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For the past week I’ve been having some struggles on the business side of life. Something that is out of my control. It’s something that’s been eating at me, but last night I think it finally got to me. I went to bed feeling so much anger + frustration and then of course woke up with the same anger + frustration. These kinds of feelings are not normal for me. I’m usually a very easy-going, go-with-the-flow kind of gal. I usually have the attitude of ‘it is what it is’ as well as ‘there’s a reason for everything.’

But I think it all came to a head and I just couldn’t take it anymore.
Lots of ‘whys’ and ‘I just don’t get its.’

It was my own little contained moment of anger in the darkness of my room and the comfort of my bed, but not the best medicine for trying to get to sleep. Finally I had to turn on Netflix on my iPhone to take my mind off my feelings.

This morning I still had those feelings, but not quite as strong.
Perhaps an anger hangover?

Then I received this sweet message from someone in my email when I opened my computer:

Kerri, I can’t wait for the newest DE class for Silhouette. I love love love your classes! So perfect for my style of learning. I appreciate your gift and I am so glad to learn from you. Besides, it’s coming at a time that I’ll need to be preoccupied – kids going back to school and off to college and all. I get a little ‘down’. So this class will perk me up and give me stuff to look forward to.

It was just what I needed. I get many sweet comments, but this was what I needed…right now…right this morning…when I needed it most. She thinks I’m helping her, but it’s actually she that helped me…in a way she’ll never truly know.

It touched me in a way that brought me back to reality and to know that there is no doubt that I love what I do and that it has purpose.

This is proof that we are all here for each other in this life. Whether it’s work or home, or family, friends or strangers, we can uplift one another in the smallest of ways and make the world–and each other’s lives–better.

Today’s challenge is to be positive. Give someone a compliment or some words of encouragement. Go with your feelings because more than likely, who you are thinking of is the one really needing it.

And now, because I don’t like having a post without a photo, and yesterday I was daydreaming about spending a month in Amsterdam or Paris or both and was actually looking at prices on Airbnb (is that avoidance?), here’s a picture of Amsterdam. A city I didn’t get to spend near enough time in. And this is a photo I took eight years ago and have hanging in my front room :)


  • Lynda Callan Griffith - August 12, 2015 - 8:54 am

    Your classes have given me so much confidence and with that the freedom to create. I look forward to your Friday Freebies, your blog and just the way you design inspiration. Thank, thank, thank you.

    A loyal fan for 3+ years.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 12, 2015 - 9:26 am

      Thank you Lynda! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lucinde | Lucilight - August 12, 2015 - 9:19 am

    I love all the beautiful blogs you make :) So glad that she found the words you needed at the moment. And so funny to see a picture of Amsterdam on your blog ;) I’m from the Netherlands and I have to admit that I haven’t been in Amsterdam for the last… 8 years I think. But it is a really beautiful city ;).ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 12, 2015 - 9:27 am

      Thanks Lucinde! And one day I will make it back to that beautiful country of yours! We also spent a couple days in Egmond Aan Zee. Loved it!ReplyCancel

  • Dolly - August 12, 2015 - 9:54 am

    Big hugs to you Kerri!
    Never lose site of the fact that “we” your adoring fans love ‘ya and all of your fabulous work that you do to provide us with the MOST GORGEOUS of all cutting files!! :D
    Wishing you head to bed with a glowing heart for all the rest of your nights and not an angered one! :DReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 12, 2015 - 10:05 am

      Dolly….you’re awesome! :)ReplyCancel

    • Lorretta Shughrue - August 12, 2015 - 11:20 am

      Wow! Well Said! Ditto that! =) xoReplyCancel

  • Robin G - August 12, 2015 - 10:43 am

    Kerri, I can SOOOO relate!!! Yesterday was a very trying day at work (and we own our business too!). And we’ve had several of those lately, ugh! But this morning, even though it was kinda crazy busy, we had pleasant customers, and some compliments, and it’s always great to see return clients who appreciate us!!

    ON a ‘scrappy’ note, this is one of my favorite places to come and see what you are up too! (I check almost daily!) We’ve done away with internet at our house (I emailed you several months ago and you helped me figure out how to save things I needed to, before the big ‘do away with it’ day, lol). So I check when I can from work.
    All that to say, you’ve helped me immensely, not only with learning my cameo (THANK YOU), but from a ‘making happy things’ place! And I Love You for that! {big happy face!}
    SO THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, for all that you do!!!
    I hope you have a great day!!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 12, 2015 - 6:03 pm

      It’s a tough gig to have you own business, isn’t it. I’m glad you had some nice customers come your way. Thank you so much for your kind words today too!ReplyCancel

  • Sue Kimmet - August 12, 2015 - 1:34 pm

    Kerri, I am a high school special education teacher. I will be retiring at the end of this new school year. What do I plan to do with my time? Take your classes. I have tried a couple but never have time to finish, so I cannot wait. Teaching is about the best thing any of us can do and you do it well. Thank you!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 12, 2015 - 6:04 pm

      Thank you so much Sue!!
      And I envy your retirement just a little. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Ruby - August 12, 2015 - 4:25 pm

    Thank you for the gentle reminder Kerri that everyone needs a lift from time to time. I’m glad you shared your feelings.


    • Kerri - August 12, 2015 - 6:04 pm

      Thanks Ruby!ReplyCancel

  • donna c - August 12, 2015 - 4:43 pm

    Kerri…..other than your brilliant classes, cut files, and art projects, the other brilliant, awesome thing about you is that you are so REAL!!! Thank you for sharing with us, and keepin’ it classy at the same time!!!
    Can’t wait for class! Even though I return to work with the new school year, I’ll still get a good week to play before it starts! :)#happydance!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 12, 2015 - 6:05 pm

      Donna…you so made my day!
      Thanks for the sweet words. :)ReplyCancel

  • Lara - August 12, 2015 - 11:45 pm

    when I read this post this morning I felt so sad. It sounded like things were going great from the post during your bday celebration. I hope so much for you that it will all work out for the best for you. You deserve it!! Your eye for art and style are amazing. The day I got to meet you is one of the highlights of my life. You are a celebrity in my eyes. Stay strong and keep pushing forward.ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 13, 2015 - 6:42 am

      Awwww, thanks Laura! It was so fun meeting you that day too! Just to let you know, the business, classes, stamps, all that are doing great! It was just an extended piece of the business where something fell through due to something else that was not in my control–and frankly, shouldn’t have happened. And it had been an accumulation of things in that arena. Nothing I want to expound on, but you get the general idea. Don’t worry. I ain’t goin’ nowhere. :)ReplyCancel

  • Karen Peterson - August 22, 2015 - 12:53 pm

    So sweet and one thing I notice is when I compliment someone else on something it always makes me feel better;) I have missed the opening day/week of the class and can’t wait to dive in today!!ReplyCancel

This week is our girls camp where my besties, Kristy Banks and Lisa Bearnson head up to the mountains with our daughters and talk and play games and make stuff and just have a good ol’ time. And this year, we get to listen to this the whole day.


So is it any wonder why this needed to be the freebie for today?



And you know how I love to see what my little machine can do. One is just under a half inch and one is just over a quarter inch. Pretty sweet, right? Cut with American Crafts cardstock, of course


So yesterday I was off to the mountains and didn’t get the winners announced for the gift cards,
so today, we do it all!


The winners of a $25 KBS gift card are:

MELANIE A. – AUGUST 4, 2015 – 7:57 AM
SÍLVIA SILVA – AUGUST 4, 2015 – 10:42 AM
IRMA W. – AUGUST 4, 2015 – 1:13 PM

The winners of the stamp set of choice are:

US: MARLA LAGOSKI – AUGUST 5, 2015 – 11:15 AM
UK: GINA – AUGUST 6, 2015 – 2:24 PM

Congratulations! Email me at and we’ll get you all set!

And then I just want to say thanks for all the wonderful comments this week.
I loved sharing my little KBS birthday with you all!

  • Brenda - August 7, 2015 - 8:51 am

    Hope you’re having fun on your girls week! What a beautiful thing to see and hear all week!ReplyCancel

  • Nicole Patterson - August 7, 2015 - 9:10 am

    Thanks for the tree’t :)ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - August 7, 2015 - 10:48 am

    Well that caught me by surprise!! Thank you!! And thank you for sharing that picture. It has made me smile several times today. So peaceful. I am finally headed to the mountains next month and cannot wait!!ReplyCancel

  • Betty - August 7, 2015 - 11:15 am

    Kerri, what speed – pressure settings to find work best for smaller cuts. I’m still NOT having much luck with small intricate cuts- I think I forget to manually change my speed setting and just let the software dictate that .ReplyCancel

  • Marla Lagoski - August 7, 2015 - 1:01 pm

    Thank you so much!! Brightened my day, so off to the shop I go!!ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - August 7, 2015 - 5:44 pm

    Have a great time on your girls weekend! Fun! And congrats to the winners ; )ReplyCancel

  • Barbara - August 7, 2015 - 8:20 pm

    Thank you for all the freebies!! I love your work!!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - August 8, 2015 - 6:04 am

    Thank you for the freebie!ReplyCancel


KBS may not be shipping internationally just yet, but this is your chance–if you live outside the US–to get your hands on a KBS stamp set now, because we’re doing another social media blitz giveaway!

We’re giving away a stamp set of your choice to
one person in the US and one person anywhere else!

…here on the blog…

…on Instagram

…and Facebook!

To be entered here, like and share this post on Facebook,

then leave a comment with your name and where you are from here on the blog. 
Winners will be announced on Friday.

And don’t forget, today is the last day of the sale, and the last day of the sale on the brand new August stamps. So be sure to pick up your goodies today.

Speaking of the ‘the  last day’, here is our last one-day only freebie.
Have you seen a little theme goin’ on here?


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

And now I just want to end with saying just how grateful I am for all of you coming to the KBS birthday party…and for being here all these years. I loved the one gal that said something like, ‘I’ve known you since you were just a couple days old.’

That’s some good stuff right there. I hope to still ‘know’ all of you when I’m old and grey. (Or wait, I’m almost 49 and secretly I’m grey, I just don’t show it. shh…)

Thank you so much for an amazing five years…and here’s to (at least) five more!

  • Charlene - August 5, 2015 - 8:40 am

    Thanks for sharing your celebration!
    Charlene from Austin, TexasReplyCancel

  • Lisa Posthumus - August 5, 2015 - 8:54 am

    Lisa Posthumus from Winnipeg, Manitoba, CanadaReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 5, 2015 - 8:55 am

    Thanks for the birthday fun and the freebies, Kerri!! I liked and shared this on facebook and instagram.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - August 5, 2015 - 9:01 am

    Oooooo so exciting! I’d love a stamp set sent to me in Chicago! Thanks for the week of fun and the freebies. Can’t wait to use them!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Trimble - August 5, 2015 - 9:02 am

    Happiest Birthday from Roy, Utah!ReplyCancel

  • Sherry - August 5, 2015 - 9:06 am

    Thank you for sharing! Sherry from Oklahoma.ReplyCancel

  • Yvette - August 5, 2015 - 9:06 am

    Happy Birthday! I’ve been waiting (not so patiently lol) for your stamps to ship to Canada, hopefully soon? Thanks for the grat contest!ReplyCancel

  • EllyMae - August 5, 2015 - 9:16 am

    Elly from California!ReplyCancel

  • Judi Markel - August 5, 2015 - 9:23 am

    Thanks for everything. You are awesome. I am from Warren, Michigan.ReplyCancel

  • Barb Mc - August 5, 2015 - 9:31 am

    Barb from Olympia, WA! Thanks for the give away!!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - August 5, 2015 - 9:33 am

    Thanks! Julia-California :DReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Ayala - August 5, 2015 - 9:56 am

    Congrats again, from sunny southern California!ReplyCancel

  • Lorna Sampson - August 5, 2015 - 10:10 am

    I so wish you shipped internationally! For now I’d love to win please! Lorna from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada!ReplyCancel

  • Teri - August 5, 2015 - 10:19 am

    Teri from ArizonaReplyCancel

  • Claire COREN - August 5, 2015 - 10:19 am

    I would really like having one of your stamps ! I live in Belgium.ReplyCancel

  • Amy Cooley - August 5, 2015 - 10:22 am

    Thanks! I’m from Indianapolis, IN.ReplyCancel

  • Kerri - August 5, 2015 - 10:44 am

    This comment is for Nashonne. :)ReplyCancel

  • jpscraps - August 5, 2015 - 10:51 am

    JamieP. Pittsburgh,paReplyCancel

  • Michelle - August 5, 2015 - 10:54 am

    Liked and shared!! Would so love a chance to win a stamp set as I just love your designs. From Michelle in Johannesburg, South Africa. Thank you for a chance.ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - August 5, 2015 - 11:00 am

    Thanks for such a fantastic give away! Brenda from Dove Canyon, CAReplyCancel

  • Amber D - August 5, 2015 - 11:07 am

    Amber D, Philadelphia,PAReplyCancel

  • Marla Lagoski - August 5, 2015 - 11:15 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri Bradford Designs!!! Greenville, WisconsinReplyCancel

  • Sherry107 - August 5, 2015 - 11:17 am

    Sherry from Cincinnati, Ohio!!!ReplyCancel

  • Carla Hundley - August 5, 2015 - 11:31 am

    Liked and shared
    on FB page.
    Carla from UtahReplyCancel

  • LinhC - August 5, 2015 - 12:03 pm

    LinhC from Birmingham, ALReplyCancel

  • Cindy - August 5, 2015 - 12:19 pm

    Celebrating with you from Oshkosh, WI!ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - August 5, 2015 - 12:20 pm

    You have brought me a lot of joy in those 5 years, Kerri!
    Tammy Davis from Altus, OklahomaReplyCancel

  • Cynthia B. - August 5, 2015 - 12:24 pm

    Liked and Shared on FB. Thanks for letting us share in your celebration!
    Cynthia from Cypress, TXReplyCancel

  • Amber M. - August 5, 2015 - 12:32 pm

    Wow, another fantastic giveaway – thanks, KBS!!! I’m Amber M. from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Lovely Canadian Prairies!ReplyCancel

  • Laura - August 5, 2015 - 12:37 pm

    Happy Birthday from Laura in Hilbert, Wisconsin!ReplyCancel

  • heidig - August 5, 2015 - 12:45 pm

    Happy Birthday from Heidi in Ellington, CT!ReplyCancel

  • phyllis - August 5, 2015 - 12:50 pm

    Hi Kerri
    I liked and shared on facebook.
    I’m Phyllis from Israel. Have been following you for some time now…Thanks for a chance at your awesome stamps. Hope i win!ReplyCancel

  • Shelly - August 5, 2015 - 12:54 pm

    Just got your new Christmas stamps…love them! Would love to win some more:) from Rockford, ILReplyCancel

  • Lynda G - August 5, 2015 - 12:54 pm

    Thank you for a chance to win, Happy Birthday Kerri, from
    Watertown, WisconsinReplyCancel

  • Melanie G - August 5, 2015 - 12:57 pm

    WOW! This is so great! Lethbridge AB Melanie GReplyCancel

  • margret hill - August 5, 2015 - 1:08 pm

    margret is from Los angeles, california. Thanks for the chanceReplyCancel

  • Cathy Doerr - August 5, 2015 - 1:24 pm

    Thanks for letting us celebrate 5 years with you.
    Cathy from San Anselmo, CAReplyCancel

  • Sue Walsh - August 5, 2015 - 1:33 pm

    Thanks for all the Birthday fun from…..way down here in Australia!ReplyCancel

  • Christine cleary - August 5, 2015 - 2:25 pm

    I have liked and shared.
    Happy birthday from Auckland, New ZealandReplyCancel

  • Julie Whiteman - August 5, 2015 - 2:35 pm

    I love all of your products. I liked and shared from sunny and hot Sarasota, Florida.ReplyCancel

  • suew - August 5, 2015 - 2:44 pm

    your stamps look amazing….would love a set here in Australia.ReplyCancel

  • Jeanette - August 5, 2015 - 2:47 pm

    Congratualations from Montreal Quebec! ! I love your products!ReplyCancel

  • Traci H. - August 5, 2015 - 2:54 pm

    Traci H. Springfield, MO. Love your stamps!ReplyCancel

  • Becca H - August 5, 2015 - 3:33 pm

    I’ve loved your stuff for years!
    Becca H, OregonReplyCancel

  • BeckyR - August 5, 2015 - 3:35 pm

    I would love for you to send this stamp set to me in Silverdale, WA.
    arico2000 at earthlink dot netReplyCancel

  • Irma W. - August 5, 2015 - 4:26 pm

    Liked and shared :) Happy Birthday greetings from BC, Canada!ReplyCancel

  • Suze - August 5, 2015 - 4:40 pm

    Suze Mutzelburg – G’day from the Gold Coast, Queensland Australia

  • Sharyn Moy - August 5, 2015 - 4:54 pm

    Happy Birthday celebrations.Thanks for the chance to win a great stamp set. I hope it can find it’s way to Brisbane, Australia.ReplyCancel

  • melissaT - August 5, 2015 - 4:58 pm


  • Melanie A. - August 5, 2015 - 5:10 pm

    You throw one heck of a shindig!! Melanie from TN…just south of Nashville. I think next time you do a giveaway you should not only have us say where we are from but what everyone would recommend a visitor to see in their area! I see some are from places I’ve been, but as someone who loves to wander, all these places make me itch to go visit there and see what I can see!ReplyCancel

  • Diane McKenzie - August 5, 2015 - 5:16 pm

    Hi Kerri,
    Just gave you some insta love! Thanks for the chance for us internationals to win.
    Diane from Mississaugauga, Ontario, CanadaReplyCancel

  • Veronica Miller - August 5, 2015 - 5:21 pm

    Veronica Miller
    Wooster, OHReplyCancel

  • Alison - August 5, 2015 - 5:45 pm

    I just wanted to wish KBS a happy birthday! -Alison from North CarolinaReplyCancel

  • Tracy - August 5, 2015 - 6:12 pm

    Davidsville PAReplyCancel

  • Melitta Ball - August 5, 2015 - 7:00 pm

    Hi Kerri!!

    Melitta Ball from British Columbia Canada!

    Many Blessings,


  • Jenell - August 5, 2015 - 7:45 pm

    Would love to win one if your stamps. Thanks for the opportunity.

    I’m jenell in Florissant, MO.ReplyCancel

  • Lois - August 5, 2015 - 7:54 pm

    Happy Birthday, Kerri! I AM FROM BRANTFORD, ON, CANADAReplyCancel

  • Nicole Patterson - August 5, 2015 - 8:02 pm

    HI – I’m Nicole and I live in Alberta, Canada – thanks for the opportunity to win one of your luscious stamps.ReplyCancel

  • Ausra - August 5, 2015 - 8:11 pm

    I live in Chicago and a stamp would be so fun to receive. Just like ChristmasReplyCancel

  • Ruth Gauss - August 5, 2015 - 8:23 pm

    Singing happy birthday to KBS from Winfield, IL!ReplyCancel

  • Karen Peterson - August 5, 2015 - 8:52 pm

    Karen from Eagle River, Alaska (just like someone else I know ;)ReplyCancel

  • Lara - August 5, 2015 - 10:13 pm

    PG UT. Thanks for the cute freebies! Heres to many more!ReplyCancel

  • Karen W - August 5, 2015 - 10:17 pm

    Thanks! Karen from Austin, TX.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl :) - August 5, 2015 - 10:37 pm

    Love your stamp sets Kerri! Happy B Day one more time… I hate for it to end. Many blessings…!!!

  • Julia Colli - August 6, 2015 - 1:34 am

    Congratulations! Julia in Sydney, Australia.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Brooks - August 6, 2015 - 2:32 am

    Thanks for the chance to win an awesome stamp set! I’m from Beautiful NW Montana!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - August 6, 2015 - 6:47 am

    Thanks for the giveaway Kerri :-)
    If there are any other Australians reading this who would like to buy Kerri’s stamp sets, Australia post have a service called shopmate where you can set up a US address to have products (like Kerri’s stamps) sent to which they then forward on.ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - August 6, 2015 - 7:52 am

    Thanks for the giveaway! Jeannie from Singapore. Love your stamps especially the travel sets. They have the most unique sentiments and accents.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen D - August 6, 2015 - 8:02 am

    Liked and shared on FB. Happy Bday Kerri!ReplyCancel

    • Kathleen D - August 6, 2015 - 8:03 am

      Forget to add my location: Florida.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - August 6, 2015 - 9:04 am

    Diane from Washington state. Would love to win one of your fabulous stamps! Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Alicia John - August 6, 2015 - 9:49 am

    Alicia John here from the Caribbean: Carnival Isle of Trinidad! (Liked & Shared)ReplyCancel

  • Kim Thomas - August 6, 2015 - 10:09 am

    Kim T., Perkasie, PAReplyCancel

  • Daniela Dobson - August 6, 2015 - 10:20 am

    Daniela from Dallas TxReplyCancel

  • Rita Timmons - August 6, 2015 - 12:39 pm

    Happy Birthday KBS! I am from Houston, Texas :-)ReplyCancel

  • Gina - August 6, 2015 - 2:24 pm

    I can’t wait til you ship to the UK. I want those stamps sooooooo bad!!!!

    Gina London UKReplyCancel

  • Bertha - August 6, 2015 - 3:39 pm

    Thanks for sharing.
    I’m from Bathsheba, Barbados.ReplyCancel

  • Natalie (QSOgirl) - August 7, 2015 - 6:40 am

    Natalie from Ellicott City, MD!ReplyCancel


Our birthday celebration continues today with a fabulous giveaway…
with a plethora of places to enter!

We’re giving way 3 $25 gift cards…

…here on the blog…

….on Instagram

and Facebook!

Three places to enter.

Nine chances to win!

To be entered here, like and share this post on Facebook,
then leave a comment with your name and where you’re are from here on the blog. 
Winners will be announced on Thursday.

Note: I know there’s been problems leaving comments here with that silly Captcha thing–making you question your math skills and all. Shees. Thank you so much for those that have emailed me your birthday wishes! I’m trying a new Captcha today, so I’m hoping it will help. Please email if there are still problems though.

Now, for todays’s party favor…just a cute little cupcake for ya.
Some sweets for my sweets. :)


This is available as a freebie for today only.

This is no longer available as a freebie,
but you’ll be able to get it in the store tomorrow.

  • Andi Walsh - August 4, 2015 - 7:24 am

    Happy Birthday KBS!!!! Hey, I tried buying one of the stamp sets last night but the link to Paypal never opened. Just an FYI. LOVE the summer set!!!!ReplyCancel

    • Andi Walsh - August 4, 2015 - 7:25 am

      Oops.. Andi Walsh.. Eastern Oregon!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 4, 2015 - 7:32 am

      Hey Andi! Try using a different browser and see if that helps. And sometimes logging out and back in helps too. If that doesn’t work, email and we’ll get ya fixed up. :)ReplyCancel

  • Tina Gale - August 4, 2015 - 7:28 am

    Happy Birthday from Oklahoma!!ReplyCancel

  • Paige - August 4, 2015 - 7:30 am

    I am Paige from Waxahachie, TX. Thanks for today’s freebie and a chance to win a Gift Card.ReplyCancel

  • Gwen - August 4, 2015 - 7:32 am

    Happy birthday Kerri! I am from Utah actually I don’t think I live to far from you.ReplyCancel

  • Julie - August 4, 2015 - 7:34 am

    Happy Birthday KBS! A big Chicago hello! Chicago would like to add to the party, virtually of course, Lou Malnati’s deep dish pizza, Portillo’s Italian beef, and Eli’s Cheesecake!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 4, 2015 - 7:57 am

      Oooooh yum! Sounds like some fabulousness I need to try!ReplyCancel

  • Jeannie L - August 4, 2015 - 7:44 am

    Happy Birthday KBS. Thanks for the chance and for the freebie. Jeannie from Singapore signing out.ReplyCancel

  • Lynda Callan Griffith - August 4, 2015 - 7:46 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri from Wisconsin.ReplyCancel

  • Colleen V - August 4, 2015 - 7:54 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri! From a huge fan in Florida!ReplyCancel

  • Pattyg - August 4, 2015 - 7:56 am

    Happy birthday KBS! Pat Garay from Frenchtown NJ!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - August 4, 2015 - 7:57 am

    A sunny hot birthday morning (82 already at 8:55!) here in TN!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - August 4, 2015 - 8:08 am

    Just checking in from Wisconsin to see how the party’s going? Thanks for the wonderful freebies! You are such a giver!ReplyCancel

  • Julie C - August 4, 2015 - 8:23 am

    Happy Birthday from Hollister, CA!ReplyCancel

  • Debbie D - August 4, 2015 - 8:24 am

    Happy Birthday from California!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 4, 2015 - 8:26 am

    Happy birthday from here in South Dakota!ReplyCancel

  • Cari - August 4, 2015 - 8:27 am

    Cari from MD

    I love your birthday week! Thanks for the goodies!ReplyCancel

  • Angie Coleman - August 4, 2015 - 8:33 am

    Happy Kerri Bradford Week from Southeast Georgia! Have loved your creativity and products for years!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Trimble - August 4, 2015 - 8:34 am

    Happiest 5th Birthday! You are so talented! Checking in from up the street in Roy, Utah! Thanks for the birthday party favors!ReplyCancel

  • Dionne - August 4, 2015 - 8:40 am

    Happy Birthday from Mississauga, Ontario. Love the recent stamps and need to get some!ReplyCancel

  • Julia - August 4, 2015 - 8:48 am

    Happy Bithday!!!

    Julia Valley, St. Charles, MOReplyCancel

  • Denise Bryant - August 4, 2015 - 8:49 am

    Thanks for the cute cupcake to celebrate!
    I am from Penn Valley, CA. I liked and shared on FB!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 4, 2015 - 8:58 am

    Karen in Northern Arizona. Liked and shared on facebookReplyCancel

  • Julie cope - August 4, 2015 - 9:06 am

    Hello from Ohio!! Thanks for the
    Chance to win!ReplyCancel

  • Betty Smeltzer - August 4, 2015 - 9:15 am

    This former New Yorker moved to Florida 12 years ago. Happy Birthday! Your classes are the greatest. Betty SmeltzerReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Larson - August 4, 2015 - 9:16 am

    Happy Birthday from California. Love all your new stamps. I think it was a successful new venture!ReplyCancel

  • Amber D - August 4, 2015 - 9:19 am

    AmberD, Philadelphia, PAReplyCancel

  • Ashley C - August 4, 2015 - 9:29 am

    Ashley C from Lehi, UTReplyCancel

  • Amy M. C. - August 4, 2015 - 9:33 am

    Thanks and Happy Birthday! I’m from Indianapolis, IN.ReplyCancel

  • Sherry - August 4, 2015 - 9:45 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri! From Oklahoma.ReplyCancel

  • Julia - August 4, 2015 - 9:51 am

    Happy Birthday! :)ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Posthumus - August 4, 2015 - 9:52 am

    Thanks for another great freebie. You are the best!! Happy Birthday from Winnipeg, MB, Canada.ReplyCancel

  • Carolyn E - August 4, 2015 - 9:54 am

    Happy Birthday from North Florida!!!
    Loving these cute freebies :)ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - August 4, 2015 - 9:54 am

    Michelle from Canada!
    Happy birthday!!ReplyCancel

  • Judy W. - August 4, 2015 - 10:06 am

    Birthday wishes to you from North Texas! (& many more!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Carol F. - August 4, 2015 - 10:06 am

    Happy birthday KBS from Nebraska!ReplyCancel

  • Sílvia Silva - August 4, 2015 - 10:42 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri! I’m from Porto, Portugal. ;)ReplyCancel

  • Robin Walston - August 4, 2015 - 10:57 am

    Thanks for the freebie and Happy, Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • angela - August 4, 2015 - 11:02 am

    Happy Birthday!
    from Angela in IndyReplyCancel

  • S - August 4, 2015 - 11:12 am

    Happy Birthday Keri! Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us these past 5 years! I have learned so much from your classes. Can’t wait to get my first two stamps sets (when they are back in stock). I’m from Virginia.ReplyCancel

  • Megan K - August 4, 2015 - 11:36 am

    Happy Birthday KBS From Megan in Boca Raton Florida!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda Meyer - August 4, 2015 - 11:44 am

    Happy Birthday KBS from DesMoines, Iowa.
    Once again, thanks for the freebies, I always love them.ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Jones - August 4, 2015 - 11:49 am

    Happy birthday from Tammy in Alabama!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene - August 4, 2015 - 11:52 am

    Thanks for the cute cupcake! Happy #5!
    Charlene from Austin, TX.ReplyCancel

  • Beth M - August 4, 2015 - 11:55 am

    Hey ho! Here from Wisconsin. Congrats!ReplyCancel

  • Judi Markel - August 4, 2015 - 11:56 am

    Happy Birthday KBS! Love your files and classes. From Michigan.ReplyCancel

  • Cathy Doerr - August 4, 2015 - 11:57 am

    Congrats on five years Kerri! I live in San Anselmo, CA in the Bay Area.

  • Becky Garoutte - August 4, 2015 - 11:57 am

    Boise, IdahoReplyCancel

  • Clara_Croft - August 4, 2015 - 12:09 pm

    Happy bithday !ReplyCancel

  • Tammy Davis - August 4, 2015 - 12:14 pm

    Tammy Davis
    Altus, OKReplyCancel

  • Cheryl W - August 4, 2015 - 12:25 pm

    Shared and like. Happy Birthday.

    Cheryl in TN where’s it’s 99.0ReplyCancel

  • LinhC - August 4, 2015 - 12:28 pm

    Linh C from Birmingham, ALReplyCancel

  • Diane - August 4, 2015 - 1:10 pm

    Congratulations and Happy Birthday!!! Love all things Kerri! Here’s to many more.ReplyCancel

  • Veronica Miller - August 4, 2015 - 1:12 pm

    Happy Birthday!

    Veronica Miller
    Wooster, OHReplyCancel

  • Irma W. - August 4, 2015 - 1:13 pm

    Happy Birthday, KBS!!! From BC, Canada. Liked & Shared on FB.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy - August 4, 2015 - 1:16 pm

    Congrats from Moline, ILReplyCancel

  • Lois John - August 4, 2015 - 1:23 pm

    Happy Birthday KBS! From Muskoka (Bracebridge), ON, CanadaReplyCancel

  • Jenell - August 4, 2015 - 1:27 pm

    From St. Louis, MO – and thanks for the freebie cupcake – very cute! Since I don’t have Facebook, I’ll just let you know that I “like” this very much!ReplyCancel

  • Kimberly Goon - August 4, 2015 - 1:30 pm

    Happy Birthday! From Las VegasReplyCancel

  • Trang Nguyen - August 4, 2015 - 1:39 pm

    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

    Trang Nguyen from Tampa, FL.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - August 4, 2015 - 1:50 pm

    Happy birthday from Michelle in Johannesburg, South Africa. Wishing you many more happy years at KBS.ReplyCancel

  • Marcy E - August 4, 2015 - 2:01 pm

    Oh my!!! Happy Birthday KBStudio… I have known you since you were just a couple months old!!! Time has passed quickly…
    looking forward to lotsamorestuff!!! xoxoReplyCancel

  • Marcy E - August 4, 2015 - 2:03 pm

    oooopppsss… Admiring you from Woodridge,ILReplyCancel

  • Juli - August 4, 2015 - 2:11 pm

    Happy birthday and thanks for the great goodies! We love you in Vista, CA!ReplyCancel

  • Elaine Bowman - August 4, 2015 - 2:13 pm

    Happy Birthday! From Elaine in Kanab, UTReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 4, 2015 - 2:22 pm

    Happy Birthday from Central Iowa!
    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Kim EdsenReplyCancel

  • Vanessa Ayala - August 4, 2015 - 2:23 pm

    Happy Birthday!!! Thanks for the chance of winning!ReplyCancel

  • Carleen K - August 4, 2015 - 2:30 pm

    Happy Birthday KBS from Northern Minnesota!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn Bronson - August 4, 2015 - 2:37 pm

    Liked and shared from North Carolina! Happy Birthday.ReplyCancel

  • Jameson - August 4, 2015 - 3:01 pm

    Happy Birthday from Washington D.C. May your business continue to grow and succeed. Now if only I could find more time to indulge in all of your products!ReplyCancel

  • DianeB - August 4, 2015 - 3:08 pm

    Hi Kerri! Congrats on 5 years!!! I have liked and shared your post on Facebook and I am from central California where today we are FINALLY enjoying a nice mid-80s summer day, instead of the almost 100 degrees and more that we have had lately!! Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Kim Heggins - August 4, 2015 - 3:09 pm

    Happy Birthday….and congrats on 5 years!!!ReplyCancel

    • Kim Heggins - August 4, 2015 - 3:11 pm

      Forgot to say from California.ReplyCancel

  • Pamela G - August 4, 2015 - 3:14 pm

    Greetings from hot & sunny Alabama! Happy Birthday!!!ReplyCancel

  • Alice F - August 4, 2015 - 3:24 pm

    Happy Birthday!! From Alice in Colleyville, Texas. I love love love your classes and would use my gift card on a new fun class of yours!! :)ReplyCancel

  • Traci - August 4, 2015 - 4:08 pm

    Traci from Springfield MO. Happy Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Betsy - August 4, 2015 - 4:11 pm

    I believe I’ve been following your blog for almost as long as you’ve had one! Just love to see what you are up to. Happy birthday.

  • Tracy B - August 4, 2015 - 4:12 pm

    Happy B-Day from Rexburg, Idaho. Teton mountains in my backyard. I’d use my gift card as an early birthday present and order some of your new fabulous stamp sets.

  • Carla Hundley - August 4, 2015 - 4:16 pm

    Carla from Utah!ReplyCancel

  • Melitta Ball - August 4, 2015 - 4:51 pm

    Congratulations on turning 5!
    Melitta Ball
    British Columbia CanadaReplyCancel

  • Donna Hooper - August 4, 2015 - 5:02 pm

    Thanks for much for the freebie… and happy birthday from New Zealand!ReplyCancel

  • Brenda - August 4, 2015 - 5:07 pm

    Happy Birthday! Thanks for the freebies – it seems like you should get some gifts too!ReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 4, 2015 - 5:19 pm

    Birthday wishes to you from Cleveland Ohio.ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl :) - August 4, 2015 - 5:33 pm

    Birthday Blessings!!! and thank you for the cupcake! I’ve been a fan for about 3 years now and love your classes and designs.

  • Brenda Arnall - August 4, 2015 - 6:17 pm

    Sending Happy Birthday wishes your way from sunny Florida.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - August 4, 2015 - 6:32 pm

    Kim from North East OhioReplyCancel

  • Daniela Dobson - August 4, 2015 - 6:46 pm

    Dallas, TXReplyCancel

  • Suzanne - August 4, 2015 - 7:15 pm

    Happy Birthday, wishing you many more!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christine cleary - August 4, 2015 - 7:21 pm

    Christine crom Auckland.NewZealand.ReplyCancel

  • Julia - August 4, 2015 - 7:47 pm

    Happy Birthday KBS and many more from Staunton Illinois. Thanks for the freebie and the chance to win.ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca Kaufmann - August 4, 2015 - 8:01 pm

    Happy Birthday! Rebecca Kaufmann San Clemente, CAReplyCancel

  • Karen - August 4, 2015 - 8:21 pm

    Congratulations on five years! I’m from Austin, TX.ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth Lumsden - August 4, 2015 - 8:28 pm

    Happy happy joy joy to KBS! I am from Round Rock, in the Austin TX area.ReplyCancel

  • Amber M. - August 4, 2015 - 9:06 pm

    Happy birthday, KBS, and thanks for the awesome and generous giveaway!! Amber M. from Saskatchewan, CanadaReplyCancel

  • Katherine McKamey - August 4, 2015 - 9:28 pm

    My name is Katherine McKamey and I am from Portland, Texas!ReplyCancel

  • Joogie - August 4, 2015 - 9:56 pm

    Hi Kerri,
    Sharon here from Ontario, Canada. Love your site and your classes. Thanks for the chance to win. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!ReplyCancel

  • Celia Costa - August 4, 2015 - 11:42 pm

    Thanks so much !ReplyCancel

  • Sandy Lewis - August 5, 2015 - 12:41 am

    Hi Kerri – Happy Birthdayversary! This is Sandy from CT and I’d like to thank you for the freebie and for a chance to win this fabulous giveaway:). Here’s hoping for double the amount of years in the future!ReplyCancel

  • Susan W - August 5, 2015 - 6:18 am

    Happy Happy Birthday from Blaine Minnesota!ReplyCancel

  • Marilyn - August 5, 2015 - 7:00 am

    Thank you for this adorable freebie! Thanks for addressing the comment problem, I’ve tried so many times and really thought it was me. Hope this posts! Have a great day!ReplyCancel

  • Robin Powell - August 5, 2015 - 7:37 am

    Robin, from MissouriReplyCancel

  • EllyMae - August 5, 2015 - 9:20 am

    Elly from California!ReplyCancel

  • Diane - August 5, 2015 - 12:54 pm

    Congratulations and happy birthday from Washington! Love all things Kerri. Wishes for many more.ReplyCancel

  • Tracy - August 5, 2015 - 6:15 pm

    Happy Birthday!!
    Davidsville PAReplyCancel

  • Lois John - August 5, 2015 - 7:43 pm

    HB, Kerri and Kerri Bradford Studios. I am from Brantford, ON CanadaReplyCancel

  • Shari Arbogast - August 5, 2015 - 8:03 pm

    Well, I’m just getting to know you, but I look forward to the next five years. ^_^ Shari, from Ohio.ReplyCancel

  • Karen Peterson - August 5, 2015 - 8:54 pm

    Karen from Eagle River, AKReplyCancel

  • Lara - August 5, 2015 - 10:14 pm

    PG UT. Happy Bday! I hope we grow old together!ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Brooks - August 6, 2015 - 2:34 am

    I have a loooong wish list I could spend this on!
    Beautiful NW Montana!ReplyCancel


Five years.

Wow! I cannot believe I’ve had this little ol’ business for five years now! I’m always in a state of constant gratitude that I get to do what I do and…the icing on the cake (notice what I did there)…is that I get to do it with all of you! You have been a tremendous support with your kind words and funny comments. I am seriously humbled by your enthusiasm and support for the things I create and my crazy teaching. 



I’ve grown a lot in five years…both where I’m at business-wise as well as what I get to create. Styles have also changed up a bit in five years. 

Who remembers my very first kit?



This was my first try at seeing if creating–and selling–cuttable images was something that I really could pursue. My first month I made $500 and I thought, ‘Wow. This could really work.’

And when I put up my August This+That kit last week, I thought about the fact that I’ve had them for almost five years now too! I started with THIS Halloween kit almost five years ago. I can’t believe I’ve been switching out my tray that long!

Time seriously flies! And a lot can happen in five years.

In five years I’ve had three different types of ‘stores’ (soon to be four, wink wink).
In five years I’ve had two different blogs.
In five years I began teaching online classes.
In five years I created my first set of stamps.
In five years I created three Project Life kits and Photo Layovers.

In five years I’ve connected and made friends with people from all over the world: Vietnam, Iceland, Canada, UK, Australia, South Africa, Norway, the Middle East…the list goes on and on…what an amazing world we live in!

I can’t even imagine what the next five years will bring.
Thank you all for making these past five years so amazing!

So speaking of stamps, there are two brand new stamp sets for you today!
And because we are in birthday mode…

They are on sale through Wednesday for 10% off!

stamps-it     stamps-escape-ex

They do have a tendency to sell quickly,
so pick yours up today if you’re impatient like me. :)

And now what’s a birthday party without a party favor?
A little piece of cake just for you!

Download this image for free today only.



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

And I can’t help but say, but wait there’s more!
What birthday party would it be if we didn’t have a sale?!

Save 20% on downloads and classes.

No coupon needed.
Exclude stamps, The History Project, the Designer Edition and gift cards.

We have three amazing days to celebrate,
so you don’t want to miss a day!

  • Cindy - August 3, 2015 - 7:52 am

    Happy Birthday Kerri!

    Love you’ve been in business for five years, wishes for many many more creative years!

    Also, there is no link to add the two new digi files to my cart!

    Thanks Dear!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - August 3, 2015 - 8:05 am

      Thanks Cindy! And sorry about the link. It’s in the store, but I do usually link the images in the post too. That’s what happens when it’s not in the store yet and you’re writing the blog post. :)ReplyCancel

      • Cindy - August 3, 2015 - 8:38 am

        Working on the fly, got you ;0
        I’ll just wait til you get things squared away! Birthday parties are always hectic, lots of prep work and executing plans.ReplyCancel

  • Michelle - August 3, 2015 - 8:10 am

    Happy birthday all the way from South Africa! I love your work and am thankful for all the freebies that you so generously share with us!ReplyCancel

  • Cynthia Larson - August 3, 2015 - 9:04 am

    Congratulations on a milestone. 5 years that is just awesome. My husband has his own business so I know how hard you have worked to make your business work and thrive. Happy 5th Birthday!ReplyCancel

  • Melanie A. - August 3, 2015 - 9:05 am

    Happy Happy 5th!! Thank you for sharing your gifts and yourself with us. Looking forward to many more years!ReplyCancel

  • Charlene - August 3, 2015 - 9:06 am

    Happy #5! Your this and that kits are my favorite!ReplyCancel

  • Stacie D - August 3, 2015 - 9:40 am

    I adore your scripty words. Thanks so much for the cut file! Happy, happy birthday!ReplyCancel

  • heidig - August 3, 2015 - 10:30 am

    Happy 5th Birthday! I love your classes, kits and stamps. Keep them coming!ReplyCancel

  • Sue FitzGerald - August 3, 2015 - 6:32 pm

    Wow, five years. I remember when you first left silhouette I asked if you were ever going to sell your own designs, and look at you now. Congratulations Miss Kerri on five years of awesome designs xReplyCancel

  • Lara Read - August 3, 2015 - 10:12 pm

    Happy Birthday! Kerri I’ve been a fan sense the beginning and I am so glad your store is doing so well. I love everything you and your team members post! Here is to many more years! Cheers!ReplyCancel

It’s no secret that I love being outdoors. I may not always get to be outdoors, but if I can sit up in the mountains with the swaying trees and the sound of the birds or by an ocean listening to the waves as them come crashing to shore…then I’m a happy camper.

I thought this phrase was so appropriate for this time of year. Whether you get a trip up the canyon, head to the beach, or just enjoy time sitting in your backyard and appreciate the nature there…it’s all connected. We are all connected. 



And of course I had to use it in digital form on a trip to the mountains.


And did you realize this is the very last day of July? School is just around the corner for many people. How about yourself? Ready to do a little class-ing yourself? Sign up for The History Project today because it’s the last day to save $5! (Class starts August 24. Enrollment ends August 31.)

I promise, this is one project you and your family will always treasure.
Get those memories out of your head and onto paper now.


  • Marla - July 31, 2015 - 8:15 am

    Thank you for this file!! We didn’t get to connect with nature for the last few days, but we certainly connected with three of our little grandsons. Ages 3 and twin 19 month olds.ReplyCancel

  • Stacie D - August 3, 2015 - 9:42 am

    Thank you! I love this sentiment!ReplyCancel

My son enjoys spending money–or enjoys dreaming of what he’s going to spend money on. (It’s true Zach, and you know it.) He’s always got some ‘cool thing’ that he wants to buy and it changes frequently.

We’ll be talking about one thing one day–like a fly rod he wants or that he wants to take a trip somewhere, and the next day he comes home with a lens.

This just happened at the beginning of the year.

Of course, with this particular purchase, I was quite intrigued. Canon released a new lens in November of the pancake variety. And just like the name, you can imagine what the lens looks like.


He bought this Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 lens for $149.

And I have to say, it’s a pretty nifty little lens for the price. (Note: This is not a lens you can use on a full-frame camera, like the 5D.)

I tried to convince him he should let me take it when we did our cross-country trip in March, but he wasn’t having any of that. I wish I would have just bought myself one then. It would have been awesome for places like the cemetery in New Orleans.

I’ve been struggling wanting to take my big mama camera (Canon 7D) around with me because it gets heavy and cumbersome. Love the camera, but it’s not very convenient. I’ve hauled it with me in a bag on many occasions and taking it in and out–most often with my 28-135 IS lens attached–and gets awkward…and heavy.

Need a little visual to see what I’m talking about?


Do you see what I mean? Granted, I lose all zooming capability and the image stabilizer, but with that small of a lens, don’t really need the IS. And with the megapixel of the 7D? I can always zoom in using Photoshop if I need to and probably be fine. Not only that, this is a fixed lens, meaning, I can set my aperture and it will stay…and I love being able to maintain the aperture I want.

I’ve been eying the Fuji x100s camera for like a couple years. I really want it. Light weight. Cool as heck looking. Love the retro. And a 23mm f/2 lens. Perfect for city, landscape and just everyday shooting. They are actually on the x100T now…that’s how long I’ve been wanting it. ;)

I still really want the Fuji, but with a cost of $1299 for the most recent model, it’s not so in the budget. Perhaps if I sold my 7D….

But at $149, I finally bought my own lens so I can have pancakes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, whether at home or on vacation.

Here’s a few sample shots I took at about–or just over–a foot away.

pancake11-webSettings: f/11, ISO 800



Settings: f/5.6, ISO 800


pancake28-webSettings: f/2.8, ISO 800

The one downside to it is that it does vignette a little when you get down to 2.8, as you can see by this photo. Seems that if you shoot with a little higher f-stop number, then it doesn’t vignette quite as much.

Zach’s been using his quite a bit these past few months and loving it.

I’m excited to give it a real test drive on some upcoming travel myself.

  • Katie Jones - July 29, 2015 - 7:33 am

    Too funny! My son just got this same lens; it arrived here on Monday. He was taking pictures of things on my desk to show me how well it works. Love it! Have fun with yours!ReplyCancel

  • Stefani - July 30, 2015 - 1:04 am

    Okay! This thing is just too adorable and now I really want one. I wonder if it will work with my old camera?ReplyCancel

  • christi in ma - July 30, 2015 - 7:57 am

    thank you for posting about this, Kerri.
    I was debating not bringing my 7D on vacation and just trying to be happy with iPhone only photos. The quality just isn’t the same.
    I can rent this pancake lens for $16 for the week to try it out!ReplyCancel

    • Kerri - July 30, 2015 - 8:46 am

      You’ll have to tell me how you like it! :)ReplyCancel