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entire-release-prize-badgeWelcome back to the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop! I have just a couple more things to share with you today, so let’s get the technical stuff out of the way:

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lid_be-mine-greeting-dieCards don’t get much more simple than this first one.

The new Be Mine Greeting die cuts a negative shape, so I put it right in the middle of my 4.25″ card base and backed it with a gorgeous piece of red velvet paper. That’s it. No fancy embellishments or techniques, just an amazing die and gorgeous paper.

Have I mentioned how much I love Laura for making the greeting dies? They’re a gift for clean and simple card makers, perfect for when you’re under a time crunch, or can’t bear to cut into your favorite papers.

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Next up in this series of small, square cards is this sweet greeting. Similar to the Be Mine card, I used the negative of the Fringed Scalloped Heart dies to cut an opening into my card base. I used the pointy end of my bone folder to push up the scalloped fringe for extra dimension. Then I backed it with a sweet  patterned paper, and a two-tone greeting cut with the Love You Much Border die.

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Finally, I had to make an even sweeter card with some of the same supplies. I covered my square card base with donut patterned paper, then mounted a Fringe Scalloped Heart die cut. I added a die cut donut with hand-doodled sprinkles and sentiment from Eat More Donuts, an old favorite. Then I topped it all with the gorgeous new Brush Script Valentine’s Day Word dies in a shimmering brown card stock.

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The next stop on our hop, Stephanie Gold, is sure to have something gorgeous to share, so make sure you check out her projects. And don’t forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win our big prize!

 

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Welcome back for another day of the Lil’ Inker Designs January new release blog hop. Our hop starts at the LID blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new stamps and dies, the hop, and our big prize. If you’re following the hop, Lisa Henke’s blog is the stop before mine.

All of the new products I’m using today are available in the shop right now, but you could also win all of them in our super huge blog hop giveaway. Just leave a comment on all of our blog hop posts by December 16th to be eligible. How awesome is that?

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Today is all about the kittens. I have a cat-obsessed child who is already begging to use the Kitty Hugger stamp and die set to make her preschool valentines. She wants an entire rainbow of kitties, but we’re still negotiating the treats, so there are no photos to share yet. In the meantime, I wanted to share my favorite way to use the huggers: peeking out from behind a larger die cut. I cut a 4.25″ square card base with our Tribal Chic cover up die, then added a ginger kitty striped with Copic marker. In her hands is a heart, made with the new Filled Heart stamp set and Dual Stitched Heart and Kisses die. There are so many adorable details in the Filled Heart, making it a perfect match the our cute kitten. I just needed a little extra adhesive to wrap her paws around the die cut and I was done.

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lid_kitty-hugger-die-stamp-bundleI did manage to turn one of the Kitty Huggers into a treat holder, but only one, because I couldn’t keep my little one (or myself) out of the holiday chocolates! Again, I added a few stripes with a Copic marker, and stamped the sweet little face and whiskers in black ink. I also stamped one of the messages onto the back, where the kids could see it. Then I glued googly eyes on over the stamped eyes, because my kids always get a kick out of them. One long strip of double stick tape along the arms and chest was more than enough to secure the candy and keep the paws wrapped around the wrapper. These are going to be a hit with the kids, once I talk my daughter into a healthy treat instead of chocolates.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I’ll be back tomorrow with more projects made with Lil’ Inker Designs’ new release. Until then, you should check out Stephanie Gold’s blog. And don’t forget to leave a comment as your visit each blog so you’ll be eligible to win our big prize.

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entire-release-prize-badgeWelcome to the first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs January release blog hop! Things are finally getting back to normal around here, just in time for one of my favorite card making occasions: Valentine’s Day. And as luck has it, there are loads of great Valentine’s products in our new release, so let’s get to it. First, the hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new products. Next, the hop should have brought you here from Lisa Henke’s blog. Finally, we’re giving away a huge prize this month: one lucky visitor who comments on every DT post will win our entire new release!

And now, onto the projects!

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First up, the beautiful Love You More stamps and Love You More Hearts & Balloon dies. I used Distress Inks and and a water mister to create watercolor balloons on watercolor paper. I love that one tiny little stamp can turn such a gorgeous heart shape into something more whimsical. I just needed to add the strings and sentiment in gray ink. I used the coordinating die cuts to create one glittering white heart to stand out above the rest.

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lid_today-and-always-greeting-dieNext up is the latest addition to my favorite line of Lil’ Inker Designs dies: Today & Always Greeting die. It’s no secret that I love our greeting dies. They make the best clean and simple cards, but have plenty of room for creative expression. I had elaborate plans for a glitter-filled shaker, but as soon as I saw this Rose Quartz glitter applied to paper, I changed my mind and my color scheme. I used a large brush to apply matte medium, leaving plenty of brushstrokes to catch this gorgeous glitter. Then I topped it with a hunter green die cut. It’s not a color combination for everyone, but something about it makes me swoon.

 

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That’s it for today. Until tomorrow, you can head to Stephanie Gold’s blog for more inspiration, or visit the Lil’ Inker Designs shop to find yourself a little something to get your creative year off to a great start.

Warm solstice greetings! The longest night of the year is over and the sun has returned. I’m sending tidings of the season to you, and celebrating today with Taheerah and the Advent Calendar Extravaganza.

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

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I made a set of tags for today’s hop using two awesome products from Lil’ Inker Designs, today’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza sponsor. I cut a few Anytime Tags from patterned paper, then used the accompanying hole dies to cut two holes on the square end to make a ribbon slider. Then I stamped a few of the sentiments from the versatile All the Christmas You’ll Ever Need stamp set on wood rounds and glued them to the tags.

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Just two little holes is all it takes to turn almost any die cut shape into a cute ribbon sliders that will not fall off your gifts. Just wrap a ribbon around your package, slipping each end into a hole from the back side of the tag, then tie a bow or knot to secure it. It’s a fun alternative to the everyday tag shape we’re all used to seeing.

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It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Lil’ Inker Designs so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Happy Holidays!

 

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I went on a unicorn coloring spree during the last Daily Marker 30-day Coloring Challenge and have a whole herd of these rare beauties to add to holiday cards. I had this idea to have a unicorn riding a beam of shimmering light, but now that I’ve photographed the card, it looks more like glittery unicorn farts. Oops. I guess it’s a good thing I know someone who will love this card either way.