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Dear Altenew friends,

Happy 2017! We hope all of you had a wonderful start to the new year. Be ready to get inspired throughout the year, because we have a lot in store for you! This month's newsletter is jam-packed with lots of fun contents, so sit back, grab a cup of tea, and enjoy!

1. New Release: Artist Markers Set A
2. Markers Release Blog Hop & Giveaway
3. Academy Class: Beyond Basic Backgrounds
4. Facebook Photo Contest
5. Best Altenew Creations of 2016
6. Altenew at CHA & Creative World
7. Reflection Scrapbook Kit 
8. Facebook Live
9. January Inspiration Challenge
10. Free eBook: Create & Inspire Edition 8
11. Find Inspiration from Design Team 
12. Designer Highlight: Jennifer Rzasa
Place an order with us and receive a FREE Tiny Starts Stamp Set! No need to add to cart, limit one per customer, while supplies last. No minimum purchase! Offer ends on Tuesday 01/17, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST. 
We welcomed a brand-new product line to Altenew family this week! Altenew Artist Markers are going to be a great addition to your crafting collection. Not only they are perfect for any of our outline stamps, but also great for adding details on layer stamped images! Find out more details HERE on these markers.

Want to know more about these markers? Check out the product intro video above! More colors, refills, and replaceable nibs will be coming out later this year, so stay tuned!

Get fresh ideas and learn how you can take your coloring to the next level with our new markers! Our design team members along with guest designers have created some amazing projects to inspire you. Join our hop, get inspired, and enter the giveaways!
Add stunning backgrounds to your handmade cards! In this class, you will learn various ways to add backgrounds to take your cards to the next level. Enjoy fun tips and tricks given in the lessons to improve your cardmaking skills using some of your favorite stamps and dies.

Instructor: Lydia Evans

Interactive Class Date: January 21st – 26th, 2017

Sign up NOW and Use “BBBEB20OFF” to get 20% off! Code valid till January 26th, 11:59pm EST.

Want to be our next Facebook Contest winner? The new contest is now up and running! Submit your creations so other crafters can vote!! There is a $40 gift certificate for the lucky winner, so get your project in soon!

Many amazing projects has been shared on Instagram with #altenew hashtag! Lots of stampers have been sharing their best Altenew projects of 2016, by using the hashtag #AltenewBest2016

Our designers also shared their best Altenew projects of 2016 on the Year In Review Blog Hop! There are some jaw-dropping projects you do not want to miss, so make sure to see all them HERE.

We are so excited to introduce our new products at CHA in Phoenix AZ next weekend! If you are going, come see us at booth #543 and say hi to our Altenew ladies! We will have loads of fun in our booth showcasing new products, sharing projects, doing Make & Takes and more!

We'll be also attending Creative World in Germany at the end of this month. If you are there, visit us at booth #C61. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram to see what we are up to during the show. 

Reflection Scrapbook Kit has been selling like hot cakes! In case you want to know what is included in this wonderful box of goodness, watch the in-depth unboxing video above. 

We love hanging out with our followers! Weekly Facebook Live filled special promotions, tips and tricks, and more good stuff! We will be going live at CHA as well so make sure to follow our Facebook page, you do not want to miss these!

Start your year right with a creative challenge! Our Inspiration challenge is a great way to stretch your imagination and stamping skills. And, you get to have a chance to win some fun prizes! Hope you join us this month, we cannot wait to see what you come up with!
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!  
Altenew blog is always filled with daily inspiration from our Card Design Team! We have everything from CAS to cards with advanced techniques. Check out the cards done by our card design team members HERE.
Give your precious memories a spotlight they deserve! Our Scrapbook Design Team always share fresh and innovative layout ideas you can use. Check out more on these HERE today!
Watch exclusive step-by-step tutorials at your leisure! Our designers create these videos just for you. Get useful techniques, tricks, and tips! Don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube channel!  
We are SO thrilled to have the co-founder of Altenew, Jennifer Rzasa! We wanted you to get to know her better this year, so we invited her to spend some time with us. Please enjoy!

1. We want to get to know you better! How did you get started with crafting?  
I have always enjoyed creating things, and have many fond memories of crafting throughout childhood. However, I didn't start doing paper crafts until 2006.  I was planning my wedding and decided to make the table cards/place cards.  I got a block of pink rubber from the craft store and used an X-acto knife to carve a monogram stamp with the year on it.  I was also intrigued by heat embossing so I bought VersaMark ink and some silver powder to use.  The only problem was that I didn't have a heat tool!  I ended up melting the powder for every guest's card (more than 100!) by holding them one at a time closely above a light bulb.  It worked, but I burned my hand more than once and my eyes were going crazy from looking directly into the light.  I have come a long way since then!

2. Altenew started with you and Tasnim - what made you guys to start a company? Any fun behind stories you would like to share?  
Tasnim and I both noticed a void in the stamp industry.  A few years ago it seemed like many companies were releasing similar products, and we were both on the lookout for unique, edgy or elegant designs that we just couldn't find anywhere.  Tasnim and I also have different cultural backgrounds, and we felt as though a multicultural approach to design was needed in the industry.  When we realized we shared a similar desire, the next step was to team up and create a company together!  

3. Your designs are amazing and we love using them as stamps! How do you come up with fresh and unique ideas each time? What do you do when you feel like you are stuck during the process?
Here at Altenew, we strive to interpret classical inspirations in contemporary form.  Tasnim and I are both inspired by artwork, sculpture, and architecture from around the world, and frequently turn to other countries and time periods when searching for inspiration.   When I design, I first do research to see if my idea is already "out there."  Of course it's impossible to check every company, but I do my best to ensure that I have a fresh and unique concept.  Then, I start sketching!  It took me quite a while to get used to using a tablet and design software, since I had only previously done drawings with pen/paper.  Although I have gotten more comfortable with the process, it still takes hours and hours of drawing, re-drawing, and refining each set until it is ready for production.  
I love that you asked, "What do you do when you feel like you are stuck during the process" - this makes me laugh because I think I have gotten stuck at some point on almost every stamp set I have ever designed!  I never realized how challenging it is to design a stamp set until I started to do it.  When I get stuck I will put my design away for a bit so I can come back and look at it with fresh eyes.  I do the same thing when I'm making cards!  

4. Let's talk about some crafting styles! Are there any styles you like to stick to when creating cards? Do you ever venture outside of cardmaking? 
I am definitely a clean and simple crafter!  I love an uncluttered look to my designs, and very rarely try other styles.  I like my comfort zone :)
In addition to card making, I love to sew and make jewelry!  It's so rewarding to wear something that you have made yourself.  I also enjoy watercolor painting. 

5. We know this is like asking parents to choose their favorite child, but just out of a curiosity, do you have any stamp set that you are particularly fond of? And why? 
You're right...that's a tough question!  I will give you a few favorites in different categories.  My favorite floral set I designed is Tulip, because you can mix and match the flowers and stems and it is such a simple set to use (plus it was one of Jennifer McGuire's favorite sets of the year!).   My favorite holiday set is Modern Deer, because it is perfect in winter but can also be used year-round.  My favorite sentiment set is not really a sentiment set - Calligraphy Alpha can be used to stamp names, sentiments, scrapbook titles, and more.  Lastly, my favorite unique set is To the Moon.  I love this one because the results are SO realistic!

6. Can you share with us one of your favorite projects you made using the stamps you designed? 
Just like picking a favorite stamp set, it's impossible to pick a favorite project!  I love creating quirky cards, so here is an unexpected pairing of two different sets - To the Moon and Layered Lily.

It's a little strange, but I think those two images look so cool together!

7. Okay, this is just for fun! If you can choose only 3 crafting items to use for the rest of your life, what would those be?

  1. Altenew Stamps
  2. Altenew Ink
  3. White Cardstock

Those are my basic supplies and it's all I need to get crafty!

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