Saturday 16 May 2015

Challenge up your life: Challenge #15 Twine, buttons, ribbon

Hello Everyone, 

is it believable, time seems to fly right now. It already Challenge time again, over at

This time I personally found our Challenge exceptionally hard, because it's something I hardly ever use:

Challenge #15: Twine, buttons, ribbon

But I am content with what I achieved, so it was absolutely worth while. Here's what I did:

I started out with a selection if buttons, rather randomly chosen, and the feeling of being totally lost with them. Then I opened my box of ribbon and twine and liked nothing much, until this very broad burlap ribbon fell into my hands and I decided to use a piece of it as a panel. 

After that I spent quite  a while colouring a succulent, which didn't make it onto the card, because I just couldn't find a way to arrange it with the buttons. At this point I was pretty frustrated, and decided to go with just a sentiment. I cut out the Happy Birthday in white and black and liked neither of them on my card. But then I remembered a Challenge I had seen lately: Use the negative. 

So I cut the sentiment again, this time making sure that I arranged the words so that I could use the negative. Then I coloured the piece with a dark brown alcohol marker, to make it show up on the background. But the negative was still not very clear to read, so I decided to piece in the positive and just leave out the insides of the letters. 

I rounded the corners of the negative and the card base, arranged it all and glued it down with Matt Medium.

I am pretty happy with my card now, though now I wish I had put the sentiment on foam. But I thought of that way too late.

Hope you'll all take up the Challenge and join in!



  1. Ela, I like your "sewed" card.
    All die Näh-Utensilien ergeben zusammen so eine fesche Collage! Besonders chic find ich, dass das Fadengitter in den Öffnungen des Happy Birthdays zu sehen ist..

  2. This would be a challenge for me too, great card!

  3. Ui, mit dem Challenge-Thema hätte ich mich auch schwer getan. Aber die Karte ist dir hervorragend gelungen! Dem Ergebnis sieht man überhaupt nicht an, wie sehr du damit gekämpft hast.