Wednesday, October 18, 2017

{Altenew} Crafty Friends Blog Hop: Day 2 + Giveaway!


Welcome to Day 2 of Altenew's Crafty Friends Blog Hop! I'm so honoured to be joining Altenew and its line-up of amazingly talented crafters, awesome companies and magazines for this special hop to celebrate our love of crafting and blogging. I've been making handmade cards as far back as I can remember. My mom always insisted on handmade cards, never store-bought. About seven years ago, when I knew I was going to be a stay-at-home-mom for a few more years, I started blogging and then I ventured into publications, which seems like a whole lifetime ago. Does anyone else really miss the tangible paper crafting magazines?! I would definitely count some of the crafty friends I've met in blogland as my best friends. There are a few that I text with every day, not just about crafting but anything and everything. Yup! I love them, they're awesome and I don't know what I'd do without them. 


In honour of Altenew and this celebration of crafty friends, I made a trio of cards using six different Altenew stamp sets and three coordinating die sets. The moment I saw the Sweet Friend set, I knew I had to have it. I love frames and I knew that I wanted to pair it up with the foxes from Hug Me.


For the first card, I heat embossed the frame in gold, then created a custom sentiment using two different sentiments, one from Crafty Friends and one from Coffee Love. I just changed the period into a comma using a Copic multi-liner.


The spoon, teacup and saucer are also from the Coffee Love set. I created an ombre effect for the second line using Rose Quartz and Puffy Heart inks.


For all of the frames and foxes, I used the same distress ink colours which are all listed below. It's the difference in embossing powders that changes the look of the frame.


The second card is the only one with a coloured background and I chose the green to coordinate with the watercolours in the images since the frame was so pale. I loved playing with the positions of the foxes in the frames!


The sentiment on this card was created with a line from Hug Me and a partial sentiment from Crafty Friends.


This last card is my favourite of the three. The frame was heat embossed with clear embossing powder over gray pigment ink. At first, I thought it looked dull but the watercolours seem to pop the most of the three frames. Plus, it has a nice rustic, antique look.


I love the three foxes hanging out together - something I always look forward to with my local crafty gals - and the sentiment is so perfect for the setting and this blog hop!


Once again, I used Volcano Lake and Lagoon inks to create the ombre effect on the two-line sentiment, created using phrases from Crafty Friends. It's a must-have stamp set with endless possibilities!


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:


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! 20 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.

There's more! I will also draw a winner from my blog to win a $20 gift certificate to the Altenew store. Please leave a comment on my blog by Thursday, October 26th at 11:59 p.m. EST for a chance to win. The winner will be announced on my blog on Friday, October 27th.


Click on the special offer above to shop at Altenew and save on shipping for the duration of the hop!

Full Blog Hop List: Day 2


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164 comments:

Terri Koszler said...

super cute cards, that little fox is amazing.

Mary Locke said...

This card is adorable! I love the added dimension.

Renee Kennedy said...

These cards are so stinkin’ cute. Thank you for the inspiration.

Debra Rumpza said...

Adorable!!! I love the sentiments too!

Where Imagination Takes Me said...

Such cute cards, love how the green in the background just makes the cute little critters stand out.

Sharon Torgerson said...

Very cute card!!

Michelle H said...

These cards are so cute. I do miss the crafting magazines. I used to subscribe to cardmaker magazine, and still refer to them on occasion. But now with blogs and hops everywhere it's easier to get inspiration, plus I get to watch utube videos which are super helpful. Thank you for inspiring us.

Barbara said...

Oh so cute. I love the cats.

D Golly said...

What cute, adorable cards. Thanks for sharing.

Janet D. said...

Your cards are adorable!

Kim Salito said...

Your cards are simply adorable.

Debbie Selby said...

I have that crafty sentiment stamps and I am realizing all over again why. The sentiments are bang on. It is coming out again today.

Susan T said...

These cards are soooo Cute! Love how you just changed up a couple of things on each making them unique. I cannot choose a favorite! Thanks for sharing and celebrating crafty friends.

Rose Mary Smalley said...

Cute card. Loving that frame die set....thank you so much for sharing.

clavell said...

Great card designs! Fun and well done1 :D

Marsha said...

Very cute and popped up so nice and high. Thanks for the ideas.

Carol Rossouw said...

Lovely cards! 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...

Lovely cards!! The first one is so much of fun :) And I love the dimension too!

Marcia said...

Such cute cards! Love all the cute critters!

sentsue said...

Such cute cards! Thanks for sharing your talent today.

Betty Keefe said...

such cute cards with those wonderful frames!!

Purple Princess said...

Super cute cards!!

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

Love the layered frames and cute animals.

Waldo said...

Such a sweet card, thanks for sharing

C said...

Very cute card!

Barbara said...

These are so cute. I love the soft colors and all the cute little details!

Amy C. said...

Very cute...I like the little critters!

gardener said...

Sweet cards and lovely use of the frame.

Mona Tóth said...

I love these cute foxes 😍 and your card is beautiful!

Rebecca Yahrling said...

All 3 are just gorgeous! I love how perfectly the one fox sits
on the frame. Like it was made just for him. lol

Linda said...

Your cards are so cute! Thanks for the inspiration!

Deborah Kaye said...

Your cards are so fun! I really like the frames with the little foxes!

Jeanne Beam said...

Your cards are so cute. Thanks for sharing...

Bridget Grant said...

Such cute cards, I'm loving the frames.

Char K said...

love your framed critters--cute!

Kailash said...

So adorable and love the frame!!!

Annette:) said...

Love the coffee sentiment!!

Daria Z. said...

Super sweet cards! Love the dimension.

Lagene said...

AWWHH what CUTE cards!

Teri W said...

Love the little fox so cute

Kristine said...

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

Nora N. said...

How CUTE!! Love how you popped the frames off with the layering!!!

pcm said...

love how those critters are perched in a frame!

Rema DeLeeuw said...

Cute cards!

Miriam Prantner said...

These are so cute! I love the little scenes/groups you created!

Betty J said...

What fun cards!

Liz O. said...

Adorable cards Emily! Love the sweet friend set too! Thanks for sharing!

Abby said...

Very cute!

Lindsey said...

These. Are. Amazing! The way you have taken these frames, with embossing and watercolour, to set off the foxy friends, is perfection. So creative!

Unknown said...

Beautiful

Teresa Doyle said...

Emily, I too miss the days of browsing at my leisure through a good old fashioned paper copy of my fave card magazines. (As a matter of fact, I have kept all of the old copies I bought.)
Your cards are all fantastic, I esp like the "sitting fox"! Its so cute!

Kirsty Vittetoe said...

You did an Incredible job!!!!

A Crafty Person said...

Adorable cards!!

Lynn Brown said...

I really like the foxy stamp set as well and the window was a great touch to all of the cards! It is a really cute family type of card.

Dana Gong said...

Your cards are amazing and I especially adore coffee friends card!

Rebecca Ednie said...

These are very cute! I love the frames.

Francine D said...

Love your card ideas! Yes, paper.. what happened to it? Craft magazines last forever. I love to look them over and over and over.

A Tad Bit Off said...

Cute cards!

Janet S said...

Love! Thanks for the inspiration. :D

barbara macaskill said...

I love how you have combined the different sets! Each card is lovely and has just the right touch of whimsicalllity! I really love the Frame dies and you have used them as the perfect finishing touch! TFS!

Susan Gonyo said...

Very cute.

Melissa Friedrich said...

Super cute critters on these adorable cards! Love the frames surrounding the focal images and that you "crafted" your own sentiment from a couple different ones, so clever!

Asra Sabeen said...

such adorable cards

Angela Walters said...

I love mounting things with 3D foam tape or fun foam like you did with your frames. I think it always adds such a great touch to each card. All three of your cards look great!

Phi said...

What a cute set of cards!

Roberta said...

Love your cards shared here but love your crafty friends story more. Thank you for sharing.

Memories by Manda said...

Pretty cards. Thanks for the bonus prize too.

sammi said...

These cards are just so stinking cute - And the critters look like they are having so much fun!

Marjorie DUMONTlER said...

This is an adorable trio of cards !

Sue VanDeVusse said...

These are all so cute! I love how you used that frame.

Tina H said...

Awww these cards are so sweet!!!

Erika Crawford said...

Such cute card!

Christine said...

Those frames are so gorgeous with the embossing and watercolor. The images are very cute. Any friend would smile to get one of these cards.

Liz Gessner McAllister said...

Love the frames and the cute little critters

Mirella said...

These are so cute, and I love the dimension!

Shari Czerwinski said...

Great coloring, and love the depth! Love the way you made the similiar, but different cards.

Rebecca Brewer said...

Very sweet cards. Love the frame you used and how you showed different ways to use them. I love hugs, can't get enough.

terriavidreader (IN-USA) said...

Too too Cute!!

Andrea Hastilow said...

So cute and cuddly, love the image it makes you smile instantly and the use of the fram makes it a really pretty card, thank you for being inspiring x

jordanbev5@yahoo.com said...

These are such adorable cards for all our crafty friends!! Thanks for the inspiraiton!

erika said...

I love this stamp set and I love this card!!!

Michelle Varol said...

You are such a talented lady.. Thank you for inspiring me to create beautiful cards.

Lee Newton said...

Love your adorable framed little foxes and yet I like the green background best, too.

Debbie B said...

Your cards are adorable! Love hearing everyones stories on this crafty friends hop!

Sue LD said...

So cute. I like the framing.

Heather M said...

Adorable cards!! Love the green, sets off the critters perfectly!

Anila Dk said...

Amazingly cute cards.....

Dee Earnshaw said...

super sweet cards:)

Jean said...

These are just delightful!

Mary W said...

Love the variety you achieved with all those different cards. My favorite is the lovely pink lace frame - looks so feminine and pretty.

Stephanie Walter said...

so cute

Nana Griffin said...

Cute cards with the frame.

bev p said...

I like the frame on the last one too! I am enjoying seeing little bits of lots of great card crafters. I personally didn't start making cards until about 3 years ago--but have dived right in. I need way more skill practice in so many areas, but I love the design process and I love giving hand-made expressions of love and I really love having 2 grandkids who love to create cards too! Thanks so much for the little piece of heart you shared!

Joy said...

Adorable card! This has been an amazing 2 days and great to see all the wonderful friendships :)

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Fun cards. Love that you built up the layers to create that awesome dimension

Irene Grau said...

Emily, we're not "friends," but I have followed you and been so inspired by you for several years now. I feel I know your heart, even if I don't "know" you, from the kinds of art you do. And I love that you share Damian with us, too. I'm glad to call you a crafty "friend." <3

mandalj said...

Love how the cute foxes are shown off by the beautiful frames!

Nikki said...

Lovely card & the sentiment is so me.

Nicole B said...

I appreciate seeing the same core card elements executed several different ways. It's always helpful to have multiple ways to use a tool!

Laura Chiesa said...

Really cute cards!

Tracy A said...

These cards are adorable. I need to get the Hug Me set.

Helen Budz said...

Love how you used the basic design to create this delightful set of cards with a variety of sentiments. Great idea! tfs

blaze said...

Love your card!. I just bought that frame stamp and die...

Doris B.Barrow said...

Really love these cards, coffee and little critters, so cute! thanks for sharing

cindybearj said...

I just love your cute cards! Those little foxes are adorable and your coloring is awesome.

Rufus said...

The foxy friends are adorable and the sentiments are perfect! This two-day hop has been full of crafty inspiration and great stories of friendship. I've enjoyed it.

Helen Kalb said...

You make such adorable cards with cute critters Emily, no exception here, these cards are super sweet. My favorite is the green card.

Sharron said...

Love these adorable little foxes! The frame makes a wonderful setting and I think I need those pink inks!

Stef Perry said...

All 3 cards are so darn cute with those foxes and supporting elements, and the sentiments are the best. Altenew does it so well, right? Love!

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

So adorable! Love the little scenes you've created in the frames.

Genevieve said...

I really love what you did with the Hug me stamps set

Love it

Beka L said...

What a cute set of cards! I love the coffee one!

Pamela said...

Cute cards! Altenew seems to have a totally new direction to add to their stamps,.

MakeYourLifeColourful said...

Supercute project, love it!

Amy Seigler said...

Great cards for all crafty friends! Love the designs and sentiments!

Arianna Barbara said...

Awww!!! Adorable cards!!!

Deb L said...

Love the little critters and creative card

Auntie Em said...

Your cards are so sweet! I love the way you have mixed and matched the images to create the little scenes and framed them. Adorable!
Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Patt H. said...

Such a cute card, Emily! I love it! I, too, was so sad when the papercrafting magazines went away. But then I found blogland! I have learned so many things & found so much inspiration ! Makes me happy!!

Sharon said...

So cute! love the little critters!

Mary Holshouser said...

I love how you did the frame in
each card and then added the
little animals.
Darling cards.
thanks for sharing.

Judie said...

What awesome cards!!! Wow!

bevyb said...

The cards are so adorable!

D.Ann C said...

What a super delightful set of cards! Love the coloring and fun layout!

Robyn said...

Super cute card!

Lieve said...

Three really cute and happy cards ! Thank you for sharing your creativity !

Raven Magill said...

I love this little trio of cards! They're so beautifully designed and fun. Just gorgeous.

StampinLouie said...

Love the cute little critters in your card and I think I need to buy the frames too!

Heather said...

Your little foxes are adorable!! And you have made some fabulous cards with them! Love the dimension on your frames!!

LauraJane:) said...

How FUN to have these foxes gathered in the decorative frames:))

Dawn Jones said...

I love the sentiment! How fun and the card is beautiful.

Cara said...

Cute stamps. Thanks for the inspiration.

Robin Platt said...

Super trio of cards.

Stefanie White said...

Thus card is so cute and fun! Love the colors!

Becky R said...

I love how you combined your stamp sets an sentiments. Very darling cards! Thanks for sharing.

phlower said...

These cards are so stinkin' cute! Love the colors and the layouts and everything about your cards! Thanks for sharing!

Ericka Strange said...

Such a cute layout and I love these foxes. Great job!

Denise Bryant said...

Love your fun cards! Great use of the frame and I love the adorable critters!

Marsha Guskey said...

Very cute cards. Thanks!

Nichole said...

So cute! TFS!

Denise Gutshall said...

What a wonderful group of cards! I absolutely adore this stamp set and had to get it the minute I saw it! Thanks for inspiring me to use it!

Megan said...

So sweet!

Henriëtte said...

I love your pretty cute cards. The first one is my favorite because of the sentiment. Thanks for making and sharing this kindness.

Cheri said...

Adorable and gorgesou card! And, yes....I do miss those publications.

byAnnette said...

Cute Cards!
Really like the embossed frames!

My Paper Epiphany said...

Gorgeous cards! The frames pair perfectly with these critters! I also love your colours!

Loly Borda said...

I love your set of cards and all the details on the frames! Gorgeous! TFS

maria f. said...

Very sweet creations, Emily.

Renuka M said...

Cute cards,I loved the pop up frame!!

Janet Zeppa said...

Love those little foxes!

Sindhu said...

Super cute card...

Stacey Kowbel said...

Such fabulous cards!

Jennifer Glieco said...

Such a cute card!

Holly Graham said...

What a cute group of cards! Love the animals, and love the dimension on the cards. The perfect card to cheer someone up.

Nandini said...

The cards are really cute and sweet! Love all of them.

Nioki77 said...

too cute

McStamper said...

Love your adorable card. Great design.

Corina Dickey said...

Love the cards! My favorite is the soul fed one with coffee in it! Thank you for sharing

Nikki said...

Such cute cards! Thanks for sharing.

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

So pretty! Love the framing!

Christi Steinbeck said...

Just a darling card! Love how you added the dimension to it!

Valerija said...

Wonderful cards.

Jackie said...

What a fabulous set of cards!! Those frames are beautiful on their own but the embossing and watercolouring elevates them nicely. Thanks for sharing some of your crafty story with us!

Mary-Anne V said...

Fabulous cards ...love the dimension and great images.