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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tag It Tuesday with My Creative Time!

Hello, friends and welcome back!  It's all about tag making today using products from My Creative Time. While Emma carries a lot of tag dies, I thought I would think outside the box by creating a tag out of something that is not remotely close to a tag!!

I used the Party Hat Dies to make this tag...


This was quite easy and quick to make. I die cut two of the large hat die bases, scored one about 3/4 inch from the top and adhered the two together. This basically creates a shaped card but by adding twine to the top, it instantly becomes a tag!!  I cut the polka dot layer out of a dark blue cardstock, glued it to the base and added a ton of sparkle pen.


To adhere the twine, I cut two of the pom poms out of grey cardstock and sandwiched the cord in between.  Then glued it to the top of the hat.  Easy peasy!

The sentiment comes from the Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set and was stamped on one of the Strip Sentiment Dies.


I rarely do this but I actually stamped a greeting on the inside of this tag which says "wishing you the best". This also comes from the Hello Gorgeous Set. 

I hope you enjoyed my take on Tag It Tuesday!  I encourage you to take a look through your stash of dies to see what YOU can make a tag out of!

Until next time...stay crafty!!

Laurie





Thursday, April 25, 2019

Just Cards with My Creative Time!

Hello, friends!! Today, I'm sharing a card made using some brand new and not so new products from My Creative Time!

I'm absolutely addicted and in love with the new Zig Zag Background Die and just had to use it on today's project:)


I layered the white zig zag die over a kraft card base. I die cut a circle using one of the Bunch of Fun Circles Dies out of pink cardstock and to decorate that circle, I used another one of my favourite die sets, the Pretty Stitched Flowers and Leaves Dies.  


I used some green and blue shades of cardstock for the flowers and leaves.  Before adhering the die cuts, I white heat embossed a sentiment from the A Friend Like You Stamp and Die Set onto the circle.

I used a combination of foam tape and liquid glue to adhere all the elements to the card base.  I decided to skip any sparkle and shine to this card as I really liked the "flat" finish.


Thanks for stopping by today!!  See you soon!

Laurie



Friday, April 19, 2019

90th Edition Release Blog Hop and Sale for My Creative Time!!

Welcome to another awesome blog hop for the 90th Edition Release from My Creative Time!!  Wow, 90 releases and they just keep getting better and better!! You likely arrived from the awesome Miss Kendra's Blog.  If not, you can find the full hop list Here!!


I've got THREE card to share with you featuring the new Zig Zag Background Die!!  I absolutely love background dies but I know the price point is often a bit higher. So, I wanted to show you how you can get a little more mileage out of these dies.

You may remember from Tuesday's post, I used an inlay die cut technique using black and white cardstock. Well, this resulted in me having an extra panel in the reverse colours. This is one great thing about background dies, you will often get two projects out of one pass through the die cutting machine!!  Just like on my Tuesday card, I paired a bright colour to contrast with the black/white background..


I die cut the Big Hello Die and the hearts from the 2X2 Noteholder Add-Ons out of a bright pink cardstock.  And instead of using the die in portrait orientation, I used it in landscape, which gives a whole new look to this die!


A little glitter pen on the pink die cuts is all this card needs!  Don't you just love the look of inlay die cutting??

For my next project, I decided to make a stencil out of the background die.  This is just another awesome technique you can do!  I did use a light weight cardstock to create the stencil.  I tried on copy paper and it was just too thin.  But the bonus of this was I, again, got two projects!  


The piece on the left is the "stencil", the piece on the right was made using the "stencil".  I love both looks!





After cutting the stencilled piece down with the second largest More Stitched Rectangular Dies, I used the flowers from the 2X2 Noteholder Add-Ons to decorate it.  I used some bright ink colours for the flower so they would stand out against the background.


The sentiment comes from the new Hello Gorgeous Stamp Set and was stamped on a Strip Sentiment Die!  The stems of the flowers come from the Stitched Pretty Flower and Leaves Die Set.  

The next and final card is made using the actual "stencil" or background die.  Because I love those zig zags and that colour, I didn't want to cover up too much of the background.


I used the Lucky Bird Die and chose a nice bright yellow shade for good contrast!  The branch comes from the A Friend Like You Stamp & Die Set.  This created a nice focal point but didn't take away from that awesome background!!


The sentiment comes from the A Beautiful Day Stamp & Die Set which again, fit perfectly onto the new Strip Sentiment Dies!!

Here's a look at all three cards!! I'd love to know which is your favourite!!


Your next stop is the talented Miss Ruthie!!  Thank you so, so much for hopping along with us today!  I hope you've found some inspiration and are able to pick up some of this fabulous release!!

BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY!!

For our blog hop giveaway, Emma is giving a $25 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 blog but the more you comment, the more chances you have of winning!! Very important:  Please leave a way for us to contact you (with your comment) just in case you are the winner!!

FREEBIE!!

Starting today, Friday April 19th, 2019 at 8am PST, we will be giving away these adorable new "Flower and Heart Mom Dies".  This new set will be given to the first 25 shoppers!  It will be automatically added to your package during packing/shipping. Once the 25 shoppers have gone through, this die set will be available for purchase!  So, if it's available in the store, you are not one of the first 25 shoppers.  No exceptions will be made.  the "freebie" is NOT part of the bundle and will be sold separately.

SALE ALERT!!

Don't forget!! Our sale starts right now at the My Creative Time Store!!  Use the code APR2019 at checkout to receive 15% off your entire in-stock purchase!! The sale ends on Friday, April 26th 2019 at midnight PST!!

Here's a look at the entire release!!

Strip Sentiment Dies

Hello Gorgeous

Flower&Heart MOM die (freebie)

2X2 Note Holder Die and Add Ons

Zig Zag Background Die













Thursday, April 18, 2019

My Creative Time 90th Edition Release Sneak Peek Day 4!!

Welcome back to our final day of sneak peeks!  I hope you've been enjoying all these looks at the upcoming products.  I think this may be my favourite release to date!!

Today, we're having a look at the new Flower & Heart Mom Dies!!  This is actually the freebie this month and you won't want to miss it!  This is a set of two "Mom" word dies but the centre of each is different. You guessed it, one is a flower, the other a heart!  But, what is really awesome about this set is that it co-ordinates perfectly with the Add-ons from the 2X2 Note Holder Die, which we showcased yesterday!!

I chose the hearts for my project today!!  I started by creating my own background using the different heart dies from the Add-Ons set.  This was easy and didn't take too much time at all!!


I used Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide Inks on the card base before adhering my die cut panel down.  I did cut the "Mom" out of white cardstock and inked it with the two lighter inks.


I cut the smallest heart from the 2X2 Note Holder Add-Ons out of white cardstock and adhered it directly to the heart in the Mom.  I then covered the entire die in Nuvo Crystal Glaze.  The sentiment comes from the Healing Wishes Stamp & Die Set which fit perfectly onto one of the new Strip Sentiment Dies (I'm totally addicted to these sentiment strips!!).


And that's a wrap for the 90th Edition Release Sneak Peeks!!  Remember to join us tomorrow for a blog hop with tons of inspiration using all these new products!!

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 Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the set we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday (on the MCT Blog).  All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs. You are not required to comment on on every single blog, but the more you comment, the more chances you have to win! VERY IMPORTANT: Please leave a way for us to contact you when leaving your comment, just in case you are the lucky winner!!  For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release by sharing it on Facebook, Tweeting about it or sharing on Instagram!  Use the hashtag #mycreativetime.  GOOD LUCK!!

Laurie




Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Create A Smile Challenge...CIRCLES!!

Hello friends and welcome back to another challenge for Create A Smile Stamps!!  It's all about circles. Who doesn't love a basic shape?  Especially, circles!!

I used a bunch of CAS products on this card. I basically went through every stamp set I have and looked for circles.  But real basis for this card comes from the Huge Polka Dots Stencil.  I used Catherine Pooler Inks in the colours Sweet Sixteen, Aquatini and Lime Rickey.  I used a Life Changing Blending Brush from Picket Fence Studio for the blending.


When the ink was dry, I heat embossed a bunch of circle images in silver.  The two largest circles come from the Hocus Focus set and all the other circles come from the Fine Ferns Stamp Set. I trimmed the panel down and adhered it to a light grey panel cut with a stitched rectangle die.


For the sentiment, I die cut the "you" from the You Twice Cool Cuts and used the Sweet Sixteen ink to give it some ombre style colour.  I took a co-ordinating sentiment from the All About You Stamp Set.  I heat embossed it onto a circle cut from a piece of polka dot vellum (from PaperTrey Ink, years ago!).  I simply manipulated the stamp to fit the circular shape.  I did layer the vellum onto a white circle die cut as well.  The sentiment just got lost without it.  I cut the "you" out of white craft foam for some dimension and added it to the circle.


I did adhere the sentiment circle with foam tape to separate it from the stencilled and embossed background!!

I hope you can play along with us!! I love seeing all creativity!!  Visit the Create A Smile Stamps Challenge Blog to enter!!

Thanks for stopping by! See you soon!!

Laurie



My Creative Time 90th Edition Release Sneak Peek Day Three!!

Welcome Back!!  For today's sneak peek, we are showing you the new 2X2 Noteholder and Add-ins!!  You may remember or even have, the Note Card Holder Die Set.  This set lets you make pretty packaging for regular sized Post-It Notes.  The set were revealing today, is a miniature version which lets you decorate the mini Post-Its!!

Both these die sets are great for making party favours or class room gifts!!  Today's set also comes with a variety of dies that help you decorate your note holder. Unfortunately, I forgot about them and didn't use them...sorry!!  But I'm certain the other girls on the team did remember :)



This die assembles in seconds, literally.  There are a few score lines and you don't need any adhesive!!  I used a light weight patterned paper so the folding was super easy!

I used the You're All Write Stamp & Die Set to decorate the front of my note holder. I thought it worked perfectly for this!!  Plus I love those cute pencil images!


You can see how perfectly those mini Post Its fit!  I did put some strong tape runner adhesive on the back of the note pad and it sticks perfectly inside.  You can remove the top note without removing the whole pad.


Isn't this die just the cutest??!  Thank you once again for dropping by!  Our last day of sneak peeks is tomorrow followed by a blog hop on Friday!

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 Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the set we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday (on the MCT Blog).  All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs. You are not required to comment on on every single blog, but the more you comment, the more chances you have to win! VERY IMPORTANT: Please leave a way for us to contact you when leaving your comment, just in case you are the lucky winner!!  For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release by sharing it on Facebook, Tweeting about it or sharing on Instagram!  Use the hashtag #mycreativetime.  GOOD LUCK!!

Laurie



Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Wishing Wells with Your Next Stamp!!

Welcome back, friends!!  Today, is my final guest post for Your Next Stamp.  I've had an absolute blast creating with some of the newest release!  I hope you've had a chance to check out all the amazing inspiration from the YNS design team...they are amazing!  I also hope you were able to get some of these goodies for your craft room :)

For my card today, I used the new Wishing Wells and Wishing Well Fairy Stamp Sets along with their co-ordinating dies.


I had so much fun colouring up these images!  Aren't they beautiful and sweet?  I created a frame using the Reverse Scallop with Optional Stripes Die.  I used the positive portion to ink blend some clouds using a stencil and Peacock Feathers Distress Ink.

On the card base itself, I used a sunray stencil with some Spun Sugar Distress Ink to add a bit of interest.  I used the Misti Stamping Tool to stamp the "wishing" multiple times with the same ink. We all know that Distress Inks don't work so well for stamping but the Misti solves that problem!


I foam mounted the frame and used liquid adhesive for the cloud background. I love that there is a die that cuts out the "Wishing" word!!  I added foam adhesive to the word die as well as all the images.  I love dimension on my cards!


And that's my finished card for today!  I want to thank Karen and Julie for having me this month. I enjoyed my time with you so much!!

And thank YOU for stopping in today. I love when you visit!!

Until next time...

Laurie


My Creative Time 90th Edition Sneak Peek Day Two!!

Are you ready for todays sneak?? Are you sure because it's going to knock your socks off?  Hold on tight, here we go...

It's a COVER PLATE DIE!!!!  Yippee, I love those things and this one is beautiful and unique! I know I don't have anything quite like it!!  It's called the Zig Zag Background Die!  It's big, it's beautiful and it's bold!! So, without keeping you in suspense any longer, here is the card I created using this fantastic die!!


I cut the die once out of white and once out of black.  I wanted a smooth, graphic style of black and white.  You could easily just lay the black over white and vice versa but I love the look of in laid die cutting!! Plus, I got two backgrounds! This one and the other where the colours are reversed!  Stay tuned for that one :)


With a black and white background, I decided to add pink for a pop of colour.  I used one of the flamingos from yesterday's sneak and used alcohol markers to get some vivid colour.  To ground that beautiful, pink bird I used a portion of the Stitched Grass Die, coloured with Twisted Citron Distress Ink.  I used sentiments from the Never Stop Dreaming Stamp & Die Set and stamped them onto the smallest die from the brand new Strip Sentiment Dies.


The background was adhered flat to a top fold A2 card base while all the elements were popped up with foam adhesive.  I love how this card turned out and I SUPER LOVE this die!!  I hope you're all as excited as I am :)

Thank you so much for stopping by today! See you tomorrow for another awesome sneak peek!!

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 Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the set we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday (on the MCT Blog).  All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs. You are not required to comment on on every single blog, but the more you comment, the more chances you have to win! VERY IMPORTANT: Please leave a way for us to contact you when leaving your comment, just in case you are the lucky winner!!  For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release by sharing it on Facebook, Tweeting about it or sharing on Instagram!  Use the hashtag #mycreativetime.  GOOD LUCK!!

Laurie



Monday, April 15, 2019

My Creative Time 90th Edition Sneak Peek Day One!!

Hello, crafty friends!! Are you all ready for another AMAZING release from My Creative Time?!!  Today, we're taking a look at two different products which work VERY well together!

First is the Hello Gorgeous Stamp & Die Set.  This is a beautiful stamp set featuring two flamingo images and includes some of the best sentiments, EVER!!  Here's a look at what I made using the set.


I created a little circle scene using the Bunch of Fun Circles Dies, the Floating Clouds Dies and the greenery dies that are included in the Summer Vibes Stamp & Die Set.  I coloured everything with Distress Inks which was quick and easy.  I layered the circle scene onto the largest die in the Bunch of Fun Circles set and before adding that to the card base, I used a leaf embossing folder on the front panel.


I stamped the sentiment onto one of the new Strip Sentiment Dies. You are going to love these dies! They are so cute and not mention versatile. I even have a bonus project featuring these dies for you today! 


I finished this card off with a bit Nuvo Crystal Glaze and some clear sequins.  Let's have a look at my bonus card!


The sentiment strip dies come attached and for this project, that came in handy.  When ran the dies through my die cutting machine using cardstock first, then a scrap piece of paper.  The scrap provides a template which make it really easy to line the die cuts up on the card front.

I white heat embossed different sentiment on the labels then used a rainbow colours of Distress Inks to blend over top.


I did cut craft foam using the dies as well, for perfect dimension.  Then added some co-ordinating rainbow confetti to each sentiment strip. And that call that card, done!! This is a super clean and simple card, but so much fun!!

I hope you enjoyed today's sneak peek!! You won't want to miss tomorrow :)

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 Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the set we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday (on the MCT Blog).  All you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs. You are not required to comment on on every single blog, but the more you comment, the more chances you have to win! VERY IMPORTANT: Please leave a way for us to contact you when leaving your comment, just in case you are the lucky winner!!  For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release by sharing it on Facebook, Tweeting about it or sharing on Instagram!  Use the hashtag #mycreativetime.  GOOD LUCK!!

Laurie 






Monday, April 8, 2019

Manly Monday with My Creative Time!!

Good morning, friends and welcome back!  Today, I'm sharing a masculine card featuring stamps and dies from My Creative Time.

I find the easiest thing to do when creating a masculine card is to start off with a colour palette.  Once I've found a good choice of colours, things usually fall into place. Next, I like to keep the design simple but graphic.

I used the Mad for Plaid Stamp Set to create a background panel for my card. I know I've used this set for other Manly Monday projects but it is SO versatile and works SO well for masculine cards!


I used Catherine Pooler Inks in the colours, Twilight, Lime Rickey, Aquatini and Orange Twist. You can really go all out and create an amazing plaid background with this set, but I kept it simple with diagonal lines.

I used the "you" from the You Dies #2 Set and partially inked up the "you are awesome" stamp from the Amazing Things Stamp and Die Set to create my sentiment.  For the extra pop of colour, I used the Orange Twist and Aquatini inks to blend colour onto the stars, which are from the 3 Star Stitched Dies.


I adhered everything onto a grey circle cut from one of the Bunch of Fun Circles Dies, then foam mounted it all at once onto the striped panel.  A bit of sparkle and Nuvo Crystal Glaze to the "you" and some white gel pen details, finish this card!!

I hope you enjoyed todays project and found a little inspiration!

Thank you so much for visiting today!!

Laurie






Friday, April 5, 2019

"Background Check" Challenge and Blog Hop for Scrap 'N Stamp Canada

Welcome back, friends!!  Today is the start of another challenge for Scrap 'N Stamp Canada!  It's all about backgrounds!  The door is pretty wide open here...you can use a background stamp, use multiple images to create a background, ink blend, watercolour or use a stencil. The sky's the limit on this one!!



For my project, I decided to create my own stencil using a cover die AND trying out my new Life Changing Blending Brushes from Picket Fence Studio!! I was so excited to see that the SNS Store started to carry this line of stamps and dies!  The process took a bit of a turn about halfway through this card so let's take a look!!

I started by stamping, colouring and fussy cutting a few images from the Stuck On You Stamp set from Concord & 9th.


I decided to create my own stencil for the background of my card.  I used the Polka Heart Background Die from Lawn Fawn.  I die cut it out of printer/typing paper.


Initially, I thought I wanted a green heart background to co-ordinate with the cacti so I used a medium blending brush along with Twisted Citron, Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint Distress Inks. These brushes work awesome with stencils!!  I did try to do some direct ink blending without a stencil, and I just couldn't get the hang of it with these brushes. I also noticed quite a bit of wrist fatigue as well :(.  At this point, I would highly recommend these brushes for stencilling and small areas but personally, I'll continue to use the Ranger Ink Blending Tool for full backgrounds. 


You can see the nice blend these brushes create! And I was surprised at how well the ink cleaned off! I simply rubbed it onto a paper towel before each colour change.  And I did change the colour theme here!!  I just flipped over my home made stencil and used Worn Lipstick Disress Ink.


After I was done with the ink blending, I used a Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die to cut down the panel. I love the way it turned out!


Now it was just a matter of putting all the elements together!!  I used foam adhesive to adhere all my potted cacti onto the panel.


I should mention that I did a bit of paper pieces on the flower pots using some scraps of patterned paper in my stash.


I wanted to keep the card fairly CAS so I didn't add much else to it.


I love the soft blend these brushes gave and would definitely recommend them!

Just so happens, that for this weekend only, Scrap 'N Stamp is offering 20% off the Picket Pence Brushes when you use the CODE: BRUSH20!!

PRIZES:

There will be eight (8) grab bags along with one (1) $50 gift certificate to the SNS Store!  Now, those are some awesome prizes!!  All you have to do is leave some love at each stop of the hop for your chance to win!

CHALLENGE BLOG:

Remember, to enter your project on the SNS Challenge Page for another chance to win!!

BLOG HOP LINEUP:

Laurie (that's me!)

Thanks for hopping along with us today!!

Laurie





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