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Win Entire Release BadgeHappy Tuesday!

It’s the second day of this month’s Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop and I’m excited to share projects made with one of my favorite products of 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 before February 26 will win the entire new release.

 

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I am absolutely smitten with the Cat Treats stamp set and it’s matching dies. The cats are ridiculously cute and the sentiments are trendy and fun. So I had to use them all on one card. I started by die cutting one of my oldest and favoritest Lil’ Inker dies, Instant Camera. I stamped and masked the friendly cats on the center panel of the polaroid frame, then stamped and masked a few of the coffee and party cats. I colored it with a limited palette of gray and green Copic markers, then popped it back into the frame.

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These cats.

I just love them. And when you add in coffee? *swoon*

This little ginger tabby needed some room to enjoy his coffee, so I cut him with the coordinating dies, then paired him the banner die from Sweet Celebration, embossed with the “coffee is my catnip” sentiment. I added a few hearts cut with the Floating Hearts die.

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That’s everything for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with a few more cards. Until then, head over to Stephanie Gold’s blog to see the amazing things she has done with this release. And don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop for a chance to win our entire release!

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Win Entire Release BadgeHey there! And welcome to the first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs February Blog Hop.

I have a bunch of fun new goodies to share today, 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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First up, I’m sharing a trio of cards made with the awesome Color Blocking die. Because patterned paper is relatively thin, you can cut three pieces at once and have a set of cards ready in no time. I cut my papers to 4.25″ by 5.5″, and held the stack together with a little washi tape, before running them all through my Big Shot with the Color Blocking Die. From there, I just had to add some of cute new critters and word bubbles to make cute, guy-friendly, mailable cards. I used both of the bunnies from the Bunny Buddies stamp and die bundle, and one cutie from Cat Treats, along with sentiments from Bunny Buddies.

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If you decide to bring home any of these critters, I highly recommend our Speech Bubbles dies and Speech Bubbles 2 dies to go with them. And you’re going to want to, because they’re so stinkin’ cute and fun to color. In fact, I might go make a few more right now. While I do that, you can visit 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!

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entire-release-prize-badgeWelcome back to the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop! I have just a couple more things to share with you today, so let’s get the technical stuff out of the way:

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lid_be-mine-greeting-dieCards don’t get much more simple than this first one.

The new Be Mine Greeting die cuts a negative shape, so I put it right in the middle of my 4.25″ card base and backed it with a gorgeous piece of red velvet paper. That’s it. No fancy embellishments or techniques, just an amazing die and gorgeous paper.

Have I mentioned how much I love Laura for making the greeting dies? They’re a gift for clean and simple card makers, perfect for when you’re under a time crunch, or can’t bear to cut into your favorite papers.

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Next up in this series of small, square cards is this sweet greeting. Similar to the Be Mine card, I used the negative of the Fringed Scalloped Heart dies to cut an opening into my card base. I used the pointy end of my bone folder to push up the scalloped fringe for extra dimension. Then I backed it with a sweet  patterned paper, and a two-tone greeting cut with the Love You Much Border die.

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Finally, I had to make an even sweeter card with some of the same supplies. I covered my square card base with donut patterned paper, then mounted a Fringe Scalloped Heart die cut. I added a die cut donut with hand-doodled sprinkles and sentiment from Eat More Donuts, an old favorite. Then I topped it all with the gorgeous new Brush Script Valentine’s Day Word dies in a shimmering brown card stock.

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The next stop on our hop, Stephanie Gold, is sure to have something gorgeous to share, so make sure you check out her projects. And don’t forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win our big prize!

 

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Welcome back for another day of the Lil’ Inker Designs January new release blog hop. Our hop starts at the LID blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new stamps and dies, the hop, and our big prize. If you’re following the hop, Lisa Henke’s blog is the stop before mine.

All of the new products I’m using today are available in the shop right now, but you could also win all of them in our super huge blog hop giveaway. Just leave a comment on all of our blog hop posts by December 16th to be eligible. How awesome is that?

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Today is all about the kittens. I have a cat-obsessed child who is already begging to use the Kitty Hugger stamp and die set to make her preschool valentines. She wants an entire rainbow of kitties, but we’re still negotiating the treats, so there are no photos to share yet. In the meantime, I wanted to share my favorite way to use the huggers: peeking out from behind a larger die cut. I cut a 4.25″ square card base with our Tribal Chic cover up die, then added a ginger kitty striped with Copic marker. In her hands is a heart, made with the new Filled Heart stamp set and Dual Stitched Heart and Kisses die. There are so many adorable details in the Filled Heart, making it a perfect match the our cute kitten. I just needed a little extra adhesive to wrap her paws around the die cut and I was done.

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lid_kitty-hugger-die-stamp-bundleI did manage to turn one of the Kitty Huggers into a treat holder, but only one, because I couldn’t keep my little one (or myself) out of the holiday chocolates! Again, I added a few stripes with a Copic marker, and stamped the sweet little face and whiskers in black ink. I also stamped one of the messages onto the back, where the kids could see it. Then I glued googly eyes on over the stamped eyes, because my kids always get a kick out of them. One long strip of double stick tape along the arms and chest was more than enough to secure the candy and keep the paws wrapped around the wrapper. These are going to be a hit with the kids, once I talk my daughter into a healthy treat instead of chocolates.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more projects made with Lil’ Inker Designs’ new release. Until then, you should check out Stephanie Gold’s blog. And don’t forget to leave a comment as your visit each blog so you’ll be eligible to win our big prize.

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entire-release-prize-badgeWelcome to the first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs January release blog hop! Things are finally getting back to normal around here, just in time for one of my favorite card making occasions: Valentine’s Day. And as luck has it, there are loads of great Valentine’s products in our new release, so let’s get to it. First, the hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new products. Next, the hop should have brought you here from Lisa Henke’s blog. Finally, we’re giving away a huge prize this month: one lucky visitor who comments on every DT post will win our entire new release!

And now, onto the projects!

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First up, the beautiful Love You More stamps and Love You More Hearts & Balloon dies. I used Distress Inks and and a water mister to create watercolor balloons on watercolor paper. I love that one tiny little stamp can turn such a gorgeous heart shape into something more whimsical. I just needed to add the strings and sentiment in gray ink. I used the coordinating die cuts to create one glittering white heart to stand out above the rest.

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lid_today-and-always-greeting-dieNext up is the latest addition to my favorite line of Lil’ Inker Designs dies: Today & Always Greeting die. It’s no secret that I love our greeting dies. They make the best clean and simple cards, but have plenty of room for creative expression. I had elaborate plans for a glitter-filled shaker, but as soon as I saw this Rose Quartz glitter applied to paper, I changed my mind and my color scheme. I used a large brush to apply matte medium, leaving plenty of brushstrokes to catch this gorgeous glitter. Then I topped it with a hunter green die cut. It’s not a color combination for everyone, but something about it makes me swoon.

 

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That’s it for today. Until tomorrow, you can head to Stephanie Gold’s blog for more inspiration, or visit the Lil’ Inker Designs shop to find yourself a little something to get your creative year off to a great start.