Friday, December 31, 2010

Basic Grey POTM- Wander (Catching Up!)

As we're starting to get a bit more daylight (and I've been at the store during daylight hours!) I have more time to photograph some of the projects I've fallen behind on. I thought today was a good time to start with our WANDER layouts from our Basic Grey Page of the Month class.

Here's the sample layout as done by a Basic Grey artist:
... and here is Mom's version of it. I LOVE this layout- how great it works with 4x6 photos (we printed them with the border for an easy, retro look) and the papers and colours are really versatile and perfect for so many photos, especially travel photos!
... and here is my alternate layout with different papers! I was thrilled to finally scrapbook some photos from my trip to New York, and will definitely use some of the extra papers and others from this collection to do up a few more NYC layouts!
We had a ton of leftover stickers from this layout, so I had fun creating cards with it. We made little 4.25" easel cards- simple and fun! Here's the first- it cracks me up ;)

... and here's another, which features a sentiment stamp from Whipper Snapper.

Sorry it took so long to post these- hope you've enjoyed seeing some of our Wanderings :)

Monday, December 27, 2010

Join us for our Boxing Week Blowout!

We're celebrating the end of 2010 with the best Boxing Week Sale we've ever had at Creative Accents! Help us reduce our inventory (before we have to count it!) and make room for all the fabulous new arrivals that are coming in 2011.

Savings this good won't last, stop by and see us when we re-open on Tuesday, December 28 at 10:30am.

  • All Patterned Paper- Buy 10 Get 10 FREE!
  • Christmas Stamps- 50% off!
  • All QuicKutz dies & accessories with the OLD logo- 50% off (Die Cut Club Members- SAVE 60%)
  • Clearance Products- 70% off (SAVE 80% on Tuesday ONLY!)
  • 2011 Hero Arts Stamps 20% off
  • Wood mounted stamps- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
  • Cardstock- 30% off when you buy 10 or more sheets
  • Lifestyle Crafts (QuicKutz) Essential Shapes 20% off
  • almost EVERYTHING else* 35% off (SAVE 40% on Tuesday ONLY!)

(*sorry, no discount on Copic markers & the Sizzix Vagabond Machine and any new arrivals not yet on the shelves)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Holiday Hours

Wednesday Dec.22 Open LATE until 8pm

Thursday Dec. 23 Open LATE until 8pm

Friday Dec. 24 through Monday Dec. 27 {CLOSED for CHRISTMAS}

Enjoy the holiday with family and friends!

Tuesday Dec. 28 Open 10:30am- 6pm {BOXING WEEK BLOWOUT begins}

(Watch for details arriving on Boxing Day!)

Wednesday Dec. 29 & Thursday Dec. 30 Regular business hours 9:30am-5:30pm

Friday Dec. 31 Open 9:30am- 3pm {Boxing Week Blowout Ends}

Saturday Jan. 1 & Sunday Jan. 2 CLOSED

Monday January 3 "Wrestling Day Crop" 10am-10pm (just $20- call to register)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pretty Presents

Just a quick post to share with you some of the creative wrapping ideas we've been using lately! I've been using a lot of the new QuicKutz/LifeStyle Crafts Shapes this year and having fun with them! This first photo is actually the projects we did at our November Die Cut Club Party. We created this fabulous bag with the new Nesting Trees (we cut just a 2" piece from each of the trees to save on paper-worked perfectly!), a gift card holder with the new Winter Wishes gift set & the coffee cup die and two gift tags with some adorable 4x4 shapes.
Here's a close up of the smaller items- aren't they fun? We used adhesive backed vellum for the word on the gift card holder & the snowflake on the sweater tag, which gave a fun frosty look.
Here's some quick gift bags I did for some friends- the same tree in some funky Christmas papers from my stash and then I added a large stocking from the new nesting stockings to quickly decorate up a simple gift bag.
Here's a pretty tag I did up for a gift exchange yesterday- the tag itself is one of the new nesting frames (just arrived yesterday and it's already sold out- wow!) and the tree is a 2x2 Christmas shape, which looks so pretty in silver! I silver embossed a sentiment from Amy R. Designs to finish it off. I think I'll be making a few more of these tags, I love it with this wrapping paper!
... and I'm sure there will be more in the next few days as I get all my gifts wrapped and ready to go under the tree! It's so much fun seeing all the pretty presents gathered there :)

Monday, December 20, 2010

Essentials from QuicKutz!

We've got some great new Essential shapes in the store from Lifestyle Crafts/QuicKutz- nesting cookie cutter dies that now go up to 5.5" in size, meaning more shapes in a set for the same great price as they were previously available for (just 29.99)! These fabulous shapes are in stock TODAY... plus a few of their fabulous friends- check them out soon :)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Tidings of Joy

Lately I've been sick & stressed... and then inspired (by Tim Holtz and his 12 tags of Christmas) and then stressed some more because I wanted to CREATE and my time, energy and mojo weren't working for me. I'm starting to feel human again (though not quite over this cold... and hesitant to jinx it!) and really needed to create this week. Alas, no mojo... so I borrowed some mojo from Mojo Monday and Raise The Bar and came up with this card:
As you can see, I actually made two cards- same basic layout and colours, just different papers from the fabulous 'Merry January' collection by We R Memory Keepers. Both cards feature a gorgeous wreath stamp by Artful Stamper, which I've wanted to use with these papers since I first saw it! It's silver embossed on Kraft cardstock and painted with Twinkling H20's, then I added Glossy Accents over the berries.

I added into the mix a sentiment from Amuse, my fave Hero Arts background stamp (can't wait for the new ones to arrive!) and tissue tape by Tim Holtz. Since it was feeling a bit flat, I added a leaf pin (Maya Road) and snowflake button from my stash.

My layout is tweaked from the current Mojo Monday sketch & card elements are inspired by Raise The Bar's challenge to use this acrostic for the word "SNOW":
ilver, No ribbon, One designer paper, Wording
I really did use just one designer paper... lucky me it was double sided though ;)

Join us for a PARTY!

We'll be celebrating the arrival of the Hero Arts 2011 Catalog and catalog debut products (new cling stamps)!

Assuming product arrives in time (we're hoping expectantly!) the party will be happening this weekend:

Friday, Dec. 17 from 5-8pm &
Saturday, Dec. 18 from 1-3pm

We'll have a make & take, prizes, discounts and a FREE 2011 catalog ($10+ value!) with your Hero Arts purchase over $25 (while supplies last)!

Plan to join us on Friday or Saturday for this special preview of 2011 products! (We'd appreciate an RSVP so we know how many to prepare for.) This is a great opportunity to pick up some stocking stuffers for the stampers in your life ;)

Monday, December 13, 2010

12 Deals of Christmas!

12 Deals of Christmas!
Introducing 12 great deals... yours to enjoy while quantities last or until closing time on December 23!

  1. FREE Scrapbook & Cards Magazine with a purchase over $20 (one per customer, while supplies last)
  2. Spend $25+ on unmounted stamps (including NEW arrivals from Stamping Bella, Kraftin' Kimmie, Pink Cat Studio...) and get a sheet of EZ mount FREE!
  3. Buy a Scor-Buddy and get the Scor-Mat 50% off
  4. All QuicKutz dies & embossing folders with the old QK logo: Buy 1 Get 1 50% off
  5. Hero Arts Stamps 25% off (2011 stamps...coming soon... not included)
  6. Clearance Patterned PAPER- 4 for $1!
  7. Tools & punches 25% off
  8. Assorted value bundles- just $10 (great gift ideas!)
  9. FREE surprise gift with a gift certificate purchase over $25
  10. Join or renew your Die Cut Club Membership- pay for 5 months, get 1 FREE!
  11. Select items reduced to 3 for $12!
  12. At our Hero Arts 2011 Catalog Debut- Get a FREE 2011 Hero Arts catalog with any Hero Arts stamp purchase over $25 ($10 value!)

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Christmas Card Contest

Just a reminder that it's time for our annual Christmas card contest! Submissions will be accepted in the store until closing time on Wednesday Dec. 15.

Bring in your handmade cards for a chance to win something wonderful! Cards can be Hand-stamped or Paper-crafted.

There are three categories:

  • Quick & Simple
  • Embellished & Enhanced
  • Kids cards (category for school aged kids!)

Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 15, 2010. All cards will be displayed in the store & customer voting begins Dec. 16. Winners will be announced after Christmas. Customer votes will be taken into consideration, so come in and cast your vote!

The details:

  • Everyone is welcome to submit one card with a winter/ Christmas theme.
  • Cards must feature products sold in our store (not a home party company) as their focal point.
  • Include your name, phone number and address on the back of your card as well as stamp & material credits (which company makes the stamp, sticker, etc.). Kids: include your age! Please note which category you would like your card entered into.
  • All winning entries (in adult categories) become property of Creative Accents (we suggest you make one to keep!) Kids can pick up their cards in January!


Depending on the number of entries, there will be several prize packages awarded, “goodie bags” filled with paper-crafting accessories:

  • 1st place- worth $30.00+
  • 2nd place- worth $20.00+
  • Kids prize- worth $15.00+

All entrants will receive a ‘thank you’ discount coupon!

We can't wait to see what you've been creating!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Blue Christmas

Cheri's card earlier this week inspired me to make a Blue Christmas card featuring my Elvis stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms (one of my final CHF purchases before they closed their doors-sniff). I've paired Elvis with an sentiment from Stampendous, which I think is absolutely perfect!

I had a lot of fun with this card- playing with crepe ribbon from Tattered Angels with Glimmer Mist & some new Perfect Pearls mist. I also finally got my hands on some of the gorgeous Midnight Frost collection by BoBunny (the first shipment sold out in less than 2 days!) and I decided it was perfect for this card. I pulled some snowflake brads out of my stash and added them for some final touches! I'd definitely be singing the blues if playing around to create this card didn't make me so happy ;)

Stamptacular Sunday challenged us to have a Blue, Blue Christmas, Cute Card Thursday challenged us to use 'the blues' (I'm singing them with Elvis!) and 365 Cards wanted a card inspired by a Super Star (helloooo... it's ELVIS!). Clearly it was the perfect week for me to ink up Elvis and make a Christmas card, eh?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Warm Wishes from Willard

Willard is my fave image from Kraftin' Kimmie's new winter images this year. When the new stamps arrived in the store a bit ago, I couldn't wait to play with him... so glad I finally got a chance! He's just so stinkin' adorable- all chubby and COLD, and looking like the hot cocoa he's holding won't do a bit of good to help him warm up!

This first card is based on Friday Sketchers #131- when I saw it, I couldn't wait to try it with the new nesting trees shape from QuicKutz (also perfect for the current Raise the Bar theme- Trees)! I used some new Marjolaine papers from Basic Grey (also couldn't wait to use this argyle with Willard!) and coloured Willard up to match. The mittens (also new from QK) were cut twice and glued with the jute sandwiched between them. I love how they dangle there, though they keep making me think my card is falling apart LOL- guess I need to do more cards with movable parts, eh?

Next up, I played off the pattern in Willard's sweater again and cut out some QK nesting diamonds, which I haven't used in a long time! I've used Basic Grey again here, this time it's the Jovial collection. I love that it's traditional with some unexpected bursts of teal in it- so festive! I added the tiniest bit of teal ribbon as a tassel on Willard's scarf (I so wanted to use it, but just couldn't make it work anywhere else here!) and cut some of the new QK snowflakes out of adhesive backed vellum. I also pulled out my stash of snowy embellishments and found this cute white button, which I tied some jute through to finish off the card. I'm entering this one in Kraftin' Kimmie's "Let it Snow" challenge. I also wanted to enter this in another challenge which asked for a Christmas colour scheme... but I just can't remember where that one was! I'll add it when I find it :)

Monday, December 06, 2010

Christmas on Kraft

I created the following cards for our 'Christmas on Kraft' class, which was also 'cheaper by the dozen'. We created 4 of each of these three cards in one evening- nice! This first one features stamps by Hero Arts & a tree stamped on Sticky Back Canvas for some fun texture.
The second card was a 4x4 easel card- stamps by Hero Arts & Amuse, paper by BoBunny, die cuts from QuicKutz (with some pretty Glitter Ritz!)
Here's the easel card open/standing. Love these things!
The final card actually gets two samples as we used double sided paper (BoBunny) and a Tim Holtz die with two different deer on it... here's both variations of this simple card! I love the combo of the Glitter Ritz border and vintage looking lace.

... and that's four more Christmas cards done!

I had some time to PLAY today (not for a class or anything- just made Christmas cards!) so will have stuff to share again in a few days!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

December 2010 Stamp of the Month

It's hard to believe it's December already and we're introducing another Stamp of the Month! This month's stamps is actually two stamps- a tree and a sentiment from A Muse Art Stamps. A Muse is known for their simple, clean lines and their fabulous sentiments (on the nicest wooden blocks in the industry!) and this image was chosen for that reason- it's simple, elegant and versatile, as you'll see on our sample cards. It's also perfect for making some Christmas cards in a hurry!

Our sample board this month features cards by two members of Seriously Creative Design Team, Janet & Teila, as well as two cards by me (Tara). We'd love to hear what you think, so please comment away :) Both Janet & Teila made TWO cards for me, which you can see in the store... or find details on them on their blogs!

The title on our sample board is the new alpha from QuicKutz's "Winter Wishes" gift set! I love it! (I apologize in advance if the photos seem a little washed out... had to use a flash here, since daylight is disappearing far too soon these days!)
First up is Janet's card! I love working with my Designers on these sample boards because they often do things I never would have thought of- like how Janet embossed the tree in three colours here- it looks fabulous! Janet's combo of white, gold & green together with Basic Grey papers is simply elegant. Check out further deets on Janet's blog!

Next is Teila's card- I love the simplicity here, with the tree multi-stamped and just one of them highlighted with some liquid applique on it's snowy boughs! It's very soft and pretty, yet would be a great one to make multiples of this holiday season! Find out more on Teila's blog!
I had some fun with this next little card- using an envelope and tag from the QK "Winter Wishes" gift set. I wanted to park this car in front of the tree and this tag was a perfect little palette for my idea... I piled "snow" high on the car and on the tree and layered it over some Basic Grey & Tim Holtz goodness (music themed tissue tape and embossing folder). Inside my pocket? A car key! (okay, so it *could* be a car key... if someone was getting a car for Christmas perhaps? Then they'd quit asking to borrow yours and you'd get some of that peace on earth *wink*) I love this little car image, which is also from A Muse, and you'll find it in the store at a special reduced price while supplies last!
Lastly, I decorated my tree simply with some red bling. Both tree and sentiment are stamped onto a die cut shape (another of my fave Tim Holtz shapes!) and mounted over some Basic Grey papers and some ribbon. Not much else to add here... the card is simple, but I love the red 'lights' shining on the tree! I'll be doing this one again for sure. Sometimes it's so easy to make a festive card! (though I must confess... this one took me forever! Thanks for the help finishing it, Cheri!)

And that's our December SOTM! We look forward to sharing another fabulous stamp & great samples with you in January... there's some fun changes/additions to our SOTM program we'll be introducing at that time and you won't want to miss it!