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I love using all the My Timeless Templates ©.  I am often looking for new ways to dress them up, and make each one more fun and different than the last! It really is ALL about the details.

Today, in a video, I am going to show you how ONE little binder clip, can make the cutest, inexpensive handle, for just about ANY My Timeless Template © you wish to put it on!

Now you have seen how easy it really is to make these handles, I’ll share some details about the project I designed.

Basket of Thanks


Today’s project, I utilized the NEWEST! My Timeless Template © Tucked Away. 

This is the large version of the template.

I designed my box to look like a basket, with the fabric napkin overhanging, and flowers inside-*just* like the colored image from Vintage Picnic (a MUST have set-in my opinion!)


I stamped the Kraft bottom of Tucked Away © , to look similar to a basket weave by using the Tea Dye Duo ink, with Background Basics: Retro image.

I also created the “pattern” on my “napkin” (aka the template lid – mat layer), using Guidelines grid, and the flowers from Around and About, in white craft ink, and Summer Sunrise!


For the additional mat layer, I just adhered a layer of Summer Sunrise, to my stamped layer,  then used my pinking edge scissors, to easily cut my decorative layer-perfectly.

Then, for the top-I used various punched flowers to create my “paper garden”.


I added some beaded leaves, as well as Prima paper leaves to complete the “look”.


This made my basket look like it was filled with flowers! Just like the stamped basket image from Vintage Picnic.


Once you “un-tuck” the top, inside there are 4 large, Lindt Chocolate Caramel Clusters inside!


Totally YUMMY!

As you can see the binder clip ribbon handle really adds a nice detail to the overall design! Now because this template “tucks” closed, you can use your handle to present such a pretty “basket” of thanks!

This project took less than a 1/2 hour total-and that was design concept included, and the MAKING of my own patterned papers! You now have a design idea, you could whip up numerous “baskets” in no time!


My Timeless Template © Tucked Away

Stamps:Vintage Picnic, Retro Bkgd, Guidelines, Around and About Sentiments

Cardstock: White, Kraft, Summer Sunrise, Lemon Tart, Ripe Avocado

Ink: Tea Dye Ink Duo, Dark Chocolate, Summer Sunrise, White

Ribbon: Stitched Grosgrain in Summer Sunrise

Buttons: Melon Berry

OTHER: Leaves by Prima, Brads by SU! ,Word Window Punch by SU! Pinking scissors, Various Flower punches by Marvy, Labels die by SU, Oval punch by SU! tag punch by SU! Singlo Gel pen, Beadded leaf cluster from Michaels Craft Store

Well that is all for me today! I hope you enjoyed today’s project/tutorial.

Tonight is the Papertrey Ink Release! I hope to see you on the forum 😀

In the meantime be sure to check out Nichole’s Blog for more samples & creative clicks, as well as  Debbie’s post today (she is filling in for Becky :D) as she shares the last of the countdown peeks!

Till tomorrow

Well today is my daughter Amber’s Birthday! She is now 5!

 I do have a special post going LIVE, at the time that she was born, later 😀 Its a full on mom sob fest, so you may be happy its not live right now! LOL!

I do, in the meantime have 2 samples to share!

Since it is her birthday today (we have lots to do :D), I asked Amber for some ideas using my Tucked Away © Template (releasing the 15th of August). Basically what could I use to inspire a creation? She didn’t even hesitate when she said “How about my owl bed stuff!? Do you have something like that?”

Circo Love & Nature Bedding<–click to view


I had to think for a second about WHAT I have, and then excitedly replied-YES! I do!!!

Now I made the standard size template, along with the Pretty Petite version of the same design, since I think it is SO fun to do that 😀

So, based solely upon the bedding, this is what I have come up with 😀 -thanks to the inspiration from my NOW 5 year old


(this may also help you see both are a great size completed box!)

Here is the set of them


I stamped my uber cute tree trunks from Everyday Button Bits! I punched a circle into the box and mat layer, so it acts not only as a tree, but a window, so you can see what yummies are inside 😀 I did use acetate to cover the window, even though my candy is in a cello bag (I do that to keep inside clean and re-giftable!)

In this case that would be Sherbet Dutch Licorice Candy!


I know-I LOVE licorice 😀 We recently went to an international Candy Store in Portsmouth NH, where they sell FAB candy from ALL over the world! I had to scoop these up. Not only do they LOOK yum-azing, they taste it (Yes I sampled some! LOL!) Don’t recall the weird name though-sorry :C

OK focusing-getting mind off yummy treatlets…….


I punched some patterned paper to create my tree tops! In the bedding the trees are patterned, and scalloped 😀

 The owl is from Wise Owl, and she is perched on one of the trees 😀

Now like in the bedding I chose various colors and patterns for my “hills”


I think this is just a super cute design from the inspiration piece! I love it.

The colors are just pure deliciousness too. Don’t you think?


My Timeless Template © Tucked Away

Stamps: Wise Owl, Everyday Button Bits

Cardstock: Hibiscus Burst, Spring Moss, Sweet Blush, white

Patterned Paper: In Bloom, Bitty Dots & Bitty Box basics

Ink: Dark Chocolate, and Copic Markers

Ribbon in Hibiscus Burst

Other: Circle punches, scallop flower punch, nestability

Now we have a project using Fold n’ Go!

Celebrate In Bloom


Again, I used the standard template, along with the Pretty Petite size, using the SAME design concept. I think it is really cool to see the difference, and the fact that the images in sets work so well with EITHER size of the templates

I especially love the design of this package set.


If you haven’t noticed In Bloom has become a favorite floral set of mine!

I truly LOVE it. I especially love coloring it. The image is too pretty NOT to! I alspo LOVE layering and making things dimesnional, so this set is perfect for that too. I think it makes this particular gift set REALLY pop!

When I designed this box all I could envision were gorgeous WINDOW’s cut into the box!

So, that is exactly what I did here 😀


I decided that my NEW! Labels Five Die as a template to trace, and cut a window frame around my floral image!

The outside edge of frame was traced in a black ink, and the inside of the frame, traced with a pen, then cut with a hobby blade!!

I love the look, but it needed more, so I used a gold pen to trace around the inner frame edge. It added an IMMEDIATE sense of elegance, in seconds.

Now this looks clean and simple, but its the finer details and colors that make it a WOW!

This is the standard size of the Fold n’ Go! template


I LOVE the handle this DOESN’T have! LOL! Just the shape and design stand out! Because it is a Gable style top, you can add a bow like this and the person can “unfold it” without ruining your overall design.

You may be wondering WHAT I packaged in these…..


Well this one had 3 Trendy Tubes inside-inserted in a divider, so they stand upright and don’t move. The instructions for the divider is included with the template-so no worries 😀

In the tubes I have bath salts, body wash and body lotion. The “window” was left open.

Now for the Pretty Petite version…..


I have coral shimmery nailpolish, nail clippers, nail file and toe dividers 😀 Perfect Pedicure for “on the go!” This would have been perfect for my daughter’s Spa Party LAST year!!! Darn!

Who knows what I will actually use for Amber’s Princess Dress Up party (next month Sept 19th!)


My Timeless Template: Fold n Go!
Stamps: In Bloom, Autumn Abundance (sentiment)
cardstock: White, Melon Berry

Patterned Paper: In bloom
Ink: Black & copic markers
Ribbon: Melon Berry saddle stitched
Trendy Tube small round
Other: frame, circle punches, black pen, gold pen, label punch by SU!

Thanks for stopping by 😀 I appreciate all the love and excitement you all share with me as I countdown to the 15th!

Lots more countdown peeks going on, so visit Nichole for more ideas and creative clicks! Michelle has a peek using Autumn Abundance.

Also  Melissa, Heather, Dawn and Tiffany, will have some FAB eye candy as well using their own releases this month.

Tomorrow I have a Video 😀 with a very fun tip for ya too (wink)!

See ya back here later

Tags Two Ways

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

Well today the Papertrey Ink Design Team has a special group post for you!! I always love these posts and challenges.

Papertrey Ink is releasing 2 tag sets this month called 2009 Autumn Tags and 2009 Halloween Tags!

They are both fabulous, and must haves! Especially when you are creating gifts and using any of the My Timeless Templates ©! LOL!

So part of our group challenge was to focus on the versatility & ease of use that these types of designs allow. Our assignment was to use the 2009 Halloween set, then turn around and create a second version of the same project substituting image(s) from the 2009 Autumn Tags set.

 The second project should feature a different color scheme and show how easy it is to repeat the same design and end up with two different looks.

The first project should definitely be for Halloween, while the other should clearly be for celebrating Autumn/Thanksgiving.

Does that sound fun or what?!!

So here is what I came up with using the 2 new 2009 Tag sets, combined with my newest My Timeless Template: Fold n’ Go


This is my Halloween & Fall  set, photographed together. Both have the same layout, but different color schemes and my embellishments reflected the “holiday” design as well.

I decided to further show the versatility by repeating the design on the standard Fold n’ Go! template, as well as the Pretty Petite version too!

Here is my 2009 Halloween Tags Treat Box set


I have to say I LOVE this non-traditional Halloween color combination of Black, Summer Sunrise, Hibiscus Burst and Pure Poppy! Because of the black & orange it still works-yet adds a pop of a few other fun colors!

Close up of the tag


So for my tag-I stamped it onto a tangerine cardstock, then punched out-so it appeared to be the “moon”

The tag is re-stamped and punched out onto hibiscus cardstock, then layered onto a pinking edge circle tag!

I adore the flowers on it too! A fun and unexpected embellishment,which also tied in my color combo.

Sentiment on tag reads: Witches go riding and black cats are seen, the moon laughs and whispers, ’tis near Halloween!

Supplies for 2009 Halloween Tags Set

My Timeless Template: Fold n’ Go!

Stamps: 2009 Halloween Tags

cardstock: black, pure poppy, hibiscus burst, summer sunrise, pumpkin

patterned paper: bitty star basics

Ink: Black

Ribbon: stitched & bitty dots in hibiscus burst

Vintage Buttons

Other: EK success pinking border punch, pinking circle nestabilties, circle punches, adhesive rhinestones, Epoxy flowers by Making Memories, corner rounder

Now we move on to our 2009 Autumn Tags Set 


Again same exact layout as project above, and both sizes of the boxes are designed the same as well!

This used more traditional and expected fall colors. I was able to really do some fun mixing and matching of patterned papers for this one. The ribbon really made it all come together and just POP!

I think its a very elegant looking box, as oppose to the first box, which was more “cutesy”.

I loved the stitched pumpkin image, as well as the leaf ring! They were just made to go together to me.


I found a beaded leaf sprig at the craft store that matched that leaf ring, and looked PERFECT with my flower embellishment!!

It really just tied the entire project together, don’t you think?

Supplies for 2009 Autumn Tags Set

My Timeless Template: Fold n’  Go!

Stamps: 2009 Autumn Tags

Cardstock:Really Rust (SU!), white, Ripe Avocado, Summer Sunrise

Patterned Paper: In Bloom, First Fruits

Ink: Versamagic, black, Copic Markers

Other: Circle & pinking circle nestabilities, EK success pinking border punch, circle punches, corner rounder, flowers by American Crafts, beaded leaf sprig by Michael’s, brads by SEI

Ribbon by American Crafts


As you can see, same layout, but the different colors really make each look so completely unique  😀 Gotta love that!

Now this is suppose to include treats of some sort, right?

So here is what I packaged-keeping with my colors for BOTH projects, and keeping in mind the theme:

In the Pretty Petite version


I cut down (to fit) 2 large trendy tubes, and filled them with Candy Corn!

For the Standard Fold n’ Go! template


A bag of red licorice in each!

I am BEYOND addicted to this new Australian soft red licorice (OH! MY WORD! AMAZING!), that I found at Target (RUN!! and get some! You will be in heaven!), so I packaged it up in a seal-able large clear envelope! One bag of the licorice will fill the standard template, and one bag will fill 2 pretty petite versions, and you can *maybe* sneak a couple!


So there you have my take on the challenge for use of the 2 newest 2009 tag sets!

Check out Nichole’s blog for all the designers peeks and clicks to each project!

As you know tomorrow I have even more gift ideas and samples with My Timeless Templates-so stay tuned!

Day #2

That means it is time for the next peek at the 2nd My Timeless Template © (template will be released Aug. 15th!)

Thank you for sharing the excitement of yesterday’s template peek too!

I am very excited about this next one as well, and I hope you will be too!

This new template is called Tucked Away © and will also include the Pretty Petite version! ( LOVE the Petite size!)

Enchanting Elegance


This is the standard size version of the template.

About Tucked Away ©

Now it is about time we had a perfectly cute box to “tuck away” so many treasures, be them gifts like homemade candy, treats or everyday items. But, the name doesn’t come from its adorable convenience, it comes from the front flap closure, which has a perfect little tab, that tucks into the bottom, keeping it closed.


It is simply un-tucked to reveal the little treasure you put inside.

 That same flap really adds to the design possibilities for this box . You will love to “tuck away” so many treatlets in this template! It also has a layering decorative panel to make design ideas endless!

Now by printing the front portion of the template in one color, then the lid/flap closure in a patterned paper or another color you get a dual colored design, that is EASY to achieve, weather you add additional layers or NOT! You choose how simple or complex your design becomes! Another great thing! No matter WHAT your creative style YOU get to personalize these templates to YOUR style or occasion! Love that 😀

The KEY to the My Timeless Templates © is in the name-Timeless!

Each template goes together quickly and is made to be put together as easily as possible. My goal is to make gift packaging EASY, but with a WOW! I think this template certainly does that.

Now about today’s sample……


I am just in LOVE with White,  Smokey Shadow, and Enchanted Evening with touches of Ripe Avocado! LOVE I tell you 😀

As you can see this is a very SIMPLE version of the template. I can see this as Wedding Favors all over the world, in choice of colors 😀 It is just such an elegant design!


Yes, this stamp was the CHA exclusive (sorry! I couldn’t help but use it :C) Floral Fusion.

BUT! Don’t despair if you don’t have it! I feel that Out on a Limb is just as FAB (and readily available for purchase) as an alternate, and could achieve the same simple elegance, OR you could also substitute Beautiful Blooms, With Sympathy, or Sprial Bouquet😀 Heck, for a total wedding look you could even use another fave of mine: Piece of Cake!


I added a layered butterfly-the large one done in vellum, and the smaller done in Enchanted Evening.

Both are Punches-large by EK Success and smaller by Martha Stewart

The bow was simply tied, with an Enchanted button, to which I added an adhesive rhinestone to the center


Now trust me, this box doesn’t NEED a fancy schmancy handle, but boy it did ADD to the beauty of it 😀

I used a paint can handle (I got it from a purchased paint can!) and a filigree metal flower (from SU!) to dress up the site of insertion 😀 Easy Peasy! The TUCK IN style of the lid allows the handle to be used and for it to stay CLOSED! Love that too.


My Timeless Template © Tucked Away

Stamps: Floral Fusion

Cardstock: White, Enchanted Evening, Smokey Shadow, Vellum

Ink: Smokey Shadow, Enchanted Evening, Ripe Avocado

Ribbon: Bitty Dots Enchanted Evening, Wide white organdy (other source)

Vintage Button in Enchanted Evening

Adhesive Rhinestone, and pearls, filigree metal accent by SU!, paint can handle

Butterfly punch (large) by EK Success, Butterfly Punch (small) Martha Stewart

Here is a Pretty Petite version of Tucked Away ©

NOTE: I almost didn’t share this gift, as it is PERSONAL! Since MANY of my reader’s are pet lover’s, I figured it may help someone know what to do for someone during a difficult time like this.

Paw-prints on your heart


With Sympathy and Loss of a Pet was absolutely PERFECT!

One of my best friends lost her dog Bailey. She was just shy of 15 years old. Unless you have loved a pet like that, you cannot imagine the loss. I thought it would be nice to do something for my dear friend to let her know I hurt for her and her family, so I used the Pretty Petite version of the template to hold something special.


On the design I used some epoxy heart stickers for the “blooms”. The mat layer is made from Shimmery White cardstock

I knew they were having her cremated.  As soon as I heard, I ran out to Things Remembered (a favorite store of mine when you want an engraved gift! I spend a LOT of $ there! LOL!) and purchased a placard engraved with their dog Bailey’s name, and the date, so they could put it with her ashes.


This placard is adhesive, so it should be easily attached.

It is just something simple and understated, but totally from the heart.

I think she liked it.


My Timeless Template © Tucked Away

Stamps: With Sympathy, Loss of Pet, Heart shaped borders & corners

Cardstock: Shimmer white, Scarlett Jewel

Ink: Scarlett Jewel, Ripe Avocado, black

Ribbon: Scarlett Jewel bitty dot

other: Epoxy heart stickers

Well, that is all I have to share today!

Don’t worry, there is SOOOOO much more to come this week 😀 I think the ideas will really get you in the template mood 😀 (OK I HOPE they do! :D)

TIME for a GIVEAWAY: Leave a comment on today’s post for your chance to win Tucked Away © on release night (the 15th)!

Winner will be listed August 13th (my daughter Amber’s  5th Birthday!)

(PS- NO! I didn’t find HELLO KITTY roller skates for her :C But I did get some Barbie ones that I think will pass)

So in the mean time……………

Lots more countdown peeks going on, so visit Nichole for more ideas and creative clicks!

Also  Melissa, Heather, Dawn and Tiffany, will have some FAB eye candy as well using their own releases this month.

Kelly has a project today using Tucked Away, as does this months My Timeless Template Guest Designer-Mona, so be sure to pay them a visit too!

So once again, thank you for taking the time to stop by 😀

Till Tomorrow 😀

Hi everyone!!!

I’m beyond excited to get the Papertrey Ink countdown started!

Now please note that most items featured in today’s post are NEW! (to be released) items from Papertrey Ink. Items will be released August 15th!

It’s the 10th so that means the samples begin,  and I get to start sharing peeks of my NEWEST! My Timeless Templates © (releasing the 15th as well)

We have 2 great and practical templates this month! Each one has a standard template size, and the Pretty Petite version,  also included in ONE download, for only $5! Remember you not only get unlimited use of the printable template, but the Idea Booklet, which includes 5 exclusive project ideas ONLY published for the download 😀 The idea book comes with a complete set of supplies and step by step instructions, for completing the samples in the book! Download also includes step by step photos/instructions for assembling your template. EASY PEASY!!

I have the honor of peeking one of Melissa Bickford’s new stamp sets called Sign Language😀 The minute I saw it the ideas just flooded my brain! One idea that stuck out the MOST though, was the idea to combine it with the lastest My Timeless Template © Fold n’ Go!

Now before I share my first peek, let me tell you about the first template being revealed!

About Fold n’ Go!

Sometimes you just want a box with a fun closure! One where the top requires no fancy ribbon or anything else to hold it closed (unless you WANT to add it!), and opens with ease. I have always LOVED Gable style boxes, so I decided to gain some inspiration from that, to make another variation, that is funktified and modernized with a sleeker, less bulky look, and a cool handle. Now to package up a gift, all you have to do is Fold n’ Go!

  Now, you may recall I gave you a little (early) peek at this template—> HERE! This project was inspired by a VERY early creation I made called a Boxed Bag Holder—> HERE! My Boxed Bag holder which was done almost 3 years ago! LOL!

This really is a fun template, that can hold so many amazing and fun gifts for ANYONE, which I will share over the next few days.

Now, on to the sample 😀

A gift for your New Home


The idea for this particular gift, was for to hand deliver, OR hang on the door of our friends, who just moved to their very first NEW home!

I thought that using the Sign Language set, with house image from Boards & Beams was obviously perfection-since the sign is just like some of the yard signs in our neighborhood!

 I wanted the SIGN itself to be the MAIN focus, so I stamped the house image in the new formula of Sweet Blush ink (its awesome!), onto sweet blush cardstock. The flag itself usess a fun technique that I’ll share further down this post.

I adore the ability to mix and match all the “flags” with sentiments for EVERY holiday! There are SO many cute ones too.

I of course chose to use my 2 favorite images for my “yard signs” to convey the message for these house warming gift packages.


I made similar designs-one using the standard template size, and the other using the Pretty Petite version! This just shows you have versatile everything can be, and weather you decide to decorate a standard Fold n’ Go! template or the Pretty Petite version, both are FAB!

Now you may be wondering WHAT I put inside these gift boxes!

I didn’t get to get photos, as I was stopping off to pick up the gifts ON MY WAY to their house warming party, but in the Large version is a Door Knocker that is engraved with their last name, and in the other we put in a gift card to Lowe’s Home Improvement store! Owning a home you will need lots of stops to the home improvement store! LOL!

Now onto the details of my flags…………….

I always enjoy the look of the Epoxy like sticker embellishments you can buy in stores. Problem, they don’t generally suit my project, or MATCH what I want to do!

So I made my own

This is a VERY simple embellishment you can make, that packs a big punch!

1) Stamp your image in a permanent ink.


Color if needed or desired (Use a smudge-proof marker-like Copic’s)

2) Apply a liberal amount of Crystal Effects

3) Allow sufficient time to dry. (My project was dry within an hour)

4) Use a punch or die cut that fits your image


 and punch out


NOTE: The 7/8 square punch fits the flag images from Sign Language perfectly! It even gives you a perfect little border too!


5) Once image is cut-layer onto  project


In this case, it is the hanging part of my sign, in which I stamped the border in Hibiscus Burst ink, and my sentiment in black ink, then trimmed out.


Then I added both of the Epoxy embellishments I made, to my completed projects


They really make a simple sign POP!


This is the butterfly on the Pretty Petite version of the Fold n’ Go! template


Now we have the flower flag image on the completed standard version of the Fold n’ Go! template


Together they make a real WOW! presentation for the perfect gift for those NEW! Home owners.


Now there is NO limit to the size of the epoxy like embellishments you can make! You are also saving so much money too 😀 Those sticker sheets can cost upwards of $3 for only a couple of images, that aren’t tailored to YOUR project!

Another option would be taking a page pebble, and add it over your image! Only “problem” would be that you are limited to the shape & size of your page pebble, and it does cost more to use them.

This is just a fun and easy way to really add another WOW! element to your completed template or card projects!

Well that is it for me. I’m excited to hear your thoughts about today’s projects!

Giveaway: Just leave me a comment here, and enter to win the Fold n’ Go template on Release night!

Winner will be posted on the 13th (my daughter Amber’s birthday!)

Lots more countdown peeks going on, so visit Nichole for more ideas and creative clicks! I also believe Melissa, Heather, Dawn and Tiffany(her first stamp set debut for PTI!) will have some eye candy as well!  (I hope I’m not forgetting anyone :C)

Kelly has a *peek* at her project using Fold n’Go! today, as does this months My Timeless Template Guest Designer-Mona, so be sure to pay them a visit too!

More to come tomorrow as I reveal my next template for the month of August! Oh and have a giveaway for that one as well!


My Timeless Template: Fold N’ Go!

Stamps: Sign Language, Boards and Beams

Cardstoock: Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, White, Black

Patterned Paper: Bitty Dots 2008

Ink: Black , Hibiscus Burst and Copic Markers

Ribbon: Hibiscus Burst

Vintage Buttons: Black

other: corner rounder, 7/8 square, crystal effects, scallop punch, 1 1/4 circle punch

Floral Fusion sample #1

Aug 9, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Papertrey Newsletter

Today I am off to shop for Amber’s 5th birthday!

How is it that 5 years can fly by SO fast?!

She really wants Hello Kitty roller skates, so fingers crossed I find them! That seems to be her #1 request. I searched online and didn’t see ANY Hello Kitty skates (EEK!)

OK time is tight, so I’ll make it quick.

I got SOOOOO many emails about the girls room photos I posted yesterday 😀 I just want to add, in response, that even though the Target Website doesn’t have the wall decals online, that IS where I got them 😀 ONLY $12 and you get a TON! I purchased 2 (and if you find them in store, I recommend you do the same, as you can always return it if you don’t us it :D) and did a very large girls room.

Tomorrow I have the first countdown peek for the Papertrey Ink Release, and a peek at my NEWEST! My Timeless Template 😀 I cannot even wait 😀

Now to ease my excitement, until tomorrow, I have a card to share with you all using the CHA exclusive set Floral Fusion.


For you-

This is a REALLY pretty set. Don’t do a search for it, as it was ONLY available to those who attended CHA and place an order of $100 or more.

I did some paper piercing along the stem, and along the scalloped bottom of the layer.

I’m seriously over the moon for thiscolor combo-kraft, white, spring moss, and melon berry. Just so summer to me, and fresh looking.

I also used polka dot basics IIin the bkgd layer. I also used borders & corners circle for my butterfly frame.

My sentiment was stamped in white snow ink.

Just a simple card.

Well I am off.

Be sure to check in tomorrow for the beginning of a week full of ideas and projects 😀

Pattern Pizazz

Jul 31, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Papertrey Newsletter

Today is the monthly Senior Design Team challenge for Papertrey Ink.

Our challenge from Nichole was to  pair four or more different patterns on a single project, making them all work harmoniously together!

I thought this was a super fun challenge, as I know many of you ask yourself about HOW to go about such a venture! I mix, match and pair patterns all the time! I began my creative ventures as a Quilt maker, and to me, that was the best part! Mixing and matching all the various fabric patterns and making them work!


Here is my snippet of patterns-up close


I used a total of 6 patterns for my creation-from 5 different paper packs.

My tips for mixing patterns:

1) Pick a main pattern as a start point.

This will help with the color palette, and will enable you to pull out other colors from that start point.

 In this case my start point began with the dotted leaf pattern from the Father Know’s Best collection.

By choosing this I knew I would pick up the Summer Sunset color from other patterns, as well as Dark Chocolate.

Also seeing the dots I knew I could pull more papers with dots-such as Chocolate Remix, and Bitty Dots 2008! 

2) Put the patterns together, and move them around. See what looks and feels like a harmonious match/mix.

For instance, I wouldn’t put the flower pattern, next to the bitty squares pattern. It would just meld together or disappear! It would also look too heave on one side of the card, with so much of ONE color in ONE area.

3) Layer more simple patterns next to busier patterns, so it looks more harmonious.

As you can see, next to my BUSY patterns, I used paper that picks up on the pattern, and is less “busy” So, since there were dots on my leaves, I layered the polka dot paper next to the leaf pattern. On the other side, I went with a faint pattern by using Bitty Boxes. Next to the dots, we get back to a faintly patterned paper, the on to a butterfly border, which continued with the dotted pattern.


4) Use a variety of pattern scales.

We have little boxes, large leaves, bitty dots, larger flowers, then little butterflies in this.

Also use a Larger portion of ONE color, then smaller portions of other colors from the main pattern.

As presented in my card above.

The eye travels from the flower on the left, over the patterns, then rests on the sentiment on the lower right.

It all just flows!

5) Don’t be afraid!

That is the #1 thing holding people back from attempting to mix and match! Just got for it. If you get a paper pad with various patterns in it, each holds some variety of the same colors, start by mixing and matching the patterns in the same pack! Then later, as you grow comfortable, mix different paper packs together, as I did here . When you have a company, like Papertrey Ink, who used similar colors in their paper pads, it is easier to combine the various patterns!

Now I didn’t want you thinking I went with a easy color combo, to make it easy on myself, so I will share another card I did for the last Papertrey ink release, using a paper pack from another company-with some Papertrey Ink paper


This used 4 different patterns!

The bitty dots and bitty sqaures from Papertrey Ink, then the striped for my panel, and some other patterned paper for the “hot air balloons” from K& Co.

This project began with the stripped paper, then moved along from there! All using the same tips I posted above. I used larger scale patterns, with smaller scale patterns,  and pulling colors from the stripes, it all just worked!


Do you realize there are color 8 color combinations in this one?

Raspberry, Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Orange, Black, Red, Blue, White!

All used in various scales, making it all just work!

So now it is your turn to give it go!

Be sure to check out the other  design team member blogs for more ideas!

and our Guest Designer Wendy Sue

I really hope you are inspired by my projects today! I enjoyed sharing my own tips that I use when combining patterns, colors and scale.

Thanks for stopping by!!

I am excited to be participating in this months JustRite Stampers Summer Release Blog Hop!

After you leave be sure to check out the JRS Blog 😀

I have to say I LOVE the new direction I am seeing their newest releases going in (and what is to come!). There are super border selections, with center images! IMAGES! I love that! That makes me SOOOOOO happy! I have been a fan of JRS for over a year now! I have quite the collection 😀 I’m happy to add the latest and greatest to that lineup 😀 I enjoy mixing and matching not just the borders, but all the set selections I have.

Funny thing about my project today though……despite my love for the “images” I decided to use the NEW! Calendar Borders & Centers Oval 1-3/4” x 2-5/16”

I have been asked by NUMEROUS people to make another month by month card organization box!

PS Yes! This will go up in my Etsy Shop, along with my other stuff most likely tomorrow 😀 or over the weekend.

Now if you “know me” I despise repeating ANY designs I create! I always have to do something NEW! When I make something it is a ONE of a KIND! LOL! Never repeat!! When I saw the size of the Calendar Borders & Centers Oval 1-3/4” x 2-5/16” I was VERY excited!! I thought they would look FAB in the My Timeless Template: From the Desk Of: ©

A Year of Celebrations Desk Organizer


This will look SO pretty sitting out on your desk! Don’t you think? That is the KEY! Pretty and organized 😀

The font size for this project was beyond perfect!!

Front detail


My butterfly is a Tag Team Butterfly  Cuttlebug Die. I die cut the sweet blush layer, added some glitter 😀 and then die cut and embossed the vellum butterfly layer. I HAD to add that butterfly to the front 😀

I stamped my own patterned paper using Floral Frenzy and Guidelines II paper 

My colors are Hibiscus Burst, Sweet Blush, Aqua Mist, New Leaf and Dark Chocolate. I paired it with some stripped paper by K& Co.

Side view


Now notice the top?

More mixing and matching going on. The “family favorite” is from What’s Cookin’ Borders & Centers 1-5/8″  I think it was a cute addition to the From the Desk Of: template!


(sorry this was taken outside since I broke my tent lights during photographing-GRR!)

Also: This template has a divider additon if you choose to use it. I did for ths project, as you can see.

I didn’t use the borders, just the month’s. I stamped each one on white cardstock, then punched out with my Wide Oval from SU! I layered those ovals onto die cut labels, also from SU!


Here are the file dividers, grouped together. Aren’t they pretty?!

I just staggered each month so you can easily see what is where.

I would just make an index card, and put the date of friends and family birthday days and file it into the appropriate month section 😀 Quick and easy organization 😀

Now here is what else is included IN my organizer……

 I made a QUICK set of 12 cards.


There are 3 of each design/color combo

I used the color combo that is on my From the Desk Of: Organizer paper, that I designed, for my color combo here!

I LOVE the little gift image and border from the Favorite Occasions Borders & Centers Set 1-5/8″ 

I wanted QUICK and EASY cards that match, no fuss!!


I just stamped my image in dark chocolate ink, then via assembly line, I colored them in with Copic markers, then punched out each one with my SU! 1 3/4 circle! I then used my 1 3/8 circle and 3/4 circle to punch additional circles 😀 I used dimensionals to layer and POP the circles.

Quick, cute and easy!

Now when you look in your Calendar month section, you can just GRAB a card and pop it in the mail!

On a personal note……

Alexa’s appointment went well (still Cancer Free! YIPPEE!!!) I’m so happy about that. Every time we get labs drawn I hold my breath. I don’t think the fear of return will EVER leave me. Any time she complains anything hurts I FREAK OUT! I have also had poor Amber tested for Leukemia 4 times! She gets a lot of growing pains, and when it happens too often I go into a complete PANIC! Those “leg pains” were Alexa’s #1 symptom!! It took 3 months or me taking her to numerous doctors to get an actual diagnosis! So to say I am a bit paranoid, is a complete under-statement.

 Now we have to see the plethora of other doctors for other issues!

I have to take her to-dentist (she needs braces! LORD HELP ME! LOL! I can’t imagine she will do well with that) a Dermatologist, Endocrinologist, Dietitian and ENT! LOL! Then a port flush.EEK! Can we extend the hours in a day please? I’m seriously NOT complaining about her other visits. Im truly grateful for her health! Im just feeling a little overwhelmed these days, to say the least.

WORSE yet, and this is a HUGE complaint: BEWARE!!!

Jay was suppose to have surgery on his back this morning. He is to have a discectomy. He was mentally prepared and everything was set to go!

BUT, get this………… the OR scheduler FORGOT to book the OR for him! So he can’t have it! They are now scheduling 3 weeks out, and then his doctor is on VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So we are at the least a month and a half away!

Words cannot even tell you how MAD I am about that! We waited for this date for several months.

 FINALLY got his work stuff organized (he is in a management position so getting 6 weeks off is NOT an easy task) and short term disability was all set, and we actually had CHILD CARE set up for the kids (which our families are ALWAYS too busy to help so that was a feat in itself), to have THAT happen! OMW! Im sorry, I’m just FUMING mad. Worse yet, poor Jason is in a TON of pain everyday. He has a desk job and commutes an hour each way to work, so that KILLS his back.

I wanted to tell the OR scheduler “Well ,until Jay does have his surgery, let me hit you in the back with a bat, every minute, until then!” That is what Jay tells me the pain feels like. Plus it travels down his leg, which often gives out when he walks.

I just feel SO bad for him. This has been going on for 6 months. He has had PT, cortisone shots and everything else they suggested before resorting to surgery. NONE of it helping.

OK that just put a HUGE damper on this post. I’m sorry! I’ll keep you all posted!

On that note though, I truly believe EVERYTHING happens for a reason! So we are just keeping the faith that it wasn’t meant to be then. It was just very strange that something like that would happen, so I truly believe that it was just not meant to be, yet.

In the meantime, thanks for stopping by and sending up prayers for my family!

Now head over the the —> JRS blog <— for a list of people playing along 😀

Papertrey Ink July Release

Jul 15, 2009 Author: mytime | Filed under: Cards, Papertrey Newsletter

Well it is finally here! The Papertrey Ink Release!

All samples shown here today use supplies from PTI! So check it out. 

I am wiped people! Thank you for the prayers for my family! We will need them.

Now Im keepin it short and sweet because I have a few busy days ahead of me, and time is a ticking.

I want to say thank you for all your sweet comments, emails and support! Creating is my one true stress outlet. I don’t know where I’d be without papercrafting.

OK let’s get started. I hope you get some inspiration from what I had time to make 😀

WOW! What can I say about Everyday Button Bits!


When I saw the “hot air balloons” I about fell out of my chair! One thing I LOVE about living in small town, EVERY year, first week in August we have a Hot Air Balloon Rally here in Pittsfield. It is the highlight f our summer! Amber’s birthday is the following week and she THINKS the entire town gets together to celebrate HER birthday! LOL! She cracks me up. How do you tell her its NOT for her?

Anyway……..seeing this set I just swooned.


The mix of paper patterns on this is just plain fun!

I wanted to use my circle punches and various papers to create my hot air balloons. You don’t have to use ONLY buttons with this set! You can have a world full of uses! Buttons are the jumping point.

I LOVE this card! The colors, the layout….all of it. Just makes me SO happy.


Stamps: Everyday Buttons Bits, Beautiful Blooms (dotted leaf image)
Cardstock: Raspberry Fizz, Spring Moss, white, Ripe Avocado
Patterned paper: bitty box basics and patterned paper by K& Co
ink: black , ripe avocado and copic marker
gingham ribbon, felt flower, flower brads, bella dot

Need a couch day?


I absolutely LOVE Lisa’s set! I wished I had more time to use it 😀

So adorable, with many uses and possibilities. You can bet you will see more of this one!!

TOTAL love!


I created a SIMPLE scene by using patterned paper, as wall paper. Easy peasy.
I made my couch ultra 3D by stamping and cutting it out twice. The bottom being popped out an additional time. Then adding the 3D pillow


Stamps- On my Couch
Cardstock: Spring Moss, Ripe Avocado, Aqua Mist, Teal
Ink: versamagic, brown
Patterned paper-unknown
ripe avocado grosgrain
buttons, twine, gel pen by Souffle, nestabilities

Set Sail


Another layout I loved creating!
I had fun with this nautical style set! Perfect for any “guy”. I loved all the elements it had! I obviously cut each one out and had fun layering the images. The compass and star at stamped lightly with the tea dye ink duo. Did some scant weathering!


I ADORE the oar image especially!

My family always took day-cations 😀 to Maine, and this reminds me of that time.


Stamps: Set Sail, text style bkgd
Cardstock: Kraft, white, enchanted evening, spring rain, pure poppy, dark chocolate, tea dye ink duo
Ink: enchanted evening, spring rain, pure poppy
Tag die cut from nestabilities, brads, twine

Fab Friend


Now this is a very fun and funky set! I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but these colors just screamed RETRO/MOD to me 😀

I love the layout and the butterfly detail. 2 of the flower bloom/buds are 3D. I like the funky open border, with the flowers popping out.
Stamps: Mod Squad
Cardstock: Dk Chocolate, Rustic cream, raspberry fizz, Summer Sunset
Paper: Bitty Box Basics 2008
Ink: dark chocolate, ripe avocado, Versamagic
Vintage button is raspberry
Twill ribbon in avocado
Glitter, butterfly punch by Martha Stewart
Paper piercer/template

Well that does it for me! I have much more to share over the next couple a days, so check back in!!

Thanks for stopping by

OK I know this is LATE!

Sorry, family first. We have had a very rough and busy day here, so I am sorry for the delay. I will also take a day soon to post answers to some commonly asked questions about the My Timeless Templates. Also note we do take all suggestions into consideration, so thank you.

I hope to see you on the PTI chat forum soon 😀

OK first is the winner of the 2 My Timeless Templates © called Milk Made © and Pretty Petal Pocket ©

Winner picked via

Random Integer Generator

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2009-07-15 01:12:55 UTC

Vicki # 361

Oh my gosh — I can NOT wait for the 15th!!! Those little milk cartons are the cutest darn things EVER! And thank you for offering them in two sizes for the same price – a great value. And these days, a great value is just what we all need.

I have been busy making homemade jam this summer. I am planning on using it for Christmas gifts for the teachers, hostess gifts, etc. I’m thinking that the larger milk cartons are going to be the perfect package for a sweet little jar of jam. Can’t wait to try it out!!


Congrats to Vicki!!

Now I have my last minute sample! (I so hoped to squeeze out ONE more with the Pretty Petal Pocket!-SOON!)

Baby Ducklings


Well those of you thinking baby ideas, you are so right!!!

This was my concept project for the Milk Made template. I love baby gifts, and packaging up some baby wash cloths, baby wash and lotion or other “baby” items was just too cute to me. I really love being able to make the SIMPLEST, most inexpensive gifts seem not only RICHER but more thoughtful, all due to the packaging!

It really does step it all up! Plus these are things you can KEEP and utilize .


Mom can save it and put in first onesie, or hat. Maybe hair clippings and hospital card? Just a great keepsake option.

This is a really cute, gender neutral gift set. Perfect for that special something! I think it looks like a packaging you’d find in a high end children’s boutique!


Given the fact that this Large version of the template uses ONLY 3 sheets of cardstock, at 0.18 cents a sheet, that is quite the price difference!

Lets not forget personalization 😀


I LOVE the faux suede texture the duckies have to them 😀

They feel SO soft too!!


This is the front of the Milk Made © Crate

This crate is very simple, but so many uses!


My Timeless Template © : Milk Made ©

Stamps: Bitty Baby Blessings

Cardstock: white, aqua mist, lemon tart

Patterned Paper:

Ink: Black & copic markers

Ribbon: Aqua Mist twill

Ric Rac ribbon, nestabilities, paper crimper

So there you have it. Another fun countdown.

I will be back with my release samples soon!!!

PS YES! I will be posting to my Etsy soon! I just hadn’t yet because I honestly don’t have time to ship this week. I like to get it out the door asap, when I do get orders.

Thanks again for stopping by

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