Sunday, 10 July 2011

Once Upon A Sketch Has a new Reveal & Challenge Up!

Hi Peeps!  I'm back!!  I had a successful trip away, did what I had to do {will share some pics in a future post}, arrived back on Friday night, spent Saturday with my 3 kids that didn't come with {only took my eldest} & today I have been "sorting out the house" - yikes...a bit of a mess!!!  Pantry & fridge are back to their best now & things are restored to ship shape :)  

Have SO MUCH to blog!   Prepare to be bombarded by me this week!!  I have stuff to share from all over the web!!! Let's start with ONCE UPON A SKETCH!  

We have the highly talented Karola Witczak from Poland as our Guest Designer this month.  She is sponsoring us this month with her gorgeous new paper lines from her brand new company THE SCRAP CAKE.  Karola's work is stalk-worthy & I have her saved in "my secret list" (!!!) on my private blog - as she is definitely a great inspiration, so check her out if you are not already a fan of her modern-shabby style.  

You WANT TO WIN THIS PRIZE so get cracking on your layout, card or altered-item/off-the-page project using this sketch, and DON'T FORGET the additional journaling criteria, to be eligible for judging.  PLEASE DO NOT LINK TO YOUR ENTIRE BLOG when you submit your entry on the OUAS blog using the Linkitz tool...just click on your POST TITLE in order to get ONLY THE RELEVANT POST to pop-up, otherwise scrolling down to find it can be tricky!

Journaling Criteria: Who is in the photo? Name the person in the photo and at least 1 fact about them. This can be personality, character, talent , achievement etc. but it must be at least 2 sentences long. 

I veered off the sketch quite a bit here but you can see that it was definitely my inspiration.  I am so much more confident these days with regard to how to handle sketches :)

I loved how this one turned out.  I tackled it quite painstakingly but it was worth it.  I started off with a pretty floral mask & some yellow misting.

I love the light airy feel that a white background creates.  I am ready to sell off all my bright cardstock - seriously!  Just before I left for my trip I received my Webster's Sale Box {cost me a small fortune in postage & import duties but WOW, WOW, WOW, it was worth it for the endorphin rush :)

I love how the title works using such a variety of alphas, October Afternoon, Webster's & American Crafts.

I fussy-cut a lot of Webster's & added some hand-cut paper butterflies, some punched ones in 4 different sizes, plus a little trail of bling connecting some of the butterflies.

Loving that resin bloom from Webster's Pages!  I tried a different misting technique this time & love the results.  Instead of misting from the centre out I misted IN to the middle so that the edges of the misting are almost white to blend with the backing paper, then I covered up the heavy-misting with my paper for a really subtle effect.

I computer-printed my journaling onto photo-paper as usual, using a dark brown colour & a pretty font called Brush-Script.  Downloading free-fonts with Windows 7 is easy-peasy - just Google "Free Fonts" {there are many sites but Da Font is one of the best & I always seem to have success there} then extract all files (Windows 7 has an unzipper program so no need to buy Win-Zip any more) then double-click on the download (in "my downloads") & click INSTALL.  Really, you'll get the hang of it in 5 minutes...

I added teeny bling dots to act as bullet-points for my journaling strips.  The photo is an old school photo of my daughter Camryn & captures her sweetness {and her scruffiness too!}.

I used a sheet of Webster's Pages scalloped paper as my printed paper but shifted it right over to the left-hand side then added another big fussy-cut piece of WP to the top right in place of the sketch elements.

My love for Webster's Pages is growing in leaps & bounds!  Their stuff is just pure beauty!!  Fresh & modern yet it lends itself to shabby too - perfect for my style of modern-shabby...

Cardstock - White bazzill
Mask - stash
Mist - Tattered Angels "Lemon Zest"
Scalloped Paper - Webster's Pages "Wonderfall" die-cut
Fussy-cut elements from Webster's "Wonderfall" line
Punched butterflies using 3 different Martha Stewart punches
Bling - Prima
Font - Brush-Script
Photo paper - HP Soft-Gloss
Big Blooms - Webster's Pages "Yacht Club" line {Princess Petals Florettes}
Resin bloom - Webster's Pages
Fabric ticket - Webster's Pages
Sparklers - Webster's Pages
Felt flowers - Local haberdashery shop
White flowers - Prima & Petaloo
Pale Blue alphas - October Afternoon Mini-Market
Yellow Alphas -Rainboots 'Puffy" thickers - Dear Lizzy for American Crafts
Beige alphas - Thickers "Chipboard Stickers" by American Crafts


dstandard said...

WOW gorgeous Helen - such awesome details!

Rachael Funnell said...

Hey Helen! glad your trip went well...
Your Layout is another Amazing 1!! Loving all the Webster Pages - goodies on it!!!
YEP! Webster Pages is growing on me too...
Hope you have a Wonderful Week!!

Mel said...

Oh Helen, you must have had a fantastic trip alright, wow, this layout is simply stunning my friend, wow I have to get a printer, the little bits on top of the stamped images is just gorgeous, wowsers, I needed this gorgeous inspiration with the freezing temps here, totally warmed up my mojo. Melxx

Kerryn said...

This is so beautiful Helen!!!

And I wanted to say thank you so much for ALL of those comments on my blog. You are a sweetheart for going back to the posts made while you were away. It's much appreciated.

Unknown said...

Helen I am so happy you are back!!! Can't wait to be bombarded with your adventures, LOL
Your LO for OUAS is just breathtaking, so full of precious detail, sigh, totally in love!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Soooooooo happy you had a good time on vacation! I loveeeeeeeeeee this lo!! I love love love love the flowers and loveeeeeeeee the butterflies!! You are always amazing with your details! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

Heather Jacob said...

wow wow wow !!!!! absolutely a WOWZER .. full of rich elements and details... totally magical ... one of your best helen ...hugz x

so pleased you had a great time, always nice to come home though ?? xoxoxo

Heather Jacob said...

ooohh Helen my special friend.. I have just been reading all the wonderful words you have written on my blog ... very special to me and I'm smiling from ear to ear are such darling ... yes something good did come out of the blog disaster .. "always a silver lining in every cloud " ..
thankyou for all your love my beautiful friend ... xoxoxoxo

Unknown said...

Hi Helen..WELCOME BACK!!! missed you, hope you had a fab time!!! This layout is WOW breathtaking!!!! Oh my goodness these colours are gorgeous together!! Wow you really know how to use Websters!! Love it and love that cute little butterfly trail!! Just did this sketch on the weekend..will put mine up soon :))xx

Eila Sandberg said...

Hi darling! thought you'd be off line while on your trip with Chelsea, naughty you (previous post)! Sounds you had a good time, so look forward to seeing some pics soon. Love this beautifully fresh LO!! fancy its Camy only 5 years ago, just a bittie lass - mwah to those dimples! love the subtle misting and all the gorgeous elements and details, the blue really does pop! The cluster is just so divine! Have you checked your private email? sent a reply by return. If not, pls let me know. Have no probs settling in with the holiday pace of things, the hours by the 'puter are cut down to a minimum. Been and is absolutely roasting over here by our standards. xoxoxoxox

Pearl said...

Hey grrl ! good to hear you're safe back home again !

Wow with the WP layout take here !!! fabulousness!

Jolanda said...

wow Helen,this is amazing!!!!!very pretty page!

Mona Pendleton said...

Stunning LO and beautiful photo :) Love all the gorgeous blossoms and detail! Thanks for the inspiration!

Leonie said...

Helen this is beautiful!!! What a cutie, she does look very happy. glad you had a good trip away and hope you get things at home back ship shape so you can scrap hehe! Cheers. x

yyam said...

A stunning creation Helen! Love love love your attention to detail! Awesome masking and misting. And so beautifully embellished! :)

Jasmine S said...

This is just soooooooooooo pretty. The butterflies, the flowers, the paper, the gorgeous photo. This is just beautiful.

Sharm Nidyanandan said...

OMG!! can u see my jaw hanging? :P lol..this is sooo beautiful!! all those pretty butterflies and the fabbie WP PPs are totally tdf!! and wat a precious precious pic! :) tfs dear! and cant wait to hear your holiday tales (and the pics galore)!! :)

scrapbookertink said...

Hi Helen, hope you had a lovely time and tks for lovely comments on my blog. Love this layout sooo pretty, the butterflies are gorgeous and all the Webster's bits and pieces so lovely, glad to have you back in blogger land enjoy the rest of the week x.

Kiki Aposeki said...

Sweetheart Helen! wonder how many more I can learn from you! always fix things so wonderfully! all your creation is a lesson! Many kisses Kiki

Bente Fagerberg said...

Welcome back Helen! I have not been away(yet) but slightly distant to the scrapposphere. I was sick and I have also been very busy with other stuff. trying to get a bit more involved again. Loved this lo on the OUAS blog. She looks so adorable in that picture and your layout is just so feminine and pretty with all the flowers and yumminess.
Love love love the flower cluster with your title and the way uou used the die cut elements.

Patrice said...

Such a luscious layout - love all the texture!

Mitralee said...

Sweet colors textures and loveliness!! Glad to see you are back!! Scrappy world has not been the same without you!

Unknown said...

Hi Helen!
Welcome back! You had a nice vacation with your daughter? Can't wait to see your photos. Very pretty LO! Love the picture of your daughter too. Take care!

Unknown said...

Hey Helen what a beautiful page love it!!

hugs carla

Svjetlana said...

Hi Helen, thank you very much for your kind comment on my blog. Your page is just gorgeous, as well as the photo!

Jessy Christopher said...

You totally outdone yourself with the beautiful layout! I love the clustering below the photo. Could see that you really put in alot of thoughts & I adore it! So inspiring :)

Lynette Jacobs said...

I love this. Everything about very pretty.

Diana said...

Very lovely. I love that butterfly PP, it's what made me pay more attention to Webster's. I need to save this page so that when I'm ready to play with the stuff in my Webster's box I know what to do with it!