Thursday, July 7, 2016

29 Again! PLUS Challenge 188 Anything Goes!

Happy Anniversary, Ai Fans!
From everyone here at Art Impressions, we are proud to announce our 29th anniversary of business! Yes, we're REALLY 29! And we're ready to celebrate! Renee is here to give some fabulous inspiration and welcome us into a week of FUN! We're kicking off our BIGGEST SALE EVER for 29% off your order until July 10th! Use the code aiturns29 at checkout when you shop at artimpressions.com
We also have a Giveaway this week, details are listed after Renee's tutorial!

Hello Ai fans!

Today is an amazingly happy day!!
We're celebrating Art Impressions 29th Anniversary!!
Can you believe it?
They don't look a day over 25!

I made 3 different projects to help celebrate the occasion.

My first of course was the Ai 29 card.  There will be a mini tutorial on this further down in the post.

The second was a birthday card...


The last was a little gift bag.


Ai images and sentiments used were...

PS0919 - Ai Celebrate (available in wood mount at A.C. Moore)
(Hobby Lobby) Ai Girlfriends: 1170471-Live Laugh Love Clear Stamps


Now for my mini tutorial.
As you probably know Ai recently released two new "belly band" dies.

They're beautiful as is but did you ever think there may be more to them?
Why not use them as a border or some sort of other accent on your card or scrapbook page?
Exactly!


First I cut a piece of paper shorter than the die.



Next I cut  a piece of a different color paper to glue behind it for contrast.



Lastly I cut it to the size that fit my card.



Isn't that cool?  From clasp keeper to card border.



Here's the inside of the card.
Oh...and look!  It can also be made into a banner!



My next project was a simple little gift bag.  I just used a template and threw it together in no time flat.  Can't you just see this filled with some candy?  It makes the sentiment that much funnier!


The last thing I made to celebrate the occasion was a birthday card.

Copics used: 

E00, E02, E37, E77,  E93, E97,
C1, C3,
G21, YG11, YG63, YG67
B21, B93, 

This is the inside of my easel card.

Thanks, Renee! Your creations are SO cute and celebratory! We're ready to party with a GIVEAWAY! Be sure to enter our Rafflecoper Giveaway below!


It's time for a new challenge! This time, we have an "Anything Goes" challenge, where you can make any creation for any occasion! We can't wait to see your fabulous entries!

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, July 20th at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!





We have some wonderful winners from last week's Slide on By Challenge! Let's see them!

Top Spot goes to...


Congrats, Rosy! We thought your card was so creative! We love the scene you created and the window our Weekend Warrior peeked through! Plus, the coloring and mustache you added was great!  Email annelise@artimpressions.com with you address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...



Congrats, you two! These cards are so fun! Natasa, the coloring and paper piecing on our fabulous Flaunt It girlfriends is spot on, and the slider frame you created with the sentiment is so cute! Linda, your card with the Spare Me Set (from Michaels) is fun and bright, with such a great way to use several stamps on one card! The hidden feature slider you did was awesome! Be sure to email annelise@artimpressions.com with your email and request the stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thanks to everyone who joined in our challenge, we hope to see you next time with our Anything Goes challenge! If you need a little extra help getting your submission on our InLinkz, check out these instructions.

Have a fabulous week!

55 comments:

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

Fun cards ,Happy 29th Birthday to AI !!

Cynthia said...

Wow! Happy 29th Birthday, AI. That's amazing! Thanks for the fun inspiration, Renee.

cghundley said...

Happy Birthday to
you! Love the projects.
I can't find the Rafflecoper
Giveaway button.
Carla from Utah

Reneé Matarese said...

The fixed it. You should be able to enter now.

T said...

happy first 29.

Judy1223 said...

Happy birthday to AI! Love your stamps!

Barbara said...

Congratulations on your 29th anniversary (again)! LOL

Charne aka Meisie said...

Congratulations AI! here's to the next 29 years!

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Happy 29th Birthday!! Just LOVE your stamp designs!!

Carol H. said...

I love all of the watercolor stamps!!! How can I pick a favorite??? Ok, how about the floral set as it is used in every project? :) Happy 29th birthday to an awesome company!

Bev said...

congratulations Art Impressions x x x

Natasa Š. said...

Happy anniversary! Great projects Renee! Thank you for honorable mention for my girlfriends!

BlackLissi said...

Happy 29th Birthday!!! Thanks for great tutorial and chance to win!
Hug BlackLissi

Cynthia said...

Thanks for the chance to win some awesome AI goodies! My favorite ever AI set would be Cathy Caffeine. I'm such a coffee addict and she's perfect!
FYI - The Periscope link did not work for me. :(

Heather Sebastian said...

My favorite has always been Little Sprout :)

Kim said...

The Cat Stackers is the cutest ever! So adorable.

Carol said...

Happy 29th! I just love the Girlfriends stamp sets!

Diana said...

I don't think I can pick a favorite! Love the Girlfriends stamp sets, but I'm really enjoying all the water coloring sets as well. Thanks for a chance to win!!

McStamper said...

Wow. That is hard. I love the Windows to the World and I would have to choose Antique Window. Happy 29th. Thanks for a chance to win.

Rosy Newlun said...

SCA-REEEECH! I can't believe this is your 29th anniversary! Congratulations and than you for picking my card for hubby!! !

Rosy Newlun said...

PS any of your stamps are my favorites. But the cat ladies tickle me to no end!

Stephanie said...

Happy Birthday!!! You can't just pick one stamp! If I have to pick.... 29 AGAIN!

Joan V said...

My favorite set is the flower set and foliage 1 Watercolor sets. Happy 29th Birthday. Thank goodness for social media and the ability to see what Art Impressions has to offer.

Joan V said...

My favorite set is the flower set and foliage 1 Watercolor sets. Happy 29th Birthday. Thank goodness for social media and the ability to see what Art Impressions has to offer.

Terri Peaslee said...

Happy birthday! !!!

Denise Warren said...

Love your stamps!

D.Ann C said...

These are terrific! Always love seeing ways to stretch my dies!! I love all my AI stamps, but my fav is probably the feline set.

Wahnita Hammond said...

Happy Birthday Ai!!! My favorite all time stamp is "Bikers". It is the most hilarious bicycle stamp I have ever seen!!!! A perfect fit to my cards at my bicycle shop :)

Super Stick Chick said...

Fabulous projects all over the place on this blog. All of them are so creative. Happy 29th.

Super Stick Chick said...

And my favorite Ai stamp is the Weekend Warrior.

J Anne said...

My favorite AI stamp is WC Series 7 because it has a darling cat on the bench. I wish you had more stamps with pets. Actually, I'd like the pets to be separate so they could be placed wherever I want them - beside a wheel barrow or a pot of flowers, or a gate, etc.

Sari / Granne said...

What a fab giveaway and inspirations, Happy B-day AI, :=)

Pam said...

Happy #29! LOVE your stamps! Wonderful creations!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Pam said...

Love ALL of your stamps, trying to pick one would be like trying to pick one chocolate from a box full!!!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Tigger a(r)t work said...

Congratulations to 29th Birthday and thank you for the chance to win!!!

Hugs
Tiggerchen from Germany

Sue D said...

Can I pick two favorites? I like Birdie and Eggnus and on a more serious note I like the Silo Barn.

Leslie G said...

Happy 29th! My favorite all time AI stamp is Scrappie. I love to make hats for him to wear.

Dorothy S said...

Happy 29th! Your stamps are always so much fun - thanks to your creative designers!

Karren said...

29 years! What a wonderful achievement. Congratulations!

Leash said...

Every stamp from AI are my favs! I do love the girlfriend ones though : )

Digidesignbyellymae said...

Love the AI stamps!

Mamie Carson said...

Happy Bday AI!!!

Mamie Carson said...

My favorite set is the Elephant Stackers!

KandA said...

Wow that is a number to celebrate, congrats and Happy Birthday Ai. Love the cards and great tutorials xx

Viv said...

The best and my favoritest stamp is the Watercolor Series 7 Set 1! Love all the water color sets in general

Tricia Kennedy said...

Happy 29th! 💗

Jo Ann D. said...

It is so hard to pick just one! I love all the Watercolor Foliage sets, Watercolor Series, and the Windows to the World. I guess my favorite would be the Watercolor series 3 sets 1 and 2.

Nikki C said...

Happy 29th Birthday :)

Denise Bryant said...

My favorite AI stamp ever.... Birthday Tabby!

BlackLissi said...

Happy 29th birthday! Thanks for fab tutorial and giveaway! Love all of AI stamps.

Vivian C. said...

Happy 29th birthday! 29 years of awesome products! So many of your stamps bring a smile to my face. It's hard to pick just one. I love the people stamps, because they have so much personality. I'll pick Party Group U-1552, it's a hoot.

Anonymous said...

Congratulations to all the winners, great cards!

It's really hard to pick a favorite stamp ... I'd say my favorites are AI watercolor stamps! :)

Mary-Anne V said...

Happy. Birthday! My favourite set is Elephant stackers.

Alaska .Kris said...

"Wine Divas" is my favorite because those gals remind me of my sisters and me!

CraftyPaws said...

Happy happy birthday! 29 again! woot woot LOL My favorite AI stamp of all time is the adorable Cat and Dog Mini Front and Back stamp set, although my newest purchase of the Dog Stackers is a close second! :)