Sunday, May 27, 2018

You're Spectacular! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

It's that time of year.

For the second year in a row I have a child graduating.  When you have a child in the graduating class you need a LOT of cards.

This time I used

and a verse and mortar board from

Art Impressions has many fun graduation stamps. 
You can see them all HERE.

Here's an alternate version without a name in case the need pops up.

Here's the inside of both cards.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Pig Flutter by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Today I've got another Flutter card to show you that I created for summer CHA for Art Impressions. For this one, I created a barn shaped card using my Silhouette. I think it turned out to be really fun! This is 4975 Pig Flutter Set. Don't forget to pick up some extra brads so you can make lots of cards!!  I positioned the Wish Big sentiment so it shows through the upper barn window.  I didn't want my pig to be plain on this card, so I used my Copic multiliner pen to draw some spots on him. Let me know what you think!! 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit and hope you have a wonderful weekend and fabulous Memorial Day! 

Copic colors used:
E50, E51, E53, T3, T4, T5

Friday, May 25, 2018

Time To Celebrate by Cheri Burry!

Howdy Ai Fans!
I've said it before and I'll say it again..... the "Girlfriends line" from Art Impressions are my favourite images to work with! They all just remind me of me and my friends and the sentiments make me giggle! On my card today I am using the "Party Girls" set.
I chose paper from the Bo Bunny Penelope 6x6 collection. I love the blue, greens and brown colours in this collection. I am using a Pretty Pink Posh Die to frame my coloured image. I added some Spectrum Noir Glitter pen to the balloons for a bit of sparkle. A blue and brown ribbon bow finishes everything off!
The "Party Girl" set some with 3 sentiments. I used one of them on the front and then this one on my decorated inside of my card.
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E11, E21, R20, RV17
Hair: E43, E44 / E08, E09 / N7, N9 / YR24, YR27
Browns: E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, E49
Blues Greens: BG45, BG49, BG52, BG55
Greens: YG17, YG21, YG23, YG25
C3, C5

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

NEW Summer Mini Tryfolds! PLUS Challenge 233 Door Openings!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Unfold Summertime favorites with our nostalgic Mini TryFolds! Our two 2018 sets include fun outdoor scenes with hinged openings for a great interactive element! Our Happy Camper set will have you 'glamping' in no time, with an adorable sleepy fox inside. Check out our new Produce Stand set with a cute awning and raccoon pal enjoying a slice of watermelon inside! Sets include multiple clear stamps and die cuts for the peek-through openings! Find these and our entire Mini TryFolds collection at! See the sets and some fun card samples in our Creativation preview video!

Happy Camper MTF Produce Stand MTF

Sharon is here today with a lovely tutorial, check it out!

Hello AI Fans!

I'm excited to show you the brand new and oh so adorable Mini Tryfolds!  My card today features the fabulous 4970 Produce Stand!  If you peek under the awning, you'll see the cutest raccoon eating a yummy piece of watermelon!  I started out by cutting a piece of cardstock 5" x 10" and scoring in half at 5".  Along with that, I cut another piece of cardstock at 4 7/8" x 5 1/8" inch. Score at 1/4" on the  longer side so it's 4 7/8" square.  That is for the middle portion of my card. 

I stamped all three pieces and colored them with copics.  Colors I used will be listed below. As you can see, I still wasn't quite sure how I was going to attach it to the card because I added grass around the image. :) 

After coloring, I fussy cut the front piece out. I then die cut three pieces to represent the grass for each page of the card, and attached it to the front page.  I then placed the image where I wanted it, and lightly traced inside the cut awning so I could die cut the card front.  After removing the image, I placed the die around the trace line and die cut.  I then glued the image to the card front, making sure the awnings lined up.  

A look at the inside of the front of the card. 

Apply a strong adhesive to the 1/4" edge of the middle piece and adhere it to the card.

I cut the center image out with a stitched die and cut a mat for it also. I then placed the die inside the fruit and cut out the center. After die cutting that,  place the image on the mat and again, lightly trace the inside with a pencil and die cut the mat. Adhere the image to the mat, making sure the die cuts matched up. 

Using a cloud die set, I cut three clouds for each page in the card, and doodled around the edges.  I stamped the sentiment from the set onto the large cloud for the last page of the card. I applied mounting tape to the back of the clouds so they would be popped up from the card. 

I guess I didn't have quite enough doodling, so I ended up going around the outside of the card as well. And here's the finished product.  Hope you've enjoyed and can't wait to see how you create your MiniTryfold Card! 

Look at the fun dimension!!

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today, and until next time - stay crafty!! 

Copics used:
E13, E15, E17, E19, E33, E35, E37, E40, E41, E71, E74
C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
T1, T2
R02, R22, R24, R27
Y04, Y08
YG05, YG07, YG09, YG13, YG17, YG21

Thanks, Sharon! Love your summery layers revealing that sweet raccoon! 
A new release calls for a new challenge! This challenge we want to see how you incorporate doors, openings, or hinged elements on your cards! We love how our new Mini Tryfolds feature windows that open and close, and wonder what creative ways you can come up with for doors in your 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, June 6 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Before we go, let's recognize the winners of last week's "Playing Dress-Up" Challenge! What fun ideas you crafters have!

Top Spot goes to...
Congrats, Rosa! We love your fun shaker card with our Crazy Friends set! Such lovely coloring, too! Those ladies look like they are having a great time! Please email with your address so we can send you a fabulous prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Amy Marshall!

Irene Rhodes!
Congrats, you two! Amy, we are really digging your warm colors on your Flaunt It girlfriends! And Irene, *swoon* your selective coloring is so darling and makes your Elephant pop! How cute. Email with your address and select the stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thank you to everyone who joined our "Dress-Up" challenge - please join again for our "Door Openings" for a chance to win! Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NEW VIDEO - Wood Plank Wall & Window Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a new Watercolor Wednesday! This week, Bonnie wows us again with rustic boards around a window, which looks outside to a sweet birdhouse and rolling hills. She uses our wall texture panels and positioner to place the planks around the window, then simply adds the birdhouse and robin and background colors from her palette. We hope you enjoy this week's video and if you like it, please leave a thumbs up or a comment over on YouTube!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

View on YouTube:

Flock Star by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

If you are a fan of Flamingos and interactive cards you can't go wrong with the Flamingo Wiggle Wabble set! All the Wiggle Wabble sets are so cute!! 

To start I added a Simon Says Stamp Dot & Lines stencil to the front of a white card base. I used washi tape to hold it in place. Then I added liquid glue to the stencil, just like it was paste. I set it aside to dry and cleaned off the stencil before the glue could dry.

While my background was drying I stamped and die cut all the pieces from the Flamingo set. Then I used my Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils to color the image, instead of using water I used a basic alcohol blender pen to create a watercolor-like look. I used Petunia, Carmine, Ebony, Strawberry, Coral, Bottle Green.

Then I assembled the flamingo with the tiny brads that come with the set. If you run out an can purchase more here. Next, when my background was drying I added some gold foil and ran it through my die cutting machine. The dried glue is sticky enough to hold the gold foil. 

I cut a strip of pattern paper from my scrap pile and stamped the Happy Birthday Flock Star sentiment. I added the strip across the card. Last I added the Flamingo with a wobble.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tea Party Pop Card by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I am a huge fan of the Pop Card line.  I especially love the newer release that has more involved scenes.  Today I'm showing you the Tea Party Pop Card 4942.  I used it with the Pop Card Template 4862. Remember that all of the Pop Cards come with all of the stamps and dies that you need to make them, except for the Pop Card Template.  You only need to buy the template one time for use with all of the Pop Cards.

My card started with a pre-cut linen card base that had an eyelet edging. I just cut a circle into the top side of it so the recipient could catch a glimpse of what was inside the card.  I added paper to the card front from the DCWV Garden Tea Party paper stack.  I also added a die cut doily that I had cut to go around the circle. I edged the entire card and all of it's layers with Tea Dye Distress ink.  All of my images are colored with Peerless watercolors.  They are concentrated watercolors on special sheets of paper.  I find it's easiest to apply them with a fine point waterbrush.  I used just a few colors on this project.  They were; japomica scarlet, olive green, bismark brown, tea rose pink and pearl gray. Once all of the images were dry, I applied Diamond Stickles to a few areas.

I assembled the inside of the Pop Card following the directions that are in the packaging.  I cut the Pop Card template out of acetate.  It makes it easier to get the template through the thick watercolor paper, and you can barely see it.  I just love how everything pop's up and comes to life when the card is opened! I hope you give these fun cards a try.  Once you see how easy they are to make, you'll want to do more and more of them.  

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, May 21, 2018

wish big little piggy by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing another card I made using one of the new Flutters sets! Here I used 4975- Pig Flutter Set to create a fun, interactive card.

I thought about putting my pig up in the air and the farm scene down low but I didn't want my pull tab hanging over the scene so I switched it around. This little piggy is on the ground, making a big wish that he will take flight! lol.
When you pull the tab, his wings move up & down! So fun! I used Mini White Brads (a few are included in the set to get you started) to attach the wings and colored them with a Copic marker to make them pink. Instead of coloring the whole pig, I stamped him onto pink cardstock. Then I colored his hooves, snout, ears and cheeks.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!