Archive for March, 2012

It’s April 1st and that means all our NEW! Producst are available for you to purchase, and get started on those projects for Mom, Spring or any occasion where a gift is warranted ūüėÄ The end of the school year is coming too, so Teacher Appreciation gifts are a great idea too!

Be sure you check out our NEW! Products <‚ÄĒHERE!

We have released:

2 NEW! Pretty Packaging Templates

2 NEW! Pretty Impressions Stamp Sets

3 NEW! Pretty Printable Digital Paper Collections

6 NEW! Pretty Pieces Cut Files

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.

Today we have an amazing group post using our NEW! Products

As you may have come to know my company focuses on the “complete package”. We work hard to offer coordinating products that are easily interchanable with previously released products. We really enjoy being able to share the ideas and versatility each product holds.

That being said here is WHO you should visit today for some amazing projects:


  • Kimberly Morrow
  • Lisa Kind
  • Lori Kalus
  • Pattie Goldman
  • Tangii Crain
  • Card Cover-Up


  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Farida Rone
  • Linda Hammerton
  • Lori Hairston
  • Mara Campbell
  • ¬†

    Enjoy the plethora of ideas and inspiration for your Spring projects!

    My project today is made using the NEW! Com-pleatly template

    Being in LOVE with the fact that all our products are designed to coordniate, designing this made it easy peasy!

    Starting with the amazing  Spring Abound Digital Paper Collection I was able to quickly and easily create a coordinating get set in no time. 

    Look at everything I designed to fit into my  Com-pleatly template.

    I love have a variety of ways to give simple gifts that are afforable and fun. I REALLY believe it’s all about the presentation and packaging of a gift is what really gives that first and lasting impression. The littlest details are what show you REALLY care ūüėÄ Taking the time to package up something in a nice way speaks volumes about the feeling behind the gift no matter how large, or small it may be.

    Let’s get into the details of everything shall we?

    The focus of the box is the paper, but then it becomes teh coordinating label.

    I used a label from the Fine Finish Digital Stamp set, digitally colored to match, then cut using the Fine Finish ©Tag Cut File. The label was then  layered onto the All Tied Up! © Oval with the ribbon slots in either end. 

    I was able to tie through my pretty lemon polka dot ribbon to create a fun band that slides on and off the box.

    Now to the box contents…


    Once again I chose to use the large box and two small box combination, as I love what you can do with it!

     First the small boxes

    I felt that the¬†Spring Abound Digital Paper Collection is pretty enough the boxes themselves didn’t need any extra bells or whistles.

    Inside one box there is a set of 6 note cards (2 1/2 X 4 1/4) for almost every occasion, complete with 6 envelopes!

    I made my set of 6 cards using a label from the Fine Finish Digital Stamp set, changing out the sentiments, and printing/cutting each one. I chose to use a scaled down version of the same pattern in the Spring Abound Digital Paper Collection for my note cards.

    With digital images it is quick, fun, and easy to get a great assortment of cards made in very little time at all. You can SAVE the projects, and go back later to create MORE gift sets with little time at all since you already designed an amazing project the first time around.

    Now in my other small box I added some Godiva White Chocolate Truffles. Chocolate is always a great option or “filler” for any gift set ūüėÄ

    Now for the large box contents

    Here is the large box with a set of 6 standard A 2 size cards, and envelopes. They tuck away so nicely in this box, and it makes a great presentation, and later a stunning place to store the cards until they get used.

    The box in itself is a great gift on its own.

    Using the SAME labels I used in my smaller cards above, I just printed and cut more of the same tags for my larger cards.

    Now I have a large set of card for just about every occasion too!

    I love the simple design of this card.

    I used the Pretty Pattern Sketch 16 for the inspiration of the card layout. Using a sketch is always a great way to get creative and make it go quicker because most our time is spent in thought and execution of a design/layout. If you get the hardest part out of the way and commit to a layout you feel would work great, that is half the battle!

    I love the label¬†I had created using¬†the Fine Finish Digital Stamp set, and since changing out the sentiments, and printing/cutting each one how I was able to get several cards that are all different with little work. Combining the patterns in the Spring Abound Digital Paper Collection for my note cards was fun and couldn’t have been made easier.

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:


    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Fine Finish

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Spring Abound

    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    All Tied Up! Oval

    Once again thanks for stopping by and visiting our store, gallery and talented designers. We have several more days of amazing projects for you to share, so come back for much more inspiration for gifts all year long ūüėÄ

    Welcome back to our next day of previews before our April 1st Release.

    I’m so happy to have you return as I am quite excited about what¬†the MTME team¬†has to share today!

    Make sure you take a moment to visit the following team members:

    Well let me get to my sample today!

    I am using our latest template called Com-pleatly.

    I have to say that I myself and Com-pleatly¬†in LOVE with this one. If you’ve never gotten a Pretty Packaging Template before this is one you shouldn’t pass up!

    This box is sure to “Com-pleatly” (name pun intended!)¬†blow away anyone you make one for! It is fun, unique and easy to assemble!

    Simply untie your ribbon and this will unfold to reveal your dazzling gifts that await inside this amazing package.

    This template comes with a large box, small box and unique “wrapper” for them to be presented in!

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

    Completed Project Size:

    6 X 4 3/4 Wide

    3 1/8 Tall

    Large Box:

    (Fits Standard A2 Size cards or 15 Truffles)

    5 3/4 X 4 1/2 Wide

    1 1/2 Deep

    Small Box

    (Fits Card Size 2 1/2 X 4 1/4 or 6 Truffles)

    2 3/4 X 4 1/2 Wide

    1 1/2 Deep

    Box combinations:

    1 Large Box and 2 Small Boxes

    (Box combination used in today’s sample)

    OR try

    2 Large Boxes


    4 Small Boxes

    Sooooo many possibilities!

    Named after the “pleats” that tuck and fold to create the fun wrapper for your choice of gift box options, you can really get creative with your ideas, and designs. There are no limits to what you can put in here.

    My sample today used the stunning NEW! Berry Burst Digital Paper Collection

    This pack incorporates the following colors:

    • Dark Chocolate
    • Mambo
    • Rose
    • White

    This collection is just bursting with color and fresh patterns that will really brighten up any project. The detail of each sheet will perfectly embellish any card, tag, or package it is used on. These patterns are pretty, and bursting with a fresh color palette that will have you using them over and over again.

    It really makes the simple design on this POP!

    With my paper being a busy pattern, that meant I didn’t need to do too much to make this gift box a stunner! I chose to use the NEW! Spring In Bloom Set for the main focus here.

    I created my label, and resized and layered the coordinating blooms in this set, with the leaves, butterfly and my sentiment of choice: Wishing you every happiness life has to offer

    I tied it closed with a large satin ribbon, in a rich chocolate color.

    ABOUT Spring In Bloom Set of 16 Images

    As the warm Spring air arrives, we often reflect on the images of Spring. In this set we feature some Mum flowers, various whimsical blooms, a stem, some leaves, a butterfly and a large oval frame. We also acknowledge motherhood, as we celebrate Mother Nature and Mother’s Day.

    Your cards, tags, packages and projects will blossom to life when you use this amazing set of images to create them!

    I printed and cut the same labels for my boxes that get wrapped up in this template.

    I love being able to use digital images that I can¬†digital create, resize, re-color, layer, and SAVE! You have limitless options ūüėÄ

    If time had allowed I had a plethora of ideas of what to wrap up in here, but due to my family issues, I just packaged up the Truffles you see in my samples. I think this also helps to show you the size of the boxes, and just how much each can hold. Each box in its own is an amazing gift ūüėÄ But when you add that amazing wrapper, it takes it to a whole new level of WOW!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:


    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Spring In Bloom

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Berry Burst

    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    Fine Finish Tags

    This truly is the complete package as you have a fabulous set of gift boxes, large and small, which can be used as a gift on their own. It becomes “Com-pleat” (pun intended) with a stunning way to wrap them and present them to anyone with perfection!

    The hardest part of creating this gift set is parting with it!

    Thanks for stopping by, and I hope you will return tomorrow as we have our official April Release and have a Group Post with project ideas that are certain to have you in complete awe!

    See you then.


    Well it’s that time!

    As the end of each month approaches, the My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLCTeam and myself begin to start sharing samples with our latest products releasing on the 1st of each month.

    So much has been going on here behind the scenes, that keeps me from posting more regularly. It can be hard keeping that healthy balance between “work”, family, fun and crafting! I do my best to keep it all together, and family is always #1 to me. I’ve been quite busy with my family as this month we lost my grandmother to Cancer. It has been very hard on all of us, as you can imagine. My grandmother is the one who got me into crafting at a very young age, and I have¬†worked hard to pass the love of that onto my own children so they have¬†similar memories to those I have of the time I spent crafting with my Grammy.¬†So, add that to many other things going on within our family and I am one busy girl. Thankfully I have some amazing family and friends, and a great group of designers pulling for me and helping whenever needed.

    This month we sadly say goodbye to Katie, who has been with me since the start of my company 2 1/2 years ago, but give a warm welcome to Kimberly Morrow! Katie will be missed, but I am certain you will fall in love with what Kimberly has in store to share with us all.

    Today we share our first preview of samples using our NEW! Products which will be available on April 1st.

    Please visit:

  • Kimberly Morrow
  • Lisa Kind
  • Lori Kalus
  • Pattie Goldman
  • Tangii Crain
  • Today our designers are sharing samples with our latest template called Card Cover Up!

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

    Completed Project Size:

    5 3/4 Inches Long

    4 1/2 Inches Wide

    1 1/4 Inch Deep

    This is a stunning box designed to “cover-up” your gift, while displaying it in a way that makes it fun, functionaland of couse-stylish.

    You can never have to many ways to give and present you card creations. I have spent countless hours designing MANY options for such packaging for this release, and for the future ūüėÄ

    The top of the box has some elegant detail, and a decorative layer to help you easily accentuate it. The box itself is open, while the top. bottom and sides envelop the item inside.

    This is the perfect cover/holder for any set of cards (size A2 cards and envelopes 4 1/4 X 5 1/2) or stationary.

    That is exactly what I used my Card Cover Up template for!

    For the box iteself, I cut my dacorative layer from the Spring Abound Digital Pattern Paper. I LOVE the colors in this paper collection!

    • Sahara
    • Daffodil
    • White
    • Black

    They are rich and elegant and great for Spring. 

    ¬†The¬†top label on my Card Cover Up¬†template, I used the newest Pretty Impressions Set called: Fine Finish.¬†I love that particular label and think it is the perfect companion to this template ūüėÄ I chose to use the sentiment “Homemade For You” on the label. ABOUT Fine Finish

    Set of 29 Digital Images

    This set of 9 stunning frames which makes the finest finish on every project. The set includes an impressive variety of sentiments that will really make projects for every occasions look their finest! The sentiments are amazing on their own but really shine when mixed and matched with the elegant arrangement of frames.

    Be sure you check out our coordinating tag set, the Fine Finish Tags Pretty Pieces Cut File.

    This box is the perfect presentation for my gift of stationary!

    Something you just can’t do with acrylic stamps…..I custom designed 15 sheets of stationary, and included envelopes¬†as well, ¬†for the receiver to be able to write a little note of appreciation, and then either fold in half, and secure closed with a gold sticker, OR simply put into a standard A2 size envelope.

    The benefit of this is you take the time to design something ONCE, then you can print as many as you want! Save it to use again later! Simply change your colors, and or sentiment (or personalize it with person’s name!)¬†and you have a whole new gift set. I was able to enlarge the sentiment from the¬†¬†Fine Finish set to suit my project needs. Another thing you can’t do with acrylic sets!

    I used the Spring Abound Digital Pattern Paper as the base of my design, drew my box in the center of the pattern, then digitally colored, and layered my two flowers from the  Fine Finish  set to match the flower from my tag, and layered them in the lower left and right corners. EASY PEASY!

    You can design this to give your customized card creations in this fabulous “cover”, that will also be proudly displayed in any home or office, as it is a gift in itself.¬†¬†


    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Card Cover Up

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Fine Finish

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Spring Abound

    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    Fine Finish Tag

    This template has so many more uses and possibilities!

    Use this “cover” to package a variety of other items such as face masks, drink mixes, body products, gift certificates, photos, frames, baby items like booties, hats or onesies and more. Whatever you “cover” in this it is sure to look stunning!

    Speaking of stunning…be sure you return tomorrow because we have some more product previews that will leave your jaw hanging open!

    See you then!


    1 Year Blog Challenge-aversary Giveaway!

    Mar 15, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Contests

    Happy Thursday!  

    Today we are kickin’ off our 1 year Challenge-aversary!  

    What would you do with a $25 gift certificate to My Time Made Easy?  Well all you have to do is play along with this week’s sketch for your chance to win!!  Winner will be announced next Thursday along with Sketch #53.

    CLICK HERE to participate and see all the details!

    Feel free to use our sketches on any project you want, we encourage you to get creative! ¬†And of course you can combine challenges. ¬†While participation with products¬†from¬†My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLC¬†is appreciated, it is not required to participate. You can use products from ANY company.

    Spring: A Year in Review

    Mar 3, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Welcome to our final day of our March Release countdown!

    Today we have an amazing group post for our monthly Year in Review!

    This is a favorite for all as we make something NEW! with something OLD!

    The rules are simply put: use some older products and make something fresh and fun. It doesn’t have to be ALL old, it can mix and match the new with old.

    We have an amazing team ready to share so stop by their blogs for a visit:

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Farida Rone
  • Katie Cotton
  • Linda Hammerton
  • Lisa Kind
  • Lori Hairston
  • Lori Kalus
  • Mara Campbell
  • Pattie Goldman
  • Tangii Crain
  • As you’ve seen the Well Contained template is a super cute packaging option, so I wanted to use it once again today. I really can’t get enough of it. It is easy to assemble and fun to use.

    The scallop topped carton is adorable all on its own! You don’t need a lot of bells and whistles to make this container POP, and I’ll show you that here today!

    Be Happy!

    ¬†Keeping it quick and simple I cut the carton from the NEW! Well Contained¬†template in red cardstock. I packaged up a travel size body wash & lotion from Bath & Body Works called Energize! Love that stuff ūüėÄ

    I cut the oval layer using the NEW! Fine Finish Tag Pretty Pieces Cut File. Another product I can’t stop using this month ūüėÄ

    On the tag I used a few oldie-but goodie sets

    The “grass” is from the Timed Write ¬©¬†. The flower is from the Puckered Paper Pieces ¬©¬†set, and the stem is from the Sensational Digital Package ¬© . My sentiment is from the Sentimental Occasions Labels ¬© .

    I popped out the flower center with a circle punch, and layered it onto the stem with a dimensional. I love adding POP to things. Far more appealing than FLAT projects.

    Now while this carton is simply sweet, the holder makes it all the more sweeter!

    The holder is every bit as simple as the carton in this sample. Just cut from plain ole’ daffodil cardstock, then added a decorative strip of coordinating paper…..

    and a flower button with a shimmery leaf on either side to complete the little details.

    Its all about the little finishing touches.

    Now the holder can hold “other” items too. Just use your imagination!

      Easy, peasy!

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates: 

    Well Contained

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set: 

    Timed Write ©  Puckered Paper Pieces © Sentimental Occasions Labels © .

    Pretty Pieces Cut File: 

    Fine Finish Tag set

    Thanks for stopping by to view all our amazing projects this month. Each of us puts much time, care and thought into everything we do to help inspire you.

    For more ideas and inspiration using all our products be sure you stop by our gallery or the¬†MTME BLOG! There are weekly challenges and samples using all our products. Each month a winner for a Perfect Package is picked ūüėÄ Enter a challenge for your chance to win!

    See you soon!

    A touch of elegance…

    Mar 2, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Once again we have an day packed with some amazing gift ideas!

    Today you will want to visit:

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Farida Rone
  • Linda Hammerton
  • Lori Hairston
  • Mara Campbell
  • Now you’ve seen many projects over the last few days. With Easter on the horizon, many are cute and whimsical. I thought today I would share a more elegant approach to one of our newest templates, the Round and Round.


    This template was designed to be versatile. So while it can become an Easter egg, or a basket, it can also become an elegant box too!

    So I chose to use the Regal Round Up paper collection to show you a more elegant approach to this packaging. The butterfly pattern is on the top layer, and the stripe around the box is also from one of the patterns in the set.

    I “lined” the inside of my box with a pattern in this set as well that is a re-colored version of the original in Freestyle Florals ¬© . Don’t worry, that pattern within the Regal Round Up paper collection was FREE. By using dgital paper I can often re-color it to coordinate with my project! No worry about not having the right colors, using up a favorite pattern or running out ever! If you like a pattern, digitally re-color it to coordinate. I already did that here, so I included it in the pack as it was a great accent to the pack of Regal Round Up paper.

    This box is packaging a very large oval bar of lavendar soap.

    It looks awesome in here!

    I used the paper to pull the colors for my choice of tags from the AMAZING Round Off set. This set is so amazing. Anytime you need a tag you will find one in this set to suit every occasion. The set it FILLED with so many sentiments, it will be hard to pick which one to use first!

    I chose the “This should cheer you up!” sentiment. I added the butterfly from the Spring is Here set, to my tag.¬†I should add I made my own paper-covered brad too for the flower center ūüėÄ

    I have a Silhouette Cameo now and it cuts out all my digital images! I am in LOVE with it! It cut out my tag here no problem-o! Again, I layered my Round Off tag onto a tag layer from the Fine Finish Tag cut file.

    One of the MANY benefits to working with digital images is layering with EASE. I also love the perfect coloring of a multi-piece image, such as all the tags with patterns.

    ¬†If this was an acrylic stamp it would be hard to get a perfect, multi-colored image! Once you save your layered/colored images you can easily go back and re-use them or re-color. You can mass produce stuff, and all your hard work isn’t in vain because you saved it and can re-use it again later.

    ¬†I also love the ability to resize or mirror images too. If you want an image or sentiment from another set that typically wouldn’t fit (if it was acrylic) you can resize it so it does. Mixing and matching couldn’t get easier. That is exactly what I did with the butterfly on my tag in this project…resized, colored and layered it to fit.

    Don’t be afradi to give it a try. You’re missing out if you don’t!

    Endless possibilities.

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Round and Round

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Round Up, Spring is Here

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Regal Round Up

    Pretty Pieces Cut File: 

    Fine Finish

     Well thanks for stopping in today.

    Tomorrow the team and I share our “year in Review” projects! You won’t want to miss additional ideas with older pro

    Happiness in bloom…

    Mar 1, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy


    Are you enjoying all the project so far this month? It’s so refreshing having so many MORE project ideas isn’t it? I love having the “dozen” designers because that means a dozen more ideas. I think we¬†must all agree there is no such thing as too many ideas!

    So for you fill of inspiration today please stop by and visit:

    ¬†Today I am going to share my version of another Well Contained project that makes what is thought to be a “cute” template, an elegant one! Yes, I said elegant.

    A friend of mine is getting married and wanted a wedding favor using a “carton”. That is actually why I designed this. I know, it sounds crazy. I even said so when she asked me to do this for her, and I seriously¬†tried to talk her into something else, but she insisted.

    ¬†She is getting married in¬†April and her colors are baby blue and white. I promised her I’d try to make something elegant for her, but made no promises.

    This is the final approved favor:

    Happiness in Bloom

    I have to say I was quite happy with her “challenge”¬†for me because I had a blast making these wedding favors, and think her guests will love them too. It’s very different than the standard favor box you think of when you think wedding, but obviously possible!

    Given the colors, we packaged up some individually wrapper Life Savers Peppermints. They are the perfect after dinner treat, and look perfect packaged up in there!

    She actually chose the life saver because of the “circle” to signify their never ending love.

    The holder is quite simple, really. Just what you need when making 120ish of something!

    I printed the the blue pattern from the Dotted Stripes © Collection 3 for the outside of my carton holder, leaving the inside white.

    She wants to include a poem, printed on the inside of the holder, with their names and wedding date saying

    Thank you for celebrating with us, as we start out new life. 

    Together forever as husband and wife.

    These wedding memories will become a treasure,
    And seeing you here is part of the pleasure.

    Our dreams came true, with love and more‚ÄĒ
    Adventures to have and the world to explore.  

    We’ll share our joys, we’ll share our sorrows;
    We can already see many bright tomorrows.

    While the carton is left plain, in the baby blue cardstock, with the sweet white scallop border.

    The top is tied with a satin trimmed ribbon and one little paper 4 petal flower, with a pearl center.

    The paper flower matches the flower in the tag from the Round Off set, cut using the Fine Finish Tag-oval.

    The sentiment is from the Spring is Here set.

    It is perfect for a wedding.

    Supplies from My Time Made Easy ‚ĄĘ LLC

    Pretty Packaging Templates:

    Well Contained

    Pretty Impressions Stamp Set:

    Spring is Here, Round Off

    Pretty Printable Digital Paper:

    Dotted Stripes Collection 3

    Pretty Pieces Cut File:

    Fine Finish Tag


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