Sunday, May 20, 2018

To Bee or Not To Bee Blog Hop



Hello everyone!! :o)

Welcome to a special annual blog hop supporting bees, To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop. :o)

I've invited some of my crafty friends whom I admire greatly to hop along with me, and I have some amazing sponsors lined up with gifts to give away to You! :o)


Aim of the hop is to support bees and bees protectionto raise public awareness of the importance of bees and beekeeping and benefits of using apicultural products for our health.

This year we are also celebrating 1st World Bee Day.

Since our last year's hop one important change happened: on December 20th, 2017, United Nations (UN) officially proclaimed May 20th World Bee Day. :o)


Bees and other pollinators are very important for ensuring food quality, as well as preserving the entire ecosystem and natural biodiversity. Bees provide a wide range of benefits to humans from pollination of food crops and apicultural products. 

Honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly, venom and beeswax are very valuable apicultural products with wide range of benefits for human health. Find out more: UN FAO, Bee products: providing nutrition and generating income - Honeybees, beekeeping and bee products in our daily lives.




Find out more about World Bee Day, key milestones in the proclamation of World Bee Day, interesting facts about bees, pollinators, apiculture, what each individual can do for bees etc. in a World Bee Day Organization's Interactive brochure about World Bee Day.


What can we do to protect bees and other pollinators...
  • "Care for the environment and avoid harming it.
  • Plant a variety of nectar-bearing plants and native species that bloom form spring to autumn to provide food for pollinators.
  • Provide a welcoming environment for solitary bees and other pollinators with a feeder hut/shelter.
  • Mow lawn less often and when bees are not present (i.e. early morning or late afternoon).
  • Seek out local beekeepers and support them by buying bee products.
  • Educate our community about the importance of bees and encourage pollinator-friendly campaigns and events."


Illustrator: Hannah Rosengren Moran


And now some cards. :o)

For today's hop I've created three BEE themed cards. I went with CAS (clean and simple) design and same color scheme on all my cards.



Here is my first card, Bee Yourself Card.


For my card I used beautiful Uniko 'Bee Happy' clear stamp set, released earlier this month. I received the set form Bev, who is joining the hop 2nd year in a row as a designer collaborator and sponsor. Thank you!! 

I stamped a bee on a white watercolor paper and colored it in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. I fussy cut the bee and traced edges with black marker. Then I heat embossed in white a hexagon patterned heart. I stamped another heart on a scrap paper and cut it out carefully. I used negative part as a stencil. I placed my handmade stencil on the panel and blended the embossed heart with Distress Inks. I splattered the heart with water and repeated the process until I was satisfied (splatters aren't visible at the end at all). I stamped a word 'bee' directly on the panel (oh what a gorgeous script) and heat embossed in white word 'yourself' on a piece of a black cardstock paper. I stamped bee one more time on the panel and colored it in black. With all parts ready, I assembled the card. I glued the panel on a black top folded card base, glued the colored bee over the 'black' one, but left wings unglued, and glued word 'yourself' on the card using foam tape. As a finishing touch, I coated the heart and bee with Clear Wink of Stella. :o)



My second card is this Life is the Flower Card.


For my card I used beautiful Power Poppy 'Asters Abuzz' digital stamp I received from an owner, Marcella, to thank me for organizing the hop. How sweet. Thank you!! 

I made a layout on my computer. I love the sentiment and wanted it to dominate the card. I offset the image and used only one tiny piece of it on my card. I printed the layout on a white cardstock paper panel and colored the image using Distress Inks, colored pencils and fine liners. After coloring, I glued the panel on a black top folded card base. As a finishing touch, I coated daisy's disc flower and pollen on bee's legs with the Clear Wink of Stella. :o)



My third and last card for today is this Hello Bee Card.


For my card I used stamps from two Jane's Doodles stamp sets: super cute bee from 'Garden Friends' and sentiment from 'Coffee Time'. This tiny bee makes me laugh every time I see it. Look at that smile. LOL :o)

I stamped the sentiment and seven bees on a white cardsotck paper panel. I colored bees' wings with grey fine liner and the Clear Wink of Stella. I colored rest of bees in black. I stamped seven more bees on a watercolor paper, colored them in watercolor technique using Distress Inks, fussy cut them and traced edges with black maker. I glued the panel on a black top folded card base and glued fussy cut bees over "black bees" on the panel. Few I glued directly on the panel and few using 3-D foam. As a finishing touch, I coated yellow parts with the Clear Wink of Stella. :o)



These would be all my cards for today. You can find detailed supply list and cards measurements at the bottom of this post. :o)



GIVEAWAY

Fantastic artists, designers, companies and retail shops are supporting the blog hop with incredible generosity.

These are the prizes they have sponsored:



Thank you sponsors!! 


I'm also giving away Jane’s Doodles ‘Garden Friends’ stamp set to two lucky winners.



Giveaway is opened Worldwide (+18), except for minors.

18 prizes will be given away to 18 winners.

For your chance to win, hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop

After commenting, return back to my blog and add your name to Inlinkz, but prior you do, please read giveaway terms, rules and privacy notice shared at the bottom of this post below Inlinkz.

Giveaway (Inlinkz) closes tomorrow, May 21st, 2018, 11:00 PM CEST (UTC +2). Winners’ names will be announced on my blog next day. Winners have to confirm prizes by Saturday, May 26th, 2018, 11:59 PM CEST (UTC +2)Unconfirmed prizes will be redrawn. Read more at the bottom of this post below Inlinkz (giveaway terms, rules and privacy notice).


FREEBIE

Barbara from Little Miss Muffet Stamps, is also offering a freebie for next 36 hours, as long the giveaway is open. It’s adorable ‘Polka Dot Pals Xara’ digital image. :o)



Now I'm sending you off to hop. Thanks to all amazing Ladies who have joined me in this hop, for your tremendous help and support. This couldn't be done without you. 



Update: Zrinka's blog post is not published on her blog yet. To enter the giveaway you can skip leaving comments on her blog.


I hope you'll enjoy the hop. I can't wait to see what everyone created. :o)

Bee happy!!! :o)


Milka


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By entering this giveaway you are confirming that you have read these terms, rules and privacy notice and you accept the same.


  • To enter the giveaway, you have to hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop.
  • Skip commenting on Zrinka's blog, as her post is not published yet.
  • After commenting, return back to this blog and add your name to Inlinkz.

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  • If any technical difficulty occurs you should contact me.

  • Only one entry per person!
  • Double entries will be removed.
  • Entries who don't leave comment on each blog hop stop will be removed and not entered to the random draw.
  • If you entered your name to the Inlinkz and changed your mind, you can remove your entry by yourself, as the Inlinkz provides that option. If any technical difficulty occurs you should contact me and I'll delete your link through my Inlinkz account or contact Inlinkz by yourself.

  • Inlinkz opens May 20th, 2018, 11:00 AM CEST (UTC +2).
  • Inlinkz closes May 21st, 2018, 11:00 PM CEST (UTC +2).

  • I will permanently delete all Inlinkz entries from this posts latest one month after the giveaway is closed and winner's names announced.
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  • 18 prizes will be given away to 18 winners.
  • Prizes can't be exchanged for money.

  • Winners will be randomly picked using Random.org from all entries to Inlinkz.
  • Winners' names (they provided) will be announced in winners post here on my blog on May 22nd, 2018, during the day.
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  • Prizes will be redrawn until all prizes given away.

  • After winners' names announced here on my blog, winners have to contact me via e-mail to arrange prize delivery details.
  • Winners can't confirm their prizes by contacting sponsor prior they contact me.
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List of supplies

Bee Yourself Card
  • Uniko 'Bee Happy' clear stamp set
  • black cardstock paper
  • white 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
    • Fossilized Amber
    • Hickory Smoke
    • Stabilo Fiber Tip Pen (marker), Black 68/46
    • ZIG Wink of Stella (Gl. Clear 999)
    • foam tape, 1 mm thick
    • UHU universal glue
    • double sided strong adhesive tape
    • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
    • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
    • bone folder
    • Marabu rounded fine paint brush no. #0
    • Ranger Heat It Tool
    • Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
    • scissors
    • paper towels
    • water
    • powder bag
    • paper scraps (for stencil)

    Card measurements: 96 mm x 127 mm (3 3/4" x 5 1/4")



    Life is the Flower Card
    • Power Poppy 'Asters Abuzz' digital stamp set
    • black cardstock paper
    • white cardstock paper
    • TOZ Artistcolor Colored Pencils:
      • dark yellow
      • orange
      • light green
      • dark green
      • dark brown
    • Stabilo Colored Pencil, dark grey
    • TOZ Fantasy Colored Pencil, light grey
    • Stabilo Fine Liners, fine 0.4:
      • yellow 88/44
      • orange 88/54
      • dark brown 88/45
      • light grey 88/94
    • ZIG Wink of Stella (Gl. Clear 999)
    • double sided strong adhesive tape
    • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
    • Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
    • printer
    • bone folder
    • scissors
    • paper scraps (for masking)


    Card measurements: 96 mm x 127 mm (3 3/4" x 5")


    Life is the Flower Card

    • Jane's Doodles 'Garden Friends' stamp set
    • Jane's Doodles 'Coffee Time' stamp set (sentiment)
    • black cardstock paper
    • white cardstock paper
    • watercolor paper
    • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
    • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
      • Mustard Seed
      • Fossilized Amber
      • Walnut Stain
        • Stabilo Fiber Tip Pen (marker), Black 68/46
        • Stabilo Fine Liner, fine 0.4, Grey 88/94
        • ZIG Wink of Stella (Gl. Clear 999)
        • foam tape, 1 mm thick
        • UHU universal glue
        • double sided strong adhesive tape
        • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
        • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
        • bone folder
        • Marabu rounded fine paint brush no. #0
        • Ranger Heat It Tool
        • Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
        • scissors
        • paper towels
        • water
        • powder bag
        Card measurements: 96 mm x 127 mm (3 3/4" x 5")

        Friday, May 18, 2018

        Tiger Lilies Card (Jane's Doodles DT Spotlight)


        Hi everyone! :o)

        On Tuesday, May 15th, was my turn to be on the spotlight over at Jane's Doodles and I made this Tiger Lilies Card:o)


        This card is a CASE of a card I made for my mom and shared it two weeks ago (find it here). I went with same design, layout and used same stamps, but went with different color scheme and used different techniques and mediums for coloring. :o)

        Mom, for whom I created this card, loves orange color. I immediately knew I should go with Tiger Lilies. Gorgeous flower! :o)


        How I made the card...

        For my card I used stamps from two GORGEOUS Jane's Doodles stamp sets: Lily and Mother's Day.

         

        With some masking, I stamped lilies directly on a white top folded card base.

        I colored lilies with various coloring mediums. First I blended Distress Ink. I used negative part of masks to protect white background and ink blended lilies. I splattered lilies with water, dried them and repeated the process one more time.

        I removed masks, added extra shades on lilies and colored green parts with colored pencils and fine liners. Dimension was missing, so I colored shades using grey colored pencil.

        Then I heat embossed in black word ‘Mama’, which is Croatian for mom.


        Lastly, I drew brown dots on lilies using fine liner and added some white highlights with white gel pen and the card was finished. :o)



        Card dimensions: 95 mm x  133 mm (3 3/4" x 5 1/4")

        List of supplies:
        • Jane's Doodles 'Lily' stamp set
        • Jane's Doodles 'Mother's Day' stamp set
        • white cardstock paper
        • white paper (for masks)
        • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
        • WOW! Embossing Powder (Primary Ebony, Regular, WH00R)
        • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
          • Mustard Seed
          • Spiced Marmalade
          • Hickory Smoke
        • TOZ Artist Color colored pencils
          • orange
          • light green
          • dark green
        • Stabilo Fine Liners, fine 0.4:
          • orange 88/54
          • green 88/36
          • light brown 88/89
          • dark brown 88/45
          • grey 88/94
        • Stabilo colored pencil, grey 979/726
        • Staedtler Noris Club colored pencil, grey 144
        • Uniball Signo White Pigment Ink
        • eraser
        • Fiskars High Precission Personal Paper Trimmer
        • bone folder
        • Ranger Heat It Tool
        • Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tool
        • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
        • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. #0
        • scissors
        • water
        • paper towels
        • powder bag
        • dry cloth



        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 Stamper MagazineTake It Make It Challenge, May Anything Goes
        This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

        2) Happy Little Stampers, CAS Challenge, May 2018: One Layer
        This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

        3) Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday, April 2018: Mama, Mom, Mother...
        This is my 2nd entry to this challenge.


        At the end of this post...

        This Sunday, May 20th, is a World Bee Day. I'm hosting an annual To Bee or Not To Bee Blog Hop. Join me and amazing artists around the World to celebrate 1st World Bee Day and to support bees and bees' protection.

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


        Milka

        Saturday, May 12, 2018

        Announcement: To Bee or Not to Bee Blog Hop


        Hi everyone!

        Next Sunday, May 20th, is a World Bee Day.

        I'm hosting an annual To Bee or Not To Bee Blog Hop. Big and important change since last year is that United Nations (UN) officially declared May 20th a World Bee Day. Wohooo!!!

        Mark your calendars and join me and amazing artists around the World to celebrate 1st World Bee Day and to support bees and bees' protection.

        If you like, you can see last year's hop here.

        If you like, share your thoughts on bees, links to your bee themed projects, gardens, bee photos... below in a comment section of this post. I would love to hear/see how you support bees. :o)


        Illustrator: Hannah Rosengren Moran


        Bee happy, bee smart, protect bees!!!  

        Milka


        IMPORTANT!
        Do not download, copy, share, print etc. images shared in this post from my blog! Visit the original source and see how to use them.
        I'm sharing the World Bee Day logo by a written approval of Slovenian Government and in line with Instructions to use.
        I'm sharing the bee poster by a written approval of Hannah Rosengren Moran.
        Support artists, respect their work and give them credits, it's the least anyone can do.

        Friday, May 11, 2018

        Updates and changes on my blog - PLEASE READ

        Hi everyone!

        In line with EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) I've added a new page to my blog: Data Protection and Privacy Policy Statement. Please read it.


        I've updated my Contact me page.

        All my posts containing information about changes on my blog are and will be labeled as Important Notifications. They can be easily tracked on a link I created: Important Notifications.

        You can easily find links to all my mentioned pages here on my blog (on top of the left sidebar).




        Other changes on my blog...

        In line with my Data Protection and Privacy Policy Statement, I've permanently deleted giveaways and blog hops winners' names from the past winners' posts, as well as any comment left on any winners' post that might reveal who the winner was. Blog posts are not deleted, just winner's names (posts labeled: winners and updated posts). No data is stored neither shared with any other party.

        I'm deleting all replies I left on any comment on my blog where I mentioned name or a nickname of a commentator. As I replied to every single comment left on my blog since started blogging, this will take me quite time and expect to finish it by the end of next month. I would edit my own comments, but that is not possible to do in Blogger, so I have to delete them.

        In the future I won't be using any names or nicknames in my comment reply. I don't want to be rude to you, it is to make my life easier if you decide you want your comments from my blog deleted. :o)

        If you notice I missed deleting any name in comment section anywhere on my blog or giveaway and blog hops blog posts, please contact me, it will be very much appreciated. :o)




        I'm calling all I Love Math Challenge Players to read my Data Protection and Privacy Policy Statement and to contact me ASAP if:
        • you want your entry to be deleted from the past challenges here on my blog (entry to an Inlinkz)
        • your project was featured as one of TOP 4 in winners' posts or you were randomly picked as a winner and you want your data (name, link to blog, photo of project) to be erased from winners' posts here on my blog
        • you were featured here on my blog as a Guest Designer or a Designer Collaborator and you want your data (photo, projects, link to blog etc.) to be erased from my blog

        If I don't hear from any of you, I will assume you read this notice and don't want your data to be deleted. Do have in mind, these can be done any time you want, just let me know. This notice will be also added to my challenge page.

        All post regarding to I Love Math Challenge on this blog are labeled as I Love Math Challenge and can be found also on a challenge page.


        If you have any questions or concerns, or need help finding a specific blog post here on my blog, feel free to contact me via e-mail provided here on my blog. Please do not share my e-mail with anyone, instead refer that other person to my blog.


        Thank you for your attention. Enjoy and smile!! :o)

        Milka

        Thursday, May 10, 2018

        Jane's Doodles Mother's Day Sale


        Hi everyone! :o)

        Jane has a Mother's Day sale and is offering 30% off on entire store. No code needed. The discount is calculated at the checkout. For more information, jump over to Jane's Doodles Blog.


        Enjoy and smile! :o)


        Milka

        Friday, May 4, 2018

        Card and Tag for my Mom (Paru's Card Making Challenges May 2018 GDT)


        Happy Friday! :o)

        I was delighted to be asked to be a Guest Designer at Paru's Card Making Challenges for this month, after I won in her March 2018 challenge. :o)

        Theme for this month is Mother's Day. Wonderful theme!!


        And here is my take on the challenge: Card and Tag for my Mom. :o)


        I’ll send these to her as soon as possible to receive them prior Mother’s  Day, which is annually held here in Croatia on the second Sunday of May, as in the most parts of the World.


        How I made my card and tag...

        To make these two, I used stamps from two Jane's Doodles stamp sets: 'Lily' and 'Mother's Day'.

        With some masking, I stamped lilies on a watercolor paper panel and colored them in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. After drying, I added some shades onto petals with colored pencils. 

        Then I heat embossed in black word ‘Mama’, which is Croatian for mom.

        I glued the panel on a card base, added some white dots and highlights with white gel pen and my card was finished. :o)



        Next up was the tag. I don’t make tags often, so this was quite a challenge for me. The simplest way to deal with this challenge was to go with same design as on the card. I did everything same as on the  card, just skipped heat embossing.

        After coloring and drying, I cut the tag shape on my die-cutting machine, punched a hole in a tag, added some ribbon and my tag was finished. :o)


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

        Tag dimensions: 36 mm x 59 mm (1 7/16" x 2 5/16")

        List of supplies:
        • Jane's Doodles 'Lily' stamp set
        • Jane's Doodles 'Mother's Day' stamp set
        • white cardstock paper
        • watercolor paper
        • white paper (for masks)
        • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
        • WOW! Embossing Powder (Primary Ebony, Regular, WH00R)
        • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
          • Mustard Seed
          • Blueprint Sketch
          • Hickory Smoke
        • TOZ Artist Color colored pencils
          • dark yellow
          • light green
          • dark green
          • dark blue
        • Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth Mondeluz aquarel colored pencils 3710
          • light green 25
          • dark green 26
        • Uniball Signo White Pigment Ink
        • blue satin ribbon
        • white thread
        • UHU liquid glue
        • Fiskars High Precission Personal Paper Trimmer
        • bone folder
        • Sizzix Big Shot
        • Sizzix tag/label shape thinlits die
        • Ranger Heat It Tool
        • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
        • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. #0
        • scissors
        • water
        • paper towels
        • powder bag
        • dry cloth

        I hope you'll like my Mother's Day projects and got inspired. Stop by the Paru's Card Making Challenge Blog  and see GORGEOUS cards Paru made for this challengeDo join us, we can't wait to see your creations. There are also amazing prizes to be won. Find all the details over at Paru's. :o)

        Thank you so much for having me as Guest Designer this month, Paru. It was a great pleasure to collaborate with you. 



        I'm linking my card and tag to a challenge:

        Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday, April 2018: Mama, Mom, Mother...


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


        Milka
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