Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway

by May Sukyong Park

Hey guys, it's Jen here!

I want to welcome you to the second day of our Crafty Friends Blog Hop!  If you haven't already, please check out our Day One post over on the Card Blog…you won't want to miss it!

I want to start today's post with a story.  You see, a few days ago I got a Facebook notification which celebrated my friendship with Tasnim.  There was a sweet little video with photos of us together and a cute song playing in the background (I'm sure most of you know the video I am referencing!).  I was reminded that we became “friends” back in October 2012 – and although I was following her blog before that time, I remember being so excited that we made our friendship official on Facebook!

Soon after our Facebook connection, she joined my team on the Runway Inspired Challenge. I always admired her style and was thrilled to be working with her.  I would never have known that one day we would not only meet face-to-face, but we would become such great friends and create a wonderful company together!

Fun Fact: We finally met in person in December 2014…which was actually 8 months AFTER we started Altenew!  Here's a photo from that day:

The caption read, “Team Altenew finally meets face to face” – it's so funny to think that back then, it really was just the two of us!

I have really been so lucky to make some amazing friendships through paper crafting.  Of course, I love our Altenew family:

The friendships formed over a common love for paper crafting are sure to last a lifetime!  Here are a few more  photos with my crafty friends:

Many of my crafty friends are people who I may never meet in person – and that's okay, since we can always keep in touch by sending cards to one another 🙂  I love this hobby!

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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

BLOG HOP:

Your first stop on the hop is the talented Sandy Allnock! Below is a complete list of the amazing designers/guests who are participating today:

Altenew Scrapbook Blog
Sandy Allnock
Therese Calvird
Scrapbook & Cards Today
Ellen Hutson LLC
Kathy Racoosin
Yoonsun Hur
Create & Craft TV
Sandra Dietrich
Pretty Pink Posh
Kymona Tracey
Terhi Koskinen
Agnieszka Malyszek
My Sweet Petunia
Tracey McNeely
Butterfly Reflections Ink
Emily Leiphart
Freckled Fawn
Nichol Spohr
Anna Komenda

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Patt H. October 19, 2017 - 11:16 am

It is so nice to have crafty friends! No one else understands how a new stamp or die can make us so happy. I am truly blessed with my staying buddies!!

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Marlyn Rojas October 19, 2017 - 11:31 am

Great story! Crafty friends are the best!

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Teresa Doyle October 19, 2017 - 11:31 am

Jennifer, you are so fortunate to have so many amazing crafty friends (even if you haven’t met ALL of them! ) that doesn’t mean you don’t value them and their friendships. My crafty friends are the best also…. TFS!

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Michelle Varol October 19, 2017 - 11:33 am

Thank you for creating such a great company.. we are all luckier for it!

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Heather Nelson October 19, 2017 - 11:58 am

Great story! It is wonderful to have friends that share your bliss. 🙂

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Dee Earnshaw October 19, 2017 - 2:01 pm

love the photos of you and your crafty friends 🙂

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Jean marmo October 19, 2017 - 2:04 pm

Such amazing inspiration! My head is swirling with ideas!

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Mary W October 19, 2017 - 2:59 pm

Your sponsors are wonderful as is your blog – such generous friends in this crafty world.

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Amy Seigler October 19, 2017 - 3:38 pm

What a great story! I love how this industry really brings great relationships and friendships.

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sandra F October 19, 2017 - 3:52 pm

Wow what a generous giveaway and it’s so true I’ve met so many wonderful friends on Instagram through stamping. So many that my family is jealous.

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Monika Reeck October 19, 2017 - 4:30 pm

great that you have crafty friends and now make company with her..
I wish I can make a company too 🙂 making stamps
but you did the best that card maker ever did
success for you…and I love this hobby too
hugs
Monika

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Teresa Godines October 19, 2017 - 6:46 pm

Wonderful story. Thank you for sharing

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bev p October 19, 2017 - 6:55 pm

I had a wonderful time hopping today. Thank you for all the creative inspiration, for all those chances for a prize, and for honoring our crafty friends. We each have talents that complement, and I think crafters get that more than a lot of other people. Sure, I want to color like________, use techniques like________, paint like_________ or get my card front to line up perfectly like________. But I can pull things together even when I don’t have all the supplies! I love when I can come up with creative solutions–THAT is what gets my juices flowing! (And some gorgeous florals, too!)

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Nicole B October 19, 2017 - 8:23 pm

Yay! Day 2! I’m looking forward to more amazing creations!

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Helen October 19, 2017 - 8:34 pm

It’s always good to connect with other crafters. . .this blog hop is a good example of the great community spirit we share!

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Cynthia Johnson October 19, 2017 - 8:38 pm

I love this story. Your friendship was meant to be. Art, in all its forms, brings people together because it speaks to the soul. If everyone could connect like crafters, the world would be a better place!

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Tina Shuck October 19, 2017 - 9:43 pm

Thanks so much for the blog hop!

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Rufus October 19, 2017 - 10:18 pm

Day 1 was such fun, am looking forward to seeing what everyone has created today! Crafty friends are essential! They’re the only ones who truly understand our NEED for stamps, paper, ink, dies and embellishments of all types. While I’m lucky enough to have some close enough to share IRL, lots and lots of my crafty buddies live in my computer! Loved reading your story.

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Karen October 20, 2017 - 12:46 am

This blog hop is overflowing with heartwarming stories and inspiration.

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Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä October 20, 2017 - 1:21 am

Thanks for the fabulous hop!

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Shirley N October 20, 2017 - 4:12 am

Another day full of fabulous inspiration. Enjoyed all the great stories and pictures!

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Arianna Barbara October 20, 2017 - 6:29 am

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story and for this AWESOME blog hop!!!

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Debbie October 20, 2017 - 7:28 am

Great Giveaway – great group photo of crafty people !!

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Julie Schueller October 20, 2017 - 8:42 am

Thanks for the opportunity to win amazing prizes,

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Heidi October 20, 2017 - 9:01 am

Fabulous post, love it!

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Kerry Myers October 20, 2017 - 9:09 am

Wow! I am truly inspired by the awesome talent you have participating on your blog hop!!! Thank you!

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Kathy October 20, 2017 - 9:14 am

Thanks for some awesome giveaways, you guys are an amazing company.

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Pamela Palm October 20, 2017 - 9:50 am

Amazing how you started a company together before ever meeting in person.
And so true about keeping in touch with crafty friends through card making even if you don’t get to meet in person.

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Sue LD October 20, 2017 - 10:47 am

I have enjoyed both days of these crafty friends blog hops.

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Briana S Campbell October 20, 2017 - 11:23 am

I love that story! So sweet that Our community allows us to meet friends that we would have never got to meet if it weren’t for all the social sites were on!
I too meet a friend in person from being on Instagram and she has been a true and wonderful friend ever since!
I’m so happy you were able to meet such a wonderful friend for life!
Such a blessing!
Hugs and happiness,
Briana C.

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Jennifer Williams October 20, 2017 - 11:41 am

That is a sweet story. I love that a lasting connection was made!

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Constance Hildebrand October 20, 2017 - 12:01 pm

Loved day 1. Excited to see day 2! Thanks.

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Mirjana October 20, 2017 - 2:16 pm

Love your products. Thank you for sharing your story.

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Sharon Mattingly October 20, 2017 - 2:38 pm

Thanks for sharing! Love seeing all the great designs.

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Mary Holshouser October 20, 2017 - 2:47 pm

It’s wonderful when friends can enjoy the
same hobby. I have a few friends who
do like to make cards but most people
say”they look wonderful but I’d never
be able to do that” so I’m left to
my own devices.
thanks.

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Judie Attard October 20, 2017 - 3:14 pm

Off to hop and be inspired!!!

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auntie em October 20, 2017 - 3:50 pm

Well, it took me awhile but I finally finished this amazing blog hop! So many great designers and their beautiful work. Each stop was full of so much inspiration and information. I loved the mix of colours and creative used of the stamps and dies and colours.
Thank you so much for gathering everyone together to share all the creativity! 🙂

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D.Ann C October 20, 2017 - 4:11 pm

It’s amazing how Altenew has grown, but not really considering how fabulous your products are! What a great way to celebrate your friendships and those of your fans, too!

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Raven Magill October 20, 2017 - 6:52 pm

Nothing beats having good crafty friends. I’m excited to start looking at all the fantastic inspiration on this hop!

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irene grau October 20, 2017 - 7:58 pm

Crafty friends are the best!

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Lindar C October 20, 2017 - 8:04 pm

What a fantastic journey!

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Dawn T October 20, 2017 - 9:01 pm

How amazing is this story Congrats on Altenew’s success ?

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Momandwife October 20, 2017 - 9:41 pm

Love your story. Thanks for this amazing hop and giveaway

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Heather Mills October 20, 2017 - 9:48 pm

Isn’t it amazing that we can become friends with people we have never met! Congrats on this friendship that has also been a successful business partnership! The first day’s hop was so fun; I can’t wait to go on to day 2!

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Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway - The Daily Marker October 21, 2017 - 1:36 am

[…] Hello Friends, Welcome to Altenew’s first Crafty Friends Blog Hop! I am super excited to be apart of this hop because this industry and the people (you all) have brought such happiness to my life!! Today is Day 2 of the hop and to start at the beginning go to the Altenew Blog Here. […]

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Kris in Alaska October 21, 2017 - 1:47 am

Such friendships are inspirational!

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Dawn Jones October 21, 2017 - 6:11 am

I love Altenew stamps, they are so versatile and beautiful.

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Megan N October 21, 2017 - 3:02 pm

Oh my word! I can’t believe you guys hadn’t met in person until then 🙂 So glad you guys got together over the crafty internet world!

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Denise Bryant October 21, 2017 - 4:43 pm

Loved reading your story! Isn’t it great to meet crafty friends?

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Holly Graham October 21, 2017 - 6:31 pm

Crafty Friends are the best! It’s so fun to get together and share stories and ideas.

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