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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.

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It’s the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop and if you’ve been following along like I have, you’ll have a notebook (or Pinterest board!) full of sketched and inspiration. The hop started at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has all of the details on our new products, the blog hop, and how you can win one of three $15 Lil’ Inker gift certificates. (HINT: leave a nice little comment at the bottom of this post.) And Anglea Rivera’s blog was the last stop.

LID_Hello, Beautiful Stamps    LID_Hello, Beautiful Dies    LID_Dual Dotted Border Builders Die Set

For my first card, I focused on a couple of the floral images from Hello, Beautiful stamps and dies. I knew the large, multi-step flower would be my main focal point, so I die cut it from white card stock before stamping the individual elements in shades of yellow and brown. Then I trimmed my pale yellow card base with the rounded Dual Dotted Border Builders die. I backed the card front with a piece of white card stock stamped with the smallest flower and darkest yellow ink, using second generation impressions to get the lighter yellow shade. A bold, brown sentiments and a few dots with a brown marker finished it off.

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I started this card with the fun border from the Hello, Beautiful die set, whose funky perforations allow the bright pink card base to peek through. Then I stamped my sentiment in black ink and a cluster of the large flower arrangement in gray as a background for the bird. The bird itself, which I die cut before stamping, got a fun splash of bright pink that reverses the card’s border design.

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Finally, a sweet card featuring the new Warm Welcome products: stamps, coordinating dies, and Welcome word die cut. First, the card base was cut with the Stitched Woodgrain Cover Up die. Then I used copper glitter and shimmer paper for the intricate wreath and word, and white card stock for everything else. To keep the color scheme tight, I used warm brown and sand colored inks.

LID_Warm Welcome Stamps    LID_Warm Welcome Dies    LID_Welcome Word Die

And that’s it! The last stop in this week’s blog hop is the Lil’ Inker Designs store, where all of these new products are waiting to be added to your shopping cart. Thank you for stopping by and don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a $15 Lil’ Inker gift certificate.

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Happy Monday! It’s new release time for Lil’ Inker Designs, so that makes me happy. The design team, including our three new members (say hi to Stephanie, Joy, and Angel), will be sharing projects made with our new release for the next three days. As usual, the blog hop kicks off at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog where Laura has all of the details on the new products, the blog hop, and our fantastic prizes. If you’re following along, Stephanie was the last stop.

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First up today, a card featuring the gorgeous new Vintage Flowers stamp set and coordinating dies. I used the flowers two ways: in basic black and white to make my own patterned paper, and stamped in bold, yellow Distress ink for a watercolor effect. Vintage Label is such a perfect compliment to these classic flowers that I couldn’t help but reach for it when building this card. And to contrast all of those traditional images and shapes, I used a sentiment from LID’s All About Ampersand stamp set.

LID_Vintage Flower Stamps    LID_Vintage Flower Dies

LID_Vintage Label Sentiments Stamps    LID_Vintage Label Die

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And because these flowers are just so gorgeous, I made a simple set of Mother’s Day cards with them and the Vintage Label set. All of the card bases were stamped with a few of these vintage beauties and embossed with an antique gold powder. Then I topped each with a die cut and embossed Vintage Label, stamped in monochromatic colors.

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That’s it for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with even more projects using our other new goodies. Until then, there’s a lot more blog hop to explore, including the sweet cards at Jen’s blog. And if you’re nice enough to leave a comment on any of our new release blog posts, you’ll be entered to win one of three Lil’ Inker Designs gift certificates that we’re giving away.