Category Archives: Art Impressions

wish big little piggy

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card I made using one of the new Flutters sets! Here I used 4975- Pig Flutter Set to create a fun, interactive card.

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I thought about putting my pig up in the air and the farm scene down low but I didn’t want my pull tab hanging over the scene so I switched it around. This little piggy is on the ground, making a big wish that he will take flight! lol.

When you pull the tab, his wings move up & down! So fun! I used Mini White Brads (a few are included in the set to get you started) to attach the wings and colored them with a Copic marker to make them pink. Instead of coloring the whole pig, I stamped him onto pink cardstock. Then I colored his hooves, snout, ears and cheeks.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4975- Pig Flutter Set; paper- white, black, SU! Baja Breeze, Blushing Bride, Riding Hood Red, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi, and Pear Pizzazz; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, foam tape, string, MISTI, glue pen, MFT Blueprints 21, Gina Marie Barn and Silo & Grass dies, Art Impressions Mini White Brads.

crazy friends

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Playing Dress-Up” and we are featuring the NEW Girlfriends Release! Here I used 4989- Crazy Friends Set.

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The Girlfriends line continues to be an Ai fan favorite and I’m sure you’ll love the 2 new additions. I found some paper for a die cut frame that matches her skirt and I had to choose this sentiment…love it!

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4989- Crazy Friends Set; paper- white, black, SU! Soft Sky, The Paper Studio- Safari Unlimited; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, foam tape, Die-Namics Stitched Rectangle Frames, SU! Designer Label punch, rhinestones.

a 300 yard drive

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card I made using one of the Ai Work and Play sets. Here I used 4902- Par-Tee Golfers Set.

I will be the first to admit that I know nothing about golf and I’m terrible at estimating distance, but I’m pretty sure a 300-yard drive would be pretty impressive! lol. This guy is sure having fun with his 300-yard drive!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4902- Par-Tee Golfers Set; paper- white, SU! Baja Breeze, The Paper Studio- Be Jeweled; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Grassy Hills, Gina Marie Golf Cart die, craft knife, cutting mat, foam tape, MISTI.

Lighthouse Circlet MTF

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card I made using one of the Ai Circlet MTF sets. Here I used the 4979- Lighthouse Circlet MTF set. Last month I shared 3 different ways that I used the new Circlets sets and here’s the last card design I made.

This one is sort-of a card inside of a card! From the front, once again you peek through the layers for a glimpse of the inside.

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The first circle has the fence image. My blue card base is 5 1/2 x 6 1/2. The 6 1/2″ side is scored at 2 1/4. I die cut an extra circle for the inside to give it a nice finish. When the front flap is opened, the lighthouse shows.

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My white card insert is 5 1/4 x 8, scored @ 4″. When this one is opened, you see the little boat.

My patterned paper layers are 2 x 5 1/4 (front), 3/4 x 5 1/4 (middle), and 3 3/4 x 5 (inside back).

CHA Jan 2018 4cHave a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4979- Lighthouse Circlet MTF; paper- white, SU! Pool Party, Echo Park Summer Dreams; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Die-Namics Cross Stitched Circles, Scor-Pal, enamel dot, Impression Obsession dies- 184-L and 189-C.

Fairy Flutter

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Winged Things” and we are featuring the NEW Flutters Release! Here I used 4973- Fairy Flutter Set to create a super fun interactive card. Bonnie has done it again in creating another awesome line!

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When you pull on the tab, the fairy’s wings move up and down! I love the matching sentiment too! Each set includes everything you need (stamps, dies, brads) to make the wings move except a piece of string.

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Here’s a quick video…
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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Winged Things” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4973- Fairy Flutter Set; paper- white, Core’dinations Teal Plaid & Teal Large Dot; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, foam tape, enamel dots, SU! oval punch, string.

Let the shenanigans begin!

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the Ai Store Exclusive sets. Here I used the SC0795- Road Trip set which can be found at Michael’s stores or in the Ai store online. When I first saw the 5006- Sham-rock Set, I not only loved the St. Patrick’s images but I knew I could get double duty with the set by pairing this awesome sentiment with the Girlfriends sets! Who doesn’t love a road trip with your besties? Let the shenanigans begin!

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I thought this new “Impossible Card” style would be perfect for these four Girlfriends piled in a convertible to pop them upright! How fun! I previously made an A2 size card in this style but wanted the pop-up panel to be slightly larger here to fit the image so this card is 6×6.

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For my “inside” sentiment which I placed behind the pop-up, I used another Michael’s exclusive set, SC0678- Got Style. I also added a punched heart and the streetlight fit nicely on the right.

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I made 2 versions of this by switching the two patterned papers. I don’t know which I like better. These are definitely some of my fave cards I made…hope you enjoy them too!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions SC0795- Road Trip, 5006- Sham-rock Set, and SC0678- Got Style; paper- white, SU! Regal Rose and Pear Pizzazz, Core’dinations Teal Plaid & Teal Large Dot; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, paper trimmer, Scor-Pal, foam tape, SU! Leaf punch, Designer Label punch, flower punch, and Full Heart punch, circle punches, gemstones, buttons, rhinestones, glue dots.

Cabin Circlet MTF

Hello friends and happy Tuesday! I am posting on Tuesday this week instead of Monday and today I have a masculine card to share using one of the new Ai Circlet MTF sets. Here I used the 4981- Cabin Circlet MTF set. I have already shared 2 ways that I used the new Circlets and here’s the third card I made. I’ll share one more style later!

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I wouldn’t normally make a circle shaped card for a masculine card, but by incorporating some masculine papers and cross-stitched dies, I think it works. First, I stamped and colored each image. The first two were not fully colored where the matching dies will cut them.

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Next, each image was die cut with circle dies and the inside of the first two were die cut with the dies included in the set. Then 3 blue layers were die cut. They are not attached yet here.

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Some patterned paper layers were added to the first two and then the circle images were adhered. The matching dies were laid back inside the images and held in place with low-tack tape. These were run through the machine again to cut a window through the first two blue layers.

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Now each layer is ready to be assembled. (I decided to add some paper scraps and die cut holes on that first one!)

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Using my Scor-Pal, I scored a half inch line at the top of the SECOND and THIRD circles. I didn’t want the top of my card to have score marks, for a nice finished look. Then I adhered the layers together using Scor-Tape on those top 1/2″ scored areas.

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I love how you can peek through from the top circle to the back one!

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This circle card opens sort-of like a book.

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Great masculine images!

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Have a great Tuesday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4981- Cabin Circlet MTF; paper- white, SU! Bermuda Bay, MME- Hello Gorgeous; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Large Circle Nestabilities, Die-Namics Cross Stitched Circles, Scor-Pal, Scor-Tape, enamel dot.

Birthday Circlet MTF

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Good Goes Around” and we are featuring the NEW Circlet MTF Release! These are similar to the current Mini TryFolds but they have a fun circle twist!

You are probably familiar with using the MTF sets to create fun trifold cards so when I made my Circlet cards, I created 4 different card styles to give you extra ideas. On Monday I showed one way I used them with the Cottage Circlet MTF Set. Here I used the 4980- Birthday Circlet MTF to create a flip card. Keep checking back the next few weeks to see the other 2 card styles I made!

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I used the Sizzix Circle Card Flip-its #2 dies to cut my card base and layers but there are tutorials to make flip cards if you want to cut & score your own. I colored and die cut all 3 images with the matching dies included in the set. I also used some Spellbinders circle dies to cut around them. Then I layered the first two onto the front of the circle-shaped part that flips. I cut very skinny pieces of foam tape to place around the edge of the balloon image and pop it up a bit.

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Normally the third image would be peeking through from behind the other two but this time I adhered it to the other side.

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Here’s a few close-ups.

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Such a nice sentiment! (a 2 3/8″ circle die is perfect to cut this out)

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4980- Birthday Circlet MTF; paper- white, SU! Daffodil Delight, doodlebug- sugar shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Sizzix Circle Card Flip-its #2, MFT Blueprints 26, Small & Large Circle Nestabilities, foam tape, Clear Wink of Stella, ribbon, Scor-Tape, glue pen, enamel dots.

Cottage Circlet Set

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the new Ai Circlet MTF sets. Here I used the 4982- Cottage Circlet MTF set. Instead of using the new Circlet MTF sets to create fun trifold cards, I created 4 different card styles to give you extra ideas. Keep checking back to see the other 3 card styles I made…I’ll share another one on Thursday.

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For this card, I pulled out some circle dies and used them on each of my three layers. I diecut my images and also patterned papers to layer on the white diecut bases. The first two layers (the fence and cottage) also have a portion of the images cut out with matching dies that are included in the set. When layered, you can peek through each layer to the next image!

I used two Ai mini white brads to attach my circle layers together and placed them on opposite sides so you see each one when they are turned to open. Here’s the first, top layer, turned to open.

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When you also turn the second layer, you see all three.

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Here’s a few close ups.

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Such sweet images!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4982- Cottage Circlet MTF; paper- white, Pebbles- Garden Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Small & Large Circle Nestabilities, Lg. Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Die-Namics Cross Stitched Circles, Ai mini white brads, adhesive pearls.

let’s fla-mingle

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the new Ai Twist Ties sets. Here I used 4984- Flamingo Twist Ties. Instead of making a gate-fold card, I used just one of the flamingos on a normal card front.

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This card didn’t turn out how I first envisioned. Somehow I ended up with an embossed tag and decided to add my sentiment on a tag as well. I kind-of like the layout I ended up with and I love these flamingos! The new Twist Ties are super cute whether you use them as intended or as stand-alone images!

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4984- Flamingo Twist Ties; paper- white, black, SU! Pretty in Pink, Pear Pizzazz, and Flirty Flamingo, Colorbok- Carnival; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Traditional Tags, Couture Creations Pretty in Pink embossing folder, Momenta Cut & Emboss Flamingo and Pineapple, Stickles, Nuvo drops, foam squares.