Friday, August 31, 2012

My Time Made Easy September Preview - There's No Place Like Gnome

Hi friends!  Can you believe we are in previews of the My Time Made Easy September release?  The summer sure did fly by!  I've been in my classroom all week getting it ready for the kiddos next Wednesday.
So with October and Halloween right on the heels of September, I've gone with that route today.  This new template is called Mush-Room House.  Yes, it's supposed to be a mushroom and a very cute one too, but as always with the MTME templates, they are very versatile and can be used quite differently.  We also have some gnome images being released this month to go along with this template, hence the title of my post!

To me, this template looked like a Tiffany lamp.  I found this old SU Halloween paper that looked like stained glass. 
To make it look more Halloween-ish, I added these bats from Silhouette America and added orange crystals for the eyes.  I added a glass gem to the top.  I think this is so cute!

Here's how you can package some goodies in this template.  I took off the top and added peanut M&Ms in the base.  I didn't take a picture of it, but you can also add some goodies in the top.  There are flaps that open and close, but I chose to tape them closed.
The card uses more new products for this month.  The text paper is from the Hauntingly Homemade digital paper pack.  The banners, label, and sentiment are from the Hauntingly Homemade digital stamp set.  I love that sentiment.  So popular now too!  The spider in the middle of the flower is a button I picked up last year at JoAnn's. 
I used this week's Mojo Monday sketch.
Stop by these blogs to see what previews the MTME design team has for you today.
You be able to see, purchase, and begin creating tomorrow, September 1!  You will find all the new products here.
Thanks for stopping by!  I'll be back with the new release tomorrow, so stop by again! 


Saturday, August 25, 2012

Just Us Girls #151 - Inspiration Challenge

Hi there!  I'm finally getting my card done for this week's Just Us Girls Inspiration Challenge.   Vicki has once again chosen a great picture to inspire us.
Here's a better look at his fabulous shabby chic picture.  Love it!  See that pink polka dotted teapot in the lower right corner?  THAT was my inspiration! 

And this is where the inspiration took me.   I started with this teapot from the On Display 1 digital stamp set from My Time Made Easy.   I enlarged it (and edited out the flowers that were on it) and printed it on the polka dot paper from My Mind's Eye called Madison Avenue.  (All the papers used were from this pack.)  I fussy cut it out.  The doily was cut using the Parisian lace die from PTI.  I just used typing paper to cut it out and then distressed it with Antique Linen distress ink.  The flowers were cut using Beautiful Blooms dies and the leaves from Turning a New Leaf die, all from PTI.   The sentiment is from Women of Life from PTI too.  I added a light pink pearl on the top of the teapot.  My aunt's birthday was yesterday and of course I didn't get a card in the mail, so I'll have to give this to her soon!
I used this sketch from Deconstructed Sketch

The JUGs design team did a fabulous job with this photo.  Here are the blogs you should visit.
This is Jen Wills' last week as our guest designer.  Please give her some love when you visit her blog!
Thanks for stopping by today!


Friday, August 24, 2012

Maria Levine's Got {ippity} Design Team Blog Hop

Hello {ippity} fans!  Today is our monthly blog hop with the Maria Levine's Got {ippity} design team.  If you came here from the blog of our August Guest, Michelle Kister, you are in the right place!  If not, start hopping at Maria's blog.  If you hop with us and comment on all the blogs, you could win an {ippity} prize from Maria.  One random commenter will be chosen.
 We have an inspiration theme this month for you.  Vicki chose this picture of feathers in some gorgeous colors!  I love fall and these colors always make me swoon!  So that's what I used as inspiration for my card.
 I used the Books a' Flutter stamp set from {ippity} for my card today.  I thought the books would look fabulous in these colors.  I got lucky and found this paper pack from Bo Bonny's Market Street collection.  It actually had a design with books on it AND it was in the colors I needed.  The books are colored with copics and the pages were colored with a gold Sakura glitter pen.  Remember how some old books had a gold finish to the edges of the pages?  That's what I was going for.  The butterfly was stamped a second time and mounted on top for some dimension.  I added some Star Dust Stickles to the wings.  The ribbon was a gift from my friend Cheryl.  She bought it for me on our last trip to our LSS last week.  It matches perfectly!  I'm lovin' how this card came together!

I used the current I Spy Sketch and I also took some inspiration from Kim Teasdale's card.  I loved how she did her sentiment and I did the same on mine with the flag die.

Your last stop on the hop is Julie.  You'll love what she has to show you!  I'm listing the hop list below in case you get lost. 
Lisa <------  you are here!
Also, if you feel inspired to purchase anything from {ippity}, please go to the Unity Stamp website and choose Maria Levine as your {ippity} chick.  We'd surely appreciate it!
Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to comment so you can be in the running for the {ippity} prize. 


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pretty Palette #69

Hello my friends!  We have new a new Pretty Palette color challenge this week that I just love!
 I had fun making this card, however that top border gave me some problems, and I'm still not happy with it!  More on that later.  I wanted to make a sort of grown up back to school card for my niece.  We are taking her to her new dorm room today.  She is going to be a freshman in the pre-med program and will live on campus at the University of Buffalo.  It's only about 30 minutes from her home, but far away for her to feel she is on her own.  We are so proud of her!
I started with the kraft Steno Note cut file.  So easy to cut with the Cameo!  Then I layered the sentiment, from Sensational Sentiments, onto this notebook paper from School Ruled digital paper pack.  Then I printed out the alpha paper from the Alphabet Soup Collection 1 digital paper pack.  Now for that border.  I used the Border Builders Elegance Scallop cut file to cut that piece out of kraft cardstock.  Then I paper pierced it and used a white gel pen to do some faux stitching.  I tried to do some actual stitching, but I had so many problems!  I needed to go to JoAnn's to buy some thinner thread, I loaded up the bobbin twice (the first time the string was all wobbily and unevenly loaded on there), the bobbin jammed while sewing so I had to cut another piece of kraft border, then when I got it working my stitching was way too crooked!  Hence, the faux stitching!  LOL!!  I gather I have to practice more with my straight stitching!  I added some stars, kraft ribbon, and a button and twine. 
The Design Team really did a fabulous job with these colors.  See for your self at these blogs.
We will announce our new Design Team members in our next Pretty Palette challenge.  Thanks for stopping by! 


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

You've Got Style

Hi everyone!  I finally got inky today for no other reason than to get inky!  I just purchased some Verve stamps (I haven't purchased anything from them in a long time and they have a great anniversary sale going on!), so I wanted to use them.   I loved this set called Express Yourself.  I also puchased this die called Sweet Scallop die.  I loved the shape.  I stamped the shoe and sentiment on the tag with Versafine black ink and added some Wild Honey distress ink around the die to tame the white.  The dp is from My Mind's Eye called Mabel. 

The colors were inspired by this fabulous photo from the Runway Inspired challenge.  I used more of the black and orange than the white.  there is a bit of the blue in the paper I chose too that you see in her top.  The shoe also reminded me of the fashion theme of the photo.

The sketch is from this week's Sketchbook Saturday challenge.  I really loved this one!

That's it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Just Us Girls #150 - Color Challenge

Happy Saturday!  Just Us Girls has a new color challenge this week brought to us by our cowgirl Elise!  I happen to LOVE these colors, don't you?

This is what I came up with and it took me all of 20 minutes to create!  This great sketch came from the Clean and Simple sketch blog.  I thought it was a pretty cool sketch!  The paper is Blink of an Eye from My Mind's Eye.  It had all the colors in it that Elise chose!  I just used three different circle punches, three differnt patterns, played around with the layout, secured them in place, and then trimmed off the excess.  The sentiment is from PTI's Half and Half set and was stamped in Pumpkin Pie ink.  This cream panel is layered onto a Pumpkin Pie panel and then onto a kraft base.

Here's the cool sketch from Clean and Simple.

And now you have to see what the JUGs design team and our guest did with these colors.

I hope you join us over at Just Us Girls!  Thanks for stopping by today!


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Just Us Girls #149 - Technique Challenge and Pretty Palette #68

Hi everyone!  I'm hosting this week's Just Us Girls Technique Challenge.  I chose to challenge everyone to use up your ribbon scraps.  I have a jar full of colorful ribbon scraps and I do use them, but I have so many I really need to use them up more!

This card is also for the Pretty Palette challenge.  I love the richness of these colors!

 This is what I came up with for this challenge.  I chose to use the Seas the Day cut file from My Time Made Easy.  I cut it out of cream cardstock then adhered the chocolate, saffron, and red grosgrain ribbons to the back, covering up the openings.  I love the way this looks!  I added a piece of chocolate chip cardstock for the pole and a put another ribbon scrap on top for the flag.  The button adds some interest.  I sponged some clouds and I wished I would have added a horizon.  Looking at it now, I realized that what was missing!  Lastly, I drew in some birds with a fine point marker.  The red pattern paper is a retired SU one called Cerise.  The sentiment is from MTME called Sign It

To see more designs from the JUGs design team, check out these blogs.

JUGs blog
Elise Durenberger
Lynn Mangan
Maria Levine
Marisa Ritzen
Vicki Dutcher
Jen Wills, August Guest Designer

To see more designs from the Pretty Palette design team, take a peek at these blogs.

MTME blog
Jackie Randolph
Mary Vogel
Romaine Rancier

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a great weekend!


Thursday, August 9, 2012

I Won a Blue Ribbon!

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share some news with you. I entered some photos and some of my cards in our local county fair, the Erie County Fair. I've been wanting to do that for some time and decided to bite the bullet! I entered some pictures of my dog that I thought for certain were going to win.  The category I entered was a three picture progression category.  These are the three I entered.

I just thought these were just so cool!  My dog just loves to dive into that pond.  But, alas, these did not win!  I also entered two cards that did not win.  I was feeling so dejected!  I entered this tag on a whim and this is the one that won a blue ribbon!  I made this for a JUGs Wild Card challenge which you can see blogged here.  It was hanging on a Christmas tree in the corner with all the other tags that were entered!  I thought this was hilarious because I walked right by it and so will everyone else!  LOL!!!
 Here's a picture of my tag with the ribbon hanging on the tree!
So I won this pretty ribbon and $5!  LOL!!!  And see my name on the exhibitor's tag?  It also displays my age!  You can't see it on this one, but on my other two card entries you can see it loud and clear!  Ugghhh!!!!! Thanks for indulging me in my first-ever blue ribbon win!

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Just Us Girls Sketch Challenge #148 and My Time Made Easy Year in Review

Happy Saturday everyone!  I have two challenges for you today.  First up is Just Us GirlsElise has what I think is a very pretty sketch for us this week.  I've combined it with My Time Made Easy's Year in Review (sort of!).  You'll see what I mean in the next picture.

My card mostly uses new products from the August My Time Made Easy release.  I just couldn't get enough of this paper from the new Grammy's Pretty Patterns digital paper pack!  I just love the pink and green patterns!  The senitment is from Grammy's Sewing Kit digital stamp set.  I cut it out using a Spellbinder's label die.  The flowers are from the Blossoming into Spring cut file.  This is where I used a product that was previously released!  I cut them using the three different patterns and then added a pink glitter dot in the center.

There were so many pretty new products released this month and I just wanted to keep playing with them, so I made this little box from a new cut file called All Buttoned Up.  The top part are half circles that slide into each other to make this cute button on top.  I simply tied some baker's twine through the holes just like you would for a real button.  An easy peasy box to put together!

Here they are together.  What a pretty gift set, don't you think?

I have a bevvy of blogs for you to visit.  First up is the My Time Made Easy Team.

The girls from Just Us Girls have some amazing creations for you to see too.  We are welcoming Jen Wills as our new Guest Designer for August too!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

My Time Made Easy - Post Release

Did you see the new products from My Time Made Easy?  Yesterday we released some fabulous new products!  Today I've used the new Slice template, but repurposed it.  When I made it yesterday, I thought it looked like a purse.
I printed this fun hexagon print from the new Picnic of Patterns digital paper pack.  It reminded me of some of the quilted purses you see in the stores. 

The bottom portion of the template was created using red cardstock.  I added large eyelets on each side so I could create a handle from ribbon.  For the latch, I used one of the tags from the Fine Finish cut file.  I used small magnets to keep the latch closed and added a big crystal to spiff it up.

The card was created using the same hexagon pattern paper and red cardstock.  The senitment is from the previously released Money Well Spent digital stamp set.  I colored them with matching copic markers.  I added some crystals to make the one on the latch of the purse.

This is the sketch I used from Card Positioning Systems.

Some of the design team is posting their post release projects.  Stop by these blogs to see for yourself.
Thanks for stopping in today!

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

My Time Made Easy Release Day - Sew Fruity!

Today is release day at My Time Made Easy!  You can see all the new products here.  The entire design team is posting today.  We have two new templates called Grammy's Sewing Kit, which I previewed here, and today I'm using Slice.  Is this adorable?  It's the perfect size to stuff with some wrapped candy.  This can be made into a watermelon slice (there are seed patterns included in the template) or other fruit slices (orange, lemon, lime, etc.).  I don't know what I made, but I just loved these patterns together!  They are from the new digital paper pack called Grammy's Pretty Patterns.   The template opens from the top and has tabs to keep it closed.  (I forgot to take a picture before I tied my pretty bow!)

I had some paper left over after cutting all the pieces for the template, so I made a simple coordinating card.  The tag is from the previously released A Spot of Tea.  I colored it in GIMP to match the green and pink papers.   The senitment and ants are from the new Tooty Fruity digital stamp set.  I thought the ants went along with a picnic theme!  I added a Prima flower and a pearl flourish on the top portion.

Here's the card and template together.  What a nice gift to give (or receive!).

Here are links to the design team, the MTME Gallery, and the MTME store.  Remember, you can purchase and create all in one day because everything is digital and ready to use now!
Thanks for stopping by my blog!  Hope to see you again soon!


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