Sunday, April 28, 2013

Time for Tic-tac-toe at Kenny K's Krafty Krew

Good Sunday morning to you all!

As all of you Kenny K fans know, today is the start of a new challenge at the Krafty Krew blog! This week, the theme is Tic-tac-toe, an all-time fave of many paper crafters. I know I enjoy this kind of entry immensely because sometimes it's a challenge in itself to use all of the elements in a given row together on a single project. The original tic-tac-toe game had 3 squares going across and up and down, making a total of 9 squares in all. This one has 4 each way, for a total of 14! That just adds to the fun for me.

I thought you might be interested in knowing some history on the simple game so I did a little research and found this at Wikipedia, which is, as often as not, anything but the expert on any given topic but in this case, I think it will suffice. Here's what it had to say about Tic-tac-toe, also known as Naughts and Crosses:

"An early variant of Tic-tac-toe was played in the Roman Empire, around the first century BC. It was called Terni Lapilli and instead of having any number of pieces, each player only had three, thus they had to move them around to empty spaces to keep playing. The game's grid markings have been found chalked all over Rome. However, according to Claudia Zaslavsky's book Tic Tac Toe: And Other Three-In-A Row Games from Ancient Egypt to the Modern Computer, Tic-tac-toe could originate back to ancient Egypt.[1] Another closely related ancient game is Three Men's Morris which is also played on a simple grid and requires three pieces in a row to finish.[2]
The different names of the game are more recent. The first print reference to "Noughts and crosses", the British name, appeared in 1864. The first print reference to a game called "tick-tack-toe" occurred in 1884, but referred to "a children's game played on a slate, consisting in trying with the eyes shut to bring the pencil down on one of the numbers of a set, the number hit being scored". "Tic-tac-toe" may also derive from "tick-tack", the name of an old version of backgammon first described in 1558. The U.S. renaming of Noughts and crosses as Tic-tac-toe occurred in the 20th century.[3]
In 1952, OXO (or Noughts and Crosses) for the EDSAC computer became one of the first known video games. The computer player could play perfect games of Tic-tac-toe against a human opponent.
In 1975, Tic-tac-toe was also used by MIT students to demonstrate the computational power of Tinkertoy elements. The Tinkertoy computer, made out of (almost) only Tinkertoys, is able to play Tic-tac-toe perfectly.[4] It is currently on display at the Museum of Science, Boston." 
Well, I thought it was interesting! LOL Anyway, I digress once again. Here is the grid for this week's challenge:

This week, we have 3 incredible sponsors, each offering up an awesome prize for one of our challenge entrants. They are:

with a $20 gift certificate,


with the following prize pack

Now, on to my card. I used the bottom row of the grid going across for my card. I also used one of Kenny's new images being released today, called "Tomboy Trouble". I'm certain you'll recognize that sassy face! Yep! it's Troublemaker with a makeover! Isn't see a cutie? Because she's supposed to be something of a tomboy, I didn't want my card to be overly feminine so instead of using the usually bling, lace and ribbons, I used screwhead brads, colored hot pink with a Copic marker and hemp twine. I couldn't eliminate all indications of femininity though so I used lots of pink and included a paper heart doily and a butterfly and a bit of Stickles on the sentiment banner to add the slightest bit of sparkle.
Here's how it turned out!

As you can tell, the last image is a closeup. I can't say this is my favorite card of all times but Tomboy Trouble is definitely one of my favorite Kenny K digis!! That's all I have for you today. In a couple of days, I should have a Saturated Canary card. My poor SC digis have been neglected lately and have put up a bit of a fuss about that so I finally broke down and made a card with one I had colored a while back but never used on a card. If you have a few minutes to spare, please pop on over the the Krafty Krew blog and see the incredible work done by my talented teamies as well as the other new images Kenny is releasing today. 

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

613 Avenue Create - #17 Anything Goes (with optional photo inspiration)
Dream Valley Challenges - #55 Things with Wings
Eclectic Ellapu - Purple's Challenge
CMC Copic Challenge Group - #67 Celebrations
Dilly Beans - Think Pink
Challenges for Everybody - #19 Anything Goes
Until next time, take care of yourselves, tell your families and friends how much you love them and do something creative!
Happy crafting!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Ballgown in the Parisianne Style... for Rick St, Dennis

Good afternoon, everybody! This is my second post for today so if you're looking for my Kenny K challenge card, please scroll down to the next post.

I had the very special honor of being personally invited by Rick St. Dennis, one of my favorite illustrators, to be a guest designer for his blog, Sparkle and Glitter.  I really love the intricacy and level of detail of Rick's designs and even though coloring them in smaller sizes can be a bit of a challenge, it's the kind of challenge I adore. If you're a regular follower, you have undoubtedly seen several of his digis on my cards over the past few months. If you have never attempted one of his digis, you really should. They take a little longer to color because of the fine details but they are well worth the effort!

The image I used for this project is the brand new, never seen "Ballgown in the Parisianne Style". She was so much fun to color, especially the 8.5" x 11" version in green. Rick wanted to know what kind of markers I used and how I achieve a 3-dimensional effect with my coloring and this is what I told him. I use Copics on X-Press It Blending Card, starting with the lightest shade and layering on the darker ones in progression until I achieve the density of color I want. I use a lot of ink because I use so many different colors to get that density but I like the results I get. I use B60 for shadowing when I don't want the effect the grays and browns provide and I use E95 and sometimes V000 for shadowing on the human form as well as a white Jelly Roll pen smudged with my fingertips to bring out the prominent highlights. So there... you have all my secrets now! LOL!

So without further ado, here is the gorgeous Ballgown in all her resplendent glory. 

Above is the larger version. Below is the 6"x 6" card I made with her, dressed in rich, royal purple.

Soon I'll have more projects using Rick's incredible artwork as I was selected as one of the Top 3 in the last 2 challenges on Sparkle and Glitter and the prize was 3 digis for each win so I have several of his designs to color now! Needless to say, I'm in hog heaven. Visit Rick's Etsy shop to purchase his digis.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:

Red Carpet Studio - #32 Hollywood Noir
Catch the Bug - #135 Sketch
Our Creative Corner - Fashion and Style
Crafting For All Seasons - #49 Floral Delight

That's all I have for now but check back soon for more projects using Rick's fabulous digis. Have a wonderful week, hug your children and your pets and do something creative!

Happy crafting!

DT Card for Kenny K

Happy Sunday, everybody! I hope it is starting to thaw out and warm up where you are. It's already getting to be summer here in southeast Texas! Yep, you read that right! It was 82 degrees when I left work this afternoon and I had to run the air conditioner all the way home. I love warm weather but I don't tolerate HOT too well so this time of year is almost perfect for me.

Okay, so there is a new challenge at Kenny K's Krafty Krew that starts today and the theme this time is "Dies and Punches". This should be a favorite for a lot of people with all those gorgeous new dies from Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn and other companies that we drooled over during CHA. They are finally starting to appear in stores and online shops and if you're patient you can even find them on sale occasionally.

Here's my card for the challenge. I used "Miss Thang" and, as always, she is colored with Copics.

In case you weren't aware, Kenny K is now on Facebook and Pinterest!!! Woohoo! We would love to have all our ardent fans follow us so hop on over there and Like us on FB and follow us on Pinterest! You won't believe all the gorgeous creations posted on those pages.

I am entering this card in the following challenges:

My Grafico - #148 Anything Goes
Challenges for Everybody - #18 Anything Goes
Hobby Cutz - #4 (Monochrome)
Paper Crafting Journey - Monochromatic

If you have a few minutes, breeze on over to the Krafy Krew blog and see the fabulous creations made by the other mega-talented designers on Team A. And if you're inspired by what you see, by all means, we'd love to have you join the fun and play along with us this week!  The prizes are 5 free digis from Kenny's store and a $20 gift voucher from Flonz! Plus you have a chance at Top 3 and being chosen by Kenny himself and his lovely wife, Elena, to have your card appear in the weekly Spotlight! So c'mon by!

That's all for today, folks. So until next time, let your families know how much you love them, hug and kiss your kids and grandkids and do something crafty!

Hugs to all!

Monday, April 1, 2013

Being Square with Kenny K

Hi, everyone! It's Monday and I'm late posting this because we had some big storms roll through here yesterday and I was without internet service until I got home from work this evening. So to save a bit of time, I'm going to cut to the chase today. It's time for another new challenge at Kenny K's Krafty Krew and the theme this time is "Being Square". As you can see from the cool skater dude I used for my card, he is anything BUT square! What IS square however is the shape of my card. It's 6" x 6" to be exact. Before I show it to you though, I need to tell you about our sponsors for this week.

 we have KennyK Downloads offering a $20 Gift Certificate

Bearly Mine Designs offering a £10 Voucher

Okay, now that's done, here's my card.

Surprise!!! Only one view this time! Haha! Bet you thought you'd never see it, right?  The image I used is called "Airborne" from the Kid Nation Collection, which I colored with Copics, and is available for purchase in Kenny's shop. The patterned paper is from Basic Grey's Lime Rickey line. The "Super Star" and "birthday" 3-D embellishments are actually stickers from my stash. 
I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Marker Pop - #20 Anything Goes
My Grafico - #148 Anything Goes
Ooh La La Creations Challenge - A Colorful Challenge
Simon Says Stamp and Show - April 1 (Absolutely Anything Goes)
Challenges 4 Everybody - #17 Anything Goes
613 Avenue Create - #13 Anything Goes
Well, that's all for now, folks! Thanks very much for visiting my blog today. You comments are always welcome and I appreciate every single one of them. I hope you'll take a few minutes to visit the Krafy Krew Blog to see the fantabulous projects from my incredible teamies! They really are awesome! Until next time, stay calm and ...

Keep crafting!