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Card Smorgasbord


Hello and welcome!  I had a really low key, crafty weekend, and it was terrific!  Sometimes you just gotta go with the flow, and if the flow is taking you on a wave of creativity, don’t fight it!  I have four cards to share and they are all very different.  First up is a card that uses the new CTMH Ariana paper pack, and the February Stamp of the Month – Wild About Love.Hey FoxyThis paper pack has a good mix of feminine and masculine patterns.  Perfect for a Valentine card!

The next card was made in the wee hours of the morning, when I was having trouble sleeping.  I kept it simple and used the CTMH Cloud Nine card making kit.  LOVE that teal shimmer tape!Just BecauseMy third card was inspired by a scrapbooking sketch  I found on Pinterest.  I liked the layout and decided to turn it into a card.Good TimesThe CTMH Jubilee papers work perfectly to give this card a summery, country feel.  I paired it with the Take Note stamp set, which comes in the Artbooking Cricut Bundle.  Makes me long for a summer picnic or a trip to the fairgrounds!

And for my last card, I give you the Unicorn….UnicornI bought this stamp set for my daughter.  She loves animals and mythological creatures, and when she saw this stamp set, she immediately fell in love.  This one’s for you Lauryn!

I hope you have a terrific week and find some crafty inspiration along the way.  See you soon!


Autumn Splendour


Hello all my long lost blog friends!  Welcome, and thanks for stopping in.  Can you believe we are at the end of September?  This is my favourite time of year.  I love everything about it – the colours of the changing landscape, the bounty of the harvest, the still warm, sunny days and crisp, cool nights – a feast for the senses, and so much to be grateful for.  So, in honour of this delightful season I have some autumn cards to share with you.Autumn PosterThis was my first attempt at the ever so popular chalk board technique.  The Poster Tidings stamp set from Close To My Heart is perfect for this.  I also used the Count Your Blessings stamp set to embellish the card with a few tokens of autumn.Apple ThanksThis thank you card was inspired by someone who helped me out at work.  When I jokingly offered to send them some chocolate for doing such a great job, they responded that they were trying to eat healthy, and would prefer a bag of apples!Remarkable WreathNext up is a simple card using CTMH’s Remarkable Wreath, Swirls Around, and Always Grateful stamp sets.  The patterned papers are from the CTMH Huntington paper pack.Happiness Is HomemadeI finally broke down this summer, and bought a pack of vellum.  I know, I know… what have I been waiting for?  I have seen so many beautiful projects using vellum, but I’ve just never gotten around to buying any.  Here, I kept it simple with a strip down the middle of this country style card (don’t worry, I do plan to get fancier with it down the road!).BlessingsThis card is a mash up of all sorts of things – scraps of paper, die cuts, feathers, buttons, stitching – but it reminds me how lucky I am to have all these things at my disposal when I feel the urge to create.Bountiful SeasonAnd finally, a card I created for a card party I ran last weekend.  This was really fun, because we used Perfect Pearls to help create a background.  If you look at the top of the card, you can just make out some shimmery writing.  This was stamped on with Versamark ink, and the Perfect Pearls were spread over it with a paint brush.  The PPs stick to the Versamark and create a gorgeous shimmery background.  I learned this technique from the uber-talented Nichole Heady of Papertrey Ink.  It’s my new favourite technique, and I think it will make some beautiful Christmas cards this year.

So, as you can see, I have been busy in the craft cave.  I’ve got a few other creations to share, but I’ll save those for another day.  Have a great week, and happy crafting!



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

Easter Bonnets


Hello folks!  It feels like ages since I’ve posted anything.  But not to worry – I have two cards I made for the Out of a Hat Challenge this week.  They are asking for Easter bonnets and after searching the internet for ideas, I decided to opt for a couple of vintage Easter pictures with bonnets in them.

Easter ChicksThese little Easter chicks are so adorable and a sure sign of spring.  I wish we were seeing spring here.  We’ve had nothing but snow, snow, snow!

Another Easter ChickMy second card showcases a different sort of Easter chick!  She’s just hatched too but hasn’t quite come out of her shell yet ;0)  The strip of patterned paper down the right side was punched with a Martha Stewart border punch and then inked with Desert Sand ink.  The focal image was framed using kraft card stock, cut on the Cricut, and then mounted onto a piece of aqua blue card stock.  Lastly, the paper flowers were glued down the left side and adorned with pearls.

That’s it from me today.  I will just make it under the wire for the challenge so I must be off to add my post!  Have a lovely week and happy crafting!


My Time Made Easy March Year In Review


As we wrap up with our March Release we move onto creating new samples, with older products. This is always a favourite time because you can never get too many ideas for gifts, especially using products you may already have, or passed by before because you weren’t “looking” for it to suit X purpose.  The very first template I ever bought from MTME was a teacup template called Grab A Cup.  Of course, I bought it because I loved the teacup, but since then I’ve used this template for a witches cauldron, an Easter basket and now a pot of gold in honour of St Patrick’s Day.Pot of Gold1The rainbow is from the Lunch Box Love Notes Digital Stamp Set.  I blew it up using photo editing software, printed it out and coloured it with my Copic markers.  The striped paper is from the Candy Claus digital paper set and the label is from Sentimental Occasions.   So grab your beverage of choice, sit back and take a few minutes to visit the following team members to see what NEW stuff they’ve created.  You can also check out our MTME Gallery for a whole lot more products and inspiration.   Have a lovely, crafty day!! ~Tracy

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

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!

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!