Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

by alex
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Hello everyone and Welcome to the Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 1! I’m so excited to join this hop!  You should have arrived from very talented Dana Gong. If not, you can start from the beginning at Altenew Card Blog.

Today we are celebrating friendships formed through our mutual love of everything crafty!

I always loved handmade, crafty things and tried all kinds of hobbies from jewelry making to bookbinding until I’ve discovered the beautiful world of card making. I can still remember that day when I turned out to cardmaker. It was the first time I had seen a beautiful Vintage Roses layered stamps by Altenew… I was impressed and it became my very first floral stamp set.

I started Instagram a few years ago (if you enjoy my projects, please follow me). This summer I asked myself ” Should I start a blog, maybe?!” I wasn’t sure… but I asked myself again ” Why not? just do it…” So, I started this blog in July 2018 as a place to share my creations. I’m so glad that I did it! Also, I started my YouTube channel several months ago.

I love that my cards can bring joy and inspire others in their creativity. I can’t even explain how thankful I am for all of you who keep coming to see my projects and leaving me lovely comments!

Every day I meet fantastic and talented people, which inspires me so much. I have some friends I made through this hobby. Friends we don’t even live close. Friends we never ever crafted together. The miles between us but sharing the same passion brings us so close. We chat, we inspire each other. Unfortunately, we have never met in real life and maybe never will…But I believe things happen!

So, now it’s my turn to inspire you with several projects I created.

Projects

I love to give flowers to friends and family. Sometimes they are on cards that I send to friends so they know I’m thinking of them. I created three floral cards for you using amazing flowers by Altenew.

Engraved Flowers Stamp

This time I decided to use just one flower from the Engraved Flowers Stamp set. For the first card I did simple coloring and blending using my colored pencils.

I started by stamping the images onto white cardstock using clear inks and gold heat embossed. I then colored flowers with colored pencils, made ink blending using Altenew inks Shade of Purple and stamped a sentiment. To finish off my card I added sapphire crystals.

Also, this would be a great set to use if you enjoy watercoloring flowers. Here is my second card.

I started by stamping the images onto white cardstock panel using clear inks and gold heat embossed. I then made some blending using Altenew inks: Lagoon, Desert Night, Saphire, Persian Blue and Emerald. I added splatters using water and Altenew Lagoon metallic shimmer ink spray.

Next, I watercolored the flowers with Zig Markers: May Green, Light Brown, Peacock Blue and Altenew metallic shimmer ink sprays: Lagoon, Orange cream and Puffy Heart.

I popped up a sentiment, gold heat embossed on white cardstock and added gold sequins.

Inked Flora Stamp Set

I created a floral card inspired by the super talented Kelly Latevola. She is one of my favorite cardmakers. To make it I decided to use these amazing flowers.

I started by stamping the flowers and creating abstract messy watercolored background with Altenew ink sprays and Zig art&graphic markers.

I then colored the images more intensive and added some white dots with a white gel pen and splattered the background with blue and rose colors. I glued the colored background onto blueberry cardstock and then glued it onto a long white side folding card base. I then popped up a sentiment, gold heat embossed on blueberry cardstock and added different sequins.

Supplies

Below you will find links to the supplies used to create the projects. Click on the letters to go to a favorite store: Ellen Hutson (EH), Altenew (AN), Studio Katia (SK), Amazon (AZ). Where available I use compensated affiliate links. This means that I receive a small commission when products are purchased through links I share here (at no additional cost to you). If you like my projects, please consider supporting me by clicking through these links when you shop. Thank you so much!

Engraved Flowers Stamp Set
Engraved Flowers Stamp Set
Shop at:
AN | EH
Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black
Ranger Archival Ink Pad, Jet Black
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Tonic Comfort 8.5 Inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer
Tonic Comfort 8.5 Inch Guillotine Paper Trimmer
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Tim Holtz Tonic Mini Snips
Tim Holtz Tonic Mini Snips
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip Marker, Set of 84
Zig Art & Graphic Twin Tip Marker, Set of 84
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Hero Arts Embossing Powder, White
Hero Arts Embossing Powder, White
Shop at:
EH | AZ
X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Tape
X-Press It High Tack Double-Sided Tape
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock
Bazzill Card Shoppe Cardstock
Shop at:
EH
Neenah Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Ranger Emboss It Ink Pad
Ranger Emboss It Ink Pad
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Hero Arts Embossing Gun
Hero Arts Embossing Gun
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Ink Blending Tool
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam
Ranger Ink Blending Tool Replacement Foam
Shop at:
EH | AZ
ZIG Watercolor BrusH20, Large
ZIG Watercolor BrusH20, Large
Shop at:
EH
Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Foam Squares
Scrapbook Adhesives 3-D Foam Squares
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Neat & Tangled Sequins
Neat & Tangled Sequins
Shop at:
EH
TONIC STUDIOS Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
TONIC STUDIOS Tim Holtz Stamp Platform
Shop at:
AZ
Altenew inks. Sea Shore
Altenew inks. Sea Shore
Shop at:
EH
Altenew inks. Shades of Purple
Altenew inks. Shades of Purple
Shop at:
EH
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88 oz
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Glue, 0.88 oz
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Altenew Ink Cubes, Glacier Caves
Altenew Ink Cubes, Glacier Caves
Shop at:
AN | EH
Altenew Ink Cubes, Cool Summer Night
Altenew Ink Cubes, Cool Summer Night
Shop at:
AN | EH
Altenew Embossing Powder, Antique Gold
Altenew Embossing Powder, Antique Gold
Shop at:
AN | EH
Be creative Tape
Be creative Tape
Shop at:
EH
Powder Tool Adhesive Deactivator
Powder Tool Adhesive Deactivator
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils
Shop at:
EH | AZ
Saphire Crystals
Saphire Crystals
Shop at:
EH
Inked Flora, Altenew Clear Stamp Set
Inked Flora, Altenew Clear Stamp Set
Shop at:
AN | EH
Puffy Heart Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Puffy Heart Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Shop at:
AN
Orange Cream Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Orange Cream Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Shop at:
AN
Lagoon Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Lagoon Metallic Shimmer Ink Spray
Shop at:
AN

Prizes

 

Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome friends who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win! 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018.

Giveaway

I will also choose one lucky winner from comments left on this post who will receive a $20 gift certificate to Altenew online store.  Leave a comment below, sharing a story about your crafty friends. I will announce the winner on 12/9/2018.

Blog Hop

I hope you felt inspired today! The next stop on the hop is Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

Check out the full list below:

Special Offer

FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY18 or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS18 at checkout. Offer valid from 11/29/2018 at 12:01 am EST through 12/1/2018 at 11:59 pm EST. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

In addition, these ongoing promotions and new releases are worth checking out! Have you seen the Altenew November 2018 releases?

Enjoy the great deals up to 45% off on select items in the Sale collection from now through 12/2/2018

If you enjoy my projects, please follow me: YouTube | Instagram | Pinterest

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Don’t forget to leave a comment for the giveaways!  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Alex

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186 comments

Alli Shrewsbury December 9, 2018 - 8:18 am

Love your cards! Beautiful and vibrant color!

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Andre M. December 9, 2018 - 4:06 am

I love the bright colors you’ve used on these pretty cards. Thanks for sharing this inspiration with these fun products.

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Lenice W December 9, 2018 - 3:17 am

Beautiful cards! Love the colors. Thanks for sharing!

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Becky Kjer Flammang December 9, 2018 - 1:07 am

Beautiful cards!

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John William Hubler December 8, 2018 - 5:02 am

It is hard to choose which card and techniques I like best! Both of your cards are gorgeous. I love that gold embossing blended into the flowers and the watercolors of your second card are beautiful!!

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Mindy Drummond December 7, 2018 - 11:27 am

I am still fairly new to papercrafting so I have not really made any “crafty friends” yet but I know that will change before long. All 3 of your cards are gorgeous! I love that you used different mediums on each one and how stunning they all turned out. I am always inspired by your creations and am so glad you did start your blog and YouTube, that’s a win – win for all of us 🙂
(mardy14@bellsouth.net)

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Monica W December 7, 2018 - 12:10 am

Beautiful cards! Love all the colors you used. Love watercoloring with the gold embosing powder too!

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Jess K December 6, 2018 - 11:48 pm

WOW, beautiful, bright and cheery cards. Amazing work!!

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Chandhini December 6, 2018 - 1:12 pm

These are super gorgeous cards, loved your coloring.

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Jane Booth December 6, 2018 - 12:50 pm

Oh my! I LOVE ❤️ LOVE ❤️ LOVE that multicolored Card!!! I love the unique & different way you colored it! I am going to have to try that & see if I can accomplish something similar! Thank you for inspiring by sharing your talent!

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Subhashini December 6, 2018 - 12:30 pm

Super combinatin of watercoloring heat embossing. Thanks for the inspiration

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TamiB December 5, 2018 - 5:48 am

Wow! Fabulous cards!

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Amy Peyton December 4, 2018 - 5:41 pm

Your colors are absolutely stunning! I love the watercolor style you used. These cards are both so beautiful. I love to craft with my mother-in-law. Our love of paper-crafts has been the foundation of our relationship (in addition to our mutual love for her son haha!)

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Angela T December 4, 2018 - 5:12 pm

I love the messy watercolor flower. Can’t wait to make that

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Melissa Smith December 4, 2018 - 1:23 pm

Your cards are absolutely stunning! I love them all and would love to see videos on all of them! I am new to making cards and my best friends aren’t really crafty, so I’m doing what I can to learn from all of you talented folks. I need lots of details in watercolor technique!

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Annalisa December 4, 2018 - 10:31 am

I can totally see the influence of Kelly in the last card, and what a great crafty person to emulate. I don’t know that I have a lot of crafty friendships yet (though many ladies I would love to be friends with!), but I really enjoy the encouragement of this community, and I try to be similarly encouraging. It’s nice to find a corner of the internet that has a real culture of kindness. Thanks for sharing and being a part of this community.

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Sherri December 3, 2018 - 9:10 pm

Vivid colors!

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Lisa Byers December 3, 2018 - 8:46 pm

You are simply amazing!! Your coloring is phenomenal. Your watercolors are gorgeous!! You are just so darn talented. I’m signing up for your newsletter, Instagram, Twitter, first child…..

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Lisa Byers December 3, 2018 - 8:48 pm

Just kidding about the first child of course!!

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Lauryne Cunningham December 3, 2018 - 5:30 pm

Your cards are absolutely beautiful- the color combinations are amazing! You do a phenomenal job with colored pencils.

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Pooja December 3, 2018 - 2:00 pm

Your cards are amazing !! Loved the use of various colors on them a lot 🙂

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