Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Countdown to Christmas

This weekend past, I headed out to Parkhill for my Annual Jactopia weekend with my girlfriends. I can hardly believe that we have been doing this for 11 years now! I had the opportunity to stop in at Scrappin' Great Deals and have a little shop and picked up this fun Christmas Paper by Doodlebug Design. I really wanted to do something fun with my new Buddy the Elf stamp from Impression Obsession, but what to do?

I had a peek around the dollar store in Parkhill and found this fun Easel Chalkboard.  The Paper and Accessories in the Doodlebug Sugar Plum collection were perfect for this whimsical little project!

First I mixed some paint to lay out a base on the frame. Once the paint dried, I glazed it over with some Viva Crystal Gel. One can NOT possible get enough bling can they?

For this side of the easel, I stamped in versamark and embossed in white over chalkboard paper
I used two papers to cover the easel- Christmas Trim (fussy cutting the scalloped edge) and Jolly Gingerbread. These papers are delicious enough to eat!!! I wanted to add a little more to the frame, so I couldn't resist adding Dasher Doodle to the corner after sponging him a bit to add a touch more dimension.  Lastly, I added the sweet Enamel Christmas Dots tie in all the bright colours in the Designer Paper.

and now, for the Flip Side!

Can you see the sparkly goodness of the Crystal Gel on this side?

I decided to leave this uncovered so that the sentiments and Kris Kringle would be the focal point.

My Silhouette expert friend Kim, helped me to cut the sentiment that complimented the December 25th Medallion that I fussy cut from the Christmas Magic Paper!  How many day's IS it 'til Christmas. Just a sec, I'm going to Google that!  It's 87, Eighty-seven, which means it will be here WAY before we know it!  Anyway, I would have wrote that in the parentheses, however, I could NOT find any chalk in the stores today and I couldn't wait to post. But what I love about the board, is that you can chalk it in each day! I added Kris Kringle and a few more of the enamel dots, 'cause well, you can NEVER have too much bling!

I truly hope that you enjoyed my project! It was fairly easy to complete and if you start now, you will have lot's of time to make one before the Jolly Fellow arrives!

Happy Crafting


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Art Journal Workshop!!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1st @ 6:30pm
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. Also recommended for this workshop is a Craft Mat and baby wipes. Come prepared to get messy!! Each student will receive a 15% in-store discount during the workshop. Register today & discover Mixed Media for yourself!!

Thursday, October 1 starting at 6:30pm 
 Ideal for all levels of crafters aged 13+ (teens love to explore too!)

Monday, September 28, 2015

Think Outside the Box!

Happy Monday! Recently, we had a customer in the store who asked for scrapbook papers to do with European Travel. I tried to explain to her that when scrapbooking, you are not always going to find a paper that is specific to the theme that you are going for. That is when you have to think outside the box. For instance, in her case, she could have selected papers that complemented the colours of the flags of the countries that she had visited. We have a lot of customers who ask for Graduation paper. In those cases, select papers that go with the Mortar Board (i.e. black) and perhaps add in the colour of the tassel. We had a customer who asked for paper to do with knitting. Instead of that type of paper, select something that will go with the colour of the items that you have knitted. Always remember that scrapbooking should be about the subject of your photos. Don't be restricted by being too narrow in your focus.

This weekend I was scrapbooking some photos of my niece who is visiting from San Diego. She had on a beautiful blue dress so I decided to focus on that. The Graphic 45 Gilded Lily collection was a perfect selection even though the theme of the collection really didn't coincide with my photos. I added some of the elements from the collection, some Prima flowers, some wooden butterflies, and some lettering created on my Silhouette. The soft shade of blue in the papers helped to lead your eye to the photos and the subject of those photos.

So always keep in mind what you are trying to focus on in your photos and "think outside the box"!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday Impression Obsession

Good Morning Everyone,

Want to share with you the card we will be making for this up coming Wonderful Wednesday. I used the new Impression Obsession Landscape and Build a Village dies,  along with Lawn Fawn Winter Scripty Saying.  Could use this card for a winter birthday or one of your Christmas cards.

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


Saturday, September 26, 2015

Someone is having a birthday....

A HUGE happy birthday to our very own Sheila!

Thanks for having a dream and bringing such a great store to us!

I won't say how old she is but I will say she makes it look good!

From all of us....
The very best wishes for you in the coming year. 

Cheers from all your staff and diva's!

Friday, September 25, 2015

Bokeh technique

Happy Friday! You have probably seen this technique coming by on the computer, it is the bokeh is actually a photography term,  it gets used in crafting too now and it means something like, out of focus/blurry, to keep it simple, lol!
Anyhow, I am showing you how I did this on Tuesday, September 29 at 1 pm for Technique Tuesday.
Please bring a basic tool kit and $2, no need to register.
                                                         Hope you like it, Anja

Thursday, September 24, 2015


Happy Thursday! 

Lynn here sharing a double layout created with Kaisercraft. 

So many great elements to this collection

I will be offering a class on November 6th!!! Details coming soon! Hope you will join me! 

Don't forget our pre order section and the fabulous 12 hour sale!

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Here it is!!

The final card for our NATIONAL CARD-MAKING DAY event!!

Join the fabulous Divas at SGD for National Card-Making Day!! This is a day all about YOU and this crafty hobby of ours!! We are hosting two sessions: 9am - 12 and 1 - 4pm. With each session you will be making EIGHT stunning Christmas-themed cards (two each of four different designs). Matching envelopes will be provided too! All levels of crafters, from beginner to advance, are welcome! The other three of the four designs are featured in the photo below:
This is card-making, your way - the easy way! Everything will be pre-cut and ready for you! Students are asked to bring their scissors, liquid adhesive (such as Tombow), 3D pop-ups (such as 3L), 1/4" Scor Tape. If you have a heat gun to bring that would be very helpful as well!! All other materials will be provided for you! Each participant will receive a generous 20% in-store discount during each session!

Get a jump-start on your card-making and join us for a fabulous time!! Yummy treats & amazing raffle table!! If you love card-making, this is the perfect event for you! 
You can register for either session online: 

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Zentangle Workshops!!

Our Event's Planner, Kim, has arranged to have the incredible "Brenda Shaver", Certified Zentangle Teacher come back to our store & 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!!

Friday, September 25 - 10am - 12:30 (make the day of it & join Brenda for her "Tangled Landscape" Workshop in the afternoon!)

Join Brenda Shaver, Certified Zentangle Teacher, for more Zentangle with her "Tangled Landscape" Workshop! Basic knowledge of Zentangle is required in order to attend this workshop. (101 Workshop is being held at SGD in the morning at 10am). Learn how to transform non-representational tangles into trees, clouds or whatever your heart desires as you develope a personal landscape, all in tangles! Prepare to be pleasantly surprised by your unlimited creativity and imagination.

Monday, September 21, 2015

"Remember Forever" Heritage Class

Happy Monday! I wanted to share with you today a layout that I created for a Heritage Class in October. I used the Couture Creations "Vintage Rose Garden" Collection again but focused on the Coral colours in the papers rather than the Greens in the last layout that I created for next week's class. I also used this beautiful flower from Prima. Die cuts using Cheery Lynn Flourishes and Baby's Breath Flowers are also used in the layout. Hope you like it! Watch the October Calendar for the date of this class.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Wonderful Wednesday Make a Wish

Good Morning Everyone,

Here is my card for this up coming Wonderful Wednesday. I used a piece of white foam  and Stick it to make my sentiment 3D looking. The paper is from My Mind's Eye called Happy. I coloured my ribbon to match the colour in the designer paper. The heart is from Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splat die.

Thanks for looking and have a great day. Maybe see you at the  garage sale. Lots of great deals.


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Yay! Time for the SGD Garage Sale!

Saturday, September 19:  9am – 5pm  &  Sunday, September 20:  10am – 4pm (Let's show how much we care!!  Entry for both Saturday & Sunday is a donation to the London Food Bank by way of non-parishable food or a $2 cash donation which will be collected at the door)

You will find something for cardmakers, scrapbookers, stampers, mixed media lovers and lots of other crafty goodies!

So come on down and join us today and tomorrow and see what treasures you can find!

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, September 18, 2015

Stamping with Viva Gold...

Happy Friday! Sharing with you a little card today, I stamped with Viva Gold....I wish you could see the shimmer, so pretty. Well, you can see the shimmer for real if you come out on Tuesday, September 22 at 1 PM. We are gonna make this card for Technique Tuesday. I will show you how I did this!
No need to register, please bring a basic toolkit and $2, it will be fun!
                                               Till next time, Anja

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Hocus Pocus

Happy Thursday! 
This weekend I was finally able to play with some fabulous papers! 

Here is a double layout I created with the 

I loved the sticker sheet
It had all the perfect elements for my layouts. 

Added some sequins too! Craft Medley Dazzling Metallics

Look for this kit coming soon! 
Don't forget the 12 hour sale and this weekend is our famous garage sale! 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


Enjoy Savings of 23%!!
Wow ... you won't believe what's on sale right now! Visit our 12 Hour Special Gallery & take advantage of savings of 23% of select dies, stamps & so much MORE!
Available until Thursday, September 17 at midnight, while supplies last. No coupons necessary, savings are automatic! Sale items sold on a first come basis both online & here at our wonderful 3400 sqft store - Limited quantities - shop early for best selection.
Don't forget to come out this weekend for our CUSTOMER GARAGE SALE!!  This Saturday & Sunday!! We have over 100 boxes of AMAZING deals!! Shoppers - all garage sale items are tax-free! Let's make a difference for those in need - entrance into garage sale is a food donation for the London Food Bank ... Together we can all help before the cold winter months hit!! Let's show how much we care & see! how much we can donate!! See you this weekend!!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


Join the fabulous Divas at SGD for National Card-Making Day!! This is a day all about YOU and this crafty hobby of ours!! We are hosting two sessions: 9am - 12 and 1 - 4pm. With each session you will be making EIGHT stunning Christmas-themed cards (two each of four different designs). Matching envelopes will be provided too! All levels of crafters, from beginner to advance, are welcome! Two of the four designs are featured in the photo below.
This is card-making, your way - the easy way! Everything will be pre-cut and ready for you! Students are asked to bring their scissors, liquid adhesive (such as Tombow), 3D pop-ups (such as 3L), 1/4" Scor Tape. All other materials will be provided for you! Each participant will receive a generous 20% in-store discount during each session!

Get a jump-start on your card-making and join us for a fabulous time!! Yummy treats & amazing raffle table!! If you love card-making, this is the perfect event for you!

Saturday, October 3: 9am - 12 (doors will open at 8:45am). 

Monday, September 14, 2015

"Boys will be Boys!"

Last week, I shared with you a kit that I had created using KaiserCraft's Scrap Yard Collection. This week, I wanted to show you another kit that I created using the same collection and some of the ephemera from the collection. Using some buttons, some twine and some wooden hearts helped to complete this kit in no time.

Remember that we have several special events coming up at the store in the next few weeks: the Garage Sale, the Crop for Dani's mother, and National Card-making Day. Be sure to consult the calendar on the website.

Have a great week!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

National Card Making Day

Good Morning Everyone,

Want to share with you my second card that you will be making for National Card Making Day.  I got this design from Leslie Webster, you can see her card  here.  I just changed it up so I could use the supplies that we have on hand.

The card is gold, red and black.  I love the non traditional Christmas colours. I hope you will join us on Oct 3, you can register here. Limited space, so register early.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, September 12, 2015

How to help a Crafty Rut

Hi, My name is Andrea and I'm in a crafty rut

There I've said it. Truth card on the table

My crafty room is dusty and not from an excess of glitter for a change.

Ever been there?

After snivelling and feeling sorry for myself for a wee bit
It's time to pull up the bootstraps and get back in the saddle!

but how do you do that?

Here are some tips that I use that help me and I hope inspire YOU!

1- Clean your craft area

I find cleaning my craft room not only sorts out my space but I also tend to 'rediscover' some of my supplies and what I can do with them.

2- Look online for craft inspiration

Here is my FAVOURITE!!!!!

Click on the link above to be taken to SGD's crafty inspiration boards let alone the bazillion of other crafty ideas on this site!

3- Go Shopping!!!!

This one inspires me time after time. Nothing like rows upon rows of shiny new things to create with that have the ideas ricocheting around this brain of mine. SGD is REALLY good at inspiring me. 

What about you? Anything other than the 3 I have mentioned that help you out of a crafty rut? Please leave us a comment below!

Happy Crafting!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Penny Black and Gelatos...

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing a card with you where I am using some of my favourite stuff. I have a lot of favourites....and I like it all, lol. Anyhow, I stamped the greenery with this one stamp from the  Penny Black set, floral and sketches, the butterflies are also from the same set. The sentiment is from the sprigs set.
I took a piece of watercolour paper and scribbled some orange, purple and pink gelato on it, I then sprayed it with a bit of water and some pearl glimmermist. After it was dry, I stamped and cut out the butterflies.
Love the bit of shimmer on the butterflies, hope you do to! 
                                            Till next time, Anja

Accessory Bag! I am in LOVE

Have you seen the amazing designer accessory bags in the pre order section??? 

Wendy Vecchi - Designer Accessory Bag 

Dylusions By Dyan Reaveley - Designer Accessory Bag 

Dina Wakely Media - Designer Accessory Bag

Whether you are taking it on the go or using it in your creative space, this bag is the perfect solution for storing your stash in style. The bag features the exclusive artwork of the artit. The custom designed coated bag features a chunky zipper and convenient handles ideal for storing inks, paints, brushes and more.  14.5"x2.75"x4.5"

Wednesday, September 9, 2015


Pre-orders are products that have not yet arrived in our store. We are now accepting pre-orders for the following listed products. Once inventory arrives, your pre-order will receive priority processing. Each pre-order (company) has a different date of arrival. Each pre-order for each different company (collection) must be on a separate order. Do not include other products with your pre-order unless you would like to wait for your pre-orders to arrive in stock. Thanks!

Tuesday, September 8, 2015


Mark your calendars & plan to join us for one of the best garage sales ever!!

Saturday, September 19: 9am – 5pm 
Sunday, September 20: 10am – 4pm 
NEW THIS YEAR!!! Let's show how much we care!! Entry for both Saturday & Sunday is a donation to the London Food Bank by way of non-perishable food or a $2 cash donation which will be collected at the door!

Are the drawers in your craft room bulging over? Is your scrap area overloaded with “stuff?!” Are you ready to clear out your stash that is collecting dust & taking up valuable space – space that could be used for all of those new papers, doo-dads and gadgets you’ve been drooling over?! Now is the time to sort through your supplies to make room for the new! It's time to Fall clean your craft area with SGD's amazing Customer Garage Sale!!!

SGD's is once again hosting our incredibly popular customer garage sale for new and/or used scrapbooking, cardmaking and stamping products. So gather up your goodies, read the rules below, stop by the store, and purchase your boxes to receive your vendor number today! Registration to be a Vendor must be completed prior to September 14. The cost to participate is $8 per banker's box or $5 per space if you are using your own BANKER’s sized box (to be fair to all Vendors, random sized boxes are not allowed). Boxes/spaces will be sold on a first come, first served basis. A total of 125 boxes/spaces will be available for purchase. We have sold out each and every event!! If you were a Vendor last year and wish to retain your Vendor number, please contact us asap as spots will go quickly! 

So whether you are looking to sell some of your unwanted craft supplies or take advantage of some ridiculous deals on fabulous products  .... or both!!!  ..... SGD's Customer Garage Sale is one garage sale worth checking out!!   See you there

Monday, September 7, 2015

"Life is Great" Kit

Good morning, everyone! Today, I wanted to show you a kit that I made using the Kaiser
Craft "Scrap Yard" Collection. This is such a great line for boys, young or old. I used a lot of the ephemera from the kit as well as some Tim Holtz gears and a couple of tickets that I made using my Silhouette and Kraft paper. Remember that we only create a small number of kits at a time so check out our website to see what we have available.

Sunday, September 6, 2015

Simply Scribbles and Splats

Good Morning Everyone,

Happy Labour Day Weekend, hope you are having a great one. My card for this up coming Wonderful Wednesday is simple but cute. I saw this paper and thought I need to make a card with it. The paper is from Kaisercraft, called Fly Free. Thought it would make a cute birthday card. The heart is from Tim Holtz Scribbles and Splats dies. Quick and easy.

Thanks for looking and have a great weekend.


Saturday, September 5, 2015

New Distress Color: September 2015- Love it Mr. Holtz!

Purple is my favourite colour so I am beyond excited for this month's. Hop on over to SGD's Pre-Order selection to put your name on one of this amazing inks as soon as they kit the store!

Happy Crafting, 

Friday, September 4, 2015


Happy Friday! Remember Spirelli....I do, I still have the box with stuff. This 4x4 card is inspired by Spirelli, what a fun technique! You can use different materials, and get different results every time.
I would like to show you how you do this, it's not hard, I promise! On Tuesday, September 8 at 1 PM we will be making this card for Technique Tuesday. No need to register, just bring a basic tool kit and $2.
                                     Hope you can join us, Anja

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Class is in session!

The kids are going back to school! Time for crafters to head back to class too! Take a look at the incredible classes coming your way!
Silhouette 101 Workshop with Karen! Tuesday, September 22 at 6pm

Wondering what the Silhouette Machine is all about?  Or maybe you have one sitting in the box and you just are not sure where to begin?  This is the class for you!  Our Silhouette expert, Karen, will introduce you to the wonderful features and getting started with the Silhouette!  Cameo & Portrait machines will be reviewed.  You may wish to bring along a pencil and paper to take notes.  Bring your questions and Karen will walk you through it!   
Tuesday, September 22:  6 - 8pm   Ideal for all levels of crafters interested in the Silhouette Machine

Heritage/Vintage Scrapbooking Class/Kit with Karen! Thursday, September 24 at 6pm

"Diva Karen's" passion for vintage anything shines in her Heritage/Vintage scrapbooking workshops!  Ideal for many different themes!  
Students are asked to bring their basic tool kit, including paper trimmer, scissors and adhesives to class with them. 

September Calendar Layout Class/Kit with Karen! Sunday, September 27 at 1:30pm

"Diva Karen" is ready to get crafty with you!  Join Karen to complete this colourful layout designed to showcase your beautiful photos. Carefree & joyful!!  Ideal for all levels of crafters; from beginner to advance!  You will simply fall in love with Karen's passion for this amazing hobby of ours!
Students are asked to bring their basic tool kit including paper trimmer, scissors, adhesives, pop-dots, etc.  Each student will receive a 15% in-store discount during Karen's workshop.  

Blossom Wooden Plaque (14x11) by Diva Gale - Tuesday, October 6 at 9:30am

Wow!!  Let our artist "Diva Gale" bring out your inner-artist in teaching you how to create your very own wooden painting on solid wood planks!  Art work measures 14"wide x 11"tall.  Ideal for display in your home/office or for gift-giving!   Gail is a local artist excited to share her expertise with you!  This workshop is ideal for crafters of all levels - from beginner to advance!  Two dates to choose from:  Oct 6 (9:30am -12) or Oct 7 (6 - 9pm)
Students are asked to wear an old T-shirt (or apron, in case of messy paint).  All materials will be provided for you, including paints, brushes, etc.   Each student will receive an in-store 15% discount during Gale's workshop.  
Tuesday, October 6:  9:30am - 12 noon  

Don't forget every Tuesday is Technique Tuesday and Wonderful Wednesday! 

Hope to see you there! 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

12-Hour Scrapbooking Fundraiser!

Please join us for a fun day of crafting! This special crop is a fundraiser in support of our "Diva Dani's" Mom, Val, who is battling both lung and breast cancer. Some of the treatments that Val is receiving are not covered by OHIP. Our goal is to raise funds to assist with her treatments. Val is a remarkable woman with a heart of gold and it is our pleasure to host this special event in support of her ongoing efforts to fight this horrible disease. There will be an amazing raffle table (you will not believe some of the prizes!), yummy snacks, delicious pizza & more!! 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Dani's Mom in support of her treatments. Saturday, Sept 26 - Click to register!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

National Card Making Day 2015

Good Morning everyone!! On Sunday, Kim shared one of the cards that we will be offering at our National Card Making Day event which is happening Saturday, October 3, 2015!! Today I am sharing another card!! 

We will be making two more cards, which we will be sharing soon.  Participants in this event will make two cards of each design, for a total of EIGHT cards!! They will all be Christmas themed, giving you a great opportunity to get a start on your Christmas cards!! Keep an eye on the website to register and for more details coming soon!!!