March Challenge: From Places Abroad – France (Video)!

by Therese Calvird

Hi everyone! Therese  is here hosting March challenge. We are once again bringing you the “From Places Abroad” theme and inviting you to go abroad to France in search of creative inspiration for your projects.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our February challenge 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: France

This is just ‘part' of one of the most stunning gardens that I have ever seen, it is in the Loire Valley in France and I visited there with my husband a few years ago.  I found it very easy to be inspired by this photo and I actually had too many ideas for this card.  But when in doubt I always return to ‘colour' and focused my card around this as well as incorporating the ‘maze' of green by using the Shutter Cover Die.

Here's a look at my project:

Wonderful - Detail copy

I used the ‘sketchy' style flower from Wild Hibiscus, which I think went perfectly with the watercolor look.  Then I white embossed a sentiment on vellum from the You Are set and placed them on my Shutter Cover Die maze.

Wonderful (1) copy

If you would like to see how my card came together you can either see my video here or Watch it in HD at Youtube.

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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 March 31st.
  • Use at least one Altenew stamp
  • Link back to the Altenew Inspiration 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 Winners will be announced on Apr 5th.

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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Michele F March 1, 2016 - 10:27 AM

Such an outstanding garden, Therese … you’ve been there? LOve this shutter die, and it is so very perfect for the challenge, I wish it were mine! I’ll be playing with my new Wild Hibiscus today … must try a pink/green number!

jan metcalf March 1, 2016 - 12:16 PM

Lovely flowers! Good inspiration photo too!

Tracie Pond (Creations For Kindness) March 1, 2016 - 12:18 PM

Oh, I love these colors and your creation, Therese.

Holly Saveur March 1, 2016 - 12:32 PM

Gorgeous card and great idea of first coloring some spots and then stamp…

Linda Langes March 1, 2016 - 5:55 PM

How lucky you are to have actually been there Therese – it’s still on my Bucket List. Gorgeous inspiration and card – love the softly wc florals.

Hazel March 2, 2016 - 6:16 AM

I LOVE this Therese, those wonderful bold blooms in that pretty watercolour wash just pops against that soft green background! Thank you for the inspiration! Have a lovely day! Hazel xx
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Celeste Goff March 2, 2016 - 7:53 AM

What an absolutely gorgeous card! Love that die cut background!

Greta H March 4, 2016 - 11:52 AM

I’d love to win a gc as I only have 1 Altenew stamp set right now. Your card is gorgeous–thanks for the inspiration! Will try to come up with something as I love the photo & the colors are some of my favorites!

Donna Phelan March 4, 2016 - 5:26 PM

So Beautiful…..VERY Inspiring!

Deborah March 5, 2016 - 1:07 PM

Gorgeous card. Is this open to international entries please?

Therese Calvird March 5, 2016 - 4:43 PM

Hi Deborah,
Yes this is open to international entries, I can’t wait to see what you create!
Happy Papercrafting,


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