Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Sketch contest entries

Tracey was busy at the store the other day creating shoe cards based on a sketch from the PageMaps blog for a contest Becky is hosting and she insisted I create one as well... so here they are, a card entry by Tracey (with new shoes by Hero Arts!) and one by me with my new big butterfly die by QK and a phrase by Inkadinkado. Thanks for another great sketch, Becky!


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Boxing Week Blowout!

We're open today from 1-5pm, 9:30-5:30pm on Monday and Tuesday and 9:30-3pm on New Years Eve! Here's some of the savings you'll enjoy if you stop by the store...

2008 Boxing Week BLOWOUT

- QuicKutz Silhouette Digital Cutter 50% off Just $185.00 (plus you can add a $25 download card for just $20)- WOW!

- All QuicKutz (tools, alphabets, shapes...) 15% off/ 25% off for QK Clubbers (you CAN use your discount on the Jolly Gift set!)

- Patterned paper buy 5 get 4 FREE or buy 10 get 10 FREE

- Cardstock 35% off when you purchase 10 or more sheets

- Christmas Stamps Buy 1 Get 1 Free

- Selected items 70% off: Fiskars rotary trimmer (reg $55), 2009 Calendars, Clearance items

- Everything else* in the store 25% off
*Gift Certificates, QK Club Memberships & Classes are not included in this sale, nor are new products not yet on the shelves.

Enjoy! It's a great time to spend your gift certificates ;)

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Blessings

Christmas Card Contest Winners!

Check out the great entries for our annual Christmas Card Contest!



... and now take a closer look at our winners!
Quick & Simple Cards
1st: Laura Boxeur (blue snowflakes)
2nd: Twyla Bendickson (red & green)




Kids Cards (12 & under)
1st: Jayden Boxeur (red snowman)
2nd: Mikayla Blusson (blue tree)




Embellished & Enhanced Cards
1st: Eulanda Silvey (red moose)
2nd: Barb Thomassen (blue penguins)


many of you didn't even get a peek when you were voting- but check out the inside of Barb's card- so fun!

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Christmas Stamps on sale!

All in stock Christmas stamps are now on sale- buy 1, get 1 50% off! It's not too late to create some quick, fabulous Christmas cards (or stamp some custom wrapping paper!) so stop by today and take advantage of the great assortment we have on our shelves!

Hero Arts Sneak Peek!

Just wanted to post a little sneak peek of some new goodies from the 2009 Hero Arts catalog! We're hosting a 'Studio Debut' and have an assortment of clear & wood mounted stamps from the 2009 catalog on their way to our store... watch for details of how you can be one of the first to order next years stamps and check out the new catalog- they'll be here before Christmas!

New goodies!

Versamark Dazzle Ink Pads in Frost & Champagne. (Can't wait to play with this ink!) VersaMark™ Dazzle combines all the great qualities of the original VersaMark™ with added shimmer to give your paper projects an easy touch of elegance.

* Perfect for a myriad of techniques including monochromatic and watermark effects.
* Ideal for embossing and providing a base for chalks and pigment powders.
* Heat-set on glossy papers and brayer over with Memento™ dye inks for a shimmering resist effect.
* Use on dark papers for subtle sparkling images.
* Excellent for background designs and patterns.
* Water-based, archival and acid-free.

Several new Nestabilities & Shapeabilities dies- nested bird, Labels 2, Curved Rectangle, Large Pinking Circles and Large Labels.

Assorted Disney dimensional stickers- princesses, Mickey Mouse, Wall-E & Hannah Montana.

Plus, our Christmas card contest is open for voting! We got a great assortment of cards this year (including 7 kids card entries!), so there's sure to be something to inspire you! Stop by and place your vote today!

Monday, December 01, 2008

December Stamps of the Month


Introducing our December STAMPS of the month! We decided to go with two stamps this month, as we brought two new stamp companies in the store. Riley the Moose is by Hanna Stamps, and he's just so cute in his arm chair with coffee (or cocoa) and a cupcake... I love that he totally suits Christmas cards, but can be used for a variety of occasions throughout the year!

Also new to the store is Clear Dollar Stamps, who have really impressed me with the quality of their polymer! The holly builder set was a dream to work with, and I think I managed to use almost every stamp in that set on my samples, which is no small feat :)

I also had a fantastic time playing with my new Copic markers and comparing them to my watercolor pencil crayons... and WOW! I love my pencils, but the Copics have made a believer out of me! They're so much fun! Check out the difference between them on my samples and you'll see what I mean :)

I hope you enjoy my sample cards this month- sorry about the crummy photo quality on some of them, it just wasn't working for me!




Here's what the holly set from Clear Dollar Stamps looks like- I think it was a great partner for Riley the Moose this month :)

Dec. Page & Card Maps

The new December maps are up- and I'm thrilled to have been asked by Becky Fleck to play my own little part again this month, creating a sample card! Check out all the samples and print off your .pdf files of both the cards & the layouts to inspire your December creations...

Here's the sketch I was asked to use and the card I created. The size is 3.5x8, which isn't a size I work with very often, but I had fun using my new 4" branches die & the 2" birds with Basic Grey's Wassail papers :)

Friday, November 28, 2008

Christmas Magic Weekend!

Christmas Magic Weekend is here! We're open ‘til 8pm tonight, Friday, Nov. 28. Sale prices are valid while quantities last, until closing time on Saturday!

Here's some of the magical deals you can enjoy when you stop by to see
us this weekend! Sale prices apply while supplies last... Get a FREE
GIFT with any purchase over $30 (your choice of a snowflake reusable
tote bag, Basic Grey figgy pudding ornament kit or an exclusive
'details' embellishment by American Crafts!)

Pick your discount on all regular priced items up to 40% off

Christmas Stamps: 40% off when you buy 2 or more (It's NOT too late to
work on your Christmas cards- I'm still doing mine!)

Save BIG on QuicKutz
- Squeeze Tool $25 (reg. $89) WOW- at this price, everyone should have a squeeze! 3 styles available
- Lemonade Alpha $29 (reg. $79)
- Spotlight Alpha $59 (reg. $149)
- Essential Die Sets $20 with purchase over $100 before taxes ($57.94
value!)
- Assorted Die Sets $25 (reg. $39-$59)

Buy a Purple Cow Trimmer, get blade set 50% off (we LOVE this tool!)

Clearance Items 70% off

Pick your discount on all regular priced items up to 40% off

Plus, you'll enjoy huge savings on QK bundles (NOW is a great time to
get a QuicKutz Revolution or Silhouette tool!)

Free gift wrapping is available!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

New & Noteworthy...


Just wanted to highlight a few products that are new in the store this week!
- Glue Glider Pro- a fantastic glue runner tool that is the perfect combination of heavy duty and cute. In hot pink & lime green, this tool is a joy to work with- comes with 40 feet of 'perma tac' adhesive (guaranteed to stick & stay put!). The bonus? It's super easy to refill, and the price is better than you'll expect!
- Simply Handmade- new release magazine by the makers of Scrapbook Trends- this Dec/Jan issue includes 50 fun projects you can make in an evening and lots of great ideas for Christmas. Simply Handmade is replacing "Paper Trends" and now includes projects with other mediums (ie. fabric) as well!
- Clear Dollar Stamps- we're not sure of the reason for the name, but this new line of Clear stamps we're carrying is really cute! There's lots of great designs (including "Charlie Horse" and the cutest squirrel...) and the quality is really impressive!
- Canadian Scrapbooker- the winter issue has arrived and it looks like another great one (it doesn't hurt that there's an owl on the cover layout)! This issue includes lots of card ideas, great layouts and home decor ideas... and lots of great tips & techniques!
- Armour Etch- glass etching is soooo much fun, especially when combined with the QK Silhouette & Holly gift set! Etching creme is in stock now (and sources tell us our price is significantly lower than they've seen it elsewhere!) as well as a great selection of colours of QK vinyl (not that the colour matters when you're making a stencil to etch with... but you want to be able to use it elsewhere, too!). Join us for the 'Santa's Coming' class on Tuesday night and you'll get to etch a great 'Cookies for Santa' plate & try it out!
- Volume 2 of Canadian Scrapbooker Basics is here! This fantastic idea book is just $7.99 and a set of Vol.1 & 2 would make an awesome gift for someone you know just getting started in Scrapbooking... but there's great ideas in here for even the most advanced among us! Sometimes we forget those 'basic' techniques we loved way back when! This issue has a focus on STAMPING and includes lots of great ways to incorporate stamps into your layouts.

There's lots more new (and on it's way) but that's a few things that caught my eye today... we hope to see you in the store soon!

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas Card Contest!

It's that time again... we invite you to enter our Annual Christmas Card Contest!
Bring in your handmade cards for a chance to win something wonderful! Cards can be Hand-stamped or Paper-crafted!

Three Categories: Quick & Simple or Embellished & Enhanced. Kids card category for school aged kids!

Submissions will be accepted until Dec. 6, 2008. All cards will be displayed in the store & Customer voting begins Dec. 8. Winners will be announced by Dec. 23. Customer votes (in store and online) will be taken into consideration, so come in and cast your vote!

The small print:
- Everyone is welcome to submit one card with a winter/ Christmas theme.
- Cards must feature products sold in our store (not a home party company)as their focal point.
- Include your name, phone number and address on the back of your card as well as stamp & material credits (which company makes the stamp, sticker, etc.). Kids: include your age!
- All (adult) entries become property of Creative Accents (we suggest you make one to keep!). Kids cards will be returned to them.

PRIZES
Depending on the number of entries, there will be several prize packages awarded, “goodie bags” filled with paper-crafting
accessories:
1st place- worth $35.00+
2nd place- worth $25.00+
Kids Prize- worth $20+
All entrants will receive a ‘thank you’ discount coupon!

Stamps on Sale!

Until Thursday, Nov. 27 all wood mounted stamps are ON SALE at Creative Accents!
Buy 1- Save 15%
Buy 2- Save 25%
Buy 3 or more- Save 30%

There's lots in stock for Christmas cards & gift giving (or just to treat yourself) stop by and check out our amazing selection of stamps!

Card Contests!

Ah... Christmas! With everyone so busy making bunches of fabulous Christmas cards, it's the perfect time for a Card Contest! With all the issues we've been having with our store email account, details haven't yet been released on our annual contest, but please know that it IS happening! So while you're making your amazing card creations, please set one aside to save for us... and watch for more details to come (categories, prizes, etc.) really soon! {by the way- there will be a kids category as well this year, so get the kiddies involved!}

While we're talking about contests... check out this link for details on a contest hosted by PageMaps! Card Maps are a great starting point for fabulous cards- why not make two variations and enter one at our store & the other with PageMaps? The PageMaps contest closes on Monday, Nov. 24!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Classes...

Wassail Gift Giving Kit: Wed. Nov. 19 at 7pm, $39 (includes $45+ worth of BasicGrey product)
- Even the smallest of gifts deserve the most beautiful package and this kit is perfect for the tiniest of treasures. Featuring the new Wassail holiday collection, the kit comes with BasicGrey supplies and templates needed to complete 3 cards & envelopes, two pillow boxes, one pyramid box, two fortune cookies, a gift card holder wallet & six gift tags!

Midnight Crop: Sat. Nov. 22 from 6pm- midnight. Cost is just $5- bring a friend and some munchies to share! Take advantage of an evening at our store to work on your Christmas cards or gift projects!

Anyone can Stamp Mon. Nov 24 at 7pm
- This is a great basic stamping techniques class to bring a friend (or daughter) to! Cost is just $12 (or 2 for $20) for 3 Christmas cards designed by & created with Hero Arts products. Perfect for beginner stampers or anyone looking for quick & easy card ideas!

Santa's Coming! Tues. Nov. 25 @ 7pm $25
- Santa is on his way, and you'll be ready to greet him with the home decor projects created in this class! You'll use the Revolution and Silhouette tools by QuicKutz to create a fun 'Chrismtas countdown' plaque using the Jolly gift set (Revolution) plus try your hand at glass etching using the Holly gift set (Silhouette) making a cute 'cookies for Santa' plate with a matching glass! Learn some great techniques you'll want to repeat again and again (warning- glass etching is addictive!)

Believe Mini Album- Sat. Nov. 29 @ 2pm & Tues. Dec. 2 at 7pm $35
- watch for more details coming soon on this fabulous mini book project by Basic Grey!

Card Crop- Mon. Dec. 1 @ 7pm Just $10 (if you bring your Revolution & Jolly gift set- $15 if you don't have one yet!)
- Create 5 Christmas cards & one tag using the new Jolly gift set by QuicKutz! It's a great way to kick-start your card making and break in your new gift set (if you haven't used it yet!) OR to try out some fabulous products you'll be adding to your Christmas wish list ;)

Kids Class- Sat. Dec. 6 at 1pm (ages 7 & up)
- details to come on this 'top secret' kids class!

Christmas Cards from A-Z- Mon. Dec 8 at 7pm, $18
- more details to come, but we'll create a minimum of 6 Christmas cards!

Friday, November 07, 2008

Remembrance Day Hours

We will be closed Monday, November 10
and until NOON on Tuesday, November 11
In honour of those who have served in the war
and those who are currently serving our country.
We will be open our regular hours Wednesday, Nov. 12.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

November SOTM!

Introducing our November Stamp of the Month... the "Winter Trees" clear stamp set by Stampendous! This beautiful collection of stamps will give you tons of options for elegant cardmaking this season!







Monday, November 03, 2008

Customer Appreciation Sale! {2 Days only!}

We decided to do a bit of impromptu renovations this weekend and as you know, we're always making room for new products, so... we've decided to have a Customer appreciation Sale this Monday & Tuesday, Nov 3 & 4- for TWO days only you can enjoy savings on EVERYTHING in the store!

For these two days you can save 20% on EVERY regular priced item in the store (specially priced items, ie. QuicKutz holiday bundles & gift sets are not included- they're already a huge savings!). You can also enjoy huge savings of 60% off all Clearance items! It's a great time to kick-start your Christmas shopping or stock up on materials for your Christmas card & gift making!

But wait, there's more! (I love saying that!) We also have a new shipment of BARGAIN STAMPS in the store! Come check out the assortment of Studio G clear & wood mounted stamps for just $1.50 (limit of 10 per customer- after limit price is $2). There's tons of fabulous images plus an assortment of ink pad cubes (just $2 each)! These stamps will be spread out on our back table for your browsing convenience :)

Thanks so much for the way YOU support our business! We couldn't be the store you keep telling us you love (even though you *say* we're "bad") without your support! Stop by on Monday or Tuesday and let us show you our appreciation!

Thursday, October 30, 2008

"Bundles" of savings on QuicKutz products!

We're loving the new Holly & Jolly gift sets by QuicKutz and are super excited that Jolly has arrived and is in stock here at Creative Accents! Holly should be arriving early in December (can't wait!). The theme for the sets is "Deck the Halls" with a focus on inspiration for holiday home decor and gift giving!

Jolly is designed for use with your Revolution tool & the 12" platform.
It includes a fantastic 4x8 alphabet, an assortment (14!) of holiday
cookie cutter shapes (nesting ornaments, phrases, borders, frames &
more) plus 3 exclusive clear stamps, a QuickStampz rocker, a 4x8
magnetic storage book and some bonus gift tags. This gift set is valued
at over $140 and sells for just $99! Jolly is expected to arrive in our
store by the end of this week.

Holly is designed for use with the Silhouette digital cutting tool! It
includes a Silhouette Digital Design CD, rolls of red & green vinyl
(exclusive colours!), 1 roll of silhouette transfer paper, a hook tool
and a scraper tool. This gift set is valued at over $90 and sells for
just $59! Holly should be arriving the first week in December.

We do have samples of both gift sets & projects created with them in the
store NOW- feel free to stop by and see them! Both gift sets are a fantastic value and QK club discounts will not be applied to these items. However, we do have some additional promotional savings available when you package a BUNDLE of QK products! Check out these amazing deals we're able to offer you (prices valid until
Christmas or while quantities last):

Bundle #1 $165 SAVE $101.96
- 12” platform
- Two 4x8 alphabets
- 12” border die
- FREE Revolution tool

Bundle #2 $99 SAVE $129
- Squeeze Tool
- Vixen Gift Set (discontinued) alphabet with shapes

Bundle #3 $299 SAVE $154
- Silhouette Tool
- Holly Gift Set
- $25 Download Card

Bundle #4 $179 SAVE $64.99 ($104.99)
- 12” platform
- Revolution Tool
- Jolly Gift Set

Bundle #5 $79 SAVE $106.94
- Sophisticate alpha (discontinued 2" alphabet- for the Squeeze) & excl. shapes
- Asst. Christmas Shapes
- Polkadot QK Tote

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Snapshots from Utah...

Here's a few snapshots from our retailers retreat with QuicKutz in Utah! I didn't take nearly as many photos as a 'good scrapbooker' should... ;)

Here's mom with Amy, one of the QuicKutz designers who taught a couple of our project classes (watch for this 'Christmas countdown' project coming up in a class here!)

Just a few of the Fab projects on display created with the Jolly gift set (and funky 'offbeat' papers by Basic Grey!).

Mom & I with Mandy, the 2008 "Scrapbooker of the Year"! Mandy taught us a class for these projects by American Crafts, who co-sponsered the event with QuicKutz.

More fab projects, including some etching and vinyl art created with the Holly gift set! Love it!

Here we are with our fabulous QuicKutz sales reps, Chris & Gary! These guys take good care of us and all our QK issues- it was great to meet them!

Cookies for Santa (but I ate them) glass etching project using the Holly gift set! Another class project you'll be seeing here soon...

There was alot of candy hanging around throughout the event... which was not so good for my diet (ie. my self control was lacking) but it's hard to resist a blue tootsie pop, don'tcha think?

... and that's all for now! Hope that gives you a taste of the fun we had with the QK gang in Utah!

QK Holiday Gift Sets!

QuicKutz has posted images of the new Holiday Gift Sets on their website today- check out the link to see what is included and some of the fantastic sample projects made using them! Holly & Jolly are available for pre-order NOW and Jolly will be arriving in the store by the end of this week (Holly should follow the first week of November). Happy browsing!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Familiar faces on the bella blog

Take a little hop over to the Stamping Bella Blog and see if you recognize anyone from Williams Lake in her post about the cruise... I'm super jealous of the batch of girls who went crusing and I can't wait to hear all about it! Maybe next time I can join y'all!

Friday, October 24, 2008

Scrap Pink Class

There's still room to join us for our Scrap Pink "Top 10" mini album class on either Mon. Oct. 27 at 7pm or Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2pm.

You'll create an adorable scalloped chipboard mini book designed by Kelly Goree of Basic Grey, which will feature seven 3x3 photos of people/animals/things you love! (Photos & journaling can be added at home). This class is $39 and includes lots of great Basic Grey product plus a $5 charitable donation.


Please bring a class kit (paper trimmer, scissors, dry adhesive, mini glue dots, 3D dots, brown distress ink, pencil, black fine tip pen) PLUS: a pink chalk ink cats eye. Optional supplies (if you have them): 1/8" hole punch (crop-a-dile), 1 1/4 circle punch, cutting mat & straight edge.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Autumn Inspiration




Purchase a September or October issue of Scrapbook Trends, Cards or Paper Trends magazine and get your choice from a selection of back issues FREE!

Printing Calendars

Someone asked me the other day about a mini calendar featured on a card we have display in the store, so I thought I'd share with you a program I came across a few years ago which allows you to customize and print calendars in whatever size you need. This is a freeware program from Red Castle which is extremely user friendly- enjoy! I'd love to see project created with your mini calendars if you come up with anything inventive ;)

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

QK Show & Tell night + a midnight crop!

You're invited to join us on Saturday from 7-8pm for a special Show & Tell from our
'Deck the Halls' event with QuicKutz in Utah & a Sneak Peek of the new
Holiday Gift Sets (arriving soon...hopefully next week!) We'll show you
projects we made, photos we took & let you get a "hands on" look at the
new 'Deck the Halls' gift sets- Holly & Jolly! Of course, there will be
perks for those who attend, like...
- free make & take project using one of the new gift sets
- chance to win $25 worth of QK bucks & 3 free months of QK Club
- opportunity to pre-buy a gift set (QK club members can order at a reduced price- Saturday only!)
- QK Club members will get a coupon for FREE QK product
PLUS you can get one month FREE when you join (or renew) our QuicKutz Club for 6 months (just $50/ $10 a month- must be paid in advance).

Please RSVP to let us know if you will be joining us on Saturday for the
sneak peek or for the 'midnight crop' also happening that evening!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

We're "decking the halls"...

... in UTAH with QuicKutz! Mom & I are off to Utah on Tuesday to take part in a retailers retreat with QK and we can't wait to tell you all about it when we get back! Join us as we 'show & tell' all about it at our Saturday night crop on October 25.

While we're away... the girls will play! Stop by and visit Tanya & Rena this week and enjoy some sweet savings (in addition to the 'think pink' specials ongoing through the month of October!)
- Each day will feature a deal of the day for 25% off
- Spend $25 or more and get a free "nature" chipboard keychain by Maya Road!
- Take an extra 25% off already reduced Clearance products (or 50% off if it isn't marked down)

Upcoming Classes

FOR THE BIRDS- Tuesday, October 21 at 7pm... create these adorable cards!


ANYONE CAN STAMP!- Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7pm... create THREE Christmas cards using Hero Arts stamps, just $12 per person or 2 for $20. This is a perfect class for beginners or anyone looking for some simple card ideas! Come with your daughter or a girlfriend!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

introducing Heritage Makers

Creative Accents is proud to bring an opportunity for you to create your very own hardcover, stitch bound STORYBOOKS, just in time for the holiday season! Stop by and check out the display in our store and see what sort of products you could create using the digital scrapbooking program available online through Heritage Makers.

We're still playing with it all ourselves to create our own storybook, but we'd love to talk with you about how easy it is to create beautiful books as well as share with you some special sale packages available exclusively through our store! You can also get more info online at Heritage Makers website.

Check out the link below to see what Oprah thinks of the book someone made for her!

Oprah Called, click here to find out why!

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Something to Crow About (Oct. SOTM)

Our October Stamp of the Month really is something to crow about... we've had so much fun playing with these great stamps (you get the crow & the saying PLUS papers- 8 half sheets-in your package) from A-muse!