Thursday, December 2, 2021

Happy, Happy Holidays #317 Last challenge of 2021

 Hello Ai fans!!

Welcome back.  We hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family.
We'd like to welcome you all to our last challenge of 2021.

This one is fitting and called....

Happy Happy Holidays!

Our final featured artist this year is Crystal and it's a bittersweet post.

This will be Crystal's last feature post.  She's moving and has a lot
on her plate right now.  She's stepping down from our DT which is a sad day for us and all of her fans!
You'll still see her in December and if we're lucky...maybe we can entice her back occasionally for a guest post!  Thank you for all of your hard work and inspiration through the years Crystal!  You will be missed!

Hey Ai fans! Who is ready for another challenge?!? Here is fun challenge Happy, Happy Holidays! I'm so glad I get to show you my card for this challenge. Holiday cards are my favorite cards to make. I have a shake card to share today. I used the Snowy Window stamp set to make my shaker card. Once I looked at this stamp set I thought it would be perfect for a shaker card I have no idea why I had never thought to use a window set for a shaker card before.

I started by stamping the window image twice with Versafine ink and the snow man. I die cut one of the images out with a double stitched square die. I die cut the second image out with the same square die but used a smaller one to cut the center out. 

I water colored the images in with Spectrum Noir water color markers. 

I add the snowman to the bottom of the window opening. Than I added the acetate to the window with strong adhesive.

I used foam tape around the edges to make a spot for the sequins to fit. I added the sequins and the window over the full image that I die cut out.  

I die cut a piece of pattern paper with the largest double stitched rectangle die.

I die cut a piece of pattern paper with the second largest double stitched rectangle die.

I layered all of the elements and added the whole panel to a 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" base.

Happy Stamping!

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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Merry Chris-mice! Paper Piecing Card by Crystal

Hi Ai fans! This week I played with the Christmas Mice set. I thought this stamp set would be fun to do paper piecing with but wow it has lots of tiny pieces. It was fun to make this card but took a lot longer then I thought it would. I think if I did this again I would only paper piece the couch and color the rest.  

So if you haven't ever paper pieced with a stamp set this is how I do it. I stamp the image onto my background in this case it was just a white piece of card stock. I then stamp the stamp on to different piece of pattern paper. After I figure out which pattern I want where I fussy cut the pieces out and glue them down to the original stamped image I stamped onto the background.   

I kept the background plain since the image has a lot going on. I just matted the image onto some pattern paper and adhered it to a 5 1/2" X 4 1/4" card base. I stamped the sentiment "Merry Chris-mice!" and matted it onto some pattern paper and adhered it under the image. 

Do you like paper piecing or do you find it to take to long and rather color your image in? I actually find it relaxing and something a little different then always coloring an image in. 

Happy Stamping! 


Thursday, November 25, 2021

I'm Thankful For...challenge winner and Blog Holiday Closing

 Hello Ai fans!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American friends!

Today we have the winner of our I'm Thankful For...challenge.

Please help us congratulate Beverly Sizemore!
She used 4939 – Full of Thanks Set.

Please contact Leah at

to claim 3 stamp sets of your choice!

Also, be sure to grab you badge to display on your blog, FB or Instagram!

The blog will be closed until our next challenge begins on Dec. 2nd.

This gives the Design Team time to spend with their families and friends.

We'll leave you with some inspiration from the Design Team.  We're grateful for
all of our members both past and present.

We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
See you next week for our new challenge!

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Thankful Slimline Card Card and SSS Exclusive "Christmas Train" Pop-up Card by Lynn Dionne

Hello Ai Fans!!!

Watch video tutorial here!!

Sit back and relax...I've got TWO videos for you today! This first card was inspired by the current Art Impressions Blog Challenge which is called "I'm thankful for..."! Please join us in this fun challenge and/or check out the wonderful cards that your crafty peers have created! 

So I dug through my stash and found the perfect leaf images from the Ai Halloween Slimline Set (5460) which is part of Ai's new Slimline Collection! This set has the individual leaves as well as a beautiful leaf border! This set comes with the stamps and coordinating that!!!

We will be doing some quick and easy inking to color in all of these leaves! For this, we will use some mini dye ink pads in many pretty fall colors which are listed below.

Then I decided to make the "Thankful" sentiment the star of the show for our slimline card! The Ai Block Letters Die Set (5072) was the perfect alphabet set for this sentiment. These letters are nice and large and measure approximately 1 1/2" they will definitely make a statement!

We will use some beautiful copper colored glitter paper to die cut the letters. I'll give you a few tips and tricks for perfectly lining up your letters!

We will also finish off this card by completing the inside of the card with a beautiful sentiment and some more leaves! We will do some simple masking to create a custom sentiment!


Tim Holtz Distress Mini Ink Pad used -  

Scattered Straw, Carved Pumpkin, Ripe Persimmon, Crackling Campfire, Festive Berries, Aged Mahogany, Seedless Preserves, Twisted Citron, Mowed Lawn, Rustic Wilderness

Christmas Train Pop-up Card....

Watch video tutorial here!!!

The second card for today is an exclusive image that Ai has done in conjunction with Simon Says Stamp and it is called the "Christmas Train Set" and it comes with the coordinating dies! This little set has an adorable little train that you can fill with all of these cute little elves, presents, candy canes...and there is even a Santa and a sign to lead you to the North Pole and Santa's Workshop!

This set is being offered for a limited time if you really love it be sure to order it right away!!!
To set the scene for our little train we will create a fun pop-up element inside the card so that our train will actually look like it is riding on the tracks! I will show you how to easily create this pop-up mechanism and how to create the adorable little train tracks. I'll also show you how to cut your cardstock to create a snowy border for the inside of your card so that it fits around your pop-up mechanism. It sounds complicated....but it is super easy!

We will also create a beautiful snowy sky using some Distress Oxide Ink and we will spatter it for a snowy effect!

All of the coloring will be done using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens and I will show you how I colored the train in order to get the most dimension. 

We will keep the front of the card pretty simple because the inside of the card is the "show stopper"!

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

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens used -
Blender, Lt Pink, Flesh Color, Deep Red, Yellow, Bright Yellow, Turquoise Green, Lt Green, Deep Green, Mustard, Dk Oatmeal, Lt Gray, Dk Gray, Black

Monday, November 22, 2021

Thankful for Autumn Card by Bri Firth

Hello Ai Fans - Bri Firth here! Today, I am sharing another ShadowBox Window card featuring the new Autumn Window Set. Check out all of Ai's 2021 new releases here! This project is featured on my personal blog today as well, check it out here

I used the ShadowBox Window die to create the 3D window in the front of the card. I used coordinating Fall patterned paper to decorate the front of the card as well.

Below the window, I placed the "Thanks" die cut to go along with the harvest scene. I used my Spectrum Noir Tri Blend markers to color the Thanksgiving scene from the Autumn Window Set.

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

Sunday, November 21, 2021

Watercolor Snowmen by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

There have been some fun, new releases at Art Impressions over the last few weeks!

I went WAY outside my comfort zone and attempted a watercolor card.

I used the new 5467 – Snowmen Set.

Are you someone that LOVES Ai but is afraid of watercolor?
Yes!!  That's me!  I'm slowly learning and loving it. This set would easily work with Copic markers or colored pencils.

I feel like my watercoloring is quite rough but I'm pleased. 
We're going to say that our sleigh is quite old and!

I used Wink of Stella to add some shimmer to my card.

I hope you check out all of the new releases!  Especially the coastal series.  I don't watercolor often but I feel like the new releases are great for regular cards as well.  I hope you agree!