Archive for August 27th, 2010

Oh my gosh! I’m so excited that I don’t even know WHERE to begin! If I were talking I would be in FAST FORWARD mode.

Let me start by saying, you WILL want to read every word ūüėÄ I have much to share and you most likely won’t want to miss all the goodness. I can tell you it took like 3+ hours just to type it all up!

September 1st is the My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLC Release!

You will want to grab a cup of something, get comfy in front of your screen-preferably a quiet area, relax, and read!

This month is going to be the start of an amazing next couple of month’s, all designed to enhance all your holiday gift giving! The best part is these gift items can be made, or given ANY time of year, for ALL ages. Male, female, the young and old.

I *will* be offering some holiday themed goodness begining with our Oct 1st release. These will be some amazing themed stamp sets that coordinate with our packaging templates for the ultimate gift giving experience.

Let me get started sharing all the AMAZING news and NEW! Products for September!

 We are starting early because this month we have SO MUCH to share! Now many of you took guesses at WHAT this release was ALL about, and MANY of you were spot on!

Let start with the NEW! Announcements!

I’m excited to announce that with the release on the 1st, we will FINALLY have our GALLERY open! That means you will EASILY be able to view any/all projects made by myself and the design team, in one place, right¬†at your fingertips! To say I’m over the moon is an understatement.

As we reveal our projects for the release, we will each upload our photos to the NEW! Gallery. Because we fill out all our MTME supplies in our keywords, you can easily navigate the site and find any/all samples made with a particular product from our store!

As you may know this is a very exciting and much anticipated addition to the store! Lot’s of time, effort and research went into this addition. While it took some time to pull together, we needed it to be done¬†RIGHT!¬† A HUGE thank you to my web girl Sara for getting all this together. She is like my other right hand ūüėÄ

This month’s release will go LIVE on the 1st-with projects being added to the gallery¬†daily during our project release peek week (say that 5 times fast). ALL of the projects myself, and the current design team have created over the last 10 months will get loaded fully by Oct. 1st. We’ve made a ton of projects, and I’d like to give my team some time to get their gallery loaded, so keep checking back ūüėÄ

Now for all of you customers wanting to upload, we aren’t ready for that just yet. We want to ensure we have all our bases covered with the design team loading,¬†before opening the gallery up to everyone who wants to load their latest and greatest MTME projects!!

So stay tuned for the announcement¬†when the¬†customer portion of the gallery¬†is ready. It won’t be too long from now.

We will soon also have a blog, and forum, so stay tuned! Another thing long in the making, but I want to ensure we do things RIGHT.

MORE changes!

Geny Cassidy¬†is no longer with MTME, and sadly this will be¬†Dawn Easton‘s last month with us.¬†While¬†we are sad to see them go we are excited to bring on two new very talented ladies:

Tammy Hershberger  and Lisa Kind !!! Make sure you send them a warm welcome! I ahve worked with both these talented women on other teams and have long enjoyed and admired thier talent.

Next announcement: WE WANT YOU!

I am having a contest, in search of a GUEST Designer!

I will host a design team call every quarter! This means that every 3 months I will host a search, then pick  3 participants to be a guest for one month! After the 3 are chosen and complete thier turn, I will put my search out again!

You will be required to make a total of 6 cards for¬†your release month! Template projects¬†will be optional ūüėÄ

I am currently running this contest in search for guests for Oct, Nov, and Dec!

To enter our contest:

You must create a¬†card¬†using¬†the Digital Paper and¬†Images from My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLC. We offer several FREEBIES!! So no excuses ūüėÄ

Become a friend of MTME on Facebook–> HERE!¬†

Then submit a link¬†to your creation¬†on our¬†FACEBOOK page < —-CLICK ME! under Guest Designer Contest Entry!!

I will choose 3 designers on the 10th of September! Winner will be announced here on my blog, and on Facebook! Details will follow to the winning contestants.

*If you aren’t picked don’t worry! You can try again in 3 months!*

I am excited to see what you enter.

Any & all questions can please be sent to [email protected]


Now time for the projects to begin! FINALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Be sure you stop by and visit Katie Cotton, and Lesa Rapp!!

They are using our¬†NEW!¬†Pretty Packaging Template, with our NEW!¬† Coordinating Pretty Impressions Stamp sets, and you won’t want to miss anything. (also note the gallery will feature all our projects on the 1st as well! YIPPEE!)

You will also want to see what Dawn and Tammy have to share using the NEW! Pretty Impressions Stamp sets for CARDS today!

ALL our stamp images are not only perfect for gift giving, but also  versatile because they can be used to create *any* card, tag or scrapbook project.

We are releasing ONE Mega Pretty Packaging Template-that includes 7 templates for just $10.

This template has 4 coordinating stamp sets with MANY more to follow in the next couple of months!! You will have limitless possibilities for unique gift giving in no time ūüėÄ Especially for the holidays (wink)

Shop Around: Mega Template $10

shoptempdone2.JPGAvailable in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

Purchase includes a Shoppe/House template with printable roof pattern, and six 3 dimensional accessories: Awning, Chimney, Pop Up Window, Stairs, Window, and Window Box! Each piece comes complete with step by step photo instructions!

Shop Around Accessories:


The Shop Accessories were designed to further enhance the design possibilities of the Shop Around Template!! They were designed to perfectly work together!


3 1/4 Inches Wide

1 1/4 Inches Deep


2 Inches Tall

3/4 Inches Wide

1 Inch Deep

Pop Up Window:

1 1/4 Inch Wide

1 1/2 Inch Tall


2 Inches Wide

1 1/4 Inches Tall

1 Inch Deep


2 Inches Tall

1 1/2 Inches Wide

Window Box:

1 3/4 Inches Wide

3/4 Inches Deep

1/2  Inch tall

Wait until you see all these elements used ūüėÄ

Completed project sample: Welcome Home


I have had SO many requests for this particular stamp/template/paper combination that I could hardly wait to share it all with you. I’ve had this design done for some time now,¬†but wanted to really MAXIMIZE the possibilities.¬†There is SO much to share that you will have to return each day for a mega dose of inspiration.

Shop Around

Completed Project Size

7 1/2 Inches Tall

4 Inches Wide

3 1/2 Inches Deep

Can you imagine all the possibilities this one Shop Around & Accessories Mega Template can hold?

This is sure to dress up any gift giving occasion. It is a gift within itself!


If you’ve been “shopping around” for the perfect gift box, for ANY time of year, then this is the box for you! Imagine all the little houses and shops you can create for yourself, or to dress up any gift, that can later be displayed in the receivers home, or re-gifted with style!

As stated above, over the next few months we are releasing stamp set additions that make this Shop Around & Accessories template AMAZING!

Here is the angled roof view.


The printable roof pattern is just the perfect addition to this template, but the possibilities DON’T stop there.

As you will soon see the Home Improvement stamp set kicks the possibilities up a few notches! (Details on this set below)

Whether you are going to be creating a “themed” shop, or a house, the stamps combined with the¬†size and style of this template is going to blow you away.

My box is a Welcome gift!


This is the door image, which was cut out using the coordinating Home Improvement Pretty Pieces Cut File.

You can also see the stairs, which have a wood-grain pattern stamped on them!! The wood grain stamp image fits perfectly on each step. They are just so cute and FULL of possibilities.


The mailbox is a super fun addition that can be great for this template, or hold its own on *any* card or tag! I cut the front of mine, and put it on a dimensional. I love the effect of anything being popped up, as much as possible!

Now for the side view!


As you can see I stamped 2 of the window images from the  Home Improvement  stamp set, to fit on the side of the house.

I stamped the grass image to go around the entire base of my house. It is easiest if you stamp the bottom prior to fully assembling your template.


I used the Home Improvement Pretty Pieces Cut File for my windows, which are stamped in a brown ink. I then re-stamped, and trimmed out my flower box part of the window, to create a 3 D effect. I used some pretty Flower Soft for my flower boxes! EASY PEASY.


As we make our way to the back of the house you can see the picture window that makes this template the perfect shop window, or large picture window! There ARE images that fill the shop window too (details below!).


On this project I stamped my window, colored my trim to match my house, and stamped by designer curtains in red. Both the designer curtain and solid curtain can layer on each-other for so many great color/pattern combinations!  Use the curtains on either side of the windows, OR use it along the TOP for the look of a valance! Gotta love versatility.


I used the window box image for the front of my window. Now this stamp image also fits our 3¬†dimensional window box¬†in the Shop Around Accessories template!¬†¬†“In” my window box I stamped my grass, and the flowers, cutting them out to be 3 dimensional. There is some fun flock on them too, for some added texture!


As we round to the other side of the house, I stamped my gate. Another great image for a quick, cute card sample.

You can also see the randomly stamped brick pattern on the chimney. Its a great whimsical touch! This¬† Home Improvement¬†set has several design building possibilities, like the brick, wood grain, and stone….to name a¬†few!


¬†I love the “attic” style windows on either side of the house. My grandmother had these in her house.

One of the *best* additions to the set is our Construction Materials Pretty Printables Paper! I did not have it while creating this first Shop Around & Accessories version, but you will get to see WHY it is a must have when you see what myself and the design team has done using these papers to EASILY make an even MORE realistic house/shop!


This is a 3 dimensional house/shop like box, perfect for year round gift giving! So many things you can put in there. Even if left empty is is a great decoration for all year long.


Not only is the gift box fun, but even more importantly it is FUNCTIONAL! With it being an amazing size you can put a wide variety of gifts in here, or use it in your home to HIDE items you may not want seen on a daily basis, like your remote control! LOL!

But best of all it can hold some amazing treats……


Hide any gift in here and it is certain to steal the show!

Here I have some pre-packaged chocolate covered Pretzel Sticks! Due to the roof angle I was able to easily fit them in here. Imagine bringing this to a Cookie Swap?! You’d be the talk of the party-and I don’t mean your cookie recipe.

You can use ANY of the Shop Around Accessories ¬© (which are ALL included with ONE purchase!) ¬†to further enhance your “shop building” possibilities, as you’ve seen a few ideas today. There are MANY more possibilities to be shared. We have many SHOP building options that will just have your creative brain spinning with gift giving ideas, wait until you see.

Supplies from My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLCPretty Packaging¬†Templates:¬†Shop Around & AccessoriesPretty Impressions Stamp Set:¬†Home Improvement and Sign It¬†Pretty Impressions stamp set

Pretty Printable Digital Paper: Construction Materials Pretty Printables Paper

Pretty Pieces Cut File: Home Improvement Pretty Pieces Cut File

Other Supplies:

Cardstock by Couture Cardstock

Ink by Momento & Copic Markers

Ribbon: May Arts

Other: Flower Soft, Fun Flock, SU! Brad & Label punch

Now how about some info on the stamp sets that help make this set a WOW!

4 Coordinating Pretty Impressions Stamp sets(also available in digital!)

Home Improvement : Set of 21 Images $20*Also Available in Digital Download*

This set was designed to not only enhance your Shop Around template, but also help make your little Shop Around box look like a home!

This set has a door, windows, curtains, window box,  flowers, grass, mailbox, fence/gate, as well as bushes/clouds, brick, stone, scallop trim, clapboard/wood grain images for endless template enhancement and background building possibilities. Now you can quickly and easily enhance your projects with this stamp set and template file combination.

 This set was designed to not only enhance your Shop Around template,  but also help make your little Shop Around box look more like a home, with little time and need for effort!

Some Stamp Sizes:

Door: 1 1/4 inches wide, 2 inches tall

Large window: 2 1/2 inches squared

Curtains: About 2 1/2 inches tall

Window Box: About 2 3/4 inches long, almost 3/4 inches tall

Completed window: About 1 inch wide, almost 1 1/2 inches tall

Mailbox: 1 1/2 inches tall

Gate/Fence: 1 inch wide, 1 1/8 inch tall

There are endless design possibilities for this one, even for cards, tags, and even scrapbook pages! Don’t miss the Pretty Pieces Cut File : Homemade Card & Envelope, also sized perfectly for use with this set!

Images from On Display 1 were designed to fit perfectly IN the window, to allow you various “store front” possibilities as well, but you can put any images you feel you want inside as well!

Shoppe Window: Set of Large 4 Images $10- *Also Available in Digital Download*

This was designed to become the PERFECT window for your Shop Around Template. Images from On Display 1 were designed to fit perfectly IN the window!  There is even the option for adding window panes to your Shop window.

It looks just like the old fashioned store windows! There is even the option for adding window panes to your Shoppe Window. You also have a lantern, and Boutique sign for an additional add on.

Window size is 3 3/4 inches tall, 2 1/2 inches wide

 On Display 1: Set of 27 images $20 *Also Available in Digital Download*

This is a wonderful stamp set on its own, but this set was also designed to coordinate with the Shop Around set, Shoppe Window, Sign It as well as the Home Improvement set, to allow you to create various themed shop windows. .

Images vary in size but most are 1 1/2 inches tall. Large enough to be the focus of your project!

Sentiments Include:

Simply Sweet   

Hope your day is as sweet as you are!

Piece of cake!  

I hope you have the time of your life      

You can soar as high as you can dream

Flyin’ by

For someone sweet

Have a ball!    

You are Paws-itively  the best!           

You ‚Äú perk me up‚ÄĚ when I am down

You’re Tea-riffic!

With a latte thanks!

Let’s Chat!


I’m Just Sayin’

Sign It: Set of 30 Images $20 *Also Available in Digital Download*

This set was designed to allow you to highlight your gift giving occasion, or give a hint at what may be presented inside! The “sign” was created so your “Shop” template can easily have a theme! The images and sentiments coordinate to fit within the sign. This set is also meant to coordinate with the images in the On Display 1 set.¬†¬†¬†

These images make great backgrounds or tag accents for any project. I think you will find the sentiments to be perfect for SO MANY gift ideas too!

You can create your own themed stores for example: candy store, ice cream parlor, flower shop, pet shop, coffee or tea house, new home, welcome baby and the possibilities don’t even end there!

Sign is about 2 1/2 inches wide, 1 1/2 inches tall

House image is about 3 1/4 inches tall, 1 3/4 inches wide

Sentiments include:

Just a Lil’ Something

Imagine, Dream, Believe

Sweet Treats

Just Brewed


Timeless Treasures

Just Paw-fect

Fresh Baked

Time For Tea

Coffee House

For your travels


Home Improvement


Hand Picked

Party Time!

2 Coordinating Pretty Pieces Cut Files:

Pretty Pieces Cut File: Home Improvements Coordinating Cuts $2.50Available in SVG, GSD, DXF, WPCThis cut file was designed to coordinate with the Home Improvement ¬© , Shoppe Window, and Sign It ¬© Pretty Impressions Stamp Sets.No more cutting out those stamped images ūüėÄ

Now you can quickly and easily enhance your projects with this cut file. This file was designed to allow you to cut out the image elements in the Home Improvement, Sign It, and Shoppe Windows set.

This is the perfect companion for the Shop Around Template as well as the Homemade Card & Envelope Pretty Pieces Cut File. Also be sure to check out the Welcome Home template.Homemade Card & Envelope: Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

Fashioned after the Shop Around Template, this coordinating cut file is a super sweet and rather large Shop/House shaped card & envelope file, that was created so you can further utilize the images from Home Improvement, Shoppe Window, On Display 1, and Sign it stamp sets. MORE<—-Details to follow soon!!

and a plethora of Pretty Printables Digital Paper! Including a to DIE FOR Color Me Collection!

WHEW! Are you exhausted yet? I hope not because we have MUCH more to share, as you can imagine from the other stamp set descriptions we have for you.I am just bursting at the “beams” (wink) to hear your thoughts on what you’ve seen and read so far! So lets hear it! Are you excited yet?

This release is sure to ROCK THE HOUSE!! Tune in tomorrow to see what I have IN STORE for you ūüėÄ

WHO has a guess? GIVEAWAY!

Aug 27, 2010 Author: mytime | Filed under: Contests, My Time Made Easy

Before I even begin to explain WHERE I’ve been since last posting on the 7th (OH MY WORD! Has it really been that long?), and WHAT I’ve been up to, WHO wants a PEEK at what is being revealed tomorrow?

Here is a TINY view


Can you take a guess at what this months stamp/paper/template combo will be?

ALSO, we have a BIG announcement to make to, just in time for the release! So who wants to guess what that *may* be?

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Comment on this post, to be entered to WIN the first MEGA Pretty Pacakging Template, with 4 Co-ordinating Stamp sets, and a Color Me Pretty Prinatables paper package !!!!!

Winner will be drawn TOMORROW! (Saturday 28th)

I promise this week of project will have been worth the wait since my last posting!

OK where have I been? What have I been up to?

More like what HAVEN’T I been doing?

Summer vacation = very limited crafting time for mom.

It was Amber’s 6th Birthday on the 13th! <—no party yet! We wait until Sept for that.

TONS of play dates, and time with my 18 month old niece.

We’ve all paid for the Dentist’s vacation home with all our appointments this summer!

Alexa is STILL in remission! As we had her checkup last week.

Back to school shopping.

August 23rd was our Wedding anniversary

Kristin and her daughter Tia came to stay for the last few days!! We had a BLAST! I miss them both already (they left this morning :C)

We FINALLY put our house up on the market! Granted it is the WORST time to do it, but once my hubby said OK I got right on it! I have my heart set on this house in particular, but obviously we have to wait for our home to sell. That is tough, but I believe in fate. I know God has a plan, and I just need to wait and be patient. If you know me, patience is NOT a quality I possess. I want everything yesterday, and I am willing to work my hiney off to make anything I set my mind to possible! I don’t shy away from hard work, and I’m totally dedicated to doing whatever I need to do, to get where I want to be. So having to depend on others to get to where I want to be is tough! With my business expanding and kids growing we need a little more room. We bought our home 8 years ago, and even added to it! It was originally only 2 bedrooms. We added an addition (then the market was sky high!) and have tried to¬†make it work, but its not.¬†Anyway….the time has come to move on. I just pray its before Christmas.

Juggling being a mom, and designing for my own company, on top of cranking out tons for samples for *every* release is quite challenging!¬†Each release I look back and wonder HOW I got it all together!¬†I do my best to consistently provide you with an arrangement of gift/card/tag ideas each month, in between the laundry¬†and house keeping. MOST people would have a Nanny! LOL! I choose to do what I can in between being wife,¬†mom, friend,¬†maid, nurse, and¬†taxi….to name a few of the hats we as women wear!

I’m not perfect at any of it either. As I type this post I just tried to DRINK my yogurt, instead of my coffee! (that is NOT even a joke!)

I’ve been feverishly designing for this release and finalizing all the templates and cut files for the upcoming holidays!! We have some amazing things in store, starting with our September Release! I tried to pull out all the stops in the next few months for you all to be able to create your own AFFORDABLE gifts this year.

Let’s be honest the economy isn’t what it use to be, so making your own gifts it not only heartfelt, but more affordable!

You know once the kids go back to school, and the days get shorter that it is time to start thinking FALL and gift giving. I’ll save all my blah, blah, blah, and excitement for tomorrow’s post!

In the meantime, I’ve been SUPER busy here, as I said. As you know with my children home for the summer I do my best to do as many fun & family oriented day activities as humanly possible!

This will be the FIRST year that all 3 of my children are in school FULL TIME! That is 6 hours of MY TIME! Don’t get me wrong, I am actually a¬†bit teary about it. A day I so wanted/needed when they were at the “DRIVE ME INSANE” ages of 1, 3 and 5 are gone. I enjoy my children much more now that they are a smidgen older. I will miss them. I get so use to having them home in the summer that the first week of school I loathe the silence. I almost don’t know what to do with myself, and I watch the clock till it is time for them to come home. Once week 2 hits I get into a regular routine again. I’ve never had 6 consecutive crafting hours, so I can only imagine what I will get done!! Right now I craft like 2 MAYBE 3 hours (that includes design/computer time) a day, and more often than not that is even a stretch!

Anyway….the point is, I am here. I am still crafting! I’ve just been juggling alot (as I do most summer’s) and the payoff will be seen as the kids head off to school and the holidays unfold.

I have some amazing opportunities coming and I look forward to sharing everything with you as time allows.

I really want to thank ALL my loyal readers/followers/friends/customers and everyone in between for hanging in with me through the summer. I’m sure you have all been as busy as I have, and maybe you too are looking forward to returning to the routine of fall.

I hope you plan on stopping by because tomorrow will prove to be the start of a very exciting release!!!!!!!!!!!

See you then.

My Etsy

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