Altenew February 2018 Inspiration Challenge

by Debby

Hello everyone!

Debby here today with this month’s Inspiration Challenge and a bold pop of colored focal point to chase away the winter blues.


The photo for today's graphic was taken last spring in the Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh. It's an Azalea flower, but as I didn't have an Azalea stamp, I chose another with prominent stamens, the Hibiscus.


Colourful floral focal point coloured with pencils on kraft. Handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here:

The inspiration graphic inspired me to plan out a card with a dominant floral focal point. I stamped elements from the Hibiscus Bouquet set in clear embossing ink on a Kraft card and then colored the image with pencils.

Colourful floral focal point coloured with pencils on kraft. Handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here:

I added a few white gel pen dots to the flower center for highlights. For the sentiment, I die cut a Script Word ‘love' from an Ivory card and foam mounted it over the flower. I added a coordinating sentiment by white heat embossing ‘and hugs' from the Sketchy Floral set on a Black card, trimming it to a skinny banner and then foam mounting.

Colourful floral focal point coloured with pencils on kraft. Handmade card by Debby Hughes. Find out more here:

Finally, I added the colored panel to an Ivory card base and added sequins to accent.

I look forward to seeing what inspires you from this graphic.


Stamps – Altenew Hibiscus Bouquet, Sketchy Floral
Dies – Altenew Script Words
Ink – Altenew Clear Embossing Ink
Embossing Powders – Altenew White
Card – Ivory, Black, Kraft
Media – colored pencils
Embellishments – sequins


Make a card, a tag, a layout or any other project based on the inspiration photo above. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.


  • Altenew products should be the focus, but other companies’ products can be used.
  • Make sure to use our challenge image above in your blog post.
  • Include a link back to the Altenew Inspiration Challenge post.
  • When uploading your project, make sure you link your entry post, not your entire blog.
  • You may enter as many times as you wish!
  • Challenge ends on Wednesday, February 28th, 2018 at 11:55 pm EST.


After the challenge closes, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at www.altenew.comWinners will be announced on Saturday, March 10th, 2018.

There is more! If you use #AltenewChallenge when you share your challenge entry on social media, you are entered to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store.

Please click on the blue button below to link your challenge entries. We can not wait to see where this month’s inspiration takes you!


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Debbie Rumpza February 1, 2018 - 9:49 AM

This is so beautiful!

Marianne Boulejiouch February 1, 2018 - 10:49 AM

Just bought the Hibiscus Bouquet stamps. Now I can try them. I have a beautiful reference to follow. Thank you so much!

Laurie Page February 1, 2018 - 11:04 AM

Stunning. Simply stunning.

Harriet February 1, 2018 - 1:36 PM

Breathtakingly beautiful, Debbie!

barbara lassiter February 1, 2018 - 5:17 PM

This is gorgeous. I have one of the Hibiscus sets from Altenew and this card will inspire me to keep honing my colored pencil skills. I love the no line look you achieved with the use of watermark ink on the kraft paper. Thanks!

Rubeena Ianigro February 1, 2018 - 5:33 PM

Beautiful card, Debby! And loving the inspiration photo!! I can’t wait to play along <3

Sindhu February 1, 2018 - 9:34 PM

What a beautiful inspiration picture! Your card is so beautiful!

Tara Prince February 2, 2018 - 11:00 AM

WOW! Just amazing!!

Fay February 2, 2018 - 12:24 PM

Gorgeous Flowers – so life-like you can almost inhale their fragrance!

Maria Peters February 2, 2018 - 12:33 PM

One word: GORGEOUS!

Isabelle February 2, 2018 - 1:56 PM

Stunning !

Karthikha Uday February 2, 2018 - 2:16 PM

What a beautiful inspiration challenge and a gorgeous creation!! Love your hibiscus a lot!!!

Bev Page February 2, 2018 - 6:00 PM

Hi. Your colouring skills are fabulous – loved those few little white dots which really DO enhance the little stamens in the middle. Really loved your beautiful card. Thanks so much for sharing.

June Fletcher February 3, 2018 - 1:29 PM

Stunning card Debby, such beautiful colours

Celeste Goff February 3, 2018 - 8:33 PM

This is just gorgeous Debby!

Doris Jones February 3, 2018 - 11:14 PM

Beautiful Debby!

Beverly Jordan February 4, 2018 - 2:36 PM

Gosh, Debby you do gorgeous work!!

Liz O February 5, 2018 - 12:50 PM

Lovely color palette, pretty image and gorgeous creation by Debby! Thanks for the chance to play along!

Lorraine Turner February 9, 2018 - 4:58 PM

Great card Debby will definitely be joining in with the colour card challenge.

Katherine Buchanan February 13, 2018 - 3:04 PM

So beautiful! Unfortunately, I don’t have any Altenew stamps! Can I still enter something?

maria f. February 19, 2018 - 4:10 PM

Such a beautiful creation, Debby. Your coloring is so dreamy.

Marlena M February 24, 2018 - 1:59 AM

Stunning work Debby~wonderful coloring!


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