Saturday, December 31, 2011

Holiday Cheer: Happy New Year!

Just a quick post to say Happy New Year- hope you'll be enjoying last bit of Holiday Cheer however you celebrate New Year's Eve tonight!

These are the cards I made with leftovers from our Page of the Month class for December, which featured Basic Grey's Little Black Dress collection.   These first cards feature one of the new stamp & die cut sets by Hero Arts & Sizzix- I just love this stylish gal and had fun embellishing her with an ornament stamp from my stash and one of my new wine glass brads.  She'll be fun to create with year round! 
This card mimics several details from the page layout we did, using a half circle and tissue paper flower (which we also used only half of- those things are 4 layers thick!).  It was quick & simple to assemble, but I love the finished look.
Here's a close up of the textural details- I added some Prima bling to the center of the flower to finish it off.
And that's it... my final blog post for 2011!  I'm looking forward to many more creative days in 2012- hope we can share some of them together :)

Happy New Year!  Thanks for reading!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Boxing Week Blowout 2011!

We're celebrating the end of 2011 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 2012. Savings this good won't last, stop by and see us when we re-open on Wednesday, 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- 70%off
  • Clearance Products- 70% off (SAVE 80% on Wednesday ONLY!)
  • 2012 Hero Arts Stamps 20% off
  • ALL stamps & stickers- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
  • Cardstock- 30% off when you buy 10 or more sheets
  • Lifestyle Crafts, Sizzix & Spellbinders dies 25% off
  • almost EVERYTHING else* 35% off
(*sorry, no discount on Copic markers & Die Cut Machine Bundles and any new arrivals not yet on the shelves. Valid only on in stock items, not applicable to items on hold or pre-ordered items)

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Merry Christmas!

December always feels like the shortest month... it's Christmas Eve already and I'm excited about celebrating Christmas with family & friends, as I hope you'll also be doing!

Creative Accents is CLOSED for the holidays and will re-open for our Boxing Week Sale on Wednesday, Dec. 28 @ 10:30am. Everything in the store will be on sale and there will be some huge savings, so I hope to see you there! 

We'd like to invite you to join us for our Wrestling Day Crop, which is on Monday, January 2 from 10am-10pm! You can see the details on Facebook right here.

I have one more project to leave with you, which has been a Christmas project for me, but I've had so much fun I'll keep making them through the year...

I've been making these great glass pendant necklaces, using materials we are now selling at the store.  These make fantastic, personalized gifts and they're very reasonably priced!  Here's a few samples... I wish I'd taken photos of more of them!  (If I gave one to you... I'd love a photo of it!).
The kits we're selling include either: glass, a pendant tray and a chain OR glass, a jewelry bail, and a ball chain.  I know several of you bought kits to do over the holidays, so I thought I'd share some instructions with you!  The instructions for both start out the same:
  • cut patterned paper, photo, etc to the correct size for your glass
  • apply a generous amount of Glossy Accents (or Diamond Glaze) to the back of the glass (don't completely cover it, but add enough that it will spread to cover the glass)
  • gently place the glass on the paper, allow it to rest on the paper and press lightly if needed to spread the Glossy Accents & remove air bubbles
  • let it sit until completely dry- this may take several hours
  • turn over and trim away excess Glossy Accents, then brush Glossy Accents lightly over the back of the paper to cover.  Allow to dry (shouldn't take more than 5-10 minutes).  
  • apply a jewelry bail to the back OR adhere into the pendant tray using E6000 glue (for pendant tray only, Glossy Accents will work as well)
  • let it sit at least 24 hours before wearing, it will have set enough to wrap, etc after 3-4 hours.
Have fun, and Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

More Christmas Cards inspired by 12 Tags

I had a great time making Christmas cards on a base of cards from Tim's District Market collection- I love the vintage prints on heavy weight kraft cards (yep, I have a thing for Kraft!).  The fabulous base made it so easy to create fun card, all of mine were inspired by Tim's 12 Tags from 2010 and earlier...

this first card uses an on the edge die from Tim Holtz, cut from grungeboard and painted with acrylic paint.  I distressed by sanding and added some glittery snow.  The 'smoke' was bent from wire and the sentiment (Hero Arts) is stamped on a tattered banner (also from Tim Holtz).
... and the second card uses embossing techniques- embossing grungeboard (the deer) and stamping in an embossing folder.  Pretty simple card, but I love how it turned out.
So there ya go... some more simple cards for some last minute card making.  I've got so many more card ideas I haven't had a chance to create yet... I just might work on next years cards through January if I get a chance ;)

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Hero Arts & Sizzix (Quick & Easy Christms Cards)

Just a quick post to share some quick & easy Christmas cards with ya- both feature fabulous products from Hero Arts & Sizzix

This first card uses a Stamp & Cut set which includes stamps & coordinating dies- I can't tell you how much I LOVE these sets, several companies have done them and the concept is fantastic... but this combo really makes it user friendly!  I stamped simply black on kraft cardstock, then layered my pieces over an embossed background (also from Sizzix), which was done on Kraft Core cardstock- love this stuff too!  The sentiment was also part of the stamp & die set, though I stamped it on a tag from the Lifestyle Crafts Tag It Kit.
This second card uses one of the brand new 2012 Hero Arts Stamp & Emboss Sets- unfortunately it didn't photograph real well, but there are embossed stripes in there that complement the stamped image as well.  This card was our Coffee & Card project last week, and it really is quick & easy with simple additions of a white embossed sentiment, a poinsettia paper flower & some bling.
So ya see... even though Christmas is just a few days away, there's still time to create some handmade cards!

Stop by the store and see what we have in store- new sets from Hero Arts & Sizzix are 10% off right now!

Friday, December 16, 2011

My 3 Tags

Here's how I'm displaying my three finished tags from Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas this year- they fit great together on an 8x12 canvas, so I got out the paint and tissue wrap and here's my finished project:
Here's a close up of the texture on my canvas background... I tweaked the tissue technique Tim used on his Tag #12 and added a brown glaze over the tissue for deeper colour, then sprayed with Cappuccino Perfect Pearls Mist. Love how it turned out!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Christmas Deer Tag

I'm back with my third of Tim's 12 Tags of Christmas (3 more to go to reach my goal!), my version of Tag #2 by Tim Holtz!  I made just a few minor changes in this one, again Tim's layout was fabulous and I had most of the supplies already... I really love how this turned out and may have to make it into a card or canvas as well... very simple overall, but lots of fun details.  Enjoy!

... and here's some close ups for ya! First, here's the charms I hung from the ribbon- the key is actually chipboard that I finger painted with Inka Gold by Viva Decor- LOVE how it covers and gives such an awesome shine.  The decorative edge at the bottom of the tag was painted the same way.


... and the embellishment I've been waiting for finally arrived so I could finish up today... the mini pine garland for my wreath- yay!  I think I'll be using it on a lot (okay, maybe just a few LOL) of cards this year!  Check out the star I hung around it's neck, too... it's one of the Vintaj charms that we've embossed & sanded- such a fun textural element, and it works in the Big Shot or Vagabond (or the Vintaj machine, if you're like me and you loved the look of it more than the Big Shot!).
Hope you like it!  Now that I have three completely finished tags, I'm ready to get them displayed... I'll post a photo of the finished project when it's done!

And in other news...
TODAY in the store is our Hero Arts 2012 Catalog Preview Party- we've got some wonderful new cling stamps in the store, as well as new Stamp & Die Cut and Stamp & Emboss sets with Sizzix!  Until Saturday December 23 you can save 10% on the new products!  PLUS we've got a card using one of the new Stamp & Emboss sets for Coffee & a Card today from 11am-5pm!  Hope you'll stop by and see all the goodies!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Snowman Tag & Canvas

It's December 12... which, among other things, means that the 12 Tags of Christmas are officially done for the 2011!  I'm kinda sad... but there is still sooo much fabulous inspiration it'll keep me going for a while!  Today I'm sharing with ya the projects I created based on Tim's Tag #4.  My tag stuck pretty close to Tim's, I just loved it so much it was hard to stray!  I love all the textures and details on this one- be sure to visit his blog for all the techniques!
As I said, I loved it so much... so I decided to make a 6x6 canvas using the same techniques and products!  Of course, I had to expand it and add some details to fill the canvas.  Here's how it turned out:
I used the 'peace' movers & shapers die in the snowman instead of the '25' and added 'Joy' cut from the same music paper.  I've also used some of the new tissue wrap along the bottom of the canvas, and a little jar of 'snow' as well :) I made this canvas for Mom as part of her Christmas gift- she wanted me to use some of the pretty new heart bling on the canvas as well, so you can see a few of those scattered around!

Did you play along with any of Tim's tags?  I'd love to see them if you did!  I've got one more (nearly done) tag to share... just waiting on an embellishment I ordered to finish it off :)  If I'm lucky, I'll find some time to create more soon.!. thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

12 Tags of Christmas: Pinecones

Have you been checking out the amazing things happening with the 2011 set of Tags by Tim Holtz? So many fabulous techniques jammed into 12 days! I've also been following along with Mario on Twitter this year for his BTS (behind the scenes) look at the 12 Tags... it still amazes me that Tim creates each tag the afternoon before it goes live on his blog- Crazy!

Anywho, for the first time I'm attempting to play along with Tim! I have no expectations that I'll get all 12 done (though maybe in the new year!) but my goal is to complete 6 tags this month. I've got 3 (almost) done so far, and today I'm sharing my tag inspired (okay, almost identical to LOL) Tim's tag #1!  I created this one alongside some friends who came by the store to get inky together (we must do it again, Cheri, Carla & Sarah!) and it was a lot of fun... those fabulous pinecones are harder than they look, though ;)

Here's my finished tag:
and here's another shot, just for fun, showing off my incredibly inky fingers- one of my fave parts of playing with ink :)
Check out all the step by step details of tag 1 on Tim's blog.  His tutorials are really fabulous, with lots of step by step photos and informative videos almost every day, too!  This year Tim is also using inlinkz so people can share the tags they're creating... so cool to see what everyone else is inspired to do!

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

12 Photos to take...

We loved the 30 day photo challenge this summer (even though I haven't printed all the photos yet, and never did get them all blogged...) and thought it would be fun to host a similar challenge for December, BUT since it's a busy month we decided to simplify and come up with 12 PHOTOS to take this Christmas!  Take them in any order you like and enjoy the challenge to think outside the box with your photography this month...

We'd love to have you share this challenge with friends, and if you decide to share your photos online, please enter the links here using the inlinkz gadget you see below!  Submit as many links as it takes to share your 12 photos :)  We can't wait to see who will play along!  (You have until January 6 to submit your links- which will hopefully give time to do some photo editing after Christmas!)

Saturday, December 03, 2011

Christmas Challenge!

It's a new month and time for a new challenge over at our Seriously Creative Challenge Blog! We're keeping it easy for December and challenge with "All Things Christmas!" 

In past years we've had a Christmas Card Contest in the store, but we're replacing it with the challenge this year, so we'd love to see you play along!  You can enter online on the Challenge Blog website OR you can bring your project into the store to show us :) 

Normally on the challenge blog we award a prize to a random winner... and we're doing that this month as well, but IF we get more than 10 entries, we'll also award another prize to one participant selected by members of our Design Team!   Our random prize will 'grow' depending on the number of entries... starting with a 6x6 pad from one of our fave paper companies.  Watch for more specifics on the prize next week, but for now... get out there and create something for Christmas!

Now that I've said all that... here's a couple Christmas cards I wanted to share with ya!  These are two of the cards from my "Totally Tim Christmas Card Class"  earlier this week.  Both start with base cards from Tim's District Market Collection.

This first card features a tag (inked with the new, Limited Edition, Festive Berries Distress Ink) embellished with a rosette (red inked kraft resist paper) with mica fragments on it and yummy crackle coated grungeboard numbers.  The ticket is also a stamp of Tims, and the other die cuts are kraft glassine misted with Perfect Pearls Mist.

The second card was quite simple- a green inked tag, more Kraft resist (this time with white Distress Stain), Movers & Shapers dies and a die cut word with Distress Stickles.  The yummy glitter brads are from We R Memory Keepers.
Hope you like... and hope you'll play along with our challenge!

Thursday, December 01, 2011

December SOTM

Introducing our December Stamp of the Month, a fun (and sometimes sassy) snowman set by Graphicat Designs:
We've used the images in this set together with 'Snowfall' papers by BoBunny- it's a favourite this year, for sure!  The title on our sample board was cut with the Silhouette, using the 'Font Diner Sparkly" font, which is the same one used on many of the sentiments in this stamp set.

Here's a simple card featuring one of the sentiments on an embossed background together with snowflake & doily dies:
Roxy created this vintage looking card:
Roxy also created this lovely card- I really like how the snowman pops out here!
Lastly, here's the card I (Tara) created.  I added liquid applique to my sentiment, real buttons on Mr. Snowman (which I coloured with Copics to make them all match), and lots of glitter on the "snow bank" as well as on the patterned paper.
As always, these cards look much better in person!  Hope you'll come by and check it out and that you have fun creating with your SOTM, which is always 35% off for members! 

Have a creative day!  We'll be back soon with more fun projects!