Monthly Archives: December 2012

MTME Pretty Palette Challenge #78


Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and have enjoyed some down time with loved ones.  I was spoiled rotten by Santa and hope you were too!

So are you ready to get crafty, because once again it’s time for the My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge, and this week’s colours are…MTMEPPC78Since New Year’s Eve is just around the corner, I was inspired to make a card for the occasion.  I started off with one of the Pretty Pattern sketches from last week’s MTME challenge post, and used a couple of the patterned papers from the MTME Table For Two digital paper pack.Happy New YearThe sentiment is from the Christmas Swag digital stamp collection.  To add some festive fun, I cut out the word happy with my Cricut, ran it through my Xyron machine and added the burgundy glitter to it.  Glitter always makes things more festive don’t you think?Happy

So are you up for a challenge?  Why not use some of that new stash you got for Christmas and play along?  You can use the palette on ANY type of project!  While participation with products from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC is appreciated, it is not required to participate. You can use products from ANY company.

Every other week we will pick a winner from the palette participants, and announce them the following week, when the next Pretty Palette Challenge is announced.  This month’s contest began Thursday, November 29th. Contest ends Wednesday, January 23rd. Winner announced Thursday, January 24th.

PRIZE PACKAGE: Whoever plays along  in Palette Challenges #76, 77, 78, and 79, will be entered to win a Pretty Package of THEIR Choice!

For more inspiration, check out the design team’s creations over on the My Time Made Easy blog.  Have a fabulous day and happy crafting!

Christmas Crackers


Hi there.  I thought I’d try and sneak one last Christmas post in before the big day arrives.  I sat down Friday afternoon and made up some Christmas crackers for our family dinner on Tuesday.  We are hosting this year and I like to have special little things on the table that I’ve made.  I started off with a piece of patterned tissue paper, a strip of wrapping paper, a snap, a toilet paper tube and a bit of yarn to tie the ends closed.Christmas Cracker SuppliesThese were pretty easy to do.  I looked up the ‘recipe’ on the internet and found this site which has great step by step instructions.  I decided to use tissue paper for the main part of the cracker and then wrapped the middle with a strip of wrapping paper, but you could use a light weight scrapbooking paper or wrapping paper just as easily for these.Christmas Cracker

I finished them off with a tag and a little poinsettia flower which were cut out with the Cricut.

Tag CloseupSo are you dying to know what’s inside?  I kept it simple and fun, and added in some Lindt chocolates and a kid friendly Christmas joke.  Each person will be required to read their joke out loud at the table.   I know my kids will love this.

And on another non-cracker related note, I thought I’d share these photos of our first snow storm of the season.  Here’s looking out our front door.  My poor husband is out shoveling the driveway!December 20th, 2012

And our dear little indoor kitty cat, wondering what the heck is falling out of the sky!

OwletAll the best to you and your families this Christmas and may your cup runneth over!  See you back here real soon.  Happy crafting!

Learning To Knit


Hello everyone!  Back in November I started seeing people all over the place wearing these beautiful swirly, knitted scarves and thought to myself “I need to find out how to make one”!  I am NOT a knitter.  I love handmade sweaters, scarves and hats, etc, but have always been busy doing other things to ever concern myself with knitting.  Plus I’ve always been slightly intimidated by the whole process.  Well, believe it or not, these scarves have peaked my interest, and I got busy learning how to knit (kind of, lol).  There really isn’t that much real knitting involved but if you’re a beginner like me, these scarves are the perfect way to start.Sashay ScarfThe beauty of these scarves is they are very forgiving.  You don’t have to worry about tension when knitting them, and they only take about 3 hours to complete.  The yarn also comes in different styles and colours, so there is lots to choose from.  Here is a picture of one of the balls of Red Heart Sashay yarn.  As you can see, it comes already woven, so all you have to do is stitch it together in rows to form a long chain.  You can see what the scarf looks like on a person by the model in the picture – gorgeous!Sashay YarnI have now made 7 of these!  Why so many, you ask?  Well, I have two kids in school, who each have two teachers.  I knit each one of them a scarf and gave it to them with a box of home baked goodies for Christmas.  I also knit one for myself, my mother-in-law and my daughter.  I made this mini below for one of my daughter’s stuffed animals.IMG_5192If you’ve been wondering what I’ve been up to lately, now you know the answer, lol!  I will be entering this into the Out of a Hat Challenge today, since the theme is winter, and what better way to celebrate winter than with a beautiful scarf.  If you want to try to make your own Red Heart Sashay scarf, you can check out the video on how to make these here.

Hope you’re all ready for the holiday festivities coming up, if that’s your thing.  If I don’t chat at you before Christmas, have a safe and happy holiday, and may you all receive an abundance of all the good things that come with it!  Happy ho ho!

Kissing Gnomes


Good day all.  Today is the start of the My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge #77.  Here are the challenge colours…MTMEPPC77Love is in the air again for me this week!  This card showcases these cute kissing gnomes from the First Kiss digital stamp set.kissing gnomesI printed them onto ivory cardstock for the main image and then again onto kraft, and two MTME patterned papers.  This allowed me to paper piece the gnomes’ clothing.  All the patterned papers on this card are from the MTME digital paper collection.Kissing gnomes

Pretty Palette Details:

You can use the palette on ANY type of project!

While participation with products from My Time Made Easy ™ LLC is appreciated, it is not required to participate. You can use products from ANY company.

Every other week we will pick a winner from the palette participants, and announce them the following week, when the next Pretty Palette Challenge is announced.

This month’s contest began Thursday, November 29th. Contest ends Wednesday, January 23rd. Winner announced Thursday, January 24th.

PRIZE PACKAGE: Whoever plays along  in Palette Challenges #76, 77, 78, and 79, will be entered to win a Pretty Package of THEIR Choice!  For more inspiration check out what the design team did using these colours.

Can’t wait to see what you come up with!  Have a lovely day everyone and happy crafting!

More Christmas Cards


Hi everyone!  Have you sent your Christmas cards out yet?  I just finished mine up and am ready to drop them in the mailbox.  Phew!  Can you believe the jolly fatman will be here in 15 days?  I have been super busy, as I’m sure you all have been, but I have managed to do some Christmasy crafting stuff in between other things.  I thought I’d share some cards I’ve made over the last few weeks and enter them into the Heart2Heart Challenge as well.  Some of these were part of a workshop I ran about a week ago.  Tonnes o fun!Merry Christmas Stockings

The fun with this card is in the diecut stockings.  I cut out 3 stockings in the green cardstock with the Cricut and stuck a piece of gorgeous green and gold ribbon underneath.  I then added some pompom ribbon at the top of the stocking and heat embossed Merry Christmas in gold to match.

Yuletide Greetings

I stamped my own background onto this card and went for the tone on tone look, which I always love.  I then added a few different flags and stamped and coloured the cardinal with Copics.

Warmest Wishes

Not much stamping on this card!  I used the Cricut Artiste cartridge to cut out the mittens and then hung them from a baker’s twine clothesline over a Swiss Dots embossed background.

Christmas Cheer

This green and red card is one of my faves (it’s much cuter in person).  I punched 5/8″ circles all the way down the side of the dotty green background paper and then stamped the little images right onto the card base so they peek through the holes.  I also used some of my IKEA tape underneath the greeting strip.

I Believe

This one shows my newly discovered Copic and glitter pen technique on the I Believe, which adds a bit of glitz to this otherwise simple card.

Quilted Christmas

This card just uses strips of coordinating patterned paper and is finished off with a few buttons and a Christmas stamp.

Ornamental Christmas

Love the shades of teal and green on this card.  I heat embossed the ornament with silver powder and popped a red gem in the centre.

Tis the Season To Sparkle

And last but not least, I used one of my sweet treat cards to make a shaker card.  Instead of filling the treat cup with candy, I added a Christmas tree and hills of snow.  Give it a shake and watch the blizzard!

Hopefully things will slow down a bit after Christmas.  I miss blogland and apologize to all my blogging friends for not visiting more often.  I hope you are all well and I’ll see you back here as soon as I can.  Happy crafting!

Return of the Mousetrap!


Hello peeps!  It’s been a while.  Things are heating up for the Christmas season and unfortunately my crafting time has been taken over by other activities.  None-the-less, I managed to get my mousetrap ready for the Out of a Hat Creations Challenge this week.  I think I will make it just in the nick of time.You Are My SunshineI pulled out a bag of chipboard pieces I had in my stash and decided to play around with them a bit.  What transpired was a tribute to my two children.  This little gem will sit on my crafting desk for me to look at and admire.  As a proud mother, I have to say these little people are my best creation yet!  I don’t think I can top that.

Even though this is a busy season, I hope you are all able to pause and enjoy the little things – a Christmas card from a relative, some delicious home baking, or a hug from a loved one.  My goal this season is to try to be completely in the moment and pay close attention to the details as they are happening and not worry about what has to get done for tomorrow.  Wish me luck, lol!  Until next time happy crafting!