Fresh Start Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop + Giveaway

by Virginia Lu

January 2021 Blog Hop GraphicWelcome to our Fresh Start Fresh Start Stamps/Dies/Stencils/Embossing Folders Collection Release Blog Hop.  This is Virginia here, and I have 4 projects to share. We are super excited about today's hop, and we hope that this blog hop will jump start your creativity in 2021! Whether you are a beginner or long-time crafter, come join the Fresh Start Release Blog Hop and be inspired! We hope that you will learn new skills, gain knowledge, and have fun creating. Let's dive right in.

Every January, many of us feel ready for a fresh start. This release will certainly give you a creative fresh start, with innovative products and designs you haven't seen anywhere else! A unique take on layered flowers, floral typography, bold sentiments, stunning outlines, and original friendship/love images will satisfy your urge to try something new. Add in a few stand-alone dies, 3D embossing folders, enamel dots, and our signature Simple Coloring Stencils, and you will be ready to go!

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Check out our new stamps/dies/stencils/inks/embossing folders/decals HERE!


Check out this quick unboxing video to see the creative possibilities of our NEW products! You may also watch this on YouTube HERE.

Project 1: Versatile Vases 2 Stamp & Die Bundle and Spotted Orchid Stamp, Die & Mask Stencil Bundle

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If you love the Versatile Vases Stamp Set, you know how versatile and fun it is to use these vases along with your floral creations. This Versatile Vases 2 Stamp Set will take your floral arrangement to new heights!

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For the vase, I clear-embossed it on Transparent Vellum. I then took Artist Alcohol Markers and colored the backside of the vase. Inside the vase, I also added some “dirt”, leaves, and stems. The coordinating die makes die cutting the vase a simple task.

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Let's not forget the obvious…. the Spotted Orchid Stamp Set is absolutely spot on. I cannot believe the realistic look these stamps can achieve! I stamped the orchid in Martian Terrain Crisp Dye Ink and used the Layering Stencil for the largest outer layer. The petals look even lighter and more realistic!

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Project 2: A Little Bit of Love Stamp & Die Bundle and Woven Heart Die Set

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As a fresh start, what could be more perfect to promote friendship and love with this “A Little Bit of Love” Stamp Set?

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I love that you now can coordinate ANY skin color based on your recipient(s) and yours…down to the finger nails!  The Woven Heart Die provides the perfect background for this design. Isn't that heartwarming?

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Project 3: Enchanted Rose Stamp Set and Illusion Heart Die Set

The Enchanted Rose Stamp Set is likely the largest outline stamp there is! If you love coloring, this is definitely worth considering.

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If you love embossing (like I do), this stamp set has gorgeous lines and details.  To top off the gorgeous backdrop, the Illusion Heart Die Set is sure to catch your eyes!

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This Illusion Heart Die Set can be used in so many ways. You can simply use just outlines, partially inlaid (as the example here shows) or completely inlaid!

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Project 4: Spotted Orchid Stamp, Die, Mask Stencil Bundle, Simple Greetings Die Set, Swirl Motif 3D Embossing Folder

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We all love the ease of using an embossing folder! This Swirl Motif 3D Embossing Folder provides that special touch of elegance. The motif is bold, and yet, subtle.

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The stamped, stenciled, and die-cut Spotted Orchid looks stunning against the motif and Gold String Washi Tape. 

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The die-cut “Thanks” from Simple Greetings Die Set conveys the message perfectly! Now you must check out today's blog hop as each designer has his/her own take with this refreshingly beautiful release.


$300 in total prizes! To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 2 lucky winners and a $20 gift certificate to 10 winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or each designer’s blog post on the blog hop list below by 01/11/2021 for a chance to win. Altenew will draw 12 random winners from the comments left on each stop of this blog hop and announce the winners on the Altenew Winners Page on 01/13/2021.


Here are THREE ways to get a FREEBIE to kickstart your creativity!

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Blog Hop!

Your first stop on the hop is the amazing Vicky Papaioannou. Below is the complete hop list for your convenience. Don’t forget to leave a comment on every stop of the hop!

Altenew Card Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Jaycee Gaspar

Terri Koszler

Erum Tasneem

Jennifer McGuire

Tenia Nelson

Nathalie DeSousa


Therese Calvird

Amber Rain Davis

Dana Joy

Nicole Watt

Tina Smith

Norine Borys

Zsoka Marko

Virginia Lu

Amanda Baldwin


Laurie Willison

Michelle Short

Maryam Perez

Mindy Eggen

Teresa Litchfield

Svitlana Shayevich

Emily Midgett

Preeti Chandran

Reiko Tsuchida

Jessie Banks

Agnieszka Małyszek

Kelly Griglione

Lilith Eeckels

Cheryl Espie

Tania Ahmed

Jenny Colacicco


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Eva Duerkop January 5, 2021 - 09:06

I love all the altenew products, especially the flower stamps. I recently received the ‘beautiful day’ stamp sets and a few altenew markers and they are just gorgeous – can’t wait to order more.

Christine P Hawkins January 5, 2021 - 09:06

Beautiful stuff!

Hoosier January 5, 2021 - 09:15

So many new goodies to choose from. Decisions, decisions, decisions.

Crimson Owl CreationsMichele K. Henderson January 5, 2021 - 09:35

I love the new release! The products are perfect for these new times! Love the idea of a fresh start too!

LoisK January 5, 2021 - 09:46

So many great products in this new release. They are all so beautiful.

Sharon T January 5, 2021 - 09:48

Great new stamps!

Danielle January 5, 2021 - 09:49

Love the variety of these new products! Endless possibilities!

Patricia Vanderwolf January 5, 2021 - 09:50

The orchids are awesome. And heart dies are unique! Love!

Roberta Miller January 5, 2021 - 09:51

My favorite is the Ribbon waves. Go new and different.

Lori Lehnen January 5, 2021 - 09:53

Great new release!
Fresh Start is such an appropriate name with the start and hope of all of the possibilities a New Year can bring, we need that after 2020! Thanks Altenew for the opportunity to win!

Golda January 5, 2021 - 10:12

This is an amazing release. I love your examples, especially the Illusion Heart and the Rose.

Jenna Batik January 5, 2021 - 10:14

I love the Versatile Vases 2 Stamp and Die Set and the Orchid Stamp is Amazing! What a wonderful new release, Altenew. You never disappoint.

Christine Bastien January 5, 2021 - 10:15

Very beautiful! My favorite is the illusion heart die card! Thanx for sharing.

Michele F January 5, 2021 - 10:16

Gorgeous creations, Virginia! I see a few ‘must haves’ in this latest release… xx

Melissa S January 5, 2021 - 10:19

These are beautiful! This release is so exciting and gives so much opportunity to color and texture.

Maureen Reiss January 5, 2021 - 10:26

Wow! WOW!! W*O*W!!!!!! Amazing release!!!!!

Vivian Swain January 5, 2021 - 10:27

I am new to Altnew stamps after seeing Jennifer McGuire’s blog. The multilayer stamps are my favorite and love all the new release Fresh Start products. Love all the ideas from the design team.

LakeFairy January 5, 2021 - 10:32

I can always count on Altenew releases to spark my creativity. Thanks to you and your design team, job well done! I love me some new releases.

Mary-Anne V. January 5, 2021 - 10:39

Such a perfect name for this new year release…the products and inspiration are gorgeous.

Michelle M January 5, 2021 - 10:48

These are beautiful!

mal January 5, 2021 - 10:57

YEAY! New ideas and a blog hop! Happy New Year!

ellenjayhawk January 5, 2021 - 11:07

I like the simplicity of the versatile vases, a great way to showcase the beautiful flowers!

Yvonne Boucher January 5, 2021 - 11:12

Gorgeous cards, Virginia! This is a fabulous release! I really didn’t think anything could match or top the last release….but you did it! thank you Altenew for products that keep us inspired to create!

Jamie Yates Mastin January 5, 2021 - 11:17

gorgeous! really love the stamp with roses

Vickie D January 5, 2021 - 11:24

Another great release! Eac of your cards is unique!

Deb Smith January 5, 2021 - 11:30

What a great bundle! A fresh start is just what I need. I love the orchids and the hearts.

Peggy Garber January 5, 2021 - 11:36

Really nice collection of stamps and dies

Nancy Wilcox January 5, 2021 - 11:37

Beautiful release! Altenew products are always amazing.

Royette Jensen January 5, 2021 - 11:48

Such beautiful stamps and ideas. What a gift this would be.

Margi Chesbro January 5, 2021 - 11:49

The Illusion Heart Die is my favorite! So cute, thanks for the video too. Lots of great items.

barbara lassiter January 5, 2021 - 11:51

Lots of beautiful cards and new products to ponder over and see what I need! LOL A great start to this new year 0f 2021!

Marie M. January 5, 2021 - 11:57

I love the cards! They are so unique.

stamprgrl January 5, 2021 - 11:59

OMG, this is a huge and fab release! Thanks for the chance to win!

— Dalis

Brandee S January 5, 2021 - 12:01

I had taken a hiatus from crafting to start our family and I’m just getting back into it now that my kids are older. I’m loving the Altenew products! Things have changed quite a bit in the last 10 years!

Cyndy Rogers January 5, 2021 - 12:03

I just don’t know HOW you come up with spectacular new designs month after month!! You’re the BEST!!!

Wendy Jones January 5, 2021 - 12:05

This is a spectacular release!

Raphaela Klocker January 5, 2021 - 12:07

As always a great release but this one tucks on my heart strings. I love it!

Nandini January 5, 2021 - 12:09

The new release is fantastic! And I love the inspiration cards!

Heidi Rees January 5, 2021 - 12:17

Beautiful new products and projects! Love the heart die and the hands die! Of course the embossing folders are amazing!

Susan Babcock January 5, 2021 - 12:20

I watched the Youtube video and this release is so beautiful. I love Virginia’s cards, can’t wait to see the rest of the hop. I’m really loving the 3D embossing folders.

Mel H January 5, 2021 - 12:20

So excited for new embossing folders, and these cards are gorgeous. The orchids are stunning.

stampingrama January 5, 2021 - 12:22

Amazing Altenew…such creatively inspiring releases!! However do you do it? Gorgeous release!!

Candace B. January 5, 2021 - 12:22

The new embossing folders and that orchid!!!! Swoon! Thank you so much for your talented designers.

Taya Faltys Vercelli January 5, 2021 - 12:24

Love this release!

RobiW January 5, 2021 - 12:27

Beautiful release, as expected!!!

Denise Bryant January 5, 2021 - 12:28

Awesome new items and beautiful card samples! The orchid flower and the new heart die are the first to catch my eye this morning! Looking forward to seeing the creations along the hop!

Carol Wortman January 5, 2021 - 12:32

Altenew this is TERRIFIC, been looking for sweet heart hands, love that vase annnnnnnd the wish list is packed. Over 30 designers?? Holy Moly…. when your great…you’re Altenew! Happy New Yar!!

Martha Aschenbrenner January 5, 2021 - 12:34

Beautiful new products!

Dee Earnshaw January 5, 2021 - 12:50

Wow what an amazing new collection of stamps and dies:)

Amber Bissonnette January 5, 2021 - 12:50

Happy New Year!! Love the new products!! I am so excited for a new year of crafting and learning some new techniques!

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