It’s the 11th of the month, and that means it’s time for another Lil’ Inker Designs Monthly Meetup Challenge! This month we’re looking for the Star of the Show and using stars in our creations. As a bonus, a few of our star-themed products are on sale through November 18th.

Monthly Meetup Challenge November Inspiration Graphic


I started with a blended Distress ink background, in shades of blue and purple. Then I used our awesome Starry Sky die to create my own plastic stencil, laid it over the background, and wiped with a baby wipe to create a truly starry sky. I die cut the Wish tag from Christmas Word Tag dies in vellum, and the star from Ornamental Christmas Tag dies from silver glitter paper, then tied them on with silver threaded twine.

How about you? Do you have our Stitched Stars dies? Or maybe one of our many stamp sets that have tiny stars in them? Break them out and join us for the Monthly Meetup Challenge.


There’s no challenge or blog hop behind this post, just a lot of thankfulness for the people who visit this site and encourage me to keep on crafting. I made this card last month as part of Kathy Racoosin’s 30 Day Coloring Challenge using Lawn Fawn’s So Thankful and Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. So thank you, for stopping by, for leaving comments, and for sharing your own projects.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

October has been a really creative and productive month for me so far, thanks in part to Kathy Racoosin’s The Daily Marker 30 Day Challenge  and the fantastic new release from Lil’ Inker Designs. I’m trying not to stockpile colored images from the challenge, so I’ve been making a steady stream of cards. And when the new Simon Says Wednesday challenge popped up in my social media feeds, it gave me extra inspiration to turn my projects into clean and simple Christmas cards.

I colored directly on the deer head from Savvy Stamps with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens before misting it with water and stamping onto watercolor card stock. I think I used at least 10 different colors on this image! That many colors can get muddy easily, so I tried to make sure each color was next to an analogous color. Some of the colors moved a lot because I used so much water, but all that work still helped keep things clean.


Once everything was dry, I trimmed the panel, stamped it with the beautiful Joy sentiment from Lil’ Inker Designs’ All the Christmas You’ll Ever Need stamp set, and mounted it on a black card front. Then it just needed a few black and iridescent sequins to finish it. I just love it!



It’s the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release and I still have a bunch of things to show you. If you haven’t already, visit the Lil’ Inker Designs blog to get all of the details on the new stamps and dies, the blog hop, and how you could win a Lil’ Inker Designs gift certificate or the entire October release. If you’re following the hop, Jen Carter was your last stop, and I bet you left her a comment, because that’s how you get a chance to win LID goodies!

LID_Ornamental Christmas Stamps     LID_Ornamental Christmas Dies

Yesterday, my projects all used very traditional color schemes and motifs, but today I’m mixing it up! First up, an easy card made with the new Ornamental Christmas stamps, and Ornamental Christmas Tags dies. I just picked a huge, rich rainbow of colors, die cut a bunch of tree tags, and stamped one of each. It was almost like making swatches! Then I added a few rhinestones, mounted my favorites on a plain card base, and embellished with washi tape and even more rhinestones. This might be the most bling I’ve ever used on a card!


LID_Merry & Bright Holiday Greeting DieAnd now a shaker card! I used the new Merry & Bright Holiday Greeting die to cut a window in a white card front, then laid it over a white card base and lightly traced the inside corners. That gave me a guide to use when cutting a matching window in the card base. I used a square die, which is a little larger than the slightly rectangular Merry & Bright die, but still close enough to keep all the shaker filler from hiding outside the window.

Then it was just a matter of making the shaker and attaching everything to the base. I used the We R Memory Keepers Photo Sleeve Fuse Tool to make a pocket just larger than the square window, stuffed it full of cute holographic holiday light chunky glitter, little gold stars, and chunky iridescent hexagon glitter, and sealed it up. A little narrow ScorTape attached those slippery photo sleeve edges, and foam tape between the card stock layers holds it all together. I really like the Fuse pockets for shakers because they’re thin enough to keep all of the filler from falling to the bottom and clumping up.




LID_Make A Santa Die and Stamp BundleFinally, a project made with the new Make A Santa die and stamp set. I know it was originally intended to work with our Triangle Treat Holder, but it is so cute that I had to find a way to get it onto a card! And the day I played with it, there just happened to be a small leftover ornament from the Oh My Ornaments die set laying on my craft table near Santa’s beard. And it fit! So I cut another from vellum and used it as a base for my Santa. I used the mouth stamp as eyes, stamped a tiny nose, and added a little pink Copic marker for cheeks. Then I layered him up, mounted him on a long stitched panel, and stamped a sentiment in pink and red.


That’s it for me for this release, but I’m already putting these stamps and dies to use on new projects that I’ll be sharing in the next few weeks. The hop isn’t quite over, so head on over to Chrissy Larsen’s blog or pop into the Lil’ Inker Designs shop to load up your cart.

Welcome back for the second day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop! I’m hopping with the rest of the team to show off all of the new stamps and dies that now available. If you would like to hop with us, I suggest starting at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new release, a blog hop list, and the lowdown on our giveaway. And if you’re already following the hop, you just visited the lovely Laura Williams and left a comment so you can win one of the gift certificates we’re giving away.Comment to Win Round Badge October 2015


LID_Oh Deer Christmas StampsThis Oh Deer Christmas set might just be my favorite stamp set released all season, out of all the incredible things the companies I follow have made so far. Maybe my midwest is showing, but late fall means deer hunting and deer heads! And this one straddles the line between cute and graphic in a way that makes for outstanding cards.

One of the things I like about this image is that it looks incredible with a little color or none at all. For this card, I stamped the deer on watercolor paper with black VersaFine ink, then colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush pens. I did the sentiment with dark red ink and added berries with dimensional paint. I mounted my panel on a square card base, and used washi tape under the torn edge for just a hint of hunter’s plaid.


And because I just can’t get enough of this deer, I tried a little no line coloring with it and Copic markers. I stamped the image with Antique Linen Distress ink, then colored it section by section. I added the berries with the tips of my markers instead of using the stamps so that I wouldn’t have to worry about covering the ink. Then I stamped the little flurry of snowflakes all over the card with a pale blue-gray ink, trimmed it, and mounted it over a card base edged with striped washi tape.



To finish things off today, I have a little gift tag made with one of the large Oh My Ornaments dies and one of the Christmas Word Tag Trio dies. I also used part of a sentiment from the All the Christmas You’ll Ever Need stamp set and felt leaves cut from our older Holly Jolly dies.

LID_Oh My Ornaments Dies     LID_Christmas Word Tag Die Trio



So, do you love that deer or what? I promise to wait at least a few more days before sharing another project made with it. In the meantime, Karen Baker has more to share. And I’ll see you back here tomorrow with a few more cards.