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Pinwheels...Halloween Style with Michelle

Hey there, it's Michelle here today and I'm back to share another fun, crafty technique using October Afternoon stamps.  Today I'm pairing the Pinwheel stamp from the Midway collection with lots of products from the Witch Hazel Halloween collection.  

Pinwheels, or pie charts as many crafters call them, are very trendy right now.  I thought I would give it whirl and try creating my own version.  To begin you'll want to turn your big Pinwheel stamp image side up and select an ink color.  I'm using Hero Arts Soft Apricot Shadow Ink, a perfect pumpkin color for Halloween. 


Trim down a handful of your favorite patterned papers from the Witch Hazel collection to about the size of a card front.  I chose ones that have the light, creamy background.  I have to say, these are pretty cool if just used like this....but I have bigger plans.  :)  Isn't that spooky sheet music paper just awesome?  Stamp the pinwheel image right onto the patterned papers.


Next, select one stamped background to use as the base for your pinwheel circle (on the left).  From the other stamped papers, cut out pieces to place over the main sheet (on the right). 


Adhere the cut pieces to the main stamped piece with just a touch of adhesive.  Again, this is pretty darn cool looking and would make a great background piece as is. 


Next up, die cut a large circle out of the pieced together pinwheel paper.  I used my Cuttlebug and a large circle die.  Sew around the pinwheel circle and also stitch over each of the "pie" pieces.  So fun!  By stitching you can hardly tell which piece is the base and which pieces are added on.  Now you're ready to use your pinwheel on any crafty project.


I created 2 pinwheels that I used on some Halloween cards.  I used a cream cardstock for the card base and then added some large images from the Witch Hazel Miscellany pack for a background. 


To finish off the cards with some fun embellishments, I reached for some Witch Hazel Tin Pins, Buttons and Chip 'n Stick pieces.  I used black and white baker's twine on all the button pieces.  Just look at all that fun dimension with the added stitching and fun baubles.  

Hope you enjoy!! Be sure to buzz on over to my blog to see one more project I've made using a Halloween pinwheel.  :)

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Thursday Sketch: Room for Whimsy

Happy Thursday! It's Jill here, with a sketch that incorporates some basic and bold elements while also leaving room for you to play with whimsical bits and pieces. 

OA Sketch yes it is bright
Lexi and I had a similar reaction to this sketch: we both reached for the October Afternoon Witch Hazel collection and our Halloween photos. The way that Lexi reinterpreted the grid portion of the layout by using patterned triangles is just spooky brilliant: 


Here's what Lexi had to say: "I really loved Jill's sketch. It was totally different and I like totally different ;) I kept pretty close to the sketch, only adding two photos instead of three. I had fun playing with negative and positive word cut outs from my Cameo for the extra long title. I turned the squares on the left side into triangles and used them on a smaller scale."
Lexi also added a playful touch to her layout in the form of Witch Hazel Designer Brads, which keep company with a few ink splatters. These brads also make an appearance on my layout, framing a journaling block. 
I honed in on the center of the layout, using black cardstock as a foundation for the layout so that the colors would really stand out.  I pieced together a grid from Witch Hazel patterned paper, items in the Miscellany pack, a page from a Here and Now Chapter, and postcards, and then ran strips of mesh washi tape (which you may have noticed that Lexi also used) vertically down the columns, leaving some squares off while I added the tape. I substituted a journaling block for the extra photos on the sketch, and framed it with brads, stickers, and chipboard pieces. 
Both Lexi and I drew from certain basic aspects of the sketch, but we also welcomed the chance to adapt the sketch to fit our own styles.  We'd love to see how you do this! Be sure to share your creations in the October Afternoon Flickr gallery.  

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Here & Now book of Nature Observations

Hello everyone, Mou here with a Here & Now book tutorial. For today's project, I have chosen a Woodland Park Here & Now Chapter book along with various other products (8x8 Paper pad, Washi Tape, Wrap Pack, Miscellany, 12x12 Shape Stickers, and Sprinklers) from the Woodland Park collection.

Let's start with the cover... here's the naked chipboard cover.

These are some stuff I used to cover the front.

This is what it looks like with all the pieces glued down.

Here's the cover after a coat of white gesso on top.

And then I misted the cover with Sprinklers using a circle stencil.

Added a little bit of watercolor here and there and a flashcard from the Miscellany pack

and a butterfly sticker from the 12x12 Shape Stickers sheet.

I reorganized the papers the and chapters to make the book suit my needs.

I painted around the printed butterfly on the first page with Twinkling H2O, cut up words and phrases from the strip in the Miscellany pack and glued them down toward the right edge of the diecut paper.

In the middle and left, I added some journaling with pen and markers.

I sketched some objects we found during our nature walks and colored them with watercolors and added some journaling. I punched holes along the left edge of a poem card from the Miscellany pack and used it as an additional page insert and journaled on the back of it.

I took a bunny diecut from the Miscellany pack and used it to embellish the facing page.

These Here & Now chapter books are real handy no matter what memories and observations you plan on documenting next. i hope you enjoyed today's tutorial and when you create with your Here & Now books, I hope you'll share in the OA Flickr Gallery.

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Witch Hazel Stickers: Words, Labels, Alphabets...

Hi everyone, Mou here playing with a whole lotta stickers today!

I like to plan things things next to each other to get a clue. So, let's see...I love how the colorful word stickers look next to the cream and black label stickers! I'm thinking that they would add splashes of pretty colors to my layout.

Licorice Label Stickers and Witch Hazel Word Stickers

Product # SS437  Product # SS436

I don't think I want a big bold title on this one... maybe I'll use some of the alpha stickers, which if I place on the label stickers would look like a title block.

Pumpkin Mini Market Stickers and Ghoul Green Sticky Keys

Product # SS438  Product # SS297

I think it would be best to have a simple, light background for my plan to work. Let's use

Star Thistle 12x12 paper.

Product # PP484

I'm trimming it down to 8.5"x11" and I want to keep the Haunted House at about the middle, so I'll be trimming some off each side of the paper.

I'm going to use a lot of the label stickers to almost frame my photo. I can go crazy with the labels because that's my main page element... I'll add my title, journaling, date, etc. on them. But I need to figure out how to arrange them. When in doubt, I cut out my stickers with scissors and move them around to see which arrangement I like best.

This is one option, but I think it might overpower my photo. I'll sleep on it and come back tomorrow morning.

I think walking away helped. This morning, it all fell in place. Here's the finished layout.

I used Pumpkin Mini Market Stickers on Licorice Label Stickers to create a title block.

And added the date...




And cut stickers up to embellish...

Hope you enjoyed today's tutorial! Share your creations with Witch Hazel sticker to the OA Flickr Group so we can all be inspired!?


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Monday Challenge {texture and depth}

Good Monday Morning! It's Becky here today with a very simple and straightforward challenge. Add some texture and depth to a layout. Many of you are already doing this, but I know there are some of you who probably haven't done this yet. Chipboard is the perfect way to add a little depth. Layering is another great way to add depth. I like to add texture by roughing up the edges of my papers, adding ribbon, stitching and sometimes a staple or two. 

The layout I made for today's challenge isn't radical, but you can see some texture and depth-

You & me
You & me 1
You & me 2

Danni joined me today for the challenge and I love her approach! She made a sample card without depth (chipboard)-

Photos card 1 danni reid

Photos card 1 details danni reid

and with chipboard adding depth and dimension-

Four photos card danni reid

Four photos card details danni reid
It does make a difference! 

We would love to see what you create using this challenge as a starting point, so please share with us on the OA Flickr Board. Thanks!

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Stamps & Label Stickers with Michelle

Hi there, it's Michelle and I'm back today to share with you how to use Label Stickers, stamps and other October Afternoon embellishments to create fun accent pieces for cards,  scrapbook pages, and packaging.  I'll be using a Label Stickers sheet from the Midway collection and all of the other stamps and embellishments are from the Woodland Park collection.  Photo 1
I started out by cutting my Labels Stickers sheet into three separate pieces to create 3 smaller sheets to work with.  I selected small bits and pieces from my collection of buttons, brads and small paper embellishments.  I also selected tiny stamps that would fit perfectly in the label shapes. Photo 2
My end result is a set of three label sheets that are stamped, layered with die cuts, tied buttons and brads.  These embellished label sheets can be used to create accents for cards, small journaling blocks for scrapbook pages and Project Life inserts or instant name tags to attach to wrapped gift boxes or bags.  IMG_2003
All you have to do to use a label is peel it off the sheet and stick it to whatever you want.  For the labels that have brads, I punched holes and attached the brads through the entire label sheet.  Simply remove the brad from the sheet, peel off the label and reattach the brad to the finished project.  IMG_2004
You can create flat labels by using stamps only.  If you want a dimensional look, add details like brads, stitching, tied buttons and pop dots to attach embellishments.  IMG_2005
This is a great way to use all the little tidbits and small items from your stash of October Afternoon goodies.  IMG_2007Here's a card and coordinating envelope that I created with one of my embellished labels.  I created my card base using Woodland Papers, a chipboard accent and Washi tape.  The postage stamp piece is stamped with images from the Woodland Park stamps.  I added some small staples to my embellished label and then added it as a finishing touch along with some baker's twine.  I love to create coordinating envelopes so I used Washi tape and more stamps on the front of the envelope.  Washi tape is great for envelopes because it stays adhered and is very flat for mailing.  
Hope you enjoy.  Please visit my blog to see how I created some unique packaging for my embellished labels.  These make perfect little gifts for crafty friends. Enjoy! 

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Thursday Sketch: On the Diagonal

Happy Thursday! Vivian here with this week's sketch. Today's sketch adds a bit of fun to a clean-lined design with several strong diagonals.

September 20 SketchI shared my sketch with Roree, who had this to say, "When I saw the sketch, I immediately thought of sun rays, so that is the direction I went with it."

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 20 Sketch-Here Comes the Sun 2
Roree created her fun card by combining products from all of the following lines: Midway, Woodland Park, Sidewalks, Thrift Shop, and Farm Fresh. I love the combination of all of the different yellow patterns on Roree's card and her gorgeous three-dimensional flower embellishments. Let's get a closer look:

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 20 Sketch-Here Comes the Sun closeup 2
I used the new Witch Hazel line to create a layout using the sketch:

Pumpkins Today
My title combines black letter stickers from the Witch Hazel Mix-Up 12 X 12 Alpha Stickers with letters created by using the "Today" Here & Now Book cover as a stencil with the Swivel Chair Sprinkler from the 9 to 5 line.

If you create anything with this sketch we'd love to see it! Please be sure to post your work in our October Afternoon Flickr gallery.

Vivian Signature

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WINNER! Midway Blog Hop!


Hello OA fans! Today we are announcing the winner from last week's Midway Blog Hop! Thank you so much to everyone who commented with such wonderful reviews of Midway! We're so excited that you love it as much as we do! Without further delay, the winner of our Midway Collection Kit Grand Prize is.....

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Congratulations, Donna!! Please send your shipping information to staff (@) within 30 days and we'll get your collection kit out to you soon!

And don't forget to check out the Design Team's blogs as most have announced their winners as well.

Thanks so much everyone! Have a wonderful day!

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Monday Challenge | Double Take Photos

Hi there OA fans! It's Amy here today with your Monday Challenge.OA_GlowParty_CHallenge_AH

Have you ever taken photos from an event that turned out really fun, but if you didn't already know what they were about, you'd look at them and say, "What is that?" Or if an image that makes you do a double take? Maybe they are images of abstract art, sculptures, or maybe even of nature that are very alien looking? If so, this challenge is for you. 


This past week I told our kids that we would have a "Glow Party" after a great week of school. So Friday night that is what we did. We had tons of glow sticks and at night went down in our basement and had lots of fun twirling, spinning, and just plain having fun with the glow sticks. Trouble was, none of the photos of the kids really turned out, but all the photos of the glow sticks turned out really neat. So I thought this would be a great idea for a challenge. 


For my page, Witch Hazel was the perfect fit. Because in addition to the traditional Halloween colors, there's the deep midnight blue and fun glowing green I was able to use them for my glow party page. 


I really love how the blacks, green and blues play into my images and help tell the story of the dark.


So, what do you think? Do you have some photos that would fit this challenge? If you do, we'd love to see your take on the challenge! Simply upload your creations to our Flickr gallery for everyone to enjoy.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful day!

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Tuesday Tutorial: Grids

Hey everyone!  Roree here.  It's Tuesday, so that means tutorial time!

Grids are really popular right now, so I thought I would walk you through putting one together. Since Halloween is just around the corner, I thought it would be fun to play with the new Witch Hazel collection.

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 18 Tutorial-Happy Halloween 2

If you tend to have a lot of scraps lying around like I do, creating a grid background will help you get them off your scrap table and put them to good use. 

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 18 Tutorial-Happy Halloween step1

To start, cut out a base for the grid background from white cardstock or a coordinating paper and some of patterned paper squares to fill it in. (Since I was creating a pumpkin card, I chose different orange patterned papers. I cut my paper in 1/2" squares, but any size will work.)

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 18 Tutorial-Happy Halloween step2

Draw a line down the center of the base to keep everything straight.

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 18 Tutorial-Happy Halloween step3

Adhere your patterned paper (alternating the patterns) along that line, and then use that first row as a guide for the rest.

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 18 Tutorial-Happy Halloween step4

Here is what it will look like once you are finished.

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 18 Tutorial-Happy Halloween step5

Flip the panel over and trim off the excess paper.

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 18 Tutorial-Happy Halloween step6

Machine sew down each row and column and around the outside edge(s), if desired.

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 18 Tutorial-Happy Halloween closeup 2

Adhere your grid panel to your card and embellish to finish.

Roree-OA Sept12-Sept 18 Tutorial-Happy Halloween closeup4

This type of background adds a fun, handcrafted feel to any type of card.

I hope you enjoyed today's tutorial.  If you get a chance to make your own project with a grid background, make sure to share it with us in the OA Flickr Gallery.   We would love to see your creations!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

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Creating Border Strips with Background Stamps With Michelle

IMG_1951TGIF everyone!  It's Michelle here today and I have a fun idea to share with you using the new Spooky Music background stamp from the Witch Hazel collection. I love how wonky this music sheet is designed and it's just dripping with Halloween goodness.  Look for the Witch Hazel to be appearing in stores soon.

Usually when you think of background stamps you think of large patterns covering an entire paper surface.  You can also use the background stamps to create smaller border strips to use on your projects. To begin, lay the background stamp with the design facing up.  I like to keep the backing sheet on my stamps and just ink them with a juicy embossing pad.  Next stamp the image onto cream colored cardstock.  Generously pour on black embossing powder and emboss the image until a black, glossy shine covers the paper surface.
IMG_1946I then cut my embossed sheet into 1" strips.  You can get a glimpse of the shiny black embossing.
I used three of the strips as accents on cards.  I mixed and matched the embossed strips with different patterned papers, Miscellany pieces, Label Stickers and, Designer Brads and Buttons from the Witch Hazel collection.

Here I have sweet card that will be perfect for my little niece.  The kitten image and the card with children carving pumpkins is so suitable for the kiddos.
IMG_1953Next I used an embossed strip at the bottom of this card featuring a scarecrow image adorned with lots of buttons, brads and baubles. That little snippet of seam binding that comes in the Miscellany package is perfect for adorning cards.
IMG_1954Lastly, I created a card for my sister.  She'll get quite the kick out of this card for sure.  I used more pieces from the Miscellany package plus I added some of my own typing and a strip of the awesome Happy Halloween Washi tape. A Chip 'n Stick Button tied with baker's twine finishes off the card.
IMG_1960And there you have it, a great way to use the large background stamps to create smaller accents for your cards.  The added touch of the raised, shiny embossing is really striking in real life.  Hope you give it a try.

Be sure to stop by my blog today also as I have a tip on how to add sentiments to your cards when you perhaps don't have a Halloween stamp set in your crafty supply.

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thursday sketch challenge with an added challenge

Hey Everyone, it's Becky here with a Thursday sketch challenge! Here's the sketch for today:

Oa september 14 sketch
Marcy joined me today and here's her awesome take on the sketch:


Here's what she had to say:

"I loved Becky's sketch and decided to follow it pretty much exactly.  I had planned on using 2-3 photos in the top right color, having most of my embellishing on the top half, then having the bottom mostly empty except for journaling strips running down the center.  Of course, as I started going it strayed from the sketch a bit.  I basically ended up switching my journaling and my title around and also moving my title to the side.
I started my page by layering my photos onto one of the Here and Now Chapters pages from 9 to 5.  I wish that pattern were a paper!  From there I layered on my papers and embellishments, using mostly Cakewalk, 9 to 5 and Midway."

As always, I adore Marcy's style!

Here's my layout based on the sketch:

My sidekicks

My sidekicks detail

I also used a page from the Here and Now pages from the Woodland Park collection as my photo base. Love that little bicycle with the basket full of flowers!

Here's my little added challenge: try to do a little more journaling. I've noticed that recently I haven't been journaling quite as much. I write a little on each page, but nothing more than a line or two. I'm going to challenge myself to up it here and there among my pages too.

We would love to see what you make based on this sketch! Please post on the OA Flickr gallery.

Enjoy your day!

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Step right up and take a look at what's shipping as we speak! The latest! The greatest! The newest collection from October Afternoon - Midway! You can smell the cotton candy, popcorn and caramel apples. Hear the dings, bangs and pops from games and see the twinkling lights of the rides from those fun-filled carnival days we've all enjoyed with this darling, nostalgic yet modern collection.

Product # PP487
PP487 - Ticket Booth
Product # PP488
PP488 - Tilt-A-Whirl
Product # PP489
PP489 - Photo Booth
Product # PP490
PP490 - Ferris Wheel
Product # PP491
PP491 - Candy Apple
Product # PP492
PP492 - Ring Toss
Product # PP493
PP493 - Cotton Candy
Product # PP494
PP494 - Carousel
Product # PP495
PP495 - Neon Lights
Product # PP496
PP496 - Balloons & Darts
Product # PP497
PP497 - Duck Pond
Product # PP498
PP498 - Main Gate
Product # PP499
PP499 - 8x8 Paper Pad
Product # CB844
CB844 - Chip 'n Stick
Product # SS440
SS440 - Shape Stickers
Product # SS441
SS441 - Word Stickers
Product # DC180
DC180 - Miscellany
Product # SS442
SS442 - Label Stickers
Product # SS443
SS443 - Mini Markets
Product # SS439
SS439 - Alpha Stickers
Product # DC182
DC182 - Sew Fun Banners
Product # ST395
ST395 - Carnival
Product # DC181
DC181 - Journal Cards
Product # ST396
ST396 - Pinwheel
Product # DC183
DC183 - Here & Now Book
Product # EM994
EM994 - Buttons
Product # DC184
DC184 - Here & Now Chapter
Product # EM997
EM997 - Washi - Photo Log
Product # EM993
EM993 - Tin Pins
Product # EM998
EM998 - Washi - Word Bubbles
Product # DC185
DC185 - Doo-Dads
Product # CB598
CB598 - Chipboard Bundle
Product # DC186
DC186 - Tidbits
Product # SI984
SI984 - Token
Product # SI985
SI985 - Pink Balloon
Product # SI986
SI986 - Twilight
Product # EM996
EM996 - Wrap Pack
Product # EM999
EM999 - Designer Brads
Product # PP486
PP486 - Collection Kit

Join us today as we hop through each of the Design Team's blogs to see what they have created using this fantastically fun new collection. Prizes to be won at each stop so don't you wait, see if you can hit the target and win yourself some Midway prizes! 

Once you've hopped through everyones blog, come on back here to the October Afternoon blog and leave a comment letting us know how you want to use Midway, or your favorite part of the collection. One lucky winner will receive our GRAND PRIZE! A Midway Collection Kit. Comments will be left open until Tuesday September 18, 2012. Winner will be announced on September 19, 2012.

First stop on the hop is Amy Heller

Here's a list of our participants today in case you get lost along the way. 

Amy Heller
Jill Sprott
Vivian Masket
Michelle Wooderson
Roree Rumph
Mou Saha
Lexi Bridges
October Afternoon

Happy hopping! Good luck! 

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tuesday tutorial--halloween gift bags

good morning.  danni here with today's tuesday tutorial.  creating gift bags for halloween co-workers, friends, neighbors or class room parties.  so let's get started.  pull out your newest, most amazing, fun OA halloween line for this :)


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i will be sharing more pics of the other goodie bags i created with this new, amazing line on my blog later today, i hope you'll stop by.  we hope you'll give these a try when you pick up your Witch Hazel hitting stores soon.  if you do, please link us up in our FLICKR gallery.


happy creating?


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Monday Challenge: Use Here & Now Chapters in Layouts

Hello everyone, Mou here with today's challenge!

Here & Now books and chapters, to me, are primarily mini book products. But they have many more creative possibilities beyond mini books. My challenge is for you to use this conventionally mini book product in a layout.

Jill and I took the same challenge and here's what we came up with...


Jill says, "I used a sheet of Witch Hazel "Elixir of Eucalyptus" as the foundation for this layout, and layered sheets from the Woodland Park, Cakewalk, and 9 to 5 Here & Now Chapters over each other. I wanted the layout to have a playful feel, so I layered the papers and accents at angles. I also modified a few of the Chapters sheets, painting the girls' initials in one, and cutting cutting into others to create the title and the "Ha Ha Ha" speech bubble. Pop dots under the bubble add a bit of dimension to the layout, as does the ruffled ribbon at the bottom of the layout. I overlapped two lengths of ribbon and folded them over in sections, slowly sewing over each section as it was formed."

And here's my take:


I picked just one chapter insert and made it part of my title. I journaled below it, so my chapter doubles as journaling spot. I used Here & Now Chapter, Bunny Tail Trail paper, Old Mill Bridge paper, 12x12 Alpha stickers, 12x12 Shape Stickers, Printed Chip Shapes, and Miscellany, all from the Woodland Park collection.

You can take the challenge too! Please upload your creations to the OA Flickr Group so we can all be inspired!

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Thursday Sketch Challenge

Hi OA fans! It's Amy here today with your Thursday sketch challenge! 0905_OA_SKETCHI wanted to create a sketch that was both very detailed but also versatile as well. With this in mind, I decided to create a blocking effect that can be interpreted in many different ways. I can see the three main squares being used as photo spots. Or perhaps, long narrow photos. What about an ombre effect with scrap papers? The possibilities are endless! 

For my project I created this layout using the Woodland Park collectionOA_MY2Babes_LO_AH
I created a paper blocking on either side of my photo. For the center portion of the sketch, I used a wide mat patterned paper that gives the impression of the wide horizontal bands in the center of the sketch.OA_My-Babes_Detailgrid

To really play up the stars in the sketch, I used my Sprinklers and buttons to create a cascading effect across my page, a technique that brings your eyes downward towards your photo/main focla point of your page. To create the large number "2" I created a mask using my electronic cutting machine in a font that I felt mirrored somewhat the "2" chipboard piece from the Woodland Park Chip & Stick.

Mou joined along with me on this challenge and here is the card that she created:OASeptember2012SketchSupportCard_MouSHere's what Mou had to say about her take:

I really liked Amy's clean, simple, linear sketch when I saw it. I interpreted it into a card using papers and alpha stickers from the Woodland Park collection. I kept the three vertical strips on the left but replaced the three horizontal strips in the center with one solid rectangular block and added just one vertical strip to the right. I used alpha stickers for half of the sentiment and handwrote the rest. Instead of stars I picked flower stickers and added some stitching to finish the card.

I just love the little floating flowers Mou used in the top right corner as her floating elements from the sketch. Very fun!

We'd love to see how you work with this sketch.  Please share your projects in the Flickr Gallery so we can all admire your work! 

Thanks so much for joining us today! Have a wonderful day!

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Welcoming Two New Designers to Our Design Team!

Hi October Afternoon fans! Today we are so excited to welcome two new faces to our Design Team! Please welcome, Mou Saha and Michelle Wooderson!

Let's get to know them a little better, shall we?

BlogHeadshot_MouSahaHi, I'm Mou Saha, contributing writer for Creating Keepsakes magazine and an instructor at Big Picture Classes. My scrapbooking journey began when I saw my first issue of CK in March 2004... first, I became a subscriber, then a contributor, dream team member and eventually contributing writer. I love to make layouts about my children and our everyday life. I love to experiment, particularly with mixed media techniques. There's something I do in every layout I make-I hand write my journaling as it is the most personal part of my scrapbooks. I also design for 7 Gypsies, Anna Griffin, Faber-Castell Design Memory Crafts, and Glitz Design. I am from India and currently live in Tampa, Florida with my husband, two kiddos and our newest addition, Brave the puppy. I'm loving every minute of this creative journey.

Get to know Mou even more by following her through her various socia media:


Here are Mou's three favorite projects using October Afternoon products. OAFarmGirlCHAS2012Layout1_MouSMou Saha, using the forthcoming collection, Farm GirlOAYourWorldMyWorld_MouS

Mou Saha, using Rocket Age

OAJuly2012TutorialLayoutMou Saha, using 9 to 5

Thank you, Mou! We're so glad you are on our team - and HAPPY BIRTHDAY to YOU! :D


Now let's get to know Michelle a bit more.

Photo 1-5My name is Michelle Wooderson and I live the great heartland of Kansas with my husband, two teenage daughters and our dog Charlie.  My crafting days began rather early when I would help my mother design Bible School crafts for our church.  From there I have always been interested in art and design.  I received my college degree in Interior Design and soon realized it was the graphic design and pen & paper aspect that I loved the most about my studies.  My start in the paper crafting industry began just about the time my oldest daughter was born 15 years ago.  A local scrapbook store opened up, I picked up the first issue of Creating Keepsakes and I attended a stamping workshop all around the same time frame.  It was love at first sight and several thousand patterned papers later, here I am.  I currently own my online shop where I sell paper and packaging goods and I am also a Creative Team Member for Becky Higgins' Project Life.  I have worked with many talented owners and designers on teams such as Papertrey Ink, Copic, Ellen Hutson, and Karen Lockhart. I have been published in several magazines but my true paper crafting love is scrapbooking and creating cards & gifts for loved ones.  My creations reflect my love for all things handmade and have a very homespun feel.  I combine my love of paper crafting with other interests as well including sewing, quilting, cooking, canning, gardening, junking, reading and sports.  I am thrilled to be joining the October Afternoon Design Team as I have been a huge fan since their very first days.  I hope you enjoy my creations as well.

Get to know Michelle even more by following her through her various socia media:


Here are Michelle's three favorite projects using October Afternoon products. IMG_1022_2Michelle Wooderson, using 9 to 5

IMG_9166Michelle Wooderson, using Farm Fresh

IMG_1030_2-1Michelle Wooderson, using 9 to 5

Welcome, ladies! We are looking forward to all your creative inspiration and contributions to our team!

Look for Mou's and Michelle's work to start appearing on the blog very soon! 

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Tuesday Tutorial: cotton candy card

Happy Tuesday OA fans! Lexi here today to show you how to make a fun cotton candy card using the new Midway line, which should be hitting stores soon.

I made this tag for CHA and was asked if I could do a tutorial. It's super easy! I decided to make a card version this time. Obviously this isn't a standard flat card to send in the mail, but it would be fun delivered in person or attached to a gift. 

The card I made this time around is just slightly different.

To get started you'll need these supplies:

sprinklers--I used Miss Mary Mack and Hopscotch

circles punched from Ticket Booth paper--I used 1/2in punch

Tilt-a-Whirl paper for background

Cotton Candy paper for the cone

piece cut from Main Gate 

card from Miscellany Pack

label from Miscellany Pack

Sno-Cone mini market stickers


small handful of poly-fil




paper trimmer or scissors


alphabet stamps

To make the cone you'll use the black and white striped side from Cotton Candy. I didn't even realize this was the paper's name, but it certainly fits. I used the paper from the mini 8x8 pad, but either will work. I confess--it makes me a bit dizzy looking at it! I'm sure there are better ways to make a cone shape, but I did it like this....cut the paper in a shape that is like a rectangle, but with one of the longer sides rounded. 

Once you fold it into a cone shape, staple it closed. I found this holds the best. You'll have a little flap so just cut that part off. 

Your "cotton candy" is poly-fil, sprayed with hopscotch sprinkler. There are several colors of sprinklers so your cotton candy really could be any color you want! The key here is to let it dry. It will be wet and you can get it all over your card if you try to rush it. Trust me. If you are really concerned about inky hands you might want to wear gloves. A little mess never bothered me ;) 

The base of the card is standard cardstock. The background paper is that fun zigzag from the tilt-a-whirl paper. I used one of the cards from the miscellany packs just slightly off center to anchor the card. This card was kinda my guide for the size of the overall card, which is 4.5x5. The bottom of this miscellany card had colors that didn't go with what I was wanting...

MWcard5 I cut a piece from the main gate paper and sewed it all down.

I used double-sided tape to add my cone to the card and then stuffed my cotton candy inside. A sprinkling of ink and punched circles were added along the right side of the card. The sentiment combined stamping and sno-cone mini markets on a label and a few buttons finished it off.

So there you have it. A card fit for a sweet friend! If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments and I will do my best to answer them. Enjoy your Tuesday! 

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Monday Challenge | Make your own masks

Hi everyone, Marcy here with a challenge for you.

This week, on the October Afternoon blog, we'll be highlighting the Sprinklers.  I know that misting is scary for a lot of people, so I've got a challenge for you all that will make good use of those mists.

I'm totally okay with splattering mist droplets on my pages and using my mists to recolor diecuts and things like that.  But other techniques with mists are intimidating.  So, this week I wanted to try something new.  I wanted to try masking with mists, but more than that... I wanted to make my own mask.

I wanted to use a unicorn diecut with a mask on my daughter's birthday card.  (It's a totally gag by the way.  She was making a birthday list and it was full of Avenger stuff, Sherlock Holmes... and then she put "a unicorn" on there as a joke... so we've been bugging her about it for days!)  

I used the sticky part of a post-it note and punched out little stars.  Then I placed these on the unicorn.

Oa create your own mask

From there I misted blue, green and yellow from left to right to create an ombre effect.  Once it was dry I removed the stars with an exacto knife.

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Oa create your own mask-8

Masking with the little stars actually worked quite well.

I asked Vivian to tackle this challenge as well.

So Many Books So Little Time Vivian Masket

Heres' what Vivian had to say about creating her mask, "I created a three-part mask using my Silhouette Cameo (but could have gotten the same effect using a paper trimmer and letter stickers to create my three-part mask). I sized my title element to 6" high and placed it next to a 3.5" X 6" rectangle. I surrounded both elements with an 11" X 7" rectangle and cut all three elements out together from one piece of 12" X 12" cardstock. After having printed my journaling on a piece of 12" X 12" white cardstock, I placed the 11" X 7" mask over my printed cardstock and then placed the title element and smaller rectangle inside. I used the Cakewalk Pink Lemonade Sprinkler to spray ink over all three elements. This technique never yields perfect results, yet somehow those imperfections often turn our to be perfect. I was initially bothered when I got a big ink blob close to the bottom of the large rectangle, but ended up loving the look it added to my layout. Once the ink was dry, I added a 4" X 6" photo trimmed down to 2.5" X 5" inside the smaller rectangle and finished the layout by adding a tin pin and creating a banner composed of stickers, die cuts, and twine. The banner includes pieces from the Woodland Park, Cakewalk, and 9 to 5 lines. That's the great thing about October Afternoon Sprinklers - since colors repeat across product lines it's easy to mix and match. All told, this layout took me about 20 minutes to complete from the time I started to design my mask until the final element was glued down."

We'd love to see how you tackle this challenge.  If you give it a shot, please share your projects in the Flickr Gallery.

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