Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Mice & Sweet

 I have the last of my Art Impressions Halloween cards to share with you today, here are two cards using Mice & Sweet Set (Sku #4310):
 I love colouring my images to match bright, fun papers - and this one is no exception!  I popped up both the image and sentiment on pop dots.  Here's another version:
Happy Halloween, and happy stamping!
Copics used: C7, C5, C3, C1, C00, BG05, BG02, B00, Y38, Y35, Y32, YR18, YR16, YR15, YR12, E18, V09, V06, V05, V04, YG03, YG01, YG00, R20

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A Little Plaid...

My niece texted me to say that the Merry Monday Challenge this week was Plaid! and that we just had to play... and then I saw The Challenge this week has some Christmas inspiration for us - so I got down to business!  Here is one of my all-time favourite Art Impressions images for the holidays, Reindeer Games:
I'm a big fan of the Gumdrops from Your Next Stamp... and these are their new 'matte' ones with a dull finish - they're very cool!  I cut the sentiment into a speech bubble shape, and added some Wink of Stella to all of the jingle bells.  So excited to have a Christmas card for my stash!
Patterned paper is Perfectly Plaid Christmas by Lawn Fawn; Cardstock is Chocolate, White Daisy & Kraft from Close To My Heart; Ink is Tuxedo Black by Memento and Onyx Black by Versafine; Gumdrops are Your Next Stamp; Wink of Stella; Copic Markers; Stamp set is Reindeer Games by Art Impressions.

Verve October Inspiration

I made a birthday card for my daughter this morning, and also wanted to play along with the October Verve Inspiration challenge, so I pulled out some Verve digi images from one of the Coffee Lover's Blog Hops last year, and some fall-ish papers to make my card:
Patterned papers are Friendly Forest, Doodlebug; Cardstock is Lagoon, Chocolate & Colonial White, Close To My Heart; Stamp set is a Verve digi; Sprightly Sprigs die, Verve; Copic markers; Mocha Opaque pearls, Close To My Heart; Stitched STAX die by My Favorite Things.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Till You Wobble!

The Art Impressions Design Team is helping to launch the new Ai Mini Shaker sets that come with a Mini Action Wobble!  If you're familiar with Action Wobbles, you're going to love the adorable mini ones - and wait till you see all the great Mini Shakers that are designed especially for them!  Here is Santa Mini Shaker (Sku #4798):
I love that he is a simple, easy-to-colour image!  The set includes the moustache die, which I adhered to the Mini Action Wobble, and the Ho! sentiment which I stamped three times - or, there is a Ho! die that you can cut out, too.  Head on over to the Ai blog to see what the rest of the DT has to share today, and while you're there, you can link up your creation to our "Till You Wobble" challenge - there are always great prizes to be won.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Birthday Wreath

Just felt like doing a fairly quick & simple card for a couple of challenges tonight, so I'm playing along with Freshly Made Sketches #259, and am using the palette from The Color Throwdown #415 :
I've had these little twig wreath die cuts (Memory Box?) sitting in my craft room for longer than I can remember... my friend Tania gave them to me, so she'll laugh if she sees them here :o)  Not my favourite card, it's a little busy with the die cuts, but I loved getting the chance to play with a couple of challenges!

Patterned paper is Pathfinding, Cardstock is Chocolate, Glacier & Cashmere; Stamp set is Happy Birthday, ink is Chocolate - all Close To My Heart; Wreath die, Memory Box, Happy die, Avery Elle; Gumdrops are Your Next Stamp.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Quivery Mini Shaker

 Art Impressions has really hit one out of the park this year as far as Halloween stamp sets go!  Is this not the most adorable set?  Look at their startled expressions!!  And of course the sentiments are SO fun... Here are a couple of cards using Quivery Mini Shaker (Sku #4793):
 This sweet set, is actually a double shaker!  Both the little pig and little duck come as separate images with matching dies, so I stamped and coloured the main base image, as well as the upper bodies of the pig and duck.  I then cut out the pig and duck with their dies, and popped them up with the new Mini Wobbles so that the cards shiver & shake a little.  Here's another version:
 Now the other fun things that are included in this set are four small accessory dies - the two bats, a spider and a little pumpkin - the perfect little details to finish off your cards.
 The current challenge on the Ai blog is Till You Wobble - we want to see your creations with an action Wobble!
Copics used: Greys - C7, C5, C3, C1, C00
Oranges - YR18, YR16, YR15, YR12, YR00
Yellows - Y38, Y35, Y32
Pinks - R24, R22, R20
Greens - YG05, YG03, YG01
Purples - V09, V06, V05, V04

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Inspired By All The Little Things #28

It's my week as hostess on the Inspired By All The Little Things challenge blog!  I have the fabulous Marisa Ritzen as my Guest Designer this week - so be sure to head on over to the blog to see what she's created to share with us.  I really love this week's inspiration photo, but really struggled to figure out what I was creating!  I love the colours, the textures, the soft lighting - everything.  But do you think that I own a pumpkin stamp??  No.  Not on it's own... so I stretched my thinking a little bit, working more with the colour palette and the harvest feel of the photo.  Here's our inspiration:
And here's what I came up with:
 These are two of the Art Impressions Watercolour Sets, and I've used eleven different stamps to create my scene.  They're designed to work together, and I simply coloured directly onto the rubber stamps with my Marvy & Tombow markers, then softened the lines with a damp paintbrush.  I went back and painted in a few areas that needed a bit more colour, like the pumpkins, and added a few shadows and contrasting colours.  There was a bit of masking involved to stack all those veggies together!
Those apples and radishes aren't quite as neon looking in real life, they brightened up a bit during editing, but you get the idea.  We hope you'll join us at Inspired By this week - once again, the design team has come up with the most amazing projects, so we'd love to see what you create.  Marisa and I will both pick an "Inspiring Stand Out" from all the entries, and will post them on the blog next Saturday.

Patterned papers are Pathfinding, by Close To My Heart; and Odds & Ends by Cosmo Cricket;  Cardstock is Chocolate by Close To My Heart; Your Next Stamp Gumdrops; Marvy and Tombow Markers; Stamps are WC Series 3 Sets 1 and 2 by Art Impressions.


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