Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Once Upon a Sketch has a new challenge up!

Hi again girls!

Gee I must say that November has got off to a 
roaring start for me!!  Things are going full 
steam ahead with my Spring cleaning and 
my house and property "pimping" and boy 
is all the DIY tiring stuff!! 
Is it just me or do October and November feel 
entirely different to you too?  
I always feel in October that Christmas is a way away,
then come November and suddenly it is on our doorstep!  
Along with that comes all the lists of everything 
that needs to be done for the holidays as well as 
winding up those 2011 goals that have been quietly 
"pushed under the carpet" LOL - so no scrapping for me 
thus far this week, but the house is gleaming
and my Spring garden is blossoming beautifully!
Aaaaanyway enough chitter chattering and onto the 

Firstly - we have some NEW DESIGN TEAM MEMBERS!!
 Woo Hoo and a BIG WELCOME from me!!!
Lene, Vibeke, Mahlin and Pamela. 
(Sure you know who these girls are without even 
needing to know their surnames, they're like 
the Madonna's of the Scrapbooking Industry!) 


November 1st Challenge

Journalling Criteria:  

This time you need to journal at least 2 SENTENCES on 
WHEN you started scrapping and WHY?

You MUST combine our journalling criteria with this sketch.

Guest Designers
It is so exciting to announce this month's Guest Designer. 
This lady has a unique and instantly recognisable style 
and we are so happy she has accepted our invitation 
to be our Guest Designer. A HUGE welcome 
to the extremely talented Leeann Pearce from Australia.
I’m Leeann Pearce and I am married to Quentin and 
we have 3 beautiful girls, Holly (9) Storm (8) and baby Jorja (2). 
We made a tree change last year and now live in the country
on a farm not far from the ocean. 
We are slowly getting the farm animals. 

We have a dog and 9 chooks and I love that we get 
farm fresh eggs each day. 
I have been scrapbooking since about 2004. 
I like my creations to be fun and bright which 
reflects my personality – happy and a little quirky! 

I am a design team member for Aussie Scrap Source 
and also Basic Grey. I adore embellishments and have 
my own etsy shop call  “the chip chop shop” 
made up of handmade yummies from dyed doilies, 
pin toppers, journal spots and acrylic designs. 
I love the whole process of creating
and always look forward to creating the next one.

Here is what Leanne has created for our challenge...

Welcome also to the winner of our last challenge, who 
gets to be our Guest Designer for the month of November...

My name is Keren Tamir from Ontario Canada, and I'm 37 
years old. I am a wife to a wonderful husband who is 
very supportive of my scrapbooking hobby and a mother of 
two amazing kids: a 10 year old boy and a 4 year old girl.
I've been scrapbooking for 7 years and I mainly 
scrapbook about our family. I love to create 
and experiment with many different mediums and
techniques.I get inspiration everywhere I go. I’m
constantly thinking about scrapbooking and
I design my layouts in my head usually while driving.

I scrapbook at night when everyone is asleep 
because I love the inspiration you get when it’s quiet. 
I love my camera and I’m always taking many pictures 
everywhere I go. I would love to see you over at 

Here is Keren's take on our challenge.

We are SO excited to have one of the best kit clubs sponsor 
us this month. Please welcome.....Swirlydoos
Swirlydoos coordinated scrapbook kits are comprised of
elegant papers and products that help our members create 
beautiful pieces of art both in their scrapbooks, and 
altered art projects. Swirlydoos tries to include only
the newest and most innovative products on the market, 
as well as showcasing handmade and non-traditional
products that we find within thecrafting community. 
We encourage new growth in our members by offering 
monthly challenges on our forums and offering both photo 
and video tutorials which help them to learn new tips, 
tricks and techniques. We also offer a monthly technique
or project kit to help further our members in their 
artistic ability. In addition, we offer various coordinating 
add ons for those ladies who can never have too 
many scrappy goodies!
Our forums are filled with some of the most talented 
scrapbookers on the net and ALL of our members are 
warm, welcoming, fun, and willing to share what they know 
with any “Swirly Sister” who wants to know. Our members 
encourage one another whole-heartedly and with unmatched 
humour. Swirlydoos has a very welcoming, yet tight 
“family feel” to it, this is a characteristic we cherish. 
Come check us out at 
and see for yourself what sets Swirlydoos apart from 
other scrapping communities on the net!

You might have read earlier that our Guest Designer ,
Leanne Pearce has a GORGEOUS etsy shop filled with 
her amazing and very UNIQUE handmade creations called...

THANK YOU so much and WELCOME Swirlydoos 
and The Chip Chop Shop!


How would you like to be our  
Guest Designer for December
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,the first placed 
winner as chosen by the Design Team will win this prize..

The complete October kit from Swirlydoos kit club.

This kit is simply stunning. It includes the captivating  
Vintage Blue line from Glitz Designs, papers, flowers, 
wood flourishes and rub ons from Kaisercraft, Prima Resin
Old Window, Maya Road wooden spools and pearl pins 
and much much more.

This time we also have 2 prizes to give away to RANDOMLY chosen people!

The first prize for one randomly chosen winner will receive 
a mixture of products from "the chip chop shop" to the value 
of $25.00 plus postage.

Our other randomly drawn winner will receive the gorgeous
Webster's Pagespaper collection Ladies and Gents which
includes 1 sheet of alphas, 1 die cut paper, 1 vellum paper, 
and 6 sheets of patterned paper.
Don't forget that 5 projects will be voted on by the 
Design Team to be our Top 5 featured projects. 
So that could be your name and your project on
our winners banner at the top of this blog 
for a whole 2 weeks.

 Please refer to the Once Upon a Sketch blog 
for the rules and please support us and play along!


Keshet said...

How fun! Love seeing new faces!

Nadia Cannizzo said...

Thank you SO much Helen! No prob at all about the votes. Get some sleep girl!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Wowwwwwwwww! The ladies created some GORGEOUS lo's! :):):):):):):):):):):)

Evgenia Petzer said...

cool addition to the amazing team!

and my october was so busyyyy

now having a bit more relaxed time

Leonie said...

Glad the spring cleanings going well. I'm afraid my spring cleaning is rapidly heading towards being summer cleaning!!!! Thing are certainly getting busier this time of year. Great Samples from your GDT. I have this sketch and photo's printed out for this challenge already. :)

Chantal Vandenberg said...

TFS this, Helen! Looks like a real corka!!!!!
Have a great day!

Chantal Vandenberg said...

Hi again Helen! You're welcome - glad you like it! Now you've finally got some PP to play with! The wait is over! Don't tell me you got your PP parcel on the same day too! LOL! Happy scrappin'! :D

Eila Sandberg said...

One good thing with it getting dark at 4 p.m. over here is that nobody can see how dirty our windows are tee hee ... I can totally appreciate a good spring clean though, but our will have to wait till X-mas. Soooo much good news at OUAS! love your description of the new DT super troupers :)) and Leean, oh awesome awesome Leeann! xoxoxo