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Hello! I have some fantastic news to share today, along with a card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. See that awesome latte stamp and it’s matching sentiment? Those are from the brand new Latte Love stamp set and coordinating Latte Love dies from Lil’ Inker Designs, being released especially for this blog hop. Not only is the new set one of the blog hop prizes, but Lil’ Inker has a free shipping deal December 9-10 when you order Latte Love.

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This awesome stamp set has an outline and solid cup, plus a bunch of foam art to fill the top. There’s no coloring necessarily, unless like me, you can’t leave well enough alone. I hit this outline with just a few swipes of a my favorite Copic markers: warm gray 0, warm gray 1, and a touch of warm gray 4. And that perfect latte color? It’s Toffee Crunch Memento. I just need a little patterned paper, spare die cuts, and the perfect thank you sentiment to finish the card.

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It’s always a pleasure to link up to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hops, and today is no exception. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you’ll consider returning in a few days to check out the rest of Lil’ Inker Designs’ December release. Have a great holiday season!

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I’ve had less time for paper crafting lately because I’ve been spending more of my free time sewing. In addition to the usual Halloween costumes, I’ve been making simple skirts for Evie, and working on a few quilting projects. I just like making things, especially if they’re pretty. And pretty things that are pretty easy are right up my alley. Like this card using Concord & 9th’s You’re My Person. This sentiment is the main reason I bought it because it’s the truth. And I would like to point out that there was absolutely no coloring involved in this card because the set has graciously provided solid stamps to fill all the flowers in the main image.

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Yesterday marked the beginning of The Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge, which I’ve been looking forward to ever since the last one ended. It might be a busy time of year, but carving a few minutes out of my day to color is a great way to ease pre-holiday stress. And build up a stash of finished images for quick cards while I’m at it. One of the best parts of the challenge is that I don’t have to take fancy photos and write up all the details for a blog post, I can just share a quick photo on Instagram and spend more time creating.

This time around, Kathy is doing something a little different: a blog hop! Today is the first day of a three day hop full of coloring inspiration from a bunch of talented and enthusiastic crafters and colorers. If you’re new to the coloring challenge or have any questions about it, you can refer to this post on The Daily Marker. If you are coming from Barb Smith-Walker’s blog you’re in the right place. To start at the beginning of the hop go to The Daily Marker’s blog.

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GIVEAWAY: 12 Goodie Bags! That’s twelve prizes during the three day hop. The more you comment on each hoppers blog or instagram the more chances you have of winning. Winners will be chosen randomly FROM THE BLOGS and INSTAGRAM hop comments. The full list of winners will be announced Wed. Nov 16th 9 am. at www.thedailymarker.com (contest closes 11.13 at 11pm. EST)

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I broke out my watercolors to dust off my coloring skills, and used them on this new stamp from Lil’ Inker Designs ‘Tis the Season. I worked in alternating sections, layering light washes of color and heavier brushstrokes to coax as much depth out of the image as I could. To finish the bird, I added a bit of Stickles to the santa hat, and a few healthy dollops of clear Nuvo dots to the berries.

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Now it’s time to hop to Kim Kimmel Becker’s blog. Thank you for your visit today and I hope to see you during the coloring challenge. Be sure to use the hashtag #thedailymarker30day on Instagram and Facebook so we can find your work, or you can join the Facebook group.

 

 

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Welcome back for the last day of Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop! I have three projects to share, so let’s get right down to business.

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Tlid_merry-christmas-border-dieoday is my cute product day! I’m starting off with a cute card and tag set made with the awesome Rustic Christmas stamps and matching dies. I just had to make another shaker with these tiny styrofoam snowballs! I started by coloring and die cutting a few little cars and trees from Rustic Christmas. I made a plaid patterned paper card front and die cut a window into it with a tag die. Next, I die cut the Merry Christmas Border die from two shades of green card stock and trimmed them down to fit my window. Then I layered the window with the border die cuts, a clear panel, and two layers of foam tape, before stuffing it with snowballs. The car and tree were mounted on the card base with one layer of foam tape, then sandwiched into the shaker.

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When you cut a shaker card window with a tag die, like the Dotted Tags, you automatically have the beginnings of a matching tag. All I had to do was add a few details: a rolling hill stamped with a sentiment from ‘Tis the Season, another cute car carrying a tree, a couple die cut flags as hole reinforcers, and twine. This is such a simple and cute way to use up leftover stamped images, especially if you do them in batches for the upcoming Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

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And last, but not least, Moody Santa. I just love this little guy and his expressions. The Moody Santa stamp set is full of snarky gift-giving sentiments and it has a coordinating die to make this guy even easier to use. I stamped a whole bunch of these guys and colored one with Copic markers before die cutting it. I stamped a white card base with one of the fun sentiments from All the Christmas You’ll Ever Need 2 in aqua ink, finished the edge with red candy cane striped washi tape, and mounted santa right smack dab in the middle.

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And that’s it’s for this release. There’s more hop to go, so head over to Heather Hoffman’s blog for more inspiration. Or hit the Lil’ Inker Designs shop. Whatever you do, don’t forget to leave a comment here and on every stop of the hop for a chance to win our entire release.