Hey everyone! Yesterday on the October Afternoon blog, Vivian Masket posted a fun "Un-Banner" challenge. The challenge is to use a banner, but in an unexpected way. I played along with her challenge, and this is what I came up with:
It is a small gift bag, perfect for child (or even an adult ;) ). I used the banner pieces from the Sidewalks Chip 'n Stick set as teeth for a fun, monster kind-of face.
He's a funny looking little guy, isn't he?!
I finished it off with products from the Sidewalks and Boarding Pass collections.
You can head on over to the blog here to see what Vivian came up with for the challenge. And if you decide to take on the challenge yourself, be sure to link you project up in the October Afternoon Flickr Gallery so we can all see what you came up with.
That's it for me today. I hope you have a great day, and thanks so much for stopping by!
Hey everyone! Today on the October Afternoon blog, they are showcasing fabric... yes, that's right... you can now get OA product in fabric form. Woohoo!!! The first release is Farm Fresh.
It is available in Cotton and Flannel. OA will not be selling it themselves, but it can be purchased at FatQuarterShop.
The OA designers were all sent some samples to play with, and I decided to try my hand at a little plushie owl.
I went to Pinterest to look around for some inspiration. (I found tons!) I grabbed bits and pieces of elements I liked from multiple little owls, added a few of my own, and pieced it together. I am somewhat of a novice sewing on fabric, so I just sort of winged it. No real pattern to follow. And since this is my first time to really making anything like this, there are lots of little mistakes. (I definitely need to work on my finishing skills.) Luckily, this type of project lends itself well to imperfections. ;)
Make sure you stop by the OA blog here to see the wonderful projects the rest of the design team came up with. There are some really great ideas! Oh... and don't forget to leave a comment over on the OA blog for a chance to win a Fat Quarter of all of the Farm Fresh patterns. The winner will be announced Monday October 3rd.
That is it for me today. Hope you all have good one. Thanks so much for stopping by!
Hi everyone! This week was it was my turn to come up with a sketch for the October Afternoon Blog sketch challenge, and here it is:
I decided to go with a 12 x12” format this time. I settled on a grid
pattern which would be great to use for multiple photos, a perfect
place to show off lots of little embellishments, or a mixture of both.
There is also a spot in the bottom right corner for a title and
Here is my take on the sketch:
I tend to make my sketches before I make my layouts, so my layouts
never seem to identically mirror the sketch. But that is the beauty of
sketches... they really are meant to give you a place to start and let
your creativity kick in.
I decided to go with larger photos, so the three colums turned into
two to fit the space. The size of the photos also caused the columns to
be offset, and it gives the feeling of rows instead of a grid. I added
a little separation between them with some twine.
I replaced the butterfly embellishments in the sketch with some of the
new Little Flyers, and I moved the placement to the right to work with
I also added a little strip of paper under my journaling to define the
space and added a few little hearts in place of the butterfly in the
sketch for a little punch of color.