Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Sketch 111 with Digi Stamp Boutique

Welcome everyone to our Sweet Wednesday glad to have each and every one of you, whether old friend or a newbie, not unlike myself. This has been such a fabulous first month as part of the design team here at SSW. I have loved playing at SSW ever since finding this fun challenge blog back in the Winter and the welcome that I have felt from my design team sisters and you the friends that support this great site is just so wonderful. I would like to now introduce you to my part of the universe. My husband and I live in the Appalachain Mountains in the Southwestern part of the great state of Virginia. We both grew up here and think it is one of the best and most beautiful parts of the world. We are near the Blue Ridge Parkway one of the most beautiful and traveled parts of our National Park Service.

The Parkway is 469 miles running between North Carolina and Virginia with superb views and slow winding roads that just beg you to relax and enjoy the world that God has given us. Mabry Mill is located just a little over 30 minutes from where we live and has wonderful memories from my childhood and visits there with my family. Isn't it Beautiful? and in the Fall when the leaves start changing colors.... it is my very favorite season of the year. I love the smell of Apple Cider, seeing the pumpkins and baskets of apples at the fall harvest sales. That is one of the reasons that the area we live in, is so special....we have 4 definite seasons with none of them overly long. Always something to look forward to.

Mabry Mill

Doesn't this look like a magical place to be, in the middle of all those beautiful colors?

We live in a small town of around 6,000 and at the opposite end of our county is the highest point in Virginia, Mt.Rogers which is 5,769 feet above sea level. You will find the Appalachain Trail that runs from Georgia to Maine runs right through this park and wilderness. There are lots of other hiking trails, campsites and horse back riding trails in this beautiful landscape.

Sunset at Rhodendron Gap on Mt. Rogers

Wild ponies at Mount Rogers
So glad to show you a small part of my world and so happy to be able to post for Sweet Sketch Wednesday and to be a small part of yours....thanks again everyone for the warm welcome to the design team.
Now on to our great sketch for this week and all of the important things.

It's time to announce the Grand Prize winner and Top Three for last week's sketch challenge #110, Drum roll please.....

The Grand Prize Winner is:   Michelle Lancaster #15


Please contact Arlana at to claim your prize! Be sure to grab your Grand Prize Banner along the sidebar to proudly display on your blog!
And the top 3 are:

#1: Deanne #10

#2: Lisa #37

#3: Louise #49

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 SSW111 and we are so happy to be sponsored by the lovely Sally Ann at Digi Stamp Boutique who is giving the Grand Prize winner a choice of 6 of her fabulous digital stamps.

This was such a great sketch to work with and we are hoping you will join us this week, as we are looking so forward to seeing your creations!
Now to the oh so talented:

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 Digi Stamp Boutique stamps, we'd love to see what you do with them.

2. If posting to an on-line gallery, please use Sweet Sketch #111.

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.


But, most importantly is for you to have fun with your crafting.
So glad you could stop by for a visit, please visit our team's blogs for more details on the cards and to leave them some love. Have a happy day, Patti.


  1. Good morning ladies. What a fun lineup of cards this week. I loved working with this sketch, Arlana. Patti, your post is beautiful. It sure makes me want to visit.
    Sally Ann, thank again for being our sponsor. We love your images!
    Hugs, Nancy

  2. I'm so pleased to be a Grand Prize winner. Thank you and I will be back with my card for this inspiring sketch - Michelle Lancaster x

  3. Wow I made the top 3!! Only ever done that once before! I like this weeks sketch alot. Will have to try and get time to join in at some point in the next week.

  4. Hi Everyone, well we arrived home from a quick break in Australia at 1am this morning. I'm rather tired as I was in bed by 2.30am and back up at 5am had to drop my husband off for a breakfast meeting at 6am. I was so much warmer on the Gold Coast than it is here in New Zealand today and of course it's raining. Congratulations to all our winners this week sorry I was unable to comment on your cards but I'll make up for it this week. Thanks Patti for such a lovely posting from you part of the world. Arlana just love this sketch it's awesome. Sally-Ann thanks for being such a great sponsor I just adore working with your images. Wishing everyone a wonderful week of crafting.
    Kathie SSW-DT

  5. The Digi Stamp Boutique cards are fabulous this week! I always love working with Sally Ann's images! Arlana, your sketch was so fun too! I really enjoyed the simple layers of this sketch! Congrats to our winner this week! Patti, I think I should make reservations to Virginia soon! I love the scenery there! What a beautiful part of the country you live in! Thanks for a fabulous post!
    Have a great week!
    Judi SSW DT

  6. Oh the fun of Sally's images. Thanks Sally for sponsoring us. Great job DT love the cards this week. A special thanks goes out to Patti. Love the beautiful pictures and sweet job on the post. To our player cant wait to see your cards. Have a sweet week everyone!!!

  7. I really loved working with this sketch. It is truly inspiring. Your cards are truly exquisite girls! Great job!

  8. lovely sketch enjoyed trying a card with it.

  9. Fantastic place to live, lovely sketch.

  10. hiya chickies! whohoo ~ i got to play this week! another fabulous sketch and inspiration. lovin how you all worked the images...yummy!

    and great shots ~ i so love seeing these week after week and where you all are in our corner of the world!

  11. Loved working with your sketch as always,
    H xx

  12. Fabulous Sketch and awesome samples by the design team! Glad I could play along this week!

  13. Wow..once again - your creations are all sooooo wonderful and inspiring! Thanks so much :-) Have a great weekend!!

  14. I have so enjoyed each of you sharing about your hometowns.


  15. Thank you for another interesting sketch. Hugs, Aluna

  16. Awesome Sketch Again This Week And Beautiful DT Inspirations! Have a wonderful weekend! Happy Creating! Sara

  17. I love your sketches and the great inspiration from the DT. Digi Stamp Boutique images are one of my favourite too!


  18. Great sketch and I did get time to join in this week again- yey!! Happy Crafting! x

  19. Happy Saturday! Hope you're all well Ladies, gorgeous DT cards and I loved using this sketch. Wedgie xxx

  20. Good morning to my favorite ladies! Thanks so much for my first nod at Top 3! I am soooo excited!!!

    Deanne :)

  21. Once again another lovely inspiring sketch. I loved looking at the DTs gorgeous cards and reading about Virginia. Michelle x

  22. Another wonderful sketch - thank you!

  23. Again a lovely sketch to work with.
    gr. Liesbeth

  24. Gorgeous Pics--love the one of the horses!!
    I have entered my card--thanks for the inspiration again this week--love the sketch Arlana, and your DT did an awesome once again too!!

  25. Fab sketch & gorgeous DT cards ladies - thanks for the inspiration!
    Helen x

  26. Oooh wat a lovely sketch!! And beautiful cards ladies! Thanks for all the inspiration!
    groetjes Tinie

  27. Great cards Ladies, and a fabulous sketch
    Beryl x

  28. Such beautiful scenery! I've been to VA but never been on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Hope to get there some day.
    Great cards, too!

  29. I love all the projects!!! I just entered my card, great sketch!!!
    brigitteetleschats at hotmail dot com