Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! PLUS, Michaels Exclusives Now Available!

Happy Thanksgiving, Ai Fans!
The blog is closing for the next few days so our design team can enjoy a Thanksgiving break! Today we have a bit of inspiration to tide you over! You can now find FOUR new Art Impressions clear sets, produced by Hampton Art, at your local Michaels!
 Introducing TWO new Holiday PopCards, Santa PopCard and Reindeer PopCard! These new sets contain clear stamps and metal dies, and assemble the same way as our previous PopCards to make unique 3-D cards! Make spirits bright with our TWO Christmas Girlfriends clear sets, Ugly Sweater and Merriest! These four sets are EXCLUSIVE to Michaels, so find a store near you to grab them up!

Inspiration time! Check out what our designers created with these exclusive sets! Click the designer's name to view more details on their personal blog, and click the set they used to view it at to find store availability by your zip code!

Dana with Merriest

Renee with Reindeer PopCard and Window Die 

Sharon with Ugly Sweater

Thank you for your bright and shiny cards, designers! Enjoy a week break for Thanksgiving! We are thankful to you!

Before we go, let's celebrate the winners of our previous Tag It Challenge!

Top Spot goes to...

Congrats! We love your sweet bracket tag featuring our Santa Paws puppy! Such festive colors and details! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to..

Irene Rhodes!

Melissa O!
Congrats, you two! The reindeer theme is really working! Irene, your handmade "ugly sweater" tag with our Reindeer Mini Shaker is just such a cute idea! We can't resist! And Melissa, your bold Reindeer Games tag is just divine! Email with your address and choose a stamp set of your choice for a prize!

We had really wonderful tags for our challenge! Our next challenge will not start until November 30th, but we will give you a clue: laughter!

Happy Thanksgiving! We are thankful that you spend time with us here on the blog! Stay tuned tomorrow for a blog post about our Black Friday special! If you aren't already signed up for our Retail Newsletter, you may want to hop over and subscribe so you don't miss out! It's a big one!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

NEW VIDEO! Snowy Christmas Tree Watercolor

Hello Ai Fans!

Welcome to the second video in our Winter Watercolor Wednesday series! If you missed last week's Rustic Winter scene, you'll want to hop over to YouTube to check it out too!

This week, Bonnie builds a snowy fir tree in the forest, adorned with ornaments! She starts by drawing a pencil line down her watercolor paper and adding the different shaped pieces from her WC Fir Tree Set. She draws in the snowy lines with her African Violet marker and pulls the color upward to give the appearance of snow. Bonnie then adds the trunk with the fine tip of her Sepia marker. To make the ornaments, she simply creates circles with her Tropical and Magenta markers, trying to leave a highlight on the bulbs. To finish the image, Bonnie adds tiny flecks of snow with her Signo White Gel Pen maker.

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Dress the Turkey by Dana Warren

Hello, AI fans and Happy Thanksgiving Eve!

It's almost time to eat some turkey and pumpkin pie!! Art Impressions Full of Thanks, is a great stamp set to have on hand, for before Thanksgiving or after!!

My card features the dressed up turkey! Which I didn't release had pants on!! I thought he was just wearing a jacket and bow tie, didn't release it until I was taking pictures!! But, he still is looking good!!

I stamped him, the pumpkin pie and wishbone on some watercolor cardstock. With my Distress Markers, I colored him up, using: Fired Brick, Spiced Marmalade, Wild Honey, Squeezed Lemonade, Rusty Hinge and Tea Dye. I cut out the turkey with a circle die and fussy cut out the pie and wishbone.

From a fall themed pattern paper pad, I trimmed up some scraps and adhered them to a Kraft card base, some at different angles, I didn't want them to be perfect. Then I added the circle, pie, and wishbone with foam tape over the strips. Last I stamped the sentiment in a brown ink.

Thanks for stopping by!! Happy Thanksgiving!!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Sparkle & Cheer by Karen Day

Hello Ai fans!
I really love this sweet snowman set from the newly released Ai Christmas clear sets - here are three cards made with Sparkle & Cheer (Sku #4935):
The three snowman images in this set are just darling - and quick to colour up!  You'll have a stack of Christmas cards ready in no time.
I used some festive plaids, and added a hint of lime green to make things pop a little.  I used some lime green thread in my sewing machine to zigzag stitch on each one, also.
Happy stamping!

Monday, November 20, 2017

giving thanks by Diane Zechman

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
Today I am sharing another card using the 4939- Full of Thanks set. This time I used the cute turkey in disguise!  I think he is the one giving thanks...for not landing on the dinner plate!

I used a Simon Says Stamp Giving Thanks die for a layer to pop him up on and then added a few gold rhinestones for the "ground".
Have a great Monday and a wonderful Thanksgiving… happy stamping!

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Holiday Mansion by Reneé Matarese

Hello Ai fans!
Today I'm sharing the Art Impressions Holiday Mansion and HM Accessories.
I also used the Ai Snowflake Dies.

I fell in love with Diane's idea to use a tea light behind the mansion and just had to give it a try.
Since she made a Halloween card I thought I'd make a Christmas version.
You can see her card I was inspired by HERE.

I used an acetate card base so that the tea light would glow more.  I liked feeling like the house was set in it's yard and you could see the front and back yards making it more dimensional.

Open the front door and you see the verse.

Here's the inside.

I also made a coordinating gift box with some more of the HM Accessories.

One little pointer if you decide to try something like this. I wanted the house to be all silver because I thought it was festive.  You can't see the lines enough for them to matter but you can see them enough to bug me...Next time I'll probably stamp the image on cardstock first.  Then I'll cut it out and use it as a template to cut out the specialty paper.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Merriest Christmas Set by Sharon Caudle

Hello AI Fans!

Hope you're having an amazing start to your weekend before Thanksgiving in the US! It's now one of the busiest times of the year and I love and cherish every moment of it! Today's card features the beautiful Santa from #4790 Merriest Christmas Set.  from Art Impressions. I just adore the vintage feel to this set!  I colored up Santa in his finest with Copics. 

Thanks so much for stopping by to visit today and hope to see you back again soon! If you'd please indulge me for a moment, I'd like to say how very thankful I am to have the opportunity to work with Art Impressions and the design team.  I am continuously amazed at the love, support, and talent that I see every day. To be a part of this was always my dream, and to know I'm living that dream every day is beyond amazing.  I wish each and every one of you a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. May your hearts be filled with love and joy, and may your tummies be full of turkey and pie! God bless! 
Copics used:
E000, E00, E11, E33, R20, R35, R37, R39, G82, G85, Y35, Y38, T1, T2, T3, T4, T5, T6, Blender