Friday, November 30, 2012

Wonderful Wood & Candy Canes

Today is your last chance to play along with our Wonderful Wood Challenge! I'm pretty late sharing this card with you... it's been done for a while, but things have been busy and unfortunately I've been neglecting the blog. The good news is I have a ton of projects to share in the coming weeks :)

I made this card with the fabulous Candy Cane girl from Saturated Canary and Handmade Holiday papers by Simple Stories.  My wooden element is these fantastic wooden snowflakes by Studio Calico and finished it off with silk ribbon and lots of glitter glue.  And looking at this now, I realized I added some bling after taking this photo.  LOL gonna have to take a new one and update!
Here's a close up of My CandyCane girl with her glittery wings :)
Hope you'll play along with us!  Wood really is wonderful ;)

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Merriest Wishes

Merriest Wishes to you!  I'm happy to have a card to share with you today that I made at a recent crop.  A few of us had a little friendly competition (heehee) to make a card using the same sketch and images we'd already coloured.  We had a great time and I'm proud to say I WON.  LOL.  It was so much fun, we've decided to have races like this at future crops, too... I'm even working on creating a trophy for the winner to take home with them!  It should be a hoot! 

My 'winning' card features the beautiful Candy Cane image from Saturated Canary (returning soon to Creative Accents- reserve yours online!) and papers (plus Washi Tape) by My Mind's Eye.  My ribbon is our Inkable Crinkable ribbon coloured with three shades of red Distress Stains, and the snowflakes are glittery chipboard shapes from Pink Paislee (so pretty!).    These papers have some great collage style pages, so it was quick & easy to do the inside of my card to- I just stamped a sentiment (Hero Arts) and added some washi tape!
I made another card with the same image and different papers, which I'll share with you sometime soon!  Have a fabulous day!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Autumn Gift Card Holder {featured by Ranger}

I have the privilege of being featured again on Ranger's website today!   You can see full instructions there for this card I made, featuring an autumn gift card holder made from a tag.  I used lots of fabulous autumn colours, Dylusions & Distress products as well as the texture tread that was our October SOTM!  The colours and patterns were inspired by my fave Starbucks gift card :)

Here's another angle of my project, with the gift card removed so you can get a closer look:
I had a great time combining lots of great Ranger products here, but it can also be really quick & easy to make a gift card holder from a #8 tag like this!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

12 Tags of November

Saturday was our monthly 12 Tags Drop In here at the store- we had a great time creating our tags inspired by Tim Holtz's November Tag!  We didn't have the stamps he used, but we got the technique in there and had some inky fun :)  I love the autumn colours of my tag.  Most products are Tim Holtz/Ranger but my sentiment stamp is from Hampton Art and the wooden birds are from Crate Paper.
As always, there are detailed instructions on Tim's blog- I encourage you to check it out and play along, there's some fun techniques here! 

The addition of wooden birds makes this a perfect project for our November Seriously Creative Challenge, too! We'd love to have you play along with us this month!  See the details here.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Poppies to Remember...

Paper: Basic Grey, Die: Memory Box, Embossing Folder: Sizzix, Stamp: Penny Black, Ink: Ranger

In Flanders Fields

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved, and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

- John McCrae

Friday, November 02, 2012

November SOTM!

Our Stamp of the Month is a gorgeous Notes & Boughs collage by LaBlanche stamps!  These stamps are unique in that they are made from silicone and mounted on a foam block, so you can stamp easily with minimal pressure.  Here's what we made with it... all cards feature Echo Park's This & That Christmas paper collection!  Love it :)

Julie (mom) made this card by embossing the image in brown on a wood grain patterned paper, she then used Faber Castel Big Brush markers to add some simple colouring.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts.

For this next one I stamped with black Archival Ink onto pearlescent white cardstock.  The image was then coloured with Distress Markers, including the entire background with antique linen to soften the white.  The sentiment was cut from one of the patterned papers :)
We wanted to do at least one card that wasn't specific to Christmas, so we stamped the boughs on a #5 tag which had been inked with Distress Ink!  The sentiment is by Hero Arts.
This final card features an image that has been coloured directly on the rubber with Distress Markers!  I love the soft effect it gives to detailed stamps like these.  Sentiment by Hero Arts.
All four of these also feature a CLUE as to the theme of our Seriously Creative November challenge... :)  Watch for details coming up on the challenge blog this weekend!

Thursday, November 01, 2012

CLOSED today/ SOTM peek

Please note: Creative Accents will be CLOSED today due to icy weather conditions. 

This week's Coffee & a Card drop in will be happening on Friday instead, please stop by and see us tomorrow, and please stay safe!

Since it's November 1st, I wanted to share a quick peek at our new Stamp of the Month!  I hope to have the rest of the cards photographed and samples up on the blog tomorrow for ya!