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)


      You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
      Click here to enter

      Sunday, May 19, 2019

      Bee themed stamps and dies collection

      Hi everyone!

      Tomorrow is a World Bee Day and time for another To Bee or Not To Bee Blog Hop. The hop starts here on my blog, May 20th, 2019, 3 PM, CEST (UTC +2).

      Today I wanted to share with you bee themed stamps and dies from my collection. Some new, some old, all so so cute. :o) I'm having so much fun these days playing with them. :o)

      Thank you for stopping by. See you tomorrow at To Bee or Not To Bee Blog Hop. Enjoy and smile!! :o)


      Saturday, May 18, 2019

      Rainbow Snail Mail Mini Card (IC #10)

      Hi everyone! :o)

      Today I want to share with you this Rainbow Snail Mail Mini Card. :o)

      I made this Interactive (IC) RIBBON/TWINE SLIDER CARD for my Celebrating 30 Days of Pisces 2019 personal challenge. If you want to find out more about it, just follow the link provided. :o)

      This is a tenth type of IC I made for my challenge. I made 15 different types of interactive cards during Pisces period, which was my personal challenge. I completed my challenge, achieved my goals and had a lot of fun. I wrote a short review about the challenge here.

      I learned how to make this type of card from Jennifer McGuire. Such a clever design. Love it!!! Here is a link to Jennifer's video tutorial: Ribbon Slider Cards. :o)

      I loved Jennifer's card with a snail in the video and decided to go with same theme on my card. Thank you for the inspiration and tutorial, Jennifer!!! :o)

      How I made this card...

      First I made a card construction. I followed steps from Jennifer's McGuire video tutorial.

      Next up was an image. I used SUPER CUTE tiny snail from Najlepši par 'Igrivi palčki' stamp set. I received the set as a happy mail present from my friend crafter Valentina of Barvito malo mesto. :o) Love the set sooooo much!!! :o)

      I die cut a wonky stitched circle from a white cardstock paper and stamped the snail on the circle. I colored the snail with colored pencils and coated his house with a transparent varnish to create glossy accents. I left the image dry for couple hours.

      After drying, I glued 3-D foam on the circle, glued it on the card and my card was finished. :o)

      Card measurements (pocket): 76 mm x 89 mm (3" x 3.5")

      List of supplies :

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

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

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