Wednesday, November 14, 2018

NEW VIDEO! Little Girl in the Snow Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to another Winter Watercolor Wednesday (say that five times fast!). This week, Bonnie creates a little girl in a snowy field and an adorable blue jay with holly in its beak. This winter scene can be easily changed to one of our Little Boy images.

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Welcome Fall by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Today I have a card featuring the new Autumn Window! It seams like once Halloween was over the world went straight to Christmas!! Figured I better share this card while it's still fall!!

I started by stamping the image and then using one of AI's Stitched Square dies to cut it out. I used a bigger square die to cut some pattern paper that looks like brown canvas.

Next, I used my Spectrum Noir Markers to color the Window. I used BO2, BO3, BO4, CG1, CG3, DP4, DP6, IG2, IG4, LG1, LG3, OR2, OR3, PL1, PL3, RB1, RB3, RB4, YG1, YG2, YG3.

I adhered the colored square on top of the canvas pattern square. Then I added the apple pattern paper to a white cardbase. I used the Celebrate Autumn collection from Echo Park Paper Co.

From the Ephemera pack I added the Welcome Fall sentiment with foam tape. Below the sentiment I tied a double bow from twine and adhered it. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Elf Fun Shaker Card by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I could hardly wait for the Ai Christmas clear stamps to be released.  They had so many fun images in them.  I decided to use the elves from the Sleigh Bells Set to make a shaker card. They looked like they were having so much fun.  I was going to color them the traditional Christmas red and green but decided to go with something I wouldn't normally use for Christmas.  I hope you enjoy the way it came out. 
The images were stamped onto Spetrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with My Favorite Things Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic markers.  The colors used are listed at the end of this post. 
The background was colored with Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide Ink before it was spritzed with the Distress sprayer to create white droplets.  After the water was picked up with a paper towel, then it was spritzed with Perfect Pearl spray.  The hills were die cut from the Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside Border dies and colored with Cracked Pistachio Distress Oxide ink.  The houses were cut from the Lawn Fawn Little Town Border and colored with Tea Dye, Shaded Lilac,and Spiced Marmalade Distress Oxide inks.  Diamond Stickles were added to the tops of all of them. 
The Mama Elephant Park Avenue die was cut from white card stock and attached to a piece of acetate.  Two layers of foam tape were added around the back of the entire frame.  The sequins and snowflake confetti were added inside the frame and it was attached to the scene.  
The second version of the card contains Perler beads that were melted in the oven.  Some of the melted beads are all white while some of them look like candy.  
Copic Marker Colors Used:
Faces - E000, E00, E11, R20
Hair - E21, E23
Clother - RV10, RV13, BG10, BG11

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Joy to The World by Carol Hintermeier

Hello Ai Fans!

I'm back again using the adorable Snow Friend set!  This trio of snowmen are spelling out "Joy" and they certainly do look joyful!

I decided to make two cards with the same color scheme and just changed up where I used each color.  First I colored them with alcohol markers.  (I've listed the colors used at the end of this post.)  Then I used Ai's Rectangle Double Stitched dies and Rounded Rectangle Double Stitched dies to cut various layers for the cards.

I stamped one of the sentiments and then die cut it with the smallest Rectangle Double Stitched die and popped it up with a few foam squares.  I layered up some of the snowflakes I die cut for a few embellishments.

On my second card the stamped layer is popped up with foam tape.

I decorated the inside of the card by stamping the snowflake from the set across the bottom using Worn Lipstick Distress Oxide ink.  The sentiment is also included in this set.

Here's a closer look to see where I added the Nuvo Glitter Accents to the hats and ground.  I added Glossy Accents to the candy canes for some shine.  It doesn't show in the photos, but I added some sparkle to the snowmen's bodies with a Spectrum Noir clear sparkle pen.

Thank you so much for stopping by!  I hope you have a wonderful crafty week!

Copic markers used:
B02, B16, N2, N4, RV00, RV21, RV23, RV25, RV29, 
Y17, Y38, YG13, YG25, YG3, YG67

Spectrum Noir:
BGR4, Blender

Sunday, November 11, 2018

You melt my heart! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing
5041 – Snow Friend Set
It's one of the new for 2018 Christmas sets at Art Impressions

I also used 4804 – Snowflake Dies
Although the green is very traditional for Christmas I thought it might look cute with the grey for something a little unexpected at Christmas time.

Copics used: E35, B66,RV022,R46,Y13,Y28
YR16, T1,T5, YG03,YG07, Y13, Y17

Saturday, November 10, 2018

BIBLE JOURNALING VIDEO: Good Shepherd Set Part 1

Hello Ai Fans!

Time for another video from Bonnie featuring our Ai Bible Journaling line! Today, we are debuting part one of our Good Shepherd Set! Bonnie creates sheep grazing along a green riverbed and in the hills, working in Psalm 23. She adds the sentiment, "You make me dwell in safety," to her watercolor images to complete the scene.

"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me." Psalm 23:1-4 NIV


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Totally in love with @artimpressions fall addition to the new Bible Journaling line that I am honored to be collaborating with @bonniekrebs.biblejournaling on! I'm writing devotionals and Bible Studies for each release... and together we will be doing tutorials on Saturdays (2 each month from both of us on alternative weeks). You saw this painting I was working on in my new (to me) hymnal. ...I'm finding such joy working with these new stamps (you know I've been a fan of Bonnie Krebs the creator of Watercolor the Art Impressions way for years). I finished up this little painting... and wanted you to see it in its final form. Watch for an introduction to the Bible Journaling line on YouTube this weekend... and my first Tutorial a week from Saturday. Swipe over to the final photo to see what I will be sharing with you! I'm super excited... and I hope you will be too! Bonnie and I've worked really hard this summer to get your local Christian Bookstores....and local Craft stores to carry these perfectly proportioned stamps. And I do hope you will consider adding the devotional download to your purchase as well. ...I'm super excited about the variety of topics the Lord led me to as I was writing. This devotional guide will be available a week from Saturday when I put my first tutorial up. Love you guys so much...I wouldn't have been able to keep working without the way you have supported me and lifted me up in your prayers. So thank has meant the world to me! 💗👩🏼‍🎨📖💗 #illuminatedjournaling #artimpressions #biblejournaling #janngray #watercolor
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Friends are your umbrella by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Of all the things I could wish for you, I think the best thing I could wish for you is to have at least one close friend in your life.  They truly are our umbrellas. I love this image and sentiment from the Girlfriends line at Art Impressions #4048 Under My Umbrella Set. I stamped them onto Cryogen White paper and colored them with Copic markers. I then cut the sentiment out with #5065 Oval Double Stitched Dies and then trimmed it off to tuck it into the corner.  I just used my craft knife to try and mimic the stitched design on the trimmed sides.  Didn't turn out super great, but it's ok. 

So that's it from me today.  Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit and until next time - stay crafty!! 

Copics used:
E000, E00, E04, E07, E09, E11, E33, E35, E37, E70, E71, E74, E77
BG72, BG75
YG61, YG63
R20, R34, R37, R39
YR12, YR14, YR16, YR18, YR21, YR24, YR27
T1, T2

Friday, November 9, 2018

Sleigh Bells set by Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
Today I am sharing 2 cards I made using the "Sleigh Bells" set from Art Impressions. I always love the sets Ai creates as you can make so many different variations of designs with each set.
On this card I just used the deer image. After I coloured them with my Copic markers I fussy cut out the image using my Brother Cut N Scan. I've had this window slider die for awhile now and thought it would be prefect for this card. I love that it lies flat for mailing and then slides up for a fun element.
Here you can see how it slides up. I stamped 2 of the sentiment sayings from the "Sleigh Bells" set and 2 of the little mini images.
For this card I stamped the tree from the "Reindeer Games" set that Ai did with Hampton Arts. I masked the tree and added the cute little Elves from the "Sleigh Bells" set on either side.
Copics Used:
Reindeer: E30, E31, E33, E35, E37/ R24, R27, R29, R37, R39, YG23, YG25
Elves: E00, E21, R24, R27, R29, YG23, YG25, N4, N6
Tree: G28, E37, Y35, Y38, R24, R27, YG23, YG25 

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 8, 2018

Need a HUG? FOUR New Twist Tie Sets Now Available! PLUS Challenge 245 Washi Tape

4 New Twist Ties

Send a hug to a faraway friend with our new Twist Ties! These clear stamp and die sets feature loving images that twist and tuck together, from Cats and Otters to Oldies and even beautiful Trees! Each set includes a sweet sentiment to spread the love! Be sure to see how these sets intertwine in our video from the Mixed Media Event! Keep an eye out for a new Quick Tips video tutorial next week! You can find these new sets at today!

Cat Twist Tie   Otter Twist Tie Oldies Twist Tie Tree Twist Tie

Let's take a look at our feature from Dana today!

Hello AI fans!! Dana, here with a little tutorial featuring the new Oldies Twist Ties!! The challenge is to use Washi Tape and I did a little paper piecing while I was at it!! :)

I started by stamping the two images, once on white cardstock and then a few more times on different pattern papers.

Then I used my Spectrum Noir Markers to color the hair, skin and shoes of each lady. I used: EB5, EB6, FS3, FS6, FS9, GB2, GB3, GB4, RB1, RB3, RB4, TN2, YG1, YG2, YG3.

Next, I fussy cut around the parts that I wanted to paper piece. Then I used a black pen to color the white edges of each pattern paper piece. 

Then I just used liquid adhesive to adhere all the pieces down. The liquid adhesive allows me to move the different pieces around until they cover and fit properly. I use some clear blocks as a weight as the glue dries. 

I would recommend getting the Twist Ties Card & Envelope pack, it really saves time with the card base already at the right size. Since the challenge is to use washi tape, I made my backgrounds with a couple different rolls.

I added the tape horizontal on the left flap and vertically on the right flap. After doing one side I trimmed off the extra, then moved to the other side. But I did actually keep the ends, I thought I might use them on the inside of the card. 

Next, I did a quick stamp of each image on the washi tape, you can't see it in the photo because of the washi tape patterns. This allowed me to place the dies just right and hold them in place with more washi tape!! After die cutting each side, I used a damp towel to remove the ink, the washi tape is smooth and ink wouldn't really dry good on it, plus I would be covering it up anyway with my images. 

I added super strong double sided tape and liquid adhesive to the backs of my images. You definitely want something strong so it will stick to the washi tape good. I added clear blocks on top as it dried. 

For the inside of my card I added a light wood pattern paper and then stamped the sentiment, near the bottom. I die cut some music notes that come with the set and added them around the sentiment. Then with the left over washi pieces I added them along the top and bottom, trimming off the excess. I did not save those, lol!!

Last, all that is left is to hook the arm tab into the other lady. Since I have lots of layers, I used a sharp craft knife to cut through extra layers. 

Are you still with me?? LOL!! I hope this inspires you to get out and use up some of that washi tape I know you have laying around!! Happy Stamping!

Thanks, Dana! Such a cute project!
Time to kick off our new challenge! We want to see what kind of creations you like to make with washi tape! Washi tape comes in so many colors, patterns, and sizes and has so many uses. So, what are you waiting for? Show us what you got!

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, November 21 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Before we go, let's recognize the winners of last week's Lots of Layers Challenge!

Top spot goes to...

Congrats! Your layered card featuring our Latte Love gals is bursting with color pattern, and dimension. Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable mentions go to...

Congrats, you two! Helen, we found your use of our Birthday Circlet really clever in this clean-and-simple yet fun birthday card! And Reetta, the way you stamped and cut Oscar multiple times and popped him up for a 3-D effect is really cool! (Visit her post to see what we mean.) Be sure to email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thanks for joining our challenge, we hope to see you again soon for our Washi Tape Challenge!

Happy Stamping!