84I managed to sneak a new Lawn Fawn set into my small crafting budget this summer and it arrived a few days ago. And when I saw the current Lawnscaping Challenge theme, stars and stripes, I just had to put it to use!

There’s a lot going on in this card, but it isn’t a terribly long list: emboss resist stars and sentiment, sponged sunset background, stamped twig and logs, and fussy cut marshmallows and flames. I love making colorful skies with nothing more than Distress ink and sponges. It can feel very therapeutic.


I planned this card with a black and blue stripe on the side, but ended up using gold and white to lighten things up and tie in the gold shimmer on the flames and in the sky. It is so tempting to brush that Wink of Stella pen on everything and call it a day! I love that it can be so subtle.


The new Lil’ Inker Designs stamps and dies that hit the store last weekend are so much fun to work with! Here, I combined the new Hello word die with a sentiment from Unscramble This and some older dies. The large flag is stamped with a gorgeous ikat background stamp I found at Michael’s. The label-maker look is fun and trendy again, so I embossed the sentiment on black card stock with white embossing powder to recreate the look. The sentiments in this set are a perfect stand-in if you don’t have a label stamp set or an old school label maker. (I remember stealing my dad’s and making silly labels for things. Red tape was my favorite.)


And since it already feels like summer here (103 is the high today and tomorrow), I wanted to use a bright summer color scheme: cobalt blue, neon pink, white, and black. I love the way the bold blue makes the pink look even brighter. What’s your favorite summer color combination?


Stamps: Unscramble This by Lil’ Inker Designs, ikat background by Recollections; Ink: Versamark, Memento Tuxedo Black; Paper: white (Papertrey Ink), neon pink (Recollections), blue (nearly vintage); Other: Hello Word, Flags & Tags, and Floating Hearts dies from Lil’ Inker Designs, Seafoam White embossing powder by Ranger.


It’s the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs June blog hop, celebrating our new releases, and I have a couple things to show you. But first, I want to make sure you know that all of the details on the new products, blog hop, and fabulous prizes can be found on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re following along–and hopefully leaving comments along the way so you can win–Maureen was your last stop.


My first project uses the new Unscramble This stamp set and Peek-a-boo die. I used the Peek-a-boo die to cut a little flap in my main panel, then backed it with a stack of neon green card stock cut with the same stitched rectangle die. I simply stamped my message, a little puzzle and the matching answer, with black and neon green inks. There’s a nice variety of sentiments in this set and I have a hunch that they’ll be my go-to stamps for the elementary set over the next few years.

LID_Unscramble This Stamps    LID_Peek a Boo Die


LID_Hello Word Die

Next up is a card featuring the new Hello Word die. I was inspired by some of the masking I learned in Online Card Classes’ Watercolor for Card Makers class. I die cut the word from a bit of scrap paper, then coated the back with a thin layer of rubber cement before pressing it onto multi media paper. Once it had set for a few minutes, I applied a bold wash of color around the word. I tried not to use too much water or brush over the letters to keep the pigment from seeping through the mask. I allowed the paint to dry for just a few minutes, then removed the mask before the bond became too solid.


LID_Scattered Sequins DieI die cut my painted card stock into an angled panel, mounted it on a navy card base, and embellished it with glitter sequins cut with the new Scattered Sequins die. With this new die, I can have sequins in almost any color or pattern I can imagine!

The last stop is the Lil’ Inker Designs Store.  I hope you’ve found a lot of inspiration during our hop and a few new things to add to your wish list.



Welcome back to another day of Lil’ Inker Designs new release inspiration! Today’s blog hop starts at the Lil’ Inker blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new release and the goodies you could win. If you’re following along, Maureen’s blog was your last stop. And you’re commenting along the way, right? Because that’s the only way to get in on the drawing for a LID gift certificate.

LID_Thumbs Up StampsThe first card uses one of the new Thumbs Up stamp set sentiments and some creative cutting of the Quick Notes Star Fold Out die. Last month, when I looked at a messed up cut of the Quick Notes star die, I saw Batman’s mask. Which led to a lot of trimming and testing before landing on this Captain America inspired hero card. I did a little selective inking to omit “is” from the stamp and used a wet paint brush to smooth out the striped letters.


And because I can’t help myself, here’s another card made with Piece of Me and the coordinating dies. This time I put the puzzle pieces together and die cut them into a heart shape. I backed the hole left by the missing piece with gold glitter card stock.

LID_Piece of Me Stamps       LID_Puzzle Pieces Die Set



The next stop on the hop is the last one: Lil’ Inker Designs store. There’s still one more day of inspiration coming your way, so I hope to see you back here tomorrow.

Hello there! It’s time for another Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop. The entire team, including our new members Mary Dawn Quirindongo and Lea Lawson, will be sharing projects made with our new products during the hop. For all of the details, please head over to the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re already hopping along with us, you just saw Maureen’s awesome card. And I’ll remind you to leave comments along the way so you have a chance to win Lil’ Inker gift certificates at the end of the hop.


LID_Piece of Me StampsPiece of Me might be the cutest teeny set Lil’ Inker has ever released! When I first got my hands on these stamps and coordinating dies, I cut an entire half-sheet of card stock worth of puzzle pieces and held onto the waste, just in case. Well, the “just in case” paper cluttering up my desk turned into a mask for a gorgeous minty mist and a fun card base.

I topped my puzzle background with a bit of thread, a die cut vellum heart, and a hand-cut banner stamped with one of the sweet little sentiments from the Piece of Me stamp set. I used staples to hold everything together and dotted the card with Stickles.


LID_Puzzle Pieces Die SetI may have gone a little overboard with the glitter dots, but I just love platinum Stickles. It’s not gold. It’s not silver. But it’s gorgeous! More importantly, it plays well with the light, minty color of the card.

The Lil’ Inker Designs shop is the last stop on this hop, but fear not! There are more fantastic projects coming tomorrow and Wednesday. But if you can’t wait, all of the new products are available now.

In case you missed a stop:


Use a thin layer of rubber cement on the back of your mask or stencil to help keep it flush to your paper while you mist. No more overspray sneaking under the edges. And as long as you remove it within a few hours, it should pull up without damaging the paper underneath.