Thursday, June 30, 2011

Happy Birthday Carla!

It's our fabulous, glitter loving friend CARLA's birthday today! Actually... her birthday is tomorrow, but we thought we'd try to surprise her with a birthday blog hop a day early :) We hope your birthday is full of all things glittery and wonderful, Carla! If you're already hopping, you should have come here via the talented Eulanda... if not, just keep following & you'll end up there eventually :)

We have two cards for Carla today... from both Tara & Julie. First up is the one I (Tara) made:

I spent a lot of time contemplating what sort of image or theme I should go with for Carla's card... there are so many things she loves, it was hard to choose! But I kept coming back to this sentiment from Graphicat Designs... and I tell ya, it screamed out to me, begging to be featured on this card ;) (If it is screaming out to you, too... you'll find it is a freebie on the Graphicat Designs blog! Gotta love that!) Here's the front of my card:

... which opens up into an Easel card (hadn't done one of these for a while)! As you can see, I filled a little glass vial with some pretty Glitter Ritz glitter and I used a glue pen to apply the same glitter onto my main image, which has been layered on some glitter coated papers & embellished with glittery ribbon, a glittery brad and some glitter coated flowers! Then I added a good smattering of bling to finish it all off :)
I loved using this fabulous mirrored butterfly from my stash...

The patterned paper I used to choose my colour palette is by Pink Paislee... I adore this paper and had fun pulling out a bunch of fun embellishments for this card. Hope it brightens your day, Carla!

And here's the card Julie made:

and the inside is decked out too, but it's a surprise for Carla :) Julie used a fun Peacock stamp by Hero Arts together with Basic Grey papers, mounted on a card cut with a Grand Nestabilities die. She added assorted flowers & blingy things from our stash and adhered a Tim Holtz facets piece to paper stamped with a birthday greeting :)

Now in case I forgot to mention it... we are celebrating Carla today with a blog hop- so HOP on over and visit the amazingly talented Cheri! She'll tell you where to go from there :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Perk Up!

Sometimes we all need a little something to help us perk up, and the combo of Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle papers and this stamp by My Favorite Things is perfect for such a time! Isn't this a cheery card?

I think perhaps I was creating with the message I needed to hear when I made this card. I don't share a lot of personal stuff on this blog (since it's focus is the store) but I've had a rough week... I've been hit with the annual end-of-the-school year-cold (SO stuffed up!), I got laid off (no, the store is still here! My other job... the one that provided steady income for the past 9 years...), and a dear family member is sick in the hospital. Sigh. I'm so grateful for friends who have been there for me with hugs, and Starbucks and time to hang out and CREATE with me or just sit and watch movies with me! This card is going to go off to another friend who has been having a rough time lately, too... hope it brightens her day!

Here's a close up of the sentiment and embellishments- I love the Twinery twine and the cute 'doilies and butterflies' which are also from Cosmo Cricket! The little flower sequins are from Hero Arts, they've been in my stash for a while but they were fun to add!
I've used a sketch from Deconstructing Jen, which was perfect for my image & paper choices! Love it when that happens :)

Saturday, June 25, 2011

A Simple Hello

Thought I'd share a simple card with you, in case you didn't make it in to create one on Thursday for our Coffee & Card drop in!

This card features Hero Arts stamps, simple stamping and fun accents like this glittery loop ribbon and chunky glass glitter by Melissa Francis. I love the simple colour combo (kraft + almost anything is a fave of mine!) and the fabulous floral images... next up, I'll have to pull out my Copics and colour them. Actually, next up will be another card I made with the extra flowers I'd stamped off- watch for it in a few days!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Canvas {Distress Stains}

I realized the other day that I never did share the entire photo of my canvas from our Creative Outlets Canvas Class which featured Distress Stains! So... here it is!
This project features all things Tim Holtz- kraft resist paper, dies, stamps & embellishments... and we used Distress Stains on them all! So much fun!

Look for the next installment in this series of classes to come this summer, and let us know if you're interested in a summertime repeat of this one, I'd be happy to teach it again!

(You can see some close up shots that were posted previously here.)

Friday, June 17, 2011

Happy Birthday Chris!

Today we celebrate a special birthday girl- our former design team member & fun loving friend, Chris! Wish you were here to share a celebratory margarita & some chocolate cake, girl... Today, I'm providing the cake... but I'm willing to bet that somewhere along this birthday blog hop you'll find a margarita, too! ;) I hope this collection of cards brightens your day and gets your birthday off to a fabulous start!
My card features a cute cake lovin' a la mode image by My Favorite Things stamped on Copic paper cut with a Tim Holtz styled label. I've used papers from BoBunny & Jillibean soup (because they must be BLUE for Chris!) and some pretty new ribbons we got in the store recently!
The card (based on the current CPS sketch #222) is pretty simple... I paper pieced the frosting on the cake, stamped a Tim Holtz flourish around the edges, added touches of Spica glitter, some blingy pins and sprayed the whole card with Perfect Pearls Mist!

Chris- I hope it brings a smile! Birthday wishes come from Mom today, too... her card will be late though, she's away having cataract surgery today!

Now... HOP on over to see what Janet has for you on her blog! Enjoy... and be sure to eat some cake today!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Hey Daddy-O!

As I'm sure you know... Father's Day is coming up this weekend! Since my Dad is going to be away, I gave him his card early... which means I can share it with you early :)

I had so much fun making this card, once I finally got on with it, and I'm totally ready to keep making masculine cards now! Here's my card, featuring Danny by Kraftin' Kimmie & and his shiny bike (seriously... it sparkles with Spica pen!):

... and the inside:

... and a close up:
I went a little crazy using Tim Holtz products on this one... in fact, I think the only things that aren't by Tim are the bookplate (from my stash), the stamps (Kraftin' Kimmie) & Copics, the punch, ribbon and the chunky glass glitter!

Tim Holtz goodies I used:
  • Patterned Paper (not sure why I waited till now to cut into this pad!)
  • Film Strip Ribbon
  • Tissue Tape
  • Stick Pin
  • Edge Distresser
  • Stamps (on background paper)
  • I'm entering this card into a few challenges, too! My sketch is from CLP #37, Kraftin' Kimmie Challenged us to add "24 Krafty Karrots" (aka GOLD), Stamptacular Sunday is celebrating Dad's & Grads and Scrap Creations says Anything Goes and Stamp Something wants Something Punched! I love that I get to play along with challenges for my friend's DT's! this month, and it's always nice when I can join a few challenges!

    p.s. if you are looking for a fab sketch to use on a project... check out the month long challenges at Graphicat Sketches & Seriously Creative Challenges! Both feature fab sketches by Cheri this month!

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011

    ... and the winner is...

    You may remember we had a 'little things' contest on the post about our June SOTM, and we've selected one random person who commented on that post to win a Free Hero Arts stamp!

    Well, I'm a day late posting, but we have a winner...

    Roxy said...

    Oooooh, I looooove background stamps, and this one is GOR-JEE-USS!!! I love all of the cards, but I think the typewriter one is my fave - I just really like all of the layers, distressing, the sentiment, the glossy keys, etc. etc. etc. Nice work, ladies!

    Congrats, Roxy! Send us an email or talk to us next time you're in the store and we'll have a fab Hero Arts stamp for you to take home and play with :)

    Thursday, June 09, 2011

    Happy Birthday Mother Dear (BLOG HOP TIME!)

    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday to you,
    Happy Birthday Dear Mommy...
    Happy Birthday TO YOU!

    Today we celebrate the lovely lady who spends her days helping you pick the perfect papers for your projects and showing you the latest fabulous arrivals in our store... my wonderful MOM, Julie! We hope she is enjoying a well deserved day off today and that this collection of cards created by Design Team members totally kicks her day off to a great start! The hop begins here and you'll see some lovely birthday cards along the way!

    Feel free to leave birthday wishes for Mom here, or stop by our Facebook page when you've finished the hop to leave some love on the wall there! (I'm posting this in LARGE print so Mom can read it- she's looking forward to seeing again after her cataract surgery next week!)

    Without further ado... here's the card I made for mom!
    Since Mom's not seeing so well these days, I focused on colours & textures on my card! My papers are from Webster's Pages "Trendsetter" collection. I used the Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die to cut this flower from paper, denim and tulle and stacked them together to make this flower, with a snap from We R Memory Keepers in the center. I added some burlap leaves from our stash (Prima?) and a butterfly (also Tim Holtz) cut from grungeboard & decked out with Distress Stains, Distress Stickles, bling and Glossy Accents. Crepe ribbon, a sentiment from Hero Arts and a mist of Kiwi Perfect Pearls Spray finish it off! Here's a close up:
    The current Sweet Stop Sketch inspired the layout of my card.

    Now then... you're probably ready to get hopping and see the rest of the cards! First off, you'll be hopping over to see JANET. If you get lost along the way, you can check back here for all the links!

  • Tara (you're here!)
  • Janet
  • Sarah
  • Tanya
  • Eulanda (always great to have a former DT member celebrating with us!)
  • Carla
  • Cheri

  • Our guest DT member (and Mom's sister!), Mary wants to send her birthday wishes as well, but she's away from the computer right now so couldn't participate in our hop!

    Tuesday, June 07, 2011

    June Sketch Challenge (part 2)

    As I mentioned earlier, it took me a while to get my mojo going on this card for our June challenge... but once I stopped trying to make it a Father's Day Card (must be too early LOL) and bought myself the new Tim Holtz Umbrella Man die (heehee) it all started flowing! I've used BoBunnys Timepiece collection and lots of Tim Holtz goodness (die, sentiment, embellishment, distressing tool...) on my card- I took a few liberties with the sketch, but I think you should be able to recognize it (eventually... right, Cheri?)! If you look close at the top left corner, you'll also see our June SOTM in there- it adds some great texture!

    I had some fun digging through my stash for embellishments for this one... here's my little cluster, including a fabulous 'courageous' charm by Tim Holtz and some yummy crepe ribbon.
    Here's a glimpse at the textures on this card- after colouring my sentiment with a Spica Glitter pen, I sprayed new "Goosebumps" by Tsukineko on the main image for a rainy texture and added Glossy Accents to the larger words. Mr. Umbrella Main was cut from grunge paper, painted with brown crackle paint and inked with Aged Mahogany Distress Ink for some extra dimension.
    Hope you like my card :) Please make your way around to the rest of our fabulous Design Team and leave them some love for their fabulous creations- we'll have even more to share with you from other team members part way through the month!

    Monday, June 06, 2011

    Graphicat Designs June Sketch

    It's time for another fabulous sketch from Graphicat Designs this month... and we've got exciting news, too... Cheri has decided to start a brand new Sketch Challenge blog to host these challenges on! You can check it out HERE- and be sure to bookmark it or start following so you can play along with the fun!

    I've used the June sketch together with some of Cheri's fabulous sushi images and it all came together for me once I decided to make my card with the gorgeous Gabrielle papers from BoBunny!
    Apart from my image (coloured with Copics, of course!) & papers, I used Spellbinders Nestabilities & an EK punch along with some funky brass flowers & a photo corner from my stash, ribbon, twine and paper butterflies from Prima, which I blinged up in a big way :) First, I smeared some Distress Stickles on the wings (orange- I didn't check which one!) then I sprayed them with Perfect Pearls Mist- both copper & red! It added a lot of shimmery colour, which is fun! Here's some close up shots of my blingy butterflies:
    and you can see the touch of glossy accents on my soy sauce in this photo, as well:
    Hop on over to the new Sketch Blog and check out what the rest of the Crafty Catz have created- I'm sure you'll find inspiration there and will play along with us!

    (In case you missed it- we're featuring another one of Cheri's sketches on our Creative Accents Challenge blog this month as well and we'd love to have you play along with us there!)

    Saturday, June 04, 2011

    June Sketch Challenge (part 1)

    Over at our Challenge Blog, we've got a fabulous SKETCH to challenge & inspire you this month, designed by our friend, customer and amazing designer, Cheri (who is also owner of Graphicat Designs- I tell ya, this girl does it all!). We can't wait to see what YOU will create with this layout!
    As you may have noticed, our sketch this month also has a twist... a Masculine theme! This twist was actually a challenge for me (turns out flowers are even more attractive when you know you can't use them! LOL), but Mom, on the other hand had her mind spinning and created this fantastic layout:
    As the page says.... "Mmn..." gotta love coffee! And according to my dad, who took these pics of my brother and the coffee they enjoyed on a hiking trip a couple years ago, camp coffee is extra delicious! Here's a close up of Mom's corner embellishment cluster- a tag by Maya Road, real coffee beans and a stamped coffee cup on the folded corner.
    Mom's used Distress Core'dinations cardstock & paper by My Mind's Eye, as well as some masculine touches from the man, Tim Holtz- tissue tape and his tattered banner die.

    Mom was so inspired by the sketch, she kept on going and made a second layout! She flipped the sketch on it's side and simplified it a bit... but here's page 2, with more coffee photos from the same trip:
    Hope you like 'em and are inspired to create something of your own for our challenge this month! Hop on over to the Challenge blog to check out all the details, and take a wander around to see what the rest of the Design Team has created as well!

    Check back with us... I'll be back soon to share the card I created for the challenge as well!

    Wednesday, June 01, 2011

    June 2011 SOTM

    It's a new month and we've got a great new Stamp of the Month here at Creative Accents! We're featuring a background stamp this month, one from the new collection of "Cling Pops" by Hero Arts! This cling mounted background stamp covers a full A2 sized card front (4.25x5.5") and features large dots of text, two of which POP out to be used separately- such a cool concept!

    Our cards this month feature a paper collection by Fancy Pants called, "It's the Little Things"- hope you enjoy! (Because we LOVE our followers and the comments they leave... we'll be randomly selecting one person who leaves a comment on this post mentioning one 'little thing' about these cards that they love... to get a free stamp from Hero Arts!)

    This month Sarah agreed to stamp along with me, and she's made two great cards with this background image. I'll be watching Sarah's blog in the coming weeks to see how/when she uses this stamp on a scrapbook page!

    Here's a close up of Sarah's cards, you can read all about how she made them on her blog!

    This first card features the SOTM on the background and as the focal point, with punched circles that are shiny with Glossy Accents:
    Sarah's second card has the SOTM in the background with a cute pocket full of paper hearts as the focal point- love it!
    Next up are the cards I made with our SOTM!

    I stamped the SOTM onto patterned paper and tore the edge for my background layer, then stamped a popped out text circle onto the same patterned paper and punched it & layered it on black cardstock to be part of the cluster of images that is my focal point. The typewriter & sentiment stamps are also from Hero Arts, the kraft die cut shape is from Maya Road and my brads are by Basic Grey.
    Here's a little close up of the typewriter, text circle & brads- I used glossy accents on the typewriter buttons for extra dimension.
    For my final card, I stamped a row off the SOTM onto cardstock I had cut with a scallop edge (I was thrilled to find one that was a perfect fit! This one is from Lifestyle Crafts. I since my piece is larger than the stamp width, I used one of the individual 'pop out' stamps to complete my scallop row. I then cut pieces with the same edge using a variety of papers from my 6x6 paper pad, and crumpled them up for extra texture before adhering them together. The yummy flower on my card was cut from some of the new flower dies in the Wildflower Spring Gift Set from Lifestyle Crafts- I love it! We cut layers from paper and from foam packing material, which adds a funky texture. I finished it off with a brad from Basic Grey, silk ribbon and a sentiment stamp by CHF from my stash.
    Here's a close up of those scalloped ruffles, you can also get a good look here at the mist of Perfect Pearls I sprayed over the entire card!
    Hope you enjoyed our cards & are inspired to create something with this new SOTM yourself!

    Our Stamp of the Month is always 35% off to SOTM members, plus they'll save 20% on all Hero Arts Stamps they purchase that day if they pick up their stamp by the 15th of the month!