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Friday, March 23, 2018

Interactive Flower Pot Pocket Card with Craftin Desert Divas

Hello friends!! Today I have a tutorial on how to make A Flower Pot Pocket Card using stamps and dies from Craftin Desert Divas!! This folded card style has been around for awhile but I thought I'd revisit it with you today!

This is actually a simple card to make. Just a couple of folds and a little bit of trimming. Let's get started!!

First, to make the "flower pot", you will need a piece of cardstock that measures 9" X 3.5".  You will score this at 2" and 5.5". Fold this so the small portion is folded forward and the larger portion is folded towards the back, just like this:

To make it look more like a pot instead of a square, keeping the card together, line the top of the card up with the cutting track on your paper trimmer and the lower corner at the .5" inch mark and cut.

This creates angles and makes it look much more like a flower pot. Note: I did not trim the small flap.

Now, this is where you will want to decorate the front flap. You can use a border punch or die, decorative scissors or in my case, the scalloped die from the Pocket Pieces Hello Die Set. I did have to do some partial die cutting to prevent cutting the whole die.

You can see here that the cutting plate is not entirely covering the die which results in this..

Now this is where it gets super fun!! I die cut a whole bunch of flowers and leaves with the "extra dies" that are included in the Inside Scalloped Circle Dies. This die set is worth EVERY penny!!  I used Strathmore Mixed Media Paper to cut all the dies. I used about 4 colours of Distress Inks to easily colour them.

For the inner panel, you will have one piece of cardstock that measures 4.5" X 2.5". This piece will be a mat. To layer on that, I cut a piece of white cardstock using the smallest scalloped rectangle from the Fancy Frames Die Set. To make this fit perfectly onto the mat piece, I simply had trim a tiny piece off each side.

Next, I added a little pizazz to the "pot" but adding some patterned paper from the Kraft in Colour Paper Pad.  I didn't really measure this piece. I just placed enough over the base, under the flap and trimmed it to size with my scissors.

Next, it's time to arrange all the flowers.  I started by adhering most of the greenery using tape adhesive.  Note: the greenery and florals are adhered to the insert!!

As you can see, it looks a little sparse. So I die cut and coloured more leaves and flowers. I also adhered some directly to the front flap making sure not glue those pieces to the insert.

For the sentiment, I die cut the small scalloped oval from the Fancy Stitched Labels Die Set out of white cardstock and stamped a sentiment from the Garden Bugs Stamp Set. I thought it went perfectly with this card.

I adhered the sentiment with foam adhesive.  For the inside of the card, I used the "Happy Birthday" from the Summer Vibin' Stamp Set as well as some cute flowers from the Garden Bugs set.

For a bit of fancy detail, I added some white ribbon around the top of the card. Note: the ribbon will keep this card closed or you can add a WEE bit of glue to the very edges of the card, or in this case, pot :)

How fun would it be to receive this?!

Thank you for stopping by today! I hope you got some inspiration and will try out this card or any other of the interactive cards you will see on the blog this week!!

Here's a list of all CDD products I used:

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Tag It Tuesday with My Creative Time!

Welcome and happy Tuesday!! My project is a little different today but trust me, it does involve tags!
A good set of tag dies is a must have in any craft room. Two or three different sets is even better :), but if you're new to die cutting or just starting out on your crafty journey, here are a couple of recommendations.

This is a great starter set. Two pretty designs with stitching detail and they are a GOOD size!

This set is genius! These tags perfectly layer on the Tag Dies but also come with a couple of border dies and word dies!! These dies are also large enough to use on their own!!  And finally..

These are my current favourite tag dies and what I'll be using today!  These are generously sized and do not come with a pre cut hole at the top. This opens up many possibilities!! You decided where and if you even want a hole!!   Anyway, let's get on to my project!!

I started by die cutting three of the mid-sized tag from the Chunky Stitched Tag Dies, three times out of white cardstock.  I laid them out on my grid paper to measure.  The three side by side measured 6.5 inches across and almost 2.75 inches high. You can use any sized tag die for this card, but be sure to get these measurements before you make your cardbase!!!

I cut another piece of white cardstock down to 7 X 7 inches square and scored it at 3.5.  This will become my card base.

I blended Worn Lipstick and Squeezed Lemonade Distress Oxide Inks onto each of the tags and sprayed them with water to give a nice splattered effect. I also cut 2 different doilies from the Bunch of Stitched Doilies Dies out of the same white cardstock. I will do some stamping on these.

For my main focal point, I decided to stamp, colour and die cut one of the floral images from the Healing Wishes Stamp and Die Set. I did some very simple colouring using coloured pencils (or pencil crayons as we like to call them up here in these parts!).  I partially stamped a couple of the other images onto the small doilies and coloured them in as well!!

So now it's time for assembly. I adhered each tag to the card base that I created. I made sure the first tag was flush against the left hand side and exactly at the top fold.

Because I made the card base larger than needed, I had to trim the right side as well as the bottom. I used my guillotine trimmer for this! Next, I trimmed around each tag die with scissors, this being the end result..

Very cool, tag shaped card!!  All that was left to do was adhere my doilies to each panel using foam adhesive and add a sentiment!

I had to stagger the doilies slightly to accommodate the sentiment, which also comes from the Healing Wishes set.  I added a bit of detail with a clear sparkle pen, some Nuvo Drops in White Blizzard and some clear confetti sequins.

I absolutely ADORE how this turned out!! 

And I'm also in love with that stamp and die set!!

Thank you so much for stopping by today!! I hope you found a little inspiration here :)

Until next time...

Stay crafty, my friends!


Friday, March 16, 2018

MY Creative Time 77th Edition Release Blog Hop and Sale!!

Well, hello there!! Welcome to the 77th Edition Release Blog Hop and Sale!!  Today we've come together to show off the new products in this release!! Stay tuned to the end of this post for giveaway details!!

You should have arrived from the wonderfully talented MISS KENDRA   . If not, that's ok! You can find the full hop list HERE.

Yesterday, I showed you a bright and fun card using the Daisy Frame Die and some patterned paper.  Well, I had one positive die cut from that paper that I just had to use!  I planned to make a shaker card for you today but mistakes were made (go figure) and I went with more of a "faux shaker" card :)

I started by making a 4.25 X 4.25 white card base.  I die cut 5 Daisy Frames out of inexpensive white cardstock to make the "well" of my shaker element.  I adhered them all together using a spray adhesive. I found this way easier than using liquid glue. On the top of the white die cuts, I adhered the positive piece I had left over from yesterday.

THIS was the downfall of the shaker card!  Instead of placing the acetate UNDER the plaid die cut, I adhered it to the back of the entire stack of die cuts...

Rookie mistake.  This is when the plans changed to the faux shaker.  I used the die to cut the front of my cardbase, to create a window.

Luckily, I didn't trim the acetate down so there was enough extra to fit behind the window.

I lined up the stack of dies through the opening and was able to adhere them in with the acetate. Phew, card saved!  Now, I for one, don't really like the unfinished look on the inside of the card. To remedy that, I die cut the Daisy Frame Die from blue cardstock, and adhered it to the inside. I didn't bother covering the flower portion .

I added a bunch of clear sequins randomly to the from of the card with Glossy Accents. I tried to make them look messy, like they were just shaken around.

The sentiment comes from the new Spring Smiles Stamp set and was stamped on the inside of the card with a bright blue ink! Here, you can see the finished inside, front panel!

I added a couple of yellow enamel dots to the centres of each flower to break up the plaid pattern a bit.

Clean and fairly simple! 

Now onto the fun stuff...

For our blog hop giveaway, Emma is giving away a $50 gift card to the "My Creative Time" store to ONE LUCKY winner! ALL you have to do is 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 MORE chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case "YOU" are the lucky winner!
ALSO, DON'T FORGET our sale starts RIGHT NOW here:! Use the code: MAR2018 to receive a discount off your entire purchase! This sale applies to "IN-STOCK" items ONLY. This sale will end on Friday, March 23, 2018 @midnight PST.

Your next stop on the hop is the incredibly talented MISS LIZ!!

Thank you so much for hopping along with us today.  I hope you found some inspiration here today!

Until next time...stay crafty!!


Thursday, March 15, 2018

My Creative Time 77th Edition Sneak Peek Day 2!

Hi friends!! I'm happy you're here!!  Today is Day Two of sneak for the 77th Edition for My Creative Time!

Yesterday we showed you the new Tulip Frame Die.  Today comes the Daisy Frame Die!!  Just like the Tulip Frame, this die packs a punch!  I'll show you two different ways to use it.

Because I'm ready for spring, I chose a bright yet pastel colour palette.  I started by cutting a plaid piece of patterned paper with the largest of the Stitched Postage Frame Dies. I then took the Daisy Frames Die and cut it from the centre of the plaid panel as well as a piece of blue cardstock.  I foam mounted the Postage panel onto the front of an A2 top folding cardbase and adhered the blue Daisy Frame into the negative, that was a lot of words! Here's a look at what I mean :)

This die set also comes with 2 separate flower pieces and centres that can be die cut separately. I chose to die cut them out of the same patterned paper.  There is two die cut on each flower. I just rotated them slightly to give a fuller look.

I stamped the sentiment which comes from the Spring Smiles stamp set (which was also sneak peeked yesterday) in a bright pink ink directly onto the card front.  I added a few clear droplets and some glitter to the centre of the flowers.

This card makes me happy!!

Now, let me quickly show you another way to use this die!  For this card, I die cut the Daisy Frame Die out of white cardstock but instead of using the whole thing, I snipped the flowers off.  I die cut a couple of the separate layer pieces and did some quick alcohol marker colouring.

After layering them up, I used the Scalloped Stitched Rectangular Dies to cut a piece of ivory and pink cardstock.  I added a bit of Gathered Twigs Distress Ink around the edges for a slightly vintage look.  I stamped a sentiment in the same Distress Ink and adhered the flowers. A few pink crystals finish this card off!

Now how about a look at the giveaway details?!

***Sneak Peek giveaway!***
We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner! For example, the set we are showcasing on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday & the sets we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday on my blog! ALL you have to do is 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 more chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/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!;)
Thank you all so much for stopping by again today! We'll be back with a Blog Hop tomorrow, see you then!!


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