Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bug Buster by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a masculine card with you.  The Art Impressions Heroes are one of my all time favorites!  This set is called Bug Buster (Sku#4374).

Isn't he every girls dream?  Someone to kill bugs for us!

Here's the inside verse.

Copics used: 

E21, E50, E57, E93, Y08, Y35, RV34, G02, N0, T1, B93, E81

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Eat the Frosting by Sharon Caudle

Hello Ai Fans and Happy 4th of July for those of you in the States!!
Hope you're having a wonderful Holiday weekend and are staying cool and getting some extra crafty time in!! Today I've got a card for you that features that adorable mouse Frosting Spinner and I also used the Frosting Spinner Dies from Art Impressions!

LOVE this cutie patootie!! :)  Enjoy your weekend and hope you get some time to be crafty!

Copics used: C1, C2, C3, RV32, RV34, BG13, BG18, BG70, BG72, BG75

Friday, July 3, 2015

New Friends

Hi Ai Fans!
I love the new Stamps sets that Ai has at Hobby Lobby! Today I am sharing with you card I made using the Dare To Be Fabulous set.
I love the sentiment I used from the set...."We'll be friends until we're old and senile then we'll be new friends"! That just cracks me up and is likely more true than not LOL.

I used a concave corner punch on the edges of my image and the layering underneath. I chose papers from the Kaiserkraft Shine Bright 6x6 collection. The little "hello" is cut out of one of the papers in the collection. I decided to paper piece the ladies outfits and hat. Of course I used Wink of Stella on all the yellow coloured parts, as well as the grey scarf. 

I decided to leave the inside blank for now until I decide what occasion I will be using it for. The bracket border is also from the paper collection.

Copics used:
Skin: E50, E51, E21, R20, R22 (lips)
Hair: C1, C3, C5, C7, E13, E15, E18
Yellow parts: Y15, Y19
Grey parts: C1, C3, C5, C7
Bench: E43, E44, E47
Ground: C0
Outline: B0000

Don't forget we have a new Challenge that just started called "Create With Christmas". You must make a project using a christmas stamp for a non Christmas card. I can't wait to see what you come up with!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Challenge 163 - "Create with Christmas" Challenge!

Hello Ai Fans!

Dana Warren using Nativity Wisemen

It's challenge time! And this one is a curious one! But first, let's take a look at the winners of our "Red, White and Blue" challenge...

Our Top Spot is awarded to...
Maureen Morton!

Congratulations, Maureen! What a fun star-shaped card, creatively using two ladies from our Dancers stamp! Contact with your address to claim your prize pack!

Our Honorable Mentions go to ...

Congratulations to the both of you! Jenny, we love the patriotic twist you added to our Chest of Flowers stamps. Amy, the Laughing girlfriends look great with star spangled color piecing! Be sure to contact with your address and a set of your choice as a prize!

Now that we're ready for the 4th of July, let's see what next challenge we have in store!

It's Christmas in July! This challenge is a tricky one: we want to see how you can use Christmas stamps for a non-Christmas craft. Do any ideas ring a bell? For some inspiration today, we have Dana  from our design team to show her take on the challenge!

Hello AI Fans!!

I hope you are excited to stretch your stamps because this is the challenge for it!! It took me a few days to come up with the idea for my card it's definitely a tough challenge!! 

I did a little photo tutorial to share with you with a few tips along the way! For my card i used Nativity Wisemen, super cute little boys. My idea is that this is a card from three boys to their sister, and i really like how it turned out!! 

First i stamped Nativity Wisemen on watercolor paper with Versafine black ink. Then i used a square die to to cut out the wisemen.

Next i used my Distress Markers, water and a fine paint brush to color the image. For their hats i used pink and purple because these boys are going to a girls birthday party, so they are getting festive!! :)

I added white polka-dots to the pink present the middle boy is holding.

I found some festive pattern paper to use behind my image. Then i die cut a double ended banner that i will stamp the Happy Birthday from the Out to Lunch stamp set. I also found some tiny alpha bet stickers that i'm going to use to spell out Sister.

I added the pattern paper to a white card base, then i added foam tape to the back of the banner and square.

Last i added the alpha stickers to spell out Sister. I have a little trick to use when you add alpha stickers to your project. To make sure that your word is centered, write it down on a scrap piece of paper. Next mark off the first and last letter, then the second from first and second from last letter and so on. You want to get to two letters that meet each other in the middle and draw a line in between them, this is the middle of your word. When you add your word to your project start with one of those two letters, knowing that the center is between them (Hopefully this makes since, haha!)

You can even do this with phrases, just mark off the spaces as a letter (as long as you want spaces on your project, of course!!)

Here are few photos of the finished card!

Now you might be thinking to yourself, that you have only one son or two sons and a daughter. All you have to do is A) Mask off one or more of the boys or B) cut off one or more of the boys! Easy as that!! You could even have your boys color the image to give to their sister!

I hope you like my little tutorial and card today! This hopefully inspires you to put on your thinking cap to use those Christmas stamps in new ways!!

Happy Stamping!!

Thanks, Dana! What a clever way to get some more use out of seasonal stamps! 

Now it's your turn! Start crafting, using a Christmas stamp for another occasion and add to our InLinkz below!

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