Friday, March 29, 2013

Card Sketch!!

Today, I am pleased  to introduce you to Vikki Whittington, our S: CY Card Sketch Artist. She hails from Australia! :)

Card Sketch Artist
 Vikki Whittington
Here at S: CY, Vikki plays an integral part in the Design Team by providing us with card sketches. Here is her inaugural sketch!

Card Sketch A created by
 S: CY  Card Sketch Artist
Vikki Whittington
First off, I am thrilled to show you a "naturally pretty" card from our March Guest Designer, Lynnette Nagle! Featuring a darling baby bunny, it very appropriately wishes you a "Hoppy Easter!"

"Hoppy Easter" card created by
S: CY Guest Designer
Lynnette Nagle
Thank you, Lynnette for helping us get in the mood for the coming Spring season with your darling bunny card!
Our Design Team has created  some beautiful cards with Vikki's new Sketch. Let's have a look at them all!
Here goes~
"Happy Day" card created by
 S: CY  Design Team Member
 Heather Bridges Topich

"Happy Birthday" card created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Patchi Moussatche
"Welcome Spring" card created by
 S: CY Design Team Member
Karen Zabuska

"Sweet Wishes" card created by
 S: CY Design Team Member & Card Sketch Artist
Vikki Whittington
"Thinking of you" card created by
S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald

"Thank You" card created by
S: CY Team Leader
Ali  MacDonald
 
(Horse image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy.)
Aren't those lovely?
A HUGE Thanks to Guest Designer Lynnette Nagle for  sharing her projects with us this month. You rocked the March LO challenges, Lynnette, and your card is just precious. Hope you can continue to play along with us!

Now, a note to our readers and followers... Go create something beautiful with Vikki's sketch! Be sure to share it with us in the "Comments" section of this post. We will go visit your Blog and share some luvs!

PS:  Don't forget to enter our Layout Sketch Challenge contest. See post HERE to see the LO sketch and inspiration piece, and read about the challenge. If you participate, you will be entered into the draw for a fab prize from CTMH. (You can use Mr. Linky on that post to share your entry with us.)

Draw is March 31 at 9 PM (AST). Be sure to do a layout to receive a  chance to win in the draw!

See you soon!
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Friday, March 15, 2013

Sketch and Challenge!

Hi everyone!!
As you know, we have a Sketch Challenge involving a monthly PRIZE here at S: CY every 2 weeks. Here are the details!
How does it work?
We will draw for a prize at the end of EACH MONTH. There will be TWO sketch challenges every month, so that mean you'll have two chances to win the monthly prize.
A photo of the prize will be posted. :)
From now on, when a new  layout Sketch is posted on the Blog, you will also see an inspiration piece accompanying the Sketch.
These  two things, together, make up a "Sketch challenge" which will be described to you in words. 
1) Sketch 
2) Inspiration piece
What should you do for a chance to win the monthly prize?
1. Look at the Sketch and Inspiration piece. Read the challenge.
2. Check and write down the due date! It will be clearly noted in each challenge. (One challenge will be finished before the next one starts.)
2. Create a layout that fits the challenge.
3. Post your PAPER OR DIGITAL layout on your Blog and share it with us by the Due Date, using Mr. Linky. Mr. Linky can be found at the bottom of the post, but ONLY until the due date!
What does the Team at S: CY do?
1. After links are posted, the S: CY Team will visit every one of them to leave some "love." :)
2. I will send you an "I Played Along..." badge to proudly display on your Blog! :)
3. I will compile a list of all the links to LOs for each Sketch Challenge into a permanent link list in a post on the blog. Each entry will be numbered in the order it was received. ##This number becomes the number that will apply to you in the prize draw. (Example: If you are the third person to post your work, yours will be link #3 in the list.) Then, if, using Random.org, your number (ie: "3") is drawn, you are the winner!!##
3. We will do a PRIZE DRAW using Random.org at end of the month. Draw dates will be announced as each month starts.
4. QUESTIONS? Shoot me an email at peteali@ eastlink. ca (NO SPACES).
MARCH CHALLENGE DETAILS
**PRIZE this month is a beautiful Close To My Heart Stamp Set called "Tailor Made."**
**DUE DATE  for this Sketch Challenge is March 13th, at 12 midnight, Atlantic Standard Time (AST)**
**You will use Mr. Linky to post the link to your completed Sketch Challenge entry. Mr. Linky will be at the end of this post!
**PRIZE DRAW FOR MARCH will be March 31st, Sunday, after 9 PM AST
**REMEMBERwe welcome both paper and digital layout entries!
**International participants are welcome to enter the contest!
PRIZE for MARCH
The PRIZE  for MARCH is a beautiful Stamp Set from Close To My Heart. This C-size stamp set is pictured below.  Remember.... post a link to your completed Sketch Challenge for a chance to WIN this versatile and gorgeous acrylic stamp set, complete with its own snap-closed storage envelope and foam stamping pad. 
My Acrylix CTMH Stamp Set
"Tailor Made" 

S: CY Sketch Challenge Prize 
March 2013- View (1)

My Acrylix CTMH stamp set
S: CY  Sketch Challenge Prize
March 2013- View (2)
So.... Why not enter? Mr. Linky will be at the end of this Sketch Challenge post to accept your links until the Sketch Challenge due date of March 31st at 9 PM AST. At that time, all links will be gathered  by Admin, and  Random.org will choose the winner! 
**BE CERTAIN to get your links in before this date & time. :)**

Ok... On to the new Sketch and challenge!
It's full of fun and colourful inspiration!

Sketch 3-13 created by
S: CY Team Leader Ali MacDonald
Today, we have a Color Challenge! So, when you create your layout, use the graphic below to provide COLOR inspiration for your layout. Use any colours you see, or choose a related color to base your layout upon.  Have fun!


Vintage Peacock Image courtesy of
 The Graphic Fairy
First, our Guest Designer Lynnette Nagle has interpreted the Sketch and inspiration piece as you see below! :) Thanks Lynnette!

"Our Ship" layout created by
 S: CY March Guest Designer
Lynnette Nagle
Next, Why not check out the layouts created by our S: CY Design Team? 
"The House that Built Me"
created by S: CY Designer
 Elisha Pharr
 
(Journaling- song lyrics by Miranda Lambert)

 "Hanukkah Lights" created by
 S: CY Designer 

Patchi Moussatche
Patchi told me "I used the color photo for my background and flipped the sketch to fit my photos."
"The Guest of Honor" created by
 S: CY Designer
 Karen Zabuska
Karen writes: Another fun sketch that inspired me to do my Retirement Party.  I was wearing the peacock's colors and I even pulled out from my favorite stash, Bo Bunny's "Sophie",  the perfect paper. The photos were all taken by people there.  I was truly "The Guest of Honor".


"Flash" created by
S: CY Designer
Heather Bridges Topich
Journaling: "We should call you Lightning. You finished the Short Pump Race in 3rd place out of about 100 girls your age. You are excited to do cross-country next year at school. Obviously, you are going to excel! Your time for the mile was 8:01. Go Bella!"


Heather told me that her color inspiration was the green in the peacock.

"Summer in BC" created by
S: CY Senior Designer

 Ann Seleshanko 
"Last Blast" layout created by
S: CY Design Team Leader
 Ali MacDonald
Journaling: "In April 2012, when spring had almost arrived in the Annapolis Valley, we had a good old-fashioned snowstorm. Usually winter gives us a rip-roaring “last-blast” in March….but April?! Brrrrr!
Of course the first thing Noah asked for was to go outside. Bryan, as always, was game to help his little brother, and out they went." 

For this LO, I was inspired by the beautiful light/medium green tones in the peacock's tail. I also flipped the sketch 2 turns to the left!

We sure hope that you'll try this sketch. 
Remember that if you do, register with Mr. Linky below, and we'll pop by to see your creation, send you an S: CY Blog Badge, PLUS enter your name for the prize draw which takes place March 31 right after 9 PM. 

Good luck and have FUN! Have a super week all! 
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Friday, March 1, 2013

March 1st: A NEW Sketch!

Welcome to Sketches: Creatively Yours! So happy you're here with us!
It's already March 1st-- and that means we are here to reveal a brand new Sketch and our Design Team's interpretations.

First of all though, I promised you all that things would be a little different at S: CY this term. So, a little explanation is in order! :)

How will things work?

We will draw for a prize at the end of EACH MONTH. There will be TWO sketch challenges every month, so that mean you'll have two chances to win the monthly prize.

A photo of the prize will be posted. :)

From now on, when a new  layout Sketch is posted on the Blog, you will also see an inspiration piece accompanying the Sketch.

These  two things, together, make up a "Sketch challenge" which will be described to you in words. 
1) Sketch 
2) Inspiration piece

What should you do for a chance to win the monthly prize?

1. Look at the Sketch and Inspiration piece. Read the challenge.
2. Check and write down the due date! It will be clearly noted in each challenge. (One challenge will be finished before the next one starts.)
2. Create a layout that fits the challenge.
3. Post your PAPER OR DIGITAL layout on your Blog and share it with us by the Due Date, using Mr. Linky. Mr. Linky can be found at the bottom of the post, but ONLY until the due date!
What does the Team at S: CY do?
1. After links are posted, the S: CY Team will visit every one of them to leave some "love." :)
2. I will send you an "I Played Along..." badge to proudly display on your Blog! :)
3. I will compile a list of all the links to LOs for each Sketch Challenge into a permanent link list in a post on the blog. Each entry will be numbered in the order it was received. This number becomes the number that will apply to you in the prize draw. (Example: If you are the third person to post your work, yours will be link #3 in the list.) Then, if, using Random.org, your number (ie: "3") is drawn, you are the winner!!
3. We will do a PRIZE DRAW using Random.org at end of the month. Draw dates will be announced as each month starts.

QUESTIONS? Shoot me an email at peteali@ eastlink. ca (NO SPACES).

MARCH CHALLENGE DETAILS
**PRIZE this month is a beautiful Close To My Heart Stamp Set called "Tailor Made."**

**DUE DATE  for this Sketch Challenge is March 13th, at 12 midnight, Atlantic Standard Time (AST)**

**You will use Mr. Linky to post the link to your completed Sketch Challenge entry. Mr. Linky will be at the end of this post!

**PRIZE DRAW FOR MARCH will be March 31st, Sunday.

**REMEMBER- we welcome both paper and digital layout entries!

**International participants are welcome to enter the contest!

 Now.. without further ado... here's the  first Sketch Challenge for March 2013!
S: CY Sketch 2-13
Created by S: CY Team leader
Ali MacDonald

March 1, 2013
Inspiration piece

Source: Rona Collection
 March 1st Sketch Challenge 
DUE MARCH 13th at 12 midnight AST

Challenge: When you create your layout using Sketch 2-13, please use the photo above to provide inspiration in whatever way you see fit. This could be design, colour, shape, etc… J  Have fun!

On we go to see how our S: CY Designers interpreted this challenge!

First, we have our Guest Designer, Lynnette Nagle's interpretation...

"Reek Havoc" layout created by
S: CY Guest Designer
 Lynnette Nagle 
Thanks Lynnette... :)

And... next, the layouts of our S: CY Design Team!
"Mother's Tea" created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Heather Bridges Topich
Heather writes: "Love the sketch! From the inspiration piece, I took away the femininity of it and pulled flowery die cuts."
Journaling reads:
You worked so hard for a month on writing stories, drawing pictures, and reading poetry to get ready for the Mother's Tea in Mrs. Carlton's 3rd grade language arts. The morning was amazing! I am so lucky to be your mom!
"Our Beagles" layout created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Karen Zabuska
Karen writes:  "Fabulous sketch and inspiration. I absolutely loved working on it. Youmade me stretch to use B&W pictures and I can see doing this in the future -- so thanks."

'Presents" layout created by
 S: CY Designer
Patchi Moussatche
Patchi writes: "I rotated the sketch 180 degrees, to fit my photos. I also used the inspiration photo  for the bi-color scheme."  
"Welcome Baby Emory Jude"
mini-album created by
S: CY Design Team Member
 Elisha Pharr
(Warm S: CY congrats to Elisha and family on the birth of great-nephew Emory on Feb. 26th!!) 
"Young Men" layout created by
S: CY Senior Designer
Ann Seleshanko 
"A Folk Tail" layout
created by
S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
From the inspiration piece, I took the rectangular shape of the lamp and interpreted it with a striped tone-on-tone metal element. I used the metallic dotted swirls to mimic the floral damask print in the lampshade.
Journaling reads: 
In the spring of 2012, as a grade six ELA and Art project, you retold a Folktale with partner Ryan. It was quite a detailed assignment, and required the creation of four puppets. You chose the “Lion” and the “Donkey.” Ryan did the “Warthog” and the “Fox.” (I was really glad we didn’t have to create a warthog!)  We sewed your puppets from scraps: a golden yellow t-shirt sleeve became the Lion and a grey sock, the Donkey. You worked the sewing machine, cut the yarn, and stitched on the manes with help. We stuck the eyes on using Glue Dots and you drew the lion’s face with a “Sharpie” marker. Both puppets turned out so cute, and from the look on your face, I could see how those puppets ignited your imagination! Great job, Daniel!
***Thanks to everyone on the Team for their interpretation this week!  An extra special thanks to March Guest Designer Lynnette Nagle for her "take" on the Sketch Challenge!***
We have a wee bit more "fun stuff" to cover this week before we sign off and let you get your Sketch Challenge creations done! 

 MARCH PRIZE INFO!!!

The PRIZE  for MARCH is a beautiful C-size Stamp Set from Close To My Heart. The stamp set is pictured below.  Remember.... post a link to your completed Sketch Challenge for a chance to WIN this versatile and gorgeous acrylic stamp set, complete with its own snap-closed storage envelope and foam stamping pad. 
My Acrylix CTMH Stamp Set
"Tailor Made" 

S: CY Sketch Challenge Prize 
March 2013- View (1)

My Acrylix CTMH stamp set
S: CY  Sketch Challenge Prize
March 2013- View (2)
So.... Why not enter? Here's Mr. Linky. He will be here to accept your links until the Sketch Challenge due date of March 13th at 9 PM AST. At that time, all links will be gathered and saved by Admin, and then he will disappear.

**BE CERTAIN to get your links in before this date and time. :)**

Can't wait to visit those links and see what you will all create with our
S: CY Sketch Challenge this time!!
Have a wonderful week everyone!
~