Friday, May 27, 2011

Sketch 07-11

Hi Everyone!

It's Friday, and that means the reveal of a new scrappy sketch and DT interpretations!!
Today's sketch inspires a 12x12 LO, and has the potential to showcase three rounded-corner photos.  There's room for some ribbon, trim or lace, some flourishes and even hmmmm.... rounded elements. Could those be brads???????? I LOVE brads!

Let's check out the new sketch and see what the Sketches:Creatively Yours Design Team came up with!


 Sketch 07-11 created by
S:CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald

"Holidays are fun" layout created by
 S:CY Design Team Member Amy Manis 


"Let's go Fishing" layout created by
 S:CY Design Team Member Maggi Harding

Maggi's journaling reads~
Mom and Dad owned a cottage at Atlantic Beach along with my Aunt and Uncle.  The cottage was just a block or two off the beach.  They all worked together building and finishing it.  After the cottage was ready for occupancy, Dad bought a boat and Craig, Dad and I spent many wonderful weekends fishing together.  I was such a girly girl, I think everyone was shocked that I enjoyed fishing so much.  They couldn’t believe that I would get up at 5 am for a fishing excursion.  Dad got the biggest kick out of his only daughter being such a “fisher-person”.  Once when just Dad and I went fishing, we were trolling for Spanish Mackeral and caught 73 fish!!  I was pulling them in as quick as we could hook them.  Now I still kept my girly “girlness” ‘cause I didn’t really like handling those live fish and taking the hook out of their mouths after I reeled them in, so, I wrapped a towel around them which, Dad found ever so amusing!
  
"Roman Bath House" layout created by
S:CY Design Team Member Renee Hagler

"School Days" layout created by
S:CY Design Team Member Michelle Sheehan

"Driftwood" layout created by
S:CY Design Team Member Jackie Primmer-Plank

"You Belong..." layout created by
S:CY Design Team Member Sylvia Galindo

"Visits with Santa" layout created by
S:CY Design Team Member Tammy Pyette
[Credits: http://www.suzyqscraps.com altered w/ shabby princess stencils & elements]
 

"Easter Bunny" layout created
by S:CY Design Team Member Tammy Pyette
[Credits: Paper, ribbon  http://www.shabbyprincess.com/ ; vintage Easter clips from http://hubpages.com/hub/free-vintage-easter-images] 
  
"Tub Time" layout created by
S:CY Design Team Member Tammy Pyette
[Credits: Bubble brushes are by Hawksmont at http://www.brusheezy.com/Brushes/1283-Bubble-Brushes-for-Photoshop]

"Baby Surprise"  layout created by
 S:CY Design Team Member Heather Bridges Topich

"April 2010" layout created by
S:CY Design Team Member Lindy Rabenstine

 "Outside Play" layout created by
S:CY Design Team Member Patchi Moussatche

"Family... Friends"  layout by
 S:CY Design Team Member Mandy Harrell

"Trimming the Tree" layout created by
S:CY Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko

"A very good day" layout created  by
 S:CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald

To our Design Team, WOW: THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH FOR YOUR BEAUTIFUL INTERPRETATIONS OF THE NEWEST S:CY SKETCH!!!! We definitely have a wide variety of styles here!
AWESOME!

To our readers... if you try this, be sure to let us know in the Comments section. We'd LOVE to see what you've created, and come say hello! So... be sure to leave  us a link.

Have a wonderful, SUNNY weekend and a lovely week ahead, everyone!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Ann's Card Sketch #2

Today, our Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko has created a brand new Card Sketch for us here at S:CY.

It's a sketch with clean lines that provide ample opportunity for the application of creative vision by those interpreting it.  

Card Sketch #2 by Sketches: Creatively Yours
Senior Designer Ann Seleshanko

 Let's see what our fabulous S:CY Designers came up with
THIS week!! ;o)

"Let Friendhip Bloom" card created by S:CY
May 2011 Guest Designer Liz Weber

Remember to check out Flourish with a Bling!!

Liz has a challenge posted!! Just follow the link :)
 "You are Sweet" card created by S:CY
Senior Designer  Ann Seleshanko

"Snuggle/Love" card created by S:CY
Design Team Member Heather Getson

"Forever Friends" card created by S:CY
Design Team Member Lindy Rabenstine

"Friend" card created by S:CY
Design Team Member Jackie Primmer-Plank

"How R U?" card created by S:CY
Design Team Member Renee Hagler

"Card Trio" created by S:CY
Design Team Member Helen Hollinger

"Thank You" card created by S:CY
Design Team Member Sylvia Tomala

"Home Sweet Home" card created by S:CY
Design Team Member Patchi Moussatche


"Thinking of you today"- Pet Sympathy card (Outside)


Inside of Pet Sympathy card


 Card created by S:CY
Design Team Leader Ali MacDonald
 

"TY" Card created by S:CY
Design Team Leader Ali MacDonald
 Thank You Ann, my trusted right-hand gal,  for yet another great S:CY Card Sketch!

Thanks to our Design Team Members for their wonderful work.
Great job this week!

To our May 2011 Guest Designer and cardmaker extraordinaire, Liz Weber, what can we say?
How about "Thanks for the superb work! Awesome!!" 

Be sure to leave us a link in the Comments section (below)  if you try the Sketch so we can come visit!!!

See you all here again next week- bring a friend!

Friday, May 13, 2011

Sketch 06-11

Hi everyone!

It's Friday, and that means the reveal of a new sketch and DT interpretations!!

Today's sketch inspires a 12x12 LO, and features scallops plus a long matted photo or embellishment. Additionally, there's the hint of some ribbon, lace, or even stitching!  Patterned and plain papers are both included in the sketch. Wonder what this may have inspired among the members of the S:CY Team!?
Sketch 06-11 created by S:CY Team Leader
 Ali MacDonald
Let's have a peek at what was created this week!
First, here is an interpretation from our Guest Designer...


"Sabrina" layout created by S:CY Guest Design Team Member
Liz Weber
Just look at that uber-pretty floral cluster and the blue lacy-effect at the mid-point of the LO. It all looks awesome! Thanks for playing along with us again this week, Liz!

What have the rest of our S:CY Design Team come up with this week? Keep on reading! :) I think that you'll be thrilled to see these creations!

 "Dragonfly" layout created by S:CY Design Team Member
 Jackie Primmer-Plank

"Hey Mama!" layout created by S:CY Design Team Member
Tammy Pyette

[Notes: All images are Tammy's. "The background is "The Three Sisters" mountain range in the Alberta Rockies, chosen because that's where we were at the time."]

Journaling reads: I managed to catch a picture of Zac at the very first moment he stood on his own! I was taking pictures of him holding onto Grandma’s hand. When she let her hand drop he just let go, and that was it, he was standing. He turned at looked right at me just as the shutter released. I think the look on his face says, “Hey! Look at me! I did it!”


"Memories" layout created by S:CY Design Team Member
Lindy Rabenstine

 'Mounain High" layout created by S:CY Design Team Member
 Maggi Harding

 "Do Something Good Today" layout created by S:CY
DesignTeam Member Mandy Harrell
"True Beauty" layout created by S:CY Design Team Member
Sylvia Galindo 
 "Precious Zoe" layout created by S:CY Design Team Member
Sylvia Tomala

 "Day off"  Two-page layout created b y S:CY Design Team Member
Tammy Pyette
"Moments" layout created by S:CY Design Team Member
Cheryl Casas


Silhouette card created by S:CY Design Team Member
Amy Manis

"So many views" Two-page layout created by S:CY
Design Team Member Patchi Moussatche

 "The Story" layout created by S:CY Senior Designer 
Ann Seleshanko
(Photo credit: Lisa McDonald)
The journaling is a song lyric:
The Story
by Phil Hanseroth

All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them to
It's true...I was made for you
I climbed across the mountain tops
Swam all across the ocean blue
I crossed all the lines and I broke all the rules
But baby I broke them all for you
Because even when I was flat broke
You made me feel like a million bucks
You do
I was made for you
You see the smile that's on my mouth
It's hiding the words that don't come out
And all of my friends who think that I'm blessed
They don't know my head is a mess
No, they don't know who I really am
And they don't know what
I've been through like you do
And I was made for you...
All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am
But these stories don't mean anything
When you've got no one to tell them to
It's true...I was made for you

"Picture perfection" layout created by S:CY Design Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
Journaling reads:

Picture Perfection

I took some pictures of Grandma, Noah and Argo during March Break 2011. Grandma and "Grandpa Critter" were hosting a Spaghetti Dinner in their area to benefit the Lions Foundation of Canada’s AADG Program and needed a photo for the article that reporter Bob Lafrance would be writing in the Victoria Star to publicize the event.
This photo was one of our favourites.
The photo below it shows Noah reaching out, touching Argo’s paw soon after his Dog Guide friend joined our family.  It looks like they are “hand in hand.” How perfect!

Photos~ Jan & Mar 2011
Journaling~ May 2011

Just a few words in closing this week....first,  a very warm "Thanks"  to our Guest Design Team Member Liz Weber for her lovely  page using sketch 06-11. Loved it!


Second, our "Thanks" to YOU for popping by S:CY today! Be sure to try the sketch and then leave us a link so we can come visit your blog or Gallery and see your creation.  


And third, a sincere "Thank You" to the S:CY Team for their beautiful creations this week. Awesome job everyone! Keep up the great work!

Come see us on Facebook, everyone! Love to have you pop by the S:CY FB page!



Have a lovely weekend, hope the SUN finds you!

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

FEATURED DESIGNER: Amy Manis

Amy Manis, a member of the April-September 2011 S:CY Design Team describes herself as “a small town girl living in Ohio.” She is Mom to 2 little girls, ages five and three, who are the main subjects of her layouts.


S:CY Design Team Member Amy Manis
 Amy was introduced to scrapbooking in 1998, when a friend asked her to help put some scrapbooks together. As Amy tells it, “of course I said 'yes.' As we were putting these scrapbooks together I was instantly hooked. And today, I am enjoying putting my own scrapbooks together.”

Amy looks to the future as she creates pages and sees her work as a legacy for her little girls. As she puts it: “My favorite subjects to scrap are my children because when they are women themselves they will want to share their albums with their own children. At least I hope so!”

Amy says she has “an obsession with pattern paper and my favorite scrapbook paper is the 'Posh' collection by Teresa Collins Designs.”


Another favorite product is chipboard: "anything from Crate Paper!” says Amy.


Amy says that she likes thick Cardstock for her card and layout projects. She says that her favourite two brands are American Crafts and Bazzill Basics. The colours turquoise, yellow, red, and black are her faithful favourites.

"Dress Up Gypsy Girl" layout  created by Amy Manis
Amy relies on two favourite online sites: Design Sponge  and Pinterest as sources of inspiration. She says that they both provide her with great ideas for color, decor, and pattern.


'Monkey" layout created by Amy Manis 
In talking about tried-and-true techniques, Amy unhesitatingly told me that distressing is the one she returns to again and again. She relates that her “favorite technique is using the distress ink pad and blending tool by Ranger Ink. I rub the blending tool to the ink pad and [then] rub around the edges of the paper.” The classic Heidi Swapp "edge distresser" tool is her favourite item for roughing up her paper.

In terms of tricks related to distressing, Amy’s is related to the clean-up process. She told me that she uses “the craft sheet by Ranger Ink. It is so easy to clean up just by wiping with a cloth or paper towel to get stuff off of it!”

Amy likes sketches, and says she uses them to help her gain a creative outlet and step out of her comfort zone. Amy reports that her favourite sketch artists are Christy Tomlinson , Effy Wild , and Teresa Collins.

Amy has taken a few online scrap-related classes and points to “Eye for Design: color creative” taught by Christy Tomlinson as her most enjoyed class to date. Amy loves colour. She said, when asked to name just one colour for ALL the walls of her home, … “I have to laugh because my husband would not like just one color on all the walls, but if I have to choose it would be turquoise, my favorite color.”

Since her local scrapbook store has closed, Amy works on her LOs and cards at home instead of at crops. She says ”I like to scrap at night when my girls go to bed. It’s quiet and I have no distractions from anyone.”

Asked about the most awesome scrappy gift she’s received lately, Amy says “the best gift I have received is from a person I am in a swap with for a whole year. She gave me three distress ink pads & crackle paint by Tim Holtz (Ranger).”
Amy has some advice for those of us who are trying to purge scraps and things we know we won’t use. She says “What you can do is get three boxes and write on one box ‘Throw Away,’ on another ‘Keep,’ and the other box, write ‘Goodwill’. Take your time sorting and you will be glad you did this. You will feel better, no stress, and someone will be happy to have found something they have always wanted!”
Alongside her scrapbooking and cardmaking, Amy really enjoys art journaling.

 Amy's scrapbooking often features a shabby-chic style enhanced with bolts of beautiful bold colour that fall right into place on her LOs. For example, in the three LOs Amy sent for this Design Team Member feature, "RED" is the POP of colour that works to mimic the energy her photos command. Softly patterned floral papers and crisp, bright flower embellies create a feminine atmosphere of whimsy that is perfect for showcasing her 2 little darlings. One or two word titles usually dominate in Amy’s work. Obvious journaling is minimal: she lets her photos speak for themselves.

Here is the link to Amy's Blog: http://artstudiostamps.blogspot.com/

"Girls Rule" layout created by Amy Manis
Amy, Thank You very much for sharing some of the pages you have done in creating a lasting legacy for your little girls. Keep up the great work interpreting the S:CY sketches...

Your art brightens our site here at S:CY! 

(c) Ali MacDonald- 2011