I’m back with a couple cards for the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs July new release blog hop. There’s just so much to share during this release, I feel like I’ll have things to share all through August, too. For now, you can find all of the information about the release, the hop, and our fantastic prizes at the Lil’ Inker Designs Shop blog. And if you’re following along, Maureen’s blog was the last stop.


My first card combines the new Sketched Floral stamps with the Smile word die from our last release. This card came together pretty quickly, thanks to coordinating papers in a 6×6 pad, and LID dies. I split the sentiment into two lines with a little masking and added a touch of gold to the patterned paper and stamped flower with a Wink of Stella pen.

LID_Sketched Floral Stamps    LID_Sketched Floral Die Set


For this card, I used the Sketched Flowers dies to create a negative die cut in the card base, which ads a great stitched detail around the flower. The flower itself was die embossed and die cut from blue cardstock and popped up above the negative, creating a deep shadow. Again, I used a Wink of Stella pen to add gold highlights to the Sketched Flower and matched it to a gold glitter trim.

I hope you’re enjoying all of the projects the team has shared this week, I know I’ve loved following the hop myself. The last stop is the Lil’ Inker Designs store, which is full of the new products I shared this week, as well as a cute angel policy stamp set and the Fancy Feathers stamps and dies. Until next time!



Challenge 86I’m on vacation and in the middle of a Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop, but I wanted to share a cute card I made for an expectant friend inspired by the current Lawnscaping Challenge, watercoloring.

I started by embossing the card base (made with heavy, mixed media paper perfect for stamping and watercoloring) with the teeny hearts from Lawn Fawn’s Hello Baby set and adding a gray color wash. After cutting the center panel with Lil’ Inker’s stitched rectangles dies, I stamped the duckling with gray VersaFine and colored it with Sakura Koi watercolors. I painted a little blue puddle and stamped a few splashes, too. On top is a bit of emboss resist on a Lil’ Inker Pinked Sentiment Flag.




Welcome back for the the second day of Lil’ Inker Designs’ new release blog hop. The whole thing starts at the Lil’ Inker Shop blog and winds its way through the design team to Maureen’s blog before dropping you here. We’re giving away three LID gift certificates, so be sure to leave comments on the blog hop posts for a chance to add a little Lil’ Inker to your stash.

LID_Dance in the Rain Stamps    LID_Pinking Edge Sentiment Flags Dies

Today, I’m sharing a couple projects made with the new Dance in the Rain stamp set, Pinking Edge Sentiment Flag die set, and Cut it Out Clouds & Accessories dies. The first is a store-bought paper treat bag topped with a stamped pinked edge sentiment flag and tied with a rainbow ribbon. The original stitched clouds are cut from sticky back canvas and inked.


This card uses the simple rain die to highlight a gorgeous hand-drawn sentiment stamp from the Dance in the Rain set. There’s also a little black lightning bolt covered in black diamond Stickles.


Do you ever dance in the rain? This sweet little set is available at the next stop in the hop, the Lil’ Inker Designs store.

Just one more day of new release inspiration left!


Hey there! For the next three days I’m sharing projects made with brand-spanking-new products from Lil’ Inker Designs as part of our new release blog hop. For the full details on the release, our blog hop, and prizes you’ll want to start at the Lil’ Inker Shop Blog. And if you’re following along, you just visited Maureen’s blog.

I am seriously in love with this die and stamp set. “Seriously” sees heavy rotation in my vocabulary. As a mother of young kids, I try my best to avoid curse words, especially the ubiquitous “WTF?” Instead, I find myself using a sarcastic “seriously?”

LID_Seriously Word Die    LID_Seriosly Awesome Stamps

Driver yammering on a cell phone cuts me off. Seriously?

Kid spills milk moments after being reminded to use caution. Seriously?

Favorite store has a sale, but everything on your wish list is out of stock. Seriously?


I use it a lot. And I’ll probably use this set a lot, too.

Aren’t the fonts in this set just awesome? Love that I get to see Laura’s adorable handwriting on my projects. I used one of the larger sentiments to stamp the background of this card. The die cut and embossed sentiment are grounded on one of the new pinked flags die cuts. I used a little die cutting magic to make it long enough to use on an angle.


This next card floats the die cut, sentiment, and a balloon over a watercolor wash made with Gelatos. I seriously need a stack of these belated birthday cards.


Have you seen anything you can’t live without in the new release? I have the teensiest crafting budget these days, usually less than $20 a month, and I have to say that the Seriously die and Seriously Awesome set would have earned a chunk of it. If you can’t stamp without it either, the Lil’ Inker Designs Store is the last stop on today’s hop. I hope you’re leaving comments on the blog hop posts for a chance to stretch your budget with a LID gift certificate. See you tomorrow!


84I managed to sneak a new Lawn Fawn set into my small crafting budget this summer and it arrived a few days ago. And when I saw the current Lawnscaping Challenge theme, stars and stripes, I just had to put it to use!

There’s a lot going on in this card, but it isn’t a terribly long list: emboss resist stars and sentiment, sponged sunset background, stamped twig and logs, and fussy cut marshmallows and flames. I love making colorful skies with nothing more than Distress ink and sponges. It can feel very therapeutic.


I planned this card with a black and blue stripe on the side, but ended up using gold and white to lighten things up and tie in the gold shimmer on the flames and in the sky. It is so tempting to brush that Wink of Stella pen on everything and call it a day! I love that it can be so subtle.