Tuesday, June 30, 2009

{Celebrations Challenge}

Participate and you could win a prize package worth $300! Anyone can play- kids are welcome!
- Create a CARD or LAYOUT with a 'Celebrations' theme (birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, retirement…)
- Cards should be inspired by any of the designs featured in the June 2009 CARDMAPS
- Layouts should be inspired by any of the designs featured in June or July 2009 PAGEMAPS
- All entrants' names will be entered (max. 1 card & 1 layout per person) in a draw to win the prize. Entries will not be voted on, so please join in the fun!
- Entries are due in the store by Aug. 7 (early entries by July 31 will get a bonus entry) winner will be drawn at our Midnight Crop on Aug. 7

CardMaps & PageMaps can be found online at: http://www.pagemaps.com/

Join our Design Team!

We are taking applications for our store Design Team! We are looking for several creative ladies who are active Scrapbookers, Stampers or Cardmakers who are willing to share their projects with our customers! If you are willing to rise to the challenge and commit to a 4 or 6 month term, please stop by and ask for an application in the store! We'll be taking applications all summer.

Creative Accents is turning TEN years old this summer!

Come & join in our summer long celebration!

All summer, enjoy some fantastic savings:
- GREAT GRABS grab bags including $15-$25 worth of product for just $10
- Three Card Classes 2 for $10 all summer long (regularly $7 each)
- FREE Scrapbook & Card Magazine with $20 purchase (1 per customer, while quantities last)
- Every $10 you spend earns an entry for our Birthday Celebration Door Prize worth over $300! (a winner will be drawn at our Midnight Crop on Sept 4)

STORE SPECIALS
changing every other week… Until July 11:
- RIBBON: buy 3 yards, get 1 FREE (equal or lesser value)
- Silhouette Vinyl: buy 3 get Transfer Paper FREE
- 10 sheets of double sided paper for $10 (reg. $1.25 each)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Stampede Savings!

It's Stampede weekend in Williams Lake and from today until closing on Tuesday you can save 10% on regular priced merchandise storewide! On Monday & Tuesday we'll also have a FREE yard of maple leaf ribbon for everyone who spends more than $10 plus the latest issue of Scrapbook & Cards Today magazine FREE for everyone who spends more than $20!

We'll be closed for Canada Day, Wed. July 1, but will reopen, ready for our 10th Birthday Celebration, on July 2! Watch for more details on savings, challenges prizes & more coming next week!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Hero Arts & QuicKutz... we have a winner!

Mom (Julie) joined in and took the challenge to combine Hero Arts & QuicKutz and came up with this pretty card- the black pieces are cut out of core-dinations papers and sanded (the corners were embossed with a goosebumpz die first!) which I think looks fabulous. Isn't it a pretty card?

We have a winner! I was a bit disappointed to only get two entries for our Hero Arts & QuicKutz challenge... but they're both lovely ladies with fabulous projects, so that much was good :) So I assigned each lady two numbers and used the random number generator to pick a winner... and Janet is our winner! Janet made this card and can pick up these two items next time she's in the store :) The stamp comes with a set of notecards & bling from Hero Arts- I can't wait to hear/see what you do with them!


Janet & Sarah, if you're reading this- next time you're in you can also ask for 5 bonus entries to the Quickutz Create in Color Sweepstakes!

We've still got some extra entry codes for the QK contest, which ends on June 30... if you'd like some bonus entry codes (2 per person) just post a comment with your email address in the body of the post (or if you don't want to post your email address- you can send us an email after you post to let us know where to send it! Our address is: creativeaccents@telus.net. Put "contest code" in the subject of your email please!). We'll give an extra entry for anyone who is or becomes a follower of our blog as well!

Oooh, one last thing- our deal of the week is Embellishments 20% off! Enjoy!

p.s. we won't be having a 3 card class this week due to the Stampede weekend- watch for exciting things to come next week, though!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Sweet Storage Solutions

Maybe you've seen ads for the "Best Craft Organizer" in a magazine lately... I know I've been noticing them for a while, but never looked too closely at them. Then they contacted us recently to let us know about their new storage solution for ribbon- and it looked pretty great and reasonably priced, so we placed an order! It's in stock NOW at the store- here's what you get:
Pretty great, eh?

So, as we're placing the order they mention to us that they also sell the "Best Craft Organizer" and they offer us a special deal on a demo unit to display in the store... well, this is one of those investments you don't want to make without seeing it in person so we decided to go for it! Here's the two units we got (both are in the walnut finish with black drawers):
Stop by and check them out in person- we're filling them with a sampling of products so you can visualize how they might work in your craft room at home! You can pick up a brochure/order form and bring it in to us and we will place the order with the company for you. The shelving units will then be delivered directly to your home! (The products ship from right here in BC, but the prices are in American funds.)

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

This week:

Our Deal of the Week this week is SCRAPBOOKS 20% off!

Join us for our next Midnight Crop- this Saturday, June 20 from 6pm-midnight! It's just $10 or 2/$15- bring a friend, a project to work on and munchies to share! Our air-conditioner should be fixed by then (crossing our fingers) so the temperature will be a treat!

Father's Day Card- stop by anytime this week and create a quick card for Dad! It's just $3 and features a 'Mr. Fix it' turtle by Stamping Bella- it's ready for easy gift giving too, with a pocket to hold a Canadian Tire gift card!

p.s. what do you think of the blog's makeover?

You CAN afford to die cut!

You CAN afford to die cut! Save money with the ability to create a limitless number of letters and numbers (never run out of vowel stickers again!) or expand your options and cut shapes out in exactly the colour or pattern you choose! We have the following assortment of fabulous die cutting tools in stock, ready to go home with you:

*The Squeeze* (by QuicKutz) Just $45 (reg. $89) includes alpha or shape dies PLUS 3 FREE 2” dies ($22 value)

*The Cuttlebug* (by ProvoCraft) Just $89 (reg. $119) plus get a FREE embossing folder ($6.49 value, in stock)!

*The Revolution* (by QuicKutz) Just $125 and get a FREE 12” platform & a FREE 4x8 alphabet or 2 FREE 4” dies (over $90 value FREE)!

*The Slice* (by Making Memories) Cordless Design Cutter– just $179 (reg. $249) plus get a FREE Design Card (in stock $49 value)

We're also taking pre-orders for our second shipment of the new Epic Six tool by QuicKutz (our first shipment, arriving in July is SOLD OUT)- we're not sure of the arrival date for this second batch (probably late summer), but you can save BIG until June 30 and pre-order the tool for just $69!

Also on the way is the new Silhouette SD by QuicKutz- a great value at just $299! It comes with a FREE 6 month download membership!

Ask us for more details on all these tools today!

June QK Release!

Check out these fabulous sample projects from the QuicKutz design team- do they rock or what? You can find details on the dies used for these projects and lots more samples in the QK idea gallery!

I've already made a card with the school house die- it was perfect for one of the teachers at Maranatha who is moving away! I used it together with school themed papers by Imaginisce and it turned out super cute! Unfortunately, since I was so exhausted with the end of the school year and all I forgot to take a picture. Oops! You can enjoy this funky card made with it instead:




... and this card just made me smile, as the designer said, it's for someone who has had a "____ day!" (insert the word of your choice...) heehee! I might have to use this in a 3 card class one week, it'd be a good card to have on hand ;)

I'm loving this new release from QuicKutz- in stock now at the store! My favorite die at moment is this one:

Just dreaming about what I'll create with it gets me even more excited about my trip to New York next month! Imagine the pages I will create ;)

I'd LOVE to hear what your fave die is- please leave a comment and let me know!

Monday, June 15, 2009

3 Classy Cards...

3 new fabulous cards for this week's class featuring patterned papers by Jenny Bowlin- join us at either 1 or 5:30 pm on Thursday and create these three cards in about an hour! They're simple, elegant, and hey look, 2/3 of the cards feature both Hero Arts stamps and QuicKutz die cuts ;) Doesn't it make you want to join our challenge?

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Hero Arts & QuicKutz challenge {EXTENDED}

So I just stopped by the Hero Arts blog and they have announced the winner of the big giveaway- wow, some lucky lady named Anthonette gets a new Silhouette SD bundle to play with! There is still a big bundle up for the taking on the QuicKutz blog, though... that winner will be announced on Monday!

It is however, NOT too late to play in the challenge to create something with both stamping (Hero Arts) and die cutting (QuicKutz)! An entry via the Hero Arts blog today could win ya something special! If you're playing, please share a link with us HERE and post a comment on our blog. If you missed the deadline for the challenge on the Hero Arts blog, it's NOT TOO LATE to still win something! I'm extending the challenge on our blog by another week to encourage more people to play! Post a link to your creation HERE (maybe even join our small, but growing, group of followers!) and you could win a Hero Arts & QK prize from Creative Accents! The prize is currently sitting at an approx. $30 value.

I'm looking forward to seeing what you create...

p.s. it's easier than you think to combine QK & Hero Arts- looking back at our three card class samples, we do it all the time! Check it out- 2/3 of these cards feature both HA & QK, the 'dad' card features both (along with Stampendous), the just because sentiment is by HA in this set, and all the stamping on this set is Hero Arts!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

they're here...

... a new shipment of stamps from Stamping Bella, including lots of fabulous KETTOs and a bunch of her other new ones. I'm counting the days until school is out (4!) so I can take some time to play! I'm looking for an excuse to use the new PUFF & MONSTAH BASH stamps, cuz they're just so stinkin' cute!

oh! One more thing- we're finally putting together that Stampendous order we've been talking about. Looking forward to the new storage solutions and their cling stamps! Let us know if you want to special order anything ;)

p.s. I just added the 'followers' widget to the blog and am looking to build up our list, so I'd love it if you joined us and then told a friend... thanks!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Hurrah for Teamwork!

I just love seeing some of my favorite things working together... like this week, you can see some fabulous blog action from two of our FAVE companies to deal with: QuicKutz & Hero Arts! There's gonna be fantastic samples & inspiration on their blogs as well as lots of goodies to win... go check it out and take part in the contests! Check it out- this is the BIG prize you can win this week from these two companies (get all the details by visiting their blogs). Is that fabulous or what?.... and just because I'm so excited about this, I'm gonna add a little sweetness to the deal for anyone who finds this post! Share a comment on this post with a link to a project you made featuring both QuicKutz & Hero Arts.... Next Monday (June 15) I'll randomly select someone who played to win a little gifty from us featuring QK dies (which you can use on ANY die cutting machine) & Hero Arts stamps! The value of my gift will go up depending on the number of posts, but let's start at $30! Check out the QK & HA blogs and get yourself inspired... I look forward to seeing your creations! (p.s. you can double up your projects for entry here & on the Hero Arts blog!)

shh.... bonus- mention this blog post when you're in our store this week and save 10% on regular priced Hero Arts or QuicKutz products!

Glittery Three Card Class

Join us on Thursday at 1pm or 5:30pm! Bring your basic class supplies & a friend to create these three cheery cards featuring paper by Doodlebug, Prima & Little Yellow Bicycle together with QuicKutz dies & stamps by Cornish Heritage Farms, Prima & Amuse!

Saturday, June 06, 2009

Published (June Card Maps)

I've been published in the June issue of Card Maps! For some reason, I'm unable to upload the map I was asked to use, but here's my card and you can see the original map as well as all the others & the fabulous samples based on them here. There are some fantastic sketches this month, I can't wait to get some time to create some more cards based on them! My card features Core-dinations cardstock, "Lime Rickey" papers by Basic Grey and a bunch of fabulous QuicKutz shapes as well as a combo of sentiments by A-muse and Cornish Heritage Farms. Enjoy!

While you're there, don't forget to also check out the new set of Page Maps... and the story of Becky's blonde moment this month- heehee!

Friday, June 05, 2009

June SOTM by Impression Obsession

Friday is finally here, and so are the samples for our June SOTM! This month we're featuring a duo of cling mounted stamps (it's becoming a pattern, I know... but we just love the convenience & value of cling!) from Impression Obsession! I've had my eye on this cupcake martini for a while now and this month seems like the right time as we're preparing to celebrate TEN YEARS in Williams Lake this summer- Wow! So, let the birthday celebrations begin- CHEERS to you, our fabulous customers, and to anyone you know who'll be getting a birthday martini card this summer ;) All four cards feature "Delight" papers by Fancy Pants- including some of their 'cards' designs which gives you 12 individual designs on one sheet!
On this card I used a base of Bazzill embossed cardstock, inked up with Mahogany Distress Ink. I used the new "String Bean" QK alpha to write "cheers" on the card and coloured up my martini with Copic Markers & a touch of Spica glitter pen (don't those chocolate cupcakes look yummy? I've been craving cupcakes since I started playing with these stamps... so I bought some for tonight's midnight crop!) and covered the liquid with DG3 by Judikins (similar to Diamond Glaze, but goes on crystal clear and dries in a thinner layer).
This one features another one of the 'card' images from Fancy Pants- this card came together quickly as it's such a small surface (3x6") but I enjoyed adding some detail to the inside as you see here (not something I usually do on our SOTM board):
Mom embossed the main image in gold and coloured the 'drink' with some gold Twinkling H2O's for an extra touch of shimmer. The bling on the scallops and the glass bottom add some fun. (Good news- Luminarte, the makers of H2O's, had announced their company was closing a few months back, but decided to stay open after the response of their customers!)

... and this is the card you saw a few days ago!

Thursday, June 04, 2009

WOW!

So I told mom this afternoon that I'd posted about String Bean on the blog and she informed me that we are SOLD OUT already- wow! You'll want to stop by the store on Tuesday and check out the info on week 2 of the Summer of Fun dies- I expect it'll sell out just as quickly!

We finished up samples for our SOTM today and I'll get photos posted here tomorrow. My grade 2/3 students had their year end performance tonight and I had to take off right after closing time today to help get them ready for it! Tomorrow night is a Midnight Crop so I'll be at the store late with lots of time to take those pictures & update the blog!

We'd love to have you join us- the crop is from 6pm-midnight and costs just $10. Bring munchies and a friend and something to work on- see you soon!

QK Summer of FUN- week 1!

QuicKutz "Summer of Fun" releases are back this year, with four weeks of limited edition releases! Week 1 is this fantastic 12" alpahabet border die, String Bean, which is so cute! I love that you can use both the positive (alphabet) and negative (border) of this die, but the best part is the price... a 4x8 alphabet sells for $45.99, a border die sells for $29.99 but THIS alphabet border die is just $25! We have a limited quantity in stock and when we sell out, they're gone so get yours while you can!

Next week we'll announce what QK has in store for week 2 of this summer of fun! This series of releases will finish up with a blast from the past. ZELDA will be brought back- bigger & better than ever! Zelda will be released in GRAND format on SEVEN 4x8 dies for just $115! You can pre-order Zelda today- just like the rest of the Summer of Fun dies, when we're sold out... they're gone!

Monday, June 01, 2009

a peek at June's SOTM..

June's Stamp of the Month just arrived in the store today, so we haven't had much opportunity to make samples yet, but I did colour up a few images and create one card (Mom created one, too but my picture didn't turn out- you'll see it and several others later on this week)... so here it is!

This month's SOTM is another combo deal- two cling mounted stamps by Impression Obsession. The papers are the 'Delight' collection by Fancy Pants- and what could possibly be more delightful than a cupcake martini ;) Let me know what you think of my card and the stamps... you'll hear more from me soon, hopefully with more card samples!

p.s. my card layout was inspired by one I saw somewhere along the way on Stamping Bella's Ketto blog hop... sadly, I was so busy hopping I forgot to take note of whose card it was! The 'hop' is officially over, but you can still find the link on the bella blog if you're interested!