07 October, 2022

Nature

After a short break, I'm back with another card for you. I skipped the "Magic" challenge over at the Alphabet challenge blog, and now jump right into our next task which is "Nature". I couldn't decide which part of nature I should focus on, so I featured a bit of everything here.
For the main motif, I picked a cute badger drawing by Nina Štajner. I cut it from the cover of a paper set that was too beautiful to be thrown away, and decided to place it on a green-ish background paper which I purchased recently. I like how it looks like a green and brown watercolour painting without any specific pattern, and I think this alone makes it suitable for many different occasions. I added another little piece of green paper, and placed the badger onto a layer of black cardboard. An odd choice maybe, but I think the black goes well with the animal itself, and makes sure that the picture stands out from the background. Additionally, I placed the badger on 3D adhesive pads.
Once the outline was done, I added a couple of paper flowers, as well as pearls in different colours and sizes. I think they complement the watercolour-like drops in the background, and give a nice 3D effect as well.

challenges: 
613 avenue create: ATG
a place to start: ATG with optional twist "circles and squares
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basteltraum: autumn
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "autumn colours"
crafty gals corner: signs of fall
creative inspirations: autumn
creative moments: ATG with optional twist "autumn colours"
critter crazy: ATG animals
double D challenges: everything October
everybody art: autumn magic
love to craft: ATG 
make my monday: autumn flora and fauna
path of positivity: celebrate something about your favourite season (I don't really have a favourite season as such, but I try to find good things in every part of the year. In autumn, it's warm sunny days and colourful leafs which make up for the fact that the temperatures are sinking and I have to keep adding layers to my clothing in order to keep warm as soon as the sun is gone.)

09 September, 2022

Leaves

Another Friday, another task over at the Alphabet challenge blog. We have reached the letter "L", and fitting for the upcoming fall season we'd like to see "Leaves" on your projects. 
I've created a simple card reusing the cover of a Nina Štajner scrapbook paper set, since it would be a shame to throw it away. Instead, I decided to cut out a piece of paper that features branches and falling leaves. 
With a simple and serene motif like this, I created a simpathy card. I placed the paper piece onto a kraft card base, complementing it with a simple sentiment of condolence which I enhanced with a strip of dark brown paper. I like to believe that despite of the warm colours being used, the card is still acceptable for a sad occasion. But then again, I might be a weirdo :)
Other than that, I decided to leave the illustration as it is. I even restrained myself from adding tiny pearls, because I think those branches don't need any additional bling. 

challenges: 

26 August, 2022

Kraft card

Just a quick card from me today, featuring a kraft card base as is required for our newest challenge over at the Alphabet challengeI've dismantled the cover of a scrapbook paper album recently since I didn't want to just throw it away. I decided to prepare scraps for a couple of cards, but since it featured different motifs on the inside and outside, I had to sacrifice one side to use the other and vice versa. However, I managed to prepare pieces from both sides to be used. This particular scene is from the inside of the cover, and I like those abstract, watercolour-looking flowers. While the foliage is rather blurry, it has a beautiful accent in form of golden blooms. 
I cut a piece wide enough to be featurred on a card base, but since the floral motif interfered with other stuff, it wasn't quite tall enough for me. To make it appear bigger, I added a punched strip of golden paper which goes with the golden dots of the image. I wasn't sure whether the finished card would be suitable for a masculine occasion or a short "just because" note, but in the end I decided to use it for a sympathy card - the main reason being that the motif looks so serene to me. I then added a small sentiment on dark turquoise paper, and couldn't resist adding a couple of rhinestons in the end.  
I'm not entirely sure whether the outcome is appropriate for a sympathy card, but I like to believe that somebody will like to have one that is not entirely black & white. I try to tell myself that the golden accents are quite discrete, and the gemstones are almost invisible as if they would resemble fireflies above a meadow on a warm summer evening...
... but I'd really like to hear your thoughts on this one. Would you think of making a sympathy card like this? Would you buy it if you saw it in the store? How would you feel about receiving a bit of gold and glitter on a sad occasion?

12 August, 2022

Juvenile

Can you believe two weeks have passed already since our last challenge over at the Alphabet challenge blog? Time to announce a new challenge, I guess. We'd like to see your "Juvenile" themed projects this fortnight, meaning you should create something for a young person.
For my DT inspiration, I've worked on something very simple: a birthday card for a young vehicle enthusiast. You certainly know the patterned paper as I've used it in a couple of masculine projects already, and this one is actually a leftover piece. I've cut out the motif of cars in the middle to use them for one of my bookmarks. I figured I'd fill the emptiness with a greeting or sentiment to create an extra card (I didn't want to create any more bookmarks), which is why I placed the patterned paper onto a bright yellow card base. However, I always thought about placing a sentiment over the yellow gap in the middle. This way, whatever I'd place atop that base would have to be rather big, possibly interfering with all the vehicles in the background and making them look inaproppriately small. Since I couldn't come up with anything better, I put my half-finished project aside. I came across it every now and then, and each time it ended up annoying me because I just couldn't come up with a solution. Until I decided to completely change my thought process.
Only a couple of days ago it struck me that I don't necessarily need to cover up the awkward gap - I could make it the centerpiece of my creation! I rearranged the sentiment from my recent summer card and cut it to the right size to match the card base. I then removed the piece of yellow card base that was acting as a gap-holder the entire time, creating an opening instead.
See, instead of putting the greeting atop my card, I decided to place it inside, and I think it gives such an unexpected twist to the original outline. I actually like how everything turned out, and how it all was possible because I changed my way of thinking by looking for the exact opposite of what I had in mind before. A concept that might as well be useful in everyday life.

challenges:

31 July, 2022

Children of war

I visited my sister mid March and the train journey offered a glimpse of the ongoing refuge stream from Ukraine. People on the way to safety, each carrying the weight of the world while their actual world is falling apart. 
A woman with kids and an elderly grandma in tow, navigating Europe with a piece of paper with a single word written on it: the name of foreign city. Is it a stopover or a permanent home with friends/relatives who already live here? Who knows.
Babies crying from hunger and exhaustion on a train station as their mothers are trying to find an info point after being on the road for who knows how long. 
A family with several kids, all well behaved and quiet for hours as the train takes them further and further away from everything they've ever known. 
A woman with kids, each carrying their life in a small backpack, looking for a way to continue their journey despite the language barrier. Where are they going to and what have they left behind? Who knows.

Months have passed and the headlines have changed, but I can't help feeling more and more appalled by the evil that is being unleashed on Ukrainian soil. We might go on with our lives, but innocent people are still being terrorized on a daily basis. While we know of hundreds of children who have been killed and injured, we seem to forget that every Ukrainian child has been affected by this war in one way or another: by losing friends and/or family members, having teir schools and playgrounds bombed, spending nights in bomb shelters, feeling the insecurity of the adults without understanding what is going on, leaving their homes behind, ending up in a strange place surrounded by strange people. It doesn't take a physical injury to be injured, and I'm afraid the wounds of Ukrainian children will take decades to heal.

To make at least one child feel welcome and safe, I wrapped up a care package. Next to everyday items I included a "Welcome" card and a few girly things since the box would be sent to a girl. Not knowing any details of the child (age, interests), I tried to make a card as fitting as possible for anyone. First, I picked this wonderful polka dot background paper. It might be very blue for a girl, but I think it's a fun one nevertheless, and besides that there's no reason why blue should be attributed exclusively to boys. 
Once I finished the background, I started wotking on the main motif. I thought about using a digi, a picture, or a "Welcome" sentiment, but I went with butterfly stickers in the end. I like how they're made in 3D which gives the card a bit of a depth. They do add more blue to the card, but there's also a bit of shimmer, and I figured a bunch of butterflies would be a nice gift to a child who ends up in a strange country far away from home. I placed the stickers onto a plain white cardboard and that was about it.
As I tried to reflect Ukrainian colours on my creation, I decided to add more yellow in form of a light yellow card board which enhances the butterflies. Once I placed the motif on 3D pads, the card was done. There's no sentiment because I thought I'd let the butterflies shine without any additional embellishments.

challenges:
krafty chicks: all occasions
613 avenue create: ATG  
allsorts challengeblog: butterflies/bugs
craft-alnica: for a young lady
creative moments: ATG with optional twist "cute"
cutie pie challengeblog: little cuties
fabnfunky: ATG
intaas: happiness
love to craft: ATG 

29 July, 2022

Interests

May I interest you in another task over at the Alphabet challenge blog? 
I'm sorry I couldn't help, but this pun was absolutely intended. Jokes aside, we'd like to see "Interests" in your creations this fortnight, and by that we mean everything related to interests and hobbies. It could be your personal hobbies or hobbies in general, everything is fine as long as you make that the main topic of your project.
For my DT inspiration, I prepated a card which features two of my interests actually. The first one is paper embroidery which is displayed in form of a stitched border. I created it using one of my favourite stitching patterns and silver yarn. I've worked on it two days in a row, and once it was done, I decorated the swirls with a couple of rhinestones. I placed the embroidered piece of paper onto a light blue background paper, and that was that. 
My second interest is cycling, which is represented by the image of two bicycles on a beach. The original photo was featured in one of those desk calendars with serene images and wisdoms, and I saved the photo of two bicycles on a beach to use it in one of my future projects. I cut out a detail of the whole piece and adjusted the size in order to make it fit inside the embroidery once the border was done. 
Now, I'm no cyclist by all means. I used to ride my bike as a child, but it would mostly be short trips with family. However, me and my sister used to be a huge cycling nut years ago, following every move of Lance Armstrong and the team USPS/Discovery/Astana/RadioShack up to the point that I could recognize the riders based on their socks and sunglasses. Going to races became as obligatory as painting the streets with encouraging messages and getting to know the team-members we'd meet regularly. I'm not sure what they must have been thinking about those crazy girls who'd patiently wait next to the team vehicles for hours only to get a glimpse at the athletes, but friendly chit-chats, merch giveaways and even rides in the team car suggest that we must have done a really good job as fans. I'm not a hardcore fan like that anymore - mostly due to the fact that the riders I originally supported are more or less retired and I haven't found myself proper replacements in form of other riders/teams. However, even though my interest for cycling has faded over the years it never really went away. I'm still following cycling news and race results (even though not as frequently), and I'm still over the moon when my favourite riders do well (and since favourite now equals Slovenian, it means I've been over the moon many times in the past couple of years). 
Since the card as such sends off holiday vibes, I originally wanted to present it for my "Holidays" challenge theme, but I had run out of time to create the stitched border. I'm happy to be able to show you the card in this challenge instead, and hope you'll be able to get inspired by the works of the DT.
A little contribution to the collection of hand-stitching at made with Blümchen.

challenges: 
krafty chicks: all occasions
basteltraum: ATG
cardz4guyz: recycle something (picture from an old calendar)
fabnfunky: ATG
friendship challenge: summer, sun, beach
intaas: masculine
little red wagon: stitching
love to craft: ATG 
make my monday: outdoor sports
my time to craft: ocean/sea (beside/on/under water)

15 July, 2022

Holidays

Hello and welcome to the newest challenge over at the Alphabet challenge blog!
I'm your challenge host this fortnight, and I'd like to see your "Holidays" themed creations. What kind of holidays, you may ask? That's entirely up to you. If you have a look at the DT creations, you'll see plenty of inspirations to get you started: it could be the classical Christmas holidays (or any festive holidays), or holidays in terms of vacations (again, any season is welcome). I can't wait to see what you'll come up with. Before we start, however, let's have a look at my creation.
I've postponed making my DT inspiration for ages thinking I'd still have plenty of time - which I had before I ran out if it. A crafter's classic, I know. Right before heading home for a couple of days, I realized that I better get my DT task done as long as I have access to my crafting corner. And so I went to work - only that I couldn't decide what to do. I figured I'd make a summer-inspired card and even prepared two layouts, but since they both would feature paper embroidery they'd be very time consuming. Given that I had literally no time left, I had to come up with something else.
I put the embroidery patterns aside and started looking for alternatives. In the end, I thought a summer tag could do the trick. I took this wavy patterned paper from my stash and cut it to the right size for a kraft tag base. I then searched for things to complement the waves. I found it in form of a napkin with small seaside motifs. Among umbrellas, lighthouses and seagulls it also featured a couple of boats and starfish. I cut them out and placed them onto a white piece of cardboard using decoupage glue. Once the pieces were dry, I carefully cut them out again to place them onto the tag. The boat was an easy one, but I managed to tear one of the starfish while doing decoupage, which is why I had to arrange them in a way that would hide the issue. I decided to go with 3D pads and cover my mistake by placing one starfish above the other. Once that was done, I glued a white piece of paper on the back side of my tag. I wrote a dedication by using silver stickers, and after adding a rather thick twine, the tag was done. 
I've been thinking about placing it onto a card base and adding a couple of blue rhinestones around it in order to create a CAS maritime card, but I'm not entirely sure about it. I think it wouldn't look bad, and it would not hurt to sacrifice the back as it's almost empty anyway, but maybe it's good to have some non-card projects at hand just in case. What would you suggest?

challenges:
craft-alnica: summer
crafty catz: ATG
creative crafty uncles: ATG but a card
creative inspirations: summer sun
creative moments: ATG
critter crazy: ATG animals (starfish)
double D challenges: creatures in/under the sea (starfish)
everybody art: sunny greetings
fabnfunky: whatever the weather
friendship challenge: summer, sun, beach

12 July, 2022

All the best

Another piece of calendar craft for the craft-alnica challenge. I like the combination of green and pink that comes from my 2021 calendar, and decided to use a prominent floral pattern in my card. From a calendar page, I've picked a detail that was particularly colourful and placed it onto a kraft card base. After that, I put the card aside as I simply didn't know what to do. I found it hard to cover this beautiful vibrant jungle background with another motif, and couldn't pick a centerpiece to go with it even if I wanted to.
After a while, I figured I could use it as a frame by placing some paper embroidery in the middle, but I soon realized it would be too much of everything if I followed through with my plan. Instead, I opted for a simple sentiment that could be translated with "All the best". I decided to use a huge font to make it stand out, but at the same time I made sure to leave enough white space all around. Once I cut it to the right size, I took a piece of soft pink card board from my stash. It's a bit different from the pinks in the background, but I think it still creates a nice connection between text and pattern. 
I placed the sentiment onto 3D pads to make it stand out, and I think I really like the end result. 

challenges: 

Sympathy II

Another post, another sympathy card, another entry for the craft-alnica challenge. I worked with paper from an old calendar this time, and unlike magazine pictures which catch my eyes randomly, I'll usually put more forethought into calendar motifs. Every year, I'll pick the calendar that features the most re-usable pictures, meaning they'll not only look nice on my wall, but also later whan I'll dismantle the pages of past year to turn them into something new. 

This particular piece of paper comes from 2021. I've picked a calendar with abstract plant motifs for that year, and I've already prepared a few to be featurred on my cards. For this quick card, I decided to take a piece of a jungle scene. There aren't many leafs on the picture, but I like the way they're arranged. I placed the motif on a kraft card base, added a sentiment on green background paper and placed it onto the card using 3D adhesive pads. In the end, I added two green rhinestones. 
Other than that, there's nothing to say about the card except that I like the green shades it features. I truly believe that sympathy cards don't have to be all black, and I will in fact always look for ways to add a little colour - not too much, but still something that brings a bit of life into a dark time.

challenges: 
craft-alnica: magazine/calendar paper
crafty catz: ATG
inkspirational: favourite colour in monochrome
love to craft: ATG 
male room: monochrome

Sympathy

Just a quick card to meet the deadline over at craft-alnica. I'm using plenty of recycling in my projects usually, among others I'll often reuse papers from calendars and magazines. However, I didn't have anything on hand for their current challenge, meaning I had a little crafting session yesterday afternoon. 

After a search through my stash I decided to use a magazine page that I had put aside quite a while ago. It's from a magazine featuring traditional dirndl dresses with a modern touch - neither is my style exactly, but I kept a couple of pictures that I thought might come handy some day. I've decided to go with this rather dark image which is a close-up photograph of embroidery. I thought the earthy tones would be perfect for a masculine card, or maybe a sympathy card, and that's what I intended to do. After long consideration, I went with the latter.
I took the full-page photography and picked a piece of pattern that caught my eyes. After cutting it from the magazine, I placed it onto a kraft card base. I kept the design rather simple as I really wanted to show the pattern in the photograph, which is why I decided to add only a simple sentiment. I printed it on white paper which I glued onto a piece of brown card board. Once that was done, I placed the sentiment on the card, and that's basically it. 

challenges:

01 July, 2022

Fried chicken

How are y'all dealing with the summer heat? I'm having my blinds down all day and only open my windows after midnight, and still start my days with 27 °C in my apartment. I wouldn't activate the AC even if I had one so I don't miss it at all, but there isn't much I can do about the heat than run around in underwear, or rather, try to not move at all if not necessary. Phew!
I'm not sure how this cute Bugaboo chick is dealing with the heat given that it has a feather dress, but it seems to me that it's enjoying life to the fullest. The digi I've worked with is from Bugaboo, unmistakable. As it's such a badass image, I decided to add as little embellishments as possible. In fact, I've just coloured the digi with coloured pencils, and mounted it atop a kraft card base. I'm thinking about adding a few sequins, or maybe a sentiment, but as the card has no recipient yet, I'll leave it like that for the moment. Just being a fried chicken sipping cocktails on the beach - what more could one wish for? 
The chick is a perfect summer motif, and a fun one, too, which is why the card is my DT inspiration for the newest challenge over at the Alphabet challenge blog. We're at the letter G currently, and looking for "Giggles", meaning we'd like to see your humorous creations this fortnight. Share some fun with us and I'll be happy to have a look at your projects!

challenges:
krafty chicks: ATG
basteltraum: things with wings
crafty calendar: ATG 
crafty catz: ATG
double D challenges: beach time
fabnfunky: summer colours
friendship challenge: summer, sun, beach
love to craft: ATG 
make my monday: colouring (coloured pencils)
traumfabrik: Spring breakdown (beach, party, drinks, fun, zesty colours)

24 June, 2022

Ukraine inspired

I've been crafting in blue and yellow again, creating another card to go with a care package for a Ukrainian refugee. I worked on a gender neutral card from the beginning, as I didn't know whether I'd place it in a male or female box of everyday items. In the end, I decided to send it to a man, but first things first.
My main inspiration for the card came from "Чорнобаївка" - a song by the Ukrainian band Spiv Brativ that was published during the first weeks of the war. Or rather, in the video accompanying it. What sounds strange at first refers to a small sequence of the video that features blue and yellow waves in the background, creating a nice transition of Ukrainian colours. Upon seeing them, I immediately thought about recreating those waves in form of paper strips in order to make a card similar to said background. 
Said and done: I took every blue and yellow paper from my stash, sorting them by shade and pattern to see how many I can find. Since I wanted each strip to be visible, I figured they should measure around 1 cm in width. I then removed papers that looked very similar, but still had plenty of choice, meaning I'd have to expand my card base from a regular one to slimline. Still, I had to remove some more sheets until I ended up with 10 blues and 10 yellows. Their range goes from very dark to very light, and features patterned papers as well as monochrome ones, plain ones and embossed ones. 
Once I managed to align the papers, I cut a 1 cm wide piece of each sheet, which would basically create a transition that goes from one side of my slimline card to the other, with a bit of white card base on each end. When it came to gluing the pieces on the card base, my project became a mess. I thought I'd help myself by holding the pieces in place by using scotch tape, pla
cing it across the front side of my gradient sketch in order to remove them one by one as I would be proceeding with my card. 
However, I picked the wrong one from my dresser, meaning: what I thought was removable scotch tape, turned out to be the adhesive one. Ooops! And I couldn't just use the other side of the stripes as some of the papers had different patterns on the back, which would mess with my idea of a gradient. Silly me! I managed to get the pieces off in the end, but it resulted in a couple of tears, which is why I had to replace a few stripes. Once that was done, I fixed the stripes again, using removable scotch tape. From there on, my work was a piece of cake: I placed the stripes on my slimline card base one by one, and when that was done, I added a printed sentiment saying "Welcome" in the middle of my creation using 3D pads. 
I've picked quite a prominent size for the message, but I had to make sure this square will be able to compete with the ones in the background. To enhance the sentiment, I placed it on a piece of golden cardboard. I think gold in this case creates a nice connection between blue and yellow, without putting too much emphasis on the yellow side even though it's very similar to the yellow shades. Also, I think it adds a bit of elegance because, well, it's gold. 
On the other hand, the golden stickers on the upper and lower edge of the card were added out of necessity: Even though I made sure to cut all stripes in the same width and length, some ended up being a bit longer than others. We're talking about fractions of a millimeter here, but enough to create a bit of up-and-down which irritated me. To create an even line, I covered those ends with a tiny golden sticker - tiny enough to go basically unnoticed, but effective enough to get rid of the nuisance I had with the strips. 
Since the card still seemed to be missing something, I had a look at my embellishments. I didn't want to add flowers or butterflies on it, since I wanted the entire focus on that colour gradient. However, I picked a couple of blue and yellow pearls and placed them randomly across the colourful background. I like the 3D effect they create, and I especially like that I managed to use those huge pearls which usually remain in my stash after I use the smaller ones. I hardly ever create projects that would require the big pearls, but I think they came handy in this one. 

challenges: 
krafty chicks: all occasions
as you like it: feminine or masculine (I definitely create more female projects, but I think I'd still say that I prefer male ones as they're more of a challenge to me. When I need some time off to relax, I'll usually end up making something girly, however, creating something for a man is like a brain tease to me: is that paper OK or should I keep looking for something better? Would that be too much of an embellishment? How many flowers are acceptable, and how many pearls are too many? I'll never ask myself these questions when creating for a female, and I need challenges like this to keep krafting interesting.)
crafty calendar: ATG 
crafty catz: ATG
fabnfunky: summer colours
moving along with the times: masculine/father's day
path of positivity: ATG with optional twist "celebrate something special about your hero" (I'll not go with a specific hero in my mind here, but the heroism of the Ukrainian people in general - yes, the war may have disappeared from the front pages, but people are still defending their land and their freedom, dying on the front lines, having their homes destroyed and their loved ones killed, being internally displaced or living the life of refugees somewhere in Europe... I can not begin to imagine what the people of Ukraine are going through, and I truly wish they'll be given every form of support they need to preserve their country and rebuild it so it can prosper again.)
pennys papertake: ATG

17 June, 2022

Friendship

Another Friday, another challenge over at the Alphabet challenge blog. Our theme this fortnight is "Friendship", which should be an easy task for you to play along. And since I'm sure you'll come up with tons of ideas, I'll come straight to the point with my DT inspiration.
I created a simple "Just because" card for my friend during her internship - a little reminder to take a breath and hold on during tough days and endless nights in the hospital. 
If the card seems familiar to you, it might as well be because you've kind of seen it before. The thing is, I wasn't planning on repeating myself, but since I entered the speed humour challenge back then, one of the requirements was to create something in under 10 minutes. However, I forgot to use the timer while making my first card - oops! The only way to find out how long it took me to create it was to create an identical card and keep an eye on the clock this time. Turns out I'd end up way above 10 minutes, which I mostly attribute to the colouring. But, hey, I got an extra card out of it!
Since I didn't want to end up with two identical cards, I opted for a little difference this time: instead of English, I printed a Slovene sentiment saying "Hold on". 

challenges: 
crafty calendar: ATG 
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "add a sentiment"
inkspirational: use a digital element (digi)
little red wagon: digital element (digi)
morgans artworld: ATG
moving along with the times: masculine/father's day
pennys papertake: ATG