Sunday, July 31, 2011

and the winner is...

Thanks for making our 12 Years Celebration so much fun! We ended our Christmas in July Card Crop by having our sweet assistant, Joy, draw from the box of entries.
The lovely Barb (aka Mrs. T.) is our lucky winner! Congrats Barb, we hope you'll enjoy the bag of fun we've put together :) Stop by and pick it up next time you're in town- we'll be open again on Tuesday!

Friday, July 29, 2011

August SOTM- early peek

Our August Stamp of the Month is here, so I thought I'd share a look at the samples we have created with it before the long weekend! We'll be back with close ups and details on the cards next week :)

The stamp this month is a set of Sympathy stamps by Kraftin' Kimmie. It's a far cry from the fun girlfriends set we featured last month, but unfortunately sympathy stamps need to be an essential part of everyone's stamp collection.

Here's what we've created so far with this beautiful set.
We'll be back with more details! If you're a SOTM member, you can come pick up your set today or Saturday! We'll be closed on Sunday and Monday, enjoying the long weekend!

p.s. we do have some extra stamp sets available from both our July & August stamps!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

It's TANYA's birthday!

We're celebrating our fabulous friend TANYA today cuz it's her *ahem* 28th birthday and that is worth a party, don't ya think? ;) So... we're having a blog hop party and it doesn't really matter where you started, you're gonna get to see some lovely cards and of course you'll get a feel for how much we love our girl Tanya! I've got lots of pics for ya today, so we'll get started...

Here's the card I made for Tanya, using a gorgeous new Stamping Bella image, "Lulu loves poppies" together with yummy poppy paper by Graphic 45 (Magic of Oz), Glass Glitter, and a bunch of goodies our man Tim Holtz created just for Tanya & I... because I'm sure he loves us as much as we love him, Tanya... and you just go right ahead telling yourself that this card is from me AND Tim ;)
(the Tim Holtz goodies are: kraft resist cardstock, Distress Stain, Film Strip Ribbon, Muse Token, Memo Pins, Distres Stickles... I think that covers it. Gotta love Tim!)

Here's the inside of the card- I used an old fave birthday stamp from Magenta.
and here's a couple close ups for ya:
I made a couple of the poppies 3D.
Mom (Julie) created this sweet card for Tanya, too! She made this flower using... wait for it... coffee filters! Stamped em with a Hero Arts background stamp, cut with Tim Holtz die & sprayed with Perfect Pearl Mist. Does that background look familiar? Yep, more of that yummy lace doilie from Basic Grey's Out of Print collection!
and we've still got one more fab card for ya... this one by Marianne! She created an adorable chocolate shop scene using new images from Art Impressions:
Aren't those flower boxes great? Here's the inside of the card... so you can see what they were all so intently looking at :)

Are you ready for some more eye candy? I'm sure you will not be disappointed if you hop on over to visit Eulanda's blog! She's always got pretty papers there :)

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Just go with it!

I'm back with another card, which features brand new products in the store-yay! I fell in love with this image from Kraftin' Kimmie and was thrilled when I clued in that it would work with the new "Friends Furever" papers we got in from We R Memory Keepers! I love that some of the 12x12 papers have 6x6 designs on the back- great for mixing & matching!
I've also used some fun large, glittery eyelets from We R Memory Keeps, Bakers Twine and a bling flourish. That little fire hydrant was cut from one of the pieces of patterned paper. I added extra 'water drops' with glossy accents, and couldn't resist using it on the dotted paper as well. My sentiment came with this image, and was stamped on a speech bubble die from QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts.

I've used the July Sketch from CLP for this card. I think I used a Kraftin' Kimmie image with their sketch last month, too! It gives a totally different feel than what their design team comes up with, but I'm finding their sketches to be very versatile and fun to work with!

Monday, July 25, 2011

Slowpoke & Smiles

I mentioned in my last post that I had some half finished cards just waiting for stamped images... here's one of them all ready to go! I coloured up the adorable new "slowpoke" image from Kraftin' Kimmie (quick & easy!) and cut it with my Spellbinders nestabilities. I finished it off with a sentiment from Hero Arts & some pearls. The base of my card features 'Out of Print' papers by Basic Grey and some Tissue Tape from Tim Holtz- they're perfect together!
It's quick & cute and sunshiney! Hope it makes you smile! I'll be back tomorrow with another card I created with some new arrivals :)

Friday, July 22, 2011

Out of Print: Basic Grey Cards

It's been a slow blogging week... sorry 'bout that! We've been busy with our Page of the Month classes this week and spending time making roads towards an organized studio rather than doing some actual creating... hopefully it'll be a different story next week, though! I've got my new stamps from Kraftin' Kimmie all mounted on EZ mount and ready to go! My Copics are looking lonely so I think I'll spend some time with them soon!

We've got our last group doing the July POTM class tomorrow morning, but I figured it's not too early to share the cards I've made so far using scraps left over from our layouts. This month we're using the fabulous Out of Print collection & I adore the grungy look it has and the bits of text throughout all the papers. We use a gorgeous lace doily in the class and had lots of good bits left over for our cards, so I've used it on 2 of them (so far).

This one features the lace paper over yellow and the sentiment is a fantastic sticker:
This bird was in a corner of the patterned paper... so we made sure to save him for a card :) The kit also included new fabric yo-yo's to match (though the one on this card was actually made by Mom, since we used all of ours up!). The stamp is an old fave of mine from Hero Arts.
And this last one was just a quickie using extra alpha stickers from our kits & prima flowers from my stash.
I've got a few other cards partially finished that I'm hoping to add some stamping to! Hope you've got some sunshine, wherever you are... and if not, hope you find some time to create :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Inspired by a card

Today I was inspired by a card I created a few months ago, and I thought I'd share it with you today!

I created this margarita themed card, with a sentiment that says "when life gives you limes, make margaritas!" and have been saving it for someone special... Then today I had the idea to assemble a bouquet for a girlfriend of mine whose life has been full of 'limes' lately. She really is an inspiration to me with her faith in God and upbeat attitude through it all. While we haven't made margaritas (yet) we've certainly turned a few limes into mojitos ;)

I was inspired by the card to make a 'lime' bouquet. Here's how it turned out, along with the card that inspired it. I hope it brightens her day!
Here's what I did. I went to the local dollar store looking for a drinking glass and a vase or other slightly larger container. I found a cute little pitcher, which suited my margarita theme nicely :)

I wanted the glass to fit with a small border around it, just deep enough to fit slices of lime all around it. I'm pretty impressed with the fit!
Assembly was pretty easy- I set the glass inside the pitcher, filled the glass with water and the surrounding pitcher about 1/2 full of water. Then I sliced up 2 limes and placed the slices around the edge and placed my flowers in the cup! I love how it turned out, and it has so much more personality than a store bought bouquet :) It smells really yummy with the lime in there, too!

p.s. We've got new stamps in the store from Kraftin Kimmie today- a selection of images from her last 4 releases! Stop by and pick up your favourites this week and save 10%

Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy Birthday Leslea!

We're sending out birthday wishes to another Design Team Member today... our not-yet-a-blogger (heehee) friend, Leslea! We hope your day is full of fun and celebration, Leslea!
I've used papers by Bo Bunny, twine from the Twinery, stamp by Hero Arts & the Ice Cream cone was cut on my Silhouette & inked with a combo of Distress Stains, Distress Ink & Perfect Pearls Mist.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
I also used a sketch from CPS, but alas... it's last week's challenge :)

Here's the card Mom (Julie) made for Leslea!

A few other members of the team have made cards for Leslea as well! You can visit their blogs to see the cards they have made, too!
Have a fabulous day!

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Basic Grey POTM twist & cards

Our July POTM classes are coming up this week and I realized I didn't post the cards we made at our June class... oops! I also had requests to post my layout using the same techniques/measurements but different papers than the original design. I went a whole lot brighter and bolder with my layout and it turned out perfect with pictures from my trip to Las Vegas last summer. As I said in my journaling here, the two Cirque du Soleil shows we saw were the highlights of our trip :)

I used a flourish border die by Lifestyle crafts together with grungeboard pieces & dies from Tim Holtz to bling up my layout.
and here's the cards we made with our scraps! Mom (Julie) made these first two:
And I made these two, which are really simple:
All projects featuring the Lauderdale collection, which is perfect for summertime! We still have an assortment of embellishments & papers in the store, as well as 6x6 pads from the Lauderdale collection.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Fun & Simple {coffee & a card}

Just a quick post to share with you what we've been doing at our Coffee & a Card Drop ins at the store this month! If you're not familiar with it, we do a drop in on Thursdays at the store (normally every other week, but for the month of July... EVERY Thursday!) where you can come and enjoy a cup of joe & make a fun, simple card for just $2! It's a bargain, I tell ya, and a great way to take a little time for yourself!

Here's the card we did yesterday- we featured Cosmo Cricket's Upcycle collection with this fab coordinating stamp by Unity. We inked it up with a kissing technique using the Reflections stamps by Tim Holtz.
... and last week we make this little cutie- featuring some fun colour blocking and instead of stamps, we used rub-ons! Simple & sweet!
We'd love to see you next Thursday at our Coffee & a Card drop in- we're also extending the hours of the drop in this summer, so you can come anytime between 11am-5pm to make your card! If you're not a coffee lover (gasp!) we also have tea and juice available :)

Monday, July 11, 2011

Celebrating 12 years!

Creative Accents is
12 years old

and we're celebrating with a dozen deals!

Enjoy SALE-abration savings throughout the store July 11-30!

  1. Ranger Distress Ink is 10% off
  2. Stamps are 20% off
  3. Stickers are 20% off
  4. QuicKutz/Lifestyle Crafts Alphabets are 30% off
  5. Seasonal Products (Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine's Day) are 40% off
  6. Clearance items are 50% off the lowest marked price
  7. Clearance papers are 5 for $2.00
  8. Distress Crackle Paint just $5.00 (Clear Rock Candy not included)
  9. Making Memories Metal Embellishments 20% off
  10. Twinery Baker's Twine: Buy 5 yards, get 1 FREE
  11. QuicKutz (old QK logo) 4x4 dies just $5 (singles) or $7 (doubles)
  12. QuicKutz (old QK logo) 2x2 dies just $2 (singles) or $3 (doubles)
Plus, we've got a tote bag full of scrapbooking & stamping goodies worth over $200 that one lucky customer will win! See all the details in the store to find out how you can earn a chance to take it home :)

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Tea & Flowers

Here's a card I made just for fun... so nice to do that :) I had some stamped images (Hero Arts flowers) left from Coffee & a Card a couple weeks ago and they went perfectly with some other elements that needed some loving- Gabrielle papers by Bo Bunny and this sweet image from Stamping Bella. I inked up a tag cut from some resist paper by Pink Paislee (so excited about their upcoming releases- love using my Distress Ink with resist!) and this fab new sentiment from Graphicat Designs (I'm more pro-coffee than I am anti-tea, but this cracks me up!). This card is mostly ink & paper, with some ribbon, lace and gorgeous glass glitter by Melissa Frances.

I'm entering this card in the following challenges:
- Papertake Weekly "Anything Goes"
- CES Challenges "Recipe Time" 1 image, 2 ribbon, lace or twine and 3 dp's (papers)
- Cute Card Thursday "Lace"
- Sentimental Sundays "Inky fingers"

Thursday, July 07, 2011

July 2011 SOTM

Here it is... our July Stamp of the Month sample board! This fabulous set of stamps "Comfy on the Couch" is from the Girlfriends collection by Art Impressions and is perfect for creating cards for your girlfriends! This large (5.5" wide!) stamp is cling mounted and comes to you as a set with three great sentiments, which you can see here:
... and here's the cards we've created so far with this fun image! This first card came to us as a sample from Art Impressions- it was created by a member of their design team, Soili-Maria. You can visit her blog to see what else she's up to.

Cheri created this gorgeous card- don't you love the bold colours? (I want that green couch!) Cheri & I both used papers from the Beach Babe collection by Fancy Pants on our cards.

And here's a card I (Tara) created, using just a portion of the image. This is a great way to get more variety from your stamps, as it allows you to change the look completely (and it was the only way I was going to fit more samples on this board- heehee). I was thrilled to be able to finally have a project to use this gorgeous ribbon on finally! LOVE it!

... and a close up of the girlfriends ;)
Lastly, here's a quick gift card holder created with the same patterned papers, featuring one of the sentiment stamps from the set. The coffee cup shape is a Lifestyle Crafts die.

And that's our July Stamp of the Month! You can read all about our SOTM program here. There's always room for more to join us!

Happy 60th Anniversary!

Mom & I worked together to create this card for my Grandparent's 60th wedding anniversary, which is coming up this week. What a huge honour to celebrate such and monumental event! I'm so lucky to have a legacy of love in my family!

We had a family gathering this past weekend to celebrate, but it was bittersweet since my Grandma is quite sick in the hospital. I'm hoping and praying that she'll recover and we will be able to have a family celebration that she is able to join us for :)

I know they're not online to read this... but Happy 60th Anniversary Grandma & Grandpa! Thanks for being such an amazing example of lasting love!

Monday, July 04, 2011

New Stamps & Sketch by Graphicat Designs!

There's a new sketch challenge up at Graphicat's Sketch blog and we're all using some of Cheri's fab new TEA images! I chose to use a sentiment as the focus of my card this month- I've always loved this quote and I can't wait to get it in rubber ;)

I used photoshop to edit the digi stamp so I could print it in brown instead of black and created this card...
I didn't stray far from the sketch this month and kept it really simple to focus on the image... but I did have fun with that vertical panel of paper, which is actually the new Kraft Glassine from Tim Holtz. I embossed it with one of his embossing folders, then inked it with orange Distress Ink & I brushed Perfect Pearls over it to set it. It looks very cool IRL! Some of the pieces I added to the bottom corner were also cut from Kraft Glassine- it's fun to crumple and crinkle ;) The embellished brads are from My Mind's Eye to coordinate with the papers and the rest is flowers & pearls from the stash. Here's a close up of that cluster:
Hope you like the new sketch and love the new images! You can get them for yourself over at Graphicat Designs. Hope you'll play along with us this month!

Saturday, July 02, 2011

SUMMER Challenge projects!

Introducing our new SUMMER Challenge at our Seriously Creative Challenge Blog! For the month of July, we're challenging you to create projects that are all about SUMMER... let this photo inspire you and have fun creating! All the details are over at the Challenge Blog today.

Here's a couple projects we've done lately... I (Tara) created this simple card featuring papers & a stamp from Basic Grey's Lauderdale collection. I've used a some circle stickers (left from our POTM class!) and added a selection of flowers & bling from our stash. I left this card without a sentiment so I can customize it for a birthday or thank you as I need it this summer!

Mom (Julie) created a fabulous 6x6 canvas to highlight a photo of my brother, Peter, fishing when he was a boy. The background paper and small fish accents are by Fancy Pants, but she's usued lots of great paints and textures here- including a Tim Holtz embossing folder, a stick & some twine (for a makeshift fishing rod) and some waves we cut on the Silhouette and then painted in various shades of blue.
Hope you like our projects and are inspired to create something summery yourself! Check out the full details and all the projects created by our Seriously Creative Design Team over at the Challenge blog!

Friday, July 01, 2011

Introducing our July 2011 SOTM!

We're excited this month to be featuring a fun new stamp set from Art Impressions, "Comfy on the Couch!" This LARGE set of stamps is cling mounted and comes with three great sentiments for you to mix & match with the image!
We haven't had a chance to finish up our sample board yet, but got this gorgeous sample (which is just shy 5x7") from Art Impressions created by one of their design team members!

I'm looking forward to sharing with you what Cheri & I create with this stamp as well! Until then... Happy Canada Day! Hope you're enjoying the holiday weekend! We'll see you back in the store on Monday.