Monday, June 24, 2013

1000 posts! {Blog Candy too!}

Wow- 1000 posts is a pretty big milestone, and it seems kinda strange to be posting it now, when I'm at a crossroads of sort, facing some big, exciting changes ahead!  (I'm getting married in 40 days!  Woot!)

My store, Creative Accents, which I opened almost 14 years ago (in July 1999) is closing on June 29. I can hardly believe we are in our final week of business!  (Savings are HUGE if you get a chance to stop by!) It has been my passion, my pride, my baby.  It's been a place where my creativity has been stretched and has grown and I have had the joy and privilege of taking many of you along with me on that creative journey through classes and sharing my projects here on the blog.

This blog started in June 2006.  Looking back, it seems fitting that my second post was about Distress Ink, which has certainly been a passion of mine over the years!  It's kinda a fun trip down memory lane looking back at the blog posts over the years.  I've mostly kept my post to creative type stuff related to the store, so my next 1000 posts (I wonder how long that will take!?) will go a slightly different direction... but are sure to be filled with creativity and Distress Ink along the way!

Speaking of Distress products, today I'm sharing with you my June tag inspired by Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of 2013, I hoped to also share a Father's Day card I made with a second similar tag, but in the chaos of packing up it has decided to go into hiding.  Poor shy little card ;)

I'm also sharing with you a chance to win some SURPRISE BLOG CANDY!  This candy is a surprise because it will be growing as we sort through and pack up the store... but I promise it will be good!  I've got a large envelope/box that I'll be filling up as I go... and maybe YOU will be the lucky recipient :)  To enter- add your name to the linky gadget!  To enter twice, leave a comment on this blog post telling me what sort of creative projects YOU were doing back in 2006 OR tell me which of mine is a fave of yours!

This draw is open to ANYONE but I hope international (outside of  Canada and the US) don't mind if I ask you to share postage costs with me :) 

Monday, June 17, 2013

Engaged {& other news}

I shared this layout on the Challenge blog recently (as I announced the end of challenges on that blog... for now) and thought I should share it here as well! As many of you know- I recently got engaged to a wonderful man and am so excited to be marrying him in August!  We had a photo shoot with our wedding photographer, Laureen Carruthers, and these are a few that I scrapbooked.  I added some other photos from the shoot to a layout with these same papers (Basic Grey's Serenade collection) from our POTM class last year... one of those layouts I loved sooo much, it needed to wait for the perfect photos (I'm sure none of you understand that at all LOL).

here's a bit of a close up of my embellishment cluster :)
This page has actually been done for a while... I believe I used the May sketch from the PageMaps calendar!

I suppose I should say something about the blogs and closing the store... The challenge blog is officially closed (but not actually getting deleted, just in case!) and our retail store, Creative Accents, is closing at the end of this month- June 29 to be exact. We had hoped to find a buyer, but nothing has come together with that yet (feel free to call us if you're interested though!) so we are clearing out inventory and shelving!  There's just two weeks left and the savings are getting better and better... stop by and see us soon while we still have some great product variety!

Our online store, is not closing yet, as we're paid up for a few months still ;)  You can keep an eye on things there and you may just find some fantastic savings as we clear out leftover inventory!

This blog is not going anywhere!  It may be pretty quiet here for a bit as we close the store, plan and prep for the wedding and get me packed up and moved... but I'll be back!  I'm looking forward to giving the blog a fresh new look and sharing projects from the wedding as well as projects I create once I'm moved into my new home and set up my studio there :)

by the way... my next blog post is number 1000!  Check back soon as I'll have some BIG BLOG CANDY to share with y'all in celebration!

Thursday, June 13, 2013

May {12 Tags of 2013}

Ooops... started this blog post and never published it! See the tag that become Mom's birthday card below?  Great time at this drop in last month :)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


I thought I should post our e-mail newsletter on the blog this week... savings are getting HUGE and we still have tons of great products to sell!
Storewide Savings!
This is the FINAL week to fill/redeem Frequent Buyer (INK) Cards.  They will NOT be valid after June 15.SAVE 45% on ALMOST EVERYTHING(see exclusions below)
SAVE 50% on kitchen items

SAVE 75% on SEASONAL products
(Christmas, Halloween, Easter, Valentine's...)

SAVE 75% on Clearance items!
Seasonal & Clearance papers: 3 for $1

Please bring your own bag- and get an extra draw entry!
(we are running out of bags!)  If you have used paper bags you can return to us for re-use, we'd appreciate it!

We are continuing on with our inventory reduction as we prepare to close the store at the end of June
(***we are still hoping for a buyer though, so please talk to us if you are seriously interested***)!   

We are taking names/deposits for purchase of shelving and display items to be picked up at the end of June, or sooner as they are emptied.

Please note: Our (Julie & Tara's) final day of business here will be June 29!

{the small print}
The following items are NOT included in the storewide sale
  • all cardstock
  • all adhesives
  • new arrivals
  • special orders
  • classes
  • class kits
  • some specially priced items

Coming Up...
Thursdays: Coffee & a Card
Stop by between 11am-5pm on Thursdays, we'll be pulling out supplies from previous cards, perhaps you'll see one that is new to you Wink  Stop by weekly to see what we're featuring!

Coming Thursday : Textured Canvas Trio (SOLD OUT)
Sign up now to reserve your spot and class kit, which includes a fun set of Tattered Angels Paints!  2 color sets are available, first come, first served!  See samples in the store.  We will create the base canvas set which you can embellish and finish as you choose.  $35.

Page of the Month: (NEXT WEEK) June 18 & 19

Thanks to you!
As a special THANKS to all of you for being our amazing customers over the past almost 13 years... Every purchase you make gets you an entry for a Fabulous Prize Package! 
We will have one GRAND prize which we will draw on June 21, plus weekly prizes every Friday until then!

***please note: June 15 will be the last day we accept redemption of our INK (frequent buyer) cards***

We are no longer placing special orders.  We apologize if we were unable to get in any items you requested recently.  We will not be re-ordering products you see on the shelves, so don't hesitate to pick up the items you want when you see them!

Tara & Julie

Monday, June 10, 2013

Happy Birthday!

Yesterday was mom (Julie)'s birthday!  I pulled out a tag from last Months tag drop in and used it on my card front.   The "tall tales" rub on inspired me to pick a number to feature as well... Not exactly her age ;). Anyways, I'm sending birthday wishes for a fabulous year mom's way... Big changes ahead, but exciting times!