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Spring is never far off in California, but I remember yearning for the first blooms of spring when I lived in the midwest and northeast. Those hardy little crocuses that find a way to push through the snow were the inspiration for this shaker card.

I started by cutting my card front using the brand new Stitched Mats from Lil’ Inker Designs: Dual Stitched Rectangles and Dual Stitched Squares. The largest die in the new rectangles set cuts a full-size A2 card front, complete with LID’s signature stitching. And the smaller dies in both sets add stitching to the outside of the cuts, allowing you to make stitched openings. I’m so happy Laura decided to revisit these shapes to add the dual-stitching we’ve come to love in the Lil’ Inker circles, stars, and other die shapes, because now I can have adorable little square and rectangle shaker windows! I filled mine with a snowy spring scene, with masked snow banks, a watercolor flower, a sponged sky, and kosher salt snow. Add in my favorite sentiment from Spring Sentiments and you’ve got a sweet little card.

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Hello! It’s time for Lil’ Inker’s Monthly Meetup and I’m playing along with a blue and white quilt-inspired card. Anything goes again this month, and you can link up as long as you’re using Lil’ Inker Designs products in your projects. But if you want a chance at a $50 LID gift card, you’ll need to stick to Lil’ Inker products. The challenge is open until March 18, so get out there and get crafting!

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This card uses just about every shade of white, ivory, natural, and stone colored card stock in my stash. In fact, I rounded up all the little scraps floating around my desk and cutting station for the wonky squares to get the most scrappy, quilty look possible. I finished it with an embossed sentiment from the Hey, Foxy stamp set, then promptly stuck my finger in the hot embossing powder and left my fingerprints all over it. But as long as it looks cool, it’s a happy accident, right?

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Is it already Wednesday?

We’re onto the final day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop and I have a lot to share, so let’s get to it. The hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog, where you’ll find gorgeous projects, product information, and all of the dirty details on the blog hop and its prizes. If you’re following along (and leaving comments for a chance to win Lil’ Inker gift certificates) then your last stop was Jen Carter’s blog.

And now you’re here and ready to see some cute stuff made with our new release.

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I had a little help from my kids for today’s first project. I used the new Mini Canvas die to cut at least dozen canvases from white card stock and bristol paper, then let my kids go to town with washable markers. We misted our favorite canvases with a lot of water to make the colors bleed. Once they were dry, I helped them add details like stickers.

For my own canvas, I used real watercolors and the incredible Paint Your Canvas stamps to emboss a sentiment. I’m mixing it up a bit with copper embossing powder. It makes the blue and turquoise seem even brighter.

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Grimlock likes watercolors.

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[ ^^^ That might be the most pink I’ve had on my blog in years. Trying to thwart modern toy marketing by giving her a rainbow of colors isn’t working out so well because she just wants all things pink and sparkly.]

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LID_Paint Your CanvasI couldn’t leave the sentiments from Paint Your Canvas alone. They’re just begging to be used on cards, especially ones that use my watercolor experiments.

To make this card, I mounted a dark, shimmering galaxy inspired watercolor piece to a black card base and topped it with a triangle trimmed from the Triangle Treat Holder die cut. I stamped the triangle with the sentiment, spritzed it with Perfect Pearls mist, and mounted it over the card base so that the hole would be trimmed off.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! Please head over to Maureen’s blog for even more inspiration.

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Hi there, and welcome back for the second day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop. I have a few cards to share made with the new products, so let’s get through the preliminaries and onto the card details. First, the hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog where Laura has some fantastic samples, the nitty gritty on the new stuff, and a full run down of the blog hop and its prizes. From there, the hop heads straight here, so I’ll just remind you to leave comments along the way to increase your chances of bringing some of these goodies home.

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The first card uses the absolutely adorable Hey, Foxy stamps, dies, and word dies. Instead of using the body from the die set, I opted to wrap the tail and head around a stitched mat, like a little foxy game of peek a boo. I just love the stamped eyes and tiny heart nose!

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Next up is a simple card made with the Cover Up Die: Pointelle and Really Rosemaling stamps. To make the card base, I turned the Pointelle die on the side and cut just a portion of the card front. Lining up all those little holes was a lot easier with a magnetic cutting plate; no die wiggling as the plates move through the rollers. I stamped a variety of floral elements from the Really Rosemaling stamp set onto a Side-Stitched Rectangle with aqua ink, and highlighted a few places with a dark blue to match the card base. I also trimmed an aqua Side-Stitched Rectangle to create a ribbon behind the mat and add a little more aqua. There are so many fun ways to combine these rosemaling designs, but I just love the way they look in one color.

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And there you have it! I’ll be back tomorrow with a little homemade art. In the meantime, please head over to Amy Kolling’s blog for even more inspiration.

Sarah_-6237Hello! Welcome back for another Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop. For the next three days, I’ll be sharing projects made with the newest stamps and dies from Lil’ Inker. They’re already available in the shop in case you can’t wait to start crafting with them. The hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new products, the hop order, and the fantastic hop prizes. And if you’re following along, you should have arrived here from a link on Jen Carter’s blog. Leave us a few comments along the way for a chance to win a Lil’ Inker Designs gift certificate!

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LID_Anytime_Tags_Set__98518.1416358039.1280.1280I love multipurpose dies. The more potential uses, the better. Which is why I love the little rabbit ears and feet in this bundle. Although they were designed to work with the Triangle Treat Holder, they can turn almost any suitable shape into a bunny. For this tag, I turned them upside down and paired them with our Stitched Circles to make an adorable bunny butt. A little patterned paper, punched grass, a stamped tag, and a touch of color… this big tag came together so quickly that I can easily imagine mass producing them for an Easter egg hunt or family treats.

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I hope you’re loving the new treat holder and bunny accessories as much as I am. I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the new release, so be sure to stop back. In the meantime, head on over to see Laura Williams for more inspiration. And don’t forget to leave a comment to be entered in our drawing for a gift certificate from Lil’ Inker Designs so you can make your own bunny!