Thursday, November 24, 2022

Diamonds and Pearls Winner and Blog Closing

 Hello Ai fans!
We are officially closed for Thanksgiving break so that our Design Teams may spend time with their families.  We'll be back on December 1st with our final challenge of 2022.

We hope you all take time to enjoy friends and family today.

We have the winners of our Diamonds and Pearls challenge.

For our Top Spot we selected Lynn's card.
She used Eunice who is now retired.

Please contact Leah at
to claim a free stamp set of your choice!
Also, be sure to grab our badge to display on your blog, Facebook or Instagram!

Our Lucky Random Winner was Carrie S.

Please contact Leah at
to claim a free stamp set of your choice!
Also, be sure to grab your badge to display on your blog, Facebook or Instagram!

Congratulations to our two winners! 

Don't forget about the upcoming Black Friday sale as well!
Tune in tomorrow for details.


Don't miss out on huge savings + an exclusive set! But until then, we'd like to wish all of our Ai family a wonderful and relaxing Thanksgiving weekend! We're so thankful for each and every one of our Ai fans! We love creating new innovative products for you and understand we couldn't be here today without your continued support for over 35 years! We're beyond blessed as a family owned company and truly have THE best customers in the world!

Before we leave you we have one final announcement. Here are the winners of the Thanksgiving giveaway.
There was meant to be one winner but when the time came, Bonnie decided to also select 5 lucky $50 winners.  Congratulations to everyone and we can't wait to see what you create with your winnings!

From all of us at Art Impressions,  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

See you next week!

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Art Impressions/SSS Exclusive - Fab-yule-ous Friends

Happy Wednesday Ai Fans!!!


Watch video tutorial here!!!

I'm really thrilled to be showing you a brand new stamp set from Art Impressions in conjunction with Simon Says Stamp! This EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION stamp set is called "Fab-yule-ous Friends" and includes three of the most adorable ladies all decked out for the holidays and loads of great coordinating sentiments! This set will only be available for a limited if you love it don't hesitate...get yours today!

As soon as I saw the sentiment that says "Dear Santa, I can explain", I knew I just had to create a fun postcard to she can send a little note to explain of course!

We will be stamping and coloring on some Tim Holtz Kraft Heavystock. To begin, let's stamp the postcard sentiment at the top and then we can draw in some lines to complete the postcard look. Let's also stamp some musical notes from that same stamp set. Now we can stamp the sentiment in a pretty Red Geranium color.

Next, let's stamp our focal image and for the coloring we will be using the brand new Tim Holtz Distress Watercolor Pencils. These pencils are so simple and easy to use...and when we color on the kraft cardstock we will get a more muted look which will work perfectly for our vintage postcard. I'll give you a few tips and tricks for using these pencils in a unique and different way!

Now we can mount the postcard onto some red and white striped paper from the Tim Holtz - Worn Wallpaper Scraps and we will also be using some ephemera from the Tim Holtz - Christmas Ephemera pack.

Finally, we can add some Distress Oxide Ink in Walnut Stain around the edges for a more vintage look. And for a bit of sparkle, we can add some Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen to some of the images!

Thank you so much for joining me today! Have a fun and crafty day!!!


Art Impressions/Simon Says Stamp Exclusive - Fab-yule-ous Friends (SSE22C)



Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Christmas Truck Snowy Page, Holidays Art Journal - Page 3 by Nina

 Hello Ai fans, Nina here and today I am sharing my third page of the Holidays Art Journal Series that I started couple weeks back. For today's page I am using the Christmas Truck Set.

To create the background, I pressed blue shades from distress inks on my glass mat and then smooshed my background against it to create the sky. After it totally dried, I used my blending tool loaded with vintage photo distress ink to go all around the edges of my art journal page. This gives the vintage look that I am going for on this  page. 

I stamped the Christmas truck, Christmas lights, the wreath and the tree with my Mini Misti and Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and then colored them with Copic Markers. I used muted red shades and then on top gave a wash of light brown to match with the rest of my vintage looking page.

I cut two snowy hillsides with my hand and backed with different thickness of foam tape to give fun dimension to the art journal page and attached them to the page.

I die cut many trees using the dies included in the set without stamping the tree, just die cuts and left white which looked so gorgeous when added on the page, the blue sky behind them made them pop so much. 

I used different foam tape thicknesses behind my trees to make them overlap. I then added some star gems and blue pearls.

Monday, November 21, 2022

Fab-yule-ous Friends Set now available!!!

 Hello AI Fans!!

I am always so excited to see new releases from Art Impressions, especially when they are Girlfriends! And this Fab-yule-ous Friends set is an exclusive Christmas set being sold at Simon Says Stamp and only available while supplies last. I highly recommend you grab your set now or you'll be bummed once they're all gone! These Girlfriends are my type of people!! I love Christmas time and wouldn't hesitate to dress up like this and go caroling! How fun!!!!

Can't wait to see what you create with your new set! Please be sure and share! Thanks for stopping by and see you next time! 

Copics used:

E000, E00, E11, E17, E21, E23, E33, E51, E53, E57
YG11, YG13, YG17
T1, T2
B000, B02, B04
R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, R37
Y23, Y26, Y35, Y38

Sunday, November 20, 2022

Simon Says Stamp FAB-YULE-LOUS exclusive! by Dot Freel


I just love the annual Art Impressions 2022 Simon Says Stamp Christmas Exclusive set this year (and every year)! So fun and easy to watercolor! This stamp set is only available on the website. If you haven't used their website for craft supplies - check them out. They have the biggest selection I've ever seen on one website.

Art Impressions Simon Says Stamp EXCLUSIVE FAB-YULE-OUS FRIENDS Clear Stamps sse22c

To make this card, just stamp it in Archival Ink on watercolor paper using a Misti stamp platform. Use Tombow markers to color it up. Tip: Do the red last because if you touch it with a wet brush, it can spread where you don't want it to be. I love to use a very fine point black pen to add eyelashes. I also used a glitter pen to add some extra shine to the bulbs, star and bells. There are so many great sentiments included in the set that I will be using on many of my holiday cards. Cut it out with the 5063 Rectangle Double Stitched Die set. Have fun!

Penguin Cheer and FAB-YULE-OUS Girlfriends! by ReneƩ Matarese

 Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing two cards with you.

My first card is a Christmas card that I made for the Diamonds and Pearls challenge going on right now and my second card was made using the current Simon Says Stamp Art Impressions Exclusive!

These oh so cute penguins are from 5192 – Penguin Cheer Set.

I used the 4804 – Snowflake Dies set to give this even more of a winter wonderland feeling.

Here's my second card using the soon to be gone forever exclusive.
Get yours NOW before they sell out!

Art Impressions Simon Says Stamp

The stars are from 5543 – Journal Template Die Set and the sentiment was stamped on 
5463 – Slimline Dies Set.

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Watercolor Weekend 11-19-2022

 Hello Ai fans!

It's a Watercolor Weekend!

This weekend our Design Team is ALL about the snowmen.
This seems so fitting considering the historic snow storm that Buffalo is getting hit with right now!
Can you even imagine?

This weekend it's Karen's turn to kick things off and she has a lovely, soft blue and green scene with beautiful pops of red.

I have a Christmas card to share today using the 5571 - Christmas Snowmen Set from the Watercolor Journal line.

I coloured my snowman in #969/565, and stamped onto the smooth side of some Ranger Watercolor Paper.  I masked him off, then coloured up the log from 5055 - WC Sitting Places Set, and stamped him on either side, creating a much longer looking log than the actual stamp size.  I pulled out the colour and softened the lines with a damp paintbrush, and began adding colour.  #969 and 565 were painted in streaks on the log.  #126 was painted on the vest and hat band, #407 was used on the scarf, and layers of #N45 were added to the hat.  I left a little space on the hat to add the sprig from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set, and used #847 to add the berries.  #847 was also used to create a cardinal, and I changed his head to create the distinctive feather shape.  With my mask again in place, I stamped the branch from 5126 - WC Foliage Set 4 in #969/249 several times to create the shrubbery.  And finally with a wash of #565 - I painted in the sky, and used it to create shadows on the snowman and around the log.  White paint was used to add the falling snow, and to add a few snowdrifts on the log and shrubs.  After die cutting and matting my image, I added a bright bow, some pretty patterned paper, and a sentiment from 5566 - Christmas Sentiments Set.

Next up we have Dot who used the same set but showcased it in a very different way.
We just love how our designers have their own, unique style and can demonstrate to you so many different ways to use your Ai stamps.

Who else feels the holidays sneak up on you? I better get busy making Christmas cards. I used this adorable snowman stamp for my card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend. Give this one a try. It's pretty fast and easy.

 Make an oval mask with masking paper and the 5065 Oval Double Stitched dies set then stamp the snowman from the 5571 Christmas Snowman Set. Pull the color out of the lines. Next stamp the birdhouse from the 5575 Mailbox Birdhouse Set and pull the color out of the lines. Stamp the tree branch from the 5010 Tree Set 1. Watercolor the images and the sky. Use a ruler and a fine tip pen to make the wire for the birdhouse to hang from the branch. Darken the birdhouse holes and the eyes and mouth of the snowman and bird. Water down some of the Dr Ph Martin's bleed proof white paint on the palette. Splatter the white for the snow using your No. 4 brush then paint some snow on the top of the images. When dry, paint shadows under the snow. Cut it out with the largest oval die. Cut out a back ground piece with the largest die from the 5062 Rounded Rectangle Die set. Happy stamping!

Our final artist of the Watercolor Weekend is Tricia.  She created a Bokeh effect background for her snowman and sleigh.

To create my Bokeh snowman, I inked her up in 569 and 969 and stamped it into the right hand corner of the watercolor paper.  I pulled the color out of the lines.

I added some additional color from my palette to color the snowman.  I colored each of the presents.

For the background, I taped off around the snowman. Next, I added a light yellow color wash and picked up some of the color. Once it dried I did some negative painting to create some of the circles.

I find that picking up color sometimes scrubs away the paper.  I kept adding greens, blues and yellows.  I continued until I was happy with the background (TIP:  LET IT DRY)  Don't go too far.  Step away and see what emerges, you can always try to lift more color later if you need to. Once it is dry, you can add some 569 below the snowman.

This was such a fun project.  I will be working on my Christmas Cards this weekend so make sure you check out my Instagram and Facebook pages. I hope you have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by!

5571 – Christmas Snowmen Set

Enjoy your weekends and don't forget about the giveaway contest at Art Impressions.  You still have time to place your order and automatically be entered for a chance to win a $500 shopping spree.

You're Fab-yule-ous!


Hi everyone! Janet here to show off the brand new Simon Says Stamp Art Impressions Christmas Exclusive Stamp Set. It's called SSE22C - Fab-yule-ous Friends. This is a special edition and once it's gone, it's gone so make sure you hop over and pick this one up for your collection.

My card was included with all the wonderful Design Team's work with this stamp on Thursday's blog post, but I thought I would take the opportunity to share a little more detail on this one.

You know how sometimes, stamps can speak to you? When I saw this one, I knew I wanted to put these ladies in a snow globe. I searched my stash and found a die that made a basic snow globe. You can make one also using a Cricut machine or you can use a large circle die glued to a hand cut base. Once you have the front done, you can use it to trace another globe shape to use as the back. Then score the top 3/4" of the back piece, score and glue the front piece to it the area above the score line. This will create a shaped card like the one I made that will stand nicely.

Before I glued the front globe piece, I stamped it and colored it up using Copic markers. When I was done, I used my lightest two blue markers to trace around the edges of the image and also around the edge of the globe. I used colorless blender to further fade out the blue. I really like the effect this creates. It give it a feeling that it's glowing inside. To finish it, I dabbed Dr. Phil Martin's Bleed Proof White ink all over it. It makes it look snowy inside.

Then I stamped the music notes and sentiment included in the set with watermark ink and heat embossed them in black. I added some star sequins and the cheerful red and white bow. I also cut several snowflakes using white glitter cardstock using 5353 - Large Snowflake Dies.

 Thanks for stopping by today for a little creative fun. Be sure to visit the Ai Store for lots of additional inspiration and don't forget to get this fabulous stamp set before it's too late!

Wishing you a very crafty day!

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