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Monday, October 27, 2014

Trick or Treat with Some Odd Girl!

hey there, chickens!  are you ready for some FUN?!

We’d like to welcome you to Some Odd Girl‘s 2nd annual Trick or Treat Halloween Hop!

Thank you so much for joining us!  All of the Odd Girls have concocted a creepy little creation to inspire you today, and you’re invited to visit each blog to see what’s been brewing!   You might have arrived from Linda’s blog – if so, you’re on the right track!  If not, you’ll want to CLICK HERE to get things started, because you won’t want to miss a thing!

We’ll be sharing some of these pretties at the Some Odd Girl blog over the next few days, but TODAY, we kick things off!  So you might be wondering what this Trick or Treat stuff is all about, yeah?  Well, in addition to amazing papercrafty goodness you’ll see at each stop, you’ll get tricks along the way, too!  Simple tips and tricks to little secrets we papercrafters have figured out that we want to share with you!  

My trick for you today is this... Don't allow yourself to get stuck in a theme with a themey stamp...  Sometimes a little outside-the-box imagining will breathe new life into a stamp set!

And then there are TREATS! 

As you hop, you’ll come across some Treats, located at random Odd Girls‘ blogs.  We have some clear stamps, some Odds & Ends, some digi stamps and lots and lots of inspiration for you!  AND, as if that wasn’t exciting already, we have a discount code for you!

saves you 25% off your ENTIRE purchase during the hop!

So I have a festive little creation to share today...  BUT would you have thought to use the Yeti clear stamp set for something other than a winter/Christmas project?  Well he is a monstah, so he's kinda perfect for Halloween too, right?  :)  Here's my card, and I've used some of the awesome orange woodgrain paper from our Sunshine Sorbet paper pad and some orange and blue Sorbet Sequins as well:

here's my Yeti dude up close, and you can see all the fun little things in my embellie cluster:

Be sure to leave a comment at each stop, and if YOU have any tricks you’d like to share, we’d love to hear them!  There might just be a prize in it for one commenter who leaves us a trick!  Okay.  So have you got all that?  Here’s your hop order, in case you've randomly arrived:
Leah (you are here!)

And there you have it!  We will hop now through October 31st at midnight Eastern, and our winners will be announced back here on the Some Odd Girl blog on Monday, November 3rd.  Happy Haunting – I mean HOPPING!  :)  Your next stop is Suzanne's blog!  I'm pretty sure she'll have something amazing waiting for you there, so, GO! 

And a very Happy Halloween from all of us at Some Odd Girl!

Paper Issues has Halloween Witches with SRM Stickers!

it's time for a brand new ISSUE on the Paper Issues blog!  we are sponsored this time around by the lovely and TOTALLY versatile SRM Stickers (seriously, they have something for EVERYTHING)...  but they don't JUST do stickers!  oh no, there's more!

first, lemme tell you about the issue.  our theme - "Witchin' You a Happy Halloween!" - with a TON of things you can do with it!  share your projects featuring:  Halloween events or characters, costumes, creepy things, dark Halloweeny colours, Halloweeny embellishments, spiders, bugs, creepy or haunted buildings, ghosts, scary movies, HAPPY things (literally anything that relates to happiness, since the word "Happy" is in our title!), all about YOU pages, SRM products (stickers, borders, doilies, bags, etc.)...  

i used a slew of cute SRM Halloween Stickers and included two of their pillow boxes and a bag (the corrugated pillow box is repurposed from my stash) and i created some little borders and tags from the stickers.  here's my Halloweeny ensemble!

you might spy a little Doodlepop on there, some Limba white woodgrain vellum (on the little batty box), as well as a piece of Toni From Designs flair

this kind of project is a little outside of my usual comfort zone but i can't wait to give these to the next-door neighbour kids on Friday! 

CLICK HERE to see what else the Creative Team did with these awesome SRM products, and join our link party for your chance to win an awesome gift pack from SRM Stickers!   you have until November 9th to play along, and remember, even though Halloween is Friday, the theme is WIDE OPEN for you to interpret and link up new or old projects!  (just remember to link back to the Paper Issues blog to be eligible for the prize!)

and THIS, folks, is yours forever! 
grab the newest crafty goodies before they're gone (like the new stuff from Gossamer Blue, Amy Tangerine and We R Memory Keepers), and subscribe to the awesome Swag Bag and be one of the cool kids!  :D

Friday, September 26, 2014

Toni From Designs FLAIR - Happy Halloween!

hey there, chickens!  

i'm SO pleased to have been invited to submit some projects for my friend Toni From for the opening of her Etsy shop!  Toni From Designs was launched on Monday, and all week on her blog, there has been loads of inspiration from Toni and many of the Paper Issues gals...  today, i'm happy to share 2 cards i made to celebrate her grand opening!

both of these use the fun Happy Halloween flair pack:

first up, this:

it includes two pieces of flair plus lots of pretties from the Halloween Swag Bag from Paper Issues, and some goodies from my stash.  that tag?  glittery goodness.  oh yeah.

my second card includes two more pieces of flair, but i took a much cleaner and simpler approach...

do you not LOVE that #sendcandy sentiment?  the doily comes from the Swag Bag, but the ghosts are from SEI and the hexie sequins came from an assorted pack from the dollar store.  i NEVER find good things at our dollar store, so i was overjoyed when i found these in the mix! 

i have more Halloween cards and gift boxes to make, so you can be sure there will be some appearances by Toni From Designs flair!  ANNNNND there's a sale going on right now while we celebrate the kick-off...  use code GRANDOPENING and get 10% off your entire order, now through September 28th!  (custom orders are available!)

CLICK HERE to visit Toni From Designs on Etsy, check out the blog HERE and keep checking for more inspiration!  every Monday, new flair is released, and my wish list is already growing!  :)

(linked up to Paper Issues' "Witchin' You a Happy Halloween" link party sponsored by SRM Stickers!)

Monday, September 22, 2014

there's new FLAIR in town!

can i get a "WOOT WOOT!"? 

my crafty friend and fellow Paper Issues gal, Toni From, opened her online shop today, and she's rocking the FLAIR with Toni From Designs!  i know you love this stuff as much as i do, so let's congratulate Toni on her new venture, wish her a TON of success, and GO SHOPPING!  :)  (there might be a promo code available, too, just sayin'...)

first of all, i LOVE these flair pieces.  they are flat backed, and PLASTIC, so as to maintain the archival-free quality of your paper projects.  the plastic backs make them lighter than the metal ones, too, which is great for cardmakers like me, who prefer their projects NOT to topple!

anywho, there are 10 sets available right now, and i already have 2, plus another set or 3 on order.  ;)  and you can save 10% off your whole order using the code GRANDOPENING now through 9/28 at midnight Eastern.

so.  you wanna see?  CHECK THESE OUT!

Trick or Treat

Happy Halloween


i'll be sharing a project using some of these later in the week, but CLICK HERE to see Trick or Treat in action, because our friend Jen Chapin made a fab page to show off the set!  

SO!  Toni's Etsy Shop is now OPEN FOR BUSINESS, and you should watch HER BLOG all week for lots of fun reveals!  did i mention she makes CUSTOM FLAIR?  yeah, you can order a specific thing and she'll rock it, just for you.  because she's pretty rad like that.

i'll be back to show off my Toni From Flair...
congrats Toni on your new shop, and thank you for letting me join you for the big release!

Monday, September 15, 2014

spotlight on BasicGrey's "Second City" line at Paper Issues

morning, chickens!  how was your weekend?

i had some fun checking out our town-wide yard sale, some drinks with the hubbin, volunteering at a cat adopt-a-thon, and some seriously late-night crafting, which i hadn't done in a LONG time!

well today, i'm sharing the fruits of my labour on Saturday night...  i grabbed a slew of the new Kelly Purkey line, "Second City", from BasicGrey and it came in one of my most recent Paper Issues orders.  WELL!  there are some gorgeous, bold patterns, and for someone who is generally TERRIFIED of purple, i'm kinda loving it in this collection! 

i'm up on the Paper Issues blog today, along with my super-talented teamie, Jen Chapin, and we're showing you how it's done, Second City style...

here's what i made into the wee hours, using one of my fave Origrami prints, the Limba White Woodgrain cardstock (my absolutely fave white!), and various items from the Second City collection (plus a couple of Highline items and VERY old brads and alphas from BasicGrey mixed in)...

i wasn't planning to go all bright and colourful with the photo - it just happened!  but i loved how it turned out!  the transparencies are my favourites from this line (that little HOUSE!):

and page flags!

i have two cards up on the blog, too, but you'll have to go there to check them out!  besides, you won't want to miss the fabulosity of Jen's pocket pages using this line!  CLICK HERE, check it out, and to see all the fun Second City (and Highline!) goodies, CLICK HERE...  if any of it happens to fall into your shopping cart, i've got a code for you!  20% off all of it, anytime.  yep, everything!