Category Archives: Art Impressions

love birds

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the Ai Store Exclusives Sets. Here I used AiCS27- Love Birds. I tend to grab the fabulous main images in these sets and overlook the equally adorable smaller ones so this time I wanted to focus on the littles!

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With Valentine’s Day this month, I thought I would go with the “love” theme while it’s still on our minds…February is almost over! This card would be great for an anniversary, though, any time of the year.

I embossed the black & white panels together with the “Love is patient, love is kind” verse from 1 Corinthians 13. Then I punched the heart out and adhered the panels to my card base. The birds were colored with Copics and popped up on the diecut leaves. How many of you still have bottles of paper flowers in your stash? Once in a while I still enjoy using them and they were perfect to use for an accent. I filled in the hearts and made a few small dots with a white pen.

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Here’s the inside of my card.

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions AiCS27- Love Birds; paper- white, black, SU! Coastal Cabana and Certainly Celery; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Darice Script Background, SU! Full Heart punch, Sharpie white extra fine paint marker, Sizzix/SU! Little Leaves die, foam dimensionals, Prima flowers, mini glue dots, rhinestones.

life would be ir-elephant

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Anything Goes!” There are SO many wonderful Ai images, so I just grabbed the first one I thought of that I hadn’t used yet! lol. Here I used 4533- Dream Big Set and the flower and sentiment are from 4856- Elephant PopCard.

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I wanted to try paper-piecing this cute elephant and I decided to use yellow & gray papers to coordinate with the yellow paper doily. This is still one of my favorite techniques!

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4533- Dream Big Set and 4856- Elephant PopCard; paper- white, SU! Smoky Slate, MME- Breeze; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics (for light shadow), The Paper Studio yellow doily, foam dimensionals, SU! oval punches, enamel dot.

sweet Easter chick

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the new Ai Easter sets. Here I used 5004- Sweet Easter Set. This card screams “spring” and I’m sooo ready for it!

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Have you ever pulled out some patterned paper that was just so pretty that you hated to cover it up? Well, that was the case here! I wanted to add more layers, etc. but decided to keep it clean & simple with this beautiful paper.

It’s always difficult to show the glittery shimmer on cards so I hope this conveys a bit how gorgeous this paper is! It’s such a complement to the sweet flower and chick images in this set and really lets them shine. That chick is so cute!

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 5004- Sweet Easter Set; paper- white, K&Company Sweet Nectar; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles, enamel dots.

Ghirardelli valentine treats

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a project using one of the Ai Valentine sets. Here I used the 4753- In The Air Set to make some sweet little matchbook valentine treats. Do you still have to make some last minute valentines? Just a few scored lines are needed to whip these up!

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I stamped the cute skunk, colored him with Copics, and die cut with Sizzix Dotted Squares. Then I stamped another image on the inside to coordinate. The pocket inside was made with some old valentine paper in my stash from My Mind’s Eye. I’ve used brads to attach the pocket before but I think I like the look of staples better. A thin strip of silver washi tape was added to the edge of the flap. A few heart enamel stickers by Recollections were added to finish it off. Just slip a Ghirardelli square inside and make someone smile. :)  Measurements for cutting and scoring can be found here.

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I’ve never tried the Dark Chocolate Strawberry Ghirardelli before but I’d highly recommend them. 😉

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Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4753- In The Air Set; paper- white, SU! Cherry Cobbler and Smoky Slate, MME Quite Smitten-So In Love; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Recollections Heart Enamel Stickers, Sizzix Dotted Squares, Scor-Pal, 1/8″ Scor-Tape, stapler, SU! metallic washi tape, SU! Scallop Oval and Banner punches, Ghirardelli chocolates.

Easter blessings

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Sweet Treats!” and we are featuring the NEW Easter & St. Patrick’s Day clear Sets!

Here I used the adorable bunny in a pot of tulips image from 5004- Sweet Easter Set to create my card.

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My favorite tulips are the red & yellow mix but I just bought a few that are pink so I am anxious to see those bloom (love pink!). I colored this with Copics and added a simple twine bow.

Now it’s your turn to break out your favorite stamps, make a card or project, and join us in the “Sweet Treats!” Challenge! This is perfect if you’re making cards or party accessories with goodies to satisfy a sweet tooth! Your project doesn’t have to be food related, so just show us how you like to treat your friends with a hand made card!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 5004- Sweet Easter Set; paper- white, SU! Calypso Coral, MME- The Sweetest Thing; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Rounded Rectangles, twine, glue dots, enamel dots.

 

of course I love you…

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using one of the Ai Valentine sets. Here I used the 4215- Tina Set to make a fun, witty valentine that I’m pretty sure a lot of us can relate to. Ha! Ai has a great selection of valentine stamps… from sweet to funny. There’s something for everyone! Be sure to check them out.

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This image is a great size! With the added sentiment on the main panel, I kept the layout simple and just added a die cut “topper”. To jazz it up a bit, I paper pieced her dress and balloon, then added some Stickles to the hearts on her dress. I finished it off with a few Nuvo drops.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4215- Tina Set; paper- white, navy, Recollections Girlsquad; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One, Stickles, Carnation Pink Nuvo Drops.

no bones about it…

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with my last card (for now!) using the Ai Mouthfuls. This was also created for last year’s trade show. Have you seen pics from the January show? Bonnie has so many awesome sets coming soon!

Here I used 4949- Dog Mouthful Set.

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There are several accessory images in this set, with fun options of items to put in his mouth…including the tongue and bone used here. I think I need to try the cookie next!

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4949- Dog Mouthful Set; paper- white, black, MME- In Bloom, Bazzill Basics Kraft Foil; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Sizzix Tickets, MFT Blueprints 20, enamel dots, foam tape.

a little carrot house

Hello friends!  The current Ai Challenge is “Feel the Love!” and we are featuring the NEW Holiday Mansion Valentine & Easter Sets, Valentine Bear Clear Set, & the Critter Cups Release!

Here I used the 4976- Holiday Mansion Easter Set to create a carrot shaped card for a cute bunny house.

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I drew a carrot shape and traced it onto a scrap of cardstock for a pattern. Then I traced it onto Crumb Cake cardstock twice. The second one is folded at the top for my card base…I just kept the top of the carrot above the fold.

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I made a slightly smaller pattern to cut the patterned paper layers. After everything was adhered, I die cut a few circle windows for the bunnies to peek through. I drew a few “faux stitches” around the windows with a black pen.

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

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4976- Holiday Mansion Easter Set; paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, doodlebug kraft in color; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Small Circle Nestabilities, Scor-Tape.

 

one fish…two fish…

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with another card using the Ai Mouthfuls. I love this collection! Here I just used a few of the accessory images in the 4951 – Cat Mouthful Set to make a fun child’s birthday card.

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I typed the words and printed them onto cardstock. Then I stamped the images and colored them with Copics.

I don’t always stamp on the inside of my card but I felt this needed a printed sentiment to match. The party hat image was stamped above.

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I also added some Crystal Effects to the water in the fish bowls. Now they are nice and shiny!

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I saved the words so I could make some cards again in the future. If you would like to try one, here’s some printables for you!

One fish two fish pdf printable

One fish two fish inside pdf printable

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4951 – Cat Mouthful Set; paper- white, SU! Real Red; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MISTI, Crystal Effects, Stickles.

there’s no topping you

Hello friends and happy Monday!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a card using the fun Ai Mouthfuls. Here I used 4948- Hamster Mouthful. This card was made for display at the last trade show. The next show is coming up soon and just wait till you see all the new Ai images! I am loving what I’ve seen so far!

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This is about the cutest hamster I’ve seen! His mouth and hands were die cut to slip the slice of pizza in.  There are other images to have him hold as well…flower, cheese, candles! He’s quite a versatile critter! I just used the cheese as an accent piece and added a matching sentiment.

Have a great Monday and… happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4948- Hamster Mouthful; paper- white, SU! Pink Pirouette, MME- In Bloom, Bazzill Basics Kraft Foil; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, SU! Banners and Word Bubbles Framelits, enamel dots, foam tape.