Sunday, March 18, 2018

Easter Egg Watercolor Truck by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

Happy First Day of Spring!

When I first saw the truck in the new Ai watercolor release I knew I wanted to get it because I could fill it with tons of things.  It was a given that I would put flowers and leaves in it, but Easter eggs was not one of the first things I thought of. This blog post is falling on the first day of spring, but it is also my last post before Easter, so I had to come up with a way to combine the two.  After looking at the sets I had planned to use this month, I decided to combine a few of them into this one post.

I started with a piece of Canson XL watercolor paper.  I inked up my truck from the WC Truck Mini Set 5011 with African Violet and Sepia and stamped the truck in the center of the paper and pulled the color from the lines.  I masked the truck and used Steel Blue to ink just the eggs from the HM Easter Set 4976 Basket Image.  I stamped them once around the cab of the truck and used masking paper to create a mask before I stamped them again towards the back of the truck bed.  Then I colored the eggs with Iris PurpleVioletTropicalBrilliant Yellow and Steel Blue markers from a WC Palette using a # 4 brush. I inked the three tiny blooms from the WC Mini Flower Set 3, 5009 with Violet and stamped it in small clusters.  I inked up another small bloom from the same set with Brilliant Yellow and stamped in a few different areas.  I filled in the gaps using the tiny grass from the Foliage set 4051 inked with Pine Green.  I also added some vines from the WC Foliage Set 3 5007 with Pine Green.  Once I was happy with everything, I cut my image out with Spellbinders Nestabilities 4.

I stamped the set of three eggs from the Sweet Easter Set 5004 onto the Canson XL paper with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I colored them using my same supplies.  I fussy cut them out with detail scissors and added them to my layer with foam tape. I also stamped the Happy Easter greeting from that same stamp set with the Jet Black ink and cut it out using the Spellbinders Nestabilities Labels set 17. I also added that with foam tape.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Sweet Easter circle card by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing one final Easter card made with Art Impressions adorable new set called 5004 – Sweet Easter Set.

My card is very dimensional.  I popped up the little critters and then cut the front panel to fit over them. 

I used a couple more of the stamps from the set on the inside.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Got any cake? by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Happy Saturday! Hope you're having an amazing start to your weekend and that you're having great weather! My card today features the adorable raccoons from #4830 Any Cake Set with Dies. I can't help it, these cuties put a huge smile on my face every time! I also used #4749 Window Deco Die Set for the curtains on the inside of the card, and #4619 Window Die for the window frames around my cutout.  I simply cut off the shutters with a craft knife.

Look at these adorable faces!!! :) 

Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and until next time, stay craft!! 

Copic markers:  T3, T4, T5, T9, R20

Watercolor Weekend Roundup! Spring Has Sprung!

Spring has sprung, and we hope you are enjoying the beginnings of flowers near your home! Our three-member Watercolor team is here again to share some more beautiful projects featuring some of our newest watercolor stamps! Take it away, team!

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

I made this card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend roundup. I stamped the window from the brand new 5014 - WC Window Set. That adorable fox is from the brand new 5016 - WC Mini Critter Set. The bricks on the walls are from the new 5019 - WC Wall Texture Set. My foliage and flowers are from 5007 - WC Foliage Set 3 and 4868 - WC Flower Set 2.

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
Welcome to another Watercolor Weekend. My framed project, “Easter Bunnies”, is a perfect accent for your spring decor. 

Start off by stamping the sitting bunny from the Bunnies Set in a combination of African Violet and Sepia to create a steel grey, mask, stamp the half barrel from the containers set in Sepia, mask and finally stamp the peeking bunny in African Violet and Sepia. Remove the masks and pull the color from the lines of the bunnies using your brush and water outward and away. This will give the appearance of predominately white bunnies, but also pull a little grey in for their shadows. Pull the color on the barrel and scribble a little Sepia on your palette to brush onto the barrel and darken up the shadows. Take the fine tip of Sepia to darken the horizontal lines. Mask the bunnies and barrel and stamp in the foliage from Foliage Set 3 in Olive Green. Stamp in the filler flower from Flower Set 1 in Rose Pink and the tall flowers from Flower Set 3in Wisteria, Violet and Olive Green. Using the grasses from Foliage Set 1 and Foliage Set 3 to stamp around the sitting bunny and barrel and pull the color. Remove the masks and add a little Rose Pink onto your palette and brush onto the cheeks and ears of the bunnies. Scribble some Salvia Blue onto your palette and brush in for the sky. Add dot detail around the tall flowers in Violet and around the filler flowers in Rose Pink.


Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 8 Violet, 15 Olive Green, 45 Sepia, 57 Rose Pink, 60 Salvia Blue, 62 Wisteria, 86 African Violet

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Welcome back! Today I thought I would share a quick and easy project creating this spring watercolor watering can from the 5012 – WC Wishing Well Mini Set. I decided to take a small break from winter projects and try out this watering can from the Art Impressions new releases. Check out my blog for all the project details. We are looking forward to seeing what projects you make this weekend…make sure you tag us!

Way to go you three! What beautiful floral projects!

Did you know our team offers even more inspiration throughout the week on their personal social media pages? Follow and subscribe their pages to see more beautiful projects! Be sure to share your projects with us, too, to brighten our day! Use #AiWatercolor on Instagram and Facebook on your projects as well!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Bake Some Memories by Cheri Burry!

Hello Ai Fans!
Just Popping in with another set of cards I made using the "Whisk It" set from Art Impressions. Yesterday I showed a project using the Stamped Girl image and today I am just using the little accessory stamps.
I created these cards to l look like the yummy baked goods are cooling on the window and more baking in the Kitchen oven. My paper is from the Carta Bella "Home Sweet Home" 6x6 collection. The window is an Art Impressions die called "Window Die". I created a cloud background using a Cloud Stencil and some Salty Ocean Oxide Distress Ink. I cut all my images out using my Brother Cut N Scan and added them to my little scene.
The papers remind me of vintage wallpaper and I tried to make the card look like a Kitchen wall with wainscotting.
The cupcakes have some Nuvo White Blizzard Drops for added glitter.
Copics Used:
C1, C2, C4, C6
BG11, BG13, BG15
R21, R22, R24, R27
E53, E55, E57

 Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

NEW Work & Play! 4 Fabulous Clear Sets! Plus Challenge 228 Perfect Pastimes!

Hello, Ai Fans!
NEW Work _ Play
Life is all about balance! That's why we celebrate the everyday in our new 2018 Work & Play release! All our multi-tasking, organizational experts out there will enjoy our new Office Party Set, with funny sentiments for your favorite Girl Boss! Growing old together has never looked so good in our Perfect Duet Set, great for anniversaries and celebrating lifelong love! Bake up something sweet with our Whisk It Set and so many loving sayings. Spring is just around the corner and a great time to share our Gotta Garden Set with your green-thumb friend. Watch our Creativation video introducing our four new sets! Also, take a closer peek at the fun sentiments and grab your favorites at today!
Office Party Perfect Duet Gotta Garden Whisk It  

Now it's time for an adorable tutorial by Cheri!

Hi Ai Fans!
Today marks the New Release of the "Work and Play" stamp sets over at Art Impressions. I am using the "Whisk It" set on my front stepper card today!
I  love when Art Impressions does a stamp set as there are so many different combinations that you can make with all the images and sentiments.
I started by gathering up all of my supplies. I decided to use papers from the Doodlebug "Cream & Sugar" 6x6 collection.
 Cut a piece of pink cardstock at 4 1/4" x 11".  Next score the cardstock on its long side at the 1 1/4", 2 1/2", 4 1/4", 6" and 8 1/4" score lines.
Fold the lines with mountain and valley folds as in the picture. I used my bone folder to get crisp folds on the score lines. Next, cut a piece of cardstock at 4 1/4 x 5 1/4 to use as a card base.
Stamp your images with your preferred method. I happen to love my Misti for this! Makes it so easy! If you don't get a good first ink impression just ink and stamp again. Colour with your favourite colouring medium. I used my Copic Sketch markers, which happen to be my favourite medium!
You can either fussy cut out some of the images either with scissors or like me I used my Brother Cut N Scan machine.
Now that I have everything coloured, cut out and ready to go, I'm ready for the fun of assembling my card.

I matted some Designer paper with Blue Green cardstock and added Crystal Stickles to the cake and cupcakes.
I was getting frustrated with my card base as it kept sliding open too much. I decided to add a piece of cardstock that was 4 1/4" x 6 1/2". I scored one end at the 1" score line and folded it. Then I glued it to the inside of the stepper card bringing it underneath. 
I added a border edge poapped up with foam tape and now I have what I call a Front Stepper Easel card! Solved the problem though now didn't it LOL!
Then I just added my main image and all my little cut out images with some foam tape for dimension!
When you "undo" the easel part everything folds flat so you can stick it in an envelope!
Copics Used:
E00, E11, E15, E17, E19, E21
RV10, RV11, RV25, RV29
BG45, BG49
Y13, Y15, Y17
YG23, YG25
N0, N1, N2, N4, N7, N9

Happy Stamping!
What a delicious card, Cheri! Love the "Front Stepper" card layout, too! Such a cute way to showcase all those fun little images!
We're hosting a new challenge this month! Perfect Pastimes is about showcasing the simple everyday! Our character stamps are usually busy doing something fun, from gardening to bowling to drinking coffee... This is a great chance to bring out your favorite people stamps out! We look forward to how you interpret our challenge!

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

We can't say goodbye until we honor the winners of last week's challenge!

Top spot goes to...

Katie O!
Congrats, Katie! Your Birdhouse wreath is so creative and makes for a lively Easter Card! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...


Congrats, you two! Amy, your Easter egg watercolor design is so clever! And Susan, we love your sepia toned antique Truck! Be sure to email with your address and select a stamp set of your choice!

Thanks for joining, we hope you enjoy our NEW Work & Play and share in our challenge this week!

Happy Stamping!