Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 251

Cooler weather makes me feel creative. Do you feel the same way? Then you've come to the right place to find fabulous inspiration for your time spent making pretty things!

Below you'll find Sketch 251. 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 October guest designer Jocelyn Olson is with us again today at the My Favorite Things Challenge & Inspiration blog. We're so delighted that she agreed to hang out with us this month!

Jocelyn has a knack for taking the ordinary to extraordinary places. It's always fun to see what goes on in her creative mind. Her quirky sense of humor always seems to give her creations an unexpected result! It's watching designers like her that compels me to try inventive things.

Let's see what sort of innovative way Jocelyn interpreted this week's sketch:

Stay Cool Card by Jocelyn Olson featuring the Laina Lamb Design Stay Cool stamp set and Cool Cup Die-namics #mftstamps
Jocelyn squinted and saw a Cool Cup of Slurpee in this week's sketch instead of the delicate swirls. The rest of the sketch is there, too, with the sentiment in the same place and a heart takes the place of the circle. No matter what the sketch looks like at first glance, you are the master of the final design. And that's what "following" a sketch is all about!

The Challenge Team is at it again with inspiring creations. Let's see how they interpreted Sketch 251! Apparently they are more than a *little* in love with the Birdie Brown Santa's Elves set!

Hope Santa Spoils You Card by Alice Wertz featuring the Birdie Brown Santa's Elves stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

Alice's chose the elf from the Santa's Elves stamp set as the focal point of her design. He's perched atop the sentiment and nestled against a fun striped partial circle. I love how she used secondary stamps from the set to created a colorful and festive background.

Sweet Wintry Thanks Card by Erin Lee Schreiner featuring the Birdie Brown Warmest Wishes stamp set and Die-namics and the Tag Talk and Let it Snowflake Die-namics #mftstamps

Erin Lee switched up the sketch with the large circle on the right instead of the left. Her reason for doing that was to accommodate the the left facing girl from the Warmest Wishes set. This way the girl looks into the design. The paper piecing is absolutely adorable. Great idea!

Merry Blue Snowflake Card by Jill Dewey Hawkins featuring the Snowflake Flurry stamp set and Die-namics, Crosshatch Background stamp, and the Pop-Up Holiday Greetings Die-namics #mftstamps

Jill envisioned a swirl of snowflakes in the sketch and stamped some super delicate winter precipitation with the Snowflake Flurry stamp set. Set against a delicate ombre blue background she created with the Crosshatch Background stamp, this lovely card evokes the best part of wintry skies (as long as you're snuggled up inside!).

Spoiled Elf Card by Miriam Prantner featuring the Birdie Brown Santa's Elves stamp set and Die-namics and Proof Positive Cover-up Die-namics #mftstamps

Miriam's enamored with the elf, too, it seems! Her coloring treatment is much different from that of Alice's giving him a different look, and the stack of presents take the place of the circle in the sketch. Look a little closer and you will see that she created texture in the white background by using the Proof Positive Cover-Up Die-namics.
Sweet Christmas Elf Card by Vera Wirianta Yates featuring the Birdie Brown Santa's Elves stamp set and Die-namics and the Cross-Stitch Circle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

That elf is a popular guy, featured in red on Vera's design. I love how she used the tree stamp from the set and made it monochromatically match the circle with tone-on-tone blue and a wee bit of sparkle for the star. Using Die-namics from My Favorite Things can give your cards depth and texture without the bulk, perfect for Christmas cards that you want to mail!

Fa La La Card by Veronica Zalis featuring the Birdie Brown Santa's Elves stamp set and Die-namics and the Lisa Johnson Designs Trim the Tree stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

Veronica features our little elf pal, too, but she mixes the Santa's Elves set with the Trim the Tree set for a sparkly addition to her design. Don't forget that your cards can mix and match stamps from different sets to keep your designs fresh and new!

Congratulations, Kathy Straw! 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, October 27th, 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. Jocelyn--the Slurpee!? Goodness, that is FUN! I want a slurpee! :)
    Loving all the holiday, winter cards this week! I'm enamored too! :)

  2. Apparently, we all are a bit obsessed with this particular elf. :D

  3. Thanks for the great sketch and amazing inspiration! It really helped me put my card together!