Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Hello, You-CCMC303, PP196

Hello there!  I'm back with a soft and pretty floral card today.  I used my Regarding Dahlias stamps to play along with a couple challenges this morning.  I was inspired by the sketch at the Create with Connie and Mary Challenge, and the challenge at The Paper Players was CAS Floral, so that worked perfectly for my card as well.


Check out my card!

I started with a Blushing Bride card base.  I stamped two dahlias in Versamark, one on Calypso Coral and the other on Crisp Cantaloupe. I heat embossed them both with white embossing powder and fussy cut them out.  After adding a few banners in Brushed Gold CS and Crisp Cantaloupe CS, I used some dimensionals to pop up one of the flowers and banners.  I stamped my sentiment in Gold Encore ink, and added a few gold sequins to finish it all off.  Perfect!  Go check out the two challenge sites and be inspired to play along yourself!  So much fun!

xo Anita

Monday, May 19, 2014

Sending Good Thoughts-FM160, CQC#241

Hello again!  This'll be my third post today, but I wanted to get this posted before my day got away on me!  I was inspired by the totally fun colour combo over at ColourQ and the challenge at Friday Mashup to make a get well card with their sketch.

Unfortunately I can't even just add this card to my stash.  We need to cheer up a young family member who ended up in the hospital last week, and finally after a few days of tests they discovered an infection.  I believe he's still in the hospital. but will hopefully return home this week sometime.

Here's my card...

I started with a base of Pool Party, on which I embossed the Dictionary stamp in Pool Party EP.  I stamped my Chocolate Chip layer with the Hardwood stamp and heat embossed my sentiment with Gold EP on a Pool Party banner.  Topped it off with one of my many, many buttons, and a little linen thread... and wah-la... DONE!

Thanks for taking the time out of your busy day to take a peek!  Seeya later!

xo Anita

The Open Sea-FMS136, CMCC#20

Hello again... it's still Monday, and it's still a holiday, and I am still nursing this gigantic head cold... so I am still gonna be quick!  Here's the other card I had a chance to make this weekend.  I was inspired by the colours at Colour Me...! (hi girls!) and the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

Here's my card!

I still had The Open Sea on my desk and wanted to make another nautical card... so I did!  I hope you like!  I hardly dare to admit this, but this was also the VERY FIRST TIME I inked up my Tape It stamps.... shame on me!  I like them... ALOT!

OK, thanks for taking time out of your day to look!  That's it for me then!  

xo Anita

Bugs and Kisses-HSSCC#185

Happy Victoria Day if you are a Canadian!  Today is a holiday, and so in honor of that, and in light of the fact that I am soooo nursing a ginormous head cold at the moment... I am gonna be super quick!  I had a teeny chance to play in my craft room this weekend and I played along at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  It's been such a long while since I played along at any challenge... I had a hard time getting going!  All this beautiful weather has not allowed me much time to "play"!  But I don't want to complain about the gorgeous weather either, so....

Here's my card for Hand Stamped Sentiments cool and fun color challenge!

Love this set from SU! for all my little itty bitty nieces and nephews birthdays... it's long retired, but I never let that worry me!

There's the colours the challenge called for... aren't they just so fun?  Love' em!  OK, I'll be back in a sec with one more card!

xo Anita

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Stampin' Celebration! Sketch Inspiration

Welcome back to another episode of Stampin' Celebration!  It's the middle of May (already) and we're back with some more inspiration for you.  This is a brand new challenge... click on over to the Stampin' Celebration website to see who our Pick of the Party for the last challenge was!

 This time around we have a sketch challenge for you...

I'm still on the nautical theme... but that's what all this gorgeous warm sunny weather will do to you... make you dream about being out on the ocean or lake... so that's what I've got for you today!  And, sorry if you can't find the sketch in my card... I got all turned around when I decided to turn it on it's side, but then forgot to account for the elements on the lower right hand side, and put them in a different spot altogether!  Oh well... all in the name of creativity, right?

 So it's pretty obvious what I've done here... and I have to confess that while I was making this card, I totally didn't even know what I really wanted or was even doing!  I was just sort of stamping and sponging all over the place... which is really a poor excuse for a way of doing things, but that's my story and I'm stickin' to it!  

Be sure to check out the awesome samples from the other DT members... there's so much inspiration there!  I'm looking forward to checking out all your lovely projects in the gallery... so be sure to play along!  

xo Anita

Friday, May 2, 2014

With Sympathy

Oops... I forgot to press publish, so here's my Friday card for you... a little later than usual, but it is still Friday!

I've got a spring-y card for you just as promised.  I really enjoyed using my Mixed Bunch stamps the other day.  Here's the card I came up with.

I hope you like it.  I like to make these cards before I really need them... they seem to be easier to make that way... or maybe that's just me!

OK, see you next week!  Have a fab weekend!

xo Anita

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Nautical Inspiration! SC78I

Happy Thursday to you all!  And... it is May!  Just like that!  I love the month of May... soft spring mornings... hints of summer... the end of the school year is nearer!  Ahhh....

And because it's the first of May, the girls and I from Stampin' Celebration Inspiration Challenge have a new challenge for you!  And what better to get you in the mood for those hints of summer... than this inspiration photo!  Love it!

And it's perfect because it seems like the whole nautical thing is 'in' right now!  For once I can say I am 'on trend'!  haha

Take a look at the card I made using this inspiration board as a starting point!  I used it for the elderly men's birthdays in my church last month.  

I really love this stamp.  What I love even more is that it's great for colouring.  I find watercolouring so relaxing.  I made about 6 or 7 of these cards, and it didn't take me long at all!  Love that!

So make sure you click on over to the Stampin' Celebration website, and check out the other design team member's awesome stuff!  Those ladies never cease to inspire me!  Be sure to get creative, link up your card or whatever it is you make, and we'll come by to check out your project and leave you some love!  

There have been a few changes to our challenge again.  Our challenges will no longer run for the whole month, but rather, we will have two separate challenges.  The first half of the month will be an inspiration challenge and the second half of the month will be the sketch challenge!  So, that means more chances for you to win, since we will be choosing a Pick of the Party twice a month now!  Great, right?  So what are you waiting for?  Get creating!

We'll see you later!  I know I said to come back today for a spring-y card... and it's not really a spring-y card.... so be sure to come back tomorrow for that!

xo Anita