Sunday, May 20, 2007

Super Sketch Sunday #15

WARNING: This post contains Hero Arts bird stamps!! If you don't want to see any more of these dang birds on my blog, NOW's the time to turn away!!!!!!!!!! I just can't help myself!!!

Well, let's hope more people visit my blog today than they did yesterday....not one single comment! I think that's a FIRST!! Especially for a Scrap Stash Saturday. I think everyone was outside enjoying the spring weather. I know I was!

Ok, back to the birds. I couldn't stop myself from making this card the other day. The initial idea for the card was inspired by this card I spotted on SCS by Beth Thomas. I LOVED her card, but wanted to modify it a bit for the idea I had stewing in the back of my mind. I had the perfect sentiment to go along with my bird card, so I got busy turning my thoughts into actions!

I made the sketch relatively simple for today because I'm adding another challenge to the mix in addition to the sketch. Today, on your card, I'd like to encourage you to try paper piecing! My birds are paper pierced, and the technique is EASY and adds so much character to your card! If you haven't already tried this technique, you will love it!

Typically, when you do something like paper piecing, you want a simple layout. That's what today's sketch is....simple. This way, your paper piecing with be the focal point of the card! Go all out and really challenge yourself to do something out of the ordinary today! I can't wait to see what fabulous cards you will come up with!

For my card, I first started by painting a "grass" at the bottom of the card for the birds to walk on (Very Vanilla). There was a little bit of brown left on my aqua painter when I did this step that the grass ended up sort of mucky looking. Doesn't it look like he's wading through murky swamp water? Oh well. On top of the watercoloring, I added a few springs of grass using my Impress Stamps grass stamp.

Next, I stamped my tall bird image in ColorBox Fluid Chalk ink in Creamy Brown. On top of him, I stamped another of the shorter birds right on top of the tall birds back, to make it look like he was being carried (through the murky water!). To piece the birds, I just dug into my scrap drawer and randomly stamped each bird a few times on the scraps. Then I cut the pieces out and glued them to the images on the Very Vanilla cardstock. They are outlined with my Sakura Stardust pen, which I can't stop using! I actually outlined the whole body of the bird with the pen, including legs and beaks! The sentiment I chose, "Thanks for your support" is the perfect sentiment to convey the "help" one bird is giving the other! I LOVE THIS CARD! Is that egotistical or what? I hope you all know I'm not really egotistical....this card just makes me happy. Wouldn't the card be perfect to give someone who is helping your through a rough patch? Which for most of us women turns out to be every few days!

I want to share with everyone a few of the cards YOU sweet ladies have made based on some of my most recent sketches.....

From Kirsten @ Confessions of a Naptime Stamper.............From Cheryl @ Cheryl Stamps & Scraps....From Beate @ Fresh & Fun.........From Heidi @ Sweet Somethings.......From Charmaine @ Oodabug Alley....From Melissa @ Sweetie's Stamping....From Karen (aka KarenStamps! at SCS)...

From Kathy @ Doodles & Dragonflies

These are BEAUTIFUL cards!!! Thanks for playing along! Can't wait to see what you come up with this week for the sketch AND for the paper piecing!

Hugs to all,


  1. Peggy Maier8:30 AM

    NO comments yesterday?! I read your blog, but was in a rush, so didn't comment - sorry about that! I have some time before church this morning, so I have the time to comment all I like! I do love these little birds. Especially like the paper piecing - I keep saying I'm going to do that, but never have! I'm beginning to think I'm just a procrastinator. (& it's probably true)

  2. I love this card! I love that you put the black and white dotted scrap paper on it. The colors are so vibrant in contrast to the black and white. I think what I really enjoy most about all of your cards is that you always think outside the box. Unlike myself who has no idea how to do that. :)I enjoyed seeing the picture of you and your brothers. It must have been neat being the baby sister.


  3. Cathy W.10:54 AM

    I perused your blog yesterday but it was also VSN on SCS so I was busy checking that out and just didn't have much time. I love the black polka dotted paper thrown into the mix. I'm going to try that.

  4. Such a great card. I tried ordering those birds, but they are out of stock. *Sniff* Love the sketch and paper piecing sounds fun. I really like it, just don't think to do it very often. Thanks for the inpsiration!

  5. Oh and by the way, I loved yesterdays card, especially the black polka dot scallop border... I just couldn't find a way to comment on it. The link seems to be gone. :)

  6. I wanted to post a comment on yesterdays post- but I think the page didn't load correctly, cause I couldn't see the post a comment button! (it happens sometimes)
    So, for yesterday, great card!
    For today, love the birds! I look forward to you Sunday sketh every week!

  7. Dang...I love that bird.
    I will have to get it. I can't believe I flaked out on last weeks sketch. I better make a card for that this week as well as for your current sketch. I love your layouts and the cards you make with them!

    Love your bird card. Your cards always rock!!!

  8. First of all, I love that bird! Second, thanks so much for posting my card here! And thirdly, your card rocks, and I'm only sad that I have to wait till I get back to play with your sketch! Hugs!

  9. Amy, the bird card is FABULOUS! Oh, you make me *need* this stamp now!

  10. asela9:19 PM

    Oh I just found your blog! Hope it's okay I've added your link on my blog.

  11. Your bird card is awesome!! I love how you used the different papers!

  12. Just adorable! I am going to buy those birds today, assuming that I can find them somewhere! That card is just too cute!

    I also noticed that was no 'post comment' on yesterdays post. Amazing card yesterday!!

  13. Connie7:20 AM

    Love your blog. The bird cards are great and I also love paper piecing. I don't use it as much as I should. . . it really gives depth to cards.

  14. Wonderful card (with the birds!) I love those birds and I really like the way you use the patterend paper for their bodies. Divine!

  15. Hi Amy, thanks for another great sketch. I am really having fun with these.
    Pat's Card

  16. Good thing you gave fair warning about the birds. But that's okay...I'm allowing myself to be enabled. Those birds keep moving up my "wanted" list every time you use them.

  17. Those H.A. birds are adorable!! You did an outstanding job with them. Love your blog. The colours are way tooooooo cool!

  18. Here is the link for your challenge card that I did. Of course I didn't get it just right.
    I never grow tired of your birds. I have been looking all over for that stamp or one like it but haven't been successful. It took well to paper piecing. I tried to write my description in the splitcoast gallery but must have clicked something I shouldn't have and it disappeared. Anyhow, I pieced the dress with some CM paper that I had and pieced her hair and used stickles for some bling. It was fun doing this. Thanks for giving me the chance to try PP. You can either not post this post or change it if you want. I know it is long.
    Cheryl Sims

  19. Anonymous3:11 PM

    Love the paper piecing on those birds. Just adorable.


  20. I love your blog and have now done 2 Sunday sketches in a row. Here's a link to my card for today.
    Your bird card is great and those lovely RAKs are to die for. What a lucky lady to receive so many lovely cards.

  21. beate5:38 PM

    I did it. On a MONDAY, no less. I haven't done #14 yet, but here is my version of your #15 sketch! Loved working with it. Thanks a million!!!

  22. Hi Amy -

    It was so fun doing some paper piecing for this sketch. Thanks for the inspiration. My card is posted on my blog at


  23. It didn't take me as long this time!

  24. Well just in time before tomorrows sketch comes out! Thanks for the challenge!
    Here is my card:

  25. Amy, sorry I kind of dropped out of the challenges temporarily. Here's my #15 challenge card. I still have some more to catch up on (that's the plan anyway), but I needed a card and liked this design the most. So one down, eh?


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