Saturday, January 31, 2009

Creations!

It's been a while since I had a chance to post anything I've created, so here's a couple items I made when I got away for the weekend a couple weeks ago. This card features an adorable owl stamp from the new Hero Arts 2009 catalog- papers are by Crate Paper, a collection I've been in love with for a while and finally got a chance to play with that weekend! The base of my card is from Core-dinations amazing "chocolate box" collection- brown on the front with color on the back that shows through when you distress it. It's yummy!
This layout is of the first photos I took on our trip to Utah in October- a stop at Starbucks in the Vancouver airport :) I love how this green from Cosmo Cricket matches the logo and the kraft cardstock matches the java jackets! The title & flourishes are all cut using my fabulous QuicKutz Silhouette (fonts: A&S Black Swan and Cafe Rojo. flourish: comes with the Silhouette).

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Creative Studio update

Remember our "Hole in the Wall" we posted pictures of a while ago? Well I think it's safe to say that even though we're not completely organized or unpacked yet, it's turned itself into a studio quite nicely! Here's a few updated photos of the finished 'hole', our painted wall and the fabulous tree my friend Nicole kindly painted for us (we were inspired by a great stamp by Inkadinkado- I'll have to make her a thank you card using it!). Here's a peek at what you're missing if you haven't been in to see us lately :)



Join us tonight!

You're invited to join us tonight at 7pm as we have a quick, casual class exploring the Silhouette by QuicKutz!

"Silhou-what?" will walk you through some of the many benefits of the Silhouette Digital cutter by QuicKutz- I'll show you some of the basic features and how to get cutting with your tool right away. It's a great time to explore this fabulous tool- they're 50% off right now, a steal at just $189 Canadian!

Call us at 250.392.3829 to reserve your spot! The cost is just $5!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Classes & Crops

We are now officially accepting reservations for our QuicKutz Crop on Feb 7, and we have only a few spots left- many of you have mentioned that you'd like to attend, but we're waiting on the official word to confirm your spot :) The cost is just $12 ($10 for QK club members) and there will be door prizes and a QuicKutz make & take, as well as 6 hours of cropping time! Crop participants can enjoy 10% off any QK purchases made that evening (QK clubbers can enjoy an extra 10% off their regular discount)!

We had our first midnight crop in the Creative Studio this weekend and are making plans for another at the end of February, featuring a show & tell from Tara's trip to Edmonton! (TBA if it's Friday or Saturday- let us know if you have a preference!)

We are working hard to get our studio ready for hosting classes & have scheduled a few in our optimism :) We are thrilled to have more space, so grab a friend and learn something new to kick of the year! Enjoy a fun evening out and get 10% off any purchases you make on class nights! Here's what's coming up in the next couple weeks more details & samples will follow soon:

"Use your stash & Get Scrappin!" Tuesday, Feb 17 @ 7pm $15
- Tara's sketched out 3 double sided layouts, each featuring at least five 4x6 photos. Dig into your stash of pretty papers and get scrappin! You'll need 3 sets of 2 patterned papers (at least 1 set should be double sided), we'll provide (and help you choose) coordinating cardstock for your layouts. This class is great for all levels of scrapbookers- from beginners just starting to build their stash to advanced scrappers who want to get a bunch of photos in their albums! Layouts will be ready to add photos and embellishments when you get home.

"Silhou-what?" Thursday, Jan 29 @ 7pm $5 (deposit- you'll recieve a coupon for store credit after the workshop!)
- This is a short workshop for anyone brand new to the Silhouette digital die cutting tool by QuicKutz. If you're considering purchasing a Silhouette (it's a great time while they're 50% off!) or just bought one and haven't done much with it- join us and let me take away some of the mystery out of the Silhouette & share some tips to free you as you create! (There will be a follow-up workshop, tentatively set for Feb. 16, where you will bring your Silhouette & laptop and do some hands-on work!).

"Traditions Mini Album" Saturday, Jan. 31 @ 1pm $35
- Celebrate the Christmas traditions that are unique to your family with this sweet mini album project by Basic Grey! Check out the sample album Tanya created and think about which holiday traditions you'd like to honor. As always, your kit includes lots of yummy Basic Grey extras to take home! Ask us about additional class supplies required.

"Very Valentiny" Monday, Feb 2 @ 7pm $17
- Create an assortment of fun cards for the Valentines in your life at this fast-paced class using one of Tara's favorite techniques to make a little product go a long way. We'll make at least 5 different cards featuring the 'Romance' collection by American Crafts, Bazzill with an edge and a variety of QK dies... you'll be done in time to send 'em snail mail!

"Top 10 Mini book" Wednesday, Feb 4 @ 7pm $35 (limited space!)
- Create a beautiful mini album celebrating the top ten things you love about someone or something with this class by Basic Grey. There's no fussy cutting around the scalloped edges of the chipboard album & the class includes lots of fabulous BG products from the Perhaps paper line- it's pretty in pink, a perfect gift for your valentine, a girlfriend or a treat for yourself ;)

"Simply Elegant Love Notes" Tuesday, Feb. 10 @ 7pm $15
- It's the season of love- create several elegant cards perfect for valentines, anniversaries & weddings using a variety of papers, embellishments & stamps brand new in the store!

"Masculine Motif" $18 Wednesday Feb 11, 7pm
- Do you feel stuck when you set out to make masculine style cards? This class will give you some ideas for classy cards with a masculine feel, perfect for a variety of occasions. We’ll use several sheets of Basic Grey patterned papers from the Boxer line to give you enough for extra when the class is through! We'll create 5 cards using a variety of stamps, ribbons & die cuts.

Register for Classes in the store, by e-mailing us at creativeaccents@telus.net or by calling 250-392-3829. 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. Out of respect for those with sensitivities, our classes & crops are now "fragrance free." Please refrain from wearing perfumes of any kind.

Please Bring the following Class Kit to all classes:
12” Paper Trimmer, Scissors, Dry Adhesive, Mini Glue Dots, 3D Dots, Brown Distress Ink, Pencil, Black fine tip Pen.
Class sizes are limited.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Free BONUS entry in the $1000 QuicKutz draw

We've made one small change to our draw and are now allowing everyone the chance to get a bonus entry into the big draw instead of the free entry into the $200 draw for QK clubbers- Everyone can GET A FREE BONUS ENTRY by sending us an email telling "Why I love my QuicKutz"- include your favorite products and/or projects. (statements may be quoted on the blog/emails/in the store- let us know if you don't want us to include your name).

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Win $1000 worth of QuicKutz products!

You must know how much we love QuicKutz here at Creative Accents... here's just one more reason why- they're partnering with us to give away a HUGE shopping spree to one of our customers! Together with QuicKutz, we're giving away:

$1000 GRAND PRIZE
$500 FIRST PRIZE
$200 SECOND PRIZE
$100 THIRD PRIZE
PLUS A $200 PRIZE exclusively for QuicKutz Club Members!

The really cool part? You get to pick your winnings! QuicKutz has a list of products to choose from (representing every product category) and will send your prize pack to your home!

Until Saturday February 7th at 5:30pm, for every $15 you spend in the store, you will receive one entry. You can also receive one free entry for a visit to the store in January, and one free entry for a visit to the store in February (limit 2 free entries per person). Dollar amounts are after discounts and before taxes. Watch for opportunities to get a free bonus entry...

Then plan on joining us on Saturday February 7th to see if you are a winner! The draw will take place at 6pm that evening and you must be present to claim your prize (you'll even get to make your selections that evening). Then, win or lose, you can stay & join us for a QuicKutz Crop and CHA preview night in our new Creative Studio!

Crop details will be posted shortly, but I can tell you that we'll also be giving away door prizes (like QuicKutz 4x8 alphabets!) and cropping space will be limited.

QuicKutz Club Members: Here's the stats on your exclusive $200 draw!

YES, you could potentially win both draws! Here's how you can earn entry into the QK Club draw:
- one free entry for stopping by the store and being a current QK Club member (your Feb. membership should be paid for to qualify, as the draw takes place Feb. 7)
- one free entry for doing the current QuicKutz Make & Take project (this is free to you and if we decide to offer a second make & take before the draw date, you'll get a second entry for completing it!). The current project features the Elegant Essentials release!
- one entry for making a purchase from the Elegant Essentials & Birthday/Party release (one per person per release- if you've already made that purchase, talk to us right away about getting your entries).
- one free entry for convincing a friend to sign up for QuicKutz club! Make sure they mention your name when they join and we'll give you each an entry form!
- one free entry for sending us an email telling "Why I love my QuicKutz"- include your favorite products and/or projects. (statements may be quoted on the blog/emails/in the store- let us know if you don't want us to include your name).

It's an exciting month here in the store, we hope to see you soon- good luck on the $1000 Product Sweepstakes!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

{Hole in the wall} sale ends today!

Today is your last chance to enjoy storewide savings... we're spending the evening finishing up our inventory and the more you buy, the less we have to count! Stop by before 5:30 and save on:
- Patterned paper is 35% off when you buy 10 or more sheets
- Christmas Stamps Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Clearance items are 60% off the lowest marked price
- Everything else is 15% off

Friday, January 09, 2009

Silhouette

I think I neglected to mention that the Silhouette by QuicKutz is still on sale in the store for an amazing price- just $189, that's 50% off the US retail! Woohoo! I'm looking forward to a weekend away where I'll be making lots of store samples with my Silhouette... can't wait to share with y'all!

I can't guarantee how long this special will last, so don't wait to long if you've been dreaming about one of these babies ;)

If you're on the fence about it, here's a link to a chart comparing the Silhouette with the Cricut machines.

Have a creative weekend!

Valentines...

Are ya getting ready for Valentine's Day? Hop on over to Stamping Bella and check out her 'what's new' section for a look at the new goodies she released today... I think we'll be placing an order for the store in the very near future, so give us a call with your requests ;) There's just one new bella (so far?) but there's a ton of other cuties!

If you want to get started now, check out the new 'Buy 2 Get 1 Free' relase from Inkadinkado with some very elegant images- I'm sure you'll easily select 3 from the 10 images they've sent ;)

The 'elegant essentials' release from QK has lots of gorgeous damask images which would also be perfect for Valentines... are ya feeling the love?

Tuesday, January 06, 2009

January SOTM

Introducing the first SOTM for 2009... "Mardis Gras New Year" by The Artful Stamper! This cling mounted stamp is gorgeous whether it's simply embossed or coloured & embellished (it's soooo much fun with copics!). Hope you enjoy the samples and have fun with all the possibilities to use this image! Celebrate 2009 and a year full of stamping!





If you're interested in our SOTM and want more info on how you can join us and get 35% off a different stamp each month this year, just drop us a quick note at creativeaccents@telus.net Happy New Year!

more hole in the wall pics

Just a few updated pics of our hole in the wall...

our handy carpenter guys, Jim & Dennis, finishing up the steps up to the studio:



... posing for a picture as they were ready to head out:



... mom sitting for a moment at our new 'Demo Bar' in the studio:



We've got a long way to go before things are completely in order, but it's looking better every day! I think you're gonna love the extra space as much as we do ;)

Sunday, January 04, 2009

{Hole in the Wall} SALE

It's 2009 and there's a great big hole in the wall...
we're ready to expand our store (and do inventory once we're done that)
so we're letting the savings continue!

Until further notice (when we're ready to count everything!) you can
come check out our hole in the wall and save:
- Patterned paper is 35% off when you buy 10 or more sheets
- Christmas Stamps Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
- Clearance items are 60% off the lowest marked price
- Everything else is 15% off

Please keep in mind, things are currently under construction, but we're
working as hard as we can to rearrange things and tidy up the mess :)
Our regular monthly deals (Stamp of the Month, QuicKutz club sales,
etc.) will resume in the next week or so!

Thanks for the amazing support you've given us over the last few years,
we look forward to great things in 2009!
Have a creative day and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Enjoy the photos of our 'hole in progress'... hopefully it'll look a whole lot tidier when we open up again on Monday :)