Archive for January, 2010


Simply Sweet

Jan 7, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

I am back with more samples to share!

I think I’ve done a good job attempting to contain my excitement, and not making everything be too long winded, but it is SOOO hard to not get on a chatter spree! (All this said as I type up a NOVEL! LOL!)

I’m just so excited about everything that is, and everything to come. I have never had such a frenzy of ideas spin around in my head before. There is a constant whirlwind going on. The concept of having everything coordinate just gets me giddy, and makes me feel even more creative, knowing I have a WORLD of possibilities. NO LIMITS!

Being the person to pull my visions together to create one harmonious product line is beyond my wildest dreams. If 5 years ago you would have told me what I’d be doing today I would have died of laughter! I barely knew how to stamp or even EMAIL. Forget it if I needed to ATTACH something to an email! LOL!

Now, I have been a “stamper/customer” for SOOOOO long that I find it so inspiring to be able to sit there, while designing and think….”If I were stamping with this, what else would I want in the set?” (This is also where it gets hard to edit out certain images I may still love! LOL!)

” What would make it easier and faster the get that end result.” (this one has a large variety of interchangeable pieces)

“What would make this set a MUST have for me?” (For example this set has interchangeable wing prints, solid and open lines, as well as every piece a an open/solid image. Whatever you could want for stamping/layering. Maybe a particular sentiment.)

“Can this set be versatile?” (Such as 2 step stamping, can it be colored, used for more than ONE occasion or purpose, is it unique)

As you can imagine it can be both exhausting and inspiring. I find it a constant struggle to shut my brain off sometimes.

I have created so many thing with my first Pretty Impressions © release that my head is just spinning with more ideas.

Now before I start Pam Imholz had 2 samples to share with you today using All A Flutter © and Shutt-erfly ©

Here is a bitty peek at one….

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Make sure you take a look at her blog to see BOTH amazingly fabulous projects she has to share.

And Mona Pendleton has been busy all week long making some amazing samples too! So be sure to check her out too!!

Today thought I thought I’d share some SIMPLE WOW! Projects with you, that you can create in just a few minutes.

Simply Sweet Butterfly

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You have seen the solid outlined butterfly used many times . It is honestly my favorite one in the set 😀 ( in case you can’t tell by my website and logo! LOL!) so today I thought I’d use the open line butterfly-totally alone. No wing prints, no fancy paper, just the butterfly.

I wanted to put my Copic markers to work! So I did just that. I used the One Sheet Wonder cardstock from Couture Cardstock. You can color it with copic markers with NO BLEEDING onto the other side! Love that. Nice crisp white, that is heavy. For just coloring projects being used the a may layer they have a Blending Paper that I love to use instead.

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I kept it really simple, by stamping the open lined butterfly from All A Flutter © at an angle in the upper right corner of my card. I then just enjoyed laying various color of purple. I think it looks really pretty. I added a crunched up Prima to the corner of the card. Now I decided to use the open line butterfly image, combined with the solid image.

I used a template to pierce my flutter trail. I then used a ruler and pen to create a virtual layer. I also traced that layer with a pale purple marker. As I said in a previous post, the All A Flutter Sentiments © are perfect as the main focus of a project.

A Fluttering Butterfly

This time I chose to use the open outline image with the solid base image.

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By stamping the outline 3 different times, moving it ever so slightly it appears to be “fluttering”. I love the shape of this butterfly. LOVE!! In case you didn’t notice that yet either! LOL!

I added some micro-beads to the “body” to match.

I wanted this clean and simple. I am on a teal/aqua kick these days.

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I punched a double layer daisy from Martha Stewart. The punch is meant to ONLY punch the petals up, not out. So I layered the white base, onto the teal base, then took the ink to the flower petals. added a Prima flower.

I stamped my sentiment from All A Flutter Sentiments © in the corner. I also spritzed on some color too.

I wanted a gift to match……so I created this key-chain in like 5 minutes!

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This keychain was a kit I got for my children.

You are suppose to scratch off the black stuff to create a picture, then insert it into the keychain.

So me being the great mom I am, I took the keychains to use for my crafting! LOL! (Yes I am a little ashamed of myself, but they haven’t noticed yet!)

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I stamped the solid outline butterfly onto the keychain front, in black staz on. I added adhesive black pearls to the body, and adhesive rhinestones to the wing dots

INSIDE the keychain I used a clear liquid glue, and sprinkled on some tinsel glitter from Martha Stewart. Once dry I added a Prima flower to the inside. I attached the backing then added some BLING to finish it off.

This is the back view

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I tied on my ribbon, then added the beaded chain I created a month or two ago!

DONE!!

Supplies:

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

Cardstock from Couture CardstockRibbon from May Arts

Flowers by Prima

Adhesive rhinestones & pearls, keychain, daisy punch & tinsel glitter by Martha Stewart

So that is all for today.

Thank you again for stopping by! I’ll be back in a bit with some information about our release.

See you later 😀

READ THIS!

Jan 7, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

Additional info-it wasnt my website update it was USPS!!

They  updated their software so EVERY STORE all over the world had to update if they use USPS for International Shipping

YEAH!

International Orders

Jan 7, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

Hi everyone-Quick update! If you live outside of the US you will want to read this. If you live IN the US you can skip it.

Up until today our shipping for International orders was working perfectly! People outside the US were able to get our stamp sets using the First Class option! Now that means it only cost somewhere under $3 to ship to places like Austraila!

I promised no overblown shipping costs-you pay what we pay.

That been said, we have been modifying our shipping software to speed up our order process, and with that came a bitty glitch! Somehow the “first class” shipping option “disappeared” for international orders, leaving only an expensive array of shipping options.

 We have found and fixed the issue! So if you are international go ahead and place your order!
If you tried to order and noticed the shipping cost and left, it is now fixed.

So thank you for your patience 😀 Happy Shopping!!

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

Happiness is….

Jan 5, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

Being able to share what you love with the world.

Being thankful for everyday.

Fulfilling your dreams.

Accomplishing you goals.

LOVING what you do.

It is also the beginning of one of my most favorite quotes:

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Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued,
is always just beyond your grasp, but which,
if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
                                      -Nathaniel Hawthorne
    

That is such a beautiful quote. It reminds me to sit back, and reflect, or take in what is going on in life, and to find the happiness and joy in the moment. While at times this can be difficult, it is necessary. Sometimes I get caught up in things, or let something upset me. I put myself back in check by taking a moment to think of all the good things I have. I have so much to be happy and thankful for. First and foremost the health, love and support of my family. Without them nothing really matters. They are my heart, my life. Everything I do is for them. To be able to watch 3 little people grow up, and view the world through their eyes is beyond words. I am blessed.

I feel like I have been on a journey of transformation myself, in just about every aspect of my life. I am welcoming all aspect of this transformation. I feel like something just clicked when I turned 30. It was like I woke up and discovered who I am, what I want, where I want to go, and how to get there. Through my daughters battle with cancer, I learned that every second is precious, and not to be wasted. I do my best to make the most of each day. I’m not perfect. I don’t always think “happy” thoughts, and I have plenty of bad days, and mood swings (just ask Jay! LOL!) but I always catch myself at some point in attempt to make the best of everything. To live my life in a way that if it were my last day, would I be ok with what I had done or accomplished.

That all leads me here.

I truly LOVE what I do. I love sharing it with all of you too! I love having an idea, executing it, then somehow inspiring someone else.

I have SOOOO much to share with the first release of My Time Made Easy™ LLC, so I’m happy you could stop by. I have a ton to share, but for today I felt the project deserved its own post.

Today you will also find some inspiration from our latest release by stopping by to see

  • Mona Pendleton
  • Here is a peek at All A Flutter ©

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    Then her Shutt-erfly ©

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    and more to come from Kristin Bueter (our digi paper girl) who was just announced as the NEW! design team member for the Color Throwdown! Make sure you check out the Color Throwdown, since they are all used our NEW! Pretty Printables © digital paper!!!

    OK now I will get along with my sample! You already got a PEEK above….

    Recently I released a Pretty Packaging © templates called Hanging Holiday Sled © I alluded to the fact that it was far more than just a “holiday” sled. It could be utilized for any time of year.

    After that the emails flowed like lava!! People asking ” What other holiday can this template be used for?”

    Well, that is just it….not just ANY holiday….how about ALL year?

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    I used the Hanging “Holiday” Sled and designed this to hang on the door. As you can see this is an everyday type of decoration.

     What you CAN’T see is that I used a stunning shimmery paper called Mother Of Pearl. I then used a gold, and brilliance ink in beige to “distress” it. It’s really pretty in person. Imagine coming upon the home of someone and this was at the door to greet you? Or hung in their home somewhere?

    I think your first thought would NOT be that it was cardstock. It looks like an expensive item you’d get from a specialty home magazine. Meanwhile it cost just dollars to create!

    This is the side view

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    Even the sled rails are in a gold cardstock. Its a shimmering masterpiece, that I am just so proud of.

    Who would have thought a “sled” could look so elegant?

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    The wired ribbon was the main source of inspiration for this creation. We all need a starting point, right? It then blossomed from there-literally!

    I used the Pretty Pieces © Cut File-Flutters and Flowers © to create the shimmery daisies you see along the bottom of my sled! I just used my Cricut, and cut out 6 of them. I then manipulated the petals, and painted them with Shimmerz. What a fantastic touch that adds!! I then put in some glittered leaves, and some other shimmery bridal confetti adorned with gold brads and pearls.

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    The butterfly was inspired by the glittery butterfly in the photo. Stamped on Mother of Pearl carstock, and gold embossed. I then used some Copic markers to fill in the color, and adhesive rhinestones on the circles of the wings.

    I am in love with the All A Flutter © image and sentiment set. Here I used the All A Flutter Sentiment set on a large label nestability, stamped on the Mother of Pearl cardstock, in which I drew a gold border around using a gold pain marker.

    There are 9 sentiments in this set. Each sentiment uses a different font.

    The purpose was to provide you with the perfect “butterfly themed” sentiments that could be used as the main focus of a card, scrapbook page, photo mat or Pretty Packaging © project, or on its own for a tag, or maybe inside a card. The All A Flutter © image set makes the perfect accents to these sentiments. They can just “flutter” around them, as you have seen over the last few days. With the Flutters and Flowers CUT file, you don’t have to even cut them out, the machine can do it for you. It also saves you tons of money on punches. Especially since these are all re-sizable!

    Many of you inquired what the sentiment set actually has for sentiments: (the website is updated with that info too :D)

    The butterfly image reads” Follow your dreams”

    The circle sentiment reads: “Cherish Yesterday Dream Tomorrow Live Today” 

    The butterfly counts not months but moments,
    and has time enough.  ~Rabindranath Tagore

    May the wings of the butterfly kiss the sun
    And find your shoulder to light on,
    To bring you luck, happiness and riches
    Today, tomorrow and beyond.
    ~Irish Blessing

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

    From small beginnings come great things…….

    (used in today’s project)
    Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued,
    is always just beyond your grasp, but which,
    if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you.
                                          -Nathaniel Hawthorne      

    What the caterpillar calls the end of the world,
    the master calls a butterfly
                       -Richard Bach

    But these are flowers that fly and all but sing:
    And now from having ridden out desire
    They lie closed over in the wind and cling
    Where wheels have freshly sliced the April mire.
    ~Robert Frost, “Blue-Butterfly Day”

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    Supplies:

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

    Pretty Packaging © templates : Hanging Holiday Sled ©

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

    Cardstock from Couture Cardstock: Mother of Pearl, Bow Bells, Vivian (gold)

    Michael’s craft store: Gold leaves, shimmery bridal confetti, wired ribbon, pearls and pearl brads

    Shimmerz, gold embossing powder, copic markers

    Well my friends that is all she wrote for today. More to come tomorrow!!

    Thank you ALL for stopping by, and taking time out of your busy day.

    We are half through the week 😀 I am already looking forward to the weekend. I hope to get more crafting done this week too. Its been several days since my fingers have seen ink!

    Take time for you today.

    I hope you are all enjoying the week, and all the project samples myself and the My Time Made Easy™ LLC design team have been sharing. We had our official opening on the 3rd, and I have been steadily packaging orders!

    I can’t wait to see what you all start creating with the all our coordinating products.

    We have released : Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp sets: All A Flutter © image set and All A Flutter Sentiments © Pretty Packaging © templates : All A Flutter© and Shutt-erfly © Pretty Printables © digital paper collections : Fluttering By© and Shutt-erfly © and we have a NEW! Addition to the digi paper line: our EXCLUSIVE Color Me Pretty © Collection.

    Today

  • Kristin Bueter
  • Mona Pendleton
  •  have some projects to share! Be sure to stop by their blogs!!

    Now I have some things to share with you.

    I love Valentines Day. Probably because I LOVE pink, and I love hearts! I also LOVE “hot” colors and monochromatic projects 😀 So I have another card/gift set to share with you.

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    I love the All A Flutter © image set because it has SOOOOO many possibilities for creating a variety of butterflies. For my sample I had fun coordinating the open line, and solid butterfly from the set.

    The various pieces allows you to quickly create a variety of butterflies. No two will be the same 😀

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    I love how the 2 images are intertwined, and the solid image seems to be flying off the card.

    I pierced a flutter trail, and added some hearts around the sentiment. I adored the punched border, and satin ribbon.

    I love the colors. LOVE. So much POP.

    Now we have a gift set using Shutt-erfly ©

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    I was definitely thinking POP, Glitzy…and HOT!

    I think I got it!

    I printed the large dot pattern from the Color Me Pretty © Flutters and Flowers collection. I love that you can have about ANY color of polka dotted paper, in seconds, without having to line up stamps or anything too time consuming! Its all about time saving, and creating great projects simply.

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    Now we all know that TEXT is all the rage! Text on everything!! Now with our Pretty Printables© paper I was able to use the black text from the Color Me Pretty collection! I printed my paper and used the front/back butterfly from All A Flutter © template (resized to various sizes) to cut several pretty TEXT printed butterflies!

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    No need to feel guilty about wasting paper, or ruining an old book. It was quick and easy and I can get a pretty text pattern at the click of a button!!

    I just spiraled some wire, and added the butterflies and hanging beads. I think it looks so fun and funky!

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    For the front I just added some chunky glitter to another butterfly I cut using my Cricut.

    I also layered on a scalloped rectangle, to the bottom. Just gives it that last minute “finished” look. This is a perfect TEEN style gift. I love all the butterflies on the wires!

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    Supplies:

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

    Pretty Packaging © templates : Shutt-erfly ©, All A Flutter© (for the butterfly pieces on template!)

    Pretty Printables © digital paper collections : Color Me Pretty ©Collection (text pattern and polka dots printed on pink cardstock)

    Cardstock: Devotion fromCouture Cardstock

    Ink: Versamagic

    Other: Border punch by Martha Stewart, Glitter by Martha Stewart , Satin/stitched ribbon by May Arts, Paper piercer, wire, hanging beads

    So I hope you enjoyed today’s projects. There is so much more to come over the next few days, so I hope you can come back tomorrow!

    There have also been 2 customers who wrote some very nice reviews

    Check them out if you have time

    Go see—>TED

    and —> Katie

    If you have a project or review you want to share, feel free to link your post in our comments section. I know myself and other want to see what you have been doing!

    See you tomorrow

    WOW! I’m overjoyed at the response to our first release yesterday!

    If you didn’t know My Time Made Easy™ LLC  is now officially open ☺

    We have released :

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

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

    2 Pretty Printables © digital paper collections : Fluttering By© and Shutt-erfly ©

    and we have a NEW! Addition to the digi paper line: our EXCLUSIVE Color Me Pretty © Collection.

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

    This is SO exciting to get such a warm welcome into the industry. Thank you to all of you who have supported me from the beginning. I have to say there have been quite a few people who told me that I would not be able to do this on my own, and while I’ve had my share of learning experiences (with many more to come), here I am!

    This shows everyone, you can do anything you set out to do! Goals big or small, nothing is out of grasp.

    So without further delay, let’s get to what you came for! More samples!

    I have 2 samples for you and today my Design Team member Katie Cotton has 2 projects to share with you as well!

    Here is a PEEK at her 2 projects.

    All A Flutter ©

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    I believe Katie has a gift tutorial for you too!

    Here is a peek at her second project

    Shutt-erfly ©

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    HMM! I like what I see so far ☺

    Now it is my turn!

    First I will share a SIMPLY elegant gift set that uses our All A Flutter © image and sentiment set, in coordination with the Pretty Packaging template: Shutt-erfly ©. This template is flying off the virtual shelf!!! I simply can’t wait to see your take on projects made with it.

    I wanted to share a SIMPLE coordinating gift set with you.

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    I LOVE chocolate and white. A monochromatic color scheme always looks so clean, fresh and elegant.

    So for my box, I made it as large as I could to fit 12 X 12 cardstock. I cut my template from a Ganache cardstock.

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    What goes better with butterflies than this punched border?! Simple WOW!

    I was inspired by the wired polka dot ribbon for this gift set. It reminded me of the dotted wing prints from the All A Flutter © set.

    I kept this as simple as possible. I used my nestabilities for my circle layers.

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     I stamped the butterfly first, then masked it. I stamped a sentiment from the All A Flutter Sentiment set © to fill the background. LOVE the look!

    The shimmer in the wing prints, matched the shimmer in the ribbon. I brown stickles to the dots, and it was perfect!

    I love the look of the wired ribbon too.

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    Now for the top…I view the “butterfly/flower” shaped closure as the “leaves” for my vellum flower, which I scored to add more POP and interest.

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    Take note of the bottom. There is a scalloped square layer. I used the largest scallop square nestability. Fits perfectly!

    I decided that I would make a card to match my Shutt-erfly © box

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    “It’s the little things that make life big” I adore that sentiment, and enjoyed finally having it in this fun and whimscial font.

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    Supplies:

    Pretty Impressions ©: All A Flutter ©, All A Flutter Sentiments ©

    Pretty Packaging ©: Shutt-erfly ©

    Cardstock: Ganache, White Vellum, White

    Ink: Chocolate

    Other: Martha Stewart border punch, polka dot wired ribbon, chocolate stickles, circle nestabilities, flower punch

    NEXT UP!!

    Now I have a sample utilizing the All A Flutter © Pretty Packaging.

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    When I created this I knew I wanted to create a gift package with this template where the wings flutter forward!

    I think it looks amazing in person! And it’s filled with an assortment of DOVE chocolates.

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    I created the main All A Flutter © template in the standard size, and assembled it as directed. I then resized the wing front/back, and wing prints to be about 2 inches smaller.

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    As you can see I also used the NEW! Pretty Printables Paper in Shutt-erfly © for my wing prints. I switched out the circles for buttons. The body cut out was created using my oldie but goodie paper crimper!

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    I added a simple ribbon handle, that is attached using some cute flower brads, to match (from Making Memories).

    I knew I wanted to add a tag

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    So I created one using some of the Flutter-By Pretty Printables paper.

    I tied a tag with some twine, then added a clip to adhere a tag.

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    I stamped my solid butterfly in chocolate ink, the solid center in a rust ink, then stamped the grid like wing prints, repeating in a copper in. To ADD to that, I painted the butterfly with pumpkin Shimmerz. For the body, I added some copper micro-beads.

    DONE!

    Supplies:

    Pretty Packaging ©: All A Flutter ©

    Pretty Impressions ©: All A Flutter ©

    Pretty Printables ©digi paper in Shutter-Fly ©, and Flutter-By ©

    Cardstock: Ganache, white

    Ink: Chocolate, Rust, Copper

    Other: ribbon, nestabilities, Prima Flower, Pumpkin Shimmerz, Micro beads, twine, desk clip, buttons, making memories brads

    Well, I hope you feel inspired to give all the coordinating products a try! The *key* is to have FUN, get creative, and enjoy what you are doing!

    I know I am enjoying the chance to finally share things I have been working on that I had to keep quiet!

    Well it’s back to the daily grind! The kids go back to school and life goes back to a schedule!

    Enjoy your Monday

    I hope you come back tomorrow for more ideas!!

    I’m sorry this post is SOOOO late! Splitcoaststampers Blogs are technically “down” leaving me unable to load any photos :C Its actually been 3 days, and I have yet to hear when the issue will be resolved! Anything I had posted that included photos, was from before the site went “down”.

    Thankfully my web girl (and savior!) Sara found a way to help me load my projects! I stayed up till 5:15 am (almost 24 hours!) just to get this done for the opening. Better late than never!

    I’m over the moon to announce the Grand Opening of My Time Made Easy™ LLC !

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    Now you can purchase an entire collection of coordinating products! Customizing your own creative gifts, cards and tags couldn’t be more easy and affordable! Plus MOST of what we have is an INSTANT download, so if you order any stamps, you can start on your projects while you wait 😀

    For detailed information about all our products please read —> here

    Also each product contains a description when you click to view it.

    We have released :

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

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

    2 Pretty Printables © digital paper collections : Fluttering By© and Shutt-erfly ©

    and we have a NEW! Addition to the digi paper line: our EXCLUSIVE Color Me Pretty © Collection.

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

    *Now this is the first we have mentioned the NEW! Pretty Pieces ©*

    We are happy to be able to also offer something to further extend our coordinated line of products called  Pretty Pieces ©

    This product line is NOT available in PDF format.

    These are additional shaped CUT files, formatted to be used in your cutting machine. These shapes will often be a cut image that is designed to layer our stamped images, so you won’t have to manually “cut out” your images! Just have your machine do it, then STAMP! This will be a great resource, as you will save $$ and space on purchasing ONE size punches or dies!! Not only can these Pretty Pieces © be used for stamps, but we will offer a variety of images for you to add to your library that you can also RESIZE! This gives you a multitude of options!

    These will be offered whenever possible, to add to the coordination of our Pretty Packaging ©, Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp images ©, and of course the Pretty Printables © digital paper.

    All our Pretty Packaging © templates come in the following formats: PDF, .SVG, .WPC, .GSD, and .DXF.

    Please —> read here <— for more information.

    Now how about some samples?

    All A Flutter ©

    This is a STUNNING 3 dimensional butterfly shaped gift box, designed using an enlarged version of our All A Flutter © Pretty Impressions ©stamp set. You have so many design possibilities. Now you can create gift packaging and card/tags to match perfectly. This box is a super fun size, and if you own a personal cutter, can be resized to suit your gift giving needs. OR just use the butterfly shape pattern, and resize to make a plethora of layered butterfly accents for any project you can dream up!

    Obviously I have a slight obsession with butterflies. They have so much significance to me. They signify time, change, life, new beginnings and endings. They are so carefree, and amazing to watch as they flutter along.

    When I started to design my own stamp images, naturally butterflies were my first set. I always wanted a butterfly set that I could build upon, and have various wing options.

    I loved the stamp design SO MUCH that I designed the All A Flutter © template to match!  All my butterfly dreams and obsessions were really able to be brought to life through this release!

    Another obvious point, I LOVE lavender. It is my favorite color.  I think you can see that through my website, and packaging!

    So here is my first gift set I created using my Pretty Packaging © All A Flutter, and Pretty Impressions © All A Flutter and All A Flutter Sentiments

    I stamped my butterflies on the lavender cardstock, in black ink, then colored them with my Copic markers. I also did some multi-layering

    I created my base to match my stamped image by cutting it in a black cardstock, and used the purple wing prints. The antennae were created using a simple BINDER CLIP!! Loved that idea. Just sandwich it behind the body/head cut out.

    I added a sentiment to the front, on a nestabilities label. I applied the Prima flowers for that something extra!

    I used a metal purse handle for the side. They are attached with some large brads. I feel like it looks so elegant. A touch of May Arts ribbon and it was PERFECT!

    I don’t think I can ever part with this box!!

    Then it was time to create my card to match.

     

    Using the same elements, and adding some of the patterned paper, this card compliments the All A Flutter template perfectly!!

    Here is a closer view.

    Using the textured paper provides a really nice look too! I stamped my sentiment, then pierced a flutter trail.

     Its definitely a very feminine gift set! Who wouldn’t love something like this?

    Inside I put some bath and body works lotion, shower gel, and body spray-in Lavender scent!

    Supplies:

    Template- Pretty Packaging ©: All A Flutter ©

    Stamps-Pretty Impressions © : All A Flutter, All A Flutter Sentiments

    Paper- Pretty Printables ©: Throw Me A Line © (purple/ gray)

    Cardstock- One Sheet Wonder, Raven, Carousel

    Ink- Momento Black, various Copic Markers

    Ribbon: May Arts, Glitter ribbon from Michael’s

    OTHER: Prima Flowers, Labels nestability, Purse Handle, Silver Brads

    Shutt-erfly ©

    This is a very unique box due to the way it folds “shut”. The top flaps fold in together to create a “butterfly” like (or flower) shape,  hence the name combination- “Shutt-erfly” © There is also a layering “Shutt-erfly” © template so you can easily layer and create a butterfly or flower like accent for the top! This is yet another perfect Pretty Packaging © template to use with our Pretty Printable © All A Flutter digital paper as well as our Pretty Impressions © acrylic images – All A Flutter © image/ and or All A Flutter Sentiments ©

    This is a REALLY nice sized box, and the top folds in a unique fashion, with the end result forming a butterfly or flower-like shape!

    I folded the template closed, as directed in instructions. Tied it closed with a lace and purple shimmer ribbon.

    I wanted to adhere a special tag, to really dress it up, so I decided to use some acrylic tags from Michael’s. I stamped the circle sentiment  from All A Flutter Sentiments ©, in white Staz On. I decided to make what appears to be like a dried flower, pressed in glass. To do this I sandwiched a Prima flower in between the 2 tags, and added a silver foil.

    Now for this project I pulled the Shutt-erfly © template into my SCAL program. Once it was in place I used the Pretty Pieces © Flutters and Flowers Cut File © to create a butterfly shaped window in my box front/back! Once the template was cut, I stamped the Criss Cross pattern from the wing prints of All A Flutter © on a piece of acetate in White Staz On. I then used my Pearlescent Pastels to make them a shimmery purple. I layered the acetate window to the inside of the box, then assembled.

    I took a darker shade of lavender to then cut the open wing cut file, and layered it into the center of my butterfly window on the front/back.

    I decided to make the “garden” on the bottom of both the front/back of the template using Prima flowers with adhesive pearls and some Flower Soft to complete the butterfly “garden” feel.

    You can’t really tellbut th dark purple and colors in the Flower SOft is a really nice match. It really completed this project!

    This is one of those projects that is FAR more attractive in person. Lots of wonderful details.

    Supplies:

    Template- Pretty Packaging ©: Shutt-erfly

    Pretty Pieces ©: Flutters and Flowers

    Stamps- Pretty Impressions ©: All A Flutter Sentiments

    Ink: White Staz On

    Cardstock-Carousel, Fortune Teller

    Ribbon: Lace and leaf ribbon by May Arts, Shimmery purple

    Other: Pearlescent Pastels,Prima Flowers, Flower Soft, adhesive pearls, Tim Holtz Acrylic Tags, Silver tape

    Now this was a FUN project!

    By now its is more than obvious that I LOVE butterfly any/everything!

    I used the Pretty Pieces © Flutters and Flowers Cut Files to cut 2 butterflies, in Ganache cardstock and create a card base!

    You could also do this using the front/back portion of the All A Flutter template 😀

    I resized the solid butterfly template, and layered the 2 cut butterfly patterns together, scored a 1/2 inch from the top, and added some adhesive tape along the inside of the score lines.

    Adhered the 2 pieces together and you have a FLAWLESS butterfly shaped card!

    I stamped one of the sentiments from All A Flutter Sentiments, along the left side of the card in white. I love the simple addition of the outlined butterfly (also resizable!) on this creation.

    I added my cut Darling Daisies, which were created from the Pretty Printables © digi paper! I used the text pattern in Red Clay onto a berry cardstock for a pretty printed flower, in which I then layered on my multi-plaid cut flower! They look so pretty together.

    The paper collections are REALLY amazing! We used some very unique color combinations to freshen things up! Printing your own patterns and creating so many Darling Daisy combinations ALONE is worth it! You’d spend far more on ONE bottle of paper flowers, that get used up and come in select sizes! Now you can create your OWN patterned flowers in any size and pattern YOU want!

    Plus having RESIZABLE butterfly shapes! That is CRAZY AMAZING! That file is ONLY $2.50!! What can you buy for that?

    This card is definitely one you can whip out. I’m totally thinking TEEN girl, but could easily be new baby, new beginning, wedding…..get well……love it!

    Supplies:

    Pretty Pieces ©: Flutters and Flowers

    Stamps- Pretty Impressions ©: All A Flutter Sentiments

    Cardstock: Ganache, Rusty Hinge, Melon Berry

    Pattern Paper-Pretty Printables ©: Flutter-by & Shutt-erfly collection

    Ink: White Craft

    Other: Twine by Martha Stewart, Buttons by Foo Fa La

    Next up a card using similar elements!

    This time I used the  butterfly cut file for the center of the flowers. SO PRETTY!

    I also cut the daisy and the leaves, and painted them with Shimmerz!  That really added a subtle bling. You have to add it wherever you can!

    I stamped my sentiment from All A Flutter, and hand cut a flag like tag. I think it came out so cute.

    I’m LOVING the text bkgd found in the Fluttering-By © paper collection, as is this weave like plaid.

    The ribbon was a lace from May Arts that I dyed in a rust ink. When dry, I colored some “flower-like” portions with my Copic markers to make sure it was a customized match.

    Supplies:

    Pretty Pieces ©: Flutters and Flowers

    Paper-Pretty Printables ©: Shutt-erfly & Flutter-By

    Stamps- Pretty Impressions ©: All A  Flutter

    Ribbon: May Arts Lace (dyed and colored with Copic markers)

    Shimmerz in Pumpkin , Flower Stamens for antenna (idea from Kristin)

    Each day for the next week you will get to see ideas from myself, and the Design Team for creating your own coordinating gifts, tags and cards, using supplies from our first release.

    So please be sure to check out the Design Team blogs,as they each have 2 complete gift ensembles to share:

    Catherine Doucette

    Katie Cotton

    Kristin Bueter

    Mona Pendleton

    Tracey Cuccia

    Pam Imholz

    They each did an outstanding job!

    I hope you get inspired by all the projects shared today! I cannot wait to see what you all do with the products, once they are in YOUR hands! This is a true dream come true for me, as I have never enjoyed working so hard in my life. Just knowing I can share what I love to do with the world, in this manner is amazing.

    Being on my own is such a freeing feeling. I admit terrifying, but also amazing at the same time. This is a  journey I never thought I’d have the courage to take. I have had SO many supportive people there to help me along this journey that I need to thank, and I will do that at the end of the week 😀

    I want to thank each of you as well! You all encourage me to push myself further than I ever thought possible, and enable me to share what I love!

    Thank you all for a successful beginning.

    I hope you come back tomorrow for more ideas and inspiration!

    Happy New Year, about the release and a WINNER!!

    Jan 2, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time Made Easy

     Happy New Year!!I am so excited for 2010. I’m busy finalizing everything for our FIRST release tonight!

    Myself and the designers have been hard at work. Starting tomorrow we will have a week of samples and inspiration to share with you!

    My Time Made Easy™ LLC WILL have a gallery, blog and forum, but our big web host move took up the time we needed to get that done in time for our release. I’ll keep you posted when all that is ready.

    The My Time Made Easy™ LLC  store will OPEN at MIDNIGHT (EST)!

    EVERYTHING will be ready to purchase! No teasing, no waiting! I personally LOVE instant gratification.

    I ship worldwide! SUPER affordable shipping. You pay what it costs ME to ship to YOU! Since the stamps are acrylic they are lightweight-each set weighs UNDER 2 oz! All US customers shipping is UNDER $2 for one set, and to Canada, just over $2!!

    I want to share some details about the release, but first let me reveal the WINNER of our prize package from here is……

    Here are your random numbers:

    315 

    Timestamp: 2010-01-02 14:34:15 UTC

    315 Susan W. 

    It’s almost here!!! My nose is on the window and I’m chanting, “Open, open, open!”.

    I am a HUGE lover of everything butterflies. Not only are they beautiful, but for me, they signify that my sister-in-law is saying hello from heaven. Can’t wait to see your set!!!

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    Congrats Susan! You won it all! I’ll be contacting you via email.

    Thank you to all for sharing the excitement!

    I have a so many amazing Pretty Packaging © templates to come, and adding to them with our coordinating Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamps, Pretty Printables © digital paper, and another addition we have yet to disclose…..Pretty Pieces © More on those tomorrow.

    You will get to see how everything is coordinated together, allowing you to make your own gifts easier and more affordable than ever!! Most of our products are ready to go at your fingertips!

    That leads me to answer some common questions I have received over the last 2 weeks!

    First and FOREMOST: Please read the download instructions prior to purchase —>HERE This is clearly labeled on the sidebar as well.

    Be sure you UNZIP your files before trying to access them. You can’t open them if they are still zipped 😀 You may need to download WINZIP or Adobe Reader (or some other type of FREE software), depending on your computer.

    Many of you may be use to ordering from other companies where your templates are EMAILED to you. Well as you know email doesn’t always work out so well.

    My store is set up so that your downloads are available IN the store!! After you pay for your purchase you will be redirected to your cart. You will see your order, and can click the DOWNLOAD NOW button, to retrieve your files. If for some reason you do NOT get redirected, you can find all your purchases by logging in to your account, and view the history. Simply click the order in which you wish to see more details for.

    Upon purchase it let’s you know how many days you have to retrieve your download, and how many attempts.

    You are solely responsible for downloading them within that time frame. If you won’t be home, or will not have access to your computer, then wait to order until you WILL be available. There is no shipping on downloads so it doesn’t matter when you place that type of purchase.

    Also if and when redeeming a coupon, same rule applies. You need to redeem prior to expiration date please. No exceptions.

    Please remember it is your responsibility to back up your files. We recommend that you store a copy of your files on a disc/external hard drive.

    All our CUT files for our Pretty Packaging © templates come with the template in a PDF version as well.

    BIG NEWS!!

    We are ADDED a .WPC file option to our Cut File downloads! All the current templates are available in this format NOW! Thank you to Sue Reynolds for undertaking this task 😀 She is meticulous.

    We found that the .DXF files weren’t so great for people with PAZZLES.  This file type will work much better with PAZZLES. No resizing or altering anything, unless you want to.

    Anyone who purchased the .DXF file for In a Pinch, or Hanging Holiday Sled, for use with PAZZLES can contact me to get a code for a replacement file. Please attach your Pay Pal receipt.

    If you downloaded a FREE file in .DXF and need the .WPC, please just re-download in the .WPC version.

    We are still carrying the .DXF version, as it works perfectly with several other cutters, so no worries there!

    Well I think that covers it all for now…..so I better get a move on!

    THANK YOU to all of your for following along on this journey with me. It is going to be so exciting.

    I can’t wait to finally share everything with you all!

    My Etsy

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