Spring-Themed Color Palette: March 2020 Inspiration Challenge

by Norine

Hi friends, Norine here with you again. It’s time for another Inspiration Challenge and it’s a particularly spring-y color scheme, perfect for Easter or garden themed cards!

I love succulent plants. Their wide variety of soothing colors, their interesting shapes, and especially their ability to resist my attempts to kill them. That’s their best feature, truth be told.

As I got playing with these beautiful shades of lavender, blue and green, I couldn’t get stopped and at one point had ALL of the elements on the cards above piled on ONE card!  Just to see what looked good together!  You can imagine the visual riot that was!  So I decided two cards were necessary.  Then I’d see which looked the best and go with that one.  But I couldn’t choose.  And anyone who knows me well knows my motto in life is “anything worth doing is worth OVERdoing”, so here we go again!

FIRST CARD

For the first card, I stamped a simple wreath from the Weekend Doodles stamp set and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  I painted the leaves with the new Artists’ Watercolor 24 Pan Set in a color gradation from blue to green to lavender and back to blue again.

I also stamped a variety of sprigs with the Vase Fillers stamp set in Lime, Fresh Leaf, Hydrangea and Persian Blue crisp dye inks, then cut them out with the coordinating dies.

Then, I splattered a watercolor paper card panel with the same colors of paint that I used on the wreath and stamped a sentiment from the Dainty Swiss Dots stamp set and heat embossed with silver embossing powder.  Next, I trimmed all four sides and matted with a coordinating shade of blue cardstock and adhered all the layers of stamped and painted die-cut pieces, finishing up with a big bow of silver thread.

SECOND CARD

For my second card, I stamped a partial pattern on watercolor paper with the Pattern Play Diamond Stamp Set and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  Then I painted in the diamond shapes with the same paint colors as I used on the leaves of the wreath above.

Next, I stamped some flowers and leaf images from the Flower Garden Stamp Set and painted only the leaves in a haphazard, artsy fashion before cutting them out.  I don’t have the coordinating dies so I fussy cut the leaves and flowers.

Then, I added more paint splatters to the background card panel, stamped a sentiment from the Weekend Doodles Stamp Set with Obsidian Black ink,  then trimmed the card panel to be matted with more of the same blue cardstock and adhered all the layers to a card base.

I hope you were also inspired with the photo and color combo as I was and I can’t wait to see what you make!

~SUPPLY LIST~



  • Altenew products should be the focus, but other companies’ products can be used.
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  • 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 March 31st, 2020, 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.

Winners will be announced on 04/10/2020.

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Catherine L March 2, 2020 - 09:15

I love the challenge colors! The cards are beautiful and the first one with the wreath is my favorite. I can’t wait to start creating!

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scrappergrl March 7, 2020 - 15:17

Thank you so much Catherine!

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Cindy C. March 2, 2020 - 10:14

Love those colors, and the inspiration projects are just lovely!!!

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scrappergrl March 7, 2020 - 15:35

Thanks Cindy, these might be my favorite colors too!

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Annette Gordon March 2, 2020 - 10:30

These colours are amazing! And the cards Norine did with this inspiration is breathtaking! So So pretty! I can’t wait to see what everyone does for this challenge!

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:38

Thank you Annette! There’s already some beautiful projects uploaded, and I’m sure there will be more!

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Mary Lamp March 2, 2020 - 10:43

I LOVE the colors! Beautiful! Beautiful!!!

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:39

Thank you Mary!!

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barbara lassiter March 2, 2020 - 10:54

Both of these are stunning and the colors are amazing, especially with the silver embossing on the first card. You watercolor so beautifully and inspire me to keep trying! :)

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:39

Thanks Barbara! Keep at it, practice makes perfect!

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Maria A March 2, 2020 - 11:02

Fabulous ! Love the colours x

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Greta H March 2, 2020 - 11:06

One of my favorite inspiration photos & your cards are just gorgeous, Norine!

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:40

Thank you Greta! So much possibility with succulents to inspire!

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Tara Prince March 2, 2020 - 11:30

Such gorgeous cards!!

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Marilynn d-r March 2, 2020 - 11:47

Wow, an amazing use of color, the cards so very beautiful.

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:40

Thank you Marilynn, I hope you’ll play along!

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Barbara H March 2, 2020 - 12:35

Cards are so, so pretty.l along with the color palette.

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:41

Thank you Barbara, it’s such a soothing color palette isn’t it!

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SUE GEYER March 2, 2020 - 12:52

Your color combinations and designs are gorgeous.

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Inkin' Chickie March 2, 2020 - 14:03

Great examples for use during the inspiration challenge. I like the watercolor background stencil fill.

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:41

Thank you! I’m so glad they inspire!

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Nelya March 2, 2020 - 16:06

Love the colors and the succulents! Hopefully I’ll be able to join in this month.

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:42

Thank you Nelya! I hope you can join us too!

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quilterlin March 2, 2020 - 16:21

These colors are amazing together, Norine – hope I can use them to make something beautiful! LOVE your examples!!

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:42

Thanks Lin! I hope you can play along too!

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Donna March 3, 2020 - 05:56

Can someone kindly tell me how to save a card on this site to Pinterest that will pop back to this page to learn how to create? I can click on the picture to “share” it but it will not revert me back to this blog post. Thank you so much!

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Nelya March 3, 2020 - 16:06

Try just copying and pasting the link and adding a new pin in the Pinterest app.

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:43

Thanks Nelya! I hope that worked for you Donna?

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Eleanor Chua March 3, 2020 - 10:11

I was very inspired with your mask striping technique, applied it to my most recent challenge. I also plan to do it on my dahlia stencils soon.

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Helen Kalb March 3, 2020 - 10:15

Such beautiful cards Norine, really breath taking!

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:43

Thank you so much Helen!

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Henriëtte March 3, 2020 - 10:19

Gorgeous cards and awesome colour combo. My favorite is the second cards, great idea. Thank you so much for sharing and have a wonderful week.

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:44

Thank you Henriette! I’m always happy to share ideas and inspiration!

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donna mikasa March 3, 2020 - 13:40

Beautiful samples, Norine! I hope I can find the time to join the challenge.

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:44

Thanks Donna, I hope you can play along too!

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Nelya March 3, 2020 - 16:04

I didn’t even notice that the second card was heat embossed. They both look super gorgeous! I think I’ll try to join in the challenge with a scrapbook layout. ??

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:45

Oooh a scrapbook layout would be awesome! I can’t wait to see it!

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Karen Brown March 4, 2020 - 16:28

I LOVE both cards! Gorgeous colors and lovely watercoloring. :-)

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:46

Thank you Karen!

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nicolemartel March 7, 2020 - 14:25

Gorgeous!! I think I’ll give this one a try. Beautiful card!

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norine hope March 7, 2020 - 15:46

Thank you Nicole! I can’t wait to see what you make!

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