Thursday, February 23, 2017

Challenge 202 Playful People WEEK 2!

Hello, Ai Fans!
Ready for some inspiration galore?! The the design team is here to share what they have crafted with our four new Work & Play clear stamp sets!

Work _ Play
Par-Tee Golfers Proud Nurse Teachers Rule Reel Great Guys 

Hop over to the designer's blog to view more info and pictures of their cards by clicking the designer's name! Leave a little comment love, too!

Cheri with Proud Nurse Set

Dana with Reel Great Guys Set

Diane with Teachers Rule Set

Karen with Proud Nurse Set

Kerry with Reel Great Guys Set

Sharon with Par-Tee Golfers Set

Great work, DT! We can't tell if you are working hard or playing hard to make these fantastic cards!

It's play time! You have one more week to join our "Playful People" Challenge! That's right, break out your favorite character stamps and get craftin'!

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

Last but not least - GIVEAWAY ALERT! Win it before you can buy it with our amazing giveaway! Our grand prize is a full set of our NEW 2017 Watercolor release! That's 11 stamp sets sets worth over $150! This prize is too good to miss out on! Enter over at our Facebook Page. Hurry, the contest ends February 28th at 3:00 PM Pacific Time.

Happy Stamping!

Easter blessings by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Thursday!
Today I am sharing a card using a new Art Impressions Easter set (which is so, so cute), 4886-Easter Blessings.  This set has 4 sweet bunny images to choose from plus a few extras. I picked one of the smaller images to fit the style of card I was creating.

A good friend of mine recently made one of these Recessed Panel Cards with our local stamping group and I thought it would be perfect to make with this set. I made 2 very similar versions with a change of patterned paper and placement of the sentiment.

The left and right white panels are popped up with foam tape so that the patterned paper panel is "recessed". This is a fun, easy way to create interest in your card front.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Old Guys Club by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Yes, it's another masculine card!! What can I say I was in the mood! Masculine cards can be tough, but a good way to make it easy is a cool manly stamp and manly pattern paper!! For my card I used Art Impressions Old Guy Club Set with Fancy Pants Swagger pattern paper. 

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - Art Impressions
I started by cutting some watercolor paper with a stitched die. Then I stamped the Old Guys and then used my Distress Markers to color them up: Tattered Rose, Pumice Stone, Ground Espresso, Peeled Paint, Peacock Feathers, Black Soot, Carved Pumpkin, Rusty Hinge, Iced Spruce, Evergreen Bough, Vintage Photo.

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - Art Impressions

I picked out the vintage looking pattern added it to a white card base. From the same pattern paper pad, I cut a strip of wood grain and cut notches in the ends. I folded it in half and added a brad to the center. With some adhesive, I added the embellishment to the corner of my stamped panel. 

Dana Warren - Kraft Paper Stamps - Art Impressions
Last, I added the stamped panel to the card with foam tape. Another tip for masculine is to keep it simple: Pattern paper background, stamped and color image and one embellishment!

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

NEW VIDEO - Beach Cottage Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a new Watercolor Wednesday! Are you ready for a new challenge? This week, Bonnie created a beautiful Beach Cottage next to a rock cliff. Bonnie uses her Stamp Positioner and the rocks from WC Series 2 set to create an angled slope going down from the house. Next, she uses a sticky note and branches from the Clay Pot set and the flowers from the Blooming Birdhouse to create overgrown flowering bushes growing behind the cottage. Bonnie then uses a pencil to create steps coming down from the front porch. To add to the slope, she adds grass from the WC Foliage Set and blooms from the Covered Bridge set. Finally, she brushes in the water around the house and colors the cottage, all from the WC Palette!

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Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

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