It may be Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean the Lil’ Inker designers are done hopping! I’m back with an ornament and two cards to share using the newly released Lil’ Inker Designs stamps and dies. Our hop kicked off at the LID blog and should have brought you to Jennifer Carter’s blog before landing you here. And there’s big news: we’re giving the entire release to one lucky winner and the only way to enter is to leave comments on our blog hop posts, so make sure to leave a note. I’ll even give you a topic:

Tell me about your favorite hand-crafted ornament.


Ilid_tis-the-season-stamps‘ve totally failed at stamping on wood circles last year, but I had to give it another go when I saw the incredible bird in the new ‘Tis the Season stamp set. I love the scale and style of this image. Like the Oh Deer set we released last year, it’s big enough to stand alone on a card front, but still small enough to use with layers and die cuts. After coloring the deer a bajillion ways, I had to try something different. Enter: the pitiful clearance endcap at Joann’s in late summer, where I gleefully tossed these wood slice ornament blanks into my cart *just* to use with this stamp. They’re larger than the rounds I tried last year, and a bit harder, so my ink didn’t seep into the grain. And they were smooth enough to take a few layers of colored pencil. I’m ready to petition Laura for more of these stamp sets so I can make a whole set of these ornaments!


lid_brush-script-christmas-word-diesNext, a bold, colorful card featuring the fantastic Baubled Christmas Wreath die. I cut the two wreaths: one from white card stock and one from white fun foam because I did not want to deal with dozens of tiny slivers of foam tape to make this card happen. Once the layered wreath was mounted on a card base covered in our Dip Dye Ombre paper, I filled openings with a variety of sequins and iridescent Stickles. It’s topped with the Believe sentiment from Brush Script Christmas Word dies, cut from more fun foam and iridescent white glitter paper, then coated in Glossy Accents. The shimmer and shine in this one is so hard to capture in a stationary image, but trust me, it glows with color and sparkle, like a white christmas tree full of jewel toned ornaments and glimmering lights.




lid_merry-christmas-word-dieAnd because there’s no need to mess with a good thing, I made another card using the same formula:

subtle patterned base + wreath + baubles + word die cut from fancy paper = gorgeous.

This version fits into the rustic elegance trend that’s so hot in home decor right now. Who knew barnwood and burlap could go so well with gold and crystal? This wreath is not popped up with foam, but glued right to the card base. I filled it with baubles die cut from several gold foil and glitter card stocks, glitter enamel dots, and clear Nuvo Drops. The Merry Christmas Word die is cut from gold paper and popped up with a layer of fun foam for a shining finish.


I have a few fun variations on this card formula brewing, so be sure to check back over the coming weeks. And I’ll have more from this release tomorrow. Until then, you can find more inspiration at Stephanie Gold’s blog and the Lil’ Inker Designs store. And don’t forget, we’re giving the entire release to one lucky commenter, so make sure to share a little note before you leave. I’ll even give you a topic:

Tell me about your favorite hand-crafted ornament.


Welcome to another Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop. A bunch of new stamps and dies hit the Lil’ Inker Designs shop today and the Design Team is sharing projects made with them for the next three days. Our hop start at the LID blog, where Laura has all of the details on our new products, the blog hop, and fantastic prizes. If you’re following the hop, Stephanie Gold’s blog was the last stop.


All of my projects today use the awesome new Stitched Christmas Trees dies, but this might be my favorite use. I love making tags, and this shape is fantastic for all of the holiday patterned papers languishing in our 6×6 pads. To make it a card-style tag, I cut another tree from a piece of folded card stock, placing the fold about half an inch from the top of the tree. I punched a hole, then added twine, one of the new Brush Script Christmas Word dies cut from white glitter card stock, and a pink gem. I need to sit down with my scrap bin and make a bunch of these!

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When you cut one of new Stitched Christmas Trees dies, it leaves behind a stitched outline that is perfect for shaker cards. I filled my shaker with tiny styrofoam balls I found at Michaels. I used two layers of foam tape to give my shaker enough depth to hold those little snowballs. I topped my card with my favorite stitched Snowflake and a hand cut banner stamped with a sentiment from the Filled Christmas Trees stamp set.

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Last up, an elegant holiday card made with the gorgeous Filled Christmas Tree stamp set. I used a lot of gold on this, from the embossed tree and tag to the brushed gold mat and edged ribbon. Embossing on colored card stock meant less coloring and a chance to embellish with berry red Nuvo Drops. I love that I can make them any size I want, even the itty bittiest pinpoint.


That’s all I have to share today, but I’ll be back with more projects tomorrow. Until then, you can find more inspiration by heading to Jennifer Carter’s blog or go straight to the Lil’ Inker Designs shop to get these goodies into your hands faster. And don’t forget to leave a comment here for a chance to win one of the three LID gift certificates we’re giving away during the hop.



Fall is finally in the air here in Northern California and I’ve already broken out the Pumpkin Spice Torani syrup to add a little extra warmth to my coffee. I have a craving for autumnal coffee drinks, so I’m glad to see the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop start this week. My first card for the hop is over at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where you can also see more creations made with our Coffee Talk and Coffee Cozy stamps and dies.


It’s that last day of Lil’ Inker Designs’ new release blog hop and I have a lot to share! The entire thing starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has the scoop on the new products, the blog hop, and our fantastic prizes. If you’re following the hop, the last stop was Chrissy Larson’s blog. (And you left a comment there for a chance to win one of three $15 LID gift certificates, right?)


Earlier this year, we released an adorable Bunny Treat Hugger and now we’re doing it up Halloween style with the super cute Batty Hugger die and stamp bundle. I cut a slew of these bats from charcoal gray card stock and stamped them with the tiny vampire face and the coordinating sentiments in black ink. Then I used two glue dots on the tip of each wing to secure a bat to each Tootise Pop. (Tip: gently pulling the card stock around a pencil or marker, like curling ribbon with a pair of scissors, will help it curl without cracking or folding.) To make the treats even more special, I tied a die cut Halloween Word Tag and the smallest Anytime Tag cut from Dip Dyed Ombre paper and stamped with the Fantastic sentiment to the sucker stick with black twine.

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Next, a super simple graveyard card made with our new Tombstone Peek-a-Boo die. After covering my card base with more of the Dip Dyed Ombre paper and a rolling hill from the Border Builders dies, I stamped a sentiment from Zombie Kids in black ink. Then I set about making my tombstone: cutting the main shape from watercolor paper, carefully cutting along the score line to get a free-standing die cut, and treating with a few layers of distress ink and water. I removed the letters and colored them separately before putting them back in.

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lid_spiderweb-greeting-die-setFinally, a spunky, spooky spider card! I used the awesome Spiderweb Greeting die set and a few different papers for the entire card. First, a layer of old Halloween script patterned paper, topped with light vellum, a gold glitter Spiderweb that I trimmed to a square, and the cute spider from black card stock. I backed the spider with a scrap of card stock adhered with extra gold Stickles that oozed in to fill the eyes and smile, then mounted it over everything with a bit of foam tape.

I may be done sharing for this release, but there’s still more to see. Head over to Joy Taylor’s blog now for some super cute projects. And you can always drop by the Lil’ Inker Designs store, where all of these products are already available.



Welcome back for day two of the Lil’ Inker Designs September Blog Hop. I have a few projects to share today, made with some brand spankin’ new products that I think you’re going to love. For all of the details on the new release, our blog hop, and the blog hop prizes, please head over to the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re following along, your last stop was Angela Rivera’s blog. (And you left a comment for a chance to win one of three $15 LID gift certificates, right?)

I’m starting with this adorably creepy guy from the new Zombie Kids stamp set. I colored him with Distress Inks and a red glitter pen, then cut him out with the coordinating Zombie Kids dies. I may have gone a little overboard on the creep factor, adding purple, brown, and glittering red to his splotches… Then, he got a happy little home on a Wonky Rectangle die cut shaker card with googly eye filler. I had to use two layers of foam tape in my shaker to accommodate the eyeballs, but they look so awesome sliding around inside. I also colored the sentiment flag with the same Distress Inks I used on the zombie to make sure they would match.

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Next, a simple and sweet card for a special kid. I colored on of the little heroes from the Super Kids stamp set with Copic markers and die cut him with the coordinating dies. I made a few of the clouds using gray ink, so that our little hero would look like he was soaring through the Wonky Rectangle sky. I finished the card by mounting the rectangle on a base covered with a sheet of the colorful Super Kids Paper Pack and adding a simple yellow-orange sentiment strip.

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Aren’t those little characters and background pieces just super? I have a dozen ideas sketched, but must have had too much pumpkin spice on the brain, since all I seemed to make after this card were fall and Halloween projects. But those will be back tomorrow. Until then, you can see more of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release at Lisa Henke’s blog or the Lil’ Inker Designs shop.