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)

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) Digi Choosday Cardmaking & Crafting Challenge, Week 24 - Anything Goes
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

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


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


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)


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)


    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

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    Jane's Doodles Freebie - Daisies for Mother's Day

    Hi everyone! :o)

    Jane is sharing a GORGEOUS Daisies digital image for Mother's Day for free on Jane's Doodles blog.

    It's free digital image for personal use only. Be kind and respect Jane's artwork. Give her proper credits and share only the link to the image with others, not the image. You know how that works. :o)

    Enjoy and smile! :o)


    Friday, April 23, 2021

    Jane's Doodles Sale & Freebie - Earth Day

    Hi everyone!!!

    Jane has a Sale in the store and is offering 15% off through this weekendNo code needed. The discount will be calculated in the cart.

    The sale ends on Sunday, April 25th, 2021.

    You can find out more on Jane's Doodles blog (here).

    Jane is also offering a lovely Earth Day digital image for free on Jane's Doodles blog (here).

    It's free digital image for personal use only. Be kind and respect Jane's artwork. Give her proper credits and share only the link to the image with others, not the image. You know how that works. :o)

    Enjoy and smile! :o)


    Thursday, April 22, 2021

    Tuesday, March 23, 2021

    Life Update.... It's a Boy

    Hi everyone!

    I hope you're all well and your loved ones. :o)

    Today I want to share happy news with you...

    Two weeks ago, on March 9th, I gave a birth to a baby boy named Fran. ♥

    Due to some complications that occurred in last weeks of my pregnancy, I was hospitalized, where my doctor and her colleagues decided that it would be best for me and my baby to do a c-section promptly after hospitalization, one week prior my due date.

    Everything went well and my sweet baby boy and I went home 3 days after c-section.

    Fran is today 2 weeks old. He was born tiny, 47 centimetres long and weighted 2800 grams. He is growing and developing well and making us very happy and proud. :o)

    He is our little angel who made our lives fulfilled and extremely happy. We love and adore him very much. :o)

    And that would be all from me for today. Thank you for stopping by and reading. Sending you all big hugs!!!

    Enjoy and smile!! :o)


    Saturday, March 20, 2021

    International Day of Happiness


    Happy International Day of Happiness!!

    Happiness is not something ready made. It comes form your own actions."
    His Holiness the Dalai Lama

    Find out more about International Day of Happiness on UN official web pages and official International Happiness Day organization pages.

    Enjoy, smile, make others happy and be happy. :o)


    Welcome Spring


    Antonio Vivaldi - The Four Seasons: Spring

    Friday, March 5, 2021



    Hi everyone!!

    I'm experiencing some issues with my blog and just realized some of the posts I've shared here in past couple months didn't go live as I scheduled them. They are shown as published, but when I open them in blogger they do not exist. I messed something with permalinks. I'm working on fixing all those blog posts.

    Here are direct blog posts and direct permalinks to all those posts here in this temporary blog post, just in case you want to see/read those posts.

    I will keep this post on top of my blog until I fix everything.

    After I fix everything, I will permanently delete this blog post. Comments on this blog post are disabled.

    Thank you for visiting. Big hugs!!!


    Thursday, March 4, 2021

    Jane's Doodles Sale


    Hi everyone!!!

    Jane has a Sale in the store and is offering 30% off on all regular priced stamp sets. No code needed. The discount will be calculated in the cart.

    Jane has added limited amount of the newest release in the store, which is also 30% off while supplies lastNo code needed. The discount will be calculated in the cart.

    Jane is also offering 40% off on some overstocked stamp sets. The discount is already calculated in the shop.

    This sale ends on Sunday, March 7th, 2021.

    You can find out more on Jane's Doodles blog (here).

    Enjoy and smile! :o)


    Wednesday, February 24, 2021

    Life Update

    Hi everyone!

    I hope you're all well and your loved ones. :o)

    Today I want to share with you a short post on what has been going on in my life for the past 8 months, as I'm not crafting neither sharing so much on my blog as I did previous years.

    I've cut number of I Love Math Challenges for this year, I will pause some DT duties for next couple months and reduce blogging to a bare minimum (or even take a break for some time).

    On to the point: I'm pregnant and counting 20 days to my due date (due date March 16th, 2021, my 40th birthday). :o)

    There are no words to describe how happy my partner and I are. We had a lot of troubles in the past with my pregnancies, but this time, we've been blessed and we will have that amazing privilege to become parents to our little sweetie. We are very grateful. :o)

    Due to the issues that I had in the past (five miscarriages), my pregnancy was classified as a high risk pregnancy and there were quite a lot of health issues I had to overcome during this pregnancy. I was on a sick leave since July 2020 until the end of the January 2021.

    I had to keep any kind of activities on bare minimum for months, until it was safe for me to add short walks and easy house chores on my daily to do list.

    Luckily, everything went well through the critical period and now I can relax, enjoy the maternity leave and count down days to meet my little sweetie. :o)

    In the months to come, I'll give my best to jump in from time to time and say hello, but I won't force myself on anything, as I imagine that things can be quite challenging for new mommies. I will go with a flow. :o) 

    I've already scheduled some blog posts of my DT projects for months to come and working on couple more.

    I'm crafting a bit more than I had during my first 7 months of pregnancy, as I have much more energy than I had previous months, but not so much. Everything is very exhausting for me at the moment. 

    Due to the pregnancy and the fact I can't make obligations for myself, this year I'll take a break from my Celebrating 30 Days of Pisces personal annual challenge

    Sadly, last year I failed it completely. I was not in a mood to craft when the pandemic hit... actually, I was not in a mood for anything. I enjoyed spending time in isolation during the lock down with my family, spent time in nature and gardened.

    I also worked from home, which brought me new knowledge, improved my accounting skills and had good impact on my work conditions. :o)

    Although quite a hard year 2020, it was very good for me. :o)

    And that would be all from me for today. Thank you for stopping by and reading. Sending you all big hugs!!!

    Enjoy and smile!! :o)


    Tuesday, February 23, 2021

    CASology Simple Studios Blog Hop

    Hi everyone! :o)

    Welcome to a CASology Design Team Simple Studios Blog Hop, a special blog hop where couple of us from CASology DT will show you around our crafting space and share some tips. :o)

    For today I wanted to prepare a video, but it didn't work as I wanted, so I took photos to take you on the tour in my craft room. I'll also tell you a bit about myself and how I maintain my craft room (and home). I hope you'll enjoy reading and getting to know me a bit better. :o)

    A bit about me, my organization and how I maintain my home...

    I like everything clean, tidy, organized and neat in my home and my craft room is no exception. Yes, sometimes my table and die-cutting station do get messy, my crafting stuff can be find on other tables in the apartment where I craft from time to time (kitchen, living room), often there is a pile of inked and unwashed stamps that I used for crafting, but that mess doesn't last for long. :o)

    I don't find myself as a "crazy obsessed with cleaning lady", I just like my home clean, neat and organized. My wardrobe is no exception either. I like everything to be ironed, neatly folded and sorted by types and colors. :o) Ehmmm, yes, I love to iron. :o) 

    I'm a person who feels quite uncomfortable in messy and dirty spaces, so I give my best that my home doesn't look like that.

    I love white, black and/or grey furniture and white walls. That colors are dominating in my home. :o) I like it because it looks simple and elegant and I can play much more with various colors in that "simple" environment.

    I'm very satisfied how I organized my entire home, as there is no problem to find anything at all. Everything has it own place. :o) My partner loves it too, especially his wardrobe. LOL 

    And now to my craft room....

    I'm very lucky and happy because I have an entire room in the apartment for my crafting tools and supplies and for crafting, but as I mentioned earlier, sometimes I do craft on the kitchen or the living room table. It's mostly when my partner is at home and not working and I want to hang out with him while crafting. :o)

    When I was arranging my craft room, I did mostly by myself. My father helped me to hang shelves on walls as drilling holes in walls is not my strong side. :o)

    And now photos of my craft space, close-ups and peeks in drawers. :o) I wrote short description below each photo. :o)


    My crafting table and shelves. I LOOOOVE shelves!!! :o)
    Most photos that I publish are took on the table.
    As you can see I don't have a chair. I didn't invest in that piece of furniture, as I rather spend my money on stamps and other craft supplies. Instead, I bring one from the kitchen. :o)

    Rainbow butterflies... I created these using die cuts, Distress Inks, white cardstock paper and adhesive. I LOVEEE how they look on my wall. :o)

    Plastic containers to store die-cuts, a powder bag and most used embossing powder: white. :o) Off course, more rainbow colors: Chakra chart. :o)

    Top drawer... inks.

    Middle drawer... various glues, adhesive tapes, labels, magnets.

    Lower drawer... scissors, rulers, heat gun, glue gun, various tools.

    Papers and card stock.

    Typewriter machine, scoring board, paper trimmer, cutting mat, glass mat.


    Shelves. :o)

     More rainbow colors. :o) Colored pencils and decorations.
    I store most of my craft supplies in recycled items. These glass jars are recycled.

    Paintbrushes, decorations.

    Embossing powders, decorations, woodblock stamp (the only one I have).


    Die-cutting station and clear stamps shelve. :o) 
    These cabinets are metal and I decorated them with some cute magnets. I LOVE magnets!!! :o)

    Clear stamp sets. I have more clear stamp sets. They are behind these two boxes. :o)

    My most used die cuts placed on a magnetic sheet. As the cabinet is metal, I didn't use any glue to put the sheet on it.

    Die cuts.

    Left cabinet, top drawer... re-inkers, acrylic and tempera paints and other media.

    Left cabinet, middle drawer... patterned papers, sticker sheets, paper and plastic bags.

    Right cabinet, top drawer... embellishments, ribbons, twines and some broken items to fix. 

    Right cabinet, middle drawer... punchers and other various cutting tools.


    More storage cabinets, book shelves and reading corner. :o)

    Colored pencils, coloring books, crochet thread storage, wooden stork decor and my favorite photo captured by a very talented friend. :o)

    Distress Ink pads, ink blending tools and foams.

    Books, badges, wooden fan I have for years and a box where I store wax seal stamps and wax.

    Crochet dishes made by a local crafter. Love these.

    Planners and fine liners. :o)

    Left cabinet, top drawer... notebooks and unused fine liners, markers and pens. It's good to have a stash of these when using them on daily basis. :o)

    Left cabinet, middle drawer... fine liners, fiber tip pens, markers, colored pencils, paper stumps... never enough of stationery. :o)

    Left cabinet, lower drawer... stencils and tiny unmounted rubber stamps.

    Right cabinet, middle drawer... stickers and enamel dots.

    Right cabinet, lower drawer... everything for mailing: envelopes, post stamps, address book and all the stuff I have to mail out. :o)

    Lover shelves... Crafting books, magazines and various boxes where I store various stuff (polymer clay in a white box, rubber stamps in a black box, cards that I made in a wooden box).

    Rubber stamps. I don't have them a lot, so storing them in the box works well for me. :o)

    And that would be it. I hope you liked it and enjoyed reading and looking. :o)

    And now to the Blog Hop prize...

    Prize for one lucky winner is $20 gift voucher to Simon Says Stamp. The winner will be randomly selected from all comments on the DT blogs.

    The Blog Hop goes live today, Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 at 9:00 AM, CST (UTC -6) and ends on Thursday, February 25th, 2021, 11:59 PM, CST (UTC -6).

    To be eligible, you have to leave a comment on all stops along the hop by Thursday, February 25th, 2021, at 11:59 PM, CST (UTC -6).

    The winner will be announced on CASology blog on Friday, February 26th, 2021, during the day.

    And here is the Blog Hop order:
    I'm so excited and can't wait to visit my DT mates' craft spaces. :o)

    Link to this post will be in a right sidebar until the Blog Hop ends. :o)

    Now hop over to Deepti's blog and visit her crafting space. :o)

    Thank you for visiting. I hope you enjoyed on my stop today. :o) Happy hopping and good luck to all!!! :o)


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