Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 238

It's hard to believe that the summer is half over! I went for a walk last night and marveled at the fact that I don't have to think about wearing a coat or scraping my car windows. We hope you're enjoying the summer and creative time. And for those of you in the Southern Hemisphere — your time will come!

Below you'll find Sketch 238. Create cards, scrapbook layouts, home decor, treat containers, mixed media, etc. using this week's sketch and be sure to link your project below for a chance at the weekly My Favorite Things Gift Voucher worth up to $20.

Our MFT Challenge and Inpiration July Guest Designer Kalyn Kepner has graced us with her presence again this week. I just love her fresh and pretty designs. What a delight!

It shouldn't come as a surprise that Kalyn lives in Amish country in rural Pennsylvania. Her designs often have a sweet and homey feel indicative of the Amish lifestyle. But she's a modern woman through and through with a love for pizza, beauty products, and John Mayer. She's currently attending graduate school studying graphic design.

Let's look at how Kalyn interpreted this week's sketch:

Bestest Wishes Card by Kalyn Kepner featuing the Birthday Wishes & Balloons stamp set and the Laina Lamb Designs Hip Clips Die-namics #mftstamps

The tilted panel of the sketch is the perfect spot for a big and bold sentiment. Kalyn featured one of the sentiments from the Birthday Wishes & Balloons stamp set. And I love how she used the Hip Clips Die-namics in place of the stars in the sketch. 

The Challenge Team is at it again with inspiring creations. Let's see how they interpreted Sketch 238!

You're Amazing Card by Alice Wertz featuring the Birdie Brown You're Super stamp set and Die-namics and the Staggered Hearts stencil #mftstamps

Alice turned the sketch on its side and placed our super fantastic Super Girl from the You're Super stamp set in place of one of the stars and the sentiment in place of the other. Mighty cool, I say. And her coloring? I'm not worthy. She amazes me!

Colorful Circles Thanks Card by Erin Lee Schreiner featuring the Party Patterns and Written in Watercolor stamp sets #mftstamps

Erin Lee made a totally rad background using several ink colors and the new Party Patterns stamp set. And I love how she figured out that the bold sentiment fits perfectly in one of the clouds from the Jumbo Clouds STAX Die-namics. #boom

You're My Person Card by Jill Dewey Hawkins featuring the Party Patterns and Written in Watercolor stamp sets #mftstamps

Jill used the same two stamp sets that Erin Lee did, but by using some neutrals mixed in with fewer circles, she achieves a sleek design accented by the bold sentiment from the Written in Watercolor stamp set. Her design is only a hint of the original sketch, but sometimes the creative train takes you to an unknown destination!

Wish Big Card by Miriam Prantner featuring the Brushstroke Birthday stamp set and Birthday Balloons Die-namics #mftstamps

Miriam makes her balloons from the Birthday Balloons Die-namics POP on her design with muted neutrals for the background and then a shot of big BOLD color. The texture she creates using the Balloon Strings background stamp gives the design depth and interest.

Birthday Bear Card by Vera Wirianta Yates featuring the Birdie Brown Birthday Bears stamp set and Die-namics and the Brushstroke Birthday Greetings, Arrow Greetings, and Laina Lamb Designs Hip Clips Die-namics #mftstamps

Vera played with the tilted panel by stamping, heat embossing, and inking, and then die cutting her sentiment using words from the Brushstroke Birthday Greetings and Arrow Greetings Die-namics sets. She then added playful images in place of the stars in each corner for a sweet birthday card.

My Lucky Stars Card by Veronica Zalis featuring the Laina Lamb Designs Count the Stars stamp set, the LLD Stars & Wishes and Lucky Stars Die-mics, and the Stargaze stencil #mftstamps

You can see that Veronica was quite inspired by the sketch in its original form, and she created this stellar card filled with life, color, and stars. Sometimes just going with a theme from beginning to end is the perfect way to execute a design!

Congratulations, EunJi Jung! You are the randomly selected winner of last week’s sketch challenge. You can view all the entries for last week’s challenge HERE.

Download previous sketches in handy PDF format on our Printable Resource Page HERE.

You have until Tuesday, July 28th, at noon EDT to add your link and be eligible for the prize of up to $20 in MFT Cash to be spent in the MFT boutique. Winners are chosen at random, so everyone has a chance! The weekly prize is a $15 Gift Voucher to My Favorite Things, but if you use MFT stamps and/or dies in your project, you’ll receive an extra $5.

Watch for shout outs on the blog every Tuesday, too! We'll feature fun, unique, clever, and noteworthy projects submitted using MFT products with design tips and trend talk. Who knows? You might be SPOTTED! Share your cards on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook using the hashtag #mftstamps

Join the fun at our MFT Challenge & Inspiration group on Facebook!



Erin Lee





As always, we are thrilled to have you participate in our inspiring sketch challenges!

Susan R. Opel, Creative Ambassador for My Favorite Things


  1. Thank you for another fantastic Sketch! I love all the inspiration as always!
    Have a wonderful day!

  2. Love all the wonderful color in all your samples. Great inspiration. Love your dies.