Woah! So much has happened since our big announcement about our first ever poetry competition. We've had our 6th anniversary celebrations, lots of exciting new releases, and big lifestyle changes occurring worldwide.
Within the circumstances, we are grateful that so many of you were able to share such inspiring poetic messages with us. In fact, we were blown away by the responses we received for the competition. You guys are amazing!
It was definitely a challenge to pick our favorites from all the entries, and we truly appreciate all the thought, emotion, love, and creativity put into each of your poems. At the end of the day, we had to choose our winners, and we made our selections based on creativity, quality of writing, originality, and message. We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to ALL of our participants. We love you guys so much!
Ok, so without further ado, here are our winners.
First up are our top three winners who simply astounded us with their beautiful poetic verses.
Our first place winner who will receive a $150 Altenew gift card is Teri Spracklin.
My Mother's Flowers
by Teri Spracklin
My mother’s flowers
the surest sign of home
their delicate robust bodies
through gravel or snow…
We absolutely love this beautiful heartfelt poem about a mother's flowers. This poetic reflection truly touched our hearts and serves as a reminder to cherish our special memories. No description of our Build-A-Flower sets has ever been as poignant as this. Thank you so much for sharing your heart, Teri!
Our second place winner who will receive a $100 Altenew gift card is Bobby Hagen.
by Bobby Hagen
This charming, catchy poem caught our attention immediately. We love how Bobby summed up the charms of the various Altenew ink colors in a few short verses. Her poem almost reads like a series of Dr. Seuss rhymes. Great job, Bobby!
Our third place winner who will receive a $50 Altenew gift card is Sharon Gullikson.
A Crafting Limerick
by Sharon Gullikson
…There once was a crafter on trend,
Who considered paper a friend,
She continued to buy,
Off the shelves it would fly,
But PLEASE don't ask her to lend!…
This fun and creative poem is a true winner in our eyes! Using humor, Sharon perfectly captures the image of a crafter. Sharon touches on many different Altenew product categories in her poem in such a fun way that we can't help but be convinced by her wit!
Finally, 10 winners will each receive a $20 Altenew gift card. Please click HERE to read the complete honorable mention poems.
Separate the Layers
by Lisa Fae Atwood
Beauty is often hidden
We love this sweet descriptive poem honoring our Floral Fantasy Stamp Set. The metaphor of flowers representing life is very well-written. Well done, Lisa!
by Pam Boedeker
We love the storytelling in this poem. Pam did a great job representing our online classes, right down to including the names of some of our designers!
by Eva Bussom
Every stamp needs ink
It gives life to what we think
Now the stamps can sing
O, the joy it brings…
This short catchy poem caught our attention with its fun rhymes and lighthearted writing. Great job describing our inks, Eva!
An Ode to Painted Butterflies
by Rita Chen Fujisawa
…layer upon layer
painted butterflies flutter
gossamer wings stickled with stardust
across the imagination to land softly on the
expanse of white…
Rita's beautiful imagery in this poem simply blew us away! We love this tribute to our beloved Painted Butterflies Stamp Set.
Botany of the Soul
by Mellissa Hill
In ink, pencil, paint, imagination.
Growing across the page,
Tendrils reaching, petals unfurling…
We love how this short poem depicts the power of crafting and creating in our lives with a few moving words. This is a beautiful testament to our floral stamps.
Flowers in My Craftroom
by Barbara Lassiter
The flowers in my craft room
Provide me beauty and delight
With inspiration from morning to night…
We love this sweet catchy poem and its representation of the long-lasting nature of cards compared to the constant changing of the seasons. Barbara did a great job writing about our floral stamps.
by Jackie Posnansky
Jackie's sweet heartfelt remembrance of her mother touched our hearts. We love that our Vintage Roses Stamp Set has been able to serve as a reminder of a precious family member. Thank you for sharing, Jackie!
by Mirella Rogan
Card-making is my hobby,
It’s the thing that keeps me sane.
My wallet might be skinny,
But my evenings ain’t mundane!
Some folks may prefer make-up,
Or clothes, or a fancy shoe…
My therapy is also retail,
But I shop at Altenew…
This fun, clever poem kept us smiling from beginning to end! Thanks for the laugh, Mirella!
Our Rainbow Walls of Ink
by Lori Smart
A craft room can be a magical place
Where ink pads form rainbows that canvas the wall.
With beautiful colors aligned in a case
And all who enter find their senses in thrall…
We love the beautiful message in this poem, which delightfully captures imagery representing some of our favorite Altenew ink colors. Beautifully done, Lori!
Altenew Floral Stamps
by Geri Stuart
This catchy rhyming poem is so fun! We love the way Geri weaves in storytelling and humor into her words to represent her love for our floral stamps.
How to claim your prize:
Please email a screenshot of your name on this blog post to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5/10/2020 with the subject line Creativity Inspired: Altenew 2020 Poetry Contest Winner – (specify the prize that you won).