Category Archives: Baby

Out of a Hat Challenge #64 – A Tag Book


Happy Thursday!   Are you ready for another Out of a Hat challenge?  This week we are getting busy with a tag book.  I made mine for a baby girl, which I will give to her grandmother as a keepsake (and no, I am not the mother, lol!).Baby

The tags were cut out with my Cricut machine, and I embellished the front with a lot of pretty pink papers, buttons and trim from my stash.  My book contains 6 tag pages, but is held together by a metal loop closure, so more can be added if desired.Baby Girl

I love the little crocheted doily and fabric button – so soft and pretty!  To finish off the top, I added the seam binding ribbon, chocolate button and small, metal tag.

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week’s Out of a Hat Challenge.  We loved your ticket projects and can’t wait to see what you get up to for this week’s tag book challenge.  Please take a moment to see what Chrissie, Janet and Sandra have made for your viewing pleasure.  Happy crafting!




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!



My Time Made Easy March Project Inspiration


Hi folks!  I’m back with a couple of new projects I made with some of My Time Made Easy‘s new products.  I’ve always had a special place in my heart for 3D paper crafts so this was a lot of fun to make.  Here I’m showcasing the new Egg-stra Special Template, which is fabulous for Easter.Eggstra SpecialIsn’t he cute?  It was so fun putting him together and my daughter hasn’t stopped playing with it since I made it!  As you can see, you can create your own Easter or bird’s egg.  You can design this to look like a bunny, a chickie (like mine), a bird, owl, or anything that has a oval body! A little creativity will go a LONG way.  The bottom could be used on its own to create a “basket”, or the top could be used to create a bee hive!Eggstra SpecialThis template can hold gifts for Easter, a new baby or mom to be, a plush toy, stuffed animal, candy, homemade treats of any kind, jars of jam, egg decorating kit/items, games, soup or dip mixes, baking items…to name a few.  Whatever you decide to enclose in this fun template is sure to feel Egg-stra Special!

This next project uses the Bag-sket Template, Spring Has Sprung digital paper pack, Egg Decorating digital stamp and the Some Punny Easter digital stamp set.Bagsket & Egg Decorating CardThe beauty of these products is you don’t need a lot of expensive software or a personal cutting machine to make them.  I usually use a Cricut to cut out my stuff, but there are times when I just print out the pdf file and cut it by hand.  The above picture also shows the images coloured by yours truly.  Colouring, using digital photo editing software, is sometimes fun and convenient, but I LOVE to colour and often do it myself.

Whether you want a “bag”, or a card, this sweet little “bag-sket” is a great two for the price of one, cut file. Now you can have a super cute basket shaped card, OR a fun little treat bag, designed to look like a basket. Perfect for Easter, Spring, Mother’s Day, or whenever!

Please do take a minute to check out what the other DT members have worked so hard to create for you by clicking on the links below.  Hope you’re having a great weekend!  Happy crafting.  ~Tracy

Lauren Meader

Jackie Randolph

Mary Vogel

Tracy Holmes – you’re here!

Egg-stra Special Template
Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC
Completed Project Size: 
6 Inches Tall 
5 Inches Around
Bagsket Template
Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC
Completed Project Size:
2 3/4 X 2 1/2 Inch Wide
5 Inches Tall

Family & Friends


Hello!  It’s time for another My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette Challenge.  Number 71 to be exact and our colours this week are…The rules are as follows…

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, August 9th. Contest ends Wednesday, October 3rd. Winner announced Thursday, October 4th.

PRIZE PACKAGE: Whoever plays along  in Palette Challenges #68, 69, 70, and 71, will be entered to win a Pretty Package of THEIR Choice!

So what can you do with these colours? We can’t wait to see!  And now here is what I managed to do with a few digital stamps and paper.I really love this cute umbrella designer paper from the Loving Heart collection, and desperately wanted to make a shower invitation with it.  The pink umbrellas were originally yellow so I changed the colour using Gimp software.  That is the nice thing about digital paper!The cute little critters are from the Wonderful Woodland Creatures stamp set, which I coloured digitally and added to a tag from the Be Dazzled set.  The umbrella came from the background designer paper.  I cropped and resized one of the umbrellas and then took out the flowers.  I also paper pieced it and popped it up using some dimensional foam, then added the rhinestones for a bit of bling.  Gotta have the bling!  The sentiment is from the Apothecary Labels stamp set.  This set is new and is really great – worth checking out.  And finally I added the pink ribbon and the little flower at the top.What would a shower be without a little favour of some sort?  After some consideration, I decided to make an umbrella favour holder using the Boo Bag cut file.  I altered it a bit by cutting scallops into the top of the bag and adding an umbrella handle.  I then added the little tag from the Round Off digital set and a bag full of candies.Thanks for stopping by.  Hope to see one of your creations using these colours.  Have a lovely day!

Welcome Little One


Happy Easter!  I hope the Easter bunny was good to you.  He certainly made a stop here.  We had chocolate for breakfast!  LOL!

For this week’s My Time Made Easy Pretty Pattern Challenge I made a card for a baby shower.  Here is the sketch…

…and here is my card…

The colour palette is blue, pink and green which I pulled from the patterned papers – also very appropriate for a baby card.  The stamps are from a super sweet set called  A Rainbow from Close To My Heart.  I love the little bird.

I paper pieced the rainbow in the three theme colours.  Originally I tried colouring it in with ink and a blending pen but I was somewhat disappointed by the outcome so I decided to go the paper piecing route.  The clouds were stamped onto blue CS and cut out, then popped up with foam dimensionals.

I stamped the stars and sentiment in Lilac Mist and added the rhinestones to make them twinkle.  The background bird paper is from the K&Company Itsy Bitsy Baby Girl book and the plaid is leftover from my Easter egg card.

I hope you all have a lovely Easter and a fabulous day.  Happy crafting!