Monday, 25 May 2015

Family Feud....Scrap Addicts Edition!

If you weren't able to join us at our last crop, we wanted to share some of the great games we played with our scrappy friends!
One of our old favourites is Scrapbook Blind - where contestants have to do things but can't see what they were doing.   This one we played quite late at night so it was tougher than normal!
The ladies were asked to place a piece of paper behind their backs and cut out a star, a heart, and a was pretty impressive what they could do!  Check out Kassandra's heart in this pic!

This crop, we played a new game for us....Family Feud!   We gave the ladies in the room a little survey and then had two teams of 5 gals up to play.  It was a ton of fun but we know not everyone could hear the answers so we thought we would post them here.

 - Who is your favourite manufacturer?
  1. BoBunny
  2. Graphic 45
  3. Prima
  4. Ranger
  5. Stampin Up
- What is your favourite tool?
  1. Cricut
  2. Big Shot
  3. Paper Trimmer
- What colour is your favourite ink?
  1. Black
  2. Brown
  3. Vintage Photo
  4. Blue
- What is the one thing you own that you never use?
  1. Sew Easy by We R Memory Keepers
  2. Irock by Imaginesce
  3. Cricut
  4. Bind It All by Zutter
 - Who is your favourite designer?
  1. Tim Holtz
  2. Heidi Swapp
  3. Kristy Riope;
  4. Frank Garcia
 - What is the best thing about a crop?
  1. Scrappy friends
  2. Learning new things
  3. Food
  4. Laughter
- What is the one thing you refuse to buy?
  1. Silhouette 
  2. Nothing (We LOVED this answer!!)
  3. Distress Markers
  4. Cricut
  5. Stickers
- What is your favourite treat at a crop?
  1. Chocolate
  2. Licorice
  3. Chips
  4. Jujubes
  5. M and Ms
  6. Dessert
- What is the oldest thing you own in your scrap stash?
  1. Paper trimmer
  2. Tote Bag
  3. Corner Rounder
  4. Stickers
  5. Circle Maker
- On average, how much do you spend when you shop at a scrapbook store?
  1. $50
  2. $40
  3. $25
  4. $75
  5. $100
  6. $80

It was very cool to see the answers - and we are REALLY looking forward to our next crop in July when Home Fire Grill will be doing all the cooking we are busy planning a TON of make and takes and even more FUN games!!  Hope to see you there!

Friday, 8 May 2015

Crop Weekend - Recipes!

We are finally caught up after spending 3 fabulous days with 50 of our scrappy friends for National Scrapbook Weekend!  It was such a fun weekend - lots of laughs, beautiful creations, and so much food, we didn't know what to do with it all!
We had many requests for recipes and thought it would be easiest to post it here.


1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons corn syrup
6 (1-inch thick) slices French bread
5 eggs
1 1/2 cups half-and-half cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon brandy-based orange liqueur
(such as Grand Marnier®)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1.Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Mix in brown sugar and corn syrup, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9x13 inch baking dish.
2.Remove crusts from bread, and arrange in the baking dish in a single layer. In a small bowl, whisk together eggs, half and half, vanilla extract, orange brandy, and salt. Pour over the bread. Cover, and chill at least 8 hours, or overnight.
3.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Remove the dish from the refrigerator, and bring to room temperature.
4.Bake uncovered 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, until puffed and lightly browned.

At the crop, we don't use the Grand Marnier, but Ivy says it's even yummier with it!

MONKEY BREAD (from Best Of Bridge)

20 frozen dough rolls (or 1 frozen bread loaf, thawed (approx. 1 hour) until sliceable and cut into 12 pieces
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup vanilla instant pudding
1-2 Tbsp. cinnamon
3/4 cup raisins (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup melted butter
Before you put the cat out and turn off the lights, grease a 10″ bundt pan and add frozen rolls. Sprinkle with brown sugar, pudding powder, cinnamon and raisins. Pour melted butter over all. Cover with a clean, damp cloth. (leave out at room temperature). Turn out the lights and say goodnight!
In the morning, preheat oven to 350 F. and bake for 25 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes and then turn out on a serving plate.



  • 1 lb Italian sausage ( I like mild sausage)
  • 2 large russet baking potatoes, sliced in half, and then in 1/4 inch slices
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup bacon bits (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups kale or 2 cups swiss chard, chopped
  • 2 (8 ounce) cans chicken broth
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
Chop or slice uncooked sausage into small pieces.
Brown sausage in your soup pot.
Add chicken broth and water to pot and stir.
Place onions, potatoes, and garlic in the pot.
Cook on medium heat until potatoes are done.
Add bacon.
Salt and pepper to taste.
Simmer for another 10 minutes.
Turn to low heat.
Add kale and cream.
Heat through and serve.
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup oil
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 Tablespoon Worchestershire Sauce
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
chopped red onion
Throw everything into a container and shake until mixed.  Pour over spinach and desired fruits.  Add 2 Tablespoons of sesame seeds and poppy seeds (which we forgot to do at the crop!)

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Guest Instructor - FINNABAIR!!!!!!!!!!!


We are so thrilled to be hosting the fabulous Finnabair on July 8th and 9th!!!  

Registration will be taken over the phone - please call us at 587-523-1713

July 8th - 11am-3 pm : Scraps of Memories - $125

Scrapbook page class  - mixed-media page with inks, sprays, stamping, stencils and multi-layering created step-by-step from the very beginning. A lot of messy fun, possibility to learn more about layering and basic mixed-media techniques, tools and pushing yourself a bit further - class includes Art Basics Modeling Paste, Art Ingredients Mica Powders and more!  Great project for paper-spray and ink interested mixed-media artists, scrapbookers and journalers

July 8th - 5 - 9:30 pm:  The Artifact - $155


 Mixed Media Collage on canvas - beautiful, artsy project step by step in dark dramatic colors with a lot of light and amazing texture. Project includes creating background, texture, composition and using  Prima Art Ingredients, Art Extravagance and Art Basics Line. Great way of including embellishments together with common objects or not used leftovers and to learn about such products as Graphite and Sand Pastes, Art Basics Modeling Paste, Black Gesso, Soft Gels and Aert Ingredients Mica Powders. 

July 9th - 11am - 3pm:  Time Capsule - $140



Mixed Media Collage on canvas - beautiful, artsy project step by step: creating background, texture, using clear gesso, sprays, Art Ingredients Line. Great way of including embellishments together with common objects or not used leftovers. Mixed-media fun for everyone and great possibility to learn about such products as Prima Art Basics Clear Gesso, 3D Gels, Light Paste, Soft Gels, Art Ingredients including Beads, Mica Powders and Flakes... and more! 

July 9th - 5 - 9 pm:  Rich & Textured - $140

Scrapbook page class - mixed-media page with many layers: using stencils, stamps, sprays clustering the elements - everything created step-by-step from the very beginning. A lot of messy fun, possibility to learn more about layering and basic mixed-media techniques, tools and pushing yourself a bit further - class includes Art Basics 3D Gels, Soft Gels, Clear Gesso and Art Ingredients Mica Powders. Great project for paper-spray and ink interested mixed-media artists, scrapbookers and journalers.