Friday, October 24, 2014

Silk Flower Tutorial

Hello everyone.   I thought that I would share with you how to make a simple silk flower that you can use on any layout, card, or tag.  

I chose a very light silk fabric for the flower above.  You can use almost any type of fabric - canvas,
 wide silk ribbon, burlap.
To start you will need to cut 8 circles from your fabric.  These will be the petals to the flower. You do not have to be too fussy with trying to get the perfect circle.  Try to keep them the same size and don't worry if your edges are a little uneven.
Punch out a small circle from cardstock which will be your base for the flower.
Now take a circle, place a glue dot in the middle, then fold the bottom up to the top and secure with the glue dot.  Next fold from the left over to the right again securing with a glue dot at the fold.

At this point you can trim off on the curved edge to make the petals a little smaller which is what I did.  Just make sure that you trim all of the petals.

Now take your cardstock circle and cover it with glue dots or two-sided tape.  Take a petal and adhere the point down to the centre of the circle.  Take a second petal and do the same beside the first one.  Do this with two other petals until the circle is covered.

Adhere a large glue dot to the centre of the first petal layer.  Adhere the remaining 4 petals to the centre the same as the first layer making sure that you go over where the petals meet on the first layer.  (in otherwords overlap them)
And there you have a silk flower.  Add what ever you want to the centre of the flower.  I adhered down small white pearls.  You can add a button, another small paper flower, ribbon, or a brad.
And of course, here is a layout I did using my silk flower.

For this layout I used the new Bo Bunny Madeleine collection which is such a pretty line of paper.  The fabric I chose matched perfectly to the colour in the paper.  I added a rezin heart frame from along with some blue flowers which matched the small amount of blue in the fabric.  I took apart a pre-made Prima vine that I had in my stash for some time and added it to the layout.  I also painted the flowers on the vine with a white shimmer paint and highlighted the tips with white gesso.  I added  some of the flowers from the vine to the Dusty Attic chipboard pieces in the upper corner.
Here is a close-up of the silk flower on the layout.

Until next time, to all you
"It's the little blessings that help us to see just how lovely life can be."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October Update at The Scrapping Bug

The Scrapping Bug Update

Saturday October 25th, join us for our first ever Pajama Party!! We are holding an all day crop from 10am - 11pm, and still have a few spots left if you want to come and crop the day away while relaxing in your PJ's!! Lots of games, prizes, food and laughter! Call the store at 519-895-0554 to reserve your spot.

If you can't make it to... our crop, then be sure to stop by the store and check out all our new products.

If you come in your PJ's, you will receive

20% off your entire purchase!

BUT.... you have to have your PJ's on!!

Hope to see you this Saturday!

Classes at The Bug !

There are a few spots left in our upcoming classes....

ADORNit Frame with Donna

 Join Donna on November 1st to make this gorgeous frame using the new ADORNit frames we have in. What a great Christmas gift this would make.
There are still a few spots left, so call 519-895-0554 to register. Cost: $40.00

 The Older Crowd - Copic Card class with Janet

Join Janet as she makes some fun cards using the Art Impression stamps! (examples online soon)
Saturday November 1 from 10am - 1pm. Cost: $30.00

Check out our Calendar for more upcoming classes in November and December!

Upcoming Crops:

Saturday Nov. 15: 4-11pm

Saturday Nov. 29: 4-10 pm

Cost: $5.00 (includes drinks & snacks)

We usually order out for dinner too!

ALL DAY Christmas CROP

Saturday November 22


Cost: $40.00

Call the store @ 519-895-0554 or email us at to reserve your spot.

See you soon!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

A new mixed media layout

Hi everyone, Donna here.  Today, I have another mixed media layout to show you.  This one consists of lots of layering using canvas strips, patterned paper, threads from the canvas, moulding paste, burlap, sprays.  I tried something new using the canvas as I would patterned paper.  Here is the layout.

For the background I used corrugated paper.  I then took a sheet of paper with a wood design on it, cut it down to a 10" square,  tore around the outer edges, heavily inked the edges and adhered it to the centre of the corrugatged paper.  I also took a piece of canvas and cut it into various width strips.  I frayed the edges and kept the pieces of threads.

I then took the strips of canvas and adhered them down in a basket weave style.  One straight down, another one beside it, then one or two across the first two making sure that I varied the lengths of the strips.   I just adhered down randomly.  I then took a piece of patterned paper and cut strips from it and adhered these here and there on top of the canvas.  I did not completely cover the canvas with these paper strips.
Using a stencil I then added textured paste, mainly in the corners, added some drywall tape here and at the outside edges of the wood paper.
Then I took the threads from the canvas and just dropped them onto the layout, spreading them out as I went.

Using various colours of sprays (green, blue, some orange (as there is orange in the shirt) and brown lastly) I sprayed onto the paper here and there.  Onto the corrugated paper I rubbed some rusty coloured kraft paint to highlight it.
Around the picture I cut some scrap pieces of corrugated paper and burlap as shown.  Added a clock sticker and a journaling block at the bottom right corner of the picture.  Did not need to add too much behind the picture as I let the textures on the background paper highlight the picture.  And there you have it.
I hope you enjoy.
Until next time,
here is a little bit of inspiration for all the
"When it hurts to look back, and you're scared to look ahead, 
you can look beside you and your best friend will be there"

Thursday, October 02, 2014

October News

It's October!!           
            The leaves are changing colour, there is a crispness in the air, and it is a fantastic month to get some amazing photos of those Thanksgiving feasts, the colours of fall, and those little ghouls and goblins! And of course, you will want to scrapbook those memories.... so grab a coffee, sit back, and read about all the exciting new products and such that we have to offer to get that scrapbooking done!          

We've Been Nominated!!           

A huge Thanks to our customers who nominated us for this years Record Reader Award for Your Favourite Craft Store!!
We are thrilled!!  It's because of our wonderful customers that we have that we strive to provide the best customer service. Thanks to all who will vote for us!       

 Cards for Kids!! 
Just a little update.... A Huge Hug to Tammie White and Shirley Bish as they will be delivering 2 huge boxes of cards to SickKids Hospital in Toronto this coming week, and we want to take this opportunity to give a HUGE THANK YOU to all those wonderful people who have donated some pretty amazing cards!!! The kids will love them! I will update you on the delivery later!
We are going to continue to collect cards for the kids until the end of the year, so please help us out by donating some cards! They can be any theme, just keep the inside blank. These are for the kids to give to their visitors and such.
Our last 2 sessions of card making were a blast, so we have decided that this months cards for Kids session will be
Sunday October 19 from 10am - 4pm!
Stop by and bring your stash to make a card or two for a child to give to someone they love!

            Our Garage Sale was a huge success and we want to thank everyone who participated by bringing in their sale items and for those of you who waited in line to shop!  Watch for a spring cleaning garage sale in the spring!

Classes at The Bug this month!

Christmas Copic Card class with Bev
Join Bev on October 18 from 10:30 - 1:30 to make 6 gorgeous Christmas Cards using new Whipper Snapper Stamps and the new Wink of Stella brushes!  Both are so great to work with!  Check out her cards online in the Calendar or at the store.
There are still a few spots left, so call 519-895-0554 to register or to put a hold on the stamps and Wink of Stella brushes!

The Older Crowd - Copic Card class with Janet

Join Janet as she makes some fun cards using the Art Impression stamps!  (examples online soon)
Saturday October 11 from 1-4.

October Crops        
                    Saturday Oct. 4: 4-11pm
                     Friday Oct. 10: 5-10 pm
                    Saturday Oct. 18: 4-11pm          
              Cost: $5.00 (includes drinks & snacks)

Saturday October 25th
Wear your PJ's for a fun filled day of scrapping and playing!
Call the store @ 519-895-0554 or email us at  orders to reserve your spot.

New This Month!!       
It has been non-stop this week with new products arriving in the store daily!! It's awesome!!
 New in the store this past week has been:
Carta Bella - All Bundled Up
Authentique - Spirited, Grateful, and Classique: Pretty
My Favourite Things - numerous Dies and stamp sets
Echo Park - Designer Dies and Stamps (cute Christmas ones!)
Echo Park - Home for the Holidays and Christmas Cheer
Pebbles - Home for Christmas
Crate Paper - Maggie Holmes - Open Book
Dusty Attic - gorgeous chipboards
ADORNit - 4 new paper lines and decorative frames
Ranger - Dylusions - stamp sets, Wendy Vecchi Embossing
                  Powders, Tim Holtz Distress  Stain Spray                        

I think that's all.... I may have forgotten a thing or two, but do stop by and check out all the goodies soon!!

Looking Forward          
            There are still lots of boxes of new product to be arriving this month...
Doodlebug Design: Frosty Friends and Happy Camper
Graphic 45 - Raining Cats & Dogs
Petaloo - Flowers and such
Heidi Swapp - September Skies
Pink Paislee - Bella Rouge
American Crafts - Amy Tangerine - Stitched
Bella Blvd - Hello Autumn, Tiny Tots, Halloween Magic, and Christmas Cheer
Needless to say.. it is a busy time at The Bug. Products will be on our online store soon after they arrive at the store.

Wednesday, October 01, 2014

The Art of "OLD AGE"

Hello everyone!!  Today I would like to share with you one of the most heart-warming and delightful Art Journaling/Mixed Media books that I have seen.  It was designed by Helen the manager at the Scrapping Bug store and I was totally delighted when she gave me permission to show it to you.  This book totally tickled my heart and I find it to be one of the most creative mixed media items that I have seen in a while.
The book is titled "Old Age".

Here are a few of the pages.  The quotes are equally delightful and suit each picture perfectly.

The quote:
"Old age is the most unexpected of all the things that can happen to a man."

The left side picture quote:
"The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years.  Your body changes, but you don't change at all.  And that, of course, causes great confusion."

The one on the right is one of my favourites.  The face and the quote puts a smile on my face.
"Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty 
- they merely move it from their faces into their hearts."

The left side "The secret of a good old age is simply an honourable pact with solitude."
And the right side picture
"I pray to see another day."

"Sing out loud" says it all for this picture.  Simply delightful.

The picture and quote on the left really made my day.
"There's one advantage to being 102.......there's no peer pressure."

Even though I'm not 102 yet, there is nothing further from the truth.

And finally the picture on the right, again makes for a chuckle.
"With mirth and laughter let old wrinkles come."

I hope you enjoyed this posting and I especially hope that it brought laughter to your heart and a smile on your face.  I plan on making an "Old Age" book for myself - to sit on my coffee table and to look at when I want to brighten my day.
Until next time,
"In my next life, I'm going to have more memory installed."
Thanks, Helen, for your creativity and insight.