Hi everyone! Grab your coffee because I have a TON to share today, and all of it worthy of a good read!

Thank you to all of your for the kinds words and emails about my sharing of my mother’s story. As I said it was so difficult to do, but it has proven to be a positive thing to have shared with others. Quite honestly it was a little rough for my mother, and emotionally set her back a bit, reliving some of what has gone on. Many of you have been able to relate, have been there, or know someone else who has been there or is there. So thank you for allowing me to open up and hopefully help someone else.

Catherine Doucette and I are working on a special stamp set for victims of abuse! I’ll keep you posted! We want some proceeds to go towards the special cause 😀 Details will follow.

Now I need to get back to business!

Time for the May Release at My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

I’ve been crazy busy trying to balance my family and work (as you can imagine-and NOTHING went well this month! LOL! Go figure). I think I did a good job somehow pulling it all together, so I hope you all enjoy what I have in store the next 2 weeks!! I was going to get it done if it killed me 😀

Today is day #1 of our release peeks! Our actual release is May 1st.

I am sad to say that Mona Pendleton will be leaving our team after this month. Be sure to wish her well in her endeavors. I wish her the best! She has a full plate, and is focusing her talents elsewhere. While we were miss her, and her very talented hubby Scott (who has helped me on many occasions), I am very happy to say that Silke Ledlow will be joining our amazingly talented line up of fabulous designers! Be sure you check her out! She will begin next month!

Now time for some of our FIRST peeks of what is to come!

As you know the end of the school year is approaching, and it is just about that time to start thinking TEACHER gifts! I hope this release inspires you to get REALLY creative in your end of the year gifts this time! (and even if you don’t have children, you just might still fall in love-and we have some other REALLY cool stuff, so don’t miss it!)

All of us will be sharing samples using the Pretty Packaging © template Boxed Lunch! as well as our coordinating Pretty Impressions © stamp sets: Lunch Box Love Notes © and Additions set

First up with some YUM-azing card creations is Geny Cassady, and Dawn Easton!!! They are both going to WOW! you, I swear it.

Now making her first debut project for the MTME team is Lesa Rapp!


Lesa saw this adorable lunch box and pictured it without the handles as a vintage box to keep notecards in.  Pink just speaks softness and beauty.  She hand crocheted the matching flowers to go on this one.  It would be a perfect gift for someone special.  A couple pieces of chocolate added in would be the perfect addition.

Check her OUT!

Also be sure to check out Katie!! She has another FAB project using the Boxed Lunch © template 😀

Now for my project!

Let your imagination soar


How is this for a coordinating gift set?

It was all so quick and easy. Let me tell you about all the details for this part of the release!

About  Boxed Lunch –


 Completed Project Size 5 3/4  Inches Wide4 3/4 Inches Tall

1 1/2 Inches Deep

This template was designed to coordinate with the Lunch Box Love Notes © and Lunch Box Love Notes Additions © Pretty Impressions © stamps (available in both acrylic and digital download). This template also coordinates with a Lunch Box Love Note © Pretty Pieces Cut Files © too! (more on that further down)


This template will really take you back in time, and is sure to put a smile on someones face!

Do you remember those adorable metal lunch boxes we all carried as children? They are absolutely timeless! Well now we have a 3 D version that we can make for all our children, significant other, teachers, boss, co-workers, friends or family!


Now look at the handle details!



So no need to find, or purchase ANY expensive metal embellishments! This template has every piece you need to create this Oldie but Goodie Lunch Box in ONE great template! EASY PEASY (as are all our templates :D) Each one COMPLETE with step by step photo instructions.


This is the perfect template to give all sorts of gift in. You can put some notes in there, maybe some school essentials for student or teacher, homemade baked goods (especially for school fundraisers), put in gift cards, candy, stationary, and is even perfect for the office! Gift it to your boss or co-workers (any time of year!) Also perfect for a new grad, off to college, end of year teacher gifts, teacher appreciation, first or last day of school…..make it into some luggage instead! That adds even MORE possibilities.


Whatever you box up in this lunch box, it is a guaranteed you will also be boxing up the feeling of them being special!

Today my Boxed Lunch contains a note pad, stamped using the note paper and sentiment from Lunch Box Love Notes ©


Now cute is the notepad? This in itself is a simple, yet practical gift! You can easily stamp each page while watching TV! No brain power needed.

I also included some JUMBO Smarties candy, a jumbo Sour Lollipop (all candy faves from when I was a lil’ girl), a mini stapler, and staple puller, travel keychain notepad, and a fun fold out ruler.


This is for my daughter Alexa who loves sweet tarts and loves to write and draw!

There are MANY things this can be filled with, as you will see with all our samples over the next week or so!!

 Now for my project details today…….I printed my base from the Pretty Printables © Digital Paper- Just Perfect For my cover I used the Lunch Box Covers © for a quick & easy coordinating design! 


This is a collection of 8 printable lunch box patterns that are ready to PRINT N’ GO! They are based on the SAME images you find in our amazing Lunch Box Love Notes © and Additions set! Now making a complete coordinating gift set couldn’t be easier! Everything can match.

I used the rainbow printable image to create my decorative panel on my lunch box. Adding the rainbow was my 5 yo daughter Amber’s idea 😀 So I HAD to do it so I could make HER love notes to tuck in her school bag 😀 (I need to make her one too!)

But think how fun it could be if you just let your kids decorate thier OWN!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was able to utilize my photo editing software to digitally COLOR it in for me too!

I replicated it 3 X’s.

1- for my lunch box panel


2- for the 3D rainbow/cloud


3-for the cloud only.

Adding glitter was not only easy but the perfect, simple touch!

I used the sentiment from the Lunch Box Love Notes© Additions stamp set to stamp my image exactly where I wanted it on the panel.

Perfectly easy peasy!

Now another FUN addition to the collection is a Pretty Pieces © Cut File called Lunch Box Love Note! 


This is a cut file for $1.50

Available in PDF, SVG, WPC, DXF, GSD. About Lunch Box Love Note Completed Size when folded is 4 Inches W 3 Inches H  This is the perfect folded note card, with easy tuck in tab! No envelope needed! 

Perfect for creating some quick “love notes”.

 notecard-openedtab.JPG Here the sentiment is stamped ON the tuck in tab, but you can add it to the sentiments to the inside too! 

This was designed to work perfectly with the Lunch Box Love Notes © & Additions © Pretty Impressions © Stamp Set (available in acrylic & digital), and work perfectly with the Boxed Lunch © Pretty Packaging © Template!

But it is totally amazing on its own too! 

Now creating simple note cards (or gift card holders!) has never been more fun and easy.

Now yet another AMAZING additon to our Pretty Pieces © Cut File is the additon of a set of 4 shaped files called All Tied Up ©.  

Available in SVG, GSD, DXF, and WPC

(in my project the lunch box is stamped on the square version)

These were designed by Kristin Bueter. She did a FAB job on them 😀  

We have a complete unique collection of 4 shapes: Circle, Oval, Square and Rectangle. All a must have.

 This is the perfect collection of 6 shaped frames/tags/ribbon sliders!  Each shape having a single and dual ribbon slider feature, in plain as well as scalloped.

You will also receive the frame, and mat layer for these as well! All in one perfect package! 

Designed to be the perfect “cut n’ go” tag shapes, you will want to use these over and over again. Perfect for cards, scrapbook pages, gifts and of course our Pretty Packaging © Templates! You can never have too many options. 

These fit many of our Pretty Impressions © stamp sets, so check them out! 

Circle: 1 3/4 inches round Mat Layer: 1 1/2 inches 

Oval: 2 1/2 inches tall X 1 3/4 wide Mat Layer: 2 1/4 inches tall X 1 1/2 inches wide

 Square: 1 3/4 inches Mat Layer: 1 1/2 inches 

Rectangle: 2 1/2 inches long, by 1 1/4 inches high


Now you MUST be dying to hear MORE about the stamps right? I’m dying to share it all with you.

I put a lot of thought into this set :D, and had my own children in mind. There was a HUGE lack of anything like this on the market, in my opinion.

Lunch Box Love Notes © Package Set of 25 images $20 

Also available in digital download: Set of 37 images for $18 (combination of the Lunch Box Love Notes © & Additions)

 Be sure you check out the Lunch Box Love Notes Additions © that coordinate with this set!

There are more add on’s and sentiments to match!

This stamp set has a template that coordinates with it called: Boxed Lunch © 

Do you remember those adorable metal lunch boxes we all carried as children? They are absolutely timeless! Well now I have designed a set with those amazing lunch boxes, with interchangeable patterns and interchangeable sentiments to match! There are even little food additions that fit this theme. You will certainly fall in love with all the punny sentiments. 

 This set is perfect for sending little notes in their “lunch box”, or for making fun cards, gifts and tags for friends, family, teachers, co-workers, and anyone in between! You now have so many possibilities for sending little love notes to those we care about.

 As a child, my mom would always stick a little note in my lunch box, wishing me a good day. In turn I have done the same for my own children and husband. I’ve always longed for such a set that make sending these types of notes or gifts more fun and easier than ever. This set will be one that you pull out over and over again. 

Sentiments include: 

I’m so proud of you! 

A special treat for you to eat 

Packed with Love  

Sending you hugs and kisses 


 just PEAR-FECT ! 

I love you bunches!        

Hope your day is (to be used in coordination with some of the sentiments) 

Just a note to say….. (to be alone or used in coordination with some of the sentiments:)

 you are so special! 

do your best!

 a piece of cake ! 

as sweet as you are !  

Lunch Box Love Notes Additions © Set of 12 images $12 

This set is the perfect add on set to Lunch Box Love Notes © with interchangeable lunchbox patterns and sentiments to match! 

Sentiments include: 

Let’s Do Lunch

 You made the Grade

 My Lil’ Cupcake

 Star Student 

Apple of my eye 

Reach for the stars 

Let your imagination soar 

For a Special Teacher


WHEW! What do you think?

Here is another photo of one of the completed gift sets.


Now here is where the GIVEAWAY comes in!

Leave a comment and you will be entered to win the following:

Boxed Lunch Template

Lunch Box Love Notes © & Additons (stamp or digital images-your choice)

Lunch Box Love Note Cut File (in your choice of file)

Lunch Box Cover © Digital Paper

Winner to be announced on the 30th!

You can share whatever you wish. You can say what you do for end of year gift ideas, kid projects, what your favorite things to gift are….anything!


Pretty Packaging © template – Boxed Lunch

Pretty Impressions © Stamps- Lunch Box Love Notes © & Additions

Pretty Printables © Digital Paper- Lunch Box Cover, Just Perfect

Cardstock by Couture Cardstock: OSW White, Bow Bells, Brandenburg

Ink: Momento

Pretty Pieces © Cut File- Lunch Box Love Note!, All Tied Up: Square

Buttons by SEI

Ribbon by May Arts

Copic Markers

Note Pad

Thanks for hanging in there!

I’ll be back tomorrow with MORE peeks and exciting stuff to share!