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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A Sketch to Make a Farmhouse Sunflower Card

It’s been a while since I have joined the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge, and, since life has been a bit busy, I decided to use this week’s sketch to quickly create a Thank You card.   My daughter is a huge fan of sunflowers and recently moved to a small farmhouse, so I decided to combine the two to create a Farmhouse Sunflower card.  Before I show you my project, let’s take a look at this week’s sketch. 

I always enjoy the simplicity of the Atlantic Hearts sketches. They give plenty of detail with room for interpretation and creative additions.  I chose to create a card similar to the sketch using our new Joyful Sunflower stamp with a few additions from our Timber collection. 

The base of the card was designed with a White Daisy stitched rectangle frame atop some wood-grain paper. If you hadn’t guessed by most of my photo backdrops, I adore the look of wood-grain and I especially love the rich tones on this Timber paper.  

To match the farmhouse theme, I grabbed a checked tab from the Timber sticker sheet and stamped the sentiment in Espresso ink.  Black and White checks are everywhere right now in farmhouse decor and this tab felt like the perfect addition.  

The sunflower was stamped onto some white cardstock using our Espresso Pigment ink so that I could heat-emboss it with Clear Embossing powder. At the time, I had planned on shading the image with watercolors, but, once it was stamped, I decided to leave it as is.  All those details in the sunflower stand out so strongly with the raised embossing and nothing more is needed.

I used the thin cuts dies to cut out the sunflower then placed it onto some white cardstock speckled with Toffee Shimmer.   In the sketch, the sentiment sits below the image, but, since I placed mine on the side with a tab, I decided to add some zig-zag stitching using our Gold Embellishing Thread across the base of the image. 

For such a simple design, I feel like it turned out absolutely beautiful and it helped with the heartache of missing my daughter this week.   


I hope that you enjoyed today’s Farmhouse Sunflower card project and that you were inspired to try something new and join me at the Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge.  I will be showing a version of this card during my Virtual Crop next weekend and show what it would look like if I had added the watercolors.  If you wish to join the crop, click on the events tab above, then click on the link in the calendar. 

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Sweet Cone Flower Card

These past few weeks, I have been in a bit of a creative rut so I decided to start searching the internet for some paper crafting challenges.  Challenges inspire me and give me a jumping off point when I have no ideas of my own.  I am not one to search Pinterest because I have found it to be the eternal time sucking rabbit hole with my attention deficit brain.  Instead, I chose three challenges which I combined into one simple card. 


The colors for this card are a little outside my comfort zone, but I like how the Color Throwdown challenged me with this combination.  The stamped flower image from A Million Little Things, was shaded using our TriBlend Markers

I used a combination of blue, purple, greens, and tan to create the cone flower, then stamped some splatter using Carolina Ink.  I love the simplicity of these flower images – they call to my gardening soul.

One of the challenges I joined also spoke to the gardener in me. I was inspired by the words in this quote at Time Out Challenges.  I felt like this card speaks to the all the gardeners out there “who make our souls bloom”.

After I was finished shading the image, I roughed up the edges, wrapped some twine around the base, and backed it in some Sapphire cardstock.

I chose to keep the background of the card white, but felt like it needed a little texture, so I pulled out my score board and created a grid pattern on the card base.  This is a very simple technique that creates a striking backdrop on any card. 

When I was finished, I realized that the design for the card matched the Atlantic Heart Sketch challenge perfectly.  I moved the sentiment to a different location, but the design was perfect for this stamped image and I really like how this card turned out.  I can honestly say that these challenges have started to help my creative brain start working again.  


If you have been in a bit of a creative rut lately, I challenge you to do what I did and join a few online challenges.  For me, they provide the inspiration I need and make my creative gears turn.  Maybe they will do the same for you. 

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