Good morning, Odd Friends!  Leah (the orange one) here, excited to share an idea with you that has saved me on more than one occasion. 

Wanna know what I absolutely LURRRRVE about digital stamps?  Being able to RE-SIZE them to my little heart’s content.  In fact, I very seldom leave my images the size in which they arrive, because I love to experiment.

For my Project Feature today, I chose one image, printed a large version for my card, and used a technique I think you’ll enjoy once you see the endless possibilities!  I used the same image and repeated it a bunch of times in a mini version of itself to create a customized background!  Too many times I’ve had background papers that will ALMOST work, but maybe the style or the line is just a little off.  This technique will allow you to match your image to your background PERFECTLY, and these minis are super fun to color!

Check it out!

 

I used the totally cute (and maybe a teeny bit steampunk) Love Balloon and stuck with a simple color palette for an eye-popping effect!

What do you think?  Can’t you see this working great with some of the cuties in our FOODS category?  Stick with just one image for emphasis, or mix and match for a tasty little buffet!  Print them on colored or patterned paper for a completely different effect!

I’d love to see projects you’ve created using this technique, or if you’re inspired to create something NOW, please share (leave a comment with your link, or share it on our Facebook page)!  We love to see your creations, and we are always aiming to inspire! 

See you back here again tomorrow for more eye candy that I’m SURE you’re going to lurve!  🙂

HUGS AND KISSES on the day of love and romance Oddies! Today is the day of the year where we shower all those in our lives with love! I usually give my kids a lil treat and we have a nice dinner, if I’m lucky *very lucky* the hubs and I will get to go out and have a lil time together too. For the kiddos treat this year I’m makin cupcakes! Who doesn’t like cupcakes? Seriously! If you don’t like these miniature clouds of deliciousness then this DIY/Tut may not be for you lol but I don’t think we’ll find anyone like that 😉 

SO, I wanted to make some cupcakes and “purty them up” a bit. What to do….. well doilies are also all the rage now, I see them everywhere! And lo, I had some too! A project is born! I am going to make cutie cupcake toppers with doilies. One little note, I had 4 inchers on hand but I wanted like half that size, our local store didn’t have them (do they exist in a 2 inch size? inquiring minds want to know!) so I went with what’s on hand. Just goes to show you can rawk your stash!

So to start out here’s what we will be making today

YUM! Now I want to eat them…. get it together… ok… first off gather your supplies:

-4″ Wilton Doilies (number depends on how many you are making, the layers can be peeled apart to make more from the pack)
-A stick to support your creation, I used candy making sticks but if you have sturdy tooth picks that would probably work too
-Scalloped circle punch 1 7/8″ (got mine at Hobby Lobby)
– 2 5/16″ Circle punch (Hobby Lobby again)
-1″ circle punch
-Adhesive (using my ATG)
-3 Colors of Coordinating Pattern Paper (mine are from Sassafras Paper Crush) and 1 card stock
-Printer
-Love Sentiment from Some Odd Girl
-Rhinestone Bling (number depending on how many you make but I used 4 per topper)
-Paper cutter
-Exacto knife (using my fiskars finger kinfe)
-Hole punch
-Pearl Gimmer Mist (optional but who doesn’t love more bling!)

Got’em? Good! First you’ll want to grab your stick support, doilies and knife.

You can peel the layers of the doilies apart to stretch your supplies a bit, which is what I did, it also makes it easier to fold. Fold your doilie in half, lining up the pattern, unfold and punch a hole in the center. Take your adhesive and give it a nice line around the inside solid circle of the doily. Take your candy stick and cut it into thirds with your exacto knife (you might have to adjust your length depending on the size of your cupcakes but the frosting will help hold it in place). If you are using the candy sticks you can score around it and then snap it like a twig. Push the candy stick thru the hole in the doily, mine was a snug fit, and fold the doily back up and over the stick covering it. Do that for as many as you are making.

Next, take your pattern papers and punch out 2 scalloped circles and 1 2 5/16″ circle and 2 1″ circles per topper. Cut the large circles in half. For the small toppers punch out 1 scalloped circle and 2 1″ circles per topper.

While you are punching away, print out the Love Sentiment on your cardstock so it is 1 1/4″ wide, almost 1″ tall. You will need 2 per large topper. If you are making the small toppers print two for each as well. Cut them out and set them aside. Next you are going to assemble all your pieces.

Make sure your scallops line up on both sides

Next you want to adhere your Rhinestones, making the sides match, and spray with glimmer mist.

Let them dry while you make the most yummy of confections, give them some libral sprinkles (sprinkles are edible glitter! Who doesn’t love em?) After you have your goodies, baked iced and ready hold the stick support of your toppers and gently push them in and you’re done!

Its pretty and yummy! Going that lil extra step will really show those special people that you care! If you make some of your own, please share them with us at Projects@someoddgirl.com and we could feature YOU on our blog! Thanks!

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!