September 29, 2010

October Peeks are Here!!!

It's October release time at My Time Made Easy -- but there is some important business, first and foremost... HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALEXA!!!!  Lauren's daughter turns 11 today :)  My little one just turned 3 last Saturday, and I remember when I was pregnant with her, that Lauren guessed I would have her on the 29th (which was 9 days PAST my due date -- so I was QUITE glad when she arrived on the 25th! lol)  I certainly hope Alexa and the family has a GREAT day together celebrating, as there is MUCH to celebrate, as Lauren wrote about here.

But -- back to my project to share with you today.  Lauren has some GREAT new goodies coming out this month to help package up those delicious warm cozy shouldn't need another coffee set...she's got everything to make a perfect (inexpensive) gift for that special someone.

Here's the Fancy A Cuppa and To Go templates that will be released on October 1!!

Isn't this ADORABLE?!?!  Think of all of the fun things you can package up!!

I've chosen to package up some hot chocolate and mini peanut butter cups, it's hard not to love chocolate and peanut butter.  The front panel of the Fancy a Cuppa template has that gorgeous cut's a nice sized template, you can definitely use it for more than the cups, which here is a closeup of one...

All of the images I used for this project are from the new Fancy a Cuppa and Fancy a Cuppa  Add on sets that will be available in just 2 SHORT days! :)  Oh, and WHERE did I get that delicious dotted paper???  Why, it's included in the new Coffee Beans digital paper collection designed by Kristin Bueter, I love it, don't you??

If you didn't come here from Lauren's blog, be sure to stop there, as well as Catherine, Lisa, DebbieKristinTammy and Tangii, they've all got something FABULOUS to share with you today!!

Here's a picture of my munchkin and I picking apples a few days before her 3rd birthday:

Thanks for stopping by -- hope it's a GREAT one!!

Stamps: Fancy A Cuppa, Fancy A Cuppa Add ons  (My Time Made Easy)
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa
Paper: CS from Couture CS, Patterned paper - Coffee Beans Collection (My Time Made Easy)
Accessories: Pear Poly stitched ribbon (SU!), Fancy A Cuppa, To Go templates

September 19, 2010

A Little Casing for Today...

Fall is in the air here.  We have been having BEAUTIFUL weather.  I just love it.  Autumn is my most FAVORITE season.  As such - most of my cards that I have been making lately are in Autumn colors.  I saw this fabulous birthday card by Maille Belles on the cover of Papercrafts this month, and needed to recreate it
Here's my take:
Ever so slightly different, my dimensions are different than the original - hers were 5.5"x3.5" mine is a traditional A2 sized card.  Also, I have modified the color palette, and used a different image from Turning a New Leaf for the focal panel.  I LOVE the way this turned out, and I think I will be using this again in the future, perhaps next time my translation will not be so literal, I didn't realize until I just went back to look at the cover that I used a very similar birthday sentiment *blush*.

Thanks to Maille Belles for the FABULOUS inspiration!!

Hope you all have a GREAT Sunday!!!

Stamps: Turning a New Leaf, Birthday Bash Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Versamark, Brilliance Chocolate
Paper: Scarlet Jewel, Orange Zest, Harvest Gold, Ripe Avocado, Dark Chocolate, Kraft (all PTI)
Accessories: Dark Chocolate Buttons, Clear embossing powder

September 9, 2010

My Time Made Easy Group Post!

Today is group post day for the team at My Time Made Easy.  While I do love the Shop Around Template, we switched gears today, and are all sharing cards made with the new stamps, papers, etc.  I decided to use the Homemade Card and Envelope file to make my card, and believe it or not, I HAND CUT this, lol.  My new crafty space doesn't allow for me to leave the Cricut set up *insert sad face here* so, sometimes I just have to be a big girl, and cut some things by hand.  This file is SUPER easy to do just that.

Assembly took the least amount of time...what took the most time?  Measuring my mat layers, lol.  Some days I'm right on, and it's super easy, and others...well....not so much.  I apologize for my pictures -- I DROPPED one of the lights for my light tent...and it didn't fare well :( .  Off to search for some new lights I guess -- it's ok, I felt like I needed brighter ones anyway -- but I didn't want to be forced to look, lol.

Here's the insert -- I decided to make a quick invite to invite a couple of the neighborhood moms over for coffee and dessert...thought it might be a cute idea to give to them...
I cut a small slit just below the roofline on the insert, and tied the ribbon through that - so it holds the card in the envelope --

I'm keeping it short and sweet, as you've got OODLES of goodies to look at on the rest of the team's blogs off you go!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: On Display (My Time Made Easy)
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzaz, Dandelion Delight
Paper: Hawaiian Shores, Harvest Gold, Simply Chartreuse, one sheet wonder, Sweet and Sour Nomad's digital paper (My Time Made Easy)
Accessories: Homemade Card & Envelope template, hawaiian shores bitty dot ribbon

September 7, 2010

First Day of School - Made Easy!

Here in NY, it's back to school time.  In fact, today is my daughter's first day back.  I started last year, getting her a little 'something' to start off the school year.  A treat just for to most it may not be a big deal, but she loves all sorts of yummy smelling goodies, so I got her a thing or two to take to school, and some for use at home...see how I packaged them up to mark this special day.

The Shop Around Pretty Packaging Template from My Time Made Easy made this a perfect gift to give to my daughter tomorrow...don't you think??  I love how this ' house' or 'shop' can really be so many different things!  
I decided, as you can see, to make this into a little school house.  Now -- I had a last minute idea...SO last minute, in fact, that it's not in the peek photo that I sent Lauren -- can anyone guess???  THE FENCE!!!  I felt like the bottom was too dark and heavy, so I stamped the fence repeatedly, and cut it out.  I put the white side out though...  You'll notice in the peak up top, is the apple from the Well Preserved stamp set.  The digital paper is also from My Time Made Easy.  It is in the School Ruled Collection.  I used the paper with the printed writing, and started by removing the color in PSE.  Then I inverted the image, making the background black, and the writing gray.  I "replaced" the color - selecting the letters, and then made them a bit lighter so hey stood out more against the background....and TA-DAH!  a completely different look!  See how easy that was?? ;).  And I once again made use of those handy Construction Materials papers for the walls and the roof of my school house.

I really can't get over the possibilities... and this template can hold a GOOD amount of stuff too!!  As you can see here -- there's a FULL sized body gel (for home), a travel hand sanitizer with holder (for her backpack) and a lip balm (also for her bag)...the only thing that doesn't fit in the box is the book -- she loves Junie B. Jones, and what first grader, who is entering her first FULL day year, wouldn't love to have an essenshul (lol) guide to school??

Here's a card to go along with her package:

I repeated the paper and apples from the template, and added this GREAT sentiment from the On Display set.  

I think it's a pretty good way to start off the year, don't you?? ;)

Here's a quick pic of my little first grader from a little walk we took this weekend:

Thanks SO much for stopping by!!!

September 1, 2010

The September My Time Made Easy Release is Here!!!

Today is the September My Time Made Easy ™ LLC Release, and to celebrate we have a BLOG HOP with some hidden treasure!

Each design team member is featuring a different themed house/Shoppe! You won't want to miss anyone!!
·  Lesa Rapp
·  Lisa Kind
·  Tracey Cuccia - that's me! ;)
 Be sure you leave a comment on each design team member's blog today because TWO of the design team members are going to be picked to have someone from their blog comments WIN a $50 Gift Certificate to My Time Made Easy ™ LLC!
 NO ONE knows which two designers are hiding the treasure, so don't forget to stop by each design team members blog and leave a little love there. Include your email address-so you can be contacted if YOU are one of the lucky winners!
 Winners will be drawn September 3rd, and announced on Lauren Meader's Blog .
 My Shop that I am sharing with you today is for one of my FAVORITE things, and since I had some technical difficulties, and am posting late, it will be my BEST FRIEND at work tomorrow...can anyone guess???  You got it.  COFFEE.  My friend Paulette started the ball rolling a few years ago talking about her Keurig machine, and let me tell you, Keurig should have been paying this gal a commission, as I can't even begin to tell you how many machines were bought because of her, lol.
Anyway -- onto my project.  This will be sent to a dear friend of mine -- who also has a Keurig, and I'll be packing it with chocolate and some K-cups...I know I'd be thrilled to get it...I hope she will too.  Here's the front view:
NOW - I'll tell you, I used the Home Improvement, Shoppe Window, and On Display digital images for this project as well.  The stamp of the door was a little small for my project, so I went into PSE and made it a bit larger, to make it fit more with my store front.  Now, do you see on the side there?  That window and the awning??  Well, the awning was also a digital image, I made that a wee bit larger, so when I used my stylus on the back and 'poofed' it out (yes, that's really a term, go ahead, look it up ;) ) it would still overhang the window frame a's a closer look:
Now, do you see those SUPER cute little treats in the window???  Yep, you guessed it.  MORE digi images.  The 'counter' the coffes and cupcakes are on is from the Home Improvement set, and the coffees and cupcakes are from On Display...I shrunk them to teensy-weensy size for a peek inside the coffee shop.  Up even closer:
To give dimension -- the 'counter' was mounted with dimensionals, and the window panel was adhered with 2 layers of dimensionals, to really make them POP.
I also have a card to share with you today -- and yes, it matches this cute little box...

I kept it a little more simple, left off the awning, I think it would have taken up too much room on the card front, don't you? (say yes...thank you ;) ).  Isn't that a SUPER CUTE sentiment???  It's from the On Display set --  Thanks for dropping by today -- be sure to make the rest of the stops, you never know WHO has the hidden treasure!!
Don't miss viewing all our NEW! Release items 
Stop by and view our NEW Gallery too!!

Stamps: Home Improvement (Digi and clear), Sign It, On Display (digi and clear)
Ink: Memento rich cocoa, new leaf, dark chocolate, stazon White
Paper: Naturals White, whisper white (SU!), Dark Chocolate (PTI), MTME digital patterned paper (Construction Materials and Seawater collection) acrylic sheets
Accessories:Shop Around Template,  new leaf ribbon, mini paper roses, dimensionals