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.The 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…
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!
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.This 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.This 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!Next 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.I 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!).This 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.And 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!
Hello, and welcome to the August My Time Made Easy Release. This month the extremely talented, and lovely owner of MTME, Lauren Meader, has decided to release 10 brand new templates! WOW! She has also just announced that WalMart is interested in her products, but she needs as many people as possible to visit her YouTube Channel, watch her video and leave a comment. This will help the good folks at WalMart decide if there is enough interest out there to carry her line. So please take a moment and help her out by leaving a favourable comment.
And now it’s time to get down to business. It’s release day after all, and I have a few things to show you before you hopefully go on to check out the other great new templates on the blog hop. This one is called Mix’er Up…This design was inspired by a drink mixer. Lauren felt that the size would be perfect to fit those “taller” gifts like pump dispenser body products, soap dispensers, and of course drink mixes. This template is great to package a variety of gifts that typically won’t fit in other boxes. Or you could also just pile up the goodies!
To accompany this fabulous box, I created a matching Thank You card using the same digital designer paper (from Preserve It Blueberries and Grapes) and the Sensational Sentiments Digital Image set.
Please take a moment to hop around and enjoy the fantastic creations made by the rest of the team, if you haven’t already, and I’ll be back soon with another great new template to show off. Happy crafting!
Hello again. Happy Canada Day to all my fellow Canadians out there! Hope you have plans to celebrate in style. For today’s release, I am showing you a great little card set I made using the My Time Made Easy Simply Scalloped card and envelope cut file.I thought it would be fun to make the envelopes out of vellum so you could see the card through the envelope. As you can see in the picture, the envelope flap is scalloped.
The front flap of the card is also scalloped along the bottom. I added a piece of white cardstock to mine to show off the scallop a bit more.
I made a set of cards using the new Petal Prints Digital Paper along with the Just a Little Note Set of 19 Images. I based the colours on the palette found in the paper pack, but because the image is digital, you could customize it to suit your own needs.
Time now to hop along and see what the other girls made for your viewing pleasure. Have a funtastic day everyone!
Hi gang! Can you believe it’s the end of June already? Summer is in full swing and it’s time to show off the new My Time Made Easy template called In-dipensible.
I used my box to store some manicure/pedicure products, but you could just as easily fill this with a card gift set, office supplies, recipe cards or your favourite sweet treat. The cut file is available in PDF, SVG, GSD, DXF and WPC formats and the completed box size is 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 x 2 1/2 to 1 1/4 inches deep (the box angle down at the front). Wouldn’t this be cute dressed up as a desk for a teacher gift?My In-dispensible gift box is decorated using the brand new (and gorgeous) Pretty Petals digital paper pack. I also used a sentiment and digital image from the new Just A Little Note Set of 19 Images, which I printed onto some acetate for the little window on top.
I hope you can check out what the other ladies have made for you. Just click on the links below to visit their blogs. Come back and join me for more My Time Made Easy fun tomorrow!
Hello, and happy Thursday! Well, this is my last post as guest designer for Out of a Hat Creations, and I just want to say thanks for having me. It’s always a pleasure hanging out in cyberspace with the ladies! This week’s challenge is to create something inspired by a song with a flower in the title. I chose Seal’s “Kiss From A Rose” for my inspiration.
One of the main lines in the song is “I compare you to a kiss from a rose on the grey”. From that, I was inspired to create a grey, distressed background, and add the roses as the kiss of colour to brighten things up.
The silver frame was first dry embossed using a Cuttlebug folder, then covered with glitter glue. That was a lot of glitter glue, lol! I had to let it dry overnight. For the sentiment, I cut a rectangle of cardstock, stamped it with the music background and added the sentiment. The roses were cut with my Cricut, and the edges sponged with red ink. I always love the look of paper roses. They are so beautiful, and really add elegance to anything.
I hope you have time to visit Janet, Sandra and Chrissie to see what they’ve been up to. And please do join in the fun. We love to see your makes. Have a lovely day, and happy crafting!
Hello crafty peeps! I’m very excited to be guest designer at Out of a Hat Creations for the month of June! Thank you ladies for asking me. As you know, I’ve been playing along with their challenges fairly regularly over the last year, and in doing so, I’ve really been able to stretch my creative muscles. What more could a crafter ask for?
So are you ready to check out this week’s theme? Tickets please!
The ticket shapes were cut out using my Cricut machine and stamped with some ticket stamps from my stash. You can see the middle ticket has today’s date on it! I am celebrating my guest design spot with the Hatters 🙂
After creating a bow with a piece of hemp twine, I used a cute little heart mini clothespin to hold it all together, then popped it up over a background of different shapes and strips of patterned paper.
Please take a minute or two to pop over and see what Chrissie, Janet and Sandra have made. And feel free to play along. We’d love to see what you come up with. Have a lovely day everyone!
Hi gang! Well, I’m back again to share one of My Time Made Easy‘s older products for the Year In Review. This is when I get to choose anything I want from the store and show it off – so fun! There are so many gorgeous things to choose from, and so many possibilities that it is a difficult decision, but I went with a lovely little gift box called The Flapper.This gift box got it’s name because of the flap closure on the top. On my sample, I have outlined it with pearls. The flap ties shut with a ribbon, but you could just as easily add a small piece of Velcro underneath to keep it closed.
The gorgeous floral paper used on both the card and the box is from the digital paper set called Blooming With Elegance. This thank you card was super easy to make. I imported the paper into my photo editing software, resized it to fit an A2 card and added the thank you sentiment from the Sensational Sentiments Digital Stamp Set. These would be lovely as a set to give a teacher or colleague.
Feel free to visit the other gals on the DT to see more fabulous creations. You can also visit our MTME Gallery for more inspiration. Have a spectacular day and happy crafting!
Hello and welcome back for the second round of My Time Made Easy‘s June Release. Today I will be featuring images from 2 great new digital stamp sets called ‘Home Sweet Home’ and ‘There’s No Place Like Home’, as well as, some new digital papers from the ‘Tiny Town’ paper pack.
This welcome card came together in a snap thanks to the wonderful door and wreath images included in the ‘There’s No Place Like Home’ digital stamp set. All I had to do was resize the door and wreath in my photo editing software and then print them out on cardstock. The wreath was coloured with Copic markers and cut out with scissors. I popped it up with dimensional foam on the door. The background is paper from the Tiny Town digital paper pack, which I printed onto a piece of ivory cardstock. Voila! I have myself a gorgeous, handmade card for the new neighbours!
This tall gift box was cut out using the Wine & Dine cut file, and is perfect for a bottle of wine, balsamic vinegar or specialty olive oil. I love the Tiny Town paper. It’s perfect for the occasion! I embellished the box with a keychain made using the Home Sweet Home digital stamp set and the Unlocked cut file.
What a great way to impress the new neighbours or friends moving into a new house. They will be blown away by the thoughtfulness of a stunning handmade gift! Check out what the other ladies have made by clicking on the links below. They are all very talented and have a lot of great ideas to share. I’ll be back June 3rd with another fun project so stay tuned…
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’. There 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!
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.There 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!!