Round Badge Comment to WinIt’s the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop and I have three final projects to share with you. But before I do that, we have some business to talk about:

  • The blog hop begins at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog where Laura has all of the details on the new products, the hop list, and blog hop prize rules,
  • All of the new products are available to purchase in the Lil’ Inker Designs store.
  • Leaving a comment on this post (or my other April hop posts) by April 26th puts you in the drawing for a sweet Lil’ Inker prize.
  • The previous stop on the hop was Maureen of Mama Mo Stamps.

Now for a little Vintage Ink. Because I can’t stop making tattoo cards now that I have these stamps in hand. This one uses blush and navy again, but puts the tattoos in the background so the new Speech Bubbles 2 die cut and a fantastic sentiment from an old favorite, Snarky Sentiments, can take the spotlight. I trimmed one edge of the blush card front and used the single stitched line from Stitched Mats: Long & Skinny Rectangles to give it a little flair before mounting it on a navy card base.

LID_Vintage Ink Stamps    LID_Snarky Sentiments Stamps    LID_Speech Bubbles 2 Dies


Next up is a simple card featuring the awesome Boxed Up Birthday Greeting die. Just patterned paper, a neon pink birthday die cut popped up with a little foam tape, and some Perky Posies die cuts in white, neon pink, and gold mirror card stock. This would be an awesome stash buster. Just grab a few neglected 6×6 paper pads, crank out a bunch of birthday greetings and assorted posies in your favorite card stock colors (or scraps), and bust out a few dozen birthday cards. Trade a few of the posies for die cut stars, party hats, or balloons and you’ve got yourself even more unisex birthday cards. I just love designs like this that make it easy to send a little handmade love.

LID_Boxed Up Birthday Greeting Die    LID_Perky Posies Die Set


When I was testing the new dies and building a die cut stash for new release projects, I glanced at a couple of the Petal Card die cuts laying askew on my desk and saw a flower. I stacked two of them together, added a stitched circle flower center, and mounted them on an aqua card base. It’s huge and so graphic that I can’t help but love it. And those plump petals are a great match for the sweet curls of the sentiments in Send Pretty Greetings. All it needs is a tiny ladybug. [Note: I drew one on bottom petal just after taking this photo and it was delightful. Just what the card needed to bring it to life. Unfortunately, my junior assistant stamper in charge of messes was delighted that he rubbed his inky little fingers all over it. So you’ll just have to imagine a little ladybug for now.]

LID_Petal Card Die     LID_Send Pretty Greetings Stamps


That’s it for me, but there’s still more inspiration to be found along the hop. The next stop is the amazing Lea Lawson, but I hope you’ll be back here to visit and check out more cards soon.


Round Badge Comment to WinWelcome back for the second day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop! I have a lot to share again, so I’ll give you the bullet points and move onto the cards:

  • Information about the LID new release and the three-day blog hop is available on the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog,
  • All of the new products shared below are currently available in the Lil’ Inker store,
  • If you leave comments on blog hop posts by April 26, you’ll be entered to win one of several $15 Lil’ Inker Designs gift certificates,
  • The last stop on the hop was Jennifer Carter.


To start today’s round of projects, I have a pair of cards made with the Vintage Ink stamp set and coordinating dies. I have to confess, I’m a fussy cutter. There’s something zen-like about moving a stamped image through your scissors and watching the extra paper fall away. So I don’t usually buy coordinating dies. That said, I love the touch of whimsy the white outline from the die cut adds to this card set. The white borders, combined with two vibrant color combinations (one masculine and one feminine), keep these cards sweet and light.

When you design a stamp set, especially one with odd-shaped images, there are often a lot of little empty spaces left. I tried to fill all of those spots in Vintage Ink with the kinds of tiny coordinating images that I like using to finish cards. I used two of them to stamp these card bases before layering on my Copic colored, die cut pieces with foam tape.

LID_Vintage Ink Stamps    LID_Vintage Ink Die Set


The cutest set in this release has to be Party Pachyderms. I just love these little guys and their mischievous faces! I stacked them up on a plain card base using three different gray inks and embellished them with a few of the smaller images from the set in shades of pink and aqua. Sadly, the pretty pink chalk ink I used looks washed out in bright sunlight. I used an old strip of rubber to stamp a line across the bottom of the card and highlighted it with the single stitched line from the Stitched Mats: Long and Skinny Rectangles die set. I stamped the sentiment and music notes onto one of the new Speech Bubbles 2 die cuts and mounted it on the base to finish the whole thing off.

LID_Party Pachyderm Stamps     LID_Speech Bubbles 2 Dies


LID_We Connect StampsFinally, I have a card made with the We Connect stamp set. Those smaller sets of circles looks suspiciously like Venn Diagrams. So I made one, inspired by Jessica Hagy’s brilliant insight into vacations at grandma’s house. Just black ink, a Copic multi-liner, the tiniest heart stamp from Vintage Ink (see, those itty bitties are handy!), and ultra-thin washi tape. And a steady hand.

Don’t all grandmothers smother kids with sweets, gifts, and delightful deviations from the normal routine? I know mine did. And my mother and mother-in-law are doing their best to keep the status quo, too. Lucky kids.

That’s it for me today. The next stop on the hop is Laura Williams, and I know she has something wonderful to share. See you back here tomorrow for even more inspiration.


224I finally found the time to play along with the My Favorite Things Stamps card challenge AND get it photographed and posted before the deadline. Sketches are almost always a big challenge for me, but I was able to translate this one into something that suits my style by imagining the elements at the bottom as a bit of pattern behind the center panel.

I die cut a card front from a sheet of Prima’s Coffee Break paper with a pattern in the lower corner using LID’s dual-stitched rectangle dies, then used a smaller die to cut a stitched window in the middle. The window is backed with a sheet of coordinating paper that I stamped and watercolored to create the angle element from the sketch. Then I topped the whole thing with a Die-namics Coffee Cup, die cut from the same paper as the card front and embellished with a tiny red heart gem.


April 2015 New Release Graphic

Hi there! Lil’ Inker Designs has a fan-freaking-tastic new release hitting the shop today and we’re blog hopping for the next three days to share projects made with all of the new products. Laura has all of the information on the new products, the blog hop, and PRIZES on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re following along, Lea was the last stop. And now, for the good stuff.


We have so many pretty floral stamps and dies in this release that I found myself wanting to compare and contrast them by using the same basic card layout and components. So I painted a few watercolor paper card bases with bold stripes, die cut oval mats, stamped my sentiments in black, and went to work making watercolor flowers of all kinds. This first card features the gorgeous Awesome Blossoms stamp set and coordinating dies. I stamped with Distress inks and misted my inked stamps with a bit of water before putting them to paper. The sweet sentiment is also from Awesome Blossoms.

LID_Awesome Blossom Stamps     LID_Awesome Blossom Die Set


The next card features the adorable Perky Posies die set. I cut the flowers from watercolor paper that I washed with a variety of Distress inks and layered them on top of and under the oval mat. These little flowers felt more light-hearted, so I paired them with one of the hilarious sentiments from Laura’s Just Sayin’ stamp set.

LID_Just Sayin' Stamps     LID_Perky Posies Die Set


Finally, the black striped card features the largest flower and laurels from my new Vintage Ink stamp set. Yep, I drew and designed the set. And I couldn’t be more excited to see it out in the wild! I stamped the images with Distress ink onto watercolor paper, then cut them out with the coordinating dies. I used a handful of new Distress markers to color the flowers and leaves, then blended them with a wet brush. The sentiment is from the stamp set, too.

LID_Vintage Ink Stamps    LID_Vintage Ink Die Set


And because I couldn’t resist, this is the kind of card I had in mind when I designed the Vintage Ink set. You can stamp all of the pieces by themselves, but they come alive and start looking like something from a Sailor Jerry tattoo flash if you mask and layer them. Even better if you stamp them on a blush pink or tan paper with dark blue or blue-black ink to look like the real deal. I did a little fancy masking, using both paper masks and partial inking, to get the banner both in front of and behind the anchor. Then I colored everything with Copic markers and highlighted a few pieces with gold Wink of Stella.

Finally, the next stop on our hop is Maureen’s blog. And don’t forget to leave a comment here and there for a chance to win one of the $15 LID gift certificates we’re giving away.


It’s the 11th of the month and time for another Lil’ Inker Designs Monthly Meetup. Anything goes this time, we just want to see what awesome things you’re making with your Lil’ Inker goodies.


I made a birthday card using the fun I’m All, You’re All stamp set and neon inks. No fancy dies, no extra layers, just a card base, a card front, stamps, and ink. As much as I adore all of the fun dies Lil’ Inker and other companies design, I have a thing for one-layer- and nearly-one-layer cards.


If you’re up for the challenge, show us all of the awesome stuff you’ve been making with your Lil’ Inker Designs products.