Sunday, June 7, 2015

Some Odd Girl Comunity Crop Challenges

Well, the deadline for entries is over, so I am placing my projects into one post for you to check out. There were several challenges to enter on the Some Odd Girl Facebook page; each of which got my mojo flowing in different ways. However, I didn't make it into every challenge, but one of them I did do twice!!

This was for the Critter challenge, using digital Toby and Buddie Frog. Sorry, I don't see it in the shop anymore! I didn't realize it was discontinued. There are several other super-cute Toby images though!   This was colored with Copic markers and Buddie was popped up for more dimension. The background paper is something I found in my stash and the paper ric-rack I cut from my Cricut machine. Three colored brads add a little more interest on the upper right. I can just hear Toby saying, "Here mom, this is for You!"
This was for the Summer fun challenge with summer colors or theme. These clear images are from the Beach Mae set. I just love his glasses!! They are covered with dimensional glaze for some shine. We have seagulls out at the lake near our house, so this screamed summer to me. I also used coordinating papers to make it look like a sunset. Copic markers were used, and I put the cutting die back over the seagull-circle and sponged around the seagull with ink. I taped the three colored strips of background papers together-with this little space in between- and die cut a larger circle so I could have the black background peeking through. The colored accents were Perler beads that I cut in half and melted in the oven. (Long project, but the outcome seemed to be fine.) These seemed to not distract from the image and sentiment, but give the card the extra punch it needed.

Next up was the Summer Fun Challenge; colorful background using watercolors or mists! I've always loved the look others have achieved with the white embossing on the image, so this was the perfect chance to give it a go! This is a clear set called Threshold Mae.  This couple is popped up off the card. I got out actual watercolors and paper and did the whole card-except for the background piece of the card that has congratulations stamped on it. Originally I was going to use it for the card base, but then it would not lie flat in the end. It was trimmed and glued flat to a new card base. This background also has a stencil with circular, falling snow that I used white pigment ink on to add more interest. I think the white emboss/H2O paint combination is an interesting technique, and maybe I could get better with more practice!

 My last two entries were into the Recipe Challenge: 1 – incorporate a GRID into your project somehow      2 – use a technique! anything that alters another thing in some way (think dry/heat embossing, resist, stencils, painting, masking, quilling, paper folding, tea dyeing, paper piecing, etc…)       3 – combine 2 or more fonts to create a sentiment.
 This one was a little trickier! It ended up being my favorite one though! Fighter Gwen digital stamp is used above; colored with Copics and popped up. I debossed stars from an embossing folder, stamped some random stars above and sponged on some ink around the edges for subtle shading. I also used a stencil with dots on the lower half of the card. I figured between the debossed stars and the dots; there must be some kind of grid! The string is multicolored from my stash of bracelet-making days. The words are digital from CreateWithTLC.

 Below is my entry with Mad Scientist Toby. I love this image! What a great EUREKA moment he looks to be having!! The sentiment is again from CreateWith TLC. Image is colored with Copics. I colored a little reflection of the green on his goggles, skin and lab coat, but the camera did not pick that subtle hint up too well. I used a ledger embossing folder on the right side of the card. I masked Toby and used a grid stamp that I believe is an old one from The Angel Company. Then I got out some Ranger paint daubers and sprays. I haven't played around too much with these, but they were really fun!!

Thank you if you made it all the way to the end! I hope I was able to give you some inspiration too!