Tuesday, April 16, 2024

MB School Thank You for the Elks

 Hello Ai fans!

Have you heard of the organization called The Elks?

My husband is a member (therefore I'm a member through marriage)
and they are a WONDERFUL organization. My local lodge runs food drives,
delivers gifts at Christmas to families in need, sends oversees troops care
packages  and so much more. When I was in just before Christmas they
asked if my school needed any books. Well, the answer to that question is
always YES!

They asked me for a wish list. I went back to our reading specialist
and she gave me her dream wish list thinking she'd be grateful to
get even a little of it.  They didn't have the funds at that moment but
said as soon as they did, they'd let us know.  Well, guess what? When the
funds came in they had more to share than they thought they would and
offered to buy us TWO of every book on the list. Now we can spread
the books out to more classrooms or give two of the same books to
the same class for kids who like to buddy read.  We were
stunned and so grateful to them.

I made them a card using a bunch of Art Impressions products.

I'm planning to take it to school and have a students sign it, then get a photo
of them with the books to send to the Elks for their bulletin board. 

The card is very large, 5.5"x 8" so that lots of students can sign it. Since I wanted
a very large, sturdy card, I used the Canson XL Watercolor paper. I went heavy
on the red and blue since those are our school colors.

Copics used:

BV00, YG07, RV29, Y08, YR15, YR68, E31, B24, B28

Sunday, April 14, 2024

Housewarming Card and Gift Box

Happy Housewarming Frank!

Our friend recently bought a new house and we went to a party there.

We purchased a gift for him but it didn't arrive in time so I decided to 
use the adorable little 5805 – Mini Journal Box Dies.
I printed a picture of what we ordered and put that in the box.

I wanted to have a matching card so I used the retired 4202 Cottage TryFold.

The decorative border is from 5543 – Journal Template Die Set.

Thursday, April 11, 2024

It's Raining Cats and Dogs Challenge at Art Impressions

 Hello Ai fans!

Welcome to the newest challenge on the Art Impressions blog.

This time It's Raining Cats and Dogs!!

No rain necessary. We get enough of that where I live.
Just use Cats and/or Dogs on your project. 

Who doesn't love animals?

For my feature, I have a dog "spinner" type card.

These are super simple to make and I have a little picture tutorial for you.
I began by cutting an opening with the largest plain oval from the 5588 Journal Oval frames. It easily cut through the card base, colored cardstock and designer paper.

Next, I cut the scalloped frame from the same set
and pierced a hole to put my safety pin through.

I used the smaller oval from that set to cut a matte for the adorable 5780 FB Sitting Dog.
You'll see his backside in just a bit.

I added a sentiment from 5734 Friend Sentiment set that I stamped on a 
die from 5543 Journal Template Die set. On the bottom, I added a bow from 
5811 Gift Card Pocket Dies.

As promised, here's his cute little backside.

I used some of the oval "scraps" from the other pieces I cut to create a frame for the 
inside of the card and added another sentiment.

I also used a streamer from 5592 Harvest Journal Die set simply
because I think it's so cute!

I hope you'll join our It's Raining Cats and Dogs challenge!

Copics used:
N1, T5, RV91

Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Baby Girl Slim Journal! from Art Impressions

 Hello everyone and welcome to my first SLIM journal creation.

This journal is exactly like the original journal except that you only need to put two
pages in it. In fact, I only used one page making it even simpler because I added popped
up bows and I didn't want them to get squished.

The pretty heart clasp comes with the Slim Journal.

My journal is a little keepsake for a baby girls first tooth lost and first hair cut.
I used 5811 – Gift Card Pocket Dies to create each of the pockets. which fit perfectly onto the 5768 – Decorative Journal Page Set 1 frame I used behind them.

For the tooth, I cut a smaller pocket using a die from the 5805 – Mini Journal Box Dies and then added the little envelope from 5543 – Journal Template Die Set. I used the bow and rectangle from 5811 – Gift Card Pocket Dies.

The letters were cut from 5562 – Journal Letter Die Set.
This sweet baby girl is from 5185 – Baby Girl Set

The pocket for the lock of hair is the same as the tooth pocket except that I didn't use the small envelope inside. I used a heart from 5543 – Journal Template Die Set.

My journal also can be used as inspiration for our current Pop It Up! challenge on the Art Impressions blog.  My bows are popped up as well as my baby girl being popped up on foam dots. You might win a free stamp set if you enter!

I used 5809 – Decorative Journal Page Set 2 to create the border on my center page.
That's the great thing about these journals. Almost everything is compatible.

Tuesday, April 2, 2024

Hello Spring from Art Impressions

 Hello Spring!!

Well, almost.  We're not "out of the woods" yet where I live. Last April we received a foot of heavy, wet snow on the 19th which destroyed several of our trees. You just never know in the Northeast.

For now, I'm going to choose to believe that bluebirds and butterflies and flowers and bees will be here before you know it!

My card fits with the current Pop It Up challenge over on the blog.
I used several Art Impressions products on my card.
There are 3 stamp/die sets, 1 die set and a paper pack.
Links to everything are below.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter and that your Spring will be filled with flowers and happiness. And for those of you who are now coming into the colder months. I'm sorry...lol!  We've done our time here though. Time for some warm weather!

Monday, April 1, 2024

3 Bee Shaker Thank You cards

Happy Monday everyone!

Today I have a trio of Bee themed thank you cards.

I feel like I always need a thank you card for someone, which is a GOOD thing!
It means I have so many wonderful people in my life who I feel I need to thank 
all of the time for being there for me.

My cards are shaker cards and I used a variety of black, yellow and clear seed beads in them.

On the inside I used long retired bees and pussy willows from Cornish Heritage Farms. 6021 FUM Sweet Bee.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Happy Easter 2024!

Happy Easter everyone!!

I hope you're all enjoying some relaxing time with your loved ones.

Today I'm sharing a card made with 5521 – WC Animal Planters.

This is a set from the Art Impressions Watercolor Series but you can see that it's also cute colored with markers.

Art Impressions products are all linked below.
Have a wonderful Easter today!