Thursday 6 June 2024

Always Flowers


Challenge #265 at Time Out Challenges has just gone live and this fortnight we have an Inspired By Words Challenge with this lovely quote from Henri Matisse 

 “There are always flowers for those who want to see them”

An Inspired By Words challenge works exactly as you would expect - you take the words from the featured quote and use them to inspire your creation!   You can use one word, multiple words or just the general idea of the quote.

 This fortnight we are generously being sponsored by Altenew and they are offering our Top Pick as chosen by the design team $15 store credit and our Top Pick will also be invited to Guest Design with us in a future challenge.  

Speaking of guest designers, we're joined this challenge by the very talented Arlene Rose as our guest!  Be sure to check out her gorgeous interpretation of our quote as well as the rest of the team on the Time Out Blog!

How do these words inspire you and where do they lead your imagination?  We hope you can take Time Out of your busy schedule to come play cards with us!

I think it's fair to say there are always flowers (and lots of them) in any card maker's cache - I certainly have one or two (hundred) flower stamps and die sets in my stash and this lovely Altenew Dog Rose Panel Bundle is just one that I haven't got around to using yet!   As Altenew is sponsoring our challenge this fortnight at Time Out, this seemed like the perfect opportunity to have a play with it! 

There are two dies in this bundle and for my first card, I cut the two panels from two shades of cream and backed it with gold and added a "thinking of you" sentiment below it.  Love the dimension!

Then I noticed the word "always" in the quote and I had another idea so I made up another panel, this time with green, cream and gold and added the die cut word "always" (Winnie and Walter) under the panel.

 Space was tight, so it had to overlap the panel, which wasn't straightforward because the Dog Rose Panel was three layers high ... so I cut just the bottom half three times and stacked them up so that these were the same level as the panel.  Then I cut the complete word and added this to the top, overlapping the panel.

I can't wait to try new colour variations with this fab die set!

I'd like to enter the following Challenges

NBUS Challenge #63 -  NBUS Altenew Dog Rose Panel;

Triple B Challenge - Birds, Butterflies and/or Blooms;

Inspirational Challenge #317 - Word Prompt Frame;

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you go away a little inspired!  Your visits and comments are always a joy and always appreciated!  And if you leave a comment, I’ll know you were here and how to find you!



  1. That is a really beautiful die set, Kate! So glad the challenge inspired you to make a couple wonderful cards from your unused stash! Both are so elegant and can't say I prefer one over the other!

  2. What beautiful layered dies and lovely colors used on both Kate! thank you for joining us at Inkspirational: Frame! Julia xx

  3. Just beautiful. Love the 3D effect!!!

  4. Beautiful cards, this i one of my favorite Altenew die sets, love your added sentiments to it too!
    Thank you for joining our challenge at Triple B!
    Diane TB Co-Owner
    {Nellies Nest}
    {Triple B}

  5. Both cards are wonderful, Kate, and I can see how you could use a variety of colors to make other cards with it.

  6. This is so beautiful, Kate.The cream and gold color scheme is so elegant and special. A beautiful make for our challenge.

  7. Both so beautiful! Very elegant and I love the monotone look!

  8. Gorgeous card Kate! I love this set and your creations reminds me to bring it out again! Thanks. You chose of colours really makes for lovely elegant cards. I hope you have a good week. :)

  9. Wow, Gorgeous cards, Kate!! I love both the versions. Love the soft tones you have used. Hugsxx

  10. I love that quote and your two thoughtful renditions of floral art using the Altenew Dogwood, Kate! Both are breathtaking and the options for colors are endless! Great job stacking that sediment and thank you for inspiring everyone to use their NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

  11. Adorable card!!! Thanks so much for participating in my PINSPIRATIONAL challenge!!! I appreciate that you play along and I enjoy visiting your blog!! Have a happy crafty day!! Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

  12. I so love the style of this card in muted colors. Nice version of frame! Thanks for participating in our challenge at Inkspirational.


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