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  • Summer Coffee Lovers Blog hop

    We are excited to be invited again to join in this blog hop fun!2017-summer-hop-with-dates-for-blog

    Who wouldn't want a garden of coffee? I couldn't help but be inspired by the Savvy Stamps wildflower stamp to help create the scene for my coffee garden.

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    I first stamped a striped background using one of my favorite stamps by Impress (sprinkled snow) but we use it all year round in Fresh Ink grapefruit. Then, I stamped the Savvy wildflower stamp in Fresh Ink spruce along with the word stamp Life is Beautiful.

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    I stamped the coffee stamp by Impress in Versafine black onyx ink and cut them out with my detailed scissors. I added color pencil to the coffee liner and with my white pen I added little patterns to each one.

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    I mounted the coffee with mounting tape to give a little depth to the card along with the watering pot. This could be an easy card to create and give a gift card to your favorite friend or just because. Have a great hop! All you have to do is leave a comment with everyone that is participating in the hop for your chance to win a prize. Here is the link back to the start at Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog to find all of the participates! Good luck and thanks for stopping by!

  • Summer Bliss - July 4th class!

    Sunny hues, garden greetings, blossoms and butterflies celebrate summer on 6 colorsplashed cards with Jean's great techniques.  It's such a short season here - enjoy and capture it quickly, before it goes away!  Please bring a waterbrush, small paper trimmer and adhesives. $35 Call 206.901.9101 to reserve your spot!

    11:00-1:00                   Tues, Jul 4                               Tukwila

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  • Stampers' Drop In - Tomorrow!

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    We can't stop thinking about summer now that the sun is here in the PNW! Stop by at our Tukwila location tomorrow, either from 11 - 1 or in the evening from 6 - 8 and make this fun card using the Flora & Fauna bus and camper die. We hope to see you tomorrow!

  • NEW Flora & Fauna and a cute mermaid card!

    Hello!  It’s Shari here to share a card made with a couple of the new sets from Flora & Fauna.  I have been thinking about sending my niece some more happy mail and the mermaid in the new Mermaid Kisses set is perfect, especially colored with glitter pens!  Perfect for an 8 year old (or any fan of glitter).  Hope you like it.  Happy Coloring!

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    Products used: Mermaid Kisses Set and Texture Two Set by Flora & Fauna, Hero Arts Neon Ombre Chartreuse to Blue, Memento Tuxedo Black, Gelly Roll Glitter Pens - red, lime, sky, marine and Copic Marker R00 Pinkish White.

     

  • Pearl Paints

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    There is a new pastel pearl watercolor set by Kuretake Gansai Tambi. The colors are perfect for making a watercolor background wash, stripes and patterns and to watercolor your favorite designs.

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    The pearl shimmer really shows in this sample! Great technique to fill outline letters and to do an ombre effect when blending the colors together.

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    This is a great palette of 6 new colors and the white has a pearl hue that shows up on dark colored papers.

  • Hero Arts Day!

    You won't want to miss our fun event we have planned for Saturday, we will have catalogs on hand and all Hero stamps will be 20% off for the day. We are also hosting a class taught by two of Hero's talented creative team, Amy Tsuruta and Libby Hickson and there's still room to sign up! Class is at our Tukwila location 10:30 - 12:30, $35.00

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    Included in the class and for some special giveaways is this exclusive set that Hero created for our store event! We are lucky to have them in the store for the day and hope you can come by and say "hello" to Amy and Libby.

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    Call our Tukwila location to reserve your spot in the class 206.901.9101

    See you tomorrow!

  • Upcoming Events

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  • Giveaway Winner Announcement

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    Congratulations Teresa Doyle! We will be emailing you to get your address and sending out a prize in the mail! Thank you for all that visited Whitney's post, we were thrilled to have her as a guest on our blog!

  • SUMMER HEARTS class

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    Hearts are a classic, universal and timeless design element - and not just for Valentines!  Make 6 un-Valentine cards featuring the best-of-the-best heart dies, artpapers and stamps.  Add a heart to wedding, anniversary and caring cards and they’re extra-special. You’ll love Jean’s ideas for upcycling your supplies and getting the most from your stash too!   Please bring a waterbrush, small paper trimmer and adhesives.  $35

    11:00-1:00   Mon, May 29  Tukwila - Holiday. Call our store to sign up 206.901.9101

  • Let's make an Adventure

    We're having a giveaway on our blog today! Leave a comment and you'll be entered to win a prize! We are excited to have Whitney today, please help give her a warm welcome.

    Good Morning! My name is Whitney and I have been teaching at Impress for almost 10 years but this is my first-time blogging!

    When I teach, I always like to share a new technique or two so I thought it would be fun to share one today with the fabulous new dies and stamps from Flora and Fauna!  They have such unique and fun designs that make simple card making quite easy.

    For today’s card, I did inlaid die cutting.  It is clean and simple, uses minimal supplies but the results make your recipient wonder how you did it. The finish is a die cut card that is completely flat.whitney 1Supplies:
    Flora and Fauna Cactus Trio and Teepee dies

    Flora and Fauna Adventure set

    Fresh Ink in Copper

    Copic Markers

    Black ink, white cardstock and a tape runner

    That’s it!

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    First, I die cut the cactus from the front card panel

    Then, I removed the die and added the teepee die, overlapping with where the cactus cut.  Save all the pieces!

    Next, I colored the white die cuts with my copic markers.  I went simple with this, I am not an expert!  I used two colors – with the lighter color I colored the whole die cut and then I blended the darker color up from the bottom.  I went over the whole piece again with the lighter color. I also used a yellow copic marker to color a white piece of scrap paper what was big enough to fit behind the openings on my card panel.

    Putting the card together!

    Before I glued everything together, I did my stamping.  I stamped the ground with Copper Fresh Ink under my cactus and teepee.   I stamped my words in Versafine black ink.  Both stamps are from the Adventure set  - so many cute images in this set.  This is what I love about Flora and Fauna – there are many different images in one set, and even though there is a theme to the set, the images are unique and can work together or apart.

    Now for the inlay – I put tape runner on the back of my card panel around the die cut area.  I also put tape runner on the back of my die cuts.  Then they simply pop in place like a puzzle!  I love how the yellow paper shines through the cut outs in the die.  (I also die cut and colored the cactus flower that comes in the set).

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    I did one more sample for my post, this time I used the same technique, but I used all three of the cactus dies that come in the set.  I die cut the tallest cactus first, then I was able to die cut the other 2 at the same time overlapping both with the middle cactus.  The key to inlaid die cutting is to cut the die you want in the front, first.

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    Thanks for joining me today!

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