Monday, October 31, 2011

Nordic Holiday Cards

Once again I have a few simple cards to share which used products that were extras in our Basic Grey POTM class.  Though I did have some extra embellishments, they didn't make it on a card yet... so I was simply working with paper & stickers, like this cute red bird, together with a snowflake border sticker.  We added a simple white die cut shape (Tim Holtz/Sizzix) and stamped sentiment.
This next one used just stickers from the kit- I spelled out 'snow' on perforated papers from SEI, which was really a fun detail.
Again, a really simple card with a bit of twine added for texture.
It can be really easy to make quick and creative cards when you have the right materials, and these POTM kits always leave us a lot to work with! 

p.s. Happy Halloween!  Stop by the store TODAY for a TREAT!   Just say "trick or treat" when you're in the store today and we'll give you an exclusive coupon you can use that day or save for a future purchase!
Please bring along your children wearing their costumes... we've got some treats for them as well!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Happy Thoughts

Here's a fun card I've been meaning to share for a while... the birthday card Mom made for me!  She's used a fun mix of a papers from one of the "Lost & Found" 6x6 pads by My Mind's Eye- love them!  The card layout is from a recent Card Maps release (my guess is September's!) and features some gorgeous bling by Basic Grey as the focal point and sentiment stickers from Cosmo Cricket (love these!) as well.  It's a happy card that made me smile... hope it does the same for you :)

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Boo! (Savings for you!)

 Mom (Julie) put together this fun card today featuring the ghost border die from QuicKutz, which is 25% off right now (as are ALL QK logo dies)... PLUS we've got all Autumn & Halloween products on for 20% off until Saturday!

The card has an acetate front to it, which really showcases those ghosts which are cut from vellum!  It's a fun look that was easy to put together- trust me, it looks even cuter in person!    (It was tricky to photograph though... see my reflection in the first photo?)

 And in other news... we've filled a suitcase in the store with assorted dies, flowers, tags, etc... that are all on SALE for just $2!  Great stocking stuffers or treats for yourself ;)  There's some everyday low prices and some awesome bargains (up to $29 regular price!) in this case, so check it out next time you're in the store!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Christmas Emporium Card Class

I wish I had card photos to share with you today... but this whole shorter days thing always messes with me & my photo taking abilities at the store! I'll get a system figured out soon...but for now I have pretty paper to show you at least!

I mentioned a bit ago (on THIS post) that I'd have a class coming up featuring the side-step card technique and it's coming NEXT TUESDAY (totally snuck up on me!) and will be featuring the fabulous Christmas Emporium collection by Graphic 45!

Join me and we'll create three vintage looking Christmas Cards using papers & stamps from this collection, along with fabulous die cuts, mists and bling!  Samples are up in the store- hope you'll join me!  Call or visit the store to sign up soon!

p.s. if you'd like to take the class but the date snuck up on you, too... please let us know as we may decide to reschedule it!



Sunday, October 16, 2011

October Challenge: ORANGE

It's the middle of the month and time to remind you about the ORANGE challenge going on at our Challenge blog!  There is still lots of time for you to enter any project you've created using orange!

I have to confess, I completely forgot it was reminder time already until just a couple days ago, so I have some simple projects to share today- sticking with what seems to be the theme of the week, treat bags!

First, I played with the new pumpkin & face dies by Tim Holtz!   Isn't it great?  I love that you can arrange the face parts wherever you like or leave them out and cut them from another paper... so many options with Movers & Shapers!
I stamped the front of a tiny brown paper bag with a Hero Arts Background stamp, then misted it with Maya Mist so there is a slight shimmer to it.  I then adhered my pumpkin to the bag and that's about all there is to it!

Next is what has been called a 'sour creme container' for some reason... I don't know why, but they're cute and easy and fun to make!  I used a 4x4 piece of patterned paper from MME, glued along one edge to form a tube and then squished one end shut.  I both glued and stapled it just to make sure my candy was safe (plus I love those tiny attacher staples by Tim Holtz!)  I filled it with candies and then squished the other end at the opposite angle and sealed it shut.
I embellished the treat container quickly with a stamped Hero Arts sentiment, a bit of bling and a few leaves (TH border strip- love them!) which had been sprayed with Perfect Pearl Mist.

Both of these would be quick & easy projects to mass produce for parties!  Our Autumn Masquerade Crop was this weekend, and  I added some inked up leaves (TH dies and new Distress Stains colours) around the bottles as a small decoration for the crop and decided to include them in the picture posted on the challenge blog. Hope you like my simple, ORANGE projects!

Head on over to our Seriously Creative Challenge Blog and show us your ORANGE this month!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Halloween Treats

I have some Halloween treats to share with you today! 

We have these fun magic wand tubes in the store and Halloween seemed like the perfect time to fill one and embellish it! Here's a close up of the treat wand, we used Spellbinders dies and Coredinations cardstock. We finished it off with some curly ribbon and some cute bone ribbon we have in the store.  We filled the wand with purple candy corn we found in the grocery store- pretty!

Here's the card we made, which was actually the coffee & card project this week! It's very simple with an embossed background (Couture Creations) behind the moon (Lifestyle Crafts), fence (Sizzix/Tim Holtz), cat (Spellbinders) & finished it off with a bat from QuicKutz & a Hero Arts sentiment.  Quick & Cute!
Hope ya liked it!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner!

Or TURKEY dinner as it were... since we just enjoyed Thanksgiving weekend here in Canada :)

I have some winners to announce today!

FIRST: from Graphicat Designs Grand Opening Blog Hop- the winner from my blog is #14: Chelle!  If you didn't win here... all is not lost!  Check out the full list of winners from all the blogs on Graphicat's blog.  Maybe you're one of the lucky ones :)

SECOND: World Card Making Day Blog Hop- I offered a surprise package of ribbon, papers & Canadian stamps to one person who commented & is a follower of our blog, and random.org has selected...
#28: lilscrappers said...
ohhhh, I so NEED that stamp, lol.....i laughed when I saw it. I love what I see coming from Graphicats :)

Send me an e-mail with your address (creativeaccents (at) telus.net) with "Blog Candy" in your subject line and I'll get your candy sent off to you!

CONGRATS to both of you!  Hope you enjoy your winnings :)


Saturday, October 08, 2011

Friends in Oz

Here's another card I created on World Card Making Day! I'd been wanting to play with this sidestep fold for ages and thankfully Janet brought a sample with her so I could figure out the measurements :) I've used papers from the Magic of Oz collection by Graphic 45.  (Plans are in the works for a Christmas card class using this fold!)
The only stamping on my card is the sentiment- and oldie but a goodie from Hero Arts. I did use Distress Ink on pretty much anything, and I got to play with a sample of a product that's coming soon... Shimmer Goosebumps from Tsukineko!  We've had the regular Goosebumps in the store for a while and it's pretty cool- I think of it as a spray on version of Glossy Accents, depending how much you spray and how close you spray, you can get a raindrop effect or a solid gloss. I went pretty thick, but little enough that there's a fabulous texture... made even more fabulous with that gorgeous shimmer in it!  I hope you can see the shimmer & texture in this next picture.  It's a fun way to add to pre-printed images like I used for this card!
In case you missed it, I used those fabulous new crystals from Prima- I just love them and have ordered many more to arrive in the store soon!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Bundle Up!

Saturday was World Card Making Day and this year I actually got to make a couple cards, including a Christmas/winter card- yay for getting started... even if I didn't use any Christmas papers!
This image of Willard from Kraftin' Kimmie cracks me up!  I used some tips from Cheri at our last Copic Club to colour him up Sepia tone, using the E40 family of Copics.  I used the current Sketch Saturday layout for the card.  Here's what else I used:
  • papers & brad by My Mind's Eye papers
  • text stickers from Cosmo Cricket
  • wooden snowflakes from Maya Road (I'm already ordering more!)
  • crystal bling from Prima (LOVE the new bling!)
  • velvet ribbon from May Arts. 

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Thinking of the birthday girl...

It's someone special's birthday today... here's the card I made just for her:

The only thing missing is a cat (it's inside the card!)... can ya tell who it's for? Yep, it's Cheri's special day and I decided to make a card that could double as a sample that will match her Graphicat Designs logo/ booth perfectly :)  Hope it makes her birthday even more cheery :)

Papers & ribbon : Webster's Pages
Doily: Maya Road (sprayed with Maya Mist, Glimmer Mist and Perfect Pearls Mist... lotsa shimmer!)
Charms: from the stash
Image: Graphicat Designs (rubber stamp arriving soon!) & Copic Markers
Sketch: CLP (twisted & tweaked... but it's there!)

Monday, October 03, 2011

WICKED!

There's a new sketch over at Graphicat Sketches AND there's new digi images being released at Graphicat Stamps as well! The Crafty Catz have some great projects to share with you today, and mine is a scrapbook page this time!
When I saw this new "Something Wicked this way comes" image I instantly new that it would be perfect as a title for a layout I've been wanting to do since getting back from my trip to see Wicked in June (SO amazing, if you get a chance to see it, do not hesitate)! Of course, I wanted to use the 'Magic of Oz' collection from Graphic 45 as well, and I think you'll agree they are a perfect fit!

Here's some close ups:
'Wicked' has a very steampunk feel to it visually (amazing sets & costumes!), so the gears had to make their way onto my page!
Papers: Graphic 45 "Magic of Oz"
Title: Graphicat Designs digi image
Dies: Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles and Sprightly Sprockets
Cardstock: Black Magic by Coredinations
Other fab goodies: Glossy Accents, Copic Markers, Glitter Glaze by Tattered Angels, Mica Fragments from Stampendous, Distress Ink, Flourish stamp, Pin & Charm by Tim Holtz, Web Ribbon from May Arts, assorted bling

Sunday, October 02, 2011

October 2011 Stamp of the Month

Our October SOTM is a great COFFEE themed set of stamps from Impression Obsession! Carla helped me out with the samples this month and we went seasonal with our samples, using some great Halloween papers from Authentique & Echo Park! I have to confess though (and I know Carla agrees with me LOL), it was a huge challenge... and I look forward to playing with these stamps again with some other papers ;)

Here's my cards:
I've covered the mug with Glossy Accents and the ribbon I used was white before I coloured it (and the rhinestones on this card) with Copic markers. The label die I used is a Tim Holtz movers & shapers die.

This next card is fairly simple, but I had fun with the grouping of images here and painted over them with Rock Candy Crackle Paint after colouring and distressing it. It's hard to see in this picture, unfortunately! The ribbon on this card is one of the many new ribbons in the store over the past weeks :)
These next two cards were created by our Seriously Creative Design Team member, Carla! She has details on the cards on her blog, so pop over and check them out!



Hope you love the SOTM stamp set like we do, I hope to be sharing more samples using them very soon ;)

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Canadian Blog Hop! (Celebrate World Card Making Day!)

Happy World Card Making Day!
At Creative Accents we're celebrating the day with a Card Crop in our studio- it will be fun to see how many cards get completed today, but regardless of numbers it's sure to be a great day!

We're excited to also be celebrating with a Canada-wide blog hop featuring over 30 Canadian bloggers & card makers! Whatever it is that brought you to our blog today, we hope you'll take some time to HOP along with us and see some great Canadian talent! We have so many stops along the way, that we've divided the hop into two parts. This is your first stop for this part of the hop, when you're done we hope you'll find some time to hop over and do the rest of the hop!

Without getting too wordy, here's the card I made for you today:
I've used a soon-to-be-released-as-rubber stamp from Graphicat Designs, a brand new Canadian stamp company located here in Williams Lake, BC! I'm proud to be part of their design team and to carry these entertaining stamps in our store here.

Papers: Authentique & Girl's Paperie, Ribbon: May Arts (the purple was coloured to match with Copics), Flowers: Prima & Petaloo, Die Cut: QuicKutz.

I am also offering some CANDY today... all I ask is that you follow this blog and leave a comment on this post! I'll select a random winner to receive a card making prize pack, which will include stamps from some Canadian companies, ribbon & a random mix of 6x6 papers, including some that I used on my card!

Next up, hop on over to pay a visit to GAIL!

Here's a full list of stops in case you get lost along the way! Please note there are two parts to this hop, we'd love to have you visit every blog along the way so you can start the second part at Nicole's blog.
  1. Tara (You are HERE!)
  2. Gail
  3. Rhonda
  4. Carla
  5. Lynn
  6. Tina
  7. Roxy
  8. Freya
  9. Nancy
  10. Kimberly
  11. Tara G
  12. Sarah M
  13. Tracy L
  14. Dandy
  15. Cheri
  16. Donna
  17. Annie
  18. Charmaine
If you're going the distance... here's the other half of our blog hop list!

  1. Nicole http://www.canadiannickelscrapn.blogspot.com/
  2. Seriously Creative Challenges http://creativeaccentschallenges.blogspot.com
  3. Graphicat Designs http://www.graphicatstamps.com/_blog/Blog
  4. Heather http://princesspaperprojects.blogspot.com
  5. Connie http://www.inkspotsandstampblocks.blogspot.com/
  6. Karey http://www.creativecraftcorner.com/
  7. Kelly http://craftingcreatively.blogspot.com
  8. Tracey http://thecroppingcanuck.blogspot.com/
  9. Chelle http://maybecreative.blogspot.com
  10. Barbara http://barbscreativecorner.blogspot.com/
  11. Janet http://hilltopcreations.blogspot.com
  12. Chris http://chrisscreations.blogspot.com/
  13. Sarah http://stampinsars.blogspot.com/
  14. Kerry http://mommakcrafts.blogspot.com/
  15. Jill Sarginson http://jillelizabethsarginson.blogspot.com
  16. Tara http://tarashomemadehappiness.blogspot.com/
  17. Kim http://kraftinkimmieskorner.blogspot.com/
  18. Becky http://beckscricards.blogspot.com/

Hope you have a fabulous World Card Making Day... and get LOTS of inspiration for your upcoming projects :)