Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Sweet Sketch Wednesday #204: QKR Stampede

Happy May Day!!

It's Joanna, coming to you from Colorado.

In my family, we smush Earth Day and May Day into one fun event that we celebrate by planting flowers, delivering flowers or spreading flower seeds somewhere (it kind of all depends on how organized "Mom" is that year).

We used to ring doorbells, leave flowers and run.  It was all about the ringing of the doorbells, and shouting "Happy May Day!" as loud as possible but my kids are older, and want to be more dignified.

So this year, we went on a hike in one of the most beautiful parks in Colorado called Garden of the Gods and just planted some flowers in our OWN yard.  The park was established in 1909 and is a popular places to bike, hike, mountain climb and horseback ride.  The rock formations are sandstone and REALLY quite extraordinary.

My son (who JUST went on a field trip to the park) tells me that rocks are pushed up into this position by the movement of the Rocky Mountains.  Those are the Rockies and that's Pike's Peak in the background of the top picture

On the day we hiked, it was sunny at first, and then clouded up.  When I went back the next day to take more pictures, you can see ... more snow.

 But that's Colorado for you though, if you don't like the weather ... wait 10 minutes.  I don't know about you but I don't think those flowers we planted in our yard stand a chance against the snow.  Oh well, there is always NEXT year for flowers!!

 Now it's time to make the announcements of our winner and top three from last week.

Our grand prize winner from last week is...
FYI:   Sarah's card is not found in Mr. Linky as Mr. Linky has been having problems the past few weeks with the upload process.  Sarah left the link to her card in the SSW comments.  However, you can just click on her name above to see her card! 

Sarah, Please contact Arlana at 

to receive your gift code to purchase your 7 images from Bugaboo.
A big congratulations to you! Be sure to grab your winner's badge from the sidebar and display it proudly on your blog.

Our top three are...
3.  BETTINA #16

Be sure and grab your badge from our sidebar for your blog.

Here is the sketch for this week, hand-crafted by our resident sketch guru: Sally.  It was fun to work with and my card came together REALLY quickly.

This week we have a wonderful sponsor, QKR Stampede to please and delight you. When I went to their store, I loved their images.  They made me snicker a bit.  It's totally MY humor.  Here is a bit more about them:

Do you have a sense of humor? Are you looking for a cute stamp? Then, we are the company for you! QKR Stampede is the somewhat cute somewhat quirky rubber and digital stamp company. We Showcase the artwork of Ken Herrod, who had a unique, somewhat quirky style with lots of humor and character. You are sure to get a chuckle out of our stamps! We have been offering our unique stamps and supplies to the craft industry for over 15 years. At QKR Stampede our images are available as unmounted, natural red rubber stamps OR as digital stamps! If QKR Stampede Stamps aren't exactly what you are looking for, Don't miss out on the sister companies: Eureka Stamps, Biblical Impressions Rubber Stamps, or the newest addition; Alluring Impressions

Our winner will receive the prize of any 5 digital images from the QKR Stampede on-line store.  Let's see what the talented crew from the SSW design team has whipped up for you this week:  


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

1. Create a card using the sketch of the week.  If you have a QKR Stampede image, we'd love to see what you can do with it.  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 # 204 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.
Have a fantastic week creating!

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

Joanna and



  1. Hi everyone congratulations to our winner and our top 3 cards, awesome work ladies. Thank you to QKR Stampede for being our sponsor I just love your images and I'll be back soon to purchase more. Thanks Sally for another great sketch I love it. Thanks Joanna for your awesome posting and lovely pictures thanks so much for sharing them with us. Take care everyone wishing you all a wonderful week and happy crafting.
    Hugs Kathie SSW-DT


  2. Looks like you had a great day Joanna.

    congratulations Sarah and the top 3 and a huuuuge thank you to QKR Stampede for sponsoring us this week. I loved using my image.

    Can't wait to see what you all create this week.

    Holly x

  3. Very nice sketch... I flipped it on the side.

  4. Joanna, I love you post and wonderful pictures that you have shared. Congrats to our winners and Thanks to QKR Stampede for being our sponsor. I love your fun images too. Everyone, Have fun creating this week.
    Hugs, Nancy

  5. Awesome pics Joanna - such beautiful country!! Congrats to last week's winner and Top Three. Appreciate all our followers and hope I didn't miss too many cards with silly Mr. Linky's behavior - hopefully he will work correctly this week!!
    Blessings to all!!

  6. Great post Joanna, What great photos and you are very lucky to have such a beautiful park near you.
    Congrats to the winner and top 3. A big Thanks for QKR for being our sponsor.
    Hugs, Heide

  7. Thanks for sharing such lovely pics! Wow! The inspiration photos are just that... inspirational! I love the sketch! What fun! :)

  8. Joanna, thanks for your fun post about May Day! What a fun tradition with your children! We always enjoy having a new sponsor...Thanks QKR Stampede! We love your images. Congratulations to our winner and top 3 this week! It's always fun to see who will be highlighted. Thanks for sharing your talents with us here at SSW! Happy May!
    Hugs, Judi

  9. Well done everyone.

    Great DT work again this week.


    Tracey Boley

  10. Thank you for the great inspirational projects!
    I do appreciate!
    Have a fun day!

  11. Wonderful creations from the DT for inspiration! Thanks for the fun challenge and great sketch to work with!

  12. Wow! Thank you so much for choosing my card for the grand prize! Praise the Lord! I love the sketch this week and the design team examples. I made a scrapbook layout. I hope you like it!


  13. Hi,

    Thank you for choosing my card for a second place. I'm really happy.
    This week sketch is lovely, soo I play allong.

    Kind regards

  14. congrats to the winners! awesome work ladies...
    another great sketch this week...glad i could play along!

    awesome posting and pics joanna...thanks!

  15. Such a fun sketch to use. Love all the pics, Jo. Colorado looks gorgeous and your boys are so cute.

  16. Love the pictures of Garden of the Gods. It is a spectacular place! I got to go there in the fall of 2008 - I was alone on a Monday morning. A peaceful, ethereal spot. The sketch is marvelous - very easy to work with and versatile. Thank you for all the inspiration.

  17. Another Great sketch and fun iamges at QKR Stampede.

  18. Thanks for another fun sketch this week!
    <3 Emily L.

  19. Another lovely sketch! Thanks for all the inspiration each week.

    -Lori Byrns

  20. THanks for another great sketch. Had trouble linking up this week - had to click in the general area of the Try Here button quite a bit before I could access it. Got there in the end though.

  21. Fabulous sketch! I used it to make my blogging buddy a birthday card. Last May she took me to Garden of the Gods (among other places) when I flew in for a visit. Very beautiful!!!

  22. Great sketch and wonderful DT work!
    Thanks for a fun challenge,

  23. I just love the Dt cards and had a brilliant time using this sketch xx