a little video

December 31st, 2012|classes|

So, I made this video for the first installment of The History Project. But the more I thought about it, the more I thought I should share it with everyone. I thought perhaps it might give some insight or encouragement for those of you sitting on the fence about this class.

In other words, it’s a little sneak peek into the class. :)

(FYI: I’m having problems emailing, so all the class details will be coming soon. I apologize for the wait.)

the end of the year is almost here!

December 28th, 2012|Uncategorized|

I can’t believe that we are just three days away from a brand new year. I kind of get giddy at thinking about starting a new year. New resolutions. New plans. New ideas.

Everything is new.

I’m excited for 2013 . . . not that I want it to go fast or anything. Time flies fast enough as it is. But there’s some fun things already that I’m personally looking forward too. My brand new History Project class starts Monday. New Silhouette classes are surely a must. I’m going to CHA for a day in a couple weeks. My husband and I celebrate 25 years of marriage in February. We’re going to NYC this spring to see Jordan sing in Carnegie Hall. Jordan graduates in May.  Well, by golly, there seems to be half the year already. ;)

Guess there’s not a whole lot I can do about time flying . . . it’s going to do it regardless of whether I want it to or not.

This past year my ‘one little word’ was grow. That was such an appropriate word for me. I didn’t even know at the time just how much that applied to my life and my work at the time.

I have a great word for the new year–in typical KB fashion. I’ll be sharing that on January 1.  :)


But there are a few goodies that you may want to take advantage of before this year ends!

If you haven’t heard about this yet, all the details are HERE.

You can save $5 on signing up before January 1. Class officially starts on Monday (Dec 31), but you can join in at any time. It’s regularly priced at $52 (a dollar a week).

And if you missed the sneak peek at the first lesson on Facebook yesterday?
Here it is, just in case. :)



If you got yourself a brand new Cameo/Portrait or maybe you’ve been wanting to get the most out of your little baby, but just haven’t done it yet?, Now is a great time to get classes on jessicasprague.com!

If you’ve never taken any classes, I might recommend taking Silhouette 1+2 (top 2) for only $39.20 for both. You’re saving $5 with the bundle and right now--through the end of the year–classes are 20% off (=39.20). Hello!

And that Just Add Color class? It’s a pretty awesome little class (if I do say so myself). You learn a lot about using color and the Silhouette color tools, so it’s pretty nifty.

You can see all the classes–and more–at JS.com HERE.


Well, that about sums it up for me today. :)

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Merry Christmas to all….

December 24th, 2012|nichol magouirk, pages|

Well, it’s Christmas Eve day in a good chunk of the world today.

And something that seems somewhat of a rarity ’round these parts at Christmas time has taken a turn for the good today . . . that would be SNOW! Big ol’ white fluffy flakes of wintery goodness.

Seems like we haven’t had much of it on Christmas and today it’s just a-dumpin’!

Been out driving in it too and it’s been absolutely glorious!

Kept saying to my hubby, ”I’m so happy!”

I’m tellin’ ya, it’s been rare to get a snow storm on Christmas . . . the one day your really want it.

So now I leave you to enjoy your holidays with this page from Nichol. With Santa coming tonight and all, I thought it a very fitting page to share on this Christmas Eve day.






[ ShapesLetters To Santa (mailbox & title) / Star Background (12×12) / PenguinA Dog’s Life (fire hydrant) / This & That: Winter (sled, stocking hat, envelope) / December Addtions: The Extras (Santa envelope) / This & That: Christmas (Santa hat, stack of gifts) / Christmas Countdown (bird) / Here Comes Santa Claus (hanging star) / Snapshots #1 (photo strip)

Oh my gosh! How stinkin’ cute is this???
Eye candy, I tell ya! Eye candy!

I wanna know where this girl’s mind goes at night.
She must have visions of storybooks dancing in her heads or somethin’.

Then penguins and the hats are killin’ me!

 Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I thought it would be fun to cut multiple penguins (one to represent each of my kids) and create a die cut scene of the penguins taking their letters to Santa to the mailbox! I included the awesome new star background to add interest to my page. The envelope pocket was perfect for including my children’s letters to santa. I’m able to “hide” them but still access them at some point. It will be fun to look back at these someday!



I’ll be checking back in with you later in the week.

I hope you all have a Merry Christmas,
Happy Hanukkah and all that good stuff!

 xoxoxo,

12 Days of Christmas: Day 12

December 22nd, 2012|digital shapes|


This is it folks. The very last day. I have to say, this has been one of the most fun times I’ve had here at KBS. Our own little two-week long Christmas party–great company, great conversation, all we needed was a little eggnog.

Thank you all so much for coming ’round these parts and making this Christmas season very merry+bright!

And now, I leave you with one last freebie. It just didn’t seem appropriate to not have one Christmas tree in the mix. So that’s what is up for grabs today and tomorrow.

I kind-a liked the long and skinny version. I even messed with stretching it taller (but not too far) and it looked pretty fun. It’d be awesome going up the side of your page!

 

To download it for free until Monday morning, click HERE.

 

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can purchase it in the store.

And now.

What should we put on sale for today?

How’s about this one . . . it’s always been one of my faves.


It’s normally $9, but it’s on sale for half off–making it just $4.50–until Monday morning.

To purchase, click the image or click HERE.


man . . . as I’m writing this I keep feeling like i’m saying goodbye to all my  company at the end of the party.



And now, the last big fun thing for our little party.

If you are a fan of my Facebook page, you already know this baby is up!

A little somethin’ somethin’ for all your Project Life crafts perhaps?


I am so excited about this kit! Love the frames. You can put them over a title card or a photo . . . or even turn them vertically and use them if your photo pockets are obligin’. Lots of fun extra words to mix and match and just have a grand ol’ time!

Yeah . . . . some fun to be had there!

To check it out in the store, click the image above or click HERE.


Well, I guess that about wraps it up folks!
(And no, I did not mean that to be a pun in any way.)

It really has been such a fun past couple weeks!

Now we are all going to focus on our families over the next few days, get stuffed, and get stuffed some more. You know me, I’m all about the food. Of course, I do have one other page to share on Monday from Miss Nichol, so you’ll want to be sure to check in on that when ya gotta a couple minutes between parties, Santa visits, and dreaming of sugarplums dancing in your heads.

Oh and don’t forget, this class brand new class that’s available here on my site!

If this is the first time you’re hearing about it, you’ll want to check out all the details HERE. Additionally, it’s on sale until class starts, which is December 31. So maybe when you can breathe after the 25th, check it out. It’s going to be a fantastic heirloom for you. Truly. I’m very excited about it!

12 Days of Christmas: Day 11

December 21st, 2012|projects, robyn werlich|

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love gave to me . . . 11 pipers piping . . . Okay, that one isn’t too bad. If you ask my girls–who just went to see The Nutcracker ballet this past weekend because they’d never been–they’d prefer not to see any ‘lords a-leaping’ in tights. Jordan asked if the men could wear shorts.

Enough said.

We’re getting down to the wire folks! Christmas is soooo around the corner!

Need a fabulous last minute neighbor gift idea?
Check out these cute little subway art gifts that Robyn made!


[ Subway Art: Christmas ]


That is such a cute idea! I love it!

Here’s what Robyn has to say:

I have always loved Kerri’s Subway art! She just does it perfectly, every time! I thought it would be fun to spread that love to my neighbors by printing off a red and black version and putting them in this two-sided frame from Ikea (so they can choose which side to display in their homes). The frames are a great price for neighbor gifts and by adding some holiday twine and cute tags – they were perfect. 

Now here’s a little phrase that our Miss Naomi was wanting.
I’m always happy to oblige, particularly when it comes to words.
They are my fave. :)


To download this for free–today only–click HERE.

This kit is no longer available for free, but you can purchase it HERE.




 So, I’ve heard the world may be ending today. So this may be  our very last year here on earth. Might be something we should scrap about. So this may be your last opportunity to take advantage of this kit. :)


To get this for half off (no we are not having a fire sale ;))–just $4–click HERE.

This is no longer available on sale.


Later y’all! It’s been nice knowin’ ya.
If we all wake up Saturday, then I’ll be back for sure. ;)

12 Days of Christmas: Day 10

December 20th, 2012|nichol magouirk, projects|

I can’t believe we are winding down! I mean, I wrote that ‘Day 10’ and it just kind of blew my mind that after today there are just two days left! That’s just crazy, I tell ya! Oh but wait, there’s only four more shopping days until Christmas . . . how does that grab ya? ;)


Got some socks on? Are you ready to have them knocked off? Because when I saw these goooorgeous ornaments from Nichol, it seriously knocked my socks off!









[ Shapes | This+That: Christmas Past (ornament) / Christmas Countdown (ornament) / Here Comes Santa Claus (snowflake) / Holly Jolly Christmas (snowflake) ]

Okay, say it with me . . . WOW! I keep looking at those and I’m seeing some shapes, but good grief, I can’t tell just what she did! lol I think we need to be checking HER BLOG for all the detailed instructions on this.

wow.

Yeah.

I think that just sums it up.

Here’s some things Nichol has to say about it:

These ornaments were inspired by the paper stamped ornament on the front of the Stampin’ Up Seasonal Holiday Catalog this year. Only instead of stamping my ornaments, I used die cut ornament designs from Kerri’s kits to create the base layer and dimensional pieces for my ornaments. I also die cut snowflakes from American Crafts Glitter WOW paper (which cuts like butter!) and layered them in the center of the design for some glitz and shimmer. These ornaments were a great way to use up some of those bulky dimensional items that I have in my craft supply that I love but don’t often use on my layouts. Plus, I added a couple of beautiful ornaments to my collection this year! So fun!

[ still in wow mode. . .]



Well. With something like that, we just gotta put one of those kits on sale, do we not?

Yes we shall!

So for today only, this is on sale for half off. Just $5.


To purchase it, click HERE.

This kit is no longer available on sale.




 Today’s freebie comes from the wishings and wantings of Miss Laura. She thought it would be lovely to have some little banner shapes to make a very merry accent or home decor piece. I, of course, just had to have the word ‘believe’ as a little extra something to ‘hang’ them from. :)


To download it for free–today only–click HERE.

This is no longer available as a free shape, but you can purchase it HERE.

12 Days of Christmas: Day 9

December 19th, 2012|classes|


Wow. Wow. Wow! Do I have a day for you!
Some exciting news to announce today, but first let’s get to the regular 12 Days goodies.


Today’s idea comes from Miss Robyn. She wanted this song written,
and so I did it in the usual KB style and put it in Subway Art form!


Print it as an 8×10, place it in a frame and give it as a gift. Or, print it small and put it in your December Daily.
Lots of great places to use it!

 

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can purchase it in the store.

I included cut files with this, but more than likely you’ll want to just print the PNG file on this freebie.



So, I’m thinking there are going to be many of you working on your December Daily or your Project Life or maybe you still haven’t sent off that photo card (like me!) or maybe you’re simply going to want to add more photos to your page.

Yeah.

That’s what I’m thinkin’.

So why not put this little guy on sale!


To download it for half off–just $5 today only–click HERE.

 


Okay, you have no idea just how hard it’s been for me to stay quiet about this next item
because I’m just that excited!

I have been really passionate about this subject for a while and now I’m bringing it to you in the form of a class right here on my site.

Introducing . . .


I can’t tell you just how excited I am about this class!

It has been something stirring in my mind for quite some time–one of those thing I always think. “I need to do this someday…”

Well, NOW is the time.


What is The History Project?

We are the storytellers. We tell the story of our lives. We are all at different places in recording our current lives, some of us have been doing it for a few years and some of us may have been doing it for a few months. But generally speaking, we are in the process of recording our life as it happens now, which is great!

But what about your story? What about the things that happened to you as a child or as a teenager?

We never seem to have time to write these stories down because we are busy scrapping more current events.

We all have a different story. Different ways of growing up. Different family situations. Mine is very unique as compared to even my own children that have lived in the same house their whole lives.

Your story is important. Your story is interesting. Your story needs to be recorded simply and efficiently, without spending all the time worrying about product and laying out pages and finding photos like you do when scrapping. It’s all about the stories, not the foo foo.

It’s all about your history.


Why do The History Project?

Let me share a couple of personal examples with you.

My mom passed away at age 65 due to a series of strokes. Much too early, if you ask me. She shared stories here and there of her life, but do I remember them? Not very many. Did she write them down? No. Those stories are now gone with her. I am sad about that. We have boxes and boxes of stuff that we’ve gone through–tiny little reminders of who she was and what she liked, but no personal stories behind those items. I’m really sad about that.

want  my kids to know those stories about me. I don’t want them to be left with nothing that says who I am or how I became who I am.

I think one of my most treasured things I have is a list of different stories from my dad. I had a ‘family tree’ assignment for Creating Keepsakes several years ago and I thought it would be fun to have the grandparents and parents share their lives at the same age as my 8 year old son. Now, I basically grew up without my dad in the home because my parents divorced when I was nine. I didn’t get to hear those random stories about childhood like my kids do. So when I got a handful pages of different stories from his childhood? I was in heaven. It is pure gold. On top of that, we got to go with him to his childhood hometown, Sheridan Wyoming, for his 55th high school reunion. My sister brought a tape recorder so we could record the flood of memories that came from being there. Again….gold.

So what will we leave behind for our children? Yes, many of us make scrapbooks and maybe even keep journals, but I didn’t necessarily scrapbook or journal when I was nine….did you? And what we think now can be different than what we thought then. Perspective and all.

The important thing is to write it down.
And that’s what this class is all about. Getting those memories down on paper in a fun and unique way.

I want to help you gather those moments in time and collect them in a book. A book that’s all your own, to design how you want to do it. There is no rhyme or reason, only a starting point with a subject and ideas each week. It’s all about letting those thoughts flow. Freedom to express what’s only been in your head.

We will be doing this on a weekly basis so that it will always be in the forefront of your mind. It will help you to complete your project within a year. And if you get behind a week? There’s no worry because this is not a chronological memory book.

By doing this together we support each other. We give each other that drive to leave something of you behind.


What you get in the class each week? (52 weeks total)

  • You’ll receive a PDF by email with all the journaling prompts and tips on how to journal the subject for that week. Sometimes I’ll even suggest a photo or ephemera idea to include. All this will be in the PDF to make those ideas and thoughts flow easily into your journal. FYI: The email used will be your PayPal email unless otherwise noted.
  • Additionally the PDF will include my own page examples so you have a base to start with.
  • You’ll receive an exclusive KB-designed graphic element to add visual interest to your journal. Like I said previously, this isn’t about the foo foo, however, I do like a little visual interest. :) But that can be done in a simple fashion.

This graphic element may be a cuttable word image or a cute little decorative card or whatever. Please note, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE A CUTTER to do this project. Anything that can be cut can also be printed onto transparency or paper using the PNG version and included in your entry.


What is the cost of the class?

$52. That’s $1 a week for the whole 2013 year for the PDF and graphic element. More than anything, I wanted this class to be affordable, easy, and fun with a little visual goodness mixed in. That’s my vision.

And you know how I like to offer savings, so if you sign up by December 31,
the cost is only $47.

On January 1 it goes up to its regular price of $52.

[ To buy this class, click HERE. ]


What do you need for the class?

A notebook or journal and a pen. That’s all you need.

I’m using a composition notebook because there’s no better sound to me in the office supply world than a crinkly notebook. But that’s what I’m doing. Is it the most archivally safe? Probably not. But I really don’t care. :) Hey, if my great grandfather can write in a journal using just an ordinary pen on paper that surely wasn’t archivally safe and have it last 100 years, so can I.


What would be fun to use for the class?

Here is a list of a few things that I’ll be using:
Washi tape! Hello! So easy and fun and visual…and affordable…and thin.
Date stamp(s). Okay, so I may have a variety of those. ;)
Cardstock if you’re cutting elements. Paper or transparencies if you’re printing.
Alphabet stickers.

Remember: Keep it simple.


Do I have to start right at the first of the year?

No. You don’t. Even though the class officially starts on December 31 (a Monday), you can jump in at any time and will have access to all the PDFs and prompts up to that point. This is not a chronological set of memories. We will be all over the place with our memories. It’ll be like one of those compilation children’s storybooks. :) However I will be focusing on the ‘pre-adult’ years, 0-20.


The Moral of the ‘Story’.

When all is said and done, this is your story, your way. It’s your history. You have complete freedom to do it how you’d like. It’s meant to be simple. It’s meant as a solution to recording your life. It doesn’t matter what your age is. You can even get your kids or your husband doing it along with you. Put all your answers in one ‘family’ book or keep your own books.

The important thing is to share your story.

Let’s do it together. I’m so excited! :)

12 Days of Christmas: Day 8

December 18th, 2012|laura vegas, pages|

Welcome to day 8 of our little 12 Days of Christmas fun!

It’s been snowing here off and on and it’s sure been finally feeling like Christmas. I’m just hoping that we will actually have snow on the ground Christmas day. Seems like it rarely happens anymore. And *gasp* dare I even wish for it to actually snow during that festive time? One could only hope.:) I’ve just opened my window so I could see the big pine trees out my window with their clumps of fluffy white snow that found a new hone during the night last night. It’s s beautiful site!


I have gotten several requests to turn the ’12 Days’ logo into a free shape.
And you know what I like to say:

Your wish is my command!

Although, I did tweak it so that it would be a little more universal than using ’12 Days’, ya know?

 

To download it for free–today only–click HERE.

 

This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can purchase it in the store.

Next item up for today?

Today’s page comes from the loveliness that is Laura Vegas.




[ Shapes | This+That: Winter (snowflake) / December Twenty Five (christmas) / Decade 2000 (twenty seven) / Storyboard #1 ]


I tell ya . . . photo templates are an awesome way to get so many of those precious memories on one page! What a lovely page Laura!


Here’s what Laura has to say:

I came across some Christmas photos from a family get-together, taken back in 2007, that I had never gotten around to scrapping. I had quite a few photos, and wanted to get them all onto a layout, so I picked out one of Kerri’s Storyboard templates to create two quick photo collages. I knew the collages would go side by side, on the two pages, so that it created one large collage across the two-page spread. So I simply turned the template upside down, so that the template design was flip flopped on the second page. I never use snowflakes, being as we live in California, where we just don’t have true “winters” or see any snow. But since the majority of the family was wearing a lot of blues, browns, reds, and lighter colors, I thought it would be a nice opportunity to go with a more “winterey” color scheme and use the snowflakes instead of Christmas trees, presents, or other typical Christmas themed shapes. I didn’t add any journaling to this layout, which isn’t normally something I skip. But I’m not that worried about it, since this is really just a collection of photos from Christmas day, which we know involved family, good food, gifts, and spending time together. 

I love that Laura took some time to scrap some photos from five years ago. I think that often times we scrap what’s current–and that’s great–I think we should. But if we have a moment to go back farther? Do it before those detailed memories start to fade. You think you’ll remember something forever . . .

So, to help you do the same and reach back into the first decade of the 2000 millennium (remember when Y2K was a big deal??), this is the kit on sale today.

Instead of $10, it’s on sale for just $5 for today only.
Click HERE to go to it in the store.

 And HERE are some examples on using it in action.

12 Days of Christmas: Day 7

December 17th, 2012|Uncategorized|

Oh my goodness! We are on our second week of the 12 Days of Christmas extravaganza!

I’m having so much fun with this . . . and I hope you are as well. It’s kind of funny, someone sweetly ommented on Facebook about how I’m spoiling y’all with the freebies and such. And my response? Honest and for truly, ‘I love to spoil.’ I love sharing–in whatever capacity–from the heart. And I think that’s what this whole thing has been about. I appreciate each and every one of you for the light you bring into  my life and the support you give that keeps me going on in this funny little scrapbooking world we have. It’s my pleasure, my honor, to be able to share things how I can–including freebies and sales.

I love it. :)

And so on that note . . . .


Here is a doozy of a freebie for ya!


I think Nichol has asked me a time or two for a mailbox for Christmas.
I just had to add a few things to it to make it a wee bit more festive. ;)

 

To download this shape for free–today only–click HERE.

 

This shape is no longer available for free, but you can purchase it HERE.


I’m sure you’ve probably noticed that I decided I couldn’t wait on ‘redecorating’ my website. It’s still a work in progress, but I was just so in the mood to alter a few things, like the logo/masthead and some colors. It was just busting at me to get out! And so as per usual in all my cleaning and redecorating scenarios, I’ll be tweaking at it for a while.

So, in my quest to find projects that had been done in the needed color scheme, I came across one of my favorite projects from Nichol. You might remember this fabulous page she made using the XOXO kit.

[ click HERE for original post ]

It just (excuse me) tickled me pink when she first sent it to me and I’m still tickled pink by it! Lots and lots of fabulous stuff to play with in that XOXO kit. And–I know I’m crazy for saying this–with the big ‘love’ day just around the corner combined with my aweness (yeah, it’s a word) for this page, I thought XOXO would be perfect to put on sale today!

Nichol has such an amazing way of using so much on a page and it’s just eye candy.
I can’t help but feeling like playing ‘Can You Find The Shape’ on her page.

 

To get this baby half price today–just $6 instead of $12–click HERE.

 

This item is no longer on sale.


And now here’s something fun for y’all. This is only something I do on rare occasions. There have been many of you that don’t need to take my Silhouette classes or maybe you have a Cricut or another cutter and really would like the freebies offered in the classes.

Well, this is your lucky day, because they will be available for purchase this week!
Including a new set from the Just Add Color class.

  

The first two are $8 each and the last one is $4.
Click on the desired image to link to it in the store.

And once the week is gone . . . so are these. They go back into the vault until some other special event. :)

Please note: If you have taken the class, you don’t need to purchase the shapes. You already have them.


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 And  now, the lucky winners of the $25 spending spree are: 


MARION HEARN – DECEMBER 16, 2012 – 5:53 AM
I’m marion from the uk – my favourite christmas present will be my cameo on christmas morning!!!!yippee!!!!

CHRISTIE E. – DECEMBER 15, 2012 – 9:52 AM
Christie from Keller TX. I had a stuffed monkey named Zippy that was given to me as a very young child. When I was around the age of 12, I found out that Zippy had a girlfriend named Tippy but she was hard to find. I really wanted her for Christmas. My grandma surprised me and found her and gave her to me that Christmas. I have a picture that was taken of me opening that gift and I was so happy! I still have Zippy and Tippy.

CHRISTINE B – DECEMBER 15, 2012 – 11:33 AM
Hi Kerri, I am Christine from Temuka in New Zealand. My favourite Christmas present was a fishing rod I got as a child many many years ago, it is still around and gets used! Loving your 12 days of Christmas – Thanks!

STACY – DECEMBER 15, 2012 – 5:22 PM
Stacy
Shakopee MN
My favorite was an engagement ring 18 years ago. Yikes, where does time go!

LINDA GILBERT – DECEMBER 16, 2012 – 4:37 PM
My best Christmas ever was when my husband took me to France for Christmas with his family in Paris and Normandy. We had so much fun this was last year. Paris is so lovely at Christmas time.  Love the freebies and just love this blog!


Congratulations! Please email me at kerribradford@msn.com and I’ll get y’all goin’!

And your comments were just amazing! I looooooooooved reading those stories and thoughts. They just made my day every time I read them. You guys are just awesome! :)

12 Days of Christmas: Day 6

December 15th, 2012|Uncategorized|

 

Well folks, we are half way through are 12 Days of Christmas event!

Only one Saturday left now until Christmas.
Are you freaked out yet? ;)

I think I’m pretty much done . . . I think.


So, since all the money seems to be going out the door about now,
you know how I love to give something for free to help those tight little wallets.

Therefore, here is today’s holiday freebie!


This comes from the wishings and wantings of Miss Naomi.

I truly wish I could fulfill all their wishes . . . if only I had the time . . .
Hopefully this will work for you and everyone Naomi! :)

(This is no longer available as a freebie, but you can get it in the store.)

Still trying to help save you a dollar or two with the happy little sale we have going on every day.

So much craziness happens this time of year . . .

‘Did I get everything?’

“What do you mean I gotta go get this on Christmas Eve day?’

‘Yay. Let’s stand in line at the post office.’

. . .  just to name a few . . .

It’s strange how just a little Christmas music or some twinkly lights or a Christmas concert can juts make you plain ol’ happy.

Which brings me to today’s sale:


This is on sale for . . . well . . . let’s make it this weekend too since I’m not posting on Sunday.

It is normally $6, on sale for $3!

Click the image or HERE to go to it in the store. 

 

And you want something else to make you really happy???

How’s about this?


As in . . . FIVE of these!!


To be entered, just leave a comment with your name, where you’re from, and your favoritist Christmas present ever and I’ll draw five lucky winners very, very early Monday morning!

[ this contest is now closed ]