Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Nuts About You by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

We're less than a month away from Valentine's Day so I made up two more Valentine cards. They're similar, yet different.  I used Nuts About You 4885. This set has the cutest puns as well as the simple sentiment that I used. The images are really fun to color.

I used Copics and Spectrum Noir alcohol markers together to color us my images.  I stamped the images onto Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Paper with the Simon Says Stamp Intense Black ink pad and then colored them with my alcohol markers.

For the first card I fussy cut the image and raised it over the decorative paper layers with foam tape.  The decorative papers I used are from the Lost and Found Heirloom collection by My Minds Eye. 

The second card I die cut the colored image from the My Favorite Things Double Stitched STAX die cuts and foam taped it onto the decorate paper layer. The decorative papers I used are also from the Lost and Found Heirloom collection by My Minds Eye. 

Here is the list of the markers I used
I used Copic markers except where noted
Bird - B00, ( Spectrum Noir AB1, AB3)
Envelope - B00, Blender
Squirrel - E33, YR14, E37, RV10, tummy E31
Mailbox - C1, C3, C5, C7
Post Grey - C1, C3, blender
Heart - RV10, RV13
Nut Base- (Spectrum Noir RB1, RB3)
Nut Lid - E35, E37, E49
Reds - R14, R37, R89

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, January 15, 2018

there's no topping you by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing a card using the fun Ai Mouthfuls. Here I used 4948- Hamster Mouthful. This card was made for display at the last trade show. The next show is coming up soon and just wait till you see all the new Ai images! I am loving what I've seen so far!

This is about the cutest hamster I've seen! His mouth and hands were die cut to slip the slice of pizza in.  There are other images to have him hold as well...flower, cheese, candles! He's quite a versatile critter! I just used the cheese as an accent piece and added a matching sentiment.
Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Kangaroo Mouthfuls by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

My niece just turned 11!!
Happy Birthday Brynn!

As soon as I saw this sweet new 4947 – Kangaroo Mouthful Set set from Art Impressions I couldn't wait to make a card for her.  There are lots of accessories with this set and many different combinations you can try.  I chose the noise maker and the gift box. Both Mama and Joey are wearing a party hat.

This mom and joey are just the cutest combo!
Baby can fit in her pouch but I chose to use the gift in her pouch and put the little one beside her.

I used two verses from the set...one on the front and one inside.

I made a second version to have on hand just in case someone's birthday pops up that I forgot about.

Here's mama kanga with the gift outside of her pouch.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Baseball Set by Sharon

Hello AI Fans!!

I must say, I've found a new love, and it's 4904 Baseball Set in pink from Art Impressions!! I wanna be on this team, just so I can wear the uniform!! LOL!!  This is such a fun stamp and will be sure to cheer up anyone that might be a little under the weather. 

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

Copics used:
E000, E00, E04, E11, E17, E21, E23, E33, E35, E97, E99
R20, R27, R81, R83, R85
T1, T2, Blender
Papers: Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe

Friday, January 12, 2018

Madge by Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
Oh Poor "Madge" from Art Impressions! It sure looks like she's had a rough day and is at the end of her rope! There are days that I feel exactly like poor Madge and I am sure you all can relate LOL!
I made my card base from grey cardstock and added layers of paper from the BBP Miss Teagen Sue collection. A few coordinating enamel dots finished it all off!
I think the "Childproofed" sentiment just makes the whole card! I love the funny sentiments Art Impressions has!!
Copics Used:
Skin: E00, E21, E95, R20
Hair: C5, C9
Top: RV17, RV19, RV29
Pants & shoes: N3, N5, N7
Chair: E43, E44, E47

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Challenge 223 Anything Goes Week 2!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Is it your New Year Resolution to make more cards? We love to see what you create! One of the best ways to show us is to participate in our bi-weekly challenges! That's right! We have a NEW challenge every other week to encourage you to share your creations with us and your online crafty girlfriends! PLUS, we love to give away prizes for the top cards! We are starting the year of easy with an "Anything Goes" Challenge.

The design team is here with some inspiration. Check it out!

Cheri with Elephant Slider and Slider Die

Dana with Valentine Mail Window

Diane with WC Rustic CabinsWC Fir Trees, and Birthday Wishes

Jil with Kitten Vanity PopCard

Renee with Be Joyful Window and Window Deco Die Set
What do you think of these lovely cards? Let us know in the comments below! Alright, time for you to stretch your crafty muscles! This challenge is "Anything Goes," so feel free to make a card for any occasion and with any technique you like! Go ahead and link your project to the InLinkz below! We can't wait to see what you've made, and to hand out the first prizes of the year!

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, January 18 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Happy Stamping!

Lovin' Feline by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I'm at it with another Valentine's Day card.  This time I'm using the Lovin' Feline Set 4216. I just love the short legs on the cat in this set. I haven't done a shaker card in a while and I had some heart sequins so I had to combine the two.

 I used a tan piece of fun foam to make the shaker layer.  It is not very thick.  After I stamped the cat image, I selectively die cut around the cat using smaller cutting plates & running it through my Vagabond a few times to cut different areas while avoid cutting the cat. I stamped Happy Valentines Day from the stamp set with a Jet Black StazOn ink pad onto a piece of window plastic.

I stamped the cat  image onto kraft paper with an Onyx Black Versafine Ink Pad. I heat set it just to be sure it was dry. Then I started to color it with very light layers of very sharp  Prismacolor colored pencils.  On this cat, I went in all on direction to make it look like hair.  I put the white just in the areas that were going to end up white.  Then I added in Cool Grey 20% over the rest of the cat.  I added in the Cool Grey 50%, 70% & 90% little by little in the darker areas while also building up the lighter colors until I got the desired colors.  I then added Carmine Red, Crimson Lake and Dark Purple to the hearts. After the image is finished, I could barely see the stamped image.  I traced it with a very sharp black colored pencil. I also added a few white highlights to the cats face. 

I'm just getting started on my Valentines Day cards.  Have you started them yet?  Let me know.  

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Cold Noses Warm Hearts by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Happy New Year!!! Since it's so cold out I thought this card was fitting for this time of year. My card features the snow couple from Merriest Christmas

I started by stamping the couple and then using my Spectrum Noir Markers to color it. I used AG1, AG3, AP1, AP2, AP3, BT7, BO4, BT9, CR8, CR10, EB5, EB6, GY1, GY2, IG2, IG6, IG9, RB1, RB2, RB3. When I was done coloring cut the image out with a circle die. 

Next, I stamped the sentiment next to the light post. From my stash, I found some wooden snowflakes and used Marvy Snow Maker for the first time! It is soo cool! You color the snowflake or image with the white ink (but not too much!), then hit it with a heat gun!! It just poofs up! 

On some grey cardstock, I stamped and embossed the snowflake that is on the stamp set. I used some glitter embossing powder so the snowflakes have a nice sparkle to them!

Last I added the stamped circle to the card base with foam tape. Then I added the snowflakes. Oh and can't forget to round the corners!

Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Stamping!!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Dancer Wiggle Wobble by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing a card using one of the Ai Wiggle Wobbles.  Here I used 4953- Dancer Wiggle Wobble.
I wanted to create a scene with a dance floor and "lights" reflecting off the walls. I found some paper with a bokeh pattern which was perfect for the walls. Then I searched the internet for a free dance floor image to print out for my "floor". I added a few dots of Stickles for some sparkle and paper-pieced her dress.

Don't forget...each Wiggle Wobble stamp set comes with matching dies (they even cut the little holes for brads!), a few mini brads, and an Action Wobble to get you started. Not only do they wiggle, but their legs “jiggle” too!
Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!


Sunday, January 7, 2018

I find you quite ribbiting! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!
4954 – Toad Wiggle Wobble

This is my first post of the new year so I thought it would be fun to start out with something "Toadally Fabulous!"

You can see the little toad peeking out of the window on the front.

When you open it up she dances.
When I made her I didn't yet have the cute little bitty brads that Ai offers so I improvised.  You can find the tiny ones HERE. They come in white and silver.

Isn't she the cutest thing??

Here she is on her WOBBLE dancing.
Because I used the wrong brads she doesn't wiggle quite as much as she should but you get the idea.

Copics used:
YG11, G24, G43, Y08, Y11, Y35, R02, T1, C0