Thursday, October 31, 2013

Sketchbook News: Name the Raven Winner and Halloween Treats in the Studio!

Happy Halloween!
There's a lot to cover in this post so let's get right down to it shall we.  I have two new images in the studio this week but first up, I've selected a name for my newest character, the Raven.
There were some great suggestions but I could only choose one.  Don't worry, I have a surprise for everyone who participated so keep reading.
 
Introducing Edgar the Raven and Mabel Mouse
https://www.etsy.com/listing/167143307/digital-stamp-raven-and-the-mouse?ref=listing-shop-header-1

Congratulation Ike!  You've won the image above featuring Edgar and Mabel as well as one other image of your choice from the studio.  Please e-mail me with your choice and I'll send out your images.

Thank you to all who participated.  In appreciation, each participant who left a comment and a name suggestion on my previous post also receives Edgar the Raven and Mabel Mouse. Please e-mail me at khecker@sccoast.net with your name suggestion/s in the subject line and I'll send this image to you.
My next image is Edgar the Raven.  He certainly looks like he has a lot to say.  What do you think?
https://www.etsy.com/listing/167533775/digital-stamp-edgar-the-raven?ref=shop_home_active

Both of these images are available in the Studio.  Just click on the image or my shop badge and you'll be transported to my Etsy Studio.

Next I'm sharing a fun project I made using Graphic 45 papers.  It's a Halloween Slider card.  The complete tutorial link is on YouTube and it's by Sari Hanninen.  THANK YOU Sari :) I took my project a step further than Sari's video.  I altered my measurements to fit the graphics on this designer paper AND because G45 papers are that gorgeous, I just had to make this double slider DOUBLE sided.
This is the first side closed, using vertical images

 With tabs pulled open

 Reverse side, closed and using horizontal images

.... annnnd with tabs opened
This slider was surprisingly easy to make
All papers in this project came from the G45 Steam punk Spells collection.
I hope everyone has a happy Halloween and spooktacular day!
Hugs and happy crafting!
-Kim



Friday, October 25, 2013

Sketchbook News: Name the Raven Free Digi Challenge

Fantastic Friday!  I hope you are ready to tackle the weekend head on and I hope you have picked up my current free image for this month.  If you haven't you can grab it here:
 I'm glad you stopped by.  I'm adding a new character to the studio this weekend.  It's a boisterous Raven with a wild feather-do who is currently nameless.
Take a peek:
I need your help to decide on a name for this sophisticated gentlema, ah, gentle-bird and the name I choose wins two digital stamps from the Oak Pond Creations Etsy Studio.
The Rules:
 
From now until Wednesday, October 30th leave a comment on this post with a name suggestion.
 
If you don't have a blog, that's OK, leave a comment on this post with a name suggestion AND send an e-mail to khecker@sccoast.net with the name suggestion so I know who you are.
 
You can leave as many comments as you like but each comment can only contain one name suggestion.
 
I will choose the Raven's name from all submissions and announce the winner on Thursday October 31st.  The winner will receive this completed image and another free image of their choice from my Etsy Studio.
 
Don't forget to join my mailing list for updates. I also have a Facebook page to keep you informed of the goings on in the Studio.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend.  Hugs and happy crafting!
-Kim

Friday, October 18, 2013

Sketchbook News: Fantastic Friday!

Hello and TGIF!  I've been waiting all week for this day, how 'bout you? There's a lot going on at Oak Pond so jump in the wagon and hold on, here we go!
 
First, did you hear about the 2000 follower candy give-away over at Sketch Saturday? WHAT? Get your nose out of your latest project and spread the news ;)
Click their badge and leap on over there, add your info to link up for your chance to win some fabulous prizes.
 
 
Next, Oak Pond is also sponsoring Challenges for Everybody.  The theme this fortnight is, as always, Anything Goes.
 How can you not join in on that!?  There's no excuse not to join.  Click on their badge, visit their section of blogland real-estate and add your card.
You could win 3 free digis from my Etsy Studio.
 
Please don't forget to leave lovely comments for each DT member.  Comments make blogland go-round.  Who doesn't love to get a great comment?  Thanks!
 
Next, I'm giving you a sneak peak at my sketchbook:
I know, I know.  It doesn't take rocket science to figure out what's going on here, or does it?
I'm not completely sure where I'm going with this yet but I hope to figure it out by the end of this weekend and get it in the studio for you.
 
And finally, don't forget to grab this month's free digital stamp!
and scroll to the bottom of that post.
It's only available until October 31st.
Hugs and happy crafting! -Kim

Saturday, October 12, 2013

Sketchbook News: Free Digi and OPC Sponsors Challenges 4 Everybody

Hey there Papercrafters!  I'm typing up my post to you from small town, New Jersey, USA 600 miles from my home sweet home.  If you follow my blog you know I travel back and forth quite a bit to visit family and I always pack an extra piece of luggage to hold my crafty supplies.  Me and my family have had an action packed day but I was able to squeeze in some card time and create an inspiration card.  My old hometown is decorated with homemade scarecrows on every corner, spooky spiderwebs on shop doors and is hosting a Pumpkin Carve this weekend.  It's so festive and makes Halloween a fun time for everyone so I wanted my inspiration card to be happy and bright.
This week I'm sponsoring
The theme as always is "Anything Goes."  You can't go wrong with that!  Enter your card for a chance to win 3 digis of your choice from Oak Pond Creations Digital Illustration Studio.
Here's my inspiration card:
Card Recipe:
Papers:  DCWV Midnight Spell Stack and Recollections cardstock
Black Satin Ribbon embellishment, Sentiment Stamp from Michael's and color added to image with Prisma Pencils
Before I get to your free image I want to tell you about new Halloween illustrations in the Studio.
 
OPC's Crafty Spider
 OPC's Halloween Friends
 OPC's Otis the Wizard
 OPC's Skull
 
The link to this month's free image is
Just click the link above and it will take you to the post.
Grab it now, because it's only available until October 31st.
Have an amazing weekend, hugs and happy crafting! -Kim

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

All Aboard for a free digi and Thomas the Tank Engine!

Happy Wednesday!  I hope you had fun this past weekend at all of the World Card Making Day blogland festivities .  Don't forget to join the Link Up for Pink breast cancer awareness party.  It's still going on and you can enter a card for some great prizes.
As for the goings on at Oak Pond, we have a few Thomas the Tank engine fans in our family and today I'm sharing my project using some Thomas Designer Paper.  Like many, I have enough designer paper in my studio to last a decade.  I have no business adding more but, when I saw some Thomas the Tank engine paper at my LSS (local scrapbook store) a few months ago, like many....I knew I had to build something with it.  I passed over this paper a hundred times in my stash trying to figure out exactly WHAT to do with it.  It was not a layout for a background or building a general card.  It was a 12 X 12 sheet of cutouts.  After two months it hit me like a Train! (ha-ha)  My Thomas paper had to become an exploding box.  





This was so much fun to build and very easy.  I created the pyramid in the middle by cutting 4 triangles and leaving tabs to glue together.  Printed a sentiment and mounted it on a toothpick that was inserted into the top of the pyramid.  I hope it inspires you to try something new!
Don't forget to grab this months free image below.  Hugs and happy crafting! -Kim
 
https://www.etsy.com/shop/OakPondCreations?ref=si_shop

October Free Image has Expired. Be on the lookout for November's Freebie coming soon!
Please do not post this free image anywhere on the Internet/world wide web.
Copyright is retained by Kim Hecker of Oak Pond Creations.
Angel Policy Applies.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Think Pink!

It's that time of year again.  October is breast cancer awareness month and I've joined the girls again this year over at Link Up for Pink for their 3rd annual linking party.
Grab your pink EVERYTHING and get crafting, link your card at
for a chance to win one of the many prizes being offered by generous sponsors.
I've seen some amazing cards already added to the link up.  It's great to see so many crafter's spreading the word.
Oak Pond Creations Studio is offering one participant 3 stamps of their choice from the Etsy Shop. 
I've used OPC's Think Pink digi for my inspiration card and crafted a simple reminder card that will go to a friend.

Card Recipe:
Recollections cardstock and Southworth linen papers
Recollections embellishments and Copics for color
Challenges:
Think Pink, Hugs and happy crafting! -Kim
 

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Help a Hero and Earn a Free Digi

Welcome and happy World Card Making Day!
I hope you're having a great time hopping around and finding tons of inspiration.  Operation Write Home is a tremendous organization that consists of hard working, dedicated volunteers.  Combined with the card crafting community, they provide gorgeous, quality greeting cards for our deployed military heroes to send back home to their family and friends.
This year's World Card Making Day blog hop theme is Thank You cards for a hero to send home.  You can use one of the many OWH sketches or use one of your own.  Post the sketch or link to it in your post. You can also create  Any Hero Mail with notes inside written TO the hero from you and/or your family.  Please follow guidelines when making a card for OWH.  You can read about that on the OWH Guidelines page.

Oak Pond Creations Illustration Studio is offering *one free stamp of choice when you purchase
I will donate a portion of all OPC American Flag sales during this event to OWH
*At checkout, include a message with your choice of one stamp from my Etsy Studio and
I will e-mail your stamp to you.

My inspiration card was made by following OWH Sketch #173
 
My card was made with Southworth Linen and paper from my stash.
Digital image Oak Pond Creations American Flag
Color applied with Prisma Pencils
Thank You Stamp from Michaels
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Go grab your ATG guns, get crafty and have a great time bloghopping :)
Hugs and Happy Crafting!
-Kim
 

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sketchbook News: Otis the Wizard is here!

Are you having a terrific Tuesday?  I'm starting out great with my laptop and coffee, typing today's post before I head in to the IRL job.  I was able to spend much of the weekend in the Studio catching up on a list of projects and preparing for upcoming events.
Just a few more days until the annual World Card Making Day Bog Hop.  Grab your supplies and your ideas, make a card for our troops and jump in on the fun!  It all starts October 5th.

 
I had a chance to make a couple of cards this weekend featuring my newest image:
Otis the Wizard.


Otis is working hard to bring everyone a fabulous Halloween.  Otis will magically transport you directly to the Oak Pond Creations Studio Shop if you simply click his image.


 
I've used Copics to add color to my image
Spellbinders circle die
Recollections embellishments
 
Have a great week
Hugs and happy crafting! -Kim