Sarah_Coffee Talk Coffee Cozy

…of Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino.

I’ve had them in in my hands for weeks, but I’m still excited that Lil’ Inker Designs has released coordinating dies for Coffee Talk, one of my favorite stamp sets. When I designed the stamps, I saved a lot of space for more coffee sentiments by making one cup with separate lids and straws, but that just complicated the die designs. The new die set cuts around two stamped cups with lids and has separate die cut straws that don’t need to be stamped. I don’t mind fussy cutting, but even I hated cutting around those straws!

For this card, I stamped my cup with a domed lid, turned it into a Strawberry Frappuccino with Copic markers, and die cut it. Then topped it with a red straw and popped it onto a card base blended with blue Distress Ink. The sentiment, stamped in red and black inks, is from the Coffee Cozy stamp set.

Sarah_Hello Beautiful Floral

It’s the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop and if you’ve been following along like I have, you’ll have a notebook (or Pinterest board!) full of sketched and inspiration. The hop started at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has all of the details on our new products, the blog hop, and how you can win one of three $15 Lil’ Inker gift certificates. (HINT: leave a nice little comment at the bottom of this post.) And Anglea Rivera’s blog was the last stop.

LID_Hello, Beautiful Stamps    LID_Hello, Beautiful Dies    LID_Dual Dotted Border Builders Die Set

For my first card, I focused on a couple of the floral images from Hello, Beautiful stamps and dies. I knew the large, multi-step flower would be my main focal point, so I die cut it from white card stock before stamping the individual elements in shades of yellow and brown. Then I trimmed my pale yellow card base with the rounded Dual Dotted Border Builders die. I backed the card front with a piece of white card stock stamped with the smallest flower and darkest yellow ink, using second generation impressions to get the lighter yellow shade. A bold, brown sentiments and a few dots with a brown marker finished it off.

Sarah_Hello Beautiful Bird

I started this card with the fun border from the Hello, Beautiful die set, whose funky perforations allow the bright pink card base to peek through. Then I stamped my sentiment in black ink and a cluster of the large flower arrangement in gray as a background for the bird. The bird itself, which I die cut before stamping, got a fun splash of bright pink that reverses the card’s border design.

Sarah_Warm Welcome Welcome Word die

Finally, a sweet card featuring the new Warm Welcome products: stamps, coordinating dies, and Welcome word die cut. First, the card base was cut with the Stitched Woodgrain Cover Up die. Then I used copper glitter and shimmer paper for the intricate wreath and word, and white card stock for everything else. To keep the color scheme tight, I used warm brown and sand colored inks.

LID_Warm Welcome Stamps    LID_Warm Welcome Dies    LID_Welcome Word Die

And that’s it! The last stop in this week’s blog hop is the Lil’ Inker Designs store, where all of these new products are waiting to be added to your shopping cart. Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a $15 Lil’ Inker gift certificate.

Sarah_Perfect Pairs Sassy Script Ampersand

Welcome back for the second day of the Lil’ Inker Designs New Release blog hop, which started at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog and wound it’s way through Joy Taylor’s blog before dropping you here with these a-dork-able veggies.  If you’d like to bring some of the new products home without opening your wallet, make sure to leave a comment on each of our blog hop posts for a chance to win one of three $15 LID gift certificates we’re giving away after the hop.

LID_Perfect Pairs Dies    LID_Sassy Script Stamps

But back to those veggies! The new Perfect Pairs dies I used are already in the shop, along with the rest of the new products. I watercolored them with Distress inks before cutting them, which feels like a risk with all the effort put into coloring and the chances of a die being misaligned. But let me tell you, they lined up perfectly every single time I used them because the opening lined up exactly with the stamped image. There’s no margin to mess up. (The magnetic platform for the Big Shot is a huge help for holding down precision dies like these.) My sweet peas and carrots got paired up with a label sentiment from All About Ampersand, a vellum Dotted Tag die cut, and the gorgeous ampersand from our new Sassy Script alphabet stamp set.

Sarah_Sassy Script Vintage Flowers-2

I also used Sassy Script to make a custom card for my future sister-in-law. It takes a little extra effort, but I practiced lining up my letters on scratch paper as I pulled them off the index sheet, then staged them on a large acrylic block while I stamped the card. I finished the simple card with a few images from our Vintage Flowers stamp set and a line of ink along the bottom edge.

Sarah_Coffee Talk Coffee Word die Fringe Scalloped Squares

And last, but certainly not least, a card featuring some of my favorite new releases.

Because coffee.

I used another of my smooshed ink experiments to make the background of this card, which I cut with the largest of the Fringe Scalloped Squares dies. The sentiment was added later, with white embossing powder. I watercolored the iced coffee image from Coffee Talk and cut it with the new Coffee Talk dies, then squealed with glee because of the seriously adorable heart straw die cut. There might be a rainbow of tiny straws littering my craft table because I just couldn’t quit. And ended up going with white to keep the color scheme tight. I cut a stack of Coffee Word die and added that on top of everything else.

LID_Fringe Scalloped Squares Dies    LID_Coffee Word Die   LID_Coffee Talk Dies

And that’s it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow to show off the rest of the new release. Until then, I suggest you visit Heather Hoffman’s blog for more inspiration or start adding the new release to your shopping cart right away. See you tomorrow!

Sarah_Mirror Mirror watercolor

Hello and welcome to my first post for the June Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop. We’ll be showing off all of the new stamps and dies for the next three days, starting at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog where Laura has all of the details on the products, blog hop, and prizes. If you’re following along, Joy Taylor’s blog was the last stop.

LID_Mirror Mirror Stamps    LID_Mirror Mirror Dies

Today I’m excited to share another labor of love, the Mirror, Mirror stamps and dies. It all started with an art print featuring the “Mirror, mirror on the wall, I am my mother after all” sentiment, which led to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, countless hand drawn frames, empowering sentiments, and a WWII era design. All of the larger sentiments are designed to fit inside the mirror frame or look beautiful alongside the hand mirror.

For the first card, I smooshed two blue Distress Inks onto watercolor paper, then stamped my sentiment on top in the darker shade. Then I embossed the large frame stamp on the die cut using sparkling gold embossing powder and mounted it over the sentiment.

Sarah_Mirror Mirror So Prickly Paper

For the next card, I started with a brown die cut frame and mirror card stock. (That stuff is so smooth and shiny that it looks almost black in the photo, reflecting the relatively dark craft room outside my photo tent, when in reality it’s fully reflective.) I stamped the frame with Versamark Ink for a watermark effect that ends up looking a bit like a carved wood frame, and made me thinking of a gorgeous vintage mirror hanging over fun, modern wallpaper. So I “wallpapered” with the little cactuses and succulents from our So Prickly Paper, added my mirror, and topped with with a Hello Gorgeous embossed in white on bright pink card stock.

I have long been a fan of mirrored specialty paper for die cuts, so I’m pleased to share that we’re selling small packs of card-sized pieces in the shop. And even more pleased to tell you that you can get a free pack through June 12th when you purchase Mirror, Mirror and the coordinating dies. All you have to do is add the mirror paper, stamps, and dies to your cart and enter the code MIRRORMIRROR at checkout.

LID_Mirrored Reflective Specialty Paper    LID_So Prickly Paper Pack

Sarah_Mirror Mirror shine

LID_Fringe Scalloped Border Builders DiesFinally, a card featuring the sweet little hand mirror. For this card, I cut the hand mirror from vintage gold glitter card stock and filled it with more of the mirrored paper. The same glitter card stock is also peeking out from below the new Fringe Scalloped Border Builders die cut. I finished the card with a sentiment and the die cut and stamped bow from Mirror, Mirror.

And that’s it for today! I’ll be back tomorrow with more projects and awesome new products. Until then, keep following the blog hop to Lisa Henke’s blog for even more inspiration. And don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win one of the three $15 gift certificates we’re giving away at the end of the hop.


Sometimes, I swear coffee is the only reason I make it through the day. A nice, energizing cup–hot or cold–wakes me up and clears my head. I wouldn’t go so far as to say it makes me awesome, but it makes me feel like I could be awesome. One thing that’s definitely awesome is this weekend’s sale at Lil’ Inker Designs: everything in stock, except for the latest release, is 16% off.

Carousel Spring Sale 2016

That means some of my favorite products are one sale, like the Awesome word die and stamp set I used on this card. And the new coffee cozy dies. The Tribal Chic paper I used for the base isn’t included in the sale, but it’s awesome at any price.