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Hello my crafty friends! Merry Christmas everyone! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Day with the family and you got all your Black Friday items. I sure did! Right now I'm knee deep in CHA planning and even though it's a lot of workâ€Ś it's SO MUCH FUN! It's hard to believe that the year is over and that CHA Winter is here. Most companies are
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20 03 Get Inspired
Winter Inspired Layout
05 Winter Wonderful
Holiday Crafts & Techniques
11 New Year's Hat
Check out this amazing 2013 party hat!
17 Flip-It Sketch Challenge 20 Readers Gallery 21 Retailers List
15 On the Cover
Cute Holiday Stockings
22 Birdhouse Box
On the Cover, 15 Stockings by Heidi Sonboul
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The amazing thing about this months photo inspiration is that it has warm and cool color tones combined together. It's the perfect feel for cozy sweaters on a winter's walk. Leslie, captured the feel of this photo with perfection. The beautiful large oak tree is a lovely by Leslie Davis contrasts to the blue and red.
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Winter Wonderful WINTER & HOLIDAY CRAFT TUTORIALS
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CHRISTMAS TREE by Audrey Yeager 1. Cut two circles of each size, starting with 7" as the largest, and going down to 1.5", in half inch increments.Â This will give you 12 different sized circles for your tree. 2. With wrong sides together, stitch around the circle, but leave about a 1.5" opening. Fill each circle with Poly Fill batting. (To give some weight to the base of your tree, you could fill the largest base circle with some dried rice or beans.) 3. Once all the circles have been stuffed, stitch the openings closed. 4. At this point, you can stack your circles. Â There are different ways to do this. You could run a string through all of the circles right up the center, starting at the bottom, and then leave some threads at the top so that you can hang your tree. You could also use a wooden bamboo skewer or dowel and pierce through the holes to provide some more stability. Or you could do what I did and just use glue dots to attach one circle to the next. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Bonjour: Bouquet (1535), Les Fleurs (1538), Paris Je T'Aime (1541); Sweet Tooth: Sour Cherry (1560), Sprinkles (1560). Other: thread, sewing machine, poly fill batting.
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HANGING STOCKINGS by Amanda Coleman I am a sucker for Christmas decor in non-traditional Christmas colors. I was all over it when lime green and hot pink were trending for Christmas last year. I thought I would make a fun piece of mantle or wall decor using some bright, non traditional colors and patterns. 1. Die cut stocking pieces and assemble. 2. Embellish each stocking with a variety of buttons, rhinestones, ribbon, etc. 3. Hang stockings from twine using miniature clothespins. It would be easy to use this garland as an advent calendar or a 12 Days of Christmas countdown. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Flower Child: Flowery (1641), Flower Child (1640), Groovy (1642), Hippie Plaid (1643), Wondering Geo (1638), Striking Stripe (1647), Organic Geo (1645), Flower Child Plaid (1639), Peacock (1646), Layered Geo (1644).
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LIGHT GARLAND by Audrey Yeager 1. Cut out the circle and star svg file using an electronic die cutting machine. (Visit the blog on December 22 for the free file). If you don't have a die-cutting machine, cut a 5" circle and use a punch to punch out some shapes. 2. Mist the inside of each circle with a green mist and paint the outside white. While the white paint is still wet, apply some glitter or mica snow. Let dry. 3. Once the paint is dry, cut each circle in half. Fold each half into a cone shape around each light on the strand. Use double sided tape on one of the edges to secure the cone shape. 4. Cut 7-8" strips of ribbon and tie each piece in a single knot between each light on the strand. I used 6 pieces in between each light, but this will vary depending on the thickness of your ribbon. 5. Hang and enjoy! SUPPLIES: Cardstock, decorative punch, mist, white craft paint, glitter, double sided tape, ribbon, light strand.
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New Year's Party Hat
by Tessa Buys
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These hand crafted stockings and little tags are perfect for any home holiday decor. It's a must try this season. 15 | gcdstudios.com gcdstudios.blogspot.com
HO! HO! HO! We hope you've been good all year because Santa is in town! To celebrate his coming in a "fun and fresh" way, we switched up our color pallet for the cover of Dec. Instead of doing red and green (which has been done time and time again), we used tan, green, YELLOW and blue. Oh and a pop of silver! These hand crafted stockings and little tags are perfect for any home holiday decor. It's a must try this season. Be playful with the tags and personalize them as we did for the cover and your family will just adore them. We paid attention to the smallest detail, being that the smallest detail are always important! Just check out the flowers and stars. Aren't they so fun?!
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Alter It. I love having a family tradition of picking out a Christmas tree together. This year we went to a huge tree farm with rows and rows of trees. The kids were running and hiding from our dog Max. Great memories! The fun arrows included in this sketch was something I wanted to incorporate so I made both of mine from pattern paper. One of them I stamped on and then cut out. The second one, I used a die template to get the perfect angle, traced it and then cut it out.
SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Splendor, Oh Happy Day, and Sweet Tooth Collections. by Julie Overby
Flip It. In place of the top "arrow", I created a layered Christmas tree, with paper layers lifted up with pop dots. I also fussy cut and circle punched holly, and added glossy accents to make it shine. I also carried the triangles theme into the lower "arrow".
SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Sweet Tooth, Country Charm, Flower Child, Oh Happy Day, and Spendor Collections. by Wendi Robinson
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by Mary Ann Jenkins
Keep It. For my layout, I followed the sketch pretty closely by keeping the 3 photos the same size and same placement as the sketch, and the page title is still at the top on the right. I took the idea of the photo corners as shown on the top and bottom photos of the sketch, and used a photo corner punch to make my own arrow design.
SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Flower Child and Splendor Collections.
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READERâ€™S GALLERY Happy New Year Card by Nina Yang Hello Everyone! I cannot believe that we are at the end of 2012! I had so much fun making this card. The good thing about this card is that it still lays flat if you want to mail it. Love that the cool banner is a design on the paper. I had a great crafty year with GCD Studios and I wish everyone a happy 2013!
SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Oh Happy Day Collection. Other: Winter Woodland and Bags, Tags, Boxes and More Cartridges (Cricut), floral wire.
Drink Charms by Tegan Skwiat I have always loved the little drink charms you see in the stores during the holidays, so I decided to make my own! They will look super cute on those fancy glasses of sparkling grape juice and can also be hung on the top of a bottled water or pop. I am surely going to make extra sets in case I get invited to any last minute holiday parties - they will make great hostess gifts!
SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Country Charm, Bonjour and Sweet Tooth Collections. Other: Winter Woodland and Bags, Tags, Boxes and More Cartridges (Cricut), floral wire.
Deer Card by Heidi Van Laar Heidi created this using papers from the Splendor and Country Charm collections as well as a deer cut out that she designed herself. See how to make it and download the deer pattern here.
SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Splendor and Country Charm Collections. Other: Christmas sampler stamp (Paper Smooches), Ink (ColorBox), button (American Crafts), twine (My Mind's Eye), dies (Spellbinders), cardstock (Bazzill).
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Birdhouse Gift Box This precious little box is perfect for gift giving, ornaments, or favor boxes and easy to make! Join us at GCD Studios booth #665 at this year's Winter CHA to learn how! Can't make it to CHA? Look for the template on our blog in January. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Bonjour, Country Charm, Oh Happy Day, Splendor, and Sweet Tooth Collections. Other: adhesive, ribbon, mini clothespins.
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