Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Sketch #29: A BONUS! Merry Christmas!

To all who are celebrating Christmas next week, Merry Christmas! We also have friends celebrating Kwanzaa and Channukah: Happiness and good wishes to them as well!
In the spirit of peace and love, I bring you a bonus Sketch: #29, plus two beautiful Christmas-style layouts from our Design Team!

BONUS DECEMBER SKETCH #29 by S: CY Team Leader and Sketch Artist Ali MacDonald

BONUS Sketch #29 Interpretation by Sketches: Creatively Yours Senior Design Team Member Ann Seleshanko

BONUS Sketch #29 Interpretation by Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team Member Victoria Warren-Mears

Thank You both, Ann and Victoria... (hmmmm.... what lovely Christmas-sy names you each have! That's FUN! LOL) You took time from your busy lives at a busy and festive time of year to create 2 gorgeous pieces of "optional" or "Bonus" art for us to enjoy with the spirit of the season. They are beautiful, they shout "JOY!" and you're both special and appreciated for sharing these here! Kudos!

In order to give my fabulous 14-member DT a break, we are going to have quiet time here at S:CY until JANUARY 1st. Then we will ROCK the HOUSE with multiple beautiful creations!
And wait til you see who our Guest Sketch Artist is in JANUARY! A hint?-----> Well, OK. She is a Canuck. She says that I am her "biggest fan! " AND, I am!!!!!
Oh... oh....oh... AND she is closely related to one of our spectacular DT Members!

OK, now! Those are THREE CLUES!!!!
Can you guess who our Guest Sketch Artist will be?
She's going to be FAB! Join us in January!!!!!

PLEASE remember to pat yourselves on the back for ALL you are accomplishing to make the Holiday Season merry for your for your family and friends. I am wrapping gifts now, it's SO MUCH fun!!

BE SURE you are a FOLLOWER of this Blog so that you can get the scoop when we re-open and ROCK the HOUSE in January! See ya then- Happy Holidays.

I will be sharing a joyous Christmas season and traditions with my family of 6.

Blessings to you all!

A Special Treat!

Design Team Member Heather Redmore, along with her Dh and their four children, just moved to a new abode! They were without internet, but it's connected now. Congrats on the new home Heather! We've missed you here at S:CY! Welcome Back!

Sketch #28 by Ali MacDonald: a bookmark

Here is S:CY Design Team Member Heather Redmore's fairytale-style bookmark: her interpretation of Sketch #28

Great job Heather! So happy to see and enjoy your work once again!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009


We have a winner in the Contest for the set of Digi Stamps designed by Gina Rahman of Your Special Delivery!!
Thanks to those who participated!

The winner is... CALIA YANG!
Here are 2 views of her very special creation, which I am thrilled to reveal to you here!

Our judges mentioned that they "loved the bow and the colours" you used, Calia!


You have won the "Cute Kitty" set of Digital Stamps that Gina designed especially for this contest. BRAVO! Have fun playing with them! I will email you with Gina's e-addy so that you can get in contact with her about claiming your prize.

For those of you who'd like see more of Gina's stamps, it can be found HERE, with many other fun digi-items! Have fun shopping! Sunshine's store can be found HERE.

Our runner-up in this contest is Annmaree, who will receive a li'l scrappy RAK delivered right to her door. Congrats Annmaree, and TY for playing along with us! Please email Ali your postal address!

For participating, entrants will have their name put in the hat for the awesome RAK being offered by our DT Member Michelle Hodges!

Michelle has won a li'l RAK from me for having brought the most new faces to the contest! Thanks Michelle for giving a shout out to S:CY!

Tomorrow, Dec 16th, we will have TWO fabulous interpretations of a Holiday-style Sketch to share with you, so be on the lookout! See you then!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

RAK pictures are posted...

over on Michelle's awesome Blog! WOW! Don't miss the chance to win this generous RAK!

All you have to do is participate in the easy Digi stamp and Sketch Contest explained below and you will have the chance to win the RAK from Michelle PLUS a chance to win the rest of the "Cute Kitty" collection of Digi Stamps by December Guest Artist Gina Rahman!

Check it out:

Thanks Michelle, you're a gem! :o)

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Awesome RAK offered by DT Member Michelle!!

Hi Everyone!

Great news! not only has the contest been extended to Dec 14th, but the pot has been sweetened!

Michelle Hodges, from our Design Team here at Sketches: Creatively Yours, has decided to include participants in the Digi/sketch contest below in an awesome RAK!

Check out her Blog post here.

I know you'll want your name entered in a chance to win this generous RAK!
So remember, if you enter the contest below, there are now TWO ways to win!

Have fun!

Monday, December 7, 2009

More interpretations!

We have received 2 more interpretations combining Ann's sketch and Gina's digital stamp.

Here are some tags from Sketches: Creatively Yours Designer Pam Sandy:


And here is another interpretation, a card created by S:CY Designer Vivi Rahman:

Thanks gals! Tell all yor friends to join us here for the contest! Great prize!


The contest featuring Gina Rahman's Digi Stamp "Cat and mouse" and Ann Seleshanko's Card Sketch has been extended by 7 days until Dec 14th, Monday, at 12 midnight EST to allow you a bit more time to get your fabulous entries in!

Remember you have a chance at a fun and useful, earth-friendly prize: a set of Gina's Digi Stamps in the versatile "Cute Kitty" Collection! So go-go-go and get 'em done then send 'em in!

Just to clarify: Remember cards, tags, mini albums, altered tins or other items etc... are acceptable as LONG as they INCORPORATE the DIGI STAMP Frreebie by Gina, and also Ann's SKETCH!

All info is HERE.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

We made ScrapScene!

Have a look at this post! Gina is mentioned as our Guest Designer for December 2009!

Wooohooo Gina!

Have you been mentioned on ScrapSccene before Gina??

WTG! ~ Ali

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

December 2009 Guest Artist: Gina Rahman-- and a Freebie!

With great pleasure I introduce to you our "Sketches: Creatively Yours" December Guest Artist: Gina Rahman, of "Your Special Delivery."
A Warm Welcome to "Sketches: Creatively Yours," Gina!

I am just over the moon to have you with us this month!

Gina was kind enough to send me her bio, which I have posted just beneath her company's web address & logo for you!

"My name is Gina Rahman, I am a stay at home mum to my two boys 4 and 2 years old.
I started to create cards as a hobby until someone prompted me to take it further, I went to a women’s enterprise group and have not looked back since.

I set up my website to initially to sell my cards in January 2009, and through this got into stamping. This then lead me to Digital stamping.

Digi’s are a great alternative to the traditional stamping however you look at it. The best being the cost of a Digital in comparison allowing you to have a bigger stamping stash and create to your hearts content. (No cumbersome new stamps to hide from the DH lol)
I love what I do with a passion as I get to be at home with my two young but ever growing boys and don’t miss out on any of the hugs (selfish I know).

I also get to discover a wealth of talent out there and in some cases give some people the confidence to take their own work to the next level and sell their images.
In time as the YSD grows in popularity with designers and crafters alike I hope it will become a hub to view and buy an eclectic mix of digital products for your cards and scrapping projects.
My work and many of the other designers on the YSD site complies with the Angel policy where your creations can be resold (please see individual designers TOU). I strongly believe that all crafters should support each other in our work and dreams, whatever they may be."


Cute Kitty Collection: "Cat and Mouse" Digital Stamp created by S:CY December Guest Artist Gina Rahman

Yes: this precious CUTE KITTY is a freebie! Feel free to snag him to create with: Enjoy!

Special Assignment: Sketch D by Senior S:CY Designer Ann Seleshanko

We have a CONTEST going on for you!

What to do:
1) First, please BECOME a FOLLOWER of S:CY, if you aren't already!
2) Use Ann's Sketch and the freebie digi above: "Cat and Mouse" to create a card, ornament, large tag, mini album, -- whatever strikes your fancy!
3) Take a good picture of your creation, then, post a link for us (ie:Gallery or Blog) so that all readers can go check it out!

4) Additionally, send your creation to Ali at pete ali @ eastlink .ca (no spaces.) I will post them on the blog the evening of Dec 8th.

5) Deadline to have completed the above 4 steps is is NOON Atlantic Time on Dec 8, 2009.
Who are the judges?

Gina and her colleague Christina (AKA "SUNSHINE'S STAMPS") will co-adjudicate the entries from ALL of those rec'd, choosing a winner from among them on Dec 8/9 (the date overlaps a bit due to the time difference; Gina is in the UK.)

WINNER ANNOUNCED on December 10th!

The prize?

You will receive the ENTIRE set of the "Cute Kitty" reusable, earth-friendly digi stamps! Yes, that's 3 more adorable images, in a generous and oh-so-sweet set of FOUR digi stamps!!!

Cute Kitty: "Cat Nap" image created by S:CY December Guest Artist Gina Rahman

Cute Kitty: "Having a Ball" image created by S:CY December Guest Artist Gina Rahman

Cute Kitty "Cat's got the Cream!" image created by December Guest Artist Gina Rahman

Please note~

If you are the contest winner, you will need to share your email addy with Gina so that she can send you the whole "Cute Kitty" digi stamp collection! :o)

Our Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team has done a fabulous job with these Cute Kitty images as I'm sure you'll agree!!

A "Have a Ball!" card from S:CY Designer Jennifer Cassista using the "Having a Ball" digi stamp created by December Guest Artist Gina Rahman

A "Purrfect Christmas" card by S:CY Designer Michelle Hodges using the "Having a Ball" digi stamp created by December Guest Designer Gina Rahman

A "Happy Birthday" card by S:CY Designer Misty Miller using the Digi stamp "Having a Ball" created by December Guest Designer Gina Rahman

A "Baby" card from S:CY Designer Sherry Owens using the "Cat's Got the Cream" digi stamp created by December Guest Artist Gina Rahman

A "Little One" card by S:CY Designer Carla Robinson, created with "Cat and Mouse" digi stamp by December Guest Designer Gina Rahman

A "Joy" card from S:CY Designer Janis Medina featuring the "Having a Ball" digi stamp created by December Guest Artist Gina Rahman

A "Thank You" card from S:CY Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko using the "Cat Nap" digi stamp created by December Guest Artist Gina Rahman

A card created by Victoria Warren-Mears using the "Cat Nap" digi stamp created by December Guest Artist Gina Rahman

A "Merry Christmas" ornament designed by the Cute Kitty Contest's Guest Adjudicator Christina (Sunshine's Stamps) using the "Cat's got the Cream" digi stamp created by Guest Artist Gina Rahman

Two views of a very special "Fur-Baby's First Christmas" card/keepsake ornament also designed by "Sunshine" using the digi stamp "Cat and Mouse" by Guest Artist Gina Rahman

Christmas card/keepsake ornament:

Open Christmas card/keepsake ornament with the 'Season's Greetings' sentiment now visible:

To end our post today, we have a "Cherished Moments" card designed by S:CY December Guest Artist Gina Rahman, using her "Cat's got the Cream" digi stamp

I want to SINCERELY thank all our designers plus Gina and her colleague Sunshine for their gorgeous creations today! Thanks for visiting, everyone.

Be sure to enter our fabulous contest: YOU could be our winner! The rules and "what to do" are above. Go re-read them and enter!! See you soon! ((HUGZ))~Ali

Monday, November 30, 2009

November is ending...

November is ending... and with month's end, we must say goodbye, "THANK YOU" and "COME BY S:CY and PLAY OFTEN" to...

... our November Guest Designer, Maggi H.!

Maggi, you did a fabulous job here as a Guest Designer and we appreciate your artistry so much! Congrats on your successful application to the Design Team at Pages in Time! That is just SO exciting!

Here is my favourite November LO from Maggi:
"A Blank Canvas" created with Sketch #27

Sketch #27 created by Ali MacDonald for S:CY


Saturday, November 28, 2009

Sketch #28: A Bookmark

Sketch #28 Created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Team Leader Ali MacDonald

Bookmark created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Pam Sandy

Pam, I love the colours and the flowers you used on your bookmark! And-- that is the perfect quote!

Bookmark Collection by Sketches: Creatively Yours Designer Helen Hollinger: gifts for her Book Club friends!

Close-up of Helen's favourite bookmark

"Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Irit Shalom created this bookmark as her interpretation of Sketch #28

Irit, I adore the vintage, feminine look and "feel" of this gorgeous bookmark! Way to go!

This bookmark was created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Design Team Member Misty Miller, as her interpretation of Sketch #28.

Misty, (AKA Snowlady), this bookmark is a precious and perfect creation for someone with for your screen name!

Bookmark created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Jennifer Cassista

Jennifer, I love the red trim and ruffle you added to your bookmark: gorgeous!

Bookmark created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Vivi Rahman

Vivi, I love the dear little mushroom and the owl! Just sweet!

I have a couple more "Sketch B" Design Team interpretations to share with you! Hope you'll gain as much inspiration as I did from these!

Sketch B by Senior Design Team Member Ann Seleshanko

"Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Michelle Hodges created this Christmas layout as her interpretation of Sketch B

Michelle, I love the red trim you used on the bottom 1/3 of this layout! What a sweet little girl!

"Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Janis Medina created this layout of her little girl as her interpretation of Sketch B.

Janis, I adore the red cardstock you used as a background here! I think that red is my fave colour this week! Great job, and I also adore that owl!

Thank you all for the wonderful job you are doing as Designers here at S:CY! I could not ASK for a better or more talented Design Team! You always make me so proud.

To end this post, I have a special request. A member of our Design Team Family, Helen Hollinger, is away in Alberta right now with her Mom and StepDad. Her StepDad has had bad news and is ill with a recurrence of throat cancer. The family needs your prayers. Helen is an RN, and as an RN myself, I know that she will be working extra hard to advocate for her DSF at the hospital and help her Mom & family as they work through all of this, make decisions and go through any treatments.

They will need extra prayers and good thoughts-- may I ask for them for her and her family, please? I asked her permission to ask you all this and she told me that ALL prayers and good thoughts were much appreciated. Thank You so much.

Helen will be away for a little while- likely at least until the 2nd week of December. Thanks gals...

And get ready for the post on December 1st: We have a very special contest coming!! Be sure to mark your calendars...some wonderful folks are involved and I guarantee it will be a blast! See you here at S:CY!

Friday, November 27, 2009


Just a little tidbit for you... A printable freebie search engine called DigiFree has been posting our sketches recently, and Ann's Sketch below has been picked up today! :)

Here is the post & link:

"Thank you! Your blog post will be advertised on the DigiFree Blog Printable Freebie search engine today (look for timestamp: 26 Nov [LA 06:03pm, NY 09:03pm] - 27 Nov [UK 02:03am, OZ 01:03pm])."

We are very fortunate to be featured this way - it has happened quite a few times. It can only help us reach MORE crafters and scrappers by sharing our sketches!

Be sure to check it out and let us know what you think!

There are LOTSA freebies and fun Sketches!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ann's Sketch B

Our Senior Design Team Member Ann Seleshanko is wearing 2 hats this month! She is also our Guest Sketch Artist here at "Sketches: Creatively Yours" for November!

Below, Ann graces our Blog with another exceptional sketch, Sketch "B"! Thanks Ann!

Layout Sketch "B" designed and drawn by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" November Guest Sketch Artist Ann Seleshanko

"Relax" layout designed and created by Sketches: Creatively Yours Designer Carla Robinson

Love the "water" effect Carla- this peaceful LO makes me LONG for summertime!

"1" layout designed and crafted by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Sherry Owens

The Fall colours you used are so perfect for these photos, Sherry! And-- the photos you took are adorable!

"Autumn Splendor" designed and created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Senior Designer, and Guest Sketch Artist Ann Seleshanko.

Ann, I love seeing the way you interpreted your own sketch! It's detailed and crisp, all at the same time! (That seems perfect for Autumn as well!)

"Sport" layout created by Sketches: Creatively Yours Designer Victoria Warren-Mears

Love the red, black and whitecolour scheme! The buttons really look awesome too!

Thanks everyone for these Sketch interpretations.

You knocked my sox off! (Now my feet are cold! LOL, LOL! j/k)

Remember that if you try this sketch and leave us a link to your work in the Comments section below, we will come say hi and check out your creation. We are always on the lookout for new talent to fulfill the role of Guest Design Team Members!

Chat soon gals! Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Sketch #27~ A Layout!

Sketch #27

Created by S:CY Team Leader/Sketch Artist Ali MacDonald

"Spooky Games"

Created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Misty Miller

"Moments and Memories"

Created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Jennifer Cassista

"Tiny Halloween Cheer"

Created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Pam Sandy

"Roswell Adventure"

Created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Vivi Rahman

"A Blank Canvas"

Created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" November 2009 Guest Designer Maggi

Thank you to ALL our wonderful designers this week. We are fortunate to have had your creative input for this Sketch! I love every interpretation! Such variety!
Keep up the wonderful work, ladies!

A quick little note to to our visitors and guests... remember we are always on the lookout for new talent to showcase here at S:CY as Guest Designers!

Please be sure to participate by posting a link to your wonderful creation(s) using this Sketch! Who knows, you may receive an email askign you to participate even more--as an S:CY Guest Designer!!