Paper Crafts Magazine presents 75 Creative Card Challenges


     Hey there friends! So happy to be sharing with you Paper Crafts Magazine's newest special issue, 75 Creative Card Challenges. Seriously, this is a MUST HAVE guide for your paper-crafting library! The challenges were so much fun to play with, and the projects will dazzle and amaze you! I am loving this issue so super duper much!
   
    We were challenged to create a card based on song lyrics....that was a hard for me because I didn't know what type of song to choose, and I didn't want to select a song that had cheesy lyrics or was cliche. One afternoon while I was driving home from work, I heard Ellie Goulding's current hit, "Anything can Happen" and I instantly knew that was the song I wanted to base my card on. I love the ethereal feel of this song, and while I was listening to the lyrics, the design of card just happened to appear in my mind on a highway onramp, of all places!

Since lyrics were the focus of the challenge, I wanted the sentiment to take center stage. I die cut the letters with my Silhouette, and then backed the letter's openings with patterned paper, popping some up with foam tape.

I totally love the twinkly light look of this paper from October Afternoon's Midway line. I wanted the background to look twinkly and muted, so I covered the card with vellum, and added a few sequins to give some extra sparkly flair. This card would make a great encouragement card to give to someone waiting for good news. I don't know why, but sequins, twinkle lights and sparkle always make me feel better.

There's one more stop on the hop. But, before you go, leave a comment on this post by Tuesday, January 15th midnight for your chance to win this special issue. I'll select a winner and post that winner on Wednesday, January 16th, so don't forget to stop by and check to see if it's you. To increase your chances leave a comment on the Paper Crafts blog too. Your last stop on this fun hop is my very talented and sweet friend, Vera Yates

Just in case you got lost along the way, or forgot to check out one of the fabulous designers participating in today's hop here's the list.

Heather Campbell
Chan Vuong
Lorena Canto Laveria
Laura Bassen
Julia Stainton
Kim Hughes
Sarah J. Moerman
Amber Kemp-Gerstel
Emily Branch
Vera Yates

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"Anything Can Happen" Card





117 comments:

  1. sweet card...love the vellum and the sequins!

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  2. Love this! Love the pop of color in the letters!

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  3. LOVE the use of the sequins!!!!!! so fab!! it brings the whole 'bokeh' effect of the card to life!! (and definitely a great song!)

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  4. Super cute! I really like the soft background and how the words stand out so well! Plus, the sequins are so great! :)

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  5. That is really an awesome card!! Love the sequins :)

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  6. Wow card. Love how you use vellum to mute the paper and added sequins to give it some bling.

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  7. Sequins, vellum, the patterned paper - what a wonderful combination of elements to showcase your lyrics. Thank you for sharing such a day-brightening, idea-inspiring card!

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  8. Great card. Love the paper.

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  9. Great card. I love the paper and vellum.

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  10. Lovin' it! The sequins, vellum...

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  11. Oh cute card!! Love the vellum and sequins!!

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  12. Very cool. What a great idea for a card!

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  13. I like the vellum and sewing

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  14. Cool design for a card! I really like how this turned out :-) thanks for the chance to win!

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  15. Love it! Thanks for sharing!

    ptucker6 at cox dot net

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  16. Great card. Love the velum. It gives the card such a soft lovely look.

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  17. I love the twinkle affect too. Very cool.

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  18. Such a pretty card - love the vellum and the sequins!

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  19. I like the vellum and sequins.

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  20. Love the design, cool card!!

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  21. cute and love the sequins! Or this could be Wyclef, "say what, say what? Anything can happen?" :)

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  22. Love the pops of color and the sparkle.

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  23. This sentiment could be used for a number of different occasions. I like that it's so flexible.
    flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

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  24. Love the effect from the vellum over your BG paper and the sequins to finish it off. Do I dare admit I hardly know any of the songs used in this Blog Hop (or maybe I just don't know them by name)? Gorgeous card, Emily, and appreciate the chance to win a copy of PC's 75 challenges!

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  25. I love your card, and that you chose this song as your inspiration!

    Thank you so much for a chance to win a copy of this special issue!

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  26. Great job! Love your card.

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  27. This is really fun! I love the background!

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  28. Cute card, I love to use vellum too!

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  29. The use of the vellum and sequins is perfect for the representation of this song. Good job.

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  30. Great card and love the sequins.

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  31. Darlene Satkewich11 January, 2013

    Fabulous card...love the sequins and the use of vellum!!

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  32. Such an uplifting sentiment/lyric.

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  33. Like the use of vellum and phrase. Great choice.

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  34. Very pretty with the vellum layer.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  35. Your card is very effective. Thanks

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  36. Gorgeous card. I love the vellum and sequins on it. Superb!!!

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  37. Great card, Emily. YOU can never go wrong with sequins, I say:o)

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  38. How totally beautiful! I love how the vellum softens the patterned paper and the sequins are a cool embellishment!

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  39. Love the subtle look from the vellum and the splashes of bling! Fun card!

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  40. OOOH -- What a great background and fabulous sentiment. Such possibilities! Thanks for sharing your wonderful card.

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  41. Love your card! What a great way to interpret the song!

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  42. fun card! I love the touch of sparkle!

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  43. Lisa Norstrom11 January, 2013

    I like how you muted the background with the vellum - nice effect!

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  44. Love how you used sequins and patterned paper under the letters!

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  45. Not familiar with this song either but I love this card! I think it's really cool how you rounded the corners of the vellum so the cs below peeks out just a teeny bit.

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  46. Love the way you used the vellum, and backed the letter openings!

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  47. love the idea with the sheet in front of the paper! Fun card!

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  48. I'm embarrased to say I don't know the song very well, but I certainly love the card you featured it on!

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  49. Great card, the lyrics jump out at you. TFS

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  50. The vellum was the perfect choice for that song! Gorgeous!

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  51. lovely, you acheived your goals. thanks for sharing.

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  52. Love the stitching and the vellum overlay! moadibp2@aol.com

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  53. Perfect the way the vellum mutes your background paper and lets the sequins shine! Fun that you filled in the letters with patterned paper, too. Terrific card!

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  54. What a fun card. I love the use of the sequins. thanks for sharing.

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  55. Great design, I really love the sequins and the vellum!

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  56. Love the vellum on your card...it really does lend itself to an ethereal look...

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  57. Emily, what a bright, cheery card! It does really give positive vibes. Thanks for the ideas and chance to win.

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  58. Very pretty card! Absolutely love how you softened the background with vellum! Love it! :)

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  59. Love your card! I like the vellum layer. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win a copy of this new mag. :D

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  60. Great card!!! Love the challenges in this issue! Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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  61. What a great idea to use the vellum to create the ethereal feel like the song and then to add the sequins for the pop of colour and bling. Brilliant!

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  62. Love the techniques you've used.

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  63. Love the way you backed the openings and popped up some of the letters.

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  64. I like vellum a lot and don't see it used much, so that alone made me happy. Your entire interpretation was very well done. I really like the papers behind the letters and having some of them randomly popped up. Aaaahh, and then there are the sequins. A perfect addition, I think.

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  65. Beautiful card, I just love the use of vellum on it. Funny how great ideas pops up, when we least expect it right? But sometimes it´s also the best ideas, and this one was awesome.

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  66. Gorgeous card as usual!

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  67. I loved the use of vellum to mute the background making the sentiment stand out. Using sequins and colored paper in the openings of the letters gave it just the right splash of color.

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  68. Love the look of the OA under the vellum.

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  69. love the sequins. thank you for sharing. rush88888 at gmail dot com

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  70. This is such a fun and beautiful card! TFS =)

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  71. Beautiful card and song lyric combo! God bless!

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  72. love the beautiful paper behind the vellum such a cool look! I just bought that paper myself last night yay!

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  73. Love this card. You used one of my favorite things - vellum. Thanks for the idea of backing some of the letters with patterned paper. Great project.

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  74. So fun! LOVE the sequins!!!

    housesbuiltofcards@gmail.com
    www.housesbuiltofcards.blogspot.com

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  75. Your card is awesome - and I really enjoyed reading about how you created it. Thanks for sharing!

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  76. This is a Great card. Love the vellum overlay on the pattern paper. Your sentiment/song is a great choice.

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  77. Wow! So clever use of vellum and sequins. Love it.

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  78. Ooooh sequins! I love this!

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  79. Love the use of the sequins on your card. Never thought to do that myself. Thanks for the idea.

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  80. I love the stitched sequins at the top and the few letters you made pop look awesome! Great work on your card. :)

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  81. Cute!! I love the pops of color in the sentiment.

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  82. Great design, love the sequins & stitching!

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  83. Great card - the vellum makes it look almost ethereal behind the lyrics! Very creative!

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  84. Fun to see sequins used -- haven't seen that in a long time!

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  85. What a fun card! Thanks for the chance to win, and for sharing your talents and inspiration.
    Blessings,
    Sierra

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  86. What a great use of the patterned paper! I like its muted bokeh look; it really draws attention to the lyrical sentiment. :)

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  87. This is such a gorgeous and fun card! Love your design and your use of vellum and sequins!

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  88. Love the patterned paper and choice of lyrics, fun! Thanks for the sharing and for the chance to win!
    Nicole

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  89. Fabulous! Love the usage of sequins

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  90. I just love your creative art, and thank you for sharing and inspiring. This has been a super fun blog hop!
    Blessings,
    Karen Letchworth
    www.karen-mycuprunnethover.blogspot.com

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  91. Very unique. I like the way you hid colors in the negative space of the letters and the sequins. Inventive!
    Jen
    jensborrowedart.blogspot.com

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  92. I love the vellum over the paper! What a fun challenge - can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing!

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  93. Such a sweet and simple card. I love that the words are centre stage. Take Joy ~ Diane

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  94. I love how some letters are popped up and the holes are backed with colored paper!

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  95. Cool card! Mahalo for sharing.

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  96. Fab use of vellum! Those circles look like bokeh! Sewing on that layer - great idea!

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  97. Love the look of the vellum over the patterned paper!

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  98. I love the layers you made with the vellum and twinkly light papers. I have not used sequins in my cards before, but they are really pretty here!

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  99. So pretty! Thanks for sharing!

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  100. Love the vellum idea. Great card.

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  101. great card. love the vellum over the colorful circles.

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  102. This is so fun! I love the vellum!

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