Friday, December 30, 2011

Last Friday post of 2011!

Happy Friday! I can't believe the year is almost over...
I hope you are all enjoying this time and were spoiled with Christmas presents, I had some good "crafty" presents.
So you would think I had something "new" to share.....oops, I don't. This is a card we did a few weeks ago for Therapy Thursdays.
I do think you can easily adapt this card for any occasion you might need it for.
Here is the "recipe" : -embossing folder from Sizzix Heart ornate frame set
-Viva silver pearl pen
-sentiment from Just Rite
Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2012!!! Till next time, Anja

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Embossing, Embossing

Good Morning Everyone,

On my card that I am showing you today I used an embossing folder and embossing powder. So double embossing.
I used my brayer to ink (Versamark) up the embossing folder. ( you can use any embossing folder, this is an old one that I had. Thought I should do something for Valentine's Day)

I placed my cardstock in the folder and embossed. Then I took the cardstock out of the embossing folder and poured the embossing powder over the cardstock, then heat embossed. Voila!!! Simple but effective back ground for my card.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Friday, December 23, 2011

Thinking of you

Happy Friday! I am not gonna ask you if you are ready for Christmas ....either way, Christmas will be here soon, LOL!
I didn't feel like making another Christmas card, I am ready to get back in some "regular"
stamping and that is what I did.
For this card I have used a Sizzix embossing folder from the lace set, a stampset from Just Rite,
fancy tags, the roses are made with the Tim Holtz pinecone die, Labels 4 from Spellbinders,
Cheery Lynn olive branches and a die from Marianne design.
At last I added some of the Viva silver glitterliner, can't do without the bling.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Christmas and all the best for the New Year! Thanks, Anja

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A Lot Of Bling And A Bit Of Leopard For Christmas!

Stamps, Dies and Markers... oh my! 

Hey! Jeanne here today with a couple Christmas cards.

For my blinged out card I cut my Christmas lights with a Sizzix eclips (656167 Holiday cartridge). I added Amethyst, Ruby & Emerald Flower Soft to the light bulbs.

Flower Soft: Amethyst, Ruby & Emerald Diamond Range
Dies: Sizzix eclips (656167 Holiday cartridge)

Here's a my take on a sassy Christmas card. I paper pieced the ornaments with Basic Grey Little Black Dress paper and blinged just a wee bit with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen (Bronze).

Stamps: Unity Stamp Co (Itty Bitty Celebrate the Season)
Papers:  (Bazzill Raven, Neenah Classic Crest 80#), Basic Grey Little Black Dress
Die cuts: Sizzix eclips (Basic Shapes cartridge)
Ink: Clearsnap Mix'd Media Inks (Black, Leather)
Other Viva Decor Pearl Pen (Bronze)

Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Wonderful Wednesdays

Well Good Morning Everyone.
Hope you are taking some time to enjoy the season.

Today I am showing a 2 page layout that I did with my scrappin buddies. I used the new Fancy Pants Winter Wonderland Designer paper. LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!
I got my inspiration by Davinie's Challenge over at Scrapbook & Cards today magazine. I loved how she did the snowflakes and part of a tag. I did faux stitch lines, not fond of getting the sewing machine out.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

The last of my Christmas Shares!

Wanted to share a few quick and easy Christmas Tags made with the Tim Holtz Carved Ornaments Die and Joy insert

This is the longer carved ornament. I  like that there are two ornaments on one die!

My Mother and I made about 180 tags in total and they were easy peasy!

I think the purple and black is my Fave Colour Combo!

I'm excited that all my tags will be handmade this year!!!!

Have a great day!


Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nellie Snellen stamps = bliss for this crafter

I have no self control when it comes to really cute stamps- none. I have long been a fan of Nellie Snellen stamps from the UK and when Sheila ordered in these beauties I literally spend to the store to grab some up. Today I coloured with Dawn Hokey Pokey and my copics. I paired it up with one of my most fave Fancy Pants 6x6 packs ever-Winterland as it is not just for Christmas at all but can be used the whole season and really even for Valentine's day. 

I added some Smooch to my image as well using the combo pack of Snickerdoodle and Moonlight then added some stickles (of course) over top of the smooch colour in Stardust. I go through that colour of stickles like it's water!

I used the following copic colours:
Hair- YR20, 21, 23, E35
Skin- E000, 00, 11, R01, R20
Skirt and blue stripes on socks- BG72, 75, 78 and C7 to deepen my BG78
Sweater- R32, 34
E40 to highlight areas I wanted left white
Present- R37, 39 and G82, 85
Outline in BG10

Hope you are enjoying your Saturday!
Cheers, Andrea

Friday, December 16, 2011

BRAND NEW AT SGD and Copic Classes!

Hello stampers!

We have SO many gorgeous new things in the store - it's hard to keep track!  But you HAVE to check out these beautiful, beautiful stamps!

This is the artist who designs the stunning Lily of the Valley stamps in England and I drool over them!  Now - we have them available to us here in Canada!  HURRAY!

These beautiful little characters are stamps from Nellie Snellen.

Stamp:    Nellie Snellen
Card:       Stampin’ Up Kraft
Paper:     Copic Xpress It & My Mind’s Eye Vanity Fair
Ribbon:    Scrappin’ Great Deals
Flourish:  Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish Die
Frame:    Spellbinders Nestabilities – Petite Scalloped Ovals Large
Flowers:  Prima “Avon Rose Londenerry”
Jewels:    Prima
Ink:          Memento Tuxedo Black and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink
Copics:    YG25, YG03, YG00, YG0000; G82, G24, G21, G20; C1, C0; YR24, YR23, YR21, YR20; E31; E01, E00, E000; R20; BG000

I made these two cards this week - and have another two coloured and ready to go.  Aren't they the sweetest little things?

Act fast - because they are FLYING off the shelves they are so cute!

And - the dies I've used (the doily and the fancy flourish) are brand new too!  They are my new fave - Cheery Lynn dies

If you are in the area, be sure and stop by the store to see all the new goodies - just in time for Christmas!  Another TWELVE boxes delivered today - so much fun!

And if you are interested in Copic classes - I've just booked two classes for January

- Copics 101, Jan. 18, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
- Cards with Copics, Jan. 25, 6:30 - 8:30 pm

Call now to sign up!  519-473-5751

Happy Stamping!

Cheery Lynn/Marianne dies have arrived at SGD!!!

Happy Friday, ladies! I don't know if you have been to the store in the last couple of days or checked the website under new items.........beware, the Cheery Lynn dies have arrived!!

AND THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL!!! The Marianne dies came in too, and they are stunning, and not because they are from Holland, LOL!

They are flying of the hooks I need to say more??

On to my elegant one with the Cheery Lynn doily die, a background done with the embossing folder Tied together from Couture Creations, and the fun doesn't stop here.

The sentiment, flowers and green swirls are done with the Sizzix/Hero stamp/die set, and then I added some branches, also from Cheery Lynn. The doily, flowers and swirls were sprayed with shimmery Goosebumps, then I added some Viva Holo Iridescent glitterpen and made a bow with ribbon out of my stash, who knows where it came from.

That's it for today, I hope you can find some time to craft in this busy season, till next time, Anja

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Big Girl Panties

Here's a card for someone that's having one of "those" kind of weeks. We all have them... this would certainly put a smile on someone's face.

Stamps: Stamping Bella (Mo159 Big Girl Pants)
Ink: Tuxedo Black Memento
Papers: Bazzill Dotted Swiss
Patterned Papers: Bo Bunny (Garden Girl)
Markers: ShinHan Touch Twin

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


Happy Wednesday Stampers!

FIRST - we have some amazing, amazing new products from the Lord Tim of Holtz himself!

When I was in the staff room yesterday, I *might* have peeked into the new shipment and *might* have flipped gently through a few things....  OK - who's kidding who - I dove straight into that box like a puppy at Christmas into tissue paper!  There were tags and jump rings galore!  Oh my!

And - I nearly (ok maybe I did just a little) peed my pants when I saw the glorious, unreachable DISCONTINUED Tim Holtz texture hammer!  Be still my beating heart!
This awesome tool has been discontinued and as someone I know says is "rarer than hen's teeth".  You use it to distress your brads and make them look vintage and worn.  Looks AMAZING on copper brads, especially Tim's brads.  GET ONE FAST!  (not online yet - but will be today - just request one)

Also - Tim's sanding grip is here!  Use this to distress cardstock, grungepaper, brads, fasteners, charms, etc.  AMAZING is to take one of Tim's charms - and sand it.  It makes parts of it shine!  SO COOL!  Cool tip:  before you take your die cut piece out of the surrounding paper - sand it - only the edges will get sanded!  Awesome!  Watch this video from Tim to see.

AND - we have the most gorgeous tags (sprockets, trimmings, philosophy tags, ) to add to your cards or layouts or tags - distressed or not - they are stunning!
don't forget your colour-matched rings
to hang them from and make ribbon tying a breeze!
You'll see it all here later today - or drop by the store!  WAIT till you see the papers - omg - the Kraft Resist is to die for!  It has a clear pattern already embossed onto it - just rub in a little ink - and TA DA!  You have a ready embossed paper.  Stunning.
Kraft Resist Paper StashLost and Found Paperie Paper Stash by Tim Holtz

AND - last but not least - our winner chosen from last weeks blog comments is........

Such imagination - can you send some my way. Love all of your tags because each one is unique. Will keep coming back to see what you create next.
Betty - please contact Sheila ( to receive your amazing prize!  You've won the limited edition Winter 2011 Distress Ink Pads, Weathered Wood Distress Ink Pad and Weathered Wood Distress Stickles!
Tim Holtz Winter Distress Ink Pads 3 Color Limited Edition Set  32892
btw - Weathered Wood is one of the most popular colours in the series and now in stock at SGD!  AND - Tim stated on his videos that the Iced Spruce colour in the set is his NEW FAVOURITE colour!  It's a gorgeous gray.
(Get these Winter 2011 ink pads while you can ladies - they will not be produced again!)
Happy Stamping!

Wonderful Wednesday Tag #2

Well I am behind the eight ball when it comes to the 12 days of Christmas Tags with Tim Holtz but I thought I will still do them. So I think I have a theme going on with the tags. You will have to wait for the end product.

I didn't do the exact same thing as Tim because I don't have everything. I know, I know being a big Tim's fan, you would think that I did. Anyway I will give some of my tips of what I used or did to get close to what he did.

First thing that I didn't use was the Tim Holtz's Christmas Paper Stash Kraft Resist paper. I had the Lost & Found Paper Stash, so to make my own resist I cleared embossed the word Christmas from his stamp set Season Silhouettes. Then I used the picket fence stain to cover my tag. I used vintage photo distress ink to distress the tag. Then he used a Perfect Pearls Mist but I used Goosebumps Shimmer Texture Spray. Amazing, that's all I can say.

For the deer I used Tim's die cut Reindeer Flight. But I did not have any of the sticky back canvas so I used the sheet of the creative 2 way tape. I put this on the back of my canvas and then I could cut out the reindeer a lot easier.

Then I embellished the rest of the tag with things that I had in my stash. I am starting to let go of some of it. I know how weird is that.

I hope this gives you some inspiration and get using your stash. Have a great day and thanks for looking.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Believe in the Magic!!

Good morning!!! Less than two weeks until Christmas!! Only one more full weekend for shopping!! Are your kids as crazy as mine?! I can't believe how wound up they are already! Ah well, I have a little bit of Christmas Magic to share with you today.

I am sure by now, you all know about Tim Holtz' 12 Tags of Christmas. Wowzers, is he ever an inspiration. There were a couple of the 12 that I wasn't too enthused with the finished product but the techniques on all of them are nothing short of amazing!! How does he sleep at night with so much creative energy bursting around in that brain of his?!

As soon as the store got in Tim's District Market Collection, I have had this idea brewing around in my head. Using the burlap panels as a foundation for a Christmas canvas. It started with this panel:

And I ended up with this:

Some close ups:

Tim Holtz Products used:

Memoirs Burlap Panel
Tattered Pine Cone Sizzix Bigz Die
Kraft Glassine Paper
Alcohol Inks: Oregano, Mushroom, Bottle
Winter Sketchbook Stamp Set
Limited Edition Winter Distress Ink Set
Limited Edition Fall Distress Ink Set
Core-dinations Cardstock
Christmas Memories Kraft Resist Paper
Kraft Resist Chipboard Alpha
Picket Fence Distress Stain
Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint
Memo Pin

Other Products:

Prima Alphabet Stickers
Maya Road White Transparent Snowflakes
Maya Road Wood Snowflakes
Platinum Stickles
Kaiser Craft Paper Flowers
Encore Champagne Metallic Ink
Spellbinders Holly & Ornament Die
Bazzill Chipboard Flourishes

As is usually the case, this canvas looks much better in person! Drop in to the store to have a look at will be there on Wednesday!! Happy Holidays!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Comment to win and Let it Snow...Let it snow...Let it least on my card

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Andrea here today. Just popping in to share with you a card we made at a recent Therapy Thursday. I love least until after Jan 1st hee hee. 

I played with some new to me toys to make this card. I used the mini embossing folders by Lord Tim of Holtz called Texture Trades Season Stuff 3 pack of embossing folders. That is how we embossed the snowflakes right onto the paper and the popped up snowflakes are from Lord Tim's mini snowflakes die.  On my card at home I also added a glittery swirl I found in my stash and then covered it with the most amazing gems from Prima. I have some in almost every colour now!

This was a great quick and easy card to make for those last minute ones you need this holiday season. 

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, December 9, 2011

Masculine birthday, quick and easy

Good Morning, ladies! What about a quick and easy masculine card today? I love this time of the year but quick and easy sounds good to me too.

As a big fan of the embossing folders, I had to have this set from SIZZIX.

It embosses nice and deeply, and the big dots foldes is a change from the swiss dots one, which in my opinion is a winner.

The dp is from Basic Grey, out of print, other cardstock is all Bazzil, the pewter brads are from my stash.

The Sprockets are cut out with the Spellbinders set and after inking the edges, I sprayed them with Goosebumps.

It reall didn't take that long, love the quick cards, especially when you need one now!

Have a great day, Anja

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thanks for an amazing Anniversary Party!!!

It was an amazing day last Saturday, filled with crafting, good friends, food & laughter!!!

We have some wonderful pictures to share of the event!! Pop over to our Flickr gallery to see all the fun we had!!

Thank you so much to everyone who came and everyone who sent us their kind thoughts because they are too far away to visit!!!

We look forward to many more years of offering you fantastic service, products, and all around "scrappin' great deals"!!!!

Homespun Hearts

 Happy Thursday! 
Jeanne here playing with yet another High Hopes snowman!

Here’s my project :


Stamps: High Hopes Rubber Stamps (Homespun Hearts Snowy)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Markers:: ShinHan Touch Twin markers
Die cuts: Sizzix Framelits (Scallop Circles)
Flower Soft: Polar White

Wednesday, December 7, 2011


Hello stampers!
I'm still (sort of) keeping up with Tim!  If you haven't read his blog yet - it's a great read!  You can join Tim Holtz as he creates his annual "12 Tags of Christmas", a new tag with new techniques every day!  Today is actually Day 7 (yes I am a couple of days behind).  Each day he posts videos and tutorials.  It is fantastic!  I have been having to go out and get more supplies periodically which has slowed me down a little.

The Snowman Tag is my version of Day 4.

Here is my Tag for Day 5.

and a close-up of the little wreath, which I was pretty proud of.  It's actually grunge-board, that I've stained with distress ink and die cut with a juniper branch from the "pinecone" die!  I never thought I could do this!

As I promised on Monday - all comments on our blog THIS WEEK will be entered into a draw to win a fabulous Tim Holtz prize next Monday!  So be sure and come back every day - and comment - for more chances to win!  One comment per day please.

Happy Stamping!


Another Chance to Win

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Hi Everyone,
Well I got tag one of Tim Holtz's 12 days of Christmas tag done. I loved making the twill tape ribbon. Love how it curls up. Because I love Glitter Ritz, I used it on my Noel instead of regular glitter. The Noel was cut out with Winter Frolic cricut cartridge.

Got my pine cones made, thanks to Anja for sharing this technique. Can't wait to try and make a rose

It was fun to try and come up with different things to use in place of what he was using. This was a good way to use up some of my stash, I need to make room for new stuff.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

This one's for you Barb!!!

We love receiving notes and feedback from our customers, and we periodically pick one from the bunch and give a little something back!! Today is that day and we would like to thank Barb for her lovely email!!

Dear Sheila,
All I can say is WOW!!!!!!!!!!
No, I'll add an AMAZING and an AWESOME!!!!!!!!!

I sent you an order yesterday, just before 11 am and I have just had it delivered to me today at 10:35!

I received notification in the afternoon yesterday that it was already being processed and I thought that was excellent...and it said delivery would be about the 5th...again, thinking that would have been great to get it that quick.

But...Ordered, Processed and Delivered in less than 24hrs!!!

Thank You so much. Your customer service is second to none!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you and your Crew,

*Barb Kys*

(p.s. I could go on about your great everyday prices, sales and huge inventory... but I've got to get crafting!)

For you Barb we have one of our special Scrapbooking kits for you to play with!!!! Happy Crafting and thanks again for your kind words!!!

Another Chance to Win!!

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Today I am sharing the layouts that Scrappin' Sheila created with the December Scrapbooking Kit. If these don't get in the holiday spirit I don't know what will!!!

Here is the kit:

The theme for December is "An Enchanted Christmas". The kit is stuffed full of paper from Graphic 45, Bo-Bunny, Basic Grey & Kaiser Craft; with a ton of embellishments from Prima, Basic Grey, May Arts, Simple Stories, Maya Road, Graphic 45....the list goes on and on!!

Here are Sheila's oh so inspiring creations: (My fave is first!)

Love them! Any questions you have about how she worked her magic, just pop her an email at!!!

Have an enchanted day!! Don't forget to leave a comment!!!