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Is it already Wednesday?

We’re onto the final day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop and I have a lot to share, so let’s get to it. The hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog, where you’ll find gorgeous projects, product information, and all of the dirty details on the blog hop and its prizes. If you’re following along (and leaving comments for a chance to win Lil’ Inker gift certificates) then your last stop was Jen Carter’s blog.

And now you’re here and ready to see some cute stuff made with our new release.

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I had a little help from my kids for today’s first project. I used the new Mini Canvas die to cut at least dozen canvases from white card stock and bristol paper, then let my kids go to town with washable markers. We misted our favorite canvases with a lot of water to make the colors bleed. Once they were dry, I helped them add details like stickers.

For my own canvas, I used real watercolors and the incredible Paint Your Canvas stamps to emboss a sentiment. I’m mixing it up a bit with copper embossing powder. It makes the blue and turquoise seem even brighter.

LID_Mini Canvas Die  LID_Mini Easel

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Grimlock likes watercolors.

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[ ^^^ That might be the most pink I’ve had on my blog in years. Trying to thwart modern toy marketing by giving her a rainbow of colors isn’t working out so well because she just wants all things pink and sparkly.]

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LID_Paint Your CanvasI couldn’t leave the sentiments from Paint Your Canvas alone. They’re just begging to be used on cards, especially ones that use my watercolor experiments.

To make this card, I mounted a dark, shimmering galaxy inspired watercolor piece to a black card base and topped it with a triangle trimmed from the Triangle Treat Holder die cut. I stamped the triangle with the sentiment, spritzed it with Perfect Pearls mist, and mounted it over the card base so that the hole would be trimmed off.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! Please head over to Maureen’s blog for even more inspiration.

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Hi there, and welcome back for the second day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop. I have a few cards to share made with the new products, so let’s get through the preliminaries and onto the card details. First, the hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog where Laura has some fantastic samples, the nitty gritty on the new stuff, and a full run down of the blog hop and its prizes. From there, the hop heads straight here, so I’ll just remind you to leave comments along the way to increase your chances of bringing some of these goodies home.

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The first card uses the absolutely adorable Hey, Foxy stamps, dies, and word dies. Instead of using the body from the die set, I opted to wrap the tail and head around a stitched mat, like a little foxy game of peek a boo. I just love the stamped eyes and tiny heart nose!

LID_Hey, Foxy Dies  LID_Hey, Foxy Stamps  LID_Hey, Foxy Word Dies

 

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Next up is a simple card made with the Cover Up Die: Pointelle and Really Rosemaling stamps. To make the card base, I turned the Pointelle die on the side and cut just a portion of the card front. Lining up all those little holes was a lot easier with a magnetic cutting plate; no die wiggling as the plates move through the rollers. I stamped a variety of floral elements from the Really Rosemaling stamp set onto a Side-Stitched Rectangle with aqua ink, and highlighted a few places with a dark blue to match the card base. I also trimmed an aqua Side-Stitched Rectangle to create a ribbon behind the mat and add a little more aqua. There are so many fun ways to combine these rosemaling designs, but I just love the way they look in one color.

LID_Cover Up DIe: Pointelle  LID_Really Rosemaling Stamps

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And there you have it! I’ll be back tomorrow with a little homemade art. In the meantime, please head over to Amy Kolling’s blog for even more inspiration.

Sarah_-6237Hello! Welcome back for another Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop. For the next three days, I’ll be sharing projects made with the newest stamps and dies from Lil’ Inker. They’re already available in the shop in case you can’t wait to start crafting with them. The hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new products, the hop order, and the fantastic hop prizes. And if you’re following along, you should have arrived here from a link on Jen Carter’s blog. Leave us a few comments along the way for a chance to win a Lil’ Inker Designs gift certificate!

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LID_Triangle Treat Holder Die with Bunny Treats Dies and Stamps BundleToday I’m sharing a treat box and tag made with the new Triangle Treat Holder die bundle and a few old favorites. The Bunny Treats dies and stamps turn the Triangle Treat Holder into a super cute little rabbit, but I wanted to see if I could make something a little more elegant. I topped my soft pink treat box with the patterned paper rabbit, cut with last year’s Bunnies & Bows. I tied the box with pastel rainbow ribbon and pink twine, adding a little stitched tag stamped with the “Treats from the Bunny” sentiment. It can be a little tricky to fill the box with small, loose treats like M&Ms or jelly beans, but adhering three of the sides together makes it a snap. It’s perfect for larger individually wrapped candies (I bought some chocolates just for that purpose, but they didn’t make it to the photo shoot. *burp*).

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LID_Anytime_Tags_Set__98518.1416358039.1280.1280I love multipurpose dies. The more potential uses, the better. Which is why I love the little rabbit ears and feet in this bundle. Although they were designed to work with the Triangle Treat Holder, they can turn almost any suitable shape into a bunny. For this tag, I turned them upside down and paired them with our Stitched Circles to make an adorable bunny butt. A little patterned paper, punched grass, a stamped tag, and a touch of color… this big tag came together so quickly that I can easily imagine mass producing them for an Easter egg hunt or family treats.

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I hope you’re loving the new treat holder and bunny accessories as much as I am. I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the new release, so be sure to stop back. In the meantime, head on over to see Laura Williams for more inspiration. And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in our drawing for a gift certificate from Lil’ Inker Designs so you can make your own bunny!

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Hello, there! Lil’ Inker Designs is starting a new Monthly Meet Up Challenge with an anything goes theme and lots of great prizes. The only catch is that you need to use at least some LID products on your project and they need to be linked up to the challenge by February 24. I’m joining in with this Valentine shaker card made with a few old favorites. Also, let me apologize for the poor photos. I was not working under the best conditions, including a new strep infection and this:

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Our new kitten, Benny, thought my photography set up was an invitation to play and knock my cards over. Which made Silly, our old cat, jealous enough to join in.

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LID_HamsterCupidStamps__21183.1398175373.1280.1280At least they’re cute and snuggly.

Not unlike the Hamster Cupid stamps I used on the card. To make it, I first colored my hamster on white card stock with Copic markers and Wink of Stella pens. Then I cut the circle in my patterned paper card front using Stitched Mats: Circles dies and used it as a guide to make sure the hamster got attached to the base in just the right spot. To the back of the card front, I added a clear sheet, die cut clouds, and a liberal application of foam tape for the shaker pocket. Then I dropped a handful of sequins and heart confetti onto the hamster and trapped them with the card front. I finished it with a matching stitched tag die cut, stamped with the Hugs & Kisses sentiment from the set.

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I just love his rosy little cheeks! I hope you’ll consider sharing the projects you’ve been making with Lil’ Inker Designs products, especially if they’re cute. Because I’m a sucker for cute.

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lawnscaping99I just want to pop in to share a card I made for the Lawnscaping challenge and this month’s One-Layer Simplicity Challenge. Since Lawnscaping challenged us to make a clean and simple card with plenty of white space, I turned to a one-layer card to keep it as simple as possible, and used a little color blending so it wouldn’t look too flat.

After tracing a heart onto a white card base, I filled it with a variety of cups, spoons, and hearts from Lawn Fawn’s Love You a Latte stamp set. I kept the color scheme pretty tight, with a deep red, turquoise, and a few shades of brown. I did have a lot of fun coloring the cups with Copic markers, so there’s plenty of shading, some polka dots and patterns, and even some blending that should look like a ceramic glaze.

 

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