Color Combos

It's all the rage! I love some of the color combos I have found on Pinterest, and in the scrapbooking world using these combos is popular.

Here is my inspiration.


And here is my page:


I mixed a lot of lines from GCD on this layout. I even found a blue with pink pattern that looks exactly like the blue can!

Here a few closeups:



What inspires you?



Memory Game

When you see the bright colors, the fun patterns, and the glitter in the Fun House collection where does it take you? Do those childhood memories flood your brain? For me when I flip through Fun House it all comes back to me the games, the sights, simply the fun stuff of my childhood! So what better way to use some Fun House papers than to create one Miss Avery's favorite games Memory. This is so easy and fun to make! Plus if your little one is anything like mine you'll need to replace a few cards along the way which is a lot easier and cheaper to just cut another piece of paper rather then have to go buy a whole new game at the local big box store.
Anywho here is Miss Avery's Circus Memory Game or as Avery Says her Match Em Up GamePhotobucket
This photo shows the tools and papers I used: Circle punch & corner rounderPhotobucket
These are 2inx2in squares with rounded corners. To make the game a bit more sturdier I used a piece of cardstock and pattern paper. Using a circle punch I cut the circles out of the Clown Alley paper. Then simply start layering and adhering. I think I'm going to laminate these to make them last a little longer too. The box is actually a recycled embellishment box that i cut another piece of the Fun House paper to use for a backing then I used a label punch to put Miss Avery's name on and adhered it to the paper.Photobucket
it all fits nice and neat in the box and can go with Avery anywhere. You could also make a numbers game, alpha game, the possibilities are endless. Have some fun with Fun House!

GCD Studios Products Used:
Clown Alley - Funhouse Collection by Tina Higgins
Candy Apple - Funhouse Collection by Tina Higgins
Three Ring Circus - Funhouse Collection by Tina Higgins


Adorable Bit of Inspiration

Hey creative people! Check out this adorable bit of inspiration I got to work with this month...
So cute right?
The colors made me think of a few photos I took of Ella last month. Everyone goes for a walk in the woods in a dress right?
So when choosing my colors, I started with the two Animal Crackers line. Then, with a few touches of Melody Ross's Soul Food collection, it was the perfect combo!
I cut strips of the "Cube Leaf" papers from both collections and alternated them horizontally on my layout to stay with the look of Ella's dress.

By placing a few random flower brads on the background of my photo, it added a fun touch to the design...
And finally, here is how the layout came together...
I hope you're enjoying the rest of your Summer!

Megan Klauer


Cute for a Girls Room

For my project this month I decided to make a wreath for a little girls room, using a fun rolled paper technique.

To start, I found this gold frame at a dollar store

and painted it white

then I selected papers. You will need to cut about 40 papers measuring 5 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, depending on how many layers of rolled paper that you want on your wreath.

I wanted to keep the focus on a girls theme, so I mainly used papers from the Animal Crackers for girls line, but also pulled in a few papers from the material girls line, Spring in bloom collection by Donna Salazar, and the animal crackers boys line.

Next, you will roll each paper into the shape of a cone and flatten out the bottom. You will need strong glue for this. I used 3-in-1 advanced craft glue from Beacon's, because it is what I had on hand. But, a hot glue glun will work great for this too.

after you get each cone glued together (I let mine dry overnight), you will want to lay them out on a table.

then you will need a strong piece of cardboard as a base (a round cardboard piece from a frozen pizza works great for this). Start gluing each of the rolled cones down, pressing down and flattening the end of the tip as you go. You will want to do this in layers. I made my wreath out of two layers, but you could also add a third.

After your wreath dries, It is time to add the frame.

I backed my frame with cute paper and a cut out from the Animal Crackers for girls collection. And then painted and misted chipboard buttons from the Chip Art collection.

And here is the finished product.

This was really fun, and easy to make and would make a great addition to a kids room, or a new baby's room.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Something Pretty for Your Bathroom

Hi y'all! Leslie here on this hot summer day to share a project I created for my daughter. I can't think of a better way to spend a scorcher of a day than inside creating!

We redecorated her bathroom recently and she needed some new artwork to coordinate. The colors in the room now are bright and cheerful, but are unique hues of orange, green and aqua. So, custom art was the perfect option.

I started with a 10x20 canvas and painted the background aqua. (I created suitable match by mixing two shades of aqua I had on hand.)

Next, I drew a basic tree with branches to scale on my computer and printed it out. I traced over the tree lines with pencil rather heavily. I turned the paper over and used a bone folder to rub the lead onto the canvas. Once those rough lines were there to guide me in painting my tree, I felt much more comfortable tackling hand painting the tree.

Once the paint was dry, I glued leaves leaves I hand-cut from various printed papers from GCD Studios that matched the shower curtain and towels in the room.

I also found the cutest little bird to perch on the tree from the large collection of chip art from GCD Studios. I painted the bird brown and glued him down with liquid glue.

I used Matte Mod Podge as the glue for the leaves and finishing coat to protect the art. I may decide to spray with a clear coat finish since she is known to take really, really long showers. :)

Don’t hesitate to turn to your scrapbook supplies to create your own masterpiece for your home. My daughter loves her new artwork and so do I. :)


Dress up Dee

Hi everyone!

Looking for a fun gift to make for the little one in your life?

I've got a low-cost but super fun toy that you can make using GCD's patterned papers and Funhouse rub-ons.

Meet Dress Up Dee.

This fun little tin consists of a doll to to dress up and a whole bunch of fun accessories.

To make one like it, you are going to need:

* a metal tin consisting of a lid and bottom (I used a repurposed tin that originally held a CD.)

* magnets

* GCD Studios rub-ons and papers from the Funhouse collection

* (optional) twine, wiggle eyes and buttons

Here's what you do:

1. Cover tin on the inside and outside with patterned paper.

2. Decorate the first inner panel of the tin with a doll. Create a head with a circle. Create a body with a piece of patterned paper. For additional fun, decorate the area around the doll. I made a banner.

3. Create the accessories to put on your doll. Apply mustache, eyeglass and mouth rub-ons to cardstock. Trim. Create ties, hair and bows from patterned paper. Set aside some other embellishments to use as accessories.

6. Cut up magnets to use on the back of your accessories. I used old refrigerator magnets for my accessories. I simply cut them up and them glued to the accessories.

7. Arrange accessories in the tin.

8. Decorate the outside of the tin.

When you all are done, give the tin to your favorite little one. Encourage them to play and try to come up with all kinds of fun dress up combos for Dee!



Perfect for a Girls Room

Hello there! I would like to tell you a little bit about myself. I have 4 children. 2 boys and 2 girls. Being the middle child can be hard. I wanted to make something special for my daughter Aria who is the 3rd child. Just a little something to let her know she is loved and thought about just as much as the others.

I sat with my supplies and thought what could I make her that she would like and be proud of. I came up with a little name plaque

She can hang it on her wall or the door to her room. I had to use one of my very fav GCD lines "fun house" to create this plaque.

She adores it and proudly shows it off to all her little friends that come to play.

Do you have a little girl or boy who needs something special just because? I created this step by step so you can make your own!

Supplies needed
Strong glue *I use beacon 3 n 1
Pop dots
Fun house frames
Fun house Crepe ribbon
Ribbon of your choice
Medium Doily
Chip Art Chipboard alpha
Chip Art chipboard butterfly
Chip Art Chipboard album shape
Chip Art tool and Flower from mini shapes
Fun house paper line:
Under The Big Top
Main Attraction
The worlds Greatest
Shooting Gallery
Assorted garlands
Resin frames

1. Lets get started! Gather your supplies. Choose your background paper. I chose the Shooting Gallery from the fun house line.

2.Take one of the shapes from the album and trace it on the back of the paper you choose. Cut out and glue.

3.I fussy cut the Horse girl from Sideshow and a frame from The World's Greatest. Pop dot horse girl and set aside.

4.I stamped the chipboard butterfly with the flower in the Mini Shapes. I then painted it with some glimmer glam. Pop dot your butterfly. Set aside.

5.To make the flower at the bottom I cut various size circles from The Main Attraction and Under The Big Top papers. Rough the edges and then spray with water. I used my little spray bottle for the Chip Art tools. Curl the edges up, smoosh and push till you get the desired look. Set aside and let dry.

6.Once all your circles are dry I glittered the edges. Set out some white glue and roll the edges in your white glue. For the sparkle I used Mica Snow. Roll the edges in the glitter or mica and let dry.

7.Once they are dry assemble, glue and add your pop dotted butterfly to the middle of your flowers.

8.I cut a doily in half and added that to the bottom back. I also used the crepe paper blue and pink ribbon from Garlands. Adhere about a half inch from the bottom.

9.For the letters I traced all my letters on Shooting Gallery. Then cut out. I didnt use the chipboard under my paper only the paper. *tip* Make sure to trace your letter backwards so when you turn it over it will be the right way. Cut out letters, ink the edges and pop dot.

10.Time to put it all together. I first glued my frame to the back of my horse then glued the horse girl down. I used a pop dot for the flower so it would hold and glued that in the center of the blue crepe ribbon. I also added a resin frame behind the flower to help it flow. Place your letters. I staggered mine so they would fit and it looked more pleasing.

11. Last thing to do is add a little jewel to your butterfly, a button to the frame and your ribbon to hang. Viola you are done! I added a few stickle dots to the letters and my frame. I wanted them to stand out and not get lost with all the patterns.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and I would love to see if you made a fun name plaque. Link it up here and I will be sure to check them out!

Marie Ramirez