Monday, June 28, 2010

Summer Classes

Christmas in July   
Tuesday, July 20    7 - 9PM
Join us for this special Christmas in July class.   We’ll show you how to make four cards for the holiday that will have you humming Christmas carols.   Once you learn these simple yet stunning cards you'll be able to get a jump on those Christmas cards for Eleonor's Studio. this year.  Cost $20

Celebrating the Sweet Things
Tuesday, July 27    7 - 9PM
If there's one thing better than "inky fingers", it's fingers covered in frosting!  My recipes aren't fatting at all!  We'll be making cupcakes with ink, paper and glitter instead of flour and sugar. Perfect birthday cards or for that ‘some one sweet.’ In your life.   Cost $20

One Stamp Four Ideas 

Tuesday, Aug 3    7 - 9PM
The title says it all. Use one stamp to create four very different cards. Join Raya to make four great cards all featuring the same stamp. Not only that but you get to take the stamp home. Cost $20

Just the Basics (aka beginner class)

Tuesday, Aug 10    7 - 9PM
Just starting and you want to learn the basics?  This class is for you. Join Raya for a class  to learn everything you'll need to get going. This is where it all starts - learn about different inks, stamp care, masking, shadow techniques, and embossing. You will go home with three projects and a bunch of great ideas!  Cost $20

    Asian Inspiration
Tuesday, Aug 17    7 - 9PM
Start with the simplicity of Asian themed stamps and add the key to any beautiful handmade card -  eye-catching colour. Fabulous colour combinations can be achieved through paper, inking techniques, and stamping This and more will be explored in this class. Cost $20

Just a Note (Bind it All Class)
Tuesday, Aug 24    7 - 9PM
Join Fleur in creating a one of a kind post-it-note holder using the Bind-It-All, Bo Bunny papers and Hero Arts stamps.  In this class you will learn the basics of the Bind-It-All and have fun punching
and binding your very own note holder. Cost $16

Stamp Club
Sat July 31 2010  9:00-11:00 AM
Sat Aug 28 2010  9:00-11:00 AM

The Stamp Club meets at the community centre on Granville Island, the last Saturday of every month from 9:00 to 11:0.  We exchange cards and ideas, have demos and complete a few  hands on projects.  Everyone is welcome and there is a $5 drop in fee. There is a card swap every meeting. If you'd like to  participate please bring 10 similar stamped projects with you.

(Classes will be cancelled and fees refunded prior to the class if there are not enough registrations.) Thank you for your understanding - Raya

Friday, June 25, 2010

Amuse*A*Palooza -- Read All About It!

Here it is!  You've all been patiently waiting, so get ready and in the mood for fun, cause here are the details to this year's Amuse*A*Palooza!

1 night A Muse Auction

12 great new A Muse Make 'N' Takes

3 great new classes taught

Friday Night Surfin' Santa Party

1,000,000's of dollars in A*muse*a*paloot

Oodles of  auction items to be won

3 great PALOOZA challenges

9 days A-MUSE fun!

What is A*Muse*a*palooza? A*Muse*a*palooza is a product launch party. We have all heard about fancy fashion shows in Paris, exclusive CD release parties in Toronto and movie premiers in Hollywood. Well, A Muse is bringing this same concept to multiple locations across Canada, US and Europe. Imagine a big party where the guest of honour is a brand new line of stamps that the attendees get to see weeks in advance of the general public. Talk about exclusive! A*muse*a*palooza is be the biggest stamping event of the summer. We have many fabulous challenges and loot to give away during the 5th Annual A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA celebration.

Here's how it will work: July 10th through the 17th I'm Impressed will be hosting A*muse*a*palooza events. There will be make and takes, contests, fabulous classes, refreshments, and our Friday night auction.  This year's event promises to be loads of  fun!

As always, there will be a free make'n'take offered everday from July 10 - 17, 2010 between 11 - 2 PM.  Just come on into the store and make your project!

Friday Night Surfin' Santa Party - Friday, July 16, 2010 from 7 - 9 PM.

Come to this fun night wearing a Christmas t-shirt (or any Christmas themed outfit!) and receive an extra $1000 in loot.

There's gonna be a quiz to complete on this night and if you complete the quiz, you also get an extra $1000 in loot.  Each correct answer gives you $100 in loot.  It's gonna be a surprise so don't even think of asking us what the quiz is gonna be, cause we're saying nothin' about it.  Mums the word.  You just have to come that night and find out!

Christmas Gift Tag Exchange:  SO MUCH FUN!!
 - a fun way for everyone to build up their Xmas gift tag supply!  Each person that joins will need to make 10 gift tags using Amuse stamps and put them in a baggie, ready to exchange.  There is no cost to join other than a call to the store to say you want to be included in the exchange.  The exchange will run once there are at least 10 people who have joined.  Remember to make gift tags, not full size cards. 
This is the night when we have our exciting AMUSEAPALOOZA Auction.  Bring in all the A*muse*a*paloot you've earned leading up to this day and spend, spend, spend.  Win big if you can outbid the others!

Refreshments and fun starting at 7:00PM!!!  Come and enjoy sweet treats on us.   And of course, the night would not be complete if there were no make n' takes -- so of course you'll be making those too!

What is A*Muse*a*paloot?

Starting June 30th every dollar you spend in the store receive $10 in A*muse*a*paloot. Sign up for a class receive and extra $1000 in A*muse*a*paloot. Bring a friend to a class and earn more! Drop off a card sample (3 per day max) for us to display in the store and receive $500 in A*muse*a*paloot. (Note: cards must use at least one Amuse stamp).  Wear your A*Muse*a*palooza t-shirt to the store for any event and earn $1000 in A*muse*a*paloot.  A*muse*a*paloot will be the only currency for our A*muse Auction. Please contact the store for further information on these events. Pre-registration is required for classes. Remember they sold out fast last year!

PALOOZA Challenges

Dressed for Success

Show up at the store any time between June 30  and July 15th in your A*MUSE*A*PALOOZA T-shirt and receive $1000 in A*mus*a*paloot. Only one prize per day but come as often as you wish!

Name that Stamp

Each day between July 10 and 16 we will be posting partial images of current A Muse Stamps on our blog. If you can name that stamp you'll win $500 in A*mus*a*paloot - or be the first to arrive at the store with the correct guess  and win $1000 in A*mus*a*paloot.

A Muse Scavenger Hunt

We're putting together a list of 15 A Muse*ing things - the person who collects the most things from that list and turns it in by July 16th wins! Starting July 10th - pick up your list at the store or down load it here. The list will be available on July 9.

A*Muse Classes

A*Musing Winter    $20
Sunday, July 18   11 -1 PM

This snow filled and glitterful (is that even a word?.....whatever, Eleonor thinks so and thus we're gonna say it is....!) class will cool you down in the heat of July.  Come and get in the spirit of coolness and join Eleonor as you create 4 cool cards.  Get inspird and enjoy some rolickin' winter fun. 
This class will be held in Richmond at Eleonor's Studio (close to Queensborough in New Westminster).
Limited class size, so register early to avoid disappointment.

A*Musing Christmas    $20
Sunday, Juy 18   3 - 5 PM

It's never too early to start making those Christmas Cards!!  Be the first to say "I'm done!" when someone asks you if you're ready for Christmas!  In this class you will make 4 Christmas cards, including a magic card.  Is it black and white.....or is it in colour?????  Find out......
This class will be held in Richmond at Eleonor's Studio (close to Queensborough in New Westminster).
Limited class size, so register early to avoid disappointment.

A*Musing Holidays    $20
Tuesday, July 13    7 - 9PM

Great all new holiday projects using the new stamps from A Muse.  Join Raya at the store as she shows you 4 'A MUSEing' projects, including a treat container for Holiday goodies!  This is always a popular class even if the samples are kept secret. Go home with four projects in total and start dreaming of a white Christmas.
They're here! The new cup cake collection from Memory Box. Cupcakes with no calories - what more could you ask for?  They're so cute you'll want to lick the icing off them. I'm definitely inspired - there will be a cupcake cake class this summer!  If you need some inspiration before then check out the Memory Box website

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

4 Hour Madness Sale

Not to be out done by the big 'M' we are having are very own 4 HOUR MADNESS SALE!

Thursday June 24 from 6PM to 10PM EVERYTHING in the store will be 30% OFF.  No coupons, no exceptions - just come Thursday June 24 from 6PM to 10PM.

It's your last chance to beat the HST!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Stamp Club - June 26

We want to remind you that the Stamp Club will be meeting again this month. For this month, it will be on Saturday, June 26 from 9 - 11 AM at the False Creek Community  Centre. You are welcome to drop by to trade stamping ideas and to have a great time!  The drop in fee is $5.  There is a card swap every meeting if you'd like to partake bring 10 cards with you.

Stella will demoing three background techniques at Stamp Club this week. 
Please bring the following supplies:

*glossy white cardstock (cut into quarters)
*regular white cardstock (cut into quarters)
*rainbow dye ink pad (such as Big & Juicy)
*Perfect Pearls or Pearl Ex with a binder (you need only one or two colours, any will do)
*paper towels
*two brushes to apply the Perfect Pearls or Pearl Ex (one for a wet application, one for a dry application)
*bring a palette to mix the Perfect Pearls/ Pearl Ex,
*paper towels
*a fine-mist spray bottle plus, if you have one, a spray bottle that's not so fine-mist, more droplets-like (probably that one you've been meaning to throw out)
*alcohol inks - 3 to 5 coordinating colours
*alcohol ink blending solution
*bring a large non-stick craft sheet or an old newspaper to protect the work surface

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Guess What's Coming Soon???

Yes, it's almost time for A*Muse*A*Palooza!

More details to follow soon, but for now mark those dates off.  We will have a lot of fun things planned as well as the usual make n'takes and of course, our auction.  So haul out your Amuse*A*Palooza t-shirts and stay tuned!  It's gonna be loads of Amuse*A*Palooza fun to be had by all!

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Look what she's done!

Thank you Laura! For sharing your card made with the new plum blossom folder! (and it looks like at least two of the older ones) Simple and elegant. Did anyone even think of trying the purse? We'd love to see more sample ladies! Let us know what you've used so we can share and inspire others!

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Cuttlebug Arrivals! Bigger and better then ever!

Cuttlebug now supports 12 inch dies!   So there are some great new Cuttlebug items that have arrived at the store. Some fabulous new folders, some beautiful new 12″ borders (butterflies and birdcages) , new 12″ plates to accommodate them. I have included some pictures to give you a preview - scroll  down through them and let me know what you think!

 The 12 inch boarders -----

And my favorite - the Plum Blossom set!  This set includes two 5" x 7" background embossing folders (Plum Blossoms and Kimono) and two A2(4 1/4" X 5 3/4") image embossing folders (Japanese Scales and Koi)
Check out the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog! to see what they've done! Better yet, if you already got them, send me some pics or links- so I can see what you've done!

Kids Market Customer Appreciation Program

Rainbow Rewards- Just save your receipts from purchases at Kids Market and for every $100 you spend (excluding taxes) you receive a $5.00 gift certificate, redeemable at any of the 27 stores at Kids Market. Bring the receipts to the Kids Market administration office Monday through Friday, 10am to 4pm for processing, or leave the receipts at the office and we will gladly mail the receipts and gift certificate to you. It's a great way to buy those extras for the kids! All participants in the Customer Appreciation Program will also be eligible for contests, giveaways and special events.

For more information call Kids Market at 604-689-8447

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Charity Shopping Event

What a great excuse to come stock up!  From June 11 to 13, I’m Impressed will donate 25% of the sales from all reciepts submitted to Lord Tennyson school.   Stop by the store this weekend and pick up all your crafting needs and simply submit your receipt there or drop it in the box outside the school office before June 18th. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Rain, Rain...

...don't go away!  It gives me an excuse to STAMP! So I'm on line looking for a little inspiration and I found this card on the Hero Arts site.  I LOVE IT!  First,  for those of you who don't know - I'm a purple freak.   Green being a close second.  Next the saying -- to me that what card making is all about.   I'm not one to wax poetic about my daily life in a letter, but I will spend time thinking about my friends as I make them card.  And at last the layout,  one repeated image in the bottom left hand corner in three tones.  The message over stamped in black.  A little bling and volia!  Classic and clean.  I'm going to get to work on some variations of this with the stamps I have.  If you're having your own rain day, I'd love to see how this card inspires you.  If you can't post them yourself - email them to me and I'll do it.