take the cake

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Creative Critters” AND we are featuring the NEW Mini Spinners collection.  You are going to love them!

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I used the Art Impressions Mini Raccoon Spinner Set (4733) on my card today.  This fella is seriously cute and so quick & easy to color.  I made 2 windows as the directions state but you can use one larger window also.

The images have a front & back which are die cut and mounted on a string so they spin!

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Here’s the inside with the back sides (the cupcake is the same).  I like his cheeky grin. :)

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your cards with Creative Critters!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Mini Raccoon Spinner Set (4733), paper- white, SU! Pear Pizzazz and Soft Sky, DCWV- The Green Stack; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Circle Nestabilities, crochet thread, Scor-Tape, EK Success candle punch, Stickles.

 

made the cover

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using some stamps from the Ai Bird-Brains line.  These chickens are all so fun!  Here’s Birdie & The Girls (1837) and Made the Cover (1853) .

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I’ve been wanting to use these stamps since a friend shared them with me… love them!  I had a few Bird-Brains stamps in wood mount that I purchased a long time ago but I haven’t been able to find them.  ugh!  Does that happen to you?  I just ordered a few to replace them so I’m sure they will soon turn up. LOL!

Here’s a closer look at Birdie & the Girls…

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

 

stamps- Art Impressions’ Birdie & The Girls (1837) and Made the Cover (1853); paper- white, black, SU! Poppy Parade and Calypso Coral; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Die-Namics Blueprints 14, gemstones.

happy snail mail

Good morning! It’s Friday…yay!  And today Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps is releasing 2 new sets (Winnie’s Garden & He is Worthy).  Go check them out!

I used the new set by Wynne Gettelfinger, Winnie’s Garden, on my card today.

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This set has lots of cute images and sentiments!

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Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Winnie’s Garden; paper- white, black, SU! Daffodil Delight and Poppy Parade, MME The Sweetest Thing; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Crushed Curry; accessories- Copics.

stay balanced

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the fun Ai people… Yoga Yolanda Set (4209) .

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I die cut a patterned paper frame and paper pieced her outfit to match.  Then I hand cut a simple banner for the sentiment (which would fit me very well! lol).

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Yolanda was popped up with foam tape for a bit of dimension.  I know the perfect person to send this to…do you?  :)

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Yoga Yolanda Set (4209); paper- white, SU! Bermuda Bay and Pool Party, Colorbok 6×6 Carnival; ink- Versafine Black, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- MFT Die-Namics In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares, Copics, foam tape, gemstones.

deepest sympathy

Good morning!  Today I am sharing this card on the Sweet ‘n Sassy blog. I am using one of my favorite sets, Parisian Postcard, along with the Sympathy Innies.

I think if you ask any card maker what their least favorite card to make was, sympathy cards would come to mind.  But unfortunately we all need them so sometimes I like to go monochromatic for a quick and easy way to create a beautiful, yet heartfelt card.

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I die cut my card base and layers, then stamped the images first and second generation (stamping off once).

Here’s the coordinating inside…

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I hope you don’t need to make a sympathy card soon, but if you do then I hope I’ve given some inspiration.  If possible, I like to make them when I don’t need them and keep one or two on hand.

Thanks for popping in and… happy stamping!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Parisian Postcard, Sympathy Innies; paper- white, SU! Wisteria Wonder; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Wisteria Wonder; accessories- Spellbinders Grand Labels Eleven, pearls, SU! Wisteria Wonder ribbon.

rather be fun

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Show Off Your Stamp” AND we are featuring the NEW sets exclusive to Michael’s.  If you’ve seen them in your store or the sneak peeks on the Ai blog, you know these sets are fabulous!

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I used Got Style (SCO678) with a MME Double-Sided Card to make a fun birthday greeting.

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What a fun gal to color!

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your cards and be sure to include your stamp in the photo!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Michael’s exclusive- Got Style (SCO678), paper- Cream, SU! Mauve Mist and Sage Shadow, MME- Quite Contrary Pre-Folded and Double-Sided card; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Cross-Stitch Circles and Mix & Match Banners, pearls, Sweet ‘n Sassy Arrow Dies, foam tape.

birthday florals

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Watercolor Flower Set (4052) but this time I am not using watercoloring or pairing them with other watercolor sets.  These florals are also pretty just stamped on their own!  My sentiment is from Out To Lunch (3576) .

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My card was inspired by one done by Bridget Finlay.  The flowers were each stamped in a light turquoise-ish ink on pre-punched circles.  Then I stamped them again, offset, in black ink and sponged the edges.

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I can see getting a variety of uses from these florals!  Have you checked out the weekly Ai water coloring videos?  I’m sure you will get lots of inspiration.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions’ Watercolor Flower Set (4052) and Out To Lunch (3576); paper- white, black, SU! Coastal Cabana; ink- Versafine Black, SU! Coastal Cabana; accessories- 1 1/4″ circle punch, Sizzix Diamonds embossing folder, gemstones, ribbon, SU! Bitty Butterfly punch.

math geek

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the wood mount stamps exclusive to AC Moore.  This one is called Still Have Teeth (PS0921) .

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I wanted to use the fun paper with numbers and this guy looks like a perfect math geek to go with it!  I just omitted the sentiment on the stamp.  His shirt and tie were paper pieced to match the patterned paper background.

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Since I omitted the sentiment, I typed up one of my own in a Word document to print for the inside…

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions’ AC Moore exclusive Still Have Teeth (PS0921); paper- white, SU! Early Espresso, Peach Parfait, Coastal Cabana, MME fine and dandy boy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics. buttons, crochet thread, glue dots.

Ai utility dies

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Add A Brad” AND we are featuring the NEW Utility Die Sets.  These are a really cool addition to your collection of dies!

I used the Utility Die Set His (4750) on my card today.

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I made my own pattern for the jeans, belt, and a pouch to put my utilty set into.

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The die set also includes some awesome coordinating sentiments to stamp on the tools!

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What a fun set!

Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your cards using a brad!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Utility Die Set His (4750), paper- SU! Blue Bayou, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, red, black; ink- Versafine Black; accessories- Micron Brown pen, brads.

strike up some fun

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card using one of the NEW Ai sets exclusive to Michael’s!  This set is called Spare Me (SCO680) .

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I have to confess…this card almost went into the trash. lol.  I recently wanted to do a black & white card with some pop of color but with the images I was using, my card looked just awful!  But when I pulled out this new Michael’s set, hmm… the black & white was perfect for the bowling theme!

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I’m not sure if the look on his face shows that he’s having fun… or stressing out because he is behind in the game.  lol.

The new Michael’s clear sets are definitely a must have!  Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions’ Michael’s exclusive Spare Me (SCO680) ; paper- white, black, SU! Marina Mist, Poppy Parade; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Blueprints 21.

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