Thursday, August 16, 2018

BOO! New Halloween and Thanksgiving Clear Stamps! PLUS Challenge 239 Treat Bags!

NEW Halloween 2018
Hey, ghoul friend! Kick off your Halloween crafting with our TWO new clear stamp sets! Send a greeting too cute to spook with our Halloween Magic and Ghoul Friends sets! Additionally, our Grateful Hearts Set is tagging along as our classic Thanksgiving set, featuring sweet script sentiments and little pilgrim mice. Take a closer look with our video from the Mixed Media Event! Visit today to pick up your Halloween and Thanksgiving stamps today!

Today Renee has oodles of adorable projects to kick off our release as well as our new "Treat Bags" challenge! Let's take a look!

Hello Ai fans!

Today it's my turn to be featured on the Art Impressions Blog.  The new challenge starts today and couldn't be more fun!  TREAT BAGS!!

I'm featuring the Grateful Hearts Set.

Well...when it's a challenge this fun I couldn't stop at just one bag!
I made a card and 3 different treat bags.

My card is a Dutch fold. (think Dutch doors)

Here's the inside of the card.

This is what it looks like all folded up.

My first little treat bag is a "bag in a box" that I made with my Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers.  Who knew?  Apparently there are so many different things you can do with your envelope maker than just make envelopes!

THIS is the tutorial I followed. 
Believe me, it couldn't have been simpler!
How cute is this?? I was folding it up my mind was racing with other combinations of ways to fold and glue this for different shapes and sizes.

My next treat bag is really a box.
I used my Sizzix Harvest Bucket die and glued it to the front of an open box.

My last treat bag is a clear bag that I made a topper for.

I used all but three stamps from this set on my projects so you can see you get quite a lot of beautiful Thanksgiving images and verses with the set.

Thanks, Renee! Those treat bags are too cute! All of your different techniques and formats are really inspiring!
Hoping for a treat? Join our challenge! No tricks! We always love seeing what our fans create with our stamps, so join in the fun for the chance to win! This challenge theme is "Treat Bags" which is great for Halloween or other kinds of party favors!

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, August 29 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Before we go, let's recognize the winners of last week's Card & Envelope Challenge!

Top spot goes to...

 Congrats, Lisa! We love your bright birthday card featuring our Sunny Shades girlfriends and candle-filled birthday cake on your envelope! Too cute! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...



Congrats, you two! Lorraine, such darling coordination of light blues with two of our snowman stamps! And Milene, your Halloween Treats Mini Tryfold card is darling, and we love your matching envelope with the door image! Email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thanks to everyone who joined the challenge, we'll see you again next week!

Whisk It Card Set By Crystal Schneider

Hello AI Fans! 

This week I just wanted to color so I stamped a bunch of images from the Whisk It Set 5001 with Memento black ink so I could color them in with alcohol markers. 

I also played with some stencils and ink blending in colors of my images for my backgrounds.

I really was looking for something relaxing to do so when all of my images where colored in I fussy cut them all out. I know some would think that doesn't seem relaxing but I love it.  

For every card I adhered my image then stamped my sentiment. 

I matted every card panel onto a piece of pattern paper from the Echo Park Fashionista 6X6 paper pack. 

I then adhered my my card panel to a card base. 

Spectrum Noir Markers: 
CT4, AB1, AB2, AB3, PV1, PV2, IG3, IG4, IG5 AG3, DR7, TN3, TN5  

Have a great Thursday!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

NEW VIDEO! On The Farm Watercolor by Kendra Krebs

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to another fabulous Watercolor Wednesday video by our August guest designer, Kendra Krebs! This week, Kendra creates a beautiful farm scene, with rustic cottage along a distant road, with a sweet cat sleeping in the foreground. We hope you enjoy this week's video! Make sure to give it a "thumbs up" on YouTube and leave Kendra a comment on the video!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

View on YouTube:

Nurse Superpower by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Today I have a card featuring the Proud Nurses stamp set!! This is a great set to have on hand if you know a nurse!! And the sentiments are just hilarious!!
I started with a kraft card base and used the small band aide stamp and a light brown ink to create a background. Basically, a tone on tone look!

Next, I stamped the standing nurse and plus sign that stands for medical. I used my spectrum noir markers to color both. AG1, AG3, AG5, DR4, DR6, DR7, EB5, EB6, FS2, FS9, IG2, IG4, TN2.

Then I fussy cut them both out and added them to the card with foam tape. With a dark brown ink I stamped the I'm a Nurse... What's Your Superpower? 

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

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Doggy Kisses Cards by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I have admired this set for a while and I have no idea why I never bought it before I did.  I started with the thought of making one card, but I couldn't decide what image I wanted to color.  I ended up stamping up two of them.  They are so quick to color up and I just love their fun sayings!

Both images are colored with Copics onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth card stock. They're cut out with Spellbinders Nestabilities eleven and seventeen. The cute paper collection is the DCWV Playful Pets 6x6 mat stack.  

Copics Used:
Dogs - E11, E13, E15, E19, E29, R21
Bandage, Pillow - C00, C1, C3
Teddy Bear - E21, E23, E27
Slippers, Flower - R81, R83, R85
Flower Stem - YG61, YG63, YG67
Shadows - W1, W3, Blender

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, August 13, 2018

Beach-y Birthday Card by Carol Hintermeier

Hello Ai Fans!

I'm back with another fun summery birthday card!  Have you ever made one of Art Impressions' Tryfold Cards?  This was my first, and I have to say it was very easy to do!  Here is the card with the sides all folded in:

When you get a Tryfold Set, there are easy-to-follow instructions on the back.  I scored the card and stamped the images where instructed.  I used my MISTI and the free printable grid, from the MISTI website, to help me be sure I had each stamp where it needed to be.  Now here's where you can learn from my goof.  The fourth photo below shows where my alcohol markers bled through, which shows when you open the card!!  Had I thought about that, I would have adhered the yellow paper first, before cutting the two sides, as instructed!  Or colored with another medium that wouldn't bleed through!  I ended up tracing my cut lines onto the yellow paper, then cutting, and and it all worked out just fine!


Here is what the card looks like as it is unfolded.

I decided to layer and add the Tryfold card onto an A2 card.  So it's kind of like two cards in one!  I stamped the beach chair in a neutral ink to decorate the inside of the card.

If you haven't given the Tryfold Sets a try, I hope this will get you going!  They are fun and a different card style that is sure to please!  Have an awesome week!