This month my crafty friend, Jenn, is celebrating her tenth blogiversary with a month-long party, including special guests, a challenge, and awesome prizes. If you aren’t already a fan or follower of Jenn’s blog Creative Chick, you’re really missing out. 


6a00d8341cc71d53ef00e54f06299f8833-800wiI first met Jenn almost ten years ago, in one of her A Muse classes at Ink About It in Massachusetts. She was such an inspiring teacher that I got even more involved in paper crafting. And I’ve been following her work ever since. It makes sense then that the card I chose to CASE from her blog is an older one (February 2007), made with adorable A Muse stamps.


My own version draws from the layout, color scheme, and tone-on-tone stamping of Jenn’s. There are even tiny heart twinkle stickers that I’ve been hoarding. I just used iced coffee from Lil’ Inker Designs Coffee Talk instead of monsters.

With ten years worth of posts, there are bound to be at least a few of Jenn’s projects that inspire you to make something. So take a look, then hit the craft table to make something Jenn-inspires that you can share in her 10th blogiversary challenge.



Round Badge Comment to Win July 2015It’s the last day of our July blog hop and all of the Lil’ Inker Designs stuff is in the shop. The details on the new release and blog hop are on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog.  And if you’re following along, Lisa’s blog was the last stop.


My first card pairs the adorable new snails from Snailed It! with the Stitched Woodgrain Cover Up die. To make the card front, I cut it into a failed ink smooshing  experiment and highlighted the heart with Stickles. (I always keep a few of the failures to play with!) Next, die cut snails and colored vellum grass slide in behind the classic Instant Camera die frame. The frame has a perfect spot for sentiments, too.

LID_Snailed It Stamps    LID_Snailed It Dies    LID_Cover Up Die Stitched Woodgrain     


Next, I went a little crazy with masks and ink blending to make a snaily birthday scene. I stamped the snail first, masked it with a little rubber cement, then added everything in around it. Once the rest of the scene was done, I added texture and details to the snail and its shell using Copic markers and multiliners. The birthday present is from Party Pachyderms and is the perfect touch for a belated birthday card. (Is there any other kind?)


And that’s it from me, but you can find more at Chrissy’s blog. You’ll be seeing more of these new stamps and dies over the next few months though, I’m sure.


Round Badge Comment to Win July 2015Hello there!

I’m back for the second day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop with a whole host of new goodies. And can I just say that the team has been rocking this release? So much inspiration in one little hop! I hope you’re following along and leaving comments so you can win a LID gift certificate. If you are, Laura Williams’ blog was the last stop. And if you’re not, our lovely leader, Laura has all of the details on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog.


I combined one of my favorite Lil’ Inker dies, Boxed Up Birthday, with a couple new goodies and a lot of gold to make this card. To make the card front, I used a cut from the Dotted Scallop Cover Up die as a stencil and applied a thick layer of gold embossing paste to white card stock. The little raised dots have so much texture and shimmer! Next, I laid down a few strips of paper to make a base for the birthday greeting die cut. Finally, I topped everything with a stamped Pineapple Panache die cut and a handful of gold and black sequins.

LID_Cover Up Die Dotted Scallops     LID_Pineapple Panache Stamps


Finally, a big quilted flower to go with all of our stitched dies! I love that there are so many ways to combine the three dies in this set to make pretty flowers. They remind me of ricrac roses and would be so perfect for a vintage quilt card. I used the stitched layer to add texture to my peach card base. And I used it again with the other two dies to make a coral and white flower.  The biggest sentiment from Greetings & Salutations is stamped on a stitched band with ombré ink.

LID_Quilted Flowers Dies     LID_Greetings & Salutations Stamps


And there you have it! I’ll be back tomorrow with two more projects. Until then, you should check out the next stop on the hop: Karen Baker’s blog.


Hooray! It’s finally time for the summer Lil’ Inker Designs new release! I have so many great new things to share with you that I can barely get through all of the preliminaries. First, all of the details on the new release, the blog hop, and our awesome prizes can be found on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. Second, if you’re following the hop, Amy’s blog was the last stop. Next, if you leave a nice little comment here, or on any of the blog hop posts, you could win a Lil’ Inker Designs gift certificate. And finally, all of the cool stuff I’m sharing is already available in the shop!


First up is a set of cards I made with the Pineapple Panache stamps and die. To make the backgrounds, I inked the solid pineapple and top with Mustard Seed and Mowed Lawn Distress inks, misted them liberally, then stamped them onto watercolor paper. I stamped an adorable patterned pineapple piece over the top using the same technique and color for just a hint of pattern.

LID_Pineapple Panache Stamps    LID_Pineapple Panache Die


I kept the first card clean, with a black and watercolored green band embossed with one of the sentiments from Pineapple Panache. Another stamped and watercolored pineapple was die cut and layered over the band, making it look like the background pattern breaks through the solid band.


LID_Greetings & Salutations StampsThe second card is a little looser, with a watercolor washed panel, a casual sentiment, and even a torn edge. That cute sentiment is one of many in the new Greetings & Salutations stamp set. I kind of wish I could stamp it on every project!


According to all the trends, pineapples and gold are made for each other. So I couldn’t showcase this set without using at least a little gold. This card was super simple: just a black Pineapple Panache die cut stamped with Encore gold ink, a card front cut on an angle with a bit of neon pink card stock peeking out, and a bit of black and white patterned paper.

Heather Hoffman’s blog is the next stop on the hop.The rest of the team has some amazing projects headed your way, so make sure you check them all out! And I’ll see you back here tomorrow with more projects and inspiration.



It’s the eleventh of the June, and that means it’s time for another Lil’ Inker Designs Monthly Meetup Challenge. We love to see what you’re making with our favorite products, so get into the craft room and link up your latest creations for a chance to win.

Monthly Meetup Banner Graphic June 2015


I’ve been doing a lot of coloring this month, thanks to Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge. I finally had a go at these Coffee Talk images using a no line Copic coloring technique. I think they would be even better stamped in a pale gray instead of Memento’s Desert Sand. The tan was great for the bottom of the cups, but not so great for the lids. I did a pair of coffee drinks perfect for a husband and wife, then topped them with the the Mr. and Mrs. from All About Ampersands stamp set and one of the All About Ampersands dies.

I can’t wait to see what you’re making with these coffee stamps, so get those links up by June 18th.