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Welcome to 31 Days of How Tos, Giveaways and Tutorials!

Here we are! Its day 1 of our 31 Days of How-Tos, Giveaways and Tutorials! I’m so glad you’re here and joining us!ย 

Before we get to today’s post I want to do 2 things: first I want to invite you to grab the badge in the left sidebar and put it up on your blog. I’ll be giving random RAKs away to commenters who have the badge up.ย 

Now I want to introduce you to our FABULOUSLY talented guests that are helping me celebrate my birthday all month long. A girl has to make her own party right? ๐Ÿ™‚ PLEASE take a moment to hop over and check out these wonderful blogs and sites, you could be finding your latest and greatest crafty crush.

Leah Farquharsonย 
Aimee Maddernย 
Cassie Box from Paper Issues ย 
Diana Fisherย 
Alyce Keeganย 
Elaine Hughesย 
Colleen Schaanย 
Created from Color
Carisa Zglobicki for Designed to Colorย 
Sabrina Aleryย 
Zoe for Make it Craftyย 
Melissa Andrewย 
Sammi Betbeder
Angelica Suarezย 
Krista Smithย 
Marilyn Perezย 
Michelle Hernandezย 
Denise Lynn for Whimsey Stampsย 
Rachael Windemuller for Pins and Needlesย 
Rusty from Oozak.comย 
Audrey Yeagerย 

I’m so thrilled that each and every one of these crafters have joined me! Trust me, there is some awesome stuff in store this month! ๐Ÿ˜€ Each of our many giveaways will all be ending on Oct 31st and I will be announcing the winners on Nov 5. We’ll have posts everyday this month so be here each and every day for something new to learn.

Now we MUST have a How-To, Giveaway or Tut everyday this month or it would ruin the name of our event, 29 days doesn’t sound as awesome as 31 does it? So I want to kick it off myself with our first giveaway…

Some Odd Girl is my baby so it only makes sense to kick it off with a giveaway. To enter leave a comment here telling me your favorite thing to craft and if there’s anything you wish you knew how to do. Easy peasy! ย 

Be back here tomorrow for our first guest post fromย Leah Farquharson!


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  1. Hi and HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
    Thanks for a great birthday party for all of us. I really like making cards but my fav. thing to craft would be gifts. Organizers, journals etc…. What I would like know how to do is coloring with Copics. Over the last couple of months I have just started purchasing copics and love them but wish to do better ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. who could resist a chance to win a 25$ gc at SOG??
    I think my fave thing to craft is card, as i love colouring the images!! Would love to learn more about shading hair and deep shades too..

  3. Whoo Hoo! What a way to kick off a fun month of projects, tutorials and giveaways!!! Happy Birthday to you and thanks for letting me share this month with you and all your fab guests!!
    To answer your question I love to make 3D projects…whether it is for my kiddo’s classes or for home decor..it has to be my favorite craft to do! I have been working more with my coloring and of course would LOVE to get better at that! My dream is to one day be able to take a certification class to improve my skills! Hoping a class comes closer to my home town!
    Thanks for a great Day 1!!

  4. Yay! Let the fun begin! ๐Ÿ™‚
    I love making cards and recently started making tags, which are awesome. I would love to see tutorials on coloring/shading clothes that don’t necessarily show you where to shade.


  5. Happy Month-Long Birthday!!! I love making cards. The coloring and fussy cutting calms my nerves. The hardest thing for me is what layout I want to use. I need a site with all layouts 24/7 so I could just pick and go.

  6. oooohhh my favorite thing to craft is DEFINITELY scrappy pages! I love crafts of all sorts, but scrapbooking is my passion. I wish I knew how to layer better. I see all these amazing projects with layer after layer of texture and depth, but I can never seem to make it look right. Mine always look like I’ve just thrown together a bunch of random stuff, LOL! Thanks for the fun month ahead!

  7. Sara Schumann says: October 1, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Happy birthday all month long! I love the therapy of paper crafting whether it is card making or scrapbooking. I wish I could craft quicker!

  8. I love creating in my art journal the low preasure fun that comes with making something just for me. I’d love to learn how to be comfortable playing with paints.

  9. Woohoo! So excited to see things getting underway for 31 days. My fave thing to craft is cards. And the thing I would like to learn how to do better is organize, seeing as I’ve been trying to re-org my stash for months now. LOL!
    Thanks, Kristy!

  10. Happy birthday! My favourite craft is card-making. There are so many things I want to learn, but one of them is how to make mini albums that loks great!

  11. Hi, Kristy!
    Happy birthday/month!!!!!!
    I put your badge on my sidebar so I remember to come every day, hehehe…
    At this moment I like to make cards, although I like many different kinds of crafts. I would like to know many things but now I canยดt remember any of them, anyways, I would enjoy your tutorials (LOL)
    Thanks for the chance!

  12. hi kristy! i love making all kinds of cards and 3-D stuff. but lately i’ve been having the urge to crochet again but haven’t had the time. i would really love to learn how to knit. oh and also how to match copic colors to paper better. i was getting a bit frustrated yesterday with that!

  13. I love to make cards but also scrapbook! Anything with stamps and paper will do ๐Ÿ™‚

    What I would like to know is how do you build a card, i.e choose papers, embellishments, sketch ect… The whole process ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Kimberly Bryan says: October 1, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    I love to alter items such as bird houses, boxes, really anything! I would love to get into card making. I really would like to learn how to color stamped images.

  15. Happy Birthday!!

    My favorite thing to make is cards – especially ones that are super personalized for the receiver. One thing I’d like to learn more about is layout design.

    Thanks so much for sharing your birthday month with all of us ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Hi Kristy,

    Happy Birthday!!!
    I’m supposed to be studying but, I just can’t resist checking out all the fun. I’m going to use it as incentive for study breaks for the next 30 days! I really enjoy crafting with your sweet stamps and digis. I would love to see a tutorial on using them in mixed media projects.

  17. Happy Birthday month!! I am a card maker but love all paper crafts, my biggest how to would be creases! I just can’t seem to get them fully down ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. how exciting!! Have added your button to my blog. My favourite thing to do is to colour in – I wish I knew how to do it better than I currently do….
    thanks for the chance to win and look forward to the next post x

  19. Wow, that is a hard question to pinpoint since I love to craft many things! I guess even though I make more cards these days, my favorite thing to craft is a scrapbook. I just love looking back on those pages being decorated along with the photos. What I wish I new how to do? DRAW! My artistic skills are so lacking in a family full of artists. ๐Ÿ™ Oh well, I craft instead!

  20. Happy happy birthday!!! I just had mine, so are you a Libra? I love ATC’s! I wish I knew how to sew. I barely get by so some improved skills in that area would be a big plus!

  21. Happy Birthday! Can’t wait for a month of fun! My favorite thing to craft is anything I can color and distress. I love doing “not a cards” and making tags, bags, or boxes.

    I wish I could learn how to make super neat (and quick!) flowers.

  22. What a fan idea and what an amazing month it’s going to be can’t wait to see all the clever tutorials, and see what all your helpers have in store, I’d love to see some ideas for that lovely tape everyone is using.
    My favourite thing to craft are cards and I’m loving making a top fold a5 card at the minute so anything that goes with that style card at the minute is a winner for me

    Good luck Kirsty its going to be a bumper month

    Emma (metalicbutterfly) xxx

  23. Happy birthday!!! I love LOs but on the last months I did cards because you see the reaults before! I would like to know how you prepare a card, i never know what to so first, colot thw image or choose the.papers? … Thanks!

  24. Rhonda Ratliff says: October 1, 2012 at 4:47 pm

    ~~**HAPPY BIRTHDAY**~~ first off!!! What do i love doing…. tags!!! I love creating all kinds :)… what would I like to know about????… how to use Copics ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks so much ๐Ÿ™‚

  25. van harte gefeliciteerd
    I love to make cards
    and make the images in 3D..
    i love to see more tutorials with other products, soap or a lovely cup/glass

  26. Angela Boutiller says: October 1, 2012 at 6:13 pm

    I just recently discovered making cards. But my favorite part is coloring in the digital images with my Copic markers. I have only been using digital stamps for the last month or so and I especially like your site and digis. I benefit from the tutorials and I would like to continue with coloring/shading hairstyles.

  27. happy birthday!!!!!!
    my fave thing to craft is layouts and cards!!!
    wish I knew how to color in my digis better. I don’t have copics, thought I’d love some, but I need better coloring practice.

  28. Happy happy Birthday!!! What a fantastic way to celebrate with all yor friends and followers!! Thank you!! I love to make cards but colouring still needs some work so always on the look out on how to colour better!!! Thanks for a chance to win this fab prize!! HUgsxx

  29. Happy Birthday Kristy! Whenever it’s my birthday month I basically celebrate for as long as I want too ( so that makes us kindred spirits)LOL…Oh and I named my birthday Month ” Sandra-Pa-Looza” so I guess this is sorta like “Kirsty-Pa Looza”…Anywho my fav thing to craft is cards hands down but I also love making mini albums. I wish I knew how to sew on my cards better (LOL), I’m getting better but I’m still wondering how some people can get such perfectly straight lines with there sewing machines..

    Thanks for this Great giveaway! (only Kirsty gives gifts to others on her birthday right?) You rock..hehe

  30. I’m so excited for your bday celebration. I can’t wait to see all of the fun that is in store!

    My favorite thing to make these days is cards. I’m starting to gather quite a supply of them so I’ve been thinking of branching out. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Well, I am a cardmaker, no scrapping here, and would love to be able to learn how to add the deep shadows I see on some projects and perhaps incorporate different types of media into my projects. Can’t wait to see all the tips and projects you have coming up!

  32. First of all….HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!…… I’m a cardmaker who loves to color with copics. I would really like to play with Mixed Media……that would really be out of the box for me!

  33. Ah, Happy Birthday! What fun this month is going to be! Both my kids are October birthdays so this month is extra special to me. My favorite thing to craft is cards or anything with paper. I’d love to learn many things…to get my blog running, to sew on cards, to color with Copics-especially hair and skin-very new to Copics and only have a few, and to find a system to organize my craft supplies with. Hope your birthday month is extra special!

  34. I’m a card crafter – that’s my favorite. I wish I knew how to grow money so that I could buy the supplies to try all the techniques I haven’t. ๐Ÿ™‚

  35. Happy Birthday from one October baby to another! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m a card maker and scrapbooker and have been for quite a while now. I would love to learn more about multi-media art and art journaling as well as mastering my Copic coloring!

  36. At the moment, my favourite things to craft include cards and scrapbooking, I’ve only fairly recently gotten back into scrapping, which is an awesome mojo release now! I would love the learn the basics of ‘smash’ scrapping ๐Ÿ™‚

  37. Happy Birthday! What a wonderful way to celebrate your birthday — giving to others! I think this is an idea that should catch on! btw, Colleen sent me so I’m a newbie. My favorite thing to craft obviously changes with time, right now I’m into building things with chipboard — I’m working on a “roll top desk” (see Jim the Gentleman Crafter if it sounds intriguing); I’m thinking one for each of my kids for Christmas (2 kids, 26 and 24).

  38. Right now my favorite thing to craft is cards and invitations for people’s events, I love being able to give the sets as a gift! I wish I knew how to use copics and color, I’ve never tried but it looks like fun, and I remember how fun coloring always was!

    And Happy Birthday!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  39. My favorite thing to craft is…well crafts. I love to make all types of different things. I would love to see fun ways to use my SOG images on more things than just cards. It would also be fun to see how people incorporate them into their scrapbooks too.

  40. Yay! Thanks for asking me to join in! I finally put up my post today- which might be good. Tuesdays are usually better. This is going to be FUN! The roster is full of scrappers and card makers I really admire.

  41. Happy birthday!! I’ve always loved your designs ๐Ÿ™‚ as for techniques I’d like to learn more about: all the different resist techniques one can use when stamping.

    Love the line up of crafters you have for the month, can’t wait to see what they show off here at SOG!!!!

  42. What a great way to kick start the party! I would love to win some more SOGยดs – you can never have to many!
    I really love all sort of crafting, at the moment my favourite thing is cards. I would love to learn to crochet so that I could make myself some fun coloured flowers with sweet buttons in the middle.

  43. I love papercrafting especially card making, but boy I wish I knew how to use a sewing machine. I see some lovely stitching on cards and mixed media work and I wish I wasn’t a total devoid of sewing skills. cheers Linda

  44. Heather Beasley says: October 3, 2012 at 9:48 am

    Wow! I’m a first time visitor to your site. Love everything! I want to learn how to incorporate different mediums into my cragfting.

  45. I love to do crafts of all kinds. My favorites right now are ATC’s but my absolute favorite is making cloth dolls and stuffies. I love your site and I’m so glad I found it. It’s my first time here. Happy Birthday!

  46. Kimberli Sarsfield says: October 3, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    Thanks so much for this amazing Birthday month! And Happy Happy Birthday to you! My favorite thing to craft is scrapbooks but I can’t seem to scrapbook without some form of stamping on my layouts!

  47. I’m looking forward to this month! I’m focused on coloring right now (since I’ve taken the Created from Color Basic class). My card designs are suffering. I’d love some rules of thumb for creating great card layouts – how big should the image be, etc.

  48. Happy Birthday how fun to celebrate all month. I love your images. I love making cards and would like to make mini books but kind of get scrared what to do or where to start. I guess if you guys or someone in your group has ideas on how to know what to add, embellish with and such would be cool and add images into the book…

  49. A very happy birthday. I am a mix of crafty ideas. I love creating ecards and website, which I view as creative in its own way. My mother taught me how to crochet and I would like to make something other than a blanket or scarf, like a soft sweater for a change.

  50. Happy Birthday Kristy!!! I’m so excited for these 31 days ๐Ÿ™‚ My favorite thing to craft is anything that I can color or put a colored image on. And the thing I wish I could do is draw…

  51. Hello and happy birthday! I joined you last year abouts this time. My favorite craft is mini albums, all and any kind ๐Ÿ˜€ I wish I knew how to make those rubber stamped images layers. Seems difficult and I cannot figure out how to get the stamps to layer without getting messy!

  52. Happy Birthday!! What a great way to celebrate!!! My favorite thing to craft is layouts and I wish I knew how to digital scrapbook!! I have started hybrid scrapbooking lately and I am loving the digital side!!

  53. Lorene Yoshimura-Tanigawa says: October 4, 2012 at 9:07 pm

    My favorite thing to craft are making cards. I wish I knew how to color like Kristy and Melissa. Well, that is why I am currently enrolled in your Copic’s Basic Class. Now, back to my coloring so I can earn my badge. : )

  54. I love making cards, of any kind – okay not so much the dreaded ‘boy’ card ๐Ÿ™‚ I wish I could sew, like really sew! Make-my-own-fancy-dresses-and-stuff sew!!

  55. Mama Karaba says: October 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    I just found you today! I LOVE your work! I wish that I could learn to motivate myself to just start creating SOMETHING! I have so must stuff to papercraft and don’t know where to start! Any ideas? Also, thanks for the chance to win a gift card! I would love to get some of your stamps! It just might be the inspiration I need to get the creative juices flowing again!

  56. Happy Birthday Kristy! Cannot believe your previous month long birthday party was already a year ago. It also means I’ll be a year older on the 30th LOL. I love making Christmas cards, but I’m always struggling to come up with a nice layout. Fortunately, there’s lots of sketches out there. I would also like to become better at colouring images. Although my marker collection is growing (don’t own any Copics though), I would love to become more confident at combining and blending colours and apply proper shading. I have discovered I’m not the only one having problems with shading, because I often see some wonderful cards on the various challenge blogs with images with perfect blending. But when you look closer, the light sometimes comes from all directions LOL. So maybe I should just relax and enjoy the process, getting a little better every time (hopefully).

  57. I love creating cards, and using new techniques on projects. I wish I knew how to be happy with what I own, instead of adding more products and I wish I was confident enough too teach others.

  58. YAY!!! Happy Birthday!!!… A full month of SOG blogs, LOVE IT!!

    Well, I’ve been really heavy into SMASHING lately, but I also have a soft spot for coloring. Those are my 2 passions. =)

    Thanks for this wonderful chance.

    x0, Damaris

  59. I loved last year’s party and am thrilled to back for more! My favorite crafty things are scrapbooking/card making and knitting. Course the babies are no longer babies by the time I’m done knitting my baby blankets, lol, but it’s more of a winter project kinda thing. Happy Birthday month Kristy and thanks for the chance to win!
    {Hugs} Barb

  60. My favorite thing to craft are technique”y” cards….special cuts and folds or backgrounds. I would love to be able to do mini-books and 3D projects.

    Thanks for sharing your special month with us!

  61. My favorite thing to craft is cards. I love to send them to people to brighten their day. Plus cards don’t take me as long as other projects so I have that gratification of a job well done much sooner! I wish I knew how to be less critical of my artwork! I might get there someday! Thanks for all of the inspiration and instruction!

  62. Naomi Hanson says: October 8, 2012 at 10:15 pm

    My favorite thing to craft is cards. There is so much I wish I knew how to do! I think it would be coloring images with copic markers.

  63. My favorited thing is coloring images for cards. I also like the smashing concept, just adorn pages with digi images. I would to see a video on how you paint the Odd girl faces and nose.



    my favourite thing to craft is CARDS =)
    but I always wished I could sew… but I always end up pricking my fingers =(

  65. Happy birthday!!!
    I love to make cards, layouts, and mixed media pieces. Pretty much anything that I can get my hands dirty doing…I’m in. I would love to see what other ways you can use digital images in crafting…tags, bags… thank you for the chance to win!

  66. Happy Birthday Kristy!! have been away so just catching up on the 31 days so far!!! ๐Ÿ™‚ My favourite thing to craft is cards but I am trying more non paper items such as hangings and boxes, gifts etc and that is very fun… but harder to give away!!! Most favourite thing is using Some Odd Girl images though!!xxx

  67. Angela Boutiller says: October 11, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! My favorite thing to craft are cards. Mostly for my family, co-workers, and middle school students for their birthdays. I enjoy coloring with my Copic markers. It relaxes me. I would like to continue to learn coloring and shading techniques.

  68. Happy Birthday KRISTY!!!! I hope u have a wonderful one. This is an exciting month for some odd girl. My fav thing to craft are cards & coloring w/ my copics. I would luv to be able to bake. I feel like a ton of crafters bake, I would luv to learn how to bake more.

  69. HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kristy.. This months’ is my youngest (my baby girl’s) Birthday on 10/10/12… So this is a Fab Month for birthday.. .I have and continue to be a huge fan of yours.. So I know that this month is going to be filled with lots of fund and great lessons and give away.


  70. Happy Birthday Kristy!!!!

    I don’t really know about my favourite thing to craft…. up until 4 months ago it was cards and colouring in, but lately I’ve been going off that and I’m currently on crocheting and looking forward to doing some sewing when we get back to NZ. Honestly I love to create just about anything. I would really love to learn how to do some great cake decorating I think.


  71. Maria Williams says: October 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

    I love making albums; the filling of them elude me but I love taking a handful of flat pieces of paper, making a few cuts and folds and gluing it all together into a book! I think that is why I love copics so much-you can take an image that is beautiful and flat, and turn it into something that is even more beautiful with depth and color!

  72. What a fabulous celebration! i just found your blog and teully cannot be any happier I did, I am new to coloring and have nottried copics, I color with waterlcolor markers and colored pencils but saving for my markers ๐Ÿ˜‰ So pretty much any technique for coloring is very much apprecciated! Thanks to all the fabulous guests and Happy Birtday to you!!!!!

    At the moment I love to SMASH*. I’m interested in any DIY techniques etc DIY ink/paint sprays, DIY daybooks, DIY flowers!!
    thanks for a fun month of give-aways!

  74. Making cards is my favorite thing. So many different reasons to create them. Still learning how to use my copics. Happy Birthday to you. Thanks.

  75. I love all kinds of crafts but I really wish I could take the time to lern how to crochet.

    Happy Birthday!

  76. Happy birthday month!!

    I love to make cards for all my friends! But I’m nowhere as talented as you are!!
    I would love to be able to colour like you do with your copic markers!!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!! And for a month of fabulous tutorials!!

  77. I love cardmaking but Im not that talented as compared to you and other bloggers. I would love to be able to create “great” cards!

  78. My favorite thing to craft is art journals and I like to quilt, recently started to quilt by machine but if there is time still like to pick up a needle and thread. I really would like to learn more DIY’s like handmade paper flowers, etc. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Happy Birthday!!

  79. Hope you have had a fantastic month celebrating Kristy! Love colouring and making out of the box creations but, hard to pick a fav as it changes all the time lol! Especially with blogland and craft shows! Love trying lots of different things and have many projects on the go at the same time at the moment it is beaded knitting, crochet, cross stitch, knitting a scarf and various other things lol! Take careX:)

  80. I love to alter stuff (with my favorite SOG stamps ofcourse):) And I wish I knew how to sew. I am pretty much a craft-a-holic but don’t even know how to open the sewing machine case.

  81. I love all kinds of crafts. I’m very fond of paper crafting tho and crocheting. But I’m really trying to get into sewing. As the years go on, I more and more like it!

  82. Linda Magruder says: October 31, 2012 at 5:47 pm

    Love to make alterbooks in different themes. I also paint garden rocks. love your blogs
    Thank you Kristy

  83. I love colouring and creating things with wool and sewing patchwork and making jewellery gifts for others people and… basically any craft I haven’t tried yet. Hope you really enjoy being 31 ๐Ÿ™‚

  84. Marie-Claude C says: October 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I have tried many things, but card making and most recently art journaling are my favorites. One is structured and organized and the other is freeing and a mix of everything.

    I am constantly working on my copic skills as this is all new to me and am hoping to learn better shading techniques as I go along !

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