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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.

LID_Angel Pets Stamps    LID_Cover Up Die: Stitched Clouds

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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!

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If you follow me on Instagram, you know I love my hashtags.

So when Vanessa at Butterfly Reflections released her totally awesome Hashtag stamp set, I knew I had to have it. I just had to wait until all my gift giving occasions were passed to be able to buy it for myself. Then the week it arrived, I stumbled across this seriously adorable cactus paper at Michaels and was inspired. This follows a simple patterned paper card front + stamp + embellishment formula that helps you knock out four adorable cards in under 10 minutes. I was #totallywinning when I made these cuties.

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Today I’m sharing a card for the Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop hosted by Veronica Zalis and Tenia Nelson. A couple years ago, I shared a little about why Autism Awareness is important to me. This year I want to encourage you to turn your awareness into acceptance. It’s important to make our schools, workplaces, and communities safer and more inclusive for people with Autism. It can be as simple as including autistic students in your child’s birthday plans. Or considering the needs of an autistic coworker in your communications. You can also seek out media about autism that include autistic voices. Because when we know better, we can do better.

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Over the years, I’ve known some really cool people on the Autism spectrum. While they may not have been cool in the conventional sense, they had enthusiasm and intensity that could light up a room when they let it loose. I made this card with those friends in mind: a simple box hiding a rich inner world. I nestled the a sparkly bear from Lil’ Inker Designs’ Kite Flying stamp set into a Neat and Tangled box die made from constellation patterned paper. The box was stamped with a sentiment from Bunny Buddies.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a moment to learn more about Autism and Autism acceptance.


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17626515_10209263898770444_5820514963227889528_nHow is it already the end of this month’s Lil’ Inker Designs blog hop?! This week has flown by. We released lots of new products into the store this week and I have a couple more things 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, before it lands you 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 up is a graduation card made with the new Grad Class stamp set. I stamped a narrow panel with my sentiment, then stamped extra stars using the tiny ones in the set. Then I stamped it on a scrap of white paper and cut out just the mortarboard to pop up above the main panel. Next, I backed the panel with glitter paper cut with the Stitched Chevron border die. I also added a few tiny stars cut with one of my old favorites: the Starry Night border die.

LID_Grad Class Stamps    LID_Stitched Chevron Border Die

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This is a really old idea for a card, and not even the first time I’ve use it. It’s perfectly suited to big, bold alphabets like Pretty Painted Alphabet that are in alphabetical order on their storage sheets because it means you don’t have to move anything. I just inked the stamps right on the clear sheet and pressed them to my card base. Then I embossed them with copper embossing powder on a separate piece of card stock and die cut the few I needed. While I was at it, I embossed a stitched heart die cut too.

LID_Pretty Painted Alphabet Stamps    LID_Pretty Painted Alphabet Dies

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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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17626515_10209263898770444_5820514963227889528_nHappy Tuesday!

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 April 9 will win the entire new release.

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Allow me to introduce you to Wreath of Roses, an amazing new stamp set and coordinating dies. I started out trying to make a card that involved next to no coloring to show the versatility of this stamp set. Something with just a few dabs of extra ink with a water brush. And then I remembered how much I love the way water reacts with Distress Chipped Sapphire and accidentally painted the entire thing. I call that a happy accident, because this wreath stamp is a beauty no matter what you do with it. The sentiments are gorgeous too, but I had to stash mine inside because I added watercolor stripes to the front of my card.

LID_Wreath of Roses Stamps    LID_Wreath of Roses Dies

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Next up are the absolutely adorable owls from Hootie Patootie. I watercolored them with Zig Clean Color markers during The Daily Marker 30-Day Coloring Challenge and then die cut them later. These coordinating dies make it easy to work in batches. They line up perfectly with the images for a great cut every time. I started with a pattered paper card front cut with the gorgeous new Stitched Quatrefoil Die. Then I layered floral patterned paper and a vellum stitched circle die cut. I perched my little owls on the XOXO Valentine’s Word Tags Die, and layered a heat embossed sentiment from the stamp set over it. I finished with a few glittery Nuvo Drops. (I started with nearly clear Nuvo Drops, but the air was so dry that they kept their peaks instead of self leveling. I had to scrape them off and coax a darker color into leveling with a few thumps to the card. Has anyone run into this or is it just me?)

LID_Hootie Patootie Stamps    LID_Hootie Patootie Dies    LID_Cover Up Die Stitched Quatrefoil

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