Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 240

Welcome to our first challenge of August. It seems like 2015 is whizzing by! Spend some time enjoying your hobby and play along with this week's sketch.

Below you'll find Sketch 240. 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.

This month we are delighted to introduce our August Guest Designer, Danielle Flanders! This month, you'll find that Danielle is an incredibly talented paper crafter, and we're so pleased to have her with us.

Danielle describes her style as "Fresh Vintage" mixing vintage with a modern twist of bright colors and clean design. After fifteen years of paper crafting, she has embraced this design style that draws her in every time! You'll find that she loves to layer and use products in an inventive way.

Let's look at how Danielle interpreted her first sketch with us:

Lucky Stars Card by Danielle Flanders featuring the Laina Lamb Designs Count the Stars stamp set and Stars & Wishes Die-namics #mftstamps
Here's a run down of Danielle's approach to creating for Sketch 240. "When I first looked at the sketch and saw four squares, I decided to interpret that as four items, so I die cut four of the Stars words to use on my card. Four ended up being too many, so I used three instead. 

"To create a dreamy background, I stamped and embossed the little stars in white embossing powder, and then I used a felt pad and some aqua ink to rub over the star images. The effect is a dreamy, soft look that helps set off the die cut words. Last I stamped the sentiment on a strip, and instead of placing it under the focal point like in the sketch, I placed it over the top. The sketch really gave me a starting point, and I took it from there and went my own direction with it." Love hearing Danielle's design process!

The Challenge Team is at it again with inspiring creations. Let's see how they interpreted Sketch 240!

Happy Birds Card by Alice Wertz featuring the Birds of Paradise stamp set #mftstamps

Alice went rogue with the sketch, too, but who can blame her? Those birds from the brand new, just released Birds of Paradise stamp set simply BEG to be put to use! Sometimes a new stamp set is inspiration enough, am I right?

Birds of a Feather Card by Erin Lee Schreiner featuring the Birds of Paradise stamp set and Die-namics and the Cross-Stitch Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Erin Lee created a colorful tropical bird with the Birds of Paradise set, too.  She set him on super rad tie-dye look alike squares created with the Cross-Stitch Square STAX Die-namics to mimic the sketch. I love how the stitches stand out with her inking technique.

Got This Card by Jill Dewey Hawkins featuring the Encouraging Words stamp set and Four Way Chevron Cover-Up Die-namics #mftstamps

Jill's interpretation is pretty dang direct, and she went a little Die-namics LOCO with the brand new Four Way Chevron Cover-Up and Stitched Square Frames Die-namics. Cool colors. Funky stitching. A whole lotta BAM!

Here for You Card by Miriam Prantner featuring the Lisa Johnson Designs Whimsical Wishes stamp set, the Laina Lamb Designs Hip Clips Die-namics, and the Zig Zag Stitched Square STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Sometimes keeping it simple is just the key to following a sketch. Miriam used the four squares to feature four different colors of  butterflies using the Hip Clips Die-namics. Her addition of sophisticated black gives it an added dimension of chic.

Flock Together Card by Vera Wirianta Yates featuring the Birds of Paradise stamp set and Blueprints 15 Die-namics #mftstamps

Vera creates the illusion of four on her card with two birds facing each other and then some lush tropical foliage placed beneath them to complete the sense of four. The stitched outline from the Blueprints 15 Die-namics creates a polished look. I love the little details and shading she added with her coloring, too.

Grow with Love Card by Veronica Zalis featuring the Lisa Johnson Designs Scribble Roses stamp set, Scribble Roses, and Scribble Roses Overlay Die-namics, and the Window Die-namics #mftstamps

Veronica's focus after looking at the sketch was a window. What better way to create such a pretty scene? Perched on the sill are two pretty roses, all part of the brand new Scribble Roses stamp set and Die-namics from our August release. And SUCH a gorgeous color combination! I'm going to have to use this one, soon.

Congratulations, Angel's Creative World! 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, August 11th, 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. Love the different interpretations each designer had :-)

  2. Love all the gorgeous takes on the sketch! Thanks for sharing your lovely work, ladies! :)

  3. Thanks for the fun challenge and fabulous DT inspiration.