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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Kaitlyn January 5, 2021 - 1:38 PM

I recently ordered a MISTI. I am looking forward to using it with our Altenew layering stamps. They are so beautiful. I know I will enjoy time crafting with them. I can’t wait!

melissaf123 January 5, 2021 - 1:45 PM

So many new crafting goodies for this Happy New Year! Love your pretty, cheerful cards, really showcase these awesome new products so well that all of them are on my wish list!

Laurie M Page January 5, 2021 - 1:48 PM

You continue to amaze me with your releases each time. I’m always blown away with your new products. You don’t disappoint.

craftingaplannedlifegmailcom January 5, 2021 - 1:55 PM

These are beautiful…such great stamps & dies.

Joni J. Seith January 5, 2021 - 1:57 PM

I love the Orchid stamp set!

Carol McCready January 5, 2021 - 1:58 PM

This new release is amazing! I want it all. Your cards are beautiful Virginia.

Debbie smith January 5, 2021 - 2:01 PM

I cannot wait to get my hands on some of these stamps and stencils

kjwinston January 5, 2021 - 2:03 PM

What a great release! Love “All things A” — how long will it take you to get to my letter, K?

Sandy S. January 5, 2021 - 2:03 PM

I love how the Swirl border EF is wider than the border, so the edges of the folder don’t leave a crease on the card!

Susan West January 5, 2021 - 2:05 PM

Lovely cards

Jenny Chong-Williamson January 5, 2021 - 2:13 PM

Beautiful release to start the New Year. Altenew always have the most beautiful floral stamp sets.

Charlene G January 5, 2021 - 2:30 PM

Beautiful cards!

OPAL LARKIN January 5, 2021 - 2:43 PM

Your flowers always look so real; love them. What a great collection of stamps and dies.

spilor January 5, 2021 - 2:47 PM

I’m a little overwhelmed at how many things there are to look at and admire. Holy smokes… I will take a look at what each designer submitted to get a better idea. Consider me “mind blown.” Love Altenew flowers!
Lori S in PA

Dana M January 5, 2021 - 2:48 PM

Wow, amazing release. The orchid is absolutely stunning!

Barb January 5, 2021 - 2:59 PM

I do like your creations! I am striving for more crafting and creativity this new year.

Alexandra January 5, 2021 - 3:00 PM

I love the florals!! So pretty and delicate

Lori Lehnen January 5, 2021 - 3:11 PM

Thanks for sharing your creativity.
Beautiful cards that showcase the new release so well.

Claudia Anderson January 5, 2021 - 3:14 PM

Thank you for another beautiful release!

Barbaralynn January 5, 2021 - 3:17 PM

These cards are so beautiful. The stamp sets are amazing!

Tammy Mason January 5, 2021 - 3:29 PM

Love the new flower stamps.

Golda January 5, 2021 - 3:33 PM

Other than not being able to comment on Reiko’s blog, and Kelly appearing not to have one for this release, this was a great hop that definitely showcased this great new release. Looking forward to looking at each of the new items in depth.

Sandy Phillips January 5, 2021 - 3:36 PM

So many gorgeous items to look forward to! Exciting!

Linda Clark January 5, 2021 - 3:44 PM

I love everything Altenew! I especially love those vases along with the flowers.

Kailash January 5, 2021 - 3:45 PM

Beautiful release!

Nicki Baxley January 5, 2021 - 3:48 PM

I’m so excited about this blog hop! Amazing new products!

Peggy Pride January 5, 2021 - 3:54 PM

Another great release! Just ordered some of the items and look forward to delivery.

Bunny Hoyle January 5, 2021 - 4:05 PM

I love to read when people are getting a MISTI. It is the best product for a crafter. You will love it! Have fun and enjoy.

Pai Meng January 5, 2021 - 4:06 PM

Wow! so many new products! I love that heart die. so elegant!

Bunny Hoyle January 5, 2021 - 4:07 PM

I’m off to hop. Thank you for the chance to win something beautiful to create with.

knurse22 January 5, 2021 - 4:24 PM

What beautiful cards, Virginia! Love that orchid and those enchanted rose dies! Your card designs using them are exquisite. Another great release from Altenew, for sure!

Donna January 5, 2021 - 4:24 PM

There are so many things to love about this collection! The orchids are especially stunning.

Daria Z. January 5, 2021 - 4:40 PM

What a wonderful assortment of new products! I’m wondering if there will be future letters released? I hope so!!

Jennifer Spence January 5, 2021 - 4:45 PM

Love love Altanew! These all look amazing.

Sue McRae January 5, 2021 - 4:55 PM

Wonderful release! Loving the Airbrushed Flowers and Vintage Garden stamp sets….beautiful!

Cindy P January 5, 2021 - 5:20 PM

I love the word dies with shadows!

Greta H January 5, 2021 - 5:25 PM

Great new products!

Smiles January 5, 2021 - 5:45 PM

Beautiful, thank you

Stacey Kowbel January 5, 2021 - 5:50 PM

Fabulous release! And such beautiful inspiration from Virginia!

Linda BL January 5, 2021 - 5:56 PM

This release has something for everyone. The new florals are wonderful and the embossing folders are going to be perfect for making elegant cards. Such fun to see all the creativity from the design team. The orchid cards are spectacular Virginia!

Debbie R January 5, 2021 - 6:01 PM

Great release- that spotted orchid is beautiful. Love the vases too.

beccab33324 January 5, 2021 - 6:43 PM

Gorgeous cards, Virginia. I especially love the ‘all my love’ card with the pretty colors you used & the lovely gold heart.

viera January 5, 2021 - 6:45 PM

love the flowers layered look. Beautiful as always

joni52 January 5, 2021 - 7:01 PM

Another amazing release! Love it!

Sharon Gullikson January 5, 2021 - 7:34 PM

I really like how the water had different layers of blues….great idea.

Marisela Delgado January 5, 2021 - 7:43 PM

Absolutely gorgeous cards!

dorothyayotte January 5, 2021 - 7:56 PM

So looking forward to this bloghop! Amazing products and designers! I already have my eye on that new background 3D flolder!

Julie L January 5, 2021 - 7:57 PM

I received an Altenew gift card for Christmas, and my order arrived yesterday! I love the paint-a-flower series, and the tulip bouquet is beautiful. So happy with everything I ordered. And this new release looks great. .

Jeanne Beam January 5, 2021 - 8:07 PM

Love the new release! Virginia Lu cards are gorgeous…
Thanks so much for sharing.

Denise A Bernard January 5, 2021 - 8:16 PM

So many beautiful things to choose from, always!

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