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17626515_10209263898770444_5820514963227889528_nWelcome to the first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs April release blog hop! It’s getting to be the busiest card-making time of the year, and we have a lot of fantastic new products to help you share your love of paper crafting, 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, I have a really simple watercolor card made with the new Apple of My Eye stamps and Apple Shaker  dies. I started by making a few watercolor washes on Distress Watercolor paper and die cutting them with the Apple Shaker dies. I did have to separate the shaker window from the outer die, but that’s part of what makes this die so incredible. It’s a fantastic apple shape that stands on its own, but one extra inner die turns it into a frame that’s perfect for shaker cards. I highlighted my apple with a touch of glitter. I trimmed a watercolor card front down to allow a strip of brown patterned washi tape to peek out with the card base. Then I embossed the card front with the apple die to show off that signature stitching, and layered the watercolored die cuts on top.

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Next, a sweet new floral stamp set with beautiful sentiments that are perfect for Mother’s Day. I stamped a square card base with Best Blooms, using sunny shades like peach, poppy red, and orchid to perk up a warm navy and sage green. Then I used some of the same images to lay the foundation for a die cut floral arrangement on the center panel. The panel was cut with the new Silly Stitched Squares Dies. I really like the slightly wonky stitches in these new dies and how easy they make it to give a card a more casual air.

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Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you’re feeling inspired by these new products, I know they have me itching to create. And great news: they’re already available in the Lil’ Inker Designs store. There’s still more inspiration at the next stop on the hop: Stephanie Gold’s blog. Until tomorrow!

Sarah Jay  <– YOU ARE HERE

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Win Entire Release 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 three 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, and continues through Lisa Henke’s blog, until you land here. We’re giving away a huge prize to one lucky commenter, so be sure to leave a comment before the drawing!

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First, I need to share the absolutely adorable Rustic Spring stamps and their coordinating dies. For this card, the whimsical images reminded me of my old A Muse wood stamps, so I picked a layout that I would’ve used 10 years ago. I stamped and die cut the bike and spring flowers, then colored them with Copic markers. I added two strips of washi tape before mounting the bike to my 4.25″ square card base.

Sometimes, we got it right in the olden days.

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Next, I made an elegant setting for the bunny in Rustic Spring. I stamped my card base with Corner Adorner in a coral pink, then mounted a die cut and colored bunny. I stamped a small “happy” from my Vintage Ink stamp set in gray ink. Then I used the Brush Script Spring Word dies to cut a stack of Easter sentiments that I could layer with glitter glue.

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Finally, I used the Sweet Celebration dies as the focus of this warm, sunny card. I started by covering my card base with sunflower paper. Then I die cut the heart wreath from kraft and dark brown card stock. I ran just the center of the heart, in brown, through with the Quilted Stitched So Sunny die before placing it into the kraft wreath and adhering it to the card. Next came the banner, stamped with a sentiment from the Sweet Celebrations stamp set. And finally, I cut mustard yellow card stock with the Celebrate Word die and placed it over the heart and banner with foam adhesive.

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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. And there’s still more inspiration at the next stop on the hop: Stephanie Gold’s blog. Until next time, happy stamping!

Sarah Jay  <– YOU ARE HERE

 

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Win Entire Release BadgeHappy Tuesday!

It’s the second day of this month’s Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop and I’m excited to share projects made with one of my favorite products of the new release. But before I tell you about them, I need to tell you that today’s hop starts at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog. If you’re following the hop, Lisa Henke’s blog was your last stop. We’re also doing a giant giveaway: one lucky visitor who comments on all of the blog hop posts this week before February 26 will win the entire new release.

 

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I am absolutely smitten with the Cat Treats stamp set and it’s matching dies. The cats are ridiculously cute and the sentiments are trendy and fun. So I had to use them all on one card. I started by die cutting one of my oldest and favoritest Lil’ Inker dies, Instant Camera. I stamped and masked the friendly cats on the center panel of the polaroid frame, then stamped and masked a few of the coffee and party cats. I colored it with a limited palette of gray and green Copic markers, then popped it back into the frame.

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These cats.

I just love them. And when you add in coffee? *swoon*

This little ginger tabby needed some room to enjoy his coffee, so I cut him with the coordinating dies, then paired him the banner die from Sweet Celebration, embossed with the “coffee is my catnip” sentiment. I added a few hearts cut with the Floating Hearts die.

LID_Cat Treat Dies    LID_Sweet Celebration Dies

That’s everything for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with a few more cards. Until then, head over to Stephanie Gold’s blog to see the amazing things she has done with this release. And don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop for a chance to win our entire release!

Sarah Jay  <– YOU ARE HERE

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Win Entire Release BadgeHey there! And welcome to the first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs February Blog Hop.

I have a bunch of fun new goodies to share today, so here’s the scoop: all of the new products are now available in the shop, the blog hop starts on the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, and we’re giving away the entire release to one lucky visitor who comments on all of the stops on our hop. Sounds pretty good, right?

If you’re following along, Lisa Henke’s blog was the last stop.

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First up, I’m sharing a trio of cards made with the awesome Color Blocking die. Because patterned paper is relatively thin, you can cut three pieces at once and have a set of cards ready in no time. I cut my papers to 4.25″ by 5.5″, and held the stack together with a little washi tape, before running them all through my Big Shot with the Color Blocking Die. From there, I just had to add some of cute new critters and word bubbles to make cute, guy-friendly, mailable cards. I used both of the bunnies from the Bunny Buddies stamp and die bundle, and one cutie from Cat Treats, along with sentiments from Bunny Buddies.

LID_Color Blocking Die    LID Bunny Buddies Die & Stamp Bundle

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If you decide to bring home any of these critters, I highly recommend our Speech Bubbles dies and Speech Bubbles 2 dies to go with them. And you’re going to want to, because they’re so stinkin’ cute and fun to color. In fact, I might go make a few more right now. While I do that, you can visit Stephanie Gold’s blog for even more new release inspiration. And don’t forget to leave a comment here and on every stop along the hop for a chance to win the entire release!

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entire-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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lid_be-mine-greeting-dieCards don’t get much more simple than this first one.

The new Be Mine Greeting die cuts a negative shape, so I put it right in the middle of my 4.25″ card base and backed it with a gorgeous piece of red velvet paper. That’s it. No fancy embellishments or techniques, just an amazing die and gorgeous paper.

Have I mentioned how much I love Laura for making the greeting dies? They’re a gift for clean and simple card makers, perfect for when you’re under a time crunch, or can’t bear to cut into your favorite papers.

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Next up in this series of small, square cards is this sweet greeting. Similar to the Be Mine card, I used the negative of the Fringed Scalloped Heart dies to cut an opening into my card base. I used the pointy end of my bone folder to push up the scalloped fringe for extra dimension. Then I backed it with a sweet  patterned paper, and a two-tone greeting cut with the Love You Much Border die.

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Finally, I had to make an even sweeter card with some of the same supplies. I covered my square card base with donut patterned paper, then mounted a Fringe Scalloped Heart die cut. I added a die cut donut with hand-doodled sprinkles and sentiment from Eat More Donuts, an old favorite. Then I topped it all with the gorgeous new Brush Script Valentine’s Day Word dies in a shimmering brown card stock.

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The next stop on our hop, Stephanie Gold, is sure to have something gorgeous to share, 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!