Saturday, March 31, 2012

OUAS 1st Birthday Blog Hop

Welcome to Once Upon A..Sketch' s first birthday blog hop! It is so exciting to have you here and we hope you are inspired along the way to join in the fun and get creative!!You should have arrived here from Nadia's blog, but if you haven't you need to go back to the beginning of the list below so you don't miss out.

(please note that due to time differences there could be some broken links..please check back later as the blogs will be updated asap) 

Our new MONTHLY challenge has just been released! Each Design Team member has created their own  layout based on this sketch and journalling criteria and you need to follow the above list to see what they came up with. 

We would love to see what you create, so please link your project to back at the Once Upon A...Sketch blog. You DO NOT have to participate in the blog hop to enter this challenge. 

Here is this month's challenge....

April Challenge

 The theme of this challenge is HOME. 
We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "HOME" however you like based on the following sketch. You can journal as little or as much as you like, but your layout must incorporate this theme  and this sketch. 

And here is my example...

Our main sponsor of this blog hop is ....

 Imaginarium Designs
Imaginarium Designs chipboard is donating this prize to one lucky winner of the blog hop.

This prize pack includes AUS$70.00 worth of chipboard PLUS inks PLUS Spray Mists PLUS free postage to anyone in the world. 


 ***In order to be entered for the main prize,you must be or become a follower AND comment on ALL blogs along the way and finally back at the Once Upon A...Sketch blog to tell us that you have left a comment for everyone.

***There will also be some other prizes along the way which our Design Team have kindly donated.  To win these, you need only comment on and follow the blog which is giving the prize. The randomly chosen winners for these prizes will be announced at that Design Team member's blog.

This is the prize I am giving away....

7 sheets of Glitz French Kiss designer paper, French Kiss die-cuts, French Kiss pebbles and pack of Prima blooms.

This is open to ANYONE that becomes or already IS a follower of my blog and leaves me a comment on this post. ..

 The blog hop starts today , April 1st and finishes midnight (Australian Eastern Standard Time) 5th April with the MAIN PRIZE winner to be announced soon after the blog hop ends at the Once Upon A....Sketch blog and the other winners announced at the Design Team member blogs soon after the blog hop ends also. 

Thank you for visiting and taking part in our blog hop!

We hope you found some inspiration along the way.

Your next stop is ....Irini's blog!!!..

Friday, March 23, 2012

Time for a "WOW" Post!!!

It's time for another "WOW" post! I am so lucky to be on the design team for the most fabulous embossing powders on the planet. And to have such an awesome boss and fellow design team members is just the icing on the cake!!! Thank you Suzy West for all you do! And a special shout out to my group lead Gina Lideros!!!

This is a page that I did about the coming of Spring! This is me sitting on the hammock. The first thing that I do once the weather starts getting warm is put up all my Winter shoes and drag out my "too many" pairs of flip-flops. My dh can't understand why I have so many kinds and colors! He just doesn't get it!!!

I used lots of WOW colors on this one, and I used the Butterfly stamp set too. I am addicted to this stamp set! I used the Suzy West Sour Lemon, and Cotton Candy on the butterflies. On the chippie buttons I used the Sour Lemon and Berrylicious.

 I used WorldWin translucent vellum and drew some leaves and embossed them with the Suzy West Gummy Bear Green. I also used WorldWin Treasures cardstock in Kraft for the background.

The little flipflips were fun, they were really bright colors, I embossed them with the Cotton Candy, Berrylicious, and Sour Lemon. Added a little bling in the center!

I randomly misted some Mister Huey mist in custard and Glimmer Mist in Bahama Blue for a little contrast to the empty space.

The other supplies are Making Memories journal tag, My Mind's Eye pattern paper, Zig marker, blooms, gems, chippie buttons and ribbon.

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog! I appreciate any feedback you can give!!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

New Challenge at OUAS!

I'm a few days late getting the new challenge posted for OnceUponASketch. I apologize for that, you need to go check it out! Here's what's on the blog and a little about it:

Hi everyone! Today brings us a new challenge here at Once Upon A..Sketch but it is also a day to say goodbye to some of our Designers. April 1st will be 1 year since I decided to start this challenge blog, and most of our Designers have been here all this time. Originally, this would have been the time to have a Design Team changeover, DT calls, etc etc but due to some personal issues, I asked this wonderful team some time last year if they would all stay on past the first year as this was supposed to have been a difficult time for me to start a new term with a new Design Team. They all agreed of course, to stay as long as I would have needed them, but ...things did not go to plan for me and so I asked the Design Team members to feel free to move on from Once Upon A..sketch. The majority has decided to stay but for 3 members, their time at Once Upon A..Sketch ends this month. 

I wish to thank Irma Peredne, Helen Tilbury and Vibeke Harila for their outstanding contribution to Once Upon A...Sketch, for their dedication to me and this challenge blog, for their commenting and voting and overall "behind the scenes" stuff that goes on and takes lots and lots of time. I thank Irma for her Guest Designer Coordinator role , which helped me immensely this past year. I thank Helen for her wisdom ,  professionalism,  encouragement and support of me and Once Upon A..Sketch. Lastly I thank Vibeke, who was not with us for very long but in her short time provided much inspiration to all. I wish all 3 of you the very best and you will always be part of the Once Upon A...Sketch family. :)

For those that have been asking for a while..I will let you in on some thinking I have been doing regarding a new Design Team. At this point, there will be a Design Team call in May some time and the new Design Team will start in July 1st. :)

With all that said..I quickly want to tell you of 1 more change that will take place. This is the last time we have a challenge in the middle of the month. From April 1st, our challenges will be monthly. That means only 1 challenge at month, which will be revealed on the 1st of each month. This saddens me as I know lots of you look forward to our challenges, but it is simply a time issue. Life for me has changes somewhat this year and I am guessing it will only get busier so instead of driving my self mad and giving all this up for good I am slowing down a little bit and I do indeed plan to one day soon have fortnightly or even weekly sketches up again, but right now 1 challenge a month is what I can manage. There is a LOT of stuff that needs to be done to run this blog properly and how I want to, so I really do not want to let any of you down by doing half hearted work here. other little change is that you need to link up your entries to the BOTTOM of the post now and not the right hand side of the blog. It was getting a little crowded there and this way we can view the links bigger and better :)

So, lets have a look at the new challenge. 

March 15th Challenge

Journalling Criteria:   Finish this line "I miss...". 
 Tell us about someone you are missing right now and why. Your journalling can be as long or as little as you like, but we want to hear all about someone you are missing!

Ideas for journalling: missing time alone with your partner, missing your old self, missing your children because they are off to school, university or living away from you, missing your children being young, missing a friend you have not seen in a while, someone in another country, someone that has passed away, a mentor whose advice you could use, a relative you wish you lived closer to, someone you regret having an argument with, missing a pet

Remember that you are allowed to also create a card or altered project based on this sketch and theme and instead of the journalling criteria you need to use a quote. 
YOU MUST combine our journalling criteria with this sketch..

Make sure to go to the blog to see the design team and wonderful guest designers projects for this challenge! And check out the awesome prizes too!!! Please come play!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Huge Giveaway at Websters

Hey, you have to check out this new video from Websters! Beautiful new products, shipping now,may be coming to your door!!!!!!

Friday, March 9, 2012

New Paper Company and DT Call!!!

Hey everybody, there's a new paper company with really cool paper that is having their first ever design team call. You can check it out here. It's Trinity Paper Arts. They are also having a giveaway on their FB page, if you go please tell them I sent you!!! You can check that here:

Here's a peek at their collections.

You can see closeups of the individual papers on the website. And they're super awesome people too! Please check them out!!!!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

HSN and PictureThatSound Project!!!

Some of you may know that I have been totally excited to have 2 projects featured this week on HSN for PictureThatSound. This is one of the projects. PictureThatSound has an amazing product,it's a soundcard that can be altered into a card or a layout. You record sound to go with your photos!! This one is our sweet little bullie "Harley" snoring! I swear she snores like a man! Jenn said she was a star on HSN!!! You can order the product from the HSN website. There are so many ideas to use them on!

 This shows a close up of how I just punched little holes over the sound button, but you don't even have to do that, the sound will come clearly through the paper. I used my Cricut to cut the title letters.
 Had to add a little floral touch for the pretty girl!!!
 I made this little butterfly using WorldWin Papers vellum and Suzy West stamp and embossing powder by WOW! I used Bubble Gum and Pepper.
 I also added a little stick pin with some twine on top of my twill ribbon.
These sound cards are really neat, you can use them on top of your layout, behind the layout, just however you wish to do it. My other project shows the entire card hidden, where on this one it's visible. I'll share the other one later!

Thank you so much for stopping by, and for all your sweet comments about Harley on my FB too!!! It means a lot!

Products used:
WorldWin Papers ColorMates and Treasures cardstock
Suzy West WOW stamp and embossing powder
Prima blooms
K & Company patterned paper
ribbon, twine, gems, pin, ink

Thursday, March 1, 2012

WOW and Swirlydoos

Today I have a page to share that I did with the March Swirlydoos kit featuring the beautiful papers from Kaisercraft's Sweet Nothings collection. I used lots of WOW Embossing powders by Suzy West.

The chippie title and buttons are all from Imaginarium Designs. I used WOW Earthtone Blueberry by Suzy West on the title, and for the buttons I mixed Earthtone Olive, Earthtone Blueberry by Suzy West and WOW Opaque Pale Peach regular.
The pretty green bloom is from ManorHouse Creations and I made little blue ribbon blooms.

I totally LOVE this collection from Kaisercraft, it's one of my favorites from them. The papers are just gorgeous. I also used Kaisercraft brads in the center of the ribbon blooms. My dark blue background paper is WorldWin Treasures.