Tuesday, May 28, 2019

7 Kids Crafts: Fearless Pursuit

Hello Everyone!

I hope you had a nice weekend! We've had a 3 Day weekend, Memorial Day, in honor of the men and women who have died while serving in the U.S.A Military. My Husband's Grandfather Celsus Yopp enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1951 and continued to served for over fifty years but passed away last year.

I didn't get to do very much crafting as I hoped but I did get work on a little ink blending. I used this pretty cool set called Catherine Pooler - Fearless Pursuit along with some Distress Oxide and some blender brushes, you can find some here: Picket Fence Life Changing Blender Brushes. With some good tools it doesn't have to have to be complicated to create a very colorful card.

I wanted to create a sunset with the colors and I wanted to be a beach scene so I used a marker to block in a section to make it look like a silhouette of an island. Then I used the Palm leaves and used the same marker that I created the island for the palm tree trunks. The Catherine Pooler - Fearless Pursuit comes with the palm tree trunks separated but I wanted to be a different angle so I drew the trunks myself. When I finished I added a few water ripples with a White Gelly roll and it was dry I added a little bit of clear star right above or under the white lines.

Distress Oxide:
Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, 
Broken China, Chipped Sapphire

Versafine Clair:

Sakura Gelly:
White and Clear Star

Thank you very much for visiting.

Katya Bess

Sunday, May 26, 2019

7 Kids Crafts: Thank You So Much

Hello Everyone!

Happy Sunday! at https://www.7kidscrafts.com/ there is free shipping with any order over 25 this weekend only. Also the vendor of the month is Mama Elephant and Nuvo Drops (this excludes new arrivals.)

Today I wanted to share another card using the Mama Elephant Big Thank You So Much die (only I used the negative portion this time.) I also used a little bear from the Mama Elephant - Big News stamp set. There are so lots and lots of sentiments to choose from this set but I used the Little Bear holding a wooden sign and used "You're the beary best!" sentiment to go on his little wooden sign. To get the sunset gradient I used Picket Fence Studios - Life Changing Brushes

Distress Oxide:
Scattered Straw, Fossilized Amber, Fired Brick, Broken China and Chipped Sapphire

Copic Markers:
E30, E33, E35, E35, E37 and E47

Rose Carmine (very lightly for the bear's cheeks)

Here's part of the process. After I colored in the background with
Distress Oxides, I placed the Thank You So Much die where I wanted
to die cut it. After that make sure to save all of the pieces from the
negative. I placed the part that most people save like a puzzle
so I can see where the little cut-outs fit and glue those on.
Then save the die cut for another card or project.

Thank you so much for stoping by.

Katya Bess

Monday, May 20, 2019

7 Kids Crafts: You are Special

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are having a nice day.

If you haven't check out the Vendor of the Month over at 7KidsCrafts.com is Mama Elephant and Nuvo Drops (Does NOT include new arrivals.) To make sure you get the 20% discount make sure to enter the code: MAMA

Also, I'm happy that Kelly has restocked Kylee's Unicorn because it's such a pretty set to play with and actually one of my very favorites. I have colored another image from the set for Artist Trading Cards I made before you can check it out here: http://kattyxotica.blogspot.com/2019/02/7-kids-crafts-unicorn-atc.html and I even made a video with the ATC share here: https://youtu.be/Qm-uZB1bep4
This Kylee's Unicorn set just makes me think of clean and positive magical beings. When I get a chance to color any either image from the set I always think of using the colors of the rainbow. 

I used Distress Oxides to create the background
and then I smeared and buffed some white pigment ink 
to form the clouds. As the white ink over the clouds dried
I noticed that the opacity started to fade and some of the color
from the oxides showed but I actually like the effect.
To emphasize that the lighter color were clouds I just used a white 
gelly roll to draw the silhouette of clouds.

Here is a close-up of the unicorn using Copic markers 
on Copic paper. The hair was also colored with Copic markers
but I used the ZIG Wink of Stella pens with their matching Copic 
colored hair strands. For the Eyelashes, I went a little safer
and just went over with a black colored pencil.

RV0000, Y00, G00, BV000, BG10
V15, B05, YR04, Y08, R17, G09

I fussy cut the unicorn and stamped the image on my background
to keep some of the little details on her crown that stick out
but are too thin for me to cut over. 
I colored those little thin crown details in green.

just click the link. 

Don't forget that this week we have opened
the Sweet November vault over at 
7 Kids Crafts but they are only available 
for just this week.

Thank you so much for visiting! 

Katya Bess

Sunday, May 19, 2019

7 Kids Crafts: You're All Sorts of Wonderful

Hello and Happy Sunday Everyone!

I hope you area all having a wonderful day. First I like to mention that the Vendor of the Month over at 7KidsCrafts.com is Mama Elephant and Nuvo Drops (Does NOT include new arrivals.) To make sure you get the 20% discount make sure to enter the code: MAMA

For my card I used two sets of Mama Elephant sets, one is called Mama Elephant: Big News and the other one is called Mama Elephant: Stackable Cuties.

I first colored the little unicorn with Copic markers on the Catherine Pooler - Premium White Cardstock.  I drew a rainbow and sky for the background with watercolor pencils from Caran D'Ache which are so pretty especially when you add the water on top. I feel that I can control the color a little more with watercolor pencils.  I had drawn some clouds and I did not like how they came out but remembered that I had some small cloud dies from Stamp AnnieThing so I used those
and distressed them a little on the edges.

I'm a little uncomfortable making CAS cards but I think this one came out alright... just the planning took me a little longer than I had hoped for.

Mama Elephant: Big News and Mama Elephant: Stackable Cuties

 I dimmed the lights so you can see
the shimmer on the wings and on the unicorn
and I even added a few little sparkling stars
around the unicorn and sky
Here is how the colors look with the light. 

 I added a little bit of embossing powder to the 
sentiment just to give it a little sparkle.
Here is how I started, lightly colored 
then added water in a controlled fashion 
with a small watercolor brush. 

Copic markers:
RV000, Y00, G00, BG10, BV0000, C3 and C1

Caran D'Ache Supracolor II Soft:
080, 060, 010, 210, 140, 120, 110, 005 and 171

Don't forget today is the last day if
you want to get the Sweet November MERMAY Bundle
of course you can buy them individually and I believe
they are here until Friday 5/24

Thank you for so much for visiting.

Katya Bess

Saturday, May 18, 2019

7 Kids Crafts: Bubbles Lostlagoon

Hello again Everyone!

It's Sweet November Stamps Vault Release week over at 7KidsCrafts.com and in honor of Mermay these cuties have swam out to play. There are 3 mermaids and their 3 little pals.
You can chose to get the entire bundle or the 1-3 mermaids with their companion.

Mermay Vault Release bundle
Shimmer Redkelp and Otto
Bubbles Lostlagoon and Palu
Tidepool and Seamoor

This time I used Bubbles Lostlagoon and I used Mostly Polychromos colored pencils to color her up on Kraft Cardstock but I did use some Copic markers first to fill the mostly the background first layers. I drew in the Clam to look like a seat or perhaps her throne.  I also drew in the sea kelp.

I did use Copic B02 to fill in the first layer of the background and then I used B05 to color the base layer for the tail. I also used 26 for the base layer of the sand. RV21, E04 and E71 for the first layers of the clam.

I had started coloring her skin and hair with the Polychromos but I stopped to do the Copic coloring areas so I can do my Polychromos coloring on top and that too lots of layers and playing with different color pencils.

When I first saw this stamp I immediately thought of Marie Antoinette with her regal hair, smile and pose.  So I gave her the hair color she had before it all turned gray from all of the financial and political issues she had in her court.
how to create the scales video:
 Here you can see the Nuvo Drops that I added to
the pearls in her hair.  I gave her dimple on 
her chin just like Marie Antoinette. 

Nuvo Drops are actually part of the Vendor of the Month
just used code: MAMA at checkout for save 20% off.

Here are more details like the pearls on hear waist 
lace and the scales that I made a mini youtube tutorial for
you can check that video here:

Since it's vault release day,
there will be a few games going on at the 
for a chance to win and Amy Young
will be doing her live videos as well. 
Don't forget Mama Elephant and Nuvo Drops are actually 
part of the Vendor of the Month
just used code: MAMA at checkout for save 20% off.

Thank you very much for visiting.

Katya Bess

7 Kids Crafts: Shimmer Redkelp

Hello Everyone!

It's Sweet November Stamps Vault Release week over at 7KidsCrafts.com and in honor of Mermay these cuties have swam out to play. There are 3 mermaids and their 3 little pals.
You can chose to get the entire bundle or the 1-3 mermaids with their companion.

Mermay Vault Release bundle
Shimmer Redkelp and Otto
Bubbles Lostlagoon and Palu
Tidepool and Seamoor

For this card I had a chance to play with Shimmer Redhelp and I began with Copic markers
but being the naughty crafter that I am... I don't really clean my nibs so I had 
lots of blotchiness going on. To fix my booboo I rescued the coloring with Polychromos 
colored pencils on the top to hide my errors and eventually I kept
adding details with the pencils. I also printed another image in the same
size so I use it as a mask and color up the entire background
with Distress Oxide.

I also made a Youtube video to show how I created the scales.

Shimmer Redkelp 
Copic markers used for the under layers:
BV01, E00, E11, E13, E15 / RV21, R85
Hair: Y15, G03, B05, V17, YR17
R24, R29, R46
Bra: C1, C3 and BV01
Sand Dollar: BV01
tail: BG49 and YG23

Hookers Green, Phthalo Green, Emerald Green,
Cadmium Yellow, Light Cobal Turquoise,

Distress Oxid:
Broken China and Chipped Sapphire

Since it's vault release day,
there will be a few games going on at the 
for a chance to win and Amy Young
will be doing her live videos as well. 

Thank you very much for visiting.

Katya Bess

Sunday, May 12, 2019

7 Kids Crafts: Baby Cactus

Hello Crafty Friends & Happy Mother's Day!

Today at 7kidscrafts.com we are celebrating Mother's Day with a 20% off sale and free shipping on orders over $35.00 using code: AMAZING

In honor of today's special day, all of the DT gals from 7kidscrafts.com  created a card using something from Stamping Bella.  I created a card with a new mom in mind so I decided to use this cute Cactus Baby rubber stamp from Stampingbella

I colored the cute cactus baby with Copic markers. 

YG03, YG17, YG67, R20
RV25, RV19 
YR27, YR04, E97

Distress Oxide: Broken Chine
Distress Ink: Mowed Lawn
Paper: Doodlebug Inc
Banner Die: La La Land Crafts
Letter stamps: Our Daily Bread Designs

Happy Mother's Day to all of the Mother of humans, 
fur babies, dragons and all in between. 

Thank you for stopping by. 

Katya Bess

Saturday, May 4, 2019

7 Kids Crafts: Glamourous

Hello again Crafty Friends,

At 7 Kids Customers Create Facebook page we are sharing one of our favorite things from the shops. One of my most favorite items from the shop is Annie Rodrigue's - Coloring Stack. I've purchased this one in both the marker set and the color pencil set, but so far I've only colored some from the marker set.

Annie Rodrigue's - Coloring Stack - Marker
Annie Rodrigue's - Coloring Stack - Pencil

 I colored up with Copic markers.
I used Amy Young's skin from this video:

For the robe I used R24, R29, R46 and R89
plus C3, C5 and C7 on the feathers
for the Brass look in the furniture, antique bottles, and candle holder
I used Y26, Y28, R02 and YG95
The hair I used some of the reds in the robe plus W9, W7, W5
For the Wall I used T1 and T0
for the carpet I used E30 and E31

Thank you you so much for stopping by. 

Katya Bess

7 Kids Crafts: Thank You So Much

Hello Crafty Friends!

Happy International Scrapbooking Day!

Today there is lots of fun stuff going on at 7Kids Customers Create Facebook Page and a nice sale at www.7kidscrafts.com - 25% off (exclusdes digis and new releases.)

This time I wanted to create a card for my son's teacher. She's going away on maternity leave and won't be at school for Teacher's Week. I wanted to create a card that isn't girly at all because I want her to think about my son when she looks at the image. heehee. I was actually one of the winners for from CC Designs for the month of March and I waited to use my gift code until April, I just couldn't resist those cute bears. CC Designs - Bears Clear stamps. Kelly also carries some of the C.C. Designs stamps and dies. The Mama Elephant die is from www.7kidscrafts.com and I thought it was a perfect size to use up with the background I created a long time ago and set aside.

I used Copic markers to color the image + 2 Crayola color pencils
Y15, Y18, Y19, E 29, E37
E31, E35, E29, E37
(I forgot to bring my Copic colors to add blush and for the flower stem
but Daenerys came to the rescue with a red Crayola pencil and a Green one)
The green came out a little to light and waxy on the Copic paper
but the Red Crayola pencil actually looks pretty good on his little 
blushing cheeks. 

The layering die is from Divinity Stamps
formerly known as Our Daily Bread Designs

Don't forget the current sale and the live videos
or if you miss them they'll be up on the facebook page.

if you miss that sale there's another sale
going on all month long. 

Thank you so much for stopping by. 

Katya Bess

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

7 Kids Crafts: Sweet November - Nixie Surfacing

Hello Everyone!

Today is the big day! It's release day for brand spankin' new images from Sweet November called Surfacing at 7kidscrafts.com

You can choose to get the entire Limited Time Surfacing Bundle Pack or you can buy your favorite ones separately:

Sweet November- Loire
Sweet November - Nerida
Sweet November - Nixie
Sweet November - Talise
Sweet November - Gully
or you can chose a background that includes a fish, frog, two lily pads, post reed and water lily.
Sweet November - Surfacing Background Builder Set which is completely customizable.

Amy Young, will be on live at 7 Kids Customers Create Facebook Page
at 11AM PST and then at 3:00PM PST, today May 1st. Throughout the day there will be games and prizes.

Okay on to my card.... I colored her with Polychromos coloring pencils and one Prismacolor. Around the edges of the water and sky I used Distress Oxide. For the Glowing fireflies I used a Sakura Gelly roll and smeared it with my finger, then added yellow Polychromos on top. The sentiment is from Kraftin' Kimmie stamps. I've been very excited since I fist saw these stamps. I need that I wanted to color them with color pencils to be able to work on blending skin more. I love my Copic markers but sometimes I can't get them to blend the way I want compared to the way I can with color pencils. Yes, color pencils are much slower... it's like a miniature painting but I love it either way and it's so much more relaxing.

I used Polychromos (+1 Prismacolor):
Ivory, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Caput Mortuum, Rose Carmine, (Beige), Cinnamon
White, Black, Cold Grey VI, Ultramarine,
Permanent Green, Hooker's Green, Chrome Oxide Green
Earth Green

Distress Oxide:
Black Soot, Pumise Stone and Broken China.

It's usually a little difficult for me to capture color pencil on photograph 
but here's a pretty good close-up of Nixie

Also for May over at 7kidscrafts.com 
Make sure to use code: Mama to save 20%
(please note that this does not include new arrivals*)

Thank you so much for stopping by

Katya Bess