I was looking through my Dover samples hoping for a different direction for this challenge, when I came across a coloring page based on a painting by Renoir (Dover has a lot of coloring books for grownups). I digitally altered them to fit the project parameters, then printed out several copies with the thought of doing some kind of decoupage, but after I looked at the prints, I realized it would be too fidgety for me to cut out. I ended up coloring it with the Penciled Twinks technique. The shimmer doesn't show in the scan.
At the altereddesigns yahoogroup, there is a challenge to make an arch with "Flowers Galore" the first thing that came to my mind (and probably everyone else's) was to make paper flowers and but them all around a focal point (probably a woman). I started experimenting with this idea, and everything I came up with just seemed uninspired. I looked at the few cards that had already been posted, and yes, they were exactly as I supposed they would be. I felt even less inspired, feeling like I was just making what everyone else was making.