Sunday, January 29, 2023

Bee Kind, ALWAYS! by Reneé Matarese

 Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm going to ask you to BEE KIND...


I used several sets on my card.  On the front I used

On the inside I used 5072 – Block Letters Die Set.

I've been a bee fanatic since I was a teenager.
I was so excited when I saw these little bees!
The possibilities are endless with these letter die sets.
You can create ANY words you want.  Another great thing is that 
Art Impressions has a lot of international fans.  Unlike the sentiment stamps
which are all in English, they can create words in their native language for 
friends and family.  So cool!

Enjoy your Sunday,  do something crafty and remember...
Bee Kind!

Saturday, January 28, 2023

Ho Ho Ho! by Janet

Hello everyone! Even though Christmas is past, I enjoy making holiday cards all year. I'm sharing one with you today made with a watercolor journal set - 5572 Santa and Workshop Set. The great thing about the watercolor journal stamp sets are that they're equally perfect for other mediums such as Copic markers or pencils. The Santa image in this set is adorable and easy to color with markers. Since the set is drawn simply for water coloring, there's plenty of freedom to add any details you want to as well.

After coloring the images for the front panel, I cut it out with the largest 5062 Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies. I stamped the sentiment directly on to the card front. It's from the 5566 Christmas Sentiments

Thanks for taking a trip down Santa lane with me today. I hope you enjoyed my project and that I inspired to make a holiday card all year!

Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest

Friday, January 27, 2023

Happy Little Moments Card by Tasha!

 Happy Friday Ai Fans!

Tasha here sharing a new card inspired by the Ai Windows to the World Challenge #343. This card was created with the super cute 5349 - Koala Set and 4619 - Window Die. I love that this window opens!

To make the card more colorful, I cut the window out of bright orange pattern paper and added layers of orange, yellow, and blue glitter paper. I also attached a gray wood pattern paper. I thought the gray went great with the koala and I like how these colors look together!

To complete the design, I colored the background with yellow and blue markers and attached several white enamel dots. This card is so cheerful and the little koala makes me smile; he just looks so happy!

I hope you enjoyed today's card and will join in the Ai Windows to the World Challenge #343

Thursday, January 26, 2023

Windows to the World Challenge #343 Week Two

 Hello Ai fans!

Welcome to week two of our Windows to the World Challenge.

That means you have one more week to create a handmade project with a window on it.
(see rules at bottom of post)

Last week Janet (Sugarshine Designs) was our featured artist and she put together a wonderful tutorial showing you how to use the 5408-ShadowBox Window Die Set.
You can view that HERE.

This week she has a second card for you using the M4691 – With Love Window

Now we have the cards from the rest of the Design Team.

Sharon used M4588 – Pleasures window5408 – ShadowBox Window Die4900 – Reel Great Guys Set  and two Freebie stamps.

Reneé used the same 5408 – ShadowBox Window Die, along with M4586 – Memories Window and several pieces from the 5543 – Journal Template Die Set.

Reneé also made a 5512 – Front Porch Door Set and added elements from 5490 – Front Porch Farm House Set.

Tasha used 4619 – Window Die along with 5349 – Koalas Set
Her sweet sentiment is from 5136 – WC Sentiment Set 2.

Nina's card featured a window die from the 5543 – Journal Template Die Set combined with 5458 – Llama Set.

Mercy shared some more pages from her Freebie Journal.
She used the journal cover, pages, windows, mattes and borders from the 5543 – Journal Template Die Set along with several Freebie animals.

Lynn is wrapping things up with an affectionate window card for a valued co-worker.

She creates amazing tutorials to help you learn how to recreate her beautiful cards. You can view this tutorial here.  I recently called Lynn the Queen of video tutorials and someone said... Nope, there is only one queen...Bonnie.  I'm 1010% sure if you asked Bonnie, she'd say Lynn reigns supreme for marker tutorials.  I don't think Bonnie has ever even done a marker tutorial.  She is OF COURSE, the ultimate Queen Bee.  None of us would be here without her,  but there are queens all around on our two design teams.  Some are the queen of cute, soft colors, bold colors, bows, backgrounds, combining sets, fantasy, new techniques, interactive cards ... every member of Ai's two teams is a queen and don't say they aren't!  Bonnie agrees and tells me CONSTANTLY how much she appreciates them all. 

Now for the new challenge rules.
Though our challenge is called Windows to the World you don't need to use one of the WTTW stamp sets.  Maybe you have a window die?  A car or truck with a window or a porch stamp with a window. A lighthouse or cottage... Any window will do!

If you'd like to join in our challenge be sure to link your project below...

✻ Please make a new card or handmade crafty creation. You can make any 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!
 ✻Please include your first name and last initial on your submission.
✻We love to comment on your entries, but keep in mind if you use a private group or a platform that you need to sign up for, we probably won't be able to.
✻ 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 if you can, by clicking and commenting on your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by the deadline to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!


Welcome back Ai Fans, I am excited to announce this is the last installment of my Freebies Journal Series pages 12 through 15!  It was a hoot to create, and I can’t wait to share.   Be sure to scroll down all the way to the end to see a video of the completed Journal!

Let’s review pages 12 and 13.   It’s mostly Copic techniques and some masking.   I wanted a home for the critters and was excited that the house set from the Dog House Cubbies was perfect!   A great addition to the scene.  I incorporated a new Copic technique (for me) which includes lots of texture on the ground using only markers and not stamps.  In addition, I wanted to create a picture like scene that could be found in a kid’s book.    Overall, I was very pleased with it, it did take a hot minute since it’s all about layering and layering again. 

Basically, I started by stamping and masking the entire scene.

As I started coloring, I wanted the balloon to appear “clear”.  As shown below, I added light lines from the background onto the balloon surface creating a see-through effect.

The effect is faint, simply a suggestion of shadows.   Will only be noticed by those who pay extra attention, but totally worth the effort!

Pages 14 and 15 include a group picture!   These two pages are my favorite!

This layout was a bit more challenging for a couple of reasons…I wanted to include a heavily masked area without making the scene look cluttered or confusing.   Secondly, the hedgehog flying within the scene needed to make sense visually, and finally, I wanted to create a slope or hill like setting for the ground.

I addressed the first challenge by creating a clean mask when stamping, followed by choosing the right colors and tonality.   I added spots to the dog so it would be more prominent than the frog.   I used one color (green) in different shades for the frog and painted the goose in a bright yellow.   It’s also important to “ground” each critter in their own space or plane.   For the second challenge, I simply added a hedge (no pun intended, lol) in the background so the hedgehog looks to be up in the air.   Finally to create a slope, simply angle your color strokes.  Also color in details at an angle to suggest an incline.

I can’t say it enough; how fun this project is, I highly recommended.  It’s so relaxing and fun.    There are so many different themes and topics, the sky's the limit!

Hope you check out the video!

And here’s a photo journal of all the pages.