Monday, November 30, 2015

Christmas Gift Tags

Good morning, everyone! Today, I wanted to share with you an upcoming class that I will be doing on Friday, December 11 from 10:30 until noon. We will be making these fifteen Christmas Gift Tags. We will be using different colours of Glitter Ritz to colour the embellishments. Hope you can join me. Just bring your Basic Tool Kit with a good adhesive and some glue dots.


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Believe Pillow Box

Good Morning Everyone,

Want to share with you my project for this up coming Wonderful Wednesday. I got this idea from my Creative Group, they made these at our last retreat. I found the pillow boxes at the Dollar (sold out) but you can get them at Clear Bags in Strathroy.  I embossed the pillow box with a embossing folder I had on hand, you can't see because of the ribbon but this folder has poinsettias on it. The sentiment is from Believe Stamp Set from Penny Black. Voila there you have it a cute treat or gift box. You can make these for any occasion, just change up the ribbon and embossing folder to the season.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

DIY Tutorial: How to Create Paper Flowers - Deluxe Flower Shaping Crafti...

Look at what's in stock at SGD!

Watch this information and fun video to learn more about this great product
Who doesn't love new crafty tools!

Cheers, Andrea

Friday, November 27, 2015

Snowy grove

Happy Friday!
Our oldest son is having a birthday tomorrow so I made him a card. This snowy grove stamp is from Penny Black, and yes, I love it, lol, no surprises here. I inked up the stamp with versafine black and then I used Tim Holtz inks to make the background, tumbled glass, broken china and dusty concord. On the white spots and along the bottom there is some shabby white enamel that melts beautifully into snow!
With the many deer dies that are out there, I am sure you have one, I used my Silhouette, but any die will do.
Can't wait to play more with this set! Hope you like it too, Anja

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Winter Fun

I might not be a fan of the snow or cold weather but I do love winter layouts! 

 Have you seen our Winter Fun section? 

Stock up with Sheila's 12 hour sale! 40% off some amazing products! 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015


Wow ... It's so hard to believe it was nine years ago that we turned our on-line store into a fabulous retail store!! All together we've been in business for 14 years!! Through these years we have met so many wonderful people and have formed many life-long friendships. 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!! Thanks for coming along for the ride ... now it's time to celebrate!! 
Join our talented Divas, Kim & Lori, and create these stunning cards and receive a FREE die/folder set! You will learn 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 your tape runner such as 3L EZ Runner. Everything else will be provided for you!! Two time slots to choose from: 10am - 12 or 1 - 3pm.

Each registered crafter will receive a FREE Sizzix Die & 2pc Embossing Folder Set!! You will be creating two beautiful cards with our Divas, Lori & Kim!. There will be yummy treats and in-store specials all day! Seats are going quickly, so get yourself registered and get ready for a fabulous crafting celebration with our Divas on our 9th Anniversary here at our amazing retail store!!

If you are not registered for the above class, please still come and join us for treats & fabulous in-store specials!! Food Bank Donations! Please bring a donation for the London Food Bank and receive a FREE raffle ticket where you could win FABULOUS prizes! Together, let's help feed those in need before the cold winter months hit - let's show them how much we care. See you December 5th - Doors open at 9:30am!!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Scrappin Monday

Good morning, everyone! I wanted to show you the layout that we will be doing today for Scrappin Monday. The papers are from the Bo Bunny Collection "Enchanted Harvest". I know this is short notice but I hope that you can stop by today to put this layout together. Bring your basic tool kit and create this layout for $5.00 and then stay to crop until 4, if you can.

Hope to see you!

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Doodlebug Sugarplums Gift Card

Good Morning Everyone,

This morning I am sharing with you my project for this up coming Wonderful Wednesday. We will be making a gift card using the Doodlebug Sugarplums designer paper. I think this line is so cute. Love the colours in this line. So merry and bright. I will walk you through the steps on how to make this gift card holder, along with instructions that you can take home with you.  The sentiment is from Lawn Fawn called Winter Scripty Sayings.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Hero Arts Color Layering Christmas Tree

Andrea here with today's post!
I am highlighting a new stamp in stock at SGD that I cannot wait to get my hands on!

Hero Arts - Color Layering Christmas Tree

This is a 'multi-step' stamp set meaning you layer the images on top of each other
I have included information directly from the Hero Arts website on how to use their product
Please note while the video doesn't show this stamp set it does show exactly how you use the stamp
Thank you to Hero Arts for the information and video!

Color Layering™ mixes coordinated stamp designs with a selection of complementary inks to create beautiful stamped “layers” for your projects. Simply select the colors of ink you’d like to use and stamp away! Each Color Layering™ stamp set from Hero Arts provides you with an easy to understandstamping guide. Follow the guide precisely, or play around and create your own multi-layered images!
For example, if using a three-step image: Begin with the base layer and stamp it with the lightest color of ink. Add a medium layer using a slightly darker color. And finally, stamp the last image using the darkest hue.
Ink Key by Yana Smakula
You can also mix and match colors from different color families for fun and unexpected results. Don’t be afraid to experiment and play around with our Color Layering™ stamps!
Watch the video below with tips and tricks for using Hero Arts Color Layering™ stamps.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Faux tile

Happy Friday! Bringing on some snow swirls this morning, love them a lot more on a card than for real.
The weather has been pretty nice and I can't believe November is well on it's way. So sharing with you today a winter card with the technique Faux tile.The stamps are from Impression Obsession. We will be making this card for Toonie Tuesday, November 24 at 1 PM. No need to register, just bring a basic tool kit and $2 and I will show you how this is done.Hope you can join us!
                              Till next time, Anja

Thursday, November 19, 2015

KaiserColour Colouring Books Video!

Oh I was so excited to see this today! Our whole family loves to color now! Even my husband has his own book! I saw these and they will be added to my growing collection! 

KaiserColour Perfect Bound Coloring Book - Deep Sea. Here is a short video about this KaiserCoulour Colouring Books!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Twelve Hour Sale!!!!

Save, Save, Save - 20%!!
Save $5 on every $25 spent!  A savings of 20%! Savings are automatic - no coupons necessary!!
Two Days Only!  *For every $25+ (before taxes) spent, you will save $5!  Spend $50; save $10 ... spend $100; save $20 ... spend $150; save $30 ...and on & on ... !  *Applies to regular priced, in-stock items. Excluded: crops, classes, pre-orders, diva-made kits, clearance, backorders, special orders & machines such as Silhouette. This promotion cannot be combined with any other discounts/ coupons.  Ends Thursday, November 19 at midnight!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Derwent Inktense Card Class!!

Ahhh .... Derwent Inktense Pencils ... What can we say, they are amazing!! Join me for this fun card class where you will be working with Whipper Snapper Stamps & Derwent Inktense Pencils!! We just love the vibrancy these pencils bring to our projects! I will show you how to create these two adorable cards with focus being on using Derwent Inktense Pencils. 

Students are asked to bring the following to class with them: water brush, fine-tipped scissors, adhesives (including foam pop-ups) and your Derwent Inktense pencils. If you do not have the pencils, a class set will be available for sharing. Students will receive a 15% in-store discount during the class.

Monday, November 23: 6:30 - 8:30pm (Please note: store closes at 6pm & I will be there approx. 6:15 to re-open for class).

Monday, November 16, 2015

Silhouette 103

Happy Monday, everyone! Today I wanted to remind you that we will be having a Silhouette 103 class on Thursday night from 6 to 8 p.m. If you have taken the 101 and 102 class, you will be familiar with the different icons on the screen of the Cameo/Portrait machine. In the 103 class I want to show you how much more you can do with the Silhouette Software. We all know that you can purchase designs from the Silhouette Store but in this class, I will show you how to create some of your own designs and how to improve your use of fonts to create your own card sentiments, project life cards, and titles. Below, you will see a couple of cards that I designed using only my Silhouette. I created the banner, the arrow, the tab, the background papers downloaded from an SVG file, and the stacked sentiment inside one of the cards. To do all this, I used:

  • Edit Points
  • Compound Path
  • Convert to Path
  • Welding
  • Importing SVG files

The second photo is on the inside of the first card above. We will create these two cards in the class.

Hope to see you Thursday.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Mix Media Christmas Card Class

Good Morning Everyone,

Ahhh ... the fabulous world of Mixed Media!!  We simply can't get enough!!  Join our mixed-media team of Lori, Kim & Anja, for an incredible journey into the marvels of mixed media art!  You will be creating three stunning Christmas-themed cards using various mediums, sprays, inks, gels, pastes, stamps, stencils, etc. while learning valuable tips and techniques on how to use all of these products.  This workshop is ideal for all levels of crafters; from beginner to advance!

Please join us.
 Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, November 14, 2015

Copic Community Club- come join us!

Join our Copic Diva, Andrea (me), for some Copic fun.  Once a month we will play with our Copics to keep our colouring skills fresh; regardless of your skill level - beginner to expert is welcome. The point of the night is to get together and have fun. Also you won't believe what we can learn from each other!  Please bring your Copic Markers and get ready to colour, colour, colour!  Each student will receive a 15% in-store discount during Andrea's workshop
The focus of this class with be "colouring snowmen"!  If you have any snowment stamps, bring them along & together we will master the art of Copic Markers!  Andrea will be on hand to answer any copic questions and also to do the quick demo and have images to share with all of you to try your hand at. Together we will keep our Copic skills current!!   ** Please note: if you 100% brand new to Copics, please attend a 101 for Beginners Class prior to attending Copic Community Club **  
Thursday, November 26:   6 - 8pm
And it only costs …….$10! Come join us!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Masculine card

Happy Friday! Sharing with you the upcoming Wonderful Wednesday card, one for the guys this time!
If you would like to make this card, please join us Wednesday, November 18 at 1PM, no need to register, just bring a basic tool kit and $4. We are using a die, some ink to make the sky and we usually have fun!
                                Hope you can come, till next time, Anja

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Ken Oliver - Color Burst

Oh look what came in the store!!! 
Ken Oliver  Color Burst!

I loved the color! Found this fabulous video! 

Off to shop! Have a great weekend! Don't forget to check out our fabulous 12 hour sale!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mixed Media Christmas Card Class

Greetings everyone!!!  

Kim, Anja & I are offering a Mixed Media Christmas Card Class on Saturday, November 21st from 1pm - 4pm!! You will make THREE cards, and play with a lot of different media - paints, pastes, and powders to name just a few!!  The above card is my contribution to the class!  We hope you can join us!! You can register online (CLICK HERE) or in store!


Please remember to pause today at 11:00am to honour those who have, and those who continue to, defend our country, for our freedom.  Lest we forget.


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Doodlebug Christmas!

Good Morning!!! Okay so HOW many days 'til Christmas?

What happened to 2015? I can't believe it's almost through. It just seems it was January. I'm kind of glad in one sense, as it's been a tough 18 months for me, but each month that we got deeper into the year I got feeling better, so I guess it's all good! I'm positive the 2016 is going to be my year! POSITIVE!!!! 

So onto the card! How freakin grin evoking sweet is THIS???? That little Christmas tree makes me want to reach out and tickle it! I KNOW silly me. Anyway I kind of took artistic liberty with the Challenge Chicks Challenge this month..well HUGE artistic liberty in fact. The challenge was to create a tag to match some gift wrap that you have at home. I do have some Christmas Wrap packed away into a box and good lord, I wasn't ready to crack that yet! I had already had started this little gift tag featuring the Merry Tree Doodlepop 3D sticker. Then I thought perhaps I'd make some gift wrap to match. Well then I decided that I'd wrap something with the Christmas Magic Paper, but since I didn't have a gift to wrap, I didn't want to waste the paper, so I used it as the base for a card.

I used a strip of Christmas Trim to break up the background a bit and a small circle of Tiny Trimmings on the tag. I thought the tree could use a little snow under, so I added some Polar White Flower Soft. I had some fun stickers from the Dollar store that I added for the sentiment and of course the big black bow! Did I stray too far from the challenge?

Hope you enjoy my cute little creation as much as I enjoyed making it!


Monday, November 9, 2015

Fall Days

Good morning, everyone! Today, I wanted to share with you a kit that I made for the store. I used the Pumpkin Spice Collection from Simple Stories. I thought that this kit could be used for photos of the trees in colour, or trips to a Pumpkin Patch or whatever type of photos that you may have suitable for a "Fall Day".

Don't forget to check out our Kit Wall and the Classes for November if you are in the store or go online to see what we have available. November promises to be a busy month at SGD.


Sunday, November 8, 2015

Christmas Tree Greetings

Good Morning Everyone,

Today I am going to show you the card we will be making  this Wonderful Wednesday. I found this braided card technique on Pinterest and thought this would be fun. If you click on the link it will take you to the you tube video on how to make it. Great video.  I used the paper from Carta Bella called Joyful and Triumphant for the base of my card. The die is from Creative Expressions called Christmas Tree Greetings. I popped the tree up by using the white foam. I added some glitter and a rhinestone.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Friday, November 6, 2015

Mixed media Christmas card class!

Happy Friday!! Have you seen the November calendar for the store....lots of great classes going on!
So many different classes to choose from, be sure to check it out. On Saturday, November 21 at 1 PM, Kim, Lori and myself will be teaching a Mixed Media Christmas card class, you can sign up HERE.
This is my contribution, we will be using some colour bursts, embossing, enamel, inks.....hope you like it!
                                   Happy Crafting, Anja

Thursday, November 5, 2015

An amazing video by Marta

WoW oh WoW ! I was pinning away last night catching up on my favorite blogs and found this fabulous video tutorial from my lovely friend Marta! 

Here are some of the fabulous products she uses, which are also sold in our store! Take a look! 

Faber-Castell - Mix & Match Tropical Gelatos

Here is her amazing video tutorial! Thank you Marta for sharing your amazing talent! 

Don't forget to check out the 12 hour sale

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

November's Amazing Class Schedule!!!

Our divas have been hard at work creating for you!! November's schedule is full of amazing projects!!! Here are a few upcoming workshops, grab a coffee and have a look:

Wooden Painted Christmas Sign with "Diva Gale"! Tuesday, November 17 at 6pm

 Local artist, Gale, is offering this incredible workshop! Paint your very own Christmas sign onto solid wood! Various colours of paint will be available so you can pick and choose your own colours! Let Gale help you bring out your inner-artist. Ideal for display in your home/office or for gift-giving! This workshop is ideal for crafters of all levels - from beginner to advance.
Our newest Instructor is offering two lovely Christmas themed classes this month, perfect timing!!!:
Seeing is believing ... and you will believe when you see these incredible fold-out Christmas cards!! Photographs do not do these gems justice! Pat will teach you how to turn folds into works of art!! You will be creating two stunning cards!! 
Beautiful fold-out Christmas Book-Card!! You have to see this to believe it!! Pat will teach you how to turn folds into a work of art!! Beautiful for gift giving! 


Seriously ... how cute is this project!! Join our crafty "Diva Laura" and create your very own candy bowl on Elf Legs for your holiday party! Ideal for gift giving - makes an adorable hostess gift too! Place on your desk and fill with treats! Great teacher gift too! Make the day of it and join us for Wonderful Wednesday at 1pm!
There are more classes to see!!! Pop over to the website and have a look! Our designers & instructors are some of the best this industry has ... SERIOUSLY! From beginner to the most advanced ... from ages 5 - 125; we've got you covered! Register for a class today! And remember, when you take a class at SGD's, you always receive a 15% in-store discount!!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Merry & Bright

"His eyes how they twinkle, his dimples so merry"!
I've had this picture of Jonathon kicking around for a long time (about 15 years in fact!) waiting for the perfect time to create a layout. When I saw the Merry & Bright sentiment in this Sugarplum Christmas Collection, I just had to find the picture! Oh my gosh, that little face is the sweetest isn't it?

I had a lot of fun creating this layout with the addition of the cottage and gumdrops from the  Die Cuts Craft Kit and the Jolly Gingerbread Doodle-Pops 3D stickers

I wanted to bring the little cottage to life a bit, so I used an exacto knife to open the doorway and added some sponging with tim holtz distress ink to the edges. I added some fine glitter to the windows for a little frosty effect! I couldn't resist but to add the sweet little 3-D gingerboy inside the house. Doesn't he look scrumptious? Good enough to eat!

Lastly, I used some Diamond Glaze to the Gumdrops for a glossy effect as well as some stickles for some sugary sweetness~  

I'm so glad I found the perfect paper collection for the perfect picture!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Silhouette 103

Hello, everyone. I just wanted to remind you that I will be teaching a Silhouette 103 Class on Thursday, November 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. This is the third class in the series that I have taught. Now that you have learned the basics of operating the Silhouette Cameo, we will be exploring ways to expand your creativity with the Silhouette. You will learn how to:

  • Import SVG files and how to organize those files
  • Use the Trace Feature
  • Convert Text to a Path and how to use text to design Journal Cards
  • Use Compound Paths
  • Alter Purchased Designs
  • Create your own Designs
I hope that you can join me. We will also do a Make and Take during the class.


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Believe Canvas

Good Morning Everyone

Want to share with you one of my classes that I will be teaching at SGD. You will making these 2 canvases in this class. I thought these would make great Christmas wall decorations or you can give them away as gifts. You will be learning how to use some of the mix media products that we have at SGD. If you  like to paint and get messy, this is the class for you. Hope you will join me on Monday November 30 from 6-9.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.