Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 269

It's hard to believe, but here we are at the end of February. It feels like just yesterday I was wearing my New Year's crown. If getting creative is what you're looking for as the year progresses, I'm pretty sure this week's sketch will jump start a design!

Below you'll find Sketch 269. 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.

It's been such a pleasure to have Vanessa Menhorn as our Guest Designer this month! You can see more of her pretty creations at her blog Wings of a Butterfly.

Let's see how Vanessa interpreted her final sketch with us:

Lucky Card by Vanessa Menhorn featuring the Lucky stamp set and Die-namics #mftstamps

Vanessa went a creative route with her interpretation this week. Instead of having an actual frame on the right of her design, she creates the illusion of a rectangle with pink ink and "frames" it with fun stamped images from the Lucky stamp set and Die-namics. Super cute and happy!

The My Favorite Things Creative Team has been busy getting creative! Let's see what they have up their sleeves for Sketch 269!

Birthday Pasture Card by Anna Kossakovskaya featuring the Birdie Brown Ewe Are the Best stamp set and Die-namics and the Tag Builder Blueprints 5 and Inside & Out Stitched Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Anna sticks quite closely to the sketch and uses the frame as a spot to create a magical looking pastoral scene using stamps from the Ewe Are the Best set. I love how the tree furthest to the right is on the frame like the largest circle in the sketch, and then she uses sequins for the other circles to create balance.

Beyond Happy Card by Inge Groot featuring the Totally Happy stamp set and the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX and Blueprints 12 Die-namics #mftstamps

Inge focuses her design on the sentiment making it bold and "underlining" it with black for emphasis. The rectangle serves as a design element, and the line of stars adds some weight and balance to her design.

Gnome Friend Card by Jodi Collins featuring the Birdie Brown You Gnome Me stamp set and Die-namics, Woodgrain Background stamp, and the Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX, Stitched Fishtail Flag STAX, Blueprints 2, and Blueprints 13 Die-namics #mftstamps

Jodi plays with the sketch by putting the rectangle on the left rather than the right because the gnome from the You Gnome Me stamp set is facing right. This allows him to be looking into the design drawing your eye to the sentiment. It's always fun to play with the orientation when working with a sketch.

Always Here for You Card by Julia Stainton featuring the Lisa Johnson Designs Whimsical Greetings stamp set, and the Leafy Greenery, Rolled Scalloped Rose, Pierced Rectangle Frames, Stitched Mini Scallop Rectangle STAX, and Blueprints 13 Die-namics #mftstamps

Julia flips the sketch to vertical giving a whole different look. She uses the flag in the sketch as a design element and creates a lovely bouquet in the rectangle using the Rolled Scalloped Rose Die-namics. I love the soft yellow background she created using the Concentric Circle Grid stencil making a perfect grounding for her sentiment.

Birthday Monkey Card by Karin Åkesdotter featuring the Cheeky Monkey stamp set and Die-namics and the Wild Greenery, Laina Lamb Design Creative Clips, and Stitched Rounded Rectangle STAX Die-namics #mftstamps

Karin moved the sentiment to the banner for a fun twist on the sketch. I love how she set the Cheeky Monkey on a bed of Wild Greenery, and the polka dot background adds just the right dose of whimsy to her design.

Here for You Card by Yoonsun Hur featuring the Tropical Flowers and Birdie Brown Adorable Elephants stamp sets and the Blueprints 25 and Lisa Johnson Designs Rectangle Peek-a-Boo Window Die-namics #mftstamps

Yoonsun sees a shaker card in the sketch (so fun!) and crafts up a stunner with an elegant stamped background and then adds the kaPOW with a red background in the rectangle with all kinds of sparkle. She finishes her sophisticated design with a white on black sentiment from the Adorable Elephants stamp set. A super creative way to mix and match stamp sets!

Congratulations, Jeanne Jordan! 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, March 1st, at noon EST 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

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  1. Awesome work by the DT, every single one of them is brilliant!

  2. Relatively new to MFT products... and quickly falling in love with them. Thanks for a great challenge and some fabulous inspiration. :)