Friday, August 3, 2012

OUAS August Challenge- Seasons

Hi Girls,

Sorry about not being around much lately, but have had major computer issues and have only been able to access a computer at my sister's home in the last few weeks.  Hubby wasn't at home to fix the problems, which was a real pain!!   He's home now and has done a massive overhaul, but it took quite a bit of work setting it up.  Everything seems to be working OK now, and I can get back to normal and hopefully get around to leaving a bit of love.

Well, it's the beginning of the month and the new challenge is up at Once Upon A Sketch.  Thank you to all our wonderful supporters... last month we had 117 amazing entries.. a winner should be announced in the next few days.  Here are the details for the challenge.  

Theme: Season (Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring)
We would like you to create a layout and interpret the theme "Season" 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: current season in your part of the world, favourite season, seasonal traditions on your part of the word, a childhood memory, a summer romance, what summer/autumn/winter/spring brings for you, baby it's cold outside, summer loving, spring is in the air, autumn breeze, summer holidays, seasonal changes, etc etc. Anything goes ..
Pop on over to the OUAS blog to see all the gorgeous creations from our super talented Design Team and prepare to be inspired.  While you are there check out all the amazing prizes up for grabs, donated by our fabulous sponsors.  This month we have a wonderful BRAND NEW featured sponsor, who have donated 3 fabulous prizes - The Flying Unicorn online store and kit club!!  So it's well worth having a go and putting in an entry.  I can't wait to see them all, but I have to say you guys make it so difficult to choose our winners!!  Don't forget there will be a further DT reveal on the 15th with more gorgeous LO's to inspire you.

Here is my take on this month's challenge.
Perfect Spring Day
Sketch Designed by Nadia Cannizzo
Couldn't go past creating a Spring LO as this is my favourite time of the year, with so many beautiful flowers blooming, it's like a little piece of heaven.   I don't know why but I always think of the fresh shades of purple green and white when I think of Spring, so of course I used this colour palette on my page and it matched perfectly with my photo of Brittany in our garden, surrounded by a beautiful Geisha bush.

I can't resist mixing different paper ranges together and have used some Basic Grey, Lily Bee, Prima and Kaisercraft here with some yummy flowers from Prima and Manor House Creations.  Part of being on such a fabulous DT is getting to work with yummy products from our generous sponsors.  I have used a lovely kerri flourish and lower case alpha chippies from Imaginarium Designs and some pretty mauve ribbon from Scrapbook Fantasies, which I threaded through my fence diecut and tied onto my tag which has some hidden journaling.

List of Materials:  Imaginarium chipboard flourish and alphas, Scrapbook Fantasies ribbon, Basic Grey, Prima, Lily Bee and Kaisercraft papers, Prima notecard, flowers and cabochon, KandCo layered  embellishment, Crafters Workshop script stencil, Cheery Lynn doily die, Dienamics fence die, Martha Stewart butterfly and border punches, Carolees tiny type alphas, lilac glimmermist, paint, gesso

**This is an international blog, so anyone can enter.
**To be considered for a prize winning spot on our Top 5, our featured layouts or the random prize, you need to stay as close to the journalling criteria as possible. The reason we cannot be lenient on this, is because we set specific requirements to challenge and inspire you from just interpreting the sketch that will be given to you. We need to make it fair on everyone, so we would really hate for you to create an amazing project, but not be a winner because the journalling requirements were not met.

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

**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.
**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 August 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.

Thanks so much for stopping by :))


  1. Hi Cathy... my goodness this looks amazing. I love these colors together, they are gorgeous.. and with that beautiful photo of your DD this looks wonderful.. love it lots.. and thanks for your visit to my blog.. I really appreciate it!

  2. Totally love the colours on this page, really awesome layout, have a great weekend :)

  3. Cathy your LO is amazingly beautiful! the purple makes it very elegant and striking! stunning creation and a stunningly beautiful girl! ♥

  4. Stunning, love the purple punched border!

  5. Your layout is absolutely gorgeous! I just love the colours that you used - such a unique combination for spring!

  6. This is just SOOOO pretty- incredibly feminine yet bold- love it!


  7. Wow! This layout is breathtaking Cathy! Love all the beautiful colours and gorgeous texture.
    Hope you have a lovely weekend. xx

  8. Great purple spots in the page...i love this color, much more girly to me than pink.

    Tks for visiting my blog Cathy, it´s always my pleasure play along at OUAS and Berry 71 Bleu.

  9. Oh my Cathy this really is gorgeous! as Erin says; incredibly feminine yet bold. Love how you have mixed ranges and products, you always have such a keen eye to doing it with a truly beautiful result! xox

  10. Oh so pretty, beautiful soft colours, such an elegant page. I really like the scrip stencil, I haven't seen that before so might have to track it down, it looks just lovely on your page. xx

  11. Simply amazing work CAthy! Well done on a FANTASTIC layout. LOVE LOVE what you created for OUAS this month. You work with colour so well :) SO happy you are on my team :) Hope the computer issues are fixed soon !

  12. Beautiful work Cathy! Love that picket fence with the ribbon & gorgeous bouquet!!

  13. Absolutely stunning!!! You have inspired me to play along! Except I'll scrap my fave season - Summer! :D

  14. Wow, this is gorgeous!! Love your color palette and your use of the script stencil is eye catching!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  15. Goodness, this is just so beautiful. I love the papers you have chosen

    XX Carla

  16. I so love the purple in this stunning layout Cathy!

  17. Beautiful the script stencil!

  18. Spectacular Cathy, just love what you have done with the sketch and such a pretty color combo!

  19. This is so, so gorgeous! I love the colour combo & how you used that template...& as always, such a beautiful photo of your girl! :)