Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday – 1:00 pm

Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday – 1:00 pm


"Diamonds are a girls best friend!" and they are found in Canada! Who knew right? Canada is not only home to diamonds but also one of Canada's national treasures, Ammolite.


“A diamond in the rough” is a phrase often used to describe a person who is incredible, once you get to know them. But what about the literal meaning of this phrase? We think of diamonds as glorious stones that are found twinkling in shop windows and adorning our bodies – not as huge operations that employ thousands of people with a myriad of exceptional skills. People with jobs from engineering to polishing all work in mining across our beautiful country. To date, diamonds have been found in Ontario, Quebec, and the Northwest Territories, and are often sent to Yellowknife for cutting and polishing. A truly Canadian diamond will have a polar bear or maple leaf laser engraved on the girth. Try finding THAT with the naked eye!


Ammolites are considered to be one of the “National Treasures of Canada” because they are extremely rare. According to korite.com, “Ammolite originates from prehistoric marine fossils that date back 71-million years. Tectonic pressure, heat and mineralization formed the gemstone…” and come from ammonites; according to canadafossils.com, ammonites are “Ammonites are the fossilized, hard shells of extinct mollusks”. What is most remarkable is the opalescence of this gem comes in all colours of the rainbow and in so many different sizes, form the size of your thumbnail to the size of a large person!

Want one more thing that sparkles on the world stage? Thanks to all our wonderful readers in 120 countries, Scrapbook & Cards Today does! I know, I know a weak segue but we want to give a copy of our latest summer issue away this hour along with our hourly prize of a loonie and a toonie! For an opportunity to win this hour's prizes be sure to leave a comment below by July 7th and we will randomly select one lucky winner this hour to win them! After leaving your comment here we hope you'll take a moment to visit us on Facebook and Instagram (@sctmagazine) and leave a comment there as well for THREE chances to win! We'll be compiling all the comments each hour.

Next hour we are sharing some fabulous layouts we received from readers!


Fun Fact:  Large parts of Canada have less gravity than the rest of Earth. The phenomenon was discovered in the 1960s. 

2017-07-01T13:00:00-04:00July 1st, 2017|Canada150|


  1. Carey Nusbaum July 1, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Awesome prizes this hour! Thanks for the informative facts, as well as for the opportunity to win!

  2. Sue LD July 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Very pretty!

  3. lisa808 July 1, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    Wow–that Ammolite is gorgeous!

  4. Tona July 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    I would take an ammolite over a diamond any day of the week. They are beautiful.

  5. Debbie July 1, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    Beautiful gems from a beautiful country. Oh Canada!

  6. Roz Kelly July 1, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    That photo of the diamond mine is amazing, looks like the ocean is about to spill into it at any moment! And the segue is totally appropriate – SCT is a publishing gem to all of us!!

  7. auntie em July 1, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    While I am definitely a big fan of sparkle and shine, unfortunately I don’t add real diamonds to my projects but I do like them to sparkle.
    Thanks for sharing the facts about the mine. 🙂

  8. Debralee Lloyd-Graham July 1, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Thanks for the Fun Facts!

  9. Jennifer Reynard July 1, 2017 at 1:20 pm

    More fun facts… I am thinking of printing off all of these posts and putting them into my own Canadiana scrapbook!! LOL Thanks for doing this and the chance to win a some prizes!

  10. Elizabeth July 1, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Thanks for all the amazing facts about Canada! And thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Nadine July 1, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    Beautiful Gems from a Beautiful Country!

  12. Karen Carvell July 1, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    My hubby gave me a ring for our 10th with the Canadian diamond. They are gorgeous!

  13. Lynn Ekstrom July 1, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Very nice! I love, love, love sparkly things.

  14. Janet MacKay July 1, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Canada does like to Sparkle and Shine.

  15. Lynn Gauthier July 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm

    Beautiful pictures and very interesting topics! I’d forgotten about the Canadian diamonds and ammolites. So fun to review…Happy Birthday Canada!

  16. Kelly Malacko July 1, 2017 at 1:43 pm


  17. saxonr July 1, 2017 at 1:44 pm


  18. Sue MacGowan July 1, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    That’s awesome!

  19. Mary Holshouser July 1, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    I love brilliant stones – especially
    diamonds. Love the ammolite – so colorful
    and beautiful.
    Happy Birthday, Canada.
    I’d love to have the magazine – always
    looking for ideas for my greeting cards.

  20. super stick chick July 1, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Happy 150. I didn’t know about ammolite. I’ll have to check to see if our science museum has one. They look beautiful.

  21. Jen Naus July 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Beautiful gems, Happy Canada Day!

  22. Beth Anne Thomas July 1, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    I’m lucky enough to own some beautiful ammolite jewellery and would dearly love to own a Canadian diamond.

  23. Dee Hamoen July 1, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Truly Canadian bling!!! Who knew!!

  24. Karen T. July 1, 2017 at 2:04 pm

    Wowzers! I have seen Ammolite before and it is gorgeous! Happy Canada 150!

  25. Anneke July 1, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    I did not know about ammolite(s) – so pretty!

  26. Sheryll Matheson July 1, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    I am going to have to research those areas with less gravity….that is one fascinating fact!!

  27. Kara July 1, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Wow I didn’t even know about that diamond, now I want one, lol

  28. Linda Smith July 1, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    Thanks for the information about ammolite! What fun today!

  29. CatherineC July 1, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    Ammolites are lovely but pricey!

  30. Kristen Kirkland July 1, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    I’m learning so much about Canada today 🙂

  31. Pat M July 1, 2017 at 3:48 pm

    Just like Canada. Beautiful

  32. Janice July 1, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    Beautiful gems from a gem of a country!

  33. Amber M. July 1, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    Canada is full of beautiful things 🙂

  34. Dee Brown July 1, 2017 at 4:14 pm

    Beautiful gems, just like your magazine xox

  35. Barb macaskill July 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    I hadn’t heard of Amolites before this but what a beautiful gem! Almost like the Northern Lights in a stone! Absolutely breathtaking! TFS!

  36. Patricia Steer July 1, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Learning new information this hour and enjoying the fun facts. Thank you.

  37. BevB July 1, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Ammolites are beautiful!!! Happy 150 Canada Day.

  38. Jacqueline July 1, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Great facts!

  39. Karen Lingel July 1, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    My favorite rock-related fact about Canada is that Newfoundland was part of west Africa back during supercontinent Rodinia (before Pangea.) Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  40. bette July 1, 2017 at 4:56 pm

    Happy 150th Sister Canada!

  41. debra July 1, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Canada sparkles!

  42. Kim Innis July 1, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    I had never heard of ammolites, but they are gorgeous. Learning so much today.

  43. Martine M. July 1, 2017 at 5:49 pm

    Very nice pictures! Thanks for the fun facts and the chance to win!

  44. Ana July 1, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Canadian bling! Great eh!

  45. Pam Sohan July 1, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    Would love to see ammonite in person, the picture is stunning. Happy Birthday Canada!

  46. Michele Washburn July 1, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Ammolite is so beautiful! Happy Canada Day!

  47. Jean marmo July 1, 2017 at 6:51 pm

    Such fun facts.

  48. gisele July 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm


  49. Cyndi B July 1, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    I’d never heard about ammolites. Thanks for all the great info. I’ll be on the look out for those now. Would be easier to find a copy of SCT tho ?

  50. Marg Gutland July 1, 2017 at 7:26 pm

    You are just full of amazing facts about our country

  51. Shelley K July 1, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Happy Canada Day
    Thank you for opportunity to win

  52. Katie July 1, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Ammolites are gorgeous!

  53. colleen July 1, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    very interesting. thanks

  54. Bonnie July 1, 2017 at 8:12 pm

    Now this is my kind of stuff. I love rocks!

  55. H2girl2005 July 1, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Wow so much info!

  56. Jeanette Y July 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm

    thanks for sharing some fun facts about Canada!

  57. Linda Tupper July 1, 2017 at 8:28 pm

    Interesting pictures! Happy Canada Day! Loving reading the great facts about Canada.

  58. SusanDR July 1, 2017 at 8:32 pm

    That’s so cool. Learned so much today. I would love to learn even more with this issue of SCT!

  59. Michele V July 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    Those are two great Canadian products that we can be proud of!
    I love the both!

  60. Diana Martinez July 1, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    My gosh! What a beautiful stone Ammolite is. This is the first time I see one. It’s a privilege to have such beautiful things in Canada.

  61. Dale Tiernan July 1, 2017 at 10:21 pm

    I was thinking that the ammolites reminded me of opals. Opals come in so many different colours. I do love diamonds.

  62. Betty-Ann July 1, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Happy Canada Day!

  63. Theresa July 1, 2017 at 10:26 pm


  64. Marlene F. July 1, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Beautiful gem and I love the fun facts. Happy Canada Day!!!

  65. Cecile B July 1, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    Love both gems. I am fortunate enough to have an ammolite necklace – a keepsake from a trip to Jasper, AB.

  66. Tammy Lever July 1, 2017 at 10:52 pm

    I did not know this about ammolite! What a fun fact! Thanks for the chance to win!

  67. Janet Sisk July 1, 2017 at 10:55 pm

    The ammolite is gorgeous! I would love a piece of jewelry made with it. And who doesn’t love diamonds?!!! Thanks for more gems of info about Canada. 😀

  68. Elizabeth Simpson July 1, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Loved reading about ammolite. What a beautiful stone this is!

  69. Denise Bryant July 2, 2017 at 1:17 am

    These are beautiful!

  70. Marianne July 2, 2017 at 6:28 am

    I didn’t know that Canada was home to diamonds, let alone ammolites. Never heard of those before, but they sure look spectacular!

  71. Anastasia M. July 2, 2017 at 6:38 am

    Ammolites are really beautiful.

  72. Paige Stirling Fox July 2, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Thank you for the new information about ammonite – I had not heard of this before.

  73. Shannon G July 2, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Oh and here I thought you were giving away a diamond or ammonite – haha!! Gorgeous photos of both!! Interesting fact about gravity.

  74. Jurist Tran July 2, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I love diamonds…Ammolite is my new Canadian gem! Ty SCT for a funfilled day with Canadian info sharing and Canadian prize giveaways! #HB Canada # true north #love SCT

  75. Mary-Anne V. July 2, 2017 at 11:03 am

    Those gems are stunning!

  76. Tara Hodge July 2, 2017 at 11:27 am

    Ammolite is a beautiful Canadain stone ???

  77. Tara Watts July 2, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    Love all the great facts!

  78. Diane July 2, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    More amazing facts about Canada – so beautiful and Canadian. Thanks SCT and Happy Canada Day.

  79. Anna Ekman July 2, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    So pretty!

  80. Lynn W July 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    The ammonites are beautiful! I love to add bling to my creations and both my daughter and soon to be daughter in law are sparking with diamonds from Canadian Diamonds!!! ???❤️

  81. Christi L Steinbeck July 2, 2017 at 2:09 pm

    Beautiful gems and wonderful prizes!

  82. Sue MacTavish July 2, 2017 at 2:22 pm

    Lucky enough to have some Ammolite from my parents!!?

  83. Kendra July 2, 2017 at 4:50 pm

    Less gravity??? fun!

  84. Sandy Ross July 2, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    So many fabulous treasures in our beautiful country! Your wonderful facts just keep coming and coming!!!

  85. Karen Horne July 2, 2017 at 7:30 pm

    Ammolite is so beautiful. One day I hope to have a piece of jewelry made with it.

  86. Sherry Stanley July 2, 2017 at 9:29 pm

    Beautiful Ammolite love the colours. Thanks SCT

  87. Sandy Clinton July 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm

    I’d never heard of ammolite before, but I do know that the publisher of SCT is definitely a diamond!! Happy Canada Day Catherine!!

  88. Alison C July 2, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Thanks for the information about diamonds and ammolites! Very interesting facts. Thanks for the chance to win blog candy!

  89. LC July 3, 2017 at 12:42 am

    Canada rocks, in more ways than one!

  90. Manda July 3, 2017 at 3:19 am

    I hadn’t heard of ammolites before – so beautiful!

  91. Tara W July 3, 2017 at 7:11 am

    I have Never seen an ammolite before, very pretty! I don’t think I would say no to one of those over a diamond.

  92. Heather H. July 3, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Ammolite is gorgeous!!

  93. Dianne July 3, 2017 at 11:13 am

    I had never heard of Ammolite before. What a beautiful stone.
    Happy Canada Day.

  94. heather Wehrli July 3, 2017 at 4:11 pm

    Well you learn something every day – those ammolites are amazing

  95. Crafty Violet July 3, 2017 at 5:23 pm

    Diamonds are okay but that ammolite is awesome! I would rather have it than a diamond.

  96. Cindy P. July 3, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    Happy Canada Day !!! These hourly posts are a super creative way to honour our fabulous country and learn some fun facts. Thanks and well done SCT!

  97. Mel H July 3, 2017 at 10:24 pm

    This is new info to me but the stones are so beautiful.

  98. Mandi Holmes July 3, 2017 at 10:29 pm

    Those natural artifacts are so pretty. I am in love with the rainbow one.

  99. Kirsty Vittetoe July 4, 2017 at 2:11 am

    Thanks for sharing the fun facts!

  100. Dawn Skene July 4, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Beautiful gem!

  101. Gramma Dee July 4, 2017 at 4:17 pm


  102. Theresa R. July 4, 2017 at 9:59 pm

    Interesting, fun facts!

  103. Sue Moody July 4, 2017 at 11:01 pm

    Happy Canada Day ??

  104. Linda F July 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    The ammonites are gorgeous. Do you get other opalised fossils in Canada?

  105. Alma Dirpaul July 5, 2017 at 11:44 pm

    Wow, thanks for the great info about ammolites.

  106. Heather Arsenault July 5, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Loving all the fun facts being shared today!

  107. Gwen McCaffrey July 6, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Gorgeous and sparkly!

  108. Sandy K. July 6, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Ammolites are beautiful to look at. How cool that this country also has diamonds and agree with a previous reader who said we have our own gem in SCT. Really enjoyed the fun fact. Did not know about less gravity in certain places….will have to read more about it.

  109. Kerry P July 6, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Gorgeous, so much new info. Thanks.

  110. Tara McCarthy July 6, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    My diamonds are Canadian. So very special.

  111. Maureen E July 6, 2017 at 9:42 pm

    Very nice! Happy Canada Day!

  112. Lorelei B July 7, 2017 at 7:38 am

    Great Information!! Very Beautiful gem!!

  113. Kelly Tulk July 7, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Beautiful country!

  114. Jeanie L July 7, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Interesting tidbits and beautiful pictures. I’m learning a lot from reading these blog posts! 🙂

  115. Beatrice Lawson July 7, 2017 at 8:55 pm

    I actually have a Canadian diamond in my engagement ring. I chose to have a smaller stone room a no brand jeweller than a big shiny bauble from a luxury retailer. Knowing my stone is “clean” means a lot to me.

  116. Shelley P July 8, 2017 at 9:44 am


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