Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Art Impressions Top 3 of 2014

 The Design Team are all sharing their top 3 creations from 2014 on the Art Impressions blog this week... and I had a riot putting this together, as it meant looking back through EVERY card that I've posted this year.  Let me tell you... it was tough to get down to my final 3 choices - since Art Impressions has so many wonderful images to choose from.  Funny enough, they all ended up being "Girlfriends" cards... which are all larger images that involve a lot of colouring.  That may by why they are personal favourites, as there is a lot of love and effort put into each one of them.  In no particular order, here are my top 3 for 2014:
I want to thank all of the Design Team members that I've worked with this year - you're a wonderfully talented, inspiring group of gals.  Huge thanks to Kate our fabulous DT coordinator, and wearer of many Ai hats; and to the entire Ai crew - you're a fabulous company to work with, and of course you have the best images in the business :o)  And another big thank you to all of you who visit the Ai blog and leave such sweet comments - we appreciate them, and hope that you get a little inspiration along the way.  Best wishes to everyone for a happy, healthy and crafty 2015.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Santa & Penguins

I'm sneaking in one more Christmas card on the Art Impressions blog...using the lovely Santa & Penguins (Sku #4170) today:
I think this stamp is adorable!  And I have used Merry Christmas (Sku #4166) for my sentiment banner. I've added my favourite embellishment - enamel dots, in a couple of coordinating colours. 

There is still time for you to join in our Feeling Frosty challenge!  Click here to link up your creation - there are always wonderful prizes to be won.  Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season and all the best for 2015!
Copic markers used: Skin - E11, E00, E000, R20
Greys/Blacks - W9, W7, W5, W3, W1, W00
Greens - YG63, YG03, YG01
Aquas - BG18, BG15, BG13, BG11
Golds - Y26, Y23
Reds - R59, R27, R24, R22, R20

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Masculine Birthday cards

I am in need of several masculine birthday cards for a couple of nephews over the next while, so I took advantage of a snow day yesterday (we got 14"!) to get them made.  I used a new Avery Elle die to embed the "happy" into my card front and added a few arrow die cuts for decoration.  Easy peasy.

Patterned papers are Lauderdale, Basic Grey; Cardstock is Ruby, Pear & Sunshine, CTMH; Stamp set is Happy Birthday, CTMH; Dies are Simply Said Happy Die, Avery Elle and Shoot! by Spellbinders.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

I had so much fun participating in the Coffee Lover's Blog Hop back in September, that I was thrilled to see that Amy Tsuruta came back with round two this week with the Holiday Coffee Lover's Blog Hop!
I made four cards for the last hop, then added a fifth shortly afterwards, and today is my sixth and final coffee card that I have made as a gift set to give to my boss for Christmas.  I will be putting it with a bag of coffee beans, and have made a little holiday gift tag to go with it.  Scroll down to see the whole set!  First, here is today's card, using this week's Mojo Monday sketch:

This is probably my favourite card set that I've ever made :o)  Hopefully my boss will enjoy them.  If you're a coffee card fan like myself... check out my Coffee Card board on Pinterest here.
I am also entering this into the December Diva Dare on the Verve blog;

Products used: Papers are Farmhouse by October Afternoon; Kraft and Colonial White cardstock, CTMH; Stamp sets are Coffee and Sweet Treats, Verve; Dies are Coffee, Tagged Rectangle, Mini Classy Label and Coffee Cups - all Verve; Inks are Rich Cocoa, Memento and Champagne, Heavenly Blue & Honey, CTMH;

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Caroling Snowmen

 Here is one of Art Impressions fabulous Christmas images in a bright and fun card... I'm using Jolly Carolers (Sku#4316) and the sentiment Bright with Joy (Sku #4078):
 This is such a great image - and I loved colouring it up in the bright colours.  This would be perfect for our current Ai challenge, which is "Feeling Frosty!" - we would love to have you join us, so be sure to link up your creation here.
Copics used: Greys - C5, C3, C1, C00
Greens - G46, G43, G41
Blues - B02, B01, B00, B000
Pinks - RV25, RV14, RV13, RV11
Golds - Y26, Y23, Y21
Oranges - YR15, YR12

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Feeling Frosty Challenge

Today is the start of the last Art Impressions challenge before the holidays!  Our theme for the next two weeks is "Feeling Frosty"... so I chose to use Snowman Shaker (Sku #4514):

Be sure to check out the Ai blog to see what the rest of the Design Team has to share... and we would love to have you join in on the challenge - there are always wonderful prizes to be won!
Copics used - Browns: E57, E55, E53, E51, E50
Blues - B02, B01, B00, B000, B0000
Pinks - R81, R83, R85, R89, RV25, RV14, RV11
Greens - YG05, YG03, YG01
Oranges - YR15, YR12

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Elf Shaker card

Hello!  I am sharing a square card on the One Crazy Stamper blog today, featuring one of the new Art Impressions Shakers stamp sets: Elf Shaker Set (Sku# 4513):
The set includes 3 stamps, the entire elf, just the present, and the sentiment "Have your 'elf' a merry little Christmas".  You stamp and colour the entire elf, stamp and colour the present and fussy cut around it - then you put the present on an Action Wobble and adhere it on top of the present on the main image.  When you either shake the card, or flick the present with your finger, it wobbles back and forth as though the elf is shaking the present.  CUTE!!

Each stamp set also includes one Action Wobble, but you can pick up more of them in the One Crazy Stamper store so that you can use the set over and over.  Happy stamping!
OCS products used: Art Impressions Elf Shaker

Monday, December 1, 2014

December One Crazy Stamper Challenge

Hello everyone!  It is the first of the month, which means the launch of a brand new challenge on the One Crazy Stamper blog!  The Design Team has created projects to inspire you and get you started on your December crafting, so head on over to the OCS blog to check them all out, and you can link up your project while you're there.  I'm using the Holiday Wishes set by Art Impressions for my card:
The set comes with the Santa image that I've used, as well as a sweet reindeer, and the sentiment "Warmest Holiday Wishes" which I've stamped on the inside.  Lora has an amazing stock of holiday stamps, papers and embellies in the One Crazy Stamper store, so you'll want to head over there to check it out (She's lightning fast with shipping, too!)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Birthday Love

 I have a card featuring one of the 2014 Ai People, Birthday Love Set (Sku #4529).  This is actually a CASE of a card that I found on Pinterest!  You can see the original here.

 The Ai Design Team is enjoying a product swap this week with Scrapbook Adhesives, and I have used their wonderful 3D Foam Squares to pop up my main panel to give my card a little extra dimension:
 I love that they come in two sizes!  They're available in black, too.
 I've also used their E-Z Squares permanent adhesive to put my card together:
 Copics used: Skin - E11, E00, E000, R20
Blues - B02, B01, B00, B000
Reds - R24, R22, R20
Greens - YG03, YG01
Hair - Y26, Y23
Greys - W5, W3, W1, W00

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Joyful Christmas

 I am sharing a sweet snowman card today on the Art Impressions blog, using Joyful Christmas Set (Sku #4314) :

This sweet snowman also comes with a stamp spelling the word "JOY" and a sentiment: "Joy to you this Christmas".  I've coloured him with Copic markers, fussy cut around him and popped him up over a matted oval.

Happy stamping!
Copic markers used: Browns - E57, E55, E53, E51, E50
Greys - C5, C3, C1, C00
Greens - G46, G43, G40
Rusty reds - E09, E07, E02
Oranges - YR12, YR00

Monday, November 17, 2014

Guest Designer for Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Two Guest Designer spots in one day?!  Lucky me :o)  The Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge has a new sketch for you every Monday - and this one had an interesting background texture!  I initially wanted to do the background with an embossing folder to emulate the star pattern on the sketch, but I ended up interperetting it as patterned paper:

Patterned papers are Peppermint Collection, Crate Pape;, Cardstock is Pacifica & Colonial White, CTMH; Stamp set is Vintage Ornaments, Waltzingmouse Stamps; Ink is Pacifica, CTMH; Spellbinders Ornament
(Please scroll down to see my Guest Design post for The Challenge)

Guest Designer for The Challenge #19

I was invited to be a Guest Designer on The Challenge this week!  Even though this week's palette isn't exactly classic holiday colours, I managed to make a Christmas card :o)  I knew my Bo Bunny Candy Cane Lane papers were perfect, so here is my non-traditional Christmas card using Lesley's lovely sketch:

One of the papers in the pack had these cute little holiday bingo cards, so I cut them apart and stacked 3 of them along with a few snowflakes to make my little cluster.  A little stitching, a few clear grey bubbles and that's it!  Hope to see you all playing along with The Challenge - you can use just the sketch, just the colours, or both - and you have two weeks to link up your creation here.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Merry Christmas To All

 I am realling loving the Art Impressions 2014 Christmas collection!!  I have a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" card featuring the snowman from the Christmas To All set (Sku #4517):
I stitched my main panel down with my sewing machine, and scattered a few die cut stars around him.  Here's a closeup:

This is the sentiment included with the set that I've put on the inside:

Don't forget that our Zoo/Animal themed challenge is still happening - you can link up your creation here.  Happy stamping!
Copics used: Reds - E09, E07, E13, E02
Greens - YG67, YG65, YG63
Browns - E57, E55, E53, E51, E50
Yellows - Y23  Greys - C1, C00
Oranges - YR12, YR00

Saturday, November 8, 2014

The Challenge #17

Just a quick card to share today... when I first saw the sketch & colours on The Challenge post this week, I immediately thought of a coffee card (probably the colour Espresso that led me there...) but I ended up making a simple Christmas card, using some Waltzingmouse stamps and Echo Park papers that I had sitting around:
Patterned papers are A Very Merry Christmas, Echo Park; Cardstock is Kraft, Cocoa & White Daisy, CTMH; Inks are Ruby & Cocoa, CTMH; Stamp set is Vintage Ornaments, Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Artfully Sent Christmas Card

My first ever design team gig was with the Heart 2 Heart Challenge blog - and I haven't played along in a while, so I'm happy to be joining their first November challenge, especially since my niece Allie is the hostess!  This month is all about "NO" on H2H, and this week is "NO stamping".  Lucky for me, I've purchased the newest CTMH Cricut cartridge, Artfully Sent which has about a zillion die cuts especially for card making.  Here's what I came up with:
I used some older CTMH Christmas paper from the Believe pack, along with Grey Wool & Sky cardstock.  I cut the Noel pocket card at 3", popped it up on some pop dots, and put a piece of silver glitter paper under it.  I die cut a few white and glitter snowflakes, and glued them on with a bunch of sparkles.  So there you have my NO stamping card!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

New Art Impressions Zoo Babies Hop!

The Art Impressions design team is hopping today to help launch the new line of Ai Zoo Babies now available on the Art Impressions website.  And OMG are you going to LOVE these little guys - there are four different animals, each with a sentiment.  They would be awesome for a baby or child's card, and would make amazing baby shower items... which is kind of what I was aiming for.  I've done a baby card, with a matching tag and gift bag using Wildly Cute Set (Sku #4534):

You should've come here from Cheri's blog... and your next stop along the way is Kerry.  For a complete list of hoppers today - head back to the Art Impressions blog, which is the first stop on our hop.  While you're there, you can read about the new challenge starting today on the Ai blog, which is Zoo or Animal themed - we hope you'll play along!


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