Category Archives: Art Impressions

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.

giraffe twist tie

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Gatefold Cards” and we are featuring the NEW Twist Ties Release!

Here I used 4986- Giraffe Twist Ties to create a cute trifold card. The sets include special dies that cut the shape of each animal and also cut an opening around them! Their necks are wrapped around each other to hold the card closed….SO cute! The measurements and directions are given on the package. The cards would be simple to cut and fold yourself, but Ai sells packs of precut/scored cards and envelopes at a great price!

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I chose a big polka dot print to layer on the inside and then cut strips of a stripe for the outside. I added a cloud for the sentiment and a few rhinestones to finish it off.

While my stamps were in my MISTI, I decided to decorate the envelope too.

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Here’s the card open…

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4986- Giraffe Twist Ties; paper- white, The Paper Studio- Be Jeweled; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, 4983- Twist Ties Card & Envelope Pack, PTI Clouds, foam tape, gemstones.

hugs

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card using one of the Ai Valentine sets… but once again it isn’t for a valentine! Here I used 4363- Tweetheart Set. I’m sure we can all think of someone who could use a hug!

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I wanted my cute bird to be yellow so I found some old papers to match. Then I only inked the word Hugs from the sentiment stamp.

There is a separate stamp for the top of the bird and it was mounted on a Mini Action Wobble. The Ai Shakers are so much fun!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4363- Tweetheart Set; paper- white, SU! Calypso Coral, MME- The Sweetest Thing; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Mini Action Wobble, enamel dots.

hello beau-tea-ful!

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the Ai Valentine sets… but not for a valentine! Here I used 5005- Valentine Bears Set to make a sweet “hello” card.

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This bear in a teacup image is so heart-warming! I found some teacup paper to match, then paired a die cut “hello” with the “beau-tea-ful” stamp on a hand-cut banner for my sentiment. I kept it clean & simple and let the bright pink circle draw the focus to the image.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 5005- Valentine Bears Set; paper- white, black, SU! Melon Mambo, Pool Party, and Pink Pirouette, echo park- Petticoats & Pinstripes; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Cross-Stitch Circles and Blueprints 14, Echo Park Hello Winter die set, foam tape, crochet thread.

the perfect duet

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Perfect Pastimes” and we are featuring the NEW Work & Play Release!

Here I used the 4999- Perfect Duet Set to create an anniversary card.

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I immediately knew I wanted to paper-piece the woman’s nightgown and her husband’s boxers! This set is perfect for that technique! I found a paper pad with prints small enough to work and drew my colors from there. What a fun image!

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4999- Perfect Duet Set; paper- white, SU! Raspberry Ripple and Soft Sky, MME- Blush; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Scalloped Square Frames and Blueprints 20..

bunny with egg

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the Ai Easter sets. Here I used 4886- Easter Blessings.

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I found some cute paper with Easter eggs in my stash to go with this sweet bunny image. I really love him colored brown! I cut the patterned paper to my card front size, then cut it in half diagonally. This way I could get two cards from my patterned paper layer. :)  I used some scraps to cut a pink border.

Yes, I dug out a few old paper flowers…they’re just what I needed to finish it off!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4886- Easter Blessings; paper- white, SU! Cool Caribbean, echo park- sunny days ahead; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, Prima flowers, Stickles.

laying an egg

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using some of the classic and funny Ai Bird Brains. Here I used 1834- Birdie, 1874- Chicken Wire, and 1865- Laying an Egg.

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I stamped Birdie and masked him off, then stamped over him with the chicken wire in gray ink. I found some bright papers to match his bright colors.

The sentiment was split between the outside & the inside.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 1834- Birdie, 1874- Chicken Wire, and 1865- Laying an Egg; paper- white, Colorbok- Carnival; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black and London Fog; accessories- Copics, MISTI, Gina Marie Scalloped Stitched Rectangles, Nuvo Drops- Ripened Pumpkin and Dandelion Yellow.

it’s the mileage

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the fabulous Ai Golden Oldies. Here I used 1925- Power Walkers and my sentiment is 1945- It’s The Mileage. The Golden Oldies are always a fun collection to create with!

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I was planning to keep the colors in this card to pink & black but decided to pull a little blue & orange from the paper. Then I added the green, so it turned out quite the opposite of what I imagined, LOL, but it did bring the old gals to life!

I didn’t want the large main panel to cover up so much of the background papers so I trimmed the top with my trimmer…up to the first gal’s arm on either side. Then I fussy cut around her hand and left it hang over the panel’s edge.

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Don’t you just wonder what their conversation is about? When I look at the above photo in black & white, it reminds me of the comic strips! LOL. That might just be an idea for a future card…hmmm.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 1925- Power Walkers and 1945- It’s The Mileage; paper- white, black, MME- fine and dandy girl; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, rhinestones.