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  • Color Combo Fun Class with Ashley Marcu this weekend!

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    Explore the world of color!  Come and create 5 different cards with 5 different color schemes.  You will leave this class with beautiful cards and new ideas on how to mix colors!  ($32.00)  *please bring scissors and adhesive Saturday, June 25th 1:30 - 3:30 at our Tukwila store. Call our store to reserve your spot 206.901.9101.  See you Saturday!

  • Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

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    We are thrilled to play along in the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop! We participated in the Spring hop back in March and are excited to join in the Summer fun for this hop. Summer is the theme and thought we would show you a "teacher gift" idea since it's the end of the school year and it seems like a coffee gift card is the perfect gift for all of those amazing teachers!

    For this project, we used a few of our favorite stamps, Bloom where you are planted and Poppy flower with leaf on side stamped in our favorite summer colors - Fresh Ink strawberry and mint. The flower stamp has the bonus leaf stamp on the side. I used Versafine black onyx for the black cup and sentiment stamp.  I love that black ink - it's so rich and perfect.

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    You may have noticed our hand carved coffee cup.  This is what happens when I can't find a stamp.  Yes, you can carve it.  I have a weakness for the hand carved look.  For our teacher's gift, we bought some garden gloves at Dollar Tree to go with our card.  They had some fun colors and patterns and the kids loved the idea. I love to put gifts in these clear cellophane bags!  They make everything look pretty!

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    We've had so much fun participating in this blog hop!  Thank you Amy Tsuruta for the invitation! For more inspiration, go on over to the Coffee Lovers Cardmakers blog.

  • Double Stamping Technique

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    This is a fun technique when you want to make an image stand out!  It works well with solid or thick stamps like the "thanks" shown above.  You also need to stamp on a colored paper where this technique will show.  For this card, we used kraft but I've seen it on done on all different colors.  First you stamp the word in the darker color.  We used Fresh Ink turquoise and then you'll want to stamp with Fresh Ink white over the top but just slightly off.  If you try it with clear stamps then you can stamp to perfection using the MISTI.  Since this is a wood mounted stamp then you can easily eye it.  This will definitely impress those that receive a card like this! Try it today.  You'll be amazed at how easy it is!

  • Ahoy!

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    We love our nautical release and all of the endless possibilities. Here is a fun card project that is fairly easy to create. Here are the steps and details:

    1. Cut a regular A-2 card, 4.25 x 5.5 size, white.
    2. Cut a panel that will fit on top of the card, but slightly smaller. 4 x 5.25, white.
    3. Die cut a rectangle shape, for your window,  on the front of the panel card.
    4. Cut a piece of watercolor paper that will fit behind the window cut out.  Next, stamp the anchor and your words and watercolor the background.  You'll glue this down to your card.
    5. Stamp the front panel with your favorite coral colors.  For this card we used Fresh Ink coral and fuchsia for the dotted coral stamp.
    6. Glue the stamped panel to your card and then punch a hole and tie a piece of twine from the anchor to the top of the card.

    We are so EXCITED because our COMMENTS section is now working on our blog! yeah! Thanks for stopping by.

  • Avery Elle Release!

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    There are so many cute new stamps and dies in their latest release!  Stop by and take a class on Saturday or you can see all of the new samples!

  • Sidewalk Sale at University Village

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    Stop by to check out a few things that we have marked down for the Sidewalk Sale.  This is a fun, yearly event at the Village.  See you there!

  • Old Rose Sequins

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    We always have new products arriving but I couldn't help to notice these fun little gems! I love copper and the rose gold look when it comes to metallic colors. I don't think it's always as popular or mainstream as gold or silver but it worked perfect for this card. We used a couple tried and true techniques to create the polka dot boot. First, you stamp the boot on your card and then you stamp the boot on your patterned paper. Cut out the patterned paper and place it on the stamped part of your card. This gives you endless colors and patterns for any outline type image. I also colored in the delicate flower bloom with a dauber, using my favorite Ginger Fresh Ink.

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    Sometimes the small details are the finishing touches. For the center dots, I used a glue pen and then dried the glue with my heat tool. Next, I pressed the gold foil over the dried glue area and the foil sticks to that spot.  It's a great and easy way to add foil.  To get a consistent outcome, I will run the card with the foil through my die cut machine.  The pressure is perfect.

    I glued the sequins down using Glossy Accents - it dries clear and it's easy to apply with the tip to small areas.  The rest of the images are all stamped in Versafine Black Onxy ink. I love this new greeting stamp from Savvy Stamps - So happy for you!

  • Impress Coupon - this weekend!

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  • Coloring with Stardust Pens

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    We love Stardust pens and thought this card is such a beautiful combination of colors and the glitter makes it pop!  It might be hard to see but we also used glossy accents for the center part of the flower.  Products used: stardust pens, butterfly brads, ribbon flower outline (5367E) and thanks (5129B) stamp.

  • Butterflies and Blossoms Class - on Memorial Day!

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    Transform basic supplies into 6 unique cards with delicate butterflies and beautiful flowers. Glitter, vellum, felt and watercolors add layers of dimension and texture to splashy summer greetings.  Enjoy more of Jean’s cool techniques and receive a packet of “extras” from her stash to make more class cards later.  Please bring a waterbrush and a small paper trimmer. $36.00           11:00-1:00                   Mon, May 30  Tukwila  -  Memorial Day

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