01 December, 2017

Santa is coming to town

Is it time for Christmas cards yet? I'm sure many of you are hard at work for the festive season and maybe already a little exhausted by the preparations. 
Since I'm a bit our of crafting lately, it was a great feeling to take out my yarns and patterns and create some needlework for the December Fadengrafik Challenge. It's a "Santa Claus" themed one this month and we'd like to see any of your crafting projects as long as you include some paper stitching and the friendly, old present-delivering guy. 
In my inspiration card, I used a picture that is actually cut from a piece of patterned paper with vintage motifs. At first, I thought the round images would do great as baubels on cards if I decorated them with bows, but when I tried to use them this way, it just didn't have the effect I had imagined. 
Instead of throwing the cut-outs away, I was looking for another way to use them. In the end, I decided to try if they match with one of my stitching patterns. Honestly, the reason was a rather practical one: I was due for my inspiational card anyway, and if was about to make a card, why not use something that is already there?
However, I wanted the image of Santa and his helpers to remain the centerpiece of my card, which is why I used one colour of stitching yarn only. As I decorated the vintage print with a golden border sticker already, I picked golden yarn for my stitching, too, and let the gemstones and pearls do the trick in terms of colours. 
For the background, I've chosen a red and white vintage-styled background paper, as well as a layer of dark red cadboard which makes the stitched part pop out from the card itself. 
Before I glued everything together though, I added an extra layer of white cardboard to the back of the image. That way, it stands out a little less than it would with 3D pads, but still a little more than it would if I used no additional help at all. 
A little contribution to the December collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

4 crafty chicks: ATG
613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
cardmania: Christmas
cardz4guyz: reindeer
Christmas cards all year round: ATG
city crafter: I believe in Santa Claus
come and get it: animals
crafty catz: ATG
crafty sentiments: ATG
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge: ATG as long as it's Christmas
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge2: ATG as long as it's Christmas
creative moments: ATG
deep ocean: Santa is coming to town
double D challenges: here comes Santa Claus
everybody art: ATG
fabnfunky: Christmas
fairytale challengeblog: Christmastime animals
inspiration destination: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
moving along with the times: Christmas animals
pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: Christmas
crazy challenge: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. What a fabulous image and BEAUTIFUL design to showcase it!! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Here Comes Santa Claus’ challenge! We hope you’ll come back often.

    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
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  2. Hi this is a stunning card. Thank you for joining us at Moving Along with the Times Challenge Blog The theme is Christmas Animals. Hugs Jackie DT

  3. Hi I am back again this time to thank you for joining us at Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge Blog for challenge 395 the theme is Anything Goes with the optional theme of Snow and the sponsor is Bugaboo. Hugs Jackie (DT)

  4. Absolutely gorgeous! There was a time I did a lot of embroidery, but I don't recall that I've ever done it on a card. This is so beautiful. I adore the vintage Santa image, too. Thanks so much for sharing in our "Here Comes Santa" challenge at Double D!

  5. Love the gorgeously designed Christmas card you have created with your amazing stitching work here. Looks great and nice work.
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  6. What a sweet, happy image. This card to be treasured and showcased. All that stitching and such beautiful framing work. You need to frame and hang it on the wall. Thanks for sharing your talent at Penny's Paper Crafty challenges.

  7. EXQUISITELY STUNNING. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Thanks bunches for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Sure hope you will remember us for our next challenge too! Xj.
    TTCRD DT: Joi@RR{My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  8. what a very wonderful card and your work is excellently created.
    Love that image.
    Thank you for joining the MAWTT Challenge.
    Lots of crafty love. Jenny L. DT

  9. Beautiful Christmas card! Thanks for joining us at Cardz for Guyz

  10. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at CCAYR, good luck!!! Amy DT

  11. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Craft, good luck!!! Amy DT

  12. Še ena čudovita praznična voščilnica. Všeč mi je, kako zelo lepo usklajeni so vsi delčki tvoje sestavljanke.
    Hvala, ker jo deliš z nami na Scrapping4fun blogu.
    Čarobno prvo adventno nedeljo ti želim, Majda

  13. Such a beautiful card, just love the stiching! Thanks for joining us at The Crazy Challenge.

    groetjes, Ellen

  14. So beautiful, amazing job. Thank you for joining us at City Crafter :)

  15. Exquisite design on this card! The stitching is amazing showcasing Santa! Thanks for joining the Double D, "Here comes Santa" Challenge.

  16. Hallo cheiro urgia,

    die Karte ist wunderschön geworden und sie sieht so richtig edel aus.
    Eine tolle Fadengrafik hast Du wieder gewählt.

    Eine besinnliche Adventszeit und einen guten Rutsch wünscht Dir BAstelfeti

  17. The stitching is gorgeous and the way you popped up the image gives it just the right height. The delicate border sticker adds the perfect finishing touch.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs for our Anything Goes challenge.

  18. Totally adorble! The embroidery, santa all!

    Thank you for joining at our challenge at Creative Moments, good luck!
    Looking forward to see you at the next challenge

    DT member at Creative Moments
    Diana's Creations

  19. This is just stunning, really beautiful work...x

  20. This is so pretty!
    Thank you for joining us at the Crafty Sentiments Designs challenge and I hope you'll be back again soon.
    Marilyn S

  21. A beautiful card and lovely design. Thank you for sharing with us at Christmas Cards All Year Round.
    Kath x

  22. What a beautiful card...thank you so much for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week for our Anything Goes challenge! xoxoxo

  23. How wonderful. It's gorgeous.
    Thank you for playing with us at Scrapping4fun Challenges.

  24. Amazing! Great card!
    Thanks for joining us at CraftyHazelnut's Christmas Challenge Extra for December!
    Monica - DT

  25. Wow, this is a wonderful creation! I love stitching!
    Thanks for playing at Card Mania Challenge.