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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ohhh snap December 1, 2018 - 7:31 AM

I love a craft mash up ?

Teri W December 1, 2018 - 7:51 AM

What a unique use for stamps! Hadn’t thought of that!

Kyara December 1, 2018 - 9:00 AM


penny reinhart December 1, 2018 - 9:07 AM

wonderful project and enjoyed the hop along with all the other designers projects thanks for sharing

Lisa luuvision December 1, 2018 - 9:43 AM

Wow!! Such a beautiful card! The embroidery is wonderful!

Natasha Louissaint December 1, 2018 - 11:58 AM

This embroidered card is really interesting

Cynthia Cole December 1, 2018 - 12:20 PM

I think your embroidered card is beautifully done!

Mirella Rogan December 1, 2018 - 1:22 PM

Whoop whoop, what a line up for a blog hop! Can’t wait to hop along and see all the gorgeous inspiration. Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors – you rock!

M. Ingibergsson December 1, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Your card looks like kindness.

Annalisa December 1, 2018 - 4:19 PM

I love the whole idea of this bloghop, since being inspired by other crafters is why I follow all of you! Also it’s so interesting to see how people adapt to their own style, especially because I’m still trying to find my style. Also, the Persian Motifs set was one of the first ones I got from Altenew, and it’s still one of my faves. Thanks for putting together this awesome event!

dannscraftingwhims December 1, 2018 - 4:45 PM

I have long wanted to do some stitching with some of my Altenew stamps. This looks so great, perhaps it will give me the jumpstart I need to get going. Thanks for the inspiration and for sponsoring this fun hop!

Lee Brett December 1, 2018 - 4:51 PM

I have learned several techniques going through this blog hop which has me fidgity to begin trying them. Thanks for this wonderfully themed hop–Crafty Friends.

Marisela Delgado December 1, 2018 - 6:19 PM

Fabulous giveaway! So excited at a chance to win. =)

julie m December 1, 2018 - 6:23 PM

like the needlepoint. persian motifs is one of my favorite sets

Carole Velez December 1, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Love all the creative ideas from you gals. Inspired me to go back and do card making again!!! Thanks to all!!!

Yasmine Omar December 1, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Wow! Awesome giveaway! This embroidered card is so gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

Lindarub December 1, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Love the embroidery on your card!

Monica W December 1, 2018 - 11:06 PM

That embroidered card is gorgeous! And the giveaway is super!

Sindhu December 2, 2018 - 8:15 AM

Beautiful card…love the embroidery…

mjmarmo December 2, 2018 - 10:04 AM

What a lovely card!

mjmarmo December 2, 2018 - 10:15 AM

Thank you for an amazing hop!!

Nancy Lee December 2, 2018 - 11:23 AM

What a beautiful card. I can cross stitch but that’s about it!

mary Haynes December 2, 2018 - 12:37 PM

Pretty card.

Sarah Williamson December 2, 2018 - 1:35 PM

I don’t know that I would ever try this, but it looks great!

Deepa Robbins December 2, 2018 - 1:49 PM

I love how the embroidery looks. I will have to try this technique some time!

memalagene December 2, 2018 - 4:31 PM

What a lovely way to enhance this stamp, your embroidery is beautiful!

Melinda Brown December 2, 2018 - 4:40 PM

I love these giveaways for two reasons. 1. You show me so many talented artists and give me such a great plethera of new ideas to try out! 2. I have a chance to win free stuff. Thank you!!

Cathy L December 2, 2018 - 5:59 PM

So pretty

Melanie Amaya December 2, 2018 - 7:45 PM

I think you did great for the 1st time. Beautiful card.

Rebekah A. December 2, 2018 - 10:26 PM

Wow, I never even thought to do something like this! It’s really cool!

Greta H December 2, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Incredible stitching!

Sherri Myers December 3, 2018 - 4:11 AM

What a great idea, I would like to try it for cross stitching.

April W. December 3, 2018 - 10:22 AM

Oh wow! This is beautiful! I commend you for trying this. I do not like sewing of any kind because i know how long this takes. great job!

Sherri December 3, 2018 - 11:20 AM

Great needlepoint concept!

Lisa Byers December 3, 2018 - 11:32 AM

Wonderful card. I do cross-stitch, but I never thought about mixing the two.

Carmela December 3, 2018 - 9:19 PM

Lovely embroidery! I do love Laura Jane’s work!!

Susan H. December 3, 2018 - 9:46 PM

Very nice!

Gail Plaskiewicz December 3, 2018 - 10:19 PM

When I was in high school I had to learn to do embroidery for my home ec class & a grade. I didn’t know my mom did embroidery before she was married so she showed me stitches & I got an A & a love for embroidery, which is why I love your card! I never thought you could do embroidery on a card so I am doubly impressed! Great job!

Bianca Prato December 4, 2018 - 2:12 AM

So happy I stumbled upon this blog hop. So many inspiring creators all in one place!

Angela T December 4, 2018 - 7:56 PM

I love the incorporation of the stitching

Raga Senthil December 5, 2018 - 8:10 AM

Wonderful card!! Love your embroidery !!

Nan Spier December 5, 2018 - 11:45 AM

Holy cow! That’s a lotta work, but it is gorgeous.

Stacey Kowbel December 5, 2018 - 12:07 PM

Such a beautiful card! I love the needlework!

Linnea Sundstrom December 5, 2018 - 6:34 PM

wonderful get-together!

Jane Booth December 6, 2018 - 1:46 AM

Wow! I haven’t done embroidery in many moons! And really never thought about translating my love of stamping to that medium! IF I can unearth my embroidery thread I may have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing!

Subhashini December 6, 2018 - 3:58 AM

Combinig embroidery with cardmaking is clever

Chandhini S December 6, 2018 - 4:43 AM

Lovely card

Jess K December 6, 2018 - 12:41 PM

I love the uniqueness of the embroidery on the card. Great idea!!

mandalj December 7, 2018 - 6:39 AM

I think your embroidery looks great, but I wouldn’t have the patience for it!

Julie Shearer December 8, 2018 - 2:08 PM

Absolutely beautiful!

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