Archive for April, 2011


For my Bee-Loved!

Apr 30, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

Welcome back everyone!

I’m so excited to announce that the May Release products are finally available!

CLICK HERE to check out what’s NEW!

Each month is so exciting, and just when I think the last one was my favorite, then next release becomes #1! LOL! It’s great to love what you do isn’t it?

In honor of our release we are having our monthly Group Post.

The team, and myself are all sharing 4 amazing card creations using the NEW! Bee-Loved & Sentiments stamp sets 😀

Be sure you visit:

  • Kristin Bueter
  • Catherine Doucette
  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Katie Cotton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Monique Hansen
  • Pam Imholz
  • Tangii Crain
  • and our May Guest: Teresa Kline!!
  • Now I’d love to share my sample with you all.

    My Bee-Loved Set

    Is this not stunning?

    You all know just how much I LOVE making complete gift sets, so I decided to make 4 cards, with a coordinating template to package them up in.

    There is nothing more stunning than creating the TOTAL package! I love the results I get from the receiver when everything coordinates 😀 It is just too fun, and our products make it EASY to do. 

    Here my cards are packaged perfectly in a old Pretty Packaging Template.

    Can you guess which one by looking at it?

    If you guesses the Berry Sweet Basket © then you would be correct!

    It easily holds all 4 of my cards, with room to add some decadent treats 😀

    All I did was remove the basket weave pattern from the side panels of the Berry Sweet Basket ©, and created a 1 1/2 inch circle for my handle of my “tote” bag. The side panels are made using the back panel of the Berry Sweet Basket ©,cut twice, but resized to 3 inches wide 😀 I then just created a bottom from a rectangle to fit my tote bottom.

    Easy Peasy!

    Now the Berry Sweet Basket © has a whole new use!! Isn’t that exciting?

    Keep in mind we do have a fun tote already made without alteration needed: Tote-All Package ©

    Now if you are wondering where I got that stunning tulip that adorns my Berry Sweet Basket © made tote bag, that is the NEW! Trendy Tulip Cut File!!!!

    Tulips are my favorite flower, and now I have a fun 3 D version!!

    I’m in love with the Trendy Tulip cut file! I cannot say enough about it.

    This is the inside view:

    If you look inside a real tulip, it looks just like this 😀

    You can add these to a variety of  Pretty Packaging Templates, cards, frames, tags, you name it!!

    Now for my Trendy Tulip I cut my petals from red cardstock, but sponged it lightly with black ink! I know, it sounds crazy, but it worked to perfection!

    The Trendy Tulip come with the petals and leaves because you can have so many stem options. You can use pencils, cardstock, wire, artificial stems, straws wrapped in floral tape…you get the idea.

    Here I just created a D shape stem, in the length I wanted. I sponged it with a pigment ink for a more realistic look.

    Now for my label

    Sweet as can bee! I love it! Simply perfect. I stamped the sentiment on an oval then layered it onto a scallop oval. The little bee is from the Bee-Loved set, which was cut out using the My Bee-Loved cut file

    Now I always say to make sure the back of your packaging is as pretty as the front…

    that being said this is the back!

    I used the same style as the front, using the Flutters and Flowers © text pattern, put my bow in the center, and added my sweet bee from the Bee-Loved set, which was cut out using the My Bee-Loved cut file.

    Now for the cards!

    I was going to make a set of 4 all the same design, using the tulip from the Bee-Loved set, but I love to show you versatility, so I made them all different.

    I used almost all the images within the  Bee-Loved set!

    Tender Tulip

    Hello, My Friend

    Missing my Honey

    Thinking of you

    The yellow of all the cards has stickles on it! It gives a subtle bling 😀

    I had so much fun with each card. I think getting 4 different cards as a gift makes it more fun for the person receiving it. I love that each one suits a different occasion too.

    When I get in a rut or want to create a gift set with a real WOW! factor I always turn to the black and white with a POP of color. I think you will agree that this is definitely striking.

    Well I hope you enjoyed today’s project!

    There is so much more to come tomorrow 😀

    See you then!

     

    Perfect Peek: Oh-Bee Hive!

    Apr 29, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

    Welcome back everyone!

    Today’s project peeks are sure to have you jumping out of your seat with excitement! Once I saw Catherine’s set the idea for this next template was a given!

    Today be sure you visit:

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Monique Hansen
  • Pam Imholz
  • and Catherine Doucette
  • Today we are all sharing peeks at our 2nd template being released May 1st called Oh-Bee Hive!

    That’s right! You are looking at an amazing ONE PIECE template, shaped like a 3 D hive! No more creating and stacking a bunch of boxes 😀

    Oh-Bee Hive! Pretty Packaging Template $5

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

     Completed Project Size

    5 Inches Wide Bottom

    2 Inches Wide Top

    5 Inches Tall

     

    This template is sure to create a big “buzz”, as it takes themed gift packaging to a whole new level!

    Now you have everything you need to create your own 3 dimensional “bee-hive”!! This can make a fabulous centerpiece, or party favor for any wedding, shower, or garden party!

     Use this to package a plethora of sweet treats such as:

    handmade soaps

    bee’s wax candles

    honey jars

    honey sticks

    honey cough drops

    lip balms

    lotions

    cookies

    candies

    lollipops

    floral scented items

    or whatever else you can dream up!

     Don’t let the creativity stop at the “hive” this can easily become a tiered cake, a 3 dimensional Santa, Snowman, Penguin, Bunny…..or other fun character of your choosing.

     This template was designed to coordinate with the Bee-Loved and Bee-Loved Sentiment Pretty Impressions Stamp Sets.

    Now how about some details on the images I used to decorate my Oh-Bee Hive! template

    I used the My Bee-Loved Cut File with the Bee-Loved Stamp Set to decorate my Oh-Bee Hive! template. 

    Bee-Loved Stamp Set of 16 images $20

    *also available in digital download*

    By Catherine Doucette

    This is a sweet and whimsical set of bee themed images and sentiments, that is sure to become a “bee-loved” set for years to come!

    There is a Bee-Loved Sentiment set that was designed to coordinate with the Bee-Loved Set.

    Your card, tag or pretty packaging is sure to create a buzz, when you use this set, no matter who you create.

    The images in this set are not just whimsical but have a realistic flair to them. You will really enjoy the possibilities this set has to offer.

    Be sure you check out the My Bee-Loved Cut File, which cuts out the images of this set!

    Image sizes:

    Large Bee: 2 3/4 inches wide X 1 3/4 inch tall

    Medium Bee: 1 1/2 inches wide X  1 inch tall

    Side View Bee: 1 inch wide X 1 inch tall

    Bee Hive: 2 1/2 inches wide X 1 3/4 inches tall

    Tulip: 4 1/4 inch tall X 2 inches wide

    Daisy Bloom: 2 1/2 inches around

    Daisy with Stem: 2 inches tall X 2 inches wide

    Leaf: 1 1/2 inches long X 3/4 inch wide

    Buzzing Trail: 3 inches long

     

    Note:  On my Bee Hive top I used the Rosey Posey Rosettes ©!!

    Sentiments include:

    The latest buzz

    Missing my honey

    You are the bee’s knees!

    Just buzzing by to brighten your day

    Thinking of you

    As you can see this set will bee-come an amazing addition to your stamp collection.

    Stamp set was designed to coordinate with the Oh-Bee Hive! Pretty Packaging Template.

    This next set is the coordinating sentiments set! 

    Bee-Loved Sentiments Set of 19 Images $12

    *also available in digital download*

    By Catherine Doucette

    This set was designed to coordinate with the the Bee-Loved Set.

    This is a sweet and whimsical set of general and bee themed sentiments, that is sure to become a “bee-loved” set for years to come!

    Your card, tag or pretty packaging is sure to create a buzz, when you use this set, no matter who you create. You will really enjoy the possibilities this set has to offer to your projects.

    Sentiments include:

    Bee-loved

    Just because

    Hi

    Sweet as can bee

    Hello my friend

    Happy Birthday

    You will be missed

    honey

    Will you bee mine?

    Where flowers bloom, so does hope-Lady Bird Johnson

    Thanks for bee-ing my friend

    Thanks for being there for me

    baby bee

    meant to bee

    busy little bee

    buzz on over

    As you can see this will definitely bee-come an amazing addition to your collection of sentiments!

    Stamp set was designed to coordinate with the Oh-Bee Hive! Pretty Packaging Template

     

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: Oh-Bee Hive!

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: Bee-Loved

    Pretty Pieces Cut File: My Bee-Loved. Rosey Posey Rosettes ©

    Well what do you think?

    I think there are so many ideas for the unique uses of both this template and the stamp sets, that your head will BUZZ with gift giving possibilities 😀

    Come back tomorrow for our group post, as we celebrate our May release!!

    See you then.

    Perfect Peek:Barrow of Blooms

    Apr 28, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Hi everyone!

    This month is sure to WOW! you with possibilities 😀

    We have 2 new templates, 2 new stamp sets, and 2 new cut files to be released May 1st!

    More details to come on those!

    Today I am here to share the first preview of one of our templates releasing May 1st called Barrow of Blooms!

    You will want to visit:

  • Katie Cotton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Tangii Crain
  • and out May Guest: Teresa Kline!!
  • also sharing is Catherine Doucette, as she has a 2 New! Stamp Sets this month!
  • So let me share some details about the Barrow of Blooms!

    Barrow of Blooms Pretty Packaging Template $5

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

    Completed Project Size

     7 inches long (wheel to handle)

    3 inches wide

    3 inches tall

     Barrow of Blooms is an adorable template that is sure to haul a smile out of any receiver! It is a simply sweet way to package up a wonderful variety of items!

    Here in my sample I chose to package up some sweet scented soap!

     This template is the perfect package for gifts all year long!

     Packaging ideas include:

     seed packets

    mini card sets

    gift cards

    money bouquets

    chocolate “carrots”

    a cupcake

    paper flowers, or artificial flowers

    drink mixes

    tea

    coffee

    chocolates

    candy

    lollipops (decorate them to look like flowers)

    get well items such as tissues, cough drops, medicine

    mini stuffed animals

    enlarge it to add gardening tools

    magazine subscription

    handmade lotions

    soaps

    lip gloss

    lotions

    candles

     I think you get the idea!

    You can even resize it to “haul” whatever you want.

    Whatever your barrow hauls, you can be sure that happiness is sure to bloom!

    The details on this are just simply adorable.

    So here are the product details of my project 😀

    I created my barrow from the Barrow of Blooms from a celery cardstock.

    My decorative panels were cut using the Fresh Cut Expressions © Collection 2, which inspired my colors. I love that collection of papers 😀 They are just stunning.

    For my tag, hanging from my soaps, I used the watering can image from Tending The Garden.I had cut out the watering canwhich was stamped on a rust cardstock. 

    I added to the watering can label using the flower silhouette from the Occasional Labels © and the little “bee” comes from a new set this month from Catherine Doucette called Bee-Loved!

    I’ll share more about that tomorrow!

    I had so much fun with this cut template, and I think you will too.

    See you with more, tomorrow.

     

     

    Hi everyone

    Checking in quick here.

    I hope you all had a fabulous Easter. I know my family did.

    I’ve been a bit more busy than usual with some family stuff, so wanted to pop by quickly.

    My mom’s surgery was rescheduled last minute to May 2nd, so everything in life has gotten shuffled around. I’ve been running around a lot, and the kids are on vacation. That being said this vacation will be packed with appointments, and a couple of fun trips to the Zoo, and Aquarium (or Museum of Science-whichever they choose). Then preparing for the next release, and my mom’s stuff to name a few things going on.

    That being said thought I’d share the next round of challenges here. Sadly I’ve not had time to partake, but the Sketch and Palette Team have really outdone themselves 😀

    Check it all out on the blog

    Pretty Pattern 06

    Pretty Palette 06

    OK I’ll be back with some fabulous new peeks at the May Release items on Friday!!

    See you then!

    Kids wear!

    Apr 18, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, family stuff, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy, Tutorials

    Hi everyone!

    Today I’m back to share with you some more project ideas!

    I love getting as much use out of my crafty products as possible. Any time I can involve my children and save some $$ it is even more of a bonus for me (and my hubby is happier too!)

    Did you realize you can utilize the Pretty Impressions Digital Stamps to create you own customized items?

    Let me further explain exactly what I mean 😀

    For example, my son Noah is 8, and he is a tough critic when it comes to his clothing. It has to have some sort of picture on it that he likes. That usually means the shirts are ore pricey and once he is over that character, he won’t wear it anymore.

    Since the release of the  SK8R Boy © Digital Stamp Set Noah has been after me to make something just for him.

    So with that being said, I used the  SK8R Boy © Digital Stamp Set along with some iron on transfers (which you can buy at any craft store, Staples, and even Target!) to create some cheap customized shirts!

    Isn’t this so cute?

    He LOVES his new shirt!!

    I was able to digitally color my image (see our video here!) and then I was ready to go. Once you get to using the digital stamps you will find so many fun uses, they really maximize your $ worth!

    I purchased a 5 pack of cotton tee’s for real cheap 😀 You can get shirts of all types of quality for much less when they are PLAIN. Plus you hit a SALE and BINGO! Awesome start to something fabulous.

    Just read the directions on your iron on transers before you print. Some call for you to mirror the image (keep in mind if you use WORDS) and others don’t. Some are for light fabric, and others for dark!

    I personally think you can get more use fromthe dark color transfers because you can put them any dark color, but also use them on white and light colors too, they feel more sturdy, and print more vibrantly than the light color transfers. That is just my opinion of course.

    Here is the same image layered onto a black shirt Noah owned but would never wear!

    This time I flipped the direction of the image.

    He didn’t want any wording, so that was easy!

    Seriously can it get any easier?

    It doesn’t have to end at just SHIRTS!

    You can use the images as coloring pages, put them on tote bags, shirts, onesies, diaper bags, lunch bags, hats, backpacks, fabric covered frames or photo albums,  comforters, curtains, pillows, jackets, canvases…you get the idea!

    These projects make inexpensive and amazing personalized gifts for everyone!

    This would make a AWESOME party project or favor. 

    This is just another way you can use your Pretty Impressions Digital Stamps to create you own customized items.

    Well that does it for me. I’ll be back with more tomorrow 😀

    Pretty Palette 05

    Apr 17, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    Hi everyone

    Sorry this is late :C

    I had a computer crash Friday (thank goodness we have a laptop, and just bought another device to back everything up), and then guests all weekend, as we celebrated Easter with my side of the family this weekend (which was last minute), since my mom’s surgery got moved up to this Friday. So I’m running crazy, to say the least.

    So let me share the color swatch with you first!

    Keyword MTMEPPC05

    Click here for challenge details and to add your own creation!

    I have my card for the Pretty Palette Challenge 05 to share with you.

    I kept it soft and simple!

    I stamped a white layer with my images, and layered it under the vellum panel, for that soft, subtle look.

    I chose to use the Fanciful Flourishes ©, with the flowers from the Take Time © set.

    My circle icon is from the Just For You ©  set with the butterfly from the Tending The Garden © 50 Images.

    Quick and easy!

    Well that is it for me. I’m back on the run.

    Tomorrow we have school meetings, and this week if full of appointments with my mom, so wish me luck!

    I hope you all get some creative time in!

    Be back tomorrow.

    Guess what today is?

    It’s the Pretty Impressions Digital Release!

    Click here to view what’s new!

    Now how about some samples with the new goodies?

    This month we catered to the boy’s and girls in our lives by having something for both. I even added a fun new template 😀 YIPPEE!!

    So first up, my card.

    UR2 COOL

    Is he not adorable? (said in the best “boy” way possible)

     I have longed for such a cute boy set. I have lacked in that department, and myself having an 8 year old boy, trust me when I tell you, will be adding more of these images to our growing collection.

    I hand drew in my sidewalk, and colored in the grass with my markers.

    I printed, and cut out my  UR2 COOL sentiment. I think this came out “cool”. It got my son’s approval so I know it must be OK!!

    Here I added the sentiment to the bottom. I love the play on words.

    I had created the sentiment in 2 colors. Using my selection tool I cut and layered the sentiment over eachother. Because I cut off part of the words I was able to get the dual colors 😀 Pretty fun.

    Now some details about the set

    SK8R Boy Set of 7 Digital Images $8

    Noah is one cool kid, who lives to SK8!

    Sentiments Include:

    SK8R (fits on boy’s shirt!)

    SK8R BOY

    Play Hard

    Happy Birthday Dude!

    UR2Cool Circular Symbol

    Get Air Circular Symbol

    This image is so fun to color, and can be used as a coloring page, used with iron on sheets to create t-shirt, hats or other fun craft projects for all ages!

    We also have the SK8R Boy available as a Single for only $2!

    Be sure you check out the SK8 Board Box Pretty Packaging Template, designed to coordinate with this image!

    As you read, I simply couldn’t resist adding a coordinating template to one this month’s images 😀

     It is called the SK8 Board Box ©, but can be used on its own as a fabulous box!

    (Notice the scale difference in the card vs. on the template!! Gotta love resizing!)

    SK8 Board Box

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

     Completed Project Size

     3 1/2 Inches Wide

    7 1/2 Inches Tall

    1 1/2 Inches Deep

    This is the perfect template for a multitude of uses! A great size for so many treats, this is the perfect box for so many special people in your life! Transform this template into a skateboard styled box, any kid would love to receive, OR use it all on its own to create a wonderfully styled gift box!

    This template is the perfect companion to the SK8R Boy Digital Stamp Set.

    Now to prove my point that this SK8 Board Box © isn’t *just* a skateboard, I want to show you a girly version, using our other NEW! set My Little Friend.

    See! Isn’t this the cutest box, despite the “skateboard” name/shape?!! I have to say I love it, and think this will be one of those that I pull out often. It’s a fabulous size too 😀

    I used the Flower Fusion © paper as my color inspiration 😀 I had used it on my card yesterday, pulling out the purple hues, and this time I focused on the orange hues 😀

    I was able to add the green polka dot pattern from the Darling Dots © collection and the script pattern from the newest collection: Fresh Cut Expressions © Collection 2. Don’t you love mixin’ n matchin patterns? Our collections make it easy 😀

    Now having the NEW! My Little Friend in a digital format is awesome because I get to resize it to suit my project needs! My card yesterday used the size it opens in, and today I shrunk it down to be the size I wanted for this project!

    About the My Little Friend set

    My Little Friend Set of 8 Digital Images $8

    Amber has met a new little friend, who she holds dear!

    This adorable image and sentiments is sure to send a message of true friendship.

    She is so fun to color, and can be used as a coloring page, or craft project for all ages!

    Sentiments include:

    Friend (in two style fonts)

    Note: Friend sentiments fit nicely above the sentiments.

    For a dear

    Hold a true friend with both your hands

    Someone who is there for you no matter what.

    Friendship isn’t a big thing-it’s a million little things.

    One of the nicest things you can have and one of the best things you can be.

    There is also the My Little Friend Single Image for only $2

    I layered this on onto the All Tied Up! © Circle

    I love coloring these cuties. I know I keep saying that, but its so true.

    There is SO much you can do with these digital images. I have many more ideas which I plan to share soon 😀 One will show you how to use the digital images WITH the coordinating cut files 😀 YES! I figured out how you can use them both together. I’m sure I’m not the first, but I never knew it was possible. Let me tell you that you will be hooked because you can resize BOTH the image, and the cut files to suit your needs. That is a HUGE asset and value! LOVE!

    So stay tuned for that. I just need to get a memory card for my video camera, and then I’ll post some videos for you, using my ideas and techniques.

    Come on back tomorrow, as I have more samples to share.

     

    Pretty Pattern 05 and a peek!

    Apr 13, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    Hi everyone!

    I’m back again.

    It is ALMOST the weekend, and I don’t know if its the dreary weather, or what but this week seems to be in slow motion! I am looking forward the the weekend, and crossing my fingers for some nice weather, to brighten the mood around here.

    Well today hopefully our Pretty Pattern Sketch 05, and a peek at out digital release (which is tomorrow) will brighten your day, and get you inspired to get creative this weekend.

    Use Keyword MTMEPPS05

    Click here to view the details and enter your creation!

    (P.S. You will also want to see what the team has done with the new images.)

    Now here is mine.

    True Friend

    I used a NEW! Pretty Impressions Digital set called My Little Friend.

    Isn’t she co cute? I had a blast coloring her in. I definitely love to color so this new line is perfect for me. My card colors were inspired by my Flower Fusion © pretty patterned paper!!

    She is holding her sweet little friend with both hands, hence the sentiment in this set 😀 I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of my layer instead of using patterned paper.

    For the “circle” layer, I chose to use the NEW! On Cloud 9 © cut file, with some stickles to add some bling and texture 😀

    I also added some dimension!

     I printed my image twice so I could add some POP to select parts of the image! I really love have cards with some interest, and that are not flat.

    So my mushroom top, girls arm, catepilar, and flower bloom, are 3D.

    Too cute!

    Well that is it for me today.

    You will definitely want to return tomorrow to see the new release items!

    Enough said for now.

     

    HI everyone!

    Hope all is well with you all.

    Life has been quite the whirlwind here, but I am managing to get everything done that I need to, I think! LOL!

    Today I want to share my contribution to the Pretty Palette Challenge 04

    Use the KEYWORD MTMEPPC 04

    Click here to view the Pretty Palette Challenge 04 details, and enter your own creation 😀

    Now it’s my turn to share. Granted I’m a few days late, but better late than never right?

    I have to say I had the best of intentions, but it turns out my kids and life had intentions of their own, making my ability to finally post, later than I wanted!

    So without further delay…my card!

    A Happy Life

    Our friends are buying their first home the end of the month, and I wanted to send them a card, with a little gift card inside 😀

    I loved the colors for this weeks palette, and actually had other ideas, but this is what transpired as I began creating. Funny how that happens huh?

    I found that the Fresh Flowers © digital paper was the PERFECT match to the color combo 😀 So I used the flower pattern on my decorative panel layers.

    I also used the Pretty Patterns Sketch 04 for this!

    Click here to view sketch

    I chose to use the label from a Secret Surprise © for my layer. I cut it using the Secret Surprise Label ©.

     The house image from the Just For You ©  set, which I stamped, colored and cut, is for the additional layer to the right.

    The butterfly is from Tending The Garden © , the flutter trail is from Fanciful Flourishes © .

    My sentiment is from So Sentimental © ! I love it. It is the perfect sentiment for such a happy occasion.

    I made my “grass”, and patterned paper along the bottom of my card by using the Puckered Up Patterns © . So simple and fun. I love making my own patterns, and using unexpected stamps for regular things, like “grass”.

    So there you have my well intended card.

    Come back tomorrow because we have the next Pretty Palette Challenge, and the team and I will be peeking the new digital images, being released on the 15th (Friday)!

    See you then 😀

    Hi world!

    How have you all been?

    I’m anxiously awaiting Spring. Today is suppose to be in the 60’s! Heavenly!

    I have a few updates on my family to share at the bottom of this post 😀 So those who want to know what’s up, can be in the “know”.

    I’m just starting to wined down from the April Release, and am getting ready for May! LOL! It is a never ending circle or events and planning.

    Have you seen the New! April Release Products <—-CLICK HERE

    Be sure you check out the GALLERY<—-CLICK HERE

    Our Digital Release is coming up on the 15th!!

    You can see a little snippet of one of the sets HERE!

    Now I’m gearing up for some fun stuff to share 😀 I’m really enjoying the extra creativity these challenges are encouraging me to create!

    Today we have a NEW! Pretty Palette Challenge!!

    KEYWORD MTMEPPS04

    To see challenge details, and/or enter your creation go to the MTME Blog<—HERE!

    This is MY version of the Pretty Palette 04

    I have to say I think this is STUNNING! I love the colors.

    This will be a “possibility” of being my mom’s birthday card. She turns 54 this weekend. I generally make several and pick my favorite! LOL! Crazy huh?

    So here are some details!

    I LOVE the Singing Silhouette ©  set 😀 So pretty.

    So I cut my Caged © cut file, to cut my cage, I then stamped my cage, with a little masking, and stamped the branch and flowers from the set, then added my bird 😀

    I used the postcard sheet from the Cool Romance © digital paper.

    I cut it out, then added a dirtied up silhouette flower from the Occasional Labels © set in the lower left hand corner.

    I used the writing from the postcard as my “sentiment” on the palette.

    For the bottom “pattern” layer, I made my OWN paper 😀

    That is my favorite thing to do!

    I used the Argyle Amazement © set to create my pattern. Can you say LOVE IT!!

    Well what do you think? Pretty nifty eh?

    Now for an update! If you don’t follow my family, no biggie, just move on to view the Pallete Challenge!

    As I said my mom is turning 54 this weekend. It is a very pivotal time, as it was that weekend last year that her life forever changed.

    It has been a year since her husband was arrested for her attempted murder. He is still in jail. The case is going to trial as he refused a very good plea bargain, which would have lead to deportation.

    He is denying his confession, claiming he didn’t understand what he was saying (his first language is Portuguese), and requesting that the video confession, after his arrest, be thrown out. Trust me he speaks English very well.

    Anyway, my mom returned to court to renew the restraining order. The judge granted her a 3 year order. They are undergoing trail very soon (we don’t have an exact date yet) and she has filed for divorce. We don’t know if he could get out so better safe than sorry (not that a piece of paper could save her from him, but it can be helpful-right?)

    In the divorce he wants half of everything SHE worked for, AND get this, he wants Alimony when he gets out because SHE ruined HIS life, and he won’t be able to find work. The list of insanity goes on and on.

     Hopefully we will get  a judge with an 1/8th of a brain, and he will not allow any of this to take place. My mom has been paying on everything (his vehicles and other stuff she wants possession of, as she needs these items) always, and more obvious since his incarceration.

    So a long way to go with that.

    Now we go on to her Cancer. She will undergo surgery the 29th. She will be hospitalized for a week and then have a long recovery. She will undergo 2 more rounds of chemo after healing, then to hopefully be cured 😀 She has been amazingly strong through all this. She had many weak moments, but in the end she found the strength she needed to move forward with her life!

    Her life isn’t ready to be over. She has much left to do in this world 😀 I’m not ready to not have my mom around yet. I have 2 girls of my own to raise (and a son) and need someone to guide me on what I’m doing, and how to get through the tough stuff.

    Speaking of girls, many have asked for updates on Alexa.

    I will post some photos of her soon.

    Tonight she is partaking in a school event, where she will be doing African drums, and dancing! I hope to catch it on video (hoping for good quality so I can post it here for you all to see her! She has grown and matured so much in this last year).

    As May approaches she reaches her 4th year in remission!!

    She is by far the strongest person I know. She is my little hero. I am in a constant state of awe of her. She is in the ‘pre-teen” attitude stages, and I have to remind myself this is a good thing! The attitude is insane! Everything is an argument. She wants it her way or no way. Sounds like me when I was her age.

     That being said, I am ever grateful for these daily struggles of will, as she has always been strong willed. It is far easier than the struggles with her life. I’ve been told that it is her strong will that pulls her through. It is why she does so well. Well that and God’s hand guiding her through. Alexa has a great purpose in this life, I am certain of that. She keeps me in constant check, of what is important in life, and how fragile and precious each moment is.

    I recently had a meltdown over the fact that the 2 years she was ill I took barely any video or photos. I didn’t want to remember anything about that time, now I sort of wish I had. Especially when we went to Disney. I SHOULD have video tapped at least that! That was a a happy time. After some severe mommy guilt, I promised to record more, and take more photos.

    Well that about wraps up the family review, for now anyway. I’ll let you know how the dance goes 😀

    Thanks for following our story.

    Until next time!

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