Crafty Friends Blog Hop Day 2 + Giveaway

by jenniferrzasa

Hello, friends! Welcome to Day 2 of our Crafty Friends Blog Hop!

When most of us think of our crafty friends, I'm sure we think of people we met through crafting, who later became our real friends. I definitely have many of those, and they are all friendships I am grateful for!

But does it work the other way? For me, the answer is YES!

Meet Ashlea, a girl I chatted with quite a few years ago in a parking lot on my way to a friend's birthday dinner. She commented on my interesting purse (it looked like a milk carton), and I think we had this mutual moment where we thought the other one was cool. But adults don't make friends in parking lots, so we continued on our separate ways. That is until we realized we were headed to the same event! It was a good thing too because we were able to continue chatting during dinner and a true friendship started.

(Apparently, most of the photos I have on my phone are from costume events, lol!!)

After explaining card making to her many times (and her not seeming all that interested), she finally started to get how awesome it was. At least, she started understanding how cool I thought it was, and maybe that was good enough?

When she told me she started buying a few stamps and ink pads, I did a happy dance! Literally. Then I offered to give her all of my old stuff that I told myself I would sell but never got around to it. She happily accepted, and before I knew it she was cranking out AMAZING cards, and buying oodles of crafty stuff to support her new hobby. This girl learned everything she needed to know about the paper crafting world in what seemed like a matter of months. It took me years to do the same!

I am so proud of how quickly she made a name for herself, and take a teeny bit of credit for helping get her started. 🙂 Now that she is in the crafty biz herself, I can count on her to hang out with me at fun crafty events like the opening of a new paper crafting store, and a consumer show in NY. (plus she is accompanying me to Creativation! Woohoo!)

For my project today, I decided to make a card inspired by one of the many amazing ones she has made using Altenew stamps:

(This card features our Hope Stamp and Die Set, and you can read her original post here)

I just love how she used one of the flower's layers to create a background that doesn't distract from the main focus, but rather enhances it. I used the same technique for my card:

I used one of our new holiday stamps, Peaceful Wreath, and stamped out a little sprig of holly using Grass Field and Shadow Creek ink for the leaves and Crimson and Velvet ink for the berries. I then cut it out using the coordinating die. While I had my dies out, I also cut out the word “peace” from black cardstock.

Then, I stamped out the sentiment “to you and yours” in Watermark Ink and heat embossed it with Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder. I trimmed down the strip and cut a little notch into either end to create a banner shape.

For my background, I stamped the solid layer for the leaves and berries with Firefly and Blush inks. I felt they were a little too pronounced, so I softened the look with a sheet of Translucent Vellum.

I adhered the elements together with a combination of foam tape and tape runner, making sure to secure the vellum with a bit of adhesive behind the cardstock pieces (so it doesn't show through). To ground the card, I adhered a strip of patterned cardstock (Coming soon! Sneak peek alert! hehe) across the bottom edge, similar to Ashlea's card.

If you want to see more of my crafty friend Ashlea's projects, check out her blog and follow her on Instagram!

Do you have a friend who caught the crafting bug from you? If so, I'd love to hear about it in the comments! 🙂


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Altenew is giving away a $50 gift certificate to 5 lucky winners and one Altenew Academy class to 5 lucky winners. There are also 12 awesome friends who are celebrating with us and they are offering the following prizes:

Be sure to leave comments by Sunday, December 9th, 2018 for a chance to win! 37 winners will be chosen at random from the comments left on all of the blogs listed below and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018.

Your first stop on the hop is the incredibly talented Vicky Papaioannou!

Blog Hop:

Altenew Scrapbook Blog

Vicky Papaioannou

Enza Gudor

Laurie Willison

Nicole Picadura

Ellen Hutson LLC

Lydia Evans

Olga Moss

Amy Tan

Therese Calvird

Galina Filippenko

Sveta Fotinia

Lisa Spangler

Anna Komenda

Scrapbook & Cards Today

Kymona Tracey

Vicki Boutin

Carissa Wiley

Agnieszka Malyszek

TaeEun Yoo

Sara Naumann

Hussena Calcuttawala


Peaceful Wreath Stamp Set
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Peaceful Wreath Die Set — Altenew
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Peaceful Wreath Stamp & Die Bundle —…
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Embossing Ink
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Pure White Crisp Embossing Powder
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Vellum Translucent Paper (25 sheets/set)
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Grass Field Crisp Dye Ink
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Shadow Creek Crisp Dye Ink
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Crimson Crisp Dye Ink
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Velvet Crisp Dye Ink
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Blush Crisp Dye Ink
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Firefly Crisp Dye Ink
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Denise Terry November 30, 2018 - 9:14 am

Really love that second card. It’s such a great one for this time of the year!

Debbie Rumpza November 30, 2018 - 9:16 am

What a great holiday card!

Daniela May November 30, 2018 - 9:20 am

What a beautiful story of friendship. Love reading and seeing all these new cards. Thank you for sharing

Melanie Ayers November 30, 2018 - 9:24 am

What a lovely story about sharing your passion.

Sue D November 30, 2018 - 9:26 am

Great cards and thanks for this friendship story. After introducing my friend to card making we started a church card making ministry and introduced many others to this hobby and made new friendships.

Katie Baird November 30, 2018 - 9:35 am

Fabulous cards and a wonderful post! My best friend Daphne caught the crafting bug from me, and now she is hooked! We create together at least once a week now. My 9 yo daughter is also well on her way to becoming an accomplished card maker, also. It’s amazing how many life lessons I learn from my kids!

Tara Prince November 30, 2018 - 9:39 am

Very pretty cards! Great hop! Love all the inspiration!!

June McDade November 30, 2018 - 9:39 am

Your beautiful cards inspire me. I am an almost 70 year old great grandma raising a 3 year old. It is my goal to spread kindness wherever I can. Your cards inspire me to create lovely cards to give to perfect strangers.

Laura H November 30, 2018 - 9:49 am

I like what you did with the wreath set!

Caroline November 30, 2018 - 9:58 am

Beautiful friendship story! Love both of your cards. Thank you for sharing

Nancy Fisher November 30, 2018 - 10:05 am

Grateful for the inspiration! Thank you!

alice November 30, 2018 - 10:07 am

yay!! I love a good blogshop! thanks for hosting <3

Vivian C November 30, 2018 - 10:10 am

Thanks for sharing these beautiful cards.

Elaine Cook November 30, 2018 - 10:18 am

Brilliant idea to use a stamp’s layer for the background! I definitely will try this. Beautiful cards!

Rosemary Mohler November 30, 2018 - 10:30 am

Lovely card!


Doreen Lamb November 30, 2018 - 10:30 am

I love this technique! Thanks for Sharing it.

Michele Clay November 30, 2018 - 10:36 am

And now I will copy your idea! Love it! I love Altenew!!!!

Joanne Howard November 30, 2018 - 10:47 am

So awesome!

Angie iacobazzi November 30, 2018 - 10:47 am

Fantastic cards and love the subtle backgrounds!!

Mary Dredge November 30, 2018 - 10:49 am

Great cards – a half wreath! Love it.

Karthikha Uday November 30, 2018 - 10:53 am

Awesome cards and such lovely pics 🙂

Donnalee Boisseau November 30, 2018 - 10:55 am

What a great story!

jan November 30, 2018 - 11:09 am

Thanks so much for doing this to Altenew and all the sponsors…Love your product and would be thrilled to win !

Pooja November 30, 2018 - 11:25 am

How lucky you and Ashley to have each other as friends !! The story of your friendship is most amazing ..I have read till now !! Fantastic Inspiration.

Carrie Lammert November 30, 2018 - 11:56 am

So excited to take this crafty journey today! Thanks!

Heather Nelson November 30, 2018 - 12:04 pm

Beautiful flowers!! I love your peace wreath.

It was fun reading about your crafty friend!

Michelle Hackett November 30, 2018 - 12:07 pm

My crafty friend is my oldest daughter, Danielle. When she and her sister were growing up, we did a lot of crafty projects for every holiday, to decorate our home and to give as gifts. They were always so proud of whatever they made. Now she’s grown, and owns her own home, and she’s always looking for projects to make. And when she comes home during the holidays, she loves seeing things that I still put out that we made together. Crafting is something that was handed down from my mother, and I have a feeling will be passed down for many generations. Happy Holidays.

Mel H November 30, 2018 - 12:29 pm

What a pretty card, and a great story of friendship!

CathyL November 30, 2018 - 12:32 pm

Both of these cards are lovely! Great idea for making the background!!

Rebekah A. November 30, 2018 - 12:45 pm

I just loved your friendship story! Thank you for sharing!

Michele K. Henderson November 30, 2018 - 12:45 pm

This is just beautiful! congratulations on all the wonderful friends you have met on your crafty journey! Keep sharing your gifts with the world!
Take care!

Vicky O November 30, 2018 - 1:01 pm

Another terrific Altenew release…so pretty!

Lisa A creations November 30, 2018 - 1:20 pm

Beautiful card! Crafty friends are the best!

Rochelle November 30, 2018 - 1:31 pm


I recently started making greeting cards. I am so in love with your products and ideas. Your website is very inspirational. All I can say is that I’m hooked!

Thank you!

Tiffani November 30, 2018 - 1:34 pm

Beautiful cards!

Lynne Ingram November 30, 2018 - 1:55 pm

Beautiful card. The background is wonderful. Purple is a fav color.

Bonnie Eng November 30, 2018 - 2:11 pm

I love that peace card – very merry and bright. Nice bold lines. Isn’t great when you can share your passion with someone – and pull them into it too?! I started to love paper crafting when I took a mini workshop just to fill some time at a crafting weekend (in between my other passions of jewelry making at the time) and was completely drawn in after about an hour. Now I just love sharing it with others and pulling them into the addiction with me.

Terri Clark November 30, 2018 - 2:32 pm

Can I just say how awesome it is to view all the wonderful creativity that Altenew inspires? These blog hops never fail to blow me away!

Denise Terry November 30, 2018 - 3:06 pm

I really love that second card! Good for any of the wintery holidays! Or just because.

Janet Swanlady21 November 30, 2018 - 3:30 pm

Lovely to see how beautiful cards inspire more beautiful cards.

Jean Fulton November 30, 2018 - 3:54 pm

My friend, Amanda caught the bug from me and I love when she sends me pictures of her creations.

Anastasia M. November 30, 2018 - 3:59 pm

Hobbies are a great way to make friends:)

Mary Holshouser November 30, 2018 - 4:03 pm

A wonderful two days – visiting so many
new and old friends. Got lots of great
ideas for my cards and some new
techniques. thanks for having the
hop. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

Amy Peyton November 30, 2018 - 4:15 pm

What an amazing story! I’m pretty new to the card-making world myself, but maybe one day I’ll have a similar story to share. Your card is beautiful and I really like the use of the vellum to soften the background.

Janet Durbin November 30, 2018 - 4:22 pm

Great story! And wonderful cards!

Renee November 30, 2018 - 4:24 pm

Love the soft background created with the focal point image.

Emmaline November 30, 2018 - 4:48 pm

This is such a great story! It is hard to make friends when you’re a grownup (even harder in parking lots :-p)…cute card too!

Dee Earnshaw November 30, 2018 - 5:05 pm

lovely cards!!

Kay Boone November 30, 2018 - 5:09 pm

My sis caught the crafting bug from me—-she came for a visit and saw all my stuff and was immediately “in” . We have shared product and ideas ever since., It’s such fun to work together even though we live miles apart.

Barbara Rodriguez November 30, 2018 - 5:19 pm

What a great story and love the card

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