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THE SPRING ISSUE
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Hello my crafty friends! The new team has been hard at work. Right out of the gate they have made so many beautiful, jaw-dropping projects for the magazine and blog. So, take a few moments and browse this issue packed with their fresh talent and paper goods.
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to love and try. For this month's Editor's Pick I fell in love with the necklace that Lalo made. She had the assignment to create a
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Earth Day is April 22nd. Crafting with everyday items you can find around your house is a chic and affordable way to create a homespun & upcycled look.
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Bird Feeder by Audrey Yeager 1. Clean and rinse an empty soda bottle. Add some white paint and a little water to the inside. Replace cap and shake around to coat the inside white. You may need to do a few coats depending on how much water you add. 2. Drill a hole in the cap to tie a string through. 3. For the cover/top, cut an 8" circle and cut a slit in it. Fold to create a cone and glue. 4. Cut a hole in the side for the food and add a wooden bamboos skewer just below for the bird perch. 5. Decorate the outside, fill with food, place outside and wait for the birds to come!
SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers & Embellishments: Pure Bliss and Nostalgia Collections. Other: adhesive, bamboo skewer, bird seed, non-toxic paint, plastic bottle, twine.
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Rings of roses, bouquets of berries, and vines strung with hearts combine in delicious warm reds and cool greens, awakening the holiday spirit in a collection inspired by the timeless appeal of the rose. Ambrosia's celebratory flavor is perfect for holiday decor and sophisticated enough to be displayed all year long. 6 | gcdstudios.com gcdstudios.blogspot.com
If you take a peak around you may find some great things in your kitchen to use of your layouts! "Smile" Layout by Sara Zenger
Since these come in white you could easily
Not many of us scrapbook in our kitchens,
add some color!
but if you take a peak around you may find some great things in your kitchen to use on your layouts! I rummaged around my cupboards and came up with a few things I wanted to try! We all have seen cupcake liner flowers. They are adorable, but I wanted to try something a bit different with them. I used my fringe scissors on all the way around the outside of the liner, I love the look! The next item I found was some lollypop sticks! These are nice and sturdy and they made a great frame around my photo!
paint them or wrap them in Washi tape to These kitchen finds worked perfectly with the Pure Bliss and Nostalgia collections from GCD Studios that I mixed together to create this layout! The bright fun colors from Nostalgia were just what I needed to bring out the color in my photo and then embellishments from Pure Bliss were the perfect match! Take a peak around your kitchen and see what you can use on your next layout! SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers & Embellishments: Pure Bliss and Nostalgia Collections. Other: Adhesive, Punches, Pop-Dots, Glue Gun, and Embossing Folder.
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"Our Summer Reunion" Layout by Kelly Holbrook I ran the fabric from the old clothes through a die cutting machine with some different shaped heart dies, and then ran the hearts through a SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Nostalgia Collection: Romantic Garden (1985), Floral Tile (1989), Nostalgic Cutouts (1992). GCD Studios Embellishments: Natural Beauty Chipboard Alphas (1843), Ambrosia Adhesive Pearls (1887), Happiness Glitter Epoxy Dot Stickers (1868). Other: paint, staples, old jeans, old shirt.
sticker maker. I topped them off with Adhesive Pearls. I cut the Romantic Garden paper down to 8.5 x 11 inches, and the Floral tile down to 6 x 11, inches, and a border from the Nostalgic Cutouts down to ll inches. I arranged all of the elements on my page, and then traced around them with a pencil. I took everything back of and spattered with paint where I saw open areas. When it was dry, I stuck everything down.
Cut fabric pieces from old clothes and make into stickers.
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"Hello Friend" Card by Grace Tolman I decided to use some cotton balls to create the lifelike feel of my cloud shapes in this
Use cotton balls to create a lifelike feel of clouds and add texture to your projects.
Creating Puffy Clouds with cotton balls: 1. Punch out cloud shapes with desired papers. 2. Apply adhesive to the top of the paper. I
card. This super fun way to add texture to
used the Xyron sticker machine to make
your cloud shapes can be recreated in 3
sure I get full coverage of adhesive.
easy steps. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Pure Bliss Collection: Happy Hoops (2018), Dizzy Hearts (2022), Dainty Floral (2024). GCD Studios Embellishments: Pure Bliss Die-Cut Borders (2036), Ambrosia Adhesive Pearls (1886). Other: photo corners, textured cardstock, sheer ribbon, cloud punch, adhesive.
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A LITTLE BIRDIE TOLD ME THAT
SPRING IS HERE! To create the bird's body I used a thick gauge wire to create the frame. Then I was able to shape these two darling birds with paper using a mixture of 2 tablespoons of water, 2 tablespoons of liquid glue, and 4 tablespoons of Mod Podge. Keeping Mother's Day in mind, I shaped a larger "Mother" bird and a smaller "Baby" bird. I took a little walk through the neighborhood to find the twig, covered it with green pattern paper leaves, and attached the birds to the twig.
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Add an instant pop of color with an adhesive pearl! "100% Me" Layout by Rochelle Spears I love to add flowers to layouts and making them by hand not only adds a special touch, but also is super fun to create! For this layout, the larger flowers were made using 3 die-cut flower pieces and 1 punched scallop circle from paper. Then I distressed the paper by sanding and crumbling by hand. After that, each piece was layered with a larger piece on bottom to the rolled blossom on top. Once adhered together, an adhesive dot or pearl was placed in the center. The other smaller flowers are spiral scalloped pieces rolled to a blossom. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Pure Bliss Collection: Diamonds (2028), Dainty Floral (2024), Dizzy Heart (2022), Crossword (2021), Bows (2028), Journal Tags (2025). GCD Studios Embellishments: Pure Bliss Paperclips (2035), Pure Bliss Label Stickers (2033), Pure Bliss Alpha Stickers (2032), Ambrosia Adhesive Pearls (1886), Happiness Glitter Epoxy Dots (1868). Other: mini alphas, date stamp, and white pen.
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Flower Treat Bag by Lalo Ik Adding a handmade paper flower is an easy way to add drama and beauty to any project. You can make this one in two steps. First to make the middle: shred the top of a paper strip, roll it and secure it closed. The petals were made with various sizes of heart shapes. Lay the hearts onto the middle with double sided tape and that's it. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Nostalgia Collection: Nostalgic Plaid, Red (1987), Nostalgic Cutouts (1992). Other: cellophane bag, treats, lollypop stick.
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Floral Embroidery Hoop by Amanda Coleman I am totally loving the embroidery hoop trend and wanted to create a piece of fresh, floral decor just in time for spring. I die-cut several flowers and leaves and arranged them on a hoop covered in paper. If you haven't tried it yet, patterned paper totally works for 3D flowers. For flowers large and small, stick to patterns that are smaller in scale. The botanist in me can't resist yellow floral centers so I added glossy enamel pearls to each flower. Yellow centers are always the perfect contrast to bright, colorful blooms. The green ikat adds a fun twist to the leaves. I placed them throughout to create a full, lush look. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Nostalgia Collection: Floral Tile (1989), Circular Floral (1990); Pure Bliss Collection: Ikat (2026), Alphabet (2019), Green Ikat (2020), Dainty Floral (2024), Bows (2028), Blooming (2027). GCD Studios Embellishments: Ambrosia Adhesive Pearls (1887). Other: Seam binding (Schiff Ribbons).
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These quick and easy frill flowers are a great way to add a lot of drama to your cards!
"Miss You" Card by Christine Meyer Creating your own flower for a card can make an already beautiful card even more special. I love to make frill flowers. To create them I use a 6 X 1 inch piece of patterned paper. I cut frills into it getting as close to the edge as I can without going through. Roll it up keeping the pattern that you want to see on the inside of the roll. Once you get to the end of the rolling add some strong and quick drying liquid adhesive. After it dries, you can fold out your frills. Add your choice of embellishment to the middle and with that you have a quick and simple flower! SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Pure Bliss Collection: Pink Honeycomb (2023), Journal Tags (2025); Nostalgia Collection: Olivia (1994). GCD Studios Embellishments: Pure Bliss Die-Cut Borders (2036), Pure Bliss Alpha Stickers (2032), Ambrosia Adhesive Pearls (1886). Other: white cardstock, bakers twine.
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Mother's Day is May 12th. Say "Thank You" to that special woman in your life with these wonderful heart-felt crafts.
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"Love You, Mom" Card by Rae Barthel //
I designed this card around the gorgeous floral paper (Dainty Floral #2024). I pulled colors from the floral paper when choosing my accents. I approached layering the elements on my card like a puzzle, moving the pieces around until they looked like they 'fit'. The elements edges were lightly inked with a complementary color to give them dimension, and adhered to the card with foam tape for additional dimension. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Pure Bliss Collection 6" x 6" Paper Pad (2031). GCD Studios Embellishments: Pure Bliss Alpha Stickers (2032), Pure Bliss Label Stickers (2033), Pure Bliss Die-Cut Borders (2036).
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"Love Being Mom" Layout by Suzanna Lee // It's not often that we celebrate our role as Mother, that we call to mind those little details that have such immense weight in the joys of motherhood. I set out to do just that with this layout. There are so many more highlights than I could not fit on the layout so I created a hidden journaling spot to capture the others. I used a very healthy combination of both the Nostalgia and Pure Bliss collections in the creation of this layout. As you will see, they match seamlessly. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Nostalgia Collection: Romantic Garden (1985), Romantic Walk (1991), Olivia (1994), Nostalgic Plaid, Blue (1996); Pure Bliss Collection: Dizzy Heart (2022), Journal Tags (2025), Blooming (2027), Green Ikat (2027). GCD Studios Embellishments: Pure Bliss Die-Cut Border (2036), Pure Bliss Label Stickers (2033), Natural Beauty Chipboard Alphas (1843).
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"I Love This Lady" Layout by Christina Collins //
I wanted to bring some of my mom's personality to this layout. Flowers (especially potted plants) always make me think of her. She loves gardening which is why I chose that beautiful floral paper from Pure Bliss as a background. I also chose this particular piece of paper because I wanted to be able to pull colors from it. I knew I wanted to work with the blues, greens, and pinks in the paper so I pulled a few border strips and cut a few strips of paper. I played around with the layering until it was pleasing to the eye, adhered them together, and then did a little bit of stitching. I wanted all of these pretty patterned strips to pop, so I added yellow cardstock as a background. I backed the yellow cardstock with white cardstock to give it that extra pop. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Pure Bliss Collection: Journal Tags (2025), Green Ikat (2020), Dainty Floral (2024); Nostalgia Collection: Nostalgic Plaid, Blue (1996), Nostalgic Plaid, Red (1987). GCD Studios Embellishments: Pure Bliss Die-Cut Borders (2036), Pure Bliss Label Stickers (2033).
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"Happy Mother's Day" Card by Wida Miller // Mother's day means even more to me now that I am a mother. I made this card for my mom with the gorgeous spring-like papers of the Pure Bliss Collection. My favorite way to add texture to my cards is by using my embossing folders. It's quick and easy, and adds a great balance to the accompanying patterned paper. The Pure Bliss line has the sweetest paper clips sure to give your handmade creations that little something extra to impress, especially Moms! I hope you have a wonderful Mother's day! SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Pure Bliss Collection: Dainty Floral (2024), Journal Tags (2025. GCD Studios Embellishments: Pure Bliss Paperclips (2035). Other: Cuddlebug Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Papertrey Ink Button Bits Stamp Set and banner die.
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S R' ITO ED K C PI Mother's Day Necklace & Gift Box by Lalo Ik // Just because we’re not in elementary any more, doesn’t mean we can’t do a handmade Mother’s Day. Here’s a fabulous idea that any mother would love… a paper crafted necklace in a pretty box. I love the pretty papers and stickers of the Pure Bliss collection to create this super trendy necklace. To make this necklace, sandwich pattern paper and stickers between two glass tiles. Then enclose the tiles in a metal charm holder. Add to chain and there you have your gift. You can totally personalize this by just switching up the embellishments. Make it one-of-a-kind just like your mother. Don’t forget to dress up the box too. SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Pure Bliss Collection: Bows (2028), Journal Tags (2025); Nostalgia Collection: Floral Tile (1989), Nostalgic Cutouts (1992). GCD Studios Embellishments: Fun & Funky Chipboard Alphas (2102).
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Inspired by the desire to explore life's possibilities through soul-searching, this collection in soft and bright pastels is all about sophisticated patterns with a sense of gentle motion. Dragonflies flutter, leaves float, and blossoms dance in aqua and green, amber and celadon, apricot and violet. 24 | gcdstudios.com gcdstudios.blogspot.com
NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION DAY IS MAY 7TH. SHOW YOUR APPRECIATION WITH THESE CUTE AND HANDY GIFTS.
A Teachers Gift for him
A Teachers Gift for her
It's so nice to show your appreciation towards
Hint/Tip: Spray down both sides of the yellow
your favorite educator, but sometimes we all get
patterned paper with a fine mist, let the water
stumped when gifting for a male teacher. Here's
soak in for about 30 seconds. Place in hoop while
a fun gift idea for the great "Dude Teacher" in
maintaining center of paper in center of hoop.
Treat Containers by Angi Barrs
your child's life. I made a set of school themed treat containers. You can even place a gift card inside of these. My favorite thing to add is a healthy snack and mini pencils.
Vintage Embroidery Hoop by Alicia Thelin
SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Nostalgia 6 x 6 Paper Pad (1998). GCD Studios Embellishments: Family Jeans Chipboard Alphas (2090), Happiness Glitter Epoxy Dots (1868). Other: silver brads, Big Shot (Sizzix), Pinwheel Dies (Lil' Inker), Stampin' Dimensionals (Stampin' Up!), Glue Dots, fine mist spray bottle with water, vintage embroidery hoop.
SUPPLIES: GCD Studios Pattern Papers: Pure Bliss Collection: Alphabet (2019); Nostalgia Collection: Floral Tile (1989), Nostalgic Cutouts (1992). GCD Studios Embellishments: Pure Bliss Label Stickers (2033), Happiness Glitter Epoxy Dots (1868). Other: Apple sticker.
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