Archive for May, 2009


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Here it is!

This is your challenge for this Saturday!

Use ANY My Timeless Template, and follow the challenge above!

Since its my Birthday month I decided to have you try my favorite color-or image-butterfly!
Link your creations HERE!

Sadly I didn’t get to photgraph mine yet-I had some unexpected things pop up so NO computer time. But will try to get it posted tomorrow. I have a shopping date with friends today at CKC! So Ill be gone till tonight, then Amber is going to a PJ party! Should be fun.

In the meantime……here are my Design Team Peeks

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They really rocked out the challenge 😀 Take a LOOKIE

  • Alicia
  • Dana G
  • Dawn Easton
  • Jennifer
  • Kendra
  • Kristen
  • Lisa
  • MacKenzie
  • Maria
  • Odette
  • Pam
  • Tamara Harder
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • So I hope you get inspired!

    I’ll be back later 😀 Enjoy your day, and I hope you get some ME TIME!

    Hi everyone!

    Thanks for joining me for my Papertrey Ink Newsletter Post!

    I have to admit I was pretty TAPPED for ideas. So I went to Michaels and browsed the ENTIRE store, to find something FUN AND NEW to share! I get bored easy, in case you can’t tell! LOL! I love trying new things, and every so often I find something extra cool.

    So, that being said I hope you like what I came up with 😀 I really enjoy expanding my uses for my stamps!

    There really are so many ways they can be used! This is just ONE more!

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    This is a dinner plate (I created a matching set of 4) with a candle holder-as seen in the photo.

    How about using your stamps as stencils for making decorative glass gifts?!

    I made a video to show you just how easy this really is!

                    

    So grab some coffee and get planning on making some affordable painted glass items-no art lessons needed!

    This is a photo of the finished candle holder. More photos can be seen in the video!

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    Now more on what you need to make your own painted glass gift items!

    Obviously something GLASS, that YOU want to decorate.

    Stamp set of choice.

    I found (in the paint/stencil) section-some marker/pens that are meant to be use on glass and ceramics!

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    They are by Vitrea 160-cost $2.99 each, and come in a large variety of colors! You can get opaque or transparent colors.

    Follow instructions for use on package!

    Well I thought they looked SUPER cool, but my problem-I can’t paint or draw a simple stick figure to save my life!!

    While there in the store they had stencils and stuff too. I thought-well I have stamped ON GLASS, why not use a stamped image as a stencil with my markers?!

    Now I didn’t want to TRACE. I wanted a fun, new look! So I went with dots! Fun, easy and no stress if you drank too much coffee 😀

    I used Beautiful Blooms for my project! You can use whatever you wish.

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    Step 1:

    Clean your glass with glass cleaner. If using something that needs to be centered-Mark center on back with eclipse tape.

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    Step 2:

    Stamp you image onto cardstock/copy paper-cut to size.

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    Step 3

    Layer stamped paper where needed. Lay your plate or other item over stamped image.

    Mark dots on flower center, and outer petals first!

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    Step 4

    Count number of dots on each petal to ensure even spacing and nice even look on project!

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    Repeat for leaves, and flower centers-using green marker!

    Take out your stamp stencil and VIOLA!

    This is the completed plate

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    Not too shabby for a newbie glass painter, now is it?!

    I have to admit, it was very fun to make this. I wil wrap up the set with a pretty bow and tag to match. Should be a nice gift for someone, right?

    I especially like that I don’t have to be a true ARTIST to pain on glass now! I have stamps for that 😀

    Well thanks for stopping by!

    I hope you enjoyed the video, and visual tutorial for those who need it 😀

    Thanks for stopping by

    I did it!

    May 14, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: About Me

    I took the plunge and entered my daughter Amber into the Parents magazine photo contest! I was going to wait to get MORE photos, but feared I would get too busy and FORGET! LOL!!! Now THAT would STINK!!!

    So after all the advce here is her entry!

    http://www.parents.com/photos/photo-contests-1/cover-kid-1/791800073/?photoId=791500178&firstPhoto=true

    Let me know what you think. Im excited and hopeful, but don’t think it will REALLY happen. But you miss 100% of the chances you DONT take right?

    Wish us luck!

    Now Im in a panic that I chose the wrong photos and should have waited! Oh LORDY! Oh well!

    HOLY MOLY am I exhausted! I know-WHO CARES!!

    (on a side note I HAVE to share that Alexa has hit her 2 year post-chemo (remission) marker! Now we go every other month for check ups! But she has to have her port-a-cath flushed monthly still> Im excited and scared to death all at the same time. Talk about emotionally draining)

    TONIGHT is THE night!! Papertrey Ink has their release! I’m so excited 😀 I hope to see you tonight 😀 I’ll be back later to share my Papertrey Ink newsletter project too.

    I also hope you have enjoyed the peeks I have shared here this week using My Timeless Templates 😀 Each one is labor of LOVE! I have to say they do inspire lots of great gift ideas 😀

    Speaking of ideas………………I have 2 more samples to share till the BIG DAY! When YOU can buy your newest My Timeless Templates : Let’s Do Lunch and Ready, Set, Wrap!

    So without further delay……………..I have samples for a girly event, and boy themed too!

    Are you looking for something ELEGANT? Maybe a Wedding gift, of favor?

    Well you just might LOVE this!

    Using Ready, Set Wrap!

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    Seriously-how stunning is that?

    It was exactly as I had envisioned it to be in my head.

    I filled this with Raspberry Dove chocolates, but truffles or wedding cake would be darling in here too! Any favor item actually. OH! How about a Cinderella Slipper for a Fairy Tale themed princess party!! OH BOY! Maybe a piece of jewelry?? This list goes on and on.

    I printed my template onto copy paper. I then used the Clearly Creative Cardstock, and cut out/scored my template.

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    I stamped my Fancy Flourishesonto the front, and side panels using white StazOn. Using glue dots I added Prima Hydrangea flowers, with adhesive rhinestone centers.

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     I added a shimmery white cardstock panel to the bottom inside, then a scallop rectangle bottom to the bottom of the assembled template.

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    Tied the top with a Satin ribbon to match.

    I think this is just gorgeous!

    Supplies:

    My Timeless Template: Ready, Set, Wrap!
    Stamps: Fancy Flourishes
    Cardstock: Acetate, shimmery white, Raspberry Fizz
    Ink: White StazOn
    Ribbon: Satin Raspberry Fizz
    Other: Prima flowers, adhesive rhinestones
    Scallop nestabilities

    OK moving on to an entirely different direction…..BOY!

    Owly-a gift for a boy!

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    MANY of you have boys out there! I’m with you. Many of you ask me WHY I don’t make ANY boy samples using my templates?!  Well, I heard ya. Its not that I CAN’T do boy stuff, I just find GIRL stuff so much more fun, easy and pretty 😀

    So that being said- I made a boy gift. I used Let’s Do Lunch for this one .

    I used a paint can handle, and large eyelets for the handle.

    I LOVE Wise Owl 😀 so I made my own patterned paper using Guidelines 2 cardstock with the owl and bellies 😀 I think its super cute. You can’t see that each row of owls is colored differently-but thats OK

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    I added the sentiment to a button center, and covered it with a page pebble.

    It is held closed with buckles-from a hodge podge hardware kit I had.

    Just unbuckle the ribbon-

    Now INSIDE……………

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    I added a notebook, some crayons-

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    which I designed my own box for, as well as a “office” set I got a Michaels Craft Store for $1!

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    I think this is a super adorable BOY themed art box, don’t you?

    Supplies:
    My Timeless Template: Lets Do Lunch
    Stamps: Wise Owl
    Cardstock: dark chocolate, white, Ripe avocado
    Paper: Bitty Dots 2008
    ink: Copic Markers, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Pumpkin
    Ribbon: Twill Ripe Avocado
    Vintage button in new leaf
    Paint can handle, brass large eyelets, brass hodgepodge hardware

    Now if you want to go EASY PEASY-this is the sample for you:

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    Just use patterned paper, and a SIMPLE tag-done in under 5 minutes!

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    I shared a peek of this during the Blog Hop

    This was my concept sample when I created the template. The concept samples are the finished template idea samples, that go to Nichole for approval 😀

    This is the back

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    This is the side

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    This one was so cool and retro!

    yes, like many said-almost like a bowlers bag 😀

    No matter what it reminds you of-its cute, fun and has so many possibilities 😀

    I cannot tell you how much I adore this specific template. It took quite some time getting the idea to work, but in the end I am so happy with the result.

    Template: Ready, Set. Wrap!
    Stamps Spring tags 2008
    Cardstock: Black, white
    Ink: Black
    paper Black and white basics

    Alrighty-that is all for me for now.

    Tonight is the release party. I have my newsletter project due, and this weekend I am off to shop at CKC in Manchester with friends. I can’t wait. I need a day for ME!!

    Thanks for stopping by

    Now for more peeks be sure to check out   Nicholes blog, Becky, Melissa, Lisa and Candice.

    😀 See ya later!

    FYI

    May 13, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    My Etsy Shop has been updated!

    Feel free to lookie 😀

    www.laurenmytime.etsy.com

     One of the best gifts to give is bath and body products!!

    I LOVE packaging these items because:

    1) They are fun-and generally pretty

    2) They look awesome in my templates :D)

    3) They really dress up a simple, and inexpensive. yet thoughtful gift

    4) EVERYONE loves to smell good (right?)

    5) SAVES YOU MONEY!

    Seriously, you can spend SO MUCH (or so much MORE) when you get a bath set already wrapped up in something somewhat “fancy”. They KNOW that presentation is EVERYTHING! I could say that till I’m BLUE in the face, but think about it!

    WHAT attracts you to certain things? OK basically everything in life-is the advertisement!

    The packaging of a product, the store sign, the advertisement logo or jingle! Its all about presenting something in a attractive way. Even when you go for a job interview. You try to look your best, right? People notice that stuff, and as far as advertising its all in your subconscious but it totally works.

    Today I will show you how you can use BOTH templates from this months release to make a great gift set for UNDER $12!! Actually, you can obviously get even less expensive stuff and do it for far less, but this is what my sets would cost.

    Now I did MORE of making my own patterned paper.  Both gift sets use my newest template releases

    Let’s Do Lunch and Ready, Set Wrap!

    I’m totally in LOVE with both for very different reasons.

    I thought I would show you SIMILAR designs using both templates, and packaging the same items too, so you can see just how cute they BOTH are!

    I used Everyday Classics (the anniversary set, not available for purchase :C SORRY!) to make my OWN patterned papers. If you can’t tell I’m LOVING that these days, and saving myself from BUYING paper too 😀 Use what you have! Making your own patterned paper is taking you BACK to the BASICS!

    OK first up-Ready, Set, Wrap!

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    I needed a QUICK gift for Amber’s dance teacher.

    I used Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Sweet Blush, and Spring Moss with Ripe Avocado ink for these colors-stamped onto vintage cream.

    I added little pearls to the flower centers.

    Side view

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    I LOVE the look.

    Now this template comes with the decorative curved layer.

     I used my technique for making an additional mat layer. As seen in this video

    I hope this video is helpful for you to try even more layering options, for those of you who love lots of layers! Now you don’t need to be intimidated to try it.

    Now for the tag-

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    I love the touch of this flower I punched/layered to be like what I thought this flower would look like in 3D form!

    It was a quick and simple touch, but I felt it really made the gift a WOW! Amber signed her name to the back (I was very tight on time and didn’t make a card! GASP!)

    Now here is what is inside

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    These are aromatherapy body wash/body lotion from Bath & Body Works.

    I just laid them down, side by side, and they were a perfect fit.

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    I then just folded in the sides, and Amber was off to dance rehearsal with a pretty and easy gift for her teacher!

    Supplies:

    My Timeless Template: Ready, Set, Wrap!

    Stamps: Everyday Classics, Mega Mixed Messages, Garden of Life

    Cardstock: Sweet Blush , Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Vintage Cream, Spring Moss, Vellum cardstock, Bitty Dots 2008

    Ink: Berry Sorbet, Melon Berry, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado

    Ribbon: Ripe avocado

    Other: Flower punch, butterfly punhc, adhesive pearls, tag punch

    Now we move on to another gift-using Let’s Do Lunch!

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    I used the same stamp set:Everyday Classics in Soft Sky, Blue Bayou, River Rock, and Ocean Tides for this paper creation.

    I love the colors in this.

    I am using no handle. No fancy closure. This is presenting as just a gift box! Now imagine it on a desk somewhere?! Love it.

    I went to Bath & Body Works and purchased some small body wash/body lotions for about $5 each.You could totally catch a SALE and stock up, but I bought full price.

    The Sea Island Cotton is my FAVORITE!! So I went with that for this box.

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    There are two in this gift set. Just a nice, simple gift.

    Now for the detail flower on the ribbon-just like the other creation above.

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    You can fit 4 of the small size body wash/lotions in the Let’s Do Lunch template! But for today I used 2.

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    I had some really pretty tulle to set inside.

    If you laid them side by side-4 would fit.

    Seriously look how pretty and elegant these are-without TONS of work or MONEY invested!

    Supplies:

    My Timeless Template: Let’s Do Lunch

    Stamps: Everyday Classics

    Cardstock: Vintage Cream, River Rock, Blue Bayou

    Ink: River Rock, Vintage Cream, Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Ocean Tides

    Ribbon: SU! Blue Bayou

    Flower punch, adhesive pearls

    So that is my fun peek for today! I have so much more to share, but need to get my other projects done!

    Tomorrow is another day 😀

    I hope you like seeing the same idea for the 2 separate templates. I had fun with this one.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Now for more peeks be sure to check out   Nicholes blog, Michelle, Melissa, Lisa and Candice.

    2nd Template Reveal :Let’s Do Lunch Triple Take

    May 11, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

     Let’s Do Lunch!

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    NOTE: templates released on the 15th!

    Great Guide-This was my concept project for this template. AKA hard copy from my original template.

    I am so excited about this template that I nearly did a cartwheel . I’m OVER THE MOON that I was able to figure out HOW to get a CARDSTOCK version of one of my most favorite gift packaging items ever–>the rounded top, metal lunch box, is NOW a gift packaging template for papercrafters! WOOT! WOOT!!

     I cannot tell you HOW MANY, metal lunch box tins I have personally purchased for my children and/or for their friends for gifts! I mean let’s face it, they are pretty darn cute! They can hold a boat load of fabulous stuff , and look super cute altered.

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     BUT………..there is always a BUT!………… They cost UPWARDS of $6 EACH!! If you don’t believe me-price them out yourself.

    Lots of time and money wasted, I finally decided that my paper version is just what was needed, to not only make life easier, but personalization, as well as the expense! Now there is NO FUSS! You get an amazing Lunch Box Tin, every time, in much less time than it takes to cover something you don’t like to begin with.You can make it for ANYONE!

    Here are some links to the kind you BUY in a store

    http://www.lunchboxes.com/lunchboxes.html

    http://www.nextag.com/norob/PtitleSeller.jsp?chnl=main&tag=718113577&ctx=7lL9kTn%2BHEwhkKt7IZfDwQLS%2BMGkpXK9OK8oZAbG%2FhzDktiKSLP39iI61xfWqNQrJa%2BYqwE3tw3rlXXffWy2Q9EBqOJ3gWICvfSdN3mx8uBBR3DLpXN4gtA8UbaeBJYv%2FxJhtDMiD8Y1VkAiAiGDUfLz9ZJpA8waAZCwr3Lab3Ijpfg3DMFs8BzfNLCX8RTJQzaC9KMDBFVFCH6SF1YDng%3D%3D&ptitle=648811012

    http://www.createforless.com/Provo+Tin+Box+Lunch+Box+Medium/pid128611.aspx?utm_source=nextag&utm_medium=cse

    http://www.nextag.com/Howie-Hearts-Fashion-Lunch-646537837/prices-html

    http://www.target.com/1006-Retro-Tin-Lunch-Box/dp/B000BXKT2U/sr=1-1/qid=1242081917/ref=sr_1_1/179-5670750-5579923?ie=UTF8&frombrowse=0&index=target&field-browse=1038576&rh=k%3Alunch%20box&page=1

    CRAZY!!!

    Now we have the Let’s Do Lunch by My Timeless Templates!

    You can just print, cut, score and assemble! EASY PEASY! I promise. Seriously goes together very quickly.

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    Side/back view

    Supplies:

    My Timeless Template: Let’s Do Lunch

    Stamps: Guidelines 2

    Cardstock : True LBack, Raspberry Fizz, Guidelines 2

    Ink: Gray, Raspberry Fizz, Black

    Ribbonin Prasberry Fizz, True Black

    Vintage Button in True Black

    Other: Scallop punch, large eyelet colored black with Sharpie marker, Paint can handle, Prima Flower

     As you can see they are 2 pieces so you can mix and match. So many possibilities.

    And HELLO! ONLY $5! For LESS than ONE metal lunch-box, you get our template, 5 exclusive ideas, and unlimited gifts that you can easily design for yourself, over and over again. Just ONE use of this template pays for itself.

    This template is SERIOUSLY easy and fabulous 😀 Yes I’m tooting my own horn, because it wasn’t easy to figure out HOW to get this one perfect. It took me MANY HOURS to design this so that the lid had a PERFECT curve-that is ONE piece, and folded together SMOOTHLY, and EASILY!

    For handle options you can:

    Use a thick wire, and bend your own (template provided!)

    Use paint can handle-with large eyelets (like sample above)

    Use Ribbon

    Use cardstock

     or omit handle and make it a gift box, or decorative box.

    Buy purse handle at store for $1.99

    Now we have another project sample!

    Darling Daisy

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    Supplies:

    My Timeless Template: Lets Do Lunch

    Stamps: Floral Frenzy

    Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Black, Lemon Tart

    Ink: Snow White, Craft ink in yellow, Smokey Shadow

    Ribbon-Michaels stitched ribbon

    Other: Hodge Podge Hardware, banana brads, purse handle

    Included in the template is the scoring guide, to help you get the PERFECT curve when folding, a guide to create a perfect hidden latch closure (if you want that type of closure), as well as the curved decorative side panels for EASY layering for the sides of your Let’s Do Lunch Box! We also added a printable guide for you to create your own decorative handle from special wire 😀

    For my box I purchased a metal pocketbook handle at Michaels Craft Store of only $1.99!

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    You just unscrew the bottom, and insert it into the box top 😀 In the idea book, I have another idea using the same handle 😀 BUT you gotta purchase the template to see the Idea Book 😀

    You can also use many ways to CLOSE your box!

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    Here I used some Hodge Podge hardware to make closures to tie my Let’s Do Lunch Box closed!

    Other easy Latch Options:

    Use latch template provided

    Use hardware to close

    Use ribbons to tie shut

    Use scallop borders to secure closed

    Inside this box I purchases some Gourmet Popcorn from PoppyCock-Caramel Cashew! YUM-A-Licious!

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    I just put it in a adhesive bag, and wrapped it in tulle, then added a Prima Flower.

    Fits perfectly in here, and make a nice keepsake for the receiver to keep and use at their discretion.

    Now I loved the Black , Smokey Shadow and Lemon together, so I made another variation of this box, only this one is being used with NO handle, and given as a CARD BOX!

    Let’s Do Lunch goes Decorative Gift box!

    Poppy Color Pop OSW

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    I LOVE making my own patterned paper! Which is exactly what I did in ALL three samples today. Its CHEAP, FUN and EASY. I can make as much or as little as I want, and not worry about “running out”.

    I think this is SUCH a pretty BOX! Weather you use a fun and funky handle, or closure, or just keep it BASIC-its stunning for packaging anything!

    I made this a card box-but it would be a STUNNING Recipe box too 😀

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    Supplies:

    My Timeless Template: Let’s Do Lunch

    Stamps: Remember, Mega Mixed Messages, Background Basics :Text Style

    Cardstock: Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone, True Black and Lemon Tart

    Ink: Smokey Shadow, Sahara Sand, Lemon Tart, True Black

    Ribbon: Lemon Tart

    Vintage Buttons in True Black

    Other: Scallop Border punch, circle punches

    Here is the lid open. I made a scallop border, which I adhered INSIDE the top lid, so that the scallop borders fits IN the box bottom, and hold it closed, but looks SO pretty when you open it!

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     I designed 6 cards (and 6 envelopes for 4 1/4 squared) 2 lemon base, 2 smokey shadow base, and 2 black base

    2 each of the 3 different designs you see here-and put them in the box

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    I basically stamped a One Sheet Wonder, and used the elements from that ONE sheet of stamped cardstock to make my gift set!

    I love the look. I hope you do too!

    Now I would SO love to hear your thoughts on the newest templates!!  It took forever to get this one done, so I hope you are as excited by it as I am!!

    So that is my peek for tonigh! I have SOOOOO many more ideas 😀 As always! So wait until you see my next post. More of making my own patterned paper too. These projects are what keep me SOOOO crazy busy-but its a good crazy and a fun kind of busy 😀

    I LOVE my job. I feel like the luckiest girl in the world being able to share what I LOVE to do daily. I can’t even express how much enjoyment it brings me. Then when I see what YOU do with the templates, its the best feeling ever!!!!!!

    So thank you all for the excitment, love and support. Thank you for allowing me to share my dream and love of papercrafting with each of you, every time you visit, and when you share your ideas with me 😀

    Now for more peeks be sure to check out Kelly’s blog for another template peek (tomorrow), as well as  Nicholes blog, Melissa, Lisa and Candice.

    Thanks again for stopping by!

    Star Prints

    May 10, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Timeless Templates

    I hope you all had a great Mother’s Day!! I know I did. Amber did AMAZING at her dance recital!!! I was SOOOOOO proud of her. She looked adorable and knew every step. I’ll share photos soon. We spent the day doing all sorts of fun stuff. It was great.

    Anywho…..

     OK another day of PEEKS! YIPPEE!

    If you like Stars, you are going to LOVE Star Prints!

    I had so much fun with this set this month. What I TOTALLY love is the co-ordination of Star Prints with the punch 😀 I don’t like CUTTING stuff like that out, and having this quick & simple option is fabulous for me. Makes great star themed projects easy peasy.

    Nichole had the girls all use Star Prints to create a variety of cards/gift ideas!

    My Timeless Templates to the rescue 😀 I used my newest-to be released in the 15th-template Ready, Set, Wrap! (No worries you will see the next template tomorrow!! Trust me its worth the wait!! Im in love it :D)

    Like always, I NEVER know what I am going to do until I get to work. I usually start with ONE idea and somehow that becomes obsolete, and turns into a totally different idea!

    I WAS going to do a Teacher theme (I did do a teacher theme project-but that ended up being used for the Idea Book for the other template I am peeking tomorrow :D) then had a MALE family friend have a BIG birthday-he turned 40! So, my idea turned ended up changing, to be used to create this set, for the PERFECT (in my humble opinion) MALE gift set.

    I am trying to make MORE male/boy themed stuff with my templates for you all to see! I know I so lack in creating for that group! Sorry, I just LOVE GIRLY!! But, hey, guys/boys need gifts too!

    Me, LOVING gift giving, had a BLAST adding a masculine twist-so show you that ALL my templates  REALLY are GENDER NEUTRAL!

    The BIG 4-0! Set

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    Here is what I made him. Kept is clean, simple and FRILL FREE :O) That is easier said than done. I did add some bling STARS, but felt that was acceptable!

    I used the Star Print with the numbers, and colored JUST the 4-0 RED for some POP!  Lucky for me they were RIGHT next to each-other! YEAH!! Gotta love when things just work like that.

    Here is the card

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    Crisp, clean and as I said FRILL free!

    (the swirl is a little peeky at another set you will LOVE-coming out on the 15th)

    Since it was the BIG 4-0, I thought the sentiment was perfect too.

    Honestly my photographs took WAY longer than the MAKING of this gift set.

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    I had this DONE in 15 minutes!

    The Ready, Set, Wrap!  is my newest template! It is SO fast and EASY! You are going to LOVE it.

    Making a card/gift box set has never been easier! I swear! I used the largest SU! oval punch for this one.

    Now I made this literally one hour before the dinner. So my GIFT was bought ON THE RUN! I got him a $40 (because he was turning 40 :D) gift card to his favorite sporting goods store! Gift cards are ALWAYS the perfect option for me, especially for MEN!

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    So, I popped it inside here!

    I have to admit stuffing in the filler wasn’t easy, without having pieces try to POP out of it! LOL! But it looked cool when you open it, so I made it work. My trick-pull out the pieces that pop out! LOL! OR snip them with scissors. This is the foil kind, not the paper-which is much easier to manage.

    Supplies:

    My Timeless Template: Ready, Set, Wrap!

    Stamps: Star Prints, Fancy Flourishes

    Cardstock: Pure Poppy, White, True Black

    Ink: Black and a red marker

    Punches: 2 inch circle, XL Twinkle Twinkle Star Punch by Fiskars

    other: Adhesive Rhinestones

    Be sure you check out the entire team for their gift ideas using this set and their choice of My Timeless Templates!

    Tomorrow I will share the peek at my second template for this month!

    HINT: Lets just say Lunch is the theme 😀 HAHAHAHAHA

    I think you will all really be excited for it 😀 (Or I HOPE you will be.)

     I’m loving it.

    Thanks for stopping by and sharing my excitement. You all make my day:D

     I also hope you like that more masculine stuff I will be sharing this release.

    Till tomorrow :D)

    Hi everyone! If you are tuning in Happy Mother’s Day!!

    I’ll share more on that at the end!

    Today is day one, of a jam packed post, filled with excitement! AS ALWAYS :D)

    As you know the Papertrey Ink countdown is here, and I always GUSH each month over and over at how excited I am. I know it may get old, but I REALLY am. Each month I fall in love the newest releases, and latest and greatest templates! Plus it makes me get a head start on my gifts.

    I now get to FINALLY share a peek at my newest Timeless Template  called Ready, Set, Wrap!

     This one is SOOOOO cool and fun. Seriously.  It is so super adorable, fun and easy to make TONS of gifts for just about anyone you can imagine. Perfect size for SO many treats.

    READY, SET, WRAP!

    Looking for the perfect way to WRAP up something? Then this is the template for you!Ready, Set Wrap! will have you whipping out the perfect packaging for every occasion! Use it as a party favors or a fun project with the kids too.This is just the cutest box you could ever make! Perfect for that special something you want “un”wrapped in a fun way!The curves of this fun box will have the receiver in complete awe! You will be amazed at how fast this one comes together.

    Go get READY, get SET-WRAP something special!

    I also get to give you a peek at a NEW! stamp set called Bird Watching from Papertrey Ink.

    NOTE: These items will not be released until the 15th D

    Today I am sharing a video that will HOPEFULLY help you  maximize the use of your stamps, and view them in a whole new way, save you MONEY, and add great embellishments to those My Timeless Template gifts you create for EVERYONE!!

    This video shows you how EASY it is to use your stamps to make your OWN chipboard embellishments!!

    SOOOOOO, the focus of my tutorial today used a large bird from Bird Watching.

    When I saw Bird Watching I fell in love. I immediately KNEW it had to be by Melissa Bickford! I LOVE her stuff!! LOVE!

    I knew the bird would make the CUTEST Keychain toggle for my Ready, Set, Wrap! template.

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    I like to use lightweight coasters for my projects. Usually you get 20 coasters for $2.00. That is ONLY 0.10 CENTS each-and you can get several images per coaster-HELLO!!! So affordable!

    If you were to PURCHASE chipboard pieces or stickers, they would cost upwards of several dollars with only a few in each package-and NOT always in your color scheme! Now you can use images you already purchased for your projects instead.

    Now you can use your STAMPS and make you own in MINUTES! AND it will MATCH any project! (like you needed another excuse to BUY MORE STAMPS?! :O)

    Plus, lets face it, these chipboard pieces not only add a fun element, but dimension and interest to everything you put them on as well. Remember its the LITTLE details.

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    Sentiment reads: You’re so very tweet

    Don’t you LOVE the chipboard bird addition to this project?! Perfect!

    Now I got the little keychain toggle thingy from Michaels Craft store. They are in the back in the LEATHER section. 20 chains for $2! Not too shabby 😀

    The cardstock is amethyst. I used Dark Chocolate Bitty Dots 2008 collection for this. I colored in the dots on the paper to match my project-so they are amethyst dots 😀 LOVE IT!

    I began my project using my Inspiration Challenge—>HERE It was just what I needed to get started.

    My felt flowers were made by me 😀 I die cut them from felt. Watch my video —-> HERE Button is from Vintage Buttons

    I used the Cuttlebug Flowers #1 die for the flower, and another cuttlebug flower bundle die for the leaves.

    Now to un-wrap it

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    Slide off one side, then the other………………..

    You’ll get the idea, as I share more ideas throughout the week 😀

    Supplies:

    My Timeless Template: Ready, Set, Wrap!

    Stamps: Bird Watching/Additions

    Cardstock: PTI Dark Chocolate, Almost Amethyst

    Patterned Paper: Bitty Dots 2008 Collection

    Ink: Dark Chocolate

    Copic Markers: BV00

    Vintage Buttons in New Leaf

    Punch: Small oval by SU!

    Other: Lightweight coaster board, eyelet, key chain toggle, Felt, Cuttlebug Flowers #1 die 2X6 Flower Bundle, crop-a-dile, hobby blade, sm corner rounder

    Now for more peeks be sure to check out Kelly’s blog for another template peek, as well as  Nicholes blog, Melissa, Lisa and Candice.

    I am spending the day baking cookies from scratch with my kids! (Hopefully NOT cooking anything else for the day)*I know I can’t believe it either!* But Alexa sent me a letter in the mail about wanting to bake cookies with me D Made me cry! It was SOOOOO sweet. I’ll also have to share the card/ poem she wrote me ALL by herself! She loves writing poems. I’m so proud of her writing and reading skills. She wants to write books/stories when she grows up! How cool is that?! A very good goal I think.

    Amber made me couple things, that were REALLY cute. One saying she loves me because I take her shopping! LOL! And give lots of hugs and kisses.

    Noah made me a card and puzzle-but told me he really wanted to make one for daddy! Um, thanks! LOL! So he took mine out of the envelope and made something for Jay instead! He is mad at me because he lost his XBOX for a week, after being TERRIBLE to my mother while she watched him, when we were at the funeral.

    Oh well. He will get over it eventually!! I hope. It hurt my feelings for him to be so angry with me. I know I need to stand my ground, but its so hard to be a mom sometimes.

    Thanks for stopping by!

     I’d LOVE to hear what your thoughts are for todays post and my newest template!

    Enjoy your day.

    Make sure you come back tomorrow for MORE peeks and endless ideas 😀

    OK Im running like a chicken with the head cut off.

    This is short and sweet! Amber has her dance recital today-2 shows, back to back! So I don’t have much time. I need to be there for her.

    Anywho-if you aren’t doing anything special……………and have stamp time………………..I got something for ya!

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    OK it is time for my first Inspiration Challenge!

    Keyword MTTI 01

    Link your projects HERE

    This comes from a dress I saw online at the Children’s Place!

    I LOVED the colors and pattern on the dress! Just use this image to spark your creativity in any way you can. No restrictions D Just go with it.

    MY take on this challenge will go up tonight with my FIRST Papertrey Ink Countdown Release project!

     I have my first template peek for this month, and a video for you! You won’t want to miss that D I know its Mother’s Day-but you can take a 10 minute peek, right?

    In the meantime…….here are peeks at what the My Time To Create Team pulled together from the challenge!

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    Now you can go HOP around:

  • Alicia
  • Dana G
  • Dawn Easton
  • Jennifer
  • Kristen
  • Lisa
  • MacKenzie
  • Maria
  • Odette
  • Pam
  • Tracey Cuccia
  •  Tamara Harder
  • A very special card is posted on Lisa’s Blog.Her card uses a VERY special digi stamp found –>HERE<– from Paper Make Up. ALL proceeds from this image benefit the family of a very sick little girl named Kayleigh( I can’t get past the first 2 posts! I could barely read after seeing the list of surgeries and procedures. Good grief!). Please—>READ HERE!

    I purchased the image immediately after hearing of this. I hope to create something VERY SOON!

    I hope you will find it in you this Mother’s Day, in honor of whomever comes to mind, to help another mom in need, and purchase this image D I cannot phantom the pain this family is feeling at this point, after a very rocky road.

    Thanks in advance!

    Till tomorrow.

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