Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Across the Universe Card II (Jane's Doodles DT Spotlight)

Hello everyone! :o)

My second post today. If you missed the first one, just scroll down or follow a direct link here. :o)

Today is my turn to be on the spotlight over at Jane's Doodles and I'm sharing this Across the Universe Card II:o)

To create this card I was inspired by a song 'Across the Universe' by The Beatles, comic books and a card I created in January: Across the Universe Card. :o)

For my card I used stamps from two BEAUTIFUL Jane's Doodles stamp sets: To The Moon and Unicorn.


How I made my card...

I stamped the scene on a watercolor paper panel and colored everything in watercolor technique using Distress Inks.

I colored the scene during the 9th 30 Day Coloring Challenge by Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker. I shared progress of coloring on my Instagram account as well as in my preview post (here), but didn't share finished card until today. :o)

After coloring and drying, I masked images and splattered the panel with a white acrylic paint mixed with water. I left the panel dry on air. 

I glued the panel on a white side folded card base and my card was finished. :o)

Card dimensions: 133 mm x 101 mm (5 1/4" x 4")

List of supplies:
  • Jane's Doodles 'To The Moon' stamp set
  • Jane's Doodles 'Unicorn' stamp set (tiny star)
  • white cardstock paper (card base)
  • watercolor paper (panel)
  • Ranger's Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks
    • Mustard Seed
    • Spiced Marmalade
    • Barn Door
    • Twisted Citron
    • Tumbled Glass
    • Blueprint Sketch
    • Hickory Smoke
  • AERO Tempera, white 110
  • Mittsubishi Pencil, Black Fine Liner 03
  • UHU liquid glue
  • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • bone folder
  • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. #0
  • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. #2
  • paper towels
  • water

Thank you for stopping by and your kind feedback. Enjoy and smile! :o)


After the Rain Card II (Fairy Tale Challenge #191)

Hello everyone! :o)

It's time for a new challenge over at Fairy Tale Challenge Blog.

Our theme for this fortnight is #191, Aprilwetter / April Weather, raining cats and dogs.

And here is my take on the challenge: After the Rain Card II.

To make my card I used super cute LMM's Forgotten Scraps 'Polka Dot Pals Rayne' digital stamp.

I printed the image on a watercolor paper and left it dry for a day. I colored the image in watercolor technique using Distress Inks.

I partly colored the image during the 9th 30 Day Coloring Challenge by Kathy Racoosin of The Daily Marker.

As I wasn't sure what I want to do with the image, I left the image until inspiration arrives (I was totally in Rainbow colors for a while :o) ).

Couple days ago, I pulled the image out, as it's totally fitting to our challenge, and finished coloring. I decided to go with similar design as on a card I made last year (here), using same image, quotation and font.

I already had a card layout on my computer from my last year's card, I just moved quotation on the bottom of the card. When I liked a new layout, I printed it out on a white cardsotck paper base.

Then I fussy the watercolored image, traced edges with a black marker, glued the image on the card over the uncolored image and my card was finished. :o)

Card dimensions: 89 mm x 120 mm (3 1/2" x 4 3/4")

List of supplies:
  • LMM's Forgotten Scraps 'Polka Dot Pals Rayne' digital stamp
  • 1942 Report Font (Important: Read licences before downloading.)
  • white cardstock paper
  • watercolor paper
  • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Mustard Seed
    • Spiced Marmalade
    • Tea Dye
    • Vintage Photo
    • Walnut Stain
    • Hickory Smoke
    • Black Soot
  • Stabilo Fibre Tip Pen (Marker), Black 68/46
  • UHU liquid glue
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • bone folder
  • printer
  • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. #0
  • scissors
  • water
  • paper towels

I hope you'll like my card and get inspired. For more inspiration, challenge and prize details stop by the Fairy Tale Challenge Blog. Do join us, we can't wait to see your projects. :o)

I'm linking my card to following challenges:
Note: bold text and challengbadge (if any) are direct links to the current challenge and blog badge (if any) is a direct link to blog or challenge home page.

1) Happy Little Stampers Watercolour Challenge, April 2018: Anything Goes
This is my 2nd entry to this challenge.

2) Inkspirational Challenges, Challenge #158 Rain Photo
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

Thank you for stopping by and your kind feedback. Stay around, I'll be sharing one more card. Enjoy and smile! :o)


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Celebrating 30 Days of Pisces 2018 - Wrap Up Post

Hello everyone! :o)

Today I'm bringing you a Wrap-up post of my Celebrating 30 days of Pisces 2018 personal challenge, as I finally shared all cards I made during the challenge here on my blog. :o)

Celebrating 30 days of Pisces is my annual personal challenge which takes time in Pisces period. Goal of the challenge is to improve my skills and myself.

This year was the fourth time I took the challenge. It started on February 18th at 6:18 PM and ended on March 20th at 5:15 PM. (CET, UTC +1Dubrovnik, Croatia).

I love rainbow colors, but don't use them so often on my projects. My challenge this year was to make 20 (or more) cards featuring rainbow colors in Pisces periodGoals of the challenge were to improve my cardmaking skills and to use more rainbow colors on my cards.

I managed to create 19 cards. :o)

I was working on 20th card, going totally out of my comfort zone. Although I think is very good to go out of comfort zone, it's better to give up if you don't like it. So I did with my card. :o)

Among all cards I made, 6 cards were CASEs. I CASEd gorgeous cards from artists whom work I admire and my own cards. I did planned to CASE before I started the challenge, but not more than half of all cards I create.

I'm very satisfied with the challenge and the result. Although I didn't reach number 20 as I planned, I'm not disappointed at all, neither I find this failure. I practiced, incorporated rainbow colors in my projects in various ways, created 19 cards that I like a lot and had a lot of fun. :o)

Thank you all for kind feedback and encouragement during the challenge. 

All details about the challenge, links to all blog posts related to the challenge and a photo gallery will be shared on my Celebrating 30 days of Pisces 2018 page. :o)

I mentioned in the past here on my blog that I love previews, so I'm bringing today also a preview of all cards I made during the challenge. :o)

But before you continue to scroll down, here is a suitable song for previewing. :o) Enjoy!! :o)

Judy Garland - Over the Rainbow
(from movie "The Wizard of Oz")

Rainbow Color Cards (RCC) Series

After this personal challenge, I feel very encouraged to use Rainbow Colors more often on my cards. Since the challenge ended I created couple Rainbow Colored themed projects (I shared already one, here) and currently working on two more. So, more Rainbow projects on my blog soon. :o)

Thank you for visiting and your kind feedback. Enjoy and smile! :o)


Saturday, April 7, 2018

I Love Math Challenge #9

Hello everyone and welcome to a new I Love Math Challenge!

This is the ninth challenge and also a 2nd Birthday of the challenge. :o)

It was like yesterday when the idea was born and I started this journey. The challenge grew since then, all because of you: Math lovers and non lovers, creators who want to explore, try new things and have fun. Thank you all!! 

Two super talented Ladies joined me on this journey, Neha and Kaja. Challenge ideas, discussions, inspiration projects, commenting, voting... Their contribution to the challenge is immeasurable. Thank you both! It wouldn't be same without you. 

If you're new to my blog and want to find more about the challenge itself and past challenges, you can find it here.

And now our new challenge theme: SPIRAL.

Spiral is a spiral curve, shape, pattern or object. 
Source: English Oxford Living Dictionaries (https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/spiral)

Spiral (geometry) a plane curve generated by a point moving around a fixed point while constantly receding from or approaching it. 
Source: Dictionary.com (http://www.dictionary.com/browse/spiral)

Find out more about Spirals in Mathematics in an article Encyclopedia Britannica: Spiral.

If you would like to deep in Math world of spirals and find out types of spirals, visit Wolfram Math world: Spirals.

In nature, spirals are all around us: shelves, sunflowers, roses, ferns, succulent plants... galaxies, spiderwebs, fingerprints... and many many more. Follow this link to see some beautiful photos on Google. :o)

A very talented crafter from India is joining us in this challenge. It's Disha Jain of Cradle Of Creaciones.

Disha is a fan of the challenge and player. I like her unique style and elegance she gives to her creations, especially CAS cards. I've invited Disha to join us in this challenge after she won Challenge #6 and because I Love Math Challenge was the first challenge she won. :o) I'm very happy that she accepted my invitation to be a Guest Designer for this challenge. Just wait to see what she created. :o)

Here is what Disha said:
'Maths and craft when combined, make me go crazy over it. One is my favorite subject and another is my hobby and my love. I am really really honored to join this month's I Love Math Challenge as the guest designer, as this is my first ever GD post ever in the crafty world. This is all because of the trust Milka has put in me and that is really precious to me. 
The challenge theme was pretty cool: SPIRAL. Now that's the fun part here actually. I had to think a lot to come upto the mark for the GD post and the hopes which were put into my work. I have taken a background sheet with Spirals engraved on it, because it pops up the card and the theme. Also, I have created spiral handmade roses to match the theme. I have quilled the small leaves to complete the roses and also, because,I love quilling and the leaves have small spirals in the making,which is because of the quilling art.
All in all, it was a real fun to make the card and enjoyed being the Guest designer here. Please join the challenge and have creative fun with us.'

And here is Disha's GORGEOUS card. LOVE!!! :o)

Gorgeous, elegant card, amazing CAS design, black&withe with a touch of color, beautiful soft spirals in the background and spiral shaped flowers that she made by herself. AMAZING!!! I LOVE Disha's take on the challenge and her card. Jump over to Disha's blog and find more details about her card. :o)

And now inspiration from the team...

Here is Kaja's take on the challenge.

I nearly fainted when Kaja sent me photo of her card. Super cuteness overload!!! Beautiful design, super sweet scene, adorable image, beautiful colors an coloring, gorgeous spirals in the background... ♥ I love Kaja's card and how she incorporated the challenge theme into her lovely birthday card. Jump over to Kaja's blog and find more details about her card. :o)

Neha is taking a short break and not participating with a project in this challenge.

And here is my take on the challenge: CAS (clean and simple), one layer, You Make Me Smile Card.

For my card I used stamps two Jane's Doodles stamp sets: a snail from 'Garden Friends' (which is btw on SALE) and a sentiment form 'Smile' stamp set. Isn't the snail just adorable and his spiral shell fits perfect to this theme. :o)

I decided to go with one layer card, as I didn't made one for a while.

I stamped the sentiment and the snail directly on a white top folded card base.

I decided to give some love to my colored pencils, which I haven't used for a while, and colored the snail with colored pencils. I shaded the spiral shell with Stabilo Fine Liners (I added some color and smeared it with my fingers; repeated the process until I was satisfied).

As a finishing touch, I coated the spiral shell twice with Clear Wink of Stella. :o)

Card dimensions: 89 mm x 121 mm  (3 1/2" x 4 3/4")
List of supplies :
  • Jane's Doodles 'Garden Friends' stamp set (snail)
  • Jane's Doodles 'Smile' stamp set (sentiment)
  • white cardstock paper
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • TOZ Artist Color colored pencils
    • light yellow
    • dark yellow
    • orange
    • pink
  • TOZ Fantasy colored pencil (skin color)
  • Stabilo Fine Liners, fine 0.4:
    • yellow 88/44
    • orange 88/54
  • ZIG Wink of Stella (Gl. Clear 999)
  • eraser
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • bone folder
  • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
  • Xcut self healing working mat (grid)

Now it's your turn...

Use a spiral or spirals on your project. Create any kind of project, whatever you like, but your project must be handmade and have visible spiral(s). Any design is welcome. Project can also be crocheted, knitted or sewn.

Spiral doesn't have to be a focal point, but there must be some kind of a spiral on a project (shelves, snails, galaxy, succulents...).

More details about the challenge...

Challenge Starts: April 7th 2018, 10:00 PM CEST (UTC +2)

Challenge Ends: May 7th 2018, 09:55 PM CEST (UTC +2)

Challenge rules:
  1. Theme: Spiral(s)
  2. Spiral (or more of them) must be visible on your project. Spiral doesn't have to be in a focal point, but must be visible. If you write word 'spiral', that doesn't count in this challenge. It must be a curve, shape or an object.
  3. You don't have to be a Math Lover to join this challenge.
  4. Your creation must be new. Please do not link creation that has been posted prior to the day of the challenge.
  5. Projects must be handmade!
  6. Any stamp company/artist is welcome.
  7. If you make a card, it doesn't have to be CAS (clean and simple). Any design is welcome.
  8. You must be a blog follower.
  9. Mention the challenge in your blog post and link back to the challenge.
  10. Display Challenge badge in your blog post.
  11. Link up as many projects as you want.
  12. You are welcome to combine your project to as many challenges as you want.
  13. No blog hop and direct selling links are allowed here.
  14. Link your direct blog post and not your entire blog, so we could locate your creation.
  15. Please turn off word verification.
  16. Have fun!
I reserve the right to remove links that do not comply with challenge rules.

One Jane's Doodles stamp set of winners choice. Disha, Kaja, Neha and I will select four favorite projects (TOP 4), which will be featured here on my blog on May 31st 2018Among TOP 4, there will be a random draw (using Random.org) for one lucky winner who will then receive the prize. :o)
If we have 4 or less entries to the challenge, all projects will be considered as TOP projects.

I hope you'll like the new challenge theme, get inspired and join us with your Math creations. Disha, Kaja, Neha and I can't wait to see your creations. :o)

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact me. Just leave me a comment on this blog post or send me an e-mail. 

Thank you for stopping by and your kind feedback! Enjoy and smile! :o)


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