Archive for January 6th, 2010


Versatility

Jan 6, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

One thing I LOVE about paper-crafting is VERSATILITY!

I love when one thing can have MANY uses.

I think all of the products we have to offer at My Time Made Easy™ LLC are very versatile.

I remember when I first started stamping/paper-crafting. The hardest part was having “it all”. Or having everything match or coordinated. Usually when I did find “something” like that, it would  have cost me one arm and my first born to purchase the entire collection. Let’s be frank….while this hobby is so exhilarating, it can get expensive. I have far more money invested in my stamping supplies that any amount of jewelry or anything else I can think of! LOL!!  My goal for my store was to be able to put the tools to create amazing, coordinating projects in your hands, and make it as easy and affordable as possible. Whether you are a stamper, paper crafter, scrapper, or somewhere in between, I think our products will help guide you in trying out the many areas of this art!

OK that leads me back to the versatility part…..

I am going to show you 3 projects that showcase how our products can be used for all areas of this industry.

1) The Scrapper

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This is a 12 X 6 piece of “wall art”. I consider this to be a scrapbooking sort of project.

I am taking this to get framed next week, to put in my front hall-which is ALL butterflies.

I wanted to create something with my recent favorite photos of my two daughters Alexa 10, and Amber 5. They are growing SO fast.

I used the All A Flutter © Pretty Packaging template, to create a connected butterfly trio, in black cardstock, as my main focus. I could have used the Flutters and Flowers © cut file, but I wanted the wider base on my finished image.

I LOVE that you can re-size all the Cut files to suit any project, with the simple click of a button.

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The sentiment flag reads: Love is like a butterfly:  It goes where it pleases and it pleases wherever it goes.  ~Author Unknown    

This is from the All A Flutter © sentiments set.

I took the All A Flutter © Pretty Packaging template, and in my Cricut Expression -and in SCAL put 3 of these butterflies together(front/back pieces of the template) and interlinked them at the tops of the wings. Once they were aligned I clicked the “merge” button. It cut them out just perfectly!

The butterfly sizes were 3 1/2 inches.

I went on to cut a single 3 1/2 inch butterfly from black and white cardstock so I could layer them.

I used the STUNNING Color Me Pretty © Flutters and Flowers paper collection and printed the daisy pattern on my white cardstock. I then cut out my wing prints, using my Circut Expression. I applied the wing prints to my black 3 1/2 inch butterfly(using dimensionals), which I then layered onto the white one, and adhered to my butterfly trio.

Here is Alexa’s side

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You can see that I have used the All A Flutter © image set in the upper right corner. I printed the same paper, in a smaller scale, used my Flutters and Flowers Cut file to cut it out, then stamped my solid butterfly outline to create a 3D butterfly. I applies adhesive rhinestones to the dots on the wings.

Here is Amber’s side

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I love showcasing my daughters in this fashion. It is wall art, yet almost like a hybrid scrapping page too since some elements are printed.

More butterflies, and a few flowers I had laying around.

Honestly I do NOT consider myself a “scrapper” but I was able to create this project in less than 45 minutes. Now if I had any idea what I was going to do…it may have gone quicker. I am not use to creating projects like this, but this “wall art” of my 2 daughters just flowed.

SO here we had a scrappy project, that incorporated stamps, and even a Pretty Packaging ©template, used in a unique way!

2) The Paper-crafter

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To me, the “paper-crafter” is someone who mainly only likes/uses PAPER for their projects, be it just die cuts, creating boxes, bags, tags an or other “stuff” solely from paper. Even some scrappers use just die cuts, or stickers…..etc.

So for the Paper-crafter’s our Pretty Packaging © templates are PERFECT!

This project uses the Shutt-erfly © template, only I cut it into 2 pieces!!

I cut down the top to 1 1/2 inches from the top score, and the bottom piece-2 inches from the bottom score.

So it is about 3 1/2 inches (without the flowers) tall.

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I used the mat layers in Shutt-erfly © to create my “leaves” on the top of my box. I then used Pretty Pieces © Flutters and Flowers Cut File to create my flower.

I then stamped an acrylic tag with the sentiment “Butterfly Kisses”.

 I took the SAME Daisy print patterned paper, as on my first project, and instead of printing it on white cardstock, I printed it onto Spitfire cardstock. It gives it a totally new look! Think of how many options you now have for paper! If you own the color cardstock, you have a pattern in that color! SO cool!

I created a wrap that is 2 inches wide. It also conceals the fact the the box is 2 pieces

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I used the open line butterfly from All A Flutter © (see just a little stamping to ease you into it!), and stamped the solid wing prints in black, then added a few buttons to select flower centers.

EASY PEASY!!

3) The Stamper

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It is pretty obvious that stamping can be incorporated any/everywhere!

This card matches our packaging, and used both the All A Flutter © image and sentiment set.

I just layered a white mat, onto a white base. It offers some dimension, with a very clean, classic look.

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I kept this card simple for the beginner, but even a seasoned stamper enjoys simplicity at times.

I just colored the half butterfly image with my Copic markers and added some glitter.

The flower is a Prima flower, and the leaves are some cut ribbon from May Arts.

Here is the gift set together.

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Now we have the same set, but the box topper is off, and it reveals some delicious DOVE Promises.

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How simply elegant.

Supplies:

Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp sets: All A Flutter © image set, All A Flutter Sentiments © set

Pretty Packaging © templates : All A Flutter © and Shutt-erfly ©

Pretty Printables © digital paper in Color Me Pretty ©: Flutters and Flowers ©

NEW! Pretty Pieces © Cut File : Flutters and Flowers ©

Cardstock from Couture Cardstock

Ribbon from May Arts

Flowers by Prima

Adhesive rhinestones, copper cord, acrylic tag by Tim Holtz, buttons by Foo Fa La

SO see! No matter what your “specialty” there is something for everyone! One area of this craft can easily slide into the other. All these projects use the same elements, and coordinate together perfectly. By changing up your colors you can get a wide variety of looks!

Now we have MORE!!

My design team member Tracey Cuccia has more projects to share today.

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She also used All A Flutter © template to create some art work too.

Mona Pendleton has even more to share too!! Everything is stunning 😀

So that is all for today. More to come tomorrow 😀

Hope you can check back in then.

I can always count on Melissa at Pink Cat Studio to come up with the CUTEST images.

She is my cutesy fix 😀

It feels like forever since she has had a release (and it has been about a month or so) so it was overdue! She has some really sweet images for Valentines Day, some in rubber, and others in Digi downloads so be sure you check it out —> HERE! SO much variety

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Today I am working with a NEW! Lily Valentine Fairy

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She is just the sweetest thing.

I have missed using her stuff. I’ve gotten so busy….its just fallen to the wayside. But Lily is my FAVORITE so it was nice to se aside some time to just play.

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I knew I wanted to package up some candy in the In a Pinch © Pretty Packaging template. I also knew I wanted to use RED and some other non-traditional Valentine colors, so I got inspired by the heart paper, and added some flowers from American Crafts.

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Admittedly this was created during a MOJO lacking moment, and when I was completely exhausted. No excuses though, but now I’m thinking (with a clearer head and some creativity) I could have totally omitted the heart paper! LOL! Oh well…..

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I had to cut her all out. I so love the coloring and colors (of this portion anyway)

Be sure you go to the BLOG to see what all the team members have out together to get yourself inspired.

Thanks for stopping by

My Etsy

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