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!! 

91 comments:

  1. Beautiful card. love the cluster and the colors. Neat way to embellish the ribbon too. Thanks for sharing and the chance to win.

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  2. Gosh, I have a few Go To Supplies, but My absolute favorites go hand in hand. My Stamps/Ink. Love my CTMH stamps and Ink pads. Love all the different sentiments, shapes, scenes, and themes I can create with just ink and stamps.

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  3. cute, colourful and fun....

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  4. Wonderful card design and impressive that you used 9 supplies.
    My go to favorite supply is twine.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  5. I love this new collection, the gold accents are so unique! My favorite "go to" supply are 6x6 paper pads. They fit right in my Big Shot and all my punches!

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  6. Great choice of elements to make your card! Freestyle collage is a little difficult for me but I'm working on it! This issue would come in handy. It looks like a ton of fun!

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  7. oops! I forgot to mention my go-to-supply! It's patterned paper & my die-cutting machine!

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  8. love your card super cute

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  9. Emily, your card celebrates HAPPY :) I love all 9 supplies you used here~so very fun! I really NEED this PC magazine to help me use up my hoarded stash of supplies

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  10. Loved how you used a few beautiful elements to make this card pop with color and texture.

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  11. Love all the fun pieces over the card, seems like random but I think you thought very much how to put them.

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  12. LOOOOOVE this card, Em! I am a huge fan of the Freestyle/Collage style! LOVE all of your supplies and design! YOU ROCK!

    My fav supply.... probably any patterned paper! I love mixing and matching them.... but I also love my stamps and glitter and brads and.... EVERYTHING:) LOL!

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  13. Very modern and stylish card!

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  14. Love how you incorporated 9 supplies in one card

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  15. Great card Emily - lots of interest . Thank you for sharing . I would have a problem working with 9 items I think - I must give it a try .
    My favourite supply is my patterned paper - my favourite tool is a paper punch . These are my go to's when I need to make a card.

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  16. Girl... how do you do it?? You mix everything so perfectly and it looks gorgeous!

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  17. Love your card!!!! Such a fun mix of supplies! I think my favorite supply would be my stamps! :)

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  18. WOW what an awesome collage creation! Love all the happy colors and design!! Great job!
    Hmmmm now for my favorite supply! I guess it would be my die cuts! I don't think I make a card these days that doesn't have at least ONE on it!

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  19. Awesome card, there is so much there and it all looks wonderful together. Nice job!

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  20. Wonderful collage, Emily! My go-to finishing touch is usually a button or a ribbon embellishment...usually incorporating both!!

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  21. Love lOve loVe your collage card using 9 stash stuff so smartly. I'm going to do that for my next card swap. So smart! I love stickers and have file folders-full.

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  22. Great job on combining all the elements!

    My favorite supply--mix between stamps and ribbon! :)

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  23. Neat card. My favorites are my ATG gun and my paper.

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  24. cool card, love it! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. Awesome card, love the colors and fun pieces! My absolute fave go-to supplywould have to be my sponge and Distress Inks!

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  26. Lovely collage of elements. The colors are beautiful.

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  27. great collage card lovely design, I always love to reach for my patterned paper

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  28. Beautiful card! The enamel bow reminded me of the barrettes that I used to put in my daughters' hair. :) My favorite supply is bakers twine!! I love all the colors and it can add just the perfect touch to any project. Thank you for a chance to win.

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  29. Love you card and I really can't do without enamel dots (assuming I already can have paper, stamps and ink!) :)

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  30. Love this collage style! My favorite is my Cameo die cutter.

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  31. My favorite go-to are my stamps. Stamping is what attracted me to cardmaking many years ago and it is still my first love.

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  32. Pretty how you used 9 different elements! Pretty card!

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  33. Great ideas - I may have to borrow some of the thoughts you have.

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  34. love this card - i may have to borrow some design elements.

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  35. I love how you've mixed and matched so many elements. Great combination!

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  36. Awesome card!!! I;m so bad at the collage look, you make it look soo easy!!!

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  37. Love the embellishments.

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  38. My favorite is my stamps, which is how I became interested in card making! Your card is so cute and cheerful!

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  39. Fun card--thanks for sharing!

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  40. Such a fun card--thanks for sharing!

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  41. You used some interesting embellishments for this card.

    Noreen
    craftlinky@gmail.com

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  42. So pretty! Great use of your nine supplies!!

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  43. How FUN! Love all the elements! :-)

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  44. Great card! I love all the elements! My favorite supply is patterned paper! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  45. To-to-Supply has to be patterned paper - but I am really into baker's twine these days.

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  46. I love how your designs are so beautifully composed and full of surprises-- what a talent! My fave supply...is...um...(this IS like picking your favorite child)... well, I love my assortment of sharp scissors, and stamps, and inks, and papers, and punches, and ribbons, and buttons, and pens, and sparkles, and even the scraps... they're all my fave!

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  47. Yowzers! Lots of fun supplies on this card, including some digital ones. You get extra points for that. My favorite supply has to be patterned paper. I have more than I'll ever use. I just like to look at some of it. ;-)

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  48. Your card is unique and creative! Really catches the eye!

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  49. Your card is unique and nifty. Really catches the eye! Nice work!

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  50. My favorite go to supply is definitely patterned paper!!

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  51. Unique card. I like it! My go to for embellishing my cards is ribbon and my favorite tool is my stamps.

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  52. Awesome collage card Emily!

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  53. Very pretty! Love the enamel bow and flower!

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  54. Such a cute card - love all the different little pieces you used to create it!

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  55. Great use of those 9 supplies. This has been a fun hop. My favorite "go to" tool seems to be my dies and embossing folders.

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  56. Thanks for sharing your fun card! I almost always go-to my ribbon stash!!

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  57. Really like all the multimedia look you created. My fav. go to supply is my corner rounder.

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  58. Well done! I would be shaking in my shoes at the thought of using 9 items. My go-to supply is stamps, as evidenced by my huge collection.

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  59. Fantastic colors and fun embellishments!

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  60. Interesting card - my go to embel. Is bling gems or pearls.

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  61. Adorable card Emily. Love the use of so many different elements. TFS

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  62. Awesome card! Love the design and all of the embellishments. :) My fav. supply is probably twine and distress stains. Thanks for sharing.

    Katie B.

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  63. My favourite go to supply is patterned paper, while flair buttons run a close second!

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  64. Your card is so cute! Looks like more than 9 things. I guess the sum is greater than its parts.

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  65. super fun card! so much to see. my go to supply is anything sparkly! all cards should shimmer somewhere!!

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  66. Nice card ! My fav supply are stamps.

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  67. Wow, you girls that had 9 things to use really had your work cut out for you, but you pulled it off! I love it!!!

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  68. What an interesting random mix of elements, I like the diagonal line. I'd have to say my go-to is first and foremost cardstock! How can you create a card without it? After that, my sewing machine.

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  69. Nine is quite a few different supplies but you did a great job with the challenge

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  70. I like how the collage is on the diagonal!

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  71. ooooh, I can't wait to get my hands on this issue, I think it will be cull of awesomeness like YOUR amazing card! Must hunt down soon!!! I can't pull off this look to save my life and you make it so effortlessly look amazing!! you ROCK the freestyle collage category my dear! :)

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  72. Fun collage card! I haven't tried the style yet, but I like how you pulled everything together!

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  73. Good job on this card. Love the collage look. Love the way you put those elements together.

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  74. Great job with your challenge...so fun!!

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  75. Stamps...thank you for sharing!!

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  76. I start with the stamp set I want to use, then pick out the colors - for the paper and the ink. Next is any embellishments that I want to use. I use a lot of "jewels" and ribbon or twine. Just started using washi tape - that works so fast. Great card. Thanks for sharing.

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  77. Not sure if dimensional adhesive counts - I use that more than anything! I love patterned paper (can you say hoarder!) but struggle to use it. Love your ability to collage - everything fits so beautifully together!

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  78. You have awesome supplies!! Your card is lovely!

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  79. I'm a ribbon fiend. I think I own more than some craft stores!

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  80. Wow..you made using 9 supplies so clean and simple.

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  81. So enjoyed seeing those elements on your bright and graphic card.

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  82. Love the products you used! Thanks for the inspiration!
    clayandamy@sbcglobal.net

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  83. Stamps are definitely my go to along with ink and patterned paper is a close second

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  84. This is so very pretty. Wonderful mix of elements and beautifully crafted. Love it. :-)

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