a little sneak peek!

March 29th, 2012|classes|

Just dropping in to share a sneak peek at the mini album
we’ll be making in my Silhouette class on JessicaSprague.com!

And in case you didn’t get the memo . . .

It starts Monday!!!

And, you save $5 if you sign up by the time class starts.
It’s a self-paced class, so you don’t have to ‘be there’ to attend.
You can watch whenever you have a spare bit of time. :)

The class does start from the very beginning because I want everyone who
has a machine to not be afraid and hop on the Silhouette train with all of us.

But it’s not long before we start learning some cool tricks, so even if you’re a little
familiar with using the software, hopefully you’ll come out of the class with some
‘a-ha!’ moments of your own!

And don’t forget about the exclusive papers and shapes for the mini album!

Here’s the sneak!

one last round of cards for the merry month of march

March 28th, 2012|cards, laura vegas|

Brought to you by the ever adorable Laura Vegas!

[ Shapes | Signed.Sealed.Delivered (envelopes+circles) / For You (card) / Christmas Countdown (star) / All About You (celebrate) ]

How fun and easy would it be just to whip up some of these adorable cards to have on hand? 
And I love the idea of using the circles on the cards with the buttons. He-llo!
And the tiny tear-away envelope on the card? love.

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I knew when Kerri asked us to focus on cards this month, that I wanted to make some birthday cards. That’s the one kind of card that I always need, but never seem to have on hand. For my “Happy Birthday” cards, I started with the Loopy Card base, and added on a few rows of circles using the Envelope Insets. I cut it out of tone-on-tone pattern papers, and then adhered graph paper to the inside of each card. I adhered a threaded button in the center of each cut out circle.
For my “They Say It’s Your Birthday” cards, I used a little inspiration from Robyn’s cards that she shared a few weeks ago, and included a Tear Away Envelope on the front of my cards. I sized them so that they would be perfect for tucking a gift card inside. We are always giving out gift cards for birthday gifts, so this will come in really handy. I added a few Stars to the cards, embellished with threaded clear buttons. I had a few extra stars left over, so I also added one to the front of each envelope, along with a “Celebrate” sentiment.

it’s a spring thing

March 26th, 2012|nichol magouirk, pages, photo templates|

Gorgeous weather?

Took a vacation today.

Wind and cold blew in. Bits of snow. Just bits. A flurry here and there.
But a look out the window at the lilac bush and its green buds a-burstin’ gives one
hopes of the warm weather to return very soon.

And then a layout like this from little ol’ Nichol just adds to the excitement that we know it’s spring.

[ Shapes | Flower Bouquet / Going Places (title) / Storyboard #6 ]

Love . . . love . . . Nichol’s use of Loni’s new Flower Bouquet kit here!
And how she popped up the squares in the storyboard? Wow.
All the tiny details . . . ya just gotta pour over it . . . seriously.

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

One of my favorite things to do on vacation is take photos of the beautiful foilage and flowers that are so different than from where I live. To give added depth and dimension to my photo collage, I printed it twice, cut the “frames” from one of the collages and pop dotted it on top of the other collage. I love how it gives the collage a dimensional look and feel. I added mini clips to add to that feeling.

I printed the florals from Loni’s new kit and created a floral border from bright patterned papers that compliment the colors in my photos. 


March 23rd, 2012|Uncategorized|

did you ever just have one of those weeks?


that’s what i got goin’ this week.

i think i’d much rather be here . . .

[ photo template from snapshots #2 ]

— i’ve had this gas pump image in my head the past few days. must mean i needs ta go! —

it’s the first day of spring!

March 20th, 2012|cards, nichol magouirk|

Well, let me tell ya . . . Winter decided to make one last show before moving on to Spring today. We had  probably our biggest snow storm of the year over the weekend . . . and I use that term ‘biggest’ lightly. We got maybe five inches. But now, it’s suppose to be 50 today and in the 70s by the weekend. Yahoo!

So what better way to celebrate the first day of spring than some gorgeous spring cards from that darling of a girl, Miss Nichol.

sooooo diggin’ the ensemble! and loooove the stamp on the pull tab–particularly the ‘pull’ stamp!
how perfect! this girl has such a gift for making a scene!

[ Shapes | For You (card) / Signed.Sealed.Delivered.(envelope) / Label It / This+That: Lucky (vase+flower) / This+That: Love (lantern, cake stand, heart) / This+That: Summertime (birdhouse, flower flourish) / This+That: Autumn (pear) / This+That: Spring (border) ]

love the multi-colored inset pieces and how she distressed up the background making it look all sloshy (yeah, it’s a word. no, really.).

[ Shapes | For You (card) / Signed.Sealed.Delivered. (envelope) / This+That: Spring (umbrella) ]


hello spring.

new subway art for the easter + springtime

March 19th, 2012|projects|

This post is short and sweet, but still got some goodies.

Here’s the new Easter Subway Art for your decor now that St. Patrick’s Day is over.

Price: $1

And after cutting out that lovely flowery branch yesterday from Loni’s new kit?
I just knew I needed to make this decor 3D, like this: 

And now, the three winners for the $25 gift cards:

LAURALEE L – MARCH 17, 2012 – 12:24 PM
I am blessed in so many ways! I am blessed by God for all that I have and am! For being a wee bit o Irish and my red headed husband too! For our loving family, friends, health and home! For the wonderful world of blogging and all of my crafting community of facebbook and internet friends! And I hope to be LUCKY {Blessed} to Win your giveaway too!! Happy St. Patricks Day Kerri!

PEGGY W. – MARCH 17, 2012 – 5:58 PM
I am more than lucky, I am blessed. I have the best family in the world. Who could ask for more? Except maybe to be picked in your giveaway. Thanks for the giveaway and for your great blog.

KATKAT – MARCH 18, 2012 – 8:10 PM
I feel blessed to have a loving boyfriend. He’s like an angel in my life :)

Congratulations ladies! Email me at kerribradford@msn.com and we’ll get y’all hooked up!

And I just have to say I sooooo enjoyed reading what you all were lucky/blessed with, especially you cancer survivors! Each time I read one I just wanted to say, ‘Right on! You go girl!’

If you haven’t read the comments in the previous, you should, they are so amazing.

it’s your LUCKY day!

March 17th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Do you have your GREEN on?

I think green is one of my favorite colors.
So maybe that must be one of the reasons why I loved Ireland so much?

It is, after all, known as the place of 40 shades of green.

Wanna see all my shades of green from our last trip there?
I put them all into a storyboard template from Storyboard #6.



I think that today would be a perfect day to put the storyboard templates on sale!

You can find all the storyboard photo templates under this link HERE.
Sale ends Sunday night.

And just when you didn’t think it could get any better? 
I just HAVE to do one of these today!

That’s right, just leave a comment in this post about why you are lucky
and I’ll draw THREE winners of a $25 gift card first thing Monday morning.

And on something LUCKY related, here’s a little clip of Jordan in the play ‘Lucky Stiff.’
She’s the old lady on the left in curlers.
And please excuse the not-so great recording. I need a new video recorder!
Anyone have one they really like? I’m open to suggestions. :)

p.s. i have had this song or the ‘nightmare’ version of it in my head for two weeks now.
p.p.s jordan went to home coming with the guy in the trench coat
and to sadies with the guy in the leather coat. should i be worried? ;)

[ this contest is now closed ]

recipe | rumbi rice bowls

March 16th, 2012|recipes|

Okay, I think this by far my most favorite thing I’ve made recently . . . and I made it twice last week! I got it from favfamilyrecipes.com.

Our family is kind of split on our feeling towards broccoli + zucchini, so I just put in a little of both. My favorite is the carrots and celery along with chicken+rice and that sauce! Yum! We also made our rice without beans. I dunno. That thought just seemed to ruin it for me. Also, after researching coconut milk, which really is good in the rice, I found out it’s not exactly the healthiest, so I informed my children that we won’t be eating our rice like that anymore. Maybe a treat a couple times a year. ;) Not to mention, it’s rather expensive.

Also, I doubled the recipe for our family and actually tripled the sauce recipe the second time we made it. Topping it with cashews is really yummy too!

Trust me on this folks, you won’t be disappointed with this one!

Oh and be sure to tune in tomorrow for St. Patrick’s Day. I’m feelin’ lucky….are you?

isn’t it just pretty??

Rumbi Rice Bowls

The Guts

1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
4 carrots, peeled and grated (I just used a bag of grated carrots)
3 celery stalks, washed and sliced
1 zucchini, chopped into small cubes
1 1/2 c. chopped broccoli florets
2 c. chicken, grilled and cut into small cubes 

—OR you can get the pre-cooked grilled chicken strips at Costco in the deli section. It comes in a 2-pack.. use one of the packages and cut up the chicken into little cubes.. just saute the chicken for a few minutes in a skillet before serving. We used the Tyson Chicken Chunks found in the frozen food section.

The Directions

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery, zucchini, and broccoli (pretty much equal parts of said vegetables.. you can add more or less veggies depending on your taste). Saute ONLY until vegetables are crisp tender. About 1-2 minutes tops. Serve over Rumbi rice and top with chicken. Serve with Spicy Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce on the side (about 3 Tbsp. per bowl.. you can add more or less depending on your taste).

The Hawaiian Rice

2 c. long grain white rice
2 1/2 c. water
1 (14oz) can coconut milk (about 1 1/2 c.)
1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 can red beans, drained and rinsed

Combine all ingredients in a rice cooker. Gently stir it all together so the beans are all mixed. Place the lid on and start the rice cooker. Fluff rice with a fork before serving.

If you don’t have a rice cooker… Combine water, coconut milk, and sugar in a saucepan. Stir in rice and beans. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 18 to 20 minutes, until rice is tender.

The Spicy Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce

3/4 c. Mr. Yoshida’s teriyaki sauce (found in the grocery store by the BBQ sauces)
1 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. chili garlic sauce (in the Asian section of the grocery store. we used the one in the clear plastic jar with the green lid — if you want to make it spicier, add more of this to the sauce. Uhhh, yeah, not our family…or I should say….me. i just used  about 3/4 t.)
1 tsp. fresh ginger
pinch of salt
pinch of brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. cold water

Combine Yoshida’s, soysauce, garlic sauce, ginger, salt, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Combine cornstarch and water and SLOWLY add to sauce for thickening. You want it to be slightly thicker than the Yoshida’s sauce. Allow to simmer for about a minute. Cool to room temperature and serve with your rice bowls. (If you find that the sauce is too thick when it cools, just add a little more Yoshida’s to it)

‘negative’ cards?

March 15th, 2012|cards, robyn werlich|

Ohhhhh no, it’s not what you think!

I love using negative space. It’s kind of like a ‘die cut’ way to emboss.
It just adds a whole other dimension to a project.

Take a look at Robyn’s cards:

[ Shapes | Signed.Sealed.Delivered. ]

Loooove how she added the sentiment right into the envelope!

Brilliant idea!

Aaaaand, she used my most favoritist (yeah, it’s a word) envelope!
The pull-tab adds so much fun to your ensemble.
And adding a stamped sentiment to the pull tab? Love it!

Here’s what Robyn has to say:

When Kerri came out with this fabulous card kit, I was just amazed! Pure genius! I love the idea of the little place to rip the cardstock to open up the envelope! So darling and what a fun thing for the person to open up!!

I wanted to use the envelopes as a part of my card – so I typed some words on the side of the envelope so that when it cut out and it was folded, it would show on the front. I layered cardstock behind each word to help them stand out. Such a fun way to add a saying to a card through an envelope! I glued each envelope on top of a standard card size piece of cardstock and put the note inside. Love the way this looks! So fun! Thanks Kerri for the great inspiration!

introducing: loni stevens

March 14th, 2012|loni stevens|

spring (n): a time of growth.

It’s springtime. The grass is getting green.
I’m seeing the early trees get their first hues of green.
It’s before 7 a.m. and I can hear birds chirping.

At this time . . . during this week . . . I can’t help but think of
my one little word for 2012.


I knew I picked that word for a reason.

First with teaching for that darling Miss Jessica Sprague
and now my little store has grown by one artist.

I’d like to introduce you to Loni Stevens:

I have known this lovely girl for probably ten years now.

We have worked together during the QVC days and then doing
the Creating Keepsakes’ Kit of the Month.

This girl is crazy talented! I loooove working with this girl.
And she’s a total sweetheart on top of all that!
(I know, shocker, right? ;) )

And when we do brainstorming sessions?
Oh boy. Watch out.
That’s one thing I miss terribly about not doing KOTM anymore.

But now, besides finding her amazing work in the Silhouette Online store,
you can find her here creating exclusive kits for KBS . . . 
and that includes all the usual assortment of file types!

And here is her first kit:

Price: $12

Amaaaaazing, wouldn’t ya say???
Perfect kit for spring!

I’m just beyond excited that we’re ‘together again!’
So let’s everyone give her a big ol’ welcome and leave her some love.

And now for the winners of the spots in my class?

JACQUELINE R – MARCH 12, 2012 – 9:10 AM
This is EXCITING news! There is so much I need to learn about my Silhouette!


MARY CAIN – MARCH 12, 2012 – 4:12 PM
I’m so glad you’re offering this class! I just got the Cameo – it’s my very first electronic cutter and I’ve still got machine anxiety. I’ve been watching tutorials here and there and trying to figure the software out, but it’s not the same as a structured class. I’m anxious to do one of your this and that printer tray projects, so hopefully the class will get me up to speed on the basics of using the software.
I’ve loved every Jessica Sprague class I’ve taken, and it’s awesome that you’re teaming up to do a class on her site. I hope there is an intermediate class in the works too

Congratulations ladies! Email at kerribradford@msn.com and I’ll get y’all hooked up!