28 July, 2018


Is it only me or does a project sometimes look unfinished, no matter what?
The card that is introducing a new "ATG" challenge over at the Fadengrafik Challenge is one I've created ages ago. Literally, ages ago. 
I thought it would be a nice, energetic summer card with a nautical background and a simple blue swirl that might resemble a knot, or just an abstract ornament. However, while the background itself might be compatible with many summer ideas, it didn't seem to fit the "knot" I had in mind. 
Was it just too plain to match with the sea horses, ankers and shells? I added a couple of rhinstones to balance things out, with little to no success. 
Was it because of the strange central shapes that I sewed with red thread for the reason of contrast? I had no desire to tear the stitching apart and eventually put the card aside only to completely forget about it.
As I'm currently establishing a little order in my apartment, I found my box of unfinished things again, and at this point, something needed to be done. As I also found a a leftover punched white flower that I've decorated with a rhinestone one day, I thought about trying an unusual merger before throwing the flower away, because what could one possible do with a single punched rhinestone-flower?
To my surprise, however, I liked the unconventional result. I have no idea how and why a flower would complement a wannabe-nautical scenery, but after colouring the strange red shapes with colour pencils, I somehow felt like the card might be finished after all. 
Certainly still not one of my favourites, but at least, finished enough to be removed from the unfinished-things-box.
A little contribution to the July collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.
A little contribution to the collection of hand-stitching at made with Blümchen.

4 crafty chicks: ATG
613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
gem of a challenge: summer time/holidays
- cardmania: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
- crafty sentiments: ATG
- craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper
create and inspire: ATG
- creative moments: ATG
kreativtanten: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
pennys papertake: ATG
scrap & craft: summer
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: stitching real or faux
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. I think you're finished result is perfect! In fact, I love it! Completely unique and stylish! Gorgeous stitch-work and beautiful papers, and your little flower perfectly compliments the rest! Thanks for sharing this with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges!

  2. This is gorgeous. Nice work. Looks great.
    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

  3. Great card, I love the backing paper. Thanks for sharing with us this week at Crafty Catz. Lilly (DT)

  4. This is such a pretty and elegant design. It looks so great paired with the nautical paper.

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

  5. Great layering and card! Thanks for playing with us at The Craftroom Door ATG Challenge! Looking forward to seeing you next time and good luck!
    Sunila & Aditi- DT
    Dots to Lines

  6. Super creation,thanks for sharing with us at CRAFTY CATZ, x carol

  7. Wow...just beautiful, the stitching is superb! Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge this week and best of luck to you in the draw! Donna - DT Member

  8. Love this nautical card! Just stunning embroidery. Thanks for joining us at LTCCB
    Tina dt

  9. Thanks for joining us at CraftyHazelnut's Patterned Paper Challenge for July!
    Monica - DT