22 April 2014

MCT 31st Edition Sneak Peek: Running Journey Birthday Card

by Veronica

It's Release Week at My Creative Time and today we're showcasing two new sets: Main Street + Way To Go.

These sets are great for many occasions and work well for more masculine cards as well. I've used them to create a birthday card for my oldest brother, Donal.

Have you ever had an idea in your head that seems like it will be AMAZING. For this card, I had planned on using the bicycle die from Way To Go (I'm sure you've seen it in other sneak peeks today) in front of the buildings so that they looked farther away. But instead, it just blocked the buildings from view. So I had resigned to leaving the road empty.

That was until...

I showed The Hubs. Knowing who the card was for, he said, "It would be really cool if you had a little runner there!"


I love that man.

The little runner is from You Are Here, while the rest of the stamps are from the new sets. Of course, I also thought it would be a fabulous idea to cut out all the little windows in the buildings. I wasn't too fond of the idea when I was halfway through and sick of cutting them out, but I had already committed.

Donal is a new runner and is one of the many family members who will be joining The Hubs and I in running for Hope Water Project. He's running the Detroit Half Marathon in October.

Thanks for dropping by today! Head over to Emma's blog to see what the other designers have created.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

15 April 2014

MCT Try Me Tuesday - Ghost Stamping: Half Marathon Inspiration

by Veronica

Last year I trained for and ran my first full marathon. It was an incredible journey! During training and even right after crossing the finish line, I was adamant that it would be my one and ONLY full marathon. I knew I'd continue running, but 26.2 miles wasn't going to show up again in my future.

Never say never, right?

A week later, I was excited at the thought of training just one more time for that full marathon medal. Since The Hubs and I are interested in starting a family next year, I figure that this is my last viable year before kids to train hard. And I'm proud to say that our dedication to our training has inspired MANY family members to jump on board and sign up to run this year's Detroit International Half Marathon in October.

This encouragement card is for my sister-in-law, Christina. This is her first time ever running and she's doing such a great job of sticking with the training schedule. I'm so proud of her.

I printed the words on my computer directly onto my card base, leaving room for the 13.1 die cut-outs. After cutting out my mileage number, I adhered a square of turquoise card stock behind the card front with pop-dots to add dimension.

For the Ghost Stamping technique, I first stamped my feet in white and then stamped them again (a little 'off') in turquoise. It's a subtle effect on this color card base, but adds a bit of flair.

MCT Products Used
Stitched 4x6 Journal Die (numbers)
Hello Chickie (I used the bow center die for the 'point' in the numbers)
All Star Baby (feet stamps)

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out Emma's blog for more great uses of the Ghost Stamping technique.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

24 March 2014

MCT Made In Minutes: Be Yourself Birthday Card + FREE Printable

by Veronica

Hey there! It's another Made In Minutes Monday with the My Creative Time Design Team! Today, I'm sharing a quick birthday card that has a lot of punch with its clean + simple design.

Tip: Birthday cards don't have to say "Happy Birthday" on them. A birthday is really just a celebration of a person. This saying may not be a traditional birthday sentiment, but it's perfect for my sister-in-law whose birthday is coming up soon!

MCT Products Used
Stitched Party Dies (banner dies)
4 x 4 Journal Die + More (white layer)
Girls' Night Out (sentiment)

The sentiment on this card is a great reminder of how fabulous YOU are, isn't it? Who can be YOU better than you can, right? On that same note, I'd love to share another FREE printable I created for you using a hot color palette that's trending right now.

You can click here to be taken to the original post for this 8" x 10" printable on my design site where you can download it absolutely free. Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping today. Be sure to check out the MCT blog to see what else the Design Team has in store for you.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

20 March 2014

MCT Thrifty Thursday: Oh Snap!

by Veronica

Several weeks ago, I tore apart my craft studio and reorganized it. Everything. You know what I've always had trouble with? 

Click for a larger view of my binder

Ugh...what do you DO with them?

Well, I think I found the solution that works for me. I now put all of my solid color scraps into a zipper binder. Each color family has its own sleeve: corals, pinks, yellow/oranges, browns, blues, etc. 

I've vowed to only keep scraps sized to be USABLE and that if I have a TON of one color of scraps, I won't save any more smaller pieces. This has helped to keep my scraps manageable and usable.

Having the binder has made all of my solid color scraps easily accessible. I can have the binder on my craft table and bring it with me to crops. When not in use, it easily slides into one of my drawers. I {love} having things organized.

Tip: By using a zipper binder, I don't have to worry about my scraps falling out. Even if they do come loose, they aren't going very far!

Do you have a great storage solution for your scraps? I'd love to hear about it in the comments!

My project for today's Thrifty Thursday with My Creative Time is made entirely of scraps!

Our niece, Jamie, has earned her GED and this card is to celebrate! She's interested in going back to school for photography, so I knew the camera die would be perfect for this non-traditional graduation card.

MCT Products Used
Label Font ("Oh Snap!")
Fun Variety On The Inside & Out ("Your hard work has paid off!)
It's All About You (chevron stamp)
All Around Holidays (star die)

Thanks for stopping by today! Check out Emma's blog to see what the other designers have to share today.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

17 March 2014

MCT Made In Minutes: Paper Plane Birthday Card

by Veronica

I have a confession: very FEW of my projects are actually "Made In Minutes". I mean, they could be made in minutes if I didn't hem and haw over the design for a half hour...

This simple little card is for my Dad's birthday today. Yep, he's a St. Paddy's baby.

 Leaving a lot of 'base card' around the edges gives this card a crisp look, but the popping up of layers adds a lot of dimension and interest.

MCT Products Used
Stitched 3 x 4 Journal Die
Fun Paper Airplane Die
Fly Away With Me Sentiments
Stitched Party Dies (balloon)

Thanks for stopping by to check out my Made In Minutes project today. You can see more fabulously quick projects from the Design Team on Emma's blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

15 March 2014

Fresh Colors + a FREE Printable

by Veronica

As a fellow crafter, you probably understand how difficult it can be to design something for yourself. I love to design cards, invitations, blogs and web graphics for people and know exactly what will work best for them. But when it comes to my own stuff? Pfffttt. I can be so indecisive.

Recently, my design site, VK Design Company, has undergone a MAJOR overhaul and I just LOVE the fresh colors I used. Yes, LOVE. In fact, I love them so much that I just re-colored this crafty blog to match (did ya notice?).

In celebration of this fresh new look, I'm offering a FREE printable on my design blog using the same colors.

Super cute, right? Just click here to be taken to the post with the download link. The VK Design Company logo will NOT be on your printed version.

- Veronica

14 March 2014

MCT Little Bitty Blog Hop: Here In My Heart...

by Veronica

Hey there! If you're here for the Little Bitty Blog Hop, you've probably hopped here from Kim's blog. By the way, did you see her awesome new blog design? Be sure to leave her some love for that! If you're not on the Hop and want to see all the FAB projects using the two new items released today from My Creative Time, then click on over to Emma's blog to start the Hop from there. You do NOT want to miss a thing!

Today I'm showcasing the little geotag dies from the new set, Never Be Lost. When I saw them, I just knew I wanted to use them on a heart with "you are here". To make it more clear what my intention was, I printed out "in my heart" (font: CK Carolyn) and popped it up below the heart. The map layer was also printed - just Google for a local map image.

MCT Products Used
Never Be Lost (geotag dies) *NEW*
Label Font ("you are here")
Stitched Sweethearts + XOXO Dies (heart layer)

Leave your comments on the Design Teams' blogs for a chance to win APRIL'S NEW RELEASE!!!!! It is AWESOME and we cannot wait for you to see it! Don't forget to leave a way for us to contact you should you be the LUCKY WINNER! Random.org will choose the winner and the winner will be announced on Emma's blog on Wednesday of next week!

Thanks so much for hopping with us today to check out the two new, MUCH anticipated items being released today. I'm your last stop.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica