Friday, June 23, 2017

To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop Winners (2nd Re-draw)

Happy Friday!! :o)

I'm so glad it finally arrived. As I mentioned a couple days ago, last Friday I started working on my summer job. It's fine, I just have to get use to getting up really early, to be exact, at 4:30 AM. :o) I could get up a bit later, but I want to enjoy my morning coffee in peace and listening only birds singing. Oh it's so beautiful. :o) This weekend is my weekend off. My plans: sleeping, resting, crafting. I hope the weather will be good to go swim somewhere also. :o)


Today I re-drawn the unconfirmed prize from To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop, Crafty Sentiment Designs prize: 3 Digital Images of winner's choice.

The winner is: MARRY ANNE VCongratulations!! :o)

Please contact me to claim your prize (email: milkagubo81 (at) gmail (dot) com).

Please do so in a week, until June 30th 2017 (next week Friday). If I don't hear from you by then, I'll draw new winner and you can no longer claim your prize.

Put a following in a subject line: BEE - CRAFTY SENTIMENT DESIGNS.

Write me your full name and your e-mail address so I can forward your details to the sponsor. Please do not contact sponsor directly, as it's not possible to claim your prize that way.


And at the end of this post, good music to enjoy these hot summer days. :o)


Big hugs to all!! Enjoy and smile! :o)


Milka

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Origami Paper Cranes (Fairy Tale Challenge #171)


Hi everyone! :o)


It's time for a new challenge over at Fairy Tale Challenge Blog.

Our theme for this fortnight is #171, Hobby. The theme is so versatile. You can create something from your favorite hobby (crochet, knit, origami...) or use an image that represents hobby/hobbies on your projects such as cards, albums, layouts etc.

This time our lucky winner will win this lovely window die-cut.


For this challenge I went with one of my hobbies, ORIGAMI, and folded these Origami Paper Cranes.


"Cranes are associated with long life, health, happiness, wisdom, and good luck. In Asian culture, a white crane can travel to the heavens and is sometimes called "heavenly" or "blessed." In China, cranes flew the gods to the "Isle of the Immortals," the legendary home of the eight immortals. Crane eggs were also used in magic potions to grant eternal life. 
Cranes are often regarded as messengers of the gods. An ancient Egyptian legend tells of a two-headed crane seen flying over the Nile to announce the start of a joyful and prosperous new season.
Cranes are masters at killing snakes. In Christian symbolism, cranes are seen as natural enemies of Satan. Due to their long migration season, they also became a symbol of endurance and their wings were once used as talismans to aide weary travelers. The spring return of cranes is a symbol of Christ's resurrection.
In Roman mythology, the crane was sacred to Demeter, the mother goddess. Demeter was said to renew the earth each spring when her daughter, Persephone, was released from the underworld."


In Japan, the crane is a symbol of long-life, happiness, good luck and peace. Paper Cranes became a symbol of healing Japan (find out more in National Geographic article).

Origami Paper Cranes are easy to fold. There are minimum requirements to make them: square paper and your hands. :o) You can find a diagram how to fold Origami Paper Crane here.

I used beautiful Origami Paper I had in my stash. I trimmed one paper to fold slightly smaller crane. :o)

List of supplies:
  • Origami paper, 15 cm x 15 cm
  • Origami paper, 14 cm x 14 cm (trimmed)
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer

I hope you'll like my project for this fortnight, get inspired and give a try to folding Paper Crane/s. Stop by the Fairy Tale Challenge Blog and see gorgeous creations my Design Team Mates made for this challenge. Do join us, we can't wait to see your projects. :o)

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


Milka

Monday, June 19, 2017

Motivation Magnet (Jane's Doodles DT Spotlight)


Hi everyone! :o)

Today is my turn to be on the spotlight over at Jane's Doodles and I made this Motivation Magnet.


I made this magnet for my friend and school colleague, as a gift for the school year end.

I love a magnet I created a couple months ago (find it here) and decided to CASE it. I went with same design, layout and created a sky scene around the sentiment/quote. As a central part of my magnets, I hand lettered the quotation of Croatian writer Ivana Brlić Mažuranić on the original, while on today's magnet, I used a beautiful Jane's Doodles big bold sentiment from 'You Got This' stamp set.


How I made the magnet...

I cut a 3" x 3" base from a Canson XL Mixed Media Paper.

I stamped the sentiment from Jane's Doodles 'You Got This' stamp set on the base and after couple minutes of ink drying, Sun and clouds from adorable Jane's Doodles 'Home Sweet Home' stamp set.

My favorite coloring technique is watercoloring. Like on my CASEd magnet, I step out of my comfort zone and loosely watercolored the sky scene. I struggled because I like everything colored neat, but less than a first time. LOL

I cut a magnet square with adhesive on one side, nearly same size as colored base and glued them together.

Lastly, I pressed the magnet with a 32 cm x 32 cm, 1 cm thick glass plate and left it pressed for an hour. When I glue together two different surfaces, like in this case, paper and magnet, I always press my projects.

Dimensions: 77 mm x 77 mm (3" x 3")

List of supplies:
  • Jane's Doodles 'You Got This' stamp set
  • Jane's Doodles 'Home Sweet Home' stamp set
  • Canson XL Mixed Media Paper, 300 g
  • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
  • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks
    • Mustard Seed
    • Spiced Marmalade
    • Tumbled Glass
    • Blueprint Sketch
  • magnet sheet, self adhesive
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
  • Marabu rounded fine paint brush no. #0
  • Ranger Heat It Tool (for drying)
  • large scissors
  • 32 cm x 32 cm x 1 cm glass plate
  • water
  • paper towels

I'm linking my project 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) Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #246 - Anything Goes
This is my 2nd entry to this challenge.

2) Happy Little Stampers, Watercolour Challenge, June 2017, Anything Goes
This is my 3rd entry to this challenge.


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


Milka

Friday, June 16, 2017

Jane's Doodles Father's Day Weekend Sale

Happy Friday! :o)

Jane is having Father's Day weekend sale and is offering 30% off on all clear stamps. No code needed. The discount is calculated at the checkout. For more information, jump over to Jane's Doodles Blog.



Do you share your Jane's Doodles creations on Instagram? Be sure to add hashtag #janesdoodles to your Jane's Doodles creations for your chance to be spottedfeatured on Jane's Doodles Blog and win some adorable Jane's Doodles stamps. Find out more here.:o)

Enjoy and smile! :o)


Milka

Thursday, June 15, 2017

B&W Birthday Balloons Card (LMMS Challenge #165)


Hi everyone! :o)


I hope you're all great and having a great week. It's been quiet couple days here on my blog. I had to take a short break from blogging, to enjoy last week of this school year, spend some quality time with my friends and in my garden, as well to work on my DT and GDT projects. :o)

School year ended yesterday here in Croatia, as well as my Math & Physics Teacher contract for school year 2016/2017. It was a wonderful time and I hope I'll have luck to return back in September. Tomorrow my summer job starts. I hope it will be a lovely summer. :o)


Today a new challenge starts at Little Miss Muffet Stamps Challenge Blog. Like always, it's #165, Anything Goes Challenge.


For this challenge I made this monochromeBlack & White, Birthday Balloons Card. :o)


For my card I used LMM's Forgotten Scraps 'Celebrate Balloons' rubber stamp, that is now available as digital image. This is the 7th card I made using the 'Celebrate Balloons' rubber stamp, my most used and my FAVORITE rubber stamp. :o) You can find my previous cards using this stamp hereherehereherehere and here. :o)

I went with simple design and same layout as on my previous cards using this stamp, but this time I wanted something less cute and colorful. Inspired with Tim's Burton work, Neil's Gaiman Sandman and Black & White photographs (which are my favorite photographs), I went with B&W effect on my card.

I stamped the image on a watercolor paper and colored it in watercolor technique using Distress Ink Black Soot. My first idea was to color only the image, but as I was coloring, I decided to watercolor whole background with same color. When I was satisfied with colors, I covered the image with paper towel scraps and splattered the panel with Distress Ink Black Soot. I dried the panel, glued it on a top folded white card base, highlighted highlights on balloons and highlighted stars with a white gel pen and my card was finished.


I'm very satisfied with my coloring and monochrome look I achieved using only one color. There will be more B&W colored projects from me in future, I'm sure. :o)

Card dimensions: 85 mm x 126 mm (3 3/8" x 5")

List of supplies:
  • LMM's Forgotten Scraps 'Celebrate Balloons' rubber stamp (now available in digital format)
  • white cardstock paper (card base)
  • watercolor paper
  • Tim's Holtz Distress Ink, Black Soot
  • Uniball Signo White
  • UHU universal glue
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • bone folder
  • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
  • Marabu rounded fine paint brush no. #0
  • Ranger Heat It Tool (for drying)
  • water
  • paper towels

I hope you'll like my card for today and get inspired. For more inspiration, stop by the LMMS Challenge Blog. Join us in on Challenge #165. The challenge will last for two weeks. There is also a prize for one lucky winner: $10.00 Gift Voucher to the LMMS shop. We like to select couple other projects to highlight as well. :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) Addicted to Stamps and More, Challenge #246 - Anything Goes
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

2) Happy Little Stampers, Watercolour Challenge, June 2017, Anything Goes with optional twist - Mask
This is my 2nd entry to this challenge.
I masked the image before splattering the panel.

3) Stempeleinmaleins, SEME Challenge #81 - Lieblingsstempel / Favorite Stamp


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


Milka

Sunday, June 11, 2017

To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop Winners (Re-draw)

Hi everyone!! :o)

Last night I re-drawn the unconfirmed prizes from To Bee Or Not To Bee Blog Hop (three prizes were not confirmed and one prize is passed).

Here are the winners:

Congratulations!! :o)



Please contact me to claim your prize (email: milkagubo81 (at) gmail (dot) com).

Please do so in a week, until June 18th 2017 (next week Sunday). If I don't hear from you by then, I'll draw new winners and you can no longer claim your prize.

Put a following in a subject line: BEE - SPONSOR'S NAME (for example: BEE - SUE).

Write me your full name and your e-mail address so I can forward your details to the sponsors. Please do not contact sponsors directly, as it's not possible to claim your prize that way.


Big hugs to all!! Enjoy and smile! :o)


Milka

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Confirmation Girl Card

Hi everyone! :o)

Today I want to share with you this CAS (clean and simple), watercolor Confirmation Girl Card.


My mom asked me to make her a card to give to my ex neighbors' daughter, who's Confirmation is today.

I used a GORGEOUS A Day For Daisies 'Tender Thoughts' digital image. Lovely girl, flowers and butterflies... So serene. :o)

I made a layout on my computer and printed the image on a watercolor paper panel. I left the image dry to prevent ink smearing while coloring. (I have no idea how many days was this image on my table before I started coloring it. Usually, I leave printed images dry through the night, so at least 8 hours.)

I colored the image in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. After drying, I shaded flowers, girl's dress and band with dark blue colored pencil and her hair with dark brown colored pencil.

When I was satisfied with shading, I trimmed the panel and glued it a white top folded card base. To add a bit more interest to this CAS card, I coated flowers and butterflies with Clear Wink of Stella and the card was finished. (I don't have shimmery photo to share with you. I couldn't 'catch the shimmer with my camera' when I finished the card. 

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

List of supplies:
  • A Day For Daisies 'Tender Thoughts'
  • white cardstock paper (card base)
  • Koh-i-noor pop Aquarel Watercolor Paper, 250 gms (panel)
  • Tim Holtz's Distress Inks:
    • Tea Dye
    • Vintage Photo
    • Walnut Stain
    • Blueprint Sketch
    • Hickory Smoke
  • Koh-i-noor Hardtmuth Mondeluz aquarel colored pencils 3710
    • light green 25
    • dark green 26
  • TOZ Artist Color Colored Pencils:
    • dark blue
    • dark brown
  • TOZ Fantasy Colored Pencil, light grey
  • ZIG Wink of Stella Brush (Gl. clear 999)
  • UHU universal glue
  • printer
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • bone folder
  • Marabu rounded fine paint brush no. #0
  • Ranger Heat It Tool (for drying)
  • 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) CASology, Week 252: Insect
Butterflies. :o)

2) Happy Little Stampers, Watercolour Challenge, June 2017, Anything Goes
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.


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


Milka

Friday, June 9, 2017

Tiger Card (KBD Aloha Friday Challenge #96 Mid Inspiration)

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Happy Friday! :o)


Today I'm sharing a mid-inspiration project for an ongoing Aloha Friday Challenge at Kitty Bee Designs.

The challenge for this fortnight is #96 - Congratulations.

We have two sponsors for this challenge: KaDoodle Bug Designs and Scrap N' Dipity, so there will be double prizes! :o)

 


And here's my take on the challenge: masculine, CAS (clean and simple), Tiger Card.



I used an ADORABLE Kitty Bee Designs 'Ty the Tiger' digital image.

I printed the tiger on a thick watercolor paper and left him dry through the night to prevent ink smearing while coloring.

I colored the tiger in watercolor technique using Distress Inks. After drying, I fussy cut the tiger and colored edges with black marker.

Then I heat embossed in white a sentiment 'congratulations' on a black cardstock paper. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches 'Sentiment Sampler' stamp set.

I decided to go with same design and layout as on a card I shared here on my blog yesterday, here. Super simple, CAS as much as it can be, masculine with minimum colors and elements. :o)

I glued 2 mm thick foam squares on the sentiment stripe and glued it on a top folded white card base, glued 3 mm thick foam squares on the tiger and placed him on the card. As a finishing touch, I glued two wooden stars on the card.




Card dimensions: 89 mm x 121 m(3.5" x 4.75")

List of supplies:
  • Kitty Bee Designs 'Ty the Tiger' digital image
  • Paper Smooches 'Sentiment Sampler' stamp set
  • white cardstock paper (card base)
  • Koh-i-noor pop Aquarel Watercolor Paper, 250 gms (image)
  • black cardstock paper (sentiment)
  • Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
  • WOW! Embossing Powder (Opaque Bright White, Regular, WL01R)
  • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks:
    • Tea Dye
    • Vintage Photo
    • Ground Espresso
  • Stabilo Fine Tip Pen (marker), Black 68/46
  • UHU universal glue
  • foam squares, 2 mm thick
  • foam squares, 3 mm thick
  • Create a Smile Chipboard 'Nested Stars' (tiniest stars)
  • printer
  • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
  • bone folder
  • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
  • Marabu rounded fine paint brush no. #0
  • Ranger Heat It Craft Tool
  • scissors
  • paper towels 
  • water
  • powder bag
  • dry cloth

I hope you'll like my project for the challenge and get inspired. For more inspiration, stop by the Kitty Bee Designs blog and check out lovely projects my Design Team mates created. And don't forget to join us in this challenge. We are looking forward to see your projects. :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) Crafting By Designs, June Anything Goes Challenge
This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

2) Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Make It Masculine
This is my 2nd entry to this challenge.

3) Uniko Challenge, #41 Masculine
This is my 2nd entry to this challenge.


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


Milka

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Froggy Birthday Card (Jane's Doodles DT Spotlight)


Hi everyone! :o)

Yesterday was my turn to be on the spotlight over at Jane's Doodles and I made this masculine, CAS (clean and simple), Froggy Birthday Card.


To make this card, I used two Jane's Doodles stamp sets. Super cute frog is from 'Smile' stamp set and sentiment from 'Plants' stamp set'Smile' set is an oldie, but brand new in my stamps collection. LOVE!!! :o)

I stamped the frog on a watercolor paper and watercolored it with Distress Inks. After drying, I fussy cut the frog. leaving white border around it.

Then I heat embossed in white the sentiment on a black cardstock paper stripe.

I glued 2 mm thick foam squares on the sentiment stripe and glued it on a top folded white card base. I wanted the frog to pop up even more, so I glued 3 mm thick foam squares on the frog and placed it on the card. As a finishing touch, I glued two green enamel stickers below the sentiment.


Card dimensions: 89 mm x 121 mm (3.5" x 4.75")

List of supplies:
    • Jane's Doodles 'Smile' stamp set
    • Jane's Doodles 'Plants' stamp set (sentiment)
    • white cardstock paper (card base)
    • Koh-i-noor pop Aquarel Watercolor Paper, 250 gms (image)
    • black carstock paper (sentiment)
    • Ranger Archival Ink (Jet Black)
    • Tsukineko VersaMark Watermark Stamp Pad
    • WOW! Embossing Powder (Opaque Bright White, Regular, WL01R)
    • Tim's Holtz Distress Inks
      • Twisted Citron
      • Hickory Smoke
    • foam squares, 2 mm thick
    • foam squares, 3 mm thick
    • Create a Smile 'Fruitalicious' enamel stickers
    • Fiskars High Precision Personal Paper Trimmer
    • bone folder
    • acrylic block (102 mm x 102 mm)
    • Marabu rounded fine paint brush no. #0
    • Ranger Heat It Tool
    • scissors
    • crafting needle
    • water
    • paper towels
    • powder bag
    • dry cloth

    "Frogs are symbols of prosperity, wealth, friendship, and abundance in many cultures. In other cultures they symbolize fertility. In the Native American culture of the Southwestern United States, the frog carries a piece of wood in its mouth because the Mojave people believe frogs brought fire to humans. For the ancient Romans, the frog was believed to bring good luck to one's home. Native Aborigines of Australia believe that frogs brought the thunder and rain. Frogs are said to be effective in speeding up recovery from disease. Among the ancient Egyptians and Greeks, frogs symbolized inspiration and fertility. In ancient Egypt, Hekt, the frog goddess, protected newborn babies, hence frogs were symbols of fertility and birth. The frog is also said to attract true friends and to help find long-lasting love."



    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) AAA cards, CAS Game #91 - The 3rd Big Birthday Bash
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.
    Happy Birthday!!! :o)

    2) Craft Stamper Magazine, Take It Make It Challenge: June, An Anything Goes Stamping Challenge
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

    3) Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Make It Masculine
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.

    4) Uniko Challenge, #41 Masculine
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.


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


    Milka

    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    Summer Night Card (Fairy Tale Challenge #170)


    Hi everyone! :o)


    It's time for a new challenge over at Fairy Tale Challenge Blog.

    Our theme for this fortnight is #170, Sommer in blau + eine Farbe / Summer in Blue + one more color.

    This time our lucky winner will win this lovely stars stencil.


    I went with blue + black color combo and made this CAS (clean and simple), Summer Night Card.


    My card is a CASE of my own card that I made last year, Summer Card. I went with same design, layout and summery theme. Differences are color schemes, CASEd card presents sunset and today's card night. :o)

    I used handmade circle stencil to create Blue Moon. I blended Distress Inks directly on a white top folded card base through the stencil. When I was satisfied with the color, I removed the stencil and stamped a sentiment from Create a Smile 'Sending Sunshine' kit on the card base.

    Then I colored in black wooden sailboat using Ranger's Archival Ink, Jet Black, dried it with Heat It Tool and glued it on the card.

    I could finish my card at this point, but it was a bit boring. I stamped two size stars from Mama Elephant stamp sets (see list of supplies), one outlined and one solid shape star. I colored outlined stars with a black marker and made them solid and my card was finished. Super easy and fast to create. :o)

    Card dimensions: 95 mm x 126 mm (3 3/4" x 5")

    List of supplies:

    I hope you'll like my project for this fortnight and get inspired. Stop by the Fairy Tale Challenge Blog and see gorgeous creations my Design Team Mates made for this challenge. Do join us, we can't wait to see your projects. :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) Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes

    2) STAMPlorationsCAS Card Challenge, June 2017: Anything CAS Goes w/optional twist: Masculine Colors
    This is my 1st entry to this challenge.


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


    Milka
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