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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

'Hello Friend' Color Burst Card

Creative Team Member Jessica Frost-Ballas has used Color Burst with some die cut flowers. By placing them on a black background they really come to life.

The Color Burst colors used are Alizarin Crimson, Merlot and Pthalo Green, to adhere the die cuts to the card quickly and cleanly she used 'Stick It' sheets

Jessica shares with us the instructions for creating this striking card on her blog here.

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Grand Parent's Gift from DAKRI Sinclair with Mixed Media Photo Frames

Hey everybody, Merry Christmas! Today we're featuring the art of DAKRI Sinclair.  It's her first post as a Creative Team member and I know you are going to love what she's created. 

DAKRI specializes in hand-painted gifts that include piggy banks, wall plaques, Easter baskets, and Christmas ornaments...lots of Christmas ornaments.  At this time of year, she literally hand-paints and personalizes 1000's of ornaments.  She's internationally known,  her work has been featured in publications and department stores like Neiman Marcus, Macy's, Carson Pririe Scot and others...she is a powerhouse and a true inspiration for anyone who aspires to turn their art into a career.  

This Christmas season, DAKRI has received requests for personalized frames...and she's been using my 11"x14" Mixed Media Photo Frames.  The frames are perfect for her art, the board itself is a high density, archival quality board, it doesn't warp with wet media, and the front surface is covered with watercolor paper.

 Today DAKRI is sharing frames that were created as personalized gifts for grandparents.  Each frame has the name of all the grandparent's grandchildren and the frame has a pre-cut beveled 4x6 cut out that will hold a photo of all of the kids!  It's a wonderful gift that is really personal.

DAKRI is known for her whimsical illustrative style...these frames are just too cute!  She uses inks, pens, and a water brush to create her distinctive look. The ultra amooth surface of the Mixed Media Frame is perfect for her art!

I would love to see the look on the faces of the grandparents when they open these on Christmas day! If you'd like to see more of DAKRI's work, please visit her Facebook gallery...I think once you see her art you're going to be a fan too! Leave a comment below as I am sure DAKRI would love to hear what you think. 

Thank you for stopping by today and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year! 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Vintage Boxes Storage Inspiration

Creative Team Member Buffy St John gives us a sneak peek into her studio today to share with us this wonderful storage idea.  True craftsmanship lasts a lifetime and it's wonderful to see how something old can be utilized for a new purpose, especially if it is used to store Ken Oliver Crafts Supplies.

Buffy says:
I love old things...old photos, books, luggage and dishes.
My Grandfather was quite a skilled carpenter and I remember as a child that he taught me how to hammer nails, drill holes and saw wood.
He gave me my first "toolbox" which is what I keep my favorite Ken Oliver supplies in.
I love the small wooden nail box that is the perfect size to hold my Color Burst, Pegz and Click It collection.
The larger box is the perfect size and shape to hold my Stick It, Craft mat and the beautiful 12 x 12 Ken Oliver paper collections.
I love to have my art supplies displayed so I and my students can see, use and enjoy them.
Thank you for joining me in the studio today!

How do you store your Ken Oliver Craft Supplies?.  Email your images and some information about yourself and we may feature you on our Blog and Facebook page.  Send emails to sharon@kenolivercrafts.com.

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Allow Your Soul To Dance

Today Creative Team member Yvonne Blair has created this bright and inspiring watercolor framed quote using just three Color Burst Colors and a stamped sentiment.

Yvonne says:

Hi everyone!!! 
It's so close to Christmas now....I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday time! I like many of you have been running around like a crazy person trying to get everything done and ready! But I had to take some time to craft! It's the best thing for the soul sometime! 

I started out with three of my favorite Color Burst colors! Lemon Yellow, Orange and Alizarin Crimson (I think they are all my favorite, wink).  

I put a bit of the powder on my Ken Oliver "Best Ever Craft Mat" , spritzed with some water and used a water brush to paint a watercolorish scenery on my prestamped background.  

Once it is dry I added just a touch of Diamond Stickles to make it look like the setting sun was dancing a bit. 

Once all that was dry I wanted to make it seem more of a piece of art so I matted it with black card stock before adding it to my card foundation.  

I absolutely LOVE the versatility of Color Burst...there are so many WAYS to use it...and you get a different and fresh look with each way! 
I hope you all have a great week! Thanks for stopping by...till next time! 

If you would like to visit my blog, click here.

Monday, December 21, 2015

Color Burst Castle Collage on Wood

Creative Team member Kimberly Jones has created on wood today using Color Burst, 'Lamp Black' Click it Ink and  'Pegz Stamps'.  Full instructions are available on her blog here.

Kimberly says:

Every December the long winter evenings find me reflecting on the fleeting months that have flown by with their joys and their sorrows. I love dreaming about the fresh new year ahead and weaving fanciful plans for the days to come. Building castles in the air inspired me to create a gilded collage on wood using Color Burst and a few other simple elements. Please join me on my blog Serendipity Vintage Studio for all the details. Warm winter wishes to you all! 

Friday, December 18, 2015

Personalized Teachers Gift

Creative Team Coordinator Krista Riley has created a beautiful personalized teacher's gift over on her blog today.  It's a perfect Christmas gift too.

Krista says:

Need an idea for a teacher's gift? Using Ken Oliver Crafts Pegz Stamps I was able to personalize a super cute notepad and cover. I just love custom and personalized gifts. Check it out here!

Also in this project, get a closer look at the amazing Ken Oliver Crafts and Zutter Tool-it-All. It is a must have tool for any die cutter!

I hope this inspires you to go out and create one of a kind gifts for everyone on your list!

Crayon Resist with Color Burst

Sometimes less is more and today Creative Team member Laurel Beard certainly shows us how it's done by combining wax and 'Sepia' Color Burst.  Such a simple technique yet gives a big impact result.

Laurel says:

Today’s card features a crayon resist using the Ken Oliver Color Burst. And believe it or not, I only used ONE color, SEPIA! Isn’t it gorgeous? I grabbed a white crayon and traced a stenciled image onto a piece of watercolor cards stock. Then I tapped on some Sepia Color Burst over the top, spritzed heavily with water and voila!!!! The Color Burst did all the work for me…. And using the white wax crayon created a resist so the outline image still shines thru!

Thanks Laurel for sharing with us today.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Be Your Kind Of Beautiful

Creative Team member Jessica Frost Ballas makes her debut on the blog today and has created a beautiful card using Color Burst and has incorporated Velum, I think you will agree the result is stunning. There is a full tutorial available over on her blog here.
Jessica says:

Hi, Jessica here with my first post as a member of the Ken Oliver Creative Team!  I've been a huge fan of the Color Burst powders for some time now and use them frequently in splattered card backgrounds.  But for my first post as a member of the creative team I wanted to try something a little out of my comfort zone!

Full details are available here of how I created this project.

Thanks Jessica for sharing with us today.

Monday, December 14, 2015

'Hometown Christmas' Inspired Card Collection

Creative Team member Giovana Smith shares with us today a set of magical and charming Christmas Cards using the Hometown Christmas Collection.  

Giovana says:

Hello friends, Giovana here with a brand new set of Christmas cards. I think choosing one design and mass producing it makes it a lot easier when it comes to batch making your cards, especially at this time of the year when you don't have much time. 

For this set I have chosen my favorite papers and ink from the Ken Oliver Crafts range and I promise you, they are super easy to create! 

One of the pages that I have used is from the Hometown Christmas collection, this page has 6 small images (2" x 3" each), so first I cut them all out, then I matted them all with black card stock. Next I added die-cut frames in gold, silver and red to really help pop the images. For extra effect I added shaved ice to the bottom of each image to give them all little bit of bling. 

I then stamped the sentiment from the Hometown Christmas Set 1  clear Stamps using the Lamp Black 'Click It' Ink Pad.

As a final touch I added a piece of 'Stick It' to the back of the patterned paper (the one with the musical sheet) and cut six .5" strips and added one to the bottom of each card. 
And that's it! 

Hope you like them!

Friday, December 11, 2015

Merry & Bright Poinsettia Canvas

Continuing on with the Christmas theme Creative Team member Tracy Pounds has made this vibrant Canvas using Color Burst.  

Tracy Says:

Hello everyone….Tracy Pounds here to share my unique Color Burst Canvas with you today! 

It features a watercolor canvas (Cosmo Cricket) and Color Burst Watercolor Pigment Powders!  I love to use my products in multiple ways. As I was looking at my Sunflower Stencil (The Crafters Workshop), it occurred to me how much it looked like a Poinsettia. I knew I just had to try it out and see what it would look like! I’m thrilled with the result!  
I used the stencil and my Color Burst powders to the white canvas. Dried it well and then applied Delicatta Gold Ink to the canvas with a Blending Foam Applicator (Ranger). I love how the micro powder particles (a residual on the remaining part of the canvas)blended with the gold metallic ink….truly made my canvas GLOW! Then I did some fun doodled lines around my Poinsettia and canvas using my Gold Uniball Signo Pen and my black Pitt Pens (Faber Castel). 
I then did a pencil transfer of the Merry & Bright image and used my Black Pit Pens (Faber Castel) to outline and colored in with my Red Wink of Stella Brush marker. I loved the shimmer and sparkle so much…that I decided to add some “Winks” over parts of my PoinsettaCamera doesn’t pick it up very well but trust me…it’s so pretty! It actually floated the color from the watercolor powders…….LOVE the shimmery watercolor effect!
I hope my canvas is a source of Inspirations for you today and I hope Santa drops a few Colorburst Bottles in your stocking this year! Wishing you a Merry & Bright Holiday Season! 
Keep Creating!

Miss Tracy :)

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Trust Your Strength Tag

Creative Team member Zoey Scarpelli has taken tags to a whole new level with Color Burst,  see how she has created this work of art on her blog here.

Zoey says:

Hello Everyone! I'm Zoey and I am super excited to share with you my first projects as Creative Team for Ken Oliver!

I created this colorful tag and I had so much fun playing with the color burst!

The star is from the Ken Oliver Studio Set 1 and guess what I used to stamp it? Yes, you guessed it right... I used Color Burst! I used Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ocher.
I have to admit that I had to try this technique few times before getting the perfect stamp because I was adding too much water - this one you see in the tag is a second generation stamp and I am truly impressed how the result is vivid!

The background of my tag is covered with tissue paper, gesso and then colored with Ultramarine Blue Color Burst. I added strips of drywall tape and covered with some more gesso before blending the Terre Verte Color Burst with the background. 

I completed the background with some more stamping, sewing machine stitch  and other little details to create some more interest!
Before assemble everything together I cut a piece of vellum and colored it with Alizarin Crimson Color Burst and I love how the transparency of the Vellum still "mix" with the background creating a fantastic Violet-blueish shade!

If you want to check out the tutorial, head over my blog!

Stay Happy Stay Creative, till next time! 
Ciao Zoey

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Hometown Collection Christmas Card

Creative Team member Jeanne Streiff has used the Hometown Christmas Collection with Color Burst and the Click it Ink Pads to create this beautiful Christmas Card.  The papers in this collection are perfect for all your holiday crafting, you can check them out here


Jeanne says:
It's so fun to use a pretty patterned paper for a card background. The beautiful muted colors in the Hometown Christmas Collection make the perfect backdrop for adding a few finishing touches to make a quick and easy Christmas card.

Color Burst Inspirational Canvas Gift

Nothing says you care more than giving someone a handmade gift, today Creative Team member Yvonne Blair has shared with us a wonderful Color Burst inspirational canvas.

Yvonne says:

Hi Everyone, Yvonne here to share an idea for a Christmas Gift.
I took a piece of watercolor paper and spritzed it lightly with water...I then added my choice of Color Burst...then more spritzing until I had the watercolor look I was going for.  
Once it was dry I stamped one of my sentiment stamps in the center.  Put it in a frame and there you have it...a one of a kind gift.  I customized the color to the person receiving the gift.  It's a great way to create a unique gift someone hopefully will totally enjoy and be able to use year round! 

Thank you Yvonne for sharing this project with us.  To see more of Yvonne's inspirational projects you can visit her blog here.

Sunday, December 6, 2015

'Starry Night' Christmas Card using Color Burst and Stick It

Creative Team member Buffy St John has shared a great tutorial on her blog today of how to create this stunning Starry Night Card and background using Color Burst and Stick It.  

Buffy says:
Hi Everybody!
I just do not know where the time goes...it is Christmastime again!
I have a sweet little Merry Christmas card project for you today using Ken Oliver's Violet, Indigo and Ultramarine Blue, Stick It,
plain white 140# watercolor paper, embossing glitter and some dies.
Click here to visit my blog for the full tutorial.

Thanks Buffy, we cannot wait to try this technique ourselves.

Friday, December 4, 2015

Color Burst Christmas Cards

Creative Team member Laurel Beard has been very busy and I think you will agree that her Color Burst cards will certainly brighten up the recipients Christmas, to see how Laurel created her cards you can watch her in action in a video tutorial here.

Laurel says:

I created a set of Christmas cards very easily by heat embossing a sentiment on a piece of watercolored cardstock, sprayed the cardstock heavily with water and then spritzed some  Color Burst onto the wet cardstock and let the magic happen. I used:  Alizarin Crimson, Merlot, Pthalo Green and Terre Verte. I love how you get shades of blues and purples magically as the color moves.

Thanks Laurel for sharing today and for the video tutorial.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Photo Frame Page using 'Stick It'

Today Creative Team coordinator Krista Riley used  'Stick it' and 'Color Burst' with  her Imagine That Page Parcel Kit to create this fantastic Christmas photo frame page.  Full instructions are available on her blog here.

Krista Says:

I love Christmas and what a better way to showcase all the magic of the holiday than with a Glittered Stick It Die Cut and Color Burst Tree!
The use of Micro Fine Glitter on the Stick It Adhesive covered die cut sparkles like the snow on Christmas Morning And the techniques used for the tree give it that realistic texture that will make you feel like you are looking at your own Christmas Tree!

I hope this brings you Christmas Cheer and inspires you to play with Stick It Adhesive and Color Bursts by Ken Oliver Crafts!


Thanks Krista for today's project.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Hometown Cottage Collection Notebooks

Creative Team member Kimberly Jones has made these charming notebooks using the Hometown Cottage Collection of papers.  A wonderful gift idea.

Kimberly says:

Just a few simple elements are all you need to whip up a set of custom notebooks using the charming Hometown Cottage Collection from Ken Oliver Crafts! These petite beauties are perfect to stash in your tote bag or pocket and they also make wonderful gifts.

For all the details and a step-by-step tutorial please visit Serendipity Vintage Studio. 

Thank you Kimberly for sharing with us today.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Color Burst Meditation Plaque

Today Creative Team member Diana Hetherington has created a stunning mixed media project on one of the Ken Oliver Photo Mats and Color Burst.


Diana says:

Hello everyone! today I am here to share with you my very first posting as part of the Ken Oliver Creative Team. I am so thrilled to be a part of this wonderful new adventure and I have so enjoyed seeing so far what my fellow design team members have created for you!!
For my project I wanted to create something directly from my heart, (as I most always do) and I wanted it to be a piece for me to concentrate on during my daily practice of meditation. So because I was using it for that purpose I knew it had to have a special meaning to me/special quote. 
I started off using one of Ken's Mixed Media Photo Mats; and let me tell you I sure put it to the test!!! you can believe me when I tell you it can take a load of water before it even thinks about warping, as you will see in my step outs on my site how I started sure isn’t how it ended. That to me is my favourite thing about creating!!! 
and here is my direct link:  http://missusgmoments.com/peaceful-moments/

Thank You Diana for sharing today.