Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Sweet Sketch Wednesday and The Stamping Boutique!

I figured alot of my readers had been watching the news about the Susan Cox Powell Family. My  daughter, Amber, is one of Susan Cox Powell's good friends.  Most all the pictures you have seen in the news media were taken by my daughter several months before the disappearance of Susan Cox Powell. On Sunday after the devastating news my daughter, Amber, put this black and white collage together in tears. My daughter's heart is broken by this horrible act. I would like to pay tribute to my daughter, Amber, and to the Susan Cox Powell Family and hope that we as bloggers can keep these families in our prayers. If you have Facebook and time line you may become a follower of  Hardman Photography and use this on your time line. Any other use is not permitted.

Love and prayers from Arlana and all of us at Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Sweet Sketch Wednesday Sketch 140-47

                                                              Photo Credit

Can you believe that it is almost Valentine's Day?
This is Patti posting for you today and I wanted to give each of you that visits and participates with us each week a beautiful bouquet of roses and a thank you for doing so! We would be nothing without you and our wonderful sponsors.

This week's sponsor is the fabulous Tracy and The Stamping Boutique!

Tracey Malnofski's resume reads like a who's who of the Stamping Industry. Besides being the owner and a designer for The Stamping Boutique, she's also a stamp artist for Unity Stamp Company and has also worked for InStyle Stamps, Squigglefly, and The Digi Shack. She's a professional artist and an active member of the Artist' Guild in her community.Tracey has quite a busy household with a husband, 3 teenagers, 5 mini-dachshunds and an Appaloosa mare. It's noisy, but she loves them all. Her "Boutique" has it all - fairytale, whimsy, sentimental . . . and Candy!

Here's what Tracey says about her Stamping Boutique. 

"The Stamping Boutique" is dedicated to quality products and original artwork. We not only provide wonderful digital images in our store, but also several lines of red rubber images. Our designers are chosen for their character and personality, as well as, their beautiful designs. We work hard to give you our very best. Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor this week.

You can find a link to her blog and store Here .

Arlana has a wonderful sketch for you to work with this week and I know all of us on the team had fun with it.

If this is your first time visiting Sweet Sketch Wednesday, welcome! I hope you will enjoy joining us for our challenge this week. We have some new rules and I will be posting them at the bottom, so please everyone look at these and follow them to be eligible for the wonderful Grand Prize this week from The Stamping Boutique, 3 digis of the winners choice.

Now for last week's Grand Prize Winner:

  Our Top Three Winners:




As always, congratulations to our winners and to all who participated. We love seeing your beautiful creations. Don't forget to grab your badges from our sidebar!

Now, what you have been waiting for, the inspiration from our talented design team....

Please click on each of our names to be taken to our blogs, if you have time we would love to hear your comments on our cards.

Now, the rules, not always fun to read.... but necessary:

1.      Create a card using the sketch of the week. Remember to follow it without changing the orientation or flipping it.   A flower can be any embellishment or a sentiment. Small dots can be brads, jewels, pearls, flowers or other embellishments. Remember to follow the main layout and shape of the sketch. For example: If the sketch is an oval, it needs to be an oval. A vertical rectangle needs to be a vertical rectangle. However, if the layer behind a circle is a zigzag, it can be a scallop, another circle or whatever you want it to be.

2.     Use an image from this week’s sponsor (The Stamping Boutique).  Feel free to use one of their freebies, if available.  We appreciate our sponsor’s generosity in offering you a prize for your creativity!

3.     Post this week’s sketch along with your card on your blog with a link back to Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

4.     If posting to an online gallery, please use Sweet Sketch Wednesday #140-47.

5.     Click into Inlinkz to add your card to this week’s sketch challenge.

6.     Leave a comment for us on this blog.  You must do this to be considered for the Grand Prize.

So grab Arlana's sketch #140-47 and an image from

The Stamping Boutique and begin your creation!

We are looking forward to seeing your creations this week.



NOTE: Remember to follow the sketch,
post the sketch on your blog,

use an image from The Stamping Boutique and
leave us a comment below
to qualify for the Grand Prize and Top 3!

There is a freebie available if you sign up for The Stamping Boutique Journal on their sidebar.
Thank you, Dragon Lady, our No. 2 player.

You are always welcome to play along.
We love your inspiration!
For our last minute players there is a wonderful FREEBIE at THE STAMPING BOUTIQUE CHALLENGE BLOG.  It is only available for 24 hours....looks like until TUESDAY MORNING. 
Enjoy!  We would love to have you play along with it here at SSW!  Happy Crafting!


  1. Thanks for showcasing all these beautiful cards. I like arlana.

    Resume Examples

  2. Congrats to the winners!
    Loving all the cards this week.

    Arlana, my prayers have been with this family since the mother came up missing. I just do not have words to express how sad it was to hear about the boys.

  3. Whoooo I'm delighted to be SSW winner, thank you so much.Also congrats to the rest of the winners too

    The DT cards are fabulous again this week, hoping to find some time to join in again


  4. Lovely creations from the DT..

  5. Arlana, thank you for posting that beautiful tribute of Susan and her precious boys! Amber, your collage is so lovely. My love and prayers are with all of us who are suffering from this terrible act!
    Patti, your post is beautiful! Thanks for all your help. The bouquet of Valentine flowers remind me that Spring is just around the corner. All of the DT cards and TBS images are so yummy!
    Congrats to our winners this week. We loved seeing the inspiration of all of our players.
    Happy Crafting!

  6. Good morning everyone. Firstly Arlana my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family and the loss of that beautiful mum and those wonderful little boys.

    Congratulations to our winners this week keep up the great work and I'm really looking forward to seeing this weeks cards. Thank you Tracey from The Stamping Boutique, for sponsoring us and letting us use you awesome images. Patti thanks to the post this week it looks great and to Arlana I loved this sketch the first time and now the second time on Sweet Sketch Wednesday. Wishing everyone a great week crafting.
    Kathie SSW-DT

  7. My prayers are with Arlana and her family, I am thinking of you.

    Anne-Marie x x

  8. What a wonderful tribute to the family of Susan Powell. My heart truly goes out to them. Amber, and the Cox family are in my prayers.
    Patti, your post is wonderful and thanks so much for the time and effort all of the DT puts in to help run SSW. We really appreciate it. Thanks to Tracey for sponsoring us this week. It was really fun to create with your images. I can't wait to see what our followers come up with this lets bring the inspiration.
    Hugs, Nancy

  9. I realized I did all my post today except for on my own blog. Thanks so much for your thought and prayer for the Cox family, my daughter and me. I know my daughter wanted to go to the services and some one has answered her prayers. thanks for the sweet post Patti big thanks to Tracy for sponsoring us. to the design team for all they do each and every week. cant wait to see all the new inspiration this week. HUGS Arlana

  10. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Susan Cox Powell and with you and your daughter, Arlana. Beautiful tribute. Thanks for another great sketch to work with this week. I enjoyed playing along! And thanks so much for selecting my card to be in the Top 3 last week! I am honored!

  11. Beautiful sketch again!! And all the cards are lovely!! I made a with Dutch design and a beautiful digi from Tracey.
    groetjes Tinie

  12. Thanks for a fantastic sketch! Just the inspiration I was looking for. I also loved all the DT samples--simply stunning. :)

  13. Beautiful sketch this week! I used the candy store digital of TSB. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Susan Cox Powell and with you and your daughter, Arlana. Beautiful tribute.
    Greetings Elise

  14. Hi girls!! How have you all been? Loved the sketch Arlana. Hugs to all.

    BTW - Great DT line up, but then again, it always is.

  15. Top sketch this week. Thanks for inspiration :-)