Monday, 3 October 2011

There's ANOTHER new challenge up at Once Upon A Sketch! {and a teeny sneak...}

Hi there Bloggy Friends!!

So it's a new week already - and a new month too - and that means there's ANOTHER new challenge up at Once Upon a Sketch right here.

Please click in & read all the news - Nadia has written all sorts of interesting things that you should read!!  In a nutshell the Design Team at Once Upon a Sketch has been expanded and over the course of the next few weeks you need to keep an eye out for our new ***all-star-cast*** to be revealed LOL!!

I can't say more than that but I can just assure you that the line-up is full of jaw-dropping talent so keep checking back on the Once Upon a Sketch blog for more breaking news there :)


{copied & pasted from the OUAS blog}

Before I announce the next challenge, 
I would like to remind you all that the main focus of this challenge blog is JOURNALLING combined with a sketch. 

It really is SUCH as shame for us to have to exclude some BEAUTIFUL entries when voting as some of them have none or very limited journalling. 
We are really looking for MORE than JUST statements or facts, but rather deep and meaningful journalling. We want to see the story behind the photos, or even the story behind your'STORY'

Please do make sure that you read the challenge requirements precisely and please do use the Google Translator to get an idea of those requirements. 


Did you know that Once Upon a Sketch is already celebrating it's 6 MONTH BIRTHDAY?!?

Gosh how time flies!!!

We don't want to lose sight of Nadia's original concept, which is to FOCUS ON THE JOURNALING 
so we are all making a super-special effort on the Design Team to really 
& we are encouraging you, the players, to do this too!!

That is - after all - what sets Once Upon a Sketch apart from any other challenge blog out there isn't it?!


October 1st challenge

Journalling Criteria: WRITE  2 noteworthy (to you anyway) events of the past week. Your journalling can be as long as you wishThere is NO limit to how much journalling you include but in order to qualify as a winner for this challenge, we must see AT LEAST 1 SENTENCE of journalling on WHY each event was noteworthy. 


Guest Designer

It is with great pleasure that I announce that our Guest Designer for October is the incredible...

Julie Fei-Fan Balzer is a self-taught mixed media collage artist and avid scrapbooker. She has been making art for as long as she can remember and loves the process of creating. “I believe that mistakes are creative opportunities and hold fast to the notion that enjoyment of the process is just as important as the finished product! I like to think outside of the box — experimenting with paper, paint, and fabric — always trying to find a way to push my supplies further and see all the possibilities.”

Julie has been published in many magazines including Cloth Paper Scissors, Quilting Arts, Creating Keepsakes, Better Homes & Gardens’ Scrapbooks Etc., Memory Makers, Scrapbook Trends, Somerset Memories, Somerset Digital, scrapbooking m.m. (Sweden), Scrapbooking & Beyond, Simple Scrapbooks, Histories de Pages (France), Scrap Art Zine (Germany), books by Leisure Arts, F&W Publications, and Quarry (upcoming), as well as multiple e-zines. Beginning in January 2011 Julie will be writing a column in Cloth Paper Scissors magazine.

Julie is currently the co-host of Scrapbook Soup TV (PBS) and has appeared several times on Quilting Arts TV (PBS) and hosted the “Artist to Artist” segment on Scrapbook Memories TV (PBS). She will also be appearing on the upcoming season of Crafting at The Spotted Canary (PBS). Julie’s hour long instructional DVD “Collage Fast & Furious” was released in July 2010 by Interweave.

Julie and her husband live in a tiny apartment with a big art studio in the middle of New York City. Julie blogs her art adventures at Follow her Twitter feed at




As usual there is an awesome line up of sponsors & lots of lovely prizes up for grabs!!


We are SO excited to announce the sponsors for this challenge! 

Welcome to Once Upon A...Sketch..

Grab A Badge...
Nikki Sivils, Scrapbooker is a scrapbooking company specializing in premium papers and embellishments that will make you smile. From whimsical designs to cute, cuddly creatures, Nikki Sivils designs straight from her heart hoping to inspire creativity and expressions of love and life

Bibbys One of a Kind was established in 2011 out of my passion to create. I am a SAHM and spend each day creating something new, I have a facebook page I do a lot of my advertising and updates ,and a small blog page which I am trying to grow. I make embellishment packs, crochet items, party favours and invitations to name a few. New ideas are born regularly. 


How would you like to be our Guest Designer for November
This is the challenge where you have the chance to win a spot on our design team for the whole upcoming month simply by winning this challenge. As well as being our Guest Designer, as chosen by our Design team, you will also receive.....

This fabulous collection from the amazing Nikki Sivils 
Our second placed winner will  receive these beautifully, handcrafted embellishments from 
Bibby's One Of A Kind

I am sending the winner of my prize two of my previous embellishment packs and a 3rd mystery pack with a theme of your choice. This pack will be a 'one off' handmade pack created especially for you! Good luck everyone, Bibby.

Since it is our 6 months anniversary, I would like to send out some prizes of my own to 
3 lucky RANDOMLY DRAWN winners. 
These will be something from me, Nadia,  but at this point I will keep them a surprise. 



{Very important - especially if you want a chance to win!}

Things to consider when playing along...

**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter

**You are allowed to create a card, layout or off-the-page item based on the provided sketch and additional journalling criteria. If you are creating a card or altered item you only need to include a quote.

**You are also allowed to flip or rotate the sketch or alter it to suit your needs, but please make sure its still recognisable.

**Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery and link it on the bottom of this post using the Link tool. 

Please provide a direct link to your post, not your entire blog.If the link tool is down, please leave a comment on the comments section and link your layout there.

** The deadline for this challenge is midnight October 14th, Australian Eastern Standard Time 

The Design Team will vote and the winners and the Top 5 project will be announced soon after the challenge has finished.

**You may enter as many times as you like and combine this with other challenges.

**Also, please consider turning off word verification for comments on your blog. 


Congratulations if you've made it this far people!!!

****  I'll be back soon with more to share - for now I'll leave you with some sneaky sneaks of some cards I made recently 
- I know, I know, shock!  Horror!!  She made some cards!!  - 
                                                        Saturday October 1st & all...***
I'll admit card-making is not my forte (by any stretch of the imagination...cough, splutter...!!) 
                                                                         but it was 
World Card-making day on October 1st
and all that...***


Chantal Vandenberg said...

Wow some real fab prizes! TFS!

Rachael Funnell said...

Those Sneaks of your Cards look FABBO!!
Will be back to see them.... xx

Bellaidea said...

I`m working on my sketch and will make sure my journaling is ight :)
Thanks again for all info :)

Sabrina said...

Hahaha!! There's no way you can go wrong with cards, talented Helen!! I can see how stunning your cards already are! Thanks for sharing the info, I always adore Nadia's sketch at OUAS :) I hope I can start crafting tonight. Missing the activity SO much! Have a great great day ahead, Helen!! xoxo.

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Can't wait to see those cards!!! Loving the sneaks! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Pearl said...

gorgeous card sneaks indeed !

Cathy said...

Loving the look of your card sneaks Helen.. can't wait to see them!! Have a fab day :)) hugs

Lynette said...

I am drooling over those Bibby's pretty.