You'll Love This Project

Hi there! Clare here today with a project and a video!
This project is super easy to make and very versatile...

And the video on how to create this wreath...

Like I mention in the video, you can switch out the center piece for a frame, a candle, or even a different embellishment! Change up the colors for a different season, and embellish the cones with glitter, ink, gems - there are so many ways to make this centerpiece your own!

Thanks so much for stopping in with me today! See ya!

Blog: bearydocardsinc.blogspot.com

Splendor - Candytuft, Heirloom, Sunswept, and Pink Flora


A Home Decor You Must Try!

A bowl or basket full of fresh, bright green Granny Smith apples makes for lovely fall decor.   Although, if you have kids in the house, it is inevitable that they will take one bite out of each apple and just leave it sitting there.  One way I hope to thwart the nibbling this year is to make apples out of paper.  

The apples are still bright and cheery and would look fantastic on a table.  The paper apples were super easy to make.  Here's how I did it: 

1. Die cut 12 shapes to make one whole fruit.  Choose a shape that is perfectly symmetrical.  
TIP: Vary the shape and size of each apple using die cutting software.  Cut each apple no more than 3" wide so you can get 12 die cuts from a single sheet of paper.

2. Score and fold each die cut and apply adhesive to one side. 

3. Adhere all of the folded die cuts together, creating a little stack. 

4. Apply adhesive to the top piece of the stack and adhere to the back piece.  

5. Lastly, add twigs for stems and arrange in a bowl or basket. 

This technique would also work for any other type of symmetrical fruit or veg.  You could make pumpkins, oranges, pears, etc.

You can find the tutorial for the paper bowl HERE.  I started with a 9"x9" piece of paper and scored 1.5" all the way around. 

May your fall be warm and snuggly!

Supplies: Sweet Tooth Collection, 1559 Sour Cherry, 1560 Sprinkles; Splendor collection, 1680 Letter Tiles; Bonjour collection, 1541 Paris Je T'Aime, 1535 Bouquet, 1538 Les Fleurs; Country Charm collection, 1513 Tiny Floral Border, 1512 Sweet Floral; Cricut Create a Critter cartridge


Not your normal Fall colors

     Hey there friends! Here to show you some fun ways to incorporate some of your favorite non-thanksgiving colors like pink, yellow and aqua blue into some thanksgiving cards!!

 Picking non-traditional colors can be kinda tricky, but the key to making it work is picking paper with appropriate patterns and motifs. Obviously, if it's a Thanksgiving card you don't want to use floral patterned paper, but don't let that stop you from fun and pretty colors like pink and aqua blue which are found in GCD's Sunswept and Candytuft paper from the Splendor collection.

I inked some SEI leaves and attached them with twine and tape for a fall-ish look!
A simple sentiment is the perfect finishing touch

 For my next card I used some more paper from the Splendor collection. I mixed Heirloom, Labels and Tags and Pink Flora. I then stamped some leaf stamps from Avocado Arts to bring in a fall feel to the cards bright colors!

I trimmed the label and stamped the sentiment and then adhere it under a fun paper ribbon treatment.

Well, that's it for me today! Check the blog for more amazing ideas and projects all month long!

"Fall Leaves Thank You" Card: Splendor collection: Labels and Tags (1679), Sunswept (1684), Candytuft (1676). Other Supplies: Sentiment (Papertrey Ink). Dye Ink (Tsukineko). Chalk Ink and leaf die cuts (SEI). Tape (My Mind's Eye). Twine (May Arts.
"Elegant Thanks" Card: Splendor collection: Labels and Tags (1679), Heirloom (1678), Pink Flora (1682). Other Supplies: Sentiment (Papertrey Ink). Leaf stamps (Avocado Arts). Dye Ink (Tsukineko). Twine (Lawn Fawn).


Winner...Winner... Turkey Dinner

The winners of the Magazine Kit give aways are

I loved the pumpkin decorations...so simple to make for the house or even to give away as favors!

The projects in this issue are excellent! I love the cornucopia from Heidi, and the napkin rings and turkey project are so cool. Wonderful paper projects, and I am SO in the mood for Thanksgiving now. :)

Please send me you info at hsonboul@gcdstudios.com and will mail you your fall kits.


That Is One Cute Turkey

Let's talk turkey. With all the die-cut machines available to us, it's easy to find a turkey for die-cutting. But what if you don't have a fancy machine, or there just isn't a turkey out there to suit your fancy? I've got an easy alternative for you - one full of texture and interest:

It's all in the feathers! I found several different kinds of feathers at my local craft store that matched the color palette of my layout - including pink! The rest of the feathers are hand-cut from patterned paper - no machine or punch or die needed. Even the turkey's body is hand-drawn.

Here's how to make your own glamorous turkey:

1. Cut several feather shapes from patterned paper.

2. Feather style #1 (brown): simply score the center of the feather and lightly crease.

3. Feather style #2 (pink): score the center of the feather and crease. On an angle, cut from the outside edge of the feather toward the crease. Do not cut all the way to the crease. Do this on both sides of the feather.

4. Collect real feathers in a variety of shapes, styles and colors.

5. Draw a turkey's body. It should resemble a bowling pin, but be shorter and pudgier. Cut it out and use it as a template to cut the shape from patterned paper.

6. Punch a circle of cardstock smaller than the turkey's body. Using hot glue, glue the feathers to the top 2/3 of the circle.

7. Using dimensional adhesive like pop dots, glue the turkey's body to the feathered circle.

8. If you'd like, add eyes, a beak and a snood.

Before you go make your own fabulously feathered turkey, let me leave you with this thought (which inspired this layout):

Supplies Used: Pink Flora (Splendor); Zig Zag (Splendor); Cherry Cordial (Sweet Tooth); other - cardstock, mist, feathers, washi tape, alphas.


Thankful For Paper

There is a crisp chill in the air isn't there, which means fall is here and today I am going to talk to you about creating a fall layout using colors that are non-traditional!
That's right! I created a layout using pink, cream, orange, aqua, and yellow. 
I even threw in some daisies for fall!
Even though they are normally a spring/summer flower I decided to be completely non-traditional on my entire layout!
Remember don't limit yourself to using only fall colors during the fall time! Branch out and use colors or ideas that are just as rich as those but with an added twist!
Happy Fall!!!!
Elizabeth Carney 2012 GCD Studios DT, Elizabeth Carney
2012 GCD Studios Layout Gal


Not Just Any Place Cards

Ever since I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do at Thanksgiving time was to make the name tags and place setting for all of the guests that were going to dine with us on Thanksgiving Day.  My ideas have come along ways since the piece of paper folded in half with a name scribbled in crayon, and I wanted to share some with you today!

Let me start by saying I had TWO idea in my head, and I couldn't decide which I liked more, so I made them both.

Since Mason jars seem to be a hot trend right now, and die cutting, too, I decided I wanted to die cut some names from paper and use the jar as the place holder.

I simply wrapped the jar with a piece of muslin cut to size.  Double sided tape or just a tape runner acts as a great adhesive for the fabric on the jar.  

Then I cut my names from strips of patterned paper using my die cutting machine.  I thought the woodgrain from the Splendor collection was a perfect pattern for fall.  Again, I used double sided tape to wrap my name strips.
Then I tied a whole bunch of twine around the top of the jar and decorated with some leaves that I cut from my die cutting machine, too.

I also made a simple napkin ring from a paper towel tube covered with paper.  I tied some twine around the ring, too, and decorated with a matching leaf.

You can fill the jars with anything...candy, leaves, acorns, or a candle like I did here.  I thought the light shining through the name on the jar would be so pretty!  Or you could leave them empty and at dinner time have everyone write something they are thankful for about each person and put it in their jar!

Now I said I had two idea in mind, and here is the other.  I used some labels from the Labels and Tags sheet from the Splendor collection for the label on the jar.  I added the name of the person on the label, use twine and different colored leaves, and filled the jar with some decorative grass stems (that I actually picked from my mother's garden  :)  ).  A slight difference from the first, but I love the way this one looked, too!

So grab some mason jars, some twine, and some natural elements, along with some pieces of fall patterned paper and decorate those jars for your table this Thanksgiving!

mason jars, twine, paper towel tube
GCD Studios Papers:
Splendor-"Heirloom" 1678, "Pink Floral" 1682, "Letter Tiles" 1680, "Labels & Tags" 1679

Audrey Yeager GCD Studios DT, 2012 GCD Studios Layout Gal


Turkey Anyone?

Hello Crafters! Have you enjoyed our Halloween projects so far? Me too! :) Now we are starting a fun 10 days of Thankful Paper Crafting Week! I am excited to share my project today: a cute Turkey Dinner Invitation with a free pattern for you to create one of your own!

Supplies: GCD Studios - Bonjour Collection (Bouquet Paper 1535, Les Fleurs Paper 1538) Splendor Collection (Zig Zag Paper 1687)

Can you tell I am trying to mimic a table setting? I'm in love with my little dotted turkey on a plate. And here is how I created the plate: a bunch punched circles with foam adhesive:

I drew the turkey pattern myself and cut the pieces out using a electronic die cut machine.

Here is the printable turkey pattern for you. Just right click on the picture below to save it to your computer. Print at 100% scale for the size intended.
Thank you for stopping by. Happy Crafting!
Nina Yang GCD Studios DT, 2012 GCD Studios Card Gal


A Halloween Layout...with The Bieb

My girl Janica is so funny!  Most girls don't want to dress up as boys, but my girl did and she pulled it off well.  The kids at school were taking pictures with her cause she looked so good.

Look at this fun title.  I love making titles and making them out of all different types of fonts.

I made these stars to emphasize the theme of the layout.  I added a spider web to one of them to continue the Halloween theme.  Fun huh?  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my layout.

GCD Studios Supplies:
 Country Charm: Super Star #1511, Weekend Fun #1515 and Tiny Floral Border #1513


A Cute Sketch

Fall is once again upon us! We adore our annual trip to the pumpkin farm to pick out our own pumpkins. We always have a blast when we are there! My layout reflects the great fall colors that day! On my page I showcased my photos in a neat way and later on I will share with you my sketch so you can use it as well.  First, was choosing my papers. I found some great fall colors in the Splendor Collection that would go perfectly with my page. I also chose some background cardstocks to match. To create my background I used a circle cutter and also used that same cutter for my smaller circles. Adding touches like banners and pumpkins really enhanced my page.

Supplies: GCD Splendor Collection, Bazzill Basics cardstock, My Mind Eye cardstock and banner, Chic Tags embellishments, Jolee's Boutique stickers, American Crafts thickers.

Here is the sketch which goes along with my page.  I hope you enjoy this and are able to to get some inspiration from it!

Pam Callaghan 2012 GCD Studios DT, Pam Callaghan 2012 GCD Studios Sketch Artist
Have a great day!


Photo Technique for Halloween

I'm not a big candy fan. Well, 11 months out of the year that is. Once October comes, it's a different story. As soon as I see those bags of yummy striped corn goodness, I have to indulge just a little. Well, maybe a lot!
Candy corn, oh how I love thee! 

To make the candy corn stand out just a bit, I printed two photos, then cut out a few pieces of the candy from one photo and used foam tape for dimension.

Supplies Used: #1680 Letter Tiles, 1679 Labels & Tags, 1684 Sunswept, 1766 Chloe, alpha letters, machine stitching.