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Summer is officially over in our house. After spending three weeks vacationing with my family in Michigan, my oldest is back in school and life is settling into its usual routine. And that means more time in the craft room! I’ve been bitten by the quilting bug lately, but I’m still coloring and working on Lil’ Inker Designs’ September release.

I stamped this card last month using two incredible sets from Concord & 9th and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrushes while camping with my extended family in Northern Michigan. I used masking and and embossed resist sentiment to make this a one-layer card, my favorite kind.

Do you take craft supplies with you when you travel? I have to admit that I frequently lug some across the country only forget to take them out once I’m in vacation mode.

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Can you believe Lil’ Inker Designs is celebrating six years of paper crafting innovation? And the brains behind LID, the beautiful and generous Laura Pryor, is turning (a very young) 40. So the Lil’ Inker Design Team is hopping today to share our love and appreciation for Laura and LID. Jessica Frost-Ballas’ blog was the last stop before our secret birthday hop brought you here.

To celebrate, I made a cute and sassy birthday card that reminds me of Laura. Because she does *not* look 40! (And because I totally forgot to send her birthday card before I left for vacation.) I used the little hand mirror stamps and coordinating die from Lil’ Inker’s Mirror, Mirror to make a tiny shaker backed with mirror card and filled with tiny neon pink heart confetti. The scallop fringe rectangle cut into light pink card stock makes a perfect frame for the bold and feminine, neon pink and navy patterned paper. The sassy sentiment and die cut pink bow finish it off.

The celebration continues at Stephanie Gold’s blog and the LID store where Laura has a wicked good sale today: 40% off purchases over $100!

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It’s the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs July blog hop! It kicks off at the Lil’ Inker blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new products, the hop order, and our fantastic blog hop prizes. Karen Baker was the last stop on today’s hop.

first is a card that uses the much-awaited Alphabet Gems dies for the Alphabet Gems stamp set. I used the dies to cut openings in my patterned paper, then stamped right through those opening onto my card front. After I water colored the letters and a narrow scrap of white card stock with gold Sparkling H2Os, I mounted the patterned papers and gold scrap on the card base with foam tape.

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Next, a flirty and feminine coffee card featuring the new Happy Birthday Border die. The largest Fringe Scalloped Circle die and pretty patterned paper helped me make a focal point behind the birthday border. And that gave me the perfect place to add a couple coffee cups, die cut with LID’s Coffee Cozy dies.

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Finally, a “kraft”-y bluebird thank you card. I die cut Thanks is from the Everyday Word Tags dies and stamped a place for it on my kraft card base using the leaves from The Little Things stamp set. I also stamped the bird and wing from kraft and die cut it with the coordinating dies.

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And that’s just about the end of our hop. The Lil’ Inker Designs store with all of the new products is the last (and possibly best) stop.

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Welcome back for the second day of the Lil’ Inker Designs July blog hop, introducing our newest products. The blog hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has all of the information on the new release, the blog hop order, blog hop prizes, and our newest Design Team member, Jessica Frost-Ballas. If you’re following the hop, Jennifer Carter’s blog was the last stop before you landed here.

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It’s no secret that I love our Boxed Up dies. No matter how cute all of our other products are, I reach for these when I’m making quick cards or want to show off the beautiful patterned paper that I can’t bear to cut up. They also make fantastic shakers, like the one in today’s first card. I was looking for something other than the usual sequins and beads to make a shaker for this release, and these fuzzy little guys practically jumped off the craft store shelf and into my cart. I had a serious obsession with pom poms as a kid, always begging my grandmother to give me one of the ones trimming her kitchen curtains, and wearing out the ones sewn on to my favorite stuffed bunny. This bright shaker feels like a mini celebration for my inner child.

I built my shaker by sandwiching two layers of foam tape and tiny pom poms between two clear sheets, with the Boxed Up So Happy For You Greeting die on top. Using two clear sheets, or even one clear sheet and a card stock back, instead of building it directly onto your card makes the shaker easier to move around and make in advance for mass production.I mounted this shaker onto a white card base that was cut with the new Quilted Stitched Spirals die.

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After such a whimsical take on my basic Boxed Up card design, I turned to something a little more sophisticated and masculine. I covered my card base with plaid patterned paper and backed the Boxed Up die cut with wood grain paper before mounting it on the card. I love that this die can fit into so many card styles.

This may be all I have to share today, but it’s not the end of the hop! Head over to see what Lisa Henke has created with these products, or stop by the Lil’ Inker Designs shop.

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Hello! It’s the very first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop, introducing our latest release. All of the new stamps and dies I’m sharing this week have *just* been released, and you can find out more about them at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. That’s also the first stop of our blog hop where you can learn more about how to win one of three Lil’ Inker gift certificates. If you’re following along, Chrissy Larson’s blog was the last stop.

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All of my cards today use the awesome Doodled Daisies stamp set. From the hand-drawn florals perfect for coloring, the perky font, and light-hearted sentiments, everything about this set is fun. The first card has flowers stamped across the card in black ink and outlined with a light gray marker. I stamped one of the flowers on golden yellow card stock, die cut it with the coordinating Doodled Daisies dies, and mounted it over a plain flower. Then I finished it with one of the Everyday Word Tags, cut from black card stock, and trimmed of it’s tag loop.

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LID_Quilted Stitched Spirals DieMy next card is a coloring extravaganza! And probably a masking extravaganza, too, because I did an awful lot of it to build this cluster of flowers. I use full-adhesive Post It notes as masks and store them on the paper insert in my stamp storage sleeves, so I don’t have to cut out new ones every time I work with a stamp set. I colored my flowers with Copic markers in a very 70s-inspired color scheme, fading the green background color around the edges. The floral panel was die cut with the Dual-Stitched Rectangles and mounted on a white card base cut with the new Quilted Stitched Swirls Cover Up die.

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This last card is a modern take on the fantastic striped leaves in Doodled Daisies. I used washi tape as stamp guides instead of hard-to-erase pencil lines, then stamped a variety of leaves. To match the more modern look, I chose a sentiment from our We Connect stamp set.

While this is the final stop on the hop before the Lil’ Inker Designs store, there are another two days of creative inspiration in this hop, so I hope to see you back tomorrow. In the meantime, make sure you’ve left comments on all of the stops along the hop to increase your chances of winning a $15 Lil’ Inker Designs gift certificate.