26 April, 2019


May already! With a new month just a weekend away, it's time for a new task over at Fadengrafik Challenge, and it's going to be an easy "ATG" this time. As summer is almost around the corner, I thought I'd create some sort of tropical feeling for my DT card. 
Again, it 's a recycling project: this time, I used the box of a home fragrance I purchased lately. It was a "just in case" purchase as my current scent hasn't run out yet, and it certainly doesn't belong to the category of necessary buys. It wasn't one of those "I'm going to recycle this" buys either, on the contrary: To be perfectly honest, it wasn't until I unwrapped it at home that I realized this beautiful tropical print on the side of the box. But then, I just had to cut it out carefully and do something with it. 
Since the cut-out is rather elongated, I had a bookmark in mind at first. However, I remembered I had some pre-stitched patterns in my stash. Eventually, a light yellow swirl matched the Tiare flower print and I could start to wonder about how to use them both on a card. 
In an attempt to fill the empty squares in the middle of the stitched motif (I didn't like the idea of using huge pearls or gems) I tried a couple of paper roses, and since I liked the result, I decided to stick by it.
One of the major problems turned out to be a product-related sentiment that was placed in the middle of the cut-out. If I wanted to cover it, I'd have to place the stitched swirl atop the Tiare print in a way that would almost completely cover the floral image. I could have turned the stitching a bit, but it seemed to look even weirder, so I let it be. 
Instead, I started going through my stash for some suitable background papers. The light blue polka dot cardboard is one I planned to use in another project of mine, but as it lay there on my table, it caught my attention, and I decided to try it for the card as well. 
I probably wouldn't pick it from my paper pile as I started to build my card around yellow shades, but on the other hand, the blue gives a nice (even though a bit unusual) contrast, while matching with the tiny bit of blue in the box cover. 
Next, I struggled with the background cardboards that would enhance the stitched piece as well as the cut-out, and since I didn't want to mix too many colours, I returned to the yellow tones I had planned to use initially. 
After some more thinking, I placed the two pieces onto each other in a way that makes it possible to see the Tiare, while I tried to make use of a white paper lace I've once gotten over at Scrapping4Fun to cover up the product print. 
The tiny piece of white paper was buried in my stash for ages as I just didn't seem to know what to do with it, but eventually, I managed to place it in a way that made sure the printed sentiment wouldn't be visible anymore. Considering it's my first use of paper lace, I'm quite satisfied with how it turned out in the end.  Only after gluing it onto the background, however, I realized the lace comes in multiple layers, meaning I could carefully separate them and keep one layer on the card, while others might become useful in some of my future projects - what a wonderful recycling surprise!
And even though the card was now technically done, I just had to add a couple of white pearls to bling up the stitching. Morning dew or a splash of seawater - you decide ;)

A little contribution to the April 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.

Some more lace creations that place themselves onto blue background just as they please...

krafty chicks: ATG
613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "wedding/anniversary"
a bit more time to craft: ATG
a place to start: ATG
as you like it: flowers or ribbon (flowers for me - they're so easy to use on various projects and seem to give this special extra to basically anything)
basteltraum: flowers
brown sugar: spring
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
creative moments: ATG
cute card thursday: brads, sequins or gems
kreativtanten: ATG
little red wagon: everything's coming up
love to craft: ATG 
moving along with the times: floral
my time to craft: spring flowers
pennys papertake: ATG
pile it on: lots of layers/use scraps
scrapping4fun: ladies
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: spots & stripes
use your stuff: yarn/string/twine
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. I like the project and your description of how it came together. You did a fabulous job of pulling your focal grouping together. The flowers were a perfect solution. Very nice scrap reducing project! Thanks for sharing with us at A Place To Start!
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    A Place To Start Challenge Blog
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog

  2. It was nice to get a second look at your project. The tropical colors are so soft and delicate. I do love the focal group and I think my favorite embellishment is the pearls. They are that one element that gives the design an extra pop! Thanks so much for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create!
    Chana Malkah, Owner
    613 Avenue Create Challenge Blog
    A Place To Start Challenge Blog

  3. A very beautiful card, thanks for joining us at MAWTT . Xxxx

  4. Beautiful card
    Thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges
    Rachelle DT

  5. Beautiful card and flowers-love the stitched flourish and recycling too.Thank you for joining us at Love To Craft

    Carol DT x

  6. Beautiful card and great design.
    Thank you for attaching your card to our CWAA gallery
    BozenA DT CWAA

  7. Beautiful card, love the colour combo. Thanks for joining us at The Unicorn Challenge Blog for our "Spots and/or Stripes" challenge.

  8. So, so very pretty! So glad you have shared this with us at 613 Avenue Create. Please come back again! The best of luck with your entry. Jackie, DT member at 613 xx

  9. Thanks so much for explaining the process you used to create this beautiful card! It is just what I had in mind for our challenge. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Little Red Wagon!

  10. Die Karte sieht super aus.
    Danke für deine Teilnahme bei den Kreativtanten.
    Viele Grüße Andrea

  11. Your card is beautiful. The yellow and blue compliment each other completely. Beautiful cloud pics.
    Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Monica DT Member for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  12. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at MAWTT, good luck!!! Amy DT

  13. Lovely card...thanks for playing on Through the Craft Room Door,hope to see you next challenges

    Rituparna DT TTCRD

  14. Fantastic card! I just love how you constructed this! Thanks for sharing at PPCC blog! Becca ~ DT

  15. Ponovno si tako lepo združila papirčke, barve, vse drobne detajle ...
    Hvala, ker sodeluješ v izzivu Scrapping4fun, Majda

  16. Lovely card and great way to upcycle a household item. I think the colors all go together wonderfully and definitely very summery. Thanks for playing with us at Krafty Chicks Challenge this week.

  17. Oh how beautiful your card is! Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft!

    love Mags B x

  18. Fab card love the design thanks for sharing at crafty catz

  19. Beautiful creation, lovely design! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

  20. Lovely card - the flower arrangement is wonderful! Thank you for joining us over at the Bastel-Traum Challenge Blog. Hugs, Stéphanie (bastel-traum DT)

  21. Beautiful card! I really love the stitched background behind the flowers. Great design too. Thank you for joining us at As You Like It. Luv, Wilma

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

    Meena S4F DT

  23. Beautiful card!
    Thanks for playing at Pile It On!
    Helen x

  24. What for a lovely card you made... Thank you very much for joining us at the bastel-traum Challenge.

    Hugs and good luck
    DT bastel-traum challenge

  25. Such a beautiful card. Wonderful attention to detail from the background to the tiny pearls. You did a superb job. Thanks for joining us at Moving Along With The Times!