Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 1 ~


Welcome to the April release hop for Lil’ Inker Designs!  This is a release hop - you should’ve arrived here from Laura’s fabulous blog if you’re hopping along the entire hop.  Before I get started though, I thought you should know that this will be the last hop for me with Lil’ Inker.  I’ve decided to step down from the team and focus my brain on my business.  (I recently inherited the family business after moving it across the state.)  I’ll be taking a bit of a crafty break to build the store and recharge my mojo.  I’ve loved working for Laura and Lil’ Inkers!!  I couldn’t have asked for a better ‘boss’!  Thank you for giving me this fabulous opportunity!  Ok, on to today’s card

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Lots of new and old LID dies on this one!  To begin, I cut the new Quilted Stitched Pattern die onto the card face.  Umm, I LOVE this die!  It is the perfect background to me – not to fussy, not too understated, just right!  The pattern paper rectangle is cut with Stitched Mats Rectangles.  I wanted a thinner one though, so I cut it and then slid the paper to the desired width and cut again.  The stitching doesn’t meet up perfectly, but with this busy of a pattern you don’t notice unless I tell you to look…so don’t! ;)  Next up is one of the new Glassine Envelopes – perfect for a little lunchbox note, goodies or to hold a tag like I did here.

Alyssamy favorite

The Anytime tag is stamped with a super cute sentiment from the new stamp set, You’re My Favorite, and adorned with the flowers from the Frames & Flowers die set.  I attached a duplicate of the flower and leaf cluster to the front of the envelope to hide the foam dot.  One last little detail of the Mom word die across the layout finishes it off!  WooHoo!  One of my mother’s day cards done early! 

Your next stop on this hop is Amazing Amy!  Don’t forget to comment along the way for your chance at three $15 gift certificates to Lil’ Inker Designs!! Thanks for stopping by!



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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Poppies, poppies everywhere ~

I have a very favorite poppy stamp that I’ve used a ton.  Instead of boring you over the next several weeks with the same stamp over and over, I thought I’d just post them all in one post.  This first one is a “Do Over” from a card I made here.  I didn’t love the layout of the card.  I was also in need of a birthday card, so I ripped that one up and repurposed it here.

poppies do over

The lighter background showcases the red of the poppies better.  This image was embossed on kraft paper, painted with bleach and colored with Copics.  As was the next one, except for the fact that it was colored with pencils instead.

poppy gift bag

This one was for a publication submission, hence the stark background.  It was rejected, unfortunately, and still sits awaiting the perfect gift to be stuck inside the bag.  It’s hard for me to not go back and add more color to the flowers…hmm, maybe I’ll do that now!  Ha!

This next one was created while playing with the metallic watercolors I’ve used recently.  The splatter background is so big right now as is gold.  So I swirled the brush in the gold paint and flicked the paintbrush to get the splatter.  Let me tell you, this is probably not the best technique, as I ended up with paint on my face, the wall in front of my desk, the dies and whatnot scattered on my desk, etc.  After splattering, I decided to use the poppies for a sympathy card.  Poppies are a symbol of remembrance after all, so it just felt right.

poppy sympathy

I hope the splatter doesn’t come across as too free and artsy for a sympathy card.

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The gold is really pretty and showed through the Copic coloring.  Thanks for stopping by today!  Hope your week is marvelous!



Thursday, April 3, 2014

Runway Inspired Birthday ~

b90fb7e602bbdb5eb1ff5185bc8e7bd2Hey all!  Lil’ Inker Designs is sponsoring this weeks Runway Inspired Challenge, and I couldn’t help myself – I just had to play along!

I also found myself in need of a birthday card, so I pulled out a set that I didn’t use from the latest LID release, Spot On Spring.  Perfect timing too since the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp is Happy Birthday

I used some old gridline paper to create a colorful, busy pattern inspired by the RIC challenge image.  The best thing about this set is that it’s a companion to the Darling Diamonds and Spot On sets!  Perfect when I needed a gray to ground all the color.

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The colors are all Hero Arts – Pale Tomato, Fresh Peach, Mint Julep, Soft Pool & Soft Granite.  The On the Diagonal die left the perfect spot to add a big focal sentiment.  It also kind of mimics the LOVE word bubble with the dark line following it on the dress.  It is pieced from Spot On Spring and Sugar Kissed Cottage: Surprise!  I use that birthday sentiment a ton because of it’s size and will be using it even more now.  Don’t you just love the mixture of the fonts?! 

lid spring spot flowerI can’t get enough of the Spring Flowers dies.  I simply adore that flower shape!  The button center doesn’t have a flat back though, so I had to punch holes in the flower centers to fit it through.  I fluffed up the petals by scoring along the stitch line and folding them a bit.  One last addition is a sweet little vellum butterfly with baker’s twine antennae from the new Stitched Butterflies.

Thanks for bopping on by!  Hope you’re all having a wonderful week! 



Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 3 ~

Hello!  Welcome back to the final day of the Lil’ Inker Designs March Release hop!  You should’ve arrived here from the lovely Laura’s blog.  You can bop on back there to get the full blog roll list or hop right along to Amazing Amy and follow along from there.

I just couldn’t get enough of the new Spring Flowers dies so I had to do one last card for this release with those.

Alyssa flowers

Super clean and simple here.  Using more papers from the Crate Paper Love Notes pack, I die cut the Instant Camera die to frame the sentiment.  It’s made with the brand spanking new and fabuloso Mixed & Stitched Alphabet dies.  Aren’t they so fun?!?  They’re a mixture of upper and lowercase letters with the signature Lil’ Inker Designs stitching.  The flower is scored and semi folded along the stitching lines to give more dimension to this beautiful flower.   

Ok, that’s all folks! Don’t forget to comment along the way for your chance at three $15 gift certificates to Lil’ Inker Designs!!


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Monday, March 24, 2014

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 2 ~

Hi there! Welcome back to the second day of the Lil’ Inker Designs March release hop! You should have arrived here from the Lil’ Inker Designs blog run by the uber talented Laura.  If not, you can hop back there to see a full list of hoppers.

This month’s theme is super Springy, so I thought I’d get a jump on Easter this year.  My boy is finally requesting cards from me for anything and everything, and since he has his mamma wrapped around his little finger, I am happy to oblige. 

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This little guy started out as a tag using the Anytime Tags.  I added a sweet little bunny with a fluffy (and sparkly!) tail atop a grass punched lawn.  The flower is from the new Spring Flowers dies.  I covered the center with some yellow glitter.  When making the flower, I thought that it could also work as a sun, so out came the clouds too.  Before I knew it, I didn’t have room for a sentiment, so this tag got popped onto a card.  Still no room for the sentiment I wanted to use!  Guess I’d better decorate the inside too!

lid easter inside 

Even though this is the inside of this card, it could easily stand on it’s own.  “Happy Easter” is from the new Spring Sentiments.  The eggs are from the Spring Flowers set as well – they can be used as eggs or leaves.  So fun!  Love when I can use my dies for more than one purpose!

Your next stop is Amazing Amy! Don’t forget to comment along the way for your chance at three $15 gift certificates to Lil’ Inker Designs!! Thanks for stopping by!



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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 1 ~


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  Welcome to the March release hop for Lil’ Inker Designs!  Today is super exciting because not only are we releasing 3 new stamp sets and 5 new die sets, but Lil’ Inker Designs got a make over!  Such a pretty new design too!  We’d also like you to give a warm welcome to Erin Lee Schreiner – our latest and greatest Design Team member and Director of Social Media!  Whoot!!   Amongst all this happiness there is a bit of sad too – the amazing Alicia is no longer with us.  She’ll be doing wonderful things I’m sure!!  Bop on over to her blog to say farewell and thanks for all the eye candy through the years! 

Ok, this is a release hop and I’m sure you want to get to the goodies.  You should’ve arrived here from Laura’s fabulous blog if you’re hopping along the entire hop.  Today, I thought I’d show you Rat Race.  The first moment I saw this set, I knew exactly what I wanted to make.   

lid maze

I used the beautiful heart paper from Crate Paper as the backdrop.  Don’t you just love it??  It reminds me of the whole bokeh effect and is so pretty. 

lid maze detailThe maze is embossed to raise it just a bit.  My brain went straight to a little game my kiddo got in a birthday goodie bag, so I found a little silver ball and glued it at the entrance.  It’s a little hard to see, but the solution to it is stamped in a soft pink – Ranger Distress Spun Sugar. 

The sentiment flag is cut from another piece of the Love Notes paper pack.  I added a Stitched Heart from the Of the Heart Dies layered with a wooden heart from my stash.   

Ok, you’ve stuck around here long enough.  Head on over to Amazing Amy's fantastic blog!  Don’t forget to comment along the way for your chance at three $15 gift certificates to Lil’ Inker Designs!!  Thanks for stopping by!



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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Last one, I swear ~

At least for a while anyway!  Feather card that is…I just couldn’t stop with the feathers!  This is another of the sympathy cards that I needed.  I also played along with the watercoloring challenge on Virginia’s View Challenge.  It’s her first challenge and it’s taking off like crazy!

feather symp

I started by heat embossing the feather and sentiment on watercolor paper.  I then just started blending some mellow colors from the metallic watercolor set that I’ve been playing with a ton.  Funny thing is that I’ve had this set for probably 6 years and used it once, totally forgot about it and pulled it out with the new craze that has hit stamping nation.

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This is a better shot of the shimmer – very pretty in real life.  I think I may have to give this challenge another go with actual watercolors bc these are thick and somewhat hard to work with. 

Thanks for looking!  Hope you’re having a wonderful weekend!!



Friday, March 14, 2014

Feather Frenzy ~

I’ve been in a feather frenzy lately…I just can’t stop creating with these classic beauties!  3 very special ladies in my life all had birthdays at the beginning of the month within 4 days of each other.  While I was playing with some metallic watercolors the other day, I decided to play with the feathers again and stuck with a layout that I’d used on my first feather card.

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The background is stamped with Hero Arts Soft Pool and Brilliance and Brilliance Galaxy Gold.  I drew faint pencil lines to make sure I lined these up correctly.  This is actually the second one I did.  I forgot to erase the lines before adding the gold and it didn’t erase so well.  Oh well, live and learn! 

annie bday 2014 (1) The largest feather is watercolored with metallic gold paint.  These paints are so fun and shimmery!  The vellum feather is drawn on with a Sakura glitter pen and watercolored to spread the glitter around.  And the top feather is accented with the same glitter pen and some Ranger distress markers.  Pretty simple and fun to add all the detail.  The beautiful sentiment is from Wplus9 Designs – Embroidered Bouquet.  I love the swirly font!  I’m such a girl – lol!  And since this little ditty went to one of my favorite ladies and was made with her in mind, I’m entering this into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge – Special Girl.

All righty!  I’ll try to come up with something a little different the next time I post.  I’m sorry I’ve been absent!  We went to California for an international Natural Products Expo and Disneyland (of course!) (can’t have business without a little pleasure!!)   On another note, in just a few days I’ll be back with the newest release from Lil’ Inker Designs!  LOTS of fun goodies for this one!

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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Papertrey Ink February Blog Hop ~

Hey there!  I’m playing along with the Papertrey Ink February 2014 Blog Hop Challenge where the theme is spring!  I pulled on some of the pretty colors in the inspiration pic – blue skies and purple crocuses – to make my first card. 
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The background is colored with Distress Inks – Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and Tumbled Glass – on watercolor paper and then spritzed with Shimmerz spray in pearl.  It’s a very subtle but very pretty effect.  Here’s a close up
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I think the twine, twig, feathers and sentiment flag give this an almost dream catcher quality.  The sentiments on both cards are from PTI’s Through the Trees.  I made another card with exactly the same layout but in a more subdued tone.  Unfortunately, I need sympathy cards this week because my aunt passed away.  Instead of boring you all with another post to show the same card, I’ll just show it here.  However, this does mean you’ll probably get another post with sympathy cards this week.
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This background uses the emboss resist technique.  The script stamp is clear embossed on watercolor paper and blended with more Distress inks – Fired Brick, Shabby Shutters and Vintage Photo. 
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The extra detail on this one is that the twig die cut is cut from wood veneer paper.  I love that stuff.  I don’t know why Michael’s only carried it for a millisecond and discontinued it.  Lame.
Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have fun along the hop!


Thursday, February 20, 2014

Trends with Wplus9 Designs ~

Wplus9 Designs is turning 3 and having a large celebration for the entire month of February.  The challenge this week is to make a card using Wplus9 products and one of the trends showcased.  I actually made this card on Sunday for the last challenge – Step it up by adding dimension.  Unfortunately, I completely missed the deadline because I’m a ditz.  Lucky for me, I actually did a couple of trendy things on this card, so I don't have to miss posting it to their challenge!  I used misting and metallics.

I chose to work with Fanciful Feathers and Borders & Backgrounds I which is an Ikat set.  I wanted an elegant, classic color combo of cream, black, gold and kraft. 

feather friends

feather friends glitterSo I pulled out a mist I’ve had for a few years – Memento Fireworks in Desert Sand.  I saturated the largest feather die cut (the one in the back) a few times.  The strange thing about this mist is that is has turned kind of green over time. 

The next feather is scribbled with the Sakura Stardust pen and then I used an aquapainter to spread the glitter around.  The last feather is stamped with various distress inks and painted with the aquapainter as well.  I went back through and added more detail and dimension with distress markers and the glitter pen.  Nice and sparkly!

Lots of twine, a button and a sweet sentiment = my kind of card.  Thanks so much for stopping by!



Monday, February 17, 2014

Quilted Happy ~

cozy quiltHi there!  Thought I’d bop in with a card I made yesterday combining two of my favorite challenges: CAS-ual Fridays CFC:128 So Long and Curtain Call Challenge: Cozy Quilt.  The bonus on this one is that Lil’ Inker Designs is sponsoring the Curtain Call Challenge with a $30 gift certificate to the store, so you should definitely play along!

I had to play along with the CAS-ual Fridays challenge because two of my best crafty girlfriends are on this team.  It’s the last challenge for most of the team members, so the challenge is to make a long card that also says farewell.  I made a 3x6 card for the long part of the challenge and took a different spin on the adios part.  So many times, people have to choose to leave a DT to move on to different challenges for themselves.  I chose to say, So happy for you with Congratulations on this inside.  This also makes it a more versatile card to have in my stash!  ha ha ha

lid ccc quilt 

I used some patterns and colors from the inspiration photo as the jump off point. I used the Pieced Chevrons Cover Up plate and pieced all the pattern paper together.  The sentiment is from Rainbow & Clouds sentiments {as is the Congratulations on the inside.}  I use this set a lot – the font is perfectly lighthearted and the sentiments are customize-able.  Just a few enamel dots and this simple card is finished!  I think I really like this size too…perfect for sending a little money along to someone you’re proud of. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Hope you have a wonderful day!! 



Saturday, February 15, 2014

Versatile Birthday ~

Hi there!  Feels like long time no see!  Hope you all are fabulous :)  I’ve got a little birthday card for you today that I think you’ll love!  Not only is it fairly easy, it would be easy to customize for any age and change out the colors and make more girly.  My little man had a birthday party to go to that we were invited to at the last minute, so I had to come up with something quick.  I pulled out a ton of stitched Lil’ Inker dies and went to town!

I started by die cutting a card front with the largest Stitched Rectangle die – don’t be confused, this die doesn’t actually cut the card front, but it does cut in the stitching detail.  I then ran it through again with the On the Diagonal die.

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I add the background paper from My Mind’s Eye and pulled a couple colors from it for accents.  The stars are a combination of Stitched Stars and My Favorite Things stars – they work so well together!  The sentiment is from The Sugar Kissed Cottage Surprise! stamp set.  I just masked it to stack on the Stitched Flag

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The ‘6’ has the fun little detail I’ve been seeing a bunch of lately.  I cut the number out several times in both gray and Caribbean and glued the Caribbean color into the center.  It’s those little details that we, paper crafters, notice and usually is unseen.  LOL  I added another small star topped with a twine tied button for just a little extra something and to take away from the sharp design of the stars.

The inside is finished off with a ‘birthday’ die cut and some additional stars.  It wasn’t until I’d taken the picture that I realized I had carried the diagonal theme to the inside of the card.  Love when that happens!

jackson 6 inside

Hope you do something phenomenal with your weekend!  Thanks so much for stopping by!!



Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Lil’ Inker Designs Release Hop Day 3 ~

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Hello!  Welcome back to the final day of the Lil’ Inker Designs February Release hop!  You should’ve arrived here from Alicia’s wondrous blog.  You can bop right back to lovely Laura’s to get started off right if need be though.

First off, a little card to encourage and lift the spirits using the new Cloudy Sky die and Stay Beautiful stamps.

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I started by cutting the clouds multiple times on a piece of vellum sliding the die from side to side to get a different cut every time.  The vellum is layered over pattern paper with foam tape cleverly covered by some stitched clouds. I thought the sentiment paired well with the symbolism of letting a balloon go, so I stamped it on one of the larger clouds.  The balloon is from the mini party set and uses some reddish pattern paper to further carry out that whole symbolism thing.  The inside is stamped with another sentiment from the set, “You’ll fight through some bad days to earn the best days of your life,” along with a couple of the vellum clouds {with stitching detail} to piece it all together.

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Last, but certainly not least, are the Anytime Tags.  These little beauties not only feature the signature stitching and a wonderful rounded design, but offer up two separate choices for adding or leaving out the hang hole.  I chose to do a layered tag to add to a birthday gift bag.  This little cutie is Birthday Owl {sorry, he’s out of stock! :( } all Copic colored up to match the paper.  The sentiment is from Surprise! – I just left the ‘belated’ part off when stamping.  Now, if I were up and up with trends, I would’ve added some sequins here, but alas, I am not a trendy gal.  Some colored rhinestones fit the bill for me!  I can see myself making a lot of these in the future!  I get to color but don’t have all the muss and fuss of making a full blown card. 

Ok, thanks for sticking around here! Head on over to Amazing Amy's fantastic blog!  Don’t forget to comment along the way for your chance at three $15 gift certificates to Lil’ Inker Designs!!



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