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Lil’ Inker Designs September Blog Hop: Day 3


Entire Release Prize 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 a couple 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, continues through Lisa Henke’s blog, before landing you here. Not only are we giving away a huge prize to one lucky commenter (so be sure to leave a comment on our blog hop posts), we’re having a  sale that includes almost everything in the shop.


I had so much fun making this card! First, I blended a little gray distress ink inside a circle stencil to make a moon and sprinkled it with water for texture. Then I masked the moon and blended a lot of ink to create a deep night sky. I blended green ink on a separate piece of card stock and cut it with one of our Border Builders dies. Then I went to town with the adorable costumed critters from A Haunting We Will Go, die cutting, stamping, and coloring a dozen with Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment on my moon, then colored it in with black sparkling ink. After mounting all of these cuties on my card base, I added a few splashes of sparkle with a Wink of Stella pen and glossy eyes with a black Glaze pen. My kids are going to flip for these!

LID_A Haunting We Will Go Stamps     LID_A Haunting We Will Go Dies


Next, a sweet little Thanksgiving card made with our new Eat Pie stamps and coordinating dies. The turkey is hilariously cute, but we have a thing for squirrels in our house, so I had to use him. I started with a 4.25″ square card, stamped a border in green to ground my scene, and then piled on the die cuts. A strip of brown patterned washi tape finished the bottom of the card.

LID_Eat Pie Stamps     LID_Eat Pie Dies

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. Until next time, happy stamping!

Crafty, Stamping

Lil’ Inker Designs September Blog Hop: Day 2


Entire Release Prize BadgeThe 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 September 17th will win the entire new release. And we’re having a little 10% off sale on everything except the newest goodies to celebrate 5000 followers on Instagram.


LID_Snarky Shadow Thanks Stamps and DieFirst, a fun little card featuring the new Snarky Shadow Thanks stamp and die set. This set has some seriously funny sentiments that will make your thank you cards stand out. And the modern fonts mean it will coordinate with a lot of different image stamp sets. For this card, I used the Doodled Daisies stamps to create a patterned card base. And added a few little spiders from the new FaBooLous stamp set to tie in the hilariously true sentiment.

(We’re equal opportunity spider killers in this house. I leave most spiders alone, but I squashed a fat black widow in the garage just two days ago. My husband prefers insecticide that he can spray from a safe distance.)


LID_You've Been Booed Stamps & Dies SetNext, a bright, cheerful Halloween card featuring our new You’ve Been Booed stamp and die set. This card was so quick and easy, especially if you make a big batch of letters all at once. I covered my card base with patterned paper, then added a strip of colorful tape, and a Stitched Chevron Border die cut embossed with one of the sentiments from the set. Then I added my stamped and die cut letters with foam tape. Easy peasy.

Just a tip: if you don’t have the right color ink to match a patterned paper or embellishment, try layering inks using a stamp platform or positioner. I layered a cool lavender over neon purple to tone down the brightness and shift the hue to coordinate with my tape.


That’s everything for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with more cards. Until then, head over to Lil’ Inker Designs shop to get your hands on these fun new stamps and dies. And don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop for a chance to win our entire release!


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Lil’ Inker Designs September Blog Hop: Day 1


Hey there!

And welcome to the first day of the Lil’ Inker Designs September Blog Hop. My craft room is still in shambles after unpacking from our move to Colorado a few weeks ago, but I’ve managed to clear enough space to play with the new release.

There are loads of new goodies to share this week, 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.

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


I might be biased, but I think Lil’ Inker has some seriously amazing ghost dies and stamps. And the new Ghost Shaker die and FaBooLous stamps just make them even better. I used the sassy sentiments and accent stamps in FaBooLous to customize a piece of patterned paper. Then I colored and fussy cut a few candies from the A Haunting We Will Go stamp set. I snipped apart my shaker die to cut just the large ghost from vellum and stamped it with those flirty eyelash stamps. Then I adhered a few of the candies behind the ghost and one in it’s transparent little hand to finish the card.

LID_FaBooLous Stamps    LID_Ghost Shaker Die



Next, I turned to a warmer palette for this thank you card featuring the Thankful Thoughts stamp set and coordinating dies. I started my card by impressing a brown card base with the new Stitched Harlequin cover up die. I added a stamped banner, and the Thankful Word die, cut from a deep orange. Next, I die cut and stamped dozens of the little bits and bobs of foliage that come in the set, then pushed them around on my card for half an hour before tossing most of them. This simple little arrangement was the one that spoke to me.

LID_Thankful Thoughts Stamps    LID_Thankful Thoughts Dies    LID_Thankful Word Die    LID_Cover Up Die: Stitched Harlequin



That’s everything for today, but I’ll be back tomorrow with more cards. Until then, head over to the Lil’ Inker Designs shop to check out the new release and all of our awesome ghosts. If you happen to put any of the older ghosts in your cart, don’t forget that they’re eligible for the little sale we’re having to celebrate a big Instagram milestone. All of the details are on the LID blog. And don’t forget to leave a comment at every stop for a chance to win our entire release!

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Lil’ Inker Designs August Blog Hop: Day Three


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:


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.

LID_Modern Mandala Stamps LID_Modern Mandala Dies


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.

LID_Hello Dino Stamps LID_Hello Dino Dies LID_Cover Up Die: Hello Beautiful



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?

LID_Eat Cake Stamps LID_Eat Cake Dies


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.


Lil’ Inker Designs August Blog Hop: Day 2


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.


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.

LID_Ever Stamps   LID_Ever Word Die    LID_Deco Edge Border Die Set


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.

LID_Encouraging Words Stamps LID_Encouraging Words Dies LID_Fringe Scalloped Tags Die Set


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!