Friday, April 26, 2013

Sketch 5-13

Good morning peeps~ Today we have a brand new sketch for you!!
Here we go...

Enjoy this one! There's a spring flower on it for you... Happy Spring!...

Sketch 5-13
created by S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald 

Musically-themed Challenge Photo
 to accompany Sketch 5-13
 (Image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

We have a "Musically-themed Challenge”  inspiration photo this week, above.  You DO NOT have to use this exact photo- it’s just there to explain the Challenge theme.  


So.... your S: CY challenge is musically themed. This one has a SHORT turn around time...  You only have until midnight AST on April 30 to complete and add your "take" on this challenge to Mr. Linky (below) in order for you to net a  ballot in the wonderful April Prize Draw by our Guest Designer Jenifer Cowles! 


IDEAS: You could include a musical image OR a music note, staff, bass or treble clef,  OR a quote about songs/music, OR a piece of musically-themed paper, OR a title related to music (a song, music-terminology themed, etc), when you create your layout.

Just USE YOUR IMAGINATION and just make something on your LO relate to music IN ANY WAY.  This can be subtle, or obvious. There are no rules.  J  J  Have fun!

Here's our Guest Designer, Jenifer Cowles' interpretation of this week's challenge! She created a gorgeous canvas!  :) 

"Major Rockstar" Canvas
created by
S: CY April Guest Designer
Jenifer Cowles
Jenifer told me that she made this Canvas for her daughter's 11th birthday last weekend, and she was thrilled with the way it turned out. Apparently her daughter loved the gift! :) 

Let's have a peek at what our Design Team has created using this Sketch and general musical theme. 

"Adventure Time" layout
created by
 S: CY Design Team Member
Patchi Moussatche
Patchi told me that when she thinks of music, she thinks of parades. She also told me that "we watched one for the first time when we went to Disney with the kids.They loved it! I added some rub-on musical notes to the brochure for added emphasis."


"Happy Birthday Chapter 9" layout
created by
 S:CY Design Team Member
Karen Zabuska 
"Wastin' Away" layout
created by
 S: CY Design Team Member
Heather Bridges Topich 

"You are the music to my heart" layout
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
 Elisha Pharr 

"Let's Rock" layout
created by
S: CY Senior Designer
Ann Seleshanko
What exceptional work our Design Team has created today!!! Thanks to our Guest Designer Jenifer Cowles and the  entire
S: CY Team-- beautiful work! You make me so proud. I loved seeing what you all created with this sketch. 
And now, for our readers and Blog followers.....  here's the chance to win big!

Remember to link us up to your creation for this Challenge using Mr. Linky, below. You only have until April 30, at midnight, AST.

Each layout you create will net you a chance to win the prize package being offered by our Guest Designer, Jenifer Cowles

A Prize Draw by random.org on April 30th after midnight (AST) from ALL the LO's linked up on the Blog using Mr. Linky this month!

Each LO will be assigned a number based on when it was received. First April LO received via Mr. Linky will be #1, the 15th LO received will be #15, and so on. If we have 20 entries, the random draw will be from the numbers 1 to 20.

YES: you can enter more than once for this sketch!


Want to see that prize again? Sure thing!  
Awesome Prize Package for April 2013
 from Guest Designer
 Jenifer Cowles
Jenifer writes..."Included is a Lovely Day collection from My Little Shoe Box, a Super Stick from Therm-o- Web and coordinating May Arts ribbons. :)  I will probably add more to the box depending on participation and comments."

So now, folks, here is the Mr. Linky you will need to add your creation to BEFORE midnight (AST) April 30th. There are just a few days left, so be sure to get your creations made and entered FAST! After that, Mr. Linky will disappear and a name will be drawn from all entries received this month, as the winner of Jenifer's fabulous prize package. (Random.org will be used.) We will announce the winner on June 1st. 

Have a great week! 
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Friday, April 12, 2013

Sketch 4-13

Hello everyone!
We have a BRAND NEW Sketch and inspiration for you this week!!
Here it is...
Sketch 4-13 created by
S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald

Inspiration photo
(Cards and staging by Ali MacDonald
This week, we have a Pattern and Texture Mixing” Inspiration Photo- When you create your layout, please use the photo above provide inspiration for mixing patterns & textures in your layout.
Use any patterns, colours, textures or combinations of those you see in the photo as inspiration for what YOU create on YOUR layout! 
Use Sketch 4-13  as your guide as you work thru the challenge.  
There are no “rules.” Just have fun!

When you're finished, use Mr. Linky, below, to link us up to your LO and thus be entered to win the fabulous prize package being offered by our April Guest Designer, Jenifer Cowles

We'll be by to visit and wave hello, so be on the lookout! 

Here are the interpretations of our wonderful Design Team...

First a layout created by our April Guest Designer!

"Spring" layout
created by
S: CY Guest Designer

Jenifer Cowles 
Jenifer tells us that she "really had a good time with the texture part of the challenge along with the feminine/masculine contrast with the colors."

"I am enough" layout
created by
 S: CY Design Team Member
Elisha Pharr

"Latkes" layout
 created by
S: CY Design Team Member 

Patchi Moussatche
Patchi writes: "I loved the idea of combining different textures! Those flowers had been sitting in my embellishment drawer for almost 3 years. I'm so glad I had an excuse to use them :)"

"Texas MSW Crop 2012" layout
 created  by
S: CY Design Team Member
Karen Zabuska 
Karen writes- "Your picture inspired me to use greens and blues, so that is what I did and I did a layout of some online friends I got to meet last summer. We had a fabulous time and scrapped and saw some sights and talked (in person to our hearts content). Another fun sketch that I knew exactly what I wanted to do with."

"Fall 2012" layout
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Heather Bridges Topich

"Cromwell Road" layout
created by
S: CY Senior Designer

 Ann Seleshanko
Ann told me that "it was the colors that inspired me, the light green, teal, brown, combined with the textures."


"Cute Zoo Horses" layout
created by
 S: CY Team Leader
 Ali MacDonald 
JournalingIt’s funny… I never really used to “notice” the horses at the Zoo until we had one of our own for Kate. As soon as we got Oakley in 2007, and then Grace in 2009, I took more notice of these magnificent animals. Pete took photos of them more often, too. They were just more “special” to see and watch.  Even the miniatures at the Zoo commanded our attention! They are such perfect little creatures--Noah knows that, too! Just look at this special photo of him connecting with this baby pony!
Photos: Spring 2012
Journaling by Mom:  Spring 2013

And now,  here's the chance to win big!

Remember to link us up to your creation for this Challenge using Mr. Linky, below. 

Each layout you create will net you a chance to win the prize package being offered by our Guest Designer, Jenifer Cowles

Jenifer will be doing a Prize Draw by random.org on April 30th from ALL the LO's linked up this month!

Each LO will be assigned a number based on when it was received. First April LO received via Mr. Linky will be #1, the 15th LO received will be #15, and so on. If we have 20 entries, the random draw will be from the numbers 1 to 20. 
YES: you can enter more than once for any April sketch!

The winner will be notified here on the Blog! 


Want to see that prize again? Sure thing!  
Awesome Prize Package for April 2013
 from Guest Designer
 Jenifer Cowles
Jenifer writes..."Included is a Lovely Day collection from My Little Shoe Box, a Super Stick from Therm-o- Web and coordinating May Arts ribbons. :)  I will probably add more to the box depending on participation and comments."

Here's Mr. Linky! 

A HUGE thanks to our Guest Designer Jenifer Cowles for sharing her beautiful floral LO with us today. Additionally, the Design Team has "knocked this one outta the park..."  Thanks girls! :) 

Thanks for stopping by everyone, please be sure to use Mr. Linky to enter the contest and show us what you create! 

REMEMBER:  When the new sketch goes up on April 26th, this Mr. Linky will disappear and go on THAT post, so be sure to get your entry for this sketch in before April 26th for a chance to win!!! 

Thanks for coming by! 
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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Our April Guest Designer!

Guess what? I think Spring is finally arriving here in Nova Scotia. We are seeing geese and mallard ducks flying in, green grass is peeking through, and we're getting loads of sunshine! Wanna help us celebrate? 

OK! How about welcoming a fresh face to the S: CY Blog? 


We're sooooo pleased to welcome our April 2013  Sketches: Creatively Yours Guest Designer today: Please extend a warm smile to Jenifer Cowles!


 April 2013
S; CY Guest Designer
Jenifer Cowles
Jenifer sent along some bio information so that we can learn a little about her. Thanks Jenifer! 

Bio~  "My name is Jenifer Cowles and I live in a small town in Idaho.  I work in the IT Department for a small city 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 ages 13-7.  I have been doing some sort of crafting my entire life and my day just doesn't feel complete without making something.  I love a challenge and can make just about anything."


Here's Jenifer's BLOG. Why not have a peek!? 
Jenifer shared a couple of her favourite projects with us... 

First off is an amazing Christmas canvas! 

Mixed Media Christmas Canvas
created by
Jenifer Cowles

Jenifer says: "This project was one of my first mixed media pieces. I had so much fun getting messy and it was totally out of my comfort zone, which I think we need sometimes."

Another of Jenifer's projects is this stunning notebook. 

Notebook created by
Jenifer Cowles
Jenifer says that she loves how this came together. She also reports that it makes her "smile" every time she goes to use it. :) 

 I have something very special to share with you today! Jenifer has decided to host a fun giveaway on the S: CY Blog this month! 

April 2013 giveaway
from S: CY Guest Designer
Jenifer Cowles 
Jenifer writes..."Included is a Lovely Day collection from My Little Shoe Box, a Super Stick from Therm-o- Web and coordinating May Arts ribbons. :)  I will probably add more to the box depending on participation and comments." 

So, be sure to  participate in the challenges that are coming in April!  Make comments, come along for the ride here at S: CY-- you can help us welcome Spring! 


A hearty 'Welcome" to the S: CY Blog, Jenifer, we can't wait to show everyone what you've created this mont
h!     

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Monday, April 1, 2013

PRIZE DRAW WINNER!!!


Hello peeps!
In March, we had a prize up for grabs from the participants in the Layout Sketch Challenges we posted on March 1st and 15th!

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.  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)

Entrants into the LO Challenge contest were, in order that they were received:

March 1st
1. Melanie H
2. Sherri P
3. Cindye
4. Stephanie

and March 15th
5. Sheri P
6. Stephanie P
7. Cindye

Our winner, as determined by Random.org is as follows!! Drumroll please!!!


 #4 is Stephanie P.!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS, Stephanie!!!!!!!!!!!!

Please email the S: CY Team Leader, Ali, at peteali  @  eastlink  .ca (no spaces) with your addy so she can get your prize in the mail!!

TY to ALL our wonderful participants. We hope you'll continue to play along with us here at S: CY  'cause I hear there is a great prize in April, too!!!! See you soon!

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