Archive for March, 2010


Release Day Group Post

Mar 31, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

If you want to see all the products we rleased this month go to the NEW PRODUCTS PAGE! 

Today is our big Group Post!! In honor of the My Time Made Easy ™ LLC release day we always have the team feature some projects for you to get the wheels spinning.

Get a pen handy so you can start writing down all the ideas these creations spark for you!

All of you cardmakers out there will be bouncing for joy over this assignment! I challenged each of the design team members to create 4 cards! I thought it would be so fun and cool for you to see such a wide variety of ideas, using this months release, in one day!

As I said before, all our products are designed to coordinate! That means they are perfect for cards, tags, templates or any other project you have in mind. I really hope you enjoy what each of us has put together.

You will definitely want to visit each one of the following members:

  • Geny Cassady
  • Katie Cotton
  • Mona Pendleton
  • Pam Imholz
  • Stephanie Kraft
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • Now for my 4 cards I decided that it would be REALLY fun to show you how awesome it can be to have BOTH the Acrylic version of the images and mix it up with the Digital version! You may be confused by what I mean, so I will show you.

    I chose to use the Just For You © set to share just HOW versatile it is, and so fun to use. If there was ever a set to get in the digital version, this one is IT! This set was designed with all sorts of gifting giving and occasions in mind. I also used a similar “element” in each. That being 2 circles to the left of the main object! Each layout is different, but the ideas the same!!

    1) Happy Birthday Cake

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    On this card I used the Digital version of the cake from the Just For You © set.

    Note: ALL our digital sets come with complete step by step photo instructions on HOW to use digital stamps!

    I used the acrylic version of the set for my Happy Birthday sentiment, and the little flowers in the circle. Perfect example of how fun it can be to have BOTH!

    I adore the cake image in the Just For You © set! I designed it to fit within the circular sentiments that are in the set. Upon designing it I WANTED to add the flowers (that are also in the set) to it. Having it be a smaller image, I chose NOT to. I knew the details would get lost. Plus I designed it knowing that I would offer the digital version, so the options would be open! I also wanted to keep the design open to being colored for boys/men, or allow YOU to add whatever YOU want! Not everyone WANTS flowers on a cake. (shocking I know!)

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    SO……using my photo editing software, I resized my cake. I then added the flowers from the set to my cake image, layering them where I want! I used the paint to color the leaves, and could have computer colored my cake, but opted for copic coloring instead! I LOVE my markers, and coloring is so therapeutic to me 😀 Reminds me of being a kid again, only I’m doing a “grown up” activity. Now if I were in a swap, or were using this image for invitations/favors I certainly would go for the computer colored version (makes mass production a BREEZE!).

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    OK once I have everything where I wanted it, I printed the image 3 times.

    Why?

    Because I knew I wanted the look of a TRULY tiered cake!

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    Look at that dimension! AMAZING!

    I also added some liquid pearls to the border. I love the elegance this has. My mom’s birthday is next week so I made this just for her. As you may notice the flowers in the Fresh Flowers © digital paper coordinate with the images in the Just For You © set too!

    Now this card doesn’t count as my set of 4! I want to share a card using the paper and colors, even the SAME image, only using the ACRYLIC version of the Just For You © set.

    Mr. & Mrs.

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    (First let me say I SWEAR the ribbon matches my paper! LOL! Something with the lighting reflected a hue…so it looks off but I swear its not!)

    Isn’t this a stunning Wedding card?

    OK! Now here is the acrylic version of the set! The cake image, dashed circle, and sentiment, all stamps.

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    I colored my cake with my copic markers. I used the dashed circle in the set around the cake for an elegant look. I then punched it out of a circle. I used the same Fresh Flowers © digital paper, and cut a tag. My Mr. & Mrs. were stamped on a punched tag, then added to the layered label. I them stamped, colored and cut a flower for the perfect lil touch!

    OK back to the 2nd of the 4 cards…….

    2) Celebrate You

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    Another great example of the acrylic version of the set, combined with the stamp version.This also uses the same principal of having 2 circle images to the left of the main image.

    I adore the sentiment. That is stamped on the bottom of the card. You can never have too many sentiments! When a set combines both it is a WIN! WIN! for me.

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    I love the little cupcakes in this set. ( we also have paper to match them in the Just Perfect © digital paper collection). Sometimes you want a BIGGER cupcake. Heck, you could make this HUGE and cut it out as a party invite or add it to a gift bag, or template! (OH! Giving myself ideas as I type :D) It was so fun to combine these too.

    I colored them all the same and used my Copic markers. Easy peasy. I don’t know who will get this but I know I love red & brown together. What do you think? Cute having the same image in a various sizes right?

    OK now we go on to card #3

    3) A little something

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    I LOVE the teapot from the Just For You © set. I knew I’d want to make it larger (yesterday I used it in actual size on a gift/tag). So, I did just that using the digital version!

    I used another one of the paper collections called Fun Flowers ©, and an older set GaGa for Gingham © (I use that one a LOT!). It helped me with my colors and gave a fresh look!

    I stamped my sentiment to match.

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    I found that the flower images from the acrylic version of the set fit perfectly into my digitally enlarged tea pot! Now I also could have used the digital flowers, like in my cake but I decided to go for stamps instead. I stamped them twice, and popped them up on dimensionals. They match my flowers too 😀

    Now we have card 4

    4) You mean the world to me

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    A sentiment I have LONG loved, and never had!

    When I see a house image I think “home” and home to me is love, and where everything I hold dear is in reach.

    OK so this one doesn’t combine ANY digital images with acrylic, but it does fit my layout of the 2 circles to the left of the main image idea, so bear with me. Would you believe me if I told you that the concept of that all happened purely by accident? I guess I was somehow mentally in that mindset, and until I edited all my photos saw this pattern! A very cool accident!

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    I love this quirky lil house. Its the perfect size. I stamped this onto white cardstock in a not quite navy ink. Used a nestablitly label, and sponged my grass & sky.

    Now for this one I took some scrap left over from the Fresh Flowers © digital paper, stamped my house, and paper pieced it over my main image (cutting out the windows and door in the pattern so the base image pops through!). I felt the the  Darling Dots © patterned matched my scallop house trim 😀

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    My ribbon…..well I took some white grosgrain ribbon, then colored it with my Copic markers to match! Sometimes we have to improvise!

    Well there you have it! Now I do have some more card I made too, that I will share as the days pass on, so keep checking in. I hope this team post will be helpful to you all in some way.

    We still have over a WEEK of daily inspiration and samples to share, so come back tomorrow!

    Supplies: Happy Birthday Cake

    Pretty Impressions © stamps:  Just for You digital & acrylic

    Pretty Printables Digital Paper:  Fresh Flowers

    Cardstock from Couture Cardstock: Blushing, Tuber, OSW white, Thistle Stalk

    Ink: Versamagic, Copic Markers

    Other: Liquid Pearls

    Supplies:  Mr & Mrs.

    Pretty Impressions © stamps:  Just for You acrylic

    Pretty Printables Digital Paper:  Fresh Flowers,

    Cardstock from Couture Cardstock: Blushing, Tuber, OSW white

    Ink: Versamagic, Momento, Copic Markers

    Ribbon: May Arts

    Other: adhesive pearls, Nestability label, SU! Punch

    Supplies: Celebrate You

    Pretty Impressions © stamps:  Just for You acrylic & digital

    Cardstock from Couture Cardstock:  OSW white, Oat, Gancahe, Macintosh

    Ink: Momento, Copic Markers

    Ribbon: May Arts

    Other: singlo gel pen

    Supplies: A Little Something

    Pretty Impressions © stamps:  Just for You acrylic & digital

    Pretty Printables Digital Paper:  Fun Flowers, GaGa for Gingham

    Cardstock from Couture Cardstock: OSW white, Cricket

    Ink: Versamagic, Momento, Copic Markers

    Ribbon: May Arts

    Other: Prima Flowers, adhesive rhinestones

    Supplies: You mean the world to me

    Pretty Impressions © stamps:  Just for You acrylic

    Pretty Printables Digital Paper:  Fresh Flowers, Darling Dots

    Cardstock from Couture Cardstock: OSW white, Sprinkle, Lagoon

    Ink: Versamagic, Momento, Copic Markers

    Ribbon: May Arts

    Other: Buttons

    Well thank you for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed what you’ve seen so far, and what is to come!

    See you back here tomorrow.

    Today is the day of the My Time Made Easy ™ LLC April Release!

    We have released: (click the highlighted link to be directed to that area of the store)

    3 NEW! Pretty Impressions © stamp sets

    In our large sets you receive two 4 X 6 sheets of acrylic stamps

    In our smaller sets you receive one 4 X 6 sheet of acrylic stamps

    *Each set this month is also available in a digital format!*

    Take Time © Set of 21 images – $20

    Petal Perfection © Set of 8 image-$12

    Just For You © Set of 38 images- $20

    3 NEW! Pretty Packaging © Templates

    Pick of the Petals ©

    Slip Cover ©

    Take Time Pocket ©

    7 NEW! Pretty Pieces © Cut Files

    5 of the Border Builders ©: Elegance, Open Scallop, Scallop Dot, Scallop Hole, Zig Zag 

    Rambling Rose ©

    Petal Pefection (matches Petal Perfection stamp set)

    7 NEW! Pretty Printables © Digital Paper Packages

    Just Perfect

    Perfect Petals

    Fun Flowers

    Fresh Flowers

    Fresh Fabric Collection 1

    Fresh Fabric Collection 2

    Fresh Fabric Collection 3

    1 FREE!  Pretty Printables © Digital Paper Packages

    Free Style Florals

    1 New! Perfect Package © Collection

    Take Time Package

    So happy shopping!!!

    Hope you can join me!

    Mar 31, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    OK this is post 2 for today!

    I hope any of you New England stampers can join me!

    CHECK THIS OUT! <—— CLICK IT!

    Perfect Peek Day #3

    Mar 30, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    I cannot believe we can count down the HOURS to the My Time Made Easy ™ LLC Release!

    I’m really feeding off the excitement, and if you think what you’ve seen so far is great, just think we have 9 more days worth of projects to share! Now you all get an idea of why I “disappear” for some time in between releases! There is quite a LONG list for what I do!! I have to admit I THRIVE on every second. I wake up excited to start each day 😀

    Its been a great set of peeks so far, and today is NO different.

    Today sharing samples using our Just For You © stamp set (available in digital download as well) , and NEW! Slip Cover template are:

  • Stephanie Kraft (this is her first official peek with us so be sure you stop by and give her some love!)
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • Now you *may* have missed the first sample created using this template, but don’t fret, you can find that —>here

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    This was the sample used in that post.

    Now in that post I stated that both pieces to this template are able to be used on their OWN!

    Let me share an example of what I mean……

    Wishing You Well

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    This gift package is a “get well” themed idea I had using *only* the base for the Slip Cover ©! As stated before, while this is the PERFECT card box, it really can be used for so much more (as can ALL my templates!). There are no limits to your own creative liberty!

    You can put cocoa, coffee, tea, Biscotti, Cup O’Soup packets, tissues, cough drops, or whatever else you want to dream up!

    I mentioned in another post that both pieces are so pretty, they can act as separate templates, so here is my example!

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    I simply printed the Pretty Printables © Fresh Flowers © digital paper (in the pink) onto my textured Blushing cardstock. It made for a STUNNING design. Then (before I had it cut out) I printed my Blushing dots from the Lovely Dots © collection on the other side! Now both sides of my template look amazing (inside & out). It is little details like that, that usually make a world of difference!

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    Don’t you LOVE that tea pot? OH! I so love it. I stamped it in a berry ink, and added my little flourish from the  So Sentimental Set. This made a decorative tea pot in seconds!! I cut it out and layered it onto my tag. NOTE: For the handle, use a HOLE punch in there! Easy Peasy!!!

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    ALSO: With the option of having the Just For You © stamp set in digital format as well, you can make it larger and do all sorts of fun stuff (as you will see :D)

    Now for the tag, I used the Tag You’re It © cut file (shrunken to about 1.5 inches wide). I layered that with the Blushing tag, and a scrap piece of that same  Fresh Flowers © patterned paper  only printed on white(from another project). I stamped the sentiment in a berry ink. Don’t worry, there is a “time for tea” sentiment too (you will see that soon enough!).

    Now the bag !

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    This is just a store bought gusset bad. Using White StazOn……I stamped my tea pot, and the large and small flower from the set that matched my paper, onto the bag, and used my Pebbles Inc pastels (they are shimmery) to add the pop of color!! Now you have a customized bag in minutes (to match! LOVE IT!!)

    I hope you can see the details on there!

    Notice that open scallop border? That is one of our NEW! Open Scallop Border Builder Cut Files!!! There are 6 various borders this month!

    Now you can make these pretty strips for ANY project! Make it as long or as wide as you like, perfect every-time.

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    Now for the tag at the bottom….

    I really wanted to add this larger sentiment to the box! So I stamped it first, onto my cardstock, then just used a Stampin Up! Oval punch.

    It was PERFECTION!

    Supplies: 

    Pretty Packaging © template: Slip Cover

    Pretty Impressions © stamps:  Just for You , So Sentimental

    Pretty Printables Digital Paper:  Fresh Flowers, Lovely Dots

    Cardstock from Couture Cardstock: Blushing, Tuber, OSW white

    Pretty Pieces © Cut File: Border Builder: Open Scallop, Tag You’re It

    Ink: White StazOn,Versamagic, SU! Markers

    Ribbon: May Arts

    Other: Pebbles Inc Chalk,Button, SU! Punch (ovals)

    Well thanks for hanging in with me here! Now you you have to come back tomorrow since it is our RELEASE DAY!

    It is also the day of our first group post. We have a LOT to share using the NEW! stamp sets, so stay tuned!

    Winner!

    Mar 30, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    SORRY THIS IS A BIT LATE

    I need to post the winner of the GIVEAWAY —> from here!

    Random Integer Generator

    Here are your random numbers:

    230

    Timestamp: 2010-03-31 02:31:18 UTC

     So the winner was:

    ———————-

    Melanie Milbe |

    Hi Lauren, thanks as always for showing us your beautiful work and inspiring us…and the chance to win of course :0)

    Congrats! Melanie!

    I will be emailing you with details tomorrow.

    Thanks to all who entered.

    Be right back with the next peek bedfore the release!

    Perfect Peeks Day #2

    Mar 29, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    OK ladies (and the few men who read too) grab a cup of coffee because this post is JAM packed with goodness!

    You will definitely want to check out Katie Cotton‘s blog today for her take on today’s template!! I am covering for the fact that we are one girl down (for this month only) so I’m making up for it by posting 2 full projects. I hope you take the time to read all the yummy details 😀 There is so much to share.

    My obsession with gift packaging started after I made my very first 2-4-6-8 box, and a bag-a-lope! LOL!

    My Stampin’ Up! demo, turned friend Paulette showed me how at one of her workshops. Once I saw how it went together I became obsessed with making them, and learning HOW I can make my own little boxes. I started buying all sorts of templates for envelopes, gable boxes, and whatever else I could find.

    I began looking at the world in a whole new way. Instead of looking at PRODUCTS in the store, I started looking at their PACKAGING.  Before I knew it I was able to just look at something and figure it out myself. It was exhilarating. That joy and passion has just grown and grown, and now NOTHING is off limits to be made into a 3D package of some sort! I have tons of stuff to come. Most of all is the feeling I get when others receive something they know I made with them in mind 😀

    One of my most FAVORITE things to give are bath and body products. I think most of us love to feel pampered and smell good 😀 Often we don’t want to SPLURGE on those items for yourself, so giving someone something like that is so fun for me (maybe it is because I personally love that kind of stuff too). I think I have found a way to use every template I ever created with these types of products! LOL!

    Well, this time I designed my packaging specifically for those types of gifts!

    I wanted/needed that PERFECT presentation and fit for such items. So after purchasing, and measuring MANY varieties of the size/style/type bottles that these things are generally packaged in, and I designed the perfect fitting template.

    This is the Take Time Pocket ©

    Take Time For Yourself

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    Take Time Pocket © $5 

    Completed Project Size

    Tall: 6 1/4 Inches

    Wide: 4 Inches

    Deep: 2 1/2 Inches

     This template was designed to coordinate with the Take Time © and Just For You © Pretty Impressions stamp set. Now you have the perfect items for packaging gifts for any occasion. Finally the perfect packaging for all types of gifts! Be it short, tall, thick or thin, store bought or homemade, it will be perfectly presented in this template! This template is the epitome of easy elegance! Goes together in a snap but looks like so much work!  Not only is this a gorgeous packaging wrap but it looks amazing when used as your room decor for storing your everyday type of items! Perfect for any room in the house! Cut a hole in the top, and you have a sweet treat door hanger for a friend or neighbor.  

    All you have to do is take a little time and you are sure to make someone feel as special as they really are!

    Now this template looks like this before you decorate it

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    The curves this template has makes it so unique, and eye catching. It LOOKS like it would ahve taken you forever, but goes together in a SNAP! You will fall in LOVE!

    Now below, here is that same box all decorated with our Take Time & Petal Perfection stamp set, as well as the GaGa for Gingham, and Carousel color of our Fanciful Flourishes Pretty Printables © digital paper, which I added some color to using my markers! The centers of all the flowers have Liqud Pearls.

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    WOW! What a difference huh? I especially love adding that quick detail of color to the paper.

    The template comes with the decorative layers for the inside back panel (can be used on the back of the template as well), and the side panels. It also has a label that fits PERFECTLY with the label image from our Take Time © stamp set! You can use a circular image/sentiment on the front, or the label!

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    I used the Petal Perfection © to stamp my large flower in a dark purple ink, and sponged the edges, and used the Petal Perfections Cut File to cut it out 😀 Now with little to no work it looks amazing. OH! And coloring this……a dream! You will more on that soon 😀

    Here I used one of the circular sentiments for the front-it reads: Take Time For Yourself

    Those of you with personal cutting machines can resize this too!

    The Take Time & Petal Perfection stamp sets are sold in a “package” this month! You will get all 29 images for $18!

    Truly stunning.

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    As you can see this template easily fits your standard size bath/body wash, lotions, bath salts, bubble bath….you name it. This serves not only as a way to GIFT these items but showcase and store them too! They also fit bottles from Bath & Body Works (my favorite!) as do the labels in the stamp set.

    When I began designing my own stamps in August, I knew there was one set that I FOR SURE had to make! I personally felt there was a huge lack of images for giving such gifts! So I began creating the stamp set that is called Take Time ©. I chose that name because we really do need to take time for ourselves and give our-self a little but of pampering!

    Take Time © Set of 21 images

     This set was designed to coordinate with the Take Time Pocket template © as well as the Petal Perfection set. The label in this set coordinates nicely with the Just For You © stamp set (available in digital download as well) which is an “everyday” themed set. This is the perfect set for creating cards, gifts or tags for the items that PAMPER!I have so longed for a set that I can utilize to personalize homemade or store bought bath & beauty essentials. Now it is easy to dress up those special gifts I give most to everyone on my list! Who doesn’t love to be pampered? Well now you can take those creations and make them that much more personalized! The large sentiments are perfect for fitting in our custom designed label, while the smaller sentiments fit perfectly underneath! The flowers in the set are sure to dress this up or be used on their own.  

    Sentiments read: 

    Shower Gel 

    Bath Lotion 

    Bath Salts  

    Bubble Bath 

    Pamper Yourself

     Simple Pleasures

     Mind* Body* Soul 

    Rest* Rejuvenate* Relax 

    Wash Away the Stress 

    You are scent-sational 

    Add one capful and enjoy!

    Lather & Rinse

    Here is a sample of the labels and sentiments used in conjunction with the flowers that are in the set!

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     Could it get any more AMAZING? Let’s get a closer look at it all.

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    I used the label cut file from the Take Time Pocket © template to cut my labels from an adhesive label sheet that I got at Staples!! I stamped my label image onto the cut label tag. I then colored my border, and added my stamped flowers. Once I was done that I stamped my large bath sentiments, and used a coordinating smaller sentiment for underneath.

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    Since my images are acrylic it is easy to line up. All the sentiments are separate so you can easily mix & match!

    Now these look so much more personal than leaving them PLAIN! You can easily peel the labels off too if you want.

    Here is the Shower Gel

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    I added the Lather & Rinse. I could have chosen “wash away the stress” or some of the others.

    Now we have the Body Lotion

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    On this one I added Simple Pleasures, but again I could have chosen several of the others too!

    OK! Are you STILL with me? You won’t want to miss what is next either!

    Now once this stamp/template set was completed, I figured my “claim” that it is the perfect template for so many “everyday” sort of gifts, or occasions, I’d  be much more well received if I designed such a set!

    So I got to work making images, and sentiments that coordinate in much the same way as Take Time ©, but can also be used alone 😀

    Let us see what we can do with Just For You ©

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    *Also Available in Digital Download*

    This set was designed to coordinate with the frame image in the Take Time © set. The purpose was for it to be utilized for “everyday” gift giving in coordination with the Take Time Pocket © template

    This is a set of wonderful everyday style sentiments and image that are just perfect for cards. tags and gift giving all year round! Gifts have never looked better, or been easier to give with this set!

    The sentiments fit perfectly in the label that is in the Take Time © Pretty Impressions stamp set

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    (this used the semi-circle sentiment Hand Picked Just For You)

    Sentiments include:

    • From (to be used with “all of us” or “me to you”)
    • all of us
    • me to you
    • I (to be used with “care” or Love you”)
    • care
    • Love you
    • We (to be used with “care” or Love you”)
    • Thank you
    • Just for you
    • For Someone Special
    • Happy Birthday
    • A Little Something
    • With Deepest Sympathy
    • Mr. & Mrs.

    Circle sentiments:

    • Time for Tea
    • Just for you
    • Home Made Just For You!
    • Something Sweet
    • Hand Picked Just For You!
    • Happy Birthday To You And Many More
    • Just A Little Something
    • Wishing You Well

    Verses:

    • Someone like you should be celebrated every day!
    • You mean the world to me
    • When words just aren’t enough
    • Everyone should be lucky enough to have someone like you in their life

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    WHEW!! Wait until you see everything that comes in this AMAZING set!!

    Now about the project

    Barrow of Seedlings

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    How is this for a gift set, for the gardener in your life?

    This was a special gift got my own little gardeners!

    I used the Take Time Pocket © to package up some seeds for my children. This has all sorts of vegetable seeds for our family garden, as well as 2 jars of wildflower mix! They loved getting this gift with their own trowels, gardening gloves, aprons, and knee cushions 😀

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    By the time you are all reading this, we now already have these seedlings planted in a large case in the house, and they are already sprouting out of the dirt! We planted Carrots, Snap Peas, Watermelon, Strawberries, Cucumbers, and Tomatoes. We will spread the wild flowers an a separate part of the garden once Spring comes and we can transplant the seeds! (I’ll get a photo of the kids with thier seedlings this week)

    Amber is the main one caring for them and checks on their growth process daily. We read that letting kids tend for thier own garden builds self confidence, caring, and a sense of responsibility. It helps them learn about the earth and how to nurture it, so they are less likely to pollute it.

    Moving on……

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    This is the empty version of the box.

    The base was made from Acorn Squash cardstock. It has a gorgeous texture!

    I designed my label using the cut file from the Take Time Pocket template © in a natural ivory cardstock. Stamped my label in a rust colored ink, and I used a marker to color around the edge. Easy peasy. I designed my decorative layers using my Pretty Printables © Fresh Flowers © digital paper in the coral color, and printed it with my Fresh Fabric © digital paper to match (can you say HEAVEN!). The flowers in this paper match the flower stamp you see on the label! It comes in 2 sizes and fits perfectly! Don’t you LOVE coordinating items without having to THINK?!

    Lastly I added the ZigZag pattern from the Random Ribbons © Pretty Pieces Cut File.

    I KNEW I needed a wheel barrow stamp! My project from last month was actually inspired by this image!

    (HA!! Little did you know (wink))

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    I stamped it twice, once on my circle layer, then again on my Fresh Fabric © digial paper, so I could paper piece it.

    I used a 1.60 circle and a 1 .75 circle to create this label. It was perfection. One of my favorite images 😀

    The labels on the jars, well I just used some scrap left over from my printing, punched it out and added my sentiment and flowers. This came together in just a few minutes!! If you look at it, it is all pretty basic.

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    So there you have it!

    Are you still here? I know, a lot to digest. Can you tell I’m in excitement OVERDRIVE? Jeepers. It’s just an amazing month of possibilities….and with Mother’s Day around the corner….you better get to work!

    I know I’ve been workin my hiney off, and I still have TONS of ideas to share. It will blow your mind what these 3 Pretty Impressions © stamp sets can do! Just you wait 😀 (if you are totally into them already!)

    Supplies: 

    Pretty Packaging © template: Take Time Pocket ©

    Pretty Impressions © stamps: Take Time, Petal Perfection, Just for You

    Pretty Printables Digital Paper: GaGa for Gingham, Fanciful Flourishes, Fresh Flowers, Fresh Fabric

    Cardstock from Couture Cardstock:Carousel, Lancelot, OSW white, Acorn Squash, Thistle Stalk

    Other: Natural Ivory, Adhesive Label Sheets

    Pretty Pieces © Cut File: Petal Perfection, Random Ribbons

    Ink: Versamagic, Momento, Copic Markers

    Ribbon: May Arts

    Other: Liquid pearls, branches

    Well that was plenty for one day. I swear I took a nap in between posting these two projects, so I can imagine how it feels reading it (if anyone actually DID! LOL!). I am WIPED OUT!

    I hope you can return tomorrow for our next round of peeks before the release on April 1st!!! On release day we have a special group post that I hope you all will enjoy too! LOTS of inspiration 😀

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Perfect Peeks Day #1

    Mar 28, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Let the peeks begin!!

    Well it has certainly been a busy month with LOTS to share!

    Today you will definitely want to check in with both Pam Imholz and Mona Pendleton! They each have a special project that peeks one of our NEWEST stamp sets & Pretty Packaging © templates called Pick of the Petals ©.

    If you missed it we announced that we are now on Facebook (FINALLY!!)

    So come by and become a Fan of My Time Made Easy ™ LLC —>CLICK HERE!

    I also announced 4 NEW! Design Team members who EACH have a giveaway (so be sure to check out their blogs to enter to win), and I have a giveaway —> all those details HERE too!

    I really want to say THANK YOU to each and every one of you. My fellow stampers, cyber friends, and real friends and family, all of you whom have supported my dream of doing something that I TRULY love, and sharing it with the world. It is an unbelievable feeling, and I couldn’t do it without you. It’s really amazing. I read every email and ever comment, always So many of you have followed my journey from my “early” stamping days on SCS, and watched me go after each goal I’ve set. You’ve come to know me, and my family too. Where else can you get support like that? Seriously, it has meant the world to me.

    Now I begin another month where I share more stuff that I have created and love, in hopes that it inspires you and makes your crafting time easier and more enjoyable!

    Today I’d like to share a NEW! Pretty Packaging © template called Pick of the Petals ©

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    I have to say this is one of my most favorite templates I have ever created. PERFECT for any occasion, especially something elegant!

    Completed Project Size 

    Tall: 3 1/2 Inches

    Wide: 4/12 Inches

    Deep: 3 1/2 Inches 

    Pick me! Pick me!

    This is the epitome of the perfect “flower” box! You will have everyone’s jaw dropping with this beauty. The box is hexagon shaped. It is truly going to be the “pick” of your gift packaging choice over and over again! The top and bottom are 2 separate pieces. The box lid folds in to create a 6 petal flower design. The bottom can be used alone, or with the lid!

    (more ideas on that later!) 

    Now the only question is WHO will you “PICK ” to send your first “petal “box creation to?

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    Now this stunner got it’s name from the 6 “petals” that the top forms when you fold it in! I designed this box shortly after I created this stamp set (back in August). I have been DYING to release it!

    There are 6 “petals” within the template so you do have the option of making your “petals” another color, or use patterned paper! Endless possibilities, as you will see over the next 10 days or so!

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    I have previously seen gift boxes with a 4 petal like design on the top. They just sort of fold in on the sides. I knew I wanted to tweak that to co-ordinate with my stamp set release. I have to say it was a bit challenging to get it to work as perfectly as I envisioned, but now all my hard work will pay off for you when you make yours!

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    As you can see I kept my design very clean and simple! It didn’t take much work to make this a total WOW!

    I used a NEW! Pretty Impressions © stamp set called Petal Perfection ©. It has 8 large images (and sells for only $12), and a Pretty Pieces © Cut File to match!  So all I did was use my personal cutting machine to cut my flower/leaf pieces, then stamped them in a red ink, and layer! NO CUTTING! This stamp set also coordinates with one of our stamp sets called Take Time © (more on that later!).

    This set will also be available in Digital format as a “package” deal, combining it with the Take Time © stamp set. You will get a total of 29 images for $18!

    You can see another template peek and sample using this stamp set —>HERE!

    Now you may be wondering WHAT I am using this gift for……..

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    Actually it is a sympathy gift.

    This sentiment is from our So Sentimental Set. (this will be back in stock April 1st!) It also used the So Sentimental Frame © Pretty Pieces Cut File. It is the perfect way to let someone know you are there for them.

    Sometimes, when someone I know loses someone they love, I prefer to send them something they can cherish longer than flowers. Its nice to give them something they can plant in remembrance of their loved one. Year after year they will be reminded of the one they love when they see the seedlings bloom year after year. (that being said I do my best to ensure I choose a perennial flower/plant!)

    I often like to investigate which flower is the flower of the “month” that they lost that person, or sometimes what was their favorite bloom? I try to go from something that comes back year after year……..the flower for the month of March is Daffodil.

    The flower for April is a Daisy (you can view the chart –>here). This happened to be a favorite of the loved one lost, so I chose to send that instead. The Shasta Daisy is a perennial version of this flower, so I am sending a packet of Daisy seeds, with a pot, and soil pod.

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    My planter fit perfectly in here! I just tied a matching bow around the pot to dress it up. The May Arts ribbon makes that easy!

    I also like to investigate color when I create such gifts. Colors have various meanings. I like to try my best to be mindful of such things. Given the fact that this person lost a battle with Cancer and they were courageous I chose red.

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    I looked up the “meaning” of the color red. Here is what I found:

    Red is the color of fire and blood, so it is associated with energy, strength, power, determination as well as passion, desire, and love.

    Red is a very emotionally intense color. In heraldry, red is used to indicate courage. It is a color found in many national flags.

    This color is also commonly associated with energy, represents joy, passion, sensitivity, romance, love, and friendship. It is also associated with vigor, willpower,  leadership, and courage.

    I am hopeful that this gift will be well received.

    Supplies: 

    Pretty Packaging © template: Pick of the Petals

    Pretty Impressions © stamps: Petal Perfection, So Sentimental

    Cardstock from Couture Cardstock: Candied Apple, Santas Beard

    Pretty Pieces © Cut File: Petal Perfection, So Sentimental Frame

    Ink: Pallette

    Ribbon: May Arts

    Other: Liquid pearls,  adhesive pearls 

    I hope you like what I had to share today. This template is pretty WOW! Its a great size, and it doesn’t take much to make is spectacular.

    See you all back here tomorrow for even more samples!!!

    We are on FACEBOOK!

    Mar 28, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time Made Easy

    (post 2 for today! So scroll down)

    Finally! My Time Made Easy ™ LLC is on FACEBOOK!

    After so many people asking me WHEN I would take the plunge, I finally did it.

    Actually my friend Tracey literally PUSHED me into it by setting everything up for me (thanks girl! LOL!) and then letting me know I was all set! LOL! Now I’m frantically trying to figure it all out.

    So come by and become a Fan of My Time Made Easy ™ LLC —>CLICK HERE!

    Some exciting changes! and a lil’ GIVEAWAY

    Mar 27, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    Well tomorrow begins our official peeks of the April release for My Time made Easy ™ LLC.

    I’ve had too many requests/suggestions sent asking for peeks to start early, to NOT do peeks. I honestly thought you all would LOVE the “BUY IT NOW” approach, but you all suggested otherwise! Those not wanting to be teased…..well, you may not want to stop by until the first of the month, then scroll back to view everything. I wouldn’t have changed my approach, had the majority asked I do so. YOU are the customer….so I will listen 😀 It only means even MORE projects than before 😀 How can that be a bad thing?

    So for our changes we will do 3 days of peeks, where you will get to see a total of 9 samples before we have our release.

    March was an amazing month for My Time Made Easy ™ LLC and I have to say it’s going to keep getting better! I have some really fun stuff in the works for future releases.

     Pretty Packaging © templates that will have you saying “I DEFINITELY NEED THAT!” All our templates have full color, step by step photos with written instructions, so anyone can make them. Seriously, give them a go. You often spend more on a fancy latte drink from a coffee shop! This is a gift/purchase that keeps on giving. You can’t get much for $5 these days, and trust me they are worth it.

    On anther note:

    We sold out of all 3 sets this month! WOOT! WOOT!

    Fanciful Flourishes is now back in stock, as is Bringing Home Baby.

     So Sentimental © set has been sold out (again), but will be back in stock for April 1st! Just in time for our next release.

    More exciting news……..

    I’d like announce that there is the addition of 4 NEW! Design Team members! That is my big and exciting news.

    (Be sure to visit them as each one has a GIVEAWAY!)

    I’d love to introduce you to

    Dawn Easton-http://treasureoilerdesignz.blogspot.com/

    Geny Cassady http://madisonavenue.typepad.com/ 

    Lesa Rapp-http://paperpossibilities.blogspot.com/

     and last but not least Stephanie Kraft-http://handkraftedbystephanie.blogspot.com/

    Check out our Design Team page –>HERE!

    I am over the moon to have these very talented women join our team!

    Stephanie and Geny are jumping right in for the April release and Dawn and Lesa will both be starting next month as they wrap up some other commitments.

    Geny and Dawn are going to be our cardmakers!

    We spend much time sharing complete gift packaging, and while that is AWESOME, I think we would all love to see some more cards thrown in the mix! Afterall these stamps are just as good for cards, as they are gift packaging! These two girls are just who we needed for that job. I have worked with both on other design teams and I have long admired each of them. They are wonderful and talented women. I feel they both take excellent photos, and thier use of layering and patterned paper always inspire.

    Stephanie and Lisa will join the team for our complete packages! They both bring something unique and fresh to the group, and I cannot wait to see what they do with our products once in hand! I’m sure you will be inspired too. They both do some jaw dropping work and both are so wonderful in every way.

    It’s been hard to hold on to those changes!

    You all need to know that Kristin is stepping away from the “Designer” responsibilities of the team, and focusing on the digital paper and assisting me with some administrative duties (I can’t believe I already need help!). She will still design at liberty and is very much still a part of the team, just not the countdown stuff etc. 

    Now another sad announcement, Catherine has had some family issues arise and she will be leaving the team. She is welcome back when things settle down, but for now she has decided to take what time she does have and focus on her family and when time allows….. stamp design! Catherine and I worked together on a set and template combo that will be releasing sometime soon! She is a wealth of ideas 😀

    Catherine and I have discussed some designs she is going to be working on in the future (time willing and at her leisure while she deals with her family issues). While I’m so sad to see us lose her AMAZING talents by contributing her wonderful projects each month, it will be great to work with her in another aspect. So we shall see what the future holds with that new journey.  I’m so excited and proud of all these new additions. Please be sure you stop by thier blogs to welcome them to the team!!

    I really look forward to our peeks starting tomorrow!!! I think you will be really excited too.

    GIVEAWAY ALERT!

    Leave a comment here today for your chance to win a FREE Stamp set from MTME of your choice! Whatever you want to say…what are you hoping to see, what is your favorite stamp set or template…..whatever!

     Also visit our new designers for a chance to win a template of your choice too! It’s a WIN! WIN!!

    Giveaways to be announced on the 30th! So don’t delay.

    See you tomorrow.

    Hi everyone!
    It’s *almost* April! Can you believe it? As the next month is upon us that means I start sharing some fun stuff with you.

    Well if you weren’t aware I am a monthly template sponsor over at the Just Us Girls Challenge Blog. It is now time for another challenge!

    JUGS26

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    So this month we have another template challenge —>CLICK HERE for details. Someone will get a coupon for a FREE template just for playing along!! So make sure you check it out.

    All the JUGS girls are peeking  a NEW! Release template called Slip Cover ©!! (So I’m letting you all in on an extra EARLY peek :D)

    The official My Time Made Easy ™ LLC release peeks begin Monday (our actual release date is April 1st), and I have a special announcement tomorrow about what is to come! Now  as I said above TODAY I’m “slipping” in an extra EARLY peek for you of one of our NEWEST template: Slip Cover ©

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    Looking for the perfect holder to SLIP your creations in to?

    Well  this is the template for you! This will come together in minutes, and is sure to please.

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    Below: This is the same template, in the undecorated state. 

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    The sleek curvy “cover” just “slips“on over the base.

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    Both pieces can be utilized alone as well. You can also design the box to be presented vertically or horizontally.

    The base of this has a fun “tuck in” feature, so adhesive is optional.

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    This box can hold your A2 sized cards/envelopes (perfectly) and so much more! We all need that “go to” template for our cards, or presenting other gifts, with little time or effort!

    All you need to decide is what YOU want to slip inside!

    Don’t forget you can resize this so the gift ideas are truly endless!

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    This is the cover removed. SO PRETTY!What a surprise it reveals too.

    I loaded this up with body wash, body lotion, and body spray, as well as a eye mask. 

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    As previously stated the base is perfect enough to also be used on it’s own (as you will see by looking at the JUGS Challenge participants, and more from me later!) 

    Now about the stamps…….  

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    How simply elegant does this look? I used my Fanciful Flourishes © and All A Flutter © on this creation (bfly stamped on GaGa for Gingham © paper)

    Yes! you are also getting a peek at something else NEW!  Now the gorgeous flowers you are seeing is yet ANOTHER early peek at one of our newest sets called Petal Perfection © ! This is a smaller set of 8 large images that sells for only $12!  (more on that later!) This set coordinates with a few things in our release this month! 

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    You will be happy to hear that there is a coordinating Pretty Pieces © Cut File to match (ONLY $2.50!!) so NO tedious cutting out of those flowers (if you have a personal cutting machine). I just cut my flowers, stamped and layered!

    Done in no time.  

    Supplies: Pretty Packaging © template: Slip Cover ©Pretty Impressions © stamps: Petal Perfection, All A Flutter, Fanciful FlourishesPretty Prinatbles © digi paper: GaGa for Gingham ©Cardstock from Couture Cardstock: OSW, Thistle Stalk, Blessings, Sweet HeartPretty Pieces © Cut File: Petal PerfectionInk: VersamagicRibbon: May ArtsOther: Liquid pearls,  adhesive pearls 

    Well that is all I can give you for now! You will have to wait for more peeks/details Monday! Tune in tomorrow for my announcement, and you chance to win some goodies!

     I love to hear your thoughts on what you’ve seen today 😀

    We have some AMAZING stuff to come! 

    See you back here tomorrow!    

    My Etsy

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