September 21, 2014 - 6:39 am

Thanks for giving away so many goodies on your birthday!

Jessica Dougherty - September 21, 2014 - 8:17 am

i always liked the metallic crayons…i’d name mine glamorously gold!

Danni Perez - September 21, 2014 - 9:37 am

happy birthday girl!!!

Jewel - September 21, 2014 - 10:28 am

I love seafoam green. I would call the Crayon color, sea glass.

Amy Coose - September 21, 2014 - 10:47 am

My favorite color is grey, and if I could name a crayon, I’d make a light grey named storm.

PaulaJean - September 21, 2014 - 10:54 am

One of my favorite colors is lime green. I think I would call it laid back lime!!

Lorretta - September 21, 2014 - 11:36 am

Purple Rain – that’s my favorite although I love all of these colors!

deb pereira - September 21, 2014 - 12:42 pm

Fun!!! Thanks Kerri.

Mickee - September 21, 2014 - 1:45 pm

Love those colors! Thanks for the chance!

Merrilee - September 21, 2014 - 2:34 pm

My fave colour is green and I would name it Greenalicious.

Shirlee - September 21, 2014 - 3:33 pm

I love Studio Calico AND Kerri Bradford. Happy Birthday Kerri! This is a great surprise gift. Thank you!

Traci - September 21, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Great inkpad colors! Would love to openage these! :)

Cheryl :) - September 21, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Oh how fun!!!Thank you and thank you Studio Calico!!!

Mindy - September 21, 2014 - 6:31 pm

My fav color is most any shade of blue. I’m really loving turquoise right now – maybe call it turquoise ocean for the beautiful color of water you see in tropical places.

Carol R. - September 21, 2014 - 7:07 pm

I would call purple–Purple Passion. Thank you for the chance to win.

Carolyn E - September 21, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Beautiful colors!!
My favorite is Blue And a name…how about the Majestic Navy.

Dayna - September 21, 2014 - 8:21 pm

Thanks for the chance to win!

Tracy Bohman - September 21, 2014 - 8:56 pm

Thanks for the great giveaways this week. I love the color Blue or Teal and the name I’d call it is aqua marine. Reminds me of the Carribean sea of which I just returned from.

Kim Thomas - September 21, 2014 - 11:50 pm

Thank you so much for the chance to win. They look delish! Take care, Kim :)

Sheri Elmont - September 21, 2014 - 11:57 pm

Right now I’ll say lavender, it can change in a moment. I would call my Crayon, Luscious Lavender. (Hey, it’s late and the creativity is low)

Brown Paper Packages Comes To An End? (+ Giveaway and Flash Friday)

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Say it ain’t so!

This week has seriously gone way faster than I ever expected. I have a feeling the rest of the year is going to do the same.

Sometimes we just need to slow down our pace of life. I think I’ve been better about that this year, but I have my moments still. A little too many lately, it seems.


Okay, that being said, we have a full day ahead! :)

Today I’m sharing a couple projects that I worked on for this week. I wish I could have made the rest that are in my head. I expect you may be seeing more from me over time. I’m not done yet. ;)

Thought I’d give the box from Boxed Up  a little decor makeover using the gold vinyl and a handwritten word. To place the vinyl, I used a small piece of transfer tape. I might use a slightly larger one next time because the vinyl is floppier than it seems. I wasn’t sure how the tape would react to the cardstock either.


I also printed a little ‘It’s Your Birthday’ to go along with Heck Yes (which is a freebie you can get HERE). I also wanted the Heck Yes to be slightly thicker, so I added a .03″ internal and external offset and then welded it together. If you want to know how to thicken handwritten words, read this post.

And then finally, I made my white paint and postal paper tag. This is one of those things that has been in my mind to do for months now. Seriously.

It’s using a tag shape that will be coming out in a kit soon.


To make it, I cut a ‘stencil’ out of cardstock and found some obliging paint and foam brush. To create the stencil, type your words over the top half of the tag. I wanted mine to be larger than the tag so that it extended ‘off the page’, so to speak. 



I used some repositionable adhesive (Herma) and tacked the tag to a piece of paper. I slid and tacked down a small piece of cardstock between the tag halves so that when I painted it, it wouldn’t go onto the bottom half. Next, I adhered the stencil on top.


I painted the letters, without putting it on too thick. I didn’t want it to dry and stick, so I peeled off the stencil while it still had a smidgen of tackiness.


Add a ‘handmade reinforcement’ (aka, a silhouette cut set of circles) and a little twine and voila! You’re done!


Next up, it’s time for Flash Friday!


This week it’s all about Photo Templates.

Buy any two or more photo template kits
and save 35% on them.

Use code PHOTO at check out.
(Discount applies only to photo template purchases.)

This is a flash sale and it’s available for today only.


And now, it’s the final giveaway of the week. 

My own little ‘birthday gift’ to you, so to speak.


I’m giving away a $25 gift card to three lucky people! 

You can get several chances to win using the options below. 
This is open to everyone! :)

And I just want to give a shout out to all of you for making this week so wonderful! 
There’s nothing like spending your birthday all week with friends.


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tammy Davis - September 19, 2014 - 6:49 am

Tammy Davis – Altus, OK

Angeline Choo - September 19, 2014 - 6:50 am

Happy birthday Kerri !! Your brown packages are awesome and the cut files just made it pop! Have an awesome time celebrating.

Angeline – Malaysia

Robin - September 19, 2014 - 6:52 am

From Texas

Ruth Tacoma - September 19, 2014 - 7:03 am

Ruth Tacoma from McBain Michigan

Theresa - September 19, 2014 - 7:05 am

Thanks for all the inspiration this week – great ideas and projects.
Theresa from Ohio.

Cindy Trimble - September 19, 2014 - 7:13 am

Happy birthday! I check your blog every morning for inspiration! Then hurry home to try things out. Have a great day!

Rhadonda - September 19, 2014 - 7:14 am

Sterling, IL

Kate Hungerford - September 19, 2014 - 7:16 am

I’d LUV to receive the $25 gift card!! There’s so much I want to buy in your shop. Thanks for the opportunity.

Kate Hungerford
Bethany Beach, Delaware

Lynda Callan Griffith - September 19, 2014 - 7:19 am

Happy Birthday Kerri. Love, love your stuff!!

Karen S - September 19, 2014 - 7:22 am

Karen S
Cleveland OH

Kathy Meredith - September 19, 2014 - 7:32 am

Hi Kerri! I’m Kathy from Desert Aire, WA – the middle of everywhere, but it takes us an hour to get anywhere! I love your products and mostly love you as a teacher!

Debi Vintinner - September 19, 2014 - 7:40 am

Hope you have enjoyed your birthday celebration!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

Nicole - September 19, 2014 - 7:46 am

Pinehurst, NC

Jane Tiefenthaler - September 19, 2014 - 7:46 am

Thabnks for the awesome giveaway.

Amanda Hall - September 19, 2014 - 7:50 am

Amanda Parham
Simpsonville, SC

Karen Wilhelm - September 19, 2014 - 7:51 am

Happy Birthday week Kerri! Hope you had a great one!! I love your creations and it would be so fun to win the gift card!!

Judy W. - September 19, 2014 - 7:55 am

A $25 gift card from your shop would be an awesome! Thanks for the chance to win.
North Texas

Miriam Prantner - September 19, 2014 - 7:58 am

What a fun week! thanks for all the great giveaways and inspiration!

Miriam, Arlington VA

LouAnn V - September 19, 2014 - 8:12 am

LouAnn from Chino, CA

Nashonne Newman - September 19, 2014 - 8:29 am

Nashonne from Crete, IL

Samantha Clark - September 19, 2014 - 8:46 am

Hi! Samantha, now from Fruita, Colorado. :-)

Kim H - September 19, 2014 - 9:00 am

Leavenworth, Ks

Happy Birthday Week Kerri. The ideas you have shared this week have been amazing along with teh giveaways you’ve offered. Thanks for the cnance to win!!

Laura T. - September 19, 2014 - 9:03 am

Thanks for all the giveaway changes this week.

Laura T.
North Canton, OH

Carolyn E - September 19, 2014 - 9:28 am

Thanks for the week full of lots of eye candy!! Hope you had a wonderful Birthday week :)

Marilyn Bronson - September 19, 2014 - 9:28 am

Marilyn from Mebane, NC! It has been a fun week — thanks for the opportunity to win.

Sally - September 19, 2014 - 9:28 am

Beautiful projects Kerri!
Saratoga Springs, Utah

Carolyn E - September 19, 2014 - 9:29 am

Carolyn E
Middleburg, Florida

Brenda - September 19, 2014 - 9:35 am

I have really enjoyed this week – love anything kraft!! I’m Brenda from Dove Canyon, CA

Jeannie L - September 19, 2014 - 10:09 am

I’ve enjoyed the week with all the inspiration. Thanks for the fun week and for the awesome giveaway.

Jeannie from hot & humid Singapore

Carla Hundley - September 19, 2014 - 10:10 am

Carla Hundley
Orem, Utah

Jessica Dougherty - September 19, 2014 - 10:17 am

thanks for all the chances to win! hope you have a fabulous birthday!

Melanie Stanczyk - September 19, 2014 - 10:33 am

Thank you again Kerri for the “gifts” this week. I feel we should be gifting you, it’s your birthday! Your little boxes are so cute. Hope you had a great birthday.

PaulaJean Kirby - September 19, 2014 - 10:33 am

My name is PaulaJean (PJ …no one ever remembers PaulaJean unless I’m getting in trouble!) I’m from Douglas, MA

Melanie Stanczyk - September 19, 2014 - 10:36 am

Melanie Stanczyk
Custer, Wisconsin

Kendra - September 19, 2014 - 11:04 am

Kendra Grande
Parker, CO

Amy M. C. - September 19, 2014 - 11:05 am

Amy Cooley, Indianapolis, IN

Kelli W - September 19, 2014 - 11:46 am

Kelli W.
Cedar Park, TX

thanks for the chance to win!!!

Claire - September 19, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Anacortes WA

Angela K - September 19, 2014 - 12:35 pm

Angela K
Holbrook, AZ

Karen Peterson - September 19, 2014 - 12:46 pm

Karen Peterson, Eagle River, AK

Lynette Ballard - September 19, 2014 - 12:48 pm

Lynette Ballard
Hurricane UT

I have to say, your little trick of adding an offset if you want words thicker/thinner, totally saved me yesterday! I had a skinny font that I knew wouldn’t weed very good…so I just made it fatter! Your tricks and classes are sooo helpful! :) I hope you’ve had a good week, it’s been fun to see all the fun ideas!

christi - September 19, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Christi from Massachusetts

Ruthie Lopez - September 19, 2014 - 1:23 pm

Great idea!! Thanks for the chance to win!
San Diego CA :)

carrie - September 19, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Happy Birthday! And thank you so much for sharing all this magicalness during your birthday :)
Seriously, great fun ideas!

Torrie - September 19, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Happy birthday Kerri and thanks for including us in the celebration! Torrie from Surprise, AZ.

Cari - September 19, 2014 - 1:39 pm

Hagerstown, MD

Such cute ideas this week!
Thanks for the inspiration.

mitchmac - September 19, 2014 - 1:51 pm

Yay – something for international fans – thanks so much for the chance to win!

Margie Visnick - September 19, 2014 - 2:18 pm

Thanks for all of the fun inspiration this week! Margie Visnick, TN

Deborah Northcutt - September 19, 2014 - 2:30 pm

Happy Birthday, Kerri! Love all the great giveaways! Thank you so much!!

Sherry T - September 19, 2014 - 2:31 pm

Thanks for all the chances to win this week…from Dodge City, KS.

Julie Whiteman - September 19, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Keri I love love love your stuff. Thanks so much for the Friday freebies.

Julie Whiteman - September 19, 2014 - 3:04 pm

Kerri I love love love your stuff. Thanks so much for the Friday freebies.

Jeannie Smith - September 19, 2014 - 3:07 pm

I just discovered your blog! Well so much for cleaning today- I have been reading your blog and watch tutorials.

RPomeroy - September 19, 2014 - 3:20 pm

Coeur D’Alene

Christine M - September 19, 2014 - 3:42 pm

Love your ideas so talented you are!

Amber M. - September 19, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Happy end-of-birthday week! The silver lining is that today is FRIDAY :) Thanks so much for a great celebratory week with wonderful inspiration and amazing giveaways!

Angie - September 19, 2014 - 4:26 pm

Your tag is so cute! Happy Birthday!

a - September 19, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Oh…you want a specific comment. I’m Angie – I’m from the Seattle area!

Sheri Elmont - September 19, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Thanks for all the wonderful stuff you create for us to enjoy! Happy Birthday!

Carrie/scrapchick - September 19, 2014 - 4:28 pm

Hope you had a Great Birthday week! Thanks for all the cool ideas & chances to win!

Carrie in Wisconsin

Denise Bryant - September 19, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Wishing you a very happy birthday! Thanks for offering such fun party favors this week! :)
Denise Bryant from Penn Valley, CA.

Katie B. - September 19, 2014 - 5:13 pm

I hope you have had a great birthday week! Thank you for sharing it with us. And for spreading the love with all of the wonderful giveaways. Love the gold letters wrapping around the edges!

Katie B. from Western Maryland

Angela - September 19, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Angela from Indy

Debbie S. - September 19, 2014 - 6:02 pm

Love reading your blog. I find lots of valuable information here.

Lenore - September 19, 2014 - 6:05 pm

Hope you have a wonderful birthday Kerri!

Jessica Barrett - September 19, 2014 - 6:41 pm

Jessica A. from west Tx! This site is full of AWESOMENESS- HAPPY birthday have amazin talent!

Kathleen D - September 19, 2014 - 6:43 pm

It’ been a fun week Kerri following all these blog posts. Once again, Happy Birthday and may this year be filled with joy, happiness and abundant love.

Gracie Williams - September 19, 2014 - 7:08 pm

Gracie Williams
San Antonio, Texas

Marcia Dehn-Nix - September 19, 2014 - 7:09 pm

Marcia from Minnesota. Love your cut files and the inspiration here. Happy Birthday.

Stacie D - September 19, 2014 - 7:20 pm

Happy Birthday week!

lisa - September 19, 2014 - 7:34 pm

loving the contest

Amy Coose - September 19, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Amazing inspiration, and thanks for the chance to win!

Amy in VA

julie - September 19, 2014 - 7:49 pm

thanks for the chance to win!!

Katrina H - September 19, 2014 - 8:18 pm

Thanks for the chance to win! I hope you had a fabulous birthday week!!

Sue T - September 19, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Sue Taylor, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Thanks for the fun week Kerri :)

Alysia H - September 19, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Alysia from Utah but living in Arizona

heather - September 19, 2014 - 8:49 pm

Heather from OR.

Lindsay F - September 19, 2014 - 9:00 pm

Coming from Salt Lake City!

deb pereira - September 19, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Amy O - September 19, 2014 - 10:08 pm

Hi I’m Amy from Central IL, USA!

Janet - September 19, 2014 - 11:24 pm

Happy birthday Kerri. I’ve been enjoying your celebrations from Scotland.

Bernice J - September 19, 2014 - 11:49 pm

Bernice from Alberta, Canada

Cindy B - September 20, 2014 - 12:12 am

Cindy B from beautiful NW Montana

Patty G.p - September 20, 2014 - 8:09 am

Wowsers! A gift card would be well used! Love all your designs! Thanks for sharing your birthday with us!

Lynne K - September 20, 2014 - 8:15 am

Love your stuff! Thanks for the chance to win!

Patty G. - September 20, 2014 - 8:17 am

Whoops! Couldn’t edit my comment for my typo! Thanks for the chance!
Frenchtown, NJ

Kelly Humby-Tulk - September 20, 2014 - 8:28 am

I’m from Tennessee.

Tana - September 20, 2014 - 8:33 am

Sweet…would love this

Nita K. - September 20, 2014 - 8:38 am

Nita from Austin, Texas

Tami - September 20, 2014 - 9:07 am

I am loving the simple embellishments that you are showing for birthday gifts!

Tami - September 20, 2014 - 9:09 am

Sorry, I forgot to leave where I’m from – Kansas!

Lindsay - September 20, 2014 - 9:11 am

Salt Lake City, UT

lindsey - September 20, 2014 - 9:30 am

I could put these to good use for sure!

laura mm - September 20, 2014 - 9:35 am

These are gorgeous! Thanks for the giveaways :)
Laura from FL

rita timmons - September 20, 2014 - 10:44 am

what a clever idea! imagine the possibilities by using the cutouts as stencils as well.

Melissa S - September 20, 2014 - 11:24 am

Happy Birthday Kerri! Thanks for the fun week and chance to win :) Melissa – Halifax, NS, Canada

Cindy - September 20, 2014 - 12:18 pm


Ellie Augustin - September 20, 2014 - 12:27 pm

Cause who doesn’t love your kits!!! Thanks for the chance.

Cheryl :) - September 20, 2014 - 3:59 pm

Cheryl – Keytesville, MO

Jean Nielsen - September 20, 2014 - 4:49 pm

You’re awfully nice to be giving away gifts for YOUR birthday! Hope you had a really nice birthday…

Sarita - September 20, 2014 - 5:58 pm

San Diego, CA

kathy anderson - September 20, 2014 - 6:25 pm

Kathy Anderson from Sparks, Nevada.
Happy Birthday Kerri!

Sarah W A - September 20, 2014 - 6:35 pm

The generosity just keeps on coming! Thanks for all the great stuff being given away this week. Hope your birthday rocked!

linda - September 20, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Cool You have the birthday and we get the gifts! Thanks!

Lara Read - September 20, 2014 - 8:35 pm

Hope you had a great week! Happy Bday! lara read in PG UT

Tara - September 20, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Happy Birthday week!
Tara M from Lewisville NC