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Happy New Year!

Hi everyone, Mou here wishing you all a very Happy New Year on behalf of our October Afternoon family!

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New Year is a time of fresh beginnings and resolutions. My creative resolution this year is to try new things, to try to think outside the box, to stretch beyond my comfort zone. In keeping with that idea, I created this New Year's greeting card using the Farm Girl collection. While the collection is not particularly geared toward celebrations, I wanted to use elements that would let me express my sentiments for the occasion well.

I started with pieces of Almanac and Pickling Crock papers.

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Next, I cut out the little farm girl from Milk Pail paper and layered it on some Wooden Crate paper.

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and attached the layered piece onto the card

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Then, I had to convince myself that not every card has to say "Happy New Year" to send best wishes to a loved one. So, I took Front Porch Mini Market alphabet stickers to spell out 'Abundance'.

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Next, I added a Licorice Label sticker to the left of 'Abundance' and penned in 'Wishing you', so the whole sentiment would read 'Wishing You Abundance'.

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Finally, I took a couple of Farm Girl Tin Pins to add finishing touches to my card.

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Yes, that's my wish for you: May this new year be filled with abudance of creativity, joy, and everything else you wish for!

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More ideas and inspiration from our guest designer, Suz Mannecke

Hello everyone! Suz here again with my final guest post here at OA. Before I get to my creations, I want to thank OA Creative Director Kim Denton for the lovely invitation to guest. It has been such a pleasure and fun experience!! Another special shout out to Social Media Director/Design Team Coordinator Jon Flatland, who was very helpful behind-the-scenes in the technical aspects of my posts. Thank you both!

I hope everyone has been enjoying the onset of winter (or summer in the other half of the world) and that the man in the big red suit placed a few lovely OA goodies beneath your Christmas trees or into your stockings.  I have been scrapping from the road on family travel. I enjoy the creative outlet "Scrap Travel" provides me; with the challenge of creating with less tools and supplies. Thankfully, I have had an abundance of OA goodness to help me along my way though!

First off this week, is a layout I created of my oh so merry "Sir" Hugsley, who is always up for spreading some Christmas spirit and cheer. (Ahem...yeah, right!) Bah humbug is more like it!

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Hence the title for my layout, which I created on my Silhouette before leaving home. Loved layering up little bits of OA sew fun banners, Tin Pins, brads, washi and patterned papers here.

As promised, here are a few pages from my "25 Days of December Merry" Mini Book; the majority of it being made with the Very Merry December Mini Book Kit. As you recall, here is my front cover:

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On the inside, I placed a few of the fabulous OA red snowflake rub-ons and lined them up with the Hambly snowflake transparency.

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I centered an OA starburst label sticker over the large snowflakes and added the "JOY" Tin Pin and flipped the page to place the Zing (leaf green) embossed OA chipboard numbers over the large snowflake.

My intro page  incorporates the "It only happens once a year" page from the mini book kit as well as some OA Make it Merry washi tape, spearmint Sticky Keys, and Make it Merry patterned papers.

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Next up are a few of my sectional pages for each week in December. I kept these pretty simple as I wanted to give the eye a visual break from some of the "busier" pages in my album.  A little spray mist, the OA chipboard numbers, and an embellishment or two and finished.

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And here are a few pages from my album. I plan to add some full page photos when I get home as my travel printer Canon Selphy ES40 (newer models are out now) prints up to 4x6 and I want a few 5x7s.

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This is just a sampling of pages, I will be posting the rest of my "25 Days of December Merry" on my personal blog should you wish to see more as well as my "December Instagrammed" mini album.

Thanks so much for following along with me this month! I really appreciate the kind comments that have been posted on my designs. Here's hoping your 2013 is full of lots of scrappy fun and filled with much October Afternoon goodness on the pages of your albums!

Suz

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Nicole Harper shares pages from her Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit!

Hello OA fans... Nicole here to share a few of my Very Merry December Mini Book pages with you. Just because the holiday is over doesn't mean you have to put away your book... I'm sharing some ways to still keep the feel of the season going, even though the madness and mayhem have probably passed. :)
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I adhered one of the insert pages to my chipboard cover and then started decorating from there. I wrapped the doily around the edge of the cover, then began layering bits and pieces until it looked just right. The gold star is from the Sew Easy banners that are exclusive to the kit...I just stamped embossing ink on it, then used gold glitter embossing powder on top. The snowflake rub-ons are one of my favorite pieces from the kit, so they had to make an appearance on the cover.

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I kept the cover fairly simple, but using the graph paper as a base allows for LOTS of variation!

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For my introduction page, I used one of the tags included.

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This post focuses on decorations, and I used the tabbed dividers to separate things that way in my album. Here I snipped a piece of the eyelet trim and sewed it down to the divider...these rub-ons will stick to just about anything and I LOVE how fun they look on the fabric!

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The back of the tabbed divider was perfect to jot down our favorite holiday tunes, and the second page focuses on my crazy tradition of removing half of the branches from our Christmas tree to make room for my vintage ornament collection.

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How fun is that chipboard tree with some confetti thrown onto it?!

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Since this next page shares photos of my table top tree collection, I thought it would be fun to use more of the snowflake rubons to make a tree on the second page.

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On the left page I cut off an inch of the base paper and used the snowflake rubons and stamps to make a border.

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And on the right, I began with a large snowflake rubon in the center of the page and just kept adding others around it to make a 'tree' shape. The trunk was made with 2 of the stamps from the kit...all I needed to add was a quote at the top.

As a reminder, as Jill and Mou have mentioned before: We would love to see what you are doing with your own Very Merry December mini-book kit! Simply email photos of your pages, along with your name and the state in which you reside to jon.f@octoberafternoon.com.  We’ll add them to a Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit photo album that will appear on the October Afternoon Facebook page.

Keep the holiday spirit going this weekend and share your work with us!!

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Wednesday Designer challenge--leftovers anyone?

Good morning everyone.  Danni here along with Marcy to share some ideas for quick, easy cards using up leftovers over the Christmas papers you've been scrapping with or small embellishments after a full layout design. 

 

Today, Marcy is sharing this gorgeous card created with the new OA Farm Girl line.

 

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As you can see, she used die-cuts, stickers, a brad and a scrap piece of paper and has an absolutely amazing card in no time at all.  Amazing!

 

I decided to create thank you cards with my cards before putting scraps away for the season.  I have a couple of tricks to keep these quick AND inexpensive to mail as well as pack a big punch.  I tried to select a die-cut or busy patterned paper scrap, sprayed them with adhesive and added some glitter, I then adhered them to my card and voila a thank you card that shines in very little time and a scrap put to good use.    

 

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(sorry for the poor photo quality, we are in the Sierra Nevada mountains and are in the middle of lots of snow storms)

 

 

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On the next couple of cards, I picked a scrap of patterned paper to use and used dies and my Silhouette to cut a fun shape and then add a quick thank you sentiment

 

 

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We hope we've inspired you to look at those scraps before you pack them up or throw them out.  Every hand made card is better than a store bought one, especially for thank you cards...wink.

 

We hope you had the most beautiful holiday celebration with your loved ones!

Danni and Marcy

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From the October Afternoon family to your family ... Merry Christmas!

May the good times and treasures of the present become the golden memories of tomorrow. We wish you love, joy and happiness.

Merry Christmas from October Afternoon!

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The October Afternoon offices will be closed from Dec. 22 through Dec. 30 to allow our employees time to spend with their families during the holidays and for routine equipment maintenance.  We will continue to maintain and monitor our Facebook page and blog during this time ... questions and concerns may be sent via Private Message on the OA Facebook page and we will make every effort to be of assistance.

  Happy Holidays!

 

 

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Easy-peasy holiday crafting ideas!

BY SUZ MANNECKE, Guest Designer

Hi All! Suz here with a few more holiday crafting ideas for you.

As the time approaches for the big man in the red suit to make his way down the chimney, I find myself simplifying things in my home, my life, and in my scrap studio. Mostly, because time is at a premium! (I am sure you understand!) So, the majority of the next few projects are easy-peasy and can be completed in a short amount of time.

First is this altered gift basket (from Hobby Lobby …half off) transformed with a doily, the adorable shaped kitty & pup sticker, and the "Season's Greetings" stamp from the OA Very Merry December mini-book kit.

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I simply stamped the sentiment on the shaped sticker, added a bit of Stickles (Glitter Glue) to the die, glued all items to the basket and called it good. (If you notice, one of last week's projects is tucked into the basket too.)

Next is a simple home decor project made with an inexpensive embroidery hoop from Hobby Lobby.  I cut a small piece (10 x 10 inches) of buffalo plaid flannel and centered it in the frame. Then I cut up small amounts of the lovely white OA lace trim and layered it at the base to form the snow drift.  I placed the adorably handsome buck die cut sticker from the Make It Merry shape stickers sheet and placed him on the plaid fabric.

I cut out my sentiment "Make it Merry" with my Silhouette Cameo, added some silver Stickles to the lettering, and glued the sentiment down (Aleene's Tacky Glue). I then hand-stitched a few primitive snowflakes with silver embroidery floss and adhered the polka-dotted bow to the top. I placed the winter scene into the hoop, centered the design and clamped the hoop shut. Then I carefully trimmed the excess fabric and trim from around the perimeter of the hoop. Easy-peasy and done!
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Following up here with a repurposed item … what I call a "yo-yo ornament."  I enjoy finding ways to repurpose household and crafting items into pretty little things, and at the heart of this ornament is an empty cardboard ribbon spool.

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I simply wrapped ribbon around the spool (1 time) and glued in place. Then I adhered a doily with patterned paper to the spool and fussy cut the cute little Christmas scene from the Make It Merry 8x8 paper pad, added some Stickles /glitter glue and adhered with 3 dimensional adhesive.

I grabbed a bit of baker's twine (6 inches), looped it together, and tied a knot at one end and glued it to the inside of the ornament so it was ready to trim the tree with. Quick and simple but a lovely little vintage ornament to place on the tree or to give as a gift. And repurposed!

I decided to make a few quick cards using the exclusive stamp set in the Very Merry December mini book kit.  First up is this simple little card. (I embraced my inner minimalist here.)

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I used some American Craft stamp markers and inked up each little word one at a time for the sentiment. A little spray mist, a teeny bit of red Stickles, stitching, and done!

For this second stamped card, I played with the adorable little waving Santa and created a repeating ombre (colors or tones that shade into each other) effect by stamping off three times to get the gradation in color. I plan to make several of these cards as thank you notes. Simple and fun as well.

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And another card I made with pretty OA Make it Merry paper as the base, machine stitched with silver thread, misted, and then embellished with pearls and baker's twine sewn through the doily.

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Lastly, the cover to my "25 Days of December Merry" album (aka the Very Merry December Mini Book). I used a little bit of washi, some acrylic white paint and woodgrain contact paper as the base of my cover. I love that it is more durable for little/big hands that will peruse it over time. I added glossy accents for dimension to the sticky keys alpha and used an exacto knife and small scissors to fussy cut out the "merry." For the chipboard "25" I embossed with silver Zing.

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So, that's it for this week! I had hoped to get some photos of the inside of my album for you, but the weather just wasn't cooperating. Not to worry, I will be posting plenty of photos from it next week, along with a layout or two.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays to all who celebrate the season!! May there be peace on earth and goodwill towards men.

To view Suz's blog click here: http://www.livealifeextraordinary.blogspot.com.

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Santa Claus is heading to Seattle!

Thank-you to everyone who ordered Santa Sacks over the last five weeks! For each Santa Sack you purchased, your name was entered into a drawing for the Ultimate Santa Sack ... a box containing more than $200 (retail value) of October Afternoon goodness!

We are pleased to announce the winner of this year's Ultimate Santa Sack is Constance M. of Seattle, Washington!  Congratulations Constance!

Her Ultimate Santa Sack, shown below, has already been shipped and hopefully will arrive in time to take its place under Constance's tree before Christmas.

Once again, a sincere thank-you to everyone who participated in the Santa Sack sale and Happy Holidays from October Afternoon!

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Week 5 Santa Sack is available now!

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Here it is ... the fifth and final Santa Sack of 2012!

This is your last chance to get your hands on a wide variety of October Afternoon products at a huge discount ... including some of our new holiday line - Make It Merry!

Like the previous four Santa Sacks, this one is loaded with products that were hand-picked by our designers and staff.  It contains more than $100 (retail value) of merchandise ... and it's all yours for the incredibly low sale price of just $39.99 plus shipping!

And remember, every time you order a Santa Sack you are registered for a drawing to win our Ultimate Santa Sack ... which contains $200 (retail value) of October Afternoon goodness that will ship out before Christmas!

Shipping and Handling charges are as follows:
Continental USA/APO -  $10.00
Hawaii and Alaska -  $16.00
Canada -  $18.00
All Other Countries -  $32.00


SOLD OUT!



Once you place your order, October Afternoon will ship your Santa Sack within 2 business days*. All sales are final.

(*To help speed delivery, when placing an order for delivery within the U.S., please provide a physical shipping address and avoid using PO Box numbers.  Also, please allow additional time for delivery due to holiday shipping traffic.)

 

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Product Focus: Tin Pins

Hey everyone! Roree here along with Jill. Today we wanted to share a couple of projects with you using the awesome Tin Pins from the Make It Merry collection.

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Aren't they the cutest?!!  Tin pins are just perfect for any type of project and Jill and I are going show you two fun way that we used them.

First, I created some little paper gift bags.

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They are just the perfect size for two hot chocolate packets and candy canes.

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I added a sticker from the Shape Sticker sheet to a panel of patterned paper. I added a strip of Washi Tape along the bottom of the panel. I cut out the word JOY using my Cricut machine and Create a Critter 2 cartridge, and then layered a Label Sticker/Tidbit and a Tin Pin over the O. I finished with some baker's twine from the Holiday Style collection before attaching the panel to the front of the bag.

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Those Tin Pins sure do add a nice touch to the project, don't they?

Jill created this amazing layout and here is what she had to say about it:

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"Using papers, stickers, and tin pins from the Make It Merry collection, I created a layout that shares a peek at my family's approach to celebrating the holidays. After printing the photos in a grid, I placed them over a cluster of Make It Merry postcards, which are atop a sheet of striped patterned paper that I "funked up" with mist. After creating the layout's foundation, I sewed around the photo grid and embellished its borders with buttons, brads, and tin pins."

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I just love it!

Well, I hope you enjoyed today's projects focusing on Tin Pins.  I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

See you next year!  :)

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tuesday tutorial: gift card holders

Hello, OA fans! Lexi here with you today. A week from now most of us will be opening presents and enjoying time with family and friends. I try to do my best with gifting meaningful items that I know the recipient  will enjoy, but let's face it...I often default to a gift card. I love a good gift card and I would think most people do too. Nothing says "You are thought of" more that a gift card to Target, right? ;)

So our focus today is gift card holders. Vivian joined me and came up with this beauty...

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And here's how she made it:

"I combined papers and embellishments from Make It Merry with embellishments from the Very Merry December 2012 Mini-book Kit to create this gift card holder and insert. I thought the bold subway art print on the A side of the Make a Gift paper would make for a fun and eye-catching gift card holder.  I used my die cutting machine to cut two holders, one from the Make a Gift paper and one from cream cardstock. I glued the two layers together and then folded the holder and glued it together. This created a sturdy holder with a bold text-print exterior and a neutral solid-colored interior. I added some embellishments to the bottom and top of the holder, using pops of green for contrast. Next, I used my die cutting machine to cut the insert, which has two semi-circle notches to hold the gift card. I added a grid-print label card to the front so that I could add a message before popping in my gift card and placing the insert in the holder."

I went with a little more of a homespun version. I couldn't resist the burlap with gold dots at the fabric store the other day and I needed a gift card holder for a teacher...today. So you know this won't be complicated ;)

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 I cut the burlap pieces at roughly 3x9 and 3x5. I truly just eyeballed it, but measured it after I was finished so you would have an idea. I zigzagged in red thread around the longer piece first.

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I zigzagged the top of the smaller piece by itself then zigzagged the three sides to the back piece. A button hole would have been perfect here, but I didn't have the patience for that. Keeping it real here. I tied on a button from the Make it Merry miscellany pack and called it good. Very homespun and totally fine to stop here...

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...but I had this little guy staring at me...

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I added some sparkle and then he thought he deserved the spotlight. A little more of an embellished look.

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One more idea. I've been wanting to try this since I saw this background stamp at CHA.

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How simple is that? I tried silver ink. Not good. I like this dark charcoal, but a more colorful look would be great, too. You can add a little sentiment or top it off with this week's focus, a tin pin. This snowman goes perfect with the snowy background. 

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I hope a few of these ideas come in handy if you happen to be in need of a gift card holder! Because really, who wouldn't love a fancied up gift card? ;)

Enjoy our Tuesday!  

 

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What's coming in the Week 5 Santa Sack? Here's a little peek!

The fifth and final Santa Sack of 2012 goes on sale at 12:01 PM CST on Monday, Dec. 17th!

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Make It Merry Give.Away.Day with Write.Click.Scrapbook.

We are here with a special Saturday post, and are sending you off to our visit our friends at write.click.scrapbook., with whom we've partnered for a special Make It Merry giveaway (or give.away.day. as they call it)!

Here's a sneak of what you'll see over there:

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Please head on over to write.click.scrapbook. for a full look at this project, to see what's being given away, and to enter to win. Hurry, though - the give.away.day. is only open through the end of the weekend!

 

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This is the final Santa Sack of the season ... don't miss it!

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Here it is ... the fifth and final Santa Sack of 2012!

This is your last chance to get your hands on a wide variety of October Afternoon products at a huge discount ... including some of our new holiday line - Make It Merry!

Like the previous four Santa Sacks, this one is loaded with products that were hand-picked by our designers and staff.  It contains more than $100 (retail value) of merchandise ... and it's all yours for the incredibly low sale price of just $39.99 plus shipping!

And remember, every time you order a Santa Sack you are registered for a drawing to win our Ultimate Santa Sack ... which contains $200 (retail value) of October Afternoon goodness that will ship out before Christmas!

Shipping and Handling charges are as follows:
Continental USA/APO -  $10.00
Hawaii and Alaska -  $16.00
Canada -  $18.00
All Other Countries -  $32.00

 

Once you place your order, October Afternoon will ship your Santa Sack within 2 business days*. All sales are final.

(*To help speed delivery, when placing an order for delivery within the U.S., please provide a physical shipping address and avoid using PO Box numbers.  Also, please allow additional time for delivery due to holiday shipping traffic.)

 

 

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Happy H(OWL)idays all!

By Suz Mannecke, Guest Designer

I was beyond excited when Kim, Creative Director for October Afternoon, contacted me and asked if I'd like to guest design for the month of December.

Would I? Umm..yes please!!!!  I l-o-v-e crafting for the holidays! Pair that with all of October Afternoon's scrapbooking goodness and you have the perfect way to get into the Christmas spirit!

If you are at all like me, you have been anticipating the arrival of the holiday season and have been bustling around shopping for gifts, trimming the tree, sipping some cocoa ... and hopefully, setting aside some time for holiday merry “crafting!"

In the past month, I have been busy channeling my inner holiday s{ELF} in my scrap studio.  The bad news?  My studio has officially been categorized as being in a disastrous state of creative chaos; Category 5.  (My family will whole-heartedly concur with this categorization). The good news is, I will spare you the frightening photos of said space (eep!) and instead, show you the photos of the result of the perfectly imperfect creative storm. J

To start things off, I created this home decor mixed media owl canvas. I have an affinity for owls, so it only seemed logical that I would craft up an owl for the h{owl}idays. (*Now the blog post title makes a bit more sense, yes?)

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This little fella was created with lots of Make It Merry and a bit of Holiday Style. I used a few Silhouette die cut designs to create him. I began with hand cutting a basic owl form from my favorite wood grain card stock and some pretty patterned paper for his beak, face, and wing.  Then I cut two leaf Silhouette dies, and trimmed off the stems for his "eyebrows."  For his eyes, I used the adorable rub-on OA red snowflakes to mimic pupils and irises.  I layered a die cut snowflake with a doily, patterned paper and that adorable holly Tin Pin.  A bit of machine and hand stitching was added for dimension. And for his tail feathers, I created a chevron pattern with my Silhouette Cameo, duplicated it three times, and then grouped them together and cut.  And here he sits, at his perch, on the wall of my scrap studio.

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Moving on to a traditional layout.  First, I spray misted the background cardstock with a few whites to mimic snow falling. Then, I opened up my Silhouette library and found this design of nested circles.  Little bits from the Very Merry December Mini Book Kit were added into the circles. Silver Zing embossing powder was applied to the chipboard bell and number. And a touch of Stickles (glitter glue) was added to the snowflakes and gift in Santa's bag.  Love adding little extra touches like that. And lastly, a little hand embroidery in metallic silver thread finishes off this layout about my boys and their contagious holiday spirit!

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Next up? Several gift wrap items. Many of which took only a few extra minutes to make but added a nice little handmade touch.

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When I saw this little metal woodgrain gift box on Amazon, I knew I wanted to alter it. Here is what it looked like before alteration and most of the supplies/tools I used:
I simply cut a small piece of patterned paper to cover up the Amazon logo,(because I want it to be a bit of a surprise where the gift is from) adhered it to the gift box, and embellished. Quick, easy, and oh so merry!

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I recycled and altered this fun wood grain gift bag as well. (Evidently, not only do I have an affinity for owls, but wood grain items too!)


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Below is a fun and functional gift. A festive holiday-patterned chevron beverage container, chock full of some Dove Peppermint Bark Promises. Included in this design from the Make It Merry line is the flag, candy cane die cut, bow sticker, green ribbon and "Make It Figgy Pudding" patterned paper from the 8x8 paper pack.  I definitely will be making a few more of these!

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Entering upon the aforementioned Category 5 Creative Chaos, my dear hubby asked if I would create some cards/envelopes for his reps/colleagues gifts. I got straight to work (as all good lil’ elves do) and opened up my Silhouette library to a gift card die, customized it with the "joy" text, grouped the design together, and cut.

I stamped the "Seasons Greetings" sentiment and adorably cute Santa (from the exclusive stamp set in the Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit) on some Project Life grid cards, and added Make It Merry washi tape to the bottoms of each card as well as to the back of each envelope.

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Since my youngest son is completely engrossed with origami, my brain has been positively saturated with inspiration to draw from! This ornament was a result of that inspiration. I watched a You Tube Video of how this star pattern is created and set to work.  Then I added a doily, baker's twine, and Tin Pin from the mini-book kit, a bit of Stickles/glitter glue to some of the snowflakes and called it done! I’m definitely planning on making more of these and getting my boys involved! These would also make for a lovely bow atop a gift.

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Next up? A quick card that was made using the Make It Merry banners to form the mosaic star. A bit whimsical, yes?

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And lastly, a mini album of December Instagrams that I will be completing throughout the holiday season.  At the heart of this mini is the sheet of the "Make a Countdown" patterned paper cut into squares and backed with machine-stitched paper squares for added support. The cover of this mini is made from wood veneer shapes I spray misted and added a red book ring to. Each day I am adding one Instagram pic to the mini. I plan to have family members take a few pics to get them involved too.  Such a simple, totally doable, efficient way to document December (daily)in a "very mini" way!

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So, that's it for today! I will be back next week with a post on the other mini album I am working on; the Very Merry December Mini-Book, as well as several cards, layouts and other home decor items.

(If you simply can't wait until then to see more October Afternoon scrappy goodness, follow  me on Twitter and Instagram (user ID "SuzMannecke -no spaces) for extra sneaks.

Happy holiday merry "crafting" to you all! See you next week!

- Suz

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A Very Merry December minibook: Week 2

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Hi everyone, Mou here for Week 2 of December with the October Afternoon Very Merry December 2012 mini book kit!

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If you missed Week 1 with Jill, be sure to check it out here.

Here's how Jill continued with her mini book. She repeated colors and used the Very Merry December 4x6 clear stamp set (*kit exclusive) to add more spunk to her pages.

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 And here are my pages... my pages are usually heavy on journaling!

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And as Jill had mentioned in her post,

"We would love to see what you are doing with your own Very Merry December mini-book kit! Simply email photos of your pages, along with your name and the state in which you reside to jon.f@octoberafternoon.com.  We’ll add them to a Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit photo album that will appear on the October Afternoon Facebook page."

Happy Holidays :)

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Week 4 Santa Sack is here!

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Are you ready for some more OA goodness?! 

That’s right … it’s Week 4 of the Santa Sack Sale!  If you’ve read any of the on-line reviews of the previous three Santa Sacks, you know they are filled with a wide array of fantastic products and that the price is a tremendous value.

Guess what?  This week is no different!  

That’s right … Week 4 brings another box filled to the brim with more than $100 (retail value) of October Afternoon paper and products that have been hand-picked by our designers just for this sale … and none of it will duplicate what was in the previous three Santa Sacks! 

The best part? It’s all yours for the amazingly low price of just $39.99 plus shipping!

Plus, don’t forget that for every Santa Sack you purchase, you are entered into a drawing to be held at the end of the sale for the Ultimate Santa Sack … a box containing more than $200 (retail value) of October Afternoon goodies that will be shipped before Christmas!  It’s going to look great under somebody’s tree!!

Shipping and Handling charges are as follows:
Continental USA/APO -  $10.00
Hawaii and Alaska -  $16.00
Canada -  $18.00
All Other Countries -  $32.00


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(*To help speed delivery, when placing an order for delivery within the U.S., please provide a physical shipping address and avoid using PO Box numbers.  Also, please allow additional time for delivery due to holiday shipping traffic.)

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Our Farm Girl Blog Hop grand prize winner is ...

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Hello OA fans! Today we are pleased to announce the grand prize winner of our Farm Girl Blog Hop! Thank you to everyone who participated.  It’s obvious from your comments that you love this collection, and that makes us happy, happy!

Without further delay ... (drum roll) ... the winner of a Farm Girl collection kit is ...

This is THE perfect line for me - I grew up on a farm, and now my 7 yo DD is growing up on the same farm!! I can't wait to get at it!!! Thanks for the chance to win!!

Posted by: Marie | December 06, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Congratulations Marie!! Please email your shipping information to jon.f@octoberafternoon.com within 30 days and we'll ship your collection kit to you right away!

Also, don't forget to check out the blogs of our Design Team members as they will be announcing their individual winners as well!

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We made more of the Very Merry December Mini-Book Kits!

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Due to the high number of requests we've received from fans, October Afternoon is producing more of its Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit, which features almost everything you will need to make a lasting keepsake of your reflections and memories during the Christmas season. 

A very limited quantity of this third run of the kit is available, so if you missed purchasing it the first time around, you’re not going to want to delay purchasing it this time around!  The kit includes more than $80 (retail value) of October Afternoon product and is available for just $56.99 plus shipping!

Besides popular products from previous October Afternoon holiday lines, the Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit contains items from our new “Make It Merry” collection, as well as several items that were created exclusively for this kit!

The Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit is only available on this blog and not sold in stores.

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The Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit contains:

4x6 clear stamp set (*exclusive)

Make It Merry 8x8 Paper Pad

Make It Merry Chip Book with 15 grid pages

Make It Merry Chapter

Peppermint Mini-Market stickers

Licorice Label stickers

Make It Merry Washi Tape – Greetings

Make It Merry Tidbits

Make It Merry Doo-Dads

Die-cut Journaling Cards  (*exclusive)

Die-cut ready-to-sew stars (*exclusive)

Holiday Style Miscellany

Holiday Style Rub-ons

Red Number Tags Chip-n-Stick (*exclusive) (not shown)

6 Tin Pins (*exclusive)

3-yards Red Bakers Twine

1-yard Cotton Eyelet Trim

One 4-inch White Paper Doily

That’s over $80 worth of October Afternoon product … and it’s available now for just $56.99 plus shipping!

SHIPPING RATES
Contiguous United States ..... $7.00
Alaska, Hawaii and Canada ..... $9.00
International ..... $18.00


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We also invite you to follow along on the October Afternoon blog as our Design Team members use the kit every Thursday during the month of December. We also invite you to share your own Very Merry December! Simply email photos of your pages, along with your name and the state in which you reside to jon.f@octoberafternoon.  We’ll add them to a Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit photo album that appears on the October Afternoon Facebook page!

 

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A Very Merry Week Two!

It's Nicole and Becky (that's me) here today to share some ideas with the awesome OA Christmas products!

Nicole created this fun layout-

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Here's what Nicole had to say about her layout:

This photo of my Dad and I is one of my very favorites...I love that it shows both of us totally engrossed in Christmas morning and completely unaware that my Mom was snapping photos. This layout started with that photo + the journaling card from the Miscellany pack...the rest of the bits were added here and there until I forced myself to stop. The title came right from the Make a Gift paper, and I added the button + twine to balance the bottom out a bit.

Love the layered up border below the photo and journaling.

I created a spread for my December Daily album-

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I just have to say that the stamp set in this collection is awesome! I used one of the stamps for the embellishment on the bottom right, "it's the most wonderful time of the year". 

You can take a look at the Make it Merry collection here. I hope we've provided a little inspiration for your holiday pages and projects!

And don't forget to email photos of your Very Merry December Mini-Book to jon.f@octoberafternoon so they can be added to a photo album which appears on the OA Facebook page!

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Meet Suz Mannecke, our Guest Designer for December

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October Afternoon is pleased to welcome Suz Mannecke as its guest designer for the month of December.

Suz has been papercrafting since childhood, when she would create homemade cards from her hand-drawn doodles and save all kinds of tidbits, notes and ephemera to paste them into what would loosely be called a “scrapbook.”

She currently spends much of her crafting time creating layouts, cards and doing her best to keep up with Project Life. She also enjoys creating December Daily albums each year, as well as working on other home decor projects.

When she’s not papercrafting, Suz enjoys playing tennis, working towards her black belt in taekwondo (she tests for “Recommended Black” in January), reading and spending as much time as possible with her family and friends at the lake.

She and her husband Michael, or “Mick”, have been married 17 years and are the proud parents of two sons, Ian, 14, and Ethan, 11. They reside in Nixa, Missouri (Yes movie buffs, the birthplace of Jason Bourne!).

Suz is a former optometric physician who turned SAHM after the birth of her youngest son. She has long carried the title of “family photographer and family historian,” and although she loves playing with pretty paper and embellishments, Suz finds the greatest joy in documenting stories with words and photos that capture life’s little details and extraordinary moments.

Suz’s scrappy experience has included designing for Freehand Scraps, and currently for Little Black Dress Kit Club. Her creations have been published in several issues of Scrapbook Trends, Create and Cards magazines.

Now, let's get to know Suz even better:

Are you a layout person, a card person ... or both? 

Both! I love creating layouts and making cards with the remnants of the kits or collections I play with.

What is on your scrap desk right now?

Besides my old (or new) reliables; a Mac computer, printer, and Cameo. I have the full collection of Make It Merry (swooning) and some of the lovely new Farm Girl collection as well. J

What is your favorite October Afternoon line or product?

Seriously? That question? It’s so crazy difficult to answer! I love everything October Afternoon creates, but to choose one line I would say Make It Merry for a holiday theme, with Witch Hazel a close second, and Midway for a non-holiday line.

What can you NOT scrapbook without?

This is such a tough question, but I guess if I had to narrow it down I would say pretty patterned paper, mist, lovely embellishments, stitching, and most definitely Cameo die cuts!

What is your favorite source of inspiration?

Pinterest is certainly a popular source for me, but my favorite source is when I am randomly inspired by something I see or hear. Oftentimes, I dream up scrappy stuff and rush to try to draw it out in a notebook I keep on my nightstand before I forget it.

What is your favorite movie or book?

Favorite comedy is What About Bob?. Favorite chick flick is You’ve Got Mail. Favorite motivational movie is Rudy. Favorite classic movie is The Wizard of Oz (minus the flying monkey and tornado scenes, which have caused a few nightmares and restless nights.

Asking me to pick a favorite book is like asking me to pick a favorite child! I really loved Harry Potter #7 and for a classic, To Kill A Mockingbird.

What is your favorite food?

I love chips and salsa from our local favorite Mexican restaurant, my mother-in-law’s homemade toffee recipe, my grandmother’s “Etta Chip Dip” and a candy apple pie recipe I make. Yep, that about covers the four good groups … or is there five now? If there is, I’m calling it the beverage group, and my favorite is Diet Pepsi!

What is your fondest childhood memory?

Hanging out with my sisters at our family’s lake resort. Swamping the canoe, having blueberry pancake eating contests (my sister Karen ate 14!), playing Tripoli with rocks for chips and candy for money, and using the porch screen door to catch minnows in the lake while singing “Crocodile Rock” are just a few special memories I cherish from that time in my life.

If you could have dinner with anyone, living or deceased, who would it be and why?

My sister, Linda or “Linny,” because she was taken from this earth all too soon and all too suddenly in March of 2011. I would have my niece and nephew that she left behind go to dinner in my place. I miss her. Every single day.

Watch for Suz’s blog every Friday during the month of December!

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A Very Merry December: Week One

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All this month, we are excited to bring you ideas for using the October Afternoon Very Merry December 2012 mini-book kit

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The album itself is a Make It Merry Here & Now book, which can be easily personalized.  

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Both Mou and I (Jill) got started with our albums by getting painterly.  Mou removed the chipboard letters from the album cover and painted the cover dark green.  She then adhered the letters above the word "Merry." 

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The final touches include a stitched die-cut star and an exclusive "Very Merry" tin pin. Next week, Mou will share a peek inside this festive album. I can't wait to see more! 

My approach to the album cover was similar to Mou's. I, too, ended up with green fingers. 

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I added a coat of gesso, and once it was dry, I sprayed it with mist. I then used a paper towel to smooth the color vertically across the cover.  I used a die-cut machine to create the title, and opted to trim around the negative space and adhere the resulting strips to the cover. 

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I may add a few accents to the cover, but since I'll be opening and closing the album quite a bit over the next few weeks, I'll wait until the end of the month to add anything else.

The hints of red and yellow behind the word "Merry" are peeks at the first page of the album:

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I like the idea of beginning the album with a holiday "greeting" of sorts. The colors on this page are repeated throughout the album, offering a sense of unity.

Since keeping up with a daily album can be tricky at this time of year, I decided to organize mine by weeks. I defined a "week" loosely, dividing the month into four parts rather than into specific seven-day increments. The tabbed inserts in the Here & Now book serve as dividers for each week. 

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Within each section I record how the holidays are taking shape in our daily lives. Each page focuses on a different day or event.  The journaling is simple -- not to mention handwritten. The goal is capturing snapshots and snippets that reflect the spirit of the month, and a natural, organic approach works best for me. 

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We would love to see what you are doing with your own Very Merry December mini-book kit! Simply email photos of your pages, along with your name and the state in which you reside to jon.f@octoberafternoon.com.  We’ll add them to a Very Merry December Mini-Book Kit photo album that will appear on the October Afternoon Facebook page.

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We're having a Farm Girl blog hop! Join in and win!

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Whether you’re a bona-fide farm gal or a down-home city chick dreaming of the farm you never had, October Afternoon's newest line - Farm Girl - is for you! 

The Farm Girl collection features a wonderful selection of paper with a country flair, bearing names such as "Pickling Crock," "Fresh Eggs," "Pie Tin" and more!  You'll also find embellishments that conjure up memories of canning fruits and vegetables, playing with barnyard animals, one-room schools, and much more!

Of course, the centerpiece of this collection is Farm Girl herself ... a bright-eyed, pony-tailed, straight-shootin' beauty who is a lot more country than she is rock-n-roll.

Join us today in a visit to the blogs of eight of our Design Team members, where you are sure to find inspiration when you see what each has created using this new collection! There are prizes being given away at each stop so don't miss out or Farm Girl may make you do some chores! 

Once you have visited everyone's blog, come back here to the October Afternoon blog and leave a comment letting us know how you want or plan to use 'Farm Girl', or tell us which part of the collection is your favorite. One lucky winner will receive our GRAND PRIZE: a "Farm Girl' Collection Kit!

Comments will be left open through Tuesday, December 11, 2012. The grand prize winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 12, 2012. The Grand Prize winner and all blog prize winners have 30 days to claim their prize after receiving notification.

The first stop on the hop is Mou Saha's blog. And to make sure you don't end up going in crop circles, here's a list of our participating Design Team members to help keep you on track:

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Marcy Penner

Vivan Masket

Jill Sprott

Nicole Harper

Becky Novacek

Amy Heller

Michelle Wooderson

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Have fun down on the farm!

 


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PP688 - Rose Trellis
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PP689 - Almanac
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PP690 - Wheelbarrow
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PP691 - Wooden Crate
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PP692 - Milk Pail
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PP693 - Mason Jar
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PP694 - Pie Tin
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PP695 - Berry Basket
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PP696 - Fresh Eggs
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PP697 - Pickling Crock
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PP698 - Patchwork
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PP699 - 8x8 Paper Pad
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SS450 - 12x12 Shape Stickers
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CB847 - Chip 'n Stick - Variety
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SS451 - Word Stickers
Product # DC194
DC194 - Miscellany
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SS452 - Label Stickers
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SS453 - Mini Market Stickers
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SS449 - 12x12 Alpha Stickers
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SS299 - Sticky Keys
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DC195 - Journal Cards
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DC196 - Sew Fun Banners
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EM471 - Designer Brads
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ST399 - Farmyard Friends
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EM466 - Buttons
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ST384 - Vintage Wallpaper
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DC197 - Here & Now Book - Grow
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EM465 - Tin Pins
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EM468 - Wrap Pack
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EM470 - Washi - Tea Towel
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DC199 - Doo-Dads
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CB600 - Chipboard Bundle
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DC200 - Tidbits
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The Week 3 Santa Sack Sale is here!

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It's Week 3 of our Santa Sack Sale and we've just got to ask:  Does it get any better than this?

The answer is YES!  If you liked the contents of Santa's Sack on Week 1 and Week 2, you're not going to want to miss Week 3!

Hand-picked by October Afternoon designers, each box is filled to the brim with pattern paper, stickers, tidbits, doo-dads, miscellany, alphabets ... well, alot!  It all adds up to a retail value of over $100!  And none of it has been in the previous two boxes!

Ready for the good part?  It's on sale NOW, while supplies last, for JUST $39.99 plus shipping!

It can't get any better than that ... can it?  YES, it can!

For each Santa Sack you order, your name is entered into a drawing to be held Dec. 19 for the ULTIMATE SANTA SACK!  That's right ... someone is going to wake up to find a package containing more than $200 (retail) in October Afternoon products under the tree on Christmas Day!  

What's more merry than that?!


Shipping and Handling will be as follows:

Continental USA / APO - $10.00
Hawaii / Alaska - $16.00
Canada - $18.00
and all other Countries $32.00


SOLD OUT!



Once you place your order, October Afternoon will ship your Santa Sack within 2 business days*. All sales are final.

(*To help speed delivery, when placing an order for delivery within the U.S., please provide a physical shipping address and avoid using PO Box numbers.  Also, please allow additional time for delivery due to holiday shipping traffic.)

 

 

 

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Christmas Advent Calendar Tutorial

Hi everyone, Mou here with today's tutorial.

Recently at a CKU event, I saw some super cute projects using baking sheets. Inspired by those, I made my own Christmas Advent Calendar using the October Aternoon Make It Merry collection.

For this, I used:

Make A Countdown 12x12 paper

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Make A Bow 12x12 paper

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Tin Pins

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 Wrap Pack

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and some tags (twenty-four 2.75"x1.5" and one 2.75"x4.75"), Distress Stains, Sprinklers, paint, a baking sheet (16.5"x10.5"), mini clips, Mod Podge and crop a dile.

Let me walk you through the steps.

1. Cut out all the number blocks from the Make A Countdown paper.

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2. Attach the numbers to the tags: 1 to 24 on small tags and 25 on the bigger tag. Trim off any excess.

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3. Color the tags with Distress Stains.

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4. Color the baking sheet with red acrylic paint. Let dry.

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5. Cut Make A Bow paper to fit the middle of the baking sheet. Seal the whole thing with a coat of Mod Podge. Let dry.

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6. Holding the baking sheet horizontally, mark at 0.75", 3.75", and 7" on both sides from the top with a pencil.

7. Use crop a dile or a craft drill to make holes on the marked spots.

8. Tie baker's twine through the holes.

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9. Attach the tags as shown to the baker's twine 'clothesline' with mini clothes pins.

10. Splatter some Sprinkler inks across the whole thing to finish.

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Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and will add your handmade touches to your
Holiday decor this year!

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It's Sneak Peek Saturday!

Here's a glimpse of just a few items you'll find in your Week 3 Santa Sack!  The Week 3 sale begins at 12:01 PM CST on Monday, Dec. 3rd right here on our blog ... don't miss it!

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