Monday, September 16, 2019

Spooky Holiday Mansion by Carol Hintermeier

Hello Ai fans!

I had so much fun turning the Holiday Mansion into a spooky (but not too spooky!) Halloween card!  I used the Halloween pieces from the HM Accessory Set to make this card!

All of the images were stamped onto Neenah Solar White 80# paper with Copic safe ink.  I colored them all with the Copics listed below.  Then I used the included dies to cut them out.  There isn't a die for the house, but it's so easy to fussy cut, which I did!

I cut a piece of Strathmore Bristol Smooth to 4" x 5-¼".  I die cut a circle shape and added positioned the mask where it would be behind the house.  I blended on some Distress Oxide inks with blender brushes.  The colors I used are Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Chipped Sapphire and Black Soot for the sky.  I added some water drops and then blotted them up with a dry paper towel after a few seconds.  Then I added white spatters with some slightly diluted white gauche using a paint brush.   The ground is Peeled Paint and Forest Moss with a bit of Black Soot around the edges.  I removed the mask for the moon and added Fossilized Amber to it.  I used a couple of light gray Copics to add the moon craters.

This little monster behind the door just makes me smile!!  For the windows I used some vellum and stamped the googly eyes and spider webs onto it with StazOn black ink.  I used a white gel pen on the reverse side and colored in the white of the eyes.  On the left window, I filled in around the eyes with a black pen.  After I glued the vellum pieces behind the openings, I added some thin foam tape to the back of the house and attached it to the background.

The sentiment is stamped with Versamark and heat embossed with white embossing powder.  I die cut it out with a die from the Flag Double Stitched Dies.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful, crafty week!

Copic markers:
C0, C1, C3, C5, E13, E15, E34, N2, N6, V05, V06,
Y23, Y38, YG01, YG05, YG17, YG25, YG67, YR07, YR16

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Let's all Par-Tee!! by ReneƩ Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Summer is basically over but I have one last "summer" themed card to share.  We have a local PGA Senior Golf Tourney here in my area and one of our family friends gave us corporate tent tickets.  I wanted to thank him so I used Art Impressions   4902 – Par-Tee Golfers Set

Ray may not be the ACTUAL King of the Club but he is to us.  He always makes a point to include my husband and myself and it's always such a fun time!

My brother-in-law played in the Pro-Am and had a lot of fun as well!
This is us at the surf and turf dinner that night.

I'm sharing this to show you how much a personalized handmade card means to people.  From the Ai People to teachers, nurses, watercolor stamps...Every Ai stamp would mean something when sent to the right person. I know our friend Ray and his wife will enjoy this card.

Copics used:
B0000, B000, B16, Y18, C00, C4, C6, C8
T1, YG11, YG13, YG63, YG93, YG99, E0000
E00, E23, E42, E47, E93

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Nutty and Nice Stamptember by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

It's Stamptember time over at Simon Says Stamp, and they are selling an exclusive Art Impressions stamp called Nutty and Nice! I love, love, love this image and had so much fun making this card! I paper pieced their outfits and colored up the rest of the Girlfriends using Copic markers. I also used AI's Banner Double Stitched Dies to cut them out for the card. For the sentiment, I used the Flag Double Stitched Dies

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit and until next time - stay crafty!!

Friday, September 13, 2019

The Stamping Village Holiday Fest! VIDEO HOP + GIVEAWAY!

Hello Ai Fans! 

Today we have a special blog and video hop with our friends at The Stamping Village! Our collective group recently released our second benefit set, Holiday Seals Set, and we wanted to inspire you with 13 videos on how to use it! The Stamping Village truly believes in community over competition and we enjoyed coming together, contributing so many different styles to create this unique stamp set! We hope these envelope seals help you send some happiness out to the world!

We also believe in giving back to our crafty community. 100% of the net profits made from this collaboration stamp set will benefit The Dreaming Zebra Foundation. They firmly believe that all children, regardless of their financial circumstances, should have art education. They provide art and music materials free of charge to many schools and community organizations across the country. We are so grateful for those of you purchasing this set to help their cause!

Art Impressions
Avery Elle
Concord & 9th
Dare 2B Artzy
Gina K Designs
Hero Arts
Lawn Fawn
Pink and Main
Pinkfresh Studio
Studio Katia
Waffle Flower
Jennifer McGuire

GIVEAWAY - Hop over to this YouTube video and leave a comment to be entered for a $50 gift certificate to!

View on YouTube:

From Jessica Shier (Subscribe to her YouTube!):
There are so many possibilities you can try with these Holiday Seals from the Stamp Village. For my project I created two holiday tags, using one as is, and another to make a fun card design. 

Along with the Stamping Village Holiday Seals I used several sets of Art Impressions dies. The Circle Double Stitch die has a circle size that cuts this cute little penguin perfectly. I also used the next larger circle, to die cut the Soft Navy card stock and layer underneath the Copic colored penguin. I'll have all the markers I used for these listed below. For some added detail, I used a white Gelly Roll pen to had snow and turn the black stars from the Art Impressions penguin stamp white. 


The gray flag end underneath the circle is a die from the Flag Double Stitch Die. This is where you could add, the recipients name, or stamp another holiday sentiment. I was thinking a To and From would look nice stamped on that gray flag. Underneath those die cuts I used some fun colored cardstock, School House Red and Innocent Pink (from Gina K. Designs a fellow Stamp Village company!) Both of these were cut using one of the third largest dies, in the Banner Double Stitch set. I also used some Aquamarine Nuvo Embellishment Mousse, which easily blends on to card stock with a ink blending tool.

Now for the largest die. The Tag Stitched die set has a fantastic tag die. I used this to cut two pieces of Neenah 110lb Solar White card stock. These are the base for my penguin tags. However, in the Tag Stitched die set there are some small dies too, that add some fun details. Like the star die and the tag reinforcement die. 

For the tag with the red card stock I adhered it to a card base, that I layered with the same Soft Navy card stock that I used before, and a piece of wood panel pattern paper from the Heidi Swapp Wolf Pack. A few final touches before I called these done; I added some shimmer to the penguins hat with a Spectrum Noir Glitter pen and I also used some black and white baker's twine. This twine came from a Hero Arts package so I thought it would be fitting, and worth mentioning since, they too, are part of the Stamp Village. If you haven't seen the first collaboration stamp set by The Stamp Village, Mail Deliever, check it out.

Copic Markers Used:
BG09, BG15, BG11, BG000
RV39, R29, R14, R81
C7, C5, C3, C1
B95, B93, B91
YR27, Y21, Y23

Thank you for joining me today.
Happy Stamping!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 12, 2019

NEW Holiday Wheelies are Rolling In Stock! PLUS Challenge 266 Use Circles!

NEW Wheelies
Hello, Ai Fans!

We WHEELIE like interactive designs and hope you enjoy our newest release in this revolving line! Launching today on are new Wheelie Sets, perfect for your holiday crafting! The Halloween Cat Set features a black kitty dressed up in a witch hat and cape, pedaling off to a ghoulish party! Our Snowman Wheelie features our favorite Frosty and mouse pal delivering some Christmas cheer, including a tree and string lights! All our Wheelie sets include stamps, leg and wheel mechanism die cuts, and 10 small brads to get you started!

Roll over to YouTube to see these two sets in action with an introduction from Kate Swanson! Plus, we have inspiration galore over here on the blog!

Halloween Cat Wheelie Snowman Wheelie

Let's take a look at what Renee created today!

  Hello Ai fans!

I'm so excited to share one of the new Wheelie releases with you.

This is the Snowman Wheelie 5176.
He's part of the Wheelies series of stamps and dies.

I've made two cards for you.  The first one is a shaker card.  I wanted it to look like he was riding his bike through a winter wonderland in a snow-globe.

 I used 4804 – Snowflake Dies on both of my cards.
Since the current challenge is circles my globe and my rhinestones qualify for that.

I used very traditional colors on my first card so I went a little more whimsical with my colors on my second card.

On my second card I have two different kinds of circles...the rhinestones and I don't think you can actually see it in my photo but I embossed the front panel with circular snow.  I guess the wheels should count too.  He couldn't ride if his wheels weren't circles!

Copics used on shaker card...

G07, G12, Y08, R0000, R08, R46, R81,
W2, W4, 100, C00, C5,C7, T1, BV31

Copics used on pastel card...

R08, RV10, RV55, YG00, YG11, C00, C4, C6, W2,
BG0000, BG000, BG02 BG05, BG34

Thanks, Renee! These snowman cards are too cute and really get us in a holiday spirit!
We are gearing up for a new challenge around here - this one is all about circles. We want to see your circle-inspired cards for a chance to win Ai stamps. You can't win if you don't enter! Let's see what you got! This prompt is very open-ended, so you can make nearly anything.

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

Before we go, let's recognize the winners of last week's "Watercolor Stamping" challenge!

Top Spot goes to...

Helen F!
Congrats, Helen! We love your watercolor scene with our Lighthouse Circlet MFT and WC Little Boy! Stunning! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Deanna M!

Ca Sem!

Congrats, you two! Deanna, your truck and cabin watercolor scene is lovely and perfect for a masculine birthday card! Way to go! And Ca Sem, your little girl and dog with flower crowns are darling! Email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thank you for all the entrants, we hope you'll join again in our next challenge!

Nutty _ Nice
One more thing before we go!

Did you catch our NEW STAMPtember® Exclusive? Our "Nutty & Nice" set feature three giggling girlfriends munching on holiday fruitcake in their jammies! This is a great addition to your Girlfriends collection, but hurry, this set is a limited edition and once it's sold out, it's gone forever! It is available only at while supplies last! 

Watch four inspiring video tutorials for coloring and cardmaking ideas featuring our Nutty & Nice set from our crafty friends below!

Jessica_s Tutorial
Jessica_s Card Shari_s VideoCathy_s VideoNicole_s Video 

Happy Stamping!

Have a Wheelie Good Birthday by Crystal

Hi Ai fans! 

I love the cubbies stamp set so much that I wanted to play with another one this week. I decided to play with the Hamster wheel cubbies stamp set. 

The sentiments in the cubbies stamp sets make me smile they are just perfect and so cute with each set. "Have a wheelie good birthday" 

Spectrum Noir Markers: 
GB1, GB3, GB5, RB1, RB2, IG2, IG3, IG5, TB2, TB3, TB5, LG1, LG3, LG5, OR1, OR2, OR3

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

My Best Friends Are A Little Nutty STAMPTEMBER by Niccole Kulig

Hello Ai fans!!

It is September ... do you know what that means??  STAMPTEMBER over at Simon Says Stamp! And guess who has an exclusive stamp set called Nutty and Nice ... Art Impressions does.
As you can see I am using the new stamp set called Nutty and Nice  that is exclusively for Simon Says Stamp.  I decided I wanted an interactive card so I chose to have the Fruitcake swing in a frame with my sentiment.  The friends are eating Fruitcake below .
As you can see I Copic colored my friends and pattern paper pieced the pajama bottoms.  I added a frame around my two sentiments and have the Fruitcake swinging from a pendulum. I love how it turned out.  I have the perfect friend I am sending it to. 

Above is a small video of the Fruitcake swinging.  Enjoy!  Please run out and get this adorable set from Art Impression exclusively for Simon Says Stamp.  Once it is gone ... it's GONE FOREVER!

Thank you so much for spending a little time with me today.  
Copics used:
E00, E11, E31, E34,E37, E39, E71, E74, E77
G03, G05, G09
N0, N2, N4
R11, R27, R29, R35
W00, W2, W4

Y13, Y17, Y32, Y35

Until next time ... Hugs & inky fingers!