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Is it September already? My son has been back at school for almost three weeks, I’ve been snacking on candy corn, and I can’t seem to find enough daylight to do all of the things I want to. Fall is coming, whether I’m ready or not! But at least that means new fall stamps and dies from Lil’ Inker Designs!

Today is the first day of our September Blog Hop and we have all kinds of fantastic new things to share with you, so let’s get started. All of the information on the new release and the hop is on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, and if you’re hopping along, you just saw an adorable pumpkin on Amy Kolling’s blog. As usual, we’re giving out a few gift certificates to lucky commenters during the hop, so make sure to leave a comment, even if it’s just about your feelings on candy corn.

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First, a fall-themed thank you card featuring the sweet hand-lettering in our Seen on Halloween and So Thankful stamp sets. I stamped the large Thankful script from So Thankful with gold ink on my brown card base and topped it with the label from the same set, which has a coordinating die. I filled the label with a few leaves and vines from Seen on Halloween and topped it with the smaller pumpkin, stamped in a soft orange chalk ink. And that pumpkin has it’s own coordinating die, with stitching on the outer edge, too!

LID_So Thankful Stamps    LID_So Thankful Label Die

LID_Seen On Halloween Stamps    LID_Seen On Halloween Dies

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Next up is a Thanksgiving card made with some of the same stamps and dies. This time I used one of the sentiments from So Thankful and accented it with the larger pumpkin from the Seen on Halloween die set. Did you notice the stitched ribs on the pumpkin? Those are a separate die that nests inside the pumpkin shape, so you can use it with or without that extra texture. There are separate stems and leaves, too, in case the ribs didn’t put it over the top.

Speaking of over the top, I *almost* made this pumpkin completely gold. But I stopped myself at the gilded stem.

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These pumpkins are so fantastic! And I love that they coordinate with so many of the products we’re releasing this month! If you haven’t already, you should head over the Lil’ Inker Designs store to check them out. And if you need more inspiration, Heather Hoffman’s blog is the next stop on our hop.

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It’s the 11th, which means it’s time for another Lil’ Inker Designs Monthly Meetup Challenge! And this month we’re also celebrating our 5th anniversary with a special release: Birthday Balloon Greeting stamps with coordinating dies

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For today’s card, I stamped and die cut a bunch of balloons using black, gray, and coral ombré inks. They’re so sweet, especially the one with the open center that’s perfect for adding the included number stamps. There are a few strings in the set, but I used the bow from Send Pretty Mail and a twinkle sticker to finish it off.

This is the first card I’ve made since returning from vacation a week ago, and it kicked off a flurry of creative ideas. I won’t have much time until school starts later this week, but I’m feeling the urge to break out my “vintage” LID goodies. What are you itching to make? Grab your Lil’ Inker supplies and make it! Then share it in our Monthly Meetup for a chance to bring home even more LID.

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This month my crafty friend, Jenn, is celebrating her tenth blogiversary with a month-long party, including special guests, a challenge, and awesome prizes. If you aren’t already a fan or follower of Jenn’s blog Creative Chick, you’re really missing out. 

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6a00d8341cc71d53ef00e54f06299f8833-800wiI first met Jenn almost ten years ago, in one of her A Muse classes at Ink About It in Massachusetts. She was such an inspiring teacher that I got even more involved in paper crafting. And I’ve been following her work ever since. It makes sense then that the card I chose to CASE from her blog is an older one (February 2007), made with adorable A Muse stamps.

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My own version draws from the layout, color scheme, and tone-on-tone stamping of Jenn’s. There are even tiny heart twinkle stickers that I’ve been hoarding. I just used iced coffee from Lil’ Inker Designs Coffee Talk instead of monsters.

With ten years worth of posts, there are bound to be at least a few of Jenn’s projects that inspire you to make something. So take a look, then hit the craft table to make something Jenn-inspires that you can share in her 10th blogiversary challenge.

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Round Badge Comment to Win July 2015It’s the last day of our July blog hop and all of the Lil’ Inker Designs stuff is in the shop. The details on the new release and blog hop are on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog.  And if you’re following along, Lisa’s blog was the last stop.

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My first card pairs the adorable new snails from Snailed It! with the Stitched Woodgrain Cover Up die. To make the card front, I cut it into a failed ink smooshing  experiment and highlighted the heart with Stickles. (I always keep a few of the failures to play with!) Next, die cut snails and colored vellum grass slide in behind the classic Instant Camera die frame. The frame has a perfect spot for sentiments, too.

LID_Snailed It Stamps    LID_Snailed It Dies    LID_Cover Up Die Stitched Woodgrain     

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Next, I went a little crazy with masks and ink blending to make a snaily birthday scene. I stamped the snail first, masked it with a little rubber cement, then added everything in around it. Once the rest of the scene was done, I added texture and details to the snail and its shell using Copic markers and multiliners. The birthday present is from Party Pachyderms and is the perfect touch for a belated birthday card. (Is there any other kind?)

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And that’s it from me, but you can find more at Chrissy’s blog. You’ll be seeing more of these new stamps and dies over the next few months though, I’m sure.

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Round Badge Comment to Win July 2015Hello there!

I’m back for the second day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop with a whole host of new goodies. And can I just say that the team has been rocking this release? So much inspiration in one little hop! I hope you’re following along and leaving comments so you can win a LID gift certificate. If you are, Laura Williams’ blog was the last stop. And if you’re not, our lovely leader, Laura has all of the details on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog.

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I combined one of my favorite Lil’ Inker dies, Boxed Up Birthday, with a couple new goodies and a lot of gold to make this card. To make the card front, I used a cut from the Dotted Scallop Cover Up die as a stencil and applied a thick layer of gold embossing paste to white card stock. The little raised dots have so much texture and shimmer! Next, I laid down a few strips of paper to make a base for the birthday greeting die cut. Finally, I topped everything with a stamped Pineapple Panache die cut and a handful of gold and black sequins.

LID_Cover Up Die Dotted Scallops     LID_Pineapple Panache Stamps

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Finally, a big quilted flower to go with all of our stitched dies! I love that there are so many ways to combine the three dies in this set to make pretty flowers. They remind me of ricrac roses and would be so perfect for a vintage quilt card. I used the stitched layer to add texture to my peach card base. And I used it again with the other two dies to make a coral and white flower.  The biggest sentiment from Greetings & Salutations is stamped on a stitched band with ombré ink.

LID_Quilted Flowers Dies     LID_Greetings & Salutations Stamps

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And there you have it! I’ll be back tomorrow with two more projects. Until then, you should check out the next stop on the hop: Karen Baker’s blog.