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Baby, I Got Your Number

I love numbers (and letters). It’s one of my most very favorite items to use as accents on a page. It’s simple–almost seems like a no-brainer–but it adds so much. It might explain why so much of what I create revolves around words and numbers. ;) So I thought perhaps I’d share a few ways […]

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Sue - August 25, 2014 - 7:50 am

Hi Kerry
I rarely leave comments but I just wanted to say today that I love your blog and all the useful hints and tips that you pass on are very much appreciated, many thanks

Kerri - August 25, 2014 - 7:58 am

Thanks Sue! :)

3kidmama - August 25, 2014 - 8:13 am

Great post. Now you’ve got me falling in love with numbers as well! Such great suggestions – and congrats on celebrating your 26th anniversary this year. :)

Barbara - August 25, 2014 - 4:39 pm

Love the idea of the roman numerals – I used to be obsessed with them in grade school (maybe it was because I was good at interpreting them and others were not). Now I am going to use that idea in my albums – thank you. I also love using the larger numbers but never seem to get it to look right.

brenda howell - August 25, 2014 - 6:36 pm

Now this might be a silly question but…..
how did you do the little GPS tag?? so cute!!

Kerri - August 25, 2014 - 8:06 pm

You could create it with a text box in Word or PS or whatever.
Add color to the box and type your text.
It’s pretty easy. :)

Trish - August 26, 2014 - 6:23 am

I love the way your mind works! The GPS coordinates are brilliant!

Duplicating in Silhouette Studio Just Got Easier!

Duplicating….one of my new favorite features in Silhouette Studio Version 3. I’m going to let the video speak for itself. After all, it’s only a minute long.But, boy oh boy…what a minute!!! Is that not one of the coolest things like ever? Something so simple, but so awesome.Wish Illustrator worked like that.

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Patty Andersen - June 25, 2014 - 7:53 am

My favorite way to copy was to Ctrl and drag the item, but that no longer works and I was not a happy camper. This method IS awesome, Kerri, and I thank you for discovering and sharing.

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 8:00 am

Hey Patty! I always did Alt with the click+drag and that still works. You can do that in Illustrator too, so that’s what I’m used to using. And actually, I just tried the Cmd (ctrl) click and drag and it works for me. I’m on a Mac though. Maybe it’s a glitch for PCs? Or they fixed it in an update?

You can also do Ctrl or Alt Click and it will make a second copy right on top of the shape.

WhamBamPam - June 25, 2014 - 10:27 am

Hi Kerri,
You sound so happy in this video. You brought a smile to my face :D

Nashonne - June 25, 2014 - 10:42 am

Awesome, thanks for the tutorial!

Julie C - June 25, 2014 - 11:38 am

Love this!!!

LisaM6 - June 25, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Cool. I will try it now. Thanks so much! That will make my life much easier.

Sue Kimmet - June 25, 2014 - 3:09 pm

Weird, I just tried it and it did nothing. Can’t imagine why not, such a fast way to work!

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 3:16 pm

It may be a possibility it’s only available in the latest release that came out at end of May. There were a lot of fixes and enhancements made in that one. Your software won’t tell you there’s an update, but if you haven’t updated in the past month, then it try installing the latest.

Dottie J - June 25, 2014 - 3:23 pm

I haven’t upgraded yet, and I tried this in my old version. It just nudged the shape one pixel at a time.

That’s a valuable move tool and I would hate to see it eliminated. Is there another way to nudge in the new version?

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 3:31 pm

You mean besides just using the plain ol’ arrow key to move a shape?
Is that what you’re asking? I’ve just always used the arrow only, no key combo.
Works the same in both version 2 and 3.
It’s the Ctrl/Cmd-Arrow that has now changed between the two versions.

Kerri - June 25, 2014 - 4:51 pm

FYI, this works in the latest 3.0.531 that came out May 27 and not before. There is a glitch in the previous version in that it won’t tell you that you need to update. But you can download the latest from their website under the Support link:

Lady Fair - June 25, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Ah, it’s the little things that make us happy. I haven’t upgraded yet, but I truly appreciate those who have and keep us all informed.

Sandy Evans - June 25, 2014 - 7:43 pm

You are so awesome to share things with us Kerri. Thanks

Carrie-Ann - June 25, 2014 - 11:11 pm

Thanks for the tip!

Lynette Ballard - June 26, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Thank you! This is awesome! I could have used it a few days ago, but I can’t remember what I was even doing! :) Thanks for all the awesome tricks, we appreciate it!

Denni - June 28, 2014 - 9:57 pm

Too flippin cool! LOVE this tip! Thank you :)

Studio 3: Fonts Now In Inches Too? Oh Happy Day!

So a little bit ago I was helping a neighbor with her Silhouette that she’s had for two years and hadn’t used. Her daughter had used it for her, but that was about it. In showing her how to use the Text tool in version 3, a sweet little box caught my eye. It’s funny […]

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Vicki - June 9, 2014 - 4:27 pm

Thanks for posting this! I’ve been holding off updating my software, waiting for the bugs to be worked out. Well, I’m not waiting any longer! First of all, I had no idea that 72 pts was about an inch … and now I don’t even have to care about that! Love your blog!!

Linda - June 9, 2014 - 6:43 pm

So, is now a good time to upgrade?

Kerri - June 9, 2014 - 7:24 pm

With the exception of it crashing when creating a word background, I haven’t had problems. There are a few glitches here and there, but nothing that’s bothered me too much. If you upgrade and find that there’s issues with your system, you can always go back using the Legacy version under their Support link. :)

Scale Tool? Workin’ Cool.

There was one thing that really bothered me about the Scale tool in the previous Studio software. It didn’t work right.  If you were to rotate a square 45 degrees and change the width, rather than it changing horizontally–from side to side, it still looked at it in that square form and would change it […]

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Lynette Ballard - May 16, 2014 - 5:54 am

Oh that is exciting! I had heard a lot of complaints about the new version, and downloaded it without realizing everything had changed. I was worried, and didn’t even touch it for a couple weeks. I finally got brave yesterday, and actually it’s not so bad! I love now that all the cut settings (including choosing cut lines) can be done in one window. SO much better than having to remember to switch windows five times before cutting! Keep these posts coming of the new stuff, because I feel like in some ways, it really is a brand new program!

Penne Beckett - May 16, 2014 - 8:55 am

I have not upgraded yet. I need to do my classes and wasn’t sure if I should upgrade.

Kerri - May 16, 2014 - 9:24 am

If you’re still working on classes, I would remain in the previous version if you want to have a parallel learning experience. I actually have both versions on my Mac, so I can switch between both. The newer version–second release of it–has been working okay for me, but I know it’s still got its quirkiness and other people have still been having bigger issues like the program crashing and stuff.

Eventually classes will be updated, but it’s going to take quite a bit of time. The generalness of the program does remain the same between versions though. Just some enhancements and visual differences have been added.

Penne Beckett - May 16, 2014 - 9:36 am

Thanks, I will do the old, then update later.

printing + color profiles

First and foremost, let me start off by saying I am in no way an expert when it comes to all things Photoshop/Elements and printing. :) But for some time my photos were printing on the yellow side. And this is strange because my Epson Photo Stylus 1400 printer tends to not print yellow. It’s been […]

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Sandy Evans - May 13, 2014 - 10:07 am

You never cease to amaze me Kerri…

Tania K - May 13, 2014 - 2:03 pm

So there are different profiles for the PAPER you use. I thought that the printer would automatically select the correct profile when you select the paper type!

Kerri - May 13, 2014 - 2:52 pm

You know, that would seem quite logical, wouldn’t it? I don’t know if there’s a setting I’m missing for it to do that or what. Like I say–amateur here. :)

Cynthia - May 15, 2014 - 6:04 am

Wow, what a difference in the photos, thanks so much for sharing…I will keep this in mind…

sherrygrove - May 17, 2014 - 2:32 pm

thanks, Kerri! I wasn’t unhappy with the color on my printed photos, but the discrepancy bugged me from time to time! Anxious to see how my color prints look now that I’ve changed the settings.

Lida - July 16, 2014 - 7:53 am

That could have been my problem a few years ago, my Epson rx600 printer kept printing redder than it should. Instead of checking the color management like you and your daughter did. I traded it in for another model. Problem was fixed but probably not way it should have been. Wish I knew, now I know! Thanks for posting this.

it’s a magicalness kind of day

So a couple weeks ago I shared a serendipitous moment that created a magical photo. Here’s a peek at those photos once more.   So of course that moment spurred a kit and a video to show it off! Therefore, here is the new Magicalness kit. This kit was created with using the designs as overlays […]

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Theresa - May 2, 2014 - 6:55 am


Cindy - May 2, 2014 - 8:52 am

I didn’t know you can print a photo using your Silhoutte Studio. How do you do that?? Love this kit and thanks for the video. I always learn so much from you!!

Kerri - May 2, 2014 - 9:54 am

You can open it like you would any other image or file. Just when you go to print it, make sure you’re choosing good photo settings.

Patti Painter - May 2, 2014 - 10:42 am

Glad I came back to check on the coupon code or would have missed this video. Love this set, thanks for the freebies as well.
Have a great weekend.

Kim Smith - May 2, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Another reason to reel me into getting a Silhouette! Thanks for the freebie and the new video!

yolande k - May 2, 2014 - 1:41 pm

Magnifique !!!! Thank you Kerri !

tiffany h - May 2, 2014 - 1:56 pm

The overlays look great on your photos. I think I’ll have to try them out. Thanks for the freebie. Since I only stop by your blog once a week I missed out on the other freebies but I appreciate you offering them.

Patty G. - May 2, 2014 - 8:45 pm

You never cease to amaze me! Thanks for the video and all the freebies this week. I can NOT wait to try this new kit!

Carrie-Ann - May 2, 2014 - 10:01 pm

Thank you! Have a great weekend :)

Karen Peterson - May 2, 2014 - 10:51 pm

Thanks so very much Kerri for sharing these freebies and also teaching us how to use your products; so much more helpful when I have a demonstration on how to use something!! Hope your date was fun; I got my hair done today too but no date (dh is in Seattle ;(

NSD Sale + New Gradients + Video Tutorial

We have a really huge day in store, so grab your favorite beverage and be prepared to be entertained. Okay, maybe not entertained, there’s no tap dancing going on here, but there’s lots to still enjoy. This coming Saturday is a big day in our little scrapbooking world. It’s National Scrapbook Day, which is really Inter-National Scrapbook […]

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Lysa - April 28, 2014 - 12:21 am

Thank you for the freebie- it is fabulous! Can’t wait to play!

Cari - April 28, 2014 - 8:46 am

Thanks, Kerri! Can’t wait to play and see what else you have in store this week!

Vanessa Miles - April 28, 2014 - 9:00 am

Thank you. I have been holding off on the Silhouette update, but this encourages me to give it a go.

Terri Marchbanks - April 28, 2014 - 9:46 am

Thank you so much Miss. Kerri 4 the freebie the sale and all the fun off 2 shop…lol hugs

Annabelle Bulat - April 28, 2014 - 12:53 pm

Bought the radials…LOVE them…can’t wait until tonight when I have more time to play. Thank you, Kerri!

Sandy R. - April 28, 2014 - 1:37 pm

Dang! And I’m here in a hotel room with just my iPad! It is lovely though Kerri!

Megan K. - April 28, 2014 - 1:46 pm

Thank you Kerri!

Sandy_in_MD - April 28, 2014 - 4:32 pm

Genius idea! Thanks so much for coming up with the radial gradient sets. And thank you for today’s free set, too.

Phyllis B. - April 28, 2014 - 6:00 pm

Thanks, Kerri! I look forward to the entire week! You are very generous with your knowledge… Big hugs!

Barbara - April 28, 2014 - 6:11 pm

Kerri – I always love your creations! Can’t wait for more. I’m already behind on classes but will catch up this summer. Thanks for all you do and share!

Linda - April 28, 2014 - 6:48 pm


Sandy Evans - April 28, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Thank you for sharing your amazing talent Kerri…. You are such an inspiration.
Sandy from ukiah

Lisa G. - April 28, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Thanks for the freebie! Going to have to get myself some items on sale as well :)

a ‘tiny’ tip for silhouette cutting

I just made the itty bittiest of cuts using a handwritten cut file from the Happy Stuff kit and thought I’d share a couple tips for cutting the tiny things on your Silhouette. 1.  Add a slight Offset to thicken up the itty bitty parts.2.  Change your blade depth to one set higher than what […]

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Lizzy Hill - April 25, 2014 - 11:24 pm

Thank you! All help gratefully received & listened to regarding the Silly machine!!! Tips noted & hoping they work as well for me as they did here for you:):)

Luba Andrews - April 26, 2014 - 6:49 am

Can you tell us how to “add a slight offset?” not sure if I understand that….. ;)

Kerri - April 26, 2014 - 7:24 am

I have a little tutorial on how to do that HERE.

Kirsten - April 26, 2014 - 10:47 am

By “higher” do you mean deeper or shallower? Is 5 your usual setting or the adjusted setting? (Adjusted=you usually cut at 4?) Thanks for understanding my babbling!

Kerri - April 26, 2014 - 10:55 am

Yup, I usually cut at a 4, so I upped it to 5. :)

yolande k - April 26, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Merci pour ce tuto, tr-s utile ! Ta découpe est superbe !

Lindy - April 26, 2014 - 2:11 pm

Thank you for these tips, Kerri! I’m always trying to cut tiny things and it’s a challenge. Slowing the speed down can help, too.