Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 1 + Giveaway

by May Sukyong Park

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
Keeway Tsao
Svitlana Shayevich
Galina Filippenko
Amy Sheffer
Papercraft Magazines
Taheerah Atchia
Joni Nina Andaya
Virginia Lu
Simon Says Stamp
Enza Gudor
Nina-Marie Trapani
Lilith Eeckels
Laurel Beard
Chameleon Pens
Vicky Papaioannou
Erum Tasneem
Laurie Schmidlin
Carissa Wiley



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Janet Ingraham October 17, 2017 - 09:11

Your card made me smile. I love the texture and bright yellow…I thought, “this is a door to something happy.”

Tasnim October 17, 2017 - 09:13

I thought it looked like a door as well! I didn’t meant it to be when I placed the tag there, but it was a happy coincidence :)

_chevron2 October 17, 2017 - 09:14

Such a clean but yet detailed card!

Kelli Cool October 17, 2017 - 09:21

love that card! clean and elegant!

Sonia J October 17, 2017 - 09:31

Beautiful card and such an even more beautiful story! I love reading positive and nice things like this! :) Thanks for sharing and for the awesome blog hop! Crafty friends are the best of friends!

Joyce October 17, 2017 - 09:33

Love hearing about crafty friendships, such a great community!

Maria Giselle October 17, 2017 - 09:33

Your story is such an inspiration! I started blogging 2012. It truly is an enjoyable journey.

tammybutz October 17, 2017 - 09:34

What an amazing story. I started following Altenew when I first saw cards made using Painted Flowers stamp set. That was the first Altenew stamp set purchased and more followed. I love how intricate your stamps are yet simple to use. Thanks!

Kristen October 17, 2017 - 09:38

Such a simple pretty card! Very elegant. I love the pop of yellow, so bright and fun

Barbara Martin October 17, 2017 - 09:39

Love all the Altenew stamps. My first was the moon stamp.

Mona Tóth October 17, 2017 - 09:40

I love your story, and your card too <3 :) I love altenew products!

Neudorf Terry October 17, 2017 - 09:40

Beautiful card and a wonderful story too.

Riecy October 17, 2017 - 09:41

Lovely card! And enjoyed hearing your story. I am looking forward to the rest of this blog hop!

Laurel Pierce October 17, 2017 - 09:42

What a great blog post. I have so many crafty friehds that support and help me. I don’t see them as often as i used to, but we still get togerher when we can.

Sharon O October 17, 2017 - 09:42

Love your card and your story! Continued success.

Janet Swanlady21 October 17, 2017 - 09:47

A great celebration of friendship … Crafty friends are wonderful! Such a happy card with the yellow message and tag.

Dori Valdes October 17, 2017 - 09:47

Love reading about these wonderful stories of crafty friends. In addition to the beautiful-inspirational cards, my heart is filled with the kindness being spread in this community.

Susan Young October 17, 2017 - 09:51

Great back story. Celebrate life and friends. and a happy card too!

Debbie Rumpza October 17, 2017 - 09:53

Beautiful card and what a great way to celebrate friends… with a hop!

Natalie October 17, 2017 - 09:54

Love Altenew dies!

Kailash October 17, 2017 - 09:54

A beautiful card to celebrate friendship with your crafty friend. Love seeing all these photos and hearing your story about your wonderful friends!!!

Julie Harp October 17, 2017 - 09:57

Gorgeous card – love your story about crafty friends:)

Linda M. October 17, 2017 - 09:59

Beautiful, but si ole card. Love it!

Mary Jo Stewart October 17, 2017 - 09:59

Great giveaways! I have loved Altenew stamps for a long time. I am always amazed at how lovely my cards turn out because of your ingenious layering! I am now loving the stencils, too!

Donnalee October 17, 2017 - 10:00

Love! Love! Love!

Sandy October 17, 2017 - 10:01

Bright and fun card. I so love to make cards and papercraft projects!

Donna knipfer October 17, 2017 - 10:01

Crafting friends are the best friends…thanks for sharing your story.

pamboe October 17, 2017 - 10:06

Nothing compares to spending time with a friend crafting and talking. We always find we have much more in common than crafting. Crafters are good people.

Marie Becker October 17, 2017 - 10:06

Thanks for sharing your story and creativity! Love the Altenew products.

Renuka October 17, 2017 - 10:10

So nice to here your story, it brought smile to my face. The card is gorgeous..

Pam Wells October 17, 2017 - 10:12

Thanks for sharing your pics and story! Love altnew!

Miriam Romero October 17, 2017 - 10:13

I admire all the beautiful cards made with Altenew stamps!!!

Andrea S. October 17, 2017 - 10:14

Great card! Love the bright yellow and the smile it brought to my face.

Wendy Bernhardt October 17, 2017 - 10:14

Beautiful happy door, so clever!

Joyce Soo Hoo October 17, 2017 - 10:17

Altenew has best stamps , dies, and ink pads. Love the card.

Leigh Pescatore October 17, 2017 - 10:18

This technique is so beautiful! Simple and elegant!

Tara Prince October 17, 2017 - 10:20

Beautiful card! I love the pop of color and I too thought it looked like a door!

Jody V October 17, 2017 - 10:20

Beautiful card and story. I love Altenew stamp sets. Thanks.

Christie Brooks October 17, 2017 - 10:20

I love when crafts have a story behind them. Your physical path with another crafter may never exist, but spiritually, we all can find love in each other! Cute card.

Toni Gillette October 17, 2017 - 10:20

The card is very refreshing. I loved ready your story. With everything going on in the world right now it is heartwarming to hear of friendships made by crafting! Thank you.

PamR October 17, 2017 - 10:20

Awesome card! Love the simplicity!

LauraJane:) October 17, 2017 - 10:21

Oh Tasnim, I miss WIDA so much in the Card making world! Her unique style is refreshing, thanks for bringing a hint of it back today:)) Someday I hope to meet YOU, Jen and May in person too!

Tasnim October 17, 2017 - 12:11

I hope to meet you too! and yes, I miss Wida’s presence in the blog sphere as well.

Renee Drew October 17, 2017 - 10:21

Such a gorgeous card, and a charming story behind it! Crafty friends are the best friends!

Cindi Hall October 17, 2017 - 10:21

I love Altenew and would love to win anything from you! Thanks for the chance to win, you have such gorgeous floral stamps and I love to color or paint them with my watercolors.

Regine October 17, 2017 - 10:22

Thanks so much for the opportunity. Love the Alt&New products, especially your layering stamps!

Hussena October 17, 2017 - 10:22

What a beautiful story.Thank you for sharing it with us.Truly crafty friends are the best. I absolutely love your card too it’s beautiful like all your work always is Tasnim ❤

Kelly Martin October 17, 2017 - 10:24

Loved hearing your story! This community is all about kindness and inspiration, and I love that!

Tracey Magner October 17, 2017 - 10:26

What a beautiful story, I enjoyed reading about your crafting journey and all the wonderful friends you have met, you are truly blessed!! I have been crafting for over 20 years and sadly have not had your wonderful experience, I have not made any friendships in all those years I don’t know why, wish I did because I am disabled so I don’t leave my house or even go outside so it would be so awesome to have made some crafty friends, anyways I guess I told you this to know how truly BLESSED you are.The card is so pretty, I love the pop of yellow on it. What a great Blog Hop you have set up, looks like fun. Thanks.

Jean Ann October 17, 2017 - 10:26

I always look forward to Altenew emails and the fresh creativity. Thx

Jennifer F. October 17, 2017 - 10:26

This is very inspiring! I’m new to the community of card making. I started in 2012 did not get into the the online and reading other bloggers this year. I hope one of these days to meet the community of crafters as well. Thank you for sharing!

Marcia Scantlin October 17, 2017 - 10:27

You’ve come a long way, baby!

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