Thursday, November 26, 2015

Happy Thanksgiving! PLUS Challenge 173 Winners

Happy Thanksgiving, Ai Fans!
Here's a fun throw-back to Sharon's Gobble card! You can find her original post here.
From all of us at Art Impressions, we are so thankful for YOU! Gathering near and far celebrating and crafting together is such a special thing. Thank you for sharing your time with us, whether it's through reading the blog, sharing some comment love or showing us your challenge creations. Let's spread some cheer and encouragement as a crafting community this holiday season!

We're wrapping up our special 1-week challenge celebrating our new Michaels releases, let's take a look at our festive winners!

Top Spot is awarded to...

Congrats, Charne! What an inventive gift tag! We love how you creatively transformed Gordon Golfer into a hard-working Santa! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable mentions go to...



Way to go, you two! Agnieszka, we love your red and green card with a vintage vibe with Reindeer Games. Really pretty coloring, too! Tami, way to be creative using the Christmas Scene TF for a lovely shaker card. Be sure to email with your address and the stamp set of your choice!

This week we're doing things a little differently for the holidays. Our designers are taking a well-deserved break and won't be posting for 7 days to eat, drink, and be merry this Thanksgiving. The next challenge runs December 3-16, so check back next week for more details. If you want to get a head start on the challenge, the title is "Ready for Resolutions"--and we'll be releasing some NEW stamps to match!

One last thing! We are having an online sale at! Be the first to hear about our sale details by signing up for our email newsletter here!

We hope you enjoy your holidays, and see you next week!

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

NEW VIDEO! Watercolor Wednesday Series - Clay Pot

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to another new Watercolor Wednesday video! This week, with Fall in full swing, we want to share our new Clay Pot set. This is a very versatile set with some great additions to your foliage and flower collections. It was intended for Fall, but can be easily changed for any season. Check out this video by our owner and designer, Bonnie Krebs, and don't forget to subscribe to the Ai YouTube Channel!

We hope you like this new video and Happy Thanksgiving tomorrow to all our friends in the US!
Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

Reindeer Games

Hello AI fans!!

Have you stopped by Michaels and picked up the new Christmas stamp?? Well, if you haven't you better get on it!! These are seriously cute and funny stamps! 

Today's card features the Reindeer set, i stamped the fun reindeer lady on some white card stock. I colored her up with my Spectrum Noir markers, then used a stitched rectangle to cut around her.

Next i stamped the reindeer games sentiment beside her. To dress up the rectangle i added a small brown paper clip and a cool wood chip.

I found some green pattern paper and added it to a white card base. To add a little more red, i added some red ribbon to the bottom of the rectangle and notched the end. The colored panel was added to the card with foam tape.

Make sure you check out our challenge, it ends later today!! Click here to check it out and see more inspiration using these new stamps only available at Michaels!!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Be Merry by Karen Day

Hello Ai fans!
I am sharing three cards that I made using one of the two new Christmas stamp sets that you can find in Michael's stores right now...

 There are three fun images, and three great sentiments in this set.  Here's the tangled kitty:
 And this is my absolute favourite image in the set, because it reminded me of a Charlie Brown Christmas tree:

  I used all kinds of patterned papers, a few snowflake die cuts and some clear grey acrylic gems.
Happy stamping!
Copics used: C5, C3, C1, C00, BG18, BG15, BG13, BG11, Y26, Y23, RV25, RV19, RV15, RV11

Sunday, November 22, 2015

It's Ugly Sweater Time! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a really fun image with you.  This Art Impressions set is called Ugly Sweater Set (Sku#4350).
My school had an Ugly Sweater Day last Christmas and it was so much fun!  It's a great way to get in the spirit!

This is my first time trying my hand at coloring a person of color.  I think it turned out pretty good but I know I've got a long way to go.  I don't know...she looks pretty happy to me!

Copics used:
YG07, Y15, R27, C00, W3, E35, E53, E55, E93