Friday, October 29, 2010

Page Of the Month layouts

We had our October POTM class this week and I realized I hadn't even posted September's layouts to show ya! Oops! Here they are, better late than never, right?

September's layout featured Basic Grey's Oliver collection- it's a fabulous, neutral layout in shades of red & blue. As you may have noticed, Mom & I take turns doing the 'original' layout and this time it was Mom's turn to follow the directions, and my turn to mix it up a bit. Here's Mom's layout- we used the sticker elements, tabs & stitched brads to add fun details to our page (and had lots of goodies left over, as always!). These pictures of my brother, Peter, when he was a toddler are a perfect fit for this layout!
We used a LOT of paper in the 'original' layout, so I had to make some major changes to the background of my layout. I pulled out some photos of ME as a baby and knew these were perfect when I noticed my grandparents all wearing shades of red & blue! I "girled" this page up a bit, switching die cut flowers for the stars, and since this layout features a longer title, I mixed my title up, combining the letter stickers with the QuicKutz Chickadee alphabet cut from coordinating patterned paper. There were plenty of embellishments left for me to work with, so I selected some border stickers, tabs & brads to finish it off!

... as always, I design a card to go with the layout using up some of our scraps! This one is a 5.5" square card with a fun frame sticker as the main attraction on it! I stamped a sentiment (Hero Arts) on a die cut circle cut from the white patterned paper & mounted it with foam squares for some dimension. We used a 'hi' stamp (also by HA) on the tab to add a fun detail.

... and that's our September POTM! Hope you like it!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Fun with Matilda

Confession time: Part of me is DONE with Halloween and part of me is just getting started... I pulled out our Matilda Value Pack from Cosmo Cricket the other day (which is currently an additional 20% off the already fabulous price of $29.95, by the way!) and made some quick cards with it. The only thing I added to the kit was cardstock! It's quick, simple fun and a GREAT way to make some calorie free treats this Halloween!

They're not works of art, but they're quick, fun cards that will brighten someone's day & hopefully make them smile :)

The Great Pumpkin!

My sis & I went to the pumpkin patch at the Yellow Umbrella last weekend and she picked out a big, beautiful pumpkin, which we carved last night!

I selected a few fun templates from the Silhouette online store and Joy picked this cute owl from them. The template was cut on the Silhouette out of vinyl, which worked like a dream- we just stuck the vinyl shapes to the pumpkin and cut around them! Here's how it turned out:

Apart from his wonky eyes (guess I stuck 'em on crooked!) I think he turned out pretty good for my first pumpkin carving in several years! Fun!

I'd love to hear about your pumpkin carving adventures this year, or any autumn creations you've made with the Silhouette Machine!

Saturday, October 23, 2010


Our Autumn Masquerade Crop is in full swing and we've got some specials to help us celebrate... chances are, these specials will continue through next week instead of a new 'deal of the week'.
  • Cosmo Cricket 12x12 adhesive chipboard $5.00 (reg. $6.75)
  • Select QuicKutz dies Buy 1 Get 1 Free
  • Silhouette Rhinestone Starter Kit Just $20 (reg. $32.99)
  • Silhouette Rhinestones 30% off
  • Clearance Products 50% off
  • Cosmo Cricket Garden Variety/Material Girl Bundle $25
  • Cosmo Cricket Matilda minibook bundle $29.95

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Good Times Together!

The new Maple Grove papers by We R Memory Keepers are in the house. It's a fun collection with vibrant autumn colours and I was thrilled to be able to use them this week for some cards I had to make for some special people! I chose 'Squirrel in love' by Kraftin' Kimmie for these cards- first, for a friend of mine who just had her birthday. She has a soft spot for animals and had a pet squirrel for a while, so I figured she'd get a kick out of this image :) I used a sketch from the new PageMaps 2 book, which, as you can see, includes a few sketches for cards this time around!
Next up is a card using the same image & paper collections- this time for my parents' anniversary! Still nuts about each other after 37 years... Good times :) Happy Anniversary, Mom & Dad!

This sentiment is on one of the sheets of paper (2 of the patterns we brought in have 6x6 patterns on the back- love that about We R Memory Keepers, you get your smaller patterns without buying a whole 6x6 pad!). My embellishments are by Making Memories- the glitzy brads are new and the paper leaves were in my stash :)
I used the latest Sketch For You to Try for my layout. I think I'll use this one again, it was fun to work with!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Cosmo Cricket Creations!

Our Deal of the Week this week is on Cosmo Cricket- Everything is at least 20% off! PLUS we've got a couple bundles of savings, including a fun one featuring their Matilda collection. I started up this minibook using the items in the bundle- isn't it fun? Everything is included- paper, chipboard, ribbons, the book... and MORE!
My fave is the cat- love her boots and the fab martini :) Here's the first page- which you can see parts of peeking through the front cover. I haven't added my 'top 10 list' yet, but I plan to! There's so many yummy autumn treats! I saw this saying used with the Frankenstein sticker on another project on the Cosmo Cricket blog and had to steal it :)

Here's some cards I put together quickly last night featuring the DeLovely collection- a few papers and the chipboard stickers. I just added a bit of ribbon, a couple Hero Arts stamps and the newest QK alphabet, Sketchbook, for the 'HI' card!

... and here's a couple cards we've had on display in the store featuring the Joyride collection. Carla had fun making up a whole pile of sweet cards a while ago and I'm not sure if they've ever been blogged ;)
And theres a LOT more Cosmo Cricket goodness in the store right now- all on sale this week! Come check it out!

Meet me in the moonlight...

I love this sassy image by Kraftin' Kimmie and had fun putting together this quick card with her! Looking at Cosmo Cricket's Matilda papers, I pictured Annette sitting on the moon, waiting for a moonlight rendezvous ;) I used circles to create the perfect moon shape for her & cut it out of vinyl on my Silhouette. The rest of the card is pretty simple- two fun papers, adhesive chipboard and alphabet stickers, all from Cosmo Cricket (and available as part of a fabulous bundle for just $29.95 in the store this week while supplies last!)
I've got another card in the works with Annette (in elegant autumn colours) I hope to share with you soon. I'm thinking she'll be a lot of fun for Christmas, too!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Autumn Blessings

Just a quick post to share the two layouts we completed this week in our Autumn Blessings class!

Mom & I worked together to design these layouts which feature papers by Pink Paislee, 7gypsies & Jenni Bowlin. We used a fun mix of products & tools including the Silhouette with fuzzy vinyl, the Epic 6 with Tim Holtz/Sizzix dies, Smooch Spray on velvet leaves, decorative pins & more. I'm pretty pleased with how it came out... just wish I'd had prints of more recent photos to scrapbook :) These were taken for Mom & Dad's 35th anniversary two years ago (they celebrate 37 years this week)!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Just one more day...

Time is running out for you to join in on our fun ABC Challenge! You can find all the info and upload your creation HERE (by midnight on Friday!) or bring it into the store by closing time on Friday (or bring it with ya if you're coming to Copic club!). We've had some fabulous entries, but more is always better! Can't wait to see what you create with an Alphabet, Bling & Chipboard!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Autumn Masquerade CROP

You're invited to join us October 22 & 23, 2010

Reserve your spot today for a weekend of Card Making & Scrapbooking Fun!

Tickets are just $35

Includes: Goodie Bags, Make & Takes, continental breakfast, an Autumn Soup Bar lunch, special savings at the store, prizes & more!

Friday: 6-11pm (bring a handmade mask!)

Saturday: 10am-11pm (bring an autumn appy or dessert to share)

Saturday, October 09, 2010

New & Fun

There's nothing quite so fun & satisfying as playing with NEW products, and last night I got to play with some of my NEW STAMPS & NEW PAPER to make two cards!

Both cards featuring the eclectic, vintage, funky feeling papers in the 'Restoration' line by Crate Paper. The mix of colours and patterns is a bit challenging for me to work with, but I really like the end result of both cards :)

First up I inked up my new Francesca stamp by Kraftin' Kimmie & paired her with the current Friday Sketchers layout (which Tanya was raving about when she was in the store on Friday- can't wait to see what she does with it!)
I added some fun Prima flowers (so fun that we could use a mix of colours!) and my current fave pearls. I also finally got around to using this fabulous banner die from QuicKutz (part of last year's Santa's workshop release!) with an Amuse sentiment! The cute little cupcake comes with Francesca, isn't it fun? Francesca is coloured with my Copic markers with touches of Spica and some Glossy Accents & Stickles on the cupcakes. I also added a generous amount of Pink Lipstick Distress Ink around the edges :)

Next up I used last week's Sketch Saturday layout (can't be on time for everything!) with my new coffee set by Whipper Snapper Designs. I absolutely LOVE this stamp and the options for colouring it... it took me a bit to decide what colour scheme to go with, but I figured since I already had Restoration all over the table (heehee) it was a good place to start!
I cut my image out with the QuicKutz nesting flower/wonky circles die. My sentiment is by Kraftin' Kimmie and was stamped on one of the coordinating stickers & a coordinating brad was added to the center of my largest flower.

Hope you like the cards & will play along with the new Friday Sketchers layout... it is pretty fabulous and I'd love to see what you do with it!

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Did Someone Say Treat?

This weekend I had a chance to play and I created what may possibly be the first Halloween card I've ever made. I don't know if it's because so many of my design team members are obsessed with Halloween OR just because this new stamp by Kraftin' Kimmie is so stinkin' cute, but I had to play!

I matched Miles with adorable "Matilda" papers by Cosmo Cricket. I used my new Wonky Squares Spellbinders dies (actually, I used someone elses... can't find mine! Ugh!) and I also borrowed some of the new bat nesting dies- so fun! I had to use this sentiment, also by Kraftin' Kimmie with the image, so I also used some fun candy dies by QuicKutz to finish it off. I was actually considering gluing real candy corn to the card when I remembered I had these shapes already... never even opened the package, can you believe it? They're so cute!

My image is coloured with my Copics- I added a yellow 'glow' around Miles to show the moonlight shining on him . The entire card has touches of Spica glitter pen & Ranger's Crackle Accents- LOVE that stuff for a unique bit of shine!
... and it's pretty simple, but here's the inside of my card. Sentiments are by Hero Arts, I snipped 'trick or treat' a little bit to allow me to bend it to fit the shape of the wonky square.

I'm entering this card in Stamptacular Sundays Challenge to "Layer it on" and use 5 layers on a card (a big challenge for me, until I stopped trying to make them all FULL layers)!

Since I'm celebrating my very first Halloween card (and the arrival of new stamps!), this card also fits for Kraftin' Kimmie's challenge to make a celebration card!

I'm also entering it in the 365 cards challenge blog, which I found recently- this site is CRAZY as it offers a new challenge EVERY SINGLE DAY! I'm not sure if it's 'legal' but this card fits two days in a row, so I'm going for it there... Day 219: Candy Corn & Day 220: Color Scheme.

There was another challenge I was gonna enter it in too... something about using a pumpkin on your card? Anywho, can't find that info anywhere! If you know about a current pumpkin challenge, let me know and I'll add that to my list :)

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

Happy Birthday Cheri! {Surprise Blog Hop}

It's a special day today- the amazing Cheri (who we're so lucky to have as a member of our design team) is celebrating her BIRTHDAY today! To celebrate Cheri, a group of friends and fellow design team members are having a blog hop for her!

If you just happened by this surprise blog hop, you can head over to see Janet, where it all begins. If you started there and came here via Teila- you've reached the end and I'm happy to share my card with ya :)

Perhaps you've noticed a bit of a theme in the cards you've seen so far... Cheri (aka Graphicat) loves cats, coffee and the colour PINK! I decided to challenge myself and combine the three on one card! Here it is:

and because this card is for Cheri, I had to decorate up the inside, too...

I recently downloaded the fabulous new software for the Silhouette machine, Silhouette Studio, so I had to do some cutting. I started with this fabulous coffee cup image & sized the cat shape to fit on it. I cut them both (plus a bunch of other fun shapes) out of white Neenah cardstock and inked them up! The mug was coloured with Antique Linen Distress Ink (I stamped the August SOTM in the same ink to create a subtle pattern) and the cat was coloured with my Copics.

I used last week's Mojo Monday sketch for this one. My papers are from the Pink Plum collection by Crate Paper & my sentiment stamp is one of Kimmie's Coffee Sayings (October's SOTM). Inside, you'll see a teeny Hero Arts stamp on a miniature coffee cup and one of the new Tim Holtz ticket stamps, with Cheri's birthday circled on it!

That's not all... Mom made this cute card for Cheri with lots of SPARKLE and some Spellbinder's dies!

Hope you like our cards & have enjoyed this blog hop! The only thing left for you to do now is hop on over and give Cheri your birthday wishes! If you're reading, Cheri, I hope the day is full of fun and surprises! It's the beginning of what is sure to be an amazing year :)

Monday, October 04, 2010

Card Class Tuesday Night!

There's still room for more to join us at our Touch of Autumn card class on Tuesday night! We'll create three lovely cards for a vareity of autumn occassions, using Hero Arts Perfectly Clear Stamps together with Tim Holtz Distress Ink & Sizzix Dies. Each card will feature a touch of texture using embossing folders, prima flowers, twine, tissue tape, ribbon or bling.

Please bring your basic class kit.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Changes... maybe you'll be part of them?

It's a time of change here at Creative Accents.

We're sad to announce that our fabulous employee, Tanya, is going to be leaving us so she can devote more time to her family business with her husband. Tanya has been an integral part of our store and we know you have loved having her around as much as we have! Of course, we won't lose touch with her completely- I'm sure you'll still see her shopping and cropping (and blogging) with us! Tanya will work her final shift at the store on Thursday afternoon, so please stop by to see her! We may even give her permission to offer some special savings one last time...

Maybe you can help us with the happy changes, though? Does this sound like you?

* creative
* friendly
* enthusiastic & knowledgeable about the products we carry
* hard working
* looking for a fun place to work at least one day a week

If that's you... we'd love to hear from you! We're looking to hire one or two ladies and we'd love to talk to you. Stop by and see Tara or Julie to arrange to meet with us.

Saturday, October 02, 2010

Happy World Card Making Day!

We're celebrating in the store today with a room full of ladies in the Creative Studio and we'd love to have you stop by and see us too! In addition to our Card Crop fun, the following items will be on SALE today only!

* Wood Mounted Rubber Stamps- Buy 1 Get 1 FREE
* Cling, Clear & Unmounted Stamps- 25% off
* Card & Envelope Sets- 25% off
* Individual Envelopes- Buy 10 Get 2 FREE
* Sheets of Cardstock- Buy 10 Get 2 FREE

Be sure to stop by and take advantage of these fantastic savings! We keep our cardstock prices low, so rarely put it on sale... today is a great day to stock up for your upcoming projects!

Friday, October 01, 2010

October Stamp of the Month: Kimmie's Coffee Sayings!

I'm thrilled to be introducing to you (on the first of the month this time!) our newest Stamp of the Month- a fab set of COFFEE sayings from Kraftin' Kimmie! This month we also have a special treat for our SOTM members... a bonus accessory to go with your stamp- some "Caramel Latte" Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap! I'm in LOVE with this product and we used it on every one of our card samples this month. This colour & shimmer is beautiful and it covers really well in just a few sprays.

I'm a huge lover of coffee and have been collecting coffee stamps for a while, so this set will get used a LOT by me, I'm sure! Hopefully these cards will inspire you to make it a much loved, much used part of your stamp collection :)

This first card is a very simple one- I used the stamps to create a background paper by stamping them (ALL of them) in black on white cardstock. Then I spritzed it with my smooch over the stamping and let it dry... which didn't take very long! After that, I die cut the label shape and mounted it on some green Core'dinations cardstock, which I'd embossed and sanded. I added some simple accents of cork on the coffee cup sleeve and as a layer under my main sentiment. The coffee cup, embossing folder and label shape are all QuicKutz. My white flourish (the steam from my coffee!) is by Tim Holtz.
Carla made this sweet card with this new penguin stamp from Kraftin' Kimmie- it looks like that latte is loaded with whipped cream and ready to keep him warm on a cool day! Carla will have the deets up on her blog, so please go by and check it out!
Carla and I had a little play date last week when the Kraftin' Kimmie stamps arrived, and this is the card I made while she was working with the penguin! We both used papers from the fabulous Halloween in Wonderland collection by Graphic 45. I took the easy route and got my layout idea from a card featured on the Kraftin' Kimmie website. The smooch on my card is on the black & cream layers, it added a subtle shimmer without changing the colour too much, which I loved! I had fun colouring up Henri here, while he's enjoying his cup o' joe. That purple suit is definitely 'espresso-ing' something ;)
Here's a close up of the wave I added to the sentiment & you can see the shimmer on the layers a bit, too!
Here's my final card... a simple but fun coffee gift card holder! I paired the SOTM with this awesome coffee cup image by Hero Arts and a cute kraft envelope by Maya Road (which I spritzed with Smooch!). It is simply embellished with some lacy eyelet ribbon, glitter flouishes by Making Memories (which you've probably noticed on a lot of my projects lately- seriously love these things!) and pearls. I stamped the "Coffee tastes better with friends" greeting on some satin ribbon with Brilliance ink. My java jackets were stamped on a genuine Starbucks java jacket ;)
The background of my card was stamped with ALL the sentiments in this set- I mounted them all on EZ mount (they come as a sheet of rubber) then arranged them on an acrylic block, inked & stamped. There were a few spots that didn't stamp perfectly, so I chose individual sentiments to fill in those gaps. Here's a photo of my stamps inked & ready to go on my block- there are 14 fabulous coffee sayings in this set!
... and here's a peek at my envelope when it's open! I couldn't resist adding another sentiment on the inside of the flap :)
Hope you enjoyed our samples and will have fun with this set of sayings! I can't wait to see what images in your collection you use these with! It would be really fun to have y'all share some of them with us... let us know in the comments what you plan to create with this set of stamps!