My special post for My Time Made Easy

>> Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Hello everyone! It's my special day to share some fun My Time Made Easy treats with you!
(For susbribers that swear they've seen this post before.... you have, I am editting this post away from the giveaway post just to make it easier to find. :)

Well let me first say that when I saw the super cute baby templates, stamps and printable papers being released this month, i was over the moon! I love love love baby things! I mean, who doesnt really! It ALMOST is enough to make me crazy enough to want another one!
But since those chances are slim, and my 2 boys are, well, boys! I always love to make little girlie baby gifts! Remember that oh so cute paisley boy paper i used on the Bouncing Baby Buggy Project? Well guess what.... there is a girlie version too! Oh yeah, i love it!

Here is a quick overview of the whole project together...

Now my coordinating wall art (i.e hanging picture frame, haha) is a pretty good size one so i know all the details are hard to see in this photo. SO i guess i'll just have to show you lots of photos! Ok, so i often show you lots of photos! hahahaha!

First Let's go to the "card catch all" which i've turned into a baby catch all! I dont know about any other mom's of little ones, but my baby's dresser seems to become the constant catcher of all things. Whether it's the hair comb, pacifier and favorite rattle, or it's pictures i'm meaning to put in some frames, they always end up on the dresser. Thats when i thought of the fun idea of changing the Card Catch All into a cute little something to sit on top of a baby dresser to catch all those little things!

There are 2 storage compartments as i did opt to add in the divider, but this time i added it with a different color cardstock for that extra pop of color. :)

Also being released this month is a cute coordinating baby stamp set called Bringing Home Baby. This is where the adorable stork image came from. Here's a close up...

The baby blanket being carried by the stork has been paperpieced. The rest of the image has been colored with copic markers.

And as if the release couldnt get any better.... Lauren is also releasing Cute File Accents. What is a cut file? These are files to be sold to go along with your cutting software. You can then easily cut shapes that coordinate with the templates and stamps. For this project I used one of the shapes from the Tag, You're It set. In this set you get 4 different shapes (which of course you can resize to your hearts content) for only 2.50! Now I know what some of you are thinking... but with a cut file I wont be able to do the fun things, like sponging or airbrushing inside the nestie to get the white edge, or embossing. Well, you are incorrect!

Here is a quick step by step process of how i created this same effect (and you could do the same thing for embossing!) First it might be helpful for you to cut out a sheet in various sizes. This can be kept in a file so that you dont have to do the same thing everytime you want the effect. Here i've cut it out of 2 different colors. The green cardstock is really just so you can see what I'm doing in the photos. :) You may want to right down the sizes you have used.
Next take the cutout you plan to use on your project and find the next smaller size from your cut out sheet.

Line it up so it is evenly spaced behind the smaller cut. Here's a tip, holding it up to a light like in the photo below will help you easily line it up.

And then use some tape to secure in place. Another tip, if you tape is super sticky, pressed your fingers against it a bit to untack it a bit. it will still be plenty sticky enough to hold your paper in place, but will be easy to remove without pulling up any of the fiber on your paper.

Now use your copic airbrush or ink and sponge as you would have within the nestie.

After you are done, carefully peel off your shape and viola!

Ok, now back to our regularly scheduled programming... :)

Now that you've seen some of the details of the "baby" catch all, now I want to show you some details from the Wall Hanging.

First the top frame...
I used 2 separate stamps from the Bringing Baby Home stamp set along with the same paisley paper from the Bringing Home Baby Girl paper pack.

Here is frame 2...

For this frame I used one of the stork images from the Bringing Home Baby set again. This time the whole image is colored with Copics. I also used half of a sentiment from the So Sentimentalstamp set (also released this month). The sentiment reads "our family is a circle of strength and love. With every birth and union it grows."

And last but not least, my favorite frame of all!

How can you not love this?! This is a photo of my cousins little girl. Sadly, I havent even gotten to see her in person yet! But i get to in June! WOOHOO!
To cut out Ava's name, I used the Storybook cartridge from Cricut.


Tracey Cuccia Saturday, March 06, 2010  

AAAAACCCCKKKKKKK! This wall art is AMAZING girl - and what a cute baby :) PERFECT for this! your catch all is fabulous too, love the pearls and the airbrushed 'nestie like' frame. Just one more reason I NEED to invest in the airbrush system...

Stacey Monday, March 08, 2010  

What a great project and a terrific tutorial on how to use those cut files. I need to make some of those templates since I don't own either a Cricut or any Nesties, it is going to be really difficult... but it could help me make some of those really great shapes that I want to make for my cards and layouts.

Thanks for the great inspiration and the wonderful giveaway!

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