Sunday, March 26, 2023

Happy Retirement! from Art Impressions

 Hello Ai fans!

One of my friends is retiring at the end of this school year and I wanted to make her a fun card.  She loves to travel and has done so throughout her career.  I can only imagine where she'll go once she all the time in the world to do so.

For my card I used SO MANY Art Impressions sets.

You can find links to all of them at the end of my post.

My card was made for the current Inside Out challenge.

I wanted to incorporate all forms of travel because her 3 children are scattered throughout the world.  Sometimes she hops a plane,  sometimes it's a road trip.  I'm not sure if she's cruised yet but isn't that what retirement is for?

My images were all colored using Copic markers.  Some were cut with coordinating dies and some were but with my Brother Scan and Cut.  It's a lifesaver for older sets that don't have dies.

Some of those images are tiny so I whipped out my TwinTones for the fine details.

Sunday, March 19, 2023

Bunny planter from Art Impressions!

 Hello Ai fans!

Before you know it,  Easter will be here.

Do you have people you make Easter cards for?
Perhaps you scrapbook your kids or grandchildren's Easter egg hunts or Church services?

Art Impressions has all of your Easter needs as far as stamp sets go!


The card I'm sharing today used multiple sets.

The main bunny planter image is from 5521 – WC Animal Planters proving that they don't have to be watercolored, in fact they need very little color at all to be adorable.

He was framed using the 5061 – Square Double Stitched Dies.

I filled the pot with flowers from 5488 – Front Porch Easter Set and the bow and additional flowers and foliage are from 5401 – Easter Chicks Set.

The Happy Easter phrase was stamped on dies from 5543 – Journal Template Die Set.
I used the 5063 – Rectangle A2 Double Stitched Dies for the bottom portion of the card.

Though some of these are considered Watercolor sets I used Copics to color them.

Copics used:
RV00, RV63, RV93, C00, C3,
B0000, B02, G12, G24, Y13, Y18

Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Happy Retirement John!

Hello and happy Tuesday!

Today is my birthday and we got a snow day
off from school!

Yay me!

While it's snowing here,  this guy is thinking about the beach.
My perspective is off on the placement of the hut but I like it.

I used a never released prototype from Art Impressions for my
card.  The card was made for my Brother-in-law's retirement.

How fun is this guy??  So cute.

I had to keep the inside simple because I was just finishing the card as we were walking
out the door to go to the party.  Talk about last minute. I used 5187 – Happy Trails Set.
Normally,  I would have liked to have colored these in,  given them some sand etc. but as I said,
last minute.

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Froggy slimline and Bridge Shadowbox Window from Art Impressions

Hello and happy Thursday!

Today I'm sharing the two cards that I made for the Green Galore challenge on the Art Impressions blog.  Green is my favorite color so I was excited about this one.
I made two cards.
My first is a slimline card that I used lots of Ai products to create.

I also used Bleed Proof White paint which is a wonderful way to add highlights whether you Watercolor or use other mediums.

My second card is a Shadowbox Window card.
I used

These windows are so fun and with the newest line, there's a little add on stamp with
die that can be used inside or out and they also can be combined like I've done. The
bridge is popped up on the inside and the tulips from the other set are popped up 
on the outside.

These windows are so fun because they create a dimensional card
that you can fold flat for mailing.

Copics used:
FYG1, YG07, YG11, G12, G24, B000, BG02
BG10, E000, E35, N1, R85, YR21
LePen 0.3

Sunday, March 5, 2023

New Mushroom Cubbies and Chicken Matchbooks from Art Impressions

 Hello Ai fans!

Today I'm sharing a couple of the new releases from Art Impressions.

For my first card I used the brand new,  absolutely adorable, 5728 – Mushroom Cubbies.

I made a Bay Window Card that I added an oval to on the front.
For the ovals I used the new 5727 – Nested Oval Dies

I added some Stickles in the windows to make them appear to be reflective and a little on
the dots on the mushrooms for the simple reason that I love sparkle.

I also decorated the inside of the card with more of the images and a verse from the set.

The sweet little gnome is popped up on foam dots so that he can hold the front panel
where it belongs. 

In this photo you can see how it pops out and the fun dimension it has.

My next card is a Matchbook.

I used the new 5731 – Chicken MB.

I love that Bonnie has started to create some outdoor scenes for the Matchbook series.
All of the Matchbooks are built on the 5317 – MB Template Dies.

I made a cute little envelope to put my card in.

These are all tiny little treasures.

Look how cute!

Which is your favorite Matchbook?

Copics used:
Mushroom Cubbie:
W00, W2, T4, Y08, Y18, YG01, YG45, YG97,
G12, G24, B05, B12, E33, E51, E81, R05, R08,
R22, R29, R3

Twintone Markers:
Gray, Green, Chocloate, Emerald Green, Strawberry Red

Chicken MB:
N2, T4, BG000, BG02, R08, Y15, Y32,
YR14, YR23, YR24, E33, E35, E81

Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Mamma Mia! That's a lot of cards and gluing!

Hello and happy Tuesday!

My friend's son, who is a senior, recently was selected for a starting roll 
in his High School Musical, Mamma Mia!

She was in charge of gifts and cards for the adults involved in helping make this 
production possible.  She asked if I would make the cards and requested a disco ball
on the cards, of which there were 9! 

I used a bunch of retired items on my cards because they seemed to be perfect.
Some are still very new and available though.
I used the retired Girls Are Weird Die Set from Sizzix.
The Disco Ball was made with the brand new 5726 – Nested Circle Dies from Art Impressions.
It was embossed with the retired Cuttlebug Mosaic Design Embossing Folder.

and it was framed using the retired Spellbinders-Frameabilities Dies-Polka Dot Frame.
The Disco Ball is hung from the retired EK Success Donut Chain Edger Punch 54-40039.

These cards were so fun to make!  I needed 9 of them which didn't sound too bad until I started to glue all of those tiny letters.  Mamma Mia!!!  That's a lot of little letters to adhere!