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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Sketch Challenge for Create a Smile Stamps!

Hello and welcome back to another challenge for Create a Smile Stamps! This week we're playing with a sketch...


I used the Same Frequency Stamp Set for the super cute robot image! 


I used the Focal Die Set along with the second largest Postage Edge Circle Die as the two circles in the sketch.  I used foam tape to attach the robot to give a bit of a "lift".  Then sentiment was stamped onto a banner die from MFT and layered on top of another cut from the same grey cardstock as the cardbase.


To create some seperation, I cut some white cardstock using the second largest Scalloped Rectangle Die and adhered that directly onto the card base.  For a finishing touch, I stamped and fussy cut a few "nuts" that are in the stamp set. I glued them down and added some sparkle to each one using a glitter pen. 


I foam mounted the sentiment and that was it!!  Hope you enjoyed my take on the sketch!

Please join us! We love seeing what you create!

Also, up for grabs is a €25 gift certificate to the Create A Smile online shop...woohoo!  Please visit the CAS Challenge Blog for all the details!!

I wanted to let you know that Create A Smile Stamps has a DESIGN TEAM CALL for the Challenge Team going on right now!!  You can find all the details HERE!

Thanks for stopping in!  See you soon!

Laurie





Friday, October 18, 2019

MCT 96th Edition Release Blog Hop!!

Are you all ready for some incredible inspiration using new products from this month's release??


For my project today, I used the new Keep Fighting Stamp and Die Set.  This is an encouraging and uplifting set.  I did not make a card today, but what I thought, would work as a bookmark or something to hang from a rear-view mirror. So the recipient would be constantly reminded to Keep Fighting!


I used the middle sized doily die from the Bunch of Stitched Doily Dies. I cut it twice from white cardstock and adhered the two together.  On another piece of white cardstock, I ombre stamped one of the angel wing images using a few pink inks. I used the co-ordinating die to cut it out as well as cut it from craft foam.


Of course, I added a touch of shimmer!  I added three tiny hearts as well, just to give it some extra love.  On the back, I stamped the "keep fighting" sentiment in the same inks.


I think this set is beautiful and though we do not like having to make these types of cards, this set will make it a bit easier.

Thanks for joining us today!!

Laurie


BLOG HOP LINEUP:

Laurie (ME)

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 October 18th, 2019 at 8am PST, we will be giving away these adorable new "HoHoHo Die".  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 OCT2019 at checkout to receive 15% off your entire in-stock purchase!! The sale ends on Friday, October 25th 2019 at midnight PST!!

Here's a look at this months release!!

Keep Fighting

Snowflake Tag Die

Christmas Tree Tag Die

Big Santa Dies

HoHoHo Die (FREEBIE)

Money Envelope Die













Thursday, October 17, 2019

Final Sneak Peek for My Creative Time!

Welcome to the last sneak peek of the upcoming My Creative Time release!!

We have an amazing, large die set to share with you!  It's called the Money Holder Die and it is going to come in handy time and time again!!  Cash is always a great gift but it's hard to make it fun or attractive to give.  This new die has you covered for many different occasions and I've decided to make a money holder for an upcoming wedding!!


Look at this thing!! This comes together SO quickly and will be a lot of fun to customize using other stamps and dies in your stash.  And yes, that congratulations die is included in this set!!

I prettied my envelope up using the previously released I Have Faith in You Stamp and Die Set.  I was a little worried that Canadian money wouldn't fit but IT DOES!!


I love this die set and I think you will too!!  Thanks so much for joining us this week but don't forget that we have a blog hop planned for tomorrow! We hope you'll join us!



**Sneak Peek Giveaway**

We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner!! For example, the sets we showcase on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we showcase on Thursday will be announced on Friday on the MCT Blog!  All you have to do is leave some love on each of our blogs.  You are not required to comment on every blog, but the more you do comment on, 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 lucky winner! For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #mycreativetime!  Good luck!!



Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Mood Board Challenge with Create A Smile Stamps!

Welcome back for another challenge over on the Create A Smile Stamps Challenge Blog!  We have a gorgeous new mood board to give you some fall inspiration!!


Full of fall themed colours and images, this board should definitely get you in the Fall spirit!  Unfortunately, in my neck of the woods, we skipped that season and as I write up this post it is snowing and blowing :(.  

I used the Floral Decorations Stamp Set along with some fall colours to create my card today.  I blew the dust off my Derwent Inktense Pencils for the colouring.  I forgot how much fun those things were!  I decided to heat emboss all the images with Copper Metallic Embossing Powder from WOW. I love this colour!!


After the colouring was complete, I trimmed the panel down, then used a scalloped edge die to give a pretty scalloped edge.  I cut the You Twice Die out of the same cardstock as my card base and added a coat of clear embossing powder over the top. I love how it changed the shade of the kraft and gave it some super, shiny dimension!  The small sentiment comes from the All About You Stamp Set and was heat embossed in the Metallic Copper.

Before adhering the panel, I decided to clear heat emboss some of the images from the Floral Decorations set directly onto the card base...it just looked a little too plain.


I used a heart die set to cut 3 tiny hearts out of the kraft cardstock and used the clear EP on those as well.

I hope you found a little inspiration here today and I really hope you'll join us for the challenge!  We LOVE seeing what you create!  And remember, there's a €25 gift certificate the the Create A Smile Stamps online store up for grabs!!

Thanks for dropping by today!  See you again!

Laurie





My Creative Time Sneak Day Three!!

Aaand, we're back with another sneak peek for the upcoming 96th Edition Release for My Creative Time!

Today, we are showing you TWO new products. One, of which is the FREEBIE for this month!  The two work perfectly together so I combined both on my card.  First, is the Big Santa Dies. This set is awesome!! Second, is the HoHoHo Die (freebie).


The Big Santa Dies cut out the moustache, beard, hat along with separate dies to create the fuzzy parts of the hat. So. Much. Fun!!

I added some textured embossing powder on the white parts of the hat to create that fuzzy look.  I added some flicks of marker to the beard and moustache.  I foam mounted all the pieces onto a piece of cardstock cut with the second largest XOXO Border Dies.


I cut the HoHoHo Die out of red cardstock, which unfortunately was a different shade than the hat :(. This die does have a snowflake attached to it but I decided to trim it off.  I adhered it directly to the card.  I adhered the focal panel onto a card base that was embossed with a striped embossing folder.


A few sequins finish this card off!  I hope you enjoyed super fun sneak peek!! Tomorrow is our last days of peeks and you won't want to miss it.

**Sneak Peek Giveaway**

We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner!! For example, the sets we showcase on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we showcase on Thursday will be announced on Friday on the MCT Blog!  All you have to do is leave some love on each of our blogs.  You are not required to comment on every blog, but the more you do comment on, 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 lucky winner! For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #mycreativetime!  Good luck!!

FREEBIE!!

Starting today, Friday October 18th, 2019 at 8am PST, we will be giving away these adorable new "HoHoHo Die".  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.

Thanks for stopping by! See you tomorrow!

Laurie









Tuesday, October 15, 2019

96th Edition Release Sneak Day 2...My Creative Time!

It's Day Two of sneaks for the upcoming release from My Creative Time!  Are you excited??!!  Today, we are showing you TWO new dies!


You likely remember the Spooky Tree Tag Die from the August release.  Well, Emma has designed two more to add to this line!  I love these sets because it contains both the detailed frame portion as well as a backing.  These dies are super versatile. They can be used on a card or by simply punching a hole, can be used as a tag!

So, without further ado, here are the new Snowflake Tag Die and Christmas Tree Tag Die!!


I used the Snowflake Tag Die on a square card base and it looks fantastic. By punching a hole in the second die, it instantly becomes a tag!


I thought it would be fun to have a pink snowflake. Then, I couldn't help myself and created a VERY pink card!  But I just love non-traditional christmas colours!  By adding a few sequins inside the frame, it creates the illusion of a shaker card.


The sentiment comes from the Christmas Wishes Stamp Set.

The Christmas Tree Tag is extra fun because you can create a tiny little scene!  By adding a snow bank behind the tree and adding an ink blended sky, you get a cut little picture on a tag!


The garland, ornament and stars all pop out of the tree so they can be coloured and inlaid back in place! Again, I chose non tradition colours. The sentiment comes from the Dec 25th Stamp Set.


This makes a great tag but would also look great on your Christmas tree!

And that's day two!!  Tomorrow is probably my favourite day of sneak peeks so be sure to come for a visit!!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Laurie

**Sneak Peek Giveaway**

We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner!! For example, the sets we showcase on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we showcase on Thursday will be announced on Friday on the MCT Blog!  All you have to do is leave some love on each of our blogs.  You are not required to comment on every blog, but the more you do comment on, 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 lucky winner! For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #mycreativetime!  Good luck!!






Monday, October 14, 2019

My Creative Time 96th Edition Sneak Day One!

It's the greatest time of the month!!! We are close to another fabulous new release from My Creative Time!!  I hope you're ready for a week of amazing product sneak peeks!

Emma has designed some of the most incredible dies to get you through the upcoming holiday season.  But first, we are having a look at a new stamp and die set that will help get others through probably the hardest time of their lives...this set is called Keep Fighting and it is beautiful.

My card today is extremely clean and simple. A lot of white space with one focal point.


I heat embossed the gorgeous ribbon/wings image and used the co-ordinating die to cut it out.  I took the base layer die from a set we're showing you tomorrow (oops!) and cut it from white cardstock. I left the die in place and used a light grey ink to add some colour. By leaving the die in the cardstock, you get a lovely white border.

I modified and stamped one of the sentiments from the set in the same grey ink.  I used the co-ordinating die to cut some fun foam and mounted the embossed image on top then adhered the piece to the inked panel.  I also used foam tape to adhere the panel to the card base.


Clean and simple but really makes a statement.  

Thanks for stopping in!! See you tomorrow for another awesome peek at this months release!!

**Sneak Peek Giveaway**

We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner!! For example, the sets we showcase on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday and the sets we showcase on Thursday will be announced on Friday on the MCT Blog!  All you have to do is leave some love on each of our blogs.  You are not required to comment on every blog, but the more you do comment on, 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 lucky winner! For extra entries, you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #mycreativetime!  Good luck!!


Laurie






Sunday, October 6, 2019

Paper Smooches October Challenge!

Hey, friends! I've decided to participate in the monthly challenge going on over at Paper Smooches ! This one is very interested as the challenge is to get inspiration from one of the PS Design Team.  This design team is amazing so inspiration is easy to find!!  I would suggest checking these ladies out on social media if your mojo needs a little boost!


My muse of choice is the amazing Alice Huang!  I love her style. She does a lot of no-line colouring, which is awesome, as well as a lot of die cutting...which is one of my favourite things to do!  She creates stunning, dimensional backgrounds on her cards which are to die for!!

So, that is exactly what I did!  


I used the Loopy Leaf die to cut out five different colours of cardstock. I placed them onto the card front, not adhered, to get the placement just right. After figuring that out, I die cut the leaf again from craft foam for each piece. 

Before adhering them down, I stamped the sentiment which is from the Kindness Sampler Stamp Set. Paper Smooches has, hands down, the BEST sentiment stamp sets!!


I adhered all the loopy leaves down with liquid glue, added a bit of glitter pen to the hearts and called this card done!

Thank you, Alice for the inspiration and thank YOU for stopping by today!

Laurie

Friday, October 4, 2019

Let's Get (Di)Stressed Blog Hop with Scrap N Stamp Canada!!

Welcome back, my friends!  It's time for our monthly blog hop for the Scrap N Stamp Canada Store!  This is a fun one! We are "Di-stressing" with Distress Oxide Inks!!


I love my original Distress Inks but the Oxides with their pigment ink properties can be a whole lot more fun sometimes! I've tried a lot of techniques with them but I know there are tons more. Today, I'm going to share my favourite with you and that's using Distress Micro Glaze and Glossy Cardstock to create some amazing backgrounds!

I used Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Shaded Lilac Distress Oxides, watered down.  You can apply the inks any way you'd like. I did one panel using a paint brush, the other with the smooshing technique.


The one on the left is with the paintbrush, the right one is smooshed. The key here is to work in layers, especially when smooshing.  I applied one colour, heat set, applied another colour and so on.  After each panel was dry, I flicked some clean water to create some droplet effects.

Now, this is where the magic happens. While the panels are beautiful, they appear dull and chalky.  the Distress Micro Glaze magically brightens things up making the colours super vibrant!


I use a regular blending tool and foam to apply.  It does not take much!!! Just a light dab into the container and there's enough for both panels!!


Above the line is where the glaze was applied. Just look at how that purple pops!! Isn't it fabulous?!  What's also great about the Micro Glaze is that is waterproofs your project. So anything underneath won't run, bleed or get reactivated.  After applying the product, simply wipe any excess off with a paper towel.

I used the smooshed panel as I thought it looked galaxy-like.  So, I added some white, acrylic paint splatters to enhance that effect. And to make it even more sky looking, I used a bunch of stars and constellations from the Upon A Star Stamp Set and co-ordinating dies from Lawn Fawn (sorry, this set is not in stock at the moment!).


I used Versamark Ink along with Silver Embossing Powder. The Glossy cardstock embosses beautifully. Just make note that it is a slippery surface so your stamp will want to slide around!

I layered the panel onto a shaped card base made from die cutting two of the largest Fancy Scalloped Rectangle Dies (also, Lawn Fawn), scoring one panel approximately 1/2 inch from the top, applying adhesive and adhering the two panels together.


There is so much detail in all that ink plus the white paint splatters really stand out!


And to keep the sparkle going, I added a few clear sequins!  I hope you enjoyed reading about my favourite Oxide technique!  

Remember, you can show us your favourite technique over on the SNS Facebook Challenge Page! We love to see what you create!

The Scrap N Stamp Store is giving away one $50 gift certificate to one lucky commenter at each stop of the hop so make sure to leave some love!! Also, all things Oxide, including the new sprays will be 10% off with the code OXIDE10.. ends October 6th!! Fine Print:  Not valid with any other coupon, sale or promotion. Valid on in stock items only.

Here's the complete hop lineup:

Laurie (me!!)
Nancy E
Chala

Thanks for joining us this time around! Have fun hopping!

Laurie

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Create A Smile Stamps Sketch Challenge

Welcome to another challenge for Create A Smile Stamps!  We have a sketch for you to follow this time around!


I followed the sketch almost to a tee except for making one card, I made 3 mini cards!  Mini cards are so much fun to make. It is so easy to fill the front up, haha!


I used the Time to Say Thanks Stamp Set. Fall is in the air and I love making autumn cards!  I gold heat embossed the images and used Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Fossilized Amber, Crushed Olive and Peeled Paint Distress Ink to blend on the colour.

I fussy cut each leaf out and popped them up to a small square of corrugated kraft cardstock.


Instead of the horizontal strip on the sketch, I used some twine. Twine always gives such a rustic look.  I added three glittery sequin to each card and stamped the word "thanks" inside each card.


I hope you'll join us for this challenge! We LOVE seeing what you create! You also have a chance to win a €25 gift certificate to the CAS Shop!!


Please link up your creations on the Create A Smile Stamps Challenge Blog!

Thanks for stopping by!

Laurie







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