April Challenge: From Places Abroad – China

by yana.smakula

Greetings, Altenew fans! Yana is here hosting April challenge. We decided to continue the “From Places Abroad” theme and are once again inviting you to go abroad with us in search for creative inspiration!

This month’s theme: From Places Abroad: The Forbidden City, Beijing, China

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

A look of one of the main buildings inside the Forbidden City

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

A close up of the art work on the walls inside the Forbidden City

Traveling is always exiting. You get to see so many incredible and breathtaking things around the world! Today I'm inviting you to travel to The Forbidden City in Beijing, China to be inspired by the remarkably beautiful art work on the walls of the buildings inside the City.

I was fascinated by the combination of colors and the abundance of gold and created the following card:

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

I substituted blue with the dark purple and heat embossed several butterfly outlines onto the cardstock panel using gold embossing powder.

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

I also emphasized the gold with two stripes made out of gold mirror cardstock and a stunning antique trim. I brought in a bit of aqua using thread which I tucked under the simple sentiment.

April Challenge: From Places Abroad - China

Play Along:

Make a card, a tag, a layout or any other project based on the inspiration photos above. You may use any one of the two pictures or a combination of them for your inspiration. You may use either the colors, the composition, the elements, the texture or any combination to create your project.

Rules:

  • Make a new project for each challenge and post it by 11:59 pm EDT April 30st.
  • Use at least one Altenew stamp
  • Link back to Altenew April Challenge in your post
  • When uploading your project, make sure to link to your entry post, not your entire blog
  • You may enter as many times as you wish!

Prizes:

After the challenge closes, Four winners will be selected, and one random winner will be drawn. Each will receive a $30 store credit at www.altenew.com.  Winners will be announced at the beginning of the next month.

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

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Christine Smith April 3, 2015 - 09:05

Wonderful card and fab challenge! xxx

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yana.smakula April 3, 2015 - 12:14

thank you so much, Christine! Be sure to join!

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Ruby N April 3, 2015 - 09:09

Yana, your card is BEAUTIFUL! Great challenge. Hope I have time to play along :)

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yana.smakula April 3, 2015 - 12:14

Thank you, Ruby! I hope you do! Can’t wait to see what you make!

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pwilley21 April 3, 2015 - 11:33

I love architecture! Thank you for sharing!

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yana.smakula April 3, 2015 - 12:15

thank you!

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Roxy April 3, 2015 - 15:39

Beautiful love that gold on the purple

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yana.smakula April 3, 2015 - 17:26

thank you, Roxy! Hugs!

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Deepti Stephens April 3, 2015 - 16:50

SO GORGEOUS!! <3

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yana.smakula April 3, 2015 - 17:26

thank you so much my dear!

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BarbGhig April 3, 2015 - 20:12

Absolutely gorgeous card, Yana…WOW!!!

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yana.smakula April 4, 2015 - 07:26

thank you, Barb!

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papabric April 4, 2015 - 13:16

So beautiful. Perfect for the photo provided.

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yana.smakula April 4, 2015 - 15:39

thank you!

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paperpicnic April 6, 2015 - 09:02

Your card is so lovely, Yana! I adore all of the beautiful gold elements! Thanks for the gorgeous inspiration, hoping to play along this month!

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yana.smakula April 7, 2015 - 05:58

thank you! I will be looking forward to your creations!

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Gaylynn April 14, 2015 - 11:35

My first time trying your amazing stamps and dies. So, I decided to jump right in and play along. Your card is stunning! :)

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yana.smakula April 15, 2015 - 04:39

thank you! I’ve been away for the past few days, can’t wait to check your card! thanks for paying along!

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cmayne April 30, 2015 - 21:23

Yana, I’m nearly rendered speechless by your gorgeous card; a stunning translation of selected details from the inspiration photo. So impressive…
~c

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