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Hey my scrappy friends!

Over this past few weeks I've been getting all caught up on email/posts/stuff coming off of CHA/ and the DT call going on. If you haven't applied yet and want to, just a reminder that the open call ends MARCH 5th.

Today I have some delightful projects to share with you from Melissa. I hope you enjoy!


Hey, everyone!! It's Melissa here! I'm excited to be able to show the layouts that were made for the CHA Winter show this past January! I was assigned to do three layouts from the "Fun House", "Scandia Jul", and the "Material Girls" collections. Each and every one of them was so much fun to work with :-)

This first layout is using the "Fun House" collection by Tina Higgins. This collection has a lot of fun circus themed papers that can be used in various ways! It is also very easy to create some embellishments directly from the patterned paper! I used the Chip Art tool to emboss the word "BOY"; I used the appropriate letter for each chipboard letter and stamped it all over. A subtle way to add some texture to plain ole' chipboard!

This layout was completed using the "Material Girls" collection by Heather Tozzi. I adored the colors in this line! That blue is one of my favorite shades! And the reds & pinks & blues just compliment each other beautifully! I created the small paper flower by folding a strip of paper accordian style and then embossed a small chipboard circle with a heart and flower design and placed it in the center of the "flower". A nice pop of dimension and color!

I also used my stash of border punches to create the "stacked" look under the photo :-)

This last layout was done using the "Scandia Jul" collection by Rob & Bob! This is a super fun Christmas themed collection with a lot of non-traditional colors! I LOVE the pops of pinks and blues in these papers!

To create this layout, I cut out strips of various papers from the collection and weaved them together and placed them down on the blue card stock. Then, I took three chipboard hearts (there is a 12 x 12 sheet of chipboard embellishments that come with this paper!) and embossed them with my heart stamp using the Chip Art Tool. I layered them down along the bottom of my photo to anchor it.

I can't wait to see what you all create with these fabulous new collections from GCD Studios!!


Changed rules for Brave Girls Camp

We have talked it over in house and have decided that you can buy the chipart tool anywhere. Showing purchase can be from Local Scrapbook Stores, Archivers, Oriental Trading, Michaels, or pretty much where ever you can find it online and off :)

Like This charming little store online:

And they have a good deal on shipping.
I hope this helps


COME ONE.... COME ALL....2011 DT Call

We are looking for fresh faces and talented girls to fill our 2011 team. We are looking for
  • Motivated team members
  • A clean well presented style of Artsy, Shabby, Simple, Modern, Whimsy and much more
  • Well/clean photography skills
  • You've got to love the product! This is super important! We have 9 new beautiful lines from this winter's CHA '10.
  • Bring your personality to the team. We love drama free, fun, and outgoing gals.
  • Ability to work fast, if needed (around show times we might need extra work done and working fast is a plus :)
  • Assignments turned in on time.

Scrapbooking is all about being creative, capturing memories, and having fun! When it comes to our design team, we feel that our members should do just that. "Be Creative, capture memories, and HAVE FUN"!

Spots to fill:

This year, we have 6 returning DT gals and have decided to open 9 spots to make a total of 15th team members. We will be looking for

  • Altered Item Gals
  • Card Gals
  • Layout Gals

This is what you'll need to turn in:

  • A short paragraph about yourself, explaining who you are and "why you want to work with us"
  • 3-4 projects of your best work
  • Resume
  • A link to your gallery and blog
  • List of any teams you are on right now or responsibilities
  • Your contact information

Each month the GCD Gals will be asked to create 3 items from our 10 new collections (one of the projects will need to be a written tutorial).

Please keep in mind that we are reserving 2 spots for "new up & coming crafters". This means that these spots will be "reserved" for unpublished gals (which I will teach them the ropes of the publishing world). We find great joy in new talent! So, even if you feel that you're not ready to submit to a design team calls, here is your chance! We want to see your work!

This year our team will be working side by side with many other companies and fun new partnerships. We have a lot of fun things lined up for our 2011 team.

Remember: please keep the file size under 500KB in the email and send your application to hsonboul@gcdstudios.com

  • Open call will close on March 5th (at Midnight)
  • The new DT members will be contacted by phone on March 11th 2010
  • The team will be announced in a fun new way on Monday, March 14th 2010

Thanks for reading this long post and good luck everyone



Learn to FLY

Last weekend at CHA we had projects displayed that were made with Melody Ross' ChipArt tools. We made these two "FLY" canvases using the ChipArt tool and wanted to show how we made it.
1)For the background of each canvas I first took tissue paper and Mod Podged it to the canvases. Make sure that while you are Mod Podging the paper you give it a crinkled texture.
2) Start painting over the tissue in a few shades of blue; darker at the top fading to the lighter colors at the bottom. This gives a nice coloration of the sky.

3) At the very bottom use two shades of green to paint the grass in at the bottom. To get the nice drippy grass effect I took green shimmer mist and sprayed it across the grass area then held it upside down to let it drip a little. I did the same thing in the sky but I used a teal shimmer mist.

4) For the Flowers and butterflies we used the ChipArt tool to deboss the ChipBoard. Then painted and distressed them. After they dried I hot glued them onto the canvases and accented them with some cute pastel buttons.

Click here to watch Lucy's video tutorials on ways to use the ChipArt Tool!


Photos from Brave Girls Camp

Have you heard of Brave Girls Camp?

Melody Ross and her delightful sister have put together a wonderful retreat. This retreat is, "the most incredibly fabulous and life-changing art retreat you will ever attend.....there are just not adequate words to describe this experience!" We are really excited for the Melody Ross Brave Girls Camp contest we're having and wanted to show you all some photos from past camps to tempt you a little bit more!
These are some of Melody's staff from last year who worked at the camp. These women really believe in this camp and in all the positive that comes from it!
Not only is it a great place to meet wonderful women with lots of life experiences...but don't you just love that BARN!!

This camp will be filled with laughter which really soothes the soul!

And it wouldn't be a Melody Ross camp without lots of crafting!

Of course there will be ChipArt projects as well!.

...and food!
...and of course lots of FUN!

We can't wait for this years Brave Girls Camp and can't wait to see your entries for the Brave Girls Camp Contest!

Remember that you need to include a picture of your project AND your proof of purchase of the Melody Ross ChipArt Tools you used in your project.


Our booth

Hey everyone!
I have so much to share, but first something crafty...
I made these aprons for our girls and our booth. I know that aprons have become a fun thing to do in the scrappy world, so I thought I'd share

This year CHA was in down town LA California.


If you didn't get the chance to stop by our booth, you definitely missed out! ;)
We did a vintage carnival theme and guess what....We Won Best Booth at the show.


Here we are receiving our award.

The booth was filled with fun carnival items and bright colors.
Here are a few pictures of the booth.
Like a crazy lady, I sewed all the fabric. The banner was 100 yards long.


I also hand rolled over 100 of these flowers.


More fun details


Here is a photo of the team getting ready in the morning.


These fun photos are of me and a dear friend Laura McCollough
She was our guest designer a few months back. she also helped us set up our booth and I love her even more because of it.


A LOT of people loved this cute little bike!


I made this for the Chipart part of our booth.


Donna Salazar's part of the booth was just amazing and you can see more here


We handed out lots of candy


AND had lots of pretty things to look at in the booth


Also a special thanks to Diana and Windy for helping in our booth. I just love these girls!


Okay that's it for now.
Starting on Monday will be back to our normal posting :)
see you then