Friday, February 18, 2011

Saturday Sketch Challenge 191

Good Evening Friends!

I'm very excited about tonight's sketch, and some of the samples below we have to share... but first I have some things to share with you...

McLinky has been experiencing some technical issues and we believe that those issues are over. If for some reason you want to play and linky is down, feel free to pop me an email @

Next, we have some important news from our operator Robin.

Robin shares:
"A Note from Robin

I'm about to ask kind of a silly question, because I feel pretty sure I know what your answer would be. But here goes anyway - "Have you ever walked away from something you love because you knew it was the best thing for you to do?" Mmm, hmm. I thought so. Most of us have had to make hard choices from time to time so you know how it feels. Well, this week, I had to make a very difficult decision and I've decided to step down from the Operator Team here at Stamping 411. I've been doing a bit of "life-rearranging" lately and in doing so, came to the realization that I needed to release a few things in order to restore balance for both my family and myself. A very wise friend once told me this, "Just because it's a good thing, doesn't mean that it's a good thing for YOU." Wise words indeed.

I've thoroughly enjoyed my time here at the 411 and have been blessed by so many of you who play along with us each week. Thank you for sharing your talents so freely with us here, you've inspired me many times and I am grateful to have 'met' you. To my fellow Operators, keep doing what you all do so brilliantly each and every week - create masterpieces from bits of cardstock, ribbon, glue and glitter. You are all amazingly talented, beautiful women and it's been an honor to work with you over the past two years.

Stamped blessings to you all,

The operators and our readers will certainly miss you Robin. We are honored to be inspired by you as well. Stampin' Up's principals of putting family first and putting first things first are what comes to mind for me in this case. You are an awesome artist, team member and have contributed so much to the success of our joint effort to support the new stamper. We're wishing you the very best of success in all your endeavors. If you think of it, pop on over to Robin's blog and let her know you will miss her.

Well~ moving along to tonight's sketch... I really had a wonderful time making my creation and hope that you'll play along too! Tonight's sketch is pretty clean and simple..

Potential measurements for your card could be:
Base 11 x 4 1/4", scored and folded in half at 5 1/2"..
**TIP** did you know that when I make my base layer, I do the scoring first? That way when I cut my 8 1/2" x 11" paper in half I have two papers scored with one swipe!
Layer 2 5 1/4" x 4"
Maybe a ribbon or a 5 1/4 x 1/2" strip of paper for the ribbon element in the sketch?
Layer 3: 3 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Layer 4: 3 1/4" x 2 1/4"

Note ** layers 3 and 4 can be replaced by a shape.. only limited to your imagination. What shape would you use there? :D

For individual measurements, feel free to pop over to the individual operator blogs.. they will give you more information on how they made their creation.. I know they'd love to hear from you.

So ~ here's what the team has for you this week! Are you sure you're ready??

Prepare ~ to be amazed!! :D

Gretchen Barron

Kerin Sylvester

Tiffany Bauer

Selene Kempton

Connie Babbert

Lee Conrey

Patti Chesky

Now it's your turn :D Never played with us before?? Well, it's easy! Sky's the limit!
  1. Make a card
  2. Post it online somewhere to your blog or other online forum
  3. Post a link to the free linky tool below (please point the link to your post and NOT just your blog)
  4. Have some fun and leave comments for each other (and for the operators if you like their work). ~ Everyone loves comments!
We hope you join us this week and play along with this sketch! But don't delay our links will close at 8AM on Thursday morning Eastern Standard Time.

Have A Great Week!


  1. Wow Ladies, I love every card that has been created ~ maybe one day my creativity will flow as all of yours have! TFS always!

  2. WOW again what gorgeous cards this week.I hope I will get a chance to play along, but if not enjoy your week ladies!

  3. I have missed you the last couple of weeks due to such a busy life, but was so glad I was able to play this week. Such beautiful cards and the sketch is wonderful. Actually made another card with it, but it is for a challenge on Friday so will not be able to post here, but will certainly give you credit. Thanks for the inspiration every week!

  4. Another amazing challenge and inspiration cards! Robin, I will miss seeing your contributions here on the operators site, but wish you all the very best and thank you for everything you have done. You guys are a great team and really inspired me to get started in challenges and to grow!

  5. Wow all you girls did a wonderful job they are all beautiful!

  6. Gorgeous cards from the design team!!! Tell Robin she will be missed.

  7. guess I missed the deadline this week. Well you can see my card on the color challenge. It is the color challenge and sketch all in one. Great job on the samples ladies, always enjoy looking at them. Robin will definitely be missed for sure.