this+that: gratitude

October 29th, 2010|digital shapes, this and that|

Great googlie mooglie! It’s finally done! I know, cuttin’ it a  little close to November, eh? Well, you all have heard about my turmoil and strife, so ya know where I’ve been comin’ from. ;)

Here’s a few closeup shots:

Take a look at the “B” and the “buttons”. I cut multiple layers of each of those to give the illusion of them being a chipboard piece. I used a 3/4″  and a 1″ circle punch to cut my buttons from the included background images and then used a Making Memories hole punch and hammer to create the holes through all five layers at one time.Oh yeah, you’ll use your own monogram with your own personal font or cartridge letter for that shape.

The “bradfords” tag is customizable in that once you bring it into your photo editing software, you can add any name or any phrase even.

The “gratitude” text on the view finder shape is printed on a transparency, trimmed as a circle, and placed on top.

FYI, that “xo.” piece was intended for the right photo square, however, it just didn’t work with my photo, so I moved it down to the calendar below instead.

I added a few extra things, like a button, staples and even a mini binder clip to hold the ribbon, like on the “gratitude” piece. Just adds something extra fun. The project also seemed to warrant including photos, so there are four spots for that. I mean, after all, that’s so much a part of what we are grateful for at this time of year–family, home, all that.

The photos sizes are: (going clockwise from top center)
2.625″ x 2.25″
3.75″ x 1.0625″
2.375″ x 1.1875″
1.6875″ x 1.75″

No, I’m not talking about Sean Connery (who happens to be on right now). There have been a few of you that have asked what I’m using as far as magnets, so I’m addressing that here in this post. I purchased this 1″ magnet roll from Dariceat my local craft store. It does come in a blue packaging.


Cut off a piece about under 1″ in size and then cut that in half. Peel the sticky back and adhere it to the center of the needed section of the wooden frame. Yes, it sticks. ;) Then, if you want to be sure that there is no resistance between the magnet pieces, you can set the opposing piece–sticky side up–on the magnet in the tray. It may move slightly off center from the tray magnet. Then just place your composite piece on top and voila, it’s “adhered”.

Most of the time I just put the magnet on the back of the composite piece. A couple times it didn’t want to “magnet” together, so I took off the magnet, made sure it would stick, and then place the composite piece  on top of that.

Make sense? This is what it looks like:

Now all you’ll need to do is add magnets to the back of all the future pieces and you’re set. And if I can’t catch the edge of a piece to remove it from it’s square, I’ll just take my paper piercer and catch the lower corner of it and pull it up that way.

I will be doing a break down of how the kit comes this weekend. But it’s pretty much along the same lines as the Halloween kit.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! Eat lots of candy. Oh yeah, reminds me I gotta go buy stuff for chili dogs for dinner tomorrow night. That’s our tradition for Halloween . . . and since it’s on a Sunday, we celebrate it on Saturday.

Trick or treat!

so look what blew in last night

October 27th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Woke up this morning to this:

Kassidy says she’s ready for Christmas. I have a sudden urge to listen to Christmas music today. But shhh . . . don’t tell Dan. ;) It would make my argument better if I knew there were others of you out there already listening to it though. lol

Oh, and by the by, since making a decision was just too complex for me, I decided that I didn’t need to decide and decided to buy both versions of the song. How’s that for decision?

So, my dear friend Heather Lancaster (or rather THE Heather Lancaster as I affectionately refer to her as) is giving away some majorly yummy goodies on her blog today!!! Go check it all out HERE. And become a Follower on her blog too because she does some amaaaazing things that you’ll want to keep checking in on her with.

Here’s a little sneak peek to motivate you to RUN over there! I want some! ;)

i’m almost done!

October 26th, 2010|Uncategorized|

. . . so stay tuned.

That’s all I’m sayin’.

Oh, and go check out THIS video. It’s ever-so cool!

Okay, so that’s all I’m sayin’. ;)

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what did i say about choice?

October 24th, 2010|Uncategorized|

I said it was a good thing???

Well, I guess that only applies when you can make a flippin’ decision! lol

So I heard this song on a Corona commercial:

Have you heard it?

Love, love, love it!

Apparently it was on a the soundtrack for “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” a couple years ago. So when I went to iTunes, I found there were two versions–at two different speeds. Here is the other version:

Enter . . . the dilemma.

I like the slow one because it’s just so easy going. You can imagine yourself on a beach somewhere just enjoying the song along to the sound of some waves. And it is the original, after all.

But then I like the fast one because it’s a little peppier. Kind of gives you a little kick to your step.

I have been listening to both of them for the past two days. Just when I think I’ve decided on one, I second guess myself.

How can something so simple be so hard??? lol

So what would be your vote?

Oh, and don’t you just love things in 3/4 time? Most of my favorite slower songs are 3/4 time. Makes ya just wanna sway back and forth. Oh yeah, and add acoustic guitar and I’m just gone.

the winner . . . and a winner for dinner!

October 21st, 2010|recipes|

Okay, first I have to share this a-maaazing quesadilla recipe I got from You can find it HERE. Oh my gosh! To die for! Definitely a winner for our dinners! A must-make again. Here’s a pic I stole from their blog just to tantalize your taste buds.

mmmmmm . . . . 

Okay, so the now for the other winner . . . the winner of the year’s worth of the This & That series. That would go to . . .

KMS said…
I love my Silhouette. It cuts shapes for card-making, titles for scrapbook pages and today it’s cutting vinyl for my daughter’s pumpkin decorations! So versatile!

Congratulations KMS!  Send me your e-mail (to and I’ll get that out to you…and all year long. :)

And I loved reading all your comments! It’s so fun to see what everyone likes to use. While in my own humble opinion I don’t think there is anything that can cut better than a Silhouette and it happens to be my tool of choice, I am an equal opportunity shape maker. ;)

I think we all use what works best for us, right?

Choice. It’s a beautiful thing. It’s what makes the world go ’round.  :)

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let’s do something fun!

October 19th, 2010|Uncategorized|

How ’bout a giveaway!
That’s right.
Uh huh.
I’m in the mood to do something saucy!
I’m giving away a year’s worth of the This & That series right here in River City
. . . uh, I mean on my blog.
This & That: Halloween
This & That: Gratitude (sneak peek)
To be entered, leave a comment in today’s post that shares your method of madness when crafting (e.g., Cricut, Silhouette, Digital, etc.) and what you love about using it. I’ll draw a winner on Thursday!
Good luck!
[this contest is now closed]

the friday freebie: monday style

October 18th, 2010|freebies|

Okay, okay. I know I’ve been a wee bit absent of late. I thought perhaps if I took a few days off that I would feel rejuvenated and inspired. We had fall break this past Thursday & Friday, so the girls and I went up to our family farm in Idaho to pick apples, cut back iris, move pipes, and all sorts of “get it ready for winter” things.

No computer though . . . actually, it’s no internet access so why even bring it.

Needless to say, I am stiff and sore. One doesn’t exercise very many muscles sitting on one’s hiney most of the day. ;)

Sadly though, the same ol’ crap that I was dealing with before I left was still waiting for me when I got home. Although I didn’t have to deal with it until today (Monday). It’s amazing how all this “stuff” going on in your life can hinder your motivation. We’ve all been there, right? After a couple of lengthy phone calls this morning, I was feeling awfully motivated to crawl back into bed . . . but the “stuff” even hindered that motivation. lol

So, since I didn’t get a Friday Freebie done before I left, I thought I’d offer one up today. I’d been working on this one a little bit ago, so it seems like an oxymoron for me at this particular moment in my life.;)

[To download the ZIP file, go HERE.]

I’ll just have to chalk up this phrase as positive thinking. Because really, life IS good . . . most of the time. ;)

And thanks for all your recent comments. They’ve been both entertaining and appreciated.


October 13th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Deep Thoughts by Jack Handy . . . uhhhh . . .  I mean, Kerri Bradford.

So, life has been a little odd the past week or so. Some crazy, unexpected, and creative-brain-freeze things happening.

Do I just have too much on the brain?

Is there just too much going on for me?

For a person that technically doesn’t have a job, how can this be?

Been pondering this morning.

What is up? 

What is going on in my universe? 

I don’t understand why things happen the way they do. Although, I do know that everything happens for a reason. But creative brain freeze? Awww, c’mon! lol There’s no excuse for that. Well, maybe there is an excuse. The ever-annoying computer that gets bogged down with big files. Plus, I have the monitor I stole from my kids (swapped them for my old one a couple weeks ago). My monitor was going out. Still “working,” but I needed something I could see clearly with. However, the coloring of their monitor is off.

So, needless to say, I have spent too much time during the day expressing “colorful language”, venting my frustrations into the air to no one in the house except for the cat, with fists pounding my desk. Oh, and then there’s the occasional slump on the elbows and covering my eyes, while I await the electrical parts of this curse-ed thing to move and do it’s thing so I can continue.

Where, oh where fore art thou Mac? Whilst thou be coming to mine house soon?

I tell ya, really, I am not a horoscope person. I mean, I wouldn’t even know about it if it weren’t automatically on my opening e-mail screen. Most of the time I don’t even pay attention to it. I don’t rely on it to foresee my day or anything. But when things are going weird, I like to see if they match up . . . just to test it.

Um . . . yeah . . . here’s today’s . . .

Are things getting a little bit crazy, Virgo? Too many tasks and too many people vying for your attention could have your nerves stretched as taut as violin strings. Try to get outside for a while. Treat yourself to a nice lunch or do a little shopping. Take a good long nap. Whatever seems so urgent isn’t worth sacrificing your peace of mind. Try to stay focused!
Try to stay focused. Yeah. Been trying that for a week now. lol Just may have to do the lunch thing today. And a nice nap afterward sounds divine.

We’ll see . . . 

Obviously the “focus” thing has not worked for me yet this morning because rather than jumping into work (yes, I still get up at 6 a.m. and I don’t even have to–curse it!), I’ve e-mailed my son, perused the internet and written this blog post all within the hour. 
How’s that for focusing on the tasks at hand?
I’m off to a good start . . . 
. . . can you feel the sarcasm? ;)

a cute new family

October 12th, 2010|Uncategorized|

This little group became a family this weekend. Got the opportunity to photograph them and their entire family. And this little girl? She’s a poser! Watch out America’s Next Top Model . . . this girls knows how to work it already!

They were married on 10.10.10. ;)


October 8th, 2010|Uncategorized|

Above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you, because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.
—Roald Dahl

I do believe in magic. :)

Been kind of crazy week here. (So what else is new, right? lol) Not being as productive as I’d planned. I’m still working hard on the Gratitude kit and therefore, no Friday Freebie this week. Sorry ’bout that. It will return next week though!

But now on a sad note, one of Jordan’s little friends from junior high (they’ve done acting–including Oklahoma) was killed in a freak accident yesterday. Another 13-year old girl decided she ought to drive her aunt’s car to school and while the group of kids were waiting for the bus, the girl accidentally hit the gas instead of the brakes as she was making a turn onto the road and hit this girl. Jordan’s good friend, who was standing right by this girl, watched it happen.

How simply devastating.

Kids do “dumb” things and 99% of the time they are lucky and nothing happens. How sad was it for this outcome to have occurred. I can only imagine what this little girl’s life is going to be like.

Just makes you want to hug your kids, because as Jordan said, “Who would have thought, you’d be waiting for a school bus and your life would be over.” The junior high students are all wearing pink in honor of her (her favorite color) and Jordan wore pink to high school too, as I’m sure a lot of kids will be.

Now, go hug your kids and really enjoy the weekend.