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  • Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!

    We are excited to be back and participating in the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!


    It's raining, it's pouring and the white cup is sprinkling some rain or coffee onto the flowers! I love this time of year when you can start to see signs of Spring. The first layer of this card is the rain drop background using a rain stencil, a dauber and Fresh Ink (aqua) ink pad. You only need to sponge the top portion of the card.


    Next, I used some of my favorite Fresh Ink green ink pads (kale, mint, aloe) using a variety of foliage stamps. It's easy to mix and match foliage stamps. These weren't meant to be stamped together and are from a couple different companies but are perfect for stamping together on a card like this. You could easily do a combination similar to this as a full background.

    The pink flower is a combo style so the flower is the main stamp and on the side, you'll find the flower center piece and also a solid leaf stamp that can go with the flower. I used Fresh Ink colors (grapefruit and persimmon) that compliment the greens.

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    I like the technique of placing a cut out going off the card. I stamped the polka boots in Fresh Ink (persimmon) ink and fussy cut before mounting into the card.

    Thanks for participating! Be sure to go back to the main Coffee Lovers Blog Hop page and visit all of the vendors for your chance to win some prizes. Our prize is 10 free Fresh Ink pads of your choice. (60.00 value).

    Good luck in the hop!


    jean's asian class

    Cool classy and unique…Jean’s cards are easy to spot and designed to get the most from your stash and wishlist.  Beautiful silkscreened artpapers and Asian-inspired dies – including new designs from Memory Box, Poppystamps and Flora & Fauna – add texture and dimension to 7 great greetings.  Please bring a waterbrush, small paper trimmer and adhesives. $39.00 call the store to sign up! 206.901.9101    1:00-3:00         Sat, March 25              Tukwila

  • Oxide Ink and Upcoming Events

    If you haven't heard, there's a new Tim Holtz Ink in town and it's called Distress Oxide Ink. It's so popular we can barely keep it in stock. There are 12 colors. They picked their most popular colors from the regular Distressed Ink line to start with.  The inks have a creamy chalk like appearance but they also activate with water.

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    I used the Tim Holtz blending tool to create my blend of colors using Cracked Pistachio, Broken China and Faded Jeans onto smooth white card stock. For the water effect, I sprinkled water onto the card using my fingers. It dries in a few minutes and then you have this fun background paper.

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    I like to create several pieces of colored paper at a time and then have them in my reserve for later. For this card, I used one of the new clear sets from Flora and Fauna. You can stop by our stores this weekend to receive 10% off your Flora and Fauna purchase, and if you buy 3 sets then you get a free Fresh Ink pad of your choice.

    Have a great weekend! Stop by to check out all the fun new products that have arrived this week.

  • Color Trend!

    If you are looking for some inspiration, then you've visited the right place. We are making cards for spring and love this ink color combination.IMG_9131

    The Fresh Ink colors used: pool, steel blue, peony, and grapefruit. IMG_9134

    Here is a few started projects using the same colors. You'll want to mark your calendars because we will be having our Fresh Ink event again in the near future. It was such a big hit last time, we've had several customers ask us to schedule it again. Stop by April 1st or 2nd, you'll be able to make a Fresh Ink color chart and we will have 20% off all Fresh Ink on those days too!

  • Hello from Paris!

    Hero Arts new release has been fantastic but this set really caught our eye and is perfect for Spring! No need to go to Paris when you have this stamp set!


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    Hero Arts Set, Ooh la la! is available online or stop by one of our stores to see these samples in person.  Plus, we have new items arriving daily for Spring! Hope to see you soon.

  • Hello Spring!

    Love the splatter look but hate the mess? Our new splatter stamp makes it easy to add that fun touch in a controlled way. Here we used a black ink but it look pretty with metallic inks too.


    We stamped the zig zag egg with Hero Arts new spring ombre pad.  It's colors are a perfect way to say hello spring!


  • University Village Mini-Class for March

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    We have a fun class scheduled for the month of March at our University Village store. You can call the store to sign up, classes are on Friday's from 12 - 1. For the month of March, the theme is using stencils! Hope you can join us, call the store at 206.901.9101 to sign up. $15.00 for 3 projects.

  • Embossing Templates

    I love to find basic tools that you can use over and over again. This embossing template is one of those gems! It comes with a big heart and big dot pattern, both can be used for all types of cards.


    We used a heart balloon stamp to make a sucker and glued it to the front of the card.


    It's not too late to get those Valentine's finished over the weekend.

  • Making Tags

    You couldn't find an easier way to make some quick Valentine's using these beautiful red tags! All you need is a few different ribbons, white ink, a white chalk pen and some white embossing powder to make a variety of tags to give to your friends and family.

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    This white chalk pen is one of my new favorites! It's very forgiving when using it to write with plus it works great on dark colored papers.


    DSC_0014 Here is a link to the red tags but there are several more colors to choose from.


    These tags are easy to add to a card, package or the tag can be the card and fit into our slim size envelopes.

  • Stamp night - tonight!

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