Tuesday, July 5, 2022

B-Day Bus Scene - by Nina

 Hello crafters.. today we will be creating this cute scene using the Bus Cubbies Set.

 I first stamped the bus and little critters with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink then used Copic Markers to color them all. 

I cut a Bristol Smooth white paper to 5" X 7" and then temporarily taped the border dies. I had trees border, houses border and also the road border from my stash. I placed all the dies and used washi taped to keep them in place and die cut them all with one run through my die cutting machine.

I masked the trees and houses from the borders using masking tape and Ink blended the bottom hills with green shades of Distress Inks.

I then colored the houses and trees with same shades of Copic colors that I used for the images so everything match together.

I then started gluing my scene pieces onto another 5 X 7 background using different foam tape thicknessws to give more interest.

Monday, July 4, 2022

Girls just wanna have fun! by Sharon Caudle

 Hello AI Fans!!

I'm SO HAPPY to be back and to be able to share my AI creations with you again!!  I'd like to wish all my fellow Americans a Happy 4th of July! And to our neighbors to the North, I hope you had an amazing Canada Day!!  So let's get to it, shall we??  I'm sharing a card today to celebrate my return to the AI Design Team on the 4th of July! Blanche is actually the first Art Impressions stamp I ever purchased years and years ago! LOL! I still love her just as much to this day. I just had to dress her for the holiday. :)  I also incorporated a couple of the adorable gulls from the Gull Friends Set and the sentiment is from Road Trip

Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by for a visit!  Until next time, stay safe and stay crafty!!

Copic markers used:

E000, E00, E11, E30, E31, E33, E35, E41, E42, E43, E50, E51, E53, E55, E95, E97

Y26, Y32, Y35, Y38

B000, B00, B21, B23, B24, B37

R20, R22, R24, R27, R29

YR02, YR04, YR09

G43, G46

W0, W5

T1, T2


Sunday, July 3, 2022

Succulent Mini Critter Pots by ReneƩ Matarese

 Hello Ai fans!

Today I have the two cards that I made for the Zoo Crew challenge going on right now here on the blog.  Just go to the bar above and click current challenge to be taken to the post and enter your project!

I used two new sets for my cards and two other sets for my sentiments.

The images are from 5519 – WC Mini Critter Pots and 5528 – Desert Succulent Set.

I'm a little worried that my cactus in the dog planter look a little like cucumbers but oh well...lol!
I used a brick embossing folder because I wanted a sort of Bojo exposed brick vibe with open shelving. 
I used my 2.0 MM Molotow Marker and my 4.0 MM Molotow Marker to make the dots on the owl and frog.  I put the liquid down, let it dry, colored my markers over the dots and then used my white eraser to rub them off.

Hello Friend is from 5444 – MB Garden and was cut using 5132 – Tag Stitched Dies.
There's still time to enter the challenge.

These little pots and plants were so fun to color.  I used my Brother Scan and Cut to cut all the little shapes out so that I didn't need to fussy cut them. They're actually a watercolor set so no cutting necessary if you prefer to WC.

My second card was for our daughter's birthday.  She loves succulents and also loves her Crocs so I added a pair from a retired set.  The Always Among the Blooms verse on her card is from 5028 – Potting Shed MTF.

Markers used:
Le Pen technical drawing pen 0.05
Marvy no. 5 Yellow
Tombow 228 and 992
V0000, V01, V06. RV55, B34, W00, W3, C1, C3,
G14, G20, G21, G6, G82, E31, E41, E59, E74, E99

Saturday, July 2, 2022

Watercolor Weekend 7-2-2022

 Hello Ai fans!

It's a Watercolor Weekend here on the blog and that means you'll be seeing some wonderful watercolor inspiration for our fabulous Design Team.

These three artists never disappoint.
We're beginning our weekend with a gorgeous pair of cards from Karen.

I ended up painting two of the same cards this week.  I started on Ranger watercolour paper, as I wanted the bright white base, and wasn't happy with how the colour was bleeding when I added water.  So I switched over to Canson XL Watercolour paper and began again.  I persevered with both paintings - and ended up being quite happy with each of them!
I stamped the 5362 - WC Gazebo Set image in the new #N79, and then die cut the coordinating die from masking paper - which I placed over the image.  Using the tiny foliage from 5009 - WC Mini Flower Set and #249, I stamped in the foliage behind the railings.  Then with the lavendar stamp and #565, I added the flowers on top.  To create the hillsides, I used the bushes from 55372 - WC Mini Foliage in #177, stamping them over the mask, and then pulled out the colour with a damp brush.  I painted in the suggestion of a sky with #493, and then removed the mask.
The roses from 5258 - WC Flower Set 4 were stamped on either side using #676.  Greenery from 5126 - WC Foliage Set 4 in #249 was stamped around them, and the vines from the same set were stamped up and around one of the posts, and spilling over the roof line.  The tiny flowers from 5009 were added to create little clusters of flowers along the vine in #606.  I used the 5018 - WC Cobblestone Set to add the stones out front in #N79.  Shades of #969 were painted on the roof, and as the wood floor, and I used a fine marker to suggest wood shakes and planks.  #565 was painted around the interior of the gazebo to add the shadows, and under all the eaves and woodwork.  The tiny grass from 5372 was stamped in #177 around the gazebo and stones, and then the colour was used as a wash to paint in the grass.  I added some N79 to the white areas of the sky to add some shape to the clouds.  The images were die cut using the 5463 Slimline Dies, and the sentiment is from the Exclusive Hydrangea set.  I added a little bling to finish them off!

I do love a patriotic card and with Independence Day coming up, I had to make a card with the good ole red, white and blue.  Kendra Krebs from Art Impressions did a fantastic tutorial on Facebook recently with one pot and she inspired me to make this card. Hope you like it and give it a try!

Start by stamping the middle pot from the 4870 Ornate Containers inked in Tombow 565. Make a mask, cover it then stamp the other two pots from the same set inked in the 565. Stamp the birds from the 4866 Bird Bath Set inked in 565 then 969 using the stamp positioner. Color the pots with Tombow 856 and Marvy LePlume II #86 African Violet. I used it this time because it seems to be a more true blue than purple like the Tombows. The stars are glued on and they are from Buttons Galore and More. The flag is a stamp my good friend Connie Myers gave me but not sure which company made it. Stamp the grass from the 4051 Foliage Set 1 set inked in 249 inside the middle pot. Then stamp the leaves from the 5418 Bible Foliage Set 2 inked in 177 inside the pot. The flowers are from the 4052 Flower Set inked in the Marvy #86. The pot leaning over has foliage from the 4051 Foliage Set 1 inside it inked in 249. The flowers are from the 4052 Flower Set inked in 856. The white centers are painted using the Dr PH Martin's bleed proof paint and a stylus. Stamp the leaves from the 5418 Bible Set inked in 158 in the other pot. Stamp the flowers from the 5474 Flower Set 5 inked in 856 and 177. Color the sky with the #86. Use the two largest 5063 Rectangle dies to make a frame. Hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July!

Hi Watercolor Fans!  Welcome Back.  This weekend I was inspired to create a silhouette scene by the great Michelle Hoskins.  I thought it looked fun and easy, and it didn’t disappoint.

I started out by taping down my watercolor paper and creating a square opening mask with some post-it tape.  I inked the posts up with 025 Black and stamped it in the middle-ish of the bottom of the square.  I then inked up the bird, also with black and, using my positioner, stamped it on top of the post.  I added more black from my palette.  In order to get a nice dark black, you need to layer the black. Let each layer dry before adding the next layer.

I covered the bird and posts with post-it masking tape and started adding clean water to the background.  By taping down the paper it will help with the curling.  I added some colors to my palette, picked up color and added it to the water.  I added many layers.  If you don’t like what you did, you can pull color up, add more, add clean water to create blooms.  So many things you can do to create something you are happy with.  Just play!

Once the sky was complete, I added some colors into the water and some black in the background to look like trees.  Once it was all dry, I added some bleed proof white to the white caps on the waves.  I also watered some down and pulled them away from where the sun would be to look like beams of light (not sure if that was accomplished, but I like it šŸ˜Š).  I inked the small birds up and stamped them into the top left corner.

The most satisfying part, pulling off the masks.  Once that was done, I signed and dated my work. I cut it out with the rectangle stitched die to look like a polaroid picture.  This way you can put any sentiment on it and send it on it’s way!

I hope you join me, the rest of the crew and Michelle in trying this cool technique.  You can use any stamp you have.  I hope you have a creative day and thanks for spending some time with us!

We hope you enjoyed our Watercolor Weekend and all of these beautiful cards!

If you need even more inspiration be sure to check out Kendra and Bonnie's tutorials on our Facebook page.

Sea Time is Free Time! by Janet Axtman


Hello Ai fans! One of the things my family enjoys about living in the Carolinas is that beach access is plentiful and close. With that in mind, I made this card thinking about an upcoming trip to Folly Beach near Charleston, SC. The truck comes from the new Rides #5511 Floral Truck Set. I filled the truck with the #5509 Beach Accessories. I used Copic markers to color all the images. 

After creating the sun rays background with a stencil, I cut a smaller background with #5062 Rounded Rectangle Double Stitched Dies and a slightly bigger mat with the same set. As final touches, I added three butterflies from the Floral Truck Set and a sentiment from the #5397 Submarine Cubbies Set. I cut out the sentiment with the  #5064Circle Double Stitched Dies.

The images for this card were so much fun to color. I've included a little closer up view of them below.

Thanks so much for stopping by today. The entire Rides Line is so fun and unique. I hope you'll visit the store and check out the selection of vehicles and accessories.

Wishing you a very crafty weekend!

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Friday, July 1, 2022

It's Par-Tee Time Mini Slimline Card by Tasha!

 Happy Friday Ai Fans!

Today I'm sharing a mini slimline card created with the  4902 - Par-Tee Golfers Set! This set includes two character stamps, a variety of sentiments, and fun golf accessories to customize your design. My card features the male golfer zipping around with his golf cart to the next hole. 

I stamped the image with black ink and colored him with Copic Markers. I used Distress Oxide Ink and a puffy cloud stencil to make the sky and drew in the grass. I love his golf clothing and had fun coloring his outfit; I love these socks!!!
Lastly, I stamped the sentiment "I can drive 300 yards...IN MY GOLF CART!" with gray ink. I also added layers of blue cardstock and black pattern paper before attaching it to a white mini slimline card base.

I hope you enjoyed today's card and wish you all a happy and safe 4th of July weekend!

Thursday, June 30, 2022

Zoo Crew Challenge #330 Week Two!

 Hello Ai fans!

It's week two of our Zoo Crew challenge so that means Design Team inspiration is ready for you!

Last week, Bri was our Featured Designer with her adorable 5458 – Llama Set Funny Farm card.

This week she's added another sweet card using the 4738 – Duck Stackers and 4764 – Slider Die.

These are Bri's final cards as a DT member and we just love them!

Next up we have Mercy who used the 2022 Freebies along with 5512 – Front Porch Door Set.

Mercy also created a tiny scene using the 5318 – MB Envelope Dies and 5180 – Barnyard Animal Cubbies

Lynn also chose the 5180 – Barnyard Animal Cubbies as well as 

Ai Floral Truck Set (5511)  (pennants)

Ai Enjoy the Ride (5186) (balloons and flag)

Ai Slimline Dies Set (5463)

Tasha used a sentiment from 5136 – WC Sentiment Set 2 with the 2022 Beaver Freebie

Nina's animal card uses 5226 – Bus Cubbies

Janet chose the 5283 – Frog Set and even stamped the inside of her card too!


ReneĆ© made two similar cards using the new 5519 – WC Mini Critter Pots and 5528 – Desert Succulent Set.  Hello Friend is from 5444 – MB Garden and was cut using 5132 – Tag Stitched Dies.

Always among the blooms is from 5028 – Potting Shed MTF

In case you missed Kendra's WC Fireworks tutorial you can catch the replay here.

You can also see Bonnie's latest tutorial here.

We hope we were able to inspire you and that you'll give our challenge a try!
Any handmade creation with an animal on it qualifies. Maybe you want to make an ornament or a gift box? Last week our winner made table centerpieces.  We'd love to see your work!

To enter our challenge please read the rules below.
You can find tons of adorable animal stamps at Ai HERE.

Here are the Challenge Rules...

✻ Please make a new card or creation. You can make any crafty 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.
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✻ Make sure to get your link up by the deadline to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

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