Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Where will Art Impressions be? November 2017

As the end of the year approaches, we are wrapping up our 2017 show season! Visit us in Ontario, Cali. for Stamp & Scrapbook Expo or Mesa, AZ for Rubber Stamp Events on the first weekend of November! Our booth has our newest stamps, dies, and accessories priced 15% lower than our website! You will enjoy a free make & take each day of the show, as well as watercolor demos from our experts!

We still have space in our Ontario Watercolor Workshop, both on Friday and Saturday at 8:30AM! Additionally, we have made a change to class availability for our Mesa Watercolor Workshop. The 8:00AM section has been cancelled, but there is still room in our 10:30AM class! We hope to see you there!

Our 3rd Annual Warehouse Sale is coming up this November 17-18 in Keizer, OR! We are excited to see our local crafters, as well as some out of state visitors for this fun event! We will have huge discounts, giveaways, and even cookies and coffee to keep you going! Since this event is one weekend before Thanksgiving, we wanted to lend a hand to our community by requesting guests to bring two cans of food, or $5 to help pay for turkeys, for our local Keizer Community Food Bank. This is not required, but we know our donations will make a difference in our community!

If you are coming to the sale, you will certainly enjoy taking a class or two (or more!) from our fantastic instructors, Kendra Krebs and Kate Swanson! Together, they are offering 7 different classes, including watercolor, holiday, and interactive cardmaking! Register for class at the links below:

Ontario, CA Stamp & Scrapbook Expo November 3-4    *Classes Available Fri & Sat
Mesa, AZ Rubber Stamp Events November 4-5    *Class 10:30AM Fri
Keizer, OR Ai Warehouse Sale November 17-18    *7 Different Classes Available

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Print this coupon to bring to Scrapbook Expo or Rubber Stamp Events for 30% off one stamp item before noon (either day of the show)
To view our full show schedule, click here. Not in the area for one of our shows? Request our stamps at your local stamp store, and check out our Dealer Locator for a store near you! New releases are gradually posted on our website, so be sure you are signed up for our retail newsletter to be notified!

Stay tuned, we will be ready to announce our 2018 Show Schedule next month!

Happy Stamping!

Holiday Mansion by Karen Day

Hello Ai fans!
Have you seen the fabulous Holiday Mansion Set (Sku #4926) that Art Impressions released this summer??  It is the most brilliant idea to have a sweet little house that comes with shutters and a full set of dies to cut out the window panes, and two doors on hinges:
 How cute is that??  The other brilliant part of this set... is that there is a companion set of stamps & dies called HM Accessory Set (Sku #4927).  If you notice the tree, wreath, bells, reindeer & Santa - these are part of the accessory set, each designed to peek out from between or behind the windows and doors.
 After stamping and colouring with Copic markers, I positioned all the dies on both the house and all the accessories.  One quick pass through my Cuttlebug, and everything was cut out and ready to assemble.  I added some Stickles to sparkle up the snow a little, and added some sparkle to the background as well.  The sign was created by cutting it out from a piece of patterned paper.  Here is one of the sentiments that comes with the set that I added to the inside:
 Now - what I haven't mentioned yet, is that these are only 1/2 of the accessories that come in the set - a whole set of Halloween images (ghosts, pumpkins, boarded up windows, monsters) mean that you can colour the mansion completely differently to make a spooky haunted house.  I love when you can get an entirely different look from the same stamp set.  Head on over to the Ai website to pick up your own Holiday Mansion!
Copics used - Pinks R85, R83, R81
Reds - R37, R35, R32
Blues - B02, B01, B00, B000, B0000
Greens - G63, G61
Yellows - Y26, Y23, Y21, E50
Greys - C5, C3, C1
Browns - E55, E53, E51

Monday, October 23, 2017

Skeleton Wiggle Wobble (he glows!) by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am CASE-ing Renee with a card using the Ai 4952- Skeleton Wiggle Wobble set. (She shared her card last week) The sentiment on the front of my card is from the Michael's exclusive SC0680- Spare Me clear set.
Renee had the brilliant idea to create a spider web window on her card and I loved it so much that I wanted to re-create it on a card for my friend who has an October birthday and LOVES Halloween.  After seeing Renee's card, I couldn't even think of making mine any other way! lol.  It's perfect!

I changed mine up a bit by making a different shaped window and adding a punched creepy fence to the front. I used the same cute mice punch but brought that to the front as well.
On the inside, the wobbly skeleton was assembled with mini brads and he is made EXTRA wobbly by adhering him to the card with a Mini Action Wobble.  I opted to skip his hat & bow tie this time.

Since I used a black card base and a dark patterned paper inside, it is difficult to sign the card.  My solution was to use the leftover pieces I die cut from the front window to adhere on the back for my message and signature.

Now, I didn't give him a hat & bow tie for a reason....he GLOWS IN THE DARK!!!  So I didn't want to cover up part of his head.  After I assembled all his parts with the mini brads, I used an old bottle of Glow-in-the-Dark fabric paint I had in my stash (for many moons!)  Mine was a pale yellow color which I didn't see while searching but I did find the same brand with a Natural color which I've linked below.  I'm guessing the natural color would be better anyway!  Oh, and I didn't forget the eyes in the little bat & spider die cuts....they glow too!

 Here's a quick little video to see the action!

I want to thank Renee for letting me CASE her card! I enjoyed making this for my friend. Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Magic is in the Air! by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a fun Halloween card with you.

I colored the rickety old haunted house with watercolor pencils.

I wish this little trio lived outside of my house.  My son has been lucky enough to see a barn owl from two lots down fly past his window a few times but I've never seen him.

Don't you just love the sparkle that these fusible glitter sheets add?

I wanted to create something with some dimension to it.  Kind of like a scene and not just a card.  This can be displayed all season long.

Fantasia Pencils: 3, 29, 43, 45, 50, 53
Staedtler Pencil: 80 Gray
Not pictured below...Paper Studio Be Jeweled (Hobby Lobby)
Sizzix Red Die Bare Tree

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Hi Punkin Pie by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!!

Can you believe it's almost time for Halloween?? Those little trick or treaters will be knocking on our doors very soon!  Do you ever get adult trick or treaters as well?  We do sometimes. And if I ever had this cutie show up at my door, I believe I'd have to fill her bag cause she's so adorable! She's 4520 Punkin' Pie Set from Art Impressions! :)  Oh! I almost forgot to tell you!! I'm so excited cause I'm in Sacramento today at Scrapbook Expo, and I am taking a watercolor class from Art Impressions!!! If any of you are there, holler at me! I'm in the Saturday morning class and will be arriving late as a group of us are taking a bus over and don't arrive til around 8:30 and then we have to get checked in. Hope to see you there!!!

I paired her with some beautiful fall papers from Bo Bunny and colored her up with Copic markers. 

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

Copics used:
E000, E00, E04, E11, E21, E23, E33, E35
YR18, YR21, YR65, YR68
R20, R27
V12, V15
N3, N5, N7
C2, Blender