Saturday, January 5, 2019

Thyroid Awareness Month Blog Hop (Day 1)

Hello everyone!! :o)

Welcome to a special blog hop: Thyroid Awareness Month Blog Hop. :o)

January is Thyroid Awareness Month.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) marks Thyroid Awareness Month for more than 20 years to raise public awareness of the need for preventive screening and early detection of thyroid disease to avoid unpleasant illnesses and dangerous complications.

I've invited some of my crafty friends whom I admire greatly to hop along with me and we have some prizes to be given away to you. :o)

26 designers (including me) from all over the World gathered in this special blog hop, which will last from January 5th (today) until January 30th. Each day one designer will share a handmade project on her blog (see entire blog hop list below).

The aim of the hop is to support Thyroid Awareness Month and to raise public awareness of the importance of a Thyroid Gland and problems it can cause when not working properly.

"The thyroid gland is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located in the base of the neck just below the Adam's apple. Although relatively small, the thyroid gland plays a huge role in our body, influencing the function of many of the body’s most important organs, including the heart, brain, liver, kidneys and skin. Ensuring that the thyroid gland is healthy and functioning properly is vitally important to the body's overall well-being."

image source: Encyclopædia Britannica, on-line edition, article: Thyroid Gland 

"If your thyroid gland isn't working properly, neither are you."

Find all you need to know about the thyroid over at American Thyroid Association (ATA) official web pages (link on the photo below).

How do you know you have a thyroid problems?
  • Understand how to recognize symptoms and risk factors of thyroid disease.
  • If you are experiencing some of the below symptoms, you should ask a doctor to run blood tests to find out if there is hormone unbalance:
    • PMS
  • There are nearly 300 symptoms related to thyroid dysfunction (Comprehensive list of thyroid symptoms).
  • Ask your doctor for a TSH (thyroid-stimulating hormone) test (a simple blood test to verify your thyroid gland's condition).
  • Ask your doctor for additional thyroid tests (blood tests): T4, T3, free T4 (fT4), free T3 (fT3), TG antibody, TPO antibody are hormones and antibodies that should be checked (from my personal experience).
  • If your hormone and/or antibody levels are not OK, the doctor will probably make an ultrasound of your thyroid and other necessary tests (from my personal experience).
  • Take a minute and perform a self Neck Check.
  • Thyroid disease often runs in families, examinations of your family members and a review of their medical histories may reveal other individuals with thyroid problems.

More educational sources about thyroid here:

I am not a doctor and all shared above is from trusted on-line sources and personal experience. Do not take any steps that might put you or your health in danger prior you consult your doctor.

Theme of our blog hop is THYROID. We will be sharing our handmade projects featuring butterfly, butterflies and/or blue paisley pattern. Thyroid looks like butterfly and blue paisley patterned ribbon is a new symbol of Thyroid Awareness month, so it was our choice to incorporate these elements in our handmade projects.

And here is what I made: Blue Butterfly Card.

To make this card I was inspired with my own card I made last year (CASE). Design is pretty much the same, but there are some differences: sentiment, color scheme and some more. :o) If you like you can find card that inspired me here. :o)

How I made my card...

I die cut a beautiful butterfly in a white cardstock paper panel. Then I stamped a sentiment on the panel and blended Distress Inks on a white cardstock paper piece and created Ombré Effect with various blue DI

I glued the colored piece on a white top folded card base, glued some 3-D foam on the back of the panel and glued the panel on the card base. Lastly I glued some foam on the butterfly die-cut, inserted it in a window and my card was finished. I LOVE how my card turned out. :o)

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

List of supplies:


This blog hop is not sponsored by any artist or company. Instead, there will be couple giveaways on couple blogs along the hop. I won't reveal designers who will have giveaways on their blogs. You'll have to find that by yourself, so be sure to visit each designer to find out if they are offering a prize, details about prizes and how those can be won. :o)


I am giving away Jane's Doodles 'Butterflies' stamp sets to two lucky winners.

One stamp set is kindly provided by Jane Beljo of Jane's Doodles and the other by me. Thank you Jane!!! 

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

2 prizes will be given away to 2 winners on my blog.

For your chance to win, hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop. You will have 30 days to leave comments on all blog hop stops.

After commenting, return back to my blog and add your name to Inlinkz.

Prior you enter the giveaway on my blog, please read giveaway terms, rules and privacy notice shared at the bottom of this post below Inlinkz.

Inlinkz opens on January 30th, 2019, 9:00 PM CET (UTC +1).

Inlinkz closes on February 3rd, 2019, 11:55 PM CET (UTC +1).

Winners’ names will be announced on my blog on Sunday, February 10th, 2019, during the day.

Winners have to confirm prizes by Saturday, February 16th, 2019, 11:59 PM CET (UTC +1)Unconfirmed prizes will be redrawn. 

Read more at the bottom of this post below Inlinkz (giveaway terms, rules and privacy notice).


The hop will last 26 daysEach day one designer will share her handmade project on her blog at 9:00 PM CET (UTC +1).

Update, January 21st, 2019:
Sabrina's blog post is not published on her blog yet. To enter the giveaway you can skip leaving comments on her blog.

Update, January 25th, 2019:
Sabrina didn't create anything for the blog hop. To enter the giveaway on my blog you can skip commenting on her blog.

To make hopping easier for you, I will share each day on my blog a designers name and a direct link to hers blog post, as well to this blog hop post.

Link to this post will be in a right siedbar (Featured Post), until the Blog Hop ends.

Inlinkz will open on the last day of the blog hop and will stay open for four more days, to give you enough time to visit everyone and comment. :o)

I hope you'll enjoy the hop and get inspired. I can't wait to see what everyone created. This will be an exciting month. :o) 

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. 

Happy hopping and good luck to all!!! :o) And don't forget to check your neck!! :o)



Update (February 27th, 2019):
In line with Giveaway Terms and Rules and Privacy Notice (see below) and my Data Protection and Privacy Policy Statement, I've permanently deleted all Inlinkz entries to this giveaway.



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

  • These terms, rules and privacy notice are given in line with my Data Protection and Privacy Policy Statement.
  • These terms, rules and privacy notice are given for a giveaway on my blog. 
  • Terms, rules and other information about giveaways on several participating designers along the hop will be given on their own blogs.
  • All parties joining the hop (designers, commentators, giveaway players etc.) are covered by my Data Protection and Privacy Policy Statement.
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  • No personal data will be used in any other way than to run this Thyroid Awareness Month Blog Hop.

  • To enter the giveaway, you have to hop along blogs of the participating designers and leave comment on each blog hop stop.
  • Each designer will share her handmade project on her blog one day during 26 days of blog hop.
  • After commenting, return back to this blog and add your name to Inlinkz.
  • Update: to enter the giveaway you don't have to leave a comment on Sabrina Lamarina blog, as she didn't create anything for the blog hop.

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  • 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 won't be 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 January 30th, 2019, 9:00 PM CET (UTC +1).
  • Inlinkz closes February 3rd, 2019, 11:55 PM CET (UTC +1).

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  • 2 prizes will be given away to 2 winners on my blog.
  • Prizes can't be exchanged for money.

  • Winners will be randomly picked using from all entries to Inlinkz.
  • Winners' names (they provided) will be announced in winners post here on my blog on Sunday, February 10th, 2019, during the day.
  • Winners have to confirm prizes by Saturday, February 16th, 2019, 11:59 PM CEST (UTC +1).
  • Unconfirmed prizes will be redrawn and new winners' names announced on my blog on February 17th, 2019, during the day.
  • Prizes will be redrawn until both prizes given away.

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  1. Thanks so much for organizing such a wonderful event. Health is definitely a very important concern :) creating awareness about thyroid issues is much needed. I really love your CAS designs & this butterfly card is absolutely gorgeous. Best wishes & a happy new year xx

  2. What a gorgeous card Milka! I have been a fan of your work but I am also amazed at the awareness you create (I remember the Bee hop). We get so busy in our lives and our health takes a toll. Thyroidism hyper or hypo was always associated with women, atleast I thought it was a women's problem till my husband was diagnosed. Thank you for creating awareness about this. It is better to be prepared and have some knowledge, as we tend to be ignorant till it strikes us. May none of us ever need it, but if we ever did, we'll be aware.

  3. What a wonderful way to highlight this issue. Your blue butterfly is beautiful. Hugz

  4. Such an interesting read. I've been tested for thyroid problems a few times. Your card is beautiful, Jo x

  5. What a wonderful blog hop for an important cause!! Your card is simply so elegant!! Thank you for creating this awareness which is much needed!! 💕😍

  6. As always beautiful CAS card, Milka. Let the fun begin !


  7. Very thorough and informative, Milka! Thank you, again, for doing this! I'm glad to be a part of your blog hop for awareness. And I love your sweet CAS butterfly card!! Hugs, Darnell

  8. Such an informative post, Milka! Love your card and your aim behind this blog hop!

  9. I love your CAS butterfly card-so pretty!
    What a fabulous idea for a Blog Hop.
    We do need to pass this information
    to everyone so that they can be aware
    of the symptoms of Thyroid disease.
    I have Thyroid disease and have tried
    to warn my siblings, children and cousins
    so that they know to check for it.

  10. Zelo zanimivo in poučno branje. Ščitnica je res organ, ki se ga vse premalo zavedamo, a lahko nam povzroča velike težave. Hvala za ta blog hop.
    Čudovita metuljčkasta voščilnica. Všeč mi je ombre efekt v ozadju.

  11. I love this butterfly too. When I start edcrafting and cardmaking I used this butterfly in the same way as you ;) Thank you for this blog hop with such a great purpose and all these important information. Take care! <3

  12. Fabulous card, I love how crisp and clean it is. Well done in raising awareness of the thyroid issue!

  13. A stunning CAS card, love it. Thanks for raising awareness about thyroid problems, 3 generations of my family have it, me included.

  14. Thanks for all the great information. And thanks for sharing your beautiful card too!

  15. This is such a beautiful CAS card!! I love the butterfly!

  16. Such a beautiful card, lve the pretty butterfly and background blues.

  17. Milka, čudovito voščilnico si naredila :-))

  18. This is amazing blog hop cause! As I said as person with thyroid problems will support this blog hop.
    Love your card! Its beautiful and elegant! Thank you for sharing

  19. It was very interesting to read all the thyroid facts. Some of the the symptoms surprised me. Thanks for the awareness hop and cteating gorgeous butterfly card.

  20. Such a wonderful blog hop Milka. So informative..Even I believe we should be aware before hand...In my family My co-sisters are diagnosed with same which really made me get it done for me too ...Really Proud of all your informative initiatives ..And your card is just awesome..Hugsxx Deepti

  21. How interesting. I have afew friends with this problem but never really knew much about it so thanks for sharing!

  22. Awesome blog hop...I am so glad that I am a part of it...thank you for that my friend...and your card is gorgeous CAS card,love it xx

  23. Oh I love these awareness hops you do,I am recently diagnosed with Thyroid and really didn't know so much...this hop will be close to my heart...would love to help creating awareness about this..Your card is beautiful,Hugs Anushree

  24. Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing the information!

  25. A fabulous card and a great way to raise awareness.
    Kath x

  26. Thank you for bringing attention to this disease. I was diagnosed 45 years ago when I was pregnant and was prescribed medication at that time. To this day Armour Thyroid is the only medication I take. Your card is lovely and how appropriate to have chosen a butterfly.

  27. Beautiful butterfly card and thanks for so much information about the thyroid.

  28. Simply beautiful butterfly card, Milka. TFS all the very informative thyroid information. I luckily have a healthy thyroid. Hugs..Nancy

  29. So very informative, Milka ~ Thank you! You Butterfly card beautiful~love the CAS design!

  30. Gorgeous card, love the ombre blues in your butterfly, and thankyou for raising awareness on this serious health issue, Cathy x

  31. Thank you for the information! What a lovely card!

  32. Fabulous reason for
    a hop. I love your
    popped up butterfly.
    I have had half of
    my thyroid taken out
    so know all about
    Carla from Utah

  33. Beautiful butterfly card! Thank you for all the info on the thyroid. Great way to raise awareness through your hop!

  34. Beautiful creation Milka. Love the dreamy ink work and that lovely 'pop up' butterly design. So effective and so beautiful. Hugs, Wends xoxo

  35. Thank you for bringing attention to this disease and for raising awareness about thyroid problems!!! This is a great hop!!!
    Adorable butterfly card!!!



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