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It’s the 11th of the month and time for another Lil’ Inker Designs Monthly Meetup. Anything goes this time, we just want to see what awesome things you’re making with your Lil’ Inker goodies.

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I made a birthday card using the fun I’m All, You’re All stamp set and neon inks. No fancy dies, no extra layers, just a card base, a card front, stamps, and ink. As much as I adore all of the fun dies Lil’ Inker and other companies design, I have a thing for one-layer- and nearly-one-layer cards.

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If you’re up for the challenge, show us all of the awesome stuff you’ve been making with your Lil’ Inker Designs products.

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Lawnscaping Challenge No. 103 DimensionLet’s face facts: I’ve fallen out of my old paper crafting rhythm. I used to hit the craft room four or five nights a week and take photos to share here almost as often. These days, I pop in more frequently, but for far less time. And I completely forget to take photos, other than a few progress photos on Instagram. (Thank you, Kathy Racoosin for inspiring me last month, not only to color more, but to share it in the moment using your link ups and #thedailymarker30day) I have a sizable stack to share, including some created for challenges whose deadlines have passed.

This card was one that I created during the 30 Day coloring challenge using Lawn Fawn stamps and Copic markers. The bunnies are popped up a bit, but even without it, they have plenty of dimension just from their coloring. The heart behind them has a fair bit too, in addition to texture made with a paper towel soaked in Copic blending fluid. I’m linking it up in the Lawnscaping challenge, too.

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Supplies

Some Bunny Loves You Card

Stamps: Hello Baby and My Silly Valentine from Lawn Fawn; Paper: Recollections; Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Other: Copic markers, Little B tape, Lil’ Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Hearts dies (as a mask)

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Today I’m lighting it up blue in support of World Autism Awareness Day. And I’m in good company: a great group of crafty folks are sharing their experiences and creations to as part of the Light It Up Blue for Autism Awareness Blog Hop. The list of sponsors is long and the list of contributors is even longer, but if you learn even one new thing about autism along the way, the hop will be worth it. If you leave a comment here, or at any of the other blog posts in the hop before April 6, you’ll have a chance to win one of the many prizes contributed by our generous sponsors.

Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue

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This is a pretty simple card, made with Lil’ Inker Designs’ Piece of Me stamps and Puzzle Pieces dies. I stamped the base with a cascade of puzzle pieces, then used the coordinating dies to cut a piece out of a stitched rectangle mat. I backed the mat with a piece of ridiculously sparkly silver paper and dropped a tiny blue heart into the negative die cut. My blue-obsessed kid totally approves.

And finally, a little about why autism awareness and this blog hop are important to me:

A few years ago, my son’s preschool teachers started dropping words and phrases like “not typical” and “extreme” instead of the usual “adorable” or “wicked smart”. They recommended developmental assessments. The kind that lead to all kinds of intimidating diagnoses that keep parents up at night. I did a lot of research, read countless articles, and even interviewed our family for things I might have missed (during which, my mom mentioned that learning more about autism over the years made her wonder if I had undiagnosed Asperger’s). Almost every bit of that research (and subsequent maternal epiphany) was made possible by the people fighting to change the visibility and perception of autism.

While Tom’s evaluations didn’t reveal enough of a developmental delay to warrant early interventions or vigorous pursuit of a diagnosis, the results did make us aware that he’s not neurotypical. And that’s OK. Seeing celebrities and regular people talk about their ASD, ADHD, and other disorders publicly has made it safer. Knowing that he’s different–not just difficult –has made it a little easier to cope, not to mention opening us up to a world of resources and advice for raising and educating kids who aren’t like the rest.

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Spring is never far off in California, but I remember yearning for the first blooms of spring when I lived in the midwest and northeast. Those hardy little crocuses that find a way to push through the snow were the inspiration for this shaker card.

I started by cutting my card front using the brand new Stitched Mats from Lil’ Inker Designs: Dual Stitched Rectangles and Dual Stitched Squares. The largest die in the new rectangles set cuts a full-size A2 card front, complete with LID’s signature stitching. And the smaller dies in both sets add stitching to the outside of the cuts, allowing you to make stitched openings. I’m so happy Laura decided to revisit these shapes to add the dual-stitching we’ve come to love in the Lil’ Inker circles, stars, and other die shapes, because now I can have adorable little square and rectangle shaker windows! I filled mine with a snowy spring scene, with masked snow banks, a watercolor flower, a sponged sky, and kosher salt snow. Add in my favorite sentiment from Spring Sentiments and you’ve got a sweet little card.

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Hello! It’s time for Lil’ Inker’s Monthly Meetup and I’m playing along with a blue and white quilt-inspired card. Anything goes again this month, and you can link up as long as you’re using Lil’ Inker Designs products in your projects. But if you want a chance at a $50 LID gift card, you’ll need to stick to Lil’ Inker products. The challenge is open until March 18, so get out there and get crafting!

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This card uses just about every shade of white, ivory, natural, and stone colored card stock in my stash. In fact, I rounded up all the little scraps floating around my desk and cutting station for the wonky squares to get the most scrappy, quilty look possible. I finished it with an embossed sentiment from the Hey, Foxy stamp set, then promptly stuck my finger in the hot embossing powder and left my fingerprints all over it. But as long as it looks cool, it’s a happy accident, right?