I’m blog hopping with the Lil’ Inker Designs team and the amazing group at CardMaker Magazine, to share a lot of fall inspiration. If you’re following the hop, Amy Kolling’s blog was your last stop. And I hope you’ll consider leaving a comment here and on the other stops, especially since it gives you a chance to win a $35 gift certificate to the Lil’ Inker Designs store.


It finally feels like fall here in Northern California, with shorter days, a few clouds, and even a bit of rain. And the trees agree, because I’ve noticed a few colorful leaves on the ground lately. All of those leaves and a great Periscope from Jenn Shurkus had me breaking out these soon-to-be-released Leaf Love dies and Leafy Greetings stamps along with half of my Distress Ink collection. There’s no magic here, just a little bit of emboss resist and a whole lot of ink blending. My fingers are still inky, but it was totally worth it because how awesome are those colors?! I hope you’ll find some leaf dies and give it a try.

Thanks for stopping by! Don’t forget, there is more fall inspiration along the hop, so head over to see Gini Williams Cagle. And check back later this week for the rest of Lil’ Inker Designs’ October new release.

LID_Leaf Love Dies LID_Leafy Greetings Stamps

Sarah_-7036Can you have too many coffee cards? I’m not sure, but I know it’s one of my favorite card subjects these days. I made this one for the Lawnscaping One-Layer challenge while streaming the whole process over Periscope (that’s a fun video streaming platform available on many mobile devices). Even though I practiced the card a couple times the night before, it was a real challenge to make it on camera while talking through all the steps.


I love one layer cards, but they’re not always easy to make. For this one, I stamped the cup and saucer in Dusty Concord, then the steamy sentiment in Versamark, before embossing it all with clear matte embossing powder. I washed most of the card front with orange, coral, and purple inks, skipping the cup. Then went back and added a couple shades of purple to the cup along with some speckles.

Periscope was kind of fun, enough that I’ll probably try it again. I’ve learned to enjoy watching and interacting with some awesome crafters on it in a way I haven’t on other platforms, so I hope it sticks around for a while.



Just squeaking this card in for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop on National Coffee Day. I made it fresh morning with my Coffee Talk stamp set and a little tiny leaf from the newly redesigned Nuts About You set.

I started by stamping the cup and lid with Momento ink in Tuxedo Black and masking it with sticky notes. Then I stamped the little leaf in half a dozen shades of Distress Ink, making sure that a few overlapped the cup and the edge of the card. Most of the leaves were touched with a damp paintbrush to loosen them up a bit. Then I removed the mask and colored the cup with Copic markers to look a bit like an Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino (the best way to get in on some early PSL when you live in California and September is still hot as Hades). For a little glitz, I stamped the heart straw and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I stamped one last leaf over the cup, then brushed all of the dark brown leaves with gold Wink of Stella. For the sentiment strip, I embossed brown card stock with white embossing powder, then layered on Ground Espresso Distress Ink and gold Wink of Stella.


As a chai lover, all kinds of spiced lattes are right up my alley. But I have to admit that I’m not wild about coffee that tastes like pumpkin. So pumpkin spice coffee and lattes are great. And coffee with pumpkin and spices, not so much. Do you ever indulge in pumpkin spice drinks?


It’s the 11th of the month, and that means it’s time for another Lil’ Inker Designs’ Monthly Meetup Challenge. This month we’re challenging you to use the colors of fall in your projects. It doesn’t need fit a fall theme, just use these rich, warming colors. So break out your Lil’ Inker goodies along with some red, yellow, orange, and brown and play along!

Monthly Meetup Challenge Inspiration Graphic with Sale


I paired the Leaf Pattern Cover Up die with our new So Thankful stamps. I ran the cover up die through my machine 6 times for this card: embossed on the yellow base, and cut in white, brown, red, orange, and gold. Embossing the base allows all of the little stitching details to show up through the holes and makes it easier to adhere the “falling” leaves in the right place. I love the organic pattern these leaves make, but they are really fantastic on their own, too. And best of all, the die is on sale through September 18, so there’s no reason for you not to love it as much as I do.


Comment to Win Badge Sept 2015Welcome back for the final day of Lil’ Inker Designs September blog hop! I hope you’ve enjoyed all of the projects I’ve shared so far because I have a few more today. But before we get to that, I want to make sure you know that all of the information on the new release, the blog hop, and the prizes can be found on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. Iif you’re following the hop, Jen Carter’s blog was the last stop. And if you leave a comment here, or at any post during the hop, you could win an awesome Lil’ Inker gift certificate!


First up are a pair of adorable felt pumpkin hair clips, made with our Seen on Halloween and Pumpkin Faces dies, wool felt, and alligator clips. This one is in a traditional orange and yellow, with a smiling face. My little girl loved it so much that she *almost* forgot about the candy corn I offered her to pose for photos. “It’s so cute,” she squealed the entire time she wasn’t chewing. The second was made with a soft, peachy color that will be adorable with some of the cozy fall outfits waiting in her closet. And because the felt is so firm and smooth, you can still see the stitching details. I made sure to use two layers of felt, plus an extra piece in the back to cover and secure the clips. I used Fabri-Tac glue on the felt and hot glue on the metal clips.

LID_Seen On Halloween Dies     LID_Pumpkin Faces Dies



LID_Boo & Faces 2 StampsI used the Pumpkin Faces dies and the faces from our Ghost Border die set along with the new Boo & Faces 2 stamps to create this simple, spooky card. I just laid all of the dies out on my card base and magnetic cutting plate, then rolled it through the die cutter. Then just a die cut and stamped sentiment strip and card liner in neon orange and the card is done.


Finally, a card made with our awesome new teacher themed products and Wrapper’s Delight: Lattice die. There weren’t any teacher stamps or dies the line up before this, so I’m thrilled to have them and that they’re so stinkin’ cute! I started by embossing a white card base with the Lattice die and cutting the Teacher word die and Apple Pieces dies from gold mirror card stock. I also cut the apple from textured coral card stock, and then again from vellum without the heart center to create a soft base for the other apple pieces. I stamped a sentiment from Teacher Talk onto a narrow vellum belly band using coral ink, then layered it all together on the card base using a little bit of foam tape.

LID_Apple Pieces Dies    LID_Teacher Talk Stamps

LID_Wrappers Delight Lattice Die     LID_Teacher Word Die

So there you have it! These releases just keep getting better and better, and so do the projects. For more inspiration, follow the hop to Chrissy’s blog. And I hope to see you next time for even more fun Lil’ Inker goodies!