Thursday, July 19, 2018

Challenges 237 Summer Vibes!

Happy Summer, Ai Fans!

Welcome to a NEW challenge! Carol's here with a sweet creation to inspire your challenge entries! Take it away, Carol!

Hello Ai Fans!

Are you enjoying your summer?  Where I'm at it's too hot to do much outside!  I'd love to be at a beach and the Loungers Set - 4473 was perfect for this new challenge:  Summer Vibes!

Here's something I like to do--when I remember!  Haha!  After I first stamp the image using my MISTI, I leave the stamp in place.  When I am finished coloring, I put my card back in the MISTI.  Because I'm SO afraid, after all my work, it may not be lined up perfectly, I then stamp onto a piece of acetate.  I can then make any tiny adjustments to the alignment so that it stamps over it perfectly.  I just keep re-stamping until it lines up exactly right.  I do this because sometimes with highly detailed stamps, I feel like the Memento ink isn't as crisp as the Onyx Black.  I think re-stamping the image with Onyx Black ink really makes the image pop!   I hope that makes sense!

For embellishments, I added a sun die cut and some tiny lemon slices, along with some Glossy Accents and sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

I just love this sentiment!  I wish that it didn't take getting older to feel this way, but for me, it did!  How about you? 

Thank you for stopping by today, and we sure hope you'll join in our Summer Vibes challenge!  

Thanks, Carol! We sure love your vibrant beach card! Too cute!
Our challenges run for TWO weeks, so you have 14 days to get crafting! We LOVE seeing your creations with your unique style, so "choose to be fabulous" and join our challenge! This challenge is all about summer, and feel free to interpret it as you wish, whether that's bright colors, summery stamps or papers, happy weather, and more!

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, July 18 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Before we go, let's celebrate the winner's of last week's Masculine Challenge!

Top spot goes to...

Congrats, Katrin! We love your wonderful watercolor scene featuring our WC Truck Mini Set with lovely rustic colors and bright greens. Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Congrats, you two! Gail, we think your camper card is just too clever! Our fishermen look great Catching Z's before their next venture to the lake! And Lynn, the coloring on the Buzzard is just stellar! Email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice to enjoy as a prize!

See you for more challenge inspiration next week! Happy Stamping!

A Birthday Wish From All Of Us! By Crystal Schneider

Hello AI Fans! 

Today I'm sharing a card I made using The Office Party Set - 4998. 
I don't go to work but I think this set is so cute. 

I stamped the lady at her desk in Memento black ink and colored her in with alcohol markers. 

I played around with my sentiment placement for a little bit but it just didn't look right anywhere so i ended up stamping it on the computer screen. The sentiment fit on the screen perfect just like she is typing it out for her friend.  

I found some pattern paper that matched the colors I used to color the stamped image in perfectly and matted the image. 

I die cut some little banners and tucked them under the stamped image panel. 

Spectrum Noir markers used: 
DP1, GR10, RB2, RB3, RB4, MB1, MB2, BT1, BT2, BT3, BGR3, BG2, BG3, BG4, TB2, DP2, Blender

Have a great Thursday! 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Craft On by Dana Warren

Hello, AI fans!!

The Crafty Girls set is fun to color and perfect to send to a fellow crafter!! It goes great with Echo Park Paper Co I'd Rather Be Crafting pattern paper!! 
I started by stamping the image on white cardstock, then I used a fancy rectangle to cut the image. Then I used the following Spectrum Noir Markers to color it AB1, AB2, AB3, AG1, AG3, AG5, AP1, AP3, AP4, BG3, BG4, BG7, BO2, BO3, CT1, DR3, DR5, EB5, EB6, FS2, FS9, IG2, IG4, IG6, IG8, GY1, GY2, LY1, TN2. I also used the following Copic markers for the dark skin  E25, E27, E59.

Next, I picked out a pattern paper from the I'd Rather Be Crafting pad and added it to a white card base. The paper pad had a solid orange page that I used alpha dies to cut out Craft On.

I added the coloring image and the alphas with foam tape. The rectangle hung over the edge and I trimmed it off. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Happy Tails to You by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I love making interactive cards.  I just think it's a super fun to send a card that does something unexpected.  For today's post I've combines the Dog Stackers 4740 with the Slider Die 4764 to make a magic slider card.  It was really simple to make and I can't stop playing with it!

I die cut the Slider Die out of the DCWV Playful Pets 6x6 paper pad. I stamped the Dog Stackers 4740 onto Strathmore Bristol paper with My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink and colored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers. Colors are listed at the end of this post. The Bristol paper is cut to fit into the back of the slider die. I stamped the Dog Stackers 4740 onto a piece of Acetate with Jet Black StazOn ink. I lined the acetate up exactly over the colored image and attached it inside the front of the slider die. I cut a piece of white paper to 1 1/2" x 5" and cut a slit in the top to add blue seam binding.  The white paper slides between the acetate and the colored image.  When it is in place, the image is black and white and when it is removed the image is in color.

The remainder of the card is covered with a layer of the DCWV .  The sentiment that comes with the stamp is stamped with Versamark Watermark ink and embossed with Ranger Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder.  I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut out two bone shapes for the bottom of my card.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Used:
From Top to bottom
Dog #1 - Flesh Color, Oatmeal
Dog #2 - Gray Brown
Dog #3 - Beige, Dark Brown
Dog #4 - Oatmeal
Dog #5 - Light Brown
Dog # 6 - Light Brown, Dark Brown
Dog #7 - Gray Brown
Dog #8 - Mid Brown
Dog # 9 - Light Brown
Dog #10 - Light Gray, Brown

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, July 16, 2018

Toes in the Sand! by Carol Hintermeier

Hello Ai Fans!

"Wiggle your toes in the sands of the sea, dream of tomorrow, and all that can be."

Who wants to join me on this beach watching the sun set?!!  I do love beaches and could spend the entire summer at one!  Too bad the closest beach is about an eight-hour drive from where I live!  So I'll just dream of being there!

 To help me dream of being at the beach, I've made this summery card featuring the Windows to The World M3178--Island Window.  I've stamped my card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored it with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers.

I finished it off by adding a few brads that I've had in my stash, FOREVER, as added embellishments along with the twine.  I bought them from Eyelet Outlet when they were at a local craft show.  I just bent the brads back and forth till they broke off and used Beacon 3-in-1 glue to adhere them.  I also used one of my Spectrum Noir markers to tint the twine, which was much lighter than I wanted for this card.

This beautiful image is so fun and easy to color!  I hope you've enjoyed dreaming of the beach with me!  Have a happy, crafty day!

Spectrum Noir colors used:
EB1, EB2, AB2, CT1, CT4, GY3, AG1, AG3, LG3, LG4, LG5, DG1, DG2, DG3, CR1, CR3, TB1, TB3, MB1, MB3, MB4

Apologies that the Spellbinders Rope embossing folder I used is no longer available!  I didn't realize that until after I finished my card.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Spring Chicken by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a card that I made using 

The set comes with several verses as well as these cute chicken tracks.

How adorable is this paper with this set? I went to Hobby Lobby last week and fell in love with the entire pad.  It's so "country-farm."  Perfect for several of my Ai stamps!

I always like to decorate the inside of my cards too.  I used a verse and the tracks from the set.

Here's a video of her "springing." I'm disappointed in how the video turned out.  In real life she is REALLY shaking fast!  I'm assuming my camera has a built in stabilizer when you shoot videos which is making her look like she's barely moving. Oh get the picture.

Copics used:
T3, R17, R56, YR24, E33, E35, E41, E81

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Where's the nice nurse by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

I've got another fun get well card for you today using the Get Well Set! from Art Impressions. Love, love, love this set!!  I showed you an ICU card several weeks ago, and today I'm showing you the fun nurse. 

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

Copics used:
E000, E00, E11, R20, R81, B000, E21, E23, C3, E17, E97, E99, E51, E53

Friday, July 13, 2018

It's a Hoedown by Cheri Burry!

Howdy Ai Fans!
I'm just popping in today to share with you this adorable couple from Art Impressions called "Square Dancers". Oh My Gosh...... these two just make me giggle!! They are all ready to strut their stuff at the Hoedown!
I decided to use papers from the Doodlebug "Down on the Farm" 6x6 collection, I thought they went perfectly with these "Square Dancers".
On this card I coloured it using the lines exactly as they stamp.
But on this card I used the coloured image on the packaging and tried to copy the plaid print on her dress. It was fun trying to add the lines! It sure makes the image look totally different!
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: N3, N5, N7
Reds: R20, R21, R24, R27, R29
Blues: B93, B95, B97
Yellows: Y32, Y35, Y38
Browns: E33, E35, E37, E39
Outline: B0000, B000, Copic 0/ W1

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 12, 2018

Challenge 236 Masculine Cards WEEK 2!

Hello, Ai Fans!

We're back with the second week of our Masculine Card's Challenge! Last week, Dana shared a wonderful tutorial for a classic, clean and simple card that still has a lot of interest! Be sure to check it out if you missed it. The rest of our Design Team is here to share their take on the challenge! Visit the designer's personal blog by clicking their name, so you can view more info about their creation!

Cheri with Cowboy Wiggle Wobble

Crystal with Raccoon Mini Spinner

Dana with Reel Great Guys

 Renee with Weekend Warrior

Sharon with Sports Fan Shaker 
Thanks, team! These cards are perfect for that special guy!
Hey, join in the fun! Show us your favorite masculine images, colors, techniques and more for those manly cards. You won't want to miss out on this challenge for a chance to 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, July 18 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

NEW releases are coming soon! Next week, Art Impressions will be exhibiting at the AFCI Mixed Media Event, debuting our Summer 2018 releases to store owners! You can see sneak peeks of brand new stamps and dies by watching our Facebook Live video! Mark your calendar for July 18, at 10 AM MT and hop over to our Facebook Page to view the live video. New products will be arriving in your independent local stamp stores in August!

A Facebook account is not necessary to view our Facebook Live video - simply visit our page here and if a pop-up to join Facebook appears, you can click "Not Now" at the bottom of the dialog box.