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entire-release-prize-badgeWelcome to the first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs January release blog hop! Things are finally getting back to normal around here, just in time for one of my favorite card making occasions: Valentine’s Day. And as luck has it, there are loads of great Valentine’s products in our new release, so let’s get to it. First, the hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where Laura has all of the details on the new products. Next, the hop should have brought you here from Lisa Henke’s blog. Finally, we’re giving away a huge prize this month: one lucky visitor who comments on every DT post will win our entire new release!

And now, onto the projects!

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First up, the beautiful Love You More stamps and Love You More Hearts & Balloon dies. I used Distress Inks and and a water mister to create watercolor balloons on watercolor paper. I love that one tiny little stamp can turn such a gorgeous heart shape into something more whimsical. I just needed to add the strings and sentiment in gray ink. I used the coordinating die cuts to create one glittering white heart to stand out above the rest.

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lid_today-and-always-greeting-dieNext up is the latest addition to my favorite line of Lil’ Inker Designs dies: Today & Always Greeting die. It’s no secret that I love our greeting dies. They make the best clean and simple cards, but have plenty of room for creative expression. I had elaborate plans for a glitter-filled shaker, but as soon as I saw this Rose Quartz glitter applied to paper, I changed my mind and my color scheme. I used a large brush to apply matte medium, leaving plenty of brushstrokes to catch this gorgeous glitter. Then I topped it with a hunter green die cut. It’s not a color combination for everyone, but something about it makes me swoon.

 

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That’s it for today. Until tomorrow, you can head to Stephanie Gold’s blog for more inspiration, or visit the Lil’ Inker Designs shop to find yourself a little something to get your creative year off to a great start.

Warm solstice greetings! The longest night of the year is over and the sun has returned. I’m sending tidings of the season to you, and celebrating today with Taheerah and the Advent Calendar Extravaganza.

Advent Calendar Extravaganza is -the- festive event of the season! This ‘hop with a twist’ was dreamed up by Taheerah Atchia and features surprise destinations each day! Joining in the fun with Taheerah are ONE HUNDRED special guests – each serving up some fantastic Christmas inspiration! Just like an Advent Calendar, you’ll never know where you’re going to be visiting next until you ‘open the door’!

And that’s not all! With 25 *amazing* sponsors taking part as guests as well, your crafty wish list is bound to get a boost with a chance to win a prize EVERY SINGLE DAY!!

Join in the fun every day at taheerah-atchia.com to see what special surprises await behind the door!

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I made a set of tags for today’s hop using two awesome products from Lil’ Inker Designs, today’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza sponsor. I cut a few Anytime Tags from patterned paper, then used the accompanying hole dies to cut two holes on the square end to make a ribbon slider. Then I stamped a few of the sentiments from the versatile All the Christmas You’ll Ever Need stamp set on wood rounds and glued them to the tags.

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Just two little holes is all it takes to turn almost any die cut shape into a cute ribbon sliders that will not fall off your gifts. Just wrap a ribbon around your package, slipping each end into a hole from the back side of the tag, then tie a bow or knot to secure it. It’s a fun alternative to the everyday tag shape we’re all used to seeing.

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It’s not a party without a prize – and with prizes every day there are several chances to win! Today’s prize is generously supplied by Lil’ Inker Designs so you’ll definitely want to win! Simply leave a comment on this post – then head back to taheerah-atchia.com and leave a comment there too! You must leave a comment on Taheerah’s blog as well as mine in order to be eligible to win! Don’t forget to grab the other surprise destinations from Taheerah’s blog and head over to them to leave comments there as well to improve your odds even more! You have until 23:59 EST on 31st December 2016 to enter.

Don’t forget Advent Calendar Extravaganza runs from 1st-25th December inclusive so make sure you visit taheerah-atchia.com every day for fabulous inspiration and amazing prizes every single time! Happy Holidays!

 

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I went on a unicorn coloring spree during the last Daily Marker 30-day Coloring Challenge and have a whole herd of these rare beauties to add to holiday cards. I had this idea to have a unicorn riding a beam of shimmering light, but now that I’ve photographed the card, it looks more like glittery unicorn farts. Oops. I guess it’s a good thing I know someone who will love this card either way.

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I love the movie Elf. And I just love this sentiment from Lil’ Inker Designs’ All The Christmas You’ll Ever Need 2. It’s perfect for pairing wit these sweet little birdies from Lawn Fawn. I colored a few sets of them for The Daily Marker’s last 30-Day Coloring Challenge using Copic markers. Before using gesso (and a gesso-glitter paste mix) and a snow stencil to cover my card in snow flurries, I stamped and masked my sentiment so that it would stay snow-free.

Aren’t these little chirpy birds the cutest?

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december-whole-release-prize-badgeWelcome back to the last day of the Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop! I have just a couple more things to share with you today, so let’s get the technical stuff out of the way:

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So, I shared a card made with Latte Love a few days ago for the Coffee Lover’s Winter Blog Hop, but I just had to make another because these lattes are so awesome. This time, I used the solid color stamp and had a finished holiday card in under 10 minutes. I used a panel of vellum card stock to soften the text of the card base, and just a little bit of glitter tape to ground the cup. And the original LID flag die is the perfect size for small sentiments like this.

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This is another quick, one layer card made with the new Friend word die and coordinating stamps. I started by stamping a few of the floral motifs on our Ombre patterned paper in two shades of turquoise ink. Then I cut Friend from copper glitter paper and mounted it to the card. A few drops of glitter Nuvo drops give the card just a little more sparkle.

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Don’t you just love copper and turquoise together? I love them so much that they were my very first ink colors, back in 2000. Even before black. The next stop on our hop, Stephanie Gold, has a great eye for color combinations too, so make sure you check out her projects. And don’t forget to leave comments along the way for a chance to win our big prize!