Thursday, December 8, 2016

WEEK 2: Challenge 198 Shake a Little!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Ready to get zooming into our new challenge? We're celebrating the release of our new character Mini Shakers! Each set includes dies to cut out the shaking image and one Mini Action Wobble to get you started! You can purchase additional Mini Action Wobble packs to use on additional cards.

If you missed Diane's fun tutorial last week, be sure to check it out here! These sets are so cute for birthdays! Take a look at what the design team has created, and be sure to leave them some comment love! Hop over to their personal blog for more details by clicking the designer's name, and order a stamp set or two (or three!) for yourself at!

Cheri with Wheelie Mini Shaker

Diane with Wheelie Mini Shaker

Karen with Rock & Roll Mini Shaker

Renee with Rock & Roll Mini Shaker

Awesome cards, designers! We love the humor and interactive elements in these Mini Shaker sets!

We would LOVE to have you enter our challenge! This challenge is all about using an Action Wobble or Mini Action Wobble to make an image shake a little! It's easy to share your card, simply post your image online and link using our Link-up! Besides, you just might win some Art Impressions 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, December 14th at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

merry Chris-mouse by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Thursday!
Today I am sharing a card using the Chris-mouse Mini Shaker Set (4796) .  This is definitely one of my faves from the recent release!
Did you see the recipe card I made where I paper pieced his jammies?  This time I kept him in a simple green so he would stand out from the cute Christmas papers.  The jingle bell image is on a Mini Action Wobble... these are so fun!

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the season (ohhh...tastes too! lol)!  Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

NEW VIDEO - Garland Doorway Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to another Winter Watercolor Wednesday! This week, Bonnie created a beautiful entryway filled with foliage, including topiaries and garland. She used the doorway from WC Series 6 Set 2 and adds overflowing garland with the vine from her Foliage Set. She then creates topiaries with the wreath from our Wooden Door Set, after adding Molotow Masking for the white dots, and then stamps the wreath in the middle of the doorway. The topiary containers are simply drawn in and you can easily add snow and shadows with the #86 African Violet pen. The final touches are adding berries, a few drawn ribbons and make it shine with your Wink of Stella!

We hope you love this week's video! Can you believe it only took 3 stamps to make this stunning image? Make sure to hop over to YouTube to give Bonnie a "thumbs up" on the video and feel free to leave comments there! Also, thanks to all who subscribe! We are so excited to be close to 6,500 subscribers!

We look forward to seeing you next week for our last Watercolor Wednesday of 2016!
Happy Stamping!

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Merry Christmas Wreath by Dana Warren

Hello AI Fans!!

Now that Thanksgiving is over it's really time to start thinking about Christmas!! My post today features the new Christmas Wreath Die and Stamp Set! The included die makes using this stamp a breeze!!

I started by stamping the wreath and bow on white card stock, then I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color them both. CG2, DG2, DG3, DR3, DR5. 

Next, I placed the outside and inside wreath dies over the image and used some washi tape to hold them in place. I did the same for the bow, running both through my die cutting machine.

From a pattern paper Christmas stack I picked out a vintage pattern and used some Distress Ink Old Paper to ink around the edges. I added the panel to a white card base and then added the wreath with foam tape.

I used Papertrey Ink Banner die with some Kraft card stock. White heat embossed the Merry Christmas sentiment and then added some of the Distress Ink to the banner. This made the Kraft card stock even darker! I added the banner and bow to the wreath and last a few sequins to the card.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!!