23 April 2015

MCT Do Over Thursday: Plane & Simple Hello Card

by Veronica

Sometimes projects just don't turn out the way we envision them. When that happens, we're given three choices:
  1. Toss it in the trash.
  2. Give up and decide that it's 'good enough'.
  3. Continue playing with it until our fingers bleed and tears stream down our sad, disappointed faces.
I don't recommend allowing yourself to get to number 3. 

Original Card
Last year, I made a paper airplane card for my dad's birthday. I wasn't super pleased with it, but had resigned myself to accepting what it was and moving on with my life.

Now, I'd be lying if I told you that the weight of disappointment in the design of this card has haunted me for the past 13 months. It hasn't. But when we were challenged to re-do an old project, this card was one of the first options to come to mind.

It's not awful, but it could definitely use some improvements!

Today, I'm here to redeem myself with this Do Over:


A few changes in color tones, paper pattern and removing the balloon give this card new life!

MCT Products Used
Fun Paper Airplane Die
Stitched Rectangle Frame Die
Thanks for the Lift ("hello")

I'm much happier with the way my Do Over turned out. The balloon and the coloring of the plane in the first version just never came together the way I had envisioned. The Do Over has a fresher look.

Thanks for stopping by to see my Do Over today. You can see more from the other designers on Emma's blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

17 April 2015

MCT 42nd Release Blog Hop: Lots of Love Mobile Card

by Veronica

Today is the day! Que the trumpets! Brr brr brr brrrrr!!!

It's Release Day at My Creative Time and you can FINALLY get your hands on all of the goodies we've been sneak peeking all week. If you've been hopping along, you've come here from Ruthie's blog. If not, you can start from the top of the hop at Emma's blog and you'll circle back here later.

For today's card, I'm using the new, available-for-purchase-right-this-very-second stamp set, The Sky is the Limit AND Fun Stitched Cloud Dies.


This sweet card is perfect for a few occasions: baby shower, congratulations, thank you, thinking of you... the list goes on! I have a very specific purpose for it personally, but won't divulge that information here so that the recipient can be surprised. (She reads my blog)

MCT Products Used
Bunch of Fun Circle Dies
New! Fun Stitched Cloud Dies Available Now!
New! The Sky is the Limit (hearts, banner, sentiment) Available Now!

***Freebie Stamp***
The first 150 shoppers will
get this stamp FREE!
For our Freebie Stamp this release, we are giving away this super cute Enjoy the Little Things...
stamp to the FIRST 150 shoppers! You do NOT have to add it in your cart. If you are one of the first 150 shoppers, Emma & her shipping crew will automatically include it in your package! If you order AFTER the 150th shopper, this stamp set will be available for purchase!

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***Blog Hop Giveaway***
One lucky winner of today's Blog Hop Giveaway will receive a $50 gift card to the MCT online shop! To enter, simply leave a comment on each of the designers' blogs! You are NOT required to comment on every 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 should you be the lucky winner!

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***Sale Alert***
Don't forget that our sale starts right now! Use the code: APRIL2015 to receive a 15% discount off your entire in-stock purchase! This sale applies to in-stock items only. The sale will end on Friday, April 24th at 11:59pm PST.

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The fun isn't over yet! Hop on over to our guest designer's, Audrey's, blog for more awesome projects using this release.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

16 April 2015

MCT 42nd Edition Sneak Peek: Cute & Classy Cards

by Veronica

It's that time again! My Creative Time has yet ANOTHER fabulous release to share with the world (tomorrow! squeal!).

Today, we're showcasing TWO fabulous new products. Let's begin with the new Thanks for the Lift stamp set (coordinating dies included).


First up is my "cute" card for the day. This simple and quick-to-put-together card will be for our nephew, Mason's, third birthday in May. The plane is so perfect for little boy cards! The sentiments in this new set are straight across, but are easily bendable to fit in the flying banner shape (and banner shapes from other sets, too).

For the city skyline, I literally just hacked up some funky rectangles out of scrap paper. Not a lot of thought or energy went into that and it turned out super cute!

And now for my "classy" card...


The name of the game today is SIMPLE. This super easy card features this month's Freebie Stamp, Enjoy the Little Things. This stamp will be a FREE gift to the first 150 shoppers when the release goes live tomorrow at 8am PST. If you miss out on being one of the first 150 shoppers, you can still purchase this stamp along with the rest of the release.

MCT Products Used
Build a Pretty Flower (tiny circle stamp for confetti)
Love To Learn  (school badge die)
New! Enjoy the Little Things (available tomorrow!)

***Sneak Peek Giveaway!***
We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner! Today's winner will be announced tomorrow in Emma's video on her blog.

For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on every 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 should you be the lucky winner!

For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime!

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Thanks for stopping by to sneak peek the new release with me! You can see more projects using today's featured products on the MCT blog.

See you back here tomorrow during the Release Blog Hop!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

01 April 2015

MCT What A Treat Wednesday: First Easter Bunny Basket

by Veronica

Spring is in the air and Easter is just days away!!! Happy first day of April, everyone!

If you read my blog often, you know that I often bend the rules on my projects. Well, let's be honest. I break the rules. I cheat. There - I've said it. 

For my "treat" project today, I've created a little banner for an Easter basket for a very special baby I know.


The basket, bunny and onesie are all from Target. I snipped off the St.-Paddy's-Day-green bow that the bunny had attached to its neck and stuffed it into the newborn-sized onesie. The bunny is so soft and will definitely be loved by the little one. 

I kept the banner simple, but fun. 


MCT Products Used
Build a Banner (banner flags)
Hello Chickie (basket die)
All Around Holidays (chocolate bunny + eggs)
Stitched Grass Die (grass in basket)

Thanks for stopping by today!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

20 March 2015

MCT 41st Release Blog Hop: Cards for Mom

by Veronica

It's Release Day for My Creative Time! If you've hopped here from Ruthie's blog, you're on the right track. If not, head on over to Emma's blog so you don't miss out on a THING!

I know it's a bit early for Mother's Day, but I like to have my cards done early so I'm not scrambling at the last minute. Mom, I know you're reading this. Yes, one of these cards is for you. But WHICH ONE? (sneaky, sneaky)

My first card features the new set (available right this very minute!), Love You Bunches.


This stamp set comes with individual flower stems (and coordinating dies) and lots of great sentiments. To achieve my "bouquet" of roses, I stamped the front flowers first, masked them and stamped the rear flowers after. If that's clear as mud, check out this simple tutorial I made a couple of years ago for a step-by-step instruction.

Love You Bunches
MCT Products Used
Family Is Everything ("love")
Stitched 3x4 Journal Die
New! Love You Bunches (rose, sentiment) Available NOW!
New! Fun Stitched Tag Dies (sentiment layer) Available NOW!


My next Mother's Day card also uses flowers, but with a totally different look.


This card showcases the new Jr. Rolled Flower Dies. I used a lot of different patterns in coordinating colors to give this card some pizzazz. I love mixing patterns! I've found that mixing smaller patterns works best for me. If you have a large patterned paper that you want to slip into the mix, allow it to be the center of attention (like I did with the "MOM" background) and keep the rest of the patterns pretty small.

Jr. Rolled Flower Dies
MCT Products Used
Uppercase Fun Dies ("MOM")
Heart 2 Heart Love Frame Die (heart)
Stitched Party Dies (banner)
Stitched Rectangular Frame Dies ("you")
Alpha Pack ("are the best!")
New! Jr. Rolled Flower Dies (flowers) Available NOW!

***Freebie Stamp*** 
The first 150 shoppers
will get this stamp FREE!
For our Freebie Stamp this release, we are giving away this super cute Every Little Thing... stamp to the FIRST 150 shoppers! You do NOT have to add it in your cart. If you are one of the first 150 shoppers, Emma & her shipping crew will automatically include it in your package! If you order AFTER the 150th shopper, this stamp set will be available for purchase!

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***Blog Hop Giveaway***
One lucky winner of today's Blog Hop Giveaway will receive a $50 gift card to the MCT online shop! To enter, simply leave a comment on each of the designers' blogs! You are NOT required to comment on every 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 should you be the lucky winner!

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 ***Sale Alert***
Don't forget that our sale starts right now! Use the code: MAR2015 to receive a 15% discount off your entire purchase! This sale applies to in-stock items only. The sale will end on Friday, March 27th at 11:59pm PST.

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That's it for me today, but the fun continues on Audrey's blog!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

19 March 2015

MCT 41st Edition Sneak Peek: 2 Super Tweet Cards

by Veronica

Another awesome release is quickly approaching! Today we are showcasing three new products. Up first we have Tweet Me and Fun Tweet Me Dies.

This card uses a lot of white space for a CAS look with pops of color dots to add some punch.

MCT Products Used
NEW! Tweet Me (available 3/20/15)
NEW! Fun Tweet Me Dies (available 3/20/15)
Build a Pretty Flower (dots)

Up next is the Freebie Stamp you can earn this month by being one of the first 150 shoppers tomorrow (starting at 8am PST).


MCT Products Used
Best Bots Forever (phone die)
NEW! Every Little Thing (available 3/20/15)

***Sneak Peek Giveaway!***
We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner! Today's winner will be announced tomorrow in Emma's video on her blog.
For a chance to win, simply leave a comment on each of our blogs! You are NOT required to comment on every 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 should you be 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!
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Thanks for stopping by for a sneak peek at the new release. You can see more projects from the Design Team on Emma's blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

12 March 2015

MCT Designer Challenge: Color POP!

by Veronica

It's a Designer Challenge day today with My Creative Time. We are trying out the Color Pop Technique. This technique is really easy to do: Keep your project neutral and then add a POP of color!


I used a mix of beige and gray on this card for my neutrals and then popped with some turquoise sequins. This is a super easy card that can be thrown together in minutes, but it really gives a stunning impression.

MCT Products Used
Watercolor Background Stamps
Hello Frame Dies ("thanks")

To get the distressed look on the "thanks" die, I stamped the largest watercolor background stamp onto the white die-cut.

Thanks for stopping by! You can see more awesome Color POP projects on the MCT blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica