Friday, July 31, 2015

Row of poppies

Happy Friday! Sharing with you our upcoming Wonderful Wednesday card for August 5 at 1 PM.
I was playing around with my paper and came up with this different fold and a way to close it, if you would like to learn this too, I hope you will join us on Wednesday, no need to register, please bring a basic tool kit and $4.
The die is from Memory Box, a  row of poppies, and who doesn't love poppies? The sentiment is from a Penny Black set and the bird and butterfly are from a cute set from Prima. Embossing folder from Darice, some twine and Viva pearls. As a finishing touch I put on some glaze over the flowers, the butterfly and the bird. Hope you like it! Till next time, Anja

Thursday, July 30, 2015

How to make a Sympathy or Holiday Peace Strip Card

A fabulous video!

Why every crafter needs Gelatos, stamps and stencils

Hello my crafty friends. Lynn here today sharing a few pictures of my fabulous vacation with the kids. 

We love crafts! This week was so very hot in Southern Ontario we worked in the shade or indoors during the afternoons. 
We made our own shirts! But if you see in the center of the table are stencils. I pulled out my stencils for the kids to follow the design. 

I have collected a few stencils over the years. But my daughter really enjoyed making the small hearts on her t-shirts. 

I also love the Faber Castle Gelato's for the kids.
For so many reasons! 

I laid a craft mat out and make small color circles. I then gave the kids water brushes and they used their own gelato colors. 

The kids loved the gelato's because of their bright colors. Each child had their own section with their own color so no arguing. they picked colors that suited them. And the clean up!!!! WoW

I also used some of my Prima and Tim Holt stamps too!!! 

Don't forget the 12 hour sale! It's Tool Time at SGD!  Jump on over to our Tool Gallery and save 20% on oodles and oodles of fabulous tools!!  Includes: Memory Box, Spellbinders, Cheery Lynn, IO, Frantic Stamper, Sue Wilson, Tim Holtz & sooo much more!!  Excluded: special orders, pre-orders, orders already placed, clearance, sale items.  Hurry, ends Thursday, July 30 at midnight. Our next Tool Time Event will not be until Fall, so don't miss out!! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Celebrate Everything!!

That is the sentiment that goes along with this stamp set by Stamping Bella "Tiny Townie Dancers".

I coloured these lovely young ladies using my Derwent Inktense and if you join me for my next colouring night you can too!!  

Thursday, August 6 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Or, you can bring your own stamped images & your Inktense pencils and colour!! This is a fun, hands-on workshop where we will all learn from one another within a fun group setting.

This workshop is open to all levels ... from beginner to the most advanced ...I will guide you along. Students are asked to bring their water brush to class with them. If you have Derwent Inktense  pencils, please bring to class for your own personal use. Otherwise, class pencils will be available for you to share and experiment with. Each student will receive a 15% in-store discount during the workshop. You can register online or in store!

Hope to see you there!!

Monday, July 27, 2015

"August" Calendar Class

Happy Monday, everyone. This week I wanted to show you the layout that I designed for my "August" Calendar Class which will be held on Sunday, August 23. I used these papers from the Bo Bunny "Boardwalk" Collection as well as this wonderful Sizzix Embossing Plate which uses all the "beachy" type words. Then I went over the Embossed Cardstock with this new Ombre Ink from Hero Arts. I also used this same ink pad and a Tim Holtz Stencil to add to the layout.

Here is the layout that we will be completing in the class.

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Tulip Bouquet and Happy Birthday

Good Morning Everyone,

What to share with a card that I made using homemade background paper and a couple of dies. My friend Vicki  made this beautiful colour background paper with her Dyan Reavley's  paints, so I wanted to use but wasn't sure for what. Then I saw this card on pinterest and I thought this would be perfect. Only thing I didn't have that die but I thought I can do this, I have lots of dies in my stash. So I picked the tulip bouquet die that I had and never used. Not sure if Sheila still carries this one but you can use any dies that gives you an outline. I cut my colour background to the same size I used to cut out my die and glued them together. I had some of the paper left so I used the die Celebrations from Penny Black to cut out the Happy Birthday. Just added some bling and voila my card. Hope you give this a try.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, July 25, 2015

So Many Graphic 45 Pre-orders!

Andrea here with so much to share from Graphic 45!

We have the following 3 lines available:

Enjoy your Saturday!

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, July 24, 2015

In the groove....

Happy Friday! Have you seen "the groove"?
Its a super handy tool that can do different things and is a perfect size for traveling.
On  Tuesday, July 28 at 1 PM we will check this tool out for Technique Tuesday and you get to use it to make this little card!
No need to register, please bring a basic toolkit and $2.
Hope to see you all, Anja

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Tim Holtz Distress Refresher

Have you gotten your hands on this?!?! I love mine!!!


This is a fabulous product that you will need to add to your stash! Pick up a bottle here!

Come join us at the 12 hour crop

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Art Journalling - with Dylusion Paints!

Kim & I have another great night planned for you!!  We are going to continue experimenting with the Dylusion Paints!  For this class please bring a selection of stencils to use, your paints if you have any as well as White Linen Dylusion Spray, also if you have it! Baby wipes too!! 

The class is this coming Friday, July 24th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm. You can register online! I hope you can join us!!

Monday, July 20, 2015

Pocket Scrapbooking

Hello, everyone. This week, I wanted to share with you one of the things that I found to help me in my scrapbooking....Pocket Scrapbooking! Often, we hear our customers say that they feel overwhelmed by the number of photos that they have and don't know where to start. I always have three or more albums on the go at once. I do one album per year for our family events, one for my genealogy research, one for my life and now one for my grandson. For him, I have been creating a Pocket Scrapbook. My daughter sends me photos and I scrapbook them and then when she has time, she fills in the information. Some of the photos are photos that I have taken and so I write in the information for those.

The first thing that I do is get my photos together, pick out some papers, embellishments, stickers, etc. and then decide on the type of photo sleeves that I need. Here is a photo of how I start. I find that the 6 x 6 paper pads are great and I love these Mini Placemats from Jillibean Soup.

Then since I have everything organized, I find that I can do a double page fairly quickly. Here are the layouts that I completed with this product.

Sheila carries an extensive collection of 6 x 6 paper pads. Check them out on the website and have a great week.


Sunday, July 19, 2015

The Sweetest Butterfly

Good Morning Everyone,

Hope you are staying cool this weekend. Want to share with you my up coming Wonderful Wednesday Card. This is a one layer card but I think it gives a good WOW.  I used the butterfly die from Memory Box to cut out the shape. I then  used my Tim Holtz distress inks to make the layers in the background of the butterfly. Then I stamped with black Versa Vine ink over top. The stamped I used is called the Sweetest from Penny Black.  The sentiment is from one of my Just Rite stamp set. Of course I had to had a little bling.

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


Saturday, July 18, 2015

Hero Arts Ombre Inks

Andrea here sharing our upcoming Technique Tuesday card!
Join me to see these fun ombre inks in action
and learn tips and tricks to get a smooth impression
This coming Tuesday at SGD 1pm sharp!
Leave a comment if you plan to attend!

See you there!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Sprigs and sunny colours

Another Friday rolls around and summer is going fast....hope you are enjoying the nice weather!
I was inspired to use some red, orange and yellow on a flower stamp from  Penny Black.
Stamped on a piece of bristol smooth cardstock , cut with this die from Sue Wilson.
The sentiment also comes with the set. I have used distress markers to ink up the stamp, wild honey, spiced marmelade, barn dore and peeled paint. Some gold Viva pearls in the centers and a little bow, haven't used ribbon in ages. The embossing folder is from Crafts too, no clue what the name is. Some dots are splattered on in peeled paint.
                                                Till next time, Anja

Thursday, July 16, 2015


Did you see what our dear Sheila is bringing into the store??? Take a look at this fabulous die set! I know a few ladies (Kim/Lori/Jaqui) that will go nuts for this!

The stamps flew out the store! Don't miss your chance! 
Pre- Order and save! 

Tim Holtz (Sizzix) - Bird Crazy Thinlits Die Set

Take a look

Don't wait!!!

Be sure to check out our 12 hour sale! Save up to 30% on Christmas Theme! Heck pre order the 

Tim Holtz (Sizzix) - Bird Crazy Thinlits Die Set as a gift! 

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Ho Ho Ho - Christmas in July - Save 30%!!

Bring on the heat ... it's Christmas in July & Santa never looked so good! Save 30% on over 100 select Christmas-themed products featured in our Christmas Theme Gallery! Available at these sizzlin' savings until Sunday, July 19 at midnight, while supplies last! Sold on a first come basis both online & here in our retail store - shop early for best selection. 

Some samples of what is on sale:


Dies, Embossing Folders, Paints, Stickers and more!!!


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Derwent Inktense Colouring Night!

Join me, Lori, for a fun workshop doing what we all love .... COLOURING!! That's right, colouring!! For two hours, I will be on hand to help you with any questions you may have: " .... skin .... cheeks .... folds .... pleats .... hair .... ". Bring your stamped images & your Derwent pencils and colour with me!! This is a fun, hands-on workshop where we will all learn from one another within a fun group setting. I will be colouring this super adorable Stamping Bella image:

This workshop is open to all levels ... from beginner to the most advanced ...  Students are asked to bring their water brush to class with them. If you have Derwent pencils, please bring to class for your own personal use. Otherwise, class pencils will be available for you to share and experiment with. Each student will receive a 15% in-store discount during the workshop.

Thursday, July 16: 6:30 - 8:30pm

Monday, July 13, 2015

Family Memories

Happy Monday, everyone! I have a Heritage Layout that I wanted to share with you today. This will be for a class on Tuesday, July 28 from 6 to 8 p.m. I used some of the papers from the Bo Bunny Garden Journal Collection as well as the corresponding brads. We will be using the Penny Black Butterfly Party Tag Stamps and the Heartfelt Creations Die called Sunkissed Fleur. Hope you can come out and join me.

Have a good week!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Scribbles and Splat with Bird Crazy

Good Afternoon Everyone,

Sorry for the late post. I did this tag using Tim Holtz's  Scribbles and Splat die and his Bird Crazy stamp set. These birds are so darn cute. I coloured the tag with distress inks, then used the mask, Ornate Elements with embossing paste to give a little dimension  to the tag. I then coloured the bird with my distress inks, love this technique for colouring. I then cut out the heart and circle from the Scribble and Splat die and  used them as stencils and cut outs.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, July 11, 2015

Taylored Expressions Argyle cutting plate

Happy Saturday!!

Andrea here to share some inspiration using a TE cutting plate
These samples are using the Argyle plate
These samples are from the Taylored Expressions website which is chock full of eye candy!

SGD has other TE cutting plates in stock not just the Argyle one:
Starry Nights (need this one)

These cutting plates can be used right in your die cutting machines

Check them out!

Friday, July 10, 2015 make me smile!

Happy Friday! Showing you a little 4x4 card today with PRILLS on it....lovely, all naturel, non toxic, heat resistent, acid free pearl like little balls. On Tuesday, July 14 at 1 PM for Technique Tuesday,  I will be showing you some different ways to use them and we will make this card. Stamps are from KaiserCraft and a stencil with some sponging. Hope you are able to join us, just bring a basic tool kit and $2, no need to register! 
                                   Till next time, Anja

Thursday, July 9, 2015

PrImA on SaLe!

Did you see what the lovely Sheila did???? 
She put Prima on sale!!! 26% off the Prima items!!! and Graphic 45 but my true love is Prima. 
Here are some of my favorite Prima layouts! 

Hurry before I buy all the Prima! Click here for details! 

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Zentangle Workshops with Brenda Shaver!!

Our Event Planner, Kim, has arranged to have the incredible "Brenda Shaver", Certified Zentangle Teacher come to our store once again & teach Zentangle!! We are so excited to welcome Brenda back& learn more about this relaxing and beautiful form of art! This is like therapy in a pen! You can lose yourself for hours! Ideal for teens too!!
The Zentangle Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. People of every age & skill level can create Zentangle art! Created by Maria Thomas & Rick Roberts, Zentangle is a proven method for mindfulness. It fosters self-esteem, increases focus, creativity and provides artistic satisfaction along with a sense of person well being.
Brenda's "Basics" Workshop will introduce you to the basics of zentangle. No prior knowledge or skill-level is required; all are welcome! You don't have to know how to draw a straight line ... Brenda loves to share the magic of drawing in tangles! Your class fee includes a Zentangle Tool Kit! All you have to bring is your curiosity & be ready to get into the Zen of art!!
Monday, July 13 - 10am - 12:30 
(make the day of it & join Brenda for her "Basic Plus" Workshop in the afternoon!) 

Please note: "Basic" workshop is a prerequisite for this "Basic Plus" class. If you are attending, or already have attended one of Brenda's Basic Workshops, her Basic Plus class is perfect for you!

Learn several new tangles such as Mooka and Betweed, along with enhancements and shading. Complete two small pieces af art as your tangles develop into lovely, sophisticated designs. Students are asked to bring along their mini kits with them (note: your mini kit is given to you in Brenda's "Basic" workshop).

Monday, July 13 - 1:30 - 4pm

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Technique Tuesday!!!!

We are excited to announce Technique Tuesday's!!  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!

On July 7, our talented Diva Laura, will be teaching you highlighting techniques using stamps, thin dies & ink!!  We always have so much fun & would love for you to join us!!

Tuesday, July 7 starting at 1pm

Monday, July 6, 2015

"Dream in Colour"

Good morning, everyone! This week I wanted to show you a kit that I have designed for SGD. When I saw these papers from Webster's Pages "Dream in Color" Collection, I thought that would be a good title for a layout. Isn't that what we wish for all our loved ones? So I used this stamp from Technique Tuesday called "Take Flight" and the new Ombre Ink from Hero Arts. I love all the colours that we have at the store, especially this one called "Pool to Navy". I like the fact that you can change up the colours of a title or an image with one ink pad.

Here are some of the items that I used. The stencil is from Prima and I also used a colour graded ribbon that we have in the store in both purple and blue shades. The title "Dream" and "in Colour" was cut out using my Silhouette

Here is the layout. Remember that we have both card kits and scrapbook layouts designed by the Divas at SGD.

Have a great week!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Maya Clear Stamp by Impression Obsession

Good Morning Everyone,

Today I want to show you my card that I made using the Maya clear stamp from IO. We will be making this card in a couple of weeks for Wonderful Wednesday. I have been seeing a lot of cards made with vellum. Mainly using vellum instead of card stock for their flowers. I just love the look. But I had to look for a technique to colour the vellum flowers, I watched this video by Larissa Haskett and she shows you how to colour with Gelatos. This was perfect for me because I have lots of Gelatos and if you know me I am not one to colour. Also I have seen people use their Derwent Intense Ink Pencils to colour but I will leave that up to Lori to show you. Anyway here is the video of Larissa showing you her technique.

Here is my card.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, July 4, 2015

Friday, July 3, 2015

Hope you like pink....

Happy Friday! Hope you all like pink and flowers....because that's what I used for this card!
Combined with stunning dies from Creative Expressions, for elegant cards! We will be making this card for Wonderful Wednesday, July 8 at 1 PM. Please bring a basic tool kit and $4 and you are set to make this one, no need to register! The little easel is cut with the Silhouette, but you can easily trace it and make many more, of course I have cut one for all of you to go with your card. It will all fold flat so easy to mail out.
If you are able to join us maybe you can bring your fine tip scissors since one of the flowers is cut out!
The flower is from the set Enjoy from Penny Black. Inked up with distress inks forest moss and worn lipstick.
                                                     Till next time, Anja