Wednesday 5 October 2016

The Flower Challenge #1

Well, the day is finally here!!!! The new Flower Challenge  has begun!!!!!

Yes that's right, a challenge that's devoted to all things floral!! You can use floral stamps, dies, stencils, digital images, you name it. And with floral stamps especially being so popular at the moment, I'm sure like me you will have so many of them, you don't get a chance to use them all. So this challenge will be perfect for you too!!

Now, I would love to say that this was my idea but no. My lovely friend Aileen of Colour and Sparkle approached me a few months ago and told me she had an idea for a new challenge and would I be interested in joining the DT. Firstly I thought what a fabulous idea and secondly, of course I said yes!!! She has brought together a fantastic bunch of crafty women to inspire you each month and I just know your going to like what they have to show you!!

To make this first challenge nice and easy and get everyone excited about it, our first theme is:

                                      ANYTHING GOES WITH FLORALS

This means you can create a birthday card, baby card or whatever type of card you like. As long as it has a floral focal point, then you can do whatever you like. How does that sound?? And all the details regarding rules/guidelines etc are on the challenge blog.

For my card I thought it would be best to use some flower stamps that haven't really had the love they deserve of late. And I tend to water colour them more than stamp, so I grabbed my ink pads as well and went to town:

To make this card I started off by cutting a strip of white CS and popped it up on foam tape over the card front. I stamped the large flowers on white CS using Altenew inks 'Crimson' and 'Velvet', and Altenew 'Mango Smoothie' and Hero Arts 'Soft Vanilla'. I also stamped the more intricate flowers as well and fussy cut them all out.

I adhered the larger flowers so they hung over the panel edge, and the smaller flowers were tucked in underneath. I kept the sentiment simple, stamping it in black and adding some gold sequins for shine.

The two large middle flowers are from Altenew 'Beautiful Day', as well as the sentiment. All the other flower images are from Altenew 'Remember This' and the sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.

I'm going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Anything Goes' too!!

You have until October 25th to link your projects to the The Flower Challenge and we will be back on the 15th with some more cards to inspire you. You can pop over to the blog now to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for you.

I'm so excited and proud to be a part of this new challenge adventure and can't wait to see all your beautiful projects in the Gallery. Thank you so much Aileen for inviting me to be part of this team, its a real honour!!!

Take care



  1. Absolutely gorgeous. And, I am so excited about this new challenge. I love flower stamps, and this challenge will be just the motivation I need to break them out to play.

  2. An amazing creation Shona, loving the flowers and such nice colors too!

  3. Shona, beautiful card, so in love with this flower. The colours you used look so good together, just stunning. Thank you so much for being part of this journey with all that you do already.

  4. Gorgoeus card Shona and with one of my all time fave flowers too!

  5. Beautiful card and a gorgeous layout! It says something great about Altenew when nearly half the DT used Altenew flowers on their cards :)

  6. Hello Shona: This is one of my favorite sets from Altenew and you colored it beautifully!! Awesome job fussy cutting all of this flowers and buds, love the subtle bling of the sequences.

  7. This is beautiful Shona, really love the colour palette and design of the card. And this set is stunning, on my wish list. Very inspirational card, always love your style!

  8. Gorgeous card Shona, the flowers and colours are so pretty, beautiful design :-)

    thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
    Lols x x x

  9. Of course she'd invite you...who else is as popular and talented on the Net? What a gorgeous first assignment. Love the lined florals behind the main focal point. And the colors just knock me flat. Fabulous designing, girl. This truly is spectacular.

  10. Beautiful card, such pretty colours, Cathy x

  11. Beautiful card, such pretty colours, Cathy x

  12. Such a beautiful card Shona! I see we both love that stamp too lol, isn't it awesome.Amazing colours you chose and great colouring too;) hugs Viv xx

  13. Shona you knocked it out of the park on your first one! I love it! I love the colours and the simple style - it's so classic!! xx

  14. Stunning card and a wonderful entry to this wonderful new challenge!

  15. beautiful card and lovely inspiration