Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Card Contest Winners!

We have loved the burst of creativity on our creativi-tree with our annual Christmas Card Contest this year! Thanks to ALL who participated- either by bringing in a card or placing your votes! Here's a peek at our creativi-tree as it is today- isn't it fun? Stop by the store this week if you'd like to take a closer look!
And now, I'm pleased to announce the winners!

In the Kids Cards category:
First: Jayden
Second: Mikaela

In the Quick & Simple Category:
First: Heather
Second: Shelley

In the Embellished & Enhanced Category:
First: Dorothy
Second: Carla
Congratulations to ALL of you! Your cards were so fabulous, we wish we could have offered even bigger prizes!

Keep a watch out for details on our first challenge of 2010 coming soon- one of our resolutions is to keep our creativi-tree loaded with inspiration from & for our customers :)

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Boxing Week Sale!

Our Boxing Week Sale begins at 1pm on Monday, Dec. 28!

On Monday from 1-7pm you can SAVE:

- 40% on almost everything* in the store
- Patterned papers are buy 10 get 10 FREE
- Clearance items 70% off the lowest marked price
- Christmas Stamps Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

Tuesday through Thursday at 4pm you can SAVE:

- 25% on almost everything* in the store
- Patterned papers are buy 10 get 10 FREE
- Clearance items 70% off the lowest marked price
- Christmas Stamps Buy 1 Get 1 FREE

*Copic Markers, QK Santa's Workshop items, specially priced items & new arrivals not yet on the shelves not included in the storewide sale.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Late Night Shopping!

Once I go home tonight, there's just TWO days left to get some shopping done here at Creative Accents! I can't believe Christmas is coming soo fast! We're open till 8pm tonight, Tuesday and Wednesday and we'd love to see you in the store. (our 12 Deals of Christmas is still on and we've got free gift wrapping available!)

There are NEW products on the shelves this week including the latest release from QuicKutz, which has a fun TRAVEL theme. The official QK website is lacking samples for this release (insert pout here) but the Community Gallery has some great ones!

We've also got a fab assortment of images from the Hero Arts 2010 Catalog! If you stop by before we close on Wednesday and do the FREE make & take card, you can SAVE 10% on all new arrivals and pre-orders from the catalog, PLUS all other Hero Arts stamps in the store are BOGO FREE!

Hope to see you in the store soon!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Jolly by Golly!

Here's a few cards I've created using the "Jolly by Golly" collection from Cosmo Cricket. We've still go a few sets of 6x6 pads & chipboard combos in stock at a great price- they'll make it quick and easy for you to create cards like these for Christmas, just add some stamps and ribbon and you're ready to go :)

This first card I made for a friend. The image is from Pink Cat Studio and the inside sentiment says "You're SNOW fabulous!"

These next 6 cards were from our "6 Jolly Cards for Christmas" class! We made all six cards in about 2 hours, so there IS still time to do some creating before Christmas ;)

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hop on over...

Hop on over to the HERO ARTS BLOG where you can start on a fabulous creative journey tonight... the 2010 Catalog Debut Blog Hop! Hero Arts has brought together 34 artists using stamps from the new Hero Arts Catalog to create little masterpieces ;) I'm sure you'll enjoy the ride!

Once you've hopped around... make plans to join us here in the Creative Studio at 3pm on Sunday for a Catalog Debut Party! We've got a fun make & take projects, door prizes to give away and new stamps ready to go home with you! You'll also save on ALL Hero Arts stamps already available in the store- they'll be BOGO FREE that afternoon! (New arrivals & pre-orders from the catalog will be 10% off)

See you there! Happy Hopping!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

baby, it's COLD outside...

... so it's a great day to cozy up with a cup o' cheer (however you may interpret that!) and get some fresh inspiration online! I haven't had time to create lately, but after checking out some of these great sites, I'm looking forward to the opportunity!

Are you ready to be inspired? Here's a few of my faves from this week:
- Tim Holtz amazes me every year with his fabulous 12 Tags of Christmas, and this year was no exception! I don't even know if I can pick a favorite... but I was in awe already at Day 1, so be sure to check out ALL of them! Amazing tutorials featuring a variety of products and techniques!
- Hero Arts has been teasing us with eye candy from their 2010 catalog, and I think it's going to be a stellar release! We're planning a Catalog Debut next Sunday (here's hoping the new product arrives in time!) and already have materials on hand for a fabulous make & take product featuring some new cling stamps! Let us know if you can join us!
- QuicKutz has a '12 Days' theme going on as well this year- and they're featuring a huge number of creative ornaments made with QuicKutz dies! There's a great variety featured, I counted over 50 on days 6-12 alone...
- They've also been decking the halls on the Silhouette blog lately, most recently with some fun ornaments. There's some great tutorials and tips for using this fantastic tool, an intro to some new products (on route to the store as I type) and lots of great project ideas! If the Silhouette SD is on your Christmas wish list, you'll be happy to know we have some on the way- it's just $349 and you'll get a bundle of extra goodies with it worth approx $75!
- The fun folks at Cosmo Cricket have a mix of ramblings and creative inspiration on their blog! Scrolling through the most recent posts I found some fun gift containers, scrapbook pages and Christmas gift tags! There's much inspiration and entertainment to be found there!

There's so much inspiration to be found online right now, I know it'll give me much to go back to in the new year when I actually have time to create again :) You'll also find some great projects if you check out the members of our Design Team- they never cease to amaze me! We're so fortunate to have such a Seriously Creative crew making samples for our store!

I'd LOVE to know if there are other sites you're getting inspired by right now- please post a link as a comment and tell us what you like about it! There may be some blog candy involved ;)

Thursday, December 10, 2009

The 12 Deals of Christmas!

The 12 Deals of Christmas!
*valid on in stock items only*

Deal 1.
Cosmo Cricket Rub Ons BOGO Free

Deal 2.
20% off Totes, bags & storage solutions

Deal 3. (Sat. Dec 12 ONLY)
Stamping Bella Stamps BOGO 60% off

Deal 4.
all Wooden Stamps & Sets BOGO 50% off

Deal 5.
Free Surprise gift with GC purchase over $25

Deal 6.
Free refill pages with album purchase
(up to $7.50 value)

Deal 7.
Free ink cube with purchase of ink pad

Deal 8. (starts Fri Dec 11)
Spend $30* & get a Free Scrapbook & Cards Today Magazine
(*blog readers and e-mail subscribers- mention code words 'cariboo ink' to get it with a $20 purchase!)

Deal 9.
Cards & Envelope Sets BOGO Free

Deal 10.
30% off all paper crafting kits

Deal 11. (Wed Dec. 23 ONLY)
Double Stamps on your INK card

Deal 12. (Sun Dec 20 ONLY)
Hero Arts 2010 Catalog Debut from 3-5pm
Get 10% off new Hero Arts stamps & pre-orders
BOGO FREE on all other Hero Arts stamps!

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Hero Arts Catalog Debut!

Have you been the Hero Arts Blog lately? They've been posting up a storm with loads of sneak peeks for their 2010 Catalog and I'm getting sooo excited about the new arrivals and our upcoming Catalog Debut Party!

We hope you can join us as we debut the Hero Arts 2010 Catalog on Sunday, Dec. 20 from 3-5pm! We'll have an assortment of brand new stamps available for you to purchase as well as a fun make & take project using the new goodies! We'll also have some great Hero Arts specials that day (including pre-ordering new products at a discount!) PLUS some door prizes!

There's no cost to attend, but we'd appreciate an RSVP so we know how many people to plan for! Grab a friend and schedule a pre-Christmas break to join us! We hope to see you there!

Monday, December 07, 2009

December Card & Page Maps

I'm privileged again to to be a 'friend of Page Maps' again this month, with a card I created using Pink Paislee products featured on their website and in the December newsletter. You can check out the 'map' I followed here and see the other card layouts for December!

You can purchase the papers & stamps I used here in the store!

If you're a scrapbooker, check out this months set of Page Maps, too!

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

December Stamp of the Month

Introducing our December SOTM, a lovely poinsettia from the 'Sunshine Designs' collection by The Stamp Barn!

I love the combination of whimsy and elegance and had lots of fun playing with this beauty. We hope you'll create some works of art with it, too!
Mom created this first card with simple gold embossing on some burgundy paper.

I pulled out the Glitter Ritz for this card... die cut double sided adhesive chipboard with my new "Heidi Swapp Handwriting" font by QuicKutz and covered it with yummy micro fine glitter. My poinsettia was stamped twice and colored with copics, then I trimmed up a few petals to 3D mount on the base. I traced some details with a glue pen and added the same shade of Glitter Ritz over it. It's got a beautiful subtle shimmer!
This card went together simply (apart from my colouring!) and includes a few petals coloured in green to serve as leaves. I added details with some white liquid pearls. My background paper is by Basic Grey.
This one is embossed twice on vellum, with the top layer featuring just four petals (like my other card). The rest is pretty self explanatory... I used Bazzill Bling paper for the green and some assorted patterned papers as background pieces. The dimension in person is really lovely as the vellum gives a nice shape.
This final card is a sample from The Stamp Barn... I'm in awe of their colouring- a watercolour technique done with TomBow markers on watercolour paper. They have three layers mounted on this one, so it's super thick in the middle (I think I counted 8 layers!)Thanks for looking- hope you enjoy the cards :)