Archive for September, 2010


Well today is the official My Time Made Easy ™ LLC Release! I can’t believe I got through this one! LOL!

It is also my husbands birthday today! So Happy Birthday Jay!

You can view ALL our NEW! Release products for October HERE!

Today the entire team and I are sharing some samples using a NEW! Template called In Suspense ©!! Together we will share teh MANY ideas and uses for this great new release.

While the template concept in itself is exciting, there are 3 NEW! Pretty Impression stamp sets to make it even more AMAZING!

Stop by an visit:

  • Catherine Doucette
  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz <—She has become a PERMANENT Design Team member!! WOOT!! WOOT!! (I’ll be picking the other person soon!)
  • Katie Cotton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Pam Imholz
  • Stephanie Kraft
  • Tangii Crain
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • Tammy Hershberger
  • The 3 NEW! sets we have that coordinate with the  In Suspense template are: A Secret Surprise, A Spooky Surprise, and our very first Pretty Petite stamp set Thankful!

    Now I had fully planned on creating a sample that utilized the A Secret Surprise frame, with the poem, for today’s group post, but obviously my daughter being hospitalized took precedence. I’m certain the team will show you the endless possibilities this template and stamp combination have to offer!

    So without further delay…..

    In Suspense © Template $5
    Available in PDF, SVG, DXF, GSD, and WPC
    Completed Project Size:
    8 3/4 Inches Tall
    4 Inches Wide
    2 Inches Deep

    The name says it all!

    This idea of this template is to not only “suspend” it from the door knob of the recipient, but to also put them in “suspense” of what surprise could be hanging on their door! What a wonderful treat to find, no matter what the occasion.

    Note: You can cut the door knob hanger portion to create just a fun gift box to leave on a door step, on a desk, or in a mailbox! Also the cut out in the front is optional, so this opens up a ton of possibilities. You can omit it, or make the cut out whatever shape you choose!
    This template was designed to coordinate with the
    Secret Surprise stamp set, as well as the Secret Surprise Label Pretty Pieces Cut File.
     
     
     

     

     Now you can easily leave a surprise for that special someone? Maybe it is for a particular holiday, birthday, cheer up, get well, or just because! Maybe you want to even start a new tradition amongst family, friends, neighbors, or co-workers!
     
     
     
     

    No matter what occasion you choose, this is sure to put the receiver in suspense!

     

    Thankful © Pretty Petite Set of 12 Images $6
    By Catherine Doucette
     
     
     

    This set was designed to coordinate with the Secret Surprise Stamp set, and the In Suspense © Perfect Packaging template. Label image also coordinate with the Secret Surprise Label Pretty Pieces Cut File.

     

    The sentiment on the tag is from So Sentimental, embossed in gold.

    As you can see on my sample, I stamped the acorn cluster in the right corner. I masked the cluster so I could stamp the pumpkin images “behind” the cluster. One pumpkin is from the A Spooky Surprise set. I stamped the swirls in a gold ink, and added gold with a glitter pen.

    The window of the In Suspense template coordinates with the A Secret Surprise stamp set, and label cut file. I stamped the frame from A Secret Surprise in gold ink. I then created a window from acetate, and stamped, then embossed the large “Thankful” sentiment, into the center. This is filled with Lindt Chocolates. Perfection!
     
    This is a simply stunning Pretty Petite set perfect for giving thanks! These Autumn themed images are sure to impress, and make your fall themed creations easier than ever! They are also wonderful for sympathy and masculine themed cards, tags, and gifts.
     
     
     
     

    This set will allow you to dress up any Thanksgiving table, or some send fall themed treats!
     
     
     
     

     

    Whatever you use this set for, the message of thankfulness is sure to be received.
     
    Here is a card to match
    I stamped my leaves on my card base. 
    I stamped the swirl from Fanciful Flourishes on the base as well. 
     
    On the vellum overlay I embossed the sentiment like on my template window.
    I love the added real pinecones to the card.
     
    Simple elegance. 

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: In Suspense

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: A Secret Surprise, Thankful

    Well that does it for me!

    Come back for even more inspiration tomorrow!

     

    Day #2 Perfect Peeks:Grab a Cup

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

     Here we are on Day #2 of peek projects and there is still so much to share!!

    You will be able to order all the new goodies on Oct 1st, even though you have yet to see all the cool new stuff we have to release!! The team and I will be sharing ideas and samples with our biggest release yet!! So stay tuned!! 

    Today you will really want to visit our guest designer Debbie and the following team members:  

  • Catherine Doucette
  • Katie Cotton
  • Pam Imholz
  • Stephanie Kraft
  • Tammy Hershberger
  • and our other guest Ashley!
  • Today we are all sharing samples using the Grab a Cup template!! We have 4 hot beverage stamp/sentiment sets this month, and we have 3 other sets that will add to the ideas for gift-giving this Halloween and Fall!  

    So let’s get started!! 

    Today I am sharing a super cute sample using the Grab a Cup template, with Fancy a Cuppa? stamp set, Grab a Cup and Grab a Cup Sentiments. So let me get sharing! 

    Grab a Cup Template $5 

     
    Available in PDF, SVG, DXF, GSD, and WPC 
     
    Completed Project Size: 
     
     3 3/4 Inches Wide  
     3 1/2 Inches Deep 
    3 1/4 Inches Tall  
    Sometime you just want to grab a cup!  
    If you like coffee, tea, chai, latte, cocoa or even a cup o’ soup you, will fall in love with this 3 dimensional version of the “coffee/tea cup”. 
    It is simply adorable and perfectly sized for a variety of options. 

    You can fill it with a variety of gifts, or use it as the perfect party favor! A great option for place settings too. This could really dress up a table, or make the perfect addition for a “tea” party.

     

    My cup was created using a yellow cardstock. The panels were made from white cardstock, and were stamped with the stunning Daisy border image from Fancy a Cuppa?,which I colored. The white layer was also stamped with the polka dot builder image in the set as well.  I used a scallop nestability for the bottom layer on my cup. Just an additional sweet touch.

     

    My colored were pulled from the herbal tea that I chose to wrap up in a cello bag, which was stamped to match using the single daisy images in the set, using black StazOn, and a sharpie marker was used to color them in.The flower is a cut file from our Flutters & Flowers. I just used an embossing stylus to create the lines in it, then I sponged on some color!

      

    My tag- I used the cup image from the Grab a Cup set, with the steam! I used another small daisy from the Fancy a Cuppa? set. The  sentiment is from the Grab a Cup Sentiment set. That set is a MUST have!!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: Grab a Cup

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: Fancy a Cuppa?, Grab a Cup, Grab A Cup Sentiments

    Pretty Pieces Cut File: Flutters & Flowers

    Now you may be curious as to what the Fancy a Cuppa? set, bu Catherine Doucette is all about!

    We really love the focus of “hot beverages” this month. There really are so many great gift ideas where hot beverages are the main focus, and they deserve to be properly gifted and highlighted!! We have the perfect coordination of images and sentiments for such an occasion!! 

    Fancy a Cuppa? © Set of 20 Images $20
    This set is also available in Digital Download* Use this for Digital version – combined with the Fancy a Cuppa? Add On set-digital set is 28 images* 
     
    This is another great set for *any* hot beverage lover! 
    You will love all the possibilities this large cup has to offer! I know I have a ton more ideas I hope to implement! 
     
    The large cup measures a little over: 1 3/4 Inches Tall X 3 Inches Wide 

    There are two- 5 block sentiments that align perfectly with our “check boxes”, that fit on the cup itself or can be used alone.  

    The two 5 block sentiments feature sentiments that can easily be used alone or when combined with the check boxes within the set, allow you to “check off” what you are giving the card. tag, or gift for!  

    Sentiments Read:  

    Block 1:  

    Thanks so much  

    Have a nice day  

    Oh, happy day  

    Thinking of you  

    Just because  

    Block 2:  

    Tea  

    Coffee  

    Latte  

    Cocoa  

    Soup  

    You can also see there are some great additions to the set that will allow you to further decorate your cup, which features a solid cup, or an outlined version of the cup, or create your own borders and backgrounds.

    Here I stamped my solid cup onto a regal rose cardstock, in Cranberry Crisp ink. I cut it out, then used the solid rim stamped in white for my design.The cup sentiment (and my “tea tag”) is from Grab a Cup Sentiments was perfect for the inside rim, and tea tag! I also chose to stamp some white polka dots on the cup as well.

    I used the daisy image from the Fancy A Cuppa? set to adorn my cup, and I used the various size daisies, with the polka dot pattern to make my own patterned paper!! Some adhesive pearls randomly placed add to the WOW of this simple card.

    I made a hanging tag to look like a little tea tag, hanging from my cup. So simply sweet.

    The two smaller cup images in the set fit perfectly within the center of the Fancy a Cuppa? Add On circle sentiments. Whatever you fancy in your cup, this set is certain to warm the heart of receiver for whatever you create using it. 

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: Fancy a Cuppa?, Grab a Cup Sentiments

    Now how about the add on set? Here is some info on that!

     Fancy a Cuppa? Add On © Set of 8 Images $12 By Catherine Doucette 
     
    *Also Available in Digital Download* with the Fancy a Cuppa set-set of 28 images*  
     
     
     
    This is a great set of circular sentiments to help embellish those gift for *any* hot beverage!

     

    Main Circle image is: 1 1/2 inches
    All sentiments are great on their own, or used in coordination with the circle image.
    Sentiments include:
    Coffee

    Just add water, Stir, Steep & Enjoy!

    Hope you are feeling better soon!

    Rest, Relax, and Rejuvenate

    A spot of tea, to you, from me.
     
     

    Hot Chocolate
    May this warm your heart and soul
    So, as you can see we have an amazing MUST HAVE collection of images/sentiments for you, just in time to warm up the cold, blustery days and nights.
    Well, I hope you plan on returning tomorrow because not only is it our October Release, but we have our AMAZING group post using another template, you have yet to see, and some NEW! stamp images that coordinate too!

     

    Day 1 Perfect Peeks:A whole latte fun

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

    Hi everyone! 

     Today is Alexa’s 11th Birthday! 

    Words cannot say how ever more thankful (than the usual) I am to be celebrating it this year. After our BIG Pediatric ICU scare I know I am ever thankful she is here with us. Alexa ALWAYS teaches me about how important each moment is and how precious LIFE really is. We had quite the emergency and everyone was amazed at how well (and quick) she pulled through. We were given NO guarantees and it was one of the scariest times I’ve had with her to date. THAT says a lot in itself. I was once again reminded of what is truly important in life. 

    So I want to wish her a VERY Happy Birthday, with MANY, MANY more to come. I can’t get as emotional as I feel about this because I would just fall apart, so I’m trying to keep it upbeat and happy. I am so thankful to God for all he has done in her life (and my family), and allowing me to celebrate another year with her. I’ve really been able to keep life in perspective and stay grounded to my family. I’ve never ever felt more blessed and in God’s presence! He has truly blessed our family, once again. I cannot begin to list the many blessings we have been given. 

    OK moving forward before I get REALLY mommy mushy! LOL! 

    Are you ready for some NEW! Release Projects?! I have done my best to pull this release together, so I hope you get some inspiration from it, and get creating with our NEW! products soon!!!!! 

     I  have to say I LOVE what I do! Especially as the holidays approach, this is my favorite time of year. October is our biggest release yet! 

     This month we have some amazing coordinating products to get you all warmed up to make your own packaging and treats/cards/tags this holiday season!  

     Grab your favorite hot beverage and be ready to get inspired, as we share an plethora of amazing gift ideas centered around the “hot beverage” theme.  

     As October approaches we hit PRIME gift-giving season!! With all the template/packaging ideas we have in store, you are able to take the simplest of gifts and make them that much more heartfelt, special and meaningful, and do that in an affordable way.With the economy being what it is, it is very important that we all get back to the focus of homemade gifts from the heart.  

     This month we have a group of stamps, paper and packaging that supports gifts that warm you heart & soul!! I am talking about the hot beverage kind!! If you like to give, package, or receive “hot beverage” themed gifts like coffee, tea, latte, cocoa, soup and whatever else warms you up, then you will love some of this month’s products!! If the “hot beverage” theme isn’t YOUR cup of tea (:D) then we will soon share some “all occasion” gift giving products, soon to follow!!  

     This month we are sharing the same amount of amazing samples, full of inspiring ideas, but in a shorter amount of time!  

     Today’s focus is going to be on our  4 hot beverage themed stamp images/sentiment sets: Grab a Cup, Grab a Cup Sentiments, Fancy a Cuppa & Fancy a Cuppa Add On set!  

     We are combing these 4 amazing sets with two of our latest & greatest templates that were designed to uniquely package up those hot beverage items in the funnest ways possible!!  

     To start, 2 of the templates being shared today are On the Go! which is awesome by itself, but is even better when combined with the Fancy a Cuppa?template!! Lookie at the amazing samples today!  

     Be sure you stop by and visit:  

    Our Guest Designer: Debbie  

  • Tangii Crain
  • Lisa Kind
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • Tammy Hershberger
  • Kristin Bueter
  • and Catherine Doucette
  •  My sample today uses the Grab a Cup set as the main focus, along with the Grab a Cup Sentiment, and Fancy a Cuppa! I am excited about this project, and hope you are too! You can easily put your own twist on it.  

    YOU ARE LOOKING AT 100% MTME Templates! (ALL CARDSTOCK, ALL HANDMADE!) 

     Serving up a nice hot cup  

        

    This is ALL My Time Made Easy ™ LLC!!  All products will be available Oct 1st  

     Is this not an amazing gift presentation, with limitless possibilities?!!! The colors were inspired by my favorite coffee company, Dunkin Donuts.  

       

    There is PLENTY of room to stuff this with all sorts of goodness, and it could also be resized. I made this one from a chocolate cardstock, and accented it with my own hand-stamped “patterned paper”. 

    So let me share some template info first. 

     Fancy a Cuppa? Template $5   

     Available in PDF, SVG, DXF, GSD, and WPC
      
     Completed Project Size: 
     
    8 1/4 Inches Tall   

    7 3/4 Wide 4 Inches Deep  

        

    This is the unfinished version. Divider insert is optional. 

     This template is quite versatile. It can be used as it was designed, to coordinate with the To Go! template. But, it can also be used to hold a variety of other amazing treats too! The possibilities are truly endless. To Go! cups, or when adhered back to back, it can hold 4 of these To Go! cups.  HOW FUN?! 

      

    This template file also come with decorative layers. Easy Peasy!
     
     Imagine all the amazing beverage themed items you can carry/present in here! If you love anything that has to do with hot beverages you will definitely want to view our Grab a Cup ©, Grab a Cup Sentiments ©, Fancy a Cuppa ©, Fancy a Cuppa Add On © , and the A Spot of Tea © stamp sets
     
    I was able to turn a simple gift of 4 K Cups  (2 in each cup) of Butter Toffee coffee, and 4 chocolate Biscotti (2 in each cup) into a total WOW!  

      

    Biscotti is 0.25 cents each, and the K Cups are 0.19 cents each. The cost of this gift is $1.76, but was made to seems so much more expensive 😀  

    Here is the cup/carrier front close-up.  

       

    My cup decor lets the receiver know just what to expect! I love this sentiment from the Grab a Cup Sentiment set. I love that the cup makes the “u” in the word “cup”. 

     I have to say I LOVE this template combination.  

       

    Here I used the Fancy a Cuppa? (the cup carrier) with the Grab a Cup (the 3 D travel like cup). 

     Yes!! That pink cup is a NEW! Pretty Packaging template called Grab a Cup , designed to fit perfectly within the Fancy a Cuppa? template, or used alone. It even has a warmer wrap to go with it.  

    This template makes your very own cup, or can even be used to WRAP/Cover a 12 oz. coffee cup. As I will repeat below. 

     

    I made my template from a regal rose cardstock. Quick & easy. As I said above I used the Grab a Cup Sentiment set for my cup design. I added the steam from th Grab a Cup set. 

    This is a (STURDY) 12 oz size cup, all from cardstock, and it fits the 12 oz coffee lids you can purchase!! Read on.  

    To Go! Template $5   

    Available in PDF, SVG, DXF, GSD, and WPC
      
    Completed Project Size: 
    4 1/2 Inches Tall
     Top opening almost 3 1/2 inches wide 
     
    Have you ever wanted to save that “to go” coffee cup your hot beverage comes in from your local coffee shop? It’s just so cute and perfect, it IS hard to toss away! But no one wanted anything packaged up in your old cup, smelling like your Cup O’ Joe! Well, now you don’t have to! You can make your very own customized ” To Go!” cup each and every time.
      
    This template can also “wrap” the new hot beverage cups you may have purchased. This file comes complete with the “sleeve” for even more design possibilities, and further making this as realistic as possible.
      
     One of the BEST features: This template fits the lids of those 12 oz. To Go! cups that you can purchase at the store, or will want to save from your latest hot beverage purchase!  
     
    Now not only do you have a super cute To Go! cup that is perfect on its own, but we stepped it up a notch by having it fit the lids.  This template is the perfect packaging for those gifts of the hot beverage kind! You can package a variety of wonderful gifts that warm the heart and soul in this template! 
     
    Here are a few ideas:  
     
    gift cards inside
      
    Hot chocolate (or snowman soup)  
     
    Soup mixes  
     
    Coffee themed items 
     
    Tea themed items  
      
    Chocolate covered coffee beans  
      
    A new scarf, hat, socks or mittens  
    Biscotti  

      

    and various candies or homemade treats!   

    This template fits the lids of those 12 oz. To Go! cups that you can purchase at the store, or will want to save from your latest hot beverage purchase! To Go! cup that is perfect on its own, but we stepped it up a notch by having it fit the lids. Fancy a Cuppa © Template! The template can perfectly hold 2 of these To Go! cups, or when adhered back to back, it can hold 4 of these To Go! cups. Grab a Cup ©, Grab a Cup Sentiments ©, Fancy a Cuppa ©, Fancy a Cuppa Add On © , and the A Spot of Tea © stamp sets!    

       

    I cut my “warmer sleeve” using the polka dot patterned paper from the Shutt-erfly collection!   

     Here is a close up view of the pattern that I created using the 2 solid cup images (and cup border stamps) with the sugar jar, coffee beans from the Grab a Cup set, and the little cute coffee pot from the Sign It set!!   

       

    Wait until you see this set. It was such a quick and cute pattern to make!! I did color in some “shadowing”. 

    Now for my tag!!  

      

    On this I combined the “A Cup Full Of”, “Thanks”, “Happiness” and “Love” sentiments from the Grab a Cup Sentiment set, with the boxes and check marks from Fancy a Cuppa? set. I used my oval nestabilities for the label, and trimed around the inside of my frame. 

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

      

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

      

     
     
     
     
     
    Pretty Packaging Templates: Fancy A Cuppa?, To Go!  

     

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: Grab a Cup, Grab a Cup Sentiments, Fancy a Cuppa?, Sign It 

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper: Shutt-erfly Collection 

    Now how about the info on the NEW! Grab a Cup & Sentiments sets? 

    Stamp Sets:Grab a Cup© Set of 37 Images $20
      
    *Also Available in Digital Download*
      
    This is a super cute set of “hot beverage” themed images, that are perfect for *any* occasion! It will make anyone want to grab a cup of something delicious!

     There are several cups with additional items that allow you to create your own unique cup each and every time! 

    You have various cup patterns, toppings like the steam, whipped topping, and marshmallows. There are also accessories like the coffee beans, coffee bag, creamer, sugar bowl, spoon, straw, coffee maker, and don’t forget that cute little chicken that sits perfectly on the cup edge! Perfect for the cup of chicken soup to wish someone well!
     
    Miss you a latte

    Here is a super cute card using both the Grab a Cup & Sentiments set!
    I used the open line cup, and colored it. I made a stripe pattern on my cup using my markers.
    I had fun adding the whipped topping and straw to the cup. I also stamped the heart image from Bringing Home Baby, onto my cup.
    I masked my cup so I could stamp the tray image, with the coffee ring, to signify “someone missing”.
    The large swilry flourish is from Fanciful Flourishes!

    Cup size is: 3/4 inch tall X almost 1 inch wide. There are both open & solid images 

    Creamer is: 1 1/4 inch tall 

    Sugar bowl is: almost 1 inch tall by almost 1 inch wide 

    Coffee maker image is 1 3/4 inch tall 

    The sentiments read: 

    Coffee (a large and small version of the sentiment) 

    Soup 

    Cocoa 

    Tea 

    Sugar 

    This set features a sentiment that reads: “Let’s grab a C_P” the “U” in the word CUP is missing, so that you can put one of the coffee cup images in its place! 

    You will also see a hot beverage sentiment block that allows you to easily make your own patterned background! 

    Beverages listed are: Coffee, Tea, Latte, Chai, Cocoa, Grande, Cappuccino, Mocha, and Hazelnut 

    Grab a Cup Sentiments set too! Or the Fancy a Cuppa and Fancy a Cuppa Add Ons! For the total tea lover you may want to view our A Spot of Tea set!  Grab a Cup, Oh K Dokey, To Go!, Fancy a Cuppa, and of course our Pretty Printables digital papers!  

    Here is a quick card (not my fave) using some of the images from this set.
    Stamped the bkgd sentiment all over the main layer, then added my pieces.
    Coffee Bag + Cream + Sugar = the perfect blend of coffee!
    Sentiment is from Grab a Cup Sentiments set.
     
    Grab a Cup Sentiments © Set of 24 Images $20
      
    *Also Available in Digital Download*  $24 set of 44 images combined with Grab a Cup set* 
      
    This is the PERFECT set of hot beverage themed sentiments that are sure to add that special sentiment to your cards, tags, and packaging (of course!).
     
    I myself am a coffee lover, and have never had enough of these themed sentiments. I was able to compile some of my favorite sayings to make one perfect sentiment set!
      
     Sentiments include:
      
    The Perfect Blend
      
    A day without coffee is sleep
      
    Me & you
    and
    a cup or two
    We’ve been on the go,

      

    so let’s catch up, 

    let’s get together and 

    grab a cup! 

    Serving up 

    a nice hot 

    C_ P 

    Warmest Wishes 

    Miss you a latte 

    Made with Love 

     
    A Cup Full of
     
     Thanks
       
    Cup O’ Cheer
     
    You warm my heart
     

     
    Brewed for you
     

    friend 

    You are a tea-riffic 

    Happiness 

    Get Well Wishes

    Love 

    Stir, Sip and Enjoy!

    May your cup overflow

    with love and happiness

     

    Just expressing my thanks

      

    You sweeten my day!

     
    Well, I hope you are stilll hanging in there with me! LOL!! Tomorrow the team and I will share our next peek project, so come back then!!!
    I’d love to hear your thoughts on what you see (so far!). This release will really make your hot beverage gifts SHINE!
    If you have time give Alexa a little Happy Birthday wish too!!

      

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Some AMAZING news!

    Sep 28, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: About Me, family stuff

    I have 4 amazing announcements! Given the last 2 weeks I’ve had it is wonderful to be able to say that!

    1) We are home!!

    One thing I can say is my life is ever ANYTHING but BORING or DULL!!

    Alexa is home and looks amazing, just in time for her 11th birthday!!

    No one really had any idea how bleak the situation was just a week ago. I have to shout it from the roof tops that Alexa was truly healed by God, once again. 

    It is truly a miracle by God’s hands, because the doctors told us they didn’t think she’d pull through this. Nor did they anticpate she do so, and so quickly. It was anticipated she’d get worse, before better, and they weren’t giving me anything to hold on to. They were playing this second by second. It was definitely THE scariest time for me because they always TRY to give you a positive statement, and this time they had none. Obviously as her mom, I had to refuse to believe that, and remind myself she has a purpose in this world. Alexa IS a fighter. She is truly the strongest person I know, and has touched many lives.

    I prayed like never before, and reminded God of his promise to me years ago (read Alexa’s story), when I know he actually spoke to me. At that time, he promised me Alexa would be taken care of by him. That she was his child and I needed to keep my trust and faith in him. I was told “Do not believe the words of man”, but the promise of him.

    He often brings me to knees, and reminds me of his power, and unending love. Alexa has been a walking testiment since before birth, and had the eyes of every person she came in contact with during this time, in disbelief of her recovery. We do have some possible complications that can arrise, but we are being both cautious and hopeful.

    MORE happy news!!!

    2) Tomorrow Alexa turns 11!! What a celebration of life that will be for me! I can’t even get into it, because I am still quite emotional about everything.

    3) Im over the moon to say OUR HOUSE SOLD!!!

    We priced it to sell and it did within one month!! With this market that is a true miracle. All our hard work and prayers paid off. The inspection is tomorrow (on Alexa’s birthday) and we fully expect everything to go well! Our house is all newly renovated/updated and everything looks good, so I think it will be OK. The family buying it is expecting thier first baby soon too! Our home is perfect for them 😀 I have a very good feeling about everything.

    4) The today we heard back from the bank that they accepted the offer on our DREAM HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we are closing on that house the end of October!! I can’t even wait. We have 4 bedrooms so each child will have their own space! We have an amazing yard, and amazing neighbors. We couldn’t feel more blessed. The house is perfection. Everything I had on my wishlist 😀

    So needless to say things are really looking up! I feel so blessed because everything seemed to all fall apart, thenin the same turn suddenly all fall into place, just like it was all in God’s hands!

    I will admit it was hard dealing with house negotations while Alexa was in the hospital. I am a control freak about that stuff, and God really showed me what was important, and again to trust in him, and what is meant to be, will be! We just prayed about everything, and handed it over to him.

    Well thanks for letting me share all the good. Its nice to be able to return with so many positive things to announce! I hate when things are ALL negative.

    LASTLY the October Release peeks begin tomorrow!

    I have busted my HINEY to get my projects completed and blog posting/samples done. So please keep that in miund this release! It was/is very difficult for me to swing everything and I’ve done my best to be SUPER WOMAN! LOL!

    So I hope you enjoy!

    A Thank You and an Update…

    Sep 25, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: family stuff, My Time Made Easy

    Dear followers of My Time Made Easy,

    First and foremost we would like to thank you profusely for your prayer requests. Alexa is a shining example of the magnificent power of prayer. It looks like Alexa is on the road to recovery since entering the Pediatric ICU a few days ago. The day before yesterday, they removed her oxygen mask to allow her to breathe room air (GREAT sign of her progress). The doctors are amazed at how well she is doing and how swiftly she is improving. Yesterday they moved her to the regular Pediatric ward to finish her recovery. She has a puss pocket in one lung that could cause serious complications so they’re observing her closely.

    Lauren said that they’re not sure when they will be discharged, but she’s thinking maybe next Tuesday. We hope for their sake that happens because little Miss Alexa has a birthday coming up! She will turn 11 on Wednesday :] How great would it be for her to be able to spend it at home with her family?! Lauren sent a picture of her today in the hospital gift shop holding a gigantic fortune cookie. Doesn’t she look great?

    Lauren is also on the road to recovery and starting to feel much better. She’s has been pretty tired from tending to Alexa throughout the night, but seeing her improve is helping her own recovery and also helping her to sleep the past few days :]

    We would appreciate you keeping Alexa and Lauren in your prayers until they’re completely out of the woods.

    Also, keep an eye out for the October release! Peeks start on Wednesday also. You can get in on one of the new sets now by placing a pre-order or purchasing the digital set. The pre-orders are set to ship on October 1st, but you may notice that if you already placed an order yours might arrive before the 1st. Some of the shipments were already mailed! That’s just a small example of the stellar customer service you can expect from My Time Made Easy.  You can check out Lauren’s blog post about the Spooky Surprise PRE-RELEASE!! <–It can be found here.

    Thank you for checking in and continuing your prayers for Alexa and Lauren.

    ~My Time Made Easy Design Team~

    a Prayer Request

    Sep 22, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: My family stuff

    Dear Followers of My Time Made Easy,

    This post is coming to you from Lauren’s Design Team, not from Lauren herself. We wanted to let you know what’s going on since Lauren has SO many faithful and devoted followers. Lauren’s daughter, Alexa, was admitted to the hospital with pneumonia a few days ago. Unfortunately, she is progressively getting worse. Right now she is only using 25% of her right lung to breathe…the rest is filled up with “junk”. Her condition is severe enough that she has been transferred to a bigger hospital that can better manage her condition. It took the docs no more than 20 minutes to admit Alexa to the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at this hospital. Lauren has limited access to the internet; however, she is a mom first and foremost, and is completely focused on her daughter right now. That being said, the rest of her life is on hold. On top of everything going on with Alexa, Lauren has been diagnosed with pneumonia and a sinus infection. So, she’s not only coping with her daughter’s condition, but her own as well.

    We plan to go forward as a team and bring you all the new release posts and peeks starting next week. We hope you will stay tuned for this next exciting release!! Be sure to check out Lauren’s blog post about the Spooky Surprise PRE-RELEASE!! <–It can be found here. You can pre-order this super fun Halloween stamp set to be shipped on the 1st of October OR you can order and download the digital format now!!

    While Lauren is tending to Alexa at the hospital, you can contact Kristin [kristinbueter@yahoo.com] with any questions or concerns about products.

    Meanwhile, please keep Lauren, Alexa and the rest of the family in your prayers. Lauren is 100% devoted to her family but she also considers her customers and followers to be part of the My Time family as well. Feel free to leave comments here for Lauren. She’ll enjoy reading them with Alexa when she is well enough to come home. If you would like to send a card (or Dunkin Donuts coffee to Lauren – ha ha :) to raise their spirits, please send them to her home address:

    Alexa Kauppila
    11 Manchester Street
    Pittsfield NH 03263

    Huge THANKS to this amazing group of papercrafters! We know your prayers will be appreciated.

    ~My Time Made Easy Design Team~

    A Spooky Surprise PRE-ORDER!

    Sep 21, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time Made Easy

    Hi everyone! Exciting news!!

    I wanted to let you all know that our newest October 1st Release includes a fun Halloween themed set designed by Catherine Doucette called A Spooky Surprise!

    Here is the set

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    We have this new set available NOW! for Pre-order, to ship Oct 1st, OR get it NOW! by purchasing the digital version.

    Just in time for leaving a SPOOKY SWEET treat for someone special!

    We have this new set available NOW! for Pre-order, to ship Oct 1st!! LIMITED QUANTITIES of the acrylic set.

    OR get it NOW! by purchasing the digital version.

    Acrylic set pre-order HERE!

    Digital Download available NOW! HERE!

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    Details about the projects you can see will soon follow!

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    Sample uses: A Spooky Surprise & Killer Curves stamp set, Oh-K Dokey Cut File (avail Oct 1) and the Killer Curves Cut File Label

    Catherine has also posted a very cute sample, you must see it!  <—CLICK HERE!

    This set was designed to coordinate with the Secret Surprise Stamp set (you will see that soon too!), and the In Suspense © Perfect Packaging template( A fun new release for Oct 1st). Label image also coordinate with the Secret Surprise Label Pretty Pieces Cut File.

    Have you ever heard of a BOO kit? Or the You’ve Been Boo’d tradition? Well this is a spin off of that Halloween tradition made easier than ever! This set features the timeless images you’ve come to expect with this time of year! If you only ever wanted to purchase ONE Halloween themed stamp set, then THIS IS IT!

    This Spooky Surprise set is the perfect addition to the Secret Surprise Stamp set. The Web image fits perfectly within the label from the Secret Surprise Stamp set!

    Sentiments can be used on the label as well, or this set is perfectly SPOOKY for any card, tag or Pretty Packaging template you wish to use it with!

    Sentiments Include:

    • You’ve been Boo’d!
    • Eat, drink and be scary!
    • Open if you dare!
    • Trick or Treat, smell my feet!
    • Have a wicked good time!
    • Bugs and hisses to you!

    No matter what you want to do…..use it for dressing up those cards, tags and/or spooky treats like lollipops, bags of candy, treat bags, and more!

    This set will make all your spooky treats as sweet as ever!

    Hello…Let’s Chat

    Sep 14, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

    Well the kids are in school, and already got nasty colds! SHOCKING! LOL!

    How is your September going? Can you believe we are almost MID month?! Goodness gracious.

    Wow is this ever a crazy time of year! I know once mid August hits (usually Amber’s birthday week) I go pretty crazy from then until January, and that was before I started my own company, so it will be even more so! Time just FLIES.

    Anyway, just wanted to pop in quick with a card I made using the On Display 1 set., and some of the coordinating paper!

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    The paper was a mix of patterns-something I love doing 😀

    I used the Pretty Printables: Cherry on Top and Sweet & Sour Sweethearts Paper bag

    I love telephone images. I am a “talker”, not a text-er! LOL! The two sentiments “Let’s Chat!, and Hello are perfect for this.

    I have a few friends I don’t talk to nearly as much as I would like these days, so I’m sending a few of these out, to let them know, I AM here, just been crazy busy. As I’ve said juggling things isn’t always easy….and sometimes other things fall to the back-burner, and that has been some of my dear friends.

    So I hope this lets them know I’m thinking of them today.

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    I love these little phones. I added a dew drop to the center of the phone, to make it 3D

    I used a blending paper on the chocolate phone, so my ink bled a little :C I won’t use that again unless I am coloring!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: On Display 1

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper: Cherry on Top and Sweet & Sour Sweethearts Paper bag

    Thanks for stopping by!

     I hope you have a great week!

    Stamp sale for a cause!

    Sep 13, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    Hi everyone! I have something important to share today.

    STAMP SALE FOR A CAUSE<—-CLICK HERE!

    I just wanted to pop in here quickly and let you all know that a few months ago I DONATED ALL my Papertrey Ink stamps to my friend Alicia for a very worthy cause! She is selling the sets to raise money for Neuroblastoma Research. Last June she lost her son Ethan who was only 4 to this horrible disease, and all money raised from the sale of these sets will go to Ethan’s Rodeo.

    You can read more HERE!

    She is asking:

     $15 for the $24 sets

     $10 for the $15 sets

    and $2 for the $5 set. 

    Happy shopping!

    So much exciting news…..

    Sep 9, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time Made Easy

    What a whirlwind of a release! Is it bad to say I'm wiped?!

    I have much more to share and while we *just* came off the September Release, I am kickin it into full gear for October, where we have our holiday releases begining. 

    We have a SUPER set designed by Catherine Doucette called A Spooky Surprise! Details to come soon. It will be available pre-order soon, so stay tuned, as supplies on this one will be limited. I'm also excited to share that we have a NEW BLINKIE to match the store.My Time Made Easy™ LLCPick your own up HERE <---

    I have had much going on behind the scenes, and some of that has been making the hard decisions for our Guest Designers, and the addition of a permanent designer. All the submissions have been amazing, and are still rolling in, so I'm still deciding some things. 

    Now there are still 2 permanent positions open because this month we are saying goodbye to not only Dawn, but Silke and Lesa. They will be so missed, but aren't far away.

    With their leaving, join me in welcoming some new members to the team (and you may be one before you know it!)

    We have 1 NEW! Design Team member:

    Tangii Crain (Katie I swear I'm not stealing all your girls!)

    The Inking Spot of Crain Creations 

    And some guest spots!

    Ashley Cannon Newell is going to be a guest for OCT and posting on 29th and Oct 3rd!

    http://ashleynewell.blogspot.com/ 

    October Guest Debbie Marcinkiewicz

    www.debssimpletreasures.blogspot.com

    November Guest Monique Hansen

    http://fortheloveofpaper-moniques.blogspot.com/

    and for December we have Jeannie DeGruccio (who had a very unique way of submitting her project!)

    http://polkacabana.wordpress.com

    Please welcome them all to the team. You will fall in love with their samples!!! Truly amazingly talented women. I feel so blessed.

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