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A little something more…

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

We are are back again and still sharing more samples, so take advantage of all the ideas, and put them to use in your own life.

Making gifts for people is so rewarding and can really dress up the simplest of gifts.

Check out the following design team members today:

I actually made a ton of stuff, andI really enjoyed this release! I need to spread out all the projects because I’d be typing ALL DAY!

My 11th anniversary was August 23rd, and I wanted to make something for my hubby to helpcelebrate the day. We always go on a mini-vacation, just he and I, and so we don’t typically buy each othera lot as that is our gift to one another, but I did get him a fee gift cards so he can enjoy lunch with the guy’s at work without “splurging”. He isn’t one to go buy lunch! He’s eat a can of cold Spaghetti O’s first! LOL! So just a little something for him to enjoy.

A little something for my “sweetie”

Today’s project features the Mush-Room House template. It really is super sweet, and so fun to make. It was done for my 8 year old daughter Amber, who is as of late obsessed with gnomes and mushroom house ideas. She had the idea of a template like this after painting a mushroom shaped bird house.

I absolutely LOVE the kising gnomes from the First Kiss Set! I knew I wanted to use them for my gift, so I shrunk them down and added them to one of the tags from the Apothecary Labels Set , that I customized withe flag and sentiment.

Seriously, aren’t they too cute?!

I had so much fun using the combination of colors based on my Mush-Room House top layer. The daisy pattern is from the Coffee Beans © collection. The bottom layer is from the Dotted Stripes © Collection 2 set.

On the top layer I used the Border Builders Scallop Dot © to create my rosette  for the top of the Mush-Room House. I then added a sponged daisy which was cut from the Bloom Builders © cut file.

I figured this would be the perfect holder for the gift cards I wanted to give him!

I’m happy to say that YES! They were a perfect fit! As are we ♥

So thanks for letting me share! I have much more, but that will be another day.

Tomorrow wraps up our release with our Group Post!

Be sure you check it out.




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

We are BAAAAACK!!!

I hope you have been checking in with us the last few days as we celebrate our September Release with a plethora of inspiring projects for everyone. We aren’t done yet! Check out the following designers for some more fab-u-licious ideas

EEK! I am so excited to share my samples today! I had so many ideas using the *NEW* BOO! Bag cut file that I could have filled a weeks worth if posts with *just* ideas for it. So, without further delay, let me start sharing.

Spooky Sweet Treats!

Using only the items that come with the BOO! Bag the cut file, I was able to create a jack-o-lantern, a bat, and a sweet ghost!

As a mom to three kids I wanted to design 3 different Halloween themed gift bags that I could easily assemble, and make for their classmates. With you have anywhere from 15 to 20 kids a class you need quick, easy and not so large that you break the bank filling them. The BOO! Bag really fits all those requirements!

In the pumkin I have a chocolate covered pumkin marshmallow treat

The bat has a Dracula PEZ dispenser and candy

 Then the ghost has some ghost marshmallow peeps (3 per box)

You CAN re-size these to become bigger, for those times you want to package up something larger, but these are really great as is.

Now the details…..

The jack-o-lantern was cut from a orange cardstock. I printed the text pattern from the Hauntingly Homemade Paper Collection on the same colored cardstock, then just cut the decorative layers included in the file. Gave them a quick sponging, and layered them on.

The jack-o-lantern face is included in the file! Isn’t he/she so cute??? Easy peasy!

I used one of the tags from the Apothecary Labels Set, and “erased” the apothecary jar in the label, and replaced it with a colored in pumpkin (lines removed) from the A Spooky Surprise © set. The tag was cut using the Fabulous Frames cut file.You have to give major props to digital images because it makes this stuff possible!!! You can layer images, remove images, enlarge and shrink image…..endless possibilities for  using and combining sets. It also allows me to make something ONCE and print it as many times as I need it to be, AND at whatever size I choose too.

Now for the bat!

This file does come with all the pieces to create the bat.

I think this bat is creepy cute! The “bloody” fangs I added makes it a little gory, but I love it.

The tag-how cute is that?! I used the tag and sentiment from the Hauntingly Homemade Set, and it was cut out using the Hauntingly Homemade Labels.

Really super simple

Speaking of simple….the ghost was by far the quickest and easiest!

This was cut from white cardstock, omitting the handle, so you have the ghosts head!

I just added some googlie eyes, and a hand-drawn mouth.

Once again the tag and sentiment were super simple, and made using the Hauntingly Homemade Set. I also used images (the ghost & spider) from the A Spooky Surprise © set. It was cut out using the Hauntingly Homemade Labels.

Now Halloween may NOT be your thing. If not that’s OK because this is still a fabulous cut file as it can me made into other things, including a purse style box.

That being obvious I decided to try another animal for fun!

Here Kitty….

Another SIMPLE one.

Cut from black cardstock I used some of the elements to make the cat. The pumpkin eyes are the cat ears, and nose.

I used this to hold a scented candle, and made my tag from the Fine Finish © cut file.

Sentiment is from the On Display 1 © set, and the paw is from the Sign It © set.

Many, many possibilities! A little imagination can go along way when you have a great starting point.

I could go on and on, but there is more to share another day! Come on back tomorrow as we have yet another day of sharing, and designs from the team.

Have a creative day!

Wow! it is almost September, and the kids just went back to school yesterday.

I now have a 3rd, 4th, and 6th grader! Where has the time gone???

Here are some photos (as a proud mom I have to share :D)

They have grown so fast!

As September approaches, and I try to juggle getting back into the swing of things I have much to share with you all for our September 1st Release!! We have a truly amazing line up of products for you this month, and I hope you will get inspired to try them out for yourself at some point.

While our September Release won’t be available until September 1st, once our products are in store, they are available for instant download. If you want to know HOW to download any of our products please read instructions HERE!

Our files are formatted to fit over 18 cutting systems on the market! But you DON’T need a personal cutting system to use our products! If you have a home printer you are good to go!

All our products are designed to be user friendly and fun. Whether you are a new crafter, or a well seasoned one, I think you will enjoy our products. We have a lot of information on our ABOUT Page, loads of amazing projects using our products in OUR GALLERY, we also offer many challenges on OUR BLOG if you are looking for new ways to get creative. You may also want to check out some of our tutorials too 😀

So that all that being said….let’s see what the design team has been up to!

I am quite excited by this release, and think you will be too!! We have all enjoyed using the products this month, and really have some unique items to share.

This project I have today was fashioned after something near and dear to me….the apothecary jar.

Apothecary Jar $5


How amazing to have a cardstock version of this amazing item!

Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

Completed Project Size:

6 Inches Tall

4 Inches Around

I love vintage apothecary jars, and have collected them for many years, so it is only natural for me to want to be able to replicate my favorite shaped jar in a cardstock version. I think we can all use a fun jar like template to package up the simplest of gifts! Think of all the fun items you can package in this jar like template. Design it to coordinate with any room of your home!

You can gift kitchen or bath products, baked goods, candy, flowers, seed packets, tea or coffee themed gifts, mixes and other handmade or store bought concoctions!

This template was so fun and easy to use (yes, EASY!). I created the template from white cardstock, and layered it with the stunning Blossoming Cherries © patterned paper collection along the bottom.

I chose a different pattern on the lid, but from the same collection. I love having the various patterns that coordinate!

The center tag here was created using the *NEW* Apothecary Labels set, which was cut out using the Fabulous Frames Cut File. The label featured is a completed tag design within the set, that perfect accentuates the Apothecary Jar Template.

You could package up some floral scented soaps, or candles using this tag. Maybe some potpourri, tea’s, seed packets, gift card to local flower shoppe….to name a few ideas.

Here are some alternate views of the jar…..

I added some acrylic flowers what I had purchased, and put them in the flower centers of the paper on the Apothecary Jar.

As you can see the flowers look really nice, and I of course had to add a paper one that I created using the Rambling Rose © cut file.

The rose is truly stunning on the side of this!


To further accent the usability

 I have included a handle and spout for this template, so your jar can be easily turned into a tea pot! So many possibilities!

So using the SAME design, and the tea pot elements I created a teapot version using the Apothecary Jar template.

The labels are also made using the *NEW* Apothecary Labels set, which was cut out using the Fabulous Frames Cut File.

I think it is just as stunning as a teapot, as it is an apothecary jar!! This template truly has ENDLESS possibilities.

It can become a pumpkin, a apple, a gumball machine, a Witch’s Cauldron…to name a few more ideas!!

By adding the tea element and changing the tag you have a totally new look!

This is yet another tag that is included in the Apothecary Labels set. I just colored the frames to coordinate with my paper.

Tag reads Hot Tea-Herbal Blends-Limited Edition 8 0z, and has a tea cup! I love it. I spent MUCH time designing this set with gift-giving in mind.

I added a hanging tag to the teapot to further accentuate the design of the teapot.

This is the detail of the tea tag I made using the images from the Apothecary Labels set, which was cut out using the Fabulous Frames Cut File. I love combining several images onto one customized tag!

The flag at the top is included in the set, and I added the sentiment to it. The tea pot was created using the jar image, and the handle/spout. I layered the pot with that floral pattern, also in the set. The sentiment along the bottom speaks for itself 😀

About the Apothecary Labels Set of 20 Digital Images $12

You can never have too many options when making cards and gift for those you care about. This set of  labels was created to help you accent any card, tag or Pretty Packaging Template with that little bit of creative flair, in no time flat! This set was designed to coordinate with the Apothecary Jar Template, but can be used anywhere!

This set includes 4 completed labels, and 3 ready to build labels.

Sentiments Include:

Contents in Jar

100% Satisfaction Guaranteed

Very Fragile

Handle With Care

Fresh Picked Just For You

Packaged to promote rest, relaxation and joy!

Packaged to be shared.

Contents are not intended to be consumed while alone.

Packed special with you in mind.

May this brighten your day, as you always brighten mine

Will bring you a cheerful feeling

Too delicious to resist opening immediately!

Homemade especially for you!

Please Join Us for a time of family & friendship

Made with only the finest ingredients and lot’s of love

Curved Label Sentiments:

Deliciously Homemade

You’re Invited

Made Especially For You

A Little Something Sweet

Stir, Sip, & Enjoy!

Happiest Birthday Wishes

There really is no limit to what these labels can be added to! Don’t miss out on the Fabulous Frames Cut File, as it is an amazing set of 8 labels that were designed to coordinate with this set!

WHEW! Are you still with me here?! Lot’s of information to share, and still to come even MORE products and projects!! So with that being said I hope you will return tomorrow for even more, as we get ready to celebrate the release on September 1st.

August: Year in Review

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

It’s that time again! Our monthly Year in Review post.

This is when the designers find NEW uses for OLD products. Always fun and so inspiring.

Be sure you check out what the entire team has made anew.

I know it is ONLY August, and Christmas seems far away, but it really does come quick.

That being said, I could NOT resist taking the 3-Tier © template, and turning it into Jolly Ole’ Saint Nicholas!!

I mean what a super cute gift idea for wrapping up some homemade treats or just as some fun decor!

Now just to make replicating this EASIER for YOU I will list what I used for colors on the 3-Tier © template layers:

Small Lid-Red Top, White Top (bottom panel), White Sides

Small Box-White with White Scallop Layer

Medium Lid-All Red

Medium Box-All Red with White scallop layer

Large Lid-Red Top, Black Lid Sides

Large Box-All Red with White Scallop Bottom

The Small Box Layer:  I trimmed Santa’s hat with some yarn stuff I have had forever! I used that same yarn to make a pom pom for the top of his hat.

I then used the Mr. Claus © set for Santa’s face. I enlarged it, and printed, colored, cut, and layered it onto my box top. It looks awesome!

For the Medium Layer: I proceeded to weld two of the scallop layers from the Border Builders Open Scallop cut file to create the white “trim” on Santa’s “coat”.
I simply used some elongated rounded rectangles as his “arms” and then used the
Frost Bitten © cut file (size decreased to be about 40% smaller than original size-so sized to 60%) to make his mittens! I hung a mini Christmas ornament from his hand. Too cute!
Large Layer: I glued on a metal piece from a Hodgepodge Hardware Kit for his belt!
I then used the Fine Finish © label, cut from the green pattern in the Vintage Flourishes – Bright © paper collection, to frame my sentiment from the Beautiful Baubles ©set.
The ornament in the sentiment is similar to that ornament hanging from his hand. A few more embellishments, and I was DONE!
This would look adorable on a mantle, side table or given to teachers or a co-worker.
Maybe fill the small layer with cocoa, the medium layer with marshmallows, candy cane pieces, or chocolates to put IN the cocoa, and the large layer can be filled with chocolate chip cookies! YUM!! An inexpensive yet thoughtful gift. Great for kids too.
You can use this template to make similar gifts like a toy soldier, nutcracker, snowman, penguin, or an elf to name a few ideas 😀 Just use a little imagination, and the possibilities are LIMITLESS!
Thanks for stopping by during our release.
See you next time

Sewn with Love

Aug 1, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

So we are at day 1 after our August Release, and as always we love to follow up our releases with several days of ideas for ways to use our new products! You can never get too many gift ideas or inspiration. We have developed a team of talented crafters who each have a unique style that is sure to get you motivated!!

So here is who you will want to visit today:

  • Lauren Meader <—you are here!
  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz

  • Farida Rone
  • Kimberly Morrow
  • Lisa Kind
  • Tina Hale
  • Well as you all have read this release is near and dear to my heart.

    Between my design team and I we all agreed that in coordination with the templates we had we’d need to have a Ribbon Spool/Fabric Bolt shaped card, and a simple sweet, easy to assemble button box would be perfect. So here is my idea of the two, given as a gift!

    Sewn with Love

    This gift set uses the *NEW* All Buttoned Up © box, and the Spool of Thread Card ©.

    They are quite the perfect pair don’t you think?!

    I used the Buttons-N-Bits © paper collection, and then Grammy’s Sewing Kit © to embellish both items.

    For the box I cut it from a coordinating pink cardstock, then used the quilting patchwork pattern for the decorative layers.

    On the top interlocking “button” closure I used a dark pink so it would really stand out.

    Note: you can choose to not use the button holes in this box for a round top closure instead!

    My ribbon is strung through the button holes, and tied into a bow, which I accentuated with some acrylic flowers I bought in the jewelry section of a local craft store. I also added a heart topped stick pin.

    I printed my sentiment, which was perfect for my paper choice, from the Grammys Sewing Kit © , and cut it out using the Fine Finish © tag. I used a pale pink marker to highlight the word “love”.

    The tag is tied in with some embroidery floss.

    Speaking of that, we now get to the card!

    I love how this turned out. The pattern in the Buttons-N-Bits © paper collection makes this look like it is a spool of thread!! So that was EASY!! You can wrap real twine, embroidery floss, yarn, or ribbon around this too if you want. This can also be a bolt of fabric too 😀 So any pretty patterned paper would be perfect!

    For the top of my spool I just took some of the sentiments from Grammy’s Sewing Kit © and printed then cut them out onto my spool top. My Cameo Silhouette makes that super easy for me 😀 I love how vintage spools of thread look, and while I’m not one who can go “all authentic “vintage” like many of my talented designers, I love that I was able to channel that here. No matter what your style you can make the products work for you!

    Now towards the bottom…

    I used one of the buttons in the Grammy’s Sewing Kit © to create my own coordinating button. I added a page pebble over it to make it more 3 dimensional! Stuck in some pearl topped stick pins so it looked like they were stuck into the spool. The very first craft my Grammy taught me was cross stitch. I loved it!! I spent that Summer making several pillowcases. My mom has a similar rose patterned pillow case I made when I was like 8 years old, so the embroidery hoop, and cross stitched rose pattern was so important to me.

    So I added the embroidery hoop, with the rose pattern, and the needle & thread to the hoop, and layered it onto my card.

    That is one thing that I love about paper crafting! You can really create and customize gifts for anyone, and when they know you made it for them it is all that much more special.

    As I said this release is a true tribute to my grandmother, who would have had a birthday this month. She taught me so much from a young age. I hope to pass that love onto my children, and hope that my work inspires them someday to eventually carry on what I teach them to their children’s children.

    My grandmother and I didn’t just craft together, we built a strong bond and memories that will last a lifetime. I also learned an appreciation for people, as well as any artist who can tap into a creative part of their soul and share their heart through their work. Artist of all mediums are special people.

    One thing I know is that my grandmother was so proud of me and where I have been able to take my love for crafting. I owe that to her.

    Love you and miss you Grammy-May you finally be at peace.

    August Release: Sew Fruity

    Jul 31, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

     It’s August 1st and that means all our NEW! Products are available for you to purchase! We have all had such a great time working with all the new products, and will continue to share samples through the next few days.

    Be sure you check out our NEW! Products <—HERE!

    We have released:

    NEW! Pretty Packaging Templates

    NEW! Pretty Impressions Stamp Set

    3  NEW! Pretty Printable Digital Paper Collections

    NEW! Pretty Pieces Cut Files

    and an amazing Pretty Package Collection, where you save 25%!

    Check out our NEW! Perfect Package Collections!

    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:

    Slice ©

    Grammy’s Sewing Kit ©

    Upon creating the Grammy’s Sewing Kit ©, it was obvious that it could be a picnic basket! Another fun activity that I am so fond of 😀 I think you can really do so much between this template, and many of our Pretty Impressions Stamp Sets.

    So with any Picnic, or outing you need 1) an invitation, and 2) a great centerpiece or favor!

    I love how this little set turned out.

    So since it was a picnic, and I needed an invite, I created this super sweet Apple invitation using the *NEW* An Apple a Day Slice ©. I think it is adorable, and was perfect for the invite.

    I cut my apple card in red, layered the large slice in white, then the slices in the red gingham pattern from the Picnic of Patterns © paper collection. My seeds and stem were cut from a chocolate cardstock, with my polka dot leaf print coming from the Grammy’s Pretty Patterns © paper collection. I then embellished it with a ribbon and fabric flower I had on hand.

    My sentiment “Time for a picnic” and the ants came from the *NEW* Tooty Fruity © set. The label it is printed on was cut from the Fine Finish © label cut file.

    On the inside of the card I printed my Let’s Do Lunch! sentiment, with the gingham ribbon pattern from the Tooty Fruity © set, and my RSVP information was from the Happy Camping © set. I love mixing and matching stuff! So once it was printed, I cut the apple layer and placed it inside my card.

    So for the actual picnic basket….

    I used the Grammy’s Sewing Kit © template to make my picnic basket! I cut the template in a red cardstock and planned on using the red gingham pattern from the Picnic of Patterns © set for my decorative layers. I always associate the red gingham pattern with picnic, so this was perfect.
    I had so many ideas it was hard to narrow down which direction to go in the actual decoration of my basket. I wanted to use the fruits from the Tooty Fruity © set, but seeing some of our team do that I wanted to show you some other design options. Since I think about eating at a picnic I thought a place setting would be super cute!!!
    So with that idea in mind I printed the “Time for a picnic” sentiment  from the Tooty Fruity © set, along with the daisy image from theFancy a Cuppa? ©set onto my cardstock, and I used the Fine Finish © label cut file to create my “plate” and “placemat”.
    I cut a square from the same gingham print in Picnic of Patterns ©, and folded it in half to make my table cloth!
    I then printed, colored, and cut out the knife, fork, and spoon, so I could layer it with dimensionals onto my placemat!
    Without too much embellishing my Grammy’s Sewing Kit © template came together in no time. I wanted a little more WOW! so I tied on some red ribbon, with the centers embellished with a red flower, cut using the
    Bloom Builders © cut file (I used a stylus to emboss the petals), and layered on another daisy into the center.
    Something else was missing so I thought that the bumble bee from Bee-Loved ©  would be the perfect addition!
    So I stamped my bee in versamark first, then applied a heat & stick powder, which I heat set, then added glitter to, so I could have sheer glittery bee wings. I then stamped, colored and cut my bee body, and layered the wings on top!
    Perfectly simple! I love it.
    Now what to package up??!!
    That is nice when it is the biggest deliemma you have.

    August Preview: Tooty Fruity

    Jul 30, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Home decor/3-D items, My Time Made Easy

    Are you ready for some more sizzling’ ideas from the team using our *NEW* Products?! I know I have been blown away by what they are sharing, and I think you will be too.

    All our *NEW* products will be available for purchase on August 1st.

    Today the team is sharing a peek at a fun and whimsical template that can be used all year long, as it truly is simply sweet!

    Slice $5

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

    Completed Project Size:

    6 Inches Long

    3 Inches Tall

    2 Inches Wide

    How about a little SLICE of heaven?

    Simply sweet and looks good enough to eat, this template is sure to be a hit all year long. Designed to look like a fruit wedge you can create your own fruit slice to look just like your very favorite fruit! Use this to package up fruit flavored, themed or scented items for every occasion from teas to candy.

    Turn this sweet wedge into a orange, watermelon, lemon, lime, coconut, tomato, or even an apple whatever slice of happiness you can dream of!

    You may also want to check out our amazing set of fruity images called Tooty Fruity, & the Well Preserved © sets, as well as our NEW! An Apple a Day Slice card cut file for a sweet accent to this template!

    I had a blast making these two fruit wedges!

    I give a ton for fruit themed gift items, so I am in heaven with this template 😀

    First I will share the details on what I used the create the orange wedge!

    I love to give Orange Spice Tea, and sometimes I don’t have the time to create the Tea for You template, or I know my brother (or whomever) won’t display the Tea Tabbed Box, so I don’t want to spend any more time than neccassary ton package it up, yet I do want to make SOMETHING, so this was a fabulous option!

    I simply layered the fruit slice(and “tea” sentiment) image from the A Spot of Tea © , with the combination of “orange” sentiment from the Well Preserved © set for my label. I then just cut it out, and layered it to the center of my ribbon along with some flowers I had in my craft stash!

    This could be perfect for lemon tea too 😀

    Simply sweet! You can see how this can easily be made into many of your favorite fruity wedges 😀

    I wish I had the Tooty Fruity set when I was creating this, but sadly I didn’t.

    Another personal fave, and a popular one at that is the watermelon!

    So instead of the fruit wedges I used the seeds in this template for this design.

    So simple and easy.

    I created the box in the pink cardstock, then embellished  the layers with the green for the “rind”. You could really get fancy and add the stripes for the rind, or used patterned papers, but I was thinking QUICK, and quick is definitely do-able with this one ♥

    The tag has a cute lil’ ladybug from our Sensational Stems © set, which I made the wings 3 D. The sentiment “You make like sweet!” comes from the Well Preserved © set. I love that our sets are interchangable with our templates! It really adds to the versatiltiy 😀

    Now don’t forget the BACK!

    You always want to finish all sides of a Pretty Packaging Template! That is what kicks it up a notch from an amateur to professional look!!!

    Thank you all for stopping by, and visiting our team. Tomorrow is Release Day so come back to see all our *NEW* products, and what we’ve made to further inspire you!

    Make Your Mark

    Jul 4, 2012 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, My Time Made Easy

    (NOTE: This was a OLD post I found never published!)

    Today I am featuring my samples using the NEW! On the Mark, which is a book marker cut file.

    On the Mark $2.50

    Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC

    On the Mark is a fabulous take on the good ole’ fashioned book mark!!

    Its design allows you to easily “mark” your page, while you get the fun of creating a customized book marker for everyone who loved to read!

     I made a book mark for each one of my children, using the NEW! On the Mark cut file.

    I think they turned out so cute!

     Now they can keep track of their reading all Summer long. They each have to read daily for a half hour (at least) during the Summer so they keep up their reading skills. Each time they finish a book I let them go pick out another new one at the local library. It’s funny their favorit things are the non-fiction books. They like learning about catepilars, bees, sharks and other topics like that. They get a monthly subscription from National Geographic Kids, that my dad bought them for Christmas. They look forward to that coming every month!

    This is Alexa’s The maker was designed for the book lover in your life. It’s perfect for kids, and grown-ups alike. The rounded top tab has a slot so that it can attach to top top of your page, to keep your place.

    So the orchid layer has the slit in it, and the decorative circle “covers” up the slit, so it looks pretty 😀

    Just slip the page into the slit, and it holds snuggly in place.

    The perfect book mark!

     The toppers were made using the Back to School set.

    Here is Noah’s Marker

    I digitally colored the kids, then hand colored the faces, drew in the sidewalk & grass on each. Cute eh?

    This is Amber’s

    It’s great to be able to customize/personalize each one for the person you are gifting it to!

    I went a little further with personalzing mine by using the apple image from the Back to School set, and adding their name to it.

    Some gift ideas:

    Let your children create their own, and keep track of all the books they read on the marker!

    Give one with a gift card to your local/online book store for that special someone who loves to read.

    Insert one into a new book as a gift

    Gift one to all the school staff, like a reading teacher or librarian

    Book Club members will love a handcrafted one!

    OR…..add a candy cup  to the top (filled of course) and give them out as party favors, or at Halloween!



    For the New Nest (or arrival)

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

    I cannot believe it is almost the 4th of July!

    Feels like Summer is half over, yet we are just getting started. The weather here hasn’t exactly screamed Summer, but more maybe Spring. It IS getting warmer each day and I look forward to less rain and more SUN.

    I’ve been so inspired by nature lately and am dying to share my project today. Before I do so, let me link our team members who also are excited to share projects today!

  • Debbie Marcinkiewicz
  • Farida Rone
  • Linda Hammerton
  • Lori Kalus
  • Mara Campbell
  • I was inspired by nature with my project today, as I’ve recently received an email from my brother, that had a photo of the wreath I had made for his Mother in Law. Making silk wreaths, and floral arrangements is a new passion of mine 😀 In the photo a robin had loved my wreath SO MUCH that it built a HUGE nest, right on top of it!

    Inside the bird laid three eggs in there! How sweet 😀

    I love the nest! I wish I would have it after, and use it in a large cage I just bought for decor in one of the rooms in my house. Not sur

    Sadly I never got any really good photos of the wreath myself, so these will have to do!

    So upon getting the email, I just had this nest on my brain! So between that, and having friends who just got married and are buying their first home, I thought it would be great to make a gift for “the new nest”.

    Here is my take on that idea, inspired by my wreath

    I used the NEW! Cuppy-Cake © Template for this gift to be made into a little blue bird, in a nest, and a coordinating card.

    My Cuppy-Cake © template was a “cupcake” turned “bird in a nest” by simply using the Cute Lil Chick © cut file! It was quick and simple, and I thik we can all agree OH! SO CUTE!

    For the little bird body I cut my “cupcake” top from a pale aqua cardstock.

    I then layered on the aqua pattern from the Vintage Flourishes – Bright © paper collecion, onto 6 of the panels for the body, and then the green pattern on two of the panels so it would look like the bird’s belly!

    I added one of the aqua decorative panels from the Vintage Flourishes – Bright © paper collecion to the face, and trimmed the excess.

    For the bird’s face I had used the “Belly” as the face, and just used the PDF version of the Cute Lil Chick © cut file for the eyes and beak! Sponge on some rosey cheeks.

    As you get to see a 360 degree view of this you will see that I then used the wing, and tail from the Cute Lil Chick © cut file to complete my little bird!

    I cut the Cuppy-Cake © bottom (aka “the nest”) from a texturedchocolate cardstock .

    To accentuate the fact that this is a nest I created a tag using the Fine Finish © tag collection.

    On the tag I stamped my nest (of course) branch, flowers and sentiment reading “For your new nest”, using the Singing Silhouette © set.

    Now when you have a new home we all like to have a little “nest egg” in case of home repairs, or for that special something you may want for your new home.

    So going with that theme, Jay and I put some cash into a little egg, and placed it in the nest.

    Well those ae the details on my little bird, now time for the card!

    My card was created quickly and easily using the Window Treatments Collection 1 © card cut file!
    I stamped the bird from Critters with Heart © on the Fine Finish © tag, and added the branch and nest elements from the Singing Silhouette © set. The HAPPY is from our Sentimental Occasions © set.
    I used a woodgrain pattern bow for the tab top.
    Now open this up…and I have my sentiment from the

    Fine Finish ©  digital set, and printed on the back layer. I think depending on the number of house projects, this sentiment could come in handy! LOL! I love it.
    You could also put your cash or a gift card in here as well.
    This idea would be well matched with a NEW ARRIVAL too! Great for a baby shower favor, or to hold handmade baby hat or booties. Maybe a gift card to a local store, or photography studio for the little one 😀
    Whew! While the project was super simple, explaining it all was exhausting! I hope it inspired you because then it would be well worth it 😀
    Thanks for stopping by today.
    Please return tomorrow as we ahve many more ideas with our Group Post A Year In Review!
    The projects using older products are always SO inspiring, so you won’t want to miss it.

    A Magical Birthday!

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

    Welcome back everyone!

    I hope you have been feeling those creative juices flow as the team and I have beensharing projects for our July Release. We still have several days left of inspiring gifts and ideas, so I hope you have a moment to check everyone’s projects today!

    Stop by and pay a visit to:

  • Kimberly Morrow
  • Lisa Kind
  • Lori Hairston
  • Pattie Goldman
  • Tangii Crain
  • I really enjoyed this release as many of these projects I had whipped up last minute. I had surgery some time ago and hadn’t created anything in months! Most of what you’ve seen for the last 3 months or so was designed well in advance.

    It has been a very busy few months for me. I haven’t had time to keep up on my blog, sharing all my family life and happenings but trust me when I say it’s been NON-STOP!

    Today’s share was a project I designed just yesterday! My first project getting back into the swing of things.

    When the Magical Birthday Wishes © set was designed Sara had discussed wanting a Magician’s Hat template to go with it. I PROMISED her that I could EASILY turn the 3-Tier © template into one, in time for our release.

    A Magical 8th Birthday!

    This bunny is my gift, the “hat” is the gift “box” and there is a coordinating card to match!

    I have to say I was quite excited by not only the Magical Birthday Wishes © set, but the coordinating paper (I used the  Birthday Bonus Paper ©  and the Birthday Banner ©, Magical Birthday Numbers ©, Magical Birthday Wishes © cut files too! So much so, that I incorporated ALL OF IT, into ONE project with ease!

    YOu too can get it all in the Magical Party Package!

    My daughter Amber is turning 8 in August and I thought this would be a fun party theme for her as she loves magic!

    I used the “Large” box version of the 3-Tier © template to make hat. I just made the box sides taller (5 3/4 Inches High) to make it a HAT instead of a box/cake. SO the box is technically up-side-down.

    Around the base of the hat I used a re-colored version of the number pattern in the Birthday Bonus © paper collection from the Magical Party Package to wrap around the hat. Imade all the number 8’s black, so they stood out. That was too fun!

    I was channeling the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland when I went for the hat tag, which was created using the Birthday Banner ©. I knew it would be perfect for accenting my hat.

    I love the Magical Birthday Wishes © set, and all the building possibilities it offers.I printed the adorable Bunny Magician from the Magical Birthday Wishes © set, and chose to use the round balloon from him to hang from.

    On the balloon I layered the #8 candle image, and chose my “flame” too! I then colored it all in.

    I really wanted to use the sentiment and I was able to fit it ALL on my Birthday Banner © hat tag due to the beauty of digital products! Since I was using digi images, and cut files I could re-size everything to suit my needs on my project! I love that that much versatility!

    In addition to fitting all that on my tag I wanted to use the #8 from the Magical Birthday Numbers ©cut file. Again re-sizing I was able to cut the 8 from black cardstock first, then overlapping, I cut an 8 from the balloon pattern paper (re-colored) for some more color and interest. I love it.

    Once my tag was added I also chose to use the Magic Wand from the Magical Birthday Wishes © cut file. It really made it a WOW!

    I used the top of the box as my box bottom instead, making the hat rim fuchsia, as enlarging the box bottom to be 6 1/4 inches around. So fun and easy.

    I wrapped the hat rim with a glittery polka dot ribbon.

    As you can see in the photos the template makes everything looked “finished”! The bottom of the box, and even the inside of the lid is clean and nicely detailed.

    My sweet little bunny folds right up and fits into my Magician Hat perfectly!

    Now for the card…

    Given the image, that was easy peasy!

    The card was made using the  Magical Birthday Wishes © cut file. I just tied some embroidery floss around the balloon bottom to make it appear to be look like the balloon in the image.

    I enlarged the 8 image and cut it out to put onto my balloon. I also loved the banner and sentiment, all from the Magical Birthday Wishes © set.

    As you can see the 8 in the balloon on hat tag image, is the same image I chose to use for the card. I again used the  #8 from the Magical Birthday Numbers ©cut file. Again re-sizing I was able to cut the 8  from the balloon pattern paper (re-colored) just like on my hat! I layered it over the 8 image.

    You could also use this as a great invitation too!

    Well as I have said before, with a little imagination and a speck of creativity you can get so much versatility from our products. I think today’s project proved that. The team and I are always here to share new ways to use our products, so if you fall short on creative ideas you can always find some inspiration from us!

    Our GALLERY is full of ideas so use it as a resource if you ever get “stuck”!

    Join us for more tomorrow 😀


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