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Dear. Altenew friends,


Happy October! Welcome to this month's edition of In Touch with Altenew. We have lots of exciting things to share with you today, so let's jump right in! We hope you enjoy reading through the newsletter with us! 

1. New Release: 16 New Stamps
2. October 2016 Release Blog Hop
3. Altenew Academy October Class: Ink Blending Techniques by Amy Lee
4. Ink Color Chart & Swatches 
5. 15% Off on All Stamp & Die Bundles (10/15 - 10/17)
6. 15% Off on Celebrations Stamping Kit (10/15 - 10/18)
7. Online Card Classes Crafty Chat: Tasnim Ahmed
8. New Designers: Debby Hughes & Laura Bassen
9. October Inspiration Challenge
10. eBook: Create & Inspire Edition 6
11. Find Inspiration from Design Team 
12. Altenew Product Intro Videos 
13. Designer Highlight: Virginia Lu
16 Brand-New stamp sets were just released! From outlined florals to great holiday images to awesome sentiments, there is something for everyone! If you haven't done so, make sure to grab yours today as these are going out fast! 
FIND MORE NEW STAMPS →
Need some ideas on how to use the brand new stamps? We have lots of amazing designers who will inspire you! Check out our recent blog hop in celebrating this new release, you will find amazing techniques and useful tips that will make your crafting easier! 
HOP ALONG WITH US FOR FUN & PRIZES →

Learn to love your ink pads! In this class, you will learn ways to achieve great ink blending results for your projects. Whether you are a seasoned stamper or a brand new stamper, you will take away some awesome tips with you!


Instructor: Amy Lee

Interactive Class: October 21st to October 26th, 2016 

Early Bird Sign Up – Register for the class today and get 20% off! Use code EIBEB20OFF when purchasing the class from today till October 20th, 2016. 

SIGN UP FOR THE CLASS NOW →

What better way to keep track of all your well-loved Altenew ink pads than by using our charts? We have a full-color chart and swatches that will help you see all the colors at once! Download yours today HERE.

DOWNLOAD INK COLOR CHART & SWATCHES →

Need help with layering images on certain stamps? We have been working hard to provide layering guides for all of our layering stamp sets. More will be added soon! Don't forget to check them out.

FIND MORE LAYERING GUIDES →

We just added more selections for you to choose from, and to make it even more fun, we are offering 15% off pricing on All Stamp & Die Bundles now through October 17th, 2016. No code needed, just put them in your cart and check out.

SHOP STAMP & DIE BUNDLES →

Our Celebrations Stamping Kit is designed for those who want to create their own unique invitations and RSVP cards, and even envelopes! It also comes with a special web editor, so you can do the basic work easily and add a personal touch on top of it. 

Save 15% on Celebrations Stamping Kit now through midnight EST on October 18 by applying the code ALTENEWKIT at checkout.

SHOP CELEBRATIONS STAMPING KIT →
Our very own co-founder of Altenew, Tasnim Ahmed was featured in Crafty Chat by OCC recently. You can get some sneak peeks of upcoming products as well! Check out the video and say hello to Tasnim!
WATCH CRAFT CHAT VIDEO →

We recently welcomed new faces to our Card Design Team! We are so excited to welcome them and hope you are too! 

LEARN MORE ABOUT CARD DESIGN TEAM →

Soft and delightful projects and awesome photography are signature styles of Debby Hughes. We are beyond happy to have her as our designer! Please welcome Debby along with us!

LEARN MORE ABOUT DEBBY →

We were so thrilled that Laura Bassen said "yes!" - she is amazing at playing with all sorts of colors. Her projects are so bright and colorful! Please join us in welcoming Laura to Altenew family!

LEARN MORE ABOUT LAURA →
Our October Inspiration Challenge is in full swing! Join us this month and create something fun to reflect the fall season. We cannot wait to see what you will come up with! Four winners will each receive a $30 Altenew gift certificate.  
PLAY ALONG WITH US →
You can now take project ideas anywhere! Check out this month's ebook filled with amazing inspirations from our very own design team members. You can read it on your phone, desktop, and tablet!  
DOWNLOAD YOUR FREE COPY NOW →
Need help creating some fun layouts for awesome memories? Our scrapbook design team is sharing some great ideas on how to do just that! From latest releases to previous releases, you can see lots of different ideas. Check out more on these on our blog today.
MORE LAYOUT IDEAS →
Need more cards inspiration? Our card design team are the perfect resource for fresh ideas! Check out the cards done by our card design team members HERE.
MORE CARD IDEAS →
Learn more about Altenew stamps by watching our product videos! Each video walks you through the whole stamp set in close-up, along with project ideas. Get to know our stamp sets with product videos!
WATCH ALL PRODUCT INTRO VIDEOS →
This month we are thrilled to have Virgina Lu! We hope you enjoy getting to know her a bit better in this month's newsletter.

1. What motivated you to start making cards and begin stamping?
Stamping has been part of my life for a long time now. I actually stumbled upon stamping when my 2nd child David was a baby and that was nearly 20 years ago. Stamping was first introduced to me by a local who showed me a few techniques. After that, I was completely hooked. A few years later I even hosted a stamping party for my daughter’s birthday at a local stamp store! Throughout their years as young kids, I loved taking classes whenever I got a chance. Fast forward to 2009: my kids were older and more independent! With more time on my hands, I looked into online stamping groups and became active in participating in challenges. During this 2-3 year process, I was motived to learn new techniques, acquire new stamps (who isn’t?!), and make stamping friends. Card making became my way of life! I enjoyed sending cards and sharing them with people that I care about. I have even met up with many stampers from around the world—Amsterdam to Santorini, Greece! I no longer need to be motived to stamp because it has become so fun and therapeutic for me.
 
2. Do you have a specific style that you are comfortable with or like to stick to?
I am a diehard stamper. I tend to rely heavily on myinks when I make cards. Bright and happy colors are my signature. I also love DETAILS!  Once in a while, I will come up with some different and clever ways of reusing stamps/dies. I’ve shared this on my blog before: “Ask not what your stamps can do for you, ask what you can do for your stamps.”  I can’t quite say that I have a particular style, but I always strive for a modern and polished CAS design whenever possible.
 
3. You run an amazing challenge blog called Virginia's View - tells us about what made you get it started and what you love about running it!
The idea came when I simply wanted a “stamping party” on my blog in March 2014. I thought it would be fun to ask bloggers/stampers to share creations with a specific theme. I didn’t seek to start a challenge blog. The first challenge theme “Watercolor” was so popular in the first week that I realized I could start a brand new blog and host more challenges there. Because Ihadn’t planned for this (I had no design team!), I enlisted my husband and daughter to help with the judging. They did their duty graciously for about a year and a half! I think they really knew their stuff when picking winners. What I love about the challenge blog is that card makers are such kind and encouraging people. We all benefit from sharing ideas and techniques. I must admit that I also learn from our participants often. I also get a thrill when I get to “discover” talented card makers and see them join design teams after winning my challenge!  Over the last two years, I have been immensely encouraged by the participants and the monthly theme keeps us interested and engaged. There is always something new to learn.
 
4. What do you do when you hit a creative block to get out of it?
 
I love browsing old magazines, Pinterest, and store catalogs. When I’m lacking in creativity, I seek inspiration from these places. Sometimes, a trip to the local mall also helps. Seeing the window displays and advertisements help me think about my card designs! Sometimes that’s where I get my best ideas from! These tricks work for me nearly every single time. 
 
5. Can you share a favorite card you made previously using Altenew products?
 All of my Altenew cards are special. I love each and every one of them. However, I think this is my all-time favorite because it also has one of the most views on my YouTube Channel.

6. Ok, this is just for fun :) If you can only choose 3 crafting items to a remote island, what would you choose?
Assuming that I have needed stamps, inks and dies, I couldn’t live without my Cuttlebug, micro Fiskars Scissors, and MISTI. They may be basic, but they sure are essential in my stamping life.

 

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