Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekend Crop coming Soon!

First I want to apologize for any confusion I may have caused sending out yesterday's email...  we are 
holding a weekend crop at our store on Friday April 10th from 10am - 11pm, and Saturday April 11th from 10am - 11pm. This just happens to be Scrapfest weekend, I didn't mean to call it a Scrapfest crop. I do apologize!

Join us for one day or two and join in on some creativity and laughter!!  The cost for one day is $40.00, or sign up for both days and pay $70.00

This includes lunch and dinner each day, as well as snacks, beverages, games and prizes!

Call the store now to register as spots are filling up.  519-895-0554 and let us know if you are attending Friday, Saturday or both!

Hope to see you then!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Hello everyone!!!  Sorry it has been a while since my last posting.  I have been away on vacation (it sure is sunny and warm in Mexico).  This is a recent layout that I did using some basic mixed media techniques.

I painted a thin coat of matte medium to the background paper.  This helps to prevent the paper from warping which can happen when you add wet mixed media items.    I painted a thin watered down coat of gesso mainly in the areas where I was going to spray.   The background paper had a hexagon design on it so I used sprays that were the same colour.  I sprayed  first with a light pink then with a seafoam colour.  After the sprays dried,   I then added some white texture paste with a dot stencil.  Let the paste dry.   For more texture I randomly heat embossed white embossing powder on top of where the dots stencil was used.  You can see below the extra texture it gave.   I then randomly and lightly stamped using black ink.  I used very little ink, just enough to highlight the background.  You can see a bit of the stamp at the bottom right of the picture below.

The frame is a wood frame.  I painted it with white gesso first then I heat embossed some white embossing powder over the surface.  I then added  the seafoam spray here and there.  I also wiped back some of the spray with a baby wipe as I only wanted it to appear randomly.

I cut different sized pieces of paper from matching papers from my stash and layered them as shown on the right side of the frame.  When I added my papers to the background paper, I added my picture to the frame, then added the frame next using pop dots to raise it off the page.

The large flowers were from my stash so I decided to spray them with the same seafoam coloured spray.  I then embossed the white embossing powder randomly on the surface to give more texture.  Before adding these flowers, I added a piece of cheese cloth, fluffed it up, then placed the 3 flowers as shown.  Added in a few pink and white flowers and a strip of lace under the frame.  At the left side I took some crocheting string, bunched it up and added it to the left side of the frame.
And there you have it.
Until next time,
and remember
You must do the thing you think you cannot do.   
                                                       Eleanor Roosevelt

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February Updates at The Bug

February Updates

It is hard to believe that it is almost the end of February! I don't know where the time goes, but it is almost spring!!! (we need to tell Mother Nature this!).
Thought I would share with you some news I have.... some of our new product has arrived... WRMK Cakes & Candles, AC Boxed Card sets, and some bazzill cardstock. Unfortunately, the rest of our shipment is sitting on a dock somewhere!! As soon as we here from AC, I will let you all know where all our... goodies are! To arrive in this will be Crate Paper, Pink Paislee, American Crafts, Bazzill, Amy Tangerine, Shimelle 2, and much much more!!!
We are expecting an order from Memory Box any day, and also from Ranger with all the new stamps and paints that they have!
Hope it all arrives soon!!!

Upcoming Classes
Check our calendar for a list of upcoming classes in March!
Here are a few to let you know what we are up to!

March 7th - 1-4pm: Copic Class with Janet using some cute C.C. Design stamps. Cost: $30.00

March 11th - 6:00 - 8:30 pm: Mixed Media Layout Class with Donna. $15.00

March 21st - 10:30 - 1:30 pm: Copic Class with Bev using some beautiful floral stamps from C.C. Design stamps.
Cost: $30.00

Check the calendar for more classes to be posted soon!

  Upcoming Crops

             This Saturday is our Pot Luck crop, and we are full!! Here is a list of the crops for March: (due to holidays and such, we are having only 2 crops in March.

Friday March 20: 5 - 10pm. Cost: $5.00. Snacks included and we usually order out for dinner!

Saturday March 28th: Pot Luck Crop!
4-11pm. Cost: $5.00
(This crop is filling us fast,
so call the store to reserve your spot soon! )

Call us at 519-895-0554 to register for all classes and crops.
Stay warm out there!

Monday, February 16, 2015

"Fairies" Mixed Media Album

Today I thought I would share with you a mixed media album I completed called "Fairies".  I have 4 granddaughters that love fairies, princesses, and bling.  So I created this album for them to look at when they come over to the house.  I used lots of mixed media products for each page.  The fairies pictures were pinned from Pinterest along with the quotes.  I had fun creating this and it will sit beside my Old Age book.
Starting with the front cover

The back of the front cover is my favourite.  I created a fairies home.  After all fairies do live in houses nestled in a tree in the forest.  This was the most work.  I stencilled the roof and bricks with moulding paste - sprayed the roof with a brown spray then added lots of brown glitter.  Added some green sprayed cheesecloth to act as moss,die cut a door.  The purple and green sparkly stuff at the bottom is actually chopped up plastic that you put in the bottom of a decorative glass flower pot.  (found it at Ikea)  I added some flowers, cording, pearls and other embellishments.  I think any fairy would love to live here.

All of the quotes were from Disney movies.
And the rest of the pages

I hope you enjoy.  Until next time,
"Far away in the sunshine are my highest inspirations.  I may not reach them,
but I can look up and see the beauty, believe in them and try to follow where they lead."
.......Louisa May Alcott

Monday, February 02, 2015


Due to the nasty weather and the buildup of snow, The Scrapping Bug will be closed today! Regular hours commence tomorrow.

Sorry for the inconvenience.... and have a safe day!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

New Mixed Media Canvas Design

Today I thought I would share with you a 9 x 12 mixed media canvas that I completed.  Everything I used on this canvas was from my stash.  Canvases are a great way to use up a lot of your items that have been waiting to be used.   I am going to give you a brief tutorial on how I achieved this.  The picture is from a box of goodies.  You can use an actual picture of somebody if you wish.

I first took my canvas and painted a coat of clear gesso over the entire surface.  This gives a good foundation for all the other products that I applied.  I then took a patterned paper and tore a large piece off to go down the centre of the canvas.  I adhered the piece using matte gel meidum which is my favourite.  I tore smaller pieces of another patterned paper and adhered on top of the centre piece as shown below.  I then put a coat of the matte gel medium on top of the papers.

I then took a stencil and using modeling paste I placed the stencil around the perimeter of the papers.

Next with watered down gesso, I painted the entire surface of the canvas to seal everything but also to blend everything together.  I watered it down as I wanted the pattern paper to show through but to be softened as well.  

I wanted to use up some sprays that I have had for some time so I sprayed around the perimeter of the canvas with a light brown spray (Lindy's  Moon Shadow Mist).  Dried it then I came back with Heidi Swapp Gold Color Shine over the brown.  After letting everything dry I pulled out some Silks paint Olive Vine and Golden Monarch and added that onto the modeling paste sections.  When the sprays and paint were dry, I stamped around the perimeter with black staz-on ink using a circle stamp and a flourish stamp.  You can see this on the completed canvas picture.

To finish, I selected a few journaling blocks from my bin of goodies and added those around the centre section.  You can see one of them in the upper left corner, another at the bottom left side and one under the key on the right side. The frame was white so I dabbed black staz-on ink and some gold spray here and there.  I adhered the frame in the centre by doubling up glue dots to raise it up.  That made it easier to tuck flowers under the edge of the frame.  I cut an old scalloped metal circle in half and added one half to the top and the other to the bottom.  I then added my flowers around the frame, a large black key, and some metal pieces here and there.  And finally, which is an easy technique, with a small paint brush, I put white gesso onto the tips of the flower petals to soften everything.  Here are couple of closeups.

I hope you enjoyed another new canvas.  Until next time, this is Donna wishing you a happy and creative day and remember
"There are no shortcuts to any place worth going."
                                                                     Beverly Sills

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

January Update at The Scrapping Bug

Well.. CHA is over, and we have placed a ton of orders!!! LOTS of new goodies to start shipping the end of January!!


The next newsletter will have a list of all we have ordered!! 




Product of the Month           
            This month we are featuring all the albums and page protectors we have in stock! All companies are 25%!!  Come in soon to check these out before they are gone!
Also... the Scrapbook & Cards Scrapbook Planner and Sketch Calendar is 25% off as well!    


January Classes and Crops           
January is shaping up to be a busy time at The Bug for classes and crops! There are still a few spaces left in the classes, so call to reserve your spot: 519-895-0554 or send us an email at and we will get your name down!
Mixed Media Frame Class
January 31 - 10:00 -1:00pm
Join Donna to learn some mixed media techniques while completing this gorgeous 8X10 frame.

Cost: $22.00
Bring: a strong liquid adhesive, scissors, trimmer, inking tool, and any sprays if you want it different from this sample colour.
GORJUSS stamps Copic Class
February 7th
1:00 -4:00pm
Join Janet today to make 6 gorgeous cards using Gorjuss Stamps and Copic Markers. Here are a couple of example of these adorable stamps! You will be making 6 different cards in this class. 

 Cost: $30.00
Stamping Bella Copic Class
February 21st from 10:30 am - 1:30 pm
Join Bev for a class using some fun Stamping Bella Stamps! They are just too cute!!  Here is an example of one of the cards! You will be making 6 different cards in this fun class!
 ** Check our Calendar for photos of classes**
Crop Nights: Join us for some fun evenings of cropping!
                 Friday  January 23: 5-10pm
                 Saturday January 31: 4-11pm **POT LUCK**
                 Friday February 6: 5pm - 10pm
                 Friday February 20: 5pm -10pm
                 Saturday February 28: 4pm - 11pm *POT LUCK*
  Cost: $5.00 , snacks and drinks included.
As you can see, the last Saturday crop of each month is going to be Pot Luck! We tried this in December and it was a hit!! Call the store to reserve your spot, and let us know what you are bringing!
     Remember to check all the details on our website


ALL DAY Valentines Day PJ Crop           

Join us for a fun filled day of scrapping in your PJ's with some friends! That's right.... wear your favourite PJ's (and slippers of course!) all day long! Relax,  have fun, and of course crop the day away! Lots of food, goodies, treats and fun to be had by all! 

Cost: $40.00 for the whole day beginning at 10 am and ending at 11pm.
Call the store at 519-895-0554 to reserve your spot!
Date: Saturday February 14th! 


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