Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Stayin' Afloat Shaker Card bu Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I can hardly believe it, but this is the last official month of summer even though it still feels like summer for quite a few more months here in Florida. I wanted to do another summer card before I started to think about the upcoming cooler months. I figured that a shaker card with the Stayin' Afloat Set would be perfect!

The image is stamped onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth paper with the MFT Extreme Black Ink and colored with Copic markers before I fussy cut it out. The colors are listed at the end of this post. The frame is cut out of the patterned paper using nested die cuts.  The same dies were use to cut a piece of yellow fun foam that was sandwiched between two pieces of Stick It adhesive.  The piece of fun foam was attached to the decorated card base and a selection of sequins were added to the inside opening. The top layer of the Stick It adhesive was released and added a piece of acetate that had been cut with just the outside layer of the dies was added to the exposed adhesive.  The pattern paper frame was added with glossy accents.  The greeting was added with a piece of the same fun foam that was saved from the center of the frame cut.

Copic Colors Used:
Faces - E000, E00, E11, R20, R24
Hair - C1, C3, C5, Y02, Y21, E13, E30,31,E35
Bathingsuits - C3, C1, C00
Red - R81, R83, R85
Blue - B21, B24, B26
Yellow - Y11, Y13, Y15, Y17
Teal - BG11, BG15

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, August 20, 2018

Big Birthday Wishes by Carol Hintermeier

Hello Ai Fans!

I have an easy to make birthday card today using Art Impressions Cupcake BFF set.  This BFF is so cute holding her birthday cupcake!

After I colored her with my markers, I used my black Micron 05 pen to add some polka dots to her top.   I fussy cut her out (because I thought I was going to do something different) and added her to the layered panel.  The panel she is on is popped up with some foam tape.  I added some Glam Pink Stickles to the cupcake for some sparkle!

I used the cupcake image from the Big Birthday Wishes set to decorate the inside of the card.  The sentiment on the card front is also from this set.

See?!  Super easy to put together and you can just use up some of those scraps we all have in our stash for the layering!  Have a great Monday and thank you so much for stopping by!

Spectrum Noir markers used:
BT6, BP1, BP3, BP5, EB7, FS7, FS9, GB1, GB4, GB6, MB1, MB2, MB4

Copic markers used:
BG15, BG23, RV02, YR04

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Wishing Well and Deer by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a card that I made using several of the
WC Mini Sets from Art Impressions
I used:

I stamped the little deer first and then made a matte to put over him.  Next I stamped the well so it looked like he was laying in front of it. Last I stamped the cobblestone path leading to the well.

Here's the inside of my card where I used a verse from 

Marvy Markers:
Orchid 78, Violet 8
Lt. Green 11, Green 4

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Doors of Possibilities!

It's time for another Watercolor Weekend! Come check out these three amazing projects from our Watercolor Design Team, created to inspire your weekend projects! Let's take a look!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Watercolor Friends,

I made this card for the bi-monthly Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend Roundup using the truck from the 5011 - WC Truck Set and I used the quail family from 4207 - Feathers TF. As you can see from the pictures, I have quail that travel through my back yard, every spring. Do you see the little baby chick on the log? They make the cutest sounds and I just love how protective the parents are of their sweet little chicks. The flower stamps I used are from 4868 - WC Flower Set 2 and the grass is from 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1. The sentiment is from the set 4903 - WC Sentiments.

Other Supplies: Ranger Watercolor Paper

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
My “Dimensional Door” project for today’s Watercolor Weekend is a tiny 3D delight. So get out your X-Acto knife and foam tape! Lets get started. 

Stamp the door from the Door Set on your watercolor paper using a combination of Sepia and African Violet which creates a lovely grey. Stamp the foliage from Foliage Set 3 in Olive Green near the base of the door and around the top. Add in the long stem flower from Mini Flower Set in Scarlet and Olive Green. Watercolor the Art Impressions way by pulling the color from the lines with your paint brush and water. Next, stamp in the tiny dot flowers Mini Flower Set in Scarlet. Using the fine tip of African Violet, darken the hinges on the door and the key hole. On a separate piece of watercolor paper, paint in a line of Sepia, free-hand a small vase sitting on top in African Violet, then stamp the long stem flower from Mini Flower Set in Scarlet and Olive Green and foliage from Foliage Set 3. Watercolor the Art Impressions way by pulling the color from the lines with your paint brush and water. And finally, it’s time to get out your X-Acto knife. Using the edge of a metal ruler and your X-Acto knife, cut down the middle, top and bottom of the door. Then cut out the windows. Score at the hinges and bend slightly open. Place foam tape on the backside of the door watercolor paper and align the vase watercolor behind.

Other Products: Post-It Notes, Foam Tape, X-Acto Knife, Metal Ruler, Scoring Tool

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Hello Art Impressions Fans and welcome to another Watercolor Weekend. I am excited to share my Sleeping Dog project with you. This is a fun summer project that is easy to create! My design team colleagues and I would love for you to join us on Instagram using #AIWatercolor.

I used several sets to create this sleeping dog project. I stamped the sleeping dog from the Mini Critter set. I masked him off and stamped the Chair from the Wooden Chair Set. I masked that off and stamped the bricks from the Cobblestone set. Once these were stamped, I pulled the color out of the lines and added additional color with my watercolor palette. I masked off the dog and stamped some small grass around him and the chair.

I masked the chair off and stamped the Birch Trees from the Covered Bridge stamp set. I pulled the color out from the outside of the trees. I added more leaves with the leaves from the same set. I added the left and right grasses from the Garden Wagon mini set. I then added the flower bunch to the right side of the chair. To finish it off, I added some Blue to the sky.

Check out my blog for more details! Join us!

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 86 African Violet45 Sepia15 Olive Green8 Violet3 Blue20 Magenta

Thank you for your beautiful projects, team! Comment below to let us know what you most enjoyed about this week's edition! Happy Stamping!

It's the life in your years...by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

This week I'm showing you the other half of the Perfect Duet Set from Art Impressions.  Last week I showed you the adorable dancing couple, and this week I'm featuring these fun singers using their brush and curling iron as microphones!  And that sentiment!! Oh so true!!! 

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

copics used:

E000, E00, E11, E21, E23
BG000, BG32, BG34, BG52
W0, W2, W3, W4, W5
C1, C2, C3, C4, C5
T1, T2

Friday, August 17, 2018

Old Goat Set by Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
I couldn't decide on which image to use from the Art Impressions "Old Goat" set, so I made cards with all 3 images LOL! These goats are just too cute and fun to colour!
These goats just remind me of my FaceBook friend Michelle's goats! She writes a weekly Blog about her "Animal Family" and I always look forward to reading about them on Saturday mornings! You can find her Blog here. I am using papers from the Echo Park Happy Birthday Boy and Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6 collections.
I think this is my favourite of the 3..... I tried to make it look like the goat was jumping through the air. The sentiment isn't from the set, I made it on my computer.
Love the expressions on their faces, especially the black and white one! It's like he's saying "What... You're how old??? Just too cute!
The "Old Goat Set" comes with 3 images and 7 sentiments! Just imagine all the different combinations you can get out of one set of stamps! Great value for sure.
Copics Used:
E31, E33, E35, E37
N1, N3, N5, N7
W1, W3, W5
R01, R24, R27
B0000, B01, B02
YR04, YR07, G28, G29, Y35, Y38

Happy Stamping!


Thursday, August 16, 2018

BOO! New Halloween and Thanksgiving Clear Stamps! PLUS Challenge 239 Treat Bags!

NEW Halloween 2018
Hey, ghoul friend! Kick off your Halloween crafting with our TWO new clear stamp sets! Send a greeting too cute to spook with our Halloween Magic and Ghoul Friends sets! Additionally, our Grateful Hearts Set is tagging along as our classic Thanksgiving set, featuring sweet script sentiments and little pilgrim mice. Take a closer look with our video from the Mixed Media Event! Visit artimpressions.com today to pick up your Halloween and Thanksgiving stamps today!

Today Renee has oodles of adorable projects to kick off our release as well as our new "Treat Bags" challenge! Let's take a look!

Hello Ai fans!

Today it's my turn to be featured on the Art Impressions Blog.  The new challenge starts today and couldn't be more fun!  TREAT BAGS!!

I'm featuring the Grateful Hearts Set.

Well...when it's a challenge this fun I couldn't stop at just one bag!
I made a card and 3 different treat bags.

My card is a Dutch fold. (think Dutch doors)

Here's the inside of the card.

This is what it looks like all folded up.

My first little treat bag is a "bag in a box" that I made with my Envelope Punch Board from We R Memory Keepers.  Who knew?  Apparently there are so many different things you can do with your envelope maker than just make envelopes!

THIS is the tutorial I followed. 
Believe me, it couldn't have been simpler!
How cute is this??  Bonus...as I was folding it up my mind was racing with other combinations of ways to fold and glue this for different shapes and sizes.

My next treat bag is really a box.
I used my Sizzix Harvest Bucket die and glued it to the front of an open box.

My last treat bag is a clear bag that I made a topper for.

I used all but three stamps from this set on my projects so you can see you get quite a lot of beautiful Thanksgiving images and verses with the set.

Thanks, Renee! Those treat bags are too cute! All of your different techniques and formats are really inspiring!
Hoping for a treat? Join our challenge! No tricks! We always love seeing what our fans create with our stamps, so join in the fun for the chance to win! This challenge theme is "Treat Bags" which is great for Halloween or other kinds of party favors!

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, August 29 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 Card & Envelope Challenge!

Top spot goes to...

 Congrats, Lisa! We love your bright birthday card featuring our Sunny Shades girlfriends and candle-filled birthday cake on your envelope! Too cute! Email annelise@artimpressions.com with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...



Congrats, you two! Lorraine, such darling coordination of light blues with two of our snowman stamps! And Milene, your Halloween Treats Mini Tryfold card is darling, and we love your matching envelope with the door image! Email annelise@artimpressions.com with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thanks to everyone who joined the challenge, we'll see you again next week!