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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Lisa Smith April 9, 2016 - 18:38

Love to see the creations.

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Diane Bakehouse April 9, 2016 - 18:40

Happy anniversary! A stunning array of creativity. Lots of inspiration.

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Agata April 9, 2016 - 18:51

What a team! You guys look so fun on those pictures! And I love those cards, too!

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Christy Q April 9, 2016 - 19:02

Beautiful cards showcasing your wonderful stamps!

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Denise Gutshall April 9, 2016 - 19:05

I love the pictures! It always so nice to see the personalities behind the products! Thanks for sharing them and again, congrats on your second anniversary! I love the cards too!

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Janet Mack April 9, 2016 - 19:35

Happy Anniversary. Fun pictures, looks like you were having a great time. Keep the wonderful stamps coming.

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Andrea D. La Vigne April 9, 2016 - 19:49

Great cards, and I love the photos of y’all! It’s obvious that you have a lot of fun together. Thanks for the inspiration! :) ~ Andrea

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Margarita Navarro-Rivera April 9, 2016 - 20:13

Beautiful cards!

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Patsy Collins April 9, 2016 - 20:58

What a fun group you are! I feel the same way when I’m with my far away stamping buddies. Looking forward to the next release!

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julie m April 9, 2016 - 21:01

great cards and great stamps. i must get that to the moon stamp when back in stock.

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Zehra April 9, 2016 - 21:02

Lovely cards and pictures. Great team, looks like fun.

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Jill A April 9, 2016 - 21:05

Great DT!!!!!!!!

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Alex Catherine April 9, 2016 - 22:04

Beautiful cards! Very inspirational!

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Mona spark April 9, 2016 - 22:16

Love all these cards so fabolous. Thanks for sharing.

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Karen Page April 9, 2016 - 22:32

You must have so much fun working together! :-)

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Patt H. April 9, 2016 - 22:43

Thanks for sharing those cute pics & stories. Love them! Love the cards also. Especially the black & gold!!

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Maria Wicks April 9, 2016 - 22:44

veryy beautiful cards, as always. Thank you for the awesome inspiration.

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Robyn S April 9, 2016 - 22:53

Great cards and inspiration, thanks.

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Manda April 9, 2016 - 23:01

Beautiful cards! I especially like the last one!

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Helen F. April 9, 2016 - 23:23

These are such beautiful card creations with your wonderful stamps! Cute photos~looks like you are a fun team :-)

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TracyM #6773 April 9, 2016 - 23:27

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS cards Jen!!!
LOVE the colours and designs, it’s impossible to choose a favourite!!!
THANK YOU for sharing your INKY INSPIRATION and sneak peek into the WONDERFUL Altenew world you have CREATED with Tasmin and SHARED with us ALL, all over the WORLD :)

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Theresa Tyree April 10, 2016 - 00:06

I am a huge fan of Altenew. What I love about your company is the stuff you put out is not something you see every day- it’s like a breath of fresh air apart from all the other stamp companies out there. The joy you bring us in giving us something to look forward to is priceless.

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Brenda van Dijk April 10, 2016 - 00:14

Wow! The design team made some fantastic cards. I love the stamps and sentiments.

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Angie McKee April 10, 2016 - 00:21

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your team pics! You ladies absolutely ROCK! Happy 2 years to Altenew and wishing you many more creative & crafty years to come!

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craftmommy April 10, 2016 - 00:29

Great inspiration cards team. Hope you guys had fun.

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Alina Bartan April 10, 2016 - 01:08

Nice to see your faces and to see who is behind this awesome stamp sets

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Kelly Flaherty April 10, 2016 - 01:17

Such a beautiful family. Thank you for the beautifully designed stamps.

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Pat C April 10, 2016 - 01:38

LOVE the photos of you three…and love the work this company does!

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Janet Ingraham April 10, 2016 - 03:51

I’ve learned and enjoyed so much with this hop. Thank you.

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Amanda April 10, 2016 - 04:07

The cards are stunning as ever. Particularly love your weekend photos. Fun,fun,fun!

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Tamara Ostroznik April 10, 2016 - 04:15

Amazing team. Thank you for this super inspirational hop!

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Caren Char April 10, 2016 - 04:41

Adorable pictures and loverly cards!

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Aggie April 10, 2016 - 04:54

Oh, more wonderful inspiration! Love the variety!

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Andrea April 10, 2016 - 05:07

Love your goofy photos! Glad you lots are having a great time working together!

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Scrapmate April 10, 2016 - 05:09

A gorgeous colourful selection of samples that showcase your beautiful stamps wonderfully.

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Denise April 10, 2016 - 05:58

Altenew congrats and happy birthday. These are such gorgeous stamps and DT beautiful cards, Your floral designs are so elegant. I can look at cards made with your stamps all day long, and as a newbie I think I am beginning to be able to identify your style.

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Bev Karolak April 10, 2016 - 06:19

Congrats Altenew! Fantastic inspiration! ?

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Sindhu Manokaran April 10, 2016 - 07:56

Congrats..all the cards are awesome and great inspiration…

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Evelyn Larson April 10, 2016 - 08:15

Love all the cards here. Love the personal photos of you, I know how hard it is to take personal photos. Looks like you where having so much fun.

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Daniela April 10, 2016 - 08:23

Congrats..so wonderful cards!
Hughes daniela

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Donna Northcott April 10, 2016 - 10:14

Awesome cards thanks a bunch

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Gail Alcorn April 10, 2016 - 10:39

Just love your flower sets!

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Connie MacFarlane April 10, 2016 - 10:47

Congratulations! All of your cards are stunning!

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Rosali April 10, 2016 - 10:53

Amazing cards!! But I love most the personal photos you shared! You look like you are having so much fun! :)))

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Joni M April 10, 2016 - 11:02

Congrats on the 2 years! Altenew has such wonderful stamps! Here’s to many more years to come!

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Leah D'Auria April 10, 2016 - 11:13

Congratulations on your anniversary! Thanks so much for the wonderful products you’ve made and the community you’ve created. Love the pics!

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Shelley C April 10, 2016 - 12:14

Happy Birthday!! Love the over the moon card – an unlikely combination and beautiful card!

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Marty B April 10, 2016 - 12:21

So much amazing creativity! Happy happy happy!

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Gail Lew April 10, 2016 - 12:29

You all are amazing women. Congrats on your success

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lisa808 April 10, 2016 - 12:48

Stunning cards!

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