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


FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS at checkout. Offer valid from October 17th at 12:01 am EDT through October 19th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.


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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Susan O October 18, 2017 - 23:10

This is pretty glad you shared!

Regina October 18, 2017 - 23:21

Where have you been all my life? Just discovered Altenew and wow I’m amazed. Taking my card making to a whole new level..

Amy Wazwaz October 18, 2017 - 23:25

I got the rose set recently and wow now a blog to give me more ideas on how to use it. I need to order some inks. I think I will do that with free shipping. How I need to win that gift certificate and get more inks. Thanks.

Edy October 18, 2017 - 23:28

Just purchased the bold alphabet die set. Love it!!

Lisa October 18, 2017 - 23:30

I’m just starting to collect clear stamps and Altenew. Yes, amazing to connect with others with creative interests. Much appreciated

asra k October 19, 2017 - 00:53


Efrat S. October 19, 2017 - 00:54

Amazing journey and friends.

Vickie Thornton October 19, 2017 - 01:20

I love your stamps and ideas!

Renate Harrison October 19, 2017 - 01:28

I’m addicted!.

Carol Ric October 19, 2017 - 01:38

Love your stamps.

Joan Howard October 19, 2017 - 01:56

Such an interesting card! Thanks for sharing!

Eve October 19, 2017 - 02:22

Love no stamp but die cuts! Great card!

Margery C October 19, 2017 - 02:27

Thank you for the wonderful blog hop! Love the simple beauty of your card.

Susan Keanini Hickman October 19, 2017 - 02:28

New to Altenew, so glad I found you!

Yvonne B. October 19, 2017 - 02:50

I really enjoyed reading your story and seeing the photos. Altenew stamps are so beautiful! Thanks so much for all you do.

JeannaW October 19, 2017 - 04:09

Such a lovely idea for this blog hop! Thank you for sharing this story and beautiful photos of such talanted ladies!

vickie peterson October 19, 2017 - 04:34

Watching Jennifer McGuire i found altenew and i just love all the creations and stamps……i follow Lydia and love her imagination…….love your company….

Tina H October 19, 2017 - 04:49

Love the Altenew products!! They give each card a real WOW factor!!

Catherine Lee October 19, 2017 - 04:56

The blog hop is great! I’m so glad to have been led to your blog to be inspired. Thank you for sharing!

Rebecca Brewer October 19, 2017 - 05:04

I have just begun card making and am slowly collecting my supplies. I see so many beautiful stamp and die sets. Altenew has such beautiful products and I love how they always show examples of them. They are so helpful in deciding on the product. Thank you Altenew. Love this stroy of friendship over the web, Jennifer is my inspiration for card making.

Karen Weale October 19, 2017 - 05:06

Lovely prizes by some awesome people and companies. The blog hop is so inspiring, as it shows different styles and approaches using the same products. I would be over the moon if I was lucky enough to be drawn for a prize.

Dawn Jones October 19, 2017 - 05:47

I just finished the blog hop and am amazed at the variety of artwork by such beautiful women. Keep up the great work of inspiring future artists and keep producing beautiful new products to inspire us.

Arianna Barbara October 19, 2017 - 05:58

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos and for the chance to win these stunning prizes!!!

Susanne W October 19, 2017 - 06:09

Crafty friends are absolutely the best friends!

But, Altenew stamps are also my best friend because I don´t have to fiddle with colouring (markers/water colours etc)

Sharon Taylor October 19, 2017 - 06:38

Thanks for the opportunity. I love Altenew stamps, especially the layered flowers sets.

Janet Fulcher October 19, 2017 - 06:52

Love your stamps.

Christina Dauven October 19, 2017 - 07:04

I am in love with your stamps specially the layered sets but I always have to order your stamptember sets upon release.

Wendi A Gottsegen October 19, 2017 - 07:07

I only recently found Alteneew but I am making up for lost time by ordering lots of wonderful new products. I just love your stamos and dies and can’t wait to see what the future will bring! Thank you for such awe inspiring work@

Maribel Ruiz October 19, 2017 - 07:14

Thank you. I hope to visit your shop one day! I need everything!! So much fun!!

Jill Sharp October 19, 2017 - 07:24

For many years I have met regularly with my crafting friends and we share lifes triumphs and trials at the same time as we share inks, stamps and embossing powders. Thank you for such wonderful products and for sharing your friends with us.

Laurie Higgins October 19, 2017 - 08:15

I love Altnew stamps! This is going to be a fun blog to follow. Thanks for the change to win.

Robin Keith October 19, 2017 - 08:17

I love that this industry has created such wonderful friendships. Thanks for the chance to win!

Barbara S October 19, 2017 - 08:28

Thanks so much for all you do to keep crafting alive for so many people. Whether working with friends or creating alone, your stamps, inks and ideas are a real inspiration to everyone.

Shari Czerwinski October 19, 2017 - 09:03

Where have you been all my life? I just found Altenew last week. Thanks for the great products, blog hop, inspiration, and giveaway!

Beverly Jordan October 19, 2017 - 09:16

Tasmin, your card is textural overload and wonderful!! Love that card making and scrapbooking brings women together and we make lifelong friends from it! I too am in love with all things Altenew and am headed to a weekend retreat with my dear friends, too! Thanks for the fresh inspiration to get us motivated!

Linda B October 19, 2017 - 09:38

So interesting reading Tasmin’s post about car making friends. Loved seeing the pictures of your cardmaking friends. It is such a special community of neat caring people.

Kathy S October 19, 2017 - 10:15

I feel a sense of community with all persons who share their crafting and creative ideas on line. Thank you all for your inspiration.

Doris B. Barrow October 19, 2017 - 10:24

Love your post about how you met. Social media has made a great big world into a great community. Love your card and really appreciate your ideas.

Jennifer Archambault October 19, 2017 - 11:02

Your story was lovely and your card design is very inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

Jeannette Ledin October 19, 2017 - 11:11

Well fiddle. Not sure if I did day one or day two. Have to go back and figure it out. I’m such a ditz sometimes.

Broni October 19, 2017 - 12:00

It was wonderful to see photos of your friendships through our great crafting industry! I love your company and your products!

Erika Z October 19, 2017 - 12:00

I love your stamps!

Barb McCarthy October 19, 2017 - 12:01

What a fun beginning of your creative journey! Thanks so much for sharing! Love your designs, so creative!

Drifa Margret Gudbjornsdottir October 19, 2017 - 12:38

Oh, how fun this will be ?

Gotta go…. got lots of interesting bloghop to do ?

michelle sullivan October 19, 2017 - 12:47

I love the Altenew products! Loving the alyering sets and excited to try some inks too . thank you for all that you do!

Sandy Owen October 19, 2017 - 12:48

Your card is quite eye-catching. I love the background die cutting… it gives so much depth and texture to your card, as well as the yellow arch and HI.

LMendez October 19, 2017 - 14:08

I really love your products and seeing all the creations made with them. Wish my job would allow me to play at creating cards all day and everyday. Keep it coming!!!!

Susan O'Halloran October 19, 2017 - 14:17

Lovely story! Thanks for sharing.

Angie Brown October 19, 2017 - 14:28

I love that you stepped out of the box. The people that know you best opened this card and just thought it was amazing.

I like the card because we can use different colors, and its different seasons!

Sudhamathi Muthu October 19, 2017 - 14:29

Really interesting to read about your crafty friends around the world.. it is so nice to become friends with people of same interest and how fun it is to learn from each other… you are so lucky to have bunch of crafty friends…

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