Sunday, January 24, 2010

Valentines!

Here's a taste (2/3) of the cards we'll be making at our "Valentine's for Everyone" class on Wednesday night at 6:30pm! Hope to see you there! We'll be having fun with stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms, Stampendous & Hero Arts and playing with some QK dies, fabulous ruffled ribbon and, of course, bling :)Oh yes... and there WILL be chocolate involved (and not just the colour!)- gotta love it!
See you on Wednesday! This class is just $15 ($10 class fee, $5 materials fee).

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Birthday Party Animals

My baby sister turned 25 this week... wow! She's not a fan of all those traditional birthday things like cupcakes... so I turned to a fun stamp set by Pink Cat Studio to create a simple card for her! These Party Farm Animals cracked me up and were so much fun to color with my Copics, I can't wait to play with them some more! I paired them with papers & ribbons from Cosmo Cricket's Earth Love collection, which perfectly suited the springy feeling we've been experiencing here in the Cariboo! I refuse to hope that it will actually last, but we may as well enjoy it while we can, right?
Happy birthday, Joy! I'm looking forward to partying with you tonight :)

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Ready for another challenge?

In with the NEW... mixed with the OLD!

January's challenge is to take something NEW (maybe a Christmas gift or something you bought at our Boxing Week sale) from Creative Accents and use it together with something OLD from your stash (perhaps you've been hoarding it for a couple years... or more!?). Your project can be a scrapbook page, card, altered item or mini book. It must include some products that are currently or have been recently available in the store (purchased within the last 3 months). This is your chance to pull out something you've been meaning to use for a while: papers, stamps, embellishments, tools... and make it fresh for 2010!

Our design team members are starting to bring in their creations based on this challenge, which are sure to help inspire you! I'll get some photos up here on the blog to show you soon... unless they post them themselves first :)

Bring in your submission for our challenge by Saturday, February 6.

Everyone is welcome to participate. This is not a contest, entries will not be judged. All participants will have their name entered in a draw to win either a kit for our next challenge or a small gift if the next challenge is not kit based. Entries will be displayed on our creativi-tree in the Creative Studio for approximately one month, then returned to the participant. Happy creating!

Saturday, January 16, 2010

We're in this together....

So I'm putting out a shameless plea for you to nominate Creative Accents to win one of the new lines to be released at CHA from Cosmo Cricket! The best part is that if we win.... YOU win!

I'm so excited about a promo Cosmo Cricket (such a fun company!) is doing... check out a sneak peek on their blog and we could win FREE STUFF from the new releases! Details and pictures are on their blog- go pick your fave line and nominate Creative Accents (and YOURSELF) to win!

CHECK IT OUT NOW :)

Thanks in advance for the nomination!
Tara

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Technique Tuesday

Introducing a new class series we'll be offering in 2010: Technique Tuesdays! We'll have more details on it soon, but I wanted to tell you about our FIRST Technique Tuesday class, coming up next week, January 19!

This week's technique is coloring with Copic Markers and we're thrilled to have Eulanda back in town to show you the basics of how it's done! Be sure to sign up if you need some tips for making better use of your Copics or if you're just curious what the hype is all about.

We're hoping to be offering you lots of great techniques for using products you already own as well as some fabulous new ones you'll want to add to your collection. If there is a technique you want to learn or a product you don't know what to do with... let us know and we'll try and work it into an upcoming class!

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Feel the love of new products!

We had a busy weekend in the store doing inventory... counting every little item in the store (yep- we have LOTS!) and finding some treasures that had been hidden away :) All the Christmas products have been moved over to our "Seasonal" section in the Creative Studio and this week they are our Deal of the Week- Yep, right when you're ready to scrapbook all your Christmas photos we've got the stuff you need on sale 20% off!

Moving that out of the way made room for lots of fresh products... especially Valentine's Day products! We've got papers & more from My Mind's Eye, Bo Bunny & Pink Paislee, plus new goodies from Basic Grey from their Sugar Rush & Origins collections- yum! Hero Arts has some lovely stamps perfect for the upcoming holiday as well and we've got many other bits and pieces to spur you on creatively! Stop by and check out all that is new in the store very soon... and remember, you'll save 20% on Christmas products this week!

p.s. Today is your last chance to get a ticket for this weekend's crop at Maranatha! Stop by and get yours today!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

January 2010 SOTM

Introducing our January 2010 Stamp of the Month: Flourish Background from Hero Arts! This fabulous, versatile stamp is cling mounted and covers an entire standard sized card front.
All of my sample cards are fairly simple this month, but I have a feeling this stamp will be showing up on a ton of future projects! As I look through the Hero Arts 2010 catalog, I'm noticing this stamp on a bunch of the samples- Wow! I hope you'll love it as much as we do!

On this first card, I embossed the SOTM in white on Kraft cardstock and in clear (over yellow ink) on the yellow cardstock. The sentiment is a piece of 'flair' by American Crafts.

This wintery card features Rocco Raccoon by Stampendous. I thought the flourishes suited the trail left behind by Rocco's skates. The SOTM was stamped simply in Broken China Distress Ink on both papers.
This card is actually part of a set I created as a Christmas gift for my Grandma! The SOTM was inked with three shades of Distress Ink & spritzed with "Ink Potion No. 9" to blend the colors, after stamping I heated it with my heat tool. I love the soft mixing of colors! The patterned paper strip is by Harmonie and I added a small strip of Glitter Ritz for some extra bling :) The sentiment is from a lovely set by Stampendous.
I embossed the SOTM in Brown Sugar ZING embossing powder by American Crafts and kept this card pretty simple beyond that! The chipboard snowflake was inked up with distress ink and covered with Tim Holtz Distress Crackle paint in 'Rock Candy' and the sentiment is by Hero Arts.

And now for some BONUS samples... we've been having such fun playing with this stamp! This first project is a copy of one on the front of a Hero Arts CLING catalog... I fell in love with the card and had to duplicate it :) I added a sentiment from a past SOTM (August 2009). The background is very subtle- stamped with White Memories on Kraft (are you noticing a theme here? I'm kind of in love with Kraft right now!).
I had the SOTM in my hands before Christmas... here's a couple sets of quick Christmas Cards I created using it! This first one features the QK Snowman (which is still on back order... good thing winter lasts so long here!).
This second set features some paper poinsettias by Prima & a fun striped paper by Collage Press. I rubbed distress stickles over the large poinsettias for some extra shimmer and LOVE how it turned out, such a pretty touch! Assorted bling from Prima's e-line and a Hero Arts sentiment finishes them off.
One of our designers, Cheri, was in a pink mood when she played with her stamp :) Here's what she brought in to show us:
Cheri used a fun saran wrap technique on the card backgrounds... maybe she'll share some how-to info on her blog if you ask really nice?

Hope you enjoyed the samples! We can't wait to see what you come up with using this fabulous stamp!

Monday, January 04, 2010

School Fundraiser Crops!

We've got tickets available in the store for TWO upcoming fundraiser crops! What a great way to start the year off getting a bunch of your scrapbooking done :) Both crops include a weekend of scrapbooking space and support a local school for just $50 each. Check out the posters in the store & around town for full details regarding hours, food provided, etc. Please bring cash to purchase your ticket.

January 15-16 at Maranatha Christian School

February 26-28 at Cataline Elementary School

Hope you have room to schedule one or both of these fun weekend events on your calendar!

Friday, January 01, 2010

Happy New Year!

2010... a new year, a new decade, a new start for many of us! We've got lots of new things planned for Creative Accents this year, and we look forward to many creative days with our customers!

As of Monday, we will have new business hours:

Tuesday-Friday: 9:30am-6:00pm

Saturday: 10:30am-5:30pm

Sunday-Monday: CLOSED

As you break out your new 2010 calendars, here are some dates for you to schedule in some creative time with us in our Creative Studio! Our basic crop fee is $10.

Upcoming Crops:

Saturday, January 2: Wrestling Day Crop 11am-11pm ($20)

Friday, January 22 5pm-11pm

Saturday, January 30 1pm-7pm

Friday, February 12 5pm-11pm

Saturday, February 27 5pm-11pm (includes a Show & tell from our retailers event!)