Archive for November 15th, 2008

A cool contest I found.

Nov 15, 2008 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized


 Just go to and click ‘try it now’ to get started making your own postage stamps if you want.PIP is seeking the best of the worst photos through our “Get Real” Photo Contest. Pretty much, if you  have a really embarrassing or unflattering holiday photos (the pictures that will absolutely never be on a greeting card), they want to see them and let thousands of people vote on them. They’re looking for the absolute worst and most hilarious.  RULES Between October 31, 2008 and November 19, 2008, people can visit, click on the “Get Real” contest button and upload their favorite real life photos. On December 1, consumer voting will begin and visitors to the “Get Real” contest website will have a chance to vote for their favorite photos. Winners will be announced December 11.  THE PRIZES

Two grand prizewinners, one from each category, will receive a new Canon Digital SLR Camera along with five sets of 20 PictureItPostage Stamps™. In addition, eight first prizewinners, four from each category, will each receive one set of 20 PictureItPostage Stamps™.

Im going to try the postage, but I honeslty don’t think I have any really bod photos. Just in case YOU do-you may want to give it a try. I wish I did have soem doozies because them I could win the camera! LOL!

Good Luck


WOW! How can it be the MIDDLE of November ALREADY? Jay’s grandmother already called with confirmation of Thanksgiving Dinner plans! CRAZY!

Tomorrow is my son Noah’s birthday party so Im going to be working like a mad woman to get his party things done today. I am NEVER a last minute type of person so this is a KILLER for my OCD! We have about 18 kids total! Should be a total blast.

I hope you all enjoyed thePapertrey Ink release  with all the countdown’s and design team samples. I really hope you are also loving the latest My Timeless Templates ©. I also hope if you have not already, that you try the 2 FREE templates we have for you! There is NO EXCUSE not to TRY one! You can’t get any better than FREE 😀

I have to say a huge THANK YOU to all of you who get so excited right along with me, and enjoy this new venture of gift crafting 😀 Preparing for that each month keeps me REALLY busy. I LOVE it. I really put in a lot of time to think of great ways to present these templates to you. Now while you are all downloading the newest of templates, I am getting started on next months! LOL! I know I find these templates REALLY useful, especially with the holidays approaching, and I hope that I have helped some of you save some $, creative time, and ideas this holiday season, making home-made holiday gift giving that much easier.

Now speaking of templates, I was holding out ONE more sample for you, just for today! It is my favorite project for this release!

I would LOVE to hear YOUR feedback on what you enjoyed here, and why. Im always amazed at what I love vs what YOU love 😀

OK the projects-

Teacher’s Apple- LOVE this set.

This uses the All Boxed Up © template in a fun and new way! It also uses Teacher’s Apple which I am TOTALLY in LOVE with! LOVE! You have no idea. For those of you wanting to mix up teacher gifts this year, you may just fall in love with this idea 😀

I mentioned before that the pretty pockets make a great base to many gifts on their own! So here is another example of that .

In & Out Hanging Mailbox


This holder hangs in the classroom, either by the desk, or by the door. You can even put it ON the door knob. It helps the teacher keep organized with letters IN, that need to be read, and letters OUT, that need to go home! This isn’t just stylish but its also practical.

I think its a super cute gift idea useful for ANYONE, not just teachers! Alter the design to suit receiver’s favorite colors or decor.

stamps-Teacher’s Apple, Simple Alphabet

paper-Polka Dot Parade, Olive, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, white

ink-Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet, Ripe Avocado

other-Spring Moss Stitched ribbon, making memories flower brads, making memories ribbon slot, circle punches, corner rounder

Now insert your Teacher appreciation card into the INBOX, and some monogram notecards, as a gift for her to send out, and place them in the OUT box.

View from the side-cards IN


View from the other side-no cards. I like to line the inside of my pockets. It makes it look a little more finished, don’t you think? It’s the littlest details that make you say WOW!


This is the view from the top


Now for the gift to go with the In & Out box


Well upon presenting this gift, I think a nice Teacher Appreciation card is in order!


This is the card that I created to write my appreciation to the teacher. I love the layout, and message it reads. I created some monogrammed note cards, to include as a gift, with a SIMILAR layout to match.


For Ms. Trefrey

This note set is for Noah’s new reading teacher! She is over the top AMAZING! I called the Principal just to tell him how much Noah has enjoyed his reading program with her. She has gotten him excited about reading in a way I could not. How can you thank someone for that? I hope this gift set will cover it 😀 Alexa is my “reader” and Noah is my Math wiz, but now I have hope 😀

I think a NICE set of monogrammed notecards would be PERFECT for the teacher! I have this simple design, PERFECT for nice notes home to parents, and I would put a set of 8 (with envy’s) in the Out Box, for the teacher to be able to send out notes 😀

Isn’t that so cute?

 PS-Don’t forget when you purchase ANY of our My Timeless Templates ©, that you get an idea catalog of 5 EXCLUSIVE (full color photo) project ideas with step by step instructions, and supplies.

Before I begin the rest of the peeks, let’s share today’s Saturday Sketch, and my 2 designs for that! (using new release stuff)


Saturday Sketch

KEYWORD mytimess12

I love this sketch 😀 I interpreted it in 2 ways.

I am TRYING to spend more time getting creative with my photos. it is the part I loathe about this whole stamping thing. I think it makes a difference though. I take the time to MAKE the project, may as well make it LOOK as good on screen right? I think Santa needs to bring me a new camera! I think I could even have him write it off as a business expense 😀 Oh Santa…………if you read this, I need a new camera 😀

So here we have a card titled Every Happiness.

It used the New! Heartfelt Basics, and an older set-Flower Garden. I LOVE that sentiment set. I am a sentiment JUNKY, and this set is ROCKIN my world.

I love the colors, and the way the sketch worked for this design. The tag is such a cute touch. Not sure you can clearly se the vellum butterfly, but its a pretty, subtle touch.


Close up of Every Happiness


Stamps- Heartfelt Basics, Flower Garden
Cardstock- lemon tart, pure poppy, black, vellum cardstock
Ink- black, ripe avocado, pure poppy, lemon tart, red marker
other- poppy satin ribbon, nestabilities square & tag punch, Martha Stewart butterfly punch, treading water punch by Fiskars

Now I have card #2 with the sketch! (I know Im over achieving this weekend! LOL!)

Ships Ahoy-


I love this little boat! Men of Life is awesome. Its great for those masculine cards, boy cards, or baby cards. I used my patterned paper as my inspiration for my sails. I didn’t follow my sketch EXACT, but this creation was certainly inspired by it. I’m loving the little anchor!

Here is yet another view of the details


The sentiment is from the Out of the Box sentiment.

Stamps- Men of Life, Out of the box (snetiment)
cardstock- white, pure poppy, dark chocolate, bashful blue, Ship to Shore stripe
Ink-markers from SU!
gingham from PTI, corner rounder, silver cord

I made the “ocean waves” use a stitched square image in the set. LOVING the colors and desings of the new patterned paper. LOVE!

Be sure to check out the Sketch Team for their samples with the Sketch!

  • Alicia Weimen
  • Dawn Easton
  • Kim Gasper
  • Kirsten Dubosque
  • Kristy Vernon
  • MacKenzie Bruckler
  • Maria Levine
  • Tamara
  • Background Basics Stars set:

    I love the bkgd set. I am a HUGE fan of Polka Dot basics, and this is another great set. I really wanted to use it as a MAIN focus on my creation here, and rather than seeing STARS, I saw posie’s!


    Pretty lil posie stitched stems

    I think this was my favorite card! I love the black & white, with the contrast of a rainbow of colors from my “star” flowers. The spring moss ribbon is my “grass”.This is one of those under 10 min. cards. By simply piercing the “stems” you get a whole new look.

    I also see PINWHEELS! Really cute.


    Stamps- Background Basics, Heartfelt Basic
    Ink-black, various markers for direct coloring on stamp
    cardstock- vellum, white, and black
    Other- Spring moss twill ribbon, butterfly punch by martha stewart, paper piercer for stems

    You know me & my butterflies! This is the latest punch from Martha Stewart. Its perfect!

    I used my glue pen to add some glitter to my flower centers.

    I also used Heartfelt Basics. Let me tell you that set is a MUST OWN!!!!!!!

    Next up we have Lisa’s set Out of the Box.


    Stem of Friendship

    Stamps- out of the box
    Cardstock-sweet blush, pure poppy, ripe avocado, black, white
    ink-sweet blush, pure poppy, ripe avocado
    other-black brads, corner rounder, polka dot ribbon, clear bead

    What stood out to me was the single flowers (of course) and vertical sentiments. I decided to create a simple color blocked style card, that really stuck out to me due to the colors I chose.

    The little Robin’s Nest bauble was a nice little touch to the flower center.

    I like making smaller images the main focus of a design. I had fun working with all the images (more to come!).

    Well I am truly wiped now. I always have my Papertrey Ink “hangover” as I call it. I go into creative overload for like 3 days. This month I can’t afford that! I have Noah’s party to get things done for.

    So there you have it for me.

    Scroll down to the other posts through the last few days if you missed some stuff.

    Thank you all again for taking time to check in! I appreciate being one of your “stops” on a busy weekend!


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