Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Autumn Masquerade Crop!

Join our Autumn Masquerade Crop October 14 & 15, 2011

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

Tickets are just $40

Includes: freebies, Make & Takes, prizes, lunch & dinner on Saturday, special savings at the store & more!

Friday: 6-11pm (bring an embellished mask or bra for our contest!)

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

Many of you have enjoyed a delicious cup of coffee brewed in the Suncafe Pod Brewer when you've come to our Coffee & a Card drop ins, and now you can enjoy the same drinks at home! (Machines & coffee pods will be available for purchase here in our store.)

Together with Blackstock, we are offering tickets to win a beautiful metallic RED Suncafe machine ($120 value) with all profit going to the Breast Cancer Society of Canada! Tickets are $3 each or 2 for $5.

We hope to draw the winner at our Autumn Masquerade Crop, but we will be waiting until we sell a minimum number of tickets so we raise enough to send a good donation!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Basic Grey POTM cards: Indie Bloom

It's Basic Grey POTM week here at Creative Accents, and so far we've created three different cards using the leftovers from our page kit. This month we used fun felt flowers, glazed brads, stickers and canvas borders! There's no canvas borders on this fist card, but I used a bit of everything else! The Indie Bloom collection is so bright, cheery and warm feeling- a nice touch as we're beginning to face the cool days of Autumn.
I created this card, using inspiration from a sketch posted on the Basic Grey blog last week. The green frame sticker was originally a rectangular shape, but I trimmed it down to a square so it would work better with the layout. The stamped sentiment is from Hero Arts. You can see the sketch I used here, it's a fun one!

Mom created this two cards, the one on the left features a die cut border from the canvas & cardstock borders package. Don't you love those bold, bright colours? We've got one more group of ladies for POTM meeting on Saturday... who knows, maybe I'll have some more card samples for you after that :)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Graphicat Designs Grand Opening Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Graphicat Designs Grand Opening Blog Hop! If you're on the hop, you should be arriving from Nicole's blog. If you just came to see me and find out what's happening at Creative Accents, thanks! BUT if you want to check out the fabulous Grand Opening Celebration (you know you wanna...) please head on over to Cheri's blog to kick things off, you'll be back here in a jiffy ;)

Along with all the fabulous cards you'll be seeing from the Crafty Cats & friends, there will be BLOG CANDY available to people who comment along the way... Graphicat Designs is giving away 3 digital stamps at EACH stop along the hop (so leave some love and you might be my lucky winner!) PLUS a $25 gift certificate for her new online store to ONE lucky person among all of you! The more comments you leave, the better your chances to win something fabulous! There's also one other freebie anyone can enjoy, and that's FREE SHIPPING on all orders placed this week! Fab-u-lous!

So, along with my excitement at being part of this hop and celebrating with Cheri the opening of her new business, I'm thrilled that these wonderful stamps will be available for purchase at Creative Accents! Very soon we'll have a lovely display of gorgeous new stamps in the store... and the ones I'm using on these cards will be among them!

First up, the Happiness Fairy sentiment, which I have been wanting to use for a long time now... This image is now available as a beautiful clear polymer stamp!
I've used this fab sentiment together with a fairy from Kraftin' Kimmie, some flowers, papers & embellies from MME & my trusty tiny attacher (thank you, Tim Holtz!). I twisted and turned it, but used the latest Mojo Monday sketch for this one. Here's a close up, which was supposed to show off all the glitter on the fairy... but I'm thinking that didn't work out so well!
And my second card, which was actually my first... features the fabulous Coffee Girl image. She will be available very soon in red rubber and comes with four different sentiments you can mix & match. This one is my fave... she looks so serene, enjoying her cup of joe, but check out that sentiment:
heehee! Tell me I'm not the only one that feels that way some mornings!? I've used my current FAVE paper collection (in case you hadn't noticed...), Forever Fall by BoBunny. I've also added a ton of awesome glittery cardstock (we've got at least 20 colours in stock!) kept the embellies to a minimum.
Isn't she fabulous? There's so much more to see on our Grand Opening Celebration... so hop on over to Yvonne's blog and see what she created using Graphicat Designs images!

Here's the full hop list in case you get lost along the way:
  1. START at Cheri's Personal Blog
  2. Sarah
  3. Nicole
  4. Tara (that's me!)
  5. Yvonne
  6. Eulanda
  7. Gloria
  8. Tanya
  9. Chris
  10. Shelley
  11. Janet (and Marianne!)
  12. Carla
  13. END at

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Getting Inky...

I got inky yesterday with some Alcohol Ink, Distress Ink & Distress Stains... always a good time :) I had a small group for our Canvas Class Sat. afternoon, but we had a great time! As I had interest from people who couldn't make it this weekend, we'll definitely be rescheduling this one- watch for the new date on our calendar!

I decided to demo the techniques using some fall colours & shapes, and after the class I put it together on a tag (so I could enter it into the current challenge to make a tag over at Scrapbooker's Paradise). It's pretty much all Tim Holtz goodies here... I used one of our new ribbons (we got 40 new spools in the store this week!) with Distress Stains to coordinate perfectly with my project, and you can also see a gorgeous lacy copper ribbon that is new along the bottom of the tag. So pretty! Autumn is my fave season and the quote on this stamp really grabbed me... it's kinda where I'm at right now, where fears and dreams intercept! Anywho, enough rambling- I hope you like my tag! It'll probably make it's way onto a tag front, or canvas or something, eventually...
I also wanted to share with you what my amazing students created- aren't their colour choices fabulous? I was telling them that I would add some contrast if I made the project again, and I just adore the colours they chose!

Here's Marianne's:

... and Jacqui's:
Hope you like them and are inspired to get inky sometime soon!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

September Challenge: Easy as 1, 2, 3

LinkJust a quick post to remind you there is still plenty of time to play in our September challenge over at the challenge blog! Here's a card I put together using 1-ribbon, 2-embellishments & 3 patterned papers!

I've used a sweet 'A la Mode' image from My Favorite Things together with the Out of Print collection by Basic Grey (which we were finally able to get in the store in 12x12 sheets!). It's fairly simple, but I did add extra embellishments for fun... don't you just adore those big blingy Sparklets from Kaiser? so much fun! I paper pieced the book she is reading for some extra texture. Here's a close up shot of the paper piecing the big Sparklet:

Sweet, right? Hope you like it and I hope you'll play along with us this month with this Seriously Creative Challenge! Please visit the blog and see what else the team has to share with you :)

Friday, September 16, 2011

It's coming...

Coming soon...
Yep, the countdown is on! Be sure to set aside some time on Tuesday, September 20th to check out the Grand Opening of Graphicat Designs! Dreams are coming true that day, folks, and Cheri's amazing stamps will be available for you to purchase in RUBBER & Polymer! It's gonna be fabulous and she's got a bunch more surprises as well!

Of course, you'll be able to buy these stamps at Creative Accents as well! I can't wait!

Also coming up... World Card Making Day is on Saturday, October 1 and we'll be part of a Canada wide blog hop to celebrate! If you're a blogger who would like to participate in this hop, you can check it out and sign up on our facebook group page. There will also be a day crop at the store on October 1, so plan to join us then :)

Hope the weekend ahead is full of creative things for you!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Creative Outlets Class with Alcohol Ink

Creative Outlets Canvas: Alcohol Ink Saturday, Sept 17 @ 1pm

Join Tara for this class inspired by tags designed & taught by Tim Holtz. You'll create a 6x6 canvas using Ranger Alcohol Inks on a variety of surfaces. Your canvas will include stamps, die cuts and embellishments as well as a stamped sentiment & colour scheme of your choosing.

Please sign up at the store by Thursday, Sept 15 to ensure your spot!

Monday, September 05, 2011

Graphicat Designs September Card

Can you feel the excitement building? There's just 15 days until Graphicat Designs goes LIVE with real rubber stamps for sale and a gorgeous new website! We'll be celebrating Cheri's future success with lots of hoopla that day, but today we're introducing a new challenge for the Graphicat Sketch Challenge... and this month, Anything Goes!

I didn't even use a sketch this month (gasp) but I did use one of the Graphicat Designs Sushi sentiments- coming soon as part of a 4x6 clear stamp set!
I've paired the sentiment with Kimiko from Kraftin' Kimmie and together they're rockin' out with 'Forever Fall' papers from BoBunny. You'll can also see new dies from Spellbinders (Orchard Harvest tags & accents), which I pulled out my Copic Airbrushing system for, and Sizzix (Tim Holtz Autumn Gatherings Strip Die) leaves. The rest of the card is pretty simple as I didn't want to cover up all that fabulous paper!

Hope you like my card- if you wanna see some more Graphicat Designs goodness, pop on over and see what the rest of the Craft Catz have been creating!

Saturday, September 03, 2011

September Challenge: Easy as 1, 2, 3

It's time for another challenge on our Seriously Creative Challenge Blog and this month our challenge is Easy as 1, 2, 3!
We'd like you to create any paper crafting project with at least 1 ribbon, 2 embellishments & 3 patterned papers! You can check out samples from the Design Team on our Challenge Blog- we hope you'll join us and play along!

Mom (Julie) created this sweet layout using papers & stickers from BoBunny's 'Garden Girl' collection. For her ribbon, she braided three lengths of Twinery Twine together and tied it around her picture! Her embellishments are buttons and a piece of 'flair' from American Crafts.
Isn't this old picture of her & Joy blowing bubbles adorable?
We look forward to seeing what you create this month!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

September 2011 Stamp of the Month

I'm very excited to introduce to you to our fabulous Stamp of the Month for September, which is actually a combo pack of stamp set and 6x6 paper pad from BoBunny's Forever Fall Collection... it just makes me happy looking at it and I hope it does the same for you!
Tanya practically begged to help me with this month's samples, so of course I was happy to oblige her :) Here's what Tanya & I created with the stamp & paper combo:

Here's a closer look at the cards. First up, I used the sunflower stamp from the set and stamped it three times on Copic Xpressit Blending Cardstock in Brown Memento Ink. I coloured two of them with Copics then spritzed them with 'sunflower' Perfect Pearls Mist- it's so pretty and shimmery in real life! I snipped the petals apart and shaped the flowers for extra texture, then layered one on top of the other and put the two of them on a flat sunflower which I'd coloured up with Distress Ink. The center of my sunflower is tiny beads coloured with Distress Stains. The rest of the card is very simple- patterned paper, a stamped sentiment (Hero Arts) and some green ribbon.
Here's a close up of the flower
Here's my second card, featuring the leaves & dragonfly stamps. Even though we've got a pad full of gorgeous patterned papers, I wanted to design my own background image using these stamps. I started by stamping leaves in Versamark on glossy white cardstock and blending Distress Ink over it, then I layered some images stamped with the same inks on top of that for extra texture. (You can watch for this technique and more in an upcoming class featuring Distress Inks!) I have matched it with some of the more 'solid' papers in the 6x6 pad for layering.
I also wanted to use some Glitter Ritz that came into the store, so I decided to make a border piece with it- this is from one of the Limited Edition sets called "Aztec" and the colours are perfect with this paper collection! Love it! The die cuts on this card (label and branch shapes) are from the Wildflower Gift Set by Lifestyle Crafts- so nice to take these shapes into autumn!
Here's a close up of the glitter and the stamped background- I cut the branch image from adhesive chipboard and applied glitter to a piece after adhering it directly to my card.
Here's the cards that Tanya created- I'll just share them with you here, but you can visit her blog to get some more details and leave some love with her :) This first card features the dragonfly stamps:
And this final card features the leaves & sunflower (isn't it fab as a 'background' type image?):
And that, my friends, is our September SOTM! As always, it's 35% off for SOTM members- and since we don't have much for BoBunny stamps to offer you at 15% off if you pick up your stamp by the 15th... you can save 15% on Hero Arts stamps instead :)

We always welcome new members to join our SOTM program, it's a great way to add a versatile selection of stamps to your collection! Feel free to ask us about it next time you're in the store!