Thursday, February 27, 2020

Reminder: Jane's Doodles Challenge #4

Hi everyone!!!

There's still some time left to join Challenge #4 over at Jane's Doodles Challenge Blog. The theme for this fortnight is MASKING. :o)

The Challenge Design Team created GORGEOUS cards using Jane's Doodles stamp sets. Love them all!!! :o)

There is a prize to be won for one winner: $30 gift certificate to Jane's Doodles store.

The challenge ends on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020, 11 PM CET (UTC +1).

Find the inspiration, rules, all details and linky in the Challenge #4 blog post (here).

Enjoy and smile!! 


Monday, February 24, 2020

Birthday Giraffe Card (Jane's Doodles DT Spotlight + BIRC #1)

Hi everyone! :o)

On Friday, February 21sh, was my turn to be on the spotlight over at Jane's Doodles and I made this CAS (clean and simple), one layer, Birthday Giraffe Card:o)

This Birthday Card (BIRC) is the first card I made for a Celebrating 30 Days of Pisces 2020 personal challenge. If you want to find out more about it, just follow the link provided. :o)

To make this card I used stamps from Jane's Doodles 'Wild' stamp set. Love the set!! :o)

How I made my card....

I stamped a giraffe and a sentiment directly on a top folded Kraft paper card base.

I colored the giraffe with colored pencils.

I drew a frame with a black fine liner and my card was finished. :o)

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

List of supplies:
  • Jane's Doodles 'Wild' stamp set (speech bubble)
  • Crafter's Companion Neenah Desert Storm Kraft Coloring Card
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Swisscolor, Caran D'Ache colored pencils: yellows and browns
  • TOZ Artist Colored Pencil, dark yellow
  • Mitsubishi Uni Pin 0.5
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • bone folder
  • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)

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


Sunday, February 23, 2020

Celebrating 30 days of Pisces 2020 - Intro

Happy Sunday! :o)

I wanted to post this earlier this week, but I didn't find time to finish my blog post, so I'm bringing it today. :o)

On Wednesday, February 19th, 2020, at 5:57 AM (CET, UTC +1)Sun entered Pisces and Pisces period has started. :o)

Five 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 those 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 by 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)

Four years ago (2016), I've challenged myself to create 30 CAS cards in 30 days, as they were (and still are) my favorite card design. Goals of the challenge were to improve CAS card designing and generally cardmaking skills. 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.

Three years ago (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 and improved my hand lettering skills. After my challenge finished I didn't practice by January 2019 (nearly two years), when I started hand lettering in my bullet journal (my first one). I found bullet journal very practical (helps me track bunch of stuff and keeps me organized... all in one place), so I'm bullet journaling this year too. :o)

Two years ago (2018) I've challenged myself to create 20 (or more) cards featuring rainbow colors.  Goals of the challenge  were to improve my cardmaking skills and to use more rainbow colors on my cards. I managed to create 19 cards. Although I didn't reach number 20 as I planned, I was not disappointed, neither find it a failure. I practiced, incorporated rainbow colors in my projects in various ways, created 19 cards that I liked a lot and had a lot of fun. :o)

Last year (2019) I've challenged myself to create 15 (or more) different types of interactive cards. Goals of the challenge were to learn new techniques and improve my cardmaking skills. I completed my challenge and created 15 different types of interactive cards. I had so much fun creating various interactive cards and I learned a lot. :o)

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

Celebrating 30 days of Pisces 2020

This is a personal challenge which will take time in Pisces period (30 days). Pisces period started on February 19th at 5:57 AM and ends on March 20th at 4:49 AM. (CET, UTC +1Zagreb, Croatia).

I love giving and sending out Birthday Cards, but I never have them enough to give as much I would love to. I'm challenging myself to create 15 (or more) Birthday Cards in Pisces period.

My plan is to create 15 (or more) different Birthday Cards... different designs, layouts, images, paper, coloring mediums... I would also like to create at least one card set, just to have more cards to give away. I will count a card set as 1 card, for example: card set of 8 birthday cards counts as 1, not 8.

Goals of the challenge are to create a stash of birthday cards and to improve my cardmaking skills. :o)

I'll be sharing my progress and finished cards here on my blog when I finish them and time allows me so.

As you might noticed, I'm not so active here on my blog neither on any other social media since I've started to work in November last year. As an accountant I work 7 - 8 hours on computer daily. In my free time I rather spend time with my family and friends, visiting nature or crafting, than by computer. During this 30 days personal challenge I'll focus on crafting and achieving my goals, so I'll post when I'll have time.

After the challenge ends, I'll write wrap-up post with a complete preview. I'll give my best to post all by the end of March. :o)

I've already created couple cards since the challenge started. My first birthday card is already shared on  Friday, February 21st,  as my Spotlight project for Jane's Doodles (here). I didn't share it here on my blog yet, as I didn't find time to write a blog post. I will share it here on my blog tomorrow. :o)

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


Monday, February 17, 2020

TOP 4 and Winner (I Love Math Challenge #15)

Hi everyone! :o)

Huge apologizes for not posting this yesterday. I had some Internet connection issues and I couldn't upload photos to this blog post neither create any hyperlink, so I decided to leave it for today. Thank you for understanding. :o)

Thank you all for joining I Love Math Challenge #15!

We had 31 AMAZING entries!! ♥ Anila, Priyanka, Valentina, Kaja, Neha and I enjoyed very much visiting your blogs and seeing your Anything Math Goes on Christmas/Winter Projects. Amazing incorporation of Math elements on every single creation. :o) Again, we had a hard task to pick our TOP 4 favorites.You can find all entries on main challenge post here.

Here are our TOP 4 favorites 
in order of entering the challenge:

1. Vinita Jain #1
Anila: 'I like the idea of using the snowflake die to show the glitter underneath. Lovely composition using some basic shapes and layering of elements.'
Priyanka: 'I love everything about Vinita's card. From the color, to the circular snowflake to the triangular trees and the scripty sentiment too. Super CAS card. Love it.'
Valentina: 'Vinita's Christmas card is very interesting. I really like how she used triangles as trees and snowflakes as circles. Just perfect design for the challenge.'
Neha: 'Amazing layering and layout of die cuts and sentiment.'
Me: Amazing layout!!! Vinita used many elements on her card and beautifully layered them, yet she kept her card CAS. Love!! :o)

2. Karthikha #16
Anila: 'Simple yet effective with minimals. The rainbow trees give an amazing warmth to the snowy background.'
Priyanka: 'I love the rainbow color theme used by Karthikha for her christmas trees. So fresh and also so pretty.'
Valentina: 'These Christmas card are fantastic. The geometric trees are amazing idea with rainbow colours. I love this simple and clean take on the challenge.'
Neha: 'Love the rainbow trees and you nailed the theme.'
Me: LOVE geometric trees!!! Great take on the challenge.

3. Ishani #21
Anila: 'Love the Bokeh effect created on the background. The red baubles teamed with gold and bokeh look amazingly festive.'
Priyanka: 'Love the beautiful red and gold color theme. I love her take on the challenge with her pretty CAS card using circles as ornaments.'
Valentina: 'I love Ishani's simply gorgeous Christmas card. The colours, the design and golden sentiments on the ornaments are perfect. Love it!'
Neha: ' Beautiful color combo. Golden makes it so very festive.'
Me: Gorgeous CAS card! Love how simple, yet so festive Ishani's card looks. LOVE!!!

4. Valerija #28
Anila: 'The white embossed snowflakes, the tree and the glitter all look absolutely perfect. A beautiful white Christmas card.'
Priyanka: 'How gorgeous is Valerija's super white card. Makes you think of a white snowy christmas!'
Valentina: 'White on white looks perfect for Christmas/Winter card. Using a tree to make a shaker card is wonderful idea. And putting some stars as snowflakes inside is just perfect!'
Neha: 'It is not easy to use single color for making a card but you did excellent job at it. Brilliant use of different textures to make it pop. My favorite design.'
Me: I LOVE this GORGEOUS white shaker Christmas card!! Gorgeous triangle shaped Christmas tree, snowflakes in the background, star shaped shaker elements... wonderful combo of everything. :o)

Congratulations Ladies!! Here is a TOP 4 badge for you. Feel free to download it and proudly display it on your blogs. Please read Privacy Notice below (thank you!).

The winner of one Jane's Doodles stamp set of winner's choice from the TOP 4 Favorites, 
chosen by is

Congratulations!!! :o)

Please contact me in a week to claim your prize (email: milkagubo81 (at) gmail (dot) com). You have to send me confirmation e-mail from the e-mail address that you provided entering the challenge. If I don't hear back from you in a week (by February 24th, 2020, 11:59 PM, CET), another TOP 4 Favorite will be randomly picked. I will give my best to reply to your e-mail within 72 hours. If you don't get a response from me in 72 hours, please resend your e-mail.

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Thank you all for wonderful support and participation. I hope to see you in our future challenges too. :o)

Our next challenge will start on April 7th May 7th May 10th, 2020, 10 PM, CET (UTC +1).

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


Sunday, February 16, 2020

Get Well Soon Card (bastel-traum challenge #86)

Hi everyone! :o)

Yesterday, February 15th, 2020, a new challenge started at bastel-traum and our theme for the challenge #86 is Get Well. :o)

The challenge started yesterday, February 15th, 2020, at 9 AM, CET or MET (UTC +1) and ends on March 15th, 2020, at 8:55 AM, CET or MET (UTC +1). Find all the details about the challenge, rules and prizes in a challenge post (here).

And here is my take on the challenge: CAS (clean and simple), one layer, black and white with a pop of color, Get Well Soon Card. :o)

How I made my card ....

To make my card I used stamps from Jane's Doodles 'Cozy Up!' stamp set.

I stamped an armchair and a sentiment directly on a white top folded card base.

I wanted super simple card with a pop of color (rainbow in this case), so I colored only a blanket. I used Stabilo Fiber Tip Pens (markers) and a Wink of Stella Brush for coloring. I scribbled with markers on an acrylic block, picked up colors, one by one, with the Wink of Stella Brush and colored parts of the blanket in rainbow colors.

As a finishing touch I drew white lines on the blanket between each color with a white pigment ink pen and my card was finished. :o)

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

Cards measurements: 89 mm x 121 m(3 1/2" x 4 3/4")

List of supplies:

hope you'll like my card for this challenge and get inspired. For more inspiration, check out cards my super talented Design Teammates created for the challenge. Do join us in this challenge, we are looking forward to see your creations. :o)

I'm linking my card to a challenge:

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

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


Friday, February 14, 2020

Wild About You Card (Jane's Doodles DT Spotlight)

Happy Friday! :o)

On Tuesday, February 11th, was my turn to be on the spotlight over at Jane's Doodles and I made this Wild About You Card:o)

I made this Valentine's Day card for my sweetheart. He loves it!! :o)

To make this card I went with same design as on the card I created for latest Jane's Doodles blog hop (here).

I used stamps from Jane's Doodles 'Wild' stamp set. Love it!! :o)

How I made my card....

I stamped a lion on a watercolor paper and colored him in watercolor technique, using Distress Ink s. After coloring and drying, I fussy cut the lion, traced edges with a black marker and softened the lion using a stylus ball on a soft working mat. This curled the image a bit.

I stamped another lion on a white cardstock paper scrap, fussy cut him, leaving a thin white border around him, colored him with a grey marker and glued the watercolored lion over him. I did this because watercolor paper I use is thick and I needed thicker image.

Then I worked on a frame. First I die cut two Polaroid frames from the white cardstock paper and then cut the bottom part of each to get a nice rectangle frame. I ink blended one frame with Distress Inks and mini ink blending tools.

I glued together two frames, forming an interesting shape, and then glued the frame on a white top folded card base.

Then I die cut a speech bubble from a black cardstock paper and heat embossed a sentiment in white on it.

I glued 3-D foam squares on the image and speech bubble and glued them on the card and my card was finished. :o)

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

List of supplies:
  • Jane's Doodles 'Wild' stamp set (speech bubble)
  • 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 Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Mustard Seed
    • Fossilized Amber
    • Vintage Photo
    • Ground Espresso
  • Uniball Signo White Pigment Ink
  • UHU liquid glue
  • Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
  • 3-D foams, 5 x 5 x 2 mm
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • bole folder
  • scissors
  • Sizzix Big Shot
  • Polaroid frame from Paper Smooches 'Polaroid Dies'
  • speech bubble from Create a Smile 'Speech Bubbles' cool cuts
  • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
  • Ranger Heat It Tool
  • Ranger Mini Ink Blending Tools
  • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. 3/0
  • soft working mat
  • stylus ball
  • powder bag
  • 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) CAS on Friday, Challenge #83 - Love

    2) Digi Choosday Crafting Challenge, Week 6 - Anything Goes
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

    3) The Male Room, Challenge #129 - Heart You
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

    4) Uniko, Challenge #57 - Anything Goes
    This is my 3rd entry to this challenge.

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


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