Friday, November 30, 2012

Card Wrapper Gift Set

Here we are at Day 2 of the December Release sneak peeks for My Time Made Easy. This month is all about celebrating and giving! Perfect timing, right?

I am working with the new Card Wrapper template, a super simple, but fabulous way to present the gift of cards to anyone! The flap cut is on trend and very elegant.

I used 4 papers from the Serenity paper pack, the card holder and top are double sided to make it super special and emulate the style you might find in a boutique.

I chose to work with images from the Bold Botanicals digital stamp set; I knew I would be using the Print & Cut feature in Silhouette Studio to make the card fronts.

I decided not to color the images since the wrapper has so much pattern and color; but did add some gems to the centers of each flower. The sentiment, also from Bold Botanicals, was centered on the oval shape from Trendy Tags 2. Again, I used Print & Cut to make sure they were all identical.

If there is one thing I love about digital stamps, it's being able to use them with my Silhouette Cameo. You get perfect placement to ensure that everything is uniform.

I decorated the front of the Card Wrapper template with images from Table for Two as well as Merriest Mongrams. I chose colors from the Serenity paper pack so that the embellishment is a perfect match to the paper. Yep, Print & Cut is my friend.

Be sure to visit the gals listed below to see more inspiration using this template as well as the 2 others we're releasing this month!

Wine & Dine

Chair-ish You

Card Wrapper

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Snow Good

MFT's Guest Designer search is in full swing and I thought I'd throw my hat in the ring. I have been working with coloring fabric folds with my copics and am pretty pleased with how this turned out.

I used this super cute image, PI Heart Warmer, which is perfect for the upcoming season. I sure hope our winter is mild; I'm not a big fan of winter or snow. Once he was colored I added some puffy paint to his coat and hat; then added some glitter to the snowball he's holding.

Each of the snowflakes, from the Let it Snowflake Die-Namics were glitter-fied and accented with flatback gems. I masked one of the sentiments to place on the Mini Pennant Die-Namics. Finally, the main sentiment was stamped with white ink and clear embossed.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

You're Brrrrr-Fect

This is another Whimsie Doodles image I got the other day; I'm typically not big on digi stamps, but these are crazy cute.

I used Jen's SFYTT from March 2012 for the layout. Once my image was colored I added some puffy paint to her coat, boots, buttons, and hat. The sentiment from Paper Smooches Chilly Chums was heat embossed right on the banner die cut. I punched a cute snowflake and added a lovely purple gem to the center.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Text Me

I grabbed a few images from Whimsie Doodles the other day and wanted to use this pretty girl right away. I'm totally digging her hair and that fun skirt.

The papers are Simple Stories and I thought they'd be trendy with this tween image. I'm experimenting with hair and pleats with copics, hoping I succeeding in making them look realistic.

As always, I added Glossy Accents to the phone, and some gems in the corners finishes the card off.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Warm Wishes

It was time to step up to the plate and use the 2nd November Viva la Verve sketch even though it looked pretty scary. I decided to just have the one slanted panel instead of trying to get 3 to line up. What can I say, I'm a chicken!!

I used some pretty Echo Park papers with some fun embellishments like bells, ribbon, and hemp cord. The sentiment from Merry Wishes was heat embossed on the die cut Christmas tree. I just added a button as the element on the image panel, right on top of the award ribbon.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy your day, no matter how you're spending it! We are going pretty low key today, just the 3 of us. Duke and I are sick, so we won't be visiting family this weekend.

Here we are at Thursday, so we have another fun sketch from My Time Made Easy, MTMEPPS76. I decided to make a shaped card using the Frost Bitten cut file. It comes with 2 mittens, but is pretty easy to manipulate to make a cute card. The papers are from Hearty Stripes, love the patterns found in this pack. I added a cute bow using the Bow-Tied cut file and centered it with a little bitty button. The sentiment from Warm Hearts was colored in PSE9 to match the paper and then I just adhered it to the fingers area of the mitten.

Be sure to visit the rest of the rockin' Design Team to see even more inspiration using this sketch AND to see how you can win this month's prize package just for playing along.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Good Cheer

Here we are with another Christmas card using Doodlebug papers, love them! I wanted to play along with last week's Paper Smooches Sparks challenge, they had a Designer Draft challenge and I love sketches.

The trees from Paper Smooches Warm Hearts were paper pieced and colored, then sprinkled with glitter on the tree tops. I heat embossed the sentiment from Paper Smooches Christmas Sampler.

I adhered the snowflake to the corner and added a sweet little silver pearl to the center.

I am slowly building my stash of Christmas cards to either sell or send out.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Winter Wishes Again

The clean&simple blog had a sketch, FTL217, that was perfect for a quick card; I can use a few of those this time of year. And, I need a few more Christmas card, so I grabbed a favorite Verve set, Winter Mittens, and got to stamping.

The papers are from Doodlebug and might very well be my favorite Christmas papers ever, love 'em. The sentiment was embossed with clear embossing powder and the snowflake covered in glitter.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Love From the Oven

This week's Inspired By challenge #50 looks like a super fun one. I love red and turquoise together so I knew I had to play along.

I used the sketch from The Sweet Stop, SSS185, and because the "spin" on the sketch is Tasty Treats, I die cut a pie using colors in the inspiration photo Laurel provided. I added some steam with Paper Smooches Cyber Cafe and a sentiment from Falling for You. The steam and the sentiment have both been heat embossed; the crust of the pie coated with Glossy Accents.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

It's Your Birthday!

My friend, Nan, had a birthday yesterday and this is the card that I made for her. She likes turquoise and purple, so those are the colors I grabbed. Gotta love making it yourself, where else would I find a suitable card in her favorite colors?

I embossed the large flower cluster from PTI's Stitches and Swirls, a set I don't use nearly enough. Once embossed, I added some gems to the small flower centers.

The sentiment from Verve's Big Wish was also embossed using VersaMark and some dye inks with clear embossing powder. I love that I can use my dye inks in this way instead of purchasing a ton of embossing powder.

As you can see, I went pretty clean and simple, it's especially easy with such large and detailed images. The floral cluster really steals the show.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Well Read

This week's sketch from MFT, MFTWSC97, really lends itself to sentiments! I grabbed one of my fave MFT sets, Well Read and got crafty! The sentiment panel was stamped and embossed with clear embossing powder. I love the added texture that the brads and embossing add.

I thought this could work well for a masculine card and since Cody needs to "kick into high gear"with his AR reading goal, I thought this might help him along!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Thanks so Much!

I wanted to participate in the challenge at Your Next Stamp since I needed a Thank You card for a sweet friend of mine. This challenge also lent itself to the newest Freshly Made Sketch, FMS60.

Sadly, I don't own any of their stamps so I went with something I did have, Verve. I used a sentiment that comes in your order as well as Kind Words which has these cool flower silhouettes.

The papers are a mixture of MME and Echo Park, I thought they paired very nicely together! Each of the circular panels is up on boosters for some height. I colored the clear gems with a copic marker to match the scarlet color.

This is my first time using PTI inks and I have to say they are really great. The coverage is sooo much better than the old pads and the color is much more close to the cardstock color than before.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Snow Globe Friend

I wanted to use Jen's SFYTT for this month to make another Christmas card since I have very few this year. I don't send all that many out anymore, so I just need a handful!

I used my Paper Smooches stamps for this one, I love the snowmen in Freezy Fellas. I thought that circular shape looked much like a snowglobe. I colored the hat and then cut it out and placed it on the card with a booster.

The snowflake images as well as the rest of the elements of the card were cut with my Cameo; the snowflakes accented with a large silver pearl. The image panel was sprayed with Mr. Huey spray in Shine.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

A Cup of Thanks

I'm getting this project in just under the wire; it's been in the works for a few days in my head though. Doubtful that counts! LOL The Paper Smooches Sparks challenge was to be inspired by subway art; you can see the challenge details here.

I wanted to make a hot cocoa sleeve to hold a Starbucks Hot Cocoa mix to send to a friend. I have several of these going out over the next few weeks!

The envelope was made with kraft cardstock and some stampy goodness from Paper Smooches; I used the new Cyber Cafe set for the sentiments as well as that sweet cup. The cup was coated with glossy accents for some shine!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Peace on Earth

The 1st Viva la Verve sketch for November is a goodie, look at all those layers! I grabbed my pad of  Doodlebug North Pole papers and Glad Tidings. The snowflakes in this set just make me happy!

The sentiment is from the same set and was stamped with red pigment ink, then clear embossed. The gray snowflake was embellished with a big red gem; the entire panel is up on boosters.

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend. I'm hoping to get to the office supply store for some binders and sheet protectors to re-organize my stamps and dies with. Plus, Hobby Lobby has Cricut supplies on sale and I always try to stock up on mats while I can.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Ho! Ho! Ho! Holidays

Here we are on Thursday! We have another great sketch for you from My Time Made Easy, MTMEPPS75. This one stumped me at first, but I wanted to use this label from Homemade Holiday Labels cut file.

The bottom rounded portion is the Well Rounded Tag cut file; I just re-sized it for my needs and cut off what I didn't need. I then added an internal offset with the rhinestone feature of Silhouette Studio for the holes to place my gems. I sprayed the entire front of the card with Mr. Huey spray in Shine. The ribbon was wrapped around the card and tied in a big red bow!

The sentiment from Homemade Holiday was colored in PSE9 to match the paper from Tis the Season; then, I used the print and cut feature to place it and cut it perfectly. The sentiment panel was also sprayed with Mr. Huey spray in Shine.

The snowflake from It's Snowing was coated in prisma glitter and place in the lower corner; it's centered with a red gem.

Be sure to head over to the MTME blog to visit all the gals from the Design Team to see more inspiration using this sketch. You'll also want to read about how you can win this month's prize pack just by playing along.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


I immediately loved Deconstructed Sketch 76; the round shape, the sentiment flag, the scalloped at first sight. I also wanted to play along with The Cameo Spotlight challenge 7 this week as well; even though the colors of this week's challenge lend themselves to autumn, I instantly thought snowman.

I grabbed a pack of Christmas papers (Doodlebug) and some cute images from Freezy Fellas by Paper Smooches and got busy.

I, of course, used my Cameo to cut everything out; man, I love that machine! The snow mounds were coated with Prisma glitter and then I added some glue to the snowman so I could glitter-fy him too! The sentiment from Freezy Fellas was "edited", I just wanted the word chill stamped onto the sentiment flag. I tied a cute lil bow onto a lil green button with some hemp cord to secure the sentiment.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Joy in a Cup

I have been wanting to make this card shape ever since I purchased it from the Silhouette Store, you can find it here. It's actually sized to hold a gift card, but I made mine much smaller; it's more of a note card size.

I used stamps from Warm Hearts to decorate the cozy and then ran it through a crimper. The organza ribbon was wrapped around the cozy and then I attached it with some boosters.Once adhered, I added some glossy accents to the holly berries and to the heart in the sentiment.

Monday, November 5, 2012


I got some new stamps last week and was finally able to break 'em open on Saturday. I am loving Paper Smooches (got me a wish list a mile long!) these days and I couldn't wait to use Warm Hearts and Christmas Sampler.

The label shape and mat were cut with my Cameo; the star was stamped onto Cryogen White (it's sparkly) with burgundy ink and the sentiment in a cocoa color. It's really earthy and wonderful while still looking seasonal. I decided to go with a gingham ribbon; it's tied around the entire panel with a loopy bow at the end.

The sketch is from Create with Connie and Mary, CCMC225.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

November: A Year in Review

Today we have a group post using products from My Time Made Easy; we're sampling older templates and products to inspire you!

I used the For Keeps template for my project along with some coordinating cut files and stamps that are perfect for packaging up this gorgeous Pandora charm.

I decided to go with black and white, inspired by the Pandora box; the white paper I chose has some sparkle already in it and I couldn't help but use the sentiment from Be perfect! I colored part of the sentiment in PSE 9 and then placed in on the tag also found in the Be Dazzled stamp set. I used the print and cut feature of Silhouette Studio to cut the tag using the Be Dazzled cut file.

The charm is held in place with some black hemp cord, it is held tight, but can still move around like it would on the Pandora bracelet.

Here is a close up of the pretty flower using the Flutters and Flowers cut file; the pink is very vibrant and the pearl emulates the enamel on the charm.

The whole team has lots to show you, be sure to visit everyone!