Archive for January 12th, 2009

Scent-sational gift idea

Jan 12, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Timeless Templates

Quite honestly I’m totally in LOVE with my project today.  Clean, simple, perfectly detailed.

OK by now I think you get how much I LOVE packaging ordinary, everyday things and making them extraordinary!

As a SAHM, on a fixed income (aka no allowance! LOL!) I have to rely on my stamping skills to make these inexpensive items more special. Its amazing what a little cardstock and ink can do to the littlest gifts. So I’m always trying to think of great ways to package things. For me its always been more about the packaging of things, rather than the gift inside.

I was always intrigued by cool packages, and wrapping paper as a girl. Now that love has grown out of control!!

Well I don’t know about you, but I LOVE candles! I could LIVE in Yankee candle 😀 (well until the headache from the plethora of scents hits me, then I’m out of there). I never get the huge ones, just a couple of the tea lights, or votives.

What is NOT to love? They can be pretty and they smell SO nice. Especially when you have company coming 😀 I personally love Clean Cotton (goes with my cleaning addiction! LOL!) , and Lilacs the best. We have a few lilac bushes outside our home, and the fragrance when they bloom is amazing! I wish it would last forever. Next up would probably be Apple Cinnamon. Reminds me of my mom baking during the holidays. “I” don’t typically bake, so that is the only way to get that scent in my house :D)

Have you ever seen their candle sampler set deals? You can get like 6 votives/tea-lights for X amount of $$. Supposedly saving you some $$ the more you get?

Candles make great gifts for people because its a nice “luxury” we don’t like to buy ourself, and they won’t get you fat! LOL! Plus they are a nice inexpensive gift so to speak, and EASILY re-giftable! No shame in that if you aren’t a fan of the scent.

Getting to my point here-

Every release I HAVE to do something with butterflies. I know, I know, blah blah blah, but they are “my thing”.  So I am doing it again.

I always wanted a NICE way to package up some candles-without having the EXTRA expense of a candle holder.  Maybe even a nice decorative way to STORE them, in full  view, so I don’t have to dig though my drawers or a cabinet to find them. OR remember I have them. If I don’t see them I forget to use them.

Well, wouldn’t you know that my Perfect Match Box © template is the PERFECT box for just that!!


Is this not so SIMPLY elegant looking? I don’t think I could part with it.

I printed my Perfect Match base onto Ripe Avocado cardstock, and assembled. The exact meaurements will be featured when the template goes LIVE on the 15th. The Perfect Match Slider box was printed on white cardstock. I added a velvet ric rac to the bottom for “grass”. Then I felt a nice 1/4 inch band across the top would be perfect!!

I used Rustic Branches ( a set I’m really in love with) to make my own flower stamp combo when paired with the flowers  from Beautiful Blooms (my favorite flower set of all time). The smaller open flower image is from Limitless Labels (another favorite I use ALL the time-especially with my templates :D)   A little bling in the flower centers is a great simple touch.

Add a butterfly from  Butterfly Kisses (one of my other favorite sets-ever), and lastly-(yes another favorite! LOL!) a  sentiment from Heartfelt basics-and its perfection!

My dear sweet friend Diana bought me a beautiful butterfly plate, that has butterfly votive candles on it. I adore that plate, and think of her everytime I see it. Well the candles inspired me to make this holder for them 😀


Yes! BUTTERFLY candles! The candles are glittery! The plate matched my living room perfectly, and the candles are stunning in person. Now I have a special box for them too.

Here is the set of them-out of the slider box.


This easily fits 6 decorative tea lights. The butterflies are raised up, so they are taller than your typical tea lights. You can certainly stack 2 layers (12 total) regular tea lights.

Isn’t this a great way to present such a gift?

Im just in love. Im also on a Raspberry Fizz, and Ripe Avocado kick now ( I switched from poppy, avocado and black! LOL!).

Anyway-I just had to share my excitment for this project with you all. Only a few more sleeps until I get to see what YOU do with it! So many things can get packaged up in here.

I do have lots more to share, but my kids are sick :C so my time here is VERY limited. Gotta love their timing!

In the meantime, if you haven’t already check my post below, AND Nichole’s Blog for more peeks! It’s also Michelle’s day for a peek too!

Enjoy your day-and THANK YOU for stopping by to share my excitment 😀 Hugs to you all.

Day 2 Pink Cat Peeks

Jan 12, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Timeless Templates

OK here we are on the Pink Cat Peeks day #2.

-Melissa will also have peeks HERE! On the offical Pink Cat Studio Blog. Also check out the forum on PCP The desing team really rocked out the sets yesterday! I can’t wait to see what today brings 😀

I have to admit that today’s peek shows you my FAVORITE of my projects of mine for this release 😀 It doesn’t get much cuter, let me tell you!!

First up-a close up of Cupid!


OMGosh! Does Cupid get any cuter? I think not!

That arrow of love, those rosey cheeks, and lets not forget soft/flocked wings! He is pure heaven.

I due cut him with my nestabilities, and layered him onto a felt heart embellishment I had in my stash of yummies. I was waiting for something “special” to use it on, and he definitely fits the occasion.

Now what could Cupid be bringing?


How about a box of LOVE POTION Lollipops?

Yes! That is perfect! Jelly Belly has some yummy pops, that are sure to have you in love! What better packaging than My Timeless Template-The Lollipop Along © ! I just made my cover using cardstock instead of vellum or acetate, and popped out a window with my rectangle nestability, so you can see the heart pops.


Here is another view-

I only used 3 pops in this one, since they are large. The perfect treat!

Now I’m going to share a Kiki card that I’m bonkers for!!

Jason & I got married in Hawaii, so anytime there is a hula anything I LOVE it! I always use a image of that nature for our anniversary cards, or “love you”, think of you kind of stuff, so when I saw the Hula Kiki I was bouncin!



The color combo is HOT! Loving spring moss, avocado, and raspberry fizz together! Its the perfect tropical color combo 😀

I think Kiki done is white rocks! Yesterday she was purple, today she isn’t. She was also stamped in brown ink as oppose to black, for a bit softer look as well.



For the softer look I used pearlescent pastels. They add a soft shimmer in person.

The layout on this is really cool I think! I used my nestability circle and a white gel pen to trace those white circle, and then I used a ruler for my lines on the avocado panel. I just love it all. I have had the hydrangea flowers forever and have been itching to use them.

So there you have another peek! The release is almost here!

Be sure to check in again tomorrow 😀


Mytime Mail Winner and 3 posts today-again

Jan 12, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

Hi all

I have 3 posts today. Each one packed with ideas and info. Please scroll down so as to not miss anything 😀

Also the winner of the With Appreciation Take Along Tote: drawn via is

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Tamara Limestahl January 11th, 2009 at 9:08 am  308

Lauren….again, you have done it! You are such an inspiration with all of your projects and as a SAHM (I have 5 kids, 2 of them are autistic 3 yr old twins), I find inspiration from your projects and strength daily. I am so glad to have found your blog. Thank you a million times for the blog-therapy! =) You are a blessing in disguise! =)


Tamara please email me your address so I can send this out to you!

 Again-thank you all so much for sharing your excitment with me 😀 It means the world to me, and makes all the hard work each month so rewarding 😀

Now-keep scrolling!

Day 1 Pink Cat Peeks

Jan 12, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards

Its that time!

Pink Cat Studio is releasing 2 AMAZING sets this month! I will be sharing some peeks here over the next few days, and the release is taking place on the 15th. We also have some new designers on the team to kick off the New Year! So make sure you click on my sidebar to check them out.

Melissa- will also have peeks HERE!On the offical Pink Cat Studio Blog. Also check out the forum on PCP

For this month-we have another fabulous Lily & Billy Sweethearts set-that is truly to die for.

Today I am sharing the two of them on a bike together.


This was colored to be like my & my hubby 😀 Aren’t we cute! LOL!

I adored this image of these two, and had a blast making it into a “scene” by adding the sidewalk, and soft sky bkgd. I just loved the POP this image itself had so I kept the rest of the card details to a minimum. No need to take away from the happy duo.


I just used the floral fantasy cuttlebug folder to dry emboss the bottom section of the card. Tied around some spring rain twill, and secured it through a May Arts white flower blossom.

Easy Peasy.

AND- I’m beyond in LOVE with the NEW! Kiki Kitty. If you have seen the other Lily & Billy sets you may have noticed a cute lil cat pop up  a few times. Well, now Kiki has her own set. I personally LOVE this set so much and had hoped Melissa would let Kiki make a stamp debut of her own so Im over the moon.

Here is my simple card-


Again-Im LOVING my colors and layout in this. I had this paper for like 3 years!!!

I had to make my cat purple! LOL!

The sentiment is the perfect one for sending a card to someone. Sometimes we lose touch because life gets busy. I have about a million people I could mail this too :C

Wait until you see all the other things Kiki does in this set. Love it 😀

Well that is all for peeks today! At least from me. Enjoy looking around at everyone’s samples :D, and make sure you check in tomorrow for more Lily & Billy Sweethearts, and Kiki!

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