October 18, 2017

Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway



Hi crafty friends! I am so excited to be joining Altenew for the Crafty Friends Blog Hop! You should have arrived here from the My Sweet Petunia blog.

The idea behind the crafty friends blog hop us to celebrate the incredible friendships we have made all over the world as a crafting community.

I have been so fortunate to have made many friendships through the mutual love of paper crafting. Some of these friendships have been via snail mail, emails, phone calls, video calls and several that I have been so fortunate to meet in real life and many that I hope to meet one day. As I write this post I have just gotten back from a crafty retreat with 17 amazing ladies. This is the third time that I have been at retreat with them now! Each of them so lovely, incredibly talented and people who I am able to call my friends!

Today I have used Altenew's Indoor Garden for my card. Love how easy it is to build a succulent garden. I did a bit of masking and all the colours were added using Altenew inks and the coordinating stamps.  They line up so easily and using my MISTI I was able to get amazing vibrant coverage. I finished the card off with a sentiment from the super fun new Altenew Crafty Friends stamp set. This one is loaded with sentiments that are perfect for sending cards and paper crafting projects to all your crafty friends.






I have some pictures of the friends I have been so fortunate to meet. Starting off with Toronto friends...



Stamping Away Friends...






SPECIAL OFFER

FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS at checkout. Offer valid from October 17th at 12:01 am EDT through October 19th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

PRIZES

Altenew is giving away a $100 Altenew prize pack to FIVE lucky winners. There are also 13 awesome companies/magazines who are offering the following 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



ONE MORE GIVEAWAY

I am giving away a $20 gift certificate to Altenew.  Leave a comment here on my blog by 11:59 Eastern Time on Thursday, October 26 for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Altenew. I will post the winner here on Friday, October 27. Good luck!

Now you are headed to the Butterfly Reflections blog...


179 comments :

Kelli Friar said...

how cute! I love it!

Terri Koszler said...

Lovely card. So clean and crisp

Mary Locke said...

Such a beautiful succulent garden!

Renee Kennedy said...

Love these cards. This blog hop has introduced me to new crafty blogs.

Where Imagination Takes Me said...

Love your card. Crafty friends are awesome, love that my sisters and I get together to craft.

Debra Rumpza said...

Love your card... I need some of those crafty sentiments!

Sharon Torgerson said...

Fun cards!! Thanks for sharing!!

Michelle H said...

I really like the succulent set and you really made it special. Thank you for sharing all your photos.

Barbara said...

That saying is so true!!

D Golly said...

Adorable card and wonderful sentiment. I agree!

Janet D. said...

I love looking at your photos, wonderful memories!

Kim Salito said...

Wish I could find some paper crafting buddies. Looks fun.

Berina RGA said...

Such a beautiful card! Love the succulents! The sentiment is lovely!

Debbie Selby said...

Love the card and I love all the pictures of your crafty friends.

Susan T said...

Thank you for taking the time to spread the love with your creative spirit. I just love your card that you made with the succulents and yes, crafty friends and the best!

Rose Mary Smalley said...

I thought your card was very sweet. Not sure I would know how to use this stamp set...so it really opened my eyes...
Loved seeing all of your creative group photos....so wonderful. Thank you so very much for sharing..hugs

Marsha said...

Such a cute card. Lovely coloring!

clavell said...

A cheery and clean card design! ♥

Carol Rossouw said...

Wow! What a beautiful card! I love this crafting community and the fact that it can bring people together from all over the world. I have "met" some wonderful friends in places like Florida (USA) and even New Zealand!

Karthikha said...

Beautiful card and lovely pics :) You must have a great time! :) Thanks for sharing your inspiration with us :)

Marcia said...

Great card! Love how you colored the succulents!

sentsue said...

Fun pics and a great clean, crisp cards. I love me some white space. lol

Betty Keefe said...

wonderful card Tracey - and so fun to see pics of your crafty friends!

Purple Princess said...

Great card!!

Janet a.k.a. swanlady21 said...

Can't beat crafty friends and all the fun we have together. Wonderful card!

C said...

Love the cute cactus and succulent stamps!

Kathy M said...

Love the colors great card

Barbara said...

Love your card and I know that you know that crafty friends are precious! :)

gardener said...

Love succulents . They look so nice on your card.

Rebecca Yahrling said...

Your card is really cute! Thanks for sharing your photos -
I spy a few faces I recognize.

Linda said...

Love your card and the stamp set you used. Great job!

Deborah Kaye said...

Your card is great! I like that some images have outlines and others don't. Very eye appealing!

Jeanne Beam said...

What a cute card. The layout is awesome. Thanks for sharing....

Bridget Grant said...

Lovely card, very modern just gorgeous 💕

Char K said...

love this!

Kailash said...

Gorgeous card, love the succulents!!!

Lagene said...

Love your indoor garden card!

Teri W said...

What a cool card

Lindarub 25 said...

Love your card.

Nora N. said...

Your card is so pretty!! The inks are crisp and gorgeous!! LOVE your photos!!!

Kristine said...

This is such a beautiful card! Thank you for your inspiration!

Angela Walters said...

Your succulents are so pretty! Great to see how many crafty friends you have, too!

pcm said...

love those succulents~!

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Lovely card!

Miriam Prantner said...

What a wonderful little vignette! I love the colors and the placement of all the elements!

Betty J said...

Beautiful clean card!

Liz O. said...

I totally agree with that sentiment! Crafty friends are the best! Love these succulents thanks for the inspiration!

Abby said...

Great card!

Kim Faucher said...

Love that card. Succulents are always in style!!

Lisa Elton said...

This is a lovely card Tracey! And just look at all of those lovely crafty friends you've had the chance to meet. One day...one day!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful

Lindsey said...

Hey, crafty friend! ;) Love your succulents and the colouring.

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

Brilliant and ingenious, but the best part of this post is the friendship photos!

A Crafty Person said...

Love it so cute!

Lynn Brown said...

The card is so simple and crisp. I like that some of the stamped images are lined while others are not. Thank you for sharing the crafting photos as well, I got excited to see Toronto crafters unite hehe.

Francine D said...

This is such a fun blog hop.. Love sharing the friends that we've meet along the way. THey are so special!

A Tad Bit Off said...

Great!

Maryam said...

Love this card and it's too good for the sentiment

barbara macaskill said...

These succulents are fresh and lively looking! Perfect for a just because or encouragement card! TFS!

Marjorie DUMONTlER said...

This is a gorgeous card !

Susan Gonyo said...

Great card. Cheerful and bright.

Melissa Friedrich said...

Beautiful card with awesome coloring and perfect sentiment! I LOVE the sketchy look of this Indoor Garden set. Thanks for sharing pics of your crafty friend meetings, so much joy, so much fun

Asra Sabeen said...

lovely cards, such a cute concept

Rebecca Ednie said...

Very sweet. I really like this.

Phi said...

Beautiful card. I think I might have all those little plants at home :) . Now I wish I had that stamp set.

Roberta said...

Love the realistic look of your succulents on your card. Thank you for sharing your crafting friends story.

Memories by Manda said...

Cute card. I too believe that crafty friends make the best friend!

sammi said...

I just love this succulent card! Thank you for sharing your creativity!

Sue VanDeVusse said...

So cute. I love your potted succulents! Thanks for the inspiration. And I love all the photos of your crafty friends.

Tina H said...

What a lovely succulent garden!! And that sentiment is just great!

Christine said...

I like the simple, retro feel and the clean lines.

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Love the white uncolored parts of the design. Makes it so interesting

Mirella said...

Wonderful, very nice design for a card - succulents are so popular nowadays :-)

Gail said...

My experience has been that crafty people are good people and I've made many new friends. I enjoy Altenew layering stampsbecause they give me great results!

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

This is gorgeous! LOVING those colors!! And crafty friends are the BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Shari Czerwinski said...

Super cute cactuses! (cactii??) :)

Karen Russell said...

Great card! I love seeing all the beautiful cards and pages in this Blog Hop. So many talented ladies. Thanks.

Sue LD said...

Cute crafty succulent card!

Rebecca Brewer said...

Love your cards, very nice colors, love succulents.

Teresa Doyle said...

This is such a great card Tracey and a beautiful job on colouring your succulents! (Lucky you to be in such good company with all of those crafty gals!)

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Great Garden Card.

Andrea Hastilow said...

Beautiful , simple, crisp but detailed, really a pleasure to see, thank you very much for sharing x

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

Crafty friends are great friends to share our hobby and life with!! Such a beautiful one layer card of gorgeousness!

erika said...

Clean and simple card... I love it!

Mrsfish02 said...

Really love these succulents. Your colors are wonderful. I recognized a couple faces in your photos. So lovely to get to spend time together. Looks lovely.

Amy C. said...

Your retreat looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing your pretty card.

Michelle Varol said...

What a great card.. and yes they are!

Lee Newton said...

Little plants and cacti are so hot!

Heather M said...

Love your succulents!! Fabulous card!

Debbie B said...

Love the colors in your clean and crisp card! Lovely! Fantastic blog hop hearing everyones stories. How do you get invited to a crafty retreat like the one you just attended? I would be thrilled to have a crafty group of friends like that.

cghundley said...

Terrific design
on this card!
Carla from Utah

Anila Dk said...

lovely card...love those succulents

Anita in France said...

Cute, whimsical and fabulous, Tracey ... and deliciously CAS! Brilliant photo's ... how wonderful to have crafty friends 'close by' and to be able to meet those far away at a retreat ... so much fun! One day p'raps! Hugs, Anita :)

Dee Earnshaw said...

super sweet card and love the photos:)

Jean said...

Loving these stamps! Super cute card!

Jeanne J. said...

Fabulous card! I love the Altenew images - a real treat to work with, and even more fun to see what you made! Your stamping is perfection! Your photos of you and your crafty friends stole the show.. fun to see ladies I recognize and your smiling face Tracey!

Stephanie Walter said...

so creative

Nana Griffin said...

Wonderful card!

Tonya S said...

Clean and simple. Love everything about this design.

Monika Reeck said...

Cute adorable and love the colors Tracey
and look ooh you meet nearly all popular lady in cardmaking
I am jealous
I living in a wrong continent
I must living in USA or CANADA to meet you all hehe
sweet Fotos all Tracey
made me jealous when I can do something like this?
hugs hugs
Monika

Lisa Lara said...

Brilliant card Tracey. I love the artistic feel. Brilliant. Hugs.

bev p said...

I would love to meet up with a bunch of crafty ladies around here! The closest I have found was a class or two at my local craft store, but there wasn't much interaction. I had a great time, but that was the only time I ever saw those women. (It was a totally different experience when I went to a jewelry class: lots of back and forth, lots of sharing ideas --and supplies. And we exchanged a few phone numbers! thanks for this very cool card!

Joy said...

Love the photos you shared! Crafting/stamping has such a great community of people!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

This stamp set is next on my list. Beautifully stamped. TFS

Nikki said...

Awesome card, colors are great.

Nicole B said...

Such cute pictures! The card is lovely, too!

Laura Chiesa said...

So pretty!!

Tracy A said...

Pretty card. I do like that stamp set. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

Helen Budz said...

Such a clean, simple design that speaks for itself. Isn't it great to craft with friends? tfs

blaze said...

Oh, yes! Crafty friends are the best!

Kim Heggins said...

Simply sweet card...just love your wonderful plants. LOVE all your sweet photos with all your crafty friends!! Just so cute. I can't wait to be in one with you too in April!

Daria Z. said...

Love the vibrant colors on your beautiful card! Thanks for sharing your photos. It's always so fun to meet crafty friends face-to-face.

Doris B.Barrow said...

Love this stamp set, super cute card! Thanks for sharing

Doris B.Barrow said...

Love this stamp set, super cute card! Thanks for sharing

cindybearj said...

I love this quirky little card! The lettering on the sentiment is wonderful.

Patt H. said...

Such a beautiful garden! And I love that sentiment. Great card!

Rufus said...

Crafty friends are the best! There just no arguing with that fact! It's the most friendly, supportive, teaching, caring, learning, kind and giving community I've ever been involved with! Altenew it's self is a wonderful example of this!

Helen Kalb said...

Your card is very sweet and I so agree that it's a joy to use Altenew layeringstams and inks - results are so great!

Sharron said...

Crafty friends are definitely the best! Love this wonderful set and your fabulous design!

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Such a fun card!

Stef Perry said...

Crafty friends are priceless, and it's remarkable to me how kind and generous people are that are involved in this community. It gives me hope! 💜

Kathy Ferguson said...

Crafty friends are the best! Enjoyed your card and the photos you posted of your crafty friends!

Vikki H, southern Oregon said...

The variety of green inks looks exactly like my own cacti containers! A wonderful sentiment for your special weekend memory! Altenew thinks of everything, don't they?

Beka L said...

That cherry blossom as the splash of color is fantastic!

Pamela said...

Love the card and enjoyed the photos of you and your crafty friends, too!

MakeYourLifeColourful said...

Adorable card and fun pictures, thanks for sharing!

Amy Seigler said...

Love this stamp set! It's going on my Christmas/Birthday wish list right now! I too have made so many friends in the craft industry and I'm so grateful for them.

Arianna Barbara said...

Beautiful card and stunning colouring!!!

Deb L said...

Cute card. Great pics

Dana M said...

Such a fun card, wonderfully clean and simple. Thanks for sharing your crafty friends photos, nothing makes me smile more that time with crafty friends!

Auntie Em said...

Cute card idea! Isn't it fun to finally meet some of our online crafty friends. Its like meeting up with old friends you have known forever! :)

Robyn said...

Great card! Super fun.

Sharon said...

Such a fun card and such a true sentiment!

Mary Holshouser said...

The coloring on the cacti
is fantastic.
Great card.
thanks for sharing.

Judie said...

What a gorgeous fun card! Thanks for sharing!

bevyb said...

Cute card and thanks for sharing pictures of your crafty friends

D.Ann C said...

What a terrific succulent card... love it!!

Maureen McLaughlin said...

How cute is your card!! Love succulents. Superb design and colour.

Lieve said...

What a beautiful little scenery on your card. The plant on the left looks like my "pancake plants" that I have.
Great pictures with your crafty friends.

Raven Magill said...

So cute! I adore the simplicity of this card.

Stefanie White said...

Your card is great, love the colors you used!And I love the pictures! We usually see just hands and maybe hair in a video, seeing everyone together is super cool!

StampinLouie said...

Succulents are my new favorite plant. Love this set and the colors yu used.

Heather said...

How fun!!! And what a great sentiment!

Alaska .Kris said...

I love that card and stamp set!

LauraJane:) said...

Super to see you on the Hop list Tracey! Sweet card and I LOVE seeing the photos of you and your crafty friends:)Some I'm beginning to recognize as gals I follow too!

Dawn Jones said...

Only another crafty friend could appreciate how difficult it is to stop buying new supplies. While others keep a notebook handy to take notes, I keep one to know what I need next for my next project. Here's to all my crafty friends.

Cara said...

Love the cactus. We all have a "prickly" friend.

Robin Platt said...

Great card.

Becky R said...

I love succulents. My daughter and I are constantly planting them and killing them (not intentionally). I think we love them to death. Anyway, great cards.

phlower said...

Love the clean, modern look of your card! Thanks for sharing!

Denise Bryant said...

Love the coloring and the color combo on your card! Enjoyed seeing the pics!

Lynn said...

Love all your pictures and your stamping on your card is incredible. So vibrant and perfect in every way.

Marsha Guskey said...

Lovely card! Thanks!

Jeanne H said...

I have never like succulents to grow, but they are fun to stamp, color and make a card! I envy you having so many friends to craft with. :)

Denise Gutshall said...

What a lovely card! I love the plant them and the crafty sentiments! Thanks for sharing.

Megan said...

I can't imagine the fun you guys have at the Stamp Away retreats! :)

Ericka Strange said...

Great card! Love the sentiment so fun!

Henriëtte said...

Love your clean card, its realy a little indoor garden.
Great pictures of your crafty friends, cherish them!

Cheri said...

Such a simple and quaint design. I would have a difficult time NOT coloring all the areas....I'm going to study this and practice. It really packs a visual impact which I like. Thanks for the inspiration.

byAnnette said...

Nice Card!
Fun to be able to go on a retreat!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Beautifully stamped! I love this set and your card!

Loly Borda said...

I totally agree with the sentiment and I love your card! TFS the pictures of the retreat! So much talent in one place!

Sindhu said...

lovely card...

Deeps said...

Oh, I love the images on your card. Crafty friends are the best.

maria f. said...

Already liked this card somewhere... now I see it's part of this hop. Yay for you! This card is so cool. Those colors......

Renuka M said...

Beautiful card..Loved the pictures!!!

Janet Zeppa said...

Adorable! Love those succulents! I hope you heal quickly too Tracey.

Stacey Kowbel said...

Fantastic card! I love how you chose parts of the stamped images to not colour.

Jennifer Glieco said...

So very beautiful!

Jaycee C. said...

I like that you left some of the design uncolored. I never think to do that as I'm afraid non stamping people may think it just wasn't finished. It looks like a really nice stamping set.

Holly Graham said...

I love the cacti on the card! So pretty and definitely brought a smile to my face!

Nandini said...

Very pretty card. Love the colors and the beautiful images.

Nioki77 said...

nice card

Calin said...

Gorgeous muted colors on the cacti. Clean and elegant.

McStamper said...

What a cute card. Love the sentiment.

Corina Dickey said...

So cute! I know a couple people who would love a card like this. Thank you for sharing

Valerija said...

Gorgeous card...love that image!

Jackie said...

ßuch a unique card! I love it!! I need some stamps of different fauna like those you used. Thsnks for sharing some of your crafty friends story with us!

Mary-Anne V said...

Wonderful card. You are very blessed to have a wonderful group of women to call your crafty friends.