24 February, 2015

Purple and green

You may say what you want, but In my opinion purple and green don't really match. I've lately seen a couple of really wonderful cards with this combination, but I never thought I could do anything like that. Until I thought of crocuses.
I decided to stitch them with shimmering yarn in green and purple, coloured them with colouring pencils, and combined them with matching background paper.
Unfortunately, the shimmering isn't obvious on the photos, but it's quite strong in reality.
For the central stamens, I've chosen a couple of pearls instead of stitching.
Other embellishments include punched corners with pearls, green ribbon and butterflies, but apart from that I didn't want too much distraction from the main motif.
The green ribbon was meant to end up on one of my spring cards as soon as I saw it on the jam jars a lovely lady gave me for Christmas. I've said it before and I think I'll never change: I'm a hamster when it comes to crafting :)
However, Christmas is long gone and it's time to change seasons. Even though crocuses are out-grown by snowdrops and primroses, they are among the first spring flowers to show up from under the snow. With this spring/Easter/birthday card it's time to say: Spring is in the air :)

- 4 crafty chicks: things with wings
- 613 avenue create: ATG + twist (birthday)
- allsorts challenge blog: purple
- allways something creative: birthday
- butterfly challenge: ribbon
- come and get it: lots of layers
- crafts and me: ribbon
- craft-alnica: hand-made flower
- cute card thursday: floral delight
- fabnfunky: ribbon and lace
- fairytale challenge blog: sewing
- fussy and fancy: tic tac toe (dry embossing, ribbon, pearls)
- ooh la la: something green
- papertake weekly: bingo (ribbon, gems, punches and punches, glitter, bloom)
- the pink elephant: ATG
- really reasonable ribbon: purple and green with ribbon
- inspiration destination: ATG
- city crafter: use it up (green ribbon)


  1. Well I LOVE the colour scheme - any colour goes with green, just ask Mother Nature! Your card is really beautiful and I love all he details - the stitched crocuses, the pearls in the corners, the perfectly positioned ribbons - lovely.
    Jane - Butterfly Challenge Guest Designer

    1. Jane, you are absolutely right - in nature, green goes with everything. In fact, there are many purple flowers I can think of, among them some of my favourites like lilac and violets.
      I guess it's rather the "synthetic" shades of green and purple that distract me ;)

      Thanks for stopping by,

  2. Eine schöne Karte. Vielen Dank für Deine Teilnahme an unserer aktuellen ASC-Challenge. Liebe Grüße, Manuela

  3. I think that Jane has just said it all. your Crocus are delightfully stitched and I love the placement of the pearls for the centres. Beautiful. I have purple flag Iris in my garden each year and they look striking with the purple/yellow and green. Thankyou for fluttering by my 1st anniversary butterfly challenge. hugs Mrs A.

  4. Beautifully done, the stitching is amazing!! I can hardly wait for our Crocus to bloom! Thank you for joining our "Tic Tac Toe" challenge at "Fussy and Fancy"!
    Diane FAF DT

  5. WOW...well done. Love the image, the colours and mostly the stitching. Super creation. Thanks for playing along with us this week at Inspiration Destination. Good luck.

    Lynn, ID CT

  6. Very pretty card and great use of the saved ribbon :) Thank you for joining us this week at CCCB!
    Samra DT

  7. Oh my Cheiro!! What a lot of work...so beautifully done!! this card has such an elegant look!! Thank you for sharing with us at Fussy and Fancy!! Good luck!!
    Take care,

  8. Thanks for sharing and joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again and good luck!
    IDCB Owner

  9. Zelo lepa voščilnica in žafrane si čudovito izdelala :-))
    Hvala, ker se igraš z nama v izzivu CRAFT-alnice ... Srečno!

  10. Fabulous card! Love the stitching it looks amazing! Thanks for joining us at Fab n Funky this week.

  11. Krasni Krokusi, zelo lepo si senčila zašite rožice.
    Hvala, da si se nam pridružila in srečno pri izzivu Craft-alnice. Pozdravček Lili

  12. Stunning card!!!! I love all the attention to detail!!!! Thanks for visiting us at 613 Avenue Create and good luck!

  13. Such a lovely card. I love the stitching. Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge.

  14. Fantastic card! I love the colors! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week!
    Tina- DT

  15. Lovely card, thanks for sharing at Fab'n'Funky.

    Pat xx

  16. A lovely take on our them and your card is beautiful. Thanks so much for joining us at CCCB!

  17. That´s so wonderfull! Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge. Bianca XX

  18. So beautiful card! I love your colour combo! Thank you very much for visiting us at 613 Avenue Create this week!

  19. A lovely card!
    Thank you soo much for taking part in our "lots of layers” challenge over at Come and Get it & good luck in the draw.
    Hope to see you again in our next challenge as well…

    (DT Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges)
    (DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
    (DT Come and Get It)
    (GDT Kreativzeit Challenges)

  20. Beautiful images and love the colours. The stitching is perfect to highlight these flowers. Thanks for sharing with us Come and Get It. Meighan DT

  21. Hi Cheiro what a gorgeous card I love the image and the colours are lovely and the design is wonderful. Thank you for joining us at Ooh La La and good luck.xx

    Debs DT Member xx
    {Debs Cards– my personal blog}

  22. Loving the stitched detail on this design - Thank you for entering our add something green challenge at Ooh La La Creations
    Alli x