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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Sheri Kempke December 1, 2018 - 11:36 am

Love your story of meeting a new crafty friend! Lovely cards and now off to hop!

Melissa E December 1, 2018 - 11:55 am

Love the idea of using a softened version of the foreground stamp to make a background that ties in with the theme. Smart use of velum! I’ll have to keep that in mind.

Loly Borda December 1, 2018 - 11:56 am

I love reading your story Jennifer! I love that you share so much and inspire each other. Thanks for sharing and thanks for the chance!

Jeanne Christie December 1, 2018 - 12:04 pm

Beautiful cards!

Lori Roberson December 1, 2018 - 12:11 pm

Loved your story, and your cards are beautiful. Thank you for sharing and inspiring.

Anita in France December 1, 2018 - 12:27 pm

What a fun, happy story …. and a wonderfully bright and festive CASE! Not sure I’ve introduced anyone to this fabulous hobby … though I’ve enabled an awful lot!! Anita 🙂

Susan McRae December 1, 2018 - 1:17 pm

Lovely cards and wonderful story!

Cynthia Cole December 1, 2018 - 1:47 pm

Love your card! I haven’t had anyone catch the crafting bug from me but rather I got hooked cardmaking from a super sweet lady.

barbara lassiter December 1, 2018 - 1:56 pm

The cards are beautiful and there is definitely a closeness that is felt when one is being creative with another. I love all my friends, but I do think the crafting community inspires us to be kind and to share.

Mirella Rogan December 1, 2018 - 1:58 pm

It is so amazing to read all the cool friendship stories in our crafty community – most of mine are only “online” ones, since I don’t have many crafters around me, but I am hoping that I’ll get to meet a few of my crafty friends in the coming years, when my kids are bigger and I can travel a bit more freely 🙂 Thanks for this blog hop, too! The stories themselves are really inspirational, but so are the shared creations!

Henriëtte December 1, 2018 - 2:14 pm

Gorgeous cards and a heartwarming story. I would love to have crafty friends in real live but unfortunately all my friends don’t craft! Gladly they do and have other great things. Thank you so much for showing and sharing this Jennifer and I hope your craftfriendship will last for ever.

Laurie Black December 1, 2018 - 2:42 pm

Pretty card, great way to create a coordinating background.

Karen Benedict December 1, 2018 - 3:31 pm

Love your beautiful cards and I love all my crafty friends. They keep me grounded when things don’t go right. Loved your story and your cards.

Savannagh December 1, 2018 - 4:06 pm

I love Altenew stamps and this post just gave me a new idea of how to use one I bought recently. Thanks!

Erika Rodriguez December 1, 2018 - 4:20 pm

Beautiful card!?

Lee Brett December 1, 2018 - 4:53 pm

I have learned several techniques going through this blog hop which has me fidgity to begin trying them. Thanks for this wonderfully themed hop–Crafty Friends.

Wendy Lambert December 1, 2018 - 5:53 pm

Love the cards, thank you for sharing. I have a craft friend but she doesn’t do card making which is fine as we still have a lot of fun doing other crafts. As I continue my card making journey I am sure to meet a lot of new people who love it like I do.

Marisela Delgado December 1, 2018 - 6:36 pm

Great projects!

Merrill P December 1, 2018 - 6:57 pm

Love that purple floral card; that would cheer anyone up.

Annette Reed December 1, 2018 - 9:20 pm

That is such a cool story! I don’t have any crafting friends so I’ve been reading the stories the designers are posting and wishing I was able to do more and forge the kind of friendships all of you have. It would be a lot of fun to have a card making party or something. You are truly blessed. Ashlea’s card is beautiful and you have done a great job with her technique. The vellum was a great idea. I like how it softens the background.

Janie S. December 1, 2018 - 9:55 pm

I like your card and Ashlea’s Too! I have two friends in different countries that I have become friends with through our crafting card making hobby hobby. The first is Veronica who’s in Canada we have been friends for years. And this year I became friends with April who is in Hong Kong, isn’t that amazing? I think so. . .

Cathy Lillie December 1, 2018 - 10:53 pm

What a great story and a great friendship was formed. How cool that she inspired your card (both are beautiful)! The Peaceful Wreath set is one of my favorite stamps from Altenew. Such a creative idea to use it for the focal point of the card, as well as the background. I love the softening effect of the vellum layer.

Carla Hundley December 2, 2018 - 12:43 am

I introduced my mom
and two sisters into
card making! We all
make them now and
I love seeing how they
are progressing with
each one.
Carla from Utah

Sindhu December 2, 2018 - 5:50 am

Beautiful cards with lovely colors…

Patricia Brown December 2, 2018 - 7:08 am

Your cards are pretty, I specially the purple flower one. Thanks for the chance to win and sharing.

Deepa Robbins December 2, 2018 - 1:44 pm

These cards are so pretty! Love how the background stamping ties into the focal point image!

Toni C December 2, 2018 - 4:47 pm

Such a cool story!

Melinda Brown December 2, 2018 - 4:48 pm

I LOVED the opening story! It was very funny and witty and I loved the get well card design and sentiment. That encourages me to continue on my crafty journey. It isn’t big where I am but I’m hoping I can change that.

Denise Mlady December 2, 2018 - 5:56 pm

I love your Christmas card! What a great story, I did get my sister-in-law into stamping many years ago and we still stamp together to this day.

Betty December 2, 2018 - 7:00 pm

lovely cards, Jennifer – this is such a fun blog hop with so many great participants!

Cindy Thick December 2, 2018 - 7:50 pm

Beautiful cards. Thanks for sharing.

MelissaF December 2, 2018 - 8:16 pm

Beautiful card with the subtle background of the solid layer, way to get more out of those layered stamp sets! I LOVE the story of you and Ashlea, and from the costume pics you both are very creative and brilliant.

Greta H December 2, 2018 - 10:46 pm

Both cards are gorgeous!

Kathy Jo Wood December 3, 2018 - 5:45 am

What a great story of friendship and craftiness. 🙂 Some of my closest (and coolest, of course!) friends are crafters. We have the best times together filled with laughter, creativity and friendship.

Lena Knutsson December 3, 2018 - 6:52 am

Lovely cards!

Nandini Karmarkar December 3, 2018 - 8:56 am

Love the card. It is beautiful! And I love this blog hop. It is so much fun to read all these stories of great friendships that started with crafting.

Sue Logan December 3, 2018 - 9:23 am

Thanks for sharing your wonderful card ideas! I love Altenew products.

BrendaLea Abbott December 3, 2018 - 10:27 am

It has been so enjoyable reading everyone’s crafty friends stories. Thanks or this onderful hop, for honoring our crafty friends. Like ve the cards too!

Martha Gunckel December 3, 2018 - 11:33 am

What a great idea to use a design on the card front that is the same as the background paper you created. My grand daughters are young but love to do cards with Granma when they come visit. My daughter is also crafty which shows up in the projects she tackles with her new townhouse. ( refinishing furniture, having a whole blackboard wall for visiting kids to do chalk pictures on, etc.) Thanks for sharing your idea. That’s how we spread happiness and craftiness!

Anne Lee December 3, 2018 - 5:58 pm

I don’t, but it’s nice to know that there’s such a fun and kind community out there! Crafting is so therapeutic, it’s helped heal me over the years!

Helen Kalb December 3, 2018 - 6:08 pm

It’s great fun to share this cardmaking hobby – I regularly have a three or four friends over to play with my supplies, such fun!

Marisela Delgado December 3, 2018 - 7:43 pm

Awesome cards

Dana M December 4, 2018 - 1:38 am

What a fun crafty friend story and gorgeous cards by you both. I might have given a friend a crafty jigger bite – not quite a full bug bite – yet!

Miriam Prantner December 4, 2018 - 7:29 am

Crafty friends are the best! Love these cards, especially the second with that bit of black and white at the bottom.

Lauryne Cunningham December 4, 2018 - 9:06 am

Love your cards! I’ve been scrapbooking (and, now card making) with a group of wonderful friends for 16 years!

Terrie D. December 4, 2018 - 12:09 pm

What a great post! You card is beautiful, as is the inspiration card. 🙂

C Sterling December 4, 2018 - 2:43 pm

Great story…I agree that as adults it is hard to make new friends. I’m lucky I get to stamp & craft with my sister!

Andre M. December 5, 2018 - 11:14 am

It’s fab when non-crafty friends can develop an interest in our hobbies. This half wreath design is so elegant.

Stacey Kowbel December 5, 2018 - 12:08 pm

Fabulous cards! I love the pictures you shared – looks like so much fun in every one of them!

Rose Mary Smalley December 5, 2018 - 4:59 pm

I Loved all of the photos….what a fun group….that is what I love so much about crafting…is the wonderful times with new friends/crafters…..Lovely card samples….off to hop now…Happy Holidays!!!

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