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Welcome back for another day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop! The entire team is sharing projects made with the new goodies through the end of the week. The Lil’ Inker Designs blog has all of the details on the new products, the blog hop, and the fantastic prizes so be sure to check it out. If you’re following along, Maureen’s blog was the last stop.

Today I’m sharing a couple cards packed with new products and some old favorites. I used one of  the fantastic new Stitched Script Holiday Word dies and a bit of washi tape to create a simple, graphic card base. Then I topped it with a Pinked Edge Sentiment Flag, cut from green gradient patterned paper. The sentiment is from the new Big Christmas stamp set and those tiny gold holly leaves are part of the Holly Jolly die set released two years ago.

LID_Stitched Script Holiday Word Dies    LID_Big Christmas Stamps

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I created a simple winter scene using the new Border Builders and Seasonal Stars dies. The entire scene is matted with some ridiculously bright silver glitter paper, making that big star sparkle like the real thing. I masked another sentiment from the Big Christmas stamps set in navy ink to finish it off.

LID_Border Builders Die Set    LID_Seasonal Stars Dies

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There’s just something about the holidays that makes me love shiny, sparkling things. I’ll be back tomorrow with more projects using our latest goodies and I hope to hear from you then. In the meantime, all of these products are available in the Lil’ Inker Designs store.

IMG_5681Hello there! I’m hopping along today to share a some new things from the Lil’ Inker Designs new release. Laura kicked things off on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog and has all of the details on the new products, the blog hop, and the fantastic prizes. If you’re following along, Maureen was the last stop. Now, on to the cards!

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One downside to California is the lack of snow. Don’t hate me, but even on a beautifully sunny, 60-degree winter day, I long for the frosty white stuff and freezing temperatures. This card, featuring the new Snowflakes Cover Up die and Cozy Winter Wishes stamp set, is about as frosty as I could make it. I used at least four different kinds of sparkle to highlight the snowflakes: loose glitter, a couple kinds of Stickles, and a Wink of Stella pen.

LID_Cozy Winter Wishes Stamps    LID_Cover Up Die: Snowflakes

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I stamped the sentiment on vellum card stock with white ink and layered it with another strip of vellum that I slathered in Wink of Stella. It doesn’t photograph well, but in real life, this card sparkles and shimmers like freshly fallen snow.

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I used the same new products with watercolors and iridescent glitter to make an entirely different kind of card. This time, I cut the largest snowflake from white card stock, coated it in Stickles, then dipped it in chunky iridescent glitter for good measure. The snowflakes in the Cover Up die are just so pretty that i had to use one on it’s own as the focal point of the card.

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I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the new goodies. And I hope you’ll be back too. In the meantime, you can catch up on the hop starting at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog to say goodbye to our friend Heather Campbell and give a hearty welcome to Chrissy Ano-Larson and Laura Williams our newest team members. And you can head over to the Lil’ Inker Designs store where all of these new products are ready to fall into your shopping cart like big, fluffy snowflakes.

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14808123626_1e95277b53_nHello and happy World Card Making Day!

Although I’ll be busy with my kids most of the day, I’m hoping to drag them along on a trip to the local stamp store and squeeze in little time at the craft table in honor of the holiday. I hope you’ll find a little time to craft a card for someone today, too.

I’m sharing a card that started as major watercolor failure. I was trying to blend a few shades of pink and yellow Distress ink, but didn’t quite get the water right. Things were looking really ugly until I swiped the whole thing across the puddled inks on my craft mat and made a bigger mess. Eureka! Intentional mess makes me really happy, so I added a great geometric border stamp with watered down ink and trimmed everything down to fit on a card base. Just needed a gold die cut and die cut sequins to finish it off.

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I love the way the texture of the watercolor paper shows up, with the high spots collecting the richer ink from the craft mat and the low spots the original watercolor wash. And can I just say, that if all pink looked like this, it wouldn’t be my least favorite color.

Just a heads up, Lil’ Inker Designs is celebrating World Card Making day with a fantastic sale: 30% off all stamps. If there are any that you’ve had your eye on, now’s the time to snag them. I highly recommend Darling Diamonds, Seriously Awesome, and Modern Mehndi. You won’t regret adding them to your stash!

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Stamps: Trifecta by Mama Elephant; Ink: Distress inks; Paper: 140lb cold press watercolor paper, gold mirror card stock, Regal Rose card stock from Stampin’ Up!; Other: Smile, Stitched Rectangles, and Scattered Sequins dies from Lil’ Inker Designs

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ICoffeeLoversBloghopLogot’s Monday, and that means a cup of coffee is never far from my hands. Hot or iced, homemade or gourmet, I love the stuff, which is why I’m excited to participate in today’s Coffee Lovers Blog Hop with the Lil’ Inker Designs team.

I really like drinking from an open mug, but they don’t work well for a busy life, always sloshing over the sides and leaving little brown rings on everything, or worse, cooling off before you’ve had a chance to wrangle the kids long enough to take a sip. I tend to use my favorite dishwasher safe travel mug, but long to have a lovely mug collection that I can actually use. But those little rings did give me an idea for a cute card.

I dipped one of my mugs in a mixture of Walnut Ink mist and water and set it on my card front to make the ring. I used lots of liquid and plenty of force and wound up with happy little splatters, just like the real thing. (And yes, I tested several inks along with real coffee to make sure I had the most accurate rings.) I gave it a little trim and mounted it on a brown card base to show off the rings. A few little hearts covered in glossy accents, and the perfect little sentiment from Lil’ Inker Designs Coffee Cozy stamp set on an aqua flag finish it off.

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I hope you’re enjoying the blog hop and all the coffee love today, because I know it has me reaching for another cup.

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This little fox hung out on my craft table all week, so I’m playing along with the Moxie Fab World Foxy Foxes challenge again. Today’s card is a messy, watercolor birthday card that got really ugly before it got better. All because I was too impatient to test my materials and techniques first.

I started by trying to make a one-layer card: masking the little fox, adding the sentiment, then stamping the balloons over everything with dampened Distress inks. That part worked out, although a little messier than I originally hoped because I lost my mini mister and used a different spray bottle with much less consistent water application. I really ran into problems when I tried to watercolor the fox with a mix of Distress inks and the same red-brown Memento I stamped it with. The Memento lines separated, bled, and spread creating a big fuzzy mess. It went from cute to crud in less than a minute.

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I blamed wet paper, tossed it to the side, and left it for another day. When I came back to it, I tried to make it again, this time coloring the fox before anything else. Only to see more of the same. I did a few tests before I realized that the ink wouldn’t work for this project, threw my hands up, and grabbed the Copic markers. New fox, black background, and die cutting. That’s what it took to save this one from the round file.

Today’s moral: test first or risk wasting reams of paper and loads of time.