Thursday, September 28, 2023

Christmas Came Early Challenge #361

 Hello Ai fans!

Let me tell you...we were SO excited to see so many new names entered in our last challenge!  We have free stamp sets to give away.  Who will it be this week?

Our new challenge is called Christmas Came Early and we'll get into that in just a bit. 

 For now, let's start with who won our Fall into Fall challenge.  As always, we have two winners.  A Top Spot and a Lucky Random Winner.

For our Top Spot we selected Lorrie M.

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Our Lucky Random Winner was #34
Kristen B.

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to claim a free stamp set of your choice!
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Congratulations to both of our winners!
Now let's see what our Featured Artist for this week has in store for you.  Lynn created this DARLING cat "tree" to help get you in the mood for the holidays!

Let's see what she has to say about her card.  Be sure to check out her tutorial video as well.  Those are ALWAYS so amazing and helpful.


I'm so excited to be your feature artist for the kick-off of today's brand-new blog challenge!  This is the Ai "Christmas Came Early" challenge.  My card will also qualify for an upcoming Instagram Hop that Ai is sponsoring.  Tune in next week to hear all about that!  You won't want to miss it because there are MANY prizes to be won!

   Watch video tutorial here!!!

I thought it would be fun to re-imagine our stamps today! We are going to take the Ai Christmas Kitty Flip Card Set (5183) and rather than creating a flip card we are going to create a Kitty Christmas Tree....why not...right?! I love to use my stamps not only in the traditional way, but also in unique and fun ways! It's a great way to get more value from the stamps and dies that you purchase.

First, let's stamp and color all of our little kitties. We will need to stamp two sets of the forward-facing kitties and one of the back facing kitties. All of the coloring today will be done using the Zig Clean Color Real Brush Pens in the following colors: Blender, Sugared Almond Pink, Deep Red, May Green, Deep Green, Turquoise Green, Beige, Mid Brown, Lt Gray.

Once the coloring is done, we can start our cutting using a pair of detail scissors. We will keep all 4 kitties for the bottom of the tree and then 3 for the second layer and 2 for the top of the tree. This will take a little bit of time to cut out, but it is well worth the effort!

We will also die cut a small, stitched star out of some glitter paper for the tree topper. To this star we can add some sequins for added interest. For this we will use the Buttons Galore & More "Holly" sequins.

To set the scene for our card, we can use the Ai Mini Paper Pack (5835) and the Ai Valentines Paper Pack (5741). We will also add a snowy look by spattering this paper with the Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White. We can also ink the edges with the Tim Holtz Ground Espresso Ink.

Let's add a few highlights using a white gel pen and add some foam squares for added dimension!

Thank you so much for joining me today!  Have a fun and crafty day!!!

Christmas Kitty Flip Card Set (5183)

Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies (5063)

Christmas Slimline Set (5461)

Mini Paper Pack (5835)

Valentines Paper Pack (5741)

Watercolor Travel Box (4924)

Dr. Ph. Martin's Bleed Proof White

#0 Brush

Wink of Stella Clear Glitter Pen

Thank you Lynn for your sweet cat Christmas card and wonderful tutorial video!

Check out the link below to enter your Christmas themed card for a chance to win a free stamp set.

✻ Please make a new card or handmade crafty creation. You can make any 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!
 ✻Please include your first name and last initial on your submission.
✻We love to comment on your entries, but keep in mind if you use a private group or a platform that you need to sign up for, we probably won't be able to.
✻ 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 if you can, by clicking and commenting on your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by the deadline to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter


Sharon Caudle said...

Lynn, Can't tell you how much I love this! You show us soooo many other ways to use our stamps!! Thank you for all your amazing inspiration!

Dotty Jo said...

Delighted to be linking up, Jo x