Vote Request And Two LYA Sides



Over A Barrel, digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

Over A Barrel, digital surface design. © 2017 Sheila Delgado

I created this as an entry in the Spoonflower limited color palette succulents design challenge. The instructions were to use at least 2 of the five colors given. It was optional to use black or white as well. I used the five colors. Dark Green, Sage, Blush, Terracotta and Rhubarb.

My idea was for a simplified, or slightly abstract design, that focused on the “pattern” of the cactus itself. I usually find the limited palette challenges difficult. But these colors are close to the favorites I so often paint with!

Your vote would be awesome! You can only vote once, but you can help me spread the word, or share this post with friends. Follow the link above, click to select the design, and then scroll to the bottom and click to submit your vote. Thanks so much for taking the time!

I have two more designs completed and am working on a fourth to round out the collection. I will share those with you soon.


LYA Side Swaps

Both of the cards I received look like they are made from fabric. I could be wrong. The first is from Michele Matucheski in Oshkosh. We have swapped before. Michele is a busy creative, lots of interesting things happening on her blog. Not only is she a fabulous photographer, she works with fabrics, and weaving, even surface design!

This bit of inspiration was on the back:

“To practice any art, no matter how well or how badly,
is a way to make your soul grow. So DO it!”
Kurt Vonnegut


Michele Matucheski, Orange Blossom Breeze Star. LYA 2017

Michele Matucheski, Orange Blossom Breeze Star. LYA 2017 side swap

As you would guess, I love the colors in this card. The center star looks  shiny and soft. Silk maybe? Michele also included the temperature, 53 degrees, her city, and the date. A neat little fact sticker, I wish I had thought of! Michele’s card is HUGE! 5 x 7, I didn’t realize you could go that big with a postcard. It sure does make an impression!


Patricia Mark, mixed media. LYA 2017 side swap

Patricia Mark, mixed media. LYA 2017 side swap

The second arrival has got me thoroughly intrigued. It looks like velvet on velvet, but I really have no idea. Wonderful textures. And such lively “fire”. Hoping Pat will tell me. She labeled this mixed media. Either way, I love this brilliant bloom! Patricia Mark is from Portland. Visit her site to see more of her wonderful photos.

Pat’s special message:

 “To be an artist is to believe in life.”
Henry Moore

So fun to be intrigued by artwork! So fun to be surprised by color and texture and pattern! Thank you both so much, Patricia and Michele! Such a joy to swap art with you again!


Thanks so much for taking a look at the Spoonflower limited color palette succulents design challenge. Your support is so appreciated!








16 thoughts on “Vote Request And Two LYA Sides

    1. Sheila Post author

      Thank you Laurelle 🙂 I am so glad you like the simplicity as well. Have a great weekend, and thanks again for taking the time to vote!

    1. Sheila Post author

      Whew, you had me for a second. Thought something weird had happened. LOL 🙂 Thank you, thank you Louise!!
      Those cards are so bright and fun. I can’t wait to see everyone’s post on the cards they have received. Of course my card to you will not be there by this weekend. Well, it could be I suppose. 🙂
      I received more today, and they are realy something too 🙂 Thanks again Louise 😉

  1. Val van der Poel

    What super cards Sheila -you are a lucky girl! I voted! Actually I voted for 4 patterns although there were so many I was about ready to give up when I finally saw your piece. Good luck! – BTW what do you win?

    1. Sheila Post author

      They are terrific aren’t they Val!
      There are so many new designers on the Spoonflower site. And very good ones! Thanks for taking the time to vote 🙂 The designs are shown in a random order, and it is different each time the page is opened, a way they try to be fair to all. There are cash prizes. Actually money that can be used on the site to purchase fabrics, or papers. For me, the money will go towards purchasing swatches of my designs, which then makes them available for sale. They like you to proof the colors/design, and give you a chance to make alterations. A very good idea, since colors on the screen look so different than when they are printed. And depending on the fabric chosen it could be very much different.
      Top ten winners get cash prizes, the top 25 designs are automatically released for sale in the market. No swatch required. You also get social media exposure through the site.

  2. Dotty Seiter

    Sheila, it was my pleasure to cast a vote for your terrific design, with its appealing, unfussy, get-to-the-heart-of-things simplicity and gentle abstraction. I love that you enter contests of this sort.

    Thanks once again for sharing LYA postcards, too : )

    1. Sheila Post author

      Aww, thanks Dotty for your generous description 🙂 I need to get back to designing on a regular basis, build my portfolio and increase works for sale. Next month the challenges are all watercolor based, looking forward to those 🙂 Thanks so much for voting Dotty 🙂

      More cards arrived today 🙂

  3. corinnebekker

    Hi Sheila. I love your design. I visited the challenge and voted for you. I looked and liked some more designs- then thought about why l liked yours -and some others. Apart from the truly creative take on it , i.e. the abstracted look, the fact that you left space for the eye to rest, makes it really good to my eye. Good luck.

    1. Sheila Post author

      Yay Corinne! I was hoping someone would notice that. Love how you said it too… space for the eye to rest. 🙂 I often wonder if my designs are too simple. But I like clean, uncomplicated…pretty. Thanks so much for voting, means a lot to me 🙂 If I am one of the top ten, the prize money will go towards making more of my designs available for sale. Top ten designs are also made available for sale with out the required swatch purchase.
      Happy creating to you, have fun!


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