February Challenge: From Places Abroad – Cyprus

by yana.smakula

Hello, all! Yana is here hosting February challenge. We are once again bringing you the “From Places Abroad” theme and inviting you to go abroad to Cyprus in search of creative inspiration for your projects.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our previous challenges and will join us once again. We certainly loved each one of your projects and your take on our inspiration photos.

This month’s theme: From Places Abroad: Cyprus

February Challenge: From Places Abroad - Cyprus

I took a photo of this gorgeous entryway when strolling through the streets of Limassol on the island of Cyprus in Spring 2015 while on family vacation.

I picked this particular photo as my inspiration today not only for the rich aqua color, but also for the variety of textures and finishes. I hope you'll feel inspired to create as well.

Here's a look at my project:

February Challenge: From Places Abroad - Cyprus

I used large stunning flowers and several leaves from the Beautiful Day stamp set, which is a color layering one, however I only heat embossed the outlines using gold and watercolored images with aqua and grey.

February Challenge: From Places Abroad - Cyprus

I also added a stamped and die cut Hello & Love You sentiment to this project and embellished the card with a stunning antique trim.

I've also created a video tutorial – I'm showing how to make this card and talking in detail about the wet watercolor technique used to color flowers. You can watch this video here or on Altenew Youtube Channel.

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Play Along:

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.


  • Make a new project for each challenge and post it by February 29th.
  • Use at least one Altenew stamp
  • Link back to Altenew 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!


After the challenge closes, Four winners will be selected. Each will receive a $30 store credit at www.altenew.com. Winners will be announced on Mar 8th.

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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Holly Saveur February 1, 2016 - 9:15 AM

Super Gorgeous!

Amina Ishfaq February 1, 2016 - 9:31 AM

What a beautiful project Yana!!! love the theme for this challenge

Maria Rodriguez February 1, 2016 - 10:41 AM

Goodness!!! I’m astonished at the beauty of this card!! I recently purchased some of those gold accents from Altenew and now, after watching your video, I’m totally inspired to give this challenge a try.
The inspiration photo is a great reference for the colors, just so beautiful.
Thank you for sharing.
Maria Rodriguez.

jan metcalf February 1, 2016 - 5:34 PM

Love that gold frame!! I like to take pics of doors when I travel as well! Great inspiration for a great card here!

Janet February 1, 2016 - 8:39 PM

How beautiful!! Love all that layering. You work magic decorating those lovely frames :-) Gorgeous inspiraphoto too!

Vijaylaxmi Siyal February 2, 2016 - 2:52 AM

Stunning & so classic card ..loved the video !! TFS !!

Cris G. February 4, 2016 - 6:05 PM

Stunning cards, as you always do!

Tracy W February 11, 2016 - 1:17 PM

Waiting for my first set of altenew stamps to arrive so I can play along! Love your inspiration . Creative Blessings, Tracy x


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