Saturday, December 9, 2023
Friday, December 8, 2023
Sharing a new card inspired by the Clean & Simple Challenge. The 5278 - Dance It Out Laugh Lines set is perfect for a masculine birthday cards and I love these greetings!
Thursday, December 7, 2023
It's week #2 of our Clean and Simple challenge.
We hope you'll play along and that this simple challenge will still give you time to get all of the holiday things you need to do done.
Last week, Sharon was our Featured Designer.
She used 5802 – Joyful Snowman Set, 5718 – Mini Journal Template, and 5812 – Christmas S2 Paper Pack.
I made two cards using 5353 – Large Snowflake Dies, 5061 – Square Double Stitched Dies, 5797 – Little Things Sentiment Set, 5543 – Journal Template Die Set, 5725 – Nested Square Dies.
Janet used 5327 - Christmas Mini Dies, 5351 - Chubby Snowmen Set, 5712 - Christmas Journal PP, 5812 - Christmas S2 PP
✻ Please make a new card or handmade crafty creation. You can make any item you wish; this is not limited to cards!
Are you as busy as I am this time of year?
I still love to create though so a quick card is sometimes called for.
I created two simple cards for the Clean and Simple challenge going on right now,
here on the Art Impressions blog.
I love rustic Christmas cards and in some cases I feel like Kraft paper looks a little like leather.
to the designer paper.
Wednesday, December 6, 2023
Happy Wednesday Ai Fans!!!
Watch video tutorial here!!!
Today we will be using a wonderful brand-new stamp and die set called the Ai Snowman Puppet Set (5803) which includes all of the pieces needed to create a boy or girl snowman! It is just so simple and adorable. I think it is one of my favorite stamp sets from this year's holiday collection!
We can start by stamping the images needed to create the boy and girl and color them using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens in the following colors: Blender, Sugared Almond Pink, Lt Pink, Pink, Geranium Red, Turquoise Green, Lt Blue, Cobalt Blue, Bright Yellow, Scarlet Red, Haze Blue, Beige, Mid Brown, Lt Gray, Cool Gray 6. We can also die cut them using the coordinating dies that come with this set. Once these are colored, we can add a few details using some gel pens in coordinating colors!
Next, let's die cut these pretty tags using the Ai Tag Stitched Dies (5132). We will die cut two from some white 100lb cardstock and two from some kraft 100lb cardstock. We can score one of the tags so that we can create a tag card design. I will show you how to do this in today's video!
We will also be using that same tag die to die cut two more tags from the Ai Gnome Paper Pack (5832). Which will give us a blue w/ white polka dots tag and a cream w/ blue polka dots tag. These will serve as our snowy backgrounds.
Next, we can die cut a few snowy borders for each of the tags using the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Borders Dies.
Let's also die cut a pretty snowflake for each of the tags using the Ai Lg Snowflake Dies (5353).
Now for the fun part.... assembling our cute little puppet snow people and our tags!
For a finishing touch, we will add a small heart in the center of each snowflake and some pretty velvet ribbon in pinks and blues!
These tags were created for the current "Clean and Simple" Blog Challenge! Although these tags have a lot of detail to them, I felt that the simplicity of the designs really fit this challenge so well. As always, we invite you to join in the blog challenge.... we would love to see what you create!
Thank you so much for joining me today! Have a fun and crafty day!!!
Tuesday, December 5, 2023
Hello Ai fans, Nina here with a new cute tag project. I am using Birdhouse Village set and the Stitched Tag die Set.
I started by stamping my birdhouse image using my Mini Misti and Memento Tuxedo Black ink on a Bristol Smooth White Paper and colored it with Copic Markers.
Blues: B05 B04 B02
Blue Green: BG15 BG13
Yellows: Y17 Y08
Browns: YR27 E09
Reds: R30 R32 R27 R29
Purples V09 V06 V04
Oranges: YR07 YR04
I then cute my image with the scissors and backed it with foam tape.
For the tag background I Die cut the biggest tag from the stitched Tag Die Set from white paper and ink blended Salvaged Patina Distress ink on the background with ink blending tool.
I also grounded the scene with couple grass hillsides that I attached to the bottom of the tag and tucked my Birdhouses image between them both.
Monday, December 4, 2023
Hello AI Fans!!
Have you gotten 5803 Snowman Puppet Set yet? Oh my gosh, this set is so much fun! I had two of my granddaughters over this weekend and had an ornament making day with them and this fun set! I simply die cut a bunch of different pieces from various Christmas paper from my stash, and let them go to town. I couldn't believe the creativity they had! The were using scarves as pony tails, they were adding bows to everything! On one, they even used a scarf on the head that made it look like a durag tied on the side! It was awesome! And hopefully, they have some wonderful memories with Grandma! I've got a few cards I put together using the same set. Oh my gosh, these are so fun to make and they are so dang cute!!! They are PERFECT for using up all those scraps of paper you have hanging around! I made two round cards and two square ones. The word JOY is from 5802 Joyful Snowman Set and the snowflakes are from 5353 Large Snowflake Die Set stamped into a circle cut with #5726 Nested Circle Die Set.
So that's it for me today! I hope you've enjoyed your visit and until next time - I hope you have some time to be crafty!!
Sunday, December 3, 2023
With the Ai blog taking a break later this month, we are doubling up your Watercolor Weekend inspiration this week, with posts from both Karen & Tricia.
I adore making these! I've wanted to try this idea for a while... I started by picking my patterned papers from the new 5812 - Christmas S2 Paper Pack, and used that as my colour palette to paint the front and back images of the snowman from 5815 Mini Christmas Twister Set:
I really do love the snow... from the window of my Craft Room, LOL! And I'm actually intimidated to paint it - but this year, Bonnie has done some fabulous snowy tutorials, and it's really made a difference for me. My second project uses the new 5822 Rustic Christmas Set:
I positioned both the cabin and birdhouse from the set on the same block so that I could ensure that I got the perspective right, and that they were both straight - then stamped them on some smooth watercolour paper after colouring them in Tombows #969/565. I then coloured the larger wreath from 5830 WC Mini Wreath Set in #249, and stamped it on the birdhouse. After masking off the cabin, I added three trees using 5826 WC Large Tree Set 2 coloured in #249.
I painted a mix of #249/565 on the birdhouse, adding darker areas under the eaves, and then painted the cabin in a mix of #947/969, making the beams darker, and then used my brown Twintone marker to draw in the wood siding. I didn't want a bright red, so I mixed a little 969 in with my 856 for both the chimney and door, and used N55 for the cement porch. I hand drew the mountains and walkway, painting both in shades of #565. I always pick one side of the mountains to be darker, and concentrate my shadows there. I added in a few shadows on all my snowy areas using #565, and painted it as a wash in the sky. I used Dr. PH Martin's Bleed Proof White to add snowy touches and to create snowflakes and icicles on the roofs. I hand drew in the red bow on the wreath with my red Twintone marker, and used a sentiment from 5566 Christmas Sentiments.
I die cut my scene with a 5063 Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Die, matted on some rusty red cardstock to complement the cabin, and then adhered it to my 5853 Christmas Magic paper with some 3D foam adhesive.
Tricia has an exciting venture that she is organizing to bring Christmas Cheer to senior homes. Here's all the information on how you can get involved (and maybe win a prize!):
Saturday, December 2, 2023
Here's a close up of the shutter when it's opened. It's so fun to open the card and see the image revealed in the window.