Wednesday, April 30, 2014


Welcome to my last post as Colour Me..! guest designer. (sniff, sniff)  I have had so much fun this last month and hope I was able really inspire you to play along with the challenges!  I love challenges for stretching your creative mind.... making you do things you wouldn't normally do... in a good way!

Thank you very much Hayley and Tara for inviting me to be your guest designer for the month of April!  I'll definitely be back to play along!  I always love the colour combos you inspire us with!  And thanks for all the 'love' and positive comments from the rest of the Colour Me...! ladies as well!  We'll see y'all around!

Ok, now on to business!  It's the fifth week in April, so 'Anything Goes' at Colour Me...!  Choose up to five colours to make a project with, link it up, and list your colours in your post.

For this week, I chose some colours right off of the Colour Coach.  I used Wild Wasabi, So Saffron and Perfect Plum.  I also used Very Vanilla as a neutral. 

This card came together very easily... which was just what I needed.  I think I'm going to find some other pretty colour combos and make a few more of these!  Who wouldn't want to receive one of these spring-y cards in the mail?  I know I would!

OK, that's it for me.  Come back tomorrow to see another spring-y card!

xo Anita

Monday, April 28, 2014

MDS Newspaper

Welcome everyone!  I've got a quick post for you today!  I just wanted to stop by to show you the newspaper that I designed for my sister in law and her new husband's wedding this past weekend!

For her wedding reception programs, my sister in law wanted something unique, but fun.  When I googled around, I saw this newspaper idea.  I figured it would be a snap to put together in MDS, and it was pretty good, although I still put a lot of hours into it!  But it was worth it!  She loved 'em!   The wedding theme had the whole vintage, burlap, lacy thing going on, so I used the textured stamp in the background, and it looks just like burlap! 

OK, so the above two pages were 11 x 17 size, and got folded down the middle to make the finished size 8.5 x 11.  We then folded them in half again, just like a real newspaper!  The top one was the front and back pages of the 'newspaper'. The one below it was printed on the other side of the top one to serve as the second and second last pages of the newspaper.  The comics are from the internet somewhere... the bride sent those to me, so I really don't know where she found them.... I presume somewhere in Google images.

The two pages above were also printed back to back on an 8.5 x 11 sheet. And were the center sheet in the newspaper  The word search I made in a free online puzzle maker thingy, and the sudoku and old ads were from Google images.  The 'kissing menu' my sister in law sent to me, so I have no idea where that is from either... I modified it a little to suit my tastes.

So there you have it!  The nitty gritty on my wedding newspaper that has occupied MANY of my hours in the last few weeks!  Hope you like!

xo Anita

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

CMCC#17-Happy Birthday

Good morning everybody!  Hopefully your week is going great!  Ours is an exciting one... my husband's 'baby' sister is getting married at the end of it, so those plans are pretty much taking over our lives at the moment!  I'll be grateful when it's all over and we can breathe again!  But in the meantime it is actually pretty exciting!  This is our last sibling to get married, and pretty much the only wedding that my daughters will really remember, so we're trying to make sure it gets enjoyed as much as possible!  And by that I mean new EVERYTHING, hair appointments, limo rides... the works!)  Which reminds me... I have to make them a card still... and for that matter figure out what gift they'll get!  Oops!

But in the meantime, the girls and I at Colour Me...! have another challenge for you!  This one is so much fun!  I just love these colours!  I can't wait to see what you all come up with!

Here's what I came up with!

I used my Mosaic Madness stamp set and my SAMJ (obviously!) I could never have managed to do all that lining up with goofing up somewhere along the line!  So this is what I did... the top row, which is partly off the card, I double stamped with Pacific Point.  The next row I just stamped regular, which resulted in a little less intense colour.  Then Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, and Coastal Cabana.  The next row I stamped Coastal Cabana off once before stamping on the card, and the very last row, which is partly off the card and so light you can barely see it on here, I stamped off twice before stamping on the card!  I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out... I should be, I took forever doing it, making sure I would not goof up!!!  The die cut is from Memory Box... the Happy Birthday Tidings... I just cut all the little leaves and flowers and birds off to get just the words.  I stacked five of them on top of each other, coloured the top one black, used my clear Wink of Stella pen, and topped that with a coat of Glossy Accents!  I just love the shiny, wet look that resulted!

OK, click over to the Colour Me...! challenge blog to check out all the details and other FABULOUS cards from the other design team members!  I can hardly believe my time as Featured Designer is almost up... I'm so glad there are 5 weeks for April!  Yay!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

CMCC#16-Wonderful You

Hi!  I'm back again with my Colour Me...! card.  We've got a subtle colour challenge for you this week!  Check it out!

Here's my card!

It's a pretty straightforward card really... I used the Inspired by Nature stamp set and stamped the flower full strength and the grass by stamping off once first.  I also used my little clear buttons from SU! (I seriously don't think I have EVER used them!  No lie!)  I punched a little heart out of cardstock and used some Glossy Accents to adhere them to the button and to the card itself!  Pretty cool, huh?!

OK, so go check out all the other talent on the Colour Me...! blog and play along with us this week!  I promise you'll love it!

SC77S-Mid Month Inspiration!

Hello everyone!  I'll be short and sweet today!  I'm off on a school trip with my oldest daughter!  I've been sort of MIA lately and it's all due to this wedding we have in the family and the house that the bridal couple is renovating... or I should say... the house they have everyone else renovating!  Just kidding... but man oh man... it will be nice to settle down after all this excitement in a couple of weeks!  Anyhoo.... let's get to what you came for...

It's the middle of the month (already) so the ladies and I over at Stampin' Celebration have some sketch inspiration for you!  Click on over to their website so you can find all the ins and outs of how you can play along, and check out all the other DT samples as well!

Here's what I made... and forgive me... but these cards are hard to take a picture of without looking all wonky!

This card had a few firsts for me!  First time for that Watercolour Wonder DSP as well as the Circle Card Thinlits die!  Yes... I've had it for awhile, but just haven't had a chance to play with it.  My bad!  So it turned out pretty well after all... you should have seen me waffling back and forth over this and that, diddling around here and there... but in the end, this is it, and I like it!  That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!

Here's a couple of other close ups... not that you really need them, but I took them, so here they are!

OK, that's it for me!  Seeya later for my Colour Me...! post!

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Happy Birthday! CMCC #15

Welcome everybody!  Today I have another colour challenge from Colour Me...!  This is my second week guest designing for them, and I just love the colour combo they have chosen for this week!  So fresh and fun!  It reminds me of our week in Mexico last November!  Ahhhh....

At first I had in mind to design something in MDS using pictures from our Mexico trip... but I'm a little too busy designing something VERY COOL for my hubby's youngest sister's wedding.  And that is coming up in just over two weeks, so I am totally focusing on that in MDS.... and on nothing other!  Rest assured... I will show you when I can!

So instead of warm tropical vacations I have a bright flowery card for you instead.  Take a peek!

Isn't it a bright and cheerful card?  I only used the two colours from the palette, but I also did some second generation stamping to give a little background and depth to the flowers.  I also used the Vines EF from SU! on the Daffodil Delight panel, but you really actually don't see it much.  Oh well... it adds a little interest, doesn't it?  I agonized over what colour to stamp the sentiment in. Bermuda Bay... Black... Bermuda Bay... Black... and in the end I stamped it in Black because it drew my eye better than the Bermuda Bay, which just made it sort of blend in with all the flowers!  So there you have it!  A quick and easy card, but a beautiful one nonetheless!

I hope you'll click on over to the Colour Me...!  challenge blog, check out everyone else's beautiful projects, and then make some time to play along yourself!  You can find all the details here!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Colour Me...! April Guest Designer!!

Hello everyone!  I've got a super duper exciting announcement here that I've been sitting on for a couple weeks, and now I finally get to tell you!  I've been asked to join the uber-talented Colour Me...! ladies for the month of April as their featured designer!  If you have no idea what Colour Me...! is all about, you better head on over there and check it out!  You're surely missing out!

 This week's challenge is a fun one... check it out!

If you've never played along before, you should try... it's so fun and inspiring!  Go check out the other design team member's projects and play along yourself!  You could be the next Colour Captivator or Colour Connoisseur!

Seeyou there!  xo Anita

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

SC77I - My Friend

No tricks or jokes for you today, even though it is the first day of April.  But what I do have is a beautiful inspiration photo for you to kick off a new month at Stampin' Celebration.  Did you see all the beautiful entries last month?  Wow... and now we can't wait to see what you all come up with in April!

Look at this... 

Isn't adorable?  There are so many different directions and options you could take!  The colours for instance, or the bunny and the eggs for an easter themed card, or the tree stump and the vase of flowers... I let the colours, the tree stump and the butterflies and lace inspire me to come up with this card...

What do you think?  How did I do?

Now, we want to see what you will do with this inspiration photo!  Go check out the Stampin' Celebration blog and the other ladies beautiful projects, get crafty and then come back and link up your creations so we can see shat you've done, and for your chance to be the Pick of the Party for April!

Come back tomorrow for an exciting announcement!

xo Anita