A cute card and the winner

This adorable card was made by our Guest DT gal Emilie Ahern and I love it so! What a perfect little card for a baby shower and that little elephant and bow are the perfect touch.

Now for the winner

Rebecca said...
Congrats on the 100th post. They've all been awesome! Beautiful cards, Patricia :)
May 28, 2009 2:02 PM

Please send me your info at hsonboul@gcdstudios.com and place "winner on 5/29/09" in the subject line. Congrats Rebecca and thanks Emilie for being our guest Design Artist. On Monday, I will announce our new GDA.

Have a great weekend everyone!


Spot light Patricia Komara

Please welcome the TALENTED

Patricia Komara!

I got to tell ya... this lady is super talented when it comes to cards! I was blown away with her paper piecing and layerings :) AMAZING work Patricia! AMAZING and you should be proud!


Hi everyone! My name is Patricia Komara (Patty). I started scrapbooking in the fall of 2006. I really enjoy the process of creating and I love to give handmade cards and keepsakes to family and friends that document the big and small moments in our lives. My artistic background includes formal training in watercolor, pencil sketching, 3-D design, book binding, graphic design, and design theory. My day job is director of a group that specializes in providing master planning, urban planning and landscape architecture services to Federal clients. I've been using Adobe products for over 15 years (Yikes!) and I can often be found doing the hybrid thing. I am very excited about being featured here at GCD Studios, I sincerely hope that my work can give you some inspiration when you need it!

Patricia's Blog

PS... THIS IS OUR 100th POST. Leave a comment and you could win this!

ONE PACK OF THE MARGARITA COLLECTION! this is the perfect collection for up coming summer trips. You have until tomorrow morning (11 am PST) to leave a comments.


Keep it clean

When our Angie turned in this layout, I was in love! I loved that she created such a simple and clean lined layout and I also loved that she journaled down the side! It's such a fun and easy look to copy!

The pattern paper she used is from our Chic Bebe Collection and it's called Loop Di Loo.

Here is another layout that I created. You can see that I also used a small piece of this pattern paper.

Tips and Tricks:

Sometimes you'll come across pattern paper that you really love, but it also might over power your photos. What I like to do is use a small piece of it (like Angie and I both did in these layouts). This way it makes the layout pop without over taking the look. A fun and busy pattern used right, can finish the layout nicely.


What a cute idea...

I have been blessed with two little boys and I someday hope to have a little girl. When I saw our DT gal Amber, turn this Princess Scepter in... It made me long for a little girl.

This is such a cute and fun idea! Wouldn't this be the perfect touch to a Princess Party?! Or maybe a craft project to share with your daughter, niece, or granddaughter?

Thanks Amber for sharing this very cute idea!

Princess Scepter
Chipboard: Ravishing Reds (Chipboard Star), Majestic Purples (Chipboard Star & two small circles)
Paper: Spring All Over Paper Pad, specifically #552
Glue: Fabri-Tac
Other: Wooden Skewer (approx. 12 inches long), vintage tulle, ribbon scrap


Spot light Niki Meiners

Please welcome

Niki Meiners


Niki Meiners of North Carolina realized after a paralyzing illness she wanted to reconsider her career as a National Sales Manager of a Fortune 500 company. Her thoughts immediately turned to her first passion, art. In 2003 she began an odyssey that would take her from product design to publication and everywhere in between. She is known for her bold choice of color combinations, diverse mix of styles and highly creative approach to even the smallest detail. She specializes in working with manufacturers to create consumer friendly products.

While at both of the Summer and Winter show (CHA), each year she has done demonstrations and make and takes for various manufactures. She has also taught and demonstrated at , MegaMeet, CKUs, Stamp & paper shows, for independant Stamp and Scrapbook Stores.

With out a doubt this girl keeps busy and we were lucky to have Niki work with our GCD Products! Grea work niki and I love this Gift set! SOOO CUTE!

Also Check out this layout she made. I just love this photo of her son and the colors she picked to match the photo!


Card Sketch Winner

Congrats Gina! Our DT loved that you used a BRIGHT YELLOW, with Black! Please send me your info at hsonboul@gcdstudios.com and place "Card sketch winner" in the subject bar :)

Spot light Karen Patterson

Spot Light gal

Karen Patterson


Karen (also know as nanakaren), has been scrapbooking and cardmaking for over 3 years and has been a crafter for 40+ years. She loves to incorporate her other crafting skills in her scrapbooking whenever possible. She is now retired and loves being a part of the scrapbooking community, and has found the forums a great way to communicate and learn new sills and techniques.

Karen Blog

On Karen's Blog, you'll find that she made this beautiful flower (on her layout)! What a beautiful skill to have.

Thanks Karen for Sharing your work with us. It's very lovely and you can tell you put your heart into it :)



Spot light- Kristin Faust

Please welcome our Spot light gal
Kristin Faust
Kristin has been scrapbooking since 2007. She started getting into scrapbooking because it was the only neutral topic that she could discuss with her boss. Since that time, and that job, Kristin has embraced every aspect of this hobby and continues to learn more each day. When Kristin is not scrapbooking she works full time helping children and families at a community health center. Kristin wears many hats in her current position and her scrapbooking skills often come in handy when preparing presentations or teaching.
Kristin lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and four year old son.
Kristin scrapbooks to document all of the little things and stories that she doesn't want her heart to forget. "I always try to think about what I would want my family to know if I'm not here tomorrow. My family won't care if my page was published but will care if the journaling is meaningful and heartfelt."
You can find Kristin's work in upcoming issues of Scrapbook Trends and Creating Keepsakes.

I love how eye catching this layout is! I love the blues and I love these photos. I also thought it was smart that she layered the rub-on over the photo! Very cute page!!!! Great Job Kristin

Due to a busy day I'll be announcing the winner a little later today :) so stay tuned.


Sketch + A GIVE AWAY!

Our very talented Renee, sent me this cute skinny card. I loved it so much, I wanted to use it for a sketch. To keep the fun going here at GCD, we are doing a give away for it. You have until tomorrow morning, at 10am PST to turn in your card :)

If you are pick as the winner you will win....

ONE OF EVERY COLOR.... Glitter letter stickers!



Good luck everyone, I can't wait to see what you all create. Oh and the DT gals will vote to pick the winner ;)



Check it out

Last night (here in CA) we had a pretty big earthquake and I just so happen to live in Hawthorne... where it started! Just so you all know, we are all okay here and no damage took place.

moving on...
Our May Guest DT gal Emilie Ahern made so many delightful items. Just check out this layout she made. I love all the vibrant colors she combined.
I also love this other layout she created, using the Carnival Ride collection. It's the perfect collection for kids. Lots of bright colors in it. During free time, Emilie loves photograph and it shows. Just check out this photo of her daughter Ella. So cute!

Make sure you tune in tomorrow for another Sketch challenge and a give away ;)




It's been a long..... crazy week for me and I'm so happy it's Friday!

Jason (hubby) and Bradley (son), are heading off for a Father & Son camping trip and I have a friend coming over to scrap the night away (while Calvin sleeps).
This week was so busy that my hubby and I forgot our 8th wedding anniversary. lol my Mom reminded us in an email and it said " I almost forgot your anniversary was yesterday... Happy Anniversary"

Anyways, the DT has voted and our winner is.... Jing-Jing Nickel

There were many beautiful layouts turned in and the team also loved this layout by....

Deana Boston

We loved Deana's lo so much that we decided to pick her as well. SO... both of you please send me an email with your addresses at hsonboul@gcdstudios.com and place "Sketch winner" in the subject line.

Have a great weekend everyone



It's been a while

It's been a while... when we last did a sketch challenge. This layout was tuned in by our Estee Stone for Mothers Day and I decided to save it for today (because I loved the look that much!).

(Product used for layout:
GCD Studios Canta Collection Patterned PaperGCD Studios Shades of Black Epoxy StickersGCD Studios Black Glitter StickersButton - Etsy Shop (Tessa Ann, Beautifully Handmade)Making Memories BradsStaz On Ink, Jet BlackDMC Black Embroidery FlossBlack thread)

  • Create a layout...making this sketch your own
  • You can use any scrapbook products you have
  • Due Thursday 14th 2009.
  • Try to use Mothers Day photos/theme.
  • SEND IT TO hsonboul@gcdstudios.com

The DT will pick the winner and the winner will receive this:


Hello Monday

I hope everyone had a wonderful Mothers Day. I spent the day going to church, visiting my mother and visiting some friends (with my little family).

Now that Mothers day is over... I'm sure you have beautiful photos to scrap. Check out this layout by our Brenda Hurd. I love the bright colors and the layout of everything.

In this close up you can see the glitter little leafs and all the great layering Brenda did.


Mothers Day celebration- Beatriz Jennings


I just love this card by our Beatriz Jennings. This girls rocks at layering pattern papers. Below, you'll see step by step instructions.


Mothers Day Celebration- Krista Resnick

Krista Said:
There are so many reasons to love my Mom. I never knew what a difficult job my mom had until I became a mom myself. What an amazing job it is-and she did it so well. Everyday I am pulled and stretched in so many directions as I parent these precious little hearts and I am reminded of the great unconditional love that she continued to give to me while she was constantly being pushed and stretched by me. I owe her so much as she unselfishly worked day after day to place within me so many amazing attributes. I think there are two major things that I love about my Mom. First and foremost-she grounded me in my Faith. Without that, I shudder to think of what I might be doing today. She is a woman of amazing faith and she has passed that down to me. All those prayers that she prayed for me during my trying years were not in vain-they got me to where I am today. She put me in God's hands and I am forever grateful. I strive to be a woman of great faith and prayer like she is. She taught me what it means to love God and to give your life to him-she was and is a walking testimony to me.Secondly, I think one of the things that I love so much about my mom is that she is so compassionate. She wears her heart on her sleeve and she loves and cares about people so very much. Every time I want to become self-absorbed and focus on myself, I am reminded of how she showed me to love and care for others. It almost always snaps me out of whatever little "funk" I am wrapped up in and gets me back to being "others focused." I think you can only get so far when all you care about is yourself. You have to reach out to others, even when it's outside of your comfort zone at times. These two traits are something that are such a part of who I am today and I have my mom to thank for that. Please take the time to tell your mom something that you love about her this mother's day.

Products used:
Cardstock-Papertrey InkPatterned Paper-GCDRhinestones-KaiserCraftStamps-Papertrey InkInk-Stampin Up'Flower-Martha StewartOther-Punches-Fiskars


Mothers Day Celebration- Lynn Ghahary

Good Morning everyone

When I saw this photo of Lynn and her mother, it was so obvious they are mother and daughter :) They look so much alike. What beautiful women they are!

Lynn Said:

There is so much I can say about my mom but to sum it up she is, in one word, AMAZING. She has been there for me through everything - the good times and, well, the not so good times. She is one of the most caring people I know and is always putting others ahead of herself. She is the first person I call when I've got something on my mind and she is always there to listen. Thank you for always being there - I love you Mom!
"Grateful For You" cardSize: 5 1/2 x 4 1/4"GCD Studios supplies used:#163 Rich Boquet/Lovelry CollectionOther supplies used:Cardstock: Bazzill BasicsRibbon: Cosmo CricketFlowers: Bazzill BasicsRibbon: Cosmo CricketHemp: Stampin' Up!Thread: Coats & ClarkButtons: Making MemoriesStickers: Making MemoriesStamps: Unity Stamp CompanyInk: ColorboxCorner Rounder: EK Success


Mothers Day Celebration- Nancy Doren

Nancy said:

I am so lucky to have not one, but two wonderful moms. My mom, Brenda, is a marvelous friend, and we have had so many wonderful conversations and so much silly laughter over the years. My mother in law, Sandy, has also been an incredible friend and a fantastic listener. Unfortunately, my moms live two states away, but I'm grateful for the friendship between them... they're very close. This photo of them is from a tea party with my niece (thus the silly hats!). I love this photo because it reminds me of the week they came to visit together--we had so much fun going to garage sales, taking long walks, and eating popsicles. I'm so grateful that I have two wonderful moms to look up to!
Sometimes we meet great women that become like a mother to us. I love that Nancy created a layout about her Mother in Law. This just show that an aunt, a grandmother, a sister, a friend or a sweet mother can fill this role :)
This dress ad inspired Nancy and she decided to try it on a layout. I love the 3D look of it and I really love the stitching down the middle of the heart! What a perfect touch.
Collection used- Carnival Ride