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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.

turning fabulous

Hello friends!  After a short holiday break, the Art Impressions DT is back on the blog and the current Ai Challenge is “Card Resolution” (practice a new technique for 2017!).

Here I used the Die Cut Gatefold technique with the Ai 4734 – Mini Cake Spinner Set.  I love the sentiment included with these images…so fun! Instead of making a second spinner with the hat, I’ve used it to accent my sentiment.

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I actually forgot to adhere the string between the card base and front layer before I glued it down. But no worries…I just added a die cut frame to the inside to cover the string and I kind-of like it this way!

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Now it’s your turn to make a card and join us in the “Card Resolution- try a new technique” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions 4734 – Mini Cake Spinner Set; paper- white, black, doodlebug- sugar shoppe; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Stitched Basic Edges, Stitched Rounded Rectangles, and In & Out Stitched Rounded Squares, Scor-Tape, crochet thread, foam dimensionals, Stickles.

thin enough

Hello friends!

Today I am on the Art Impressions blog with a tutorial for our NEW Challenge… Paper Piecing Party!  I immediately thought of the Thin Enough Set (4670) and wanted to give this gal a fun patterned wrap and towel. 

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I have to admit, my favorite technique of all is Paper Piecing.  It’s quick, easy, and so much fun (especially with the Ai images)!  If you’ve never tried it, you will love this… let’s get started!

First I stamped my image onto a white die cut panel and then stamped it again onto my patterned paper using black ink.

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Next, cut out the parts of the image from the patterned paper that you want to have the pattern.  Hint: it is easier to cut with sharp, pointy scissors and by holding the scissors still and moving the paper.

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Now color the parts of your image that will not be covered with the patterned paper cut outs.

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After coloring, glue your patterned paper cut outs to your image.  (I like to use a Zig 2-Way Glue pen to control the amount of glue and be able to get into small spaces).  I also colored the stripe on her wrap here with a brown marker. 

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Now add your paper pieced image to your finished card.  That’s it!  So fun.  :)

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Here’s a close up.

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Now it’s your turn to play along in our Paper Piecing Party Challenge!  Happy Stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Thin Enough Set (4670), paper- White, brown, SU! Crisp Cantaloupe and Strawberry Slush, MME- Happy Day; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, MFT Die-Namics Stitched Rounded Rectangles and Blueprints 20, twine, rhinestones, foam dots, Zig 2-Way Glue pen.

cold noses…

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

The current Ai Challenge is “Winter Wonderland” and I pulled out this cute sledding duo from the Ai Christmas Cheer Set (4666).  It doesn’t have to only be used for Christmas!

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The sleigh may be a Christmas color but I made the card more pink & blue.  I wanted a boy & girl bear to go sledding.  The card was finished off with a fun wooden snowflake which, by chance, accented the color of the girl bear nicely.

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the new Ai Challenge!  We would love to see your wintery creation… it can be for any occasion!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Christmas Cheer Set (4666), paper- White, SU! Baja Breeze, MME- Merry Little Christmas; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Copics, SU! Softly Falling embossing folder, wood snowflake sticker (Michael’s), foam dots.

snowy note cube

Hello friends!  It’s time for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!

We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the second Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  This month it is Bev’s turn and her challenge is “Snowy, Frosty, or Glitzy!”  Sound fun?

Remember when stamping on the blank note cubes was popular?  How many of you still have some in a closet somewhere?  (raising my hand too!)  I recently got one out and realized once again that it is a fun project to do.  Here I stamped an old SU! snowman set, Flaky Friends, and colored with markers.

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The online store where we used to order the blank note cubes is no longer in business.  We may need to find a new source for these!  😉

Please join us and create a card or project… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXJAN16.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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Happy stamping!

clear-ly Christmas

Hello friends!  It’s time for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!

We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the second Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  This month it is Lydia’s turn and her challenge is “Ice, Ice baby – represent ice with a CLEAR element on your card – embossing powder, glaze, acetate, etc.”  Sound fun?

I made a clear card (love these!) with some Sweet ‘n Sassy Stamps Christmas Silhouettes images and the Christmas Silhouettes dies and Hillside Edges dies.

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It was hard to photograph without getting a glare.  The front of the acetate card was embossed with a snowflake embossing folder.  The reindeer is on the front and the tree is on the inside of the front.  Some deco labels were cut and adhered to the inside back.  Then the hillside edge die was cut and layered with the sentiment stamped on it.

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An additional white layer was cut and adhered to the card back to hide the tape and provide a place to write a greeting.

Please join us and create a card with a clear element… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXDEC15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Silhouettes; paper- navy, white; ink- SU! Midnight Muse and Gumball Green; accessories- acetate, Sweet ‘n Sassy Christmas Silhouettes dies and Hillside Edges dies, ribbon, Scor-Tape, SU! Deco Labels Framelits dies and Northern Flurry embossing folder.

be merry

Hello friends!

There’s a new Ai Challenge today… “Rudolf Red and Evergreen” (use red & green!) and we are showcasing some NEW Ai and Hampton Arts Christmas Sets which are exclusive to the Michael’s craft stores!

I made 2 similar cards using the Ai Reindeer set (SCO715).

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I also used one of the oval dies from the Scallop Easel Dies (4700) to create the cutout in the card front.

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Here’s some closer views of the Ai images…colored with Copics.

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Be sure to check out your local Michael’s store!  Here’s a pic I took of the two NEW Ai/Hampton Arts sets at mine…

Ai HA Michael's

Now it’s your turn to make a card or project using red & green and join us in the “Rudolf Red & Evergreen” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Michael’s exclusive- Ai Reindeer set (SCO715) ; paper- white, SU! Real Red, Basic Grey Figgy Pudding; ink- Versafine Black, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Art Impressions Scallop Easel Dies (4700), paper trimmer. Bow-Easy, ribbon, tracing wheel, adhesive pearls.

Christmas Cheer

Hello friends and happy Thursday!

The current Ai Challenge is “Be Merry” and we are showcasing the NEW 2015 Christmas images!  I used the cute little penguin from the Christmas Cheer set (4666).  They’re all adorable…it’s hard to pick a favorite!

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I veered from the traditional red & green colors of Christmas and went for a bright one!  I really like this color combo!  The penguin embossed background adds a fun touch too.

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the “Be Merry” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Christmas Cheer set (4666); paper- white, green, black, aqua, MME- Colorful Christmas; ink- Versafine Black, Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Circle Nestabilities, Cuttlebug Christmas Set embossing folders, ribbon, The Paper Studio Enamel Dots.

 

a helping hand

Hello friends!  It’s time for another Challenge Chicks Challenge!

We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge on the second Sunday of each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  This month it is Kelly’s turn and her challenge is “Wrap it Up…Make a tag that coordinates with your gift wrap“.

Here’s my tag… the words were typed on the computer.

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My tag is a super simple one and my “gift wrap” is actually the oven mitt itself!  I work in an elementary school and this was a gift for someone who helped in our classroom.  All the kids wrote their names on the oven mitt with a Sharpie and then the mitt became the “wrapping” as it was filled with some treats.  :)

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Please join us and create a tag that coordinates with your wrapping… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXNOV15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!  Here’s who’s playing this month:

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stamps- Art Impressions Blooming Birdhouse (4603), tag- MFT Stitched Traditional Tags dies.

warmest wishes easel card

Hello friends!

The current Ai Challenge is “Use Water-Based Inks” and we are showcasing the NEW Watercolor images and the NEW Easel Card Dies!  How exciting!  I am sharing how I made my card today with the Ai Wooden Door (4702) stamp set and the Ai Scallop Easel Card Die (4700).  I also used a sentiment from the Christmas Scene TryFold (4687) stamp set.

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I started by die-cutting two of the Scallop Easel Card die with vanilla cardstock for my card base, and set those aside.

I wanted to make a scalloped mat for my card, so here is how you can easily do that.  Using the widest (open) scalloped section of the die, I cut a patterned paper layer for the front.  Start with a piece of patterned paper that is 3 1/2″ x 5″.  Center the 3 1/2″ width in the die (leaving equal space on both sides).  Use low-tack tape to hold in place and diecut.

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Now trim the height of the patterned paper to 4 3/4″ tall.  Adhere this layer to one of the vanilla diecut card bases.

Next diecut an oval window with the smallest oval die.

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Set aside and use both oval dies to cut a frame with red cardstock. Also cut a sentiment label from a scrap of vanilla cardstock.

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I stamped the door, tree, and logs with Versafine Black ink and water-colored the images with Twinkling H2Os and a water-brush.  Then I inked the wreath with a green marker and stamped it last.  I lightly touched the wreath with the water-brush.

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When dry, adhere the water-colored image behind the oval diecut window.  Then adhere the second vanilla card base behind the image, lining up both card bases and the scallop edges.

NOTE:  Kate has a wonderful video HERE showing how to put the Easel Cards together.  Please check it out!

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Following Kate’s instructions in the video, fold both sides back.  Then cut the small tab on both sides half-way to the scored line, starting from each end.  Fold the easel sides on the scored lines and fold down the tabs.  I glued the sides down but it isn’t necessary.  It will look like this from the back:

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Adhere the diecut oval frame around the window.  Stamp the sentiment, and finish your card as desired.  I placed some punched branches under the sentiment and popped it with foam dimensionals.

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Now it’s your turn to make a card or project and join us in the “Use Water-Based Inks” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium sizestamps- Art Impressions Ai Wooden Door (4702) and Christmas Scene TryFold (4687); paper- vanilla, SU! Riding Hood Red, Always Artichoke, Provo Craft- Snowflakes on Red; ink- Versafine Black, Always Artichoke marker; accessories- Art Impressions Scallop Easel Card die (4700), Twinkling H2Os, water brush, Martha Stewart branch punch, adhesive pearls, foam dots.

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