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We’ve seen some gorgeous tags from Miss Layle and Miss Nichol using the brand new KBS stamps. But what if you’re not a stamper and want take tag-making down to simple printing?

Well take a look at these lovelies from Miss Maggie and here what she has to say!
looooove me some black and white!

Take it away darlin’!

The Christmas season is just 5 months away! Now, I know that may seem like a long time from now…but really, with the way time has been flying (at least for me) lately, we’re closing in on crunch-time people.

Come November I usually have high hopes of starting (and finishing!) all my Christmas projects…cards, gifts, decor etc…and then long about the beginning of December I realize that most of what I’ve had planned in my mind just isn’t going to get done…and I’m always really disappointed in myself for not doing what I had originally set out to do.

But this year I’m planning ahead. This year I’m taking care of some of the stuff that usually gets pushed to the side when the holidays roll around.

Now, to me, presentation is everything. I LOVE a pretty package…love. And I love to give pretty packages. But when the time is ticking down to the “big day” and I still haven’t started wrapping, I will admit that I usually end up just throwing some paper on a present and writing the recipients name in black Sharpie (don’t judge).


Not gonna happen this Christmas, though. Because I’ve already taken care of part of my gift decoration. And it took me just a few hours. I downloaded both the Black+White Christmas & Holiday Labels files and set to work creating some fun tags and stickers for this year’s gifts and cards.

For the white Black+White Christmas tags, I created a little tag shape in my Silhouette software and added some of the .png files. Then I used the Print & Cut feature of the machine and cut out my tags. The black tags required even less work…I simply printed and cut the 3×4 cards that come in the file. Whaaaaat? I know! So easy!


The Holiday Labels were even easier…Print & Cut these on sticker paper! Done and done.


I made a whole bunch of these darling little tags and stickers. And now all I have to do is pop one on a gift or on the back of a card and I’ve got a beautiful gift.

Now I have no excuse not to give a pretty package this Christmas…all thanks to just a few hours of work now.

[ Designs | Black+White Christmas / Holiday Labels / Merry+Bright ]

Oh my goodness gracious! I am in love! The black and white is just so classy looking! Simple and elegant in a whole different way.

wow. perfection.

And you know where I live, right? ;)

One of the best parts of my job is getting to see what other people make with KBS goodies. Particularly, each time my creative team sends me an email with their gorgeous works, I get giddy. And today’s grouping of simplistically elegant tags from Nichol Magouirk is no exception.

I am not what you’d call a traditional ‘stamper’. And that is why I make the stamps I do. I like words that accentuate a page or designs where you can make a beautiful+simple tag or card. For those that wonder if stamping is for you…take a look at these amazing tags made with white cardstock, stamps and gold embossing powder. How awesome will these be to have on hand for your gifts, scrapbooking or cards?


[ Stamps | BelieveHoliday Magic. DesignsSanta’s Workshop Toys Only (bow) / Attach It (tag fold and flap, tag round end) / Christmas Countdown (tag round top) / Christmas Cheer (tag) ]


simplistic elegance.


And I love how Nichol took a variety of KBS tags,
cut them in white cardstock, and added a little shiny gold.


Here’s what Nichol has to say:

I’m fairly certain that my obsession with all things white & gold is still in full force for the upcoming holiday season! I love the simple elegance of gold embossing on white tags so I gathered up several of Kerri’s awesome tag cut files and paired them with the incredible new stamp images from her Believe and Holiday Magic stamp sets and stamped and embossed lots and lots of gift tags! These gift tags work great tied to a package but you could also adhere one to a card or scrapbook page easily! Pretty string, twine and ribbons tied through the tops of each tag are the perfect finishing touch.

And if you are going to use these for gift tags, consider using Kerri’s Annie or even Kramer alphabet stamp sets to customize the backs with “to” and “from”.

Need a handmade gift? Tuck these tags into a vellum bag, tape it shut with some sparkly washi tape, secure a gold bow (made with one of Kerri’s designs of course!) and add one of the small tags to the front and voila!…a great gift! Pair it with roll or two of coordinating wrapping paper and tape and it would make a really great gift!

So have I convinced you nontraditional stampers (like me) that stamping just may be your cup of tea now? :)


  • Maggie - July 14, 2015 - 7:23 am

    oh my GOSH! These are absolutely gorgeous…ReplyCancel

  • Julie - July 14, 2015 - 7:53 am

    Gives credence to the saying “less is more”. Just stunning.ReplyCancel

  • heidig - July 14, 2015 - 10:12 am

    Beautiful! I’m so glad I ordered these stamps.ReplyCancel

  • Betty - July 14, 2015 - 11:03 am

    Nichol, love these- what brand is the gold stringReplyCancel

  • Gina - July 14, 2015 - 5:40 pm

    Today’s tags are gorgeous! Loved yesterday’s too. I’m supposed to be limiting my spending but these posts are making me rethink that. I love these stamps!!
    How do you do the gold reinforcements on the 2nd to last photo? Is that a die cut?ReplyCancel

    • Nichol Magouirk - July 15, 2015 - 12:46 pm

      The gold reinforcments are part of that tag die cut. I cut mine from some gold foil paper.ReplyCancel

  • […] Past comes to us from Nichol during our Christmas in July event earlier this year. Check it out HERE as well as all the wonderful other ideas that were shared this July. Good […]ReplyCancel

  • […] And now for our last Posts of Christmas Past. Hmm. I think I want to go with one of my all-time favorites from our design team. It is something from our Christmas in July this year, but in the spirit of all things classically simple and beautiful–and gold and white, which is my motto these days, here are the gorgeous tags from Nichol Magouirk. That teeny gold tree from Believe is one of my very favorite stamps. To see the entire assortment of tags, click HERE. […]ReplyCancel


It’s true! Christmas in July has come to KBS! The more I’ve been in this business–and more importantly–the more I’ve had my own business, I’ve been amazed at how many people start preparing for Christmas now. Hello? Hobby Lobby even has their Christmas stuff out in June!

So this week it’s all about getting ahead in the game, or, getting caught up from last year’s Christmas memory keeping festivities, like me. :) And to help you get ready, of course there’s a sale all this week through Sunday!


All the Christmas downloads can be found HERE.


To start off our merriment, we have two brand new stamp sets available!
Can I get a jolly ho ho ho?


Believe and Holiday Magic

(Digital stamps available now too)

That tree is my total favorite of them all. I’ve been having some fun with those! If you’ve follow me on Facebook or Instagram you’ll have seen some of the things I’ve been making. I will be sharing them a little later here on the blog. Today, it’s all about what Layle has done with these babies! Get ready to have your Christmas stockings knocked off!  (Okay, so maybe they’re not on yet…but you get the idea.)

Take it away Layle!

Christmas in July?  Yes ma’am!  As hot as it was outside when I was working with Kerri’s new Christmas stamps, I have to be honest – I was soooo tempted to turn on the Christmas music!  These stamps were so much fun to play with.  I’m always amazed at how my creativity seems to flow when working with Kerri’s products, and this time was no different!

When the holidays roll around, I’m always scrambling at the last minute for a gift tag or card to tie to a bottle of wine or a present.  I’m happy to say that this year, the scrambling won’t exist.  Not only will I have 5 pre-made gift tags waiting in the wings, but these were so quick and easy to put together that I can easily make more on the fly, and even alter the designs slightly for cards!

christmas stamp tags


This first tag was all about those cute trees!  I outlined them with a black pen, stamped the sentiment and then sprayed the tag with Thermoweb gold Glitter Dust; such a fun, sparkly touch!

merry christmas to youmerry christmas to you close up


When I saw the star stamp, I knew right away that I wanted to use it as a background; I stamped with platinum ink and then used the same ink to color the wood veneer star.

believebelieve close up

The list of reindeer names – LOVE!  I used a gold glitter deer sticker on my tag, but if you wanted to mass produce for gift tags or cards, you could use the deer cut file in this Happy Camper set.  I stamped the 25 in red ink, and then carefully stamped only the ‘December’ word in green ink, from the stacked list of holiday words.

rudolphrudolph close up


I swear, each time I finished a tag, it was my favorite – then came the next one & my new favorite!  This tag needed a little something extra after I stamped the wreath, so I added a red enamel dot and stamped ‘be merry’ below.  The twine topped off with a jingle bell did the trick!

be merrybe merry close up


The last tag came together super quick – a strip of plaid washi, a chipboard piece and the ‘merry christmas’ stamp.  Sigh…. I love Kerri’s script :)

oh christmas treeoh christmas tree close up

So there you have it!  Come December, I’m ready for gift giving.  And I have to tell you, this is by far the earliest I’ve ever been ready for that.  Now I just have to buy the presents…. :)

Oh Miss Layle…these are just perfection! And so quick! I don’t know if I can pick a favorite either…seriously….I love them all.

This is truly what this week is all about. Getting ahead of the game. I can’t tell you how many times fall rolls around and I have great intentions of getting things done, but time just runs out! (We won’t talk about the fact I haven’t gotten Christmas cards out in like three years.) Summer seems to be more lazy with no schedules and school and activity craziness. It really is a perfect time to prepare.

It’s going to be a grand week, so be sure to tune in every day!

  • heidig - July 13, 2015 - 9:23 am

    The code doesn’t seem to be working. :(ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - July 13, 2015 - 9:24 am

      Make sure you’re spending $10 or more.
      And it works on the items in the Christmas category.
      And keep me posted.ReplyCancel

      • heidig - July 13, 2015 - 9:32 am

        Kerrie – I have both stamp sets, both digital stamp sets and December Additions: the pages – still not working. Am I doing something wrong? Thanks!ReplyCancel

        • Kerri - July 13, 2015 - 10:33 am

          I am completely baffled. I tested this last night and it worked.
          But it’s not working for me now either.
          Stay tuned…trying to fix it…ReplyCancel

        • Kerri - July 13, 2015 - 11:29 am

          I have no idea why it’s not working the way I always set it up.
          But I’ve changed it so that everything just has the sale price, so no code is needed now.

          …still baffled. :)ReplyCancel

          • heidig - July 13, 2015 - 1:35 pm

            Thanks Kerri! There’s nothing like Christmas in July!

I don’t know if it’s the fact that I have ‘Come on, get happy’ in my head due to my hubby watching a few minutes of The Partridge Family a couple times recently or because it’s now on a commercial, but this is what happens when that music is in your head. A freebie for you in kind of a funky retro flower in five- and four-petal fashion.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and be sure to tune in on Monday because we’re gonna have an awesome week…including the reveal of July’s stamps!

(P.S. You might want to follow me on Instagram and Facebook
because you never know what sneaks I’ll be sharing!)



And how fun do they look all cut out?
groovy baby.


Things are a little crazy in the land of Bradford. On top of that it’s been super hot–until yesterday…thank heavens! We’re talking several days of temps over 100. And thats not normal for end of June, first of July. That’s usually end of  July, first of August weather. So we’ve been looking for some great recipes that don’t involve a whole heck-uv-a-lotta cooking or using the oven.

Here’s what we’ve added to our list of faves here in our neck of the woods:

One Pan Balsamic Chicken and Veggies


Recipe + Photo Credit: Cooking Classy

She suggests using asparagus or beans and we put in both for those that like one or the other. I like the fresh beans and the girls–who never eat asparagus–preferred that over the beans.

Crock Pot Creamy Ranch Chicken


Recipe + Photo Credit: Life in the Lofthouse

This was a huge hit for Dan, Zach and I on Sunday. (The girls were in California.) The men folk especially loved the potatoes and Zach even loved them cold from the fridge the next day. It’s kind of ‘pot-pie’ like. Simple and delicious…and crocked!

Cold Peanut Noodles…aka, Thai Noodles

cold peanut noodles

Recipe + Photo Credit:

I like the sound of Thai Noodles instead of Cold Peanut Noodles. ;) We just tried this last night and it was really good. Jordan said she wanted something cold, so I looked up ‘cold food for dinner’ and it came up with this. I’m so glad too. Definitely worth keeping on file.

Don’t you just love the modern age for looking for recipes? You can say, ‘What’s for dinner?’, do a quick search or look through your Pinterest grouping and bam….that’s for dinner.

This week it’s all about celebrating two amazing countries: America and Canada. Not only do we live by each other, but we celebrate many of our holidays close to each other, including the celebrations of our countries. That’s kind of convenient, eh?

I have a little Canadian friend that goes to a lake in the US where a lot of Canadians go to vacation. I hear it’s one big party and fireworks abound all week between the July 1 and July 4 holidays. Sorry we missed it, my friend!

So in honor of all the fun stuff going on, here’s a little 3×4 freebie for ya.



I hope you all have a spectacular weekend!

(The Friday Freebie Summer occurs between Memorial Day + Labor Day where each Friday  at KBS there is a brand new free design to share. For more great freebies of this summer and years past, be sure to check out the Freebies section.)

  • Dolly - July 3, 2015 - 6:49 am

    Thanks so much Kerri!! :D and Happy 4th to you!! :DReplyCancel

  • Gilda - July 3, 2015 - 6:59 am

    Thanks for the freebie, Kerri. The Canada Day maple leaf is much appreciated!ReplyCancel

  • Linda Vanorio - July 3, 2015 - 7:23 am

    Thanks Kerri, another great one! Happy 4th Everyone!!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - July 3, 2015 - 8:16 am

    Thank you and Happy 4th to you!ReplyCancel

  • Judy W. - July 3, 2015 - 8:38 am

    Thank you and Happy 4th to you!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy W - July 3, 2015 - 9:25 am

    Appreciate the Canada Day freebie! Great style as always :}ReplyCancel

  • Anon - July 4, 2015 - 9:08 am

    these are just perfectReplyCancel


Well yes, yes there are.

But they’re not making an appearance until mid-month for a special occasion.
(wink, wink)


  • Sally - July 2, 2015 - 7:58 am

    I love the title of this post! Thanks for the update- even though it means I have to wait even longer… I’m excited to see what you have up your sleeve!ReplyCancel


It’s an exciting day here at KBS!

There’s a brand new Designer Edition class using Studio version 3.

Can I get a yahoo!!

This class is all about learning the great fun found in the Designer Edition of Silhouette Studio. There are so many creative golden nuggets in DE. You will be amazed at what you can do!

So, I know y’all are gonna ask:

‘I took Designer Edition: One. Do I need to take this class?’

Well, perhaps this might assist you with your decision:

  1. It’s all filmed in version 3. That means we’ll be utilizing the new features and tips+tricks that are available in the Designer Edition. While many features are still the same between v2 and v3, there are some fun new things in v3. So it may be a good refresher course along with learning some really great tips.
  2. New projects are definitely in store.
  3. It has all new freebies, which is a $10 value in and of itself.
  4. Purchase by Sunday, July 5, you can get the all-new Background Basics #3 kit for free!
  5. Purchase by the class date of August 17 and you save $5, making the class price just $21.
  6. All the fun features are just gonna knock your socks off. :)

So in case you just breezed through the list, if you sign up by July 5, you get the brand new Background Basics #3 kit for free!


So what does that all mean for your decision-making moment?
One word: savings.

Sign up by the class date of August 17 and save $5.
Sign up by Sunday and get a kit for free, saving $3.59.
All new freebies, which means $10 worth of stuff.

Subtract all that from the cost of the class?
That makes it just $11.00.


I am so excited to take you on this new adventure!
Class starts August 17, so I’ll see you in the classroom then.

  • Sue Kimmet - July 5, 2015 - 9:21 am

    I so wish this were happening now! I am a teacher whose school starts back up on the 17th! Will this be recorded for later on? (I can’t imagine I will have any free time before Christmas vacation.ReplyCancel