Monday, September 15, 2014

SC87-Hello Perfection



Hello and welcome to another Stampin' Celebration!  This is not my only post for today... if you are looking for MDS Monday.... just scroll down.... it's there somewhere!  But if you are here for another Stampin' Celebration challenge... read on!!!

We've got a sketch for you from Wendi today!  I have to be honest... it had me stumped... and on top of it all, I'm recovering from a surgery I had last Wednesday.... so I didn't feel on top of my game at all... but it is what it is!  Here's the sketch....


... and here's a card I made... I've been seeing feathers everywhere.... so thought I'd try my had at it too!  I don't know though... I think this card needs a little more love... I think I'll revisit it when I'm feeling a little better!


Don't forget to check out the Stampin' Celebration blog to see what all the other fabulous team members have created.... get inspired... and get playing with us.  See you in the gallery!

xo Anita

MDSM 82



Happy Monday to you all!  I'm back with another post for another MDS Monday challenge!  How did you like the sketch last week!  I hope you'll make time to play with us this week, as we have another awesome sketch for you today!  This one is brought to us by Tara!  I just loved it!


Here's an adorable picture of my youngest daughter that the photographer (Urban Fig Photography) captured on my sister in law's wedding last April.  I just love how everyone else in the sanctuary is facing forward, and she is the only one looking to the back!  Of course, when I want her to sit still in church, I am sure I will not think it is so cute when she's facing the back all the time!


Challenge Guidelines:
 
-Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
-Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the Challenge Graphic above within your post.
-Link directly to your Post for this challenge, not your entire blog. (So we can find your project)
-You can create a Card, Scrap Page or 3-D Object with the Sketch.
-The Challenge will end on Saturday Sep. 20th @ 12pm EST.
-Have fun!  

 I hope you'll be inspired to play along at MDS Monday... go check out the fabulousness the other designers have created... there's so much inspiration!  Let's see what you've got! Thanks for stopping by!
 
xo Anita

Monday, September 8, 2014

I {Heart] These Girls! MDSM81



Happy Monday!  I am pleased to welcome you to another challenge for MDS Monday!  If you haven't played with us before... make this week your first time!  The inspiration absolutely abounds!

Beth has this fantastic sketch for us this week, and she also wants us to highlight something, anything, or someplace that we love!


Well, I love a few things, but the first thing that comes to mind is of course my family!  My husband asked me why there were not five pictures of him on here... and... I saved myself by saying that I wanted to fill the whole thing up with pictures of him... but that I couldn't find that many, so had to use ones of our girls!  Ahhhh... he's a great husband and daddy.... and surely loves his house full of girls... and we love him dearly too!!!!


I used Watercolour Wonder DSP for my project, some Downtown Grunge elements (this remains my most used download!), a paper doily recoloured to Island Indigo, a burlap banner and my font is Blockography.  Oh, I also used a watercoloured-look heart from Beautiful Today with a couple freeform hearts over it for definition! 

Challenge Guidelines:
-Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
-Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the Challenge Graphic above within your post.
-Link directly to your Post for this challenge, not your entire blog. (So we can find your project)
-You can create a Card, Scrap Page or 3-D Object with the Sketch.
-The Challenge will end on Saturday Sep. 13th @ 12pm EST.
-Have fun!  

 I hope you'll be inspired to play along at MDS Monday... go check out what the other designers have created... there's so much inspiration!  Let's see what you've got! Thanks for stopping by!

xo Anita

Monday, September 1, 2014

Exciting Announcement!!!!

Hello again!   That's right... I'm back with another post.... this one for MDS Monday!  I was completely thrilled and honoured to be invited to design alongside some of the most fabulous designers on the MDS Monday Design Team!  Pinch me!  I still can't quite believe it!

But here I am, so let's get to the challenge shall we?

Heidi has a fantastic sketch for us... 


It was fun to make one of my first Project Life type layouts... I don't actually have any of the PL products... but it was so easy to make up my own!  


I used some pictures that we had taken of our family on New Years Day of this year... yes, I know... I am finally getting to them!  But I love the way this layout turned out, so it was worth the wait I think, don't you?  The family quote is one I found online, but don't know where or who it's from.  My colours (which I just love!) are Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tangelo and Strawberry Slush.

Challenge Guidelines:
-Please create a new MDS project for the current challenge.
-Provide a link back to MDS Monday or use the Challenge Graphic above within your post.
-Link directly to your Post for this challenge, not your entire blog. (So we can find your project)
-You can create a Card, Scrap Page or 3-D Object with the Sketch.
-The Challenge will end on Saturday Sep. 6th @ 12pm EST.
-Have fun!  

 I hope you'll be inspired to play along at MDS Monday... go check out what the other designers have created... there's so much inspiration!  Thanks for stopping by!

xo Anita

Stampin' Celebration in September! SC86



Well, with September here... we have another challenge for y'all!  It's a beautiful inspiration challenge!  Check it out!


You could take the gold, the colours, the flowers, the cake, the table decor... anything... the sky's the limit!  I used the colours... Blackberry Bliss and Hello Honey, along with some gold accents, to design a layout about my youngest little girl at her Preschool Christmas Program.  The whole page doesn't look to Christmas-sy really, but the picture isn't really focussing on anything Christmas either.... the picture was actually taken afterward when we were having refreshments and doing some crafts together!  I wish I could be a fly on the wall at her preschool!  She's sure her own little self there!


I also used a layout from Cindy Schuster (again!) where I liked the way all her page elements were laid out... so I CASEd that.

I'm really not to gone on the whole Hello Honey background... it just seems a little too... something, you  know?  But it is what it is now, and perhaps if it bothers me enough, I'll go back and change it!

Click over to Stampin' Celebration to see what all the other awesome designers have got for you, and then be sure to play along with us, and come back at the end of the challenge to cote for your favourite!  You could be the Pick of the Party!

xo Anita

Friday, August 22, 2014

Bokeh Effect in MDS!

OK, one more layout for this week... 

I don't know if I'll get much of a chance to get some MDS in, as we are having one last blast of summer with the kids and going camping for  three days... and then I'll have to buckle down and make sure we're all organized for school!  Ack!!!


And another confession... I totally CASEd this whole "bokeh" effect from Cindy Schuster... that girl has got some great stuff going on in MDS... I love CASEing her.  You use the confetti stamp image from the Cake & Icecream stamp brush set, blow it up really big... lessen the opacity, and repeat and rotate a few times to move your stamp into different positions!  Her layout was a really spring-y one, but I managed to make a Christmas one using pictures of my girls' gingerbread house decorating forays!  This could be snow falling in the background, or lights for the Christmas season... doesn't really matter to me... I just LOVE the way it looks!

Give it a whirl on your next layout!

xo Anita

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Love This!

We're getting to the end of the week again... and I still have a couple more layouts to show you!  Sometimes if I seem to have a bit of a mental or creative block with designing, I just find a layout from someone else that I love!  That's what I've done here!  

I took inspiration from Cindy Schuster's design, and just used what I had to make it my own!  It's so easy to do... and I always love the finished product!  The stamps I used are a little different than hers... in fact, nothing is exactly the same as hers, except the general idea and layout... it's so easy to customize something that you find on Pinterest or someone's blog to fit your own tastes, or fit what you have, instead of buying more downloads... although, I always like doing that too!!!


This is the last page in my daughter's albums... now I am super excited to get them uploaded and printed... although, I may wait until my Mexico book is done, and do them all at once!  Exciting!

Seeyou tomorrow! 

xo Anita

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Girly Glam MDS!

Good morning!  I'm back with another layout... this one using lots of girly flowers, lacy doilies, and some glimmer paper, and even some gold brads!  Pretty sure I have never used them yet!  I think this one turned out beautifully!


Do you want to know a secret about this one?  I did this at the airport while I was waiting for my in-laws to arrive home from vacation!  So easy to take anywhere!

Seeyou tomorrow!

xo Anita

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Family Vacation-MDSM78



Hi there!  

This afternoon I have yet another MDS layout!  To see all my MDS layouts click here.We'll be taking off again for one last blast of summer camping, so I made some time today for a little scrapbooking!  After this... it's groceries, laundry, all the stuff you do before you take off for a few days, and then when you get back there is MORE laundry!  Oh, the joys...!

Since I had camping on the brain... and the sketch at MDS Monday wanted a map, all in the spirit of family vacays... I turned to some pictures of our last camping trip down to the southernmost tip of Washington State... Cape Disappointment!  I assure you,  the trip was far from disappointing, as the name suggests!  I think it's something to do with Lewis & Clark, or some ship captain who thought he discovered something, but then was disappointed!  There are some conflicting reports... ha!  Although there are alot of things to explore there that are associated with Lewis & Clark... like this interesting boardwalk at Waikiki Beach, that contains all the journal entries from Lewis & Clark's journal!  Cool, huh?  And yes... I said Waikiki Beach ("the 'kicky' beach" according to my three year old!)  This beach has great waves like it's Hawaiian counterpart.... but baby... that water was COLD!

Anyway... that's neither here nor there... here's the great sketch inspiration from MDS Monday!


For may map I went on the internet and found a map of the Washington/Oregon coastline that I liked... then I did some editing so it didn't clash with my pictures.  I made it the colour of sand, and then to highlight where exactly we were on the coast, I did a coloured focal point of that area, and blurred out slightly behind the photo area!  You can see it there where the Columbia river enters the Pacific Ocean!  That's where we were!


We had the BEST time!  My husband has thousands of memories of camping with his aunt and uncle and cousins on the Oregon coast while growing up.  We want to make those memories for our kids too, so we've started going camping with his sister, her husband and their kids.  And although we didn't go as far as Oregon this year... my husband and brother-in-law are making plans for a big trip all the way down to San Diego next summer!  My in-laws come down for a few days too, although they don't do camping anymore, they stay in a condo nearby, and my sister-in-law and I sneak there for showers and a titch of civilization!  I'm more of a "glamper" than a "camper" myself!

So this layout has just a few shots of our trip down the coast, but there will be many more layouts documenting our fabulous fun-filled days!

Thanks for coming by!

xo Anita 

Two For One!

Good morning to you all!  It's another gorgeous day in the Valley... so without further ado, I will get to what you are here for.  Another dose of MDS!  Like I said yesterday, I finished off all three of my girls' albums for 2012-2013, and the easiest way to fast track that is to use the import feature in MDS.  You can see here that both of my older girls have exactly the same layout, the only thing I switched after importing the layout, was the picture!  Voila!  Two birds with one stone!  LOVE!

I must give credit where credit is due... I CASED this layout from someone... and I can't remember who... but it is pretty much a direct copy!  I loved their layout, and now I love mine!

Take a look!


See, two layouts done... all in the time it took to do one!

 xo Anita