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...

Jenny!

Congrats, Jenny! We love how you creatively gave our Little Whoot a fabulous birthday hat with the Mini Cake Spinner Set! Email annelise@artimpressions.com 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 annelise@artimpressions.com 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!

65 comments:

TracyM #6773 said...

ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS pirouetting pachyderm cards!!!
LOVE the FANCY shapes and ADORE your STYLISH elephants, they look SO PRETTY and SO HAPPY in their floral dresses with matching hat & bag :)
THANK YOU for sharing your INSPIRATION and TOP TIPS!!!

Julie O'Brien said...

Thanks for the great ideas as always!

TracyM #6773 said...

I've hopped and hopped, then hopped some more, just HAD to come back and say CONGRATULATIONS on this SERIOUSLY AWESOME release, LOVE the images & sentiments, LOVE the cards shared to INSPIRE!!!

margit salchner said...

So great, but I`m so sorry that I`can`t buy those adorable clear stamps here in austria and Hobby Lobby don`t ship them. I really want them allllllll!

Julia said...

I am in big trouble. Now I'll have to find somewhere to stash these in my collection.

Clare Ellison said...

Oh I'm with you Margie, we can't find them in New Zealand either!, Great ideas, and a great blog hop 😊

Carol H. said...

Awesome new stamps! Love the elephant and how versatile it is!

Carol H. said...

And meant to add how much I like the colors used on the elephant card :)

Martine Dubé said...

Great blog hop !!!

Janet said...

This is so fun! I love the newest stamps!!

Donna Rudy said...

Loving all the new stamps - the coffee set is my favourite! Feeling totally inspired by the DT makes! Thanks so much for fun hop!!

Beverly S. said...

Cute sample card. So excited new sets to be at Hobby Lobby....I will definitely check them out. I see some I "need." :)

Maureen Morton said...

I am so excited! Love this fun shaped card and the paper piecing. Too cute. Glad that I have a local Hobby Lobby. Gotta get shopping.

Jackie Pos said...

I love all of your stamps! Old AND new! Will be checking these out at Hobby Lobby. Purchased my last two stamps at Michael's. Would love to win these!!!

Susan Lang said...

A great release, your stamps always make me laugh.

Sue D said...

Cute cards. Thanks for all the great tips on making shaped cards.

Christine Meinel said...

I saw a utube video of AI watercolor stamps...I FELL IN LOVE!! As usual I was late to the game and cannot find all of the earlier sets ..sniff sniff. I keep looking and buying! I have MS and this the one thing that really makes me happy forgetting my pain and problems. They make me feel so talented and accomplished..when all my past accomplishments lost their value and meaning. THANK YOU much for this product ....never stop making them. I wish you had a watercolor stamp club so I would not miss any more and now I am getting them for the best price.

Cathy Spicer said...

What an exciting release!!! I'm off to hop!

Scrappinkar said...

I'm starting my hop now and already am inspired to go and stamp!

CraftyPaws said...

Super cute cards and great new release at HL! So fun and funny!

windinstarsranch said...

Love that you are in Hobby Lobby now. Love your stamps so much!

Sherry Butcher said...

It really is nice that your stamps are now in Hobby Lobby. I'm be picking up some soon. TFS.

Cynthia said...

Adorable shaped card, Diane! Congrats to all of the winners... so excited to see my card as an Honorable Mention. Fun new release... Off to Hop!

Wahnita Hammond said...

Super cute!!! Wonderful job on the card! :)

Jenny said...

Thank you so much for choosing my card as the winner for the last challenge! It makes my day even brighter. And these are some cute new sets. I'll have to check them out the next time I'm at a Hobby Lobby!

Christine Kiehl said...

What do I love about her cards and new stamps?? The color combo is dynamite! As are the chosen shapes! Love the new sassy elephant diva! Thank you!

Stephanie said...

Love, love, love this... Love this sentiment and the paper piecing.

Super Stick Chick said...

Great cards! Love all the new stamps. The coffee one is so me.

Shari said...

So cute! I love the paper piecing. 💗💗💗

Tricia Kennedy said...

Cute card! Thanks for the tips!

Debi said...

Great tutorial. Sounds a lot easier than trying to figure it out on my cricut! That's one machine that might follow the computer right out a second story window one day!
The new sets are so fun! Your card is really cute. Love the colors you used! Paper piecing and fussy cutting is one of my favorite techniques. When I get my card posted you'll see the whoopsie I made fussy cutting. I caught it as I was putting the card in the envelope. What a save!
Now, do I post first or hop first? Decisions!
Hugs, Debi B thatmightlookgoodonacard.blogspot.com

Joan V said...

Oh, what a hilarious card. Love the sentiment, too. I am so thrilled that Ai has stamps at Hobby Lobby. These sets have so much humor. Thanks, Ai. Can't wait to get ALL these sets.

cghundley said...

Too cute and I
love the shape
of the card
and the elephant!
Carla from Utah

Eva said...

Beautiful and original card!!! Love paper piecing. New stamps sets are awesome. Love all them!!! Hugs ;)

Eva said...

Pinterest username is Eva Sanchez, not EvaSR. This is YouTube username sorry!

Gloria said...

Love how fun the cards are!

Janet D. said...

Thanks for this great tip!!

Joan V said...

Wow, just got done with all the design teams cards. I just loved them all. Thanks for the inspiration.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

I love all of the DT cards. They made me laugh.

Gram's Treasures said...

Fantastic stamps and cards...just wish we had a Hobby Lobby here in Canada!
Joyce xx

Cherri B said...

I love all the new stamps!

Pat Bowman said...

Very cool shape card!

Holly AKA KopyKat said...

OMGosh I love them all, so glad HL is carrying these now!!!

The LOAFers Blog said...

Love the shaped cards!

Marj said...

Loved the paper piecing for the dresses!

Vonnie b said...

Crazy about these new stamps! As always, you always make me laugh. Thanks for providing me with so many opportunities to create fun cards and for all the inspirations on your blog. My favorite place to visit!

Mary Fry said...

Love it all!!!

Melissa Friedrich said...

Super cute shaped elephant card, love the pattern paper to dress these cuties!

Cheryl O said...

Thanks for the card tips! I'll have to check out the stamp line at our Hobby Lobby - this is good info!!

Oliev said...

Yay for the new stamps!

Maye M.L said...

Love this elephant girl. It would make great cards, especially for the missed birthdays I constantly have to make-up. Cheers!

Heather said...

Congrats on getting your stamps in Hobby Lobby! How exciting. Such a fun card, I'm always scared to make a shaped card, it always seems difficult. Doesn't look so bad after your tutorial.

Julie Ann said...

Love the new stamps they are amazing

Margery C said...

The new stamp sets are cute! Will have to stop by Hobby Lobby to get some of them.

Kathy Vogel said...

The elephant is really cute. I never imagined I'd say that about an elephant. I like how you did the dresses. I thought how you made the shaped cards was quite interesting.

Denise Bryant said...

Fun shaped card! Love the paper piecing detail!

gobarb26 said...

What an adorable card and new stamp. Just went to Hobby Lobby tonight but didn't see the new stamps. I didn't even know to look for them!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

What a fun card! I just got "introduced" to your stamps...the girlfriends are my absolute favorites and always give me a huge belly laugh - love 'em!

Zora said...

More than one stamp in the same package, it's like getting more than one surprise in a Kinder egg. <3

Zora said...

Thank´s for your great turtoal, and two fab cards idea.

K.E. said...

Love all the new sets from Hobby Lobby! Love the cards! Love Art Impressions, own many sets even some duplicates of some sets!!

Anonymous said...

Love the new stamp sets... So many stamps, so little time!

Sharon Roselli said...

Wow I am so excited they are at Hobby lobby just got a gift card to there! The Elephant is a must have for me!

Melissa said...

WOW! What a generous gift - ALL the new stamp sets. Each one of them is so freaking fun, I haven't decided which one I want to get first. Love looking at all the DT's creations and the challenge entries, as usual, so much inspiration on this blog.

BlackLissi said...

Love the new stamps they are amazing! :)Great tutorial too! <3