Hello Ai Fans! New releases today! Check out our NEW Utility Dies, a set complete with dies and clear stamps to create engaging pocket utility sets for any occasion! One for him and one for her! See them in action with our video from Scrapbook Expo
Sharon is here today to give a fabulous tutorial with the Her's set. Take it away, Sharon!
Hello AI Fans!!
I'm super excited to show the brand new AI Utility Dies!! These are SO COOL!! And there are TWO sets - a His and a Hers!! They're SO easy to die cut and put together! All you do is attach them with a brad, and they are just like the real thing! The fun part is coming up with ways to give them! So on to my project!!
I chose to make a paper purse to use as a gift bag. If you want to make something similar, the first thing you want to do is find one you want to make. There are sooooo many adorable patterns out there!! Just check out Pinterest!! Need some help??? Just click HERE to go look at some patterns. Choosing one to use was the most difficult part of this project! LOL!! I actually cut this one with the Silhouette and a cut file. But you do not have to have a cutting machine to make one. You just need to find a pattern and cut it out with your scissors. The purse flap is held closed by a Velcro dot so it can be used over and over again as a gift bag!
Next I simply opened up my package containing both the dies and the coordinating stamps. I left all my dies hooked together so I didn't have to worry about keeping up with them! But then I detached the main body of the Utility Die so I could cut just it from my colored cardstock I wanted to use.
There is a circle die that confused me for a bit on what it was supposed to be. You can use it to layer under your brad on top of the main body of your Utility Knife. I chose not to use this piece on my finished product. I took my Distress ink and tool and distressed around the edges of the pieces to give them a little definition, and then stamped the pieces.
After putting it all together, I poked a hole in the end and added a couple chain links to attach it to the purse so it would hang down the side.
And a look at the pieces...
On the inside of the purse, I added some bottles of nail polish with some tissue paper. Now how fun would this be to give to your girlfriends??!!! I seriously can't wait to see the fantastic projects you come up with for our new challenge to use a brad! Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit and hope to see you back again very soon! Stay crafty!!
Thanks, Sharon! What a cute purse! And the Utility Die Set Hers is the perfect companion!
To celebrate our new release, we're throwing a new challenge your way!
"Add a Brad" is the chance to use brads or eyelets on your creations. Join in the fun and join our challenge!
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, April 13 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!
Let's announce the winners of our last challenge, 180 "Watercolor & White Pen!" We had some fabulous entries!
Top Spot is awarded to...
Congrats, Karen! We love your floral arrangements using our watercolor stamps! The hint of white pen on the flowers is a nice touch! Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your address to claim your prize pack!
Honorable Mentions go to...
Congrats to you both! We love these vibrant cards! Maureen, we love your technique for watercoloring and the white pen on the feathers of our Buzzard Set! And Stephanie, we love how sassy Celeste is with the details on her wine glass. Be sure to email email@example.com with your address and the set of your choice! Thanks everyone, and we hope you join in our next challenge!