Sunday, February 18, 2018

Easter Holiday Mansion by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing the Holiday Mansion set
along with the 4976 – HM Easter Set.

This Mansion is such a fun, interactive set with loads of accessories to make it even cuter!

When you open the doors and windows all sorts of surprises await!

Here's the inside of my green card.

I made another one, this time in pink.

I used a few different stamps and rearranged some of the Easter accessories on this one. 

Aren't these just the cutest!?

Saturday, February 17, 2018

29+ years by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Today I've got a couple cards I made using 4901 Teachers Rule Set from Art Impressions. This is a great set for all the teachers in your life! I used the same colors on both of her except the skin tones. I apologize...I'm having a hard time with my pictures because the lens on my Canon died. So while I'm waiting for a replacement lens, all my pictures are being done with my phone and it's just not the same. 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit and hope to see you back again soon! Until then - stay crafty!!

Copics used: E000, E00, E11, E13, E21, E23, E33, E35, E37, E53, E59
Y35, Y38
R20, R22, R24, R27, R29, R37
T1, T2, C5, Blender

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Changing Seasons

Welcome back to another Watercolor Weekend! Twice a month we bring you a bundle of inspiration from our Watercolor Guest Design Team that you won't want to miss out on! This week, be inspired by three different seasons - Winter, Spring and Summer! One of our favorite parts about our watercolor technique is by using different combinations of stamps and colors, you can create a scene for any season, whether it looks like the weather outside your window or of a place of your dreams! Take a look at our team's creations!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Watercolor Friends,

Spring has arrived here in Las Vegas. I made this card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend roundup using some pretty spring colors. I used a house from the 4958 - WC Cottages Set and two of the branches from the 4964 - WC Branches Set to make the trees. The grass and leaves are from the 4051 - WC Foliage Set 1. The tiny leaves from the 4867 - WC Foliage Set 2 were used to make the bushes by the house. The flowers were from 4052 - WC Flower Set 1. The fence was made using the 4967 - WC Fence Dies as a mask. 

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
The tropics are calling for today’s Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend. It’s “Tiki Time”!

This is a two-part project – the main design and the mat. Start by creating the main design. Stamp the bungalow from 4110 WC Structures in 45 Sepia in the center of your watercolor paper. Mask off the roof of the bungalow using a Post-It Note or masking paper. Stamp the palm trees from 4269 WC Tree Set with 45 Sepia and both 15 Olive Green and 11 Lt. Green. Then stamp the foliage from 4867 WC Foliage Set 2 on both sides of the bungalow in 15 Olive Green. Pull the color from the lines using your watercolor brush and water. Scribble a little 45 Sepia onto your watercolor palette and brush onto the bungalow. Add 60 Salvia Blue to the palette and brush into the sky. Add 101 Tropical to the palette and brush in for the ocean. And, add 36 Manganese Blue to the palette and brush into the windows. Darken up any lines on the bungalow and add cross-hatch detail with the fine tip of 45 Sepia. Dot in 28 English Red for flowers onto the foliage. I used a 2½ x 2½ inch die to cut out the design and matted with a slightly larger piece of kraft cardstock. 

To create the mat, cut a 5½ x 5½ inch piece of watercolor paper. Lightly trace the matted design with a pencil in the middle of the 5½ x 5½ inch piece of watercolor paper. Using leaves from 4867 WC Foliage Set 2 and 4761 WC Watering Can, stems from 4963 WC Fall Set and flowers from 4606 WC Cottage by the Beach, stamp in a random square pattern around the pencil line in various greens - 11 Lt. Green, 15 Olive Green, 48 Leaf Green, 102 Jade Green. Pull the color from the lines using your watercolor brushand water. Erase the pencil lines and mount the main design onto the mat using foam tape.

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 11 Lt. Green, 15 Olive Green, 28 English Red, 36 Manganese Blue, 45 Sepia, 48 Leaf Green, 60 Salvia Blue, 86 African Violet, 101 Tropical, 102 Jade Green
Other Supplies: Lawn Fawn Stitched Square Die, Design Your Life 3D Foam Tape, Post-It Notes, Kraft Cardstock

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Happy Watercolor Weekend!! This weekend I chose to do another winter project. I used the Covered Bridge stamp along with the birch trees and a branch from the Branches set.

I used my positioner to place the trees where I wanted them. Instead of using the entire stamp, I chose portions of it. I also used my Molotow masking fluid to mask them off to protect them while I stamped the bridge.

I used my palette to color the bridge and to create the stream and snow banks. 

This was such a fun card to make. Visit my blog for all the details and check out my video on YouTube if you want to paint along with me.

Don’t forget to upload your projects to Instagram and tag us so we can check them out.

Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 45 Sepia28 English Red86 African Violet

What inspired you today? Tell us in the comments below! You also have a PERFECT opportunity to share your creations with us! Join our "Anything Goes" challenge by linking a project or two so we can see what you are watercoloring! Besides, you just might win a prize!

If you are just beginning your watercolor journey, be sure to visit our new beginner's guide for some great information! Happy Stamping!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Spring Chicken by Cheri Burry!

Hello Ai Fans!
Just popping in today to share with you a couple of cards I made using the Art Impressions "Spring Chicken" set. I am a big fan of the "Ai Bird Brains" line of stamps so when I saw these cuties I knew I had to add them to my collection!

I love the way theses cards have a "lift the flap" element to them for an interactive detail!
 I chose papers from the American Crafts "Color Crush" collection for a nice spring like feel. After all I have had enough of winter and needed a boost of spring LOL!
Love the saying on the coffee cup!!
Look at all the images and sentiments that come with the "Spring Chicken" set! Oh just imagine all the possibilities!
Copics Used:
C00, C01, C1, C4, YR12, YR14, YG23
R20, R21, R22, R24, R27, R29
E95, E97, E99, BG72, BG75, E50, E51, E53
W0, W2, B000

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Sneak Peeks from Creativation! PLUS, Challenge 226 Anything Goes!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Last month, Art Impressions met with store owners and industry friends at Creativation to release our new lines! Creativation is a trade show hosted by the Association For Creative Industries (AFCI, formerly known as CHA), and today we want to share some of our favorite highlights! This includes a look at our beautiful booth, some of the friends we met, and of course, our new stamps!

Please note that we allow our stores to sell our new products first! We want YOU to contact your local store and purchase our products from them! We believe in our independent retailers and love working with many fabulous owners. We appreciate the power of small business and we hope you will contact your nearest store to find many of our fantastic new designs!

 Our stylish booth included some of our favorite things: fresh flowers, comfy seating, our homemade Art Impressions marquee sign, colorful posters, NEW products, and beautiful card samples from our design team! Complete with pops of teal and pink, our booth caught the eye of many attendees who came by to see what's new! 
Our rainbow make & take table returned to the scene, seating store owners excited to try out new projects and bring home a sample to their store!
Our Photo Booth provided a perfect photo-op for winners of our matching sunnies contest! Similar to our button contest in previous years, we handed out adorable sunglasses with numbers on them - winners find their match and return to the booth for a prize pack!
Phil Krebs, Owner, posing after setting up the photo-shoot wall!
We LOVE going to the show because it means seeing friends, whether they are our long-time wholesale customers or store owners we are meeting for the first time! We hosted a special time for Bonnie Krebs to demo new watercolor sets, walking through step-by-step new products to educate and inspire classes at a store near you!
Last but not least, we are excited to show you some sneak peeks of our new product! Remember, our wholesale customers receive our new products first, so ask your local store and check our dealer locator to find our newest goodies! Our 12 new watercolor sets were a huge hit!
Twelve New Watercolor Sets
And if you love our Mini TryFolds and Windows to the World, you will love our new Circlets (below)!
Two New Mini TryFolds
Four New Circlets
Get ready to welcome two new Girlfriends to the family! These gals are sweet and sassy!
Two New Girlfriends Sets
Three New Spring Holiday Clear Sets (available now at

Two New Holiday Mansion Accessories (available now at
New Critter Cups (available now at
Four New Twist Ties and Twist Tie Cardstock & Envelope Packs

Five New Flutters
Two New Funny Farm and Four New Work & Play (not pictured)

We hope you enjoyed taking a look at our booth and peeking at our newest products! To get these products first, contact your local store or check our dealer locator! If you do not have a store near you, you can also find our products at specialty online stores. Be sure you are signed up for our retail newsletter to find out when these products launch on our website, as well!
We want to give you a chance to win some of our new stamps! Go ahead and join our challenge! This week we are hosting an "Anything Goes" challenge so you can create anything with your favorite Art Impressions 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, February 28 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Before we go, let's recognize the winners of last week's Sweet Treats Challenge!

Top Spot Goes to...

Congrats, Jo Ann! We love your darling card with our Love Birds! Your Z-fold card is very beautiful! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Congrats, you too! Gail, your coffee treat box with our Latte Love girls is too precious! And Irene, your wine tag with Celeste is just so classy! Email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice!

Thanks for joining our challenge - see you next week! Happy Stamping!