21 July 2014

MCT Scrapping The Little Things: Wedding Ceremony Layout

by Veronica

Bit by bit I've been working on my wedding scrapbook. We've been married for 3 years now, so while I'm definitely not on top of things, it's coming along.

The designers were challenged to use a sketch for today's post, and I think I may have cheated a little. No surprise there. I've used part of the sketch on one page and part of the sketch on the other page.

Since I like to justify when I cheat, I'll point out that I did create two pages, so since I did extra work, the judges should be lenient with their ruling. Obviously, I've been watching too many lawyer shows.

This double-layout features my wedding ceremony from June 2011.

Fun fact: Like many women, I had dreamed about my wedding for as long as I could remember and there were a few minor details that I made sure the pastor was clear on...
  1. I wanted to say "I do" during our vows, not "I will." He even changed the wording of his 'script' to make sure that happened.

  2. I wanted him to tell my new husband to kiss "his bride", not "the bride."
Silly to some, yes. But these little things were so important to me.

The first page shows the actual ceremony being held. I included a program on the page to remember the order of the service. For those of you wanting the full experience, feel free to listen to Canon in D when viewing these pages. Ha!

For the second page, I kept it very simple and let our first kiss as husband and wife tell the story. I used the "&" from And Then Some and letters from Lowercase Fun Dies to make a statement. I cut each die out twice: once in its designated color and once in white. I then layered the white die cuts behind the colored/patterned versions to create a shadow. It really helps the letters to pop.

Thank you so much for stopping by to relive a bit of the happiest day of my life with me. You can see other fabulous scrapbook layouts on the MCT blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

15 July 2014

MCT Try Me Tuesday: Anniversary Slider Card

by Veronica

Today at My Creative Time, the Design Team is trying the Slider Card technique. The concept is pretty simple, but the execution takes time and patience.

The idea is to create the effect of the little slider games we played with as kids. You know, the ones where you had to maneuver all the little squares around to create the picture? I've done cards with squares in the past, but I've never assembled them all jumbled up like this.

This card is for my parents' anniversary tomorrow. Yeah, we have a lot of June/July weddings in my family. My Mom isn't always very good at checking her email, so I'm banking on the fact that she won't see this post until she receives the card.

To be honest, I'm not sure if I cheated with this technique. The video we referred to that showed us this technique showed the card designer stamping her background. I used a patterned sheet of paper. But I did 36 squares, so that must make up for something, eh?

The Speech Bubble Die was modified for this card. I cranked it only half-way through my Big Shot, then removed it, flipped the card stock over and re-positioned the die. I then cranked it half-way through again, resulting in a 'double bubble'.

MCT Products Used
Stitched Round Speech Bubble Die
Bunch of Fun Circle Dies (large wavy circle)
Stitched Restroom Peeps Dies (people)
Stitched Layering Heart Die

Now it's your turn to try out this technique! Before you do, head on over to the MCT blog to see what the other designers have done.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

09 July 2014

MCT Inspiration Wednesday: FIFA Birthday Card

by Veronica

Today we're sharing projects that we were 'inspired' to make. Last week, our almost-11-year-old nephew, Zack, stayed a few days with us. He and The Hubs both love soccer, so you can bet that the World Cup games were on in our house!

They even went outside and played soccer with the boys next door. Yep, The Hubs went outside to play, too. I think he was just waiting for an excuse (Zack) to go play!

Zack's birthday is coming up next week. I knew that a FIFA inspired birthday card would be perfect for him, so I Googled the World Cup logo and found this interesting parrot image. Now, its not the official World Cup logo, but the bright colors really caught my eye and the shapes seemed like fun.

I cut the shapes by hand, imitating the shapes that make up the parrot in my inspiration image. The "Happy" was cut out in white card stock and then colored with my Copics to coordinate with the shapes.

MCT Products Used
Soccer Stamp Set  (soccer ball)
Bunch of Fun Circle Dies (for soccer ball)
Happy Thoughts ("Happy" die)
Vintage Label Dies (flag die)
Card Sentiments ("Birthday")

Thanks for stopping by! Head over to the MCT blog to see what our other designers have created for today.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

03 July 2014

MCT Thrifty Thursday: Butterfly Anniversary Card

by Veronica

A few weeks ago, The Hubs and I were at Home Depot picking out paint colors for our front door and exterior entrance. As we were browsing the paint swatches, I noticed a little pamphlet with color combo ideas.

I really loved the different color ideas inside the pamphlet and figured I could maybe use the itty bitty swatches that were included. Sure enough - I did!

This anniversary card is for my other brother and sister-in-law who will be celebrating 9 years married this month. I cut the small butterflies out of the paint swatches in the pamphlet and kept the rest of the card very airy and white.

This card is super clean and simple, but has such an elegant feel. The sentiment was created by combining two stamp sets.

MCT Products Used
Pretty Butterflies & Dragonfly Dies
Vintage Stitched Label Dies (sentiment banner)
Chocolate Greetings ("HAPPY")
Happy Thoughts ("anniversary!")

Thanks so much for stopping by! You can check out more thrifty projects on Emma's blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

30 June 2014

MCT Made In Minutes: Birthday in Paris

by Veronica

Today at My Creative Time we are created projects that can be "Made in Minutes". My sister's birthday is this week, so I made this card for her. I'll try my best to remember to send it out on time.

This card looks more elaborate than it actually is. Using dies and lots of layers is a great way to achieve a detailed design without spending a lot of time.

MCT Products Used
Pretty Butterflies & Dragonfly Dies
Fly Away With Me Sentiments (flag die)
Stitched Postage Frame Die
Springtime in Paris ("Happy Birthday", Eiffel Tower stamp & die)
Build A Scripty & Watercolor Background  (subtle script background in postage die)
Fun Stitched Edges Dies  (scalloped edge)

Fun tip: "Building" your butterflies is easy. Just cut out the shape a few times, trim the pieces and layer them together. Be sure to leave the bottom layer full so that you have a base to build on.

Thank you for stopping by today. You can check out the MCT blog for more great Made In Minutes projects from the other designers.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

27 June 2014

MCT 33rd Release Blog Hop: Sit Back & Relax

by Veronica

Oh how I love Release Day at My Creative Time! It's so much fun to see all of the fabulous, out-of-the-box ideas the designers have with the new goodies. You've probably arrived here from Kim's blog. If not, head on over to Emma's blog to start this Hop from the beginning.

Today I'm showcasing the new set, Sit Back & Relax. I'm sure you've been drooling over it since last week when we sneaked it for the Flip Flop Blog Hop. This card is for my sister-in-law and her family who just moved away from Michigan to Florida. Oh, I'm sure the weather is just terrible down there!!! I'll be sending this card along with some family photos for them to put up in their new home.

The chair and umbrella image on my card is actually a recycled piece from an anniversary card The Hubs and I received from my Grandma last week. (3 years and counting!) When we opened the card, I knew it would fit well with this set and thought it would be fun to try a new color combo.

There is a LOT of dimension on this card. Some of the pieces are popped up more than once. You can see here that I popped up only the front of the sandal strap pieces to resemble real sandals. The back portion of those pieces are just glued to the sandal soles. I even slightly bent the "in-between-the-toes" pieces down.

Lately, I've been creating a lot of CAS (clean and simple) cards, so it was fun to 'doll' this one up and use a lot of pieces.

MCT Products Used
Sit Back & Relax (sandals, sentiment) NEW!
Bunch of Fun Circle Dies (image layer shape, "&" layer)
Chocolate Greetings (flag die)
Social Media Dies ("&" die)

There's so much going on with this month's release...

Since the last release was such a success, Emma wanted to show her appreciation by giving away this FUNfirst 150 shoppers today, you do not have to add this new stamp to your cart. Emma and her shipping crew will automatically include it in your package! IF you place your order after the 150th shopper, you will be able to purchase this new stamp.
new "My Kids Have Paws" stamp to the FIRST 150 shoppers! If you are among the

How do you know if you are one of the first 150 shoppers? 
After the first 150 shoppers come through, this set will be shown as available for purchase with the new release items! 

For our Blog Hop Giveaway, Emma is giving away a $50 gift card to the My Creative Time store to ONE LUCKY winner! To enter, just leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are not required to comment on every blog, but the more you comment on, the more entries you have. 

Very important: Please leave a way for us to contact you with your comment in case you are the lucky winner! 

Our sale that is starting RIGHT NOW! Use the code JUNE2014 to receive 20% off your entire purchase! Sale ends on Friday, July 4th at 11:59p PST! 

Thanks so much for hopping by. You have one more stop! Please head over to our guest designer, Nancy's, blog for more inspiration using this month's new release!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

23 June 2014

MCT 33rd Edition Sneak Peek #1: Best Friend Card

by Veronica

It's Day 1 of Sneaks for the My Creative Time 33rd release! Today we are showcasing You Are Fabulous and  Happy Thoughts.

This card is for my BFF, Stephanie. Isn't it nice to get 'just because' mail sometimes?

The star patterns from You Are Fabulous fit perfectly in the MCT Star Dies. Emma is great at making sure that each release coordinates somehow with previous releases so that you can easily use your MCT products together.

MCT Products Used
You Are Fabulous (star patterns, "Best", "friend") available this Friday
Happy Thoughts ("You are my") available this Friday
Star Dies
3x4 Journal Die

***Sneak Peek Giveaway!***
We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner! For example, the winner of the set we showcase on Wednesday will be announced on Emma's blog on Thursday and so on.
To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the better chance you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you with your comment just in case you are the lucky winner! 
For EXTRA entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime!
GOOD LUCK EVERYONE & let's start spreading the word!
Thanks for stopping by today to see the first Sneak Peek of the 33rd Release. You can see more ways to use these awesome sets on the My Creative Time blog.
I hope you were inspired!
- Veronica