March 2017 Inspiration Challenge

by Virginia Lu

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Hello Altenew friends! It's Virginia here! I am absolutely delighted to host the Inspiration Challenge for the first time! The inspiration photo was taken during my Panama Cruise in 2013. We were visiting the Naval Museum in Cartagena, Col0mbia where we enjoyed watching a traditional Colombian dance. It was such a treat to watch the dancers in their colorful and vibrant costumes. I was quite taken away by the sight and sound of this lively performance.

Here is my interpretation of the inspiration challenge.

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I created a CAS design with Farmers Market stamp set. The solid pepper image is perfect for multi-color stamping. To kick it up a notch, I applied “Stamp-Kissing” technique.  Basically, I first inked up the pepper image in various shades from Summer Afternoon Oval/Mini Cube, Warm & Cozy Oval/Mini ink and Red Cosmos Oval/Mini Cube. While the inked pepper images were still wet, I stamped sentiments from Precious Moment Stamp Set in Jet Black and let the two stamps “kiss”! Thus, you see the text background in the pepper! How cool is that, right?

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I adhered a piece of wood texture to represent the dancers' straw hats. The subtle color and textures from Cheery Wood Paper  add a lovely interest. I hope that you are inspired to create something super colorful and fun.

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.


  • Altenew products should be the focus, but other companies’ products can be used.
  • Make sure to use our challenge image above on 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 Friday, March 31st at 11:55 pm EST.


After the challenge closes, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at www.altenew.comWinners will be announced on Sunday, April 9th, 2017. 

There is more! If you use #AltenewChallenge when you share your challenge entry on social media, you are entered to win a $15 gift certificate to our online store.

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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stephanie March 1, 2017 - 10:18 AM

How would I enter this challenge if I don’t have a blog???

Virginia L. March 1, 2017 - 10:31 AM

Hi Stephanie, you can use Flickr, Twitter, Instagram, (your own personal) Facebook, ….any public site. You can then link your creation to InLinkz. If you still have trouble, please send me your photo and card descriptions ( and I will upload it for you over Flickr. Hope to see your creation. Thank you for the interest!

Shelly March 1, 2017 - 10:28 AM

Wonderful inspiration photo and colors! Beautiful card, Virginia!

Tara Prince March 1, 2017 - 11:18 AM

Great inspiration!!

Hussena March 1, 2017 - 11:23 AM

Absolutely in love with these gorgeous Colors… Your card is simply fabulous Virginia… Love it

Sathya March 2, 2017 - 11:38 AM

Love the interpretation…Great colors, Virginia!!

Maye M.L March 2, 2017 - 1:59 PM

Hello Virginia, great inspiration photo, love those sunshine colors. Additionally, thank you for showcasing these beautiful women from Colombia (spelled with an “o” in spite of the opposition of word spell functions, LOL) Cheers

Virginia L. March 2, 2017 - 2:24 PM

Thanks for the kind comment, Maye. Your country is BEAUTIFUL! I had a fabulous time visiting the Old Town as well. BTW the spelling was corrected ( bad!!).

Marlena M March 6, 2017 - 11:42 AM

These veggies are so yummy Virginia!

Preeti D. March 26, 2017 - 6:28 AM

Thanks for the beautiful inspiration :) loved playing along !

Maye M.L March 28, 2017 - 10:06 AM

Fabulous challenge, I was thrilled to have gotten a hold of Altenew’s Christmas Rose stamp & die set with an issue of Simply Cards & Papercraft. Thank you for the inspiration to create some cards to send to friends. Cheers!

Liz O. March 31, 2017 - 11:28 PM

Thank you for another great challenge, love Virginia’s color choice, it is so bright and cheerful, fabulous entries, thanks for all you share! Have a wonderful day!


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