23 November 2012

MCT Black Friday Blog Hop: Christmas List

by Veronica

Happy Delicious Leftovers Day! Well, that's what day it is around here, anyway. I'll be meeting family at my in-laws' house today for a yummy lunch filled with all of the Turkey Day trimmings! Mmm..mmm...

With Thanksgiving over, the Christmas Season has officially begun! Now that we've spent time being thankful for everything we have, we can start shopping for more! *giggle*

Thanks for joining the MCT Design Team for today's Black Friday Blog Hop. Hopefully, this little Hop gives you a break from the hustle and bustle (aka trampling and biting) that's taking place in malls around the country. I've you've come here from Tracy's blog, you're headed in the right direction. If not, take a trip over to Emma's blog to start this Hop from the beginning.

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To keep my Christmas budget on track and my gift-giving organized, I created this handy Christmas List that I can keep in my purse to know exactly who is getting what and how much I've spent. Won't The Hubs be so proud of me?

This little organizer features the brand new Stitched XL Label Die on the front cover (layered on top of the original XL Label Die).

The year was stamped using the Circle Font stamp set that was just released last week. After stamping the year, I punched it out with a 3/4" Circle Punch and layered it on top of a 1" circle. The whole year is then popped up onto the banner die that came in last week's new die set: Vintage Stitched Label Dies

I stamped "Christmas" from Warm Holiday Fun (I isolated the word "Christmas" by covering the rest of the sentiment on my stamp with a post-it, inking it up, removing the post-it, and stamping onto my die). "LIST" was stamped using the new Label Font stamp set.

I also used Warm Holiday Fun to stamp my scroll (shaded with Copics), scroll sentiment, and white sparkly stars in the background (which were embossed in white). After adhering my ribbon to the front and back of the organizer, I popped up and layered my pieces onto the front.

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The inside of my organizer has two pockets: one for my gift list (which I created in Photoshop and printed myself) and one for gift receipts. I've added a little diagram below on how I created the folder for this simple organizer.

And now a word from Emma:
Thank you for joining us for our very FIRST "MCT Black Friday Blog Hop"! Okay, not only are we having a SALE, but we are ALSO releasing 2 new stitched dies that YOU ALL have been requesting for a LOOOONG time! IF you own the "Curly Label Die" & the "XL Label Die", we now have Stitched dies that will layer on top of those! Are you as excited as we all are??? 

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Wait, we are NOT stopping there, I have ALSO had several requests to sell my "Teeny Tag Dies" by themselves (for mass producing purposes) GUESS WHAT???? We now have them selling in my store by themselves! Sit back & please enjoy this hop as we all showcase the BRAND NEW "Stitched Curly Label Die" & the "Stitched XL Label Die" along with many other MCT products!

Please use the code: BLACKFRI (all caps) to get a 20% discount off your purchase! Sale will end Sunday, Nov 25th @ Midnight!

Well, this wouldn't be a party with out a giveaway.....right??? Well, we are keeping this simple! Just leave your comments along with a way to contact you, should you win! Random.org will be picking TWO lucky winners to win $25 worth of MCT product of YOUR choice! GOOD LUCK!


Thanks so much for stopping by for today's Black Friday Hop. I'm your last stop.

Have a great weekend! I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

16 November 2012

MCT 21st Edition Release Blog Hop

by Veronica

Welcome to Day 2 of My Creative Time's two-day Release Blog Hop. I've you e arrived here from Tracy's blog, you're on the rich track. If not, shoot on over to Emma's blog to start today's Hop from the beginning.

Today, I'm showcasing the brand new stamp set, Label Font. I've created a very simple, masculine card for my brother, Dan, who is getting "pinned" in December (like a graduation for Nursing School). I am so proud of him for making the decision to go back to school in his mid-twenties and sticking it out. He's going to make an awesome RN!

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For this 5.5" square card, I used a very simple technique: layering. Adding layers gives your project dimension and depth without a lot of work.

On the card base layer, I stamped the argyle pattern from the Coffee Break stamp set in a coordinating ink to my paper.

On the off-white layer, I stamped "Congrats" using Label Font and "you did it!" from the Teeny Tag Greetings stamp set.

I paper pierced above the sentiment for a little added interest and wound twine from Liz's Paper Loft Boutique around the top layer and secured it with a little knot.

It's easy to forget sometimes that less can be more. (I know I have a habit of believing that "more" only comes with MORE!!!) *giggle*


For our Blog hop giveaway, there will be 2 winners chosen from ALL the comments combined!  You have a chance to win a "SURPRISE GIFT BAG FULL OF GOODIES"! All you have to do is leave a comment here along with the rest of the design team member's blogs AND also leave a way for us to contact you!  Emma will use random.org to pick the lucky winners!  All you have to do is leave a comment on all blogs in this hop for more chances to win! The deadline is Sunday, November 18th at midnight! EASY PEASY!!! GOOD LUCK!

Label Font Stamp Set

Thanks for stopping by today. I'm your last stop on today's Hop.

I hope you were inspired.

- Veronica

13 November 2012

MCT 21st Edition Sneak Peek: Gift Tag

by Veronica

I'm a terrible wrapper.

You might be surprised to know that I'm not that bad of a rapper. But wrapping presents is not my 'gift'. *giggle*

My Mom on the other hand...

Holy. Smokes. Now, that woman can WRAP! She's quick, she's efficient, and I'll be darned if all of her presents don't turn out like gift-ual masterpieces.

Alas, I didn't inherit the wrapping gene from her.

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To camouflage my awful wrapping talent, I like to dress up my packages with pretty ribbons & bows and gift tags! I trick the gift recipient into 'oooohhhing' and 'aaaahhhing' over the details that she completely MISSES the crooked corners, missing paper on the bottom (does this happen to anyone ELSE?), and gobs of tape I use to keep the darn thing shut.

This gift is for a not-so-discerning recipient: my soon-to-be-6-year-old niece, Evelyn (Evy, for short). After wrapping her gift in kraft wrapping paper (one of my faves), I tied a pretty polka dot ribbon around the package and added my bow and tag.

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The pink bow was made using a 12 x 12 piece of patterned paper and this tutorial. So easy. I cut the gift tag using MCT's Tag Dies. After cutting the tag out in the patterned paper, I layered it onto a kraft tag (for re-enforcement). Then, I cut the tag again in pink. I used the brand spankin' new MCT Lowercase Fun Dies to cut Evy's name out of the pink layer (using the 'negative' of the name left on the pink layer, not the die cuts themselves). The pink layer was then popped up onto the patterned layer for a little added dimension.

The rosette was handmade by cutting two 1.5" x 12" strips and accordion-folding them (1/2" folds). I glued the ends together and adhered a kraft circle to the front and back with my glue gun. I also added the little flag from the Echo Park This & That Accessories Pack.


Sneak Peek Giveaway Time!
With all of our Sneak Peek weeks, Emma likes to do some FUN giveaways!

 ***All you have to do is leave comments on our blogs! You do NOT have to comment on every blog, BUT if you do, you will just have more chances to win!

 ***SPREAD THE WORD TO THE WORLD ON FACEBOOK about this release & whatever connections you may have! Let us know on My Creative Time's Facebook page that you did so! OR you can just tag Emma in your post!

 Emma will randomly pick & announce all winners on Thursday, November 15th during the release happening @ 8:00am PST in her video! GOOD LUCK!

 Log onto to your Facebook now & let start spreading word!


Thanks for stopping by to see my Sneak Peek today! I'll see you again later this week for more MCT goodies!

Be sure to head over to Emma's blog to see what the other designer's have in store for you using this die set today.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

08 November 2012

MCT Designer Challenge: Ugly Sweater Party

by Veronica

Now that Halloween is over, I'm in full-blown Holiday Mode. This time of year is my absolute favorite! I've even started listening to Christmas music! *giggle*

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It can be difficult getting the whole family together around the holidays. It's easy to forget that relatives have in-laws and other family to visit with during Christmas along with church obligations and other schedule conflicts. To make things easier on everyone, three years ago, my family decided to stretch Christmas one more day and celebrate together at my house on December 23rd - Christmas Eve Eve.

This year, we've decided to spice things up a bit and have an Ugly Sweater Christmas Eve Eve Celebration.

For my Designer Challenge invitation, I used several patterned papers to get the 'feel' of the occasion. The sweater was cut using the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge. Since the sweater cut doesn't have layers, I just cut it out in two patterns, snipped the edges of one pattern and glued it to the other.

Each of the invitations has a different saying for the sweater. The "98% Nice, 2% Naughty" sentiment is from MCT's Warm Holiday Fun stamp set. The scallop cut is from the Elegant Edges Cricut Cartridge.

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Since today's challenge (brought to us by Rosy) is to have fabric and stitching on our projects, I paper pierced around the edges of the card base and drew dot-to-dot to make it look like stitching. I also added a piece of felt behind the scallop for some sweater texture.

I stamped the invitation sentiment using the From Our Family To Yours stamp set. I cut that into a flag and popped it up on my card.

The inside of my invitation was designed by yours truly in Photoshop.

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to check out Emma's blog to see what the other designers came up with for today's challenge!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica