Archive for April, 2009

Spring Fling

Apr 30, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Timeless Templates, Papertrey Newsletter

Well its hard to believe it’s May 1st!

That mean another Papertrey Ink Design Team Challenge! I think these are so fun & challenging (DUH! That is why its called a challenge! Time for MORE coffee). I love a challenge.

This month Nichole has a fun challenge that includes all of YOU as well! You will have to pick from each design team member’s source of inspiration photo to create YOUR OWN version! (So I guess I hope you like mine :D)

The CHALLENGE: Get inspired by a Spring Themed photo or image

Well, when I got my May 2009 issue of Family Fun Magazine, I found page 77 very intriguing! (its a great magazine if you have children! Always full of kid friendly stuff to do!)

So here it is-


How fun (and Spring!) is a Mother’s Day Tea party? I know I am SO wanting to have one with my girls!!

Look at that FABULOUS table cloth, and the tea pot! I fell in love with the idea of everything paper-made, and the colors are just gorgeous!

So I got to work!

Using Guide Lines Grid 2 paper, and the Wishing You stamp set I tried to get fancy schmancy and made my own paper, with a similar version of the pattern on the table cloth.

 I used the following ink:Pure Poppy, Hibiscus Burst, Pumpkin (SU!), and Summer Sunset

Here is my stamped patterned paper, next to the inspiration piece.


I stamped the tulips facing eachother. I think it makes a cool pattern D Not exact-but that is the point-INSPIRED BY!

OK! Paper made! Now what to make????

Well I figured if I did have a tea party with my girls it would be fun to put various yummy teas in a fun box! Nothing TOO complicated. I wanted QUICK!

So, My Timeless Template- Rounded Wrap Up to the rescue!

PS Did you see Nichole BIG ANNOUNCEMENT post about the templates?

—-> READ HERE!!! So exciting!

OK back to the FINISHED project

Tea For Two


Isn’t it SO cute?!

I just used my patterned paper to make a wrap for my box. I then stamped my tea pot from Tea for Two, to match the yellow tea pot in the inspiration photo.

This is Alexa Modeling it for you all!!


 She did a great job!

Here is another. I am having SOOO much fun getting photos of my kids 😀 AND  including my projects ( killing 2 birds with one stone-priceless!) I think they make the BEST props! LOL!

Alexa LOVED being the center of attention for this project.


This was HER favorite photo-so I had to include it


Now I will show you how my finished project looks next to my inspiration piece:D


Now seriously! Doesn’t my box look like it was MEANT to be for that party in the book? I LOVE it!!!! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!

You may be wondering what we did with the rest of the paper!

Now LOOK on the table! See the folded fan like thing?

Well  the magazine were directions for a fan. Alexa wanted to make it (so I helped score it and stuff) and she decided it would be a Fan FLOWER!


The way the pattern was stamped, it does make a COOL “flower”. Good idea Alexa!

Anyway-that is what I did for my challenge.

Be sure to check out the Design Teams blogs so you can pick a inspiration piece and play along (let me know if you do try mine 😀 I want to see it!)

  • Becky O
  • Kelly Lunceford- Template Team
  • Lisa Johnson
  • Michelle Wooderson
  • Nichole Heady
  • Pine
  • Now I need to finish up my first post that features all my challenge team members! Wait till you see what they did for tomorrows Sketch Challenge! WOW!

    OK signing off!

    Hope you get lots of inspiration today 😀

    Templates, Templates, Everywhere!

    Apr 30, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: About Me, Cards, My Timeless Templates


    FIRST-this is the THIRD post for today (yeah Im THAT BUSY and needing to share! LOL!) So don’t miss my VIDEO, or my Peek post!

    Now I have to share some info that I am OVER the MOON about-literally!

    Some of my blog readers alerted me that I WON 2 contests!!! WAHOO!!

    Now the COOL thing is I never enter stamping contests or anything, but since I don’t have time to send in stuff for publication , I figured WHY NOT! So, I took some time to give it a try this time 😀 It paid off 😀

    This was for the Cards & Gifts Week Challenge:

    Contest One- over on The PaperCrafts Connection Blog This one you have seen. it used the My Timeless Template—>Take Along Tote!

    Then I was alerted to this one!

    Contest Two-The Mothers Day Gift Challenge

    This was one of my most favorite projects using The Perfect Match template

    But for ME the coolest thing was seeing that TWO of the winners, in other categories, used the My Timeless Templates too!!!!!!!!!!!! Is that not awesome??

    Dana (who was just picked for my Challenge Team!) used Lolli-Pop Along, and the Rounded Wrap up!for her entry! Her blog post here

    Dana is also giving away a My Timeless Template-HERE!

     Then the other winner Julie used From the Desk of-for her entry! Here is her blog post! It came out SUPER cute!!


    THEN-I was sent a link to THIS POST! You must read it!

    I cannot believe it!! Joan Bardee likes me!  OK maybe not me, but My Timeless Templates 😀 Joan is a amazing person. Someone whose opinion I always valued. She is very blunt, straight forward (and funny/talented) crafter! She tells it like it is. Now I don’t KNOW her personally, but feel like I do through her writing.

    So when I was sent this link and saw she was HONESTLY reviewing my templates-I almost got sick! LOL! I thought OH! NO!! What if she hated them? But then I read some of the sweetest words a designer could read about the product they put their blood, sweat, and tears int0!

    I got teary reading it (like I do with ALL the posts or comments I see people make about them) because to hear that people really like them is amazing. A true dream come true. I’m use to gushing over other peoples stamp images or products, so when someone gushes over something “I” did, its amazing. I’m just a SAHM-to three amazing kids, with a BIG DREAM, and am stuck living in a little town, where no one knows what stamping is! LOL! So to share it all here is just crazy!

    On another note: I swear I didn’t pay her! LOL! She put so much time and effort into her post for YOU to get a non-biased view from a customer / crafter.

    Im just in shock. Thank you Joan for making my day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TRULY! How can I say thank you?! You have a girl almost speechless!

    NOW last but not least-Nicholehas had a hard time accessing the gallery and whatnot-but I swear her announcement for the Templates is coming soon! You won’t want to miss it!

    WHEW!!! Glad I go the extra shot of expresso in my iced coffee today! I needed it 😀


    I got a video done! Actually I got 6 done 😀 I changed my Mondays with Mytime Video category to Mytime Movies/Videos! The Monday must do is too much pressure! Just know I plan on doing a WEEKLY video-at minimum. I am enjoying it alot. I hope you are too.

    SO, the video that I am sharing today is one that I have gotten hundreds of emails asking for! LOL! So I hope it doesn’t disappoint!

    Today’s video is a Start to Finish approach to using the Copic  Airbrush System.

    Many of you wanted to see it in action, to help YOU decide if its a must have. SO I hope this helps you. (and yes-you need it! LOL!)

    I also share how you can use the Ciaos in it too! YES! You can! No buying new markers!! So no worries there. See I LOVE saving my peeps money 😀

    Keep in mind Im NOT a copic professional! Im just like YOU-a stamper who learns my PLAYING! This is a video on how I use it, and it seems to work for me 😀

    Enjoy-and I would LOVE to hear your feedback as this video took FOREVER-as I made a finished card sample from each portion of the video that I shared.

    OOPS! One of my segments (doing the orange dots on the card-no worries same thing as the pink dots) goes black!!!!!!!! Please either fast forward, or continue on because the rest comes in OK

    I can’t edit the video once saved, and ahve NO IDEA why this happened :C) SORRY!

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    If you want to safely view  ALL the videos I published on Veoh, please CLICK HERE! 

    NOTE: DO NOT CLICK ON THE THUMBNAILS !If you click ON the thumbnails AFTER the video it takes you to the Veoh site. Some of the content there I am told is “R” and “X”rated and you may not want to do that around young children. So if you just watch the video here on my blog, and avoid the thumbnails you should be OK. Not sure WHY they don’t have ONLY stamp related videos pop up, but I guess some aren’t.

    Bottom line: Click at your own risk!

    I am not responsible for content that links to the videos from the Veoh site.

    Thank you D

    WARNING! There are some extreme close-ups of my face when showing you stuff on the video! I apologize! Im a dork!

    Now I will share the view of the cards that I feature in the video. Sadly they were taken at dusk :C Bad idea!

    NOTE: All my cardstock/patterned paper, and most ribbon (not first card) is from Papertrey Ink

    Here is the first card I share

    Let your light shine


    Stamp/Sentiment-In the Parlor from Lizzie Anne Designs NEW! Spring Release

    This used a masking technique with the Copic Air Gun & Eclipse Tape. It looks so cool doesn’t it?

    I was inspired by my lampshade for the side panel design on my card! Simply, fun & funky!

    Now the next card-same great colors-same stamp set too!!


    Without you there its just an empty chair

    I have to say I LOVE my colored chair!

    Now making this background with my Airbrush system was WAY fun!!! Simple card with lots of WOW! factor. I love the RETRO modern feel this has. SO HAPPY!

    Now you know me and butterflies! I use a masked punched butterfly image, and created a 3D  scene with punched butterflies! (Punch is by Martha Stewart)


    By layering on another punched butterfly (also Martha Stewart) from vellum cardstock, they appear to be fluttering off the card! 

    I used Out on a Limb for my branches-an lightly stamped floral blooms.


    I absolutely fell in LOVE with the NEW! Tiny Words & Borders set by JustRite Stampers. It fits PERFECTLY in the SU! 1 1/4 inch circle punch! LOVE THAT! I’d been hoping for more smaller sentiments and images like these 😀 These are coming soon! I got a preview 😀 Im a lucky a girl 😀 Check out what is next—HERE! WOWZERS!

    AND they are having a GIVEAWAY TODAY!

    Check this out

    Today on the blog they are celebrating 300,000 hits with a JustRite Make a Wish Blog Candy Giveaway.  Blog candy ends Friday Night at midnight.

    Here is the link to the giveaway.

    You know I had to help you WIN something right?!

    OK moving on……..

    This card uses the nestabilites as a frame-so easy, and a stunning look!


    Here is the full card.

    Just clean-simple and elegant. You don’t always need a million layers and embellishments for a great look!


    This set is Garden Inspirations from Lizzie Anne Designs NEW! Spring Release

    It also uses a sentiment from that release-Everyday Sayings (on the tag)

    I love it

    OK I have ANOTHER post to share, so I need to run! I also have to wrap up my PTI Design Team challenge, more template stuff, and my first My Time To Create Challenge stuff with my team. I am going to try to get out and COMMENT on your submissions as well. Im sorry I have been AWFUL about that :C I know that everyone who reads and checks them out gains so much inspiration form you when they peek at the collective enteries 😀 So thank you!

    Thanks for reading, and watching!

    I’d love to hear what you thought of the video, and if you plan on trying or buying!

    Also what is your favorite project?

    Sugar Plums Emma & Trevor

    Apr 30, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: All That Scraps, Cards

    Oh boy did I bounce out of my seat when I saw these peeks!! Today I am sharing images from All That Scraps.

    These images will release on  Monday May 4th! A good note to self-All That Scrapshas their the release the FIRST Monday of every month! In case you are addicted but can’t keep up! LOL!

    This set peek is Emma & Trevor -at the Beach!

    Strawberry Beach


    Now When I saw these images I was taken back to my LOVE of Strawberry Shortcake as a little girl! I had the doll, where you squeeze her tummy, her breath smelled like strawberry!! How cool was that?! LOL! As kids (back in the day” we got excited over scent doll breath! Now my girls doll, suck on a bottle, EAT doll baby food, pee & POOP! as well as talk, cry, coo, and move all over! Is that not insane? Im scared to see dolls 20 years from NOW! We wont need to have babies! LOL! They’ll have synthetic ones that probably grow too!

    Here is my close up


    So I had to color her LIKE Strawberry Shortcake. Im excited over this collection 😀 Problem is I ONLY see her as Strawberry Shortcake! LOL!

    Now we have another Strawberry Shortcake girl

    Surf & Sand


    How cute is she? I just love her. The paper was very inspirational to me as well. I got it at Target years ago!

    Now tell me you don’t see a MODERN Strawberry Shortcake too? (Sorry I just can’t get over it!

    Here is my UBER close up-eek!


    I made sand by air brushing, as well as dotting on various shades of Copic marker 😀 I like the look!

    The sentiments are by AmyR-Beach Sentiments (previewing tomorrow). I can tell you they totally rock. If you want perfect summer sentiments you will LOVE this set. I think there are 17 fabulous sentiments. I love the mix of blog and scripty 😀 Wait till you see the set 😀

    Well that is it for this post.

    Be sure to stop by theATS blog for your chance to win this set 😀 AND see the fabby peeks from the design team!

    2 posts today

    Apr 28, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    I have 2 posts today!

    One being my new My Time To Create Team! So scroll down!

    Im off to edit some videos 😀

    Leave any future suggestions here! I have a great list going 😀

    Spell it out-A is for

    Apr 28, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, JustRite Stampers, Stampavie

    Since everyone seemed to like the first frame I posted for my niece, I decided I will keep you posted when I make each one! I think GABBY is looking better and better for design purposes-rather than Gabriella!

    This is the second frame for Gabriella. The first “A”in her VERY LONG name 😀


    I used an Angel image from Stampavie: Lily called Angelface. You can find Lily & Milo images HERE!

    I went with pinks for the second frame. I will change the letter placement, and color focus on each frame I create.

    I took out the glass, so they could all be 3D!

    There are little star twinkle stickers on here, and lots of glitter on the wings.


    The letter “A” is also from the JustRite Stampers Trompe uppercase font set.

    Added some primas and ribbon and called it a day!

    Speaking of calling it a day, I have lots to do, so I’m off and running!

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Feel free to browse Stampavie and let me know YOUR picks for upcoming letters! There are SOOOO many cute images I don’t know which to use next 😀 Definitely the animals-just can’t decide!

    Also don’t forget to check the BLOG! Lots of ideas there too 😀

    My Time to Create Team Announcment

    Apr 28, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time to Create Challenge

    Well I know you have all been wondering WHERE I am.

    I AM here!

     If I ever shared all I have to do on a daily basis, you wouldn’t know how I fit blogging into any of it, I swear! Sometimes “I” don’t even know! Its time like this that I remember WHY I don’t have time to sumbit for publication any more. I do a lot of “behind the scenes” stuff people dont get to see or know about.

    I have been working on videos (today will be editing!), samples and gathering the details for my NEW! My Time to Create Team! This weekend is the FIRST weekend they will be starting so I had to get their month of challenges done and whatnot.

     Let me just tell you it was SOOOOO hard to decide! I had 433 people apply between the sketch, template challenge, and many, many email submissions too. Funny, because I got LOTS if emails!! I’m happy I don’t own an actual company, because I’m SURE I’d never be able to pick!

    You all did an amazing job on your samples, and I enjoyed seeing what each of you came up with, along with browsing your blog and/or gallery! Trust me this proved to be harder than I thought. I felt like the Bachelor on the TV show! Wanting to take everyone 😀

    So with out further delay, here is who will be on the My Time To Create Team.

    * Dana 


    * Odette 





    These will be the girls who hopefully get you excited about the NEW! Weekly Challenge. I think it will be so fun, and I hope you do too.

    Be sure to welcome them!

    I’ll be adding a page about each of the girls this weekend with their first challenge !

    Let’s not forget the girls from my team prior who are staying aboard with weekly samples 😀


  • Dawn Easton
  • Kendra
  • MacKenzie Bruckler
  • Maria Levine
  • Tamara Harder
  • So thank you to all who applied! I did look at every sample/email. I obviously didn’t reply to evryone because I’d be here for a month! LOL! I still have “regular” emails to answer daily too.

    I am waiting on Nichole to make another great announcment reguarding my templates, that will hopefully make you all happy! So keep an eye out on her blog.

    I’ll post here when she does!

    Thanks for checking in. I so appreciate each of you and the time you spent sharing with me! I enjoyed it.

    Thank you!

    Spelling it out

    Apr 26, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, JustRite Stampers, Stampavie

    Before my niece was born, I told my SIL that I would make the baby a wall hanging with her name. I told her I would do a different frame for EACH letter.

    So what does she decide to name her? One of the LONGEST names possible- Gabriella. But a promise is a promise. I wonder WHAT was I thinking?! Must have been that new baby high women get.

    Now she has been here for 2 1/2 months and I ONLY have 2 letters done! (looks like one for each month! LOL!) If I keep on at this pace she will get the set when she turns ONE! LOL! She may even end up with just GABBY at this rate! LOL!

    G is for G-abriella


    So this is the FIRST letter. I used my JustRite Stampers Trompe Script Uppercase. Its perfectly scripty yet clean.

    I left the frames natural so they can be changed later if need be. Plus Im lazy! LOL! I don’t like painting 😀 I got these in sets of 3 at Target for $2.50! They are 4X4 inside the framed portion. Really sweet. Makes a great and affordable gift.

     I want to use the Rachelle Anne Miller line to complete the frames. A different image, and color for each letter. This is Candy Time. I think this little girl is adorable, so had to use her for this start of the frames.


    Makes me think and feel Spring just looking at it.

    I have to be honest-I didn’t have the set name when I made this so I thought she was holding a bag of goldfish! LOL! Then just sitting down resting by the flowers, waiting to go home with her new friends! LOL!

    I later learned it was CANDY! LOL! I wasn’t going to “tell” but I think its pretty funny!

    No matter-the girl is beyond adorable, don’t you think?

    I hope my SIL and Niece like the frames, if I EVER get them finished! LOL! I have 2 done, 7 to go!

    Don’t forget to check the Stampavie Blog! Always lots of inspiration going on there. You can get Stampavie collections HERE!

    Here is a photo my SIL sent me 2 weeks ago


    Gabby is ALWAYS smiling.

    Right now they are on vacation in West Virgina, to see Valeries family. I guess I have to share her :C

    I miss her already 😀 She is my baby fix! Im totally content once I spend the day with her.

    I cannot wait to get a hold of this little beauty with my new camera!

    OK I need to go, and finalize my new design team!

    Be back later!

    Park Play Photos

    Apr 26, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: camera/photo play, family stuff

    You are all going to get SO sick of seeing Amber by the end of the month! LOL!

    I do have a STAMP post to share, but not till later today. I HOPE to get a video done but with the first few nice Spring days may just play with my kids 😀

    Im having so much fun learning more about my camera-Jay got me this FABULOUS book called

    Nikon D40/D40x Digital Field Guide by David D. Busch

    This is perfect for me since I am self teaching. I don’t know why self teaching with a  CAMERA stresses me out, when that is how I do everything else!

    Anyway the book AWESOME! Full of color photos-easier to understand too. I only had it 2 days and would totally tell ANYONE who has a camera like mine to get it (or his other versions for other cameras as they are the same-just camera specific)

    I took it to the park and used it to get the best photos I could!

    What I LOVE about the book is it has these sections called Creating Great Photos and Photo Subjects-It has a guide at the end of each section to guide you!

    It guide has the following categories in your photo selection-

    for instance Portrait :talks about all the key elements and directions to maximizing the best reults of your photos

    At the chapter end (they aren’t LONG-and are easy to understand)

    There is a GUIDE for HOMEWORK! So YOU can try what he talks about a go!

    Sections are what you need to set on your camera or other key elements

    “On your own” “Lighting” “camera settings” “Exposure” “Lens”  “Accessories” so it walks you through the steps for the BEST results. LOVE IT.

    So I gave it a try.


    I got a SOFTER look on this one above-don’t remember how! LOL!

    Now she goes forward-


    YIKES! Shes comin right for us!


    There is a section in the book called “Practice Picture”so I can see exactly what I need to do with my camera when needing to get an ACTION shot-being at the park Amber was actively swinging on the swings-so I was able to quickly look up HOW to get the best photo! I think I got great results for owning my camera a few days. Only my second time using it 😀


    I LOVE this one!!! Wind in her hair-just so happy. I used a continuous photo setting, to get every second on the swing-it was REALLY cool.

    I don’t think I got it ALL right, as I didn’t want to MISS the moment of NATURAL fun and I definitely did want to make her pose endlessly! But it was SOOOO fun.

    I had like 6 mom’s at the park excited about MY experience and asking me questions, just  because I was just giddy over all of it. One thought I worked for a newspaper! LOL! NOPE! Just a crazy mom here! LOL!

     2 of them were going to the camera store (there is one in our area that is closing and they are having a 40% off sale) right after the park! Im going today after hearing that news!

    Now she is running


    I obviously should have done something different due to the shadows-but I was on continuous run-so I don’t think I could use the FLASH with that one.

    Closer to the camera


    And SLAM! This is her running right up to the camera


    Kind of dark. Bad lighting. But I still love the look.

    Now I will move onto the GOLDEN photo!


    I got a soft look and blurred the background. I am totally loving this photograph!!! I really like the angle. I was literally laying on the ground!

    This is another one I got.


    Much more serious. Poor kid had to cough, but held it in and said she was waiting for me to take the picture! LOL! She then went on a coughing jag (she is sick this week-:C) for like a minute!

     I love the color and the way the trees look in the back. It toally matched her shirt!! And eyes! How cool is that??

    So I think after a MONTH of photos, Ill decide which 6 to submit. I should just make her a portfolio! LOL! It will be a HARD 6 to pick 😀 Ill keep you posted.

    Thanks for all the great links and comments on my new venture. Im having fun. All in all-my kids are much more FUN to get pictures of than my card creations! LOL!!!! They are, afterall my best work to date!

    I hope to get some nice kid TRIO pictures soon too. They grow SO fast.

    Thats it for my photo stuff.

    Thanks for reading.

    Blog Hop! My Timeless Templates

    Apr 25, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Timeless Templates, Papertrey Newsletter

    Time for the PaperTrey Ink Blog Hop! 

    YEAH! I’m totally going to be popping by everyone’s blog to see what they did! Im so excited.

    This months challenge is to use My Timeless Templates! If you never tired them before, now is as good a time as any!

     Being the desinger of the templates– I feel SOOOOO bad I didn’t get anything done for the Blog Hop! I know! Its TERRIBLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    But I have a SUPER excuse 😀 (besdies the fact my kids were HOME on vacation and I had deadlines! LOL!)

    I was busy this week designing TEN more templates 😀 Gotta keep the ideas and templates flowing, and when I get on a roll. there is NO stopping me 😀 I am dying to share with you.

    So, I decided I would share a SNIPET from ONE of the templates that we are releasing in MAY!


    Here it is-

    P.S. There will be a SPECIAL announcement tomorrow about them too! YOU won’t want to miss it.

    I’d love to hear WHAT you think is next 😀  OR better yet what YOU may wish to see-We have an amazing line up for the next 2 years 😀 but there is never enough ways to package your gifts! Maybe if I see a NEED, we will release certain things sooner rather than later 😀

    Thanks for stopping by. Im off to HOP!

    Ill be finalizing my design team decisions tomorrow too, and the hop will definitely help me decide 😀

    Thanks for stopping by

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