Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Sketchy Thursdays {Grade 11 Fun Layout} plus LOTS OF NEWS!!







This is my last week at Sketchy Thursdays as their May Guest Designer!  Can you believe it?!  Time flies!!  Thanks to Heidi & Diana for having me - I have so enjoyed working with some different sketches & it really has stretched my abilities!  This is the sketch for my WEEK I which you can find on their blog here.

 
I've just sent in my page for tomorrow's reveal so remember to check it out HERE tomorrow - although I will be posting it shortly after - yup I am committed to getting caught up this week!  They are running a monthly GUEST DESIGNER COMPETITION at the moment so have a look out for that & enter - your chance to show off your stuff!  I must be honest & say that circles aren't my favourite - I prefer lines & angles...


Nonetheless I gave it my best shot, using photos my daughter's friends took @ school a couple of years ago.  She has recently turned 18 & I am wanting to finish up her "up until she left school" albums.  The title of this page is "Gr. 11 fun" {Grade 11 fun} just in case you thought it was Grll (as in girrrrl) fun like my son did!
I used this palette from The Colour Room as their challenges close on Thursday evenings, so it has worked out perfectly for me to combine these 2 challenges each week.  If you are looking for great galleries where people actually take the time to comment on your work then I highly recommend The Colour Room & Colour Combos Galore.
Not the best photos I've ever taken but you get the idea right?  I sprayed my mist through a toilet roll here!  The more you spray the more "coffee cup stains" you get! Then added some journaling around the circles.  Lots of Sassafras Sweetly Smitten here - I am smitten with it indeed!


The sketch works well without a lot of changes - and there is lots of scope for adding all sorts of pretties.
I am still crazy-in-love with those Sassafrass metal flowers - swoon...


Even the alphas are vintage Sassy...

If I had known how cool the Sassafras "Foldies" were (the paper flower die-cuts that you just press out, fold under & over for dimension, and stick!) then I would have ordered more - such a cool & cheap embellishment.  So there you have it - Week 1 FINALLY - I will be posting Week 2 next.  You saw week 3 yesterday.  Then week 4 will be coming soonest LOL.

More Sketchy stuff - there is a brand new challenge up there right now so why not play along?  There are luscious prizes up for grabs & lots of faves selected AND displayed every week - and with  a name like Sketchy THURSDAYS it's not difficult to remember what day the reveal is every week!!  To play along just submit before 10p.m EST on Wednesday then the results are posted soon after.  They have a BIG following - 1691 followers!  So it's the place to be seen :) :) :)

                                                                                                                                                                  

DON'T FORGET to check out the NEW SKETCH at Once Upon a Sketch - it is due in on May 31st Aus EST & there are always some seriously cool prizes up for grabs.  THREE big prizes this fortnight PLUS a MASSIVE giveaway so check it out now please!   If you only have time to complete one challenge this month it should be this one!  FIVE ENTRIES make the FEATURED HEADER & stay there for all to admire for TWO WHOLE WEEKS - want to be spotted???  This is your place...Check out the NEW REVEAL here - there is a layout of mine up there that I have n't had the space to blog about yet!


BIRD IS THE WORD is also going from Strength to Strength right now!  LIFE/LIVE or LIVING are the new words you have to work with for the next 24 days AND don't forget about SUN/SUNSHINE that is still open for another 10 days!  Sponsored each fortnight by the site's creator, Wendy Otterness, from Tidbitz in Time, you get to choose an ENTIRE KIT!  And first, second, third place are all voted on by the DT then shown off on the blog too!  Geez I work for some rocking places...I am still pinching myself about that daily!!

 Scrapbook Challenges have regular sketches too - a BUZZING gallery - the forum is a HIVE of activity.  Check out my latest challenge going on there HERE, the gallery here (sketches are posted in the gallery but you can also find them in the forum HERE , my portrait photography thread HERE - always stuff happening there - THOUSANDS of members & often little RAKS up for grabs here & there too - you do have to register though so take the time to do that - it's worth it!  

Same story at Inspired Blueprints - LOTS going on - WEEKLY sketches this year and FREE DIGITAL TEMPLATES too.  They also have a blog where you can catch the DT REVEAL every SUNDAY (I have a couple of pages in there I haven't shared yet too!!)

I still haven't received my parcel of flowers etc from PRETTY PAPER PETALS in Australia (I am now on their DT).  Right now the store is closed until June 10th but you can still pop in & have a look around so you are ready to grab what you want asa it reopens.  Vicki is just fast & furiously replenishing her stocks!

I have another EXCITING NEW ANNOUNCEMENT {wink!} to make here VERY SOON!  So keep checking back for that!!  Yup - life is preeeeeetty busy over here right now but I am LOVING IT :) :) :)




22 comments:

Lynette said...

Another stunning piece of art Helen...you never cease to amaze me with your creativity.

Nadia Cannizzo said...

Hmmmm...WHAT announcement? Cant wait to hear it. AWESOME layout Helen! Love what you did with the circles. Just fantastic work. The colours are also gorgeous

Also love the look of the new blog. If you want to know how to get rid of the pink line behind the header email me :o)

Stefanie said...

I am blown away by the things you think up. Misting through a loo paper roll, and such a cool result. Who'd have thought? Certainly not me.
You have a beautiful handwriting too.
Kudos.

Diana said...

LOVE this lo. love love love the colours are amazing and it's just lovely.
omg I can hardly keep up with you. I don't know how you keep track of everything!

Craftylicious said...

How cool is this!! :) love what you did with the circles Helen! awesome tech!!! :) and the journalling around the circles is such a fun idea! thanks for sharing!!!! :)

Eila Sandberg said...

Ha ha misting through a toilet roll!! I've heard of using a straw, but your idea is just so clever and with a fantastic result too. You totally fooled me there with the circles! soooo much fun going on in your scrappy life at the mo Helen, sounds intriguing with some more news mmmmm!! If you want a place to stay when you come, I know the perfect place; la Casa Sandberg is open all year round 24/7!! xoxoxoxoxo

Alison said...

Helen, I don't know how you keep track of it all!! Great LO- love the misting through the toilet roll...thanks for all the sweet comments on my blog
Alison xx

Keshet said...

Love this layout, so gorgeous! Can't wait to hear this announcement:)

Marivic (Berry71Bleu) said...

Love your page Helen! The colors you used make your photos pop and lively. Beautiful photos. Love you BITW page as well. Hugs, Marivic

Yolande (pronounced you-land-a) said...

Oh Helen, I love your take on the sketch and what you've done with the circle design. I love that you misted through toilet paper roll...how clever of you!! I love that each circle has something different going on...really fabulous!

Melinda said...

Thank you so much for your gorgeous comment on my blog...you made my day! CONGRATS on being a GDT at sketchy thursdays!! Looks like you had heaps of fun and what a GORGEOUS layout you did with that sketch! Love that Sass range! :)) xx

Jasmine S said...

This is a fabulous take on the sketch and I love how you incorporate a few challenges in one. Great colors and fab pics.

Pearl said...

love your circle treatment here! & way to go with yet another toot !!!

Chantal said...

Oh wow this is AMAZING! LOVE the colour here - it's GORGEOUS!!!!! I think you ACED both challenges! I am not a circle fan either, but you have done a brilliant job of it! WTG and looking forward to your news!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Happy and Cheery colors, what a fabulous layout!
stop teasing, hurry tell us your good news!!!!

Kyoko(mini) said...

I love your phots and fabulous LO!

aussiescrapper said...

I just love how you combined those 2 gorgeous challenges, I think you rocked it with the circles too, and I know what you mean about trying to finish your daughters' school album, I have so many albums I want to do with Nate, and I cannot wait to hear what your good news is. Melxx

Leonie said...

Helen this this LO is lovely, the colours are GORGEOUS. Love what you've done with the circles the embellishment in each one look fab!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is hands down one of my fave ST sketches to date!! I loveeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee your take on it! I love love love the colors, the photos....and TOTALLY LOVING your circles!! Sorry it has taken me so long to come here and comment... I thought I had you on my blog roll...and I didn't... well, now that is fixed! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Hannie C said...

Wonderful layout Helen.
I'm excited being in the same team with you in SIL!! :)

scrapbookertink said...

Hi Helen tks for gallery love over at CCG on my birthday, I appreciated it. Wow, you are super busy love your layout, those metal flowers are so pretty and will have to start saving my toilet rolls LOL! Wonder what your news is? take care x.

carlies said...

ohhh what can I see just so very stunning WOW!!!

hugs carla