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Hi all!

Another fun day of peeks for you! I hope you are ready for me! LOL!

I’m excited to continue the countdown and share some MORE template ideas with you!

Milk Made © has had its share in the spotlight the last 2 days, so today I am going to focus on my other template called Pretty Petal Pocket ©! I seriously LOVE this one (I know I always say that, but I always mean it! LOL)

If you missed the details on that template, you can check out this post —>HERE! I have to say the purse I made totally rocked! LOL!

I am HOPING you will think that my next 2 project do too!

Now this idea is SO perfect for a cheer up gift, Bridal/Baby shower, or showering someone with love, thoughts, prayers… get the idea!

Rain or Shine Umbrella


This was one of those AH! HA! moments!!

I suddenly realized this was the PERFECT up-side-down umbrella!!

What do you think?

I’m seriously over the moon for this.


Rather than use the rounded handles for the template, I cut my own umbrella handle! I adhered it to the Pretty Petal Pocket  © front prior to adding my decorative layers.

DESIGN NOTE: I did also use a flat Popsicle style stick to the back of the umbrella handle, for more support!


What I did was used the decorative mat layer (included with the template) and made my umbrella pattern from the flower paper. I then used the Largest Petal layer (there is a large petal and smaller mat layer to the petal of the template) and cut my middle “umbrella” panel. I layered it onto the template, and trimmed off the excess petal. I then paper pierced around the edges.


Doesn’t it look so cute?

I then paper pieced the umbrella image from Scattered Showers set to look *just* like my large “umbrella”. I adhered it with a dimensional, onto my die cut tag! LOVE it.

Another view


Also, prior to assembling (and also to hide any printer lines if you decide to print direct on cardstock) I added some pretty patterned paper to match! Makes it look SO fancy! AND covers up the lines 😀

Rain or Shine this is SURE to brighten up someones day!


My Timeless Template: Pretty Petal Pocket
Stamps: Scattered Showers
Cardstock: Sweet blush
Paper: Pink Patterns
Ink Black, Berry Sorbet
Ribbon:Berry sorbet ribbon
Other: flower punches,Bridal confetti flower, tag die, brad
mini satin flower

Next up!

You know I LOVE making my templates into some sort of FRUIT! LOL! This one, also using Pretty Petal Pocket © was ALSO perfect for a Strawberry!!!


Isn’ this SWEET?!

Gotta LOVE the versatility in ALL the My Timeless Templates ©! Each release I get waves of SO many ideas, but only have so much time to get things done and share, before it is time to move along 😀

Best part about this one-I seriously whipped it up in like under 15 minutes! Kid you not 😀

I just cut my greenery from Ripe Avocado cardstock, free hand, with scissors, using the red polka dot base and my guide for the greenery fitting! Easy Peasy!


Inside here are strawberry scented bath wash, body spray, body lotion and lip gloss! All regular size, tucked away perfectly!

I totally LOVE this. Just tied the handles together with my ribbon and flower 😀

Now my tag was UBER quick. Another tag die cut 😀


Just stamped the tag with the large strawberry from Green Thumb, then stamped my basket image from Vintage Picnic, onto kraft cardstock, then cut out, and layered! DONE!

I just thought this was one of those SIMPLY MADE, yet SUPER adorable creations, that are FAB for mass production!

Speaking fo which, people ALWAYS ask about using the My Timeless Templates © in classes. YES! You can use them!

Please read our terms and conditions section —-> HERE <—- #6 lists terms for class use!

Now that hard work is done! Just print and go! I wish I had these when I was a SU! Demo years ago!

Now as for use in classes- I use to make my customers go through the hassle of measuring and scoring everything! I always loved boxes, so we did MANY!! When you have NEW stampers (especially) or a large class setting, then you know how hard it can be to keep everyone on the same step and NOT get confused! Now you can say-Cut your template out on the solid lines, score on the dotted lines, then we will decorate 😀 Gotta love that! It shows them that ANYONE can make gift packaging and stamping can be made EASY!

Our idea catalog also comes with 5 exclusive ideas, with full color photos, supply list and detailed instructions! YEAH!!


My Timeless Template: Pretty Petal Pocket ©

Stamps: Green Thumb, Vintage Picnic

Cardstock: White, Pure Poppy, Ripe Avocado

Patterned Paper: Bitty Dots 2008

Ink: black, pure poppy, ripe avocado

Buttons: Ripe avocado

Ribbon: Ripe Avocado Grosgrain, twine

nestability tag die, olive eyelet, prima flower, satin flower

OK that is all for me today!

Check out more peeks using Pretty Petal Pocket © at Kelly’s blog, as well as a fab peek from our Guest Template Designer: Catherine! Also be sure to check in on Nichole’s blog Dawn and Lisa, as they share even MORE with you!

Hope today;s project inspired you!

Thank you for all the wonderful feedback and comments! Makes my day.

Tomorrow I have some fun news and samples to share! So come back now, ya hear! LOL!

Till tomorrow…..

Hi everyone!

2 posts today! Don’t miss —> this one <— Peeks my other template this month!!

This is always my favorite time of the month!

Im so happy you all loved yesterday’s post using my newest (to be released July 15th template Milk Made ©) The idea for that one came to me some time ago, after making Cocoa to Go, which later lead to my Candy Carton Carrier :D, all mixed together to get a fun version I like to call Milk Made © THAT Candy Carton Carrier project lead to my use for the sample again today!

SO with that being said, let me move along!

Today we are all sharing a group post for the Papertrey Ink countdown, using a FUN new set called Everyday Button Bits!! This set has SO many crazy possibilities! I am over the moon for it!

The “idea” of the set is genius. All these little stamp pieces are meant to FINALLY get you to USE those buttons that you covet so much, IN your projects! They are taking the MAIN STAGE!!

I LOVE this set like CRAZY!

I decided I would use the ADORABLE little bird image for my project today! It just jumped out at me when I saw all the amazing images 😀

I wanted to package some home-made honey granola I whipped up the other day, in a fun way! I love snacking on this during the day. Its delicious, and better than a candy bar! LOL! If you want some chocolate, as some chocolate chips to the recipe 😀

Just a little something


 I would use my newest template (Release is July 15th!) Milk Made © for my project. It was PERFECT!! This template can totally be use on it’s own! As you are seeing here! Especially when you have a bajillion gifts to make! Perfect size, and goes together with ease 😀

Given the fact that I wanted my granola to be packaged in a bag for freshness, I wanted it to be easily accessible to the recipient, while keeping the adorable topper in tact 😀 The idea of someone ripping out the bow KILLED ME! LOL!

So I made the package so the topper can come off!


Seriously how cute is that?

Now here is my bag of granola inside! Easy to access, and this is totally re-giftable! You can fit so many great items in here now without worry about ruining your overall packaging design! Great for KID parties too!! They can decorate them themselves as a party activity too! This stamp set would be PERFECT too! Kids LOVE crafting, and using buttons or BLING pieces 😀

Now before I get flooded with requests for the recipe:

Fruit n Honey Granola

  • 4 cups quick cooking oats
  • 1 cup chopped toasted almonds
  • 1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seeds
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup raisins  
  • 1/2 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • NOTE: add 1/2 cut of choc. chips if you want some in there


  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the oats, almonds, wheat germ, sunflower seeds, flax seeds, cinnamon, nutmeg, canola oil, and honey. Spread evenly over the prepared baking sheet, pressing down lightly with the back of a spoon.
  3. Bake 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until lightly browned. Allow to cool completely.
  4. In a large bowl, break the cooled granola into large chunks. Mix in the raisins, and sweetened dried cranberries (and choc. chips if you decide). Store in an airtight container.

Here is the close-up of the Button Bird


Button Bird-close up

I wanted a pretty little label on my Milk Made © Carton,so I stamped my bird image in black ink. The tail, beak and legs are ONE image. There is a large and small bird in the set, I went with the largest bird. I then colored the beak/tail with Copic markers.

I used Polka Dot Basics II (new set :D) for my “grass”. I then die cut it with Labels 1 nestability and sponged my bordering sky!

I used 2 Spring Rain buttons. I knew I wanted to have a “bluebird”. I also wanted a  body and a head! I chose 2 buttons that were very similar in color, and had a bit of a shimmer to them, with the same sheerness.

The large button made up the body. I stamped the polka dot wing in Enchanted Evening ink, onto spring rain cardstock, then cut out. Adhered it with a dimensional to the button. This “hid” the button holes.

For the “head” I had a little button with 2 mini holes to the side. I was going to use the button holes as NATURAL eyes, but decided that the Googlie eyes would be WAY cute, so I went with it!

My buttons are adhered to each-other, and my cardstock using mini glue dots! These are strong and virtually undetectable! LOL!

Now prior to assembling my Milk Made © Carton, I cut an inch below the score mark, of my Milk Made © Carton top.


I then assembled my bottom, as I normally would, had the top been on.

I then stamped my sentiment on the carton top. and assembled that separately, completing as if it were ON my bottom.

Now the KEY to making this become a topper that STAYS IN PLACE: add a border around the topper lid!

See the inside of my topper?

By having a border overlap the topper edge, it gives that base something to slip into!

Easy on, easy off!

This tip will be included in the Exclusive Milk Made © TemplateIdea Catalog, that you receive when you purchase the template. The idea catalog has 5 exclusive projects, that are ONLY featured in the idea catalog! All the catalog designers put lots of time, effort and details into this catalog to ensure you have some super ideas! You get detailed step by step instructions, as well as a full list of supplies!!

My Timeless Template : Milk Made © Carton/ Crate
Stamps: Everyday Button Bits, Polka Dot Basics II
Ink:Snow White, Enchanted evening, Black, Copic Markers
Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening, Spring Rain
Ribbon: Enchanted evening bitty dots ribbon
Vintage buttons:  Spring Rain
Googlies eyes, Scallop border punch, labels nestability 1

*Be sure to check out Nichole’s blog for all the designer’s peeks and links to their projects!*

  • Becky O
  • Betsy Veldman
  • Candice Aguilar
  • Dawn McVey
  • Debbie Olson
  • Geny
  • Lisa Johnson
  • Melissa Phillips
  • Michelle Wooderson
  • Nichole Heady
  • Niki Estes
  • Pine
  • Thanks for stopping by!

    OK are you ready for some MORE peeks!! I’m so excited!

    I’m running so behind this week! Spent the day with the kids at Story Land yesterday. 3 hour drive due to traffic! YIKES! I thought the kids would make me crazy but it turned out to be my hubby complaining about the drive! LOL! Anyway, it was a gorgeous day! PERFECT! We had a blast!

    OK down to buisness!

    Some time ago (back in March) I posted this project—>Baby Bunny Basket

    WOWZERS! Was I ever swamped with emails about HOW to make it!! Little did you know, I already had it planned for a template 😀 I did most of my templates about a year ago now!! I have sat on SO many of them for so long now!! It is SO hard! Every now and again I sneak a version in my regular posting 😀

    I have over 2 more years worth done, so it can be hard to WAIT, and I often forget what I made! LOL!!! I do have a sample file, but every-time we decide what comes next, I am always surprised!! LOL!

    Well, now I’d like to formally  introduce you to Pretty Petal Pocket ©


    About Pretty Petal Pocket ©:

     You will love this “pocket” style template creation! Sweet and simple, but it looks so complicated with all the angles and curves! With the template you will be whipping up gifts in NO TIME!  You can make it closed, leave it open, handle on, handle off! Its the perfect size. Petal center on, or leave it off. Many choices!

     This pretty “pocket” was inspired by my very favorite flower, the tulip! That is how it received the name. I wanted to recreate the delicate and pretty layers! Like all the My Timeless Templates ©, the possibilities are endless!  It doesn’t have to be all girly! Leave off the additional “petal” layer, and it becomes the sweetest “basket” or as I like to say here, “pocket” template! It can hold so many fabulous things!  Weather use make it a “petal” or a “simple basket” style the receiver will be dying to pick this pocket!


    I love the angles/curves it has, and the ability to transform the design every time!


    This one was the “concept sample” since I design just the templates first, then I later make my actual “sample”. These are “quickies” that the design team get to see so that they know what the finished project looks like 😀

    For this one I printed my template in pure poppy, then make the “tulip petal” from black and white basics, then colored it with my copic markers to match my project!

    Shows you just how fast and easy it can be!


    My Timeless Template: Pretty Petal Pocket

    Stamps: NONE!

     Cardstock:Pure poppy, Spring moss

    Patterned Paper: B& W basics

    ink: NONE! Just Copic markers

    other: silver brad to hold closed 😀

    Now comes the My Time to Create Color Challenge and another SAMPLE!!!


    I *just got –>this<– Vera Bradley Bag! It is the Stephanie style, in the Carnable Collection! LOVE IT!

    I hope you get a chance to join in the color challenge!

    Post your creations HERE

    It was so inspiring to me, that I had to make my newest Pretty Petal Pocket © template look *just* like it 😀


    OK not JUST like it, but my fun and funky version! I have to say I am in HEAVEN with this “handbag”. You’d never think CARDSTOCK would you?


    Look at the cool decor on the fun side panel! I could scream!

    Check it out girls! REAL hardware to boot!

    LOVE IT!

    I feel like I’m cheating on my template because for this sample,I just used ribbon as my handles, and metal pieces I purchased at the craft store! Jewelry rings for the handbag rings, and an actual purse latch! HELLO! Love that!


    ALL attached with cardstock! So cool.

    My countdown post using In Bloom was a total TOSS UP!! I was going to post BOTH projects together, but didn’t want to overwhelm you! I LOVE this new stamp set! LOVE!


    Close up-love the bling! I also love the colors!!! LOVE!


    This used black Atyou glitter pen. Subtle yet stunning!

    So I guess I KIND of strayed a little with my color-not too bad! LOL!

    Another view


    It’s just delicious

    Here is my Amber holding the template handbag!!


    (playing around with my camera! and Photoshop!)

    Here is one un-touched!


    Isn’t she so cute?! She LOVED this template! I had to hide it from her! LOL!

    Will go up in my Etsy Shop SOON!


    My Timeless Template: Pretty Petal Pocket

     Stamps: In Bloom (release July 15th)

     Cardstock: smokey shadow, soft stone, bitty dots 2008 paper

    Ink:pallette black, and copic markers

    ribbon: Raspberry twill

    hardware-brads, latch, ring circles

    Now go take a lookie at what the team did using the color challenge! They get better and better!!

  • Alicia
  • Dana G
  • Dawn Easton
  • Jennifer
  • Kendra
  • Kristen
  • Lisa
  • MacKenzie
  • Maria
  • Odette
  • Pam
  • Tamara Harder
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • As always, thank YOU for stopping by!

    Also be sure to check in on Nichole’s blog Dawn and Lisa,  also have  stamp sets this month-So Im sure they have EXTRA samples to  check  out.

    I am excited to hear what you think of this new template! I’m a totally in LOVE with it, and have SO much more to share regarding design ideas over the next couple of days!! JUST WAIT!! YIPPEE!!

    Well today is the 10th!

     That means I get to FINALLY give you a peek at a NEW! Stamp set from Papertrey Ink called In Bloom! It is over the top FABULOUS!! I love flower sets and this one is to DIE FOR! I was so excited when I saw it, and I think you will fall in complete LOVE with it too.

    I used this NEW! In Bloom stamp set to create a FABULOUS gift! Of course that gift was made using one of my NEWEST My Timeless Templates: called Milk Made ©

    I am seriously over the moon for the projects I have to share over the next few days! ALL of the My Timeless Templates © really do make your gift giving easier, more creative, affordable, and FUN!

    NOTE! These items peeked will not be released until July 15th! Links are provided for those browsing in the future 😀

    This template is just fabulous!

    About Milk Made ©

     I always love little containers! The traditional cardboard “Milk Carton” is included in the fun gift box idea! Many types of candy is packaged in the “milk carton” style boxes nowadays, but they are very unattractive! While I liked the idea, I didn’t like the packaging. So I designed my own!   I loved the name “Milk Made”, since it was inspired by the traditional Milk carton! Now these little treat boxes are easier than ever!  The Milk Made carton is perfect to present on its own. But, good things come in multiples, right?  

    Now, what could make it MORE fun, than my own little Milk Crate to carry them in?!

    Included in this template you will also receive the template for the cutest “milk crate”. Complete with matching decorative layer.

    You can make 2 “milk crates” and adhere them back to back! Then you have 4 milk cartons, all presented in an even more adorable Milk Crate! 

    Now seriously, who would have thought that a MILK carton could be MADE so cute?

    So today what you are going to see the the Milk Made © Carton (2 created), with the Milk Made © Crate(adhered back to back) to create a fabulous gift set of 2 Cartons (to fill with whatever you heart desires), a set of 10 custom designed cards, and 10 envelope slip-covers-that fit PERFECTLY into the Milk Made © Crate! 

    True Friend Crate Card Set


    Here is my completed project!

    Here you can see the 2 Cartons in one side.

    Then on the other side……I custom designed this card set to fit PERFECTLY into the Milk Made © My Timeless Template!


    I went with a monochromatic color scheme for an easy, and elegant look, that just makes you say WOW!

    The flowers/leaves are truly stunning, so I wanted to make them POP!

    My colors are : Soft Stone, Sahara Sand (From SU!), Smokey Shadow, and True Black-with a small pop of white!

    Now let me share the HOW TO!

    Set of 10 Cards and Vellum Slip-cover envelopes/label tabs


    To create the note cards that fit into Milk Made ©


    Finished Card size 3 X 4 1/2

    Cut 5 sheets of cardstock to 6 X 9

    Along 6 inch side -score at 3 inches

    Along 9 inch side – cut in half at 4 1/2 to get your 2 pre-scored cards!

    NOTE: You will then have a set of 10 cards



    Stamp Flower image onto Soft Stone card-stock in black ink

    NOTE: Stamp as many as you will want to create-for this exact project 14

    10 for the cards, 2 for the Milk Made © centerpiece images, then 2 more to layer on a dimensional center for the main images

    Color images with Copic Markers. I used the T4 and T6 colors.

    Color flower center with white gel pen.

    NOTE: Since I stamped it on the Stone color I didn’t have to use another marker.

    Cut out images, and apply dimensionals.

    Simply stamp leaf image, in black ink into lower right corner of cards.

    Stamp sentiment at top.

    Layer on 3D flower


    Vellum Slip-Cover Envelope & Label Tags


    Simple Slip-Cover Envelope

    You will need 5 sheets of Lined vellum cardstock.

    Cut the 5 pieces of lined vellum cardstock to 8 1/2 X 9 1/2

    Along the 8 1/2 inch side-Score at 3, then 6 1/2.

    Cut along the 9 1/2 inch side, in the middle at 4 3/4.

    NOTE: This gives you 2 envelope slip covers per piece of cardstock.

    Fold on score lines.

    Now you will have 10 envelope slip-covers!


    Use adhesive label sheets

    Stamp circle from Borders & Corners Circle set, in black ink.

    Stamp smallest flower into center.

    Color with markers listed above.

    Punch out with 1 3/8 circle punch!

    Tie card/slip cover envelope set with a pretty black Saddle Stitched Ribbon!

    Done D


    Now it fits all nicely into the Milk Made © Crate template!

    Now on the other side we have 2 of the Milk Made © Cartons


    You can put the label stickers you made in here, along with stamps, address labels, paper clips, buttons, ribbon….. whatever!!

    They are a great size, so the sky is the limit!


    Here is one carton out.

    You can see the pretty curves that back panel the Crate has, complete with decorative panel!

    Carton Duo


    I printed the Milk Made ©Cartons onto the Soft Stone cardstock.


    I stamped my In Bloom image, onto the corner of template prior to assembly.

    The flowers are SO easy and FUN to color! Obviously I had a BLAST making this 😀

    I used the largest flower in the set, then colored the image just like the other flowers, only direct ON the template.


    I then assembled the template, as directed.


    They both look so pretty in here.


    Can’t you see this sitting on desks all across the country?! I know I can 😀

    This is the side view of the 2 Milk Made © Crates together


    Milk Made Crate:

    My Milk Made ©Crate was printed (2 X’s) onto Smokey Shadow Card-stock, then assembled.

    Both Crates were adhered back to back!

    They have a very prety rounded style/design on the back panel.

    I just created the 2 base templates, and adhered them together.

    I then tied around my ribbon.


    I created a scallop bottom for another pretty detail for my carton, and to continue the Sahara, Stone, Smokey Shadow and Black color combination.

    I also made the same center piece for both sides, of the top of my carrier! It’s ALL about the details, and ALL sides looking clean, and professional!

    Center piece is stamped/colored/cut. I also added an additional center layer for additional POP!

    I think it looks so elegant!


    My Timeless Template: Milk Made ©

    Stamps: NEW! In Bloom, Borders & Corners Circle

    Cardstock:  Smokey Shadow, Soft Stone, True Black, Lined Vellum, Adhesive Labels

                         other: Sahara Sand

    Ink: True Black

    Copic Markers: T4, T6

    Ribbon: Saddle Stitch Grosgrain and Satin in True Black

    Nestabilities-Tall/Long Rectangle (largest) die cut X3 for scalloped bottom on template base 😀

    Punches:2 inch circle, Mega (pink)Scallop by Marvy, Key Tag punch, X2 butterfly punches by Martha Stewart

    White brads

    So now comes the question I’m dying to know the answer to-

    What do you think?! Do you like it?!

    I HOPE so! I really can’t wait to share more with you!

    Let’s not forget I have ANOTHER template to share too!! But that has to wait for now 😀

    In the meantime check out Catherine at The Dancing Pear, this month’s Template Guesat Designer!!

    Nichole’s blog(I know you already know this! LOL!), Dawn and Lisa,  also have  stamp sets this month-So check it out.

    That’s all for today! More to come tomorrow 😀


    I am very excited about today’s project!

    Keeping up with the trends, Going Green is very HOT right now! Reusing items that we already have is not only great for our environment, but FUN!

    I find, as a papercrafter, I save a LOT of things! Always with the HOPE of finding a great new use for it! One of them being the tissue paper that comes with many gifts we receive. It is so pretty and comes in a large variety of colors! I have always wanted to find a fabulous way to recycle it, and now I have!

    I call it a Fancy Flower Flourish Closure


    This idea came to me after a childhood memory. I remember going to the carnival and ALWAYS wanting one of those LARGE tissue paper flowers, on a stick! So expensive back then. I was never able to get one :C But, now I am grown so I can make my own mini version.

    I decided to play around, and make this childhood memory a reality, but also with a little more FANCY FLAIR!

    I wanted one of these flowers to be part of an elastic closure for my newest My Timeless Templates: Card Couture. I knew it would beautiful, and look so elegant, as the main focus of the template! I have to say it makes you say WOW! when you have it in hand!

    I began my quest by punching some tissue paper with my Giga Flower Punch by Marvy. While I was getting the EFFECT I wanted, I knew I wanted it to be a little more fancy, and stamp related!

    I wanted to put a pattern on my flowers. Something elegant. Not just polka dots, or scripty writing. More like a pattern on EACH flower petal. I then pulled out Damask Designs! The small flourish fit PERFECTLY on EACH petal of a very elegant looking flower! I was over the moon when I figured this out!

    Now let me show you how it works!

    Making Fancy Flower Flourish


    1) Stamp one cardstock flower base, and at least 4 tissue paper flowers, using Damask Designs.

    You wil want to use ink that is a similar shade or darker than choice of tissue paper/cardstock.


    2) Punch holes in centers


    3) Using elastic cording, string on button, them put through the tissue paper flowers first.


    4) Now put trhough the cardstock flower, and pull though


    This is the close up


    5) Pull petals up, each laer separately, and scrunch together!

    NOTE: I added another button to the button center of my creation.

    6) Optional: Adhere punched, stamped, or Prima Leaves to flower cardstock base.

     For Attachment to Card Couture:


    1) Punch hole in the lid of template.

    2) Insert large eyelet.

    3) Pull strings from Fancy Flower Flourish through the hole.

    4) Close lid, and tie elastic closure, tightly around template. Knot elastic cording.


    Now you have a beautiful, elastic closure for your Card Couture Template, or to use to embellish ANY project!


    My Timeless Template: Card Couture ©

    Stamps: Damask Designs, Mega Mixed Messages, Guidelines 2

    Cardstock: Spring Moss, Raspberry Fizz, Sweet Blush, Hibiscus Burst

    Patterned Paper: Friends Til the End, Bitty Box Basics

    Ink: sweet blush, ripe avocado, raspberry fizz

     Vintage Buttons, Raspberry Fizz stitched grosgrain

    Recycled tissue paper, Crop a Dile, Giga Flower Punch, Elastic Cording, Large Olive eyelet by SU!, eyelet by SEI, Tag die cut by nestabilities

    So there you have it!

    I hope you enjoyed my tutorial today!

    OH! BOY! Am I ever running late:C

    Quick post that I will return to edit.

    I DO have a sample, but didn’t get my photos edited. I had last T-Ball game today (in which Noah lost his tooth while running the bases!) and PROMISED Jay I’d take him out to a Chinese Buffet Lunch! So I have to run.

    I have been working on a BIG announcement coming (possibly) Monday! Depends on if I get everything done-but its looking good so far :D)

    SO trust me my excuses are good and valid 😀 (Oh and I DID get ALL my 23 teacher gifts-Noah added his new teacher to the mix! LOL!) They all got a Pack A Picnic in some version, with home-made strawberry jam OR Orange marmalade jam 😀

    So here is the challenge:


    Template Challenge: Use any one of the My Timeless Templates ©, and CREATE your OWN patterned paper!

    Link your creations HERE

    Now my “paper” ended up being MUCH simpler, as I ran out of time, to do my original intended project-so I will try to post that this week.

    All in all I LOVE my project 😀

    A Strawberry Picnic


    OK this totally counts for MAKING my own patterned paper! LOL!

    I used Polka Dot Basics and White Craft ink, on Pure Poppy cardstock, to make the polka dot patterned paper. (I know! EASY PEASY! SORRY!) My lid was done usingNew Leaf cardstock, and an EK Slim border punch.


    I used my newest template Pack a Picnic ©, to create a large and small Strawberry like basket!!

    I know this is UBER simple-but people, I had 23 teacher gifts to make, I’m all about the SIMPLE WOW! This set took about 30 minutes.

    It is going up for sale on my Etsy Shop!

     I didn’t give the large one away (and kept one small one for the complete set) I love how the mini fits nicely in the larger basket! I have gotten so much feedback on this template! So many surprised at how large it is, and roomy! All GOOD comments!! Only BAD thing (and its totally not bad :D) I heard was “Its so much bigger than I thought, now I have to go get some more stuff to FILL it!” -Jennifer C.

    YEAH! That is a great thing to hear!

    Strawberry mini close up


     I made a bunch of the mini Pack a Picnic“Strawberries” to hold my Strawberry Jams. The minis took about 7 minutes to complete each.

    I fell in complete LOVE with JustRite Stampers soon to be released set (yes! I got a sample :D) called  Preserves Set. So cute: Grown, Picked & Preserved. Wait till you see the set-LOVE IT!!!

    The strawberry is from Lizzie Anne Designs Tutti Fruity

    The berry tops are flocked with green.


    Isn’t it cute?! I had fun making them and that is all that matters!!

    Check out the team:

  • Dana G
  • Dawn Easton
  • Jennifer
  • Kendra
  • Kristen
  • Lisa
  • MacKenzie
  • Maria
  • Odette
  • Pam
  • Tamara Harder
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • Thank you for stopping by , and I hope you find time to give it a try at some point in your own busy week.

    Well I am working feverishly to finish up my projects, teacher gifts, and preparing for the big Papertrey Ink Release tonight!

    Im VERY excited about this months release, and the 2 newest My Timeless Templates 😀 I really enjoyed each peek day more & more. Your feedback really keeps me going too.

    I have another peek for you using my Pack a Picnic template! I was straight out busy yesterday, and I have 2 cookouts to go to today, so I’m really hoping to get my other sample using Card Couture done before the release! LOL! Ill post that later today if all goes well.

    In the mean time I hope this ties you over.

    Scented Summer Gift set


    This is for Alexa’s one to one aid who I LOVE to death! She has been my saving grace being in the classroom with Alexa.

    I cannot say enough nice things about this woman! Seriously, I could go on and on! But I will spare you.

    I am having SOOOO much fun using the large and small versions of this template to make “sets”. This is another one!

    We will do this again with future templates, where we see fit. Not ALL the templates make good large/small versions. In this case-DEFINITELY YES!!!


    I love the SUMMER “sorbet” sort of colors this has! Summer Sunset & Berry Sorbet

    I adore the handles being put on this way too, as oppose to over the top of the template.


    I was inspired to make this because of what my gift was: Bath & Body Works Butterfly Flower bath set!


    I went all out and got her the large sizes of a loofa, body lotion, body spray, lavender bath stuff, some hand cream, foot cream and a pedicure set. Not all shown in photo!


    This is the Body Lotion, and the Body Spray.

    I also included some Lavender Bath stuff. This went into a large bag all together.

    In the mini basket will go some Orange Marmalade!


    (used Fruitful (new release) for the jam jar :D)

    Its the perfect size for the mini Pack a Picnic basket!

    I think this is a very pretty summer fun gift basket set, to hold all sorts of bath & beauty products! I hope her aid likes it.


    My Timeless Template: Pack a Picnic

    Stamps: Spring tags 2008, Fruitful

    Cardstock: Summer Sunset, Berry Sorbet, white, friends til the end paper

    Ink: White, berry sorbet, black

    Ribbon: Saddle stitched grosgrain in berry sorbet

    Prima Flowers, flower brads, adhesive pearls, Martha Stewart border punches

    Well that does it today for me!

    There is one day left of peeks! So be sure to hop on over to Nichole’s, Lisa, and Becky’s blog for more!

    Thanks for stopping by. Hopefully Ill be back later

    Hold onto your seats everyone! I have a LOT to share, and as usual am also long winded!

    Sorry, but when I get excited I “talk” a lot. Imagine me in person! LOL! I don’t shut up :D) I can admit it.

    For today’s post, I’m very excited, as we have a group project, using the NEW! stamp set inspired my Mish, called Vintage Picnic.

    I cannot say enough about this set. I fell in LOVE with it when I saw it! So much so that I ran down to my craft room, to design one of this months releases Pack a Picnic! 

    I can’t begin to tell you just how much I LOVE Vintage Picnic set. Especially used WITH my Pack a Picnic template. I found there to be SO many possibilities with this set, that I actually had to put the stamp set away so I could get my other projects done!

    I kid you not!! I will be using this a TON in the future 😀

    So I did 2 projects for today’s post-each using my newest template releases Pack a Picnic, and Card Couture. I also think it would ROCK using Basket Basics 😀

    I hope you like them :D) I fashioned them both to be alike/similar.

    Strawberry Jam Basket


    What better way to give a simple gift of jam, than to really dress it up, in my Pack a Picnic Basket?

    When I saw this stamp set I was SO taken with the tiny strawberry image in the set, that I had to use it as my design focus.

     I then commissioned the mother of my BFF Paulette, to make me some Strawberry Jam, to package as teacher gifts this year.( No! I don’t make my own jam! I’d rather buy it! LOL!-But its STILL homemade :D)

    OH! BOY! I opened a jar for me, and I have been eatting it like crazy! NOT a good thing! Boy is it yummy.

    Anyway I don’t need 16 jars, so they are being given as gifts.


    Here is a better view of the basket front.

    I used an acrylic frame from Making Memories, on the front of my basket.

    I used the Trademarks stamp set from the new release as my center on the basket top!


    Aren’t the strawberries from the set just so cute? All alone-perfect!

    I added a making memories page pebble over the image as well for more WOW!

    I think it looks really cool.

    I also love the basket handle holders! They are SU! brads. I think they are a nice touch.

    The paper round the edge is from the NEW! Release too. Really loving it.

    Now we go onto the jar of jam


    Here I used the strawberry image, stamped 3 X’s to fill my basket with strawberries!

    The basket is simply stamped on Kraft cardstock, cut out, and on dimensionals.


    I then stamped, colored and cut the napkin image from the set, and layered it onto my basket. The coloring was inspired by my fabric cover, which is tied with Scarlet ribbon.


    I had some fabric leftover from my sewing days 😀 It was PERFECT for my jam jar, and actually inspired the entire project! I love how you start with ONE thing, and it has a domino effect!

    The wrap was stamped with Text Style bkgd. It had a nice Americana kind of country feel to it. Just that little something extra!

    Now for my jar top! I LOVE this idea


    I used ANOTHER image from the Trademarks set, and placed it on the jar lid 😀 Im totally loving these possibilities for this set with ANY/ALL My Timeless Templates!!!

    Added the strawberry image, with the making memories page pebble.

    This project went to the Principal of our school (I heard he went to bat for me at a meeting-so he is on my good side 😀 where Alexa is concerned!) I also included a package of Pound Cake from Tastefully Simple.

    Jam in basket


    The Principal was in shock that I remembered to give him and end of year gift! This was his first year as our Principal and I have to say he is doing a great job 😀 Hopefully he remembers this next time I have a problem with the school! LOL! Which I am HOPING not too!


    My Timeless Template: Pack a Picnic

    Stamps: Vintage Picnic, Trademarks, Text Style bkgs

    Cardstock: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, White

    Ink:Ripe Avocado, Black & Copic markers

    Ribbon: Satin avocado, Bitty Dot Scarlet

    Other: Making Memories page pebbles & Acrylic Frame, SU! Brads, nestabilities, fabric, Strawberry Jam

    Next up! My other project using Card Couture ©

    From the Kitchen of:


    Well as you may have guessed it, this template is PERFECT for recipe’s!!!!

    How can you not LOVE the idea of this? It is like the PERFECT presentation for a recipe card holder!

    Plus its pretty simple! Love that when making a ton of gifts.


    YOUR COST to make : $1.90! Includes cost of recipe cards!

    Now for this one, I stamped my food border (which I totally LOVE all the border ideas :D) onto the white cardstock.

    I stamped the PLAIN Vintage Picnic basket onto scrap paper.

    Then stamped the same mini strawberry image (told you I LOVE it) in the basket center.

    I colored my basket with my marker, THEN…………(sadly you cannot SEE it well) I stamped the plaid basket over the colored image in spring moss cardstock, so it has a faint pattern on it!

    Then I cut it out, and layered it on the food circle, using a dimensional.

    Seriously-LOVE this set. AND the basket takes NO time to cut out either. I don’t enjoy lots of intricate cutting. so Im over the moon about that.

    Here is my side view-I used the same patterned paper as my set above, for the side panels


    Now I put my ribbon around my template prior to adhering my template flap closure.

    In the flap I hammered 2 slots for my ribbon to insert into!


    You just untie it, and then Voila…….


    It opens to reveal a box full of recipe cards! 30 cards total-6 in each partition

    I love that you can easily see and grab each item in my design.

    This template is seriously so fun, and PURTY 😀 (my word for pretty).


    I got these at Michaels the $1 spot. Trimmed them down a bit (I wanted to cut off the nasty looking tomato in the lower rigth corner ANYWAY!) and was done. They match perfectly!

    This was given to Alexa’s 2nd Grade Teacher, who I just LOVED this year, and will miss greatly. She loved Alexa (actually requested to have her!) and truly made a huge difference for her this year. Alexa has grown in leaps and bounds this year, especially socially!


    My Timeless Template: Card Couture

    Stamps: Vintage Picnic

    Cardstock: White, Ripe Avocado, Spring Moss, Pure Poppy

    Ink: Black, ripe avocado, Copic markers

    Ribbon: Saddle stitched grosgrain in pure poppy

    recipe cards, nestabilties, making memories slot tool

    So there you have 2 templates, both using same stamp set, and colors, and both are super gift ideas! Gotta love that.

    I could have made so many variations with these 2 templates and ONE stamp set! I’m just in LOVE!!!!

    Make sure you hop around to see just what the other team members have done using Vintage Picnic too!

  • Becky O
  • Betsy Veldman
  • Dawn McVey
  • Debbie Olson
  • Geny
  • Lisa Johnson
  • Melissa Phillips
  • Michelle Wooderson
  • Nichole Heady
  • Niki Estes
  • Pine
  • Thanks again for stopping by! Oh and ALL your super duper sweet comment over my templates 😀

    PLEASE Check out Kristen’s Blog for the Saturday Challenge!

    Here is a peek at what the girls are all doing-Ill try to play this week.


  • Dana G
  • Dawn Easton
  • Jennifer
  • Kristen
  • MacKenzie
  • Odette
  • Tamara Harder
  • Tracey Cuccia
  • She will be taking my place as Hostess this week! The end of school and the release has really kept me over the top busy!! SORRY! I just couldn’t squeeze out ONE more thing!

    I WILL be posting my Coffee House Cookie Recipe-most likely tomorrow. I have a bit to finish first, and it didn’t really FIT in with my UBER long post! LOL!!!!

    Coffee or Tea?

    Jun 11, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Home decor/3-D items, My Timeless Templates, Papertrey Newsletter

    No matter which is your favorite, I think I have something you *might* like!

    If you can’t tell I’m totally having a blast with the templates 😀 My mind is just RACING with idea, after idea. I LIVE for making boxes/gift items. I love personalizing things and making it all matchy matchy!

    I just delivered Amber’s end of the year teacher gifts, (they are featured in the exclusive Idea Book-for the Pack a Picnic ©-if you are wondering WHAT I gave them :d) and they could not believe I MADE them from paper! They were in awe. It was SOOOOO nice to see them so appreciated. I told them they can re-gift them and they looked at me like I had 12 heads! They said NO WAY! We are keeping this for ourselves. YEAH! Mission accomplished.

    That is *just* the best feeling in the world.

    Now I have another set of gifts here that I hope get the SAME response!

    Today’s post shares samples from my NEW! My Timeless Template Release-Pack a Picnic © & Card Couture ©

    They are being released on the 15th

    As I said, be it coffee or tea, I think these 2 ideas are going to be a HUGE hit.

    Pack a Picnic © goes Coffee Cups


    Seriously?! Does it get ANY cuter, AND easier? I think not :D)

    I LOVE the large and small variation of the template. TOO CUTE.

    I was so over the moon with this sample! It was *almost* in the exclusive idea book, but I HAD to share it instead. I’m seriously in LOVE!

    I made my own patterned paper using Heather’s Warm Happiness set. I stamped the various mags, and “coffee” sentiment all over! It was inspired by the coffee themed fabric napkin/supplies I purchased at Joann’s Craft Store.

    I used my handle template to make coffee mug handles instead 😀

    Large cuppa


    This is the close up view of the large coffee cup. Its filled with treats for one of the aides in Alexa’s classroom who LOVES coffee.

    Coffee House Cookies


    This is a bag filled with my Coffee House Style cookies. My favorite recipe.

    YES! I baked these! They are SCRUM*DID*DILLY*UMPTIOUS!

    I have 8 in the Coffee Bag, that I stamped with Holiday Treats.

    They have chocolate chunks, white chocolate, butterscotch, AND peanut butter chips too!

    They are SOFT-and probably 1,000 calories easy. They are very big-Like you can only eat one :D)


    I also included a matching magnetic notepad, and a gift card to Dunkin Donuts.

    She always has a XL coffee, everyday!


    Now in the mini coffee cup

    This is one of the large round tins, filled with the Cappuccino mix that I LOVE adding to my coffee 😀


    Here it is in the tin.


    I bought the coffee scoop at Joann’s as well. Just 3 scoops to 80z of coffee, and YUM!!!

    I made my tags to make it all matchy!

    ME also being a coffee lover, am going to have a VERY hard time parting with this set.

    I think she will like it :D) If she doesn’t she can give it back! LOL!


    My Timeless Template: Pack a Picnic ©

    Stamps: Warm Happiness, Holiday Treats

    Cardstock: Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream

    Ink:Dark chocolate, hibiscus burst, spring moss, blush blossom

    Ribbon: Hibiscus burst collection

    Clear top tin, coffee bag, scooper, notepad, gift card

    Now let’s move onto the TEA project!

    Tea for you


    I THINK you will really like this idea (OK- I HOPE you will :D)

    Obviously I love the pairing of Tea for Two and Green Tea Leaves paper!

    This particular tea pot is my fave! Most likely because I LOVE Beautiful blooms-its like my MOST used set.


    Sentiment reads: Special Friend Blend

    Now this gift uses my Card Couture template. This gift today is meant to be a tea sampler!


    You just purchase the box of assorted teas, from Celestial Seasonings, and you can put each one in each pocket!


    (I only had two left! have to buy some more-sorry)

    They fit perfectly! What a delicious gift, to help sooth someone each night before bed. They are individually wrapped, so they will stay FRESH. These are caffeine FREE!


    Just a nice way to keep them out on the counter, or where ever. When they are DONE with the tea, they can refill it, or use it for something else.

    You TRULY will love how many things you can gift in this.


    I LOVE adding a layer of designer paper to the side panels

    TIP: I do the scoring BEFORE I layer on the patterned paper. I then do my folding after I layer my paper on. Because the main layer is pre-scored, it folds in and out nicely. Hardly no work to get this gift done.


    I know I’d buy MORE tea if it was all packaged like that, JUST for the box!

    Here are the front details.

    I love the herbal tea tag too! Cute touch.


    Stamps: Tea for Two

    Cardstock/patterned paper: Vintage cream, Ripe avocado,  Spring Moss, Green Tea Leaves

    Ink: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado

    Ribbon: Ripe Avocado stitched-other pumpkin grosgrain, cream twill

    other: Prima flowers, dew drops, bling, magnetic closure, tea

    So that does it for me today.

    Amber is graduating Pre-School today! My, my, my. Where does the time go? Feels like they just placed her in my arms in the hospital, now she will be going to BIG school, 5 days a week. Oh, how I will miss her when she is gone. She is my little sidekick. Getting SO big.

    Well I hope you enjoyed the peeks.

    Dont forget to check: Nichole’s Blog as well as Lisa! Lots more ideas to spark your creativity 😀

    Thanks for stopping by

    Its time to share a NEW! My Timeless Template peek with you all.

    I want to say THANK YOU.

     I love reading your feedback on the ideas I share here during the countdown. Lots of hours, and many late nights go into all of it, and knowing you are excited, and can’t wait to try your own, is a true DREAM for me 😀 Thanks for sharing your excitment with me 😀 And always being so supportive of my creative efforts. I so appreciate that.

    If you have emailed me in the last few days I have a email JAM, and I haven’t been home AT ALL! My kids have tons going on, so that is where I am at. Ill work on returning emails this weekend sometime (crossing fingers!) Plus lots of stuff has been getting stuck in my SPAM folder-GRR!

    Without further delay-

    Introducing ……… Card Couture 



    This will be released on the 15th.

    There is nothing better than organization that is decorative, and beautiful! We don’t all want to shove everything into a closet or cabinet-and even then, we want it to somehow be pretty, don’t we? Well keeping up with the trends is very important, as is keeping things together. This is not only the PERFECT organizer, but make a fabulous couture presentation. I love giving a variety of cards as a gift. Often the receiver has no idea how to store them until used. Maybe they have begun collecting various occasion cards, and need something to help them stay organized! Well problem solved. We now have a very fashionable organizer that you can make for those special people in your life, or make it for yourself to keep organized!Talk about a fashionable way to store, sort and organize your card creations!  Now remember this couture case isn’t *JUST* for cards-you can use it for your children’s notes, your own receipts or coupons, photos, inspirational items, sketches, a birthday organizer, meal planner, …….you name it. 

    All I know is WHATEVER you decide to use this for, you will certainly be the most fashionable.

    So this was my concept project for the template-I made the Couture Holder, without the CARDS! LOL! Oh! WELL! You get the idea right?

    It can easily hold standard A2 size cards (4 1/4 X 5 1/2) with envelopes, only in a much more FANCY way.

    Close up of the closure:


    I love the curves, and mat layers.

    Now for the side view:


    See the fan folding?

    Now you would think this is difficult to put together, but after MUCH work and tweaking, it all folds together easily!

    Now the MOD/Couture part is the very pretty curvy details of the lid, decorative layers, and the inserts



    EEK! Bad photo. It was a late night when I designed this one-SORRY


    Now you get the idea. You can make the inserts POP! Or make them blend. Up to you.


    Stamps: Beyond Basic Borders, Bird Watching, Mega Mixed Messages, Borders & Corners circle

    Cardstock: Black, white, Bitty Dots 2008

    Ink: True Black

    Ribbon: Saddle Stitch black

    Here is a sample of another idea use Card Couture

    Home Sweet Home- Rolodex


    Now-Who doesn’t need a way to keep phone numbers/addresses organized AND handy?

    Better yet, have an attractive way to keep then on display, while in reach?!

    I know I do!

    This idea would make the perfect TEACHER gift, and or a NEW! Home, Bridal shower……any time really! Oh! or new business! All you Demo’s out there , for home based companies-perfect!

    Top view:


    This has an elastic closure.

    I got some elastic white ribbon at Joann’s. It is just perfect for this!

    I used some pretty paper First Fruits-for this design. The leaf paper lines my fanned side panels, and top/front decorative layers as well.


    I LOVE the house image from Boards & Beams

    I used masking to get only a portion of it in my paper pierced circle. Love the look pf the partial image. Plus it’s a big house to color! LOL!

    Loving the twine too .

    OK how about an inside view?


    Now what I LOVE is the fun curves the holder has! Each insert is so cute!

    It also makes it easier to see what is in each section, and easy to pull particular items from the pockets out.

    I bought the inserts at Staples! They fit perfectly!! I added some lined index cards too! VERY inexpensive.

    Most pre-made Rolodex systems are $10 and UP! Mine was made for just a few dollars (like $3), and I was able to PERSONALIZE it.

    Use your stamps and you don’t even have to buy inserts! (Sorry! I’m too lazy for that these days! LOL!) It is more cost effective, and you can make a bunch for gifts at once.


    Stamps:Boards & Beams

    Cardstock: Chocolate, Rustic Cream, Holiday Vintage Prints, saffron

    Ink: Dark Chocolate, asst Copic Markers

    Rustic Twine in Cream

    Vintage Buttons in Scarlet

    Nestabilities, Rolodex inserts, index cards

    So what do you think? Pretty cute, functional and fun huh? Oh and you can’t pass up ORGANIZATION, right? :D) Can you tell I have OCD?! LOL!

    I know most of you are cramming for Teacher gifts right now! Hopefully with the INSTANT download, you will have time to put the ideas to use 😀

    Let’s not forget the IDEA book, that you get with 5 exclusive ideas, with each template purchase 😀

    OK Im so tired I may not even be making sense, so I’m signing off. Thank you for taking time out of your own busy life to visit me 😀

    In the mean time…….go see more ideas : Nichole’s Blog , Lisa, and Heather

     More TEMPLATE peeks from  My Timeless Template Guest designers blog Leigh Ann Baird

    Also Kelly has another peek.

    Thanks for stopping by!

    Till tomorrow-MORE fun projects.

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