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OK if you said butterflies, you are correct!

What is my SECOND favorite thing?

YES! Coffee!! These are 2 “things” that I am all about! I love them.

NOTE: this is also my 2nd post for today, so don’t miss post #1 and post #3! I have worked hard to pull it all together today. It’s a good thing my passion for this craft burns so deep, because sometimes it is also a lot of “work”. I think people can tell I LOVE my job! I love when I’m INSANELY busy! Its a challenge for me. In fact when I’m not challenged or busy I hit a HUGE brick wall. I don’t know what to do with myself 😀

OK back to the post……

My favorite thing to use the My Timeless Templatesfor is of course all SORTS of coffee, tea, or cocoa type’s of beverage gifts. I think I have incorporated that into EVERY single template release to date! Actually I may have to look back because I’m so sure I have! LOL!

I KNOW I’m not alone in LOVING to find fun, new, and cool ways to package up such a WONDERFUL and SIMPLE treats for people. OK at least I don’t think you are sick of those ideas yet, are you?

Well it wouldn’t be ANOTHER fab template release (IMHO) without finding yet ANOTHER template to use to package up my fave treat!

SO today I am sharing my 3 versions of the Cash or Charge Trio template (releasing the 15th!), for my super sweet coffee treats 😀


AHHHH! Is that not delicious?

I don’t think I can ever give these away! LOL!!!!

Here I used ALL three of the templates that come in the Cash or Charge Trio.

So….I used my chocolate bitty dots paper, and COLORED it, to match my projects! I also colored my polka dot ribbon to match too 😀 I am officially in LOVE with Sign Language too 😀 It made the perfect addition to my creations.

Cash or Charge #1


This is the front of the template. Sweet and simple. I LOVE the paper 😀 I am all about customizing paper like this to match your needs. Its fun , easy and stretches the possibilities for you.

I just used the front flap template for this. You can have a template wrap as well. Lots of ways to create this.

This is the back of the “wallet” style. You can really dress it up there too!


I just colored the words each a different color. Stamped, colored and cut my mug. I LOVE adding 3D elements.

Inside is a gift card to my fave coffee shop (Yes! I am keeping it for me 😀 I worked hard this past month and deserve it, don’t I?!)

Next up we have Cash or Charge #2


How cute is this?

My favorite project for this release 😀 Sweet and simple and yet a WOW! This particular template is just so versatile.

Did you notice that this template, when turned, could also be a mug of coffee? I about DIED when I had this epiphany! I cut down the embossing mat that comes with this template to create the “coffee” part of the mug!


I just made sure the flap was placed on the backside

I bent the sentiment from Tea for Two, to go along with my template bottom. I was in PURE heaven!!

Now inside this template is NOT a gift card, NOT cash……but , the YUM-A-LICIOUS packet of GOURMET hot cocoa from Lindt. Perfect fit! Just adhere inside so it doesn’t slip out.

Talk about amazing. You will be hooked on this stuff if you get some. Word to the wise-Do NOT drink it. Just package it up for friends in family and don’t ever try it! You will save yourself a lot of naughty, high calorie, creamy, chocolate-y, heaven in a cup, sinfulness—-> if you just LET IT GO!

Now speaking of this cocoa…lets move along (and wipe the drool) to the next template in the trio

Cash or Charge #3


This template is holding that SAME packet of cocoa in the pocket!

Isn’t it the cutest cocoa pocket?

You can also use this pocket idea to put in dip/seasoning mixes from Tastefully Simple, other drink mixes, face masks, trail size bath and beauty packets, tea, tickets to a game or concert…..oh man, I could just go on forever 😀


Just pull on the ribbon and the cocoa comes out. Easy peasy!

ALL of the ideas here today were done in NO TIME! So if any of this stuff is on your gift giving list these templates will dress them up in a pinch.


My Timeless Template: Cash or Charge Trio
Stamps: Sign Language, Tea for Two, warm happiness
Cardstock: Kraft, Dark Chocolate, White
Patterned paper: Bitty Dot basics
Ribbon:Dark Chocolate polka dot, dark chocolate grosgrain
square punch, Tag punch

Ink: Dark Chocolate, Raspberry Fizz, Orange Zest, teal

Now if you didn’t know:

All the templates are an INSTANT download! No shipping! Straight to YOUR computer, anywhere in the world 😀

You get UNLIMITED use of them, along with 5 EXCLUSIVE ideas, with full color photos, supply list and step by step directions to re-create the 5 projects featured. A fab value for ONLY $5.

So that is all for me.

Of course if you have ANY questions, please email me directly, so I can help!

I hope you like all my projects today!

Thanks for stopping by 😀

Post #2 for today! So scroll down! if you missed visiting over the weekend you won’t want to miss what has been shared 😀

Another EXCITING day here! I have so many amazing things going on, I’m just plain grateful and ecstatic! October is a good month! 

I think I am going to have to apologize for my use of black this countdown! I basically paired everything with it this month, for some odd reason! I was just FEELING black with a pop of X color! You will see what I mean! LOL!

Today I am using BOTH of the NEWEST My Timeless Templates: Around Town Tote © & Cash or Charge Trio ©

The FUN part to today’s post is the focus on VERSATILITY! Now we are using (like all my posts this countdown) all the same colors and elements on each project and getting a cool NEW look each time! This goes to show how versatile it all really is! You don’t need ton’s of supplies or even ideas to get MANY MANY various, amazing projects!! Also I LOATHE mass producing. This allows me to use the same products and elements but on DIFFERENT projects so I’m not recreating the same’ol BORING thing 😀

So without further delay…….


Pretty in Pink gift set

Now ALL these projects can fit inside the standard version of the Around Town Tote ©!

Can you see how each has the same elements, but each a fab look? (all supplies listed/linked at end of post)

Wouldn’t you just die if someone gave you stuff in all of this? I’d feel pretty special 😀

First we will see Around Town Tote ©


I LOVE this!

I used my Slice cartridge to create the bird “mask” in which I stamped in my text, then flowers from the Life set. It’s just such a stunning and SIMPLE way to make this bag a real WOW! The tag I used the leaf image from 2009 Autumn tags and added the flowers from Life to it! A whole new look don’t you think?


Clean, simple and easy!!

Now here are my side details


I used the In Bloom paper on my side panels. Another simple decorative element that shows the attention that is needed to the SIMPLEST of details!


I LOVE packaging up Lindt chocolates-so get use to seeing them this season! LOL! Its my GO TO gift idea 😀

As you can see I opted for NO handles on this one. I liked the look for this one without it.

Now we move on to Cash or Charge Trio © samples

Cash or Charge © #1 Wonderful Wallet


Going with the bird theme……I used the SAME tag idea, and used Birds of a Feather in the center. I love it!

Now this template flap generally ties closed! But I made a belly band for it instead.

Slide off the band……


and you have your gift card reveal! My FAVE! Dunkin’s coffee 😀 As you can see NO score lines on this one 😀 There is a slit that gift cards fit into perfectly (or cash!) you will REALLY love this one! I swear 😀

Now we will go onto Cash or Charge #2

Pretty in Pink Pillow Pocket



Just a pretty simple pink box with a fab tag!

This is the SAME flat pocketbook style template! There is a embossing template that comes with this, so you can create these side panels, and make this template a PILLOW style box-with a ultra cool handle!!

Now on this I used that same embossing template to make my decorative side panels for my box outside! I told you, you will LOVE this particular template in the trio! I’m just over the moon with it.

The tag used the NEW! Giga Guideline, and NEW! Background Basics Text Style II!! You will LOVE it!

Now using the SAME elements once again…last but certainly NOT least……

Cash or Charge #3


Now pretty is this when you use ALL of the layering templates it comes with?


Now did you realize that this can be not ONLY a FAB gift card/cash holder, but a rockin card too?


This is the insert pulled out. Its so simply pretty! I love that.

So here we uses ALL the same elements and got several FRESH looks.

What do you think? Are you seeing lots of gift card holders in your future, and fancy schmancy gift totes?? I know I am 😀


My Timeless Template: Cash or Charge Trio ©, Around Town Tote ©
Stamps:Background Basics: Text Style II, Giga Guidelines, Life, 2009 Spring & Autumn Tags
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, White
Patterned Paper: Black & White Basics, In bloom
Ink: Black: Ripe Avocado, Raspberry Fizz
Ribbon Saddle Stitch Black
Prima Flowers, adhesive Rhinestone
Marvy Tag punch, Slice Back to School Cartridge


Tomorrow we have a ULTRA cool group post! So check in again!!!

I’m happy to share that I am taking part in sponsoring some HUGE blog candy for a cause!! Check it out —> HERE! Only a few days left! I am giving away 2 My Timeless Templates, and YOUR choice of a Papertrey Ink stamp set 😀

In the meantime there is MORE eye candy for you: be sure to check out more fab stuff from Nichole!

 Lisa is also sharing her project using Giga Guidelines 😀

More stuff coming from  Dawn, and  Heather who all who have releases this month.

Thanks once again for stopping by.

I hope you are inspired to try making gifts using ALL the same elements-without getting bored 😀

 Day two of peeks starts now 😀

I can’t tell you how excited I get to reveal another template! I often forget what I created until we get to the next release! LOL! We have so much stuff done ahead of time that it is all a BLUR! Once I get that template the ideas just flow all over again, as they did the day the project was designed. Its REALLY cool to see something you created used by so many!

In a recent publication of PaperCrafts Magazine I saw 2 of the My Timeless Templates used in there! Of course I scrambled to find my copy while writing this, and my hubby said he thinks he trashed it! (That is another story!! LOL!) So I can’t say what mag or the pages (sadly), but be on the lookout!

I can’t tell you how cool it is to see others designs with the template’s,  out in the world! Better yet the emails I receive from the reaction people get from those who receive their creations using them 😀 UNBELIEVABLE!

Well I hope you enjoyed yesterdays peeks at the Holiday Tags 2009, and the NEWEST My Timeless Template : Cash or Charge Trio! As I said in my previous post the templates/stamps are NOT released until the 15th 😀 I have SO many FAB ideas to share this week with ALL of those, so make sure you check in tomorrow for MORE 😀

Today I have my next peek to share, using our second template this month called : Around Town Tote!

I also snuck in the NEW! Holiday Button Bits too 😀

You will really love this one for sure! It has the large standard size, as well as the Pretty Petite version.

Here is the concept project (usually a quickie sample so that there is a general idea of what all those cut and score lines look like assembled!)


About the template: Around Town Tote

Let’s be honest, sometimes we just need a gift bag! But, just because it’s a “bag” doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to be fabulous! Remember gift packaging is the FIRST impression to the gift you are giving! You wouldn’t go to a job interview in your PJ’s would you? Why not make the packaging a gift in itself? This rounded top style is so pretty, and not only is it sure to please, but people won’t believe you actually made it yourself!  Just add any decorative paper to the side panels, and you have a terrific trendy bag, designed by you, for any occasion. ONE store bought gift bag, like these, can easily cost you the price you pay for a one time purchase of unlimited use of this template! The gift bag you only get to use ONCE! The template, both sizes, one price, unlimited possibilities!

As you can clearly see…it has a rounded top, and angled sides.

The template has a FULL rounded top decorative layer (I chose to cut mine down here), and of course the decorative side panels, which lend a world of design options!

Here is my project: Holly Jolly Tote Set


Talk about Raspberry Fizz being  a FAB replacement for the traditional red & green!!

This the the set, using Around Town Tote, I designed for today’s sample.

The standard tote is 8 1/4 inches TALL, 5 1/2 inches WIDE (at the smallest point at bottom) to 6 3/4 inches WIDE (at largest point) and 2 inches DEEP (at bottom)

The Pretty Petite version is 4 inches TALL, 2 3/4 inches WIDE (at smallest point at bottom), to 3 1/2 inches WIDE (at largest point) and 1 1/4 inches DEEP (at bottom)

So both are  really FAB sizes for MANY gift giving ideas!!

Here is the standard:


The is the larger version of the tote. I used the Holly Leaf image from Holiday Button Bits and my heart buttons in Raspberry fizz. I have to say I LOVE the look. I always feel like I do “detailed” projects for my countdown stuff. I really wanted to show you how you can SIMPLIFY and still get that WOW! Let’s be honest, when creating holiday gift packaging, time is NOT generally on our side! So I think that while this is SIMPLE, its still amazing 😀 This project (standard size only) took under 10 minutes to make (includes template assembly!). Now I LOVE that 😀

I added the sentiment from Snowflake Serenade. It was just perfect-o!

Now for my Petite version


This may be smaller but is JUST as fab!

 I used the ornament hangers from the Everyday Button Bits set, and again some buttons! I wanted them to be SIMILAR.

The buttons on this ROCK! One looks like a snowflake (to me) the other has tinsel, and then glitter! Can’t go wrong.

You can make someone a gift set of punched tags (using the 2009 holiday tags :D) and put them inside or make MINI note-cards for people, and put them in the mini version. Its sure to be a hit 😀 We all need and LOVE pretty tags! They are also easy to mass produce. I’d pick a plain color wrapping paper, then design a group of tags to match and give that to someone BEFORE the holiday 😀 Or for a hostess 😀

Wait till you see the EXCLUSIVE design ideas that come with the Template purchase! AMAZING!

OK another COOL presentation for this is to tie the Pretty Petite version, to the standard version!


Isn’ that just SO pretty! I think I’d be more excited about what may be in the little one! Now this can also fit a gift card too 😀 But I see all sorts of candies or something YUM like that. Its just so darn purty.

I have to say Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf and a pop of black are calling to me this season 😀

OH one more view since I couldn’t decide what photo was better! LOL!


Are you not LOVING the heart buttons as my holly berries? So cute.

I just love this SIMPLE set!


My Timeless Template: Around Town Tote

Stamps: Holiday Button Bits, Snowflake Serenade

Cardstock: White, New Leaf, Raspberry Fizz

Ink: black, Raspberry Fizz, New Leaf

Ribbon: New Leaf polka dot, Raspberry Fizz twill

Buttons in Raspberry Fizz

Handles: oval punches by Stampin Up!


Well I hope you like MY version of what I gift bag should be 😀

In the meantime there is MORE eye candy for you:

Kelly and Laurel have some peeks using the NEW templates too D So check’em out!!

Then be sure to check out more fab stuff from Nichole!

More stuff coming from  Dawn, and  Heather who all who have releases this month.

That is all for me today. Tomorrow I have even more FAB gift idea, just in time for the holidays! So put on that fave Christmas CD for another post full of fun.

Thanks for stopping by.

I can’t believe it’s the 10th ALREADY!! Can I get WAHOO!!

My favorite time of the month is this week 😀

The Papertrey Ink Design Team has been hard at work this month! Wait until you see all the yumminess Nichole has lined up for you this week. You will be ready to go shopping, get your Christmas cards done, and put up your tree!

I’m VERY excited to share my peeks with you this week.

Today I am featuring a stamp set additon, to what has become a POPULAR tradition to Papertrey Ink-the 2009 Holiday Tags set!

OH! Wait until you see all the great tags in this set.  I honestly didn’t know WHERE to start! Since I MAKE all my own gift packaging this set was SCREAMING out to me 😀

After MUCH debate, I finalized that I would use my favorite tag, and use it with my NEWEST My Timeless Template ©. Now, I will be using the SAME tag, colors, and elements, create my different gift packaging! You will see first hand you don’t need TONS of supplies or ideas to get so much use from ONE general idea. Plus I don’t want to spoil ALL the fun!

Now here is a close up of my favorite tag in the set-Designed by Melissa Bickford



I just loved that it was SIMPLE, yet I could quickly add some color-for that POP! I used a clear glaze pen to make my berries 3 D.

I LOVE Red, Avocado and Black together. LOVE. So I went with that for this post.

With the holidays coming we are ALL always thinking about GIFTS! What to give this one, or that one.

One of the most POPULAR gifts, is the gift of SHOPPING! Be it CASH or GIFT CARDS, it is by far one of the best gifts to give and receive. Who doesn’t love being able to shop at their FAVE place for FREE?! LOL!

One of the biggest “problems” in giving the gift of $ has been versatile, and neat ways to PRESENT them.

I have today the latest peek at the NEWEST My Timeless Template: Cash or Charge ©

NOTE: Stamp set and templates are not being released until Octber 15th!!


Here is my gift trio using the My Timeless Template : Cash or Charge ©

Introducing a FAB template TRIO!!

Yes I said TRIO! Meaning – THREE for the price of ONE!!

This is a set of three templates , ALL designed with the idea of packaging up those gifts of CASH or plastic gift cards! A gift we ALL love to give and receive. Generally there aren’t too many amazing ways to present these gifts, so we hope to change that for you now! These FAB gifts deserve their own fun packaging, other than being stuffed in a envelope.  Each template is fun, easy and sure to make them say WOW!

I will share with you, over the next few days how these templates are not only AWESOME cash or gift card holders, but can be so much more 😀

Cash or Charge #1

Write Up

This is the perfect holder for……you guessed it! Cash or Gift Cards! This is a no fuss, perfect holder. Now you don’t have to throw it in a card or envelope that it comes with. There aren’t enough ways to dress up those super easy, great for everyone on the list-cash or gift cards, but now you have one. Perfect template for any and every time you want to give such a gift! This looks like a box from the sides, but it’s front design looks like a wallet. Totally adaptable to anyone you give it to.


This template is a “wallet” style.

This leaves a whole world of decorative opportunities too.

There is a decorative layer for JUST the front flap, or for the front flap-which is carried around to the back. You will see more of that later.

For this one I just stamped a panel to match on the back.


We have 2 options for this one-1) with minimal score lines 2) NO score lines! Either way super WOW! made SIMPLE!

It has a flap closure, which when unfolded, reveals a slot for your gift card or cash to insert into!

The template has 2 holes placed  so that you can use ribbon to “tie” it closed.

On this sample I decided I would create a belly band instead.


Once band is taken off you can see it reveals my card, which fits PERFECTLY into the slot 😀 Nice and snug too.

Cash or Charge #2

Write Up

Just when you thought you’d seen it all! We have the perfect Purse Style wrap for those gift cards or cash! The way this gift card holder opens is definitely fun, and sure to WOW the receiver. Gift cards and cash never looked so good! If you are tired of the typical ways to present such gifts, then this is the template for you! It also makes a super cute and cool birthday invitation! Dry emboss the side panels and you have a 3D Pillow Purse gift box! Endless Purse-abilities!


Using the same design elements we have another variation.

These are SO fun.

This particular template in the TRIO is SO versatile, as you will see over the next couple of days! We won’t *just* use them as gift card holders(wink)

As you can see, it looks just like a shopping bag, when designed as you see here!


The COOL part to this is the handle tucks into the slot, and holds this closed.

Again so many possibilities!


This is the open view.

(PS SORRY! All I had for GC was a Hannaford one! LOL!)

Once open (you can use the decorative mat layer as an added layer) you can put in slits to hold your gift card (as I did here), or you can just adhere it inside.

Here comes the FUN part…..

You will also see (really soon!) that when you use the scoring side panels that come with it, it can become a pillow box with a handle, OR by tucking in the handle it can become *just* a pillow box! I have so much up my sleeve for these gift card holders over the next few days, your head will begin to SPIN with ideas, trust me!

Cash or Charge #3

Write Up

Are you looking for the perfect way to package up that cash or gift card? Look no further! This pocket is perfect! Just pull the tab, and the perfect gift-the gift that keeps on giving, is revealed.

The front panels can tie together. 

 Punch a hole through the top tab and it appears to be just like a fancy shopping bag.

You can also use the template as a fun way to create a card.


This is a pull out pocket style.

Super cute for gift cards or cash but ALSO a fun card style too.

I love the way the two front folds meet together!! You can tie them closed, use buttons, brads….or just use an image-like a circle over the center. SO many possibilities.

This has a perfect decorative panel for the middle as well as the 2 “wings”, leaving you so many styles to create.

Now all you do is pull up on the tab……


and it will reveal your treatlet!!


Now you can also use the 2009 Holiday Tag set “To: and From:” as I did here to fill out your info!


Isn’t the insert so cute too?

As I said endless possibilities!


My Timeless Template: Cash or Charge ©
Stamps: 2009 Holiday Tag Collection, Background Basics Retro, Believe
Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, Basic Black
Patterned Paper: Bitty Dot Basics
Ink:Black, Copic Markers
Ribbon: stitched black, pure poppy twill
clear gel pen, circle punches, scallop nestability, label from Slice Fa La La La cartridge

Well I hope you are excited for this template and the October Release!

I’m dying to hear what you think about the template trio 😀 Which one sparked your interest most so far?

Just wait, as there is MUCH more to come 😀

We have LOTS more to show you, so be sure you come back tomorrow. You will get to see our 2nd template for the month. It has a standard and Pretty Petite version too 😀

In the meantime there is MORE eye candy for you:

Kelly and Laurel have some peeks using the NEW templates too 😀

Then be sure to check out more fab stuff from Nichole!

More stuff coming from  Dawn, and  Heather who all who have releases this month.

Till tomorrow 😀

2 posts today!

Before I start – THANK YOU for all the b-day wishes for Alexa 😀 She sat here and read them all (I THINK! LOL!)

ALSO today is my hubby Jay’s 32nd Birthday! Big birthday wishes to him. We are all caked out (thanks to Alexa and Amber’s b-day stuff) so I’m HOPING today to try my hand at making his favorite (at least I think its his fave) dessert from childhood-Steamed Pudding. Wish me luck on that! I want to surprise him but is HAS to be edible!! ROTFLMBO!!! I’ll let you know how it goes. I never tried it so I don’t even know HOW it tastes. Sounds gross! (to be honest) but he always raves over his BF’s grandmothers recipe. Oh boy! Never a dull moment here is there?

OK moving on….

I’m excited about today’s Papertrey Ink Senior Design Team Challenge!

Stir, Sip & Enjoy

As you can tell by my title, it has to do with beverages!! I LOVE Coffee, and all that fun stuff.  I have to say packaging them is even MORE fun for me 😀 Since it is a simple, inexpensive gift, but so enjoyable too. There are SOOOOOO many ways to package it up, its endless.

SO that being said Nichole asked us to get creative and package up a hot treat! That is SO up my alley of fun. I really enjoy gift packaging.

Now given the fact the the weather has taken a frosty turn here, I’m so ready for a nice warm cup of YUM!!

So how about this?


One of the best gifts to give during the blistery ,cold, winter months, is of course Snowman Soup.I took that play on words, and created a fun little package for everyones favorite warm up treat!

You will suddenly be dunking your snowman into a mug before you know it!


Now how cute is he?

 As I said before-you are going to get sick of seeing me use the My Timeless Template © Its on the House, but I couldn’t resist ONE MORE sample 😀 There really is a great variety of templates going on, so you can give almost anything in a fun, and EASY package 😀

I decided I would package my hot cocoa, marshmallows, and peppermints in the template. I wanted to decorate it to be CUTE and FUN! This is one of the easiest templates to make a WOW out of.


The snowman is from Made of Snow. The cup is from Warm Happiness. I LOVE mixing and matching various stamp sets.

When I thought of snowman soup, all I could imagine was him IN the cup! I loved the idea, and lo and behold, not only did it work, but its pretty darn cute 😀

The box front was printed on Spring Rain, and the back onto Snow White cardstock.


I stamped my box, and acetate with Rustic Snowflakes, in white stazon. I then added some glitter while the ink was wet. I had some pom pom ribbon stuff, that I adhered around the window-it went along with the snowball theme I had here! I also made sure that the bag of marshmallows (aka snowballs) ended up being in the window.


Speaking of mixing stamp sets…..

For my tag, I used  Holiday Treats( HUGE fave of mine :D), to incorporate the cup o cocoa and the THEME of the challenge 😀

My large snowflakes are from the Snowflake Punch, which I punched from white cardstock, then covered with glue and glitter 😀

I have to say I truly loved this project, and challenge 😀 This is proving to be such a fun all around gift giving template for me.

Now that is all for me, but be sure to see what all the girls did

  • Becky O
  • Lisa Johnson
  • Michelle Wooderson
  • Nichole Heady
  • Pine
  • Guest Designer Terri Anderson
  • I really hope you enjoyed today’s challenge project as much I enjoyed creating it 😀

    Be back tomorrow with many more samples 😀

    Let me start today off by saying-SORRY this is so late! I have been beyond busy. I know we are ALL busy! So busy I haven’t hardly been home the last week. I STILL have my top faves to pick too-YIKES! Time is just passing me by.

     I  have some deadlines and stuff I HAD to get done and the computer/blog stuff HAD to be last on the list! Life gets crazy from Sept. on for me- doctors appointments, soccer, parties, practices, open house, PTO, and the stamp industry is heavy into HOLIDAY stuff. Add all that to my plate, in a fury one day-and a NEED for change-I chopped my hair to *just* below my shoulders! EEK! What was I thinking? Seriously though it doesn’t look bad! Ill have to post a photo. Its much more healthy-and EASY!

    OK I’m going to be quick cause Jay and I have a HOT date 😀 YIPPEE! Dinner with a group of friends-should be a blast.

    OK I know, you don’t need to hear me ramble or complain…….it is Saturday so that means time for a Challenge!


    This weeks challenge is to use ANY My Timeless Template and  PACKAGE candy of some sort OR get inspired by your candy wrapper! With Halloween around the corner, and holidays this is the PERFECT time to get some gifts done.:D

    Post your creation HERE:

    MY inspiration came from Ghirardelli—–> CLICK HERE to view the bag of Raspberry Chocolates 😀

    Then lookie here!


    I think this came out so pretty!

    I used my 3D idea found—>HERE to create these FAB paper punched flowers 😀 I added stamens to the centers for that extra touch. Virtually NO stamping (EEK!)


    Then I added some Prima leaves to the sides. I LOVE this flower! Really adds that MUCH loved dimension and POPS out at you-literally.

    I  use the template Its on the House (the standard AND Pretty Petite version (my first project using the small one)


    My colors are Sweet Blush and the Scarlet Jewel. Very striking combo. Paper is In Bloom.

    This is the side view of the large template


    The stamped portion used the bird from Just Hatched and the sentiment is from Remember.

    After I made this project I BROKE my apron border punch-GRR!!


    This is the small version of the template-close up

    Now as you can see I decorated the large and small the SAME! Just used a smaller punch for my flower! EASY PEASY!

    Large or small I think they look GREAT! This is a gift for a special friend-who I NEED to send a special TY to!

    Well that does it for me!
    You can see what my team of girls has done for this challenge-Just click their name:

  • Alicia
  • Dana G
  • Kendra
  • Kristen
  • Lisa
  • MacKenzie
  • Maria
  • Odette
  • Pam
  • Tamara Harder
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • As ALWAYS thanks for stopping by! I hope you get inspired 😀

    I know, can you believe it?

    I’m so excited!!

     Today Melissa is opening an online digital stamp store with a great selection of brand new Halloween and Christmas designs. So now PCS will have two stores, one for rubber stamps and one for digital stamps. You can check out the new store at:

    DON’T fret you rubbah luvah’s (hey Paulette and Tracey, does that bring back any memories for you?)!! She will STILL have her normal rubber stamp releases! The rubber/digi images will be different images. So best of both worlds for those diving into digi stuff.

    These images are $3 each.

    With the economy, maybe these are more affordable for you too 😀 I mean seriously, I spend $3 at least once a week on coffee 😀

    NOTE:I keep all my digi images in a special file so I can EASILY locate them 😀 Organization is key to using what you purchase.

    You can see the regular store –>HERE<—

    Now I’ll share 3 samples I got made in a jiffy.

    First up- My FAVE!!!

    Little Ladybug Box


    Now cute is this gift box?

     I was recently asked by one of my readers if I had any ladybug party favor ideas! Well, yes I do!

    This little ladybug box was made using the My Timeless Template: Rounded Wrap Up! It makes the perfect pairing with Melissa’s NEW! Itty Bitty Betty:Ladybug Can you imagine the FUN party invites and matching favors this can make? LOVE IT!

    Now both are INSTANT downloads, so you could start making your own Ladybug box in 5 minutes 😀


    For this project:

    I printed my box on smokey shadow cardstock. Cut and assembled as directed.

    I then lined the bottom with my bitty box basics paper.

    I made my wings by cutting a mat layer in red, and cutting two 1/2 circles 😀

    Punched some circles, and was ready to go!

    I adhered JUST the top flap so the wings would pop forward. They have dimensionals under the wings.

    The top is tied closed with ribbon, and 2 cardstock antennae were added. SO cute 😀

    The girl was printed on white cardstock, then colored with COPIC markers! Easy Peasy.

    Now we have : Let it snow

     snowboy.JPG My time was tight so I whipped this simple lil card up WOW! Did this ever get washed out! The coloring in the background is SO light-sorry! Didn’t have time for the photo set up. I love the lil boy elf! Of course, the penguin too!! How cute having them slide down a candy cane! WOW! Love that. There is some glittery snow on the ground 😀Obviously some silver snowflake table confetti, swirling around. I think this one was cute 😀 Since I LOVE the candy cane image……. elf-girl-2.JPG Much better photo! How cute is she? Again simple card-but I love it.The digi images were quick and easy, and I colored them at soccer practice! LOL! Now THAT is multi-tasking 😀   

    Check out these blogs to see some fabulous cards and projects using the new digi stamps:

    Becky Carafa –

    Emily Leiphart –

    Inge Groot –

    Jodi-Ann Lee –

    Lauren Meader –

    Lauretta See –

    MacKenzie Bruckler –

    Maria Bell –

    Mariska van der Veer –

    Sparkle Smith –

    Suzanne J Dean –

    Tracey Cuccia –

    Vicki Garrett –

    Let’s be honest, the images sell themselves, but once you hop around to see the eye candy, I’m sure you’ll add more to your MUST HAVE shopping cart 😀

    I’m dying to hear your thoughts today 😀

    Be back with more tomorrow!


    WAHOO! In case you didn’t know-today and tomorrow……

    JustRite Stampersis having a H-U-G-E Mega Font Blog Hop! 

    They are even having a 30% OFF Promotion!! Check it out —>HERE! Perfect time to shop 😀

    I LOVE my font sets. So many options! What I *really* love is that any/all the font sets are perfect with ANY images you may have bought from other companies. Sometimes we hunt for the PERFECT sentiment, and are willing to spend the $$ for that perfect one, when you can now easily make your own! No more hunting!

    This month we are trying to show you the MANY different things you can do using their font sets in ANY and ALL your creations! As you hop along you will see a HUGE variety of uses. It is SURE to get those wheels in your head turning! 

     “I” of course will be doing a gift item 😀

    Now while I was posting the countdown peeks for my newest templates, I WARNED you, that you would see me using It’s on the House © A LOT!!!!!!! I’m over the moon for this template and ALL the possibilities. So I hope you don’t get sick of seeing all the ideas I have had for it.

    So, that being said, I used it today, for the hop!

    Sending Holiday Joy


    I created this little “house box” to give some White Lindt Chocolates!

    It reminds me of a vintage style gift box, given the image! I’m just in LOVE with it.

    I’ll get to the “gifty” details in a minute, first let me share the sentiment story 😀

    I was inspired by the sentiment in Holiday Demi Phrases Round 2” -“SENDING HOLIDAY JOY”. I didn’t want a rounded sentiment, so I pulled out my Horizontal Wood Stamper Set  and used *just* the font from Wood Stamper 2-3/8″ with Bonus 25pt Font & Center to create my own! Now I have the exact sentiment I wanted, and in the same font too!


    SEE! You don’t even have to be overly “creative” to come up with good sentiments! Just look into some you like, and copy them using your own font set! EASY PEASY!

    I just stamped my sentiment in versamark ink, onto brushed gold cardstock, then embossed it with gold EP!

    I then, punched it out with my label punch from SU! It was the PERFECT addition to my house gift box!


    Now about the BOX!

    When I received the NEW! Sarah Kay line, the image Noel Charity just stood out to me. I thought it was truly stunning! While my coloring leaves much to be desired, I knew she was perfect for this project I had in my head!

    This image was *just* an adorable girl, knocking on the door, I had to give her a home with it!

    I just scored the box to appear more “house-like”, and scalloped the flap for my “roof”. It is distressed a bit, but it didn’t show up well in photos.

    As you can see they are the PERFECT union!


    The girl is 3D, as is her little package of love. She truly appears to have just stumbled upon the doorstep.

    Trust me when I tell you PHOTOS do this NO justice! It is a must see in person.

    I used red, gold, green with hints of a pale blue. Her coat is flocked with red. There are touches of a gold pen here and there, and of course snowflakes of gold.

    I added “snow” to the “ground” of the house. Just adds to the detail.

    I feel the entire package convey my main message ” Sending Holiday Joy”!



    Sarah Kay: Noel 2009 Charity

    JustRite Stampers: Wood Stamper 2-3/8″ with Bonus 25pt Font & Center

    Cardstock: Red, Gold, Kraft, White

    My Timeless Template: It’s on the House ©

    Ink: Momento Black, Tea Dye ink, Copic Markers, Versamark

    Ribbon: Gold

    Gold Embossing Powder, Gold pen, Chunky glitter, red fun flock, Martha Stewart snowflake punch, label punch, garland/berry from Michaels Craft store, scallop border punch

    Now! I’ve done my part (I HOPE!), to show you some ideas using the FONT! Time to HOP ALONG!!

    Here is a list of players:

    JustRite Stampers Blog

    Michelle Wooderson
    Sankari Wegman
    Heidi Blankenship
    Eva Dobilas
    Beate Johns
    Sharon Harnist
    Barbara Anders
    Sharon Johnson
    Deb Saaranen
    Becca Feeken
    Kazan Clark
    Lauren Meader <–You are HERE!
    Tammy Hershberger
    Linda Beeson
    Jenny Gropp
    Lori Craig
    Tanis Giesbrecht
    Jenn Balcer
    Lisa Somerville
    Karen Maldonado
    Pamela Smerker
    Karen Taylor
    Latisha Yoast
    Julie Overby
    Mary Pfaff

    See you here tomorrow as I have a Newsletter Project to share 😀 (with a video) 

    Haunted Happenings

    Sep 15, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Timeless Templates, Pink Cat Studio

    Hi peeps!

    Today is post #2 for today, so be sure to scroll on down!

    I have been quite busy switching creative gears back and forth. It can really confuse the MOJO, let me tell you!

    I know, I just took you through Christmas, but now we are switching gears back to Halloween!

    We still have 1 1/2 months until Halloween, so PLENTY of time to get stuff done D

    Back the the Halloween talk! I have a peek at some Halloween images from Pink Cat Studio! This set called Itty Bitty Halloween, and it will release tomorrow 😀

    The set is UBER ADORABLE!  Melissa developed a whole NEW! line of character’s, that are of course FAB!! They are called Bitty Betty and Bitty Bobby. OH! and don’t worry, they will be back for the next release! (WINK!)

    So first up-my personal favorite project I created……

    Haunted House


    How cute is this little project?

    The creepy monster popping out of the grave!!

    I wanted to go for slightly creepy in a cute way! Make sense? I’m not a scary/creepy kind of girl. I’m more cutesy.

    TODAY the My Timeless Template: It’s on the House, was released! I seriously LOVE it to pieces!  I HAD to use it when I saw this creepy, crawly image!

    I printed my template, then scored it, every 1/2 inch,  to look the house boards. I also distressed it a bit. Now I could have gone TOTAL haunted house with this, but I wanted the image to be the focus, and of course—> POP!! I didn’t want to get off track by creating just a haunted house.

    Going with creepy and cute…some details….


    I used some layered buttons-white, avocado,  and colored BLING to make a 3D eyeball sticking out of the image! EW! The hands look like they are going to grab it!


    I also used a button and MORE colored bling, along with some embroidery floss for a fun-and cute spider like detail on the ribbon. The ONLY spider I would ever think of calling CUTE! LOL!


    Then the lil bat punched out, holds the “trick or treat” tag.

    I just like it. Inside this I would put a bag of gummy bugs (they sell them at Target). My kids actually found them, and ate them before I could use them here-SORRY! Gotta love it.

    Now for another project!

    Taffy Treat Take Along


    This project used the My Timeless Template: Lolli-pop Along 

    Turning the “lolli=pop” insert base over, it creates a “bucket” of sorts to hold your goodies! My kids (and I) LOVE Laffy Taffy. I thought this was a fun item to just package up, and place inside. Plus they are in your expected Halloween colors 😀

    The glittery white layer is suppose to be the full moon! LOL!

    How seriously cute is the sentiment?


    I love her! I love the cutesy scared look she has on her face as she holds closed that creepy cute pumpkin, for dear life! LOL!

    I added a web and spider stamp to the background. The candy corn is some ancient patterned paper I found in my stash, so I cut out the candy corns.

    This was an EASY PEASY project.

    Perfect treat.

    Well I am done for today! Lots more to share tomorrow. You don’t have to wait long since Melissa is releasing them early for you! No long ended suspense!

    Check out all the designers blogs for more great samples.

    Pink Cat Studio Blog

    Guest Designer -Heather

  • Becky Carafa
  • Jodi-Ann Lee
  • Lauren Meader <—that is me (obviously!)
  • Lise Roy
  • Maria Bell
  • Mariska van der Veer
  • Sarah Anderson
  • Vicki Garrett
  • Make sure you tune in tomorrow for my 2 other fun projects, and the peek at the entire set that will be released tomorrow 😀

    Thank you for popping by!

    On a side note 😀 I cracked open my Cricut!!

    I was honestly  PETRIFIED of it! Once it was open it just looked so complicated and overwhelming. But, I watched the intro video and found that VERY helpful!!! After seeing that I wasn’t scared at all. They did an excellent job explaining all about it, I feel. Especially since I’m a visual person. I’m not good at “reading” instructions. I need to see it, or DO it myself.

    I actually used it today to make the tags, layered flowers/leaves on Amber’s birthday party favors! Its a FUTURE My Timeless Template 😀 so I’m not sure when I will share the photos. Trust me though, its FABULOUS! One of my faves so far!

    I also used my Sure Cuts Alot program for the tag part. Not sure if I did all that stuff correctly-I had to have a cartridge IN my Cricut to even get the paper to load prior to printing the tags I designed, using just the stuff that comes with the SCAL 2.0 program. I bought a couple of other .svg files to test the waters too, but couldn’t “play” too long as Amber’s party is Sat, and we have a FULL schedule this week. I’m on major crunch time.

    I guess my bottom line is WOW! I LOVE my Cricut Expression! I can’t believe it took me so long to get one! LOL! I do need to go get the tool kit, and of course I want EVERYTHING! The time it saves me from punching or die cutting my own flowers ALONE was worth it. Oh! And I can totally see needing a new mat, and most likely will get some extra cutting blades 😀

    OK I’m really done now!LOL!

    Anyone with SCAL 2.0 advice-please share! LOL! I’m so clueless. I have to check out some of the links to videos people sent too! It is hard to even know where to start some times.

    OK the countdown is nearing the end!

    I have SO many more samples, so just keep coming by 😀

    Tonight is the Papertrey Ink Release party!!! I hope to chat with you all there!

    I think you are going to like the ideas I have to share today using my 2 NEWEST My Timeless Templates: It’s on the House, and Keeping Tabs!

    Starting tomorrow -YOU can start using them yourself!

    *If you didn’t know* The My Timeless Templatesare an INSTANT download! UNLIMITED USE! You pay ONLY $5, each of tonights template release has 2 sizes-Standard, and Pretty Petite! Oh! and NO SHIPPING! So no matter WHERE you live yo can have them right away 😀

     All the templates just print from your computer, onto 8 1/2 X 11 cardstock.

    They come with step by step photos and written instructions. Any questions you can always contact me directly [email protected]

    Each has an EXCLUSIVE idea book with 5 projects.

     The projects have color photos, a supply list, and step by step instructions to get you going with 5 ideas! So, if you don’t feel very creative, we have some of the ideas done for you!

    People LOVE getting the finished templates as gifts! I cannot even tell you the amazing feedback I received from user’s telling me the response from the receivers they have made gifts for! Each person has said that they felt not only proud but it made being creative EASY 😀 I love hearing stories like that 😀

    So enough blabbering……let’s get to the projects OK!

    Star Student


    The It’s on the House © template easily transforms into a backpack!

     I bet you didn’t think this template could be great for “school” themed projects and gifts too! This take “back to school” or fun gift packaging to a whole new level!!


    Given the way the template comes together, I printed the back New Leaf cardstock. I just rounded the corners of the top flap closdure for my back pack top.

    Teh front of the template used the “print on copy paper, and use as a score/cut guide” so I could use black cardstock for my front of the bag.

    I then just made mat layers (rounding corners) for the front panel.

    I found some lunch box style latches at my hardware store for $1, and away I went!


    It REALLY unlatches 😀 I love it!! It’s details like that, that can totally step it up, easily! Instead of using the screws that came with the latch, I used brads! They worked perfectly!

    I hand made a front pocket detail that does open and hold little notes 😀 The brad tucks the flap in. You could use little envelopes, or those small envelope die cuts by Sizzix or other die cut makers! I believe SU! has a pretty scallop one that would fit too.

    No backpack is complete without the straps!


    I grabbed my son’s backpack to ensure I was making them as REALISTIC as possible!


    Using some hodgepodge hardware pieces, and more brads, looks pretty cool to me!

    Perfect backpack! This can OBVIOUSLY be easily altered for a girl too! What I love is that this LOOKS difficult, but was OH! SO EASY!

    I filled this with some fun school items! My son went CRAZY for it, as I usually do girly stuff 😀 He was so happy to have a BOY item just for him!


    My Timeless Template: It’s on the House

    Stamps: Star prints
    Cardstock: New Leaf, White
    Patterned Paper: Bitty Star Basics
    Ink: Black, New Leaf
    Ribbon: Stitched Black
    other: hodge podge hardware. lunch box latch, key chain toggle, chipboard, silver brad, corner rounder, CTMH brads

    Just a Note set


    This gift set was created using *just* the pockets from the Keeping Tabs© template using the standard template, as well as the Pretty Petite version!


    They make just the perfect card holder all on their very own.

    This project has a card set for A2 size cards, and then a sample with 3X3 cards-wrapped up in a cello bag with twine ribbon!

    Here is the large card box


    As I mentioned in the first reveal of the Keeping Tabs template, the pockets from this template are PERFECT on their own!

    Even better is the fact that they are the perfect wrap for our Clearly Creative Card Box!

    NOTE: Just place card box inside template, prior to adhering 😀


    I used the large pocket to create a stunning Clearly Creative card box wrap, and hold 5 of these A2 size cards/envelopes.

    I used the decorative mat layering template to create a pretty look on my card design as well!

    So for the standard version, the box is designed much like the card. When the cards are inside, they look just like the card front.

    Such a pretty gift set, don’t you think? Virtually no stamping either. Quick assembly.

    Now for our Petite version


    The Pretty Petite version  3 X 3 cards/envelopes!

    Such a fun size when mass producing or wanting to send little notes


    The card also used the layering template to create a decorative flap on our fold out note card! Just un-fold and you have plenty of room to write.

    As seen in above group photo, I wrapped it up in a cello bag, then was on my way!

    This is the perfect gift! Now you can see just how fun and versatile this template is too!!


    My Timeless Template: Keeping Tabs (pockets)

    Stamps: Vintage picnic, 2009 Autumn tags, Floral Frenzy

    Cardstock: Kraft, Orange Zest, Spring Moss, Summer Sunset, Ripe Avocado

    Patterned Paper: Autumn Abundance, Bitty Box Basics

    Ink: Orange Zest, Ripe Avocado, Dark chocolate

    Ribbon: Orange Zest, twine

    Clearly creative card box

    Prima flowers

    A2 and 3 X 3 envelopes in Kraft

    Slice Studio Design Essentials cartridge

    Circle punch, tag punch

    Well that about does it for my peeks today. I hope you enjoyed what I have shared so far. More to come tomorrow. I’d love to hear your feedback on this month’s templates, and what project you liked most so far 😀 There weren’t enough days in the countdown to share everything I made with you, but that just means more to come.

    On a SUPER happy note, I completed ALL my work and I’m FINALLY going to BUST open my Cricut today!!! While the kids are at school of course! I pray I can use it rigth away! I have so many project ideas already 😀 If youa re looking for a SUPER deal on the Sure Cuts a Alot 2.0, check out my post —> HERE! I have a coupon code for me readers 😀

    In the meantime, check out  Nicholes samples today!! Also sharing is Becky O ,  MelissaBeth Silaika and Dawn McVey.

    See you tonight at the release!

    Thank you for stopping by.

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