Archive for October 12th, 2009

Today  I have THREE posts! So be sure to check them ALL out!

I have been busy as a bee, and *maybe* you can see a very SMALL tid bit of why I haven’t been blogging as much as I normally do! Quality is better than quantity right?? LOL!

Today &  tomorrow the team Papertrey Ink all have a group post! These are SURE to get you inspired 😀

Now Nichole and Mish put their talent and brains together to come up with a FAB new product,  and of course coordinating stamp set called Take Note!

So, our job was to create one, and share it with you.

Oh my love!!! I am just in love with the size and color choice for these notepads!!I decided to make a gift for myself 😀 I am forever jotting down my ideas on scraps of paper, and losing them, or having to pile them up in a folder. Sometimes while I’m out shopping, an idea hits, and I’m scrambling for a receipt so I can jot down my ideas as they come! LOL! This set is just what I needed to get myself organized, and with style! Come check out how I created my tri fold notepad!

Here is the “me & my BIG bright ideas” note book I designed using Take Note


I have to say that was my FAVE sentiment for the set. It just called out to me.

I’m sorry but I LOVE Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, True Black with Polka Dots! Its such a FAB combo!!

The colors just screamed for me when I sat down to create (told you I am using a lot of black this release :D)

I LOVE Beautiful Blooms, and I felt it mimic the flower in the sentiment I chose, along with the polka dot center.

The note book is 2.5 X 8. I used the white with gray lines for my project.

I decided I would create a belly band to go around my notebook cover-which is a tri-fold design. I wanted to keep it SIMPLE 😀

You just slid the band off, and you then reveal your notebooks!


As you can see I used 2 for my project. I always have lots to keep track of, then wanted to jot down my ideas.

Directions for Tri Fold holder

My cardstock was 8 1/2 inches tall by 9 1/2 inches across

I just created the tri fold holder by scoring along the 9 1/2 inch side at

 3 then 3 1/4

 6 1/4, then  again at 6 1/2!

Made my belly band using 2 strips of cardstock!

1- 8 1/2 X 1 1/4 (that is the back piece)

 Then the front of the band- is 11 X 1 1/4

Scored the 11 inch long strip at 1 then 1 1/4, then again at 9 3/4 and 10. Adhered it to the 8 1/2 X 1 1/4 inch piece and had my belly band.

As you can see I then stamped my notebook pages to reflect what I want to use them for!


I was SO inspired by the notebook, that I created an entire gift ensemble!

(I know! My brain just often takes off in a million directions! Trust me my BODY often can’t keep up with it, because if it did, 24 hours in a day would NOT be enough time to get it all done! Hence my use/need for the notebook :D)


I LOVE matchy matchy stuff, and as I said before, love using the same elements on various projects. I think you can really see here how this set can translate into other gifts and projects!

I used the Around Town Tote as part of my set


As you can see I used the Standard size, and the Pretty Petite size. Love them BOTH!

I then figured that I could also use the Cash or Charge #1 as an idea clipping holder, OR to hold my coupons in when I go shopping 😀

Here is the Cash or Charge #1 wallet close up


I used the GIGA Marvy flower punch for this, and then some wide ripe avocado ribbon to tie it closed, and appear like the leaves.

Easy peasy, and OH SO CUTE!!


Note Book X2


My Timeless Template: Around Town Tote, Cash or Charge #1

Stamps: Take Note, Beautiful Blooms, Borders and Corners rectangle, Wise Owl, Floral Frenzy

Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, Black

Patterned Paper: Bitty Dot Basics

Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Black

Ribbon: Ripe avocado twill & grosgrain

Circle punch, Marvy Giga Flower punch

Well that does it for me today.  I hope you like my take on the NEW! notebooks.

Make sure you check out all the girls posts:

  • Becky O
  • Betsy Veldman
  • Dawn McVey
  • Debbie Olson
  • Geny
  • Lisa Johnson
  • Melissa Phillips
  • Michelle Wooderson
  • Nichole Heady
  • Niki Estes
  • Pine
  • See you back here again tomorrow for much more 😀

    OK if you said butterflies, you are correct!

    What is my SECOND favorite thing?

    YES! Coffee!! These are 2 “things” that I am all about! I love them.

    NOTE: this is also my 2nd post for today, so don’t miss post #1 and post #3! I have worked hard to pull it all together today. It’s a good thing my passion for this craft burns so deep, because sometimes it is also a lot of “work”. I think people can tell I LOVE my job! I love when I’m INSANELY busy! Its a challenge for me. In fact when I’m not challenged or busy I hit a HUGE brick wall. I don’t know what to do with myself 😀

    OK back to the post……

    My favorite thing to use the My Timeless Templatesfor is of course all SORTS of coffee, tea, or cocoa type’s of beverage gifts. I think I have incorporated that into EVERY single template release to date! Actually I may have to look back because I’m so sure I have! LOL!

    I KNOW I’m not alone in LOVING to find fun, new, and cool ways to package up such a WONDERFUL and SIMPLE treats for people. OK at least I don’t think you are sick of those ideas yet, are you?

    Well it wouldn’t be ANOTHER fab template release (IMHO) without finding yet ANOTHER template to use to package up my fave treat!

    SO today I am sharing my 3 versions of the Cash or Charge Trio template (releasing the 15th!), for my super sweet coffee treats 😀


    AHHHH! Is that not delicious?

    I don’t think I can ever give these away! LOL!!!!

    Here I used ALL three of the templates that come in the Cash or Charge Trio.

    So….I used my chocolate bitty dots paper, and COLORED it, to match my projects! I also colored my polka dot ribbon to match too 😀 I am officially in LOVE with Sign Language too 😀 It made the perfect addition to my creations.

    Cash or Charge #1


    This is the front of the template. Sweet and simple. I LOVE the paper 😀 I am all about customizing paper like this to match your needs. Its fun , easy and stretches the possibilities for you.

    I just used the front flap template for this. You can have a template wrap as well. Lots of ways to create this.

    This is the back of the “wallet” style. You can really dress it up there too!


    I just colored the words each a different color. Stamped, colored and cut my mug. I LOVE adding 3D elements.

    Inside is a gift card to my fave coffee shop (Yes! I am keeping it for me 😀 I worked hard this past month and deserve it, don’t I?!)

    Next up we have Cash or Charge #2


    How cute is this?

    My favorite project for this release 😀 Sweet and simple and yet a WOW! This particular template is just so versatile.

    Did you notice that this template, when turned, could also be a mug of coffee? I about DIED when I had this epiphany! I cut down the embossing mat that comes with this template to create the “coffee” part of the mug!


    I just made sure the flap was placed on the backside

    I bent the sentiment from Tea for Two, to go along with my template bottom. I was in PURE heaven!!

    Now inside this template is NOT a gift card, NOT cash……but , the YUM-A-LICIOUS packet of GOURMET hot cocoa from Lindt. Perfect fit! Just adhere inside so it doesn’t slip out.

    Talk about amazing. You will be hooked on this stuff if you get some. Word to the wise-Do NOT drink it. Just package it up for friends in family and don’t ever try it! You will save yourself a lot of naughty, high calorie, creamy, chocolate-y, heaven in a cup, sinfulness—-> if you just LET IT GO!

    Now speaking of this cocoa…lets move along (and wipe the drool) to the next template in the trio

    Cash or Charge #3


    This template is holding that SAME packet of cocoa in the pocket!

    Isn’t it the cutest cocoa pocket?

    You can also use this pocket idea to put in dip/seasoning mixes from Tastefully Simple, other drink mixes, face masks, trail size bath and beauty packets, tea, tickets to a game or concert…..oh man, I could just go on forever 😀


    Just pull on the ribbon and the cocoa comes out. Easy peasy!

    ALL of the ideas here today were done in NO TIME! So if any of this stuff is on your gift giving list these templates will dress them up in a pinch.


    My Timeless Template: Cash or Charge Trio
    Stamps: Sign Language, Tea for Two, warm happiness
    Cardstock: Kraft, Dark Chocolate, White
    Patterned paper: Bitty Dot basics
    Ribbon:Dark Chocolate polka dot, dark chocolate grosgrain
    square punch, Tag punch

    Ink: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, teal

    Now if you didn’t know:

    All the templates are an INSTANT download! No shipping! Straight to YOUR computer, anywhere in the world 😀

    You get UNLIMITED use of them, along with 5 EXCLUSIVE ideas, with full color photos, supply list and step by step directions to re-create the 5 projects featured. A fab value for ONLY $5.

    So that is all for me.

    Of course if you have ANY questions, please email me directly, so I can help!

    I hope you like all my projects today!

    Thanks for stopping by 😀

    PCS Itty Bitty Christmas Peek day #2

    Oct 12, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Pink Cat Studio

    This is post #1 of #3 today! So make sure you catch ALL of them!

    I am just LOVIN the newest release to come from Pink Cat Studio 😀 It is called Itty Bitty Christmas. The release is TOMORROW! Yeah! One more day to wait 😀

    When Melissa was designing this set I begged for a Gingerboy 😀 She was such a sweetie to oblige my request 😀

    So here he is……


    How CUTE is he???

    When I began stamping him I saw this tag I had been HOARDING from a K & Co Christmas stack (from last year). I KNEW he was the perfect purge for my coveted tag! I actually used ALL the same elements on all my creations this release! Not sure WHY I’m on this “use the same stuff of several different things” kick, but its workin great 😀

    I then decided to purge another tag on this cutie patootie

    Elf Surprise


    He is just beyond fun!

    Aren’t they just so cute? I tell you Melissa makes my “job” so easy every month!!!

    Check out Melissa’s blog for all the designers samples D

    Be back tomorrow with another sample and the set for you to view in its entirety!

    Thanks for stopping by.

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