17626515_10209263898770444_5820514963227889528_nWelcome to the first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs April release blog hop! It’s getting to be the busiest card-making time of the year, and we have a lot of fantastic new products to help you share your love of paper crafting, 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!


First up, I have a really simple watercolor card made with the new Apple of My Eye stamps and Apple Shaker  dies. I started by making a few watercolor washes on Distress Watercolor paper and die cutting them with the Apple Shaker dies. I did have to separate the shaker window from the outer die, but that’s part of what makes this die so incredible. It’s a fantastic apple shape that stands on its own, but one extra inner die turns it into a frame that’s perfect for shaker cards. I highlighted my apple with a touch of glitter. I trimmed a watercolor card front down to allow a strip of brown patterned washi tape to peek out with the card base. Then I embossed the card front with the apple die to show off that signature stitching, and layered the watercolored die cuts on top.

LID_Apple of My Eye Stamps    LID_Apple Shaker Die


Next, a sweet new floral stamp set with beautiful sentiments that are perfect for Mother’s Day. I stamped a square card base with Best Blooms, using sunny shades like peach, poppy red, and orchid to perk up a warm navy and sage green. Then I used some of the same images to lay the foundation for a die cut floral arrangement on the center panel. The panel was cut with the new Silly Stitched Squares Dies. I really like the slightly wonky stitches in these new dies and how easy they make it to give a card a more casual air.

LID_Best Blooms Stamps    LID_Best Blooms Dies    LID_Silly Stitched Squares Dies


Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’re feeling inspired by these new products, I know they have me itching to create. And great news: they’re already available in the Lil’ Inker Designs store. There’s still more inspiration at the next stop on the hop: Stephanie Gold’s blog. Until tomorrow!

Sarah Jay  <– YOU ARE HERE

81 thoughts on “Lil’ Inker Designs April Blog Hop: Day 1

  1. Such pretty cards :) love the silly stitched die cuts, they add so much interest. Beautiful coloring and designs. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. Love the pretty apple card (great coloring!) and your beautiful floral card! Love that Best Blooms set, and the fun stitched detail with the Silly Stitched Squares!

  3. Both cards are beautiful, the coloring is so vibrant, that is what I love about these cards the most! Thank you again for sharing your talents! !!

  4. As always, your cards are beautiful Sarah! The stitching around the apple is such a beautiful little touch and I am really loving your stamped background around the edges of your second card. So beautifully coordinated.

  5. love the coloring on your apple card – this is a great release – wish i had had those apple dies when my kids were in school!!

  6. Your base looks just like patterned paper. I love this and may just have to CASE it. So pretty!

  7. Your coloring on the apple and the flowers is just gorgeous!! I pinned you pretty floral note!

  8. WOW Sarah, these are just sweet! Loving that apple die and your grandmother card is simply lovely!

  9. Love this perfect apple!! Cute card. And your grandmother’s card
    is so pretty; love how you made your own BG!!

  10. Really beautiful cards. I love apples so thank you for showing another way to use that die. Beautiful flowers on your card.

  11. Beautiful cards! Love the way you used the apple die by itself and then colored beautifully. Also, that floral card with the floral border is just gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing!

  12. Wow! I love these cards! The Apple card is simply awesome! And the blooms card is making me add it to my list of wants. Well done!

  13. Very cool CAS apple card. Wonderful coloring! I love the floral card and plan to steal your idea of the background flowers and a panel with a bouquet. So Pretty!

  14. Thanks for showing that the shaker dies can be used separately. Love the watercolored apple image. Your floral card is beautiful and you’ve included so many nice details.

  15. the cards are very beautiful! I love the colors and the flowers of the second one!.

  16. Beautiful work – wish I had your skill in coloring. The apple card is especially impressive.

  17. Both of these are super cute. I am glad you showed the apple on a card, not as a shaker. It’s nice to see how that extra outline looks around it when it’s flat. I love it! Your second card is equally as lovely. This is such a great release!

  18. An apple a day – what a great card for a teacher.
    Wonderful release.
    thanks for having the hop

  19. Terrific use of the apple die with the cut out and embossed outline. The card is very eye catching.

  20. These are awesome! Love the cas apple card. The second….oh how I love those floral images ♥

  21. Beautiful cards! I love the water coloring, those apples are great! The stitched squares are one of my favorites in this release.

  22. That sweet little apple looks just as fabulous by itself as it does when it’s a shaker! Love the clean look of the card. Your Blooms card is really pretty & I love the new Silly stitched squares!

  23. Gorgeous cards! So many great uses of these new stamps and dies! Definitely on my wish list!

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