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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Some Odd Girl THANKS YOU for your support and loyalty!

we're coming up on the end of the term for our Odd Girls, and we want to send them off with a little THANK YOU - hence the theme for this round's challenge!

Some Odd Girl wants your creations that say THANK YOU
...whether they're cards or tags or canvases, they should say THANK YOU to someone for that awesome thing they did, or for being that utterly amazing person you know them to be (rather than just a project you made for someone to thank them - catch my drift?)...

wanna play?
there could be something GOOD in it for you!
and you don't HAFTA use a Some Odd Girl image, but if you do, that's a bonus entry for the draw!

here's my THANK YOU card, using the adorable new clear stamp, Pinwheel Panda:

a close-up of my little dude, who i can see myself using for LOADS of creations, especially baby cards...

you want to join us, right? and seriously, you NEEEEEED to see the rest of the projects from our talented Odd Girls - do drop by their personal blogs and leave them some love, because we have TRULY enjoyed having them on our Design Team these last six months - the time has flown by and we're sad to see them go!

play along by CLICKING HERE, and you have until Tuesday, August 9th to get in on it for your chance to win lovely things. :) have fun, and happy craftin'! xo

Charisma loves their 4-legged friends!

WOOT! another Charisma challenge, and i loved this one, because i am rather enamoured with my gorgeous Miss Ophelia.

so i'm just gonna cut right to the chase, and let you know that the new challenge this week at Charisma is....


we are sponsored by the fabulous DigiStamp Boutique, who is giving one winner SIX single digis of their choice (SWEET!), and by the lovely Bunny Zoe Crafts. you don't wanna miss this, peeps!

my card - inspired by the true goddess of my household, and perfect for a little girl who's 5 going on 36...

i wanted to go for more layers, but i thought the kitty was just so cute and i didn't want to distract from her character - she's high-maintenance and clearly doesn't want to share the spotlight. ;)

wanna get in on the action? well i INSIST you CLICK HERE to see what the rest of the amazing Charisma Galz have done to inspire you, and you have until next WEDNESDAY to play along, so have fun, and good luck! :) you should also keep your eyes on the Charisma blog, 'cuz we've got some seriously fantastic stuff going on behind the scenes, and we can't wait to share all the news! :)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Make it SUNNY at Charisma!

new challenge up, folks! and i LOVED this one, because i'm all about the happy, bright colours.
when i saw our theme was...


i was overjoyed! orange and yellowy GOODNESS?! yes, please!

so you wanna play along at Charisma this week? join us! CLICK HERE for the new challenge, and check out what the fabby Charisma Galz have done to strut their stuff this round!

OH, and did i mention we have AWESOME sponsors? seriously - prizes from Make it Crafty (hi, lovely Colour Addicts!), and MelJen's! 3 freebies from Make it Crafty, or 4 freebies from MelJen's! HOT, right?

well i couldn't resist the opportunity to mix up one of the gorgeous Make it Crafty scene objects, "Park Bench for Two", with one of my favourite girls, MAE, from Some Odd Girl. lookie!

close up, anyone?

i think all my card needs is a little bunny or baby deer or something to be complete, but i couldn't find what i needed in time. :) hope this will do, and maybe inspire you just a smidgen!

but you wanna win stuff? play along by next WEDNESDAY for your chance(s)! CLICKETY CLICK!

i'm ALLLLLSO playing along at:

The ABC Challenge - the "yesterday" challenge i chose is T - two or more images
Polka Doodles - "Long, Hot Summer" - using summery colours here!

now that it's THURSDAY, i am getting ready for the biffy's arrival! YAY!

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

something GIRLIE!

morning, folks! hope all is well in your respective necks of the woods!

life is very busy here, and i am preparing for a visit from my biffy this Thursday night. he'll be here for 10 days, and we have a lot of evenings planned! as usual, at least one of those evenings will be filled with crafty goodness, and he'll be making cards with me. ;) besides that, we have bowling, ice cream, sculptures, weird stuff, drinking, Quizzo, fabby dining and movies on the agenda, so it will be a jam-packed visit!

got to playing around a bit last night (i was STARVING after hubbin and i went jogging, and i had to get my mind off FOOD as it was already after 8 pm), and decided to jump in on a challenge or two. :) this one's totally girlie, which hasn't REALLY been my usual style of late, so it was nice to venture into unfamiliar territory. here we go.

the image is a freebie from my guest stint at Quirky Crafts, and i used a similar technique on my first card using that image (though this one's a little more, um... polished, i think).

so i was inspired by the Girly Girls challenge at Totally Papercrafts, because it was somewhat outside of my most recent comfort zone, and i am also playing along at Stampin' for the Weekend - their theme is Wings and Things. and last, but not least, the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week is an Anything Goes theme, so i think i'll throw my name in the hat over there, too!

have a wonderful Shoesday, friends, and i'll be back soon with more goodies to share! :D

Thursday, July 14, 2011

we challenge YOU to pick an Odd Girl....

pick an Odd Girl.....

and LIFT her project!

nice and easy for this round, right? scroll through the Some Odd Girl challenge blog all you like until you find a project that really grabs you, and lift it! that's our challenge, and you have two weeks to play!

i seriously love ALL of our Odd Girls and their projects, but as i scrolled through the posts, this one just leapt out at me, and i HAD to lift it! (you'll see why...) :D

here's my card, using the awesome new clear stamp, Photo Kaylee!

this is ALSO my very first time playing with COPICS! i was hangin' out Chez Adina not too long ago (but seriously, too long ago!) and she insisted i play, so i went for the skintones... here's a close-up of my handiwork (with which i'm mostly pleased, but Copics are NOT what i expected at all!):

and here's the gorgeous card i lifted, from Sarah's wonderful SNEAK:

i loved the layers and the buttons and the little criss-crossing ribbons, and she always seems to have so much fun mixing her papers. have you noticed that outlining with her Sharpies seems to be Sarah's trademark when she makes cards? she does that when she's scrapbookin', too! love it.

you NEEEEEED to drop by and check out the rest of the lifts from our Odd Girls, by CLICKING HERE. you'll get all the deets on the challenge, you'll see more examples of our new Clear Stamps in action (and you'll probably be adding them to your wish list!), and you'll TOTALLY be inspired to GET YOUR CRAFT ON!

two weeks, folks. have fun with it, get a second entry if you use an image from Some Odd Girl (although it's not necessary), and STAY ODD! :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

i've got some Mojo for Monday!

i know it's only SUNday, but i had an idea when i saw the Mojo Monday sketch, and i had to jump in before it closed off tonight! so i'm using up some bits and bobs, and this cute little ducky was sent to me by the lovely Crystal AGES ago, so it's time he got some luv. :)

i have this HUGE tin of chipboard stuff, and i never seem to pull it out when i'm playing with my crafties. so today, when i was looking for something to use where that gorgeous STAR is on the Mojo Monday sketch, the answer was simple! i love stars, but it didn't fit with the sentiment...

here's their fabby sketch:

and that's it for the crafty stuff!

i had a FUN weekend, hanging out with the girls on Friday night and winning some $$$ in Atlantic City (HELLOOOOO, Netbook! there's no excuse now!), hung out with hubbin at my in-laws' house watching Hoarders (yeah, i know, but it's so gripping!), and recording some vocals this afternoon. going for a jog with hubbin soon, maybe some water ice later, and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets tonight. we're trying to watch them in order before my Smudge-Paw comes to visit so we can see the last one in the theater with him. :)

a busy, BUSY week ahead of me! i'll be working the early shift, so i might not be around quite as much, but last week made up for it, right? :) if you haven't already gotten in on the fun, the SALE is still going on at (25% off EVERYTHING!), and the BLOG HOP ends tonight at midnight Eastern time, so there's still time!

happy Sunday, folks! hope you've all had a great weekend! :D

Friday, July 8, 2011

are you ready to HOP with the Odd Girls?!

okay gang, the big day is HEEEEERE! we're ready to have some serious FUN! it's a....
including our final sneak of the week, and a yummy PRIZE (or more) to be won!

SOOOOOO, welcome! and thanks so much for swingin' by! i hope you're loving what you've seen so far (and just wait until you see what's ahead!).

you should have started off right at the Some Odd Girl challenge blog, and you must leave a comment at every stop along the way in order to be eligible for our big prize.

the prize? are you ready for it? one very lucky winner will get the ENTIRE new clear stamp release, which we've been so proud to share with you all week. 5 packs, 5 characters, each with a sentiment, some with EXTRAS. all GORGEOUS and so much fun to play with!

if you're just swinging by my personal blog today for a visit, this may be your first glance at this fabby new character... otherwise, if you're already merrily hopping along, you've seen him/her in lots of funky styles and projects already. if you like our Facebook page, you may have also caught a quick sneak a couple of months ago (and have probably been waiting impatiently, as we Odd Girls all have!), so without further ado...


i had SO much fun with this card, and wanted to go out with a bang for our Sneaks Week, so the Prismacolor Pencils got extra special love, and my card was born!

here's a close-up of our newest addition to the CRITTERS family!

and if you want the rundown on the whole hop, here's the order:

SO. the rules for our little event? visit ALL blogs along the hop, leave a comment at every stop along the way and show your SOGgy love. get it all done by SUNDAY at 11:59 EST. ONE winner will nab the whole new clear stamp release, and we may just add a surprise along the way. :D

any questions?

desperately need to get your hands on some SOGgies in the meantime? there's a huge sale going on at until Sunday night, so grab ANYTHING in the store for 25% off NOW! :) woot!

think you've got what it takes to be an Odd Girl? CLICK HERE for the Some Odd Girl DESIGN TEAM CALL! we're taking applications until July 17th, so there's plenty of time to get in on the fun!

Thursday, July 7, 2011

another Sneak from Some Odd Girl - this one's for the BOYS!

okay, i don't use NEARLY enough boy images on my cards - that's a fact. but TODAY, we are sharing another sneak at the Some Odd Girl challenge blog, and hoooooooooooo, baby! i LOVE this little dude! it's day 4 of Sneaks week, and we are excited for you to have a gander at the newest addition to the TOBIE bunch.....


do you LURRRRVE him?! isn't he the happiest little guy you've ever seen? (and i could SO go for some choccie cake - i don't care if it's only 8 am!) i loved colouring him, and i am MAD crushing on him because of his adorable sweater-vest! :) can ya blame me?

(click to enlarge for ultimate cute factor!)

okay, so this is the final regular sneak for this week. on TUESDAY, all of the sneaks we've shown you this week will be released as CLEAR STAMPS at! each character comes with its own sentiment, and some of them come with extras (additional sentiments, frames, accessories). and they stamp BEAUTIFULLY (as you can see!).

in the MEANTIME, there's a huge SALE going on at - you can get virtually EVERYTHING in the store for 25% off, from now until July 11th! woot! but hurry up and grab the ones you want, because we sometimes run out of space and have to retire some of the older images to make way for the new kids!

sooooo, clickety-click on over to the Some Odd Girl challenge blog to see the Odd Girls' STUNNING creations using Big Day Tobie, and leave a comment there for your chance to WIN HIM! :) annnnnnnnd, come back tomorrow, because we are HOPPING! that's right - wrapping up Sneaks Week with a fun blog hop, and YOU'RE INVITED! one lucky commenter (on all of the Odd Girls' and guests' blogs) will win the ENTIRE new release of clear stamps! :) maybe it'll be you? cross your fingers and get ready to put those fingers to work with lots of comments!

Linkit's Anything Goes at Papertake Weekly, so i'm jumping in on that one, too!

have a fantastic day, friends!

something a little FLOWERY for you today at Charisma!

morning, crafty peeps! i hope you're all having a fabulous week! Thursday is an exciting day for me at work, and i'll fill you in on that later, but for now, a new challenge at CHARISMA! :)

this week, we're looking for your best FLOWERY creations!
i know loads of people already use flowers on their projects, but i'm hoping we'll see a little EXTRA for this round (otherwise it's not much of a challenge, right?).

here's what i created, using the lovely (retired) Heart Kaylee from Some Odd Girl:

i love my Kaylees with red hair! :D

think there are enough flowers on that paper? and the little peach rosettes were a must - i have been COLLECTING these little flowers from Recollections (at Michael's) - grabbing every pack with every colour as they go on clearance - yet i can never bring myself to use the darned things. it's like i'm scared to use them, in case i can never buy them again! well what's the point of COLLECTING paper crafting supplies? aren't they meant to be USED on paper crafting projects?! silly Leah...

anywho, come on over to the CHARISMA CARDZ BLOG to see what my fabby teamies have done with this challenge, and JOIN US! we have some WONDERFUL regular sponsors, and this week we have TWO hot prizes to be won!

playing along for this round at Crafts And Me - they're looking for "Favourite Stamps/Digis" - so i HAD to go with my gal Kaylee... she is me, after all! :D (ask me to choose a favourite Kaylee, and i think my head might just asplode!)

and jumpin' in at Simon Says Stamp, where they've got "a stitch in time" as their theme - i think i have a dozen spools of that stitchy ribbon - can't get enough of the stuff!!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

time for something SWEET! another Some Odd Girl sneak!

hey there folks! DAY THREE of the Some Odd Girl sneaks, and we Odd Girls are having TOO much fun with the brand new clear stamps! that's right, a whole new batch, and they'll be available at next TUESDAY!

i've shown you two little lovelies already, but today, we have someone extra sweet to share...

meet Tiny Baker Tia!

i just love the little cupcake, and how her hat is just WAY TOO BIG for her head! :)

adorable, RIGHT?! such a dream to colour, too! as usual, Tia is coloured up with my Prismas, and i played with some yummy BasicGrey papers (Lemonade and Life of the Party), plus some of my new twine from the Girls Paperie (House of Three). it's BLUE AND PINK! and i do, indeed, love the heck out of that stuff.

now, i INSIST that you CLICKETY CLICK and check out the rest of the Odd Girls' projects today, and leave a comment over there for your chance to WIN Tiny Baker Tia and her matching sentiments!

then come back AGAIN tomorrow for yet another sneak, and on Friday, things will be HOPPIN' around here!

i played along at CPS because i loved the sketch:

and the BasicGrey Challenges blog is looking for STITCHING - i had to go faux, because my sewing machine is tucked away until we get a new, bigger house (next year, hopefully!)

and that's all she wrote for today! see you again tomorrow with another sneak, and a new Charisma challenge! :D

Attention Juls, Deanne, Sarah, Karen, Auntie Em, Grandma Yellow Hair, Julie T-W and Ree!

a big thank you to the ever-wonderful Vee, my Charisma sistah, who bestowed upon me a very sweet award....

IRRESISTIBLY sweet, in fact!

i explained to Vee that i'm usually AWFUL when it comes to receiving and giving awards, but those strawberries just looked SOOOO scrummy, i had to jump on this one. :) sooooo, i am supposed to share 7 facts about myself and then share the award with 8 bloggy friends. here goes!


1 - chocolate covered tangerine Jelly Belly candies. they'll be the death of me. flippin' YUM.
2 - i've been a migraine sufferer since i was 11 years old.
3 - i have a less-than-healthy obsession for puzzle games, specifically Bejeweled on Facebook
4 - i do NOT own a SmartPhone and don't want one. i DO want a NetBook though.
5 - after the 3rd or 4th book in a series, i tend to lose interest.
6 - Pinhead is sexy as all get-out.
7 - i own one pair of shoes that i truly LOVE. the rest are just kind of MEH. they serve their purpose.

THE PEEPS (in no particular order):

1 - Juls - sweet? heck yes! she leaves lots of love, and it's always appreciated!
2 - Deanne - funky and adorable, and a fabulous mad crafter!
3 - Sarah - fun, quirky, and not afraid to play with colour! totally my kinda gal!
4 - KarenB - one of the BESTEST Dollies i've ever known. wish you lived near me!
5 - Auntie Em - where did you come from, and HOW did you get so fabulous?
6 - Grandma Yellow Hair - she has an AMAZING sense of humour, her blog is a JOY to read!
7 - Julie - there just aren't enough words to say about this lovely lady! she OOZES positivity and sunshine!

8 - Ree - totally loyal, absolute perfectionist! and utterly sweet to boot. xo

so there ya be! you 8, feel free to pass this little award along, or just enjoy it for what it is. :) all you need to know is that i think you're awfully nifty. :) MWAH!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

SOGgy Sneaks Week - meet Photo Kaylee!

hey there, crafty pallies of mine! glad you stopped by again to visit, because i have ANOTHER fabby little sneak to share with you! all this week at the Some Odd Girl challenge blog, we are proudly showing off the brand new clear stamps which will be released next Tuesday. yesterday, i showed you the lovely Sweet Thinkin Mae, and today, my fave girl has a new toy!

heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeere's Photo Kaylee!

i just lurrrrrrve her little Polaroid! and how cute are the little accent photos?!
here's Miss Kaylee up close and personal:

isn't she FABULOUS?! the perfect stamp for scrapping vacation photos, or sending someone a bon voyage card, or just something for a cute little hello. she also comes with TWO sentiments, plus the photo and 3 accent images. what a great little package deal!

hop on over to our Some Odd Girl challenge blog to see the rest of the Odd Girls' projects using the gorgeous Photo Kaylee, and leave a comment to win her! in fact, join us all week for sneaks, and something a little different on Friday, and you could win ALL of the brand new clear stamps, which will be released at next Tuesday! :)

annnnnd, if you've got some money burning a hole in your pocket, there's a huge SALE going on at - EVERYTHING, digis and clear stamps alike, is 25% off! that's just $2.25 for most digis! GO SHOPPIN'! :) (and visit me again tomorrow for something sweet!)

i'm playing along today at Cute Card Thursday, where their theme is TECHNOLOGY
and also at Papertake Weekly, where it's ANYTHING GOES, with the option of BUTTONS!

Monday, July 4, 2011

SOME ODD GIRL has SNEAKS for you! new clear stamps coming!

it's DAY ONE of Sneaks Week at the Some Odd Girl challenge blog! that's right, another fantastic clear stamp release (and just following a fabulous summer digi release too) - Kristy-Holmes-Dollie has been VERY busy!

today, i am THRILLED to show you the first of the sneaks - and lemme tell ya, this little miss has been VERY well-received by the Odd Girls! another beautiful Mae to join the SOGgy family, please welcome...


isn't she LOVELY?!

and not only does she come with the sentiment i've used on my card,
but the package looks like THIS:

so you get Mae, the sentiment, and the frame! fab, right?! (well just wait until you see this frame reappearing in future posts this week - SO versatile, and the perfect SIZE!)

here she is, up close and personal...

so what's the deal with Sneaks Week? we are showing sneaks today through Friday, when we hope you'll join us for a little EXTRA fun - the Odd Girls have worked hard to showcase these new clear stamps, and the sneaks are GORGEOUS!

drop by the Some Odd Girl challenge blog to see the rest of the projects, and leave a comment over there each day this week (if you know what's good for ya!), and you might win the featured stamp for that day! Friday, we're doing it up a little differently, so stay tuned!

i decided to play along with the Stampalot Challenge - they've got an "anything goes" theme goin' on...

and come back tomorrow for more pretties and my favourite girl making her debut!

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Guest Designing at Quirky Crafts - new challenge!

hey there, crafty friends! hope you're having a wonderful weekend, full of crafting and/or time with loved ones! i was fortunate enough to get an extra day off, so i'm enjoying a FOUR-DAY WEEKEND, which has been blissful so far!

i was ALSO fortunate enough to be invited to the Quirky Crafts challenge blog to be one of their guest designers, and this week they have a SUPER fun challenge going on (one that often intimidates me, but i found a way to make it work, ESPESH with the image i chose - thanks, Cazzy!).

the challenge?
you can create your own patterns by stamping or painting or misting or what have you, OR you can go all out and MAKE your own papers, but nothing pre-made.

yeah, it can be a toughie, unless you're a big fan of the Clean and Simple style. so let's see what you've got! play along by clicking HERE, and you could win a fabby digi prize from this week's sponsor, Stitchy Bear Stamps! or, if you're lucky like me, you might end up guest designing for them!

so here's my card - something of a labour of love. i have seen a braying technique that looks wonderful, but i thought i might be able to achieve something similar and more precise with my Prismacolor pencils, so i went to town...

she's pretty, isn't she? love this image!

i didn't want to cover up the background, so i opted for some tulle to accent the colours in the image. whatcha think? a fun image for stained glass effects, i'm sure, but LOADS of fun for gradients, too! CLICKETY CLICK to play along with the team at Quirky Crafts - good luck!

playing along at Creative Inspirations - their challenge is SUMMER, and i tried to create something resembling a bold sunset for my image.

thanks so much to Cazzy and the team for the warm welcome at Quirky Crafts! and i shall be back tomorrow (Monday) to kick off some serious excitement for the week, so come back and visit!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

mixin' it up and makin' stuff!

this one's not for any DT assignment, just 'cuz i was excited about combining these two images and found a few challenges with which i wanted to play along...

so i guess i'll cut right to the chase...

and the super versatile The Ivy Swing from Make it Crafty:

check out those big pale blue eyes!

LOVE the way these two came together... ANNNNNNND, the sentiment is actually two stamps - NEW ones, but i can't say much more. just a hint of a sneak from Some Odd Girl. ;) (if you come back to visit on Monday, and then all next week, you'll see sneaks of ALL of the new clear stamps being released at!)

okay, so the challenges that brought about this card?

first of all, The Craft Garden (where the lovely Carlyann, head of the Charisma challenge blog, is a DT member) - they want you to use a BIRD on your creation

Stampin' For The Weekend - their theme is "My Favourite Things"... i'm extremely fond of cute dresses with knee socks and polka dots (i'll take stripey OR dotty knee socks, please!), and i'm totally obsessed with the colour TURQUOISE lately (although ORANGE will always be my absolute fave, natch). so i have the dress, the socks, the dots and the turq. swoon!

and Allsorts chose "Free and Easy" as their theme this month... while i THINK they intended for it to mean an "anything goes" type of challenge, i kind of liked the image "Free and Easy" conjured up in my mind. so sitting on a swing, enjoying nature and the outdoors with birds singing... well that just seemed to make it work all the more for me. :)

and there we go! just a card, for a few challenges, and i hope you're all having a fantastic weekend! i think i'll go finish up some other stuff i'm working on, since hubbin is in our room working on music and i HOPE that means he'll be up late and not getting on my case about cards. the snuggling can wait! HA! :D later, taters! xo

Friday, July 1, 2011

do you have CHARISMA?! DT call OPEN!

it's time for another Charisma design team call! there are lots of exciting things going on behind the scenes on the Charisma blog, and we're looking for more Charisma Galz to join our team!

LinkCLICK HERE for the call, and jump on the bandwagon! Carlyann has a fabby little (HUGE) blog, with lots of wonderful challenges, great sponsors, and a nifty team! *wink, wink*

have YOU got Charisma?!