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  • Go Team!

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    We admit it. We're a little crazy about our Seahawk team here in Seattle. We got these great stamps made by Clearsnap. They have other teams too! Sandy Allnock made a fun video showing 12 cards she made for her postal carrier. She also shows two upcoming classes she's teaching at Impress.  Thanks Sandy for sharing your creative talents.

     

  • Savvy Die Giveaway!

     

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    NEW DIES FROM SAVVY have arrived and we're having a give away on Facebook today. Make a comment there as to which is your favorite and you have a chance to win 4 dies of your choice!

  • Lawn Fawn Monster Mash

    I love this Halloween set by Lawn Fawn!  I used my Koi watercolor set to color in the monster and to create a cloud around the words.  My other favorite product used on this card is the die set from Pretty Pink Posh Stitched Duo 2.   This die is an easy way to create depth to the card without extra layering.

    photoThere are so many creative possibilities with this set!  Halloween is right around the corner!

  • Ahoy!

    We have brads for almost every occasion!  They are a lot of fun to use on cards and various projects.  Here are a few cards using the pirate hat and ship brads that just arrived at the store!

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    Our striped bags are perfect for a goodie bag at any party!  You'll have to call the store to track down these little gems!  Tukwila store 206.901.9101

  • Happy Mail shipping out!

    We wanted to take a minute to show you our behind the scenes shipping department!  It's all possible with the help of several efficient crew members but here is the main driving force behind it all.  Our one and only - Marianne!marianneShe can get a lot done in a day!  We send a hand stamped "thank you" card with every package.

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    Thank goodness we have a great mail person!  He comes several times a day to pick up boxes!

    boxesWe appreciate all of our customers and really enjoy having such great products to sell!  We love what we do!  -The Impress crew

     

     

     

  • Embossing and Gelatos

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    We love to add texture to a card by using an embossing folder. This one is called "woodgrain" and it's one of our favorites, especially this time of year. Sometimes- we just like the look of embossed texture as is but this time we thought it would be fun to enhance it with silver metallic gelatos. Want to duplicate this look? Emboss your paper and then take the gelatos and gently rub the creamy pigment against any raised surface. Use a light touch as you don't want to completely cover the trees. After the gelatos is applied, wet your finger and smooth out the silver color. The more you  rub, the more shimmer you'll get.

    The joy and little red bird are Savvy dies.

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  • Faux bois

    Do you love washi tape? Then this wood necessities set from My Mind's Eye is a great one to add to your collection. We've found lots of creative uses for it already. For this card we lay a few strips of the tape down side by side and then diecut it with Savvy's peace die. Notice the bottom on this card - it's one of our new favorite stamps called sprinkled snow but as you can see, when stamped in a colored ink it becomes ground.

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    On this next card we used the tape to make a background fitting for the antler die..   We'll be using this tape a lot for fall cards. If you're loving the wood look, you might also like the coordinating wood designer paper.

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  • Embossing Plates

    Here are a few card ideas using our new featured item!  Lifestyle Crafts has released several new embossing templates and they have switched up the size, making them more card friendly.  The one used below is called: Script Embossing Folder and you get 2 styles in one!

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    On the card above, I lightly rubbed pigment ink (neon, coral) over the embossed paper to give a distressed look.

  • Neon Pens

    We had the pleasure to watch an artist use these neon pens at the New York Stationary Show and it was truly inspiring.  They are gellyroll pens and glide on the paper when you write with them!

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    It's easy to add a hint of neon to any project.  I love the look of the neon on the chalk washi tape!

  • Dressing up your envelope!

    It's wedding season and there is so much you can do to put that personal touch on even the simpliest of invitations.  The envelope is a perfect place.  There are so many great printed pattern paper that it's easy to line an evelope to match the invitation and it's really simple to do!

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    Here are some basic envelopes.  I make a template by tracing the envelope flap onto a piece of paper, you could use a heavier weight paper since you'll be using this to trace.  Then, you'll want to cut that out and you just need it to be long enough to cover the inside of the envelope.  Use a corner punch to create the rounded point.

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    I love this corner rounder set, both sizes are perfect for your corner rounding needs!  For this envelope we used the 1/2" size.

    Here is a sample of the end result!

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    This is quick and easy and has a lot of impact for any invitation or card!  Here is a wedding sample set that we have currently displayed in the stores.wedding

    We recently also received this new toole that comes in a variety of colors!  I love the width!  Our tree rose stamp is one of those classic images that can be used for so many projects.  It's been one of my favorites from the spring line!

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    I've embossed with it, sponged with color (like the invitation set about), I've watercolored with it.  It's a great stamp with lots of potential!

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