Saturday, May 31, 2014

Andrea's Project Life- the beginning

I've started
already addicted

just slide them in the pockets

add your Project Life or similar product's cards

add your trip mementos
I used my Tim Holtz stapler
so easy


It's not fancy
I haven't added a million of the amazing embellishments that you can
I've kept it simple
as I am about a basquillion pictures behind in scrapbooking

Pocket Scrapbooking
I love you

You don't have to do it for each day
each week 
or even each month
(though I admire people who do)
you can just use it to catch up on your photos
and create scrapbooks for your family to enjoy
(and you'll enjoy it too :)

So this is me just starting out
Starting with our family trip to Ireland
I hope you don't mind but I am going to share the progress along the way!
Feel free to join me along the way with your own pocket scrapbooking!

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, May 30, 2014

A flower basket for you!

Happy Friday! The weather is finally nice here, so nice to drive through the country and it makes my farmer happy! We had a fabulous weekend at the Oakwood Inn, and our next retreat is already in the works!!
Don't miss it!!
Sharing with you a card with  a die from Memory Box, some dp and punched flowers....This is the card for next Wonderful Wednesday, June 4 at 1 PM. This is where we donate and create, please bring a basic tool kit and a flower mat with tools, if you have one.
                            Enjoy the weekend, till next time, Anja 

Thursday, May 29, 2014

My love, my heart and my soul

Happy Thursday! 

Today I am sharing a layout I created at the SGD Oakwood Retreat. It was amazing time. I used Prima-Time-Travelers-Memories and CE Moroccan Lattice Panel and a this amazing stamp. I also used Prima Color Bloom sprays. To top it off received this beautiful ribbon from our gift bags. 

The handsome man in the photo is my amazing husband. <3. Details about the sketch can be found on my blog here

Here are the amazing products I used for this layout. Love these products there is an amazing sale today! Details can be found here. 

Have a great day! 
The weekend will soon be here :) 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Your Sale Your Way is Here!!

This is your sale ... YOUR way! You decide what is on sale & save big time while doing it!! Here is how it works ... You will automatically save $20 on your purchase of $75+ (before taxes) of regular priced, in-stock items! This is a savings of over 26%!! Hurry, ends Thursday, May 29 at midnight. Excluded from this special promotion: classes, pre-orders, clearance, backorders, Diva-made kits, retreats. Cannot be combined with any other discounts/coupons.
Be sure to check out what's new - Oodles arriving!!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A Layout by Scrappin' Sheila!

Here is an adorable layout that Scrappin' Sheila designed at the Spring Weekend Retreat – featuring Hannah’s 7th birthday party held at SGDs! How cute is that Hannah??!!!!

Sheila used so many new products including: Jillibean Soup Birthday Bisque, Faber Castell Glitter Glass Beads, Kaisercraft 12x12 Filmstrip overlay (cut in several pieces), inked with Tim Holtz Pink Rasperberry Ink.  

Monday, May 26, 2014

We're BACK!!!!


We are back from the amazing Oakwood Inn, in Grand Bend, where we had our Spring Weekend Retreat.  Here are most of us posing for our Group Picture.  Unfortunately we totally forgot to do it on Saturday when everyone was there....noted for the next one!!!  Sorry to the ladies who had already left! 

There were 54 fantastic ladies crafting the weekend away.  Our divas had demos, and classes; there was a raffle table, of course some shopping, candy & snacks, incredible, what a weekend!!  There are a ton of pictures posted over the weekend on our Facebook page....please have a look!!  We have our dates booked for the Fall Weekend Retreat, we'd love to have you join us!!! October 17 - 19, 2014 - mark it on your calendar and call Dani to book!!!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Hello from Oakwood

Good Morning Everyone,

We have been having a great time this weekend at Grand Bend's Oakwood Inn. The service has been way beyond our expectations.  What a great bunch of ladies we have here. It has been a weekend of  eating, creating, eating and so on. This is one of the cards that I made and it will be our Wonderful Wednesday card. I used the Arched Poppies from Memory Box. I can't take all the credit for this card. I saw this card being done on Ellen Hutson Classroom. I thought this is card we should make. What a great way to use up your scraps.

Thanks for looking and have a great day. Keep checking our face book page and blog for retreat updates. Ladies thank you and see you in the fall.


Saturday, May 24, 2014

Day 2 at Oakwood Inn!

We are having so much fun at our Spring retreat!
Here are some pictures to share the good times!

Roomy workspaces
and friends

Wish you were here!
Cheers, Andrea

Friday, May 23, 2014

Colourful birthday!

Happy Friday!! Our Spring Retreat at the Oakwood INN starts TODAY!!!! I am packed and ready to go, scrapbooking this time.....I can't keep making pictures, store them and then go and happily make project life came to my rescue, now I can do both!!! Planning to get a lot done!
Sharing with you a  colourful birthday card, with a set from Impression Obsession and some Echopark paper. This will be the card for Toonie Tuesday, May 27 at 2 PM. Bring a basic tool kit and a toonie, the rest will be there for you. 
Hope to see a lot of you at the retreat! Have a great weekend, Anja

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The trouble with packing ...

Happy Thursday! Yippee one more sleep (maybe) and it is the SGD retreat. So, during the weekend I told myself "You will pack early."  I started putting all my scrap supplies in order and then, well, saw this piece and that piece and the next thing I know I am scrappin' away. Here are two canvas' I made for my boys room. 

I picked up Prima Color Bloom Spray Sultry Shimmer Cobalt and love the vibrant color. The Viva Decor - Inka Gold - Gold Paint really came out on the  CE Mini Ornament Frame. I used my new Memory Box Stencils Stardust Mini Stencil with Dreamweaver paste mix with Wild Honey ink.  I put my Cuttlebug to work, I love the Memory Box Precious Stars Die and Sizzix Star Die. 

For this canvas, I used the mini brick panel from CE. I cut pieces of the panel, painted it black and added a light coat of Viva Decor Gold. The Paper is from Echo Park. I mix Tim Holtz Wild Honey ink with Dreamweaver embossing paste and used Memory Box Stardust Mini Stencil. I used Viva Decor Gold paint on the star and on the edges of the canvas. 

Have a fabulous Thursday! 

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

It's Tool Time at SGD's!!

Yee-ha!!! A customer favourite is back!! That's right ladies, jump on over to our massive Tool Gallery & save 22%!! Includes Memory Box, Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn, Impression Obsession, CottageCutz and sooooo many MORE! This special promotion is applicable for regular-priced, in-stock items featured in our Tool Gallery. (Excluded: pre-orders, clearance, backorders, special orders). Please allow extra time for order processing for this very popular event. Two Days Only!! Hurry, ends Thursday, May 22, 2014 @ midnight. Cannot be combined with any other discounts/coupons.

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Lakefront Layout Class

Happy Tuesday everyone!!  

There is now a class booked for my Lakefront layout, that features 7 Gypsies and their Maritime collection!!  I hope you can join me on Thursday, May 29, starting at 6pm!!  More details can be found on the Class Registration website! Just Click HERE!!

Only Three more sleeps until our Spring Retreat at the Oakwood Inn!!  So exciting!!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Time Traveller Sympathy Cards

On one hand, I'm not a fan of creating Sympathy Cards. On the other, it's nice to create a handmade card to acknowledge in a special way one's empathy with regard to the loss of a loved one.

I really like the TIme Traveller collection and thought the prints and patterns would be perfect for just this occasion.

In addition to the Time Traveller Paper, I also used Time Traveller Tags and Tickets and 3x4 ATC Cards, Typewriter Keys and Flowers from the Time Traveller Collection.

On the top card, I used a gorgeous Paintable, colouring in my flower with a Gelato.

I created a few cards, as it's good to have them on hand. Sadly, my parents are at the age where they are losing friends much too often. It's comforting to them to send a special card

Sentiments for each card is from Impression Obsession.

You can find the Time Traveller Collection  in the Store now!


Sunday, May 18, 2014

Project Life and Oakwood Inn Retreat

Good Morning Everyone,

What a beautiful day, hope you are enjoying it. This morning I want to share with you one of the kits that we will have available to purchase on line or at the retreat. I am sure many of you have heard of project life, well this is my take on project life. I have a lot of family pictures that are not like the pictures we take now. They are not pictures that I want to use on 2 page layouts but they are important enough for me to put them in an album. So Lynn and I came up with our own project life kits.

You will receive 2 photo pocket pages, 2 sheets of journaling designer paper and embellishments to complete these 2 pages. Nice thing about it the backside is already to add more pictures.
Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Art Journal fun through the ages

Last night was Art Journal night at SGD hosted by the fabulous duo of Kim and Lori. I took my teen daughter Jaime along as this crafty venture finally appealed to her. Try as I might I can't usually get her to craft with me but when I told her that Art Journal has NO RULES she was all over it. 

And she rocked it

She created the first picture using Dylusions sprays, assorted stamps and Staz On ink. This was her first page and she was HOOKED. 

Her next creation is a tribute to her favourite movie Moulin Rouge. Again she used Dylusions Sprays, some of the new Prima Color bloom sprays for the splatters, various stamps, Staz On and then a stencil with embossing paste for the girl outline. When she explained what her page was about on the way home and why she chose the colours and elements that she did I was so pleased to see her express herself this way. 

In fact she wants to bring some of her teen friends with us next month! Successful mom/daughter outing! Maybe you have a younger person or an older person in your life who may want to try this as well. This activity truly reaches all ages.

If you haven't tried Journalling yet you may want to think about giving it a try- it is so cathartic. In fact I am still mellowed out lol!!!!!!

Huge thank you to Kim and Lori for all their help with our questions last night. So patient and inspirational! And another thank you to the ladies there last night who made it such a warm and welcoming group. 

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, May 16, 2014

Elegant Birthday!

Happy Friday!! Sharing an elegant card with you today! Pink, flowers and bling.....all my favourite things!
This card is for Wonderful Wednesday, May 21 at 1 PM. Come donate and create with us!
Please bring a donation for the foodbank, if you can and a basic tool kit. Together we can make a difference!
Have a wonderful long weekend, Anja

Thursday, May 15, 2014

A memory box for Mom

Yippee! There are 8 days left until the retreat! I can't wait. 

 Today I am sharing a box I decorated for my Mom on Mother's day. I had a simple wood box from the dollar store and covered it with BoBunny Paper. I misted the paper with Prima Color Bloom and then used my Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil, and spun sugar ink. I then added trinkets (punched out butterflies, punched out hearts, pearls, keys) and also mixed in some Prima Flowers, Petaloo flowers and pearls. 

I then covered all my edges with 

Viva Decor - Inka Gold - Old Gold Paint. 

Close up of all the goodies added to the top. 

Have a great week 

Lynn xox 

Some of the products I have used. 

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Save $5 For Every $25 Spent!


Save $5 For Every $25 Spent! 
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Applies to regular priced, in-stock items
Excluded: crops, classes, pre-orders, diva-made kits, clearance, backordered items, retreats.
Hurry, ends Thursday, May 15, 2014 @ midnight
Be sure to check out what's new!!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

This Friday is Art Journal Night!!!!

Join our media-crazed Divas, Lori & Kim, as they continue to explore the world of mixed media!! This art-form is all the rave and our Divas simply LOVE it!! Together we will play and experiment with different mediums, masks, stamps, techniques and so much more!! New techniques and media are explored every month and there is no need to worry if you missed a class, as you can start your journal at any time!!

Come and play with sprays, inks, gels, pastes, stencils, textures, stamps & soooo much more!  Don't forget your Art Journaling Book (suitable for mixed media). We recommend Dyan Reaveley Dylusions Art Journal. Come prepared to get messy!! Each student will receive a 20% in-store discount during the workshop. Register today & discover Mixed Media for yourself!!  

Friday, May 16 starting at 7pm   Ideal for all levels of crafters aged 15+

Monday, May 12, 2014


I was inspired by Andrea's Watercolour card on Saturday and had to get out mine and play!!  I used the Brilliant Memory Box Stencil to make the rainbow of colours in the background.  Some paper from The Paper Loft that I had in my stash and voila my Mom's Day card was complete in no time at all!!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Mod Flower Die Part 2

Good Morning Everyone and Happy Mother's Day,

Last week I posted a card using the Mod Flower Die, so this is another card I did using the same die.  But this time I made a stencil by cutting it out with scrap paper. You could use stencil paper but it is a little thick and you don't get all the details that is in this die.  I placed the stencil over my Bristol Smooth card stock and sprayed with  Prima's Bloom Spray, Sunshine.   Don't know if you can see in the picture that there is a nice shimmer to the spray. I also used Thanks Cloud from Memory Box for my sentiment. You get a 2 for one with this die. You can use the cut outs together or separately. I used both. I popped up the cloud part.  If you come out to Scrappin' Great Deals this Wednesday you will be able to make this card. Just remember to bring your basic tool kit and food donation for the food bank.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.