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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Happy 30th Birthday Louise

Hey there Crafty World!

It seems like forever since the last time I posted. Had to sort of take a break. Been a little sick- just a cold but I'm a lot better now.

So today I'm showcasing a card for Louise; she's my design team mate on SBS.

We decided to surprise her with a card on her 30th birthday. I hope it's fun and very memorable for her as well as surrounded by the ones she loves and love her back.

You can find her here:

Here is my make for it:

I think my phone lens was a bit dirty because it's not very sharp. 
Will have to take another photo during sunlight. 
 I Use Copic markers and Sakura Gelly Rolls to color my image.
The paper is from Recollections: Mercury Glass/Christmas paper pad.
As soon as I saw the paper on the cover I wanted it... then I flipped through the pages and I had to think of what I could take out from my shopping basket because 
I was definitely taking this paper home with me. LOL 
Here is a better look at her face. 

Inside joke:

Are you slightly comforted 
by the fact that if you 
write your age as a 
Roman numeral, it becomes
Happy XXX 

I hope you liked it and I hope Louise likes it as well.

Thank you for visiting.

Katya Bess

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

SBS DT: Hot Hot Christmas

Hi Everyone.

I'm a little behind on posting through blogland but I have posted these a few days ago (Saturday 15th) on facebook though the SBS fan page, Kit  & Clowder and Digi galore. So if you have seen these I hope I don't bore you with the same stuff. LOL Just wanted to share a little bit of the process that goes in the way I made my cards.
So here we go. Were to use some Summer 1950's styled beach babes and turn them into Christmas cards. You can buy them singular or you can buy the bundle and I'll share the links with you.

So here is the bundle (4 images and sentiments):

So now to the image I used for the first card:
Summer Time Betty here's the link:

 I used Copic markers to color her up. 
I also drew my own background and lined it with a Copic multiliner to give it that 
Christmas in the Caribbean/Central America, Hawaii,
or Florida. LOL Anywhere but where I'm at now... where it's co-co-co-cold.
Don't get me wrong I do love to go see the snow and make real snowmen and snow angels and what not... I just can't deal with cold for too long.


This one is Anne '50's Summer Beauty and here's the link:
 Same as the previous image I drew my own background except the palm tree... I did add the string or Christmas lights though. This was inspired by Sandy Allnock's Snoopy Video
I used some different colors because I didn't have what she had but the technique was all her idea.
Here's a little process video on Youtube.

Thank you for visiting.

Katya Bess

color/anything goes

use any digi
Anything Goes
Entering my 2nd card at:

TTPH DT: Thankful with TSC

Hey Everyone!

Just a quick post to show my card for Through The Purple Haze DT. This week we are being sponsored by The Stamping Chef and I'm using an image I bought a whiiiiile back she's called
Leg or Breast? It's on sale for $1.50 since The Stamping Chef also has a monthly challenge on their Facebook fan page. The TSC monthly theme is "Thanks" and the Recipe is Ribbon and Kraft card AND use the 'Leg or Breast?' image. Here's the link:  The image is very sexy. I had a different idea on how I wanted to use her but I went a little mainstream and just made it a 'Thank you' card instead.

So here's my card:

I colored with Copics... and since I was doing Native American skin I tried out different colors
didn't even write them down since I have a tough time blending. I seriously need to practice with more colors. I have like 3-4 combos down and that's what I stick to. LOL 
I Also did some experimenting. I tried to mask the image 
but the black ink started to bleed and paranoia kicked.... argggg! 
When I removed it it wasn't as bad as it looked but still a little bit got messed up.

I used this paper stack I bought like 2 years ago I think. It's called Garden Harvest by Recollections. 
It's Kraft paper mixed with glitter! Well most of the pages anyway. It's cute. 

The 'thanks' die is from the Happy Thoughts Stamp set at

Thank you for visiting. 

Katya Bess

entering my card at:

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

TSC DT: Oh Deer it's almost Christmas!

Hey Everybody! Good morning!

It's beginning to feel a lot like Christmas... sort of- so I felt like doing a little bit of Christmassy coloring.

I used The Stamping Chef'sFantine Oh Dear, My Deer. (Just click on the links and it'll take you to the shop)

 I colored my image with Copic markers and used a Sakura gelly roll for the eye lights.
The die is from The Greeting Farm
The design papers are from Martha Stewart's Wonderland 12x12 Paper pad
Here's a close up of the digi
Here's a close up of the glittery paper :)

and enter your challenges-it's always Anything Goes. 

Thank you for visiting. 

Katya Bess

Will enter card at:

Monday, November 10, 2014

Happy BIG 40th Birthday Betty

Hey there Everyone,

Hello Everyone,

Today is the big day... It's Betty's Birthday and she's Forty!!! LOL Old fart. LOL jk I was telling her the other day Hello Kitty was turning 40 years old too. heehee Que viejas estan! :P jajajajaja mentira... okay solo un poquito.

So we thought we would make it as special as we possibly can! 
the Awesome Rachel Sharp
drew us up an image to use for Betty's Birthday!!
A whole bunch of AMAZING, SUPER TALENTED ladies
have done some UNBELIEVABLE projects for you to see,  all cards will be mailed out to Betty
so she should get some AMAZING mail...
but we thought you would all like to see these FANTASTIC projects..

Here is my card:

I colored mine with Copic markers.
Background was done with distress ink.

Hope you like it Betty and I hope everyone else does too.

Brace yourself its a BIG HOP!!!

Thank you so much for visiting 
and don't forget to hop along.

Katya Bess
Leanne, Cynthia Cole, April, Cat, Dena
Jackie Randolph.  -

Sunday, November 9, 2014

SBS DT: Tanja Girl Power

Hello there my Crafty Peeps!

Good morning (afternoon/evening)!

Today I'm showcasing Tanja Sexy Heroine. I colored her inspired by one of my online crafty buddy Tanja's fave characters Black Cat. I probably mistaken her so many times with Catwoman by just the photos/illustrations of her... which is one of my favorite characters. Similar personality of course but Black Cat has powers and likes Spiderman I hear.... I'm on Team Batman. LOL :P

You can find Tanja Sexy Heroine here:

I colored her with Copic markers.
I had a few issues coloring her because maybe i use these colors way too much 
and now they're all gummy and gunky.... it's making me sad. I have to do some intense cleaning
or some shopping which I try to avoid because funds aren't always there for crafty stuff.
I created the sunset/night sky with Distress Inks
I freehand drew the suspension bridge... (didn't even use a pencil first and I should have.) 
It's supposed to be San Francisco's Golden Gate. 
LOL  don't laugh at how wonky it is. 

Sorry it's such a short post. Time for church!

Have a good time everyone.

Thanks for visiting. 

Katya Bess

entering card at:

Friday, November 7, 2014

SBS DT: Thanks Rachel and Furry pals

Hello there crafty world!

Hope you all are having a good day/evening. Today I'm showcasing a thank you card that I made using Isn't she so pretty? I'm not a dog person... kind of scared of dogs but I'll sit still like a totem pole just so they won't bark or bite. Even though I'm a tad bit scared of dogs there are some that have been very sweet and very very cute. I have a few friends who have doggie friends or doggie kids really LOL and they were very nice to me even though I get a little paranoid around them.

So enough of that... here is my card and I really tried to give the furry pals a nice coat. The colors were inspired by one of my online crafty buddies BreAnn's doggie kids. heehee.

This card I have made with a friend in mine.

 I colored this image with copic maers
                       I used flowers that were sent to me  by Roz and some by Carmen.                               
Here is a close up.

This card is for a PHriend (BreAnn McFarland) who was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension as
a child but still living with this illness.
Also the reason I chose these colors. Periwinkle is the official color but different purples can
be used to make cards or be worn for awareness.
You can learn more about this illness at

BreAnn had sent me a RAK twice already and I've been making some cards for her along with some crafty goodies. This card is for her but some will be for her to give to her PHriends.
I hope you like my card.

Thank you very much for visiting!!!

Katya Bess

Entering my card at:

Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Anything Goes
Zoo or Animal challenge
Thankful and Thoughtful
Anything Goes
Image must be Hand colored/ Hand Color Image
Anything Goes with any stamp
Anything Goes

Saturday, November 1, 2014

SBS DT: Day of the Dead Blog Hop

Hello Everyone!

It's November 1st and it's The Day of Dead. It's celebrated differently in many countries but it all comes down to remembering your deceased loved ones and honoring their lives. In this part of the country the most known and widely celebrated are the Mexican traditions of The Day of the Dead.
They create altars with photos of their loved one, bake bread or other pastries, make sugar skulls, candles with saints and lots and lots of flowers. Everything looks very colorful and beautiful to honor their loved one.  In my native country I don't remember much but I do remember my mother always lit a candle for my grandmother and I do remember the graves and tombs are always cleaned and decorated with colorful (either handmade or real) flower crowns and everything is made to look fresh. Music is celebrated and people dance and dance to celebrate life. In my country there are actually two days to celebrate. One day is to celebrate All of the dead and then the second day is to celebrate the ones that died as children or virgins....

It's a hop and I'm the last on the list so make sure to start and hop along to see everyone's creations! The hop list is posted below the cards.

Well too much chit chat... let me show you these beauties Betty came up with.
This one is called Dia De Los Muertos Betty and it can be found here:

This one was actually my favorite one to color but I felt I ruined her face a little 
by making it a no lines coloring. 
Here are a few details and to see how dimensional the card really is. 

This one is Lenore Forevermore and you can find it here:
I took flowers from a flower garland (Petaloo) I got in a Halloween Swap last year. I thought
I had some serape paper but I'm not sure if I bought it or not... LOL maybe I just looked at it so
many times... so I ended up changing my mental card design.
Here is the close up of the sugar skull face I drew on her.
We were to create our own face Sugar Skull face paint, use a lace trim and use bright colors. LOL If you click on the Lenore Forevermore then you'll see the difference.

For this last image Sugar Skull Betty
The challenge was... Anything Goes :)

Here is a close up of the face.

Thank you for hopping along
Thank you for visiting.

Katya Bess


 Lisa N.
 Lisa H.
 Katya Bess

I will enter card #1 at:
Luscious Lace (I used a DooHickey Die - Lace Coaster) I hope it counts.

All Saint's Day or Day of the day theme

Entering card # 2 at:
All Saint's Day or Day of the day theme

Entering card # 3 at:

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Raider Nation Til I Die

Hello again Everyone,

This is a card that I made a while back but realized I haven't made a blog post for it. Oooops... not a biggie it was made just for fun and as a thank you card for an online friend that sent me some crafty goodies. The skin, the makeup, the hair and clothing were totally inspired by her. She kindly sent me something as a surprise or what do they call it Happy Mail or Random Act of Kindness? It definitely was both so I made her a card I took a looooooong time to send it.... but it's on it's way. I hope that she likes it.

This digi is called The artist and you can find her by clicking on the link.
Of course I had to make her a tagger LOL
Another thing this card was inspired by Oakland Raider Cheerleaders. LOL 
It was done all in fun and yes I like the Raider's even though they have been losing.... bad :(

I colored her up with Copics (and pencils the hair)
The bling was and the flowers on the right were part of that R.A.K.
The flowers under the digi were flowers  Corinne sent me in a Swap. I just removed the flower 
center and glued two together to create some pom-poms. They have a silver shimmer but it's hard to tell on the photos.

I think you can see some of the dimension.

Thanks for looking now time for a short nap.

Thank you for stopping by,

Katya Bess

entering my card at:

TSC DT: Not stars in the sky

Good morning Everyone!

How all is well. Taking a tiny tiny of a break from Halloween cards, Halloween candy and Halloween costumes or costume talk..... well I guess this could be a costume too but.... yea.

A couple of people came to mind when I created this card. The fairy named Alyce (which you can buy by clicking the link provided) I colored a while ago but had not thought of anything to put her on. Sometimes when I color something just for just and I digging it I just want to look at it and not disturb it by sticking it on paper.... but I had an idea for it this time and hoped for the best.

I created my own background by using Time Holtz Distress Ink pads: Broken China and Dusty Concord, Stampendous Frantage, Clear glitter embossing powder on white pigment ink for the sentiment. I'm thinking I should have used a different embossing powder because the white font seems to sort of disappear when I added the clear powder. This rubber stamp by Impression Obsession # E5094 I bought that from (I love that shop too)

Here is my Alyce - it was so much fun coloring her.

 I colored her up with Copic and pencils.
A tiny big of Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll pen.
 I love love looking at things, objects or animals in nature with iridescent colors. 
From pearls, to hummingbirs and even car oil or grease along the sidewalk after it has 
rained or the car has been washed... oh yea and bubbles they have an irridescence
and lets not forget dragonflies and house flies. LOL 
From a young girl as far as I could remember I was always mesmerized by all of these colors and I and I still am.... so I was trying to think of a way to make her wings and hair 
look iridescent without adding glitter because I so can't photograph glitter. 
So there you have it I was inspired by bugs and stuff. LOL
Here is a close up sort of and sorry these photos are taken with artificial lighting in the house...
Mommy crafting in the middle of the night again....

Thank you for stoping by. I hope you create with something that 
truly inspires you in life... could be anything... even a dead house fly. Ha!

Don't forget to stop by the challenge blog
As always ~ Anything Goes.

Thank you for looking,

Katya Bess

Will be entering my card at: