Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Better Late than Never!! Sketch #19!

Oops, the week got away from me. Was dealing with some issues that kept me away from my 'puter for more than a few days! So, without further ado, here are the gorgeous creations our Design Team has contributed for our Sketch this week!

Sketch #19

Sketch #19 was created for Creatively Yours by Designer Ali MacDonald

Interpretation #1 is created by Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team Member
Ann Seleshanko
Love the mixture of patterned papers Ann used, the soft green dotted paper, and the little birdie! Super job!

Interpretation #2 is created by "Sketches Creatively Yours" Designer Andi Dickson

Andi will never forget this special occasion because she has scrapped it! And the rays of sun show what a happy day it was! Great job!

Interpretation #3 is created by S:CY Designer Robin Gibson

What beautiful Blooms!!

Have a super week everyone! And keep those layouts comin'! Yay for our awesome S: CY fans and Designers!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

It's Wonderful Wednesday!!

Today I promised you a treat!
I have a wonderful Wednesday sketch to share with you. The sketch was created for Sketches: Creatively Yours by Guest Sketch Artist Deanne Burton!
Deanne's sketches always fire the imagination while allowing for tons of individual creativity. What could be better?
What can YOU create with this special sketch!?

Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team Member Misty Miller has created an aged-effect, distressed page that perfectly explores the outdoor play of some of the "guys" in her life. Complete with handwritten journaling, inking & crumpled papers, what a treasure this is!

Thanks Misty! Love the buttons and those stars!

In the closeup, one can see how the ribbon, lace & butterfly add softness to Vivi's layout. Awesome job, Vivi!

Thanks girls! You did a smashing job! Now let's see what everyone else can create for us with Deanne Burton's awesome Wednesday Sketch!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Special Assignment: Sketch #6!

Sketch by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer, Ali MacDonald

This is a sketch for a simple card that brings along with it some fun and breezy creations from Andi, Robin and Ali!

What will YOU create with this sketch? Be sure to leave us a link in the Comments section so that we can go check out your work!!

"Sketches: Creatively Yours" Design Team Member Andi Dickson's card includes a perfectly puffy flower-centre and scallop in a colour complimented by rose and chocolate brown!

Thanks Andi for this cheery salute to our sketch this week!

This highly dimensional card created by "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Designer Robin Gibson reminded me of the rich colors we'd see in an autumn garden!

Chilli peppers anyone? Thanks Robin- I LOVE these colors!

The card made by "Yours Truly" was meant to help my youngest sister Alexandra and her new husband Cody celebrate their first anniversary!

I tucked a hidden message behind the tag for the newlyweds.

Remember that we want to see what you can create with the S:CY sketches! Be sure to post a link to your artwork so that we can go visit and leave you a comment!

As you are aware, that's how we plan to locate our next Guest Designers and new friends for our planned October 16th Creative Round-Up!!

Oh-- and stay tuned, because on Wednesday we have a very special treat for you!

Chat soon! Hope to see LOTS of links to review here in the comments section this week! And yes- you can do ANY sketch more than once! We will visit every interpretation!

Keep on creating and have a wonderful day!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

On the lookout for: (Yes, we have a CALL out!)

“Sketches: Creatively Yours” Creative Round-Up Feature; plus Guest Designer search!

• Closing date for the call:
· DEADLINE is OCTOBER 11 for the Oct 16 "Creative Round-Up Feature"
· DEADLINE is 15th of each month for monthly Guest Designer search

What possibilities do you see in "Sketches: Creatively Yours" sketch posts?I’d love to check out your creations using S: CY sketches, and feature them in upcoming special posts on the blog. I’m ALSO choosing future "Guest Designers" based on scrappers' interest and participation by interpreting our Sketches!

Be SURE to leave us a Comment and a link to your S:CY Sketch creation! I’ll then visit and leave you a comment, and perhaps request your S:CY Sketch-based work for the October 16th 2009 Creative Round-Up Feature post at CY.

Additionally, I might even invite you to be a Guest Designer at CY, in which case, I'll be in further contact with you. [At present we are seeking Guest Designers for the month of October & beyond.]

I'm also on the lookout for Guest Sketch Designers, ladies! Please feel free to email me with samples of your sketch work by the 15th of each month.

All readers including those from other countries are more than welcome to share links to their work!

No prizes can be offered to readers, as we’re not affiliated with a store or business. However, your work will receive excellent exposure on our beautiful Sketch Blog when we do our "October Creative Round-Up," or invite you to fulfill a month-long "Guest Designer" position.
Questions? Please feel free to contact Ali MacDonald,@ Sketches:Creatively Yours via:
Thanks for considering visiting and participating in our friendly Sketch Blog by sharing those links!!

Direct Link to S: CY’s main site:

Friday, September 18, 2009

Rita's had surgery....and here is her Sketch #18 interpretation....

Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team member Rita Barakat submitted the Layout of her "Baby Girl" (above) as her Sketch #18 interpretation a couple of days ago.

I made the decision to post it on the 17/18 as she had surgery on the 17th Sept and I wanted to be able especially to post this request for good thoughts and prayers for her recovery.

I know Rita will be back with us ASAP. For now, Rita, rest as much as you can and we shall see you soon!

Loved this layout, Rita! Your "Baby Girl" is BEAMING! Thanks for sharing it!

xoxo and Gentle ((HUGZ)) to you from Ali and the S:CY Team

Monday, September 14, 2009

Sketch #18

Sketch #18
Designed & created for S:CY by Ali MacDonald

Our first interpretation of Sketch #18 this week was created by Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team Member Ann Seleshanko:

Ann's triumphant layout features a simple title, soft green & cream tones, memorable photos of her boys and a gorgeous, misty scenic backdrop. Her use of papers mimics the mood of the photo backgrounds and does not take away from the pride the children radiate! GREAT job!

Thanks Ann!

Ali MacDonald ("Yours Truly"), S:CY Designer created the layout below, called "BUMPER CARS" using Sketch #18 as her response to a September 14th Monday Challenge over at the Sisterhood of Scrap Forum. The challenge asked that distressing be used on a layout or card.

Ali stayed pretty true to her sketch.

The distressing component here was accomplished in 7 ways.

They are: 1- messy pen doodles & "hen-scratching," 2- black smeared ink, 3- ravelled rick-rack ends, 4- rough-edged recycled mesh pieces tucked in unexpected spots, 5- sanding of bracket prior to inking, 6- use of BasicGrey's distressed-look lettering (Basic Elements Black: BEL-083) and 7- use of faded-look patterned paper scraps (3 Bugs in a Rug "Seeing Stars" collection).

The S:CY Good News Department

Guess what?

We have TWO pieces of good news to share this morning!

First, Scrapscene, the scrapbooking world's premiere source of information announced that Vivi Rahman and Deanne Burton were fulfilling Guest Design Team Member/Guest Sketch Artist positions on our site this month. Always nice to see the names of those we know and love on Scrapscene! Thanks Angie, for telling everyone we have input and inspiration from Vivi and Deanne this month!

Secondly, I received an email from Design Team Member Andi Dickson yesterday saying that her "More Peas, Please" layout, using the 6x12" Sketch #7 by Sketch Artist Noella Arsenault, was accepted into the BasicGrey Gallery.


Kudos for you, Noella, and for S:CY!

FAQ Department

QUESTION: Can I use a S:CY sketch in the completion of a Challenge on another site or forum and then post it here in the S: CY Comments section for you to consider as an entry for a Creative Guest, Guest Designer or October Creative Round-Up spot?

ANSWER: ABSOLUTELY! I'd be thrilled to have you combine an S:CY sketch with a Challenge on another site/blog/Forum whenever and wherever you wish. Just be sure to tell folks on the other Forum where you found the sketch you used. This simply means that you would include a link to S:CY when you post your Challenge creation on their site.

GREAT question- Thanks for asking!

Have a GREAT week everyone!

A quick note about timing this week!

Due to another commitment, I will be posting the Sketches: Creatively Yours inspirational Sketch and our fabulous DT interpretations on TUESDAY this week-- Look for those tomorrow, Sept 15th, 2009.

Happy scrapbooking!


Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Wonderful Wednesday!

I promised you all something "special" this week, didn't I?

Well, I've kept my word and right smack-dab in mid-week I have SUCH a treat to share!

It's "Wonderful Wednesday" and time to welcome my friend Deanne Burton of "Just my Sketches" as September Guest Sketch Artist here at "Sketches: Creatively Yours."
Deanne is a Mom, wife, sister, teacher, blogger, prolific cardmaker & scrapbooker. She is also a dedicated artist who has created 2 exclusive sketches for our sketch blog site this month!!
Today Deanne is sharing a card sketch with us. Isn't this great?

Sketch #1: Card

Card Sketch for S:CY (Sept 2009) by S:CY Guest Sketch Artist Deanne Burton

~~Now here are some fun card sketch interpretations from our fabulous Design Team Members~ ~

FIRST: An interpretation created by our September Guest Design Team Member, Vivi Rahman...
Isn't this exotic and beautiful? Love how Vivi has placed her butterfly so delicately on a flower!!

Next, here is a beautiful card from S:CY Design Team Member Misty Miller, whose work is soft and gentle.... and so soothing~! Makes me want to cosy up to a nice roaring fire with the warmth of a tiny kitten and a hand-crocheted afghan! Awesome job Misty!

Sketches: Creatively Yours Designer Ann Seleshanko had me giggling aloud with her interpretation of the new card sketch! Isn't this card a " hoot?" Love the greeting: such creativity. Great job Ann!

Sketches: Creatively Yours Designer Rita Barakat allows us a rich view of her love of country. The distressing here is AMAZING! I would LOVE to take a card-making class from Rita! Ever thought of teaching? I'll be first in line!

Hope you've enjoyed our cards and Deanne's sketch today! Be sure to try the sketch and leave us a link in the Comments section when you do. We'll pop by for a visit, and your work will be featured on an upcoming S:CY Creative Round-up post!

Have a GREAT DAY ladies!

Monday, September 7, 2009

A 6x12" Sketch

A unique 6 x 12" layout sketch by Artist Noella Arsenault
An AMAZINGLY versatile layout sketch created JUST for us here at S:CY!

Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team Member Ann Seleshanko shares a warm and wonderful rendition of one of her family's Christmas traditions- a visit to Santa for her boys! It is sooooo important to believe in the poisitivity & love that Christmas brings, isn't it?!

Awesome work Ann! Those trees are a favourite part of this layout for me!

Next, S:CY Design Team Member Andi Dickson shares her nright, fun, giggle-worthy layout about little ones and food. What a sweet smile this baby has! Gotta LOVE babies, right? A beautiful photo and a beautiful layout!

Wonderful Job Andi! That colourful paper makes this LO shine like that baby-smile!!

Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team Member Robin Gibson has created a layout celebrating her friend- a dog named Richie who is "Always loyal and true." Where would we be without our animal friends? Please remember to support your local animal shelters!

Great job Robin! Love the "paw- shaped" button cluster

Remember that we are ALWAYs on the lookout for talent to feature on our site! Check out the guidelines: CLICK ON SCRAPBOOK CALLS!

Additionally, be SURE to check out our S:CY Designers' Blogs: They are chock fulla inspiration from a variety of sources! These gals are TALENTED!!! The links to their blogs are above their creations, and also over on the right! Awesome stuff!

This week we will be featuring a special treat on Wednesday, so STAY TUNED!!!!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A Dual Announcement!

It's September 1, can you believe it?

My 4 children head back to school tomorrow after a relaxing summer filled with leisure time and LOTS of fun jumping on their new 12' trampoline! For my daughter Kate there was also lots of riding and Pony Club activities to enjoy.
With the advent of a brand new month, it is time to say a HUGE, WARM "thank you" to our August 2009 Guest Designer, Angie Redhead. Angie brought some extra-special creative variety to our sketch blog in terms of showing us how sketches can be used for more than scrapbooking and card-making. Exceptional ideas and creativity!
"THANK YOU Angie!"
It was a complete pleasure having you with us last month! You're such a treat to work with... Keep up the awesome job you're doing with ScrapScene- it's an amazing source of inspiration and information for scrappers everywhere! I never miss an "issue!"

September brings more extraordinary talent to Sketches:Creatively Yours!

I have some very special news to share today via a dual announcement.

We are overjoyed to have Guest Designer Vivi Rahman and Guest Sketch Artist Deanne Burton with us this month! These two women of creative vision share their love of scrappin' with us here so that we can get to know them better through their mini-bios and projects.
~ Vivi Rahman ~
Vivi is not a stranger at CY!! She has been a Guest Designer here in the past, & has designed several DT blinkies in addition to the current (and gorgeous!) header for the blog.
Welcome Vivi!

Creatively Yours September 2009 Guest Designer Vivi Rahman

Vivi told me that she lives "in Brunei, a tiny country on Borneo Island." She says that:"The weather is always warm here just like Singapore/Malaysia."
Here's the link to Vivi's Blog.
Vivi's Mini-Bio:
"I am happily married with a very supportive man and blessed with a sweet lovely daughter. I am an owl scrapper [*hoot*] because I only scrap at night when everyone else is in bed. I like mixing different kind of papers rather than sticking to one brand and I simply scrap as soon as mojo drops in hence my pages are ranging from shabby chic style to spunky looking layouts. I love challenges as it enables us to explore our ability to go as far as possible with our never ending imagination. I am pretty sure the end result would be one fabulous achievement one deserves to earn."
Vivi's fave LO:

"Photo Booth," a LO by CY September 2009 Guest Designer Vivi Rahman

Vivi's Fave Project:

"Perfect," a mini-album all about Vivi's precious daughter, Alya

Mosaic Photo of the mini-album project:

Inside views of "Perfect," a mini-album by CY-Guest Designer Vivi Rahman

I can 100% guarantee that we're going to enjoy some beautiful and inspiring work from our Guest Designer this month, so stay tuned! Again-- welcome to Sketches: Creatively Yours Vivi!

Our second announcement involves SKETCHING!

I've invited talented & prolific scrapper and Sketch Artist Deanne Burton to work with us at Sketches: Creatively Yours this month!

~ Deanne Burton ~

In addition to scrappin' and cardmaking, Deanne creates sketch designs for both cards and layouts. She's no stranger to the Sketches: CY sketch blog, having been a Guest Designer with 2 of her sisters (Carla and Susan) a few months ago. I'm delighted to have her with us.

Welcome Deanne!

Sketches: Creatively Yours September, 2009 Guest Sketch Artist: Deanne Burton

Deanne's Mini-Bio:

"My name is Deanne Burton. I'm a loving wife and mom. I am also a teacher of fantastic grade 6 kids (love 'em to pieces! Super bunch!) I live in Newfoundland, and wouldn't live in any other place in the whole wide world!

I should have said first and foremost, I AM A SCRAP ADDICT! There, I said it!

I have always been creative and have always done some sort of craft for as long as I can remember (even as a toddler!). Right from the first time I put a crayon in my hand, to now I have loved to create!

Scrapbooking allows me to do EXACTLY what I want with a picture and piece of paper! Awesome feeling!My scrapbooking is my passion, my pastime, it is ME!!

I HATE sitting with nothing to do. Idleness is just not "my thang!!!" My hands have to be doing something, so what better to put into busy hands than some great pictures, pretty papers and ribbon, brads, buttons, paint, chipboard, rubons, flowers, ink, glue dots, stamps, and scissors!!!!!!!!

I just love it, I really do!!!!!!"

Would you like to see more of Deanne's work? Here are the links to her blogs:

Am I am Scrap Addict?

Just my Sketches

Christmas Cards all Year 'Round

Sisterhood of Scrap [Challenge Blog, shared with sisters Carla and Susan]

I am a HUGE fan of Deanne's Sketches, and I am going to step outside the usual introduction-box a little bit and share with you MY favourite Sketch of Deanne's, plus a LO I created with it.

Ali's favourite "Deanne Sketch"~

Sketch by Deanne Burton, for "Sisterhood of Scrap" blog~ Dec 1, 2008

Ali's interpretation:

"Brown Eyes": A 12x12" layout by Designer Ali MacDonald based upon the above Sketch created by Sketch Artist Deanne Burton

Really looking forward to what your talents bring to us here at Sketches: Creatively Yours this September! Could it get ANY better?

Thanks Vivi and Deanne!!