Friday, June 21, 2013

Sketch 9-13

Hello everyone!

Sooooo pleased you bring you a brand new free, fun sketch for your inspiration, and the "takes" of our Guest Designer, Angela Fehr and the Sketches: Creatively Yours Design Team!

Here's the latest Sketch, created just for YOU!

Sketch 9-13 created by
 S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald

The inspiration piece this week is a beautiful photo of a sunset. It was taken from our back deck on a Nova Scotia winter's evening in February.

'NS Sunset'
Inspiration photo
Credit: Kate MacDonald
The challenge this week was to use this gorgeous photo to inspire a layout.
For example, this could promote textural, colour, shape, or topic inspiration, or anything that makes you feel creative.
Please be sure to tell us what you took from the inspiration piece when you post it to your blog and link it below using Mr. Linky. We'll be by to peek and leave you some "loves"!

Here's the beautiful interpretation of our Guest Designer, Angela Fehr!

"Pierced ears" layout
created by S: CY June Guest Designer
 Angela Fehr
And... we're in for a treat today, because Angela was ALSO inspired to create a card using sketch 9-13!

"You are my Happy" card
created by
S: CY June Guest Designer
Angela Fehr
Our Design Team also came up with some great ideas for using this sketch and inspiration piece, so let's keep going!!

"The Karate Kid" layout
created by
 S: CY Design Team Member
 Elisha Pharr
Elisha told me that she took her inspiration "from the beautiful reds, blues, and black in Kate's breathtaking photo. I tied those colors in with my choice of papers and accents on the karate 3-D stickers used on my Layout. This is my Gavin, G-Man, getting his yellow belt in January of this year."

"Will You Guide The Sleigh Next Week?" layout
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Patchi Moussatche
Patchi told me that she took her inspiration from the winter theme of the photograph. :)


"American Girl Tea" layout
created by
 S: CY Design Team Member
Heather Bridges Topich

"Irish Horizon" layout
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
 Karen Zabuska
Karen said that she was inspired by the horizon and the clouds in the photograph. "Once again, the sketch fit perfectly for a horizon view my son took in Ireland. Those puffy clouds, one of the days it did not rain day.  You can see traces of a storm if you look closely."

"Fun Together" layout
created by
 S: CY Senior Designer
Ann Seleshanko
Ann said her inspiration was the sunset and so she used the colour yellow to underscore this. :)
"Memories of Patrick" layout
created by
S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald

(Journaling by Kate MacDonald)
Journaling readsPatrick, a complete sweetheart, was a Percheron/Thoroughbred cross. Standing 18 hands high, he was the largest horse that many of us at Rohan Wood Stables had ever seen, let alone ridden. He was black in color with three white socks, and had a striking number 1 shaped blaze running down the length of his face. I had the opportunity to ride Patrick when his owners were kind enough to loan him to me for my C1 level Canadian Pony Club Testing, as Grace was not quite ready for that level of technicality. Although he was very lazy while being ridden, he was calm and aimed only to please. Sadly, Patrick passed away from colic at the age of 6, several months after these photos were taken. He was loved by all, and will always be remembered as a gentle giant. 

For my layout, I took the purple-y grey from the clouds in the photo as my inspiration.

Here's Mr. Linky-- You can use him to post your creation so that we can then go see your work and leave you some love. Everyone enjoys that! :)


Today marks the last week for our current Design Team.
Here's the excellent Team we are saying "Thank You" to, today:

Card Sketch Designer/Design Team Member Vikki Whittington

Design Team Member Patchi Moussatche

Design Team  Member Heather Bridges Topich

Design Team Member Elisha Pharr

and

Design Team Member Karen Zabuska

Thank You all so much for your beautiful work with our sketches (and creating Card Sketches, in Vikki's case!) here on the Blog. It has been appreciated and your creations were much enjoyed!

My thanks to Ann Seleshanko, Senior Designer here at S: CY for her behind-the-scenes work. Despite a 'beyond busy' schedule with a family, plus studying full-time for her education degree, she consistently does a beautiful job of creating layouts to honour what means the most to her. Ann, thanks for being my back-up gal. You're awesome.

Today we also want to thank our June 2013 Guest Designer Angela Fehr!
It has been a  pleasure having a fellow Canadian here with us-- your work is phenomenal and we look forward to working with you again, Angela. Thanks so much for being our Guest Designer!

We appreciate all our readers, and hope you have enjoyed the new sketch format I have been using. The "jury is still out" about what format sketches will take in the coming months, so I welcome your feedback. If you would like to leave private feedback, you can email me at peteali @ eastlink. ca (with  NO SPACES) .

Thank you for popping in to see what's up at Sketches: Creatively Yours. Keep us on your "radar" because there are new things on the horizon!

I'll keep you posted!

Thanks Angela, Thanks Team, and Thanks readers!

Chat soon... I promise!!
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Friday, June 7, 2013

S: CY Sketch 8-13


Hi there, everyone! 
We have a  fresh new S: CY Sketch for you today, and inspiration from our Guest Designer Angela Fehr... plus the whole Design Team! Please be sure to try the Sketch & share your creation with us using Mr. Linky, located at the end of the post. We'd love to come and see what you've made and leave you some luvs. 
OK: let's rock and roll and have a peek at the latest sketch, shall we? 

Sketch 8-13
by
S:CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
And here's today's inspiration piece... a paint chip from Chip it!! 
Our challenge to you today has "No Rules"-- simply take what you like from the colours, image etc... and create something great using Sketch 8-13.

Inspiration piece for Sketch 8-13
(Source: Chip it!)

Our talented June Guest Designer Angela Fehr has interpreted the new sketch and inspiration piece as follows.  We're certain you'll enjoy her work!


"Kick" layout
created by
 S: CY June Guest Designer
Angela Fehr
And now, let's have a peek at what the S: CY Designers came up with to share this week!

"Sweet December" layout
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Patchi Moussatche
Patchi told me that she used the colour palette as her inspiration for this layout. :)
 
"{Heart} Them" layout
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
Karen Zabuska
Karen said: "My Inspiration for this sketch is the hearts that are in the paper and the heart in the title. I also used the colors of blue and white with black writing.  I knew all the hearts showed how much we loved them and the list to journal what we think of them.  These are my buddies."

"I am Thankful and Blessed" mini-album pages
created by
 S: CY Design Team Member
Elisha Pharr
Elisha wrote that "The elements that I pulled from the inspiration piece were the colors and the heart balloons. The balloon journaling card I tucked behind the photo fit perfectly and these are some of my favorite colors to work with."
"These kids" layout
created by
S: CY Design Team Member
 Heather Bridges Topich
Regarding inspiration for this layout, Heather told me that "the colors seemed old-fashioned to me, so I pulled a background paper that resembled old fabric."

"Cruising the Thames" layout
created by
S: CY Senior Designer
Ann Seleshanko
Ann emailed a note with her creation saying that her inspiration for this layout was the colour palette the paint chip provided.


"B'day Bliss '12" layout
created by
S: CY Team Leader
Ali MacDonald
Journaling reads: Daniel, we celebrated your 12th birthday in August 2012 with a pool party for some of your friends. It was a hot, beautiful summery day. Before we went outside, there were gifts and a delicious DQ ice-cream cake depicting a big green sea turtle to celebrate summer. The turtle on the cake also commemorated your Leatherback Sea Turtle project from Grade 6. 

I took my inspiration from the deep blue and cream swatches of colour and the linear way the paint chip was blocked out. The dark ink I used to distress the edges of the outer piece of cardstock mimicked the distressed-looking hem on the model's party dress. And yes, I even got a splash of RED in there! LOL 

Thanks soooo much for your work on that beautiful LO, Angela! You made the sketch come alive & thus shared tonnes of scrappy inspiration... your sense of style is truly "bang-on," yet fun, fresh and unique. Loved what you created.  

I want to thank the S: CY Design Team for knocking it outta the park this week: Wow girls, you sure came through!  Really great job! 
Readers and bloggers, please use Mr. Linky, below, to link us up to your creation. We'll be by to leave you some love!  


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Saturday, June 1, 2013

Our June 2013 S: CY Guest Designer

Welcome everyone, to JUNE 2013, and a fabulous new month at Sketches: Creatively Yours!!

Every month we feature a brand new Guest Designer and June is no exception. I am especially pleased today to welcome a talented Canadian artist to the S: CY Blog.

Please wave a warm hello to Angela Fehr! Thanks for being here, Angela.

S: CY June 2013
Guest Designer Angela Fehr
Angela sent along her Bio so we could learn  a little more about her.
Bio:
I'm an artist through and through! From my home in northern British Columbia, I create art every day. As a homeschooling mom of three children, ages 7, 8 and 10, and a wife of fifteen years to Wade, I have a lot to juggle, but courtesy of my large studio space and an understanding family, I have an exciting part time business as an art educator, teaching both watercolour painting and paper crafting. I'm a member of several art societies, and a published paper crafter, and it is true what they say about creativity - the more you use it, the more you have! I'm also a newly born athlete, discovering a love for sports after I turned 30 (I'm 36) and I love to play soccer, cross country ski, bike, run, swim and this Sunday I'll be doing my second sprint triathlon, which is both scary and thrilling!

My web site and blog can be found at http://angelafehr.com and I can also be found on Facebook as Angela Fehr Artist.

Angela sent me three recent favourite projects, which I'll share here with you.

The first is a beautiful card using the "Claire" paper collection from Close to My Heart.
"Happy Birthday" Card
created by
Angela Fehr
The second creation is an altered record album that Angela made into a photo album for her daughter Samantha.

Altered record album
created by
Angela Fehr

The third project is described by Angela as "a watercolour painting I'm particularly proud of, titled 'Debutantes.'"

Watercolour painting
"Debutantes"
by 

Angela Fehr
From the above, you can all see why I'm so excited to make the announcement introducing Angela as our June Guest Designer.

Angela, we're so looking forward to your creative input this month here at S: CY!

A WARM WELCOME, and thanks for being here with us!!!!!!


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