February 2023 Inspiration Challenge feat. Special Guest Host LauraJane

by Irick Arbuso

Hello, crafty friends! This month's Inspiration Challenge is EXTRA special. We have invited a special guest host who will surely spark your creativity and inspire you to create with her gorgeous projects. PLUS, we've got some exciting news for you so keep on reading!

Let's welcome the incredible LauraJane!

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Hello, friends! It’s LauraJane, and I’m thrilled to be guest hosting the February 2023 Inspiration Challenge here at Altenew. 

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The inspiration photo was taken on a super COLD winter evening at dusk. The contrast of the treeline silhouettes and the vibrant clouds brings great joy and awe to the beauty of nature!

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For my project, which turned into 5 cards, (Eeek! I just couldn’t stop playing!) I wanted to focus on the brilliant colors and capture the billowing texture of the clouds. 

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I masked off a few of the card front panels with Satin Masking Tape.


Then, I started out by playing with the Woodless Watercolor Pencils on Watercolor Paper and spritzed clean water with the Fine Mister to make several different backgrounds. The colors used were Coral Bliss, Rubellite, and Lavender Fields. 



For most of the panels, I shaved bits of the watercolor pencil off with scissors, as Jaycee shared in THIS video. For one panel, I smooshed stamps into the wet pigment from one panel onto another dry panel, creating a dreamy background. Can you tell which retired stamp set I used for this one?


While the panels dried completely, I filed through my stash of dies, searching for just the right silhouettes to cut from black cardstock. I found many that I wanted to craft with to complete my cards. 


Hope you give this challenge a try and have as much FUN crafting as I did! I am so excited to see your projects!


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  • 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 the challenge as many times as you wish!
  • Challenge ends on February 28th, 2023, at 11:55 pm EST.

FREE Coloring Pages!

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Don't have Altenew products but still want to play along? We've got you! You can now join the Inspiration Challenge with our brand-new Color It Up! (FREE Coloring Pages). These downloadable coloring pages can be used and colored as-is, fussy cut, embossed, mixed and matched with other designs, etc. — the creative possibilities are endless. GET YOUR COLORING PAGES HERE and start playing along!


After the challenge ends, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at www.altenew.com.


There's MORE! Each winner also gets a chance to receive never-before-seen Altenew products for FREE and join one of our future blog hops as a guest designer. Winners will be announced on March 10, 2023.

More Prizes!

If you use #AltenewChallenge when you share your challenge entry on social media, you are instantly entered into a raffle to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store.


Feel free to use the badge above and let everyone know that you are participating in our Inspiration Challenge!

Good luck and happy crafting!



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Cindy C. February 3, 2023 - 3:06 PM

Gorgeous projects!

Sara Fail February 8, 2023 - 4:50 AM


These make me want these pencils more than anything else I have seen.


Sabine Edelmann February 11, 2023 - 3:47 PM

Gorgeous cards! Do I need to have a blog to enter the challenges? I don’t have one and I am not on Instagram.

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absolutely gorgeous!!


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