Who here feels like a really big kid when you bust out your coloring sheet and markers or pencils and sit down at your table and spend some time in the land of red, blue and yellow?

ME! and I love it!

C’mon! You do too! The simple and pure fun of coloring can’t be denied. But like we all know, the love grew up with us from the days that we were tiny ourselves. One of the most fun things I’ve seen since starting Some Odd Girl is when the kids get involved in the crafting! Either just coloring and image in full sheet size or making their own lil card. Can you think of anything cuter? Me either 🙂 Here is one my daughter made, notice its a lefty card and she had to write her own name on it lol!

There as been a couple times this past year where my hubby has done a kids coloring contest at work and of course comes to me to provide the coloring sheets. I’m more than happy to help! With the last one that occurred this summer, I got to keep the entries, a great example of todays challenge:

and my last example comes again from my daughter who loves to come and ask me for coloring sheets and she picks her image and I print it for her full page. Its really simple to do! On your PNG or JPEG of the image and right click. On the menu that drops down just select Print and windows print program will bring up your image with size options, just pick the one you want and send it to the printer! Great for when you are trying to color and you child wants to as well.
My daughter of course then had to show me that she could draw her own 🙂 Loves her! 
So the challenge is just this: get the kids involved! Have you child color an image, make a card, or whatever they like! As long as it contains a Some Odd Girl Digi that they’ve made their own that’s an entry in! Your entries here all get added to the big draw so share some crop time with your lil ones, you know they love coloring just as much as you do! Link it up below by January 23rd, end of day.  The winner of this challenge will get an appropriate prize of 2 Tinies of their very own NEVER BEFORE SEEN. Both are a part of our Spring release on March 1st.

Today, as part of our Anniversary celebration, we have a color challenge that is near and dear to our hearts. We want you to show your Odd Pride by making a project with the color scheme that has been with us, in one way or another, since the beginning:

A couple of our Odd Girl have shown their Odd Pride:
Robin using Unicorn
Kristy using the Mushes
Just like all our challenges this week your entry is due to be linked up by the end of day January 23 EST. and for all our challenges this week you MUST use a Some Odd Girl digi. Need a new digi for the challenge? Check out what sale might be going on in the shop! 

For this challenge you will be playing for another fun prize! And don’t forget, all challenge entries also get you an entry into our big prize draws. The winner of our color challenge will be receiving a color matching assortment of Sassafras Goodies shipped direct from 2Peas:

You don’t want to miss this so link up and play along and invite your friends (unless you want to keep it all to yourself lol)! 

Well today is the day! HAPPY ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY! *throws confetti and blows party whistle* You’ll find our mini hop alllllllll the way at the bottom 🙂

Today, 2010, was the day we turned the website on, put out the shopping cart and officially opened for biz. 🙂 What a scary thing to do but also exhilarating! What if no one came? What if the site breaks down? What if what if what if what if…. that is about all you hear in your mind as you open up shop with such high hopes. Since this is our one year mark and I guess I like to reminisce I wanted to give a lil past, present and future for us as we go into year two.

Some Odd Girl may have opened its doors on January 18th, 2010 but its inception date was much, much earlier.  In the late spring, early summer of 2009, a couple of my besties got together and apparently hatched a plan 🙂 I say hatched a plan bc it took a lil effort to come into fruition, not just a run and tell type plan. I’ve always been an artsy chick and had just a couple months prior gotten into stamping and making cards. You know what that means, no stamps of my very own to create with! So I was scouring the internet with my friend Leah looking for what I wanted to bring home. I’m not sure, maybe she and Miss Adina will fill us in in the comments, if this was what sparked the thought or what but I found somethings I liked but nothing I was super crazy for. We three chatted regularly online and one day I got a card in the mail from lovely Adina, who doesn’t love gifties and handmade love delivered directly to your door? We’ll inside was a awesome handmade card and a lil something extra I never expected (sneaky girls!), a red rubber stamp of one of my drawings! This one to be exact…

click to see it bigger 🙂

I’ve always done realistic line drawings, even if the subject matter was more make believe 🙂 , and never really thought about combining the two hobbies. That is what my friends were suggesting. I was like, eh, whatever for a lil while but then the idea became stuck in my brain, as things tend to do, and I started sketching. I didn’t really want something so serious for my stamps so I started in a different direction entirely. Sometime in August 2009 I had some sketches I liked to show them…

You thought I was going to show you something that looked like Kaylee huh? LOL! Nope, these were the first thoughts…someone said they looked like the Mii’s from the Wii, which me never having a Wii (just got one at Chrimbo this year!) was like the what?? I was never quite happy with this entirely so I went back to the drawing board. I looked around at a lot of different styles and what I liked. It was a long while it seemed before I was finally satisfied with something enough to show it to my hubby and pitch him the whole crazy idea.  While I might be able to draw it, he has always been my go to guy to put my crazy ideas into action. Poor hubs! The saying “dream it, do it” has always been part one me, part two him 🙂 So the first Kaylee was born!
This Kaylee is still up on the site for sale as I feel like I can’t take her down, its  history! lol I kept drawing different versions of Kaylee and I finally got a scanner and made the first digis and then my first Some Odd Girl card 🙂
I didn’t have copics then and you can tell I had alot to learn about coloring! Still do 🙂 We opened up shop on Jan 18th with 35 digis that were Kaylees, Kodys, Critters and Confections. I’m not even sure how many we have now but I’m sure its gotta be more than 35 🙂 I took on my first DT in March last year (Kimmy, Marcie and Robin were all on the first team, putting up wit my newbie-ness) and have been plugging along since. Kaylee has gained a new friend, Mae, and everyone has updated their looks a bit. The site has had 3 makeovers, I’m purty happy with this one even though I still see some room for improvement 🙂 (poor hubs!) . 
The future for Some Odd Girl? Or SOG as Leah and I started affectionately calling it sometime ago and has spread lmao! Still makes me laugh! Anyways, 2011 is going to be bringing a few things to the preverbial table. Most notably we will be going physical! Photopolymer Acrylic stamps to be precise 🙂 You can see in Robin McKinleys post HERE her take on one of the samples I received from the manufacturer. The 4 girls, with me since the beginning, each got one to give me their opinions on. We are hoping to have it ready to go in the next couple months! SO exciting! Each one will be a single with a coordinating sentiment, totally ready to go card making!
Also the name, if you’ve noticed on our Facebook, Some Odd Girl Stamps and Designs will finally be fufilled when the design site, www.someoddgirldesigns , gets up and running hopefully in the next few weeks 🙂 This site won’t have stamps but other handmade goods for sale. I’ve been busy makin stuff for it so I hope you’ll check back! 
Our last change, so far, for 2011 will be the blog. This blog 🙂 We will still be hosting bi-weekly Challenges as we have for a long time but we will also be having more features and projects and more action! We are going to be having regular Guest Odd Girls and be featuring SOGgy Sightings from around the web. There’s more in the works but you get the idea 🙂 
Are you excited? I am! The Odd Girls are!
To close up today we have a mini blog hop for you 🙂 Each of the Odd Girls has posted their favorite Some Odd Girl Cards they’ve made during their terms, some are longer terms than others lol! So hop thru the list and see what’s in store. I don’t even know what we’ll find!
Thanks so sticking around for the long read 🙂 Like I said, I like to reminisce. This time and this company have become my world and I’m so glad I’m getting to share it with so many wonderful, supportive, people!