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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An Animated Birthday Treat for H2H

This week, at the Heart2Heart Challenge Blog, our design team is showcasing some projects with Multi-Dimensional Magic♥.  We would love for you to join the challenge this month and share some of your 3D creations.  


Today, I have a simple Animated Birthday Box & Tag for you with a video tutorial.  I chose to use some wonderful goodies from the Creativity in Motion Collection along with some items from the new Party Time sticker sheet.  I am just loving how these turned out. 

That adorable little box was created using an image from the Artiste collection and cut from the Animation Sheets and Bright Paper stacks.  You might think that it seems a little frivolous to cut a box from those animation sheets (believe me I heard the complaints from other consultants). I would liek you to know that the box is only three-inches high and it just looks so stinkin’ cute with that black striped acetate and yellow check paper. 

I can’t tell you how many times a project I made cost more than if I had purchased it.  This little box was designed for someone special and the minimal cost, to me, didn’t matter.  

In my video tutorial I show you how to make and cut the box in Cricut Design Space using the Artiste collectionThis collection is one of my favorites for holidays and celebrations. It is full of boxes and banners and three-dimensional fun. 

The matching animated gift tag was cut using the Tags & Tabs and Stitched Rectangle Thin Cuts.  I elongated the tag (I show that in the video, too) and decorated it using some of the papers from the Bright Paper Stack

The stamp is one of our new Creativity in Motion stamps and it fit perfectly on this little tag.  This little birthday bundle will be so much fun to fill and give to someone special. 

So are you ready to learn how I made the Animated Birthday Box & Tag? In my video I will walk you through the Cricut Design Space process and show you how to use the animated stamp sets.  There are a few tips & tricks in the video showing you how to line everything up and how to layer the images so that they slide smoothly. 

If you are new to Cricut Design Space and enjoyed today’s tutorial, make sure to check out a few of my other videos.  Helping people learn how to use their Cricut machines is a passion of mine♥ and I have enjoyed teaching my local and online classes for the past four years.  Being able to teach some lessons on YouTube has been a new way for me to branch out and teach more crafters, like you, how to use their Cricut. 


I hope that you enjoyed today’s tutorial and that you were inspired to created some Multi-Dimensional Magic for the Heart2Heart challenge.  Make sure to link your project to the challenge before September 30th. 

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Here is a List of the Supplies Shown Today (view all my supplies)