Saturday, January 31, 2015

Technique Tuesday- Come play with Flower Soft!

Come join me this coming Tuesday to learn how to use and apply Flower Soft!
Flower soft is a great embellishment that adds a 3D element to your creations.
Hope to see you there!

Happy Crafting, 

Friday, January 30, 2015

Doodlebug Lovebugs!!

Hello!  Happy Friday!!!  Lori here today!  Anja will be back soon!  I am sharing a quick layout I did using Doodlebug's new collection "Love Bugs"!!  Soooooo cute!!! I really like the orange & salmon tones mixed into the paper, adding a little touch of boyishness!!  I also used a new Memory Box Stencil "Heart Confetti" and some Distress Ink (Barn Door) to add the hearts in the punched out circles. Punched hearts scattered around and popped up added the finishing touches!  Thanks for having a look and enjoy your day!!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Beautiful takes on the mood board

One more day till Friday!!!! 
Today we have some special features. 
We have some amazing projects inspired by our mood board. 

In no particular order ... here are the stunning entries so far!!






Wow these are beautiful! 
Hope you will play along!   Here is the link to the Mood Board Posting!!! 

Have a great day! 

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Save 35% on Over 70 Items!!

We still need to make room for all of the newest collections & products coming our way ... This means some oldies, but goodies, are movin' on out! Jump over to our 12 Hour Gallery & take advantage of savings of 35% on over 70 fabulous products! 
We only have one left of several of these items - so hurry, sold on a first come basis both online & here at our store! Available only while supplies last - shop early for best selection.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015


We have a winner of our BLOG CANDY!!!!  A 6x6 PRIMA Bedtime Stories paper pad along with some embellishments from the same line!!!!  It looks like a beautiful collection and as soon as it arrives...this lucky winner will be enjoying it!!!  Selected by winner is REBECCA DALY!!!!!

congrats to the winner!!!
oooh so pretty, love the name of this collection (bedtime story)!!! love the moons, this is so perfect for scrapping the photos of my son and i reading at night!!!

Congratulations Rebecca!  Please give Sheila an email at and she will make sure you receive your goodies!!!!  Thanks everyone for playing along!!!!   

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Fairy with a Twist!

Good morning everyone!  I have been colouring this Penny Black image "Fairy Holly", for awhile now.  I finally finished her last week. I used my Derwent Inktense Pencils. I have coloured her previously in a more traditional fashion, but wanted to try something new....Black!  So happy with how her dress folds turned out!  I fussy cut her out when I was done, and popped her up on the background.  The white cardstock was embossed with a Taylored Expression Folder "Winter Flurry", and then I used Wink of Stella Clear Glitter on the Snow Globe and the snowflakes.  Quite a different look for a Christmas/Winter Card!   

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Iris Folding

Good Morning Everyone,

For next Wonderful Wednesday will be making a Valentines Card using Iris Folding. What is Iris folding you ask, well it is a technique that involves folding strips of paper in such a way it forms a design. There are lots of sites to get patterns for Iris folding. This is the site  where I got the heart pattern. I cut the heart out with my Silhouette because I didn't have a heart shape die cut. I used wrapping paper to do the folds because  I found using designer paper a little thick.

  1. If you do come out you will need a bone folder, scotch tape, scissors and foam pop ups. Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Saturday, January 24, 2015

A Taylored Expressions Tea-Riffic card

I fell head over heels for this amazing set by Taylored Expressions. Not only does Tea-Riffic focus just on one of the loves of my life- tea- but it comes with a die to match! Yep- it was destined to come home with me!

I coloured it up with my copic markers and added some glaze to the cups. Enamel dots, pastel paper and a ribbon helped set this birthday card up. 

Grab this set before it's gone!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Simple sympathy

Happy Friday!
Sharing another card with you today. A sympathy card this time, I like to keep those simple.
I am falling in love with's so easy....and you can do it with your distress inks. Just put your inkpad upside down on your craft mat and spray some water on it. Use a good quality watercolour paper, I like this one,  and make it wet before you put any colour on and just have fun!!! Once your piece is dry, stamp over it with Versafine black. Here I have used this set from PENNY BLACK , this set has a couple of different little birds to add a nice touch. The sentiment is from Just Rite. On the left side I scored some lines, it is hard to see in the picture. Hope you like it! Till next time, Anja

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Ranger Texture Paste

Happy Thursday! 

Today we have a great video for how to use Ranger Texture Paste. Take a look! 

This would look great with our Memory Box Stencils! Which are on sale!!! Take a look here

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Save 22% on Memory Box!!

Have you seen the newest release by Memory Box?!! Wowzers is all we can say!! Save 22% on Memory Box Dies, Stencils & Stamps!! Hundreds of fabulous Memory Box products to choose from! Applies to regular priced, in-stock items featured in our Memory Box Gallery. 
 Excluded: pre-orders, clearance, backorders, orders already placed. Two Days Only!
Ends Thursday, February 22 at midnight.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

BLOG CANDY WINNER plus some PRIMA to give away!!!!

Happy Tuesday everyone!!  We have a BLOG CANDY winner to announce!!  The prize is a 12x12 paper pad of Graphic 45's new line Artisan!! Thank you to everyone who left a comment for a chance to win.  Selected by the winner is....drum roll please...................

i love the colours in this collection- L. Michelle Flynn

Congratulations Michelle!!!  You can contact Sheila at to make arrangements to pick up the paper soon as it arrives of course!!!! 

Now for some more goodies to give away!!!

Tell us what you love most about this new line and you could win a 6x6 paper pad + two pkgs of gorgeous matching flowers (a $20 value!)
Leave a comment on this post by midnight, January 26th and we will select a random winner next Tuesday, January 27th!!  Good luck!!!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Ombre Inspired

Good Morning Everyone,

I was checking out Pinterest last night to get some ideas for my card for today. I was searching the Memory Box Cards Board on Pinterest and I found this card using the ombre glitter technique. They used the La Rue Heart die from memory box and of courseI didn't have that one, so I used the Mod Flower Background die.  You could use the new die from Memory Box called Ferrand Heart.  I love the effect of the glitter but my camera skills don't do it justice.

Hope you give this technique a try. Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, January 17, 2015

Technique Tuesday fun!

Come join me this coming Tuesday at SGD for 
Technique Tuesday!

This week we will look at what sandwiches are needed for various die cutting machines to use your embossing folders. Additionally I will how you how to create a faux Letter Press image using your folders! Come join me to learn more about dry embossing and the Faux Letter Press technique!

Happy Crafting! Andrea

Friday, January 16, 2015

Stamps to die for!

Happy Friday! Creative Expressions makes stamps to die, that's what the package says.
They are stunning and I get to use this stamp with coordinating die for the next Wonderful Wednesday, January 21 at 1 PM. 
I choose to go with black and white with some silver accents, love the elegant look, hope you do too!
If you would like to come join us, please bring a basic tool kit and $4 and we are gonna have fun making this card! It's not hard at all with the right tools! We would love to have you join us!
                                              Happy Crafting, Anja

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Scrappin Great Deal's First Mood Board Challenge

Hello friends! We are tickled pink to present Scrappin' Great Deals' 1st Mood Board Challenge! Use the below images as inspiration to create a layout (single or double), canvases, art journal pages, tag or card. It is that easy!
Image credits Antique-French-Letter-BundleBeautiful Life QuoteBabyAudreyMicaLilibyDesign

According to the Oxford Dictionary a Mood Board is defined as "an arrangement of images, materials, pieces of text, etc. intended to evoke or project a particular style or concept. You may be inspired by the colors, objects, feel or whatever the image represents to you. The winner, selected at random, will receive a $20 gift card to Scrappin Great Deal's and be our featured guest designer for the following month!

Let's take a look at what the Diva's have created! 

First up, we have this shaker card from Trish and Becky. The dynamic duo was "inspired" by many things in the pictures. "The heart shape of the babies hands and the sentiment made me think of love, unconditional love! The blocks, on my card, with the word "Love" on them represents the love letters photo and I have wrapped string around my card like the love letters that are bound together. I have used the color pink like the phone booth picture. The sequins that sparkle and shine like the lights glowing in the tree picture." 

Next we have this stunning card from Anja. She was "inspired by the pictures and by the soft colours... a touch of earthy colours inspired the flowers and birds." The shine comes from the clear embossing powder on the bubble stamp from deep red. The flowers and bird from penny black. Distress inks: spun sugar, pumice stone and tumbled glass.

 Prepare yourself! We now have this striking canvas from our Diva Lori! She was inspired "by the concept of loving and laughter leading to a beautiful life. The canvas was a gift, celebrating a new beginning, and a reminder to make your life worth remembering. I also loved the teal colours and the sparkle!"


 Here is the double layout created by me (Lynn!). I was inspired "first by the baby picture which reminded me of my middle son who loves to make the heart shape with his hands. The day these pictures were taken only my son's laughter could be heard throughout the studio. And I remember thinking what a beautiful life. Thank you Barb Weir photography. The light reflection in the tree inspired the sequence and glass bead covering of the snowflakes. The colors of the phone booth and letters were the inspiration of the BoBunny Paper".

The rules:
1. Have Fun. Be inspired.
2. Tell us how the mood board inspired you.
3. Link up to your specific blog post. (just not your general blog). Mention that you are participating in the Scrappin Great Deal Mood Board and link back to this post. If posting your creation to facebook, pinterest, twitter please use the hashtag #scrappingreatdealsmood.
4. Don't have your own blog? Send your name and picture of your creation to and a short description of how you were inspired. (in the subject line indicate #scrappingreatdealsmood
5. Projects have to be new as of today's date. (No back linking please)
6. Contest is open till February 14th, midnight.

Hope you will play along!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

We need to make room for the NEW RELEASES!!!

Save 33% on fabulous products, only while supplies last! We are making room for all the new products being released in the next few weeks! Hurry, we only have one left of several of these sale items - sold on a first come basis (both online & here at our store). Shop early for best selection!! 
And make sure you come back and check out our blog tomorrow!!  Our diva Lynn has organized a monthly challenge for you!!  Participate with the challenge and you could win a gift card to the store AND become next month's guest designer!!!  How fantastic is that??!!  I can't wait until tomorrow!! 
Enjoy your day!!   

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Graphic 45 BLOG CANDY!!!

There are so many new products being released right now!!!  One of our favourites is Artisan Style by Graphic 45!! The entire collection can now be PRE-ORDERED!!  

"Pre-order G45 Artisan Style today & save 25%!! ETA: February 2015. All pre-orders receive priority processing the minute inventory arrives and you will receive a 25% discount! To receive this special 25% discount, your pre-order must be placed with SGD's by February 5, 2015. You will not be charged for your preorder until approx. one week prior to shipping, at which time you will have the opportunity to add to/adjust your pre-order. When possible, we always combine orders for shipping purposes to help save you, and us, shipping expenses :)"  

On to the BLOG CANDY!!!  We want to hear what you think about this collection!!!  Leave us a comment on this post and you have a chance to win a 12"x12" paper pad of Artisan Style when it arrives!! 

You have until January 19th @ midnight to leave a comment and a winner will be randomly selected on Tuesday, January 20th....when we will also announce our next blog candy contest!!!  Good luck and stay warm today!!

Technique Tuesday!!

We are excited to announce Technique Tuesday's!! Starting in January, SGD will be hosting Technique Tuesday, every Tuesday at 1pm! Learn how to use different mediums, special techniques, tools & more!! Ideal for all crafters including card-makers, scrapbookers & mixed media guru's - from beginner to advance; all are welcome! There is no need to register, just bring a Toonie & your curiosity!! In-store specials every Tuesday!

Today, January 13th, our amazing Diva Laura, will be showing you exciting ways to fold your cards!! Get the most from your card folds - let Laura show you how! If you have a Scor Pal, Scor Buddy, Scor Tool or Bone Folder, please bring along with you.

Tuesday, January 13 starting at 1pm

Monday, January 12, 2015


Good morning everyone!! I have a card class coming up next week! Join me for an informative, hands-on card class, with focus being on using Derwent Inktense Pencils! This card class is geared towards card makers that have already mastered the basic skills of using Derwent Inktense Pencils. I used two lovely stamps, one Stamping Bella image and one from Stampendous - and turned them into "XOXO" themed cards....perfect for Valentine's perhaps?!?!
Students are asked to bring their water brush and Derwent Inktense Pencils with them to class. You will also need adhesives (liquid, 3D, etc.) and fine-tipped scissors. Each student will receive a 15% in-store discount during the workshop.
Click here to register:
Monday, January 19: 10:30am - 1:00pm Intermediate - Advance Level Class

I am going to schedule a weekend class as well for those of you who are interested and unable to attend during the week.  Thanks so much! 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday Trailing Ivy

Good Morning Everyone,

Want to share with you my card for our next Wonderful Wednesday. Because of the storm last Wednesday I couldn't do my card, so we are going to do it this up coming Wednesday.

I am using paper from Kaisercraft called Blue Bay. The die is from Creative Expressions, this one is called the Trailing Ivy. I used plain green card stock to cut the ivy out but you could use white card stock and colour with your copic markers.

Thanks for looking and have a great day. 


Saturday, January 10, 2015

My craft room tour- Andrea Murdock


I have been asked by several of you to share my craft room so I finally put together a quick video. If it is blurry click on the settings button (looks like a cog wheel) and change it to a higher resolution like 360p or 480p. I repeat myself a lot in it and I didn't know I sounded so nasally ha!

Hope you enjoy it and let me know if you would like any more videos on the subject. 

Cheers, Andrea

Believe- Candy Cane Lane by Bo Bunny

Hi Peeps! I haven't posted on the blog for quite awhile, but wanted to share my fun layout as I know that Sheila still has some Candy Cane Lane papers and embellies in the SGD stash!

I've made more me time and so with that, I have some time to read blogs and see what's happening out there in the paper crafting world. I came across this fabulous sketch challenge on the Bo Bunny site and I just happened to have a couple of collections on hand! Bo Bunny is one of the lines I follow and tend to be attracted to! 

You can find the Sketch Challenge HERE

I have some Altitude on order and can't wait for the new collections to come available at Scrappin' Great Deals!

For this layout, I used a photograph from 2000. For all of you that know Jonathon, you might remember him as a sweet little sprite. Mischievous, yet so endearing. I remember that he used to like to crawl under the table during my card classes, much to the Chagrin of one of my stampers. Don't think she was a "kid" person! That Christmas, Jon was SO excited for Santa to come. This was also a time that he was quite happy to pose for me and ham it up for the camera. Those days are long gone and Christmas is just not quite the same, but I have the beautiful memory and am hopeful that although Jon says he's not bringing more children in the world, that he'll have a change of heart one day and I'll have a Grand to spoil!!!!

I made use of the Stickers in the Candy Cane Lane Collection as some of the strips in the sketch
As well, I used the Layered Chipboard and Regular Chipboard for my title

I love the heritage feel of the designs in this paper. Photo's of me as a child are pretty scarce, but I think there is one or two of me by the Christmas Tree. I hope to find them so I can make use of all the Candy Cane Lane yumminess!!!

Hope you all have a wonderful Saturday! Any big plans? I plan to work on some Art Journalling, enjoy a long walk with Syd, weather permitting and just stay cozy and warm inside!

Happy Scrappin'


Friday, January 9, 2015

Mixed media card

Happy SNOW Day! Lots of snow here in my corner of the world!
And crazy cold, perfect day for staying inside and do some crafting, if you can.
I am totally into making mixed media backgrounds and turning them into cards with dies....can you tell?
So here I have another one of those cards to share, this background started out with derwent pencils, put on some heavy colour and blend it out with some water, then I sprayed on the twig stencil with a blue dylusions and some white linen dylusions splatters and to finish it off  a Memory Box die.
Once the derwent layer is dry, the ink is permanent so the dylusions don't change that anymore, totally different than when you spray them on distress inks, both techniques give different looks, love all the options!
I matted the whole piece on silver Mirri board onto a white card . Hope you like!
                                                       Stay warm, Anja

Thursday, January 8, 2015

You are beautiful inside and out


Today I am sharing a canva I created this weekend. I decided to take some time for me and create. 
See my blog for more details and close ups. 

Pictures were taken by Barb Weir Photography.

I will be offering this class on January 31st, @1030am. Hope to see you there! 
Here are some links to the fabulous products I used

Prima Flowers - Lil Missy Mulberry White Flowers
Prima - Rodanthe Paper Flowers - Esplanade
Prima - Rodanthe Paper Flowers - Sandbank
Kaisercraft - Blue Bay - Lagoon 12x12 Paper
Kaisercraft - Blue Bay - Misty 12x12 Paper

Don't forget Sheila's fabulous 12 hour sale

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Twelve hour sale!!!!!

Spellbinders, Stencils & BONUS GLUE!!
Happy 2015 Everyone!!  We are starting the year off with a bang!!  Save 25% on Spellbinders & Stencils!!   Plus purchases of $40+ (before taxes) will receive a FREE bottle of one of my favourite liquid glues, Tombow Mono!!  (limit one bonus bottle of glue/customer, while supplies last).  We have 75 bottles to give away!!
Please Note:  Above 25% promotion applies to regular-priced, in-stock Spellbinders & Stencils (excludes clearance, backorders, pre-orders & Grand Calibur Machine).  Cannot be combined with any other discounts/ coupons.  Ends Thursday, January 8th at midnight!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Technique Tuesdays!!!!

We are excited to announce Technique Tuesday's!! Starting in January, SGD will be hosting Technique Tuesday, every Tuesday at 1pm! Learn how to use different mediums, special techniques, tools & more!! Ideal for all crafters including card-makers, scrapbookers & mixed media guru's - from beginner to advance; all are welcome! There is no need to register, just bring a Toonie & your curiosity!! On January 6th, our amazing Diva Andrea, will be showing you all about Embossing, dry, wet and how to use Inkadinkado's amazing Embossing Magic Bag! You won't believe the magic this little bag holds!! In-store specials every Tuesday!

Tuesday, January 6 starting at 1pm

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Need some inspiration? Want to see a stamp set/die in action?

Happy first Saturday of January!
I hope you survived the holiday season
I had house guests from Ireland for 3 weeks!
While it meant lots of noise and dirty dishes I wouldn't change a thing
Except for snow….
they came hoping to experience a white Christmas
Oops! LOL

Today I wanted to share how I find out if a stamp/die is the one for me

Do you ever look at a product and need to see it in action?
Almost all companies have galleries showcasing their products
Not only does it make me inspired with the stamp I want
but I usually find out ones I didn't think I need I now do!

Here are some great links to see some inspiration to help you with your choices!

You get the idea!!!
So next time  you are wondering what a stamp or die would look like in a project don't hesitate to visit the company's website!

Happy Crafting!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Clean and simple!

Happy New Year to all of you!!!
Starting the new year off with a simple card, I was playing with my Derwent Inktense Pencils and thought of a new way to use them.....I just made it up....I scribbled bright blue, iris blue and violet on my craft sheet, sprayed some water on it and then I rolled it over with my brayer onto a piece of watercolour paper.
Really like how soft the colours showed and how you can still see some of the structure from the paper.
Then I took my white linen Dylusions spray, opened the top and splattered on some white dots.
Sentiment is from Paper Smooches and the flowers are a Memory Box die. Matted the whole piece with black and put it on a white card. Hope you like it!
                                     Till next time, Anja

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy New Year

Happy New Year! We hope this new year brings joy, success, growth, love, peace and lots of crafting time. 

Have you taken a look at our Pinterest board? We have many wonderful inspirational pins. 

Take a look here! So many wonderful inspirational works of art. 

I have been playing with my 

Lindy's Stamp Gang sprays and loving them! 

Take a look at this amazing video by Marta! She is such an inspiration.