Sunday, December 15, 2013

MCT 2014 Design Team Call

Okay, I have never tried out for a design team, but I own so many MCT products and I think they are so awesome, I figured I might as well give it a try.

To make a submission I had to make 3 projects, a card, a 3D project, and a layout, preferably using MCT stamps and dies.  I sketched out several ideas in a notebook while I was busy running my loved ones to doctor's appointments in the past month.  I finally finished up my submissions.

This is my card.  I designed it after a tree ornament that my Uncle Jim made.  We had a tradition while my grandmother and he were alive of making ornaments for our Christmas get-togethers.  He loved working with wood and we always got a wooden tree of some sort. I have tried to carry out this tradition of ornament giving for my family.  Every year my ornaments are a little different.  

For this card I used several MCT dies, some brown and white twine, glitter glue, and various papers and adhesives.  I rounded out the edges of the branches for dimension.

MCT products used
"Just Simply Live"/banner for tree trunk
"What's Growing On?"/mid curly mustache for tree branches
"Get Schooled" stamp set/grid pattern background
"All Around Holidays"/for presents
"3 Star Stiched" dies/for bigger star
"Stitched Buttons" dies/for smaller star
"It's a Magical Season" stamp set/for sentiment
"Fun Stitched Edges"/for scalloped edge of card

The stars were layered, oh and they both have Glossy Accents on them. The Stitched Button star also has a lining of glitter glue for extra sparkle.

From this view you can see the grid from Get Schooled and the sentiment a little better.  I added glitter glue to the presents and popped up the red one.  The scalloped edge did not photograph well.

My second project is a 3D project using the Treat Slider Box die.  I wasn't sure as I was making this one.  I am usually hesitant about forging ahead when I don't think an idea will work out.  I had to push myself on with this one as the sketch was not exactly coming to life as I had pictured.  I figured the worse I could do was have to start over with a new idea.  I love the way it came out.  I used the Stitched Doily die, but it was too big, so I cut a slit and cone shaped it to hold my flowers like a bouquet.  It worked out, even though I didn't think it would.

MCT products used
"Just Simply Live"/banner die
"Stitched Leaves" die/leaves
"Stitched Doily" die/for the cone holding flowers
"Stitched Buttons" dies/for the small flowers
"Small Stitched Scalloped Bow" die/bow on pencils
"Warm Holiday Fun" stamp set/sentiment (oops, forgot about that one Emma)
"Treat Slider Box" die/box for pencils

I learned this rose technique off from a YouTube video.  They use pages from the phone book, so I thought that was an efficient way to use old books.  They came together fast.  I had these ready for weeks before I figured out how I wanted to use them.  I used a red ink I have had forever to ink the flowers.  I also used an old ink pad to ink the edges of everything else.  I wanted it to look older, like a vintage type of feel.  Glossy accents was used as dew drops, and twine on the little Stitched Button flowers.

The bow on the pencils was my daughter's idea.  I had so many of them made that were just sitting there.  I had twine around the pencils, but I liked her idea, so I used it.  I think it turned out super cute.  

My third project is a layout for my grandbaby's birth.  They just moved into their first apartment as a family.  Her momma loves purple, so I chose to use purples as the main color.  I used the Fun Stitched Edge dies for the frame of her footprint.  I was trying to make a frame which was  going well until the last cut.  I did some miscalculation, which I loved, so I needed to make the other end match, well that created double stitched lines.  I liked that, so I had to carefully make double stitched lines around the whole frame. I was mostly pleased with my result.  I have an imperfection issue that I am trying to let go of, lol.  

MCT products used
"Fun Stitched Edge" dies/for frame of footprint
"Small Stitched Scalloped Bow"/for argyle print bows
"Fun Size Stitched Scalloped Bow"/purple bow on hat
"Stitched Fun Ticket" dies/for announcement information
"Just Simply Live" stamps/for alphabet and numbers
"All Around Everything" and "All Around Everything Accessories"/-carriage and round sentiment
"Scallop and Stitched Circle" dies/to stamp on
"Scalloped Stitched Rosette" small die/for under circle sentiment
"Lowercase Fun" dies/for Harmony

This layout probably took the most time as it was not matching my sketch either.  I do love how it turned out.  I used the glitter glue on the small bow and Harmony's name.  harmony's name is also shadowed by a lighter purple shade.  

This is a close up of the multiple stitch lines and Fun Edge die.  I also used the small Scalloped Stitched bow to cover up mom's print.  

Here is an up close of the Fun Ticket dies, the small Rosette, and the sentiment stamp on the circle die.  

Overall I am pleased with my submission and proud that I finished something for this opportunity. I love My Creative Time (or MCT) stamps and dies.  They are so fun and they have been my go-to products when I need to make a quick card or gift giver.  They are just the perfect size for my quick cards.  Even last night I needed a manly card, which I had, but said "Happy Thanksgiving". I took off the sentiment and added a quick "Happy Birthday" from a MCT stamp and it fit perfectly. I am proud to have so many MCT stamps and dies, I feel I need so many, and that many more once they are showcased.  If you haven't checked out the MCT line please do so at your earliest convenience, you will not be disappointed.



Sherrie K. said...

Beautiful projects!! WOw, you did an AMAZING job on showcasing Emma's dies and stamps! I LOVE the fun rolled flowers-they are gorgeous!Good luck in the DT call!
Sherrie K

Lissa said...

Love these projects -- especially that pencil holder! I'm a new follower. Thanks for visiting me at MightyCrafty!