Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Time Made Easy .... Berry Sweet!

Welcome to PEEK DAY for the My Time Made Easy April Release - YIPPIEE!  Spring has sprung in many parts of the US and berry pickin' season will be right around the corner!  I love to pick fresh strawberries and blueberries and make jellies and jams!!  One of my fondest childhood memories was going blueberry picking with my grandmother and brother ... I think we used to EAT more than we PICKED!

So, my project today is inspired by those fun childhood memories ... blueberry pickin' and giggling the afternoons away ...  introducing the Berry Sweet Basket!

I created my basket in pink (I know, shocking!!) to contrast against the deep blue in the blueberries!  I added a sweet bingo card, some glittered leaves, a sparkly flower, paper doilie spritzed with pink glimmer mist, a glittered flourish, a pretty chipboard butterfly, some lace trim, satin flowers, buttons, rhinestones, a trinket pin, baker's twine and a sparkly binder clip ... oh my!

The label is made using the {new} Occasional Labels cut file, {new} Occasional Labels stamp set and the {new} Sentimental Occasions stamp set -- love 'em!

This adorable basket is sweetly filled with the cutest little paper 'blueberries' that you've ever seen! I made them using the {new} Apple A Day cut file along with some {new} Love Defined paper for the leaves!

This sweet little basket of yummy handcrafted treasures will surely brighten someone's day ... my mouth is watering just looking at all those berries!!!

No gift set is complete without a coordinating card ... I carried the same colors of pink, white and navy blue for the card.  I used the {new} Occasional Labels cut file and {new} Occasional Labels stamp set along with the {new} Sentimental Occasions stamp set and Monograms Defined stamp set!  A yummy bit of Ga Ga For Gingham paper and post card from Cool Romance paper, and a snipett of the Border Builder Scallop Dot cut makes this sweet creation so yummy!

And a tiny snipett of Vintage Winter White Shabby Vintage Seam Binding from my Etsy Shop finishes off this pretty little card!

And here is my oh so pretty in pink gift set ... precious, don't you think???   It was SUPER FUN to create!

Please stop by the other MTME girlies blogs to see the 'yummy' inspiration they have created for you all today:

My Time Made Easy Design Team:
Debbie Marcinkiewicz (you are here!)
Monique Hansen
 April Guest Designer, Amy Sheffer

And don't forget to peek at the MTME Designer's Gallery for tons more inspiration and fun ideas!

I'll be back tomorrow with another little creation using Lauren's second {new} template for April along with a lot of fun {new} goodies that will be available in the shop on FRIDAY!  Stay tuned :)

Thanks for peeking in today!

Challenges for this project:

The Shabby Tea Room #55 - Flower Palette

My Time Made Easy Pretty Patterns #3!!!

Hello everyone ... so happy you are able to spend a few minutes with me today!  Thank you for all the kinds thoughts and prayers for my hubby -- he is at home recovering from his cardiac catherization and stent that happened last Friday!  We are thankful that he appears to be on the road to recovery ... baby steps!

I'm very excited to share my intrepretation of the Pretty Patterns Sketch #3 with you all this week ...

... I flipped the sketch on it's side!

Goodies from the My Time Made Easy Shop:  {NEW} Sentimental Occasions stamp set, {NEW} Occasional Labels stamp set, Cool Romance paper, {NEW} Occasional Label cut file.

And a bit of Lacey Blueberry Shabby Vintage Seam Binding from my Etsy Shop too!

Be sure to hop on over to the BLOG to check out what the my other teamies made for inspiration using this fun sketch and then give it a try yourself!!

Challenges for this card:

My Time Made Easy Pretty Palette #2 - brown, blue, green, white

Monday, March 28, 2011

The Shabby Tea Room #55!

On a personal note ... please keep my husband in all of your prayers this week.  Unexpectedly, he was hospitalized last Friday and had to have a cardiac catherization performed along with the insertion of a stent into one of the main arteries surrounding his heart.  He does have high cholesterol and high blood pressure, so we are thankful some warning signs prompted a doctor's visit where, after a stress test, it was determined that he would need this procedure performed to avoid a heart attack.  He came very close to having a triple by-pass performed, but by the Grace of God, we are blessed and thankful that it was 'only' one stent that had to be inserted for right now.

Needless to say, it was the most stressful week of our lives together (married 25 years this year!).  I hope we don't have another one like this ever again!  Those close to me that knew about all of this ... I can't thank you enough for your support and well wishes.  Before the hospitalization, I was able to comment in the Tea Room's BINGO challenge through the first 100 submissions.  Please know that I didn't have my lap top with me while at the hospital for two days with my hubby, so I was unable to comment on all the submissions.  I did look at each and every one of them while picking the winners ... fabulous work ladies!!

My time was short on the computer today ... having to care for him, so I'll be back here again tomorrow to announce the winner of the Seam Binding from my 'extra' challenge from last week's Tea Room BINGO challenge.

So, without further ado, welcome to The Shabby Tea Room's #55 challenge!  Today is Danielle's very first week to host and she has chosen a FABULOUS theme and inspiration photo for us all to create with :)  This week's challenge is called 'Flower Palette' and Danielle asks that we create a card or project inspired by the colors in the inspiration photo and using FLOWERS ...

... isn't this picture absolutely dreamy??  I adore pink, green and blue together -- those are the main colors in my design room -- so pretty and soothing!

I set to work combing through my patterned papers to find just the right ones to design this card with!  I settled on the pretty green floral background paper from K&Company and the adorable polka dotted blue paper from Melissa Frances!  I messily accordian folded the polka dot paper by hand (did not measure and score) to give it a shabby look.  Then I added some delicious confections of embellishments to the ruffled paper - machine zig-zag stitching, library clip, trinket pin, sparkler, paper flower, snipett of lace and a pretty punched bird with a teeny tiny pearl for her eye!

Our fabby sponsor in the Tea Room is JustRite Stamps who supplied the Design Team girlies with the prettiest new cling sets to create with!  I used the Kindness Set and the Friendship Blooms Set.  I am simply in {love} the all of JR's newest cling stamps -- super easy to use and many of them have a distinctively vintage feel that speaks to my heart and they coordinate with lots of pretty Spellbinders Dies too!

You'll not want to miss the inspiration from the Shabby Girls this week too -- breathtaking!

Charlene Cundy - Expresstions of Me!

Danielle Greenwood - Au Clair de La Lune

Kristin Wilson - Lilsweetpea's Place

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - {DT Challenge Coordinator} - The Pampered Paper Patch

I'm excited to see what you're inspired to make using this gorgeous photo and 'Flower Palette' theme this week!  See you in the Tea Room :)

Challenges for this card:

The Shabby Tea Room #55 - Flower Palette
City Crafter Challenge Blog #50 - {babies}, buttons & bows

Thursday, March 24, 2011

My Time Made Easy Pretty Patterns #2!

Hello everyone ... I'm so happy you popped in today for a sweet little visit with me!  Today is Thursday, so that means it's time for another edition of the My Time Made Easy Challenge Blog - Pretty Patterns sketch challenges!

Here's the #2 sketch ...

... yummy, right??!!??

And here's my little ol' card!  When I saw this vintage sweetie, I just knew I had to design something with her.  I completely fell in love with her Easter bonnet and dress in lavender, her basket of brightly colored Easter eggs, the sprig of fresh-picked daffodils and those baby chicks beside her -- {swoon}!  Isn't that organza bloom fabby ... it's new from Webster's!

So, let's check out the pretty papers and stamp from the MTME shop ...  papers are Tea Parlor Fortune Teller's Fallen Leaf, post card from Cool Romance paper, stamp set is a {sneak peek} of a brand new set soon to be released on April 1st called Sentimental Occasions!  The plum colored vintage post card is something Kristin created for the MTME girlies to play around with.

All the April Release peeks of new templates, stamps and papers will begin on March 30th ... be sure to hop back here to join in on all the fun ... lots of eye candy from the MTME girlies!

Please visit the MTME challenge blog to check out the FAB inspiration from the other Design Team girlies and then give this fun sketch challenge a try ... I cannot wait to see what you create!

Thanks for peeking in today!

Challenges for this card:

The Shabby Tea Room #54 - BINGO (glitter, flowers, buttons)
City Crafter Challenge Blog #50 - {babies}, buttons & bows
Stamptacular Sunday #103 - words as focal
CR84FN #20 - plum, lavender, green

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Honorable Mention at WPlus9 {color cue 11} ...

A big shabby thank you to Dawn and the girlies over at WPlus9 Design Studio for highlighting my project HERE as an honorable mention for the pink, aqua and neutral {Color Cue 11} Challenge!

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring love ...

What a glorious day ... the sun is shining, the temps are near 80 degrees, the trees and flowers are blooming, the birds are singing!  Puts me in the mood to create something soft, sweet and springy :)

The mailman brought me a happy box of new Webster's goodies today and I could hardly wait to dig in ... papers, berries, bloomers, stamps ... oh my!

I'm so happy spring has sprung in my neck of the woods!  I hope you're all enjoying a perfectly wonderful, stampy and springy day too :)

Thanks for peeking in today!

Challenges for this card:

Color combos Galore #184 - lemon chiffon, golden gossamer, blush tulle, pink organza and optional sheer fabric (I used pink tulle)
Card Patterns #107 - sketch
The Shabby Tea Room #54 - bingo (flowers, glitter, buttons)
The Kraft Journal - spring with kraft
Simon Says Stamp & Show - a word
City Crafter Challenge Blog #50 - {babies},buttons & bows
Stamptacular Sunday #103 - words as focal
The Creative Cottage #35 - spring
Truly Scrumptious #53 - tags
Die Cut Dreams #85 - special friend or mother (I love how this mother bird is watching over her little baby eggs!)

Monday, March 21, 2011

The Shabby Tea Room #54!

EDITED:  Winner of the 5 yards of Seam Binding prize for using all 9 embellishment options is:

Maureen!  Congrats, Maureen ... please contact me via e-mail to claim your prize!

I'm so excited to share my Shabby Tea Room creation with you all today ... it's the first day of a brand new Design Term and we have THREE new Shabby Girls to help inspire us!  Hop on over to the Tea Room to meet the new designers and check out their wonderful work!!

This week I am your host and have a challenge with a fun little twist for you all to shake things up a bit ...

... using this inspiration board as a starting point for your design, please choose any THREE IN A ROW embellishments to create a card or project with this week!  For example, you may decide to use brads, buttons and die cuts on your card ... OR you may decide to use buttons, flowers and glitter on your project!  Basically, a wild card week!  Use ANY THREE IN A ROW, and please be sure to include which items you chose in your blog post!

BONUS ... anyone using all 9 embellishment choices will go into a random drawing for 5 yards of Shabby Vintage Seam Binding from my Etsy Shop!  Just be sure to leave me a comment on THIS post here letting me know your submission number and that you used all nine embellishments in order to be considered for the BONUS prize :)

I played along with a similar challenge a couple months back at the Simon Says Stamp blog and it was so much fun that I thought our Tea Room followers might enjoy it too!

I chose to use the row of buttons, flowers and glitter  ... although I also used lace, gems, die cuts and ribbon TOO!  I couldn't resist!  The banner is stamped using PTI's Banner Builder set - yum :)

I also played along with the BRAND NEW Perfect Palette #1 color inspiration board over at My Time Made Easy .. using light pink, ivory, red and light green in  my design!  Be sure to check out Lauren's new weekly sketch and color challenges ... so much fun and FABBY prizes too!

Our sponsor in the Tea Room this week is Pixie Dust Paperie and Kirsty has graciously provided a $20 gift certificate for our lucky Tea Room Winner this week.  Come on ladies, break out those embellies and get creatin'!!!

Be sure to check out all the Shabby Girls' individual blogs for lots more inspiration ...

Charlene Cundy - Expresstions of Me!

Danielle Greenwood - Au Clair de La Lune

Kristin Wilson - Lilsweetpea's Place

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Thanks for peeking :)  I cannot wait to see what you create this week!!


Challenges for this card: 

The Shabby Tea Room #54 - 3-in-a-row embellishments
My Time Made Easy Perfect Palette #1 - red, light pink, ivory, light green
Die Cut Dreams #85 - special friend or mother
Stamptacular Sunday #103 - words as focal


Good morning peeps ... I know you are all anxious to see who the winner is of the BLOG CANDY CONTEST I offered last week in conjunction with The Shabby Tea Room's 1st Birthday Bash Celebration!

In order to be eligible for the prize, you needed to be a follower of my Simple Treasures blog, be a follower of The Shabby Tea Room blog, participate in the Week #53 'Party Time' challenge in the Tea Room, and then come back to my Simple Treasures blog and leave me a comment on the post that offered the blog candy letting me know you are following both blogs and leave me the submission number of your Tea Room project from last week.

There were 32 comments on that blog post, but only 12 of the comments mentioned the blog candy contest and followed all three steps in order to be eligible (The Tea Room designers were eligible for this contest since it was not sponsored by one of our prize partners).

Here are the eligible commentors:

1 - Diane
2 - Charlene  (TSTR DT)
3 - Pattie  (TSTR DT)
4 - Danielle (TSTR DT)
5 - Cebelica
6 - Nicole (TSTR DT)
7 - Toulouse31
8 - Sylvia/Little Treasures
9 - Sharyn
10 - Tamara DeCoito
11 - 2 am Scrapper
12 - Keilly

DRUM ROLL, please ... and the winner is:

CONGRATULATIONS #1 Diane!  Please contact me via e-mail to claim your prize :)  You'll have one week from today to claim!

The Pink Elephant #96!

Good morning peeps and welcome to The Pink Elephant's #96 challenge!  We have a sketch for you all to play with this week and it's a FUN one!!

Our sponsor at TPE this week is Whimsie Doodles who provided Ella's girlies with the {cutest} images to design with.  I chose to create with Easter Leah -- isn't she precious with her little basket of eggs and bunnies!

Sadly, my Design Team term has come to an end.  My how times flies when you're having FUN!  I've been an Ella's Girlie since TPE #82 back in August and have SO enjoyed designing with such a fun group of gals!  Thank you to Lori for invititing me to be a small part of this amazing team!  I hope I've inspired a couple of you along the way to create something fun with your paper and glue!

Please be sure to visit TPE challenge blog to see what Ella's other girlies have designed for your inspiration this week and then give this fun sketch challenge a try!  I cannot wait to see what you create!!

Thanks for peeking and have a wonderful, stampy day :)

Challenges for this card:

JUGS #76 - baja, saffron, sky, pink pirouette
Wee Memories #48 - cute & cuddly

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Final Day for Blog Candy CONTEST!

Be sure to hop on over to this post HERE for your chance to win some BLOG CANDY in honor of The Shabby Tea Room's 1st Birthday!

Read the CONTEST instructions carefully so you'll be assured your comment counts for a chance to WIN!  There are lots of comments on the post, but only a few mentioned the number of their Tea Room submission this week and if they are following both blogs.  Only those will be considered for the contest PRIZE!

GOOD LUCK to all :)

My Time Made Easy Pretty Palettes ...

Lauren's {NEW} My Time Made Easy Pretty Palettes color challenges launches today over at the NEW blog ...

My Time Made Easy™ LLC

... be sure to hop on over HERE to check out the gorgeous color board of yummy inspiration :)

I'm going to play along this week ... how about you???

Friday, March 18, 2011

A Baby Shower ...

Today I taught a card class and one of the gals is expecting her first baby ... a BOY!  So, we got together and threw her a little mini baby shower of sorts!

There was BLUEberry cobbler bars, fruit salad with BLUEberries, BLUE chips with Artichoke & Spinach Dip and BLUE plates, napkins and decorations!!

I made some favor boxes for everyone in attendance (I purchased the boxes as my time was too short to make them from scratch), but I made the Hershey Kisses tent treat (filled with 'It's a Boy' kisses!).

Lots of pretty blue on the baby card I made for Nicolle ... along with a glitterly aqua binder clip and sparkly silver (gray) baby rattle.  Too sweet!!

I have two sons, so I know 'all about boys' and shared some tips and tricks with the expectant mom today!  She is in for a FUN ride :)

We enjoyed a yummy brunch (thanks Beth!!), followed by a game of Baby Shower BINGO!

There were a couple baby presents - yippiee!!

And then we all got busy ... stamping and paper crafting the morning away!  What a FUN day :)

Thanks for peeking in today!

Challenges for this baby card:

CR84FN #19 - blue, aqua, gray

Another new blog on the block ...

Hi there peeps!  I hope you're all having a relaxing Friday so far!  I taught a card class today and we threw a baby shower for one of the girls expecting her first baby in May ... soooooo much fun!

I wanted to pop in here quick to share a bit of EXCITING news with you all.  It's been a fun week this week celebrating The Shabby Tea Room's first birthday, having the launch of Lauren's new My Time Made Easy weekly challenge blog (of which I am on the sketch design team) and now ....

... I'm ticked to finally announce that I've been invited to join Keilly (owner of The Ribbon Reel Boutique) along with a few other of my bloggity buddies to be on a Design Team for a brand NEW challenge blog for The Ribbon Reel on-line boutique!

The Ribbon Reel offers the most extraordinary ribbons, trims, lace, buttons and baker's twine ... {swoon}!!!  Be still my shabby little heart ... I am super excited to get my hands on some goodies from Keilly's wonderful shop and begin creating fun projects to share with you all.

Watch for all the fun and festivities to begin May 2nd.  In the meantime, please check out The Ribbon Reel site and leave Keilly a little comment to let her know you're excited for the challenges and new DT to launch.    She is the {sweetest} gal and I know you'll find a lot of inspiration in the upcoming challenge blog!  Keilly will be offering fabby prize packages from The Ribbon Reel Boutique for each bi-weekly prize!

WOW ... so much fun!  Who doesn't like a good CHALLENGE!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

My Time ... SKETCHES Made Easy!

Today is the {official} launch of the NEW weekly challenge blog for My Time Made Easy!  Each Thursday, Lauren will be bringing us a Pretty Pattern Sketch to create with and each Sunday we will be treated to a Perfect Palette of Colors to design with!  How fun is that??!!??

I was tickled {pink} when Lauren invited me to be on the sketch Design Team ... she is so wonderful and I just adore working with the MTME girlies -- they are so much fun and so inspirational.  It's like a little family!!  So, without further ado, here is Pretty Pattern Sketch #1.   I LOVE the layers of fun here!

In my own shabby little style, I loaded up the layers with yummy embellies -- blue glittered chipboard flourishes, an aqua trinket pin, pretty white lace with blue sequins, an aqua shabby flower, an antique oil rubbed bronze brad, a dainty paper doilie, a chipboard crown spritzed with blue glimmer mist and then sugared with glitter ...

... a stamped metal ring - I used the Monograms Defined stamp set - and pretty papers from the shop -- Cool Romance, Botanical Beauties.

We're so excited to have you play along with our weekly sketch and color challenges!  I cannot wait to see what you will all create with the MTME Pretty Patterns and Perfect Palettes each week!

Thanks for peeking in today :)

Challenges for this card:

MTME #1 - sketch
Die Cut Dreams #85 - special friend or mother
Simon Says Stamp - birthday
CR84FN #19 - aqua, steel blue, gray

Monday, March 14, 2011

Did you hear the exciting news ...

My Time Made Easy™ LLC


Each Sunday you will be treated to a PERFECT PALETTE color board of inspiration to create with!

Each Thursday you will be treated to a PRETTY PATTERN sketch to create with!

I will be creating cards for the sketches and color palettes weekly in amongst my other designing!  I'm tickled pink that Lauren finally got her challenge blog launched!!

Stay tuned this Thursday for the very FIRST sketch challenge and then this Sunday for the very FIRST color palette challenge!

Until then, happy stamping :)

The Shabby Tea Room #53!

WOW ... The Shabby Tea Room has been around for ONE YEAR this week and we're having a Birthday Bash to CELEBRATE!  Clare is our host this week and she has chosen the theme of  'Party Time' to get us headed down the party path and asks that we all create a CARD, BANNER and/or GIFT with a birthday/celebration theme!

There is an adorable party themed photo to jump start everyone's mojo ...

... isn't that banner so sweet and doesn't that punch look yummy!

Our Tea Room sponsor this week is Blackleaf Studios who provided the DT with the {sweetest} party themed images for our birthday week!  I chose to to create with one of the images from the Vintage Chic set -- this is actually a stack of boxes, but I turned mine into a 3-tiered birthday cake with all the trimmings!  Did you notice the sweet little birthday candle at the top of the cake ... one for one year of FUN!

I used JustRite's You Inspire Me cling stamp set for the sentiment ... isn't that font the prettiest?  I also wanted to play along with JR's current blog challenge which is to make a birthday card/gift and use scoring ... can you see the score lines I added to the cake layers?  I watch The Cake Boss all the time and love when he does that to wedding cakes ... so gorgeous -- looks like it's quilted!!  I even added some 'edible' pearls between the layers - yum!!

A pretty little nosegay finishes off the design with some Pink Bubblegum Shabby Vintage Seam Binding from my Etsy Shop, a crystal trinket pink, turquoise baker's twine, a button, Prima glittered flower and a rusty metal tag with the #1 stamped on it!

Hubby arrived back in the US early this morning after having been out of the country on business for the past seven days (Taiwan - and he got delayed by a day returning home because of the earthquake in Japan).  He knew I have been dilligently working on his theater room for weeks and months -- all finishing up this week, so I guess the pretty pink roses he brought me were a thank you for a job well done with his 'man cave'!  They're the prettiest shade of pink - love 'em!  Thought they would go well as a pretty prop for all the party festivities in the Tea Room too!!

I was inspired by the banner in the inspo picture too, so I decided to make a shabby little banner to match my Tea Room birthday card!  I {heart} banners these days ... just {heart} them I tell ya'!

In my true shabby style, I found a fabric banner with pom-pom trim to create my paper crafted banner out of!  What a fabby base to build from!!

I started with the Banner Set #1 from The Digichick Shop and cut all the paper banner pieces with my Cricut.

Next I added a couple paper layers of paper cut with the banner die from Papertrey Ink ... I used Vintage Cream CS and Springtime Vintage DSP from SU!

Each sweet banner piece has a snipett of a paper doilie and lots and lots of my favie embellishments!

Buttons and bows, ribbons and trims, lace and pearls, chipboard and glitter, rhinestones and teeny clothes pins, baker's twine and flowers, rusty pins/jingle bells and brads!  Oh my!!

This banner was so much fun to create and I simply {ADORE} how it turned out ... so shabby, so vintage, so yummy ... SO ME!

Now comes the hard part ... trying to figure out where to hang it!  Definitely in my stamp room, but I've tried  two places so far and wasn't crazy about either.  I'll have to live with it and see what feels best over the next couple of days!  It's too pretty not to put in a place of honor!

So, there you have it!  My Tea Room Birthday Bash projects!  And, before you go, I have some MORE fun news ... I have a bit of CANDY to give away to one lucky person!

This is one of my most recent projects created for the My Time Made Easy Shop!  It's a sweet little purse template and inside are four coordinating cards ... just a darling set!

Do you want a chance to win this cutie patootie?  Here's how:

1.  Become a follower of my blog - Simple Treasures!
2.  Become a follower of The Shabby Tea Room blog!
3.  Participate in this week's Birthday Bash Celebration by submitting a card, banner or gift over at The Shabby Tea Room!
4.  Come back HERE and leave me a comment on THIS post letting me know you're following both blogs, participated in the Week #53 Tea Room challenge and leave me the number of your submission so I can check out your work!

At the end of this week I'll be drawing ONE random name from the ELIGIBLE comments to win this sweet gift set.  Please be sure to complete steps 1 through 4 above in order to be eligible for the prize!

Don't forget to visit the Shabby Girls' blogs for some CELEBRATION inspiration and MORE blog candy along the way too:

Cathy Clark-Santie - Papier Girl

Clare Buswell - Clare's Creations

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Nicole Segnere - My Craft Room Creations

Pattie Goldman - The Pampered Paper Patch

Thanks so much for peeking in today!  Be sure to check out the Tea Room EACH day this week for many more snipetts of inspiration and fun :)


Challenges for these projects:

JustRite Friday Inspiration #50 - spring/birthday gift with scoring
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge #108- sewing
Simon Says Stamp - anything
Cupcake Inspirations #102 - pink, green, vanilla, kraft