Saturday, June 30, 2012

The New OUAS

Today's the first reveal for the new team at Once Upon a Sketch
Once again Nadia has brought together a team of amazingly talented and diverse scrappers who are so inspiring.
Here's this month's fabulous sketch with the...

Theme: Friend

We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "Friend" 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 the sketch below. 
**Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is. Hidden journalling is perfectly fine**

Ideas for journalling: one of your current friends, a childhood friend, an unexpected friendship,what having friends mean for you, a friend that you miss or have lost, family member who is your closest friend, a scrappy/online  friend,  a special person that has touched your life, someone who has helped you out lately, a friend that you couldn't do without, your children's friends / classmates etc.

And my take...

My two have always been the best of friends. Maybe it's a little of the twin thing, maybe it's just that they only have each other, or maybe it's just that Jera is a very tolerant brother. lol  Sure they have their moments but they would do anything for each other. Journalling: On the back I have a pocket telling some of the stories of their friendship through the years.
I created this one on a canvas and tomorrow I'll do a post showing lots of pics about how to...
I love the way it turned out. It's now up on my scrap room wall.

As always we have some incredible support from the scrapping community with great sponsors and wonderful prizes.

We have 2 new featured sponsors this month. 

The first one is a gorgeous etsy shop by one of our newest Design Team member's Kay Fatula. Please welcome to Once Upon A...Sketch Kay's Kreative Korner. 

Direct link to shop:

The second new sponsor for July is a new online store called Scrap Locker

Scrap Locker is a brand new online scrapbooking store with a huge variety of products from many favorite manufacturers including Tim Holts, Prima Marketing, Zva Creative and many more. Scrap Locker also has many handmade items. Some of the handmade items include crochet flowers, bead sprays and albums. Scrap Locker ships to many international locations. Scrap Locker also has a gallery and would love for you to fill out a gallery inclusion form and share your crafty inspiration with fellow scrapbookers. Check us out today at

Thought I'd add another couple of recent layouts.

First up is "Follow Your Heart." It's one of Sienna sitting contemplating what to do. That's not flash flare on the grasses. It was the sun just poking through the clouds in that spot, resulting in squinted eyes. lol
These Pink Paislee pp are so lovely, especially with some Manor House blooms and Flourish With A Bling vine and a beautiful Imaginarium Designs birdcage.

I always have to add just a little depth to the flowers. Here I've chalked the centres, touched up with paint and finished off with stickles.

This gorgeous vine was perfect with this lo.

Some splashes of paint and rubons. I love the layers.

To contrast the Spring above is a blue and white themed, winter one.
This pic was published in Canadian Scrapbooker. Sienna's favourite pastime/sport is ice skating. In the Canadian winter you'll often see outdoor rinks. This was an ice path through the snow in the nearby mountains. That's our dog Buddy leading the way.

  A funny story about the frame. It looks great with the pic but I had to manipulate the photo a little to fit. If I enlarged to fit the frame width then my dh and dd where to big. So I had to resort to cutting the pic into pieces and pasting it to the back of the frame. If you look in the left top corner with our dog, the snow is a little out of alignment but overall it was a pretty good match up. Don't you think? The things we scrappers have to do.
  Love this deep blue scroll from Flourish With a Bling.
  Meringue is the name of this gorgeous bloom from Manor House sprayed with a little mist in the centre.
Lots of wintery flowers and snowy Prima birdhouse.

Well that's it. Hope you're all having a great weekend. Thanks for your lovely comments. I really do appreciate you dropping by.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

OUAS Farewell

Sniff! Today's lastest display over at OUAS is the last for this amazing team. It truly has been an honour to create with such a wonderful group of scrappers who developed a close friendship and supported each other over the last year or so. I've been so fortunate to be a part of it all.
A huge THANK YOU to Nadia for all her encouragment and leadership, kindness and talent.

It's been a wonderful journey.  Please drop over to Once Upon a Sketch to see the last designs from some of the most talented scrappers around the world.
I want to wish all the team much scrappy happiness in their future ventures.

Can't go without showing something, now can I? lol
Here's a recent one I did for Flourish with a Bling and Manor House Creations. Nothing like bling and flowers to make a scrapper happy.
Have a wonderful weekend,

  Beautiful Manor House flowers - a mix.
They've got their new collection coming out in a few days, they're truly stunning.

 My sweet girl when she was 4.

Love this bling- Copper pearls and Jasmine Flourish- purple.