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How is it Thursday already?!

The Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop is still rolling along and I’m sharing projects made with 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 by  will win the entire new release. And we’re having a big 20% off sale on everything except the newest goodies.

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For this card, I combined one of our new stamp sets with one of my old favorites. Lovely and Sweet, meet Coffee Talk! I stamped the fancy coffee drink from Coffee Talk on a pink card front using soft gray ink, and masked it. Then I stamped Lovely and Sweet, along with a few accents using an ombre ink pad. Once I removed the mask, I was able to color the cup with colored pencils and add gold glitter accents. I trimmed my card front just enough to allow a bit of gold glitter tape placed on the card base to show.

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That’s everything for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with more cards. Until then, head over to Stephanie Gold’s blog to see the amazing things she has done with these new goodies. 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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Fall is finally in the air here in Northern California and I’ve already broken out the Pumpkin Spice Torani syrup to add a little extra warmth to my coffee. I have a craving for autumnal coffee drinks, so I’m glad to see the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop start this week. My first card for the hop is over at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog, where you can also see more creations made with our Coffee Talk and Coffee Cozy stamps and dies.

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…of Strawberries and Cream Frappuccino.

I’ve had them in in my hands for weeks, but I’m still excited that Lil’ Inker Designs has released coordinating dies for Coffee Talk, one of my favorite stamp sets. When I designed the stamps, I saved a lot of space for more coffee sentiments by making one cup with separate lids and straws, but that just complicated the die designs. The new die set cuts around two stamped cups with lids and has separate die cut straws that don’t need to be stamped. I don’t mind fussy cutting, but even I hated cutting around those straws!

For this card, I stamped my cup with a domed lid, turned it into a Strawberry Frappuccino with Copic markers, and die cut it. Then topped it with a red straw and popped it onto a card base blended with blue Distress Ink. The sentiment, stamped in red and black inks, is from the Coffee Cozy stamp set.

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Welcome back for the second day of the Lil’ Inker Designs New Release blog hop, which started at the Lil’ Inker Designs blog and wound it’s way through Joy Taylor’s blog before dropping you here with these a-dork-able veggies.  If you’d like to bring some of the new products home without opening your wallet, make sure to leave a comment on each of our blog hop posts for a chance to win one of three $15 LID gift certificates we’re giving away after the hop.

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But back to those veggies! The new Perfect Pairs dies I used are already in the shop, along with the rest of the new products. I watercolored them with Distress inks before cutting them, which feels like a risk with all the effort put into coloring and the chances of a die being misaligned. But let me tell you, they lined up perfectly every single time I used them because the opening lined up exactly with the stamped image. There’s no margin to mess up. (The magnetic platform for the Big Shot is a huge help for holding down precision dies like these.) My sweet peas and carrots got paired up with a label sentiment from All About Ampersand, a vellum Dotted Tag die cut, and the gorgeous ampersand from our new Sassy Script alphabet stamp set.

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I also used Sassy Script to make a custom card for my future sister-in-law. It takes a little extra effort, but I practiced lining up my letters on scratch paper as I pulled them off the index sheet, then staged them on a large acrylic block while I stamped the card. I finished the simple card with a few images from our Vintage Flowers stamp set and a line of ink along the bottom edge.

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And last, but certainly not least, a card featuring some of my favorite new releases.

Because coffee.

I used another of my smooshed ink experiments to make the background of this card, which I cut with the largest of the Fringe Scalloped Squares dies. The sentiment was added later, with white embossing powder. I watercolored the iced coffee image from Coffee Talk and cut it with the new Coffee Talk dies, then squealed with glee because of the seriously adorable heart straw die cut. There might be a rainbow of tiny straws littering my craft table because I just couldn’t quit. And ended up going with white to keep the color scheme tight. I cut a stack of Coffee Word die and added that on top of everything else.

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And that’s it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow to show off the rest of the new release. Until then, I suggest you visit Heather Hoffman’s blog for more inspiration or start adding the new release to your shopping cart right away. See you tomorrow!

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Just squeaking this card in for the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop on National Coffee Day. I made it fresh morning with my Coffee Talk stamp set and a little tiny leaf from the newly redesigned Nuts About You set.

I started by stamping the cup and lid with Momento ink in Tuxedo Black and masking it with sticky notes. Then I stamped the little leaf in half a dozen shades of Distress Ink, making sure that a few overlapped the cup and the edge of the card. Most of the leaves were touched with a damp paintbrush to loosen them up a bit. Then I removed the mask and colored the cup with Copic markers to look a bit like an Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino (the best way to get in on some early PSL when you live in California and September is still hot as Hades). For a little glitz, I stamped the heart straw and embossed it with gold embossing powder. I stamped one last leaf over the cup, then brushed all of the dark brown leaves with gold Wink of Stella. For the sentiment strip, I embossed brown card stock with white embossing powder, then layered on Ground Espresso Distress Ink and gold Wink of Stella.

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As a chai lover, all kinds of spiced lattes are right up my alley. But I have to admit that I’m not wild about coffee that tastes like pumpkin. So pumpkin spice coffee and lattes are great. And coffee with pumpkin and spices, not so much. Do you ever indulge in pumpkin spice drinks?