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Advent Calendar Extravaganza with Taheerah Atchia

 

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Hooray, it’s my turn to share a little something for Taheerah’s Advent Calendar Extravaganza! This is way more fun than the LEGO advent calendars my kids open every year. Waffle Flower Crafts is our amazing sponsor today, and although I don’t have any of their holiday stamps, my wish list is filling up with some of their new stuff.

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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 had a lot of ideas when I sat down to make a holiday card for today’s Extravaganza. More than I could fit on one card. So I made two, using the same stamps and layouts, but different styles. First, my clean and simple, frosted latte card. The aqua card base is stamped with Concord & 9th’s Tree Ring with white ink. Then a cool blue mug, from Lil’ Inker Designs’ Latte Love set, perched atop snowflake and stitched sentiment flag die cuts.

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This version uses a more traditional Christmas color scheme of deep red, ivory, blush, and tan and texture to make the style more rustic. I stamped the same tree ring onto a craft card base with Versamark ink. I clustered a few lonely scraps and die cuts on the card and stamped a sentiment from Latte Love. Then I made my mug with Merlot Fresh Ink and topped it with fussy cut holly from Lil’ Inker Designs Festive Florals stamps set.

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It’s amazing how a few small changes can make such a difference in the final product.

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 Waffle Flower Crafts 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 2017 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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25 Days of Christmas Tags

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It’s November and that means it’s time for Tracey McNeely’s 25 Days of Christmas Tags blog hop extravaganza. Today’s sponsor is Lil’ Inker Designs, so I just had to whip up a little tag using some of my favorite LID products. But make sure you check out all of the details on Tracey’s blog, because there are prizes at stake, and an invitation to join the month-long link up.

The tag base is made with double-sided patterned paper and the Folding Tag die. Now, any folded die cut exposes a few rough edges (especially if you’re working with scarred cutting mats), but when you use a busy patterned paper, those little imperfections disappear. These tags make perfect pockets for little cash gifts! I topped my tag with the festive Moody Santa and added a snarky sentiment from the Santa’s brand new sequel, Rowdy Reindeer.

That’s all for me today, but there is enough tag inspiration on the hop to keep you crafting all month!

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Lil’ Inker Designs August Blog Hop: Day Three

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Welcome back to the final day of the Lil’ Inker Designs August Blog Hop. I have three projects to share today, so let’s get the formalities out of the way:

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First up, a super simple take on the gorgeous new Modern Mandala stamp set and coordinating dies. I stamped a few of each mandala, then cut and layered them to resemble a flower, including a few smaller pieces that look like leaves. The coordinating label die cut echoes the mandala shape so beautifully, and I was able to use a balloon string stamp from an older LID set as a stem. I embellished the layers with a small shimmering gem and a liberal splash of sparkle from a clear Wink of Stella pen.

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Next, a card featuring one of the absolutely adorable dinosaurs from the new Hello Dino stamp set and dies. I created a scene by embossing an aqua card base with the new Hello Beautiful Cover Up die and layering white and gray card stock cut with Border Builders dies. I used some of the little border stamps from the set to add texture to the gray piece, and some sassy little sentiments, too. Seriously though, the sentiments in this set are some of LIDs best.

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Last is one of my favorites of the new release: Eat Cake! The stamps feature gorgeous hand lettered birthday sentiments that perfectly fill the cake silhouettes made by the Eat Cake dies. This pair is so perfect for clean and simple cards, and you all know how much I love a fast, simple card, right? For this 4bar card (made with an old pre made card base from my stash), I cut down a piece of LID patterned paper and used an Eat Cake die to cut a window in it. Then I layered it with foam tape, stamped vellum, and white card stock before dropping it onto my base. I added a gem for a little sparkle and then a did a little dance. Can you imagine all the papers in your stash that would work with a card like this?

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That’s it for me today! And the hop, too. The very last stop is the Lil’ Inker Designs shop. I hope you’re loving all of these new products as much as I am, and that you have plenty of time to craft. In just a couple days all of my things will be on a truck headed for Colorado and it could be weeks before I can unpack my craft room and play again, so make an extra card for me.

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Lil’ Inker Designs August Blog Hop: Day 2

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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.

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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.

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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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Lil’ Inker Designs May Mini Release

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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!