Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Pink Paislee

I'm loving this new line of papers by Pink Paislee. I took the opportunity to play a little bit at our crop on Friday night and this is what I came up with! The 'mood du jour' card features a stamp set by Inkadinkado which I'm crazy about... seriously, what woman can't appreciate the sentiment ;) I also tried out new 'DG3' by Judikins, as I was curious how it compares to Diamond Glaze (a product I LOVE). Here's what I noticed:
- DG3 goes on crystal clear right away, it doesn't start out cloudy like Diamond Glaze
- DG3 dries much thinner than Diamond Glaze, these images have 3 coats of DG3 on them.
- the end result seems smoother than Diamond Glaze... but that could be because my Diamond Glaze has been around for years and had some extra air bubbles.
I'll keep experimenting and see if I can find more differences... I do know that I love it! Oh, and a bottle of DG3 is twice the size of Diamond Glaze, for a little less than twice the price.

This card was my first time using this cute owl by Stamping Bella- I had fun colouring him in this colour scheme to match the Pink Paislee papers. His eyes have the new Bella Dots on them- I love how they sparkle!

we have a winner!

Congratulations to Twyla Bendickson, the winner of a Cosmopolitan Cookie Cutter Alphabet by QuicKutz! Twyla was one of many customers who participated in QuicKutz's Dream Vacation Sweepstakes and entered her completed passport at our store for a draw we were hosting for this great prize worth over $150!

Thanks to all who played in the sweepstakes... here's hoping someone from our little store wins one of the grand prizes from QuicKutz, a fabulous dream vacation!

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

New Hero Arts

We've got some new Hero Arts stamps in the store again! We've got a pile of new 'Design Blocks' background stamps (5.75" x 4.25"- big enough to cover an entire card front!) and a selection of 'sparkle clear' sets as well as lots of bling, blossoms, acetate tags, cards & more. Check out the Hero Arts website and their blog for lots of fabulous samples & card ideas!

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Summer 2008 Class List

Register for Classes in the store, by e-mailing us at or by calling 392-3829. Please pay in advance in the store or by phone with a credit card. Classes which have not met the minimum enrollment 24 hours in advance will be re-scheduled.

Please Bring the following Class Kit to all classes:
Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Dry Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, 3D Dots, Pencil, Black fine tip Pen.

Summertime classes will be scheduled as they are requested, so please let us know which classes you are interested in taking along with any special requests for class date & time. Class sizes are limited.

Midnight Crop Just $5 Friday July 25, Friday August 15
It’s girls night out at Creative Accents– bring whatever projects you’re working on (scrapbooking or stamping) and take advantage of our studio space, tools & resources to spur your creativity! Shop while you crop for endless options! Bring: a friend, munchies to share and whatever materials you need to work with.

5th Avenue Style {mini book} $20
Join us to create a classy mini book with the “5th Avenue” collection by Making Memories in shades of blue, green, black & cream. We’ll use a variety of papers, stickers & embellishments together on a pocket fold mini book with lots of room for photos & journaling. With all the options available you’ll find this project is versatile enough to use for a variety of occasions!

Canvas Decor
{home decor} $30
Create a beautiful piece of home d├ęcor which can be free standing or wall mounted in this fun class! You’ll love creating a seasonal item you can proudly display in your home (or give as a fantastic gift for any occasion!). We’ll play with color & texture as we create a work of art that is uniquely yours. Bring: class kit. Additional supplies TBA.

Cards! $25
Need some fresh inspiration for your card making? This class will give you some tips for pulling inspiration from the awesome books & magazines available, but it also INCLUDES a back issue of CARDS magazine (cover price: $24.95) as well as several full sheets of patterned paper to give you enough for lots of extras when the class is through! We'll create 4 cards using a variety of stamps, ribbons, embellishments & die cuts.

Happy Birthday, Cupcake! {stamping} $20
They’re everywhere these days– on clothing, magazine covers & of course, on stamps! Catch the cupcake craze with this fun birthday card class! We’ll play with a variety of cupcake themed stamps & products as well as a ‘sparkle clear’ set of cupcake stamps from Hero Arts, which is included in your class fee! This class is guaranteed to be sweet!

Zig Zag Book {mini book} $25
She’s the zig to your zag, your sister, your sidekick, your friend through thick & thin… celebrate your friendship with this funky zig-zag book project from 7 gypsies!

Beach Book {mini book} $20 We had several requests for this class after we displayed the fun sample book… now is your chance to experience some summer warmth on a winter day! This project requires some precise measurements & about 3 hours of your time, but the end result is well worth it! Bring: Class Kit, craft knife with sharp blade.

Awesome Animal Bag Book {mini book} $25
Doesn’t your awesome animal deserve a book all about it? This cute bag book by Bo Bunny in shades of blue, brown & black is the perfect place to keep some special photos of your posh pet! Great KIDS project!

The Birthday Scoop {cards} $25
Add to your stash of birthday cards with this class (modified from their "Love Notes" class) featuring Two Scoops, by Basic Grey! We’ll create up to 8 cards in a variety of formats & you’ll enjoy extra materials from your class kit (worth over $23) to take home and create some more! Bring: class kit, ruler, anywhere hole punch, craft knife with sharp blade, scoring tool, scalloped deco scissors. Class will not be longer than 3 hours

Card Art {stamping} $25
This class features the “Card Art” collection of stamps from the 2008 Hero Arts catalog! You’ll create 3 cards while learning three different techniques for creating beautiful cards using just one stamp. Your class fee includes a Card Art stamp package. (your choice from our selection)

Clearly Good Times {mini book} $20
If you’ve been wondering how to use all the new clear acrylic products you’ve seen, this mini book project will get you started in the right direction! You’ll see how fun it is to work with a set of clear book covers to create colourful and interesting pages that you can peek at through your book covers! This class will feature book covers by Prima as well as paper & alphabet stickers by Basic Grey. Bring 6-10 photos & class kit

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Summer POST Challenge

I challenge you this summer to please post a comment on our blog on any post after this one through the summer... I love to see who has been to visit us!

If you're one of our customers and you've got a stamping/scrapbooking related blog- POST & share a link with us!

If you bought some product in our store recently and are having fun creating with it- POST and tell us about it!

If you saw a sample in our store and you want to see a photo of it on the blog- POST and let us know!

If this is your first time visiting our blog- POST and let us know how you found out about us!

We'd LOVE to hear from you... and I'd love to randomly pick some people who post over the summer and send them some goodies ;)

Hope to hear from you soon! I'll be back later today with a list of classes available in the store this summer!

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Make a SheetLoad of Cards...

Check out this blog which has a monthly newsletter with instructions to help you make a 'SheetLoad' of cards. The newsletter includes measurements for a set of card fronts using a selection of patterned paper and cardstocks- this card here is roughly based on their July issue. This month they've added a 'Sheetload mini' newsletter mid month as well!

My card features a bunch of fun new products: paper (double sided) by October Afternoon, Stamps by Stamping Bella & Hero Arts and the flower embellishment by Stamping Bella. I made this card for my girlfriend's lingerie shower coming up this week (shh... don't tell her!). The image is simply coloured with watercolour pencils and glitter glue added.

Monday, July 14, 2008

QK Sweepstakes

Time is almost up to fill your passport and get your entry code for the QuicKutz Around the World "Dream Vacation Sweepstakes"! I know there's a lot of passports out there just waiting to be filled, because we still have a bunch of entry codes to give out... get your passport here TOMORROW, July 15 to have a chance to win one of four amazing holidays! Stop by or give us a call if you have any questions about how you can complete your passport punches!

BONUS for Creative Accents customers... bring in your completed passport (after you enter the code) and we'll enter you in a draw for a Cosmopolitan Cookie Cutter alphabet worth around $150!

Stamping Bella is here again!

Yay... I'm back from an amazing weekend away (if you get a chance to go see Cirque du Soleil... GO! It's SO worth the money!) and arrived to find new Stamping Bella stamps & "embellashments" in the store! We brought in an assortment of the new Bella Dots, which are funky faux brad thingies in crackle, glitter & marble textures. They're pretty cool, I can't wait to play with them!

Monday, July 07, 2008

new PageMaps!

Check it out- new July PageMaps are up! Free every month, some great inspiration... this month there's a bonus set of half maps (for 12x6 or 6x12 layouts) in addition to the 12x12 maps! Here's a sample layout along with it's sketch, from the PageMaps website :) Enjoy!

HOT Summer Reads!

For me, summer is a time to catch up on some reading... and we've got lots of inspiration in the store to keep the creative juices flowing while you're relaxing & enjoying the hot summer days!

When you stop by the store and spend $50 or more you can choose ANY magazine in the store 50% off! We've also still got copies of the latest Scrapbook & Cards Today magazines available to you FREE with your purchase of $20 or more! Happy Reading!

It's our 9th Birthday!

Wow- Creative Accents is 9 years old this month! We've come a long way,
baby! Nine years ago I (Tara) was selling rubber stamps in the basement
of my parent's house... then my little store moved on to using a few
shelves in a small scrapbook store, Memory Lane. We've gradually grown
from there, and just celebrated our 3 year 'anniversary' working in
partnership with Mom (Julie)! Come celebrate with us NINE years of

All month long, Save 19% on
- Little Yellow Bicycle papers, stickers & more
- 12x12 albums
- Wood-mounted rubber stamps
- Peel-Off Stickers
- Scenic Route papers, stickers & more

Save 29% on product lines we’ve had since the very beginning …
- Hero Arts
- Stampendous
- Hampton Art Stamps

PLUS our QuicKutz specials for the month (and check out new LOWER prices
on almost all QK products!):

- All 2x2 Alphabets 20% off (25% off for Club Members) while supplies last
(these have all been discontinued!)
- Free Rub-Ons with purchase of the coordinating dies (we've got them
bundled for you)!
- Cookie Cutter MONOGRAMS (any letter- and we can order them in for you
at this great discount!) 50% off (60% off for club members)
- QuicKutz SQUEEZE hand tool Complete with alphabet or basic shapes JUST $35
With purchase of any Regular Priced 2” die (Reg. $89 - Over 60% off!)

Revolution Die Cutting Tool- New LOWER price Just $99!

QK Club Member Specials: (Ask us about how you can save 15% on QK everyday!)
- 12” border dies 20% off
- Chopsticks Limited Edition Gift Set $99

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

July SOTM- hey there cupcake!

Introducing our July SOTM- "hey there cupcake" by Stampendous! This clear set of stamps is soooo much fun with endless possibilities to mix & match 6 different cupcake tops & bottoms (that's 6 of each!) as well as a variety of words to create a custom saying to match. On top of that are the cupcake toppings- candles, cherries, sprinkles & more. You'll have a blast stamping up birthday cards for everyone on your list, playing with color & layouts... we hope these TWO sample pages will inspire you (Stampendous sent us the pink page, plus we created a few more to go with it.)

Here's a picture of the complete set to get your imagination started... if you're one of our mail order SOTM customers, please let us know if there is anthing else we can add to your order & how you want these shipped! If you're not already a member of our SOTM club and would like to get our featured stamp/stamp set for 35% off each month- drop us a line at

Have a creative day!

Happy Canada Day!

Just wanted to wish all our friends & customers here in Canada a HAPPY CANADA DAY! I hope you took some time to celebrate with family & friends and enjoyed wearing (and eating) something RED! Stop by the store this week to pick up some CANADA themed papers, ribbons & more to scrapbook the memories you captured!