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Lets Do Lunch

Nov 19, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Timeless Templates, Papertrey Newsletter

Hi everyone.

Well today will be a CRAZY running around day. I know many of you are wondering what is up with me these days. Well tonight at midnight (if you are up then) or tomorrow, I will explain myself. I have some changes that I made recently and it is time to inform you of those. With all those changes I’ve had to switch some of my focus. Trust me it will all make sense in a few hours.

So, for today I’m just popping in quick with a little eye candy, and to send you a link to a article that was written about the My Timeless Templates ©  Katie Berberich  is a fellow stamper/crafter who works for the Craft Journal. She chose to review the My Timeless Templates for her debut!

Check it out!

Thanks so much Katie, and basically to every single person who has given them a try! I swear each month it just gets better and better!! This is my thanks to everyone for their support and sharing how much you too love these templates, with the world! Of course I love them, but when you read how much others do too I think you all believe it more! LOL!

So after receiving the link to that article I figured I better share a sample with you too!! An oldie but goodie……

Let’s do lunch


Now I decided I would revamp this template a bit! Many of you think SCHOOL when you see it! Ot that it HAS to have a handle!! But it doesn’t have to be that way. It can also be used for a elegant gift holder! How sweet would this look on a desk, holding some stationary? Maybe have some bath products?


I had this text within flowers paper (I believe it is by Making Memories) and I decided to create my own text within a flower. I used the Remember set and Background Basics Text Style for the tag


Some masking made it all possible. I love the look! VERY simple.


I then tied some ribbon around the top, and embellished with some Prima flowers.

I think it looks fabulous. Someone may not even care if there is anything inside! But all they have to do is slide off the bow (and then they can easily replace it) and open it up!

OK I must run!! I know I’m brief but I have a ton to do.

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you all visit me tomorrow for the news.

SORRY! I know this is late.

As you all know I’ve been sick, so I really needed a quick break to rest up. It isn’t easy when you are sick SMACK in the middle of a big release!! There is NO time to rest when you have projects to create and share.

I’m still not 100% so won’t be too chatty I fear (maybe that is a GOOD thing! LOL!)

My projects are in my Papertrey Ink Gallery but many of you have asked when I’d post HERE!

You really didn’t miss too much since most of the peeks were revealed during the countdown.

 BUT, I never like to disappoint 😀 So here are my Papertrey Ink Release projects for November, starting with the newest My Timeless Template  © Time for Take Out


What can I say, I LOVE this template. REALLY love! If I wasn’t sick you’d see a million variations popping up, I swear.

I have to say Terracotta Tile is STUNNING!!!!!!!! Love the color.

I decorated both sides to be the same (of course!)


I just used the NEW! Turning a New Leaf, and some more punched paper flowers. I think it turned out quite eye catching, with little work, and very little time 😀 A great mass production project 😀


Then a EASY PEASY card to match!



My Timeless Template: Time for Take Out
Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, background basics: diamonds
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Terracotta Tile, Ripe Avocado
Ink: Ripe Avocado
Ribbon: Ripe Avocado Stitched
Flower punches, EK Success Bfly punch, adhesive rhinestones

Now the reason I have gotten SO many emails (awe! I love you all! You make my day :D)

Hanging Sled of Love


This actually hangs on a door or can be put on a table with some little gifts on top (how cute would that be?! ) A FAB centerpiece for sure. I always wanted a template like this 😀


I hand made this sled (for my door this holiday!) out of chipboard that I distresses with tea dye ink! Its rather large too! About 8 inches long and 6 inches wide ( I THINK!) I made it some time ago and have had to wait to post it.


I*may* post it as a holiday freebie if I get some time this week 😀

Here is the tag detail


You cold even personalize it with the last name of your own family! Now that would look COOL!

Stamps: Christmas Friends, Snowflake Serenade, holiday tree
Cardstock: Kraft, dark chocolate,white, pure poppy
Ink: tea dye ink duo, spring moss, gold
Pure Poppy saddle stitched ribbon
label from Slice studio essentials cartridge, garland pieces
brown brads by SU!

Check back tomorrow morning, because I have a blog hop project for the NEW! JustRite Stampers release!

(told ya-busy! busy!)

Well are you loving all the goodies this month?

I have been DROOLING reading about all your yummy treats you give around the holidays! I may have to hit some of you up for the recipes 😀 If you don’t mind 😀 The template winners will be posted tomorrow 😀

Well today we have a group post. This is the first set this year from Allie Miles. It is called Communique Curves & Sentiments. We were asked to take this set and show you two variations of the same card! So, basically create a holiday card, then an everyday type of card.

Here is my set: Happy Holidays Duo


I love how you can use the same layout, then by swapping out the images, and changing the colors, you get a totally fresh and new look! You really can get lots of mileage out of stamp sets when you have a few key layouts! Just keep re-using them, and changing different elements! This also shows you don’t need a ton of supplies to make great looking cards.

Here is Tis the Season


The main layer is a tag I cut. This is a very basic layout that can serve circle, heart, or rectangle image centers!


I used various copic markers in shades of green to color my snowflake style tree. Quick and cute!


Stamps: Communique curves & sentiments
Cardstock: New Leaf, Pure Poppy, White
Patterned Paper: Bitty Dots
Ink: Black & Copic
Ribbon: Pure Poppy twill & Saddle stitch
circle punches

Now keeping with similar elements, we move on to a birthday card.


I colored my paper to match


Again dotted paper, tag center, everything exactly the same, except my image and colors.

Fun huh?


Stamps: Communique curves & sentiments
Cardstock: black, white, raspberry fizz, orange zest
Patterned Paper: Black & white basics
Ink: black, rspberry fizz, orange zest, avocado & copic markers
ribbon: stitched grosgrain
circle punches

Be sure to check out what the team has done:

  • Alli Miles
  • Becky O
  • Betsy Veldman
  • Dawn McVey
  • Debbie Olson
  • Geny
  • Lisa Johnson
  • Melissa Phillips
  • Michelle Wooderson
  • Nichole Heady
  • Niki Estes
  • Pine
  • Now I have another fun post to share!

    How about another template peek?

    This was a quickie. Sorry I’m going to be brief. I’ve been sick the last few days and the worst of it is really hitting me now. I feel like I have sinus infection. Not fun. OK enough about me and my drama-just note I typed this on lots of cold medicine so I apologize in advance if its a bit “all over”. I’m doing my best.

    Happy Everything


    Here we have another version (the standard size) with newest template (releasing on the 15th) Time for Take Out. I can’t tell you how fun this little box is! You may recall I used it for my daughter Amber’s birthday party —->HERE! I didn’t show any details yet, but I loved it and had to use it early! It can be hard sitting on some great template ideas for so long! Keep in mind I still have like 40 templates you have yet to see. So, when I need one and it fits, it can be hard not sharing what I made. I’m sure you can imagine being in a constant state of suspense. It gets exhausting! LOL!


    I so loved this patterned paper I had in my stash. The colors were SO cheery. So I went with that, for the sentiment “happy everything”.

     I added some paper flowers, and buttons around the box. Both sides of this box are ALWAYS designed to look the same. Its just one of those templates that you should try to make pretty no matter WHAT way you turn it.


    I was thinking cheer up, new apartment, everyday sort of gift box. Maybe put some treats in there, with a gift card or a gift of tea, maybe even candles, or tea lights…..warm slipper socks! I love those. Just a warm gesture of friendship.


    My Timeless Template: Time for Takeout
    Stamps: On my Couch, Around & About sent.
    Cardstock: Kraft, White, Enchanted Evening
    patterned paper unknown source
    Ink: Enchanted evening, pure poppy
    Prima flowers

    Well, tomorrow is our BIG group post using the stamp/template combo Home Made © ! You won’t want to miss that. Plus the template winners will be announced.

    Thank you all for stopping by and sharing my excitement. You all make every moment I spend sharing here so enjoyable. I cannot tell you how amazing it feels. I always enjoy reading your comments, emails and when you share your creations with me as well!

    Thank you again!

    I’m so excited for todays post I could do a cartwheel (if I could actually do one I would! LOL!) My cheerleader days are LONG gone. I’m certain I’d pull something vital if I attempted it. I have waited for this particular template for what seems like an eternity.

    It is now day #2 of the Papertrey Ink peeks and that means I get to share ANOTHER peek at the NEWEST My Timeless Template © with you all!


    New Home


    As I said before this template is called Home Made ©, the reasons are obvious. This template is one of the most difficult I have ever created! Angles! Angles!! Angles!!!


    The challenge was to get what was in my head, translated to cardstock! Not always easy. Then the bigger challenge, make it EASY for you all to put together. I have to say I think this was BEYOND successful!! I’m so proud of the end result:D I really cannot wait to see the world start making their own Home Made © creations!


    This has a coordinating stamp set as well. Now I can’t get into FULL details, since we are having a Group Post day on the 13th, so bear with me.  I’m sure you can VISUALIZE it (wink)


    Note: my windows are on dimensionals. I love POP. You could stamp direct on template too 😀 OK zipping lips.

    Since I’m not really suppose to be gushing about this too much just yet 😀 You can just imagine the possibilities, I’m sure!

    Now you may be wonderin what the red & green stuff is. Its called Flower Soft. I used glue to adhere it. I felt it looked like grass and flowers 😀


    Here is the roof off. Trust me when I say this is a sturdy gift box! You will be in HEAVEN!


    You can also use images from previous sets to decorate your house!

    See this tree. It is from Father Know’s Best! Perfect accent to my house!


    I can tell you it is a VERY nice sized box for lots of  treats! You can put home made treatlets, candles, housewarming gifts, plants, candy, maybe use it as a recipe box, or even a rolodex for names, addresses and phone numbers. Give it to a teacher for their contact info……oh boy! I could go on and on!


    In case you are wondering……I used my Scor-Pal to create the “beams” on my template 😀


    My Timeless Template: Home Made
    Stamps: Home Made, Father Knows Best, Boards & Beams
    Cardstock: White, Smokey Shadow, Pure Poppy
    Ink: Black, Pure Poppy, Ripe avocado, dark chocolate
    Ribbon: Pure Poppy polka dot
    Flower Soft, glue

    Well I’m just DYING to know what  you think? Are you ready to start making your own

    Wait until you see my other samples with the additional elements this has!

    So now all you have to do is leave a comment for YOUR chance to win this template on the 15th!

    Winners for BOTH templates (leave a comment in previous post for chance to win Time for Take Out)  will be posted on the 13th!

    In the meantime, for more  creative clicks check out Nichole’s Blog, as well as Heather.

    More clicks: Check out  Allie (who has her first set of the season!), Tiffany,  and Dawn!

    OK I look forward to your thoughts, and I’ll see you back here tomorrow for MORE peeks!

    Well today officially kicks off day one of the Papertrey Ink November Release Countdown. Over the next few days I’ll be sharing so many ideas with you all, I can hardly wait. I feel like I’m always on the verge of bursting at the seams! I always have to WAIT to share such good stuff.

    All items shown today are PREVIEWS! They will NOT be available until Nov. 15th.

    So yesterday, in honor of the Moxie Fab Blog-o-versary you were able to get a glimpse into our first template: Home Made © There will be more on that, here tomorrow 😀

    Today you will get to see a peek of a sentiment set that Nichole designed, called Big & Bold Wishes, and the 2nd My Timeless Template © of the month , called Time for Take Out ©

    Wish Big Set


    Time for Take Out:

    Well by the name of this template you can most likely guess that it was inspired by the original Chinese Take Out box. I say inspired by because my version is definitely created to be different! For example the way it is put together, the way the flap closure can be tied together, and the fun way the flap tucks perfectly into the top! Let’s not forget the handles are super adorable, and functional too! There are so many fabulous design possibilities! Let’s not forget the size is super too! You get the standard size and Pretty Petite version for ONE price.

     You can package up a variety of items. The receiver of anything presented in this amazing template will by dying to take out, whatever you took the time to package inside!


    Just look how cute the standard, and Pretty Petite version are together, each made in contrasting colors 😀

    Now this stamp set has a few “Big & Bold” sentiments, accompanied by some smaller companion sentiments to match!

    I used one of the sentiments “It’s gonna be your best birthday yet!” and curved it to fit my handle of the Time for Take Out © Template. Its so easy to do, and really dresses it up.


    The front flaps are tired together with dark chocolate ribbon, colored with copic’s to match!!

    I decided to accent this with the cupcake from the Anniversary set: Everyday Classics. This set is not available for purchase, but I had to use it because the cupcake just called out to me 😀

    Now onto the closure


    The cut out flap inserts into the slot in the top.


    Open up the handles and WOW! Perfect presentation for those treat-lets.


    My Timeless Template © Time for Take Out

    Stamps: Big & Bold Wishes, Everyday Classics

    Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Kraft, Aqua Mist, Bermuda Bay

    Ink: Dark Chocolate, Bermuda Bay

    Ribbon: dark chocolate-polka dot and grosgrain

    adhesive rhinestone, label punch, circle punch

    Well what do you think? 

     I think this will quickly become a favorite to your My Timeless Template Collection! I could make a hundred of these cuties 😀

    Leave me a comment telling me your favorite treat to package for the holiday’s, for your chance to get this template on the 15th!

    For more creative clicks check out Nichole’s Blog, as well as Allie (who has her first set of the season!), Tiffany,  and Dawn!

     Also be sure to check out some samples from the NEW! Template Team!

  • Jennifer Holmes
  • Laurie Schmidlin
  • Charmaine Ikach
  • also check out existing member, Kelly Lunceford!
  • and of course our My Timeless Template Guest Kate!
  • Be sure to come back tomorrow for more details/eye candy on the other template Home Made ©!!

    I’m just so excited 😀

    OH! Boy!!! Wouldn’t you know it, I have been busy!!

    A very good kind of busy 😀 You will learn more about that soon enough  (wink!) Sometimes there truly aren’t enough hours in a day. Well despite the hustle and bustle going on at my home, I have a special post for you all! I hope you get as excited as I am over this. If I could find a better term to describe  the fact that I am OVER THE MOON, I would!

    Today the entire design team from Papertrey Ink took part in a giveaway for Cath Edvalson to celebrate the Moxie Fab Blog-o-versary! Each of us on the team had a stamp set to use, and then had to create a card, sign it, and send it in to Paper Crafts as part of the giveaway!  How fun! The focus was to be on a newly released holiday stamp set. I got to use Holiday Button Bits. A set that I’m totally in love with.

    Now, I have a hard time following instructions because the idea was to create a card for the giveaway, but I couldn’t help myself! I HAD to use the NEWEST My Timeless Template © for this month’s release called Home Made!!

    NOTE: This template will NOT be available for download until November 15th! SORRY!

    This is what I came up with for the Giveaway

    Gingerbread House


    You can get a chance to win this on the Moxie Fab blog today!

    How cute is that? I love having a cookie couple.

    I took total advantage of the gingerbread men in the Holiday Button Bits stamp set, and used it to create my gift box, complete with “cookie exchange” tag!


    I love gingerbread men this time of year, and it really is the perfect cookie (or theme) for a holiday cookie swap! OR as a nice table decoration for the holidays 😀 As kids my mom ALWAYS had a yearly tradition of decorating gingerbread men. I just wanted to eat them warm out of the oven.

    I decided I wanted to really fancy it up, so I had to use a NEW! Heart border punch from Martha Stewart to go around the roof . I was thinking Hansel & Gretal!


    If you are wondering…yes! It is a 3D house!! The roof topper comes off (you will see that another day) The template is complete with chimney, and dormers! One for the front and 2 for the back! You can of course decorate as you see fit!  I will have much of that stuff to share over the next couple of days! So be patient 😀

    View from the top


     The roof has printed shingles, and there is a complimentary stamp set to add to the design of this template! (again I am purposely being vague-since the focus today is on the giveaway and Holiday Buttons Bits stamp set)

    What a FUN teaser though huh?

    Side view


    Now I always think it is important that ALL sides of something like this be attractive!

    You can see I used the bow from the Holiday Button Bits set as well. Makes a cute gift, sitting in the snow.


    Another side view


    My Timeless Template © Home Made

    Stamps: Holiday Button Bits, Home Made, Holiday Treats, Merry & Bright

    Cardstock: Kraft, White, Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy

    Ink: Dark Chocolate, Pure Poppy, Black, Ripe Avocado


    bakers ribbon, MS Heart border punch, CM Wavy cutter, stickles, red ginghan, plastic. twine

    Now, last but not least….. we move to the back…..


    I used a tree from Merry & Bright to add to the decor!

    I also use some more buttons to look like wrapped “candy”. Just another CUTE detail

    There is of course some  glittery “snow-hills ” along the bottom of the house too.

    Just so sweet.

    I hope you like what I had to share today. I had FUN making this, so I hope whomever it goes to, gets some use out of it 😀

    Now that is all I can share TODAY re: the Home Made© template! I promise MORE details will follow soon, as this release blows the roof off the template world-literally!

    Be sure to stop by the Moxie Fab Blog-o-versary!! More details and links will follow.

    Tomorrow begins the OFFICIAL Papertrey Ink Countdown, where I share a stamp set peek and the second My Timeless Template ©  😀

    Stay tuned. I have MUCH more to share.

    Boy am I wiped. Who would think that sitting at a computer could be exhausting? 

    I just spent the entire morning FINALLY updating my Etsy Shop!  Many of you asked if I could do that, since some of you are looking for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and other holiday gifts! So I did that. I put 4 new pages worth of stuff, so be sure to scroll on through! I didn’t realize HOW MUCH I actually make! I still have SO much more to post, but need a break. So maybe in a few days, I’ll get to some of the older stuff.

    When I opened up my Etsy Shop I meant to update it ANY time I posted here, but I have had a lot of “behind the scenes” stuff going on here and didn’t get to it as often as I wanted to, so I apologize! If you ever see anything here you want, and it isn’t listed, let me know and I can list it for you.

     All the being said here is one of the NEW! Items up in my shop 

    Here comes Santa Claus


    You can find it HERE

    I used my NEWEST template Around Town Tote for this gift bag. Perfect for the holidays! This template s just the best for making a great size gift holder, fast and EASY.

    I had some gorgeous patterned paper by K& Co. that I used to cover the front. Of course I went with the traditional holiday color scheme.


    I fell in LOVE with this Noel Santa image from Stampavieby Sarah Kay. Her images generally scare me to DEATH, due to their vintagey feel and detail, but I am actually stepping out and using them more, and as I have success I begin to feel more comfortable with them.


    I colored and cut him out, then put him into a sleigh that I created using my Cricut Expression Winder Woodland Cartridge! I have to say I’m in LOVE with my Cricut! Don’t know what I did without it. If you thought about getting one and have put it off……….add it to your Christmas WISHLIST!! Now keep in mind I’m in love and I don’t SCRAPBOOK! I can only image how much more I would use it if I did. It’s really fun.

     I also made my poinsettia with the cartridge as well. Too fun. I think it really adds to the detail too. I have to admit I’m not overly impressed with too many of the cartridges they have available :C I am loving the ability to use the Sure Cuts Alot 2.0 (<—this is the best price I have ever found) to download stuff from the web. Granted I haven’t had time to even do much of that, but knowing I can makes me happy.

    Now for my tag detail I found this sentiment from Christmas Joy Borders & Centers Oval 1-3/4” x 2-5/16”.


    I stamped it in versamark, then gold embossed it.

    It added a really nice touch to the bag, and tied in with my Magic of Santa theme. Afterall for kids, Santa is magical!

    My ribbon is a gold trimmed wired ribbon I got in the holiday section of Michael’s.

    This was really just one of those projects where everything easily fell together.


    This is definitely the type of bag that WON’T get tossed out after the gift has been opened! It will be passed along for many holidays to come.

     I’m excited that soon this will get a new home.

    I hope you are getting into the spirit of the holiday season. Is it too early to say that? Sadly I’ve been doing Christmas stuff since AUGUST and the holidays aren’t even here, and I’m already SOOOOOOO OVER IT! LOL! I’m sure once its time to put up our tree I will get back in the spirit 😀 Don’t worry if you are just getting into it, I still have a bajillion holiday themed items to share as the days push on.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Until tomorrow….

    First met me start by reminding you that its the 15th!

     That means it is the LAST DAY to get the Sure Cuts Alot coupon being offered here:

    I purchased Sure Cuts A Lot 2.o (since you all said I NEED it :D) and GUESS WHAT! Canda of Canda Craft (where I found the SCAL 2.0 for the CHEAPEST price around WOOT! WOOT!) not only has it on SALE! , but emailed me after I placed my order, to tell me that YOU, my PRECIOUS, much loved and HELPFUL readers will get an ADDITIONAL 10% off!

    The code is: MYTIME10.

    This offer will expire on 10/15/09.

    The coupon will take 10% off of their entire purchase which will make SCAL even cheaper!

    So seriously how cool is that? Those of you on the fence can now jump off!  I am loving my Cricut Expression and have used it on numerous items (soon to be seen :D) If you have considered getting it, this is the best time. Its not the type of product that goes on sale. SO why wait?

    OK now onto the crafty stuff.

    Today I’m over the moon to share my final release projects with you, using the NEWEST! My Timeless Templates: Cash or Charge Trio (available NOW! for instant download :D)

    Now I told you before that the trio of “cash or gift card” holders can hold other items, and I have given you a couple of examples. Today I’m sharing another TRIO project, where I take all the same elements and use them in the 3 different projects.

    What has me uber excited is the fact that I am sharing my VERY FIRST beading project! I am sure many of you make your own jewelry, or give it as gifts, so maybe these will spark your interest 😀

    FIRST let me say…….I have NEVER beaded before, AND I know I didn’t end up having ALL the correct supplies, but I’m still over the moon that my project came out so pretty for my FIRST ever try! Once I was actually in the process I realized I needed certain things. Me- being impatient, I just plugged along and made do!

    Now, I don’t have a beading book, I just sort of went with it. I created 3 of the same style keychains. I thought they would be the best FIRST project-Again its NOT professional or perfect in ANY WAY, but I was proud of myself all the same 😀

    (this is yet another reason I said I was addicted to BLACK this month)

    Made with love


    Here is my first keychain, packaged in a velvet bag (that I recycled from jewelry I got from Sonia Jung! I wear it so I don’t need the pretty bag some of the items come in :D). This will go inside the #2 Cash of Charge Trio.

    I saw the heart and that was what sparked me making this! I fell in LOVE!!! I then found matching seed beads, and then the filigree style beads. I THINK I needed some end clasp thingy’s. Anyway….its really pretty in person.

     I used the NEW! Text Style II, and Giga Guidelines to customize my box. I think its perfect for such a gift!

    I then made the Cash or Charge #3


    This keychain will fit in the pocket. Virtually NO stamping here!!! Easy peasy.


    You can just tie it into the insert, and they can pull it out. Nothing too fancy. OR if you make your own bracelets, earring, or necklaces you can use the tabbed insert to put them on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! How cool is that, seriously? Not only do you have a cool, fancy insert but a pretty pocket cover too!! If you do craft fairs, people are sure to love this presentation too.

    Then, last but not least….

    Cash or Charge #1


    Now we had YET to show you that this can hold other treats, like my keychain. Honestly this templates PRIMARY purpose is for holding cash/gift cards, but you can possibly use it for other things. The MOST versatile template in this trio is obviously #2!

    For this one, I didn’t create the slit in the bottom of the template. I just put some patterned paper to line it. My velvet bag fits perfectly in here. You’d never think this would be inside would you?

    here is the back view


    Super simple and fun.


    My Timeless Templates: Cash of Charge Trio

    Stamps: Text Style bkgd II, Giga Guidelines, floral frenzy (#1 template)
    Cardstock: Aqua Mist, white patterned paper: black and white basics
    Ink: Aqua Mist, Black
    Ribbon: Saddle Stitch black
    Prima Flowers

    Simple and elegant.

    I love my keychains 😀 Not to bad for a first go.

    Now tell me….Have you ever walked down the beading isle? HOLY OVERWHELMING! People say stamping is overwhelming, but I think beaders have us BEAT! I had NO IDEA where to start!

    I got some silver wire, the keychain toggle thingy and my beads. I had some wire tools in my papercrafting stuff so I was good there.

    I think I need some end clasp things. I ended up stringing it through numerous times so it wouldn’t pull apart of unravel.

    Basically if YOU bead, ANY basic supply help offered here would really help! I’d love to make more gifts like this and package them up for the holidays! I don’t know WHAT book to get or basic supplies!! I also don’t want to invest a ton of $$, just basic stuff. So anything you care to share, can help me and some of my readers. I’d appreciate it.

    Honestly I shouldn’t even CONSIDER another “hobby”! LOL! But I like to mix it up 😀 I’d really LOVE to learn polymer clay too! I got a pasta maker for that purpose YEARS ago, but can’t find it :C Never even used it :C Oh well. Maybe I should stick to making boxes! LOL! I already know how to do that.

    Well once again THANK you so very much for stopping by 😀 I hope you get to scroll down to view everything over the last few days. More importantly I hope I inspired you in some way to get creating!!

    Till tomorrow….

    Tonight is the release at Papertrey Ink! Are you excited? I know I am.

    On the 15th you can now get all the new releases, as well as download my 2 NEWEST templates: Around Town Tote & the Cash or Charge Trio.

    (they will appear on the site after midnight!)


    Just in time for the big day, our entire team at Papertrey Inkhas come together to create various holiday cards. This was a very popular assignment last year, and we hope you enjoy it just as much this year. I know I had a total blast (despite my loathing mass production! LOL!) creating my version of a holiday card this year.

    This should definitely spark the holiday mood, and get you ready to pull out the supplies 😀

    I fell in love with the snowman from 2009 Holiday Button Bits (and I’m sure I won’t be alone (wink), and just *had* to use it for my holiday cards!

    Sweet as Snow


    I personally love fun colors, and layers on my creations, so I hope you like my take on the holiday card challenge.

    While my card is detailed, it didn’t take long to get these 5 done (thankfully)!


    Here are my five cards, assembled like a holiday tree!

    If you decide you want to use my layout for your own cards, Nichole made each of us a file for everything you need to recreate 25 cards!

    Complete with supplies and step by step instruction!

    Here is the download info —>  Lauren Let it Snow PDF

    Thank you to Nichole for doing that for everyone 😀

    Here is a bit of a closer look


    The snowman doesn’t NEED a button to be totally cute! I felt like her arms stretched out, just said “let it snow!”!! So I went with that!  I won’t go into a ton of detail because you can just get that from the download 😀

    Now I thought I would take this SAME layout, and make some gift packaging for my Sweet as Snow set!


    Here it is!

    For those of you who THINK you cannot easily create 3 dimensional items, this is the PERFECT example that you can!

    I knew I would want to create a package of some sort, to present these cards in….so using the SAME supplies, same size, and layout…..instead of making another card, I just put the trio layer onto the front of my large Around Town Tote! YEAH! Yet, another FAB way to present card sets 😀


    I just slid them into a clear card case, with 5 envelopes, and they were ready to go!

    (there is a lot of filler in there, so they stick out the top!!)

    You could of course ALSO use my card box template : Captured Card Case too!!


    My Timeless Template: Around Town Tote
    Stamps: Holiday Button Bits, 2009 Holiday Tag (sentiment)
    Cardstock:kraft, white, hibiscus burst, sweet blush, vellum
    Ink:black, copic
    hibiscus polka dot ribbon
    Liquid applique, 2 way glue pen, paper piercer, glitter
    Marvy snowflake& tag punch, Martha Stewart punch , swiss dots folder

    Now make sure you hop on over to Nichole’s Blog for ALL the amazing idea’s from the designer’s !!

    I hope you like my holiday version 😀 It was really fun for me.

     I have MORE to share tomorrow, so I hope to see you back here then.

    Thank you for stopping by!

    Today  I have THREE posts! So be sure to check them ALL out!

    I have been busy as a bee, and *maybe* you can see a very SMALL tid bit of why I haven’t been blogging as much as I normally do! Quality is better than quantity right?? LOL!

    Today &  tomorrow the team Papertrey Ink all have a group post! These are SURE to get you inspired 😀

    Now Nichole and Mish put their talent and brains together to come up with a FAB new product,  and of course coordinating stamp set called Take Note!

    So, our job was to create one, and share it with you.

    Oh my love!!! I am just in love with the size and color choice for these notepads!!I decided to make a gift for myself 😀 I am forever jotting down my ideas on scraps of paper, and losing them, or having to pile them up in a folder. Sometimes while I’m out shopping, an idea hits, and I’m scrambling for a receipt so I can jot down my ideas as they come! LOL! This set is just what I needed to get myself organized, and with style! Come check out how I created my tri fold notepad!

    Here is the “me & my BIG bright ideas” note book I designed using Take Note


    I have to say that was my FAVE sentiment for the set. It just called out to me.

    I’m sorry but I LOVE Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado, True Black with Polka Dots! Its such a FAB combo!!

    The colors just screamed for me when I sat down to create (told you I am using a lot of black this release :D)

    I LOVE Beautiful Blooms, and I felt it mimic the flower in the sentiment I chose, along with the polka dot center.

    The note book is 2.5 X 8. I used the white with gray lines for my project.

    I decided I would create a belly band to go around my notebook cover-which is a tri-fold design. I wanted to keep it SIMPLE 😀

    You just slid the band off, and you then reveal your notebooks!


    As you can see I used 2 for my project. I always have lots to keep track of, then wanted to jot down my ideas.

    Directions for Tri Fold holder

    My cardstock was 8 1/2 inches tall by 9 1/2 inches across

    I just created the tri fold holder by scoring along the 9 1/2 inch side at

     3 then 3 1/4

     6 1/4, then  again at 6 1/2!

    Made my belly band using 2 strips of cardstock!

    1- 8 1/2 X 1 1/4 (that is the back piece)

     Then the front of the band- is 11 X 1 1/4

    Scored the 11 inch long strip at 1 then 1 1/4, then again at 9 3/4 and 10. Adhered it to the 8 1/2 X 1 1/4 inch piece and had my belly band.

    As you can see I then stamped my notebook pages to reflect what I want to use them for!


    I was SO inspired by the notebook, that I created an entire gift ensemble!

    (I know! My brain just often takes off in a million directions! Trust me my BODY often can’t keep up with it, because if it did, 24 hours in a day would NOT be enough time to get it all done! Hence my use/need for the notebook :D)


    I LOVE matchy matchy stuff, and as I said before, love using the same elements on various projects. I think you can really see here how this set can translate into other gifts and projects!

    I used the Around Town Tote as part of my set


    As you can see I used the Standard size, and the Pretty Petite size. Love them BOTH!

    I then figured that I could also use the Cash or Charge #1 as an idea clipping holder, OR to hold my coupons in when I go shopping 😀

    Here is the Cash or Charge #1 wallet close up


    I used the GIGA Marvy flower punch for this, and then some wide ripe avocado ribbon to tie it closed, and appear like the leaves.

    Easy peasy, and OH SO CUTE!!


    Note Book X2


    My Timeless Template: Around Town Tote, Cash or Charge #1

    Stamps: Take Note, Beautiful Blooms, Borders and Corners rectangle, Wise Owl, Floral Frenzy

    Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, Black

    Patterned Paper: Bitty Dot Basics

    Ink: Ripe Avocado, Pure Poppy, Black

    Ribbon: Ripe avocado twill & grosgrain

    Circle punch, Marvy Giga Flower punch

    Well that does it for me today.  I hope you like my take on the NEW! notebooks.

    Make sure you check out all the girls posts:

  • Becky O
  • Betsy Veldman
  • Dawn McVey
  • Debbie Olson
  • Geny
  • Lisa Johnson
  • Melissa Phillips
  • Michelle Wooderson
  • Nichole Heady
  • Niki Estes
  • Pine
  • See you back here again tomorrow for much more 😀

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