Friday, October 8, 2021

Jane's Doodles Warm Hugs Release Blog Hop

 


Happy Friday! :o)

Welcome to a Jane's Doodles Warm Hugs Release Blog HopToday we are featuring a BEAUTIFUL 'Warm Hugs' stamp set released into the store. :o) We also have 5 amazing super talented Guest Designers joining us today. :o)


Beautiful!!! Love love LOVE!!!!! :o)


And here is what I prepared for today: Thankful For You Card. :o)



How I made this Card... 

For my card I used most stamps from the set. I love to create my own backgrounds. It's a great way to use as much as possible stamps from one set. I call that good use of the set. :o)

First I arranged tinny stamps on an acrylic block and randomly stamped tiny images from the set on a Kraft paper panel in watermark stamping technique using VersaMark Watermark Ink. I filled gaps by stamping one by one image in gaps. After drying, I stamped the sentiment in black on the panel.

I cut and folded a card base, slightly larger than the panel. I also cut 3 more panels from the Kraft paper. I glued (stacked) two panels together. I did this to add some dimension on my card, as I don't have any foam sheet in my stash and to glue 3-D foam squares on the entire panel was not an option. I glued the stamped panel on stacked panels and glued them on the card base. Last, 3rd panel, I glued inside the card to make it sturdier.

Then stamped a bear and leaves on a thick watercolor paper and colored images in watercolor technique with Caran D'Ache Prismalo Aquarelle colored pencils. After drying, I fussy cut images leaving white thin border around them. I glued 3-D foam squares (2 different thickness) on the back of each image and glued them on the card and my card was finished. :o)


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

At the bottom of this post you can find detailed supply lists of my today's card. Link to this post will be in a right sidebar until the Blog Hop ends. :o)


And now to the Blog Hop prize...

Our generous Jane will be giving away one stamp set of winner's choice to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment on all blogs along the Hop for your chance to win.

Here is the Blog Hop order:


Jane will announce the winner on Monday, October 11th, 2021, at Jane's Doodles Blog.

Also, Jane is having 25% off sale through this weekendNo code needed.


Now hop over to Katerina's IG account and see what she created for today's hop.


Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed on my stop today and got inspired. :o) 

Happy hopping and good luck to all!!! :o)


    Milka




    List of supplies:
    • Jane's Doodles 'Warm Hugs' stamp set
    • Canson XL Mixed Media Paper, 300 g
    • Crafter's Companion Neenah Desert Storm Kraft Coloring Card
    • Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
    • Ranger's Archival Ink (Jet Black)
    • Caran D'Ache Prismalo Aquarelle colored pencils
    • UHU universal liquid glue
    • 3-D square foams, 5 x 5 x 2 mm
    • 3-D square foams, 5 x 5 x 1 mm
    • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
    • bone folder
    • round acrylic block
    • acrylic block
    • scissors
    • kraft knife
    • Xcut self healing working mat A4
    • DaVinci fine rounded paint brush no. 2/0
    • paper towels
    • water

    Card measurements: 146 mm x 82 mm (5 3/4" x 3 1/4")


    Tuesday, September 28, 2021

    Smile Card (CASology Week #395 mid-inspiration)

      

    Hi everyone! :o)

    I hope you're all well. It's been a while since I've posted here on my blog.

    Today I'm sharing my card for CASology mid-inspiration challenge. This is also my last project as DT member for CASology. I've decided to step down from the team, as I don't find time to fulfill my duties as DT member, neither to craft as much as I did previous years. I endlessly enjoy being a mommy to my baby boy Fran and I don't want to build up any stress in my life by having commitments that I can't fulfill. Thank you Melissa and DT Ladies!! It was a wonderful experience and a great fun. You've all inspired me a lot. ♥


    On September 7th, 2021, a new challenge started at CASologyThis month's cue word is One. :o)



    There's still time to join the challenge, which ends on Monday, October 4th, 2021, 9 AM, CDT (UTC -5).


    And here is my take on the challenge: CAS (clean and simple), Smile Card. :o)


    Design defined: 
    One layer, one image, one word in a sentiment.


    For my card I used stamps from BEAUTIFUL Jane's Doodles 'Old Is Gold' stamp set.


    How I made my card...

    I stamped a camera image and a sentiment directly on a white top folded card base.

    Then I watercolored the camera with Distress Inks. I had to be very quick while coloring, as the paper I used is a cardstock paper and not watercolor paper. If I add too much color, there is no way to 'pick it' or blend it like it works on a watercolor paper. :o) I colored one part at a time, drying colored parts with heat it tool.

    As a finishing touch, I drew white highlights on the camera 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 'Old Is Gold' stamp set
    • white cardstock paper
    • Ranger Archival Ink, Jet Black
    • Tim Holtz Distress Inks:
      • Candied Apple
      • Spiced Marmalade
      • Mustard Seed
      • Twisted Citron
      • Blueprint Sketch
      • Wilted Violet
      • Hickory Smoke
      • Black Soot
    • Unibal Signo White Pigment Ink Pen
    • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
    • bone folder
    • acrylic block
    • Ranger Heat it Tool
    • Da Vinci fine rounded paint brush no. 2/0
    • water
    • paper towels



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


    Milka Gubo (you are here)


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


    Milka

    Wednesday, September 22, 2021

    Thursday, July 29, 2021

    Jane's Doodles Release Blog Hop

      


    Hi everyone! :o)

    Welcome to a Jane's Doodles Release Blog HopToday we are featuring a gorgeous 'What the Fig!' stamp set released into the store. :o) We also have 2 super talented Guest Designers and a new DT member joining us today. :o)


    GORGEOUS!!!! Love love LOVE!!!!! :o)


    And here is what I prepared for today: Happy Figgin' Birthday Card. :o)


    I made this one for my honey's birthday, which is today. :o) Happy Birthday hon!!! ♥


    How I made this Card... 

    For my card I used all stamps from the set, except one sentiment. I love to create my own backgrounds. It's a great way to use as much as possible stamps from one set. I call that good use of the set. :o)

    First I randomly stamped images on a Kraft paper panel in watermark stamping technique using VersaMark Watermark Ink. After drying, I stamped the sentiment in black on the panel.

    I cut and folded a card base and 5 more panels from the Kraft paper. I cut 4 panels slightly smaller than the panel with stamped background and glued (stacked) them together. I did this to add some dimension on my card, as I didn't have enough foam to do that. I glued the stamped panel on stacked panels and glued them on the card base. Last, 5th panel, I glued inside the card to make it sturdier.

    Then stamped a fig on a thick watercolor paper and colored it in watercolor technique with Distress Inks. After drying, I fussy cut the fig leaving white thin border around it. I glued 3-D foam squares on the back of the image and placed it on the card.

    As a finishing touch, I drew white highlights on the fig and my card was finished. :o)


    I like it, but is it enough masculine and will my honey like it, I'll know later today, when I'll give him the card at a small family birthday gathering. I decided to go with figs because we both love figs. :o)

    Do you like figs? When it comes to fresh figs, I like one variety, don't know how it's called, but those figs have greenish/yellowish skin. But when it comes to dried figs, I can't stop eating them. Absolutely my favorite dried fruit. :o)

    In Dalmatia, region of Croatia, they make delicious dried fig cake called Smokvenjak. It is my favorite energy snack.

    "When compared with other fruit, the juicy and filling fig holds a special place in Dalmatian cuisine. During summer there is no sweeter taste than a freshly picked fig full of sweet juice which serves as a refreshment from the heat, the sea and the sun. Apart from eating them fresh, lots of picked figs are dried every year in order to preserve them during winter, when they are eaten on their own or in numerous tasty cakes. One of these is the fig cake, which used to be an everyday snack for field workers because it provides plenty of energy. Nowadays it is prepared for holidays or celebrations and is served as an aperitif before meals.
    The traditional fig cake is considered to have originated on Croatian islands which abound in fig trees. This sweet dessert requires only a couple of ingredients, but it is very filling and delicious, and stays fresh for a long time which is why it has often been prepared as a travel snack. As its name indicates, fig cake or hib is prepared from dried figs, mixed with almonds, brandy or maraschino, powdered sugar and bay leaf for more flavour. The figs are first cut into small pieces or ground, and then combined with roasted and crushed almonds. Brandy is added to the mixture slowly and carefully so that all the ingredients blend well. The packed mixture of almonds and figs is formed into loaves and sprinkled with fresh bay leaves, or other Mediterranean plants such as rosemary or sage.
    The basic recipe for fig cake can be altered according to taste, preferences and circumstances, so that instead of brandy the juice of any citrus fruit can be added, such as orange juice and its zest, or fennel seeds, different spices, as well as walnuts and raisins. Fig cake can be eaten immediately, but in order to be able to cut it, the moulded fig cakes need to be dried for some time. Nowadays this is done in the oven on low temperatures for up to an hour, so that the fig cake becomes a little harder. Individual fig cakes are wrapped in paper to prevent them from drying and for easier storage and transportation. These days, fig cakes are a popular souvenir among tourists in Croatia."

    If you'll be visiting Croatia or will find Smokvenjak in a grocery store or have an option to buy it online, I would highly recommend to buy it. Not only it's delicious (if you like dried figs and almonds), it's healthy too. :o)


    At the bottom of this post you can find detailed supply lists of my today's card. Link to this post will be in a right sidebar until the Blog Hop ends. :o)
     

    And now to the Blog Hop prize...

    Our generous Jane will be giving away one stamp set of winner's choice to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment on all blogs/Instagram accounts along the Hop for your chance to win.

    Here is the Blog Hop order:


    Jane will announce the winner tomorrow, Friday, July 30th, 2021, at Jane's Doodles Blog.

    Also, Jane is having 30% off sale today and tomorrowNo code needed.


    Now hop over to Marion's blog and see what she created for today's hop.


    Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed on my stop today and got inspired. :o) 

    Happy hopping and good luck to all!!! :o)


      Milka





      List of supplies:
      • Jane's Doodles 'What the Fig!' stamp set
      • Canson XL Mixed Media Paper, 300 g
      • Crafter's Companion Neenah Desert Storm Kraft Coloring Card
      • Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
      • Ranger's Archival Ink (Jet Black)
      • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
        • Mustard Seed
        • Twisted Citron
        • Cracked Pistachio
      • Uniball Signo White pigment ink pen
      • UHU universal liquid glue
      • 3-D square foams, 5 x 5 x 2 mm
      • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
      • bone folder
      • acrylic block
      • scissors
      • Marabu fine rounded paint brush no. #0
      • paper towels
      • water

      Card measurements: 95 mm x 140 mm (3 3/4" x 5 1/2")


      Tuesday, June 15, 2021

      Birthday Snail Card - Croatian Sentiment (bastel-traum challenge #102)

      Hi everyone :o)

      It's time for a new challenge over at bastel-traum and our theme for the challenge #102 is Animals. :o)


      The challenge starts today, June 15th, 2021, at 9 AM, CET (UTC +1) and ends on July 15th, 2021, at 8:55 AM, CET (UTC +1). Find all the details about the challenge, rules and prizes in a challenge post (here).


      It's been a while since I've joined my DT in challenges and created a card, but today I managed. :o)

      And here is my take on the challenge: CAS (clean and simple), one layer, Birthday Snail Card - Croatian Sentiment. :o)


      To make this card, I CASEd (copied and shared everything) a card that I made two years ago (here). I went with same design, used same products, just went with a bit different color scheme (on this card a snail's house is a bit lighter, yellowish). :o)

      I used stamps from two Jane's Doodles stamp sets: a snail from 'Chameleon' and a speech bubble sentiment from 'Croatian Sentiments'Sretan rođendan means Happy Birthday. :o)


      How I made my card...

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

      I colored the snail and ground with various colored pencils. To add extra shades to the image, I used Stabilo Pens (Markers).

      Then I colored the speech bubble sentiment and snail's eyes with a white pigment ink pen. I managed to mess couple black lines with the white pigment ink, but I fixed them with a black fine liner.

      Lastly, I coated snail's house with a transparent varnish to create glossy accents and left it dry on air through the night.

      I love how my card turned out. :o)


      Card 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 BEAUTIFUL cards my super talented Design Teammates and our Guest Designer created for the challenge. Do join us in this challenge, we are looking forward to see your creations. :o)


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


      Milka

      Thursday, May 20, 2021

      World Bee Day

         



      Happy 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.

      Bees Species (general classification):

      Solitary Bee
      Photo credit: GKV

      Bumblebee


      Interesting facts...
      • "Bees pollinate as many as 170,000 species of plants.
      • Without bees, there would not be so many different kinds of fruits and vegetables, or such beautiful colors on the lawn.
      • A bee colony is as big as a small town. There are from 30,000 to 60,000 bees in each colony.
      • The queen bee is the only one that lays eggs. She lays up to 2,000 eggs per day.
      • Out of 20,000 species of bees, only one is widely used for commercial honey production.
      • The Carniolan honey bee, Apis mellifera carnica, is an indigenous Slovenian race of bee and the second most widespread bee race in the world.
      • Honey bees’ wings strike 11,400 times per minute, thus making their distinctive buzz.
      • Honey bees are the only bees that die after they sting. 
      • To make one kilogram of honey, the bees have to visit 4 million flowers and fly four times the distance around the world."

      Honey bees provide a wide range of benefits to humans from apicultural products, pollination of food crops and ecological services. Beekeeping is practiced all around the world. Honey and wax are the best known primary products of beekeeping, but there are more products of beekeeping that are very valuable. The main bee products that are used for human consumption are: honey, pollen, propolis, royal jelly and venom.
      Source: http://www.fao.org/fsnforum/activities/discussions/beekeeping

      I use most products mentioned above regularly: honey, pollen, propolis and royal jelly. I find these all great for my health and for boosting my immune system. :o)

      Only thing I don't and can't use from bees is venom. I'm very allergic to bee's venom (and other stinging insects) and have very bad allergic response to those.



      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."

      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.


      Previous four years, I organized here on my blog To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop, a special annual blog hop supporting bees. Some of my crafty friends joined to hop along with me and there were some amazing sponsors who gave away generous prizes. :o)

      Aim of the hop was to celebrate 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.

      This year I organized the hop, but due to the family situation, I had to postpone it. At this point, I need to focus on myself, my health, my baby boy Fran, my family and partner Goran. The hop will be as soon things get back to normal and when I'll be able to focus on the hop.

      If you like, you can visit previous years' hops for some inspiration and information about bees.
      Here are direct permalinks:

      Illustrator: Hannah Rosengren Moran


      And that would bee all from me today. Thank you for visiting. Bee happy!!! :o)


      Milka


      Friday, May 7, 2021

      Jane's Doodles BREW-TEA-FUL Release Blog Hop

       


      Happy Friday! :o)

      Welcome to a Jane's Doodles BREW-TEA-FUL Release Blog HopToday we are featuring a gorgeous 'BREW-TEA-FUL' stamp set released into the store. :o) We also have 3 super talented Guest Designers joining us today. :o)


      GORGEOUS!!!! Love love LOVE!!!!! :o)


      And here is what I prepared for today: Yellow Teapot Goodie Bag. :o)


      I made this one for my mom for Mother's Day, which is here in Croatia on Sunday, May 9th this year. I'll put some chocolate treats and tiny note card inside. :o)


      How I made this Goodie Bag... 

      First I die cut goodie bag parts from a Kraft paper. To create my own patterned paper, I randomly stamped a teapot and tea mugs on die-cut pieces in watermark stamping technique using VersaMark Watermark Ink. I mixed a white tempera color with a bit of water and splattered the patterned paper and left it dry on air. After drying I assembled the goodie bag.

      Next up was the teapot image. It's so pretty!! :o) 

      stamped the teapot on a watercolor paper and fixed some lines with a black fine liner, as I didn't stamp entire image well. I colored the teapot in watercolor technique with Distress Inks. After drying, I fussy cut the teapot and traced edges with a black marker.

      Then I stamped the teapot again on a white cardstock paper. I fussy cut the teapot, leaving white border around it. I glued the watercolored teapot over it. I did this to make the image thicker, as the watercolor paper I use is very thin and I needed thicker image. 

      I wanted a simple look of the teapot, so I left floral details white. I just run with a white gel pen over white parts, to hide tiny smears of yellow. :o)

      If you follow my blog, you know I love dimension on my projects. This one was no exception. :o) I glued 3-D foams on the back of the teapot and glued it on the front side of the bag. :o)

      I left the back side of the bag without additional image.


      As a finishing touch, I laced up a twine and my Goodie Bag was finished. :o)

      I love how my Goodie Bag turned out!! I'm sure my mom will love it. :o)


      At the bottom of this post you can find detailed supply lists of my today's project. Link to this post will be in a right sidebar until the Blog Hop ends. :o)


      And now to the Blog Hop prize...

      Our generous Jane will be giving away one stamp set of winner's choice to one lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment on all blogs along the Hop for your chance to win.

      Here is the Blog Hop order:

      Jane will announce the winner on Monday, May 10th, 2021, at Jane's Doodles Blog.

      Also, Jane is having 25% off sale through this weekendNo code needed.


      Now hop over to Marion's blog and see what she created for today's hop.


      Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed on my stop today and got inspired. :o) 

      Happy hopping and good luck to all!!! :o)


        Milka





        List of supplies:
        • Jane's Doodles 'BREW-TEA-FUL' stamp set
        • white cardstock paper
        • watercolor paper
        • Crafter's Companion Neenah Desert Storm Kraft Coloring Card
        • Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
        • Ranger's Archival Ink (Jet Black)
        • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
          • Mustard Seed
          • Fossilized Amber
        • Koh-i-noor tempera color, white
        • Stabilo Fibre Tip Pen (Marker), Black 68/46
        • Uniball Signo White pigment ink pen
        • Mitsubishi Uni Pin fine liner 0.2
        • twine
        • Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
        • UHU universal liquid glue
        • 3-D square foams, 5 x 5 x 1 mm
        • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
        • bone folder
        • round acrylic block
        • Sizzix Big Shot
        • Lawn Fawn 'Goodie Bag' Lawn Cut
        • scissors
        • craft knife
        • Xcut self healing working mat A4
        • DaVinci fine rounded paint brush no. 2/0
        • paper towels
        • water

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