Monday, June 25, 2018

Fluttery Piggy by Carol Hintermeier

Hello Ai Fans!

I've got a sweet pink pig that's just fluttering to wish a happy birthday to that someone special!

I colored the fluttering pig with my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I also used a marker to tint the brads so they will blend in a bit.   I used a stitched oval die to cut an oval from watercolor paper.  I stamped the stones, grass and flowers with Marvy Leplume II markers and blended them out with a damp brush.   I really love combining Art Impressions water color stamps with traditional stamping!

The pull mechanism is really easy to make, so don't be intimidated!  There are very clear instructions on the back of the stamp packaging or you can watch the helpful YouTube video here.  I used a corner rounder that I've had forever to add a decorative edge to the pull tab before adhering my little die cut and stamped oval sentiment.

This photo shows the tab pulled, and the cute little pig fluttering away!  When the tab is up, it's out of the way for mailing and also hides the little slit.

She's got some Glossy Accents on her nose and hooves for a little extra dimension.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Happy stamping!

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Thanks a Sloth! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing another thank you card that I made for my daughter's scholarship wins.

For my card I used 5002 – Sloth-some Set from the Funny Farm line.

I embossed the white cardstock and then used green water color pencils to color them. Next I added some stickles to add some sparkle. 

I used one of the verses from the set on the inside along with a die cut branch with leaves.

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Say Cheesecake!! by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!

Today I've got one of my favorite Girlfriend stamps to show you!  It's the Picture Perfect Set #4130.  I really love the sentiments that come with this set! I stamped it onto Cryogen White paper and colored them up with Copic markers which are listed below.  I have had this stamp set for forever and NEVER grow tired of it!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and hope you have an amazing weekend! Until next time - stay crafty!!

Copics used:
E000, E00, E07, E09, E11, E17, E21, E23, E33, E53, E57, E59, E71, E74, E77, E97, E99
YR12, YR14, YR16
G40, G43, G46
BG72, BG75
R20, R35
C4, C5, C6, C7
Y32, Y35, Y38

Friday, June 22, 2018

Golfers by Cheri Burry!

Hello Ai Fans!
Golf season is upon us and these "Golfers" from Art Impressions  "Golden Oldies" line are ready to hit the fairways! When my Hubby saw this card his response was "Omg that's my parents" LOL!
I decided to use papers from the Authentique Suave 6x6 collection. I paper pieced different parts of their outfits for a fun look that ties in with my paper choices. A few enamel dots and my simple design was finished.
I decided to use the sentiment from the "Par-Tee Golfers" set. I just thought it was funny with these two golf die hards.
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E21, E95,
Hair: C3, C5, C7
YG21, YG23, YG25
B35, B37, B39
BG11, BG32, BG34
C1, N1, N3, E42, E43, E48

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

NEW Challenge 235 Patriotic Colors!

Hello, Ai Fans!

We are gearing up for a FUN summer, and Independence Day is just around the corner! To celebrate, our newest challenge features patriotic colors! Cheri is here to give us some inspiration with her take on the challenge!

Hi Ai Fans!
It's the first week of the Ai Challenge called "Patriotic Colours". I'm from Canada, so I made my card to Celebrate Canada's upcoming 151st Birthday on July 1, 2018! In Canada we have a long weekend to celebrate the Country's Birthday with lots of family themed fun and fireworks! I thought the Art Impressions stamp set called "One To Brag" would work perfect for my card!
I started by gathering up all the items I thought I would need to create this "Herringbone" Strip Card.
I decided my card base would be 4.25"x 5.5". I cut a piece of white cardstock at 4 x 5.25", this is what I will add my strips to. I cut a bunch of strips at 1/2" x 6" from some Canada themed papers.
Start by adding 3 strips to the card base. I used a tape runner to easily add my strips with.
Then all you have to do is decide what pattern you want to add your strips. I just butted each strip up against the previous one, working along in my chosen pattern.
Before I moved onto my next pattern choice I trimmed the edges to make it easy to use.
Here you can see how your strips will be going off the edge before you trim them.
I cut and scored my white card base and added a layering piece of red cardstock cut at 4 1/8 x 5 3/8"
Here you can see the finished Herringbone Card Base.
Now onto stamping and colouring my image. 
After I coloured my image with my Copic markers, I fussy cut out my image using my Brother Cut N Scan.
I'm using the sentiment called "King Of Cool" but I only wanted to use the "Happy Birthday" part of the stamp. I used some Washi Tape to mask off the remainder of the sentiment before inking. Don't forget to remove the tape before you actually stamp or you'll get a mess. (I did that a few times LOL)
I added some foam tape to both my image and sentiment for some added dimension! This Herringbone technique is really simple to do and actually quite fun! It's a great way to use up your scraps!
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: E15, E17, E19
Reds: R22, R24, R27, R29
Greys: C0, C1
Spectrum Noir Glitter pen added to the cake

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thanks, Cheri! We love your patriotic birthday card! Our Ai People characters sure know how to party!
Join in our challenge! We have fans from around the world, so feel free to create a card with patriotic colors from your country! Here in the USA, we will be sporting red, white, and blue!

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

Before we go, we have some WINNERS to announce for our Odd Animals Challenge as well as a fun freebie for your order!

Top Spot goes to...

Thanks, Milene! We love your adorable "Holy Moley" card, fabulous watercoloring! Email to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...



Congrats, you two! Helen, your Udderly Fantastic cows are just too cute with their colorful balloons and tutus! And Bonnie, your Old Goats are really rocking those neutral colors! Be sure to email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

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Happy Stamping!

Let's Bake Some Memories by Crystal Schneider

Hi AI fans!!

Today I have a card featuring the Whisk it set

I wanted her to be a standing in front of the oven a little bit so I stamped her first then made a mask for her. I used a full sheet of sticky post-its to make my mask because that is what I had on hand. I then stamped the oven. I left the mask on her and made one for the oven too so I could stamp some fun wallpaper. I wanted the wall paper to be very light so I stamped the background image in lavender. I used my stamp platform to keep my cupcakes straight. 

I added some trim to break up the wall and the floor. I colored the wood trim with TN1, TN2 I added some little lines to make it have texture and look more realistic. 

I had planned on my stamped paper being square 5"X5" but I had accidentally stamped one of the cupcake stamps over lapping and a little crooked on the side. I was so far along I just kept going I figured I could fix it later. The only way to fix it was to just trim it off.  

I matted my stamped panel with some hot pink pattern paper. 

Thanks for stopping by today I'm going to go make some cupcakes now! 

Spectrum Noir Markers used:
TN1, TN2, BT1, AP3, TB4, IG2, IG3, IG4, MB1, MB2, MB3

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

NEW VIDEO - Bench Swing & Cat Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a NEW Watercolor Wednesday! This week, Bonnie transforms our WC Bench Set into a swing with a sleepy Siamese cat and pillow. She shows in the video many different ways you can create the swing and add different critters that you prefer! Watch the video below for the full tutorial!

Did you know, you can search our YouTube? Simply click on the magnifying glass in the top right of the screen on our channel page and you can easily find videos using your favorite sets, such as our Garden Wagon, Rustic Containers or Old Barn!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

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