04 July, 2020

Peace & joy

It's summer already in this very unusual year, and time again for a new task at the Fadengrafik Challenge. This month, our theme calls for "Christmas in July", meaning we'd like to see your Christmas-inspired crafting as long as it includes some kind of stitching/embroidery. 
I decided to stitch something new for a little inspiration, a traditional Christmas scene with a candle and some winter greenery. I've chosen to work with traditional colours, too, using mainly red and green shimmering yarn alongside with gold (and a tiny bit of black, to be precise). The time to make Christmas cards is probably not *that* traditional right now (at least not for me, I know many of you stock up on time), but then again an extra card here and there might save quite a few nerves in November/December - especially when it comes to cards that are suitable for a male recipient.

Once the stitching was done, I began to wonder about the background. In my stash, I discovered a card base with a layer of shimmering paper already glued onto it. I've no idea what I planned to do with it, but it must have been something more than one of those come-and-go ideas, as I've even used a border punch to decorate the edges. Turns out, the size of the stitched image fits perfectly as if the card base had been waiting for this moment all those years, and even the punched borders seem like icicles to me! 
In the end, I decided to add an extra layer of red shimmering paper to raise the stitching from the background. However, I managed to restrain myself from adding pearls or gemstones :)
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.

a bit more time to craft: ATG
alphabet challengeblog: G for glitter & gems
craft-alnica: for boys/men
crafty catz: ATG
crafty sentiments: ATG
craftyhazelnutschristmaschallenge: ATG as long as it's Christmas (optional twist "for a man/boy")
creative moments: ATG
cute card thursday: ATG
double D challenges: stitches
love to craft: ATG 
morgans artworld: ATG
pennys papertake: ATG
sketchy challenges: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
tuesday throwdown: ATG
use your stuff: free week
wortartwednesday: ATG
worldwide open design team challenge: ATG


  1. OH WOW! Absolutely beautiful! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Double D ‘Stitches’ challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back often.
    DOUBLE D Challenge Blog
    Please stop in for a visit!

  2. You did such a lovely job with the stitching design on this project. Looks great. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

  3. Back again, and again, just gorgeous. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette DT

  4. Krasena praznična voščilnica v pickpoint tehniki. Lepo, da si se nam pridružila v Craft-alnici. Lp Goga

  5. Thinking of Christmas in summer... not my thing at all. I'm looking forward to hot, lazy summer holidays on the boat in Croatia, which for me could last all year long. Nice card, nevertheless! Liebe Grüße, Gabi

  6. Beautifully stitched and creative card! Thank you so much for joining our challenge at Double D!
    Diane DD DT {Nellies Nest}

  7. Your stitching is beautifully done. Lovely card. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's Artworld Challenge. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Arlene DT

  8. Oh wow, this is beautiful! Such a clean elegance to your card and fantastic stitchwork! Thanks for sharing this with us at Penny's!

  9. So creative. I like the look of the stitching. Thanks for sharing over at Crafty Sentiments (and Crafty Catz)

  10. Just popping back on behalf of Morgan's Artworld to thank you for sharing your beautiful card with us there too.

  11. This is a beautiful project, thanks for sharing at Crafty Catz challenge and hope to see you again

  12. Great card for this challenge. Love the stitching. Thanks for sharing with us at Double D Challenge Blog. We hope you sill join us for future challenges.
    DD DT

  13. Beautiful card . Thanks for playing at CRAFT-alnica

  14. WOW, Fabulous design and gorgeous PROJECT to suit our current challenge.
    Many thanks for entering your gorgeous card into our challenge of STITCHING at Double D challenges…
    Good luck in the draw and hope to see you here again.

    [aNNie design team member for Double D Challenges

  15. Beautiful creation! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Sherry DT/Admin/Coordinator xx