Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Are You Ready for A*Muse-a-Palooza?

We are so excited cause A*Muse-a-Palooza is less than a couple weeks away! What is this, you say?? Well if you like prizes, make n' takes, classes and popcorn then you will be in for a treat! Get a head start earning your A*muse-a-paloot so you can spend big at our auction and win the items you covet. Here's some info on the event:

1 night A Muse Auction
12 great new A Muse Make 'N' Takes
2 great new classes taught
1 grand prize draw - stop by the store anytime during A*Muse*a*palooza to enter
3 ring circus Friday Night
1,000,000's of dollars in A*muse*a*paloot
Oodles of goodie bags and door prizes to be handed out
5 great PALOOZA challenges
9 days of fun, fun, 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 prizes to give away during the 4th Annual A-MUSE-A-PALOOZA celebration

Here's how it will work: July 10th through the 19th I'm Impressed will be hosting A*muse*a*palooza events. There will be make and takes, contests, fabulous classes, door prizes, refreshments (yes, the chocolate fountain will be back), goody bags and a grand prize that is sure to delight.

Friday July 10th - FREE Make and Take 10 am to 2 pm
THE Unveiling – First day to come and see all the great new A Muse stamps, samples and classes!

Saturday July 11th - FREE Make and Take 10 am to 2 pm
Punch Special
Buy 1 punch 10% OFF
Buy 2 punches 20% OFF
Buy 3 punches 30% OFF
Buy 4 punches 40% OFF

Sunday July 12th - FREE Make and Take 10 am to 2 pm
Ribbon Special Six of One – Half Dozen Another
Buy any six yard of ribbon and receive six yards FREE

Monday July 13th - FREE Make and Take 10 am to 2 pm
COPIC MARKERS 20% OFF (need I say more?)

Tuesday July 14th - FREE Make and Take 10 am to 2 pm

Winter Fun Card Class
7pm to 9pm Cost $20
Using the new A Muse stamps, we'll create 4 fun and whimsical cards. Pre-registration is required. As always a 10% class discount on your purchases of merchandise will be given to class participants. Pre - registration is required

Wednesday July 15th - FREE Make and Take 10 am to 2 pm
Dies 20% OFF

Classic Christmas Card Class
7pm to 9pm Cost $20
There are so many new A Muse ideas we couldn't fit them in to just one class! Get a jump start on your holiday cards with the brand new images from A*muse. Simple techniques and great color combos will make your cards standout this holiday season. 4 great new cards each night. Pre - registration is required.

Thursday July 16th - FREE Make and Take 10 - 2 pm
Select Magazines Buy One Get One FREE

Friday July 17th - FREE Make and Take 10 am to 2 pm

Our Big event under the Big TOP

7 PM - 10PM Our Big Event under the Big Top!
Pop in for popcorn. Try your hand a making cotton candy. We are soooo excited! The Circus is coming to town complete with a ring master and balloon animals. We couldn't fit the elephants into the store (plus who'd want to clean up after elephants! ) Refreshments and fun starting at 7:00PM!!!
In ring one - the A Muse Auction - great A Muse packages to bid on with your A*muse*a*paloot
In ring two - A* Musing Make 'N' Takes
In ring three - Food and Entertainment

Popcorn and stamps and clowns ... Oh My!

You are welcome to drop by any time but everyone who pre-registers will be entered to win some fantastic door prizes and receive extra A*Muse*a*paloot

Saturday July 18th - FREE Make and Take 10 am to 2 pm
Glitter Special
Buy any 3 jars of glitter and get a FREE Peel Off Stickers
Glitter demo 10 am to 2 pm

For all of you who don't like coming down town Vancouver we're starting a little out reach program we're calling it "Eleonor on the Road" this month we'll be in Port Moody for
Eleonor's Christmas Party
We know it's July and the sun may be out........but we believe in the saying, "the early bird gets the worm." And it's never too early to get started on those Christmas & Holiday greetings! Don't get caught in the Christmas rush -- time flies by in these busy times, so let us help you get one part of your Christmas list done -- your Christmas cards! Join Eleonor for a day of Holiday fun. You will have the opportunity to join 2 Amuse classes consisting of 5 cards each, so if you join both you'll leave with 10 wonderful cards! We'll have Christmas music and yummy treats as well as contest for all to join! So come on out and don't forget to bring your Christmas Spirit or Santa will put you on his naughty list!

Classes are $25, run 10 - 12 and 1:30 - 3:30, and include lunch in the middle if you come for the whole day! There will be a card contest as well -- you can submit a card using A Muse stamps and the voting takes place there by ballot. This event is much to big for our little store so it will be held in Port Moody at Cherish the Thought's Studio.

What is A*Muse*a*paloot?Starting June 27th for every dollar you spend 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 sample for us to display in the store and receive $500 in A*muse*a*paloot. If any of these contain A Muse stamps and products you earn double! Wear your A*Muse*a*palooza t-shirt to the store for any event and earn $1000 in A*muse*a*paloot. Join us during A*Muse*a*palooza for a Make 'N' Takes and receive A*muse*a*paloot and there will be other games of chance during VIP night to earn to more! 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 now and July 13th 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 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 it and win $1000 in A*mus*a*paloot. One person will be chosen from the correct entries for a weekly prize.

How many stamps?
July 10th we will fill up the pink polka dot suitcase with A Muse stamps again and everyone can stop by and fill in an entry form with their best guess. The winner will be announced at our BIG EVENT Friday July 17th 2009.

A Muse Scavenger Hunt
We're putting together a list of 20 A Muse*ing things - the person who collects the most things from that list and turns it in before July 17th wins! Starting July 10th - pick up your list at the store or down load it here. The list will be available in the next couple of days.

A Musing Cards
Create a card using your favourite A Muse stamps and bring it into the store. A winner will be randomly drawn daily during AMusapalooza starting July 10th but we will accept entries until July 15th. One winner per day but please feel free to enter as many times as you like. Winners will receive AMusapaloot $2500, T-Shirts and other fun things from A Muse.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Canada Day is Almost Here!

Don't forget to come and visit us on Canada Day, July 1! There will be lots happening on the island and we will be offering a make n' take at the store. Need a postcard to send? Come on over to our store and make one for yourself! We also have lots of Canadian themed goodies -- from stamps, to stickers, to paper. See you on July 1st!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Lots of Upcoming Events

We have so many events planned in the next 2 weeks! Boy, oh boy! First off, we have the new class samples up in the store. Here is one of the cards in the Clearly Manipulated class, taught by Eleonor.

In this class, students will use the technique called shape shifting to create different shaped images from one stamp. Here is a closer look.

To see another card in this class, check out Eleonor's blog here.

Stay tuned for more info on our Canada Day celebrations and the most anticipated Amuse-a-Palooza!! There will be so much going on the next month and we're so excited and can't wait for July....check in again in a couple of days for more info!

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Product Mix N' Match

One of the nicest things about making a handmade card is the ability to mix and match product from many different companies to create one outstanding project! Take this card for example.....

This is a simple wedding card that features products from Denami, Amuse and Memory Box. The best thing is -- it took no time to make!

The patterned paper is from Memory Box, the stamps are from Denami and the little gems are Creative Candy Twinkle Stickers from Amuse. Here is the card again, with all the product we used to create it.

The Creative Candy Twinkle Stickers come in many different sizes, shapes and colours.

We like it best because it's so easy to use and adds that perfect finishing touch. Plus how can anyone resist anything called "candy"?? We love this stuff!

Show that special someone in your life how much they mean to you by making them a card from the heart. Nothing shows you care more than handmade and it's never been easier! Don't believe us? Come in to the store and we'll show you!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

New Classes!

We will be updating the class calendar this coming week to show our new July/August classes. In the meantime, here is a sneak peek of the Alcohol Ink Card class taught by Eleonor. Here is one of the cards.

And here is a close up!

The flower centers are done using alcohol inks on glossy and each of the petals is embellished with glossy accents and glitter for added bling. Check out the second card in the class here.
The cards need to be seen to be appreciated, so come into the store to have a look for yourself. See you soon!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Father's Day Kits

....Okay, so there's only a little over a week before Dad's big day!! It's next Sunday, June 21.....but if you're still at a loss for a quick gift that is handmade and from the heart, look no further. We have Father's Day kits at the store -- easy to make (cause it's all pre-stamped for ya' -- you just need to add photos!!) accordion style foldout cards that double as a display that Dad can proudly show off in his office! Here are some pics.

The kits are $8.50 each and include all the ricrac ribbon, sheer ribbon, prestamped pieces and biggie brad embellishment. You just need to glue it all together! If you can't come into the store, we will mail the kit to you anywhere in Metro Vancouver for $10 total cost, (kit and shipping) -- just call us at the store at 604-684-4657 or email us at raya@imimpressed.ca -- but remember that mailing time could be 2 days or so in Vancouver, so don't order too late. We're thinking if you order by Tuesday, June 16 you should be okay. Also note, that the sample shown here is brown, but the kit is also offered in blue and depending on what is left at the time of the order, you may have to choose the available colour.

We also have some awesome Father's Day stamps and card ideas -- so pop in and give us a visit next week -- it's the last week before Father's Day and we know that Dad deserves the best, and that means "handmade with love!"

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Embellie Yourself Silly!

We have a product in the store that will quickly become a favourite for everyone!! It is for us! It is called Embellie Gellie.

What it is is a moldable sticky material that you can ball up onto the end of your wand to create a tool that is easy to use for picking up embellishments like charms, buttons, gems, rhinestones, sequins, etc.! It is the best thing since sliced bread.

Once you have your molded adhesive attached to your wand, you can just pick up embellishments to your heart's content. No more problems with picking up tiny items -- this tool will do the trick!

After you lay down your embellishments on your project, you can use the other end of the wand to position them and move them around to exactly where you want them! This is the finished card.

I also used class-a-peel stickers which I stuck onto watercolour paper and then watercoloured. We have a huge selection of these stickers in stock at the store. Come out and visit us and check out the embellie gellie and our class-a-peels. See you on the island!

Monday, June 1, 2009

WOW! What a great Weekend.

The Stamp Out Breast Cancer weekend was so much fun! We stamped, glued, heat gunned (is that a verb??) glittered, embellished and laughed the entire weekend. They say pictures speak a thousand words, so we'll let the pictures do the talking.

A good time was had by all!! If you did not attend this year, make sure you join us next year for another weekend of fun!