Category Archives: Art Impressions

rustic cabin

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Flowers & Foliage” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Watercolor Release (all 10)! Here I used the following Art Impressions watercolor sets…

4962- WC Rustic Cabins Set, 4960- WC Fir Trees Set, 4966- WC Bird Bath Set, and 4051- WC Foliage Set.

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I created this as a masculine card and even though that tiny dotted stripe in the background is pink, I think it still works!

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

Happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4962- WC Rustic Cabins Set, 4960- WC Fir Trees Set, 4966- WC Bird Bath Set, and 4051- WC Foliage Set; paper- white, SU! Pistachio Pudding, MME- Quite Contrary pre-made cards; ink- SU! markers- Really Rust, Soft Suede, Close to Cocoa, Handsome Hunter, Midnight Muse, Sahara Sand, Bashful Blue, Sage Shadow, Certainly Celery; accessories- Circle Nestabilities, Nuvo Buttermilk drops.

Halloween mansion with tea light

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a Halloween card using the Ai 4926- Holiday Mansion Set, 4927- HM Accessory Set, and 4784- Old Bat Set (for the moon!).

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When we were making samples of the new releases for display at the trade show, I was asked if I could make a Halloween version of the mansion in an easel type card with a battery operated tea light behind it.  What a fun challenge!

Since the mansion is quite tall, I kept the normal size of the card (4 1/4 x 5 1/2).  To create the base for it to sit on, I added a piece of 4 1/4 x 9 inch cardstock, scored at 5 1/2.  The 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 section of this piece was layered onto the card back (I just doubled the thickness of it).  The smaller section folds to the inside when closed and has the die cut wooden boards image popped up to hold the card front when the card is opened.

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To create tinted windows and an eerie glow inside, I sponged purple ink onto both sides of a piece of vellum.  The windows and doors of the mansion were diecut and then it was held in place on the front with temporary tape so the openings could be traced. Once it was removed, the dies were lined up and cut a second time through the front layers.  The vellum was adhered to the back of the mansion and then the mansion was lined back up to the diecut openings on the card base.

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Smaller elements from the 4927- HM Accessory Set were added and the moon is from the 4784- Old Bat Set.  Additional images and a sentiment were placed on the inside, along with the tea light.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4926- Holiday Mansion Set, 4927- HM Accessory Set, and 4784- Old Bat Set; paper- white, black, SU! Smoky Slate, vellum, Recollections- Midnight Magic Halloween; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Distress- Dusty Concord; accessories- Copics, battery operated tea light candle, MFT Blueprints 20, MFT Sheltering Tree & Leaf Trio, Stickles.

baseball get well

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using 4904- Baseball Set.  I didn’t have any patterned papers specific to the baseball theme, so I went with the “wildcats” and added an animal print.  lol.

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This sentiment is perfect for a get well card… I love it!  Paired with a fantastic Ai image, it’s a winner!  :)

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4904- Baseball Set; paper- white, black, SU! Smoky Slate and Wisteria Wonder, The Paper Studio- Safari Untamed; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, corner rounder, MFT Blueprints 14, 15, and 20, rhinestones.

my favorite creeper

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Off Kilter” (angled panels) and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Halloween Clear & Mansion Release! Here I used the Art Impressions 4941 Spooktacular Set.

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I angled my panels and cut a wavy strip with an old Creative Memories Decorative Trimmer. How fun is that sentiment?

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

Happy stamping!

stamps- Art Impressions 4941 Spooktacular Set; paper- husk, black, MME- the Spider’s Web; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, foam tape, Creative Memories Decorative Trimmer, rhinestones.

little sprout onesies

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a special project for your sweet little someone!  This week we are doing a product swap with Marvy and I’ve used a few of their markers, along with the sweet Ai 4317- Little Sprout set, to decorate some baby onesies.

I wanted to try the Marvy Deco Just Glitter Premium markers and I read on the package that they are ideal for fabrics.  Cool!  I remembered the baby t-shirts that I did about 7 years ago and wanted to try making them again, this time adding a bit of glitter!

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I made sure to pre-wash the onesies and then stamped them with black ink.  You can find info on how I do the onesies in the tutorial I previously did on my blog.

I received some great skin tone markers so I colored the baby girl’s skin with Marvy Le Plume Permanent Markers, OR822- Pale Orange and R813- Blush Pink. The rest was colored with Copic markers and I finished by adding some purple glitter with the Marvy Deco Violet Just Glitter marker.

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These little t-shirts also look great hanging on a line to decorate at a baby shower.  You can customize them to the theme and colors!

Be sure to check the Ai blog all week for more inspiration!

Ai Marvy Swap

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4317- Little Sprout set; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Marvy Deco Just Glitter Premium markers and Marvy Le Plume Permanent Markers, Copics, Gerber baby onesies, iron.

aged to perfection

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the Michael’s exclusive set, SC0794- Big Birthday Wishes.  I almost always use one of the larger images on the front of my card but today I “put the outside in” and moved the main image to the inside.

For the outside, I was inspired by a card I received a few years ago.  I cut and adhered 1″ squares to a brown layer (A great way to use up scraps!) and then embossed the layer with polka-dots.  I used some of the smaller images (cupcake & banner) plus a sentiment to decorate.

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The cupcake and sentiment are popped with foam dimensionals and I added a few rhinestones to accent.

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The main image was stamped on the inside and I selectively colored the candles only.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions SC0794- Big Birthday Wishes; paper- white, SU! Soft Suede, American Crafts- Hip Hip Hooray; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Cuttlebug 5×7 Polka Dots embossing folder, baker’s twine, 1 3/4″ circle punch, rhinestones.

Hey, diddle, diddle

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the AiCS39 – Udderly Fantastic Set from the Funny Farm line.  The old Mother Goose nursery rhyme, “Hey, diddle, diddle,” popped in my mind when I looked at this cow the other day.  So, I paired it with the moon image from the 4784 – Old Bat Set and a sentiment from 4852 – Welcome Little One MTF.  Voila… a baby card!

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I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the balloons, moon, and waistband of the tutu to add a bit of sparkle.  The clouds were popped up with dimensionals.

It’s fun to look at your stamps and think a bit outside of the box to find ways to stretch your collection and use them creatively.  Take a fresh look at your stamps and see how you can use them in different ways!

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions AiCS39 – Udderly Fantastic Set, 4784 – Old Bat Set and 4852 – Welcome Little One MTF; paper- white, SU! Soft Sky; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Carta Bella Night Sky embossing folder, MFT Wonky Stitched Ovals and Cloud Trio, foam dimensionals, Clear Wink of Stella.

New Ai Hobby Lobby Halloween

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Orange & Purple” and we are featuring the new Art Impressions Halloween blocks in the Hobby Lobby stores! Today I am sharing how I made a little treat bag with the new 4783- Haunted House block.  The Ai images turn a simple bag into one that is totally unique and fun to give (or receive!).

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First, cut TWO 6×6 squares of double-sided patterned paper.  Then score each @ 1/2, 1 1/2, and 2 1/2″.  Turn it 90 degrees to the right and score again at 1 1/2″.

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Cut the small rectangle from the bottom left corner and discard.  Then cut the 2 1/2″ vertical scored line up to the 1 1/2″ horizontal line.

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Turn it 180 degrees and mark the bottom of the bag @ 1″ and 2 1/2″. Score from each mark to the corner of that rectangle.

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Flip the paper over and fold those scored lines to create the bottom flap.  (It helps to tape or glue the flaps down.)  *Now repeat those first steps on the second piece.

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Fold all scored lines and apply strong tape to the 1/2″ flaps on each piece. (place the tape on the side which will be the outside of the bag)

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Adhere each 1/2″ flap to the opposite side of the other 6×6 piece to assemble the bag.  Fold in the bottom flaps and adhere.

Note- you can cut a 2 x 3 1/2″ piece of cardstock to place inside the bottom of the bag to make it nice & sturdy.

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Next, mark both sides 1/2″ down and 1/2″ in from each top corner.  Use these marks as a guide to adhere ribbon handles with eyelets or brads.  Cut two pieces of 10″ to 12″ of ribbon for the handles.  If using eyelets, slip the ribbon through and knot each end.

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Now the bag is assembled.  Stamp, color, and cut out your favorite Ai images to add to the front!

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The finished bag is 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2″ deep.

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Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite Ai stamps, make a card, and join us in the “Orange & Purple” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Hobby Lobby 4783- Haunted House; paper- white, black, K & Company KP Halloween; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Scor-Tape, Scor-Pal, We R Memory Keepers Black Jumbo Eyelets, Crop-A-Dile, ribbon trim, Large & Small Oval Nestabilities, Black Stickles, Clear Wink of Stella.

chews to party

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the AICS37 Old Goat Set from the Funny Farm line.  Bonnie hit it with the cute goats and I love the sentiment…

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The top banner is popped up on the side and I diecut a cute striped frame to showcase him. I know how much goats like to jump on top of things and this guy looks like he gets into all kinds of mischief, doesn’t he? lol.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions AICS37 Old Goat Set; paper- white, black, SU! Pixie Pink and Bermuda Bay, Doodlebug Sugar Shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Rectangle Frames and Blueprints 26, foam dot, rhinestones.

little man

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Showered With Love” (baby or bridal)… a perfect time to pull out a cute Ai baby image!  Here I used the Art Impressions 4321- Little Man Set.

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I used a quilt die for the background with three patterned papers…then mixed them up to create three different cards.  The MFT quilt die I used doesn’t seem to be in stock now where I purchased it but there is a similar MFT one.

The panel with the quilt was popped up with a piece of craft foam and the baby was also popped up with some foam tape.

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4321- Little Man; paper- white, SU! Baja Breeze, DCWV Nana’s Nursery- Baby Boy; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Die-Namics Quilt Square Cover-Up, white sheet of craft foam, Scor-Tape, adhesive pearls, foam tape.