Fall is finally in the air here in Northern California and I’ve already broken out the Pumpkin Spice Torani syrup to add a little extra warmth to my coffee. I have a craving for autumnal coffee drinks, so I’m glad to see the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop start this week. My first card for the hop is over at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where you can also see more creations made with our Coffee Talk and Coffee Cozy stamps and dies.


It’s that last day of Lil’ Inker Designs’ new release blog hop and I have a lot to share! The entire thing starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has the scoop on the new products, the blog hop, and our fantastic prizes. If you’re following the hop, the last stop was Chrissy Larson’s blog. (And you left a comment there for a chance to win one of three $15 LID gift certificates, right?)


Earlier this year, we released an adorable Bunny Treat Hugger and now we’re doing it up Halloween style with the super cute Batty Hugger die and stamp bundle. I cut a slew of these bats from charcoal gray card stock and stamped them with the tiny vampire face and the coordinating sentiments in black ink. Then I used two glue dots on the tip of each wing to secure a bat to each Tootise Pop. (Tip: gently pulling the card stock around a pencil or marker, like curling ribbon with a pair of scissors, will help it curl without cracking or folding.) To make the treats even more special, I tied a die cut Halloween Word Tag and the smallest Anytime Tag cut from Dip Dyed Ombre paper and stamped with the Fantastic sentiment to the sucker stick with black twine.

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Next, a super simple graveyard card made with our new Tombstone Peek-a-Boo die. After covering my card base with more of the Dip Dyed Ombre paper and a rolling hill from the Border Builders dies, I stamped a sentiment from Zombie Kids in black ink. Then I set about making my tombstone: cutting the main shape from watercolor paper, carefully cutting along the score line to get a free-standing die cut, and treating with a few layers of distress ink and water. I removed the letters and colored them separately before putting them back in.

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lid_spiderweb-greeting-die-setFinally, a spunky, spooky spider card! I used the awesome Spiderweb Greeting die set and a few different papers for the entire card. First, a layer of old Halloween script patterned paper, topped with light vellum, a gold glitter Spiderweb that I trimmed to a square, and the cute spider from black card stock. I backed the spider with a scrap of card stock adhered with extra gold Stickles that oozed in to fill the eyes and smile, then mounted it over everything with a bit of foam tape.

I may be done sharing for this release, but there’s still more to see. Head over to Joy Taylor’s blog now for some super cute projects. And you can always drop by the Lil’ Inker Designs store, where all of these products are already available.



Welcome back for day two of the Lil’ Inker Designs September Blog Hop. I have a few projects to share today, made with some brand spankin’ new products that I think you’re going to love. For all of the details on the new release, our blog hop, and the blog hop prizes, please head over to the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re following along, your last stop was Angela Rivera’s blog. (And you left a comment for a chance to win one of three $15 LID gift certificates, right?)

I’m starting with this adorably creepy guy from the new Zombie Kids stamp set. I colored him with Distress Inks and a red glitter pen, then cut him out with the coordinating Zombie Kids dies. I may have gone a little overboard on the creep factor, adding purple, brown, and glittering red to his splotches… Then, he got a happy little home on a Wonky Rectangle die cut shaker card with googly eye filler. I had to use two layers of foam tape in my shaker to accommodate the eyeballs, but they look so awesome sliding around inside. I also colored the sentiment flag with the same Distress Inks I used on the zombie to make sure they would match.

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Next, a simple and sweet card for a special kid. I colored on of the little heroes from the Super Kids stamp set with Copic markers and die cut him with the coordinating dies. I made a few of the clouds using gray ink, so that our little hero would look like he was soaring through the Wonky Rectangle sky. I finished the card by mounting the rectangle on a base covered with a sheet of the colorful Super Kids Paper Pack and adding a simple yellow-orange sentiment strip.

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Aren’t those little characters and background pieces just super? I have a dozen ideas sketched, but must have had too much pumpkin spice on the brain, since all I seemed to make after this card were fall and Halloween projects. But those will be back tomorrow. Until then, you can see more of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release at Lisa Henke’s blog or the Lil’ Inker Designs shop.


Hello there. The air is starting to cool off here in California, which must mean it’s time to break out the fall stamps. Today, the Lil’ Inker Designs design team is kicking off a three day blog hop to celebrate the September release. We have loads of new stamps, dies, and papers hitting the store tonight and Laura has all of the details about them on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re following our hop (and leaving comments for a chance to win one of three $15 LID gift certificates) Chrissy Larson’s blog was your last stop.


My first project is a simple gratitude journal featuring the beautiful Reap a Harvest stamp set and coordinating dies. To start, I stamped acorns all over a piece of kraft card stock using Versamark ink. Then, using strong bookbinding tape, I covered the front and back of the notebook with the homemade patterned paper, carefully rounding the corners and smoothing any rough edges. Then I stamped and die cut a few of the leaf and acorn images, coloring some with the included solid stamps and others with Copic markers, and mounted them to Stitched Oval die cut. I topped the leaves with the Grateful shimmering brown diecut from the Dual Stitched Pumpkin and Grateful Word die set and mounted the entire thing on the notebook with more bookbinding tape. A simple pencil covered in washi tape rounds out the set.


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The next project uses the gorgeous Pumpkin and Flower greetings stamp set and the coordinated Dual Stitched Pumpkin and Grateful Word die set. I stamped one of the pumpkins onto white card stock with brown ink and colored it with Copic markers and and gold paint pen before die cutting it with the matching die. To fit a wider sentiment strip (a fancy bit of partial die-cutting using the smallest Pinking Edge Sentiment Flag, which happens to be on sale) and the larger sentiment from Reap a Harvest, I cut the pumpkin apart and used foam tape on the back of the strip to hold it together. I gave the sentiment strip a touch of gold paint along one edge, and nestled the entire thing in a bit of gold thread. A card base covered in rustic wood patterned paper made a perfect home for these sweet leaves.

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That’s it for me today, but there is more inspiration to be had along the hop. Just continue on to Heather Hoffman’s blog or the Lil’ Inker Designs store.


Summer is officially over in our house. After spending three weeks vacationing with my family in Michigan, my oldest is back in school and life is settling into its usual routine. And that means more time in the craft room! I’ve been bitten by the quilting bug lately, but I’m still coloring and working on Lil’ Inker Designs’ September release.

I stamped this card last month using two incredible sets from Concord & 9th and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrushes while camping with my extended family in Northern Michigan. I used masking and and embossed resist sentiment to make this a one-layer card, my favorite kind.

Do you take craft supplies with you when you travel? I have to admit that I frequently lug some across the country only forget to take them out once I’m in vacation mode.