08 December 2014

MCT Made In Minutes: SPECtacular Birthday Card

by Veronica

This weekend, we celebrated our niece, Evelyn's, 8th birthday. Wow! I can't believe how fast she's growing up!!! This simple, but so perfect-for-Evy birthday card was made just for her.


MCT Products Used
What's Growing On? (glasses die)
Alpha Pack (letters to create sentiment)
Stitched Square Speech Bubbles (speech bubble die)

I've been seeing a lot of sequins being used lately, and I must say, I wasn't a huge fan of the trend myself. But then I bought my own sequins...

...and of course, now I love them. They are such a simple little something to add dimension and flair to a card.

Thanks for stopping by today. There are more Made In Minutes projects to see on Emma's blog (plus winners from last week's 5 Days of Christmas!) Check it out!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

05 December 2014

MCT 5 Days of Christmas: Reindeer Invitations

by Veronica

My Creative Time is wrapping up the 5 Days of Christmas today. If you haven't been following along on the MCT blog, check it out! Emma and the designers have created some fabulous Christmas projects for you to see this week!

Today I'm sharing with you our annual Christmas Eve Eve invitation. Each year, The Hubs and I get to celebrated Christmas for three full days beginning with two days before Christmas. On December 23rd, we host my side of the family in our home for dinner, presents and quality family time.



This year, I've used the super classy leaping reindeer die from Oh Deer as the focus of our invitations. The "believe" die from Boughs of Holly works perfectly beneath it. I also used a Stitched Rectangle Die and a circle die from Bunch of Fun Circles to keep the card simple, but interesting.

Thank You cards from Mara-mi
My card fronts are actually built on a pre-existing thank you card that I found for a STEAL from Target. These card/envelope sets sell for $10.99 online. I picked up three packs for less than $3 each. With 30 sets in the pack, that's less than $.10 per set! The cards are embossed in wood grain and the envelopes feature printed wood grain, too.

I originally purchased them to use as bases for my sister-in-law's upcoming baby shower thank you notes. Of course, I loved them so much myself that I made sure to pick up one extra box for me!

***5 Days of Christmas Giveaway***
Emma has had awesome giveaways all week and today is no different!



To qualify for a chance to win today's giveaway, simply leave your comments on the designers' blogs. Please remember also to leave an email address for us to contact you if you are a LUCKY winner! You still have the weekend to leave your comments. Emma will announce ALL five days of winners on her blog Monday, December 8, 2014! Good luck!

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Thank you so much for stopping by to share some Christmas cheer with me today! You can check out Emma's blog to see what the other designers have up their sleeves for you.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

21 November 2014

MCT 38th Release Blog Hop: Olaf Candy Holder

by Veronica


The view from my studio window
Welcome to the 38th Release Blog Hop! You've probably arrived here from Kim's blog. If not, you can start this Hop from the beginning at the MCT blog.

Is it cold where you live? I'm in Southeast Michigan and we're experiencing cold temperatures and snow. Now, as a Michigander, I'm no stranger to snow, but mid-November is quite early for us to be having this fluffy stuff. It's going to be a long winter. Thank God we have a snow blower.

Today, I'm showcasing the FREE stamp set (details below), HELLO You.


Since I don't have kids, I don't usually get to join in on the latest kid craze. But when I saw a little Olaf made using punches, I just had to try my hand at making him with MCT dies! Plus, Olaf is my favorite Frozen character. We might might not have kids of our own yet, but we have 11 nieces and nephews to 'borrow' (#12 due in March). We took our 7-year-old niece, Evelyn, to see Frozen when it was in the theaters.

MCT Products Used
Bunch of Fun Circles (belly and feet)
Oh Deer (eyes, nose, buttons and 'hair')
Stitched Decorative Banner (sentiment flag)
Stitched Sweetheart Die (head/cheek layer)
Stitched Lollipop Holder (base layer)
It's A Magical Season (snowy background)
NEW! Stitched Oval Die (head/face layer, mouth and chest)
NEW! HELLO You (sentiment)
*The arms, teeth and eyebrows were hand cut.

This little guy was so much fun to create! I love using products I have and re-imagining them into something new. Now that I think about it, it wasn't snowing yet when I made him. Oh no!!! Did I bring the snow?!?!

First 150 orders receive
this stamp set FREE!
***FREEBIE STAMP***
This release, Emma is giving away the HELLO You stamp set to the first 150 shopper for FREE! No need to add it to your cart, it will automatically be added to the first 150 orders. If you order after the first 150 shoppers, this stamp will be available for purchase with the rest of the release items.

UPDATE: The first 150 shoppers have ordered! If you've ordered and your invoice is between #13858 - #14012, you'll receive the Hello You stamp set for FREE! If not, you can purchase this stamp with the rest of the new release.

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***BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY***
For today's Blog Hop Giveaway, Emma is giving away a $50 gift card to the My Creative Time online store to ONE LUCKY winner! To be entered in the random drawing, simply leave a comment on each of the Design Team members' blogs. You are not required to comment on every blog, but the more you comment on, the better the more entries you receive.

Very important: Please leave a way for us to contact you with your comment so we can notify the winner.
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***SALE ALERT***
Our sale starts right now! Use the code: NOV2014 to receive 20% off your entire purchase! This sale applies to IN-STOCK items ONLY and ends on Wednesday, 11/26 st at 11:59pm PST!

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I'm so glad you stopped by to hop with us today. You've got one more stop to make at our Guest Designer, Cindy's, blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

17 November 2014

MCT 38th Edition Sneak Peek: Wreath Anniversary Card

by Veronica

It's Release Week at My Creative Time and today we are showcasing the new Stitched Oval Dies. Now, I'm going to be honest with you: I'm not a fan of ovals. Nope. I'm more of a circle girl. But in using these dies I've come to appreciate the oval. Maybe not love it, but I can see the need for an oval here and there.


This anniversary card was created with someone special in mind. Someone who reads my blog, so I shall not name any names. I used the new ovals to create a frame and a layer. Emma added the fabulous stitching accent to the inside and outside of these dies. So as you can see on my card, it doesn't matter if you use them for frames or layers, you'll still get the stitching!

I used Pretty Spring Wreaths stamp set for my focal point. When stamping on kraft colored card stock, try adding in some white ink. It'll really help your images to pop.

MCT Products Used
Pretty Spring Wreaths (wreath)
Boughs of Holly ("Happy" die)
Happy Thoughts ("anniversary")
Stitched Trio Banner Die (banner for sentiment)
NEW! Stitched Oval Dies (available this Friday)

That's it for me today. Be sure to check out the My Creative Time blog to see what the other designers have whipped up using these dies.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

12 November 2014

MCT Inspiration Wednesday: Heartbeat Card

by Veronica

As a designer and crafter, I find inspiration all over the place. From nature to color swatches at the paint store - inspiration is everywhere! For this card, I was inspired by my new marathon hoodie that The Hubs bought me a couple weeks ago:

26.2 Heart Beat Hoodie

Over the weekend, I joined the ladies in my family for our semi-annual Scrap Camp retreat. I was able to get SO MUCH done (way more than usual). I wore this hoodie as I was working on my "December Anniversary" card. The Hubs and I celebrate two anniversaries: one in June (wedding) and one in December (when we started dating twelve years ago). 


The ECG (heartbeat) was made using the heart die from Winter Cheer + a lot of hand cutting. I combined two stamp sets for the sentiment: Sit Back & Relax and Alpha Pack.

The Stitched Square Speech Bubbles were used quite a bit this weekend. Did you know that a heartbeat 'says' "lub dub"? I didn't.

That's it for me today. Head over to the MCT blog to see what the other designers were inspired by today.

I hope YOU were inspired!

- Veronica

03 November 2014

MCT Made In Minutes: Oh Deer Birthday Card

by Veronica

I honestly can't remember a time I've made a project "in minutes". Like, ever. One card will usually take me an hour or more to dream up, create, edit, re-do, hem-and-haw over, and then complete. And don't even get me started on scrapbook layouts. Let's just say that twice a year I go away to "Scrap Camp" for a weekend and come home boasting to The Hubs about how I completed "x" number of projects (which I can usually count on one hand).

But I suppose this card could be done in minutes if I were to re-create it. So that counts, right?


MCT Products Used
Oh Deer ("oh deer" & deer dies)
Seasonal Greetings (tree stamps and dies)
Stitched Decorative Banner Die (shape for sentiment)
Celebrate Good Times ("it's your Birthday!")
Birthday Buddies (birthday hat)
Fun Stitched Edges Die (to make hills)

I used a black marker and white gel pen to color some accents on the deer so he looked less like Donner and more like Daniel (this card is for my brother, Dan, after all). I cut his antlers out a second time in kraft to layer them. A little bit of Crystal Effects dots the hills for some added interest.

Thanks for stopping by today! You can see what the other designers have created for today's Made In Minutes on the MCT blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

27 October 2014

MCT Scrapping the Little Things: Mom & Me Wedding Layout

by Veronica

I'm plugging away on my wedding album. It's only be three-and-a-half years in the making. Progress is progress, right?


The MCT Design Team was asked to use a sketch (found on the MCT blog) for our layouts today. This layout is of my mom and me. Can you tell we're related?

MCT Products Used
Build A Pretty Flower (flower stamps)
Pretty Spring Wreaths (yellow dots stamp)
Build A Scripty & Watercolor Background (script stamp)

Thanks so much for dropping by today. Mosey on over to Emma's blog to see what the other designers have in store for you.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica