Thursday, January 19, 2017

NEW Spring Holiday Sets! PLUS Challenge 200 Spring Fling!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Welcome Spring with our TWO new holiday stamp sets! Packed with adorable images and sweet sentiments, 4885 Nuts About You and 4886 Easter Blessings are perfect for your Valentines and Easter cards!

NEW Valentines _ Easter

Nuts About You Easter Blessings 

Karen is here with a fabulous tutorial featuring our Easter Blessings set, designed by the fabulous Kendra from Watercolor with Kendra! You may have seen her fabulous watercolor projects on YouTube and Instagram. Let's see what Karen has created with this beautiful stamp set!

I am so excited to share the brand new Easter Blessings (SKU 4886) with you today!  I've been itching to do a pop-up card for a while now, and this seemed to be the perfect stamp set!  
 I used this double sided patterned paper from Doodlebug Designs as my card base - the colours inspired me, and it helped to keep my layers to a minimum, and not make the card too bulky.  Here's the inside:
 I started by cutting an oval shape from some teal cardstock.  I scored it in half, then cut the tall skinny flap to glue the bunny to, and the two narrow flaps which will hold up the fence:
The clouds were really fading into the background, so I added some lime circles behind them which ended up really pulling the colour combo together!
 Here you can see the depth of the pop-ups a bit better:
 Celebrate Spring comes with four main images, and the two sentiments I've used on my card - perfect to use for Easter or just a spring greeting card.  Happy stamping!!

Fantastic, Karen! We love the bright colors you used and how they complement your coloring!
We're kicking off our 200th challenge "Spring Fling!" This challenge is all about using spring colors! It's a great chance to break out those Valentine or Easter stamps, too! Show us your spring colors!

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, February 1 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Before we go, let's recognize the winners of the last challenge 199 Card Resolutions!

Top Spot goes to...

Congrats, Darnell! We love how you colored Madge with pencil coloring on kraft paper! She's a vision on orange. Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions

Congrats, you two! EK, we love your no line coloring with our Five Whoots image! Your patience paid off! And Allie, we love your first Ai Watercolor projects! Your snowy tree with embossed snow is divine! Email with your address and the stamp set of your choice as a prize!

Happy Stamping!

retired by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Thursday!
Today I am sharing a card using the Michael's exclusive set called His & Hers Campers, which is now also available on the Ai site!  This card was made for one of my husband's previous co-workers who recently retired. With all of the freeeeezing temps we've had lately, I'm sure he is looking forward to spending time at his camper by the lake this summer!

Since I needed a masculine card, I pulled out some plaid papers and kept it clean & frills!  I stamped the little camper and a sentiment on the inside.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NEW VIDEO - Simple Topiary Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a new Watercolor Wednesday! Ready to get started with #AiWatercolor in 2017? This simple project is perfect to get you started! Bonnie designed a simple topiary using only two stamp sets and a handful of markers! First, she uses Molotow Masking to create a cluster of dots, then stamps foliage over the masks, so they become white flowers. She then uses the pot from our Southwest Set to make a teal basin. Simply draw a couple vertical lines to create a trunk and add some final touches with the inside of the pot, yellow centers on the flowers and some extended branches around the outside. Don't forget to add your grasses and sign your work!

We hope you enjoy this new video! We encourage you to get out your watercolor products and stamp along with us! Make sure to subscribe and give this video a thumbs up if you enjoyed it!

Happy Stamping!

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Rock & Roll It's Your Birthday by Dana Warren

Hello, AI fans!!

Have you seen the new Mini Shakers!! There are holiday shakers, along with non-holiday Birthday shakers!! My card today features the Rock & Roll Mini Shaker.

I started by die cutting a stitched rectangle and then stamped the skating lady. I used my Spectrum Noir Markers to color her skin, hair, and skates, I used: BG2, BG4, EB3, EB5, FS4, FS6, FS9, OR1.

Then I stamped the big image and the smaller image that will be the shaker on a few different pattern papers. I fussy cut them out and added them to the images. 

With a brown marker, I gave her some ground to skate on and then stamped the Rock & Roll sentiment in the top left corner and the It's Your Birthday in the bottom left the corner. I added some pattern paper to a white card base and then added the stamped panel. 

Then I used a mini action wobble on the smaller image and added that to the card. Last I found some yellow and black enamel dots to the card.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Tuesday Threads with Karen

Hello Ai fabric fans!
I'm back with the January edition of Tuesday Threads with Karen... and this is the most fun that I've had sewing in a while!  I came across this idea on Pinterest, and knew that these little fabric boxes would be amazing in the Art Impressions Shop Hop fabrics that are available through Henry Glass Co.
I intended to make just one... and ended up with four!  Trust me, if time wasn't an issue, you'd be seeing about a dozen of these.  I started with the largest, and just kept making them smaller!

I'm not going to give you a full tutorial, just a bit of info - if you're interested in making some of your own, just do an internet search for "fabric boxes" and there are some very helpful, easy-to-follow tutorials out there.  But I've got lots of photos to share (they were just so cute... I kept snapping pictures!)
The largest box was made by cutting two 12" squares of fabric, and two of contrasting fabric for the lining.  I cut out 3"x 3" squares from the two bottom corners, and then ironed on Therm O Web's medium weight fusible tricot interfacing onto both lining pieces.  I sewed down the sides and across the bottom, then mitred the corners to form the box shape - on both the outer and lining pieces.  With right sides together, I sewed the top rim of the box to the lining, leaving a 2" opening to turn them inside out, which I then hand sewed shut.  Here's what it looks like:

 I rolled down the top edge to form a bit of a cuff, and to show off the contrast lining.
 Oh, the possibilites of what you could use these for in your sewing room!  Or your craft room... or the kitchen... or as gift packing...

 The largest started with 12" squares of fabric, and the others are 10", 8" and 6" squares of fabric respectively, with the corners getting smaller for each size.  Adding the Therm O Web interfacing to the lining worked really well, giving just the right amount of stiffness and support to the boxes.
I'll see you next month with another fun Ai fabric project.
Happy sewing!