It’s the last day of Lil’ Inker Designs’ April Blog Hop and your last opportunity to leave comments to win one of the three $15 LID gift certificates we’re giving away. Laura has the full scoop on the release, the prizes, and the hop on the Lil’ Inker blog. If you’re following our hop, you should’ve just visited the lovely Maureen Merritt.

And now you’re here, so let’s move onto the inspiration!

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By now you probably know that I love making my own foam stamps with Lil’ Inker dies. These funky flowers from the Frames & Flowers die set are no exception! I loaded them up with distress ink and stamped a little bouquet on my main panel.

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To give it a watercolor look, I flicked water across the panel and used a wet brush to push the ink of the flowers around the paper. I also used the brush to pick up more ink to give the leaves a green wash and add a little blush to the mustard blooms. Once everything was dry, I was able to add the sentiment, flower centers, and ink speckles then die cut it to size.

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I don’t usually share the insides of my cards, but this time I needed to show off the great punchline to the “don’t tell” sentiment on the front. I stamped the same sentiment on the card base to create a trendy hand-lettered background, too.

Fun, right?

Thank you so much for stopping by this week. I’ve had so much fun creating projects with these new stamps and dies, and I can’t wait to see what you do! Next up is the always talented Suzanne.

Welcome back for another day of Lil’ Inker inspiration! Here’s the scoop:

  • Today’s hop got it’s start at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog.
  • If you’re following the hop, Maureen Merritt’s blog was the most recent stop.
  • Lil’ Inker will select three random comments left on the design team’s blog hop posts to win $15 LID gift certificates.

Got it? Good. Now I can show you what I’ve been working on!

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This card features one of the products I’m most excited about: the Quilt Stitched Pattern die.

Ever since the first stitched pattern die came out last year, I’ve been waiting and hoping for something exactly like this.

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LID_You're My Favorite StampsI started by selecting a few different patterned paper from a partially used 6×6 pad. Then I tested layouts of the squares using a little of the quilt design theory I’ve picked up while trying not to fall into a new hobby. I ended up with alternating blue and orange blocks that I liked, then attached them to my card base, starting at the top center of the card and working my way down. Once everything was secure, I ran the whole thing through with the stitched pattern die. Its topped with one of the adorable sentiments from the You’re My Favorite stamp set and LID’s Everyday Stitched Tags.

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Next, a neat little note made with our new quick notes die and stamp set.

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I die cut the Quick Notes Star Fold Out die from neon green card stock and stamped it with one of the coordinating sentiments in navy blue. There’s plenty of room for a cute image (like your kid’s favorite cartoon in sticker form!) and short note inside. I tucked it into a glassine envelope with gold and homemade navy blue star confetti and sealed the whole thing with gold washi tape.

LID_Star Fold Out Die  LID_Quick Notes Stamps

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If you like tucking little notes into your family’s lunches or a friend’s purse, these will be right up your alley. They’re cute, quick, and nearly fool-proof. And who wouldn’t love to get one of these from a creative friend, rattling with sequins or confetti that could be used in your next craft project?

I hope you’re loving the new goodies as much as I am! There’s even more inspiration waiting for you at Suzanne’s blog. And I’ll see you back here on Friday for the last day of the hop.

Hi there! I’m so glad you’re here for the first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs April New Release. The entire team is hopping for the next three days to share all of the new goodies that *just* popped up in the Lil’ Inker Designs store. Laura has all of the information about the new release, the blog hop, and the generous prizes we’re giving away on the Lil’ Inker blog, so be sure to start there. If you’re hopping along, you just saw some adorable stuff from Maureen Merritt. I hope you left a comment while you were there, because that increases your chances of winning a gift certificate to pick up some of these cute stamps for yourself!

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LID_Smart Cookie StampsI’m kicking off my week of projects with the cutest stamps Lil’ Inker has released to date. And that’s saying something, because we have some seriously adorable stuff in the store! Smart Cookie is chunky little character that comes with with accessories and super trendy sentiments. I paired her up with loads of white space and neon to keep things fresh. This cookie got the full Copic coloring treatment, with lots of mottling, blending, and shading. She also got a little shimmer, from a Wink of Stella pen, on her funky glasses.

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Not only is there a neon yellow card base and stamped pennants, but there’s a little hidden neon too. I stamped the sentiment on one of our stitched squares, then layered it with a few more squares cut from neon yellow card stock before mounting it over that cute little cookie. It’s subtle, but gives the card even more glow.

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It’s so scrumptiously cute, I want to eat it up!

And now, you need to run over to Suzanne’s blog for a sweet little project and even more chances to win LID goodies. I’ll see you back here tomorrow with another fun card.

 

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Just a quick birthday card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. The theme this time was birthday cards, so I pulled out my Lil’ Inker Designs balloon stamps and Hero Arts’ neon ink this afternoon and whipped up a two-layer card. The white card front is mounted on a neon blue card base for an extra pop of color.  Even in natural light, my phone camera had trouble capturing the neon inks. They’re just that bold and fluorescent. Has anyone had luck photographing them?

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It’s the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop and I have a few projects to share. We have so many new goodies this month, and Laura has the full scoop at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. The hop starts there, too. If you’re hopping along with us today, Maureen’s blog should have been the last stop before you arrived here.

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I used one of the gorgeous sentiments from Spot On Spring to spruce up a piece of what I like to call “cheater paper”. You can get the look of collage without all the glue and mess, which is a plus in my book. I also made my own layered butterfly embellishment by cutting a coordinating patterned paper and vellum with the new Stitched Butterflies dies.

LID_Stitched Butterflies LID_Spot On Spring Stamps

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LID_Mixed & Stitched AlphaMy last project is a pair of tags for my kids’ Easter baskets. They’re made from adhesive-backed fun foam hang from the baskets with ribbon clips I found in my stash instead of actual ribbons. The new Mixed & Stitched Alphabet dies are the best part of this project–I just love the way the stitching shows up on the fun foam and my kids will love seeing their names on their baskets.

Evie got a sweet little butterfly and trail, while Tom got a bunny and egg (pink was his first choice after blue). And as soon as he spotted the extra foam letters, he demanded more so he could make his own tags. I’m planning to try making tactile counting flash cards for the kids with the matching Mixed & Stitched Alphabet dies. These babies are as nice as Thickers and even cuter!

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I’m so glad you stopped by to check out the new release this week! I hope you found a lot of inspiration and even a little motivation. For even more, check out Suzanne’s gorgeous projects. And don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of three $15 LID gift certificates we’re giving out during the hop.