Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Ballerina Mae makes her debut with Some Odd Girl Stamps!

Hi, crafty friends! It's New Digi Tuesday at Some Odd Girl Stamps! We have one new digital stamp to showcase today, so without further ado, I'd like to present the ever-graceful "Ballerina Mae". Doesn't she look ready for her solo?


I heat embossed a sentiment from the "First Dance Mae" clear set on vellum. It works perfectly with Ballerina Mae, don't you think? The paper has been in my stash for some time now (it's Basic Grey's "Serenade" 6x6 paper pad). I added some glitter glue to her dress and wood star accents to complete the card.

We're halfway through August, but there's still time to link up your latest ODD creation to the Linky Party at the Some Odd Girl blog! You'll find the linky tool on the right-hand side of the blog...and your creation might be featured in one of our weekly spotlights!

Hope your week is off to a great start! I have a lot of non-crafty stuff going on this week; looks like it'll be a busy one! Make sure to stop by the Some Odd Girl blog to see what the other Odd Girls have made with the new digis! Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Hugs,

Monday, August 18, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge: Add Texture

Hi, crafty friends! I'm playing along with the new Lawnscaping challenge, which is to add texture to your card or project! This week's challenge is sponsored by Lawn Fawn Stamps!

At first, I thought about using an embossing folder for texture, but after pulling out my Lawn Fawn stamps and flipping through them to pick what sets I would use, I came across the "Yeti, Set, Go" set and was inspired to make a "pettable" yeti by stamping on felt.


I used Staz-On ink to stamp on white felt for most of the yeti's fur, and a small piece of teal felt for his tummy. I trimmed the felt and glued both pieces on another yeti that I stamped on card stock. I stamped the yeti again, colored in his face, trimmed it and glued it on top of the felt.

Here's a close-up look at the yeti. You can see the dimension of the felt on the card stock. I also added texture with gloss medium on some hearts stamped from Lawn Fawn's "Happy Feast" and "Critters Ever After" sets. To make textured snow, I added some chunky glitter glue to a strip of paper. It wasn't quite dry when I took the picture, so I went back and used mini glue dots to adhere his feet to the snow.


Here's the graphic for this challenge, which ends on Wednesday, August 27. You can find all of the challenge details and inspiration from the Lawnscaping Design Team at the Lawnscaping blog


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope your week is off to a great start! 

Hugs,

Friday, August 15, 2014

A Pair of Photo-Inspired Challenge Cards!

Happy Friday, crafty friends! I have a couple of cards to share with you today for two photo inspiration challenges at Moxie Fab World and the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog

My first card is for the "Trendy Triangles" challenge at Moxie Fab World. I made the triangle paper by sponging shades of neon ink through a stencil, then flipped the stencil to sponge on the black triangles.


I created the stencil with one of the "Rectangle Card Background" cut files from Some Odd Girl Stamps. Instead of cutting the pattern on card stock, I cut a transparency sheet to make a reusable stencil. I did a tutorial on this technique a few months ago on the Some Odd Girl Stamps blog. The sentiment is from Some Odd Girl Stamps' "Party Girl Gwen" clear stamp set.

Here's the inspiration photo for this challenge. I was inspired by the colors and the confetti, which led me to making of a fun birthday card! 


The deadline for this challenge is Wednesday, August 20. Stop by the Moxie Fab World blog for all the details and to link up your entry, or to check out the other entries!

My second challenge card is for the Paper Smooches SPARKS "Picture Perfect" challenge. I used Paper Smooches' "We Totally Click" stamp set and the "Thanks Word Die".


Here's the inspiration photo for this challenge, which ends Saturday, August 16th at 11:59 PM PST. I chose the gray of the lamp and pink (although the pink that I used is much brighter than what's in the picture.) I'm also entering this card in Paper Smooches' September Guest Designer Search!


For all the details on this challenge, or to link up your entry, visit the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog!


Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful, relaxing weekend with some crafting time in there somewhere!

Hugs,

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

A SWEET notepad tutorial!

Hi, everybody! I'm up on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog today with a fresh tutorial on making this cute notepad cover! I'd love it if you stopped by to say hi!


AND, have you sent in your application for the Sweet Stamp Shop Design Team? There are only a few days left to apply! My time on the Sweet Stamp Shop DT is over at the end of August, but I've had a blast over the past three months, learned a lot, and got to create with some fabulously SWEET stamps!


Make sure to pop over to the Sweet Stamp Shop blog for all the details!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you're having a wonderful week so far!

Hugs,

It's New Digi Tuesday at Some Odd Girl!

Happy Tuesday, crafty friends! I have two cards to share with you today that feature the new digi stamp and sentiment cut file at Some Odd Girl Stamps!

It looks like the newest resident of Odd Land is enjoying some retail therapy! Say hello to "Shopping Piper"! I chose a sentiment from the "Hey Mae" clear stamp set, and the heart speech bubble comes from the "I Do" clear stamp set.



You may recognize the "Party Crab" digi stamp from a recent release, and I chose one of the new "Chill Sentiment Cut Files" to go along with him:


We're almost halfway through August, so don't forget about the Linky Party at the Some Odd Girl blog! There's no special theme or requirements, other than you linking up your latest ODD creations so we can see what you've made with Some Odd Girl Stamps! You'll find the link tool on the right-hand side of the blog...and your creation might be featured in one of our weekly spotlights!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a great start! I've been fighting off allergies but that won't stop me from getting things done this week! Make sure to stop by the Some Odd Girl blog to see what the other Odd Girls have made with the new digi and cut file!

Hugs,

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Back To School with the Lawnscaping Challenge!

Hi, crafty friends! I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I'm stopping in today to share my entry for the current Lawnscaping challenge! The theme is "Back to School", and even though I don't have any little ones (or big ones) heading off to school soon, I made this bookmark:


I used papers from the "Into the Woods" 6x6 Petite Paper Pad, the "Winter Owl" stamp, the small graduation cap from the "So Much To Say" set, and the sentiment comes from the "Science of Love" stamp set. I made my own cork reinforcement and tassel to finish off the bookmark.


For more details on this challenge, and to link up your entry, please visit the Lawnscaping Challenge blog!

I'll be back on Tuesday with a post at the Sweet Stamp Shop blog, and the newest digis from Some Odd Girl Stamps! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a great start!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

New Digi Tuesday at Some Odd Girl Stamps: Welcome, Piper!

Happy Tuesday, everybody! Are you ready for the new digital stamps at Some Odd Girl Stamps? We're continuing the summer and tropical themes this week with the first digi featuring Piper, the newest member of the Some Odd Girl Stamps family. Here's "Mermaid Piper", isn't she gorgeous?


I took my time coloring this image, and I love how it turned out! I wanted to make Piper the focus of my tag, so I kept it pretty simple with some photo-realistic sky paper and some hand-cut waves. I heat embossed a sentiment from the "Make a Statement " clear stamp set on vellum, and finished off the tag with a star sequin, a shell from the "Under the Sea Mae " clear set, a handmade cork reinforcement and some funky net ribbon from my stash.

My second card features "Sea Turtle", the newest digi critter swimming in to Some Odd Girl Stamps! I used some nautical-themed papers and my go-to sand effect, which is a thin layer of Distress Stickles (Antique Linen) over a strip of torn kraft card stock.


Now that we've flipped the calendar to August, don't forget that there's a new Linky Party kicking off at the Some Odd Girl blog! There's never a theme for this; we just want you to link up your latest ODD creations so we can see what you've made with Some Odd Girl Stamps! You'll find the link tool on the right-hand side of the blog...and your creation might be featured in one of our weekly spotlights!

Thank you so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a great start! I've been fighting off allergies but that won't stop me from getting things done this week! Make sure to stop by the Some Odd Girl blog to see what the other Odd Girls have made with the new digis!

Hugs,

Monday, August 4, 2014

Ahoy! New stamps are sailing in to Sweet Stamp Shop!

Ahoy! It's time for a new release at Sweet Stamp Shop, and we have four fabulous sets arriving in the store today!

I made three cards for this release, and each has a little secret. My first card features mirror stamping with the "Fishy" set:


The fish on the left is stamped like normal, and the fish on the right was mirror stamped. I used the info I found in this tutorial on the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to flip the image. It's so much easier than I thought it would be!

My second card uses the "Fishy" and "Beach Bum" sets, with a guest appearance from the "Alpha Tabs" set for the crab's "salty" language. The secret on this card is how I stamped the sun...with the back of the beach ball stamp in the "Beach Bum" set.


I saved the most elaborate surprise for my third card. I wanted to make a treasure chest, but there wasn't one in the set. I made my own by stamping the clay pot from the "Stuck on This" set twice, using one as the lid and the other as the base. I cut a strip of acetate to open and close the chest. (It's hidden behind the sequins in the chest and I made an inner layer with the lid to hide the sentiment, and the other half of the acetate.)

Here's a look at what the card front looks like with the lid closed and with it open:


I used stamps from the "Ahoy" set to create the treasure map corner, for the banner sentiment, and of course, the parrot on the top of the treasure chest. The stamped sand texture is from the "Beach Bum" set. The pirate hat is from the "Too Hip" set, and the fox and birthday stamp are from the "Foxy" set. 

Here's another look at Sweet Stamp Shop's August release: "Beach Bum", "Sail Away Sayings", "Ahoy" and "Fishy":


Make sure to stop by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog for more info on these sets, including new release specials, bundles or discounts!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is off to a wonderful start!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Take a trip to the tropics with the new digis at Some Odd Girl Stamps!

Well, hello there, everybody! It's Tuesday, so you know what that means...new digis at Some Odd Girl Stamps! We have a tropical theme this week, starting with "Hula Mae"! I loved coloring her, because I got to practice more tanned skin tones and black hair!


To make the background, I chose a journaling card that would work for the sky and punched a circle for the sun. Then, I stamped two rows of waves from the "Under the Sea Mae" clear stamp set. The sand was made with my usual technique of tearing a strip of kraft card stock followed by a thin layer of Distress Stickles (Antique Linen) on the kraft card stock.

This next card is dear to my heart. As soon as I saw that we had "Jellyfish" as our second new digi for this week, I wanted to do something fun with them. One of them looks like he's saying HI, but I wasn't sure what to do with the other. I love the sentiment, but needed a way to make one of the jellyfish funny. Lucky for me, the pack of stickers also had a mustache that was perfect!


I can't stop smiling whenever I look at this card! It reminds me of fun times with my pal Thanh. Here's one of the pictures we took at the Elmer's booth at CHA this past January:


WOOD you like to be inspired by some fabulous creations combining Some Odd Girl Stamps and ARC Crafts' wood veneers? All this week, Some Odd Girl Stamps is partnering with ARC Crafts for an awesome event! Pop over to the Some Odd Girl blog for all the fun! We were BLOWN AWAY by the versatility of their wood veneer products, and I know you will be, too!


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope your week is going well so far!

Monday, July 28, 2014

Paper Smooches SPARKS: Designer Draft Challenge!

Hi, crafty friends! I hope your week is off to a great start. Today was a busy day for me, but I managed to fit in some time to play along with the current Designer Drafts challenge at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog!




The sketch for this challenge is perfect for building a scene. For some reason, the image of a dachshund pulling links of sausage out of a birthday present got stuck in my head, so I put that scene together on this card!



All of the stamps on today's card are from Paper Smooches stamp sets: the dachshund is from the "Woofers & Tweeters"set, the sausage is from the "Wake Up" set, the party hat was made from small stamps in the "Party Posse" set, and the sentiment is from the "Birthday Sampler" set. The only image that isn't from a PS set is the present/box, which I made with a metal square die, and outlined the edges with a black pen to match the other parts of the scene.

Here's a look at the sketch:

For all the details on this challenge, and to link up your entry (the deadline is Saturday, August 2nd at 11:59pm PST), please visit the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog

I hope you enjoyed my card...thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be back tomorrow with the newest digis at Some Odd Girl Stamps! See you then!