Archive for January, 2010

February Release is HERE!

Jan 31, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

I am so excited! I feel like I could just jump out of my own skin (in a very good way of course).

I’ve been called a workhorse all my life. It’s so true. Especially when it is something I LOVE or believe in. I pour every ounce of myself into everything I do, and I hope in some way it inspires you.

 Seriously, this release was SO beyond FUN for me, that I think you will clearly see just by the projects/samples I have to share this week. My children even had fun creating, as you will see as the week progresses.

So let me shout it from the roof tops-My Time Made Easy ™ LLC February Release is here!!

There is a LOT to share, so grab that extra large cup of coffee and prepare to be inspired! I have been a creating machine, so come by every day this week for posts FULL of ideas. You can also browse the projects in the store. I will have more details on those this week. This could EASILY be the post that never ends if I share everything at once! LOL!

I hope you are looking forward to a load of inspiration! I am just over the moon for this release! If you like cutesy, you’ll LOVE this release. We have an entire line of unique coordinating stamps, templates, digital paper, and cut files (which this month are available in PDF format too!)

Those of you who are  terrified the the words “digi paper”, “digi stamps” and even the templates….. no worries! Don’t be! Don’t forget we offer FREE Digital paper, a free templates and now even a free digital stamp for you to try so you can ensure that you are able to work with everything, and ask ANY questions you may have, before even ever making a purchase!

This collection of coordinating items is perfect for ANY time of year!! It is all about staying to touch with with ones you love!

Now it is easier than ever to send that something special for any occasion. Whatever you send, it is sure to suit the occasion and warm their heart. Near of far, sending something special to the one you love is so important!

Be sure to check out the Design Team: (Each one is sharing a various template/stamp project combo for you! You are sure to be wowed)

  • Catherine Doucette
  • Katie Cotton
  • Kristin Bueter
  • Mona Pendleton
  • Pam Imholz
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • My Time Made Easy LLC Store

    Just click the highlighted linked words, for a direct link to the store category! Once you are there, you can click on the products of interest-and that will give you more complete information about it.

    For example, if it is a template, it will tell you the completed project size, and some information about the template like what is may coordinate with.

     For example:  You’ve Got Mail © stamp image coordinates perfectly with the You’ve Got Mail © template.

    Let’s get started.

     February Release:

    3 NEW! Pretty Impressions images: and 3 NEW! Digital Pretty Impressions images

    Argyle Amazement ©


    As it’s name states: This is an amazing argyle background building set!! Argyle is one of the hottest pattern trends, so this is a MUST have set! Creating numerous argyle themed backgrounds has never been more fun, or easy.

    You’ve Got Mail © (It is a little large so click it to view)


     Nothing is better than sending or receiving something in the mail to let someone special you know, that you are thinking of them. This stamp set was designed to be an adorable take on the large postal box that sits outside your post office, or on the street, has perfect images for sending that special message! Coordinates perfectly with the You’ve Got Mail © template!

    Critters with Heart © (available in BOTH acrylic and digital images)


    These images are sure to steal your heart!! These CUTE little critters all have something in common-each was designed based on a heart! Add a punny sentiment and you are sure to warm the heart of anyone who receives something created with this set. Make sure you see the Cute Critters © Cut File and digital paper too!

    FREE! Walter and Waverly Wiggles © Digital Image


    Can the usually ugly underwater sea creature, the octopus,  get any cuter? I don’t think so! This is a super cute, and whimsical octopus couple, that was designed so that you can give our digital images a try, risk free!

    All A Flutter ©- Our first release of butterfly images is now available in the Digital format too! This was our very first stamp release. These butterfly images were in high demand for being offered in digital format!


    4 NEW! Pretty Packaging © templates 

    You will want to go to the website for a complete view of these.

    You’ve Got Mail ©

     This is an amazing 3D version of the postal box featured in our You’ve Got Mail stamp set!  You’ve Got Mail © has a whole new meaning when you package something in here 😀

    Happy Mail ©

    This is the cutest 3D “mail box”. There is nothing like getting “happy mail”!  We all love going to the mailbox and getting a unexpected surprise. Well, now you can GIVE  the surprise IN the mailbox itself! Could getting “happy mail” be any cuter, or EASIER!Welcome Home © This is an adorable house shaped template that can be used over and over again!!Be it for holidays, or every day. Welcome Home © is an ADORABLE house shaped box, with a fun tabbed tuck in closure.Those of you with personal cutters, this can really extend the possibilities of this template for sure! Use the front and back panels as a shaped card, tag or scrapbook embellishment. Under Cover ©  This is a super simple, yet simply sweet slider box, that you will want to recreate over and over again! So many possibilities.

    Welcome Home ©

    This is an adorable house shaped template that can be used over and over again!!

    Be it for holidays, or every day. Welcome Home © is an ADORABLE house shaped box, with a fun tabbed tuck in closure. Those of you with personal cutters, this can really extend the possibilities of this template for sure!

    Use the front and back panels as a shaped card, tag or scrapbook embellishment.

    Use it as a gift box for any occasion such as Welcome Home, Welcome to the Neighborhood, from our house to your house, get well, cheer up, thinking of you……you get the idea.

    Fill it with a small house planter, flower seeds, coffee, tea, candles, bath products, a stuffed animal or doll, maybe some art supplies for a child to “decorate” it (perfect for a little party too!! VERY inexpensive party favor-turned party project). Endless uses and EASY to assemble.

    Sometimes we just need a quick and cute shaped box! Nothing that takes too long to assemble, but still says “I care” so I made this for you. This one certainly fits that description.

    All there is to decide is what project idea using this template will you “welcome”?

    Under Cover ©

    This is a super simple, yet simply sweet slider box, that you will want to recreate over and over again! So many possibilities. Perfect for any party, event, or a project for a rainy day. When you want something to WOW them, but have little time, this is the template for you. The box insert simply slides out to reveal whatever treasure you tucked in there.

    *This template was created to coordinate with the Heart Stealer Raccoon © and the Whooty-Love © Pretty Pieces Cut Files ©*

    This transforms this template into a Whooty-Love Owl, or a cute Heart Stealer Raccoon! You don’t want to miss out on those possibilities. Whether you use the template as is, combine it with our Pretty Pieces Cut Files ©, or add a window……they hide the perfect treat inside! Design it to be large, or small, no matter what, it will leave people asking “What is under this cover?”


    3 NEW! Pretty Pieces Cut Files (also available in PDF format)

    Love Notes ©


    Creating little love notes have never been more fun and easy! This file makes the most adorable love notes with matching slide-in heart shaped pocket for any occasion. These were designed to coordinate with, and fit inside the You’ve Got Mail © and Happy Mail © template. This file includes a heart shaped template to create a quick and cute pocket to hold the heart shaped card, with larger scallop mat layer, along with several layered decorative hearts. You will be making Love Notes of all sizes when you purchase this cut file. Now it is time to send a little love!

    Whooty-Love © (See website for sample)


    Whooo doesn’t love an adorable owl?  Well how about an adorable owl box? We took our Whooty-Love owl image from the Critters with Heart © Pretty Impressions© stamp set, and made him into an adorable coordinating 3D box! This goes together in minutes. So easy, the kids can do it too! Heart Stealer Raccoon ©

    Heart Stealer Raccoon © (See website for sample)


    This 3D raccoon is sure to steal any ones heart! Imagine the look on the face of the loved on who receives this!Perfect to hold that something special. We took our Raccoon image from the Critters with Heart © Pretty Impressions © stamp set, and made him into an adorable coordinating 3D box! You will want to see it to believe it.


    5 NEW! Pretty Printables © Digital Paper:

    Cute Critters ©


     This cute paper pack features 6 designs with fresh, fun and colorful patterns. It was designed to coordinate with the Critters with Heart © as well as the You’ve Got Mail © Pretty Impressions © stamp set! Cute doesn’t even begin to describe the adorable arrangement of patterns! You will be using it over and over again. Add it to ANY of the Pretty Packaging templates for an easy coordinating gift set that is sure to melt someones heart!

    A Loving Heart ©


    This package of patterned paper appeals to the more elegant yet whimsical side of designer paper lovers. We used colors that coordinate with our Darling Dots ©, and GaGa for Gingham © Pretty Printables © digital paper collections. This collection is sure to add that needed touch of elegance to any project.Darling Dots ©

    Darling Dots ©

    This has an amazing arrangement of colors in one of the hottest pattern trends : Polka Dots!!There will be no lack of color choices with the darling pack of polka dot patterned paper! This collection of polka dot paper was designed to coordinate with the GaGa for Gingham ©, as well as A Loving Heart © and the Cute Critters © Pretty Printables © digital paper collections.

    GaGa for Gingham ©

    Well, just like it’s name-this collection of Gingham paper, in a amazing variety of 12 colors will certainly have you going GaGa for it!

    This collection of gingham was designed to coordinate with the Darling Dots, as well as A Loving Heart © and the Cute Critters © Pretty Printables © digital paper collections. There will be no loss if inspiration once this collection gets in hand.

    Last but not least the Color Me Collection ©


    Love Notes ©

    This is a collection of 9 black and white patterned pieces of designer paper!

    Each page can be used for printing on your white cardstock to allow you to use whatever color medium you choose to “color” in the images. This collections give you quick and cute patterns that YOU can choose the color combination for. Or you can even choose to print it on colored cardstock.

    Love Notes © is from our Color Me Pretty collection of totally customizable black and white patterned paper! Let your creativity take the lead – whether you color the images by hand, print on them on colored cardstock or layer them over your favorite patterned paper and then print, the possibilities are endless!Our Love Notes© paper is designed to coordinate with the Cute Critters© and A Loving Heart© collections.


    So now let me share my samples for the day.

    Today the focus will be on You’ve Got Mail ©- both the template and set of images.

     This is a coordinating Pretty Impressions © stamp set, and Pretty Packaging template ©, for you guessed it: sending something special via mail theme.

    Never have I ever seen a stamp set, or template like the one I am about to share. It makes the PERFECT card and gift packaging for ANY occasion-which I think we ALL love. The idea was an interchangeable image for a mailbox.

    So let me share more about the stamp set: You’ve Got Mail ©

    This set has 38 images! The image pieces are used to layer elements on a mail box (or the postage stamp). Sample can be seen on website.

    Now for this set there are a bunch of “everyday” images, with coordinating sentiments, that can be placed on the FRONT of each mailbox. You can change it up to suit whatever occasion you choose. The images are also wonderful on their own too (as you will see).

     When you look at an actual USPS postal box, this is the place where you usually see the post office schedule for pick up, and often the bird icon appears on the side or the front as well.  I thought it would be fun to be able to create some images just like this, and of course, how cute would a 3D template to match be??

    The stamps are also able to be used on the template too! Wait until you see 😀

    Here is a sample of the card:With Love


    Isn’t this so cute? I went with a “love” theme in honor of Valentines Day. I love red, black and white together.

    I made my actual card look like a large postage stamp. I simply punched 1/2 circle around the black mat layer.

    This post office box was stamped in black. I used the layering images within the set to color the letter door. That door was cut “open” using my hobby blade. I then popped it open and put one of the little letter images popping out, and scattered across the card. TOO FUN!


    I also stamped the front of the mailbox red, using the additional layer in the set. This makes it SOOOO easy. You can also color the entire box, or paper piece with patterned paper.

    For the image center on my mailbox, I used the solid heart block stamped in black, and stamped the smaller single heart in red, inside that.

    There is a “postage stamp” image in the set that you can build upon. You can easily layer any of the images and sentiments within the set to create all sorts of “stamps”.


    Can it get ANY cuter?

    In this creation I used the postage stamp, and the heart for my “stamp”. I added the 10 cent sentiment, and the “with love”. I adore the possibilities this set has.

    Now I knew upon creation of this stamp set that I would HAVE to figure out a way to create a cardstock version. C’mon does it get any better than that?

     You’ve Got Mail © template (with more to come!)

    Sending Love


    Those of you who said it was going to be like a USPS mail box were correct!! There are many things you can do with this template, and it is a wonderful size for adding so many wonderful treats!

    I designed it to be similar to my card above.


    I stamped my door image, and the front image too. Perfect for the template. I love matchy matchy!! Now it is EASY PEASY.

    We even have some pretty mat layers for you to easily dress up the template


    It is SO much like the real thing. It even has the cute leg base 😀

    No detail was spared. Best part is, like EVERY template I have ever designed, it is EASY for YOU (no matter what skill level you are) to assemble.

    We have full color, step by step photos , with clear written directions and now that you can get these to work with every cutting machine on the market, easy to whip out too! Plus let’s not forget the ability to resize with the click of a button.

    You can now afford to give treats to anyone, near of far. That is the best part 😀

    Now you may be wondering….what are you going to put in there?

    How about this


    Do you not LOVE it? This is a JUMBO Chocolate Hershey Kiss! Fits right inside.

    Now that is what I call sending LOVE! That is definitely the kind of kiss I want to get in the mail 😀 Of course the mini versions are a diet friendly option too 😀


    Who wouldn’t feel loved if they got this?

    Are YOU in love with this stamp/template combo yet?

    Well, I have even more to share…..

    How about seeing some CARDS? I told you that this set makes some REAL great images for cards… let me share that.

    Cheer Up!


    How cute can a SIMPLE card be?

    This one was made in under 5 minutes!

     You could use this layout and create a gift set with EVERY image block in the set for an amazing assortment of cards for a gift. You can also just change out the colored layer for a new color each time.


    I stamped the postage stamp image in teal. Then I stamped the flower block (lightly for a distressed look) in black ink. Colored in my flowers, with copic marker, cut out and layered it.


    This is sure to cheer up anyone!

    Speaking of cheering up…how about sending some sunshine?


    Another under 5 minute card using some more image blocks from the You’ve Got Mail © set.


    I love the bright colors. Each image is popped out on a dimensional.

    The sun has glitter on it-naturally 😀

    Now let me move on to a favorite of mine-the little house image.

    From my To your


    This little house is the image that spurred me to design the super cute (and quick to assemble) Welcome Home © Pretty Packaging template. I just fell in love with its simplicity.

    This sentiment is suppose to mean : From my ” house”  To your “house”. It can also be used with the heart image above as well!


    (The red gingham paper is our GaGa for Gingham paper collection :D)

    My design team member Tracey suggested this sentiment in honor of a PSF name Pam. She said that everyone has sentiments that states ” from “our” house”. Well what if there is no OUR. What about SINGLE people, or if it is just from you? So I agreed and added this sentiment to the set, just for Tracey and Pam 😀

    There is also a WELCOME (perfect for the baby carriage in the set (as is special delivery) and HOME MADE sentiment for the house image too.

    Speaking of the house (you will see more on the template VERY soon! I promise)

    I designed a card using the house and the little snail (which I also ADORE!)

    Snail Mail


    I LOVE the snail and the sentiment. Heck, I LOVE this card!

    LOOK very detailed but was actually quite simple. This has a Welcome Home © project to match too (see below)

    I stamped the mailbox on Kraft cardstock, in chocolate ink. I cut out, and once again cut my door to pop some “mail” in to. I layered on my stamped snail layer. The snail has a page pebble in the “shell”. Just a cute, easy and simple WOW factor.


    How cute is the house “stamp”.

    You *may* think that cutting this out is a grueling task, but it is actually quite easy.

    Let me share a “quick” trick with you.

    Punch out your “stamp” with a 1 1/4 square punch.


    Then take your 1/8 hole punch and punch the 1/2 circle pieces.


     SUPER quick and trims perfectly!


    Cute eh?

    Here is the Home Made © Project to match

    From my To your


    I love NOTHING more than creating coordinating projects (obviously!)

    You will see this on the Website sample.


    This Welcome Home © template is meant to be quick and cute. I truly adore its simplicity.

    I used this to package up my newest favorite item: Cafe Escapes Mocha K Cups for the Keurig. (can you say YUM-A-LICIOUS) Certainly a wonderful gift to give anyone this cold, and blustery season.

    While this project ISN’T the focus of today’s post I just had to share it, since it is matchy matchy.


    It was designed after the house image in the You’ve Got Mail  © stamp set.

    It has an amazing tab, tuck in that is hidden by the optional roof.


    This is the box prior to any decorative elements, all opened up.


    It can open on both sides…depending on how YOU want to make it 😀 You will be taken with this one I am certain.

    Then with the decor….


    AH! What a difference.

    This is the side view, in all its GLORY. Super quick and cute.


    Now we move to the back. I added some tied ribbon behind the windows, so they look like curtains. Just in case you were wondering. Looks super adorable in person.

    How about that tag you say?


    How cute is that? I put the heart image in the center of the house.

    Would you believe I SHRUNK down the Home Made © template to be 1 1/2 inches, for my tag? Now that is cool.

    You also see some GaGa for Gingham paper too 😀


    Wait until you see more with this template. You will be over the moon.

    You are *also* looking at the Argyle Amazement © stamp set on the bottom of this (and the card too). Is it not delicious? You can build all sorts of wonderful patterns with this set. Create a simple and quick border, or an entire background, there are ENDLESS possibilities for that set-ENDLESS! I’m totally in love with it, so be prepared to see it LOTS!

    Trust me when I tell you I have LOADS more to share, as does my amazing design team, which if you didn’t know them before, you will want to know them now! They are amazing, and have each designed some wonderful stuff.

    WHEW! Are you with me still? How many cups of coffee did that take you through? I drank 3 just typing it all up! LOL!

    I’m dying to hear your thoughts on the NEW! Release and any of the projects by myself or anyone on the design team shared 😀

    Thank you for your support, and keeping me inspired to keep pushing my own creative limits.

    Come back tomorrow for lots more 😀

    Supply List

    With Love/Sending Love

    Pretty Impressions © stamps: You’ve Got Mail

    Pretty Packaging template: You’ve Got Mail

    Cardstock: Couture Cardstock: Candied Apple, One Sheet Wonder White, Slate (black)

    Ink: Pallette black, red

    Ribbon: Black & White Gingham from Michaels, Red & Blakc polka Dot by May Arts

    1/4 inch circle punch, Hobby Blade


    Cheer Up

    Pretty Impressions © stamps: You’ve Got Mail

    Cardstock: Couture Cardstock: Slate, One Sheet Wonder White SU! teal color

    Ink: Black, Copic Markers

    Ribbon from a chocolate box


    Sending You Sunshine

    Pretty Impressions © stamps: You’ve Got Mail

    Cardstock by SU!

    Ink by SU!

    1 1/4 square punch


    From my house card

    Pretty Impressions © stamps: You’ve Got Mail

    Pretty Printables © Digital Paper: GaGa for Gingham

    Cardstock: Couture Cardstock: Bran, Tranquility, Dill, One Sheet Wonder White, Ganache

    Ink, chocolate, white craft ink

    Ribbon by American Crafts

    flower by American Crafts


    Snail Mail/From my To Your box

    Pretty Impressions © stamps: You’ve Got Mail, Argyle Amazement

    Pretty Packaging © template: Welcome Home

    Pretty Printables © Digital Paper: GaGa for Gingham

    Cardstock: Couture Cardstock: Nomad, Bran, One Sheet Wonder White, Ganache

    Ink: Pallette Brown, Copic marker

    Punch: Postage Stamp border by EK Success, 1 1/4 square, flower, 1/8 hole punch, tag by Marvy, mini flower EK success

    Brad-flower/ yellow by SU!

    Buttons by Foo Fa La

    Ribbon by May Arts, twine

    Prima Flowers-hydrangea 

    Other: Page pebble, adhesive pearls

    See you tomorrow.

    WINNER:Only a couple hours

    Jan 31, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Contests, My Time Made Easy

    The My Time Made Easy ™ LLC Release is almost here.

    We have a WINNER for the entire release!  

    Here are your random numbers:


    Timestamp: 2010-02-01 03:41:57 UTC


    Patsy Villareal |

    Three sleeps is tooooooooooooo long….can’t it happen today?
    I think it will be something about moving into a new home or something like that.

    Keep up the great work…waiting patiently for the new release.



    Congrats to Patsy! I will be in touch!

    February Release Giveway! (and a little peek)

    Jan 29, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Contests, My Time Made Easy

    My Time Made Easy ™ LLC February Release is in just 3 sleeps! (can you tell I have kids?)

    I am busier than ever because this release just grew and grew as the ideas kept flowing. Certainly NOT a bad thing. You are going to FLIP over all our coordinating products this month.

    I figured today would be the perfect day to post a giveaway of our entire February release-which totals $108.50! (yes this is open to ANYONE, ANYWHERE in the world-no restrictions)

    We have coming:

    3 NEW! Pretty Impressions © images

    4 NEW! Pretty Packaging © templates

    3 NEW! Pretty Pieces Cut Files (also available in PDF format)

    5 NEW! Pretty Printables © Digital Paper

    So to get the wheels spinning, I thought I’d share a PEEK, and a hint at what is to come….

    We all love happy mail don’t we?


    How about a Pretty Packaging © template to match?

    This is all you are getting out of me until February 1st!

    Stay tuned.

    Now to enter just leave a comment here!

    Tell me what YOU think we are coming out with, or your thoughts.

    I will draw a winner Jan 31st, via

    Good Luck 😀

    Well I am so excited today, I have SOOOOO much to share.

    I’ve been REALLY busy here (a very good kind of busy-not sick kids and errands busy, but creative busy-thankfully the kids are fabulous) I love being able to share what I have been busy doing. February 1st is the next release for My Time Made Easy ™ LLC and I’ve been uber busy preparing for it.

    My Time Made Easy ™ LLC is going to be a MONTHLY template sponsor over at the JUGS challenge blog!! Here comes something exciting…… if you play along this month, you will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate to My Time Made Easy ™ LLC!!! With our next release around the corner, that could come in HANDY!!!

    Now to kick off the first month sponsoring, not only am I giving away one $25 gift certificate (chosen via I had the JUGS Girls play with a NEW! Pretty Packaging © template AND NEW! Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp image!!

    So you get an early PEEK at what is to come.

    So……let me share the JUGS challenge:


    Now see that little mailbox?

    THAT my friends is one of four templates this month!

    ALL our Pretty Packaging © templatescome in the following formats :PDF, SVG, WPC, DXF, GSD!!!

    ALL our Cut files include the PDF version. Please view our product details –>here<–

    Introducing….Happy Mail © ! Releasing Feb 1st


    I’m dying to hear what you think about it.

    Completed Project:2 1/2 inches tall2 1/2 inches wide

    4 inches long

     (Those of you with a personal cutter can make this larger or smaller too!) Happy Mail ©

    There is nothing like getting “happy mail”!


    We all love going to the mailbox and getting a unexpected surprise. Well, now you can GIVE  the surprise IN the mailbox itself! Could getting “happy mail” be any cuter, or EASIER!


    This mailbox made of cardstock can hold endless ideas!


    This project is perfect for anyone, young and old, male or female. You can make it for any occasion! I can easily see love notes, birthday gifts, letters to Santa, a bank, a virtual post office for children to play with, and dress it up to be more elegant, and you have a mailbox for the Happy Couple at a Wedding!  Personalize one for everyone you know.

    The only limit is your imagination!

    No matter what you package inside this mail box, the receiver is sure to be HAPPY!


    Speaking of happy, it is time for me to share my completed project!


    I went with a country theme


    Just Chicken In


    Now how cute is this??? (I got the framed window idea from the MTME (and JUGS) design team member-Pam :D)

    I love the little chicken! Love! He is part of the new release called Critters with Heart. He is just so flippin cute. I love cutesy stuff and this set is certainly CUTESY.

    I told you above that the JUGS girls were not only peeking a template, but a new stamp set too!!

    This is the close up.


    I made him sit in a nest 😀 (he does have legs BTW!) He/she was stamped home in a cranberry ink, and colored with Copic’s. I love the paper, faux stitching and sligh distressing.

    Critters with Heart -21 images  


    This is an adorable set that is perfect for ANY time of year, when you want to say something sweet to the one you love.

    These CUTE little critters all have something in common-each was designed based on a heart! Add a punny sentiment and you are sure to warm the heart of anyone who receives something created with this set.


    *Available in Pretty Impressions ©  acrylic stamps or in Pretty Impressions © digital images.*

    YES!! You read that correctly!


    * Coordinating Pretty Impressions © Digital Images:

    We are excited to be adding this option to our store! Customer service and satisfaction is our #1 priority.

    Upon the opening of My Time Made Easy™ LLC, we have had an overwhelming request to offer our Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp images as digital files. Given the nature of our products, and coordinating product lines, I feel that is certainly a step worth taking! However, we will be offering only SELECT image sets in the digital download format. This decision will vary on the stamp set style and purpose.

    For ALL our images, please be sure to view our Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp sets.

    chic-close.JPGI’m so in love. I made this template some time ago, and have been DYING to to share it. With Valentines day around the corner….I knew it was perfect timing.

    Don’t get me wrong, this mail box is perfect for ANY time of year, but I can see LOADS of cardstock Happy Mail templates designed in classrooms, offices, and everywhere else, all over the world!

    My kids are making these today, actually 😀 Yes, I will share photos of that too. It is a perfect afternoon craft for the kids. I do pre-assemble to save time! I just ask them to pick the color and way they craft.

    I’ll soon share my children’s projects too so you can get some ideas what your children may want to try. We always have an afternoon craft hour, and my templates are ALWAYS their first pick!


    I know I have a bunch of friends who enjoy a variety of specialty tea’s, so I packaged some up in this cute mailbox. An entire box fit in here!! I even brewed a cup for myself for “after” the photo shoot 😀 This template was PERFECT for sending to them! It would also be great for someone who is sick. I thought about packaging a  set of chicken noodle Cup-o-Soup packets, since they “travel” well, and go with the “chicken” theme too.


    I made my base template from Kraft cardstock, and my botton/front flap in candied apple.

    Now the cool thing about this template is your flag can go on either side of the template! I love that option.

    The gingham  paper you see, in candied apple is in one of our Pretty Printables ©digital paper packs!! It is stunning and made this so perfectly country, as does the lacey ribbon from May Arts.


    The tag on the mailbox reads: Just chicken in (how cute!) and perfect for sending this to that special someone. Love it.

    I’m just so excited about this project and what the entire JUGS team has created too!! I hope you are just as excited to see what the team whipped up for projects using our soon to be release Happy Mail template and combining it with the Critters with Heart.

    Be sure to check it out—>HERE!

    I can’t wait to see what YOU do too.

    Thank you for stopping by. Only 8 sleeps until our next release 😀

    OH boy I am busy as a bee these days!!


    The next release from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC is ALMOST here!! I can’t even wait. I have a ton of stuff to share soon. My creativity is on OVERDRIVE!


    Plus doing daily activities with the kids has kept me busy.

    I know many of you are wondering what I am up to these days, and right now……….. business stuff! I’m so enjoying every moment and have never felt so liberated or creative!! Sadly I’m still in “tight time” mode so I have been absent here-sorry!

    If it makes you feel any better SCS has been having blog issues anyway! I also didn’t realize just how much I would have to do too! LOL! I guess you never really do.


    SO I have a post today and tomorrow <—which will be a HUGE early peek at SOME of what is to come from MTME in February!!


    I cannot say thank you enough for the huge hit my first release has been and all the love and support. You helped make my dream a reality! The emails have been especially wonderful 😀 Thank you!


    OK let’s get to the eye candy!


    A few months ago I was asked by Kendra from Character Cafe  if I would guest design for them in January.Of course I was happy to oblige!! Granted life got very hectic but it was refreshing to take a break from all work, no play, to get INKY again.If you have yet to hear of the Character Cafe , they sell Digi Stamps, which I am getting more familiar with as time goes on 😀  Today they are hosting a Digi stamp/template challenge-so be sure to check it out—> HERE! You can see ALL the details!  They have until next Thurs. 10pm EST to enter. 

    The winner will receive the Character Cafe  new Valentine Releases (there are 3 of them) as the prize.

    They’ll also receive a 15% off Discount Coupon for The Character Cafe Store, a winner’s badge for their blog and they’ll be featured on our website with a link to their blog/gallery.


    The Design Team is playing along too

    Piali, Rachel, Sara, Meredith and Billie!

    Now here is my contribution

     My daughter Amber has a birthday party to attend next weekend. The girl is turning 6. She got her a gift card, and we thought we’d package it up all pretty and girly, and add some candy to it too! So for my guest spot (and the challenge) I thought I’d use the In a Pinch © Pretty Printable template  choice-fairy-side.JPG This is a close up of what we came up with Dream Come Truefairy-dream.JPG Amber helped me browse the store and chose Fairy Belle for the gift image. She was definitely perfect for the Fairy themed party.I colored her to look like her friend. fairy-front.JPG I stamped her on a nestabilty tag, colored her with Copic markers and added some Stickles! 



    The sentiment is by JustRite Stampers January Release Loving Thoughts Centers 1-5/8″

    “You are a dream come true”. I thought that was perfection!




    I added the patterned paper to the bottom and trimmed it with some American Crafts ribbon.

    I went on to use another new release

    Plant a Little Love Borders & Centers Round to make my own patterned paper. I just randomly stamped then colored it, adding some Shimmerz to them in the end.

    Well I was on a mini roll….so I went and created a card too!

    I didn’t have time to do what I planned, but at least I got the card created!

     Sunflowersunflowers-close-up.JPG When I saw that particular image I was so drawn to it! I love flowers!I just re-sized the same image to create this one.Clean and simple. Just my style 😀 I used a glitter pen on the sunflower petals, but it didn’t show up-sorry. Trust me though, pretty in person!Makes me FEEL Spring! The gingham paper is a SOON to be released pattern 😀 Stay tuned!I want to thank the team at Character Cafe for trying out the templates, and having me play along! It was fun. Thanks for stopping by Tomorrow I have a sneak peek at ONE of our next stamp releases and a template!! You won’t want to miss it!  

    Jan 16, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    Where did the week go?

    Where have I been?

    I have been “around”, just the kids have been keeping me busy! I know that is a common phrase I have shared on here the last 2 months….but it is getting better. As the hustle and bustle from the holidays wind down…and I get back to stamping all will be right with the world!

    Alexa had her post cancer check up. She never talks to me on the way there! EVER! No matter what I try to drag out of her. This time she shared with me that she hates going back to that hospital. She said “I was really sick and I stayed there a really long time. Everything hurt me and all my hair fell out.”

    WOW! What can you say to that. She can often have a hard time with her expressive communication (but she writes everything she thinks in poems and stories) so when you do “have a moment” to get in her head as to what she is thinking it is rare and beautiful. Granted that time heart wrenching, but nice to know why she may be so quiet.

    I told her that was a long time ago, and she is all better. We just need to keep checking to make sure she stays healthy.

    Her bottom line “I don’t like it there”.  You know what? I don’t blame her one bit! I don’t either.

    We are coming up on our 4th year since she got Leukemia. Each winter, when we make that long drive I am flooded with the thoughts, emotions and memories of THAT day that she got diagnosed. I just can’t help but remember that day like it was yesterday. It is just like the day you have your children-unforgettable. I am so grateful she is doing so well now. Not a day passes that I don’t thank God for that. Not a single one. ESPECIALLY when she is being difficult! LOL! She is 10 now and lets just say the attitude could use an adjustment at times! LOL!!

    Through the holidays and my first release I was SO busy and consumed with everything that I needed to take some extra special time with my kids. Like I said I NEED to cherish this time that they are small (well I guess that is the point, they are getting SO BIG! SO FAST!) and that means some of my creative time has taken a back seat. Plus I really poured out the projects for the My Time Made Easy ™ LLC release!!

    The kids and I are working on some fun projects togehter that we will share soon too!! They missed me while I was busy getting everything all settled, and now I can slide back into a work routine and spread myself more evenly through my family, friends and work. I just needed that little break so the kid know that they are #1!

    I have some guest spots coming up as the week ends, new releases for some companies to share……one being Pink Cat Studio! She released a ton of fun stuff so go to her store and check out her blog! The design team did some AMAZING stuff with it all!

    Also my friend Katie had a FAB new release at Paper Makeup Stamps! Check those out! Ally is my favorite from the release, and on my MUST have list 😀 Katie made this project using Cutesy Cover ©, and I about fell over! She looks SO real (and so much like Katie! LOL!)

    More MTME projects:

    Pam made a STUNNING frame for her craft room for ONLY a $1—>HERE!

    Mona use Shutt-erfly © for a color challenge!

    Kristin as a few FAB projects too!!

    Framed card

    Masked card

    I think that is all for me today. We are taking the kids bowling, then I have some creative time.

    Sorry nothing to creative yet….but I’ll share soon.

    Link it up

    Jan 12, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    I hope you are all having a great week!

    I’m busy here getting ready for the NEXT Release of My Time Made Easy ™ LLC! Well, that actually all started a week or so before the LAST release, and I’m almost done finalizing the template for MARCH! LOL! I have over 40 different templates designed/created in tangible form, and about 14 sketched (just last night while I was at the hairdresser I was very inspired) that I will have to “create” to make sure what is on paper translates to cardstock!

    It is ONE thing to have an idea, another to make it work. Even more so…when you are creating templates for the WORLD to use and assemble you need to make it 1) EASY AS POSSIBLE 2) Use as little cardstock as possible 3) TRY your best to be unique!

    Some of the stuff I have coming, I am just OVER the MOON for!!!!!!!!! Some of my best work is yet to come 😀 So I hope you’ll keep coming by for all that goodness.

    So as I sit here packing stamp orders, I forgot all about the project sample on the website for the Pretty Packaging © Shutt-erfly ©!! One of the customers I am packing an order for commented on that, that she was hoping to see a closer view! Well, Donna thank you for reminding me I had not yet shared this project with the world in a “close up” view!!


    Packing some popcorn.

    I really loved this sample too!

    I used the Shutt-erfly © template to hold a bag of Poppycock Popcorn. Its AMAZING! Comes in a variety of flavors, and I love giving it out to people as a small thank you. It is always fun to do something small and dress it up BIG! Makes people feel so special. It doesn’t take a lot of effort either. People remember gestures like that.


    I LOVE the colors of our Pretty Printables Digi Paper in the Shutt-erfly © and Flutter-By collection, and this was THE project that inspired them.

    The butterfly, is really the WOW as the main focus here too!

    I used the Pretty Impressions © All A Flutter set


    I stamped the solid butterfly  outline in chocolate, then the inner solid wings in a rust ink.


    I love making the butterfly 3D!! Our Pretty Pieces ©Flutters and Flowers © Cut File makes that easier than ever (and allows you to make it bigger/smaller!)


    I then used Copper ink and stamp the diamond grid pattern!


    Adhesive rhinestones, colored to match really add to this too 😀

    All tied up and ready to go.

    I want YOU to share your creations made with ANY of our products! So share a link here so everyone else can see what YOU have done!!!

    Thanks for stopping by

    Color Throwdown Sponsor

    Jan 10, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

    Hi everyone

    Our design team has even more to share with you!!

    Katie did a wonderful tutorial—>CHECK IT OUT!

    Mona posted a stunning gift set—>HERE!

    and Krisitn also has a SUPER FAB card using an upcoming CUT File (wink) 😀 —>HERE

    Now if you didn’t know…. My Time Made Easy ™ LLC is sponsoring the Color Throwdown #74  —–>DETAILS HERE 

    Make sure you enter for your chance to WIN!!

    So, I obviously I wanted to play along too!!!

    Quick and simple…Fluttering By …


    So I used the All A Flutter © image set, combined with the NEW! Pretty Printables digital paper in Shutt-erfly © (not at top quality for a muted tone-so my butterfly POPPED!) for the color challenge.


    I stamped my solid butterfly in pink,then added the wing print in chocolate. I used my copic markers to color each of the diamonds in alternating colors. Fun and easy. I had some pretty felt flowers from American Crafts that added to the design. I used a tulip punch to create my leaves. I wanted something FUNKY for leaves, to go with the “feel” of the card. I think it was perfect accent.

    The sentiment in the corner was stamped in chocolate ink, with the half fluttering butterfly behind it.


    Pretty Impressions ©: All A Flutter ©

    Pretty Printables © Digital Paper: Shutt-erfly

    Cardstock: Blending White, pink

    ink: pink, chocolate, copic

    Felt flowers by American Crafts, buttons, adhesive rhinestones, tulip punch

    OK I have lots to do today, so I’m keeping it quick.

    Thank you for stopping by.

    It’s all about the packaging

    Jan 8, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    YEAH! It is finally Saturday. I may just take a break!

    I have been busier than EVER but have never loved it so much. Not many people can say the LOVE what they do and their JOB is their hobby!

    If you didn’t stop by this week yet, you will definitely want to SCROLL down and see everything I’ve been sharing using the FIRST RELEASE from  My Time Made Easy™ LLC. You will also want to click on ALL the links to the Design Team who have been hard at work providing you some really amazing samples. Our gallery will (hopefully) be ready for our next release!!

    Kristin Bueter has another sample for you!

    Today Catherine Doucette wraps up our week of  My Time Made Easy™ LLC projects.

    Here is a peek at just ONE of her samples today-perfect for you scrappers!


    Together we, as a team, all shared over 35 projects with you! That is definitely fantastic. Each one of the girls had their own style and take on the products, that I’m sure one of us is bound to get you inspired to start creating! Even if you’ve never made a 3D template before, you can totally DO this! We’ve made quick, easy and INEXPENSIVE!

    We also have a FREE Pretty Packaging © template download for you to try because we KNOW once you do you will be HOOKED 😀

    For ONLY $5 you get UNLIMITED use a fabulous Pretty Packaing © template, that YOU get to customize each time you create. You spend more $$ on a special latte at the coffee shop! Let’s not even talk about how expensive gift bags are, for ONE TIME use!

    Each template comes with step by step full color photo/instructions.

    You can get ALL our templates  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) 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
  • WPC files – This format is used exclusively with the Pazzles Inspiration & Bosskut’s Gazelle.
  •  All our CUT files come with the PDF version as well. An amazing value.

    All that said, how about some more samples?

    I always say it’s all about the packaging! I totally believe it. The most insignificant of gifts can be made so much more special when you present it in something home-made!

    Be it some candy, tea lights, soaps, bath and body products, gift cards, beaded jewelry, a set of notecards…….it all looks better packed up to be pretty and special. Major marketing companies agree! It is the packaging that sells you and attracts you to the product! You can also easily spot a particular company/brand by the packaging/logo!

    Today I have used Shutt-erfly © to package up some special treats!


    This makes the best packaging for all sorts of gifts. I decided to use it for some cookies.

    Now, I don’t cook often….but if I have to, I’d rather BAKE. I recently attended a cookie swap. We each had to create 3 dozen cookies, and include the recipe. I made my FAVORITE cookie-Raspberry Linzer Cookies. They are SO delicious!!

    I even designed my own recipe cards to hand out 😀 (I honestly had more fun designing the recipe cards, than making the cookies!)

    I had some extra cookies left over, so I packaged these up for a friend I hadn’t seen in some time.


    The tag was stamped using the All A Flutter Sentiments ©. I made a quick hanging tag. It matches the Fluttering-By Pretty Printables © digi paperthat I used on the project base.

    I used the Shutt-erfly Additions to create the “flower” on the top of the box.


    (the flecks you see are a copper glitter I sprinkled everywhere! LOL!)

    I just colored a portion of the flowers to look like petals, then painted on some Shimmerz. (I’m hooked on that lately)

    Now the best part is the flower doesn’t get ruined because the top comes off!


    I cut off the top of the template for this one! (about 1 1/2 inches from the top score) and added a belly band. I put the cookies in a frosted bag to keep them fresh and allow the recipient to re-use the box!

    Here they are all packaged up and ready to go!


    I like to usually include the recipe when I give a homemade treat, so the recipe card was a pretty bonus to the gift 😀



    Pretty Packaging ©: Shutt-erfly ©

    Pretty Impressions ©: All A Flutter Sentiments ©

    Pretty Printables ©digi paper in Flutter-By ©

    Cardstock by Couture Cardstock: Ganache, white, Rosey Cheeks

    Ink: Chocolate, and Copic markers

    Other: ribbon, nestabilities, Prima leaves, Pumpkin Shimmerz, corduroy brads by SU, label punch by SU, copper cording, brass brad

    Thank you to all of you who stop by for a visit, comment and/or send emails! It is so nice and appreciated to hear from you! We all worked hard this week to inspire you in some way.

    I hope you have some MY TIME this weekend 😀

    Extra! Extra! Read all about it!

    Jan 8, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time Made Easy

    Lot’s to share!! This is post # 2 for today-so scroll down please!

    I am so excited about everything that is going on for the My Time Made Easy™ LLC offical release! 

    You can read all about our products –> HERE—-> on the ABOUT US page.

    Thankfully everything has been running as smooth as silk. WHEW! I think I can finally sleep at night! LOL!

    We have been off to an AMAZING start. Thank you everyone for your excitement and support.

    It was SO surreal when the boxes of my very first stamp sets arrived!


    I had to get a photo!! Too bad no one was there to capture the look on my face when I felt like I opened up a box of dreams come true. I felt like Alexa, when we went to Disney World and she saw Cinderella for the first time (at least that is how “I” imagine she felt). To see my hard work in a tangible form……AMAZING!

    This is a HUGE box, and there are a couple more next to it 😀 I’ve been nice and busy packing orders (OK that honestly isn’t the FUNNEST part of the job, but someone has to do it. Once the kids get bigger……LOL! Just kidding)

    I felt today would be the perfect time to share more about the images released this month. You can view all these details on the My Time Made Easy™ LLC site, but I felt it would be fun to view them here, in a larger format.

    My very first release:

    Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp set: All A Flutter ©


    This is the ultimate butterfly set! In this set you receive 25 images. The largest butterfly images are 1 1/2 inches. Whether you enjoy the task of coloring, or the ease of layering your images for fast results, this has it all. There are so many “build a butterfly” options, making the design process so easy and versatile. You will also notice a couple “wing prints” to add to your design. Building a beautiful butterfly couldn’t get any easier!

    Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp set: All A Flutter Sentiments ©


    I have long enjoyed some of the most popular quotes and poems featuring my favorite icon-the butterfly. In this set you receive 9 sentiments. This is the perfect companion of sentiments for the All A Flutter image set. These sentiments are large enough to be the main feature on a card or Pretty Packaging ©, or used as an accent.

    Now if you are wondering WHAT you get……my larger sets arrive in a 4 X 8 resealable cello bag, with hanger on top. There is a cardstock insert with the company logo. On the back are the instructions for use, care, and storage.


    In our large sets, that sell for $20, you receive two 4 X 6 acrylic sheets (as pictured above). The images are sandwiched in between 2 of teh acrylic sheets. The top acrylic sheet has the images/stamp set name on them for easy image reference.

    Now we get in to our Pretty Printables © digital paper collection

    All A Flutter ©


    Fluttering-by © is a pretty collection of patterned paper showcasing the whimsical butterflies from Lauren’s first stamp release, My Time Made Easy’s signature font, vibrant daisies, gingham prints, and a fun plaid design! This Pretty Printables © color collection is based on a unique combination of Red Clay, Brown, Pink and White.

    Our Fluttering-by © paper is designed to coordinate with the Shutt-erfly © collection.

    Shutt-erfly ©


    Shutt-erfly© is a unique collection of paper capturing an array of versatile patterns that are sure to bring your projects to life! The bold yet whimsical collection will continue to inspire your creativity for any occasion. This Pretty Printables© color collection is based on a unique combination of Red Clay, Brown, Pink and White.

    Our Shutt-erfly© paper is designed to coordinate with the Flutter-by© collection.

    Now we move on to another collection…the  Color Me Pretty © digital paper


    Flutters and Flowers© is from our Color Me Pretty © collection of totally customizable black and white patterned paper! Let your creativity take the lead – whether you color the images by hand, print on them on colored cardstock or layer them over your favorite patterned paper and then print, the possibilities are endless!

    Our Flutters and Flowers© paper is designed to coordinate with the Flutter-by© and Shutt-erfly© collections.

    All this is designed to coordinate with our line of Pretty Packaging ©! <–CLICK to view. This month we introduced All A Flutter © and Shutt-erfly © We have 3 other templates currently available. One of them is a free download.

    These are templates that you can either print, or create using a cutting machine of choice.

    To FURTHER the coordinating design possibilities we also have the start of another new line called Pretty Pieces ©

    This one is Flutters and Flowers ©


    This is a Cut File that was created to compliment the All A Flutter © Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamps! The standard format was created so you don’t have to “manually” cut out all your butterflies, if you wanted to use them for a 3D effect on a project. Just have your machine cut what you want, then stamp them. Now instead of purchasing expensive “one size only” punches or die cuts you have a Cut File that fits the pretty butterfly image. This can also be resized giving you ENDLESS possibilities! We had to add some Darling Daisies ©, and Lovely Leaves © for you too. No 3D butterfly project can be truly complete without some pretty flowers, and leaves. These are the perfect addition to the All A Flutter © image, or totally usable on its own.

    SO….that is all just the beginning. I look forward to what the next few months have to offer.

    Thank you for the wonderful response we have had in the last few days of opening. All the excitement drives me to what we have coming next!

    My Etsy

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