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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.

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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!

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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Hello! I have some fantastic news to share today, along with a card for the Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop. See that awesome latte stamp and it’s matching sentiment? Those are from the brand new Latte Love stamp set and coordinating Latte Love dies from Lil’ Inker Designs, being released especially for this blog hop. Not only is the new set one of the blog hop prizes, but Lil’ Inker has a free shipping deal December 9-10 when you order Latte Love.

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This awesome stamp set has an outline and solid cup, plus a bunch of foam art to fill the top. There’s no coloring necessarily, unless like me, you can’t leave well enough alone. I hit this outline with just a few swipes of a my favorite Copic markers: warm gray 0, warm gray 1, and a touch of warm gray 4. And that perfect latte color? It’s Toffee Crunch Memento. I just need a little patterned paper, spare die cuts, and the perfect thank you sentiment to finish the card.

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It’s always a pleasure to link up to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hops, and today is no exception. If you’ve made it this far, I hope you’ll consider returning in a few days to check out the rest of Lil’ Inker Designs’ December release. Have a great holiday season!

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Welcome back for the last day of Lil’ Inker Designs new release blog hop! I have three projects to share, so let’s get right down to business.

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Tlid_merry-christmas-border-dieoday is my cute product day! I’m starting off with a cute card and tag set made with the awesome Rustic Christmas stamps and matching dies. I just had to make another shaker with these tiny styrofoam snowballs! I started by coloring and die cutting a few little cars and trees from Rustic Christmas. I made a plaid patterned paper card front and die cut a window into it with a tag die. Next, I die cut the Merry Christmas Border die from two shades of green card stock and trimmed them down to fit my window. Then I layered the window with the border die cuts, a clear panel, and two layers of foam tape, before stuffing it with snowballs. The car and tree were mounted on the card base with one layer of foam tape, then sandwiched into the shaker.

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When you cut a shaker card window with a tag die, like the Dotted Tags, you automatically have the beginnings of a matching tag. All I had to do was add a few details: a rolling hill stamped with a sentiment from ‘Tis the Season, another cute car carrying a tree, a couple die cut flags as hole reinforcers, and twine. This is such a simple and cute way to use up leftover stamped images, especially if you do them in batches for the upcoming Daily Marker 30 Day Coloring Challenge.

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And last, but not least, Moody Santa. I just love this little guy and his expressions. The Moody Santa stamp set is full of snarky gift-giving sentiments and it has a coordinating die to make this guy even easier to use. I stamped a whole bunch of these guys and colored one with Copic markers before die cutting it. I stamped a white card base with one of the fun sentiments from All the Christmas You’ll Ever Need 2 in aqua ink, finished the edge with red candy cane striped washi tape, and mounted santa right smack dab in the middle.

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And that’s it’s for this release. There’s more hop to go, so head over to Heather Hoffman’s blog for more inspiration. Or hit the Lil’ Inker Designs shop. Whatever you do, don’t forget to leave a comment here and on every stop of the hop for a chance to win our entire release.

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It may be Wednesday, but that doesn’t mean the Lil’ Inker designers are done hopping! I’m back with an ornament and two cards to share using the newly released Lil’ Inker Designs stamps and dies. Our hop kicked off at the LID blog and should have brought you to Jennifer Carter’s blog before landing you here. And there’s big news: we’re giving the entire release to one lucky winner and the only way to enter is to leave comments on our blog hop posts, so make sure to leave a note. I’ll even give you a topic:

Tell me about your favorite hand-crafted ornament.

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Ilid_tis-the-season-stamps‘ve totally failed at stamping on wood circles last year, but I had to give it another go when I saw the incredible bird in the new ‘Tis the Season stamp set. I love the scale and style of this image. Like the Oh Deer set we released last year, it’s big enough to stand alone on a card front, but still small enough to use with layers and die cuts. After coloring the deer a bajillion ways, I had to try something different. Enter: the pitiful clearance endcap at Joann’s in late summer, where I gleefully tossed these wood slice ornament blanks into my cart *just* to use with this stamp. They’re larger than the rounds I tried last year, and a bit harder, so my ink didn’t seep into the grain. And they were smooth enough to take a few layers of colored pencil. I’m ready to petition Laura for more of these stamp sets so I can make a whole set of these ornaments!

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lid_brush-script-christmas-word-diesNext, a bold, colorful card featuring the fantastic Baubled Christmas Wreath die. I cut the two wreaths: one from white card stock and one from white fun foam because I did not want to deal with dozens of tiny slivers of foam tape to make this card happen. Once the layered wreath was mounted on a card base covered in our Dip Dye Ombre paper, I filled openings with a variety of sequins and iridescent Stickles. It’s topped with the Believe sentiment from Brush Script Christmas Word dies, cut from more fun foam and iridescent white glitter paper, then coated in Glossy Accents. The shimmer and shine in this one is so hard to capture in a stationary image, but trust me, it glows with color and sparkle, like a white christmas tree full of jewel toned ornaments and glimmering lights.

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lid_merry-christmas-word-dieAnd because there’s no need to mess with a good thing, I made another card using the same formula:

subtle patterned base + wreath + baubles + word die cut from fancy paper = gorgeous.

This version fits into the rustic elegance trend that’s so hot in home decor right now. Who knew barnwood and burlap could go so well with gold and crystal? This wreath is not popped up with foam, but glued right to the card base. I filled it with baubles die cut from several gold foil and glitter card stocks, glitter enamel dots, and clear Nuvo Drops. The Merry Christmas Word die is cut from gold paper and popped up with a layer of fun foam for a shining finish.

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I have a few fun variations on this card formula brewing, so be sure to check back over the coming weeks. And I’ll have more from this release tomorrow. Until then, you can find more inspiration at Stephanie Gold’s blog and the Lil’ Inker Designs store. And don’t forget, we’re giving the entire release to one lucky commenter, so make sure to share a little note before you leave. I’ll even give you a topic:

Tell me about your favorite hand-crafted ornament.