Category Archives: Art Impressions

spreads like sunshine

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Spring-y Cards” and we are featuring the fabulous new Art Impressions Watercolor Containers and Critters Sets!  I love these new additions to the WC line…take a look at this wagon and the sweet bunnies!

I used 7 sets on my card today… 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4874- WC Bunnies Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

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I used the following SU! markers direct to rubber, then applied a damp brush to the stamped image…just as Bonnie shows in her videos.

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Spring-y Cards” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4869- WC Small Container Set, 4874- WC Bunnies Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, vanilla, black, Making Memories- Chloe’s Closet; ink- SU! markers; accessories- watercolor brush, rhinestones.

Matthew 11:28

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a different project than I normally make with my Ai images. I started bible journaling a year ago and I’ve had Ai’s Madge (1549) in mind all year to use for the Matthew 11:28 verse…“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

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Madge is perfect for this verse…she illustrates how we all, at times, feel.  We simply need to put our trust in Him.  He gives what no one else can give- rest from our daily problems and the burden of our sins.

I stamped Madge with Stazon Black ink (no page prep done) and colored her with Prismacolor pencils, blending them with Gamsol. She was stamped again onto patterned paper and I cut out her shirt to paper piece it. I also used a small scrap of the same paper to make a little “tab” at the top of the page.

Here’s my full page… I also used used the following Sweet ‘n Sassy stamp sets.

All Your Heart, Decorative Banners, Words of Life- Common Words 1, Words of Life- Collection 1, Perfect Faith, Message of Hope.

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I hope you liked this different Ai project today and it inspires you to try some bible journaling too!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Madge (1549), Sweet ‘n Sassy- All Your Heart, Decorative Banners, Words of Life- Common Words 1, Words of Life- Collection 1, Perfect Faith, and Message of Hope; paper- Basic Grey- Urban Prairie; ink- Stazon Black; accessories- Journaling Bible, Prismacolor pencils, Gamsol, blending stumps.

wear it in style

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4373- Birthday Hat Set.

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This lady is another Ai image that is fun to paper piece…her dress is perfect for it and so easy to do!  I decided to put her in a black & white dress and let the cake and her accessories be pops of color.

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4373- Birthday Hat Set; paper- white, SU! Pool Party, Echo Park- Party Time; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, corner rounder, foam dimensionals, rhinestones.

happiness grows

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Let’s Watercolor” and we are featuring the fabulous new Art Impressions Watercolor Minis, Flowers, Foliage, and sentiments!  I’m so glad Bonnie added the sentiments to the line and the new Mini WC sets are so cute!

Today I used the Art Impressions 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set.

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I don’t have the markers that Bonnie uses, but any water-based markers should work fine. I’ve been using my SU! markers since that is what I have in my supply. Here’s the colors that were used on my card.

happiness grows

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite watercolor stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Let’s Watercolor” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4875- Garden Wagon Mini Set, 4868- WC Flower Set 2, 4051- Foliage Set, 4867- WC Foliage Set 2 New, and 4903- WC Sentiments Set; paper- watercolor, white, black, SU! Blushing Bride, K&Co. Amy Butler- Lucky Flowers; ink- SU! markers, Versafine Black; accessories- watercolor brush, adhesive pearls.

hoppy Easter

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4754 – Hoppy Easter Set.  It has a few bunnies with eggs but it also has this cute little chick.

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You may have noticed that my challenge card today has the same patterned paper. I found this piece of 12×12 paper that was cut into squares for a project a few years ago. I guess I thought the leftover pieces were too pretty to toss and left them in a box of unfinished cards.  The colors and fun floral pattern were perfect for my spring cards today.

I brushed some clear Wink of Stella onto the eggs for some sparkle and the chick’s arms & eggs were popped up!

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I also have a sketch if you’d like to try this one.  :)

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4754 – Hoppy Easter Set; paper- white, SU! Blushing Bride and Dusty Durango, K&Co. Amy Butler- Lucky Flowers; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics. Circle Nestabilities, washi tape, foam dimensionals, Clear Wink of Stella, rhinestones.

hello bunny

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card using the new Ai Easter set, 4886-Easter Blessings. I love the sweet images in this set and this time I chose the cute bunny relaxing in the flower for my card today.  I wanted this to be a general “hello” card rather than an Easter one so I used the sentiment from 4759- Hello Friend MTF.

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I decided to go with another CAS card with some vertical panels, using up a few patterned paper scraps.  It feels good to make use of them!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4886-Easter Blessings and 4759- Hello Friend MTF; paper- white, black, Pebbles- Garden Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, button, crochet thread.

who says teaching is stressful?

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Playful People” and we are featuring the fabulous new Art Impressions Work & Play line of clear stamps! This new line is so fun and, of course, hilarious in true Ai style.  I was so excited to see these because my two daughters are a nurse and a teacher, and we have lots of fishermen in the family.  Plus, who doesn’t know someone that loves to golf?  All 4 sets are winners!

Here I used the 4901- Teachers Rule Set.

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite people stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Playful People” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4901- Teachers Rule Set; paper- white, black, SU! Pixie Pink, The Paper Studio- Harper’s Boutique; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Rectangle Frames.

Easter blessings

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using a new Art Impressions Easter set (which is so darn cute), 4886-Easter Blessings.  This set has 4 sweet bunny images to choose from plus a few extras. I picked one of the smaller images to fit the style of card I was creating.

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A good friend of mine recently made one of these Recessed Panel Cards with our local stamping group and I thought it would be perfect to make with this set. I made 2 very similar versions with a change of patterned paper and placement of the sentiment.

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The left and right white panels are popped up with foam tape so that the patterned paper panel is “recessed”. This is a fun, easy way to create interest in your card front.

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Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4886-Easter Blessings; paper- white, black, MME- The Sweetest Thing; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Blueprints 21, enamel dots, foam tape.

born to be wild

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the 4101- Mad Rider Set.  Here I used this fun lady on her scooter to create a shaker card.  She looks like she is having fun zipping by…I wonder what the cat is thinking?

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I dug through my little container of assorted sequins to get “just the right ones” that would match my card. How fun that was! (not…lol)  I bet you can imagine what it was like…those little pieces can be so static-y…haha!

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If you haven’t tried a shaker card, they are a lot of fun.  Well worth fussing with little beads or sequins.  Give it a try!

Have a great day and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4101- Mad Rider Set; paper- white, SU! Pixie Pink and Smoky Slate, doodlebug- sugar shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares, Stickles, clear acetate, foam tape, assorted sequins, Scor-Tape, Sizzix Ornate Labels.

sweet wishes mini trifold

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Lots of Love” and we are featuring some of the fabulous new Art Impressions Mini TryFolds (yes, there will be more later! yay!) These new sets are amazing! Love them.

Here I used the Sweet Wishes MTF- 4848 to make my valentine trifold card.  This time I gave it a curved top edge by die cutting while the card was closed.  Then I made sure my die was lined up correctly to cut my patterned paper layers to match.

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When I make my Mini TryFold cards, I usually start with 4 1/4 x 11 cardstock and score 3 5/8″ in from each end.  The TryFold sets come with 3 images and matching sentiments, plus 2 dies to coordinate so you can peek through the layers to the last image on the inside. So cool!  The largest image (floral wreath here) goes on the card front and I die cut the inside of the wreath.  Instead of stamping the wreath on a panel, I decided to fussy cut the outer edges as well.

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When you open the first fold, there’s a mailbox on the second panel.  The inside of this was also die cut.  The door to the mailbox does not completely cut with the die, though…the bottom edge has perforations in the die so it stays attached and opens!  CUTE!  Can you see the bird peeking through?

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When completely open, the smallest image is on the inside.  This set has a tiny bird with some love letters!

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Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the “Lots of Love” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Sweet Wishes MTF- 4848; paper- white, black, MME- Lost & Found- Heirloom; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Basic Edges, Stitched Rounded Rectangles, gemstones.

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