Sunday, November 30, 2014

Taylored Expressions - Jingle All The Way

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is this week's Donate to Create card. I used the Taylored Expressions "Jingle All The Way" die. What a sweet little die. I used designer paper from Bobunny  called "Candy Cane" for the background. I love using non traditional colours for my Christmas cards.

Hope to see you out this Wednesday. Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, November 29, 2014

Colouring fun with CandiBean

Andrea here on this snowy Saturday to share what I have been up to on my crafting desk lately
I grabbed a CandiBean stamp last time I was in the store- this one is 'Spread a smile of Joy'
I love that sweet little girl!
I coloured her and her snowy friend up with my copics to match the Bo Bunny Altitude paper
I can't get over those rich colours for Winter!
I kept the card simple to get it ready to be handed out soon for the Holiday Season. 

Hope you are doing well or almost done your holiday crafting!

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, November 28, 2014

Just because...

Happy Friday! It's good to be back in my craft room, get my fingers messy and create!
I started out with a piece of watercolour paper, 31/4 x 41/2 and I sprayed it with water, then I took my Tim Holtz broken china inkpad and smeared it across the top , then I did the same with dusty concord and mustard seed on the bottom, the musterd seed was very bright, oops, so I put dusty concord on top.
Then I added more water with a waterbrush, let it run a little and then put a piece of papertowel on top to take off the access water.I inked up the stamp with the 3 inks, sprayed some water on it and stamped the image from Penny Black,  a day in autumn, right after that I inked up the stamp with just dusty concord, sprayed some water on it and stamped again. I added some dusty concord in the corners with a sponge. After this step I took the top picture. With the heat tool I dried the whole piece before I stamped again with black Versafine and put black embossing powder on, the same with the sentiment from Just Rite, Graceful Sentiments. I got my spritzer tool out and put the black soot marker in from Tim Holtz and sprayed on some black dots.
Mounted the whole piece on a cream mat and onto a black card base.
Hope you like it! It was fun and easy to do! Till next time, Anja

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Let it snow

Oh there is snow in Southern Ontario! 
I took some time to make my Christmas cards last night. I used my 

Tim Holtz Texture Fades - Brick & Woodgrain Embossing Folders, to create the brick look. 

This has to be one of my favorite folders! I used odds and ends to create the star and banner. 

Don't forget to check out the 12 hour special

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

It's Hockey Time!!

We are now well into Hockey Season and my son Benny is playing for the first time.  I don't know where he gets it from because we have never exposed him to it.  I never aspired to be a Hockey Mom. He suited up for the first time and he said "Mama, I am gonna be famous!"....with conviction!  I had to capture the moment.  I used the Simple Stories collection "Say Cheese", along with the Bella Blvd collection "Halloween Magic", both collections are great for boy layouts!! 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Mixed Media Canvas

Happy Tuesday Everyone!!  

I wasn't able to attend Cari Fennell's Prima Canvas workshop in September so I purchased a kit.  At the Fall Retreat in Grand Bend, Kim and I were finally able to play with the kit!  If you can recall, it turned out quite different than Cari's, but only due to the colour choices I made.  That is the great thing about mixed media - you end up with a unique piece every time!! 

A Canvas such as this would make a great Christmas present!!!   Some of the supplies used:

Prima Color Bloom Sprays
Prima Modelling Paste
Prima Glass Beads
Prima Bottle Cap Embellishments

And don't forget that we have started our BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!

Deals will be coming & going all week long, so be sure to check back every day, several times a day so you don't miss out!! Sold on a first come basis only while supplies last. The minute you see something you'd like, get your order in right away!! We cannot guarantee availability as shoppers will be shopping in-store and online at the same time. Ends Friday, November 28 at midnight. Online shoppers, take advantage of our Shop & Ship Option & save on shipping too! Remember to check back several times a day between now & Nov. 28!! Have fun!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Black Friday Sale Starting NOW!!!!

Deals will be coming & going all week long, so be sure to check back every day, several times a day so you don't miss out!! Sold on a first come basis only while supplies last. The minute you see something you'd like, get your order in right away!! We cannot guarantee availability as shoppers will be shopping in-store and online at the same time. Ends Friday, November 28 at midnight. Online shoppers, take advantage of our Shop & Ship Option & save on shipping too! Remember to check back several times a day between now & Nov. 28!! Have fun!!

"December" Calendar Class

Good morning, all! Today, I wanted to share with you a layout that I created for the "December" Calendar Class using some of the papers from the Simple Stories "Cozy Christmas" line. Rather than go with the more traditional Christmas colours, I decided to focus on gold and cream. I thought that if you printed your photos in Sepia, this would be very dramatic.

I used some Memory Box Ornament dies, the small Blooming Poinsettia die, and the Wink of Stella Clear Brush. I love these Crystals from Prima as well. We will also be stamping and embossing using the Lindy's Gold Embossing Powder.

This class will be on December 14 at 1:30 p.m. Have a great week!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Festive Collection Christmas Cards

Good Morning Everyone,

Next Sunday I will be teaching two more of Judy's amazing cards. The dies she used are from Creative Expression. We will be using "Joy" and the Holly Spray. I will be sharing some of Judy's tricks in making her gorgeous cards, so I hope you will join me next Sunday from 1-4. I have a couple of spots open. You can register on line or call the store at 519-473-5751.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, November 22, 2014

Blog Candy Winner!!!

It's time to announce our most recent blog candy winner!
Thank you for sharing your favourite crafty tools
The hands down most popular choice are die cutting machines
Big shot, Cuttlebug, Vagabond- you name it we love it
And the Misti is new to me- will look into it and see if it is something we can get!

All right now on to the winner.....

So very hard to choose, but I would have to say my Distress Ink pads and refills - use them each and every time I craft cause they are so versatile!
Congrats Paper Crazy Lady!!!
Please email me at by Nov 29th to claim your prize!

Stay tuned for our next Blog Candy giveaway!

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, November 21, 2014

Penny Black Christmas card!

Happy Friday! A Christmas card with Penny Black, in traditional colours and a bow, we haven't used bows in a while...This card is for DONATE AND CREATE, Wednesday, November 26 at 1 PM. Please come and join us, if you can, bring a donation ( for the month of December we are asking you to bring a toy) and a basic tool kit.....together we can make a difference!
                                                Happy Crafting, Anja

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Oh the weather outside is ...

Hello friends, 
As I write this post we just got hit with the white stuff. 
I am happy to report that I am sitting in front of my fireplace nice and cozy. 
So how can I not share this fabulous card from our very own Judy! 

Look at the stunning details of these beautiful cards. 

Take advantage fo the fabulous sale Sheila has put on for us this week. Save 20% off Memory Box and Spellbinders
Look at these fabulous products. 

Have a great day. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Our 7th ANNIVERSARY event is coming up fast!!!!

Wow ... It's so hard to believe it was seven years ago we turned our on-line store into a fabulous retail store!! All together we've been in business for 12 years!! Through these years we have met so many wonderful people and have formed many life-long friendships. For seven years we have been in our 3400 sq.ft. haven of crafting supplies. We have seen many changes in techniques and products used and are always excited to get the newest gadgets in our hands. We truly are as passionate about our hobby as you are and we plan to continue to grow & learn to be the best we can be!! Thanks for coming along for the ride ... now it's time to celebrate!! 

Join our talented Divas, Kim, Lori & Lynn, and create these gorgeous Prima Doll Tags!! You will be working with a variety of mediums, while learning helpful tips & techniques that can be applied for all of your crafting projects. All you need to bring are your fine-tipped scissors, liquid adhesive (such as Tombow) and 3D foam squares. If you have one, please bring a Craft Nib Holder (for your own personal use), otherwise some will be available for sharing. Everything else will be provided for you!! We have two class times available, click on the links to register online:
Afternoon Class: 1pm - 4pm

Each registered student will receive a FREE 6x6 paper pad. You will be using a few sheets from your paper pad to create your tags and then you can take your paper pad home to re-create even more tags & projects! As a registered participant, you will also receive a BONUS GIFT FROM US!! There will be yummy treats and in-store specials too!! Seats are going quickly, so get yourself registered and get ready for a fabulous crafting celebration with our Divas on our 7th Anniversary of having our retail store!!

Please still come and join us for cake & fabulous in-store specials
even if you are not registered for our Prima Doll tags!! 
Bring an unwrapped toy(s) for our annual Toy Drive and receive a FREE raffle ticket for our raffle table where you could win FABULOUS prizes!! Let's see how many toys we can collect and make sure every child has a gift this Christmas! 
See you December 6th - Doors open at 9am!!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Card for a Friend

Good morning, everyone. Today, I am showing a card that I made using the Sherri Baldy My-Besties Stamp MYB-0111. I love the Faces on these stamps and hope to do a few more cards using the different stamps to have in my stash. Thank you to Lori and Anja for their expertise in using the Derwent Inktense Pencils. I am learning a lot and love colouring with these pencils.

I used the paper from the Graphic 45 Times Nouveau collection. I bought the kit from Sheila and have made a store layout from the Black and Cream papers and now this card. The colours in the collection are beautiful.

Have a good week!

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Donate to Create Santa

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is my card that we will be doing for this coming Donate to Create Wednesday. The background paper is from My Mind's Eye Sleigh Bells 'Noel". I used my Silhouette to cut out the Santa. I added the gold cording and jingle bell.

Hope to see you this coming Wednesday. Don't forget we are collecting for the toy drive this month. Thanks for looking.


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Blog candy time!

Blog candy time!
So we love giving treats away
The season of giving has started
You have until next Saturday to comment and win!
Just leave a comment sharing your fave crafty tool
Maybe you'll mention one I don't have yet
And will need obviously lol
Good Luck!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Gelatos sunburst card

Happy Friday! If Mr. Blogger is being nice, this post will show up while I am in Holland. 
I have been having a lot of fun playing with different mixed media techniques....for this card I made a background with Gelatos, I put on the colour with the stick and used my fingers to smear it out, its so simple, I tried to create a sunburst effect. Then I sprayed some silver mist over it from Lindy's, a girl has to have some shimmer and glimmer, lol! Sentiment is from Just Rite, graceful sentiments, and the birds are from Joy Craft stamps.Put the whole panel on a black mat, added some twine and put it on a white card base. 
                                                          Till next time,Anja

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Simple Stories

Hi friends, 
Today I am sharing a layout I created with a few pieces from Simple Stories - Cozy Christmas collection. I know a maybe a little early to bring up Christmas. But November is the month that we take our family pictures. And I really get excited for the sets and colors. 

I absolutely LOVE the Simple Stories - Cozy Christmas - Fundamentals sticker sheet. 

I also die cut a few stars and embossed them. I adore the Studio Calico-Wood Veneer ShapesTinyStars

I tried to create a snow effect with gesso

Don't forget the amazing 12 hour sale
Have a great day. 


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Jolly Holly! Derwent Inktense Christmas Card Class!

Happy Wednesday everyone!!  I have a Christmas Card class coming up tomorrow evening - Thursday, November 13 @ 6pm.  Today is the final day to register!  Here are the two images we will be colouring, and then turning into cards!!


Both cards use Penny Black Stamps and Lawn Fawn Snow Day Paper. A close up of the Poinsettia: 

Thanks for popping in and having a look!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Lest we Forget

Hello everyone!  I hope that today we all will take a moment to remember those who have lost their lives serving our country, protecting our nation, to ensure that today we can continue live in peace, strong and free.  Today at 2pm, in honour of Remembrance Day, we are offering you the opportunity to make this lovely Poppy with our Diva Laura.  Just bring your basic tool kit along with a toonie, and we will see you at 2pm.


Lest We Forget

Monday, November 10, 2014

"Timeless" Class

Good morning, everyone. Today, I wanted to show you a double-page layout that I have created for a class that I will be teaching on Thursday, Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.

I used these papers from the Kaisercraft Rustic Harmony Collection as well as a Rolled Rose die from My Favourite Things.
Have a good week.

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Winter Pinecone Flourish Donate to Create

Good Morning Everyone,

This Wednesday for Donate to Create we will be making Christmas Tags. You could use these on gifts or put them on a card. I used the Winter Pine Cone Flourish embossing folder, Yuletide clear stamps from Kaisercraft and Ranger gold embossing powder. I love using the embossing powder on the edges of the white tag. Of course I had to add some bling.

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


Saturday, November 8, 2014

Time to pick a new blog candy winner!

Bad news- our last blog candy winner didn't come forward....
Good news- that means another chance for one of you to win!!

The mystery prize is a $20 gift card for SGD!!
I'm going to admit to being a wee bit jealous hee hee

So without further ado....

On my desk is Halloween paper, my crafters companion to make Halloween boxes (oh and sookwang double sided tape). I'm making boxes for Halloween treats. I love sgd and have for years. The staff are great and have taught me a ton over the years. I've come a long way from sitting there on Friday night's with friends cutting stuff for cards on sheilas cricut! You guys are like a family and treat us as customers awesome! Keep it up ladies :-)
Congratulations Bec!!!! Please contact me at to claim your prize!! Please contact me within 7 days. 
Stay tuned for another chance to win coming soon!
Happy Crafting, Andrea

Friday, November 7, 2014

Graceful card!

Happy Friday! Mirri board is in the store...beautiful shiny paper...just hard to photograph...
I am going to Holland soon, for a wedding and a Grade school reunion, so I am working ahead on my cards. This card for today did not take me long and I love the elegant look. The Memory Box die (Wildflower corner) is cut out with green Mirri board. The sentiment is from a new set from Just Rite, Graceful sentiments, the sentiments are stunning! Of course I had to add some silver Viva Pearl, I think I got a little too excited, maybe I should have done a few less.. 

Till next time, Anja

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Love is in the air

Take a look at these fabulous layouts created by our own Scrappin Sheila. 

And another! 

Don't forget to check out the 12 hour special 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Our Diva Laura is in FIRST!!

Laura made it to the final 50 finalists in the "Cricut - I made it" contest!! As of today she is in FIRST PLACE!! Way to go!! Now lets make sure she stays there!!!

"Our Judges Chose 50 Finalists—Now It's Time for You to Pick the Winner

Cast Your Vote Now!

Vote for your favorite designers in the Cricut®—I Made It! Contest. The first place winner, with the most public votes, will get their own Make It Now™ project line on Cricut Design Space™ and a feature on The Design Network this fall. There will also be prizes for 2nd and 3rd place, so every vote counts! You can vote for as many finalists as you like—limit one vote per finalist per day.

Our judges based finalists on the following project criteria: creativity, technique, and use of materials. Finalists submitted between 1 and 5 projects to best showcase their talent.

To see a finalist’s entry and learn how they "made it," click on their main photo." 

You can vote once per day!!! 
The contest ends TONIGHT!! Let's help Laura win this!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Autumn with Simple Stories!

I have another amazing layout to share today, created by our Scrappin' Sheila!  She used the Simple Stories line "Sweater Weather".   That line got a workout at the retreat!  Everyone LOVED it!!  Sheila also used some Prima leaves coloured using Dylusions Ink Sprays, some Prima wire, she did a little inking through a Honeycomb Tim Holtz stencil!  I love all the details!!!

Have a great day!!!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Prima Resin Frames

Hello, everyone! I thought I would take a break from working on layouts and do some altered art this week. I saw an idea on Pinterest where the designer took the Prima Resin Frames and made them in to Christmas Ornaments. So, I decided to make some of my own using the dies and sprays that I have.

And here are the products that I used:
I started by covering each frame with Gesso and then when dry, I sprayed the larger frame with the Prima Gold Foil Spray Mist and the two smaller frames with the Prima Pearl White Spray Mist. Next I cut out the Small Precious Star in white cardstock, covered it with Crystal Lacquer and then with the Stickles Dry Fine Glitter (Star Dust). I finished this off with an Enamel Dot from Simple Stories. For the Poinsettias on the larger frame, I cut out three sets from white cardstock, covered each part with Versa Mark and then the Ranger Enchanted Gold Embossing Powder which I heat set. I finished these off with a small dot of Ranger Liquid Pearls. Lastly, I used an Impression Obsession Rolled Rose die. I sprayed the white cardstock cut out with the Prima Cotton Candy Spray mist. I cut out some small leaves using an I.O. die and covered them with Crystal Lacquer.
 I think you could use any of the frames that Prima has out. Sheila has a wide selection of shapes and sizes. I can also see using them in a Shadow Box and having a backing on them with the initial of each family member. Sometimes it is good to "think outside the box" with our crafting supplies.

Have a good week!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Glimmer Sheetz to Donate to Create

Good Morning Everyone,

Hope you are enjoying this frosty morning. Want to share with you my card for this Wednesday's Donate to Create.  I used Elizabeth Crafts Shimmer Sheetz-Gold Metallic on my card. These Shimmer Sheetz are so much fun to use. On this card I embossed a piece of the Gold Metallic Sheetz and then took my sanding block and sand the embossed areas. This took some of the Metallic off and make it so you can see through the card. Some of the other colours it makes the embossed areas white. The back ground paper is from Graphic45 Christmas line, Twas the Night before Christmas. Of course I had to add some bling. Very simple but Vintage card.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, November 1, 2014

Halloween Treats for You - Save 18%

Scrappin' Great Deals has some sweet treats for YOU!!

Two Days Only!  Shop on-line or here at our 3400 sq.ft. store!  

Starts now; ends Sunday, November 2 at midnight!  Enter code TREATS (all cap's) into the discount box located at the bottom of your "view cart" page
Applies to regular-priced; in-stock items.  Excluded: pre-orders, clearance, Diva-made kits, machines such as Silhouette/Big Shot, special/prior orders, classes & backorders
(limit one coupon/order - cannot be combined with any other coupons/discounts)


Doodlebug Designs Christmas Cards

Andrea here to share some quick cards I made using the new Doodlebug Designs line- Frosty Friends. I can't get enough of this teal and purple collection! I made 8 cards by cutting up strips and quickly attaching them to each card. I then made circles and cut them in half so that my little doodlebug characters were not white on white. A few small embellishments and it's done! Quick cards for gift cards or to tuck in gift bags. 

What are you up to today?
Happy Crafting,