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LID_Awesome Word DieWelcome back for the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop. As usual, all of the details on the new release, the blog hop, and the prizes can be found on the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog. If you’re following the hop, Maureen’s blog was the last stop.

I shared a card a few days ago that showed off the new Hello, Awesome stamps and Awesome Word die. Today’s card uses that same die with a few old favorites and the new Long and Skinny Rectangles stitched mat dies.

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I used the Long and Skinny Rectangles to create a layered mat, embossed a sentiment from Jolly and Joyful Sentiments, and added my favorite Snowflake die cut from white gold glitter card stock. The Awesome word was die cut from shimmery white card stock with a bit of iridescent shine to match the iridescent gems and playful Christmas patterned paper.

There is just one last stop on this week’s hop: the Lil’ Inker Designs store. Although the hop is over, I have more cards coming up with these products and the Alphabet Gems stamps. And of course there are still prizes to be given away to a few lucky commenters, so make sure to visit all the stops on the hop and leave a few kind words.

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Welcome back for another day of the Lil’ Inker Designs December blog hop. We’re celebrating a fantastic new release with lots of samples and a few LID gift certificates. You can get the full scoop at the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog. And if you’re following along, the inspiring Maureen was your last stop.

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First up is a card made with the new Faceted Cover Up die, another product I designed for LID. This die was inspired by the low poly aesthetic that has been gaining popularity among designers. You can color the triangles in different combinations to make all kinds of shapes, but I made sure to include a heart, perfectly positioned to be a focal point on a card front. To make this card, I dry embossed the Faceted die on white card stock, then used Distress Ink and a water brush to highlight the triangles that make up the heart.

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LID_All About Ampersands Stamps     LID_All About Ampersands Die Set

I used the All About Ampersands stamps and the All About Ampersands Dies to turn a simple heart into a wedding or anniversary card. This was so simple and so fast!

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LID_Anytime Tags Set 2The next card uses the All About Ampersands stamp set and new Anytime Tags 2 dies. I want to stamp this ampersand on everything! It’s perfect in every way. And I love that it contrasts so well with the faux label sentiments in the set. Thanks to Laura’s genius, you can use sentiments from this set all year round.

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There are so many possibilities with this new release! I can’t wait to show you tomorrow’s projects, but for now, you can visit the Lil’ Inker Designs store to pick up any of the new products that have caught your eye. As usual, make sure to leave a comment or two along the hop so you have a chance to win a little gift from LID.

 

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They’re here! They’re here!!!

Today is the start of the Lil’ Inker Designs’ December new release blog hop and I can finally show you the stamps and dies I designed earlier this year along with a bunch of other fun new LID products. The entire team is sharing fabulous projects made with our new goodies for the next three days and we’re giving away a few prizes too! You can get all of the details on the products, the blog hop, and the prizes at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re following the hop, Maureen’s blog was your last stop.

Now for the good stuff. I designed Girl’s Best Friend this summer when I realized there weren’t enough cute gem stamps on the market. I’m so ecstatic to see them go from drawings, to vectors, to photopolymer, and into the hands of some of my favorite designers.

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I embossed and watercolored the images from Girl’s Best Friend to create a patterned paper for this card. Then I layered two of the Anytime Tags 2, one vellum, one washed with cobalt blue watercolor to make a home for the sentiment.

LID_Girl's Best Friend Stamps     LID_Anytime Tags Set 2

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LID _Girl's Best Friend Diamond DieAnd because the stamps weren’t enough, I designed a coordinating die, too. It looks awesome in just about any material, but I love it most in glitter, like this old gold glitter card stock. Then I went a little watercolor crazy to make a starry background (based on techniques I learned from the inspiring Jen Rzasa).

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There’s sparkle and shine all over this card, thanks to shimmering watercolors, glitter splatters, and gold card stock. I even added a color wash to the plain card base using Twinkling H2Os to make it match the waterecolored strip better.

So, what do you think of my first effort? I just love what the other Lil’ Inker designers have done with them, so make sure you check out the rest of the hop this week. Be sure to leave a special word for Mary Dawn, as this will be her last hop with our team. We’re going to miss her fun, creative designs. For now, our hop ends at the Lil’ Inker Designs store, where all of these new products (and more!) are available for purchase. See you again tomorrow!

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Most blog hops are the cheerful sort, but just the thought of this one makes me weepy. How am I supposed to say goodbye to the Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine without crying?

With a card.

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Goodbye to the incredible publication that inspired me to push myself and my craft in new ways. From my early crafting days as a reader, through the ear-piercing shrieks brought by my first publication, to the thrill of being crowned Stamping Royalty and a World Card Making Day winner, the chance to join design teams, and the honor of participating in Gallery Idol and getting an invitation to apply to be a Go-to Gal, PC&S has been there every step of the way.

Thank you to the awesome people behind Paper Crafts and Scrapbooking Magazine that have fostered more creativity over the years than they will ever realize.

And best wishes to the community that has grown up around it, spreading encouragement and friendship along the way. I hope we’re able to keep each other inspired for a long time to come, even without our original source of inspiration.

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This card was made with products from the upcoming Lil’ Inker Designs release, including a cover up die I designed myself. I used the Faceted Cover Up die to mask a 4-Bar card base before spraying opaque and shimmer mists. The amazing Awesome word die cut and a few stars were cut from a textured red foil paper to contrast with the turquoise. It’s clean, sparkly, and colorful, just like my favorite issues of Paper Crafts magazine. And I hope a fitting tribute to the wonderful people that have made it possible.

If you’re following the hop, you should have arrived here from the SRM blog and will continue along to Annabelle O’Malley’s blog. And the entire InLinkz hop is included below if you like to jump around.

 

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It’s the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs October Blog Hop, so I’ll be brief with the details:

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My fist card uses the fun I’m All You’re All stamp set and Speech Bubbles dies. Just a black center panel, laid over a white card base trimmed in washi tape, and brightened up with neon speech bubble die cuts. There are so many fantastic possibilities with this stamp set, especially when paired with the die cuts.

LID_I'm All You're All Stamps    LID_Speech Bubbles

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The largest Speech Bubble die is perfect for clean and simple cards, especially with some of the cute character stamps out there. Today I made my own character with the Eat More Donuts stamp set and coordinating dies and gave it a little Halloween flair.

LID_Eat More Donuts    LID_Donuts Die Set

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LID_Stitched Gift Card Holder DieThe donuts are so cute, I had to use them on the limited edition Gift Card Holder die. This would have been perfect for all of the Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards I used to give before I moved to a Dunkin’ free state. (Well, there’s finally one in LA, but I’m not driving 8 hours for a donut and coffee fix.) The little stitched flap on this die cut is the perfect place for a sentiment.

I made another gift card holder for the holidays, pairing kraft with gold and the Joy Word die released last year. I got the best results with this die using light weight card stock and patterned papers like this one.

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LID_Baubled Christmas Tree DieEven better, most of the Big Christmas sentiment stamps fit on the inside flap of the gift card holder. And finally, a gift bag topped with the new Baubled Christmas Tree die cut from more brushed gold card stock.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed the hop and all of the projects we’ve shared this week. I know I’ve had a lot of fun making them and even more visiting all of the designers blogs this week. The new products are all available now in the Lil’ Inker Designs shop, the very last stop in this week’s hop. See you again soon!