Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Card of the Week- Make your Own Patterned Paper!

For this week's card, we used the Ivy & Flowers stamp image from Frogs Whiskers Inc. to create our own patterned paper.  Below are the supplies we used to make the project.

We used Memento ink in  Rose Bud Red to stamp the image several times on white cardstock.  Hint: if you want your image to be lighter than the actual ink you are using, simply "stamp it off" on scrap paper to remove some of the ink on the rubber before stamping it onto your actual cardstock.

Next, using Memento ink in Bamboo Leaves, we stamped the rectangular shadow stamp twice without reinking to create 2 different intensities of the green shade.

Next we created the greeting as a focal point by layering it with several circle pieces.  Here are the punches we used.

And below is the final card!  Next time you don't have any matching patterned paper, remember how easy it is to make your own using stamps you already have in your stash!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Card of the Week

This week's card uses the Filigree Egg stamp by Memory Box. This is an elegant stamp that looks wonderful embossed. Below are the materials we used to create the card.

First thing we did was ink up the stamp with Versamark ink and then add white embossing powder to the image.

We heat embossed the white embossing powder with a heat gun. Embossing is an easy way to add texture to any project.

To add colour to the image, we used sponge daubers and Memento inkpads.  By making a mask of the original egg image on scrap paper, you can protect the actual image from getting any colour on it.  What you achieve is an additional colour around the egg that will complement the colour of the paper you stamped on.

And below is what the actual finished card looks like.  We simply added a narrow strip of patterned paper behind the egg image to create an interesting background.  The greeting is also stamped with versamark and embossed in white to match the egg.  We hope you like it!


Sunday, February 19, 2012

Funny Bunny

Funny Bunny is here and he’s got a few tricks up his sleeve! You’ll love this versatile 'shape shifting' stamp that allows you to change it shape for an endless variety of characters! You won’t believe how many possibilities there are with the Stampendous Funny Bunny. Watch Fran from Stampendous  as she creates a variety of projects using this darling rabbit. Bunnies aren’t just for Easter any more!
Intrigued? Then make sure you see how to turn Funny Bunny into an owl and a shark

Thursday, February 16, 2012

What's in the Box

New 6x6! New 12x12! New rubber stamp images! New craft dies! Dreamy new designs that work together for absolutely gorgeous projects. Take a look at all of the beautiful new things that Memory Box has to offer for Spring! Just click here or visit their website and go to the New section and look for the What's in the Box release. This is their huge release of the season and we think you'll like what you see!

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Creativity Blooming at I'm Impressed

Have you seen our window display this week?  Our wonderful and talented Ceci has outdone herself with the window.  Look what she has created!

Aren't these flowers just super fantabulous!!  Ceci made them with patterned paper.  You have to see them to really appreciate them!  Come visit us and have a look.  In the meantime, below is a close up.....pardon for the picture quality, but you get the idea!

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Card of the Week

Do you like butterflies?  If you do, then this week's card is just your thing.

We used Design Adhesives and Glitter Ritz glitter in emerald to create the butterfly panel.
Each package of Design Adhesives contains 4 strips of the design you see on the outside.  This package will have 4 strips of butterfly images.

Simply peel off the backing from the adhesive design to expose the design.  Be careful not to touch the actual adhesive with your fingers.  You will be able to see the adhesive as it is shinier than the backing it is adhered to.

Cut out the length of the design you want to use (the same size as the paper you are adhering it on) and then lay it on your paper and burnish the design with your fingers.  Do this by simply laying it down flat on your paper surface and rub it evenly onto the surface with your fingers.  Then slowly peel off the backing.  The adhesive will transfer directly onto your paper in the design you've chosen.  Then you can pour your glitter on top and it will adhere to the butterfly design.  Its' that easy!  Below is a close up of the card.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

New Spellbinders!

If you haven't been in the store lately, you must come in and check out the new Spellbinder Dies.

These new dies not only cut, but emboss as well.  They can also be used as stencils and are perfect for both cardmaking and scrapbooking.  Plus the packaging is so cheerful -- don't the packages make you think of bubble gum ice cream??  We've never seen such yummy looking packaging!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Coffee & a Card

Yes, it's Thursday once again tomorrow!  And of course that means it's time for coffee and a card.  Here is te card that we will be making tomorrow.

This elegant card mixes green and purple to create a stunning combination.  Come on in tomorrow, Thursday, February 8 between 10:30 and 12:30 and make this card and enjoy a cup of java for just $2.  

Monday, February 6, 2012

Card of the Week

This week's card is a cheery flower card perfect for any occasion! This card uses stamps from Stampendous featuring flowers and ladybugs!

The first thing we did was create some grass.  Simply cut a strip of green cardstock to resemble blades of grass.

We stamped the stem stamp using Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink and then coloured in the actual leaves using Copic Markers.

The flower is stamped and then cut out from red cardstock and then ran through the cuttlebug or big shot using the Swiss Dots embossing folder to give it some texture.

We then attached the flower on top of the stamped stem using 3D dots.  The centre is filled with white liquid applique.  When heated up liquid applique will puff up to create a truly unique dimensional element on your card. The last step was stamping 3 ladybugs in black and colouring in the images in red.  We added them to the card so they were crawling on the grass!  Below is the final card. 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

PREORDER!! Tim Holtz Distress Markers and Queen & Co. Twine

It's time to pre-order some new goodies from CHA.  Currently we are taking pre-orders for Tim Holtz Distress Markers -- this is a set of 37 markers.  They are water based and great for watercolouring, journaling, stamping and more!  The set of 37 matches the 37 colours in the distress palette as well as white picket fence.

To get your set today, just call the store at 604-684-4657 to place your pre-order.  The cost for the 37 set of markers are  $124.99 plus tax.  If you order the entire set, you will receive the set of Tim Holtz waterbrushes, a $25. value absolutely FREE!

We are also taking pre-orders for the fabulous new Queen & Co. Twisted Twine.  Colorful 4 ply twine in two and three color blends packaged on adorable reuseable wooden spool. 10 yards per spool.  The cost for the preorder is $22.50 for the set.  Both the markers and the twine are available for preorder till Feb 8 only, so don't delay!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Card of the Week

So it's thursday, and we're a bit behind in posting the card of the week.  But as the saying goes.....better late than never!  And this card is so cute that we think it was definitely worth the wait!

This card uses House Mouse stamps (who doesn't love House Mouse??) and Hero Art Stamps.

Isn't Maxwell the Mouse so cute?  This stamp is called "Dreampuff" and shows Maxwell contentedly asleep on what looks to be a cotton ball.  So adorable!  The greeting stamp is from Hero Arts -- their very cool set of ribbon stamps.  When stamped these images resemble ribbon.  Stop in the store and check out all the cool Hero Art and House Mouse stamps!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Coffee & a Card

Another week and another fun thursday at the store doing coffee and a card.  This week we will be using Design Adhesives and glitter to create a flower border on our card. 

The greeting is stamped on white and then mounted on a coordinating scallop oval using Spellbinder's nestabilites dies.  We have a big variety of Design Adhesive transfers in the store -- everything from butterflies, to cupcakes to flowers!  Stop in and make this card for $2 and share in a cup of java.  We look forward to seeing you tomorrow, thursday from 10:30 - 12:30.