11 December, 2018

Winter scene

Just in time to join the latest craft-alnica challenge, I thought I'd create what the ladies wish to see: a Christmas card following a sketch. I certainly haven't done any proper cardmaking lately, and no sketch challenges in ages, but I guess sometimes you just need to push yourself out of your laziness comfort zone and get busy. 
Honestly, it took me quite a while to figure out what to do with the sketch, and once I knew exactly what I wanted, I couldn't find the one essential washi tape without which the original card made no sense whatsoever. 
However, since I've already cut and glued the cloudy background paper to the cardbase, I had to come up with a plan B, and come up with it fast. As I'm traveling back and forth between student's home and "home home" quite often lately, I'd have no access to my crafting supplies until a couple of hours before the chalenge would end, so, whatever I wanted to do, I had to do before leaving, then take the card home for some proper photoshooting and prepare the post. 
But then again, there was this cloudy background that made no sense, and searching through my stash didn't  bring the result I wished for. For a moment, I even thought that maybe I was just really wishing for the washi without actually buying it, and maybe it was just this strong wish that was playing with my mind... but I couldn't get rid of the feeling that the tape must be hidden somewhere near me.

Obviously, I needed a plan B and I needed it quick.

With the only other option being to abandon the whole thing, I decided to save what I could, flip the sketch and create something completely different. 
Instead of washi tape, the lines of the sketch would be represented by silver stars, the white curve that was now on the bottom of the card became a snow-covered surface, the central embellishment grew in height rather than in width, and if I put everything together as I thought, I might even be able to squeeze in a tiny sentiment to make the sketch complete.
Long story short told, this is the result:
As the missing washi tape made no point in keeping the main motif, I thought I'd place a snowman or Christmas tree on the snowy ground, or even just a bunch of flowers. Then, however, I remembered some paper cut-outs I had left over from last year and picked this adorable couple.
I enhanced the patterned paper by gluing it to another layer of cardboard, and before placing it on the card base for good, I thought I'd add a heart-shaped cut-out in the background. The handwriting paper is from my stash, the heart shape comes from a wooden heart that I replicated on paper before I cut along the lines.
The silver star stickers bring just the right amount of bling...
... and while the whole card is rather empty, I couldn't help myself adding a few embellishments: a couple of punched branches alongside with shimmering red rhinestones to resemble holly, as well as a tiny bow to cover up the nasty part of the glued branches.
For another layer of bling, I placed some leftover silver lace to the very bottom of the card, which should give a little contrast to the embossed polka dots in the snow. 
Finally, I printed a holiday sentiment, placed it on a layer of dark brown cardboard, and added it to the winter scene. Not exactly the card I had in mind when I started, but I think considering the circumstances it didn't turn out that bad in the end. 
A little contribution to the December collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.


4 crafty chicks: ribbons/bows
613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
alphabet challengeblog: S for season's greetings
basteltraum: winter/Chistmas
brown sugar: winter scene
C.R.A.F.T.: Christmas
cardmania: Christmas
city crafter: snowflakes
craft-alnica: sketch
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: Christmas time
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "glitter & shine"
crafty gals corner: ATG
crafty sentiments: celebrate
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge: ATG as long as it's Christmas (optional twist "gems/pearls")
creative moments: ATG
do-all kreatives: Christmas/New Year
everybody art: Christmas
friendship challenge: ATG
fussy and fancy: winter/Christmas
inkspirational: ATG Christmas
love to craft: ATG 
love to scrap: season's greetings
pennys papertake: ATG
ribbon girl: any image
scrapping4fun: Christmas
12 months of Christmas: ATG
ribbon girl: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
winter wonderland: ATG Christmas
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG

And since Christmas is only a few steps away, I'm sure most people are currently busy with winter decorations, or even have everything prepared already. Not being in "the mood" yet, I don't think I'll set up anthing this year, but I like to see that mom has found joy in trying different combinations of greenery all around the house. A little different than last time, I think this little bouquet looks even more winter-ish, but as I was walking past some blooming bushes yesterday, I just had to pick a couple of blooms. I don't usually sneak things from other people's fences, but these just had to come with me - oops!

A contribution to the Friday Flowerday at Holunderbluetchen.

In the very end, you have three guesses on what I found when I was looking for the last embellishments to add to my card. I've absolutely no idea on what prompted me to store washi tape rolls into a container of wooden pearls that is placed in the only drawer I didn't open because I knew it contains the container of wooden pearls. 

Oh well... I guess I won't forget where the washi is in a while!


  1. So gorgeous Christmas card...thanks for playing on S4F challenges..good luck and have a nice day

    DT Rituparna

  2. Such a beautiful card. The layout is absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for playing along at Fussy and Fancy, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Gina xx

  3. Your card is beautiful! Thank you so much for entering our challenge at Crafty Gals Corner Challenges this week. Be sure to join us next time too!
    CGC DT
    Scrapbookingmamaw {My Blog}
    Crafty Gals Corner Challenges

  4. This is so beautiful. 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

  5. This is really lovely and thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar Challenge hugs Sue x

  6. Your card is beautiful, a lovely image and fabulous design. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Catz.

  7. I'm glad that you Washi tape was hiding as the card you created as a result is gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Penny's this week. DT Kathy [myasperations.blogspot.com]

  8. Krasna voščilnica! Hvala, ker sodeluješ pri CRAFT-alnici

  9. Wonderful Christmas card! Really stunning.
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Do-Al(l) Kreatives and good luck. Hope you will join us next month again.
    Please keep in mind that you have to be a follower in order to win the prize. When you already following us everything is fine.

    Crafty greetings

    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives {#24 –Christmas or New year}
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge {#24 – Christmas tree}
    *DT* Craft Rocket Challenges {on break till January 2019 }
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  10. A beautiful and romantic card. Well done!
    Lia DT S4F

  11. Thank you for playing our challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks, nicely done, and the bow is so pretty.

    Leanne DT/4CC

  12. a beautiful card, thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge and hope to see you again

  13. Wow... this is lovely and beautiful! Love the layout and all the wonderful details! Very very nice done!!!

    Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

    Hugs and please come back soon!
    Kleido’s BastelStüble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    *DT* Die Traumfabrik
    *GDT* Die Kreativtanten

  14. This is so lovely, thank you for sharing with us over here at Penny’s Paper-Crafty Challenge blog and best of luck with your entry.
    Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

  15. A cute card. Thank you for joining us at the CRAFT challenge this time.

  16. What a lovely card! I like your winter scene and the great background with the embossed snowflakes. Thanks for sharing with us at Inkspirational!
    - Shauna

  17. Gorgeous card. Thank you for joining us at Alphabet Challenge. EmmaT

  18. So beautiful! :)
    Thanks a lot for joining us at Fussy and Fancy! :)
    Merry Christmas! :)

  19. Zelo lepa praznična voščilnica. Res si zelo lepo sledila naši skici. Hvala, da sodeluješ z nami v Craft-alnici. Lp Goga

  20. Love your card and layout. It's always good with a plan B... lol. Thank you so much for entering our ATG challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.
    Annemi {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  21. Čudovito praznično voščilnico si naredila in lepo sledila naši skici :-))
    Vesela sem, ker ustvarjaš z nami v izzivu CRAFT-alnice … Srečno!

  22. Thanks for joining our challenge at
    Do-Al(l) Kreatives I hope you’ll join us next time again.
    (DT member)

  23. Hallo liebe Cheiro,
    die Karte ist Klasse gestaltet und gefällt mir sehr gut.
    Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der Friendship Challenge.
    Liebe Grüße Silvi

  24. Hallo Cheiro,
    deine Karte ist zauberhaft und wunderschön - tolles LO
    Danke für deine Teilnahme bei der Friendship Challenge.
    LG Anja

  25. Such a beautiful card. Good luck to you.Thanks for playing along with us at Scrapping 4 Fun Challenge.Hope to see you again
    Shylaa DT@S4F

  26. Lovely work, Thank you for Joining us at Scrapping4funChallenge and waiting to see next time.

    Meena S4F DT

  27. Beautiful card.
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Do-Al(l) Kreatives
    Good luck:)