Thursday, May 12, 2016

Challenge 184 - Laughing WITH you! Plus, NEW Ai at Hobby Lobby Blog Hop!

We are SO excited to announce TEN new stamp blocks and clear sets, now available at Hobby Lobby stores. To celebrate, we're hosting a blog hop with our design team, including the chance to win a grand prize of each of the stamps! Make sure to check out these stamps at your local Hobby Lobby store!

Diane is kicking off our Blog Hop with a tutorial of how she used one of our brand new block stamps! Take it away, Diane!
Hello Ai friends!  Diane here and I have a tutorial for our NEW Challenge (Laughing WITH you) and the Hobby Lobby blog hop.  I am using the Jealous Too (4713) wood mount stamp on my cards.  I like to make shaped cards and I'll show you two ways to easily create them.

If the shaped card you want to make has a flat edge like my hexagon card, then you can simply die cut your card base by keeping the fold slightly below the straight edge of your die. This leaves the fold of your card intact.

If your desired shape does NOT have a flat edge, as my flower die, it is still very easy.  Die cut 2 shapes and set one aside (for the front). The second one will be the back...simply score a line close to one edge.  (This scored line will be your card fold.)  Note: I kept 2 "petals" along the left edge for my card bottom so it will easily stand up.

Apply strong adhesive to the smaller scored part and adhere the 2 flowers together.

It will look like this when opened...

I also love to use up small scraps of patterned paper by paper piecing the Ai character's clothing.  I decided to make 4 cards so I've stamped and cut out the elephant's dress 4 times.  I matched the hexagon patterned dresses with the hexagon shaped card, and the same with the florals!

Smaller shapes were cut from white cardstock, stamped, colored and the dresses were adhered.  I omitted the sentiments and stamped them separately.

The finished cards...

The inside sentiment is another wood mount block from Hobby Lobby, Happy 29th (4597) .

Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!
Happy stamping!

Thanks for the fabulous tutorial, Diane!

Be sure to enter our Rafflecopter for a chance to win the GRAND PRIZE of one of each of these new Ai at Hobby Lobby stamps!

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Here is the full list and order of the blog hop!

So that means our next stop is:

After all that hopping, we hope you'll be inspired to join our new challenge! The theme is "Laughing WITH You" so we want to see some hilarious cards!

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

Last but not least, announcing the winners of last week's challenge!

Top Spot goes to...


Congrats, Jenny! We love how you creatively gave our Little Whoot a fabulous birthday hat with the Mini Cake Spinner Set! Email with you address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Congrats, you two! Stamerramma, we love the combo of the squirrel from Furries TF Set with the EZ Project A and other watercolor stamps! And Cynthia, we're digging the spinning action with our Dog Spinner and Dies! Congrats, and be sure to email with your address and stamp set of your choice!

If you haven't hopped to the next stop head on over to Cheri's Blog!
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