Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!!

Good morning everyone!!  I am sharing today the little goodie bags I sent with my kids to school to celebrate Halloween!  I used a new stamp set by Tim Holtz - Halloween Cut-Outs to make the tag that was included in every bag.  I first stamped the spider web, then the sentiment on top! Nothing extravagant when you have to make 60 of them!! I do LOVE Halloween!!

One last reminder - today of course is our INFAMOUS 12 hour sale!  Two days only ... Enjoy savings of 18% Store-Wide!!  Even includes NEW items!!  Applies to regular priced items.  Excluded:  clearance, classes, preorders, gift cards, store-made kits/frames.  Hurry, ends Thursday, November 1 @ midnight!  Please allow extra time for order processing during this very popular event. Have fun ladies!!

I hope that you all have a fabulous day and if you participate - a safe Trick or Treating night!!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Introducing a Special Guest Instructor!


An excerpt from her bio: 

With a keen eye for style & colour, and a strong sense of balance and fun, this talented interior designer swept onto the stamp scene in early 1990 and hasn't looked back.  Kelley Grace is a Southern Ontario girl who was raised, and still lives in the beautful Niagara Region. She considers herself very fortunate to have family in the area that encourages and nurtures her creativity. Always in demand as a demonstration artist and workshop leader, Kelley happily shares her creative ideas, studio secrets and experience with her enthusiastic patrons. 

"I believe in mixed media and I'll use whatever materials I need to achieve the desired effect."
Kelley loves to teach and by maintaining a selection of over 50 classes, she keeps her clients and students in touch with the latest trends in art stamping and paper crafts.
She conducts creative, customized product demonstrations and classes to educate the consumer, promote sales and increase inventory turnover for retailers. Kelley has promoted paper arts & inspired enthusiasm towards products through published artwork in magazines and on Sue Warden's Craftscapes.
Saturday, November 24:  11 - 1:30pm  $32  
Christmas Quartet Class

Using Tim Holtz's new 2012 Christmas Diagram stamps, you will create FOUR festive cards featuring ... a telescoping snowflake with mirror paper background, a snowman with colourful & embossed background, a toy soldier on vellum with a pearly Inka Gold background, and a pearly painted Christmas tree with a highlighted & embossed background.  Each of these cards will employ varied techniques including two different ways to use Inka Gold and Embossing Folders!  Card samples now on display at our store!

Saturday, November 24:  2:30 - 4:30pm  $32   
Snowflake Symphony Class


These cards are soooo cool, the recipients won't want to put them away after the holidays are over!! The best part is that they're much easier to make than they look! You'll start with learning the basic twisted easel & accordion/step card folds, then Kelley will show you two ways to use the Viva Decor modelling cream. Each layer of the die cut snowflake centerpiece is embellished with dimensional pearl & gloss pens to give your Christmas cards a lovely polished finish. You'll be using new 2012 dies and stamps to create three spectacular themed cards that you may not want to part with!! Card samples now on display at our store!

SGD's is thrilled to have Kelley Grace come and teach at our store!!  Kelley's work is outstanding!  Her knowledge of products and techniques will leave you in total awe!!  You will not believe everything you will learn!!    Join us for a Kelley Grace Day!!   Classes in the morning and the afternoon!  Stay for the day & craft with Kelley Grace!  (restaurant & variety store in plaza!).  Both Kelley and SGDs will be providing door prizes for both classes and each participant will receive a 20% in-store discount during the workshops.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Bella Bella Nutcracker

Hello Stampers and Happy Monday!

I cannot believe that we are already so close to Christmas, where does time go?  Blows my mind.

Anyway, this is my way of slowly "easing" myself into the Christmas theme with my cards, because I'm not quite ready!

Here is a card I taught in class last week.  We did three Bellas with Copics and the same colour scheme.  This is "Nutcracker" from Graphic 45.  I hadn't used much from this company in the past.  But after CHA this summer, I am seeking them out!  Their booth was AMAZING - just blew my mind.  Definitely my fave from the show.

The stamp is Uptown Madison has a Margarita by Stamping Bella.  I apologize, the Bellas sold out after my class, but I'm sure she'll be back in stock soon!

The sentiment is from Joyful Greetings by Paper Smooches.  Paper Smooches are definitely my favourite sentiment stamps.  I love the fonts!

Have a great week!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Kids Stamp a Bunch

Good Morning Everyone,

Last Sunday I gave you a sneak peak of one of the cards the kids are going to do on Nov 10, Kids Stamp a Bunch. Here are the rest of the cards that they will be doing.

You can register here. Hope to see you there.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

More SNAP by Simple Stories

Thanks to Lori posting pictures of the new line by Simple Stories called SNAP I had to get some asap!!! I am sure she is happy that she is the one enabling me for a change lol!! I don't have a project to share today- still jet lagged but after Lori's post I managed to find the energy to get to SGD asap! Scroll down to see the picture of my new SNAP loot after the video by Simple Stories to see why we fell in love with it at CHA!

Can't wait to get my pictures into these beautiful new crafty items!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Romantique with Couture Creations!


Happy Friday! Today I am sharing a romantic, feminine, elegant card with you. After seeing the new Couture Creations embossing folders I just had to make one of those cards. I simply embossed a white piece of paper, added the strip with dots on the top to hide a line that wasn't supposed to be there. With twinkling H2O I put on a bit of pink, sparkled the rest up with diamond Stickles, added a bow, and a sentiment from Just Rite and some Viva silver pearls. Voila, all done!
Have a great day, Anja

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Trick or Treat

This border die from Sizzix (658253 Sizzix Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die Halloween Shadows) is just the the cutest...

I used the phrase and trick or treaters and papers from The Paper Loft to make my card. I used a Sizzix Framelits Circle die to make a stencil for the moon and then sponged the sky background.

Have a great day! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012


Two days only .... Save 30%!! 

This special promotion includes Sketch Markers, 
Refills, Sets, Storage, Neenah, X-Press It .... !!

Pre-orders and magazines are excluded from this offer. Hurry, this special ends Thursday, October 25 @ midnight! 

Please allow extra time for order processing during this very popular event. Have fun!! 

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Simple Stories and SN@P!!

One of the hottest new lines that our Divas saw at the summer CHA show was the Sn@p collection by Simple Stories.  Love at first sight!!!  And given the calls and emails that Sheila has been getting asking when it is coming, we think LOTS of you love it too!!!  Check out this layout by Liz at Simple Stories, using this collection (click for the full blog post!  Thanks Liz & Simple Stories!):

We now have a large amount of the Sn@p Collection in stock, with more on the way!!

I can't wait to play with this collection!!  Enjoy!!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bella Nutcracker

Hello Stampers and Happy Monday!

Here is a Stamping Bella I coloured for an upcoming class.  I have always been a big fan of the Bellas!  This stamp is Little Birdie Jane.  I've coloured her in Copics and cut her out with a Nestie.

The paper is new Christmas design from Graphic 45 - Nutcracker.  I love the blues & purples combined with green.  So rich looking!

Have a great week!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Christmas Stamp A Bunch for Kids

Good Morning Everyone,

Just wanted to show you one of the cards I will be doing for the kids stamp a bunch. We will be making 2 cards for each 5 designs, that is a total of 10 cards that they will make. Everything will be cut for them, all they need to do is stamp and put their cards together. We will be having draws and treats for the kids, it is going to be a lot of fun and the kids will enjoy leaving with 10 cards that they made.

Hope you can join me on Nov 10 from 2pm to 4pm.You can register here.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Fall card for Toonie Tuesday !

   Happy Friday! The leaves are falling pretty fast here in my part of the world, the colours are amazing! It has inspired me to do another Fall card for Toonie Tuesday, October 23 at 2 PM. For the picture I put this little card in front of a smudge I really should have  your workplace nice and tidy at all times, lol! Well, my workplace gets smaller and smaller as I work on ideas, I try so many different things, and the mess just starts growing around when I was done this card, I got a smudge of ink on the bottom of this card........oh well, such is life! Have a great day and I hope you can join us on Tuesday, take care, Anja

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Fabulous Impression Obsession Dies!

Have you seen the new Impression Obsession dies

 Can you say fabulous? 

Impression Obsession Border Duo 2 Die DIE018-V 

Impression Obsession Fancy Ornament Die DIE026-O

A couple die cut borders and a pretty ornament.  How's that for an easy to make Christmas card?

Have a great day!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


12Hr Special + Save 25% on Spellbinders! 

Jump over to our 12Hr Special Gallery and enjoy savings of up to 50% on over 80 fantastic items, only while supplies last (sorry, no backorders). Shop early for best selection. 

Plus ... Save 25% on Spellbinders!! Girlfriends, put your scissors down and spread the news!!  You won't believe the selection!!

Hurry, above two offers available until Thursday, October 18 @ midnight!  Please allow extra time for order processing for this very popular event. Have fun!!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Idea-Ology Tissue Tape!

Happy Tuesday everyone!!  Today I am sharing a way to use up your stash of tissue tape, washi tape, trendy whatever name it goes by, I know you have some hoarded away!   I used some Idea-Ology Tissue Tape (Tim Holtz of course!)  and made my own background paper.  Here is my project:

I used white cardstock under the tape as this particular brand is tissue and transparent.  I just laid down the tape in strips, wrapping the edges around the back of the cardstock and voila!  Your own background paper.  I did a second piece and ran it through my Cuttlebug with my Romantic Rectangles Spellbinders die, and layered it with some Bo-Bunny Double Dot paper.  I then stamped & embossed on the top piece using the snowflake from my new Tim Holtz Christmas Blueprints set.  A simple little bow from American Crafts Ribbon just finished it off nicely! 

Enjoy your day and get creative with your stash!!!!  Stop hoarding and get crafting!! 

Monday, October 15, 2012

how to make glittery European flowers!

Hello Stampers!

It felt so good to sit down and spend some time crafting (finally) and make this card!  I have been so busy lately and have really missed spending time in my craft room.

I LOVE Magnolia stamps - just adore them.  And this new release is "Tilda with Ugg boots".  I think she is super cute - and I happen to love Ugg boots too!  

I picked up a beautiful new neutral 6x6 pad today at SGD (while checking out the garage sale, of course!).  This is Classic Calico Collection by American Crafts!  I'm always on the hunt for new neutrals because they are my favourite type of card.

I thought I would share with you how my flowers have evolved - and thanks to crafty time with my BFF Andrea - we've figured out some techniques to share with you today!

1.  NEVER cut the stem!  That is mistake #1.  Instead - twirl the stem around a pointer/ quilling tool/ Tim Holtz poker, etc.
2.  Once you've curled up your stem, use the Glue Gloss (this one is the easiest to use for this technique) to dab glue around the edges and tops of your petals.
3.  Dip your gluey flower petals straight into a tub of Twinklets Diamond Dust.  This one is perfectly chunky, not too sparkly, and just right!
4.  Glue your flowers in coordinating colours, in pairs or in threes, using a hot glue gun.  Trust me, you'll want a hot glue gun for this - it is best.  I LOVE the Imaginisce cordless gun!  I take it everywhere!

And there you have it, glittery European flowers!

Happy Stamping!


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Memory Box Clever Owl Die

Good Morning Everyone,

Had a great weekend with my stamping buddies.We meet twice a year once at Jactopia (this weekend) and then again at Victopia in the spring. Got a lot of scrap booking and cards done. We have such a good time.

Here is one of my cards that I made with the Clever Owl Die. I got my inspiration from this  home decor owl.

The back ground is a Craft Too embossing folder called Winter Village Scene.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Quick Lawn Fawn Card

Andrea here with a quick card I made using an adorable stamp from the new to us line- Lawn Fawn. 
This set is called 'So Thankful' and I am in love with its uber cuteness!!! I coloured it with my copics and used some of our Halloween paper by Imaginisce to give it a seasonal colour pop. 

Have a great week!

Friday, October 12, 2012

Hero Arts Toonie Tuesday!

Happy Fabulous Fall Friday!!
This week I spend some time with my sister from Holland and we visited New York for a couple of days, what a city!! We also enjoyed the beautiful fall colours and nice weather.....before you know it, Christmas will be here so let's make another Christmas card for Toonie Tuesday, October 16 at 2 pm. Hope you can join us, please bring a basic tool kit and a toonie. Hope to see you there, take care, Anja

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Molly Takes a Detour

Wanted to share this sweet card that I made with the Fabulous Uptown Girl Molly Takes a Detour/
You can find this Sweet Stamp HERE

Happy Stamping


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Tim Holtz Crinkle Ribbon!

Have you ever struggled to find the exact shade of ribbon to go with your card, layout, etc..??  Well no longer!!  Tim Holtz, in the way only he can, has this amazing white crinkle ribbon that you can colour to match your project!

I used Scattered Straw Distress Stain to colour the ribbon for the top of this tag.  Simply lay the ribbon on your non stick craft sheet and rub on the stain.  You can also use any type of mist, or ink to colour the ribbon.  It drys super fast too.  Love how versatile it is and now no more worries that you don't have the right colour ribbon!!!  Make your own!!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

A sale you don't want to miss!!

Saturday, October 13th: 9am – 5pm
Sunday, October 14th: 10am – 4pm

Whether you are looking to sell your unwanted craft supplies or are looking to pick up some outrageous deals ... this is one garage sale worth checking out! 

VENDERS!!  Be sure to register ASAP!!  A total of 125 spots are available.  We have sold out every single event - some of our Vendors have earned well over $1000!! 

SHOPPERS!!  You are welcome to shop with cash, Visa, MasterCard or Debit and all garage sale items are tax-free!!  You will not believe the deals!!

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

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hero Arts A Little Something Stamp Set

Good Morning Everyone and Happy Thanksgiving.

I hope each and everyone of you have a happy and safe holiday with family and friends. Also want to thank everyone that came out to our World Card Making Day and thank you for supporting Sheila and the food bank. It looks like we have a couple hundred of pounds of food. Also want to thank our designers divas for their talent.
I want to share with you one of the projects we are doing for this Wonderful Wednesday. I love making tags. The set is from Hero Arts called  " A Little Something" It is teamed up with their frame it die.
I used Hero Arts Shadow Ink , soft granite and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder
and Ranger Silver Stickles dry glitter.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

World Card Making Day SGD style!

Michelle Flynn one of our big prize winners today with some of her loot!

SGD celebrated World Card Making Day with a PAR-TAY!!

Make and Takes
and so much fun and laughter!!

Here are the make and takes that were available to be made today:





Phew!! So Much fun!

And so much food raised for the Food Bank- thank you so much everyone!

Keep your eyes posted on our blog and website to see when our next party will be!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Masculine Friday Card!

Happy Friday to you all! If  Mr. Blogger is doing what he says, this post should come up while I am in New York City with my sister from Holland!  I am sharing this masculine birthday card with you, I have used  Just Rite Anchors away stampset, perfect for all the men in your life. I stamped on watercolour paper and used Tim Holtz distress markers with a brush and water to colour it in, weathered wood, antique linen and old paper and vintage photo. The sentiment is from the same set and cut out with the coordinating dies, Vintage Label and Banner dies. The number 75 is also stamped with numbers from an old Just Rite set, the anchor is a punch from Martha Stewart, Darice embossing folder, twine from Sew Easy. I did some sponging around the dies before I took the paper out of the die. It was a lot of fun to make this card, especially with a stamp set that is so versatile and will spike your creativity! Have a great weekend, till next time, Anja                                                                                   

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Ready for Halloween?

I've been having a ball with this new die from Sizzix!

Create card back from yellow cardstock . Die cut just below the of the ears to leave fold.

Die cut another owl from orange cardstock.
Emboss owl with Sizzix Texture Fades Cobwebs embossing folder. Ink raised portions and sides with brown ink.

Die cut other accessory pieces. Assemble card!

Die cuts & embossing: Sizzix 657694 Owl #2, 656942 Halloween Words & Cobwebs Texture Fades
Ink: Brown

Have a great day!