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I must have found Jenn’s Coolest Card Series wavelength this month, because other than my DT cards, all of the cards I’ve worked on have involved some combination of watercolor, stencils, sparkle, snow, and the color pink. This one uses all but the color pink! And I probably could’ve worked that in if I tried.

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I stamped my background with a couple of the snowflakes from Lawn Fawn’s Critters in the Snow, then used a stencil to apply gesso and a layer of sparkling embossing paste. The ground is a separate piece of card stock that I completely covered in an experimental glitter-gesso mix (the gesso is so opaque that the glitter just adds texture instead of a touch of sparkle) and more glitter embossing paste. The deer was watercolored with Distress Ink, fussy cut, and mounted soaring over the snow with foam tape. And I finished it with an embossed sentiment strip that must be blurring reality, because I can’t seem to capture it clearly in a photograph.

Are you making cool, wintery cards this month? Or do your creations betray a deep longing for sunshine?

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I can’t believe it’s already the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs January Blog Hop. We’ve been sharing projects made with our new release for three days now, and giving you a chance to win a $15 gift certificate every time you comment on one of our posts. Today’s hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has a lot to tell you about the new products. And if you’re following along, you should’ve arrived here from Karen Baker’s blog.

LID_Love You Greeting Die    LID_Silly Stitched Die Set

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LID_Love You PapersMy first card is all about the Love You Greeting die. These dies make the most gorgeous shaker cards, so break out your sequins and chunky glitter! And I think this style, without the outer frame, makes them even easier for quick cards. I cut mine from a piece of white card stock, then trimmed it down with one of the new Silly Stitched dies. Then I created a shaker with chunky pink heart glitter, and red confetti made from little Xs and Os in a FUSE pocket, which just has to be adhered with a little glue or thin line of ScorTape. The whole thing gets backed with a scrap of pink paper from the Love You paper pack and stuck to a card base covered in a coordinating Xs and Os print.

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And because we revamped our Sunshine Sentiments stamp set, I had to make a little something with our cute Sunshine dies and Rainbows and Clouds die set. Can you believe this card was done in less than 10 minutes? I will admit to cheating a bit, since I started with a good sketch and the die cuts were extras from my stash. But I did deviate from my original plan, which means more time comparing papers, trimming bits, and pushing things around on my desk. I used the tiny face from Piece of Me stamp set to give the sunshine a little extra personality, and a little bit of washi tape to add weight to the center panel. And the entire thing was mounted on turquoise card base cut with the Diamond Lace Cover Up die.

LID_Sunshine Sentiments 2015    LID_SunshineDieSmall__97577.1398175719.1280.1280

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I’m seriously loving all of the new and improved stamp sets we’ve been releasing. Are there any old sets in your collection that you wish could get an update? I know I would love to see a couple of my old Stampin’ Up favorites refreshed with new fonts. And while it may be the last day of our hop, there is still more inspiration to be had. Head over to Heather’s blog to see a few gorgeous cards.

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Welcome back for another day of Lil’ Inker Designs awesomeness! The team is sharing projects made with our newest products this week and giving away $15 gift certificates to lucky commenters so you can get your hands on some of them, too. The hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has loads of information about the new stamps, dies, and paper, as well as the full blog hop list. Then it heads here, where I get to show you some of my favorite things.

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First, an apology card that features our revamped Coffee Cozy stamps and Coffee Cozy dies. I don’t know about you, but I can certainly identify with the sentiment. I’m not exactly myself unless I’ve had coffee, and I’m sure I’ve stuck my foot in my mouth more than once before my morning cuppa.

The cup and card base are made from some of the gorgeous papers in the new Love You paper pack. I just adore the warm, coral-red color palette and the fabulous patterns. I just had to add the stitched steam, which has to be my favorite thing in the new die set. I used the Valentine Word Tags dies to cut a gold “HUGS”, trimmed the tag loop, and added it to the card. I also cut some coordinating gold hearts with the Floating Hearts die. (Have I mentioned how awesome that die is for churning out tiny embellishments? I keep all the extras and use them on all kinds of projects.) A tiny bit of washi tape helps set off center panel and keeps the gold grounded.

LID_Coffee Cozy Stamps 2015    LID_Coffee Cozy Dies 2015

LID_Valentine Word Tag Dies    LID_Love You Papers

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And next, a sweet Valentine that uses more of that great Love You paper. I used the largest of our new Dual Dotted Hearts die as the main panel of my card, stamping it with the adorable bacon and eggs from Perfect Pairs (released last year). There are no fancy die-cutting tricks here: I stamped a second set of breakfasty guys on a scrap of card stock, watercolored them with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers, then fussy cut around them so I could layer them over the image stamped on the heart. I heat embosses a sentiment on a strip of black card stock, then layered all of it together with a pink doily and a few washi tape strips to tie everything together.

LID_Dual Dotted Hearts Dies    LID_Perfect Pairs Stamps

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That’s it for me today, but there are eight more stops on this blog hop, and more to come on Friday. Head over the Jen Carter’s blog and don’t forget to leave a comment along the way for your chance to win a Lil’ Inker gift certificate.

coolest-logoHave you seen the fabulousness that is Jenn Shurkus’ Coolest Card Series? She has been sharing some gorgeous cards and throwing down great challenges based on them, but I haven’t had much of a chance to play along. Until now.

 

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There’s just something about this bear image from WPlus9’s Holiday Hugs that makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. So naturally I’ve been coloring it. A lot. Especially with watercolors, like Distress inks, which fits right it with one of Jenn’s challenges.

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I played with a few snowy scenes for this pair, but when I saw all the little white dots from Lil’ Inker Designs’ Dual Dotted dies scatter across my desk, I knew they would make good shaker card filler. So I’ve been knocking them into an old stamp case next to my Big Shot instead of the garbage can. And when I had enough, I sealed them into a FUSE pocket with some chunky iridescent glitter and snowflake sequins. That was glued to the inside of a card base that had been cut with a Dual Dotted Circle die and stamped with the matching sentiment in Picked Raspberry.

 

 

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LID_Lovie Friends StampsHi there! It’s time for new release from Lil’ Inker Designs, so that means a blog hop full of projects and inspiration. The hop kicked off on the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog where Laura has all of the information about the new products, the hop order, and our blog hop prizes. If you’re following along, Lea Lawson’s blog was the last stop.

I’m kicking things off with a few kid-friendly Valentine ideas, made possible by the adorable new Lovie Friends stamp set and coordinating dies. The fine lines on these images make them extra sweet and delicate, and there’s a great mix of puns and traditional Valentine greetings to go with them. From the moment these stamps left the envelope, they were bugging me to use them!

CG-7413TLID_Lovie Friends Die Sethe littlest kept stealing the die cut images off my desk and carrying them around the house. I finally relented, handing over the good colored pencils and asking them to color the Lovies for me. I touched up their finished critters with a marker to help tie them together, then added them to a set of 3×3 cards decorated with bits of washi tape selected by the kids.

Ev loves the little cat, and Tom is thrilled with the lion, but I’m pretty partial to the giraffe. (Probably because of the cheeky sentiment that goes along with it!)

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Have you noticed the new trend in Valentine favors for kids? It’s not just tiny little cards with their favorite characters anymore, but pencils, erasers, sticker packs, and all kinds of other tiny treats to share with classmates. I found a 24-pack of little bubble wands at Target and knew they were a perfect match for Lil’ Inker’s Pinwheel Sentiment stamps and Pencil & Lollipop Treat Holder die. The bubble wand is too big to slide through the treat holder, but a tiny rubber band threaded through the holes secures it perfectly. And of course I had to add the panda from Lovie Friends, colored to match the wand!

LID_Pinwheel Sentiments Stamps 2015    LID_Lollipop and Pencil Treat Holder Die

There’s just something extra heart-warming about kid crafted Valentines, isn’t there? I hope you’re enjoying the hop so far, because there’s more to come! I’ll be back tomorrow with more grown-up Valentines, but in the meantime, you should head over to Chrissy Larsen’s blog because she has some awesome projects to share. All of the new products are available in the Lil’ Inker Designs store. And as usual, if you leave comments on our blog hop posts, you’ll be entered to win one of the Lil’ Inker Designs gift certificates we’re giving away at the end.