Friday, November 4, 2011

My Creative Time ~ Design Team Announced . . .

and guess what . . . I MADE IT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am so super excited! There were so many talented crafters and so many amazing entries ~ I still can't believe it! I keep pinching myself to make sure it's all real. For over a year now, I have visited Emma's blog absolutely everyday...sometimes more than once a day. LOL I have learned so many amazing new crafting techniques, as well as fun little tips and tricks to add those extra special touches to each and every project. The inspiration from Emma and her Design Team has been never ending and I can't thank them enough for everything they have taught me.

So I guess I should formally introduce myself: Hello everyone! My name is Cassandra. I live in Scottsdale, Arizona and I work full time as a psychotherapist in practice with my super terrific husband Dan. I was introduced to the wonderful world of stamping in 1989 by my college roommate. I then started scrapbooking in 1995 when I came upon a Creative Memories booth at the Arizona State Fair. I got my first Cricut in 2005 and I guess they say "the rest is history" LOL.

Currently my addiction is card making and I've recently been having some fun by branching out with home decor projects. My favorite go to crafting items right now are my Cricut Expression 2, my Gypsy, my Imagine, Peachy Keen Stamps and My Creative Time Stamps & Dies. When you put all these products together, the results are amazing!!

Over this last year, I have been so inspired by Emma and her Design Team, that I truly feel it has taken my paper crafting to a whole new level. I am honored to have been chosen by Emma to represent her and her awesome product line. And I so very much hope you will enjoy my creations as much as I will enjoy sharing them with you. A big THANK YOU to Emma for choosing me to be a part of her Design Team. I am sooo looking forward to what I imagine is going to be an amazing experience!

Now onto the good stuff. For my very first assignment, Emma asked that I create a project using any of her products. I knew immediately that I wanted it to be something fun and special to thank Emma for all of her inspiration. Here is my creation:


I chose the words Dream, Create and Inspire, because I feel that really defines my crafting experience. For me, I often find my creativity just as I'm lying in bed trying to fall asleep, but instead my mind starts racing with all kinds of shapes, colors, patterns, and embellishments.  (Does that ever happen to you??? LOL)  Then usually the next day, I run into my craft room to get started on the creation process of all those ideas I had the night before.  When I am finished creating, my favorite part is always sharing my projects with others. There's nothing like seeing the sparkle in someone's eyes when they open their gift and they say..."Wow! You made that?!" It reminds me that in today's world of technology and gadgets...a personally handcrafted gift is still the best!


Ok - Ok...enough sappy stuff. LOL Back to my project: The flower base is a simple square plastic container I got at Michaels. The flower stems are Wilton's ~ Lollipop Sticks. Inside is a piece of green floral foam. I lined each side of the container with patterned paper. And I used Sakura ~ Crystal Laquer and approximately 100 monochromatic red buttons to cover the floral foam. Here is a shot from above so that you can see the buttons:


All of the red patterned paper is my favorite Doodlebug Design ~ Petite Prints. The solid white and black cardstock are from Recollections. The base of each flower is cut with the My Creative Time ~ XL Label Die. The border is stamped using the My Creative Time ~ Whimsical Calendar Days stamp set. The rosettes are cut with the brand new and super cool Ribbons & Rosettes ~ Cricut cartridge (I think this going to be one of my new favorites!!!). The surface layers of each flower are cut with the My Creative Time ~ Scallop & Stitched Circle Dies. The sentiments are from the My Creative Time ~ Inspiring Words stamp set.

** For those of you who have the Inspiring Words stamp set, you may notice that the word 'Inspire' is not actually one of the stamps. The actual word in the set is 'Inspiration'. I taped off the 'ation'. And then I took the word 'Live' and taped off the 'Liv' and only stamped the 'e'. And voila...I have the word 'Inspire'. Pretty cool huh? It may be a little extra work, but it gives you a lot more options. So next time you look at your stamps ~ see what else you could create by changing things up a little. :)

The little hearts on each flower are actually Making Memories ~ brads. I cut off the pokey things in the back and glued them down like buttons. For the ink, I used Memento ~ Tuxedo Black and Ladybug Red.


Now for my favorite flower...the one that is front and center. Do you recognize it? I printed out Emma's blog avatar. Isn't it soooo super cute??? I know it might be a little silly, but I wanted to communicate how inspiring Emma has been ~ to not only me, but I'm sure all of you as well.


The fun ribbon (polka dots are Emma's favorite) is from my stash. The starburst in the center is cut from a die in the . The sentiment is from the My Creative Time ~ Many Greetings stamp set.

** If you have the Many Greetings stamp set, you may notice that the 'Thanks a Bunch' stamp is actually all on one horizontal line. Since I knew it wouldn't fit that way, I changed it up a little by taping it off again and stamping it to fit within the starburst. I finished it off with some white dots on the tips of the starburst with a white ~ Sakura Gelly Roll pen.


Well, that's is my first project as a new member of the My Creative Time Design Team. Yippee!! I plan to send this to Emma as a Thank You for such a wonderful opportunity. I hope she likes it.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I can't wait to see you back here again really soon. And if you haven't done so already, make sure you head on over to My Creative Time to see who all Emma has chosen for her new Design Team.

One final, huge, gigantic, to infinity and beyond - THANK YOU to Emma. And thanks again to all of you for stopping by.   See you again soon.

~Cassandra

39 comments :

Trell said...

Oh my, this is so awesome! Congrats, I knew you were going to make it!

Cindy said...

Hi Cassandra!! :) I am so happy that you made it to the Team! Congrats! :) I love what you've created!! Love the red and black...one of my favorite combos! :)
Cindy

Kate said...

This is beautiful Cassandra. Emma is going to love it. Congratulations.

Hugs,
Kate

Linsey said...

Oh my goodness Cassandra, what a wonderfully unique and heart-felt gift you've created! Such a lovely way to thank Emma:) I love love love your "lollipop" flowers and cheerful colors/patterns/sentiments for them! The way you combined so many different sets really shows off how amazing this entire line of stamps coordinate with one another and the gorgeous results you can get! Super inspiring! Congrats on earning your DT spot--it was certaily no surprise to me to see you were chosen, your style is awesome! Can't wait to be a part of it all with ya, hugs new friend!

CRAZY4CHRIST said...

Congrats!! This is gorgeous!! Thanks for all the stamp tips!!
Kristan

Randi said...

Congrats!! I love your work and you are now a DT member for my fav stamps too.

Crafting Katie said...

Cassandra, I'm so excite to have you on the team! Your project today is AMAZING!!! You are so creative! And yes, I do dream craft projects too, LOL!

Scrappin with the bug said...

I'm SO happy you were chosen for Emma's DT. YOU truelly ROCK your creations. I love all of your projects and tips.

After seeing you as her Guest designer I'm so thankful she chose you on her DT.

Josie0602 said...

Congrats Cassandra!!You definitely deserved to be on the team. I love seeing all the things you share with us on the Circle board and blog!
Tracy

Brenda said...

congrats!!! I am so happy for you and I look forward to seeing your projects!! this project is so cute too!!

Jeanne said...

What a beautiful project and a fabulous way of saying thank you! Congrats on making the DT, I look forward to working with you and seeing some more fabulous projects!

Glora said...

YAY Cassandra!!!!! I cannot say how happy I am to get to work with you on Emma's team!!!! HOORAY!!!!! I've been dying ALL week to know whether you had made it for sure or not! YIPEE! Now onto your AMAZING project! It is INCREDIBLE!!!! I absolutely LOVE every single detail! You did not dissappoint and I think you are about the sweetest lady around to make this for Emma to thank her!!! WOO HOO!!! Congratulations again!!! Hugs- Glora

Rosy C. said...

Congratulations Cassandra on being part of the MCT DT!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything about your project you showcased for today. I would not know where to begin. Every detail is Fab!
Very excited to be working with very talented Crafters!
Many Sweet Creations...
www.sweetdelightspapernmore.blogspot.com

Veronica Kietzman said...

Awesome project, Cassandra! And congratulations on being chosen as a DT member!!!

-Veronica

Leanne said...

Wooo Hoooooo!!! And a HUGE congrats to you! I'm so glad you made it and look forward to getting to know you!! I LOVE your project it is so creative and I can tell you put lots of love into it!! It's awesome!! Hugs, Leanne

Donna and Sara said...

Congratulations, you did an amazing job. It will be great to see your upcoming projects!

liz at liz's paper loft said...

congrats!!! this is way over the top CUTE!!!

Ro said...

congratulations on making the DT. Adorable project!

elwalten said...

WOOHOO!!! You made it to the DREAM TEAM!!! All your hard work, dedication and inspiration has paid off. Enjoy this, my dear sweet BFF, you DID IT!!!

Sandy from Ukiah said...

congrats on being chosen for Miss Emma's DT.. WOW.. this is just too adorable.. I can see why she would chose you... can't wait to see more of your creations..

Ruthie @ SeptemberNinth said...

Congrats on making the team Cassandra! The project that you made is darling! Emma is going to LOVE it!

Ruthie :)

Cathryn said...

Beautiful project Cassandra!! Congrats and welcome to Emma's team. It will be great to work with you! Hugs, Cathryn :)

Jayne said...

Congratulations Cassandra.I am so pleased for you.Love what you made for Emma and look forward to seeing more of your awesome projects.
Jayne x

Jovan said...

Beautiful project....CONGRATS!

Diana Lynn Martin said...

OMG! I totally knew you were gonna be chosen(you were my fave hands down)! Your submission project was off the hook awesome! This project is amazing too! I'm really looking forward to seeing all of your fab creations! You are soooo talented. Have tons of fun being on the team!

Diana :)

Wendy (aka Roo) said...

Cassandra, I'm soooo excited for you!!! This is an absolutely amazing creation, no wonder you are on the team! I look forward seeing all your awesome projects!
Puppy Hugs,
Wendy

Shar said...

Congrats, Cassandra!!! I'm so thrilled to be working with you on Emma's team and look forward to seeing your next project. This thank you gift is absolutely beautiful!!

Pam (AKA CraftyK) said...

Congrats Cassandra...you totally deserve it!! Emma is going to love her gift!
Simply beautiful!!

Dorcas said...

You have been on a winning streak lately! Congratulations! You did a fantastic job and I am thrilled for you!

Dorcas

tracym110 said...

Hi fellow team member!! :).Your project is FABULOUS!! I absoluetly love it and I'm sure Emma will too! What creatve use of the diies and stamps! I'm in AZ too!
Hugs to you!
Tracy M
tracyscricutcorner.blogspot.com

Missie said...

You are amazing and inspirational. You totally deserve this.

Lucy said...
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Lucy said...

Super cute project! Congrats! I can wait to see the awesome projects you will create using Emma's stamps.

Jenny R said...

Congrats on making the team...your project for Emma is adorable!

Jannie said...

Hi Cassandra, congratulations that you have made it to this awesome team! I will checking your posts on Emma's challenges! Isn't she the best!

Love this project, it is so beautiful!!! Love the red flowers as well, I hope to own a cricut in December so.....you have inspired me.

Jannie
www.knutselfrutselen.blogspot.com

quilt4fun2 said...

Congratulations on being in Emma's Design Team. What a wonderful project you came up with for your opening first post!
quilt 4 fun 2 at hot mail dot com

My Creative Time said...

WOW!!! I am speechless my sweet friend!!! This is the CUTEST EVER!!! OMG, this is AMAZING! THank you & ALSO i AM looking forward to working w/you!THANK YOU for being a part of my team!:)
BIG HUGE HUGS,
Emma;)

Trish said...

Congrats! Your project is so beautiful. I cant wait to see what is next from you. Have a great day.

Miranda said...

Congrats! Your project is awesome!

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