Friday, December 30, 2016

JANUARY CROP SCHEDULE

We're days away from the new year, and we invite you to start it off right. Tackle a new year of scrapbooking or catch up on old projects by attending one of our crop nights. 

The first Midnight Crop of the month is almost full. We already have 20 talented, crafty ladies. What a great evening it's going to be. Read on to learn more about our studio and this month's dates.

January 2017 Crop Schedule:


All Crop Nights Include:

  • 6 foot table to spread out your projects and supplies
  • Small garbage can, cup holder, and chair
  • Access to our tools, punches, and die cutting machines
  • Use of our stamps (just bring your own ink and cleaner)
  • Ability to shop our store throughout the event
  • Leave your items overnight and come back Saturday for FREE

We invite you to join the fun for just $5 or FREE with a $20 same-day purchase. To sign up for any of these crops, click the date above to complete our online registration or call us at 920-983-0033. 

This is a schedule of just our Friday Crop Nights. To learn more about different times, visit us here

Thursday, December 29, 2016

TUTORIAL | NEW CMYK STAMPS & INKS

How to use CMYK Stamps & Inks
If you're a designer, lover of print, or a total nerd, you're going to love the newest products from We R Memory Keepers. They've recently released a line of CMYK stamps and inks. For those that may not be geeking out as much as I am, CMYK is an abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Key (or black). These four colors are used in traditional printing processes to achieve a full range of color.

CMYK Stamps & Inks by WRMK
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The ink pad set comes with one of each printing color that makes up CMYK and coordinates with the stamp sets. The labeled stamps make layering each color easy and effortless. There's even a guide for proper alignment and step by step instructions to help you get a better understanding of this cool process.

How to use CMYK Stamps & Inks

The sets have been a big hit at the shop which is exactly why I wanted to show off the new product to you today, as well as offer a few tips for achieving the best images.

As mentioned above, each stamp set comes with a clear guide for precision stamping. To keep the paper in line with the guide for each layer, I'm using the Original MISTI tool. I highly recommend this tool for color layering stamps. We R Memory Keepers released their own version of the tool; however, their Precision Press does not come with magnets or a paper guide. These additional accessories have saved me time and supplies many times. 

When using any of the We R Memory Keepers guides, I recommend positioning the first stamp onto your paper. In this case, that will be the black layer (K). Once in place, close the grid to pick up the stamp, and add the grid around the stamp. When I placed the grid on first, the stamps didn't seem to fit correctly, making every layer stamp just a bit out of place. Once both pieces are on, ink the stamp and press down onto the cardstock. That first layer will appear similar to this:

Each color layer may not make complete sense as you stamp them as the shapes aren't traditional shades of color. That's ok! It's the fun of the printing process and watching the four colors combine to create additional layers of color. 

Follow the instructions to add the other three layers of color. Note, this is a printing ink and has different properties than dye or pigment. Larger pieces of ink that you allow to dry on the guide will appear almost rubber-like. We used the Stamp Shammy to remove the ink, and it worked well. Over time, however, our stamp started to show how loved it really is. Just ignore all those smudges! 

Once you've stamped all four layers, you'll see a beautiful finished image with far more than just four colors. How cool is that outcome? It's like magic! 

You can shop We R Memory Keepers newest release in store or online, but what if you'd like to try it before you buy it? You're in luck, because the card shown is available this week at our Make N Take station. Grab your favorite adhesive, and visit soon. Our Make N Takes are just $2 each and include all the supplies needed to complete the card, as well as step by step instructions.

What do you think of this new line of CMYK stamps and ink? Are you familiar with the printing process?

SUPPLIES Cardstock: Paper Cut. Stamps: We R Memory Keepers (Rose CMYK Stamp Set), Avery Elle. Inks: We R Memory Keepers (CMYK Ink Pad Set), VersaFine (Onyx Black). Punches: Fiskars (Corner Rounder). Tools: Original MISTI, Stamp Shammy.
BLOG AUTHOR Nicole Bergeson

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

LAST MINUTE NEW YEAR'S EVE PARTY DIY IDEAS

With Christmas behind us, we're looking forward toward the new year. We can't wait to gather with friends and family and ring in 2017. How are you celebrating? Today, Nicole is sharing some last minute DIY party ideas that will liven up your evening, whether you're celebrating as a party of 20 or just 2. 


No party is complete without a banner or two. I cut different sized strips of 12x12 printed, metallic vellum. Some strips were left plain, while I cut fishtails into others. With the help of a basic hole punch and baker's twine, the vellum was hung on the wall bellow three gorgeous, glitter words.

The words were welded together using Silhouette software, one of my favorite features, and cut from American Crafts POW Glitter Paper with the Cameo. I used tape to attach the words to baker's twine instead of punching holes. POW Glitter Paper is perfect for party decor projects since the glitter is fused to the paper and will not end up on you or your guests.

Invite guests to write down a goal, resolution, or wish for the new year. Guests can read their plan out loud, toss them into the bowl, or hang onto them. I gathered together 3x4 journaling cards from my favorite Project Life Core Kit, Midnight. They can be slipped into 12x12 pocket pages after the party ends. 

Every party needs food. Add a bit of glitz and glam to your snacks with these easy to create toppers. I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut circles from black glitter paper and gold sticker paper.  

I used the same papers to create wine labels and decorate white party hats. The sticker paper, a new arrival to the shop, cuts like butter and attached to the paper with ease. This was a time saver when it came to adhering the small clock hands. 


To end the evening, hand out midnight kisses as a favor. You may find a great deal on candy and chocolates with after-Christmas sales, which makes this DIY even harder to resist.

To create these favors, I grabbed a few 4x4 favor bags from the shop and Scor-Tape. After printing the title on cardstock, I added tape to the backside and folded it over the top of the favor bag. Scor-Tape is a permanent bond. No need to worry if guests pick the favor up by the paper - It will be secure! 

Stop by the shop to see all of these ideas and more up close. I hope you've found a few ideas to add to your own celebration and can't wait to see what you create. 

From all of us at Creations Galore, have a safe and happy new year! 

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

CURRENT MAKE N TAKES: December 27-30

Good morning, Paper Crafters! Have you stopped into Creations Galore to see the new set of Make N Takes available? We have three cards ready for you to create, with step by step instructions and all the supplies you'll need. We hope to see you soon.

See all three cards and learn more by clicking here

HOLIDAY HOURS AT CREATIONS GALORE

Creations Galore will have shorter hours this week due to the holiday. For the inconvenience, we're offering a free crop on Friday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM. Thank you for understanding, and have a happy new year!

Sunday, December 25, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Merry, Merry Christmas from the Creations Galore family to yours. We hope you have a safe journey if you're out driving today, and take time to enjoy this special day. 

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men"

Friday, December 23, 2016

DOCUMENT DECEMBER: HOLIDAY ALBUM IDEAS

Yesterday, we shared a list of prompts for documenting your holiday traditions. You can catch up on that post by clicking here. While we encourage you to save memorabilia, make lists, and take pictures of all your December moments, it can be overwhelming knowing what to do with them. 

A few years ago, I came across Ali Edward's blog and her project, December Daily. If you're unfamiliar with it, you must check it out. She has a class and coordinating kit that you can participate in; however, I chose to create my own with Christmas collections from our shop. This specific project, or scrapbook movement, starts on December 1st, and participants complete their albums during the month as each day comes and goes. I'm here to tell you that it's never too late to get those pictures off your phone and document them. 

If that last statement applies to you, and you're ready to document your holiday traditions in a mini album, Creations Galore has a gift for you: 25% off albums and page protectors through the end of the month. Just mention DEC25 or print off the coupon here.

I instantly fell in love with the 6x8 album size and pocket page protectors. It's a perfect mix between photo albums and traditional scrapbooks. Today, I'm sharing just a few pages and ideas from that first 2013 album for creating your own album of December fun. 
Write a list of your favorite Christmas songs, movies, or sayings to include in your album. In the picture above, I used the Silhouette Cameo to cut a favorite quote from a piece of patterned paper. I used the negative piece instead of the letters and punched two holes to create an insert.

Include a favorite holiday recipe. Each year, I enjoy taking part in a Christmas cookie exchange. In this album, I took pictures of the process and included the recipe. My heart fills with joy at the thought of someone coming across this years down the road. 
Want to emphasize something important to you? Your christmas tree, the front of your house, or the joy on your child's face. Enlarge the print and include it in a 6x8 full page protector or on its own as an insert. To memorialize my love for fresh, white, sparkly snow, I printed a 5x7 photo, adhered patterned paper to the backside, and added it to the album. 

Adding brochures, tickets, cards, and pamphlets from concerts, plays, and other holiday events adds to the texture and fun of an album. Toward the end of the month, my album was getting too thick to hold too much more. Therefore, I took a picture of myself holding the tickets as I waited to enter the performance. This ensures the ink on the tickets won't fade, and I don't add any bulk to the project. 

Are you documenting your December? If not, we sure hope you'll consider it. I love looking back on past years and remembering the magic of that year's holiday. It's so fun to see what changed, what hasn't, and what pieces became yearly traditions. 

BLOG AUTHOR Nicole Bergeson
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Thursday, December 22, 2016

MEMORY KEEPING PROMPT: CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS

Christmas is just a few short days away, and we want to take a moment in the midst of all the parties, shopping, and cookie decorating to slow down and take a look around. Won't you do the same? 

As memory keepers, life documenters, our family historians, we are the record keepers. With that said, we have a few suggestions on lists, memorabilia, and photos you can include in your yearly scrapbooks or December Daily albums.

Document The Holidays:

  • Christmas ornaments
  • Cookie recipe
  • Favorite holiday songs
  • Tickets from events
  • Play and concert brochures 
  • Letter to Santa
  • Gift or wish list
  • Must watch Christmas movies
  • Christmas Day schedule
  • Where you shop for gifts
  • Seasonal recipes or meals
  • Winter clothing

How are you documenting your holiday traditions? We'd love to hear your plans, as well as additional ideas on what to save and record.

Find all of our memory keeping prompts by clicking here.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

COLOR LAYER STAMPING MADE EASY WITH THE MISTI

MISTI TUTORIAL | Color Layering Stamps
If you've followed along with us on social media or stopped into the shop recently, you know we've fallen head over heels in love with the MISTI. Friends, it's the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented. While there are many creative and essential uses for this tool, we want to share how easy it is to use color layering stamps to make picture perfect images. 

MISTI TUTORIAL | Color Layering Stamps
For today's tutorial, I'm using the Original MISTI. I'm a fan of this size, as it fits 6x6 backgrounds perfectly. The tool accommodates both rubber cling and clear stamps and is a stamp mount with two magnets that allow you to quickly and easily position your cardstock for your desired design.

Because of the amazing features listed above, it's the perfect tool for Christmas cards... or any time you're creating large quantities of a design. Simply position the cardstock in the corner of the MISTI, stamp, remove cardstock, position new piece of cardstock, stamp, remove... You get it. It's such a timesaver, and the end result is flawless stamping.

MISTI TUTORIAL | Color Layering Stamps
Today, I'm using a stamp set from Hero Arts. Color layering stamps create depth and interest without the hassle of coloring. To line up and stamp the first wreath image, follow the following steps:

  • Position the cardstock in the right hand corner of the MISTI.
  • Place the stamp onto the cardstock as if you were stamping it without a block. 
  • Close the lid to pick up the stamp.
  • Ink the stamp with the lightest color of ink.
  • Close the lid and add pressure to area with stamp.
  • Lift to reveal stamped design.

MISTI TUTORIAL | Color Layering Stamps
Wipe away any ink with the Stamp Shammy, our favorite cleaner from Lawn Fawn. Next, position the second layer directly over the stamped image. You'll follow the same directions above to ink and stamp the second layer using a medium ink color. 

Repeat with the third layer using a dark ink color, add accessories, and stamp a sentiment too! The grid lines on the lid and paper pad assist in lining up all stamps, but we're crazy about how easy it is to perfectly align word and phrase stamps.

MISTI TUTORIAL | Color Layering Stamps
MISTI TUTORIAL | Color Layering Stamps
And just like that, you're done! Easy, perfectly aligned layers of color and design. 

MISTI TUTORIAL | Color Layering Stamps
Still not convinced this is the Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented? Stop by our Make N Take station to try it for yourself. 

BLOG AUTHOR Nicole Bergeson
CARD SUPPLIES Cardstock: Paper Cut. Stamps: Hero Arts (Color Layering Wreath). Inks: Distress Inks (Peeled Paint, Forest Moss, Fired Brick), VersaFine (Onyx Black), Memento (Bamboo Leaves), Wink Of Stella (Clear). Tools: Original MISTI.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

DIY GLITTER TABLE NUMBERS & NAME CARDS

Yesterday, I was delighted to share a glimpse into our wedding reception and a few DIY ideas you could recreate for your holiday dinner party. Today, I'm back with a few more ideas including glitter table numbers and name cards. Read on to see more, but first catch up on yesterday's post if you haven't already.

PHOTO BY The Family Films
Let me start by sharing what was placed at each place setting: Handmade wood charger, dinner and salad plate, glitter die cut of guest's name, black wine glass, napkin, and wooden utensils with thank you tag. 

You read that correctly. Wooden utensils. We found biodegradable, disposable silverware sets at Joanne Hudson. This meant no one was slaving over a large sink of dirty dishes, and the color and texture added to our rustic affair. I highly recommend these for your next event as an alternative to plastic. 

Thanks to the Print and Cut feature on the Silhouette Cameo, the thank you tags were a breeze to create. The feature is exactly as it sounds. You print the image with your home printer, and the Silhouette cuts it out. Cutting 100 tags by hand would have taken days. Who knows if it would have ever been completed! Instead, 20 minutes, this cut file, and a simple tutorial had them ready to go. 

PHOTO BY The Family Films
The Silhouette Cameo was a huge help when it came to creating the table numbers and name cards. Silhouette's software gives the user the ability to cut any font available. We were able to use the same fonts as our wedding stationery to create these pieces.

For the table numbers, I cut numbers 1 through 12 from American Crafts POW! Glitter Paper. This is the most amazing glitter paper on the market. The pieces of glitter are fused to the paper, making it mess free and easy to cut with any machine. 

I cut a second set of numbers from thin chipboard and adhered the two together for stability. If you prefer the backside to have the same color, you could flip the cardstock over when cutting a second set. I spray painted 12 wooden dowels and adhered black clips to the top of each. The clip held a table number and was slipped into a glass jar with a simple white flower. 

To create the name cards, I cut the name of each guest from the same color of POW! Glitter Paper. This may seem like a large task, but it was completed in one afternoon thanks to (once again) the Silhouette Cameo. The weld feature allows you to piece together shapes for a seamless cut. While these were far more delicate than your traditional place cards, we loved the look stretched across each plate. Many of our guests were caught taking pictures with their name and taking them home at the end of the night. 

PHOTO BY The Family Films
Lastly, I wanted to share the frames you see at each table. I printed love quotes from our favorite TV shows and slipped them into Tolsby frames from IKEA that were spray painted black. If you're using the last few posts as inspiration for a holiday party, these frames would be perfect holding quotes from your favorite Christmas movie or holiday song. 

Thank you so much for following along, and we hope you've found an idea or two to use for your next event. As you can see, we love our Silhouette Cameo and recommend it for every DIYer. Last minute Christmas gift idea? We think so. 

BLOG AUTHOR Nicole Bergeson
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CURRENT MAKE N TAKES: DECEMBER 20-23

Good morning, Paper Crafters! With Christmas just days away, we're adding two holiday cards to our Make N Take line up this week. Stop in to play with embossing folders, cutting dies, and color layer stamps. Learn more and see all three cards by clicking here.

Real jingle bells included in this week's kit! You won't want to miss this.

Monday, December 19, 2016

DIY CHRISTMAS TABLE DECOR & WEDDING IDEAS


Today, I'm so excited to share just a few photos of our wedding reception that took place exactly one year ago. This year has gone by so fast, and I thank you all for your kind words and interest in the planning process as well as the big day. We'll be sharing more personal photos of the wedding on the Creations Galore Facebook page later today. 

For now, I wanted to share a few of the DIYs we completed for the tables in hopes you'll find inspiration for your own dinner table this Christmas. 

Zack and I were the crazy people that added one more holiday party to everyone's busy season by getting married just six days before Christmas. We opted to invite just our family and a few close friends, keeping the guest list to under 100 people.  We envisioned one long table of our favorite people and placed ourselves and our wedding party in the middle of them all, eating and drinking among them instead of having a head table. It was the perfect intimate wedding that we wanted.

Why the date? Simply put, we love winter. We love snow. We love rustic Christmas decor, the warmth of the fireplace, and creamy hot chocolate. If you're a fan of the same colors and textures, I have a list of resources and projects you can create for your own winter wedding or holiday dinner party. 


The stone dance hall located in Pamperin Park was the perfect setting for our event. Black, white, and gold were our main colors with accents of red and green and wood, chalkboard, and kraft paper textures. Zack, along with my dad and brother, cut pieces of wood for aisle decor, cake stands, and plate chargers. Fun fact, they did this all while we (and maybe you) were shopping at Creations Galore's semi-annual Your Craft Rummage Sale

Gold spray paint was my best friend during this adventure, and I highly recommend it for you too. It instantly and effortlessly made our chalkboards, vases, and paper trees match the color scheme. I wrote messages on various chalkboards with a chalk marker by Marvy. It glides on with no mess and only washes off with water. This allows you to write on signs before the actual event, stack if needed, and it will stay put even with curious, small hands near by. 

Kraft paper was placed down the center as a table runner. Various sizes and colors of painter's paper drop cloths can be found at hardware stores. We found our roll at our local Menards for under $5, and we have yards and yards left over. Along with the paper, we added long strands of evergreen, pinecones, cinnamon stick pieces, and lots of candlelight. 

Each table had four tealights in Glimma and Galej glass holders from IKEA, two votive candles in gold spray painted pint jars, and two floating candles in quart mason jars with water and real cranberries. This candlelight allowed us to dim the overhead lights and added to the elegance of the evening.  

In tomorrow's blog post, I will be sharing how to create the table numbers, quote frames, and glitter name cards. Stay tuned! All of these items created a gorgeous holiday setting, but the table still needed some height. That's where the gold trees came into play. I had so much fun making these. That's right, they're another DIY. A simple cone was created with white poster board. Next, I cut leaves from white cardstock with the Silhouette Cameo using this cut file. Each leaf was curled up and adhered to the cone with a single dot of hot glue. The cut file was cut several times in three sizes, with the largest size at the bottom of the cone and the smallest at the top. Once completed, a coat of (you guessed it) gold spray paint was added.

I love these shots of our guests enjoying the celebration. We kept a large amount of the place settings and decor to reuse in the future. Who doesn't want to attend an elegant yet rustic dinner party? There's something so cozy about these holiday colors and textures. 

Thanks for following along with this longwinded post and sharing in the joy of our wedding day. I hope you found some inspiration for your next holiday affair. Visit our shop in Green Bay, Wisconsin to see the gold trees in person and get help shopping for supplies to create your own. 

BLOG AUTHOR Nicole Bergeson
PHOTOS BY The Family Films
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