Hello friends! Welcome to the first day of our Crafty Friends Blog Hop!

Today we are celebrating friendships formed through our mutual love of everything crafty! Do you remember your first crafty friend?

Back when I started blogging about card-making in 2011, I didn’t know many crafters, and my first few posts probably went unread :) Then there came along a person who started leaving comments frequently. Her comments were always well thought out expressing genuine interest in my work. I was very thankful for her words of kindness and encouragement.

We were both big fans of one particular challenge blog and submitted projects to almost every single of their new challenges. We were even chosen to be guest designers at the same time, and eventually ended up joining the design team of that challenge blog. I am sure some of you have already figured out which challenge blog I am speaking of :) It is non other than the Runway Inspired Challenge hosted by my friend and co-founder of Altenew, Jen!

As for my first crafty friend with whom I shared my journey of card-making, it was Wida Miller. We became friends six years ago, and even though I have yet to meet her in person, we still chat once in a while and send each other cards. I have a feeling we will meet each other some day, sooner rather than later. Wida doesn’t blog anymore, but in memory of our days on the Runway, I decided to case one of my favorite cards of hers:Supplies: Doodle Blooms Die Set, Mango Smoothie dye ink, Handmade Tags Die Set, Bold Alphabet Die Set

You start out by making beautiful friendships online, then someday you meet these friends in person, and they are just as kind and genuine as you have thought them to be. This has been my experience from being a part of this beautiful community. I am grateful for all the wonderful individuals whom I have met through our mutual love of paper crafting, and I look forward to meeting more of you in the years to come!

I can’t end this post without some pictures. Here are some shots of first-time meets with crafty friends from around the world:

Meeting Jen for the first time in December 2014

With sweet May, at CHA 2015

With my super creative friend Kelly Griglione, CHA 2015

With dear Taheerah and Jen, CHA 2016

Star stricken by the two stars next to me :) CHA 2016

With the one and only Jennifer Mcguire and Kathy Racoosin, need I say more? :) CHA 2016

With my beautiful friend Lydia, June 2016


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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.

BLOG HOP:

Your first stop on the hop is the talented Jennifer McGuire! Below is a complete list of the amazing designers/guests who are participating today:

Altenew Card Blog(you’re here!)
Jennifer McGuire(your next stop!)
May Sukyong Park
Keeway Tsao
Svitlana Shayevich
Galina Filippenko
Amy Sheffer
Papercraft Magazines
Taheerah Atchia
Joni Nina Andaya
Virginia Lu
Simon Says Stamp
Enza Gudor
Nina-Marie Trapani
Lilith Eeckels
Laurel Beard
Chameleon Pens
Vicky Papaioannou
Erum Tasneem
Laurie Schmidlin
Carissa Wiley