Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop

We are so excited to be taking part again in another Altenew Blog hop, you should of arrived here from Laurel Beard or  you can start the hop from the beginning by clicking the link below.  Altenew stamps really are the perfect match to Chameleon Pens, Pencils and Color Tops!

Start the hop at Altenew 

Cathy has been crafting for years and fell in love with stamping at the ripe old age of 8 when she was at a county show and saw stamping and embossing – but back then there were no heat guns, she had to melt her embossing powder by holding it over the toaster! She has created this floral hello card with a video to show you just how easy it is to recreate!

By Cathy A

Cathy has used Altenew’s Blooming Bouquet Stamp and die sets to create this simple design. Watch how easy it is to get the blended effects on the leaves and flowers using Chameleon Color Tone Pens & Pencils and how to get the ombre effect from Fuchsia to Deep Violet on the ‘hello’ sentiment.

Alternatively you can download the Hello Card worksheet here for later.


Cathy has also created this beautiful no line floral thank you bonus card, to show how versatile the Chameleon Color Tone Pens and Colour Tops are.

Altenew’s Blooming Bouquet was stamped using Memento New Sprout ink to give a faint outline and then  Colored.

  • using  Chameleon Color Tone Pens, Green Apple (GR1), Dark Sage (GR2) and Evergreen (GR4) combined with the Spring Meadow (YG3) Color Top for the leaves
  • using Mellow Yellow (YO2) Pen with the Red Coral Color Top for the largest flower and buds
  • using Bubble Gum (PK3) pen with the Peony Pink Color Top for the bottom right flower
  • Baby Blue (BL2) & Cornflower Blue Pens with the Lavender (BV2) Color Top for the small flowers.
  • A stitched outline was then added using the Chameleon Detail Pen.

The Altenew Thanks die was then used to cut out the sentiment from the colored design, green and purple fine liner pens were then used to enhance the stems and small flowers.

Altenew also has a Special Offer for all readers!

FREE U.S. shipping with code CRAFTY or $5 OFF international shipping with code FRIENDS at checkout. Offer valid from October 17th at 12:01 am EDT through October 19th at 11:59 pm EDT. Not valid on prior purchases. Cannot be combined with other promo codes.

But wait there is more, 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.

But if you don’t win in Altenew’s draw…don’t panic we have an additional prize available for all our readers.

Now it wouldn’t be a hop without a prize, would it? So we will give away a 5 pen pack of your choice  to one random person, and Altenew has also offered to donate a $20 gift certificate to the winner too. To enter you must do two things….

  1. Sign up to our creative community (the pop up window or on the top right corner of the blog page).
  2. Comment at the end of this post ( to do this click on the title of this post and it will take you to the page and allow you to comment).

The draw will remain open until Midnight GMT on the 31st October and we will announce the winner when we next have a Winner Wednesday post, so keep checking the blog. Please note you must do both things for your entry to be valid.

Thank you for visiting us today, we will be back Friday with more inspiration, now why not hop on to your next stop to see what they have been creating, just click their names below! If  you have gotten lost or find a broken link the full list of todays hoppers are included below.

Vicky Papaioannou

Blog Hop Day 1:

Altenew Card Blog

Jennifer McGuire

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 (You Are Here)

Vicky Papaioannou

Erum Tasneem

Laurie Schmidlin

Carissa Wiley

338 Comments on “Altenew Crafty Friends Blog Hop”

  1. Carol Henderson

    Oh I love them! And I don’t just mean the cards. I own both your markers and your pencils and I do love both of them. Thank you for the video on how you used the pencils – it really helped me see how easy it really is. I think I try too hard with the pencils when I don’t have to.

  2. Kathy McCluskey

    Both of your cards are just stunning! I really love how you used 2 different colors (that pink and dark blue look so good together!) on the “hello”! The flowers are colored so beautifully on both cards! I’m looking forward to watching the video to see how you made each card!!

  3. Henriëtte

    So recognizable the story of Cathy, I too have heat embost my first cards above a toaster. What a flight crafting have made since then.
    I love your cards, the colours, the backgrounds, everything fits purfectly together. Thnaks for these great inspirations.

  4. Kristen

    WOW! Your coloring and composition are wonderful! Love both cards and the unique way you used the embossing folder and diecut!

  5. Mary Holshouser

    Love how the sentiment coloring matches up with
    the flowers coloring on the second card.
    the bouquet of flowers on the first card is
    wonderful. The simple background is great.
    thanks for sharing.

  6. Linda BL

    Love both of your cards. Liked the story about melting embossing powder over a toaster. I tried the stove burner once!

  7. Lori Hefner

    Beautiful cards, my favorite is the thank you! I love the design and the colors! Gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration:)

  8. Trish F

    What beautiful cards! I particularly love the Blooming Bouquet. Love how you blended in the sentiment with the background. Ingenious! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Jan Arnold

    These cards are AMAZING!! Cathy has come a long ways from melting her embossing powder over the toaster! My favorite, is the hidden sentiment card! That is just stunning! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

  10. HelenK

    These are quite the clever pens, a different shade at each end. I am in the market for coloring pens so perhaps I should try these!

    1. Cathy Andronicou Post author

      Yes definitely try these, the pens allow you to go from a light to dark tone and the Color Tops allow you to change to a different Color alltogether!

  11. Deborah H.

    Beautiful cards. I love the how the colors, the dry embossing, and the blended sentiment go together on the first card. I also love how the sentiment pops up on the second card.

  12. Andrea Hastilow

    I love the colours you used on the card and how they were used, I haven’t seen the pens in action before and am amazed by all the shades you can get, brilliant

  13. Carina

    What beautiful cards, i have been watching some of the recent videos showing the color caps and it is amazing whet can be created.

  14. Shari Czerwinski

    These cards are great. I have seen ads for your markers, and think they look amazing. I am new to all of this, and haven’t quite got the hang of coloring/shading. When I can, I hope to try some, since they seem like they may help improve my (lack of) skills! Thanks!


    I was much older than 8 when I first saw embossing over a toaster. It’s come a long way. Your cards are nothing short of gorgeous. Thanks for the memories.

  16. Kimmy Ripley

    I am head over heels in love with these pens and I would be over the moon if I won them. Would love to give them a whirl!

  17. Jean uk

    Love the colours and watching Chameleon pens is fascinating. It would be wonderful to have, to hold and to use them myself.
    The simplest design with the right colouring can be so uplifting to craft creator and receiver.

  18. Catherine

    What an incredible collaboration! There are so many amazing ideas. I’m so inspired I don’t know where to begin. Haha. Time to get crafty!

  19. Manda

    Such beautifully coloured flowers! I really like how the sentiment on the second card was cut out of the coloured panel then popped up.

  20. Anonymous

    Love these cards and you pens! Thanks for being part of this blog hop. . .your support of crafting is appreciated.

  21. Dianna

    Love the details on your cards. I love how you color the raised letters on the card. The pens have such a rich color to enhance the design of the card. I would love to win the chameleon pens to make my own creative cards!

  22. Cheryl

    I’ve loved watching videos of how your products are used and would love to have my own Chameleon pens someday! Beautiful cards presented here!

  23. Becky Reynolds

    These are gorgeous cards. I am intrigued by chameleon pens. I’m a little intimidated by them also. Would like to try them someday.

  24. Lieve S

    Beautiful cards, with great colouring. Wow, I love those Color Tone Pencils; it must be great to work with them !
    Thank you for the video and inspiration.

  25. Jane Sirak

    WOW!! Talk about being inspired I have 22 pans and all of the new color tone, thanks to the kick starter
    And is the last kick starter campaign. Although I think it is super cool I did not really know what to do with it with them. I never ever ever just copy anyone but that’s exactly what I’m gonna do it later this week is come back to this page and this video and try and duplicate what you did. I cannot imagine how much I will learn by just doing that. Thank you so much for such an awesome products and help in how to use them and use them on my favorite flowers which are all Altenew flowers.

    1. Cathy Andronicou Post author

      There is also Jane with lots of videos and tutorials to help you get the best out of your pens. (if you sign up for the newsletter and check the archive from previous months you may find a code to get the course for free 😉 )

  26. Angie Hall

    I enjoyed the video. Both cards are beautiful. I joined the community and look forward to more videos and hints. Thanks

  27. FD91354

    Wow Cathy! Since you were 8! Amazing! How things have changed over the years, huh. SO, can I borrow you? I have my first set of 5 pens and Im so nervous to touch them 🙂 Crazy I know..

  28. Maureen Chandler

    These cards are lovely – and the video makes it look easy. I need to get out my pens and use them more!!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!!

  29. Carol Rossouw

    Wow! What beautiful 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!

  30. Renee VanEpps

    WOWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!! Those pencils and pens are so cool!!!! I really want to try them now, thanks for the video and inspiration!!!

  31. Kristine Gifford

    I love the patterned sentiment matching the background. Such a fun idea! Hope I win some of these pens! I’ve never used them!

  32. Jeane Campbell

    I have to try these pens. I am going to Scrapbook Expo this week here in Sacramento. Will search for a vendor who has them. Looks so much easier than Copics. Love the look you gave to each element. Very talented.

  33. Jo Ann U.

    The colors are these cards are so stunning. I don’t own these pens since I don’t feel I color well enough to invest, but watching the video sure does give me the idea these are very easy to use — thinking about purchasing soon! Also, a big Thanks for the chance to win one of these awesome prizes!

  34. Shari A.

    Beautiful cards. First time I have seen the pencils. They blend beautifully. I really hope to try the pens and pencils both some day. They look like so much fun to create with. Thanks so much for sharing.

  35. Angela R

    Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing. I just found out about Chameleon pens through this blog hop! Signed up and can’t wait to find out more!

  36. carol

    What a fabulous theme for a blog hop and I agree: crafty friends are the best! Meeting several in person has been one of my highlights of card-making! Today’s cards are gorgeous; the video, a welcome bonus! Thank you for being part of this heart-warming celebration!

  37. Eloise Luyk

    WOW…stunning color depth using Chameleon pens . Love the use of the Altenew stamps/dies in new ways. Thanks for sharing.
    Beautiful cards; very creative.

  38. Donna Gourley

    Both of these cards are just lovely. Totally “my style” even if I might not be able to create them! Ha, ha.

  39. Michelle

    Your cards are so lovely. The coloring is amazing. I can’t wait to learn more about these pens. I like that they have two sides. Very smart idea.

  40. Cathy M

    I just subscribed – and can’t wait to learn more. I love the way the Chameleon pens coloured the sentiment and those colour tone pencils look fabulous – I didn’t even know they existed! Thanks for sharing!

  41. Anne

    Wow your cards are totally gorgeous! I love them both! I have chameleon pens on my wishlist, I have never been tempted by alcohol markers because of the number of pens required and amount of blending.needed. I discovered chameleon pens last week, joined the community and look forward to putting aside some pennies one day to own my own set. Thanks for this wonderful inspiration!

  42. Maria Russell

    Oh my goodness! I love all of the cards that I have seen so far and yours are STUNNING as well. Thank you for the inspiration.

  43. Dena Cottrell

    I love the cards. The second is stunning with the die cut thanks! I love that style! I really love your markers. I only have a few and need all of them!!

  44. Anonymous

    Where would we be without our crafty friends – they inspire us, encourage us, and give us excuses to continue making ever more cards!! Thank you for celebrating them with this fabulous blog hop!

  45. Deborah Kaye

    Thank you for sharing the beautiful cards and posting the worksheets for them. I have a couple sets of the Chameleon markers but need to work with them more. The worksheets will help.

  46. Liz O

    Very pretty cards! I am already a member of your community thanks for such wonderful inspiration, an amazing prize and for all you share!! Have a wonderful day!

  47. Sophie F

    Such beautiful inspiration…. The colors are just the perfect combination of softness and vibrancy. I love these examples and thank you sincerely for sharing this inspiration! 🙂

  48. Lynne Ingram

    Choosing between your two very special cards is so hard but purple is my favorite. For me, these were the best cards of the hop.

  49. MelissaF

    Pretty cards, LOVE this floral bouquet from Altenew! Thanks for an awesome video of the various coloring techniques with all the Chameleon goodness

  50. bev p

    Beautifully colored images and the images are beautiful too! Altogether lovely finished cards. Thank you for sharing and for your kind offer.

  51. Lagene

    WOWZERS! Absolutely gorgeous cards! Thanks for the video! and I subscribed. I love crafting and making crafty friends!

  52. Michelle Seward

    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!! I want to try these pens sooo bad! I have been a copic user for years but the bright colors you pull off with these is so amazing! Beautiful work!!!

  53. Marsha D

    Just beautiful! Especially like seeing how the ‘thanks’ card was done. Must try that.
    Looking forward to more inspiration now that I have subscribed to your site.

  54. Becca Yahrling

    Both cards are so stunning! What beautiful coloring. I don’t have too
    many good markers, so would sure love to win some of yours!!
    Thank you for the chance. 🙂

  55. Nicki

    The cards are beautiful. I have not had the pleasure of using the markers. Looks like a lot of fun creativity can be made with those.

  56. Janet

    I have some of these markers which I haven’t used in a while. I need to see if I can make something as gorgeous as these cards!!

  57. Lynn Brown

    Wow! Do those pens and pencils make life easier for people like me who goes from 1 shade then jumps 3 shades darker and wonders why it wont blend . The pens actually make it easier for us to see which colors will blend out easier especially with the numbered tips! Good bye frustration, hello making life easier and fun!

  58. Janet Robson

    What exquisite cards, you are certainly VERY talented. Thank you so much for the inspiration. one day I hope to be able to colour more like this.

  59. Teresa Doyle

    I don’t know how yo always come up with such amazingly beautiful cards Vicky but you do. Does your mind ever shut down? LOL Just incredible!

  60. Suzanne

    LOVED the ways you used your ‘thanks” die cut. I’m always looking for fun ways to do thank you cards. GREAT idea!! thank YOU..

  61. Trina P.

    Both cards are so beautiful. Love the dimensions and colours on the first card. Love the hidden die cut sentiment on the second one.

  62. Carol Godfrey

    Beautiful cards I love to color and I have wanted to try these markers so bad just can’t afford them so pretty though and I am really having so much fun on this hop

  63. Barb macaskill

    I fell in love with the first card and then I scrolled down and saw the second card! WOW! Breathtaking and stunning! I just started using the sentiment technique on this card and love the look! I love the colors you chose and the finished card is out of this world divine! TFS!

  64. Teresa Selby

    Love the coloring! I have not tried the Chameleon pens yet but I will (I hope) in the feature any ways. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  65. JuLie L

    Oh wow! You just introduced me to the world of Chameleon pens! I am excited to get some! I hope to learn how to make cards as beautiful as yours!

  66. Cindi Hall

    OMG, I wish I could color like this! I haven’t been able to purchase the Chameleon pens so I would LOVE to win some! Thanks for the opportunity and the generous sharing of talent on this blog. Such fun!

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