Thursday, May 24, 2018

NEW Summer Mini Tryfolds! PLUS Challenge 233 Door Openings!

Hello, Ai Fans!

Unfold Summertime favorites with our nostalgic Mini TryFolds! Our two 2018 sets include fun outdoor scenes with hinged openings for a great interactive element! Our Happy Camper set will have you 'glamping' in no time, with an adorable sleepy fox inside. Check out our new Produce Stand set with a cute awning and raccoon pal enjoying a slice of watermelon inside! Sets include multiple clear stamps and die cuts for the peek-through openings! Find these and our entire Mini TryFolds collection at! See the sets and some fun card samples in our Creativation preview video!

Happy Camper MTF Produce Stand MTF

Sharon is here today with a lovely tutorial, check it out!

Hello AI Fans!

I'm excited to show you the brand new and oh so adorable Mini Tryfolds!  My card today features the fabulous 4970 Produce Stand!  If you peek under the awning, you'll see the cutest raccoon eating a yummy piece of watermelon!  I started out by cutting a piece of cardstock 5" x 10" and scoring in half at 5".  Along with that, I cut another piece of cardstock at 4 7/8" x 5 1/8" inch. Score at 1/4" on the  longer side so it's 4 7/8" square.  That is for the middle portion of my card. 

I stamped all three pieces and colored them with copics.  Colors I used will be listed below. As you can see, I still wasn't quite sure how I was going to attach it to the card because I added grass around the image. :) 

After coloring, I fussy cut the front piece out. I then die cut three pieces to represent the grass for each page of the card, and attached it to the front page.  I then placed the image where I wanted it, and lightly traced inside the cut awning so I could die cut the card front.  After removing the image, I placed the die around the trace line and die cut.  I then glued the image to the card front, making sure the awnings lined up.  

A look at the inside of the front of the card. 

Apply a strong adhesive to the 1/4" edge of the middle piece and adhere it to the card.

I cut the center image out with a stitched die and cut a mat for it also. I then placed the die inside the fruit and cut out the center. After die cutting that,  place the image on the mat and again, lightly trace the inside with a pencil and die cut the mat. Adhere the image to the mat, making sure the die cuts matched up. 

Using a cloud die set, I cut three clouds for each page in the card, and doodled around the edges.  I stamped the sentiment from the set onto the large cloud for the last page of the card. I applied mounting tape to the back of the clouds so they would be popped up from the card. 

I guess I didn't have quite enough doodling, so I ended up going around the outside of the card as well. And here's the finished product.  Hope you've enjoyed and can't wait to see how you create your MiniTryfold Card! 

Look at the fun dimension!!

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

Copics used:
E13, E15, E17, E19, E33, E35, E37, E40, E41, E71, E74
C1, C2, C3, C4, C6
T1, T2
R02, R22, R24, R27
Y04, Y08
YG05, YG07, YG09, YG13, YG17, YG21

Thanks, Sharon! Love your summery layers revealing that sweet raccoon! 
A new release calls for a new challenge! This challenge we want to see how you incorporate doors, openings, or hinged elements on your cards! We love how our new Mini Tryfolds feature windows that open and close, and wonder what creative ways you can come up with for doors in your cards!

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, June 6 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 "Playing Dress-Up" Challenge! What fun ideas you crafters have!

Top Spot goes to...
Congrats, Rosa! We love your fun shaker card with our Crazy Friends set! Such lovely coloring, too! Those ladies look like they are having a great time! Please email with your address so we can send you a fabulous prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

Amy Marshall!

Irene Rhodes!
Congrats, you two! Amy, we are really digging your warm colors on your Flaunt It girlfriends! And Irene, *swoon* your selective coloring is so darling and makes your Elephant pop! How cute. Email with your address and select the stamp set of your choice for a prize!

Thank you to everyone who joined our "Dress-Up" challenge - please join again for our "Door Openings" for a chance to win! Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

NEW VIDEO - Wood Plank Wall & Window Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to a new Watercolor Wednesday! This week, Bonnie wows us again with rustic boards around a window, which looks outside to a sweet birdhouse and rolling hills. She uses our wall texture panels and positioner to place the planks around the window, then simply adds the birdhouse and robin and background colors from her palette. We hope you enjoy this week's video and if you like it, please leave a thumbs up or a comment over on YouTube!

Happy Watercolor Wednesday!

View on YouTube:

Flock Star by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

If you are a fan of Flamingos and interactive cards you can't go wrong with the Flamingo Wiggle Wabble set! All the Wiggle Wabble sets are so cute!! 

To start I added a Simon Says Stamp Dot & Lines stencil to the front of a white card base. I used washi tape to hold it in place. Then I added liquid glue to the stencil, just like it was paste. I set it aside to dry and cleaned off the stencil before the glue could dry.

While my background was drying I stamped and die cut all the pieces from the Flamingo set. Then I used my Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils to color the image, instead of using water I used a basic alcohol blender pen to create a watercolor-like look. I used Petunia, Carmine, Ebony, Strawberry, Coral, Bottle Green.

Then I assembled the flamingo with the tiny brads that come with the set. If you run out an can purchase more here. Next, when my background was drying I added some gold foil and ran it through my die cutting machine. The dried glue is sticky enough to hold the gold foil. 

I cut a strip of pattern paper from my scrap pile and stamped the Happy Birthday Flock Star sentiment. I added the strip across the card. Last I added the Flamingo with a wobble.

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!!

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Tea Party Pop Card by Jil Lebel

Hello Ai fans!

I am a huge fan of the Pop Card line.  I especially love the newer release that has more involved scenes.  Today I'm showing you the Tea Party Pop Card 4942.  I used it with the Pop Card Template 4862. Remember that all of the Pop Cards come with all of the stamps and dies that you need to make them, except for the Pop Card Template.  You only need to buy the template one time for use with all of the Pop Cards.

My card started with a pre-cut linen card base that had an eyelet edging. I just cut a circle into the top side of it so the recipient could catch a glimpse of what was inside the card.  I added paper to the card front from the DCWV Garden Tea Party paper stack.  I also added a die cut doily that I had cut to go around the circle. I edged the entire card and all of it's layers with Tea Dye Distress ink.  All of my images are colored with Peerless watercolors.  They are concentrated watercolors on special sheets of paper.  I find it's easiest to apply them with a fine point waterbrush.  I used just a few colors on this project.  They were; japomica scarlet, olive green, bismark brown, tea rose pink and pearl gray. Once all of the images were dry, I applied Diamond Stickles to a few areas.

I assembled the inside of the Pop Card following the directions that are in the packaging.  I cut the Pop Card template out of acetate.  It makes it easier to get the template through the thick watercolor paper, and you can barely see it.  I just love how everything pop's up and comes to life when the card is opened! I hope you give these fun cards a try.  Once you see how easy they are to make, you'll want to do more and more of them.  

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Monday, May 21, 2018

wish big little piggy by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing another card I made using one of the new Flutters sets! Here I used 4975- Pig Flutter Set to create a fun, interactive card.

I thought about putting my pig up in the air and the farm scene down low but I didn't want my pull tab hanging over the scene so I switched it around. This little piggy is on the ground, making a big wish that he will take flight! lol.
When you pull the tab, his wings move up & down! So fun! I used Mini White Brads (a few are included in the set to get you started) to attach the wings and colored them with a Copic marker to make them pink. Instead of coloring the whole pig, I stamped him onto pink cardstock. Then I colored his hooves, snout, ears and cheeks.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!


Sunday, May 20, 2018

Owl Flutter Birthday by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!
 Today I'm sharing one of the fun, new Flutters!
 I've used 4972 – Owl Flutter Set.

The Flutters line is a fun, new interactive line from Art Impressions. You pull the tab and the wings, ears etc. move up and down.  I'm sad because the texture didn't show up. The white portion has an embossed wood grain on it.  It's really fun in person.

The owl comes with a fun birthday verse.
You can see it on the inside of my card below.

Here's a video of the cute, interactive wings.

Copics used:
E33, E35, E51, E81, Y02, Y26, BG02, BG11

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Friendship Blooms!

Hello, Ai Watercolor Fans! Today we have three fabulous projects to share, featuring gorgeous florals. Our friends Dot and Tricia O. have paired a friendship sentiment with their card, while Tricia K. framed her poppies for a perfect gift!

Dot Freel Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Watercolor Friends,

Spring has surely arrived for most of us and I made a Spring birthday card for the Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend roundup. A friend gave me the heart shaped balloon. I used eight stamp sets and nine markers to create it. See my list of supplies below:

Marvy LePlume II Markers: 45 Sepia15 Olive Green72 Pine Green55 Iris Purple75 Sky Blue, 70 Peppermint, 35 Coral Pink, 52 Yellow Green, 62 Wisteria
Other Supplies: Canson Watercolor Paper

Tricia Kennedy - Instagram

Just three stamps and four markers were used to create my pretty “Poppy Painting” for today’s Watercolor Weekend project. I watercolored the Art Impressions Way by stamping the container from WC Containers in African Violet, then the foliage from WC Foliage Set 2 in Olive Green and finally the long-stemmed flowers from Watering Can in English Red and Olive Green (I added a few more buds by just stamping the single top flower several times). To achieve the “poppy” look, I placed a small black dot with the fine tip of Black into the center of each flower making sure to leave a little white space too.

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook
Lately I have really been into creating watercolor projects that have a frame of some kind in the design. I decided to share one for Watercolor Weekend that is really simple to achieve. It only requires 3 stamps and 3 markers. You can use a shaped die or really anything you have around the house to use as a template. This project can also be used for any occasion, just stamp the sentiment you need. Don’t have an occasion yet, leave it blank until you need one, then you will have a card ready to go at a moment’s notice.

I traced a square lightly on my watercolor paper using my stitched square die with a pencil. Then, I used 2 flowers from the new 5008 – WC Flower Set 3 inked with 20 Magenta and 15 Olive Green and the small leaves from the new 5007 – WC Foliage Set 3 also inked with 15 Olive Green. I used the square as a guide to where I wanted to place my flowers. I used the 40 Brownish Grey on my palette to create the square. 

If you would like to see how I created this card, come check out the video on my YouTube channel. I hope you will join us for Watercolor Weekend and share your projects with us using #AIWatercolor. 
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 20 Magenta15 Olive Green40 Brownish Grey
Other Supplies: VersaFine- Onyx Black Ink PadHeartfelt Hydrangea- ClearHeavy Base Weight Card Stock- Bubblegum PinkSimon Says Stamp SHAPES WITH STITCHES SetSS160 In Stitches

Thank you for your beautiful cards, ladies! We are celebrating our gal pals this week with our newest Girlfriends release, and a hand-stamped and painted card is a wonderful way to share some love. We hope you'll get a chance to make and mail a card to one of your friends this weekend! Happy Stamping!

Let's get our boogie on by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

I made my card today for a bestie that had a birthday last week. I just love 4730 Birthday Fairy Set from Art Impressions! Her skirt goes on an Action Wobble and she does a little boogie for you!  :)   I paper pieced her dress to match the background papers. 

Isn't she so much fun??!!  Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit today and until next time - stay crafty!!
Copics used:
E000, E00, E11, E21, E23, R20
B000, B00, B02
YG00, YG01, YG13, YG17