Hey there, odd crafty peeps! Leah here, and we hope you’re excited about seeing our new Odd Girls in action, and getting to know everyone! We are thrilled to be bringing you lots of new features and fun stuff to keep you all on your toes, so today we have a very special introduction to make!

We had LOADS of fantastic applications when we announced the Odd Girl Call, and they just kept trickling in right up until the last minute (and even afterwards! hee hee!). So many amazing projects to review and blogs to visit and we worked hard to find just the right ‘fit’ for our team. Well besides the “full time” Odd Girls you’ve already met, we had one application in particular jump out at us, and when I tell you that this young lady OOZED enthusiasm and energy and spirit, it’s a huge understatement!

We’ve labeled her our “ODD-i-Teen“…
Please give a very Odd welcome to
CARLIE!

We are SO pleased, flattered, excited and positively overjoyed to have this spunky teen creating for us, and we KNOW you’re going to adore her as much as we already do!

Just take a look at these fabby little projects, and you’ll see why we HAD to invite her to join us…

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This recent card, featuring Baker Kaylee, just screams “YUM!”, doesn’t it?

And for this happy little number, she used Tobie and Buddy:

Now that you’ve seen a couple of her gorgeous creations (and hooooo-eeee, the girl can COLOR!), wouldn’t you love to know a little bit about her? This is what our ODD-i-Teen had to say about herself:

“I am a very talented 12 year old girl who has a passion for crafting. I have been crafting since I was a little girl and get all of my inspiration from my family and friends. I love challenges, trying new things, and to think of new things everyday! I am addicted to digi stamps and have a obsession with paper and BLING!!!!

Carlie, you’re a very welcome addition to the Some Odd Girl design team! WELCOME, and we hope you have fun!

The rest of you NEED to go check out her blog now, because I’ve only given you a tiny little sampling of her wonderful work… CLICK HERE TO VISIT CARLIE’S BLOG! And be sure to follow, ‘cuz you’re not gonna wanna miss a thing! 🙂

The closer Valentine’s is looming the more I’m sure you are looking to knock that card for your sweetie off your “to-do” list. And let’s say that maybe you aren’t so into the traditional color scheme of Pink/red/white, what’s a girl to do? Odd Girl Sarah R shows that love comes in all colors!

Sarah used Love Letter Kaylee for this card
Still plenty of hot red but the orange and black are the unexpected pops that will set your card apart! 
So let’s see those “unexpected” color schemes for Valentine’s day! If you have a card to share, link it up in the comments and there might be a lil goodie in it for a lucky person 🙂
And if you are looking for easy help to go Digi Sarah has a good article at Tally Scrapper on it!

Today is another “new” on our blog today. I mentioned on the post introducing our new Odd Girls that we would be having Project Features to help inspire you, well today is the first! Odd Girl Zarah made a fabulous project and she’s sharing how she did it! Can you believe that this fabulous card is made from a paper bag?!

How to make a paper-bag-card:

1. First of all: grab a regular brown paper bag and fold it in half. (Sometimes the bags aren’t straight, so the measurements get kind of off, which is one of the reasons I won’t give any out. Also, your bag might be bigger than mine – or smaller – to begin with! I used one about the equivalent of a paper lunch bag)

2. Take your main patterned paper and trace the outline of the front. Cut just inside those lines, leaving a small gap. Do the same for the insides. Tear some strips of paper and grab a few matching journaling spots that’ll add interest. Chalk all the edges.

3. Stick down the front and the first inside with adhesive, but steer clear of any areas where you’ll be sewing or you might end up with a sticky needle on your sewing machine. (Take it from MY experience: that is NOT a good thing…! ;))

Sew straight lines in the back, where you want your tags to sit. This will kind of form a second “compartment” in your bag’s opening.

4. Stick down the paper and ribbons and sew around the edges of the two first sides. The backside you need to go about a bit different. You sew the right edge (the one that sits to the side where the opening is) and THEN you stick the papers down and sew around the other three edges. (I chose to do a zig-zag on the side I’m not actually sewing down, so you should easily be able to see which side I mean).

5. Get your valentine’s Tobi (or whatever image you’ve printed and coloured) and stick him down, using adhesive only in the middle. Sew around the edges with zig-zag.

6. Embellish, stick down the text and add the tags in the back. You can also choose to stick a gift certificate in the pocket, or a movie ticket, or a photo or… your own imagination’s the limit here! 🙂

7. You’re all done! Hope you’re happy with what we made!

Check out the exquisite detail inside!

Are you inspired? Go forth and make! If you follow the fun tutorial here please link it up and show us! I’m sure Zarah would love to see as much as I would all the different ways to you can do this project. 
You still have plenty of time to get in on our Scallops Challenge HERE. It pretty hawt so don’t miss out!