Thursday, July 18, 2024

All A-Buzz Challenge #383

 Hello Ai fans and welcome to our newest challenge,

All A-Buzz!

We want to see your crafty projects using INSECTS!
Bees, butterflies, snails, ladybugs, caterpillars, dragonflies, spiders (yes, I know that they're not
actually an insect but they count) Any creepy crawly.
Before I show you my feature, let's see who won our Magical Creatures challenge.

Our Top Spot went to Deanna F.
She used 5345 – Fairy Cubbies Set


Please contact Leah at
to claim a free stamp set of your choice!!Also, be sure to grab our badge to display on your blog, Facebook or Instagram!

Our Lucky Random Winner was:

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to claim a free stamp set of your choice!
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Hello everyone and welcome to my feature.
Today, I've created a shaker card using the little domes from
Art Impressions. They aren't JUST for snow globes!

I began by coloring the images that I wanted to put inside
the dome. I cut a circle slightly smaller than the dome and
adhered the little house, flower, fence etc. to that.
Then, I cut a white circle the same size as the circumference 
of the dome and glued my smaller circle to that.

Using the same two circle dies, I cut a little frame to go on the outside
of the dome. It's covered in a protective plastic film to keep it free of
fingerprints until you're ready to use it. I roughed mine up a bit so you
could see what I mean. Be sure to remove this BEFORE adhering your
frame to the outside.

My next step was to lay out my pieces and kind of get an idea
of where I wanted things. At this point I decided I wanted a sentiment
on the front so I scooched things up a bit to accommodate that.

Now I have everything glued down EXCEPT for my dome.
It's time to put the beads in. I selected the amount that I wanted
and laid them on top of the little scene. 

Then I peeled the backing off of the dome and placed 
it over it. At this point I added the green 
frame to the outside of the dome.

I used a different sentiment on the inside. I love finishing
the insides of my cards too.

I hope you enjoyed my shaker card and will give this challenge a try!
I can't wait to see what you create.

Copics used:
BG000, B05, C1, C5, Y08, YR12, 
E30, E53, YG09, YG13, RV06

Twin Tones:

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

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Beautiful Cross and Saying by Dori Mendiola

Happy Thursday AI Friends!

I have a spiritual card for you today using the new #5909 Cross Dies as well as the #5417 Frameworks Sentiment.  These cross dies are so beautiful and elegant.  Seven unique dies come in the set and can be used together, as I did below, or individually.

I created the background using Ranger alcohol inks, but you can also use your Copic marker refills for this technique.  I made this background awhile ago so not positive on the colors but I believe I used Butterscotch and Honeycomb.  I made several different backgrounds using this technique and it was so much fun creating different variations.  

Using a piece of felt and the straight edge of a protractor, any straight edge will work, I wrapped the felt over the straight edge and taped the sides down to hold into place.  I then placed a drop or two of the butterscotch alcohol ink onto half of the felt and honeycomb onto the other half.  For the paper, I used the back side of a piece of photo paper.  Place the straight edge onto the paper and zig zag it across the length of the paper.  This will create the sun-ray look.  You can do this same technique using rainbow colors and run your straight edge in a half circle across the paper.  These are just a few ideas, but there are so many other ways to create amazing backgrounds.  Have fun playing.

I used the largest rectangle die from the #5063 Rectangle A2 Double Stitched dies to cut the background and the #5591 Journal Rectangle Frames die,  using #5892 Easter S2 PP, to cut the scalloped frame for the sentiment.  I die cut the large cross out of white cardstock and the smaller cross out of a piece of yellow cardstock wrapped in packing tape to give it a glossy finish.  This is a nice alternative to using glossy accents and it die cuts wonderfully.  

Hope you enjoy my card today and have fun trying the alcohol ink technique.  

Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Matchbook Gnome Home w/ Matching Envelope by Lynn Dionne

 Happy Wednesday Ai Fans!!!

Watch video tutorial here!!!

Oh, happy day!!! I've got another brand-new Matchbook to add to your collection and to show you today! We will be using the adorable little Matchbook Gnome Home Set (5908). This is one of four new Matchbook sets that were part of the brand-new release! They include this set as well as the MB Music Set and MB Golf Set and MB Bait and Tackle Set. I recently did a video using the golf set and I will link it here for you:

Let's go ahead and stamp and color all of the images using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens in the following colors: Blender, Tea Rose, Pink Flamingo, Yellow, Orange, Scarlet Red, Blossom Pink, Aquamarine Blue, Smoky Teal, Ochre, Mid Green, Olive Green, Lt Gray, Platinum Brown, Warm Gray #6, Beige, Mid Brown.

Once these are colored, we can use the coordinating dies included in the set to cut these out. The die cutting will give us the score lines that we will need to press out with a bone folder.

Next, we can die cut the Ai Matchbook Template Die Set (5317) and the Ai Matchbook Envelope Die Set (5318) using the Ai Gnome Paper Pack (5832). Let's also die cut the floor for our Gnome Home using the woodgrain paper from that same set.

Now let's do the assembly and I will give you some tips and tricks for assembling this cute little wonder!

We can place the Matchbook into the envelope, to be sure we have the correct size, and then glue the tabs on the envelope!

We will add a little coordinating mushroom to the front of the envelope using a fun paper piecing technique, but you could add anything you like to the envelope such as a tag, ribbon, charms, sequins or beads. Just have fun and make it your own!

Keep an eye out for the brand-new Matchbook Music Shop video that I will be doing in the near future!

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

Ai Gnome Home Matchbook (5908)

Ai Gnome Paper Pack (5832)

Ai Matchbook Template Die Set (5317)

Ai Matchbook Envelope Die Set (5318)

Ai Whimsical Mushroom Set (5788)

Ai Travel Box (4924)

Steel Die Cutter (5765)

Tuesday, July 16, 2024

Giveaway WINNERS and Bee Birthday Tag by ReneƩ Matarese

 Hello Ai fans!

I'm sure you guys have been anxiously awaiting this day!

I have the random winners of the two Art Impressions
retired exclusive sets.

Let's get right to it.

The winner of 5863 Christmas Mailbox Set is
#20 Barb E.

The winner of 5924 Garden Arch Set is
#17 Susie S.

Please contact me at
with your name and mailing address so that I can 
get your sets shipped out to you.

Thank you to everyone who helped me celebrate my anniversary
with Art Impressions. I loved seeing all of your projects and this 
has inspired me to possibly do more of these giveaways!
Keep entering the challenges for your chance to win free stamp
sets and be on the lookout for more giveaways.

I hope you had fun!

*Any prizes unclaimed after 30 days
will be offered in a future giveaway*

Now let's see what I made for you today...
As you all know, I LOVE bees!

I've been "bugging" (lol!) Bonnie for YEARS for a set
and it's finally HERE!!

It's called 5925 – Honey Bee Set
though in MY mind it's called Renee's Bees!

I made a tag for a birthday gift.

I stamped the flowers and the honeycomb in gray 
so the lines weren't quite as bold.

The bees and hive were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black.
The verse was stamped with Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink Blue Iris.
Sadly, when I tried to link that product, I learned that Clearsnap
has gone out of business.

The hello die is from the Mini Journal Template.
All Art Impressions products are linked below.

There will be LOTS more projects in the future with 
this sweet set. I am in love!
N65 Cool Gray 5 Tombow Dual Brush

Tombow Twin Tones: Lime Green, Yellow Green, Yellow,
Candy Pink, Chocolate, Pale Purple, French Blue

Copis: C1, C3, B01, Y08, Y13, RV23, YG91

Monday, July 15, 2024

Fairy thankful for you! by Sharon Caudle

 Hello AI Fans!

I have another magical card for you today. This time I used the Ta Da Diorama base for my fun, magical card. I love this die as it helps me easily create a wonderful diorama featuring all the amazing and magical images from Art Impressions! I used the Fairies from #5915 Woodland Fairies Set, that AMAZING shoe is from #5935 Fairytale Houses Set, and that gorgeous paper is from 5939 Fairy Garden PP!! The images were all stamped onto alcohol ink friendly paper and then colored with Copic markers which are listed below. This one is really hard to get good pictures of to show all the amazing dimension, so I hope you don't mind the ton of pictures I took to try and show you. But I LOVE that it folds flat for mailing! 

I put a butterfly onto a piece of acetate so it looks like it's floating about the Fairy's head and that's what she is looking at. 

Thank you so much for stopping for for a visit today, and until next time - stay crafty! 

Copics used:

E000, 00, 11, 30, 31, 41, 43, and 47

Y00, 35, and 38

B00, 01, and 02

BG02, 13, 15, 18, 32, 34, 49, 90, and 93

V01, 12, 15, 91, 93, and 95

G00, 21, 24, 40, and 43

R20, 81, 83, and 85

BV02, 04, 11, 13, and 17

RV10 and 11

W0, 1, and 3

Sunday, July 14, 2024

Inspiration Everywhere by Gennette Houghton


Hello and welcome to Watercolor Weekend! Inspirations are everywhere, and I do mean everywhere. My first card today was inspired by a painting I saw in the Doctor’s office, an old world villa painted in rich earthy tones, deep flower hues and a sense of viewing a past era.

I went for a vintage journal page themed card with the 5746 SF Village that I stamped in 969 and stamped off once. Lightly pulling the color out of the lines in the areas that are shaded, I then added more of the 969 to the roofs and used the #1 brush to add additional details on the roofs and gables (the triangle piece under the roof).  The chimneys and the walls of the buildings I added 947 adding more in the shaded areas leaving the more exposed parts lighter. I also used 565 to darken the shadows even more and added just a touch of 403 on parts of the ledges. I started working on the shadows for the window boxes and awnings, and added 526 to the top of the awnings, keeping in mind that I still needed to put in the foliage and flowers, so not too dark. The windows I used a mix of 565 and N25, just a touch of the black helps tone down the more purple hues of the 565. The doors are 969 and the shadowed areas were done with the same mixture I used on the windows. Using 126 I placed some green on the building in areas to give an appearance of moss, aging the building even more.  I then used 526 to put in the sky and 249 for the distant background greenery giving a slight look of trees and filling the gap between the buildings.  The ground level pots I left white adding in 565 for shadows on the pots and on the ground, a bit of the 947 onto the sidewalk to blend with the buildings a little bit. The chalkboard was done with 969 and N25 with Bleed Proof White for the Hello. I edged the sidewalk with 969 to give depth and 565 to add shadows on the road. 

That leaves the foliage and flowers. For the white pots I used the larger “dot” filler flower from the 5074 Bible Flower Set (you can also use 4052 Flower Set 1), separately I used 126 and 026, stamping just a couple of times for each pot and then using 177 over the top of those two colors and adding water to blend the 3 colors together. For the flower boxes, the top of the one awning, and the vine growing up the building I used 5126 Foliage Set 4, inking just the tip of the small vine with 177. The small “dot” filler flower from 5074 Bible Flower Set (you can also use 5009 Mini Flower Set) was used for the flowers, 403 for the vine, and 685 for the window boxes/awning, adding just a little bit of water to blend them out.  Bleed Proof White flowers were also added. The grass from 5196 Desert set in 177 was used in the back left pot. Brown Twintone marker was used on the small sign to give a suggestion of writing and for putting in the panes on the windows and anywhere else I felt needed a little more definition. I used the small frame from 5718 Mini Journal Template for the sentiment from 5136 Sentiment Set 2 and stamped the leaf cluster from 5126 Foliage set 4 in 133 with a line drawn up the branch through the leaves with 177. I also added a die cut cat colored with 947, shaded with 565 from 5333 Cat Mini Dies and popped up with foam tape. 

My next card was inspired by a Gnome made out of painted terra cotta pots, I seriously want to recreate this in real life, but for now I will use my stamps. Like I said, you can find inspiration literally anywhere, even a craft show that my daughter in law went to. (Wink) The Gnome is made out of two sets of containers, 4869 Small Container Set and 4870 Ornate Container set. All pots were stamped in 565 and 969 and stamped off twice. 

Using the small pot, I stamped this one first. I then used the pot from the ornate set, inking only the bottom of the top rings and the main sides, leaving the saucer off of the bottom. I used the stamp positioner and centered it under the first pot with about a ¼ inch gap.  I extended the lines up with a pencil to create the “hat”.  Using the same stamp from the ornate set, inking the edges of the top to leave room for the beard and just the sides, I masked the pot above and again using the stamp positioner created the “body”. After pulling the color out, I added 565 for shadows on the top 2 pots. I then sketched in the nose, beard, and feet with a pencil.  I used N25 for the feet, 403 for the body. 850 and 910 for the nose.  Using the stamp positioner and one of the flowers from the new 5925 Honey Bee Set inked in 565 and 969, stamped off twice and positioned it onto the “hat”. I used post-it tape to mask off to the right side to keep from stamping off of the pot.  I used 177 and 403 to color in the flower, keeping in the details of the pot.  I then added the single flower coming out of the top pot from set 5008 Flower Set 3 with 177 and 993, from my palette I added just a touch of 933.  I used a ruler and pencil to create the background boards, then with a touch of 565 to give a bit of detail to the underside and edges of the boards for some dimension.  969 was used on the floor, adding a darker layer for the shadow under the pot. I then used a mixture of 565 and 969 to create the shadow behind the pots and the flower.  Finishing off with the brown twintone to add lines back in.  The flowers and colors were chosen to match with the paper from 5892 Easter S2 PP. I cut out my image with the 5065 Oval Double Stitched Dies and the mat I cut out with the 5727 Nested Oval Dies.  Thank you for joining me today, I sincerely hope you enjoyed my tutorial, until next time, Create…Share…Inspire!

Saturday, July 13, 2024

A Magical Day by Janet

 Happy weekend everyone! I have to gleefully confess that I had the best time working with the new 5935-Fairytale Houses Set! It's such a great set of images and dies to work with. It comes complete with stamped images and dies, including grasses which make it easy to create a scene.

I stamped the images and colored them with Copic markers. I used white and black fine tipped pens to add some accents. I also used black Nuvo drops for extra sheen and dimension on the mushrooms. 

This is a mini-slimline card which is 3 1/2" x 6 when finished. It's a perfect size for these images. After cutting out the colored images with the included dies, I arranged them on a 3" x 5 1/2" size of light blue cardstock. I matted this on a 3 1/4" x 5 3/4" navy cardstock mat and glued this on to the card base. I added the sentiment directly on the background as a finishing touch. It makes such a cheerful and fanciful scene! I knew it would be cute but this really surpassed my expectations. The set is designed for watercolor but I think you would agree that this is quite enchanting colored with markers as well. Colored pencils would also be delightful for these fanciful images. 

This card also fits the current challenge on the Ai blog which is Magical Creatures. The adorable little bee and the magical beings you would imagine would inhabit these cute little homes is perfect for the theme. I encourage you to enter your card creation to the challenge. Each entry is a chance to win free stamp sets of your choosing. You can find the entry form and details here: Magical Creatures Challenge

 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. Be sure to take a look at all the new releases while you are there. Have a great weekend!

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