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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Thoughtful Tuesday with My Creative Time

Hello crafty friends!!  Today, I'm sharing a card that could be given for almost any occasion. A "Thinking of You" card can be given as a sympathy, birthday or even just a hello card.  This was a fun one to make with some simple watercolour, heat embossing an oh yeah, a really fun technique!!

I started by die cutting a panel of watercolour paper using the XOXO Border Dies.  I took the polka dot stencil that's part of the A Sunny Hello Kit, which at the time of writing this post, is still in stock! I laid it overtop of the die cut panel and added some paint in random dots of the stencil.


The trick is to press around each area firmly to prevent too much bleeding under the stencil.  You can't stop all the water from seeping underneath but this gives it the watercolour look.  Also, do not use very much water!


The odd shaped dots are the ones I started with, I got the hang of it as I went :)  I decided to use the A Beautiful Day stamps and dies for the images on this card.  I chose most of the flowers, stems and the butterfly.

I used Gold Embossing Powder on all the images.  It's so much easier to watercolour when the embossing creates a "well"!


Very easy watercolouring. Just wet each area and drop in a bit of colour!  Because there are no leaves in this set, I painted the butterfly green because I thought it needed that pop of colour.  I used the co-ordinating dies on each image.


I added the panel to a light pink card base and arranged the flowers on top with foam tape.


I thought the butterfly looked cute tucked in the flowers.


The sentiment comes from the Vintage Sentiments Stamp set and was heat embossed on the flag banner from the Vintage Stitched Label Dies.


I added a piece of twine around one end of the banner to give a little vintage touch and a little glitter pen to the butterfly.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope you gave you some inspiration to maybe try something a little different with your stencils!

Until next time!!

Laurie









Monday, May 21, 2018

Maple Syrup Designs and Stamping Bella!

Hey!! Welcome back! Colleen from Maple Syrup Designs and I are back with our second post this month featuring stamps and dies from Stamping Bella.  As I mentioned in our last post, I'm new to this line of stamps but have fallen in love! These are some of the sweetest images, ever!

I used the Lyla Loves Leaves-Tiny Townie Cling Stamp Set and its co-ordinating die.  I decided to do some watercolour today as I really want to improve those skills!

I started by stamping Lyla in Versafine Smokey Grey Ink onto Canson Watercolour paper and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. I chose this particular ink because it stays dry long enough to emboss and also for the colour.  I felt black might have been to harsh.


There are a couple of leaf images in this stamp set which are very cute! But I wanted to change the theme a bit. I went through my stamps and found a balloon image in the Friends for All Seasons-all Stamp set from WPlus9.  


I thought the scale of these two images went well together.  I used a set of watercolour paints from Amazon to do the colouring.  I had a piece of left over paper that was stamped using a polka dot background stamp and decided to use it on this project. I wanted to make sure i used some coordinating colours.


I used the matching dies to cut out the images. I also decided to use the little speech bubble from the Friends For All Seasons set and stamped, embossed and die cut it as well.


I used a scalloped die from MFT to create a sky like background. I used the same watercolour paper and paints.  Everything was adhered using foam adhesive.


She is just so adorable!!


I love when you are able to mix and match your supplies as well!!!


I added a few Clear Sequins for embellishments and actually resisted the sparkle penned Glossy Accents :) !!

And just to let you know, THE WINNER of the Surprise Stamping Bella Set is on Colleens Blog!!!

Thank you to all who commented!! You're kind words and support mean so much!!

Until next time...stay crafty!!

Laurie











LDRS Creative May Release Day Three!!



Welcome to the third and final day of the LDRS May Release Blog Hop!! I hope you've been enjoying all the fabulous-ness you've been seeing!!  And today will be no exception!

Thank you for joining us on our LDRS Creative inspiration week blog hop! We are showcasing lots of gorgeous projects using products from our new release. You can even see them in action with step-by-step projects by our amazing designers! 

We have some awesome new critters with the Candibean Safari and the Polkadoodles Just Because and Sink Or Swim stamp sets, fabulous dies with the Woodland Foliage Frames, Petite Pinafore Build-A-Card, Petal Perfection Accordion and Happy Days Circle sets, and last but not least, a gorgeous Country Friends Sweet Pea Paper Pack for you to use with all your crafting projects!

Simply use the list at the end of the post to keep hopping! 

Each day we are giving away a $25 LDRS Creative gift card to one lucky hopper!  To enter leave a comment on each blog in the hop, plus follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Winners will be announced on the LDRS Creative inspiration blog on May 29th.

For the release event we are excited to offer some great savings!

Save 20% on EVERYTHING and use code MAY20
(Coupon valid until midnight EST 5/27/18)



Again, I have two cards to share using two new stamp sets.  This first stamp is called Just Because and it's adorable!  I started by stamping the image onto Bristol Paper using the Raven Hybrid Ink.  I used this ink and paper because I wanted to use some water based markers for the colouring.


Now, this image may look a bit daunting but what is awesome about the packaging of these stamps is that is comes with a fully coloured image on the front which I used for reference!

After the image was coloured, I fussy cut around it.


I created a simple background using green and blue inks and a little masking.


I popped the image onto the card front and stamped a sentiment from the Friendly Greetings Stamp Set.


A few white enamel dots finish off this clean and simple card!


This image is just so darling!!


My second card shows you the new Sink or Swim stamp.  This time I decided to use Copic markers for the colouring. Again, use the coloured insert of the set for reference!!


Another super cute image!!  And it looks completely different to the one coloured with watercolours!!  I made a window card using the ovals from the new Woodland Foliage Frames Die Set.  The image was adhered to the inside of the card but can be seen through the window on the front panel.


The sentiment comes from the new Safari set and works perfectly!  Here's a look at both cards, side by side, to compare the colouring.


I hope you enjoyed todays look at the new May Release projects!!

Hop along and comment for your chance to win!! Here's the full list of the today's hop! 



Thank you for joining us this week for a look at the new cuteness that is now available!!!!!

Until next time...stay crafty!!

Laurie






Friday, May 18, 2018

My Creative Time 79th Edition "7 Year Anniversary Release Blog Hop!!


Hi my crafty friends and welcome back!! I hope you made your way from the super talented KENDRA's blog.  If not, that's ok. You can find the full list of blog hoppers HERE!! Today is the day we get to party and celebrate this awesome release!!  And remember, there is also a sale going on right now!!! It's My Creative Time's Birthday but you get the sweet gifts :)

Today, I'm featuring the brand new Circle Border Die!  I am in love with both of the new Border Dies being released today!





I used this die to create a gate-fold card with amazing detail created by the die.


This may look a little daunting but trust me, this die makes it SO EASY!!  My cardstock was an 8.5 X 5.5 inch piece.  By simply scoring at 2 1/8 of an inch on either side (on the long side), you get two flaps that meet evenly in the middle.  Then, all you have to do is line up the die to the edge of the flap and run through your die cutting machine!  Boom! Done!!


You could easily feed some pretty ribbon through the holes to keep the card shut but I chose to make a belly band using some vellum.  All I did was wrap a strip around the card, making sure it was slightly loose and adhered the two ends.  Because I didn't want the inside sentiment to be seen, I used the Vintage Stitched Label Die  on both the inside and outside.  


The beautiful sentiment is from the Fun Notes Stamp and Die Set.  To embellish the belly band, I used the Dragonfly from the Pretty Butterflies and Dragonfly Dies and cut it from some silver glitter paper!


I should mention that I used patterned paper on the inside as well as the outside flaps.  I hope this gives you an idea on how versatile this die really is!  I had so much fun making this card and love the way it turned out!!

Here's a look at everything being released today:

Cake Die

Mini Cake Die (Free to the first 50 shoppers!)

Flower Border Fie

Time to Celebrate


Up next is the amazing LIZ, who I know is going to amaze you!!!

Remember about the freebie die this month!!!

***FREEBIE***
Starting on Friday, May 18, 2018 @8am PST we will be giving away this ADORABLE new “Baby Cake Die”. This die will be given to the FIRST 50 shoppers! If you are one of the 1st 50 shoppers it will automatically be added to your package at the time of packing/shipping. Once 50 shoppers came through, this stamp set will be available for purchase.
So, if it's for sale in the store, you are not one of the 50.No exceptions will be made.This freebie is not part of the "bundle" and will be sold separately.
And here are the details on your chance to win a PRIZE!!!
***BLOG HOP GIVEAWAY***
For our blog hop giveaway, Emma is giving away 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 SINGLE blog, but the more you comment on, the MORE chances you have for winning! VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case "YOU" are the lucky winner!
***SALE ALERT***
ALSO, DON'T FORGET our sale starts RIGHT NOW here:http://shop.my-creative-time.com/Ne...!Use the code: MAY2018 to receive a discount off your entire purchase! This sale applies to "IN-STOCK" items ONLY. This sale will end on Friday, May 25, 2018 @midnight PST.
Thank you for hopping along with me today!!  Have fun shopping ;)

Laurie







Thursday, May 17, 2018

Craftin Desert Divas "Flashback"!

Hello CDD fans and welcome back!! I'm here today to share a card made using "older" stamps and dies from Craftin Desert Divas!  It's always nice to go through your stash and find a set that's a bit older but still totally awesome.  Speaking of "totally", I used the Greeting Word Die Set which happens to have this word in it!!  I have never come across this in any other company. And the font is fabulous!

This set was released a couple of years ago and I love it! I haven't used it in awhile but this was the perfect time.  For the images, I used the Tickled Pink stamp set. Again, this set was released awhile ago but is still fun and trendy. Who doesn't love a beach bound flamingo??



I stamped, coloured and fussy cut my images out, then planned the scene I was going to create.  I die cut a circle from the Stitched in Circles Die Set and did a bit of messy ink blending with Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink.  I wasn't concerned with getting a smooth blend as the "patchiness" gives the look of clouds.


As you can see, I changed my mind.  I decided to ink blend directly on a panel cut from the Fancy Frames Die Set.  I used the negative space from the circle die cut as a quick and easy mask.

Now, this is where I cheated a bit.  I could not resist using the brand new Beach Scene Dies on this scene!!  I die cut the "sand" and umbrella and used Distress Inks to give them colour.


Before adhering everything to the die cut panel, I did some masking of the sentiment with washi tape to break it up into two separate stamps.


I adhered everything to a kraft card base with a combination of liquid glue and foam adhesive.


Of course I stamped "fabulous" a little crooked but I went with it!  


A little Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents add a bit of sparkle and shine to different areas of the images.


I hope you enjoyed this "look back" at some of the older products that are available in the shop!!

Here's a list of all CDD products used:





















My Creative Time "7 Year Anniversary" Release Sneak Peek Day 4!!


It's the last day of our Sneak Peeks for the My Creative Time Anniversary Release!!  Tomorrow is the big release day and blog hop.  I hope you're ready :)

Keeping with the birthday theme and adding to Cake Die we featured yesterday, we are showing you the most adorable die.

A note on this die...this will be a freebie if you happen to be one of the first 50 shoppers!  But no fear, it will be available to purchase if you are not one of the lucky shoppers.  Shop Early is my advice. More details will be below..

This is the Mini Cake Die!  A smaller version of the Cake Die we revealed yesterday. 

I think this would make the cutest little tag for a gift or even as a party favour. I think it would look great as a cupcake topper or attached to drinking straws!  I, of course, made a card but let your imagination run wild with this cute yet mighty die!!


I cut three cakes along with their "icing layers" and candles.  I quickly used some Copic markers to add a little colour.  I embossed the white panel with a really fun embossing folder and added the sentiment to a banner from the Trio Stitched Banner Dies. The sentiment is from the new Time to Celebrate Stamp Set from yesterday's sneak peek!! Cute right?


I used a white gel pen to add few details to the icing and added some clear sequins to finish of this card.


I cannot wait to keep playing with this super cute die!!  Now, here are a few details on how to get this die...

***FREEBIE***
Starting on Friday, May 18, 2018 @ 8am PST we will be giving away this ADORABLE new “Baby Cake Die”. This die will be given to the FIRST 50 shoppers!If you are one of the 1st 50 shoppers it will automatically be added to your package at the time of packing/shipping. Once 50 shoppers came through, this stamp set will be available for purchase.
So, if it's for sale in the store, you are not one of the 50. No exceptions will be made.This freebie is not part of the "bundle" and will be sold separately.
***Sneak Peek giveaway!***
We will be giving away the sets we are showcasing each day to ONE lucky winner!For example, the set we are showcasing on Wednesday, Emma will announce the winner of that on Thursday & the sets we are showcasing on Thursday, Emma will announce that winner on Friday on my blog!ALL you have to do is leave a comment on each of our blogs!You are NOT required to comment on EVERY SINGLE blog,but the more you comment on, the more chances you have for winning!VERY IMPORTANT, PLEASE leave a way for us to contact you w/your comment just in case YOU are the lucky winner! For EXTRA entries,you can spread the word about this release on Facebook, tweet about it OR even instagram it! #mycreativetime! GOOD LUCK EVERYONE & let's start spreading the word!;)
Just a reminder that tomorrow is the blog hop!! There will be tons of inspiration and of course a PRIZE!!

Thank you for dropping in today! See you very soon...

Laurie


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Hello crafty friends!!  Today, I'm sharing a card that could be given for almost any occasion. A "Thinking of You" card can be...