Monday, December 18, 2017

Diane's Top 10 for 2017

Hello Ai friends and happy Monday!
 
This week we are sharing our top 10 favorites from 2017. Again, I have to say that I love ALL the hilarious and heart-warming Ai images I have worked with throughout the year. It is so difficult to narrow down my favorites to only 10! Here’s a few of my faves from this year. Click on each pic for more info!
 
I love the black & white with a pop of pink using the now retired Twins. You can pop just about any Ai image in this fun layout!
 
twins diane zechman
 
Yoga Yolanda reminds me of a dear friend who I miss working with! Paired with favorite colors, I love this gal!
 
yoga yolanda 2b diane zechman
 
Next up are two projects for the sweet little ones! I loved getting "more bang for my buck" by using the birthday cow from the Udderly Fantastic Set for a baby card!
 
cow over moon diane zechman
 
And it was SO much fun using Little Sprout (also now retired) to make some cute onesies again!
 
little sprout onesies diane zechman
 
The new Wiggle Wobbles this year are soooo much fun! This guy from Cowboy Wiggle Wobble just makes me smile!
 
cowboy wiggle wobble diane zechman
 
Here's a couple of Halloween projects. The first is a card with a battery operated tea light inside using Holiday Mansion and the Accessory Set.
 
CHA 6c diane zechman
 
Putting Glow-in-the-Dark paint on the Skeleton Wiggle Wobble brought him to a whole new dimension! So fun! Click on the pic to see the whole card.
 
skeleton WW 4 diane zechman
 
I loved making this wine tag (Old Bat Set) as much as I loved giving it to a friend!
 
old bat wine tag 2 diane zechman
 
This was my first time trying wood slice ornaments and I was pretty happy with the results. Here I used Singing Snowmen PopCard and Nativity MTF. Although they are SO CUTE as intended, the interactive card sets are not limited to making interactive cards!
 
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And last, but not least, I loved making this sweet Christmas tag using the Christmas Wonder Set.
 
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I also wanted to choose one of the new Mouthfuls cards but I already chose my limit. They are one of my new favorites!! I've only shared 3 of the cards I made so far, so watch for more of this fun new line!
 
I hope you’ve enjoyed all of our projects throughout the year on the Ai blog. Very soon we will share lots of fun cards in the new year! I'm looking forward to it!
 
Have a blessed Christmas and a great 2018!
 

Sunday, December 17, 2017

Reneé's top 10 of 2017!

Hello Ai fans!  

It's that time of year again when each of us on the Art Impressions design team share our 10 favorite cards.  It's always so difficult to choose!  Not because my cards are so amazing but I look and say...how did I not choose any Girlfriends or a nurse or a watercolor??  All of their images are amazing.

So... Happy Holidays and here we go.  In no particular order here are my 10 favorite cards from 2017.














































Saturday, December 16, 2017

Sharon's top ten of 2017

Hello AI Fans!

Can you believe it's the end of the year? I would like to thank each and every one of you for the wonderful support and kindness you continuously show us at Art Impressions throughout the year! I'd also like to extend a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year to all! May 2018 bring you lots of blessings and happiness!  Here are 10 of my favorite cards from the year 2017 in no particular order.

I used Zoo Babies on this baby book






















Thank you for everything, and until next time - stay crafty!!


Watercolor Weekend Roundup - Christmas Inspiration

Happy Saturday, Ai Fans! Our design team has been busy working on more wintery inspiration for you this holiday season! Please enjoy these fabulous, snowy projects from our Watercolor Guest Design Team! See something you like? Don't forget to "follow" them on social media to see more beautiful projects in your feed!

Dot Freel - Instagram - Blog - Pinterest
Hello Watercolor Friends, I'm busy making and sending Christmas cards. I made this one using the new 4961 - WC Mini Cottages Set. I used the new 4964 - WC Branches Set to make the trees. For the pinery I used the new 4867 - Foliage Set 2 and the bushes are from 4604 - the Chest of Flowers set. I used some Zig Wink of Stella to add glitter to the snow which doesn't photograph well but it is so pretty in person! I hope you have tried it. I used a Uni-ball Signo pen to add the snow to the sky and the smoke to the chimneys. Our next Watercolor Weekend will be in January so happy holidays to you all!


Tricia Kennedy - Instagram
I’d like to wish every a Very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday Season from Arizona! My project for today’s Art Impressions Watercolor Weekend represents a little piece of where I live.

I wanted a tall saguaro-type cactus to feature Christmas lights, so I modified the barrel cactus from 4763-Southwest. Start by inking up about two thirds of the right two lines of the barrel cactus from 4763-Southwest and stamp near the top of your watercolor paper. Clean off the stamp and ink up the left two lines of the barrel cactus from 4763-Southwest and stamp next to the previous impression using your stamp positioner. Now you have the top of a tall saguaro-type cactus. You will complete the cactus in a bit. Next stamp the clay pot from 4763-Southwest roughly 1 ½ inches below the top of the saguaro-type cactus. Place a post-it note to mask off the pot and stamp the prickly pear cactus then the agave cactus from 4763-Southwest. At this point you can draw in the lines of the saguaro-type cactus down into the pot. Pull the color from the lines using your brush and water. Scribble a little 8 Violet and 72 Pine Greenonto your palette and add to the prickly pear cactus. Draw in the lines for the Christmas lights in a zig-zag pattern down the saguaro-type cactus using the fine tip of 18 Dark Brown. Draw little circles for the Christmas bulbs with the fine tip of 2 Red. Add shadow detail and needles to the cacti with 15 Olive Green and 72 Pine Green. Scribble 45 Sepia on your palette to add shadow detail to the pot. And on the pot, add line detail with 45 Sepia and 86 African Violet. Brush in the clouds using 60 Salvia Blue. The final step is to add glossy accents to each red bulb.
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 2 Red, 8 Violet, 15 Olive Green, 18 Dark Brown, 45 Sepia, 60 Salvia Blue, 72 Pine Green, 86 African Violet
Other: Glossy Accents, Post-It Notes

Tricia O'Bin - Blog - Instagram - YouTube - Pinterest - Facebook

I stamped the snowglobe with African Violet. I used the Molotow art masking fluid to the snowglobe to create snow. Once the masking fluid was dry, I then pulled the color out of the lines along the outside of the globe. I stamped the base in Sepia. I added additional Sepia from the color palette

I stamped the snowy tree from the WC Tree Set inside the snowglobe with Pine Green. I pulled the color out of the lines. I added African Violet from the palette around the tree to create the snow shadows and over the masking fluid. 

Using the fir trees large fir top I stamped it a few times at the top in Pine Green. I added berries with the fine tip of the English Red marker. I also added a base underneath the globe with English Red from the palette.

Once the entire piece was dry, I removed the masking fluid and added some Wink of Stella to the white areas of the snow. I added some white gel pen to the tree for some additional snow.

I used the rectangle stitched die to cut the piece out and adhered it to a Pine Green card base.
Marvy Le Plume II Markers: 86 African Violet45 Sepia28 English Red72 Pine Green

Great work, team! Makes us want to get watercoloring our own cards right now! These are beautiful ideas for this year's Christmas cards - and beautiful for New Years or other occasions, too! Did you know you can share your projects with us on our Facebook Page, and also on Instagram with #AiWatercolor? We would love to see your cards any day of the year! That's a wrap for our last Watercolor Weekend of 2017, we can't wait to see you again with fresh ideas for 2018! Happy Stamping!


Friday, December 15, 2017

Cheri's Top 10 of 2017!

Hello Ai Fans!
It's almost the end of another year! Wow where did it go? The years seem to fly by don't they! It's time once again to list my Top 10 of 2017! I always have a hard time picking just 10 as I truly love all of the Art Impressions stamps! It is fun though scrolling back through the year and seeing everything I have created! 
Heres my Top 10 in no particular order!

I am so happy you stopped by today! Art Impressions is going to be on a Christmas Holiday starting December 21, so this is my last post of the year!
I wish you all A Very Merry Christmas, A Happy Holiday Season and for only the best things to happen to you in 2018, Happy New Year!

Happy Stamping!