Sunday, February 18, 2018

Celebrating 30 days of Pisces 2018 - Intro

Hello everyone! :o)

Today, Sun entered Pisces and Pisces period has started. :o)

Three years ago (2015), I started a personal challenge which took time in Pisces period, Celebrating 30 days of Pisces. I gave myself 4 challenges to complete them in 30 days. Goals of these challenges were to improve my coloring and card making skills, to learn some new techniques, to finish a "long time waiting to be finished" project and to improve my English with writing here on blog daily. I managed to complete all challenges, I accomplished my goals, made some new friends and had loads of fun!

Satisfied with results of my first challenge and self improvement, I decided to make this challenge annual. :o)

Two years ago (2016), I've challenged myself to make 30 CAS cards in 30 days, as they were (and still are) my favorite card design. I made 30 CAS cards and completed the challenge. Not all cards I made were unique design, there were couple sets and CASEs, but I accomplished my goals and improved coloring and designing skills.

Last year (2017) I've challenged myself to practice hand lettering every day in Pisces period. Goals of the challenge were to improve my hand lettering skills, to encourage myself  to hand letter on my projects and to continue practicing after the challenge ends. I've completed the challenge, practiced every day, improved my hand lettering skills, but didn't practice since.

You can find all about my previous years celebrations/challenges on my Personal Challenges Page.


Celebrating 30 days of Pisces 2018

This is a personal challenge and will take time in Pisces period that started today, February 18th at 6:18 PM and ends on March 20th at 5:16 PM. (CET, UTC +1Dubrovnik, Croatia).

I love rainbow colors, but don't use them so often on my projects.

I'm challenging myself to make 20 (or more) cards featuring rainbow colors in Pisces period.

Due to my busy daily schedule and my every day commuting, it's not possible for me to craft every day, so I'm going to limit myself to make at least 20 cards, which at the moment looks possible to achieve. :o)

Idea is to make 20 (or more) cards featuring rainbow colors in 30 days period. As I want to practice, I'll be CASEing some cards (I'll ask designers permission to CASE their cards), but not more than half of the total. Mass produced cards are counting as one.

Goals of the challenge are to improve my cardmaking skills and to use more rainbow colors on my cards.

I'll be sharing my progress and finished cards here on my blog as I finish them (and time and weather allows me so). At the end of the challenge, I'll write wrap-up post with a complete preview.


Thank you for visiting and reading. Enjoy and smile! :o)


Milka 

Saturday, February 17, 2018

9th 30 Day Coloring Challenge Preview



Hi everyone!

I'm sure most of you heard about Kathy's Racoosin 30 day coloring challenge. If not, here is a brief introduction.

Kathy of The Daily Marker started super fun challenge 30 Day Coloring Challenge in March 2015 and organizes it couple of times a year.

On January 15th 9th coloring challenge started and ended couple days ago. The goal of the challenge was to color something daily even if it's a few minutes. For more information, jump over to Kathy's blog. :o)

Today I want to share with you what I've colored during the 9th 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I didn't managed to color every day and skipped 6 days. I had some extra work in school and couldn't find time or was just too exhausted to color. There were days I colored only couple of minutes and days I colored for hours. Mostly I colored in evenings and at nights, after I finished my daily obligations. I mostly colored with Distress Inks in watercolor technique, my favorite coloring medium and favorite coloring technique. :o)

I shared my daily coloring's on Instagram as the challenge was going on. I had so many difficulties and technical issues with taking photos as the weather was most of the time extremely bad, so I took photos once or twice a week and shared them.

Some of my coloring samples are incorporated into a card and already shared here on my blog as the challenge was going on, but most of them not. Below each photo I added link to a published card, if it's already published. For those unfinished and unpublished, I'll update this post and add links after I publish cards/projects. :o)

Here is a day by day preview. :o)

watercolored with Distress Inks on a white watercolor paper

watercolored with Distress Inks on a white watercolor paper

skin and hair coloring
watercolored with Distress Inks on a watercolor paper
partly colored; coloring continued on DAY 22

background coloring
watercolored with Distress Ink on a watercolor paper
partly colored; coloring continued on DAY 7

watercolored with Distress Inks on a Mixed Media paper

fur coloring
watercolored with Distress Inks on a watercolor paper

watercolored with Distress Inks on a watercolor paper
partly colored on DAY 4; coloring continued on DAY 11

coloring on Kraft
colored with TOZ Artist colored pencils and Uniball Signo white on a Kraft Paper

monochrome coloring
watercolored with Distress Ink on a Mixed Media paper

DAY 10
no coloring

watercolored with Distress Inks on a watercolor paper
partly colored on DAY 4 and DAY 7; coloring continued on DAY 12

watercolored with Distress Ink on a watercolor paper
partly colored on DAY 4, DAY 7 and DAY 11

watercolored with Distress Ink on a watercolor paper
partly colored; coloring continued on DAY 13

watercolored with Distress Ink on a watercolor paper
partly colored previous day

monochrome coloring
watercolored with Distress Ink on a Mixed Media paper

DAY 15
no coloring

DAY 16
no coloring

coloring on Kraft
colored with TOZ Artist colored pencils and Uniball Signo white, shaded with Stabilo fine liners
I messed up this one and threw it away.

coloring on Kraft
colored with TOZ Artist colored pencils and Uniball Signo white, shaded with Stabilo fine liners

bubbles
colored with TOZ Artist colored pencils and shaded with Stabilo fine liners, traced circles and drew light reflections with Uniball Signo White

decorated envelopes
colored with Stabilo fine liners, wings coated with Clear Wink of Stella

watercolored with Distress Inks on a watercolor paper

shades
watercolored with Distress Ink on a watercolor paper
partly colored on DAY 3; coloring continued on DAY 28

DAY 23
no coloring

watercolored with Distress Inks on a watercolor paper, drew highlights and dots with Uniball Signo White

watercolored with Distress Inks on a white watercolor paper

DAY 26
no coloring

watercolored with Distress Inks on a white watercolor paper

watercolored with Distress Ink on a watercolor paper
partly colored on DAY 3 and DAY 22; coloring not finished

coloring on Kraft
colored with TOZ Artist colored pencils and Uniball Signo white, shaded with Stabilo fine liners

DAY 30
no coloring


I had so much fun coloring all these images. I'm very happy that I finally pulled out some stamps I have in my stash for a while but never used them. This challenge was, except a super fun and great relaxation after busy day, also a reminder to use all those pretty stamps I have and didn't use them yet.

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


Milka

Friday, February 16, 2018

Singing Squirrel Card

Happy Friday! :o)

Today I want to share with you this CAS (clean and Simple), Singing Squirrel Card that I made last month for a friend crafter. :o)


To make this card, I used stamps from two super cute stamp sets: images from Gerda Steiner Designs 'Happy Fall with Squirrel' stamp set and a sentiment from Jane's Doodles 'Belated Birthday' stamp set.

I stamped a squirrel on a watercolor paper and colored her in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. After drying, I fussy cut the squirrel and traced edges with black marker.


Then I stamped the sentiment and another squirrel on a white cardstock paper panel and colored the squirrel in black. I softened the watercolored squirrel with a stylus ball on a soft working mat and glued her over the black one. Then I stamped music notes on the panel, as the squirrel is singing Happy Birthday to her. :o)

I glued foam tape and foam sheet scraps on the panel and glued the panel on a white top folded card base. Lastly, I glued another white cardstock paper panel inside the card base to make the card sturdier. :o)

Card dimensions: 98 mm x 142 mm (3 7/8" x 5 5/8"")

List of supplies:
    • Gerda Steiner Designs 'Happy Fall with Squirrel' stamp set (images)
    • Jane's Doodles 'Belated Birthday' stamp set (sentiment)
    • white cardstock paper (card base, panels)
    • watercolor paper
    • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
    • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
      • Tea Dye
      • Vintage Photo
      • Walnut Stain
    • Stabilo Fibre Tip Pen (Markers), Black 68/46
    • UHU universal glue
    • 3-D foam sheet scraps, 2 mm thick
    • foam tape, 2 mm thick
    • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
    • bone folder
    • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
    • scissors
    • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. #0
    • stylus ball
    • soft working mat



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


    Milka

    Wednesday, February 14, 2018

    You Make My Life Magical Card (Fairy Tale Challenge #187)


    Hello everyone! :o)


    Yesterday a new challenge started over at Fairy Tale Challenge Blog.

    Our theme for this fortnight is #187, benutze Mini-Stempel / use mini stampsTiny stamps... Love them!! :o) 


    And here is my take on the challenge: You Make My Life Magical Card.


    I made this card for my sweetheart. ♥ I prefer making non traditional Valentine's Day Cards for him. :o)


    How I made the card...

    I used stamps from My Favorite Things 'BB Magical Dragons' stamp set.

    I stamped an adorable small dragon on a watercolor paper and colored him in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. After drying, I fussy cut the dragon, colored the edges with a black marker, softened dragon with a stylus ball and glued him over another dragon I stamped on a white cardstock paper. I fussy cut the dragon again, this time leaving a thin white border around him.


    And then the dragon waited for 28 days to be placed on a card. I tried this and that, but nothing was "right".

    Yesterday, I finally decided and finished the card.

    I heat embossed in white a sentiment on a black cardstock paper, cut out a banner, glued some 3-D foam on it and glued the sentiment on a white top folded card base. I glued 3-D foam on the dragon and placed him to sit on the banner.

    As a finishing touch, I embellished the card with two enamel dots. :o)


    Card dimensions: 89 mm x 121 mm (3 1/2" x 4 3/4")

    List of supplies:
    • My Favorite Things 'BB Magical Dragons' stamp set
    • white cardstock paper
    • black cardstock paper
    • watercolor paper
    • Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
    • Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
    • WOW! Embossing Powder (Opaque Bright White, Regular, WL01R)
    • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks.
      • Salty Ocean
      • Hickory Smoke
    • Stabilo Fibre Tip Pen (Markers), Black 68/46
    • UHU universal glue
    • foam sheet scraps, 1 mm thick
    • 3-D foam squares, 2 mm thick
    • Create a Smile enamel stickers ('Beach Party', 'Snow Dance')
    • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
    • Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
    • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
    • bone folder
    • scissors
    • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no.#0
    • stylus ball
    • soft working mat
    • crafting needle
    • water
    • paper towels
    • powder bag

    And that's my card for our Use Mini Stamps challenge. 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) CASology, Week 287: Together
    Non traditional Valentine's Day card I made for my boyfriend.
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

    2) Craft Stamper Magazine, Take It Make It Challenge, February 2018: Anything Goes
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

    3) Pile It On Challenge, #139 - 3-D Embellishments
    My 3-D embellishments: enamel dots.
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.


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


    Milka

    Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Jane's Doodles Valentine's Day Sale


    Hi everyone! :o)

    Jane has a Valentine's Day Sale and is offering 30% off on all clear stamps and dies!! No code needed. The discount is calculated at the checkout.

    The sale ends on Thursday, February 15th.

    Enjoy and smile! :o)


    Milka

    Saturday, February 10, 2018

    Hand Lettering #12: Personalized Birthday Magnet, Aquarius

    Hello everyone!!! :o)

    Today I want to share with you a hand lettered birthday magnet I made for my friend. :o)


    Last year, during my personal challenge Celebrating 30 Days of Pisces 2017, I hand lettered various samples, this one also.

    I cut 2" diameter circle base from a Canson XL Mixed Media Paper.

    I stamped adorable Aquarius from Mama Elephant 'Cosmic Stars' stamp set on circle base, hand lettered word Aquarius in block letter handwriting style and friend's birthdays with Roman numerals.

    I did same with the Virgo, for my friend's boyfriend, but I have no idea where I put it. It's not in an unfinished projects pile.


    So, my hand lettered Aquarius sample finished in the pile of unfinished projects for almost a year. As my friend's birthday was approaching, it was right time to color it. :o)

    I colored the Aquarius in watercolor technique using Distress Inks and left it dry on air.


    I cut a circle out of a magnet sheet and glued it on the back of the colored circle. I pressed everything with a 32 cm x 32 cm, 1 cm thick glass plate and left it pressed through the night.

    As a finishing touch, I coated Aquarius's outfit with Clear Wink of Stella. :o)

    Dimensions: d = 51 mm (d = 2")
    List of supplies:
    • Mama Elephant 'Cosmic Stars' stamp set
    • Canson XL Mixed Media Paper, 300 g
    • Ranger's Arcihval Ink (Jet Black)
    • TOZ Leonhardy black drawing ink
    • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
      • Peacock Feathers
      • Tea Dye
      • Vintage Photo
      • Walnut Stain
      • Hickory Smoke
    • ZIG Wink of Stella Brush (Gl. Clear 999)
    • UHU universal glue
    • magnet sheet
    • EK Success Circle Cutter
    • dip pen nib (mounted on a paint brush)
    • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
    • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. #0
    • scissors
    • 32 cm x 32 cm x 1 cm glass plate
    • water
    • paper towels


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


    Milka

    Friday, February 9, 2018

    Happy Birthday Card (Jane's Doodles DT Spotlight)


    Hello everyone! :o)

    Today is my turn to be on the spotlight over at Jane's Doodles and I made this CAS (clean and simple), Happy Birthday Card:o)


    To make this card I used stamps from two adorable Jane's Doodles stamp sets: images from 'Smile' stamp set and a sentiment from 'Belated Birthday' stamp set.

     

    I stamped flowers and leaves on a watercolor paper and colored them in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. After drying, I fussy cut flowers and leaves and traced edges with black marker.

    I heat embossed the sentiment in white on a black cardstock paper stripe.

    With all pieces ready, I arranged everything on a white top folded card base and when I liked my arrangement, I glued everything down. I wanted some dimension on my card, so I used 3-D foam to glue flowers and the sentiment on the card base. I glued leaves directly on the card base, but just the bottom part of each leaf and left top parts unglued. I curled a bit each leave and drew white highlights and dots on flowers and leaves to add more interest to my flowery arrangement.

    As a finishing touch, I embellished the card with black enamel dots. :o)


    Card dimensions: 95 mm x 127 mm (3 3/4" x 5")

    List of supplies :
    • Jane's Doodles 'Smile' stamp set (images)
    • Jane's Doodles 'Belated Birthday' stamp set (sentiment)
    • white cardstock paper
    • black cardstock paper
    • watercolor paper
    • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
    • Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
    • WOW! Embossing Powder (Opaque Bright White, Regular, WL01R)
    • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
      • Mustard Seed
      • Twisted Citron
      • Salty Ocean
    • 3-D foam scraps, 1 mm thick
    • UHU universal glue
    • Create a Smile enamel dots 'Neat and Neutral'
    • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
    • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
    • bone folder
    • Ranger Heat It Tool
    • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. #0
    • powder bag
    • crafting needle
    • scissors
    • dry cloth
    • paper towels
    • water



    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) CRAFT-alnica, Izziv/Challenge #204: 5 istih stvari / 5 same things
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.
    I used 5 black enamel dots on my card.

    2) Little Miss Muffet Challenges, Challenge #182 - Anything Goes

    3) Stempelküche, Challenge #87: Embossing - dry or heat
    I heat embossed the sentiment.


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


    Milka
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