Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Christmas Duo by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

I can't believe its the middle of December already and Christmas is almost here!! Today I have the last 2 Christmas cards to share with you this year. I used Ugly Sweater and Cheers to You. These were the color at about the same time, so I decided to similar backgrounds with them by splitting up a watercolor panel and using some pattern papers!

First, I stamped the images and used my Spectrum Noir markers to color them up. I used AG1, AG3, AG5, CT1, CT4, DR4, DR6, DR7, IG2, IG4, RB1, RB2, RB4, Black. Then I used some basic circles to cut them out.

For the background, I cut a panel of watercolor cardstock and did some ink smooshing with Distress Ink, Barn Door & Peeled Paint. I also used some splatters of black from a black ink spray I happened to have on my desk!

While that dried I stamped the sentiments for each card, one on a small die cut circle. The other from a strip of cardstock that I notched one end. 

When the watercolor panel was dry I cut it in half, but at an angle. That way each card gets half a watercolor panel. I added some pattern paper to the other half of each card, each one getting their own pattern.

The pattern paper was added directly to each card base and the watercolor half was added with foam tape. Last, I just added each stamped circle and the matching sentiment!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!! Happy Stamping and Happy Holidays!!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Christmas Wonder by Karen Day

Hello Ai fans!
I have the last of my Christmas cards to share with you today - two cards using the lovely Christmas Wonder Set (Sku #4936):
 I kept both of these images to a fairly neutral palette - other than red & green, I used just the Copic Warm Greys & a hint of gold.
 For this card, I fussy cut out the lamp post and the tree, and popped both of them and the sentiment up with pop dots.  Happy stamping!
Copics used: Greys - W7, W5, W3, W1, W00
Reds - R37, R35, R32, R30, R59
Greens - G46, G43, G40
Skin/hair - E11, E00, E000, R30, Y26, Y23, E50, E55, E53, E51, E47, E44, E43

Monday, December 11, 2017

CATpuccinos by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing another card using the new Ai Mouthfuls. I love these cute, punny critters! Here I used the purr-fectly funny 4951 – Cat Mouthful Set. Do you know a cat like this? If I fit, I!

I die cut the cat's mouth, planning to put the to-go cup in her hand but then decided I really wanted to use those super cool glasses too! And, of course, you need a yummy donut to go with the cup.  :)  The lens on the glasses and the frosting on the donut have Crystal Effects to make them shiny.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!


Sunday, December 10, 2017

The Road to a Friend's Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing the 4926 – Holiday Mansion Set from Art Impressions.
This set is so much fun because it's interactive.  Doors open, windows open and if you use the 4927 – HM Accessory Set set you can place fun objects into the doors and windows.

I've used this house a several times but always in a holiday theme...Halloween or Christmas.  I thought it would be nice to have a regular one on hand for when I need it. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Flamingo Wiggle Wobble by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Happy Saturday! Hope everyone is having an amazing start to your weekend! I'm sure a lot of you are hustling and bustling about for the holidays!  My card today is featuring one of the adorable new Wiggle Wobbles, #4955 Flamingo Wiggle Wobble.  Their limbs are attached loosely, then they are placed on an action wobble. You can make them dance and wiggle! So FUN!! 

These are just too much fun on a card! Have you tried playing with them yet? Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit during your busy weekend! Until next time - stay crafty!!
Copics used:
RV52, RV55, R11, R12, T3, T4, T5, E70, E71

Friday, December 8, 2017

Santa Paws by Cheri Burry

Hi Ai Fans!
I'm a huge dog lover so when I saw this set I just knew I had to have it and make some adorable cards with it! This set is from Art Impressions and is called "Santa Paws"! Aren't  they just the sweetest Christmas dogs ever!
I searched through my stash (huge pile) of Christmas pads and found this paper from Carta Bella called Christmas Day. It's an older collection that I have been hoarding but I just knew it would work perfectly with these images!
Here's the decorated inside of my cards using some of the negative die cuts.
It's hard to see but all these dogs have some Stickles on then for a nice touch sparkle!
This stamp makes me giggle as I can just imagine the sound coming from them all LOL!

Copics Used:
E25, E27, E29, E31, E33, E35, E40, E41, E43, E50, E51, E53
R01, R20, R27, R55, R59, R89
C00, C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C7
YR21, YR23, YR24, Yr30
YG93, YG95, YG97
W0, W2, B999

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 7, 2017

NEW VIDEO - Hamster Mouthful Quick Tip Video

Hi Ai Fans!

Welcome to another Quick Tip video, featuring our NEW Mouthfuls! Kate shows you how fun it is to change out all the different images included in our Hamster Mouthful set to customize your image for any occasion! All of our FIVE new Mouthful sets work the same way, having the mouth die cut for adding accessories, but some have their hands, arms or even a kangaroo pouch to add to!

This short three-minute video is just an intro, but we can't wait to see what you create with these inventive sets! Happy Stamping!

View on YouTube:

Challenge 222 Funny & Punny WEEK 2!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Did you catch our NEW Mouthfuls release last week?! This new line of clear stamps & dies features adorable animals, sweet accessories and hilarious punny sentiments! Put them together, and you have a recipe for a handmade card that is sure to bring a smile! With five animals to choose from, you will find something for all of your favorite people! Projects are fun and easy, since each set includes dies which cut out the accessories, as well as a slit for the mouth, hand, or pouch to place them in. When you mix and match, the possibilities are endless - and oh so fun!
New Mouthfuls_
Hamster MouthfulKangaroo Mouthful

Cat MouthfulDog Mouthful Dino Mouthful

The design team has their hands full of adorable Mouthfuls cards to share with you today! Visit the designer's personal blog for more pics and info by clicking their name, and swing by to find the sets they used!

Cheri with Kangaroo Mouthful

Dana with Hamster Mouthful

Diane with Dino Mouthful

Jil with Dino Mouthful

Karen with Kangaroo Mouthful

Renee with Dog Mouthful

Sharon with Cat Mouthful

Great work, design team! LOVE how each of your cards are so unique, even those of you using the same sets! There are so many fun ways to create and customize with our Mouthfuls
Are you up for a challenge? We have one week remaining on our "Funny & Punny" Challenge and we sure hope you join us! We're looking for humorous cards! So show us how you play with words and images 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, December 13 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

We have some extra good news to share today!

Give the gift of creativity this season with an online Art Impressions Gift Certificate! Gift Certificates to our website are available at any amount, and are the perfect gift for your crafty friend! Our gift certificates never expire, and are registered to the receiver's email address, so they can be securely and easily used at any time! Please note our gift certificates are instant and virtual. When you purchase a gift certificate, the recipient will immediately receive an email with a "coupon code" gift certificate to use at No physical certificate is mailed.

Our 2017 Catalog, the perfect pair for our Gift Certificates, are now only $5! This 70 page catalog includes full-color images and card samples of our most popular products to inspire your creativity and collection! Not only will your crafty friend appreciate this beautiful catalog, but you are sure to enjoy one as well! Grab a couple for you and your friends here!

Happy Stamping!

Christmas Holiday Mansion by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I was able to use the Holiday Mansion Set 4926 and HM Accessory Set 4927 earlier in the year when I used it as a Halloween, so I had to use it as a Christmas home. Both of these sets come with die cuts and I used most of them.  I wanted to mix a winter feel with traditional Christmas. I had to edit the traditional items because they took over quite fast. 

I stamped all of the images onto Bristol paper with Jet Black Archival ink using my Mini Misti.  I colored all of my images with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and cut them out with their matching die cuts.  I hand cut the house. I added E.K. Success ballpoint tip glue where I wanted my glitter and added Tim Holtz Distress Stickles Dry Glitter.  I used the Tim Holtz Oval Stitched Thinlits to cut the layers from the 6x6 Crystal Frost paper collection by Craft Smart. 

Here are the colors of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers that I used:
Face - Flesh Color 071, Beige 072, Light carmine 021
Green - Deep Green 044, Pale Green 045
Red - Wine Red 024, Red 020
Blue - Cobalt Blue 031, Shadow Mauve 302
Gray - Mid Gray 096, Light Gray

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!