Category Archives: Kids

My Time Made Easy Release – In A Cinch

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Hi everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend.  Today is Day 4 of the My Time Made Easy August Release Extravaganza!  The new template called In A Cinch is the highlight of today’s hop.  Check it out…In a Cinch Butterfly Top

Here I am showcasing the butterfly box top, but this fabulous template comes with 4 different box top options!  Box tops include a plain rounded top, a star, a flower and a butterfly.  Each box is unique with its own designer top closure, that offers you a ton of versatility and is a cinch to put together!  The rounded top allows you to add whatever you wish to the top of the box from a circle image, to large buttons, or customize it with any image or shape to suit your occasion.

Flower CardI paired up this gorgeous, little box with the lovely Fanciful Flower Card template.  This cut file includes the card, and the decorative pieces. So easy to make and pretty to boot. In a Cinch Butterfly

Please take a few moments and hop on over to see what Lauren MeaderDebbie Marcinkiewicz and Kimberly Morrow have done with their templates.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and happy crafting!

~Tracy

Celebrations

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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!

 

 

It’s A Circus Around Here!

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Well hello there!  It’s seems like forever since I posted last.  My hubby had back surgery two weeks ago and ever since then it’s been like a circus around here.  With all the balls in the air I had to drop a few and one of them was crafting 😦  The good news is we are getting back on track and my husband is recovering nicely.  Slowly but nicely!

Speaking of the circus, the Out of a Hat Challenge this week is… you guessed it… the circus!  I made a birthday card for the challenge but maybe I should have just taken a picture of my house, lol!  Anyway, without further ado…Circus Card

I don’t really own any type of circus stamps, but I do own this cute animal stamp set, which works with the circus theme.  I also thought the flags had a bit of a circusy feel to them, so I used them to stamp the background.  The animals were stamped, coloured and cut out and then perched on top of a homemade circus stand.  I couldn’t fit the whole happy birthday sentiment on the stand so I decided to make a sign for the monkey’s hand with the happy part of the sentiment on it.

I also made a card for last week’s OOAH altered paper clip/clothes pin challenge but didn’t have time to post.  So here it is a week late…

Just a note...I thought it would be fun to put the altered paper clips on a card so the recipient can use them.  This would be great for a teacher.  The bottom portion of the card uses a burlap background stamp, which I inked up with four different ink colours.  I then stamped the sentiment across the bottom in black ink.

That’s all today.  Thanks for stopping by and checking it out.  I hope to be back soon with more creations.  Until then happy crafting!!

~Tracy

 

My Time Made Easy April Sneak Peek

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Hello peeps!  Only 2 days until April.  Doesn’t that sound fabulous?  Speaking of fabulous, check out this new Sole Mates running shoe template from My Time Made Easy‘s April Release…Sole Mate Sk8tr Boy

Is this not the cutest thing you’ve ever seen?  I’m blown away by it, and let me tell you, it is even cuter in real life!  The running shoe was made with the new Sole Mates cut file, Sole Mates digital stamp set and Go Shopping digital paper pack.

Sole MatesThe finished shoe measures 2 3/4 inches wide x 3 1/3 inches tall x 8 1/2 inches long.  As you can see by the photo, I was able to stuff a fairly large bag of jelly beans inside.  I decorated this shoe for a boy, but this could be just as cool for a girl if you change the colours.  Fill this up with the birthday girl or boy’s most loved candy and add an awesomely cool gift card from their favourite store for a jaw dropping birthday gift!Sk8tr Boy Birthday CardI finished off this gift with a birthday card using the MTME Sk8tr Boy Digital Stamp Set.

Please take a few minutes to check out some of the other great things My Time Made Easy has to offer by clicking on the links below.  And for more amazing ideas be sure to visit the design team’s inspiration gallery.  You won’t be disappointed!  Happy Easter everyone!

~Tracy

Lauren Meader

Jackie Randolph

Mary Vogel

Tracy Holmes  <— you’re here!

 

 

My Time Made Easy March Project Inspiration

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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

My Time Made Easy March Release & New Design Team Members!

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Hi everyone.  It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce four new My Time Made Easy design team members.  And yours truly is one of them!!!  Woohoo!  At the start of each month the team will be sharing new releases and projects.  It’s super fun and there is great inspiration from my lovely, talented teamies.  So grab a cuppa, sit back and check it out.

New Display TemplateDisplay OwlThis gift box was designed for when it is time to “display” your gift!  It offers the perfect open box concept to hold and display your gifts with pride!  This box even comes with a fun set of Frog pieces to further expand the possibilities!  This box can be made to display in any room and become any favorite creature or character too!  Here I’ve used the Whoo’s Birthday template to make it into this adorable owl.  The box inside is part of the Com-pleatly template set and the papers are all from the Spring Has Sprung digital paper pack.Display OwlYou can fill this up with a plethora of gifts from gifts for baby, clothing items, cards, candles, plants, bath & beauty products, art supplies, homemade treats, or handmade sweaters, scarves, candy and MORE!  Whatever you choose to “display” it is sure to pack that special something to make everyone take notice!

Display
Available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF, WPC
Completed Project Size:
6 Inches Tall
6 Inches Wide
5 Inches Long

Check out what the other ladies have designed with you in mind.  Have a great day everyone and happy crafting!  ~Tracy

Karien van der Westhulzen – new DT member!

Jackie Randolph – new DT member!

Mary Vogel – new DT member!

Tracy Holmes – you’re here!

Lauren Meader

Debbie Marcinkiewicz

Kimberly Morrow

Lisa Kind

Lori Hairston

Lori Kalus

Pattie Goldman

Tangii Crain

Matchbox Makeover and CAS Cards

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Hello out there!  It’s almost March and it looks like we are getting some wet, snowy weather to bring it in.  But that’s ok – in like a lion, out like a lamb as the saying goes!  Today I have a couple of things to share.  The first one is my matchbox makeover for the Out of a Hat Challenge this week.Under the SeaI don’t own any matchboxes and I haven’t even seen any around for years.  I’m sure they’re out there but I haven’t had reason to look.  None-the-less, boxes are not that hard to make so I made my own matchbox.  I was inspired by Sandra’s little mouse house and came up with this ‘under the sea’ theme.  I also thought it would be fun to have a window in the box, as if you were looking into an aquarium.Mermaid & FriendsThe paper is from a K&Company paper stack I bought on sale last summer.  Perfect for my aquarium.  There is no stamping on this project – just a lot of finicky cutting!

My next project consists of a couple of CAS cards I made for the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog.  I have always loved CAS cards.  They say so much in the simplest way.  The first card uses the Pinwheel stamp set which will be available through Close To My Heart in May. PinwheelNot much to say here other than the ink colours are Twilight, Outdoor Denim, Pear, Blush and black.

My second card uses the CTMH March stamp of the month:  Floral Happiness.  I used pigment inks on this card so that the flowers would be a bit more vibrant against the kraft background.Happiness is...That’s it from me.  I’ll be back tomorrow with details to a My Time Made Easy giveaway so come on back for your chance to win.  Have a lovely day and happy crafting!

~Tracy

Chantilly Dresses

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Hello friends.  This week the Heart2Heart Challenge is home décor.  While I was roaming around Pinterest yesterday, I found a picture of map dresses – that’s right – dresses made out of maps.  They were absolutely adorable and I just had to try making my own paper dresses.  Now the ones on Pinterest didn’t have any instructions on how to make them, so I went ahead and made it up!  I also decided to frame them so they could be used as home décor.  Here’s the first of four.Chantilly Dress #1I used the Chantilly paper pack from Close To My Heart for all the dresses.Closeup #1Each dress bottom consists of a strip of card stock that measures 3 3/4″ by 10 1/2″.  It was scored at every 1/2″ interval and then folded to get a box pleat.  You could do an accordion fold as well, which I’m sure would look equally as cute.Chantilly Dress #2Once the pleats were folded, I gathered them together at the top and stapled them to form a waist. Closeup #2For the background mattes I used cardstock in the coordinating colours of the paper pack – Pear, Buttercup, Twilight, and Cotton Candy.Chantilly Dress #3For the tops of the dresses, I cut squares and then cut out arm holes and/or collars or straps, depending on the style I was going for.Closeup #3The staples on the skirt part of the dress were covered with a cumberbund or ribbon, depending on where the urge took me!Chantilly Dress #4And another little strappy number!Closeup #4I used some IKEA frames I had lying around to frame the dresses up.  The great thing about these frames is they are about an inch deep so they can be used like shadow boxes.  Perfect for my little dresses.  Wouldn’t these be cute in a little girl’s room?

Hope you’re having a great weekend.  Have a crafty day!

~Tracy

Shooting Stars

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Hello there!  Glad you could stop by and take a peek at a couple of cards I made this weekend.  The first one I will enter into the Out of a Hat Challenge and showcases one of my favourite go-to stamp sets – Close To My Heart’s Love Life.Hooray For YouI have used this set on many projects.  It has some fabulous shapes and swirls that are great for a variety of projects.  Here, I wanted to utilize the big swirl and stars, so I went for a simple card that could be used for a birthday or to congratulate someone. Shooting star

The colours were pulled from the background paper that I received in a prize pack from Vivian over at ContadinaK (thanks Vivian!).  If you have a few moments go check out her blog.  It’s chock full of beautiful handcrafted projects.  And she does video tutorials too!Thanks A BunchMy second card uses a water colour background, which I’ve been wanting to do for quite a while.  After brushing on the water colours (green, blue, purple) and letting them dry, I stamped the flowers on with Momento Tuxedo Black ink and coloured them in with Copic markers.Thanks a bunch

This card is really pretty in person.  One of the many things on my paper crafting to-do list is to learn how to take better photos.  So many things to learn!

Hope you are having an excellent weekend.  Here’s to a great week.  Talk at you soon!

~Tracy

 

 

Everyday Adventure

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Hello!  Today I will be sharing a couple of projects I made for the Heart 2 Heart Challenge Blog.  The theme this week is, fittingly, back to school.  Anyone can take part but you must use mostly Close To My Heart products in order to play.

And now without further ado…I missed last week’s challenge because I was away and had no access to my stash, so I combined two challenges on this card.  Last week was a colour challenge using Pear, Lagoon and Sunset.  I don’t think of these colours as typical fall/back to school colours but I liked the way this turned out!To start off, I cut a strip of Pear card stock and stamped these images from the It’s Your Day and Little Reminder stamp sets.  Very schoolish don’t you think?I stamped the Honor Roll flag in Lagoon ink and adhered it to the top of the card.  Using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge I cut out the notebook paper, circle and star shapes and inked them up using various stamp sets – Universal Backgrounds, Scholastic Workshop On The Go stamp set, School Rocks and It’s Your Day.I glued the 3 different sized stars together and finished it with a clear button.  The sentiment tag was cut out of one of the Dotty For You patterned papers and stamped using an It’s Your Day sentiment.  The little green flowery stamp at the bottom is from the Enjoy stamp set.  Last but not least, I added the Lagoon Baker’s Twine down the side of the card to hide the seam between the Pear and Sunset papers.My second project is one I made about a month ago and featured in my August Close To My Heart newsletter.  This little treat box is a snap to make if you have the Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  I cut it out and added a piece of acetate to the window.  I stamped the sentiment and then assembled the box using double sided tape.  The apple is my favourite part of this box.  I made it by stamping the apple in Tulip ink onto white card stock, cutting it out and glittering it up with Prisma Glitter.  I then squeezed a liberal amount of Liquid Glass over the top and let it dry for about an hour.  A red bow and some Jelly Belly’s and voila!  A great little treat box for your new teacher.

Have a lovely day everyone and thanks for stopping by!