Thursday, 16 April 2020

Reminder: The Flower Challenge #43

Hi there!! Well, we've just entered our 4th week in lockdown and there is a chance we might be changing to 'Level 3' next Thursday. To be honest I don't think the country is ready, I would rather take longer, although our new case numbers each day have gone down significantly, there are still new cases, so it does worry me. So glad I'm not our Prime Minister, that is one hard decision to make!!

I'm popping in today to remind you all about our current theme at The Flower Challenge.  Its all about 'Spring/Autumn' designs. Its Autumn here in New Zealand and the leaves are starting to change and fall which is pretty but messy!! 

Our Sponsor for this challenge is Bugaboo Digi Stamps and they are giving a $12 gift voucher to the winner, which is around 4 stamp images. And they have so many to choose from!

For my card I wanted to use the same Bugaboo digi image that they gifted to our Design Team. I definitely needed to colour it differently and decided to move it around a bit too:

This is the image I used from Bugaboo Digi Stamps, its the '4 Block Tulip Square':

For the colouring I decided to use my Altenew Artist Markers but use the same colours within each square, giving a monochromatic look for each image. Once I had finished I cut each square apart. Next came the tricky part....

I wanted each square to have a frame, so I cut a panel of black CS the same size as the card front and was lucky enough to find a square die (from Uniquely Creative 'Square Stitched Nesting Dies') that fit perfectly around each image. I die-cut it 4x from the panel. To work out where to adhere each image, I had to hold the black panel over-top and move the image around, which took a very long time. Once they were in place I went around each image with a black marker pen as some of them didn't line up correctly. I then glued the black panel over-top.

For the sentiment I die-cut the 'love' from the Uniquely Creative 'Love and Hugs' die set 3x from white CS and once from some Creativ Gold Metallic Paper. I glued them all together and then to the card front. I also gold heat embossed the sentiment (from Uniquely Creative 'Sweet Sentiment Builder') and put on foam tape, along with some Neat and Tangled sequins. I also added some white gel pen highlights to the images.

You have until Saturday 25th April to link your projects to The Flower Challenge and if your needing any inspiration, pop over to the blog to see what the rest of the Design Team and our amazing Guest Designer Trina of Phamtastic Design have created for you. I can't wait to see your floral ideas in the Gallery!

Please stay safe and crafty!


  1. No flies on you when it comes to've mastered the skill beautifully. This card is proof. Be well, my friend.

  2. So pretty with the dots and single color used in each square!

  3. The Fall colors paired with gold and black give the card an elegant and classy look! Great coloring and I love the white highlights!

  4. Both your first and reminder cards with this image are beautiful and beautifully coloured. Great idea to colour each square monochromatic and cut it up for a different look. The black with the large gold sentiment is dramatic and elegant.

  5. You made that image your own and it looks fabulous, Shona.

  6. Loving the dramatic black Shona, super card again. Stay safe and well hugs Viv xx

  7. Shona love your version with this image. I never even looked beyond just the basic flower colouring but you have all shown me a wonderful way to take an image and really own it. Fabulous card sweetie xx Aileen

  8. how you did this. By adding it to the black, it just made your wonderful bright colours pop!
    xx Karen