Thursday, July 27, 2017

Challenge 213 "I'll Text You" WEEK 2!

Hello, Ai Fans!
Happy Thursday! We're back with our "I'll Text You" challenge, and the design team is full of inspiration today! There are just so many ways to use your favorite sentiments! Visit the designer's blog for more details by clicking their name. You can find the stamps they used at

Cheri with a variety of Ai Sentiments

Dana with a variety of Ai Sentiments

Diane with WC Sentiments Set

Karen with Caffeinated

Kerry with Bear Spinner and Mouse Slider

Renee with Merriest Christmas Set and Snowflake Die

Sharon with WC Sentiments Set

Wow, love their different approaches with this challenge! Whether it's a single sentiment focal point or a collage of phrases, these cards are truly unique!

Join our challenge! The theme is using text or sentiment stamps as the focal point, rather than a stamped image. We can't wait to see how you will creatively fulfill this challenge! Our top three picks win Art Impressions stamps, and you can't win if you don't enter! Show us what you got!

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, August 2 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Sale alert! 

Halloween Sale

Fall is just around the corner! Add some sweet and spooky items to your crafty stash this week with our Halloween Sale! Enjoy 15% off our stamps and dies in the Halloween/Thanksgiving category! No coupon code necessary. Hurry, sale ends August 2!

Halloween Sale
Happy Stamping!

too long by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Thursday!
Today I am sharing another card using the AiCS38 – Doggy Kisses Set from the NEW Funny Farm line.  How cute is this daschund?  He's sure to cheer anyone up!

I kept my card CAS to showcase this cute doggy.  Love that's perfect, isn't it?  Be sure to check out all 4 sets in the Funny Farm line!
Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Too Long to Recover by Dana Warren

Hello AI fans!!

Dana, here with a sweet and easy card featuring the new Doggy Kisses stamp set! Some times I just feel like coloring, so I usually pick a set, stamp all the images and color!! The hard part is getting around to making cards with all the images!! LOL!!! 

This card was fast and easy because I already had the image colored, it was just about making a card layout for it. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Markers: BP1, CR4, PP1, TN3, TN5, TN7. The image was fussy cut out with a little bit of a white border.

I used some pretty pink pattern paper for the background, trimming it about 1/4 smaller than the card base. Then I trimmed a wide strip of white card stock and stamped the Hope It Won't Take Too Long To Recover sentiment at the bottom middle. 

Before adhering the pattern paper I wrapped black twine several times around the panel. I added the sentiment strip above the twine with double sided tape. 

Next, I added the cute doggy to the card above the sentiment with foam tape. Last I scattered 3 black enamel dots around the card.

Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Stamping & Coloring!!!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday Threads with Karen Day

Hello Ai Sewing fans!
 It's the July edition of Tuesday Threads... and if you remember last month, I made a quilted mat for my sewing machine to sit on.  This month I have the matching sewing machine cover to share with you!
 I'm using the wonderful Shop Hop fabrics designed by Art Impressions owner/illustrator, Bonnie Krebs - available through Henry Glass Company
 I designed my cover partially based on a few ideas that I found on Pinterest, but I also wanted it to coordinate with the sewing machine mat, and the needle case I'd made a few months ago.  I really love the sewing notion print that I used for the front and back - so I wanted it to be the main focus.  To make it easy to assemble, I designed it with two identical side panels that I sewed up the sides, pivoted and sewed them along the top.  Two small rectangular pieces formed the top opening for the handle.  I fused the backside of all the pieces with a lightweight, fusible tricot interfacing from Therm O Web.
I used my Cricut to cut a heart template that I traced onto the pink floral print, and then I traced it onto Therm O Web's Heat n Bond Lite - a fusible adhesive that I fused onto the back of the heart, peeled off the backing, and then fused it onto the side panel.
 I  made a double pocket on the side panel in a contrasting fabric that can hold a few extra notions to keep my sewing table tidy.  I centered the heart just above the pocket.
 I used some pink embroidery floss to hand sew a blanket stitch around the outside of the heart to finish off the raw edges.
 Here you can see the top of the cover.  Each of the side panels ended with about a 5" gap at the very top.  I added the two side pieces underneath them, leaving a one inch opening for a sewing machine handle to pop through making it easy to carry the machine with the cover on.  I finished up by sewing some blue 1/4" bias binding around the bottom edge.
 Since I created the pattern myself, there was a bit of trial & error with this project!  After assembling it, it quickly became apparent that the interfacing that I'd fused onto all the pieces was not providing enough body to have the cover stand on it's own, or to retain it's shape.  So I took the whole project apart, and Therm O Web came to my rescue!  I used their High Loft Fusible Fleece on the front and back panels, and diagonally quilted them with 2" squares like I did for my sewing mat.  I fused pieces of medium weight non-woven interfacing onto the two side panels, right over top of the tricot I used initially.  The difference was night and day, and I am SO much happier with the end result.  Happy sewing, everyone!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Summer Diva by Kerry

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Can you believe that it's almost the end of July?  Where did the summer go?  I guess time flies when you are having fun, hehe!  Well, time to put on the styling bathing suit and hit the beach with this adorable diva from the Tan It set!

And of course, I have to add an action wobble!  So so cute!!

Copic markers used:
B00, C1, C3, E11, E33, E43, E44, E47, E51, FBG2, R29, R30, RV14, Y38, YG05, YG21, YR31