Friday, August 29, 2008

September Sneak Peeks!

In just a few short days the newest issue of SheetLoad of Cards will be ready for download. Below are some sneak peeks of the lovely creations that will be featured.

"HOPE"fully you can figure out who our sponsor is for September! :)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Tell 'em SheetLoad Sent Ya!

It's that time of the month again. Please make sure if you visit, or make a purchase from one of our sponsors and advertisers, that you let them know you found them in SheetLoad. :)

Our August Sponsor:
My Favorite Things Clear Stamps
Get 10% off your MFT order when you enter "SLC" as the coupon code during checkout!

Our August Banner Advertiser:
Diana Maldonado, Independent Manager - The Angel Company
Special August Promotion: Surprise Box, Special Kit, and FREE Shipping* for SheetLoad Subscribers

Our August SheetLoad Advertisers:
Shawna Renville, Manager - The Angel Company
Place a $30 order with Shawna and choose one of fifteen "thank you" stamps as your gift from TAC.
Buy and Sell Scrapbook Pages and Layouts!

Melissa Machado, Independent Consultant - Close To My Heart
New Idea Book coming in September!!

A Walk Down Memory Lane
Get 10% off your first order when you use the coupon code "SheetLoad 10"!

Heather Scott, Director - The Angel Company
All new Gift With Purchase stamps with every $30 purchase!

gg designs Rubber Stamps
Carved look a specialty!

Place an order in August and be automatically entered to win a $10 gift card for your next purchase!

Have you seen the new decor elements line yet?!

My Creative Classroom
Online Art and Craft Classes

Kits jammed with papers, tons of embellishments and lots of extras. Only $23.99 w/a 6-month subscription!

Lindsay Sasseville, Consultant - Stampin' Up
Save the shipping and GST when you place an order over $100! Canadian customers only, through August 31st.

NEW - Stamp of the Month Club! Receive the newest Paper Pretties' Sophia stamp before its public release!

Kim Sherrod, Independent Consultant - Close To My Heart
FREE gift* with any online purchase. Ask consultant for further details.

Special Offer from Nicole Anderson - SheetLoad Artist and Stampin' Up! Consultant
See "SheetLoad Shows You How" post for further details.

Sunday, August 24, 2008

And the winner is... (August Shout Out)

Congratulations to Jamie V!!!

She was the lucky winner of SheetLoad's August Shout Out Prize!!

Thanks to everyone who participated.

Jamie - I will be contacting you shortly to find out which punch you want. :)

Friday, August 22, 2008

100,000 Hits!

I noticed earlier tonight that SheetLoad was 10 hits away from being at 100,000. Just checked and we are now 100,045!!! Wow.

Thanks so much for continuing to drop by and for helping other papercrafters find our "little" blog. :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

"SheetLoad Shows You How" to put together wonderful color combinations...

As you all have probably seen by now, the cards for Nicole's August Mini SheetLoad, used some wonderful color combinations.

I don't know about you, but I am always leery to put together more than a couple solid cardstocks together, for fear they will look completely wrong.

Once Nicole sent me her samples for the issue, I just had to know how she put together these combinations so successfully. Not only did the answer turn out to be very simple, but she agreed to put together a little tutorial to show you how she did it...
**Make sure to read to the end of the post for a special offer from Nicole**

When trying to make the 'perfect' card for that special someone, we all sometimes get 'creative-block', right? Well, have no fear! Stampin' Up!'s COLOR COACH is HERE! This simple and inexpensive tool has served me well MANY times when I just couldn't get those creative-juices flowing! For those of you who have not seen it in person, please don't be intimidated! AND for those of you who have one and never used it, let's explore its' uses!

(a & b)

First notice that the Color Wheel has two spinning sides (see photos "a" & "b" above). Stampin' Up! is known for its main 48 colors, that are separated into four distinct color groups. Each side has 2 color groups (or 24 colors) along the outside circumference of the circle.

THIS OUTSIDE COLOR is your 'main' color choice and will be the color that is seen MOST in your final card-creation. You can choose this main color according to your card's occasion... go through the pinks for a girl card; through the browns, blues and greens for a masculine card, etc.


When you find one that pleases you, you turn the top white circle until the arrow points to your desired color. In my 'purse-card' (see photo "c" above) , I chose Regal Rose.


The arrow is pointed to this color, and then below, it showcases two new boxes. (see photo "d" above) The first box, immediately under the main color, includes Stampin' Up!'s COORDINATING color-suggestions. There are three colors in view, but you can incorporate just one or two, if that looks best to you.

Each of these coordinating colors can be used equally (like I designed my card into equal strips of these three) or you can also use them in various amounts. Stampin' Up! has provided instructions on the color coach to explain ways to use the coordinating colors.

After deciding which coordinating colors you would like to use, you can consider using the second box below the coordinating color box. This second, single-color box contains Stampin' Up!'s complementary color suggestion. This color is to be used to make your card POP with energy!

When using this complementary color, I use this sparingly. Sometimes just a ribbon or a line of brads in this color gives my card just the little detail it needs to be perfect! I used the Certainly Celery suggestion to encompass my three coordinating color strips; and I do think this color makes the three coordinating color and main color POP!

The color coach also has some light/dark color-combo suggestions when using a monochromatic (one-color) color-scheme. Using these duo-colors can be useful when really wanting to make your 'details' (not just the colors) get more attention and really make a statement.

If you are someone who uses cardstock, other than Stampin' Up!'s, you can still use this color wheel by choosing the main color that is closest to the cardstock (by Bazzill or other) you have chosen to use. Then just use the suggested colors as close as you can find in your stash!

Also know that these suggested colors do not need to be solid-color cardstock only! You can use patterned paper, ink or embellishments as long as they are the appropriate colors!


I hope you take a chance trying this useful and creative tool!

** Limited Time - Special Offer from Nicole**
Get a Stampin' Up! Color Coach delivered to your door (US customers only) for only $13.00!!!

Place your order with Nicole by September 1st
and get the Color Coach for just pennies above cost!!

Don't have your Fall-Winter 2008 Idea Book & Catalog yet?! Contact Nicole to find out how to get a copy for yourself.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Meet the Artists - Episode 15 - Nicole Anderson

Today's Artist is...
Nicole Anderson - SheetLoad Mini Artist

SheetLoad Q - How many years have you been making cards? Just shy of 4 years

SheetLoad Q - What is your favorite technique to use on cards? Using two complimentary patterned papers together (and RIBBON!!!) on each card.

SheetLoad Q - What is your favorite crafty site? Stamp a Little Love Baby

SheetLoad Q - Are you a member of any other Design Teams? Just SheetLoad of Cards!

SheetLoad Q - What is a little-known or odd fact about yourself? I also make and sell custom artisan jewelry, I gotta have my bling!

SheetLoad Q - What is a recent card you have made, that would be considered a favorite? Very simple, very colorful and the Copic marker coloring makes it POP!

SheetLoad Q - Anything else you would like our readers to know? I have four children; 18 (HS senior), 6 (1st grader), 5 (Kindergartener) and 3 (Preschooler), and never scrap them! I just make cards!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Shout out to SheetLoad and Win...

Now that both the August Monthly and Mini issues are ready for download, I am putting out a challenge to our readers. For playing along you will be entered in a drawing to win one of the follow two border punches...

Fiskars - Threading Water

orMartha Stewart - Flourish

Here is what you have to do to be entered to win...
- Create a Blog or Message Board* Post titled "Shout Out To SheetLoad".
*Please make sure this is a Public Message Board and posting about SheetLoad does not violate any TOUs.
- Your post must include a little verbiage about SheetLoad, a link to each issue (Monthly and Mini) and as an added bonus you could tell your readers how to win with our Show Us Your SheetLoad contest.
- Once you have posted your message, come back and leave a comment on this post with a link to your blog/MB post.

Rules and "the fine print"...
- Post must be up, and your comment must be left here, no later than Friday, August 22nd at Midnight CST.
- Failure to link to all both (2) of the August SheetLoad issue posts will result in disqualification for the prize.
- One (1) winner will be chosen at random using S/he will get to choose one (1) of the above border punches as their prize. This way if you already own one of them, you can still get a prize.
- Open to all Domestic and International readers

Good luck and get to shoutin'! :)

SheetLoad Mini - August '08

The 2nd edition of SheetLoad Mini is ready to download...

(click on thumbnail to download issue)

The August Mini features a sketch and samples by Nicole Anderson. Using the layout and cutting diagrams you can create 8 - A2 cards!

After seeing Nicole's great color combos for this issue, I had to know how she chose them. Make sure you check back later in the month for a special edition of "SheetLoad Shows You How" where her "secret" will be revealed. It's easier than you may think.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

August - Mini Issue - Sneak Peeks!!

It is almost time for our 2nd SheetLoad Mini, so I thought I would tease you with these beauties...

Make sure to check back on August 15th for the release of the new mini issue, which will feature a sketch and card samples by Nicole!

Friday, August 8, 2008

Show Us Your SheetLoad and Win - August

Wanna chance to win the "hard to find" Fiskars Threading Water border punch?! Then you definitely want to enter our August "Show us Your SheetLoad and Win" contest!!

GRAND Prize:

Fiskars Threading Water Border Punch (yes, really!), BasicGrey Two Scoops - Fibers, 6x6 paper pad and Heart Smudge Stamps

Runner Up:

BasicGrey Two Scoops - Fibers, 6x6 paper pad and Flower Swash Stamps

Honorable Mention:

BasicGrey Two Scoops - Fibers and Flower Swash Stamps

Here is what you have to do:
- Using either the August Monthly or Mini (Mini coming August 15th) issue, create a card based on the sketch.
- Upload it to your BLOG and create a post about our contest OR upload it to a PUBLIC gallery (ie: gallery cannot require a password to view images)
- If you are a blogger, make sure there is a link in your blog post back to SheetLoad
- Leave a comment on this post with a link to your card.

- Cards must be uploaded, and your comment must be left on this post by Midnight CST on Friday, August 29th.
- I will announce the winners the first week of September.

Make sure to do your best work,
as I will be asking some
of my SheetLoad team members
to choose their favorite cards,
to help select the winners.

Thanks to:
ShortCuts for donating the prizes shown above. Make sure to keep an eye out for new products, as well as the papercrafting products you love to buy, in the upcoming months.

Players so Far...
Monica M
Amy J
Riley 1 & Riley 2
Kim S
Maureen 1 & Maureen 2
Melissa in NC
Etha1 & Etha 2
Sara 1 & Sara 2
Handmade Cards
Dannie G
Monica - fc
Cindy V
Jamie V
Jen T
Phyllis 1 & Phyllis 2
Lyn S
Jessica G
Deborah P
Katy M
Jessica G

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Advertise with SheetLoad

Do you have a business you would like to promote? Perhaps you are a blogger who would like to get some new readers?

If so, advertising with SheetLoad of Cards is for you!

The SheetLoad of Cards blog averages 10,000+ hits per month and each issue is downloaded between 1250 and 4000 times.

At only $5.00 per ad, per month, advertising in SheetLoad gives you lots of bang for your buck. Who doesn't appreciate that?!

For more information, please email and put "Advertising Inquiry" in the subject line.

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Meet the Artists - Special Episode - Sarah Bigelow

Today's Artist is...
Sarah Bigelow - August Guest Artist

SheetLoad Q - How many years have you been making cards? 4 years

SheetLoad Q - What is your favorite technique to use on cards? Paper Piecing

SheetLoad Q - What is your favorite crafty site? Splitcoast Stampers

SheetLoad Q - What is a little-known or odd fact about yourself? I have a twin sister and a love for Mustangs.

SheetLoad Q - What is a recent card you have made, that would be considered a favorite?

SheetLoad Q - Anything else you would like our readers to know? I became a grandmother for the first time in Nov. '07 and have a beautiful granddaughter named Avery.

Monday, August 4, 2008

July's Shout Out Winner

Thanks to all of you who participated in July's Shout Out to SheetLoad!!

The winner of the Cloud 9 Christmas Scrapbooking Kit is Stuffie!

I will be contacting you shortly for shipping information.

And the winners are...

Thanks so much to all of you who participated in July's "Show Us Your SheetLoad"!! There were some wonderful entries and close vote counts amongst the SheetLoad Artists. In the end only 3 readers could be chosen and here they are...

Honorable Mention: Etha
Runner Up: Linsey
Grand Prize: Riley

I will be contacting you all shortly for your mailing addresses.

Friday, August 1, 2008

The August issue is ready for download!!

(click on thumbnail to download the issue for FREE)

As many of you guessed correctly, the sponsor for our August issue of SheetLoad of Cards is My Favorite Things!!

This month's issue uses a sketch by Michelle and features Sarah as our Guest Artist.

The issue is chock full of great samples and I am sure it will become one of your "favorite" issues.