Monday, June 18, 2018

Hugs to You! by Carol Hintermeier

Hello, Ai fans!

Today I have a card for you using the oh, so fun Giraffe Twist Ties stamps!  This also comes with a die to perfectly cut out the opening.  To get started, I watched this instructional video on Art Impressions YouTube channel.  

I colored these sweet giraffes with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  I also used the markers to swipe in some grass to give them a place to stand.   For the inside, I used Distress Oxide inks, a stencil and stencil brush for the sun rays.

Thank you for taking a look and hope you have a great week!

Spectrum Noir markers used:  
GB1, GY1, GY2, GY5, TN6, AG1, AG3

Sunday, June 17, 2018

You're one in a Melon! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a thank you card with you. 
Caution...bragging mom moment! lol!  My daughter won several scholarships at Senior Award night and I need to make a thank you card for each individual/organization that gave her money.

For one of the cards I used 4970 – Produce Stand MTF from Art Impressions.

Although this set is meant to be a Tri-fold card I only made it 2 layers since I needed 7 cards. I couldn't spend TOO much time on one card.  I still think it's quite special and the recipient will appreciate it!  The photo above shows the awning closed.  You then open the "window" to show the sweet little raccoon inside the card.

Then, you open it up and you can see the little guy that you got the sneak preview of.  I made this card for a woman named Melanie ... because she gave my daughter an award for digital art ... and ...she's one in a MELON... get it?? "Melon-ie"??  Cheesy, I know!

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Flags, Fields, and Flower Quilts!

Happy Watercolor Weekend, Ai fans! Today we have three more fabulous projects for you, are you ready?! Check out the different twists our designers have used in their projects today! Don't forget you can follow these ladies on social media (links above their project photos) so you can enjoy even more inspiration throughout the week!

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

I made another red, white and blue card for the Watercolor Weekend roundup. I needed a flag so I drew that one using a pencil, a ruler and that Veteran card for my inspiration. Maybe Art Impression's Creator/Owner Bonnie can create a flag stamp for us to use in the future. 
This is day 16 of #thedailymarker30day coloring challenge. Join the fun! The goal is to color something daily even if it's a few minutes because we are all happier when we color or be creative. You can find out more info by going to the fabulous Kathy Racoosin's blog, click here.

I used five stamp sets and seven markers to create my card. See the list of supplies below:

Other Supplies: White Prismacolor Pencil, Canson Watercolor Paper

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
My project for today’s Watercolor Weekend celebrates summer with “Bright and Beautiful Blooms”. Watercolor the Art Impressions Way by inking up the multi-flower long stem from Flower Set 2 in Scarlet and Olive Green. Stamp the single long stem from Flower Set 2 in Violet and Olive Green. Add greenery to the bottom from Foliage Set 1 in Olive Green. Fill in around the previously stamped blooms and add height with the small flower from Flower Set 3 in Brilliant Yellow. Scribble a little Olive Green and Salvia Blue onto your palette. Brush Olive Green into the greenery and finally Salvia Blue for the sky.
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 8 Violet, 15 Olive Green, 43 Brilliant Yellow, 60 Salvia Blue, 94 Scarlet

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
I have really been into trying to create quilt patterns with my dies and stamps. My mom is a spectacular quilter and I wanted to try some with paper, so here is what I came up with. 

I die cut several watercolor squares using the Spellbinders Die. Using one of the squares, I stamped the mini watering can from the WC Wishing Well Mini Set in Sepia. I added some foliage with the vine from the WC Foliage Set 2 in Olive Green. I added some flowers from the 5009 – WC Mini Flower Set in Violet and Magenta. I added some grass using the WC Foliage Set 1.

On two more squares, I stamped the flowers from the 5008 – WC Flower Set 3 using Olive Green and Magenta. I cut them in half. To create the batik triangles, I scribbled color onto a craft mat and sprayed them with water. I dipped the watercolor paper into the pools of color. I die cut these with the Spellbinders Die. I also used this die to cut some additional triangles from the Gina K Designs Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Plum Punch cardstock. I assembled my quilt and used a stitched rectangle to cut out the center. I ran the piece through my die cut machine using the Quilt Top Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!. I cut the Gina K Designs Heavyweight Cardstock- Fresh Asparagus and Heavy Base Weight Card Stock- Wild Lilac mats using the next two stitched rectangles. I adhered them together and placed them on a white card base.

I hope you will try some new techniques with your stamps. We would love to see what you come up with!

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 45 Sepia15 Olive Green8 Violet20 Magenta

Thanks, team! We LOVE to hear what you think of our watercolor projects, so be sure to drop us a line in the comments below! Also, don't forget to use your #aistamps if you are joining the #thedailymarker30day challenge on Instagram this month!

Happy Stamping!

Peek a Boo!! by Sharon Caudle

Hey AI Fans!! 

I have a fun get well card to show you today! I really do love this set! It's so perfect to bring a smile to someone that needs it! I tried to make him look like he's blushing big time. LOL! I used SC0681 Get Well Set from Art Impressions.  

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and hope to see you back again soon! Until next time - stay crafty!!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Gotta Garden Set By Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
This "Gotta Garden" Set from Art Impressions is just perfect for anyone you know that has a green thumb! I'm great at outdoor plants and creating baskets or planters but give me a houseplant and I will kill it every time LOL!
I made a cute Watering Can Box card using a cut file from the Silhouette Store to showcase this cute pair of Gardeners! I love that box cards can fold flat for easy mailing but look so cute when standing up!
I also created a card using the "Gotta Garden" set and papers from the Pebbles Garden Party 6x6 collection. Both images have Spectrum Noir Glitter pen added to them as well as Silver Wink of Stella. I also used my Brother Cut N Scan to "fussy" cut out the images.
Copics Used:
E00, E11, E21, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E51, E53
Y21, Y32, Y35, Y38, YR14
YG63, YG67, YG95, YG97, YG99
R24, R27, R29, RV04, RV06, RV09
C1, C3, C5, C7, B21, B23, B24

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Challenge 234 Odd Animals WEEK 2! PLUS, Retirement Sale on FIVE WC Sets!

Hello, Ai Fans!
Guinea Pig Out SetSlothsome Set
Ready for another fabulous round-up of inspiration? Take a look at what our design team created with our new Funny Farm release! Between our Guinea Pig Out Set and Sloth-some Set, you are sure to find the perfect images and sentiments for a variety of handmade birthday cards, encouragement notes, and more! Click the designer's name for more details on their personal blog, and grab these sets at!

Cheri with Sloth-some Set

Crystal with Sloth-some Set

Dana with Guinea Pig Out Set

Diane with Sloth-some Set

Jil with Guinea Pig Out Set

Thanks, team! We want to give a special recognition for Diane's last project with us - we will miss her beautiful designs and wish her the very best. Also, let's give another welcome to Carol and Crystal, joining their first challenge round-up with us! Did you catch their cards last week? We are so excited to see what else they will make with us!
Join in the fun! We hope our team has inspired you to create your own "Odd Animal" creation for our challenge! With so many animals in the world to choose from, we can't wait to see what YOU will create! Remember, you can submit up to 2 projects for a chance to WIN!

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, June 20 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Before we go, we have a special sale to share with you!

Retirement Sale

Attention all Ai watercolor fans! After over 20 years in our catalog, five of our oldest watercolor sets are retiring! Don't be sad - we are celebrating their retirement by offering them at a 50% discount! Hurry, this is your last chance to grab these sets before they disappear after June 20! Shop the sale here!

No coupon code necessary! Sale runs June 14-20, 2018. Not valid on wholesale orders (wholesale customers, please contact us for your special).
WC Trees WC Structures
EZ Project AEZ Project BEZ Project C
Why are these sets retiring? After over 30 years of business it is necessary to discontinue products from time to time to make room for fresh, new designs. We promise we have wonderful new watercolor stamps coming this fall! Thank you for understanding and being such huge fans!

Happy Stamping!

Sloffee Break Card by Crystal Schneider

 Hi, AI fans!

I'm excited to show you a card I made today featuring this adorable sloth from the Sloth Some Stamp Set which is one of the new Funny Farm sets.

I just love that cute little sloth resting in the coffee mug.

For my background of my card I stamped the same image over and over with a light brown ink onto my kraft cardstock. I wanted the image to be really soft and blend into the background.

I stamped my sentiment centered at the bottom of my Kraft cardstock.

I matted the image with some floral pattern paper to just add a touch of color to the card.

My card fits the latest AI challenge click Here to join in on the challenge! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  

Spectrum Noir Markers:
DR3, AG1, AG2, MB1, MB2, MB3, MB4, RB1, RB2, RB3