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!

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Crazy Friends By Crystal Schneider

Hello AI Fans!

Hope you are having a fun week it has flown by so fast here hard to believe its already Friday tomorrow.

This week I have been playing with the Crazy Friends Set 4989. I stamped the ladies with Memento Tuxedo black in and colored them in with alcohol markers. I love how mush personality the ladies have I had fun coloring them with as many different colors I could.

I added some gold gel pen on top of the circles on the one ladies dress.

I die cut my colored image into a circle and framed it with some fun pattern paper. I also used a couple other fun pieces of fun pattern paper tucked behind the image. 

I stamped the sentiment onto a die cut banner and attached it with some fun colored staples. 

To finish the card off I added some sequins around the card.

Spectrum Noir Markers used:
PL3, TN2, AG3, PL3, BGR1, BT6, PP1, PP6, TB5 

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

NEW VIDEO! Mountainside Cottage Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a NEW Watercolor Wednesday video! This week, Bonnie creates a beautiful mountainside cottage with blooming, wild daisies near a pond. Bonnie simply stamps the top half of our WC Cottages Set image and surrounds it with dots from her Molotow Masking pen. She completes the image with mountains in the background, distant bushes, tall daisies, and a simple water feature in front. She removes the masking fluid and adds tiny yellow dots to the daisies.

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Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

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