Thursday, May 31, 2012

Road Trip

Good Morning Everyone,

Well I forgot to take a picture of our project we did for Wonderful Wednesdays. So I will try and post that  on my blog this weekend.

So this Saturday June 2, I am doing a paper bag album called Road Trip. Love doing these paper bag albums. Once you have done one, the possibilities are endless. If you are interested please call the store or register on line.

Hope to see you there. Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Washi Tape - A Trendy New Product!!!

So a HOT HOT trend right now is using WASHI TAPE on your layouts, cards, off the page projects, etc, etc.  Of course, we had to get some in for all you lovely ladies (and gents!) to try!

Here is a clip from WRMK, demonstrating their new Washi Tape:

We have LOTS of these new WRMK tapes, in fabulous colours, like AQUA:

and PINK:

There are also several other companies that make washi/trendy tape, like this ARGYLE PINK from Queen & Co.:


Last week, Kim demonstrated using tape to create your own die cut embellishment.  You can see her post here, if you missed it.  

A while back, I used some Tim Holtz Tissue Tape (not in stock right now!) on this layout, all around the outside edge of the cardstock, it is great for framing pictures too! 

This is a fantastic, versatile product!  Get some and try it for yourself!!  LOVE it!!!

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Sneak Peaks from a Guest Designer!!

Since Sheila took off on us to exotic locales, we needed another designer to work on our upcoming June Scrapbooking Kit.  So we asked a very talented, devoted fan of SGD's to be a guest designer this month!  

A big welcome to Lynn Shaffer!!!  

Here are some sneaks at the layouts she has created with the kit:

I can't wait to share the whole layouts with you!!  They are fantastic!! I guess I should really get my butt in gear and play with my kit!!  Have a great day!

Monday, May 28, 2012

Magnolias have arrived at SGD!

Hello Stampers!

I'm THRILLED to say that Magnolias have arrived - all the way from Sweden - at SGD!  Yet another gorgeous stamp line to add to our range.  Woohoo!  I look forward to teaching lots of fun classes with these beautiful images!

This little Tilda has been coloured with Distress Inks.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Nothing beats a nice cuppa....

Sorry for the late post ladies but let me tell you this weekend has been a wee bit on the crazy side! I started out nice and relaxing with me having the house to myself while the rest of the family went to see the Avengers (fyi apparently it is an amazing movie!). It started out calmly with me in my craft room but quickly escalated into me spending the night rushing up and down the stairs from one puppy disaster to another. After having to get out the carpet cleaner, sweep up a MASSIVE amount of broken glass, wrestle cook books out of a puppy's death grip and just give up as other items were shredded I was so done by the time they got home. DONE. I even texted my daughter to ask them to bring me some decaf tea as I needed something to help me relax after  all of the puppy's good times. Today wasn't too much different lol! Good thing that dog is so cute let me tell you!

So as I sat at my craft table I remembered my decaf tea and this tea card I meant to post for today- ooops! Just under the wire! We made this card at our Product Talk session this past Thursday. If you haven't been to a 'Therapy Thursday' with the Amazing A-Team yet you have to check it out some time and join in on the madness!

This cute tea-cup was created using a die from Cottage Cutz called Small Teacups. It isn't on the website yet but you can find it in the store along with lots of other new ones. The sentiment is from the AMAZING tea stamp and die set from My Favorite Things called "Always time for Tea". The set has oodles of great sentiments for tea lovers like me!

Well I hope you all have an amazing weekend!
Cheers, Andrea

Friday, May 25, 2012

Poppy window card

Welcome to another Friday post! I didn't realize I hadn't posted this card yet ,we did this one a couple weeks ago for Therapy Thursday. It is a window card, the window is cut out with Nestabilities, on the inside I stamped the Memory box Poppy Row stamp and matted it with red.

On the outside we used the Memory Box Prim Poppy Floral die and the sentiment is from Hero Arts, say it all. A quick, simple and elegant card, have a great weekend, Anja

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Trendy Tape

Hello Everyone,

Yesterday for Wonderful Wednesday we made a butterfly card with Trendy Tape. This is one of the hottest products out there. It is great for any paper crafting projects and it is on sale now and until Friday May 25/12.
I got this tutorial from Krya. I used acetate for the base of my butterfly. I used strips of Trendy Tape to cover my acetate, once I did this I then cut out with a sizzix die cut.

The paper and the "Just Because is from Kaisercraft.

Thanks for looking and have fun playing with the Trendy Tape.


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tutorial: Water colouring Magnolias with Distress Inks

Hello Stampers!

It was a beautiful Victoria Day long weekend here in London.  Unfortunately I didn't see much of it, as I was inside with a sick child.  But I took advantage of the time to write a little tutorial!

I will be teaching a class at SGD on May 31 where you can learn this technique in person!  In the meantime, here is a pictorial view.

First - here are my tips for starting out!

1.  I use the distress ink refills - but I have also enjoyed doing this technique with the distress markers!  They will do the same thing for you - with the advantage of being more portable, and less messy.

2.  I use the Tim Holtz palette - and I have a drop of refill in each spot - and line it up with my colour chart.  Having this colour chart in front of you is very important!

3.  I use a variety of brushes.  Mostly, the Tim Holtz detailer tip water brush.  I also use a number 0 paint brush and a number 00.  The Tim Holtz broad brush is also handy for backgrounds.

4.  I use watercolour paper.  There are MANY on the market.  I buy mine at an artists supply store and it is 140lb cold press.

5.  I stamp my image using Versafine ink, in Sepia.  I have also used Ranger Archival ink which works well too.  I like the sharp detail of the Versafine.

6.  I also keep beside me a pot of water, some paper towel, and my heat tool.  This Ranger heat tool is AWESOME.  I keep it plugged in beside me all the time.

OK - here we go!

Here is Tilda with Lovely Lace Shoes, stamped in Versafine Sepia - on watercolour paper.

First I colour all the skin.  With a damp brush, pick up some tea dye ink (or apply directly from the distress marker) around the face/ skin area.

Dab all the ink off your brush onto paper towel, and using a damp brush - blend out the ink into the skin area.

Here you can see the first coat of tea dye - almost completely blended out.  The first time you try this, you  may find it tricky - and may not like the result.  The nice thing is that you can add more water - and dab up the colour with a paper towel.  Just leave to try and then try again!

The key is knowing your brush - getting the feel for "how wet is just right" and how much ink you have on your brush.  Try it out on a scrap piece of paper before applying to your image to get the amount of ink just right.  Be sure your brush has no colour on it before you use it to blend out.  Be sure it isn't too wet.  If you go outside the line, use a damp brush to clean up the area - and push the ink back into the image.

Now I leave that base coat to dry a little and move onto the hair.  I apply some antique linen as a base coat for the hair.  Later I'll add some brushed corduroy and some scattered straw.  Also a little mustard seed for some brightness on the crown of her head.  You can use any of the browns that you like - or the light yellows - give them a try!

Now I go back and apply a second coat of tea dye to the face and blend it out.  I also apply little dots of tattered rose to the cheeks.

Then I go back to the hair, add some browns, and blend then out with some more antique linen.

Now, I apply some "dried marigold" to the shirt.

Here it is blended out.

Then, I finish up the blouse with "spiced marmalade".

I use some "spiced marmalade" to give shadows on the blouse.

For the jeans, I've used "faded jeans".

And also a little bit of "crushed olive" on the bum, to make them look "lived in" and worn.  I used "chipped sapphire" for the shadow areas.

I've also gone back and touched up the hair with some "vintage photo" around the hairline, and a little "mustard seed" on the crown.

I've used "brushed corduroy" for the soles of the shoes, and "dried marigold" for the frilly sock.

I've finished up the shoes with "antique linen".  I've used "weathered wood" for the outline and "brushed corduroy" for the shadow.  I've also overlaid some "brushed corduroy" on the shadows of the pants & the blouse.  I dabbed some "dried marigold" on the hair bows.

And here she is!

I hope you enjoyed my little pictorial.  Here are a few more little tips & tricks for you.

1.  use two colours per area, a light and a dark.  i.e. "dried marigold" and "spiced marmalade" or "faded jeans" with "chipped sapphire".

2.  use a brown shade to apply a deep shadow - here I've used "brushed corduroy" over the orange blouse and the blue jeans.

3.  give the base coat time to dry before applying the shadow for more depth.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sunday May 27 is a Karan Gerber Day!!!


Sunday, May 27:  11am - 1pm (store will be open at 10:30am)   Cost:  $30.00 plus HST

"We will be working with the Natures Garden line from Prima along with: Tim Holtz tissue paper,  Simple Stories new envelope elements and Donna Downey Stamps.   I’m sure our children or grandchildren left soft spots in our hearts or left us with a song.  Our first granddaughter is the feature for May workshops! Join me in creating this two page keepsake which will showcase those pictures you love beautifully."

Materials Needed:   Edge distresser, foam adhesive, Adirondack paint in snow cap, Vintage Photo distress ink, a large eye sewing needle, butterfly punches (if you have them).   Items will be available for purchase at SGDs
All class participants will receive a 20% in-store discount the day of the class.


Sunday, May 27:  2 - 4pm     Cost: $30.00 plus HST

"Ahhh, the world of Spellbinders!!  Do you often look at Spellbinder dies  as a scrapbooker and  think, "oh they are just for cardmaking ... I couldn't use those in a layout" .... Well think again my friends!!   Have you wanted to find a way to incorporate them into your scrapbooking layouts .... This will be the workshop for you! This cute double page layout featuring LYB Saturday line along with three sets of Spellbinder dies will show off family photos or photos of your nearest and dearest."

Materials Needed:   Edge distresser, Vintage Photo distress ink, glossy accents (all available for purchase at SGDs)
Spellbinder Dies Karan used for this workshop:   Spellbinders Labels Twenty-Five; Spellbinders Mix'D Media Elements by Donna SalazarSpellbinders Shape Banner Basics Three   If you have them in your collection, feel free to bring them along, there will be a set provided in class to cut what you need.

There are still a couple spots left in each of these classes!!  Click here to register online or phone the store directly at 519-473-5751!!

And don't forget to our first ever CHALLENGE!!! Link up your creation for a chance to win!!!

Saturday, May 19, 2012

SGD Photo Inspiration Challenge

Andrea here with something different for our little store blog. Welcome to our first challenge! I love playing along with challenges as I love seeing everyone's different take on the inspiration. The boss is flying to St. Lucia as I write this so why not add a prize in the mix to help kick things off! The prize will be a stamp set!

I took this photo today using that fun app Instagram. It allows you you add a vintage look to your photos with just one click. I bought these lush silk flowers while shopping with my friend Anja to decorate my craft room. I was looking at them this morning and thinking how these colours would look great on a card or page. So that is our challenge! Use this photo in anyway you want for inspiration. You might use the colours, add flowers to your card, etc. Where ever your creativity takes you! Please only enter newly created projects. I will update this post later with a linky tool so that you can share a picture right here on this post if your project.

So while I figure out how to do the linky thing it gives you time to get started! **Edited to add that I think I've got it! See the blue dude below to link up a picture on your blog or an online photo site**

Happy crafting! Andrea

Friday, May 18, 2012

One for the guys!

Happy Friday! Are you ready for a long weekend? It sounds like the weather is gonna be beautiful here in South Western Ontario. I have a happy farmer....the crops are in! It isn't his birthday but it could be...I made him a card, lol! This 4 x 4 card is done with a background embossed with a M bossabilities folder, wow, 2 for 1, they are awesome and emboss so nicely. There are a lot of different ones, check them out, this one can be found HERE. The sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations, no, it didn't smear when I stamped it, that's the look, so perfect for guys, you find it here. And MFT came out with a cool die to cut out the tools, some twine and silver Viva pearls to finish it off. I noticed that my embossed panel is turned, oh well, I tried, lol!
Have a great weekend, Anja

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Happy Bark-day!

Here’s a fun birthday card using stamps from Paper Smooches.

Stamps: Paper Smooches (Birthday Buddies)
Die cuts/Embossing: Sizzix Circle & Scallop Circle Framelits, Sizzix Texture Fades (Honeycomb)
Markers: Shinhan Touch Twin
White Satin ribbon colored with markers to match stamped image

Have a great day! 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Julia Stainton & Lily Bee in the house!

Join us on Saturday, June 9th!

We are so excited to welcome London's very own Julia Stainton to SGD's!   Julia is a designer for Lily Bee and is coming here for a Lily Bee Event!   There will be a card class in the morning where you will create five fabulous cards, and in the afternoon, we will be making a gorgeous mini album!  Come for one or make the day of it and stay for both!   Door prizes, treats, goodie bags and in-store specials for every participant ... We are rolling out the red carpet for Lily Bee & Julia Stainton!!   Limited seating - be sure to register quickly!   Mark your calendars ... Saturday, June 9th!!  


Photographed is a teaser of some of the projects we'll be working on with Julia!!   We cannot wait to learn from one of the most published designers we know!!   Card class in the morning and mini album in the afternoon.  Door prizes, goodie bags and so much more!!   Don't miss all the fun, register today!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

It is a Scrappin' Sheila Day!

 Happy Sunny Tuesday!!!  Today I am sharing a few of Sheila's fabulous layouts created with May's Scrapbooking Kit.  Lovin' the colours this month!  So bright and perfect for spring! There may be one or two left in the store if you are interested!!


The ruffled tissue paper is from American Crafts, perfect background for this happy birthday layout!  Sheila experimented with some fluid acrylic paint and a Donna Downy foam stamp to create the flowers on the background, finished up with some fairy dust sprinkles.  (Thanks Karan for getting Sheila out of her comfort zone!!)


Sheila coloured the white foam Thickers with Tattered Angels Pinata Glimmer Glaze!  We love Glimmer Glaze!!! You can paint anything with it, it shimmers, it dries fast - what's not to love!  The border along the bottom is included in the kit and is punched from an EK Success punch - Flower Burst.


This last layout utilized a new punch we have in the store from WRMK - Lucky Eight Floral Burst.  We really like them!!!  Any 12 x 12 piece of paper can become a diecut!  There are four styles to choose from - good luck picking just one!!! 

Hope you have a fantastic day! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Father's Day card

Hello Stampers and Happy Monday!

Here is my first Father's Day card creation of the year.  I don't know about you, but I find masculine cards to be super challenging.  I can never find stamps - never mind stamps to colour.  And then how to embellish?  What colours to use?  Always a struggle.  This stamp is  "Fisherman" by Ai (Art Impressions).  My sentiment is from the "My Guy" set from Paper Smooches (hands down - my favourite line for sentiments).

If you haven't yet discovered the "Golden Oldies" series by Ai (Art Impressions) - you really have to check these out!  First of all, they're pretty funny.  And - they are so practical!  I find them great images for lots of occasions.  AND they're already cling mounted - and ready to colour.  LOVE!

I made a card with the ladies on beach chairs a while ago - and had SO many comments on it and asking to know where I found the stamp!

This one will be at my upcoming card class in June - I have another "Golden Oldie" to be featured there as well (just have to finish colouring it up!).

I just finished my Standard & Intermediate Copic Certification courses in Toronto two weeks ago!  I LOVED it - and was so excited to complete these courses - yay!  I can't wait to start teaching some of the new techniques I learned.  I'm still practicing, so bear with me!  There was LOTS of new stuff to learn - it was just heaven for me - and I had the joy of attending with my BFF Andrea (not to mention our crazy hotel & travel stories - be sure and ask Andrea about the magician's animals!).  What a fabulous time.

You may note my skin tones are different here than my usual.  I'm also trying out some new shadow techniques and even a cast shadow!  SO much fun!


Stamps:  "Fisherman" by Ai (Art Impressions.  
"My Guy" set from Paper Smooches
Hero Arts "Wood Grain" background stamp

Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Distress inks in Old paper and Antique linen
YG99, YG97, YG95, YG93, YG91
B97, B95, B93, B91
E53, E51
E25, E23
BV23, BV20
E13, E11, E00, R20

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Romantic and Whimsical

Happy Mother's Day!
Hope that you're enjoying a relaxing day.

I wanted to share a couple of cards with you today 

The first uses Dimensional Stickers, Chipboard and the gorgeous Designer Paper from The Bo Bunny Weekend Market Collection. These items are currently available in the SGD store!

For this card I used the stamps and matching dies from MFT Inspired by Butterflies set! This stamp set has matching dies!!! YAY!!!!!  These are also available in Sheila's great shop!!!!

Happy Stamping!


Saturday, May 12, 2012

May SGD Card Kits...hope you love them as much as I do!

Andrea here sharing with you the cards that you can make with this month's SGD card kit! I am sooo happy with how these turned out! I based this month's card design on some fun packaging I found on products around my house. I will have to look for inspiration that way more often me thinks!

This month card kit uses brand new paper lines from Kaiser Craft and Prima. I went from bold colours to pastels to give lots of variety. The stamps that are included are sweet sentiment stamps from Kaiser Craft. You get one set per kit but of course you can always buy a couple more too at the ridiculously low price of $3.28 each!

I hope you enjoy this month's kit if you are a subscriber and if you aren't- come and join us!!! Don't forget we try to have one or two for sale in the store as well while supplies last!

Cheers! Andrea

Friday, May 11, 2012

Blog Candy Winner!!!

Thank you for the lovely comments about our outstanding design team!!!  
We have this collection of Prima products to give away today!

And the lucky winner is:
 ( selected #5, and since neither Andrea nor Anja can win, the prize goes to the next comment )

Clara      May 8, 2012 12:23 PM
SGD really does have the Best Designers around! I enjoyed checking out all the Diva's blogs and their "other" commitments!(ha ha). These ladies always have something to inspire us. Everyone has their own unique style and are so willing to share their talents with us. Lori, you are no slouch designer either , nor is Sarah or our beloved Sheila! (And I'm not just saying all of this for the Candy)(ha ha) Have a great day everyone!

Thank you Clara!!  Just pop an email over to Sheila ( and we will make sure you get your goodies!!!  

Sneek peak for masculine card class!

Happy Friday! Heartfelt creations came out with a whole line of masculine stamps and dies!!!I couldn't resist and designed a Masculine card class!! Most people struggle with those cards, well, Heartfelt creations jumped in on if you like, you can take my class, Wednesday, May 30th from 10 AM till 12 noon, make it a day and stay for Wonderful Wednesday with Kim at 1PM. This is just one of the cards, you will make 4, they are on display at the store and on the website soon. Check out the whole line of Heartfelt Creations here.

Hope to see you, have a wonderful weekend, Anja

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Good  morning everyone.

Here is my Kid's Kit  for the Month of May. I used the papers from American Craft called Neopolitan. It is such a summerie feeling paper. The rubons are easy to use. Had fun designing this layout.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Birthday Flip-its!

Here’s another card made with a Sizzix Flip-its die. Dang these things are alot of fun! They take all the guesswork out of making an interactive card.


Stamps: Hero Arts (CL521 Sew Me Flowers, C371 Essential Messages)
Flower Soft products: Nut Brown, Flower Soft Wires
Sizzix: 655268 Sizzix Big Shot,  587586 Sizzix Movers & Shapers Flip-its Circle, Framelits Circle
Markers: Shinhan Touch Twin

Have a great day!