05 January, 2019

Winter tree

What could be a more embarrassing way to start a new (blog) year than to start it late?
Being away during the Christmas holidays, I somehow assumed that something like this might happen, but I thought I'd still have enough time between Christmas and New Year's to prepare something for the January Fadengrafik Challenge. And as I still have a couple of unused stitching projects in my stash, things should work out in the end...
Needless to say, they didn't. I did find this long forgotten Christmas tree among my unfinished projects that would fit to this month's "winter" theme, but I just couldn't come up with an idea of what to do with it. Finally, I grabbed my new winter/Christmas themed block of patterned papers yesterday, and started to play with different options. In the end, I picked a rather neutral background paper with an ornament of swirls and writings.
Matching the shimmering yarn and the blue pearls I added as I was stitching the tree, I added a layer of shimmering blue paper to the background of the main motif. As the tree itself still looked a little empty, I added a bunch of flower-shaped pearls right into the circles that supposedly represent the festive ornaments. I planned to place another one on top of the tree as well, but it turned out that a simple star is still best suited for this role.
When everything was almost done, I decided to add another layer of paper to make the card more interesting. I'm not sure whether it fits perfectly, but I thought the beige embossed paper would make a good transition between the stitched motif and the pattern in the background. Also, the embossed greenery slightly reminds me of a misteltoe.
And even though I had originally planned to place everything on a white card base, I realized that - since all the papers I used so far were somehoe cream/beige - I didn't like the shiny white in the background. I know it's just a couple of millimeters on each side, but still. As I was trying to find something more suitable, I found that this light blue cardbase could do the trick. 
As it was one of those card bases with a cutout in the front, I 'd need to cover up the inside, too, and to make sure it wouldn't be all too patterned and colourful, I decided to stick with the same beige embossed paper that I've already used on the outside.
A little contribution to the December 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.

krafty chicks: ATG with optional twist "trees"
a bit more time to craft: ATG
alphabet challengeblog: U for use stitching
as you like it: ATG
cardmania: baby it's cold outside
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
crafty gals corner: snow much fun
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge: ATG as long as it's Christmas  with optional twist "something old" (stitched motif)
creative inspirations: Christmas
creative moments: ATG
cute card thursday: ATG
cutie pie challengeblog: add sparkle
do-all kreatives: 2 entries
bawion: winter colours
everybody art: Christmas
friendship challenge: ATG with optional twist "New year"
fussy and fancy: Christmas/New year
kreativtanten: ATG
little red wagon: something new (new block of patterned papers)
love to craft: ATG 
my time to craft: something new (new block of patterned papers)
pennys papertake: ATG
12 months of Christmas: ATG
male room: blue
through the craftroom door: ATG
winter wonderland: snowtime
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. Hello,
    wonderful card... nut see nothing twice on your project.
    Due to this I have to delete your entry.
    However, 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 {#25 – Think twice + BlogHop}
    *DT* Kreativ-Tanten Challenge {#25 – ATG}
    *DT* Craft Rocket Challenges {#55 – Winter}
    Alex' Kreative Seite

    1. It's me again... now with an other DT hat on! And this time everything if fine. I really like this stunning stitching card.
      Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Kreativ-Tanten and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.


  2. I've never seen a card like this before....it's so lovely! So delicate and pretty! Thanks for joining us at Little Red Wagon.

  3. What an unusual and beautiful card. Thank you for sharing with us at the Cutie Pies. Sarah DT

  4. WOW what a beautiful card and so different too. Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Inspirations, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
    Gina xx

  5. Beautiful make, so delicate and elegant, thanks so much for sharing it with us over at the Love To Craft Challenge Blog

    DT @ LTCCB

  6. This si simply beautiful, what a great idea, so glad you shared it with us at CraftyCatz this week, hope you will join us again....good luck in the challenge.x

  7. a gorgeous card!

    thank you so much for playing along with us at alphabet challenge !

    hugs and kisses from germany,
    Silvi xoxo

  8. Wow. This is just super!
    Thank you for joining Creative Moments.
    Hope you have a creative 2019!
    Hugs from Africa💖

  9. A beautiful card, such intricate detailing too. Thanks for sharing with us at The Male Room challenge.
    Linby x

  10. Thank you for sharing your card at Winter Wonderland.
    Kath x

  11. Beautiful design
    Thanks for playing along with us at CCT. x

  12. Stunning design.
    Thanks for joining us at Craftyhazelnuts patterned paper challenge.
    Happy crafting!
    Catherine x DT

  13. Beautiful design !! Thank you for attending TTCRD this week.
    Claudia - DT
    (https://1pandaideiascriativas.blogspot.com/ - my blog)

  14. Your winter tree is downright GORGEOUS!! Thank you for joining our Alphabet Challenge!
    Diane AC DT {Nellies Nest}

  15. Gorgeous card!
    Good luck!

  16. Thank you so much for entering the challenge at Through The Craft Room Door this week. Looking forward to seeing you again in the next challenge.
    Hugs & Craftiness,
    AngelaThrough The Craft Room Door DT
    Taste Of Craftiness {My Blog}
    Through The Craft Room Door

  17. This is such a beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at The Alphabet Challenge. Sian.

  18. Thank you for playing our challenge twist, love it, and love you stayed with us when we changed our name. Thank you. Your card is so pretty, love the stitching and the embossing too. So pretty.

    Leanne DT/Krafty Chicks

  19. What a chic, elegant card! I love the neutral tones and the stitching gives such awesome texture! Beautiful! Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft!

    love Mags B x

  20. Wow! This is fabulous. Love the beaded tree. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Gale DT for  http://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com.au/

  21. Loving the beaded decoration and the embossed backing paper.Thank you for taking part in the January "Love To Craft Challenge Blog". DT Sam x

  22. A wonderful card and lovely layout, thank you for your participation in Crafty Catz challange,hope to see in the next challange again,

  23. Lovely card, love the beaded tree. Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafting with an Attitude Janet DT

  24. love the design and embossing on this thanks for sharing at Crafty catz

  25. Ohh. I love this seed bead tree. It is delicate and gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Penny's this week. DT Kathy [myasperations.blogspot.com]

  26. Your tree is absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for sharing it with us and for playing along with the Krafty Chicks Challenge, hope to see you again!

  27. What a beautiful card you made :-))
    Thank you for join us at The Male Room. Looking forward to seeing you the next time, too.

  28. The stitched tree is absolutely gorgeous! Love the non-traditional colors and the beads and bling are the perfect addition.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Gals Corner for our Snow Much Fun challenge.

  29. So wonderfully creative. I love the elegant simplicity and beautiful colors. Thanks so much for joining us over at As You Like It Challenge!

  30. Hi..
    a wonderful christmas card...

    Thanks for joining us at Friendship
    Hugs Anja

  31. Hallo liebe Cheiro,
    deine Karte ist traumhaft schön gestickt und sie gefällt mir mega gut. Super edel mit den kleinen Perlchen. Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme an der Friendship Challenge. Liebe Grüße Silvi

  32. I love the stitching of the tree. Beautiful card. And the neutral colors make the embossing and stitching pop. Thanks for joining us at 12 Months of Christmas Link Up.

  33. Lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Card Mania Challenges. Good luck and hope you'll join us again.

  34. Amazing Card.
    Thanks for joining us at the Kreativtanten Challenge.
    Greetings Andrea