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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Welcome to the Scandinavian Folk Art Blog Hop

Our team of Makers have some wonderful projects to inspire you using the Scandinavian Folk Art Greetings stamp set. Each month, we show you a variety of ways to use the monthly stamp sets, and, this month, we are showing you how to use these folk art images on your projects.

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What is a blog hop? This is a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for using a specific element on your projects. You may be just starting here or you may have come from Kim Loewen’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Stenciled Scandinavian cards video tutorial, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


I want to be completely honest with you — I almost didn’t purchase this stamp set. When I saw it in the catalog I didn’t think I would ever use it. Boy, was I wrong! The images remind me of some of the stamps from years past, and I found some great ideas for projects in our old idea books. I am so glad I ordered it so that I could share with you how easy these cards are to make.

Both of these cards use stenciled images and heat embossing techniques. In my video, I show you how to assemble each card and share some simple cardmaking tips you can use on your projects. I wanted to keep the designs bright, simple, and unique like a tole-painted image.


The first card uses a color combination that I customarily save for Christmas. I have been taking a class on Color Theory and wanted to try a complementary combination that is not normally in my area of interest.

The patterns on this card are from our Mix-Ins paper pack which also sports the combination of candy apple, fern, and almond. A stenciled background was added using a Cricut cut image I shaded with Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink. To be truthful, I am still not sure if I like this mix of colors, but it was a fun experiment to try.

The second card is more within my color range. The mix of Peacock, Candy Apple, and Kraft colors can be found throughout my home.

On this card, I also used a stenciled image I cut from our stencil film on my Cricut. The hearts were added using Opaque Texture Paste then “aged” with Toffee ink. I love the row of flowers across the top and that white embossing powder makes them really stand out on the peacock cardstock.

On each of the cards, I added a little stitching to give them a handmade vintage-like feel. I would love to know which design you like best.



If you would like to create a set of these cards or learn how to create a stenciled background for your projects, I have made a tutorial for you to watch. I hope that it inspires you to try something new.  

Now head on over to Krista Hershberger’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  Don’t forget! The Scandinavian Folk Art Greetings stamp set is only available during the month of April. Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to learn how you can get this stamp set for FREE as a VIP or at a discounted price of $5.00 with a qualifying order.

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Welcome to the In This Together Blog Hop

This week, our team will be sharing projects to inspire you using the In This Together papers, stickers, and stamp set. This limited-time special has been designed for you to celebrate the happy moments from the past year.  

What is a blog hop? 152397897_10158228882137686_5824777505515155670_nThis is a wonderful way for you to gather a few ideas for using a specific element on your projects. You may be just starting out here or you may have come from Kristine Ponte’s blog – either way, you are in the right place.  When you are finished viewing my Quirky Quarantine card, click the link at the end of my post to “hop” on over to the next website. If you get lost along the way, you will find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog.


One year ago, no one expected that we would be experiencing a quickly changing world. A life locked down, full of virtual events, and learning to adapt to daily changes. Many of my friends are still struggling with the changes, so I decided that I would cheer them up with a Quirky Quarantine slimline card.

Just roll with it. That’s how I have had to live life over the last year. I am sure many of you felt the same way. There was absolutely nothing I could do to change what was happening, so I just had to roll with the punches. That little stamp made this saying even more amusing being placed on a TP roll. Do you remember that shortage?

I chose to stamp the image on yellow pattern paper using Intense Black ink, shaded it with watercolor pencils, and added it onto the card like a tab. I created a matching tab at the bottom using our Tabs & Tags thin cuts.

The background papers from the In This Together collection were adhered to a slimline card base and a little stitching was added for texture. I love how bright and cheery these papers are and plan to use them for a few of my spring layouts.

To break up the plaid pattern, I cut a circle and flipped it over to reveal the dots on the back. This circle helped me to frame my sentiment with the stickers.

The remaining parts of the card were simple. These are all stickers from the In This Together sticker sheet layered atop each other using foam tape. I added some flowers, hearts, a cheerful sentiment, and a few silly additions to put a smile on the recipient’s face.


I hope that this project inspired you, brought a smile to your face, and triggered a few happy memories from the past year. Now head on over to the talented Cat Nowak ’s blog to see her work! Be sure to visit all of the blogs to get some great crafting tips and other fun ideas.  

Don’t forget! These In This Together items are only available until March 31st.  Contact your CTMH Consultant, or visit my website to learn more about the discounted bundles and how you can earn 15% in rewards as a VIP

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