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!!
Materials: Crate Maggie Holmes Flea Market 6 x 6 paper pad | Crate Maggie Holmes Flea Market die cuts | Crate Maggie Holmes Signature Collection Accents | Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party 6 x 6 paper pad | Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party epoxy stickers | Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party die cuts | Dear Lizzy Polka Dot Party enamel flowers | Amy Tangerine Cut & Paste enamel bows | Fiskars Wave Crest punch | Fiskars Corner Rounder punch | Studio Calico sequins | May Arts Ribbon