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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.

in the doghouse

Hello friends!  Today we are having an Ai DT Reunion Blog Hop and we are also featuring the NEW Ai Spinners Release!  FUN!!

You should be arriving here from Deloris Thiede‘s blog.  If not, you can go to the Ai Blog to get started!

The Ai Spinners are lots of fun to create with!  They are intended to be used on a piece of string in a 3.5″ opening, so you can wind it up, mail it, and your recipient can see it spin when they open it!  BUT…you will see that there are many ways to get creative with these images!

For my project, I used the Ai Dog Spinner (4675). At the time, I didn’t have the matching Dog Spinner Dies (4694) but I am happy to have them now!  I decided to make a doghouse shaped card.  (I love shaped cards!)

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Isn’t that sentiment perfect for the dog chasing his tail?  Here’s a look at the inside (and back side of the dog)…

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And a closer view…

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Be sure to check out all 7 of the NEW Art Impressions Spinners!

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Kate has a quick video here introducing them all.  (The Santa, Angel, and lady wearing the Robe cards are mine!)
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Here’s the list of blogs to follow in our DT Reunion Hop!

Ai Reunion

Art Impressions Blog

Cheri Burry
Crystal Lopez
Dana Warren
Deloris Thiede
Diane Zechman
Isha Gupta
Jessica Griffin
Karen Day
Kerry Kung
Kirsi Kamppikoski
Maria McGuire
Marie-Pierre Capistran
Mary Witter
Piali Biswas
Reneé Matarese
Sharon Caudle
Soili-Maria Seppala
Tammie Koehnen
Tracy Gray
Tracy MacDonald
Trena Brannon
Zora Bergstrom

 

 

Aaaaand….what is a HOP without PRIZES??  :)  Ai is giving away 7 prizes, 1 of each of the new stamp & die sets!  Just click on the Rafflecopter below to enter!!
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Now…head on over to see what Isha Gupta has created!!

stamps- Art Impressions Dog Spinner (4675); paper- white, SU! Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, and Gumball Green, DCWV The Pets Stack; accessories- Copics, Crafts-Too Bone & Paw Print embossing folder, Scor-Tape, Sweet ‘n Sassy Grass and Banner dies, The Paper Studio (Spare Parts) Dog Bone Brads, CC Designs Skull and Bones dies.

 

 

jingle all the way!

Hello friends!

It’s week two of the current Ai Challenge, “Shake It Off!”.  We are featuring the NEW Shakers collection and I’ve used the Jingle Set (4681) on my card today!

Funny story:  I wanted to add some real jingle bells to my card, but the placement just wasn’t looking right to me.  I added one to his “booty”, thinking it would jingle as it wobbles.  But he kept staring at me as if he was saying, “Does this bell make my butt look big?” LOL. So I changed it to a tiny bell on the sentiment tag.  ;^)

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I found this cute reindeer paper in my stash and thought it was perfect to use on my card.  For some reason I was thinking “wrapping paper” so I made it look like a gift box and added my sentiment on the tag.

Here’s a side view…with his booty on an action wobble!  One comes free with the stamp and die set!  They are SO fun!

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Now it’s your turn to create a card and join us in the “Shake It Off!” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Jingle Set (4681); paper- white, black, SU! Real Red, Doodlebug Home for the Holidays; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Baked Brown Sugar; accessories- Copics, Circle Nestabilities, jingle bell, baker’s twine, Action Wobble, MFT Stitched Traditional Tags, Black Diamond Stickles.

warm wishes

Popping in with a quick, CAS card I whipped up with the Sweet ‘n Sassy Sweet Perks Club set, Winnie’s Warm Wishes.  This was made for the SCS Ways To Use It Challenge… Punc-tu-a-tion.

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Have a great day!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy’s Winnie’s Warm Wishes; paper- white, American Crafts- Hip Hip Hooray; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Cuttlebug Red Tag Sale Alphabet.

eerie cheery window

Hello friends!

It’s week two of the current Ai Challenge, “Cut Your Cards”.  We are featuring the NEW Tryfolds and Windows to the World collections and I’ve used the Eerie Cheery Window Set (4690) on my card today!

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I used a pumpkin shape diecut for the base of my card, leaving the top (fold) of the base card uncut by keeping the fold below the top of the die when cutting.  Then I cut another full pumpkin to layer over top.

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One of the Window Dies (4619) was used to cut through the front so you can see the cute image peeking through.  Here’s the card opened…

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And a close up…

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Now it’s your turn to create a card and join us in the “Cut Your Card” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions- Eerie Cheery Window Set (4690); paper- white, black, SU! Pumpkin Pie and Garden Green; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black; accessories- Copics, Ai Window Dies (4619), Spellbinders Pumpkins Nestabilities, Marianne Creatables Ribbon Flowers dies, Sweet ‘n Sassy Leaf Silhouettes dies, Clear Wink of Stella, Cuttlebug Creepy die.

 

watercolor cocoa

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 Jeanne’s turn and her challenge is “Splat” – use watercolor/ink splatters!

I got out my Snowman Soup stamp set (It now has matching dies!) and wanted to create a “hot cocoa” background…boy was that a challenge!  lol.  This is my 5th try… haha.  My card was also created for yesterday’s SCS Inspiration Challenge.  I used image 7 for my inspiration.

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My snowy guy was colored with Copics and popped up.  I masked off the word “you” in my sentiment and replaced it with a big diecut word.  Then I stamped a few extra marshmallows to float in my chocolately background.

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Please join us and create a card with watercolor/ink splatters… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXSEP15.  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- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Snowman Soup; paper- Cougar white, watercolor; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, Distress- Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain; accessories- Copics, SU! Hello You Thinlits dies, foam dots, Stickles.

prim anniversary blessings

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!  Tomorrow is our daughter and son-in-law’s first anniversary.  I wanted to make a card and I turned to today’s SCS Inspiration Challenge for some inspiration!  The photos to choose from are beautiful cakes and I picked this one to create my card.

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I was planning to go with the blue colors of the cake but I decided to use a pool color instead since that was the color of the wedding.

I used my Prim Blessings stamp set and the NEW matching dies

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…and I used the SNSS Anniversary Innies for the words.  Here’s the inside.

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Have a great evening!

stamps- Sweet ‘n Sassy- Prim Blessings and Anniversary Innies; paper- white, SU! Pool Party; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black, SU! Coastal Cabana; accessories- Copics, Sweet ‘n Sassy Prim Blessings dies, Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder, SU! ribbon, Scor-Tape, foam dots.

hey there, long horn!

Hello friends!

It’s week two of the current Ai Challenge, “Southern Style”.  We are featuring the NEW Texas collection and I’ve used the Long Horn Set (4686) on my card today!

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I wanted the sentiment included in this set to go on the inside of my card so I made a simple “Hey!” with my Dymo Labelmaker for the front.  Then I chose the wood grain and herringbone papers for a masculine look.  I carried some of the same papers to the inside…

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Now it’s your turn to create a card and join us in the “Southern Style” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions- Long Horn Set (4686); paper- white, black, MME- Dolled Up; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, SU! Marina Mist; accessories- Copics, stud embellishments, Dymo Labelmaker.

love you tons

Hello friends!

It’s week two of the current Ai Challenge, “Anything Goes”.  This week I am sharing another watercolor card I made with two of Ai’s watercolor sets… EZ Project A (4271) and Blooming Birdhouse (4603). I also used the cute little elephant from Elephant & Pig Set (4505).

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I had an extra diecut tag left over from this watercolor project for the last challenge, so I turned it upright and used it in a different layout.

I thought it would be cute to have the little elephant peeking over the watercolor gate.  :)

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Now it’s your turn to create a card and join us in the “Anything Goes” Challenge!

Happy stamping!

Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions- EZ Project A (4271), Blooming Birdhouse (4603), and Elephant & Pig Set (4505); paper- watercolor, SU! Smoky Slate and Wild Wasabi, KaiserCraft- Utopia; ink- SU! Gumball Green, Going Gray, Pool Party; accessories- waterbrush, MFT Die-namics Stitched Tags, 1/2″ and 1/4″ hole punches, corner rounder, rhinestones.

 

it’s exhausting

Hello friends!

The Challenge Chicks took a bit of a break but we are back and a few more chicks will be joining us either this month or next!  We are also moving to the SECOND Sunday of each month.  We’re a small group of friends who post a new challenge each month…no stress, no deadlines…just for fun.  And we’d love to have you join us!  Are you ready for another Challenge Chicks Challenge?  This month I am hosting and my challenge is Circles of Friendship (use circles OR friendship OR both!).

What would we do without friends?  I mean really..good..friends.  Some friends are there for us in good times and bad…and these two gals sure are enjoying the good!  For the card I am sharing today I took the phrase “circle of friendship” a bit literally…with circles as the basis for my friendship card.

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I used the Ai Laughing Set (4385). I love these two ladies…they make me smile!  They also bring back funny memories of silly times.  A few of my friends went to a scrapbooking convention this past week and as I type this, I can’t wait to hear the stories they will have to tell when they get back!  (We call our group “The Gigglers”…ha!)

Here’s a close up..

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This stamp set also has two other awesome sentiments…check it out!

Please join us and create a card with circles or friendship (or both)… then share it on our Facebook page!  Also, you can upload it to the Splitcoast gallery…and use the keyword CHXAUG15.  Now be sure to click on the links below to check out what the other Chicks created!

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Diane Signature Medium size

stamps- Art Impressions Laughing Set (4385); paper- white, SU! Blushing Bride, Pool Party, and Strawberry Slush, MME Flair; ink- Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black; accessories- Circle Nestabilities, Copics, button, crochet thread.