Wednesday, April 29

SheetLoad of Cards design team call

Hello, everyone! I hope you're having a great day! Today, I'm sharing with you three cards and a bookmark, so get ready for a longer-than-normal post!

This is the very first time I've used a digistamp. All of the images were created by Dustin Pike, a very talented artist with the cutest images! These were some of his free downloads (and he has several on his blog) that I sized to fit an A2 card and a bookmark. He also has an Etsy shop with images for sale. Prices range from $2 to $3.50 - a bargain!

This post also serves as my design team application for SheetLoad of Cards. I used the sketch from the April 2009 issue, although each card will look different because I changed the proportions of some elements on each card and left off other elements. Because of the size of the bookmark, I completely rearranged the elements of the sketch, but still kept the same patterned papers.

This first card always makes me giggle. When I was a little girl, my mom tells me I ate hardly anything. I was a "string bean", as she says. So, she started calling me "Chickadee" since they are small and eat so little. Not long after, it was shortened to "Chickie" - which is still a nickname she uses for me to this day. Since I left off the sentiment, I had to come up with my own name - so "Hello, Chickie" it is!

I altered the sketch by rotating it 90 degrees, resizing the two patterned papers on the left side of the card and the focal image, omitting the sentiment and adding three buttons instead of two.

supplies ~ cardstock: Martha Stewart, dsp: Hot Off the Press Citrus, buttons: stash, image: Dustin Pike

This image is so adorable. It's supposed to be for Easter, but since there aren't any strictly Easter references in the image, I decided to go ahead and use it for an everyday card.

I altered the sketch once again by adding three embellishments instead of two, leaving out the sentiment, resizing the focal image and moving the two patterned papers to the bottom after resizing them, as well. I also swapped out one patterned paper and used a different one in its place. Instead of rounding all the corners, I just rounded the patterned papers and the bottom two corners of the card base.

supplies ~ cardstock: Martha Stewart, dsp: Hot Off the Press Citrus, buttons: Colorbok, jute twine: stash, image: Dustin Pike

This little guy looks so carefree and happy, doesn't he? I've never tried sponging before, so this was a first for me. This card is probably the closest to the the original sketch, but you can see that I resized the focal image to take up more space, I moved the buttons to the edge of the card and added some jute twine to the image.

This was actually the first card I completed, and I thought the twine was perfect for this image - the kites we made as kids were simple paper, dowels and twine with some fabric tails. Once I got started on the twine, it just kept popping up on the other projects in this post!

supplies ~ cardstock: Martha Stewart, dsp: Hot Off the Press Citrus, buttons: stash, jute twine: stash, image: Dustin Pike

For the "beyond the card" item in the DT call, I floundered at first. I thought about altering something, but I had this little guy sitting in my image box. Since this was such a small item, I decided to completely change the layout, but I really liked the idea of blocking the colors that the original sketch used. Using the same papers as the first three cards, I used different sizes to add interest and rounded all the corners. To spruce it up a bit, I layered two buttons at the top and tied them together with jute twine.

supplies ~ cardstock: Martha Stewart, dsp: Hot Off the Press Citrus, buttons: Colorbok, jute twine: stash, image: Dustin Pike

Phew! That was a big 'ole fat post! Thank you for coming by for a visit! I'll be back on Friday with a Hip Hop Hangover post. Last week was just too crazy for me to fit everything in, but this week I had more time to play.

See you later, gator!

5 paper smiles:

Sassy Scrapin' said...

SUPERB! These are all adorable! Great job, and best of luck to you!!! I would choose you for sure! ;-)

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

Awesome! I'll just bet you're hooked now on Dustin, ain't cha????? He rocks - and so do your cards! Just awesome.


Boni Boutelle-Jones said...

These are adorable! I just love Dustin's stuff - you did a stellar job!!

Littleted62 said...

Wow, what a wonderful bunch of cards! The bright colours are lovely and the images are really cute, love 'em all! Nicki, xx.

Anonymous said...

Well aren't these just ADORABLE!!! Love your sweet images and the colors are fabulous!! :) Good luck with the call!!

Come check out something on my blog if you enjoy Dustin Pike........

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