Saturday, March 23, 2019

NEW VIDEO! Stone Path Bible Journaling Video Part 1

Hello Ai Fans!

Shhh ... There's new Ai Bible Journaling in this blog post! Before our new line releases on March 28! We couldn't wait to share with you one of our new 2019 sets, our Stone Path Set! Bonnie creates a beautiful walkway trailing off into the rolling hills with beautiful flowers and tall grasses surrounding each step. This week, she is working in Proverbs and we love all the reminders of how God leads our steps.

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV

"Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.  Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil." Proverbs 4:26-17 NIV

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Holiday Mansion Sets by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!

This is something I colored up before Valentine"s Day this year and didn't get to finish it up and post it before the holiday.  I used the Holiday Mansion Set and the HM Valentine Set! But I think you can use love themed cards any time of the year, don't you? I mean, how cute would this be to mail to someone you love no matter what time of year it is! This would be perfect for my Grandkids! I would just use a different sentiment with it! I just made a simple easel card.  

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today!  Until next time - stay crafty!!

Copics used:
R20, R22, R24, R27, R81, R83, R85
G21, G24
E33, E35, E41, E43, E51, E53, E55
C1, C2, C3, C4, C5

Friday, March 22, 2019

A Messy House Is.... By Jessica Shier

Hello Ai Fans!

Today I'm sharing a card and video using the A Messy House TF set. I think these cards would be great to send to a friend that has been overly busy. A little reminder to relax and take some time for ones self. Check out the video below for the process of this card!

 Now this stamp set, A Messy House TF, was designed to be used as a Trifold but I like to do something different. So I created a flat card but used the images to add dimension and depth. I started by stamping each of the 3 images on to separate Neenah Solar White 80lb cardstock. I could have stamped two of the images on the same cardstock to save some paper but I wasn't really sure how I was going to go about making this card. In the beginning I have a plan to make a tryfold style card but it just didn't turn out that way. 

I colored the lady first. I knew that I wanted her to be the certain of this card and have the most color. So I used red and aqua to really make her stand out. Then I colored her surroundings in grays and tans. I really like how this turned out color wise. I think all those neutral colors really do draw your eye to the relaxing among the mess. A lot of the shading for this was used using the E04 Copic Marker which is one of my favorites for adding shading. 

If you look closely you can see that the animals are about the same color, I added a bit more yellow to them to help them stand out. I also made the items the cats are on a bit darker and added red and aqua to the dog to match the lady. 

For the splatter background I masked the lady then used a stencil, distress ink and a blending brush to add some texture in the same color as the mess. I used the same color of Distress Ink on the floor. I did fussy cut the images on the left and right out then inked the edges with a black marker. I clued them on to the piece that I just ink blended on with the lady and added the sentiment from the A Messy House TF set with black ink gray cardstock. That is it! I hope you take some time and watch the video, it would mean the world to me. 

Copic Markers used:
W0, W1, W3, W6
C1, C3, C5, C7
E31, E34, E35, E04, E51
E74, E59, E15
YR27, Y21, YR23, Y18
R89, R83, R29, R17, R05, R02 
RV09, BG18, BG15, BG13, BG11

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Thank you for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Challenge 251 Cutting Edge WEEK 2!

New Flip Cards
Hello, Ai Fans!

Celebrate the second week of our challenge with us! This challenge is all about the cutting edge, featuring our NEW Flip Cards clear stamps and die! You may have seen Niccole's awesome tutorial from last week (so if you missed it, take a look!), and today the full team is here to share their Flip Card creations! Click the designer's name to visit their personal blog and view more details about their cute card! The stamps featured are available at!

Crystal with Guinea Flip Card and Flip Card Die

Jessica with Sloth Flip Card and Flip Card Die

Jil with Octopus Flip Card and Flip Card Die

Niccole with Sloth Flip Card and Flip Card Die

Renee with Guinea Flip Card and Flip Card Die

Sharon with Warthog Flip Card and Flip Card Die

Thanks, team! What an awesome roundup of Flip Cards!
As we mentioned, this challenge is called "cutting edge!" We are so excited to see how you interpret this challenge! Will you make your very own Flip Card? Use partial die-cutting along the side of your card? Or maybe use pretty edge boarder punches? The choice is yours!

 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, March 27 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!
You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

NEVER Underestimate the Power of Being Properly Caffeinated.

Hi Ai fans! 

Nothing is better then a coffee date with friends! This week I played with the Girlfriend Blend set 4132

I started with stamping these fun ladies onto smooth cardstock using Memento black ink because I planned on coloring them in with alcohol markers. 

After I colored them in I fussy cut them out. I did use a white gel pen to add a little bit of detail to two of the ladies shirts. One shirt I added some fun polka dots and the other one some strips. I love to color any of the girlfriend images in with fun colors. 

When I'm not feeling very inspired on a lazy Saturday I enjoy playing with ink for backgrounds on future cards. I just save my backgrounds for cards to use in the future. After I fussy cut these ladies out I looked through my backgrounds and found this one I did with green ink onto Kraft cardstock I thought it went with them just perfectly. 

I stamped the sentiment on the bottom of the card with and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. 

Spectrum Noir Markers:
FS6, FS7, FS8, PP3, BGR1, BGR2, BGR3, BGR5, MB1, MB2, MB4, EB1, EB2, EB3, DR3, DG1, DG2, DG3, GY1, GY3, GY5, CR1, CR3, CR6

Happy Stamping! 

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

NEW VIDEO! Decorative Jar Set Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

It's our favorite day of the week ... Watercolor Wednesday! This week's ornate image is so nostalgic, featuring our new WC Decorative Jar Set! Bonnie designs this beautiful pitcher in china blue with blossoms from our Flower Set 1 and vines and sprigs from our Foliage Set 4. She finishes the image with a decorative design stamp included in the Decorative Jars Set!

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Wishing you all things bright and blooming this Watercolor Wednesday!

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Here's The Skinny ... by Niccole Kulig

Hi Ai Fans!

Today I am stopping by to share a couple cards I made from the Skinny Yet stamp set from Art Impressions.

I started by placing both cuts of pattern paper to my card base.  I tied it together with a black strip of paper.  I stamped my images and colored them with Copic markers; which I list at the end of this post. I cut out my large image with my Scan N Cut.  

My sentiment is also from the Skinny Yet stamp set.  I cut both my sentiment and the white card stock with the Hexagon Double Stitch Die set.

I added pattern paper to my large hexagon and glued it to my card base. I glued the base of my skinny lady to my card and popped the top half with foam tape. I colored my smaller hexagon shape with a Copic marker as well, added my sentiment to the bottom left corner of the card with foam tape.

I finished the card off with Nuvo Drops in the color Carnation Pink. I feel like it completes the card, don't you?

Once again here they both are together again.  I cannot decide if I like the yellow or turquoise better, you?

Thank you so much for stopping by and spending some time with me!

Copics used:
BG10, BG11, BG13
E00, E23, E51
R20, R21, R22, R35
W00, W1, W3, W5
Y08, Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Guinea Flip Birthday Card by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I could hardly wait to start sharing the my flip cards with you.  They are so fun and different from anything else that is on the market right now.  I used the Guinea Flip Card Set along with a few images from the Octopus Flip card set to make a boyish Birthday card.
The images from the Guinea Pig Flip card set were stamped onto Strathmore Bristol Paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Several of the cupcakes from the Octopus Flip Card set were also stamped out and colored. The colors used are listed at the end of this post.  The color was applied to a Watercolor Palette and then applied with a #4 Brush in light Layers of color. All of the images were cut out.
The card base was cut with the Flip Card Die following the instructions on the stamp packaging.  The Happy Birthday sentiment was die cut out of black paper. The front of the card was colored using the MFT Mini Cloud Edge Mix-Ables Stencil with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  Spare sheets of white cardstock were die cut with a grass border and colored with Bundled Sage and Iced Spruce Distress Ink.  They were splattered with watered down Iced Spruce Ink and added to the card using adhesive and foam tape.  The colored guinea pigs were added over the grass. The Happy Birthday die cuts were added over the guinea pig arms. The cupcakes were added around the card.
The inside was colored using the same stencil with Spun Sugar, Dried Marigold, Bundled Sage and Tumbled Glass Distress Ink.  The greeting was stamped onto the flap with black ink. The guinea pigs were attached right below the greeting.

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Used:
Guinea Pigs -Mid Brown 065, Lt. Beige 074, Mustard 067, Brown 060, Cool Gray 099, Deep Brown 068, Pale Pink 028
Cupcakes - Dull Blue 034, Shadow Mauve 303, Light Blue 036, Pink 025, Mustard 067

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!