Friday, May 24, 2024

School Days Card by Tasha!

 Happy Friday Ai Friends!

Tasha here sharing a card featuring the new Exclusive 5877 - Schoolhouse Stamp and 5890 - Village Accessories Set. 

(The Exclusive 5877 - Schoolhouse Stamp is an Art Impressions Freebie with a $30 purchase.)

I have been enjoying creating little scenes lately with these mini house stamps, and this schoolhouse is perfect for this time of year. This card would be great to gift a special teacher or a recent graduate. I have a few graduation parties this year and may use this schoolhouse image on cards and gift card holders.

After I finished coloring, I added layers of black card stock and cut a decorate blue frame using the 5809 - Decorative Journal Page Set 2. To add a little sparkle, I glued a strip of silver glitter paper behind the cut bottom frame. I love sparkle!

Lastly, I stamped "Have a Blessed Day" from the 5512 - Front Porch Door Set. I also attached layers of olive green and black paper and a piece of pretty Art Impressions pattern to complete the project.

I hope you enjoyed today's inspiration card and are having a wonderful day. 

Thursday, May 23, 2024

All That Glitters Challenge #379

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Welcome to the All That Glitters challenge.

We want to see any sort of glitter or sparkle on your project.
Before we see what Janet, our Featured Designer created,
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Now on to Janet's ADORABLE card.
Let's see and hear what she's made to inspire you!

Hello everyone! It's my pleasure to feature a card for the new challenge made with 5798 - Gardening Girlfriends Set. I have chosen to put this wonderful image on a fun fold card base. I'm not sure what others call this fold but I call it a front fold pop-out card. This is pretty simple to make and it fits into a normal A2 card base. It also folds flat for mailing. 

The current challenge is All That Glitters. In the spirit of the challenge, I've added Star Dust Stickles (a glitter glue) to my flowers. Glitter glue is just one way to add some shine. I wasn't able to pick up the glitter in the photo as I had hoped but in person, it adds a very pretty shine to the flowers. I like glitter glue since it is mess free! So let's get started!

Cut four panels in the dimensions shown. I used patterns from 5835 - Mini Paper Pack. Going left to right, the first two panels are stacked and placed on the middle fold. The two identical panels on the right go on either side of the center panel of the card.

Create the card base from a piece of cardstock cut at 5 1/2" x 8 1/2". The folds are scored as shown below. 

Once scored, the card base is folded as shown from the top. Going from left to right, the folds are mountain, valley, valley and mountain.

Stamp the smaller middle panel with a sentiment and adhere it to the larger center panel mat. Adhere the two smaller panels on either side so that the card is as shown.

Cut two ovals for the focal image of the card. I cut an oval out of alcohol friendly cardstock with the 5727 - Nested Oval Die Set.  I cut a large oval out of cardstock from the 5835 - Mini PP paper pack to use as a mat with a die from 5065 - Oval Double Stitched Dies.

    Stamp the image and another sentiment on the the white cardstock. This image allows you to add flowers to the pot and the watering can. To do this and not ruin the main image, use washi tape or little pieces of paper, such as from the sticky part of a post-it-note to cover the edge of both containers and act as a mask. Then stamp the flowers. Notice how the stems stamp on the mask instead of the main image. The flowers I used come from 5825 - Geranium Set. Choose any ink colors you like for this. I chose blues, pinks, and lavenders.

After stamping, I peeled the mask away leaving the flowers as shown.

I then colored the flowers loosely and added contrasting dots and used a black pen to give a little more form to the flowers. I added Stickles to the flowers to give them a little more pop.

I colored the image using Copic markers: 

Skin: E000, E01, E02, E30, R20
Hair: E23, E15, E30
Bench: E23, E15, E29
Orange Pot: YR00, YR02, YR04
Watering Can: C1, W1, C7
Shorts: BG000, BG01, BG05
Capris: B23, B24, B28
Hat: E30, Y17
Boots: G99, G21
Yellow Shirt: Y11, Y15, Y17
Apron: V01, Vo4, V17
White Shirt: C1, BV31, 0
Ground: G21, W3

As a final touch, I added blue and purple matt enamel dots to the left and right panels.

Thanks for stopping by today. Don't forget to enter your card in the All That Glitters Challenge. Just add some glitter somewhere on your card in any medium to be eligible to win free stamps! I also invite you to visit the store to see all the things you need for your card, journal, and tag making projects. Have a great Saturday!

Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest  

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Bundle of Joy by Dori Mendiola

 Happy Thursday AI Friends!

I don't know about all of you, but it seems this is the year for babies.  I figured I better get ready so I decided to make a few baby cards using the #5495 Matchbook Nursery set.  I like to stretch my supplies and create new ways to use stamp sets so I used this stamp set and created two A2 cards.

I stamped the images from the #5495 MB Nursery set onto copic friendly paper and colored with my copic markers (see color list below).  I die cut each with the coordinating dies from the same set.  Since the stamps are made to be used in a matchbook, they die cut with the tabs, so I just trimmed the tabs off.  I die cut with plain cardstock as well and glued to the back of the colored image for dimension.  In the stamp set, the elephant sits on top of a dresser, so I colored him and fussy cut him out.  I then made a slit in the rocking chair and tucked him into the slit so that he looks like he is partially under the pillow.  I used #5591 Journal Rectangle Frames to frame the scene and put a piece of tulle behind the window to add dimension.  I also used #5063 Rectangle A2 Double Stitch die for the full panel and #5132 Tag Stitched dies for the sentiment. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope you have a great day!

Copics used:  C00, C01, C03
E21, E23, E25
Y02, Y04, Y08, Y32, Y35
YR12, YR16, B41, B45
RV32, RV34
R81, R83, R85

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Eagles Window Gift Card Holder - Masculine Birthday/Father's Day! by Lynn Dionne

Happy Wednesday Ai Fans!!!

Watch video tutorial here!!!

Let's create a masculine gift card holder today using the Ai Eagles Window (M4880). This beautiful stamp has a wonderful sentiment that goes all the way around the square frame, however, we will be cutting that away today and framing the scene in a bit of a unique way!

To create the double frame layers, we will be using the Ai Nested Square Dies (5725). This die set is really terrific because there are so many sizes of these square dies which will allow us to create a few different layering frames for this card.

For the frame layers, we will use two different green cardstock colors using the Tim Holtz Kraft-stock in the Cool tones. I'll show you in the video how to layer these frames for a unique look!

Next, we can create our card base using the Tim Holtz Kraft Heavystock. We will cut the cardstock at 4 1/4" x 9 3/4" and the first score line will be at 4 1/4".

Next let's mask off the front of the card using some Post-it Tape and then we can ink blend the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink on the front of the card and the green frames using the Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Ink in Ground Espresso.

Next, we will spatter the card front as well as the frames using that same ink. Then we will spatter these panels again using some bleed proof white ink.

By adding some foam mounting tape to the back of the frame we can pop this up on the card front and then insert the eagle scene into the center of the frame.

Now let's score the card one more time at 1 1/4" to create the pocket for the gift card. We can fold this and add some glue. This is a great place to stamp a sentiment...we will be using the Ai Birthday Sentiments Set (5735) and it will say "Happy YOU Day!".

For a finishing touch let's add some twine and tie a knot on the front of the card and then fray the edges a bit for a more rustic look.

This card would be great for a masculine birthday or even Father's Day card! Just add their favorite gift card and you are good to go!

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

Ai Eagles Window (M4880)

Ai Birthday Sentiments Set (5735)

Ai Nested Square Dies (5725)

Monday, May 20, 2024

Decorated Gift Card holder for a kitchen shower by Sharon Caudle

 Hello AI Fans!

I've got a decorated Gift Card holder to show you today that features the new 5811 Gift Card Pocket Die Set and fits right in with the Just For You Challenge that is going on right now! This new pocket die is just perfect and you can personalize it for ANYTHING!! This time, I've created a pocket to hold a gift card or certificate for a kitchen shower. Do you have anyone getting married that is having a kitchen themed shower? This would be perfect for it!! I had so much for decorating this that I just couldn't stop with the front! LOL! I continued it right onto the back!! The images were stamped onto an alcohol ink friendly paper and then colored with Copic markers which are listed below. 

That's it for me today! Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit and until next time - stay crafty!

Copics used:

E40, 41, 42, and 43
B00 and 01
G00, 12, and 14
R12, 20, and 22
C3 and 4

Sunday, May 19, 2024

"I Like You Beary Much" Card and "Hang in There" Treat Box by Diane Mason

Hello, and welcome to another Watercolor Weekend!

It’s a Panda kind of weekend! Yesterday, Janet shared her beautiful “Panda Love” card, and today I’m excited to share a card and a treat box featuring Kim Hein’s recently released KH5821 – Panda Set. I've always adored panda bears. When I was a little girl, my Grandma made me a hand-painted ceramic panda for my birthday (see photo above), and I’ve treasured it all these years! When I saw Kim’s new panda set, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it and start creating!

"I Like You Beary Much" Card:

To begin, I traced a rectangle die from the 5724 – Nested Rectangle Dies with a pencil onto my Canson XL watercolor paper to define the border of my painting and used Post-it tape to mask the edges. I then lightly sketched a horizon line to aid in the placement of the panda bears. The pandas were inked in N35 and stamped off once before adding them to my scene. I made masks for both pandas and stamped the bamboo behind the bears in 158. For the pandas, I pulled color from the stamped images with a damp brush to define the dark areas of the bears. From my palette, I brushed in N35 to add color and contours. For contrast and shadows in the dark areas, I used N25. For the white areas of the bears, I added shadows with a touch of watery 526. The bamboo was painted with a combination of green colors. I pulled color from the stamped image and added more 158. To add contours, I used 177, and for highlights, I used 133. For the forest floor, I brushed in 947 and a mix of 947/969 for the shadowed areas. Before adding the bamboo leaves, I brushed in a watery sky using 407. I placed the masks back on the bears and stamped the bamboo leaves in 177 onto the stalks, along the horizon, and in front of the bears. I removed the mask from the bear on the right and stamped a leaf into the bear's paw to make it look like it was munching on some bamboo. Using a #0 brush, I carefully defined the leaves.

With my scene now complete, I die-cut a piece of plaid patterned paper from the 5835 – Mini Journal Paper Pack and adhered it to the base of my A2-sized card. I die-cut a hemstitched frame to showcase my painting. To add an extra touch, I cut a few very thin strips of green cardstock to match my base and wove them into the hemstitched areas of the frame. I die-cut my painting, adhered the frame on top with foam tape, and then attached it to the card base.

For the interior of my card, I stamped the sentiment and bamboo leaves in green on white cardstock and adhered to the inside of the card. Now on to my next project…

"Hang in There" Treat Box:

I thought it would be fun to make a cute little treat box showcasing the panda bear just hanging out, relaxing in a tree. For the painting, I die-cut my watercolor paper using a rounded rectangle from the 5062 – Rounded Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies to fit the top of the box. I used Post-it tape to mask a border around the edges of the rectangle. I inked the panda stamp in N35 for the bear areas and in 969 for the tree. I painted the bear in the same way as I did for the card. The tree branches were painted with 969 and 977, the sky was painted with 407, and the leaves were stamped with 177.

I die-cut the treat box from green cardstock using the box die from 5805 – Mini Journal Box Dies and assembled it. Next, I cut a ¾ inch strip of blue cardstock to create a band to go around the box. To decorate the band, I die-cut three decorative border pieces from 5805 in kraft-colored cardstock and glued them to the strip. I then wrapped the band around the box, ensuring it fit snugly but not so tight that it couldn’t be slid off the box, and adhered the ends of the strip together. I centered the painting on top of the box and adhered it to the band. I also decorated the inside of the box. I stamped the sentiment from KH5821 in green ink onto white cardstock and die-cut the tag using the 5543 – Journal Template Die Set. I die-cut a second tag from green cardstock, layered it behind the white tag, and tied on some twine. For additional decoration, I pattern-stamped the leaves in 177 onto white cardstock and cut two rectangles measuring 2 1/8 x 2 6/8 inches to line the interior top and bottom of the box. I used foam tape to adhere the tag inside the box. Finally, I filled my treat box with some candy, but you could fill it with whatever you like! It could even serve as a gift box for a small item.

I had so much fun creating these projects using Kim’s new Panda Set, and I’m really happy with how they turned out. Thank you for joining me for another Watercolor Weekend! I hope you’ve enjoyed these creations. Until next time, Happy Painting!

Saturday, May 18, 2024

Panda Love by Janet

 Welcome to the weekend! Today I bring you a card with two huggable pandas from the set designed by Kim Hein. It's called KH5821 - Panda Set. This is a 12 piece set that includes several panda images as well as bamboo, leaves and sentiments.

My card is a simple design and easy to do with just two Copic markers (C1 and C7). After coloring and shading, I fussy cut the two sitting panda images and set them aside. I then made a mask for the center of the card by cutting a circle in masking paper. If you're not familiar with masking paper, it is paper with a repositionable adhesive on one side. After cutting the circle out of a sheet using 5726 - Nested Circle Dies, I peeled the protective backing and stuck it to my card panel which I had cut at 4" x 5 1/4". I blended Peeled Paint Distress Oxide ink with a blending brush in the bottom half of the circle and Tumbled Glass on the top half. 

At this point I stamped several stalks of bamboo from the stamp set along with leaves placed where I wanted them. I also stamped the sentiment. Once done, I peeled the mask off the cardstock. What remained is a perfect circle of color with bamboo. The circle of color forms a perfect background to place the two sitting pandas mounted on foam tape. Then the finished panel was mounted with foam tape to an A2 card base made in matching white cardstock. This technique creates a simple but effective card that's perfect for anyone who like pandas and all that they symbolize.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope my card gives you some ideas of your own. Please visit the store to see all the things you need for your card, journal, and tag making projects. Have a great Saturday!

Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest  

Friday, May 17, 2024

Gnome Magnet Treat Box by Dori Mendiola

Happy Friday AI Friends!

Today I have a fun little treat (pun totally intended - LOL) that goes with the "Just For You" challenge.  Who doesn't LOVE Gnomes?  I decided to make a little gnome magnet to go with this treat box.  He's tucked away in a little pocket but can be removed to reside on the fridge, a teacher's whiteboard or in your scrapbook room on a magnetic surface.  

He's so darn cute!  

I used the Art Impressions #5832 Gnome paper pack for the treat box as well as the pocket that the gnome sits in.  The Gnome is from the #5785 Gnome set which has the matching dies.  I stamped the front only of this little gnome onto copic friendly paper and colored him with copic markers (see color list below).  After coloring the gnome, I covered him with a piece of clear packing tape to protect the coloring and make him sturdy.  I then die cut him with the coordinating dies and also cut a corresponding piece of adhesive magnet to attach to his back side.  I colored and die cut a few other images from #5728 Mushroom Cubbies and #5221 Sending Love Cubbies to decorate the pocket, which is from the #5718 Mini Journal Template set.  

Treat box:  Dimensions 5 x 1 1/4 x 1.  Use one piece of 6x6 paper.  Score (pattern facing up) at 1, 2 3/4, 3 3/4 and 5 1/2.  Turn clockwise (pattern facing to the right) and score at 1, 4 1/2 and 5 1/2.  Score each of the lines with your bone folder.  With pattern facing up, cut off the bottom right corner piece (s/b 1/2" x 1"). Then across that same row, snip each score point up to the nearest fold to create the bottom of the box when folded in.  Put glue on the pattern side right edge 1/2" piece (above the cut off corner).  Fold into a box shape and seal the glued edge inside.  Lastly fold in the slit pieces (small pieces first) then glue inside of one large piece and seal to create the bottom.

Fill the box with candies and give to a teacher, friend or just for you.   

Hope this brings you a smile!  Thanks for stopping by!
Copics used:  C00, C01, C02
E00, E02, E11, E53, E55, E57
 B91, B93, B95
R22, R24, R27 
YR21, YR23, YR24
YG03, YG17, YG63