Start with a Sketch & Create Some Bird-Day Cards

Each month, our Creative Design Team shares simple project ideas with you that show you ways to use some of the crafty items in your stash. This week, we are focusing on Sketches! Each one of us has chosen a sketch from a Make It From Your Heart how-to book and showing you new ways to use them.

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For my project, I chose to use a card sketch from the new Make it From Your Heart book. This new how-to guide is full of card and layout sketches with cutting guides and project samples. Each of our how-to books are designed to give you a “jumping off point” in the creative process and help you to create beautiful projects of your own.

The bird-day cards I created were inspired by Sketch #30 which is a simple design with three paper strips in the background. As you can see, I was able to take this uncomplicated design and use it to create three adorable birthday cards.

Each of these cards is a little different from the rest. In the MIFYH book, there is an A2 horizontal sample and an A2 vertical sample with playful papers, icons, and sentiments. In my video tutorial, I share how I was inspired by each sample in the book and how it altered it for my designs.

I chose the bright, whimsical Party Time paper and sticker pack for my card collection and paired them with the So Tweet bird images. Aren’t those little birds simply adorable?!

In our idea book, all of the bird images are shaded a lovely yellow color. I chose to mimic this on two of my cards using SpectrumNoir Triblend markers. I used my swatch sheet to match my marker colors to the paper pack, then went right to work shading those little bird images.

On the first card, I chose pink patterns and images to create a card for a little girl. I added some stitching on the side, a few layered tags, and a sticker sentiment.

Her balloon was shaded a lovely pale pink and coral mixture with a splash of shimmer from a shimmer brush. I am still practicing my coloring and shading techniques so I kept my blends simple.

The Party Time paper pack has both pink and blue designs so, naturally, the second card was created with a boy theme in mind. That little chick with the glasses is just too cute dressed up in his little party hat sticker.

This card is a bit more elaborate with a pattern paper background, glitter gel polka-dots, and stitched strips of paper.

After creating the two standard-size cards, I decided to use the sketch to create a slimline design. Instead of using a little yellow chick, I went rogue with a beautiful little bluebird.

That adorable bird was placed onto a scallop tag adorned with Liquid Pearls, then added to a simple card background of pink images and sentiments.

If you would like to see how all three of these cards came together and learn a few tips & tricks, I have a video for you to enjoy. I walk you through how I shaded each of the images with TriBlend markers and share how I altered each of the sketches in the Make It From Your Heart book.

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I hope that today’s project inspired you to take another look at some sketches from the Make It From Your Heart how-to books. Each of the Creative Design Team members will be sharing a sketch with you this week, so make sure that you have subscribed to each of their channels so that you can learn a new way to Start with a Sketch.

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here is a list of some supplies I used today (View All My Supplies Here)

A Father’s Day Fancy Fold Card

I truly enjoy teaching new techniques and showing crafters, like you, how to use supplies you have in your craft room. This past month, I began a new series on Facebook called Fun Fold Friday, and this Father’s Day card is just one of the projects I created in May. If you didn’t have a chance to join me, you can view the video at the bottom of this post.

This simple version of a double flap card was easy to make using a standard A2 size card base. After removing half of the front panel, I added some blue belle and black pattern papers from a variety of paper collections.

The flap on the right side of the card was created using some additional cardstock, pattern paper, and tags cut from our new Mix-In pack. One of the pattern sheets in that pack is full of wonderful banners and tags which I also used on my Daddy’s Boy layout. Those layers of tags and banners add such a fun element to the design.

On one of the tags, I added a tassel of black embroidery thread to mimic a fishing fly. I thought it would add to the theme of the card which includes some images from the My Dad Rocks stamp set.

The images themselves were stamped using Espresso ink then shaded with a little watercolor paint. Since these inks are water-based, they did fade a little when the paint was added, but I like the way it turned out.

If you like this Father’s Day stamp and need a few more ideas, click here to see another card I created.

Along with this Father’s Day card, I also shared how to make a similar card using our Lovely collection. This double flap card design looks so beautiful, yet it is so simple to make once you learn a few little tricks.

For those of you who missed Fun Fold Friday, here is a link to the video from my Facebook page that you can view.

If you wish to see more Fun Fold Friday tutorials, you can visit my Facebook page and follow me online. I will be posting the schedule of upcoming tutorials in my Events so that you know when the next Fun Fold Friday will take place.

Thank you to everyone who joined me for my first live events. I hope you enjoyed these projects and were encouraged to try something new.

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Return to Happiest Place & Get the Free Guides

Celebrate your happy place and wonderful memories with the Return to the Happiest Place special! This whimsical collection features foil-accented papers and stickers, acrylic accessories, the layout kit, exclusive stamps, thin cuts, and digital SVG shapes. You also have the opportunity to purchase multiple kits to create scrapbook pages and cards using these whimsically designed papers and cardstock. There are so many playful products to choose from making it easy to create the perfect backdrop for your favorite memories.

This special includes all the products you loved from the Happiest Place special at a 20% discount. Featuring an extra-large paper packet with 12 patterned paper sheets and tons of coordinating items. You also have access to two brand new workshop projects and printable guides, making it easy for you to create beautiful artwork.

Here Are Just a Few Products in this Collection


Everyone has their own β€œhappy place”, but for many of us, happy places are often connected with treasured memories of family and friends and not always a physical location. These two projects are designed for you to create and share those memories.

We’ve put together a new 12″ x 12″ scrapbooking workshop kit and a new slimline cardmaking workshop. These three beautiful crafting options provide a great jumping-off point to kick-start creativity. The guides for these projects will not be included in the workshop kits but are available as a download below.

VIPs will have access to these guides all year long on my VIP website.


For those who prefer to cut out their images with a Cricut or Silhouette, you will enjoy these two digital bundles. After you purchase these SVG designs, they will be available to you on your account page.

Here is a quick video tutorial showing you how to locate them and upload them into Design Space.


The Return to the Happiest Place special runs through July 31 so make sure you snag a few of these discounted bundles before they are gone and record a few happy memories of your own.

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