Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Sweet Sketch 194-5: Digi Stamp Boutique

Greetings from chilly Colorado 

This week, since we are having a burst of warm weather before more snow moves in tomorrow, we decided to go to the Cripple Creek Ice Festival.  

The festival takes place in a former gold rush town in the mountains.  It was great to look at the old buildings, as well as take in the beautiful ice carvings.  The carvers start with 160 pounds of ice and create AMAZING things.  Since it was warmer than normal, the poor sculptors were spending a lot of time repairing previous creations rather than making new pieces.

This year's theme was Greek Mythology.  This carver is working on Apollo in his chariot but he and his fellow sculptors also made Zeus, Pegasus, a cyclops, a winged victory and even a ice maze and slide for the kids to run through. 

It was a wonderful day (though a little chilly)

Let’s get started by announcing the winners of last week’s challenge…..

The Grand Prize Winner of Sketch #193 is: LISA LYNN
Congratulations!  Please email Krista, owner of Saturated Canary Digis.
Find her info at:
to receive your 2 free digis.
Subject: Saturated Canary  and SSW February 2013 Winner
Remember to include the names of the 2 digis you would like.

Be sure to grab your winner’s badge from the sidebar and display it proudly on your blog.

Our Top Three are:
1. MOJCA #5 

2. ANNETTE #18 


Amazing job girls! Please grab your Top 3 badge from the sidebar and post it on your blog!

Are you ready for Sketch 194-5?

We're bringing out an oldie but a goodie. This is a sketch from the past, please click here to see what the SSW DT created for Sketch 5

It's the third Wednesday of the month so that means we are sponsored by the fabulous Sally-Ann from Digistamp Boutique. We are so grateful for her continued support of our work. She is offering up 6 free digis to the winner of this week's challenge! Wa-hooo.

My work means the world to me - it allows my passion to draw and create, to fit with my family life too - often the inspiration for my designs. Hope you enjoy as much as I enjoy creating.”

This week the team knocked it out of the ballpark with their cards. Come and look at what your fabulous Sweet Sketch Wednesday design divas created using Sally-Ann's fun images.

Kathie from Kathie'z Kardz

Nancy from Mulberry Station

Linda from Stampers Touch

Jeannie from Dragonfly Journeys

Sharon from Inklined To Stamp

Here are the Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge rules for playing along:

1. Create a card using the sketch of the week. If you have Digistamp Boutique, we’d love to see what you can do with them. However, you may use any stamp or element you have to create your card.

2.If you are posting to an online gallery, please use Sweet Sketch Wednesday #194-5 as your label or tag 

3. Add the sketch of the week to your blog and include a link back to Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

4. Post your card on your blog along with the link to SSW. 

5. Sign in to InLinkz and add a direct link back to your card on your site.

6. Be sure to leave a comment here on this site and please remember that this is one of the rules to be considered for the Grand Prize.

Note: The challenge closes on Tuesday evening, 7:00 pm MST.

Good luck, I can't wait to see what you create!

Joanna and 



  1. It's amazing what people can do with a block of ice!! Beautiful DT cards! Have a nice day, Colinda

  2. Thanks for choosing my card for the Grand Prize, I greatly appreciate it. Wonderful samples from the talented DT. Great pictures from Colorado - my driveway is full of ice, but nothing like that. I agree it is amazing what people can do with it and I just hope I don't fall.

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  4. Hi everyone from a very warm sunny New Zealand. We can hardly get any rain let alone snow or ice. It was meant to have rained the other day and we are still waiting our beautiful green lawn looks like a desert very brown. Congratulations to Lisa and our Top 3 cards awesome work ladies there were so many lovely cards this week. Thank you Sally-Ann for being our wonderful monthly sponsor which we really appreciate and we love working with your fun images. Thanks to Joanna for your wonderful posting and photo's I would have loved to have visited Cripple Creek Ice Festival and seen those Ice Carvings they are totally amazing. There is so much talent and architecture and design put into these carvings and it all melts with away and nothing to show for it. These carvers are so talented. Take care everyone and I'm really looking forward in seeing your cards this week with this very old sketch.
    Kathie SSW-DT

  5. Congrats to Lisa and our 3 runner ups!
    Thanks for the great post Joanna. I just love the ice shows, one problem it is always so cold! Sally Ann your are such a loyal sponsor...Thank you! Have a super week.
    Hugs, Heide

  6. Good morning everyone!! What a fabulous poft. I love the ice carvings. It amazes me of the talent that is out there in the world. I just wish this kind of work of art would last. It is too bad that it is for such a short time. I wish I could be there to see it too. Beautiful work. Contrats Lisa for winning the grand prize this week and congrats to our top three. We had some amazing cards this week. Thanks to Sally Ann.. We really appreciate your monthly sponsorship. I can't wait to see what everyone creates this week. Happy crafting!!
    Hugs, Nancy

  7. Thanks so much for picking me as one of your top picks. Congrats to the other winners too.

  8. oh thank you so much for picking me for top 3! congrats to the winner. hugs! Mojca

  9. Amazing how much detail they can get into blocks of! Gorgeous DT how different they all are. x

  10. The linky tool has disappeared, so here's my entry for this week's sketch challenge

  11. love the dt cards and the pics of the ice festival. janex

  12. That ice festival looks really cool Joanna. I've never been to anything like that before.

    Wonderful sketch, will definitely use this one again. Lovely DT inspiration, too.

  13. Joanna, this looks like such an amazing Ice Festival. I would love to be there to see it! Thanks so much for your post this week! Arlana, this is a great sketch from the past! Congrats to our winners again this week! You are always amazing to us! We love your creations! DT, I'm loving your creations this week!
    Hugs, Judi

  14. I would love to see the Ice Festival! It looks fascinating! Thanks for another great sketch! I hope it is ok that I traded sides for the one pp. I love sketch challenges the best! The DT inspirations are wonderful too! hugs and God bless.

  15. Such a great sketch and inspiration by the team! I bet the ice sculptures are spectacular viewed IRL.

  16. Thanks for another great sketch and challenge! The DT creations are terrific! I enjoyed playing along again this week!

  17. Wonderful challenge and great cards from the DT.

  18. Making cards with your wonderful sketches is easy-peasy !:)

  19. Another fun sketch this week! The DT cards are gorgeous! Thanks for the fun.

  20. Awesome DT cards (again.. .as usual :)) and a sketch I loved!! Thanks!!

  21. fantastic dt cards ladies and another fabulous sketch,i turned the sketch for my card, i hope thats ok :D

    xx coops xx

  22. Awesome sketch this week! Great cards by the DT!

    -Lori Byrns

  23. FABULOUS sketch this week and love the DT creations.

  24. I really like this weeks sketch and the DT have done wonders with it xx

  25. Love the sketch! It was fun to work with! Fab creations by the DT!

  26. Thanks for a great sketch - again! Love your DT inspiration too, as always. I'm so envious of that ice too - it's HOT here, still 32C and it's 11pm, cooling down to 25C on the weekend, that'll be nice - though not quite cool enough for those ice sculptures, lol. Donna ☺