29 October 2015

MCT Tutorial Thursday: Gift Box Card Holder

by Veronica

Well, hello there! As you probably know, I love finding new ways to package gift cards. We give quite a few of them out nowadays because our nieces and nephews are getting older and they'd prefer gift cards for Christmas and birthdays and really, it's just easier on us!

A bit ago, a Facebook friend of mine shared this awesome video on how to turn one half of a shirt box into a smaller, folded box and I thought it was genius! Keeping that in mind, I decided to try my hand at making a much smaller version for gift cards and voila!


It's really simple to make and is held closed by a cute little belly band. You can decorate the belly band to match whatever holiday or theme you're gifting for!

MCT Products Used
Holiday Tags Stamp & Die Set (sentiment, candy canes)
Stitched Belly Band Dies (layered shapes)
Click on above diagram for larger view


To make the box:

  1. Cut your cardstock to 5" x 4.5".
  2. Score 1/2" around all edges.
  3. Score on the long side at 2.25" from both ends (leaving 1/2" in the middle).
  4. Cut on the scored lines as shown in the diagram to the right (white marks).
  5. Fold on remaining scored lines, tape as needed.
This little box fits a gift card perfectly! The same concept can be applied to different sized pieces of cardstock (making the score lines wider as needed) for many size boxes.

Thanks for stopping by today to see my quick little tutorial. Be sure to check out Emma's blog to see what the other designers have in store for you!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

23 October 2015

MCT 48th Release Blog Hop: Best Friend Tag

by Veronica

Hey there! It's Release Day at My Creative Time - woohoo!!! You've probably hopped here from Ruthie's blog. If not, head on over to Emma's blog to start from the very beginning.

Today, I'm featuring the FREE Bestie Die that the first 150 shoppers will receive with their purchase. I've cut the "ie" off and paired it with a stamp and die from Friendships are Forever (also new today) to create a simple little tag for my BFF, Stephanie. She's getting married in April, so this tag will either adorn her bridal shower gift or a special little gift on her Big Day.


I used the tag dies from Holiday Tags Stamps & Dies for the base and kept the tag in her wedding colors: navy and lime green. I added a few little Stickles drops for some extra sparkle.

***Freebie Stamp & Die***
For our freebie this release, we are giving away this adorable "Bestie" die 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 and 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! If you see this set available in the store, that means that 150 shoppers have already come through. No exceptions will be made. Also, this freebie is not a part of the 47th Edition Bundle and is only sold separately.

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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: OCT2015 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, October 30th at 11:59pm PST.

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That's it for me today. Your next top is Audrey.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

22 October 2015

MCT 48th Edition Sneak Peek: Sweet Baker Birthday Card

by Veronica

Hey there! Today I'm sneak peeking two new sets that are due out tomorrow: Mixed Up for You and Stitched Apron Dies

This card is way early for our niece, Jenna's, birthday. But when I saw these sets, I knew exactly who I'd be using them for. Jenna is 10 and loves to bake - and she's good at it! She's always trying new recipes to bring to family gatherings. I have to say, that I was honored when she asked me for my vanilla buttercream frosting recipe. That's high praise coming from her!


MCT Products Used
New! Mixed Just for You (sentiment) Available Friday
New! Stitched Apron Dies (chef's hat) Available Friday

I added some shading to the chef's hat with my Copic markers for some extra dimension. This is a very simple card, but I think the focal point makes a big impact. I love cards like that!

Thanks for stopping by to see today's Sneak Peek. Be sure to check out the other designers' sneak peeks on Emma's blog. I'll see you back here tomorrow for the Release Blog Hop.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

06 October 2015

MCT Favorite Stamp of the Month: Shining Star Fox Card

by Veronica

Hey there! Today the My Creative Time Design Team is showcasing our Stamp of the Month: You're My Hero. It's on sale through the end of October!

I haven't had an opportunity to use the Fall Friends set, so I was excited to finally be able to ink up this sweet little fox for this card.


MCT Products Used
You're My Hero (sentiment)
Fall Friends (fox, leaves, and stump)
Stitched Party Dies (banner)
Bunch of Stitched Star Dies
Stitched Square Dies Inside & Out

I have to admit that the end result of this card is not what I originally had in mind when I started working on it. And it took me forever to finish. The layout was originally intended to be centered and symmetrical, but I just couldn't fall in love with it that way. I'm really happy with the final product, though.

Thanks for stopping by today! You can see more projects using this month's favorite stamp set on Emma's blog. And don't forget to grab this set while it's on sale!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica


28 September 2015

MCT Manly Monday: Mounted Birthday Card

by Veronica

It's no secret that masculine cards can be difficult to create. We have so many flowers and cute little critters to use on our projects, but sometimes the guys get shafted.

Last Christmas, I requested a Silhouette Cameo and have used it for a lot of invitation and stationery projects so far. Just recently, I started using it for scrapbooking and card making creations. I purchased a set of mounted deer heads the other day with some free credits I had that were soon to expire. When asked to make a 'manly' card, I knew exactly what I would be using!


This card is for my brother, Dan's, 33rd birthday in November. With the baby due on November 15th, I know I won't have time to make Dan a birthday card, so I figured I'd have it ready early.

MCT Products Used
Scalloped Stitched Oval Dies
Grainy Wood Background
The Sky is the Limit (banner die)
To A Cute Little Chickie ("Happy")
Happy Everything ("birthday")

I'm really loving the neutral color scheme with pop of shimmery gold on this card. For now, it'll be set aside to be sent out later. And to be honest, knowing me, it'll probably be sent out late.

Check out more Manly Monday projects on Emma's blog!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

23 September 2015

MCT Inspire Me Wednesday: Dino Card

by Veronica

The Hubs and I have been so blessed by the many well-wishes and sweet gifts that we've received for Baby K (due in November). Just a couple of days ago, an unexpected package arrived in my mailbox and I was blown away when I saw what was inside.

My DT sister, Ruthie, sent us these beautiful handmade burp cloths and bibs! And wouldn't you know that they totally coordinate with our color scheme!!!


I've used the colors and patterns of these awesome gifts to create a thank you card to send to her.


As you can see, our theme for Baby K is dinosaurs, and the MCT set, Prehistoric Holidays is perfect for this! I kept the layout simple to draw more focus to my cute little dinosaur. He is framed using the Stitched Square Dies Inside & Out. I added some glossy accents to my dino for a bit more interest and texture.

Thanks for dropping by today. Head over to Emma's blog to see what the other designs have created.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

18 September 2015

MCT 47th Release Blog Hop: Masked Christmas Tag

by Veronica

Hello, hello!

It's a beautiful day for a Blog Hop, isn't it? If you've arrived here from Ruthie's blog, you're on the right track. If not, you can start this Hop from the beginning at Emma's blog. You WON'T want to miss a thing!

Today, I'm showcasing the new Holidays Tags stamps & dies set (available for pre-order NOW). I love to add special tags to my Christmas packages. Some years, I make them myself. Other years, I find something super cute in the store and just pick those up. Let me tell you: there's no shame in that! In the end, the pretty package is the main goal. With this new set, though, I'll definitely be making my tags this year.


This sweet little tag was dreamed up and put together in about four minutes. Really. To achieve the white 'block' for the "to:, from:", I simply masked that area before stamping the Grainy Wood Background onto my white layer. Here's a simple step-by-step on that process:
  1. Die cut white tag layer.
  2. Cut rectangle from sticky part of Post-It note. This is your 'mask'.
  3. Stick mask to center of white tag layer.
  4. Stamp Grainy Wood Background onto masked white tag layer.
  5. Remove mask.
It's that easy! I think that just stamping the "to:, from:" on the wood pattern would have been a bit too busy/messy looking. This gives a very clean look.

To accent my little tree, I used a white gel pen to add snow markings.


***Freebie Stamp & Die***
The first 150 shoppers will receive this
die FREE with their orders!
For our freebie this release, we are giving away this super cute dec25th die 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 and 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! If you see this set available in the store, that means that 150 shoppers have already come through. No exceptions will be made. Also, this freebie is not a part of the 47th Edition Bundle and is only sold separately.

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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: SEPT2015 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, September 25th at 11:59pm PST.

*Please note that the 47th Release is available for PRE-ORDER only and will begin shipping on Friday, September 25th.

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Thank you for hopping with us today. You have one more stop. Please visit our guest designer, Audrey, on her blog for another great project!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

17 September 2015

MCT 47th Edition Sneak Peek: Dec 25th Gift Card Holder

by Veronica

Hello and welcome to another Sneak Peek of the MCT New Release! Today we are showcasing the brand new Stitched Treat Sleeve Die and dec25th Die (our freebie for this month!).

I don't have a lot of reasons for treats, really, so I love to use MCT dies as gift card holders! Since this die gives a little extra room for treats, I've added some shredded filler paper and it works perfectly!


I also used the new Belly Band Dies to dress up my sleeve. It's a simple design that only uses dies, so it would be perfect to make several of these for little Christmas thank you gifts (hairdresser, mail person, etc.) or for those teenagers in your life that you have NO idea what to get!

***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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That's it for me today. Please swing by Emma's blog to see what the other designers have made for today's Sneak Peek.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

07 September 2015

MCT Made In Minutes: Dino Gift Card Holders

by Veronica

Hello, hello! This is a very exciting week for me: my baby shower is this Saturday!!! I love any reason to get together and celebrate, but I'm especially thrilled to celebrate the upcoming arrival of our baby boy.

Since Baby K's nursery is dinosaur-themed, it seemed natural to coordinate the baby shower to the same theme and colors. And since I'm a graphic designer by day, it was pretty easy for me to make sure that everything coordinated.

For raffle prizes, we'll be giving away gift cards to Target, Starbucks and Amazon. While I didn't feel the need to make a big to-do about the packaging, I wanted to make sure they were cute and coordinated with our theme.


To create this holder, I cut the Scallop Stitched Envelope out of my base color and used super sticky tape to adhere it together. You might notice that the flaps on my envelopes don't have a scallop. To get more bang for my buck, I first cut my 8.5" x 11" cardstock in half to get two envelopes out of one full sheet. The die itself is a little bit wider than a half sheet, so I simply let the scallop part hang off when I ran it through my die cutting machine.

I attached the gift cards to the Stitched 3x4 Journal Die with glue dots (after printing my cute little row of dinos on the white cardstock). The journal die slips right inside the envelope - perfect fit!

A dino medallion was attached to the simple belly band and we were good to go!

To give our winners a choice of gift cards, I coordinated the color of the envelope with the company:

          Red = Target, Green = Starbucks, and Blue = Amazon

I'm hoping to check back in with photos from the shower soon! Thanks for stopping by today. Check out Emma's blog for more projects you can make in minutes.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

21 August 2015

MCT 46th Release Blog Hop: Fangtastic Day Card

by Veronica

Happy Release Day!!! Thanks so much for joining us on the MCT Release Blog Hop! You've probably hopped here from the Ruthie's blog. If not, head on over to Emma's blog to start from the very beginning. You'll be glad you did!

This weekend, our nephew, Christopher, will be turning 18 and I can't believe it! I still see him as the little boy who loved to dress up as Toy Story characters for Halloween. He has grown into such a wonderful young man and we are so proud of him! Move-in day for Eastern Michigan University is right around the corner and we know that he'll excel.

A few years ago, I handed Chris a handmade card for his birthday (as I usually do). He opened it and looked at me funny. It wasn't until later that day that he mentioned the Father's Day card I gave him for his birthday. The WHAT?!?! Apparently, when I grabbed a 'manly card' from my stash, I didn't check to make sure that it was indeed a birthday card. Ever since, I give him randomly themed cards for his birthday. This year, we're going with the Halloween theme!


I know he gets a kick out of the random cards each year. It's just a little something special we share. And who really cares what the card has on it when there's money inside, right? I know I wouldn't!

MCT Products Used
New! Fangastic Day Available Now!
New! Stitched Squares Inside & Out Available Now!

***Freebie Stamp & Die***
This set will be FREE
to the first 150 shoppers!
For our freebie this release, we are giving away this super cute Fangtastic Day stamp and die set 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 and 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! If you see this set available in the store, that means that 150 shoppers have already come through. No exceptions will be made. Also, this freebie is not a part of the 45th Edition Bundle and is only sold separately.

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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: AUGUST2015 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, August 28th at 11:59pm PST.

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That's it for me today, but the fun doesn't stop here! Hop on over to Leanne's blog to see what she has up her sleeve today.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

20 August 2015

MCT 46th Edition Sneak Peek: Marvelous Dino Card

by Veronica

My life has been consumed by cute little dinosaurs lately and it's awesome. Our little bundle of boy is due in November and our Baby Shower is right around the corner! We're doing a dinosaur theme for the Little Guy's room and lots of fabulous gifts have been arriving. A very special friend has sent us so many fabulous presents and I wanted to create a very special thank you card just for her.


MCT Products Used
Fun Speech Bubbles ("you are marvelous" stamp and die)
New! Prehistoric Holidays Available Friday

***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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That's it for me today! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to head over to Emma's blog to see the marvelous projects done by other designers.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

03 August 2015

MCT Made In Minutes: Love You A Latte Card

by Veronica

Happy Monday!

This simple card uses several layers of dies to give it a more "designed" look.


MCT Products Used
All You Need Is Coffee (mug, mug heart pattern, heart stitches, "latte!")
Alpha Pack  (stamped "a")
Bunch of Fun Circle Dies (circle layer)

I just love using neutral tones with a pop of color on my projects. The coral card base isn't too bright to take away from the clean, neutral feel of the card.

That's it for me today - thanks for stopping by! Check out Emma's blog to see more Made In Minutes projects.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

30 July 2015

MCT Tutorial Thursday: Glazed Donut Card

by Veronica

Hey there! Along with our projects today, the MCT Design Team will be showing you tutorials on how to achieve the different techniques we've used.

When coming up with my technique, I wanted to be sure to show you something that I've actually done. This one is super simple and adds just a touch of shine to your projects.

On my last project, I used Crystal Effects to get a shiny gloss on my hearts. This technique, which I've dubbed "glazing" for today's donut card, gives a similar look without all of the drying time. This card uses the We're Better Together stamp set.


You'll also notice that the 'glaze' on this card isn't as perfect as on the Happy Fishies card from a couple of days ago. It has a texture to it.

Glazing Instructions

1. Die cut the donut shapes out of your desired colors of cardstock.

2. Ink the donut frosting stamp in clear Versamark and stamp it onto the frosting shape.

3. Cover the Versamarked frosting shape with clear embossing powder and heat.

Final Product: A shiny, glazed donut!

*I used this same technique for the chocolate sprinkles on the edge of my card base.

After adhering my donut together with pop dots, I added different color sprinkles to the glaze.

Handy Tip: All of the MCT dies give you an easy way to release your shapes from the metal die once cut. Some dies are "open" and others are "closed" and have little holes that you can slip a poker tool through to pop out the shape (like the donut dies shown in the first instruction photo). The sprinkles die is closed and the little shapes get stuck in the die after cutting. This is a good thing!!! Instead of poking them all out and then fishing for them on your craft table, simply dot your glue on your donut where you want the sprinkles to go and then poke them out onto the glue spots. Easy peasy!

That's all for me today! Be sure to drop by Emma's blog to see the other great tutorials that the designers have in store for you.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

28 July 2015

MCT Favorite Stamp of the Month: Happy Fishies Card

by Veronica

I am terrible about getting cards out on time. Terrible. Even if I already have one MADE, it's a rare occurrence that it'll reach the recipient on time. It's the though that counts, right? Gosh, I hope so.

This card is for my brother and sister-in-law who celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary this month. Let's just say that this card is late. Sorry, Christina!


MCT Products Used
Bracket Sentiments (sentiment) Stamp of the Month!

After coloring in my fishies with Copics, I added eyelashes to one fish and glittered them both with Stickles to add some sparkle. I accented the hearts with Crystal Effects for a shiny, underwater look.

This card will be going out in the mail today (finally)!

Thanks for stopping by! You can find more projects using the Stamp of the Month on Emma's blog. And don't forget that if this set has been on your wishlist, it's ON SALE now through July 31st.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

22 July 2015

MCT What A Treat Wednesday: Monogram Notecard Set + Box

by Veronica

Over the last two weeks, I've shared a couple of Monogram Notecards (1,2) that I'm giving to a friend for her hospitality in hosting our Bible study group in her home this summer. Well, the set is complete and I've made a coordinating envelope box to put them all in.


I'm super happy with how this set turned out. All of the cards coordinate with each other, but they're not too matchy-matchy.

MCT Products Used

Envelope Box
Fun Stitched Edges Die (scalloped layer)
Stitched Starburst Dies
Uppercase Fun Dies ("E")

Top Left Card
See this post

Top Right Card
Stitched Party Dies (banner)
Scalloped Stitched Oval Dies
Circle Stitched Pattern Dies (circle stitching)
Stitched Starburst Dies
Lowercase Fun Dies ("e")

Bottom Left Card
See this post

Bottom Right Card
Stitched 3x4 Journal Die (pink layer)
Love to Learn Dies (white layer)
Uppercase Fun Dies ("E")


The card box was made using my Stampin' Up Envelope Punch Board. Would you believe that I've owned this product for 2 years and this is my second time ever using it? I found this super helpful video tutorial on how to make this box the perfect size to fit my notecard set.

My box fits all four of these cards (which use quite a few pop dots, so they're not super flat) and four envelopes. The belly band keeps the box closed and is really easy to slip off. When adhering your belly band closed, be sure to not make it too tight. You want it to slip on and off the box easily.

I chose not to snip off the little tabs at the top as the tutorial instructs. When I close the box, I like that the edges are closed as well. Just my personal preference.

That's it for my "treat" today. You can see more on Emma's blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

17 July 2015

MCT 45th Release Blog Hop: Monogram Notecard #2

by Veronica

Woohoo! It's Release Day at My Creative Time and starting now, you can purchase all of the brand new products we've been featuring all week. Plus, there's an awesome freebie you could earn just for placing your order (more details on that below).

If you've hopped here from Ruthie's blog, you're on the right track. If not, why don't you head on over to Emma's blog to start this Hop at the beginning?

Last week, I shared a Monogram Card that will be part of  a set I'm creating for a friend. Well, he's Number Two in the set! I want the set of cards to coordinate, but not necessarily match.

With this card, I'm showcasing the new Stitched Starburst Dies (available now!). It's a similar concept as the first card, but has a bit more oomph with the starburst shapes, don't you think?



MCT Products Used
Lowercase Fun Dies ("e")
Stitched Heart Layering Dies
New! Stitched Starburst Dies Available Now!

***Freebie Stamp & Die***
The first 150 shoppers will receive
this stamp & die set FREE!

For our freebie this release, we are giving away this super cute Find Joy in the Little Things stamp and die set 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 and 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! If you see this set available in the store, that means that 150 shoppers have already come through. No exceptions will be made. Also, this freebie is not a part of the 45th Edition Bundle and is only sold separately.

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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: JULY2015 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, July 24th at 11:59pm PST.

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Thanks so much for hopping along with us today. I'm your last stop.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

16 July 2015

MCT 45th Edition Sneak Peek: Little Lady Card

by Veronica

It's another Sneak Peek day with My Creative Time! Only one more day until all of the fabulous goodies we've been teasing you with will be available for you to purchase.

This card was created for our now 10-year-old niece, Jenna's, birthday.


Who says you have to have balloons, cake and "birthday" sentiments for a birthday card? I used the brand new (releasing tomorrow) stamp set, Hey There Little Lady, plus my Bunch of Fun Circle Dies to bring this simple card to life. Sometimes, I like to use a LOT of products, but it's nice to keep it simple every once in a while.

***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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Thank you so much for coming by and checking out my project for today. You can see more projects using today's featured set on Emma's blog. I'll see you back here tomorrow for the Big Release!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

09 July 2015

MCT Trending Now: Monogram Notecard

by Veronica

It's so handy being crafty when it comes to giving small tokens of appreciation. And giving something handmade really shows someone that you took time to do something special for them.

This card is the first of a set I'll be making for a very kind woman in my Bible Study group. She has opened her home for our group over the summer and I want her to know that we appreciate her hospitality.


I kept the card very simple and didn't add any sentiments to it so that she can use it for whatever she wants: thank you note, thinking of you card, etc.

My idea is to create a set of cards in these colors, but with several simple designs. She makes jewelry for herself and others, so I know she'll appreciate a handmade gift.

MCT Products Used
Bunch of Fun Circles
Uppercase Fun Dies

Fun tip: When creating your projects, remember that layering patterns behind panels with windows can be just as impactful as layering them on top!

Thank you so much for stopping by to see my project today! You can see more monogram projects by the MCT Design Team on Emma's blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica


06 July 2015

MCT Scrapping the Little Things: Bridal Party Wedding Layout

by Veronica

Now that I've got a baby book to get started on (soon), I'm happy to be finishing up my wedding album (finally)! I have most of the important pages done and am just filling in the album with more fun photos. 

I already have pages for the bridesmaids and groomsmen, but our photographer took such great photos after our ceremony out on the golf course - I didn't want to leave some of these shots out of the album!

MCT Products Used
Uppercase Fun Dies ("Bridal")
Let's Celebrate ("Party")
Wishing You Both the Best (small heart die)

Of course, as I added this layout to my wedding album, I had to go back through all of the pages and started crying. These darn pregnancy hormones have made me quite emotional lately. I cry at Pampers commercials!

Speaking of the baby... if anyone is wondering...


It's a boy!!!

Thanks for stopping by today. You can see more projects for Scrapping the Little Things on Emma's blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

25 June 2015

MCT Do Over Thursday: Cake Anniversary Card

by Veronica

A couple of years ago, I made this cupcake card for my mother-in-law's birthday. It was inspired by a baking day I had with my niece, Evelyn. You can read more about the card (and our baking extravaganza) here.

And while the card was fine, I never really loved it.

Well, today is the day I get a Do Over!


I swapped out the doily, upgraded from a cupcake to a wedding cake and changed the purpose of the card from birthday to anniversary.

I can now officially say that I love this card!


This Do Over card will be given to my brother and sister-in-law this weekend for their anniversary. Please act surprised, Kim! I was really excited to play with the cake stamp from the new set, Wishing You Both The Best. I kept the colors light and mixed the patterned papers to add some interest.

MCT Products Used
Wishing You Both The Best (cake, flowers, "congratulations")
The Sky Is The Limit (banner stamp + die)
Bunch of Stitched Doily Dies (patterned doily layer)
Bunch of Fun Circle Dies (white, wavy circle layer)

You can see more Do Overs on the MCT blog. Be sure to head over there to see what the other designers have in store.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

19 June 2015

MCT 44th Release Blog Hop: Tickled Pink Flamingo Card

by Veronica

Hey there! It's another Release Day with My Creative Time and all of the products are available right now. If you've hopped here from Ruthie's blog, you're on the right track! If not, head on over to Emma's blog to start from the beginning.

Today, I'm featuring the Already Missing You stamp set on a card for my BFF, Stephanie. A few weeks ago, her boyfriend proposed and she's getting married next April!!! I'm so honored to be her Matron-of-Honor.

She's planning a small, intimate gathering with less than 30 people present. I'm told that I won't be walking down the aisle alone, though. The little Bun in my oven will be the ring bearer OR flower girl (we'll find out soon) and I'll need to carry him/her.


Though Stephanie hasn't decided for sure what her wedding colors will be, currently, we're looking at navy and pale pink - perfect for a flamingo card!

MCT Products Used
The Sky is the Limit (banner stamp and die)
New! Already Missing You (flamingos, sentiments) Available Now!

***Freebie Die***
The first 150 shoppers
will get this die FREE!

For our Freebie Stamp this release, we are giving away this super cute Baby Word Die 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 and 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!

UPDATE 6/19 1:35pm PST: Since Emma wasn't able to update the store once the 150th shopper came through, she's extending the freebie die promotion until midnight (PST) TONIGHT, 6/19. This is a small way for her to say thank you to her loyal customers who've been with her since the very beginning and all of her new followers.

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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: JUNE2015 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, June 26th at 11:59pm PST.

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Thanks so much for hopping along with us today! Your last stop will be our Guest Designer, LeeAnn.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

18 June 2015

MCT 44th Edition Sneak Peek: Baby Giraffe Card

by Veronica

Being that I'm four and a half months pregnant, I'm SUPER excited for the new set we're showcasing today: Hello Baby. It has the CUTEST little baby animals and great sentiments! Today's card also features the Baby Word Die which will be given to the first 150 shoppers of the New Release for free (available for purchase afterwards).


Look at those little feetsies!!! This card will be stowed away for a couple of months waiting for the arrival of the sweet little girl expected in August across the street.

MCT Products Used
Stitched Party Dies (banner)
Stitched Grass Die
New! Hello Baby (giraffe, feet) Available Friday
New! Baby Word Die Available Friday

***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 today to see my Sneak Peek! You can see more at Emma's blog. I'll see you back here tomorrow for the Release Blog Hop.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

09 June 2015

MCT Tag It Tuesday: Celebrate Baby Tag

by Veronica

There is something in the water on my street. I'm the SIXTH one to be pregnant this year!!! Yep, we have a lot of celebrating to do around here!

This weekend, I'll be attending my across-the-street neighbor, MaCara's, baby shower. She's 13 weeks ahead of me in her pregnancy and it has been such a blessing having her around. We go for walks together and I love being able to ask her questions. Did you feel (insert wacky pregnancy symptom) when you were (insert number) weeks? Is this normal? 

MaCara and her husband decided to not find out the baby's gender, so their theme is gray, yellow and chevron. This tag will adorn their gift basket I'm making them.


MCT Products Used
Tag Dies (yellow tag layer)
Tag Die Layers (white tag layer)
Build a Chevy Background (chevron background stamp)
Classy Girl Accessories (baby carriage)
Chalkboard Birthday ("Celebrate" banner stamp)
Bunch of Fun Circle Dies (acetate circle layer)

To get the baby carriage wheels to be a different color than the carriage itself, I simply cut it out twice (once in gray, once in yellow), cut the wheels off of the yellow layer and adhered that on top of the gray layer. The "Celebrate" banner was colored with my Copics for added dimension and then I fussy-cut it out. No die here, folks!

That's it for me today. Check out Emma's blog to see more great tags from the Design Team.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

02 June 2015

MCT Favorite Die of the Month: #TheSkyIsTheLimit Card

by Veronica

I remember hearing my aunts and uncles gasp in surprise when they'd see me after a period of time. "Wow! You've gotten so BIG since I last saw you!" I remember thinking it was pretty funny. To me, time was moving so slowly and I couldn't wait to grow up. Surely, I wasn't that much bigger than last time.

But as an aunt myself (and soon-to-be-mommy), I marvel at how fast time has gone and how BIG my nieces and nephews have gotten. This past weekend, my second-oldest nephew, Chris, graduated from high school. Wow! 

This card was created just for him using June's Die of the Month and will be given to him at his graduation party.


MCT Products Used
Stitched "Capture" Frame with Arrow Die June's Die of the Month!
The Sky is the Limit (hot air balloon stamp + die, sentiment)

That's it for me today - thanks for stopping by! You can see more great projects using June's Die of the Month on Emma's blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

19 May 2015

MCT Tag It Tuesday: Celebrate Birthday Tag

by Veronica

Hey there! It's Tag It Tuesday at My Creative Time! Today, I've created a coordinating tag to go along with my nephew's birthday card. It's not an exact match, but will complement the design and color of the card nicely.


MCT Products Used
Mini Chalkboard Tags (banner die)
Fun Gift Pocket Sentiments ("HB2U" background)
More Chocolate Greetings ("Celebrate")
Fun Stitched Cloud Dies
Tag Die
Tag Die Layer
Stitched Party Dies (balloons)

Thanks for stopping by to see my tag creation! Check out more tags on the MCT blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

15 May 2015

MCT 43rd Release Blog Hop: Scoops of Love Card

by Veronica

Welcome, welcome to another FABULOUS Release Blog Hop with My Creative Time. You've probably hopped here from Ruthie's blog, but if not, head on over to Emma's blog to start from the tippity-top!

Today, I'm showcasing the new set, You Make Life Sweet. With lots of sweet layers, this set lets you build your own treat! What's better than that?


I added a little heart "cherry" to the top scoop from the Seasonal Greetings set. Keeping a large white space, really helps the patterned scoops to pop off the card. And I'm sure the many layers of pop dots help that, too!

The first 150 shoppers will receive this set FREE!
***Freebie Stamp***
The first 150 shoppers will get this stamp FREE!
For our Freebie Stamp this release, we are giving away this super cute Sweet Wishes
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: MAY2015 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, May 22nd at 11:59pm PST.

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That's it for me today! But the fun doesn't stop here. Head on over to our guest designer, Audrey's, blog to continue the excitement!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

14 May 2015

MCT 43rd Edition Sneak Peek: Chalkboard Birthday Bag

by Veronica

Gift cards are such an easy (and appreciated) gift to give, right? But it can be boring just shoving them in a card - even if the card is super cute. My Creative Time has so many awesome dies to use to package your gift cards, and Emma has added another!

Of course, this sweet little paper bag is good for more than just gift cards (jewelry, small trinkets) and I just love how cute some tissue paper looks peeking out of the top.


This die needs to be cut out twice and taped together to make the bag. Emma made the holes for the handles the perfect size to add some jumbo eyelets to finish it off. And if the bag wasn't cute enough, this set comes with some awesome chalkboard inspired sentiments. 

MCT Products Used
Stitched Party Dies (balloons)
New! Chalkboard Birthday (bag die + sentiment) Available Friday

***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 a peek at the new release today! You can see more projects using today's featured set on Emma's blog. I'll see you back here tomorrow for the Release Blog Hop!

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica


05 May 2015

MCT Die of the Month: Belly Thank You Card

by Veronica

Hello! Today we're featuring a new Die of the Month: Stitched Message Bubble Dies. I have a lot of thank you cards to send out right now and the "thanks" die from this set makes designing these cards a snap!


Now, you might be asking, "Veronica, why is there a big belly on your thank you card?" Well...


We're pregnant!!! We've received so much love and support from family and friends, and even a few gifts! So, yes, I've got quite a few cards to get out in the mail!

MCT Products Used
Stitched Message Bubble Dies 
Stitched Party Dies (tie/bow)

Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my BIG news! You can see more projects using the Die of the Month on the MCT blog

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica.

04 May 2015

MCT Made In Minutes: Party Animal Birthday Card

by Veronica

Hey there! It's another Made In Minutes day with the MCT design team. If you've ever crafted with me, you know that NOTHING is ever "made in minutes" by my hands. I'm not a very efficient crafter. But theoretically, this card could be made in minutes if I chose to make it again. Does that count?


This card was sent to my Grandma last week for her birthday. See, Grandma? I told you that your card hadn't been posted on my blog yet! Tada! I used several MCT dies to give this card dimension and texture. The modern color scheme really make it pop.

MCT Products Used
Let's Celebrate ("PARTY" dies)
Stitched Party Dies (banners)
You Had Me At Meow (cat)
Birthday Buddies (hat)
Alpha Pack ("ANIMAL")
Bunch of Fun Circle Dies (wavy circle layer)

My little flufferbottom, Harley
I colored the kitty with my Copics and tried my best to make him look like my own kitty, Harley.

That's it for me today! You can see more projects that you can Make In Minutes on Emma's blog.

I hope you were inspired!

- Veronica

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