Friday, October 31, 2008

November Sneak Peeks

Okay, better late than never, right?!

Here are some sneak peeks of the awesome samples from the November 2008 issue, which will be available for download tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

ShortCuts is looking for a Design Team!

Make sure to check out this post and find out how to apply for their design team.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

As a special, limited time offer, SheetLoad ShortCuts will be selling the Studio G Series 25 - Months & More - Stamp Sets!! :)

Stamp Preview:

Click on preview above for an enlarged picture.

Series 25 (a.k.a. Months & More) features monthly-themed stamp sets, alphabet, numbers, calendar date numbers, and decorative accents. These would be perfect for making gifts for the upcoming holiday seasons.

You could create family birthday calendars, a "year at a glance" mini scrapbook, desk calendar and so much more!

Place your order using the PayPal store below...

Currently the shipping/handling is only set up for U.S. Customers. If you live outside the U.S., please email me at and I can send you a PayPal invoice with the correct S/H charges.

These are only available in a limited quantity, so make sure to act quickly if you are interested. The last round of Studio G stamp sets sold out in a little over 48 hours. :)

Current discount codes do NOT apply to the Studio G stamp sets.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Don't forget...

Enter to win FREE stamps by joining us for October's Show Us Your SheetLoad contest.

October's sponsor, ShortCuts, is offering up a SPECIAL DISCOUNT to SheetLoad readers.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Where is the "Mini" and other News...

It IS the 15th of the month and some of you may have noticed the SheetLoad Mini isn't posted.

After some careful consideration, I have made a difficult choice to discontinue the Mini issues. It just got to be where there wasn't enough time in the day to "do it all".

The artists who came on board to make the Mini happen, Ann and Nicole, did such a wonderful job with each issue and I am happy to announce they will be staying on with us as Sketch Artists for the Monthly issues. So you will still see their work. Yay!

A couple of our Sample Artists have decided to move on as well. Flossie and Lindsay have stepped down from their positions at SheetLoad. Their hard work and lovely creations will be missed. I hope you will continue to stop by their blogs and cheer them on.

Friday, October 10, 2008

SheetLoad Shows You How - Card & Gift In One!! Day 2

Did yesterday's post get your attention? Are you ready to create?! Now's the time.


Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
See yesterday's post for specifics

Step 2: Stamp your image/sentiment onto one side of the clear block (stamped side will now be the “front”) and onto the 2”x2” square piece of cardstock.

Step 3: Put clear glue on the front of the 1.75” x 1.75” piece of patterned paper. Spread evenly with fingers (or a foam brush, if you like to stay clean) and adhere to back side of the clear block.


Step 4: Cut your magnet to 1.5” x 1.5”, put glue on the front and spread with fingers (or foam brush), apply to back of clear block.



Set magnet aside to dry while you make the card. NOTE: Put magnet/back side UP when drying. I learned the hard way it will stick to your surface.

Step 5: If you haven't already - download the October edition of SheetLoad and create a card using the rest of your patterned paper and cardstock.


If you don’t have sticky strip / don’t want to put ribbon on your magnet, skip to step 10

Step 6: Place a strip of tacky tape round the edges of the magnet.

Step 7: Wrap your ribbon around the bottom and sides of the block, leaving about 4” loose on each of the top sides.

Step 8: Tie a bow on the top of the block.


Step 9: Place a removable glue dot on the back of the clear block magnet and adhere to center of the 2" square on front of the card.



The recipient can then remove the magnet and adhere it to their fridge, or other metal surface.


If you play along with this tutorial, please link your card in the comment section!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

SheetLoad Shows You How - Card & Gift In One! Day 1

While looking at all of the "stuff" laying on and around my desk I came up with a perfect way to clean up the mess a bit. :)

This card/gift in one uses an idea I saw in a CTMH catalog, as well as a card recently posted on Barbara's blog. The layout is from the October 2008 SheetLoad of Cards.

I hope you will join me in utilizing some recycled items and patterned paper & cardstock scraps to create a card that keeps on giving.

**Square Studio G Stamp Block** This is the item that inspired me. I seem to have accumulated dozens of these and came up with a way to make use of them. (if you don't have any of these you could use a large clear epoxy sticker - those domed stickers that are usually round or square)

**Business Card Magnet** Do you have any of those free magnets on the fridge; that companies mail out as advertising, that are out of date or not needed? This is the time to put it to use. (If you don't have one, you can use thin magnet tape as well)

**Coordinating Cardstock Scraps** in the following sizes: 8.5" x 5.5", 5.5" x 4.25", 2" x 2"

**Coordinating Patterned Paper Scraps** in the following sizes: 4.5" x 3.25", 4.5" x 1.25", 1.75" x 1.75"

14" - 1/4" wide ribbon
Small Stamp - Sentiment or Image (Should be 1.5" x 1.5" or smaller)
1/4" wide Terrifically Tacky / Red Line Tape (Or other strong, double-sided tape)
Mod Podge / Clear Drying Glue (I used Aleene's Clear Gel Tacky Glue)
Repositionable Glue Dots (Or another temporary/removable adhesive)
Tape Runner / ATG (whatever adhesive you normally use to make cards)
Border Punch / Tearing Ruler
- Optional

**Supplies listed inside asterisks, denote items that are recycled, found or scrap items**

Are you ready to create? Make sure to check back tomorrow for pictures and instructions.

to be continued...

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

And the September winners are...

There were so many gorgeous cards entered for our September Show Us Your SheetLoad contest - thanks to everyone who entered.

After voting (and it was a close one) the winners of the $10 Gift Certificate to Scrap Attack Scrapbooking are...

Katie S



Congrats Ladies!! Please email me at w/"September Show Us Your SheetLoad Winner" in the subject line.

Katie's reason "to love SheetLoad"

Katie Skiff entered a card for this month's Show Us Your SheetLoad challenge and in her post she explained why she "loves SheetLoad".

I thought her idea to make card kits to take to crops, long car trips, etc. was pretty brilliant, so I wanted to share it with all of our readers.

Please check out her post for pictures and more information on how she makes her kits.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Show Us Your SheetLoad and Win - October '08

It is time for the "Show Us Your SheetLoad" contest!!

This month's prizes are being sponsored by...


At Clear Artistic Stamps we have a monthly palette of color with a layout to encourage your creativity on our So Right Now page.

Visit the Idea Gallery and see cards and projects to inspire you. Of course you'll want to see our Guest Designer's work and be sure to visit our blog In the Cottage Studio.

Here is what you have to do...
- Create one (1) card using October issue.
- Upload your card to the internet, via a blog or public* gallery post. (*gallery cannot require a login/password to view images)
- Leave a comment on this thread with a direct link to your card and your favorite stamp(s) from Clear Artistic Stamps' Online Store, no later than Midnight CST on Thursday, October 30th.
- If you are using a blog, make sure there is a link back to SheetLoad in your post.
- Winners will be announced here during the first week of November.

Here is what you can win...

Two (2) lucky winners be be chosen to receive a $25 Gift Certificate to Clear Artistic Stamps' Online Store!!!

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 two winners.

The "fine print"...
- Blog links must go directly to the applicable post, not to the main page.
- If your comment does not link to a blog with "contact me" info, you MUST leave your email address in your comment. You are free to add spaces to avoid spam bots.
- Comments must include at least one product "wish" from sponsors online store to be eligible.
- Only one entry per person. If you make a second card that you would rather have entered, please note in your new comment that it is to replace the first. The new comment must also have a product "wish" from the sponsor's store.
ETA: You may enter a full SheetLoad, but all of the cards in the picture should be similar and from the same issue.

The players so far...

Friday, October 3, 2008

Meet the Artists - Special Episode - Marlene Lo

Today's Artist is...
Marlene Lo - October Guest Artist

SheetLoad Q - How many years have you been making cards? almost 6 months

SheetLoad Q - What is your favorite technique to use on cards? Embossing with heat tool

SheetLoad Q - What is your favorite crafty site? kwernerdesign

SheetLoad Q - What is a little-known or odd fact about yourself? I can't make cards without music. I make better cards at night.

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? Feel free to leave comments in my blog - this could help me to improve my skill.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sponsor Savings Notice

Do you like what you see in the October 2008 issue of SheetLoad? Would you like to purchase the new ShortCuts Clear and Frosted Card Blanks for yourself? If so, now is the time to buy.

Use the discount code "SheetLoad10" when you make a ShortCuts purchase in October and receive a 10% discount!!*

Visit ShortCuts' Online Shopping Cart to place you order.

*Offer applies to package price(s) only - no discount will be given on Shipping/Handling charges. Discount code MUST be entered in the Special Instructions field during the PayPal check out. Discount does not apply to any special offer items (ie: Studio G stamps...) - only to ShortCuts products. Purchase must be made between October 1, 2008 and October 31, 2008. If you live outside the US or Canada, you can place your order via email and include the discount code in the email. Your PayPal invoice will reflect the discount.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The October issue is ready to download...

(Click on thumbnail to download PDF)

Each month I am eager to share the new SheetLoad issue, with all of its wonderful samples, but this month I am even more excited for a couple more reasons.

The October 2008 issue of SheetLoad features...

Guest Artist - Marlene Lo
The NEW ShortCuts
Clear & Frosted Card Blanks

I discovered Marlene's blog while I was visiting the blog of SheetLoad's first ever guest artist, Kurtis. I just fell in love with her clean, simple style and her beautiful photography.

After corresponding with her I have discovered she is a great lady as well. Make sure to check back on October 3rd, for a special edition of Meet the Artists, to learn more about Marlene.

Each sample in this issue uses ShortCuts' latest (and if I do say so myself - greatest) product. The new Clear and Frosted Card blanks are perfect for creating spectacular cards in minutes!

The stock is nice and thick, and best of all - fingerprint resistant! No more wearing white gloves while using those flimsy transparencies. Not only do they come pre-cut (and the Frosted is pre-scored), but the material is also available in full-sized sheets (8.5" x 11").

Make sure to check back throughout the month to find out how you can win some card blanks of your very own.