Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Well it is the last day of August!! How did that happen?? We here at Scrappin' Great Deals have an exciting announcement coming tomorrow!! Big news and there may be some candy involved. We might be addicted to candy. That's not a bad thing is it??!!
Anyway to tide you over until tomorrow, check out this card I made using Stamping Bella's BBBFF by Mo Manning:
Yes, I coloured with Copics, and yes as fantastic as they are, no I WILL NOT get hooked. Really!
Make sure you check back in tomorrow but for now head over to the store because some fantastic things are on sale right now!!!
STAMPS - 30% OFF
IN STOCK PAPER - 35% OFF
IN STOCK RIBBON - 35% OFF
That's where I am heading right now!!! Happy shopping ladies!!
Monday, August 29, 2011
Our newest design team diva, Sarah, will be providing you with a regular Monday blog post!!! Thanks Sarah!!!!
Hello SGD fans!
These two cards are my contribution to the September card kit. I LOVE this image – but honestly, tried quite a few ways before deciding on how I wanted to colour her! My first attempt actually, was a see-through orange dress with black undies…. Needless to say, she did NOT make the cut for the card kit – hee hee!
Anyway, this is “a little smooch” by Mo Manning for Stamping Bella. This series of stamps highlights the “extra lovely” lady as you’ll note! Great cards for your real girlfriends, not your “green salad with dressing on the side” kind of friends, if you know what I mean!
I had a blast picking out papers and accessories with Andrea for the kit this month, really hard not to get carried away when the store had just received a HUGE shipment of beautiful new things! Be sure to drop by and check it out if you haven’t been recently. SO hard to resist!
In both images, I’ve stamped my little “smooch girl” with Memento tuxedo black on Xpress It cardstock (my personal favourite for Copics). I’ve coloured her with two different techniques, one in full colour, and the other one, just for fun, in monochromatic Sepia tones. I thought she had a ‘50’s kind of girl look to her for some reason. In that one I’ve used Spellbinders Nestabilities Deckled Edge Classic Ovals Large to punch her out, and distressed the edges with “Antique Linen” and “Frayed Burlap” distress ink.
Be sure and pick up the card kits this month – SO gorgeous! I had a great time working with them.
Stamp: A Little Smooch by Mo Manning for Stamping Bella
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap
Paper: Kaiser Craft Velvet Ensemble and Xpress It for Copic
Accessories: Flowers, Ribbon, Self-adhesive jewels, Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels 8 and Deckled Edge Classic Ovals Large
It was a smaller group on Saturday, but that meant loads of room to spread out!! Here is Sheila in action, creating with September's Scrapbooking Kit. She got three layouts done on Saturday to my one!!! Good thing I have a few more days before it is released!!!
There will be no all day crop in September due to the Garage Sale, but watch for the next one at the end of October!!! They really are a great way to get a lot done, no kids, no husband, no chores or interruptions - all the store tools available for your use, and a ton of supplies to shop for!!
Friday, August 26, 2011
We have Christmas product arriving!!!! Here we are planning back to school, Halloween and what do I spy in the New Items?? MME Lost & Found Christmas Collection. And it is stunning. Of course.
A few of the papers available:
Embellishments to match, die cuts, ribbon, brads, rhinestones:
I love the rose & green combo, soft, vintage, romantic. You can have a look at the whole collection we have in the New Items II Gallery, click here!!
Christmas in August!!
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Awesome new stamps that we have in stock from The Cat's Pajamas!! Really cute little bunnies, but it was the little penguin holding a kite titled "Up Up & Away" that caught my eye. My youngest moved up to the preschool room at his daycare, leaving the "Penguin" room behind. A couple of thank you cards were in order for his two incredible educators and I thought the sentiment "Up, Up & Away, Let's Take Off Fly High" was perfect because that is exactly what they let him do!
I coloured up the little guy using my Derwent pencil crayons and Odourless Mineral Spirits, cut it out and pop dotted it to the designer paper. I used some of the 6x6 MME Paper - Out of the Blue from the Lime Twist Collection. Fit Perfectly!! A few little Pebble Candy Dots in the corner, and voila!! You can check out the second card I did here on my blog!! It is almost identical, it just uses a different pack of MME paper!!
Have a great day!!!
Friday, August 19, 2011
This little cutie is Roller Skate Marci from La-La Land Stamps! I’ll be teaching this card at Scrappin’ Great Deals on Sept. 29 in “Beginning and Continuing Copics”.
La-La Land stamps are perfect for learning Copics – with their open spaces and large faces, not to mention they are pretty cute!
I’ve gone with a retro ‘80s look for this card. With the roller skates, it seemed appropriate! She’s also meant to complement the little boy I’ve created for the same class, also with La-La Land (see my blog http://sarahsassy468.blogspot.com).
I’ve coloured her with Copics, focusing on the 3 shade blending technique, and improved a little after my class with Suzanne Dean.
I’ve accented with some flowers, pearls, and stickles – and a cute little sentiment from Kaiser mini sentiments.
Stamps: La-La Land Roller Skate Marci, Kaiser mini sentiment
Paper: Echo Park - Life is Good, Xpress It
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress Ink Antique Lace
Copics: E02, E01, E00, R20, BG10, C3, E29, E5, E33, R85, R83, R81, G16, G02, G00, E35, E31, YR20
Embellishments: Bazzill flowers, Kaiser self-adhesive pearls, Diamond stickles
Accessories: Sizzex Sizzlets: Flourish & Flourish 1, My Favorite Things die
Thursday, August 18, 2011
Well Sheila wanted Hunter to remember her current heartthrob, a certain werewolf, that lives in Forks, from a series of books most of us are familiar with!!
Remember you don't have to only use your photos, or purchased embellishments! Don't forget to utilize magazine pictures, articles, or other ephemera to make your layouts memorable and truly unique!!
Hunter is definitely Team Jacob!!
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Each card kit gives you enough supplies to make 3 cards of each of two designs. That is 6 full cards! And you'll probably have left overs to use elsewhere!!! How awesome is that!?!
More info on the kits can be found on the store website here. Join the kit club for a 6 month term and you save 15% off the regular price of the kit!!!
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
We have some winners!!! Random.org selected the following lucky gals!!
First up: Shelley!!!
Next is Jennifer!!!!
And finally Kendra!!!!!
Thanks again everyone!!! Shelley, Jennifer & Kendra, please send an email to Sheila and she will arrange for you to get your stampy loot!!! Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have a great day!!!
Monday, August 15, 2011
Well let me start by saying how great yesterday was!!! I was so happy I went. The things I learned and techniques that Suzanne gave out to us was AMAZING!!! That Girl knows her business and does it well beyond anyone I have ever met. And how cute is she?! She was a crafting find that is for sure....I left there feeling like a GRADUATE!!! And to you and all the gals in the store.... Sheila you ROCK Girlfriend!!! It was so awesome of you to get all the snacks and drinks for us and the kind staff you have and help they and you provide... STANDING OVATION ... to you all. It was the best. I have to say that if you do have her again you know I will be there SISTAH,LOL. Thank you again for a truly wonderful day."Thanks Debbie!! We can't wait to bring Suzanne back!!! It was a fabulous weekend!!
This is from Nancy G. of Strathroy, Ontario:
"Hi Sheila! Firstly... thank you, thank you, thank you for bringing the wonderful Suzanne Dean to SGD!!My first class at your store, and first experience with copics was fabulous! :)"
Friday, August 12, 2011
(Seriously, it was Sheila's idea!)
So here's the candy deal:
Three lucky people will win 10 High Hopes Stamps!! EACH!!
Yes, that is 30 Stamps we are giving away! How awesome is that!?!?!
Here is what you need to do to qualify to win!
A. You must be a follower of our blog! (Easy Peasy So Far!)
B. You must successfully Un-Jumble these phrases!! (Still pretty easy!!)
1. GIHH POHES
2. LUOCOR EM PAPYH
3. DSG VDIAS KCRO
C. You must successfully answer this Question: (Easiest of all!)
What is the best Scrappin' Great Store Ever??
There you go!!! Leave a comment on this post with the answers and you qualify to win!! We will draw the winners on Monday!!!
Thursday, August 11, 2011
I am originally from Drummondville, QC, graduated from UNB Fredericton with a degree in Chemistry and then moved to London to work for 3M, where I've been for over 13 years.
I love my job in marketing, which combines my analytical background with my love of the creative! I get to organize tradeshows, special events, advertisements, and even the occasional movie or tv set!
I started crafting almost 8 years ago when I was on maternity leave, and was first introduced to Stampin' Up! at a home party. I've been making cards ever since! My latest passion is Copic markers which I discovered through taking classes at Scrappin' Great Deals, and from there I started blogging, entering challenges, and am now THRILLED to be on the store's design team!
I love my crafting as it is such a great outlet from my busy life, and I can enjoy it at home when my son is in bed, or on the weekends with my fellow crafty friends. I've met such wonderful friends through this hobby and look forward to sharing it with others as I start teaching and designing.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
By May Flaum on August 8, 2011
I was excited from the moment I heard about the release of new Tim Holtz Distress Stains by Ranger Ink earlier this year. After all of the times I have had to work to get my ink pads to cover larger areas or made my own washes with my distress ink pads – I knew this product would be saving me a lot of time and energy!
The great news is, once I got my hands on it this product I did find it is all I hoped and so much more. Before I dive into explaining how I use this product, first we need to go over a few basics about what it is:
- It is a liquid form of distress ink, designed to cover larger areas faster than the pads.
- The colors can be layered and used on projects with distress ink pads as well.
- Stains are not opaque like paint – instead they are sheer, like a color wash.
- Distress Stain is now available in all 36 Distress Ink pad colors, as well as white (Picket Fence).
There are also a few things you need to know that Distress Stains are not:
- A stain is not the same thing as a re-inker. Stain is a fluid version of a color, where a re-inker is a concentrated version of the exact formula in an ink pad.
- You should not attempt to re-ink a distress ink pad with a distress stain. It contains different resins and will not work.
Using a distress stain is simple. You simply press it onto paper and go! There is a valve under the felt tip that will allow more stain to come out as you press. I find the way to get the best results when covering larger areas are to work in circular motions for the least amount of streaking or uneven color. If your color dries and it is lighter than you desire, just go back and re-do the area.
Distress Stains work on any paper, wood, or other porous surface you can think of. They are great on resist papers (as shown on Tim Holtz resist paper on the left, above), covering tags, or any other project where you want to add more color quickly.
The product itself is incredibly simple. It’s liquid color in a bottle! No brushes, tools, or anything else is required. You could use it to draw a shape on your layout, streak a few colors together and make a rainbow, and so much more. In both large ways and small, I find these to be incredibly useful in my paper crafting.
With a light hand you can certainly use the stains with masks and stencils. (pictured above: Harlequin template by The Crafter’s Workshop) Just be sure to go easy so that you do not get pooled liquid.
Speaking of liquid, you may find that using a lot of this stain will cause your paper to buckle, or otherwise warp. That is ok! If that happens just let it dry totally. Most of the time mine goes right back to normal. If not? Just use an iron or something heavy on top of the paper for a bit to help it straighten back out. If this becomes a big problem, try using a lighter hand and less fluid.
For even lighter color, or if you would like to use a paintbrush, then just dab some stain onto your craft mat, add a few drops of water, and enjoy! Above you can see a tag that I am turning a light lavender color by doing just this with the Dusty Concord stain.
There is one color of Distress Stain that is fairly opaque, and that is the white (Picket Fence) stain. It will work on dark papers well – and also makes a great thin paint-like wash. The other colors that will cover over more would be the very dark colors, simply because they are so dark, and lighter colors and designs may not show through them well.
I have one more trick – this is something I’ve been using a lot in my classes and with my stains at home. Gently whack the distress stain on your paper to create a splat! Sometimes I have to repeat this a few times (if the pad at top of the stain is not ‘juicy’ enough), but that’s not a problem. It’s a really fun way to add a big splat of color to your projects.
Above is a layout I created using Distress Stains around the edge of my photos (Mustard Seed), as well as to create my title (Broken China, Tumbled Glass, and Worn Lipstick).
What colors I would suggest entirely depend on your crafting needs. Antique Linen is a fantastic color for gently aging things – from doilies you want to give an antiqued look to, to bright patterned papers you want toned down a bit. My biggest suggestion is to think about your crafting, and what colors you use most often. Consider how you might be using these distress stains, and buy colors based on that so that you get useful colors.
If you would like to see more ideas and really see these stains in action, I recently posted a video tutorial on my blog that can be found here. I use several stains to make a tag (close-up shown above) in the video, as well as show it in use with stamping.
The Distress Stains have so many potential uses, and because they are able to mix with water, work so well in conjunction with Distress Ink pads, and so much more they have quickly become a new essential product in my crafting.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
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Friday, August 5, 2011
The reveal of our August monthly kits!!!! Yes, I know you have all been so patiently waiting to see what the divas have come up with for the hot and hazy month of August! Let's start with Scrappin' Sheila & Lori's Scrapbooking Kit!!! It's theme: Fun in the Summertime!! and it is packed with eye popping colour!!!
We have designer paper by Fancy Pants, Pink Paislee, Echo Park & Bo-bunny, co-ordinating cardstock by Bazzill, embellishments by October Afternoon, MME, May Arts, Maya Road, Kaiser, Favourite Findings, Bo-bunny, Bazzill....I still love putting together a kit with so many different manufacturers!! Does this kit not scream summer!!!
Sheila and I spent another all day crop at the store working with the kit. We love these days, no kids, no husbands, no worries (other than whose layout is going to be the best!!!) Here is what we came up with:
Lots of water themed layouts!! Let us know what you think! As always, our kits are limited edition....when they are gone, they are gone!!! July's has sold out already. For more info on the kits pop over to our website here!
We'll have our card kit and kid's kit reveal soon too, so come back and visit again!!! Have a fantastic afternoon!