Thursday, October 29, 2009

Introducing our November 2009 Guest Designer!


"Sketches: Creatively Yours" Guest Designer: November 2009

Hi, my name is Maggi and I live in NC with my wonderful husband and two standard poodles that we refer to as the spoos. They are my children and of course, I do a lot of spoo layouts.

I think I’ve always been a scrapper, I just didn’t know it! I had scrapbooks as a teen with all kinds of ephemera in them. Unfortunately, in my later years, I was so embarrassed by my silly childhood collections that I destroyed them! There was a mostly disintegrated leaf from a tree at Paul McCartney’s house in there! That is a clue to my age. Then in 2005, I started scrapbooking as we know it today and I’m completely OCD about it!

My husband and I travel a lot in our motorhome and that is the subject matter of many of my pages. I like to scrap mostly in the 12 x 12 format as there isn’t enough “real estate” in smaller sizes to suit me. For me, scrapbooking is all about the pictures and journaling. I try to artistically create my pages around the photos and tell the stories of our life together. We are currently in our 17th year of marriage and in those 17 years we’ve lived in Washington DC, Fairbanks, Alaska, Denver, CO and North Carolina. No, we are not currently military, but my husband is a retired Navy pilot and I am an Army brat. That means that moving is second nature to us and every 2 – 3 years we get the bug to move. I think it’s a sickness that many military people are afflicted by.

This is my first DT gig and I am so happy to serve as the November Guest Designer for "Sketches: Creatively Yours." I know it will challenge and inspire me! I look forward to getting to know everyone!

Please visit me at my new and first
blog: "Scrap Travel and Bark!"

Welcome to "Sketches: Creatively yours" Maggi!

Girls, as a little are going to love Maggi. I have known her a few years now and this past summer, had the privilege of meeting the whole family... Maggi, her Dh and the 2 fabulous spoos! They came during part of a visit to the Maritimes, & stayed with us-- in their motorhome! It was awesome that they were right here visiting and could park/stay right in our driveway! LOL This gal is a wonderful person to know and I also bet'cha you are going to LOVE her style. She's so creative-- and I love the way she can tell a story. . .

So glad you're here with us for November, Maggi!

Introducing our Senior Design Team Member:

Ann Seleshanko

Ann Seleshanko is with us for a third term here at "Sketches: Creatively Yours!"

A multi-talented, dedicated designer who has proven herself to be ultra-reliable, Ann has become my Senior Design Team Member. Welcome Back for another DT Term, Ann! I am thrilled to have you along.

Ladies, Ann will be lending us her special talent in sketching as she creates a Card Sketch EVERY MONTH for us here at Sketches: Creatively Yours!! How fortunate are we?
Look for the first Card Sketch by Senior Design Team Member Ann to be posted on the S:CY Blog on November 17th!

Ann tells me that she hangs out at Savvy’n’Sassy ( for the most part. She also likes her Facebook! Scrappin' happens in the family room, and Ann says “I share the space with my DH and his computer and our tv room. I like having my boys and DH around when I scrapbook!”

Ann is currently on the DT for Savvy’n’Sassy, SheetLoad of Cards, Humble Pie Stamps & of course Sketches: Creatively Yours! Busy gal! She tells me she "lives by" her lists!

In the past, she has been on the DT for the “Let’s Scrap” blog and has completed “a couple of Guest DT gigs here and there” -- one of which was at Scrapbooker's Club House when I was PR and Promo Director there. (She did an awesome job!)

Scrapbooking is special to Ann because it relaxes her. She adds “I like creating gifts for friends and family and making books my boys can look back on.”

Ann says that her favourite part of creating cards and SB pages is “probably picking papers. I love my patterned paper and love to sift through it to find the right paper for a project.”

Sound familiar, anyone? (LOL)

When I asked Ann whether she preferred to make card or layouts, she said that “it depends on the day. Sometimes cards are easier for me!”

A Quick Q&A:
Here are a few of my rapid-fire style questions and Ann’s answers. Enjoy!

Preference: Tag or bookmark? Definitely tag

Fave scrap tool: My Big Shot machine

Fave scrap product? Anything Basic Grey

Fave season? Autumn

Other hobbies? I used to be really into quilting, I’m hoping to get back into it this fall.

Fave outdoor activity? Hiking in the mountains.

Fave part about being a Mom? Hugs, lots of hugs.

Crop alone or with others? I do both, but I’m more productive alone

Do you consider yourself an organized or disorganized person? I’m almost always organized. I get too stressed if I’m not.

Do you clean up after creating or leave it? Always clean up, I can’t start the next project until I clean up from the last.

Thanks for being my right-hand gal, Ann, by staying on! And...thanks for letting me "interview" you for the blog's followers and the rest of our fab DT.

I am really looking fwd to those awesome Card Sketches! ~ Ali

Announcing the NEW S:CY DesignTeam

A warm and friendly "Welcome" to S:CY!
I know you’ll find MANY sketches here that will spark your creativity!
I have a very special announcement.

Our absolutely fantastic Design Team with skill of all levels and expertise in all areas has been chosen from a large number of fab applicants.
Thanks to ALL who applied. Please remember that we are looking for Guest Designers every month, so please continue your wonderful participation: it is noted and considered in making Guest DT decisions.

With pleasure I announce to you the new S:CY Design Team from Nov 1, 2009- March 31, 2010!

The New "Sketches: Creatively Yours" Design Team is as follows:

Ann Seleshanko (Senior Design Team Member)

Helen Hollinger

Victoria Warren-Mears

Irit Shalom

Carla Robinson

Vivi Rahman

Michelle Hodges

Janis Medina

Pam Sandy

Misty Miller

Jennifer Cassista

Sherry Owens


Here are their bios:

Ann Seleshanko~ Calgary, Alberta
Senior Design Team Member

I'll be introducing Ann more formally in her capacity as our Senior Design Team Member tomorrow! She is in her 3rd term as an S:CY Designer, and hails from beautiful western Canada.

Helen Hollinger~ Ontario, Canada


Hi! I'm Helen! I have been scrapping for about 6 years and love my obsession! My favorite product right now is anything from the Sassafrass Lass lines! I love the colors and the way you can utilize all the elements of their pp in so many ways! Love it!! I use Bazzill cardstock when I am using cs, but find that I am leaning towards pp lately and not much cs. I am the mother to two very active teenagers! I have an 18 year old son, who is in his second year of University studying Economics, but wanting to transfer into Math. He still is at home, for how much longer, not sure! Besides school, he loves his biking! My other son is 15, in grade 9, and is very active in sports and hanging out with his pals. Both keep me busy and both drive me nuts at times, but I love them! I am currently on the Design Team for Sisterhood of Scrap. My DH of 23 years supports my obsession 100%! Although I am not sure he knows exactly how much my stash is worth! He always shows an interest in what I am doing, and for this I am grateful. My best scrapping experience had to have been when I entered my first contest this past June and won! Wow!! What a thrill that was! I like my scrapping style, but wasn't sure if others would. My blog HERE.

Victoria Warren-Mears~ Oregon, USA


Hi! I am Victoria. I have been married to my fun and artistic husband, Jim for 11 years. We have one charming son, Preston, who is a very tall 9 year old.
I have been scrapbooking since he was two. Even when I was in school and college I kept books of mementos, encouraged by my mom. My style is constantly evolving and I love trying new things. I really enjoy experimenting with textures and I am a huge fan of rub-ons! You’ll find me doing traditional paper, hybrid and digital layouts, depending on where I am and the amount of time I have available. In addition to paper arts, I knit, crochet and make jewelry. My original jewelry designs have been published in Bead Trends.

I live in a vibrant neighborhood in Southeast Portland that has no less than 12 children and their pets, just ripe for scrapbooking! We have awesome places to visit that allow me to indulge in my photography.

I am employed full time. I work for a non-profit organization that works to eliminate health disparities among American Indians and Alaska Natives. I consider my work and my art as acts of faith.

I am excited to be on the design team and hope to serve as a role model for other women who are employed full time outside the home. I believe there really is still time to make your hobbies a priority, even with a job and a family and the multiple other demands that go along with it.
I have never failed to be inspired here and hope I can help others be inspired to create too!

Irit Shalom~ Israel


HI !! I am Irit and I am from sunny Israel. I am very glad to be a part of this blog DT and hope to do my best and make everyone at home proud of me! In my " real life" I am a dentist and for last 3 years I do it as a part time job because I need some extra time to run my Israeli online scrap shop and I have a lot of fun doing something else after 25 years of "teeth." I am married for 27 years to retired high police officer and the full time family cook these days. I am a mom to 4 grown ups : 2 sons and twin daughters and the empty nest is probably the main reason for my obsession for crafting - finally I have some time for myself I need to say that I am totally addicted to crafting since I was a little girl. For many years it was polymer clay and jewelry making, but after I've seen scrapbook LO for the first time in my life (only 5 years ago during my visit to USA) I understood finally that I am in love with paper. Today I mostly scrap and do altered art and less a cardmaker, but I love it all and hope to show you all my sides here. And finally, my other addiction is..... folk and ballroom dancing!! I dance 15 hours a week! So, if I am not in my crafting room- I am probably dancing. If you want to see a bit of my work you can visit my blog- and there is a translator on it- so see you there too. HAVE A GREAT DAY!! XOXO LOVE FROM IRIT

Carla Robinson~ Newfoundland, Canada


My name is Carla Robinson, married to a wonderful guy (who totally supports my scrappin' habit) and homeschooling mum of 4 beautiful children. I have been creating memory albums for over 5 years now, and loving every minute of it! I get so excited to see my children looking through the albums -- still have LOTS of photos left to scrap, though :-)

My favorite products include patterned paper (of course!) with Basic Grey products taking up the most space in my scraproom. Also, I'd be lost without some buttons and ribbon. I use any colours in my layouts, though purple is not too popular.

I am currently DT on Scrapbook Heaven also co-own Sisterhood of Scrap with two of my actual sisters. You can find my blog at . It's called "The Pursuit of Scrappyness."

Vivi Rahman~ Brunei, Borneo Island


Hola todas!

My name is Vivi Rahman and I came from the tropical Brunei in Borneo island (And no we don’t live in trees! LOL!!) Happily married with a husband who totally supports this beautiful hobby & blessed with a 3 year 8 month old daughter who is my major inspiration in scrapbooking! I am a full time working mom who works in a bank.

I got into scrapbooking when a girlfriend signed me up for a beginner’s class few years back. Thanks to her that I fell in love with this creative art work ever since then! I don’t have a specific favorite SB brand right now but I normally play with Webster’s Pages, Pink Paislee, Basic Grey, Bazzill Cardstock, Creative Imaginations, Prima Marketing or any colors/designs that reflects my current mojo. I have been designing with Scrap. Inspire.Create (Brunei) , Scrappin Kids (SG) , Ed’s Sketch (SG) , 1 World Scrap (Spain) , Kiki Art Designs (Canada) and been invited as a Jan 2009 & September 2009 Guest Designer for Sketches: Creatively Yours by the wonderful Ali & Noella.

Thank you to Ali again for making me to be part of Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team history again and sharing scrapping designs with new talented friends like YOU!

So feel free to pop in my blog @

Michelle Hodges, Texas, USA


Hi! I am Michelle Hodges and I live in South Texas. I have been married for 19 years and we have a 4.5 year old daughter. I’m a SAHM and I love having the opportunity to be there for our daughter. Our daughter loves to do crafts, sing and dance. She loves to Scrapbook, and looks forward to when I receive happy mail!!
My Scrapbooking style is shabby-chic, artsy, simple with clean lines and some vintage. I feel I’m very versatile when I Scrap because I enjoy creating, trying new techniques, and new projects. Some of my favorite Scrapbook manufacturers are Sassafras Lass, Cosmo Cricket, and October Afternoon! My favorite cardstock is core’dinations because I love that you can distress the cardstock and see the back side color show through! My favorite colors are blues and pinks!
My favorite Scrapbooking experience is when I use to go to a Scrapbooking retreat every year in the Fall and Spring! The person who arranged these are no longer having the retreats! I sure do miss them!!
My husband loves that I scrap! When he shops and he sees something on sale he thinks I will like, he will buy a few things to surprise me!
I feel very honored to be a part of Sketches:Creatively Yours! I look forward to working with Ali and the Design Team!!
Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to Design for S:CY!
Here's Michelle's Blog.

Janis Medina~ Phillipines


Hello! I’m Janis, a scrapbooker from the Philippines. I am married to a very supportive husband JE and a mother to Nat (4yo) and Phil (2yo). I started scrapbooking April 2008 and have never been able to stop. I do mostly 12x12 pages - - usually with my kids as the subject - - but I also dabble in cardmaking and altered projects from time to time.
My style can very much adapt to the papers and embellishments that I design with although a play on bold and bright colors usually stands out on my layouts (hence, the monicker Ms. Bold and Bright among friends!). I have a penchant for elaborate layouts - - I soo love putting details and textures on my pages. Clustering, layering and distressing are the usual techniques that I use although I am not afraid to experiment and try other techniques. I feel that I am still new at this craft and have a lot to learn in the process.I am soo thrilled and excited to be invited to design for Sketches: Creatively Yours. Hope you’ll play along with us!!!

Pam Sandy~ Illinois, USA


Hi, my name is Pam Sandy and I am excited to be here. I can't wait to play with the faboo sketches! I love to sew and quilt as well as scrap, do altered art, and make cards, and I design a lot of my own patterns. I just like to make things! I am currently on the DT for Zutter Zisters and completely love playing with my Bind It All. My fav products right now include tools ~ my Bind It All, the Cuttlebug, edge punches and of course my sewing machine. ;) They really help me create a lot of projects, and I can use them over and over again. I am also totally addicted to Core'dinations Cardstock in any color, in my opinion it is the very best cardstock EVER! Love the different looks it gives projects once it is sanded, torn, or embossed. I also use Glimmer Mist and Stickles all the time, 'cause I love the sparklie stuff! I am married, have two adult children, Cort age 26, and Jay age 22, and two of the cutest grandbabies ever - Kaya who is almost 2 years old, and Cooper, who is almost 1 year old. We have 5 dogs, two basset hounds - Jake and Elwood, and two Shizons (shizu and bichon hybrid) and a Bichon. Can't wait to create with you all!

My Blog

Misty Miller~ USA


My name is Misty Miller, and I am thrilled to be a part of the S:CY Design Team again. I enjoy the creative and quiet time of scrapbooking. I get excited when new lines come out and can’t wait to get my hands on them. My personal favorites are BoBunny, Fancy Pants, and Basic Grey. I also get excited when I find a good sale on scrapbook supplies. My husband, Dan, and my twin boys, Jacob and Caleb, put up with my scrapbooking so they have video game time. They even try to make it seem like they are interested by looking at my albums once in awhile.

Misty's Blog is HERE.

Sherry Owens~ Utah, USA


Hello there! My name is Sherry Owens and I live in a semi-rural area of Utah about 30 miles from Salt Lake City. I am a single working woman with two dogs, Harlee and Mickey and an adorable 4 y/o niece Annabelle (Belle) and an almost 3 y/o nephew, Julian. I really love to travel, and my favorite destination is Disneyland. Most of my projects feature any combination of the above, and more recently, some about myself. I've been crafty all my life and Scrapbooking just seemed a natural fit, especially when I became the unofficial history keeper of the family. My work has changed often over the years and "my style" can't be pinned down. I really love vintage, but I get a rush out of creating whatever style I'm working on at the moment, whether it is simple, clean lines, shabby, heritage, or urban. I've been dubbed by longtime scrappy friends as the Making Memories queen, so it shouldn't surprise anyone to find that they are my favorite scrapbook manufacturer, along with Bazzill cardstock, Prima Marketing and My Mind's Eye.I joined online scrapping communities because I couldn't convert anyone nearby to the craft and I've made a number of wonderful friends thanks to this miracle of the modern age. I didn't know I wanted to be on a design team at the time and found out later that I really enjoyed the structure of it. I was a Guest Design Team member on Scrapbooker's Clubhouse a couple of times and really enjoyed myself. My blog is HERE.

Jennifer Cassista~ Ontario, Canada


(Jennifer at age 17 with her beloved friend, Restless.)

LO by J. Cassista: "Days gone by"

Hi, my name is Jennifer Cassista and I live just outside of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. I have been married for 21 years and I have 2 kids. My daughter is in dental hygeine school and my son is in grade 9. I am a full time labour and delivery nurse. I tend to forgo sleep after night shifts and get busy with my scrapping stuff..... seems my best work comes when I am totally exhausted LOL.

I am a shabby chic kind of scrapper - I can cluster just about anything. Basic Grey, Graphic 45 and Prima are my go to products.

I look forward to my time here and all the challenges that lay ahead of me. Please don't hesitate to drop me an email, I love to talk. LOL!
My Blog is HERE .

Ali MacDonald~

DT Leader, Sketch creator

Ali with her son Noah
Although it feels a bit silly, I thought maybe I should tell you a bit about "Yours Truly."
I’m Ali, from the lush Annapolis Valley of NS. I'm an RN, writer and Mom to 4 kiddos (15, 14, 9 & 7). Pete is the amazing "tag-team partner" with whom I travel life's journey. We are passionate about special needs advocacy and animal rescue. In our home, we love 4 pets, and our horse is boarded just up the road! Cherishing my family, treasuring quiet creative time, I scrapbook after the youngest ones are asleep. When I discovered the sheer wonder of writing stories on my scrapbook pages, I set a goal: the adventure of scrapping LIFE’S MOMENTS. I love that I can tell funny stories about our son, 'Dan-Dan Houdini-Man' and make them accessible, to be enjoyed as often as a scrapbook is opened; being able to create layouts featuring Bryan’s light sabre duels in the backyard; telling about Kate and her new horse, and making mini-albums featuring Noah's sweet face… using “the memorable moments” to thank his helpers. I love that we have layouts of all six of us in red t-shirts, showing support for our troops. And, although it’s challenging, I'm thankful to be able to design and journal pages about life’s “toughies:” a chronic health issue, losing a pet, and accepting that life isn’t always ‘perfect.’
I enjoy inking and stitching on my layouts. Button-collecting & adding button clusters to my work are passions. Blue (= Jacaranda in "Bazzill-speak," LOL) is my favourite colour, followed by red (= pomegranate). Drawn to texture and colourful patterns, I also sketch layouts and cards- it’s like the pencil “takes over.” For that reason, 99.9% of my sketches are hand- drawn. A learning junkie, I recently began a GROWING card-creating business!! My “niche “ is creating cards for horse-lovers. It's so much fun!

And now, I have had the pleasure of introducing the entire new S:CY Design Team!
S: CY is a “happening” place to learn, thrive & grow as a scrapper, and I look forward to our adventure together over the next few months! It’s an honour to be a leader here. Please join us on the creative journey we are embarking upon! We have so many fun surprises and yes, special guests coming!
Shhhhh! Better stay tuned... 'cause it's a secret!
Wishing you a wonderful day! ((HUGZ))~ Ali

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Special Assignment Sketch #2: Library Pocket!

This week I asked our Designers to create a "Library Pocket" embellie with the easy to use pattern shown here at

Here is what two of our DT members and our October 2009 Guest Designer came up with!!

"Sketches: Creatively Yours" October Guest Designer Michelle Hodges is working on her Fall pictures!

Have a look how Michelle created the library pocket out of patterned paper, filled it with flowers, and then added it to her 12x12" Harvest Festival layout!

WOW, Michelle, that's SOME pile 'o pumpkins! LOL I bet your daughter was thrilled!

Love your Autumn colour scheme, too! Gorgeous!

"Sketches: Creatively Yours" dedicated Design Team Member Ann Seleshanko created this library pocket using the pattern from

Hers is a "Merry Christmas" pocket and has a removable "card!"

Ann, I love the sheer ribbon you added. The snowflake, plus the little red bird and round wire cage make this really special.

Here is Ann's card and pocket set, seen together.

Ann, this is a gorgeous set. It's awesome to see it used as a "card!

Very creative!
(I have 1 word: SUBMIT!)

Design Team Member Robin Gibson created a pocket for mementos from a trip to Vegas and safeguarded her memories in a pretty, accessible and yet functional way!

Hey, look at all those lucky 7's!! LOL Great job!

Thanks Ann, Robin and Michelle! You have all rocked this assignment. Wonderful to see it done in three ways! Interpretations are always amazingly diverse. WTG girls!

And, this post ends the tenure of our current Design Team.

Ann, Misty, Rita, Andi and Robin, each of you has brought us something very special, a little bit of yourselves, your thoughts and your talents with every project and sketch interpretation.

THANK YOU. You let us in, allowing us to share the creative process and and we appreciate it.



Monday, October 26, 2009

Sketch #23

Sketch #23 created bySketches: Creatively Yours Designer/Sketch Artist Ali MacDonald

Scary, fun Hallowee'n Card created by Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team member Misty Miller

Purple & orange is so awesome together Misty!

And... eeek! I love the "Scary Lady!"

Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team Member Robin Gibson created a Card for her Father using Sketch #23

Robin, love the rich vintage look of this card- so masculine and so soothing!

That "DAD" lettering is the perfect touch! What guy would not LOVE to receive this card?

Here is a card by "Yours Truly," made using Sketch #23 for "The Perfect Card" ~ my small business venture.

The Figgy Pudding Collection by Basic Grey was used in the creation of this card

The Christmas Holiday Sentiment stamp is by Inkadinkado

Thanks for looking everyone! Be sure to use this sketch and leave us a link to visit when you try it! Love to see your creations!

Friday, October 23, 2009

I promised a tutorial...

for you all on the 21... but better late than never!

Here is a short tutorial that I created this AM on how to use up some scraps while creating some really nice holiday gift tags. Come check it out- they're cute if I do say so myself!! LOL

Here's the link.

Thanks for looking! ~ Ali


The winner of the RAK draw for a 4" Sheer Acrylic Maya Road album is MAGGI!!!!!!

I will send your prize Monday AM Maggi! Congrats- Daniel drew your name this PM!

Monday, October 19, 2009

Sketch #22: A Tag!

I promised my awesome Design Team at the outset of their term with S: CY that I would try to push the limits of their creativity with the sketches I drew for them and that they then received as assignments. I think that this Sketch was a fun one... it's for a TAG!

Sketch #22 by "Sketches: Creatively Yours"
Designer Ali MacDonald

And, for extra interest, this time, I asked the DT to add beads or charm(s) to their Tag!

Here is the beauty and creativity that my amazing Team Members Ann, Andi and Guest Designer Michelle created from Sketch #22:

Here you go:

A scalloped, frosted DREAM of a Christmas Tag created by "Sketches:Creatively Yours" Design Team Member Ann Seleshanko

A gloriously vintage/shabby chic tag created by S:CY Guest Designer Michelle Hodges

A "love-ly," funky tag that shouts happiness by Sketches: Creatively Yours
Design Team Member Andi Dickson

Thanks for looking everyone! Would love to see what YOU come up with when using this sketch, that's half the fun!
Don't forget about the S:CY Design Team Call. It's been extendedf to midnight tonight- see the previous post and the Oct 5th post (pls scroll down to the end of that post.)
Have a SUPER day!


I have extendeed the Design Team Call here at Sketches: Creatively Yours by 24 hours!!!!
For the Call, see the October 5th post, please, and scroll down.

Response to the call has been good. Deadline was tonight (18th) at midnight but I am extending it to October 19th at midnight Atlantic Time. All who wish to do so are welcome to apply.

WHY the extension?? I have decided to LIKELY go with a bigger DT (not 4-6 as previously stated) to allow more people to show off their work.

The workload is not heavy at all, BTW.

Check the instructions and
Go for it!!!!!

My addy is peteali @ eastlink. ca (w/ no spaces.)

Saturday, October 17, 2009

It's FINALLY "Creative Round-Up" Time!

Despite the winds, power outages, network and modem problems we're BACK!

THANK YOU to Pete, a full day's work (he started working on it last night) ... and a new modem. Oh My goodness!

Thank you ALL for your patience and understanding.

It's "Creative Round-Up" Time!!

Welcome everyone!

Be sure that you check out each beautiful creation here at the Creative Round-Up! Have fun! Don't forget that we are having a Playful Act of Kindness starting today, too! More on that later.

At times, a CR-U participant has used a sketch created by one of our S: CY Guest Sketch Artists. In that case, we will be sure to give credit where credit is due.

Let's get started with the creations, which I've posted in no particular order. I did try to keep all creations by one particular artist "together," so that as one browses the creations, there is some continuity.

Sketches: Creatively Yours "Creative Round-Up!"


Playful Act of Kindness (PAK) Game: Be sure to comment here on our blog once you have checked out all the participants' work here at S:CY and perhaps looked at their beautiful blogs. All S: CY Commentors' names will be entered in a drawing for a packet of scrapbooking “goodies” from me!
All are welcome to comment and be entered to win the prize, and this includes participants and DT members as well as our wonderful visitors!

Winner's name will be randomly drawn on Wednesday October 21, 2009. Please remember to comment to be entered in this PAK drawing!! You have until Wednesday at 0600 hrs (= 6 AM) Atlantic Time to leave a comment & be entered in the drawing. One of my 4 children will randomly select a winner’s name from a “hat.” Good Luck everyone!
Sound good?? OK!! Let's go!
From a Sketch by Guest Sketch Artist Deanne Burton revealed on on S:CY Sept 9, 2009

2) Michelle Hodges~
From Special Assignment Sketch #4 created by Ali MacDonald

3) Michelle Hodges~
From a Sketch by Guest Sketch Artist Deanne Burton revealed on on S:CY Sept 23, 2009

4) Michelle Hodges~
From Special Assignment Sketch #5 (Bookmark) created by Ali MacDonald

5) Michelle Hodges~
From Sketch #19 created by Ali MacDonald

From a Sketch by Guest Sketch Artist Deanne Burton revealed on on S:CY Sept 23, 2009

7) Irit Shalom
From Special Assignment Sketch #1 (Bookmark) by Ali MacDonald

From Sketch #20 by Ali MacDonald

9) "Heidi S."
From Sketch #20 by Ali MacDonald

from Sketch #57 by CY's founder and premiere Sketch Artist Noella Arsenault

From a Sketch by Guest Sketch Artist Deanne Burton revealed on on S:CY Sept 9, 2009

From Sketch #9 by Ali MacDonald

13) Jennifer Cassista~
From a Sketch by Guest Sketch Artist Deanne Burton revealed on on S:CY Sept 23, 2009

14) Jennifer Cassista~
From Sketch #14 by Ali MacDonald

15) Jennifer Cassista~
From Sketch #15 by Ali MacDonald

16) Alison Thorne~
From Sketch # 21 by Ali MacDonald

Just a HUGE word of thanks to ALL participants and visitors to our Creative Round-Up today and to those of you who visit this post throughout the next few days! We really appreciate you popping by! Don't forget to comment for a chance to win a packet of goodies from me!

You have til 6 AM Atlantic time Wed the 21 October to comment!!

Go, go, go!!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Posting issues: Power and wind...

Well, here in the Annapolis Valley we have had extremely high winds, power outages, power flickering and thus it has been a real challenge for me today to post Creative Round-Up!

There have been issues with the formatting of the post I had ready to go. How frustrating!

Might as well laugh, though!

I am going to give up for today and try tomorrow. I am so sorry, I am asking for your patience once again, but I know like true scrappers, you will give it. I truly appreciate that!

Thanks- until tomorrow... and I will get to it ASAP!


Round-Up Note!!

A Note from Ali's Desk...

Hi Everyone!

I have the Creative Round-Up post ready to go but Blogger is giving me a HUGE deal of grief re: the formatting of the post and all the photos.

Please pardon the lateness. I will keep trying to engage the cooperation of the "mechanics" for all of this, LOL!! I appreciate your understanding!

You're in for a treat when I get this wonderful collection up for you! LOL


((HUGZ))-Ali :o)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Creative Round-Up is tomorrow Oct 16!!!

To all my Wonderful Blog Followers and Sketch-Loving friends/Scrappy Family ...

Please know that I have extended the deadline to tomorrow AM (Friday Oct 16th) for you to email me your entries to the Creative Round-Up!!

There are already some really amazing LOs, bookmarks & cards waiting in the wings for the big reveal tomorrow... and well, whatever you've created with a S:CY Sketch is ALSO eligible to be posted !

I'd be pleased to add yours! ALL Round-Up entries will be seen here on the Blog!
C'mon, I KNOW you want your work to be seen here!

Send me your creation and tell me what S: CY Sketch you used, and your blog link. Then, be certain it will be here, with a LINK to YOUR blog, posted at our Round-Up for ALL to see, tomorrow!!!

There will also be some Blog Candy offered in the form of a PAK (Playful Act of Kindness) which will be awarded randomly to one the author of one comment here on the S:CY Blog!!

So.... to be eligible, be sure to come by, become a follower (if you aren't already) view the awesome creations, and COMMENT!! All are eligible for the PAK: DT, Round-Up participants and visitors!!!

Chat soon! -Ali

Monday, October 12, 2009

We made ScrapScene today!

Thanks so much to Angie R. who is so wonderful at keeping us ALL up to date on the wonderful "scrappenings" that surround us!! Here is that link.

Sunset over Kingston, Nova Scotia
Photo Credit~ Kate MacDonald

Sketch #21 and 2 Special Reminders!

Sketch #21: created by Ali MacDonald

Sketch #21 Interpretation by S:CY Design team Member Rita Barakat
Welcome Back, Rita!

Sketch #21 interpretation by Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team Member Ann Seleshanko

Sketch #21 interpretation by Design Team Member Misty Miller
A couple of important reminders before we say "Goodbye" for today.

1- Creative Round-up is this Friday!

To have your work seen on October 16th, 2009, here at S: CY, send me your S: CY Sketch-Based LO (s) and/or cards.
Yes: You CAN send in more than 1 creation!
I have heard the "rumour" that a RAK or two may be in the works....
Please tell EVERYONE to pop by & comment 'cause ALL comments (incl DT members) will make the commenting person eligible for the RAK draws!
For Round-Up details click HERE (then scroll down.)

Be sure to-
a) Send your name or screen name as you wish it to be published next to your LO
b) Send a link to your Blog or Gallery
c) Tell me which S: CY Sketch you used

2- Design Team Call!

a) Here is where to find
ALL THE DETAILS! (You'll have to scroll down.)
b) Deadline to enter the DT Call is Midnight, Atlantic Time, October 18th.
c) Please read carefully; follow all instructions as we have a lge number of entries!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Special Assignment: Sketch #1

Good day everyone! We have a treat for you this fine Wednesday!

I gave the Design Team girls a new sketch for a bookmark... and asked them to create something with beads and/or a charm on it.

I think you'll be "CHARMED" to see what Design Team Members Michelle and Misty came up with!
So pretty, and useful!


Special Assignment Sketch #1

Bookmark Sketch sceated by S:CY Sketch Artist Ali MacDonald

Special Assignment Sketch #1

"Home is where your Love is"

Bookmark created by S:CY October Guest Design Team Member Michelle Hodges

" Home" bookmark incorporates beads and charms. Michelle tells me that the three hearts are her family! The golden heart represents her daughter.

Special Assignment Sketch #1

A Bible verse from the book of Romans

Bookmark w/ waterfall & cross charm created by S:CY Design Team Member Misty Miller

Little Tidbit: Are you a fabric-a-holic? Well, I am! I saw a tutorial today on the wonderful Blog of Terrie Sandelin [she named it Bits and Pieces ...LOVE THAT!] with an EASY method of creating BOOKMARKS from scraps of fabric. Go check it out! Superb crafting method for a wee small "giftie" idea & easy to follow tutorial! Be sure to post a comment. I am about to go back over and do JUST THAT! I HAVE to make some of those!! WOW! :o) FUN!

What gorgeous creations from Misty and Michelle today! TY girls. You amaze me and make me so proud to know you.

Have a wonderful day everyone- remember we have a Creative Round-Up on October 16th, and a Design Team Call out: deadline for the call is midnight Atlantic time, Oct 18th!

All are welcome to apply!

[See post prior to this one for details! ]