Wednesday, March 29, 2017

YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND Challenge Reminder

Hello and happy day!  Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying life in whatever part of the globe you reside.   Can't believe Saturday will be "April Fool's Day."  Have you ever played a really great "April Fool's" joke on anyone?  If so, we'd love to hear about it in the FB group for the chance to win an image of choice. 

 I am here to remind you all that our Current Challenge is YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND.  You can create anything you like for our challenge - you are not limited to cards.  We love to see your mixed media and altered projects and any other crafting projects you share - just make sure there's an image on it somewhere:)  Remember, when creating your projects for our challenge, we are looking for you to use our challenge theme as a prompt to create whatever the challenge theme inspires you to do.  We encourage thinking "outside the box."  We offer our monthly challenge with the hope that joining us will push you to create something unique and amazing, perhaps something outside of your comfort zone.  Can't wait to see what you are inspired to create this month!  You can scroll down to add your link or click HERE and you will get to the post with the Inlinkz tool.

Looking for an image to use for your creation???  You're in luck b/c Lizzy is constantly adding fabulous new images to the Oddball Art Etsy Shop - watch for new releases soon!  Also hope you are enjoying the New Release Inspiration posts from our talented DT members here on the blog.

We have a few simple rules for you to follow if you want to play along in our challenge:

1. You must follow our theme
2. Please mention and link back to our challenge on your personal blogs/galleries
3. Creations must be NEW, no backlinking
4. Limit of 3 entries per person
5.  At least 15 entries total required for Top 3 prizes to be awarded

Challenge runs until April 14, 2017 at 10pm EDT.  1 Random winner will get to choose 1 digi from ODDBALL ART STAMPS and a Top 3 with prize format as follows.....
  • First prize wins 3 digis
  • Second prize wins 2 digis 
  • Third prize wins 1 digi 
Other than that, you are free to use images from any company, however, in order to qualify for Top 3, you must use an image from ODDBALL ART STAMPS.  Lizzy, our amazing owner/illustrator, has so many wonderful images in the shop.  Here are some other useful links to help you become more familiar with the awesomeness that is ODDBALL ART STAMPS!!

Some Useful Links:)
Company Website ♥ http://www.oddballartco.com
Art Blog ♥ http://oddballartco.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page ♥ http://www.facebook.com/oddballartco
Facebook Friend Page ♥ http://www.facebook.com/oddballart
Twitter ♥ http://www.twitter.com/oddballartco
Flickr ♥ http://www.flickr.com/photos/oddballartco
Zazzle ♥ http://www.zazzle.com/oddballartco
Fine Art America ♥ http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/lizzy-love
Tumblr ♥ http://www.oddballartco.tumblr.com

Don't forget our Anything Goes with Oddball Art images challenge on our ODDBALL ART FACEBOOK GROUP CHALLENGE.    We have a new challenge on the 1st of every month, so a new challenge starts Saturday:)

Our DT gals have certainly outdone themselves by creating some fabulous samples to inspire you.  Hope you will pay them a visit on their personal blogs by clicking on their names.


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Friday, March 24, 2017

New Image Inspiration


Hello Oddballs


It´s me again, TinaToday i want to show you for inspiration two new images








I colored both with Touch Twin Markers


See you soon...

Tina
"PaperPlotterLotta"





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Technique - Pigment and Distress ink Background

When I was asked to come up with a technique to share I was a bit worried.  I mean what can I share with such fabulous crafters.   I then remembered a very simple but effective technique using white pigment and coloured inks (in this case distress inks).   

Tools
Scrap paper
Kraft Card Stock
Daubers or sponges
White pigment ink
Coloured inks (I used three colours of Distress)
Stencil with any pattern with large open areas
Baby wipes or cleaning tools to wipe off the stencil


How to's
Prepare your card stock, score and fold.  Then open onto your scrap paper.
Place your stencil on your Kraft card stock and using a dauber or sponge, add a generous layer of white ink to your card stock.  You dont need to apply ink to the whole stencil, pick and choose where you want to lay colour.  There are no rules here.


Let the white ink dry for a few minutes and wipe down your stencil and air dry it.


Place the stencil back over your card stock and offset it slightly in any direction.



Now grab some colour and a dauber and apply colour to the stencil areas.   The result is a two toned effect with the colour and a definite "how did you do that" comment from your friends.


Don't forget to clean up the stencil as your card dries.

Once you have your background, its time to make up your project, by adding one of the fabulous OddballArt images.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND Challenge

Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday to all!  Hope everyone is doing well and are having pleasant weather in whatever part of the world you reside.   Hope you are checking back here frequently to see all the lovely technique and new release posts from the DT gals, and I hope you are able to find inspiration from them, I know I am!:)

Welcome back to our challenge here at Oddball Art Stamps.    Thanks so much to all our participants from our Crazy Little Thing Called Love challenge.  HUGE apologies to the DT and all our fans for not getting the reminder posted this month - it was a crazy and stressful month for all of us.  We had so much fun visiting your blogs and seeing your amazing creations.  We hope you will come join us again this month in our New Challenge, but before we get to that, we have a Winner to announce (sadly no Top 3 as 15 entries are required)!!

Our randomly chosen winner receives 1 image of choice from ODDBALL ART STAMPS!  Please contact Audrey to claim your prize.



**We also have a SPECIAL RECOGNITION PRIZE this time for Gena, age 13 who made this lovely card.  Please contact Audrey to claim your prize.**


Our New Challenge is YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND.  When creating your projects for this challenge, we are looking for you to use our challenge theme as a prompt to create whatever the challenge theme inspires you to do.  We encourage thinking "outside the box."  We offer our monthly challenge with the hope that joining us will push you to create something unique and amazing, perhaps something outside of your comfort zone.  Can't wait to see what you are inspired to create this month!

You have until Aprilq 14, 2017 at 10pm EST to come play along.  For quick reference, you can find our challenge rules in the sidebar.  1 Random winner will get to choose 1 digi from ODDBALL ART STAMPS and  a Top 3 with prize format as listed above (provided at least 15 total entries).....

Other than that, you are free to use images from any company, however, in order to qualify for the Top 3 prizes, you must use images from ODDBALL ART STAMPS.  Lizzy, our amazing owner/illustrator, has so many wonderful images in the shop.  Here are some other useful links to help you become more familiar with the awesomeness that is ODDBALL ART STAMPS!!

Some Useful Links:)
Company Website ♥ http://www.oddballartco.com
Art Blog ♥ http://oddballartco.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page ♥ http://www.facebook.com/oddballartco
Facebook Friend Page ♥ http://www.facebook.com/oddballart
Twitter ♥ http://www.twitter.com/oddballartco
Flickr ♥ http://www.flickr.com/photos/oddballartco
Zazzle ♥ http://www.zazzle.com/oddballartco
Fine Art America ♥ http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/lizzy-love
Tumblr ♥ http://www.oddballartco.tumblr.com

Don't forget our Anything Goes with Oddball Art images challenge on our ODDBALL ART FACEBOOK GROUP CHALLENGE.    We have a new challenge on the 1st of every month, so still lots of time left to go play there:) We also have some NEW features happening in the FB group - tutorials, planner pages, etc. so make sure you check that out!

Before we get to the DT samples, we have a few "housekeeping" items.  First, it is with great sadness that we say "see you later" to Jenn B. and Sarah Bell.  Jenn has been part of the DT from the very early days and Sarah has only been with us a short time, but we are equally sad to see them both go, however, we know they have important life matters to deal with and we wish them the very best!  Hugs to you both and you are welcome back to the DT anytime.

On the plus side, we have the wonderfully talented and long time Oddball AJ joining our DT.  Welcome AJ and we know all of you will enjoy seeing her awesome creations!!

Our DT gals have certainly outdone themselves by creating some fabulous samples to inspire you.  Hope you will pay them a visit on their personal blogs by clicking on their names.

AJ

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Hope you will join the fun!!  #ODDBALLARTCHALLENGE

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

It´s Technique Time: Soap Bubble

Hello Oddballs


Tina: It´s technique time...
Today I would like to show you, as you can easily create a background.

The technique is called
"Soap Bubble Technique"

And here comes the photo tutorial

1.

You need

*Disposable gloves
*Drinking straws
*Something to stir
*Not too high containers
*Acrylic paints of your choice
*Dish Soap

2.
Now you put some dish soap in your bowl...

3.
and add a little color to it ...
mix it

4.
Now use the drinking straw carefully,
until there are so many bubbles that protrude beyond the edge.
If it does not make enough bubbles ... 
the mixture simply with the ingredients still expand.

5.
Now take a white piece of Cardstock and
place it gently over the bubbles.
Then lift the paper off immediately.

6.
The result should look something like this ...
The process a few times in different places
repeat on the paper!

7.
Now you can repeat everything with one or two other colors,
until you like the background.

And now everything has to dry well ... about 2-3 hrs.
Do not dab with a cloth over it . it ruins the soap bubbles!

In the meantime you can edit the motif or
prepare the design of your card.

Here is my finish card
I used for this Easter card the image


I colored with Touch Twin Markers

Can you see
how beautiful the soap bubbles look in the background?

I would be very happy,
if you use this technique for your next work and
took part in our Challenge in the Oddball Facebook Group.


See you soon...

Tina 
"PaperPlotterLotta"


Friday, February 24, 2017

Nelly& Her Nymphes

Hello Oddballs


I´ts me again; Tina:
Today i want to show you a new image . I used here: "Nelly & Her Nymphes"


I have printed the sweet Nelly on a little cloud and colored she and their nymphs with Polychromos.
Then I cut a card in the cloud shape from mirror cardstock and put Nelly on it. The little hearts are fastened with a sewing thread.
I hope you like the little Cloud Card and Nelly.

See you soon...

Tina


Thursday, February 23, 2017

February Release Inspiration from Jennifer

Good morning Oddballs! Jennifer here, and I'm so excited to have my day to share some inspiration using the February 2017 release images from Oddball Art Stamps!

I've made two cards for you today; this release is SUCH a good one, I had SO many ideas floating around it was tough to narrow things down!

Here is my first project, featuring the fantastic Norah's Dance with Cooper and Cruz, #364. This image is so much fun, I adore the look on her face and her sweet little partners, just loving life!! 






I have colored the image with Copics, and went with a springy palette, as we are having record-high temps here in Wisconsin (I'm not a fan of winter, but it is still strange to have 65 degrees in February...). Anyway, I was inspired by our lovely temps, and made this card a SERIOUS dance party, with colored sprays, gem and bling, Stickles and Nuvo Drops all falling from the sky to join the fun! It was a lot of fun, and I can't help but smile every time I see this image, I have to say!

My second card features Bedtime Hudson, Image #365. Holy cuteness, Batman!




Again, this image is printed out and colored with Copics. I LOVE this FACE!!! I have boys, so I'm always on the lookout to get my hands on some sweet little guy images...and Hudson is PERFECT!!

That's it for me today! Don't forget to use coupon code DTJENNIFER10 when you're picking up all your new Oddballs in the Etsy shop! Always good to save a few pennies (so you can buy more stamps, of course!) Can't wait to see you again next month for more Oddball Release inspiration!