Friday, September 29, 2017

Golden grove roses!

Happy Friday! The other day I picked up this stamp set from Kaiser kraft, it is called golden grove.
I started with the rose stamp in the misti, and inked it up with distress markers, blending out the colour a bit with a wet brush. Repeated this 3 times. Then I sprinkled some colourburst on craft mat, spritzed it with water and with a sponge I dabbed some on the paper. By using a sponge, you have a lot more control, I really like doing it that way. Then I stamped the carte postale stamp over the roses, and also stamped the roses, slightly off, with black versafine again. Matted the panel on black on a brown embossed paper (embossing folder from Tim Holtz).
                                   Hope you like it! Till next time, Anja

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Art Journal Night!

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!! Ideal for all levels of crafters aged 14+!

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!! Register today & discover Mixed Media for yourself!! Each student will receive a 15% discount during the workshop at our amazing on-site store. Registration & payment in advance is required to reserve your spot.

Please note: this workshop will be held at the old Komoka Community Centre, 133 Queen St., Komoka (a 2 minute drive from our old store), where you will be able to crop, shop, take classes, see demos & MORE!!! We would love to see you!!

Friday, September 29: 6:30 - 8:30pm (Please note: Store closes at 7pm so that we have time to pack up)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Happy Wednesday everyone!!  I would like to share the card that I am making for our Card Day Event happening on Saturday, October 14th!  

I used Distress Oxide Inks to create the background, stamped with an older Kaisercraft music note stamp from my stash, and for the foreground - I used a new Penny Black stamp called "Bells & Berries".  The sentiment is a new Memory Box set called "Do You Believe".  I embossed the sentiment and added some Platinum Stickle Dots for some sparkle!

I hope you can join us....guaranteed to be a great day!! Registration in advance is required, you can do so online or calling Sheila directly at 519-473-5751.

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Save the date for our Card Making Event!!!

Join SGD for a fabulous day of card-making fun!
Saturday, October 14: 9:30am - 4:30pm

This event is being held at the Vanneck United Church, corner of Vanneck Road & Ilderton Road (22651 Vanneck Rd)

  Six of the amazing Divas of SGD will be on-site and ready to teach you how to make six fabulous all-occasion cards! Your Divas for the day: Anja, Lori, Kim, Trish, Deb & Connie!! There will be something for everyone! Each designer will be teaching different techniques with each of their cards. No need to haul your big tote bags ... you only need to bring: fine-tipped scissors, pop-ups, wet adhesive (such as Tombow) and Scor Tape or a Tape Runner (all will be available to purchase if you do not have). If you have one, please also bring your Craft Mat and Ink Distressing Tool. Everything else, including envelopes for each card, will be provided for you. 

More photos to follow shortly! Crafters will rotate from table to table every 45 - 55 minutes (approx.) You will each be assigned a number so that you know in advance which table you are moving to next. Feel free to bring a lunch, as there will be a lunch break. We will be offering coffee, bottles of water and cookies for you each to enjoy.
 SGD's amazing Pop-Up Shop will be on-site with fabulous deals on all of the amazing products we love! And each crafter will enjoy a special little token gift from SGD! Registration is required to hold your spot.

Today's event is being held at the Vanneck United Church, corner of Vanneck Road & Ilderton Road (22651 Vanneck Rd) - Saturday, October 14: 9:30am - 4:30pm  Click here to register online!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Prince and Princess Kits, etc.

Good morning, everyone. Today, I wanted to share with you some of the new kits that I have created for SGD. One of our customers mentioned last week that her granddaughters love the colour "Purple" so that led to this first kit.

I cut out the Crown and the title "Princess" using my Silhouette and used the Creative Expressions "Lavender Glitter Kiss Cosmic Shimmer" to colour the Wood Flower. The papers are from Echo Park "Once Upon a Princess".

I used the same line of papers in this next kit called "Prince".

Finally, this week, I also created this kit called "Family".

I used the Nuvo Mousse "Mother of Pearl" to give the wood key some colour and dimension. The metal embellishments are from my stash and the stamp "Life is a..." is a Penny Black stamp. The papers are from Kaiser Craft "Factory 42" Collection. The film strips are from Tim Holtz.

Have a great week!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Card Making Event

Good Morning Everyone,

Want to share with you my card that you will be doing at our Card Making Event on Oct 14 . I used the grunge wash stamp from IO and the scribble circle die to make the snowman. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft.

I hope you will join us. You can register here
Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Friday, September 22, 2017

Art Impressions card

Happy Friday! This week I was playing with some of my Art Impression stamps and I made this card, very simple and easy to do, I love how it turned out. The sentiment is heat embossed with a deep purple embossing powder, it is from Altenew. With this card, you start by inking up your vine, any one of the AI stamps will do, ink it up and stamp 4 or 5 times, so you get a variety of colour, the same for the flowers and blend it out with a damp brush. It is very relaxing to do and you can't go wrong!!
There are a lot of different sets and you can easily substitute one stamp for another...or if you like them all, like me, well......
                                   Hope you like it! Till next time, Anja

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

New Graphic 45 is here!!

'Tis the season with this rustic holiday collection from Graphic 45, Winter Wonderland! The Scandinavian inspired collection is full of festive red holly berries, pretty poinsettia, and lush wintery green woodlands. 


Tuesday, September 19, 2017


I got a chance to play with some of my new Tim Holtz Halloween goodies, along with some of my older ones too.  I love Halloween!  
If you are attending the "Crop til' you Drop St. Marys Card & Scrap-A-Thon" in St. Marys, Ontario, this Saturday, September 23 - at the St. Marys Friendship Centre, 317 James St.,", then you will have the opportunity to make this layout!! 

(Not sure if they still have room, I think there are about 85 ladies attending now, but if you are interested:  9am - 9pm ... Cropping, Shopping, Door Prizes, Gift Bags, Lunch, Dinner & MORE!!!
To register email: Vanessa:, or, call 519-284-3272!
You will simply LOVE these ladies!! So much fun!!)

Monday, September 18, 2017

"Love Baseball" Kit

Good morning, everyone! Some of our customers have been asking for Blue Jays Kits. Since everything for the Blue Jays team is copyrighted, I had to come up with something of my own. I used Word Art from MS Word to make the circle "Let's Go Blue Jays" and then inserted the Maple Leaf Graphic. I printed this on Photo Paper.

Since I did not have any baseball paper in my stash, I decided to just use Cardstock on this layout (note the colours of the team) and then I went to my trusty Silhouette Machine and cut out the Double Hearts, the Baseball Player and Silhouette, and the Pocket. I punched out a circle and made it look like a baseball and then added some ribbon, buttons, and puffy stars.

It felt strange not to be using pattern paper in a layout, but sometimes you just have to be "creative"!!

Hope you like this kit.


Sunday, September 17, 2017

Watercolor Frames

Good Morning Everyone,

Want to share with you another card I made using the Watercolor Frames by Altenew. This time I made a Christmas card. I used antique linen, worn lipstick, abandoned coral and peacock feathers distress oxides to stamp my wreath. The sentiment is from Kaisercraft called Sentiments-Traditional.
Of course I added some bling on the wreath and the bottom of my card.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, September 16, 2017

New Halloween Kits!

Happy Saturday, everyone!

I've been busy crafting in the craft room (or as I call it, the "Ma'am Cave") putting together some cute Halloween kits. These little guys are Halloween treat bags that you can stuff with anything you'd like! The kit comes complete with everything you need to create five cute treat bags - all with a different design.

These will be posted in the online store soon or you can pick one up at any of our popup shops. We will have the samples on display too, which are much more sparkly in person!

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend! Enjoy the sunshine!

Thanks for stopping by!

~ Deb

Friday, September 15, 2017

Watercolouring with AI stamps!

Happy Friday! My card was supposed to show up early this morning, I must have done something wrong or Mr. Blogger did not agree with me, lol.
This card is watercoloured the Art Impressions way, with stamps and distress markers, a brush and water, LOVE doing this. After I stamped and coloured the cat, I cut it out and put it on the chair.
There are so many different sets and they all work together nicely. Did you know....there is new ones coming out too.....yup, I pre ordered them! As soon as the new ones are in, I will do a demo at Sheila's pop up store, stay tuned for that!
                                           Happy Crafting! Till next time, Anja

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Crop, Shop, Classes, Demos, Make & Takes & MORE!!! 

Our pop-up shop will be on-site at the Komoka Community Centre, 133 Queen St., Komoka (a 2 minute drive from our old store) for TWO BACK TO BACK DAYS! 

Thursday, September 14th & Friday, September 15th!!
Hours: both days 10am - 8pm

We would love to see you!! 
 You do not need to register if you are coming to shop! 
Please note: On Friday, our on-site store will be closing at 7pm, as we need time to tear down and load up vehicles

All Day Cropping Fun! 

The registration fee is to reserve your seat for all-day cropping fun! Bring your projects & enjoy crafting from 10am - 8pm (or anytime in-between!). Full use of our tools, punches & machines will be available for you. Our on-site store will be up and running with fabulous products, kits & gorgeous samples to help get your mojo going. If you are cropping with friends, please let us know & we will be sure to seat you all together in a group. Each cropper will receive a 15% discount at our amazing on-site store! Please note: As seating is limited, registration & payment in advance is required for all crops and classes (no exceptions).

Bonus Crop Card! Attend 5 crops; receive your 6th one FREE!! Applies for $10 crops only.

Not to late to Register Online for FRIDAY: 

Friday, September 15: 10am - 8pm, (or any time in between)

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fantastic Savings!!

1. Save 20% on Stamps! Visit our Stamp Gallery for hundreds of designs to choose from! Penny Black, Tim Holtz, Lawn Fawn, MFT and tons MORE! Something for everyone!
2. Paper Blow-Out - Save 40%! Visit our Paper Blow-Out Gallery for featured designer papers now on sale! At savings like these, they will be flying off the racks!
Save on hundreds of fabulous products featured in each of the above 2 categories! Available only while supplies last. Excludes orders already placed, clearance, pre-orders, special orders. Ends Friday, September 15 at midnight.
Clearance madness!! Don't forget to check out our clearance section - save up to 70%!!

Monday, September 11, 2017

Lilac Whisper Kits

Good morning, everyone! I have been working on a couple of kits for SGD using the paper line "Lilac Whisper" from Kaisercraft. I love the muted lilac and soft green colours of this line. Here are some of the products that I used in both kits.

The first kit is called "Cherish" and would be nice for Wedding photos or Vintage photos. I used the Tall Poppy Right Corner by Memory Box and the Iced Spruce Distress Oxide Ink. The packaging for the Stamp set is buried in my Craft Room and I am sorry that I can't remember it right now.

"Cherish" Kit

The colours of this kit are a soft green but it does not show up well here.

"Memories" Kit

For this kit, I did a lot of fussy cutting. I incorporated some butterflies (not shown) using the Memory Box "Devyn Butterfly Trio" and added some Carnation stamps from the Art Impression Watercolor EZ Project A. We just got a lot of these Art Impression stamps in and they are lovely. Check out the Online Store to see what is available. The stamped words are from 49 and Market called "Gabi's Word Clear Stamp".

Have a good week.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Pop Up Shops

Good Morning Everyone,

I want to share with you my two cards that are for the Make-N-Takes for this up coming Pop Up Shops. The first card is for this Thursday Sept 14. I used oxide distress inks and Tim Holtz's Wildflowers thinlit dies. I will show you the technique I used to do the background. The sentiment is from Hero Arts stamp set called Birthday Messages.

The second card is for Friday Sept 15. I used worn lipstick oxide ink for the background and to watercolour the flower. The sentiment is from Hero Arts called Birthday Messages.  I then used white Nuvo Crystals Drops for the centres of the flowers. 

Hope you will join me.
 Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, September 9, 2017

New: Giraffing Me Crazy Class!

Happy Saturday, my crafty friends!

I wanted to share some pictures of the card we will be making in my upcoming class on Friday, September 15th at 6:30pm.

We'll be exploring watercolouring using the Tim Holtz Distress Crayons and making this cute card using the My Favorite Things "Giraffing Me Crazy" stamps set and dies! We'll also be using the fabulous My Favorite Things cloud stencil. This is my new favourite stencil - the clouds turn out so cute and fluffy!

I decided to do a tri-fold card to change it up a bit and I think it turned out pretty cute how the giraffes peek over the folds at each other.

This is a view of the inside of the card:

...and this is a view of the back:

I hope you can join me!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fabulous weekend!

~ Deb

Friday, September 8, 2017

More wild flowers!

Happy Friday! Today I am sharing another card with the wild flowers from Tim Holtz, such a pretty stamp set! The background is simply done with watercolors and some splatters. The flowers and sentiment are heat embossed in a pretty purple embossing powder. Some nuvo drops to finish it off.
                              Hope you like it, Anja

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Dreams of Autumn

A gorgeous new collection by BoBunny!! Dreams of Autumn!! 

"Just around the corner, these hot and steamy days of summer turn towards the welcome coolness of shorter days.  Woodland animals, warmed jewel tones and nature's grounded elements,  Dreams of Autumn captures the coziness of the fall season and reminding us that summer is coming to a close."

Can you picture the layouts you can create with this line!! I can't wait to play!! 

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Save the date!!

Mark your calendars & plan to join us for one of the best garage sales ever!! Saturday, September 30 at the Friendship Centre in St. Marys!! That's right, our crafty friends in St. Marys are holding a fabulous garage sale (very similar to the ones we host in Komoka). This garage sale is geared for crafters looking to buy, sell, &/or BOTH, gently used scrapbooking, card-making, and crafting supplies. And the best part, you can sell your items for CASH!! So if you are looking to downsize and get rid of your crafting products, including: stamps, dies, copic markers, scrapbooking paper, cardstock, stickers, embellishments, ribbon, punches, machines, etc., then this is the place to do it!! SGD will be onsite with our fabulous Pop-Up Shop! We would love to see you there!! Pick up orders welcome!

To register as a Vendor or inquire about more details, email: Jenny:, or, call 519-284-3272!

Saturday, September 30: 9am - 12 noon 
Location: Friendship Centre, St. Marys, ON

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Tim & Christmas!!

Pre-order Tim Holtz Christmas release today & save 20%!! ETA: September.  There are dies, stencils & stamps!!  So much Christmas goodness!!!

All pre-orders receive priority processing the minute inventory arrives and you will receive a 20% discount! To receive this special 20% discount, your pre-order must be placed with SGD's by Sept 20, 2017. 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 :) 

Important ordering information: This pre-order is due to arrive in Sept. Pre-orders for each release must be a separate order. This helps us to better track everyone's pre-order. Do not include other regular stock items with this preorder unless you are willing to wait for all items to arrive for shipping. If wishing to use PayPal as payment - please select telephone as your choice & in the customers notes put "PayPal" - we will send the PayPal invoice once we are getting ready to ship product to you. Please Note: Due to the low Canadian dollar, some items being offered for pre-order will not be stocked as regular in-store items after pre-order deadlines. We encourage you to take advantage of pre-order savings. Shop Canadian and avoid expensive shipping, duty & brokerage fees

Monday, September 4, 2017

September Calendar Class

Happy Labour Day! I hope that you have all had a good weekend and that everyone is ready for the big day tomorrow! It is Back to School time! I wanted to show you the layout that I have created for the next Calendar Class on Friday, September 29 at 10:30 a.m.

Last week, in the SGD blog, I talked about choosing papers when you are scrapbooking. To create the layout for this class, I picked up this American Crafts paper from Dear Lizzy called "Saturday". The numbers on the paper would go for the theme of "Back to School" but there were no more papers in this collection that continued with the theme. So next, I picked up these papers from Photo Play's "Like a Girl" collection. The colours matched with the colours on the first paper and I liked some of the different border strips.

To complete the main part of the layout, I chose this Doodlebug paper from the "Cream & Sugar" collection. The blue matched nicely with the blue on the "Number" paper and the pattern was small so it did not take away from the large numbers.

Lastly, I included some small strips from a couple of other papers that I had, to continue with the colour scheme. I included a small amount of the "Locker" paper because it went with the theme of the layout but some of the colours were not in the overall colour scheme so I did not give this paper prominence in the layout.

To colour the Chipboard Tabs and Stars, I used the colours seen below of the Distress Oxide Inks.

Here is the layout for the class.

Have a great week.

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Good Morning Everyone,

Want to share with you my card that I made with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse. I used the Mother of Pearl Mousse with a stencil from Altenw called Dahlia. The mousse spreads  like you would embossing paste or 3D paste. I stamped the word Celebrate from the Altenw stamp set called Super Script. There is also a die set that goes with it.

Thanks for looking and have a great day.


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Techniques with Nuvo Embellishment Mousse

Happy Saturday, everyone!

This week I found myself surfing around YouTube watching a lot of mixed media videos. There are so many great ideas out there for all of the fabulous products available - sometimes I lose track of time and wham-o there go a couple of hours!

I have a few favourite Mixed Media artists that I follow and absolutely love seeing the things that Vicky Papaioannou creates! 

I'd like to share a video from her YouTube channel on the Nuvo Embellishment Mousses. They are absolutely fabulous and Vicky shows you lots of different ways to use them - lots of techniques with stencils and even how to create your own glittery sprays! 

Aren't these awesome? I think the Aquamarine is my favourite - I love all things teal! I can't wait to get playing with these and create some fun projects! Check out the SGD store - we have a great selection of colours available.

Thanks for stopping by! Have a great long weekend!

~ Deb

Friday, September 1, 2017

Tim Holtz wild flowers

Happy Friday!
A new flower set from Tim Holtz....I was in trouble as soon as I saw them...I had to have them!
By now, you probably know that I can not resist any flower stamp, lol.
So much fun in my craft room, I designed these 2 cards for an upcoming class at the Komoka Community center, September 14. Two different looks, so many possabilities!
You can sign up for the class HERE, bring a craft mat if you have one and we will have fun!
                                     Till next time, Anja