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)

Celebrate Being In This Together

After all the adventures we faced in 2020, we have high hopes for the future.  Many of you faced some difficult circumstances, but, despite those challenges, we are now much stronger together.  Let’s celebrate the happy memories made over the last several months with the In This Together collection!

The In This Together special includes a variety of products that provide a platform for you to document all your memories made during these times of adjustment with a bright, happy paper suite full of fun designs and beautiful colors.  All of these new products provide a perfect backdrop for happy memories or the foundation for adorable cards.

This fun paper suite features a brand-new limited edition paper packet and sticker sheet, coordinating cardstock, bright little dots, and the In This Together stamp set.  This month’s special also includes three bundle options, each available at a 20% discount! Chose the In This Together Product Bundle, the In This Together Workshop Kit, and the In This Together Album Workshop Kit. (click on the images below for contents


In This Together Bundle

In This Together Album Kit

In This Together Workshop Kit


With each of these bundles, you’ll be able to purchase a versatile array of products from the In This Together suite at a 20% discount to design and create your own projects!

The Album Kit includes all the materials you’ll need to create a beautiful 6″ x 8″ album, and the Workshop Kit comes with all the papers and embellishments you’ll need to create three stunning 12″ x 12″ layouts and eight cards. You can also purchase any of the components separately to create your own memorable designs. 


No matter what your experience has been during this time of challenges and changes, I know that you’ve made some precious memories that you will able to look back on for years to come. The In This Together special and free downloadable guides will only be available from February 1 through March 31, so make sure you add a few of these new items to your collection before they are gone.

I hope you are having a wonderful week, my friend!  I can’t wait to see what you create. 

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Thank You to All My Cardmaking Friends

When I logged on today, I realized that it has been over two and a half months since I have posted anything here.  Many of you know why, but, for those who don’t, I wanted to post a quick update and send a huge thank you to my cardmaking friends.  In early November, I become very sick and spent six weeks in isolation.  I am still battling a few aftereffects, but I want you to know that this post is not going to be about that adventure, but about the wonderful friends who kept my spirits up during that time. 

As a cardmaker with a perfectionist spirit, there have been so many times that I have started a card or created a card and tossed it right into the trash. (gasp) I also have quite a collection of cards that are sitting in my craft space collecting dust (you, too, huh?)  It wasn’t until recently, while I was ill, that I realized how important sending a card can be. 

Do you see all those cards?? Those amazing messages were sent to me during the two months I was ill.  During my time in isolation, my heart and mind were full of worry, sadness, and loneliness – but it was these cards that poured in each day that kept my spirts up. 

Inside each one was a message of hope and encouragement.  You can’t imagine the joy this brought to my soul.  In my little room, on my comfy purple chair, I spent each day reading through your cards and feeling blessed by those who took a few minutes out of their day to send me a message of hope.  I wish I could thank each one of you personally, but since I can’t, I created a short little video full of inspiration for all of my cardmaking friends. 


As I said in my video, I hope that you understand how important cards can be. It doesn’t have to be perfect or handmade or full of embellishments or filled with inspiring words of wisdom –  cards are a gift to those who receive them.

Again, thank you so much to everyone who sent me well wishes these past few months. God has sent each one of you into my life for a reason and I am forever blessed because of each of you.  

I still have some healing to do and it will be a few months before I am 100%, but I know that this could have been so much worse and I am grateful it wasn’t.  

I encourage you to set aside a few minutes this week to write a little note of encouragement to someone and send it off in the mail. You never know how much impact a little card can have.  

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