Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Ai Stackers!

Art Impressions has just released a new line called "Stackers" that are now available on the Art Impressions website!

The Design Team are all sharing cards made with the five new images and the Slider die.  Today, I'm sharing Dog Stackers (Sku #4740):
 This is what the card looks like when the recipient receives it - I created a sliding tab with some taupe cardstock, rounded the bottom edge and stapled on a piece of ribbon to act as a pull tab.  The green frame was cut with the Slider Die (Sku #4764).  Here is what the card looks like when the tab is pulled out:
Our current challenge on the Ai blog is "Slide On By" - we want you to have a hidden element on your card, like a slider or a flap, etc.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Jean from Art Impressions!

 The Golden Oldies are such classic Ai images!!  I really love using them for cards - today I'm sharing Jean (Sku # T3476) paired up with Not Deaf (Sku # E3477) as my sentiment:

 The socks and the tennis balls simply make the image - and I love that she's all dolled up with earrings and makeup!
 I zigzagged with my sewing machine to finish her off, added some enamel dots and popped up my sentiment.
Copics used: Greys - C5, C3, C1, C00
Skin tones - E11, E00, E000, R20
Blues - B05, B02, B01, B00, B000, B0000
Pinks - RV17, RV14, RV13, RV10
Oranges - YR18, YR16, YR15
Yellows - Y38, Y35, Y32
Greens - YG03, YG01, YG00

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jealous Too

 I have another Art Impressions image that is available through Hobby Lobby stores to share today - this is one of the wood mount images that includes the sentiment on the same block.  Here is Jealous Too (Sku #4713):

 I stamped the image and coloured her with Copic markers, then stamped her again on some polka dot paper which I cut out to paper piece her dress.  I die cut the image in an oval shape and popped her up with pop dots.  I took my next largest oval die, and cut out a larger oval in the striped paper, which I also mounted onto the base with pop dots.  It gave a little added interest to a fairly simple card.  I added a few grey pearls, and that's it!
Copics used: C5, C3, C1, C00, BG75, BG72, BG70, R22, B0000

Monday, June 20, 2016

Two More Father's Day cards

I made up two more fairly quick & easy Father's Day cards this weekend... I had the Grillfather stamped and ready to go, so picked out some papers and coloured him up to match.  The navy/melon coloured card has been sitting in pieces on my desk since the first Viva La Verve sketch came out in early June - so I finally got it assembled:

Stamp sets are Grillfather & FDMD - both Art Impressions; Patterned papers are Persimmon, by Basic Grey and Caprice, by Close To My Heart; Cardstock is Outdoor Denim, Smoothie, Chocolate, Crystal Blue, Colonial White & White Daisy;  Copic Markers; Tuxedo Black ink by Memento & Onyx Black by Versafine.

Saturday, June 18, 2016

Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop

Yay!  It's here again!  The Summer Coffee Lover's Blog Hop is happening this week, and I haven't missed one yet, so even though I'm busy at work, and have a pile of card making commitments on my craft desk... I managed to sneak in a quick coffee card to participate in the hop.  Here is one of the newest Art Impressions stamp sets that is available in Hobby Lobby stores, called "Hot Java Mama":
Patterened papers are Perfectly Plaid and Polka in the Meadow, by Lawn Fawn; Strawberry, Kiwi & Mint Green Gumdrops are Your Next Stamp; Stamp set is Hot Java Mama by Art Impressions; Inks are Tuxedo Black and Rich Cocoa by Memento; Copic Markers.

Inspired By #20

I'm up as hostess on the Inspired By All The Little Things blog today - with an inspiration photo that I adore!  I'm a camera buff, so when I came across this vintage turquoise camera, I thought it was fabulous!
My wonderful niece Allie sent me the stamp set from Close To My Heart a few months ago - "Life In Pictures" so this was the perfect opportunity to pull it out.  Then... a few weeks ago I was at the One Crazy Stamper store and spotted this vintage camera paper from Bella Blvd, that just happened to be grey & aqua??  It's like it was all meant to be :o)  So I made a collage style card:

I hope you'll find time to play along with us this week, the Design Team has some fabulous inspiration to share with you, and I have invited Melinda Everitt to be my Guest Designer.  I 'met' Melinda a few years ago when we were both CTMH consultants (she still is!) and we were on the Heart2heart Design Team together.  She has an artsy streak a mile wide, and comes up with the most beautiful artwork.  So head on over to the Inspired By blog to see what she has in store for us.  Have a great weekend!
I used the June - Week 1 sketch from Viva La Verve for my card:

Patterned papers are Let's Go! by Bella Blvd and Creative Basics, CTMH; Stamp set is Life in Pictures, Close To My Heart; Cardstock is Whisper, Black, Glacier & White Daisy, CTMH; Ink is Onyx Black by Versafine; Silver sequins are CTMH; Aqua sequins are Verve; Square STAX die, My Favorite Things.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

New Ai People!

The Art Impressions Design Team are all sharing inspiration using the newly released Ai People, and Ai Girlfriends - I am sharing the fun Lifetime Set (Sku #4728):
 I really love these plaid papers from Lawn Fawn, and I knew that the colours would make wonderful balloon animals - so I coloured the image to match.
 The first one has the sentiment on the inside, along with a few stars.  On the second card, I made it into a speech bubble and popped it up:
 Our current challenge on the Art Impressions blog is Aging With Attitude - perfect for all the Ai Girlfriends & People images!  Be sure to link up your creation over on the blog, there are always prizes to be won!

Copics used: Skin tones - E11, E00, E000, R20
Yellows - Y17, Y15, Y13, Y11
Greens - YG07, YG05, YG03, YG01, YG00
Blues - B02, B01, B00, B000, B0000
Oranges - YR18, YR16, YR15
Pinks - RV17, RV14, RV13
Browns - E57, E55, E53, E51

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Hello Friend Mini Try-Fold

 A few weeks ago, Art Impressions launched the sweet new Mini Try-fold sets and Clasp Keepers - and I am sharing Hello Friend MTF (Sku #4759) today.  Here it is folded up with the Butterfly Clasp Die (Sku #4748):

 Now the middle layer:
 And finally the inside:
 Since my Copic markers were visible from the inside of the card, after I finished colouring, I mounted some patterned paper on the backside, and recut the openings with the small dies that come with the set.  Our current challenge is Aging With Attitude!  We hope you'll play along, just click on the link above and add your creation to the linkup.
Copics used: Greens - G46, G43, G41, YG05, YG03, YG01, YG00
Browns - E57, E55, E53, E51, E50
Pinks - R35, R32, R30
Purples - BV04, BV02, BV01, BV00
Greys - C5, C3, C1, C00
Blues - B000, B0000
Yellows - YR04, YR02, Y15, Y13, Y11


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