Welcome back to the last post of the last day of Lil’ Inker Designs’ January Blog Hop. I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous things along the way and I hope you have too. As always, the full details about the hop, the release, and some fabulous prizes are available at the start of the hop on the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog. If you’re following along, Maureen’s blog was your last stop.


LID_Robot Builders StampsAs you can see, I had a little help with today’s projects, which feature the Robot Builders stamp set. My son Tom would tell you he’s a stamping pro, even though he’s not quite six years old. But he’s been helping me since he could hold a stamp and he’s watched a few YouTube videos. You know, same thing.

I let Tom pick out a few small ink pads, handed him a stack of pre-cut Love Tags and Lollipop & Pencil Treat Holders, and let him go wild with the Robot Builder stamps. I taught him a couple tricks to use multiple ink colors with one stamp. We finished these two before school and had to get everything out when he got home because he wanted to make more!



In case you didn’t see the resemblance, the tag is supposed to be Optimus Prime, Tom’s all-time favorite robot. Everything is Optimus and Transformers around here. Or Lego. Or Transformers Lego creations. Seeing how much fun it he had building robots, I had to make a robot of my own.


For my card, I started with a natural white card base embossed with the Center Point Chevron Cover Up die. Then I added a stitched heart die cut, heat embossed with a gold robot and sentiment. And around that, a gold embossed heart and the new Hearts Banners. Most of the gold elements have two or three layers of gold embossing powder for a seriously metallic finish. (Tom was seriously jealous when he saw my gold robot because it’s so much more gold than his. Apparently, it’s his third favorite color, after blue and black.)

 LID_Cover Up Die: Center Point Chevron    LID_Hearts Banners Die Set

IMG_6132And that’s it for the hop! The last stop is the Lil’ Inker Designs store, where you can find all of these great new products and all of our old favorites. Until next time.


Welcome back for another day of Lil’ Inker Designs new releases! In case you’re new to this, the blog hop starts at the Lil’ Inker shop blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new release, the hop, and some fantastic prizes. Otherwise, you should’ve arrived here from Maureen’s blog, where you left a comment in hopes of winning an LID gift certificate.


First up today is a sweet little treat made with the Lollipop & Pencil Treat Holder die and Love is All You Need stamp set. I cut the treat holder from aqua card stock and stamped it using homemade foam stamps cut with our stitched clouds dies and white ink. I love that the stitching detail shows up to make the clouds coordinate with the treat holder. Then I stamped the Love is in the Air sentiment over top with a warm red pigment ink. The to and from sentiments are from the Robot Builder stamp set that I’ll be sharing more of tomorrow.

The whole thing was inspired by the sentiments and these sweet lollipops. I thought they looked like balloons, so I bundled three together with thin strips of clear tape and slid them into the holder where they can float through the stamped sky. I found them at Target in bundles of six, both rainbow and red for about $1. That’s a pretty sweet price for classroom Valentines, even if you use a few.

LID_Lollipop and Pencil Treat Holder Die    LID_Love Is All You Need Stamps


Next up is a card inspired by a new hobby I’ve started dabbling in: quilting. I’ve only finished a few quilt block pillows and a doll quilt, but we all know these hobbies start with just a quick scarf or a few stamped thank you cards. I have a few larger projects planned once I get my craft room rearranged and tidied enough to put my sewing machine out and cut fabric on the cutting mat that covers my craft desk (and is covered with stamps and scraps and inks.)

Laura’s Quilted Swirl Stitch Pattern die is a texture junkie’s dream. Cutting (or embossing) it over a patterned paper, especially a floral like this one, makes me think of the bold quilted bedspreads of the 70s and 80s. I cut a stitched heart into my quilted card front and filled it with a different pattern, this time a soft pink with a trendy quilt block pattern. The heart is popped up with several layers of card stock to make it look a bit like an appliqué, and topped with the Doodled Love word die cut. It’s modern and warm at the same time.

LID_Quilted Swirl Stitched Pattern Die    LID_Doodled Love Word Die


Sadly, this is the next to last stop on our hop. I hope you’re enjoying the projects so far this week, because we have one more day of inspiration in store for you. In the meantime, you can head over to the last stop of the day, the Lil’ Inker Designs store, and bring some (or all!) of these great new products home.


Love Balloons Treat Holder

Stamps: Love is All You Need and Robot Builders by Lil’ Inker Designs; Ink: VersaMagic Red Magic, Whisper White craft ink from Stampin’ Up!; Paper: Soft Sky from Stampin’ Up!; Other: Lollipop & Pencil Treat Holder and Rainbows & Clouds dies from Lil’ Inker Designs, fun foam, lollipops

Quilt Love card

Paper: September Skies 6×6 pad from Heidi Swapp; Other: Quilted Swirl Stitch Pattern, Stitched Hearts, and Doodled Love word dies from Lil’ Inker Designs

January 2015 New Release Graphic


Hello and happy new year!

I’m glad to have you back for another Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop. This week the team will be sharing projects made with brand spankin’ new stamps and dies from Lil’ Inker. If you would like to follow the hop, you’ll want to start at the Lil’ Inker blog where Laura has all of the details on the new release, the hop, and some fabulous prizes. As usual, leave a comment on any (and all!) of this month’s blog hop posts and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate to get your hands on some of these goodies.

If you’re following the hop, Maureen’s blog was the last stop. And you’re probably here for the eye candy, not my sparkling wit and lengthy introductions, so let’s keep moving.



This card was made with the sexy Smooches stamp set and the newest addition to our Stitched Mats line, Side-Stitched Rectangles. Stitching details have caught on in a big way over the last year, making our old Lil’ Inker dies even more cutting edge. And since we’re always looking for something fresh, I was excited to see a new style of stitching make it’s way into our catalog. The new slanted stitches add so much texture to an otherwise clean and simple card. And what’s not to love about gorgeous lip prints and a brush script font?

 LID_Smooches Stamps    LID_Stitched Mats: Side-Stitched Rectangles

I stamped the largest lips on the second smallest rectangle die cut using neon pink ink, then embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. Two layers of embossing helps smooth out any imperfections and makes it look even more like metal. FYI: heat seems to leach the neon out of Hero Arts’ neon pink ink! I had to stamp the lips again to boost the color before mounting the panel on this fun pink and gold patterned paper and a neon pink card base.


More of those fantastic Side-Stitched Rectangles! I went the opposite direction with this sweet card, layering four different patterned papers, striped washi tape, two mats, a sentiment flag, and thread. Plus three colors of card stock. It might be a new record. And it definitely isn’t clean and simple. But it makes a fun, casual home for the adorable peas and carrots image from the Perfect Pairs stamp set.

LID_Perfect Pairs Stamps

I stamped the image with Nautical Blue Memento ink and dusted off my Copic markers to bring the veggies to life. And since there’s never enough light at this time of year, I thought it needed a reflective element like glitter, gloss, or metal. So I spiced things up with a bit of gold: a hint of washi tape behind the sentiment flag and a few highlights on the characters with a Wink of Stella pen. (Don’t ask about the quilting thread, it was on my desk with a hand-sewing project and I included it on a whim. I would have preferred gold twine, but I couldn’t find it in the post-holiday-upheaval-slash-stalled-furniture-change that’s going on in the craft room.)


And that’s it for today, folks! I hope you’re loving this new release as much as I am and commenting along the hop for a chance to get your hands on some. If you just can’t wait on a contest, you can get everything now at the Lil’ Inker Designs store. See you tomorrow with even more goodies.


Hot Lips Card

Stamps: Smooches by Lil’ Inker Designs; Paper: white card stock, neon pink card stock by Recollections, Neon 6×6 pad by American Crafts for Target; Ink: Hero Arts Neon Pink, Versamark; Other: Side-Stitched Rectangles dies by Lil’ Inker Designs, Gold Metallic Zing! Embossing Powder by American Crafts.

Like Peas ‘n’ Carrots Card

Stamps: Perfect Pairs by Lil’ Inker Designs; Paper: white card stock, Made From Scratch 6×6 pad by Echo Park Paper; Ink: Nautical Blue Memento, Versamark; Other: Side-Stitched Rectangles and Flags & Tags dies by Lil’ Inker Designs, thread, gold stripe washi tape, white detail embossing powder, Wink of Stella Gold, Copic markers.


LID_Awesome Word DieWelcome back for the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop. As usual, all of the details on the new release, the blog hop, and the prizes can be found on the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog. If you’re following the hop, Maureen’s blog was the last stop.

I shared a card a few days ago that showed off the new Hello, Awesome stamps and Awesome Word die. Today’s card uses that same die with a few old favorites and the new Long and Skinny Rectangles stitched mat dies.


I used the Long and Skinny Rectangles to create a layered mat, embossed a sentiment from Jolly and Joyful Sentiments, and added my favorite Snowflake die cut from white gold glitter card stock. The Awesome word was die cut from shimmery white card stock with a bit of iridescent shine to match the iridescent gems and playful Christmas patterned paper.

There is just one last stop on this week’s hop: the Lil’ Inker Designs store. Although the hop is over, I have more cards coming up with these products and the Alphabet Gems stamps. And of course there are still prizes to be given away to a few lucky commenters, so make sure to visit all the stops on the hop and leave a few kind words.


Welcome back for another day of the Lil’ Inker Designs December blog hop. We’re celebrating a fantastic new release with lots of samples and a few LID gift certificates. You can get the full scoop at the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog. And if you’re following along, the inspiring Maureen was your last stop.

LID_Cover Up Die Faceted

First up is a card made with the new Faceted Cover Up die, another product I designed for LID. This die was inspired by the low poly aesthetic that has been gaining popularity among designers. You can color the triangles in different combinations to make all kinds of shapes, but I made sure to include a heart, perfectly positioned to be a focal point on a card front. To make this card, I dry embossed the Faceted die on white card stock, then used Distress Ink and a water brush to highlight the triangles that make up the heart.


LID_All About Ampersands Stamps     LID_All About Ampersands Die Set

I used the All About Ampersands stamps and the All About Ampersands Dies to turn a simple heart into a wedding or anniversary card. This was so simple and so fast!


LID_Anytime Tags Set 2The next card uses the All About Ampersands stamp set and new Anytime Tags 2 dies. I want to stamp this ampersand on everything! It’s perfect in every way. And I love that it contrasts so well with the faux label sentiments in the set. Thanks to Laura’s genius, you can use sentiments from this set all year round.


There are so many possibilities with this new release! I can’t wait to show you tomorrow’s projects, but for now, you can visit the Lil’ Inker Designs store to pick up any of the new products that have caught your eye. As usual, make sure to leave a comment or two along the hop so you have a chance to win a little gift from LID.