Archive for January 8th, 2010

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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