Friday, January 31, 2020

Bummed Out Bear Card Tutorial

Hey friends, Chris here!

I'm returning this week with a quick tutorial for you using this weeks Creepy Cute Chronicles newsletter premium image (Bummed Out Bear) and Dehlia Fairy image #70 from the Oddball Stamps store.

First I applied a base of copic marker to the images. 

For the bear I used light cream and the fairy white skin by Master Arts

Next I used colored Derwent pencils (skin tone) to deepen the color and add depth to the fairy and added Prisma premium color pencils to the bear

I used a 8.5 x 11 and trimmed it to 6 x 11 
then scored it in 4 places at 
1.5",  3",  5.5"  &  8"

I used the Oddball Digi Paper “Dots & Doodles” for the panels cut to the following sizes
small 1.25" x 6" medium 2 .25" x 6" and the large 2.75" x 6"

I chose Dots & Doodles  paper in letter size to make my colored images pop!  

Dots & Doodles digi paper is also available in size 12" x 12"

Each of the smaller panels got a balloon, which are just two of the 17 images included in the premium collection.

 The final panel displays Dehlia Fairy image #70 and Bummed Out Bear.  

This is what it looks like all closed up.

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If you enjoy my posts here on the Oddball Stamps Blog come and join me over on my blog Scribble & Create with Chris for more!

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Hello Ambassadors!

Hello everyone!

We are starting 2020 with a bang! Our Ambassador Call brought in many different designers and creators. We wish we could give everyone a chance , during every term. The talent and love for OddBall is amazing and we truly appreciate it. 

I wanted to share with all of our new Ambassador Team from Jan - June 2020. We have a very diverse team and even an original Ambassador coming back for round 2!

Let's give a big, warm, welcome to all these talented creators.  Make sure to click on their names so you can follow them on Instagram and see all the inspiration they will sharing.

Have a great day,
Eny Dunn
Lead Ambassador for OddBall

Saturday, January 25, 2020

How to Make Your Own Anti-Static Bag

We've all been there, whether its the embossing powder that sticks to the ink AND everywhere else or the shaker card window that acts more like a magnet then a piece of acetate.

It's enough to drive the common crafter mad!

Well, no more....

Yes I could buy one from Michaels or order online but living an hours drive from the city and being in need of this thing in the moment, neither of these options were practical. So I did a bit of research and as it turns out its super easy to make and as far as the cost goes, for about half the cost of one of these bags on Amazon,  I can make about a hundred of them. lol  So here's what your going to need....



Cut of cotton fabric 6" x 3"
Thread or permanent double sided tape
Cornstarch Baby Powder



I found a small piece of broad cloth and ironed it out so its perfectly smooth



Next I measured out the dimensions for the bag and drew a 6" x 3" rectangle onto the back of the fabric and cut it out.  I folded it in half with right sides together and pressed the crease with my iron.



After adding a couple of pins to keep the edges in place I used my sewing machine to stitch around 3 sides including the folded edge.

I clipped the corners off the 2 corners of the folded stitched end so that they would lay smoothly when turned right side out.



Turning the bag right side out,  I folded the top down about 1cm and prepared to fill the bag with Cornstarch Baby Powder I bought for this project.



The baby powder proved to make quite a mess when I tried to squirt it into the bag so I grabbed a small plastic cup and added the baby powder to the cup and then just dumped it in to the bag.  I didn't measure it out but it was likely a couple of TBSP's that ended up in the bag.


With the baby powder inside, I folded the opening inside of the bag about a 1/4 inch,  then stitched the bag closed.  Now this bag can be rubbed on to the surface before embossing or using for a shaker window to prevent the static mess.

I hope this helps you out as much as it helped me out!  Let me know in the comments if there are any other crafting scenarios where an anti-static bag like this would come in handy.

Til next time.....happy crafting!
Lizzy xo

Be my valentine....

For my Be my valentine card I used the Digi Stamp Creepy Cute Big Eye Girl Hadley & Her Pet Cloud Img 110. Only I used her without the cloud. I colored her with my Triblend markers in the colors Fair Skin for her skin, Tan blend/shades for her hair and the Jade Green Blend/Shades for her clothing/shoes/bow, Dull green blend for her eyes.
Sentiment stamp is an old one from my craftstash and heart is made with a spellbinder heart die and a crafter's companion A6 embossing folder colored with the Harmony water reactive inkpads and some glossy accents here and there.

I hope you like my turn on the smiling Hadley.
hugs Ria

Friday, January 24, 2020

Idiot relief - Bonehead Valentine


One more Friday I bring you a quick and very simple card using the CCC89 that you will receive today in your emails, Idiot relief - Bonehead Valentine, and that I have accompanied with the images #101 Digi StampCreepy Cute Big Eye Punk Girl Tanith and #523 Digital Stamp Creepy Cute Caféwith crow, ghosts and bats.

I started printing the resized images, so that the coffee shop was amplified and the girl and the freebie bottles were at a size that I liked.

I colored them with my alcohol markers and cut out.

Finally I hit them forming the scene of the girl sitting in the front of the store with bottles of remedy against idiocy beside her.

As a final detail, I used a part of the feeling of the freebie, always in its Premium version, cut to the edge of the letters, to accompany the scene.

This is the result. I hope you like and inspire. Remember to share your work with the hashtag #creepycutechronicles and that you can use the discount code DTIRENE10 in the Oddball store

See you

Magic Love by Sabrina - MONTHLY EXCLUSIVES COMPLETE 2019 SET Creepy Cute Chronicles

Hello beautiful girls of OddBall!
Today writing my post was tiring ... it's been three days since my Mac didn't collaborate ... it didn't download images, it turned off and it didn't start again ... you can understand my terror and yet ... here I am keeping you company. .. with the right manners you get everything LOL!

Going crazy the Mac also went crazy inserting images for prints, but I must admit that it was a pleasure, because among the few files that opened me there was a digi BREATHTAKING CCC Premium February Exclusive that I loved so much and so I decided to dedicate myself to him!

I colored BREATHTAKING CCC Premium February Exclusive 2019 with Copic trying to reproduce a bottle with love elixir as realistic as possible ... because you know ... love is magic!

I strongly believe in magic, both through stratagems and thanks to the power of LOL conviction!

I printed BREATHTAKING CCC Premium February Exclusive 2019 on Copic smooth paper and I applied a glittery gel pen and some stamps; later I assembled the card by gluing BREATHTAKING CCC Premium February Exclusive 2019 on black cardboard and under gauze, I then cut out some cards for the base ... and my magic potion is ready!

I remind you that you can buy the digi 2019 exclusive package at the following link ( MONTHLY EXCLUSIVES COMPLETE 2019 SET Creepy Cute Chronicles) at an amazing price !!!!

xoxo Sabrina Chicca Lamarina

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Whimsical Falling for You Girl Breezy Set

Hello! I am happy to be on the blog today with a card using 

Whimsical Falling for You Girl Breezy Set #125.

I love layers and different textures in my cardmaking. The first layer I blended Distress Oxides in Tumbled Glass and Broken China. I used a stencil and blended Distress Oxides in Milled Lavender and Spun Sugar. I then sprinkled a few drops of water to add texture.

I coloured the images with Arteza Everblend alcohol markers. I like that the marker has a small nib. Great for details. I popped up some of the images with foam squares. The final touch I added shimmer with Wink of Stella.

If you enjoy this project check out my other work on my Blog   or Instagram @rightbrainart.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Art Washes Away ...

Good Morning /Afternoon Oddballs. 
AJ here to inspire you to create something, anything ...

March is National Craft Month
so for my inspiration today I am showcasing my
March 2020 calendar which I chose Art as the theme ...

Art Washes away from the soul
the dust of everyday life ..
~ Pablo Picasso

 "Artist Extraordinaire Kiki Kool Colors " is an Oddball Art Digital Stamp

( Hand Coloured w. Markers // Water Colours )

See the details on my blog @ Art Washes Away ...

Use my discount code in the Shop
to get 10% off your next purchase :: enter code DTAJ10

Although we discontinued our Oddball Art Stamps Challenge,
we will continue to have inspirations on the here on the Oddball Blog.

However, if you want to join in a New Challenge,
you can join in @ our Clever Dexter Challenge

Our First challenge has started, 
but you still have a few days to enter in the fun...

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Age of Aquarius

Hey Oddballs!  It's EK.  Have you ever seen the Zodiac Signs digital stamps from Oddball Art?  I am not really a zodiac person, but I am obsessing about the digital stamps that Lizzy Love has draw!  They are frankly perfect!

So since I am frankly drooling over the images, I thought I would go ahead and feature them.  I am leaping off with Aquarius since we are in the Age of Aquarius (and will back track to Capricorn at some point).

I colored up the IMG496 12 Odd Oracles- Aquarius  with my copics and layered it on top of several coordinating papers.  I also gave a clear layer of Nuvo drops over all the ribbons to add to the water feel of the card!

Let us know in the comments below if you are digging this odd look at zodiac signs as much as I am!  Until then, Happy crafting!

Monday, January 20, 2020

Love/Pain ATCs

Hello everyone!

Eny here, with another OddBall Art project. This time, I wanted to create some mixed media ATCs. Lizzy has organized a super fun Valentines Day swap over on the Facebook group,  and the theme is a great one!

I decided to use the images from Creepy Cute Chronicles newsletter #38. Double the coloring fun with these twins, soecially given the slight changes to the face.  I thought they would work perfect for this project. 

I loved playing with different mediums to create these fun cards, using acrylic paint, alcohol markers, colored pencils and many more! You can recreate this look by signing up to the Premium Membership.  How does it work? Pay $15 a year and you will have full access to all previous CCC freebies, a exclusive stamp set each month not available in the shop, and premium versions of each weekly freebie. That is a real deal! 
Make sure to visit the OddBall website and sign up today! And while you're there, browse around the shop for all other images. You can use coupon code Eny1 to get one FREE stamp set with the purchase of two! 

Visit my YouTube channel for a full step by step tutorial on how these cards were created, and make sure to subscribe for all plenty of inspiration. 

Happy crafting,
Eny Dunn 
Lead Ambassador for OddBall 

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Love and Misery- New FREE image from Oddball Stamps

Hello Crafty Friends!
Monica here!  Today I am sharing a tutorial on how I made this card using the super adorable new free image from the Creepy Cute Chronicles Newsletter. You can see the process video on My YouTube Channel by clicking On the link or down below.  Make sure you sign up to receive a free image every Friday if you haven’t done so. And if you still have not downloaded last week’s image, hurry! It’ll be gone this evening. Also don’t forget that Oddball Stamps  has tons of other beautiful images you can buy. B4570120-27A9-4BE9-A385-D104F4B8E500
This image is called Love, Pain and Misery. And I I am using the Premium version with the sentiment and separate images. I love the advantage of having extra images to work with. Premium membership gets you an exclusive image every month PLUS “add-ons” to the already free CCC images. So what’s not to love?47D1BB83-6560-44B1-B127-3C38B1F39E45
I have been a bit out of crafting lately but I am working on getting back on the saddle. This will be my first “valentines” theme card, but hope to make more soon. Don’t forget to visit the Oddball Stamps  shop to brows for a new creepy cute image, and while you’re there make sure you use code MON1 to get one free image when you buy two😉

You If you enjoy my posts here on the Oddball Stamps Blog then I invite you to come and visit me over on my Owl Make It Crafts Blog for more from me! 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Big Eye Princess Leia Star Wars Tribute


Today I bring you a new inspiration card for the Oddballblog

This is a variation of the technique that I used in my last contribution, where I use, instead of watercolor markers, distress ink to make the background

In this case I used the little picture img# 301 Big Eye Princess Leia Star Wars Tribute, colored with my alcohol markers, to make this card that both serves to add a gift (as tickets to see the last movie in the saga! Ufff!!! How sad!!!), to congratulate on a birthday, an anniversary... or whatever you want, since the hand-painted feeling directly on the background allows you to complete it with whatever you want.

To this card I have added a few sequins to give even more light to that spatial background.

I hope you like it and inspire you. Remember to use the hashtag #creepycutechronicles to share your work and that you have at your disposal the discount code DTIRENE10 to use in the Oddball store.

See you soon!

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Too Many Other Options

Hey Friends!  It's EK and today I am popping back to my roots and going old school.  When I started down the art/crafting path many years ago, the only watercolors I owned for the longest time were Distress Inks.  Now I own high quality watercolors, watercolor pencils, watercolor markers, hybrid watercolors and so much more.  I have abandoned my first watercolors basically at this point, so I thought it might be fun to pull them back out.

I pulled an oldie but goodie digital stamp from Oddball Art to play around with, IMG 113 Bad Girls Have More Fun.  I printed the image out onto some watercolor paper, and painted it up using a collection of Distress Inks.  The jeans were colored with Faded Jeans, the sweatshirt with Dusty concord, and her skin tone with both Tattered Rose and Brushed Corduroy.

I fussy cut out both the image and the sentiment, then layered on some printed paper, trying to keep the background both interesting and simple (always a hard feat).  Finally I added a little detailing with a pen and a few drops of Nuvo.

What is your favorite way to watercolor, both old school and modern?  Let us know in the comments below.  Until then, happy crafting.