March 2018 Inspiration Challenge

by Virginia Lu

Hi everyone!

It's Virginia here with the March 2018 Inspiration Challenge!

This month we are doing a little virtual traveling to one of the most scenic spots in the world!

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My family and I took a cruise in 2014 to Santorini, Greece. This was one of the snapshots from the beautiful island of Oia. I drew the inspiration from the blue-domed church and rooftop structures. It was amazing to soak in the sun and feel the amazing sea air. Under the hot sun, we strolled around narrow streets alongside a donkey! From this iconic photo, you can find the colors Blue, Coral and Light Brown.

With that, I came up with the idea of creating a colorful floral background with the Frosted Garden Stamp Set.

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With the help of a stamp positioner, I stamped the images with Dusk, Dew Drops, and Aqualicious for the foliage and used Coral Bliss and Pink Pearl for the flowers. This can be done easily, especially with the Mini Ink Cubes.

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Once I finished stamping, I made the die cut with the beautiful “Thinking of You” Die. I then swiped Caramel Toffee Crisp Dye Ink onto the white cardstock.

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For the sentiment, I made three “Thinking of You” die cut pieces. For the one on top, I added a strip of Silver Glitter Tape before I ran it through the Mini Blossom Die Cutting Machine.

I hope that this post inspires you to be creative! You can make yours floral, modern, cutesy or geometric – the sky is the limit! I am looking forward to seeing your take on this challenge!

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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 Saturday, March 31st, 2018 at 11:55 pm EST.


After the challenge ends, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at Winners will be announced on Saturday, April 7th, 2018.

There is more!

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.

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

Good luck and happy crafting!


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Hannelie March 2, 2018 - 9:42 AM

Santorini is on our bucket list ! Love the inspiration you picked Virginia … and your beautiful card!

Harriet March 2, 2018 - 1:17 PM

The colors are so beautiful and truly reflect the photo.

Denise Bryant March 2, 2018 - 10:32 PM

This is so pretty! I love the colors and the Frosted Garden stamp set!

Kathy McConnell March 3, 2018 - 9:58 AM

Gorgeous colors! A real inspiration to welcome spring!

Maryam crafter March 3, 2018 - 5:43 PM

greece is one of my top wish list for visiting…love the photo and the colors are so new and challenging.. your card is amazing and cheerful .. so excited for the new colors .

Karthikha Uday March 4, 2018 - 8:08 AM

So pretty in lovely colors :)

Shelly March 4, 2018 - 8:24 PM

Beautiful inspiration and gorgeous card, Virginia! Love!

Cindy C. March 6, 2018 - 1:05 PM

Beautiful inspiration card Virginia! Love how you used the colors!

Kathy P March 10, 2018 - 4:35 PM

How exciting to see your inspiration photo/page…..we are booked on a Med cruise this fall, and Santorini is on the list. In fact, I have to still book our side trip, and after seeing your comments, Oia is going to be on that list! Gorgeous color scheme, and I will really try to get my first Altenew challenge done. I certainly have enough of their products!!!

Anushree Vaish March 14, 2018 - 3:51 PM

Loved the inspiration completely!!

Preeti Datta March 27, 2018 - 8:59 PM

gorgeous inspiration! love those colors together :)


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