May 31, 2009

Creatively Yours is MOVING!

Posted in Creatively Yours Announcements at 1:23 pm by Noella

Hi everyone!  My Dear Friend Ali and I have decided to move things over to Blogger for ease and piece of mind.  WordPress has been good but sometimes not user friendly and we do not want our dear friend Ali to Pull all the hairs out of her head..LOL.  Anywho, with blogger there is a much better option and ease when changing styles and formats as well as adding photos.  I hope you will follow us there.  The new addy is:

Please bookmark this page as we will be using that address from today on!  Happy Trails WordPress.. Hugs


May 29, 2009

You’re FAMOUS!!!!! So proud of you~

Posted in Creatively Yours Announcements, Creatively Yours News, CY Design Team, Guest Designers at 11:30 am by alimom4

Check this out, our wonderful new DT is “up” on Scrapscene today!! !

 (Many Thanks to my friend Angie of Scrapscene. )

May 21, 2009


Posted in Creatively Yours Announcements, Creatively Yours News, CY Design Team, Guest Designers at 2:45 pm by alimom4

Let’s shout it from the rooftops! We have a brand new Design Team here at CY! Noella and I are pleased to welcome FIVE talented ladies to  Creatively Yours!

Here they are, along with bios and  photos so you can “put a face to a name!”

1. Ann Seleshanko~ 


Hi my name is Ann and I’m very pleased to be a part of the Creatively Yours team. I’ve been married for 10 years and I’m a stay at home mom of two boys almost 6 and 9. They are the subject of most of my layouts. I live in Calgary, Alberta and there is no where else I’d rather be. I love being so close the the mountains. I’m a big history buff and have a degree in History. I’ve been scrapbooking for 10 years and making cards for about 6 years. I’m totally addicted. I love sketches as a starting point for creating. I love how one sketch can take on so many different forms. I’m on the design team at Savvy ‘n’ Sassy and I also sketch/design for SheetLoad of cards . I’m starting to dabble in photography and I’m hoping to take some courses in the fall.   You can find me on my blog here.  My  Gallery is here.

 2. Misty Miller~


Hi. My name is Misty Miller. I have been married to my husband, Dan, for 18 years. We have twin boys, Jacob and Caleb, who are 12 years old. We live in Greenfield, Indiana, and I teach students with learning difficulties. When we have the opportunity, we enjoy camping and hiking. I have always been into different crafts – sewing, cross-stitching, and quilting to name a few – since I was younger. I started seriously scrapbooking about 4 years ago when I was invited to a Creative Memories workshop at our church. I enjoyed scrapbooking so much that I kept going back to their monthly workshops. My style has certainly changed over the past 4 years. I look back at my first layouts and laugh. I am looking forward to being a part of the Design Team here at Creatively Yours!

Misty’s Blog is here. Enjoy!

3. Robin Gibson~


I’ve always been a ‘crafty kind of girl’, but got hooked on Scrapping, as we now know it, about 7 years ago. I DO love my paper and glue! I love to snap photos, and I tend to go crazy, since I have a digital camera, lol. And I’m lucky enough to have a very supportive husband who understands my ‘scrap-craziness’! He even built me a scrap room when we moved into our new house, and that’s what I call a man with his priorities in order. 🙂 
When I’m not scrapping, I work as a Nurse, and I also teach Nursing Assistant students, which is not only a challenge, but also, lots of fun! I’m married to David, and together we have 3 dogs, who are our children. 🙂 They are a constant source of pictures and joy for me.
While I’ve been scrapping for awhile, I’m new to the business of being on a Design Team. I’m SO excited about this opportunity to help inspire others, meet great friends, and have lots of fun! I’ve also recently been selected to be a member of the Purple Cows Design Team; so excited to get started with that too. 
I don’t know that I have a particular style, per se, so it’s likely you’ll see about anything from me.  But I DO love to work from a good sketch, and we all know that Noella and Ali can crank out some AWESOME inspiration for us to work with! So with that, I’ll just say, THANKS for having me here, and I’m thrilled to be working with this wonderful team! I just can’t wait to get started! I look forward to getting to know all of you better! 
Robin’s blog is here .  Her Flickr Gallery is here . Enjoy!
4. Rita Barakat~
Rita (and 'baby girl')

Rita (and 'baby girl')

My name is  Rita Barakat. I have been married to my wonderful hubby for over 18 years. I am a stay at home mother of five beautiful children. We had two then were blessed to adopt three more. (Baby girl is in the pic with me.) I craft because I love it. I have always loved crafts and scrapbooking is a way to incorporate my love of crafts into an art form that others will treasure for future generations. I am so excited to be on the Design Team for Creatively Yours because I love sketches! I love looking at other people’s work, it’s so inspiring!  I can’t wait to see what you come up with! I look forward to getting to working with Ali, Noella, the new DT and getting to know all of you.

Rita’s Blog is here  and her Gallery is here . Enjoy!


5. Andi Dickson~



 I live in Washington State with my husband and 3 children, Scott (8), Sierra (6) and Venice (1).   Besides homeschooling, scrapbooking is how I choose to spend most of my time. I love the creative challenge, and I enjoy creating beautiful things. I feel like my style is often changing, and it’s usually fairly eclectic. I tend to be more modern and bold, as I don’t usually care for the vintage or romantic look. I also enjoy cooking, gardening and going to the gym! Andi’s blog is here . Her Gallery is here . Enjoy!

Thank you to ALL the scrappers who applied to our Design Team Call… your Sketch #14 entries were really super! We encourage you to apply when the next call goes out! 

We also heartily congratulate Alison Thorne (June’s CY Guest Designer) and Jenifer Cowles (July’s CY Guest Designer). These upcoming guests were chosen through the recent CY-DT Call. 

We have a BIG surprise in store for you regarding the identity of our August CY-Guest Designer, so STAY TUNED! You will NOT want to miss this!  Very soon,  we will be on a hunt for more Guest Designers, and we value a good level of participation when making those choices!  So, please stay with  us here at CY, & share your LO links in the Comments section below so we can go visit your Gallery or blog, leave comments and keep you in mind as we make our next CY-GDT choices!!
Continue on with us as we  gain some (and share some) inspiration for the wonderful craft we call “scrapbooking.”
Have a super day! AGAIN:  A Warm Welcome to the new CY Design Team!
~Ali and Noella 
 Creatively Yours: Sketches by Noella and Ali

May 18, 2009

Challenge C

Posted in 12" x 12" Sketches, Challenges, Creatively Yours Announcements at 7:34 pm by alimom4

Challenge C involves some inspiration from both a sketch and a photograph!

Here’s the sketch… it’s one of mine… lucky #7!

Sketch #7 by Ali MacDonald
Sketch #7 by Ali MacDonald

Next, I’d like you all to take your inspiration from this photograph: the images, the circle, the colours, the shading…. WHATEVER you like! This is a trivet I purchased for .49cents at a local store. Isn’t it gorgeous? LOL!

Inspiration for "Challenge C" ~ May 18, 2009

Inspiration for "Challenge C" ~ May 18, 2009

 And remember! With every LO you complete you are “given” a ballot which I’ll place in a hat with your name on it:  A chance to win the Colorbok prize pack featured in the post previous to this one. It’s growing every time  someone completes a Challenge and leaves me the link to check out!

Go, go, go!!!  Can’t wait to see what you’ll create!


March 26, 2009

CY Card Week Continues: Day 3!!!

Posted in Card Sketches, Creatively Yours Announcements at 12:58 pm by alimom4

More special treats today! Enjoy! Here, once again,  is Noella’s Sketch #23!
 Card Sketch #23

Card Sketch #23

Our first card is by CY Designer Ann Seleshanko who created an exceptionally eyecatching & heartwarming greeting:
Card by CY Designer Ann Seleshanko

Card by CY Designer Ann Seleshanko

 This stunning  card by CY Designer Evelien Verschelde will be treasured by the recipient.
Card by CY Designer Evelien Verschelde

Card by CY Designer Evelien Verschelde

CY Guest Designer Tanja Westwood created this eye-catching and beautifully textured card using Sketch #23:

Card by CY Guest Designer Tanja Westwood

Card by CY Guest Designer Tanja Westwood

Thank you to ALL our talented CY Designers and Guest Designers! I am SO proud of you all!  More eye-candy coming tomorrow so be sure to check in!
 See you then!! ~ Ali

March 5, 2009

Sketch #7

Posted in 12" x 12" Sketches, Creatively Yours Announcements, Designer's Creations at 2:01 pm by alimom4

Sketch #7 by Ali for "Creatively Yours"


Sketch #7 by Ali for "Creatively Yours"

A  gorgeous, soft &  finely detailed garden layout from “Creatively Yours” Designer, Merrilee Wheaton. It makes one long for Spring here in the Annapolis Valley!

LAyout by CY designer Merrilee Wheaton

Layout by "Creatively Yours" Designer Merrilee Wheaton

Coincidentally, “Creatively Yours”
Designer Jenifer Cowles also chose a garden as the featured subject in her layout. Isn’t the richness of the colour here breathtaking?

Layout by "Creatively Yours" Designer Jenifer Cowles


Layout by "Creatively Yours" Designer Jenifer Cowles

Thank you, Jenifer and Merrilee for making Sketch #7 come to life! How beautiful…


March 2, 2009

Special Assignment: SKETCH #6!

Posted in 12" x 12" Sketches, Creatively Yours Announcements, Designer's Creations at 12:33 pm by alimom4

Every so often, depending on how the assignments are progressing along, and how the blog posting is going,  we have the chance to offer a CY-DT member or Guest CY-DT Member the opportunity to complete a Special Assignment. Usually the turn-around time is quite tight, so Kudos to the gals who have been able to accept and deliver on these.

Today we have some beautiful eye candy for you from CY DT Member Liz Weber, as she interprets Sketch #6. Enjoy!



A richly detailed layout by CY Designer Liz Weber! Aren’t little girls’ friendships adorable in so many ways?

"Friendship" a Layout created by CY Designer Liz Weber



"Friendship" a Layout created by CY Designer Liz Weber

With many thanks today, Liz!

February 28, 2009

More Fabulous Fifty Layouts by our “Creatively Yours” Design Team!!

Posted in 12" x 12" Sketches, Creatively Yours Announcements, Designer's Creations at 8:25 pm by alimom4

 Here we present you with the final six stunning creations from our talented “Creatively Yours”  Design Team to commemorate Noella’s 50th Sketch creation!

Bravo Noella! Here is sketch #50 again,  just as a little review for you all!  Isn’t it gorgeous?

SKETCH #50 by Premiere Sketch Artist,  Noella Arsenault


“Creatively Yours” Design Team Member Liz Weber’s Sketch #50  interpretation incorporates some luscious patterned papers!


“Creatively Yours” Design Team Member Beth Price’s sketch #50 interpretation also expresses a love of photography! She “exposes” some lovely floral papers in her layout creation! 


A Guest Designer at “Creatively Yours” for February 2009, Ching Phillips created a richly textured & eye catching layout using Sketch #50 as her inspiration.


“Creatively Yours” Designer Jana Fail created a  layout with SUCH visual impact here! With inspiration from Sketch #50, Jana’s LO truly packs a joyful punch!! 


“Creatively Yours” Designer Helga Payawal-Vergara used glitter and a rich, vibrant green background to introduce us to the love of her life. A precious layout from the inspiration gained in Sketch #50!


“Creatively Yours” Designer Ann Seleshanko created this rich, earthy layout that just makes me want to smile every time I see it!  What a beautiful creation, inspired by Sketch #50!


I would like to close this post tonight with a very warm and appreciative THANK YOU to our “Creatively Yours” Designers and February 2009 Guest Designers who, in sharing their talent with us, helped commemorate Noella’s 50th Sketch Creation.

Bravo to my wonderful, caring friend Noella on a job exceptionally well done. Thank you!!!

On to a new month!! March begins tomorrow! 


February 26, 2009

SKETCH #50 = A 3-Day Fabulous Fifties Feature

Posted in 12" x 12" Sketches, Creatively Yours Announcements, Designer's Creations, Misc at 11:26 am by alimom4


Fabulous Fifties Feature at Creatively Yours!


Noella Arsenault, site owner and sketch artist at Creatively Yours, has reached a milestone.


Come celebrate with us as we reveal Noella’s 50th sketch!


Over 3 days, February 26-27-28, you will be able to enjoy the creations of ALL our Design Team Members as well as those of our February Guest Designers, using Sketch #50!

Best of all, the layouts will EACH have anAll about Me” theme!

How much fun will THAT be? LOL


Come see us at CY and be inspired… then create from one of our many sketches.

 If you leave us a link to your creations, we’ll pop over to YOUR blog to say hello!

Remember, all day Feb 26-27-28 will be the Fabulous Fifties Feature.

And we may just have a few little surprises up our sleeves!

Here we go!!!

Noella Arsenault’s Creatively Yours Milestone: Sketch #50


Noella Arsenault's 50th Sketch milestone has been reached!
Noella Arsenault’s 50th Sketch milestone has been reached!


An exceptional layout creation by Creatively Yours Designer Merrilee Wheaton, featuring Sketch #50

CY Designer Merrilee Wheaton's Sketch #50 Interpretation

CY Designer Merrilee Wheaton's Sketch #50 Interpretation

A Stunning layout featuring Sketch #50 by Creatively Yours Designer Evelien Verschelde

 Evelien Verschelde's interpretation of CY Sketch #50


 A very specially created “2009 Goals” layout by Creatively Yours Designer Jenifer Cowles

CY Designer Jenifer Cowles' interpretation of Sketch #50

CY Designer Jenifer Cowles' interpretation of Sketch #50

A precious layout by Creatively Yours February Guest Designer Lindsay Gannon  

Creatively Yours February 2009's Guest Designer Lindsay Gannon's interpretation of Sketch #50

Creatively Yours February 2009's Guest Designer Lindsay Gannon's interpretation of Sketch #50

February 23, 2009

Sketch #49

Posted in 12" x 12" Sketches, Creatively Yours Announcements, Designer's Creations at 7:48 am by alimom4

Noella has done it again! She has provided us with yet another beautiful sketch, chock full of possibilities!! 

The versatile, fun  LO Sketch #49 by Noella Arsenault

The versatile, fun LO Sketch #49 by Noella Arsenault

Pull up a chair, grab a cup of tea or coffee and come see what our talented Designers had to “say” as they interpreted  the latest sketch! 

Creatively Yours Designer Ann Seleshanko created yet another textural delight! It just makes me SMILE. Look at all that youthful ENERGY!

Layout by CY Designer Ann Seleshanko

A layout by CY Designer Ann Seleshanko

 Creatively Yours Designer Evelien Verschelde created a soft and feminine page about babies playing! Look at the JOY on their dear little faces!

 A layout by CY Designer Evelien Verschelde

A layout by CY Designer Evelien Verschelde

Happy Monday everyone! Please let our Designers know what you think of their creations. Just use the Comments section below! 

Keep checking back to Creatively Yours, becuase we have a few GREAT surprises coming up.

If you haven’t yet signed up for our CY updates via email, please do so. It’s sooooo easy. The link is on the right of the screen. Don’t miss a single sketch, RAK (Random act of Kindness, usually involving scrappy goodies)  or Special CY Assignment!

As always, if you try a sketch, let us know what you think in the Comments section, and share the link so we can go check it out and leave a comment on your Blog. There’s nothing we’d like better!

Have a great start to your week, everyone!

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