Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Rainy Easter Blessings by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I live in Florida which is known as the Sunshine State but we really get a whole lot of rain.  It's been downright gloomy here.  I had to put the bunny from the Easter Blessings set in a  happy and bright rainy scene even though it's still gloomy here.  I'm sure that I'm not the only one wishing for bright Spring colors right now.
The image was stamped onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with Gina K Designs Black Amalgam Ink and colored with Copic markers.  A ground was colored in to match the leaves.  I then used a technique I learned from Sandy Allnock in her Rainy Days Copic marker class to fill in the background.  I drug my Copic markers across the paper to get striped of color that resembled falling rain.  Some of the same markers were used to make darker raindrops around the background.  I used a white gel pen to make actual raindrops. 

Copic Markers Used:
Bunny - C00, C1, C3, RV21
Flower - RV21, BV00
Leaves - YG03, YG63
Rain - B0000, B000, B00, BG13, BV00

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, March 25, 2019

Some Bunny Special by Carol Hintermeier

Happy Monday Ai Fans!

Can you believe March is nearing its end and Easter is just about a month away?  How time flies!  My card today features two sets:  Holiday Mansion and HM Easter.  The Holiday Mansion set has so many accessories that make it easy to use for many different occasions!

I stamped and then colored everything with my Copics (colors listed below).  For the background I used a cloud stencil and some Distress Oxide inks in pretty pastel rainbow colors.  This angled photo shows the clear sparkle I added to the eggs.

I glued the three bunnies in position on the house before I added the foam tape to the back for dimension.  I adhered the basket of eggs directly onto the card base to add a more dimensional look.  I used Nuvo Crystal Drops to emulate "smoke" coming from the chimney.  There has to be pink smoke coming from the fireplace in this paste scene, right?  Haha!

I had a lot of fun creating this pastel scene!  Until next Monday, have a wonderful, crafty week!

B000, B00, B01, B02, C0, C1, C3, C5, C7, E51, E53, E55, E57,
Y08, Y11, YG06, YG11, RV000, RV00, RV02, RV10, RV11, RV21, RV23, RV32, V12, V15

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Puppy Flutter! by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing an interactive card with you.  For my card I've used
5032 – Puppies Flutter Set
This set is from the Flutters series at Art Impressions.

When you pull the little tab up and down their tails wag!
How cute is that??!

I love the variety of ways you can color these little guys.  I colored the guy in back to look a little like one of my dogs.

Copics used:
R46, BG45, C0, C5, C7, 100,
 E000, E08, E15, E35, E47, E97

Also, I couldn't find my embossing folder to link it. I bought it about a month ago at Michael's.  It's made by Nicole and it's called Paw Prints.

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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Happy Bible Journaling!

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

Watch Here

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 artimpressions.com!

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!

There are more new videos coming to our YouTube channel, including a new Bible Journaling video this Saturday! Hit that "subscribe" button and click the bell to be notified of ALL our new uploads! We love chatting with you too, so tell us a nostalgic memory in the video comments!

Wishing you all things bright and blooming this Watercolor Wednesday!

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