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Welcome back for the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop! The full release, details on the hop, and information on how to win prizes is on the Lil’ Inker blog. And if you’re following the hop, Maureen’s blog was the last stop.

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Just to let you know, I don’t have anything Halloween-themed to share today. First up is a card and envelope set made with the new Mini Envelopes & Accessories die set and Sending You stamps. I layered a few of the larger envelope die cuts, turning one of the flaps over to the top to create my embellishment. The stitched heart die cut is tucked between the envelope layers so that it looks like it’s peeking out.

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And just because I can, there’s a matching envelope, stamped with a greeting from Sending You and lined with the new envelope liner die using a coordinating paper from the same paper pad as the card. This is a fantastic way to use up those papers in the pad that are just too beautiful or difficult to cut up for a card.

LID_Stitched Envelope Liner Die     LID_Premium White A2 Envelopes

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LID_Send Pretty Mail Stamps 11.21.50 AMFinally, I have a sweet 4.25″ square card to share made with the adorable Send Pretty Mail stamp set. I love the font combinations in this set and the graphics are just so cute! I want to stamp them all over my envelopes. For now, I have a simple little card that uses washi and die cuts to ground the snail stamp and sentiment.

And that’s it! Everything you’ve seen is available in the Lil’ Inker Designs store, which is the very last stop of this week’s hop. I hope you’ve enjoyed the new goodies and the projects we’ve made with them. See you back soon!

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There are just so many fantastic Halloween goodies in the new Lil’ Inker Designs release! The whole team is hopping this week to share projects make with the new stamps and dies and I can’t seem to stop making Halloween stuff. Laura has all of the details about the new products, the blog hop, prizes, and some cute projects on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re following along, you should have arrived here from Maureen’s blog.

My first card uses the fun sentiments and images in our new Classic Halloween stamp set to create a neon accented chalkboard card. This was one of those 10-minutes-or less cards: I stamped the largest sentiment on a black card base with white ink, filled in around it with smaller images, added washi tape and a strip of neon orange paper, then topped it with the label that I stamped and cut from white paper. I even got to use the neon colored pencils I picked up for myself during the back to school sales to highlight the pumpkin. (Confession: I was bummed that the only thing on my son’s Kindergarten supply list was a backpack. We bought a couple folders, a notebook, and some new markers and pencils for home anyway.)

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Next up, an adorable ghost!

I just love the new Stitched Ghosts dies, almost as much as the big Ghost Border I showcased yesterday. They’re so cute with the tiny stitches, especially the negatives. This card uses two layers of vellum card stock to make the ghost a bit transparent. I stamped the face and the sentiment from Boo & Faces on the lower ghost to make sure they were soft yet still visible through the heavy vellum.

LID_Stitched Ghosts Die Set    LID_Boo & Faces Stamps

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Finally, something a little more involved using the new Spooky Word die. I delved into my Martha Stewart Crafts stash for the patterned paper, coordinating glitter card stock, and the sticky goo border punch used on this card. I die cut spooky from the same orange glitter card stock and adhered it to a stitched rectangle mat that I stamped with a sentiment and tiny spiderweb using white ink. There are also tiny black gems in the eyes for extra sparkle.

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I promise to have something other than Halloween for you when you return for tomorrow’s post! In the meantime, you can pick up any of these new products in the Lil’ Inker Designs store and leave comments on the blog hop posts for a chance to win one of several LID gift certificates. I also forgot to mention one of the most awesome additions to this release: stitched rectangles! I’m so happy these craft room staples made it in time for this release, even if that means you might get yours before I get mine. See you back here tomorrow for more Lil’ Inker!

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Hello there! Time for another fun-filled new release with Lil’ Inker Designs. Today I’m indulging my inner child with a couple spooky Halloween projects, but the entire team has great things to share with all of our new products. You can start the hop at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has the full scoop on all of the new stuff, this week’s blog hop, and details on how you can win  Lil’ Inker goodies. (Hint: keep those comments coming!) If you’re following along, the last stop was with the lovely Maureen.

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Today’s projects feature the new Ghost Border die set and Boo & Faces stamp set. For the card, I chose to cut the ghost border along the white card front on an angle to create a little movement. Then I backed the face with neon orange card stock and matching glitter. The sentiment, from Boo & Faces, is popped up on the smallest Pinked Edge Sentiment Flag and accented with a little twine.

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Next is a simple luminaria made with little white paper sacks available at any craft store, an LED candle, and black card stock. To make the ghost shadow inside the bag, I cut a 7.5 x 4-inch strip of black card stock with the Ghost Border die, centering the ghost’s head near the center of the strip. I trimmed the uncut side of the ghost and scored it at 2- and 5.5-inches, then slid it into the bag. You can change the color the ghost’s eyes by covering them with a strip of brightly colored washi tape, as shown below. I tested neon orange and yellow with fantastic results, then discovered that my only LED lights were faux-candles with a flickering orange glow that made both colors indistinguishable. If you can find plain white lights, the glowing eyes look super spooky!

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I can’t wait to show you the rest of the release, so I hope you’ll be back tomorrow. Until then, you can find the entire release at the Lil’ Inker Designs shop.  And leave a comment here for a chance to win an LID gift certificate. In case the photos above didn’t give away, candy corn (and mallow pumpkins!) are my favorite Halloween candy. What’s yours?

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I was excited when I first heard that Lil’ Inker Designs would be teaming up with Timeless Twine for a blog hop this week. Well, excited might have been an understatement. Because twine is one of my favorite embellishments, right up there with tiny adhesive rhinestones and glitter glue. I even did a twine comparison way back when there were only a few sources. These days there are so many fantastic options, including the bold and bright combinations from Timeless Twine, that I just can’t keep up.

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I started my projects with the scrumptious Key Lime Sorbet twine and let it lead my color choices. I thought the colors looked fun with Lil’ Inker’s Fancy Feathers stamps and created a simple card using twine and a die cut, glittered feather to give make it stand out.

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I couldn’t stop there, so I put together a coordinating dream catcher using Natural and Key Lime Sorbet twine, Fancy Feathers die cuts, and a few extra supplies. I have amassed a collection of thrifted brass rings and embroidery hoops in hopes of making a few dream catchers for my daughter’s room someday. (This sort of “someday” supply hoarding is probably why my craft room is such a disaster area!) I used a simple brass hoop and followed the same basic method I learned as a kid, wrapping the hoop and hitching the twine to make an increasingly smaller spiral. There are plenty of tutorials and how-to videos available if you want to learn. Once everything was tied off and the loose ends secured with a few drops of Multi-matte Medium, I added beads from my kids’ craft supplies and stamped paper feathers.

It’s so fun and whimsical! And unless she manages to unravel the entire thing, I don’t have to worry about my cat eating the real feathers, wood, suede, shells, or bone beads many dream catchers are made with.

I hope you’re enjoy the hop so far and discovering fun new ways to use twine in your paper crafts. If you leave a comment here or anywhere else along the blog hop, you’ll be entered to win an awesome gift certificate to Lil’ Inker Designs or Timeless Twine.

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I’m back with a couple cards for the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs July new release blog hop. There’s just so much to share during this release, I feel like I’ll have things to share all through August, too. For now, you can find all of the information about the release, the hop, and our fantastic prizes at the Lil’ Inker Designs Shop blog. And if you’re following along, Maureen’s blog was the last stop.

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My first card combines the new Sketched Floral stamps with the Smile word die from our last release. This card came together pretty quickly, thanks to coordinating papers in a 6×6 pad, and LID dies. I split the sentiment into two lines with a little masking and added a touch of gold to the patterned paper and stamped flower with a Wink of Stella pen.

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For this card, I used the Sketched Flowers dies to create a negative die cut in the card base, which ads a great stitched detail around the flower. The flower itself was die embossed and die cut from blue cardstock and popped up above the negative, creating a deep shadow. Again, I used a Wink of Stella pen to add gold highlights to the Sketched Flower and matched it to a gold glitter trim.

I hope you’re enjoying all of the projects the team has shared this week, I know I’ve loved following the hop myself. The last stop is the Lil’ Inker Designs store, which is full of the new products I shared this week, as well as a cute angel policy stamp set and the Fancy Feathers stamps and dies. Until next time!