Altenew’s Crafty Friends Blog Hop + Giveaway

Hello Crafty Friends! Welcome to yet another amazing blog hop. Not only will you get to see projects from me and so many other members of the crafting community, you’ll also have the opportunity to win some incredible products from Altenew!  


I'm so excited to be part of Day 2 of Altenew's Crafty Friends Blog hop. If you’re coming from Olga Moss and you’re new here - welcome! Please check out all the other blogs in the hop and see the amazing creations people are coming up with all these Altenew stamps, stencils and dies. 

The next stop on the hop is Therese Calvird. But before you head over to the other posts, be sure to read all the way to the end of this post to see all the blogs that are participating in the hop and learn how to enter into a big giveaway opportunity!


For this post, I wanted to share something I made in what I call my “Hopes and Dreams” journal from Archer & Olive. Because it’s more of a free flowing book, I just gave myself some time to freely play with stamps and watercolors for the most part. Altenew stamps have a special place in my crafting heart because they do so much to bring a page or spread together. Adding stamps to empty spaces can also help alleviate that sinking feeling when you miss a day of journaling or crafting. Stamps are great because they add layering and depth to any spread and you don’t have to worry about your drawing skills if that isn’t your strong suit. 

Journal page by Amy Tangerine

I started with the stamping and then ended up doing the watercolor and journaling in bed. It’s amazing what you can do with your supplies!

The journaling came from the heart. Part of the inspiration came from a friend going through a tough time right now, and part of it was just a reminder to myself that though we all go through struggles, within us lies a light that is meant to shine bright.

Journal page by Amy Tangerine

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! 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 these blogs (for the big prizes) and will be announced on the Altenew Card Blog and Altenew Scrapbook Blog on December 15th, 2018.

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED - The winner is Teresa Doyle - Congrats! Please see the response to your comment for instructions on claiming your prize! : A $30 Gift Certificate is also being given away here. Leave a comment and a winner will be chosen and announced on this post. Good luck!

Violeta's Expo Layout


I am Violeta Scrap and I am very happy to show you a layout that I have made using some Amy Tangerine’s products of her very last collection. 


For this Project I have used some pictures of some years ago that I wanted to use for a layout, but I could not find the perfect combination of papers and embellishments for them. 

Expo Layout

But some embellishments of the latest collection of Amy Tangerine inspired me to create a layout with earth tones. 

As base of the layout I have used a paper with orange tones that combines perfectly well with the pictures. Over it I have glued a white basic cardstock where I have cut some words with my silhouette Cameo.  After that I have glued the pictures and I have decorated the layout with different scrapbooking elements. 

Expo Layout

For the title of the project I have used some thickers in black from the latest Amy Tangerine’s collection. Moreover, I have added some chipboard in white and foil. They are perfect for this project. I think that the color combination and the embellishments of this layout are perfect to work with any of the others Amy collections. 

Expo Layout

I hope you liked this project. I have enjoyed so much doing this layout. If you have any question regarding the project, you can leave it in the comments section below. Thanks!

Supplies: On a Whim - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Ray of Light (378722), On a Whim - 12x12 Double Sided Paper - Good Stuff (378735),  On a Whim - Sticker Book (378748), Sticker Book (376233)


Thanks so much for sharing this layout with us, Violeta! Other Design Team member posts can be found here. Shop Sunshine and Good Times at your local retailer or online at and Simon Says Stamp.

be kind

Always Practice Reckless Optimism and Kindness

One of the best things you can do for yourself is be kind to others. Today and every day, let’s transform negativity and bad vibes with goodness and positivity. I know things can seem dark, discouraging and cynical. There’s so much happening that feels beyond our control. But I want to challenge you to put something beautiful out in the world today and just see what happens. It can be as small as a smile or word. It can also be a phone call, a pay it forward at your coffee shop, or sending a pretty card in the mail. Will you pay it forward?

Zinia's Colorful Pattern Strips

Hello everyone, it’s Zinia here and today I’d like to share with you a layout I created using thin colorful strips of pattern paper from Amy's Shine On Collection.

Colorful Pattern Strips

I absolutely adore working with stripes, especially when we are talking about pattern paper. I love mixing colors and patterns in fun ways while working with simple and fun shapes.

Since I wanted my strips to be very thin, I chose to work from my Shine On 6x6 Paper Pad, however you can totally use your 12x12 paper scraps for this design. You can even use carstock scraps in rainbow order for a super bright and colorful result!

Colorful Pattern Strips

So anyway, back to the 6x6 pad, I picked out patterns in all the different colors that are featured in the collection and cut them down to the thinnest strips that my paper cutter could handle.

Before I started adhering my strips, I wanted to add a little something to break the white background, so I pulled out a couple Color Shine sprays and added some messy splatters all over the page. I made sure to let my splatters dry for a few minutes so I won’t risk smudging the color and then I went back to my paper strips.

Colorful Pattern Strips

I didn’t really overthink the order of the colors and patterns, I just made sure to spread them as evenly as possible. To do that, I just stuck my strips one pattern at a time so all the pieces of the same design are far from each other.

Colorful Pattern Strips

When all the strips were in place, I created a little cluster using some of my favorite ephemera pieces from the collection. I used one of the journaling pieces as a border around my photo  and also added a few stickers as well as one of the adorable leather bows.

Zinia's Colorful Pattern Strips

I really hope you enjoyed this page, until next time, happy crafting.

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348247 Shine On 6x6 Paper Pad, 348254 Shine On Sticker Book, 348256 Shine On Bows, 348250 Shine On Ephemera, 00795 Color Shine Mustard, 00797 Color Shine Pink 

You can find all of the Shine On Collection here.

Art Opening: Jack's 5th Birthday Party!


Jack’s 5th birthday bash was a total hit! I was so excited to celebrate the occasion in style and was thrilled to collaborate with so many amazing people and companies to make the big day come together. About a month before Jack’s birthday (it really snuck up on us!) we decided on a theme since Jack is really into art. He loves going to museums and tagging along for gallery openings, so it seems fitting that we would celebrate his birthday in a similar fashion. This summer he spent a lot of time attending Art Camp LA, so I really wanted them to be a big part of the party and to handle the hands on activities. The space at Runway Playa Vista is basically empty, so everything had to be brought in. Party prep for decorations went late into the night before and set-up started bright and early at 7 am the morning of the party. Of course, it all turned out to be worth it. After all, we had amazing decorations, food, and friends to help us celebrate. There are so many amazing photos from the party taken by ographr. I also wanted to share my top tips for making a party come together.


We had so many great companies come together to make Jack’s party incredible. This Modern Art Gallery-themed Birthday party is now an Amy Tangerine #partyblueprint at Black Twine! Please follow @blacktwine for the best party inspiration and check out their website ( for easy to follow, step-by-step guides to help you throw your next amazing party! Here’s a special thanks to everyone who helped the event come together so beautifully:

ooly - art supplies + party favors

Black Twine - collaborator for decor

Art Camp LA - kids crafts and instruction

Bashery Co. - event design

Geese & Ganders - party goods

Teak & Lace - furniture

Pipsticks - party favors

Amy Cakes and Sweet Treats - cupcakes

ographr - Photography

Art Opening
Art Opening
Art Party!
Art Opening

I was so happy with the way the party turned out, especially because we only had one morning to do the actual party set-up. The pace was a little hectic, but everything came together thanks to the amazing vendors who contributed their expertise along the way.

Art Party

1. Choose a color palette and stick with it. Save it on your phone and reference it when you are buying anything. Often, you don’t have access to a space until a few days or hours before your event. Having items that fit within the color palette provides a cohesive feel.

2. Designate spaces so that your guests know where to go— especially if you’re offering multiple types of activities for various age groups. This also helps limit messes!

3. Offer finger foods! Because your guests will be mingling and talking and (in our case) watching their children all at once, you want to make sure the food you serve is easy to eat and carry on a party plate.

4. Keep the space cool. It might make party set-up a little chilly, but once guests start to filter in, it will be worth it. A vibrant even full of people will heat a room quickly. If it’s a little cold before party-goers arrive, it will easily become the right temperature and people will feel more at ease.

5. Have plenty of baby wipes handy. These are great for wiping hands and cleaning up minor messes.

6. Give yourself grace and take the help from others when it’s offered. It’s impossible to pull off something of this scale all on your own, so collaborate and have fun!

Art Opening
balloon banner | Jack's Art Party

Such a wonderful day!!

Jack's art party!
ooly goodie bag!

Our friends at ooly provided the most epic goodie bags ever so the kids would continue crafting and making art in their very own Carry-Along Sketchbook when they got home. The Zippered pouches included: Comic Attack Pencil (single) | Sweet Things Pencil (single) | Write In Style Pencil (single) | Heart To Heart Crayon (single) | Forest Friends Pocket Pals Mini Journal (single) | Comic Attack Click-it Eraser (single) | 2 Petite Sweet Ice Cream Erasers (singles) | 2 Macaron Erasers (singles) | Mighty Sharpener (single) | 2 BFF Bracelets (1 set)

Here’s a video of all of the fun on my YouTube channel as well!