Hello everyone and Happy New Year! Norine here to kick off the first challenge of the year! In November, I visited Houston and went to the International Quilt Festival where I was amazed and blown away by the talent and creativity, not to mention, color!

I often say inspiration is everywhere, and that’s especially true at a place like a quilt show! Of the 100’s of photos I took, I chose this one to inspire us to create something new and beautiful this month.


“The artist is Ann Graf from Houston. She snapped a photo in London several years ago of a bed of orange flowers and this quilt is a cropped portion of that image. I’ve been in contact with the artist and she has given permission for her work to be shared and used for inspiration. She doesn’t seem to have a blog or website to link to though.” – Norine

I took my direction from the color scheme firstly, and then, because I loved the stitch lines running the length of the petals of the fabric flowers, I was drawn to the Adore You Stamp Set for my images.

I began by stamping all the individual blooms and leaves onto masking paper and cutting them out in order to build up a circular shape of blooms. Layer by layer, I stamped and heat embossed the individual images and then I used a stitched circular die (again, emphasizing the quilt stitching) to die cut the circle in the center of the card panel.

I used the Watercolor Brush Markers – Spring Garden Set to color my images, using a mix of the red/orange/yellows and blue/greens found in the inspiration photo. I colored only the parts of the stamped images that fell within the center circle and left the outside uncolored. Once finished, I popped the circle cardstock up with foam adhesive for added dimension. I added a few coordinating enamel dots to finish the card.

I hope you can play along with us this month. Don’t forget, there are prizes! I look forward to seeing your creations and thank you for stopping by the blog today!


Adore You Stamp Set
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Adore You Die Set
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Adore You Stamp & Die Bundle
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Watercolor Brush Markers – Spring…
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Permanent Black Crisp Ink
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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 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 as many times as you wish!
  • Challenge ends on Thursday, January 31st, 2019 at 11:55 PM EDT.

After the challenge ends, FOUR WINNERS will be selected. Each will receive a $30 gift certificate to spend at www.altenew.com.

Winners will be announced on 2/10/2019.

WAIT – there’s more!

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 banner above and let everyone know that you are participating in our Inspiration Challenge!

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

Good luck and happy crafting!

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