Sunday, July 31, 2011

Let the August My Time Made Easy Peeks Begin!

 Hello all and welcome to the sneak peeks for Lauren's My Time Made Easy Shop!  July just flew by and now August is just about here.  Before we know it, it'll be fall, Thanksgiving and Christmas - YIKES!  But, before we get too far ahead, let's take a look at what goodies will be available for you to craft with in August!

Introducing ... It's In The Bag!

This absolutely sweet template is an exact replica of a back pack that any school-aged child will be sporting in the coming weeks when heading back for the new school year!  Just too cute :)  It even has a tiny additional pocket on the front just like a real back pack might have!  This miniature replica can be given to a teacher -- the smaller front pocket could be filled with paper clips or stickers and the main compartment might be filled with crayons, scissors, staples, pens ... or a gift card to Office Max or Starbucks!

I bet any school-aged child might like receiving this sweet treat filled with age appropriate goodies too!

And just look at how realistic this pack looks with those adorable straps on the back!!  The front small pocket is decorated with some polka dotted blue duck tape from my stash and the main pack is decorated with some {new}  papers available in August called Under the Cabana!

For the matching card, I used more of the Under the Cabana papers to coordinate and then printed off a few of the digital images from the {new} Back to School stamp set!  Don't you love that sweet ruler and tiny apple!!

And the sentiment, printed and die cut with Spellbinders dies, is just the perfect way to show that special teacher how appreciative you are for taking such good care of your children this year!!

Teachers are very special people ... so patient and kind.  We can never do 'enough' to show our thanks ... hopefully this sweet little set will help you to create the perfect gift to show your appreciation to that special teacher in your life this year :)

Be sure to check out what the other teamies have created for you to peek at today too ...

My Time Made Easy Design Team:
Monique Hansen

... and then hop on over to the My Time Made Easy DESIGNER'S GALLERY for lots more terrific ideas using all the goodies from the Shop :)

Thanks for peeking in today.  I'll be back tomorrow sharing a project for our August 1st Official Launch Party!  See you then!!


Challenges for this project: 

The Scrapcake Blog - Summer at the Seaside color palette altered project
Simon Says Stamp - shaped cards/creations

Cupcake Inspirations -- top five!

 Happy Sunday to all!  I have a bit of happy news to share with ya'll today :)

The party set I created for The Hybrid Chick this week was chosen as one of the top five projects at Cupcake Inspirations this morning!!

Thank you very much to the Cupcake Sweeties for choosing my project!!

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Treasure ... Saturday Sketch!

Hello all and welcome to today's edition of the Saturday Sketch Challenge for Kaisercraft!  I have the pleasure of sharing a layout I designed using the new Blae & Ivy Collection!!

I immediately fell in love with the new Blae & Ivy Collection the minute I laid eyes on it!  So soft, so shabby, so pretty and romantic!  I adore how the pieces in this collection coordinate so well with the pop of hot pink in this layout I created as a gift for a friend of mine … this year was her daughter’s first Easter – what a precious little bunny, don’t you think?!?

Kaisercraft Materials:  Blae & Ivy Collection – Field (P696), Mineral (P693), Sky (P698), Valley (P699), Mystic Cove (P697), Sticker Sheet (SS106), Journal Tags (JT623); Pearl Strip – White (PLS01); Paper Tags & Shapes – Manilla (EM924); Lace Pack – White (EM926); Mounting Foam Dots (T302); Pearls – Snow (SB794); Rub Ons – Moments (RB904); Clear Stamps – Alpha Date (CS787), Vintage Script (CS782).

Other Supplies:  seam binding, satin flowers, ribbon, cardstock, paper doilies, border punch.

Be sure to 'hop' on over to the Kaisercraft Blog to see more inspiration from the teamies today!  I hope you have time to give our Saturday Sketch Challenge a try :)
Thanks for peeking!


Friday, July 29, 2011

With Sincere Gratitude ...

 Oh my shabby goodness ... will you look at this beautiful blog!  I cannot take any of the credit for all this loveliness ... it is all compliments of my sweet bloggity friend, Viola Mahr!  This precious girlie lives in Singapore and is brilliant when it comes to all things graphic design and computers!  I've been admiring my friends' blogs who have had makeovers from Vi recently like Melissa Phillips, Tammy Roberts, Geri Freeman and Pattie Goldman, so I contacted Vi this past week to see if she could take the existing elements from my blog and create a signature line and maybe a post divider for my blog posts.

Well, Vi went way above and beyond!  She pointed out that it looked like my blog banner was distorted a bit -- my fault for being tech challenged and not knowing how to figure out how to fit the banner to the screen properly!  I stretched it in a software editing program and it ended up distorting and I didn't know how to fix.  I was happy to just know how to enter the banner into the blog - ha!

Well, before I knew it, this sweetheart was asking me what some of my favorite things and hobbies were  ... and then she created this oh-so-beautiful place for me and my friends to come to gain creativity and inspiration from.  Isn't it MAGNIFICENT??!!??

I shared with Viola that I adore paper crafting (of course) along with sewing, and some of my favorite things are vintage and shabby, tickets and seam binding, roses and hydrangeas, buttons and bows, jewelry and treasures!  Vi was able to incorporate all of my favorite things into these custom blog pieces to create a completely stunning package that I am over the moon about!

It was Vi's idea to take the title of my blog ... Simple Treasures ... and create a vintage treasure box complete with a key!  How precious is that?

I don't know about you girlies, but I'm smitten with it all and just too tickled that I am the proud owner of a Viola Mahr original custom blog design!

I just adore that sweet girlie :)  She is a selfless and precious spirit!

Thanks for peeking in today ... I hope you're all having a wonderful stampy day!

It's a Party ...

Today is my turn to showcase a project over at The Hybrid Chick and I chose to make this adorably, festive, bright and cheery party kit which includes a couple of cupcake favor boxes, a sweet party hat and pretty birthday card!

Be sure to pop on over to THC to check out all the details and get the materials list for this project and then come back here and let me know what you thought of my project this month!

Thanks for peeking in today!

Challenges for this project:  

The Scrapcake Challenge - The Bright Side of Life color palette project
Paper Issues - Life is Sweet!
Simon Says Stamp - shaped card/creations
Cupcake Inspirations #120 - photo inspired
There She Goes #117 - sketch (flipped)
Create for CARDS - gathered ribbon flowers (top of hat!)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Tuesday Throwdown Guest Spot for July!

Hello peeps and welcome to my fourth and final Guest Designer Spot at Tuesday Throwdown!  WOW - what a fast month July was ... just flew by didn't it??  Anywhoo, this week the #59 challenge is sponsored by My Grafico and the theme is to make a matching gift set or card set -- FUN!

I got to design with these pretty and graphic images from the My Grafico Shop ...

... added a bit of shabby love with some bloomers from Webster's Pages ...

... some polka dotted organza ribbon from Really Reasonable Ribbons ...

... a couple of sewing pins ...

... and some Kraft cardstock inked on the edges with cream paint -- YUM!

Be sure to pop on over to the Tuesday Throwdown Blog to check out what the other teamies have created this week for your inspiration and then I hope you have time to give this fun challenge a try!

Thank you to Davi and all the girls at TT for inviting me along to be their month-long guest designer for July!  I had a blast creating with the team ... such a fun place to visit!!!

Hugs to all!

Challenges for these cards:

Tuesday Throwdown #59 - matching gift set or card set

Monday, July 25, 2011

I Have Issues ...

... Paper Issues that is!!!

Paper Issues Blog Design

A big thank you to Cassie and the girlies at Paper Issues for featuring my Watermelon Fun card on their fabby blog today!!  All supplies Stampin' Up!


And the WINNERS are ... take TWO!

Well, unfortunately, neither winner from the Crafty Secrets give away contacted me by the deadline, so I'm doing a redraw today.  I scrolled through all the guesses and choose the next two entries with the closest to the exact number of 22 Crafty Secrets goodies used in creating the banner!

  Same deal ... winners please contact me via e-mail by Tuesday, July 26th to claim your prizes (deadline 11:59 pm EST).

The winner of the Vintage Papers CD is:

pattyo said...
You sure do know how to make a banner--gorgeous! I'll take a guess at 20.

Edited -- CLAIMED!


The winner of the Mini Vintage Scraps is: 

I just love these! I counted 20. I hope I'm right!
Linda Marino
Winners ... please contact me via e-mail to claim your prizes!!!

The Shabby Tea Room #72!

Hello sweet bloggity friends and welcome to the 72nd challenge at The Shabby Tea Room!  I am our host this week and I've chosen the theme of  'Relax and Enjoy' along with this photo for inspiration ...

... and ask that you create a card or project using YELLOW, PINK, GREEN AND ANY NEUTRALS!

I got to design with JustRite's brand new cling stamp set called Spread Your Wings -- {swoon}!!  15 of the most gorgeous stamps I've ever seen!!  I simply adore my girlfriends and thought I'd stamp this 'Life is better with friends' sentiment several times to create a background paper ... so pretty!

The bird cage is so vintage and pretty ... I love how it's blinged up with some pretty pink rhinestones and has a sweet, teeny tiny butterfly resting on top of the cage!  I used some celery green bloomers from Webster's Pages, yellow damask paper from PTI, a snipett of vintage trim I got antiquing, a couple of leafy green trinket pins from Maya Road, a sweet little birdie cut file from My Time Made Easy and some pretty Pink Bubblegum Shabby Vintage Seam Binding from my Etsy Shop!

Life IS better with friends :)

Be sure to pop on over to the other Shabby Girls' blogs to see what they have created for inspiration for us all this week:

Charlene Cundy - Expresstions of Me!

Danielle Greenwood
- Au Clair de La Lune

Melissa Bove - Creating From the Heart

Pattie Goldman
-  The Pampered Paper Patch

Sheri Holt
- My Sheri Cards 

And check out the awesome prize package provided by our wonderful sponsor this week:

 ... be sure to link up your 'Relax and Enjoy' project for a chance to win!!

Challenges for this card: 

Sunday, July 24, 2011

The Ribbon Reel #7 - 'Chantilly Lace'!

Hello sweet bloggity friends and welcome today!  I'm tickled pink to be hosting this week's challenge over at The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog!!!  I chose this pretty picture for inspiration ...

... and titled my challenge 'Chantilly and Lace'!  For this challenge, I'm asking you to create a card or project using cream or white, aqua and pink plus a flower and either ribbon or lace!  FUN!!

For those of you who know me well, you know that I adore using flowers on my cards and paper crafted projects and my favie color combo is white or cream with aqua and pink - yummy!!!  I used some delicious Guipure LacePearl Aqua Seam Binding and Striped Pink Organic Cotton - YUM!  All of my favorites from The Ribbon Reel Shop!

The stamped sentiment at the bottom of the card is from the Born to Fly stamp set, lovely scrap image from the Little Blessings paper scraps and pretty pink paper is from the Vintage Papers CD - all from Crafty Secrets!

Please be sure to stop by The Ribbon Reel Challenge Blog to see what the other teamies have designed this week for your inspiration and then I hope you can give this pretty little challenge a try!  Keilly will have an awesome ribbon package for the winner - {swoon}!!!
Thanks for peeking in today ... have a wonderful stampy day!


Challenges for this card: 

The Ribbon Reel #7 - Chantilly Lace
Color Combos Galore #201 - pink, aqua, cream, brown
The Pink Elephant #108 - inspiration photo
Create for CARDS - gathered ribbon flowers

Little Toot - My Boys - Beyond the Page!

Hi all and welcome to another project I'm sharing today using one of the {new} in July collections from Kaisercraft ... meet Little Toot!

This collection is perfect for anyone that needs to create a project, layout or cards in a masculine theme!  It would make adorable little boy party goodies -- banners, party favors, hats and such!!  Since my 'little boys' are grown and in their twenties, I had to get creative and spin all the sweet little charming embellishments included in this fun collection toward a more grown-up masculine theme!

Here is my take on Little Toot ...

... I dug out a favorite photo of mine of my hubby and two sons while golfing at the world famous Turtle Bay Golf Resort on the beautiful north shore coast line of Oahu, Hawaii!  We vacationed in Oahu, Hawaii for ten glorious days during the summer of 2008 and had a blast!!

I was especially tickled when each of my mens' outfits coordinated so nicely with the colors in the Toot Toot Collection!!!

I gave this special keepsake photo frame to my hubby and he took it to work and hung it on the wall in his office ... such a sweet memory box of such a happy family memory!  A treasure :)

Kaisercraft Materials List:  Little Toot Collection 12" x 12" papers: Bumper (P692), Traffic  Jam (PS154), Road Trip ((PS 155), Sticker Sheet (SS105), 6 1/2" Paper Pad (PP846), Printed Chipboard (CB130), Small Photo Display (SB2110), Mini Alpha Stickers - Cherry Red (MA508).

Other Supplies:  baker's twine, buttons, button twine, grosgrain ribbon, miniature golf clubs/bag, paint.

Thanks for peeking in today!  Be sure to visit the Kaisercraft Blog for lots more inspiration from the teamies using the Little Toot Collection!

Happy Stamping :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Little Toot - Dare to Dream - Card!

Hi everyone ... so happy you could pop in for a visit today!!  I have a sweet card today using Kaisercraft's {new} Little Toot Collection -- just a precious set filled with lots of yummy goodies!!

I made this fun pinwheel using some patterned papers from the 6 1/2" paper pack -- cut out two 3" squares, glue them back to back (patterned side facing out) use a pencil to mark your center spot, snip from each pointed corner about 1/3 of the way to the middle, fold every other pointed corner toward the center and fasten all the points in the middle with a decorative brad - easy peesy!!

I adore this blue and white polka dotted paper -- could just about eat it ... so yummy!!!  How adorable is that sweet chipboard sailboat?  One of my favorite summer activities is to head out to the lake we live on and enjoy a nice, relaxing cruise on our boat followed by a picnic lunch on the water ... that's what I DARE TO DREAM about during the warm, sunny summer months!!!

Kaisercraft Materials List:  Little Toot Collection paper - Putt (P688), Bumper (P692); 6 1/2" Paper Pad (PP846); Printed Chipboard (CB130); Clear Stamps - Tags (CS760); Rub Ons - Life (RB903); Pearl Brads - Chocolate (EM935); Pearls - Denium (SB782); Foam Tape (T303).

Other Supplies:  grosgrain ribbon, baker's twine, cardstock, doilie die.

Be sure to visit the Kaisercraft Blog for lots more inspiration from the Design Team Girlies using the Little Toot Collection!

Thanks for peeking in today ... have a wonderful stampy day!


And the WINNERS are ...

A BIG shabby thank you to everyone who left a sweet comment on my Crafty Secrets Design Team Challenge - New Products Show Offs post!  It was so fun and exciting to see all the guesses come in as to the number of Crafty Secrets goodies I used on my fun little banner!!

And now, without further ado, here are the two lucky winners of the Crafty Secrets goodies -- the actual number of Crafty Secrets goodies I used on my banner was 22!

The winner of the Creating with Vintage Papers CD is:

MARY ELIZONDO with her exact guess of 22!

And, the winner of the Mini Vintage Creative Scraps pages is:

Pambi7 with her guess of 21!

Neither lady left me her e-mail contact information, so please contact me to claim your prizes!  You'll have until Sunday, July 24th to claim and if I don't hear from you by midnight EST, then I'll choose another winner.

THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to leave a sweet comment and play along!

Stay tuned for more Crafty Secrets sneaks and peeks in the upcoming days!

Until then, happy stamping :)


Blae & Ivy ... My Favorite Things - Beyond the Page!

Hello all and welcome to my blog today!  I'm tickled to share a project with you that I made for Kaisercraft using the amazing {new} Blae & Ivy Collection ... swoon!  LOVE IT!!!

I adore this Six Frame Photo Display and knew instantly when I saw it that I wanted to create a memory keepsake shadow box highlighting just a {few} of My Favorite Things!!

Vintage keys and trinkets, my sewing machine and spools of thread, lace and trims, damask and seam binding, pearls and buttons, soft time-worn cuddly things ...

... polka dots and wooden clothes pins, dress forms and baker's twine, soft shabby papers and resin flowers made from Fimo clay, doilies and trinket pins, chipboard and glittered paper flowers ...

... these are just a {few} of My Favorite Things!

Kaisercraft Materials List:  Blae & Ivy Collection 12" x 12" patterned papers: Sky (P698), Valley (P699), Journal Tags (JT623), Rub Ons (RB924), Sticker Sheet (SS106), Six Frame Photo Display (SB2111), Paper Blooms - Iceberg (F630), Lace Pack - White (EM926), Mounting Foam Dots (T302), Pearls - Snow (SB794), Pearl Strip - White (PL501), Rub Ons - Timeless Dress Forms (RB928), Rub Ons - Timeless Keys (RB930), Crochet Doilie - Scallop White (EM945).

Other supplies:  chipboard, wooden spools, button twine, trims, baker's twine, seam binding (Vintage Winter White - Simple Treasures Etsy), buttons, wooden clothes pins, glitter, paint, Fimo clay, stuffed toy.

Be sure to check out the Kaisercraft Blog for lots more inspiration this week from the teamies!

Thanks for peeking in today!  Have a wonderful stampy day :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Little Toot ... On The Move - Layout!

Hi peeps and welcome!  Today I have a project to share that I designed for Kaisercraft's July Release!!  For this cutie patootie layout, I used the {new} Little Toot Collection and some adorable pictures of one of my good friend's daughter ... she just turned one last month and is ... ON THE MOVE!!!

Kaisercraft Material List:  Little Toot Collection - Putt (P688), Cruise (P691), Road Trip (PS155); Sticker Sheet (SS105); 6 1/2" Paper Pad (PP846); Printed Chipboard (CB130).

Other supplies:  grosgrain ribbon, cardstock.

Be sure to visit the Kaisercraft Blog for lots more inspiration from the teamies!

Have a wonderful stampy day!!