Archive for January 3rd, 2010

WOW! I’m overjoyed at the response to our first release yesterday!

If you didn’t know My Time Made Easy™ LLC  is now officially open ☺

We have released :

2 Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp sets: All A Flutter © image set and All A Flutter Sentiments ©

2 Pretty Packaging © templates : All A Flutter© and Shutt-erfly ©

2 Pretty Printables © digital paper collections : Fluttering By© and Shutt-erfly ©

and we have a NEW! Addition to the digi paper line: our EXCLUSIVE Color Me Pretty © Collection.

NEW! Pretty Pieces © Cut File : Flutters and Flowers ©

This is SO exciting to get such a warm welcome into the industry. Thank you to all of you who have supported me from the beginning. I have to say there have been quite a few people who told me that I would not be able to do this on my own, and while I’ve had my share of learning experiences (with many more to come), here I am!

This shows everyone, you can do anything you set out to do! Goals big or small, nothing is out of grasp.

So without further delay, let’s get to what you came for! More samples!

I have 2 samples for you and today my Design Team member Katie Cotton has 2 projects to share with you as well!

Here is a PEEK at her 2 projects.

All A Flutter ©


I believe Katie has a gift tutorial for you too!

Here is a peek at her second project

Shutt-erfly ©


HMM! I like what I see so far ☺

Now it is my turn!

First I will share a SIMPLY elegant gift set that uses our All A Flutter © image and sentiment set, in coordination with the Pretty Packaging template: Shutt-erfly ©. This template is flying off the virtual shelf!!! I simply can’t wait to see your take on projects made with it.

I wanted to share a SIMPLE coordinating gift set with you.


I LOVE chocolate and white. A monochromatic color scheme always looks so clean, fresh and elegant.

So for my box, I made it as large as I could to fit 12 X 12 cardstock. I cut my template from a Ganache cardstock.


What goes better with butterflies than this punched border?! Simple WOW!

I was inspired by the wired polka dot ribbon for this gift set. It reminded me of the dotted wing prints from the All A Flutter © set.

I kept this as simple as possible. I used my nestabilities for my circle layers.


 I stamped the butterfly first, then masked it. I stamped a sentiment from the All A Flutter Sentiment set © to fill the background. LOVE the look!

The shimmer in the wing prints, matched the shimmer in the ribbon. I brown stickles to the dots, and it was perfect!

I love the look of the wired ribbon too.


Now for the top…I view the “butterfly/flower” shaped closure as the “leaves” for my vellum flower, which I scored to add more POP and interest.


Take note of the bottom. There is a scalloped square layer. I used the largest scallop square nestability. Fits perfectly!

I decided that I would make a card to match my Shutt-erfly © box


“It’s the little things that make life big” I adore that sentiment, and enjoyed finally having it in this fun and whimscial font.



Pretty Impressions ©: All A Flutter ©, All A Flutter Sentiments ©

Pretty Packaging ©: Shutt-erfly ©

Cardstock: Ganache, White Vellum, White

Ink: Chocolate

Other: Martha Stewart border punch, polka dot wired ribbon, chocolate stickles, circle nestabilities, flower punch


Now I have a sample utilizing the All A Flutter © Pretty Packaging.


When I created this I knew I wanted to create a gift package with this template where the wings flutter forward!

I think it looks amazing in person! And it’s filled with an assortment of DOVE chocolates.


I created the main All A Flutter © template in the standard size, and assembled it as directed. I then resized the wing front/back, and wing prints to be about 2 inches smaller.


As you can see I also used the NEW! Pretty Printables Paper in Shutt-erfly © for my wing prints. I switched out the circles for buttons. The body cut out was created using my oldie but goodie paper crimper!


I added a simple ribbon handle, that is attached using some cute flower brads, to match (from Making Memories).

I knew I wanted to add a tag


So I created one using some of the Flutter-By Pretty Printables paper.

I tied a tag with some twine, then added a clip to adhere a tag.


I stamped my solid butterfly in chocolate ink, the solid center in a rust ink, then stamped the grid like wing prints, repeating in a copper in. To ADD to that, I painted the butterfly with pumpkin Shimmerz. For the body, I added some copper micro-beads.



Pretty Packaging ©: All A Flutter ©

Pretty Impressions ©: All A Flutter ©

Pretty Printables ©digi paper in Shutter-Fly ©, and Flutter-By ©

Cardstock: Ganache, white

Ink: Chocolate, Rust, Copper

Other: ribbon, nestabilities, Prima Flower, Pumpkin Shimmerz, Micro beads, twine, desk clip, buttons, making memories brads

Well, I hope you feel inspired to give all the coordinating products a try! The *key* is to have FUN, get creative, and enjoy what you are doing!

I know I am enjoying the chance to finally share things I have been working on that I had to keep quiet!

Well it’s back to the daily grind! The kids go back to school and life goes back to a schedule!

Enjoy your Monday

I hope you come back tomorrow for more ideas!!

I’m sorry this post is SOOOO late! Splitcoaststampers Blogs are technically “down” leaving me unable to load any photos :C Its actually been 3 days, and I have yet to hear when the issue will be resolved! Anything I had posted that included photos, was from before the site went “down”.

Thankfully my web girl (and savior!) Sara found a way to help me load my projects! I stayed up till 5:15 am (almost 24 hours!) just to get this done for the opening. Better late than never!

I’m over the moon to announce the Grand Opening of My Time Made Easy™ LLC !


Now you can purchase an entire collection of coordinating products! Customizing your own creative gifts, cards and tags couldn’t be more easy and affordable! Plus MOST of what we have is an INSTANT download, so if you order any stamps, you can start on your projects while you wait 😀

For detailed information about all our products please read —> here

Also each product contains a description when you click to view it.

We have released :

2 Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp sets: All A Flutter © image set and All A Flutter Sentiments ©

2 Pretty Packaging © templates : All A Flutter© and Shutt-erfly ©

2 Pretty Printables © digital paper collections : Fluttering By© and Shutt-erfly ©

and we have a NEW! Addition to the digi paper line: our EXCLUSIVE Color Me Pretty © Collection.

NEW! Pretty Pieces © Cut File : Flutters and Flowers ©

*Now this is the first we have mentioned the NEW! Pretty Pieces ©*

We are happy to be able to also offer something to further extend our coordinated line of products called  Pretty Pieces ©

This product line is NOT available in PDF format.

These are additional shaped CUT files, formatted to be used in your cutting machine. These shapes will often be a cut image that is designed to layer our stamped images, so you won’t have to manually “cut out” your images! Just have your machine do it, then STAMP! This will be a great resource, as you will save $$ and space on purchasing ONE size punches or dies!! Not only can these Pretty Pieces © be used for stamps, but we will offer a variety of images for you to add to your library that you can also RESIZE! This gives you a multitude of options!

These will be offered whenever possible, to add to the coordination of our Pretty Packaging ©, Pretty Impressions © acrylic stamp images ©, and of course the Pretty Printables © digital paper.

All our Pretty Packaging © templates come in the following formats: PDF, .SVG, .WPC, .GSD, and .DXF.

Please —> read here <— for more information.

Now how about some samples?

All A Flutter ©

This is a STUNNING 3 dimensional butterfly shaped gift box, designed using an enlarged version of our All A Flutter © Pretty Impressions ©stamp set. You have so many design possibilities. Now you can create gift packaging and card/tags to match perfectly. This box is a super fun size, and if you own a personal cutter, can be resized to suit your gift giving needs. OR just use the butterfly shape pattern, and resize to make a plethora of layered butterfly accents for any project you can dream up!

Obviously I have a slight obsession with butterflies. They have so much significance to me. They signify time, change, life, new beginnings and endings. They are so carefree, and amazing to watch as they flutter along.

When I started to design my own stamp images, naturally butterflies were my first set. I always wanted a butterfly set that I could build upon, and have various wing options.

I loved the stamp design SO MUCH that I designed the All A Flutter © template to match!  All my butterfly dreams and obsessions were really able to be brought to life through this release!

Another obvious point, I LOVE lavender. It is my favorite color.  I think you can see that through my website, and packaging!

So here is my first gift set I created using my Pretty Packaging © All A Flutter, and Pretty Impressions © All A Flutter and All A Flutter Sentiments

I stamped my butterflies on the lavender cardstock, in black ink, then colored them with my Copic markers. I also did some multi-layering

I created my base to match my stamped image by cutting it in a black cardstock, and used the purple wing prints. The antennae were created using a simple BINDER CLIP!! Loved that idea. Just sandwich it behind the body/head cut out.

I added a sentiment to the front, on a nestabilities label. I applied the Prima flowers for that something extra!

I used a metal purse handle for the side. They are attached with some large brads. I feel like it looks so elegant. A touch of May Arts ribbon and it was PERFECT!

I don’t think I can ever part with this box!!

Then it was time to create my card to match.


Using the same elements, and adding some of the patterned paper, this card compliments the All A Flutter template perfectly!!

Here is a closer view.

Using the textured paper provides a really nice look too! I stamped my sentiment, then pierced a flutter trail.

 Its definitely a very feminine gift set! Who wouldn’t love something like this?

Inside I put some bath and body works lotion, shower gel, and body spray-in Lavender scent!


Template- Pretty Packaging ©: All A Flutter ©

Stamps-Pretty Impressions © : All A Flutter, All A Flutter Sentiments

Paper- Pretty Printables ©: Throw Me A Line © (purple/ gray)

Cardstock- One Sheet Wonder, Raven, Carousel

Ink- Momento Black, various Copic Markers

Ribbon: May Arts, Glitter ribbon from Michael’s

OTHER: Prima Flowers, Labels nestability, Purse Handle, Silver Brads

Shutt-erfly ©

This is a very unique box due to the way it folds “shut”. The top flaps fold in together to create a “butterfly” like (or flower) shape,  hence the name combination- “Shutt-erfly” © There is also a layering “Shutt-erfly” © template so you can easily layer and create a butterfly or flower like accent for the top! This is yet another perfect Pretty Packaging © template to use with our Pretty Printable © All A Flutter digital paper as well as our Pretty Impressions © acrylic images – All A Flutter © image/ and or All A Flutter Sentiments ©

This is a REALLY nice sized box, and the top folds in a unique fashion, with the end result forming a butterfly or flower-like shape!

I folded the template closed, as directed in instructions. Tied it closed with a lace and purple shimmer ribbon.

I wanted to adhere a special tag, to really dress it up, so I decided to use some acrylic tags from Michael’s. I stamped the circle sentiment  from All A Flutter Sentiments ©, in white Staz On. I decided to make what appears to be like a dried flower, pressed in glass. To do this I sandwiched a Prima flower in between the 2 tags, and added a silver foil.

Now for this project I pulled the Shutt-erfly © template into my SCAL program. Once it was in place I used the Pretty Pieces © Flutters and Flowers Cut File © to create a butterfly shaped window in my box front/back! Once the template was cut, I stamped the Criss Cross pattern from the wing prints of All A Flutter © on a piece of acetate in White Staz On. I then used my Pearlescent Pastels to make them a shimmery purple. I layered the acetate window to the inside of the box, then assembled.

I took a darker shade of lavender to then cut the open wing cut file, and layered it into the center of my butterfly window on the front/back.

I decided to make the “garden” on the bottom of both the front/back of the template using Prima flowers with adhesive pearls and some Flower Soft to complete the butterfly “garden” feel.

You can’t really tellbut th dark purple and colors in the Flower SOft is a really nice match. It really completed this project!

This is one of those projects that is FAR more attractive in person. Lots of wonderful details.


Template- Pretty Packaging ©: Shutt-erfly

Pretty Pieces ©: Flutters and Flowers

Stamps- Pretty Impressions ©: All A Flutter Sentiments

Ink: White Staz On

Cardstock-Carousel, Fortune Teller

Ribbon: Lace and leaf ribbon by May Arts, Shimmery purple

Other: Pearlescent Pastels,Prima Flowers, Flower Soft, adhesive pearls, Tim Holtz Acrylic Tags, Silver tape

Now this was a FUN project!

By now its is more than obvious that I LOVE butterfly any/everything!

I used the Pretty Pieces © Flutters and Flowers Cut Files to cut 2 butterflies, in Ganache cardstock and create a card base!

You could also do this using the front/back portion of the All A Flutter template 😀

I resized the solid butterfly template, and layered the 2 cut butterfly patterns together, scored a 1/2 inch from the top, and added some adhesive tape along the inside of the score lines.

Adhered the 2 pieces together and you have a FLAWLESS butterfly shaped card!

I stamped one of the sentiments from All A Flutter Sentiments, along the left side of the card in white. I love the simple addition of the outlined butterfly (also resizable!) on this creation.

I added my cut Darling Daisies, which were created from the Pretty Printables © digi paper! I used the text pattern in Red Clay onto a berry cardstock for a pretty printed flower, in which I then layered on my multi-plaid cut flower! They look so pretty together.

The paper collections are REALLY amazing! We used some very unique color combinations to freshen things up! Printing your own patterns and creating so many Darling Daisy combinations ALONE is worth it! You’d spend far more on ONE bottle of paper flowers, that get used up and come in select sizes! Now you can create your OWN patterned flowers in any size and pattern YOU want!

Plus having RESIZABLE butterfly shapes! That is CRAZY AMAZING! That file is ONLY $2.50!! What can you buy for that?

This card is definitely one you can whip out. I’m totally thinking TEEN girl, but could easily be new baby, new beginning, wedding…..get well……love it!


Pretty Pieces ©: Flutters and Flowers

Stamps- Pretty Impressions ©: All A Flutter Sentiments

Cardstock: Ganache, Rusty Hinge, Melon Berry

Pattern Paper-Pretty Printables ©: Flutter-by & Shutt-erfly collection

Ink: White Craft

Other: Twine by Martha Stewart, Buttons by Foo Fa La

Next up a card using similar elements!

This time I used the  butterfly cut file for the center of the flowers. SO PRETTY!

I also cut the daisy and the leaves, and painted them with Shimmerz!  That really added a subtle bling. You have to add it wherever you can!

I stamped my sentiment from All A Flutter, and hand cut a flag like tag. I think it came out so cute.

I’m LOVING the text bkgd found in the Fluttering-By © paper collection, as is this weave like plaid.

The ribbon was a lace from May Arts that I dyed in a rust ink. When dry, I colored some “flower-like” portions with my Copic markers to make sure it was a customized match.


Pretty Pieces ©: Flutters and Flowers

Paper-Pretty Printables ©: Shutt-erfly & Flutter-By

Stamps- Pretty Impressions ©: All A  Flutter

Ribbon: May Arts Lace (dyed and colored with Copic markers)

Shimmerz in Pumpkin , Flower Stamens for antenna (idea from Kristin)

Each day for the next week you will get to see ideas from myself, and the Design Team for creating your own coordinating gifts, tags and cards, using supplies from our first release.

So please be sure to check out the Design Team blogs,as they each have 2 complete gift ensembles to share:

Catherine Doucette

Katie Cotton

Kristin Bueter

Mona Pendleton

Tracey Cuccia

Pam Imholz

They each did an outstanding job!

I hope you get inspired by all the projects shared today! I cannot wait to see what you all do with the products, once they are in YOUR hands! This is a true dream come true for me, as I have never enjoyed working so hard in my life. Just knowing I can share what I love to do with the world, in this manner is amazing.

Being on my own is such a freeing feeling. I admit terrifying, but also amazing at the same time. This is a  journey I never thought I’d have the courage to take. I have had SO many supportive people there to help me along this journey that I need to thank, and I will do that at the end of the week 😀

I want to thank each of you as well! You all encourage me to push myself further than I ever thought possible, and enable me to share what I love!

Thank you all for a successful beginning.

I hope you come back tomorrow for more ideas and inspiration!

My Etsy

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