Summer Adventure

We all seem to gravitate towards a color grouping. So where do you fit in?
For me, it's the earth tones. I tend to stay within those tones for most of my personal clothing. They calm me.
This was my choice of inspiration for this months assignment. The perfect combination of "me" calming colors.

I turned to my favorite GCD line once again, the {Great Outdoors}. It's just what I thought of when I chose my inspiration piece.
The boots in the photo reminded me of a piece of suede leather I had in my craft stash. I then created the title with the fun Chip Art tool and the Sparrow lower case alphabet set.
Take inspiration from your everyday color choices and see what you create!


Need an idea for a gift bag?

Hello! Can you believe that it is nearly July? Time is just flying
by in the Robinson house with a vacation, weddings, neighborhood
parties and birthdays. Since it seems like I've been gifting a lot
lately, I'm going to share a wrapping technique that utilizes your
scrapbooking stash. Its quick and a great way to make gift giving a
little more manageable for the pocketbook.

1) Start with a coordinating piece of 12x12 patterned paper and an
inspiration card from one of Melody Ross' collections.

2) Cut paper to fit size of gift.

3) Score paper at width of object. Make sure that this section is

4) Fold at score marks.

5) Fold down four corners.

6) Fold up around gift like a pouch and staple at top.

7) Embellish...

And here is another wrap that I made for a couple of photo CDs that I
made for a friend...

That's it... easy & effective! Take care.


Supplies: Patterned Paper (Fun House & Soul
Food collection), Inspiration Cards (Soul Food collection),
Embellishment butterfly & clips (Soul Food collection), twine
(Divine Twine), ribbon (Michaels Stores)


Lemonade colored inspiration

Today I'm sharing a layout based on this absolutely delicious looking image! Isn't this just the most refreshing sight on a hot summer day like today?

I thought this palette would be perfect to highlight some equally delicious photos from our recent visit to the Crumbs Bake Shop while vacationing in Hollywood, California.

Here are some close ups. For the photo corner embellishment, I used a stamp to add pattern to the pink paper by heat embossing it a shimmery white.

I hand cut a cupcake and added Ranger Distress Stickles, (Picket Fence) to embellish my cupcake. :) It was as easy as frosting a cupcake! The hardest part was waiting for it to dry.

Once it was finally dry, I added a chipboard to the back for support and combined it with the green "wrapper" I created using a paper crimper.

The lacy bits were taken from the Sweet Surrender Collection lace paper. Not only did it remind me of lace doilies that can be found in bake shops, it was the perfect light grey color for my palette.

Supplies from GCD Studios:
Fun House Collection: Pennet kit, ticket
Sweet Surrender: Buttons, Cut lace paper
Melody Ross Arsty Urban: Yellow paper; Soul Food: Green paper
Material Girls line: Pink
Other supplies:
Letters: American Crafts, Making Memories
Stamp: Studio Calico
Embossing Powders: A mixture of Pink Pearls by Stamp'n Stuff and Seafoam White from Ranger
Silver Pen: Sakura Gelly Roll

Are you hungry yet? I sure could go for another Cherry Crumb Cake cupcake and I'd take a bottle of fresh lemonade too! :)


This girl is amazing + Voting time

It is soooo clear to see that ELIZABETH CARNEY is one talented girl!
From her photos to her placement of paper... this girl is GOOD and we have really enjoyed having her as a guest designer this month :)
Here are a few more layouts she created just for us this month.



This layout is my favorite and I just adore this circles so much. Plus look how cutely she placed the rubons lol



Thanks again ELIZABETH for sharing such beautiful projects with us!

And now for our 3 finalist, July Kit of the Month entries.




Okay, The voting is open. 1 vote per person and you vote by leaving a comment letting us know who you want to win. Voting closes on Friday the 29th @12pm PST




Clean and Simple with a bird

Summer is here! One day it was cool the next it was a scorcher! It came like a
theif in the night, literally! We cool off in the summer by splashing in the
pool, throwing water ballons and eating fresh fruit. Yep thats right. Fresh
watermelon and strawberries are the best.

I took this picture of my cousin not to long ago. I couldnt wait to scrap it. To
me it screams summer. Her beautiful golden hair and that bright red strawberry.
Perfect summer photo.
I used GCD's Melody ross line homespun chic-applique. I cut out the sweet birds
and flowers to add to my white cardstock. I also punched scalloped circles to go
under my title.

I love adding texture and dimension to my pages. I achieved the dimension by pop
dotting the flowers and bird. The sewing around the page and under the title
adds the texture I love.

The Layered frames also from Homespun adds even more depth to the layout. They
are simply beautiful and set off the picture nicely.

Homespun Chic is so feminine and bright. It works for every season.
Make sure to stay cool and try some nice cool fruit to kick off the summer.


Happy Summer everyone!

Leslie here to share spread some sunshine and fluffy clouds to your summer days projects.

On a recent trip to California, we spent one beautiful afternoon at the beach. Bright blue skies and loads of sunshine, just as you would expect in sunny California.

These photos inspired me to create my own happy, blue sky background for my page about our ride on a surrey, a four seat, and more importantly a four pedal bike. ;)

And because it was a page about the shore, I thought it could use some mild distressing. I sprayed Maya Mist (Sunflower yellow) and Studio Calico's Mister Huey's (white) onto a paint tray a dabbled a mixture on to an old chip brush and made some random strokes and pounces. I then stamped with some other distressing styled stamps.

Here is a close up of the clouds and the sun and some of the distressing.

One of the main things I wanted to achieve on this page was a
dimensional cloud. I took a ordinary chipboard piece, albeit it was
intended to be an angel wing, and added hot glue to the edges.

I then applied several coats of white paint. It need a few to cover the glue completely.

For the sun, I used a flower shaped chipboard (from GCD Studios obviously) and debossed it and painted it with a base coat of white and then sprayed it with Maya Mist (Sunflower Yellow).

For my title, I created a chipboard base for my title and painted it to match the green from the patterned paper and the surrey.

One of the things I love about using chipboard elements to embellish a page, is that it's designed for customization. You always have the ability to make the perfect embellishment for any page.

I mixed a few colors to get a match and painted the piece along with 2 asterisks that I thought resembled a starfish.

Here's another look at the completed page.

Patterned papers: GCD Studios Fun House Collection, Material Girl Collection; Chipboard Shapes: GCD Studios, Ticket Embellishment: GCD Studios Fun House Collection; Paper Borders: GCD Studios Fun House Collection, Sticker Border: Studio Calico; Chipboard Letters: Basic Grey, Studio Calico; Ink: Mister Huey's, white, Maya Mist Sunflower yellow, Distress Inks from Ranger Tea Dye; Stamps: Studio Calico, Bo Bunny.

Wishing you many happy, sunny days this summer!!



Okay, here I am with our two Grand Prize Winners. I'm so excited to share their beautiful projects with you today, because these girls went above and beyond! They used the Chipart tool with perfection and it shows.

These two Grand Prize winners will receive

1 ticket to the Melody Ross’ Brave Girl Camp (May, Summer or Fall Camp of their choice) - $2,000 Value

  • Airplane ride (Provided by GCD for US residents only)

  • Accommodations (Provided by Camp – MR)

  • Meet and greet with Melody Ross over a weekend with other celebrity personalities

  • 3 New collections of your choice with all the coordinating embellishments (Provided by GCD)

Amanda Root
First up, we have an album by Amanda Root. Just look at those CUTE butterflies fluttering through the garden. We just adored her distressing techniques and the lovely knob.


Anita Haines

Then, next we have this amazing banner by Anita Haines. This banner is covered in the Chip Art tool product and she even used our Artsy Urban collection to complete the look. Each banner's letter has a message and a cute charm hanging from it.

Congrats ladies and thanks to all those that played along. This was such a fun contest and we enjoyed every entry.