January 2023 Inspiration Challenge | Spring Is on the Way!

by Emily
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Hi there! Emily Midgett here with you, and I am super excited to be kicking off the new year with a new Inspiration Challenge with some spring vibes!

This month, our inspiration stems from a photo that I took of a beautiful bouquet of flowers featuring this enormous stargazer lily. I absolutely loved how the lily was the star of the entire bouquet, even overshadowing the beautiful lilac rose, so I thought it was perfect to use with Altenew's beautiful large-scale florals!

Here's my project, inspired by this photo:

Spring Inspired Floral Card Idea

Bold and Vibrant “Hugs” Card with Spring Vibes

I used the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Feathered Lilies to create this card, quite literally copying the inspiration photo, from the layout and color scheme to the floral choice!

I began by heat embossing the main lily bouquet from Craft Your Life Project Kit: Feathered Lilies onto some watercolor paper using Golden Peach embossing powder. I love using this shade of metallic rose gold for watercoloring flowers anymore; it's so soft and feminine without adding the harsh lines that black stamping or embossing creates.

I used my favorite 24 Pan Artists' Watercolor Set to watercolor the lilies a lush pink and lime green, the same shades as in the inspiration graphic. I also added a light pink wash around the edge of the image, as I knew that I wanted to use a colorful cardstock background, and so I didn't want to mar the overall effect by having those harsh white lines around the edge of the die-cut.

Spring Inspired Floral Card Idea

After die cutting the watercolored lily image, I used the embossing folder included in the Craft Your Life Project Kit: Feathered Lilies to emboss a panel of heavyweight vellum.

The inspiration photo has a touch of an ornately carved wall behind the bouquet, and I wanted to emulate this with some of the beautiful texture from the embossing folder.

I mounted a thin rectangular frame around the edge of my 3D embossed panel, cut using the Fine Frames Cover Die from some Brushed Rose Metallic Cardstock. I adhered my die-cut watercolored flowers to the vellum panel, allowing the flowers to spill over the sides of the frame.


I used touches of adhesive tape runner around the edges of my vellum panel, hiding the adhesive behind the solid die-cuts, and adhered the entire piece to a colorful cardstock base.

Next, I cut a greeting from more Brushed Rose Metallic Cardstock using the Circled Greetings: Hugs Die, the excess of which I trimmed off to leave a standalone die-cut sentiment. I adhered it to the card front with another layer of foam tape for extra height. I also added a few sprigs of glittery cardstock, cut using one of the dies from the Itty Bitty Branches Die Set.

So many fun elements of texture and dimension in this card!

I love mixing and matching metallic tones with different textures to keep things really interesting, and the bright lime green leaves really pop from the fairly monochromatic card!

Well, that's all for the details of my project! Now it's your turn! Here are the details of the challenge.

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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 January 31, 2023, at 11:55 pm EST.

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 February 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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balavenkatgmailcom January 3, 2023 - 10:19 PM

I don’t blog, can i still participate in this challenge?

Irick January 9, 2023 - 5:21 AM

Hello! Yes, you can. :) You just need to add a link to your entry on social media. :)

cat craig January 4, 2023 - 3:19 PM

The finishing buttons to link up don’t seem to be showing on my computer. Its a new one and I tried 2 browsers. https://catluvspaper.blogspot.com/2023/01/01-04-23.html

Irick January 11, 2023 - 8:48 AM

Hi! I’ve added your link. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for joining! :)

sentsue January 6, 2023 - 6:53 PM

Hello, The finish button is not showing up…Sue Symens

Irick January 11, 2023 - 8:48 AM

Hi! I’ve added your links. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for joining! :)

Donna Walls January 7, 2023 - 8:42 PM

Unfortunately the Linky Tool is not working properly. You can find my Entry #1 here: https://duncanstreetdesigns.blogspot.com/2023/01/watercolor-painted-flowers.html

Irick January 11, 2023 - 8:48 AM

Hi! I’ve added your links. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for joining! :)

sentsue January 8, 2023 - 7:52 AM Reply
Michele F January 8, 2023 - 1:10 PM

Hmmm doesn’t seem like the issue has been addressed yet – so here is my link:

Irick January 11, 2023 - 8:51 AM

Hi! I’ve added your link. Sorry for the inconvenience. Thanks for joining! :)

Donna Walls January 10, 2023 - 8:23 AM

Link Up Tool is still an issue so here is my Entry #2: https://duncanstreetdesigns.blogspot.com/2023/01/beautiful-lily.html

sentsue January 11, 2023 - 6:12 AM Reply
Ishani January 11, 2023 - 10:24 PM

I am unable to add mine. Here’s my link -https://quillish.blogspot.com/2023/01/to-xo-valentines-day-card.html

Kalpana Srinivasan January 12, 2023 - 12:34 AM

Here’s my link since I am not able to add it. Thanks in advance.

Cindy C. January 15, 2023 - 3:26 PM

Such gorgeous inspiration project! How could I not play along?!

Carol H January 26, 2023 - 12:02 PM

Hi! I was able to use link tool, but just in case, here is my card for the challenge.
Thank you!

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