I'm so excited... because tomorrow we start our big release of our new collections. Yesterday, I shared our new tool (as it is in our catalog for CHA). In about 1 1/2 weeks I'll be posting more items made with the tool.

DON'T forget

to grab our blinkie to be qualified for our BIG give away. One winner will pick their 5 favorite collections, from the new lines ;)
to read more about it... go here

To celebrate the New Year... here are some fun ideas from our Dec Guest Design Artist (Regina H), two talented product tester, and our Jan 2010 Guest design Artist (Julie Overby)

Regina Hanson


Sasha Holloway

Ashley Harris
Gracie Ann Tan

Julie Overby





HERE IT IS... our new tool!



EVERYTHING will be cased in this lovely vintage tins....



Sneak Peeks of our new TOOL!!!

Some of you might have seen these beautiful items on Melody Ross's Facebook. If you haven't... here they are. These lovely projects were made with the NEW GCD Studios/Melody Ross TOOL!!!
This tool will allow you to emboss and CUT CHIPBOARD! YES... that's right... CHIPBOARD!

Not only are we coming out with the tool, we are also coming out with....
Shaped chipboard
Aren't these items so vintage fun???!!!
Melody's thoughts:
Stay tuned for more :)


Baking Joy + CHA SNEAK PEEKS!!!!!

Christmas is tomorrow and my baking is all done! I had the boys and my best friend, bake all day and night with me. We had a great time and yummy treats to show for it. I took this photo of our Christmas tree cookies... so fun and delightful!

I received many photos of you all baking... THANKS for playing along! There can only be one winner and that person is

Serena Gedlaman!
Isn't this a great shot???!!
Congrats and please send me your info at hsonboul@gmail.com and place "Bake photo winner" in the subject.

Being that Christmas is tomorrow, our gift to you is
SNEAK PEEKS.... from our new Winter CHA releases!
Don't for get to enter our BIG Give away Here


We are coming out with 10 new collection (Artsy Urban included).
To make this more fun, I've number all the different papers.
Each number is from a different collection.

Can you guess what paper belongs to the collections name???

The person closest to guessing right, will win a Christmas Sleigh paper pack.

Here are the names of our new collections

(Artsy Urban not included, because you already know what it looks like ;)

  • Forever Friend
  • English Garden
  • Lydia
  • Smoothie Shop
  • Ava
  • Zippity
  • Ella blue
  • Independence
  • Homespun chic

GOOD luck naming these papers and MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!



Gift Tags and Cards

I've received tons of fun photos of baking...woohoo! Keep them coming!
Today I have a fast and simple posts about cute cards and tags.

Cards and Gift Tags
By Jenyfur P
Jen used our overlay sheets to create these adorable card.
She also created these adorable mini tags for gifts. SO CUTE!!!
They are a great way to finish the look of a gift.


I would love to see your baking photos...

Christmas is just around the corner... can you believe it?!!
My son (Bradley) keeps asking: "Mommy, how many days are left?"
He asks me this every day!

We are so excited about this Holiday and the joy it brings into our home.
All the shopping has been done and this whole week, I will be baking and pre-making food to freeze. YUMMY! Will you be baking?

I would love to see your photos.
Do you have fun photos of your kids... baking with you?
Please email them to Hsonboul@gcdstudios.com
The person with the best photo will win a fun prize pack...
"Everything Green and Red"
You have until Wednesday the 23rd, to send me the photo :)

This cute Tag/Mug Gift set is by our Guest Artist Gina.
I love the star she layered on.

BY: Krista R
She created 4 cards and packaged them up pretty in this cute little rectangular tin. Which she also decorated. So cute... right?


Nice New Christmas Clothes

Every year, I get my boys dressed up in their nice new Christmas clothes and take pictures of them. I do this, because Christmas Eve, Christmas and Christmas Sundays are VERY busy days. Which means, I never have time to take nice pictures of them!
A few days before Christmas, I take photos of them and our home. I love to use our tree as the back ground for portraits and I love photographing anything Christmas!

Over this weekend, try to find the time to photograph this things:
Hanging stockings
Christmas Lights
Children baking
Drinking Hot chocolate
Holiday foods
Family in holiday clothes
New winter coats

Wall Hanging
BY: Beatriz G

1- Paint a piece of chipboard and cover the front with patterned paper
2- Cover chipboard star frame with glitter, adhere, add berries, pearls and chipboard sentiment.
3- Punch holes and tie ribbon, add button
Wall hanging is 4"x 6 "


Two fun projects

Santa's Workshop
By Grace Tolman
Our wonderful DT coordinator Heidi gave me this birdhouse, as part of my project for this month. Honestly it sat on my desk for a couple of days, before I finally figured out what to do with it. Not that the birdhouse was not fun to alter, I just didn't know how to connect the item to Christmas until... after I looked at my papers some more and the idea came! I would add the whimsy patterns of our Christmas collection to the house and make it a Santa's workshop!

I first primed my house with white paint. I think it's a great idea to always add a splash of paint onto any wood project. This gives you a clean and finished look at the end. The paint also helps if you can't cover the entire project with paper.
I measured each part of the birdhouse and cut my papers according to size.
I used mod podge for this project. I love the result of liquid adhesive on altered items like this.
I then cut circles and cut that in half to make scallops for my roof and punched a scallop border from the striped pattern paper to hung from the roof. Finished that off with some GCD studios ribbon.
I cut out some trees from one of the pattern papers in the collection and dressed up the front with it. I took one of my leftover popsicle sticks from the countdown project, covered that with pattern paper and grabbed a journaling block from the collection pack to house my project title.

I made a mistake while spelling out my title and made the word workshop plural (added an s at the end) so to cover up my mistake, I added a button over the word and balanced it out with another ribbon on the top of the block. This just shows that creativity can always occur even when making mistakes.


Christmas Kitty
By Renee
Renee has provided us with this fun Sketch.
Thanks Grace and Renee for a FUN post today!