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What better way is there to celebrate Earth Day than with a freebie.

We do live on a wonderful world.

To download this–forever free–click HERE.

  • Marilyn - April 22, 2015 - 10:58 am

    Thanks for the great freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - April 22, 2015 - 11:15 am

    Thanks so much!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - April 22, 2015 - 8:35 pm

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • susan smith - April 23, 2015 - 2:50 am

    Thank u very much I agree with u it is an amazing world …we need 2 appreciate what we have before extremists ruin it! Long live our beautiful worldReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - April 23, 2015 - 12:40 pm

    Love this! Thanks, Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • maggie - April 23, 2015 - 6:50 pm

    LOVE this, Kerri!!! Thank you so so much!ReplyCancel

  • Susan - April 24, 2015 - 11:23 pm

    Thank you for this free file. And all the others…some distracted person deleted all her downloaded files accidentally. Lucky for her, your free downloads are always present, accounted for, and available. Thank you for allowing me to recapture some of the lost.ReplyCancel

  • Janel - April 26, 2015 - 8:56 am

    Thanks, Kerri! I love this print!ReplyCancel

  • Cathy R - April 26, 2015 - 11:25 am

    Thank you,Kerri, for this file. I am off to print it now for a page about my hubs. This is HIS favorite song!ReplyCancel

  • Cori - April 27, 2015 - 1:11 pm

    I love your products! Thank you for sharing this chance to win a gift card. I love sharing your art work via cards and gifts for friends and family!ReplyCancel

  • jill - May 7, 2015 - 3:20 am

Sometimes when I’m deeply absorbed in a project and my blog gets a little neglected, I find myself in the photo section–having an A.D.D. ‘I see something shiny’ moment, more than likely.

Today’s A.D.D. moment is brought to you by this sweet shop in Albuquerque, NM.  How cute is this place??

Presentation is everything.

And I could use some of those sweets about now.


  • Carrie-Ann - April 21, 2015 - 5:10 pm

    That shoppe looks absolutely delightful! Not too sure what the temperature is, but I would love to sit at one the colourful tables and enjoy a banana split :)ReplyCancel

If there’s one thing I live my life by, it’s to be grateful and/or appreciate various things in my life every single day. Whether it’s the smell of a lilac, the playfulness of the neighbor kids, hearing my kids laughing together, or just the way the clouds look in the sky….there is always something to be grateful for.

When you have that kind of attitude it’s amazing how you  feel! Looking at the positive is so much more empowering than dwelling on the negative.

That’s why I love the title Laura has chosen for her page. Being grateful for family is, of course, number one on my gratitude list–as I’m sure it is for most of you.

i love these people of mine.

Let’s take a look at this cute family Laura took pictures of.

KBS_LauraVegas_GratefulEverySingleDay2[ DesignsGrateful (grateful) / Background Basics (circle background) / XOXO (heart) ]


All those layers are just ever-so dreamy.

Here’s a bit from Laura:

Every few months, I take photos of my cousin’s adorable little family. I’ve gotten into the habit of printing out a few of my favorite photos each time, and creating a layout with them, and this layout is from our most recent photo session. I wanted to keep this layout fairly simple in design, and knew a white-on-white background would make a great backdrop for my photos and a big, bold title.

I went to my all-time favorite circle background cut, from Kerri’s Background Basics kit, and cut it from white textured cardstock. I adhered the background piece onto another sheet of white textured cardstock and then spritzed the entire piece with green and black misting spray. I cut out the center of the text patterned paper and matted it on top of my cardstock background, to create a frame of sorts around the outside edges of the page. I cut my title, “grateful”, from a black diagonal stripe patterned paper and added a subtitle using some skinny alpha stickers. A few hearts, cut from coordinating patterned papers and topped off with either a button, jewel, or enamel, made for simple embellishments on a simple page.  

There’s nothing like enjoying your favorite things. Whether you’re at home or on the road, we all have our favorites.

And that’s just what Layle is showing off today using the brand new Around Here kit!

favorite things
favorite things - close up2
favorite things - close up1

[ Designs | Around Here (favorite things) / Say What #4 (love tab). Stamps | Time Again (date) ]

I love all the itty bitty details…especially how she made her top and bottom page borders! yummy. I guess you might say, it’s my favorite. ;)

Here’s what Layle has to say:

I recently skipped town for an impromptu getaway with a friend and her daughters.  We ended up stumbling on a Kate Spade Outlet while we were gone which was awesome because I’m a BIG Kate Spade fan.  BIG!  So when I saw this artwork on the wall behind the counter as I was checking out (had to treat myself to a few things!), I snapped a photo because I thought it was so clever.  It’s hard to tell in the photo, but all of the objects are real & stuck to the wall – the shoes, the umbrella, the money, everything!

I used my Epson large format printer to print the photo 12″ wide.  I backed the ‘favorite things’ saying with different colors of patterned paper to tie in with the different colors in the photo.  I used the fun ‘love that’ tab at the top of the page & ended up cutting out a few more because they’re so fun to use :)  After I’d used the tab, I noticed the teeny tiny leftovers from the cut, they were so cute I had to use them – I just put a little liquid glue on a piece of scrap paper & dragged the letters lightly through the glue and stuck them down in the lower left corner .  To wrap things up, I used the Time Again stamps in the lower right corner.  I love these stamps!  They fonts are so clean – they pretty much go with anything.  And they stamp SO crisply, especially those small letters – gotta love good quality stamps with great design!!

  • Tracy - April 14, 2015 - 3:03 pm

    Very cool. What an awesome wall! Gotta love Kate Spade ; ) and you gotta love that layout!!!!ReplyCancel

  • susan smith - April 14, 2015 - 3:17 pm

    what a fabulous idea…..great layout… it..ReplyCancel

It’s been a long time coming and I’m so excited to finally announce the brand new class, Custom Made!



This is the second class in the Silhouette series and it’s all new

New ideas. New projects. New freebies.

Whether you want learn how to alter a design or create a design, this class will take you beyond the very basics of Studio so you can–at the risk of needing a maniacal laugh here–have the power.

The power to custom make what you need…or would that be want?

I tell ya what, there’s a wonderful feeling of freedom when you have that power.

Now, I know one of the biggest questions I’m going to get is:

I took Oh The Places You Will Go, do I need to take this class?

My answer to that is that it depends on what you feel your skill level is. If you feel like you’ve got a pretty darn good handle on how to use the software…then you probably don’t need it. But here’s some perks to taking the class in case you think you want it:

  1. It’s all filmed in version 3. That means we’ll be utilizing its new features and tips+tricks. While many features are still the same between v2 and v3, there are some fun new things in v3. So it may be a good refresher course with a cherry on top.
  2. New projects are definitely in store.
  3. It has all new freebies, which is a $10 value in and of itself.
  4. Purchase by Sunday, April 19, you can get the all-new Around Here handwritten kit for free!
  5. Purchase by the class date and you save $5, making the class price just $21. That’s less than a Dr. Pepper a day–especially when one gets it ‘dirty’. (That’s adding coconut, in case your mind was wandering ‘elsewhere’.)
  6. There’s a bonus video. We like getting something…er…another something for free, right? I’ll be sharing my method of implementing my handwriting into Studio.
  7. It’s just gonna be plain ol’ fun.:)

And in case you sped-read through the list, if you sign up by April 19, you get the brand new Around Here kit for free!



So let’s do some math, shall we?

Class cost: $26.
Sign up by May 18: – $5
Sign up by April 19, get free kit: – $4
Savings on freebies: – $10

Total cost for class: $7
Total cost for class: $11

What did I just do???

Just like the grocery store….it adds up fast. Only I’m usually spending, not saving. ;) But those savings won’t last. So, sign up today folks so you won’t forget…like I keep doing these days. :)

It’s going to be a fun class and May 18 will be here before we know it!

  • Lola - April 11, 2015 - 10:52 pm

    Do we need design 3 for this class?ReplyCancel

  • Lola - April 11, 2015 - 10:54 pm

    do we need to have the newest updates for this class?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 12, 2015 - 7:25 am

      It’s best that you do have version 3. This particular class will utilize features only found in version 3. While you can follow along with much of the class and create many of the items we’ll be making, there will be some features or tips+tricks that you won’t be able to do. So you could still sign up for it, but just know there there will be a handful of things that you won’t be able to do if you’re still using version 2.

      Hope that helps. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - April 12, 2015 - 9:16 am

    So excited! I love your classes! I just want to make sure that I don’t have to have the Designer Edition of the software. I just have the freebie from the site. Will I still be able to do most of the things you are teaching?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 12, 2015 - 10:35 am

      Nope…no Designer Edition needed. :)ReplyCancel

      • Tammy Davis - April 12, 2015 - 10:43 am

        Woo hoo! I am all signed up! I love your math, Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - April 12, 2015 - 11:49 am

    I’ve learned so much from your classes. Thank you for sharing your expertise! I’m off to sign up for the new class. Yippee!ReplyCancel

  • marcy e - April 12, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    So looking forward to this class… I especially love your tips and tricks! Thanks, meReplyCancel

  • Colleen - April 12, 2015 - 1:38 pm

    I absolutely LOVE your classes, Kerri. I spread the word as much as possible!

    Is this a self-paced downloaded class or do we need to be on-line for it? Just want to be sure before I purchase. Thanks for always bringing us your best!


  • Colleen - April 12, 2015 - 1:46 pm

    Oops! Answered my own question affter I read the class description in your on-line store. :0) I love that it’s self-paced. You’re terrific at this! Thanks again.


  • Sally - April 13, 2015 - 7:33 am

    I can’t wait for class to begin! This looks amazing!ReplyCancel

  • Patti Wnek - April 13, 2015 - 2:27 pm

    You made me laugh so hard when you did the math to show the class only cost $7! I love your resasoning and it worked! I just purchased the class plus bought some other goodies on your site with all the money I saved!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - April 13, 2015 - 6:38 pm

    YAY!! All signed up for classes 1 & 2! Finally I’ll know how to use my Cameo : )ReplyCancel

  • […] You can check out all the lovely details HERE. […]ReplyCancel

  • […] giving away a seat in my new Custom Made Silhouette class. To be […]ReplyCancel

  • […] And speaking of classes, this week is the last chance to save $5 on the all-new second class in the Silhouette series, Custom Made. […]ReplyCancel

  • Lori Hamilton - May 17, 2015 - 3:53 pm

    If I have taken previous classes, will there be anything new to learn in this class? I’ve taken: Places you will go, hello there, just add color, design secrets, here there everywhere.



    • Kerri - May 18, 2015 - 7:32 am

      Hey Lori! While the core of elements learned is similar or maybe the same, it’s all-new projects, examples and freebies. Having taken all those classes you may feel like you don’t need to take it. You probably have many skills in your little tool belt. That being said, it’s all done in v3 now and so there’s tips and tricks for that as well as you do all new things.

      So when all is said and done, it’s hard for me to say whether or not it’s a class someone should take. You just have to weigh it all out and determine what’s best for you. There’s also some other reasons why it would be fun to take it in the post here. :)

      Hope that helps…in some way… :)ReplyCancel

  • […] you just took the Custom Made class or if you’ve been wanting to get more out of Silhouette Studio, then the Just Add Color […]ReplyCancel

When I looked up the definition of dilapidated, it said: disrepair as a result of age or neglect.

I hope the City of New Orleans is never allowed to touch the walls of Lafayette Cemetery. I don’t believe the walls are actually neglected–I think they are a result of time. The time it takes for this to naturally occur? It is truly amazing. Obviously it has been ‘repaired’ and worn again through the years. Now it is perfect. And even more remarkable is the plant life that finds a home in the cracks and crevices of the bricks. How can it do that?

I love all things old. There is beauty in it all.

Dan had me take several photos of the walls so that if the need ever arises to make something similar, then he’d have a great ‘live’ reference.

I could go back to New Orleans again just to take more photos of this place.

cemetery wall 5

cemetery wall close web


  • Michelle Bradtke - April 9, 2015 - 11:55 am

    About 5 years ago, we stayed at a bed and breakfast just down the street from this cemetery. I took lots of photos, but no close-ups of the crumbling walls. Clearly, I should have! Want to go back to savannah, anyway. Loved everything about it – except for the humidity in late June!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - April 9, 2015 - 6:33 pm

    This is beautiful, love how life takes hold even against the odds. Have put New Orleans on my bucket list of places to visit after seeing your photos :-)ReplyCancel

One of my favorite parts of our trip happened on the very first day. We started off at 5 a.m. and wound our way through canyons and ‘deserts’, through Moab and down into Cortez + Durango, Colorado on our way to Albuquerque.

Finding radio stations to listen to isn’t always easy when you’re in the middle of nowhere, but I happened along a station that was playing classic country in Durango.

I loved country in the 80s. And even enjoy the classics of Waylon, Willie and the boys. A good Don Williams or Ronnie Milsap are pretty awesome too.

They played all sorts of great songs, including Barbara Mandrell’s ‘I Was Country When Country Wasn’t Cool.’ Who remembers watching the Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters?

Anywho. I was in heaven.

I had a roommate from South Dakota in 1987 that introduced country as a staple into my diet. It was the year I met Dan. And I even had another roommate–that actually introduced me to Dan–who’s brother played with Chris Ledoux.

Country dancing Thursday nights at The Star Palace was also a favorite.

I continued to listen to country–adoring artists such as Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and into Tim McGraw, Shania Twain and such. But when my children started getting tastes of their own? Country was no longer allowed.

I would occasionally listen to country when I was alone, but it slowly dwindled out of my life…just listening to a few albums from time to time, like Lady Antebellum and Rascal Flatts. And then recently Jordan remembered how I used to listen to country and wondered why I never listened to it anymore. I said, ‘Kids wouldn’t allow it anymore.’ But she is now actually starting to like country herself.

So on our trip we found several stations along the way that played classic country and I was in heaven. Driving through the south we were inundated with country stations. I tried listening to current country, but I just couldn’t get into it! I enjoyed a song here and there, but for the most part, it started driving me nuts.

I missed listening to my good stuff that I already owned and so wished I’d had it in my iTunes…along with other songs that I’d purchased on our trip. ;)

Hello Dwight Yoakam. When Dan and I were dating, he played at the county fairgrounds which is just down the road from his house. We sat in the house and listened to our own little concert. Good times.

So when I got home, I needed to get my old CDs out and get that music back in my life.

First up…Clint Black.

And I kind of got stuck on that one, enjoying the heck out of his greatest hits.

I’d forgotten.

It’s amazing how much music can lift your spirits and help you remember good times.

Thanks Clint.
I’ve missed ya.

Glad that you and the rest of your classic country buddies are back in my life.

And this was my theme song from that day, mostly because of these lines:

Ain’t it funny how a melody can bring back the memory
Take you to another place and time.
Completely  change your state of mind
It can make a right from a wrong, it can make you fall in love
It can get you singin’ along
Chase the clouds away and make the sun shine above.

And here it is for your listening pleasure.

  • Julia Ruetten - April 8, 2015 - 9:31 am

    Kerri – I am right there with ya. I love 80s/90s country, but find it harder to really get into the current country. I actually live in Albuquerque and a new station started relatively recently that plays 90s country and I’m in heaven. It’s the only station I listen to consistently. I love when a good Trisha or Diamond Rio song comes on. No shame here, I sing at the top of my lungs! #CarIdolReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 8, 2015 - 9:33 am

      I love it! You and me girl… :)ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - April 8, 2015 - 4:59 pm

    Thanks for the story and video! I have always loved country music but thanks to my kids can only listen to it when I’m alone at home or in the car! lol If you haven’t tried listening to Luke Bryan give him a try – he reminds me a bit of Clint Black and George Strait (and he’s pretty good eye candy too! :))ReplyCancel

  • Debbie - April 8, 2015 - 5:13 pm

    That’s funny, because my kids got me into Country Music, I was pop rock all the way. I have to say that I like more the current stuff because it isn’t too far from my rock roots!ReplyCancel

Well, folks. The second class in the Silhouette series, Oh The Places You Will Go, has been in ‘retirement’ for much too long due to a terrible unforeseen situation that occurred towards the end of last year. Needless to say, the last couple months of the year–when the new class was to be prepared–was instead spent with family and friends. Family will always be the number one priority for me. That being said, it  doesn’t do much for a business plan. :)

But you’ll be happy to know I’ve begun work on the new class, which replaces this one, using Studio version 3. It will have all new projects and tips and freebies and all sorts of goodness. This is a whole new class, not an update like the first Silhouette class.

There’s just TWO MORE DAYS to get this class before it goes away for good and you can pick it up at 50% off.

That’s just 15 smackaroos.

(Please note: If you’ve purchased the class, you will still have access to it forever and ever.)

And if you missed the social media news yesterday, you can now get the physical stamps art in the form of digital stamps, using ABR (PS/PSE brushes) and PNG files!

There’s just these two in the store so far, but I’ll be adding more as time goes along.


  • Ramie - April 6, 2015 - 3:42 am

    YAY!!! Thank you for the digital stamps! Going to purchase now!ReplyCancel

  • MichelleB - April 6, 2015 - 3:45 am

    So glad you’re making the digital stamps too! The class is showing up at $18 instead of the $15? I think I’m going to splurge and get this one!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 6, 2015 - 6:53 am

      Hey Michelle! Make sure you refresh your screen because it is set to $15.
      It may be picking up an old cache and displaying the $18. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lancene - April 6, 2015 - 9:02 am

    Thank you, thank you. I’m going to grab these right now!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - April 6, 2015 - 1:11 pm

    Okay dumb question…yeah so I STILL haven’t gone through my class, so when I finally get around to doing it… will I still be able to do it in version 2 or will it be the new version?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - April 6, 2015 - 1:41 pm

      The class you have access to is the class you purchased–which would be the one using version 2. :)ReplyCancel