Sunday, December 29, 2013

Upcoming Crops - Be Our Guest!

Leave distraction behind and dedicate a few hours to your crafts! More! Creations Galore offers space for you to get your scrapbook pages, homemade cards, and other crafts completed, as well as access to tools as you need them.

Day Crops
Stop into Creations Galore during store hours to complete your projects. You'll have your own table space and access to our punches, paper cutters, die-cut machines, and stamps! 

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM is FREE until May 2014, Back to School Fun! 

All other times: 
Cost $2.50/hour - up to $5 (Stay all day for just $5! - FREE with a $20 purchase in store that day)

Check out our Creations Club for Unlimited Table Space.

Friday Crop Nights
Creations Galore is open EVERY Friday until 9:00 PM! All customers are invited to crop every Friday during store hours for just $5. You will receive a $5 credit toward a purchase that night over $20. This is the perfect opportunity to complete projects, share ideas, and make new friends!

Night includes your own 6 ft table, access to our punches, paper cutters, die cutting machines, and stamps. Our store even stays open for last minute shopping! 

Extended Crop Nights will be every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. We invite you to crop until Midnight during these Crops. The cost will only be $5, and you will receive a $5 credit toward a purchase that night over $20. Night includes giveaways. 


Don't forget to visit our online calendar to view the latest classes, crops, specials, and events. The page is updated often!

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Behind The Make N Take: Embossed Backgrounds

Thanks for joining us on the blog today. We're highlighting the Peace. Happiness. Joy make n take which recently got lots of attention. Due to the numerous questions asking how to create the unique background, we threw together a quick video of the card process for today's BEHIND THE MAKE N TAKE.

The background is both dry and heat embossed. Below the video you'll see step-by-step instructions and product descriptions to help you best recreate this technique!

We started with a scored A2 card with a white layering swatch on the inside and outside of card. To create the background...

1. Use an embossing folder to create a design on a piece of colored cardstock. For this step, you'll see we used a Spellbinders Reversible Embossing Folder. The specific style, Holiday Magic, is a unique two-sided folder. 
2. After running the cardstock and folder through a die cutting machine, add VersaMark Watermark to the raised design. By lightly running the ink pad over the design, it should only stick to the raised parts. You can use any type of pigment or embossing ink. VersaMark Watermark is almost clear in design, making it our favorite for heat embossing. 

Another option is to use the VersaMark Watermark Pen to draw over the design. 

3. Next sprinkle embossing powder of your choice over the design. From the card image, you'll see that the embossing ink didn't hit every part of the design. We actually love the distressed look. Using Ranger Distress Embossing Powders, which have a matte finish, will add to that vintage feel. We used used Faded Jeans Distress Embossing Powder here. Make sure to use a heat tool to cure the powder.

4. You now have your super embossed background! Add it to your card and decorate as desired. 

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Pocket Scrapbooking: Embark on Adventures

Thanks for joining us today on the blog where we have a spread jam packed with pocket scrapbooking inspiration! 

If you're new to the pocket scrapbooking trend, let us show you how it's done! The words 'pocket scrapbooking' describe exactly what it is. The page protectors, available in a variety of sizes and styles, are divided into pockets that allow you to easily slip in photos and journaling cards. 

Today's spread uses pocket page protectors from American Crafts and journaling cards from We R Memory Keepers' Chalkboard Collection. The entire spread documents one event - A day of trail riding with family. Rather than creating many different 12x12 layouts, each card becomes it's own "page" with its own title and journaling. Because the same color combo was used throughout, the individual pockets are unified. 

Here's a close up of the right side of the page. A typewriter was used to create all the journaling. We love handwriting, but why not dig out that old machine and give it a try?! Some of the journaing was typed directly onto the cards, while others were typed onto white cardstock and cut into strips. 

We love the window cards included in this kit from WRMK. It makes it so easy to include a photo and some journaling. Here the journaling was kept simple and to the point. But oh so funny too! 

Here's a look at the right side of the spread. The title card is so fun! We cut a few hearts and arrows from journaling cards in the collection to create our own embellishments. 

We used a few sticker alphas too! Titling made easy. We pulled out our sewing machine to add an additional element to the spread too! 

What do you think of using sewing machines and typewriters in your paper crafts? Too much work or lots of fun?

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Card Maker's Gift Guide

This morning we brought you the Memory Keeper's Gift Guide, and we're happy to bring you gift ideas for the CARD MAKER in your life. Christmas is only a week away, but don't worry. We have you covered. Stop in soon and pick up one or all of the following great stocking stuffers!

1. Dollar Ribbons from American Crafts

You'll find a large selection of ribbon, twine, and glitter tape for only $1 at Creations Galore. The price just can't be beat! It's the perfect addition to any card maker's stash! 

2. The Trim & Score Board
Help the crafter in your life save room with this handy tool from We R Memory Keepers. Trim your cardstock and immediately score it. The product comes with a bone folder and two blades! 

3. Copic Markers & Refills

Perfect for coloring images, brads, ribbons, and more. Grab the coordinating refill and it's like giving your loved one an additional 15 to 25 markers! 

4. Jewel Dazzle Stickers
Creations Galore customers have been going crazy over this new addition to the store. From Hot Off The Press, these self adhesive jewels are low in cost, flat, and GORGEOUS!

5. The Envelope Punch Board
Make your own envelopes from any size paper, both square or rectangle. The Envelope Punch Board comes with a bone folder and two built in punches. The punches easily create the fold notches and round the corners. 

 6. Mini Paper Pads

Smaller sized paper pads are made for card makers. The print is smaller, making more of it seen on a small card. They also contain a large selection of matching papers. You'll find 4x6, 6x6, and 6.5x.6.5 sizes from your favorite manufactures at Creations Galore.

7. Gift Certificate to Creations Galore

Trust us on this one. Any card maker would love a gift certificate for their local paper crafts store. They'll have 10,000 square feet of supplies to shop, as well as access to our classes and crop nights. It's the greatest gift you can give!

Don't forget! Now through Christmas, you get to pick your discount every time you stop into the store. You'll take 10% to 40% off all regular priced items. 

For any additional help, visit us at 3164 Coronet Way in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Let's make this the best holiday yet! Merry Christmas from all of us at Creations Galore! 

The Memory Keeper's Gift Guide

Christmas is only a week away, and we've seen lots of customers at Creations Galore looking for hot items to give to their crafty loved ones. If you too are looking for last minute gift ideas, look no further. We've put together two wonderful gift guides for you, starting with SCRAPBOOKERS first! 

1. BasicGrey 2014 Calendar Kit

This kit includes everything needed to create an 8x8 spiral bound calendar. Gift the kit or completed calendar. Plus! This week only, it's 40% off! Hurry and grab yours before their gone! 

2. 12x12 Paper Packs with Plastic Storage Container

Creations Galore has a large selection of 12x12 collection packs from We R Memory Keepers, which include double sided papers, die cuts, stickers, and a reusable storage container. They include over 75 pieces and are sure to delight any scrapbooker! 

3. Project Life, SN@P, or WRMK Journaling Cards & Kits

Complete an album fast and worry free with these great journaling card kits. With the help of pocket page protectors, just add the cards and your photos. It's perfect for the beginner to advanced scrapbooker. 

4. 3x4 Card Punches

Choose between round or square corners. Create perfectly sized photos or your own journaling cards with these fantastic punches from We R Memory Keepers. 

5. Washi Tapes

Creations Galore has a wide variety of colors, sizes, and styles of washi tapes. They work as adhesive and as a decorative element. It's an affordable and fun stocking stuffer sure to bring a smile to its recipient! Let's be honest, us scrapbookers can never have too many!

6. The Flush Bound 12x12 Page Protector

This is a must have item for any scrapbooker! It fits into any 12x12 album, leaving no space between double sided layouts. It's our favorite item to come to the store recently. We recommend picking up one, two, or seven packs! 

7. Gift Certificate to Creations Galore

Trust us on this one. Any scrapbooker would love a gift certificate for their local scrapbook store. They'll have 10,000 square feet of paper crafting products to shop, as well as access to our classes and crop nights. It's the greatest gift you can give!

Don't forget! Now through Christmas, you get to pick your discount every time you stop into the store. You'll take 10% to 40% off all regular priced items. 

If you're looking for gifts for the card maker in your life, come back later today for our Card Maker's Gift Guide! Thanks for shopping your independent scrapbook store. Have a Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Quick & Easy DIY Christmas Cards

If you caught Lori on Fox 11 News Sunday morning, you saw her create super simple Christmas cards (watch the segments here). We've gotten lots of questions about the cards, so we're sharing them here on the blog too! These cards are perfect for any skill level and can be created in an afternoon! 

Card One: Happy Winter with Patterned Paper

This card is as quick and easy as they get! A piece of patterned paper was added to the card front. To finish it up, Lori stamped a sentiment onto cream cardstock and adhered it to the card with 3D foam squares.

Card Two: Merry Christmas with a Stamped Background

At Creations Galore, we love background stamps. For this card, Lori stamped a music themed background stamp onto cream cardstock. She added a second layer of gold and placed them onto the card front. Just like the previous card, a sentiment was stamped onto cardstock and attached to the card with permanent adhesive. Two extra steps in this card, but still quick and easy!

Card Three: Joyeux Noel with an Embossing Folder & Ink

This last card is the hardest of the three, but it's still a beginner card that can be created in no time at all! Lori placed the blue cardstock into an embossing folder and ran it through the Evolution tool to create the raised snowflake images. To highlight the images, she ran a blue ink lightly over embossed design. This was added with a white layer to the front of the card. And again, just like the two previous cards, a stamped sentiment on white cardstock was adhered to the front too!

All the supplies and tools to create these three cards can be found at Creations Galore. If you're new to paper crafting, allow us to help you design your own Christmas cards. We can walk you through the process, help you pick out stamps and paper, and get you on your way to personalized handmade greetings. You can even use our tools, such as stamps, embossing folders, and paper cutters, keeping this project affordable! It's only $2.50 per hour or $5 for the full day! 

Don't forget, every day until Christmas, pick your own sale to take 10% to 40% off regular priced items. 

For more information and store hours, call us at (920) 983-0033 or visit us online.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Layout Tuesday: Grow Like A Wildflower

Happy Tuesday friends! We're so excited to bring you another inspiring layout using products from Creations Galore. This week is a double page spread by Alicia Giess. 

How stunning is this?! Alicia is using the Wildflower collection by Carta Bella. We instantly fell in love with the hip, urban collection full of of nature elements and bold colors. She fussy cut the feathers and used her finger to round the edges giving them dimension. The other embellishments are from the 12x12 element sticker sheet. Read more about her process on the Carta Bella blog.

Gorgeous project Alicia! Visit our online store to shop the Carta Bella Collection today, and don't forget to join us next Tuesday for another inspiring layout. 

Saturday, December 7, 2013

NEW to the Online Store

Shop the following new products recently added to our online store. Receive FREE shipping on orders of $50 or more! All products are also available at our brick and mortar store, located at 3164 Coronet Way in Green Bay, Wisconsin. 

Thursday, December 5, 2013

North Pole Inspiration

We're back today with lots of inspiration from the We R Memory Keepers Design Team using their North Pole Collection - Now available in our store and online.

The seasons most cherished elements are featured in the North Pole collection, including holly branches, candy canes, snowflakes, caroling, and more. It adds a classic touch of nostalgia to a season worth remembering all year long. In addition, look for seasonal patterns such as holiday plaid and candy cane stripes. North Pole takes a traditional approach to the holiday season by mixing a familiar color palette of green, red, and white, while adding a hint of gingerbread brown and a frosty blue.

Unwrap the North Pole Collection by shopping our online store or visiting us at 3164 Coronet Way in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Merry Christmas!