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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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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Kayla D April 10, 2016 - 12:54

You all are so cute together and it was fun to see a more personal moment between you guys. The cards are gorgeous as well and I absolutely love the moon card. It’s such a different combination of images but they work really well!

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Brenda April 10, 2016 - 13:05

Love all your cards – the happy birthday one with the roses is my favorite.

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laura mm April 10, 2016 - 13:13

Lovely cards & fun photos! Thanks for sharing :)

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Carol Eshleman April 10, 2016 - 13:16

All jobs should be so fun as yours. You all look so happy and excited. Thank you for all your inspiration.

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Tami G April 10, 2016 - 13:31

Beautiful cards!!! Hard to pick a favorite.

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Roberta April 10, 2016 - 13:55

Love your cards! Great coloring and composition!

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Patricia Henk April 10, 2016 - 15:12

I love the pics, forsythia is always a welcome site, reminds me that winter will soon be over, and spring is on the way. The penned rose is also a welcome site and a foretaste of summer.

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Kajcyika April 10, 2016 - 15:34

Lovely :)
I have to say that I love your photos, you all look so happy :)

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Isabel Z April 10, 2016 - 15:58

I’m always inspired by your creations. Thank you.

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Barbara Martin April 10, 2016 - 15:58

Love the fun pictures! Happy Anniversary!

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Gretchen Wilson April 10, 2016 - 16:30

The photos are just great, shows a lot of love going on there. This has been a great day for hopping and learning so much more about your stamps and what can be done with them.Thank you very much!

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Lizzie April 10, 2016 - 16:59

Absolutely gorgeous cards!! :)

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Carrie R. April 10, 2016 - 17:02

I love all your cards and I especially am excited for the new floral stamp coming out. The sneak peak was awesome!

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stephanie April 10, 2016 - 17:02

so many wonderful cards, can’t make a decision.
i really love the stamps of your company, unfortunately they are hard to buy in germany……..
for month i am trying to buy the peonie and the lily-stamps set……….

lovely greetings from gemany

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Shona Chambers April 10, 2016 - 17:48

LOL, love the photos!! You always look like you have so much fun together. And these cards are all gorgeous, especially the yellow and black design, amazing!!

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Taunya Butler April 10, 2016 - 17:51

AMAZING cards – each one just shows the Altenew products at their best!!

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Lin Rose April 10, 2016 - 18:22

Beautiful cards!!! And the colors went great with the theme my favorite is the moon with the flower. :)

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Melissa Friedrich April 10, 2016 - 19:36

All beautiful cards, love your card AND stamp set designs! Congrats!

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Steffi Broocks April 10, 2016 - 19:37

Wow – what a great blog hop and amazing reason to celebrate! Congrats for 2 years!

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Kelsey April 10, 2016 - 19:42

Love the cityscape card, so colorful :)

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Dee April 10, 2016 - 20:34

Love all your stamps and dies. I just wish they were in stock when I am ready to place an order. You make beautiful stamps. Thank you!

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Jenny Martin April 10, 2016 - 21:46

Gorgeous cards! I’ve been enjoying this hop and now I think I need to hop to my craft desk and start using my Altenew stamps! Fun pics too:)

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Carol MJS April 10, 2016 - 23:02

Amazing cards and fun photos!

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Farhana Sarker April 10, 2016 - 23:56

Amazing cards as always!!

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Patti K April 11, 2016 - 00:16

Great cards!

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super stick chick April 11, 2016 - 00:33

Fabulous cards! And those photos are priceless!!!

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Betty N April 11, 2016 - 01:03

Fabulous cards, and nice to see the photos!

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Kristiina April 11, 2016 - 01:31

Lovely cards, your script and sentiment stamps are awesome!

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Kelly Laher April 11, 2016 - 02:30

I am in love with your stamps!

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Sandy Small April 11, 2016 - 03:47

Thanks for sharing, the pics are great!

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Cristina franzoso April 11, 2016 - 04:10

Like the flowers on this cards! :)

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Nandini April 11, 2016 - 06:13

The sneak preview has made me really curious about the new release. Looks like it is going to be another fantastic one! The blog hop has been very inspiring and I have thoroughly enjoyed both days. One of the things I love about Altenew is the great DT who always present each stamp set in so many creative ways. I think the great stamp designs really inspire the DT as well!

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Beth Holt April 11, 2016 - 09:12

Love these!

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Vicky April 11, 2016 - 09:44

I am so enjoying these blog hops. Such talented designers and gorgeous stamps.

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CraftedBySteph April 11, 2016 - 10:09

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALTENEW!!! I recently bought my first stamps from you and now I’m absolutely hooked! I aboslutely LOVE your stamps!! They are so versatile, my creativity got a real boost! This bloghop is amazing, the designers are soo talented and I love seeing all those projects with your amazing products! Keep on doing what you’re doing – it’s awesome! Can’t wait to get my hands on the new release!!
Yours, Steph
http://www.CraftedBySteph.blogspot.com

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Kim Potts April 11, 2016 - 10:36

Happy Birthday and Congratulations again!

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Cindy Matthews April 11, 2016 - 11:15

Love the gold and black card – love that idea! Simply must do that with my Altenew Stamps!

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Carrie Sheridan April 11, 2016 - 11:23

Happy Anniversary! Lovely projects!

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Linda Edwards April 11, 2016 - 11:54

Gorgeous cards! Love the photos of you girls!

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Dana M April 11, 2016 - 12:08

Amazing cards. Looks like you are having too much fun in the pictures. Happy Birthday!

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Cyndee Scholet April 11, 2016 - 12:09

What a great job on all your cards! I like the cityscape with the beautiful watercolor background and the flower collage.

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Kristie Maynard April 11, 2016 - 12:11

Another fabulous hop. Thanks for all the inspiration and fabulous ideas.

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Debbie Peysen April 11, 2016 - 12:39

Awesome cards. I love the moon and flower card. What a great combo. Happy Anniversary to both of you and Altenew. Altenew is my favorite stamp company. I can not believe it has been only two years. Thank you for all the awesome stamps and your awesome team. I really have learned so much from all the team from all over the world. I have a bookmark on my favorites that says Altenew team. Sorry so long

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Alexia M. April 11, 2016 - 13:34

Love the bright colors you used on the projects, very eye-catching! Always love Atlenew stamps!

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ann April 11, 2016 - 14:31

Gret cards love color combo

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Cris G. April 11, 2016 - 14:35

Happy 2nd Anniversary, Altenew! You sure are a fun and talented team! Wish you all the best for years to come!

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eliza April 11, 2016 - 14:42

This is so exciting! I love everything I’m seeing!

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ERMA PETERSON April 11, 2016 - 14:58

Absolutely gorgeous! Everything that you do!

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ERMA PETERSON April 11, 2016 - 14:59

I am a huge fan

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Olga Moss April 11, 2016 - 15:56

I shed a few tears when I saw photos of girls. Cardmaking unites us all around the world. And you promote your example and open the talents. thank you

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