Hello friends! Welcome to the first day of our Crafty Friends Blog Hop!
Today we are celebrating friendships formed through our mutual love of everything crafty! Do you remember your first crafty friend?
Back when I started blogging about card-making in 2011, I didn't know many crafters, and my first few posts probably went unread :) Then there came along a person who started leaving comments frequently. Her comments were always well thought out expressing genuine interest in my work. I was very thankful for her words of kindness and encouragement.
We were both big fans of one particular challenge blog and submitted projects to almost every single of their new challenges. We were even chosen to be guest designers at the same time, and eventually ended up joining the design team of that challenge blog. I am sure some of you have already figured out which challenge blog I am speaking of :) It is non other than the Runway Inspired Challenge hosted by my friend and co-founder of Altenew, Jen!
As for my first crafty friend with whom I shared my journey of card-making, it was Wida Miller. We became friends six years ago, and even though I have yet to meet her in person, we still chat once in a while and send each other cards. I have a feeling we will meet each other some day, sooner rather than later. Wida doesn't blog anymore, but in memory of our days on the Runway, I decided to case one of my favorite cards of hers:Supplies: Doodle Blooms Die Set, Mango Smoothie dye ink, Handmade Tags Die Set, Bold Alphabet Die Set
You start out by making beautiful friendships online, then someday you meet these friends in person, and they are just as kind and genuine as you have thought them to be. This has been my experience from being a part of this beautiful community. I am grateful for all the wonderful individuals whom I have met through our mutual love of paper crafting, and I look forward to meeting more of you in the years to come!
I can't end this post without some pictures. Here are some shots of first-time meets with crafty friends from around the world:
Meeting Jen for the first time in December 2014
With sweet May, at CHA 2015
With my super creative friend Kelly Griglione, CHA 2015
With dear Taheerah and Jen, CHA 2016
Star stricken by the two stars next to me :) CHA 2016
With the one and only Jennifer Mcguire and Kathy Racoosin, need I say more? :) CHA 2016
With my beautiful friend Lydia, June 2016
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Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following prizes:
Jennifer McGuire Ink: 1 prize pack of three Altenew stamp sets
Online Card Classes: 3 class spots
Create and Craft TV: £50 gift certificate
My Sweet Petunia: Mini MISTI
Ellen Hutson LLC: $30 gift certificate
Pretty Pink Posh: $30 gift certificate
Simon Says Stamp: $30 gift certificate
Chameleon Pens: 1 pack of 5 Chameleon pens
Tombow USA: 1 pack of 10 dual brush pens
WOW! Embossing Powder: $25 gift certificate
Butterfly Reflections Ink: $25 gift certificate
Freckled Fawn: $20 gift certificate
Papercraft Magazines: One copy of each of the latest issues of four magazines
Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine: 1-year subscription
Be sure to leave comments by Friday, October 27th, 2017 at 11:59 PM EDT for a chance to win! 21 WINNERS will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of these blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on October 28th, 2017.
Your first stop on the hop is the talented Jennifer McGuire! Below is a complete list of the amazing designers/guests who are participating today:
Altenew Card Blog(you're here!)
Jennifer McGuire(your next stop!)
May Sukyong Park
Joni Nina Andaya
Simon Says Stamp
Yes I remember my first Crafty friend, and now we have a blog in common…
Thanks for this opportunity.
Nunzia from Italy.
Off to hop hop hop!!!
Thank you Altenew and all the designers and artists who participate in this awesome blog hop.
I found new inspirations, great tips and the friendliness of the great craft community, it felt like a warm blanket on a cold winter day.
So awesome! I love Altenew stamps and inks! So glad this company has come to be and created such unique stamps to play with!!! ??
This company is amazing. I love the inks…so many possibilities and they blend super well.
What a fun card!
What a beautiful memory and I really enjoyed your pictures! You are one lucky lady to have met sooo many wonderful ladies! I have made quit a few crafty friends and met a couple that have won my heart for a life time. I consider these ladies not only friends but family….sisters if I may. The community of scrapbookers/cardmakers are the kindest people you would ever want to meet! Thank you for sharing your story! <3
I’m encouraged by your story. It’s amazing how something as simple as crafts bring people together. Very nice!
Love all the pictures! It’s amazing how crafting can unite so many around the world!
Such an adorable card! And wonderful pictures of meet-ups! I was introduced to the paper crafting world by a good friend (who blogged for a little while, but has since ended her blog) and I have since met some wonderful people in my area who are fabulous crafters and fabulous friends. I can’t wait to start hopping!
I had fun hopping through. Thank you for putting this together.
Hello! I am new to stamping and Altenew and I have enjoyed reading some history on the company! Thanks for sharing and I look forward to learning more. :)
Love all my Altenew stamps!
What a beautiful friendship and story.
Crafty friends are the best !!! I have made some great ones over the years, both in person and online. :)
Loved the blog hop. I took my time, checking out the videos and reading through the blog post. It is so wonderful to know how crafting has touched all our lives positively.
Loved looking at those photos of crafty friendships! :)
Cool idea to die cut the background. I have a few special friends that have continued to stamp together for more than 15 years. It’s always great meeting new friends though.
What an a big party and big list of creative crafty ladies.altenew makes our life a lovely different..
My best crafty friend is my mom! We talk, laugh and cry when we make our cards. And we always must have the swedish fika!
Thanks for a great hop. Lots of beautiful inspiration.
Thank you for the opportunity! My best crafting friend is my daughter. We share a similar taste in stamps, cookies, etc. and love working together!
such a lovely post and I have met so many amazing people in our crafty community …
thank you for the chance to win.
Beautiful posts. My niece is crafty, but I haven’t made any crafty friends yet. I’m just getting started in this crafty/creativeworld.
I love Altnew stamps. They are all amazing. My wonderful crafty friends are so supportive of my journey.
Altnew is a new experience for me. Love your blog hop! So many wonderful designers and inspiration. I’m really enjoying myself!
Love your story. Most of my crafty friends are online as well. I’ve not been able to connect with any nearby. Thank you so much for a wonderful hop. You’re stamps are stunning and some of my favorites!
I really enjoyed reading this blog! Thank you for the inspiration and opportunity to enter your giveaway!
So many amazing people on this blog hop! :)
Enjoying this blog hop!
Enjoying the blog hop today.
Enjoying the blog hop and all the inspiration, great artwork and new ideas.
Loved This blog hop! Hope you can meet your crafty friend “Wida” someday. Thanks for the inspiration.
Thank you for the wonderful blog hop!
I love Altenew stamps, they are gorgeous. I am hoping to try the inks soon. Thanks for the great blog hop and the contest.
Yes. I remember my first crafty friend!
My first crafty friend lives in another state and doesn’t craft anymore because she focuses any spare time on her grandson. Miss our time together!
Thanks I always enjoy the cards and hops