Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Funky Swirl Stencil

Good Morning Everyone,

Today my card was done with Funky Swirl stencil sheet and barn door distress ink. These Stencil Sheets were buried on a shelf in the store. Didn't really think much of using them,until I saw Lori use one for her layout, so I thought I need to try it.

Very easy to use. I would use repostional tape to keep the stencil in place. Put your cardstock down and take your ink blending tool and rub your ink over top of the stencil and paper. The nice thing about these they are 12 x 12 so you can get a lot of different looks with one sheet. Makes for an easy background.

The heart is from Tim Holtz Love Struck stamp set.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


If I had a Flower......

How adorable are the new Inky Impessions stamps?!!? Well to inspire ME to make a card they have to be pretty darn adorable!!! I also used one of the new Marianne embossing folders that also cuts! Amazing results!

So I coloured the little lass with my pencil crayons and odourless mineral spirits, cut her out and pop dotted her onto the cardstock that I put through the embossing folder. I then found the perfect sentiment from a new Unity stamp set that we just got in, stamped it in Cocoa Brown Memento Ink, and cut it out with a Spellbinders set. I put it all together using some very pretty Glitz Paper. It all came together beautifully I think!!! A closer look at the image and how amazing the daisies look!:


Inky Impressions Stamp - Bunny Hugs
Embossing Folder - Marianne Designable Daisies
6x6 Glitz Paper Pad - Pretty in Pink
Spellbinders - Blossom Tags & Accents
Unity Stamp Set - Forever Friends

Have an amazing day everyone!!!!

Monday, January 30, 2012

Tim Holtz Valentines

Hello Stampers!

I wanted to share with you two cards that I've made for an upcoming class at SGD.  Kim P and I are both huge Tim Holtz fans - and we decided to teach a class focused on his techniques, making four Valentine's Day cards.

As the focus is on technique (we've had so many requests at the store for technique classes), I've incorporated as many as I could!  In this first card, I've used the following Ranger & Tim Holtz products/ tools:

- Kraft Glassine paper (the butterfly)
- alcohol inks
- alcohol ink blending solution
- edge die
- Movers & Shapers base & dies
- Distress ink tool, felt pads, and sponge pads
- Tim Holtz Distress inks (Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar)
- Tim Holtz Distress stains - and Picket Fences
- Ranger archival ink
- Distress Rock Candy Stickles
- Tiny attacher stapler
- long fasteners
- Glimmer Mists

Needless to say, if you don't know and love Tim already, you certainly will after this class!

Check out Tim's video on his FABULOUS Vagabond!  I cannot tell you how much I LOVE and ADORE this tool.  It is the centrepiece of my craft room - a must for any serious cardmaker.

Here is my second card for the class:

 I've used many of the above items plus:

- Tissue tape
- Rosette die
- Perfect Pearls

I hope you're able to attend the class!  If not, do take the time to watch some of Tim's YouTube videos.  They are fantastic - you will love them!

Here is the one on Perfect Pearls, used with Distress Inks, as I've done on the second card:

And - trust me - you've NEVER seen a ruler like this one:

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, January 29, 2012

Have you got your Big Girl Pants on?

Hey All! Hope you've been well. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to the Sunny Mayan Riveria. I had the opportunity to meet some fabulous people and enjoy the best time with my Mother.

and this is the gorgeous Ocean View

Soooo for my card, I had to use this Oh so adorable stamp that I got in my Scrappin' Great Deals Designer package last month. A Cute Bella Stamp by Mo Manning, you can find Big Girl Pants HERE. In addition, I used this fabulous Smoochable paper Bo Bunny. Of course I coloured her with my Touch Twin Markers

I really like the warm tones I achieved in her hair and coming soon, a Hairy Tutorial.........lol.......I thought i'd shoot my first colouring vid on how I go about colouring hair as I get asked quite often. It's really hard to explain, a dab, a mash some blend, some strokes...........hehe....... I'm going to show you soon!!!!
Isn't she sweet???? Ahhhhh kind of bummed that I'm back to the Cold real world, but now I'll have more time to stamp!

Have a Happy Sunday!


Saturday, January 28, 2012

Finally!!! A sewing 'stamp' tool!!!

We now have the coolest tool for those of you like me who like the idea of sewing...but not the time involved...or trying to sew in a straight line which is something I am challenged at hee hee! Introducing the Sew Stamper from WRMK!!!

I found this great video from 'The Cherry on Top' Store who filmed a rep from WRMK demo'ing the tool at CHA. Look how easy it is!!

Ummm who is racing to the store to get one of these....ME!!!

Thank you to ACOT for sharing this great video!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Happy Valentine's day!

Happy Friday! I am happy this week is over, the boys had exams, I had some lovely visits to the dentist, I even had to miss my favourite Thursday Product talk, all done and over, now I am looking forward to a relaxing weekend, I can wish, right?

I wanted to make a Valentine's card in different colours......I really like how this one turned out, what do you think?

So here is the recipe:

-embossing folder from Sizzix, lace set

-Scalloped heart Nestabilities

-little heart punch

-Tim Holtz accordion flowers

-sentiment and die from Just Rite, Happy Everything tag making kit

-Viva ice white pearl pen

-ribbon from my stash

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by, Anja

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Let It Snow Embossed Card

Here's a fun Wintery embossed card.

I embosses the blue cardstock panel with a Darice embossing folder and then swiped my ink pad across the raised lines. The tag was made with the JustRite Charming Christmas stamp set. I finished my card with a border of pearls made with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen Ice White.


Have a great day! 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Tea Set Card Class - Feb. 4

Hello Stampers!

Here are a few of my favourite things:
- Tim Holtz distress inks
- MFT stamps & dies
- Kraft paper
- twine

This is a class I'm teaching at Scrappin' Great Deals on Feb. 4 using the My Favorite Things Always Time for Tea stamp & die set. I love stamps with matching dies and this set has a fabulously versatile array!

MFT Die-namics Always Time for Tea Die & Stamp Set YSTMT

I've also used one of my favourite 6x6 paper pads, Little Black Dress, by Basic Grey. This is one of those sets that I hoard preciously in preparation for when I can no longer buy it! It has the most beautiful leopard print paper in it. Too delicious for words!

Basic Grey Little Black Dress 6x6 Paper Pad 3494

Those of you in the know can probably tell that I took the "Clean & Simple Card Making" online class. What a fanastic class! I so enjoyed it.

Happy Stamping!

Springtime Background & Boarders Set

Good morning everyone.

Can you believe it, it is almost the end of January. Thought I would do a Tag for valentines and use some of the technique's that we used to do the 12 days of Christmas with Tim. I have 5 of the tags done. My goal is to finish them before the next set.

Here are the list of products I used for this tag:

Tim Holtz Springtime Background and Boarder Set

Mini Sewing Room Set Movers & Shapers

Picket Fence & Spun Sugar distress Stain.

Spun sugar, Victorian Rose and Vintage Photo distress Inks.

Tim Holtz Stamp Set called Love Struck.

Glass Effect Gel Pen from Viva Decor.

I first coloured my tag with picket fence stain and then the spun sugar. Wait for this to dry.
Emboss the tag with the Springtime Embossing Folder. Stamp the tag with the Victorian Rose, I then inked the edges and the raised areas with the vintage photo.
I cut out the dress form with the Sewing room die set but I used some canvas material I had.
I used the glass effect on the Love & 14 that is on the smaller tag.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Monday, January 23, 2012

A Big Big Thank You to.....

Carole Freeman!!!!!!

All of us here at Scrappin' Great Deals love getting feedback from our customers, and once in a while a comment stands out from the rest! And today, Carole Freeman sent us in the loveliest comments, thanking us for our service, products, shipping!!!! It went on and on!! We loved it!!!!

Thank you so so much!!!! We will be sending you a little extra "something" in your next shipment!! A little random act of kindness...spreading the joy!!

Have a fantastic day everyone, and make sure you all scroll down to see Sarah's fantastic card!!! I will have another little gal from Inky Impressions to show you tomorrow - (and Carole.. you might have your own little Inky gal soon! hint hint wink wink!)

*BRAND NEW!* Inky Impressions!

Welcome our new little stamp friends from Inky Impressions!  This little guy is Mischievous Christopher.

I thought he seemed just right for a Valentine's Day card to a Daddy (bless!).  I used my new favorite 6x6 paper pad from My Mind's Eye called "Love Me".

My Mind's Eye Love Me 6x6 Paper Pad  LM0112

I love that it has cute banners in it - and isn't all pink & white.  PERFECT for a child's card too!  Little Christopher is stamped on XPress It with Memento Tuxedo Black and coloured with Copics (see colours below).

In fact, my 7 year old, Samuel, loved it so much that he sat down beside me to create one too!  Here is the card that he created, with a little cutting help from Mummy of course.

Copics:  E01, E00, E000; E35, E31, YR20; R27, R24, R22, R20; BG09, BG07, BG05, BG02; B00; G05, G02, G00; BG10; C1, C0, C000.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Playing with Perfect Pearls

Andrea here to share 2 examples of the cards we made on a previous Product Talk session (aka Therapy Thursdays) where we played with Perfect Pearls.

To make this card we first stamped our image using Kaiser Crafts cute butterfly stamp in Versamark ink. We then took our perfect pearls and gently brushed a SMALL amount of the pigment onto the image. We found it best to work with one colour at a time and put it where we wanted it before moving onto the next colour. Once done you then take the larger brush that is included in the kit and brush to remove the excess pigment around the image. 

An important tip is that you should just use a light hand when applying the pigment as you don't want to grind it into the fibers of the paper and therefore leave a colour 'cast' around the image. As well I like to seal my images. In this case we used Goosebumps spray to seal and add texture to our cards yet you can also just use a mini mister and water to set your design. Love that!

One of the fun things about perfect pearls is how versatile the colours are. I used the exact same colours on each card yet based on what colour of card stock I used they looked completely different. I did also have an example on white paper but I gave that one to my partner in the A-Team the fantastic Anja. 

So here is another 'what's old is new again' tool that many of us have in our craft supply. Dig it out and see what fun it us to play with pigments!

Of course if you don't already have Perfect Pearls you know SGD has you covered!

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tim Holtz' caged bird

Happy Friday and welcome! I could say this is my second post today.....I was so smart to hit the wrong button just before I was ready to post the first time, not so smart, I got to do it all over again.

And the title isn't right either...the bird is out of the cage, LOL!
Anyhow, I love the colour white and kraft together, then I saw what other people had done with this embossing folder and my idea came together.
So here is the recipe:
Tim Holtz caged bird die
Sizzix embossing folder
Cheery Lynn olive branches
Marianne design dies
Martha Stewart punch
Tim Holtz old paper distress ink pad
Viva pearl ice white
Sentiment from Just Rite, Elegant frames
Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by, Anja

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Winter Cupcake

Hi all! Jeanne here today with a card made with a favorite Impression Obsession stamp. I colored the cupcake with markers and decorated the snowflakes with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen (Ice White).

Stamps: Impression Obsession (D8631 Snowflake Cupcake, WP17 Sentiments II Clear set)
Papers: Authentique Wonder
Ink: Colorbox Premium Dye Ink (Chocolate,  Licorice)
Die Cuts: S656342 -Sizzix Bigz Die – Tag, Super Scallop Crescent, Sizzix Framelits (Tags)
Other: White Seam Binding, Viva Decor Pearl Pen (Ice White), Shinhan Touch Twin markers

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Marianne Designables Swirls Embossing/Cutting Folder

Good morning everyone.

Today I made this card with the Marianne Designables Swirls Embossing/Cutting Folder. I love how this folder embosses and cuts at the same time. Love how you can do two things at once.

The card base is called Twisted Easel Card. Love the look. If you google Twisted Easel Card you will get instructions and videos. Here are a couple of sites I went on.



I used DP from the Basic Grey Kissing Booth line. Beautiful. The stamp is from Sizzix - Hero Arts Floral Framelits Dies/Stamp Set

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Heart Canvas

We have some fabulous blank canvas' in at the store right now, from Canvas Corp. They come in multiple sizes that you can alter to your heart's content!! Here is what I did with a 6" x 6" canvas:

Some masking, and misting, rolled paper, rolled flowers....if you'd like to learn more, I am offering a class on Sunday, February 5!! 11am - 2pm. The price is $25.00. Hope to see you there!!

Oh, and I also have the third installment of my Scrapbook Techniques Workshops happening this Friday night. We will be working on creating your own embellishments. You can click on the link for more details and now you can even register online!!!

Happy crafting on this rainy Tuesday!!!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Mother's Day Cameo

Hello stampers!

Here's a card I put together to get my Spring style started! I think I've stamped enough snowmen to last me a lifetime - and I'm happy to pull out my brightly coloured cardstock & papers!

This cards was SO much fun to do - especially with my new Vagabond that I got for Christmas (thank you Santa!).  I can't tell you how awesome this is for a papercrafter!!

I love this new paper I picked up from My Mind's Eye (Happier). And it just called out for some MFT dies I thought! I have finally (I think) started to get the hang of my rolled flowers dies so I've put them to use here on a Mother's Day card.  I find the rolled rose the easiest one - and seems to look best when made with a double-sided patterned paper.  If you enjoy these - then check out Lori's GORGEOUS heart canvas that she's teaching on Feb. 5!  It is stunning.  I signed myself up yesterday!

I really like the touch of a little green paper flourish behind the flowers. And I always put a pearl in the centre. I've jazzed up the cameo a little too - by stamping a pattern, then spritzing with Perfect Pearls. The MFT stamp & die set comes with the crackle effect. I've added that in pink. Then I used a Unity Doily stamp to spruce up the cameo frame.

Happy Stamping!

Cardstock: SU! Pumpkin Pie. Paper: My Mind’s Eye Happier. Dies: My Favorite Things Flourish, Cameo, Rolled Rose, Edge. Stamps: My Favorite Things (Cameo & Sentiment). Unity (Doily). Adhesive: 3M Scotch ATG, Imaginisce I-Bond Cordless Hot Glue Gun, Ranger Glossy Accents. Pearls: SU!. Other: Ranger Perfect Pearls Mist (Heirloom Gold), Tsukineko Goosebumps Shimmer Texture Spray.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Second card from Jan's SGD card kit

I don't know about you but I love making Valentine's Day cards. Really it is because I can use lots of Red and Pink together. LOVE!!!

Here is the second card you can make with this month's SGD card kit. We are using another one of Unity's Itty Bitty stamps called 'Life is so good'. And instead of copic markers this time I added colour to my image using stickles! I used Stardust, Fruit Punch and Christmas red. I also stamped the image using my absolute have ink for detailed stamps- Versafine in Onyx black

I hope this helps inspire you today!

Cheers- Andrea :)

Friday, January 13, 2012

Rolled roses with love

Another week flew by here at my house, Happy Friday to all of you!
Today I am sharing the card we made yesterday at Therapy Thursday! I could not help it, I had to use the rolled flower die from Marianne. I love flowers, as you may know, and I really think I need to have all the different dies....lol...o yeah, there is some slight differences and I love it all!!
So I made this card, I think it will do fine for Valentine's day or even for a birthday.
Love this colour combo, mauve pink, naturel and crab apple.
The dp is from Basic Grey, the bottom and inside are stamped with this cute little stamp from Inkadinkadoo and the naturel border is done with a embossing folder from Cuttlebug, go look in your stash and you might have bought these too a long time ago.
We sprayed the flowers with the new pearl spray from Tim Holtz, another great product.
The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations, Inspire me.
Wishing you a happy, crafty weekend, Anja

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Kids Kits

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is my January Kit for kids or adults. I love this new Pink Paislee Paper called Snow Day. In the kit you get the cute little die cuts to add to your layout. I had fun doing this kit. Love the colours. The kids kits are not just for kids. If you are just starting to scrap book these kits are great. No designing, just put your pictures down.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Tuesday, January 10, 2012


BoBunny is coming to SGD's!!!!

How amazing is that!!

Joanne, one of BoBunny's designers, is coming to our store to do several workshops!!

We are so so excited!!! February can not come soon enough!!!


I will leave you with a layout I made from SGD's January's Scrapbooking Kit, Titled "Bundle Up"

Love love love this kit!! Have a look at it here, it is available while supplies last!!

Have a fantastic day!!!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Card kit samples

Hello stampers!

I thought I'd share with you a couple of cards I made for this month's card kits with Andrea!

First of all, I am thrilled that she chose these beautiful Unity stamps.  I ADORE Unity!  I just love their style, elegance and versatility.  Great for all occasions, for men or women.  LOVE!

And I'm pleased to say that my tag efforts in December with Sir Tim of Holtz did not go to waste, as I've put some of his techniques to use here!

On this first card, I've created the background by stamping the flower in brown ink, rotating it as I went along, onto the Bazzill cardstock.  I've then given it a spritz with one of my new favourite things, Perfect Pearls Mist in Heirloom Gold.  Then I gave it a touch of Goosebumps Texture Spray (thanks to Anja for introducing me to this marvelous product) and allowed to dry.  I've stamped the coordinating sentiment on designer paper (I love to do this rather than on plain paper) and trimmed it, then distressed the edges with Antique Linen (using the Ranger tool - if you don't have this yet - you NEED it!) - then mounted with dimensional adhesives (try these - they rock).

On this second card, I've used a few of my Sir Tim of Holtz treasures.  I love this embossing folder set which is the perfect "vintage" style.  I stamped the Unity sentiment in brown ink (on the designer paper) and rounded the top corners.  Then I embossed it with the Postcard folder - in my new Vagabond (my Christmas present from hubby!).  I've used a Tim Holtz edge punch along the bottom.

Happy stamping!

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Bring on Spring!

I don't know about you, but even though it's been a rather mild winter here, I am ready for it to be over! So ready that I'm off to Sunny Mexico this week to soak up some sun! I'm afraid that I'll probably return to a whack of snow, but that's okay, spring will be here before we know it!!! Wanted to share a project made with some fun goodies that  arrived in my Designer Package just before Christmas. Thanks Sheila, you're the best!!!!

Would you like to make Quick and Simple cards? Textured Impressions Stamp & Emboss folders are the way to go!!!  This one is the Mixed Flower Stamp & Emboss

This picture shows the great dimension that's created with this folder!

I stamped the background Panel with Tim Holtz Scattered Straw Distress Ink
and added a touch of Stickles to the centre to jazz it up a bit!

The little sentiment is from the AUTHENTIQUE Diction Mini words cardstock stickers
Hope you have a great week!!!! I'll think of you as I'm sippin on a wee Margarita......i'll have a small share for you next week, but hope to come back refreshed and show you some cool projects created with some of the fun goodies that Scrappin' Great Deals has in their cache!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, January 6, 2012

Card one from this month's card kit

Feels like it has been a long time since I have posted a card on here! I have to admit I made the most of my Christmas break and didn't get many chances to craft. Feels good to be back in 'the mode' again lol!

Here is one of the cards that SGD Card clubbers can make with this month's card kit. I used one of my fave Unity Itty Bitty stamps "Just Be You". It may be my fave cause I have the matching shirt from Unity that the amazing Angela gave me last time I saw her. I love it! And let's face it- we all need a reminder from time to time that we should stay true to yourself and who you are instead of being who you think people want you to be. I know I have been guilty of that myself. I should probably get it tattooed on my hand to remind myself of that lol! 

I inked up the papers in the kit with some of the Mixed Media ink in Leather by Donna Salzar. It takes a bit to dry so be warned that you either want to set it aside or use a heat gun to dry it faster. 

Confession time- I just went to find the ink to link it up for you and saw in the new items the BG Kissing Booth papers and accessories are in and I totally had to have a shopping blitz before I came back to finish this post lol! I feel okay sharing that since my order is already in and posted lol!

Well I am off to hopefully get more time crafting in today and finishing up the write up for the card kits. I was naughty today and spent the whole day and night trying to learn how to use a Mac. I am still lost so it is time to walk away and perhaps get some shopping therapy in instead!

Cheers! Andrea

Miniature Rose

Happy Friday!! The first Friday in 2012, I hope you all had a good week. I am having a great week with the kids home, family time, craft time, sleeping in, very relaxing.
And now we can make Miniature Roses!!! Honestly, after the Tim Holtz die we can now make tiny, little roses, of course I had to have this die!! They go very nicely with the bigger ones from Tim.
And you can have it too, Sheila is selling them! Go on over here and order yours!
As a fan of elegant cards, I would like to share this one with you. It's all done with the white Neenah paper. The border is from Martha Stewart, the tag is from Spellbinders, the middle piece is embossed with the Swiss dots embossing folder. Branches from Martha Stewart and Cheery Lynn's olive branches and the sentiment from Just Rite. Bling from my stash!
Have a great week and till next time, Anja

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Playing with a Pretty LaBlache Stamp!

Hi there! Jeanne here today with a simply colored card decorated with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen.

I stamped the LaBlanche Bird Cage Silicone Stamp LB1176 image from Scrappin Great Deals (love this stamp!) with Black Clearsnap Mix’d Media Ink directly onto Basic Grey Little Black Dress paper. I heat set the ink and then colored the birds and leaves with Touch Twin markers ( BR97, BR103, Y41). I sponged the paper edges with  Leather Clearsnap Mix'd Media ink and then did some quick double stiching on the sewing machine. I attached the panel to the card back and added the pearl "flowers" were made with a Viva Decor Pearl Pen. Easy peasy!

Stamps: LaBlanche Bird Cage Silicone Stamp LB1176
Papers: Basic Grey Little Black Dress
Ink: Clearsnap Mix’d Media Inks (Black, Leather)
Ribbon: Really Reasonable Ribbons (January Club ribbon)
Markers: Shinhan Touch Twin markers (BR97, BR103, Y41)
Other Viva Decor Pearl Pen, sponge, sewing machine

Have a great day!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sticky Back Canvas

Happy Wonderful Wednesday!

I have been having a blast playing with Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Back Canvas made by Ranger. It is safe to use for your scrap booking and card making projects. You can use it in your cricut, yes your cricut. Go in your ink jet printer, the list goes on. It comes in white or natural and 81/2x11 or 12x12.

I use 3 techniques with my flower. I used Tim Holtz tattered flowers die cut.

I transferred designer paper on to the canvas, this is called image or paper transfer. So for the bottom and middle layer I picked a designer paper and transfer the design on to the sticky back canvas. Check out the video here.
2nd technique I did was to emboss the bottom and top flower.

Last but not least I heat embossed the top flower.

Can you imagine the possibilities. Enjoy and I hope you give it a try.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Tuesday, January 3, 2012

exciting new class coming soon!!

Happy New Year Stampers!

My BFF and partner in stamping crime, Andrea and I are joining forces to offer you some new kinds of classes in 2012! 

This is the first of MANY to come!  We have more ideas in our heads than we can get down on paper.

In this class, we'll be using this GORGEOUS new set from My Favorite Things (and they really are fabulous - I pre-ordered mine on release day) Time for Tea

Die-namics Always Time for Tea Die & Stamp Set

In this new class, you will get the full 6" x 8" stamp set and set of 5 dies with the $50 class fee!  AND you'll get to make 4 beautiful cards with us!

Here is the second card

 Saturday, February 4, 10am - 1pm, $50.

Sign up soon!