Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

by Tasnim

Crafty Friends Blog Hop GraphicHello, friends! Welcome to the first day of our Crafty Friends Blog Hop!

Today, we are celebrating the beautiful friendships formed through our mutual love of crafting! Ever since I started designing cards and sharing them on my blog, I have met a lot of talented crafters who inspire me in different ways.

Today's project was inspired by two beautiful people whose amazing talent at embroidery always leaves me in awe. Leigh Houston does extraordinary cross-stitch and needlepoint patterns on cards, and Laura Jane‘s embroidery on stamped images is simply stunning.

I thought I would give needlepoint embroidery a try, and I must say, I respect the patience and talent of all who embroider! Please excuse my rudimentary attempt at this:

Embroidery persian motifsI used an image from the Persian Motifs Stamp Set and stamped it on a piece of gray felt using Permanent Black Ink. I then proceeded with stitching using metallic gold thread and some embroidery floss.

Embroidery persian motifs close up

Once the embroidery was done, I used the largest circle die from Halftone Circles Nesting Die Set to cut out the stitched piece. I also cut out a black frame using the Create-A-Wreath Die Set and used it to mat my felt piece. To finish the card, I stamped a sentiment from Needlework Motifs Stamp Set on a strip of white cardstock and adhered it diagonally using foam tape.

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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 the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018.

Your first stop on the hop is the fabulous Jennifer McGuire!

Blog Hop:

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

May Sukyong Park

My Sweet Petunia

Kathy Racoosin

Norine Borys

Chameleon Art Products

Svitlana Shayevich

Kristina Pokazanieva

Raquel Bowman

Keeway Tsao

Butterfly Reflections Ink

Virginia Lu

Laura Jane

Simon Says Stamp

Lilith Eeckels

Dana Gong

Alex Syberia

Stamp & Scrapbook Expo

Zinia Redo

Jessica Frost-Ballas

Zsoka Marko

Meghann Andrew

Kay Miller


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Lisa Byers November 29, 2018 - 9:04 AM

Wow!! Sounds exciting!! Lets start hopping!!

Heather Whyte November 29, 2018 - 9:08 AM

Super excited!

Isabel Z November 29, 2018 - 9:09 AM

I am always so inspired by your creations–thank you.

Liz J November 29, 2018 - 9:15 AM

The Altenew samples are very inspiring!

Stacy White November 29, 2018 - 9:15 AM

You are brave. I do not have the patience for embroidery. Your card is beautiful! Great prizes too!

Dani Chapman November 29, 2018 - 9:16 AM

What fun! Thanks for the inspiration and giveaways!!

Kim November 29, 2018 - 9:16 AM

I never thought about stamping, then stitching on felt. Wonderful idea! Thank you!

hsmom24kids November 29, 2018 - 9:17 AM

What a beautiful embroidered card! I love the coziness that the felt adds!

Donna Hain November 29, 2018 - 9:20 AM

In my comfortable spot with my favorite cup of tea, ready to hop, hop, hop. Can’t wait to see and hear all you have to offer on your blog. This is going to be wonderful.

Dani Chapman November 29, 2018 - 9:24 AM

What fun! Thank you for the lovely inspiration and the giveaways!!

Caroline November 29, 2018 - 9:28 AM

Oh what fun!

Angela Reed November 29, 2018 - 9:29 AM

Oh they are so beautiful and I know the hard work that goes into such needlework.

Drena Putz November 29, 2018 - 9:30 AM

This sounds like so much fun! Can’t wait to see everything on the hop! Thanks!!

Michelle Paul November 29, 2018 - 9:34 AM

I am looking forward to the great card designs.

Carol Schamerloh November 29, 2018 - 9:39 AM

Looking forward to seeing lots of new ideas!

Claire Hamer November 29, 2018 - 9:41 AM

Looking forward to all the inspiration.

Tara Prince November 29, 2018 - 9:43 AM

So much fun!!

Nancy Fisher November 29, 2018 - 9:46 AM

It’s amazing to see the creativity of crafters and the unique ways they use products. Love it!

Christy Hawkins November 29, 2018 - 9:47 AM

Ready to hop! What a great start!

Patti Auber November 29, 2018 - 9:57 AM

What fun! Love Altenew products! I’m a new-ish customer, and everything I’ve gotten so far has been really excellent! I will be adding more of Altenew’s unique products to my collection!

Sharon O November 29, 2018 - 9:59 AM

Beautiful card! Combining needlework with paper crafting is a win-win!

Kristen November 29, 2018 - 10:01 AM

Beautiful card! I’ve always wanted to try card embroidery.

Linda Chalou November 29, 2018 - 10:02 AM

Stunning inspiration!!!

Kay E. Caviness November 29, 2018 - 10:02 AM

I love combining needdlework and stamping. The best of both worlds!

Daniela May November 29, 2018 - 10:07 AM

It sounds like fun – I tried my hand a stitching on paper so love to see other people’s ideas and designs xx

Vivian C November 29, 2018 - 10:08 AM

What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing.

Angela November 29, 2018 - 10:13 AM

I have never thought of using embroidery in my cards. Thank you for the new ideas.

Katrin Walker November 29, 2018 - 10:17 AM

I used to be obsessed with cross stitching .. I never made the leap of adding it to my cards.. I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!

debbie d November 29, 2018 - 10:23 AM

awesome! not sure I could give that card away after all the work. looking forward to seeing the rest of the blog hop after that wonderful start

pipwink November 29, 2018 - 10:25 AM

What a great way to use a beautiful stamp! Thank you for the inspiration!

Donnalee Boisseau November 29, 2018 - 10:31 AM

I might have to try cross stitching now!

barbara lassiter November 29, 2018 - 10:32 AM

One of my first needlework craft endeavors was crewel embroidery and your card reminds me of that and it’s lovely! What goes round comes around, I guess. This is fun and a super blog hop!

Angie D November 29, 2018 - 10:35 AM

It would be the inspiration of a lifetime to create something wonderful with any of the above mentioned giveaway prizes . . Thank you for the opportunity.

Michelle Varol November 29, 2018 - 10:37 AM

Wow.. that is stunning.. wow..

Anne H. November 29, 2018 - 10:41 AM

Nice job with the embroidery!! What a great way to use stamps! Love!!

Kathryn A November 29, 2018 - 10:42 AM

Wonderful embroidery!

Cathy M November 29, 2018 - 10:44 AM

This is lovely!

Krista D November 29, 2018 - 10:45 AM

Amazing inspiration. Looking forward to the blog hop.

Heather Broadnax November 29, 2018 - 10:45 AM

So beautiful!!

Mary G November 29, 2018 - 10:46 AM

Beautiful card – embroidery is time consuming, and I’d do it for a super special occasion. My mom used to embroider pillow cases and I still have them to this day. Never thought to try it with stamps (she had pretty iron-on’s), but that is what your post has done. Thank you!

Sue D November 29, 2018 - 10:51 AM

So pretty. Love the stitching!

Karen F. November 29, 2018 - 10:53 AM

I love embroidery and stamping, so this is a beautiful combination of the two!

Ellie Wilkins November 29, 2018 - 10:53 AM

Whoa! Really cool idea. Not one that I would try…but STILL! WOW!

Jan Metcalf November 29, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Very creative, so many ways to use your products!!

Brenda Kuder November 29, 2018 - 10:57 AM

Your flower is very beautiful!

Joy Meadows November 29, 2018 - 10:58 AM

Your stitched card is very pretty! I used to embroider a lot, but haven’t done so in many years. Can’t wait to see what the other gals have made.

HelenK November 29, 2018 - 10:58 AM

I have a great admiration for anyone doing needlework do well done Tasnim! I used to embroider in cross stitch mainly but I do not have the patience – that’s one of the reasons I love stamping, you get very quick results!

Rhonda Strickland November 29, 2018 - 11:01 AM

This REALLY is an exciting blog hop, with super prizes! This embroidery hoop is spectacular. Extra beautiful detail. :o)

DebSelby November 29, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Wow. Your card is lovely. To have something post worthy in embroidery is remarkable.

creativeunblock November 29, 2018 - 11:02 AM

Wow, your embroidered card is gorgeous! Well done!

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