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December 24th, 2014|digital shapes|

tree merry everything

This week I’m taking the entire week off and focusing all on my family and home. Without going into details (because it’s personal), we’ve had some rough times in our neck of the woods that began the day before Thanksgiving and has affected our family this holiday season. Truth be told, it’s been hard for some of us to get into the spirit of Christmas. When an event like this happens (it isn’t a typical situation), it just makes you want to be surrounded by the people you love and hold dear and appreciate every little moment.

And that’s what I’ve chosen to do all this week, especially since a couple family members have the entire week off.

What does that mean then?

No blogging. No emails. No working.

(emergent emails will be handled…and this blog post was suppose to have gone up monday but i was already busy ‘puzzling.’ haha)

‘The doors are closed’ for this holiday week. Chances are pretty good that Facebook and Instagram will still occur. ;) I’ll be making food, having movie marathons with my kids, playing games and putting together puzzles. Maybe a date night with hubby. And who knows, I may make another Project Life spread just for the fun of it.

I know I have work needing to be done and there are many ideas in my head bursting to get out. I’ve wrestled over the fact that it’s all getting put on the back burner…and some of the big projects that were meant to be done before the end of the year still haven’t been done because of so much that’s been going on here. It’s hard when you’re pretty much it for a company and still need to be a mom and a friend and all that’s involved there.

But life isn’t about work.

It’s about love and family.

Work can wait.

I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with all your family. Love them and hug them and squeeze them. Appreciate the smallest of moments because those are the most precious.

See ya Monday. :)

p.s. Here are a couple brand new kits: 


And here’s a little story about Elf. This movie came out on DVD for Christmas of 2003. I know, you’re thinkin’, ‘You remember that, Kerri???’ Well, this was the year my mom had started having strokes (she eventually passed away in July 2004). There was much ‘roller coastering’ (yeah, it’s a word) of emotions going on at that time–good days, bad days. Gonna make it, not gonna make it. That kind of stuff. On one particular Friday, when we were supposed to attend our church Christmas party, I was exhausted. Spent. Couldn’t muster up the energy to go, much less be social.

So instead, I took the kids to Target and we bought Elf and some hot chocolate to have a family night in. I hadn’t seen it before. Shocker, I know. But it was seriously just what the doctor ordered.

You know a movie is ‘that funny’ when you can laugh at it in your home without an audience.

We loved it.

And I loved that evening.

It will always be a special Christmas memory for me.


p.p.s. Don’t forget to take advantage of the sale going on through the end of the year.

december sale-01



Great news for those of you who have been patiently waiting for the updated Getting To Know You (v3) class on Slight change of plan. I have the email list–for those of you in this class only–and will be sending you all coupons to access the class on my site. 


So watch for those by the end of the year. And make sure you add me to your list of contacts so it won’t go into your junk email ( 

Last Minute Card Idea

December 20th, 2014|cards, laura vegas|

Nothing says joy and fun like confetti, does it? Just one look at it makes you giddy. Especially when it’s wrapped up in a little ‘package’ and you can shake it around and see where it goes inside.

Colorful. Bright. Shiny.  It’s what Laura’s card is all about today.


[ DesignsSanta’s Workshop: Toys Only (envelope) / December Twenty-Five (do not open) / Confetti (confetti) ]

I adore this idea! I love that Laura stitched at transparency on the front of a petal envelope to contain all that fluttery fun. What a great idea!

Here’s what Laura has to say:

Now that my girls are older, along with my nieces, I give a lot of gift cards at Christmas time. So I’m always looking for fun ways to give them. When I saw the cute little pinked petal envelope in Kerri’s Santa’s Workshop: Toys Only, I pictured it paired up with the Confetti kit to create a fun shaker envelope.

  • I cut the envelope from some tone-on-tone patterned paper, picking a lighter color so that the other elements would stand out against it.
  • I cut a piece of a transparency just slightly smaller then the size of the envelope and machine stitched it to the front of the envelope, leaving one side open.
  • I used Kerri’s Confetti kit to cut pieces of confetti from two different patterned papers and then dropped them into the “pocket” I had created with the transparency.
  • I added in some red, green, and silver sequins before sewing the last side of the transparency closed.
  • I cut the “do not open” from Kerri’s December Twenty-Five kit and adhered it directly to the top of the transparency, using some tiny alpha stickers to finish off my sentiment. Or maybe I should call it my “instructions” to the recipient of the gift :)

. So much fun!! And using the Confetti kit to make the confetti? Brilliant.

so love.


And now, a brand new kit to play with for this holiday season!


Your very own Christmas tree lot . . .
and you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your home to find the perfect one. :)

I imagine them all being white-on-white. My favorite color combo, of course.


I can’t believe Christmas is almost here!!!

Pretty Little Packages

December 18th, 2014|cards, nichol magouirk, projects|

Be still my heart.

If you are looking for some last-minute gift idea, look no further because Miss Nichol has some of the most amaaaaaazing ideas right here.


[ Designs | The Pillow Box (pillow boxes) / Santa’s Workshop (box, bow, snowflake)

Can I just say *squeal*?!

I’m absolutely giddy. Who wouldn’t want a gift wrapped up in shiny gold packaging…it’s just ever-so dreamy. I think this is gorgeous just ‘as is’ too…put it under a little tree, just for fun. Nichol always has fabulous packaging going on every year, and this year is just absolutely beautiful! 

Hmm. I may just have to reconsider a couple of gifts Santa’s bringing.
It’s all in the details baby.

Here’s what Nichol has to say:

Sometimes you just need a tiny box or package for a gift and those little boxes at the store can be pricey and finding exactly what you’re looking for can be a challenge, too. With Kerri’s cut files, you can make exactly what you want in a snap! Even better? If you short on time and don’t want to mess with adding extra frills, Kerri has pillow box and gift card files that are all pre-made. All you have to do is print and cut! How awesome is that?!!!!

For this little set of elegant gift packaging, I used 3 of Kerri’s packaging designs (the small box, the pillow box and petal envelope) to create a coordinating group of pretty packages! I used the basic cut files (no print and cut) and then decorated them with little bits of this and that from my craft stash! I even die cut the pretty gold bow (consider cutting a bunch of these to have on hand to adhere to packages….if you’re like me you tend to forget bows and run out halfway through wrapping!) and a gold snowflake to add to the theme of the set of packages.

I know we are all short on time during the holiday season. All five of these went together in less than an hour! You can add as much or as little as you want and the best part? You can cut the boxes/packages in any color you want!

Tip: To get a bigger box, ungroup the box (top and bottom) and cut each from a separate sheet of 12×12 paper! You’ll get a much bigger box perfect for lots of other kinds of gifts!

Looking for ideas on what to tuck into these fun little packages? Here are a few ideas:

truffles (the mini boxes)
candy (boxes or pillow boxes)
a decorated sugar cookie (petal envelope)
gift cards (pillow box, petal envelope)
jewelry (any of the packages)
lip gloss, little makeup packages (mini box or pillow box)
nail polish, body lotion, etc. (pillow box)

Happy Holidays die cutters!

You outdid yourself, darlin’! 

If you need more ideas? Be sure to check out Nichol’s blog because she has been sharing a whole feature on Handmade Holidays. Gorgeous stuff…just gorgeous. I’m headed over there now to see what else she has up her ‘handmade’ sleeve. Oh, and check out the ‘how to’ video she has on all these pretty little packages!

Merry Little Words

December 17th, 2014|digital shapes|

There’s a brand new kit out today! It’s the perfect little accent for all your Christmas memories and gifts. Just a bunch of Merry Little Words.



So here’s how it goes:

  1. There are three styles, white, colored and distressed.
  2. The first two come in the form of cut files (and PNG) so you can change the colors to whatever tickles your tinsel.
  3. It comes with a ‘frame’ file for Print+Cuts so that you don’t have to rely on the boxes to cut. Because if you do use the boxes, you’ll get it double cutting where the lines of each box rest against the other. I wanted to leave the boxes in tact so that you could change colors as needed. You can turn off the cut lines for the set of labels and then align the frame–with cut lines on–over the main image and use it that way.
  4. If you use DXF files and like the color choices, use the PNG file with the frame file and Align Top and Align Center. That way there’s no grouping or compound pathing involved. If you want to make it your own color scheme, then you’d have to make the words a compound path to do it–like normal.
  5. You can turn off the Line Color and Thickness if you don’t want any chance at seeing the lines when printing.
  6. You can also just trim these with scissors or a paper trimmer if you don’t have a craft cutter, like a Silhouette.
  7. Another great idea would be to use it as a background paper.

merry little christmas words web

What’s really awesome is you can print out two sets on one piece of cardstock (I like Epson Premium Presentation Matte paper) and cut them out. In this little ensemble, I used the PNG file of both and layered it with the frames. I used my Knife tool to slice off the ‘readme’ text at the bottom of the PNG file too. The readme’s are there so if you need help with your options, then you’ve got them right there as a reminder.

My Print+Cut file ended up looking like this:

merry christmas words setup


I love the thought having all these in a little container that I can pull from on a whim. Great for December Daily, Project Life or any cards or other crafts. It took all of five minutes to put together, print, and cut. Awesome!


The Awkward Christmas Photo

December 16th, 2014|everyday life|

Jordan decided she wanted to make her own Christmas cards to send to her friends on LDS missions using a photo of herself in awkward styling and awkward posing and, I might add, weird filtering. No, our walls are not pink.

I will neither confirm nor deny that the sweater belonged to me in the late 80s.
(Hey, I loved that sweater.)

She wanted the dog or the cat to help her make the perfect awkward photo and we figured the dog would be easier to work with. In all actuality, it may have been a toss-up…he’s such a big dufus that it may have been easier to hold the cat in place. The dog seems to know when photos are being taken and truly expresses his frustration in our attempts to capture him ‘on film’. You can’t quite see it in this photo, but he’d made a trip to the beauty parlor earlier that day and had a red+green bow on top of his collar. As if posing for an awkward Christmas photo wasn’t humiliating enough for him. It was also hard to make him sit or lay with her as all he wanted was to roll over so you could rub his belly.

All dog rolling and camera avoidance aside, the awkward Christmas photo was a success.
(Can you call an awkward photo ‘a success’?)

And by the way, when exactly did it become cool to wear an ugly Christmas sweater? Seems like it becomes more and more of a big thing and a challenge each year.

Merry everything, Jordan.



Chicken+Wild Rice Soup

December 15th, 2014|recipes|

A week or two ago I was on a quest for an awesome Chicken+Wild Rice Soup recipe. You may remember me asking about recipes on Facebook. I love that soup and it’s so hard to come by. And to top it off, my favorite place to get it on rare occasions, Kneaders, wasn’t making it anymore. So sad.

So rather than try to find some place that made this most awesome blend of flavors in one great soup, I decided I would search to find my own so I could make it at my own will and savory pleasure.

I didn’t necessarily find one recipe that suited my tastebuds, but rather there were elements in two or three recipes that whispered to me, ‘Put me together and I will make you the most awesome of soups.’

It did not disappoint.

I bring you my version of Chicken+Wild Rice soup…which happens to be pretty darn tasty, if I do say so myself. :)


Chicken + Wild Rice Soup

Note: The soup is most awesome in itty bitty bites. Chopped is the way to go, even with the chicken.

3 1/2 c. cooked wild rice (I like Lundberg Wild Blend Rice–in a blue-grey plastic bag)
2 c. cooked chicken (preferably chopped)
2 qts. chicken broth

1 c. carrots (use shredded+chop)
1 c. celery (chopped)
1/2 lb. fresh mushrooms (chopped)
1/2 c. onion (chopped)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1 t. parsley flakes
1/4 t. thyme
1 t. chicken granules

1/4 c. butter
1/4 c. flour
1 c.-ish half+half (depends on how creamy you want it)
slivered almonds


  • Cook rice according to directions. Wild rice takes 45 minutes-ish.
  • In a stockpot, sauté the garlic and onions in a little butter for maybe ten minutes.
  • Add chicken broth, carrots, celery, mushroom, parsley, thyme, chicken granules and chicken. Boil for 30 minutes (while rice is cooking).
  • In another pan, make a roux with the butter and flour and add to soup after it’s done boiling. Add half+half. (Using a whisk is preferable for all this.)
  • Add wild rice. Add more if you like more. Let it cook together a little to get the flavors all working together.
  • Serve and top with slivered almonds

Additional note: I used the frozen Tyson Diced Chicken because it’s already cooked. Once you let it thaw a little, you can chop it up into the itty bitties. Much easier than cooking raw chicken. Rotisserie chicken would be good too.

Oh…hello winners!

December 14th, 2014|everyday life|

And now, the moment you’ve all been waiting for. ;)

Here are the winners of the $25 gift cards!

JEN D – DECEMBER 11, 2014 – 6:23 AM
MARY LEWIS – DECEMBER 11, 2014 – 8:56 AM
DAWN HOWELLS – DECEMBER 12, 2014 – 7:46 AM

Congratulations ladies! Email me at and I’ll get ya all set!

12 Days of Christmas | Day 12 | Santa + Elves + Lots of Words

December 12th, 2014|maggie massey, pages|

We are down to the twelfth and final day of our 12 Days of Christmas event. Have you had as much fun as I have? I have loved seeing what our creative team has made with their two little pink hands. Our guests have been absolutely delightful. And I hope you were able to stock up on some free goodies throughout the past couple weeks.

If you could hear my big round of applause for all these talented ladies, it would be most deafening.

It’s a grand time of year, is it not?

But I haven’t even begun shopping, really. And let’s not talk about the ‘haven’t decorated yet’ factor either. Oy vey.

Sad…really sad. :)

Well, today we have something just spectacular coming from Miss Maggie. That girl has taken some of the freebies from this event and made the most marvelous page!

(Could I use more elaborate adjectives??? It’s just ’cause it’s so awesome.)

Let’s take a gander, shall we?


[ Designs | Santa+Elves Card / Merry Everything (fa la la) ]


I am going totally Utah on ya here with a big ol’ …


Layers and layers of ‘frosting’ on this baby.  First off, printing the Santa+Elves card for a background for the whole page? love. And the fa la la’s? Freakin’ awesome! It is eye candy to the nth degree.

Here’s what Maggie has to say:

My kids adore our elf, Frosting…(they rename him every year…don’t ask why…I have no answer…this year he’s “Frosting”…), and he’s the focus of plenty of layouts each Christmas season. So when I saw Kerri’s “Santa & Elves” card, I knew I had to use it.

I opened up the cut file in Silhouette Studio and altered the card colors I bit. I also increased the size of the card so that I could use it as the patterned background paper for my page. I LOVE doing this with 3×4 or 4×6 cards!

One of my favorite ways to add texture and subtle accent to my pages is to use tone on tone paper and embellishments (especially white!)… so I cut out multiple copies of Kerri’s “Fa La La” cutfile from white cardstock and used them as a mat for my photo.

A few more little added bits and pieces, and done! I know it’s hard to see the “Fa La La” behind my photo…but believe me, it adds so much to this page. And I love how this almost looks like a magazine ad for the Santa & Elves Company…such a cool card design, Kerri!


Magazine ad is right, my friend.

Love it. Simply love it. I think I’m headed to my Silhouette right now to cut me some fa la la’s.


Now is the time for our very last one-day-only freebie. 


Some fun little holiday words, all in a row….or column…or something.

And for those that celebrate Christmas on the eve of the 24th?
I made one with that number too. :)

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


Don’t forget to leave a comment in yesterday’s post for a chance to win KBS gift cards.
I’ll be drawing winners on Saturday.

Also, don’t forget the holiday sale
that’s going on all through December!

Save 20% on just about everything using the code MAGIC on orders of $15 or more.

12 Days of Christmas | Day 11 | Another Giveaway!!

December 11th, 2014|everyday life|


I know, right? Can you hardly stand it?

Today I’m giving away three of these babies!


To be entered, leave a comment with your favorite Christmas tradition
and I’ll draw winners on Saturday!


Today’s one-day-only freebie was greatly inspired by one of the new Christmas stockings I bought this year. I totally loved the idea of having pom poms on a stocking!


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


And now the winner of the Cathy Zielske A Very Merry Hipmas kit:

CHARLENE – DECEMBER 9, 2014 – 3:07 PM

Congratulations! Email me at and I’ll get you all hooked up.

And I have to say it was delightful reading all of your coolest or out-of-the-box kits. A lot of it was a trip down Memory Lane. And Kim? Giving the Captain Caveman videos to your kids? Oh my heck! I had to tell my girls about him. That one cracked me up.

12 Days of Christmas | Day 10 | Dashing Through The Snow

December 10th, 2014|layle koncar, project life|

want to be dashing through the snow. I don’t need a one-horse open sleigh…just gimme some snow to dash in, alright? This 50 degree stuff in December is ‘nice’, but I need some snow.

I guess until I get some, I can gaze upon the beauty of this little number by Layle.

Our story begins with narration from Layle herself:

Last December, I told my husband and our boys that all I wanted for Christmas from them was an afternoon of snow shoeing together, and that’s what I got (albeit an early Christmas presents)! Kerri’s Hello December kit of 3×4 cards was perfect for capturing our day ‘pocket page style’ with the red, black & a pop of yellow instead of green, so it wasn’t too Christmasy for what I had in mind.

Layle Koncar Week 24
I cut the word ‘December’ from the On the Calendar kit so it would fit inside the label on one of the Hello December cards.

Layle Koncar Week 24 - date card


We couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day! I wanted to include one of my favorite scenery photos from the day with the sun peeking through the trees, but I shot it portrait style and I would have had to crop too much of it off to fit in the pocket page. I solved that by printing the photo 6×8″, then cutting it into two 4×6 photos and inserting them in the pockets. Before I printed the photo, I added the word ‘seriously’, from the Grammar School – The Adverbs kit, to the bottom of the photo in Photoshop.

Layle Koncar Week 24 - left page


On the right side of the spread I used the Dashing Through the Snow cut file – Kerri was so awesome to create this for me for this spread, it fits perfectly with the photo of our boys running through the forest with their snow shoes on!

Layle Koncar Week 24 - right page


Layle Koncar Week 24 - dashing


I cut a few snowflakes from the This and That: Just Winter Shapes kit in different sizes out of American Crafts POW glitter paper – sigh…., I just love that paper! I added a few of the snowflakes to the top of the pocket pages to give a little more added dimension.

Layle Koncar Week 24 - snowflakes

[ Designs | Hello December (3×4 cards) / On The Calendar (december) / Grammar School: The Adverbs (seriously) / This+That: Winter (snowflakes) ]

I don’t even know where to begin because I love everything about this spread! Love the 3×4 cards. Love how Layle incorporated so many handwritten goodies. Love the snowflakes in the POW glitter paper….

It’s all just awesome…absolutely awesome!

And now, if you were needing to do a little dashing through the snow yourself, download this one-day-only freebie and you are set! Okay, maybe snow might be required…and maybe we’ll get it some day ’round these parts.


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