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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Talitha Wright October 19, 2017 - 14:40

Wow! What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win. Your crafty friends are really a talented bunch tha give us so much inspiration.

Stephanie Z October 19, 2017 - 15:10

A terrific chance to win some wonderful prizes and a great blog hop :)

Laura Chiesa October 19, 2017 - 15:27

What a lovely card!!

Deborah H. October 19, 2017 - 15:29

Love your products. Now I need to visit all the blogs to see what everyone has done. Thanks for the opportunity to win some fantastic prizes.

Martha Berry October 19, 2017 - 15:32

This card is so neat and classic. Love the clean background!

Carol Blaisdell October 19, 2017 - 15:41

I”m a big fan!!!

Juiretha Durham October 19, 2017 - 15:47

The ladies on this blog are “AWESOME,” such God given talent!
It’s such a blessing to have this outlet were they can share their talent and spread the love to other card makers. Keep up the good work ladies. God will Bless You!

Mary Locke October 19, 2017 - 16:06

Gorgeous card!

Tonya I. October 19, 2017 - 16:08

amazing give away! thanks for the opportunity to enter.

Traci L. October 19, 2017 - 16:09

What an amazing opportunity! And such a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing!

Ericka Strange October 19, 2017 - 16:20

What an amazing giveaway and a wonderful story about great friends. Love my crafty friends and all the inspiration and kindness they provide me.

Kathy P October 19, 2017 - 16:34

So excited! Awesome giveaways, and fabulous talent. Love Altenew products!

Jenny Martin October 19, 2017 - 17:31

I think I started blogging around the same time and I agree that Wida’s comments were always from the heart and constructive. I miss seeing her creativeness and reading her blog. I am so in awe with how far you have come and think it’s wonderful you have created this amazing stamp company! I love your card too:) Hugsx

denise October 19, 2017 - 17:46

Neat card. Love your blog.

Jean Arizona October 19, 2017 - 17:51

Love your blog. Thanks for the opportunity to win some of your wonderful product.

Val P October 19, 2017 - 18:14

Thank you for the chance to win such wonderful prizes. Your stamps are just beautiful.

Heather B October 19, 2017 - 18:14

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

wida miller October 19, 2017 - 18:47

I adore you,
am so proud of you,
wish I could meet you,
…thank you.

Libby Uetrecht October 19, 2017 - 19:11

I want your new layering rose stamp but I can’t find it anywhere.

Julie Schueller October 19, 2017 - 19:33

Love your stamps, thanks for the opportunity to win great prizes.

Jackie Pasko October 19, 2017 - 21:31

It was so fun to ready your story! This blog hop looks fabulous. I really loves Altenew products; thanks for the chance to win!

Stephanie Desbiens-McDonald October 19, 2017 - 22:03

Wow what a great story and a great giveaway! Thanks for sharing!

Trish F October 19, 2017 - 22:17

So great!! Thanks so much. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

Mimi R October 20, 2017 - 00:07

I just love your story and I absolutely know how you feel. Lovely blog hop by some super talented people.

Heidi October 20, 2017 - 07:16

What an awesome hop, I “meet” many crafty friends in this online community, and it gets better every day!

Ali October 20, 2017 - 08:12

I still very much miss my crafty friend Fi who started on this cardmaking journey with me. She is now living on the other side of Australia but we still share our love of cardmaking xxx

Renae F October 20, 2017 - 08:21

Thank you for the chance to win!

Sara Altarrazi October 20, 2017 - 08:36

Thank You for this giveaway ?

Stanlee Runner October 20, 2017 - 09:30

Amazing giveaway, thanks for the chance to win and for all the inspiration.

Nikki Anderberg October 20, 2017 - 13:04

Love Altenew! Thanks for the chance to win these great prizes.

Kristen October 20, 2017 - 13:39

Love your stamps and creations…they lend to so much creativity and possibilities! Thank you for sharing this with your store and your blog!

Mary Holshouser October 20, 2017 - 14:03

Fantastic hop – long but well worth
the effort.

Mirjana October 20, 2017 - 14:07

Amazing giveaway. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Love Altenew!

D.Ann C October 20, 2017 - 15:20

What a cool way to use negative die cuts!! Fabulous friends and so kind of you to share with your fan friends, too!!

Henriëtte October 20, 2017 - 15:42

Together with all your crafty friends you make all of us so happy. Gorgeous crafting suplies, great examples and a lot of inspiration. And then also this huge giveaway, thanks for this all.

Pam Dunbar October 20, 2017 - 16:23

So excited to hop along and see all the wonderful inspiration and creativity, what a neat hop celebrating crafty friendships!

Raven Magill October 20, 2017 - 18:07

Aw, what a sweet card! I love the sentiment behind this blog hop.

Isabel Z October 20, 2017 - 19:09

Wow, this is an amazing giveaway and I love blog hops b/c they inspire me to create.

Momandwife October 20, 2017 - 21:38

This is an amazing giveaway.. love all these feeling, crafty friends are the best. Love your card. Thanks for this chance wish o be one of the winner.

Sarah shady October 20, 2017 - 21:40

Wow, an amazing giveawy. Sweet card and hop full with great inspiration

Karen L K October 21, 2017 - 00:57

Thanks for sharing your crafty journey, your nice card and the fun photos! What a great idea to think about all your crafty friends.

Kris in Alaska October 21, 2017 - 01:45

I see where your inspiration comes from and wish I had such friends!

Megan N October 21, 2017 - 11:36

So much fun! Thanks for making this such a supportive crafty community!

Laurie October 21, 2017 - 11:46

This is such a fun idea! Can’t wait to see what everyone does.

Holly Graham October 21, 2017 - 15:35

What a great giveaway, and I love getting all the inspiration from all the different blogs along the hop!

Denise Gutshall October 21, 2017 - 15:53

Thank you for such a great give-away! It is so refreshing to hear about finding new friendships across the globe who share the passion of crafting! Thanks for the inspiration.

Michele H. October 21, 2017 - 17:24

I love your fun card! It’s so CAS yet so detailed and beautiful!
Take Care!

Davida H October 21, 2017 - 21:07

Thank you and your friends for such a great give-a-way.

Joanne MacKenzie October 21, 2017 - 21:55

I love your layering stamps. I can’t wait to check out more of your products.

deb pereira October 21, 2017 - 22:09

Very classy card! Great idea to just use the dies.

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