11 July, 2017

Little angel

Ages ago, I made a series of Christmas cards using this wonderful angel pattern. After that, I used it for a couple of baby cards, but then it somehow got buried under all my stitching patterns.
Then, I decided to stitch it with soft pink yarn for the girly counterpart of the "winter baby" card. Only after I was done I realized that the pink yarn had some kind of cream/beige touch that made it impossible to combine the motif with any of my pink papers. I made several attempts to find the right pnk shade in various crafting shops, but all got were nuances of true pink which just didn't seem to fit.
Like many projects before, the stitched image landed in my "to do" stash, waiting for better times. This spring, I finally came across a paper with a cherry blossom pattern on one side and a mix of writings on the other. It was the blooming side that caught my attention in the store, but when I had a proper look at the writings at home, the little angel came to mind.
After a moment of revelation I was searching through my stash of pink shaded flowers. 
To make a transition between the stitched image and its background, I once again went through every single pink paper I had, but not a single one convinced me. Of course, only a small part of it would be visible anyway, but the mismatch was enough to disturb me.
In the end, I went with my high school arts teacher who always suggested to try something completely different, and voilà: turns out that the ocher paper with tiny embossed dots has been the solution all along.
Now, my only task was to add a little something to the remaining two corners, and in my attempt to use up my sticker stash, two golden corner stickers found a new home.
A little contribution to the July collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

challenges: 
613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
brown sugar: ATG
craft-alnica: card for your own soul
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper
bawion: flower
double D challenges: pastel party
fabnfunky: little boys & girls
in the pink: special occasion
love to craft: ATG 
pennys papertake: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG

10 July, 2017

Under water

A couple of years ago, after almost 25 years of a shitty marriage, a major part of the pre-marital correspondence landed in the oven during one of mom's "clean up & throw way" episodes.
To me, it was most revealing: firstly, I never knew such correspondence existed, and secondly, it turned out that the questions that were not answered in the years before the wedding, were still the cause of main arguments 25 years later.
However, after a quick "note to self" I managed to sneak a little something from the fire - a little fish made of paper stripes. It was simple and cute at the same time and something I thought I might use in one of my projects one day.

From then on, I imagined countless under water scenes every now and then, but never really went to work. Only a couple of days ago, I finally took out the battered model and searched my stash for yellow, orange and golden papers. 
As I decided to make a maritime card, my fish would have to be slightly smaller than the original. With stripes 5 mm wide, crafting turned out to be quite challenging at moments, and yet the creatures turned out to be too large to realize my idea of a flock of fish on a wavy background. 
In my plan B, I decided to make the card with more than just fish. I stitched a little Fadengrafik ornament which isn't a big thing, but all in all, the card turned out to be full after adding two fish already. To make the scene interesting anyway, I added a vivid background paper with a pattern of ocean waves. Additionally, I raised the stitched strip with 3D adhesive pads and gave tiny gemstone eyes to the fish.
As it didn't seem to be enough and I turned out to be in full crafting mood, I decided to place a little piece of sand patterned paper in the lower part of my card. It was intentionally thorn a little bit to avoid the clear-cut, artificially looking sandbank. After that, I started adding plants and stones that I've cut out of cardstock leftovers.
And after a long period of (crafting) inactivity, it felt so good to be back in my paperstash and set my fantasy free :)
For the third fish that didn't find its place in the main motif, I used the inside of the card on which I added a couple more stones.
What my card turned out to be in the end:
And the original that started it all:
A little contribution to the July collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria. And a little more maritime inspiration: fish in Ljubljana old town :)

challenges: 

- 613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
gem of a challenge: animals
basteltraum: water
brown sugar: ATG
cardmania: summer fun
cardz4guyz: beside the sea
craft-alnica: card for your own soul
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: ATG
crafty sentiments: ATG
craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper
friendship challenge: summer, sunshine, beach & sea
kreativtanten: colour challenge
little red wagon: wet & wild
love to craft: ATG 
pennys papertake: ATG
scrapping4fun: birthday
sunny day crafting: A for animals
crazy challenge: animals
sketchy challenges: summer
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG

09 July, 2017

Dragonfly

With the second heatwave of the year, I don't seem to be in the mood for anything, so I guess I'll once again conceal my crafting inactivity with one of my exhibition cards. And of course, it's once again a stitched one :)
The image of a dragonfly has been tempting me for quite a while, but I somehow never figured out the purpose of a dragonfly card. Of course, many occasions come to mind, but non of them was "the" one that would actually make me sit down and stitch the creature. Or maybe I was just a little insecure due to the dandelion (?) plant next to it that seemed so incredibly complicated to be stitched
Once the opening of the exhibition came closer and I badly needed some more flat cards, I decided to go and get it done. 
For the insect, I used red shimmering yarn in two shades: the darker one for the body, and the lighter one for the wings. Unfortunately, the contrast didn't turn out to be as clear as I imagined it.
For the plant, I worked with silver shimmering yarn. 
To make the image a little more vivid, I added a couple of rhinestones. Also, I decided to use 3D adhesive pads to make it stand out a little bit. For the background, I went for a swirly embossed paper that I found in Wuppertal last year. To make a transition to the stitched image, I added layers of red shimmering paper. 
When I was done, it turned out my timing couldn't be better (or worse): just enough time to pack up my cards, grab the background cardstock paper, put it all in a big bag and hurry to the Faculty - I literally finished my last exhibition card just when I was supposed to leave in order to not let my host waiting with the preparation of the exhibition.
A little contribution to the July collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.
And as this is a stitched summer card, I might as well use it to invite you to join us in the July Fadengrafik Challenge, "Summer". Link up any of your summer themed creations, given they include some form of paper embroidery. 

I certainly wish I sometimes had the tranquility of those little flyers, but as long as I'll be working with a last-minute-crafting mind, it's just about impossible. 

challenges: 
613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "monochrome"
gem of a challenge: animals
alphabet challengeblog: I for insects
cardz4guyz: beside the sea
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: ATG
crafty cardmakers: tic, tac, toe (pearls, stitching, summer)
crafty catz: ATG
crafty gals corner: ATG
crafty sentiments: ATG
pennys papertake: ATG
sunny day crafting: A for animals
crazy challenge: animals
through the craftroom door: ATG
wortartwednesday: ATG

12 June, 2017

Woof!

Today, I'd like to show a rather simple, colourful card that was part of the kids' corner at my exhibition. I found this adoable puppy on the internet and coloured it with colouring pencils. After that, I placed it on a matching background paper that resembles a blooming meadow.
To distinguish the motif, I used adhesive pads and additional layers of cardboard, on which I placed a decorative border with my newest punch. I think the cute little pawsteps go perfectly with the little fella :)
And even though the card is just as suitable for boys, it already found a new home with a little princess who is currently all into PWA Patrol.
Matching the flowers in the picture, a couple of hydrangea that are currently blooming everywhere. Even though they are not quite my favourite blooms, I must admit these strong violet and pink shades really impressed me. I don't think I've seen such strong colours of hydrangea before.

challenges:
613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft: ATG
C.R.A.F.T.: inspired by a film (PAW Patrol)
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty catz: ATG with optional twist "dies & punches"
craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper
creative moments: ATG
cute card thursday: boys/men
everybody art: ATG
friendship challenge: animals
fussy and fancy: pamper your pets
glitternsparkle: bright colours
inspiration destination: ATG
kreativtanten: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
- morgans artworld: ATG
my time to craft: down on the farm
pennys papertake: ATG
scrap & craft: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
unicorn challengeblog: for the guys
wordartwednesday: ATG

03 June, 2017

Birthday flowers

I uess I better take advantage of my not-learning-mood and finish another post for today.
This time, a card full of summer feelings that reflect in a bouquet of flowers (even though they were actually another exhibition card ;)). 
The flowers are stitched with regular cross-stitch yarn of different colours. To make the blooms a bit more visible, I softly coloured around them with coloured pencils. Additionally, I only used soft cream and beige paper for the background of my card. The swirly embossed paper in the back is another discovery I made in Wuppertal.
In some of the flowers,  placed tiny pearls that resemble the pollen.
A careful reader might notice it's a motif I use quite often compared to my other stitching motifs, for the simple reason that I think it is suitable for so many occasions. This time, as the silver sticker indicates, I made a birthday card for my stash. 
A little contribution to the June collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

challenges: 
4 crafty chicks: birthday
613 avenue create: ATG
a bit more time to craft:  ATG
brown sugar: celebrations
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
crafty gals corner: ATG
creative moments: ATG/birthday
double D challenges: flowers
everybody art: ATG
friendship challenge: ATG
fussy and fancy: flowers
inspiration destination: ATG
- irishteddys: favourite motif
kreativtanten: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
pennys papertake: ATG
pile it on: animal/spring garden
scrapping4fun: soft colours
sunny day crafting: tic tac toe (flowers, pearls, sentiment)
crazy challenge: birthday
through the craftroom door: ATG
tuesday throwdown: stitching
wortartwednesday: ATG

02 June, 2017

Starry, starry night

I'm not sure whether it's just me not being able to keep up with the calendar, but again, it's time to close a month and start another. And as always, with every new month comes a new FadengrafikChallenge. This time, we're having an "ATG" theme again, perfect for the first really hot days of the year. My inspiration comes in form of a zodiac card this time, and is another leftover of my exhibition collection that might be used as a birthday card and turned out to be very suitable guys' card for any occasion, too.
Rather unusually for me, I decided to stitch the main motif on coloured cardboard. I think it makes the golden yarn pop out really nicely, but it also turned out to be a horrible choice when I tried to find the perfect combination of papers for the card.
For the main background, I was determined to use another dark blue cadboard with traces of silver and gold. I found it during my December visit of Wuppertal, a perfect piece of paper for any sky, stars and/or universe-themed project. However, the two shades of dark blue seemed to be too dark alltogether.
In the end, I sacrifised a stripe of the background cardboard to make sure I could add an additional layer of shimmering cream/beige paper on the brown card base. Between the stitched image and the endless sky, I placed a layer of golden cardboard.
For some extra bling, I added a couple of gemstones to the libra motif, while I placed golden sticker letters in the lower part of the image instead of stitching the word. On the one hand, I think it gives more weight to the lower part than the stitching would, and on the other hand, I just have to start using up those stickers in my stash :)
A little contribution to the June collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

More outer space inspiration: starry night above Radensko polje. I's amazing how bright the stars are once you leave the city behind, and I should probably do it moe often.
Starry or not, it's up to you now to link up your projects at the Fadengrafik Challenge. We take any theme this month, just make sure there's some stitching on what you create ;)

challenges: 
4 crafty chicks: birthday
a bit more time to craft:  ATG
gem of a challenge: boys/men
as you like it: favourite reason to make cards (as I don't sell my cards, I make most of them just for fun - to try a new pattern, a new technique, new papers/embellishments... and to fill my stash of cards for different occasions in case I need them as a present or giveaway)
basteltraum: men/boys
brown sugar: celebrations
city crafter: out of this world
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty catz: ATG
crafty gals corner: ATG
craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper
everybody art: ATG
friendship challenge: ATG
inspiration destination: ATG
kreativtanten: ATG
love to craft: ATG 
pennys papertake: ATG
crazy challenge: birthday
through the craftroom door: ATG
tuesday throwdown: stitching
wortartwednesday: ATG

26 May, 2017

Erlangen part IV - Zoo time

After a rather thoughtful Saturday evening, it was time to start a beautiful Sunday. Again, Nürnberg greeted me wit sunshine and blue skies, but unlike the day before, I headed right to the suburbs. My plan was to spend the morning at the Nürnberg Zoo, head back to the city around lunchtime and visit a couple of museums in the afternoon. But then again, plans don't always go as planned... 
After bumping into a kangaroo meeting...
...A couple of meerkat models...
...A giraffe brunch and monkey exercises...
...I thought it would be wonderful to warm myself in the jungle house. My camera however decided that the difference in temperature would be too big to handle.
The Zoo must have foreseen such situation as it offers a device to clean-blow the fogged glasses and lenses, but after using it, I realized the fog had actually accumulated inside my camera. Should I have just waited for the camera to adapt instead of maybe blowing the moisture inside with the machine? Or did it get there all by itself?
I was having similar problems in Erlangen's greenhouse, but they resolved after a while with the help of a handkerchief. Here however, there was nothing on the outside to wipe away and the jungle effect on my camera reminded me of my Tour of Austria adventure a couple of years ago when a massive rainstorm caused moisture to creep behind the lens. It took days for it to evaporate.
This time however things looked more serious. Also, I had the entire Zoo ahead of me and still had a whole week to spend in Erlangen and how could I possibly be without my camera? All of sudden it occured to me how attatched I was to it and why my sister insists on calling me a "Japanese tourist" wherever we go. Uhm. 
Long story short told: after balancing with my damaged camera in one hand and the mobile phone replacement in the other, still hoping that the first one will recover, I slowly began to realize that the picctures I took from time to time became less and less blurry. Yay for the camera, the show can go on!
Only now I took a proper look around the jungle, where colourful butterflies and birds would fly around freely and even a couple of monkeys would climb up and down the rich green vegetation. 
No matter how I tried, I couldn't manage to catch those huge blue butterflies with my camera. Turns out that the monkey was more lucky, while I stood there in awe - who knew monkeys would eat butterflies?
The turtles and see cows on te other hand seemed to be absolutely inumpressed, slowly floating in the tropical waters.
Is it time for the dolphin presentation yet?
Beautiful underwater world
Hi there!
Off to the kittens. I expected the impressive roaring that could be heard all over the Zoo to come from a lion, but it turned out that the tiger was the one who had a lot to complain.
Play and eat is something you expect ice bears to do, but then again they surprised me with eating celery and fennel.
Sunbathing
Bye, bye, water world - off to the equines.
Obviously, the Christmas tree leftovers are routinely delivered to the Zoo animals as I could see them inside almost every fencing. What a wonderful example of "two birds with one stone".
Mrs. Ostrich in her beauty ritual
Everybody's darling
More horns
As I really wanted to see the entire Zoo, I ended up doing an extra round by the water in the lower part of it. However, the birds that were supposed to be here were kept inside, and the rest of the inhabitants must have been hiding. In the end, this turned out to be the only time-waste of the day but at least I got sme extra fitness and vitamine D points. 
However, I ended up being far behind my schedule. It was already late afternoon when I headed back towards the city, and I'd certainly have to hurry if I wanted to visit one or te other museum. 

~ to be continued ~