18 April, 2017

Bye, bunny

Time to "get rid of" my last Easter card for this year, again a flat one and one with a really simple design. As I didn't want my entire exhibition to feature stitched cards, I've worked with a couple of digis and other things, too. 
And while searching through my stash, I decided I absolutely have to use those cute little bunnies from scribbles designs
However, I couldn't decide on what colours to use for painting the Easter eggs :)
As you see, I've coloured them in shades of yellow, purple and blue. Since I wanted to include all of them in one card, that meant using the longitudinal shape I'm not quite fond of. I find it a little too long for the majority of my projects, and so I basically have a couple of card bases in my stash that are just waiting for a moment like this. 
Arranging the three images on the unpleasant shape was another task I struggled with. I wanted the card to look a little playful and not mathematical, but no matter how I flipped the images they were either exceedinng the base of the card or making it look really "blah".
In the end, I decided to line them up straight vertically, but leave space for a little horizontal twist. 
With the colourful eggs, I tried to pick a neutral, but not too boring background paper. After numerous tries, this one featuring pastel leafs made the race. 
To distinguish the bunnies from the background, I used thick cardboard that would match the colour of the eggs. However, as the height of the card was lmited, only a tiny strip of cardboard is visible around the coloured mages.
A little contribution to the April collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

challenges:
- 613 avenue create: ATG with optional twist "ATG spring"
- crafty calendar: spring
- crafty catz: ATG with a twist (animals)
- bawion: pastel colours
- glitternsparkle: Easter
- little red wagon: happy Easter
- scribbles designs: shades of spring (mint green, purple, lilac)
- crazy challenge: spring is coming

15 April, 2017

Simply spring

Another seasonal card - one that can qualify either for the "spring" or "Easter" theme. 
I had wanted to try this daffodil pattern for ages, but neve had the chance/need to try it. But as I tried to fill the spring-ish part of my exhibition, it turned out to be the perfect pick.
As it would be featured in a photo frame behind glass, it had to be flat, and that's just what I created: a simple card with a floral centerpiece. 
While the motif itself was put on 3D pads to make it a little more 3D, I placed an additional ornament in the lower part of the card, where I stitched it on the card base directly. 
The daffodils are stitched with regular cross-stitch yarn, and so is the ornament. However, for the squares I decided to use a yarn with shades of yellow that flow into each other.
To cover up the sewing on the inside of the card, I placed a piece of green paper above it. On its upper edge, I punched a decorative border.
A little contribution to the April collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

Daffodils found at the roadside and in the Munich botalical garden.

challenges: 
613 avenue create: ATG with a twist (anything spring)
a bit more time to craft: ATG
- cardmania: April showers bring May flowers
crafty catz: ATG
- crafting with an attitude: ATG
- crafty calendar: April showers/spring
- crafty sentiments: flowers
friendship challenge: Easter
- glitternsparkle: spring
inspiration destination: ATG
love to craft: ATG
pennys papertake: ATG
through the craftroom door: ATG
- use your stuff: flowers
wordartwednesday: ATG

Easter greetings

Is it Easter yet? Could it be that time is passing by in record speed? 
It sees to me that only yesterday I was delighted to spot the first snowdrops and today, everything is green and blooming.
I had no mass production of Easter cards this year. Honestly, I had no Easter card production at all. To fill the blank space on my blog however, I might as well present a couple of Easter cards I prepared for my exhibition in January. With the limitation od "flat card" in my mind, one of them was this one featuring a magnificent vintage rooster. I love the colours of the image, and the animal's posture leaves no doubt on who is the boss of the henhouse.
As I didn't want to pull the attention from the rooster, I decided to add a simple background paper with a musical pattern, a matching polka-dot embossing for the transition, and a short text saying "Happy holidays".
A little contribution to the April collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

challenges: 
- 613 avenue create: ATG with a twist (anything spring)
- a bit more time to craft: ATG
- cardz4guyz: animal antics
- crafty cardmakers: things with wings
- crafty catz: ATG with a twist (animals)
- craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper
- creative moments: ATG with a twist (Easter)
- deep ocean: Easter
- friendship challenge: Easter
- inspiration destination: ATG
- little red wagon: happy Easter
- love to craft: ATG
- pennys papertake: ATG
- through the craftroom door: ATG
- wordartwednesday: ATG

And while Mrs. Hen is probably laying her last Easter eggs, Mr. Rooster seems to be hiding somewhere. Where? As I went to the flower market this week, I just wanted to get myself a little something, a splash of colour to put on my table. 
When I was looking at the colourful selection, a couple of yellow ranunculus caught my eyes. What I finally brought home was far from it. 
What might look like a flower-shopping attack has to be explained with the fact that I tend to buy flowers from the same sales stand every time, and "my" flower lady developed the habbit of always adding a little extra. This time, the extra was orange tupils and yellow daffodils.
Putting the flowers together at home, I just couldn't seem to succeed in arranging them into an acceptable bouquet. From the beginning, I decided to split them in in two vases because they were just so many, but neither of them really satisfies me. On the other hand, as they are just for me, I'll guess I won't bother about their shape and arrangement too much and rather enjoy their colours and smell.
A contribution to the Friday-Flowerday at Holunderbluetchen.

07 April, 2017

Hi there!

Just a short sign of life before everyone gives up on me :)
Yes, I've been away a lot. Yes, I'll explain it all as soon as I find time. Yes, I've had great fun, but it has also been demanding in many ways and meant I had no opportunity to craft. And yes, I'm home for a week already, but the crafting mood hasn't set in yet.
So, to invite you to the April "ATG" Fadengrafik Challenge, I will again use a project I've done a while ago.
I've chosen to go with something simple again and you may see the similarity to the colourful bookmarks I presented in FebruaryThis time however, I picked rather calm shades of brown alongside with a brown background paper that features a pattern of leafs and forest fruits. 
In the end it turned out to be a rather natural/earthy/wooden/masculine bookmark. 
A little contribution to the April collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria.

And for another dose of autumn before I finally switch to the season of eggs and bunnies: a little squirrel that played a round of hide and seek with me in park Tivoli

challenges: 
- 613 avenue create: ATG
- irishteddys: geschickt eingefädelt
- brownsugar: ATG
- crafting with ana attitude: ATG
- crafty catz: ATG
- creative moments: ATG
- everybody art: ATG but a card
- inspiration destination: ATG
- love to craft: ATG
- moving along with the times: into the woods
- path of positivity: ATG with optional twist "The beauty of nature" (To me, one of nature's greatest beauties is its ability to surprise me over and over again - even if I'd take a walk on the same path for the hundredth time, I would still discover something new. No wonder I hardly change my ways when I walk through the green spots of the city, as the known ones change literally every time I go by.)
- pennys papercraft: ATG
- through the craftroom door: ATG
- wordartwednesday: ATG

18 March, 2017

Purple fields

Being well in the second half of March, it would seem appropriate to introduce this month's Fadengrafik Challenge, I guess. As we'll be marching into spring soon, that's exactly what we'd like to see on your stitched creations. No matter how you interprete the theme, make sure to use some paper embroidery on it and link it up for the chance of winning a cool prize again.

My inspiration card for the month was made in the middle of winter actually, but only lately I finished it off the way it looks now. Similar to the crocus card I made quite a while ago, I coloured the stitched motif with coloured pencils. I added a couple of pearls instead of stamens, however, I did'nt want to create an exact copy of the previous card. Therefore, I decided not to add any butterflies and keep the edges as they are. 
Still, I tried to use the same polka dot embossed paper in the back, but obviously the cards were different enough for the result to look horrible. So, even though the card was done I just couldn't seem to tick it off my to-do list. In fact, every time it came into my hands in the past couple of weeks, it gave me a feeling of not being finished at all.
In the end, I decided to demount it alltogether. I carefully detatched the stitched crocuses and mounted them on this green and violet spring background. Unfortunately, I didn't make any before & after photos to compare, but I certainly like this version a lot better. 
The card even got a new recipient in a dear person going through what I imagine must be an emotional roller coaster. Alongside with this little piece of spring comes the wish we'll be able to sort things out and make a new beginning, or just continue from where we got stuck a while ago. Because some people are worth keeping no matter what, especially if this includes the most wonderful, well-behaved and reliable guy one can imagine. 
A little contribution to the March collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria. 

Off to your patterns and yarns to get your projects done in time for our "Spring" challenge. 
For some more spring inspiration, fields of violet that are currently blooming on many green areas of Munich. Those are from Hellabrunn Zoo.

challenges: 
a bit more time to craft: ATG
613 avenue create: ATG
- brownsugar: ATG
crafting with an attitude: ATG
crafty calendar: mum's day/special female
creative moments: ATG
- craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper
- fussyandfancy: springtime
- friendship challenge: flowers
glitternsparkle: use some green
inspiration destination: ATG
kreativtanten: ATG
lovetocraft: ATG
- moving along with the times: handmade flowers
- ooh-la-la: spring is in the air
- path of positivity: ATG with optional twist "Birth of new beginnings" (friendship and/or more)
pennyspapertake: ATG
- pinspirational
- scrapping4fun: recycling (stitched image)
through the craftroom door: ATG
wordartwednesday: ATG

17 March, 2017

CAS in green

Today, I'll post a very simple card to discontinue my blog silence ;)
Actually, rather than a card it was meant to be a gift envelope to get mom the 2017 highway vignette for Slovenia. Because without it, she'd list one excuse after another as to why she can't come visit me - from the vignette being too expensive to not knowing the local roads to go without it. As I had no time to prepare something really special and my main criteria was something flat enough to fit in a normal envelope, I ended up with this:
A very CAS card base made of recycling paper with a Google Maps print of the Ljubljana area. In addition to that, I only used a light green background paper with texture and two little green gemstones. 
On the inside of the card, I placed a strip of punched green texture paper that acts as a pocket for the vignette itself.
A little contribution to the March collection of Create in Austria - artwork created by Austrians and/or in Austria. 

challenges: 
- a bit more time to craft: ATG
- 613 avenue create: ATG
- cardmania: pastel colours
- colour throwdown
- crafting with an attitude: ATG
- crafty calendar: mum's day/special female
- crafty cardmakers: for a special woman
- creative moments: ATG
- glitternsparkle: use some green
- inspiration destination: ATG
- kreativtanten: ATG
- lovetocraft: ATG
- pennyspapertake: ATG
- through the craftroom door: ATG
- wordartwednesday: ATG

12 March, 2017

Praha part VII - Blue skies

It's hard to believe how you can get attatched to a city - or distracted by it - in just a couple of days. All I can say about Prague is that it completely stole my heart and I will certainly want to come back one day, the sooner the better. 
For this time however, it was time to pack our things, drop off mom at the train station and head towards the airport. Making sure I wouldn't be late ended up in waiting, but in the end it was time to go.
And even though it seemed like there's nothing but grey above, the clouds started to dilute as soon as we were in the air. 
Czech forests and fields surely would make a great hiking holiday one day.
For the definition of "contrast", either buy a dictionary or board a plane ;)
As happy as an AvGeek can be...
Signs of winter
Into the clouds again
In between the clouds
Soboth reservoir
Dravograd
Almost home
Back to grey

Since mom refused to go to any restaurant for lunch/dinner due to her idea of Czechs ripping off tourists (despite me carefully checking where to go according to our daily program and recommendations), my where-to-eat-list is shortened down to buying chlebíčky in a local bakery and the most delicious hot chocolate I've ever tried at Ječmínek. Might explain why we ended up at their Můstek branch whenever we drove by with the metro, and even why we sometimes drove to Můstek just for the chocolate. Uhm. 
For other tips than that, I can only once again redirect towards the awesome info of Honest Prague Guide - the best guides any city may wish for.

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