Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Fall Card Class- ideas & options

We're working on our fall class schedule and are looking for ideas to see what YOU, our customers, want to see us offer!

One possibility that has come up is participation in a monthly class featuring cards by Basic Grey. We'd like to see a commitment from several people before proceeding with this, but each month we'd create 8 cards and you'd take home materials to make at least 4 more (with a downloadable pdf from Basic Grey to show you what to do)!

Each kit will include:

›› Designer Cardstock and 6x6 paper pads from BasicGrey’s most current collections
›› A selection of our most popular embellishments (rub-ons, epoxy, pops, woolies, stickers, buttons, brads, lace paper, etc.)

The kit would be worth between $20-$30 each month and the total class fee would be around $35.

September's kit includes the gorgeous Indian Summer collection and October's kit features Eerie. Please send us an email or post here if you are interested in committing to something like this!

Also drop us a line if you have any special requests for classes- we'd love to fill our studio workspace :)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Three Card Class

By request... this week we're bring back our For the birds class from a previous week! Hope to see you this Thursday to create these cute cards! (click the link for the previous post about these cards.)

Celebration Savings (final set!)

Our 10th Birthday Celebration is coming to a close... here's our final set of STORE SPECIALS, valid until Sept 5:
  • My Mind’s Eye products 40% off
  • Hero Arts STAMPS wood or clear 30% off
  • Earn $10 QuickBuckz with every $20 you spend on QK products (details are in our last post!)
  • 10% off regular priced product when you show your ArtWalk Passport!
Remember, every $10 you spend also gets you an entry for our Birthday Celebration prize package worth over $300! Make sure you ask for your entries :) The draw will take place at our next Midnight Crop on Friday, Sept 4. You don't have to be there to win, but we'd love to have a full house that evening!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Earn QuickBuckz by QuicKutz!

How would you like to earn up to 50% off on QuickBuckz products in our store???

Until September 12 you will receive $10 in QuickBuckz for every $20 you spend on QuicKutz in our store! QuickBuckz issued will be based on your total AFTER discounts and BEFORE taxes and includes all QuicKutz products, excluding QK club membership renewal and associated promos. (Until the end of August-if you sign up for our QK Club or purchase a 6 month renewal, you can select ONE 4x8 alphabet, border die or cookie cutter die for just $10!)

Spend $20, earn $10 in QuickBuckz, if you spend $40 on QK products, you'll earn $20 worth of QuickBuckz, and so on...

Each of your $10 QuickBuckz can be redeemed on a $20 purchase of QK products at our store between September 26 and October 3.

Any QuickBuckz not redeemed by the expiration date will not be honored.

We look forward to seeing you in the store soon!

Friday, August 21, 2009

QuicKutz Silhouette Download Deal!

If you've got a QuicKutz Silhouette, you probably already know how many fabulous new designs they've been releasing lately... there's 100's of new shapes every month, released every Monday! Shapes are generally 1.99 per download, but you can get an even better deal than that by signing up for a subscription:

- $19.99 a month gets you $30 worth of downloads (or 15 new shapes each month)
- $29.99 a month gets you UNLIMITED downloads

But wait, there's more... (I love saying that!) You can enter in a promo code special from Creative Accents and save 50% off those prices! Just type in CREATE where it asks for a promo code to get your subscription half price!

... and it gets better still! You can choose to pay for your subscription on your credit card on a month by month basis OR you can select to pay for the entire year at once and save even more! If you choose to pay for it all at once you'll get 2 of your 12 months free! It's a GREAT time to subscribe to get QK Silhouette downloads & have fun playing with your Silhouette!

p.s. if you haven't got a Silhouette- we have Silhouette SD in stock right now! The cost is just $299.99

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

3 Card Class... more summer fun!

We're carrying on with the summer fun in our 3 card class this week... 2 of our cards will feature fabulous "Summer Soiree" cards by Fancy Pants and ALL the cards incorporate fun texture- from a pom-pom border to prima flower (we'll show you how easy it is to color them to match your projects!) to a dry embossed border... PLUS we'll play with some ink and Heidi Swapp's 'invisibles' paper! We'll pack all this summer fun into a wee little class that'll just take about an hour. Hope you can join me on Thursday at 1 or 5:30 pm!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Music to create to...

I'm convinced that it's gonna be a good week... I did a road trip last weekend and am now a COPIC Certified Designer (woot!) and I'm completely in denial about how quickly this summer is coming to an end!

I recently got a list of tunes from Making Memories of 100 songs they're calling their 'scrappin playlist'... fun, right! So as I work on downloading some of them and creating a new eclectic playlist to crank at our next midnight crop (this Saturday night, 6pm till midnight) I thought It would be great to hear some of your fave tunes to create to! Maybe they will end up on our crop playlist! And maybe I`ll have to give some blog candy to one of the wonderful readers who shares their faves... hm... will have to see what I can round up! Maybe a few Copic Spica Glitter Pens...

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

{watching in wonder}

This layout was my project at our midnight crop last week, the photos were taken last summer when we went to the Vancouver Aquarium. (I'm trying to make myself scrap some 'old' photos before I do my NY trip!) I used a variety of papers, including Basic Grey's Lime Rickey, some glitter paper by doodlebug & Bazzill Bling cardstock. I added some clear embellishments from Fancy Pants to add some extra dimension
Here's a close up- This was my first project using one of the new embossing borders by QK- I loved that I could do the full 12" length, six inches wide on the Epic Six and that border was wide enough to emboss my title as well! I sanded it after embossing & applied Broken China Distress Ink over the raw white core that was peeking out. My title is done with Diesel grand & Flirt gift set alphabets by QuicKutz and the cute little dolphin is from the Relax gift set. I finished it by applying some glossy accents/diamond glaze to a few dots on the embossed border.
and here is the sketch I used as my starting point, from the PageMaps book!
Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Scraps by Sarah

Sarah's been busy pumping out the layouts lately... she brought us in one and then completed a couple more for us to display at our midnight crop last weekend! Here's her latest, now on display in the store if you want to see them in person!

Halloween designs by QuicKutz

It's a great time to get started on some Halloween projects- maybe you need to scrapbook last years photos still, or want to create some funky decor pieces for the upcoming season... either way, QK has created some fabulous shapes this year to inspire your creativity!

The new release is in stock right now- stop by and check it out! Here's a sampling of project ideas using the new stuff:

... and I love how the designer used the halloween CAT on this one to create a fun girly layout!
There's a bunch more fabulous samples on the QuicKutz website- happy browsing!

Monday, August 10, 2009

and the winner is...

Cheri! Congrats, girl!

Cheri's name was drawn from our basket on Friday night and she got to take home a $300+ prize bag as the winner of our Celebrations Challenge! Thanks to ALL who participated! We love the variety of cards & layouts that were submitted- all inspired by PageMaps sketches! You can see ALL the entries on display in the store this month on our 'creativi-tree' in the Studio.

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Introducing our newest Design Team Member...

We're thrilled to introduce to you the newest member of our Seriously Creative Design Team: Eulanda Silvey!

Eulanda is a self proclaimed addict to stamping and scrapbooking who has been creating cards for about 6 years now. Eulanda creates beautiful, whimsical cards with fantastic attention to detail. She never ceases to 'wow' us with her fabulous cards and we're thrilled to welcome her to our team and feature her work in the store! You can visit Eulanda's blog and see what she's been up to lately, I'm sure you'll be wowed too! Here's a few of her recent projects we've got on display in the store this month!

Welcome to the team, Eulanda- we're so glad you're joining us and can't wait to see what you come up with next!

PageMaps is in the house!

One of the great things about a new month is the new set of PageMaps, there's some great layouts there that are sure to inspire you! You can download and print off a set for FREE on their website!
In addition to the free set each month, we're thrilled to have back in stock Becky's fabulous BOOK of PageMaps! The book includes lots of great samples and tips as well as an awesome bonus tool- a deck of cards! You'll find it in the back of the book, ready to perforate and store in a little box. We LOVE this feature, because it's soooo easy to tuck in your bag of stuff when you're off to scrapbook with friends! It's a fabulous idea, and a fabulous book and once again, you can get it HERE at Creative Accents for just $27.50 Cdn.

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

More Celebration Savings!

Ooops... this 'new' sale has been on for a week now and I forgot to post on the blog- thanks for mentioning it, Tanya! I guess it's just proof that you need to follow the blog AND get our e-mails to be in on the entire scoop ;)

Until Saturday, August 8 you can save...
- 25% on EMBELLISHMENTS & 3D Stickers
- FREE thin storage solution with $20 stamp* purchase (reg. priced stamps)
- 2x2 Double Kutz dies are just $10 (reg. 13.99)
- extra 40% on Clearance products!

Enjoy the savings and the summer weather!

August Stamp Of the Month

Here they are, the rest of the August Stamp Of The Month samples! I hope you'll enjoy our simple cards and be inspired to create something fabulous with this new set of stamps, the 'mens collection' by Wordsworth. All our cards feature Crate Paper's "Lillian" collection, which is so sweet and cheerful! A couple of them have some of the fabulous glittery die cuts as well as the papers. "August" is cut with the awesome new QK font, Teriyaki and '2009' is from the Central Park font.
This one here is kinda a 'bonus' as it's not really a card... just a die cut tag thingie LOL. I used some of the Basic Grey 'bling it on' rub ons with it though, I thought they framed it nicely. Love this sentiment, so true. (Dan's sermon at church on Sunday reminded me of it!)
Mom put this little sweetie together- isn't this glittery frame pretty? We loved the little yellow prima flower with this sentiment. This card went together pretty quick- the saying is embossed in brown and the frame is raised on foam squares.
I love that this is a pair of stamps, ready to be mixed and matched inside & outside of your card. Not much to say about this card, either- the flowers are paper pieced and I cut a little slit around the stem to slide the string through and tie the tag on. The little bird house in the corner is from one of the other papers.
The sentiment on this card, which mom made, will be perfect for GUY cards, as well as graduation, retirement... all sorts of occasions! The bird is from the glittery die cuts and the branch is by QuicKutz. Have I mentioned that I LOVE these sentiments!?
... and you've seen this card already- I used an old Hero Arts shadow stamp to put the distressed circle behind my images (inked in two colors of chalk ink for added texture) and simply stamped in brown over top. The flowers are paper pieced. The layout of the stamping on this one is a total copy of some samples on the Wordsworth website, but I changed up the colors and the rest of the card ;) Sometimes it's just not worth messing with a good thing, ya know?
Hope you enjoyed the samples... feel free to post and share what YOU create with them! Maybe you'll even use them to play in our Celebrations challenge? You've got until Friday to join the fun! It's worth $300 people... we'd love to see YOU join us!

Sunday, August 02, 2009

August SOTM... take 1

Just a quick post while I'm enjoying a relaxing Sunday afternoon... here's one of the sample cards featuring our August SOTM:

We're very excited about this month's Stamp of the Month for a few reasons...
1. It's not just ONE stamp, it's a SET of fantastic stamps at a great price (just $18 before our SOTM members 35% discount!)
2. We're featuring another BRAND NEW company in our store- Rubber Soul/ Wordsworth! Wordsworth has long been a favourite of mine for beautiful saying & quote stamps and this set is no exception. We had a hard time selecting a set since there are so many fabulous ones, but we did bring in an assortment of others to give you more options to add to your collections ;)
3. There are 5 different quotes on this set as well as this lovely bouquet of flowers, which works nicely with several of the quotes. One of the 5 quotes is even a two-part stamp, the smaller part of which you saw on one of my 'hoppy' cards earlier this week!

I'll post the rest of the samples when I'm back in the store on Tuesday- we kept them pretty simple this month to really show off the sentiments, but I'm sure you'll find them fitting in on many of your upcoming projects! Here's a peek at the entire set: