Monday, May 20, 2019

To Bee or Not To Bee Blog Hop

Hello everyone!!! :o)

Welcome to a special annual blog hop supporting bees, 3rd 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 celebrate 2nd World Bee Day, 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.

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 and 
Brochure Why bees matters - Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

For today's hop I've created this CAS (clean and simple), Happy Bee Day Card. :o)

For my card I used adorable Purple Onion Designs, Stacey Yacula Studio 'Bee Mine' stamp. For the sentiment I used Uniko 'Bee Happy' clear stamp set, released last year. I received the set form Bev, the owner of Uniko, to use it in 2018 year's blog hop. Thank you!! 

I went with paper piecing technique on my card. I stamped the sentiment and bees on a white cardsotck paper panel. I colored bees with a grey marker. I stamped bees three more times on a watercolor paper, colored parts I needed in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. After drying, I fussy cut pieces I needed, traced edges with black maker and softened pieces a bit with a stylus ball.

Here is a photo of all parts I needed for paper piecing. :o)

Lastly, I glued the panel on a black top folded card base and glued each piece on it's place, directly on the card. :o)

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

List of supplies:
  • Purple Onion Designs, Stacey Yacula Studio 'Bee Mine' rubber stamp
  • Uniko 'Bee Happy' clear stamp set
  • black cardstock paper
  • white cardstock paper
  • watercolor paper
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Mustard Seed
    • Fossilized Amber
    • Festive Berries
    • Ground Espresso
    • Hickory Smoke
      • Stabilo Fiber Tip Pens (markers): 
        • Black 68/46
        • Light Grey 68/
      • UHU liquid glue
      • gloss resin super clear
      • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
      • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
      • bone folder
      • Marabu rounded fine paint brush no. #0
      • scissors
      • paper towels
      • water
      • stylus ball
      • soft working mat

      I love how my card turned out!!! :o)


      Fantastic artists, designers and companies 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 ‘Daisies’ stamp set to one lucky winner.

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

      19 prizes will be given away to 19 winners.

      For your chance to win, hop along blogs of the participating designers and sponsors listed in blog hop list and leave comment on each blog hop stop (21 blogs).

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

      Giveaway (Inlinkz) opens nowMay 20th, 2019, 3:00 PM CEST (UTC +2).
      Giveaway (Inlinkz) closes on May 31st, 2019, 11:59 PM CEST (UTC +2).

      Winners’ names will be announced on my blog on June 3rd, 2019, during the day.

      Winners have to confirm prizes by Saturday, June 8th, 2019, 11:59 PM CEST (UTC +2)Unconfirmed prizes will be redrawn. Read more at the bottom of this post above Inlinkz (giveaway terms, rules and privacy notice).

      There will be couple additional giveaways along the hop, as well as mini blog hops inside this blog hop. Details about additional prizes and giveaway rules can be found on blogs that offer additional prizes. :o)

      Important note: 

      To enter the giveaway on this blog, you have to comment only on blogs listed in blog hop list shared below. No projects are required to be entered. If you have any technical issues and difficulties when adding your name to InLinkz, please contact me.


      Here is a full list of designers and sponsors participating in today's blog hop.

      Blog hop list:
      1. Milka Gubo (you are here)
      2. Alexandra Suta
      3. Alice Huang
      4. Amy Tsuruta
      5. Donna Mikasa         
      6. Kathy Curry
      7. LarissaWalgemoed              
      8. Neha Bhatt
      9. Nonni Niskanen
      10. Samantha Mann
      11. Sonja Kerkhoffs
      12. Tina Pavlovic (link updated)                           
      13. ValentinaBizjak
      14. Gerda SteinerDesigns (sponsor)
      15. Honey BeeStamps (sponsor)
      16. Lawn Fawn (sponsor)
      17. Newton’s NookDesigns (sponsor)
      18. Paper Smooches (sponsor)
      19. Pretty Pink Posh (sponsor)
      20. Uniko (sponsor)
      21. Your Next Stamp (sponsor)
      Milka Gubo (InLinkz – return after commenting and add your name to InLinkz)

      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. 

      Important note: 
      We had last minute step out from the blog hop. Some of the blog participants listed above probably didn't manage to update their post yet, so please follow the blog hop list here on my blog.


      I would also like to thank our sponsors' Design Team members who are representing sponsors and joining our blog hop today:

      Thank you all so much!! 

      Important note: 
      To enter the giveaway on this blog, you are not required to comment on sponsors' Design Team blogs listed above, but it would be super nice to leave some love on their blogs too. :o)

      Update (May 20th, 2019):
      I've added direct hyperlinks to the list above (sponsors' DT members).


      Find us on social medias. Share your bee themed projects with us. :o)

      These are the hashtags to add to your posts on social medias, so we can visit and hit that button like (heart):

      And that would be all from me for today. I hope you'll enjoy the hop. I can't wait to see what everyone created. :o)

      Link to this blog hop post will be added into a right sidebar, until the blog hop ends, ie. giveaway (InLinkz) closes.

      Bee happy!!! :o)




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      1. I like how you pieced the bees together. Thanks for the inspiration.

      2. Your card is so adorable! :) I love those bee stamps. I may have to get them.

      3. This is a wonderful cause! And your CAS bee card is so cute and darling :)

      4. What a wonderful project to organize for the bees. It has increased my awareness so that I will spread the word & plant some bee attracting plants!

      5. Sweet bee card. I like the paper piecing. We have two bee hives in our yard.

      6. Such a sweet card and an awesome cause! I love this!!!

      7. I love your Clean And Simple card! Very cute!

      8. Plenty bees in my garden this year I am happy to say. I don't use pesticides. Better for me and the bees. Love your CAS card Milka. Bzzzzzzzzzz. HUgz

      9. I really appreciate the effort you put into spreading the awareness about bees and our nature. Hats off to you. Your card is fabulous.

      10. thanks for sharing this super card - so sweet:)

      11. Fantastic cause and your CAS card is it:)Thanks for the inspiration...hugs Željka xx

      12. Your Happy Bee Day card is so lovely with the bees being totally the focal point among all the white. I've lots of friends that have farms and have put forth great action against pesticide use so bees con have healthy, safe places to live and gather nectar all the while, pollinating. I very much appreciate your going world-wide with this message... thank you.

      13. I left comments all the links except who doesn't have a post up yet! I linked to my blog to enter, and hope I did it right!
        Thanks for a great blog hop with inspiration, fantastic prizes, and most of all a great cause!

      14. Gorgeous card Milka, love these sweet bees! xxx

      15. Grey bees, yellow doesn't matter. We just NEED the bees. A cute card for sure. 


      16. What a nature conscious idea---cute card too!!

      17. This is BEE-utiful! I love the CAS design! What cuties! Thank you for this wonderful hop and bringing awareness to the cause!

      18. Thank you for sharing. May I ask why you colored the bees gray. Love the card.

        1. Thank you. :o)
          When paper piecing, I color image (or part of it) with grey or black marker. I do that to all image parts that will be covered, ie. another image (or part of it) will be glued over it.
          I also trace edges with black marker.
          I do that to hide any white space, if I don't perfectly glue piece over another piece or I curl an image a bit (using a stylus ball).
          I hope this makes sense. :o)

      19. Thanks for bringing more attention to the importance of bees. these bee images are so so cute.

      20. I love your CAS Bee Card-so adorable!
        Thanks for organizing this Hop. I am
        very worried about the declining bee population.
        We have planted some bee-attracting plants/flowers in our yard.

      21. What a great way to create awareness for honey bees. I am fascinated by them. Your clean and simple bee card is so cute. I love how you paper pieced the bees.

      22. BEEEutiful card! Love this hop and such a worthy cause!

      23. This is the coolest thing! I’m excited to be a part of it 🏛🐝

      24. Your sweet card is simply the best!!! I have a friend how have bee hive in his backyard, not one, but five! Big bees fan!

      25. Adorable card! And thank you for calling our attention to this important cause!

      26. I like the idea of piecing your bees together. I've never thought to do that. TFS such a cute card!

      27. Thanks for organizing this great hop to raise awareness and inspire my card making! I'm enjoying all the stops!

      28. Thanks so much for sponsoring this blog hop! It is such a great cause. My grandpa was a beekeeper so I know how important they are! I have also enjoyed "traveling around the world" by visitng the various blogs. Great cards and projects from everyone!

      29. Love these cute bees and the fun sentiment on your card! Happy World Bee Day!

      30. Such a fabulous card to celebrate an amazing bug!! Thanks for sh3, now off to hop!

      31. The paper piecing looks very interesting. I may need to try it. Thanks for the idea.

      32. Great cause to bring attention to, and what cute little bees these are!

      33. Hvala, da si se spet potrudila s tem blog hopom za naše čebele. Super objava in prekrasna simpatična voščilnica.

      34. Thanks for organizing and sharing your work with us.

      35. What an adorable CAS card, I love it! Thanks for organising this fun hop again!

      36. Milka, Thank you again for the invite and for the fabulous blog hop. Your card is beautiful!

      37. Those bees are sweeeeeet! I am planting my gardens this weekend, I have lots of pollinating flowers that come back every year too! Off to HOP!

      38. As a beekeeper, I'm lovin' all the Bee Love!

      39. I love blog hops because they inspire me to create! Thank you for sharing your beautiful creations.


      41. I love blog hops because they inspire me to create. Thank you for such a fun hope; I enjoyed seeing all of the amazing creations.

      42. This is a great Hop and an important message to get out there!! Plus Bees Rock!!!

      43. Love this bee or not to bee hop, so fun and inspiration.

      44. Loved seeing your sweet CAS card and how you pieced those bee's. So cute!

      45. LOVE this card - these bees are soooo cute!

      46. I love your card and that you are doing this to bring attention to our wonderful bees! Stacey's stamps are just so adorable, and I love how you have used them here. :)

      47. This is so adorable!!! I love these cute little bees and the fabulous paper piecing! Thanks for the chance to win such amazing prizes!!

      48. Thank you for doing this, I love my bees, and all of my pollinators. Getting ready to plant my pollinator garden here in Michigan soon!

      49. Thank you for sharing information on this wonderful cause and organizing the fun blog hop! I just love your card. Those little bees are so adorable, and the added hearts are so sweet. :)

      50. What a wonderful way to spread awareness.. I really love your cute bee card and the way you have done paper piecing.. Hugsxx

      51. Well done Milka!! You managed a fabulous hop!!! :D Thanks so much for all the shared informations and infographics about this cause!!! People has to know how important are bees for all the world!
        You CAS is just delicious and your hand-cutting skills are amazing :)

      52. I love your clean and simple card. Thanks for helping bring awareness for the bees. There is a great post o see often where someone spray painted a wall mural and it has a picture of a bee flying around and the quote is “when we die, we are taking you all with us”. It is a very good point to also and I love the idea.

      53. Cute card....I love how you used the vellum on your bees. Thank you too for helping with "bee awareness" which is very important.

      54. Great cause and thank you for this hop... I live in farm country and we love our bee community very much. They are great providers to our world.

      55. LOVE LOVE LOVE the Card you create!! THANKS for the AWESOME Blog Hop and for raising awareness!! WE NEED the BEES!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!!

      56. AWESOME creation! Awesome inspiration all along the BEE’S KNEES HOP! I commented on all that linked. My husband & I host 60 to 80 bee hives on our 5 acre place for the summer (to get them out of the heat) for a bee keeper from California after they are through pollinating the orange and nut orchards.
        I posted on my blog about your hop here:

      57. Awesome card! Awesome cause and blog hop! I loved every stop. I posted on my blog about your hop.

      58. Love the card, thanks for sharing your technique!

      59. Such a gorgeous card.
        Thanks for arranging such a fabulous hop with such wonderful and cute creations for a very important cause. Thank you to all the wonderful sponsors and their DTs too.

      60. I love this idea for a blog hop. Bees are so vital. I want to start a blog, but I have to come up with a name.

      61. I am so glad you are supporting the bees. They need our help to help us. Cute card!

      62. Super cute card, love how you paper pieced those sweet little bees.
        Crafty hugs, Eva Scraps

      63. I love this idea for a blog hop. Bees and other pollinators are responsible for a good portion of the food we eat.

      64. Milka, just a reading through the information shared, makes me think of how can I contribute. I have taken a screenshot of the plants I can grow in my balcony, one more reason to plant tomatoes ;) You do this hop so diligently, I am so inspired and happy that a change has been ushered, atleast amongst us crafters. Thank you for arranging this hop. Third year for me too, thanking bees for keeping us alive. Your card is a stunner, I loooove your CAS style and the paper piecing, ooh lala!

      65. Hi dear Milka, this is one of sweetest blog hop ever!
        Bees are so vital! Thanks for raising awareness for this special cause!
        Thanks for this chance to win awesome prizes!
        Love your CAS bee card! Simply adorable!!!

      66. Love the bee theme. I have loved bees since I was a tiny girl. Love the card...

      67. I completely adore how you arranging everything.I do support the whole cause and will try my best to spread awareness regarding this .Loved your card and those bees are cute.Thanks again

      68. Thank you for sharing these informations about bees.
        This is grea blog hop!
        Your card is super sweet!
        Love it!

      69. What a cute bee card! Thank you for the information on bees!

      70. Lovely CAS style on your sweet card. Thanks for organising this hop and sharing so much about bees.

      71. Love the card! What a great idea for a blog hop, a much needed cause.

      72. Such a informative post, loved knowing more about bees.
        Such a cute card, love it.

      73. What an adorable card, thanks for the inspiration and I love that you’re spreading awareness in regards to bees.

      74. Wow! I did not know some of those facts about bees! Fascinating!
        LOVE your card! Those bee stamps are just adorable!

      75. That's a wonderful and a cute card. Love how you gave dedpth to the caard using the image pieces.

      76. These bees are so adorable that they need nothing else. A CAS is perfect!

      77. The bees are really cute and love your card.

      78. The bees are really cute and I love your CAS card.

      79. Dear Milka
        thanks for educating me on bees. I knew they were useful but not to this extent. Your CAS card is really adorable love it so much. Tc Love and hugs

      80. such adorable bees! thank you for the blog hop

      81. Did you know that the World Bee Day is celebrated at the initiative of Slovenia. Date is the birthday of Anton Janša, the pioneer of beekeeping.

        Love this blog hope. You made fantastic card.

      82. I really liked the two cute bees on your card! Such an attention grabber! I think it is bee-utiful card and thanks for the info on bees. Gotta get some plant for more pollination options!

      83. Your card is adorable! I'm so glad that you are having this blog hop. I'm positive that Unpasteurized honey has changed my life. I used to work with a lady who raised bees. She brought me in some of the honey to taste and I was hooked. I started using 1 to 2 teaspoons a day in my tea. After 2 months, I began to see the real health benefits. I was taking off my high blood pressure pills and no longer require them. As well, my doctor couldn't believe my cholesterol results. The bad cholesterol was almost completely gone after I started using the unpasteurized honey. We have lots of plants in our yard now to help them pollinate.

      84. The bees don't need a fancy card.
        The clean and simple card is darling.
        There was a large bumblebee swarming
        around me yesterday when I was
        cleaning up the yard waste cans.
        Good to see some of them around.
        thanks for sharing

      85. Thanks so much for the bloghop. Its so wonderful to see these many cards at one place and getting inspired.

      86. Thank you for organizing this fantastic blog hop, I love all the inspiration.
        and your card is super cute!



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