Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New Digi Tuesday at Some Odd Girl: Two totally paw-some digis!

Happy Tuesday, everybody! So what do you think of the new clear stamps, paper and embellishments at Some Odd Girl Stamps? If you missed out on any of the excitement, check out my post with pictures of all of the goodies or pop by the Some Odd Girl blog for more gorgeous inspiration!

Because I love the new "Sunshine Sorbet" papers so much, I'm using them again today for the new digis! Seriously, you'll love them, too! They are thicker than other 6" x 6" paper pads, and have vibrant colors that are perfect for tons of paper crafting projects! The back of each piece is solid white, and is of card stock thickness, so you can definitely save your scraps or stamp on the back!

Today's first card features the new "Tia and Puppy" digi with a sentiment from the "Puppy Love Mae" clear set, and of course, "Sunshine Sorbet" paper and the matching sequins.


My second card features "Puppy Love", the second adorable digi being released today at Some Odd Girl Stamps! I kept my design super simple so I could focus on the digi. The speech bubble is from the "I Do" clear set. 

To keep the look subtle, I stamped it on a scrap of white card stock, then stamped again on my card front without re-inking. To make the heart accent, I used the first stamped image as a template to fill in the heart with some glitter glue and gloss medium. When it was dry, I trimmed the heart and adhered it in its spot on the card front. The sentiment can be found in the "Flirty Mae" clear stamp set.


Now that we're halfway through September, there's still time to link up your latest creations with Some Odd Girl Stamps at the Some Odd Girl blog! Each month kicks off a new Linky Party, and there's never a theme; we just want to 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 you never know...your creation might be featured in one of our weekly spotlights!

If you loved everything in the September release and gotta have it all, you can save with this special bundle, available in the Some Odd Girl Store for a limited time!


You'll save more than $5.00 with this special limited-time offer, which includes the 6x6 Sunshine Sorbet pad, Hexie Dot wood veneer, Sorbet Sequins, Sweater Kaylee & Yeti 4x3 Clear Stamp sets all in one bundle.

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

Hugs,

Monday, September 15, 2014

My turn for the Creative Blog Hop!

Hi! I have been asked by the sweet and super-talented Evelin T(of Evelin T Designs) to participate in the Creative Blog Hop in her post here. I'm honored to be one of the three crafters that Evelin chose to participate in this hop!

I met Evelin during my recent Design Team term with Sweet Stamp Shop, which ended last month. Evelin designs stamp sets for Sweet Stamp Shop, and illustrates and creates gorgeous watercolor prints and hand-lettered calligraphy! You can find many examples of her work at her web site!

As I understand, the idea behind the Creative Blog Hop is to learn a bit more about other bloggers by answering four questions, so let's get started!

What am I working on now?

I'm working ahead by coloring images for my Some Odd Girl Stamps design team assignments in October, but I also try to participate in a few weekly or bi-weekly card challenges to get new ideas and inspiration! I can't show you much of what I've been coloring, but here's a peek at "Cheers Kaylee", a Some Odd Girl Stamps image I colored for a birthday card:



How does my work differ from others in my genre?

It's important to me to get as much as I can out of my stamp sets. One thing that I do differently is combine stamp sets in ways that many crafters wouldn't might not think about when putting a card together. If I don't have a particular image that I'm looking for in a set, I'll look through my other sets to see if there's a stamp I can use.

This card that I made for Sweet Stamp Shop is a perfect example. I wanted a treasure chest stamp for my design, but none of the sets releasing that month had that image. To create my own, I used a plant pot stamp from an older set to make one. I stamped the image twice, trimmed part of one, and flipped the other one over to make the lid of the chest.


(More card details can be found at the original post.)

I also like to come up with new ways to use my craft supplies, like using electronic cut files to make reusable stencils. This card is one of my favorites, and it was created for a Moxie Fab World triangle challenge:

(More card details can be found at the original post.)

Here's another of my favorites! I stamped on two colors of felt and assembled them to create a fuzzy yeti for a texture challenge at the Lawnscaping challenge blog:

(More card details can be found at the original post.)

Why do I create what I do?

Many crafters say that they've always loved to create, and that's certainly true for me. But, you're wondering why I make cards instead of altered canvases or art journal pages or scrapbook layouts, or something else, right? 

No part of crafting is more relaxing for me than when I'm coloring images. Taking that artwork and choosing the colors to bring it to life is part of the fun! Even when I was young, I created dimension on my coloring book pages by coloring harder in some parts of the images. It's so much easier to do that now with alcohol-based markers!

And as crazy as it may seem, I love to fussy cut. I don't make a lot of duplicate cards except at Christmas time, so taking the time to give each card personal touch means a lot to me!

How does my creative process work?

When I make a card for a design team assignment, I choose the paper I'm using before coloring the image. Then, I color the image to match the paper. Some people color first and match later, but I find I get stumped more often when it's time to make the card if I work that way. If I'm coloring for fun, the images don't often make it to a project or card; they're just for practice.

I also visit sketch challenge blogs for layout ideas. If I use the sketch from the blog, I'll link it up for the challenge. If I can't find a sketch that will work for the image I've colored, I'll pull elements from a sketch (or a few), but change the layout or orientation so that it works for me. Because design team deadlines are often a week before the blog post goes live, it's hard to combine sketch challenges with many of my design team assignments, but I try to do that whenever I can.

I also try to add embellishments in a thoughtful manner. I'm not comfortable adding lots of flowers, ribbons or accents, so my designs lean toward the clean and simple style. It's more important to me that the images and papers are what you notice on my cards, rather than the embellishments. I often add twine, brads or sequins to a card to balance the layout or to help bring focus to a part of the card. 




The last part of this blog hop is to tag three more people who inspire me with their crafts. They will be posting next Monday, September 22nd, so make sure you stop by their blogs to say hello and find out more about them!

First up is Lesley Croghan. I'm blown away by her creativity in creating some of my favorite challenge blogs and having the time to manage them! I've been on several design teams with Lesley, and have been wowed over and over with her style and designs! Some of her challenge blogs that you may recognize are: Freshly Made SketchesMerry Monday Christmas ChallengeThe Card ConceptSeize the Birthday, and Seize the Sketch!


Hi there! My name is Lesley Croghan. I am a primary school teacher and I am from Canada. I am happily married to my hubby, Corey and we have two fur babies, Rolley the Rocket dog and Penney the Princess puddy! I started making cards in 2007 and then began blogging my cards in 2009. 

My passion for card making and card making challenges inspired me to create my own card challenges online. I design for SugarPea Designs, Purple Onion Designs and CAS(E) this Sketch. I am also passionate about the performing arts and spent many years singing professionally. I am absolutely delighted and honoured that Suzanne has thought of me! Thank you, Suzanne.





Next up is Kristy Dahlman, the creative genius behind Some Odd Girl Stamps! I first noticed Kristy's digis at Some Odd Girl when she was just getting started, and I'm so in love with her drawing and coloring talents! I'm honored to be part of her design team, and had the pleasure of meeting her in person at CHA 2014 (and working with her in the Some Odd Girl booth)!




I'm Kristy, the Owner/Artist of Some Odd Girl stamps & design. I'm a mom of 2 with a very understanding hubs of 11 years. We live in a tiny town near the Lake Michigan shore with our 2 cats.

I’ve been a crafty, artsy girl since forever and finding a career in a creative field has always been my number one dream. I love to draw, craft, design and try my hand at lots of things. I opened the virtual doors of Some Odd Girl in Jan 2010 and recently released my first paper line, Sunshine Sorbet.

You can check out my personal blog at The Odd Girl where I share my own work and behind the scenes goodies. I'm pretty in love with Instagram as well.




And the third person I've tagged is Joni Wilson, who first inspired me with her no-line coloring technique when we were both on The Greeting Farm's Showcase Team in 2013! She is a wonderful friend and crafter, and I'm so glad I got to meet her in person while she and her family lived near me!



In addition to being on the design teams for the Deconstructed Sketch and The Pink Elephant Challenge blog, Joni is back with The Greeting Farm as the coordinator for Guest DT members and Special Projects! You can see Joni's work  at her blog!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you've enjoyed this peek into my projects and my creative process! Be sure to visit the three ladies I tagged in today's post next Monday, September 22, when they share their own crafty secrets! 


Hugs,

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Are you YETI to PARRRRRRRTAY?

Hi, everybody! Today, we're wrapping up release week at Some Odd Girl Stamps with "Yeti", the second new clear stamp set in the Some Odd Girl Stamps store! Are you YETI to PARTY?

And, I just HAD to use some of the delicious new "Sunshine Sorbet" paper and sequins! I cut along the side of the diamond-patterned paper to create a custom border and had the yeti throwing up some confetti/sequins to get the party started!



The sequins and designer paper are brand new Odds & Ends that were released Monday in the Some Odd Girl Stamps Store


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you enjoyed all of the fun things we've shared during Release Week!  Make sure to stop by the Some Odd Girl blog for more inspiration with Yeti!

Hugs,

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Get Warm and Cozy with Sweater Kaylee!

Hi, everybody! Today I'm sharing a card with "Sweater Kaylee," the first of two new clear stamp sets releasing this week at Some Odd Girl Stamps

I turned one of the woodgrain-patterned sheets from Some Odd Girl Stamps' AWESOME new "Sunshine Sorbet" paper pad on its side to make this fun shaker card:


The sequins and wood veneer hexagons are brand new Odds & Ends that were released yesterday in the Some Odd Girl Stamps Store! To make the snowflake accent, I flipped one of the wood veneers over and stamped a snowflake on the smooth side. (By the way, the solid blue bamboo twine is also in the Odds & Ends section of the SOG Store! There are four solid colors and five twist colors of twine to choose from.)



Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll be back tomorrow with a project featuring the second new clear stamp set in Some Odd Girl Stamps' September release, and I hope you're YETI to party! Make sure to stop by the Some Odd Girl blog for more inspiration with Sweater Kaylee!

Hugs,

Monday, September 8, 2014

Check out what's new at Some Odd Girl Stamps!

Hey, hey everybody! Have you seen what's being released this week at Some Odd Girl Stamps? In addition to the clear stamp release, you'll find a gorgeous "Sunshine Sorbet" 6" x 6" paper pad, wood hexie dots and a coordinating sequin pack!

As you can see, the papers are super fun and work so well with the Some Odd Girl clear and digi stamps! And, although you can't see in the photo, the papers are nice and thick. 

Each sheet has bold geometric patterns on one side, and is solid white on the other. Each 6" x 6" Sunshine Sorbet paper pad has two sheets of 12 coordinating designs.

Here's a card I made with several of the papers and the "Hipster Mae" clear set:



You can also get a peek at the sequins and wood hexies in my card photo. The hexies come in a more natural style, offering up lots of possibilities for your projects! You might have noticed that I altered a few of the hexies with brown ink to make custom accents for my card.

Here's a photo of all the new Odds & Ends, which hit the Some Odd Girl Stamps Store TODAY!






Thanks so much for stopping by today! I'll have more to share with you tomorrow, when we feature the first of TWO new clear stamp sets making their debut! For more delicious inspiration with the Sunshine Sorbet paper pad and the rest of the new goodies, stop by the Some Odd Girl Stamps blog!

Hugs,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Paper Smooches Guest Designer Search - October

Hi, everybody! I'm stopping in today to share a card I made for the current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge. I'm also sharing other cards I've made with Paper Smooches stamps to try for a Guest Designer spot at Paper Smooches in October!

October is my favorite month, not only because it's fall, but also because my birthday's in October! (This year is also a "milestone" birthday, but I won't say which one, because I certainly don't feel that I'm that age!)

Today's card features a rockin' cat from the "Chubby Chums" set and some elements from the "Beboppin" set. I also made the leopard print paper with a stamp from the "Little Lady" set. To make the headphones, I punched and trimmed two circles from matching cardstock.


The layout is inspired by Deconstructed Sketch #167:



And here's a peek at the inside of the card.


You can find all of the details on the current "Anything Goes" SPARKS challenge, and link up your entry, at the Paper Smooches SPARKS blog! Details on the Deconstructed Sketch challenge can be found at deconstructing jen.



Here are the other cards I'm entering into the Paper Smooches guest designer contest! Each one was entered into a past Paper Smooches or SPARKS challenge, and are some of my all-time favorite PS cards. (You can click on each picture to make it larger.)





Thanks so much for stopping by today! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week and a super fun weekend!

Hugs,

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Lawnscaping Challenge: One Layer Card

Hi, everybody! Hope you are having a good week so far! I'm playing along with the current Lawnscaping challenge, which is to make a one-layer card.

My order with the new Lawn Fawn stamp sets came in yesterday, so I started playing with them! As you've probably noticed with other cards I make, one of my favorite techniques is creating a scene with masking, which is perfect for this challenge!

Except for the grass stamp, all of the stamps I used are from the brand-new "Spooktacular" set. You'll find the grass stamp in "Critters at the Dog Park".



I created the background by masking off all the stamped images and sponging on a few shades of purple ink. Then, I colored the images and heat-embossed the sentiment. 

I would have liked the embossing to be sharper, but that's my fault...I didn't let the background ink dry long enough. I think that I'll stamp the sentiment before creating the background when I try this technique again. 

Here's another look at the card so you can see it's only one layer:



For all of the details on this challenge, or to link up your entry before the deadline (Wednesday, September 10th), stop by the Lawnscaping Challenge blog! And while you're there, check out what the DT made for the challenge...there's lots of fun, one-layer inspiration!


Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hugs,

Saturday, August 30, 2014

A SWEET farewell at Sweet Stamp Shop!

Happy Saturday, crafty friends! Today marks my final Design Team post at Sweet Stamp Shop. For today's project, I made these cupcake toppers with a few of Sweet Stamp Shop's clear sets:



The past three months on the Sweet Stamp Shop team have been a whirlwind of fun and learning new techniques and getting to share my creations with some super-cute and super-fun stamps with you! 

I'm so happy to have had the chance to be part of such a talented team, and special thanks to Nicole and Chrissie for making my time with the team so sweet! A new team is set to take over in September, and I hope they have as much fun as I did!

I'd love it if you stopped by the Sweet Stamp Shop blog to say HI, and to see how these toppers came together! Since I wrote my Sweet Stamp Shop post earlier this week, the cupcakes are long gone, but I can promise you that they were delicious! 

Hope you have some crafty time planned for the weekend! Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Hugs,
 

Thursday, August 28, 2014

A Foxy Challenge at Moxie Fab World!

Hey there, crafty friends! I'm stopping in this evening to share my card for the new "Foxy Foxes Challenge" at Moxie Fab World! My friend Thanh challenged me to join her in playing along with the challenge, so here's what I made with a few of my Some Odd Girl stamp sets and some Simple Stories paper and stickers. 


I dressed both foxes with accessories from the "Preppy Pups" and "Hipster Pets" clear stamp sets. The fox on the right is also from the "Hipster Pets" set, and the fox on the left is "Foxy."

My card was inspired by this fun picture of Thanh & me from CHA this past January that we took at the Elmer's booth. (You might remember that I shared this picture before on my blog.) A lady who stopped by the Some Odd Girl Stamps booth was kind enough to lend Thanh her foxy scarf for our photo:


The deadline for this challenge is midnight EST on Sunday, September 14th, so there's still time for you to join in the fun! You can find all of the guidelines and link up your entry at Moxie Fab World!

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Hope you enjoyed my card and are inspired to create something foxy, too!

Hugs,

Shrink Plastic Magnets will bring some ODD to your locker!

Hi, crafty friends! I'm up on the Some Odd Girl Stamps blog today with more shrink plastic inspiration! 

I made some bottle cap magnets with images and sentiments from various Some Odd Girl stamp sets. I think you'll find that this project is perfect for bringing some ODD to a school locker or to your fridge!


Stop by the Some Odd Girl Stamps blog to check out my tips for making your own set!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! I hope your week has been going well so far!

Hugs,