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  • 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!



    Thank you for everyone that stopped by and joined in on the hop! It was a fun week and so many great card ideas for inspiration and we enjoyed reading all of the wonderful comments.

    Congratulations - Dee Earnshaw


  • Memory Box Release

    Memory Box has done it again! Come check out their latest release, it will not disappoint.


    Here is just a sample of a few of the new clear sets. There are several stamps, dies and our favorite plush dies. You'll want to find our huge selection of felt that we have in stock. Perfect to use with the plush dies.

  • Avery Elle Class this weekend!

    Heather is back!


    Come and create a set of fun and cute projects using product from the latest Avery Elle release!  We’ll play with cute critters, pretty colors and fun techniques using stamps and dies.   ($32.00)  *please bring copic markers or colored pencils, detail scissors and your favorite adhesive. Call the store to save your spot 206.901.9101

    10:30-1:30                                       Sat. May 6                             Tukwila

  • Hero Arts Extravaganza! June 3rd


    We have an exciting event that you won't want to miss, June 3rd! If you love Hero Arts products, then come join guest teachers Amy and Libby who are on the Hero Arts creative team for an exciting class.  You will make 5 cards using the latest and greatest products from Hero Arts. 10:30 - 12:30  ($35.00) Call our Tukwila location 206.901.9101 to save your spot and sign up for this event. All students in the class will get a gift from Hero! Emily will also be there, representing Hero and taking catalog orders. 20% off all orders! See you there!


    Mark your calendars, you won't want to miss any of our upcoming events plus we have some very creative classes this quarter!


    Click her to see our  current class schedule. Sign up with a friend and join us for a fun creative class.

    We are also participating in the Spring Fling Mega Blog Hop, be sure to participate in the hop for your chance to win!

  • Spring Fling Group Blog Hop

    2017-spring-fling-blog-hop- 2017 Spring Fling Mega Sponsor Blog Hop Begins Today!

    Today is the big day! We are excited to be part of this exciting event. We have partnered with 15 other stamp and papercraft companies to do a special blog hop and will be giving away 16 prizes to 16 lucky winners!


    Blog hop begins today, April 24 9AM PST
    Ends Friday, May 5 9PM PST
    Winners announced: Friday May12, 9 AM PST

    Here's how you enter:

    1) Follow this blog and each participant in the hop
    2) Comment at each blog stop
    Bonus entry: Share this post or any of the social media posts with #2017SFMS for an added entry to win the Lawn Fawn $30 online gift certificate.

    1) DeNami Design
    2) Avery Elle Stamps
    3) Our Daily Bread Designs
    4 ) Art Impressions
    5) Doodlebugs
    6) Impress
    7) Ellen Hutson, LLC
    8) Pink and Main
    9) Concord & Ninth
    10) Taylored Expressions
    11) Technique Tuesday
    12) Winnie and Walter
    13) Impression Obsession
    14) Reverse Confetti
    15) Mama Elephant

    We are sending you good vibes with this shaker card! Flower power!  Can you imagine having this van to drive around in the summer? We can't get enough of this new die from Flora & Fauna and thought it was perfect to use with the Impress sequin kit.


    To start, die cut a piece of white card stock with the van die so that you get the shape of the van. Now that you have the shape of the van cut out,  add a piece of window plastic on the back side of the card.


    Then add mounting tape around the edge of the van and sprinkle in the sequins. I added some chunky glitter to give a little extra sparkle!


    Peel off the tape and mount a piece of cardstock to secure all the little pieces. Glued onto a card so you can't see the backside of the shaker card when you open it up. I stamped the new Impress sunset stripe along the bottom to look like a road using Fresh Ink - mango and stamped the good vibes stamp in Versafine onyx black.


    We are glad you joined us for the hop. Be sure to leave comments on everyone's site! Your next stop is Ellen Hutson LLC.

  • Pretty Please


    Stop by our University Village store this next Saturday and take a fun class called Pretty Please with Hue Tan.

    Pretty Please

    Winter is soon behind us and so are the long dark days.  Who’s ready for some prettiness in your life?  In this class you will make some sweet and pretty cards fit for many occasions (Mother’s Day?).  You will learn how to use a doily as a stencil, make a treat bag from a sheet of paper, plus more!  ($35.00)

    5:00-7:30                                         Sat. Apr 22                            University Village

  • Going Green Class this weekend!

    jean's green class

    Refreshing shades of green and earth-friendly designs create 6 great cards.  Lime, mint, olive, pear and pistachio don’t just sound yummy - they’re perfect alone, together or accented with bright pops of color, glitter and sequins.  Bit and pieces from Jean’s stash - and a set of extras for you - make it easy to create these unique cards.  Please bring a waterbrush, small paper trimmer and adhesives.  $35      10:30-12:30     Sat, April 15

    Call our Tukwila store to reserve your spot 206.901.9101

  • Coming Soon Mega Sponsor Blog Hop!


    Mark your calendars! We are so excited to be part of the upcoming 2017 Spring Fling Mega Sponsor Blog Hop! We have 16 sponsors giving out prizes totaling over $400! Don’t miss out, so be sure to subscribe and follow us in this exciting event.

    Date: Monday, April 24 (9AM PST)
    Ends: Friday, May 5 (9PM PST)
    Winners announced: Friday, May 12 (9AM PST)

    We can't wait!!

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