2nd Anniversary Blog Hop Day 2

by jenniferrzasa

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Good morning, and welcome to Day 2 of our 2nd Anniversary Blog Hop!

Yesterday, Tasnim shared with you a bit about how Altenew got started.  It was so strange (and lovely!) to read her post, since it instantly transported me back to that very first release.  The two of us were nervous wrecks in the moments leading up to the official launch of the store, and it was so hard for me because I was at work and had to put all of that aside in order to teach my students!  It is just so wonderful to think of how we have grown since April 2014, and we owe so much to you – our friends, fans and customers!  Your support has meant so much to us, and you continue to inspire us each and every day!

Speaking of inspiration, we have an amazing line up for you today!  If you missed yesterday's hop, please go back and check it out HERE – you won't be sorry you did!  Tasnim's post was all about the birth of Altenew and some of her favorites from our first release.  Today, I'll be reflecting upon some of my favorites from the releases we have had since, leading up to a little sneak peek of our May 2016 release!

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My first card features stamps from our first two releases:  Super Script (April 2014 Release) and Sketchy Cities Abroad (July 2014 Release).  I started by watercoloring a background with a blend of blue and green paints.  Once it was dry, I stamped the Shanghai skyline with black ink.  I used the MISTI stamp tool since I was stamping on cold-pressed paper (it is fairly textured), and I needed to stamp twice to get a clean impression.  Then, I stamped and embossed my sentiment onto vellum, and used the Super Script Die to cut it out before adhering to my card with foam tape.
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My next card combines two unlikely stamp sets:  To the Moon (February 2015 Release) and Layered Lily (July 2015 Release).  I stamped the leaves using our Green Fields coordinating inks, and the flower was stamped with the Red Sunset collection.  Then, I used the coordinating dies to cut everything out.  The moon was stamped using our Warm Gray inks, and then I layered all of the elements with varied levels of foam tape. The sentiment was stamped and embossed onto our Jet Black cardstock, and adhered with foam tape.DSC_0829-2

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This card uses two of our newer sets, Painted Greetings (January 2016 Release) and Penned Rose (April 2016 Release).  I started by stamping and masking two roses and one of the leaf clusters from the Penned Rose set, then quickly and loosely watercolored the images.  When it comes to watercoloring, sometimes it's best not to think too much about it!  Then, I simply added some green splattered paint and stamped the sentiment in black ink.  So simple!DSC_0826-2

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Of course, in honor of our 2nd anniversary, I just had to make a card in the signature Altenew colors – black and gold!!  This card includes a sentiment which I created with our Modern Deco Alpha set (November 2015 Release), as well as a sneak preview of a floral stamp set we will be releasing next month!  The floral images were stamped randomly onto white cardstock in Delicata gold ink, then mounted onto a black card base.  The sentiment was stamped onto a strip of cardstock and adhered with foam tape.DSC_0832-2

Before we get to the blog hop, I want to say that one of my favorite things about Altenew is being on such an amazing team.  I feel so lucky to work with such dedicated people who all share the same passion!

I hope that the girls don't mind, but I want to share a few photos that Tasnim, May, and I took this past weekend.  I think you will see right away how difficult it was for us to get a “normal” photo (although we did eventually…haha).   I can't help but be a goof when I am around these girls, and I wish we lived close enough to work together every day.

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Maybe next time we can get a photo of the whole team together – I love all of you ladies!!

PRIZES:

Leave comments along the way for the opportunity to win one of THREE prize packs valued at over $100 from Altenew! This amazing prize pack includes not-yet-released stamp sets.

There are 8 awesome companies who are celebrating with us, and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments on each stop by Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST for a chance to win! 13 winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the hop list and will be announced on the Altenew blog on Apr 14th.

Altenew Special Offer:

  • First 100 orders : 1 free mini stamp set (Starting April 7th at 9:00 AM EST)
  • Orders over $75 : 1 free mini stamp set (Now through Sunday, April 10, 2016)

Your next stop at the hop is the always amazing Kristina Werner!

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Kristina Werner
Anna Kossakovskaya
Simon Says Stamp
Agnieszka Malyszek
Melania Deasy
Marika Rahtu
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Nicole Picadura
Darlene DeVries
Pamela Ho

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Tess Hackett April 8, 2016 - 09:14

I like the photos of you three goofing off together. Your cards today are lovely as always. Looking foward to the release of that beautiful stamp you let us have a peek at.

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Tami B April 8, 2016 - 09:14

It’s pretty amazing how Altenew has grown in just 2 years. Happy Birthday!

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Linda S. April 8, 2016 - 09:16

Okay the photos are a little goofy but mostly what I see is happy. Congrats on your anniversary.

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Sue McW April 8, 2016 - 09:17

Congratulations on your first two years! Love your stamps. They are so creative.

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Christina Lee April 8, 2016 - 09:19

Awesome as always!
Happy birthday =)

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Viveca V. April 8, 2016 - 09:21

Happy Anniversary! Love the stamps and the inks. Keep on creating!

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Taralyn Gilbert April 8, 2016 - 09:22

I have just purchases a couple of your stamps and hope to eventually own them all! Congrats on your two year anniversary.

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Barbara Tobias April 8, 2016 - 09:22

You guys are amazing! I love the quality and thoughtfullness of your stamp/die sets. I just completed a lovely card using your Beautiful Day set and was more than impressed with the results.
Guess my next venture into the world of Altenew will be some of your inks.
Please continue with your great works and exciting views.

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jan metcalf April 8, 2016 - 09:27

Loving the Over the Moon card! And I am in love with my sets from Altenew, Painted Flowers, To the Moon and soon will add Trophy Life! Such a fun hop! Happy day!

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Wilma Z April 8, 2016 - 09:31

Congrats on your anniversary!!! Love the goofy and happy photos, you are a great team, and of course I love the stamps!!!

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Gwen Long April 8, 2016 - 09:34

Love the cards. You guys are so creative. I would never have thought to put the moon and the lily together. Cool!

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Denise Sayers April 8, 2016 - 09:37

I love how the inspiration comes from such different places. I can’t wait until the moon stamp is back in stock.

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Andrea Shell April 8, 2016 - 09:38

Beautiful cards! I can’t wait for the release! I loved the photos of you ladies, too. You can’t be good ol’ girl time.

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Andrea Shell April 8, 2016 - 09:38

I meant “You can’t BEAT good ol’ girl time.” Oops!

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Jen W April 8, 2016 - 09:39

I would never have thought to mix the moon with the lily but it’s gorgeous! All of these cards are gorgeous and so are you fun ladies :)

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Lee-Ann Kubinec April 8, 2016 - 09:40

Happy Anniversary!!! Beautiful projects and I LOVE Altenew stamps!!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!!!

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Murtuza Charania April 8, 2016 - 09:41

Awesome cards. you guys are a bunch of fun loving girls. God Bless and yes did I mention Madly Creative….

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Deborah Kaye April 8, 2016 - 09:47

Happy Anniversary! That Over the Moon card rocks! I would never have thought to use them together, but I love it!

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Marcia Scantlin April 8, 2016 - 09:48

So love your beautiful products. Here’s to many more years.

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Holly Saveur April 8, 2016 - 09:50

great photo’s!

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Pooja April 8, 2016 - 09:51

Not only Altenew has grown it also has introduced amazing,unique stamp designs which has won hearts of crafter all over the world .Everyone wishes to own at least one stamp from Altenew !! Loved the cards share today and photos are fun !

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Debbi Vasel April 8, 2016 - 09:52

Awesome photo shoot! I love non-boring photos.
Great blog hop.

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Monika/buzsy April 8, 2016 - 09:53

Happy Anniversary again! So many fantastic sets… so many fantastic cards and projects! Loving the eye candy and all the goodness! :)

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Andrea Shell April 8, 2016 - 09:57

How do I post a comment on Darlene DeVries’ blog? It says I have to login. To register to login, there’s a fee.

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Lisa April 8, 2016 - 09:57

Love the awesome card.

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Carol Mc April 8, 2016 - 10:00

Your photos are fun!
Loving the blog hop!
Happy 2nd Anniversary!
I’m so happy to have discovered your
gorgeous stamps.

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Barbara April 8, 2016 - 10:02

Simply amazing ?

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Susi April 8, 2016 - 10:03

Beautiful cards, and beautiful photos of the 3 of you! You all look like the best of friends, and who can ask for better business partners than that? Congrats again.

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Barb Chmura April 8, 2016 - 10:03

The photos made me smile, Jennifer. Loved the reflection. I remember the cityscape card!

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Sheila Johnson April 8, 2016 - 10:05

Absolutely gorgeous cards. You are so talented. TFS

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DebbieC April 8, 2016 - 10:07

Stunning cards, Super products, Special Friends.
Happy Second Anniversary.

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joy meadows April 8, 2016 - 10:11

Such pretty cards! Looks like the three of you were having way too much fun. :)

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Bozena Adamusinska April 8, 2016 - 10:11

I love the design team Altenew. It’s a real sorceress. Thank you for having fun together and the opportunity to participate in a prize draw.
hugs,
BozenA

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Karen S. April 8, 2016 - 10:12

Such pretty cards. And the photos are great!

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Hussena April 8, 2016 - 10:13

Your cards are absolutely fabulous Jen.It was so nice to read about your start up of the Altenew company. I have been a fan of your stamps right from day one .It makes me so happy to see your company grow so popular these past two years .WTG ?

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Carol @ Happy Expressions April 8, 2016 - 10:15

Beautiful cards. tfs!

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Teresa Currie April 8, 2016 - 10:18

Fun to see those smiles!! Lovely new release!!

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Nana Griffin April 8, 2016 - 10:21

What a lovely selection of cards.

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lindagk23 April 8, 2016 - 10:22

Congrats on your 2 year anniversary! I am so happy to see how much your company has grown. I absolutely love all your wonderful stamps and inks. And your cards are awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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Jerrie Mead April 8, 2016 - 10:24

Happy Anniversary to U! It is so exciting to see new, creative compaines thrive! I love all your cards and the fun style you use!

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Carla April 8, 2016 - 10:27

Such an awesome blog for day 2. The simplicity just makes it all the more stunning. Thanks for sharing! Happy 2nd anniversary.

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Nancy Ward April 8, 2016 - 10:27

Happy Anniversary! Thanks for sharing the cute photos!

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Linda M April 8, 2016 - 10:28

Gorgeous cards! Can’t wait for the next release. Your last card with the new stamp set is fabulous!

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Sharon Brand April 8, 2016 - 10:30

Beautiful cards and great photos….

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Lindsay weber April 8, 2016 - 10:32

Awesome creations, I just love the backgrounds created!

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Kailash April 8, 2016 - 10:32

Congrats on your success, you ladies are so talented!!!

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Patty Williams April 8, 2016 - 10:33

I’m new to the blog but am thoroughly enjoying all the great artwork ! Congrats on your success and wish you many more prosperous and fun years ahead!

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Farida April 8, 2016 - 10:33

Happy Anniversary!! The cards and pictures you’ve shared are beautiful!! So many things to celebrate! Congratulations!! :)

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Robbin April 8, 2016 - 10:33

Wishing you the very best! The quality of your items is just great! Always love your cards.

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Jan O April 8, 2016 - 10:38

Love Altenew! Wishing many more expressive years to come!

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Patti Painter April 8, 2016 - 10:39

What gorgeous cards and beautiful photos. So much fun to enjoy your time together.
Happy Anniversary!

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