Wednesday, July 13, 2011

SWEET SKETCH WEDNESDAY 110-32 AND STAMP FAIRY

Good morning everyone. This is Nancy from Sunny and Hot Arizona. We are in the beginning stages of the monsoon season here.  The days are very hot and humid.  This past week we got rain almost every day.  What a blessing, since we don't get too much rain any other time of the year.  It has been wonderful to have the wet stuff. 
I am going to take a little different twist on our site seeing of places around the world. 
Arizona is rich in Indian history. So, I would like to share with you some of the Indian sites that are fairly close to my home. 

MONTIZUMA'S CASTLE
JUST PAST CAMP VERDE, ARIZONA
Gaze through the windows of the past into one of the best preserved cliff dwellings in North America. This 20 room high-rise apartment, nestled into a towering limestone cliff, tells a 1,000 year-old story of ingenuity and survival in an unforgiving desert landscape.





 OAK CREEK CANYON
Oak Creek Canyon is about 12 miles (19.2 km) long and ranges in width from 0.8 to 2.5 miles (1.3 to 4 km). The depth of the canyon ranges from 800-2,000 feet (240 to 600 meters). However, due to the faulting that played a major role in the formation of Oak Creek Canyon, the west rim of the canyon is 700 feet (210 meters) higher than the east rim. The average elevation of the west rim is 7,200 feet (2,160 meters) while the east rim elevation is 6,500 feet (1,950 m)




Oak Creek, a tributary of the Verde River, flows along the bottom of the canyon and is one of the few perennial streams in the high desert region of northern Arizona. Oak Creek is largely responsible for carving the modern Oak Creek Canyon although movement along the Oak Creek Fault, a 30 mile (48 km) long north-south normal fault line, is thought to have played a role as well.


The waters of Oak Creek were what first attracted settlers and Native peoples to this area, and today this stream still lures visitors to Sedona -- especially in summer, when the cool shade and even cooler creek waters are a glorious respite from the heat of the desert. Two of Arizona's finest swimming holes are located on Oak Creek only a few miles from Sedona, and one of these, Slide Rock, has been made into a state park.





SEDONA, ARIZONA
Cathedral Rock
There is not a town anywhere in the Southwest, perhaps anywhere in the country, with a more beautiful setting than Sedona. On the outskirts of town, red-rock buttes, eroded canyon walls, and mesas rise into cerulean skies. Off in the distance, the Mogollon Rim looms, its forests of juniper and ponderosa pine dark against the rocks. With a wide band of rosy sandstone predominating in this area, Sedona has come to be known as red-rock country, and each evening at sunset, the rocks put on an unforgettable light show that is reason enough for a visit.


Read more: http://www.frommers.com/destinations/sedona/1926010001.html#ixzz1R9Frbhry






HAVASUPIE
at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
There is an indian tribe (Havasupie Tribe) that live at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  You can hike down to the bottom of the canyon or ride a mule on a narrow trail.  Here is a link to learn more about the falls.

MONTIZUMA'S WELL

Montezuma's Well is a sinkhole, a collapsed underground limestone cavern filled with water. More than a million gallons of water a day flow continuously, providing a lush, verdant oasis in the midst of surrounding desert grassland. Montezuma's Well is 368 feet across and 55 feet deep; it sits at an elevation of 3,618 feet.

TUZIGOOT
 Indian ruins


Photographs of Tuzigoot National Monument

Tuzigoot is a small national monument, one of several sites south of Flagstaff where the remains of dwellings of the 12th century Sinagua Indians are preserved. Unlike the single cliff house of Montezuma Castle 20 miles southeast, Tuzigoot comprises a cluster of buildings, on top of a small sandstone ridge close to the Verde River valley near the towns of Clarkdale and Cottonwood. The approach road off Hwy 260 is badly sign-posted and a little difficult to find; it does however pass through an expanse of reeds and bushes around the wide, sandy river bed, crosses a field and then climbs a short distance to the site of the monument. The river plain is home to several unusual species of birds, including the great horned owl.

I hope you have enjoyed our little tour in my part of the world.


 
It's time to announce the Grand Prize winner and Top Three for last week's sketch challenge #109. Drum roll please.....


The Grand Prize Winner is:

CARRIE #4


Congratulations!



Please contact Arlana at sweetberrydesigns@hotmail.com to claim your prize! Be sure to grab your Grand Prize Banner along the sidebar to proudly display on your blog!


And the Top Three are:

#1: KELLY  (#17)

#2: HELEN (#11)

#3. RITA BANKA PODDAR (#15)



Be sure to grab your Top Three Banner on the sidebar! Congratulations to all of you too!



We have a wonderful sketch this week for SSW110-32. The 32 means it was sketch #32 in the past and we are using it again.   Our wonderful sponsor Gerda is from STAMP FAIRY. Take a look....isn't this a great sketch and it's wonderful to work with. Our GRAND PRIZE WINNER will receive (4) four digis of thier choice.


 

ARLANA-SWEETBERRY DESIGNS


GENEVIEVE-GENEVIEVES CREATIONS


LINDA-THE STAMPERS TOUCH


JEANNIE-DRAGONFLY JOURNEY


JACKIE-PAPER MOMENTS


SHARON-INLINED TO STAMP

PATTI-PATTI'S PAPER CREATIONS

 KATHIE- KATHIE'Z KARDZ


NANCY- MULBERRY STATION





JUDI - SWEET BLOOMIN SCRAPS


To play along this week, it' simple:
1. Create a card using the sketch of the week. You may use any stamp or element you have to create your card, however, if you have any STAMP FAIRY, we'd love to see what you do with them.


2. If posting to an on-line gallery, please use Sweet Sketch #110-32.


3. Add a link on your blog to Sweet Sketch Wednesday.


4. Post your card along with the link.


5. Sign in to Inlinkz and add a direct link back to your site.

6. Be sure to LEAVE A COMMENT HERE AS WE LOVE HEARING FROM YOU. YOU MUST DO THIS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THE GRAND PRIZE.

The most important thing of all is to have fun and enjoy your crafting.


 Have a wonderful week and thank you for joining us!  Nancy


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36 comments:

  1. Nancy, what a wonderful post....I am on my way for a visit, lol. Have always wanted to visit the Red Rock area. Beautiful cards, ladies!!

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  2. What a bunch of cute little "bears and girls" this week. The DT cards are sooo cute! Thank you Gerda for sponsoring us the week. Your images are fantastic!! HOpe everyone has a wonderful week!!
    Hugs, Nancy

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  3. What a story of a place to live, its sounds fantastic. I'm so jealous!!! The design cards are wonderful.

    Love Anne-Marie x x

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  4. Yes, the cards are adorable this week! Great job, gals! I love the Stamp Fairy images! Thanks Gerda, for sponsoring us this week! Nancy, your post is so interesting to view and read. I loved seeing all those exciting Indian sites. It would be so fun to explore those places! Congrats to our winners again this week! Hugs! Judi

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  5. Congratulations! to the Winner & the other 2 ladies who made it to the TOP 3. I'm so excited to be one of them.. it's my very 1st time!! Doing the Happy Dance.Thank You Gerda for sponsoring this week. And Nancy your Post is just fabulous!

    Hugs,
    Riti

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  6. Hi Gals, I don't have any Stamp Fairy images but they sure are adorable. I always enjoy your sketches and this week is another winner! Great job to the DT for all the wonderful and inspiring cards~!
    Hugs, Sarah

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  7. Hello sweet Ladies of SSW! Thanks so much for the inspiration in your great sketch and talented DT! I have been having a hard time in the creativity department lately, so it was so so wonderful to make a card today! Thanks again!

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  8. Oh such a sweet post this week Nancy. Thanks for sharing some history and beautiful pictures . What a sweet line up or cards this week. We sure do love Stamp Fairy. Thanks for sponsoring us. Great to see all of our players cards each week too. Such sweet inspiration.

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  9. Great sketch and the DT cards are awesome, as ever
    Beryl x

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  10. Good morning ladies - I have been inspired again to play along! I thought I was going to take a break, but obviously I just can't stay away!!! Love all the Arizona photos and the DT inspiration is FAB again!

    Deanne :)

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  11. Fab sketch and DT cards. This is the first time I've joined your challenge. Wendy x

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  12. Nancy that was so interesting! I really want to visit Arizona now! Beautiful samples from the DT!

    Arabella

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  13. Fab cards Ladies! Such a great collection of colourful cards! Hope you're all keeping well. Wedgie xxx

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  14. Hi - another wonderful sketch - will be using this again. Loved the DT's cards, they are lovely - Michelle x

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  15. Great Sketch!
    Greetings from germany!
    Andrea

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  16. Thanks for choosing me in the Top 3! :0)
    Love the sketch again this week...so I'm sure I'll be back!
    Helen x

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  17. Oh my gosh those bears are SO CUTE!!!!!!
    Rene :D

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  18. Hi Everyone, just a quick posting from Australia. Just called into my sisters for afternoon tea yum yum. Thanks Nancy for such a wonderful posting. Arlana for our wonderful sketch and to Gerda thanks for your awesome images I just loved mine this week. Take care everyone and I hope to been back in New Zealand next Friday.
    Hugs to everyone
    Kathie
    SSW-DT
    xox

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  19. it's been fantastic seeing photographs of the Dt's homelands makes you want to visit them. Enjoyed the challenge .

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  20. Yet another fun sketch! Great examples from the team and Arizona sure does look pretty :)

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  21. Another wonderful sketch and great inspiration too! Thanks so much! and fantastic images!

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  22. oh so wonderful sketch i do participate!
    well done ladies for ll of your cards

    hugs
    céline

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  23. Another great sketch. Thanks!

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  24. Fantastic sketch, just loved using it! Great DT creations as always!
    hugs shell xx

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  25. Great sketch!! And ladies, your cards are again so beautiful!! Thank you for the inspiration!
    groetjes Tinie

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  26. Hi Girls, Thanks for the wonderful DT inspiration and great sketch. I have added a few extra embellishments. If this isn't allowed please feel free to delete my link.

    Lisa x

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  27. Great cards ladies! I have been to those same places and yes, they are beautiful!

    Hugs xx
    Cecelia B

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  28. WOOOHOOO!! Stamp Fairy! YAY! Great inspiration TEAM! Yeehaww!!! I am posting my card tomorrow! Am so excited, cuz this sketch TOTALLY inspired me! Thanks so much.

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  29. Beautiful pictures and beautiful samples! Happy to play along this week!

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  30. Thank you Nancy for sharing with us - Arizona looks like such a wonderful place to live!!! Gorgeous pictures! And thanks for the awesome sketch this week - really enjoyed it - almost as much as I enjoyed all your inspiration cards - WOWZERS!!!! Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat stuff everyone!

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  31. Wow Nancy your home place is something else. Thanks for showing those amazing photos, boy do I want to go there!! The dt cards are just gorgeous, a real inspiration. I haven't been able to play along for a few weeks now so its nice to be back:)

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  32. Again a nice sketch! And what a beautiful pictures this week! I look forward to the next challenge..although I'm going on holiday soon, so you have to miss me for a few weeks...Holiday destination : England!!(here we come!)
    Kind regards, Elise (from Holland!)

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  33. what a gorgeous place to live!! I have entered my card into the challenge--thanks again Arlana for the wonderful sketch to work with!

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  34. Fab cards and the sketch was a joy to work with. Sorry my card is a little last minute. I really really like the photos from around the world by the way. x

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  35. Great cards by the DT's. I love bears.

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  36. Really gorgeous pictures and DT cards! Thanks for another wonderful sketch to work with :)

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