Saturday, December 10, 2016

Nativity Mini Tryfold

Hello AI Fans

My opinion - This is ONE of my favorite Christmas Stamp Sets AI has ever done.  I absolutely love it!  Today I'm featuring the new Nativity Mini Tryfold Set.  I had a lot of fun teaching this card at our local Scrapbook Paradise store in Reno. I will admit that layering them up like this takes a lot of cutting, but with the dies being included in the set, it makes it a lot easier.

First thing I did was make a negative of the die cut. On a smaller scrap of paper, put the die in the center and run it through your machine.  You can throw the part that was die cut away, and keep the outside of the paper with the die cut hole in the middle. TIP - keep that negative with your stamp set so you can use it over and over in the future.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and die cut it. From there, I lined it up with the mat, and penciled around the inside of die cut.  I then used the negative of the die cut to line it up with my pencil marks, held it down with washi tape, popped the die into the negative space and ran each piece through my die cut machine. Voila - perfectly layered die cuts!  

I used some masking fluid and the small tip of my water brush handle to make the falling snow. (will do until I can get a Molotow Grafx Masking Marker).  Once the masking fluid is dry, you just paint your background over the top of the masking fluid. When your image is completely dry, rub off the masking fluid and you have the illusion of a snowy sky! 

I honestly LOVE LOVE LOVE this stamp set!!! I am making a number of these to send out as Christmas cards. 

Thanks so much for stopping by today and hope you have a wonderful weekend! Crafty hugs!!

colors used: Sepia, Ochre, dark brown, African Violet, Brownish Gray, Brilliant Yellow, Black, Rosewood, Pink

Friday, December 9, 2016

Dreaming Of A White Christmas!

Hi Ai Fans!
Todays card features the super relaxed Santa called "Dreaming Mini Shaker". I just bet Santa is dreaming of a White Christmas so He can get that sleigh off the ground easier LOL!
I absolutely love the new Mini Shaker line from Art Impressions! Every thing you need is in the set! They come with the stamp, die, mini action wobble and sentiment! Doesn't get any easier than that to create with! My paper is from the Echo Park Deck The Halls 6x6 collection! Love those deep traditional colours and patterns! I put a bit of Crystal Stickles on Santa's hat for added interest.
From the side you can see how Santa is popped up on the mini wobble and rocks back and forth when you touch him!
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, R20
Reds: R24, R27, R29
Greens: G16, G19
Cat and chair: E31, E33, E35, E37

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

WEEK 2: Challenge 198 Shake a Little!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Ready to get zooming into our new challenge? We're celebrating the release of our new character Mini Shakers! Each set includes dies to cut out the shaking image and one Mini Action Wobble to get you started! You can purchase additional Mini Action Wobble packs to use on additional cards.

If you missed Diane's fun tutorial last week, be sure to check it out here! These sets are so cute for birthdays! Take a look at what the design team has created, and be sure to leave them some comment love! Hop over to their personal blog for more details by clicking the designer's name, and order a stamp set or two (or three!) for yourself at!

Cheri with Wheelie Mini Shaker

Diane with Wheelie Mini Shaker

Karen with Rock & Roll Mini Shaker

Renee with Rock & Roll Mini Shaker

Awesome cards, designers! We love the humor and interactive elements in these Mini Shaker sets!

We would LOVE to have you enter our challenge! This challenge is all about using an Action Wobble or Mini Action Wobble to make an image shake a little! It's easy to share your card, simply post your image online and link using our Link-up! Besides, you just might win some Art Impressions stamps!

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, December 14th at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

merry Chris-mouse by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Thursday!
Today I am sharing a card using the Chris-mouse Mini Shaker Set (4796) .  This is definitely one of my faves from the recent release!
Did you see the recipe card I made where I paper pieced his jammies?  This time I kept him in a simple green so he would stand out from the cute Christmas papers.  The jingle bell image is on a Mini Action Wobble... these are so fun!

Enjoy the sights, sounds, and smells of the season (ohhh...tastes too! lol)!  Have a great day and… happy stamping!