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Hello, there! Lil’ Inker Designs is starting a new Monthly Meet Up Challenge with an anything goes theme and lots of great prizes. The only catch is that you need to use at least some LID products on your project and they need to be linked up to the challenge by February 24. I’m joining in with this Valentine shaker card made with a few old favorites. Also, let me apologize for the poor photos. I was not working under the best conditions, including a new strep infection and this:

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Our new kitten, Benny, thought my photography set up was an invitation to play and knock my cards over. Which made Silly, our old cat, jealous enough to join in.

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LID_HamsterCupidStamps__21183.1398175373.1280.1280At least they’re cute and snuggly.

Not unlike the Hamster Cupid stamps I used on the card. To make it, I first colored my hamster on white card stock with Copic markers and Wink of Stella pens. Then I cut the circle in my patterned paper card front using Stitched Mats: Circles dies and used it as a guide to make sure the hamster got attached to the base in just the right spot. To the back of the card front, I added a clear sheet, die cut clouds, and a liberal application of foam tape for the shaker pocket. Then I dropped a handful of sequins and heart confetti onto the hamster and trapped them with the card front. I finished it with a matching stitched tag die cut, stamped with the Hugs & Kisses sentiment from the set.

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I just love his rosy little cheeks! I hope you’ll consider sharing the projects you’ve been making with Lil’ Inker Designs products, especially if they’re cute. Because I’m a sucker for cute.

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lawnscaping99I just want to pop in to share a card I made for the Lawnscaping challenge and this month’s One-Layer Simplicity Challenge. Since Lawnscaping challenged us to make a clean and simple card with plenty of white space, I turned to a one-layer card to keep it as simple as possible, and used a little color blending so it wouldn’t look too flat.

After tracing a heart onto a white card base, I filled it with a variety of cups, spoons, and hearts from Lawn Fawn’s Love You a Latte stamp set. I kept the color scheme pretty tight, with a deep red, turquoise, and a few shades of brown. I did have a lot of fun coloring the cups with Copic markers, so there’s plenty of shading, some polka dots and patterns, and even some blending that should look like a ceramic glaze.

 

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Welcome back to the last post of the last day of Lil’ Inker Designs’ January Blog Hop. I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous things along the way and I hope you have too. As always, the full details about the hop, the release, and some fabulous prizes are available at the start of the hop on the Lil’ Inker Designs shop blog. If you’re following along, Maureen’s blog was your last stop.

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LID_Robot Builders StampsAs you can see, I had a little help with today’s projects, which feature the Robot Builders stamp set. My son Tom would tell you he’s a stamping pro, even though he’s not quite six years old. But he’s been helping me since he could hold a stamp and he’s watched a few YouTube videos. You know, same thing.

I let Tom pick out a few small ink pads, handed him a stack of pre-cut Love Tags and Lollipop & Pencil Treat Holders, and let him go wild with the Robot Builder stamps. I taught him a couple tricks to use multiple ink colors with one stamp. We finished these two before school and had to get everything out when he got home because he wanted to make more!

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In case you didn’t see the resemblance, the tag is supposed to be Optimus Prime, Tom’s all-time favorite robot. Everything is Optimus and Transformers around here. Or Lego. Or Transformers Lego creations. Seeing how much fun it he had building robots, I had to make a robot of my own.

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For my card, I started with a natural white card base embossed with the Center Point Chevron Cover Up die. Then I added a stitched heart die cut, heat embossed with a gold robot and sentiment. And around that, a gold embossed heart and the new Hearts Banners. Most of the gold elements have two or three layers of gold embossing powder for a seriously metallic finish. (Tom was seriously jealous when he saw my gold robot because it’s so much more gold than his. Apparently, it’s his third favorite color, after blue and black.)

 LID_Cover Up Die: Center Point Chevron    LID_Hearts Banners Die Set

IMG_6132And that’s it for the hop! The last stop is the Lil’ Inker Designs store, where you can find all of these great new products and all of our old favorites. Until next time.

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Welcome back for another day of Lil’ Inker Designs new releases! In case you’re new to this, the blog hop starts at the Lil’ Inker shop blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new release, the hop, and some fantastic prizes. Otherwise, you should’ve arrived here from Maureen’s blog, where you left a comment in hopes of winning an LID gift certificate.

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First up today is a sweet little treat made with the Lollipop & Pencil Treat Holder die and Love is All You Need stamp set. I cut the treat holder from aqua card stock and stamped it using homemade foam stamps cut with our stitched clouds dies and white ink. I love that the stitching detail shows up to make the clouds coordinate with the treat holder. Then I stamped the Love is in the Air sentiment over top with a warm red pigment ink. The to and from sentiments are from the Robot Builder stamp set that I’ll be sharing more of tomorrow.

The whole thing was inspired by the sentiments and these sweet lollipops. I thought they looked like balloons, so I bundled three together with thin strips of clear tape and slid them into the holder where they can float through the stamped sky. I found them at Target in bundles of six, both rainbow and red for about $1. That’s a pretty sweet price for classroom Valentines, even if you use a few.

LID_Lollipop and Pencil Treat Holder Die    LID_Love Is All You Need Stamps

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Next up is a card inspired by a new hobby I’ve started dabbling in: quilting. I’ve only finished a few quilt block pillows and a doll quilt, but we all know these hobbies start with just a quick scarf or a few stamped thank you cards. I have a few larger projects planned once I get my craft room rearranged and tidied enough to put my sewing machine out and cut fabric on the cutting mat that covers my craft desk (and is covered with stamps and scraps and inks.)

Laura’s Quilted Swirl Stitch Pattern die is a texture junkie’s dream. Cutting (or embossing) it over a patterned paper, especially a floral like this one, makes me think of the bold quilted bedspreads of the 70s and 80s. I cut a stitched heart into my quilted card front and filled it with a different pattern, this time a soft pink with a trendy quilt block pattern. The heart is popped up with several layers of card stock to make it look a bit like an appliqué, and topped with the Doodled Love word die cut. It’s modern and warm at the same time.

LID_Quilted Swirl Stitched Pattern Die    LID_Doodled Love Word Die

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Sadly, this is the next to last stop on our hop. I hope you’re enjoying the projects so far this week, because we have one more day of inspiration in store for you. In the meantime, you can head over to the last stop of the day, the Lil’ Inker Designs store, and bring some (or all!) of these great new products home.

Supplies

Love Balloons Treat Holder

Stamps: Love is All You Need and Robot Builders by Lil’ Inker Designs; Ink: VersaMagic Red Magic, Whisper White craft ink from Stampin’ Up!; Paper: Soft Sky from Stampin’ Up!; Other: Lollipop & Pencil Treat Holder and Rainbows & Clouds dies from Lil’ Inker Designs, fun foam, lollipops

Quilt Love card

Paper: September Skies 6×6 pad from Heidi Swapp; Other: Quilted Swirl Stitch Pattern, Stitched Hearts, and Doodled Love word dies from Lil’ Inker Designs

January 2015 New Release Graphic

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Hello and happy new year!

I’m glad to have you back for another Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop. This week the team will be sharing projects made with brand spankin’ new stamps and dies from Lil’ Inker. If you would like to follow the hop, you’ll want to start at the Lil’ Inker blog where Laura has all of the details on the new release, the hop, and some fabulous prizes. As usual, leave a comment on any (and all!) of this month’s blog hop posts and you’ll be entered to win a gift certificate to get your hands on some of these goodies.

If you’re following the hop, Maureen’s blog was the last stop. And you’re probably here for the eye candy, not my sparkling wit and lengthy introductions, so let’s keep moving.

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This card was made with the sexy Smooches stamp set and the newest addition to our Stitched Mats line, Side-Stitched Rectangles. Stitching details have caught on in a big way over the last year, making our old Lil’ Inker dies even more cutting edge. And since we’re always looking for something fresh, I was excited to see a new style of stitching make it’s way into our catalog. The new slanted stitches add so much texture to an otherwise clean and simple card. And what’s not to love about gorgeous lip prints and a brush script font?

 LID_Smooches Stamps    LID_Stitched Mats: Side-Stitched Rectangles

I stamped the largest lips on the second smallest rectangle die cut using neon pink ink, then embossed the sentiment with gold embossing powder. Two layers of embossing helps smooth out any imperfections and makes it look even more like metal. FYI: heat seems to leach the neon out of Hero Arts’ neon pink ink! I had to stamp the lips again to boost the color before mounting the panel on this fun pink and gold patterned paper and a neon pink card base.

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More of those fantastic Side-Stitched Rectangles! I went the opposite direction with this sweet card, layering four different patterned papers, striped washi tape, two mats, a sentiment flag, and thread. Plus three colors of card stock. It might be a new record. And it definitely isn’t clean and simple. But it makes a fun, casual home for the adorable peas and carrots image from the Perfect Pairs stamp set.

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I stamped the image with Nautical Blue Memento ink and dusted off my Copic markers to bring the veggies to life. And since there’s never enough light at this time of year, I thought it needed a reflective element like glitter, gloss, or metal. So I spiced things up with a bit of gold: a hint of washi tape behind the sentiment flag and a few highlights on the characters with a Wink of Stella pen. (Don’t ask about the quilting thread, it was on my desk with a hand-sewing project and I included it on a whim. I would have preferred gold twine, but I couldn’t find it in the post-holiday-upheaval-slash-stalled-furniture-change that’s going on in the craft room.)

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And that’s it for today, folks! I hope you’re loving this new release as much as I am and commenting along the hop for a chance to get your hands on some. If you just can’t wait on a contest, you can get everything now at the Lil’ Inker Designs store. See you tomorrow with even more goodies.

Supplies

Hot Lips Card

Stamps: Smooches by Lil’ Inker Designs; Paper: white card stock, neon pink card stock by Recollections, Neon 6×6 pad by American Crafts for Target; Ink: Hero Arts Neon Pink, Versamark; Other: Side-Stitched Rectangles dies by Lil’ Inker Designs, Gold Metallic Zing! Embossing Powder by American Crafts.

Like Peas ‘n’ Carrots Card

Stamps: Perfect Pairs by Lil’ Inker Designs; Paper: white card stock, Made From Scratch 6×6 pad by Echo Park Paper; Ink: Nautical Blue Memento, Versamark; Other: Side-Stitched Rectangles and Flags & Tags dies by Lil’ Inker Designs, thread, gold stripe washi tape, white detail embossing powder, Wink of Stella Gold, Copic markers.