Monday, December 31, 2012

Oak Pond Sponsors Forever Friends!


Happy New Years Eve!  Oak Pond Creations is sponsoring Forever Friends and today starts a new Challenge.  The winner of this challenge will receive three images from the Oak Pond shop on Etsy.  The wonderful designers at Forever friends have kindly asked me to join in as a guest designer and I happen to have the perfect occasion for a new card.   I'm using one of my new images "King of Courage"  and I designed this card for my dad who turns 75 in a few days.   Stop over at Forever Friends, check out the challenge rules (this week it's Anything Goes) and join in the fun!  I look forward to seeing your designs and projects.  Hugs, Happy Crafting and Happy New Year!
<3-Kim
Digital Image:  Oak Pond Creation's "King of Courage"
Papers:  DCWV designer paper and I printed my image on the smooth side of Southworth Linen 65lb card stock.
When coloring with Prismas, it gives a canvas look to your finished image without pushing your pencils over a bumpy texture.
Tools/Embellishments:  Hemp Twine, Prisma pencils, Martha Stewart Punch

Again, thank you to the amazing Forever Friends Challenge Design team.  You are one talented group of individuals.  Thank you for the Design invite this month and I will wear my badge with pride.
Hugs to you <3-Kim
 

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas to all!

I want to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas.  May your day be blessed with all the gifts this holiday brings.  Fancy fish says "swim into the New Year with verve!  Gather all your creativity, find some inspiration and have fun!"  Hugs and happy crafting to you <3-Kim

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Show and Tell with Linda

Good day crafty friends.  The Hecker family at Oak Pond prays for comfort and peace for the victims and families of the senseless tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut yesterday. 
 
I wanted to share a lovely card featuring Oak Pond Creation's digital stamp
This card was created by Linda of Turtle in the Sand.  Linda did an amazing job on her creation.  Please visit her blog and leave her some lovely comments on an amazing card.  Hugs and Happy Crafting! <3-Kim

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Free Digi and Snow Happy!

Hello my crafty friends!  Happy Thursday.  I drew out a new sketch today and thought it might be nice for OWH cards if you're so inclined.  It's called "OPC Hearts" and it will be a freebie until Sunday 12/16/12. Scroll to the bottom of this post and snatch up your hearts this week.  I also want to introduce my new digi "Snow Happy."  Have a magnificent weekend!
Hugs and Happy Crafting!
<3-Kim
 
SNOW HAPPY!
 
OPC HEARTS will be free until Sunday 12/16/12
OPC Hearts has expired.  Please check back or become a follower to be notified of the next free digi.
 

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Earn a free digi from Oak Pond!

Hello my crafty friends.  I'd like to offer you a chance to earn a free digital stamp from my Etsy shop.  In October during breast cancer awareness month I sketched a digital stamp called battle gear.  All 2012 profits from this stamp are going to Link Up for Pink's Relay for Life page.  In an attempt to raise money for this charity, from now until December 31, I will send you a free stamp if you complete three steps:
 
2. Become a follower on the Oak Pond Creations facebook page
3. e-mail me at khecker@sccoast.net, let me know you've completed the three steps and give me your choice of one digital stamp you'd like to have from my Etsy Shop and I will e-mail your new digi!
 
Thank you so much, hugs and Happy Crafting! <3-Kim

Saturday, December 1, 2012

New Digi and a New Shop Section!

Happy December!  I hope this month finds you Joyous and Merry.  I wanted to introduce my new image and tell you about a new section in my Etsy store.  I've added a Discount Digi section so be sure to check it out.  I also wanted to let you know that I've added more security to my blog.  Recently, I have had to monitor and delete spam comments and links at an alarming rate so I have added some security features that may require you to use word verification.  I'm sorry to my loyal commenters :(  Please keep the comments coming.  They inspire me so much.  I hope you enjoy my new digi!  I don't know about you but I can ALWAYS use a little brave.
Hugs and Happy Crafting<3-Kim
 

Thursday, November 29, 2012

New Stamps and a Freebie!

Happy day my crafty friends!  I have a few new Christmas listings in the shop to show you.  I am also working on another digi and will post later today to spotlight this "very courageous" fellow.  I also have a journal tutorial to share.  Check out my Book of Treasure tutorial and finally, don't forget to grab your freebie at the bottom of this post.  Have a marvelous day.  Hugs and Happy Crafting! <3-Kim

 
 
 
 
 
Your Christmas Ornament freebie:

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Christmas Digis and a Freebie!

You heard right!  Christmas is coming and I'm blessed to have a few days to get some sketching in.  I hope everyone is well and feeling great.  I'm working on a few other projects I hope to get posted soon but for now take a look at what's new in the shop:


 
Oak Pond Fir Tree is your freebie this weekend.
Grab it while you can before it's planted back in the shop!
Hugs and Happy Crafting <3 -Kim
 

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Sassy Cheryl Challenge #139 Nothing Square About This!

Hello Bloggers!  It's been a while.  Our family has a few things going on and it has me traveling out of state.  I miss everyone *sigh*  and I will try to get back to stalking blogs and commenting in the early mornings again.  I'm so curious to see what you've all been up to :)  This week, I'm joining in at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge Blog for a super, fun challenge.  Get your supplies and circle dies and join in.  Cheryl wants us to make a round or oval creation this week. 
I'm using three of Cheryl's fall images.  I've colored them up to resemble my beautiful sister Donna, my fabulous brother Bob and my goofy, quirky self.  This easel card is heading to NJ for the best dad in the world.  Our dad just spent a few days in the hospital and received some life changing news.  Cheryl's images inspired this creation, a message for dad to let him know how much we love him and that we are always here to support him.  Cheryl has some amazing deals going on so make sure you stop by Cheryl's Digi Shop for her Hurricane Sandy Relief Sale.  Help support the storm victims by grabbing a few of her fab digis, then hurry up and join this weeks challenge!  Hugs and Happy Crafting <3-Kim

Papers:  Sage Green Cardstock, Moxie Fall Frolic Paper
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders Circles, Lacey Circles, Petite Scalloped Circles Large, American Art Stamp Laura Hunter, Copics, Memento Ink

Friday, October 19, 2012

Free Digi, New Digi and LUFP Winners Announced

Happy Friday!  Link Up For Pink has announced their Linking Party Winners!
Check out the list HERE.  Thank you to all the incredible sponsors and design team members for bringing awareness to breast cancer.
 
New in the shop.
Love Kitty has perched herself on one of my Pumpkins.
Chin up Frog freebie has expired.  Stay tuned next week for a new freebie!

Monday, October 15, 2012

New Digis from the Studio and your freebie

Happy Monday bloggers!  I hope everyone is happy, feeling great and ready to start a new week.  I've been super busy creating new sketches for you and I wanted to share.  I'm focusing on Christmas right now and I'd like to know what type of Christmas digis you want to see in the Studio.  Please leave me a comment, I love to hear from you!

For the brand new bundle of joy.

 
This little fish has been swimming around the inside of my head for a while.  I finally made time to put her on paper.
 
Christmas is just around the corner!
 
I've added some word art too <3
 
and for the runners...
 
Please don't forget about my digital stamp "Battle Gear."  When you purchase this stamp all 2012 profits go directly to Link Up For Pink's Relay for Life page.  It's breast cancer awareness month.  Get them checked and show your support <3
 
  Sunflowers freebie has expired and has made it's way back into the shop.
 


 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Cool Challenges and a Freebie.

Happy Tuesday!  I just got back from running my first half marathon with my SIL in Virginia Beach.  It was fantastic and very wet.  Running 13.1 miles in the pouring rain was quite an experience but we crossed the finish line and had a great time.
A lot is happening in crafty blogland and I wanted to tell you about two challenges I'm sponsoring.  The first one is Card Crafters Circle's Autumn Colors Challenge.  You have until Friday to make a masterpiece with your fall color and enter your card for a chance to win 2 free digital stamps from OPC Studio.  Click their button to visit and enter.

The next challenge I'm sponsoring is Link Up For Pink.
This is an amazing challenge that is raising awareness for Breast Cancer.  I have sketched a special stamp for this challenge called Battle Gear.  I am donating 2012 profits from the sales of this stamp to the LUFP Relay for Life page.  If you would like to donate directly you can click the button below.
You can click LUFP's button to enter your pink creation and if you would like to purchase the Battle Gear stamp you can click on the watermark image below and it will take you to my Etsy shop.  Wonderful sponsors have joined together and are giving away an amazing amount of prizes and gifts.  Be sure to make your pink masterpiece and join the party!
Finally your freebie.  I am slowly sketching more digis and the shop is growing.  This is an older sketch of my crazy dachshunds Cyrano and Kona and it's now yours to craft with.  I hope you enjoy it.  Have a wonderful week.  Hugs and Happy Crafting! <3 -Kim
 
THIS FREEBIE HAS EXPIRED. 

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Link Up For Pink Alert and a Freebie

Hey all!  I hope everyone had a marvelous weekend.  I wanted to share my inspiration card for Link Up For Pink.  This card is created with the "Battle Gear" stamp I created for this event.  I am donating the profits from the 2012 sales of this stamp to the Link Up for Pink American Cancer Society Relay for Life Page.  You can purchase the stamp HERE or by clicking on the watermark image below.  Your free digi is at the bottom of this post.  I hope you enjoy it.
Have a wonderful work week.
Hugs and Happy Crafting! <3-Kim
Card Recipe
Digital Stamp:  OPC's Battle Gear
Sketch:  OWH Karen H. Bloggers Circle
Paper:  The Paper Studio's Coco&Pink small polka dot and Pink Swirl
Embellishments/Tools:  Copics, Dashes Dots and Check Ribbon
 

Visit Link Up For Pink to see the Design Team's gorgeous inspiration cards and projects.  Then get your breast cancer awareness projects started and link up for the party October 1 through the 14th for a chance to win some super, fabulous prizes.

To donate directly to the Link Up for Pink Relay for Life Page Please click this button



Enjoy your free digi!


Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness and Link Up for Pink

Hi Crafty Bloggers!  Middle of the week and Friday's in sight.  I hope everyone is happy, healthy and having fun.  There is a new and very important digi in my shop:
I designed this for breast cancer awareness and it's called "Battle Ready."
 
I am donating all 2012 profits from the sales of this stamp to the American Cancer Society.
I am also sponsoring Link Up for Pink so please stop by their page and get ready for the Linking Party the first two weeks in October.

Many of us have family or friends with this terrible disease.  Our prayers and support to those afflicted is paramount.  This digi is available now for your awareness projects.  Hugs and Happy Crafting.  <3-Kim

Friday, September 14, 2012

Free Digi and New in the shop

The Hecker Family sends thoughts and prayers to families and friends of the Americans who lost their lives in the attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
Tyrone Woods
Glen Doherty
Sean Smith
U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens
 
Happy Friday Crafty Bloggers!  I have a new digi just released tonight.  "Menace" the Mantis is a crabby little fellow and he's arrived just in time for Halloween.  Take a minute to pop on over to my friend Linda's Blog.  Linda has created some fabulous projects for Halloween and I'm honored that she chose to use two of OPC's digis.  Linda is amazing at adding color to digital stamps.  You can find her at Turtle in the Sand.
Mr. Menace the Mantis:
Your freebie today is Oak Pond Superfly.  Enjoy!  Don't forget to "Like" Oak Pond Creations on Facebook.  Then, make a card with my freebie, Oak Pond Superfly and post it on the Oak Pond Creations Facebook Page.  On September 30th I will choose one winner at random from the posted cards to win a free digital stamp from my Etsy Shop.
Hugs and Happy Crafting!
<3-Kim

Sassy Cheryl Challenge #132...A Sketch

The Hecker Family sends thoughts and prayers to families and friends of the Americans who lost their lives in the attack at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.
Tyrone Woods
Glen Doherty
Sean Smith
U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens
 
I couldn't wait to use this weeks challenge sketch over at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge.  This sketch was perfect for my SIL's birthday card. Happy Birthday Chris!  Get to Cheryl's, pick out a digi and play along for your chance to win.  She has the most wonderful digi characters that fit every occasion.  Cheryl also has a fabulous Etsy shop.  Make sure to check that out too :)
Hugs and Happy Crafting! <3-Kim 
Card Recipe:
Digital Stamp:  OPC's Hibiscus
Papers: Recollections Every thing's Vine, Graphic 45 Woodland Fantasy
Tools/Embellishments:  Spellbinders Ovals, Marcella Adhesive Rhinestones, Dashes,Dots&Checks Ribbon, Prisma Pencils
 
This weeks sketch

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Free Digi and New in the Shop

Hello my dear blog friends.  There is so much to fill you in on.  I'm sorry for not posting as much lately.  I have been, and continue to, train for a 1/2 marathon in Virginia Beach the first week of October.  Dividing time between the IRL job, family and my training schedule, time has gone from some to none.  I've run in a few 5k's (3.1 miles) but this is my first attempt at a 1/2.  Just to let you know:
 
I've never run 13.1 miles on purpose.  All at once.
 
Never.

Ever.
 
*sheepish grin*
 
I certainly won't be setting any records for speed.
My goal is getting to the finish and I'm focused on one mile at a time :)  I'm running with my awesome sister-in-law Chris and it will be a fantastic event.  I'll keep you posted on that.
 
Next month is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I am sponsoring
They are hosting a linking party October 1 through 14.  Create something pink, link up and earn a chance to win some fabulous prizes.  I will have more on that this weekend.  Stop over and check it out. 
 
On to the digis!  My running buddy and super fantastic SIL Chris is having a birthday this weekend.  I sketched this out from a photo I shot at La Belle Amie vineyard in Little River.  I'm in the process of making her card with it.  Chris is a tropical kind of gal so the Hibiscus were perfect. 

Here is one of my inspiration photos used for this sketch

 Your free digi today is Love Kitty's Jug.  Enjoy.
Hugs and Happy Crafting!
<3-Kim

Sunday, September 2, 2012

New Digi and a Card for Tim

Hey all!  It's been a while but I'm still here.  I've been a busy gal since the start of the school year.  I'm starting to catch up and I hope to get a few posts published this week including a free digi so keep checking back.  I hope everyone is well and fine and life is bringing you good things.  I've been spending a bit of time blog hopping.  I've never actually participated in a hop before and I have to say, I've met some of the most wonderful, caring and downright talented people the last two days.  It's been fun and best of all the hop I'm following is for a great cause.  It's called
Please check it out and help a fellow crafter and meet some amazing people :)
Today, I'd like to introduce you to a very special canine friend.
Bloggers, meet Reagan:
Reagan is a German Shepard Dog who owns my sister Donna and her dear husband Tim.  Reagan is quite a presence in their household.  She alone has thinned out Donna's shoe supply, rearranged bedding to suit her doggie needs and is quite an escape artist.  She just LOVES to have fun and be goofy.  Although her antics sometimes cause chaos, Reagan is loved and brings much joy to Tim.  He and Reagan have a special bond.
  Tim has spent the last few years in a battle with cancer and has kicked its butt!  He is super positive and has a very strong faith.  This week he goes in for blood work and a heart cath to prepare for heart surgery.  Chemotherapy damaged a heart valve and it needs repair so we are saying prayers and sending support.  He is a very special person and we love him very much.
Here's Tim's finished card.  Hugs and Happy Crafting! <3 -Kim
Front
 
Inside
 
Inside detail

Every minute of every day, Tim lives life to the fullest.
The sentiment I chose fits him to a "T."
Please keep him in your thoughts and prayers this week. 
Have a wonderful holiday everyone.
*Hugs*
-Kim
 
The real Reagan in all her glory.
 
Tim with Reagan and her big sister Hope