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Monday, December 9, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Snow Fun Tia

Hi Friends! 

I hope this post is finding you warm and toasty during these winter months. I am about to have my second surgery of this winter but luckily SOG allowed me to just do 1 card for November and one in December which really helped me a lot. 

I have colored up "Snow Fun Tia" today for my project and I had so much fun creating this card for all of you.

This card just sparkles. I have used lots of glitter card stock to create a snowflake background perfect for Snow Fun Tia!!! Isn't she beautiful? She seems so joyous to me. It reminds me of when I was a little girl wanting to play in the snow.

Above is a close up of my coloring. I have used Copic alcohol markers. Before coloring this I had not looked at the image in the advertising of this digital stamp. It was also colored in the same color scheme. Such a funny coincidence. 

You guys are going to want to run over to the Some Odd Girl website to purchase this little Tia stamp. It is so fun for your winter cards.... Here is one last look... Have a wonderful winter everyone! Melanie

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Kiss a Prince Tia

Welcome back friends!

Today I would love to share a fun little project with all of you. I am using "Kiss a Prince Tia" from the Some Odd Girl online store. She was so adorable and as soon as I saw her I knew I wanted to create a scene card. I did not realize at the time that Some Odd Girl has the PERFECT CUT File which can be downloaded. CLICK HERE! to check out the file.

As you can see I created a scene using some dies from my stash. They are from C.C. Designs. I have. colored this adorable stamp using Copic alcohol markers. I then added some glitter pen to her crown as well as some colored pearls just to add a touch of royalty! Here is a close up photo...

Here is one last look to my project this week. I hope it inspires you to grab "Kiss a Prince Tia" from the online store and have a fun time coloring her with your favorite medium.

Have you joined our ONLINE Community on Facebook? If not, CLICK HERE to join today! Happy Coloring! Melanie

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Laptop Toby

Welcome Back Friends,

Today I am here to share my Son's 21st. birthday card. I am using the Some Odd Girl "Laptop Toby" Digital image. My son Zachary is a gamer and his favorite color is blue. It is so hard to find good images for Men. This is such a great image to use for all of those masculine cards!!!

I kept the card design pretty simple and let the image speak for itself. With just a couple of designer papers and dies I was able to create this card pretty quickly.
Here is a close up of Laptop Toby to show my coloring up close. I used Alcohol markers to color this fun digi.

Here is one last look at today's card. If you are not already visiting Some Odd Girl on Facebook click HERE to join our Facebook Community. We would love to inspire you on a daily basis :-)
Hugs, Melanie

Thursday, October 3, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Happy Haunting

Hello Friends,
Welcome back to LDRS Creative! DT Melanie here with you today to share some spookiness with all of you!!!!

I have colored up a numerous stamps from the Happy Haunting Stamp Set and colored them with alcohol markers. I choose two colors from the LDRS Wicked Card Stock and colored the images to match. Speaking of the card stock pack... it is REDUCED to only $3.50 which is an amazing price!!! Click HERE to see this awesome deal!

For the background I used a piece of cheesecloth... this gives a fun spooky effect.

I hope you have had fun with today's project. Make sure to check out all of the fun activity over in the LDRS Creative facebook group. We would love to see your projects too. Happy Stamping! 

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Butterfly Friend Fairy

Hello Friends,

I have a super fun card to share with all of you today. I am using the Butterfly Friend Fairy stamp by Some Odd Girl. She was such fun to color!

For the background I used fun stencils and stamps by Crafter's Companion to create this fairy scene. I love how the branch part of the stencil turned out. I inked it completely with light brown ink to begin then I gently touched a darker brown ink in various areas of the stamp to make it look more realistic. It was quite fun!

Here is a close up showing my coloring. I colored her with Copic markers.

One last look.... Do you belong to our Some Odd Girl Community over on Facebook? If not CLICK on over and join us for daily inspiration.

Until next time my friends... Hugs, Melanie

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Lounge Fairy

Hello Friends,

I almost missed my important Tuesday post for Some Odd Girl ;-) I had such fun coloring this digital image. Everyone knows how much I love Fairies. So had to use Lounge Fairy in a project. Lets take a look...

 I colored this darling fairy with Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. The shape of my card came from a Crafter's Companion Die set that I purchased from HSN. The dies and papers are also Crafter's Companion and the paper flowers are from my stash. Here is a close up of this awesome digital stamp all colored up...

You cannot tell by the photo but I used some sparkle pen in yellow on her wings. 

Have you used Digital images before? If not Some Odd Girl has a "Getting Started with Digital Images" free download. Simply click HERE to view that. 

Some Odd Girl also has a Coloring Club. This month we are learning all about coloring wood. Check it out!!! 

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Nuts About You!

Hi Friends,

Welcome back! Thank you for visiting us today.
I have a fun fall card for you all today. This was made using the "Nuts About You" Stamp set by LDRS Creative.

For this project I have stamped watercolor paper with our LDRS Hybrid Ink Pad in Raven. Then I colored these adorable stamps with watercolor pencils. Here is a close up of the coloring.

I am brand new at water coloring so this was a labor of love for sure. I loved learning to blend the leaves especially with yellow, orange, and red. Aren't fall colors beautiful?

LDRS Creative Supply List:
One last look at my card. I hope you have been inspired today.

Have a wonderful week everyone. Hugs, Melanie

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Crafter's Companion ~ Poinsettia Perfection Collection

Hi Friends,

Over the last couple days I have had a bunch of fun with some of my new Crafter's Companion goodies.  Here is the final result from my efforts...

 Crafter's Companion Supply List:

Centura Pearl Card in Pistachio and Cherry (both available on their website).

This fun shaped card was created by using the largest background die from the Crafter's Companion Poinsettia Perfection Collection. The Victorian Frame die is  4.1 x 6.1" and I just love the look of the shaped card. Because I used this die to create the shape I was unable to mat and layer like I enjoy doing so using the Harmony Quick Dry Ink Pad I simply darkened the edges of the base card to give the card that layered look. 
The detailed die from the Victorian Frame die set was cut from the Pistachio Centura Pearl card. One pass through my Gemini Junior and all the little pieces popped out with ease. I didn't even need the metal shim which is awesome. 

 These foam flowers were cut using the Poinsettia die from the collection along with Crafter's Companion craft foam. This foam is heated and shaped to create stunning depth and dimension. Everything needed to create flowers like these can be found in your Foam Flower kit by Crafter's Companion. Here is a close up of one of those flowers.

One last look...I hope I have inspired you today to get out some of your wonderful crafty items and create something beautiful.

Hugs, Melanie

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Spirit of Autumn

Hello My Oddie Friends,

Today I am here to share with you a framed piece of art that I hand colored. The moment I set my eyes on this beautiful digital image I knew I had to color it. But it almost felt like it needed a little more attention than just a card. So I decided to resize it to a 5x7" so that I could frame her.

This is the Spirit Of Autumn, and she can be downloaded from the Some Odd Girl Online Store. Here is the finished project all framed and ready to display. I have to admit this was a challenging piece but I have always loved a challenge. I knew I wanted her leaves to have all the beautiful colors of fall and with her in a full length dressed I decided to color it a royal purple. Such a striking color contrast.

Here is a close up of my coloring...

I have used Copic markers with this digital image. 
Want to download her? simply CLICK HERE! 
Hugs, Melanie 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Polkadoodles Stamp & Cut Blooming Bugs

Hello Friends,
Welcome back to Fairy Stamp Land. Today I have a LDRS Creative card to share with all of you.

Using the Polkadoodle's Woodland Foliage Frames I die cut a white piece of card using the smaller oval die. This piece is to stamp on. Then I used the slightly larger oval die to cut a piece of coordinating card stock to frame the stamped piece nicely. With the Polkadoodle's Stamp N Cut Blooming Bugs stamp and die set I stamped the white oval with the smaller floral using LDRS Hybrid Ink in Raven. On scraps of paper I also stamped and die cut the larger florals to layer on top for added dimension and interest. 

Here is a close up look at the coloring (I used Alcohol Markers) and the focal sentiment. This "Live Life In Full Bloom" sentiment is from the Polkadoodle's Spring Chicken stamp set. I Stamped it in LDRS Watermark Ink and heat embossed it using black embossing powder. The sentiment is perfect with this gorgeous floral card.
I just love this color scheme. It is so vibrant and cheerful. Make sure to live your life in Full Bloom!!!! Till next time, Melanie

Friday, August 30, 2019

Crafter's Companion Subscription Box 6 ~ Creating a Watercolor Background

Hello There,

For all of you who enjoy following my blog I want to thank you personally. I put a piece of my heart into each piece I make and I appreciate you following my work.

Today I have something a little different. I was challenged by a fellow crafter to open any Crafter's Companion subscription box and to create a card a week. The Crafter's Companion Subscription box is a monthly box that can be ordered off of HSN. It is an auto ship club. Each box is focused on learning a new technique. This is a project from Box 6, Aqua Markers.

Here is a photo showing Subscription Box 6 along with the first card I have made using this kit. Just to give you an idea of the value in these subscription boxes, this box came with 3 Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers in primary colors to allow for blending to create other colors. 4 STAMP SETS.... that is right 4 OF THEM! The box also includes card bases in 3 sizes, 9x9" colored card, 9x9" watercolor card, and all the envelopes in all 3 sizes. It is a tremendous value.

 Here is a close up of my card. When your a subscriber you get a club Facebook group along with multiple tutorial videos to support the learning of each technique. For this card I used the 
 "Splauging Technique" (Sara's Term). Below I will share Step by Step directions on how to create this background technique.
To create the background just follow these step by step directions:
1. Using a floral and foiliage stamp from your sub box kit 6 stamp onto watercolor paper using the Spectrum Noir Watermark ink pad. 
2.  Once stamped cover with white embossing powder and heat set.
3.  Onto a glass mat scribble some of your Spectrum Noir Aqua markers onto the mat. This forms your color palet. For my example here I chose the Rose Pink and Fisherking Blue Aqua markers that were included in the sub box 6. when these mix together it gives you a purple hue.
4.  Now with your moist paint brush pick up color and smoosh ink in splotches all over your watercolor card. Do this with the Rose Pink, then the Fisherking Blue, and finally mix the two colors on your glass mat to form a purple color and fill in the open spaces with this newly created color. 
The heat embossed stamping will resist the water colors added. For the sentiment, I heat embossed the sentiment from one of the stamp sets in Sub Box 6 with black embossing powder. Then using the same water color technique I colored the background. Lastly I used the Die'sire Parisian Mirror set to die cut the sentiment. 
Crafter's Companion Supply List: 

Subscription Box 6 which is still available on the Crafter's Companion Website HERE

Die'Sire Parisian Mirror Classiques Die for the shaped sentiment 

Die'Sire Decorative Edge Set 2 dies for the border across the middle  

Spectrum Noir Finesse Water-proof Dye Ink in Noir Black for the butterflies 

Spectrum Noir Watermark Translucent Ink

Crafter's Companion Black and Clear embossing powders 

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in clear on the butterflies and flowers

I hope you have enjoyed todays project and that it inspires you to play with ytour crafty products instead of letting them collect dust on the shelf. Have a Creative Weekend!!! Melanie

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Back to School with Scientist Tia

Hello Friends,

Today I would love to introduce you to a spunky little gal named "Scientist Tia" She has been playing in the laboratory and is learning lots of new and exciting things. Lets take a look...

I think Tia is ready to head back to school, don't you? This fun card design was created focusing on the piece of patterned paper I found in my stash. It was the only piece that I could find to fit into my "back to school" vision. So here we are, and Tia is having a blast.

I have colored Scientist Tia using the following Copic markers:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: YR02, YR04, YR09
Clothes etc.: C1, C2, C3, B12, B14, BG000, BG01. BG02, BG05, Y21, Y23, Y26, YG13, YG61, YG63

I have used Crafter's Companion Dies for the card shape and letters. Papers used were from  Creative Imaginations and Bazzil card stock. 

I fussy cut Tia out, then I popped her up using foam squares. Here is a closer look at the entire image itself....


She has been colored to coordinate with the "scientific" paper...hahaha. I did say I like challenges right? But it wasn't until I added glossy accents to her glasses did I finally feel like she was finished. Check it out...

Tia is a keeper that is for sure! She will be perfect to grab and color for that favorite teacher or she could even be made into a mad scientist for Halloween. I focused on back to school since Halloween is still a bit away. you can find "Scientist Tia in the Some Odd Girl Online Store.

If your interested in learning more about Some Odd Girl, make sure to join the SOG Facebook Community to see lots more inspiration. until next time friends,

Hugs! Melanie

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Ruby Celebration

Welcome back friends,
I am here today with a project featuring LDRS Creative stamps & Dies.  I have colored up the Polkadoodle's stamp titled "Ruby Celebration" . She is beautiful and ready for a party!

LDRS Creative Supplies Used:

As you can see below I have had some fun with dies and paper. For the sentiment I used the center negative pieces from the starburst die along with hand cut "tickets" from the paper pack to create this collage. 

I have colored this stamped image using Alcohol markers. You can see a close up photo below showing the detail in the stamp along with the coloring.

Lastly I have fussy cut the image and used foam squares to pop her up as the focal of my card design.

Thank you for stopping by. If you would like to check out Our Facebook Group for more inspiration we would love to have you join in the fun. I hope you have a blessed day.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Breezy Mae

Hello Followers,

How are each of you today? I have an elegant card to share with you today. This is Breezy Mae and she is a digital stamp by Some Odd Girl.

I choose this stamp to work with because of her beautiful dress. I always like a challenge and this stamp challenged me.

I have colored her using Copic markers in the following colors:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, R20
Hair: Y21, Y23, Y26
Dress: B23m B24, B26, B28, B29

Her dress also glimmers but it does not show in the photo. I used a Sparkle pen for that along with shaped dies, both by Crafter's Companion.

Here is one last look. Have you had a chance to check out the SOG Facebook Community? It is filled with inspiration using these beautiful stamps. Check it out HERE!

I hope I have encouraged you to be crafty today, Thank you for visiting! Melanie

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Mermaid Queen

Hi Friends,

Today I have a fun project to share with all of you. I am using a digi stamp from Some Odd Girl titled Mermaid Queen.

I have used fun underwater dies from La La Land Crafts along with paper from Bo Bunny. My coloring was done with Copic markers. Here is a closer look at the coloring...

I have colored her tail with a stippling effect which is one of my favorite techniques when coloring either animals or mermaids.

Here is one last look of the complete card. I hope you have enjoyed today's project and will consider clicking on the email space in the side bar and enter your email for posting updates. This will ensure you do not miss a single project that I post. As always thank you for visiting and have a crafty day!


Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Musician Mermaid

Welcome back my friends...

I have been having a lot of fun designing for Some Odd Girl. Here I am using "Musician Mermaid" Digi Stamp in this project...

I decided that this Mae Mermaid almost looked like she was wearing a evening gown while she performs for her listeners. So I decided to color her as if she was at a formal event. I started by choosing a patterned paper from my stash and I colored Mae using my Copic markers to coordinate with the colors in my chosen paper. 

All dies used here are Crafter's Companion. Added Gems are by Stampin' Up! Have any other questions about my project? Simply message me, and don't forget to add your email along the side bar so that you can get updates when new projects are added to my blog.

Thank you so much everyone....Happy crafting!!!


LDRS Creative ~ If Friends Were Flowers

Hello Friends,

I hope your week is going nicely! Today I want to share a clean and simple card showcasing the beautiful floral stamps in the "If Friends Were Flowers Stamp & Die bundle", by LDRS Creative.

LDRS Creative Product List:

Here is a second look at my card. I have attached multiple single stamps back behind the main flower image and then used foam squares to pop up the larger piece giving the card a lot of added dimension. I was going to add a sentiment from this amazing stamp and die set, but I thought the card was quite striking without it. This way it can be used for any occasion.

As always I aim to inspire that inner artist in all of you by sharing my projects with you. Make sure to check out my Facebook Group at your convenience for even more crafty ideas!


Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Crafter's Companion Stamp & Die Subscription Box

Hi Friends,

I had some fun playing the last couple of days and came up with this design focusing on the Crafter's Companion Subscription boxes which can be purchased on HSN.

I have chosen the Card Base, Light Purple Card, Printed Card, Stamp, and Die from the Subscription  Box itself. Then I have used numerous products from Crafter's Companion & Spectrum Noir.

Crafter's Companion Supply List:

Here is a close up of my coloring. This is the very first time I have ever used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers as I am usually a Copic girl but I have had this medium for a while and since I was focusing on all Crafter's Companion items I decided to go for it.

Spectrum Noir Alcohol Marker Colors Used:

PL1, PL2, PL3
LY1, LY2, LY3
True Black 
and PL3 was also used on the rhinestones (see below)

Turn all your rhinestones into deluxe rhinestones by using any Alcohol Inks. Perfect for coordinating with your projects.

I hope I have encouraged you to create outside the box today. It was fun playing with all of the Cradfter's Companion products and I plan to continue because I really have enjoyed them.

Crafty Hugs, Melanie