Archive for January, 2011

Well today is February 1st, which means it is FINALLY Release Day at My Time Made Easy ™ LLC!

In honor of the release we always have an amazing Group Post! Today we are each featuring a “personalized” gift set!! 

Check out the design team here: 

  • Kristin Bueter
  • Catherine Doucette
  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Katie Cotton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Monique Hansen
  • Pam Imholz
  • Tangii Crain
  • and our Guest Designer Naomi
  • Please check out all our NEW! Products HERE!We have many NEW! Products that coordinate together! So don’t miss out D 

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    3 NEW! Pretty Impressions Stamps Sets   

    5 NEW! Pretty Printables Paper Collections 

    3 NEW! Pretty Pieces Cut Files  

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    OK that is enough of the blah, blah, blah…let me get to sharing MY gift set.  

    From the desk of….ME! 


    I love that this set uses ALL 3 NEW! Pretty Impressions Stamp sets!

    When it came to making a personalized gift set, I have to admit, I got a little “selfish”. I decided to make one for MYSELF! Why not right? I mean really, It’s not often I make myself anything, or even have samples of the hard work I put into my craft to show others. 

    That being said immediately following the completion of this set I felt guilty for making it for ME! LOL! Typical woman/mommy feeling isn’t it? Why do we feel guilty for doing things for ourselves? Its so odd. We shouldn’t be we do. I may feel guilty, but admittedly I smile every time I see it. I don’t know that I’ll even have the heart to SEND the cards either. Another thing I have a hard time with, USING what I make. Crazy, I know. What good does it do collecting dust anyway. I’m trying to get better about that stuff. A New Year resolution that needs to be added to my ever growing list.

     Black, white, and Pink is one of my most favorite color combinations, so it was a no brainer on what I was going to do for this set 😀  

    I love the “display” hanger. Kristin sent to me, since I have a lot of hanging projects, and never anything to hang them from. Thanks girl! Came into good use here. I’m using it to “display” this set now too.

    Every girl loves handbags, and the Tote-All Package is THE perfect gift bag/tote! So it was only natural for me to want to make one for myself. 

    For this I created my tote panels first, in white. I then strategically stamped the images from Bold Botanicals, in black, on the tote so that the butterfly was in the tote center between the handles. Both front/back panels look the same.

     I love the brads used to hold the ribbon handle.  A simple great touch that doesn’t overpower the design.


    I lined the bottom of the bag with a black cardstock.

    This tote was designed after the cards I made. The frame from Framed Elegance, is the continuing focus thoughout the set.  I wanted the pop of pink to only be in the monograms (which are from the Monograms Defined stamp set), and the stick pin.  I think the LM pops more that way.

    Now onto the cards.


    When mass producing,  picking a simple layout is best.

    I made a “One-Sheet Wonder” using the Bold Botanicals set, stamped in black. That is when you stamp all over a sheet of 8 1/2 X 11 then cut it up to make a card/gift set.

    Once that was done, I cut it up to be able to make the designer panels for my 4 monogrammed cards. I rounded the top corners, and layered the panels onto a black panel. For some of that hot pink POP, I put a layer at the bottom of the card, which my stamped panels overlapped. I tied around a ribbon, and stuck a stick pin in the knot. 


    I then layered on my frame which was first cut using the Framed Elegance Cut File, then stamped using the Framed Elegance stamp set. Across the center of the label I stamped my initials from the Monograms Defined set, in pink. Over the initials I stamped the FROM THE DESK OF sentiment. 

     SO STUNNING, and simple. A gift set doesn’t have to be COMPLICATED to be amazing. 

    I had some left over paper after creating my OSW cards, so I used it to create my Creative Card Candy Mini box, which completed my gift set to myself 😀 


    There is nothing more elegant than black & white. I love how this turned out. 

    Now you may be wondering what I bought myself to put inside…. 


    This is a velvet bag, with a butterfly necklace I found, and fell in love with! 

    It makes a great holder for any jewelry you make or purchase. 

     I contemplated even buying the necklace, as I don’t wear a ton of jewelry because I forget to put it on, but the minute I have somewhere decent to go, I am scouring my jewelry box! Now this is another addition, and another guilty pleasure 😀 Again I guess we deserve these little splurges now and again.

     The Creative Card Candy Box tucked perfectly inside the Tote-All Package. (I left it out a bit for the photo purposes! LOL!)


     It really came out better than I hope for. You can use this SAME layout and gift idea to creat AMAZING gifts for EVERYONE! I think these are especially great for TEACHERS!! They love getting personalized gifts like this. Use the Creativer Cards/Envelopes 1 or 2 to make smaller versions so you can cover MORE people on your list.

    Endless possibilties

    I’ve REALLY enjoyed going back to older products and templates to continue to offer you new ideas with older supplies. This is a perfect example of that here.

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: Tote-All Package, Creative Card Candy Mini

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:Bold Botanicals, Monograms Defined, Framed Elegance 

    Pretty Pieces Cut File: Framed Elegance 

    I hope you all enjoy the group post the team has pulled together, to inspire you to make your own personalized gifts of all kinds.

    Make sure you let them know what you enjoyed. We love getting your feedback, and knowing you were inspired.

    See you back here tomorrow for even MORE idea and inspiration.

    Day 3: February Peeks

    Jan 30, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Well in just a few short hours the NEW! Products for February will be available for purchase! WOOT WOOT!! I can’t wait to see what you all create with everything 😀

    To get some more ideas please pay a visit to:

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz  
  • Tangii Crain
  • There have been some amazing ideas already, with even more to come! It’s all very exciting, don’t you think?!

    Today I want to share a quick creation using the NEW! Creative Card Candy template and the new stamp sets: Bold Botanicals (the large flower cluster) and Framed Elegance (for the Thankful Sentiment).

    I LOVE this box. I love the colors, and the WOW factor I was able to get with a very simple design. I knew I wanted to alternate the colors in the petals of the flowers, and using my Copic markers made it quick and simple.

    I actually colored the petals light pink first, then I went in and used a darker pink, and red combination

    By cutting out, and popping up the petals on the largest flower it really kicked it up a notch! I added adhesive rhinestone to the centers for a subtle bling. I also used a Copic Glitter pen in black to outline my image, so the impact in person is jaw dropping, despite the CLEAN design.

    If you are like me, you love giving (and receiving) gift cards. It is always a challenge to find new ways to package up these great gifts, to throw the receiver off from the trail that it is in fact a gift card, and yet make it fun to open.

    Well, untie the ribbon and here you have it!

    Isn’t this a fabulous gift card holder? Would you ever guess this was holding a gift card?!

    I used the gift card itself to get inspired with my colors, and the “pattern” I stamped on the inside cover. I used the flowers from Sensational Stems, and the leaves from Fanciful Flourishes to complete the design.

    Love it!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: Creative Card Candy Mini

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: Sensational Stems, Fanciful Flourishes, Framed Elegance, Bold Botanicals

    Well that does it for today. We have an amazing group post that is sure to get those creative ideas flowing for anyone on your gift list.

    See you then

    Day 2: February Peeks

    Jan 29, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

    Well we are back with Day 2 of our February Release projects!

    Today you will want to visit:

  • Katie Cotton
  • Lisa Kind
  • They have put together some amazing project!

    Yesterday I focused on our NEW! Pretty Packaging Template: Creative Card Candy Template, but today I thought I would share a sample and some information on the 3 stamp sets we are releasing, which ALL work so well together 😀

    I wanted to package up a set of inspirational cards for a staff member at the Cancer Center where my mom receives treatment. I pondered over what Pretty Packaging Template to use, when it dawned on me, one of the best and most obvious choices would be the Slip Cover template!

    A Life without cause…

    is a life without effect. (this sentiment is from our Sensational Sentiments set)

    What better sentiment for a caretaker of those going through a difficult time. The staff really do help get you through these tough times, and truly make an impact on everyone they come in contact with. It takes a special person to be such a gift during this difficult time for families. I am happy to say my mother has many staff that I adore and respect immensely for what they do.

    So this gift set uses all 3 of our NEW! Pretty Impressions Stamp Sets! 

    The main flower image you see, which is stamped and clear embossed, on the gift sets if from the Bold Botanicals set. Its simple and understated, but make a big impact, while allowing the frame to be the focus.

    I packaged 4 different cards with envelopes into this template. I love how it turned out, and can’t wait to share the details of each card with you.

    As you can see the cover of the Slip Cover template is designed to coordinate with the 4 cards. I used the Framed Elegance set for my frame. There is a coordinating Framed Elegance Cut File which makes creating these labels easier than ever!

    Each card has a different “monogram” which was stamped from the Monograms Defined set.

    Here you see all 4 cards laid out.

    We have the theme of S is for Strength

    C is for Courage

    H is for Hope

    and F is for Faith

    The “is for” sentiment is contained in the Monograms DefinedSet. Each letter has a defining adjective. For the faith & strength sentiments, I took those from the Bold Botanicals set. It is GREAT to mix and match things.

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: Slip Cover

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: Monograms Defined, Bold Botanicals, Framed Elegance, Sensational Sentiments

    Pretty Pieces Cut File: Framed Elegance

    About the stamps:

    #1 Bold Botanicals © Set of 6 Images $20

    This is a stunning set of 3 bold, yet whimsical styled flowers, that are perfect for coloring, or just using their elegant yet bold lines as the design focus. This set also pairs perfectly with our Monograms Defined © Set.

    This set was designed in honor of my mother, as she battles her Cancer. All proceeds from this month’s sales will be donated to the Cancer Center where she receives her treatments. That was her wish.

    More about the set:

    Flower images are about 3 1/4 inches tall, and about 2 inches wide

    Butterfly is about 1 1/2 inches wide, and 1 1/4 inches tall

     Sentiments read:

     Faith * Hope * Courage * Strength

    Gratitude is the flower blossom which springs from the soul. – Henry Ward Beecher

    I love the simplicity this set offers, and the cause it benefits.

    The frame which is repeated on our entire packaging set is from Framed Elegance.

     #2 Framed Elegance © Set of 7 Images $6

    Frame Designed by Kristin Bueter

     This set coordinates perfectly with the Framed Elegance Pretty Pieces Cut File.

     This is a simply stunning set when you want to really focus in on simple elegance! The frame is perfect for so many sentiments/images. The “so very” sentiment within the set goes with the Thankful and/or the Thoughtful sentiment. It is a perfect “frame” for our Monograms Defined © Set as well.

    Frame in the set measures 2 3/8 inch tall, 2 1/2 inches wide.

    #3 Monograms Defined © Set of 57 Images $20

    This is a stunning set of monograms, letters letter A through Z, that is perfect for personalizing any card, tag, or gift package for anyone on your list! Each letter has a coordinating “definition”, and other various sentiments to make your personalization of gifts even easier.

    Monogram letters are 3/4 of an inch tall 

    Definitions include:














    now & forever

    one & only







    very special





    Coordinating sentiments include:

    is for

    from the desk of

    just a note

    handmade by

    for you

    Now doesn’t this set make you want to start making gift sets for everyone?

    As you can see there is a lot to be excited about with this release 😀

    I look forward to sharing more with you over the next week.

    Until tomorrow.

    Day 1 February Release Peeks!

    Jan 28, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    The time has come for our February Release Peeks to begin! Offical Release is February 1st.

    I’m over the moon for this month’s release, and I think you will be too!

    Today you want to check out several team members for a first glance at what is in store for you!

  • Monique Hansen
  • Pam Imholz
  • Kristin Bueter
  • Catherine Doucette
  • and our Guest Designer Naomi
  • Our design team members are using a some new images (we have 3 stamp sets releasing this month), paired our NEW! Pretty Packaging Template called: Creative Card Candy!

    G is for Gratitude Gift Set

    I designed both of my samples today to look exactly the same, just in the 2 different sizes, to show you the versatility in BOTH.

    I managed to use two of the three NEW! Stamp sets we are releasing.

    The flowers are from Bold Botanicals set, which is simply AMAZING. More info on that to follow.

    Tulips are my FAVORITE flower, so this set is beyond my favorite to date. I love that it can be colored, or just stamped in one color, or various colors-as you will see. No matter how it’s used its perfection every time.

    The letter “G” is from an over the stop-STUNNING new set called Monograms Defined! You will LOVE IT! Its an elegant alphabet set, for perfectly personalizing all your gifts, tags, and cards! Each letter is perfect on its own, but it also has an accompanying word to define the letter, making it even more amazing!

    The Bold Botanicals set and the Monograms Defined were designed to work perfectly together. As the release peek projects reveal I know you will agree 😀

    Now check out the flower details…

    The flower was stamped, colored and cut out for some added dimension, as were 2 of the leaves. Its a subtle detail that brings this gift set to life!

    Sometime you just need a simply elegant box to hold your gifts in! Look no further! This is a dual gift set. The completed gift box looks store bought when assembled. The details of how these boxes go together makes them sturdy, professional and stunning!

    This template was properly named because it is just perfect for the gifts we love to give: cards & candy! Or whatever else you want to fit in inside.

    They are BOTH fabulous to package up so many various gifts.

    You will flip over how simply cute, and well made this template is, as well as the VALUE! You receive 2 templates, for the price of one, in this package.

    Let’s get to the template details, shall we?

    Creative Card Candy Template $5

    *Includes FREE Mini Template!*

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

     Completed Project Size


    7 1/2 Inches Long

    3 3/4 Inches Wide

    1 Inch Deep

    The long/standard template is the perfect box to hold long cards, all types of candy like truffles, wrapped chocolate, pretzel sticks, chocolate bark, nuts, cashew turtles….you get the idea. You can also use our Creative Card/Envelope 1 and Creative Card/Envelope 2! Simply place the cards on one end, and the envelopes on the other!

    In this particular sample-with Valentines Day on the way, I chose to package up some Bliss Chocolate Candy! There is a double layer in here, giving the receiver about 36 chocolates!

    Can you say YUM!! Note: An entire bag fits in here, with a few left over for YOU!

    I love how this is simple, yet stunning. I love the ribbon closure . I mean really, why should we hoard all that gorgeous ribbon, when you can add it to this box?!


    4 Inches Long

    3 3/4 Inches Wide

    1 Inch Deep

    The mini version of this template is the perfect packaging for Creative Card/Envelope 1 and Creative Card/Envelope 2!

    Check out this gift set

     I created 6 of the NEW!  Creative Card/Envelope 1 to fit inside my Mini Creative Card Candy Template. The envelopes were made to match by stamping the butterfly from the Bold Botanicals set.

    Look how perfectly these new cards/envelopes fit in the Creative Card Candy Template

    On the inside of my box I also used the Puckered Up Patterns stamp set to create a decorative pattern on the lid.

    Now on my template packaging I colored my Tulip. Here on my gift set of 6 cards, with coordinating envelopes I inked the petals in a lavender ink, and the stem/leaves in an olive ink, making the card process easy, but still stunning!

    The “G” is highlighted on each card, within the circle layers.

    Inside the card you have the sentiment stamped, that was on the front of the box.

    On the envelope I made it a little more WOW! by added stickles to the wings 😀

    You can make all sorts of personalized gift sets that are quick and simple!! Or use it to package smaller amounts of your favorite candy treat, a gift card, cash, or how about jewelry!

    So get creating, because it won’t take much to make this box a deliciously creative treat!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: Creative Card Candy

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: Monograms Defined,  Bold Botanicals, Puckered Up Patterns

    Pretty Pieces Cut File: Creative Card/Envelope 1

    Well what do you think?!

    Are you getting excited to see what is new? There is MUCH MUCH more to share, so come on back tomorrow.

    From my house to your house

    Jan 28, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

    I’m back!

    Can you believe it?

    Told ya, I’ve been getting crafty again! It’s been months since I was able to get 3 post days in a ROW when it wasn’t a relase 😀 Stress drives my creativity, so I can usually get an unusual amount of stuff done when I DO get some time 😀 I really hope to be posting more often, especially once my mom is done treatment.

    For today my focus is on happy thoughts, and wishes. Sometimes when you can be somewhere you can at least SEND some of that happiness through the mail 😀

    One thing that people LOVE is getting HAPPY MAIL! I always TRY to keep some “just because” cards on hand, for times when someone needs a pick me up. I will be honest and say I am the WORST at mailing them, but my intentions are pure 😀 hahahaha Its ridiculous that I’m so terrible mailing cards/gifts because I DO go to the post office daily to ship orders-so no good excuses.

    Anyway……Happy  mail….that was the main reason for creating the You’ve Got Mail set with the coordinating templates You’ve Got Mail & Happy Mail.

    So with the introduction of the You’ve Got Mail Digital Stamp set, it made me want to get it inky again 😀

    So here is what I made…

    From my house to your house.

    I LOVE the mailbox in the set, and the fact you can make it fit any occasion by switching out your center image. There are lots of fun layers to this, and it can be colored by hand, or if you don’t like coloring, there are solid layers for you to use-which is what I did here.

    I love the colors in this: Kraft, White, Chocolate, Celery, Red, and Regal Rose. I could use them over and over again. I had some polka dot ribbon, that I used my Copic markers to color, to match 😀

    I love the little solid house image in this set, so I used to to create my own patterned paper. I think smaller images are so fun when used in that way 😀

    I cut out the little envelopes too, to add to the design. Overall this was quick cute and simple. Just how I like it.

    Well tomorrow kicks off our first peeks of our February Release. I have been creating like crazy, as had the team, so I hope you’ll come back to see what’s next.

    NOT just for Christmas!

    Jan 27, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

    Hi peeps!

    Just thought I’d pop in an share a sample I made using the Gingersnap’s Stamp Set. I’m really enjoying going back and using some of the older releases 😀

    When I created the set, I designed it to be used for ANY occasion 😀 The sentiments are definitely usable year round! This set is ONLY $6! and is so adorable.

    Here is what is included:

    • I love you this much! (That fits in between their arms!)
    • You make life sweet
    • Warmest Holiday Wishes
    • From our family to yours
    • You warm my heart
    • Hugs & Kisses
    • Sugar & Spice with everything nice!

    With Valentine’s Day, I felt like I wanted to dust this set off, and create a card for each of my children!

    I love you this much!

    Isn’t this adorable?

    I “built” my gingerbread girl, and cut her out. I stamped the I love you this much! sentiment across her arms.

    I decided to stamp a house image from Sign It © partially on the red layer. This house image in itself is so cute and FUN. I’ll definitely be using it more and more in the future.

    I also added the “peppermint” image from the Sugar & Spice set.

    I used the I love you this much! sentiment to create my own whimsical patterned paper, featured at the top. In between the sentiments I stamped the heart image, into row, then colored them in. I proceeded to hand draw some white lines (purposely NOT perfect-you could use a ruler if you wanted them perfect).

    So use what you have, and think out of the box! I really love finding versatility within stamp sets, and try to keep things like this in mind.

    Well thanks for letting me share today 😀 I’ll be back with more tomorrow!

    See you then

    The New Arrival! New ideas!

    Jan 26, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Hi everyone!

    Are you enjoying the winter? We have been getting hit heavy with snow here, with another storm anticipated for tonight. With our new home I LOVE when it snows. Being in the woods is so serene. I get to see bunnies, deer, all sorts of birds, chipmunks, and red squirrels (which I’ve never seen before!).

    Life has been busy here. I feel like I always say that! LOL! The February Release for My Time Made Easy ™ LLC  is *just* around the corner (peeks begin Saturday! YEAH!) and I’ve really enjoyed relieving my stress in my new craft room😀 to prepare for the release. Feels so good to get creative again.

    My mom is doing AMAZING during her chemo/radiation treatments, and I attribute that to all the prayers being said for her 😀 She is in a positive mindset, and it helps that we just found out my brother will be welcoming a new addition to the family around Oct 3rd!!

    I LOVE babies, and the fact I can get my baby fix, and NOT have to have my more of my own is wonderful! LOL! I can’t wait to be an aunt again 😀 So a HUGE congrats to my brother and his girlfriend Heather 😀

    In honor of the news I have a card to share, and the announcement of some not so “new”-  New Arrivals to the store!

    For the new arrival!

    Over the last year I’ve introduced select stamp sets in the Digital Download. I wasn’t sure I would get that into digital images, but the demand has been overwhelming! That being said many of the sets that weren’t previously available as a digital download, have now been added to the store!

    So check it out —-> HERE!

    We’ve added the following set to our Digital Download Stamp Sets:

    So, in honor of our NEW! Digital additions I made a large gift card holder, using the Bringing Home Baby © 27 Images – Digital set.
    This card was super quick and simple to create!  I designed it to hold a gift card to Target which is adhered to the inside of the card.
    I love how the baby bottle (from the gift card) is sticking out of the carriage!
    Here is the gift card.
    The gift card actually dictated my design/colors!
    The completed card measures 5 1/4 Inches Tall, and 3 Inches Wide.
    It is designed on the front and back 😀 Let me show you how.
    I pulled the Bringing Home Baby © 27 Images – Digital set into my photo editing software, where I digitally colored it, resized it to fit my gift card, and aligned it so that once folded it would be designed front and back of the card.
    Here is the screen shot:
    For the back panel I removed the sentiment that says ” For the new arrival”. I made sure there was enough space between the 2 images for me to score, and them trim around the folded “card” leaving a bit of a border.
    Once everything was all set I printed it out. See below: Left
    Once it was printed, I scored in between the 2 carriage images, giving me a folded (at top) card, with the carriage image front and back! I then trimmed the image out (as seen in completed sample on the right).
    EASY PEASY! A huge benefit to digital images is the ability to resize, mirror, flip/rotate, and of course, if you want quick and EASY-digitally color!
    You could whip out a bunch of these in no time.

    Well I hope this inspired you to check out all our images and consider trying digital sets, if you haven’t yet! Check out our FREE Digital Image –> HERE! We want to you try things out before you buy, to ensure you are 100% happy! Each digital download arrives with a set of step by step photo instructions to help you get started! Easy peasy!

    Well, thanks for stopping by today. I have much more to come, so stop by again soon! Our peeks begin Saturday. You won’t want to miss what is next!

    Till then

    Whoever is happy…

    Jan 19, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

    will make others happy too.- Anne Frank

    Isn’t that the truth?!

    Attitude can be infectious, and you certainly get back what you project.

    I’ve been busy caring for my mom these days as she undergoes her Chemo & Radiation treatments. I’ve stayed positive and kept her focused. Each day I am certain to point out what is GOOD.  We don’t look at HOW many days of treatment are left, but rather the day that we put behind us, that gets us closer to our goal- a CURE!

    I’m proud of my mom. She has stayed in a positive frame of mind, and has been strong and brave. She has managed to keep from getting too ill and is getting the rest she needs. I’ve enjoyed the time we’ve spent together.

    That being said during her treatments I’ve been able to design LOTS of stuff for the upcoming releases, and turned my STRESS into creativity!!  SADLY the hospital allows NO INTERNET access, due to security issues (I think that is crazy because other hospitals allow it-but whatever). While most my time spent has been computer/file base, I did have time to whip this card up.

    We all need a HAPPY card. They can serve so many purposes 😀

    I used our latest stamp set release: So Fortunate. I LOVE this set to pieces.

    The Cherry Blossoms are colored with a Prisma Color Pencil. I stamped and cut out several, select flowers for some additional dimension. I tore the bottom, and sponged it with some craft white cardstock.

    I paired the Happiness Symbol with a sentiment from So Sentimental. I also took the flourish from that set, and stamped it onto vellum cardstock, and layered it along the bottom.

    I love the simplicity of this.

    I have a few other projects I hope to post this week, as (if) time allows. I’m already preparring projects for our February Release-which is sure to make you all happy 😀

    Well thanks for checkin in here! Hopeful I’ll be around more in the next week or so.

    Till then

    A Year in Review!

    Jan 5, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Hi everyone.

    I’m excited about today’s blog hop, and hope you will be too!!

    As you know, each month we release more and more great new products!! While that is awesome, we often neglect/move on/forget about the OLD ones! Now it’s not that we don’t love the older stuff  anymore… we are just too busy playing with our NEW stuff. So I decided to add a new monthly feature to our release called: A Year in Review!

    This new feature means MORE inspiring ideas using some of our past products. So if you never saw a sample using X paper, or need more ideas for a stamp set or template you purchased, then be on the lookout for this fun new monthly addition, as each team member, and myself  focus on creative a NEW! project using products from previous releases!!

    OK now it is time to see what the team has made NEW with the OLD!

    1. Lauren Meader <—You are here! 
    2. Catherine Doucette
    3. Debbie Marcinkiewicz
    4. Katie Cotton
    5. Kristin Bueter
    1. Lisa Kind
    2. Monique Hansen
    3. Pam Imholz
    4. Tangii Crain
    5. Jeannie DeGruccio <—Guest Designer!


    You will also want to VISIT THE GALLERY for loads of ideas using our products, new & old!

    Here is my sample…..Wonderful Surprise!

    Since we took a break for December, and I had NO CRAFT room, I feel like I really missed out on some of the design possibilities using our Wonderfully Wrapped template.  So, I took this opportunity to use it again here!

    I love the design of this template. You can EASILY dress it up. I kept it simple. I chose to use the stripe pattern from the Candy Shoppe © Digital paper collection. It inspired the colors for the tag I created.

    I LOVE this tag. It looks like one you’d actually find on a store bought product. It was fun and easy to make!

    The tag, “secret surprise” sentiment & coordinating sentiment in red, is from the Secret Surprise set. I stamped it in chocolate ink, on the white layer, which is our coordinating Secret Surprise Cut File. I colored the edges with a copic marker.

    The cup of cocoa is from our Grab a Cup set! Its a super cute set for any hot beverage lover!! Don’t miss the coordinating Grab a Cup Sentiments © too 😀 That is where the “just add marshmallows” is from!

    The pink polkadot border, “Cocoa” sentiment with the square box and check mark, are from the Fancy a Cuppa? set

    Now here is what is going inside!

    If you looking for more ways to package up some of your favorite treats, then we have it all covered! I love all the International Cafe drink mixes. Once I’m done with whatever flavor I have, I often save the tin to repackage hot chocolate & other drink mixes. I often purchased those in bulk at my local Sam’s Club, to divide up and repackage as gifts! I just properly measure out enough for them to make the correct amount 😀

    As you can see this particular tin fits perfectly in the Wonderfully Wrapped template! The tin will also keep the cocoa mix fresh inside for the user. I typically would re-cover the tin, but for your viewing purposed, left it as is.

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: Wonderfully Wrapped

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: A Secret Surprise, Fancy a Cuppa?, Grab a Cup, Grab a Cup Sentiments

     Pretty Printable Digital Paper: Candy Shoppe

    Pretty Pieces Cut File: A Secret Surprise Label

    So there you have it!!

    I hope you all enjoyed this new addition to our monthly line up! This means more ideas for your previous purchases 😀

    I’ll be back soon as I still have a few samples I’ve yet to share.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Inspiring ideas are everywhere!

    Jan 4, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Today I am back to share more inspiring ideas, as is some of the team!!

    Today you will surely want to visit:

  • Kristin Bueter
  • Catherine Doucette
  • Tangii Crain
  • Tomorrow we have a FABULOUS group post that you won’t want to miss!

    In the meantime let me share one of my latest projects.

    I always say inspiration is EVERYWHERE and you can take some inspiration from anywhere, as a starting place to use what you have to make it into something FABULOUS!

    Here is MY inspiration for today: Lennox Chirp pattern

    Lenox Simply Fine Chirp Oval Platter

    This is the theme in my dining room. I thought it would make a perfect starting point for my project today.

    Here is my gift set: Love in bloom

    I LOVE the rich colors. I used a teal, red, and chocolate combination.

    For the So Fortunate © Template, I created the template from a teal cardstock, with the red accent layers.

    Like the place settings I love the bird, so I used my Cricut Storybook cartridge to cut my bird from white cardstock, and shadowed it onto chocolate cardstock. The bird was stamped with the Cherry Blossom image from the So Fortunate © stamp set.

    I used my Pebbles pearlescent pastels to color the image in. I wanted to mimic the whimsical coloring in of the bird on my China pattern. I love the soft look, and subtle shimmer you get using these. Best part, if you mess up, you can ERASE it 😀

    I added some flowers to the So Fortunate © Template to continue the 3 D effect, and add some floral details. The wing is on dimensionals. I also added some plumage/bling to the birds head. I love how it turned out!

    On either side of the So Fortunate © Template I stamped and colored the lantern image from the So Fortunate © stamp set. Clean and simple. I love it. More often than not its a small and subtle detail that can really complete a gift.

    Now for the card-Good Fortune to you

    Once again I just kept it SIMPLE. Something as subtle as snipping the corners make this simple elegance at its finest. No need to layer and layer till the card weighs 1 pound 😀 OH! I do believe in using tons of dimensionals! No FLAT cards for me.

    I can’t help but use the Geisha girl. She is the SWEETEST! Mimicing the image of the hair sticks, I used some pearl stick pens, colored to match with a chocolate colored Sharpie marker! I LOVE customizing my supplies like this. More for my $$!! I also added a cherry blossom, like on her hair to complete the image.

    Now I wish I could take creative genius for putting the small fortune cookie image from the So Fortunate © stamp set, in her hands, but that was an idea I HAD to use from our Guest Designer: Jeannie DeGruccio! I LOVED that idea!!

    So there you have it!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: So Fortunate

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: So Fortunate

    This gift set took about a half hour to create. Having a starting point of inspiration made it quicker and easier. I was able to keep my vision on track!

    I hope you look around and find something as a starting point for YOU next time you create.

    Well, thanks again for stopping by. You really won’t want to miss tomorrow’s projects!

    See you then.

    My Etsy

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