Archive for July, 2011

August Release:Back to School

Jul 31, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy
 I am so excited announce all the amazing items we have in store for you this month!We have 1 NEW! Pretty Packaging Template:



It’s in the Bag

Note our templates are formatted to be used with ANY printer, and they can cut in over 15 personal cutting systems on the market!

  • PDF files – for those of you with home printers
  • SVG files – compatible with the following systems: Sizzix Eclipse, Silhouette Cameo, Cricut Cutting Systems, Craftwell eCraft™, Black Cat Cougar/Lynx™, BossKut Gazelle™, Pazzles Inspiration™, Silhouette SD™, USCutter™ and CraftROBO/Graphtec™ machines including Wishblade™ (Windows only).
      The cutting systems 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, or Make the Cut software. This will allow the machine to cut files in the SVG format. This software dramatically changes the utility of the use possibilities of these machines. It should be the first addition to anyone’s cutting 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.

These are an instant download, so you can start creating in minutes! For ONE low price you can make so many gifts for everyone on your list!

Our template files are priced at only $5. You get UNLIMITED use from the template download. Each file includes step by step, detailed photo instructions. There will also be a PDF download of the scoring guide included for those using personal cutting machines.

Please view our Gallery for project samples, and alternative ways to use all our amazing coordinating products! You may also want to check out our blog for weekly challenges, and even more amazing ideas.

2 NEW! Pretty Impressions Digital Stamp Sets:

Back to School

Round Up

5 NEW! Pretty Pieces Cut Files:

Lil’ One-sie

Baby Bootie

Up in the Air

On the Mark

Round Up Tag

2 NEW! Pretty Printable Paper Collection:

Academic Hodge Podge

Under the Cabana

  In honor of our August Release the design team has put together a set of 4 cards using the NEW! Products

Be sure you take the time to visit each one of our talented design team members for a unique idea: 


  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Kathryn Berthiaume
  • Katie Cotton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Monique Hansen
  • Tangii Crain
  • Today I won’t have 4 cards, because I will be sharing the gift sets I made for my other two children, using the images from the Back to School © set. You already got to see Amber’s gift set, now it’s time to share Noah’s and Alexa’s backpacks made using the It’s in the Bag! © template.

    Boy stuff is always more of a challenge for me, so I asked Noah what he wanted, and his answer was of course, blue. All blue! So I used plaid pattern from the Academic Hodge Podge ©, and got to work!

    Star Student

    While I am challenged by boy/masculine themed gifts, I am often left happy with the outcome. I love a challenge, and while the IDEA of a boy themed backpack was challenging, it actually came together quite quickly!

    Clean and simple!

    The paper in the Academic Hodge Podge ©, was perfect for the design of this backpack for Noah.

    I took the star pattern in the paper, and chose to use it as my accent on my backpack flap, making it three dimensional.

    It’s always about the details that take a project from ordinary to extraordinary.

    For Noah’s bag I used the Noah image from the  Back to School © set, and created my “scene” digitally, which was then cut and layered onto the All Tied Up! © Circle.

    I used my Cricut to create a layered tag with Noah’s name. A SIMPLE idea, that really personalized the bag perfectly!

    I made the back, and sides in the navy cardstock, but the front in the blue, which was layered with the patterned paper, and pocket.

    More importantly…

    Noah felt special and happy with his personalized “back to school” bag, which will be filled with a note and some treats on his first day of 3rd Grade!

    Now a set made for Alexa! (well actually for Alexa’s Teacher Aid-per her request, for the return to school)

    She said that her aid looks so pretty in blue, so I went with that!

    I love how this turned out!

    Unexpected colors with a girly feel.

    This will be filled with a gift card to our local coffee & sandwich shoppe, some hand sanitizer, and some Lindt chocolates, to start the year off right.

    For the It’s in the Bag! © template I went “old school” and paired the NEW! It’s in the Bag! © template, with an older stamp set, Lunch Box Love Notes ©  which is where the sentiment on the side tag came from, and the ADORABLE hanging tag….

    I wanted to use the lunchbox image, from the Lunch Box Love Notes © set on the tag because what goes IN the backpack daily? Your lunch box! I did some masking and I took the daisy flower, from the Fancy a Cuppa? © , and stamped it in the center, then stamped the cris-cross pattern from the  Lunch Box Love Notes © set, over it.

    Now you may be LOVING the paper used to decorate this uber cute It’s in the Bag! © template, and card to match!

    You made the grade

    I used: the Coffee Beans © collection, and re-colored the base to be blue. I paired it with the stripe pattern in the set (on the backpack pocket flap), and I also used the CUTE Alphabet Soup © – Collection 2 from last year, which I ADORE!

    As you can see on the card, what was created using the Lunch Box Love Note ©.

    I used the Alexa image from the Back to School © set, which I just printed, then hand colored, and drew in my scenery, unlike that in Noah’s gift set, which was colored digitally.

    I love versatility! 

    Speaking of versatility, be sure you come back daily, as we celebrate our August Release of NEW! Products with some amazing samples!

    You won’t want to miss a thing 😀





    Pretty Preview: It’s in the Bag!

    Jul 30, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy, Tutorials, videos

    Welcome back to the first Preview of our August 1st Release!!

    The items will be available for purchase August 1st 😀

    The team and I are sharing some AMAZING projects just in time for “Back to School”.

    We are all using the newest products to jump start some ideas for amazing projects you can create on your own, with all our coordinating products.

    Check out the team for all the previews, and amazing ideas!

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Kathryn Berthiaume
  • Katie Cotton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Monique Hansen
  • Tangii Crain
  • Now let me share my project and some product details with you.

    You may recall seeing my lil’ peek at this project below, a few months ago when I posted this video:


    View post HERE!

    Now for the details on my project featured in that video.

    Amber goes Back to School!


    What better way to send your children back to school, or welcome a new teacher, than with a fun gift set?!

    This is a 3 D version of a back pack! Complete with all the little details that make it over the top AMAZING 😀

    I made a ” back to school” gift set for each of my 3 children, which you will see as the week progresses, ensuring to tailor each to their personalities. That is the best part about creating your own cards, tags and gifts! You have the creative liberty to tailor your gifts to every person you make it for.

    The 3 different children featured in the NEW! Back to School set were designed with my own children in mind 😀

    Let me share the details of this set!

    It’s in the Bag! $5

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

    Completed Project Size:

    4 1/2 Inches Wide

    5 1/2 Inches Tall

    2 1/2 Inches Deep

    Gift giving for teachers and students is now in the bag! 


    What better way to celebrate your favorite student or teacher by creating a paper version of a backpack?! This will truly brighten someones day, and amaze them all at the same time.

    The details, like the front pocket, rounded bottom, flap closure, with hanging top tab are so much like the real thing, but what is really fun is the back!

    Check out the “straps”! This is a truly complete template, and all the decorative layers come with it too! You can use patterned paper on the front, back, sides, flap closure, hanging tag, and there is even the front lil’ pocket too!

    Whether the occasion be back to school, congrats, great job, you can do it, teacher appreciation, camping, hiking, sleepover, or just a little thinking of you, or pick me up, this is THE template for you!

    Packaging Ideas:


    School Supplies




    Hand Sanitizer

    Gift Cards to book store, coffee shoppe or office supply

    Get Well Gifts-tissues, cough drops, hand cleaner, tea etc.

    There are no limits to what you can do. Just think about that special someone, and pack them a bag full of thoughtfulness.

    You will definitely want to check out the Back to School Pretty Impressions Stamp Set, as it was designed to coordinate with this fun template! We also have the Lunch Box Love Notes & Additions Pretty Impressions Stamp Sets, with the Boxed Lunch Pretty Packaging Template. These will all really help you create some amazing gifts for teachers and/or students!

    Now for the decorative details:

    My color scheme came from my Spring is Here © Pretty Printable Digital Paper. I paired it with the Darling Dots  collection©.

    I used the NEW! Back to School set, combined with the NEW! Round Up set for my hanging tag, which was cut using the Round Up Tag Pretty Pieces Cut File.

    As you can see  the hanging tag on the It’s in the Bag template is different in size than that on the coordinating card.  See the above video for instruction on using Cut Files with Digital Images 😀


    I digitally created/layered the tag, and digitally colored all the details, except “Amber”. I wanted to hand color her! It was SO FUN! I love coloring, but I like knowing I don’t HAVE to. I also love being able to resize my digital images, and cut files for so much versatility. This tag was designed  using a combination of both the  NEW! Back to School set, and the NEW! Round Up set.

    Here are the set details

    Back to School Set of 27 Digital

    Images $12

    Back to school time! How about any time?

    This is an amazing set of images perfect for teacher and student! This set is just what you need for the student who deserves a little pick me up, or a pat on the back, going back to school, teacher appreciation or end of year gifts for faculty. This set of images with coordinating sentiments will help you make amazing cards, gifts, pretty packaging, altered items, photo frames, scrapbook pages, and more, year after year.

    Images in this set include:

    3 students: One boy, and 2 girls.

    A backpack



    A school house

    Note book



    Stack of books


    Practice lines

    Sentiments Include:

    ABC border

    You Made the Grade

    Practice makes perfect

    For my teacher

    This bag belongs to:

    My Notes

    All Star


    My Notes

    Dream a little dream

    Back to school

    There is no measure for my appreciation

    You Rock

    The best teachers

    teach from the heart,

    not from the book.

    You have brains in your head.

    You have feet in your shoes.

    You can steer yourself

    in any direction you choose.

    You’re on your own.

    And you know what you know.

    You are the one

    who’ll decide where to go. Dr. Seuss

    You will definitely want to check out the It’s in the Bag and the Boxed Lunch Pretty Packaging Templates, as they will really help you create some amazing gifts for teachers and/or students! We also have the Lunch Box Love Notes & Additions Pretty Impressions Stamp Sets, as well as the Lunch Box Love Notes Cut File!

    Round Up Set of 18 Digital Images $12

    We can always use more gift tag options, and this one is really fabulous!

    I’ve designed a fun set that was designed to Coordinate with the Round Up Tag Pretty Pieces Cut File. Now you can create many amazing patterned tags using the designer elements in the set that allow you to create a new tag and pattern each time you get crafting!

    This is a tag building set that gives you numerous tag pattern options. Mix and match this set with any other sets in your collection for an amazing arrangement of possibilities.

    Round Up Tag $2.50

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

    You will fall in love with this latest addition to our Pretty Pieces Cut File Collections!

    This tag was designed to coordinate with the Round Up Pretty Impressions Stamp Set

    The round up tag is a unique shaped tag, with layering options, which is the perfect tag to adorn all your paper crafting projects, from cards, scrapbook pages, and Pretty Packaging Templates! You can easily design this to suit any project!

     Whatever you add this to, it is sure to round up some compliments!

    Speaking of compliments, this is just the beginning of AMAZING products we have for you this month! Be sure you check out our official release tomorrow, and stay tuned all week for ideas from myself and my team of amazingly talented designers. You can never have too much inspiration 😀

    See you tomorrow


    MTME Publications!

    Jul 21, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: My Time Made Easy

    Hi everyone!

    Hot enough for you all? It’s HIGH 90’s here today and the humidity is KILLER!

    It’s been a busy Summer here at our house, with the 3 kids 😀

    We are doing many day trips with the kids, and Amber is in her first play, Snow White, this weekend. She is the Magic Mirror and Happy, from the 7 dwarf’s!

    We are also getting ready for our town annual hot air balloon rally, in which we celebrate Amber’s 7th Birthday and will have our house warming BBQ! We have much more landscaping to complete before then 😀 Then it’s onto my brother’s baby shower!! BUSY! BUSY!!

    I wanted to take some time to announce more publications (that I am aware of) using My Time Made Easy ™ LLC! I am a bit late posting this, but better LATE than never!

    Now I first have a shout out that isn’t CRAFT related, but my design team member Katie Cotton did makeup for People Magazine! Her name is featured for the make up she did! I think its the current issue, on Page 102. 🙂 So a HUGE congrats to the ever talented Katie 😀

    Now to some of the pub’s I know about. I know there are others, that I am not aware of, but this is what I have today!

    First up is one of our most loyal customers Katie Berberich.

    You can visit her blog HERE!

    She has written about me on Craft Journal in the past (how sweet :D) and recently but has been published in “Quick Cards Made Easy” magazine June Issue #88—> BUY IT HERE!

    Not only did one of her cards using My Time Made Easy ™ LLC make the front cover, but there are a total of 8 pages in this one issue of her designs using  My Time Made Easy ™ LLC stamps. Also at the back of the issue, we made the “Places to buy” section!

    Isn’t that exciting?!

    Now we also have one of our stamp designers Catherine Doucette has been published in the latest issue of Stamp It Magazine!

    She has 3 cards using  My Time Made Easy ™ LLC in that issue…pg. 17, pg 41 and pg. 86

    MTME has alot of future publications coming, so stay tuned and watch all your amazing crafting magazine resources 😀

    You don’t have to wait for publications to get some great ideas,so check out:

     MTME blog

    the gallery

     and our amazing video tutorials 😀


    Rambling Rose in PDF!

    Jul 13, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Uncategorized

    Hi everyone!

    Just popping in to let you know, in case you missed it….that the Rambling Rose Cut File is now available in PDF!!

    You’ve been asking so we listened 😀


    I always appreciate your feedback, and always take your requests into consideration, so if and when you want/need something, please don’t hesitate to contact me [email protected]!

    Pretty Palette #17

    Jul 9, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy, Pretty Palette Challenge

    Hi everyone!

    I hope you have all had an enjoyable July! I’ve been a little MIA, as I usually am in the summer (except for release weeks) since my children are home from school and I try to get out almost daily. They are like fish this summer and long for the water, so my time is spent by some body of water, be it the town pool, a lake, beach or sprinkler park. I’m sure you are all much the same, as I.

    So, this week I participated in the Pretty Palette Challenge #17!



    Granted my entry is a very loose interpretation on the colors…but it was a start!

    OK so its HEAVY on the orchid, but I couldn’t resist! I didn’t plan on all the yellow…but hey, it was the Palette that got me going. The Pretty Printables Digital Paper:Hearty Stripes © does have the navy and blue in it, so I cheated a bit!!

    I used the Sheila Seahorse  from the  Underwater Wonderment  set (Sheila Seahorse <—also available in a single) as my main image. The swimming trail is actually from the Bee-Loved © set (available in both digi and acrylic), and the sentiment from one of my fave sets Sensational Sentiments © (available in both digi and acrylic), for my sentiment, which I thought was cute since the  seahorse is swimming along, off the card.

    July: A Year in Review

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

    Welcome back!

    As we wrap up the end of another release, we always like to end it with a Year in Review. This is an ever popular time with all of you out there, and is probably even more so for us!

    This is when the team and I use some older products, of our choosing, and show you something NEW with it! It is a fun and exciting way for us to use previous items we may not have had time to focus on, and share some ideas that inspired us with you, making old products new again.

    Check out what the design team chose to make NEW!

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Kathryn Berthiaume
  • Katie Cotton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Monique Hansen
  • Tangii Crain
  • Now here is my take.

    Just Bee-Cause

    Here is a gift set I had wanted to make some time ago, but time escaped me.

    I love coordinating gifts with my packaging and cards.

    Here I wrapped up some Burt’s Bee’s products, and some flavored teas, and designed my packaging to coordinate!

    The Wonderful Watering Can © is one of my favorite templates to date, and I have longed to use it for some time now. Upon the release of  Bee-Loved © 16 Images, I knew I wanted to create a bee themed gift set using this fab Wonderful Watering Can!!

    I love the color scheme and pattern in the Bee Mine © digital paper collection, as it was my starting point for this gift set. The addition of the bee’s from the Bee-Loved © set, cut out using the My Bee Loved © worked perfectly with this.

    I used the Flutters and Flowers © cut file to make the large daisy on the back of handle.

    What perfectly compliments the Wonderful Watering Can better than the Gardeners Apron ©! So I used that cut file to create a coordinating card 😀

    I love the added details on this one. I made my handle go across the back, I added a scored cardstock strip around the top edge, and the spout…

    I added a layered circle to the top, with the punched out spout details 😀

    There is so much you can do to alter and dress this one up.

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Wonderful Watering Can

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Bee Loved

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:


    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    My Bee Loved

    Well I hope you are having a wonderful holiday weekend! I know our weekend is jam packed with a bunch of festivities.

    You will want to check out the Pretty Palette Challenge today on the MTME BLOG—>HERE!

    The colors were chosen in honor of the 4th of July!

    Well in addition to team members partaking in the color challenge, several of us have yet another day of projects for you!

    Today you will definitely want to visit:

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Lisa Kind
  • Monique Hansen
  • Tangii Crain
  •  I am going to share another project idea with you using the Carry Clutch!

    $ale!(((SIGH))) I’m in love!!

    If I were sewing a handbag right now, these would be the colors for me 😀

    Obviously I was heavily swayed by this pattern paper from the Blooming with Elegance Pretty Printable Digital Paper Collection. I am just in love with the colors, and patterns in this collection.

    I think this pattern looks just like one I would by a handbag in 😀 I’m a HUGE Vera Bradley fan, so this reminds me of what I may find in her collection.

    As you can see, this time my clutch sides aren’t angled out, but slightly scored, to tuck in.

    Honestly I could make a million of these, each one different from the last. When I think of all the Pretty Printable Patterned Papersthat I could showcase! Way too fun! It’s the papercrafting version of sewing 😀 And its far quicker! LOL!

    Now for the purty lil’ details.

    The latch

    I had a bohemian style, fabric covered brad that was a perfect match to my Clutch design.

    You can use snaps, or magnetic closured for a realistic closure 😀

    Inside the Clutch…

    I used some of the Blooming with Elegance Pretty Printable Digital Paper. I just wanted a pretty printed bottom this time.

    The handle covers have bling centered brads for an upscale, and more elegant look.

    The tag was created using the purse, and $ale sentiment from the Money Well Spent ©  set.

    The pocket

    Upon creating this one, I wanted to add a pocket to the details. I previously had no need for a pocket, but then thought, why not?! So, I used the decorative mat layer from the Grab a Cup © template, and it was PERFECTION!!!

    I used THIS TUTORIALfor the faux stitching of my pocket! So easy, and a perfect look every time.

    I am going to be putting a gift card in the front pock (it’s a perfect fit :D) and then some sweet treats inside!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Carry Clutch, Grab a Cup

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Money Well Spent

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Blooming with Elegance, Dainty Damask

    Thanks so much once again for stopping by!

    Tomorrow you won’t want to miss our Group Post: A Year in Review!

    See you then

    100% Handmade Original

    Jul 1, 2011 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    We are back today after our official July 1st release, and the ideas aren’t done yet!

    View all our NEW! Products HERE!

    I hope you have gained much inspiration from this current release, as the team has done an amazing job showcasing the many possibilities our products have to offer!

    Visit some of our team members today for more ideas and inspiration:

  • Kathryn Berthiaume
  • Katie Cotton
  • Tangii Crain
  • Today I am sharing my project sample using the Carry Clutch Template!

    Carry Clutch Pretty Packaging Template $5

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

     Completed Project Size:

     7 1/4 Inches Wide

    8 Inches Tall

    2 1/2 Inches Deep

     A girl can never have too many options, shoes, or handbags!

    For me, I can never have too many handbag options, and that means amazing “bag” ideas to gift treasures to my favorite friends, my daughters friends, and/or family.

    This is a fabulous cardstock version of a handbag that is sure to dress up any gift! I am totally in love with this latest template! I think its moved to the top of my favorites list.

    This template includes all the details you need to make a fabulous gift bag.

    You can have the sides angle out, angle in, or not score them at all for a more boxy look.

    On my sample I added these jewelry rings, and inserted some of my printed patterned cardstock through the centers, and adhered them behind the decorative front and back panels.

    This is the back of the Carry Clutch.

    As I ALWAYS say…the back should be as pretty as the front! I think all sides of any gift packaging you create be fully finished, and detailed.

    I truly think the Carry Clutch is a gift in itself, with all the amazing design possibilities, its insane how amazingly easy you can create your own!

     The hardest part to creating these amazing projects are parting with them!

    There are many options for dressing this Carry Clutch up, and it is certain far more fun than any ole’ gift bag!

    Design this to suit your gift giving needs… season after season it is sure to remain fresh, fabulous, and always in style. 


    I created my Carry Clutch using the NEW! Crawling Vine Silhouettes, and Dainty Damask Printable Digital Paper Collections. They made creating this fun and EASY!

    I even used the paper to create my own brad button, using my i-top

    I paid attention to the little details, by adding little button brads to the handle covers. This template really does have it all!

    My labels are from the NEW! Be Dazzled stamp set, digitally colored, and created, then cut out using the NEW! Be DazzledCut File. Easy peasy! I loved creating the tag that states this is a 100% Handmade Original!! I personally never duplicate a creation, so all my designs remain an original, and I think whomever receives this will feel special knowing it is one of a kind (hence my main label sentiment :D). The large tag has some bling in the flower centers. I think you can clearly see that the NEW! Be Dazzled stamp set,has many possibilities for use.

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: Carry Clutch

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: Be Dazzled

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper: Crawling Vine Silhouettes, Dainty Damask

    Pretty Pieces Cut File: Be Dazzled Cut File

    Thank you for stopping by.

    I’ll return with even more tomorrow!

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