25 February, 2022

Polka dot angel

Did you know there are around 400 words in the Oxford English Dictionary that start with the letter "X", while about 120 of them are actually being used in everyday language according to lexico.com? I learned the hard way when I had to pick a theme for the upcoming challenge at the Alphabet challenge blog. As I wanted to make sure the word prompt will give you a bit of creative freedom, I opted for "Xanthic", which defines as follows: "of, relating to, or tending toward a yellow colour".
Meaning, you can play along in the Alphabet wheel this fortnight as long as you feature something yellow on your project - just make sure that yellow is the main colour of your project (or at least a prominent accent), not a single tiny yellow dot, if you know what I mean.
For my DT creation, I thought I'd feature some spring flowers. Daffodils and crocuses came to mind, but in the end, I decided to make something completely different. I took this lovely embroidery pattern of an angel from my stash and pricked a piece of white cardboard accordingly. Then, I used a yellow yarn for the dress, which I complemented with white for the wings, as well as light yellow for the face and gold for the halo. 
Once the stitching was done, I placed the little angel onto a layer of yellow cardboard. For the background of the card, I used a yellow polka dot paper. To round up the card, I decided to add a few embellishments: at first, I added a couple of paper flowers and a golden sticker that goes in the top left corner. To enhance the polka dots, I then added a couple of pearls in colours that match the colour scheme of the card: yellow, white, light green and brown.
The lower right corner may seem to be forgotten, but I left it empty intentionally because the card has no recipient yet. In case a sentiment (or a name) will be needed, I'll be able to add it in that corner. On the other hand, I like the card as it is now so I might as well leave the card as it is now.
For the moment, I'll just hope that the little angel can spread his wings and bring a sense of safety to those who need it most while being faced with war and destruction. And maybe, even a bit of commom sense to grown up men who behave worse than any toddler having a temper tantrum?

krafty chicks: all occasions
as you like it: favourite occasion (I mostly create "just because" cards since I believe you don't always need an official occasion to let somebody know that you're thinking of them. They also give me the greatest artistic freedom because I can pick whatever motif/colour/style I feel like creating in that particular moment.)
cards4galz: things with wings
crafty calendar: ATG
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "add flowers"
little red wagon: make it stitched


  1. I really love this little angel and would like to try stitching a card myself - thank you for the inspiration! You mention a stencil for the piercing - would it be possible to provide a link to that or some information about how I could get one?

    1. Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comment :) The embroidery patterns I have come mostly from various sites on the internet and some fellow crafters, meaning it's not a physical stencil (even though I think they do exist to some extent). That being said, my patterns can be best described as "connecting the dots" images that I print in order to hand-prick the dots onto paper. You'll find numerous different motifs if you look for "paper embroidery" or "fadengrafik". I hope that helps. If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

      Hugs, V

  2. Beautiful creation! 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

  3. Wow, this is beautiful. Thank you for joining 613 Avenue Create and TTCRD challenges. Anesha

  4. Your angel is gorgeous. Beautiful work. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. We hope to see you again.
    ~ Annette CT -

  5. Back again. This is so beautiful. Nice work. 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/

  6. This is gorgeous, your stitched angel makes a fabulous focal point, love the yellows!
    Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz and at Crafty Calendar Challenges.

  7. Love this! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Ine DT Member
    owner: http://mixedmedialovers.blogspot.com

  8. Very Uniquely done ~ lovely! Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Pam CT

  9. Beautiful card. I love your embroidery. Thank you for sharing with us over at Morgan's ArtWorld. Love to see you join in each month.
    ~ Danka CT -

  10. Your card is so beautiful and creative. "Thanks so much for playing along with us at 613 Avenue Create !"
    Berni Cuttino, 613 Avenue Create ,DT Coordinator
    613 Avenue Create ,Challenge Blog
    chasingthedream,My Blog

  11. Beautiful - so elegant.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny's Challenge.

    Helen x

  12. WOW, what a treasure you have created! Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us over at Little Red Wagon this week!

  13. Gorgeous card, love the yellow. Thanks for joining us at the As you like it challenge.


  14. Stunning work love the colours you have used. Thanks for joining us over at 613 Avenue Create, Good Luck and we hope to see you again soon. Alison DT

  15. Your string art is awesome!
    Thanks for hanging out on our front porch at 613 Avenue Create !
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  18. Not only do you teach me a new word you also inspire me with this stunning card. It's totally gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Cardz4galz. Love Dawn x

  19. What a serene, magnificently lovely - and wholly inspiring - work of papercrafting (and thread) art. I am smitten to no end!

    Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

  20. A stunning card, loving your craftwork for the angel. Thanks for joining us at Cardz 4 Galz. Caz. DT