Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Desert Window Frame by Niccole Kulig

Hello Ai fans!!

"To my friend ... The warmest of wished for a day filled with sunshine"

I am stopping by today to share a quick card/gift for someone special. I am using the Desert Window from Ai along with the 3D Frame die.

As you can see there isn't much to this card.  It is nice to make something that doesn't require a million steps to create something beautiful.  This literally didn't even take one full sheet of paper.

I colored my Desert Window stamped image with my Copic markers.  I loved using the variation of pinks for the sky and the reflection onto the ground and water.  Don't be afraid to try something new with your markers.  Out of the whole process the coloring took me the longest. 

 I cut a piece of paper with the 3D frame die.  Make sure though to use a piece a little wider than 5.5".  I cut mine at 6" to be safe.  and my die fit perfect.  Once you have the shape cut, the directions on the package of the 3D Frame die are very easy to follow and you can exactly see where to fold everything.  Once everything is glued in the stand is very easy to put on as seen above.  The only tip I have is do not flush it with the bottom of your square, raise it up a little so when it stands it leans a tiny bit back and not so perfectly straight up and down.

Once again here is the finished card, or should I say gift?  I know the perfect person I am giving this to.  It will look great at work on her desk.  Everyone needs a little something to look at that brightens their day! 

Thank you so much for stopping by and I can't wait to spend more time with you soon!

Copics used:
E43, E44
G43, G46
RV11, RV13, RV14
Y13, Y15, Y17, Y26
YG13, YG17

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Roomba Cat Card by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I am in love with the Housework Set that was released not too long ago.  It has some great images and a bunch of funny sayings.  I really couldn't decide on which saying I was going to add because I loved them all.  I did have a clear vision of what I wanted to do for this card.  I wanted that cat in motion!  I made a simple slider card and had fun playing with the results.
The main and sentiment were stamped onto a rectangle of Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic markers. The cat was stamped onto an extra piece of paper with the same ink and fussy cut leaving a small white border around the image.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. I also stamped the woman onto a scrap of the patterned paper and cut out her dress and attached it to the image with Ranger Multi Medium in matte. The Spectrum Noir paper and a piece of Carta Bella Spring Market 6" X 6" patterned paper were cut with the Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies.
As I said, the slider part is simple to make. The patterned paper was attached to a white top fold A2 card. I then used the curved die from Lawn Fawn Slide on Over dies to cut out the slider at the bottom of the colored panel. Once it was cut I added a double layer of foam tape to the top portion of the panel.  I also added a 1/4" of tape along the side, but still a double layer. This was attached to the card base. I didn't add any adhesive to the bottom because this is where the cat will be sliding back and forth. I cut a piece of paper in the shape of the roomba, but a bit bigger than the stamped image to go behind the cat. I set the piece of paper into the slider track on the card and then attached two 1/4" foam dots to the center of it then pressed the cat image to the center of it.  Now the image moves back and forth along the track.  It doesn't move as fast as some other images that only have one foam dot behind them, but this cat looks like he'd be moving around slowly.  
Copic Colors Used:
Face: E000, E00, E11, Rv11
Hair - E31, E33, E35
Gray - C0, C1, C3, C5
Yellow - Y13, Y26, Y28
Blue - B000, B02
Green - YG61, YG63, YG65Cat - W00, W1, W3, W5, RV11

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, June 17, 2019

Holiday Mansion in The Garden by Carol Hintermeier

Hello Ai Fans!

My card today uses the Holiday Mansion set along with the adorable accessories from the HM Garden Set.  Did you see Bonnie on HSN last Tuesday?  This was one of the featured sets and last I checked it's still available there and a sweet deal!!  It was so fun seeing her there!

I stamped everything in a Copic safe ink , colored them all with Copics (colors listed below), and die cut the pieces with the included dies.  This card is a nice 5-½" square sized card.  I cut a scalloped panel then layered blue cardstock, die cut clouds, a hill die cut, and finally a grass border die cut before I added the mansion.  I popped up the mansion with foam tape and adhered the birds, flower post, and boots.  Before I added the foam tape, I used my score board to add lines to look like siding on the house.  (Click on the photo to see better.)

This is such a fun, interactive set with the doors that open!  I stamped the sentiment and die cut it with one of the dies from the Flag Double Stitched Dies.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  Have a wonderful, crafty week!

White house:  BG32, G00, C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, R11, R21, R21, YG63, YG67
Y11, Y13, Y15, Y19
Birds, garden accessories:  R11, R14, R21, R22, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y19, E31, E34,
YG63, YG67, C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, C9, 100, BG32, BG49, G00, 

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Wobbly Bear Birthday by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a birthday card with you.
except that I thought it would be fun to put him on an action wobble!

You can find the entire Slider series here.  The slider die can also be used with the Stacker series.

My card is pretty dimensional. The plane and several of the clouds are popped up on foam tape and the bear is on an action wobble.

Here you can see him popped up on the action wobble.  Give it a tweak and he wobbles! I tried to take a video but my camera has a stabilizer on it so it slows it down to the point where he barely (bear-ly...ha ha!!  I love puns!) looks like he's wobbling.

Bye all!  See you next week!

Copics used:
YG01, YG07, YG23
YR15, Y35, CO, T3, T5
R46, B02, B24, B66
E31, E33, E35

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Outdoor Scenery

Hello, Ai Watercolor Fans! Today we have three beautiful projects from our Watercolor Design Team to share with you! As the weather warms up, it is delightful to stamp outdoor scenes! Let's take a look at these cards to inspire your projects this weekend!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Friends,

I use all of my Art Impression's stamps for both bible journaling and cards but I only used stamps from the bible journaling line in this card I made for the Watercolor Weekend. I stamped the covered bridge from the 5129 - He Leads Me Set after inking it in both African violet and then in sepia. I pulled the color out of the lines and watercolored the roof and boards underneath in 969 and I used 565 to watercolor inside the covered bridge and in the windows. I stamped the deer from the 5128 - As the Deer Set using sepia, pulled the color out of the lines and then watercolored it with the 947. I darkened the eyes and nose with my super fine Copic liner pen. I stamped the trees from the 5129 - He Leads me Set in sepia and then I stamped the leaves from the 5074 - Bible Flower Set on the trees and dabbed them with a wet brush tip. I used a pencil to lightly draw in my hills, road and water which owner/creator Bonnie Krebs suggested in her YouTube tutorial here. She has mentioned this before but it just clicked for me that I should be doing it on all of my cards - it's so much easier! I used 177, 565 and 969 on the palette to watercolor in the hills, road and water. I stamped the grass from the 5073 - Bible Foliage Set in leaf green and then the flowers in 757 using the dots from the 5074 - Bible Flower Set. I touched them with a wet brush which really made them brighter. I then used a tiny bit of 565 to paint in shadows under some of the flowers, tree and deer. I cut out the picture using the 5065 - Oval Stitched Dies and two background piece using the 5063 - Double Stitched Rectangle Dies. The last thing I did was sign and date it.

You can find more inspiration by following me on my Instagram account here.

Karen Day - Blog - Facebook - Pinterest
I was really happy to see that the smallest bicycle in the 5124 - WC Bicycle Set was the perfect scale to work with the 5013 - WC Door Set, allowing me to create a little scene today! I coloured the door with my N65 Cool Grey 5 Tombow marker, and stamped it slightly to the left of center. Still using N65, I stamped the bicycle and the bricks from 5018 Cobblestone Set, using my stamp positioner to get everything just so. I used 2 pots from the retired 3498 Series 6 Set 2, but the ones in the 4869 WC Small Container Set would work here. With my dampened #4 paintbrush, I softened the lines on all the images, and pulled out the colour to create a few shadows. From the 5009 WC Mini Flower Set, I used the tiny greenery stamp with 158 Dark Olive and the dotted floral stamp with 565 Deep Blue and 991 Light Ochre to add the flowers and foliage to the pots, bike basket and over the door. I dabbed all of these lightly with my brush, as I didn't want to lose the definition of the images. Using my N95 Cool Grey 1 marker and a stamp from the 5019 - WC Wall Texture Set, I added the pale grey stones on either side of the door. To keep them from looking repetitious, I flipped the stamp upside down for the second side, and didn't colour all of the stones. I picked up 515 Light Blue from my palette with a fair bit of water to give an aqua-coloured wash to the stone wall. After scribbling 856 Chinese Red and 969 Chocolate onto my palette, I coloured the door and bicycle in red and used the brown to create a wooden doorframe and pots. I wanted everything to look well worn, so kept my brush strokes fairly streaky. I used 565 to add shadows in and around all of the images. With the small grass from the WC Foliage Set 1 and the 158, I added grass in around the bike & bricks, and with the excess colour after painting them with my brush, I added a pale green wash to the ground. To finish, I used the 5062 Rounded Rectangle Double Stitched Die to cut out the image and used the smallest one in the set to cut out my sentiment (Hello! is from 5136 - WC Sentiment Set 2). Both were matted with some brown cardstock and the sentiment was attached with 3D pop dots.

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
I love these bridges. They are so quaint and you can use them in so many ways for any occasion. I challenge you to pull out your bridges, flowers and foliage and give it a try, I know you will love them too!!

Project Details

Step 1: Ink the bridge from the 5131 – Stone Path Set with 969 – Chocolate. Stamp it slightly to the left. Using your brush, pull the color out of the right side of the bridge leaving a highlight on the left side and fading the color from right to left. Stay within each board section. Using the fine tip of the 969 – darken in between the boards. Pull some of the brown into the foreground in front of the bridge.

Step 2: Scribble some 528 – Navy Blue on your palette. Slowly lay down layers of color under the bridge and to the left of the bridge. Keep your color darker underneath the bridge. Add some darker color in lines to create movement.

Step 3: Ink up the small grass from the 4051 – WC Foliage Set 1 with 177 – Dark Jade. I used my post it tape to mask off the top right of the bridge and stamped my grass by walking the stamp to the right. I added more grass to each corner of the bridge. Using a damp brush, pull the color up and out of the grasses. Pull some of the color underneath the clumps of grass to ground them.

Step 4: I inked up the single flower from the 5074 – Bible Flower Set using 177 – Dark Jade & 847 – Crimson and stamped it several times. I softened just the blooms with a damp brush. I inked up the small dots from the same set using 993 – Chrome Orange and stamped it a couple of times on each side of the water to the right of the bridge. Finally, I inked up the dots in the shape of a cone from the same set with 636 – Imperial Purple and stamped them around the bridge. I softened them with a damp brush.

Step 5: I used the left over ink from my palette (528), watered it down and added it to the sky. I signed my painting.

I cut it with my stitched border die and mounted it on a piece of Gina K Designs Black Onyx card stock. I added that to my mounted background. I used Yupo paper and Copic Marker Refills to make the background. I mounted the entire piece onto a 4.25 x 5.50 notecard.

I loved making this piece and I hope you will give it a go! Thanks for stopping by and have a crafty day!!

Aren't these cards so sweet? Let us know what you think in the comments! Don't forget to follow these lovely ladies on social media! There are pink links next to their name to take you directly to their Facebook, Instagram, etc. so you can follow their daily watercolor journeys. From all of us to you, have a happy watercolor weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Holiday Mansion Set with HM Garden Set by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans! 

I've got a couple versions of the Holiday Mansion Set and the HM Garden Set to show you today.   First up is a card using the full Garden Set with the Holiday Mansion. I used all the pieces of the Garden Set. 

Next I just used a couple of pieces from the Garden Set. Can you tell I love polka dots? LOL!

The next two cards I only used the Garden Set

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and until next time, stay crafty!!

Friday, June 14, 2019

Home Grown Eagle Window By Jessica Shier

Hello Ai fans!

This month I'm using some of the Windows to the World stamps. This Eagle window caught my eye, and with it getting warmer in the Northwest, Americana decor is popping up everywhere! Today is also Flag Day (June 14th, 1777) in America. Perfect time to combine the eagle with these red white and blue pattern papers.

I first stamped the Eagle Window image with Gina K. Amalgam ink and colored it in with Copic markers, colors listed below. I used a Gelly Roll white pen to add a few highlights through out the image.  This went really quick and I also used minimal markers. Images like these window stamps, are great for the summertime, when we might be a bit more busy. All of them  are so picturesque,  they can simply and easily be the focal point to any card front.

This image has a beautiful sentiment that surrounds the square image but I trimmed that off and added a sentiment "Home Grown" from the Succulent set. I thought that sentiment fit so well and I really enjoy mixing stamp sets together. I knew I wanted to add a gold border with embossing powder around it. This is easily done by swiping your clear embossing ink pad across all the edges. 

The pattern paper I used for today's card is from the Pebbles America paper pack. Unfortunately it is another bundle of pattern paper that I've stashed away for years, I've linked to a similar one below. I love that I am using my pattern paper more instead of hoarding it! To add a bit more stars I used a die set from Papertrey Ink and die cut the three sketch stars from vellum. I adhered those to the card in a cluster with liquid glue and added the heat embossed sentiment "Home Grown" from the Art Impressions Succulent set. I left the inside blank. This card could be used for anything, from celebrating someone in the military, to July Fourth greetings to a friend.

Copic Markers Used:
W9, W6, W3, W1, W0
E77, E74, Y18
B99, B95, B93, B91
YG67, YG45, YG03

Thank you so much for joining me today!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Challenge 258 Desktop Decor WEEK 2! PLUS, FREE New Product Flyer with Your Purchase Thru June 17!

Hello, Ai Fans!

We're back with the second week of our Desktop Decor challenge! We're featuring our NEWEST releases, Never Too Old and Birthday Laugh Lines and our Succulents Set! Each designer has made a unique project perfect for your desk, whether functional or just for fun! Click the designer's name to visit her blog for more info, and find these sets at!

Aren't these projects so cute? There is no limit to what you can make for our challenge! We love making things pretty - why not dress up your desk by joining us in this challenge? There's one week left to join, and we'd love to see what you make AND give out stamp prizes to Top Spot and 2 Honorable Mentions!

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!
✻ 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 by clicking and commenting your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by Wednesday, June 19 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

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Enjoy a FREE New Product Flyer with any purchase, now until June 17! Flip through 14 colorful pages and view our latest release up close, complete with card samples for your inspiration! Pair this supplement with our 2019 Catalog for a full range of popular Art Impressions products. Grab your free flyer by simply placing an order at! No code necessary, we will automatically add the flyer for free to every order through June 17!

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