the time is drawing near

May 31st, 2012|classes|

no pun intended. ;)

I can’t believe class starts on Monday! I’m just a little enthusiastic at the fun that you can have with Silhouette Studio’s Designer Edition. You’ll be able to ‘live’ that enthusiasm with me when you watch the videos. lol

We’ll be making some really cool things and I’ll teach ya how to use the rhinestone and sketch tools for something other than what they are intended for. Gotta love it when you can multi-purpose…well….anything!

The class is available to buy/watch forever and ever. It’s self-paced, so there’s no official ‘class time’ that you have to be there for, which is sweet. I love it because I was watching the videos on my iPad outside in the cool evening breeze. I just love listening to myself talk too….NOT! lol

And if you’re not a Facebook fan (uh, ya should be. ;) ), I posted a few of the freebies that I always do for each class. They are an exclusive set that comes with the class. Generally, it’s a $10 value, so add that to the five bucks you save if you sign up by the time class starts and  you’ve made yourself a pretty good bargain. If you’ve signed up, those endorphins should have been releasing nicely for ya because you got ‘a sale’. (Scientific fact: women release endorphins when getting a good deal. That’s why we feel so good when we shop. lol)

It’s not too late to save those few dollar. You can click HERE to sign up.

But if you missed the sneak peek, here they are.


I’ve been having fun with my iPad, by the way. Been using it with the Adobe Touch (scaled down AI) and Bamboo Apps. While I did have a tablet to draw with, it’s a few years old and I never could get it to really work well. I’ve done a few handwritten words or images here and there over the years, but it was always just too hard. But with my iPad….LOVE IT! Add the Adobe Cloud or just the fact that you can quickly email an image with the click of a button….sweet!

Yeah, so guess what you’ll be seeing more of from me in the near future. ;)

What I’m wondering is where the future will go with technology. If that little iPad is just on the brink of  greatness in the App world with photos and drawing…where will it be in the next five years…or year even.  I can’t wait!

 

every picture tells a story

May 30th, 2012|laura vegas, pages|

Ahhh . . .  something wonderful today from Little Miss Laura. :)

Check out these darling kids from her daycare!



[ Shapes | This+That: Freedom (sunburst) / Say What #2 (title)


Love how Laura used the square sunbursts as a mini color blocking accents on the page!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I had these photos of my daycare kids printed out, and as soon as I came across the “Every Photo Tells A Story” title from the Say What #2 kit, I knew it was perfect for this layout. I love using Kerri’s titles that have a mix of fonts, with a little bit of cursive mixed in. I think it adds so much interest to the titles. Because I was using square photos, I decided to use the sunburst shape from the This & That Freedom: Shapes Only kit, but in a small, compact size. By adding a quick embellishment to the centers of each sunburst, it made creating this layout super quick and easy.

hmmm….

May 24th, 2012|Uncategorized|

been collecting some cool titles over the past couple months.
(who am i kidding…i’m always collecting titles.)

i feel like a new ‘say what’ kit might be in the near future.

felt compelled to make a saying yesterday.

wanna peek? :)


capitol reef: star trails

May 23rd, 2012|photography|

One of the really great things about going on a photography excursion is
that you get to try things you’ve never done before….

….like this:

This is a star trail. And while I’ve seen them going across the sky before, I’ve never seen it going around in circles. It’s a bit trippy. Kind of blows your mind just a bit. You can see just a blip of mountain down there in the right corner. I think it was about 11:00 at night when I took this. What you do is focus your camera on the North Star and leave your shutter open for 30 minutes, give or take. It seems really weird to think we’re going around in circles like that. I mean, I know we’re on an axis and spinning and all that, but to see it represented this way? Sooooo weird!

Kind of looks like a vortex of some kind.

I had used my 50mm lens on this at the recommendation of the teacher–because it is the better lens of the two that I had–but I wished I’d have used my 28-135 instead so I could have gotten more of the  mountain in there as a reference point–I would have gotten more sky too. Kass used her wide angle and it looked really cool with the mountain in there. You’d have thought it was daylight, that’s how much detail was there.

And I’m fascinated about the different colors of stars there.

Pretty crazy, right?

and the winners of the DE1 class are…

May 22nd, 2012|Uncategorized|

I love that y’all are as excited about this class as I am! Got some cool tricks to show ya and just can’t wait!

Here’s the randomly drawn winners for the Designer Edition 1 class!

STEPHG. – MAY 21, 2012 – 8:21 AM
Kerri, I tool your first Silhouette class and loved it. I’m excited about this class too. I’m Stephanie from Florida. Thanks for a chance to win!

and

SANDRA N, – MAY 21, 2012 – 7:12 PM
Would luv to win a spot in this class … learned SO much from the first 2! Thanks for the giveaway and all the inspiration Kerri!!!


Congratulations ladies! Email me at kerribradford@msn.com with your login name for jessicasprague.com and I’ll get y’all hooked up!





And on one other note, I’m happy to be wrapping this next class up here shortly so I can get back to designing some kits! I know there’s been quite a few that have expressed they’ve missed having regular kits available. I just had a lot of class stuff back-to-back, but hopefully now I’ll be able to work it all in together. :)

I have soooo many things on my list that I want to create! I’ve missed it.

Soon, very soon! :)

by popular demand…

May 21st, 2012|classes|

…introducing the new Silhouette Studio Designer Edition class!

I would have to say that since I started teaching Silhouette classes
that this is by far the most requested item I hear about.

And now?

It’s here!

We’ll be learning allllll sorts of cool tips and tricks with this baby!

Not only will we be diving into what’s new and the added features,
but I’ll show you how to use some of  them beyond what they are really intended for.

so.cool.

I’m constantly amazed at what Studio + now the Designer Edition can do!

We’ll talk about the more extensive Eraser+Knife tools as well as the new Shear tool.

I’ll show you how to work with the Rhinestone + Sketch tools and how to use them in other ways.
(please note: you don’t have to have these items to do the class)

The Fill Pattern feature?
Yeah. Three words:
Great Googlie Mooglie!

It’s gonna knock your socks off.

And, of course, we can’t forget the ever popular importing of the SVGs!

The class is normally $30, but it’s at the Intro price of $25…
so you save $5 if you sign up before the class ends the first week.

To register, click HERE.

There is a highly suggested prerequisite. Because all classes build off one another, you should 
have at least taken the Silhouette 2 class (Oh The Places You’ll Go).
I would highly recommend taking both 1+2 though, if you haven’t taken any.
Sooooo many people have said that they thought they knew Silhouette and still learned
a lot…even in the first class.

So now would be the time to catch up on those–before DE1 starts!

It’s self-paced so you can sign up now and watch them whenever it fits your schedule.
I know there’s a lot of the end-of-the-school-year festivities going on right now.

Class starts June 4.

If you haven’t purchased the Designer Edition, there’s THIS thread going on
over at Two Peas about how you can get a discount. But you need to move fast on that!
I will always keep an eye out for any discounts that I might find. But you could still sign up and
watch+learn (to save ya the $5) until you purchase  your own DE license key…if’n ya want to wait
for a discount on the program. It’s normally $50.



And now, what would be an introduction of a new class without having one of these?


That’s right baby!

I’m giving away TWO spots to my new class!


To enter, just leave a comment here in this post with your name and where you’re from
and I’ll draw the two winners tomorrow!

(and you may want to check out Facebook too. ;) )

k. I’m just really excited about this class!
(i think i say that about every class….lol)


[ this contest is now closed ]

busy.busy.

May 16th, 2012|Uncategorized|

I’m in my little workshop again.

Designing a new edition of my Silhouette classes (wink wink).

So whilst I’m doing that, I thought I might share this
panoramic view of Capitol Reef.

This is three photos in one–that’s how massive that landscape is.
yeah. breathtaking.

for the grad

May 15th, 2012|cards, nichol magouirk|

It’s kind of crazy to think this time next year I’ll be having my very last grad in the house–and I’m reminded of it frequently. Jordan’s just finishing her junior year and is already heavily involved in her senior year….already! She’s the president of her school’s service group. She’s getting ready to gear up for all her musicals–for which we find out what they are here soon. And she just brought home papers last night for next year’s choir tour–for which they are going to NYC and singing in Carnegie Hall (among other places), doing workshops–including a Broadway one, seeing Wicked, and all the other fun NYC places. What a trip! If I go as a chaperone, I will have seen just one ‘official’ Broadway play three times. I saw Wicked on Broadway when Megan Hilty (Smash) was Glinda–she was fabulous! And I saw Wicked in London. If I go as a chaperone/tour photographer, I will make it a nice even three. ;) We’ll see if they need me though.

Anyway, all I can say is time flies!

So, do you have any grads in your life this year?
Family? Friends? Neighbors?
Need a fabulous card idea?
How ’bout these babies from Nichol!
Just tuck a little cash in there and you’ll be the grad’s new best friend. ;)



[ Shapes | Graduation (cap+’class of’) / This+That: Freedom (banner) ]


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

It’s that time of year again where I have several graduation announcements that I need cards for. I love that with the Graduation Kit you can customize graduation cards for the recipient by the year of graduation! I also like to match the colors of my cards to the school colors for the graduate.


love these.


And if you haven’t seen the Graduation kit in a while, here’s a little refresher about all the fun goodies in that kit! Lots of great titles for cards and pages. And there are a whole bunch of years so that  you can use it before or after our current time too. :)



And I just wanted to say thanks for all your mother’s day wishes and kind words. 
I hope you all had a wonderful day too! :)

love you mom.

May 12th, 2012|freebies|

I have to admit.

Even though it’s been almost eight years since my mom passed away,
it still seems weird that she’s not around.

There’s many-a times when something happens in my little family’s life, I think,
‘My mom would have gotten a kick out of this.’

Eight years and I’m still thinking how what happens in my life
would affect her life.

I guess it doesn’t matter how long it’s been,
it’s just something instinctive…innate, maybe.

Wish she could have been around for the big digital age of cameras.
She would have loved that…no printing to see your results.
And she could have seen her results on a big ol’ tv.
She would have loved that.

Anyway, I know she’s up there somewhere watching over us,
so I just wanna say…

love you mom.

miss ya.


Which brings me to today’s freebie…in both US and UK styles. :)

[ Comes in SVG/STUDIO/AIv8/DXF/PNG ]


To download this free file, click HERE.


To download this free file, click HERE.



I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
Happy Mother’s day!

more subway art for you!

May 9th, 2012|digital kits|

Been busy getting the Subway Art up to date on the upcoming holidays.

Check these out for Graduation and Mother’s Day!
Both are just $1.

[ Comes in PNG as well as SVG/STUDIO/DXF/AIv8 ]


[ Comes in PNG as well as SVG/STUDIO/DXF/AIv8 ]


But wait . . . there’s more!

You can now buy these eight holiday subway art images–including the new Family one–in a specialty pack for just $5.50.

Price: $5.50

This would make an amaaazing Mother’s Day gift! I plan on getting laser jet transparencies–so they are totally clear–and then cut out the titles in vinyl, put them on the transparency, and put the first one into a glass frame (the rest into a folder). This way you can have the illusion of putting ‘vinyl on glass’, but yet you can easily swap out the holiday each month without going to all the work of putting vinyl on and taking it off the glass. What a pain that would be. :) I think I’ll tie up a cute ribbon with it too–probably on the side.

Or, just have a simple black frame that you can swap out the color photo printed versions (they are 8×10).

OH! And I found these really cool clips to hold/hang frames at Crate+Barrel today. Looove these!
They just had individual clips to buy.

so.fun.