May 5, 2009

Wow: It’s the Merry Month of May!!!

Posted in Challenges, Contests at 12:22 pm by alimom4

Noella and I thought we’d post a FUN CHALLENGE  for you every week this month. That means 4 challenges this month!

We’ll be sharing sketches from the CY archives as we do this!

Every time you email a LO or card to Ali & Noella, we will happily throw your name into our “hat.” 

LOs & cards sent in will be shared here on the  CY Blog, along with your name and blog addy on May 30th, 2009!!  

What  a great opportunity to share your work  with others.

The BEST part!

At the end of the month, we will have a draw from ALL those names for a really fun Colorbok prize pack!

Your RAK Prize will look just like this one with a few extras thrown in to “sweeten the pot!”

Your Colorbok RAK Prize will be just like this one~!

So, to recap:

*A new Challenge will be issued on Mondays throughout May.

* Must use the CY sketch posted to complete each challenge

* email all of your CY Challenge LOs and cards to Ali by May 29th midnight YOUR time at  pete ali @ eastlink .ca with no spaces.

*****PLEASE INCLUDE THE SKETCH NUMBER, your name and your blog addy! (Missing information makes it hard to complete my work. Thanks for your consideration.)*****

* LOs will be shared here at CY on on May 30th 

*Prize draw and announcement of winner will be made May 31st

CHALLENGE A-

1. Challenge A  is to create a LO about an ANIMAL. It can be a pet, zoo critter, a bird, a creepy crawly or a wilderness friend. ANY sort of animal LO is acceptable.

2. Here is the sketch you’ll use for your LO! 

 Sketch # 15

Sketch #15 by Noella Arsenault

Sketch #15 by Noella Arsenault

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks to my friends Deanne, Carla and Susan at Sisterhood of Scrap for the contest idea, which I modified from their method of hosting SOS Blog challenges.

April 30, 2009

Surprise!!! A Special Reveal!

Posted in CY Design Team, Designer's Creations, Guest Designers, Tag Sketches at 1:36 pm by alimom4

 

We’re  super-excited to present you with  something NEW today at Creatively Yours!

Noella and I thought it only fitting that we have members of our fabulous outgoing Design Team, one of  our Guest Designers and a former Guest Designer interpret the newest thing we’re sketching: TAGS!

You got it!

What can we use tags for?

Here are some fun ideas:

Use your tags on gift bags, or  atop wrapped presents.

 Hang  pretty, sparkly tags on the Christmas Tree! Write a special Christmas story verse on each tag you create.

Use a tag as a  small bookmark.

Make a CARD out of a TAG Sketch (as you’ll see in Deanne’s interpretation below.)

Make the tags from waterproof materials and hang them on a backpack or suitcase as identification!

Place the tag on your scrapbook page to embellish it. 

Write your journaling on a tag and place on a LO.

Embellish a card with a tag! 

 When adding photos to a small tag, try using “index prints” provided by many photo developers. They are the PERFECT size!

 Use a tag to “pretty up” a bouquet of flowers with the recipient’s name and a nice handwritten message.

Place a magnet on the back of your tag and embellish it, then add a favourite quote or photo, and  voila! An instant fridge decoration you can LOVE.

Pin a cool tag to a Bulletin Board!

Make your tags into funky name-tags for a themed get-together or crafty meeting.

Use handmade tags of various sizes to label the drawers and baskets in your craft area.

Whatever you do with your completed tag, always come back to CY for sketches and  tag design ideas and to share the tags you’ve created and what you’re using them for!  We’d LOVE to see your tags and ideas!…. 

Tag #1

Sketch #11

Sketch #11 by Ali MacDonald- Our first-ever CY Tag Sketch!

Sketch #11 by Ali MacDonald- Our first-ever CY Tag Sketch!

 And here are some gorgeous tag sketch interpretations from members of the Creatively Yours Design Team!

CY Designer Liz Weber did us proud yet again with this  rich, colourful interpretation of Sketch #11

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Tag created by CY Designer Liz Weber

 
Ching Phillips, on Special Assignment, created this celebratory anniversary tag for us!

These are Ching’s parents at their 50th Wedding Anniversary!

Tag created by Ching Phillips on Special Assignment

Tag created by former CY Guest Designer Ching Phillips on Special Assignment

 

 CY Designer Jenifer Cowles interpreted Sketch #11 with the classy colour scheme and a glistening snowflake as seen here:

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Tag created by CY Designer Jenifer Cowles

 

And… as a special treat, we have another tag sketch for you today!

Here we go with Tag #2

“Lucky Sketch  #13!”

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Jana Fail stepped up to the plate with this gorgeous interpretation of Sketch #13.
 (She told me that used her tag on a baby gift the day she created it! )
 
 Tag created by CY Designer Jana Fail

Tag Created by CY Designer Jana Fail

 Ching Phillips, on Special Assignment, has once  again created some beauty with her Tag for Sketch #13!

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Tag created by Former Guest Designer Ching Phillips on Special Assignment

 

 Ann Seleshanko  never  disappoints! Her work is always such a treat for the eyes! Just look at her tag:

Tag created by CY Designer Ann Seleshanko
Tag created by CY Designer Ann Seleshanko

 

One of our April 2009 CY Guest Designers, Deanne Burton, made us proud by creating two interpretations of Sketch #13!

First, a Happy Birthday Wish!

Tag created by CY Guest Designer Deanne Burton

Then, Deanne created & shared a Christmas greeting!

A “card-tag” spreading much Joy:

Card created  by Deanne Burton

 

CY Designer Liz Weber provided us with a gorgeous interpretation of Sketch #13. The colours will knock your socks off! 

Tag created by CY Designer Liz Weber

Tag created by CY Designer Liz Weber

 Warm “Thank Yous ” and biggest ((HUGZ)) to ALL of our CY Designers and Guest Designers. Your creations are an honour to post here at CY!  

Special thanks to February 2009 CY Guest Designer Ching Phillips for sharing her tag creations with us on today’s Special Assignment.

Warmest thanks to our “Scrappin Sisters,” Deanne Burton,  Susan Coish and Carla Robinson for their team spirit and inspiring input this month. You all ROCK!

 A warm farewell to CY Designers Liz Weber, Jana Fail, Ann Seleshanko, Merrilee Wheaton, Jenifer Cowles, Beth Price, Helga Payawal-Vergara and Evelien Verschelde.

Each of you has contributed beautifully to making CY a special and inspirational place. You are valued and appreciated.

 Thank you- and please remember that we are always looking for Guest Designers here on the Blog!~ Please keep in touch and show us your creations via the Comments section!

Lots is planned for May as we bring you some fun and variety in different forms. Be sure to check it out and have some fun with us!

 In June we will be starting back to our traditional posting here at CY with a brand new Design Team.

Remember to apply for the DT!  ALL WELCOME!

Chat soon!

~Noella and Ali

 

 

April 27, 2009

Card Sketch #7: A Rejuvenation!!

Posted in Card Sketches at 9:21 am by alimom4

Good Monday Mornin’ Everyone!  Noella and I thought it would be fun to rejuvenate Card Sketch #7 with the current CY Design Team in charge of interpretations. Here is the link to the last time the Card Sketch was posted. Several people did interpretations as you can see in the Comments section!

Here’s  Card Sketch #7 by our very own Sketch Artist, Noella! 

There’s a reason I suggested Sketch #7 as the one to use today. My little boy, Noah, (our baby) turned seven years old a few days ago. So, thinking of Noah’s birthday,  I thought it’d be fun to have the DT design from Sketch #7 .

Then, when I searched out and saw the sketch I HAD to laugh!

Coincidence… my little boy’s  name is “Noah Adam Scott…” and look at the initials on Sketch #7 that Noella created awhile back for CY!! LOL

“N.A.”

Her initials ,of course, but what a funny coincidence! OK, Enough of my stories… LOL…

…On we go to our CY Design Team’s interpretations! 

CY Design Team member Jenifer Cowles has created a card that is so gently warm and welcoming! 

[Don’t you just adore that row of colourful little houses? So fun & funky! We have small towns that boast this phenomenon here in the Maritimes! More on that later…]

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Card Created by CY Designer Jenifer Cowles

 CY Design Team member  Beth Price created a card that is soft and so feminine in all its shabby-chic splendour!

[Oh Beth, can you make ME some flowers like that? Gorgeous!! **Big Grin**]

Card created by CY Designer Beth Price

Card created by CY Designer Beth Price

Beth Price  went “all out” for us and created a second card, adding some bling and a friendly, winged birdie to the design!

[Someone will SMILE when they receive this sweet card! I did when I saw it!  I *heart* the stripes in those colours! ]

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Card created by CY Designer Beth Price

CY Design Team member Ann Seleshanko created a unique birthday card, incorporating stitching and a tag into her design!

[I see buttons, and swirls!!! And paisley!! Oh my!! Another creation someone will just LOVE  receiving!]

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 Card created by CY Designer Ann Seleshanko

 (**Clapping hands energetically**)

As I’m sure you’ll agree , Jenifer, Beth and Ann deserve a BIG round of applause!

Thank you girls, for always being willing to help out with the CY Blog. We had a little gap and you were wonderful about offering your talents to help us with a VERY quick turn-around time! BRAVO to you all for such exceptional work. 

Please don’t forget about the CY DT Call! 🙂  Noella and I are looking for Designers AND Guest Designers. ALL welcome to apply. Check the  link for info on how to do so!

Now, let me see if I can find you a link about those colourful houses  mentioned above…  ((HUGZ))~ Ali 

Found some good ones! ENJOY!

 Colourful houses link #1

Colourful houses link #2

Colourful houses link #3

Aren’t they lovely? Did this inspire you? How? Tell us in the “Comments” section!

April 24, 2009

Sketch #12

Posted in 12" x 12" Sketches, Contests, CY Design Team, Designer's Creations, Guest Designers at 9:39 am by alimom4

Hello everyone! Here’s hoping Spring has found you! We have had lots of April Showers here and now are expecting the MOST GORGEOUS weekend with summery temps here in the Annapolis Valley of  Nova Scotia. When are ya’ll coming to visit me? You KNOW I’d love that!

Well, I must have Spring Fever b/c I posted the interpretations and forgot the Sketch! ROFL! OH MY Ali!!

Here’s that promised Sketch #12! (Better late than never! **Shaking my head at myself! LOL**)

Sketch #12 created by Ali MacDonald for Creatively Yours: 2009

Sketch #12 created by Ali MacDonald for Creatively Yours: 2009

 

Noella and I have a special treat for you today. Our talented Guest Designers, sisters Carla, Susan and Deanne, have interpreted today’s sketch! It’s such an honour for me to see how they interpret something I drew! LOL  A big thanks ladies, for that.

Without further ado: Here are the sisters’ layout interpretations of Sketch #12!

~CY Guest Designer Carla Robinson provides us with a glimpse of the beauty of nature in her layout~

(Carla, I love the rich earth tones & the sweet critter faces in the pix. That title is PERFECT! LOL!)

CY Designer Carla Robinson's layout creation, based on Sketch #12

CY Guest Designer Carla Robinson's "Squirrels & Chipmunks" layout, based on Sketch #12

~CY Guest Designer Deanne Burton created this layout in memory of a beloved pet. ~

(Deanne, I just love the “softness” of this layout- it’s so perfect for a LO about a bunny. )

"Remember Tweety"~ A layout by CY Guest Designer Deanne Burton

"Remember Tweety"~ A layout by CY Guest Designer Deanne Burton

CY Guest Designer Susan Coish provides us with a glimpse of the happiness of children at play in her layout for Sketch #12

(Susan, what awesome doodling! You use white space so wonderfully, too- love that !!)
"Playground" layout created by CY Guest Designer Susan Coish

"Playground Pals" layout created by CY Guest Designer Susan Coish

 And here’s a layout from me…all about a note a friend wrote me on a Christmas card,  and what it meant to me.
"Love in Abundance" by CY Designer Ali MacDonald

"Love in Abundance" by CY Designer Ali MacDonald

Thank you once again  to our Guest Designers for sharing their layouts with us!
There is MORE to COME so please be on the lookout!
If you try this sketch, please share the link- we’ll be over to have a peek at your work! 
Don’t forget about the CY Design Team Call! Just scrrrrrrolllll down…. Ah- there you go— easy to find, right?
ALL are welcome to apply including former CY Designers, former CY Guest Designers and International  scrappers.
Chat with you all again  soon! ~ Ali

April 21, 2009

A little goodbye…

Posted in Misc at 1:02 pm by alimom4

With great appreciation for a job well done, we  must say “goodbye and good luck” to our December 2008- May 2009 Design Team member Evelien Verschelde. Evelien has had to resign her DT position at CY.

Evelien, please know we have loved your work and invite you to reapply for the CY-DT at a later date when “life” allows.

 In closing, I’d like to share with everyone one of my favourite layouts from Evelien, done for Creatively Yours. Enjoy!

Thank You Evelien!  Wishing you ONLY the best!

Layout by Creatively Yours Designer, Evelien Verschelde

Layout based on Sketch #50 , created by Design Team member Evelien Verschelde for Creatively Yours

April 19, 2009

Sketch #15

Posted in 12" x 12" Sketches, CY Design Team, Designer's Creations, Guest Designers at 2:47 pm by alimom4

There is a little story behind this sketch.

I am always trying to encourage my oldest child,  Kate (15), to scrapbook with me.

One evening, quite awhile back,  she DID!!  Her layout, of course had to do with a pony at the barn, Oakley– the horse she rode in lessons. The  layout (LO) was so simple and effective that I fell in love with it. When I began sketching for Creatively Yours, this LO design kept coming to mind. The resulting sketch is  pretty much 100% based on Kate’s layout.  I worked in reverse and created my sketch  from her page!  Hope you like it.

~ Creatively Yours Sketch #15, based on a LO by Kate MacDonald ~

Sketch #15 created for CY by Ali, completely based on a layout by Kate MacDonald

Sketch #15: drawn by Ali, based on a layout created by scrapbooker Kate MacDonald (then aged 13).

This post wouldn’t be telling much of a story without a look at Kate’s actual layout! Here you go: Isn’t it pretty; so simple and
eye-catching?
 Layout created by Kate MacDonald, at age 13, featuring a pony she rode during lessons: “Oakley.”
A year later,  Oakley became Kate’s very own pony.
Layout created by Kate MacDonald

Layout created by Kate MacDonald

Here is a scalloped and lacy treat for your eyes: an Easter layout by talented CY Design Team member Beth Price!

Layout created by Creatively Yours Designer Beth Price

Layout created by Creatively Yours Designer Beth Price

Here’s a  layout from “Yours Truly,” based upon Sketch #15

Layout created by CY Designer Ali MacDonald

Layout created by CY Designer Ali MacDonald

(A quick note…The title is “PART of my heart ” since Noah, our youngest,  is missing from this photo.)

 Thanks Everyone, and remember to enter our DT call! Scroll down a little and you’ll find the rules and requirements of applying.  Can’t wait to see your entries!

April 15, 2009

Card Sketch #25

Posted in Card Sketches, CY Design Team, Guest Designers at 2:24 pm by alimom4

 Noella has been busily sketching and here is a brand new card sketch that she created for our talented CY Guest Designers!

Card Sketch #25 by CY Sketch Artist Noella Arsenault  

 ~ Here’s a classy interpretation by CY Guest Designer Carla Robinson ~

That open heart is perfect! 

Card created by CY Guest Designer Carla Robinson
Card created by CY Guest Designer (one of our three “sisters”)  Carla Robinson

 

~ Here’s a soft, sweet interpretation of the sketch by CY Guest Designer Deanne Burton ~

Love the orange rick–rack!

"Always There" card by CY Guest Designer Deanne Burton
Card created by CY Guest Designer (one of our three “sisters”) Deanne Burton

 

~ CY Guest Designer Susan Coish interpreted card sketch #25 with “Joie de vivre!” ~

 The red “pop ” is so eye-catching!

Card created by CY Guest Designer Susan Coish
Card created by CY Guest Designer (one of our three “sisters”)  Susan Coish

Many thanks to our CY Guest Designers, Susan, Carla and Deanne for their beautiful interpretations of  Card sketch #25. You do us sooo proud here at CY! What a treat to see your work! The recipients of these cards will be touched- they’re gorgeous!

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Here’s an interpretation of the sketch from “Yours Truly.” I went Spring-y and citrus-y with this one using up some FUN Scenic Route papers!!

Card created by CY Designer Ali MacDonald
Card created by CY Designer Ali MacDonald

 Thanks for sharing the fun of making cards with us!!! Please remember that we have a DT call on- all are welcome to apply, whether you have worked as a Designer at CY before, or not. International applicants are invited to apply as well. 

**Read the CY post on April 12-’09 [below] for more info!**

 

April 12, 2009

Sketch #14

Posted in 12" x 12" Sketches, Contests, CY Design Team, Designer's Creations at 10:37 am by alimom4

Hi Everyone! Happy Easter!  Below is a new sketch I created for CY. Enjoy!

Please remember to post a link to your creation and we will go check it out.  🙂 WHY??

Because we have a DT CALL!

The CY DESIGN TEAM SEARCH has begun!…. We’re always on the lookout for talented Creatively Yours Design Team Members and a new term starts soon! The current DT finishes up their term on May 1-2009.  

We have some special things planned here for May, so the next DT term will be June 01- October 31, 2009.

Being able to see how YOU  interpret a CY sketch helps Noella and I make good choices.

If you are interested in a position on the next CY Design Team, be sure to post the link to your sketch #14 creation in the “Comments” section AND send me an email including your NAME and CREATION (DT entry layout based on sketch #14)   at peteali@eastlink.ca so I am aware that you are interested and have entered the DT call. Love love love to see your DT entry (Sketch #14) creations!

EDITED: DEADLINE for DT call entries is MAY 15, 2009 midnight YOUR time (I am nice, LOL)

New DT members will be notified by May 17.

Our new DT will be announced here on May 22, 2009

Now on to Sketch #14…

Sketch #14 created for CY by Ali MacDonald

 Sketch #14 created for CY by Ali MacDonald

Here are some beautiful interpretations by our  uber-talented CY Design Team!

Layout created by CY DT member Liz Weber, a gal we can always count on for “a stunner!”

Yup!! A Stunner!

"Many Faces" layout created by Liz Weber for CY

“Many Faces” layout created by DT Member Liz Weber for CY

  Here is Ann Seleshanko’s “wise”  interpretation: No-one can combine patterns the way Ann does!!

A+ Gorgeous!

"Summer Hike" layout by CY DT Member Ann Seleshanko

“Summer Hike” layout by CY DT Member Ann Seleshanko

 Here is a layout by CY Design Team Member Jana Fail. Colourful and happy in a way that is perfection- those are Jana’s LOs!

Bravo Jana!

 "Going up and Going down"~ A Layout by CY Design Team Member Jana Fail

Stay tuned for more lovely work on Thursday… Hope you’re feeling inspired! 🙂 

Now go re-read the DT applicant information, above! **Grin**

 Thanks Liz, Ann and Jana for your beautiful work today!~

It was a pleasure to post!

April 9, 2009

Sketch #53!

Posted in Misc at 11:04 am by alimom4

Noella has created a fab new sketch to share with us! We can hardly wait to see what YOU will create with it.
Our CY Designers and Guest Designers outdid themselves!
WOW:  Have a look! I’m sure you’ll agree!

Sketch #53 by Noella Arsenault

Here are our CY Designers’ creations!

Layout by CY Guest Designer Carla Robinson, softly striped and done in one of my favourite colour combos!

Layout by CY Guest Designer Carla Robinson Based on Sketch #53

Layout created by CY Guest Designer Carla Robinson

Thanks Carla!

 CY Guest Designer Susan Coish incorporated some brights, some action and some whimsy into her design!

"Being a Kid" LO created by CY Guest Designer Susan Coish

"Being a Kid" LO created by CY Guest Designer Susan Coish

Thanks Susan!

CY Guest Designer Deanne Burton created a layout that is heartwarming: it features fluffy Meika!!

"Our Fluff Ball" layout created by CY Guest Designer Deanne Burton

"Our Fluff Ball" layout created by CY Guest Designer Deanne Burton

Thanks Deanne!

CY Designer Helga Payawal-Vergara created a LO that celebrates one of the joys of being a parent!

"Expensive Smile" LO created by CY Designer Helga Payawal-Vergara

"Expensive Smile" LO created by CY Designer Helga Payawal-Vergara

Thanks Helga!

CY Designer Jenifer Cowles created a LO that demonstrates the versatility of Noella’s 12×12″ sketches! She translated the sketch into an 8 1/2×11″ LO and included some understated, classy detailing.

Layout created by CY Designer Jenifer Cowles

"You're nine" layout created by CY Designer Jenifer Cowles

 Thanks Jenifer!

Here’s a soft & pretty layout from CY Designer Merrilee Wheaton, interpreting Sketch #53!

A soft and pretty creation by CY Designer Merrilee Wheaton

A soft and pretty creation by CY Designer Merrilee Wheaton

Thanks Merrilee!

Here’s a LO from me. These were the key members of my son Noah’s Team in 2005-2007. These are very special people. Noah needs to have a photo of them, all together, of course!!! 

I also flipped the sketch 1/4 turn to the left and only used one full circle in this interpretation.

"Noah's Team" LO created by CY Designer Ali MacDonald

"Noah's Team" Layout created by CY Designer Ali MacDonald

Thank  You all for visiting the Creatively Yours blog site today and please be sure you share YOUR Sketch #53 creations with us! We’d LOVE to see them all!

Remember that Noella and I are always looking for talented scrapbookers to accept the role of  CY Guest Designers!

 It could be YOU!

 We visit EVERY link to a project created with a CY sketch that we receive in the Comments section, below.

Be sure to include the EXACT link to your LO/card/project, not just to the main page of your blog.

This saves us all time and gets us right to your work!

Thanks and Happy Easter, everyone!!

April 6, 2009

Just like Magic!

Posted in Misc at 11:31 pm by alimom4

I missed posting a CY Designer’s beautiful interpretation of Card Sketch #24.

Just like magic, I had a little help from a friend, and PRESTO!

Here you go!

~A beautiful interpretation of Sketch #24 by CY Designer Jenifer Cowles~

"I Love U" card by CY Designer Jenifer Cowles

"I Love U" card by CY Designer Jenifer Cowles

I am quite “In Love” with this beautiful card! I bet you can see why… it’s just perfect!

Thank you for sharing your talents with us, Jenifer!

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