Thursday, March 22, 2018

Challenge 228 Perfect Pastimes WEEK 2! PLUS, Free Stylus Pen with $50 Order!

Hello, Ai Fans!
Free Stylus Pen
Before we jump in to our challenge, we have a fun promotion to share with you! For a limited time, we are offering a FREE Art Impressions Stylus Pen with any order over $50! This retractable ball-point pen double as a stylus for your touch-screen gadget and comes in a fabulous purple color! Simply add the pen to your cart, shop for other goodies, and apply the coupon code FREEPEN to your $50 order. Hurry, offer expires March 28th! Shop today at

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NEW Work _ Play
Last week Cheri wowed us with a fabulous step card tutorial! This week, the whole gang is together to share their creations with the new additions to our Work & Play line! Take a look here! Click the designer's name to find more info on their personal blog, and shop for these new sets at!

Cheri with Whisk It Set

Don't miss out on our current challenge! This challenge, Perfect Pastimes, is about showcasing the simple everyday! Our character stamps are usually busy doing something fun, from gardening to bowling to drinking coffee... This is a great chance to bring out your favorite people stamps out! We look forward to how you interpret our challenge! You just might win a prize!

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, March 28 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

NEW VIDEO - Rustic Window and Fox Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a new Watercolor Wednesday!

As we work our way through our 2018 Watercolor Releases, next on the list is our WC Window Set and WC Mini Critter Set! Watch Bonnie create a rustic window with wooden shutters and an adorable fox resting on the windowsill!

Bonnie starts by inking the window in African Violet and Sepia, pulling the color from the lines. She then uses our Stamp Positioner to get the sleepy fox into the perfect place. The fox is stamped in Sepia and color is added from the palette. Next, Bonnie masks the fox with a sticky note and adds tiny bunched flowers behind the fox and a valance in the top of the window. Next, Bonnie adds a climbing branch and vines around the right side of the window, with added tiny purple flowers. For the last step, she did a wash of color on the sides and adds a brick texture

We hope you enjoy this week's video! We love to see your creations, so don't forget to hashtag #AiStamps on Instagram or Facebook!

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Pots & Buckets by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

It's still cold where I live and there is even snow in the forecast, but I'm ready for spring!! Creating for spring helps to know that eventually, spring has to arrive for real!! 

I started with the different pots and then added in the flowers and foliage. I used the following Watercolor sets: Small Container, Foliage Set 1, Flowering Mailbox, Open Window, Chest of Flowers.

Along with the stamps I used many Distress Markers. I used: Peeled Paint, Worn Lipstick, Mowed Lawn, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Gathered Twigs, Shaded Lilac, Pumice Stone, Rusty Hinge, Forest Moss, Hickory Smoke, Vintage Photo, Ground Espresso, Victorian Velvet. These markers are nice as one end has a brush and the other a fine point. To add detail and or make darker shadows, I went in with the fine point.

After everything was dry, I trimmed my panel and rounded the corners. Then I wrapped some twine around the panel and tied it in a bow off to one side. I picked out some pattern paper from Echo Park paper Co Petticoats and Pinstripes pad. The watercolor panel went on the pattern paper and then I adhered that to a white card base. I decided to leave off a sentiment, instead, one can be added to the inside to fit the occasion the card is needed for!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Easter Egg Watercolor Truck by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

Happy First Day of Spring!

When I first saw the truck in the new Ai watercolor release I knew I wanted to get it because I could fill it with tons of things.  It was a given that I would put flowers and leaves in it, but Easter eggs was not one of the first things I thought of. This blog post is falling on the first day of spring, but it is also my last post before Easter, so I had to come up with a way to combine the two.  After looking at the sets I had planned to use this month, I decided to combine a few of them into this one post.

I started with a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I inked up my truck from the WC Truck Mini Set 5011 with African Violet and Sepia and stamped the truck in the center of the paper and pulled the color from the lines.  I masked the truck and used Steel Blue to ink just the eggs from the HM Easter Set 4976 Basket Image.  I stamped them once around the cab of the truck and used masking paper to create a mask before I stamped them again towards the back of the truck bed.  Then I colored the eggs with Iris PurpleVioletTropicalBrilliant Yellow and Steel Blue markers from a WC Palette using a # 4 brush. I inked the three tiny blooms from the WC Mini Flower Set 3, 5009 with Violet and stamped it in small clusters.  I inked up another small bloom from the same set with Brilliant Yellow and stamped in a few different areas.  I filled in the gaps using the tiny grass from the Foliage set 4051 inked with Pine Green.  I also added some vines from the WC Foliage Set 3 5007 with Pine Green.  Once I was happy with everything, I cut my image out with Spellbinders Nestabilities 4.

I stamped the set of three eggs from the Sweet Easter Set 5004 onto the Canson XL paper with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I colored them using my same supplies.  I fussy cut them out with detail scissors and added them to my layer with foam tape. I also stamped the Happy Easter greeting from that same stamp set with the Jet Black ink and cut it out using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels set 17. I also added that with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, March 19, 2018

bunny with egg by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing a card using one of the Ai Easter sets. Here I used 4886- Easter Blessings.

I found some cute paper with Easter eggs in my stash to go with this sweet bunny image. I really love him colored brown! I cut the patterned paper to my card front size, then cut it in half diagonally. This way I could get two cards from my patterned paper layer. :)  I used some scraps to cut a pink border.

Yes, I dug out a few old paper flowers...they're just what I needed to finish it off!

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!


Sunday, March 18, 2018

Sweet Easter circle card by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing one final Easter card made with Art Impressions adorable new set called 5004 – Sweet Easter Set.

My card is very dimensional.  I popped up the little critters and then cut the front panel to fit over them. 

I used a couple more of the stamps from the set on the inside.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Got any cake? by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Happy Saturday! Hope you're having an amazing start to your weekend and that you're having great weather! My card today features the adorable raccoons from #4830 Any Cake Set with Dies. I can't help it, these cuties put a huge smile on my face every time! I also used #4749 Window Deco Die Set for the curtains on the inside of the card, and #4619 Window Die for the window frames around my cutout.  I simply cut off the shutters with a craft knife.

Look at these adorable faces!!! :) 

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

Copic markers:  T3, T4, T5, T9, R20

Watercolor Weekend Roundup! Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has sprung, and we hope you are enjoying the beginnings of flowers near your home! Our three-member Watercolor team is here again to share some more beautiful projects featuring some of our newest watercolor stamps! Take it away, team!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Watercolor Friends,

I made this card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend roundup. I stamped the window from the brand new 5014 - WC Window Set. That adorable fox is from the brand new 5016 - WC Mini Critter Set. The bricks on the walls are from the new 5019 - WC Wall Texture Set. My foliage and flowers are from 5007 - WC Foliage Set 3 and 4868 - WC Flower Set 2.

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
Welcome to another Watercolor Weekend. My framed project, “Easter Bunnies”, is a perfect accent for your spring decor. 

Start off by stamping the sitting bunny from the Bunnies Set in a combination of African Violet and Sepia to create a steel grey, mask, stamp the half barrel from the containers set in Sepia, mask and finally stamp the peeking bunny in African Violet and Sepia. Remove the masks and pull the color from the lines of the bunnies using your brush and water outward and away. This will give the appearance of predominately white bunnies, but also pull a little grey in for their shadows. Pull the color on the barrel and scribble a little Sepia on your palette to brush onto the barrel and darken up the shadows. Take the fine tip of Sepia to darken the horizontal lines. Mask the bunnies and barrel and stamp in the foliage from Foliage Set 3 in Olive Green. Stamp in the filler flower from Flower Set 1 in Rose Pink and the tall flowers from Flower Set 3in Wisteria, Violet and Olive Green. Using the grasses from Foliage Set 1 and Foliage Set 3 to stamp around the sitting bunny and barrel and pull the color. Remove the masks and add a little Rose Pink onto your palette and brush onto the cheeks and ears of the bunnies. Scribble some Salvia Blue onto your palette and brush in for the sky. Add dot detail around the tall flowers in Violet and around the filler flowers in Rose Pink.


Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 8 Violet, 15 Olive Green, 45 Sepia, 57 Rose Pink, 60 Salvia Blue, 62 Wisteria, 86 African Violet

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Welcome back! Today I thought I would share a quick and easy project creating this spring watercolor watering can from the 5012 – WC Wishing Well Mini Set. I decided to take a small break from winter projects and try out this watering can from the Art Impressions new releases. Check out my blog for all the project details. We are looking forward to seeing what projects you make this weekend…make sure you tag us!

Way to go you three! What beautiful floral projects!

Did you know our team offers even more inspiration throughout the week on their personal social media pages? Follow and subscribe their pages to see more beautiful projects! Be sure to share your projects with us, too, to brighten our day! Use #AiWatercolor on Instagram and Facebook on your projects as well!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Bake Some Memories by Cheri Burry!

Hello Ai Fans!
Just Popping in with another set of cards I made using the "Whisk It" set from Art Impressions. Yesterday I showed a project using the Stamped Girl image and today I am just using the little accessory stamps.
I created these cards to l look like the yummy baked goods are cooling on the window and more baking in the Kitchen oven. My paper is from the Carta Bella "Home Sweet Home" 6x6 collection. The window is an Art Impressions die called "Window Die". I created a cloud background using a Cloud Stencil and some Salty Ocean Oxide Distress Ink. I cut all my images out using my Brother Cut N Scan and added them to my little scene.
The papers remind me of vintage wallpaper and I tried to make the card look like a Kitchen wall with wainscotting.
The cupcakes have some Nuvo White Blizzard Drops for added glitter.
Copics Used:
C1, C2, C4, C6
BG11, BG13, BG15
R21, R22, R24, R27
E53, E55, E57

 Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping