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Ohhhhhhh my goodness!!!! The weather we’ve been having lately is just wonderful!

I can hardly contain my excitement for spring!

The sun is shining.

There are more people out and about.

The dog is rolling around in the grass and the cat is rolling around on the porch steps.

I wore a gorgeous, brand new, light-weight peach colored sweater on Saturday.

Spring is just itchin’ to get out everywhere!

So I thought I’d help it along here by having a little sale with the
Beautiful Day stamp set!

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Now through Wednesday you can save 20% off these little beauties!
(While supplies last.)

All I can think of each and every day the past few days is, what a beautiful day.

Come on spring! I’m ready for ya!

  • Diana Shreeves - February 23, 2016 - 12:54 pm

    Love the stamps and love the ink!! I know where to get the stamps, but where do I find those inks???ReplyCancel

I love it when a plan comes together. One that you didn’t really have any intention of starting out with, but that somehow serendipitously turns into something else or a new way of doing something….as what happened with Layle’s page making story here:

Have you seen Kerri’s new XO stamps? Holy cow.  Sold out in 4 days.  WHAT?!  Since I didn’t have a chance to snatch up a set before they sold out, I thought I’d use the next best thing – the XO Digital Stamps.  And you know what?  I’m glad they were sold out.  Glad because it forced me to step outside of my comfort zone and try something on this layout that I might not have done otherwise!

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I loved the ‘all you need is love’ stamp and thought it would be great as a title to go along with a selfie my husband and I took while in England for our 20th anniversary last year.  So I opened the digital stamp file, figured out how to trace it, cut it and….  wah, wah.  It didn’t quite work the way I expected when it cut – there was this weird double cut line thing going on – basically everywhere you see grey here it was also cutting.

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After a quick Google search I figured out why and how to fix it, something to do with the automatic ‘high pass filter’ default setting.  It was super easy to fix and I was off & running – hooray!

Disclaimer – my son took one look at this layout and asked why I mixed up the words.  Do you see it?!  Completely escaped me.  I think the reason is because ‘you need’ is hooked together, so in my mind ‘you need’ came before ‘is’.  Ha ha!  It’s glued down and that’s how it’s going to stay.  Call it taking a creative liberty… :)

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After the title, I was off & running and used 3 more digital stamps from the set.

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I cut one of the hearts from the set out of gold glitter paper – in my book, a little gold is always a good thing.  I added a bit of gold Stickles to the flowers to tie the gold in a bit more.

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I also cut XOXO out in the same gold paper.  One of the greatest things about using the digital stamps is that you can make them any size you want – just love that!

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The sentiments in the stamps are fabulous!  I thought it would be fun to ‘stamp’ one on my photo, so I pulled it into Photoshop, changed it to the same red in the flowers so it would stand out, and then added it to the photo before printing.  Again, because it was a ‘digital’ stamp, I could easily make it the size, and color, I needed.

I always say things happen for a reason.  In this case, those stamps sold out for a reason, so I would step outside of my comfort zone and get a little more comfortable with using digital stamps.  And now I’m hooked!  And hey, don’t be sad because those stamps are sold out, you can now pre-order them here.  Because Kerri’s awesome like that…  :)

 

I love all the various uses of the digital stamps! Each one is unique and lovely. And when I first read the title, my mind said it like it should be anyway. It wasn’t until a second look that I went ohhhhh. ;) And that little grouping of cheerful flowers and glitter heart? Oh yeah.

Also I think the Trace encounter Layle had  is an excellent tip she pointed out. Turning off High Pass Filter is my number one thing I do when using Trace. I always start with the Threshold and no High or Low Pass checked. 90% of the time, that’s all you need.

Gorgeous page, my friend!

Oh, and one other note, the reorder of the XO has shipped (yay!) and should be here by the weekend. Our quantities are getting low again, so if you were wanting these sooner rather than later… :) And if your on the preorder list, start looking for your stamps early next week!

 

 

  • Dolly - February 18, 2016 - 8:54 am

    I LOVE it Layle!! TFSReplyCancel

    • Layle - February 18, 2016 - 1:01 pm

      Thanks Dolly!ReplyCancel

  • Terrie - February 18, 2016 - 12:04 pm

    What a beautiful layout! Thank you for the info on using the digital stamps with the Silhouette. This is something I want to try :)ReplyCancel

    • Layle - February 18, 2016 - 1:02 pm

      Thanks Terri! It was super easy… and fun!ReplyCancel

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I think one of my very favorite classes has to be Said+Done. With my love of all things word and type related, is it any wonder that there would be a Said+Done 2.0???

Of course there would be more, right?

In this class we’ll be creating more amazing prints that teach you new ways of using Silhouette Studio.

But the best part of both classes is that you do not need a Silhouette to take the class!

It’s all about using the powerful–and free–Silhouette Studio program to make fabulous works of art!

No matter who you are, whether you have a cutter or not,  anyone can take this class and create ten beautiful prints.

You will feel so empowered that you’ll have to resist the urge to try and leap tall buildings in a single bound.

While it’s designed with ‘Intermediates’ in mind, if you’ve never used Studio, you will still be able to follow along. Not to mention, this will be your chance to see if Studio and the Silhouette is right for you. Because for me, Silhouette + Studio = Complete Freedom.

This class will also have tips and tricks a-plenty!

If  you haven’t taken the first Said+Done class, I would highly recommend taking it. You can purchase both classes HERE and save a few, so that’s always cool.

Registration is open now and class starts March 14.
Save $5 off the class price if you enroll by February 29.

Plus, if you enroll by Sunday, February  21, you’ll get the ‘not-released-yet’, brand new Fresh Air digital brush+stamp set. Here’s a little peek at the kit to come.

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If you sign up for the class, the whole 20 brush + digital stamp is yours (a $4.50 value)…and you get it before everyone else on March 1. :)

So many types of prints. So many ideas. So many ways to use them–in frames, as cards, in albums…you name it!
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  • Chris G. - February 16, 2016 - 11:02 am

    Took the first class. LOVED IT! I will take as many of these classes as Kerri wants to make!ReplyCancel

  • Sherly - February 16, 2016 - 1:58 pm

    Yes ! so excited ….I took the first one and love it ! looking forward to anther excellent class by you Kerri.ReplyCancel

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When you say twenty eight years out loud, it sounds like so much!

It’s been an amazing and wild ride with this fella.

Love ya hon!

(Sign is from Letterfolk.)

  • Dolly - February 12, 2016 - 10:29 am

    GET OUT!! so you were like 3 when you got married??
    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY to you both!! :DReplyCancel

  • Robin - February 13, 2016 - 7:32 am

    Congrats!!! Definitely something to be super proud of!! WTG!!!ReplyCancel

  • Lorretta - February 15, 2016 - 4:08 pm

    Wow! Congratulations!! HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! =)ReplyCancel

This month is definitely a month of expressing love. We do it so many ways–a simple little three-finger hand sign, a hug, some chocolates, a valentine, a note…or in this case…a page.

Laura has done a beautiful job at sharing some loving sentiments about her daughter!

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[ Designs | February Fourteen (sweet thing) / Hello There Class Freebies (heart + you) ]

 

Love the big title. Love the simple, yet delightful design. Love the journaling going up the side. Love the embossed layered heart. Love that she used one of her daughter’s selfies (putting those to good use!). Just love, love, love all around. :)


Let’s here what Laura has to say:

When Kerri suggested we create love-themed projects this month, I wasn’t really sure what I would make. Then I came across this selfie that my youngest daughter, Sarah, had taken a while back, and with the colors, I thought it would make for a great love themed page. My journaling is all about how much I love her, whether she’s the sweet thing that I know and love, or the sassy, stubborn, challenging thing that I see more often than not in her teen years. She’s not always easy, but I always want her to know how much I love her.

I decided to mix the “{heart} You” and “sweet thing” for my title. I cut both the heart and the “you” three times from my patterned papers. I layered the three sets of “you” letters together, one on top of the other. It thickens the letters up and almost mimics the look of chipboard. For the pink hearts, I ran each one thru a polka dotted embossing folder, layered them together, and then machine stitched down the center to hold them together. The sides of the hearts aren’t adhered together, so it gives some extra dimension to the heart. I also added some pink enamel dots to the top heart, right up top of the polka dots.

It’s awesome Laura! Love it!

  • Dolly (scrapthat) - February 10, 2016 - 7:23 am

    Always love your LOs Laura! TFS :DReplyCancel

No, I’m not planning an all-expenses paid vacation for everyone. Sorry. :)

But all this wintry socked-in weather has got me rather stir crazy. Combine that with the fact that I added some so-beautifully-scenic-in-London-and-other-places Instagram accounts to my feed, and I’m in serious trouble. It just adds fuel to my wanderlust fire.

All I want to do is go somewhere!

Alas. I do a lot of day dreaming.

And I will neither confirm nor deny that I bought plane tickets a couple weeks ago for a really good deal–stateside though. Wish it was London…or Amsterdam…or Paris…….. But in all reality, there are amazing places to visit here in the states.

So of course my mind starts drifting to documenting it.

And that’s where you come in.

My wanderlust works to your benefit.

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You can get the Travelogue and Wanderlust stamps through Thursday and save 20% (while supplies last).

These are two of my most favoritst (yeah, it’s a word) stamp sets ever. Love the tiny little touches of words or icons you can add to your travel memories.

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I loved using it in my Florida album!
(You can see the whole thing HERE.)

Words are my favorite accent and these tiny little friends are perfect!

Now I’m wondering where my day dreaming will take me next… :)

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If you follow KBS on social media, you’ll have read that the XO stamp set was on its way to a sell-out last night…and that it eventually did sell out.

Considering the subject of the stamps and the fact that Valentine’s Day is just next week, I’d contemplated not doing a reorder, figuring they were more of a seasonable style of stamp.

Well, we’ve heard from many of you that have said nay!
You said that this is a set that can be loved year ’round.

We listen to our peeps here at KBS…and we love our peeps too. :)

Therefore, you can now purchase the XO stamps on preorder.

They did sell out within just four days. So if you want in on this next round, you might want to stake your claim on them right away because I’m not sure when the next order will be if (when?) they sell out again. They should begin shipping around the middle of the month.

Additionally, the newest Lincoln series of stamps are getting limited, so if you had your eyes on those…you know what you need to do. :)

Again, we just want to thank you so much for your love of all things here in this little KBS world. Thank you for your support, your input, your friendships….you guys are amazing!

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

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

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Maggie…take it away darlin’!

Hey everyone!

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

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

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

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

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And done!

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

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

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

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

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

I duplicated the shapes a number of times…

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…cut out the shapes and strung my banner…

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

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

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

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