Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December 1st Challenge + Meet our December Guest Designer **IVANA CAMDZIC*


Welcome everyone to another challenge here at Once Upon A...Sketch. We are already in December and the end of the year is just around the corner.


December 1st Challenge

Journalling Criteria/theme: The thing I look most forward to in December.

Write at least 2 sentences on what you look forward to in the next month. December is a festive month so your journalling could be about the Christmas season, the holidays, the presents or if you do not celebrate Christmas what does December bring for you that you look most forward to? Note:You layout DOES NOT have to be about Christmas! It can be about anything December brings.

Other ideas for journalling: an annual holiday or celebration, a specific event such as putting up the Christmas tree or pre Christmas traditions you might have leading up to Christmas, family time, snow covered fields or warmer weather, time off work, school holidays, change of weather, new season fruit.




Guest Designers

It is so wonderful to have this person here as our Guest for December! Please welcome the super talented ..

Ivana Camdzic from Canada

 Hi! My name is Ivana Camdzic. I am 26 years old, I live in Saskatoon, Canada, and I have always enjoyed paper crafting even before I knew it really existed. I started modern-day scrapbooking in 2004 during my University studies as a creative outlet to balance all the hectic schoolwork. Little did I know that it was the start of a serious addiction.  In my life now, not a day goes by without me scrapbooking! I am blessed to be managing our local scrapbook store and I have also been blessed to design for several wonderful companies, such as Webster’s Pages, Scrap That!, Scrapbook Studio and The Craft’s Meow.  I love every minute of what I do and I’m so happy to be able to inspire others doing what I love!

Ivana says: the reason I chose the "home is..." quote is because the thing I look most forward to in Dec. is going home for the holidays! :)

Our winner from our last challenge, Melenia Agapides from Greece , was unfortunately unable to create something in time due to pre-arranged commitments. She was stressed out and because I really did not want her , or anyone, to miss out on having her turn as GDT here at Once Upon A...Sketch, I asked if she wanted to be our Guest Designer in January and she accepted! I also asked the very talented person that was second placed in our last challenge if she would like to be our Guest Designer for December, and she also accepted! Everyone happy!! So please welcome..

Rachael Funnell from Australia

Hi! My name is Rachael Funnell & I’ll turn 35 years young in mid January 2012!!! I live with my wonderful hubby (Jason) & our 2 Gorgeous Kids (Ethan & Chloee) in Central NSW Australia! I’ve been scrapbooking for about 6 years, on & Off.. BUT for the Last 18 Months, scrapbooking has become a daily pleasure in my life......I really enjoy capturing & documenting all those moments in life that I share with my family & friends!! And if you ask my family they would tell you that... I have become a bit of a scrapaholic & photoholic!!! LOL!
Also! I would like to SHOUT OUT a big THANK YOU to the BEAUTIFUL Nadia for giving me this AWESOME opportunity..... I have had a BLAST!!!
drop by my blog sometime: A window To My Scrapping World



And here is Rachael's take on our challenge..

Thank you to our awesome Guest Designers for your outstanding work!


Design Team
(please click on their names to be directed to their blog)




Irini Liolia (Greece)
* Imaginarium Designs, Alphas, numbers, train, swirl and little boy reading..


Vicky Varvadouka (Greece)


Jeni O'Connor (Australia/Canada)
**Imaginarium Designs chipboard oval frame.


Lene Neby (Norway)


Pamela Young (USA) 



Vibeke Harila (Norway) 


Nadia Cannizzo (Australia) 


Sponsors and Prizes

We welcome a BRAND new sponsor to our blog this month! 


HandmadeBy Suzanne is a Perth, Western Australia based Scrapbooking and Craft online retailer.  Stocking an extensive range of the latest beautiful and exciting released scrapbooking and craft products. 
With over 3,500 products online and growing there isn’t much in scrapbooking and craft that we don’t sell!  Our brands include – Kaisercraft, Bo Bunny, Webster’s Pages, Prima, Hambly Screen Prints, Dusty Attic, October Afternoon, Martha Stewart,  Crate Paper, Cheery Lynn, Sizzix - just to name a fraction!

First time customers receive 15% discount off their 1st order.  Simply register and you will receive an immediate e-mail with the details of how to claim your discount.

HBS offers competitive prices, professional service and fast dispatch of your orders.  Orders under $50 are shipped for just $5 flat rate or shipped FREE for orders over $50.  Express Post is also available .  

International Customer?  Yes we ship overseas and for a flat rate of AUD$20 you can access all our wonderful online scrapbooking products and have them posted to your door.  Where the cost of posting is less than $20 we will refund automatically.

And what better timing to have Handmade By Suzanne sponsor us than the month of December, which is their BIRTHDAY SALE month!


Birthday Sale Starts Now! 20% Off Storewide

Handmade By Suzanne is 2 years old in December and to celebrate we are having a month long sale – there is 20% off all items storewide with the exception of the very latest arrivals the previous week 
(No Free Shipping, all orders will have a $5 flat rate postage charge, 1st Order Discounts cannot be applied and no further discount on the sale categories.)


Thank you Handmade By Suzanne for sponsoring our challenges this month!

The winner of this challenge, as chosen by the Design Team, will win a spot on our Design Team for the month of January. As well as that, the winner will also receive a AUD$20.00 voucher (plus FREE shipping) to spend in the store at Handmade By Suzanne!



Here at Once Upon A...Sketch we LOVE to encourage EVERYONE to participate, even those that are fairly new to scrapbooking so this is why we like to offer some prizes for RANDOMLY chosen winner so that everyone feels like they have a chance to win!

One lucky person will receive this prize from Handmade By Suzanne!



And one lucky person will win this..
A set of My Mind's Eye 6 x 6 paper pads in 4 different collections. 


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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 sidebar of this blog 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 December14th, 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.


Sunday, November 27, 2011

***GIVEAWAY WINNER***

WOW! What a response. That gorgeous Melissa Frances kit from Scrap That! was VERY popular indeed. I am SO thankful to you all for your support ..THANK YOU to everyone who took the time to enter our giveaway. How I wish I could have an endless supply of prizes to give away to EVERYONE! Always makes me so sad when only 1 person wins, even though that is the whole point of a giveaway! But, still I wish I would give something to EVERYONE. 

OK OK enough talk..WHO won it? 

Out of 178 entries..the lucky number that was selected by random.org was

#85


HUGE congratulations go to ....

AMALIA TSOUKIA from Greece!!!

Amalia...TODAY IS YOUR LUCKY DAY!! What a good feeling it must be to picked out of SO many people?Please email me at nadiac78@hotmail.com with your details to claim your prize. Again CONGRATS and thank you SO much everyone to entering. 

xoxo Nadia. 



Friday, November 18, 2011

*Giveaway* time

Time for a giveaway here at Once Upon A..Sketch, because we are feeling a little generous and just to thank you for your support.. 

You have a chance to win this gorgeous album kit featuring Melissa Frances 5th Avenue collection...
"Limited Edition Melissa Frances" Kit Contents 
(kit by Scrap That! - Canada's best kit club! ) 
Envelopes and Tags Book
5th Avenue 6 X 6 Paper Pad
5th Avenue Sticker Book
5th Avenue Diecuts
2 Mini Envelopes and Tags
Trinkets & Baubles
Diamond Chandelier Drops
“Mom” Expressive Transfer
Vintage Architectural Molding Appliques
Crepe Paper - Light Blue, Pale Pink, Cream, Pastel Green
4 ZVA Pink Transition Mini Roses
6 ZVA Cream Mini Roses
Vintage Seam Binding


About Scrap That!

Scrap That! scrapbooking and paper crafting kits are unlike any others in Canada but we also ship internationally!  Each month we create a unique and innovative kit FULL of carefully selected high-end, double sided papers, specialty papers, premium embellishments and often include one-of-a-kind specialty and handmade items you won’t find anywhere else. We include a signature product every month for you to collect, a scrapbook layout sketch, and one technique type product including instructions and tips on how to use it. 
Our mission is to nurture your creativity by providing the best products available, at a reasonable price to get the most out of your scrapbooking budget. Each month you will receive tips and tutorials, as well as the support of our design team and our online community. 
Visit our blog HERE  and our ning site HERE


All you need to do is: 

1) Be or become a follower of our blog

2) post about this give away on your blog or Facebook page or wherever you like, together with this picture and a link back to us

3) Link your blog, or Facebook Page or wherever you posted about this giveaway on the bottom of this post using the Inlinkz button. 

The details
* open worldwide
*you have 1 week from today - this giveaway will end on midnight Friday November 25th ( Australian Eastern Standard Time) 

Good luck!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

November 1st **WINNERS**

The Design Team were SUPER fast for me this time. All the votes were in within hours of the challenge ending and I am SO excited to announce the winners of our last challenge. 

Before I do that, I just wanted to share with you a layout created by one of followers which almost ALL the Design Team members asked me to give special mention to. 

This is a very touching layout created by a lady called Rebecca  from France. As a Design Team, we wanted to give you a shout out Rebecca because your layout and journalling on this layout is about a very sensitive subject and we were all touched and humbled that you shared your experience with us at Once Upon A..Sketch. As the creator of this site, I am so so pleased when I see my hopes for this challenge blog realised through pages like yours and through pages of SO many people who are putting pen to paper and journalling away on layouts they normally wouldn't. Rebecca, we thank you for sharing your story with us and hope that through Once Upon A..Sketch you were able to create a layout about such a sensitive issue that you will treasure. You all need to visit Rebecca's blog HERE, to understand what this layout is about. 




OK..now we have a winner of the last challenge..I should actually say a BIG winner because this layout was in the top 2 of each Design Team member's votes!

A VERY BIG congratulations goes to ..

Melenia from Greece

Melenia you nailed this one! The Design Team commented on how there was perfect use of complementary colours and really enticing clusters of embellishments. I agree. Your wok was a stand out and could simply not be overlooked. Well done. 

For your efforts you have won a spot on our Design Team for the month of December and you have also  won this GORGEOUS kit from Swirlydoos  kit club.

Here is your badge to display proudly on your blog and Melenia please contact Irma at irma0408@yahoo.com to get all the info for the December challenges and please contact Patti at phamil@live.com with your details to claim your prize. 



Its time now to announce our ..

Top 5 featured projects 
(in winning order) 

Ladies can I just tell you that as I was putting the votes together your names were constantly popping up and you were all so very close that any one of you could have also been the winner. The Design Team was SO impressed with all of you. 

Rachael Funnell from Australia 

Lisa Barrie from the USA

Treesa Young from Australia 

Marylin Rivera from Puerto Rico 

 and in EQUAL 5th spot Shona Kheen from Canada

and

Rottka from Japan 
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Congratulations girls. Here is your badge for your blogs :o)


Randomly chosen winners

The winner of this gorgeous pack from The Chip Chop Shop 

is..



#42 - Milagros C Rivera  from Puerto Rico who entered this BEAUTIFUL layout..


Congratulations Milagros! Please email Patti at phamil@live.com to claim your prize. 

The winner of the Webster's Pages Ladies and Gents collection 

is


#25 - Puskis from Lithuania who entered this equally gorgeous layout

HUGE congrats!! Puskis, please email me , Nadia, at nadiac78@hotmail.com to claim your prize. 

Thank you all for playing along and supporting our blog. We hope you continue to do so. 

Until next time, its goodbye for now. 

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

November 15th Challenge

Hi everyone, its time for another challenge here at Once Upon A...Sketch. We hope you find some time to play along.


We also officially welcome some new Design Team members, the super talented Maiko Kosugi, Goergia Heald and Larissa Albernaz. Welcome girls.

November 15th Challenge

Journalling criteria: This time the journalling criteria focuses on YOU as a woman OR ANY female in your life. What is the best thing about being a woman? Motherhood? Shopping? Make Up? Girls nights? Gossip? Your journalling can be as long as you wish and in any language, but you must journal at least 2 sentences on the best part of being a woman.

You must combine the journalling criteria with this sketch..


Guest Designers



Our winner from our September 15th Challenge

Here is our permanent Guest Designer from our sponsor Imaginarium Designs..

*Imaginarium Designs Butterflies and alphas 
 
Thank you so much to all our Guest Designers for being here with us this month!


Design Team 
(please click on their names to be directed to their blogs) 



Bente Fagerberg
 *doilies from The Chip Chop Shop



*Imaginarium Designs butterfly and "girl"







**Hidden journaling written on the tags in the envelope pocket.
Imaginarium designs .. flourish and alphas .


Sponsors and Prizes


Our November 15th challenge sponsor is the amazing Australian chipboard company Imaginarium Designs which you can purchase through Seriously Scrpabooking and they are giving away this gorgeous chipboard collection to 1 randomly chosen winner. 






Our Guest Designer, Leeann Pearce has a GORGEOUS etsy shop filled with her amazing and very UNIQUE handmade creations called The Chip Chop Shop which is giving away a stunning collection of goodies to the value of $25.00 to one randomly chosen winner. 


Lastly, the winner of this challenge, as chosen by the Design Team, will receive this embellishment collection from BasicGrey's Jovial line.  Just in time for Christmas...
This collection includes a 6x6 paper pad, and 1 packed each of stitches brads, glazed brads, epoxy stickers, pops stickers, ribbon doilies and clips.



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 right hand side of this blog 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 November 30th , 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. We don't mind at all. 
**Also, please consider turning off word verification for comments on your blog. .