Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Theme and Un-Theme with October Afternoon

Last week, October Afternoon posted a challenge on its blog to use one of its lines two ways: make a project that follows the theme of that line and make another project with the same line that does not follow the theme. OA dubbed this challenge: theme/un-theme and I decided to play along.
I was so excited this past Christmas when October Afternoon surprised us and came out with a holiday line. Yay! I bought it right up! I love Christmas and I love OA, so it worked out perfectly.

One of my favorite things about October Afternoon is that the B sides of the paper are so versatile. As much as I love the A sides, I confess that I use the B sides a lot. And the un-themed B sides of Holiday Style were perfect for this challenge.


For the theme/un-theme challenge, I used the A sides of Holiday Style to make a Christmas card and the B sides of the same line to make a Valentine card, repeating the stripe paper on both cards.

To make the Santa card, I layered 2 sheets of patterned paper together to make a card front, then added a strip of Holiday Style trim and a chipboard button along the bottom. I used a journaling card in the upper right to add a pop of color, then added the Santa icon from the Miscellany pack on top.


To make the Valentine, I hand-drew a dragonfly shape on cardstock, then covered it with patterned paper. To make the antennae, I stiffened twine with a glue gel medium and wrapped the twine around a pencil to get the curlicue shape.


Want to play along?  You can find out more about October Afternoon's theme/un-theme challenge on its blog here.

28 comments:

  1. a-dorable...love your buggy shaped card and that christmas card is CUTE!!

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  2. talk about cute!! you really rocked this challenge

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  3. Love these! Especially the little bug!

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  4. OMYGOSH!!! These are both ADORABLE! I loveeeeeeeee that little dragonfly and how you did the twine for the antennas!!

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  5. If you didn't know, you'd never guess this was the same collection! Great job, Izzy! The dragonfly is absolutely adorable and I love the classic look of the holiday card. You can send it to me in December, OK? :)

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  6. WOW!!!!! Super Super CUTE!!!! Both card are just wonderful! :)

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  7. Very cute, especially love the Christmas one!

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  8. Great work, as always. Love, love the bug and I LOVE October Afternoon!

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  9. I'm still in love with that bug card you've made :) He is so cute!

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  10. SO cute! LOVE the twisted twine antennae and the border stitching is expert!!!! I love OA b-sides too- many times I'll use those since I tend to like the color and pattern and I don't usually make themed projects- this is a great interpretation of the challenge.

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  11. It's so hard to believe these came from the same collection. Awesome job!

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  12. Cute cute cute work my friend! That Buggy card just gets me....so darn cute!

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  13. Super cute and creative thinking too!!!

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  14. Very Cute! I love challenges and can't wait to start participating in some again if I can ever find the time... ;)

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  15. I love October Afternoon and these are fabulous

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  16. Izzy, that dragonfly is so cute and the Trendy Twine looks perfect!

    Les

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  17. These are adorable and I would have never guess they were from the same line! Great job! Love Penny Scrap-aholic@blogspot.com

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  18. I love OA too and saw this challenge. Awesome job with this, Izzy!

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  19. Such a great challenge, and you rocked it! I am more of a B side scrapper, too.

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  20. Yep- I love me some b-sides of OA too! You knocked the challenge out of the park- you'd never know the second card was xmas paper :P

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  21. Cute cards! Great job with the challenge!

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  22. I love both projects, they look great! What a versatile use of the same line!

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  23. I think the "theme" of this blog post is...Izzy is a creative genius :)

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  24. I still love the big cards!

    I've been holding on to the vintage Santa from that pack for a while. Now I know what to do with it.

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