Sunday, September 24, 2017

Ai Stamptember Release

12:00 AM
Hello Ai fans!

It's Stamptember at Simon Says Stamp and that means you can get exclusive stamp sets all month long.  


While supplies last, Simon Says Stamp will be offering stampers the Ai stamp set called Perfection.
Just remember to get it fast because supplies are limited and once they're gone they won't be coming back.



My image is stamped onto Strathmore Bristol 140 lb. paper with Jet Black Archival Ink.  I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers and a water brush.  I cut out the Image with a oval die cut and used foam tape to mount it over a rectangle of Lawn Fawn Rainbow Perfectly Plaid Paper Paper that was cut with the Simon Says Stamp Stitched Rectangles Die.  I used a Lifestyle Crafts Label die to cut out the greeting. I added some of the Simon Says Stamp Confetti to the card using my Ranger Multi Matte Medium.

Colors Used:
Faces- 071 Flesh Color, 072 Beige, 026 Light Pink
Hair- 072 Beige, O60 Brown
Pants- 303 Shadow Mauve, 083 Lilac
Jacket- 065 Mid Brown
Wine- 260 Deep Red
Cheese- 052 Bright Yellow, 067 Mustard
Fork & plate- 090 Gray, 091 Light Gray

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Fire Out Birthday Card

5:00 AM
Hello Ai fans!

I'm needed a few more fun Birthday cards, so I thought the Light's Out Set (SKU 4371) would be perfect.  I added the main image to the Action Wobbles (SKU 4776).


The image is colored with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers. I added some white highlights with white Sakura Gelly Pen.


I used the following Spectrum Noir Alcohol marker colors.
Face and body parts - FS2, TN4, FS4, FS8
Hair snd Grays - GG2, GG3, GG4
Blues - BT4, BT5
Oranges - BO2, BO4
Fire Extinguisher - DR2, DR4

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

New Ai Watercolor Stamps!

12:00 AM
Hello Ai fans!

Today is the entire release of the NEW Watercolor stamps.  I have been in love with this series of stamps for as long as I can remember.  I used to collect them when they were wood mounted and sold individually.  I am working with three of the new sets today.  WC Dogs Set (SKU 4959), WC Mini Cottages Set (SKU 4961), and WC Branches Set (SKU 4964).


I stamped a cottage from the new WC Mini Cottages Set (SKU 4961) with a mix of 86-African Violet and 45-Sepia.  After blending out those lines using my #4 Watercolor Brush, I added some 17-Steel Blue to my Ai Watercolor Palette & darkened some of the shadows and the windows.  I also added a very light blue to the sky. I added a bunch of tiny grass from the Foliage Set (SKU 4051) with 15-Olive Green. I blended it with my #4 Watercolor Brush. I added 879-Brown Tombow Marker to my Ai Watercolor Palette and colored the roof and the path with my #4 Watercolor Brush.

Next I stamped one of the branches from the new WC Branches Set (SKU 4964) with 879-Brown Tombow Marker.  I added the leaves from the WC Flower Set 2 (SKU 4868). I stamped the image that looks like tiny hearts many times with 15-Olive Green. I dabbed the leaves with my #4 Watercolor Brush to blend them together.

The last section I added was the left front corner with the dog. I stamped the dog with 879-Brown Tombow Marker and blended it out with my #4 Watercolor Brush. I added some 912-Pale Cherry Tombow Marker to my Ai Watercolor Palette and colored in the dog. I used the grass from the Foliage Set (SKU 4051) with 15-Olive Green. I used two of the tall flowers from the WC Flower Set 2 (SKU 4868) colored with 15-Olive Green and 89-Persimmon.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Elephant Stacker Card

5:00 AM
Hello Ai fans!

This weeks card is featuring the Elephant Stacker (SKU #4737) and the Slider Die (SKU #4764).  Using the slider feature, you can choosed to reveal the stack of cute elephants several different ways. I chose to use a 1" hole punch to create a hole that gives a peak at what is under the decorative paper. 



As you pull the ribbon at the top of the paper, it will start to reveal the entire stack of elephants.



Once the entire piece of decorative paper is pulled out, you can see the entire stack of elephants.


I stamped the  Elephant Stacker stamp onto Bristol paper with a Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad. I colored the image using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers.  I used 092 Blue Gray and 026 Light Pink and a Zig water brush.  


Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Happy Birthday Jon!

Hello Ai fans!

This week the Art Impressions Design team is doing a product swap with Marvy!  We got the chance to try out several great products.  I'm showing you many of them today.  I'm sure you'll see a few other's on my blog here and there.  Like the Snow Writer. I didn't use it today, but I'll be using it for some future Christmas projects.  

Today's project is a birthday card for my brother Jon.  Every birthday he seems to end up wearing a crazy hat.  I used the Lifetime Set (SKU# 4728). I knew this was the perfect image for his card!


Over the years I have used many great Marvy products, so I was happy to be able to try out more Marvy products.  We received an assortment offlesh tone Le Plume Permanent Alcohol markers from Marvy.  I used OR820, Or821, OR823 and R813 on my old guys face, hands and legs. The rest of my image was colored with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers.  I highlighted the balloon hat with the white Bistro Chalk Marker.  It has a nice Fine tip.  I also used it on the bow tie to go over some of the dots that had been colored over with red. Lastly I used the Deco Just Glitter Premium Markers for edging. I edged my card with the blue marker and the black layer with the purple marker. I was just careful to go slow while using the glitter markers for edging.  

Here is a closer view of my image.  I wish you could tell from this photo, but it's on a Mini Action Wobble spring. When you touch the image it springs to life.

As I mentioned above, the face is colored with the Marvy Le Plume Alcohol markers, I used the Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers for the rest of the image.
Hair - RB2
Green - AG2, AG4
Yellow - CT2, CT4
Reds - DR4, DR7



Here are a few photo's of my brother.  The Iron Crab is my all time favorite!



Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

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Light Up Halloween Mansion

12:00 AM
Hello Ai fans!

It's week two of the Off Kilter challenge.  More interactive stamps have been released on the blog. Be sure to check them out and to join the challenge.

Today I'm using the Holiday Mansion Set (SKU #4926) and HM Accessory Set (SKU #4927). I also used Flying Bats (SKU #D1265). The mansion can be used for any occasion. It comes with the dies that cut out the dies, windows & shutters! The HM Accessory Set comes with images to make your mansion up for Halloween or Christmas. It also includes the dies. I used it for Halloween this week, but I'm sure you'll see me use it for Christmas soon.

 I stamped my images onto watercolor paper and used my die cuts. I colored all of my images my images with Daniel Smith watercolors from a dot chart. After everything was dry, I backed the image with silver vellum and cut out the entire house. I edged the brown decorative paper with my silver marker before I cut openings in the center.  The openings are slightly larger than the mansion windows.  I attached the mansion over top of the openings.  The ghosts, pumpkin & monster were added with foam tape.







Last Christmas I had purchased some light up Christmas card kits.  They are very simple to use.  They're a tiny string of eight lights attached to a battery pack.  It has an on/off switch. It's the little black piece you can see in the upper left hand part of the card above the ghost.  The lights are colored with my Spectrum Noir Alcohol markers. I used thick foam the size of the battery pack to hold the top layer to the card. 


Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

Windy Day by Jil Lebel

5:00 AM
Hello Ai fans!

For this weeks card I wanted to show you how to use your mini back and front stamps a bit different.  I used Cat & Dog Mini Set (SKU #4832). The set that I used has both a cat and a dog image included in it and includes the back & front of each animal.  I decided to use just the front of the cute cat because it fit just right into the hot air balloon die cut.


The greeting is stamped with Jet Black Archival ink using my Mini Misti.  I had to stamp it twice to get a really good impression on the watercolor paper. I used a greeting stamp from WC Sentiments Set (SKU# 4903)

The cat is colored with Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers MB1, MB2, MB3.

Everything else is die cut from Canson 140 Lb Cold press watercolor paper and colored with several different colors of Tim Holtz Distress Oxide ink pads.  I used Salty Ocean, Broken China, Cracked Pistachio, Spiced Marmalade, Frayed Burlap, Twisted Citron, Worn Lipstick & Antique Linen.

I stamped the flowers in the foreground using WC Flower Set 2 (SKU#4868) with peeled paint & seedless preserves Distress Oxide ink pads.

Thanks for stopping by and Have a Great Day!