Friday, August 30, 2013

Sketchbook News: Free digi, Things to come and 25% off Studio Sale!

Fantastic Friday!  Did you grab my free digital image yet?  She's only available until Monday September 2nd. Click the link below:
 
 
Alright, Are your ready to create? I know I am!  Like many, I'm a weekend warrior when it comes to the artsy stuff, I have to fit in as much as I can in the next 48 hours.  My weekends include a LOT of coffee, a ton of paper and a head full of ideas. They also include dirty laundry, house chores and a bit of sleep too but who wants to talk about that??  ;)
Halloween is on my brain and I've been dabbling with the macabre on my sketchbook.  I'm not sure where it's gonna go yet but here's a peek at an upcoming illustration:
Stay tuned, it will be in the studio soon.
On to the SALE!
The good 'ol USA is celebrating a Labor Day weekend.  Children have Monday off from school and most employees are given the day off too.
Oak Pond Creations is celebrating the weekend with 25% off the entire Studio.  The sale runs through Monday, September 2nd.
Enter coupon code
LABORDAYUSA25
at checkout to get 25% off your entire purchase.
Click the link below to visit the Studio.  Hugs and happy crafting this weekend! -Kim
 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"A Swap? What's that?"

Wonderful Wednesday!
Don't forget to grab my end of August Free digi HERE!
I have been a member of Papercraft Planet for a while but unfortunately, I don't get to spend much time there and I'm trying to change that because of the many talented and knowledgeable papercrafters at PCP, it's an incredibly inspiring site.  Recently I found a group called G45fans and was instantly taken with the group.  It's for fans of Graphics 45 papers/embellishments.  After reading the group description I knew I had to join and try a few activities.  Not long after joining I was welcomed in by other members and prompted to try a swap.  "A swap?" I questioned, "what's that?"  I was quickly educated by the wonderful members of the G45fans group on project guidelines, project deadlines, who my swap partner would be and posting etiquette.
After wrapping my head around it all, I committed to my very first swap,
A G45 Wallet Card.  Here's my creation that has already been mailed off to
my swap partner in Canada. 
This wallet card came with a tutorial to follow.
Erica at Pink Buckaroo Designs posted this tutorial.  It has all the specs for you.  Thanks Erica!
The tutorial uses cardstock but I've altered my wallet card to
incorporate cardboard making a wallet book. 
 
This shows the front with a twine and key closure
 
Inside I created the three pockets as required on the left flap and added a pencil/pen holder.
The buttons are from my stash.
On the right flap I added a notepad holder in lieu of a big pocket.   

 
 The key is from Michael's and twine from my never ending stash of twine :)
Designer paper is from the Graphic 45 ABC Primer Collection
If you would like to join Papercraft Planet just click on the name.
 
 I sure had a great time making this and I hope my swap partner likes it.
Go get your craft on! Hugs and happy crafting :) -Kim

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Sketchbook News: New in the studio and a free digi!

It's a terrific Tuesday, crafters.
I want to share my new images fresh off the sketchbook and give you a freebie. 
 
New in the Studio:
 
Trash Cats
 
 
Halloween Friends
featuring Otis the owl,
Bartholomew Bat and one of the many Trash Cats
 
 
School Bus
 
 
Shakin' Snakes
 
Your freebie this month is:
Love Kitty!
Enjoy, hugs and happy crafting! -Kim
AUGUST FREEBIE IS NOW EXPIRED

Please do not post my free images anywhere on the internet/world wide web.
Angel Policy applies.
This image is copyrighted by Kim Hecker of Oak Pond Creations.
Thank you for your cooperation. 
 
 
 
 

Friday, August 23, 2013

Sketchbook News: It's the most wonderful time of the year!

Happy Friday, crafters.  It's that time of year again, back to school.  I'm a proud parent this week.  Our youngest son started his first day of high school.  Watching him walk into that huge building makes me wonder how time flies.  It seems like only yesterday we were sending him off to Kindergarten and now he's almost a man grown. (shaking my head)  His elementary school years inspired me to sketch this funky, chunky school bus.  Introducing the newest digi in the studio. 
 
You still have time to join in on the card challenge over at Pile-it-on!  The theme is No Designer Paper.  Enter your card for a chance to win a few free digis from Oak Pond Creations Studio. 
Have a fabulous Friday!  -Hugs and happy crafting. -Kim

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Sketchbook News: Happy Thursday!

This week Oak Pond Creations is sponsoring
The theme this week is No Designer Paper.
The goal with the Pile-it-On team is for paper crafters to enter their card/project in as many challenges as possible.  They even list some of the most popular challenges with links on their sidebar.  Check it out and leave the DT some lovely comments then enter your creation for a chance to win free Oak Pond Digis.
 
Here's a peek at my new sketch coming out this weekend.
Stay tuned and have a great day, crafters.
Hugs and happy crafting! -Kim

Friday, August 16, 2013

Tutorial: Altered Indie Notebook

Good Saturday!  Today I'm sharing my "Altered Indie Notebook" tutorial.  This little 3 X 5 index card book is handy for keeping notes or ideas,  lists and to-do's. I truly enjoy creating altered journals and notebooks from scratch.  This idea is not original to me but like many, I put my own spin on things and invite you to join me and create this fun little notebook.  They make great gifts.
Here are a just few of my Altered Indie examples:

 


Supply list:
Chipboard or heavy cardboard
(I avoid corrugated cardboard. It can bend under stress causing a crease in the book covers.)
3" X 5" index cards
Metal Grommets
Grommet Setting tool
Hammer
Hole punch
Designer paper
Metal Binding Clip
Button
Twine
Ribbon
Embellishments

Cut 2 pieces of chipboard/cardboard at 3" X 5"
 You can punch holes now or wait until the end.  If you choose to punch holes now, make sure to avoid wrapping the same sides of the covers or you'll find your binding holes on opposite ends!  At every step, make sure the binding holes mirror each other.
 
Wrap the covers:
Cut the paper wrap at " 4 X 6"
Use a strong adhesive or paste to secure the wrap to the outside.
bend your paper flaps to the inside, fold and tuck paper corners, then secure the flaps to the inside as shown below.
NOTE:  If using wet glue, it can cause enough moisture in softer cardboard/chipboard to make the covers warp.
Press the wrapped covers between two heavy, flat objects until dry to ensure shape retention.
 
 
I have about 3,000 buttons thanks to my dear MIL.  I use one on every journal and notebook.
To attach a button closure, thread a button from the outside of the front cover to the inside and leave a tail.  (shown below)  Tack the tail with adhesive to secure it until you get the inside cover secured.
 
I use twine with my button closures.
Thread the closure ribbon or twine from the outside of the back cover to the inside. Again, leave a tail as shown below and secure it until you cover the unfinished inside.
(binding holes are mirrored!)
 
The front and back covers wrapped and showing my button closure method
 
Use a strong paste/adhesive and seal the inside of each cover. 
You can use designer paper or plain recycled paper as shown in this example.
 
Once the covers are completely wrapped and dry, place the grommets using a setting tool and hammer.
Add a binding clip and embellishments to your Indie Notebook.
 
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!  Hugs and happy crafting this weekend :) -Kim
 
 

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sympathy and Prayers for a Friend

Happy Sunday, crafters.  I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family and friends.  Sadly, I had to create a sympathy card this weekend, the one card we all wish we never have to send.  This one is for a dear friend and fellow crafter Linda who just lost her mother.
My heart, thoughts and prayers are with you, Linda <3
I've used my favorite Recollections papers/embellishments, Copic pens and my own sketch Stargazer Lilies, a Fiskars sentiment and Cuttlebug embossing folders.  Thanks for stopping by and please say a prayer for Linda.  It will help her through a difficult time.
Hugs and happy crafting. -Kim
 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Sketchbook News: Stop "wine-ing" and start coloring!

Happy Tuesday to you. 
I just want to share one of my images in color.  I've reduced the price for this digi from now until Sunday, August 11, 2013.  OPC's Wine can be purchased for just $2.00 so get it while you can.
 Click on the black and white image below to visit the Studio.
 
Don't forget, there's still a couple of days left to join in on the fun over at The Squirrel and the Fox Challenge.  Enter the Nautical/Sea Life challenge for a chance to win a few digi's from OPC!
Hugs and happy crafting! -Kim
 
 
 I decided to use Copics for adding color.  I worked my pens to the point that my finished product looks a bit like my Prisma Pencil work.
 I might try this again with pencils and see what I get.
Have a great week everyone :)