Friday, March 30, 2012

Hello Bunny!!

Happy Friday! Isn't this bunny the cutest thing ever?? I thought so, when I found this surfing some blogs, I had to try make one and share it with the ladies on Thursday!

It is from Dawn, you can find her video here. She is an incredible artist!!! I didn't have all the punches she used , that is no problem, I used my Nestabilities and whatever else works for you. Look in your stash and I am sure you can make one too with Dawn's perfect instructions!

Till next time, Anja

Thursday, March 29, 2012


Here is a simple butterfly card using stamps & dies from Hero Arts/Sizzix.

Have a great day!

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Cats and Scrapbooking...... not mix!!! I know, big surprise there!! In my house, my 2 orange tiger cats LOVE to be in the center of everything. A large group of kids would scare most cats into hiding for days. Not my two. They want to be right there, in the middle of the mayhem, watching, taking it all in. They are also scrapbooking cats. I sit down at my table and they magically appear. This wouldn't be an issue if they lied at my feet and kept my toes warm. (Note: Craft room is in the basement!) No, they want to be ON the table. They want to lie right in front of me, ON my project. They want to play with the buttons, the brads, the ribbon.....VERY hard to get crafty when I have two "craftier" felines!! Not to mention, their litter box gets to be in my craft room too. Lucky me! To top it off, not only do I have the cats, their waste, I also have my beagle whining at the baby gate that is across the entrance because he wants to be where the cats are. And that is just the animals, don't get me started on the kids and husband!!!

How can I get any scrapping done???? The answer....CROPS!! More specifically, ALL DAY CROPS!! 12 hours of uninterrupted craft time. HEAVEN!!! What could be better???!!! Thanks for asking.....the answer......

SGD is hosting an entire weekend of non stop crafting!! We have mentioned it several times on the blog, details are HERE. But did you know there is now a second option??? For those of you who can't quite make a full weekend....You can now come for the entire day on the Saturday, April 21!!! From 9am to midnight....15 Hours of non stop crafting!! All your meals, snacks, coffee and an SGD tote bag filled with goodies!! $80.00 plus HST!!! As an added bonus: We have the one and only Karan Gerber coming to play with us and do some exclusive make n takes!!

We are having the retreat at Woodeden Easter Seals Camp. It is tucked away off Glendon Road, just down the hill from the store in Komoka:

Easter Seals Camp Woodeden (opened 1946)

Overlooking the Thames River on the outskirts of London, Easter Seals Camp Woodeden is situated on 107 acres of beautifully landscaped ground that includes an accessible tree house, a collection of trees/plants from around the world, and beautiful Japanese influenced architecture.

Can you imagine how much I can do in a whole day without my entourage!! I truly hope you can all join me to find out!! Call today to register 519-473-5751! Or sign up online!!!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Tim Holtz demo from Summer CHA- let's talk inks baby

Tim Holtz talks to us...yes Sheila, Kim and I..about his inks. Oh and some other ladies were there but it was pretty much just between us four obviously hee hee. I did have to shorten the video a wee bit to get it to upload. What I cut was the question:

Can you make your own distress stains by taking some re-inker and adding water?

Tim says NO. The reason being is that once you add the water to the re-inker you have used up it's 'distress ability'. The water activates the ink and before you have even used it you can manipulate it no further. 

Good to know!

This video is long so you may want to grab a cuppa before starting it hee hee. Kim P and Lori- this is for you baby!

Oh- and our garage sale this weekend looks to be shaping up to be our busiest evah! Don't forget that you can still look through the boxes tomorrow and many will have been reduced in price!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Wishing you a beautiful day!

Happy Friday!! And another beautiful day here!! I can't believe the weather we are having, our magnolia is blooming and yesterday we cut the lawn!

So I am wishing you beautiful day too with this card, done with MFT Framed Greetings. Paper from Echo park, butterfly and borderpunch from Martha Stewart. The swirl is also from MFT, and I can't seem to finish a card without Viva Pearls.

Enjoy this beautiful day and I hope to see lots of you tomorrow at the garage sale!! Till next time, Anja

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Come Scrap With Us!!!

Weekend Scrapbooking Retreat with SGD's!

Join SGD's for a Scrappin' Great Weekend!! We plan to have 40 women join us for this fabulous weekend of nothing but laughter & the best hobby ever!! Stay in your PJ's all weekend if you like!! (Sheila will be!!) Make this weekend all about you & your craft!

Location: Wood Eden Easter Seals Camp - Glendon Rd., Komoka (a hop, skip & a jump from SGD's!!) How stunning is this place!!:


Full Weekend Retreat: Friday, April 20 @ 6:00pm - Sunday, April 22 @ 3pm $225+hst Click here to register

Daytime Retreat: Saturday, April 21: 9am - midnight! Includes brunch & supper, pink carry tote & more! $80+hst Click here to register

Registration & deposit is required to hold your spot. We are already over 50% sold out!!

Meals: Pizza & snacks Friday night. Brunch & Supper Saturday (catered by Marshalls). Brunch on Sunday (catered by Marshalls). Snacks, bottled water, refreshments, treats, Tim Horton's Coffee supplied all weekend!

Each participant will receive an exclusive SGD's pink carry tote bag with goodies!! You will also receive a 20% discount on all regular priced, in-stock items at SGD's (your discount will be valid April 18 - 22. SGD's will be on site with some supplies. Visa, Mastercard or cash will be accepted. Our store is just a stones-throw away!

Bonus! The one & only Karan Gerber will be offering Tips & Tricks sessions!!

What to bring: Your bedding (sleeping bag/pillow), towel, shampoo, etc. Of course your projects, tools & pictures! Some other items you may wish to bring: extension cord, your machines, an extra table if you have lots of stuff (everyone will have a cropping area, however, you are welcome to bring an extra table if you have tons of stuff), Ott light if you plan on working into the wee hours. Sleeping areas are large, shared dorm-style rooms with cots. Each dorm-room has its own washrooms & shower area. There are five dorm rooms we will be using (sleeping approx. 7 - 10/room). The dorm-rooms are very spacious. Beautiful grounds for walks. The Scrappin' room is very large - lots of room to spread out. Crop area will be shut down from approx. 2am - 7am, however you can still crop in your dorm-room - just bring extra lighting with you :) Each dorm room has a sitting area.

Please note: this is a non-licensed facility designed for children with disabilities. Our rental of this space helps Wood Eden with their operation costs. This is a win-win for everyone! Alcohol is not permitted for this event.

Fancy Frame Flip-Its Large Dies


I made this card with the new die called Fancy Frame Flip-Its from Sizzix. I like how everything is cut and scored at once, all I have to do is decorate. So many possibilities.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.
PS Isn't this weather beautiful.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Mixed Media Canvas

We had a little mixed media canvas workshop here on the weekend, and this is my creation. The ladies had a lovely time playing with ink, mists, stamps, paper....Loads of fun!!! We have several sizes of natural canvas in stock just waiting for your creative touch!!!

Just a FYI:

Today is the last day to get the early bird discount for our retreat weekend!!! After today the price goes from $199.00 to $225.00!!!! So if you are humming & hawing, get off that fence and register today!!! It is going to be a fantastic weekend!!!
You can find all the details here!! Hope to see you there!!!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Big Shot workshop - part 1

Hello Stampers!

Happy Monday!  I hope everyone had the gorgeous weather that we had in London on the weekend?

Today I'd like to share with you some of the things I love to use my Sizzix Big Shot machine for!  I'm preparing a workshop for April to show some of the many ways you can use this great tool.

1.  Embossing
Embossing is to create a "raised" pattern on your card stock.  The reverse would be de-bossing, which is to create an indented pattern on your card stock.  You can use ink, powder, and heat to stamp and create an embossed pattern.  You can also use a stylus of some form, usually with a grid.  The easiest way is to use an embossing tool with a pattern already on it - to run through your Big Shot (or other machine).  There are lots of different types of embossing tools, but one of the most popular, and my favourites, is the embossing folder.  They come in all sorts of shapes & sizes (and personally - I can't understand why someone doesn't make a 6" x 6" one!).  These are very easy to use and come in a few different sizes.  You just put your card stock in the folder - and run it through your machine.

You can also get embossing plates which work in basically the same way - except you create your own sandwich with your plates.  They're not as common any more.
There are so many different brands of these versatile tools - and co-brands as well.  For example - Tim Holtz makes some for Sizzix.  And Basic Grey have some with Sizzix as well.
Here are some brand new ones - that are reversible!  What a great idea - two different looks out of the same folder!  These are from Spellbinders

Here are some cards I've made which show you an embossed area that I've created with an embossing folder.

From Tim Holtz workshops, I've also learned that it can be fun to sand that raised pattern - and then ink it - to create different effects.  This works really well if you're using Tim Holtz Kraft core card stock - because it has a cool kraft centre - instead of traditional white!  You can see where I've done that on this card.
Just to add some MORE options, there are now these cool "two-in-one" folders that emboss AND die cut at the same time!  How cool is that?  They're by Marianne Designs.

My co-diva Anja - has some beautiful cards on her blog made with these folders.

So that's it for part 1 - part 2:  Die Cutting!

Please share your comments - and ideas for other great ways to use your Big Shot.  I'll draw one comment next week to win a great EMBOSSING prize!


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Heart is Home.......

a quick share with you this morning~ I made this sweet gift set with Authentique Paper. Sheila is sold out of this line specifically, but I was thinking that you could make something strikingly similar with the Bo Bunny Market Collection Pack.

I like how the stickers can make up the main focal point of your card. Makes a project work up quick and easy~

I wasn't sure about leaving the reverse did of the dp exposed on the interior of the card, but I liked it and in fact added the house sticker to emphasize the Heart is......Heart IS home isn't it?

Double sided heavy weight Designer Paper is perfect for your gift boxing needs! No need to cut with cardstock and decorate with DP, as long as the goodies that you're putting inside aren't too heavy

Additional Supplies used on this project?

Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy

Hope this little project adds to your inspiration!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Edgeabilities How To Techniques

SGD has Edgeabilities in the house!!!

Blog candy winners!

Time to share our blog candy winners from SGD's Tim Holtz giveaway from Sarah's post and the Bo Bunny paper pack winner from last Saturday's celebrate Spring post!

Tim Holtz ink giveaway- Pick 2 Tim Holtz distress inks in your choice of colour (click link for ink choices in stock)
Congrats Deena!!!! Please email Andrea at to let her know your 2 ink choices and your address!

Now on to the winner of the Bo Bunny 6x6 paper pack- Alora:
Congrats Lynn!!!! Please email Andrea at the address above to provide your mailing address!!

Now...on to write my second post for today....and a is going to be for another giveaway ladies!!

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, March 16, 2012

Masculine card

Happy Friday! Are you enjoying the wonderful weather???

Today I am sharing a masculine card with you, as soon as I saw this stamp from Hero arts, ideas popped up in my head. On my blog I will share more cards with this stamp later on. I stamped it on kraft cardstock, and popped up the 2 middle buildings. The sentiment is from Just Rite happy everything tag kit. All the windows, and I mean ALL the windows have glass effect gel on them from Viva. Along the bottom I have used a Fiskars punch, doesn't it look like a road? The strip of dp on the top is from Echo park, Times and seasons.

Thanks for stopping by!! Till next time, Anja

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Shabby White Embossing Enamel

Hi Everyone,
Happy Wonderful Wednesday. Today at the store I am going to be demonstrating how to use the Shabby White Embossing Enamel by Stampendous. New best product today. Love it.

This is a simple tag using a stamp from Technique Tuesday called Carefree Cosmo.I like using Versa Fine ink to stamp detail images.

After stamping my image I put small amounts of the Embossing Enamel on top of the tag, anywhere. I was trying not to cover up the words. With this Embossing Enamel you heat it from underneath your tag. Click here to see the video on how to do this.

You can also emboss on your ribbon but instead of using an ink, you use a glue pen and sprinkle the embossing powder on top and heat. Just make sure you are not to close to your ribbon with the heat gun.

Monday, March 12, 2012

If You Can Dream it........

Have you seen the amazing new Stamping Bella stamps we just got in??? I love every single one of them but these new ones by Jane Davenport....simply stunning!!!

You have to check out the New Products, Sheila has been shopping up a storm!!! It is killing me, the stuff is just gorgeous!!!

We have new Cosmo Cricket! We haven't had a new line in from them for awhile, and we just couldn't resist this one! Tea for Two!!

And for the Copic Marker Enthusiasts...New LaLa Land Stamps! Check Marci out:

Some more to tempt you: New Prima paper & stamps, Studio Calico Mister Huey Mists, Smooch Glitz, Hero Arts Stamps & Frame Cuts!!!!

You have got to go check out the new stuff!! And keep checking back every day - we have shipments coming in 2-3 times a week!!

Enjoy your day!!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Bo Bunny pop up Card and BLOG CANDY ALERT!!

I figured it was about time I finished some of my cards from the Bo Bunny event a few weeks back that I attended at SGD. It was soooo much fun! I can't wait for our SGD first ever weekend retreat coming up in April either! April 20th-22nd to be exact- woot woot!

This card is made using some of the Bo Bunny Country Garden line. Love the soft colours and butterflies. Joanne from Bo Bunny was a hoot and I loved how simple she made this pop up card- instruction wise I mean. Nice and easy to follow hee hee. I used lots of the Country Garden stickers that came in the kit she gave us and that we also have at SGD. I added some bling and ribbon- because everything is better with bling. Who's with me!

I have not looked outside yet to see what the day's weather has brought us as I am holding onto the Spring feeling this card gives me. It makes me feel so good in fact that I think a giveaway is in order:

Leave a comment on this post saying what you love about Spring and I will do a draw next Saturday for a 6x6 Bo Bunny paper pack. 

If you share this giveaway on your blog, Facebook or Twitter please leave a second comment indicating how you spread the word to increase your chances to win. 

Now- back to my cuppa tea and my thoughts of Spring. Oh- before I go I just saw that SGD is having a Free Shipping weekend!!! Enabler alert!!!. Yep- cuppa tea and shopping- bliss!

Orders of $40+ (before taxes) will receive free shipping this weekend!
Valid for Canadian & US orders!! 
To redeem, enter the code FREESHIP (all cap's) into the coupon box
as you go through checkout.

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, March 9, 2012

Hugs to you!

Happy Friday!! Lots of new products arrive all the time at the store.....and some end up in my craft room, LOL! Today I am sharing a quick card with you, love it when that happens.

The background is embossed with a Crafts Concepts embossing folder, the butterfly is from Marianne Design, I sprayed it with Shimmer Goosebumps and I inked the edges. And those lovely corners.....from Cheery Lynn, 3 in a set and there are a couple different sets! The sentiment is from Hero/Sizzix Labels fancy, stamped on a label from MFT. Of course I had to add some liquid silver pearls from Viva. It didn't take me too long to make this card, with the right tools everything is possible, LOL!

See you next week, Anja

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Sizzix's New Framelits Dies & Stamp set!

Here's a quick card and easy using die cuts from Sizzix's new Framelits dies/stamp set (65-7592 Fancy Labels#2 )


Stamps/Sizzix Framelits dies: 65-7592 Fancy Labels#2 by Stephanie Barnard from Scrappin Great Deals
Hi sentiment from The Stamps of Life (talk2me)
Have a great day!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012


I'm Back.
Hi everyone. I am back from my wonderful holiday in the sunny south. Had a great time and it was restful.

I did this card up for Wonderful Wednesday Product Talk today. This is one of many new products Sheila has in the store. This is a die cut from Die-Version. These are made to be used in any die cutting machine. The key is to know how much pressure you need for all the fine pieces to come out. Here is the link for the youtube on this product.

The cute little Bunny is called Cottontail Whispers. Very simple but clean card.

Also here is the link for making the tiny bow with a fork.

Thanks for looking and have a great evening, sorry a little late in posting. Still in vacation mode.


Tuesday, March 6, 2012

the many uses of distress ink

Hello stampers!

If you've ever taken one of my classes you'll know of my love for Tim Holtz distress inks!  I use them on almost every project I make.  And if you were lucky enough to score some ink pads during Sheila's last 40% off special, you might have a few colours to choose from in your stash too!

But what you might not know is how many different things you can do with those inks!

1.  I use them almost every time I colour an image, to edge the paper.  If I'm colouring with my Copics on Copic XPress it paper, then I will use the foam blending tool to add some colour to the edges.  You can see that here.
In this example, I've left the image IN the Spellbinders Nestabilities die - to create a frame - and then sponged with distress ink.  My favourite colour for this technique by the way is Antique Linen.

2.  Obviously, you can stamp with them too!  They come in a beautiful array of colours.  If you stamp an image with your distress ink - I suggest that you dry it with your heat tool to speed up that drying process.  You can see where I've done that here.
That fabulous pink I've used for the heart is Worn Lipstick.

3.  Watercolouring!  My new favourite thing.  I'll soon teach a class at SGD on this technique.  I stamp onto watercolour paper with permanent ink (I like Ranger archival ink) and then heat set it.  Then you can pick up colour in 2 ways:  either dab your ink pad onto your craft matt - or use the re-inkers into a paint palette.  Then, use a damp brush to pick up the ink - and colour away!  Here's a Magnolia (sorry Sheila) that I've coloured in that way.
And here is a tip for you - go to the Ranger website and print off the colour chart.  You'll also find a chart for the Stickles, labels for your distress inks, and many other cool things!  Here is what my chart looks like.

Now to you - share with me your thoughts about Tim Holtz distress inks - and I'll pick a comment to win a prize!  I'll draw on Thursday!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Another Random Act of Kindness!!!

Well, it is that time again!!! The time to say thank you for your kind words!!! This particular email stood out to Sheila and she would like to respond with a little bundle of goodies for....


Here is what Myrna had to say:

Sheila: I just received my first order from your company. I just HAD to write to tell you how impressed I was. The Werthers was a nice touch and my favorite. I have since placed another order for the new spellbinders products at 25% off. Upon looking at your website I must say that your upcoming yardsale for customers is brilliant idea! I just wish I lived closer to your area because your business sounds like not only do you have great business sense, but great products, classes and know what your customers are looking for--and you have fun doing it. I will certainly make it a priority to come out to see the store and perhaps take a class the next time I am visiting my friends in London.

yours truly,

Myrna Sweet

Thank you very much Myrna!!! You made Sheila's day!! We hope you enjoy your goodies!!!

March Card kits are available and there are even a few in the store!

Happy Saturday!

Andrea here and I am sharing the 2 card designs you can make with this month's SGD card kit! You will have enough supplies to make 3 of each style giving you six cards in total with enough left over to make more if you wanted. 

In your kit this month is the My Mind's Eye Miss Caroline Fiddlestick's set. Love! I really was excited to use this set this month as it has fun elements to stamp, border stamps and a sentiment. Covers all the bases!

Grab one of these kits while they last- I think only 3 left!!

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, March 2, 2012

You are special!

Happy Friday!! Today a card for all of you!!!

I have used a variety of products, who says you don't need it all, LOL! Hero/Sizzix came out with a couple of new stamp/die sets, here I am using the THIS one. The background is stamped with TH scattered straw, and the stamp is from Bo Bunny, it makes a perfect frame if you stamp two dragonflies side ways. The swirl in blue on the left is a Heartfelt Creations die, and I only used part of the die. The flower is made with a punch and the center is 2 little flowers from Punch a bunch. Some branches from a Martha Stewart punch and black pearls done with a Viva pearl pen.

Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by, Anja

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Timeless Journeys

That is the theme of this months Scrapbooking Kit!! We had so many lovely new products in that it was really hard to pick what to put in the kit this month!! I narrowed it down to a couple of MME lines and a couple Bo-Bunny lines. Here is the kit:

Blues and yellows are very trendy right now! Add in some creams and browns, lots of flowers, flourishes, full sheets of journal cards and alphabet, rhinestones & brads, etc! Wonderful!!! Loads you can do with it, either masculine or feminine!

Here is one of the layouts I did titled "Enjoy the Journey"

A little fussy cutting, creating a banner, using some nestability dies, punches, embossing....Lots of techniques! I am offering this layout as a class - on Saturday, March 10, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at a cost of $20.00 plus taxes, for anyone who is interested!!

I have another layout on my blog today as well if you want to pop over there for a look!! The kit will be available for sale by Monday after the kit club members have gotten theirs. If you are interested in joining our club, you can check out the details here!!

Have a fantastic day!!