a special surprise . . . and giveaway!

July 31st, 2012|Uncategorized|

Ever since I started teaching Silhouette classes on JessicaSprague.com, one of the biggest questions I get is, ‘Will you ever offer the extra shapes that you make for the class available on your website?’

This question has plagued me for some time.
I’ve pondered and pondered . . . and then pondered some more.

These are perks for taking the class.
They are free . . . just for fun.

But there are many people that either know Studio pretty darn well or they use other cutters and therefore, don’t need to take the class, but would love those fun extras.

I try to maintain an ‘equal opportunity’ status on my site because I like for everyone to have a chance to play.

That’s why I’ve decided to offer the extra shapes from the Silhouette #2 class (Oh The Places You’ll Go) and the Designer Edition class for this week only. Then they’ll go back into the vault and may come out on another special occasion. But who knows when that will be.

So, if you’ve been a-wantin’ either set of these shapes,
you’d best be gettin’ them now!

And you might want to spread the word, because it will be a while before they are offered again.
Just givin’ fair warning. ;)

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Price $10.69 *

*Now, that may seem like a funny price. Technically these aren’t suppose to be ‘on sale’. But due to the nature of the style of the sale going on this week, I’m pricing these at $10.69 so that when you apply the sale code, it will make it as close to the ‘regular’ price as possible–which makes it $8.01 .

Make sense? :)

And if you didn’t see that card Shari Carroll made a month or two ago with these shapes . . .
here’s a wee refresher.

looooove it!

These two kits go back into the vault when the week is over . . . so don’t forget!

And now, how’s about a giveaway!

That’s right. Uh huh.

I’m giving away a class of your choice to three people!

To be entered, just leave a comment with your name and where you’re from!
Anyone, anywhere can win!

I will draw winners tomorrow morning.

look who’s turning two!

July 30th, 2012|nichol magouirk, pages|

August 4, 2010 was a very interesting day.

If I go back and look at that post, there was a lot of electricity in the air,
both literally and figuratively.

We’d had a lightening storm that killed two of our televisions.
Quite an awakening at 5 a.m.

It was also the day I decided to give a simple little business idea a whirl.

It’s funny how life happens.

You know in your heart you’re suppose to be doing the ‘right’ thing, and you hope and pray that decisions you make–or decisions that are made for you–turn out  the way they are suppose to. You may not have the full vision of things to come, but you know that because you are doing what’s right, that you will be taken care of.

It’s not always the easiest of roads either.

But you stick to it. You come together closer as a family. And somehow things just work out.

That’s where I am at today.

I am beyond thrilled that I have been fortunate enough to do what I do.

I love being creative.

I love connecting with all of you all of the world.

Sometimes I can’t believe that things work out the way they do.

You see that  tiny glimmer of light way off in the distance, but until it comes in closer and closer,
you can’t even fathom how bright and fabulous it can be.

And I don’t take any of it for granted.


And those of you that follow me know just how much you all mean to me and how much you affect my life and what I do. And you know that I love to show just how much I appreciate all of your support and friendships.

Today is no exception.

Or I should say, this week is no exception.

In my world, birthdays usually last week.

So I hope you’ll have fun this week with a little bit of this!

There’s going to be much celebrating going on this week leading up to August 4,
’cause that’s just how I roll.

So how ’bout we have a sale this week!

That’s right.

You know I like to party right. :)

Use the code:


and save 25% on orders over $15!


And what would a party be without some favors . . . design team favors!

Look at this delicious goodness that our dear Miss Nichol made.
 I thought it was a great way to start of the celebratory week. :)

[ Shapes | Say What #1 (‘everything’ quote) / This+That: Christmas (stack of presents) / Here Comes Santa Claus (present) / This+That: Love (cake stand + cupcake) / This+That: Lucky (banners) / Monthlies (‘november’) / Simplicities: The Best Thing Ever (tab) / Storyboard #6 / December Additions: The Dailies (#14) / Decade 2000 (2008) / This+That: Family (star + 3)

Okay, so maybe this is my birthday present. :)

This girl has such a talent for combining so many things.
You just have to look at all those amazing details.

Love the banner.
And that tiny little date?

adore it all.

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I thought since we’re celebrating Kerri’s 2nd birthday celebration it would be fun to see what kind of birthday-themed layout I could come up with for the big event! I had so much fun gathering die cut shapes together that weren’t necessarily intended for a birthday page, but that worked perfectly, to create a collage of accents for this layout showcasing photos from my youngest son’s 3rd birthday!

Happy Birthday Kerri Bradford Studio! I wish you many, many, many years of success! p.s. please keep your fabulous kits and designs coming! xo

love you nichol! :)

pack your bags

July 27th, 2012|digital shapes|

Oh boy.

I’m tellin’ ya. This is what I want to do like crazy!

Soon. Hopefully soon.

And when I do, you can bet your sweet bippy I’ll be making some fabulous stuff with these fun new words!
I’ve got some ideas in my head . . .

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Price: $8

This baby is jam-packed with little word goodies and arrows. 
And you know me and variety . . . got a few of those goin’ on in there too.

And you can also use them for other things than travel.
I love being versatile as well as varietable (yeah, it’s a word). :)

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend!
I’ve got family coming here just shortly and we’re all really excited!

my new vintage fave

July 25th, 2012|photography|

Been editing photos for my nephew’s wedding coming up soon.

Serendipitied across this combination of Lightroom Presets.
Presets are like Actions for Lightroom.
(LR Presets from MCP Actions)

Loved the way the way they transitioned this photo.

And with Preset names like Waffle Cone and Toasted Marshmallow,
how can it just not look scrumptious?

They worked perfectly for this photo shoot.

Loving learning about what Lightroom can do.
But the hard part about learning a new program is the time it takes.
However, by learning it, it will cut down on editing time in the long run.

Ohhh the paradox of it all.

more laura loveliness

July 24th, 2012|laura vegas, pages|

As promised, here’s another lovely goody from Miss Laura!
(this is the page that she refers to in yesterday’s post.)

[ Shapes | Picture That: Squared / All About You (title) / XOXO (hearts / Life Additions: Backgrounds ]

So really take a good look at that page. Laura does a fabulous job at mixing patterns–in both design and texture. Notice how she mixed the solid dots and the open circles backgrounds from the Life Additions kit with embossed cardstock, patterned papers and borders. Great combination!

I also love how she added a ripped journaling piece over the large square of the photo template.

mmmm….eye candy.

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I wanted to use one of Kerri’s storyboard templates for my photo collage, but didn’t have quite enough photos to fill up the spaces on the one I choose to use. I played around with the layers, deleting one of the openings, and making two of the openings a bit larger to fill that empty space in. For the upper left corner photo, I wasn’t happy with the crop on it, if I had used the entire large opening. So I adjusted the photo to how I liked it, leaving a bit of empty space in that opening. I then printed out my journaling on a piece of graph patterned paper, and adhered it over the empty space next to the photo. I also wanted to add a little interest to my pattern papers on the layout, so I used a few background shapes with circles (I’m slightly addicted to circles these days ;)). Since my collage was being adhered over the strips of pattern paper, I only needed to cut a small strip of paper to go on either side of the photo collage. The Life Additions: Background kit worked perfectly for this, with the small sized background pieces.

so happy

July 23rd, 2012|cards, laura vegas|

So . . . just popping in real quick with a little share from Miss Laura.

Loooove this card!
And it’s so appropriately titled after the family reunion weekend I had.

That was me . . . so happy. :)
(and the card makes me so happy!)
I will post some photos and share some details of my weekend soon.
But in the meantime, feast your eyes on this darling card!


[ Shapes | Life Additions: Backgrounds (circles) / XOXO (hearts) / Say What 3 (‘happy’) ]

Here’s what Laura has to say:

I had some leftover hearts cut from my previous layout, and thought I would create a quick card to use them up. I had also cut the word “Happy” for another project, and didn’t end up using it. It just happened to be the perfect width for the front of a card. I love happy coincidences! I thought the colors of my sentiment and hearts looked great against a white card base, but wanted to add a bit more interest to it. So I cut a few of the circle backgrounds from the Life Additions: Backgrounds kit, and spritzed them with a bit of pink misting spray. I added a few rows of random machine stitching, before layering all of my cut pieces on the card. A few tiny alpha stickers helped complete my sentiment.

And be sure to check back for the ‘previous layout’ that Laura talks about with this card!

christmas in july

July 18th, 2012|nichol magouirk, pages|

Ho ho hoooooo!!!
It’s Christmas in July with that Miss Nichol!

She’s at it again!
Check out this amazing page she did to showcase all the Christmas photos she gets each year.

[ Shapes | This+That: Winter (ice skates + sled) / This+That: Family (frame + sign post) / This+That: Christmas Past (long ornament) / Here Comes Santa Claus (‘santa parking’ sign) / Christmas Countdown (ornament)

I just looooove how Nichol ‘sets the scene’.
She does it well . . . very well. :)

And I adore the laced up skates!

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Even though the temperature is 103 degrees this July day, I thought it would be fun to dream of cooler temperatures and celebrate the holidays by creating a little “Christmas in July” layout. I keep an album of all the Christmas photo cards we receive during the holiday season and I still had a few photos that needed a home. Typically I add the names of who’s who in each photo (and I will this time too!) but I ran into a bit of a printer malfunction (aka I ran out of ink and had to order more…boo!). Once I print the names on kraft cardstock, I’ll cut them into strips and lay them over the bottom of each coordinating photo. Nothing fancy, just a nice way to remember and celebrate friends and family every year!

I adore creating die cut “scenes” by mixing and matching shapes from several different kits. I used 8 designs from 5 of Kerri’s kits. I used the photo frame from the This & That Family kit as the “base” of my “scene” by resizing it big. Then I cut the pieces from lots of different Christmas colored papers and added a black die cut “shadow” to each for depth and dimension. Shadowing is my “go-to” technique for giving die cuts that little something extra that really makes them the star of the design. :) To give the ice skates a more realistic look I threaded string through the die cut holes and “laced them up”. Small touches like this really take your die cuts up a notch. White Studio Calico Mister Huey mist on the sign gives it a “snow” look perfect for a winter-themed layout.

If you’d like to see the other layouts in my Christmas Cards from Friends and Family album, click HERE (scroll down for all the page links). I used one of Kerri’s titles on THIS page as well. So versatile and fun!

i love white

July 17th, 2012|pages|

Going through some things . . . here and there — computer, cleaning office . . . all that.

Came across these pages that I’ve done over the past two or three years.


It’s my fave.

Thought I might share a few favorite ‘white’  blasts from my past today.

[ the text is blurred on account-a it’s personal. :) ]

a dog’s life

July 14th, 2012|digital shapes|

For 20+ years we went through life without a pet.

Well, we had an occasional fish or hermit crab given to us, but can you really call that a pet?

The deal was, the kids had to keep their room clean for six months in order to prove they could handle having a dog. Heck, I probably would have settled for six weeks!

Alas, no one could achieve this goal.
And no matter what amount of begging and pleading and bargaining occurred,
the answer was always ‘no’.

Well, about three years ago, while on the family farm, my niece decided that we all needed to raise
a kitten and turn them into farm cats and we wound up with Sam.

Sam is a big fat chicken and barely goes outside, much less turn into a farm animal.
He would die for sure.

(This is Sam taking advantage that the dog now had to start going back outside since spring had arrived. We could finally find him in his usual places for sleeping…on the furniture, on the floor, on the bean bag. He felt like king of his castle again. In other words, they really don’t get along.)

Then two years ago, while on the family farm . . .again, a sweet and lovable stray dog that found his way there, did not move on like most animals do. He was limping and super skinny and because we did not want to risk him getting put to sleep if taken to the shelter, we brought him home.

My kids still say, ‘It’s still so weird that after all this time, we have animals.’

Yeah. I agree.

I love our dog, but I’m definitely more of a cat person.
The dog is suppose to go with whoever moves out . . . whenever that happens. ;)

So, a dog (and a cat) kit has been on my to-do list for quite some time.
Not to mention I’ve gotten it requested many-a times. :)

So now, I present to you, It’s A Dog’s Life.


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Price: $9


This baby is jam-packed with doggy goodness!
Something for all those memories of your dog, for sure!

 There are 14 unique concepts there with a twist or two on a few of them.
‘Cause y’all know how I love variety. 
So when all is said and done, there’s 19 doggie delights for just $9.

And believe me when I say, I could have gone on and on, but had to stop somewhere.

Okay. I’ve been a good girl. I think I need a ‘treat’ now. :)

a delightful evening

July 13th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Last night, the girls and I went to see Singin’ In The Rain. A one-night special event to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the movie. We were thrilled when we saw the ad for it when we went to see The Avengers. Otherwise, we probably wouldn’t have known.

All I can say is . . . what a treat.

Makes me want to see more and more classics in the theater. We started naming off a few that we’d like to see–West Side Story, the one Jordan mentioned, would be really cool to see. I don’t necessarily like all the numbers, but it sure has some amaaaazing ones! I can remember seeing The Sound Of Music in the theater when I was a kid–for what I believe would have been a 10th anniversary special. That’s a good one on the big screen too.

Not only was it just fun to see Singin’ In The Rain  on the big screen . . . and hear some interviews and behind-the-scenes, but it was wonderful to see it with an audience.

The laughter.

The applause after the big numbers.

The excitement at seeing something with others who love a good wholesome musical too.

Something that you can see with your kids and know that you don’t have to worry about the one f-word that they feel compelled to throw into a PG-13 movie. Why do they have to do that?

The Golden Era for sure.

I love a good musical. My girls do too.

If you ever have the opportunity to do something like that, I highly recommend it. :)