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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!

33 thoughts on “Lil’ Inker Designs August Blog Hop: Day 2

  1. WOW – your cards are EVER-so-BEAUTIFUL!
    THANK YOU for sharing the DELIGHTS of these new releases :)

  2. Oooh- I love how you used the patterned paper on your “ever” card. That sentiment set is so awesome! Your second card is so sweet! I love the colors you chose and the message, which looks great on the new tag die!

  3. Sarah, I am so sorry about the migraine as I know just what that is like. With deadlines and moving that would explain a LOT! Your cards are so great and as I said in an earlier post, I am a tag fanatic so I guess you know which one is my fave. LOL

  4. Love the jagged edge on the first card.
    The border with the cactus is fun.
    Both cards are fantastic.
    thanks for sharing.

  5. HI Sarah ~ I hope you’re feeling better….I suffer from Migraines and know that the days following a severe migraine can kind of feel like a hangover. BLAH!!! Fingers crossed that you’re feeling much better. The cards are great and I love the succulents in your first card as well as the EVER stamp and die set. I fell in love with them at first sight and ordered them immediately!! I think that the Encouraging stamp set is perfect for these times and would be great for quick notes to leave on people’s windshields or doorsteps. Thanks so much for sharing. ~HUGS~
    #kindnessmatters

  6. Your projects are lovely! Hope you’re feeling much better. Whenever we moved, I remember my mom would get horrible migraines–they are awful.

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