Sunday, July 22, 2018

See you at noon! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a fun card I made with the

This adorable set contains 7 verses, 3 chicken images
and 1 set of chicken tracks.

I'm not sure what this type of card fold is called but I thought it was cute.
My paper is from a pad I just got at Hobby Lobby.  I love the country patterns in this pad. They're just perfect for this stamp set.

Copics used:
R32, R37, YG07, YG09, E31, E33, E40,
B01, T1, T3, C00, Y32, Y38

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Blue Skies!

Hello, Ai Watecolor fans! Today we're celebrating blue skies with two beautiful projects! Take a look and be inspired by what our designers have in store for you!

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

I always dream of being near a sandy beach and the ocean during the summer time. I wonder if others feel that way, too? So I made a scene by an ocean using a cabin from the 4962 - WC Rustic Cabins Set. I just sort of penciled in the rocky wall, trail and shore line then watercolored them using my palette. I used the Molotow 2.0mm masking liquid to leave some white space where my flowers would be. After it dried, I used the foliage from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set to add the leaves, wiped off the masking liquid then painted in the little flowers. I used part of the fence from the 5011 - WC Truck Mini Set. I used the kite from the 4606 - Cottage by the Beach Set to add that whimsical touch it needed.

Art Impressions Products: 4962 - WC Rustic Cabins Set, 4606 - Cottage by the Beach, 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set, 5011 - WC Truck Mini Set, 4774 - Stamp positioner, 4773 - Acrylic Blocks, WC Brush No. 4, Watercolor Palette
Marvy LePlume II Markers: 45 sepia, 15 olive green, 86 African violet, 101 tropical, 17 steel blue, 44 lt. brown, 30 rosewood, 46 crimson lake, 43 brilliant yellow
Other Supplies: Molotow 2.0mm masking liquid, Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Paper

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
My project for today’s Watercolor Weekend incorporates a Watercolor Resist technique to create a Silhouette Scene. It’s a quick, easy, fun and totally different way to use your Art Impressions Watercolor Stamps. 

Stamp the pail, bird, flowers and grass onto the watercolor paper in embossing ink. Add embossing powder and set with a heat gun. Scribble a little Olive Green and Salvia Blue onto your palette. Brush Olive Green in for the ground and Salvia Blue for the sky. Add several layers of color for depth and dimension. Be sure to take the color all the way up to, over and around the stamped/embossed image (I kept the pail completely white by not adding any color inside those lines). Use a paper towel to buff off the stamped/embossed lines once the color has dried.

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 15 Olive Green, 60 Salvia Blue
Other Products: VersaMark Embossing Stamp Pad, Ranger Super Fine Detail White Embossing Powder

Thanks, team! From crafting a large scene to spotlighting a main image with embossing, there is so much you can do with our watercolor stamps! We love hearing what you have to say, so be sure to comment to tell us what inspires you to create today! Happy Stamping!

Responsible adult?? by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Hope you're having an amazing start to your weekend! I don't know about your weather, but we are H*O*T!!!   It's been in the 100's pretty much all week, and it's going to be there again next week. WHEW!  My card today features T4090 Mad Rider along with G2630 Cleverly Disguised sentiment.  Looks to me like she's catching a nice cool breeze cruising on her Moped! I've always thought it would be so cool to have a Moped! How about you? Do you have one? 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today! Stay safe, stay cool, and until next time - stay crafty!!

Copics used:
E000, E00, E11, E21, E23, E50, E51, E53
R20, R22, R24, R35, R37, R39
BG32, BG34, BG57
YR21, YR24, YR27
C1, C3, C4, C5, C6
B000 and Blender

Friday, July 20, 2018

Curves by Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
It's all about strutting your stuff today with these cute and funny Chickens from Art Impressions! Drum roll please........ Introducing "Chick Trio" and boy are they ready to impress with some fancy moves!
This is a fairly large stamp so My card base is 5"x 6.5". I love the plaid paper behind then and the added enamel dots are the perfect little embellishments! Of course each Gal has some sparkle added to her with Crystal Stickles.
This sentiment called "Curves Like These" just cracks me up!
Copics Used:
Chicken Body; W1, W3, W5/ YR07, YR09/ R24, R27
Outfits: RV11, RV13/ Y13, YR21, YG93, YG23/ BV11, BG13, BG32
Shoes: N5, N7, N8
Outline & Ground: B0000, B000, Copic 0, W1

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Challenges 237 Summer Vibes!

Happy Summer, Ai Fans!

Welcome to a NEW challenge! Carol's here with a sweet creation to inspire your challenge entries! Take it away, Carol!

Hello Ai Fans!

Are you enjoying your summer?  Where I'm at it's too hot to do much outside!  I'd love to be at a beach and the Loungers Set - 4473 was perfect for this new challenge:  Summer Vibes!

Here's something I like to do--when I remember!  Haha!  After I first stamp the image using my MISTI, I leave the stamp in place.  When I am finished coloring, I put my card back in the MISTI.  Because I'm SO afraid, after all my work, it may not be lined up perfectly, I then stamp onto a piece of acetate.  I can then make any tiny adjustments to the alignment so that it stamps over it perfectly.  I just keep re-stamping until it lines up exactly right.  I do this because sometimes with highly detailed stamps, I feel like the Memento ink isn't as crisp as the Onyx Black.  I think re-stamping the image with Onyx Black ink really makes the image pop!   I hope that makes sense!

For embellishments, I added a sun die cut and some tiny lemon slices, along with some Glossy Accents and sparkle with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

I just love this sentiment!  I wish that it didn't take getting older to feel this way, but for me, it did!  How about you? 

Thank you for stopping by today, and we sure hope you'll join in our Summer Vibes challenge!  

Thanks, Carol! We sure love your vibrant beach card! Too cute!
Our challenges run for TWO weeks, so you have 14 days to get crafting! We LOVE seeing your creations with your unique style, so "choose to be fabulous" and join our challenge! This challenge is all about summer, and feel free to interpret it as you wish, whether that's bright colors, summery stamps or papers, happy weather, and more!

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 1 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!
Before we go, let's celebrate the winner's of last week's Masculine Challenge!

Top spot goes to...

Congrats, Katrin! We love your wonderful watercolor scene featuring our WC Truck Mini Set with lovely rustic colors and bright greens. Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Congrats, you two! Gail, we think your camper card is just too clever! Our fishermen look great Catching Z's before their next venture to the lake! And Lynn, the coloring on the Buzzard is just stellar! Email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice to enjoy as a prize!

See you for more challenge inspiration next week! Happy Stamping!

A Birthday Wish From All Of Us! By Crystal Schneider

Hello AI Fans! 

Today I'm sharing a card I made using The Office Party Set - 4998. 
I don't go to work but I think this set is so cute. 

I stamped the lady at her desk in Memento black ink and colored her in with alcohol markers. 

I played around with my sentiment placement for a little bit but it just didn't look right anywhere so i ended up stamping it on the computer screen. The sentiment fit on the screen perfect just like she is typing it out for her friend.  

I found some pattern paper that matched the colors I used to color the stamped image in perfectly and matted the image. 

I die cut some little banners and tucked them under the stamped image panel. 

Spectrum Noir markers used: 
DP1, GR10, RB2, RB3, RB4, MB1, MB2, BT1, BT2, BT3, BGR3, BG2, BG3, BG4, TB2, DP2, Blender

Have a great Thursday! 

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.