Wednesday 31 January 2018

Altenew January Inspiration Challenge - Entry #2

Good grief, my 4th blog post in one wonderful to have had the time to make lots of cards for a change!!

How can you resist the colours for this months Altenew Inspiration Challenge and the entries in the Gallery are so gorgeous. They are going to find it very hard to choose their winners this month!!

My first entry for this challenge was very bright, so I decided with this design to use similar colours but go for more of a subtle look:

I don't have very many background dies. They are extremely expensive for me to buy so I really cherish the ones I have and try to find different ways to use them. For this one I did a bit of 'scissor work' here and there to create a different pattern.

I started off by using my mini-blending tool and Distress Ink 'Picked Raspberry' to colour the card front. I then die-cut the Altenew 'Layered Medallions Cover Die B' from white CS. I used my small scissors to cut the flower out so it was on its own and then cut away more of the pattern to make more space around it. The die was then glued on to the card front, keeping the top and bottom middle die-cut pieces in place.

For the flower I removed the petal pieces and blended them with Distress Ink 'Mustard Seed'. I did the same with the smaller middle pieces using 'Spiced Marmalade'. I put them all back in place and held them there with washi tape behind the flower. This was put on foam tape on the card front.

The sentiment (from Altenew 'Floral Shadow') was stamped in black ink, fussy cut out and put on foam tape. Instead of using sequins, I added drops of Nuvo Crystal Drops in White to each of the rounded shapes. 

I'm also going to link this to the Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday Challenge where their theme is 'Layer it Up'.

Right, I'm off to visit my bed and my IPad, so I can watch a little bit of Netflix before I fall asleep. I started watching 'The Sinner' last night with Jessica Biel. The first episode really sucked me in, so I'm itching to find out what happens. I'm hanging out for Law and Order: Special Victims Unit to start with new episodes on tv next week and I'm thinking that The Walking Dead will be coming back again soon too. So much tv, so little time!!!!!

Take care


  1. Just love these colors, Shona, and love your design using a cover die that you've altered! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  2. Beautiful colors, design and smart way to alter the background die.