Saturday, October 31, 2009

Sheetload of Cards October '09: God's Promise and Autumn Harvest Brag Book

BOOO...Happy Halloween everyone! It snowed on Thursday and Friday so you can just imagine how cold it is in my parts of the country! It's supposed to be Fall and old man winter is upon us! Eeeeepppp!!! We might not have as many kids trick or treating because of the weather. But the school has an indoor Halloween carnival tonight which we will take the kids to since we won't be going door to door for candy.

Anywho, it is the last day of October and Sheetload is getting ready to show you the new ezine that will be ready for download tomorrow.

And these are my last two projects I made for the October ezine. Without further ado...

This sympathy card (size 5.5" square) uses the image called God's Promise from DRS Designs. Since the main image was already a sentiment, I added a red crochet fleurette in the corner with a button and crochet thread for some added color and added a bit of vintage flair. I just love the richness of fall colors that I decided to use coordinated fall themed papers from the Autumn collection of the Me and My Big Ideas paper pack.

The last project I have to show you is a clear envie brag book I created to send to the grandparents for Thanksgiving (you can find the tutorial here). This project uses the image Scarecrow with Fence. It is actually a pretty big stamp which was another one I had trouble working with at first. So ended up cutting off part of the design to make it work with the layout. I used some dark brown felt for the scalloped oval that frames the main image. For PP2, I created a background paper with the "Autumn Harvest" sentiment and used my SU spriral binding punch and sponged it with Antique Linen distress ink for an added vintage look. I also used my prismacolor pencils blended with baby oil to color the image. I used coodinated paper from Me and My Big Ideas Autumn collection. I topped it off with a wide brown grossgrain ribbon on the side and a Petaloo jeweled florette (you can find here).

And that is it for the month of October...I hope you enjoyed seeing my projects as well as the rest of the DT gals projects for inspiration. Make sure to come back tomorrow to get the download link for the November issue. Everyone stay warm now, ya hear?

God's Promise Sympathy Card
Stamps: DRS Designs (God's Promise - K445)
Patterned Paper: Me and My Big Ideas (Autumn Collection)
Cardstock: Unkown (Kraft, Textured Vanilla)
Ink: Pallette (Burnt Umber), Tim Hotz Distress Ink (Antique Linen), Stampin' Up (Creamy Caramel)
Die Cut: Spellbinders (Classic Rectangles)
Punch: Stampin' Up (Slit)
Flower: Crochet Fleurette
Other: String, Vintage Button

BEYOND THE CARD: Autummn Harvest Clear Envie Brag Book
Stamps: DRS Designs (Scarecrow with Fence - P337)
Patterned Paper: Me and My Big Ideas
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (White)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Ink: Palette (Noir), Tim Holtz (Antique Linen)
Die Cut: Spellbinders Nestabilities (Classic Ovals, Labels Four)
Punch: Stampin' Up (Spiral)
Ribbon: Offray (7/8" Dark Brown Grossgrain)
Brads: Kaisercraft (Vintage); Flowers: Petaloo (Jeweled Florettes)
Other: A2 size clear envelopes, Felt
Coloring: Prismacolor Pencils blende with baby oil

Friday, October 30, 2009

Sheetload of Cards: November '09 Sneak Peaks

Make sure to head on over to SheetLoad of Cards to see sneak peeks from the upcoming issue.

But before we jump into November '09, don't forget about the fabulous October '09 issue, sponsored by DRS Designs!! You still have time to enter the Show Us Your SheetLoad challenge for chances to win gift certificates from the sponsor!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

Elegant WordArt by Bethany: Thank You Gift Set

I just started a new job a few weeks ago and it is definitely taking a toll on my blogging. So I apologize if you haven't seen me much here lately. Alot of these posts, I've had stored in my drafts waiting to be published. I found an awesome job only 4 blocks away from where I live. So both my husband and I work pretty close together. It's only part-time and very flexible which I love because I can still volunteer in both of my kids' school activities. I stumbled on this job opportunity several weeks back and have been pretty ecstatic about the possibilities with somewhat a learning curve. With that said, I have taken a leave of absence from some of my DT commitments till the new year to see how much I am going to be able handle. As you all know, creating cards and projects are the fun's the all of the work afterwards like taking pics and posting that is (at least for me) the most exhausting part of the whole process. With the holidays coming abound soon, I am not sure how much I will be blogging because I will be preparing for a 2 week vacation to visit family and friends that I miss very much and creating handmade gifts. But I do want to thank those of you from the bottom of my heart who visit my blog and leave comments (every one of thoe comments always puts a BIG smile on my face - I like it aLOT as Jim Carey would say), or have become followers, or even some of you who like to lurk (like I do) and use my work as inspiration. So don't you go anywhere! I will still be around to posting some things...

What I have for you today is a gift set that I created especially for my new boss. She drove all the way down from the Twin Cities to specifically train me for two days and then went back to the corporate offices the next week. I wanted to find a way to show her my great appreciation for giving me this unbelievable opportunity so I created this...

I know nothing extraordinary...but it is my most favorite combo of all gift sets. What better way to say "Thank You"! All the elements used in this geft set is from Elegant WordArt by Bethany. She creates the most wonderful wordart that is not only great to use for digi scrapping but for creating hybrid projects as well just like this one.

The card uses Calendar Wrap Around and sentiment from the Thank You wordart packs. The Calendar Wrap Around wordart pack also includes 2 date markers you can use to specify a certain date which I forgot to do here. I printed the calendar on kraft cardstock and used my scallop rectangles to finish off the frame using brown cardstock. The card is finished it off with a purple wide grossgrain ribbon and used my nested butterflies nesties to finish off the card. I cut out the bigger butterfly using a transparency sheet (that you can buy from an office supply store) and the smaller butterfly is paper pieced with patterned paper (popped up with a dimensional) and embellished with a button with crochet thread tied underneath.

I created a matching composition notebook that uses digital wordart from the Walks wordart pack. I added the same butterfly embellie to the sentiment.

Last, but not least, I couldn't resist making a matching bookmark which also uses a sentiment from again the Walks wordart pack. I only used the smaller paper pieced butterfly for an embellie on the bookmark so it wouldn't crowd the wordart sentiment.

Digital Stamps: Elegant Wordart by Bethany (Calendar Wrap Around, Walks, Thank You)
Paper: My Mind's Eye
Ink: Computer, Tim Holtz Distressing Ink (Antique Linen)
Accessories: Nestabilities (Nested Butterfly, Classic Rectangles/Scallop Rectangles), Wide Purple Gorssgrain Ribbon, Crochet Thread, Button, Transparency Sheet, RSVP Pen, Composition Notebook

Sheetload of Cards: Fight Like a Girl Contest - Ends TODAY at Midnight!!!

Head on over to the SheetLoad blog today and find out how to win the adorable image above.

This digital stamp set is called 'Hope Fights' and was created by Melyssa of Whimsie Doodles, in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

SheetLoad will be giving out four (4) free sets and you have until Monday at Midnight to get your name in the drawing.

Good luck!

PS: You can see more of Melyssa's creations at her Whimsie Doodles site.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Sheetload of Cards: Beyond the Card - Birthday Book

I am going to switch gears this week and show you a Beyond the Card sample for the Sheetload of Cards October ezine. I created a birthday calendar book inspired by Jennifer Meyer from Stamps and Smiles (you can find her tutorial here). Just beware that you will be using lots of adhesive to adhere all of the pages back to back. It also takes precision to adhere the patterned paper. But it is all worth it at the end!

This is a such a beautiful stamp and has so much detail that I had a hard time matching it with patterned paper I had. I finally found the perfect patterned paper - one that coordinates that wasn't so busy!I used Garden Scene Butterfly (L064) for the main image. It took me a couple of tries to get just the right colors. I watercolored the image using SU inks. Then, of course, had to add some distressing detail by sponging Creamy Caramel all the way around the image and distressing the edges with my scissors. The "Birthday Calendar" sentiment is computer generated. I added a flower on the upper right hand corner for some added 3D effect. I used the Blossom Nesties to cut out the flower. All three layers were dry embossed with the Swiss Dots embossing folder. I added a mini clear decorative skittle in the middle of the flower.

Head on over to DRS Designs before the month is over to take advantage of the free shipping! Code can be found by dowloading the October ezine.

Well, that is it for now. Thank you, as always, for coming by! More to come soon...

Stamps: DRS Designs (Garden Scene Butterfly - L064)
Patterned Paper: Me and My Big Ideas
Cardstock: Georgia Pacific (White), Jo-Ann's Value Pack (Red), Unkown (Kraft)
Sentiment: Computer Generated
Ink: Palette (Burnt Umber), Tim Holtz (Antique Linen), Stampin' Up (Bordering Blue, Positively Pink, Old Olive, Creamy Caramel)
Die Cut: Spellbinders Nestabilities (Classic Rectangles, Blossom)
Embossing: Provocraft Cuttlebug (Swiss Dots)
Punch: Martha Stewart (Lace)
Other: Clear Dewdrop
Coloring: Stampin Up Inks using Watercolor Technique

MAKE IT YOUR OWN: Replaced PP1 with a die cut blossom.

Sheetload of Cards: October '09 Simple...Special...Stunning

It is time for the October edition of Simple Special Stunning at the SheetLoad of Cards blog, featuring samples by Katie Skiff.

Each month one of our artists will share three different cards that use the current layout. Each card is a "step up" from the previous one, but they are all fabulous. It is a good way to show how SheetLoad is geared toward papercrafters of all levels.

Here are some sneak peeks to whet your appetite...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Sheetload of Cards: Sponsor Spotlight

It is time for the monthly Sponsor Spotlight at SheetLoad of Cards!! This month's featured company is DRS Designs; the sponsor for the October '09 issue.

Head on over there today to find out more about the company, learn how you can enter to win DRS Designs Gift Certificates and find out about their special offer for SheetLoad readers.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Sheetload of Cards: Happy Birthday Wordsearch

I hope you've had a chance to download the October ezine already. Lots of great inspiration, don'tcha think? Well, all of the Sheetload ezines always have great ideas.

For this sample, I used the Kids Birthday Wordsearch stamp (P1109). It took me awhile to figure out how to use this stamp because it was so large. Can you guess who's style I adapted to this card? Any guesses??? I took inspiration from Silke Ledlow. She always has a way to make simplicity look fabulous and I've been wanting to case her style of stamping for awhile now. Not sure if you can tell, but a second white layer of cardstock is popped up with dimensionals. I used some paper from the Sassafrass Lass Sunshine Lollipop collection for some added color to the background. The main image was stamped using Palette Burnt Umber ink. At first, I was going to just circle the word Happy Birthday then I got carried away and found all of the words - LOL! I finished it off with some silver metallic brads on the upper left hand corner and adorned with a wide hot pink grossgrain ribbon with some prima flowers and string.

Well, I hope you've had a chance to take at all of the wonderful creations in this month's ezine and have taken advantage of the special "free shipping" offer (code available in October ezine) from DRS Designs.

Hope all is well! Till next time...more Sheetload cards and projects to show yah! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Stamps: DRS Designs (Kids Birthday Wordsearch - P1109)
Patterned Paper: Sassafrass Lass Wee Bundle (Sunsine Lollipops)
Cardstock: Unkown (White Textured, Kraft)
Ink: Pallette (Burnt Umber), Stampin' Up (Bordering Blue)
Ribbon: Offray (7/8" Grossgrain Hot Pink)
Flowers: Prima
Brads: The Paper Studio (Silver)
Other: String

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Shout Out to Sheetload

Would you like to win a gift certificate to DRS Designs' online store?! Make sure to check out October's 'Shout Out to SheetLoad' challenge over on the SheetLoad blog.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

October 3: Happy World Card Making Day!

It's October 3rd today and you know what this day brings - World Card Making Day!!! The papercrafting industry has definitely soared to new heights as traditional stamping combines itself with the digital phenomenon. It's been so out of this world to work with digital stamps. This is exactly what Digiments offers you today...two free downloadable digital images just in time for the upcoming holidays!!!!

So let's us all put our hands together as we celebrate papercrafters from all over the world. Make a quick stop by the Digiments blog for a chance to win the whole series of digiments (all the way from the very beginning!!!). All you have to do is leave a comment to win!

You can find more deets HERE!

I hope you all get a chance to get some stamping fun in today! Have a great stamp-endous weekend!

Friday, October 2, 2009

Sheetload of Cards September '09 Show Us Your Sheetload

Since many of you will be celebrating World Card Making Day tomorrow, SheetLoad of Cards is putting out their monthly "Show Us Your SheetLoad" challenge a bit early this month...

Head on over to the SheetLoad blog today and find out how you can win one of the following prizes from their October '09 sponsor, DRS Designs!

Grand Prize:

Runner Up:

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Miracle of Love - October '09 Sheetload of Cards Sample

It's finally here...a new month gives birth to another awesome sketch from Sheetload of Cards! The sponsor this month is DRS Designs (access their online catalog to check out their latest and greatest products). Lots of fabulous creations from the Sheetload DT crew as well as from the DRS Designs guest artists. With every page, you will feast your eyes on lots of Halloween and Fall inspiration in addition to a few all occassion cards and projects.

For my first sample, I created a simple wedding or anniversary card. The main image is Blending of Lives Verse (G-569). This is what the verse says:

The blending of your lives
is a gift from God above
A blessing from the heavens,
it's the miracle of Love

Isn't that such a lovely verse? I used Spellbinders Nestabilities, Labels Four and Classic Circles, to showcase the main image. Instead of using a sentiment (since the main image is already a verse), I used a ribbon bow to replace where the original placement of the sentiment would be. In place of PP2, I used a sticker embellie from Sassafrass Lass Sunshine Lollipop collection (buy it here). I also popped up another sticker (heart) to embellish the focal point a little bit.

Just a quick announcement...DRS Designs is offering a super deal for all of our Sheetload fans! Make sure to take advantage of their fabulous offer and download the October ezine for more details! Don't wait...

Stayed tuned for more cards and projects throughout the month...thanks so much for stopping by!

Stamps: DRS Designs (Blending of Lives Verse - G569)
Patterned Paper: Sassafrass Lass Wee Bundle (Sunsine Lollipops)
Cardstock: Unkown (White Textured)
Ink: Pallette (Burnt Umber), Tim Hotz Distress Ink (Antique Linen)
Die Cut: Spellbinders Nestabilities (Classic Circles, Labels Four)
Ribbon: Offray (Brown Satin)
Stickers: Sassafrass Lass (Sunshine Lollipops)
Other: Sewing Pin, Aleene's Paper Glaze

MAKE IT YOUR OWN: Replaced PP2 with a sticker embellishment.