Friday, April 20, 2018

Perfect Duet Set By Cheri Burry!

Hi Ai Fans!
Today is about this cute Dancing duo from the Art Impressions stamp set called "Perfect Duet"! I hope my Husband and I never stop dancing until we physically can't dance anymore! And by the way..... we dance about as good as we sing but who cares LOL!
Today I am using papers from the Echo Park "I'd Rather Be Crafting" 6x6 collection! This is one of my favourite layouts to do. You can layer different papers for a fun look! I used my Brother Cut N Scan to "fussy" cut out my image and popped them over the circle using foam tape! Some Matching enamel dots finish it all off!
Copics used:
E00, E11, E21, R20
C1, C3, C4, C6
R21, R22, R24
BG11, BG23, BG34, BG72, BG75

I hope you dance like no one is watching!
Happy Stamping!


Thursday, April 19, 2018

NEW VIDEO - Cabin Circlet Mini TryFold Quick Tips

Hello Ai Fans!

Today, we have a new tutorial video! Watch Kate create a rotating, three circle revealing card using our new Cabin Circlet Mini Tryfold. This card base is simply created by die cutting three circles - 3.5", 3.75" and 4". In the two smallest circles, Kate die cut a 2.25" opening. Once all the images were stamped and colored, Kate cut the Circlets with a 2.5" border and assembled them so you can see through each circle into the next panel. We hope you enjoy this new masculine card, and check out all FOUR of our new Circlet Mini TryFold sets!

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Challenge 230 Good Goes Around WEEK 2! PLUS New Stamps at Hobby Lobby!

Hello, Ai Fans! We're back for another round of fun with week two of our challenge! PLUS, read through the end of the post about our exciting Hobby Lobby release!
We are celebrating the new release of our Circlet Mini TryFolds, an extension of our popular three-panel revealing line! These images are designed to work beautifully layered together! Last week, Diane gave a great tutorial for a flip card by layering the images, be sure to check it out if you missed it. Let's take a look at more inspiration from our designers! You can find more information about each card by clicking the designer's name, hopping over to their blog. Want to give them a try for yourself? They are available now at!
Have you entered our challenge before? Today's a great day to start! We're looking for a card that "goes around" - may that be a circular card, or a card that features something rounded. Show us what you've got! Besides, you just might win some Ai Stamps!

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, April 25 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!
PLUS, an exciting announcement!
Hobby Lobby Blocks Hobby Lobby Clear
Swing by your local Hobby Lobby to find our NEW clear and wood block stamps on their shelves! We have created THREE of our most loved images into beautiful wood mounted stamps, featuring a full-color label. Pal around with our Craftiness and Take Life Girlfriends blocks, and send a peaceful greeting with our Psalm 23 block. Also available in-store are THREE of our favorite clear sets: Sloth-Some, Whisk It and Doggy Kisses! Visit a Hobby Lobby near you to grab these stamps today!

A selection of our products are also available online at!
Find a Hobby Lobby
Psalm 23Craftiness Block  Take Life
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pack Your Bags by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Warm weather has to come sometime, right??  The Pack Your Bags stamp set is a great way to get in the warmer weather mood!! Especially if it involves a vacation!

There are some great images and sentiments in this set. I started by stamping the guy with the suitcases on a die cut circle. Then I used my Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils to color the image. I used the following pencils to color the image: Rose Red, Denim Blue, Royal Blue, Saddle Brown, Russet, Cream, Cider, Sage, Holly, Pewter, Black, Espresso

Next, I stamped the Pack Your Bags sentiment on a small circle die. I layered some pattern paper from Carta Bella - Ahoy There Collection over some gold glitter cardstock. 

Then I added the stamped circle, but just a little off the card trimming off the overhang. Then I added the sentiment and a couple of wood ship themed circles. 

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!!

NEW VIDEO - Rustic Truck and Barn Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

It's that time again; time for another Watercolor Wednesday! This week, Bonnie uses all our WC Truck Mini Set along with our WC Tree Set 1 to create a rustic image, perfect for a masculine card! Bonnie starts by inking the truck in two markers, African Violet and Sepia, and cut a mask to cover the image after she stamps it down on watercolor paper. This gives her the ability to place the barn in the background, aligning the placement with her stamp positioner. She removes the mask and pulls the color from the lines, darkens the windows with her fine tip marker, and adds color from her palette. Bonnie then masks the barn and adds pine trees all around the image. She returns to her truck mask, but cuts the back of the truck cab and the tailgate out, so she can add the branches into the truck bed. Bonnie adds tall grasses around the tires and along with the branches, and some more browns to make the truck rustic. Back to the truck mask, Bonnie places it to use the roving fence in front of the barn. Don't forget to sign and date!

We hope you enjoy this week's rustic, masculine card. Make sure to subscribe to our YouTube for the latest videos and give this video a "thumbs up" if you enjoyed it!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Sleeping Doe Watercolor by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

When I first saw this new watercolor release the doe sleeping under the tree image was my absolute favorite.  I knew I wanted to recreate that image from the packaging.  I just needed to think of a way to work it into a card.  My birthday was two weeks ago and my sweet friend, Tere, gave me several pretty card bases.  As soon as I saw them I knew one design would be perfect for my doe scene! I love it when things work out like that.

I started with a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I inked up my tree from the WC Tree Set 1 5010 with Sepia and stamped the tree in the center of the paper and did not pull the color from the lines. I used my Acrylic Stamp Positioner to add the doe from the WC Mini Critter Set 5016 with Black. I used Brown with my Brush that I scribbled onto my Watercolor Palette to add color to the tree and the doe.  Once I'd added enough color to the doe, I used the fine tip of the Black marker to add back any lost features. I used Stamping Mask Paper to create a mask for the doe. Once it was covered, I used the tall grass from the WC Foliage Set 3 5007 with Olive Green to add in the grass around the doe.  I used my brush to pull the color up from the grass. I added leaves to the tree from the WC Foliage Set 3 5007 with Olive Green and used my damp Brush to pull out some color. I inked the three tiny blooms from the WC Mini Flower Set 3 5009 with Magenta and stamped it over the leaves and used my damp Brush to pull out some color.  I used the WC Flower Set 3 5008 and inked up the stem with Olive Green and inked up the bloom with Magenta.  I stamped it a few times below the tree.  I pulled the mask off of to reveal my untouched doe.  I used a circle die cut to cut out the entire scene.

I selected a single piece of pattern paper that would match everything on my card because it would show from the back to the front.  I chose a piece from the Pebbles Garden Party 6x6 paper pad and attached it to the inside of the card. I used a decorative die cut to cut the circle in the top portion of the card front where you would see the scene.  I attached my doe scene to the inside of the card so you could see it through the opening.Then I used Seedless Preserves Distress Oxide Ink to stamp the greeting.  I also added several different colored acrylic gems along the scallops on the card front using my jewel picker.  I selected them to match the paper.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Cottage Circlet Set by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing a card using one of the new Ai Circlet MTF sets. Here I used the 4982- Cottage Circlet MTF set. On Thursday, in the challenge post I shared one way I used the new MTF sets. Here I will share another card style. Keep checking back to see the other 2 card styles I made.

For this card, I pulled out some circle dies and used them on each of my three layers. I diecut my images and also patterned papers to layer on the white diecut bases. The first two layers (the fence and cottage) also have a portion of the images cut out with matching dies that are included in the set. When layered, you can peek through each layer to the next image!
I used two Ai mini white brads to attach my circle layers together and placed them on opposite sides so you see each one when they are turned to open. Here's the first, top layer, turned to open.

When you also turn the second layer, you see all three.

Here's a few close ups.

Such sweet images!

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!