Let me start today off by saying-SORRY this is so late! I have been beyond busy. I know we are ALL busy! So busy I haven’t hardly been home the last week. I STILL have my top faves to pick too-YIKES! Time is just passing me by.
I have some deadlines and stuff I HAD to get done and the computer/blog stuff HAD to be last on the list! Life gets crazy from Sept. on for me- doctors appointments, soccer, parties, practices, open house, PTO, and the stamp industry is heavy into HOLIDAY stuff. Add all that to my plate, in a fury one day-and a NEED for change-I chopped my hair to *just* below my shoulders! EEK! What was I thinking? Seriously though it doesn’t look bad! Ill have to post a photo. Its much more healthy-and EASY!
OK I’m going to be quick cause Jay and I have a HOT date 😀 YIPPEE! Dinner with a group of friends-should be a blast.
OK I know, you don’t need to hear me ramble or complain…….it is Saturday so that means time for a Challenge!
This weeks challenge is to use ANY My Timeless Template and PACKAGE candy of some sort OR get inspired by your candy wrapper! With Halloween around the corner, and holidays this is the PERFECT time to get some gifts done.:D
MY inspiration came from Ghirardelli—–> CLICK HERE to view the bag of Raspberry Chocolates 😀
Then lookie here!
I think this came out so pretty!
I used my 3D idea found—>HERE to create these FAB paper punched flowers 😀 I added stamens to the centers for that extra touch. Virtually NO stamping (EEK!)
Then I added some Prima leaves to the sides. I LOVE this flower! Really adds that MUCH loved dimension and POPS out at you-literally.
I use the template Its on the House (the standard AND Pretty Petite version (my first project using the small one)
This is the side view of the large template
After I made this project I BROKE my apron border punch-GRR!!
This is the small version of the template-close up
Now as you can see I decorated the large and small the SAME! Just used a smaller punch for my flower! EASY PEASY!
Large or small I think they look GREAT! This is a gift for a special friend-who I NEED to send a special TY to!
Well that does it for me!
You can see what my team of girls has done for this challenge-Just click their name:
As ALWAYS thanks for stopping by! I hope you get inspired 😀
Yes! I am alive!
I’m just super busy.
Thank you ALL for the comments on the party and all our new photos 😀 The girls enjoyed me reading them everything.
So I do have something fun to share 😀 A great project that I hope you will enjoy. It includes a video-so be sure to check it out!
Today I am being featured as a Guest Designer at Scrapbook News and Review!
You will need to go there to see my project and post today.
Well I wasn’t sure what to think when Erika emailed me, asking me to participate as their first guest designer!
My initial reply to Erika was-“I don’t scrapbook (well not much, and I’m not good at it), so I don’t know that I can be a guest!” She quickly replied that Scrapbook News & Review was all about everything! Just do whatever I want, and it should be fine.
Well, needless to say I was of course “nervous” about WHAT I would do! I always feel that way any time I’m “featured” in some way, be it a My Timeless Template release, group project, newsletter or of course-guest spot. I never want to disappoint anyone.
That being said I figured the majority of readers are most likely scrappers! So I kept in mind the fact that they ALL use photos-a lot! I knew I wanted to do SOMETHING special with them, but was unsure. Myself, on the hunt for great, inexpensive gift ideas found the PERFECT idea!
I HOPE you like it 😀 (here is peek)
Hope you enjoy this project, and find the time to give it try for your gift giving this year, no matter what season, or occasion!
Thank you for joining me.
Well as you know its ALMOST time for the kidlets to go Back to School!
Many may already be back to the hustle and bustle of getting the kids up early, snacks packed, lunches made (or in my case $ for lunch sent :D) dressed and off to the bus they go! Then after a full day, have it be followed by all the after school activities that come with fall like Girl Scouts, Ballet, Soccer……. whatever it may be. I know my kids are very active as they get older.
Anywho, that all being said, this weekend kicks off our NEWEST! My Timeless Template © Challenge!
Seeing how we are all getting back to school………
If you get to play along link your creation HERE!
Next week I will highlight my top 5 😀
Thanks to Pam for having such a FAB idea for our theme this month!
You can use ANY My Timeless Template ©,
Challenge is to create some sort of Back to School themed gift!
That is it 😀
Let me tell you I personally had a BLAST with this one ;D
My idea came when I got the Back to School letter, that alerted me what supplies each of my children needed for their grade.
When I saw the list-Pencil Box was first in line, then directly under it Crayons, I had my Epiphany!
Captured Card Case © becomes Amber’s Crayon Supply Box!
Now picture making these for all your children or WITH your class!!! FUN! FUN! Even as a party favor box for a toddler’s birthday! I know I made Alexa a Crayola Crayon Box cake for one of her parties! —> Click here to view cake<— Trust me when I tell you my paper-crafting skills FAR out match my CAKE decorating skills! LOL!!
My 5 year old, Amber is entering Kindergarten, and needed a pencil box full of supplies. I immediately KNEW that the Captured Card Case © template would make the PERFECT personalized supply box for her cubby!
My inspiration was OBVIOUSLY from the Crayola Box of crayons.
I had also found these SUPER cute Crayon Lunch Box Note Cards (at Michael’s – you get 10 with envelopes for ONLY $1!) which were PERFECT for this project idea! I do have a crayon Sizzix Die, and prior to this find, planned on die cutting my own Crayola Crayons, but this was BEYOND perfect! Plus it made this easy peasy!
So, I printed my templatebase onto New Leaf cardstock. Then cut, scored and assembled as directed .
I then printed my templatelid onto Lemon Tart cardstock. Cut and scored as directed.
Prior to assembling I used my Coluzzle to create the 1/2 circle opening- Like the open box of Crayons.
I then adhered the crayon note cards to the INSIDE lid of the template, making sure they’d pop out a bit!
cardstock-by first cutting a rectangle 1 1/2 X 3 1/2
I then just cut that rectangle corner to corner to get both of my 1/2 triangles! I noticed that the lined image from Background Basics: Retro was perfect for the lines that are on the crayon box. Amber requested GLITTER somewhere, so I used my handy dandy 1/2 inch Scor-Tape © (which is my tape of choice that I use on ALL my templates :D), then sprinkled on some Glitter!
I personalized Amber’s name using the Fresh Alphabet. It was totally perfect!
Amber FREAKED when she saw this! Boy did that make me so happy
The Captured Card Case © holds all her supplies
Don’t they look so cute in there?
We have a box of crayons, glue stick, scissors, folding ruler, note pad, pencil sharpener, eraser, and pencils-with room to spare.
Now, because the “crayons” are little note-cards, (I adhered them closed) they are dual sides, even the INSIDE looks cute
Now this is fun and functional, and better yet it cost only 0.66 CENTS to make!!!!!
(that is because each sheet of cardstock is 0.18 cents-then the crayon notes are 0.10 cents each)
This could be cute to make for the Teacher’s desk too!!!!!!!! Can’t forget the teachers 😀
This project only took about 40 minutes to make-and I think the 2nd would be much faster. I had NO idea HOW I was going to make the crayon box work, but now that you have my version yours could really go quick!
Now it is YOUR turn to give the challenge a whirl! Maybe it will be a EARLY push to start teacher gifts for the holidays too 😀
Be sure to see what ideas the Design team has created too, using the templates! They really work hard each week!
Now I’d like to share the TOP 5 picks from Last Weeks Color Challenge!
(I”ll be posting MY color challenge tomorrow-with my top 5 from the week before that I missed)
Please check out their creations by clicking the links on their names 😀
They all did a great job!
I can’t wait to see what you all do with this weeks challenge!
I hope you enjoy it.
I do have a special post going LIVE, at the time that she was born, later 😀 Its a full on mom sob fest, so you may be happy its not live right now! LOL!
I do, in the meantime have 2 samples to share!
Since it is her birthday today (we have lots to do :D), I asked Amber for some ideas using my Tucked Away © Template (releasing the 15th of August). Basically what could I use to inspire a creation? She didn’t even hesitate when she said “How about my owl bed stuff!? Do you have something like that?”
Circo Love & Nature Bedding<–click to view
I had to think for a second about WHAT I have, and then excitedly replied-YES! I do!!!
Now I made the standard size template, along with the Pretty Petite version of the same design, since I think it is SO fun to do that 😀
So, based solely upon the bedding, this is what I have come up with 😀 -thanks to the inspiration from my NOW 5 year old
(this may also help you see both are a great size completed box!)
Here is the set of them
I stamped my uber cute tree trunks from Everyday Button Bits! I punched a circle into the box and mat layer, so it acts not only as a tree, but a window, so you can see what yummies are inside 😀 I did use acetate to cover the window, even though my candy is in a cello bag (I do that to keep inside clean and re-giftable!)
In this case that would be Sherbet Dutch Licorice Candy!
I know-I LOVE licorice 😀 We recently went to an international Candy Store in Portsmouth NH, where they sell FAB candy from ALL over the world! I had to scoop these up. Not only do they LOOK yum-azing, they taste it (Yes I sampled some! LOL!) Don’t recall the weird name though-sorry :C
OK focusing-getting mind off yummy treatlets…….
I punched some patterned paper to create my tree tops! In the bedding the trees are patterned, and scalloped 😀
The owl is from Wise Owl, and she is perched on one of the trees 😀
Now like in the bedding I chose various colors and patterns for my “hills”
I think this is just a super cute design from the inspiration piece! I love it.
The colors are just pure deliciousness too. Don’t you think?
Stamps: Wise Owl, Everyday Button Bits
Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, white
Patterned Paper: In Bloom, Bitty Dots & Bitty Box basics
Ink: Dark Chocolate, and Copic Markers
Ribbon in Hibiscus Burst
Other: Circle punches, scallop flower punch, nestability
Now we have a project using Fold n’ Go!
Celebrate In Bloom
Again, I used the standard template, along with the Pretty Petite size, using the SAME design concept. I think it is really cool to see the difference, and the fact that the images in sets work so well with EITHER size of the templates
I especially love the design of this package set.
If you haven’t noticed In Bloom has become a favorite floral set of mine!
I truly LOVE it. I especially love coloring it. The image is too pretty NOT to! I alspo LOVE layering and making things dimesnional, so this set is perfect for that too. I think it makes this particular gift set REALLY pop!
When I designed this box all I could envision were gorgeous WINDOW’s cut into the box!
So, that is exactly what I did here 😀
I decided that my NEW! Labels Five Die as a template to trace, and cut a window frame around my floral image!
The outside edge of frame was traced in a black ink, and the inside of the frame, traced with a pen, then cut with a hobby blade!!
I love the look, but it needed more, so I used a gold pen to trace around the inner frame edge. It added an IMMEDIATE sense of elegance, in seconds.
Now this looks clean and simple, but its the finer details and colors that make it a WOW!
This is the standard size of the Fold n’ Go! template
I LOVE the handle this DOESN’T have! LOL! Just the shape and design stand out! Because it is a Gable style top, you can add a bow like this and the person can “unfold it” without ruining your overall design.
You may be wondering WHAT I packaged in these…..
Well this one had 3 Trendy Tubes inside-inserted in a divider, so they stand upright and don’t move. The instructions for the divider is included with the template-so no worries 😀
In the tubes I have bath salts, body wash and body lotion. The “window” was left open.
Now for the Pretty Petite version…..
I have coral shimmery nailpolish, nail clippers, nail file and toe dividers 😀 Perfect Pedicure for “on the go!” This would have been perfect for my daughter’s Spa Party LAST year!!! Darn!
Who knows what I will actually use for Amber’s Princess Dress Up party (next month Sept 19th!)
Thanks for stopping by 😀 I appreciate all the love and excitement you all share with me as I countdown to the 15th!
Tomorrow I have a Video 😀 with a very fun tip for ya too (wink)!
See ya back here later
Well by now its Saturday evening, and the day has just FLOWN past me, as has the week!
You can see my blog had taken a HUGE back seat, as my family needing my time more 😀
I can honestly say my life is ANYTHING but boring!
Its been an emotional roller coaster here this week, as Jay and I prepare for his Discectomy on Monday! EEK!
We weren’t even positive it was a go, until Thursday night!
The doctor repeated the MRI because he was convinced Jay’s disc got “better” and was most likely, then un-operable! So he had another MRI and it showed the herniation is twice as bad as it was previously, so definitely NEEDS the surgery. Good grief! We had then mentally prepared for a surgery that got cancelled due to office error, then we plan for surgery again, then mentally plan AGAIN for a possible cancelled surgery, now we are back to yes, needs surgery. I have a headache just thinking about it all. AND its not even MY body! Poor Jay.
Anywho, when I get stressed I clean-a lot! Like for several days, I dust, organize, sort, purge…..you name it. No inch untouched. I am not sure WHY this helps. Granted my house is pretty clean in general but it gets a real bleaching! LOL! These are times for me, when creativity becomes hard and stressful, and the ideas DON’T flow. So I clean and clear my house, and my head.
So, I spent the week cleaning my entire house top to bottom. Then took it upon myself to re-decorate the girls room! They got this UBER CUTE comforter set—> HERE! With all the fixins! Then I moved into their huge walk in closets, and did tons of re-org. on them too. Oh and I did the clean out of Noah’s room too. He got new bedding but kept everything else the “same” decor, but more organized! He didn’t want to change anything really. I got him a huge art board for his pictures and stuff too! YEAH!
Took the kids to the mall, and did some fun stuff with them. Planning Amber’s Dress Up Princess party too, so that has me BUSY! Boy you’d be shocked at the party this lil, to be 5 year old, has planned! LOL! Im in BIG trouble the older she gets! But I love every second of it.
We got her a GORGEOUS, insanely pretty, Sleeping Beauty “Gown”, for her party! No joke this thing is AMAZING! It was on sale too! WAHOO!! Wait till you see it 😀 Oh yeah and ALL the fixins for that too.
Sooooo that all helped me get ready for Monday, which we are having quite the time getting people to take the kids. Its insane.
Anyway-all this is my excuse as to WHY Im so late posting My Timeless Template Challenge for this week!
If you are new to my blog, every Sat. I post a challenge, that HOPEFULLY inspires you to get creating 😀 Each week is something new!
Soooo, the challenge is to use ANY My Timeless Template © —–> Found Here! and I decided this would be a great source of inspiration
Use the pattern, colors, whatever!
ADDITONAL CHALLENGE!! Use HARDWARE on your template 😀
Basically ANYTHING metal 😀 So dig out those embellishments girls.
Pam is hostessing for me this week, since Im running like a chicken with her head cut off! Thanks Pam!!
Go to her blog —->HERE, to link your creation to Mr. Linky 😀
This template is designed to hold a CD, but it can do so much more —-> Music Makeover Ideas. That is some alternative ideas I posted on my blog, utilizing that template. You also get 5 exclusive ideas in the template Idea Book, when you purchase the printable template for only $5! Template has unlimited uses, and you can print as many times as you like 😀 Forever!
Now MY template this time, holds a Gift Card that is in a CD case (that I forgot to get a photo of-DUH!)
Going with the “hardware” challenge, I designed this to look like a belt buckle! Its a belly band, that goes around the top flap seam of the template, and you “un-buckle” it to open it up!
Just attached some silver eyelets, to my “buckle”. Easy peasy.
I think its so pretty, and subtle!
I used some Gray patterned paper by Stampin Up! and used my Copic markers to colored it match the challenge!! Good stuff!!
Trust me, the paper took longer to color, than the template took to print, cut and assemble! LOL!
Now (if you haven’t already!) check out the designers blogs for MORE templates and the designers inspiration 😀
OK your turn!
Im off to the food store to stock up on EASY meals to make for the family! CRAZY!
Tomorrow I hope to post the card I made for Jay for his surgery. Its really cute
Thanks for stopping by.
OH! BOY! Am I ever running late:C
Quick post that I will return to edit.
I DO have a sample, but didn’t get my photos edited. I had last T-Ball game today (in which Noah lost his tooth while running the bases!) and PROMISED Jay I’d take him out to a Chinese Buffet Lunch! So I have to run.
I have been working on a BIG announcement coming (possibly) Monday! Depends on if I get everything done-but its looking good so far :D)
SO trust me my excuses are good and valid 😀 (Oh and I DID get ALL my 23 teacher gifts-Noah added his new teacher to the mix! LOL!) They all got a Pack A Picnic in some version, with home-made strawberry jam OR Orange marmalade jam 😀
So here is the challenge:
Template Challenge: Use any one of the My Timeless Templates ©, and CREATE your OWN patterned paper!
Link your creations HERE
Now my “paper” ended up being MUCH simpler, as I ran out of time, to do my original intended project-so I will try to post that this week.
All in all I LOVE my project 😀
A Strawberry Picnic
OK this totally counts for MAKING my own patterned paper! LOL!
I used Polka Dot Basics and White Craft ink, on Pure Poppy cardstock, to make the polka dot patterned paper. (I know! EASY PEASY! SORRY!) My lid was done usingNew Leaf cardstock, and an EK Slim border punch.
I used my newest template Pack a Picnic ©, to create a large and small Strawberry like basket!!
I know this is UBER simple-but people, I had 23 teacher gifts to make, I’m all about the SIMPLE WOW! This set took about 30 minutes.
It is going up for sale on my Etsy Shop!
I didn’t give the large one away (and kept one small one for the complete set) I love how the mini fits nicely in the larger basket! I have gotten so much feedback on this template! So many surprised at how large it is, and roomy! All GOOD comments!! Only BAD thing (and its totally not bad :D) I heard was “Its so much bigger than I thought, now I have to go get some more stuff to FILL it!” -Jennifer C.
YEAH! That is a great thing to hear!
Strawberry mini close up
I made a bunch of the mini Pack a Picnic“Strawberries” to hold my Strawberry Jams. The minis took about 7 minutes to complete each.
I fell in complete LOVE with JustRite Stampers soon to be released set (yes! I got a sample :D) called Preserves Set. So cute: Grown, Picked & Preserved. Wait till you see the set-LOVE IT!!!
The strawberry is from Lizzie Anne Designs Tutti Fruity
The berry tops are flocked with green.
Isn’t it cute?! I had fun making them and that is all that matters!!
Check out the team:
Thank you for stopping by , and I hope you find time to give it a try at some point in your own busy week.
Here it is!
This is your challenge for this Saturday!
Use ANY My Timeless Template, and follow the challenge above!
Since its my Birthday month I decided to have you try my favorite color-or image-butterfly!
Link your creations HERE!
Sadly I didn’t get to photgraph mine yet-I had some unexpected things pop up so NO computer time. But will try to get it posted tomorrow. I have a shopping date with friends today at CKC! So Ill be gone till tonight, then Amber is going to a PJ party! Should be fun.
In the meantime……here are my Design Team Peeks
They really rocked out the challenge 😀 Take a LOOKIE
So I hope you get inspired!
I’ll be back later 😀 Enjoy your day, and I hope you get some ME TIME!
Inspiration is EVERYWHERE!!!
Its always great to start with an inspiration piece when you are creating something! So that brings me to my post tonight.
All your comments (and private emails :D) have truly inspired me to get it together!
Lots of great, fresh ideas. That is why I love you all. You totally energize me 😀
So here we go!
Truly Delicate Gift Set
I love the window cut out option! Lets you peek at what fabulousness is inside-awaiting you!
Cherry Blossom 2oz. body wash, body lotion, body spray, and loofah-fit in here perfectly
I was SO inspired by the Cherry Blossom bath set I purchased for a gift item, that I designed my packaging around it! I always say its ALL about the presentation!
Many bath and body products are just plain GORGEOUS! No need to cover them up! So let’s get inspired by them for our gift design.
This is my handmade Cherry Blossom flower-inspired by my bath set.
Soooooo many of you said you want to see template challenges so here we go! Let’s see how many of you actually want to give this a go!
Based on the comments and MANY emails I think I figured out how to SPICE it up and keep in fresh and interesting!!
Depending on participation -I think I have decided WHAT I want to do on my blog now!
One week will be a template challenge, one week will be an inspiration challenge, another week will be a color challenge, then another week sketch challenge-not in that order! LOL! So something new each week.
Here is the first template challenge:
My Timeless Template Challenge 01 (keyword MTTC01)
Use ANY template YOU like. We have 2 FREE templates-so NO excuses!! You have a week to create something.
(unless you have your own already)
Post the link to the inspiration piece WITH the photos of your finished template
This should be so fun to see 😀
Now onto my package details…..
I have long since wanted to line the INSIDE of my box, so I finally did that here today. LOVE the look.
NOTE: It is easiest to line it inside BEFORE assembling!
I used the Mimosa paper, which is shimmery by SEI. What a totally professional and finished look! Don’t you think? Remember its always the LITTLE details that give that WOW! factor.
You can see the little bath set in the window.
I love how the cherry blossoms came out!
My first time making them too-based on the ones on the bath bottles.
I do have a flower video planned-hopefully filming tomorrow. I just NEED a breather right now, and doing this was just plain FUN, which is definitely what I needed.
This gift set is now in my Etsy Shop!
The flowers are made by me, and painted with a Shimmerz paint! I love the look.
Think of what a FABULOUS gift JUST the BOX is, let alone the yummy smelling gift set inside!
The window is a sentiment from Remember set ” True Strength is Delicate”
Just love this.
OK! Now its YOUR turn!!
I can’t wait to see what YOU do.
Thanks for all the suggestions and emails. My head is spinning 😀
Egg*stra Special Basket
Look closely and you may find
a hidden bunny that’s one-of-a-kind.
Perhaps there are more than one or maybe even none!
The challenge is yours, enjoy and have fun!
If you are starting out here, make sure that you stop by Nichole’s blog to read about all the details along with the GRAND prize affiliated with this fun contest!
Today’s post features a “basket” I made using my newest Rounded Wrap Up! template.
I made my base from lined vellum cardstock, then my top (with punched handles :D) from Kraft cardstock. By adding the punched oval handles it creates a perfect little basket.
The tag was done using Tags for Spring!
I put Cadbury chocolate eggs in it! YUM! The perfect treat for Easter! One of my fave treats this time year.
What is your favorite Easter Candy?? Mine is Cadbury Creme Eggs! That is my TOP favorite candy of ALL time. I have a HARD time resisiting those, since they are seasonal! LOL!
Im very excited about tonight’s project! I still have SO many samples that I’m scrambling to share as many as I can before the Papertrey Ink release tomorrow night!
Red & brown-LOVE IT! LOVE! I can’t get off the red kick, but I don’t care.
For this project I stamped images from flower garden and beautiful blooms and, birds of a feather onto my lined vellum slider box using my Perfect Match Box template 😀 I think it made the prettiest patterned paper. I would BUY paper like that, so I’m happy I was able to make it.
This was a very quick and simple version of what you can do with the box design.
I’m really loving how much you can do with this template-I have many more ideas as to what can go in here, but tonight I used an old “standby” for what I consider a yummy gift!
Last year I designed a pretty popular Ghirardelli Chocolate square holder. So if you liked that maybe you will LOVE this one!
Isn’t that awesome looking? You’d never think to see all those squares in there when you slide this open!
Can you guess how many you can get in here?
Well you can fit 2 rows of 12! That means 24 chocolate squares! Now that is a YUMMY gift 😀 Looks can be deceiving can’t they? Bet you didn’t think it could easily fit THAT many.
Here is another peek-partially pulled out.
Now this is a great idea for someone who loves chocolate, and that you REALLY love because you are parting with it all!
My colors came from my wrappers. I love the mix.
What is YOUR favorite yummy treat?
For ‘gourmet” stuff my absolute favorite thing is Chocolate Raspberry Starfish from Godiva Chocolates! I LOVE the Raspberry Ghirardelli squares since they are similar. Im not a “dark” chocolate person, but those are pretty yummy.
As far as other treats-I just love chocolate anything 😀 Although since I haven’t eaten any in a while when I do, I feel SO sick. I stole a couple peanut M&M’s tonight. WOW! They were good! I also LOVE the Target -Chocolate drizzled rice crispy treats that ONLY come out at the holidays. I bought myself 2 containers! LOL! They are the perfect size for moderation 😀 Its great when things are individually wrapped so you can THINK before you open it.
Another HUGE guilty pleasure that I recently found-Poppycock gourmet popcorn stuff. OMW! If you try the chocolate peanutbutter drizzled one-TO DIE FOR!
OK Im going off on chocolate stuff, time to quit!!!!!!!!! Sorry about that. Your turn.
Tomorrow I have a bunch more stuff to share-so stay tuned and thanks for stopping by 😀