Monday, December 22, 2014

Sparkle and Shine... YOU-SC94

Hello again!  I'm back with another post... this one for Stampin' Celebration!  If you're looking for MDS Monday... scroll up (or down!) and you'll find it!  OK, we've got this great inspiration board for you today!  Love it!  Look at all the bling you are gonna get to use!

 

I mean... look at it!  Your options are WIDE open!  You can go with the gold, the stars, sequins, glitter, black and white... make it look classic or fresh and fun... flirty or bold!  Make a clock or a cake!  Listen to me... I'm like an advertisement or something!  Maybe even a Dr. Suess book!  Eek! Get a grip girl!  Anyway.... you can do whatever catches your fancy.... get inspired... see here how I was!


 

I loved designing this layout!  My oldest daughter loved this when she saw it... and can hardly wait to see it printed in real in her book!  Of course that is going to be awhile, since I make one book for two years, so I won't be printing this book till after 2015 is done!  Patience is a virtue my dear!  (And definitely not one of her strong points!)  Anyway....

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  • Feel free to use any brand of product you may have in your stash. 
  • We ask that you create a new project for this challenge and add a link to our blog or use the challenge graphic in your post. 
  • Please link directly to the post for this challenge, not your entire blog (so we can find your project better)
  • Please limit the combined challenges on your project to no more then 4 including ours. 
  • Have fun!!! 
  • The challenge will be open for 2 weeks and the linky will close on Friday January 2nd @ 9pm EST.
  • Be sure to come back here after the challenge closes to vote for your favorite! 

  • Hope to see you in the gallery!  Thanks for stopping by!

    xo Anita

    Bowling with the GCC-MDSM95

    Hello friends!  It's time for another episode of MDS Monday!  We've got this awesome sketch from Yapha today, and it was just perfect for these photos of my daughter at the bowling alley with Girls' Craft Club.  Check out the sketch and what I came up with!


    Here's my layout...


    Isn't it such a fun layout?  And I dare say we troop leaders were louder at some points of the evening than the girls were!  SO. MUCH. FUN.  Seriously.

    Anyway... we'd love it if you'd play along with us... we know it's such a busy time of year for everyone, but ya'll need to relax for a few minutes too.... and don't forget that you actually will have TWO weeks to play along with this challenge, so... sit down in front of the fire and fire up your MDS so we can find you in the gallery!

    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, January 3rd @ 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

    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Spring Camping-MDSM94

    Good morning to you all again!  Quick post today.... this is the last week of school before Christmas break, and I actually feel like I might come out on top of my list of 'things to do', so in order for me to keep feeling like that, I'll be short and sweet!  And let's face it, you probably have a list of things to do too, so you don't need to spend all your time listening to me blather on and on!

    So, it's Monday which means a new MDS Monday challenge!  We had a super, super awesome sketch from Heidi to work with.... check it out....


    No excuses not to use this sketch is there?  I loved working with it!  It was so effortless... I think my layout came together in less than half and hour.... and that's with my three kids running around playing cops and robbers!  That's sayin' something folks....


    Now this is quite different than any of my other layouts in the sense that I did not actually ADD ANY PINK TO THIS PAGE!  Hey, can I help it that my daughter is wearing a pink t-shirt and hoodie?  The whole spring camping ordeal didn't lend itself to the colour pink very well at all!  It was cold, rainy and about as dreary as a spring day could get in the freezing cold mountains.  There was sand and mud in everything, on everything, between everything.... and then they brought it all home with them and it got transferred from the van to the house.... oh yeah.... no frilly pink involved anywhere!

    Okay... we'd love it if you played along with us this week!  

    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, December 20th @ 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

    Tuesday, December 9, 2014

    Baby Announcement!

    Yes!  That's right!  A baby announcement!  

    No.... not me!  (pick yourself up off the floor Mom!)  My sister in law and brother in law!  

    They are pretty newlyweds... so newlywed in fact that I just finally finished scrapbooking their wedding photos!  But we were so excited to hear that they are expecting a baby in June.  They will be fabulous parents I'm sure!  So when Esther called to ask if I could design something so she could announce it on Facebook (apparently this is all the rage!) I was MORE than pleased to accommodate her.  In fact I really can't take much credit for this design at all...  she wanted it to be a chalkboard with some cool letters, she provided the darling little ultrasound photo and the stamps were a cinch in MDS... easy peasy.  I seriously think it took me like.... maaaaaybe 20 minutes?

    Here it is....


    There ya have it!  Cute huh?  Thanks for stopping by!  

    xo Anita

    Monday, December 8, 2014

    You Are My Happy - MDSM93

    Hello again!  I'm back with my second post for the day... if you're looking for Stampin' Celebration you'll have to scroll either up or down... I am not sure:)  However, if you are here for MDS Monday... then keep reading!  We've got an awesome sketch for you designed by Tami...



    Let's see what you can come up with for this... and we'd also love for you to snoop around your MDS and see what you can use for those stamps that bracket the picture!  Be sure to play along and link up in our gallery!  We love visiting your blogs and checking out your stuff!

    Here's what I did... 


    Maybe it's just me, because I'm her Mama, but I just love the way she is looking in this photo... leaning back, knowing that I am there.  She is happy... and she is MY happy too!  OK, enough of the sappy stuff! (sniff, sniff)

    We'd love it if you played along with us this week!  
    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, December 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!  Thanks for stopping by!
     
    xo Anita

    GCC Campout-SC93

    Good morning to you all!  I'm back with a couple posts again today.  One for Stampin' Celebration, which is this post, and if you're looking for MDS Monday, that's my other post and you may have to scroll down.... or maybe up!  Not sure... but you'll find it!

    OK, so here's our sketch for this challenge... lets see what you can come up with!  We know it's busy this holiday season... but everyone needs a little rest and relaxation too, so don't forget to sit down with MDS and create something to link up in our gallery!  We love visiting your blogs to see what you've done!

    I did a scrapbook layout again... I still have not gotten to card making, and I'm not going to make any promises for this month.  I keep thinking maybe during the Christmas holidays when the kids are home... and I have no work schedule, but who am I kidding?  Anyway... I sure miss it, but at least I am getting some time in MDS and catching up on all my hundreds and hundreds of pictures to scrapbook!  Here's my layout...


    Challenge Guidelines 

  • Feel free to use any brand of product you may have in your stash. 
  • We ask that you create a new project for this challenge and add a link to our blog or use the challenge graphic in your post. 
  • Please link directly to the post for this challenge, not your entire blog (so we can find your project better)
  • Please limit the combined challenges on your project to no more then 4 including ours. 
  • Have fun!!! 
  • The challenge will be open for 1 week and the linky will close on Friday December 19th @ 9pm EST.
  • Be sure to come back here after the challenge closes to vote for your favorite! 

  • Hope to see you in the gallery!  Thanks for stopping by!

    xo Anita

    Monday, December 1, 2014

    MDSM92 - Secret Friend Tea

    Hello December!  Welcome to another challenge at MDS Monday!  Cindy's got this awesome double page sketch for us this week....



    Now, do not let the fact that I didn't make a double layout deter you from doing it!  You don't have to, but please feel free!

    I just couldn't make my pictures work with a double layout, and since it was just becoming too much of a job, I decided to let it flow and just see what came with a one page wonder... and this is what I got!


    We'd love it if you played along with us this week!  

    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, December 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

    Monday, November 24, 2014

    Time for a Stampin' Celebration! SC92

    Hey again!  I'm back with a quick post for Stampin' Celebration today!  I hope you'll click on over to the challenge blog and check out all the wonderful DT creations!  We've got this great inspirational board to work with.... all about this wintery, wonderful, snowy Christmas-sy season!  We'd love to see you join us in the gallery!  Check it out!


    I took the opportunity to design some easy peasy (lemon squeezy!) Christmas cards for my girls to hand out in their classrooms.... and I have to confess... I took their Christmas cards from last year and just sort of re-made them in MDS changing  a few different colours and stamps and of course the picture and the year!  And that my friends is why I LOVE MDS so much!  Because you can totally do that!  Here's my cards... I'll show you all three, even though only one is linked on the DT website... have to keep things even-steven with three girls you know....


    Here's Gemma's...


    ... and here's Carlye's....


    ... and last, but not least... is my youngest daughter, SarahLynn.


    OK, I hope you've enjoyed what you've seen here.  Leave me a comment letting me know!  I love to hear what you think!  Don't forget to makes some time to play along with us.

    Challenge Guidelines 


  • Feel free to use any brand of product you may have in your stash. 
  • We ask that you create a new project for this challenge and add a link to our blog or use the challenge graphic in your post. 
  • Please link directly to the post for this challenge, not your entire blog (so we can find your project better)
  • Please limit the combined challenges on your project to no more then 4 including ours. 
  • And have fun!!! 
  • The Challenge will be open for 2 weeks and the Linky will close on Friday December 5th @ 9pm EST.
  • Be sure to come back here after the challenge closes to vote for your favorite! 

  • Thanks so much for stopping by!  xo Anita

    Monday, November 17, 2014

    MDSM91-What's Your Number?

    Hello there friends!  It's that time again... another great challenge beginning at MDS Monday today!  This one will run for two weeks due to the American Thanksgiving... so you'll have lots of time to play along with us!  And don't forget you can play along more than one time!  Here's Tara's cool sketch for this challenge...

    We'd love to see what you can come up with.  It's a fairly simple sketch, but for an added twist try to incorporate a number.  A number of an anniversary, a birthday, an age... some kind of milestone or just a significant number in your life!!!  I used the number 10 for the '10 grandchildren' that my in-laws have and made a layout about this cool little present that they all gave my husband's baby sister when she got married a few months ago!  Here...


    If you want to read my journalling, just click my layout to view it larger.  Don't you just love that last picture where the kids (and Grandma!) are all laughing their little heads off at what their fave auntie just opened from them!  Or maybe it's just me because I love them so dearly...

    Anyway.... pretty simple page really.  It's so nice to have a great sketch as a starting off point... I don't think I would have come up with a page like this if it weren't for the sketch and Tara wanting that number!  Isn't that cool though, how it turned into this?

    Ok, now it's your turn...

    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 Nov. 29th @ 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

    Thursday, November 13, 2014

    MDSM90 Again! - Family Forever!



    I've got a quick post for you today!  I wanted to linkup again with MDS Monday for Beth's fabulous sketch this week! You can check out the original post here on MDS Monday and here on this blog!  You have till 12 pm on Saturday EST to link up!  We'd love to see what you can do with it!

    After making my first layout,I loved Beth's sketch so much, I made another with... you guessed it... some more wedding pictures!!!!  Here ya are!



    Here's a picture of the sketch....


    And.... OK... it's a little different than the sketch... but all in the name of creativity and being inspired!  Now... be sure to play along and link up in the gallery... we love to see your stuff!

    Now... I'm off to seek out rainbow candies... it's my daughter's 4th birthday... (my baby, boo hoo!) and she has requested rainbow cupcakes after seeing a picture of them online a few weeks ago... so I will have to see what sort of magic I can work up!

    xo Anita

    Monday, November 10, 2014

    Surprise Holiday-MDSM90



    Hello... and welcome to MDS Monday!  We've got an awesome sketch for you from Beth!  Check it out!



    Surprise, surprise... no wedding day scrapbook layouts... instead I discovered these pictures on an old camera we have.  My daughter had taken it with to Victoria, BC on a little surprise holiday with Grandpa and Grandma, and I had never even seen the pictures!  They were typical pictures taken by a nine year old... crooked, blurry, dark, a picture of nothing... even a few selfies!  But there were also a few in there that I thought I would incorporate in a layout about there mini holiday!  Check it out!


    I was pretty happy to come across these photos... as I obviously was not in on this little vacay... therefore couldn't take any pictures!  

    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 Nov. 15th @ 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

    A Ride in a Limo-SC91



    Hello!  Welcome back to Stampin' Celebration!  We can't wait to see what you've got for us with this great sketch!  Check it out!


    Of course I have another layout done in MDS for you.  I still haven't had the time to actually make a physical card... although it's not like I haven't been busy in my office.... it's just been organizing instead of the real fun stuff, like creating!  But anyway.... this is all good too!

    Another layout done in my girls' books for my sister in law's wedding last spring!  I promise there won't be too many more of those...  I'm almost done with them and then I'll be on to other everyday happenings around here!



    Challenge Guidelines 

  • Feel free to use any brand of product you may have in your stash. 
  • We ask that you create a new project for this challenge and add a link to our blog or use the challenge graphic in your post. 
  • Please link directly to the post for this challenge, not your entire blog (so we can find your project better)
  • Please limit the combined challenges on your project to no more then 4 including ours. 
  • And have fun!!! 
  • ( * New Challenge Deadline) The Challenge will be open for 2 weeks and the Linky will close on Friday November 21st @ 9pm EST.
  • Be sure to come back here after the challenge closes to vote for your favorite! 

  • Thanks so much for stopping by!  xo Anita

    Monday, November 3, 2014

    Stories-MDSM89



    Hello!  Welcome to MDS Monday!  Today is special for me as I designed the sketch challenge for this week!  Be sure to play along!


    I used some pictures again of my parents' visit last spring.... I love that I am getting all these special moments scrapbooked.... and I know that my mom will probably save this layout to her desktop and proudly show my Dad when he gets home from work!  Am I right Mom? xoxo

     
    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 Nov. 8th @ 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

    Monday, October 27, 2014

    Three Beauties- SC90



    Hello!  I'm back again with my second post for the day.  If you are here to see MDS Monday, scroll down.... otherwise... keep reading for our new Stampin' Celebration challenge!  It's a beautiful inspiration challenge and we can't wait to see what you come up with!  Look at this beauty!


    Of course, in light of my schedule these last few weeks (and months!) I again resorted to MDS to inspire you (hopefully!) and designed a layout from a beautiful day way back in April when my husband's baby sister got married.  I know it might seem like I've got alot of layouts of that day lately, but we've got alot of great pictures to scrap from that day.  And like I promised in my MDS Monday post from today, I hope to schedule some time in for card making again.... starting VERY soon!


    So, this inspiration board was absolutely perfect for these wedding photos, because my sister in law's whole wedding had this rustic barn board, burlap, vintage lace, light pink theme going on.  Man, it was like a pinterest page exploded in that hall.... I had no idea she was SO creative.... but she had a vision in her head... and it came to life that day!  ANYWAY... there's my layout... be sure to click on over to Stampin' Celebration to check out what all the other awesome design team members have got for you.... and then, we would absolutely love it if you would play along with us and link up in the gallery.  We love checking out your blogs and seeing what inspires you!

    Challenge Guidelines 

  • Feel free to use any brand of product you may have in your stash. 
  • We ask that you create a new project for this challenge and add a link to our blog or use the challenge graphic in your post. 
  • Please link directly to the post for this challenge, not your entire blog (so we can find your project better)
  • Please limit the combined challenges on your project to no more then 4 including ours. 
  • And have fun!!! 
  • ( * New Challenge Deadline) The Challenge will be open for 2 weeks and the Linky will close on Friday November 7th @ 9pm EST.
  • Be sure to come back here after the challenge closes to vote for your favorite! 

  • Thanks so much for stopping by!  xo Anita

    PS... Hilarious!  I just noticed my youngest has a very large candy stuck in her cheek on this picture!  sigh....

    Pancake Day-MDSM88

    Hello friends!  I can't believe we're getting to the end of October already!  My backyard trees have lost all their vibrant red leaves (although, there is still one last cherry tree that refuses to let it's leaves fall... or even turn a different colour!).  I do look forward to this time of year though.... everything just seems to slow down a little (work-wise anyway!) and I can spend more time (hopefully!) doing MDS and getting back into my office to make cards!  

    For those of you who come here to see my cards, please don't abandon me and lose hope!  I have had a busy summer and fall, and have honestly only managed to make a handful of cards, but have sent them out the door so fast, I haven't even taken a picture of them to post on here!  I hope to get my office organized this week and then schedule in some time to make cards.  Yes.  I said that.  I'm going to make it happen!  So keep your eyes peeled for some cards in the near future!

    In the meantime though, I've got some more MDS for ya!  I do love how much scrapbooking I'm getting in lately... it's so easy to just do when I just have 15 minutes free or so, and then leave it and pick it up again later!

    Anyway, it's Monday, and you know that means it's time for a new challenge at MDS Monday.  This week it is brought to us by Jeanna!  She wants us to use this great sketch and use lots of COLOUR!


    I had my pictures in colour at first as well.... but it was just a little.... too colourful, if you know what I mean!  So a simple fix to black and white and it changes the whole feel.  


    These pictures are about a family tradition that I hope will continue on forever!  It's been going on for over thirty years and we are lovin' it still!  Click on my layout to read the journalling and view my page in closer detail!

    So.... now it's your turn!  Open up your MDS and play along!

    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 Nov. 1st @ 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

    Monday, October 20, 2014

    MDS Monday 87



    Good morning!  Welcome to another challenge for MDS Monday.  Yapha has this fun sketch for us today... and also a challenge to group some photo boxes together for one photo!  



    I used another of my beautiful beach pictures from our trip to Mexico and added some colour blocking around it.  


    Looking at it now.... I actually think I'll go back and move the picture over one set of photo boxes so it's more centered.  What do you think?

    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 Oct. 25th @ 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

    Monday, October 13, 2014

    Stampin' Celebration-SC89

    Hello again!  It's still Monday, I'm still gone, I'm just back with another quick post for Stampin' Celebration!  Be sure to click over there so you can check out the other design team member's creations and also welcome our new design team members.  Check out their blogs.... they have beautiful, beautiful creations!


    Since I'm still off, I'm going to be super quick here....


    Today's sketch is from Lynda.... I just loved it.... perfect for a card or a scrapbook layout!


    I'm finally getting some pictures from last spring scrapbooked... and it feels GOOD!!!!

    Be sure to play along this week!  See you in the gallery!

    xo Anita