Panda Party with Photo Play Paper

Hi Friends, and happy Monday once again! Can you all believe we are starting the last week of September already?  Just a few more days until I can “officially” start sharing my Halloween spooks with you!

But before the Halloween haunts begin, I have a very sweet little guy to share with you today. This is the adorable Party Panda collection from Photo Play Paper. And if you are on their mailing list, you will have received the instructions for this card, along with two other party cards, in your email last week.

The new Photo Play Paper Cake series includes three birthday themed collections, perfect for all the boys and girls on your birthday list. I am a sucker for cute little critters, and these lines have lots of them, in bright and happy papers, stickers, and now stamps and dies, too.

Best thing is, Photo Play and Scrapbook Expo are offering an amazing prize giveaway of all three CAKE collections. All you need to do is leave a comment on the Scrapbook Expo blog (HERE) by Thursday, September 28th, for a chance to win this fabulous prize.

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Good luck everyone! And thanks so much for stopping by!

The supplies I’ve used are linked and/or listed below:

Photo Play Paper - Cake Collection - Panda Party - 12 x 12 Collection PackTherm O Web - Premium Cardstock - 8.5 x 11 - Black Onyx - 12 SheetsPhoto Play Paper - Cake Collection - Designer Dies - Panda Party DiesUni-Ball Pen Signo Gel WHITE Two Pack 1919994Pretty Pink Posh AQUAMARINE Flat 6mm Sequins

My Creative Time: Stitched Square dies
American Crafts: Hemp Twine


MCT 39th Edition ANNIVERSARY Release Blog Hop


Hello everyone, and welcome to the MCT 39th Edition Anniversary Release Blog Hop! I am so excited to be joining the festivities today to help Emma celebrate four amazing years of new stamp and die releases with this very special anniversary release and blog hop. There’s a ton of fun new products to see, and lots of inspiration and prizes along the way. If you’re new to My Creative Time, or have gotten lost along the way, you may want to pop back to the beginning of the hop, and start at the MCT blog. For the rest of you, I’m so glad you are here. I hope you enjoy!

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Emma has some super adorable new stamp and die sets this month, geared towards love and family, and all things Valentine. I am absolutely smitten with the new Best Bots Forever set, and have used it to create two fun cards to share with you. First up are these cute his and hers bots.

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Love that Emma has created matching dies for these cute little robots. My pair are tucked inside a large heart frame opening made from another of Emma’s new releases this month, Heart 2 Heart Love Frame Dies. I adhered the outer frame with pop dots to create a bit of depth, and stamped and watercolored the background using a couple of sentiments from the Best Bots set. If you look very closely, you may notice a light wash of xoxo’s.

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Here are the adorable sets I used.


For my second card, I once again used the Best Bots Forever and Heart 2 Heart Love Frames to create a sweet little Valentine card.

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Another cute robot, and some more heart frames die cut with the Heart 2 Heart Love Frames. And this time, the sentiment is a combo of stamped banner strips and a lovely script die cut, all from the You Make Me Smile set.

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That’s it, everyone! I hope you had fun! I’m the last stop on today’s hop. Thanks so much for joining us, and huge thanks to Emma for letting me play along. Before I send you on your way, here’s a little more information about today’s hop that Emma wanted to pass along to you.

Emma is offering this adorable “I Love You Beary Much” stamp set for free to the first 200 shoppers. Be sure to hurry on over to the MCT store now, so you don’t miss out.

And what’s a blog hop without a giveaway, right?  Emma is kindly offering a $50 gift card to the “My Creative Time” store to one lucky winner! Simply leave a comment on each of the blogs along today’s hop. Remember, the more comments you leave, the better chance 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… the January MCT sale starts right now HERE! Use the code: JAN2015 to receive 20% off your entire purchase! This sale applies to “IN-STOCK” items ONLY. This sale will end on  Friday, January 23rd @midnight PST. Everything is available now HERE for purchase at the MCT store.
Thanks everyone! Have a great day!

And the Winner is…..

Happy Friday!

Thanks to everyone who left nice comments over the last week for my Bazzill stitching templates giveaway.  These templates were my favorite part of the August kit from Paper-Playground, and I am so excited to have some extras to offer up to a new home.

I’ve had some questions as to how best use these templates, and I thought I would share how I generally use them.  They can shift around on you, and if you poke holes while it’s shifting, it can turn out a bit messy and frustrating. So what I tend to do is hold them firmly in place with one hand and place pencil dots inside each template hole with the other.  Then I remove the template and using a needle or a piercer, poke a hole where each pencil mark is.  You can then draw a faint line in pencil connecting all the dots, or just keep your template nearby to use as a guide while stitching.  I use only 2 to 3 strands of embroidery floss at a time.  If you use all 8 strands that make up the typical floss, you need a fairly large needle with a larger eye, and the floss is a bit harder to pull.  I hope some of these tips help!

And now that I’ve got you all excited about the templates, I can announce the winner of my random drawing.  Congratulations goes to Lisa Dorsey.  Yeah Lisa!  Woo-hoo.  I can’t wait to see what cute projects you do with these templates, girl.  And thanks again to everyone for playing along with me.

Not much else is going on scrappy-wise, but I have to show you all this cute book that Nik and I have fallen in love with lately.  If you guys like Halloween, you are going to love this.

Are you guys familiar with Ed Emberley?  I am just the biggest fan of his.  He has created all sorts of step-by-step drawing books for children.  I’m also in love with his fingerprint art books.  I’ve used the fingerprints in art projects I’ve done at the kids’ school and even in some card classes I’ve taught.  Nik and I have been having a ball with this Halloween book.  Here’s a couple of our latest masterpieces.

Sorry for the lousy scans.  One thing I’ve really come to realize lately is that Nik is ready for a genuine sketch book with real watercolor paper.  We’re going to put that on her Christmas list.  On these, we were stuck using a cheapy doodle book from back in her preschool days, but we sure still had tons of fun.  For both pictures, we did sort of a round robin game where she would start the picture with one image, which I couldn’t see her draw.  Then she would pass the book to me and I would add one thing to the picture that she then couldn’t see.  We kept passing it back and forth until we thought we had added everything that could be added.  I loved seeing the happiness on her face every time she would search for my new addition.  Very fun.

So glad the weekend is almost here.  Hope you all have a good one!