Friday, December 2, 2022

Christmas Wishes Card by Tasha!

Happy Friday!
Sharing a holiday card created with the sweet 5351-Chubby Snowmen Set. I used one of the snowmen stamps and the little bunny on my project, but you could really mix and match any of the characters and greetings.
I love starry backgrounds, but instead of stenciling or coloring one, I used a piece of paper from the 5605-Halloween Journal Paper Pack. The purple sky and gold stars are great for a winter night scene; I just love the stars!

Both characters were stamped with black ink and colored with Copic Markers. I used the included dies to cut the images out (super easy) and layered them on to a snow hill with foam tape. I like that they are raised up a bit. For their scarves, I used a white gel pen to create designs; I enjoy customizing clothing.

The greeting "Winter Kisses and Christmas Wishes" is also included in the set. To coordinate with the background, I stamped the sentiment with dark purple ink and added a deep yellow frame. The bright white center reminded me of a moon and I think gold and purple always look great together!

Thank you for visiting today and I hope you enjoyed this card!

Thursday, December 1, 2022

That's a Wrap! Challenge #341 and final challenge of 2022

 Hello Ai fans!

Welcome back.  We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are busy getting ready for the holidays.

Speaking of the holidays, we have a challenge that might help you with your gift giving.

That's a Wrap!

This challenge has two meanings.  First, we're "wrapping up" our challenges for 2022.  Next,  of course,  we're wrapping up gifts for our friends and family.  We want to see your handmade gift bags, gift boxes, gift card holders, handmade wrapping paper,  tags, cards with presents on them etc.

Reneé is our featured artist this week  and has made an elegant gift box.


Hello everyone and welcome to December!

Today I'm sharing a gift box that I made using a BUNCH of dies from the 5543 – Journal Template Die Set.  I also used the Seasons Greetings from the 5566 – Christmas Sentiments.

I used gold paper for a lot of the pieces because I wanted this to be over the top opulent!
The sentiment was stamped on a die from 5132 – Tag Stitched Dies.  The snowflakes are from 5353 – Large Snowflake Dies and 4804 – Snowflake Dies.

I also used a greenery die from the brand new 5591 – Journal Rectangle Frames Die Set.

This is the inside of the box before I added the cover.  I used some of the circle dies from the journal set to highlight the 25th.

The sentiment on the inside was stamped on 5134 – Banner Double Stitched Dies.

Now for the really fun part!  I made a gift to go inside the box using more of the dies!

I recently started making paper earrings and I thought
this gift box would be perfect for some of them.

These earrings were made with Ai dies!
I never dreamed my dies would be so versatile!
The little heart is from 5317 – MB Template Dies.

The original plan was just to make the box and so some of the dies
used to make my earrings aren't in the photo.

I hope this inspires you to look at some of your supplies in a new way.

Seasons Greetings everyone!!

So much inspiration here.

We hope you love the last challenge of 2022 and will
enter for your chance to win a free stamp set.

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!

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Click here to enter

That's a Wrap Y'all by Mercy Sauer

Welcome friends to the last challenge of 2022.  I hope you are as excited as I am!   The official start of many gatherings, celebrations, and I am ready!

The “That’s a Wrap” challenge is very appropriate for this time of year, and I took it literally. I created an interactive card that is all about wrapped gifts.   It’s a birthday card for those who celebrate their birthdays during the holiday season.   Let’s look,

I modified the Lawn Fawn Reveal Wheel die to show half of the wheel.   I used clear acetate (instead of cardstock) to mask the wheel mechanism and thus becoming less distracting.   I also shortened the panel size since I wanted to include a large sentiment on the bottom of the card.   Three different wrapped packages are adhered on the acetate wheel which are “revealed” once the wheel is rotated as suggested by the arrows on the card.  For the background, I used a large Happy Birthday background stamp prior to using a wood grain embossing folder for double texture.   One thing to keep in mind when creating this type of scene is to suggest depth and perspective on the floor to avoid the card from looking flat.  It's a great design to make it your own, create your own story.

I hope I inspire you to look at your interactive dies and come up with different and fun way to use. Good luck with the challenge, as always, have fun with it!


Snow Birds by Mercy Sauer

 Welcome friends to December 2022, just a few more posts and challenges left for the year. This is Mercy, great to have you back, today with a simple one-layer card.  

I was inspired by the colors of vintage state postcards and the increase in traffic on the beach due to so many visitors escaping the winter blues.

Let’s take a look, 

To create the card, I masked both the husband and wife prior to stamping the Christmas palm trees. I used Copic colors to paint the entire scene and heat embossed two sentiments which I think work perfectly for the scene. To add dimension, I darkened the foreground and added shadows to suggest the sun is somewhere behind them. I also added crystal Stickles to the ornaments and lights for extra texture and interest. I matted the card on a red panel and for the final assembly I adhered the whole thing to standard A2 card.


Thank you for visiting and I will see you next week!

Happy crafting 

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