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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Patricia Butler November 30, 2018 - 5:54 pm

I like how stamps can be used in different ways. They sure do make nice backgrounds!

Wendy McMichael November 30, 2018 - 5:59 pm

Love the cards, thanks for sharing.

Cynthia Baldwin November 30, 2018 - 6:00 pm

How wonderful that you introduced your friend to crafting! Both cards are lovely – thanks so much for sharing your story.

Jeanne Beam November 30, 2018 - 6:11 pm

Such lovely card!
Thanks for sharing about your friendship with Ashlea…

Kristie Goulet November 30, 2018 - 6:21 pm

Aww! I loved reading this and had the great pleasure of meeting sweet Ashlea for the first time in NY a few months ago, (sad I didn’t get a chance to say Hi to you). She is a true gem!!! I love how you were inspired by Ashlea’s card and what you created!

Rhonda Strickland November 30, 2018 - 6:22 pm

Love your work! Thanks for the fun.

Cheryl Rigney November 30, 2018 - 6:22 pm

Great card!! I love the look of the subtle background.

Rema DeLeeuw November 30, 2018 - 6:37 pm

Beautiful cards!

Sue W. November 30, 2018 - 6:38 pm

Beautiful and festive card!

Heather Whyte November 30, 2018 - 6:49 pm

I had a friend reach out to me this morning to say that she wanted to start to make her own cards. Yay!! So excited for her!

Rebecca Ednie November 30, 2018 - 6:56 pm

Love her card. Glad she picked up the stamping bug.

Geneviève November 30, 2018 - 7:44 pm

This industry is really a happy place for me. Although not in the inner circle 🙂 totally invested and soooo grateful

Gilda November 30, 2018 - 7:47 pm

Thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas.

Meghan Kennihan November 30, 2018 - 8:27 pm

I love the story of FRIENDSHIP and Craftiness! Such a beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing!

Carol Halvorson November 30, 2018 - 8:29 pm

Gorgeous cards!

Gail A Ciesielski November 30, 2018 - 8:59 pm

Very lovely! Thanks!

Rachel Duong November 30, 2018 - 9:04 pm

I love both cards. The purple one is so pretty and I think of many occasions it can be used. The holiday one is perfect for this time of year. I love the black and white at the bottom of the cards. It adds a really touch to balance out the sentiment.
I love the story of how I was invited to my husbands co-worker/friends wife’s stamping party 20 years ago. I am still stamping like a crazy person, she is not much and we are amazing friends! I always thank her for introducing me to the world of stamps. I introduced my sister and she loves to stamp!

Robiw November 30, 2018 - 9:11 pm

Beautiful! Love the soft background.

Susan Young November 30, 2018 - 9:59 pm

Crafty friends are the best! Thanks for sharing your friendship story! Love both cards!

Karen Tarolli November 30, 2018 - 10:19 pm

Love Altenew layering stamps!

Karen Tarolli November 30, 2018 - 10:23 pm

I love your layering stamps. Everything looks so elegant.

Jeanne H November 30, 2018 - 10:47 pm

My daughter likes to stamp too…so much she made all her Christmas cards using MY stuff and ran me clean out of red cardstock! Love to hear about new-comers. tfs

amelia November 30, 2018 - 11:03 pm

Love the original and the lift!

Jennifer Stahr November 30, 2018 - 11:41 pm

What a lovely card! I never thought of using my stamps to make backgrounds. You’ve really got me thinking now!

amelia November 30, 2018 - 11:43 pm

Love your card and the original (and the story!)

Kirsty Vittetoe November 30, 2018 - 11:44 pm

Crafty friends are the best kind fo friends!!!! : )
Love what you created!

Eva N December 1, 2018 - 12:02 am

Using the same floral stamp as the focal point and background results in such pretty cards. Definitely have to try this with my ever-growing Altenew collection of stamps.

Leanne S December 1, 2018 - 12:12 am

Both beautiful cards!

Denise Bryant December 1, 2018 - 1:13 am

Enjoying the Crafty Friends blog hop! So many fabulous creations! Thanks for sharing your story about meeting Ashlea! Gorgeous cards!

Nelya December 1, 2018 - 1:22 am

I like those background ideas. I’ll need to remember that – stamp a background with the solid stamp in a stamp set, and add one embellishment using the whole stamp set.

Kathy Ferguson December 1, 2018 - 1:41 am

Your card is gorgeous. Would love to receive one at Christmas. I really enjoyed your photos of all your creative friends.

Denise Kitts-Wadlow December 1, 2018 - 2:21 am

Fantastic take on your friend’s card! Love the half wreath, and it really is perfect for this time of year. TFS–have a blessed weekend, and thank you for a chance to win!

Neha Mahajan December 1, 2018 - 2:54 am

Love the ‘Peaceful Wreath’ stamp set. It creates a beautiful wreath. The cards are totally fabulous.

Shawn Wenrich December 1, 2018 - 3:40 am

What a sweet story and yes I have passed on my love of cardmaking to at least a few friends. I love your take on her beautiful card!

Amy Brown December 1, 2018 - 4:22 am

Love this story of your friendship ? and your cards are beautiful!

Ingrid Blackburn December 1, 2018 - 5:14 am

What an awesome story Jen, and I LOVED reading that. Ashlea, is an amazing artist, and I’m so glad you got her started!! No wonder – she’s got the best talented and crafty friend! I have a similar story. My BFF Dorothy. I used to be her boss at work and we weren’t allowed to socialize per corporate rules. We always knew we’d be great friends, so the day I stopped working there, literally – that day, I drove right over to her house (she had just had a baby) with half of everything I owned at the time and a brand new scrapbook. I just gave it to her and a life long relationship (and crafter) was born. We went to retreats, weekend events, and would just hang out all night long scrapbooking or making cards. She still has a cool craft room all these years later, and it’s been such a joy to share this fun hobby with someone I just love. Thanks for sharing such a great story!!! I want to see that purse…lol.

MandaLJ December 1, 2018 - 6:04 am

I love the story of how you met your friend Ashlea, and your card which was inspired by her beautiful one.

Melissa Smith December 1, 2018 - 7:24 am

The cards are beautiful! I enjoyed the story of your friendship beginning with shared passions. Good friends are the best kind of a new find!

Joan Y December 1, 2018 - 7:36 am

Love the layering stamps from Altenew, thanks for the giveaway!

Laura December 1, 2018 - 7:48 am

Both cards are so pretty, love the soft backgrounds with a brighter focal image. Thank you.

Teri W December 1, 2018 - 7:55 am

Love the story. Friends come to us in unusual ways!

Rosali December 1, 2018 - 8:09 am

Crafty friends are the best! Loved looking at the happy friendship photos! Beautiful cards, too!

Teresa Doyle December 1, 2018 - 8:12 am

What an awesome card Jennifer and your friend sounds like a great gal.
When my son started dating (his now wife), and I needed to buy her Christmas/birthday gifts. She had no hobbies or interests and was my hardest person to buy for. However, since they got married (she & I made their wedding invites) and we have gotten to know each other better, she began to show real interest in my cards. Now we have so much to talk about and share many more interests because of the bond we created through crafts. What a great ice breaker crafting is!

Teri Ives December 1, 2018 - 9:02 am

So gun. Love blog hopping. so many awesome things

Stefanie December 1, 2018 - 9:38 am

Wow! Beautiful cards and a great way to celebrate crafty friends. Wonderful giveaway as well. Thanks for sharing.

Juanita Goulet December 1, 2018 - 9:47 am

Love both cards.

Linda R December 1, 2018 - 9:48 am

You’re right the subtle background is great. Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing!

Cindy Q December 1, 2018 - 11:00 am

So many wonderful talented artists on your blog hop. Thank you for sharing.

Kailash December 1, 2018 - 11:02 am

Love your story, so inspiring. Stunning cards too!

Carol Rossouw December 1, 2018 - 11:24 am

What a lovely story! I am continually amazed at how wonderful this crafty community is, crossing even international barriers, and this blog hop is such a lovely way to celebrate this. I have crafty friends, but I don’t know of anyone who has been inspired to join this specific cardmaking craft because of me. Your card is beautiful!

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