Saturday, September 8, 2012


Hi Girls,

For the month of September Once Upon a Sketch is teaming up with Colour Stories Inspiration  (CSI).

Debbi Tehrani, and Nadia have worked pretty hard behind the scenes to coordinate everything so we can provide you with cool challenges and PLENTY of inspiration throughout September. We have members of CSI as well as our main sponsor 7 Dots Studio as guests at Once Upon A..Sketch this month.

First of all , there will be FOUR challenges here at Once Upon A..Sketch for September instead of our usual 1 challenge . This is because CSI has 4 challenges each month. Each challenge will be revealed on Saturday morning (Australian time) to coincide with the challenge reveals at CSI in the USA and you MUST remember that you will have just 9 days per challenge to enter your layouts here on our side bar. As you know usually our challenges are month long.

Now, we know that Once Upon A..Sketch is not a colour challenge site like CSI but...we thought we would give you something different and something more exciting to try. Why not right?

Our winners here at Once Upon A..Sketch will be announced at the beginning of October and our Design Team will look at ALL the entries from ALL the challenges. So the more challenges you play along at, the more chances you have of being one of our challenge/prize winners or Top 5 Featured layouts. This is a little different to CSI who announce their "featured" layouts on a weekly basis.

Lastly, everything will go back to normal in October and we will have a reveal October 1st as usual. So I hope you guys have fun and enjoy what we have planned for you. Don't forget that the entries for this challenge are due by 2:00pm Monday 17th of September Australian Eastern Standard Time.

Come and check out the link HERE to see this weeks gorgeous creations and all the amazing prizes up for grabs by all our fabulous sponsors.

For this challenge, you must use :
*the SKETCH provided
* all the colours in the SCHEME
* at least 2 elements from the EVIDENCE
* at least 1 element from the TESTIMONY!
Here is my interpretation of the challenge.   
Sketch: I decided to flip the sketch.
Scheme: I used the colour palette which was a bit out of my comfort zone, but I love how it came out.    
Evidence:  Used some mesh in my layers and a mesh mask.  Fibres are woven into the chipboard clock and on my metal banner.
Testimony:  Used some of the letters in inspiration image and scattered my journaling.

List of Materials:  Basic Grey, Kaisercraft, Crate Paper, Graphic 45 and Pink Paislee pp's, Imaginarium and Scrapmatts chipboard, Scrapbook Fantasies ribbon, Basic Grey alpha stickers, Bo Bunny & Echo Park stickers, metal charms, fibres, mesh, Viva Ferro past, paint, ink

** The deadline for this challenge (FOR THIS MONTH ONLY) is 2:00pm Monday 17th of September 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.
** To be eligible for a prize or a feature at BOTH Once Upon A...Sketch and Color Stories Inspiration you must enter both challenges by the due date. It is NOT compulsory to play along at both challenges.
**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.
**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. This really caught my eye when I was scrolling through the pages. I just love that photo and wow Cathy, gorgeous elements in this page. Love it.
    And I hope you have a wonderful wonderful Birthday. xx

  2. This is really fantastic Cathy! Love all the elements you've used.
    gorgeous photo too.

  3. Like Jasmine said, this really stood out at OUAS. Spectacular work, love the depth of warmth and wonderful textures. A fav for me.

  4. Your take on this challenge is really amazing! I love that you added some dark brown to give this lay-out a masculine touch. Really amazing work!

  5. Wowzer Cathy! you never cease to amaze with your creations, boy page or girl page doesn't matter, they are all just gorgeous! love the warm feel and that chippie clock is just fantastic. Beautiful page in every way possible! Mwah!

  6. Beautifully designed! Love the layering and the addition of those rulers sticking out from the top of the photo.

  7. Love this! all the elements are perfect for a male layout!! love the clock, love the rulers.. and what a great photo too!

  8. Stunning page - those layered circular elements with the 'rulers' behind are fab....& I LOVE the colours..outta my comfort zone, you've inspired me there:):):)

  9. WOW!!!!!!!! This is just incredible beautiful !

  10. This is stunning Cathy! Love the colours and design and the fabulous close up pic of your DS.
    Hope you are having a great weekend. xx

  11. Breathtaking Cathy, yours was one of my favourites from this reveal. Adore that photo too!

  12. yep I agree with Georgia, simply breathtaking. you create such masterpieces, love them all .. warm hugz x

  13. Wow. wow,...I think this is fab!! The layering and elements are awesome!!

  14. Wow!!! What a gorgeous, masculine LO with so many amazing details!! ~ Blessings, Tracey

  15. Gorgeous male layout Cathy - spectacular!!

  16. I had to come say this is fabulous I like the colors everything!