Thursday, January 20, 2022

Shimmy & Shake Challenge #319

Hello Ai fans!!

We just finished up our super fun shaped card challenge.

We have two lucky winners to announce, but first, let's introduce our new challenge for this week!

We're looking for cards or crafty creations that have movement. Something interactive.  It can be anything from a shaker, wobble, twister, spinner, slider, cubbie...any creation that has movement or is interactive.  

We're kicking off our new challenge with an adorable slider card from Lynn.

Happy Wednesday Ai Fans!!!

Watch video tutorial here!!!

I am really excited to show you todays slider card! We will be using the Slider Die (4764) to create the mechanism that will allow these two adorable llamas to have a sweet kiss!!! 

In order to have these two images face each other, we will need to stamp the reverse image of our llama. I will show you a really simple way to do this which will give you a perfect reverse image every time!!!

Our images for this card are from the brand new Llama Set (5458), which includes several coordinating images and cute little sentiments that we will use to complete this fun scene! 

We will do some ink blending using our Distress Oxide Ink Pads and off camera I did some simple coloring using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens....but I have listed all of the colors that I used down below.

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

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens used:

Blender, Pink Flamingo, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Turquoise Green, Marine Green, Cobalt Blue, May Green, Mustard, Dark Oatmeal, Lt Gray 

We hope you loved Lynn's Llama slider card as much as we did!

Now to announce the winners of our "Get in Shape" challenge.

Our top spot goes to Franci V. for her sweet mouse and heart card.
She used the 5214 – Heart Twist Set on her adorable card.

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!

And now for our lucky random winner...

A. Rose with her fun High Flying cloud shaped card!

Please contact Leah at
to claim a free stamp set of your choice!

As we said...Our new challenge is 

Interactive projects.

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 first name and last initial on your submission.
✻ 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 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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Wednesday, January 19, 2022

“Java” Valentine Gift Card Holder by Lynn Dionne

Happy Wednesday Ai Fans!

Watch video tutorial here!!!

In today’s video we will be creating a special Valentine Gift Card Holder using the Java GCH Set (5343)! This set comes with all of the dies needed to create a take-out style coffee cup for the front of your Envelope Gift Card Holder (which does need to be purchased separately). But once you have the Envelope GCH Set you can then add any of the GCH Sets to this little pocket envelope.

We will be repurposing some left over Christmas/Holiday papers! This is a great time to look through your holiday paper stash and use up some of those leftovers. Many of the holiday papers include reds and pinks that are perfect for your Valentine cards. The paper pack that we are using today has some coordinating double sided papers that I thought would be perfect for my gift card holder. I did create this in a more masculine palette but you could certainly change out your pattern papers to get a more feminine look. 

The GCH collection also includes the Santa Set (5339), Snowman Set (5340), Birthday Cake Set (5407), and the Black Cat Set (5341). If you really love these little gift card holders you may enjoy watching a few different videos I have done using these products, which are linked below:

Snowman Gift Card Holder

Pumpkin Gift Card Holder 

Wedding/Birthday Cake Cards

Today’s card was inspired by the current Art Impressions Blog Challenge which is to create a fun and unique shaped card and I thought this "Java" cup would be perfect! Please join us in this super fun challenge by linking your card creations or just by checking out the cards submitted by your crafty peers!

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

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens used: 

Blender, Pink Flamingo, Mustard, Beige, Mid Brown, Orange

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

A Card for a Boy - I Like the Way You Roll by Janet

Hi Ai fans! Today I'm rolling with our current challenge, Get In Shape. This has been a great stretch challenge for me since my normal go-to card shape is an A2 and sometimes a 5 x 7 card. I was looking at my collection with fresh eyes and realized that the Cubbie line all include the most fun stamped shapes. Why not make a shaped card base to fit the fun cubbie stamp image? The result is an adorable little card with a ton of personality. Plus, we all know how hard masculine cards can be and this one would be right up a boy's alley! What a fun card to give to a child or friend who needs a little encouragement or has recently done something great. 

To make this, I started by stamping the cubbie image and hamsters from 5099 - Hamster Wheel Cubbies on alchohol ink friendly paper with Memento Black Tuxedo. Then I colored it with Copic Sketch markers. The image makes up pretty quickly and would be totally fun to do in pencils or water color. I cut all the pieces including the hamster house with the included dies. So easy! I glued the hamsters inside and under the house before I glued it to gray metallic cardstock. Then I hand drew a wide border around the house and fussy cut it to create the completed card front.

The back of the card was made by tracing the front and cutting it out. I put a score line 1/2" from the top of it and folded. A hinge mechanism is created by using a little glue above the score line to attach the front and back together. Last, I stamped the sentiment, "I like the way your roll!" with the included stamp in the set. Oh, my goodness! Cuteness overload!! You can find all the sets in the Cubbie line by visiting the store here. With 15 different themes, you're sure to find just what you're looking for.

Copic Markers Used:
E50, E53, E57
E31, E35, E37
E29, E25, E2e, E21
G000, G21, G24, G28
R20, R24, R27, R30
Y13, Y15, Y17, E15

Thanks for stopping in today. Don't forget to enter the challenge. You have a couple days left to win some swag of your choice before our next challenge begins on Thursday. Just click on the challenge graphic below to be taken to the post where you can link up. 


Happy Creating!

Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest

Monday, January 17, 2022

Hola! You're Lla-mazing Card by Bri Firth

Hello Ai Fans - Bri Firth here! Today, I am sharing a fun-fold mini card design featuring the Llama Set. The Llama Set is part of Ai's Funny Farm collection. Finally, this project is featured on my personal blog today, check it out here.

To build this mini card base, I used a Center Picture Window Card Die with pink cardstock. The small card design is 3 1/4" x 2 3/4" when folded and 6 1/2" x 2 3/4" when un-folded.

I decorated the card panels with cactus themed paper and matted it with lime green cardstock. I colored the cactus image to coordinate with the background paper. The sentiment strip on the front of the card reads "You're lla-mazing." I colored the llama image with my Copic markers and layered it in front of a small Circle Double Stitched die cut.

On the inside of the card I used the same paper to decorate the side panels and added coordinating images from the Llama Set. The inner window background was decorated with the multi-color dots paper. 

The fun thing about this card design is that its 3-dimensional center fold window when opened but this card also folds flat when closed!

Check back next week for more Ai inspiration made by me!

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Valentine Critters by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing my cards made for the Art Impressions "Get in Shape" challenge...shaped cards, no squares or rectangles.

I made some Valentines for the kids at my school.

I used the adorable 5117 – Valentine Critters Set to make them.

I kept these pretty simple because I needed a lot of them. 

This is the backside using the coordinating "punny" verses.
How CUTE!!

I used my watercolor pencils to color them and added a little detail/definition with some fine point markers.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Why am I not the Queen?? by Janet


Hello Ai fans! Today I'm sharing another card for the Get In Shape Challenge. Last weekend, I posted a towel shaped card made with AiCS31 - Pamper Yourself. This weekend, I'm sharing the card I made with the other main image in this set. I also used the Ai 5063 - Rectangle Double Stitched Dies and the 5133 - Flag Double Stitched Dies for this card. Here our lady is prepared to receive her massage. What I love about her is that she knows her self worth and ponders just why it's asking too much to be treated like the queen she is!
The crown-shaped card base was created by enlarging an image in Cricut Design Space. The front includes all the pieces in purple, gold and mirror cardstock. Pearl and gem bling was used to decorate it. The back is a solid version of the shape. I connected the two together by scoring a horizontal line about 3/4 down from the top of the solid shape. The two pieces are glued above the score line creating a hinge for the card. You can turn any shape into a card using this method. 

I really enjoyed coloring this lady with Copic markers. I added additional fold details to the towel and light shading. A little white gel pen was used for highlights n her arm, mask and earing.

C00, C0, C1, C3, C5
BV04, BV02, BV00
YR14, YR 15, YR 18
E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, R20

Thanks so much for joining me here today. Don't forget that our current challenge Get in Shape is running through Wednesday of next week. A new challenge will be up on Thursday. Submit your shaped cards (no rectangles or squares) for a chance to win Ai stamps of your choice. Click on the image below to be taken to the challenge post and link up your creation.

Happy Creating!

Janet YouTube - Blog - Facebook - Instagram - Pinterest

Friday, January 14, 2022

Funny Birthday Card by Tasha

Happy Friday Ai Friends!
Tasha here sharing a new card created for the Ai Get in Shape Challenge!

My card was created with the super fun AICS31-Pamper Yourself Stamp Set. This set is perfect for January since so many of us have a New Year's resolution to work on our fitness goals. 

The background is simple, but really creates a nice scene. I used a stencil to frame the image and Distress Oxide Ink for the ground. I also stamped the sentiment directly on the inked card, I love this funny greeting!
Lastly, I added a layer of pink paper and purple polka-dot pattern paper before attaching it to an A2 sized card base. 

I hope you enjoyed today's card and will participate in the Get in Shape Challenge!

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Get in Shape Challenge week 2

 Hello Ai fans!

Welcome to week 2 of our Get in Shape challenge.

Shaped cards or crafty projects. (no squares or rectangles)

This is such a fun challenge and the possibilities are nearly endless!

We kicked off our challenge last week with this fun mitten card from former DT member Diane Zechman.

Now we have lots more inspiration from the rest of the design team.

Lynn used AICS27 – Love Birds and 5343 – Java GCH Set.

Janet has several amazing creations!  She used AICS31 – Pamper Yourself and 5099 – Hamster Wheel Cubbies.

and...a bonus card from Tasha who decided to get in shape a different way! lol!
Who among us doesn't want to lose 20lbs. or 20 years!
AICS31 – Pamper Yourself 

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