Hello there.

I’m back with a simple card for the Lil’ Inker Designs Monthly Meetup Challenge. Did you know that you can link up anything you’ve made lately with Lil’ Inker products? There isn’t a theme, inspiration image, or sketch. We just want to bring all the LID fans together for an inspirational link party. And give everyone a chance to win a $50 gift certificate for the LID store. How simple is that?




CTS_122I’m sure I’ve mentioned it before, but I just love Lil’ Inker’s Stitched Pattern Cover Up dies, especially the Quilted Swirl die. It’s the perfect way to add a little texture to solid card bases and coordinates perfectly with all of the stitched die cuts. For this card, I used the CAS(e) this Sketch layout and topped the Quilted Swirl with a Stitched Rectangle, and sweet flowers and sentiment from Awesome Blossoms.

Do you have any of our stitched pattern cover up dies? How do you use them? Make something and link it up in our Meetup with me.


It’s the 11th of the month and that means it’s time for the Lil’ Inker Designs Monthly Meetup Challenge! The design team is challenging all of the Lil’ Inker fans out there to make something awesome and link it up to our challenge. Our last Meetup had some seriously inspiring cards, so take a look and let your fellow fans get you motivated to break out your LID stamps and dies.



I smooshed a little Distress Ink onto a white card base and mounted a vellum panel over it. The panel got stamped with the You’re A Real Gem sentiment from the Girl’s Best Friend stamp set in a rich purple chalk ink. And mounted over that is a gem from the same set, embossed with clear polysparkle embossing powder and watercolored with Distress Ink and Perfect Pearls mist. It’s packed with sparkle, a bit transparent, but still easy to see. And so much fun!

If you have these gems stamps I designed for Lil’ Inker, I would love to see how you use them during the Meetup. Show me your best sparkle!


It’s almost Mother’s Day here in the US, so it’s time to share this vintage tattoo card I made using my Vintage Ink stamp set.

This card is based on one of the layered designs I mocked up in Illustrator as I refined the stamp images. In other words, these stamps were designed with this kind of masked layout in mind. It looks a little complicated, but its easier than you might think:

  1. Stamp and cut masks for the heart and banner, cutting on the stamped lines, not outside them.  (I like these full adhesive sticky notes. Even these large images get full adhesive coverage.)
  2. Stamp the banner on the card base, add the sentiment, then cover with the mask.
  3. Stamp the heart over the banner (mask and all), and add it’s mask on top.
  4. Stamp the flowers, laurels, and any other small design elements while the masks are in place.
  5. Remove the masks and add a little color.

I can usually get three or more uses out of each mask, so I stick them right the stamp carrier sheet when I’m done. This means that the next card using that stamp set is even faster and easier. And I don’t know about you, but I like fast and easy, at least when it comes to paper crafting techniques.


After adding color to my card with Copic markers, I sponged it with Worn Lipstick and Abandoned Coral Distress ink, misting and sprinkling with water in between layers to reactivate the ink and add texture. And because Copics don’t react to water, I didn’t have to worry about ruining my coloring.

If you haven’t tried it before, or just haven’t done it in a while, I encourage you plan out a design and start layering your stamps using masks.




You might remember that I mentioned when we released this die last week that it’s great for stash-busting. Well, it’s not just for patterned paper. I have a stack of abandoned watercolor washes and experiments on my desk that are perfect for die cutting. When I saw the blue background in the Runway Inspired Challenge’s Naeem Khan photo, I knew I had the perfect piece. It just needed a light wash of gold watercolor paint to tone down the silvery quality of the H2Os that I originally used. I used the same gold paint to splatter and dot my card in a cascading pattern similar to the dress.



CTS_Sketch_120I keep seeing gorgeous cards pop up around the web using this sketch from the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge. So gorgeous and inspiring that I had to make my own. I squashed a few shades of Distress ink onto watercolor paper for the base and did a bit of watercolor stamping and painting to create the little cactus panel. There are dots of Rock Candy Stickles running across the card and along the little cactus’s spines, too.