Sunday, August 25, 2019

Never too old to PARTY! by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a card made with some stamps and dies from Art Impressions.  I used the 5114 – Never Too Old Laugh Lines and the 5072 – Block Letters Die Set.

I needed a fun, bright card and thought these prints from Doodlebug would be just perfect against the bright white.

I embossed the front panel and accented it with some sequins that matched the papers I used.

I used one of the verses from the set on the inside and I cut it out with the 

I paper pieced her dress because I wanted her to match one of the letters.
She and the letters are also popped up on foam tape to give the card a 3-D effect.

Copics used:
C1, C3, C8, BG01, BG05, R83, Y18, YG13, E02, E41, E43, E44

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Laugh Harder by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!! many of you are thinking about pumpkin lattes? LOL!! Some people are definitely, and others are cursing under their breath with just the mention of it! LOL!  I love this stamp T4136 Girlfriend Blend from the Girlfriends Line at Art Impressions! AI has so many wonderful sentiments, so I grabbed one from AICS05 Dare to be Fabulous Set and cut it out using 5133 Flag Double Stitched Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and hope you have an amazing weekend!  Until next time - stay crafty!! 

Copic markers used:
E000, E00, E04, E11, E13, E21, E31, E33, E35, E37, E39, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E70, E71, E74, E93, E95, E97
B000, B00, B02, B04
R02, R20,. R37, R56
Y17, Y23, Y26, Y32, Y35
T5, T6, T7

Friday, August 23, 2019

Escape to your Favorite Place | By Jessica Shier

Hello Ai Fans!

Today I'm using the Dock Circlet stamp and die set. These come with two dies to cut out the dock and boats so you can create a fun Tryfold card easily. This time though I'm stacking the top two layers to create a dimensional window card.

Below I have a photo of all the die cutting and stamping I did. Using the third largest Rounded Rectangle Double Stitch die to die cut a piece of Neenah Solar White 80lb card stock and some blue craft foam. Then I stamped the first dock image along with die cutting it. Using that piece to make a line with a black marker on where to die cut the dock die from the craft foam. 

The second die and image is of the boats in the water. For this layer I used both boat pieces on white card stock. Then die cut that same piece with the second largest Rectangle Double Stitch die. I also used that second die to die cut the front of an A2 top fold card base, this creates my final window to the inside of the card. Using a pencil I traced the top edge of the die cut onto the inside and stamped the final image with the circular sentiment. Not shown in the photo is also the sentiment "Thinking of you" from the Succulent set, I thought it would go nicely with the inside sentiment "Serenity is found when you escape to your favorite place."

Before gluing my layers together I colored my stamped images with Prismacolor Pencils. These images also look great with Copic coloring or watercolors too! I also inked the edges on the boat and dock die cuts. Using makeup blending brushes again, I blended Distress Oxide inks on to the rounded rectangle piece and adhered that to the blue craft foam. I did ink blending for the second layer too, but used Pumice Stone Distress ink first then Iced Spruce Oxide ink over the top. 

Prismacolor Pencils Used:
Mountains and shading
PC1076 90% French Gray 
PC1074 70% French Gray
PC1072 50% French Gray
PC1068 10% French Gray

PC947 Dark Umber
PC1082 Chocolate
PC941 Light Umber

PC1032 Pumpkin Orange
PC918 Orange
PC1034 Goldenrod
PC922 Poppy Red

PC1006 Parrot Green
PC909 Grass Green
PC912 Apply Green
PC989 Chartreuse

PC1025 Perwinkle
PC1079 Blue Violet Lake
PC1023 Cloud Blue

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

Thursday, August 22, 2019

NEW Fall Clear Sets NOW Available! PLUS Challenge 262 Gotta Gingham!

Halloween _ Thanksgiving

Pumpkin spice season is on the way! To prepare, we are releasing TWO new fall clear sets today! Send sweet, spooky greetings with Fright Night, featuring cheerful ghosts and pets flying a broom! Mixing and matching images and sentiments is so fun with our Feast Mode Set, with our favorite critters dressed for autumn!

You can preview the new designs in our release video below and purchase them today at! Plus, there is still time to join our Gotta Gingham challenge for a chance to win Ai stamps!

Feast Mode
Fright Night
Pumpkin Mice Flip Card
Christmas Kitty Flip Card 

Last week, Sharon gave a super sweet Flip Card tutorial, so hop on over if you missed it. Today, our design team is here to share adorable holiday inspiration! Let's take a look! Remember to click the designer's name for more information on their project!

There is still time to enter our challenge! Create a card or craft featuring gingham! It is such a versatile pattern, perfect for any season or occasion, and link it to our Inlinkz below. Be sure to share your project for a chance to win Art Impressions stamps!

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 the deadline to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

We hope you'll join in our new challenge, it's gonna be good!
Holiday Seals 
The Stamping Village
We have another special release today with our friends from The Stamping Village! A combined 12 companies have contributed designs to the NEW Holiday Seals stamp set, now available at! The Stamping Village truly believes in community over competition, as we combined forces to create a shared space at Creativation 2019, and will expand to include new friends in 2020!
The special thing about this set, and our previously released Mail Delivery set, is that The Stamping Village believes in giving back. 100% of the net profits from this collaboration stamp set will benefit The Dreaming Zebra Foundation, who firmly believe that all children, regardless their financial circumstances, should have access to art education. They provide art and music materials free of charge to many schools and community organizations across the country.
Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for a special Video Hop on September 10!
Happy Stamping!

Live, Laugh Love!

Hi Ai fans!

This stamp set Live-laugh-love  just makes me laugh. I loved coloring this happy image in I couldn't help but smile when I was coloring them. They are having such a great time together.

I kept the focus on the image so I die cut it out with a double stitched oval die then matted it onto some pattern paper. 

Spectrum Noir Markers:
GT1,GT2,GT3, TB2, TB3, TB4, EB1, EB2, EB3, HB1,HB2, HB3, CT2, CT3, CT4, BG2, BG3, BG4, FS6, FS7, FS8, CR1, CR3, CR6, BT3, BT4, BT6, IB1, IB2, IB3, DG1, DG2, DG3, IG2, IG4, IG5, GB1, GB3, GB5, DR1, DR3, DR4
 Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Watercolor Throwback - Wooden Chair Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Time for another Watercolor Throwback from Ai! We have another fan-favorite ready to share with you from the archives. Bonnie created this stunning Wooden Chair Set image back in March of 2017. It has soared to almost 10,000 views on YouTube and is in our top 10 videos released in the last two years!

We love the adorable blue bird, small container, and gorgeous blooms Bonnie added to this image. She also used some items in this video you do not see very often! She featured our ivy vine from the Wooden Chair Set and the small buds and stemmed zinnias from our Flower Set 2!

We hope you enjoy this special throwback! We have exciting new Watercolors coming soon (on August 29!) and cannot wait to share what we have been working on with you!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

View on YouTube:

+++++ SUPPLIES +++++
• 4876 – Wooden Chair Mini Set  ——
• 4051 - WC Foliage Set  ——
• 4868 – WC Flower Set 2  ——
• 4872 - WC Birds Set  ——
• Strathmore Watercolor Paper  ——
• Watercolor Brush #4  ——
• Ai Watercolor Palette  ——
• Ai Stamp Positioner  ——
• Acrylic Block Variety 5 Pack  ——
• 1" Square Acrylic Block  ——
• 1.5" Square Acrylic Block  ——
• 3" Square Acrylic Block  ——
• Post-it Notes  ——
• #8 Violet  ——
• #15 Olive Green  ——
• #29 Prussian Blue  ——
• #45 Sepia  ——
• #86 African Violet  ——

OUCH! Feel Better by Niccole Kulig

Hello Ai fans!!

I am stopping by today to share a card using the Doggy Kisses and Wine Divas stamp set.

I did not intend to create a one layer card but sometimes the stamps decide for you what direction you are going with your card.  LOL Anyways ... I started by stamping my sentiments in the middle in black. I used the Ouch sentiment from Doggy Kisses stamp set and I used only part of the sentiment in Wine Divas for the feel better.  From there I randomly stamped the band-aid from the Doggy Kisses stamp set in rainbow colors.

I always find it hard to photograph Wink of Stella. Do you agree?  I added Wink of Stella to all the center of the band-aids for some texture to my one layer card.

I finished it off with Nuvo Drops in the same rainbow colors to give a lot more dimension to my one layer card.  I love how cheery this card ended up being.  A great pick me up card for someone hurt or injured.

Here is one more look at the complete card ...

Remember ... try and stretch you stamps out of the norm from what they were intended for, as there is no dog on this card as the stamp set would imply, just a general feel better card.

Like I said earlier sometime a one layer card is all you need to get your point across. Please stop back again soon and see what I have been up to.

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!