Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Threads with Karen Day

Hello Ai sewing fans!
It's the September edition of Tuesday Threads with Karen.
When I first learned that Art Impressions had come out with the Shop Hop fabric line available through Henry Glass Co., I immediately thought of the Ai Girlfriends stamp set called Quilt Set (Sku #4544) and wanted to make something to coordinate with the quilt in the image.  I decided to make a quilted style project that I've put into an embroidery hoop that can be hung on the wall of my craft room.  I made a matching mug rug as well:
I'm using an 8" diameter hoop, so I decided that I would do a pattern of squares that are all 3 1/4" after being sewn together.  I cut all of my pieces, including squares of Therm-O-Web's medium weight fusible Tricot interfacing that I fused on the back of each square of fabric.  I traced a heart shape onto the pink print, and adhered it to the cream square using Therm-O-Web's Heat n Bond Lite iron-on adhesive.
Using some embroidery floss, I did a blanket stitch around the raw edge of the heart to finish it off:
After a good pressing, I placed my finished square into the embroidery hoop.  On the backside, I hand sewed a running stitch around the excess fabric that was not in the hoop, and cinched it up so that the fabric is hidden underneath.  Now it's ready to hang on a nail on the wall!
While I was cutting my fabrics, I decided that a mugrug was in order, so I cut out a front and back square ( 3 3/4") along with a square of Therm-O-Web's Hi-loft Fusible Fleece to sandwich in between:
I cut another pink fabric heart, adhered it in the same way, and stitched around the edges again with embroidery floss.  I also used my sewing machine to stitch through all the layers, about 1/4" around the heart.  I sewed on the bias tape, carefully mitering the corners (I'm getting better at this!) and handsewed it down on the backside:
And finally, I coloured up the gals in the quilt.  I used all the vibrant shades that are in the spool fabric to colour the image with Copic markers, and kept the rest of the card bright & fun.

Happy sewing, everyone!

Where will Art Impressions be? October 2017

This October, Art Impressions will be visiting our friends in California for the Sacramento Stamp and Scrapbook Expo! Just a few short weeks later, we will be in both Ontario, Cali. and Mesa, Ariz. on the first weekend of November! Our last show of the year is our 3rd Annual Warehouse Sale in Keizer, Ore. on the weekend before Thanksgiving!

Visit our booth and enjoy shopping our stamps, dies and accessories priced 15% lower than our website! You will also find all our newest releases, including new Halloween, Christmas, and hot new interactive stamp and die sets! Check out our free make & takes, as well as our watercolor demos to learn how to watercolor the Art Impressions way!

We have plenty of opportunities for classes at these events! Plus, as the year wraps up, they are the last chances for our 2017 Watercolor Workshop and our exclusive 2017 Watercolor Garden Cart stamp set! For the first time, we are hosting classes at the Rubber Stamp Events in Mesa, AZ so we would love to see you there! This is a perfect opportunity if you missed our class at Scrapbook Expo in Mesa this month! Also, at our Warehouse Sale, we have 7 different classes, including watercolor, holiday, and interactive cardmaking! Register for class at the links below:

Sacramento, CA Stamp & Scrapbook Expo October 20-21    *Classes Available
Ontario, CA Stamp & Scrapbook Expo November 3-4    *Classes Available
Mesa, AZ Rubber Stamp Events November 4-5     *Classes Available 8AM Friday10:30AM Friday
Keizer, OR Ai Warehouse Sale November 17-18 *7 Different Classes Available

You will create four beautiful watercolor images to mount on cards in our Watercolor Workshop!
Workshop Length: 120 Minutes
Difficulty Rating: Basic
Class Description: New for 2017! Learn to create beautiful watercolor paintings using rubber stamps, markers, and a brush! For several years, Art Impressions has introduced stampers all over the world to their exclusive technique that creates beautiful watercolor scenes. They are easy to use and versatile for all users. You will leave class with your own stunning scenes; no two designs are alike. In our watercolor class, you will create four card samples with our new Watercolor Mini Project Series. Our instructors will take you step by step through the basics of building scenes sharing helpful techniques with hands-on training. You will receive a free, exclusive stamp set, only available for 2017 class attendees (a $20 value)!

  • What products will be highlighted: Watercolor stamping with water-based markers, watercolor paper and a damp brush.
  • What will I learn or complete: Four hand-stamped watercolor scenes to mount on four cards and an exclusive stamp set ($20 value).
  • What do I need to complete the project at home: Scissors or paper trimmer, foam tape, and tape runner. Optional: Corner rounder.
Last year we were selected as an Elite Workshop Presenter by Stamp & Scrapbook Expo for our 2016 Watercolor Workshop! We hope you can join us in our new 2017 Watercolor Workshop!

Print this coupon to bring to the show for 30% off one stamp item before noon (either day of the show)
To view our full show schedule, click here. Not in the area for one of our shows? Request our stamps at your local stamp store, and check out our Dealer Locator for a store near you! New releases are gradually posted on our website, so be sure you are signed up for our retail newsletter to be notified!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 25, 2017

very merry Christmas by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Last week I shared a Halloween card with this same house image but today I am sharing a Christmas card using the Ai 4926- Holiday Mansion Set and 4927- HM Accessory Set.  If you haven't started your holiday cards, it's a good time to start thinking about them!  I like to make a few here and there, all year long, but this year I haven't followed that plan very well. lol.  I did create this sweet holiday house, though.
Here's a little tip...if you stamp an extra house and trim it a bit smaller (cutting off the chimney), then flip it over and use the backside, you can place it behind your finished house image so the background paper doesn't show through.

The little Christmas images from the 4927- HM Accessory Set were added in the windows and doors.  I decided to place the tree in the yard instead of a window.  You can move the pieces to wherever you want!

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

STAMPtember® "To Perfection" Exclusive at SimonSaysStamp.com!

Ai STAMPtember Exclusive Announcement

We are SO excited to be joining our friends at SimonSaysStamp.com to release an exclusive Girlfriends set for their STAMPtember® celebration! STAMPtember® is an event created by Simon Says Stamp, intended to inspire, educate and celebrate the greatness of stamping! We were truly honored to be asked to join the fun again for our THIRD collaboration! A big thank you to their team for uniting the stamping community in such a great event!

We hope you enjoy our fun and fabulous "To Perfection" set. A little wine and cheese with your BFF sounds like perfection to us! This is a great addition to your Girlfriends collection, but hurry, this set is a limited edition and once it's sold out, it's gone forever!
4970E - To Perfection Set 

To join in the celebration, head over to the SimonSaysStampBlog.com. There you can peek at inspiration, find links for all the designers and of course, grab this set for yourself!

To Perfection Card Sample

Happy Stamping!

It's STAMPtember!! with Art Impressions and Simon Says Stamp by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!!

What an exciting day this is!!

It's release day at Art Impressions and Simon Says Stamp.  
Here it is...the EXCLUSIVE Ai Girlfriends stamp available only at Simon Says Stamp.

The set is called To Perfection 4970E

You need to act fast.  Supplies are limited and when they're gone, they're gone forever!  If you're anything like me you NEED this stamp.  Two of my favorite things are wine and cheese and MANY of my friends feel the same.

I was feeling very black and white and geometric the morning I made this card.
Isn't the sentiment that comes with the ladies just perfect for your friends?  I'm actually thinking this image will be perfect for my mom's birthday in October.

Copics used:
R12, R39, R56, Y000, Y11, Y35, W1,
NO, T1, T3, T5, C1, C3, C5, C7, E00,
E02, E08, E11, E35, E37, E51, E53, E71