Friday, June 23, 2017

Art Impressions Design Team Call - June 23 to June 30

Hello Ai Fans! 
We are looking for new members for our design team!
Ready to join our fabulous team?

We are looking for:
  • Passionate stampers with a love for Ai designs.
  • Great coloring and stamp techniques. Watercolor stamping experience is a plus!
  • Fabulous card coordination (ex. color combos, layers, accents).
  • Creative and self-motivated designers.
  • Friendly folks who love email communication.
  • Must have an active blog and be connected with online communities.
  • Willing to submit to publications.
  • Create a weekly Ai blog post.
  • Create 2-3 monthly challenge examples for our card contest.
  • Comment on card contest entries.
  • Must be willing to post on social media.
  • Mail-in 10 monthly cards to Ai.
  • $75 monthly coupon to our online store.
  • 30% off any additional orders above monthly allowance.
  • Additional stamps for promotions and new launches.
  • Bonus crafting products for special assignments.
  • Product swap materials from other companies.
  • 6-month minimum requirement.
  • All card designs use 99% Ai stamps.

If you are interested in joining the Ai Design Team, email Kate ( Please put “AiDT 2017 + Your Name” in the subject line of your email and include the following information:
  • Your name and mailing address.
  • Links to your blog and any online galleries you have.
  • Social media links – Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, Shop, etc.
  • A list of recent publications and any related links.
  • Your previous or current DT experience.

Applications are due Friday, June 30 at 5:00 p.m. PT.

Second round applicants will be contacted via email Monday, July 3.
Second round applicants will complete 3 assigned projects due Sunday, July 9.
New members will be contacted via email Tuesday, July 11.
New member assignments will begin August 1.

Due to shipping restrictions, applicants must live in North America. Space is limited. 
Any questions can be directed to
Good luck!

Wooden Gate by Cheri Burry

Hi Ai Fans!
Today I am sharing with you a few cards I made using the Art Impressions Watercolor Mini's and Watercolor 2017 sets! I had some time to practice at the Cottage recently and here's 3 of my many attempts LOL!
I used quite a variety of stamps to get this look:
I love that with the Watercolor stamp sets you can mix and match different stamps to get a truly unique look each time!
It's easy to use the stamps..... just colour with your watercolour marker directly in your stamp and add to your paper. Then taking a damp brush soften the lines for that watercolour look.
Tombow Markers Used:
249, 451, 528, 725, 098, 288
Marvy LePlume:
12, 86

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

NEW Funny Farm Clear Stamps! PLUS Challenge 211 "Create a Background!"

Hello, Ai Fans!
NEW Funny Farm
HOLY COW! These new sets are udderly moovelous! Introducing Funny Farm, our hilarious new line of animal clear stamps, featuring meticulously detailed images and sassy sentiments for birthdays, get well and just for laughs! Our Spring Chicken set is a fresh take on our classic Bird Brains, and our Utterly Fantastic set joins the bovine friends in our collection. Are you a dog person? Doggy Kisses is the ultimate "feel better" stamp set for you! For those who are stil a "kid" at heart, our Old Goats set will crack a smile! Hear more about these sets in our video from Creativation Trade Show! Grab your sets today at!

Spring ChickenUtterly FantasticDoggy KissesOld Goat
Funny Farm Video 

Joining us today is Renee with several projects to show how she used our new Funny Farm Sets!


Hello Ai fans!

It's always a fun day when Art Impressions has a new release!  

Today they're releasing a new line called Funny Farm.

I'm sharing 3 of the sets with you.


Have you ever had the problem that you have a certain background in mind but you just don't have the paper?  These new sets from Ai take care of that.  As a bonus, these were all super fast and easy to make!

For my background on the dog card I just sprinkled some Bister Stains on the card with a paint brush.  I used my palette to put just a tiny dash of the powder on and mixed it with some water.  I'm hoping you all see mud.  Those of you with dogs should be able to relate!  Then I used the super cute dog paw to stamp prints all over the card.

For the chicken background I just stamped the chicken tracks all around the border and then drew in some lines and squiggles by hand.  I also stamped a verse and used a ruler to draw in some lines across the card.

For the cow background I used a ruler to draw some lines and I stamped two verses from the set into them. I used a black marker to draw in some cow pattern shapes and then colored them in.

I just LOVE animals...ALL animals and so these sets are my new instant favorites!!

Wow, Renee! Love these creative backgrounds you have paired with our new Funny Farm stamp sets! This is really inspiring!
We're celebrating this new release with a new challenge! Won't you join us? This week and next week is all about creating your own background! We love our patterned paper, but isn't it fun to customize your own background to coordinate with your main image? Let's see what you can come up with!

Here are the Challenge Rules:
✻ Please make a new card or creation. You can make any crafty item you wish; this is not limited to cards!
✻ Limit two submissions per person. You will receive extra votes if you use Art Impressions stamps!
✻ The Ai Challenge is open to everyone, international submissions are welcome!
✻ Include a link back to the Ai Blog or grab our button on the top right of our sidebar!
✻ Share the Ai love by clicking and commenting your fellow crafters.
✻ Make sure to get your link up by Wednesday, July 5 at 5:00 p.m. PST to enter your creations.
✻ Good luck and happy stamping!

Time to recognize the winners of last week's "Let's Distress" challenge!

Top Spot goes to...

Congrats, Milene! We love your creative Halloween card featuring our Haunted House TryFold! Love the partial watercoloring and distressed ink look you got going on! Email with your address to claim your prize pack!

Honorable Mentions go to...

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Congrats, you two! Dot, we love the sweet distressed edge and bent corner on your milk can watercolor piece! Funtography, we love your light distressing on your sweet Welcome Little One Mini Tryfold card! Ladies, be sure to email with your address and stamp set of your choice!

Thank you to everyone who joined our challenge! You have two weeks to create for our new Create a Background challenge! We have prizes to give away, and you can't win if you don't enter! See you next week!

Happy Stamping!