Thursday, October 27, 2011

Going To The Chapel


Hello friends! Our "little" Ryan is saying "I do" to his beautiful fiance, Elle this Saturday, October 27th. Therefore, we're closing the shop to celebrate their big day.

Tomorrow, Friday, October 26th, we'll be open until 9 PM... shop the store, create a Make N Take, or crop the night away.

For more information on cropping at Creations Galore, visit us here.
To see this week's Make N Takes, visit us here.
Take 10% off your entire purchase with this online coupon.

We'll open back up Monday, October 31st at 10 AM. Thank you so much for shopping our local, independent business. We appreciate all of our wonderful customers that have quickly become our friends... sharing projects, techniques, and life stories.

Still wondering, "Who's Ryan?" Well... he's the big guy with a crazy beard you'll sometimes see behind the counter or hanging out in the man cave. He carries heavy objects for us, and we repay him with a hug and a few cookies. He's son to manager, Lori, little bro to creative genius, Nicole, and car foe to owner, Kathy.

Have a wonderful weekend. We hope to see you tomorrow!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Fun New Mini Classes!

Creations Galore is happy to announce a new series of mini classes offered a few mornings every month -

Coffee with Nicole

Join Nicole Tuesday morning in our comfy Demo Room for coffee, light refreshments and a whole lot of crafting fun!

The first 'Coffee with Nicole' will be this Tuesday, November 1st at 10:00 AM. We'll be discussing Distress Inks. The hour will include:

  • Demonstrations on Distress Inks
  • Their many uses in card making, scrapbooking, and other crafts
  • Lots of examples to inspire you
  • Tools and techniques
  •  Question and answer time
  • Coffee and light refreshments

Shop the store after coffee and craft time, and enjoy a 15% discount on all the items discussed. Grab some friends... let's get talking! 

Do you already use Distress Inks? Come with your projects... share with other crafters, discover new techniques, and be inspired!

Let us know how much coffee to make: Pre-register online or by calling (920) 983-0033.

Monday, October 24, 2011

This Week's Make N Takes

Stop into Creations Galore during store hours Monday, October 24th thru Friday, October 28th to make these three cards. Please note, our store will not be open Saturday, October 29th due to a family wedding. However, craft away Friday until 9pm! For more details on each Make N Take, visit this link.

Stamps: Unity Stamp Co, Market Street Stamps
Inks: VersaMark Watermark, Memento, ZIG Writer
Paper: Paper Cut, Bazzill 

Stamps: Market Street Stamps
Inks: Memento, Copic Markers
Paper: Bazzill, Copic X-Press It Blending Paper

Stamps: Unity Stamp Co, Northwoods
Inks: Memento
Paper: BoBunny, A Muse
Baker's Twine: We R Memory Keepers 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Stamping With Markers

Do you remember seeing this card available as a Make N Take this week? It's made with A Muse and Bazzill papers, Unity stamps, and Marvy markers... wait. Markers? 

That's right! Stamping with markers rather than an ink pad allows you to achieve multiple colors without too much fuss. Today I'm sharing a quick tutorial on how it's done!

You'll first need a surface to stamp on. You could create squares, circles, or any other shape. I chose Spellbinders Labels One Dies. 

Gather together your stamp and markers. Marvy markers are my go-to product for this technique, but I recommend trying it with whatever you have on hand. 

This step is simple... Color your stamp! This is a great technique for floral stamps... Color your petals with one color and the stem with another. For this example, the outer edge of the apple was colored green, the heart red, and the center and stem brown. 

Behold, a nice, multicolor image!  

To create color consistency, I inked up the sentiment with the same brown marker rather than using an ink pad in a different brown. 

Gather the final components of your card, adhere together, and ta-da! You've got a card to send off to a special someone. 

There's still a few days left for you to make this exact card at Creations Galore in Green Bay. For more details on our weekly Make N Takes, visit this link

Monday, October 17, 2011

This Week's Make N Takes

Stop into Creations Galore between Monday, October 17th and Saturday, October 22nd to make this week's Make N Takes. For more details, visit this link.

Stamps: Penny Black
Ink: VersaMark Watermark, Super Fine Detail Black EP
Paper: BoBunny, Bazzill, Paper Cut
Bling: A Muse Self Adhesive Pearls

Includes Candy Corn!

Stamps: Market Street Stamps
Ink: Memento, Distress Inks
Paper: A Muse, Paper Cut
Die: QuicKutz Pillow Box
Extras: Stickles Glitter Glue 

Stamps: Unity Stamp Co
Ink: Marvy Markers
Paper: A Muse, Bazzill
Die: Spellbinders 

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Autumn Is Here!

Hello bloggers! The leaves have started changing colors here in Wisconsin which has inspired me to make all kinds of autumn decor. Today I'm showing a little tutorial on making this beautiful (and easy!) banner...

First, you'll need to decide:
  • What your banner will say
  • The size and shape of each hanging piece
  • Which papers and inks you'll use

For this banner, I started with the leaf die cuts - creating them with our Cricut's Designer's Calendar Cartridge. We've created extras and made them available at the store for anyone without a Cricut. However, you could use leaf stickers, stamps, or other die cuts you may have. 

Next, I used We R Memory Keepers Autumn Splendor papers. The collection has warm colors in fun patterns. Plus, a few had owls -- I have a soft spot for all things owls. We R Memory Keepers has four double sided papers in each collection that have a reverse side of four 6x6 designs. This is perfect for this project! Rather than buying 8-10 different papers, I only needed to buy 2 to have 10 different patterns! 

The bottom layer of each hanging piece was created with the Extra-Giga Marvy Lever Punch - creating a 3 1/2 inch scalloped circle out of the patterned papers. The next layer was created with the Mega Marvy Lever Punch - creating a 2 1/2 inch circle out of milkweed cardstock.

You can choose to assemble the pieces as shown; however, I chose to add some Distress Inks with the Foam Applicator Tool to add some warmth and dimension to each layer. The leaves and scalloped circles were both distressed with Black Soot, and the small circles and letters were distressed with Vintage Photo.

I created the letters using our AccuCut and Dies - available in our Crop Room. However, you could use chipboard letters, stickers, or any other dies you have available. For more information on using our dies, click here.

After distressing each letter, add foam risers and adhere to the assembled pieces. If you're using stickers and still want a raised effect, the Powder Tool by EK Success is an easy way to achieve the look. You'll first add the foam risers to the back of the sticker - don't remove the backing just yet. Next brush the Powder Tool over the back of the sticker. This will get rid of the stickiness. Now you can remove the riser's backing and adhere the letters to your banner. 

Lastly, punch a hole at the top of each piece and string together. You now have a beautiful banner to hang anywhere you'd like to add some fall warmth. 

A few additional images - just click each photo to enlarge...

Thanks for stopping by. Maybe next week we'll show you how to make this adorable paper pumpkin. Happy Harvest, friends. Enjoy your Thursday.

Monday, October 10, 2011

This Week's Make N Takes

We invite you to Creations Galore to create this three cards. Bring along your favorite adhesive and learn new techniques and try new products. The Make N Take Station is available to you during store hours between Monday, October 10th and Saturday, October 15th. For more details on the benefits of each Make N Take, visit us here

Paper: We R Memory Keepers, Bazzill, Paper Cut
Stamps: We R Memory Keepers, Peachy Keen
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Extras: Martha Stewart Edger Punch, Cricut Create A Critter Cartridge

Paper: BoBunny, Paper Cut
Stamps: Itty Bitty by Unity Stamp Co
Ink: Memento Rich Cocoa, Walnut Stain Distress Ink
Extras: EK Success Edger Punch
Paper: Bazzill, Paper Cut
Stamps: Market Street Stamps, Northwoods
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers
Extras: EK Success Circle Punches

Friday, October 7, 2011

Paper Of The Week - Flowers & Damask

Here at Creations Galore, we have so much paper, we're not sure you'll ever see it all. Therefore, every Friday we showcase a store favorite, giving you the opportunity to say, "Wow. They have that!?!" 

This week, we're showing off the Mr. & Mrs. collection from Teresa Collins. Upon looking at the collection, I couldn't help but think of all the different cards, layouts, and home and wedding decor that could be made out of the gorgeous patterns. What would you use it for?

Mr. & Mrs. Ledger Paper

Mr. & Mrs. Scrolls Paper

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Host Your Private Event At Creations Galore!

Do you have a special event coming up? Whether it's your child's birthday party, a bridal shower for your best friend, or your monthly craft group, we've got just the party for you!

Any group can take part in the fun at Creations Galore!

Children's Birthday Parties
  • Children create their own mini scrapbook to take home. All materials and tools are included. Just bring the pictures! 
  • Other ideas: Valentines, Cards
Bridal Showers
  • Guests each create a different themed page for the Bride and Groom's Wedding Album. The Bride-To-Be just needs to add the pictures later!
  • Other ideas: Recipe Book, Friendship Album
Baby Showers
  • Guests each create a different themed page for the baby's album. The Mom-To-Be adds her pictures later! 
  • Other ideas: Each guest creates a square or triangle piece of a banner with the baby's name, Advice Book
Craft Groups
  • Gather together at Creations Galore! Looking for a place for your card, scrapbooking, or other club to meet? We've got the space (and tools) for you! Our stamps, paper trimmers, punches, die cutting machines, and other tools are included. 
School Groups/Clubs
  • Whether you're a part of a Girl Scout troop, volleyball team or high school club, we can plan the perfect project specifically for your special group! 
Community/Church Groups
  • We can help you create a fun craft perfect for your group.
  • Do you need to escape the office for some creative time? Come to Creations Galore to work on your projects or let us help you plan a fun activity for your group.

Whatever group you belong to - We can help you plan a fun event! 

For more details and to plan your event, contact the Creations Galore Gals at (920) 983-0033. 

The St Norbert College Cheerleading Team celebrating the end of a
successful season by creating shadow boxes at Creations Galore.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

It's So Easy!

We R Memory Keepers Sew Easy makes adding stitching to your projects easy so you don't have to drag out your cumbersome sewing machine. This rotary stitch piercer creates perfectly aligned holes in over 25 designs and patterns (15 interchangeable heads available) with 22 great floss packs in 3 coordinating colors of over 26 yards of floss total. You'll love the baker's twine and the basic floss colors! 

Take a look at these projects from We R Memory Keepers, and find out why the Sew Easy makes the hand sewn trend so popular!

How adorable! Here are the newest Sew Easy Piercers and Flosses available at Creations Galore - both in store and online!

Sew Easy Stitch Piercer

Sew Easy Large Stitch Piercer - Hearts

Sew Easy Large Stitch Piercer - Lazy Daisy

Sew Easy Large Stitch Piercer - Loop De Loop

Sew Easy Large Stitch Piercer - Smocking

Sew Easy Stitch Piercer - Burst
Sew Easy Stitch Piercer - Blanket

Sew Easy Stitch Piercer - Zig Zag

Sew Easy Stitch Piercer - Cross

Sew Easy Floss - Red

Sew Easy Fancy Floss - Baker's Twine Neutral

Sew Easy Floss - Purple

Sew Easy Fancy Floss- Baker's Twine Secondary

Sew Easy Floss - Green

Sew Easy Fancy Floss - Baker's Twine Primary

Sew Easy Floss - Blue

Sew Easy Fancy Floss - Baker's Twine Tertiary