Thursday, November 19, 2015

Challenge 173: Rudolph Red & Evergreen PLUS New Ai at Michaels!

Hello, Ai Fans!
Welcome back to Challenge Thursdays! We have some exciting new stamps to announce as well as a new challenge! But first, let's recognize last weeks winners of the Be Merry Challenge!

Top Spot is awarded to...

Ashlee Bellinger!
Congrats, Ashlee! What a beautiful card, we love how you colored the Snowman Shaker to really make him shine merry and bright! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable mentions go to...

Elina Hutton!


Congrats to you both! Elina, we just had to smile seeing the Reindeer Games gal with Santa Cliff! And Cynthia, we couldn't resist Penguin Pete in your shaker card! Be sure to email with your address and the stamp set of your choice!

We're switching it up a little this time with a one week challenge and some brand new Ai clear sets now available at Michaels! Celebrating with us is Hampton Art, so head over to their blog, too, for more crafting ideas!

See them in action with a great tutorial by Kerry!

Hello Ai friends, Kerry here.  I'm super excited to share two sets of cards featuring the new Michaels Ai stamp sets from Hampton Art.  They are now available at your Michaels.

For the first set of cards, I used the Ai Penguins set (SC0716).  I absolutely adore these little penguins and the snowman, so cute!  I just want to give him a big hug.

I decided to color the images with colored pencils and die cut with a stitched oral die.

Here is a closer look of both cards.

For my second set of cards.  I used the Ai Reindeer set (SC0715).  

I also colored the images with colored pencils, but I wanted a non-white background.  So, I used Pan Pastel to add some colors behind the images (hint: Pan Pastel can be erase with a eraser before it's sealed), to seal the Pan Pastel, I used the pearl white spray mist, plus it also added a little bit of shimmer. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  Can't wait to see your Red and Evergreens creations!

Colored Pencils used:
Ai Penguins card set:  Derwent Colorsoft red, black, dove grey, persian grey, light green, green, pale blue, orange, and deep cadmium
Ai Reindeer card set:  Lyra Polycolor, pale geranium lake, light carmine, canary yellow, gold ochre, ochre, apple green, moss green, raw, brown ochre, raw umber.  For skin tones:  Prismacolor beige and  peach, Faber Castell Polychromes flesh. 

Thanks, Kerry! These Christmas cards are sure to bring a smile to the recipient! Since this is a one week challenge, the rest of the designers are here to show what they've made with the new sets! For more details on the projects, click the designers name, and be sure to leave them some comment love!

Cheri with SC0715 CLR STMP Ai Reindeer (only available at Michaels stores)

Dana with SC0716 CLR STMP Ai Penguins (only available at Michaels stores)

Diane with SC0715 CLR STMP Ai Reindeer (only available at Michaels stores)

Karen with SC0716 CLR STMP Ai Penguins (only available at Michaels stores)

Renee with SC0715 CLR STMP Ai Reindeer (only available at Michaels stores)

Sharon with SC0716 CLR STMP Ai Penguins (only available at Michaels stores)

Ready to join in the Reindeer games? For this challenge, we want to see holiday cards that you can make with red and green! Using these new sets at Michaels is a bonus, but not required! And don't forget, it's a one-week challenge.

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


Renee M said...

Cute, cute, cute! I can hardly wait to get my hands on the new set that has the cat tangled up in the lights--our family can relate to that wacky cat :)

Cynthia said...

Wow, what a great surprise this morning to see my Penguin Pete card chosen! Congrats to all of the winners. Lovely green & red inspiration, ladies!

Charne said...

Congrats to the winners...and what eye candy for inspiration!

Elina said...

Thank you so much! Congrats to the other winners, awesome cards! I was obviously a week early with my theme, now that'll be a tricky on to think of something different for the new challenge :)

Unknown said...

hi, we went to Michaels in San Fran, phoned all the stores and no one had these wonderful sets available.
Wonder when they might be in store please??