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It’s already day three of this month’s Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop. We released a bunch of new products this week, and I have a couple things I can’t wait to share. But first I need to make sure you have the details on our hop. It starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, continues through Lisa Henke’s blog, before landing you here. Not only are we giving away a huge prize to one lucky commenter (so be sure to leave a comment on our blog hop posts), we’re having a huge 20% off sale that includes almost everything in the shop.

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Today, I’m starting with a simple, cute card perfect for all those silly screw ups that might need a little apology. Our new Whoops word die and sentiment stamp set are just right for those occasions. I’m quite smitten with the “plan a” sentiment, and when I saw it, my mind immediately jumped to those underpants collecting gnomes in South Park (and ohmigoodness, that clip is nearly 20 years old) who didn’t quite have a plan. So I pulled out the adorable undies from I’ll Be Brief and started stamping. Somewhere along the way, those tighty whiteys had a laundry accident and were watercolored pink. I layered them over lightweight vellum and added a die cut whoops, coated in Rock Candy Stickles. Then I swapped in a different, more apologetic sentiment, embossed on black card stock to finish the card.

LID_Whoops Stamp Set    LID_Whoops Word Die

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Sorry, gnomes. You won’t profit off these underpants.

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Next up, a little peek-a-boo card made with one of the adorable critters from the I’ll Be Brief stamp set and coordinating dies. I started by embossing a white card front with the new Diamond Chevron Cover Up die, then cutting the Hi Word die right into it. Next, I stamped, watercolored, and die cut the bear from I’ll Be Brief and attached him behind the die cut window. I backed the window with a bit of turquoise card stock before mounting it on my card base. Then I embossed a sentiment on black card stock and popped it up below the window. So simple, and such a cute way to use extra die cut characters, especially the ones that might be a little less than perfect. (I’ll admit to saving images with small goofs, like color bleeding or smudges, that can be covered with a strategic sentiment or die cut.)

LID_I'll Be Brief Stamps    LID_I'll Be Brief Die Set

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’re loving these new goodies as much as I am and that you get a chance to play with them soon. They’re already available in the Lil’ Inker Designs store. And there’s still more inspiration at the next stop on the hop: Stephanie Gold’s blog. Until next time, happy stamping!

Sarah Jay  <– YOU ARE HERE

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How is it Thursday already?!

The Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop is still rolling along and I’m sharing projects made with the new release. But before I tell you about them, I need to tell you that today’s hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re following the hop, Lisa Henke’s blog was your last stop. We’re also doing a giant giveaway: one lucky visitor who comments on all of the blog hop posts this week by  will win the entire new release. And we’re having a big 20% off sale on everything except the newest goodies.

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For this card, I combined one of our new stamp sets with one of my old favorites. Lovely and Sweet, meet Coffee Talk! I stamped the fancy coffee drink from Coffee Talk on a pink card front using soft gray ink, and masked it. Then I stamped Lovely and Sweet, along with a few accents using an ombre ink pad. Once I removed the mask, I was able to color the cup with colored pencils and add gold glitter accents. I trimmed my card front just enough to allow a bit of gold glitter tape placed on the card base to show.

LID_Lovely and Sweet Stamps    LID_Coffee Talk Stamps

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That’s everything for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with more cards. Until then, head over to Stephanie Gold’s blog to see the amazing things she has done with these new goodies. And don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop for a chance to win our entire release!

Sarah Jay  <– YOU ARE HERE

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19105974_10209878793342424_7472398251735368130_nHey there! And welcome to the first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs June Blog Hop.

There are loads of new goodies to share this week, so here’s the scoop: all of the new products are now available in the shop, the blog hop starts on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, and we’re giving away the entire release to one lucky visitor who comments on all of the stops on our hop. Sounds pretty good, right?

If you’re following along, Lisa Henke’s blog was the last stop.

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Today, I’m sharing a simple card made with two new stamp sets and a fantastic new quilted stitched die. I cut a white card base with the Quilted Stitched Basket Weave Die and started layering components. First, I stamped and die cut two jars from Jar of Flowers. I used the solid and accent stamps to color the jars: a light application of Distress ink and a few sprays of water gave me a great watercolor effect without actually breaking out any watercolors. I layered the two jars together to make the jar appear taller, covering the meeting point with the floral banner from Blossoms & Banners. The banner and flowers did get a little watercoloring, with a water brush and Distress ink smooshed onto a clear block.

LID_Blossoms and Banners Stamps     LID_Blossoms & Banners Die Set    LID_Quilted Stitched Basket Weave Die

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LID_Jar of Flowers Stamps LID_Jar of Flowers Dies

These two stamp sets are going to make some beautiful cards. But don’t take my word for it, head on over to  Stephanie Gold’s blog for even more new release inspiration. And don’t forget to leave a comment here and on every stop along the hop for a chance to win the entire release!

 

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Today I’m sharing a couple projects as part of the Lil’ Inker Designs Mini Release blog hop. We have a bunch of special guests, so make sure you check out the post on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog for all of the details and the full list of participants. If you’re following the hop, you should’ve arrived here from Jennifer Kinney’s blog. We’re giving away one of everything we’re releasing today, so be sure to leave comments along the hop!

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First is a light and simple sympathy card made with Angel Pets and the Stitched Clouds Cover Up die. I stamped the sweet pup from the Angel Pets stamp set, then colored him with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a watercolor brush loaded with Ranger’s Perfect Pearls mist instead of water. Using the coordinating Angel Pets die cuts, I cut a set of wings from lightweight vellum and added a little shimmer to the edges, and used foam tape for extra dimension. I embossed my card base with the new Stitched Clouds Cover Up die, then brushed Perfect Pearls mist over each cloud. To finish the card, I stamped one of the beautifully phrased sentiments in grey ink on pale gray card stock, then mounted it near the bottom of the card.

LID_Angel Pets Stamps    LID_Cover Up Die: Stitched Clouds

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LID_You Will Never Regret Being Kind StampsNext, I got super inky with ink smooshing and emboss resist to show off the You Will Never Regret Being Kind stamp. These big 4×4-inch stamps will fill most of a card front, with just enough room to show off beautiful techniques. After embossing my sentiment in pearlized embossing powder, I used rich blue, purple, and black Distress inks with water to cover my card front. Then I did it again, using less water and no black ink to get more intense color over the deep shadows from the first smoosh. After a heat set, I flicked it with water and a few shimmering mists, then picked up the drops and reactivated color with a paper towel. I edged my card base with gold striped washi tape and trimmed a sliver off the card front for an extra gold accent.

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I hope you’re enjoying all of the inspiration on today’s hop. I’ll be back soon with my next project. Until then, the next stop on the hop is Cheryl Knutti’s blog. Happy stamping!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love my hashtags.

So when Vanessa at Butterfly Reflections released her totally awesome Hashtag stamp set, I knew I had to have it. I just had to wait until all my gift giving occasions were passed to be able to buy it for myself. Then the week it arrived, I stumbled across this seriously adorable cactus paper at Michaels and was inspired. This follows a simple patterned paper card front + stamp + embellishment formula that helps you knock out four adorable cards in under 10 minutes. I was #totallywinning when I made these cuties.

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