Thursday, May 30, 2013

Our May 2013 WINNER!!!!


 Time for our May 2013 Prize draw! The prize today is a beautiful "My Acrylix" stamp set from Close To My Heart! It's called "Year 'Round Cheer." It was a Limited Edition set and is no longer available, making it highly desirable for the winner's personal stamp collection!
This premium CTMH stamp set comes with a foam stamping sheet, a sturdy, handy snap-closed envelope, and TWELVE versatile acrylic stamps that are sure to make your scrapbooking & cardmaking projects shine.
S: CY May Prize
 CTMH
 "Year 'Round Cheer" Stamp Set
The greetings on this stamp set are: Fresh Start; I Love You; Stay Lucky; Sing in the Rain;  Happy Mother's Day; World's Best Dad; Hello Sunshine; Back Yard BBQ; Back to School; Trick or Treat; Give Thanks; and 'Tis the Season. These are so cute- each greeting sports a cute icon depicting those words.
The winner of this set will be thrilled. :)

So.... let's do that draw shall me? 

We had just two entries this month: 

1. Carol
 and
2. Cindye

We use Random.org to choose winners here at S: CY so we gave it a go, and here u is the result!

Drumroll please:

May 2013 Winner: #1
Our S: CY winner this month is Carol!!!!!!

Congratulations, Carol.

Please email Ali your postal address so she can pop your prize of a CTMH Stamp Set into the mail ASAP! :)

Ali's email addy is pete ali @ eastlink .ca (no spaces.)

Thanks for popping in, everyone!

See you tomorrow, with a brand new, talented S: CY Guest Designer!!

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Friday, May 24, 2013

Sketch 7-13


Hello S: CY Peeps! 

It's Friday and that means REVEAL DAY! But first, let's have a peek at the prize for this month!

Our prize for the month of May is a beautiful "My Acrylix" stamp set from Close To My Heart! It's called "Year 'Round Cheer." It was a Limited Edition set and is no longer available, making it highly desirable for your personal stamp collection!
This premium CTMH stamp set comes with a foam stamping sheet, a sturdy, handy snap-closed envelope, and TWELVE versatile acrylic stamps that are sure to make your scrapbooking & cardmaking projects shine.

Let's have a peek at the May prize, shall we? 
S: CY May Prize
 CTMH
 "Year 'Round Cheer" Stamp Set
The greetings on this stamp set are: Fresh Start; I Love You; Stay Lucky; Sing in the Rain;  Happy Mother's Day; World's Best Dad; Hello Sunshine; Back Yard BBQ; Back to School; Trick or Treat; Give Thanks; and 'Tis the Season. These are so cute- each greeting sports a cute icon depicting those words.
The winner of this set will be thrilled. :)

How do you win? 
Well, we will do things exactly the same way as we have done in other months!  
Here's an explanation.

How does the Challenge work?

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

The amount of time you have to enter varies with each Challenge, so be sure to check carefully in the info on the Sketch you are creating your layout for. The due date will be CLEARLY NOTED for you. :) 


LAYOUT SKETCH CHALLENGES: 

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

Three things make up an S: CY "Sketch challenge"... 
1) The layout sketch 
2) The inspiration photo
3) A Challenge described in words

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

1. Look at the layout Sketch and Inspiration photo. 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! Once the due date passes, Mr. Linky disappears. 

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).

MAY CHALLENGE DETAILS
** PRIZE this month is a beautiful Close To My Heart Stamp Set called "Year 'Round Cheer." **
**DUE DATE  for today's Sketch Challenge (Sketch 7-13) is Thursday, May 30th, 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 today's post!

**PRIZE DRAW FOR MONTH OF MAY will be on May 31st, FRIDAY after 9 PM AST
**REMEMBERwe welcome both paper and digital layout entries!
**International participants are welcome to enter the contest!
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Here's today's brand new fun, free Sketch:

Sketch 7-13 created by
 S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
And today's inspiration piece:

Painting created in Nov. 2011
by Ali's son
Noah MacDonald, age 10

Here's what our Guest Designer, the fabulous Keely Yowler came up with this week!

"Sweet Silly You" layout
created by
 S: CY Guest designer
 Keely Yowler
The S: CY Design Team came up with some wonderful layouts too. Here they are:
"Cartwheels"
 layout created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Heather Bridges Topich
"Don't Want to Forget This" layout
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Karen Zabuska
"Dino-Land" layout
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Patchi Moussatche
"Back in Time" layout
created by
S: CY Senior Designer
 Ann Seleshanko 
"Reward: School Dance" layout
created by
S: CY Team Leader
 Ali MacDonald
Note: This is my little guy, Noah, with his Educational Assistant, at a school dance. (Noah painted the inspiration piece for this week.) He has Autism Spectrum Disorder and was enjoying himself so much, the school staff had a hard time getting a great photo. I was so glad to have these, and loved the pictures, so they went on a layout anyway, blurry or not!
Journaling reads-
Event: School Dance
Reward for: Participation in recycling program 
Grades:  Primary to three 
Date: April 2012 
Noah had just turned 10 yrs old and these photos were snapped by his Resource Teacher, Mrs. W. He was dancing with his main EA, Mrs. S., alongside the other kids, and as you can see by their smiles, they were all having a grand old time! 

Thanks to everyone for stopping by this week!!  Special thanks to Keely Yowler for bring a wonderful and talented Guest Designer this month- We hope you can come play again soon! :) Thanks for inspiring us.

Remember, you have until May 30th at midnight (AST) to enter your interpretation of Sketch 7-13. 

Use Mr. Linky below, and you'll have some S: CY visitors, receive a Blog badge to display and gain a chance to win the prize this month! 

(Note: We have very few entrants this month, so please do enter, and you'll have a really great chance of taking home our Stamp Set!)

See you all soon, when we announce the **winner of our Stamp Set** on the evening of May 31st!  
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Friday, May 17, 2013

S: CY Card Sketch B

Hello Everyone! :)

Today we have a beautiful Card Sketch from our S: CY Card Sketch Artist and DT Member Vicki Whittington!

Card Sketch B
created by
 S: CY Card Sketch Artist
Vikki Whittington
Here goes the reveal!

Let's start with Vikki's interpretation of this great sketch...

"Happy Birthday" Card 
created by
Sketch Artist & Design Team Member
 Vikki Whittington
And now let's have a look at what the rest of the Design Team came up with...
Let's begin with our amazing May Guest Designer Keely Yowler... who is  a talented scrappy designer over at the fantastic Want2Scrap!

"Thanks so Much" card
created by
S: CY May Guest Designer
Keely Yowler
 
"Capture this Moment" card 
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Patchi Moussatche

"Birthday Girl" card
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Karen Zabuska

"Thinking of you" card
created by

S: CY Senior Designer
Ann Seleshanko
"Thank You" card
created by
S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
Thanks Vikki for the awesome card sketch! :)  A warm "TY" is also going out to Keely Yowler for her beautiful card. Thanks to the S: CY Design Team members for all your work on the cards. Great job!

See you all on the 24th with a new Sketch and chance to win the May 2013 S: CY  prize. Have a good day, all!
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Friday, May 10, 2013

Sketch 6-13

Hi everyone! 
It's Friday and that means REVEAL DAY! But first, let's have a peek at the prize for this month!
Our prize for the month of May is a beautiful "My Acrylix" stamp set from Close To My Heart! It's called "Year 'Round Cheer." It was a Limited Edition set and is no longer available, making it highly desirable for your personal stamp collection!
This premium CTMH stamp set comes with a foam stamping sheet, a sturdy, handy snap-closed envelope, and TWELVE versatile acrylic stamps that are sure to make your scrapbooking & cardmaking projects shine.

Let's have a peek at the May prize, shall we? 
S: CY May Prize
 CTMH
 "Year 'Round Cheer" Stamp Set
The greetings on this stamp set are: Fresh Start; I Love You; Stay Lucky; Sing in the Rain;  Happy Mother's Day; World's Best Dad; Hello Sunshine; Back Yard BBQ; Back to School; Trick or Treat; Give Thanks; and 'Tis the Season. These are so cute- each greeting sports a cute icon depicting those words.
The winner of this set will be thrilled. :)

How do you win? 
Well, we will do things exactly the same way as we have done in other months!  
Here's an explanation.

How does the Challenge work?

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

The amount of time you have to enter varies with each Challenge, so be sure to check carefully in the info on the Sketch you are creating your layout for. The due date will be CLEARLY NOTED for you. :) 


LAYOUT SKETCH CHALLENGES: 

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

Three things make up an S: CY "Sketch challenge"... 
1) The layout sketch 
2) The inspiration photo
3) A Challenge described in words

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

1. Look at the layout Sketch and Inspiration photo. 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! Once the due date passes, Mr. Linky disappears. 

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).

MAY CHALLENGE DETAILS
** PRIZE this month is a beautiful Close To My Heart Stamp Set called "Year 'Round Cheer." **
**DUE DATE  for today's Sketch Challenge (Sketch 6-13) is Wednesday, May 22nd, 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 today's post!

**PRIZE DRAW FOR MONTH OF MAY will be May 31st, FRIDAY after 9 PM AST
**REMEMBERwe welcome both paper and digital layout entries!
**International participants are welcome to enter the contest!
~~~~~~~~

Here's today's brand new fun, free Sketch:
Sketch 6-13
created by S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
...and an accompanying inspiration photo! 
Medallion
Courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
Your challenge this week is to create a layout using Sketch 6-13 and incorporate a ROUND element of ANY kind into your design. No rules- just include a round element. And-- have fun!  

Want to see some cool layouts created with S: CY Sketch 6-13 and using the round-item challenge? 

First let's see what our Guest Designer, Keely Yowler, came up with today! I know you're going to love it. 


"Family Joy" layout
created by
S: CY May Guest Designer
 Keely Yowler
"Rainforest Cafe" layout
created by
 S: CY Design Team Member
Patchi Moussatche
"Shhhhhh...!" layout
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Elisha Pharr
"Puppies- 1990" layout
created by
S:CY  Design Team Member
Karen Zabuska

"Tower of London" layout
created by
S: CY Senior Designer
Ann Seleshanko

"Gadget" layout
created by
S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
"55 F" layout created by
S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
Hope everyone is having a great week... We can't wait to see what you'll create for the Challenge using this sketch! Be sure to enter to win by adding your layout (one or more) to Mr. Linky, below. If you do create more than one LO, be sure to post each link separately. That way, you'll have more than 1 chance to WIN in May!

DUE DATE: You have until May 22 at 9 PM AST to use Sketch 6-13. That evening... Mr Linky will disappear. (On May 24th a new Sketch will be waiting for you, with a NEW Mr. Linky.)

BIG WARM THANKS to our May Guest Designer Keely Yowler and to the members of the S:CY Design Team for the fabulous and fun layouts this week!
See you soon! :)
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Thursday, May 2, 2013

INTRODUCING our May Guest Designer!!


Good day everyone! It's May 2nd... and we have the pleasure today of introducing you all to our Sketches: Creatively Yours Guest Designer for this month!

PLEASE WELCOME S: CY's MAY GUEST DESIGNER:


Keely Yowler
 S: CY Guest Designer
May 2013
Keely is a very talented lady and I am so excited to have her with us! She was part of the Design Team here at Sketches: Creatively Yours 'long ago' in 2008. So happy to have her back! 

She kindly sent along her Bio so we could get to know her a little better.

Keely's Bio-

"Hi, I’m Keely Yowler.  I have been paper crafting for 12 years.  My passion is scrapbooking 12x12 layouts, but I do enjoy the occasional altered project, card, and mini album. I love combining different patterned papers and lots of layering. Other than patterned paper, my favorite crafty products are ink, chipboard, and bling. I live in Georgetown, Kentucky with my 2 teenaged sons.  I love visiting blogs and galleries admiring the creativity of fellow crafters. I’m a proud designer for Want2Scrap. 
When I’m not scrapbooking, I work as an advanced practice nurse. I’m an avid runner, love playing ball with my sons, and I’m addicted to Starbucks.
I maintain an active blog at http://www.keelyy.blogspot.com and love posting my projects on Pinterest and Facebook."  


Want2Scrap is where Keely designs. She says it has "Such amazing chipboard and bling!" She also told me that Want2Scrap is a small business, "run with TLC." She also said it's a place where there are  "wonderful products that inspire each of my crafty projects." Why not check it out? You will also find the Want2Scrap link in our sidebar.

Speaking of crafty projects, here are some of Keely's favourites...

"5 Generations" layout
created by
 Keely Yowler
Keely says "this is one of my favs because the photo was taken on my mom's 80th birthday last year.  It features 5 generations of our family.  I wanted to create a bright, happy layout."

"The Sweet Life" layout
created by
 Keely Yowler

"Li'l Girl Wishes" layout
created by
 Keely Yowler
Keely says "The above two LOs feature my sweet great niece, Sophie.  She is my little angel and I can't resist creating layouts about her."

Welcome Keely! We're so happy you could join us! 
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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

APRIL PRIZE DRAW WINNER!!!!!

Hello everyone! It's the official "S: CY Draw Date" for the April Prize!! We have assigned a number to the entrants based on the order in which  they were received thru Mr. Linky.

Our entrants for April were:

Sketch 4-13: April 12th

1. Cindye
2. Stephanie P.
3. Cheryl Johnson

and

Sketch 5-13: April 26th 

4. Cindye

And the winner of the beautiful Prize Package offered by our April Guest Designer Jenifer Cowles, using Random.org, is...

(Drumroll please...)



Screen shot of Random.org draw
done morning of May 1, 2013
for the month of April 2013 prize at S: CY 

So, the winner is #4, and that's CINDYE!!!!!
Cindye, please email Ali (pete ali @ eastlink.ca -- with no spaces) with your contact info so that she can let Jenifer know where to mail your prize!  Stay tuned, ya'll, 'cause tomorrow, we'll be introducing our S: CY MAY Guest Designer!!! 
PS: Here's a pic of your prize package, Cindye! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Thanks again, Jenifer, for the awesome prize. :) 
Prize Package
donated by
April Guest Designer, Jenifer Cowles
WINNER: CINDYE!!


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