Welcome back for the the second day of Lil’ Inker Designs’ new release blog hop. The whole thing starts at the Lil’ Inker Shop blog and winds its way through the design team to Maureen’s blog before dropping you here. We’re giving away three LID gift certificates, so be sure to leave comments on the blog hop posts for a chance to add a little Lil’ Inker to your stash.

LID_Dance in the Rain Stamps    LID_Pinking Edge Sentiment Flags Dies

Today, I’m sharing a couple projects made with the new Dance in the Rain stamp set, Pinking Edge Sentiment Flag die set, and Cut it Out Clouds & Accessories dies. The first is a store-bought paper treat bag topped with a stamped pinked edge sentiment flag and tied with a rainbow ribbon. The original stitched clouds are cut from sticky back canvas and inked.


This card uses the simple rain die to highlight a gorgeous hand-drawn sentiment stamp from the Dance in the Rain set. There’s also a little black lightning bolt covered in black diamond Stickles.


Do you ever dance in the rain? This sweet little set is available at the next stop in the hop, the Lil’ Inker Designs store.

Just one more day of new release inspiration left!


Hey there! For the next three days I’m sharing projects made with brand-spanking-new products from Lil’ Inker Designs as part of our new release blog hop. For the full details on the release, our blog hop, and prizes you’ll want to start at the Lil’ Inker Shop Blog. And if you’re following along, you just visited Maureen’s blog.

I am seriously in love with this die and stamp set. “Seriously” sees heavy rotation in my vocabulary. As a mother of young kids, I try my best to avoid curse words, especially the ubiquitous “WTF?” Instead, I find myself using a sarcastic “seriously?”

LID_Seriously Word Die    LID_Seriosly Awesome Stamps

Driver yammering on a cell phone cuts me off. Seriously?

Kid spills milk moments after being reminded to use caution. Seriously?

Favorite store has a sale, but everything on your wish list is out of stock. Seriously?


I use it a lot. And I’ll probably use this set a lot, too.

Aren’t the fonts in this set just awesome? Love that I get to see Laura’s adorable handwriting on my projects. I used one of the larger sentiments to stamp the background of this card. The die cut and embossed sentiment are grounded on one of the new pinked flags die cuts. I used a little die cutting magic to make it long enough to use on an angle.


This next card floats the die cut, sentiment, and a balloon over a watercolor wash made with Gelatos. I seriously need a stack of these belated birthday cards.


Have you seen anything you can’t live without in the new release? I have the teensiest crafting budget these days, usually less than $20 a month, and I have to say that the Seriously die and Seriously Awesome set would have earned a chunk of it. If you can’t stamp without it either, the Lil’ Inker Designs Store is the last stop on today’s hop. I hope you’re leaving comments on the blog hop posts for a chance to stretch your budget with a LID gift certificate. See you tomorrow!


84I managed to sneak a new Lawn Fawn set into my small crafting budget this summer and it arrived a few days ago. And when I saw the current Lawnscaping Challenge theme, stars and stripes, I just had to put it to use!

There’s a lot going on in this card, but it isn’t a terribly long list: emboss resist stars and sentiment, sponged sunset background, stamped twig and logs, and fussy cut marshmallows and flames. I love making colorful skies with nothing more than Distress ink and sponges. It can feel very therapeutic.


I planned this card with a black and blue stripe on the side, but ended up using gold and white to lighten things up and tie in the gold shimmer on the flames and in the sky. It is so tempting to brush that Wink of Stella pen on everything and call it a day! I love that it can be so subtle.


The new Lil’ Inker Designs stamps and dies that hit the store last weekend are so much fun to work with! Here, I combined the new Hello word die with a sentiment from Unscramble This and some older dies. The large flag is stamped with a gorgeous ikat background stamp I found at Michael’s. The label-maker look is fun and trendy again, so I embossed the sentiment on black card stock with white embossing powder to recreate the look. The sentiments in this set are a perfect stand-in if you don’t have a label stamp set or an old school label maker. (I remember stealing my dad’s and making silly labels for things. Red tape was my favorite.)


And since it already feels like summer here (103 is the high today and tomorrow), I wanted to use a bright summer color scheme: cobalt blue, neon pink, white, and black. I love the way the bold blue makes the pink look even brighter. What’s your favorite summer color combination?


Stamps: Unscramble This by Lil’ Inker Designs, ikat background by Recollections; Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black; Paper: white (Papertrey Ink), neon pink (Recollections), blue (nearly vintage); Other: Hello Word, Flags & Tags, and Floating Hearts dies from Lil’ Inker Designs, Seafoam White embossing powder by Ranger.


It’s the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs June blog hop, celebrating our new releases, and I have a couple things to show you. But first, I want to make sure you know that all of the details on the new products, blog hop, and fabulous prizes can be found on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re following along–and hopefully leaving comments along the way so you can win–Maureen was your last stop.


My first project uses the new Unscramble This stamp set and Peek-a-boo die. I used the Peek-a-boo die to cut a little flap in my main panel, then backed it with a stack of neon green card stock cut with the same stitched rectangle die. I simply stamped my message, a little puzzle and the matching answer, with black and neon green inks. There’s a nice variety of sentiments in this set and I have a hunch that they’ll be my go-to stamps for the elementary set over the next few years.

LID_Unscramble This Stamps    LID_Peek a Boo Die


LID_Hello Word Die

Next up is a card featuring the new Hello Word die. I was inspired by some of the masking I learned in Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Card Makers class. I die cut the word from a bit of scrap paper, then coated the back with a thin layer of rubber cement before pressing it onto multi media paper. Once it had set for a few minutes, I applied a bold wash of color around the word. I tried not to use too much water or brush over the letters to keep the pigment from seeping through the mask. I allowed the paint to dry for just a few minutes, then removed the mask before the bond became too solid.


LID_Scattered Sequins DieI die cut my painted card stock into an angled panel, mounted it on a navy card base, and embellished it with glitter sequins cut with the new Scattered Sequins die. With this new die, I can have sequins in almost any color or pattern I can imagine!

The last stop is the Lil’ Inker Designs Store.  I hope you’ve found a lot of inspiration during our hop and a few new things to add to your wish list.