Category Archives: Stitching

Give Me A C-T-M-H!


Hello everyone!  I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and finding some time to craft.  I have made it my mission to get up Saturday mornings and do nothing but drink tea and make stuff.  What a lovely, relaxing way to start a weekend!

Today I made a card for the Heart2Heart Challenge blog.  The theme is to create a project using the letters “C“, “T“, “M“, and “H” in some way. The letters themselves can be used, or a product or technique using the letters.  So here we go…

Miss YouThis fairly simple card was created using the CTMH Huntington paper pack.  The sentiment ‘miss you’ was stamped down the side in Whisper ink, and one time in Barn Red to make it stand out.  The main focal image was stamped on kraft card stock, and embellished with a rose and leaves cut out using the Artbooking Cricut Cartridge.  A scalloped border and some Harvest Bakers Twine add the finishing touches.

Earlier this week, I was also able to sit down and make a card, which I will share with you here.  This one uses the CTMH ‘A Tree’ stamped image.  I coloured it in using Copic markers, and stamped the sentiment in black ink.  I added some stitching and a framed button embellishment.with LoveThe inspiration came from a card by Betsy Veldman, I came across in an old Paper Crafters magazine.  She is definitely one of my favourite paper crafters, and if I can come close to making something as amazing as her stuff, then I consider it to be a good day!!  So I guess it helps to use one of her creations as inspiration!

Well that’s it for today.  Please leave a comment if you care to.  I enjoy hearing from you.  Have a great weekend everyone!




His & Hers


Hello there!  It’s been so long I can hardly believe it.  I made a New Year’s resolution to get back into my crafting, so here I am.  I’ve missed it immensely.  It really felt good to sit down at the old crafting table and make something.  But it’s been so long, I didn’t even know where to start.

After sifting through some of my stash, I decided to limit myself to one stamp set and ONLY paper scraps.  No full sheets of paper – just bits and pieces.  And let me tell you, I could probably make cards for a year or more without running out of paper scraps!  That really helped to keep me on track.  I decided to make two cards – one feminine and one masculine – and this is what I ended up with.You Are The Best CardThe stamp set is the Close To My Heart January Stamp of the Month:  Cross-stitch Wishes.  It is embellished with a little skirt bottom, some polka dot washi tape, and a bit of ribbon.  A little stitching around the edge ties in nicely with the whole theme.

My attempt at a masculine card turned out like this…Sew Special Card

I really love the stitched arrows that are stamped on the base of the card.  A few wood and metal accents were added to help out with the masculine look, but I still managed to sneak in a gem (at least it’s navy blue!).

Thanks for stopping by and taking a peak.  Hopefully I’ll be back soon with something new.  Until then, happy crafting!


My Time Made Easy Release – In A Cinch


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!


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 April Sneak Peek


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!


Lauren Meader

Jackie Randolph

Mary Vogel

Tracy Holmes  <— you’re here!



Heart & Home




Hello everyone.  I hope you are enjoying your weekend, and have been able to watch some of Olympic Games so far.  A big congrats to the UK for a dynamite opening ceremony!  Bravo!  Lots of eye candy and great music.

So I have been squeezing in some crafting time between Olympic events, and family outings, and managed to get my Out of a Hat Challenge card made.  When I saw that this week’s challenge was sewing I immediately thought about trying a card with a quilting type background.  Here is what I came up with…

I used the CTMH Pemberley paper pack for this.  The colours and patterns are so pretty that it made it really easy to piece together a background.  I first cut the card out with the CTMH Artiste Cricut Cartridge.  It’s just a 5.5×5.5 card with rounded corners.  Next I cut strips of DP 5/8 x 2.5 inches (4 of each pattern), and glued them onto the card so they made up four 2.5×2.5 inch squares.

My focal image was stamped onto a piece of Bamboo card stock.  I used the CTMH Chairs To You stamp set (retired), and coloured it with a blending pen, and some coordinating CTMH inks.  I added a few pearls to the flowers, and then rounded the corners with my corner rounder to match the corners of the card.

So the only thing left to do at this point was add the sewing element.  I managed this by doing a zigzag stitch with my sewing machine around the focal image, and the outside of the card.  Don’t look too closely at the corners LOL!  Not sure what happened there!  I do love the overall effect though, and I just might have to try this again sometime using a different pattern.  A quilted Christmas card would probably be lovely.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by.  Go Canada Go!!