Monday, July 27, 2009

Sketch #17

First of all, I'd like to mention that due to a communication glitch, Jenifer Cowles' interpretation of Sketch #16 was not posted 2 weeks ago.

Soooo.... I have a little fun job for you this AM!! Just head on down to the Sketch #16 post and check out Jenifer's gorgeous work! Once again- exceptional. Thanks Jenifer! (Don't forget those comments, girls!)
This week, we have some gorgeous interpretations from our Design Team for Sketch #17 and there has ALSO been some interest shown in the CY-Reader Round-up and CY-Guest Designer Call that I sent out last week!
Keep the entries coming- do "try out." Your first step is to leave a link in our Comments section. You could become a CY Guest Designer OR a CY Creative Guest!
Here are the guidelines:

What possibilities do you see in the CY Sketches??
We'd love to check out your creations and feature them in an upcoming SPECIAL POST (Date TBA). Remember, we are choosing future 1) Guest Designers and 2) Creative Guests based on interest and participation, so be SURE to leave us your comments and a link to your CY Sketch creation below.


I had a potential candidate email me this AM. I thought I'd post her questions along with my answers, as clarification for you!

1. To submit for this call we are to create with any of the weekly current sketches that are posted on the blog?
YES, use the CURRENT SKETCH, please.
2. We are to upload our creation to the blog?

No, I will do that part. I will ask you to email me a pic once I have visited your blog.

3. Do you want us to link the creation to your blog and to our blog?
Yes, please leave me a link in the Comments section. It wil not be clickable, but I will visit it and see your creation, and so will the CY-DT!!!!
4. Also would you like us to place with our creations GDT when we leave a comment?
GREAT idea. Please add the notation"GDT CONTEST" at the end of the Comment you've made!

Be sure to comment and get your work SEEN!
Now, on to this week's Sketch!!

Sketch #17 created by "wearer-of-many-hats:" PR and Promo Director, CY-Designer & DT Coordinator Ali MacDonald ;)

Here are the awesome Sketch #17 interpretations from our fab CY-Design Team...

784 Pages:

This layout by avid reader & CY Design Team Member Andi Dickson is so crisp & clean: don't you just LOVE the arrows? The orange and turquoise look phenomenal together! WTG Andi!

Spring Blooms:
This celebratory layout by CY-Designer Ann Seleshanko exudes exceptional beauty. We can never deny the beauty of nature! The title looks great positioned this way under the edge of a bloom.Well done Ann!

The Ladies of the House:

CY Designer Misty Miller created a whimsical pet LO with the best title EVER! LOL! ;) (Feeling outnumbered, Misty? LOL) Bravo to you, Misty on a beautiful and fun LO, great pix and awesome use of the grey, soft green and pale blue tones. Not easy colours to use together, but you ROCKED your LO, Misty!

As an important segue, Misty told me that the 2 kitties are both recent rescues who came from the animal shelter. As many of you know, this is a cause near and dear to my heart as the Mom to 4 rescued critters. Please adopt from animal shelters: you will gain a friend. Want to see more of the 2 new kitties? Go here.

Wedded Bliss:

CY Designer Robin Gibson shares with us a dramatic wedding layout: I am so honoured that she chose my sketch to showcase these 2 photos! This whole layout says "love." You look so happy! The fine line-rimmed picture mat is beautiful. Great job Robin!

Ms. Emily

A heartfelt layout by CY Designer Rita Barakat gives kudos to the wonderful support-people in our lives... Beautiful use of the colour purple, a floral paper and those gorgeous flowers Rita! Bravo!

Chat soon!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Special Assignment #4 [N]

Noella is our Special Assignment Sketch Artist for the month of August. She has created a gorgeous card sketch for the Design Team to interpret! I'm particularly enthralled with this one as I see the possibility of some button placement! LOL...

What possibilities do you see? We'd love to check out your creations and feature them in an upcoming special post. Remember, we are choosing future Guest Designers and Creative Guests based on interest and participation, so be SURE to leave us your comments and a link to your CY Sketch creation below! Be extra sure to share those links!

Here is Noella's sketch, along with the summery interpretations of three CY Designers.

S/A Sketch #4[N]

Special Assignment Sketch #4 [N] created by CY Sketch Artist Noella Arsenault

Noella suggested the use of blues and sandy summer colours when interpreting the Sketch this week.

A] A soft and superbly crafted card by Creatively Yours Designer Ann Seleshanko

B] A crisp and summery interpretation by talented Creatively Yours Designer Andi Dickson

C] A card that speaks of gentle summer breezes by Creatively Yours July 2009 Guest Designer Jenifer Cowles

Thank you all for the lovely cards you made with this sketch! Enjoy some gentle summer breezes, and some beautiful flowers, wherever you are!

Until next time! ((HUGZ))-Ali & Noella

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sketch #16

Good Day everyone! Can you believe we are almost in the middle of July!? OK: Where is the time GOING?

I'm happy to bring you Sketch #16, which is super versatile... and we have some very beautiful interpretations from our talented Design Team.
Sit back with your tea or coffee, and please enjoy! We would love to hear what you think of the work of the DT, and see what YOU have created! Just leave us a comment below and include a link: we will visit your blog. That's how we find our future CY-Guest Designers!

AND: if you create a LO, canvas or other project using sketch #16, we will feature your interpretation of here at CY this week.

So, Get Creating!!!

CY-Sketch #16 by CY Designer/DT Coordinator, Ali MacDonald

This "Eight at 8" layout was created by CY Design Team Member Andi Dickson and was the result of imaginatively turning the sk

"Braces for Ryan" chronicles a milestone in a child's life. LO created by Design Team Member Ann Seleshanko

A peaceful ocean-scene layout was created by Design Team Member Misty Miller

"Hi," so beautifully textured and 'touchably dimensional,' was created by CY Design Team Member Rita Barakat

CY Design Team Member Robin Gibson created a gorgeous LO, making us ALL long for a quiet beach sunset like this!

And, here's a LO called "Big Sister" from Yours Truly- Ali MacDonald

Our July CY-Guest Designer Jenifer Cowles created this "adorable" Layout w/ Sketch #16!It is exceptionally WELL SHOWCASED in this work! Beautiful!!

Hope you've enjoyed these interpretations of Sketch #16. We will have MUCH more to share with you, so stay tuned! ! Thanks for popping by!

Have a super week all!

Thursday, July 9, 2009

New Blog Header!

Many thanks to a kind friend of Creatively Yours, Vivi Rahman for the beautiful blog header she created just for us! Isn't it gorgeous!?


Vivi is no stranger to Creatively Yours, having been our Guest Designer in January! We're thrilled to report that she will do us the honour of being our CY-Guest Designer again in September 2009!

September promises to be an awesome month... we have a special Guest Sketch Designer coming that month too! Who, you ask??? Weeeeelllll, it's a secret... for now!!!

Thanks again to Vivi for the beautiful new blog header! See you in September-- and of course you're welcome to pop in and see all the CY creations the gals will make before that, too! LOL!!

Monday, July 6, 2009

Time for a Special Assignment!!

CY-Special Assignment Sketch #3 by CY Sketch Artist Noella Arsenault
What do YOU see?
We're in for a TREAT!! Rita, Robin and Misty are sharing their creations with you today!

~Here's a delightful bookmark created for us by
CY Designer Rita Barakat~

~A brightly patriotic "Fourth of July" tag brought into being
by CY-Designer Robin Gibson~

~CY Designer Misty Miller celebrates summer beauty & serenity with this tag~


I just love the way that three talented CY-Designers can interpret a sketch so differently! A tag-- a bookmark...handy, patriotic, or a pick-me-up...

I also love that artists see different end-points when they envision what they will create with their paper and embellies.

WAY TO GO Misty, Rita, and Robin!! Lovin' that sketch Noella!

Until next time...

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Guest Designer Announcement!

First of all, HAPPY CANADA DAY TO ALL CANADIANS far and wide!!!!! What a wonderful blessing it is to live in this vast country known as Canada!

Noella and I are so pleased to welcome Jenifer Cowles as the Creatively Yours Guest Designer for the month of July 2009!

Jenifer is no stranger to CY, having graced the blog with her creations as a member of a past Design Team! She kindly shared a bit about herself in a short bio...

"My name is Jenifer Cowles and I live in a small town in Middleton, Idaho. I work in the Finance Department for a small city in Idaho by day and Scrap and Sew after the kiddos go to sleep by night. I have 3 cutie pies who give me tons to scrap about, Caleb (9), Madison (7 going on 16) and Hunter (3). I have "officially" been scrapbooking 8 years, but I have done some form of it my entire life! I don't know if I have a scrapbook 'style', I just do what I love and it's just... me! I love sewing; it's my favorite technique. I think it can add such a cute look to a page and it also is perfect when glue dots just won't work. I have a background in Fashion Design and I tend to use a lot of fabric on my pages as well. I love the challenge of taking something not so nice and turning it into something beautiful. I am so thrilled to be the Guest Designer for the month of July and I can't wait to get started with all of these wonderful sketches."

July Guest Design Team Member, Jenifer Cowles is also a CY-HOF Member!

Here is the link to her Blog:
WELCOME BACK to CY Jenifer!!!
So happy you could be with us this month to inspire us with your love of scrappin' which so beautifully translates into such uniquely creative work!

Here is a sample LO, using CY Sketch #46, of Jenifer's work:

Sketch #46 by CY Sketch Artist Noella Arsenault

Layout created by CY Designer Jenifer Cowles in previous Term as CY-DT Member