Wednesday, May 24, 2017


Hello Oddballs

It´s me again, Tina
There is a new Technique a Week. Today I made for you a video tutorial in which I would like to show you how to make my flowers with Foamiran. The tutorial is divided into 4 parts, because the file was otherwise too large, to show all in one video. 

At first... What is Foamiran? 
Foamiran is a moss rubber-like material, only very much thinner. 
Only about 0.7 - 0.8 mm thick and with a very soft velvety surface. 
The material can easily be formed by heat, but can also be processed without. There are many different ways to design flowers.
I wear gloves in the video because I am currently allergic to everything ...Of course you do not have to.

Now we start



And now we come to the videos.
There you can follow the steps better than in a photo guide.
On youtube you can find also the Info Boxes.


Video 1
Foamiran dye with oil pastel´s



Video 2
How to make flowers with Foamiran - Part 1



Video 3
How to make your own stamens and flowers with Foamiran - Part 2


I hope I have not bored you too much and
you also want to create your own flowers.




Here again the beautiful flowers finished.



And finally I would like to introduce you a new digital image.
Colored with Polychromos 


#381


The flower on the picture is one of the handmade Foamiran flowers.
See at the first photo here in the post.
I've only converts them to a painted image in the photo editing program.

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See you soon...

Tina
"PaperPlotterLotta"







Sunday, May 21, 2017

New Release Alice the Artist

 
Good Morning /Afternoon Oddballs
 
AJ here, showcasing my inspiration for one of the Oddball Stamps May 2017 New Releases
 
 
I have created a 8.5" x 10.5" Wall Décor /Poster using this fabulous new image.
 
 
 
 
 
TTFN -- AJ

Monday, May 15, 2017

Oddball Art Challenge May '17 | Mother Love / Anything Goes

Welcome to another Oddball Challenge!

Since we had a TOP 3 for April I decided to split the post into 2....so if you haven't seen it yet please visit our WINNERS POST to see if it might be you!

Now for our brand new challenge....... just like last month we will have a theme BUT it's optional so you can enter our challenge using any stamp with any theme but if you do decide to follow our theme......

MOTHER LOVE

and are chosen as one of our winners.......

1 Grand Prize Winner if less then 15 entries and

a TOP 3 too if more then 15 entries!

We have a few simple rules for you to follow if you want to play along in our challenge:

1. We have a monthly theme but it's optional (if you are chosen as our winner AND you have followed the theme for that month you will win 1 extra stamp)
2. Please mention and link back to our challenge on your personal blogs/galleries
3. Creations must be NEW, no backlinking
4. Limit of 3 entries per person
NOTE regarding Top 3: we only have a Top 3 if we have AT LEAST 15 entries minimum into our challenge. So, please tell your friends about our challenge and encourage them to come play along!!

Now some DT inspirations to get your juices flowing......& Introducing our newest DT members YAY!

Janet Craftica Perez


 Angie Jones


Julie Gleeson



AJ Art Jypsy



Elaine 



Stephanie Eaton
(our new DT Coordinator YAY)



Rachelle Gould-Harris

Anjie McChesney


Suzi

 



WINNERS Post | Lily of the Valley - April '17 Challenge

Thank you to everyone who participated in our April Challenge........our very first Anything Goes Challenge with an optional theme "Lily of the Valley"

CONGRATULATIONS to our Grand Prize Winner 

MARLENE ....Our  winner of 3 +1 digi stamps from the Oddball Art Etsy Shop.



We had 15 entries this time around which means we were able to draw the TOP 3 prizes along side our Grand Prize Winner...... AND all of them followed our "Lily of the Valley" theme so they all qualify to win the (+1)  digi stamp with all of their prizes(see below)!  YAY!  

Our ENTRIES in April.....


and our TOP 3.....


Maya..... First Prize and our winner of 3 +1 digi stamps 

from the Oddball Art Etsy Shop.



Holley......Second Prize and our winner of 2 +1 digi stamps 

from the Oddball Art Etsy Shop.



Heike......Third Prize and our winner of 1 +1 digi stamps 

from the Oddball Art Etsy Shop.



Please contact Karen to claim your prize...provide THIS LINK in your email along with your image selections. (only the img# is needed) 

Thank you to everyone that participated......lets keep that momentum moving forward into May and shoot for another TOP 3 when we have 15+ entries.....now stop by our May Challenge for another chance to win!


Thursday, May 4, 2017

Happy Star Wars Day with Suzi

It is my pleasure to be here with you all today to celebrate May 4th, which is of course 'Star Wars Day'.  If you didn't know already, you now know that I am a Sci-fi fan, not sure if that makes me a Geek or a Nerd!  Anyway today  I'm sharing with you a project featuring 'Crissy Goes to A Costume Party #301' which is a wonderful tribute image to Princess Leia;

My project is an Altered Index Card, and is 6 x 4 inch, so a lovely size to work on. The image is coloured with Alcohol Markers, with a little white gel pen for highlights.  

For the background I coloured the Index Card with Alcohol Markers in various shades of Purple, Orange, Yellow, and Green.  Once the card had soaked up all the ink/alcohol and dried, I spray white and yellow Inks onto it to represent stars.

As a finishing touch I added some Alphabet Sticker for my sentiment.

I had great fun with project, and plan on creating lots more Altered Index Cards, they are great fun, we'd love it if you share your creations with us.  Don't forget you've still time to join in our challenge here on the blog, and remember the theme is optional now, so you can play along with any new project you have.

Thanks for visiting with us today
May the force be with you
Live Long and Prosper
Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Saturday, April 29, 2017

2 WEEK REMINDER: ODDBALL STAMPS CHALLENGE | April 2017

Hello Oddballs,   Hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!


Image may contain: 1 person
Created by DT Monika using img#343 Stars and Bubbles

There is still 2 more weeks left to get your entries in for our April 2017 Challenge  and just in case you missed it...... OUR RULES HAVE CHANGED!  

Yes, we still have a theme....BUT .....It's NOT mandatory anymore!

So show us what you have been working on......using ANY stamp image from ANY company in ANY theme!  What do you have to lose?  

If you do want to follow our theme...."LILY OF THE VALLEY" AND are chosen as our winner you will win 1 extra stamp with your prize!  

Image may contain: 1 person
created by DT AJ using img# 30 Evie N Bunni 

As an added bonus we are giving away a brand new image "City of Love" in our Facebook Group ....it will be available for download FREE til the end of the day so be sure to stop by and grab it before it's gone!  

Thanks for stopping by!
Lizzy xo





Sunday, April 23, 2017

New Release: "Haunted Mermaid"



Hello Oddballs

Its me again, Tina: Today I bring you a super nice New Release. "Haunted Mermaid" #378
I immediately fell in love with this sweet mermaid. It was so much fun to color them with my Polychromos. 
As I have done the background, I would like to show you soon in a Technique Week.


I hope you like my clipboard and the little Mermaid
It is now available in the shop.

See you soon...

Tina



Friday, April 21, 2017

Rustic Forest - Birch Trees New Release

 
Good Morning /Afternoon Oddballs
 
AJ here, showcasing my inspiration for one of the Oddball Stamps April 2017 New Releases
 
 
I have created a Tri-Fold Fun Fold using this fabulous new image.
 
 
 
TTFN -- AJ
 
 

Saturday, April 15, 2017

ODDBALL STAMPS CHALLENGE | April 2017

HAPPY EASTER ODDBALLS!!!!!

(please note that our rules have changed!)

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the adorable card above was created by DT AJ using Kawaii Bunny img#97


Welcome back to another Challenge here at Oddball Art Stamps & a BIG THANK YOU to all those that participated in our March "BEST FRIENDS" Challenge!


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this stunning card above was created by DT Elaine using Pretty Girl Fiona img#317


We have randomly chosen a winner for March and since we require 15 Entries to draw more prizes TINDALOO will be our sole WINNER of 1 digital stamp for the "BEST FRIENDS" Challenge....... 


CONGRATULATIONS TINDALOO!!!!  [please contact us by email to claim your prize]


Yes it's time to start another CHALLENGE!

Friday, April 14, 2017

Thursday, April 13, 2017

New Release - Baby Elephant Kisses with Suzi

Today it's my pleasure to share with you my project featuring the gorgeous Baby Elephant Kisses image #375,

I had a real blast colouring this super cool beauty, with her adorable little elephant.  I used ProMarkers to colour my image with the addition of a little white gel pen for highlights.

I had fun with the textures for the background of this project, using yellow felt, turquoise sequinella and a bright pink wired net ribbon.  To finish it all off I used this gorgeous bright pink picture frame i've been hoarding for a while.

I hope you like my take on this image, scroll down to see more examples of ways to colour this beauty.

Bye for now
Suzi
xxx

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

New Release : Baby Elephant Kisses

 
Good Morning /Afternoon Oddballs
 
AJ here, showcasing my inspiration for one of the Oddball Stamps April 2017 New Releases
 
 
I have created a Side-Ways Easel card to display this adorable image and sentiment.
 
 
TTFN -- AJ
 
 

Monday, April 10, 2017

2017 Design Team Call | Oddball Art Stamps

Attention Designers and Crafters!

We have so much creative fun happening here at Oddball Art Stamps.....  you may have seen that we launched "Technique A Week" back in February, every week an Oddball Designer or myself demonstrates a new art technique.   We are also continuing on this year with our 2 monthly challenges both here on the blog and in our FB Group.

With everything in the works we are now looking to fill a few positions on the team...

What We Are Looking For:

We are looking for enthusiastic designers, crafters and colorists who love to create and share their creations online and who also have a passion to create with Oddball Art Stamps!

If you LOVE the images found at Oddball Art Co. Etsy Shop and are an active blogger/facebooker with great coloring skills and ability to take clear, well lit photos and/or enjoy creating art tutorials using great process photos or video,  then we encourage you to apply using the link up at the bottom of this post!!

Design Team Benefits Include:

♥ Each Design Team member will get 2 FREE Digital Stamps per month as well as a coupon code for 50% off all Digital Downloads in the Oddball Art Co. Etsy Shop.
♥ Each member will be provided with a Design Team/Oddball Art Stamps Co. Badge to put in the sidebar of their blog stating their an Oddball Art Stamps Co. Design Team member.
♥Each member will be promoted on Facebook and on the blog whenever possible (we hope they will do the same on their personal blogs and FB pages.. a win/win for everyone!).
♥ Each Design Team Member will be joined in to a private Facebook group where they can chat among themselves and to Lizzy. 
♥ Each Design Team Member will be given a password for the private DT Members ONLY section of www.oddballartco.com where they can access and download Lizzy’s ‘DT Perks’
♥ Lizzy will continue to create new digital images every month so there is always a fresh selection of designs in the shop to work with.
♥ Lizzy will create holiday themed digital stamps to coincide upcoming holidays. As well if any member has a special request for a certain design that she hasn't created yet she will do her best to create it for them.

We are so excited to be expanding our Design Team and are looking forward to checking out your work!  Apply now using the link up below.....

(alternatively you can apply by sending an email to: Lizzy subject: DT Application body: link to blog and any other social media links you want us to look at, and an image of your favorite project created using an Oddball image.)   

PLEASE NOTE WE WILL CONTINUE TO ACCEPT APPLICATIONS BY EMAIL RIGHT UP TIL MIDNIGHT EST.  ~  WE ARE ALSO GIVING AWAY A 1 DAY STAMP FREEBIE IN THE ODDBALL ART STAMPS FB GROUP  SO GO DOWNLOAD IT B4 IT DISAPPEARS!


Friday, April 7, 2017

VIDEO ART TUTORIAL | Gold Foil Leaf & Watercolor | for Technique A Week

Lizzy Love ♥ Oddball Art Co.: VIDEO ART TUTORIAL | Gold Foil Leaf & Watercolor: Hiya Oddballs!!!! I'm back again with another "Technique A Week" Video Art Tutorial! This week I experimented wit...

New Image: Baby Elephant Kisses


Hello Oddballs

It`s me - TinaToday I would like to introduce you a new Digi Image. I created a Twisted Easel Card and used: "Baby Elephant Kisses" #375. Colored with Touch Twin Markers. 
Isn`t she cute with the baby elephant?


See you soon...

Tina






Wednesday, March 29, 2017

YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND Challenge Reminder

Hello and happy day!  Hope everyone is doing well and enjoying life in whatever part of the globe you reside.   Can't believe Saturday will be "April Fool's Day."  Have you ever played a really great "April Fool's" joke on anyone?  If so, we'd love to hear about it in the FB group for the chance to win an image of choice. 

 I am here to remind you all that our Current Challenge is YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND.  You can create anything you like for our challenge - you are not limited to cards.  We love to see your mixed media and altered projects and any other crafting projects you share - just make sure there's an image on it somewhere:)  Remember, when creating your projects for our challenge, we are looking for you to use our challenge theme as a prompt to create whatever the challenge theme inspires you to do.  We encourage thinking "outside the box."  We offer our monthly challenge with the hope that joining us will push you to create something unique and amazing, perhaps something outside of your comfort zone.  Can't wait to see what you are inspired to create this month!  You can scroll down to add your link or click HERE and you will get to the post with the Inlinkz tool.

Looking for an image to use for your creation???  You're in luck b/c Lizzy is constantly adding fabulous new images to the Oddball Art Etsy Shop - watch for new releases soon!  Also hope you are enjoying the New Release Inspiration posts from our talented DT members here on the blog.

We have a few simple rules for you to follow if you want to play along in our challenge:

1. You must follow our theme
2. Please mention and link back to our challenge on your personal blogs/galleries
3. Creations must be NEW, no backlinking
4. Limit of 3 entries per person
5.  At least 15 entries total required for Top 3 prizes to be awarded

Challenge runs until April 14, 2017 at 10pm EDT.  1 Random winner will get to choose 1 digi from ODDBALL ART STAMPS and a Top 3 with prize format as follows.....
  • First prize wins 3 digis
  • Second prize wins 2 digis 
  • Third prize wins 1 digi 
Other than that, you are free to use images from any company, however, in order to qualify for Top 3, you must use an image from ODDBALL ART STAMPS.  Lizzy, our amazing owner/illustrator, has so many wonderful images in the shop.  Here are some other useful links to help you become more familiar with the awesomeness that is ODDBALL ART STAMPS!!

Some Useful Links:)
Company Website ♥ http://www.oddballartco.com
Art Blog ♥ http://oddballartco.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page ♥ http://www.facebook.com/oddballartco
Facebook Friend Page ♥ http://www.facebook.com/oddballart
Twitter ♥ http://www.twitter.com/oddballartco
Flickr ♥ http://www.flickr.com/photos/oddballartco
Zazzle ♥ http://www.zazzle.com/oddballartco
Fine Art America ♥ http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/lizzy-love
Tumblr ♥ http://www.oddballartco.tumblr.com

Don't forget our Anything Goes with Oddball Art images challenge on our ODDBALL ART FACEBOOK GROUP CHALLENGE.    We have a new challenge on the 1st of every month, so a new challenge starts Saturday:)

Our DT gals have certainly outdone themselves by creating some fabulous samples to inspire you.  Hope you will pay them a visit on their personal blogs by clicking on their names.


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Friday, March 24, 2017

New Image Inspiration


Hello Oddballs


It´s me again, TinaToday i want to show you for inspiration two new images








I colored both with Touch Twin Markers


See you soon...

Tina
"PaperPlotterLotta"





Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Technique - Pigment and Distress ink Background

When I was asked to come up with a technique to share I was a bit worried.  I mean what can I share with such fabulous crafters.   I then remembered a very simple but effective technique using white pigment and coloured inks (in this case distress inks).   

Tools
Scrap paper
Kraft Card Stock
Daubers or sponges
White pigment ink
Coloured inks (I used three colours of Distress)
Stencil with any pattern with large open areas
Baby wipes or cleaning tools to wipe off the stencil


How to's
Prepare your card stock, score and fold.  Then open onto your scrap paper.
Place your stencil on your Kraft card stock and using a dauber or sponge, add a generous layer of white ink to your card stock.  You dont need to apply ink to the whole stencil, pick and choose where you want to lay colour.  There are no rules here.


Let the white ink dry for a few minutes and wipe down your stencil and air dry it.


Place the stencil back over your card stock and offset it slightly in any direction.



Now grab some colour and a dauber and apply colour to the stencil areas.   The result is a two toned effect with the colour and a definite "how did you do that" comment from your friends.


Don't forget to clean up the stencil as your card dries.

Once you have your background, its time to make up your project, by adding one of the fabulous OddballArt images.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND Challenge

Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday to all!  Hope everyone is doing well and are having pleasant weather in whatever part of the world you reside.   Hope you are checking back here frequently to see all the lovely technique and new release posts from the DT gals, and I hope you are able to find inspiration from them, I know I am!:)

Welcome back to our challenge here at Oddball Art Stamps.    Thanks so much to all our participants from our Crazy Little Thing Called Love challenge.  HUGE apologies to the DT and all our fans for not getting the reminder posted this month - it was a crazy and stressful month for all of us.  We had so much fun visiting your blogs and seeing your amazing creations.  We hope you will come join us again this month in our New Challenge, but before we get to that, we have a Winner to announce (sadly no Top 3 as 15 entries are required)!!

Our randomly chosen winner receives 1 image of choice from ODDBALL ART STAMPS!  Please contact Audrey to claim your prize.



**We also have a SPECIAL RECOGNITION PRIZE this time for Gena, age 13 who made this lovely card.  Please contact Audrey to claim your prize.**


Our New Challenge is YOU'RE MY BEST FRIEND.  When creating your projects for this challenge, we are looking for you to use our challenge theme as a prompt to create whatever the challenge theme inspires you to do.  We encourage thinking "outside the box."  We offer our monthly challenge with the hope that joining us will push you to create something unique and amazing, perhaps something outside of your comfort zone.  Can't wait to see what you are inspired to create this month!

You have until Aprilq 14, 2017 at 10pm EST to come play along.  For quick reference, you can find our challenge rules in the sidebar.  1 Random winner will get to choose 1 digi from ODDBALL ART STAMPS and  a Top 3 with prize format as listed above (provided at least 15 total entries).....

Other than that, you are free to use images from any company, however, in order to qualify for the Top 3 prizes, you must use images from ODDBALL ART STAMPS.  Lizzy, our amazing owner/illustrator, has so many wonderful images in the shop.  Here are some other useful links to help you become more familiar with the awesomeness that is ODDBALL ART STAMPS!!

Some Useful Links:)
Company Website ♥ http://www.oddballartco.com
Art Blog ♥ http://oddballartco.blogspot.com
Facebook Fan Page ♥ http://www.facebook.com/oddballartco
Facebook Friend Page ♥ http://www.facebook.com/oddballart
Twitter ♥ http://www.twitter.com/oddballartco
Flickr ♥ http://www.flickr.com/photos/oddballartco
Zazzle ♥ http://www.zazzle.com/oddballartco
Fine Art America ♥ http://fineartamerica.com/profiles/lizzy-love
Tumblr ♥ http://www.oddballartco.tumblr.com

Don't forget our Anything Goes with Oddball Art images challenge on our ODDBALL ART FACEBOOK GROUP CHALLENGE.    We have a new challenge on the 1st of every month, so still lots of time left to go play there:) We also have some NEW features happening in the FB group - tutorials, planner pages, etc. so make sure you check that out!

Before we get to the DT samples, we have a few "housekeeping" items.  First, it is with great sadness that we say "see you later" to Jenn B. and Sarah Bell.  Jenn has been part of the DT from the very early days and Sarah has only been with us a short time, but we are equally sad to see them both go, however, we know they have important life matters to deal with and we wish them the very best!  Hugs to you both and you are welcome back to the DT anytime.

On the plus side, we have the wonderfully talented and long time Oddball AJ joining our DT.  Welcome AJ and we know all of you will enjoy seeing her awesome creations!!

Our DT gals have certainly outdone themselves by creating some fabulous samples to inspire you.  Hope you will pay them a visit on their personal blogs by clicking on their names.

AJ

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Hope you will join the fun!!  #ODDBALLARTCHALLENGE