Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Sheetload of Cards Submission Challenge Blog Post

I am so excited about this opportunity that I am going for!! Lately I have been hinting around to you that I was applying for a DT position. Well today I will finally let you know that I am hoping to be chosen as one of the new DT members for Sheetload of Cards!

As you all know, I just love doing challenges and many of those challenges consist of working with sketches. It seems to be a perfect fit for me to work with SheetLoad because every month they release a new sketch to work with. I hope that they think it would be a perfect fit too!

As part of my application process, I have to create this blog post that includes a total of four projects using a SheetLoad sketch. The assignment given was to create three cards and one project (other than a card) from any one of their current or past sketches.

The sketch that I chose to work with comes from the January 2009 Issue of SheetLoad that was sponsored by CC Designs.

My first card is called "You + Me = Happy". For this card I kept the sketch in its' original format.

You + Me = Happy

The Fine Print: You + Me = Happy
Designer Paper: Imaginisce Twitterpated (Mushroom Fancy and Colorfall); Card Stock: Stampin Up (Riding Hood Red), Colorwin (Teal); Card Base and White Card Stock: Georgia Pacific (120lb white); Stamps: Unity (You + Me = Happy); Ink: Amuse (Black), Embossing Ink: Top Boss; Embossing Powder: Stamp n Stuff (Red Tinsel); Brads: Doodlebug; Flower: Prima; Ric Rac: JoAnn's; Markers: Copics.

Mushrooms are so hot right now and I just love this adorable stamp set from Unity. Here is a close up of the way that I tied the Ric Rac into the flower center to make it have dimension...

My second card is called "It's all About the Presents." Since CC Designs was the host for this sketch, I thought it would be great to use some of their stamps on my card. For this card I rotated the sketch vertically so the ribbon is at the bottom. I chose to place the monkey in the space where the sentiment could go and included the sentiment in with the main image.

It's All About the Presents

The Fine Print: It's All About the Presents

Designer Paper: Crate Paper Lillian Collection (Blissful and Home); Card Stock: Georgia Pacific (120lb White); Stamps: CC Designs (It's My Birthday); Ink: Amuse (Black); Flowers: Prima (Pink), Bazzill (White), Petaloo (colored Yellow with Copics); Brad: Bazzill, Ribbon: DCWV (Plaid), Joann's (Yellow Twill Tape); Machine stitching; Markers: Copics; Pop Dots.

I stamped and colored the presents and the monkey several times and then layered them into a grouping that worked for this layout. The original stamp pictured in the grouping above shows how the presents actually go with the dog stamp. I added three layers to some of the presents and two layers to the monkey to add depth to the card. I purposely let the balloon image go off the top of the card for effect!

My third card for submission is called Friends are Like Flowers. For this card I turned the sketch vertically again, but this time I placed the ribbon on the top. The sentiment for this one is incorporated into the image, and then I added an additional sentiment off to the side as well.

Friends are Like Flowers

The Fine Print: Friends are Like Flowers

Designer Paper: Three Bugs in a Rug Chalk Garden Collection (Laugh and Listen); Card Stock: Georgia Pacific (120lb White), The Paper Co. (Black); Stamps: Unity (Floral Friends), Cracker Box Palace (sentiment: Friends Like Flowers); Rhinestones: Studio 18; Ink: Amuse (Black), Signo Uniball (White opaque); Ribbon: Michael's; Embossing: Cuttlebug (Bloom Dots).

Finally may I present to you my special project! I decided to use one of the fabulous quotes from Unity's Quote Bundle Pack. I decorated a plain unfinished wooden desktop picture frame into an inspirational piece suitable for a prominent place in one's home.

I used the same sketch that I have for the last three projects but this time I left the sketch in it's original format, but tipped the image panel and matting on an angle for interest. A butterfly replaces the sentiment. I call this project Becoming a Butterfly.

Becoming a Butterfly

The Fine Print: Becoming a Butterfly

Unfinished Frame: Michael's; Paint: Making Memories (Pink), Heidi Swapp (White); Designer Paper: American Crafts (Bookshelf Collection); Card Stock: Stampin Up (Elegantly Eggplant, Really Rust), Georgia Pacific (120lb White); Stamps: Unity (Butterfly: March KOM, Sentiment: Quote Bundle Pack, Flower Silhouette: Gratitude = Joy), Rhinestones: Studio 18, Michaels; Ribbon: Organza (JoAnn's); Butterfly Ghost Shapes: Heidi Swapp; Ink: Amuse (Black Ink), Stampin Up (Elegant Eggplant, Really Rust); Markers: Copics, Stardust Gelly Roller; Corner Embellishment: American Crafts.

Here are a couple of closeup shots that might help you see the ghost butterfly shapes and the dimension of this project.

So that is what I came up with for my DT application submissions. Now the decision is in the hands of Alicia and the crew at SheetLoad of cards to decide if I would be a good fit with their DT or not. Wish me luck... I really hope I can make it!!

Have a great night and may your bucket overflow with lots of opportunities to grow and expand!


RoseOhio said...

Wow! I am in awe of all these wonderful cards and projects! Good luck with the design team, you are very talented and would make a great addition!


Handmade Creations by Stephanie said...


These are all great love them!! Good luck and I hope you get the DT spot!!

Tricia said...

This are just absolutely stunning! How could you not be chosen. You have inspired me to create more with stamps and to do more cards!! My vote is for you!!

Sharon said...


Your work is always beautiful. Love all the details in your project. Good luck on your submission to the DT.


Sue said...

Hi Kelly,

I've been following your blog and have finally decided to comment on your INCREDIBLE creations. It's kind of ironic that, after years of hosting a DT on Wishblading Well, that you are now in hopes of being on a DT for some one else. As ALWAYS, your creations are absolutly gorgeous and I just know you're going to make the team!!! I'm not going to wish you "luck" I'm going to wish you tons of blessings. You've blessed me in so many ways when I was on YOUR DT that now it's time for you to receive the blessings you so deserve!

Sue Shaff former DT member of Wishblading Well =)

Steph said...

You do such beautiful work. I'll keep you in prayer that you get your wish of becoming DT. Hugs, Stephanie (Riverview)