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Confession: I’ve already been listening to Christmas music.


I know.

But it’s for a good reason. I’ve been busy in my little workshop and it has gotten me in the spirit to bring you two amazing things today.

beauty-shot-santa        santas-workshop-toys-only

One is a brand new Silhouette class to learn the things all elves  should know to increase their Silhouette skills at Christmas time (or any time, really). The other is a kit for every good boy and girl that decides they would rather have their designs delivered with the reindeer. Although you won’t have to wait that long. :)

I know what you’re thinking…oh what fun is right!

Class starts November 10 and if you sign up by that date, you can save 20% on the workshop!

You can read all the details on the class HERE.

And here are a few more closeup shots of the goodies that you’ll be designing+making….orrrrr, just making. :)


It’s hard to photograph gold vinyl, but that’s what’s used to make those stripes…and even the star. :)


This is a first for me…offering a choice of class or kit. 

It’s rather exciting, I think. :)

  • Carla Hundley - October 14, 2014 - 8:03 pm

    What fun indeed! I would
    like to win/take the class!
    Thanks for the wonderful
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • nancy wolff - October 14, 2014 - 9:07 pm

    Kerri I see that the class will be using version 3 of silhouette studio. I am not ready to update yet. Still to buggy. I know I can follow along with version 2, but will you be including version 2 files. (Hope so.)ReplyCancel

  • Carrie Whiteley - October 15, 2014 - 6:29 am

    So fun! And I totally LOVE that you are already listening to Christmas music! We must be kindred hearts!ReplyCancel

  • Helen - October 15, 2014 - 7:21 am

    So fun! This class looks wonderful and the projects are great. I never would have guessed that you put the stripes on the tag is you hadn’t said so….that is so clever!ReplyCancel

  • Dawn N - October 15, 2014 - 12:33 pm

    Just signed up – woo hoo! maybe I will get something done ahead of time this year!!ReplyCancel

  • terri d - October 15, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    what fun~ looks like a great class to take. It’s great that your working ahead of time for us!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carlajinar - October 15, 2014 - 9:16 pm

    This looks like a great classReplyCancel

  • Trish - October 16, 2014 - 5:52 am

    Oh boy, a new class! I’m ready to get in the spirit with a KBS class!ReplyCancel

  • Roxane F. - October 16, 2014 - 8:59 am

    Love your classes! This one look great at well!ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - October 16, 2014 - 11:03 am

    How FUN! Can’t wait to be in the class! =) I’ll have my Christmas music ready. =)ReplyCancel

  • Diane - October 29, 2014 - 10:47 am

    I’m ready for a new Kerri silhouette class! Yay!ReplyCancel

  • […] THE GIVEAWAY:  One blog reader will win a seat in the Santa’s Workshop workshop. […]ReplyCancel

  • The Giveaways Go To… | CZ Design - November 2, 2014 - 6:42 pm

    […] winner of the seat in  Santa’s Workshop workshop with Kerri Bradford […]ReplyCancel

  • Rena - November 3, 2014 - 9:32 pm

    I am a new silhouette owner and have so much to learnReplyCancel

  • Dayna - November 4, 2014 - 7:20 am

    I would love to win a class. I need to brush up on my silhouette skills.ReplyCancel

  • Julia - November 4, 2014 - 7:50 am

    Looks like a great class!ReplyCancel

  • Justene - November 4, 2014 - 7:36 pm

    Looks like an awesome class! Can’t wait!ReplyCancel

  • Charlotte - November 9, 2014 - 10:26 am

    Wish you were offering class for V2 as I am not ready to move to V3.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 9, 2014 - 10:32 am

      Hey Charlotte!
      Sorry it’s not possible. Creating classes take a lot of time and so just like people create Photoshop classes in their current version and not multiple versions, so must I with Studio. :) You can still follow along pretty darn well using v2 with the v3 workshop instruction. I do share tips and tricks for using v3, but you can still do the normal stuff between both programs. Version 3 is working pretty darn well now. You can always upgrade and if you don’t like it, Silhouette has the Legacy (v2) version on their site that you can reinstall.ReplyCancel

This is going to be one lulu of a day, but you’re not going to want to miss a thing. So sit back with your favorite beverage and enjoy!

I have to say that Studio Calico has got to be my all-time favorite places to go for inspiration.

hands down.

They have the magic touch for bringing products together to create gorgeous kits each month. And then with their own products they make?


I only have a handful of blogs that I check each day and this is one of them. So when they asked me if I wanted to participate in a blog hop? Welllll, you bet your sweet bippy I wanted to!

Their fresh style and their creatively talented designers (product+page) make me go ahhhhh every time I see something new. They inspire me greatly.

A few months ago I bought these Color Theory sequins that were absolutely delightful! I put them into a clear divided container and looking at them makes me happy. How can it not?


( There’s a little Teresa Collins mixed in there–the four at the left in the center. )


That is just one little grouping of happiness right there. Makes me smile every time I open my drawer…obviously I leave it on top of all my other goodies because it’s just too darn pretty not to see each time it’s opened.

Studio Calico is a company that’s got it goin’ on.

They inspire me–literally–every day.

And I love the ledger paper and map and book paper in their latest monthly kit, The Underground. Have you seen it? If, not here’s a peek. 

sc underground

And don’t even get me started on those little wooden letters.


Okay, so that’s all awesome, right? Now how would you like some freebies? I think that’s a rhetorical question, because who doesn’t want something for free? :)

Freebie #1:

Check out this amazing artwork from Studio Calico!  It’s yours with just a click of a button HERE.


Freebie #2:

With this blog hop, Studio Calico also inspired me to create this freebie for y’all. Cut files and PNG.


To download this–forever free–click HERE.

I think I could just gush and gush about these guys all day. And I’m off to a good start, right? ;)

Well, just when you thought the day couldn’t get any better, I have TWO giveaways to tell you about!


Giveaway #1


Studio Calico is giving away over $1,400 in prizes drawn from the people who download that printable. The prizes get bigger and bigger the more uses of the #scinspires hashtag. So the key to sweetening the pot is to use this hashtag and talk about what inspires you!

Studio Calico will add up all the uses and update everyone their blog every Friday on how they are progressing. Here’s a short list. But it will grow as the shares grows:

100 shares of #scinspires = 1 Month Free Sub 
200 shares of #scinspires = 2 Months Free Sub (additional month continues every 100 shares)
1,200 shares of #scinspires = 12 Month Free Sub 
1,300 shares of #scinspires = Entrance into Cameo Basics 
1,500 shares of #scinspires = $100 Free Digital Downloads 
2,000 shares of #scinspires = Silhouette Portrait 
2,500 shares of #scinspires = 25 lucky winners will receive a free month WITH a Gold WRMK album!

To be entered to win: 
Studio Calico will select winners from the folks who download the printable. So be sure to use the links here to do just that.

Also be sure to share all the ways that Studio Calico inspires you on Instagram using the hashtag #SCInspires, because the more hashtags there are, the more they’ll give away…and we all want more.  ;)

Contest ends 10/31/14 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Giveaway #2

And speaking of more, Studio Calico has given me this same Underground kit to give away.


Here’s how to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Alrighty. Ready to read about the rest of the inspiration in the Studio Calico world? More giveaways perhaps? Check out all these lovely ladies and see what’s happenin’! You won’t want to miss a-thang!


  • […] Wolniak [it's me! you are here] Maggie Massey Agnieszka Małyszek Allison Waken Barbara Picinich Kerri Bradford Jenn Picard Tracy Armstrong Liz Tamanha Marcy Penner Robyn Werlich Suzy Plantamura Julie Campbell […]ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - October 13, 2014 - 6:18 am

    What a fun thing to wake up to this morning! Thanks for the cut file Kerri and the chance to win this great Studio Calico kit.ReplyCancel

  • Olena Yurevych - October 13, 2014 - 6:23 am

    Thanks for the chance :)ReplyCancel

  • Deborah M - October 13, 2014 - 6:36 am

    Love the freebie! This was a really nice surprise on a Monday morning. I had figured with the kids out of school today I’d get nothing done, but this makes me really want to go scrapbook.ReplyCancel

  • Susan P - October 13, 2014 - 6:54 am

    Wow! What a great giveaway! Thanks for the freebies too! Can’t wait to put them into action. :) You’re the best Keri!ReplyCancel

  • kathryn young - October 13, 2014 - 6:56 am

    Love the freebies!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Walker - October 13, 2014 - 7:06 am

    Great freebies, and lots of inspiration! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Trimble - October 13, 2014 - 7:07 am

    I adore Studio Calico! What fun!ReplyCancel

  • Amie Lamm-Griffin - October 13, 2014 - 7:10 am

    SC inspires me with so many awesome products and a wonderful gallery!
    SC user name – littlelammReplyCancel

  • Jocelyn Thompson - October 13, 2014 - 7:11 am

    Love you and SC! Thanks for all the updates and freebies! Love being inspired! <3ReplyCancel

  • Cari - October 13, 2014 - 7:13 am

    Thank you for the freebie! I love Studio Calico. Their designers are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Tremblay - October 13, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Thank for the chance to win! Username is GlobetrotteurReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Fellows - October 13, 2014 - 7:41 am

    Thank you for the freebie, Kerri! You inspire me too! :)ReplyCancel

  • juliee - October 13, 2014 - 7:45 am

    Thanks for the great cut file!ReplyCancel

  • Leah - October 13, 2014 - 7:48 am

    Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - October 13, 2014 - 7:50 am

    it’s that clean look they have that I think is most inspiring.
    TFS Kerri!!ReplyCancel

  • Patty G. - October 13, 2014 - 7:56 am

    SC inspires me with all the great member and DT layouts, suggestions, comments, and ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Patty G. - October 13, 2014 - 7:58 am

    SC inspires me with all the member and DT layouts, comments on the message board, classes, and ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - October 13, 2014 - 7:59 am

    That little container would make me happy too, so much so I would probably keep it on my desk!
    Thanks Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Marie-Pierre - October 13, 2014 - 8:06 am

    Thanks so much for the inspiring freebie! :) my sc name is mpcapistranReplyCancel

  • Julie C - October 13, 2014 - 8:06 am

    great giveaways and I am always impressed with Studio Calico’s quality!ReplyCancel

  • Jill F. - October 13, 2014 - 8:06 am

    Thank you for the cut file–I love it! And, thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Smith - October 13, 2014 - 8:07 am

    studio calico has some wonderfully talented people creating for them and there is always a lot of inspiration to be found in their DT galleries!ReplyCancel

  • Shawn Lahr - October 13, 2014 - 8:07 am

    I gasped when I saw those lovely sequin morsels. Scrapbooking organization…almost nothing makes me happier :)


  • Lisa S. - October 13, 2014 - 8:13 am

    Thanks for the great cut file!ReplyCancel

  • Liz Lumsden - October 13, 2014 - 8:28 am

    Thanks so much for the freebies! Studio Calico inspires me every month with their fabulous kits!ReplyCancel

  • Julie - October 13, 2014 - 8:31 am

    Thanks for the chance to win! my SC user name is julielynn11ReplyCancel

  • Sara Oshea - October 13, 2014 - 8:37 am

    What a great giveaway! Studio Calico is one of my favorites!ReplyCancel

  • Karen C - October 13, 2014 - 8:38 am

    Thanks for the giveaway. Love the freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Anja - October 13, 2014 - 8:43 am

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Anja (missquiss)ReplyCancel

  • Trish - October 13, 2014 - 8:57 am

    Studio Calico Rocks! And so do you Keri Bradford! I am looking forward to your next classReplyCancel

  • Cindy - October 13, 2014 - 8:59 am

    You are an inspiration too, dear! Thanks for all you do :). Thanks for the giveaway and your creative inspiration you share with all of us!ReplyCancel

  • Trish - October 13, 2014 - 9:01 am

    PS Thanks for the “inspired” cut file!ReplyCancel

  • Patricia F. - October 13, 2014 - 9:02 am

    I am always inspired by the gallery and the sketches! Thanks so much for the chance! scname: apanfReplyCancel

  • Deb c: - October 13, 2014 - 9:11 am

    Love the freebie! Thanks for the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - October 13, 2014 - 9:29 am

    Such an awesome giveaway!!!ReplyCancel

  • Pam K - October 13, 2014 - 9:34 am

    Thanks for the inspiring freebie!ReplyCancel

  • J. Law - October 13, 2014 - 9:45 am

    Thanks for the chance!ReplyCancel

  • Gwen Lords - October 13, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Yippie!! I would love to win all this cuteness! Thanks for the chance Kerri!ReplyCancel

  • Love, Carrie - October 13, 2014 - 9:57 am

    Thank you thank you for the lovely digi! My SC username: carrieeliasReplyCancel

  • Brenna - October 13, 2014 - 10:06 am

    Thanks for the freebie! SC username: BrennaReplyCancel

  • Miriam Prantner - October 13, 2014 - 10:15 am

    Love this kit and love your free cut file!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - October 13, 2014 - 10:16 am

    Studio Calico always has such beautiful products and inspiration! I always get good card and LO ideas when I go to their site!ReplyCancel

  • Heather Adams - October 13, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Love this kit and the cutfile! I’ll definitely use it!ReplyCancel

  • Claire - October 13, 2014 - 10:42 am

    Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Alison - October 13, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Thanks for sharing!!!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Bronson - October 13, 2014 - 11:31 am

    Awesomeness!!! Thank you. Scrapper1011 here.ReplyCancel

  • Sheena - October 13, 2014 - 11:38 am

    Thanks for the chance! SC username: periwinkleReplyCancel

  • Nashonne N. - October 13, 2014 - 11:41 am

    The colors of Studio Calico’s papers inspire me to scrapbook.ReplyCancel

  • Shelly Jaquet - October 13, 2014 - 11:44 am

    Sc continuously inspires me each month with their kits and the gallery. Thanks for the cut! SC name : ShellyJReplyCancel

  • Lucinde - October 13, 2014 - 11:46 am

    Love the sequins :). Thanks for the extra freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - October 13, 2014 - 11:46 am

    I love their kits and their great design team. Used to subscribe them when I was living in the US but had to stop since I relocated due to shipping cost.ReplyCancel

  • Cristina Bacchi - October 13, 2014 - 11:53 am

    I absolutely LOVE your freebies!!! THANK YOU!!!
    And thank you for the chance to win!
    My SC Username is cristybacchi89ReplyCancel

  • Laura - October 13, 2014 - 12:03 pm

    I get inspired every time I go to Studio Calico’s blog and Creative Team gallery. The products and their creativity are amazing. Thanks for an opportunity to win!ReplyCancel

  • ruth tacoma - October 13, 2014 - 12:12 pm

    I love SC as a go to place for all kinds of inspirational info….from the boards/forums to the kits and design work.ReplyCancel

  • mitchmac - October 13, 2014 - 12:14 pm

    I know what you mean, Kerry – I just love SC too!ReplyCancel

  • Mikki McGehee - October 13, 2014 - 12:28 pm

    Thank you for the great freebie!

    SC username: IAmMikkiReplyCancel

  • Becky - October 13, 2014 - 12:29 pm

    I loved those in the blog hop that actually showed the items they made!ReplyCancel

  • Lynette - October 13, 2014 - 12:45 pm

    The way they do stuff is just pretty, and makes me want to try it…like today! And I totally just did the multiply-by-9’s math on my fingers to figure out the math problem below. :)ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Doerr - October 13, 2014 - 1:16 pm

    Thanks for the freebies. That kit looks awesome. I too love the wooden letters.ReplyCancel

  • Roberta - October 13, 2014 - 1:30 pm

    Thank you for the cut files and png! You inspire me!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole D - October 13, 2014 - 1:31 pm

    I love this kit and the sequins are such a fun little embellishment.ReplyCancel

  • Bernice J - October 13, 2014 - 1:44 pm

    I am always so inspired by the colour combinations of the SC collections. Yum!!ReplyCancel

  • Jaione - October 13, 2014 - 1:58 pm

    I am inspired by other paper crafters, the trips, nature…ReplyCancel

  • tricia - October 13, 2014 - 1:59 pm

    THANKS! :)ReplyCancel

  • ames - October 13, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    Thanks so much for the inspired cut – looking forward to using it!ReplyCancel

  • Kaitlyn - October 13, 2014 - 3:52 pm

    Love this whole contest! @klemontReplyCancel

  • Rebekah - October 13, 2014 - 4:04 pm

    SC gallery is AMAZING for both their creative team & their member gallery!ReplyCancel

  • Gloria Tolson - October 13, 2014 - 4:09 pm

    Thank you for the chanceReplyCancel

  • Renee W - October 13, 2014 - 4:17 pm

    Love this kit! Thanks for a chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • christi in ma - October 13, 2014 - 4:18 pm

    thanks for the great freebie, Kerri! It’s awesome.
    Studio Calico inspires me every month to keep documenting our everyday lives.ReplyCancel

  • Melanie Stanczyk - October 13, 2014 - 5:05 pm

    I agree, SC has awesome inspiration!!!! Thank you so much for the chance to win one of their amazing kits! Looking forward to using the files you posted today. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • Barb Mc - October 13, 2014 - 5:11 pm

    What a great giveaway! Thanks Kerri and Studio Calico!ReplyCancel

  • Morning Dew - October 13, 2014 - 5:24 pm

    Lovely kit! Thank you for the chance. Love your inspiring blog.ReplyCancel

  • vicki - October 13, 2014 - 5:36 pm

    Thank you for the freebie! You are so generous… And I think I could stare at your sequin box all night …ReplyCancel

  • Heidi - October 13, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    I would love to win this! SC username mrsfleischmannReplyCancel

  • michellehuegel - October 13, 2014 - 6:20 pm

    SC inspires me with their graphic style and use of color. Love browsing the gallery, it’s my favorite place to find card inspiration especially!ReplyCancel

  • josmary flores - October 13, 2014 - 7:02 pm

    Sc totally inspires me to get my pictures in a photo album SC username josmaryReplyCancel

  • pattyc - October 13, 2014 - 7:04 pm

    What an amazing blog hop – so many ideas!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina H - October 13, 2014 - 7:11 pm

    They inspire me with their products! Thanks for the chance to win and for the freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia B. - October 13, 2014 - 8:15 pm

    Not only does SC have consistently amazing products, but they have some of the best designers in the business! So many great designs to play with and love!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy B - October 13, 2014 - 8:37 pm

    Studio Calico inspires me with their fresh ideas each month!ReplyCancel

  • Cristina - October 13, 2014 - 8:41 pm

    Thank you so much for the lovely freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Megan B - October 13, 2014 - 8:43 pm

    So excited to see another great blog hop! Thanks for the links and for the awesome freebies! :)ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl L - October 13, 2014 - 9:24 pm

    So much fresh inspiration from Studio Calico!!ReplyCancel

  • angela a - October 13, 2014 - 10:20 pm

    So many new ideas from studio calico. Thanks for the giveaways and the chances to win!ReplyCancel

  • Traci - October 13, 2014 - 11:11 pm

    Soooo much inspiration…I just signed up with Studio Calico…love it!ReplyCancel

  • Beth M - October 13, 2014 - 11:24 pm

    I love Studio Calico too. All their embellishments are so cool! They make scrapbooking easy.ReplyCancel

  • Torrie - October 13, 2014 - 11:34 pm

    I love to see what the dt at sc have going on they are what inspires me, using the product and showing it’s versatility. Thanks for the inspire file and the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Stacie D - October 14, 2014 - 12:44 am

    SC inspiration is oozing in the gallery. I love the blog posts and videos. I adore your script cut files. Cannot wait to use it! Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Sara Tirrell - October 14, 2014 - 2:53 am

    Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • ~amy~ - October 14, 2014 - 5:54 am

    Thanks for the awesome cut file! SC is so inspiring with talented and generous designers like you!ReplyCancel

  • Cathleen - October 14, 2014 - 5:59 am

    Inspired by all the amazing embellishments!ReplyCancel

  • Priscilla - October 14, 2014 - 6:13 am

    Would love to play with this beautiful kit. Thanks for the chance.ReplyCancel

  • Kelly Humby-Tulk - October 14, 2014 - 6:58 am

    The way they bring together different elements inspires me!ReplyCancel

  • joanne p - October 14, 2014 - 10:18 am

    i love sc!

  • Lea Lawson - October 14, 2014 - 11:25 am

    Love your sequin holders….they look so pretty all together like that!!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - October 14, 2014 - 11:29 am

    They have the cutest kits! I think it would be inspiring just to have all the different, yet coordinating goodies to work with! Thanks for the chance to play with them!ReplyCancel

  • deb pereira - October 14, 2014 - 12:27 pm

    Thanks for the freebie!ReplyCancel

  • Karen S - October 14, 2014 - 12:55 pm

    Love your blog and SC inspiration! I love all their colors!ReplyCancel

  • Amber M. - October 14, 2014 - 2:53 pm

    I love Studio Calico – their products are so fresh and trendy! The two of you are a good match, Kerri, because your style is also so awesome! Thanks so much for the freebies (always GREATLY appreciated) and for the giveaways – pure awesomeness :)ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl :) - October 14, 2014 - 2:55 pm

    Kerri thanks so much for the freebie and the SC info!!!ReplyCancel

  • basoom - October 14, 2014 - 3:10 pm

    thanks for the chance to win <3ReplyCancel

  • Ciacchina - October 14, 2014 - 3:33 pm

    Thanks for the opportunity :-)

  • WhamBamPam - October 14, 2014 - 3:44 pm

    SC Inspires and so do you Kerri, everyday!ReplyCancel

  • CSJ - October 14, 2014 - 4:36 pm

    craftycsj is my username, thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • goldenblind221 - October 14, 2014 - 6:07 pm

    my SC username is goldenblind221, thanks for the giveawayReplyCancel

  • Memoriesbymanda - October 14, 2014 - 6:41 pm

    Great giveaway! i follow on facebook: amanda memoryReplyCancel

  • Jenn B - October 14, 2014 - 6:46 pm

    Such a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • BeautyScraps - October 14, 2014 - 7:24 pm

    I am always inspired by the products in my SC kits. They go together beautifully and make the process easier and so much more fun! Thanks for the chance to win this kit!ReplyCancel

  • Agnieszka - October 14, 2014 - 11:58 pm

    I am always inspired by the talented ladies that post their work to gallery at Studio Calico. Thank you so much for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • anixu - October 15, 2014 - 8:51 am

    wooow love that box of sequins, love the colors of fall and the SC kits , especially the seals , are super inspiring ! thanks for the opportunity , my name is anixu SC . a thousand kissesReplyCancel

  • Julia Akinina - October 15, 2014 - 10:40 am

    Thank you for the chance to win!) SC username: MOI_EDINOROZHKAReplyCancel

  • christy a - October 15, 2014 - 11:24 am

    Amazing giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win! User name: christy arthurReplyCancel

  • tape - October 15, 2014 - 6:16 pm

    I love being inspired by the projects on the SC blog!ReplyCancel

  • Linda E - October 15, 2014 - 6:56 pm

    Thanks for the fantastic cut files!ReplyCancel

  • Angela K - October 15, 2014 - 8:34 pm

    Awesome giveaway. Studio Calico makes it all look so easy. thanksReplyCancel

  • Celeste B. - October 16, 2014 - 6:29 am

    Studio Calico inspires me with their awesome products and design team projects.ReplyCancel

  • John Hutchens - October 16, 2014 - 9:28 am

    they inspire me with all of their great products and gallery of ideasReplyCancel

  • rita timmons - October 16, 2014 - 2:30 pm

    thanks for the great cut file! love studio calico and all the inspiration you share on your blog as well!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa Carlin - October 16, 2014 - 6:18 pm

    S.C. inspires me with their monthly kits and I love all the tutorials they’ve been doing.ReplyCancel

  • jeunesse - October 16, 2014 - 9:40 pm

    Thanks so much! username: jeunesseReplyCancel

  • Penny - October 16, 2014 - 10:41 pm

    Thanks so much for the free art! SC username penny.ReplyCancel

  • Charmaine S. - October 16, 2014 - 10:47 pm

    Fun freebies. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • chance - October 17, 2014 - 5:13 am

    Thanks for the opportunity! Would love to win :)ReplyCancel

  • d - October 17, 2014 - 6:46 am

    Oooh this looks like fun! I’ve just now gone to their website–Oooh, that looks like fun! I’ll use them for inspiration now, so glad to discover! Thanks for the chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • lisascreativeniche - October 17, 2014 - 8:18 pm

    I love seeing what the various DT members have created! I am always learning new things to try or getting inspired by what they share! Thanks so much! SC: lisascreativenicheReplyCancel

  • Studio Calico Fall Blog Hop + Giveaway! - November 25, 2014 - 11:19 am

    […] Kerri Bradford […]ReplyCancel

  • #SCinspires | Illustrated Faith - January 26, 2015 - 7:18 am

    […] ElphinstoneDana F.Lilin FangAnna-MariaMaggie MasseyCeline NavarroAllison WakenBarbara PIcinichKerri BradfordJen PicardTracy ArmstrongLiz TamanhaMarcy PennerRobyn WerlichSuzy PlantamuraJulie CampbellLexi […]ReplyCancel

I was perusing through some past Halloween ‘candy’ on the site and thought it might be nice to share a little flashback with y’all today. Hopefully it will help you get your boo on.

Click on the image to go to the full blog post and see the rest of the ‘candy in the bowl.’ :)





shari carroll halloweek cards


  • Trish - October 12, 2014 - 11:35 am

    I love these blasts from the past! They still feel very fun and current!ReplyCancel


It’s time.

It’s time to say goodbye to an oldie, but a goodie.

It’s time to begin anew.

It’s time for new projects.

It’s time for new lessons.

However, it’s not quite time for the announcement of this new class.

But it is time to offer up an awesome retirement sale on the current second class in the Silhouette series.

If you’d like to take this amazing class and learn all the goodness it has to offer using Studio version 2, you can pick it up now–through November 30–for 40% off. 

Lots of great stuff to learn.

Great projects to do.

All for an amazing price of $18.

Retirement can be a good thing.

And in case you were wondering–and I know you are :) –the new class that will be announced before the end of the year will not be an update of this class like the first class, Getting To Know You. It will be a brand new class with new ideas and new projects all in the ‘new’ (can we still call it that?) version 3.

You will always have access to this retired class too, unlike the first class, which was an update since the class content was so similar.

So if you have a friend who’s been thinking about taking the class, you might want to tell them so they can take advantage of this deal.

  • Dawn Howells - October 8, 2014 - 8:12 am

    I learned so much through taking this class. This has been my favorite. I must have made 5 variations of that “otis” page. So many useful techniques to ignite your creativity in this class!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 8, 2014 - 9:05 am

      Thanks Dawn! Glad you liked it! :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Wallace - October 8, 2014 - 10:36 am

    Can you do all of the features in this class with an “original” machine?ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 8, 2014 - 10:40 am

      Yes, you can. It’s all about the software and not the cutting machine itself. So it doesn’t matter what machine you have, everything you learn can be used for any of them. The only difference is that you can’t make something 12z12, but we don’t make anything specific to 12×12, so it’s not an issue. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tracy Wallace - October 8, 2014 - 10:41 am

    Excellent – thanks! I guess I will have to just reload version 2 and I’m good to go. Looking forward to it!ReplyCancel

  • Marsha - October 8, 2014 - 11:28 am

    I have version 3 do I have to uninstall and get version 2 to take the classReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 8, 2014 - 11:36 am

      I don’t know that you necessarily need to reload v2. I think so much of it is still applicable and works the same way in both version. It’ll mostly software aesthetics.

      I actually have both v2 and v3 on my computer, so I can switch between the two. If you give it a try with v3, and find there there are some discrepancies, it’s pretty easy to reinstall the programs. You might even try and see if you can just install v2 in addition to v3.

      Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Tracey Magner - October 8, 2014 - 12:42 pm

    Hi, I just got the Silhouette, and know nothing about it, haven’t even opened it yet, is there a V1 class I should be taking first? Or is that not available? Also, if V1 is not available will this V2 help me or confuse me? I have never taken a class either so I don’t know how they work, Thanks for any help you can give me. I appreciate it. Tracey.ReplyCancel

  • Donna C. - October 8, 2014 - 12:52 pm

    Kerri I am wondering if you know yet when V3 will be up on JS? I down loaded the new update and am lost and so want to do the class.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 8, 2014 - 2:33 pm

      Sorry Donna…I’m still not sure.
      I’m working on it.
      I will post when it’s available.ReplyCancel

  • Kathy - October 8, 2014 - 1:06 pm

    Hi Kerri,
    I have never taken an online class so what do I do? Download files, or log into your site to “attend”? I purchased Get to know your Silhouette and now have time to start the class just need to know what to do. Us “newbies” have to start some place :-)

    • Kerri - October 8, 2014 - 2:33 pm

      Hey Kathy!
      So when you purchase a class, you’re given a link to the classroom as well as you can access the classroom online. In the classroom you’ll see an intro, what to do before you get started–including downloading any files–and then you’ll have the video links. Everything you need is all right there on that page.

      Hope that helps!ReplyCancel

  • Paula - October 8, 2014 - 4:10 pm

    I loved this class. Any class by Kerri is fantastic and you will learn a lot. I had never taken an online class before this. My Silhouette sat in the box until I took Keri’s classes.ReplyCancel

  • Kari - October 9, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    Is the updated version of your first silhouette class going to be posted at Jessica Sprague? I’m trying to decide whether to update to v.3 and thought seeing it in action in your class would be helpful. Love ALL your classes!ReplyCancel

  • Martha - October 10, 2014 - 5:35 am

    Hi Kerri: when will the Version 3 class be available? I didn’t see it on

    I have been waiting for it!! there is so much is version 3 I don’t understand and I learned so much from your other classesReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 10, 2014 - 7:13 am

      Hey guys! It’s being worked on.
      I don’t have a date just yet.
      I’ll announce it when it’s there. :)ReplyCancel

  • Shauna - October 10, 2014 - 4:02 pm

    Hi Kerri. I came to your blog because I JUST got a Silhouette and you are the one I have heard the most about taking the “how to” classes from. I know pretty much nothing, so I do want to learn. I have version 2.5.9 installed in my laptop. Where do I begin? Do I take your combo class which includes this class? Thanks for any direction you can give me on where to begin!ReplyCancel

  • angi - November 4, 2014 - 7:39 pm

    I see this is necessary before taking the Christmas class. However I don’t see a link to click to purchase the class. Also, is there info on what is covered in the class? I may know enough to bypass it for the intermediate Christmas class.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - November 4, 2014 - 7:46 pm

      Hey Angi!
      You can click on the image in the post or on the image at the right. Both will take you to the class info in the store. You can also find it in the store too. All the details on the class is there. Hope the helps. :)ReplyCancel

A few weeks ago we took a Sunday drive up to the Mirror Lake in the Uinta mountains. We hadn’t been there for a few years and I’d been really wanting to go back.

I’d taken both my dSLR camera and my iPhone. I’d never planned to take a panorama photo using both my dSLR and my iPhone 5, but just so happened to have done both. As a result, I found this the perfect opportunity to show a comparison.

With a dSLR, you need to take three photos (or so) to create a panorama photo later on in Photoshop using the Photo Merge feature. With an iPhone, you can just do a ‘flip of the switch’, so to speak, to change modes to a Panorama feature.

Here’s my results.

The dSLR Version

mirror lake panorama lg

I did enhance this photo a little in Photoshop. Brightening it slightly, adding a little contrast, and enriching the blue sky a little. Overall, not much. But just made it look a little better.

Because I could take three photos, I could get more into my panorama than the iPhone. I was afraid to go too far from side to side with my iPhone in the event it would ‘warp’ the photo.

An SLR will always produce better quality, especially if you increase the size but I was fascinated by the color difference.

The iPhone 5 Version

mirror lake panorama iphone lg

An interesting observation. When my son saw me post the iPhone version on Instagram, he’d automatically assumed that I’d used HDR–a feature also in the iPhone that enhances all aspects of a photo to provide the best representation of the colors in a photo.

I had not.

I was amazed at how blue the sky had turned out.

I can’t decide which one I like better. I really like the blue and white of the clouds and sky in the iPhone version. But I think the quality is better in the SLR. I also think that the coloring in the SLR version is probably a more accurate representation.

What’s your two cents?

  • Christine - October 7, 2014 - 7:12 am

    Love the composition of both, and I’m jealous that you live so close to the mountains! I just don’t have the same opportunity here in the midwest. My 2 cents – I like the richer, warmer colors of the dSLR. Compare the mountainside and grass in the foreground. And the clouds in the dSLR are not overexposed – you’re not losing details in the brightest parts. The iphone is a nice shot for a small panorama, but the dSLR is the clear winner.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - October 7, 2014 - 7:55 am

    I agree with Christine. iPhone color looks way cooler and I’ll definitely stick to my DSLR. I stayed in Idaho previously for 3 years and I enjoyed visiting Utah. Missing the different places so much.ReplyCancel

  • Audrey V - October 7, 2014 - 8:08 am

    I just discovered the pano. feature on my iphone 5 and I’m loving it. I’m impressed with the photos that my phone takes, they just keep getting better. I would have never thought I would scrapbook with phone photos, but I do. And I leave the d-slr home more often.
    I like both of your photos. If you were going to enlarge and frame a photo, then d-slr for sure. But for snapshots, fb and instagrams and even small enlargements, photo photos rock!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene - October 7, 2014 - 10:09 am

    At first glance the sky color in the iPhone version pulled me in, but if you look at the detail in the trees, grass and water, I think the DSLR is the winner.ReplyCancel

  • Karen S - October 7, 2014 - 10:22 am

    What a neat experiment! I like the color of the grassland in the foreground of the dSLR image better, but prefer the definition of the pine trees in the iphone photo. How’s that for a non-answer?ReplyCancel

  • Tiffany - October 7, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Oh how I love these side-by-side comparisons! At first glance I love the bright vivid colors of the iPhone photo but when you look at the details the DSLR wins hands down. It’s really amazing how far camera phones have come! It’s definitely a good photo if that’s all you had with you but the “big” camera still takes better quality photos.ReplyCancel

  • Ana Balcarcel - October 7, 2014 - 6:44 pm

    My opinion: dSLR definitely. I think the iphone took a great picture and would will be handy when you forget or don’t take your camera along but when I was looking closely, the iphone pic had more noise in the sky area. Not as crisp as the dSLR. Great picture!ReplyCancel

  • Carol - October 7, 2014 - 7:51 pm

    I like them both, but the iPhone pic is “flatter” than the richer dSLR oneReplyCancel

  • Brenda - October 7, 2014 - 10:00 pm

    I like both photos but I prefer the coloring in the dslr photo – just seems to be a bit more depth of color in it but that’s just my 2 cents. :)ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - October 8, 2014 - 6:45 am

    I am a huge fan of the DSLR, however I think the iphone did a great job. I still think far better detail, more capabilities when using a camera vs iphone. Love the picture!ReplyCancel

Last Friday was quite a treat. Lisa Bearnson texted me early in the a.m. asking if she could come by to visit with a friend…and to bring me a surprise. Because I had to go up that direction to get my ‘mono-vision’ set of contacts, I told her I’d come meet her at her house instead.

The lovely New Zealander, Mandy Blake, was in town visiting Lisa for a few days while on her U.S. vacation.


This girl is truly as genuine as they come. She’s the real deal. I’ve come to know Mandy through my side of life too and I always love hearing from her. So when Lisa said she was coming to town, I sooo wanted to meet her! I was thrilled that I got the opportunity to do just that. If you follow Lisa, you’ll know that Mandy has been such an amazing friend to her and her son Collin while he is in New Zealand for his LDS mission.

I could have sat and listened to her talk all day. Love the New Zealand/Australian accent. Seeing NZ is definitely on my bucket list. Some day… Maybe I’ll come visit you Mandy! :)

And part two of the treat included a literal ‘treat’…or rather…’trick or treat’ as well as a haunted house. 


(FYI, the haunted house front slipped in transit, but the background just looked like a shadow. Still looks cool though. :) )

This comes from the talented Michael Lazorchak. You have probably seen his work when Lisa is on HSN. He’s done many projects for her and I’ve been privi to see them first hand when I’ve been helping her with the show.

Well, this time he sent me a little somethin’-somethin’ in addition to a little somethin’ for Lisa. Check out the lighting that he added to Lisa’s haunted house. Holy cow! That’s incredible! I love that idea!


Love the twist on the Jingle All The Way frame from last year. And before you freak out, that is a rubbery bug on the window. It’s movable. It’s awesome. :)

Thank you, Michael, for the Trick or Treat frame! I love it and it has been added to my Halloween motif at home. :)

What a great day, eh?


  • Sue Alg - October 6, 2014 - 12:50 pm

    Of course, you know we must have directions for creating these fabulous shadow boxesReplyCancel

  • mandyb - October 7, 2014 - 11:04 pm

    hee hee love this post… nice to meet you too
    and yes come visit NZ anytime xxxxxReplyCancel


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. ;)ReplyCancel

  • 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!ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - October 3, 2014 - 6:03 pm

    LOVE The Domino idea!! Sooo Cool!ReplyCancel

  • 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.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - October 4, 2014 - 9:02 am

      Welcome to my neck of the woods Ashley! :)ReplyCancel

  • Traci - October 4, 2014 - 9:31 pm

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

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. :)