Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Thank you: Nursery Nurse

Hello Everyone!

Hope all is well. Here's another challenge and partnership of new sponsors sites for J.D.E. this week we are are introducing Bugaboo Stamps which are created by Jodie. Jodie is a mom of 5 and has been designing graphics for 9 years. She has many types of stamps from babies to special causes to animals to sexy and to cranky old people (I meant that in the funny way no disrespect to old people teehee.) 

I made this card specifically for the Nursery Nurses. All of my children were born early and there has been no explanations on why except the last one which the doctors think it may have been due to dehydration. Who knows but at the N.I.C.U. the nurses were Nurturing, Understanding, Remarkable, Sweet and Efficient. 

This is my showcase for Bugaboo Stamp: Eggbert Nurse 2

The sketch is for this weeks optional/anything goes challenge at http://jacksonsdigitalexpressions.blogspot.com/

I believe it was also using 3 colors. 
My main colors of course were yellow and then  pink and blue for acccents.
I had this card "almost" done and then I didn't like the designer paper I had previously chosen so I hand drew baby feet like the receiving blankets at the hospital. I also drew them on the baby egg.
I also, didn't have ribbon wide enough so I glued 3 ribbons to make a wider looking ribbon matching the baby's blanket.  
For the sentiment I just used my printer and spellbinders... came up with a few words for each letter in the word NURSE. This would be a great card for a "surprise baby," since it's not gender specific.

Hope you liked the card and enjoyed your visit. 


-Katya Bess

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Back to School Project

Hello Everyone!

Hope all is good and dandy. Continuing with the month long challenge/s and partnership of new sponsors sites for J.D.E. this week we are are introducing Mayzy Art Stamps. Mayzy Green is the heart of these cute stamps. She's a self-taught artist and boy do I love her stamps. At J.D.E. we decided to make it a "Back to School Theme" of course the challenges are "Anything Goes" for everyone using any stamp your hearts desire.

Here is my project/s; a mini backpack and a card to go with it.
The Mayzy Art Stamp I used is "School Time Hailey"

This is my "wanna be keychain with charms" LOL I wish I had the tools 
to make an "actual keychain" but I thought the backpack was too bare
and just had to add something. What is a girl's backpack without a cute charm anyway...? 
Right! A boy's backpack. lol
I know I have shrink wrap somewhere in my crazy looking craft corner but I just couldn't find it
maybe it's in the garage when I was putting my "junk-not-so-much-trash" away. So what I did is I printed just a few accents from the "School Time Hailey" digi stamp and enlarged them.
I colored them and then added Glossy Accents. 
This is my first time using Glossy Accents and I love it.
 I used Glossy Accents to make her glasses have the "glass" look.

For her uniform I printed one out the same size,
then cut just inside the lines all around it as well as
the pleats. I did this because I wanted a uniform like
the one my daughter will be wearing for Kindergarten
the school uniforms will be either Khaki or Navy blue.

Here's the card...
The sentiment is from Emma's My Creative Time: Gift Card Sentiments Set

and the mini backpack.

I hope you ladies and gents enjoyed your visit. 
Don't forget to link up at: 
It's always "Anything Goes" just enter you'll never know what 
cool prizes you'll win unless you enter. 

Anything Goes

Cardless (I do have a card obviously lol but I did use the stamp elements as charms I hope it counts)

Thank you,

Katya Bess

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Hello Kitty Composition Book & Bookmark

Hello Everyone!

Hope all is well. I finally finished my first altered composition book. I used my Cricut Expression to make the shapes and letters. I made this especially for Rosie Mini's challenge: Hello Kitty Birthday Challenge. Here is the link: http://www.scraplovingminis.blogspot.com/2012/06/hello-kitty-birthday-challenge.html

Rosie's daughter is turning 19 years old TODAY! Happy Birthday Ruth! She loves H.K. as so does my daughter and myself.
I left space at the top to "personalize with a name"

I used my Hello Kitty Greetings Cartridge to alter the composition book and make the tiny bookmark. I now kick myself in the butt for not buying the Hello Kitty Font when I had the chance; I went on eBay to "try" to buy it and ALL and I mean ALL listings were over $100.00 that's crazy! I just used Baby Steps cartridge to create the font this time. I embossed the glasses on the big Kitty and the small Kitty (LOL) to give them that "shiny" look.

Here is a "mini bookmark tutorial:"
With a square about 4 inches or so. Mine was 3&3/4 by 3&3/4
fold in in quarters. Cut the as shown in the pix. You'll have
1 square and 2 triangles that you can toss or keep as scraps.
on one of the triangle flaps I also cut just a sliver because
when I folded it down it created a little bulk. 

Fold in this fashion...

use bone folder if necessary to make the crisp folds

paste your nerdy Hello Kitty.
Finished bookmark

Hope you had fun... now to link up at Rosie's place.

Thanks for visiting.

-Katya Bess

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Mermaid in a Jar

Hello Everyone!

Hope all is well. Just got my internet back about an hour or so ago LOL.

I created this card with an image ( Mermaid in a Jar ) from A DAY FOR DAISIES http://adayfordaisies.com/ which is a new sponsor for us at Jackson's Digital Expressions. 

My take on "Mermaid in a Jar"
I found the quote online: "Empty your jar of WISHES and FlLL your jar of HOPES." 
I use a tiny tag die from Emma's My Creative Time
I followed this week's Color Inspiration over at JDE
poped up in the middle and glued the sides down so it looks rounded instead of flat.
I used a card sketch from Card Positioning Systems http://cardpositioningsystems.blogspot.com/2012/07/cps-273-part-1.html

 I used pearlscent acrylic paint. The entire image is actually very shimmery like
using glimmer mist but I couldn't capture that on camera. 
I printed out my digi image on watercolor 120 lb paper and heat set the image. I only heat set
for a few second and didn't find ink smearing. The only issue was with the little fish but that's because I added a lot of water to paint the "water" lol but the 
thick paint covered the fishies pretty well; the thicker paint actually gave them a 3D effect. 
 I outlined the entire image with my Sakura pens when it was dry since the pearl paints sort of
covered the "black ink"
These are the materials I used. 

Hope you enjoyed your visit. Make sure to check out JDE weekly for chances some fabulous winning digis.

Crafty Hugs,

Katya Bess

Friday, July 6, 2012

Let the games begin: II + Summer Fun Mini Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to JDE's Summer Fun Mini Hop!

At Jackson's Digital Expressions, we thought it would by "Jolly" good idea to use this hop to introduce one of our new sponsors. So, in addition to the six wonderful images from our resident artist, Robert Jackson, you have an opportunity to win an adorable image from DigiDarla Designs.

DigiDarla is the brain child of Kim Eskola and her daughter Emilea. 
Emilea and I both enjoy creating and when the idea of creating digital stamps came up, it sounded like the most wonderful way to earn ever! There was only one problem! We are both shy and dislike the center of attention! As a way of "hiding behind the scenes" and avoiding having one spokeswoman, 
DigiDarla was born! 
Working with Emilea on this project has been a wonderful blessing and has stretched both of us. Emilea is a busy teen with her passion for art and training our 2 horses, piano and violin lessons, and squeezing in high school classes somewhere in between! She is also the oldest daughter in a family of 11! 

Here is the DigiDarlas digi I used. On her site you can search for : Soccer Girl 4
I chose to make this card Clean And Simple (CAS card)
I used Prismacolor pencils to color her but I did use one Koh-i-noor color pencil
for the main color of the skin since the Prismacolor one seemed too pink for her skin.
The soccer ball is Xzavier's ball (my son) LOL he kept coming to my desk asking he if could play and I kept telling him I'm borrowing it for a few minutes (So...BACK OFF) lol 
Here is a close-up of the colored image. I customized the uniform to represent the
USA Women's Soccer Team by adding stripes to the shirt and the Nike logo. 
(One of these days I'll have to recreate this with their new uniform and one for my girl Hope Solo)
I added tiny details like grass stains on her cleats and on her soccer ball.
Either winning the National Silver or going straight for the gold you know I'm going for the USA Women's Soccer team

The rules are very simple. We are asking this "Burning" question: "What is Red, Yellow, Black, Green, Blue and has Rings?" As you visit each blog, look for the mystery words which are hints to help you answer the question. 

Start at Jacksons's Digital Expressions, post your entry into the challenge and then begin the hop. Here is the order:
Katya - (You are Here)

I hope you are having fun and thank you for stopping by.

Many crafty hugs,

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Let the games begin: I

Good morning crafters and all alike!

I hope you're having a wonderful day. Just to let you know today is the kick-off of a wonderful month at www.JacksonsDigitalExpressions.blogspot.com (J.D.E.'s blog) with the DT showcasing
the July release also the introduction to new DT members.

Here is my take on  "Lil Street Baller II" one of July's releases.
With all of the rave about the 2012 Olympics I decided to use this image.

I made this a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 sized card. 
I got to use some Prismacolors this time (woohoo). 
I ordered a box of 72 prismacolors and still not here yet...
The weird part is that a friend of ours is moving from his larger home to a smaller place so 
he was getting rid of stuff... he gave me some dishes (I want them but I don't get excited over no dishes LOL). So in the box he put some marker pens didn't check if they worked or not but there was a  box of 36 Berol Prismacolors. I must say I love them; even after I use the OMS the colors still look vibrant! The only place I use my Kho-i-noor was the skin since I didn't like the browns for the skin tone I was trying to achieve. Don't get me wrong I still love my Kho-i-noor pencils they all give a different hue from the Prismas so I'm not giving them to my kids like I did with my Crayola pencils LOL.

My hubby also bought me an Otte-Lite (he surpised me with one) I guess the YouTube video worked. He knew what to get me and they were on clearance at Michael's. I guess if I want something I'll have to show him YouTube videos so he can see what I want and what I want to use them for. Still working on my staging though.

For the background with a combination of laziness and too much work to do around the house and with my kids I didn't build anything special like a "box" I just used 2 blank canvases I have.

The "gold" medal prop is my daughter's pre-school graduation medal (the front side has a teddy bear and it says "graduate") 

The quote I just had to come up with one I kept trying to find one online and I guess I was giving myself a headache yesterday trying to find something "adequate" and today I just thought of that without even really thinking about it (it's like what the heck why didn't that happen yesterday?)

The reason I said "it tastes like gold" is because I noticed (when did watch the Olympic games I will try to watch more this year...) when a winner was presented with a metal they would bite it. I don't know if it's tradition or if the're really testing if it's real gold/silver/bronze or not. I recall my parents use this bite technique to check their gold. I don't know if that really works or not I know I'd be fooled so I'd rather take it to a professional if I really needed to check something being "real."

Sorry for the long post. Have fun and thanks for stopping by!
Remember to stop by at Jackson's Digital Expressions and join the "anything goes" challenges; you can use ANY stamp (Using any of Robert Jackson's digis is always a plus though.)

bye for now,

-Katya Bess  

I entered my card at: