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Welcome back to the final day of the Lil’ Inker Designs August Blog Hop. I have three projects to share today, so let’s get the formalities out of the way:

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First up, a super simple take on the gorgeous new Modern Mandala stamp set and coordinating dies. I stamped a few of each mandala, then cut and layered them to resemble a flower, including a few smaller pieces that look like leaves. The coordinating label die cut echoes the mandala shape so beautifully, and I was able to use a balloon string stamp from an older LID set as a stem. I embellished the layers with a small shimmering gem and a liberal splash of sparkle from a clear Wink of Stella pen.

LID_Modern Mandala Stamps LID_Modern Mandala Dies

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Next, a card featuring one of the absolutely adorable dinosaurs from the new Hello Dino stamp set and dies. I created a scene by embossing an aqua card base with the new Hello Beautiful Cover Up die and layering white and gray card stock cut with Border Builders dies. I used some of the little border stamps from the set to add texture to the gray piece, and some sassy little sentiments, too. Seriously though, the sentiments in this set are some of LIDs best.

LID_Hello Dino Stamps LID_Hello Dino Dies LID_Cover Up Die: Hello Beautiful

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Last is one of my favorites of the new release: Eat Cake! The stamps feature gorgeous hand lettered birthday sentiments that perfectly fill the cake silhouettes made by the Eat Cake dies. This pair is so perfect for clean and simple cards, and you all know how much I love a fast, simple card, right? For this 4bar card (made with an old pre made card base from my stash), I cut down a piece of LID patterned paper and used an Eat Cake die to cut a window in it. Then I layered it with foam tape, stamped vellum, and white card stock before dropping it onto my base. I added a gem for a little sparkle and then a did a little dance. Can you imagine all the papers in your stash that would work with a card like this?

LID_Eat Cake Stamps LID_Eat Cake Dies

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That’s it for me today! And the hop, too. The very last stop is the Lil’ Inker Designs shop. I hope you’re loving all of these new products as much as I am, and that you have plenty of time to craft. In just a couple days all of my things will be on a truck headed for Colorado and it could be weeks before I can unpack my craft room and play again, so make an extra card for me.

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Welcome to Day Two of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop!

Wait. What about Day One?!

There was no Day One post for me this time around because I’ve been so busy preparing for a big move that I didn’t have my posts ready to go in advance. (EEEK: we’re packing up and heading to northern Colorado in just a few days!) So when I went down with a migraine on Monday morning, the best I could do was send a quick text to the rest of the design team and hope for relief. I couldn’t even make dinner for my kids, let alone edit photos. Luckily, my oldest can make a mean pb&j, and the world of paper crafting is pretty forgiving.

As a bonus, you get two cards today instead of just one.

Back to the hop. It kicked off at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has the full details on all of the new stamps and dies that were released yesterday, along with the hop order, and the skinny on our awesome hop prizes. As usual, you’ll want to leave a comment here, and on all of the other posts in the hop, to be eligible to win big. If you’re following the hop, Lisa Henke was your last stop.

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The new Ever word die is so gorgeous that I wanted to let it dominate my card, so I selected a smaller 4bar card base. Then I used the new Deco Edge Border die to trim the bottom of the the card base and inserted a piece of Lil’ Inker patterned paper behind it. For maximum contract, I cut the word die from black glitter paper and glued it directly onto the card base. I cut a small succulent image from a scrap of the patterned paper and popped it up, then added the sentiment in green, from the Ever Stamps set.

LID_Ever Stamps   LID_Ever Word Die    LID_Deco Edge Border Die Set

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Finally, a simple card featuring the new Encouraging Words stamps and coordinating dies. A yellow card base got a sprinkling of navy stamped flowers, with dark yellow centers. I also stamped and die cut the largest floral motif from Encouraging Words and colored it with more navy and yellow. Finally, I stamped one of the sweet hand-lettered sentiments onto the new Fringe Scalloped tags, tied it off with a couple pretty ribbons, and mounted it on the stamped card base.

Sometimes we feel like we have to “reinvent the wheel” as crafters, but there’s a lot to be said for repeating the classics. Simple, balanced card layouts like this one can be a quick and easy way to make cards, especially if you have an overabundance of small stamped images from coloring sprees.

LID_Encouraging Words Stamps LID_Encouraging Words Dies LID_Fringe Scalloped Tags Die Set

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That’s it for me today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with a couple more projects made with this new release. Until then, you can find all of these products in the Lil’ Inker Designs store. Happy crafting!

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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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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!