Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cabin Circlet MTF by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Tuesday! I am posting on Tuesday this week instead of Monday and today I have a masculine card to share using one of the new Ai Circlet MTF sets. Here I used the 4981- Cabin Circlet MTF set. I have already shared 2 ways that I used the new Circlets and here's the third card I made. I’ll share one more style later!

I wouldn't normally make a circle shaped card for a masculine card, but by incorporating some masculine papers and cross-stitched dies, I think it works. First, I stamped and colored each image. The first two were not fully colored where the matching dies will cut them.

Next, each image was die cut with circle dies and the inside of the first two were die cut with the dies included in the set. Then 3 blue layers were die cut. They are not attached yet here.

Some patterned paper layers were added to the first two and then the circle images were adhered. The matching dies were laid back inside the images and held in place with low-tack tape. These were run through the machine again to cut a window through the first two blue layers.

Now each layer is ready to be assembled. (I decided to add some paper scraps and die cut holes on that first one!)

Using my Scor-Pal, I scored a half inch line at the top of the SECOND and THIRD circles. I didn't want the top of my card to have score marks, for a nice finished look. Then I adhered the layers together using Scor-Tape on those top 1/2" scored areas.

I love how you can peek through from the top circle to the back one!

This circle card opens sort-of like a book.

Great masculine images!

Have a great Tuesday and… happy stamping!

Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 Mega Sponsor Spring Blog Hop

2018 Mega Sponsor Spring Blog Hop Begins Today!

Hello Stamping Fans!

Today, we are excited to kickoff the Mega Sponsor Spring Blog Hop! You might have seen some "coming soon" posts and the day is finally here! We have partnered with 17 other stamp and papercraft companies to do a special blog hop and will be giving away 18 prizes to 18 lucky winners!

Blog hop begins today, April 23 12 noon EST
Ends Friday, May 4 12 midnight EST
Winners announced: Friday May 11, 12 noon EST

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We would love to know your favorite spring stamp set! Can be from any stamp company!

2018 Mega Sponsor Blog Hop

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For our special blog hop today, our DT Jil Lebel is sharing some spring inspiration!

It's finally starting to feel like Spring here in Florida. That's unusual because it's usually hot here by now. I'm not complaining because I love it when it's warm with cooler evenings. I've been enjoying having a reason to finally create Spring cards. Today I used Cottage and Die Set 4746 with WC Sentiments Set 4903 for my card.

I stamped the cottage onto Bristol paper using Onyx Black Versafine Ink. Then I lined up the matching dies for the window and door and cut them with my die cut machine. I wanted my card to look Springy, so I kept my colors very light. I colored the entire image in two layers of color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers spreading the color out with a brush. Once everything was dry, I cut the cottage out with my detail scissors. I cut the fence from the WC Fence Die 4967 from Bristol paper and colored it with the English Lavender marker and set it aside to dry. I stamped Happiness grows from the WC Sentiments Set 4903 onto a cloud die cut from Bristol paper with Onyx Black Versafine Ink.

For the grass, I colored my Olive Green Marvy LePlume II marker onto a Watercolor Palette and used a brush to add color to the bottom of a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper. I used Prussian Blue from the Watercolor Palette and my brush to add cloud shapes along the top of the paper. I attached a piece of Kioshi paper from Basic Gray to my note card before I attached the piece of Canson paper to it with foam tape. I added in some tiny punched flowers from patterned paper scraps then added gems to their centers. 

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Used :
Duck - Yellow, Tea Rose
Stones - Blue Gray, Beige
House - Pale Dawn Gray, Haze Blue, Tea Rose, S. Almond Pink, English Lavender

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thank you Jil for that fabulous project!

Thanks for joining the Mega Sponsor Blog Hop! Make sure to leave a comment below with your favorite spring stamp set, and then hop over to our industry besties, Rick and Kelley at ...
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Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Light the Candles! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

I think we all have that friend right?  The one that's at that age that makes this funny???  Hopefully your friend has a good sense of humor!

My card features  4371 – Fire Out Set

She's part of the Ai People line.
I think of all the Art Impressions stamps this line is my all time favorite.  I love funny cards and the funny people are just above and beyond.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

How do I lose 20 years?? by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

I've got a couple cards today featuring AICS31 Pamper Yourself from AI Store Exclusives.  These were so quick to color up and create! 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today, and until next time - stay crafty!!

Copics used:
E000, E00, E11, E21, E23
R20, R35, R37, R39
T2, T3, T4, T5
V12, V15, V17
BG32, BG34, BG57

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Clever Cards!

Welcome back to an inspiration-filled Saturday post! This week our designer's really knocked it out of the park with creative card designs! From Dot's scene featuring a foreground and background, to Tricia K's creative use of the "Bench Set" and Tricia O's "Postage Stamp" design, there is something to spark creativity for everyone here! 

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Watercolor Friends,

This is my project for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend roundup. I thought these little .99 cent cardboard boxes from Hobby Lobby would make cute keepsake boxes for my granddaughters. I painted this one white and then attached the watercolored scene to the top using extra strong double sided tape. I used five stamp sets and four markers to create it. See my list of supplies below:
Art Impressions Products: 5011 - WC Truck Mini Set, 5012 - WC Wishing Well Set, 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set, 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1, 5016 - WC Mini Critter Set, 4774 - Stamp positioner, 4773 - Acrylic Blocks, #4 Brush
Marvy LePlume II Markers: 45 sepia, 72 pine green, 86 African violet, 20 magenta
Other Supplies: Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Cardstock

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
“Spring is in the Air” for my Watercolor Weekend project!

Start by masking off a 3”x 3” square on your watercolor paper using 3M Painters Tape, masking paper, washi tape or Post It Notes (I used 3M Painters Tape). Stamp the tree branches at the top with stamps from the Branches Set in 45 Sepia. Next build the trees by stamping leaves from the Foliage Set 2 in 15 Olive Green. Pull the color from the lines with your watercolor brush and water. Next stamp the top half of the bench from Bench Set in 45 Sepia. Scribble 45 Sepia onto your palette and brush onto the bench. Use the fine tip of 45 Sepia to create wood knots, woodgrain and added dimension in the cracks and crevices. Stamp the flowers from Flower Set 3 around the bench in 20 Magenta and 15 Olive Green. Add additional foliage into the flowers with leaves from Foliage Set 2 in 15 Olive Green. Place the little bird from Bird Bath Set on the top of the bench by using your Stamp Positioner. Pull the color from the lines on the tiny bird with your watercolor brush. I found it easier to use watercolor brush no. 1. Use your fine tip 45 Sepia to darken the eyes and beak. Scribble a little 88 Terra Cotta on your palette and brush onto the bird’s chest. Place 60 Salvia Blue (or any other pale blue) onto your palette, water it down and paint it into the sky. Add dot detail with your fine tip 20 Magenta around the flowers. And finally, remove the tape and sign your masterpiece!

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 15 Olive Green, 20 Magenta, 45 Sepia, 60 Salvia Blue, 88 Terra Cotta
Other Supplies: 3M Blue Painters Tape

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Sometimes it is hard to come up with unique ideas for paintings. For this weekend’s Watercolor Weekend I created this card using small rectangle dies as guides for this card design. I wanted to try to create the look of postage stamps with flowers on them. I added words to the left hand side of each rectangle. I used various foliage and flower stamps to create a different look in each of the rectangles. Check out my Blog and YouTube channel for all the details. 

Other Supplies: Wink of Stella Glitter Clear Brush Pen – ClearGina K Designs Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- DandelionClassic Crest Cover Solar White 8-1/2x11 110lbScor-Pal Scor-Buddy Mini Scoring Board, 9 by 7.5-Inch

Such lovely projects, thank you, designers! We LOVE how easy it is to mix and match stamps from different sets, to create larger scenes or to use in an unexpected way! We hope you'll share some of YOUR watercolor creations with us on Instagram using the #AiStamps! Be sure you are following our designer's across your different social media accounts to see inspiration every week!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Perfect Duet Set By Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
Today is about this cute Dancing duo from the Art Impressions stamp set called "Perfect Duet"! I hope my Husband and I never stop dancing until we physically can't dance anymore! And by the way..... we dance about as good as we sing but who cares LOL!
Today I am using papers from the Echo Park "I'd Rather Be Crafting" 6x6 collection! This is one of my favourite layouts to do. You can layer different papers for a fun look! I used my Brother Cut N Scan to "fussy" cut out my image and popped them over the circle using foam tape! Some Matching enamel dots finish it all off!
Copics used:
E00, E11, E21, R20
C1, C3, C4, C6
R21, R22, R24
BG11, BG23, BG34, BG72, BG75

I hope you dance like no one is watching!
Happy Stamping!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

NEW VIDEO - Cabin Circlet Mini TryFold Quick Tips

Hello Ai Fans!

Today, we have a new tutorial video! Watch Kate create a rotating, three circle revealing card using our new Cabin Circlet Mini Tryfold. This card base is simply created by die cutting three circles - 3.5", 3.75" and 4". In the two smallest circles, Kate die cut a 2.25" opening. Once all the images were stamped and colored, Kate cut the Circlets with a 2.5" border and assembled them so you can see through each circle into the next panel. We hope you enjoy this new masculine card, and check out all FOUR of our new Circlet Mini TryFold sets!

View Video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/kCaNomvWKGg

Challenge 230 Good Goes Around WEEK 2! PLUS New Stamps at Hobby Lobby!

Hello, Ai Fans! We're back for another round of fun with week two of our challenge! PLUS, read through the end of the post about our exciting Hobby Lobby release!
We are celebrating the new release of our Circlet Mini TryFolds, an extension of our popular three-panel revealing line! These images are designed to work beautifully layered together! Last week, Diane gave a great tutorial for a flip card by layering the images, be sure to check it out if you missed it. Let's take a look at more inspiration from our designers! You can find more information about each card by clicking the designer's name, hopping over to their blog. Want to give them a try for yourself? They are available now at artimpressions.com!
Have you entered our challenge before? Today's a great day to start! We're looking for a card that "goes around" - may that be a circular card, or a card that features something rounded. Show us what you've got! Besides, you just might win some Ai Stamps!

Here are the Challenge Rules
✻ Please make a new card or creation. You can make any crafty item you wish; this is not limited to cards!
✻ Limit two submissions per person. You will receive extra votes if you use Art Impressions stamps!
✻ The Ai Challenge is open to everyone, international submissions are welcome!
✻ Include a link back to the Ai Blog or grab our button on the top right of our sidebar!
✻ Share the Ai love by clicking and commenting your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by Wednesday, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!
PLUS, an exciting announcement!
Hobby Lobby Blocks Hobby Lobby Clear
Swing by your local Hobby Lobby to find our NEW clear and wood block stamps on their shelves! We have created THREE of our most loved images into beautiful wood mounted stamps, featuring a full-color label. Pal around with our Craftiness and Take Life Girlfriends blocks, and send a peaceful greeting with our Psalm 23 block. Also available in-store are THREE of our favorite clear sets: Sloth-Some, Whisk It and Doggy Kisses! Visit a Hobby Lobby near you to grab these stamps today!

A selection of our products are also available online at HobbyLobby.com!
Find a Hobby Lobby
Psalm 23Craftiness Block  Take Life
Happy Stamping!