Monday, January 18, 2016

Heartsick Birdbrain

For last week's challenge over at I {heart} sketches with a tWist, I used this same image with a "Get well soon" theme. When I printed it out, I printed a few copies in various sizes as I usually do so I can switch things around or have another copy to color if I don't like how the first one turned out. This week I decided to use one of my "extra" copies but turn it into a Valentine theme. I went with the idea of being "heartsick," but "lovesick" would have worked, too. Who knew this Birdbrain would land on a Valentine card?! It's fun to mix it up a little!
My card base is a 5x7 inch white card blank I embossed with Valentine conversation hearts. Then, following the sketch, I cut a piece of Valentine paper into a rectangle for the left side of the card. Instead of a circle, I put my Birdbrain image (which I had print and cut on my Silhouette and then colored with Copic and MEXPY markers) on a stitched heart die cut I had embossed with the same Cuttlebug folder to keep up the Valentine theme. The stitched heart die set is by Gina Marie Designs. I'm so happy for Gina and how her line of stamps and dies has really taken off. I can remember just a few years ago when she first started designing embossing folders and selling them in her shop. Things have really grown since then, although she still has the Scrapbook Outlet shop, and I still spend way too much money there!
I die cut a couple small hearts from the same Gina Marie stitched heart set, and I distressed my sentiment with some pink ink. Then I adhered my banner and the Martha Stewart Valentine candy border over the rectangle on the left and popped up my stitched heart and Birdbrain image above them. I used some foam tape to adhere the additional hearts on the top right and the sentiment banner on the bottom. I think this may be the first time I've ever completed the sketch challenge on the first day it was posted! Some weeks inspiration hits sooner than others!
I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
I {heart} sketches with a tWist

Crafting from the Heart - W, E3, FAlways Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - W, E3 - Always Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges - 2W, 3E - (Week 2) Something New (stitched heart dies by Gina Marie)
Love to Scrap - 2W, 3E, F, digi or real stamping - (Week 1) Anything Goes
Not Just Cards - M, F - (January) Always Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog 2W, 3E - (Week 1) Anything goes with option of Add 3 of Something
Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - W, 5E - Best Friends
Always Playing with Paper - W, E3
Incy Wincy Designs - 2W (1st & 3rd Monday), 5E - (Week 1) Tic-Tac-Toe* Embossing, Red, Die Cut
Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper (M,P1) Anything goes with Patterned Paper
Creative Craft Cottage Digi Creations (2W, P1/15, E3) #41 Die Cuts
Oddball Art Stamps (M,P15, E5, Must use a digi stamp) All you need is Love
Scribbles Designs Challenge (M,P15,3E,SIO)  #37 Have a Heart
Tinker- Dream (M,P15) #37 Valentine
Crafty Friends Challenge 2W,(W1) - anything goes 
Hiding in my Craft Room W,1E  embossing 
Sweet Stampin W, 2E  things with wings 
Artbymiran Challenge 2W , SIO, 3E, no digital projects - No.49 - (W2 of 2) - Anything Goes
Crafting-With-Friends 2W, 3E - (W1 of 2) Anything Goes
Just Add Ink – W, - No.294 - Add Something New (new stitched heart die cut set by Gina Marie)
Simply Papercraft - 2WE3 - No. 21 (W1 of 2) - Anything Goes
Stempelsonnen Challenge - 2W, 3E, stamp as main focus - No.158 - (W1 of 2) - Always Anything Goes
Cardz 4 Galz 2W,3E #13 Something New (new stitched heart die cut set by Gina Marie)
Crafty Girls Creations 2W,3E Always Anything Goes
DL ART Thursday Challenge 2W,2nd & 4th Thurs,3E #172 Penguin or Black Yellow & White (W1 of 2) Monthy Challenge: Always Anything Goes
DRS Designs W,1E,SIO #209 Heart To Heart
In The Pink 2W,3E #85 Anything Goes (in pink of course) (W2 of 2)
Jilia Spiri Challenge 2W,3E #9 Monotone (W2 of 2)
Little Miss Muffet Challenges 2W,1E,SIO #129 Anything Goes (tab at top)(W1 of 2)
Star Stampz Challenge 2W,3E,SIO New To YOU (W2 of 2)(new stitched heart die cut set by Gina Marie)
Share Joy Challenge W,Sketch or Inspiration Photo
Crafting for all Seasons - 2W, 3E - #117  Monochrome (Week 2 of 2 )
Creative Moments - 2W, 3E - #84 Always Anything Goes/ optional twist New Beginnings  (Week 2 of 2) 
Fresh Brewed Designs - W, 5E - Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination - W, F- #68 Always Anything Goes
Sisterhood of Crafters  - 2W, 3E - Something Old, Something New (Week 1 of 2) )(new stitched heart die cut set by Gina Marie; old Martha Stewart Valentine candy border)
WordArt Wednesdays - W,5E , scriptural word art freebie offered each week - #217Anything Goes  Challenge Runs 2 Weeks
Retarte 2W, E3 - #68 - Anything Goes  (Week 1) 
Through The Craft Room Door W, 2E - Always Anything Goes
Tuesday Throwdown W- #276 -  Add Dimension
House of Cards - M, cards (CAS, Classic, Cute, Vintage), C10 - (January) Embossing and/or Color Inspiration*


  1. Adorable card! Saw your comment on some other blog asking if the blogger would follow you - well, I will follow you and hope you'll do the same for me! I can't promise to comment on every card, but I will try :) Your creations are so cute!

    1. And I forgot to ask you to contact me when you have a chance - there is a contact me form on my blog, or you can email me at StampinDiva at yahoo dot com :)

  2. Hi Carrie! This card is so cute...great idea to do a Heartsick Birdbrain...very creative!

  3. oops, almost forgot...Thanks for joining us at From The Heart Stamps!

  4. Very cute card - love the fun image and perfect sentiment thanks for sharing!!!

  5. This is so adorable, Carrie! I love the heart theme, especially the embossing folder!

  6. This is so cute Carrie. I the heart.

  7. This is so sweet! Love the way you used this image for a Valentine! Very creative! Thanks for sharing with us at TTCRD!

  8. OH my gosh, this is TOO CUTE! I LOVE the fun image you used--and the texture is fabulous! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

    1. Thank you for joining us at House of Cards! HUGS! :) Mynn xx

  9. Oh, I love this! Such a darling image and sentiment - perfect for Valentines day. Sweet and funny and cute! Thanks for sharing this with us in the DRS Designs Challenge.

  10. Hi Carrie! I love that you used Sick Chick as a little Valentine character...wonderfully creative. All the texture on this card is fab also. Thanks so much for joining us this week at From the Heart Stamps i {heart} sketches!

  11. What a beautiful sweet card, love your colors, design and image. Thank you for sharing with us at the Julia Spiri challenge, hope to see you again.

  12. Hi,

    Great card. Love the sweet image and those fabulous die cuts.Thanks for joining us at CWF

    DT Crafting With Friends

    May I ask you to use this link to be able to participate to the challenge:

  13. Such a cute fun valentine's card. Great sentiment. Thanks for joining the Crafting With An Attitude challenge.

  14. Those bird brains are so cute! I love the card. Thanks for joining our "New to You" challenge at Star Stampz. Julie, DT

  15. I love the cute image and the sentiment. Great take on the sketch. Thank you for playing the DL.ART Thankful Thursday Linky Challenge

  16. Awe this is just so cute! Thanks for playing along with us at LTSCB and good luck. Hugs, Robin

  17. What a nice card and the wonderful hearts on the backside ground.

    Hugs Bianca Dt-member ScrapbookStampSociety challenge.

  18. Such a lovely layout with great embelsihments, thank you for sharing your cute card and joining us at the Oddball Art Co challenge :)

  19. Carrie, this is so cute! I love the embossed conversation hearts background! SO many fun details! Thank you for joining us at The Challenge this week! XX

  20. OMG what a cute design Carrie! Sure to bring a smile! Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood’s ‘Something OLD, Something NEW’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'
    The Sisterhood of Crafters

  21. So cute and creative, I love that you turned it into a Valentine card! Thank you for sharing with us at Little Miss Muffet Stamps!! :)

  22. Thanks for sharing your card with the 'Anything Goes' challenge over at CRAFTY FRIENDS... your card is so lovely and the image is fab.. good luck in the draw and hope to see you again.
    Diane Louise (DT) xx

  23. Such a pretty card. Thank you for joining us over at CCC Digi Creations Challenge. Look forward to seeing you again next time. I am going to follow your wonderful blog. hugs

    Tammi, CCC Digi Creations, DT

  24. Absolutely Gorgeous and I know if I were not feeling well this would pick me right up. Love the colors and the use of the From The Heart Stamps Sketch is divine. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us this week for Sketch 134. Take care and good luck.

  25. So many beautiful details on this sweet card! Thank you for playing with us this week at The Challenge!

  26. Gorgeous!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Good Luck and welcome again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  27. Awww, how sweet! Thank you for joining us at Sweet Stampin' this week. Sammy-x

  28. Oh what a beautiful card! I love the layout! And I like your blog very much so I'm your new follower! We also have one more thing in common, le français. Je parle français aussi. Superbe carte!
    Xoxo Olga DT member for Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge Blog

  29. Thank you for joining us at Oddball Art, hope to see you again soon. Lori xx

  30. This is just tooooo cute!!! Love the textures and elements on this card! Thanks so much for playing along with us at The Sisterhood of Crafters! Hope to see you again soon! xx

  31. I love this card. So cute! I love the embossing. Thanks for sharing with us at Craft Your Passion this week. Good luck!!! Patricia.

  32. This is fab Carrie! Thanks for joining us at From the Heart in our weekly sketch challenge :-)

  33. What a super fun card. Love the heart background and the stamp with the bird is fabulous. Thank you so much for joining us at Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. Hugs, Sandra

  34. Such a fun card! That image is adorable, and the candy hearts embossing is perfect for this Valentine! Great use of The Challenge's inspiration photo. Really sweet card. Bev

  35. Adorable card Carrie! Thank you joining us over at Incy Wincy - Colette DT x

  36. Such a fun card valentines card. Thanks for joining us at
    Have a lovely day.

  37. A really funny card.
    Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
    xxx Michelle (DT)

  38. Adorable! And it made me laugh :-)) Thanks for sharing with! Hugs, Tina

  39. Oh my, this so adorable...I love the embossing and perfectly compliments the cute image. We are so blessed you joined our Challenge weeks ago and would love for you to join our new Challenge still ongoing at Word Art Wednesday. Want to leave you with the inspiration of the Scripture in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10 which says, "But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. " Have a lovely week.

    JO ANN

  40. Lovely!! Very fun!
    Thank you for joining us at Stampartpapel Retarte#68
    Alexandra Dt

  41. Wonderful card! Thanks for entering I {heart} card sketches with a tWist - hope to see you again next time!

  42. Carrie cute and beautiful

    Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
    Good Luck and hope to see you again

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  43. Cute card! Thanks for joining our challenge at CCC digi creations blog!

    DT CCC digi creations

  44. oh... poor little dude.. you made a wonderful card... Hope you are fine :) THANKS for sharing your card by bastel-traum, Hugs Ute

  45. This is a super card. The embossing is fab. Thank you for sharing at Crafty Hazelnut's Patterned Paper. Rebecca x

  46. Love this cute card! Great image and embossing! Thanks for sharing with us at House of Cards!

  47. Such a super cute card; poor heartsick little bird; love all the great details on your card; thank you for joining us at House of Cards

    sue n.
    HOC DT

  48. This is adorable!! I love how you were able to get extra use out of this heartsick bird. Love it! :) Thank you so much for joining us at House of Cards! :)

  49. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "anything goes” challenge over at Crafty Friends.
    Hope to see you again in our current challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)

    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)

    (DT Come and Get It)

    (DT Crafty Friends)

  50. Aww, love Birdbrains and she looks so cute in pink even being ill. Thank you for joining Oddball Art's "Love" -challenge, hope to see you back for our new challenge, that starts tomorrow.