Saturday, August 29, 2009

September Sneak Peeks

Here are sneak peeks at just a few of the creations that will be featured in the upcoming issue of SheetLoad of Cards...

Make sure to stop back by on Tuesday, September 1st to download your FREE copy!

Monday, August 24, 2009

August Advertiser Directory

As a "thank you" to our advertisers, who help to keep the eZine FREE, please take a few minutes to visit their online sites. If you happen to make a purchase, please let them know "SheetLoad Sent Ya".

August Sponsor:

Blog Banner Advertiser:

eZine Advertisers:
Doodle Palace

Friday, August 21, 2009

And the July winners are...

...being announced very late. Sorry for the delay. :(

The lucky winners of our July challenges are...

July - Show Us Your SheetLoad
Grand Prize: SmilynStef
Runner Up: Iona

Ladies, please send me an email with "July Winner" in the subject line to and I will hook you up with your prizes!!

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Simple Special Stunning - August '09

The purpose of "Simple Special Stunning" is to show how each issue of SheetLoad can be adapted for papercrafters of all levels. Whether it is sticking exactly to the sketch, or adding some extra bling.

Today's cards were created by Barbara DeBose and feature the sketch from our August '09 issue of SheetLoad of Cards.

• All mat layers are scalloped on all edges
• Balloons are punched from patterned paper and adhered with 3D foam tape
• The oval is embossed with a distressed ink sky

• A Clear Card Blank from ShortCuts was used.
• Balloons are buttons stitched on with matching thread
• The embossed oval has a scalloped mat
• A two-tone sky and landscape are added to the embossed oval
• Ribbon is tied into a bow
• The sentiment is stamped in a more prominent color onto a tag distressed with ink that is tied to the ribbon with hemp fiber
• Scalloped mats have been added to the squares
• The middle layer mat is narrower and has a larger scalloped top and bottom

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Meet the Artists - Jessica George

As the new members of our Design Team make their debut in an issue of SheetLoad of Cards, we will post a special "episode" of Meet the Artists here on the SheetLoad blog.

Today's Artist is Jessica George, who made her debut in the August '09 issue. Please read on to learn more about Liz and help me welcome her to the team.

SheetLoad Q - How long have you been making cards? 2 1/2 years

SheetLoad Q - What is your favorite technique to use on cards? Right now I'm infatuated with my COPIC markers!

SheetLoad Q - What is your favorite crafty site? SheetLoad (of course!), SplitcoastStampers for inspiration, and The Daily Dare for links to challenges of all types.

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

SheetLoad Q - What is a little-known or odd fact about yourself? I am a veterinarian; putting my career on hold while raising my family, but now that my husband retired I will most likely be going back to that field.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Meet the Artists - Liz Weber

As the new members of our Design Team make their debut in an issue of SheetLoad of Cards, we will post a special "episode" of Meet the Artists here on the SheetLoad blog.

Today's Artist is Liz Weber, who made her debut in the August '09 issue. Please read on to learn more about Liz and help me welcome her to the team.

SheetLoad Q - How long have you been making cards? 7 years, but only became 100% dedicated and obsessed to cardmaking this year.

SheetLoad Q - What is your favorite technique to use on cards? Using Spellbinders and Cuttlebug embossing folders

SheetLoad Q - What is your favorite crafty site? Any sketch site - particularly cards and I love checking out the Spellbinders & Cuttlebug Challenge sites around the place.

SheetLoad Q - What is a little-known or odd fact about yourself? I didn't get my driver's license until I was 24, but I had heaps of friends willing to drive me around!

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 am a wee bit obsessed with using Spellbinders and rarely make a card or layout without using a Spellbinder of some sort.

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Sponsor Spotlight - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

It is time to shine a spotlight on our August 2009 sponsor, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps. Here is a little about the company in their own words...

First, I'd like to thank Alicia for the opportunity to sponsor SheetLoad this month. It has been a joy to work with her and her design team and I look forward to doing so again in the future!

Second, a little about me and my small stamp company... I started Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps with little to no expectations. It was something that God allowed me to do through the talent he gave me and the encouragement of others. A homeschooling mother of three and consultant for a well-known stamp company, I certainly had no intentions of designing my own line of stamps or starting my own stamp company, but it's amazing what can happen when you step out of the way and allow God to use you!

It all started in the fall of 2007. I was on a mission to find a cute, child-friendly knight stamp I could use for my son's 5th birthday party invitations. I scoured the Internet, but couldn't find anything I liked, so I decided I'd try my hand at drawing a knight myself. I took art in high school and enjoyed doodling, but never had any formal art classes or training so, to say the least, I didn't expect much. My intention, if my image was satisfactory, was to make copies of the image onto cardstock so that I could mass produce the invitations, but something much more exciting happened! Not only did I like my little knight image, but so did many of my family, friends and blog readers. I thought they were all crazy when they suggested I make him into a stamp, but the idea was interesting so I decided to look into it. Soon after, Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps was born and almost 2 years and over 80 stamp sets later, my meager little stamp company is still going strong for the glory of the Lord!

From the start, I vowed to God that this would be HIS business. Not only would I provide the stamping community with "sweet and sassy" images, but I would also focus on making more of the scriptures from God's Word available to stampers. Almost every new release includes at least one scripture stamp set which can be used alone or with other stamps/images. It has been my desire to provide the Christian stamping community with scripture they can use on their paper crafting projects that will uplift, encourage, edify and inspire those who receive it. I have been encouraged so many times along this journey by stampers just like you, who have found our stamps to be a blessing in their own ministries of encouraging others. God has used this little stamp company in big ways! It's more than just another stamp company. It's a ministry dedicated to sharing the love of Christ through paper crafting!

I hope you'll stop by our website and a have a look around. We have over 80 wonderful clear stamp sets as well as over 40 fantastic digital stamps which can be downloaded and used instantly! You are sure to find something you like at a price that is just right for you.

May you see God's blessings each day,
Korin Sutherland

Make sure to check out the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps blog for lots of inspiration and don't forget about their special discount offer for SheetLoad readers!! (See ad at top of blog for details or find their offer on the inside front cover of the August '09 issue)

Korin, thank you so much for sharing your stamps and your design team with us for the August issue. It was a joy to work with you as well!

Thursday, August 13, 2009

New Studio G Stamps - Now Available!

I mentioned the other day that the new Studio G stamps were on their way. Well, guess what?! They arrived yesterday and are NOW AVAILABLE at the ShortCuts Online Store! A week ahead of schedule!

Studio G - Series 34 - Halloween

Studio G - Series 35 - Bohemian

Studio G - Series 37 - Holiday

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

August "Fan" Blog Candy

Are you a fan of SheetLoad?! Why not make it official and add yourself to our list of followers?!

Just click on the "follow" button in the "Our Fans..." area on the left sidebar. At the end of the month one (1) lucky fan will win this fabulous prize...
Two (2) FREE Digital Stamps from Whimsie Doodles!!
Visit their etsy Store to see their adorable line of digital stamps and cutting files.

Tell your friends about this great opportunity, as well.

**Winner will be chosen from all Fans using at the end of the month. Announcement will be made in early September.

Monday, August 10, 2009

August '09 - Show Us Your SheetLoad

It is time once again to show us what you have created with the latest issue of SheetLoad of Cards; August 2009.

All you have to do is create one card and enter it here for a chance to win Two (2) FREE Stamp Sets from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps!

Owl Celebrations -Retail Value $7.50

Penguin Hugs - Retail Value $15.00

Here is how to enter...
- Create one (1) card using the sketch from our August 2009 issue of SheetLoad of Cards
- Upload your card to an online gallery or your blog.
- Come back to this post and leave a comment with the DIRECT link to your card and your favorite stamp(s) from Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps' Online Store, no later than Monday, August 31st.
- One winner will receive the Two (2) Stamp Sets shown above of their choice, and the "Runner Up" will be awarded Two (2) FREE Digital Stamps of their choice.

Make sure to do your best work, as the SheetLoad Design Team will be voting on their favorites to determine the winner.

The "fine print"...
- The link in your comment MUST go directly to your entry in an online gallery, or the blog post containing the entered card. (Any comments with indirect links will be disqualified.)
- 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.
- Only one entry per person. ETA: You may enter a full SheetLoad, but all of the cards in the picture should be similar and from the same issue.
- Failure to leave a comment with your favorite stamp set(s)/product as described above, will result in disqualification.

Playing so far...

Friday, August 7, 2009

Shout Out to SheetLoad - August '09

It's time for our monthly "Shout Out" Challenge. Since you enjoy SheetLoad so much, help us get the word out about our little site.

In return you will be entered to win the following...

Two (2) FREE Digital Stamps from - Whimsie Doodles!!
One lucky winner will be able to choose two (2) digital stamp images, from Whimsie Doodle's online store.

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 picture of the August Cover, and a link to the current issue (August '09). (cover image URL: - Once you have posted your message, come back to this post and leave a comment with the DIRECT link to your "Shout Out" post.
*Link must go directly to your "Shout Out to SheetLoad Post", not a main page. Indirect links will be disqualified.
**Please note - any indirect links, or links that go to a non-shout out post, will be deleted before the final drawing takes place.

Example of a DIRECT (correct) link:

Example of an INDIRECT (incorrect) link:

Rules and "the fine print"...
- Post must be up, and your link must be left here, no later than Sunday, August 30th at Midnight CST.
- Failure to link directly to the August SheetLoad issue post will result in disqualification for the prize.
- Failure to put a DIRECT link in your comment will result in disqualification.
- One (1) winner will be chosen at random using
- Open to all Domestic and International readers

Good luck and get to shoutin'! :)

Saturday, August 1, 2009

August 2009 - Sponsored by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps

It is time for another great issue of SheetLoad of Cards...

(click on thumbnail to download the PDF file)

All of the samples in the August '09 issue feature stamps from our sponsor - Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps! When you see a card you like, just click on it to be taken to their online store*. Shopping can't get much easier than that. *When viewing the PDF file onscreen.

Along with the guest artists from the Sweet 'n Sassy Design Team, you will see creations from a couple Sample Artists who are making their debut in the August issue. Come back later this month to learn more about two of our new artists - Jessica George and Liz Weber - in Meet the Artists episodes.

Thanks to Liz Weber, one of the artists making her debut, for the great sketch this month!

Special Offer Alert: Make sure to check out the Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps ad in the August '09 issue for a special discount offer for SheetLoad readers!