Monday, May 25, 2015

MDSM 115- Farewell & Favourites

Well.... it's that moment that we've all been dreading... our last challenge here at MDS Monday:(  With Stampin' Up's announcement that MDS will be discontinued, we also decided that we would be saying good bye to our weekly challenge here at MDS Monday.  I wanted to give a heartfelt thank you to all my fellow designers at MDS Monday.  Since I played along with my first challenge... 102 challenges ago... I have been pushed in my creativity to go to the next level... I've been inspired by others on the design team to try things I probably wouldn't normally do... and I have usually loved the end results of it!  I also have made some great friends in these ladies... who I've never even met, but feel as if I know them!  I will always love MDS... and will definitely keep creating in it... but I will be taking a break from posting on my blog for a time.  I have to focus on some other areas of my life... like my husband and kids, and just being a mom:)  

I also want to thank each and everyone of you who come here to check out my blog and the MDS Monday challenges... you all have been so inspiring with your work as well... I loved checking out your submissions.    I guess this is a good time to add that I am also stepping down from my position on the Stampin' Celebration design team.  I don't have a ton of time at this point in my life right now for creating with paper, so I've been designing in MDS mostly... but with that being discontinued, I'm not sure how inspiring my work will be for everyone in the challenges:(  

Like I said... I will be taking a break from blogging, but I will be back with both cards and scrapbook layouts after the summer, which I will be posting for my own visual record and your viewing pleasure if you so desire!

So... with no further ado... let's check out our very last challenge at MDS Monday!  Let's see what our favourite downloads are!  That's what we want to know from you!  Easy huh?  and let's see if we can get a huge send off for this challenge... come on... we all have our favourites!




I made this layout with not only one favorite in mind... but with a "few of my favourite things"!  First I used a PL card as the background, which is one of my new favorite things to do!  I used the Love This download... I love the DSP in the download, both the designs on it, and the colours it is designed with.  I also used a Downtown Grunge frame... I seldom make a layout without one of those around a photo... they are definitely my go-to photo frames!  I also used sequins, which I seem to do alot of... a little sprinkle of them here or there, seems to finish off a layout when it needs a little sumthin' sumthin'.  I guess it helps to have "girl" layouts... I would probably use splatter for "boy" layouts!  And lastly, but certainly not least... that photo show three of my favourite little people!  My favorite scrapbooking subjects!  My daughters!

I hope I've inspired you to scrapbook your favorites!

Challenge Guidelines for MDS Monday
  • 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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (so we can find your project)
  • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
  • The challenge will end on Saturday May 30th @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun!  
xo Anita

Monday, May 18, 2015

MDSM 114- Island Farms Ice Cream



Welcome to our nearly last challenge here on MDS Monday!  We'd love for you to play along!  Cindy has this gorgeous sketch for us... and I took it quite literal and pretty much CASEd her!  The truth is that she made this one a couple years ago, and all this time I had it saved to CASE and NEVER did!!!  Now I had to!



Here's my layout... yeah... pretty much copied EXACTLY.  Hey.. what can I say... I was inspired!

 

Challenge Guidelines for MDS Monday
  • 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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (so we can find your project)
  • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
  • The challenge will end on Saturday May 1623rd @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun!  
xo Anita

Monday, May 11, 2015

Happy Birthday... you're 4! MDSM113, SC104

Hello friends!  I'm back today with a combined post for MDS Monday and Stampin' Celebration!



At MDS Monday we've got this great sketch from Beth... and I combined it with our Stampin' Celebration challenge which is celebrating the Japanese Children's Day.  I took inspiration from the colours and went further by celebrating with a layout of my daughter's 4th birthday! Also at MDS Monday Beth challenged us to think about things we could use in our background to add visual interest... and ever since I saw Diane Malcor use a PL card on her background... I wanted to do it too!


OK, so now you've seen mine... let's see yours too!  Link up in our galleries!

Challenge Guidelines for MDS Monday
  • 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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (so we can find your project)
  • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
  • The challenge will end on Saturday May 16th @ 12pm EST. 
  • Have fun!  

Challenge Guidelines for Stampin' Celebration

  • 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 than 4 including ours. 
  • And have fun!!! 
  • The challenge will be open for 2 weeks and the linky will close on Friday May 22nd @ 9pm EST.
  •  
    xo Anita

    Monday, May 4, 2015

    My Greatest Blessings Call Me Daddy-MDSM 112

    Hello and welcome to another MDS Monday!  It's my turn to host the challenge this week.  I want you to keep your layout simple and focus on one special picture.  For the other blocks feel free to use some DSP or cardstock or even some Project Life cards!  I can't seem to get enough of layouts made with PL (hilariously enough, I ended up not using PL cards for this, but made up my own!)... here's the sketch for 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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The Challenge will end on Saturday May 9th @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun!  
    xo Anita

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    MDSM111- LOVE Every Day

    Hello Monday!  Jeanna's got this simple but CUTE sketch for us today over at MDS Monday.  Check it out!

     

    Here's my layout from a camping trip (again!) that we took over Thanksgiving weekend last fall.  SO MUCH FUN!


    Sorry about being so short on words here... but I've still got the keyboard that doesn't work.  Typing up blog posts=time consuming!

    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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The Challenge will end on Saturday May 2nd @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun!  
    xo Anita

    Monday, April 20, 2015

    MDSM110-Yapha's Sketch!

    Happy MDS Monday!  We've got this great sketch from Yapha today... a great one to focus on a special picture... which is what I did with this lovely picture of my sweet middle daughter!



    She just had 10" of all that beautiful long hair cut off a couple weeks ago to donate to the cancer society.  She received a very nice thank you card, with a note informing her that about 5 people would receive wigs made with her hair, along with some synthetic hair and also horse tail!  She thought it was pretty special, and I did too.

    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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The Challenge will end on Saturday April 25th @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun!  
    xo Anita

    Monday, April 13, 2015

    SC102-Inspiration Challenge

    Hello again... I'm back today with a really pretty inspiration challenge from Stampin' Celebration!  Take a peek!




    I loved the colour combo and so went ahead with that.... there are plenty of flowers to go around on other pages in my girls' books!

    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 than 4 including ours. 
  • And Have Fun!!! 
  • The Challenge will be open for 2 weeks and the Linky will close on Friday April 24th @ 9pm EST.
  •  
    xo Anita

    MDSM109-Keepin' It Cool!

    Happy Monday!  It's a little late in the day... I forgot to set up my posts for early this morning, so this'll be short and sweet!

    Heidi has a cool sketch for us at MDS Monday... loved it! 

     
     

     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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The Challenge will end on Saturday April 18th @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun! 
    xo Anita

    Monday, April 6, 2015

    MDSM 108 - Camp Life

    Hello again, and welcome to another MDS Monday!  Tami's got this great sketch for you to try this week... we certainly hope to see you link up in the gallery!


    Here's the last layout from our trip down to Cape Disappointment last summer!  Now I'll have to start scrapbooking our trip to Oroville, WA a few weeks later.... and then you'll see some layouts from our trip to Fort Ebey, WA over the Thanksgiving Day weekend... the Canadian one that is... not the America one... too cold by that time of year for me!


    I seriously whipped this layout up in about half an hour!  I've been way too busy and preoccupied with other stuff the last couple months, and I've had a hard time keeping up, so much so that I missed last weeks challenge, but I'm back on track now, and just completed a marathon of layouts, some of which were PL layouts.... LOVE!!!!


    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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The challenge will end on Saturday April 11th @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun! 
    xo Anita

    Monday, March 23, 2015

    MDSM106-Fort Canby

    Hello again, and welcome to another MDS Monday!  Beth's got a cool sketch for us today... I sort of Project Life'd it... here you go!


    A pretty simple layout really.... they don't have to all be laden with goodies!  It's all about the pictures and the memories after all!


    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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The challenge will end on Saturday March 28th @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun! 
    xo Anita

    Monday, March 16, 2015

    Country Western Show-SC100

    Hello again!  It's Monday, and that means it's the beginning of another challenge at Stampin' Celebration!  Our 100th challenge in fact!  Whoooo hoooo!  We hope you'll play along with us again!

      

    I used the colour scheme for inspiration and finished this layout of a country western show our girls put on for us!  Crazy imaginations!


    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 Mar 27th @ 9pm EST
  • xo Anita

    Benson Beach-MDSM105

    Hi Everyone!  Welcome to another MDS Monday!  I'm hosting the challenge this week, and I thought for today that we would try to focus on spring!  For some of us, we have had spring-like weather for awhile now, and for others?  Well.... not so much!  But this week I've got this simple sketch for you, and as an added challenge I want you to incorporate something SPRING.  It can be the colour scheme, some spring-y type stamps or embellishments, but the one thing you MUST have is a flower or plant or SOMETHING that grows!  I'd love to see what you can come up with!


    OK, here's my layout!


    So, as you can see, my picture has nothing to do with spring, but it DOES have a plant on it! Let's see what you can come up with this week!  See 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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The challenge will end on Saturday March 21st @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun! 
    xo Anita

    Monday, March 9, 2015

    MDSM104-You Are My Sunshine



    Happy MDS Monday!  Jeanna's got a great sketch for us inspired by one in the SAB catalog!   Check it out!  I loved working with it, and it came together SUPER quick... which is always a win win in my books!

    And here's my layout!


    Super quick and super easy with cards from a Project Life kit... done and done!

    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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The challenge will end on Saturday March 14th @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun! 
    xo Anita

    Monday, March 2, 2015

    SC99-Sketch Challenge

    Hello Monday!  We've got a super easy card sketch for you today at Stampin' Celebration... but I used it to make a scrapbook layout!  Check it out!



    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 Mar 13th @ 9pm EST
  • xo Anita

    MDSM103-Bridal Falls Waterpark

    Happy Monday!  Yapha's got a clean-lined and simple sketch for us today at MDS Monday!


    Here's my layout for today!  Hope you're inspired to 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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The Challenge will end on Saturday March 7th @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun! 
    xo Anita

    Monday, February 23, 2015

    A Day In The Life...-MDSM102

    Are you familiar with a daily or weekly scrap page, a page that documents a day- or week-in-the-life?  One specific example is December Daily by Ali Edwards.  In December, there are so many activities going on, that creating daily pages help document these busy times.  More generically, daily or weekly pages sprung out of Project 365, in which you take a photo every day.  Taking a daily photo frees you from having to frame the perfect scene, or document only important or exciting activities, and rather just photograph everyday life.  Society has embraced this type of photo-taking with the social media and selfie evolution.

    Once you have these everyday photos, you need a format to tell the story.  Project Life layouts can be a great way to complete day-in-the-life or week-in-the-life pages.  In fun examples by Julie Fei-Fan Balzer, you can see how she uses the date of the week or month to help tell the story.  One digital kit specifically designed for these type of pages is the Daily December Memories Photobook Template. It's not just for December, and it was from this kit that Heidi took this week's example layout for our MDS Monday challenge.  When building pages from scratch, Project Life downloads such as Hello December, Seasonal Snapshot, or any other pocket card download and Day to Day Stamp Brush Set are perfect.


    Our challenge to you is to create a daily or weekly page.  Make sure you use actual dates as part of the embellishments or pocket cards.  They can be in Project Life format or any other layout.  Don't feel you need to stick to the example layout here; we've included the link to the Daily December kit for more ideas.  The charm of the page is to just use daily photos of what you ate, where you went, what you did.  Nothing fancy, but just a fun way to tell the story of everyday life.  Can't wait to see what you create!  

    Here's my layout of a fun day away with visiting family last summer!  I'll show it to you side by side which is how they would be displayed in the book, and the I'll show you larger, so you can see more detail!  I'll have some more of these type of pages to show you tomorrow and later this week, as I have been stuck on the couch for the last week with a badly sprained ankle, and have pretty much been scrapbooking non-stop!


    And here a little larger...



    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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The Challenge will end on Saturday February 28th @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun! 
    Thanks for stopping by!  xo Anita

    Monday, February 16, 2015

    Stampin' Celebration 98-Thank You

    Hello there!  I'm back with another Stampin' Celebration!  And like I explained in my MDS Monday post...this one will be short and sweet due to me making a very foolish mistake!  Click here to read about it!  So also please forgive the quality of my picture... I could not get onto MDS at first, so I made a card and took a picture with my iphone, but the lighting in the room wasn't the best, and I didn't do any editing of the photo at all, so.... it is what it is!


    Here's my card...  


    I tried the 'stencil in watercolour technique' from one of my Online Card Classes using the colours from the challenge board.  It worked out ok, except the stencil popped up in the middle despite my best efforts, so you don't get the full effect, but it is still pretty!

    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 Feb. 27th @ 9pm EST.
    See you in the gallery!  xo Anita

    MDSM 101-Hello There!

    Hello Everyone!  Welcome to MDS Monday!  This post will be very short and sweet... I spilled soup on my laptop earlier this week and while the keyboard is working better than it was at first, there are still a few keys which do not work at all... so I have to go back and fill them in using the on screen keyboard, which is VERY time consuming.... 

    For eample, I will show you what happes if I do't go back ad fill i the missig letters.... this is what you would read!  ot too fu to try ad read this is it! ugh... what a foolish thig of me to do... but, what's doe is doe!

    So you can see I had better just post the picture and leave well enough alone here! 

    Here's the sketch!


    And here's my layout designed in MDS!


    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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The Challenge will end on Saturday February 21st @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun! 
    Thanks for stopping by!  xo Anita

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    Stampin' Celebration 97!

    Happy Monday to ya'll!  I'm back again for Stampin' Celebration.  We've got a really simple sketch for you this challenge that will be absolutely perfect for a scrapbook layout, like I used it for, or for a card!  Bring it on!  Here's the sketch...





    ... and here's my scrapbook layout designed in MDS of course!



    OK, so here's the deal...

    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 Feb. 13th @ 9pm EST.
    See you in the gallery!  xo Anita

    Celebrating 100 Challenges-MDSM100!!!!!



    It's our 100th challenge at MDS Monday!  Whoo, hoo!!!  Can you believe that we've had 100 weeks of sketches or challenges?  To celebrate, we're doing something different.  Heidi has maintained a Pinterest board of all the MDS Monday sketches to date.  Go to that board and pick your favorite sketch to create a new scrapbook page or card.  When you link your project, be sure to tell us which sketch you used.  We will give you two weeks to create your projects, and we're giving out prizes!!!  The top two winners will receive a download of their choice valued up to $9.95, and three runner-up winners will receive MDS Monday key chains designed by Beth!!!  So, get your creative juices flowing and help us celebrate this awesome milestone.

    For this special occasion I chose to use sketch #90...  I loved when we used it back in November... and still do!



    Here's my layout!


    This was a super fun day out with family... and we just had to get a shot of my sister in law with her shark.... she was pretty doubtful about the whole 'shark fishing' adventure... but I'm pretty sure she had fun!

    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 or mydigitalstudio.net sample page for this challenge, not your entire website (So we can find your project)
    • You can create a card, scrapbook page or 3-D object with the sketch.
    • The Challenge will end on Saturday February 14th @ 12pm EST. 
    • Have fun! 



    We're also having a Blog Hop this week so you can see the sketches we picked and learn how we created our pages.  You can go from here to the next stop, which is Tami's blog, and follow the hop from there!



    http://swimminginstamps.com/

    Thanks for stopping by!  Can't wait to see you in the gallery!  xo Anita