Sunday, July 1, 2012

OUAS - July Reveal

Hi Girls,
Sorry for the recent absence, but I have had so much going on at home, which hasn't left me much time to be in front of my computer... but I will be around this week to catch up and see what you have all been creating.

Today is my reveal for Once Upon a Sketch.  I am so excited to be teamed with such an amazingly talented and inspirational group of ladies.. it's a little daunting seeing how talented all the girls are!!.. and a huge thank you to the lovely Nadia for inviting me to be part of it all.

This month the theme is:   Friends
We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "Friend", however you like, based on the following sketch. You can journal as little or as much as you like, but your layout must incorporate this theme and the sketch below. 

**Please make sure that we see some sort of journalling on your layouts and please tell us where your journalling is . Hidden journalling is perfectly fine**

Ideas for journalling: one of your current friends, a childhood friend, an unexpected friendship,what having friends mean for you, a friend that you miss or have lost, family member who is your closest friend, a scrappy/online friend, a special person that has touched your life, someone who has helped you out lately, a friend that you couldn't do without, your children's friends/classmates etc.

Pop on over to the OUAS blog site to see all the gorgeous creations from the Design Team.  I am hoping you will all be inspired to enter this month's challenge and can't wait to see all the fabulous entries.  

Sisters Are Friends For Life
For this challenge I am sharing a LO I created about my most important friendship, which is with my sister.  We are very different in our personalities and sometimes we have our moments like all siblings, but we are always there for each other.  Even though we don't always vocalise our feelings, we are very close.  I do find it difficult to write down my thoughts and feelings, and am so glad I did on this LO.  My sister always checks out my creations and even though she didn't like the photo of her, which I think is lovely, she did love the LO and was very touched when she read the journaling.

For my LO I used the sketch (of course) and the colours in my photo to inspire me.  I mixed some lovely pp's in soft aquas, pinks and white which I layered, fussy cut and distressed and decided to create a background using stamps and glimmermist as I couldn't find just the right paper to fit in.  For my journalling I made a tag which is hidden under the photo and a lovely quote which reads:  "True friendship is seen through the heart, not through the eyes."

List of Materials:  MME, The Scrap Cake, Prima, Websters, Basic Grey pp's, corrugated card, Prima flowers, leaves and resin embellishments, tag, Scrapbooking Fantasies ribbon,  mulberry cherry blossoms and flower bud stalks, Collections butterflies, Hambly transparency, Cosmo Cricket rubon, Tim Holtz stamp, Girls Paperie stamp, Mpress stamp,  paper doily, glimmermist, Versamagic ink.
**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter.
**You are free to combine Once Upon A..Sketch challenges with other challenges. We don't mind at all!!!
**You are allowed to enter only layouts  for our challenges.
**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 July 31st, Australian Eastern Standard Time.
The Design Team will vote and the Top 5 layouts PLUS Top 5 featured layouts will be
announced soon after the challenge has finished.
**You may enter as many times as you like.
**Also, please consider turning off word verification for comments on your blog.

We have some fantastic prizes sponsored by:  

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Cathy :))


  1. You've done an amazing job Cathy. So pretty.

  2. Such a pretty feminine page Cathy. Love it :)

  3. Lovely to see you back in blogland Cathy!! Your layout is so pretty. Beautiful colours and totally fabulous fussy cutting. :-) xo

  4. Hey there Cathy - This is just so so beautiful! I love all the fussy cutting ((Hand cramp!!)) and the lovely distressed layers..yum!

  5. Oh this is so beautiful Cathy, I love the photo, you both are gorgeous girls!! and the layout is amazing, with all the fussy cutting and flowers and a wonderful take on the sketch!! Love this, and I am sure your sister will too!1

  6. Beautiful layers and details , welcome back to blogland :)

  7. how wonderful to see your work over at OUAS .. so happy for you and this page is so divine .. love that pic of you and your sister ... fantabulous work Cathy ... hugz x

  8. Beautiful page and tribute to your sister Cathy. She must have loved it. Gorgeous creation for your first challenge at OUAS.

  9. Gorgeous Cathy! Such a wonderful pic of you and your sister and a lovely layout to document your special friendship. I don't have a sister and often wish I did. Hope you hace a lovely week. xx

  10. This is so beautiful, Cathy!!! I love that you did a page about your sister, I agree that they are the most important friends :) I love all of the layers and flowers and beautiful colors!!!

  11. Your Lo is absolutely,beautiful,delicate and soft!!! Love it!!

  12. Wow, what a stunning layout! It is so beautiful and feminine. I really love the fussy cut flowers and butterflies and all the layering that you did.

  13. Just Beautiful Cathy....the layout and the photo:) The colours are so soft and this colour combo.

  14. This one is stunning I adore your layers.....

  15. Wow - what beautiful soft colours! You have done such a lovely job with them - what a beautiful layout, Cathy!!!

  16. This is TRULY BEAUTIFUL Layout Cathy!! The layers are FAB & all that Fussy Cutting is AMAZING..... x

  17. Gorgeous lo Cathy. I love all that fussy cutwork. Lovely pic of you and your sis.. So pleased you're on the team.

  18. How blessed you are to have a sister, I have none and have always longed for her. The photo of you both is just lovely, dunno why your sister doesn't like it. I do love the colours and the layers are wonderful as always in your pages, gorgeously designed darling! xoxox

  19. Just gorgeous Cathy! Love all the yummy layers and details! Perfection at its best!

  20. Cathy your LO is stunning! I love all the layering and the fussy cutting on your project! and the colors you used here are so yummy! ♥ and off course the picture of 2 beautiful ladies - all in all it made an amazing project!

  21. Cathy, I love your page!!! You are incredibly talented girl!!!!

  22. Your gorgeous flowers perfectly complement the photo!

  23. Layers and layers of gorgeousness Cathy - LOVE it :)

  24. Thank you so much for your comment in my blog and for my page!
    It means a lot:0)
    Have a nice day!

    PS: and your LO is stunning! Love the colors and the layering! ;0)

  25. What a beautiful layout, love the pastel colourscheme

  26. Congrats on your appointment to Once Upon a Sketch Cathy - your layout is simply sublime. It really is a visual treat - truly awesome work! I so miss not having the time to blog hop - your blog is always a wonderful treat to visit, my apologies for not making it as often as I would like & as it deserves. I have always been and will always be a massive fan though!