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CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios

CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
When I happened buy the GCD Studios booth, they had just greeted buyers from two of the biggest players in the retail market so I did my best to stay out of the way but it also meant I didn’t get to talk to anyone here so I don’t have lots of lovely back story on these collections. Instead you’ll just have to go with plenty of photos and a few quips on what I did and didn’t love!

CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
Since the last time I saw their booth, GCD have really stepped up the game with the quality of the layouts displayed on their booth. Not that they weren’t good before – but they were really lush this time and made me want to get off the show floor and back to cutting and sticking paper!

So how about a closer look at all that pretty?
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
This is all from the Splendor line, designed by Heather Tozzi.

CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
Pinks, turquoises, birds and woodgrain. It wouldn’t be filed under brand new innovation, but it would be easy to use and like all those projects demonstrate, it’s very pretty in project form.

CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
That zig-zag was a little different than all the others on the floor. It reminds me of the jersey fabrics a few years back that had a similar pattern – a sort of variegated chevron.

CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
This bit of gorgeousness is the new Oh Happy Day line by Heidi Sonboul, with roses and clouds and chevrons.

CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
Sometimes at the same time!

CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
Such a pretty arrangement of colours. I love that the spring lines this year were all rich colours and no one felt compelled to work in sickly-sweet pastels. I find those colours look lovely in a sweet jar but it’s hard to make them work well with photographs. These colours, on the other hand, will work well with all sorts of pictures.

CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios
Interestingly, there were several lines that had the same feel – a red and blue line called Flower Child, a green and blue line called Bonjour and a red and teal line called Country Charm, but then one line that was very different – Storytime, with a youthful focus. An interesting choice, and after much discussion at the show that themed products do well in the remaining traditional stores but are less popular with the online shopping audience, I wonder if this is one of those dividing lines. I shop online and would definitely go for Splendor or Oh Happy Day, but I wonder if this line sold well to traditional neighbourhood stores.

Curious minds want to know… but I can only guess of course!

See the GCD website for stockist information.

05 February 2012

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37 Comments for CHA Winter 2012 :: GCD Studios

  1. Seanna Says:

    I loved that multicolored chevron paper and the stripe beside it. But, “pricless?” Yikes! Prickles? Priceless? Or maybe they were all intact with no needle punctures from a polluted beach, I suppose? ;)

  2. Cyndee K. Says:

    Love the kraft patterns with the pinks – very pretty…

  3. Jacky S Says:

    Some very pretty colours here.

  4. chel Says:

    This is one of the lines my local Big Box Craft Store regularly carries, so it was great to see some stuff that I am excited about getting. LOVE the Scrabble theme, especially!

  5. soapHOUSEmama Says:

    thanks for all the great picts!

  6. Kathy R Says:

    Like the Oh Happy Day best. Such pretty bright colors and love the chevrons and clouds.

  7. Debra Says:

    I’m reading your posts backwards. I just commented on the Echo Park one. The mini themes are a traditional scrapbook store’s dream, I reckon. I think there’s a huge difference between the online shoppers and the scrapbook store shoppers. Sometimes we cross over – but sometimes we don’t. I know what you’re saying about the online vs the traditional store and what they offer. I like the cloud chevron paper – cool.

  8. LindaHAZ Says:

    wood grain is nice love all the chevrons and zigzags.

  9. Angela Hathikhanavala Says:

    Yeah, themed stuff is still pretty big with scrappers at my LSS. I“m not sure I get it, but at least some of it is better-designed than it used to be. Heidi Sonbul’s line looks pretty fun, but what I’m most excited about is their booth design — that burlap is awesome!

  10. Miriam Prantner Says:

    Really like the paper doll stuff and O Happy Day.

  11. abbeyviolet Says:

    I don’t know a lot about Glitz beyond the great mini stickers. Some of the colors here really reminded me of prior MME collections and style.

  12. Bunnyfreak Says:

    Love the layouts.

  13. AllisonLP Says:

    I’ve never really been drawn to GCD, but I do love a Chevron print!

  14. Lisa M. Zepponi Says:

    I like that wood grain pp, alot!

  15. Robin W. Says:

    I like the Thank you card that had all the hexagons on it—cute way of using all the patterned paper!

  16. linda Says:

    lots of pretty paper!

  17. Katie Says:

    I am hyperventilating at rainbow chevrons – may have to buy 10 sheets of that…and I love the chevron clouds too!

  18. Martha Says:

    I particularly like the scrabble tiles paper. And the chevron clouds look really fun too.

  19. Jill Says:

    Thanks Shimelle! I don’t know G.C.D. very well. I didn’t realize they had so much! I love those chevron clouds!

  20. Natalie G Says:

    Some cute stuff but not really for me…. Be interested to see what others come up with though!

  21. SusanB Says:

    Really like the woodgrain paper and accents in the Splendor line.

  22. LisaE Says:

    Seems very feminine. Pretty projects to feature their line.

  23. Julia M. Says:

    This is not a company I would buy a lot from. I like the woodgrain paper and the bright colors of Heidi Sonboul’s collection, though.
    Thanks for the pics.

  24. margie visnick Says:

    My favorite from GCD Studios is Splendor-gorgeous!

  25. Andrea R. Says:

    I like the first 2 line’s colors.

  26. Breeze Says:

    Clouds and Chevrons oh my but Clouds with Chevron OH YEAH!!! thanks for sharing!

  27. Penny Says:

    Another lovely line and the layouts have given me some ideas to try for something different

  28. Yeva Says:

    this must be one of my fav! thanks for sharing!

  29. April W Says:

    Such amazing colors!!

  30. Natalie Says:

    I am right there with you about pastels, and I, too am delighted to see reds and blues and greens included in the spring palettes!

  31. Marian Says:

    I like the crazy chevron paper!

  32. Kristin A. Says:

    Oh Happy Day indeed! I seriously just posted that Comso Cricket had some of my favorite examples/samples, but these ones here are worth noting to scrap lift later! Drool…

  33. ruth tacoma Says:

    I really love that chevron!!!

  34. marianne Says:

    It all looks lovely!

  35. Maja Says:

    Nice paper!

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