Archive for December, 2009

Somebody PINCH ME! I’m LIVE

Dec 18, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

This post is JAM packed with a lot of eye candy and information! So please be sure to read it all. I wouldn’t want you to miss out on anything.

Somebody PINCH me! (wink)

The time has FINALLY come for My Time Made Easy™ LLC to “unofficially” be opened! So hurry and go check everything out!! If you subscribed to our newsletter be sure to check your IN BOX or Spam folder (just in case!!!) You don’t want to miss your FREE template in there.

By “unofficial” opening, I mean we do not yet have our first release of the complete packaging line with coordinating paper and acrylic stamps yet, but we DO have THREE fabulous NEW! and easy to assemble templates for all your gift giving needs *just in time for the holidays*!

All my NEW! My Time Made Easy™ LLC Pretty Packaging © templates will be offered in the following formats:

  • PDF files – for those of you with home printers
  • SVG files – compatible with Provocraft Cricut Personal, Cricut Expression & Cricut Create
      The Cricut series cannot cut 3rd party shapes unless extra software is purchased. To enable the ability to cut 3rd party shapes, you must buy and install Craft Edge’s Sure Cuts A Lot (SCAL) software. This will allow the Cricut to cut files in the SVG format. This software dramatically changes the utility of the Cricut machines. It should be the first addition to anyone’s Cricut machine!
  • GSD files – compatible with Xyron Wishblade, Quickutz Shilouette, Graphtec CraftROBO (although due to size restrictions of this machine some templates may be smaller than other actual versions)
      Graphtec CraftROBO. This machine is also sold as the following: Xyron Wishblade and the Quickutz Silhouette. These machines natively use the GSD format but can easily import the DXF format. No additional software is required.
  • DXF files – Pazzles Creative Cutter Inspiration, Klic N Kut Element , Groove and Maxx
      These machines can cut both the PDF and DXF formats. Their native format is a proprietary format called KNK

To summarize:

Here are the most common home cutting machines and the suggested format to cut My Time Made Easy templates.

  • Cricut machines: (Must buy SCAL software): SVG
  • CraftROBO machines (including Wishblade and Silhouette): GSD
  • Klic N Kut Series: DXF
  • Pazzles: DXF

These are an instant download, so you can start creating in minutes! For ONE low price you can make so many gifts for everyone on your list!

Our template files are priced at only $5. You get UNLIMITED use from the template download. Each file includes step by step, detailed photo instructions. There will also be a PDF download of the scoring guide included for those using personal cutting machines.

Right now the economy is in a bad place and we could ALL use a break on our wallet wherever we can get it, we have ONE free template called Cutesy Cover (this will always be FREE), Hanging Holiday Sled- listed for ONLY $1, and another FAB template called In a Pinch © for only $3! These sale prices will expire the day after Christmas!

The trio of Pretty Packaging templates are just what you need to “Pretty” up any inexpensive item, and affordably make gifts for everyone on your list!

Now even MORE!! We have some Pretty Printable © digital paper too! What could be more fun?

Another instant download! All our patterned paper is 300dpi and delivered in a zip file so you can download it and print it right from home. Each digital page is saved as a jpeg which allows you to easily resize it for your cardstock size! Now you can have patterns in your favorite sizes for any project.

Our pricing will be at only 0.50 cents a sheet! So our collection costs will range according to the number of designs offered. VERY affordable.

We have worked hard to ensure the colors in our collection of digital papers come close to those you may already have in your ever building collection of cardstock, and ink. That will make matching up easy.

We have 3 collections ready for you!

12 Days of Snowflakes is FREE, That Hit the Spot is on SALE for ONLY $ 3, then we have Throw Me a Line for $6!

So today you can get several NEW! Pretty Packaging templates, and NEW! Pretty Printable © digital paper.

If you were to purchase everything we have today you would pay ONLY $13!!! What an amazing value to be able to make UNLIMITED personalized gifts.

If you are excited now, wait until you see what we have for our very first “official release”.

First up…..In a Pinch ©

Frosty the Snowgirl


You are going to be BLOWN away with the possibilities this template has to offer.

I saw a cute lil snowman……I mean snowgirl, when I looked at this! (oh and another collection that I will share very soon)

This template goes together-in a pinch (hence the name!). You can easily fill it with so many treats!

Those of you wither personal cutters can easily resize this to suit any project/gift. Plus having a machine cut these templates out saves you SO MUCH time! I am in complete gift packaging HEAVEN! I have LONG awaited the templates that I create to be able to be made into this type of format. FINALLY!!

Even if you don’t have a personal cutter, this is still fun and easy 😀


I created mine using my Cricut Expression. This is set to be created in the standard template size.

Completed Project Size

  • 6 3/4 inches tall
  • 3 inches wide
  • 2 inches deep
  • snowgirl-2.JPG

    Now we have a super cute felt hat, with corduroy pom pom, glittery tinsel trim, some buttons for the eyes (complete with handdrawn eyelashes, and “coal” smile) pretty wide organdy ribbon, felt snowflake ribbon, and some jungle bells make this a total WOW! Would anyone really care WHAT is inside?

    Well, if you do…..I took some Lindt chocolate balls, wrapped them in white tulle so they look like snowballs (sort of!).


    I punched and glitterized a snowflake. Sentiment if from an upcoming stamp set (next year! sorry) I designed. Just a TINY peek.

    Now if you aren’t convinced yet wait until you see what my NEW! Design Team has put together!

    I received MANY emails when I announced my new venture. I had already selected my design team, prior to my BIG announcement. I am sure you are wondering WHO will be creating the knock out samples you are going to see month after month.

    I have to say there is SO much talent out there too! Many “undiscovered” little gems 😀

    Each person on this team is very talented! They each bring something special to My Time Made Easy™ LLC. I hope you will grow to enjoy their talent, and be inspired by them, as much as I have. I simply cannot say enough about these women.

    I decided to let their projects become their introduction to the world!

    I am going to post their sample, and you will find out WHO is WHO when you click thier project link.

    Design Team Member #1


    This team member fit all this into their template! A girl after my own heart. Look how nicely everything is coordinated.

    What stunning collection that is sure to warm up the coldest day. I love the ilish embellishment with the punched snowflakes. Oh and did I mention the cocoa? YUM!

    This design team member has been my right hand girl these last few weeks. I can’t even say how much of a blessing she is. She is also the official designer of the NEW! Pretty Printable © digital paper! Here she showcases the Throw Me A Line © Pretty Printable © digital paper.

    Please welcome—-> CLICK HERE!

    Design Team Member #2


    Lavender never looked so festive! I am in love. The 12 days of Snowflakes Pretty Printable © digital paper is sure to spark an arrangement of stunning winter creations. This is clean, simple and finely detailed. Look at the stitching detail! Amazing.

    This design team member has been a complete blessing to me. She and her husband have helped me get everything off the ground. I cannot say how much I appreciate both of them! She is a template QUEEN for sure, and helps me fine tune all the template files. Did I also mention she is sweet as pie? How can so much talent and sweetness ooze from one person?!

    You can meet her here—-> CLICK HERE!

    Design Team Member #3


    Now showcasing another FAB version of our Pretty Printable © digital paper called That Hit the Spot, in lavender……this also POPS with the touches of chocolate! Isn’t everything better with chocolate? This is very rich looking. Love the addition of the seed beads too.

    This team member created the My Time Made Easy™ LLC  blinkie for me. SO sweet!

    I have long loved her talent, energy and pure spark she brings to the crafting world. I am happy that she found time to join the team, as she has her own company (which I LOVE). She also juggles family and several blogs! Not sure how she does it all, but I am glad she does. (I’m also wondering why this doesn’t have an “L” for Lauren, instead of an “R”! :D)

    Go say hello—-> CLICK HERE!

    Design Team Member #4


    Pink and Pom Poms! Does it get any better than that?

    Here we have all THREE of our Pretty Printable © digital papers in pink! All three of these collections coordinate together perfectly as you can see by this sample! This design team member packaged up this soft scarf into the In A Pinch © template. WOW! I never got a scarf wrapped like that before! Stunning.

    It is perfectly accented with those pom poms and snowflake embellishments!

    This design team member is a rising star. She has recently become a “cover girl”, making the cover of two publications! I am so proud of her. She is very organized and sure to keep me on my toes! I have put her in charge of coordinating the design team, and projects for our newsletter!

    Let’s give a warm welcome—> CLICK HERE!

    Design Team Member #5


    WOW! That is what I said when I saw this beauty!

    I noticed this person immediately when she would create some amazing projects using the My Timeless Templates ©. I always wondered WHY she had not yet been “discovered”. I love everything she does. I simply cannot wait to see what she does using all our coordinating products.

    This design team member used a label die to create a window for the In A Pinch. I love having a window in here. You can see she used the red version of our That Hit the Spot © Pretty Printable © digital paper, then accented it with ribbon, ric rac, bells and punched leaves, just perfect!

    Come meet her —> HERE!

    Design Team Member #6


    Last, but not least!

    Another stunning creation using In A Pinch, and the olive collection of 12 Days of Snowflakes © Pretty Printable © digital paper (and and see the stripes in the back-that is the Throw Me A Line © collection)!

    Joy-that is what I feel when I see this! You could whip these up for everyone on your list this year.

    This person has been in my crafting “circle” for some time now. She should be able to quit her job, and stay home and stamp all day! This person is multi-talented being gifted in music as well as papercrafting.  She also made the watermark for all our team members! She is SUPER savvy with any of the digital stuff too. She does some great work for some other design teams and thier digital projects. She works wonders with it all and I admit I am a but envious of those skills. I am learning though 😀

    Come meet this digi girl—–> CLICK HERE!

    Well what do think? Pretty exciting stuff!

    Is your head just SPINNING with projects ideas now? I hope so!!IThere is more to share, but I will let this all sink in and I will return with MORE eyecandy tomorrow.

    I have SO many thank yous to post, but will give that the appropriate attention soon.

    I really need to thank my web girl (that is what I call her) Sara. She is a complete miracle worker (and all mine :D). She designed my blog and my store.

    I would NOT trust anyone else in the world but her. I am so thankful for all her hard work and hours she put into this for me during the BUSIEST time of year. She spent countless hours not only designing this for me but doing research, and all sorts of “legwork” to ensure this site was PERFECT and just as I envisioned. I have so much love and respect for her. I cannot even tell you all how much she has meant to me. We still have a few “tweaks” before the GRAND opening but she did an amazing job getting done everything I needed.

    She deserves a great big holiday bonus just for dealing with me. She talks “computer” talk and the poor girl….its all FRENCH to me! She has genius I could never imagine possible having. A pure JOY to work with.

    Well I think that is all the typing my lil fingers can handle for ONE day. After taking such a LONG break from blogging this post has been a killer on my creative digits 😀

    I really want to say THANK YOU, to all of you who have followed me here, and joined me in my creative ventures. You, my fellow crafters, mean the world to me. You are encouraging and really do share my excitement. A wonderful community of people I have come to know. It is a feeling that is hard to describe, but I’m sure you “get it”. These aren’t just words I’m typing on a keyboard, they come from the bottom of my heart. I cherish you all and enjoy every second I get to share what I love doing with the world.

    That being said I’ll be back to share more of what I love tomorrow 😀

    Thank you for all the well wishes and support. I’m dying to see your projects (especially once the complete line of stamps, paper and templates goes LIVE!) with the new stuff.

    Happy Holidays to you and your family.


    Dec 16, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    Hi everyone!

    Long time no chat huh? You will SOON see why! It will have been well worth my silence I promise you.

    My store —-> HERE<—– is ALMOST live! So close I’m hyperventilating! LOL!!! Words cannot express how excited I am for this.

    I have my newsletter written …..with the SECRET Coupon Code for my email subscribers to get a FREE Pretty Packaging template(for a  LIMITED time) and have my post ready with my first samples with my templates and announcing my design team. To say I’m excited is a complete UNDERSTATEMENT!

    Better yet, all my stamps will be arriving sometime next week.

    Our very first “official” release looks like it will be scheduled for January 3rd.

    Ill keep you all posted!

    If you haven’t you may want to sign up for the newsletter!

    Check your SPAM folder for a confirmation email if you don’t get one in your  IN BOX.

    Also if you miss something you can update your profile 😀

    I think that is all for now… back REALLY soon

    LOTS of Quesitons!

    Dec 11, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    OK I just got slammed with emails! LOL! Sorry I thought everyone “knew” everything! 😀

    Please read about my store here —>CLICK ME!

    Subscribe to the Newsletter —->CLICK HERE!

    You can ready my original post about my new venture —> HERE!

    UPDATE!! Peek and a Blinkie

    Dec 11, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time Made Easy, Uncategorized


    My Time Made Easy, TM LLC

    Look at this SUPER cool Blinkie

    I LOVE it!

     I have had so many people hard at work (my own little MTME elves :D) to help get my store ready to go. I have a million thank yous that will all come soon 😀 Having said that….I’ll fill you all in on WHO made this for me (and any of YOU who want to add it to your blog :D) once my Design Team is announced 😀

    Just click and copy the code on my sidebar——> (its HUGE right now on my sidebar (wordpress is touchy right now) but I’ll fix it later! SORRY!)

    I did receive so many emails about the design team that I have yet to respond to. My design team was already in place prior to my BIG announcement. I will be having a guest spot here and there so everyone has a shot at some point ;D

    I’m so excited that the My Time Made Easy LLC store opening is near! Now my “official” opening isn’t until January……but we do have a few things to share BEFORE that, just in time for the holidays!

    I have my FIRST email newsletter all typed and ready to go 😀

    ONLY my email subscribers will get a CODE to get a FREE Pretty Packaging © template (details to follow in the email!). There is still time…… so if you haven’t go subscribe!

    Here is a little bitty PEEK at TWO Pretty Packaging © templates, soon to come!


    Both will be FREE if you do join our newsletter email list 😀 Just in time for the holidays, saving you $$!

    Having all the cut files allows you to resize all the Pretty Packaging © templates to suit your projects 😀 You will fall in LOVE!!

    I know I have been MIA lately but I really need to take every second to focus on the details for My Time Made Easy © LLC. I do have MANY amazing samples to share once we have the “unofficial” opening before the holidays, so that you can grab a couple templates in time to make some great gifts 😀 Now for those of you with personal cutters your packages will be whipped up in no time!

    Those of you still using our Printer versions…….you still have time to add the personal cutter to your wish list for Santa! LOL!

    I have to say I’m loving my Cricut Expression (wink!)

    Well I need to get back to work. Trust me just because I’ve been quiet doesn’t mean I haven’t been BUSY 😀 I will SOON have lots of eye candy to share 😀 So stay tuned!!

    In the meantime I hope you are enjoying the hustle and bustle of the holiday season! I know I am squeezing in as much time as I can with my family too.

    Be back very soon.

    JRS Last Minute Gift Ideas

    Dec 2, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, JustRite Stampers, Recipe's


    As I said yesterday, the team at JustRite Stampers is having a blog hop!

    This one is SURE to get the creative wheels turning! The focus is on last minute gift ideas. I think this hop will be helpful for ANY time of year. I know I’m often in a scramble for last minute ideas myself.

    With the economy where it is I know we are ALL looking for inexpensive ways to acknowledge those around us. When you give anything handmade, I truly believe it speaks to the heart of the receiver. They know you took the TIME to make them something special. Even the smallest gifts can seem that much MORE special. I feel like this is my life long SPEECH! LOL! It’s truly what I live by and WHY I make all the gift packaging that I do. Simply put-dressing up something inexpensive makes it seem like it cost way more and more importantly….. is always given from the heart, and the bottom line is, that matters!

    This year for the extra people I want to thank, I am giving my favorite recipe, all bottled up, and dressed for the winter season.

    Snow(man) on the go


    How cute is he?

    Made from a simple frapuccino bottle.  Just wash in dishwasher, and let dry completely!

    Now if you have MANY people on your list buying and drinking that much Starbucks can be PRICEY so check out

    —> THIS PLACE <—for a ton of various EMPTY bottles you can purchase! Can you say WOW!

    Then alter your design from there. THIS ONE is pretty perfect.

    Decorate your bottle , then add your mix.

    This is my FAVORITE home made Hot Cocoa Recipe! You can make up several batches in no time!

    I found it on the Food Network. Keep in mind the better quality ingredients often make tastier cocoas D (add it to a coffee and YUM!)


    • 3/4 cup powdered milk
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
    • 4 ounces bittersweet chocolate 
    • Marshmallows


    Combine all the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix well. Take the bittersweet chocolate and roughly chop it up to give a chunky but consistent size. Mix well with a wooden spoon and then store in a dry airtight container.

    This is where YOU need to keep track of how much mix YOU put into each container, so you can print your instructions for the receiver. I like to print mine on a adhesive label sheet, then punch out and stick onto bottom of Snowman Jar.

    To make the hot chocolate:

    Add 1 cup of water per 1/2 cup of hot cocoa mix.

    Heat in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring with a whisk.

    Heat until hot, but do not boil, about 6 to 7 minutes.

    Serve with marshmallows. (already in your jar :D)

    As you can see-my mix is layered in the bottom of my jar. I then topped with marshmallows (and as you can see this makes him LOOK like a snowman!)

    You can also make a Snow girl….or SANTA!

    Now details…..

    The hat


    The lid-I punched a circle from blue cardstock. I then layered a scalloped circle piece, with dimensionals for POP.

    I used the snowflake image from Merry Little Christmas Borders & Centers Round 1-5/8”. Stamped it in blue ink. (every snowman needs SNOWFLAKES!) I then layered on a silver piece of snowflake table confetti, then added a blinged out button. Gotta have BLING somewhere, even if its a Snow MAN.

    The hat rim was created using velvet white ribbon from May Arts, that I used my Copic markers to COLOR!

    Just under the lid, I added some tinsel ribbon for that extra WOW!


    His cute lil face…

    Easy peasy!

    Two buttons for the eyes (adhered with CLEAR glue dots). An orange piece of Bella Dots for the nose. Then I used a Vitrea Glass Paint Pen in black to dot on my “coal” mouth.


    Now the outfit!

    I took some felt and free-hand cut a “vest”. It is secured with double sided tape too, so it doesn’t move/shift.

    Bling center brads became my “buttons”. Some ribbon for the scarf. I had some felt snowflake ribbon, so I cut a piece for the snowflake there.

    Now look at his “hand”. That is a binder clip, inserted into the felt. I used the coffee cup image (and stamped the “latte” sentiment) from  Just A Little Caffeine Borders & Centers Set 2″ . Just stamped, colored and cut out.  Isn’t that cute, Its attached with a clear glue dot as well. I loved that idea. The cup from  Something Sweet Borders & Centers Round 2-3/8”   would have worked too.


    Now isn’t he just delicious?!

    If you are eyeing the tree in the background… can see THAT project HERE!

    I also made a Wreath ornament—->HERE!

    Now it is time to move on for MORE last minute gift ideas!

    JustRite Blog
    Angela Barkhouse
    Barb Schram
    Becca Feeken
    Debbie Olson
    Heidi Blankenship
    Kathy Jones
    Kellie Fortin
    Lauren Meader <—-You are here.
    Lisa Somerville
    Michele Kovack
    Michelle Wooderson
    Sharon Harnist
    Sharon Johnson
    Terre Fry

    Thanks for stopping by, and letting me share!! I hope you enjoyed this project :DHappy Holidays


    Dec 1, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, family stuff, My Time Made Easy

    Yes! I am here.

    I’ve been with my family. My grandfather went home after his opne heart surgery on Saturday. That is ONLY 6 days after! Alexa had a terrible tummy bug until yesterday. High fevers of 104 on and off :C

     All that and about a MILLION other things going on.

    I know I’ve been quiet, but I have LOTS to prepare for! With the soon to be opening of my store My Time Made Easy© LLC 

    I have been BUSY working on finalizing ALL the details for my FIRST release (and the second one too! LOL!) of 2 Creative Gift Packaging templates, coordinating stamps, and digital Pretty Printable Paper.

    I’m so excited with everything I just can’t wait to share it all.

     THIS MONTH……I want to offer a FREE Creative Gift Packaging Template and Pretty Printables Digital paper pack.

     I’m working like crazy to get this all posted ASAP!

    I have one FREE Creative Gift Packaging template and coordinating digital Pretty Printables © paper pack that I am HOPING to make exclusive to my EMAIL subscribers ONLY! So if you haven’t yet, sign up! You can go HERE <—-CLICK IT

    The 2nd Creative Gift Packaging template and digital Pretty Printables © paper pack will be on my site, available to everyone. I will keep you ALL posted when all this comes to be, hopefully in the next week OR TWO!!!

    I want you all to be able to give things a try before the BIG opening 😀 That means I have to work my hiney off to prepare all that. So that means less time here, until I get that all set. Trust me its WAY more work than it appears to be, but I am making so much progress. My web girl Sara (who is the best in the buisness and I would trust NO ONE else to do anything like this for me :D) is kickin butt, as are my design team. Wait till you see!!! I have had LOTS of help (I am a very good delegator! LOL!) and have a LONG list of thank yous that I’ll have to share soon too. It is all about TEAM WORK! I am ever grateful to everyone who has helped me get this up and running.

    No worries…..there will be samples………and my design team is already whipping out ideas for you all (you’ll learn more about them soon too!)

    In the meantime…..I scoured my files to find SOMETHING to share with you all…….



    How cute is this little girl? I’m sending this to all my “helpers”.

    This color combo is in honor of my friend Kristin!She doesn’t like Melon Mambo and Olive together, but I do!LOL!

    I made her over a month ago! I was reminded of this creation yesterday.

    This image is from Hangler and Stangler (?SP). A dear blog reader of mine sent me a HUGE luscious pack of pres-tamped images 😀 I can’t find her blog link (so if she reads this please let me know) but hope to post it if I do. She is wonderfully talented! I have long coveted this pack of images, but decided I HAD to color some 😀 Felt so good. Now I don’t know WHERE on earth you can find these images. I believe they are from the UK?? I could be wrong. I live in my craft room so I’m lucky I keep up on ANYTHING! Trust me.

    I loved her little butterfly costume.  I added some stickles to her wings too. I used my OLD label maker to create my sentiment. Its been SOOOOO long since I’ve done that! Oh man! t was fun though. I created my OWN tag going across the card. Too fun.

    Well I must get going. Lots more to do

     Check back in tomorrow as I will be participating in a Christmas Gift Blog Hop for JustRite Stampers!


     Its a super cute project that even the kids could do, so come back!

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