Sunday, July 16, 2017

Sketchbook News and New in the Studio!

Hello crafty friends.  It's going to be a beautiful day in Myrtle Beach today.  I hope summer has been good to you.  It's a busy and adventurous time for our family and even though art time gets limited, I enjoy the extended sunlight hours!

I'm introducing a new digital stamp at Oak Pond Creations Studio and sharing a card I made using an adorable red rubber stamp given to me by a dear friend.

There's a new designer at Oak Pond Creations.  He's not only an amazing artist, he is also my son. (huge proud parent grin)
This is Ethan and you can check out his section in the shop:
Welcome to the studio, Ethan!
E. Howard Studio
"Just an Apple"

Have an idea for an image?  Drop Ethan a line via email with your suggestions or just welcome him to the crafting community.

I found time to make a few cards this week.  This one features a gift from my friend Jeni over at Flip Flop Creations.  Jeni gave me this adorable red rubber stamp some time ago and I finally made her a card with it.  Thank you Jeni!
The image is Santoro Gorjuss I love you little rabbit
Paper is various scrap from my stash
Color medium: Copic Sketch, Distress Inks
Embellishments: Stampin' Up! ribbon, Spellbinder Dies, Stickles

Hugs and happy crafting and God bless you!
"As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love." -John 15:9

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Merry Christmas 2016!

I love spending this time of year celebrating the birth of Jesus with my loved ones.  I hope you are enjoying it too and that this Christmas season brings you joy.  
In this post, I'm sharing the ornament I put together this year.  It follows a story I read.  You might be familiar with it.  I've read many versions and tried unsuccessfully to verify the author.
The story is about a young person that walks along the shore and one by one picks up beached starfish and tosses them back into the sea.  This person is approached by another who says the task is fruitless because there are hundreds, maybe thousands of beached star fish...
far too many for the young person to make a difference.
The young person looks at the skeptical observer then reaches down, plucks another starfish from the sand, tosses it into the sea and replies
"It made a difference to that one."

Wire Wrapped Starfish Ornament

Supplies:
Jewelers Tools
Jewelry wire (small gauge) of your choice
Dremmel tool and drill bit
Pearls or other gemstone (pre-drilled) of your choice
Wire wrap your pearl onto the starfish making sure to thread the pearl during the process. I used 28 gauge copper wire. It's easy to bend and work with and small enough to thread the pearl.
Drill a hole in one of the fingers of your star fish.
This creates a thread anchor for the wire wrapped hanger.
It's a dusty, messy job.  Wear a mask or do it outside.
Thread the jewelry wire through the hole and wrap it around the drilled finger.  At the top, make a jewelry loop using round nose jewelry pliers.  You've made your tree hook.  That's It!

Make a difference.  Big or small, it matters.  You matter.
Merry Christmas to you and your families and have a joyous new year!
God Bless You,
-Kimberly

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Sketchbook News: New in the Studio!

Happy October!
Introducing a couple of new images over at
Click on the photos to visit the shop.


Clay Pot Daisy


Scaredy Ghosts

I hope they inspire you to create!
The shop still has some Halloween "Oldies but Goodies" check them out here:
www.etsy.com/shop/OakPondCreations

Visit my Facebook page for the latest updates and sketch releases. 
Hugs, happy crafting and God bless you.
-Kimberly

Bible Journey

Howdy Artists!  I share a bit of my creative time with God. If you have a journaling Bible, you understand.  This is how I created a custom set of tabs for my journaling Bible.

Our pastor has a passion for teaching us the truth in God's word and during a sermon sends us flipping from one book to another for reference and learning.  Adding bible tabs went from a fun idea I'd occasionally toss around to a great idea that needed to get done fast.

I set up the graphics on the computer using Microsoft Publisher, a tedious task but worth it.  I now have a forever template.
I'm a plain Jane kinda gal and chose basic craft card stock to print my tabs.  I've seen many colors and patterns on the internet for you to choose from.
Instead of laminating my tabs, I scrubbed my paper with beeswax then used a heat gun to melt and seal it.  (Beeswax also gives paper a unique, antique look that I like.)
This photo shows all of my supplies

My original tab punch was a bit large, I used a rounded corner punch to modify my tabs just a bit.

 I folded each tab and measured the dimensions of my bible before doing anything else.

I used Sookwang double sided adhesive on each tab as shown below

Finished project

If you decide to create your own tabs, check out Pinterest for great examples.
Regardless of DIY tabs or purchasing them remember to:
*Layout the pattern before adhering.
*Check and double check before making anything permanent!
*Make sure you can see the name of the books on the tabs when the bible is closed.
*Do NOT rush :)

"Fast is fine but accuracy is everything." -Wyatt Earp

I'd love to see examples of your Bible Journals.  You can post them to my FB page here:
https://www.facebook.com/OakPondCreations

Hugs and Happy Crafting! God bless you -Kimberly
1 Corinthians 10:31

Friday, September 16, 2016

From One Chick to Another!

Happy Friday!
I hope this day finds you crafting, gifting and sharing your love of art.
My dear sis-in-law is celebrating her birthday.  This very day she turns, oh, 29-ish again.  :)
Christine, I love you and I hope you have the best, blessed birthday ever.

I used another favorite stamp "Cluck,cluck, cluck" by Penny Black.
These chickens are on a mission, they crack me up every time I see them!
Color added with Prisma Colored pencils.
Paper: Recollections card stock and DP from my stash.
Sentiment: Stampin' Up! Jar of Love die cut and coordinating stamp. 
Button embellishment:  Winifred Wert's Bottomless Button Jar
(Aunt Winnie, you're the best button collector ever.  Thank you!)

Hugs and happy crafting this weekend!
God bless you,
-Kimberly

Thursday, September 8, 2016

What Therefore God Hath Joined

Happy Fall Y'all!
I hope the weather change is in your favor.  This time of year is bittersweet for me.  Losing daylight hours makes it tough to squeeze my outside activities in after work but on the other hand, I get more time in my studio to make art and that's not so bad.
Today's card traveled from the studio to Massachusetts, USA after a brief stop in New Jersey.  Congratulations to my dear, sweet niece Nat and her husband Florian on their new life together.  May God bless you and keep you in his tender loving care.
Mark 10:9


Neenah cardstock
Stampin' Up Butterfly Basics die
Stickles (gotta have bling!)
Tim Holtz tattered floral die
Spellbinders labels 18 die

Wishing you joy, happiness and time to create.
Hugs and Happy Crafting!




Saturday, August 13, 2016

Submerged in the Word!

Hello again!  I was tapped to lead the crafts this year at Vacation Bible School.  This involved a lot of prayer (always a great thing) and spending extra time scouring the net for inspiration.  One idea I instantly liked is this treat tree.  Our VBS theme "Submerged!" took us under the sea and took me into my ocean of craft stash.  After finding my supplies, I came up with my own version of a treat tree I saw on Pinterest.  It was a great week at VBS, everyone had a ton of fun hearing about our Lord, singing, dancing and crafting all for the Glory of God.  I hope it inspires you to make your own treat tree for your event.
This craft is not original to me, you can find many versions on Pinterest and throughout the internet.
Directions:
Since little hands were going to be reaching and plucking treats at random, I decided to flip the base as shown (see photo above) to give the tree a bit more stabilization.
After thoroughly washing the clay pot and base, I allowed it to air dry for a day.
I secured the base to the pot with white glue (a lot) of white glue
After drying, (it took 3 days) I painted it using acrylics, allowing that to dry.
To add interest and hide where the pot is connected at the base I added thick twine. (See finished photo)
I inserted a white Styrofoam ball slightly larger than the opening of the pot.  No glue needed, just gently push the foam into the top and it will fit securely into the pot.
This is the end result.
The dolphins and submarine were cut out with my Cricut machine.  They are on the "Life is a Beach" Cricut cartridge.
I cut two complete sets out of card stock for each floral pick.
A bit of tulle and more floral picks to trim around the edges.  
After each night of crafting, each child picked a treat from the tree and at the end of the night, I refilled the tree for the next evening.
I hope you enjoy making this craft as much as I did.
Hugs and Happy Crafting!
-Kimberly

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

March Madness

Can you believe that March is almost over?  It seems like only yesterday it was Christmas and here we are, another round of birthdays have come and gone faster than a speeding bullet.
   
This turned into a mixed media project.  I used wooden craft stars, Cricut Indie Art cartridge to die cut a guitar (added frets with a micron pen) and various papers from my scrap container.  My sentiment stamp is from Stampin' Up!

Created using all Stampin' Up! supplies.
I added color to my flowers with Copics.

I just love this little bumblebee stamp I purchased it at Michael's from the $1.00 bin.  Who doesn't love a bargain?!  The flowers are Stampin' Up! Botanical Builder and the "honey comb" shapes are cut with Spellbinder dies.  Color added with Copics.

I hope you are crafting your hearts out and putting smiles on the faces of the ones you love.
See you next month!
Hugs and Happy Crafting!

Monday, February 1, 2016

February Fun!

Happy Day, bloggers!  I'm ringing in February with a wrap up of January's birthday cards.
Here's a look at just a few of the cards I shipped from Oak Pond.

Created with G45 Good Ol' Sport, wooden craft stars from Michael's and a lot of hot glue :)

Created with G45 papers, Tim Holtz Flowers die and OPC Friend Image.  I added colored with Copics

This is not my original concept.  I saw this created by another crafter but It looked like fun and I really wanted to make one too.
I used a combination of Recollections craft paper, G45 papers, various Spellbinders dies and embossing folders for texture.


Created with Stampin' Up!  By far, my favorite stamp and die set.  I added color to the flower stamp with Copics and embellished the "Happy Birthday" with copper embossing powder.  The black butterfly skeleton was backed and fussy cut with a piece of homeless paper from my stash.

I hope you have an inspirational and fun February.
Thanks for stopping by the blog.
Hugs and happy crafting!
-Kimberly

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Happy New Year!




Happy New Year!
Yes. I know, it's the middle of January.
Oak Pond Creations is still open for business but
I'm taking the year off from sponsorship to focus on family and friends.
I've been more than neglectful as far as their birthdays and cards go and I need fix that.
This card is for Paul who, in between traveling the globe has, at the moment, paused in New Jersey.  His passion for Chinese cuisine and home remodeling sparked my construction for his card.  A combination of Recollections craft paper and G45.  Recollections brads, Tim Holtz takes credit for the "fortune" sentiment.  The fortune cookie charm and metal gears are from Traditions.

Blogger friends, I hope this year finds you crafting up a storm and taking care of the people you love, even if it's sending them a line or two in a letter, card or note.  Hugs, happy crafting and Happy New Year!
Blessings,
Kimberly