Monthly Archives: May 2013

My Time Made Easy June Release


Hello crafty people!  Are you ready for some fun?  It’s time for the My Time Made Easy June release and we’re going to start things off with a terrific gift box that you could really go to town with.  This versatile box has a tapered top giving it the name ‘Tapered Off’.  Tapered OffThere are so many ideas for this one – golf package for dad, spa kit for mom, house warming gift, grad gift – but I decided to make a gardening package that could be used for a teacher,  mentor or parent.  The sentiment on the front is from the Sensational Digital Stamp Package and really says it all!Tapered Off Open

Here is a photo of this versatile box with the lid off and the top opened up.  I actually fit all this gardening gear into it with room to spare!  So you can see it really is big enough to hold a substantial amount of stuff.Tapered OffThere are so many really great cut files, stamps and papers in the My Time Made Easy store and the prices are fabulous.  The best part is there are no shipping fees or wait times.  Just order online and download your products immediately.  All cut files come in SVG, PDF, GSD, DXF and WPC formats so there is something for everyone, including those of you who do not use a fancy cutting machine –  just print and cut!

I hope you enjoyed today’s project and will check out what the design team has come up with.  In the meantime, I’ll be working on another great project for tomorrow’s Year In Review post.  Come on back y’all!!




Hello everyone!  It’s been a while since I last posted but I have been busy in my craft room.  I’ve been working on a couple of parties for friends and thought I’d show you what I’ve been up to.  I also have two Studio J layouts for the Out of a Hat Challenge blog this week, so if you’re looking for that scroll down.

This first project is a birthday invitation to a pool party for my friend’s daughter’s 10th birthday.

Pool Party Invite

I thought tropical would be bright and fun for a pool party, so I used some of my CTMH stamps and Dotty For You paper remnants for that tropical feel.  The waves were cut out with my Cricut, and what would a backyard pool party be without a lot of sunshine and a pair of flipflops?  Let’s hope she has a beautiful, hot sunny day for her birthday party.

My next project is for a baby shower I am attending this weekend.  I volunteered to make the favours and a diaper cake.  Here is the baby shoe favour which was cut out with my Cricut and the Artiste Cricut cartridge.

Baby Shoe FavourIsn’t that adorable?  I love the plaid paper.  It’s from the My Time Made Easy Bringing Home Baby Girl digital paper pack.  Here is the diaper cake…Diaper Cake

I’ve never made one of these before but found it really easy and fun.  The mom-to-be is expecting a girl as you can tell.  Let’s hope the ultrasound was right, lol!

And since we’re on the subject of babies, I thought I’d share a couple of CTMH Studio J layouts I made of my kids to document the first few years of their lives.  I will enter these into the Out of a Hat Challenge this week for the photograph challenge.  Here is my son from newborn to age 5.

Baby boy



And my daughter, age 0 – 3 years.Baby girl

These Close To My Heart Studio J layouts are really great if you don’t have the time to scrapbook your photos in the traditional way.  All you do is upload your photos to the Studio J site and pick your digital papers/layout.  Super fast and easy.

Well that was a lot of stuff for one post but I hope you enjoyed browsing through everything.  I’ll be back in a day or two to bring you the My Time Made Easy June releases so come on back.  Until then have a great day and happy crafting!



Postcards From Paris


Hello all you fine crafty folk!  A short post today to show you my Out of a Hat Challenge creations.  The subject this week is a postcard from France.  I have 3 different attempts to share.Eiffel Tower

This first one is pretty straight forward.  I used my Cricut to cut out letters to spell Paris and substituted the Eiffel Tower for the letter i.  The cutouts were inked around the edges and glued to a piece of patterned paper from the CTMH La Belle Vie collection.Vivre Paris

For the second postcard, I again cut out letters spelling Paris with the Cricut and added some sparkle with Bronze Glitz Glitter Gel.  The background was stamped using various French stamps from my Close To My Heart stash.Carte Postale

The last postcard is totally digital.  I used digital images from the My Time Made Easy Vintage Vineyard Collection and the Cool Romance Digital Paper Pack.  Since these are supposed to be postcards, I tried to keep them flat, as if I were going to mail them.

Well that’s it from me.  If you have a chance check out the OOAH challenge blog to see what the others have made.  And if you’re feeling up to it why not post one of your own!  Happy crafting!


I’ve Been Framed!


Good day everyone.  Are you getting the same glorious weather that we’re getting in Ottawa?  It’s been 27 C for the last week and it’s been just delightful!  I’m loving it.  Needless to say it’s been great being outside in the garden and hard to drag myself into the craft room.  But I had two Mother’s Day cards and a few birthday cards that needed to get done and that’s what I’ve been working on.

This week’s theme at Out of a Hat Creations is picture frames.  I’ve incorporated that theme into 3 cards, which I will share with you today.MomAfter searching the internet for some ideas, I found a sample of a line frame card.  This was very interesting and effective to me, so I tried it out on my Mother’s Day cards.Happy Mother's DayAfter stamping my images and sentiments, I took a black archival ink marker and drew lines around the outside at equal distances from the edge.  As you can see, I tried one card with the lines going through the images and one card  stopping at one side of the image and carrying on at the other side of the image.  Both are effective and finish off the cards nicely in a simple way.Bird Birthday CardThis last card uses a more traditional frame to enhance the focal image.  I used my Cricut machine to cut it out.  The stamped image is from the CTMH Fabulous You stamp set.

Well that’s it from me.  I truly hope spring has sprung in your neck of the woods.  It’s been a long time coming here.  Enjoy the rest of your day and happy crafting!





MTME May Year In Review – Sizzlin’ Summer Ideas


Welcome back!  I have the winner of the MTME May Sneak Peek contest!!  Drum roll please…………………….. and the lucky winner is…………. Sue D!!!  Congratulations, Sue.  You get your choice of any one of the templates in the My Time Made Easy shop!  I’ll send you an email with all the details so you can claim your prize.  Thanks to everyone who played along.

So now we move on to our Year In Review.  This is when we get to choose any MTME product and turn it into something completely different (some serious fun to be had here!).  I decided to stick with the BBQ grill template and add a travel theme to it by turning it into a travel trunk.  Check it out…Travel ChestImagine filling this with a bag of trail mix, a travel game, or even a pack of gum and some moisturizing facial wipes for someone travelling on a plane.  Of course, no gift is complete without a card, so I whipped up this little cutie pie using some digital paper from the Sweet & Sour Sweethearts Paper Pack, along with a sentiment from the Sentimental Occasions Digital Images set.

Happy Trails CardThis makes me wish I was boarding a plane for an adventure!  If you have a moment or two, take a cyber trip over to the other girls’ blogs to see what kind of new things they’ve made from something old.  And if you’d like a little more inspiration, you are always welcome to pop by the MTME Design Team Gallery for a peek.  Have a great day everyone and thanks for stopping by!  ~Tracy

My Time Made Easy May Release


Hey there crafty friend!  Welcome back for the full reveal of the MTME May release.  For those of you who played along yesterday and left a comment you will be entered into the draw for a chance to win a MTME template of your choice.  Woohoo – a great prize!  If you guessed BBQ or grill – you were absolutely right.  See for yourself…BBQ Lid Up

How cute is that?  The grill on the BBQ lifts up so you can store a gift in the bottom.  Maybe a rub or some steak spices for the grill master of the family!  We all have one of those in the family, don’t we?  This would also be great for Father’s Day or as a summer BBQ party favour with a little bag of Hot Tomales in it!Get Your Grill On!

And to round things out, I made this quick and easy backyard BBQ party invitation using the new Summer Paper digital paper pack and the It’s Grilling Season digital stamp images.  You can purchase all of these items separately or as a complete set (including the grill) by clicking here.

I hope you have a chance to visit the other DT’s blogs and check out their fun and amazing creations, and please do come back tomorrow for the Year In Review and to see if you’re a lucky winner.  Thanks for stopping by!  ~Tracy