Tuesday, April 30, 2013

OPC's Birthday Bash Challenge!

But don't forget to join the challenge first :)
**Welcome to the party crafty bloggers!**
You're at the right place.  Things look a little different since your last visit because Oak Pond Creations Studio is having a birthday and I've been sprucing up the place.  This month the Studio celebrates it's one year anniversary and we're celebrating by hosting a birthday bash challenge.  The challenge will last the entire month of April and one lucky winner will get some really cool products. 
The rules to enter are listed below but first, let's take a look at what's in OPC's Candy Jar.
*12 X12 Recollections scrapbook/photo album
*Darice Embossing Folder (Plaid)
*Darice Embossing Border (Lace)
*3 rolls of American Craft premium ribbon
*3 varieties of Recollections Dimensional Stickers
*6 varieties of Jolee's Dimensional Stickers
*Compliments Glitter Rub-ons
*Martha Stewart fall leaf stickers
*Kaiser Scrapbook Clear Stamps (Memory Boxes)
*Fiskars "Zing" sticker accents
*Making Memories Design Shop Embellishments (Great Escape)
*Making Memories Bravissimo Rosettes
*Soft Spoken fall embellishments
*K&Company Adhesive chipboard
*K&Company Grand Adhesions (Woodland Animals)
*Studio Decor Shadowbox Embellishment Kit
*Nicole Designer Paper 8 sheets (Twilight Florals)
*Nicole Designer Paper 8 sheets (Bold Blossoms)
*Nicole Designer Paper 8 sheets (Flourish)
* $5.00 coupon for use at Oak Pond Creations Etsy studio
I don't know about you, but I think this should keep someone inspired for a little bit.
The Challenge Rules
*Your paper creation must contain an Oak Pond Creations image.
*Post your card on your blog.
*Your post must contain a link back to OPC's Birthday Bash Challenge.
*Enter the direct link to your Birthday Bash Challenge entry using the Inlinkz tool below.

That's it, easy peasy right?  So get your craft on and make something fun!
You may combine with other challenges.
You can enter April 1st through April 30th 2013 and
One lucky winner will be announced on Friday, May 3rd.
Good Luck!
Hugs and happy crafting!


Monday, April 15, 2013

Sketchbook News: OPC Sponsors Sunshine Mail!

Magnificent Monday!
I'm excited to tell you that Oak Pond Creations is sponsoring The Sunshine Mail Challenge Blog
Sunshine mail is a dedicated organization that provides greeting cards for sick children.  They are hosting a card drive challenge and are offering an excellent prize package.  Just click on their logo to be transported to the challenge were you can read the rules and join in.  Their design team has created some super cute cards for inspiration.  If you decide to make a card for this drive and use an image from the Oak Pond Studio, make sure to link up your card here as well
for a chance to win the Oak Pond Birthday Bash Candy.  Come join in on the fun.
Just in case your feeling like Evan's Yeti, and it's NOT a magnificent Monday...

I'm thinking of you and sending happy thoughts your way!
Have a terrific week.  Hugs and happy crafting! -Kim

Friday, April 12, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers!

It's a very rainy but always fantastic Friday at Oak Pond.  I'm late getting my post out as Blogger decided to be a bugger this morning.  Back on-line so here we go!
Thunderstorms have moved into our area for the next few hours.  We have some pretty spectacular storms here in Myrtle Beach during spring-time and the plant life appreciates it.  Today we're going to take a tour of the gardens at Oak Pond after I remind you about the Birthday Bash Challenge.  You can enter for a chance to win a paper crafting prize pack.  The challenge ends April 30th.
I hope you join in on the fun!
Welcome to the Garden!  Enjoy today's tour starting with
OPC's Sunflowers.  I tried to grow these one year and to be honest, they didn't do very well but we did get enough blooms to inspire a photo and a sketch.
Next are OPC's Stargazer lilies.  One of my favorite blooms, the butterflies go crazy over these bold beauties.
Then we have OPC's Hibiscus Flowers. 
and our final flower is OPC's water lily.

Many more plants and flowers are waiting to bloom in the shop so check back often.  I hope you have a wonderful Friday!  Hugs and happy crafting. -Kim

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Sketchbook News: Wonderful Wednesday!

Good morning friends!  The weekend is getting closer and I'm certainly ready for another 2 days of sketching and crafting.  I have two more illustrations in the sketchbook that I'm finishing up and should be in the shop soon.  We have a few wonderful entries in the Birthday Bash Challenge.  Don't forget to link up and join the fun.  You have until April 30th to enter.
 Spring is the time of year when bugs, birds and bees invade Oak Pond.  We must have some of the most delectable flowers, luscious leaves and munchable grass this side of town because we get swarmed with wildlife and insects.  Today I want to take you on a tour to meet some of our spring-time occupants.
Before we begin, I will tell you that as a wife and mother, bugs are gross.  I do not allow bugs in my home and I'm terrified of spiders.  But oddly enough, as a photographer, I can't keep my self from spending a lot of time observing and photographing them, from FAR away of course, using a zoom lens.  Insects have become very cool and all of them are beautiful in their own way.  Get the bug jars and butterfly nets and follow me.

This is a Black and Yellow Argiope spider.  They can grow up to 4 inches.  They are an artsy arachnid.  They design a lovely web with a perfect "zipper" pattern in the  middle.  They spend the entire day perched in the center of their web and if you touch the web lightly, the spider moves it's legs to cause the entire web to bounce like a trampoline.
OPC's Not so Spooky Spider was inspired by these gals.
Our next occupant is a bit strange but don't worry, we haven't been invaded by aliens...
 Praying Mantis are one of my favorite insects.  They are able to pivot and turn their head which is fascinating to me.    When approached they will look right at you and make eye contact.  It's really cool.  These gorgeous green insects keep our garden pests at a minimum.  Some species can look rather scary when threatened or if you meet them on a bad day.  OPC's Menacing Mantis was inspired by this guy.
Our final visitor of the day must have had a long night...
We have oodles of tree frogs at Oak Pond.  Very small in size but a very loud voice.  They come in a variety of colors from this shade of earth tone to bright green.  I just happened to find this one napping on the fronds of our Sago Palm.  Of course this little critter inspired OPC's frog collection.
Chin Up Frog
Flower Pot Frog
I hope you've enjoyed your springtime tour at Oak Pond.  All of these images can be found hopping around the Etsy Studio.  Just click on any of the images above to visit.  Have a perfect day.  Hugs and happy crafting!


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Sketchbook News: Crazy Kona & OPC Sponsors Party Time Tuesdays!

Terrific Tuesday!
Good news! This week Oak Pond Creations is sponsoring
The theme is Anything But a Card.  Stop by the challenge and check out the wonderful creations the design team has put together.  Don't forget to leave them some lovely comments.
 Then there's the OPC Birthday Bash Challenge.  It ends April 30th.  Join in for your chance to win the prize pack!
Today I'm going to introduce you to one of my four (yes, we have four) furry family members.  They are all individuals and have the most pleasant personalities but one in particular just stands out:
(cue the Looney Tunes theme)
Kona the crazy dachshund
This is Cyrano (left) with Kona (right)
Don't let that face fool ya'. From the instant he came into our home, Kona has proven to be the most comedic and devilish member of the family.  Kona never takes anything seriously, ever.  Every waking moment is all about how much fun he can have or what he can get into.
On car rides he INSISTS occupying the front passenger seat while the rest of our furry family members politely ride in the back.
Nap time is a blessing for us but Kona is very needy and doesn't rest unless he's held like a human child.  We certainly oblige because when Kona takes a nap, we all get a short reprieve from his goofy antics.  Unfortunately, Kona's naps never last very long...
Recharged and ready to go for more mischief.  This my friends, is the REAL Kona.  :)
You can have your own mischievous and devilish versions of Kona and you can find them at
Here's just a few
Laundry Day
Kona the Gardner
Love Pets (with Kona and Cyrano)
 Kona's Butterflies
Kona has even been to the beach...
There are a few more Konas roaming around the shop and more to come!  Have a beautiful day.  Hugs and happy Crafting!

Monday, April 8, 2013

Hot off the sketchbook: Nautical News!

Marvelous Monday!
It's going to be a beautiful day in Myrtle Beach, SC USA and I hope the sunshine spreads your way.  Unfortunately some of us will be spending the day indoors at IRL jobs (me included *sigh*)  but I see you got a chance to sneak away, clicked your computer mouse and landed here.  Perfect, because we're taking a trip to the beach for a tour of OPC's nautical themed images.
First I have to remind you about the Birthday Bash.  The challenge lasts the entire month of April and the Studio is filling up with new images every week.
Enter for your chance to win an amazing prize package.
Alright friends, grab your sunblock, it's time to take a walk along the beach for a tour of OPC Studio's "New" and "Nautical/Sea Life" sections at Etsy.
My newest Image is OPC's Anchor
Then we have those mischievous little Beach Crabs
Nearby we find OPC's Ship's Wheel
Followed by the every so elegant OPC's Octopus
and a Sandollar for your collection
These are just a few of the images available in the "NEW' and "Nautical/Sea Life" sections of the OPC Studio on Etsy.  I hope you enjoyed our beach tour today and I hope they inspire you to create!  Hugs and happy crafting. -Kim

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Sketchbook News: Center Stage Spotlight!

Happy Sunday!
I hope you are coloring up your Oak Pond Creations Studio images for entry into OPC's Birthday Bash Challenge.  The challenge ends April 30th and there's some great candy to be won by one lucky person.  Make sure to get those creations linked up here:
There's another chance to win some OPC images this week.  Oak Pond Creations is sponsoring
You have another day to link up your cards for that challenge and the theme is New Crafting Trends.
On to our Center Stage Spotlight.  This week:
Charlene created this adorable card using

Congratulations Charlene!  Please e-mail me at khecker@sccoast.net with your choice of one digi from the Etsy Studio
Read about Oak Pond Creations Center Stage to enter a card and be our spotlight feature of the week.
Hugs and happy crafting! -Kim

Thursday, April 4, 2013

It's Party Time! Enter the Challenge!

I hope you're having a wonderful Thursday.  Oak Pond Creations is hosting a month long challenge that ends with a candy give-away.  It's a prize pack with lots of goodies for one lucky winner.  You can see a list of the candy in the prize pack, read the rules and enter by clicking this link
Here's a little inspiration for you. 
I made this card using OPC's "King of Courage." 
This image was inspired by my father who of course, is my hero.  He's courageous and strong and has always steered me on a straight path of morals and values.
I printed the image onto Southworth Linen.  This has a linen texture on one side and smooth surface on the other.  I printed my image on the smooth side then colored with Prismacolor Pencils.  This is my favorite technique because it gives the finished piece a canvas look and my finished art an
"old world" feel.
I hope you join us for the OPC Birthday Bash Challenge.  You have until April 30th to enter.
Hugs and happy crafting!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Sketchbook News: New Release Kona and OPC Sponsors Digital Tuesday Challenge!

Wonderful Wednesday my crafty friends.  I hope your week is going well.
Are you coloring up your Oak Pond Image for the Birthday Bash Challenge?  I hope so because a great prize pack will go to one lucky winner.  The Challenge ends April 30th.
My boys are off from school the week allowing me to work extra hours at my IRL job as a veterinary technician at a local hospital.  I'm able to sketch during lunch time and I'm working on a nautical themed image that will be released this weekend so check back.
New in the studio:
That devilish dachshund is up to no good, AGAIN...
This is called "Kona does the Laundry"
You can purchase the new Kona in my Etsy Studio.
In addition to the Birthday Bash Challenge right here at Oak Pond,  this week I'm sponsoring the super-fun challenge over at
Stop by and join the fun.  Their theme is "New Crafting Trends."  Stop on over and check out the talented DT's gorgeous inspiration cards.  Make a card and enter, one lucky person will win 3 digis from my Etsy Studio.  Don't forget to leave the DT lovely comments. 
Have a beautiful Wednesday.  Hugs and happy crafting!