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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Heather DePasquale January 5, 2021 - 20:18

I love the floral stencil with the stamps. The stamps are so crisp and clear. Thanks Altenew!

Jo Dryden January 5, 2021 - 20:22

Nice release! Love the orchid!

Jane Bosi January 5, 2021 - 20:33

Love this release!! Those heart hands ❤️❤️❤️

mandalj January 5, 2021 - 20:37

I always look forward to new stencils from Altenew!

fondarush January 5, 2021 - 20:40

Great new release!

Dawn Cooksley January 5, 2021 - 20:44

Pretty cards and so many great designs from Altenew…

apalmer2019 January 5, 2021 - 20:50

Great release items to start 2021. Just started my 2021 Wish list. Can’t wait to see what the designers have created with all the great items in this release. Happy New Stamping Year. Off to the Hop.

Inkin' Chickie January 5, 2021 - 20:54

I like the jars and the waves embossing folder.

Talitha Wright January 5, 2021 - 20:55

Terrific release! I love the orchid. It’s so pretty.

Andre M. January 5, 2021 - 21:08

Fab release to start 2021 just right. You’ve shared a lovely range of cards featuring these new goodies!

jacalyn1984 January 5, 2021 - 21:27

I just love the versatility that Altenew gives me, I can stamp, stencil or die cut, anything goes! What a great start to the new year!

Beth Merrill January 5, 2021 - 21:50

What a great way to start off the new year! This is another beautiful release by Altenew!

Helene Marshall January 5, 2021 - 21:55

I love the joy in these designs! Looking forward to trying them myself!

Julie Urban January 5, 2021 - 22:03

I am loving the Altenew style. Everything is beautiful.

Ann Hefner-Gravink January 5, 2021 - 22:18

The heart die is so novel and what fun flowers!

Meghan Kennihan January 5, 2021 - 22:22

OMG! Gorgeous floral stamps, beautiful stencils, and dies! What a fabulous release!!!!! Thank you DTs for your inspirations!

Tricia Davis January 5, 2021 - 22:27

Amazing new releases!!! I’m impressed with everything Altenew. I love the orchid flower!

Michele W January 5, 2021 - 22:29

Another amazing release! After completing the blog hop my head is bursting with ideas. Can hardly wait for my order to arrive.

terriavidreader - terri scott January 5, 2021 - 22:51

I love AlteNew and all of these just keep adding reasons why. I love flowers and everyone did such a great job displaying them here.

Sandhya Iyer January 5, 2021 - 22:52

Fantastic release and beautiful cards Virginia! Thanks for the inspiration.

Penny January 5, 2021 - 22:52

Virginia, your cards are beautiful, as always…but these are some of your best. I can’t wait to use this set!

Tricia Davis January 5, 2021 - 23:30

Love the orchid card and how you use the washi tape. I never know how to use them on the cards.

Janet Sisk January 5, 2021 - 23:38

Love this new release! The Spotted Orchid is awesome. Thanks for the inspiration and chance to win. :D

Amy H January 5, 2021 - 23:39

Gold string washi tape, WHAT?? That is Ana amazing idea!! ❤️

Pauline Abeysekera January 5, 2021 - 23:40

What beautiful and varied inspiration, Virginia. This is a fantastic release!

Martha C. January 5, 2021 - 23:45

I am new to Altenew and so far I am enjoying the glues that I have been trying on my cards that I create.

Lindsey F January 6, 2021 - 00:35

Oh dear. I should not have watched the unboxing video. I thought I knew just what I wanted. Now I’m in a tizzy trying to narrow it down.

Patt H. January 6, 2021 - 00:35

Gorgeous creations, Virginia! My favorite is the beautiful Orchid with the new Swirl embossinf folder. So pretty!!

Shawn Harcrow January 6, 2021 - 01:03

Velove love orchids and this stamp set is gorgeous. Looking forward to making this in lots of different colors.

M.FATEMA January 6, 2021 - 02:02

Lovely new release!

Sara Craig January 6, 2021 - 04:38

I love the all my love card. Super cute

gigi1754 January 6, 2021 - 06:37

Awesome release! I love the spotted orchid and illusion heart die, they really stood out to me. There are so many great things to add to my wish list!

Becky S. January 6, 2021 - 08:04

This release is so beautiful and the ‘Enchanted Roses’ set is my favorite.

Vicki Dutcher January 6, 2021 - 09:07

Awesome release and showcased cards!

Zarina January 6, 2021 - 10:01

My niece bought a stamp set and she did not want it. Already made a few and so loving the craft (first time stamper). Hope that I can win and have a chance to own more supplies for myself.

Barbara Woods-Miazza January 6, 2021 - 10:10

The spotted orchid set is not only beautiful but so convenient. I love the illusion heart die. So classy.

Sheri Kempke January 6, 2021 - 11:03

What gorgeous cards created with this awesome new release! Love all the florals and vases. Congrats Altenew!

Deepa Lakshman January 6, 2021 - 11:23

I am loving the vintage garden stamp and stencil. Love it. Great release.

Julie Anderson January 6, 2021 - 12:03

Love the wavy embossing folder

Maureen McDevitt January 6, 2021 - 12:16

Wonderful floral stamps and dies. I can’t wait to try them out!

Jackie Casciani January 6, 2021 - 14:02

Altenew never disappoints! Love the new collection.

Jamella Y Bogan January 6, 2021 - 14:29

Wow! I actually love the lil Bit of Love and woven heart die cut stamp bundle! I believe in using my GOD given talent of drawing so I love to draw all of my items by hand but I see that I could have used this on the card that I just made for my sister a couple of months ago if I didn’t have enough time to add an extra element. This expresses our friendship! Perhaps I can use it for her birthday this year!

Carrie James January 6, 2021 - 14:29

Love this collection, especially the amount of detail in the stamps. The orchid stamp particularly is divine & I can see so many uses for it. Thanks for the ideas 😊

Patricia K Valker January 6, 2021 - 15:41

Fabulous release, thanks Altenew.

Connie Good January 6, 2021 - 15:42

So beautiful! Just love that orchard set.

Patricia Wilson January 6, 2021 - 15:59

Lovely products. Have added the Spotted Orchid to my wish list. Watched a video today with J. M. using the new products and amazing cards, especially the one with the spotted orchid.

Talitha Wright January 6, 2021 - 16:44

Another fabulous release! So many great products, it’s hard to choose which I like best.

Carolyn R January 6, 2021 - 18:09

Once again, just beautiful. I just love your creativity and clolors.

cottagerca January 6, 2021 - 18:38

DT does a fantastic presentation of the new release.

Kathy Smith January 6, 2021 - 19:40

Your stamps and other craft products amaze me every time

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