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Monday, July 28, 2014

TTPH DT: Japanese Oiran in Kimono

Hello Everyone!

I been finally doing summer activities with my family and unfortunately it has put some of my crafting to the back burner LOL but no worries I'm still trying to do a bit here and there... hopefully when my kids' summer vacation is over I get a little more time to do crafty stuff if homework doesn't suck up my time. :P

Okay so I was asked to make a card with an Aurora Wings image and of course I said YES because I love her drawings/paintings they are just gorgeous detailed works of art. So when I received the image I was like whoa whoa whoa that's a lot of work to color. LOL Either way coloring puts me at ease and it's quite relaxing the only thing is what colors to choose to give it the look it deserves.... Another thing is I know I didn't give it justice. I will have to make another card with this image again in totally different colors... well I might keep the peonies the same color lol. OH YEA so... well... what happen was.... I thought those purple flowers were AFRICAN LILIES lol they are so not that! They are actually SPIDER LILIES... whoops. I should have looked at the name of the image first right?

Well here you go... I'm showcasing Japanese Oiran in Kimono Spider Lily) (just click the link and it'll take you right to Aurora Wings Etsy shop.)

This is a 6x6 card and I printed two of these images on a 8.5x11 Spectrum Noir Premium cardstock. Oh yea on the Landscape side so I can make sure the height would fit a 6x6 card and be able to be matted. So it's 5x 5 3/4. As minimal decoration I wanted the side panels to be gold.
I left most of her face white so it looks like white makeup then I use a tiny bit of C3 for the darker areas then used C1 for the lighter areas then went in with "0" the Colorless Blender to make it lighter since I don't have anything lighter than C1 in those tones. Then I added some pink/reddish make up and of course colored the lips red trying to be very careful not to go into the white areas.
Probably the easier parts to color were the peonies and were my favorites to colors :)

I colored my entire image with Copic markers. I chose lucky red for the Kimono... it's just the color that first came to mind and I'm even sure if the flowers match it but oh well I had fun coloring. :P
The red cardstock base is from Recollections and the Gold cardstock is from DCWV Metallic Premium Stack. Hope you like my card and hope you are inspired to color one or many of Mizi's beautiful images.  

Thank you so much Mitzi for providing our DT with your beautiful creations. 

Thank you everyone for stopping by.
Katya Bess

Entering my card at:
Flower Power

Monday, July 21, 2014

TTPH DT: Theme Distressed

Hi Everyone!

Hope hopefully you all had a great weekend! I didn't do much this weekend but I did get a date night when the hubby- and I had loads of fun. :)

Okay so This is my very first project as DT member at I saw an announcement on Facebook that they needed some design team members and decided to give it a shot at least for now. So far I have seen that the ladies are so much fun and all so very supportive.

Delicious Doodles is the sponsor this week and I'm using the image Blossoms (just click on the link and it'll take you right to the shop.)
Thank you so much Teri Sherman for sponsoring our DT group your images are beautiful. 

 I colored my image with Copic markers and some areas with my Sakura Pigma Sensei pens.
I tore the edges for (distressing) then I used Distress Inks.

 I fussy cut extra blossoms and butterflies then embossed them with my stylus to get the 3D effect on the card.

I hope you liked my card. 
I also made my first card share on YouTube
there you can see the card in better detail. 

by the way there are several challenges going on at 
for the blog's birthday. Make sure to check those out as well. 
Thanks for stopping by,

Katya Bess

I entered my card at:

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

JIC DT: Shabby with SSD

Hello my crafty peeps!

IDK why it feels like I haven't been creating anything... but I have behind the scenes. I guess it doesn't feel I made anything unless it's complete and in the blog world...

Okay this week I worked on a card for using an image which was graciously sponsored by I'm not sure of the image name but it might be Sassy French Honey.

I really tried to do "Shabby"- It's not something I typically do and even though I googled shabby I still had a hard coming up with something that looks as nice as everyone else's with this theme BUT here you go:

I used papers from KaiserCraft 6 1/2 paper pad it's called True Romance. 
I colored my SSD image with Copic markers. When I was done I didn't like that my image didn't 
match the flowers very well so I sort of tweaked the roses on papers to make 
them match a little with the image. The roses were much prettier before but at least it matches. LOL
I distressed the edges with scissors a little on the pink paper to make it a little more shabby.

 Fussy cut some of the images to add to the front and inside of the card. 

I hope you can enter in this week's Shabby theme.
Sassy Studio Designs and Zuri Vice President Jr are this week's sponsors. 

Thank you for visiting. 

Katya Bess

I'm entering this card at:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Cheeky You Twinkle

Hi Everyone!

Just doing a little fun post. I had colored this image maybe about a week ago or two... I don't remember but I just put it into a card over the weekend. Some of you got to view her during my very first YouTube video. I really was just supposed to show my markers and how I store them then at the end I showed off a few of my colorings to show that I do actually use my markers... heeehee
Here's the link

I'm using At the moment it's only available in digi but either way I love her! 

 I used acrylic paints for the sky and I used water color pencils for the rainbow.
I stamped this little sentiment from The Greeting Farm 
then I went over it with Copic Atyou Spica pens.
 it's called Because of You rubbet stamp set but I couldn't find it on the website to link it to you. 
I hope you liked my little card. 

Thank you for visiting.

Katya Bess

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

JIC DT: ZVP Glitter and Sparkle

Hi Everyone!

Welcome :) This week I worked on a card for Just Inspirational Challenges- 
The theme this week is: Glitter and Sparkle

Today I used Manga Style Little Mermaid from ZuriVicePresidentJr's Etsy Shop
(click on the links and it will take you to look around and purchase if you'd like)

I used bright colors for this image- for some reason these images
inspire me to use very bright/vivid colors.

I had been making lots of 6x6 cards but for this card and my last card I decided to
make an A2 sized cards- for easy mailing :)

 I used Copic Copic to color my mermaid. Copic Spica Atyou were used on the hair and the fins.
I used Stickles Glitter Glue on the tail
and I used Sakura Stardust Gelly Roll on the Banner and waves.

This is the Inspiration Photo from Just Inspirational Challenges. 

Thank you for stopping by.

Katya Bess

Places I entered my card at:

JIC July Monthly Challenge- SBS

Hello Everyone!

Loving the weather these days... here in The Bay Area the weather is unpredictable though... Some days it's really hot then it's too windy or cold so we have HAVE to put on some MORE clothes. LOL I do love the summer time birthday parties though even if it's cold... AND even if its just kids parties they're always so much fun to go to. LOL Yes I enjoy pinatas, candy and all of that fun stuff I'm really a big kid at heart.

Okay on to what I really wanted to "talk" about....
Welcome to to our July Monthly Challenge over at (the monthly challenge is at the top of the blog post just under the header.)
This month's theme is Stitchy: Real of Faux

Our sponsors are Whoopsi Daisy and Simply Betty Stamps. 

I bought my Pinata Betty Boo (click on the link and it'll take you right up to her at the SBS shop.)

I used paper from a 6X6 Recollections pad I have. I lost the cover for the pad so I don't remember sorry- I think it has to do with all seasons... not sure. 
I colored my image with Copic markers and no glitter at all... can you believe that? LOL 
I also used a die from from My Creative Time called Stitched Tab Die

Thank you for stoping by

Katya Bess

I will be entering my card at:

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chillin' Like a Villain

Hello Crafty Peeps.

Happy  Monday :)

Okay I'm using Chillin' Lola Limited Digi once more. I had to make another card since I messed up on the last one. This time I didn't use any pattern or designer paper nor any embellishments just to make sure I didn't forget and add anything I wasn't supposed to. LOL

So I hand drew the sand and sand skull then I inked it with my Copic brown multiliner. It's a lot thinner than I'm used to but it worked wonderfully for this challenge. Erased all of my pencil guidelines and Copic colored away :P

This is what I came up with. I wanted to make it emo style but girly at the same time. 
 I had so much fun making my last two cards at the beach and I even took a little longer on the writing on the sand to make it pop a little more. 
Even though I can't swim; the beach is one of my most favorite places to be. :) 
I think I should have written a different message but maybe I'll do that on my next beach card. 

This is part of my process. 
 I drew in the lines then inked it with my Copic Multiliner.
This is how it looked before I colored Lola and before I trimmed it to fit on the card.

Hope you liked my girly emo card. 

Thanks for looking. 

Katya Bess

Challenges I'm entering:

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Emo Lolita at the beach

Good morning Everyone!

Just doing a short post to to show my card. 

I used Chillin' Lola Limited Digi from SBS (click on the link to find her.) She was on sale for $1 for a limited time. 

There is a mini challenge going on now to create our own scene. I had so much fun creating my background and I decided the colors based on my little embellishments. LOL I used Jolee's Boutique dimensional stickers as inspiration for my colors. I got so much into the coloring that I forgot the rules. LOL oh well. The rules were: "...I want to see your best backgrounds! Create a summery background right behind Lola. Add sand, a sky, water for the ocean, anything! Using JUST your markers, pencils, watercolors, distress markers. No stencils, stickers, designer paper (this includes digital paper), or stamps! Winner gets the rest of this line free! That's 5 more Summer Emos! Upload you project here in this album labeled Summer Chillin' Lola! Now get going!" 

Wasn't too hard right? BUT I just had to "mess it up" by adding pattern paper and dimensional stickers. Anyway, I can't use it for THAT challenge but i still liked my card so I will show it off either way. I have a crafty friend who said she won't be participating because she can't draw... I told her this and to other people as well. If you want to participate and don't feel like you "draw" better than someone else- DO IT ANYWAY- you'll never know what they're looking for or how they are judging the creativity. Just do it for fun.                        

I used My Pigma Sensei pen to draw in the towel, the beach palm, beach and sand. 
The dimensional stickers are from Jolee's Boutique called "Beach Fashion" Aren't they cute?
I wanted to use more but then I realized that I wasn't supposed to use that either... grrr. 
The inside I just matted it with pieces I cut from the main image I drew up for the background and
papers from My Mind's Eye: Miss Caroline that Roz W.  sent me in a swap.
Oh and lastly I added glossy accents to the drink she's  holding but it got messed up. grrr.

So much for a short blog... that was long as heck! 

Anyway thanks for looking and reading if you did. :)

Katya Bess
I entered my card at:

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

JIC DT: Around the World with SSD

Hi Everyone,

Just wanted to show my little card... took me forever and a day to make it. LOL I had fun except for the stopping and stopping and stopping to do errands or whatever...

I originally wanted to do something else for the background but then I went to the site and I noticed the company is out on vacation or something... aaaaaah!!!! I had to draw my own background looking at various photographs trying to not copy but take elements into my imagination to make my own Egyptian Oasis.... After I drew my image I inked it manually then scanned it so I can print more in the future.

Here is my card I made for Team A's DT at Just Inspirational Challenges.
I used Bonnie of the Nile (Cleopatra) just click on the link and you'll find her there or just go to and look around for yourself. ;)

My completed card.
The entire image was colored with Copic Markers and I use Copic Spica Atyou sparingly.

This image is also the inspiration photo for the JIC challenge this week. 

 Wrote my own sentiment like a vacation photo or vacation postcard. LOL 

I used a piece of left over Spectrum Noir paper, colored it and cut it like a wooden stick.

Here is the image of the Oasis I drew up. I colored it a little more at the bottom then trimmed after I decided where I was going to write my sentiment and glue my SSD girl. 

Thanks for looking. 

Katya Bess

I will enter my challenge at:

Friday, June 13, 2014

Corinne's Girly Swap 2014

Hey Hey!

Hope everyone is doing well.  Today is the big day that we're showing off our swap goodies. Yay!
You should be coming right over from  Sam Slater's blog. If not use the blog hop list at the very bottom as your guide.

Okay, yy swap buddy is Tanja Charles I was happy to get her 'cause well she is really a friend that I get to chat with almost everyday. LOL Sometimes is just to check up on each other sometimes is silly randomness but mostly is CRAFTY stuff which is my favorite thing to do. :) Although we chat often.... You know that woman didn't want to tell me what she really wanted until one day along with another buddy BreAnn, we took pictures of our dies and let me tell ya she IS late to the die party (she said so herself).... very very late. LOL jk Tee just teasing. So since she's a good buddy and it's her birthday month I decided to buy her some dies along with other crafty goodies of course.

Still waiting on the mailman for mine though... darn post office.... We love them and we despise them at the same time. LOL So I will have to update my post for ya gals and gents.

"I got a package! I got a package! I got package Hey Hey!!!"
So excited to use these things I don't have that color catch it all for my sprays I only have 4 but 
now I need more... I do really need to start smashing little life things or color combos. LOL
Tanja made the colorful beads. Can't wait to use the glitter and everything else. 

Thank you so much for my crafty goodies. 
Tanja got me these crafty goodies.

Anyway here is the card I made. I used Copic and Copic Atyou pens to color her. I used just click on the link and you'll find her there.

The Paper and the brad is from Bo Bunny: Isabella Collection.  I tried to color the image to sort of match the papers or as close as I could with my limited Copic collection. I used roses from my stash... well from Orchid Crafts. The dies are from La La Land Crafts and from My Creative Time. 

This is what I got for her.  A few things I didn't have myself so I got doubles and some things I wanted but it was the LAST. Is that baaaaad to get things for myself too or what? Good thing it was my own money and not my Hubby's or he would wrung my neck. LOL jk... 
he supports me in my crafting... or so he says....  I beg to differ much of the time.

I tissue wrapped everything for the swap in WHITE
and the one BLUE one is for her birthday... not for the swap\ or swap hop.

This is what I got for Tanja

1.Betty Roberts
 2. Corinne Jones
 3. Anita Blake
4. Tanja Charles
5. Jackie Randolph
6.  Melissa Varga
7. Darcy Schroeder
8. Rochelle Ayris
9.  Debbie Miller
10. Helen Smith
11. Jackie Rakoski-Diediker
12. Erin Stephenson
13. Sam Slater
14. Katya Bess (you're here)

Thank you so much for visiting. 

Katya Bess