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Entire Release Prize BadgeIt’s already day three of this month’s Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop. We released a bunch of new products this week, and I have a couple things I can’t wait to share. But first I need to make sure you have the details on our hop. It starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, continues through Lisa Henke’s blog, before landing you here. Not only are we giving away a huge prize to one lucky commenter (so be sure to leave a comment on our blog hop posts), we’re having a  sale that includes almost everything in the shop.

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I had so much fun making this card! First, I blended a little gray distress ink inside a circle stencil to make a moon and sprinkled it with water for texture. Then I masked the moon and blended a lot of ink to create a deep night sky. I blended green ink on a separate piece of card stock and cut it with one of our Border Builders dies. Then I went to town with the adorable costumed critters from A Haunting We Will Go, die cutting, stamping, and coloring a dozen with Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment on my moon, then colored it in with black sparkling ink. After mounting all of these cuties on my card base, I added a few splashes of sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen and glossy eyes with a black Glaze pen. My kids are going to flip for these!

LID_A Haunting We Will Go Stamps     LID_A Haunting We Will Go Dies

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Next, a sweet little Thanksgiving card made with our new Eat Pie stamps and coordinating dies. The turkey is hilariously cute, but we have a thing for squirrels in our house, so I had to use him. I started with a 4.25″ square card, stamped a border in green to ground my scene, and then piled on the die cuts. A strip of brown patterned washi tape finished the bottom of the card.

LID_Eat Pie Stamps     LID_Eat Pie Dies

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’re loving these new goodies as much as I am and that you get a chance to play with them soon. They’re already available in the Lil’ Inker Designs store. Until next time, happy stamping!

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Welcome to Day Two of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop!

Wait. What about Day One?!

There was no Day One post for me this time around because I’ve been so busy preparing for a big move that I didn’t have my posts ready to go in advance. (EEEK: we’re packing up and heading to northern Colorado in just a few days!) So when I went down with a migraine on Monday morning, the best I could do was send a quick text to the rest of the design team and hope for relief. I couldn’t even make dinner for my kids, let alone edit photos. Luckily, my oldest can make a mean pb&j, and the world of paper crafting is pretty forgiving.

As a bonus, you get two cards today instead of just one.

Back to the hop. It kicked off at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has the full details on all of the new stamps and dies that were released yesterday, along with the hop order, and the skinny on our awesome hop prizes. As usual, you’ll want to leave a comment here, and on all of the other posts in the hop, to be eligible to win big. If you’re following the hop, Lisa Henke was your last stop.

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The new Ever word die is so gorgeous that I wanted to let it dominate my card, so I selected a smaller 4bar card base. Then I used the new Deco Edge Border die to trim the bottom of the the card base and inserted a piece of Lil’ Inker patterned paper behind it. For maximum contract, I cut the word die from black glitter paper and glued it directly onto the card base. I cut a small succulent image from a scrap of the patterned paper and popped it up, then added the sentiment in green, from the Ever Stamps set.

LID_Ever Stamps   LID_Ever Word Die    LID_Deco Edge Border Die Set

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Finally, a simple card featuring the new Encouraging Words stamps and coordinating dies. A yellow card base got a sprinkling of navy stamped flowers, with dark yellow centers. I also stamped and die cut the largest floral motif from Encouraging Words and colored it with more navy and yellow. Finally, I stamped one of the sweet hand-lettered sentiments onto the new Fringe Scalloped tags, tied it off with a couple pretty ribbons, and mounted it on the stamped card base.

Sometimes we feel like we have to “reinvent the wheel” as crafters, but there’s a lot to be said for repeating the classics. Simple, balanced card layouts like this one can be a quick and easy way to make cards, especially if you have an overabundance of small stamped images from coloring sprees.

LID_Encouraging Words Stamps LID_Encouraging Words Dies LID_Fringe Scalloped Tags Die Set

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That’s it for me today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with a couple more projects made with this new release. Until then, you can find all of these products in the Lil’ Inker Designs store. Happy crafting!

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Today I’m sharing a couple projects as part of the Lil’ Inker Designs Mini Release blog hop. We have a bunch of special guests, so make sure you check out the post on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog for all of the details and the full list of participants. If you’re following the hop, you should’ve arrived here from Jennifer Kinney’s blog. We’re giving away one of everything we’re releasing today, so be sure to leave comments along the hop!

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First is a light and simple sympathy card made with Angel Pets and the Stitched Clouds Cover Up die. I stamped the sweet pup from the Angel Pets stamp set, then colored him with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a watercolor brush loaded with Ranger’s Perfect Pearls mist instead of water. Using the coordinating Angel Pets die cuts, I cut a set of wings from lightweight vellum and added a little shimmer to the edges, and used foam tape for extra dimension. I embossed my card base with the new Stitched Clouds Cover Up die, then brushed Perfect Pearls mist over each cloud. To finish the card, I stamped one of the beautifully phrased sentiments in grey ink on pale gray card stock, then mounted it near the bottom of the card.

LID_Angel Pets Stamps    LID_Cover Up Die: Stitched Clouds

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LID_You Will Never Regret Being Kind StampsNext, I got super inky with ink smooshing and emboss resist to show off the You Will Never Regret Being Kind stamp. These big 4×4-inch stamps will fill most of a card front, with just enough room to show off beautiful techniques. After embossing my sentiment in pearlized embossing powder, I used rich blue, purple, and black Distress inks with water to cover my card front. Then I did it again, using less water and no black ink to get more intense color over the deep shadows from the first smoosh. After a heat set, I flicked it with water and a few shimmering mists, then picked up the drops and reactivated color with a paper towel. I edged my card base with gold striped washi tape and trimmed a sliver off the card front for an extra gold accent.

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I hope you’re enjoying all of the inspiration on today’s hop. I’ll be back soon with my next project. Until then, the next stop on the hop is Cheryl Knutti’s blog. Happy stamping!

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Today I’m sharing a card for the Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop hosted by Veronica Zalis and Tenia Nelson. A couple years ago, I shared a little about why Autism Awareness is important to me. This year I want to encourage you to turn your awareness into acceptance. It’s important to make our schools, workplaces, and communities safer and more inclusive for people with Autism. It can be as simple as including autistic students in your child’s birthday plans. Or considering the needs of an autistic coworker in your communications. You can also seek out media about autism that include autistic voices. Because when we know better, we can do better.

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Over the years, I’ve known some really cool people on the Autism spectrum. While they may not have been cool in the conventional sense, they had enthusiasm and intensity that could light up a room when they let it loose. I made this card with those friends in mind: a simple box hiding a rich inner world. I nestled the a sparkly bear from Lil’ Inker Designs’ Kite Flying stamp set into a Neat and Tangled box die made from constellation patterned paper. The box was stamped with a sentiment from Bunny Buddies.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a moment to learn more about Autism and Autism acceptance.


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Summer is officially over in our house. After spending three weeks vacationing with my family in Michigan, my oldest is back in school and life is settling into its usual routine. And that means more time in the craft room! I’ve been bitten by the quilting bug lately, but I’m still coloring and working on Lil’ Inker Designs’ September release.

I stamped this card last month using two incredible sets from Concord & 9th and colored it with Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers and a waterbrushes while camping with my extended family in Northern Michigan. I used masking and and embossed resist sentiment to make this a one-layer card, my favorite kind.

Do you take craft supplies with you when you travel? I have to admit that I frequently lug some across the country only forget to take them out once I’m in vacation mode.