Thursday, April 26, 2018

NEW Interactive Flutters! PLUS Challenge 231 "Winged Things"

Howdy, Ai Fans!
Flutters Our NEW Flutters are here! Create an astonishing interactive card with our clear stamps, matching dies, and easy instructions! Our Fairy, Owl, and Pig designs flitter their wings up and down. Additionally, our Dog eagerly flaps his large ears and our Sheep waves her arms to say "I love ewe!" Make your card magical by assembling the fluttering mechanism with a couple brads, a pull tab, and a bit of string. These sets are best seen in action, so check out our introduction video! These sets make the most amazing interactive cards, grab yours today at!
Fairy Flutter Owl Flutter Pig Flutter
Dog FlutterSheep Flutter 
Flutter Release Video

Sharon has an incredible tutorial to share with you today about how to put these fun Flutters together!

Hello AI Fans!

I'm super excited to get to show you the brand new Flutters line from Art Impressions!  This adorable pup is so happy to celebrate with you, no matter what the occasion! Just pull the tab and his ears fly up in the air! So much fun! The stamp set comes complete with all the stamps and dies you'll need to create this amazing interactive feature for your cards! It even has a package of the mini brads you use to attach the ears!! 

The dies all come hooked together, so separate them.

I colored him with Copic markers before I used the dies to cut him out.

I used the other cute guy in a dog house box you'll see below!

Use your brads to attach the ears, leaving the second hole on the inside so you can attach your pull mechanism.

Cut a 3/4" wide by 4" long piece and trim the top corners off. Once you've got your card assembled, you can cut off any excess length you might have.

With the included die, die cut the wholes for your twine

Thread your string through the holes in the pull tab and then the hole in the ears.  Using a #2 pencil to leave the right amount of slack, tie a knot. 

Using the slot die, cut two holes in your piece you're going to mount your dog to. 

Then thread the pull tab through them just like this. 

Put your card together and you've got an impressive interactive card for that someone special in your life!

Pull the tab and his ears fly up in the air!!

Here is the card I did for the Creativation show. These flutters are so much fun!!!

And here's a cute Dog Treat Box I made using the other cutie I colored up above! The dog house box is a Silhouette file.

Copics used:  E31, E33, E35, E37, E39, R20

Thanks, Sharon! What darling projects and a great tutorial for our new flutters! These same instructions work for all of our five flutters set, so grab your favorites and try it out for yourself! You'll be amazed how easy it is to create this marvelous project.
This brings us to our NEW challenge, "Winged Things"! We would love to see wings featured on your projects this time. They don't have to flutter (but wouldn't it be fun if they did?) Link up your project by May 9th for a chance to win!

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, May 9 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

We can't forget to recognize the winners of last week's Good Goes Around Challenge!

Top Spot goes to...

Helen F!
Congrats, Helen! We love your beautiful card featuring our Lighthouse Circlet MTF - your coloring pops beautifully on your white textured background! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...



Congrats, you two! Nela, your beautifully colored squirrels from our Nuts About You set look like they are inclosed in bubbles against your ink background - how beautiful! And Milene, the way you placed your Happy Haunting image over your circle window is so clever! Email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice for a prize.

Thanks for joining our challenge, and be sure to join us again for "Winged Things!"

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

NEW VIDEO - 2018 Class Exclusive Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to an exciting Watercolor Wednesday, where we reveal our 2018 Class Exclusive set! Our Apple Tree Window Set is only available by taking a class with us at one of our events in 2018. You can't purchase this set online or in any store, you have to come join a class and all the watercolor fun!

In this video, Bonnie creates a vintage window, surrounded by blooming wisteria, and a sweet little squirrel on the ledge! She starts by inking the window/branches image with Sepia, then adds Pine Green to the branches, and African Violet to the window. After stamping and pulling the color out of the lines and adding vines, Bonnie adds beautiful wisteria around the branches. She uses her Stamp Postioner to get the little squirrel on the windowsill and adds a decorative valance with the fine point of her African Violet marker. Bonnie finshes the image with some added tiny vines next to the squirrel and a wash of Brilliant Yellow around the window.

We hope to see you at one of our 2018 Watercolor Classes this year!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

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Weekends & Adventures by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Today I have 2 cards, both featuring the Road Trip stamp set. With this set, I like to stamp all the images, sometimes more than once and color them all up. Then use them on the different cards, like I did with these two.

I used my Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils to color all these images. Unfortunately, I lost my list of colors, but I did use a lot of the pencils, or at least it seems like I did!! LOL! After coloring I fussy cut out all the images.

For one card I used the car, suitcase and coffee cup. I picked out some pattern paper from Photo Play Paper Summer Dreams Collection and trimmed it down. From that same collection, there was a #weekends sticker that I used as a sentiment.

I arranged the images on the pattern paper with foam tape and then added the sentiment sticker with foam tape. To make the sticker not stick anymore I use baby powder on the back, that way I can add the sticker with foam tape and not have it also stick to the card base. Last I added glitter octagon enamel dots.

The second card is an easy one, once the images are colored and cut! I used Tim Holtz Dot Fade Stencil and Distress Ink Salty Ocean to add a little interest to the background.

I added the images with foam tape and then stamped the sentiment Let's Have an Adventure on white cardstock. Then I cut out the sentiment and added it to the card with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Cabin Circlet MTF by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Tuesday! I am posting on Tuesday this week instead of Monday and today I have a masculine card to share using one of the new Ai Circlet MTF sets. Here I used the 4981- Cabin Circlet MTF set. I have already shared 2 ways that I used the new Circlets and here's the third card I made. I’ll share one more style later!

I wouldn't normally make a circle shaped card for a masculine card, but by incorporating some masculine papers and cross-stitched dies, I think it works. First, I stamped and colored each image. The first two were not fully colored where the matching dies will cut them.

Next, each image was die cut with circle dies and the inside of the first two were die cut with the dies included in the set. Then 3 blue layers were die cut. They are not attached yet here.

Some patterned paper layers were added to the first two and then the circle images were adhered. The matching dies were laid back inside the images and held in place with low-tack tape. These were run through the machine again to cut a window through the first two blue layers.

Now each layer is ready to be assembled. (I decided to add some paper scraps and die cut holes on that first one!)

Using my Scor-Pal, I scored a half inch line at the top of the SECOND and THIRD circles. I didn't want the top of my card to have score marks, for a nice finished look. Then I adhered the layers together using Scor-Tape on those top 1/2" scored areas.

I love how you can peek through from the top circle to the back one!

This circle card opens sort-of like a book.

Great masculine images!

Have a great Tuesday and… happy stamping!

Monday, April 23, 2018

2018 Mega Sponsor Spring Blog Hop

2018 Mega Sponsor Spring Blog Hop Begins Today!

Hello Stamping Fans!

Today, we are excited to kickoff the Mega Sponsor Spring Blog Hop! You might have seen some "coming soon" posts and the day is finally here! We have partnered with 17 other stamp and papercraft companies to do a special blog hop and will be giving away 18 prizes to 18 lucky winners!

Blog hop begins today, April 23 12 noon EST
Ends Friday, May 4 12 midnight EST
Winners announced: Friday May 11, 12 noon EST

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2) Comment at each blog stop

We would love to know your favorite spring stamp set! Can be from any stamp company!

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For our special blog hop today, our DT Jil Lebel is sharing some spring inspiration!

It's finally starting to feel like Spring here in Florida. That's unusual because it's usually hot here by now. I'm not complaining because I love it when it's warm with cooler evenings. I've been enjoying having a reason to finally create Spring cards. Today I used Cottage and Die Set 4746 with WC Sentiments Set 4903 for my card.

I stamped the cottage onto Bristol paper using Onyx Black Versafine Ink. Then I lined up the matching dies for the window and door and cut them with my die cut machine. I wanted my card to look Springy, so I kept my colors very light. I colored the entire image in two layers of color with Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers spreading the color out with a brush. Once everything was dry, I cut the cottage out with my detail scissors. I cut the fence from the WC Fence Die 4967 from Bristol paper and colored it with the English Lavender marker and set it aside to dry. I stamped Happiness grows from the WC Sentiments Set 4903 onto a cloud die cut from Bristol paper with Onyx Black Versafine Ink.

For the grass, I colored my Olive Green Marvy LePlume II marker onto a Watercolor Palette and used a brush to add color to the bottom of a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper. I used Prussian Blue from the Watercolor Palette and my brush to add cloud shapes along the top of the paper. I attached a piece of Kioshi paper from Basic Gray to my note card before I attached the piece of Canson paper to it with foam tape. I added in some tiny punched flowers from patterned paper scraps then added gems to their centers. 

Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers Used :
Duck - Yellow, Tea Rose
Stones - Blue Gray, Beige
House - Pale Dawn Gray, Haze Blue, Tea Rose, S. Almond Pink, English Lavender

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thank you Jil for that fabulous project!

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Happy Stamping!