27 August, 2021


First things first, I thought it would be worse. 
We'd like you to feature kindness on your crafting projects over at the Alphabet challenge, which means exactly that: use the word "kindness" in whatever you show us. 
Not being from an English speaking country, I'll use English phrases on my cards every now and then, but they'll be something universal like "Happy birthday", "Thanks", or "Congrats". I'll sometimes use a quote, too, but I'll need to make sure the recipient has enough English skills to understand the message behind the text, and not be offended by the use of a foreign language. If thats not the case, I'd find English on my projects rather... Strange? Unusual? Inappropriate?

But here we are, looking for the exact word to be used. Since a single noun without context would be a bit weird, I had to come up with something else. I didn't want to go with the standard "Thanks for your kindness" - in part, because some other DT members have already done it, but mainly it would be weird to give thanks in English instead of using the familiar "Hvala". 
I decided to look for quotes that include "kindness", and found quite a few I could use. For each contender, I had a quick brainstorm on what kind of card would go with it. In the end, I picked this very simple wisdom of Dalai Lama. My decision was based mostly on my idea of a very CAS card (mainly due to time issues that come with with last-minute crafting). However, I also like how the saying implies that no matter what you believe in, we're all here to be kind to one another. 

The image of Buddha comes from an old magazine, I cut it out back then thinking it might come handy some day. With the serene quote  picked for my card, I now picked the image from my stash, fully prepared to do some arrangements in order to make both fit to the card base and to each other. Imagine my surprise when I realized it fits the card base just as it was! No re-cutting or measuring, just glue and go. 
Of course, I'd have to print the matching quote first and cut it to the right size, but that was about all the work I had with my creation. I also decided to go against my habit of adding a layer of coloured background paper. That way, the text seems as if the text was printed directly onto the card. 
Going very CAS this time, I even restrained myself from using pearls :)
I'm not sure whether I've hit the right note as the card looks a bit plain, but I figured I'd leave it like that for now. On the one hand, I can still add pearls later if needed, but on the other hand I think I might just go with a very simple card that matches the "very simple" part of the quote.   
Radensko polje in autumn. Simple remains of the harvest, and some kind people, too. I think I should go visit sometime soon. 


13 August, 2021

Just one word

Just a very quick post today with a birthday cardfor mom. 
We're having a "Just one word" challenge over at the Alphabet challenge, and thinking ahead for once, I picked a floral heart from SheepSkiDesigns a while ago. I had no image like this in my stash yet, and thought it would look cute to colour and use for the birthday in August. And with the empty space, it should be possible for me to fit a word. 
The colouring is self-explanatory: I used coloured pencils to fill the blooms with colour. I then shaprened my pens and used the sharpening remains to create the blurry background. 
In the middle of the heart, I used golden stickers to place "Mom" and her round birthday. 
Once all was done, I placed the motif on a shimmering dark brown paper, which is not very visible from the pictures. To top it off, I added a couple of tiny white pearls here and there.
And after a wonderful family day trip with lunch and just spending some time together, here's to new adventures!

613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
a place to start: favourite crafting style (I'd say my style is paper crafting, and within that, creating personalized cards for different occasions. I'll usually go with a central motif and work my way around it to finish everything off with a background paper and sprinkle everything with tiny white pearls. Always tiny white pearls.)
allsorts challengeblog: ATG
basteltraum: rainbow colours
crafters castle: summer
crafty gals corner: summer fun
crafty sentiments: ATG
everybody art: summer
love to craft: ATG 
morgans artworld: ATG
moving along with the times: summer fun/summer colours
path of positivity: enjoy nature
pennys papertake: ATG

sheepski designs: cute

traumfabrik: something feminine
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: ATG
use your stuff: inspired by real life (mom's summer birthday with everything she likes: wildflowers, nature, and a nice view to top it off)