2017 Top 5 Projects

Hello again,

As stated in my wrap up, I want to share my favorite projects of 2017!

It was hard to narrow down to just 5 projects, but I picked 5 that were special to me, or that I felt I learned a lot from.

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This was a card that came together exactly how I had envisioned it. This usually doesn’t happen! I wanted to make a Thank-you card for my Sis-in-law’s Best friend who had to take care of my Niece and Nephew for a weekend while they were photographing a wedding. The recipient loves Monkeys, So I wanted them to represent my silly little Niece and nephew….. I love that Ollie is holding a banana as it is Magnus’s favorite things in the world (he actually asked for banana’s for Christmas!)

Stamps: Nana Luv Ollie by Some Odd Girl and Ollie Glee by Some Odd Girl

4.

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I really am proud of this project. To be totally honest I struggled with this one of the most. I knew I wanted her standing on the Aloha with a sun behind her and some large palm trees surrounding her. I really have a hard time placing elements when I make scenery cards, and I know it is because I use pattern paper as a crutch sometimes. When this canvas finally came together I was very pleased. I did note that my Aunt who received this as a gift was looking at how I made the Aloha stand out (just wish I had put the brown back behind the O)

Stamp: Hula Mae by Some Odd Girl

3.

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Another card that came out exactly as I envisioned. I love these little unicorns/ ponies from Kraftin Kimmie stamps, and I knew they would make the perfect little girl card. I love how they are bouncing in the clouds with a rainbow sunburst behind them! I am particularly proud that I got over my fears of colouring white!

Stamps: Unicorns and Rainbows by Kraftin Kimmie Stamps

2.

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This was a special piece to me. Kit and Clowder gave me a gift certificate to complete one of the monthly classes as a prize for doing some of my lessons. I knew right away I wanted to try my hand at colouring with my prisma coloured pencils, but as soon as I saw this stamp with a red panda I knew this would be one “just for me” Red pandas are my favorite animal, and I love how vibrant this one turned out.

Stamp by Ching- Chou Kuik (note sells on Etsy, has so much wonderful fantasy art)

Class by: Alyce at Kit and Clowder (Not only is she an amazing teacher she has helped me improve my art skills immensely over the last couple years! note: this class is only part of a subscription service that I am signed up for the monthly marker class. You can only access the project classes if you are a monthly subscriber)

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My favorite project I made in 2017 was this splendid mermaid project for my Auntie! Probably the most “mixed media” of any of the projects this year, I used: distress ink oxide, paper, paint, copics, pearlescent watercolours, stickles glitter glue, liquid pearls and beads! Although not my usual style I actually love the distressed look of this project. I was very happy how my mermaid turned out, and my Aunt actually squealed when she saw this! She is a big mermaid fan and loved that the mermaid was named mermaid queen (as she likes to think she is a mermaid queen herself!)

Stamp: Mermaid Queen by Some Odd Girl

Well that is a wrap on 2017, looking forward to meeting new crafty goals in 2018!

Lots of hugs,

Patti

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2017- A Crafty Reflection

Hello, Gals and Pals!

As a New Year is approaching, what better way to start it by reflecting on what a big year 2017 was for me.

On January 30th it was announced that I would be joining The Some Odd Girl Design Team! I was very excited to join, as one of my crafty goals was to make it on a Design team. The girls on my team are a bunch of very lovely, creative ladies, who have really inspired me over the past year. I have a bunch of crafty goals with this Design Team heading in the New year that I hope will push my crafty adventures forward!

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My entry that helped me get a spot on the Some Odd Girl Design Team. Stamp Nerdy Panda by Some Odd Girl

Stamp: Panda Nerd by Some Odd Girl

Another goal I had in 2017 was to work on Mix Media projects. I have had a lot of comments in the past that people love my cards and don’t want to give them away, so they display them on shelves. Paper doesn’t last forever though so I came up with the idea to make my art more permanent. Canvas tiles let me do this, but they still fit the standard size I like to make my projects in, and I can still create with my graphic, clean style that I love.

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Here I made a Canvas for my Sis-in-law who loves coffee. It may look like a card but with the addition of a hook on the back of the tile she can now hang it in her coffee nook

Stamp: Coffee Lover Mae by Some Odd Girl

Lastly, I wanted to focus on colouring with more vibrancy and contrast, to do this I really honed in on deeping my shadows and leaving room for hi-lights. In the past I have struggled with this and although it will always be a work in progress, I am happy to say that in the first time in a while I am truly happy with most of my colouring.

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I love the contrast I achieved on this dino. I really amplified the dark cast shadows and added hi-lights where they were supposed to be.

Stamp: T-Rex by Some Odd Girl

 

In my next blog post, I shall post my Top 5 favorite projects I made in 2017! It will be a more countdown style with quick little notes about each one. Then Tomorrow I will share my crafty goals for 2018! (hint one of them is to stop neglecting this blog)

Lots of hugs,

Patti