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Winner of the Handmade Cards Blog Hop

Thanks to everyone who hopped along during the Paper Crafts Blog Hop! Your comments were so sweet, and totally brightened my day. I would love to giveaway a free issue to everyone, but I only have one, so here's today's winner!

Birthday Fun with SEI

I love mixing patterned paper and embellishments together, especially when I can pull patterned papers from different collections together! This card uses two SEI collections, the newest Noteworthy memory system and one of my favorites, Vanilla Sunshine from the Winter 2012 release.
I love the cute little word bubble stickers that come in the Noteworthy memory system and embellished them with festive and playful birthday sentiments found in the Vanilla Sunshine perforated paper sheet along with a cute cupcake and star sticker that are found in the Noteworthy memory system. I added a punched heart and star with a brad from the Vanilla Sunshine embellishments. Even though the collections aren't the same, they had similar colors and coordinating patterns so they still work perfectly! All these pretty embellishments are layered on a patterned paper base from the Noteworthy memory system.

Paper Crafts Magazine Presents Handmade Cards Blog Hop

Hey there friends! Welcome to the Paper Crafts Handmade Cards Blog Hop. Special issues like this one are my favorite because they help me look at how to use my supplies in fun and creative new ways. This is an issue you just have to pick up, or win!!

My challenge was to create a card using only nine supplies! I know, I know....nine!! Some may think that's a lot, but for me, I never count how many embellishments I add to a card, so having to keep track of the amount of supplies was a bit difficult. I even had to make a check list to make sure I didn't go over the limit! In the end I ended up using cardstock, die cuts, patterned paper, ribbon, enamels, stickers, sequins, punches and my electronic die cut machine.
Being that I love mixing elements from various paper collections and all sorts of embellishments together, I chose nine supplies and created this lovely card in a new style that you may have seen in Paper Crafts magazine, called Freestyle/Collage.  In this style, seemingly unrelated materials come together in a cohesive design, which worked perfectly for this challenge.
First, I created the die cut from a digital file. I then trimmed that die cut into a smaller strip and added paper to some of the openings to create some interest and dimension. Then, I trimmed a patterned paper strip and added it to the bottom of card right above some patterned paper peaking through the rounded corner.
I added a cluster of patterned paper that I trimmed with a decorative edge punch. I added the strip to a gold doily die cut, and then clustered some sequins, a die cut banner and enamel flower.
Near the focal point of my card and I layered a floral die cut, enamel bow and a sticker to a ribbon treatment.

I hope you enjoyed this blog hop and visiting all the creative designers blogs for your chance to win and be inspired. Make sure that you have left a comment on each blog by Tuesday, September 24th for your chance to win a copy of this issue. If you missed any blogs, here's the list.

Emily Branch (that's me)

In the comment box below, tell me what your absolute go-to favorite supply is. I'll pick one winner on  Wednesday, September 25th. Don't forget end today's blog hop with a stop back to Paper Crafts Connection for a fabulous giveaway!! 

Want to learn how to Design Your Own Hand Lettering?

Hey there friends!! I just discovered a super creative new class on how to create your own hand lettering!! Inward Facing Girl mentioned a new class that she is taking from the very talented graphic artist, Mary Kate McDevitt who has designed these gorgeous prints

If you're interested in joining me in this class, click here to sign up and receive $10 off the class fee (without the discount, the class is still only $20) What a deal!!! See ya there!

Seize the Day with SEI

SEI is releasing a fun new project album!! I was so excited to work with it this month! Noteworthy is an awesome memory system that comes with photo sleeve pages, journaling cards and stickers to complement any project you create with the binder! For today's project I pulled some various elements found in the collection.
I used a journaling card from the Yesteryear 4" by 5"paper pad. Then I slipped it into a photo sleeve that I trimmed from an included sheet, and added confetti from the Noteworthy memory system so it's an interactive shaker card! The star and label are from the coordinating sticker sheet, and a vellum printed overlay covers the patterned paper card base. Seriously, there are so many fun elements in the Noteworthy memory system that you'll be inspired to make a ton of fun projects!
Here's a fun detail shot of all the cute elements of the kit used in this card. I added some trim in a fun and festive way to bring out the blue of the paper!
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